DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKYO BAY~” Results

February 26, 2017

smilesquash-newgen

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKYO BAY~”, 25/02/2017
Chiba Blue Field
189 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Ishii pinned MAO with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (9:06).
2. Mad Paulie defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Paulie Buster (9:28).
3. KUDO & Tomomatsu Matsunaga defeated Toru Owashi & Daiki Shimomura when KUDO pinned Shimomura with the Diving Double Knee Drop (11:30).
4. Inner Chamber, Outer Chamber, Big Runaway! Chiba Specialty Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino defeated Makoto Oishi & X = Shiori Asahi when Dino pinned Oishi with the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver (12:22).
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Endo pinned Takanashi with the Sky Twister Press (14:19).
6. Smile Squash Vs Happy Motel Fight Against All Sides Three Matches!: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Guanchulo (1) (22:40).
6a. HARASHIMA pinned Guanchulo with a Buzzsaw Kick (11:31).
6b. Konosuke Takeshita pinned Akito with La España (17:03).
6c. Akito submitted Antonio Honda with the Scorpion Lock (22:40).

A 3 match challenge was set up for Smile Squash and Happy Motels in the main event. Antonio Honda started things off by telling the old tale of “Anna And The Snow Queen” because he was thinking about it over the night. But he was so tense he felt like his brain was going to blow out of his right nostril. His bad performance was fixed when Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi sang to him while he was in a Facelock. All that progress meant nothing as HARASHIMA then pinned Guanchulo with a Buzzsaw Kick to win the first fall. During the second fall Honda wandered off to the balcony and then sang “Let It Go” to distract Smile Squash. The distraction didn’t last but Takeshita was able to tie the score by pinning Akito with La España. Honda dropped the comedy for the final fall and countered Akito’s Hanamasa into a Scorpion Drop. But Akito then countered Honda’s Diving Fist Drop into an Armbar and turned it into the Scorpion Lock for the submission win. The final score was Smile Squash 2, Happy Motels 1. After the match Akito said it wasn’t a bad start for the new generation of Smile Squash. He handed the microphone over to HARASHIMA to close out the show but HARASHIMA gave it back. Since Akito won the match, HARASHIMA thinks Akito should give the speech.

Daisuke Sasaki gave Yukio Sakaguchi a warning that Tetsuya Endo will take care of him soon. Until then he should stop bringing in weak partners like Masahiro Takanashi and get someone decent to face them instead. Sakaguchi threatened to kill both Sasaki & Endo. Then said he will fill Saitama Super Arena with their blood.

Shiori Asahi was supposed to be a mystery wrestler but DDT accidentally advertised him in advance. So Makoto Oishi and Amon Tsurumi asked the fans to act surprised when Asahi appeared for their match against Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino. The match ended with Oishi & Asahi attempted to do the Cactus Flower on Dino. Takayama caught Oishi with a Brainbuster in midair and Dino grabbed Asahi for the Lip Lock. Dino then gave Oishi the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver to win.


DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2017” Results

February 12, 2017

sakaguchi-cobraclutch

DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2017”, 12/02/2017
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall
511 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Gota Ihashi defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Running Body Press (3:45).
*D11 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. Mad Paulie defeated Shunma Katsumata with a Reverse Splash (5:15).
2. Scramble Bunkhouse Lucha Glasses 6-Man Tag Death Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Ishii pinned Matsunaga with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (8:53).
3. Soma Takao Contending Unit Determination Special 6 Way Match: Soma Takao defeated Yasu Urano, Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi, Rekka and Saki Akai (11:13).
3a. Soma Takao eliminated Rekka by Ring Out (1:45).
3b. Makoto Oishi eliminated Sanshiro Takagi with a Cradle (3:09).
3c. Makoto Oishi eliminated Saki Akai with a Cradle (5:52).
3d. Yasu Urano and Soma Takao eliminated Makoto Oishi with a Double Thrust Kick (6:29).
3e. Soma Takao eliminated Yasu Urano with the Gin And Tonic (11:13).
4. Real, No Fear Start!: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino defeated KUDO & Guanchulo when Dino ponned Guanchulo with the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver (12:16).
5. Special 3 Way Match: Colt Cabana defeated Konosuke Takeshita and MAO when Cabana pinned MAO with a Superman Dive (8:11).
6. Daisuke Sasaki First Local Triumph! Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Jun Kasai & Antonio Honda when Sasaki submitted Honda with La Mistica Cross Facelock (12:37).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) defeated HARASHIMA & Akito when Sakaguchi submitted Akito with the Modified Cobra Clutch (18:29).
*V1 for Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi.

