DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN HAKATA” Results

December 9, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN HAKATA”, 09/12/2018
Hakata Star Lanes
379 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Mizuki Watase defeated Soma Takao, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Azul Dragon when Sakaguchi submitted Shimatani with the Modified Cobra Clutch (8:55).
2. Lucha Libre Rules: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Yuki Ueno & Yuto Aijima defeated Mike Bailey, Antonio Honda, Kota Umeda & Yuki Iino when Hirata pinned Honda with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (11:36).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Puma King (4) defeated Akito (4) with a Romero Special (10:28).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated MAO (4) with the Doctor Bomb (13:46).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Sammy Guevara (6) defeated Tetsuya Endo (6) with the 450 Splash (11:59).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (4) with the Somato (15:47).
7. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (4) defeated Shinya Aoki (c) (6) with the German Suplex (8:53).
*Konosuke Takeshita becomes the 1,342nd champion.

A Block

1. Go Shiozaki (6)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
3. Akito (4)
-. MAO (4)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (4)
-. Puma King (4)
-. HARASHIMA (4)

B Block

1. Shinya Aoki (6)
-. Tetsuya Endo (6)
-. Sammy Guevara (6)
4. Mike Bailey (4)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (4)
6. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Soma Takao (2)

Shinya Aoki’s winning streak in DDT comes to an end but the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title continues to be the hot potato it is meant to be. Konosuke Takeshita decided to wrestle the main event barefoot so he would be on equal terms with Aoki. He avoided being counted down for a knockout after taking a Guillotine Choke. Takeshita was able to get in control with his Horizontal Chops, knocking down the champion and leaving him open for the German Suplex to end the match. The two bowed to each other and shook hands. Takeshita said that Aoki’s strengths is different from the DDT wrestlers. He felt that from watching Aoki win his other matches in DDT for what felt to him like forever. He wants Aoki to soak in the DDT world even more. This is the current strength of DDT’s wrestlers and Takeshita made a promise to the fans that everyone in DDT will always prove that this way of wrestling is the strongest.

The match between Daisuke Sasaki and HARASHIMA saw plenty of action outside the ring. Sasaki wrapped a chair around HARASHIMA’s upper body and threw him chair first into the ring post. Sasaki later hit a Topé Suicida for more damage. However HARASHIMA escaped from La Mistica Cross Facelock and hit the Reverse Frankensteiner. With Sasaki stunned, HARASHIMA hit a standing Somato followed by the regular Somato to beat the KO-D Openweight Champion. HARASHIMA noted that his neck was hurt bad by Sasaki’s attacks but the cheers in the venue spurred him on to victory. He still has a lot of work to do to climb to the top of A Block but he will not give up. Sasaki however is starting to crack now that his chances of winning the block are becoming slim.

The styles of Tetsuya Endo and Sammy Guevara are so similar that Endo called Sammy his alter ego after their match. An alter ego that didn’t get Endo’s permission to use his moves. Endo did the Tetsuya In The Sky, Guevara responded with his own Standing Spanish Fly. Endo did the Shooting Star Press and missed, Guevara hit his own Shooting Star and won. Guevara doesn’t care who he has left to face in his block. He says he is the best not just in Japan but in the world!

Kazusada Higuchi is now on a three match winning streak after losing his first two tournament bouts. Not even MAO’s tricky wrestling around the entrance stage was enough to stop Higuchi’s momentum. A Headbutt, a Torpedo Lariat and a Choke Slam left MAO fighting for survival until he was eventually put away with the Doctor Bomb. MAO thinks this is the kind of match-up that will some day be on top of the DDT pyramid. They wrestled each other in DNA, it moved up to the DDT midcard and some day it will to move up to the main event! While Higuchi appreciates the sentiment for DNA, he isn’t spending his time reminiscing about the past. He has a Grand Prix to win.

