“DDT LIVE! Maji Manji” Announced For AbemaTV

February 17, 2018

This week DDT and AbemaTV announced a new live weekly show called “DDT LIVE! Maji Manji” (DDT LIVE! マジ卍) beginning on 10th April. The two hour broadcast will take place every Tuesday (except for weeks when DDT run Korakuen Hall) in Shin-Kiba 1st RING. Six shows are scheduled for April and May so far. The goal of the show is to attract a younger audience by airing live pro wrestling during the prime time schedule, something that hasn’t happened in Japan on traditional television outlets for many years. Konosuke Takeshita said that his generation never got to experience the chance to watch TV wrestling at “Golden Time”.

For the first few weeks the show will feature an 8-Man tournament to create the next generation pro wrestling star. DDT is looking for wrestlers from outside the company to compete in the tournament. The 1st Round and Semi Final matches will have 5 minute time limits and the final has a 10 minute time limit. For the matches that end in time limit draws, the winner will be determined by a judging system used by the AbemaTV viewers. Danshoku Dino said the plan will be to spin off stories from the tournament for later episodes. Sanshiro Takagi wants to tell the world about the charm of DDT as well as search for the next generation of ambitious pro wrestlers which is why DDT LIVE and the tournament are running parallel to each other.

Other ideas for the show are being thrown around. For example, HARASHIMA suggested getting comedians to train at the dojo and filming them in a reality TV format. Takeshita and Dino also thought about doing Mail Order Wrestling. I don’t know if they mean stuff gets sent to them to use in matches or they sell stuff used in matches but it’s an idea they like anyway.

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DDT And Tokyo Joshi This Weekend, Ganpuro Stacks Up

February 17, 2018

DDT “DRAMATIC AGE♂AGE♂AGEO♂”, 18/02/2018
Saitama Ageo Kousya

1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuki Ueno
2. 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Antonio Honda Vs Naomi Yoshimura
3. KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Makoto Oishi
4. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Danshoku Dino & Mizuki Watase
5. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Kota Umeda & Rekka
6. Ageo Specialty! Daikoku Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Keisuke Ishii Vs Kazusada Higuchi & MAO

The HARASHIMA versus Kazusada Higuchi grudge continues.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO SHINKIBA!”, 18/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Hikari Vs Miu
2. Hyper Misao Vs Yuki Kamifuku
3. Azusa Christie Vs Nodoka-oneesan
4. Saki-sama Vs Marika Kobashi
5. Syoko Nakajima, Yuu & Raku Vs Rika Tatsumi, Maho Kurone & Hinano
6. Reika Saiki & Yuka Sakazaki Vs Maki Ito & Mizuki
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuna Manase

Yuna Manase has been training her bust with Nonoko to prepare for her title match. The purpose of the training is to toughen her up for Miyu Yamashita’s kicks.

BASARA “VAJRA 60 ~FEAST~”, 19/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Manabu Hara & Fuminori Abe
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: FUMA & SAGAT Vs Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi
3. Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa Vs Yasu Urano & Daiki Shimomura
4. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Hercules Senga Vs X
5. Isami Kodaka, Takumi Tsukamoto & Yoshihisa Uto Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi, Trans-Am ★ Tanaka & Yusuke Kubo
6. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Final: X & X Vs X & X

Neither wrestler from last year’s winning team made it past the first round this time. So it is all up for grabs for the remaining teams.

BASARA “VAJRA 61 ~SEISHUN SUIKODEN~”, 03/03/2018
Tokyo Seijo Hall

1. Union MAX Title: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs Tsutomu Oosugi

Tsutomu Oosugi gets the title shot for pinning Isami Kodaka in the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT 1st Round.

DNA “DNA 42”, 07/03/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Mizuki Watase Vs Minoru Tanaka

Mizuki Watase continues to challenge himself by targeting veteran names in the business. He still has Koji Kanemoto as one of his targets but for now his sights are set on Minoru Tanaka!