It was a mixed day for Smile Squash. They weren’t able to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles but they at least gained a new member. In the tag title match, Akito tapped out to Yukio Sakaguchi’s Modified Cobra Clutch. That was Sakaguchi’s revenge for losing to Akito by submission back in January. Sakaguchi asked who wanted to fight him and Masakatsu Funaki next. Out came Tetsuya Endo followed by Shuji Ishikawa! The DAMNATION team will get their title shot at Saitama Super Arena in March!

Daisuke Sasaki was celebrated his return home to Nerima with a tag team victory over Jun Kasai. Sasaki taunted Kasai during the match by stealing his goggles and copying his salute. Sasaki said Kasai was truly amazing, as expected from such a charismatic death match wrestler. He then stomped on Kasai and said he really isn’t such a big deal. Kasai is not as charismatic as he is. They’re going to have some fun in Saitama.

Colt Cabana’s first match in DDT was a success, pinning MAO in a 3 Way Match also featuring Konosuke Takeshita. However his victory speech was cut short when Danshoku Dino attacked him! Dino accused Cabana of being gay and he wants him to admit it in English! This was Cabana’s welcome to DDT and next Sunday at Korakuen Hall Dino will make sure Cabana will come out of the closet! When Dino left Cabana took the microphone. He said his crotch is bigger than Joey Ryan’s.

Yoshihiro Takayama is warming up to the idea of Danshoku Dino being his new No Fear tag partner. He hesitated to participate in Dino’s fighting style but eventually decided “No Fear!” After that he threw KUDO face first into Dino’s exposed rear end. Dino then put Guanchulo in position for the Axe Guillotine Driver but Takayama told him to hold still. Takayama then pulled Dino’s tights over Guanchulo’s head to turn the move into the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver! Takayama told Dino it was a good start for their new team.

Soma Takao is now a member of Smile Squash! He won a 6 Way Elimination Match where the winner would earn Takao’s membership. Before the match began, Sanshiro Takagi gave Takao one last offer. If Takao joins T2Hide they can kick out Kazuki Hirata and rename the unit T2T. Makoto Oishi thinks Takao has a future as a pop idol. Rekka tempted Takao with promises of becoming the ace of New Taiwan Pro Wrestling. Saki Akai said Takao can travel the world if he joins the Oscar Promotion agency. The only person who didn’t appeal for Takao to join his unit was Yasu Urano. That made things awkward because Takao wants to join Smile Squash and the match eventually came down to those two. Takao scored the win and earned the right to join Smile Squash under his own power. Urano wasn’t pleased by this. He thinks Takao joining Smile Squash is a dangerous idea. However Akito is ok with the idea and HARASHIMA welcomed Takao into the group with open arms. Urano then accepted Takao’s induction. If nothing else at least this means he now has a new friend.

The Kotatsu table made its presence felt in Match #2, somehow attacking Kazuki Hirata while Keisuke Ishii pinned Tomomitsu Matsunaga. Ishii talked to the table after the match. Ishii said he fights with pride as the AJPW Jr. Champion so he hopes Kotatsu is the same as the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion. He offered a handshake but then began to stomp the table! He then gave Kotatsu the Emerald Frosion and went for a pin but Antonio Honda stopped the count. Honda then tried to pin Kotatsu but Ishii stopped him. Ishii and Honda then knocked each other out with a Lariat and Bionic Elbow collision, leaving Kotatsu just standing there probably triumphant.

Nobuhiro Shimatani is coming close to tying Gota Ihashi’s record for the most King Of Dark Title defences. Shimatani is more concerned about being forced to miss the DNA relaunch in two weeks time. He has one more chance to get rid of the title on 19th February. If he can’t win that match then he will miss the DNA show. Shimatani tried to pin the Kotatsu table to win the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title but Amon Tsurumi kicked him away.


Dark Side HARASHIMA? MIZUHO Graduates From Tokyo Joshi, BASARA Anniversary

January 14, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN SHIMIZU ~DRAMATIC DREAM TUNA~”, 15/01/2017
Shizuoka Shimizu Marine Bill

1. Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
2. 3 Way Match: Toru Owashi Vs Masahiro Takanashi Vs Guanchulo
3. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
4. Shizuoka Specialty! Sharp, Sharp, Clear! Special Single Match: Makoto Oishi Vs Konosuke Takeshita
5. One And Only! The Rare Gay Wrestler Danshoku Dino’s Long Awaited Return Match For The First Time In 11 Days!: Danshoku Dino & Antonio Honda Vs Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase
6. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie

HARASHIMA showed a rare dark side the last time he was in the ring with Daisuke Sasaki. HARASHIMA choked out Sasaki with a Sleeper Hold but it was in retaliation for Sasaki blindsiding him at a previous show. Will Sasaki go for revenge knowing he could risk facing HARASHIMA’s wrath again afterwards?