Puma King countered Akito’s Figure 4 Leglock attempt into a Romero Special. By the time he applied pressure by locking onto Akito’s jaw and pulling it down, Akito gave up. King calls Akito a tough opponent because of his focus on attacking legs and knees. King was happy to face someone like that because it gave him a chance to show off his submission repertoire to the DDT fans. Akito hopes King will come back so he can learn those kind of holds from him.

Hakata Star Lanes will be temporarily closing down next April to undergo earthquake-proof reconstruction. DDT, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Big Japan will each be holding special farewell shows for the venue in its current state on 31st March.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN OSAKA” Results

December 9, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN OSAKA”, 08/12/2018
Osaka World Pavilion
244 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. 3 Way Match: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Antonio Honda and Yuki Iino when Sakaguchi submitted Honda with the Modified Cobra Clutch (7:42).
2. Lucha Libre Rules: MAO, Sammy Guevara & Mizuki Watase defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when MAO pinned Hirata with a Jackknife Pin (9:17).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (4) defeated Puma King (2) with the Doctor Bomb (7:53).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Green Tea Plunge (10:40).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (2) defeated Akito (4) with the Somato (11:59).
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki (6) defeated Soma Takao (c) (2) with a Triangle Choke (5:34).
*Shinya Aoki becomes the 1,341st champion.
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) defeated Go Shiozaki (6) with the Sasaki Hurricanrana (18:22).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (6) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (2) with the Shooting Star Press (22:11).

A Block

1. Go Shiozaki (6)
2. Akito (4)
-. MAO (4)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
6. Puma King (2)
-. HARASHIMA (2)

B Block

1. Shinya Aoki (6)
-. Tetsuya Endo (6)
3. Sammy Guevara (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
5. Konosuke Takeshita (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Soma Takao (2)

The D-Ou Grand Prix rolled into Osaka for the next battle in DDT’s biggest feud. Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo faced off one on one for the first time since the first Grand Prix in January. That one ended in a time limit draw but today there was a winner. Endo blocked Takeshita’s new Fable finisher with a Handspring Kick and later countered the move with a Sit Down Power Bomb. From there Endo hit the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb and pinned Takeshita with the Shooting Star Press. Endo told everyone that this was reality. He never liked Takeshita even when they were teaming together. Every time they wrestle he hates him even more. Endo then staked his claim that he will win the Grand Prix for DAMNATION. Not Daisuke Sasaki and not Soma Takao. His speech was interrupted when Nobuhiro Shimatani tried to finish it for Endo. Endo Low Blowed Shimatani to shut him up.

Daisuke Sasaki got back on track by beating the A Block leader Go Shiozaki, handing the NOAH wrestler his first defeat in the Grand Prix. Sasaki was in danger after taking the Strong Arm Lariat and a Fisherman Buster. But he escaped with the two points thanks to his flash Hurricanrana pinning Shiozaki from out of nowhere. Sasaki taunted Shiozaki after the match by lifting up the KO-D Openweight Title over him. Sasaki also has his confidence back with this win and thinks he is the strongest man in the universe. Even stronger than “that asshole” Thanos from the Avengers.

Two tournament trends continued today. Shinya Aoki winning matches in short times and the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changing hands. Aoki is now a double champion in DDT after beating Soma Takao. This was his longest block match yet thanks to Takao’s dirty tactics like ringside brawling and a low blow. Aoki recovered from it to counter the Official Endless Waltz into a Triangle Choke to get the submission victory. Takao doesn’t accept the result and is telling everyone his B Block record is now 7-0. He only has 6 matches in his block…

HARASHIMA finally gets his first win, beating Akito by breaking out of the Perfect Figure 4 and hitting two Somatos. He doesn’t know what his chances are at winning his block after his rocky start but there is still something good to be found in winning his remaining matches.

The match between Mike Bailey and Masahiro Takanashi was promised to be a clean fight. At least Takanashi kept swearing to Bailey that he would fight fair. Instead he pounced on Bailey when his guard dropped. His tricks weren’t enough though and Bailey won with the Green Tea Plunge.