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “YOU’RE MY SUNSHINE 2018”, 11/03/2018
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Decisive Battle! Ganpuro Vs Osaka!: Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs TORU & Katsumi Oribe
2. Do You Regulate The City In Osaka!?: HARUKAZE Vs Miyako Matsumoto
3. Ganbare, Ihashi! Show It! The “U” Of Ihashi: Gota Ihashi Vs Takaku Fuke
4. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Katsumura-gun In OSAKA: Yumehito Imanari & Shuhei Washida Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Keisuke Okuda
5. Special Single Match ~ Charisma Of Ganpuro Vs The Strongest Man In Osaka: Ken Ohka Vs Magnitude Kishiwada

The rookie Shuhei Washida has stepped up to help Ganbare☆Wrestling fight against Katsumura-gun.

Gota Ihashi has his mojo back and has been given a new task in Ganpuro. Ihashi will have a series of matches against shoot fighting pro wrestlers. First up is Osaka’s own Takaku Fuke.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “A WALK IN THE PARK 2018”, 21/03/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Ganbare, Ihashi! Continue Showing It! The “U” Of Ihashi: Gota Ihashi Vs Nobuhiro Tsurumaki
2. Student Pro Wrestler Returns: Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs MEN’S Teioh & Onryo
3. Ganpuro Family Vs Katsumura-gun: Ken Ohka, Katsumi Oribe & X Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Keisuke Okuda & Black Ribera

The spirit of Student Pro Wrestling is being revitalised in Ganpuro. MEN’S Teioh is bringing in the ghostly Onryo to join in the fun.

Nobuhiro Tsurumaki was previously in Ganpuro as Mars Spector.


Ihashi Back On Track, Tatsumi’s Way Of Love, Manase Prepares Her Bosom

February 8, 2018

BASARA “VAJRA 59 ~ONE MINDLESS BODY~”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Hercules Senga Vs Daiki Shimomura
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo Vs Manabu Hara & Fuminori Abe
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: FUMA & SAGAT Vs Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa
5. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto Vs Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi

Hercules Senga and Daiki Shimomura will be competing in non-tournament matches for both IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT shows.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BODY FEELS EXIT 2018”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Shuhei Washida Debut 2nd Round: Shuhei Washida Vs Katsumi Oribe
2. Recurrance Of Ihashi! Show Your Old Ally, Ganbare Soul: Gota Ihashi Vs Yukihiro Abe
3. Ganpuro Vs India ~Oji, Dancing Maharaja!~: Shota & HARUKAZE Vs Brian Aki & Samara
4. Student Pro Wrestler Begins! ~Defeat Pioneer!~: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs MEN’S Teioh
5. Overall War! Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Katsumura-gun: Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Black Ribera

Gota Ihashi is getting his groove back after his performance on the YaroZ show. His match with Yukihiro Abe that was cancelled last month is now back on and will take place here. Shota takes Abe’s place in the Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs India tag team match.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO NAGOYA!”, 12/02/2018
Nagoya City Robashi Sports Center Kendo Area

1. Raku & Miu Vs Hikari & Hinano
2. Nodoka-oneesan Vs Marika Kobashi
3. Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone Vs Mizuki & Hyper Misao
4. Saki-sama & Azusa Christie Vs Yuu & Yuki Kamifuku
5. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Samara
6. Miyu Yamashita & Maki Ito Vs Syoko Nakajima & Yuna Manase

Rika Tatsumi made some news last Thursday during DDT’s segment on the AbemaTV show “The NIGHT”. During a conversation between the hosts and guests, Tatsumi brought up a subject to Danshoku Dino and Sanshiro Takagi that had been bothering her for a while. She fancies Mizuki (calls her cute as a rabbit) but can’t do anything about it because of the Forbidden Three rules used for Tokyo Joshi wrestlers. She thinks that is unfair because the rule in question is “No relationships with men” and her target is a woman. She put Takagi on the spot to clarify the rule. Takagi described this moment as a new culture starting to grow. He suggested they invite Mizuki to the show first to get her opinion before he makes a decision. A viewer vote was set up during the show and 82.1% voted in support of Tatsumi. She asked the fans to support her way of love. Don’t know if this will make the tag team match awkward or not since Tatsumi and Mizuki will have to wrestle each other at some point during it.

DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~”, 14/02/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. Hot Blood! Muscle Kin! The Rival Story Chapter 2: Yuki Ueno Vs Koju Takeda
2. Young Roar ~ Young And Fresh 6-Man Tag Match: Daiki Shimomura, Yasutaka Ohsera & Tomoya Hirata Vs Joji Tani, Rising HAYATO & Takato Nakano
3. We Are The World! ~We Wish For World Peace With Pro-Wrestling~: Rekka & Choun-Shiryu Vs Brian Aki & Konaka = Pale One
4. DNA Vs Junior Stars! Special Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase Vs Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
5. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: MAO Vs Akira Jo
6. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Keisuke Okuda
7. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kota Umeda Vs Naomi Yoshimura

Takato Nakano makes his DNA debut as a replacement for Nobuhiro Shimatani.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO SHINKIBA!”, 18/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Hikari Vs Miu
2. Hyper Misao Vs Yuki Kamifuku
3. Azusa Christie Vs Nodoka-oneesan
4. Saki-sama Vs Marika Kobashi
5. Syoko Nakajima, Yuu & Raku Vs Rika Tatsumi, Maho Kurone & Hinano
6. Reika Saiki & Yuka Sakazaki Vs Maki Ito & Mizuki
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuna Manase

Yuna Manase will be fighting for both herself and the recently graduated Nonoko in the main event. She promised she will strengthen her chest to become powerful weapons like Nonoko’s were. Miyu Yamashita knows too well how often Nonoko used her own breasts to block kicks. She warned Manase she is prepared for whatever defence will be placed before her.

Reika Saiki wrestles her first match since losing the TOKYO Princess Title. She wanted a match against the Ito Respect Army because they defeated her & Yamashita in the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles Tournament last year. Avenging that defeat is her first step towards regaining the TOKYO Princess Title.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO SEIJO!”, 03/03/2018
Tokyo Seijo Hall

1. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Saki-sama & Azusa Christie (c) Vs Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan

The new Tag Champions are ready to defend the belts against any of the animals in Tokyo Joshi brave enough to step up to them. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan are the two little piggies to step up first.


DDT In February, Sumo Hall Street Wrestling Returns

February 8, 2018

DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2018 ~KISARAGI~”, 10/02/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. Kota Umeda Vs Yuki Ueno
2. Akito, Rekka & Samara Vs Kikutaro, Antonio Honda & Kazuki Hirata
3. 3 Way Match: KUDO Vs Toru Owashi Vs Daiki Shimomura
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie
5. HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & MAO
6. Shuten-dōji Vs BASARA!: Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe
7. Road To KO-D! ‘Hama Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo

Makoto Oishi and MAO are on opposite sides of a trios match again.

After being at each others throats last week, Kota Umeda and Yuki Ueno are getting a singles match together to solve their differences.

DDT “TSUYUHASHI AGAIN IN NAGOYA 2018”, 12/02/2018
Nagoya City Robashi Sports Center

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Antonio Honda & Samara
2. Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno
3. 3 Way Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Soma Takao Vs MAO
4. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda Vs Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
5. No. 1 In DDT Men’s Battle: HARASHIMA Vs Mizuki Watase
6. Road To KO-D! Nagoya, Love Specialty 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie

ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION continues while the Naomi Kingdom finds itself on a DDT show.

DDT “DRAMATIC AGE♂AGE♂AGEO♂”, 18/02/2018
Saitama Ageo Kousya

1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuki Ueno
2. 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Antonio Honda Vs Naomi Yoshimura
3. KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Makoto Oishi
4. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Danshoku Dino & Mizuki Watase
5. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Kota Umeda & Rekka
6. Ageo Specialty! Daikoku Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Keisuke Ishii Vs Kazusada Higuchi & MAO

The result of Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuki Ueno will be interesting since both wrestlers have a very poor win-loss record. Can Ueno surpass his senior already?

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2018”, 25/02/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Mad Paulie Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga
1. Tag Rumble: Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Soma Takao & MAO Vs Makoto Oishi & Kota Umeda Vs Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda
2. Infomercial Match – Net One Systems Co., Ltd.: Danshoku Dino Vs Saki Akai Vs Akito Vs Antonio Honda Vs Kouki Iwasaki Vs Mizuki Watase
3. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe
5. DDT Extreme Title: Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Shunma Katsumata
6. Special Single Match: Naomichi Marufuji Vs Kazusada Higuchi
7. Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Daisuke Sekimoto

There is a lot to take in here for the last major DDT show before “JUDGEMENT 2018”. The two big Sumo Hall matches are blended together for the main event, Kazusada Higuchi gets to fight Naomichi Marufuji one on one and Shunma Katsumata gets a DDT Extreme Title shot. DAMNATION and Danshoku Dino’s buddies face off before The Great Muta arrives. The Tag Rumble might also give some clues to who will take part in the Ryogoku Falls Count Anywhere Match.