BASARA “VAJRA 27 WU”, 20/01/2017
Saitama Wrestle Fighter Museum

1. Wrestling Consultation Office That Can Be A Matrix: Gouma Ryu Vs Tsutomu Oosugi
2. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT Vs MC.33 & Fuminori Abe
3. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & Daichi Kazato
4. Special Single Match: Ryuichi Sekine Vs Saburo Inematsu
5. Pro Wrestling BASARA 1st Anniversary Memorial Match: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Ikuto Hidaka

The very first match in BASARA was Ryota Nakatsu Vs Ikuto Hidaka. Now one year later, just one day short of the debut show’s date, we get the rematch.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GIRLS FIGHT OUT #1”, 21/01/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. 3 Way Match: Mil Clown Vs Maho Kurone Vs Itoh Maki
2. Great Pitfalls That People Who Want To Get Married Fall Into This Year: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Syoko Nakajima & Akane Miura
3. Yuu Vs Nodoka-oneesan
4. SIN Biishiki-gun Start!: Miyu Yamashita & Rika Tatsumi Vs Saki Akai & Martha

Saki Akai has created a new Biishiki-gun called SIN Biishiki-gun. The first added member is Martha, her maid. Martha kinda sorta looks like Masahiro Takanashi.

In unfortunate news, MIZUHO “graduated” from Tokyo Joshi Pro during the week. MIZUHO had been absent for most of 2016 when she suffered dizziness during intense training exercises. The source of this problem turned out to be a malfunctioning semicircular canal. She took time off to rest but her condition never recovered. After speaking to her doctor and the Tokyo Joshi staff she decided it was time to end her wrestling career and devote time to treating her condition. MIZUHO apologised to the Tokyo Joshi fans for leaving so suddenly.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “I’M PROUD 2017”, 21/01/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Revenge Match: Chikara Vs Mars Spector
2. Ai Shimizu Ganbare☆Wrestling Third Trial – 2nd Round: Ai Shimizu Vs Hiroyo Matsumoto
3. Recovery And Memory Of K: Hi69 & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi
4. OVER THE TOP: Yumehito Imanari & Bambi Vs Yukihiro Abe & Mitomi Masayuki
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Ken Ohka & Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Kenso Ohka & Osamu Namiguchi

Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling is back to grab attention from normal Ganbare☆Wrestling.

DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2017”, 12/02/2017
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Akito

Yukio Sakaguchi wants revenge on Akito for making him submit last week.


DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN OYODO ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENROKU~” Results

January 9, 2017

hybrid-blaster

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN OYODO ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENROKU~”, 09/01/2017
Osaka Oyodo Community Center
322 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Candice LeRae defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when LeRae pinned Hirata with the Balls Plex (9:12).
2. Antonio Honda & Yuni defeated Masahiro Takanashi & Guanchulo when Honda pinned Guanchulo with the Diving Fist Drop (9:18).
3. Yasu Urano & Soma Takao defeated Keisuke Ishii & Rekka when Urano pinned Rekka with a Figure Four Jackknife (9:47).
4. 3 Way Match: KUDO defeated Tetsuya Endo and Shunma Katsumata when KUDO pinned Katsumata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:46).
5. 26cm Height Difference! New Year Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Makoto Oishi with the Knee Lift (9:26).
6. Oyodo Specialty! I Came Here To Osaka Many Times To Know Its Dialect Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie by Referee Stoppage when HARASHIMA choked out Sasaki with a Modified Sleeper (16:25).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey (c) when Funaki pinned Bailey with the Hybrid Blaster (14:43).
*Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey fail in V2. Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi become the 59th KO-D Tag Team Champions.