Kazusada Higuchi followed up on yesterday’s win over HARASHIMA by beating Puma King with the Doctor Bomb. He knew he was going up against a mysterious opponent but was confident he would be the stronger man. King is disappointed that his record will most likely make him miss the final. He wants the Japanese fans to see how powerful a wrestler he is but he might have lost too many matches to prove it.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA” Results

December 7, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA”, 07/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
213 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 4 Way Tag Match: Keisuke Okuda & Yuki Iino defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai and Antonio Honda & Veda Scott when Iino pinned Hirata with the Haka Elbow (7:16).
2. No Tag Rules: MAO, Sammy Guevara & Puma King defeated Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when King pinned Ueno with La Casita (7:45).
3. Husband Vs Wife! Oishi Asahi Vs AvidRival: Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi Vs Ryo Mizunami & Misaki Ohata ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (2) with the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock (13:05).
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) defeated Tetsuya Endo (c) (4) with La Magistral Cradle (13:28).
*Soma Takao becomes the 1,340th champion.
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki (4) defeated Mike Bailey (2) with a Rotation Armlock (4:28).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (2) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Fable (13:53).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (2) defeated HARASHIMA (0) with the Doctor Bomb (17:13).

A Block

1. Go Shiozaki (6)
2. Akito (4)
-. MAO (4)
4. Puma King (2)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (2)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (2)
7. HARASHIMA (0)

B Block

1. Shinya Aoki (4)
-. Tetsuya Endo (4)
-. Sammy Guevara (4)
4. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Soma Takao (2)

After a few days off the D-Ou Grand Prix was back in action today but one wrestler in particular continues to struggle out of the starting gates. HARASHIMA is now the only person in the tournament who is winless. Even worse is his defeat today was against Kazusada Higuchi, a rival who has not had the best of luck against HARASHIMA in singles matches until now. HARASHIMA did have Higuchi beaten with the Somato but was too slow to pin him. That allowed Higuchi time to fight back and hit the Doctor Bomb twice to win. Higuchi called HARASHIMA his wall and today he was able to climb over it! HARASHIMA gave credit to Higuchi for staying calm throughout the match. His mental strength has improved since their last match against each other and that was the difference maker.

Konosuke Takeshita took a page out of Mike Bailey’s book by bringing out a new finishing move to win his first match in the Grand Prix. Takeshita has created the Fable, a Swanton Bomb from the middle of the top rope onto an opponent sitting in the middle of the ring. Masahiro Takanashi takes the “honour” of being the first victim of the move. Takeshita was inspired by CIMA’s Meteora to create a similar move. He would have used it in his first match against Bailey but the opportunity was never there. Takeshita now wants to change his style whenever he loses so nobody from the wrestlers to the fans can predict what he’ll do in the ring next.

In his second match of the tournament, Shinya Aoki again won in under five minutes this time against Mike Bailey. Aoki chased down his opponent and applied a deep Sleeper Hold, keeping it on while Bailey rolled them out of the ring and onto the entrance ramp. When he finally let go and went back into the ring, Bailey caught him with a High Kick and went for the Ultima Weapon. Aoki instead caught him in a Rotation Arm Lock and got the submission victory. Aoki later complained about his opponents not being a good fit for him so far. He thinks none of his tournament matches have meshed and he’s felt no danger.

The DAMNATION Vs DAMNATION match had the added bonus of being an Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match. Despite being in the same stable, Tetsuya Endo and Soma Takao did not hold back against each other. Endo thought he had the match won with the Tetsuya In The Sky but Takao turned the pin into the Official Endless Waltz. With Endo left dizzy, Takao then applied La Magistral Cradle to win the match and the title! Takao apologised to Endo for taking his belt. He didn’t even want it. Takao then asked Nobuhiro Shimatani where Mad Paulie was. He’s having his food time. Shimatani then addressed the audience about DAMNATION’s performance today with Takao being the only one in the group to win. He accidentally called Takao “BIMA” and Takao knocked him out to shut him up. Takao also claims his official record in the tournament is 3 wins and 0 losses. Today is really his first win.

