DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #1” Results

April 13, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #1”, 10/04/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
180 Fans – Super No Vacancy
100,000 AbemaTV Viewers

0. No TV Match 1: Mizuki Watase defeated Daiki Shimomura with the Back Drop (6:30).
0. No TV Match 2: Keisuke Ishii defeated Akito and Kouki Iwasaki when Ishii pinned Iwasaki with a Frankensteiner (5:28).
1. Men’s Soul Legend ~ Loser Gets Ketsu Bat Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Danshoku Driver (3:59).
2. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA, Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Miyamoto pinned Paulie with a Gannosuke Clutch (8:10).
3. Alcohol, Foreigners, Men And Women: KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Saki Akai defeated Mike Bailey, Antonio Honda & Priscilla Kelly when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (5:14).
4. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Yuki Ueno defeated Lady Beard with a Backslide Pin (4:34).
5. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: MAO (57.6%) defeated Ken Ohka (42.4%) by Audience Decision (5:00).
6. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Maki Ito (65.4%) defeated Makoto Oishi (34.6%) by Audience Decision (5:00).
7. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Kota Umeda defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Umeda Driver (4:51).
8. DDT LIVE!! Maji Manji Broadcast Commemoration Special Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Kazusada Higuchi ended in a Time Limit Draw (20:00).

A new project for DDT had its debut today. “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” is a live weekly show airing on the AbemaTV streaming service during the “golden hours” of the primetime TV schedule. To mark the occasion, DDT headlined the episode with a match between Konosuke Takeshita and Kazusada Higuchi. The match ended in a 20 minute draw with both guys spent. Takeshita said he didn’t want to treat the match like an exhibition. He will always be ready to defend the KO-D Openweight Title. However, he would also like to challenge for the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Higuchi shares the same idea in regards to defending his own title and challenging for the other. They both shook hands. When Higuchi left, Takeshita closed out the show with a speech until Shigehiro Irie interrupted him. He called Takeshita a wonderful champion and it would please Irie greatly to win the title from him on 29th April in Korakuen Hall. Takeshita doesn’t like the disrespect Irie showed by coming out after he and Higuchi just wrestled. He hesitated to shake Irie’s hand but when he did, Irie gave him the thumbs down instead and left.

The first round of the Maji Manji tournament filled up the second half of the show. The matches only had a five minute time limit and tiebreakers were determined by a viewer poll. Yuki Ueno and Kota Umeda were able to win their matches but MAO and Maki Ito needed the audience to get them through to the next round. The semi-finals on 17th April will be Ueno Vs MAO and Ito Vs Umeda.

This time Saki Akai was able to avoid getting her face licked by Priscilla Kelly.

Mad Paulie is still in his red rage state due to the springtime. However Yuko Miyamoto escaped from the Paulie Buster and escaped with the win by pinning Paulie with the Gannosuke Clutch. Miyamoto told HARASHIMA after the match that he promises not to go extreme for their DDT Extreme Title match. But when they shook hands, Miyamoto gave HARASHIMA a cheap shot then struck him over the back with a chair! Miyamoto said he will no longer be associated with Smile Squash until after their match ends. They cannot team together when they are meant to be opponents. HARASHIMA understands and there are no hard feelings over the situation. He can only promise to do his best.

Idol Moga Mogami was the special guest commentator for the episode. She had never watched pro wrestling before this show and did not even know the existence of DDT. Naomi Yoshimura and Akira Jo were placed nearby as her bodyguards for the evening. After the first match of the broadcast, Danshoku Dino chased Nobuhiro Shimatani with a baseball bat. When Shimatani escaped, Dino grabbed Mogami and pulled her into the ring. Yoshimura & Jo rescued Mogami and beat up Dino for touching her. They allowed Mogami to strike Dino in the ass with the baseball bat as punishment for his actions.


Matches Made For “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #1”

March 16, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #1”, 10/04/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Makoto Oishi Vs Maki Ito
2. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Yuki Ueno Vs Lady Beard
3. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: MAO Vs Ken Ohka
4. Maji Manji Tournament – Round 1: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kota Umeda

DDT kicks off its new weekly series on AbemaTV with the first round of a tournament to find a new star. The winner of the tournament will be “fully backed up” by AbemaTV for future projects. Each match will have a 5 minute time limit and in the case of a draw the winner will be determined by a viewer vote on the AbemaTV webpage. This is a big project for DDT because the show will be airing at “Golden Time”, the biggest broadcasting time slot of the day. The logo represents that with the golden colour scheme along with the manji logo made to resemble two people wrestling each other, according to Sanshiro Takagi.