Shuten-dōji called for challengers in DDT’s other promotions and BASARA answered the call. Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe were selected by Isami Kodaka and Producer Dino to challenge for for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles.

The Infomercial Match will this time promote an IT network corporation. It sounds like an excuse for Dino to get somebody to solve his computer problems without paying for it.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2018 ~DDT 21ST ANNIVERSARY~”, 25/03/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
3. Street Wrestling Using The Entire Ryogoku Building ~ Falls Count Anywhere: Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa Vs X & X
4. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
5. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

After the emotional reunion between Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa that was unlike anything else at all that happened the week before, the two are putting together the traditional Falls Count Anywhere Match that will spread throughout all of Sumo Hall, inside and out. They want the best opponents to answer their challenge. What surprises will be in store for them?


JUDGEMENT 2018 Begins To Shape Up, Sasadango’s Product Placement

January 30, 2018

DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2018”, 03/02/2018
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall

1. Ken Ohka Vs Gota Ihashi
2. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase
3. Joey Ryan & Samara Vs Antonio Honda & Kazuki Hirata
4. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kota Umeda Vs Yuki Ueno, Koju Takeda & Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Kazusada Higuchi & MAO
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi, Keisuke Ishii & Makoto Oishi
7. Hero Of Nerima! Triumph In Nerima! Nerima Specialty Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Danshoku Dino
8. DDT Extreme Title – Hardcore Match: Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs KUDO

A public press conference to promote “JUDGEMENT 2018” will be held during the show.

Shunma Katsumata is the newest member of ALL OUT but his first match as part of the group sees him battle his former NωA partner Makoto Oishi.

DDT “DDT STILL DOES NOT KNOW GUNMA 2018”, 04/02/2018
Gunma Yamada Green Dome Maebashi Sub Event Area

1. Shunma Katsumata Vs Daiki Shimomura
2. Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Mizuki Watase Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
3. Gongitsune Vs Former Idol Wrestler!: Antonio Honda Vs Makoto Oishi
4. KUDO & Kota Umeda Vs MAO & Yuki Ueno
5. HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
6. 3 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Joey Ryan & Samara
7. The Mountain Of Akagi Is Far Tonight! Maebashi Specialty Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie

Expect ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION to be the focus for DDT’s main event scene throughout February. Not only because of the upcoming Sumo Hall main event but ALL OUT will want revenge on DAMNATION for the attack at Korakuen Hall this past weekend.

YAROZ “YAROZ PART 6”, 06/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. We Appeal Sanshiro Takagi!: Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi Vs Yumehito Imanari & DT-YUTA
2. YaroZ Specialty! Kickboxing Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kohei Sato
3. YaroZ Specialty! Special 4 Way Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Antonio Honda Vs Ryuichi Sekine Vs Kikutaro
4. Worldwide Greatest Funny YaroZ Diva Tag Match: Samara & Saori Anou Vs Cherry & Nao Kakuta
5. Naomi Kingdom (YaroZ) Vs BOYZ All Out Fight! One: Naomi Yoshimura & Akira Jo Vs Akito & Kazuki Hirata
6. Naomi Kingdom (YaroZ) Vs BOYZ All Out Fight! Two: Kazusada Higuchi, Ken Ohka & X Vs Makoto Oishi, Mizuki Watase & X

The kickboxing match will consist of 45 one minute rounds until there is a winner. Gravure model Shihomi Yoshino will be the ring girl. However what usually happens is the ring girl’s presence motivates everyone except the fighters in the match. Also Kohei Sato looks like the kind of person who would literally get away with murder so good luck Nobuhiro Shimatani!

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2018 ~DDT 21ST ANNIVERSARY~”, 25/03/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
3. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
4. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

The D-King Grand Prix is done and dusted so now we move on to the next big event, DDT’s 21st Anniversary show. Konosuke Takeshita and Shuji Ishikawa headlines the event in a rematch from “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016”. The situation now is similar to back then. Takeshita is the defending KO-D Openweight Champion and Ishikawa is the unstoppable giant coming to reclaim the belt.