As mentioned above, DAMNATION didn’t have the most success today. Daisuke Sasaki lost his match to Akito in a match where Akito constantly targets Sasaki’s knees. The damage took its toll and Akito was able to escape from Sasaki’s Cross Facelock to drop Sasaki knees first onto the canvas. From there Akito got Sasaki to submit to the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock. Akito says this victory is bigger than anything he’s gotten before. He got valuable league points and more important than that, he’s beaten the reigning KO-D Openweight Champion! Sasaki was left in despair over the result. Backstage he begged reporters to give him scissors so he could cut his own hair as a forfeit. When he got no answers Sasaki instead decided to make Akito his challenger for the KO-D Title on 3rd January!

Husband and wife Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata got their wish to wrestle each other with Shiori Asahi & Ryo Mizunami also involved. Oishi & Asahi had Ohata beaten with the Cactus Flower but time ran out before they could get the pin. Oishi & Ohata embraced after the match before AvidRival left Oishi & Asahi in the ring. Oishi pointed out that he and Asahi are currently the STRONGEST-K TAG Champions in K-DOJO. Maybe they should go after the KO-D Tag Team Titles in DDT too! MAO entered the ring with both of the KO-D Tag belts to confront them but Oishi & Asahi instead decided to change their minds and leave him be.

The Muscle brand will provide a pre-show match on the 30th December Korakuen Hall show. Super Sasadango Machine, Antonio Honda, Choun-Shiryu, Pedro Takaishi, Yasu Urano and Makoto Oishi will be part of the match.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN FUJI” Results

December 2, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN FUJI”, 02/12/2018
Shizuoka Fuji-san Messe
163 Fans

1. Antonio Honda, Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno defeated Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Honda pinned Shimatani with the Diving Fist Drop (7:19).
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Sammy Guevara (4) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Shooting Star Press (9:45).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Go Shiozaki (6) defeated Puma King (2) with a Frankensteiner (11:13).
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (4) defeated Mike Bailey (c) (2) with a Cradle (14:30).
*Tetsuya Endo becomes the 1,339th champion.
5. Makoto Oishi Soon To Be 40 Years Old Local Triumph! Fuji Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Makoto Oishi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino when Oishi pinned Iino with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (12:27).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (2) defeated Kazusada Higuchi (0) with an Ankle Package Hold (10:54).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (2) defeated MAO (4) with La Mistica Cross Facelock (14:26).

A Block

1. Go Shiozaki (6)
2. MAO (4)
3. Puma King (2)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (2)
-. Akito (2)
6. HARASHIMA (0)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (0)

B Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (4)
-. Sammy Guevara (4)
3. Shinya Aoki (2)
-. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
6. Konosuke Takeshita (0)
-. Soma Takao (0)

Day 3 of the D-Ou Grand Prix was headlined with a champion versus champion match between Daisuke Sasaki and MAO. Sasaki blocked the Cannonball 450 with his knees and hit the Now Or Never before applying La Mistica Cross Facelock. MAO struggled over to the ropes but Sasaki rolled him into the centre of the ring, making him give up. After the match Sasaki introduced his group to the Fuji locals as “DAMNATION from Tokyo”. He explained that he is using the Grand Prix to search for an opponent to defend the KO-D Openweight Title against on 3rd January. So far Puma King is under consideration but MAO is not. Sasaki closed out the show by saying the Grand Prix will be won by either himself or another member of DAMNATION. Nobuhiro Shimatani interrupted to say it would be him and Sasaki cut him off with a Low Blow.

In a rematch from the first D-Ou Grand Prix, Akito avenged his defeat to Kazusada Higuchi. He targeted the big man’s legs throughout the match with a big attack coming from a Gory Bomb Drop. Higuchi resisted the Anklelock and went for the Doctor Bomb only for Akito to take him down for the Anklelock again. This time instead of going for a submission, Akito instead switched the Anklelock into a Modified School Boy to grab the win. Higuchi admitted that he knew his legs would be targeted but he didn’t expect it to be so much. Akito’s next match is against Sasaki on the 7th. He notes that Sasaki isn’t as good when he wrestles in non-title matches so this is Akito’s best chance to beat him.

