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.