Most of the contestants were brought together for a press conference and it almost ended in a fight when Ken Ohka and Maki Ito argued with each other. Ito later tried to start a fight with Kota Umeda when she caught Umeda laughing at her.

Danshoku Dino also has something planned for the show. He is organising a segment called “Danshoku Souls” with the goal of finding a successor. It does not matter the age, gender or occupation of the person, Dino wants to find the perfect person to transfer his Danshoku Soul to when it is time for him to go away.


“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.


DDT Pro Acquired By CyberAgent

September 22, 2017

It was announced today that DDT Pro Wrestling has been acquired by CyberAgent, the company behind the AbemaTV online streaming service. DDT will continue to do business as a subsidiary of CyberAgent and there is no change to the company name or its organisational structure. Sanshiro Takagi will continue his role as president of DDT. In addition the director of CyberAgent Takahiro Yamauchi will now become the director of DDT.

The deal between DDT and CyberAgent was made on 1st September when DDT transferred 100% of its outstanding shares to CyberAgent. The amount of money it cost has not been made public. Sanshiro Takagi commented on the deal by saying he wants to increase awareness of DDT, make it more appealing and aim for further expansion of the business. CyberAgent’s statement on their website mentions “the professional wrestling boom in recent years” being a reason why they are adding DDT content to the AbemaTV service.

All of the DDT spin offs are included in the acquisition so BASARA, DNA, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Wrestling will also have their content appearing on AbemaTV. The first live show on the service will be this Sunday’s “WHO’S GONNA TOP?” event in Korakuen Hall. It will be free to all site members and registration to the website is free too. A special announcement about DDT’s future will be revealed during the show. Takagi promises DDT will continue to provide more of the fun, intense and dramatic stories that they are known for.

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Right, so with that out of the way, I should probably give an opinion on this. Well, it’s been about 12 hours since the news came out and I still don’t know what to make of it. I hope DDT gets to continue doing all the stuff that makes it DDT. Everything announced so far isn’t ringing any alarm bells. Takagi is still president, the only change to the structure is the addition of a director and there’s now an extra service DDT gets to be a part of. Doesn’t sound like any drastic changes are in the works. But that’s what is only announced so far and it sounds like there is more news to come on Sunday. Companies don’t get purchased just to continue being run the same way.

I’m in the dark about AbemaTV and its influence over in Japan. Some comments I’ve been able to make out on a few Japanese sites sound like it’s a big enough deal to be compared to Bushiroad buying New Japan. But my limited understanding of the company isn’t enough to figure out how accurate that claim is. Plus there have been plenty of times when a wrestling company expects to reach new levels with their broadcast deals only for them to fizzle out in demoralising ways (speaking of that, what crazy timing of this news to come out by the way).

Maybe it will work out. As mentioned above, AbemaTV wants in on the pro wrestling scene as it is on an upswing in Japan. There’s a good revival going on being led by NJPW with Dragon Gate behind them. DDT I reckon is third and All Japan are doing a wonderful job recovering from what was an absolute wreck a few years ago. Hopefully NOAH can find a way back to their feet. DDT has been constantly looking at ways to grow by being different to everyone else. The variety of projects on offer is probably what helped made DDT appealing to CyberAgent. Personally I didn’t think much of Tokyo Joshi when it began but that thing has grown far above my expectations. DNA scratches that itch I get for watching new wrestlers develop show by show. BASARA I think is struggling because its small roster often makes their shows repetitive but it offers a different change of pace from DDT. Ganpuro is the little rascal I can’t help but give a pat on its head to every once in a while.

For us outside of Japan, your guess is as good as mine in regards to how or even if we’ll get effected by this. There was no mention about DDT UNIVERSE in any of the statements. Can that service coincide with the AbemaTV deal? I don’t expect my enjoyment to change anyhow. The role of this blog is staying the same. Crazy things in DDT will continue to happen. I will want to continue describing them to you. People in the company will continue to be confused as to why a stranger in Ireland has made this his hobby. Such is life. Wrestling is weird. Have fun with it.

With that said, I’m crossing my fingers this acquisition will work out.