At the start of the show Yuki Iino interrupted Makoto Oishi’s welcome speech with a demand. If Iino won today, Oishi’s mother in the audience would have to marry him and Oishi would have to call him Daddy. Iino taunted Oishi during the match by saying he would become his father. He also went to sit beside Oishi’s mom in the front row. Iino accidentally Speared Konosuke Takeshita which led to Oishi pinning Iino with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch. Oishi suffered a bloodied nose during the match but that didn’t ruin today for him. He thanked HARASHIMA for the match and also his mother for coming to see him wrestle.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changed hands for the second time in the Grand Prix when Tetsuya Endo beat Mike Bailey. The Flamingo Driver Bailey used to beat Takeshita was countered into the Yurikamome Hold. The two went back and forth with close calls until Endo used a Handspring into a Cradle to pin Bailey. Endo said he was too tired after the match but his high motivation made him win. Bailey was disappointed to lose the Iron Man Title but he’s also relieved it was to another human instead of something like food or a table.

Three matches in and Go Shiozaki finds himself on top of the A Block undefeated. Today’s win was against the other tournament outsider Puma King. Shiozaki countered the Puma Kingdom Super Power Bomb into a Hurricanarana and later pinned King with another Hurricanrana. Shiozaki felt nostalgic after the match because it’s been a while since he last wrestled a luchador. With two defeats in a row, Puma King promised to do his best because he needs to win his remaining matches.

Sammy Guevara flew a drone to the ring during his entrance then proceeded to win against Masahiro Takanashi. He used a standing Spanish Fly and the Shooting Star Press to grab the victory. Afterwards Guevara bragged about his abs.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NANTO” Results

December 1, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NANTO”, 01/12/2018
Toyama Nanto City Fukuno B & G Ocean Center
308 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Iino & Kota Umeda defeated Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno when Takeshita submitted Ueno with the Wall Of Takeshita (10:35).
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO (4) defeated Puma King (2) with the Momo☆Clutch (10:43).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Sammy Guevara (2) defeated Soma Takao (0) with the Shooting Star Press (10:14).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (2) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Modified Yurikamome Hold (12:05).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Go Shiozaki (4) defeated Akito (0) with the Strong Arm Lariat (13:03).
6. Ken Ohka Local Triumph! Nanto Specialty How Surprising Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ken Ohka, HARASHIMA & Antonio Honda defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Ohka pinned Shimatani with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (15:43).

A Block

1. MAO (4)
-. Go Shiozaki (4)
3. Puma King (2)
4. Akito (0)
-. HARASHIMA (0)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (0)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (0)

B Block

1. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Shinya Aoki (2)
-. Tetsuya Endo (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Sammy Guevara (2)
6. Konosuke Takeshita (0)
-. Soma Takao (0)

While the D-Ou Grand Prix moved into its second day, the show was more focused on Ken Ohka’s homecoming. His father was part of the show opening introductions because he will be honored by the governor of Toyama on 22nd December for his volunteer work. The moment was interrupted by DAMNATION who surrounded Ohka’s dad. Ohka, HARASHIMA & Antonio Honda ran out to protect him and chase off DAMNATION. In the main event Ohka valiantly fought his best and was able to pin Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Ohka spoke about getting married a few years ago and becoming a father, something he never thought about until he turned 39. He’s 41 now and having a child makes him appreciate his father even more. Ohka’s dad thanked everyone and gave details about how to help his volunteer work in the area. Ohka then closed the show out by tearfully celebrating with the fans at ringside.