Daisuke Sasaki claims that The Great Muta agreed to become a DAMNATION pet. Probably not the best idea for Sasaki to put words in his mouth.

Super Sasadango Machine has been ordered to defend the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title at least twice a week every week until “JUDGEMENT 2018” takes place. If he fails to do this then Producer Danshoku Dino will turn his match with Jiro Kuroshio into a non-title match. Sasadango has come up with an idea to rack up his title defences. He has openly invited local celebrities and other personalities to visit his office in Niigata to try and win the Iron Man Title from him. In return he will use his and DDT’s Twitter accounts to promote whatever it is the guests are currently working on. If Sasadango kicks out of their attack and escapes the room then it counts as a successful defence. The plan is off to a good start and he already achieved his minimum two defences for this week earlier today.

The list of booked wrestlers who are yet to have a confirmed match are Naomichi Marufuji, Daisuke Sekimoto, Mike Bailey, Ethan Page, LiLiCo, Yoshiko, Keisuke Okuda, Reika Saiki and Lady Beard.


D-King Final, IRON FIST 1st Round, New Faces In DNA

January 26, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 THE FINAL!!”, 28/01/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Naomi Yoshimura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
1. 3 Way Tag Match: Soma Takao & Kouki Iwasaki Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura
2. Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda Vs Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Mike Bailey Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
4. Infomercial Match – Takahashi Tax Accounting Office: Super Sasadango Machine & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Tanomusaku Toba
5. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Jiro Kuroshio & Joey Ryan
6. NωA FINAL CONCERT In Korakuen Hall ~ T2Hide This Is The Real Last Time! Final!! Final Battle!!: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. D-King Grand Prix – Final: HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa

We’ve had some time to rest but this weekend brings us the finale of the 2018 D-King Grand Prix. I think the tournament has been a success and the match quality has drawn in some new eyes to DDT this month so hopefully this will stick around as an annual tournament. Scheduling it after Wrestle Kingdom is mostly a good idea. The wrestling scene over in Japan calms down a little when that show is over so the space is there to put on a bunch of easy to watch straightforward shows. Maybe just don’t run three to four Korakuen Hall shows in a row beforehand. That was overkill and the attendance numbers showed. Anyway, let’s get to the final.

HARASHIMA and Shuji Ishikawa have known each other for a long time. They represent the same generation of DDT wrestlers and they’ve beaten each other to win the KO-D Openweight Championship. No matter how far they split off and drift apart, their paths will always meet again inside the DDT ring. Ishikawa’s goal for 2018 is to beat his 2017 accomplishments and winning the D-King is exactly what he needs to start that plan. HARASHIMA wants to avenge his losses to the champion Konosuke Takeshita but he is putting all of his attention into beating Ishikawa first. Ishikawa thinks that winning the tournament and then going on to win the championship at Sumo Hall will raise the value of the Grand Prix. He also thinks his extra experience from wrestling in other companies while HARASHIMA has stayed put inside the DDT walls is the difference maker between them. Ishikawa has the better record against HARASHIMA in singles matches. He has won 3 out of their 4 previous singles matches together. HARASHIMA won their last match back in December 2016. Plus he also beat him one time as HERO! way back in 2003, although he broke his foot during the match.

If Ishikawa wins he wants to invest the 1,900,000 yen of the 2,000,000 prize money in bitcoins because it is the fashionable thing to do now. The remaining 100,000 yen will be given to Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo. HARASHIMA hasn’t thought about what he would do with the money but the amount on the line does excite him.

BASARA “VAJRA 59 ~ONE MINDLESS BODY~”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo Vs Manabu Hara & Fuminori Abe
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: FUMA & SAGAT Vs Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto Vs Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi

The playoff bracket is set. The winners of Matches #1 & #2 will face each other in the semi final and the winners of #3 & #4 will do the same. Like last year, the prize is a giant iron trophy in the shape of a fist.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO NAGOYA!”, 12/02/2018
Nagoya City Robashi Sports Center Kendo Area

1. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Samara
2. Miyu Yamashita & Maki Ito Vs Syoko Nakajima & Yuna Manase

Miyu Yamashita and Yuna Manase face off in a preview of their TOKYO Princess Title Match.

DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~”, 14/02/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. Hot Blood! Muscle Kin! The Rival Story Chapter 2: Yuki Ueno Vs Koju Takeda
2. Young Roar ~ Young And Fresh 6-Man Tag Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Joji Tani & Rising HAYATO Vs Daiki Shimomura, Yasutaka Ohsera & Tomoya Hirata
3. We Are The World! ~We Wish For World Peace With Pro-Wrestling~: Rekka & Choun-Shiryu Vs Brian Aki & Konaka = Pale One
4. DNA Vs Junior Stars! Special Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase Vs Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
5. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: MAO Vs Akira Jo
6. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Keisuke Okuda
7. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kota Umeda Vs Naomi Yoshimura

Rising HAYATO is from Ehime Pro Wrestling. He is 18 years old and has been wrestling since October 2016. Yasutaka Ohsera is 24 years old, wrestles for Michinoku Pro and debuted back in March 2017. I can’t find any information about who Joji Tani (谷譲二) is.


Tokyo Joshi Matches, IRON FIST Teams, Naomi Kingdom, Ganpuro Fights India And Osaka

January 24, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO NERIMA!”, 03/02/2018
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall

1. Mizuki Vs Yuki Kamifuku
2. Yuna Manase Vs Hyper Misao
3. Miyu Yamashita, Raku & Hinano Vs Rika Tatsumi, Hikari & Miu
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Maho Kurone & Samara
5. Nonoko Graduation Match: Nonoko Vs Maki Ito
6. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Syoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki (c) Vs Saki-sama & Azusa Christie

Nonoko has chosen Maki Ito to be her final opponent when she graduates from Tokyo Joshi Pro.

The Up Up Girls are now getting to wrestle with the rest of the roster.

BASARA “VAJRA 59 ~ONE MINDLESS BODY~”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X

The eight teams entering the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT are Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto, Manabu Hara & Fuminori Abe, Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa, FUMA & SAGAT, Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu, Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano and Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BODY FEELS EXIT 2018”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Ganpuro Vs India!: Yukihiro Abe & HARUKAZE Vs Brian Aki & Samara
2. Student Pro Wrestler Begins! ~Defeat Pioneer!~: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs MEN’S Teioh
3. Overall War! Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Katsumura-gun: Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Black Ribera

Black Ribera is the mysterious wrestler wearing a Tiger Mask that appeared at the end of last weekend’s show. Shuichiro Katsumura was called the Real Tiger Mask for his charity work after the Tohoku earthquake back in 2011 so that explains the link with the unknown masked wrestler that just appeared. However in this situation Katsumura is not playing the hero.

Samara’s stay in Japan will not be limited to Tokyo Joshi. She is also wrestling on this Ganbare☆Wrestling show with Brian Aki.

Katsumi Oribe will also be on the show.

DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~”, 14/02/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. Yuki Ueno Vs Koju Takeda
2. DNA Vs Junior Stars! Special Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase Vs Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
3. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Opposition Single Match: MAO Vs Akira Jo
4. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Opposition Single Match: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Keisuke Okuda
5. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Opposition Single Match: Kota Umeda Vs Naomi Yoshimura

Naomi Yoshimura’s group with Keisuke Okuda and Akira Jo (also maybe Kengo if he’s still getting booked) is now called the Naomi Kingdom. The three top wrestlers in DNA are all determined to take the outsiders down in three separate singles matches.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO SHINKIBA!”, 18/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuna Manase

Yuna Manase was given the title shot because it was Nonoko’s final request to the champion.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “YOU’RE MY SUNSHINE 2018”, 11/03/2018
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Decisive Battle! Ganpuro Vs Osaka!: Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs TORU & Katsumi Oribe
2. Do You Regulate The City In Osaka!?: HARUKAZE Vs Miyako Matsumoto
3. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Katsumura-gun In OSAKA: Yumehito Imanari & X Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Keisuke Okuda
4. Special Single Match ~ Charisma Of Ganpuro Vs The Strongest Man In Osaka: Ken Ohka Vs Magnitude Kishiwada

Ken Ohka has challenged Osaka’s strongest wrestler Magnitude Kishiwada in an attempt to grow Ganpuro’s presence in the city.