Akito played dirty late in his match with Go Shiozaki by using the referee as a shield so he could Dropkick Shiozaki in the knee. The plan didn’t work because Shiozaki recovered to hit the Go Flasher and the Strong Arm Lariat to win. Akito voiced his complaints backstage about the tournament having outsiders when it’s supposed to determine who is the best in DDT. He’s not looking forward to facing Puma King later in the block for this reason.

Masahiro Takanashi tried to trap Tetsuya Endo underneath a guardrail to count him out. He countered the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb into a DDT but Endo was able to lock in the Modified Yurikamome Hold to win his first match in the Grand Prix. Endo said he is highly motivated to compete in the tournament this time around after his unexpected confrontation with Daisuke Sasaki at the last Korakuen Hall show. However Endo won’t explicitly say why he has now become so motivated.

With yesterday’s humiliation now behind him, Sammy Guevara got his first win by beating Soma Takao. He countered the Gin And Tonic into the Canadian Destroyer and got the three count with the Shooting Star Press. Takao is trying to deny losing two block matches in a row because he has no memory of it. He thinks he won his first two matches and will make it three in a row when he takes on his stablemate Endo at Shin-Kiba 1st RING next week. Guevara bragged about having the most impact out of anyone when he is on the show whether the match lasts one minute or sixteen. He is spending his birthday here in Japan instead of being at home with his family so he will definitely be winning the Grand Prix and become a champion!

MAO joins Shiozaki at the top of A Block with a win over Puma King. MAO wanted to go high flying but King was ready for him most of the time, either grounding his opponent or catching his moves. MAO got one over him though by doing the Momo☆Clutch for the win. MAO said that lucha libre is something that has become easier to access and learn in Japan but even then he just knows the basic stuff. His plan today was to use the Momo☆Clutch at the right time. It worked. He now looks forward to his next match, a champion versus champion bout with Daisuke Sasaki.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINJUKU” Results

November 30, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINJUKU”, 30/11/2018
Shinjuku FACE
342 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Scramble Bunkhouse Musical Match: Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Umeda pinned Hirata with a PK (8:25).
1. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuki Ueno when Endo pinned Ueno with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (6:38).
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi (2) defeated Soma Takao (0) with an Official Endless Waltz Cutoff (8:33).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Puma King (2) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (0) with the Puma Kingdom (13:34).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki (2) defeated Sammy Guevara (0) with a Reverse Cross Armbreaker (3:52).
5. Akito, Yuki Iino, Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Gorgeous Matsuno defeated CIMA, El Lindaman, Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel when Akito submitted Lindaman with the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock (13:00).
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (c) (0) with the Flamingo Driver (16:56)
*Mike Bailey becomes the 1,338th champion.
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Go Shiozaki (2) defeated Kazusada Higuchi (0) with the Strong Arm Lariat (16:05).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO (2) defeated HARASHIMA (0) with a Jackknife Pin (16:20).

A Block

1. MAO (2)
-. Go Shiozaki (2)
-. Puma King (2)
4. Akito (0)
-. HARASHIMA (0)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (0)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (0)

B Block

1. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Shinya Aoki (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
4. Tetsuya Endo (0)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (0)
-. Sammy Guevara (0)
-. Soma Takao (0)

The second D-Ou Grand Prix kicked off with a packed show where the Moonlight Express both earned significant victories over DDT’s most accomplished wrestlers. MAO swept away from HARASHIMA’s Somato, allowing MAO to hit HARASHIMA with a Screw High Kick and then roll him up in a Jackknife to get the surprise three count. HARASHIMA lowered his head to MAO after the match to accept the result. MAO said that his momentum and hot passion will not be stopped. He will win the A Block, Mike Bailey will win the B Block and together these two idiots will put on a foolish final!

Go Shiozaki immediately made his mark in the tournament by turning Kazusada Higuchi’s chest raw with Chops. This was a rematch from their NOAH Global League match from earlier this month and the result was the same. Shiozaki knows just how powerful Higuchi is and he is relieved to get this match over with first in the Grand Prix. Higuchi is disappointed that he wasn’t able to use the lessons learned from their first match to get a different result today. The match was closer this time but he still suffered a complete defeat to Shiozaki twice now.

Speedball joined MAO in the victory circle by beating his former teammate Konosuke Takeshita, winning the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title in the process. Bailey figured he had to do something new to beat Takeshita and boy did he find it. After a Tornado Whirlwind Kick in the corner, Bailey lifted Takeshita onto the turnbuckle and placed him knees first onto his shoulder. Bailey then walked into the centre of the ring and flipped Takeshita down into a driver to get the three count. The move is called the Flamingo Driver and Bailey knew he could win with the move because of how much damage it inflicts on the opponent. Backstage Bailey said the result wasn’t luck. He is a man with brains, skills and worldwide experience. Now he’s a double champion too.

Who would have guessed that STRONG HEARTS would meet their match in the form of Gorgeous Matsuno? Sure, sure, Akito was the one to make El Lindaman submit while Yuki Iino cleaned house, giving ALL OUT some momentum against the outsiders. But CIMA just couldn’t figure Matsuno out even with Matsuno wrestling with a back injury. Antonio Honda threw everyone off even more by telling his Gongitsune joke in English. Iino Speared CIMA while Akito trapped Lindaman in the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock to win the match. CIMA made the excuse that he didn’t take the match seriously then brought up how nobody in DDT challenged STRONG HEARTS at the last Korakuen Hall show to a KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match. Afterwards he was told by Lindaman to look up Akito on the internet. There he found out that Akito is owed a title match by DDT for finishing second in this year’s Dramatic General Election. CIMA wants Akito to use that shot against STRONG HEARTS and to also include Konosuke Takeshita on the team. Akito accepted but added that Yuki Iino will also be on the team because Shunma Katsumata is injured. CIMA doesn’t care about Katsumata. Takeshita is who he wants to fight again. Tetsuya Koda confirmed the match will take place on 30th December. Hisaya Imabayashi cut in and told Koda that Takeshita and Akito can’t be booked for that date yet because one or both of them might be in the Grand Prix final that day. Imabayashi asked CIMA when T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan can next be available for DDT. CIMA said 3rd January. That’s the date of the match then. With that over with, CIMA moved the spotlight over to The Rascalz because the 30th December will be their last match in DDT for this tour. The crowd responded favourably when CIMA asked if they would like to see The Rascalz come back next year.

Back to the Grand Prix and the most unusual pairing in the tournament provided the most unusual match. Sammy Guevara constantly taunted Shinya Aoki by kicking him off the apron and insulting him over the microphone. When he gave Aoki the middle finger, Aoki grabbed his arm and made him tap to the Cross Armbreaker. Aoki didn’t care if he didn’t mesh with Guevara. This is a long tournament for him so starting off with a quick win is a good thing. Guevara couldn’t process what happened, it went by so fast. From his point of view he offered a handshake to Aoki and everything went into a blur from there.

Puma King’s first appearance in DDT could not have gone any better. A clean win over the KO-D Openweight Champion should catch the attention of any DDT fan. Daisuke Sasaki tried to stop King by pulling at his mask but the luchador couldn’t be held down in the Cross Facelock. Sasaki went to the top rope for an Avalanche Pedigree but Puma countered it with a Super Power Bomb for the upset victory. Puma King says DDT has plenty of talented wrestlers and by coming here he can become a world star. Puma King wants to be known all around the world. He was happy to wrestle with Sasaki because they are friends who learned from the same mentor. Sasaki however did not give any interview after the match.

Masahiro Takanashi wanted to put his focus only on Soma Takao but Nobuhiro Shimatani annoyed him from ringside. Takanashi reached his breaking point and attacked Shimatani outside the ring. He then took his DAMNATION sign and attacked Takao with it! When the match went back to normal both wrestlers tried to do the Takatonic to each other. Takao turned the tussle into the Official Endless Waltz but Takanashi stopped it long enough to pin Takao. Afterwards Takao complained about Takanashi not being disqualified for attacking him with the sign.

A strong demand from Kazuki Hirata created a new match for DDT, the Scramble Bunkhouse Musical Match. A pair of Hirata GO! glasses was hung lowly over the ring with the idea that both teams will fight each other for it. Instead Hirata was the only person who ran down to it while everyone else fought with each other around ringside. Hirata later put the glasses on but instead of dancing, he was kicked to oblivion by Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase in time to his music.

With Danshoku Dieno absent and becoming less reliable, DDT is now on the lookout to recruit new comedy wrestlers. They will hold an audition called the New Year’s Day Burst Out Laughing Rumble to find the next Dieno. Sanshiro Takagi & Makoto Oishi will be the judges.

Meiko Satomura, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata will team together on 30th December.

Match #6 for Kota Umeda’s Mad Dog Trial will be Daichi Hashimoto on 3rd January.


Akito Targets STRONG HEARTS, YUMI Debut, FUMA FEST, Big Boss Trio Reunite

November 26, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINJUKU”, 30/11/2018
Shinjuku FACE

0. Under Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase
1. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuki Ueno
2. CIMA, El Lindaman, Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel Vs Akito, Yuki Iino, Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Gorgeous Matsuno
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Puma King
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs MAO
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Go Shiozaki
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Mike Bailey
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Masahiro Takanashi
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki Vs Sammy Guevara

When Akito finished in 2nd place at the Dramatic General Election, he was given a title shot of his choice among the secondary DDT championships. After yesterday’s show he decided to go after the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles currently held by the STRONG HEARTS. Unfortunately news has since come out that Shunma Katsumata is now out of action with a right orbital and cheek bone fracture so there is no date scheduled yet for the title match.

Danshoku Dieno is also on the injury list. When his memory returned so to did all of his neck, shoulder and back problems. He is taking a few weeks off to get some rest.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY ~FIVE YEAR OLD TOKYO JOSHI PRO WRESTLING~”, 01/12/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. YUMI Debut Match: YUMI Vs Saki Akai
2. 3 Way Match: Hyper Misao Vs Yuki Aino Vs Hinano
3. Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku & Veda Scott Vs Hikari, Miu & Raku
4. Haruna Neko Vs Pom Harajuku
5. Reika Saiki Vs Mina Shirakawa
6. Yuu Vs Nodoka Tenma
7. Evening Before The Explosion! 5th Anniversary Special Best 2 Out Of 3 Falls 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki Vs Maki Ito, Shoko Nakajima & Riho

Reika Saiki and Mina Shirakawa had been teaming together for the last couple of shows. Now they face off against each other.

The trainee Yumi is going all upper case for her debut. YUMI is from Tokyo, born on 26th July, 2004 and has B Type blood. She is currently a junior high school student in the 2nd grade.

BASARA “FUMA FEST VOL.2 ~WRESTLE THRASHING MAD~”, 08/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Stanley Nakano Vs Jinbeizamen
2. Nakatsu Dickinson & Abe Halford Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura
3. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ricky Fuji
4. Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & Yuka Miyamoto
5. Hardcore Match: FUMA Vs Great Sasuke

Every match will consist of different live performances for some of the entrances. Nakatsu Dickinson is Ryota Nakatsu as Bruce Dickinson. Abe Halford is Fuminori Abe as Rob Halford. Stanley Nakano is Takato Nakano as Paul Stanley.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2019 ~DDT 22ND ANNIVERSARY~”, 17/02/2019
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. Special 6-Person Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Chigusa Nagayo & Ryuji Ito Vs X, X & X

The trio of Sanshiro Takagi, Chigusa Nagayo & Ryuji Ito had teamed together once before. Nagayo held a show in Differ Ariake way back on 25th March, 2005. They defeated Mayumi Ozaki, Shadow WX & Abdullah Kobayashi in a 1,000m Barbed Wire and 100 Fluorescent Lighttube Death Match in the main event. Fourteen years later the three will reunite at Sumo Hall.