Looks like Masakatsu Funaki will be sticking around for a while because he is now a KO-D Tag Team Champion! Funaki drilled Mike Bailey’s head into the canvas with the Hybrid Blaster to cause the title change. Yukio Sakaguchi’s victory speech was cut off when HARASHIMA & Akito entered the ring. Akito reminded Sakaguchi that he beat him by submission yesterday. He asked how humiliating must it have been? Sakaguchi tried to brush his comments off but Akito then said that there’s no way the pain he caused to Sakaguchi’s legs have already gone away. Sakaguchi said that liquor is his medicine. He then wanted to know if Akito was here to challenge him. Well there’s no need as Sakaguchi nominated him and HARASHIMA as the No. 1 Contenders anyway. When Smile Squash were sent away, Funaki told a story about meeting Sakaguchi’s father Seiji Sakaguchi at a New Japan training camp when he was around 16 years old. He did not think he would be winning championships with Seiji’s son 32 years later.

HARASHIMA got a measure of revenge on Daisuke Sasaki for yesterday’s sneak attack. After he hit Sasaki with the Somato, HARASHIMA then applied a Sleeper Hold and choked out Sasaki to win. When Sasaki was revived backstage he asked if Candice LeRae saw what happened. Apparently she did. Sasaki then swore he will kill HARASHIMA!

At the start of the show Makoto Oishi had to be encouraged by Amon Tsurumi to have his match with Yoshihiro Takayama. Oishi was intimidated by the massive size difference and the result was never in doubt. Oishi was fighting back the tears as he thanked Takayama for the match backstage afterwards. Takayama tried to cheer him up by saying he showed No Fear.

Yasu Urano will get his AJPW Jr. Title match against Keisuke Ishii on 29th January. He was in such a good mood over this and his win today that he was full of praise for Ishii in his post-match promo. Urano said he would not mind if he had to wait for the title shot but the All Japan office gave their blessing for it to happen on the 29th. Urano promises a fair fight but Ishii doesn’t believe him.

Antonio Honda doesn’t feel bad about his age when he teams with Yuni. Honda’s 39 years old and Yuni is only 8. That makes their average age 23. Honda is now thinking up a team name for themselves.

There was a little bit of tension between Kazuki Hirara and Candice LeRae. Candice complained about Hirata’s dance entrance. However she was happy to dance herself once she put on the Hirata GO! glasses. During the dance Kazusada Higuchi Headbutted Hirata in time with the music. Candice then pinned Hirata with the Balls Plex.

Danshoku Dino Vs Yoshihiro Takayama was booked for Osaka Edion Arena #2 on 4th February.


DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN NAGOYA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~” Results

January 8, 2017

kudo-endo-knee

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN NAGOYA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~”, 08/01/2017
Nagoya Chikusa Sports Center
291 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & Ultraman Robin defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (7:07).
2. Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie defeated Shinya Ishida & Rekka when Sasaki submitted Rekka with the Cross Facelock (11:17).
3. Keisuke Ishii, Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihiko defeated Antonio Honda, Guanchulo & Candice LeRae when Yoshihiko pinned Honda with a Back Drop (9:54).
4. 3 Way Tag Match: Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Mike Bailey & Kouki Iwasaki and Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Akito submitted Sakaguchi with a Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock (11:19).
5. Shigehiro Irie, Konosuke Takeshita & Kengo Takai defeated HARASHIMA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Soma Takao when Irie pinned Takao with the Beast Bomber (14:47).
6. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Decision Tournament – Round 1: KUDO defeated Tetsuya Endo with Three Backspin Kicks (24:00).

KUDO joins Konosuke Takeshita in the final of the KO-D Openweight Title contender tournament. Tetsuya Endo’s chance of beating him was ruined by his surroundings. The ceiling was so low that he hesitated to do the Sky Twister Press from the top rope. That allowed KUDO to recover and trip Endo into a Tree Of Woe position. KUDO hit the Diving Double Knee Drop and then hit another one to the back of Endo’s head when he stood up. KUDO then hit three Backspin Kicks for the victory. Takeshita approached KUDO after the match and offered a handshake. KUDO rejected it by knocking Takeshita’s hand away with his knee.

Today was Shigehiro Irie’s final match in Japan before his next tour of North America. Irie spoke to everyone involved in his match after it ended. He told Soma Takao he still likes him even though they drifted apart after Team Dream Futures split up. Irie was also happy to wrestle with his teacher Kengo Takai again. He wants to repay Takai by growing into a bigger wrestler overseas and returning to DDT better than ever.

Akito scored a huge accomplishment in the 3 Way Tag match by being the first person to submit Yukio Sakaguchi in DDT! He put Sakaguchi in a Figure Four Leg Lock, then grabbed Sakaguchi’s arms and pulled them towards him to apply a “perfect” version of the hold until Sakaguchi submitted. Sakaguchi was furious afterwards and swore revenge. He will never forgive Akito for this and will destroy him as payback!

Candince LeRae said wrestling Yoshihiko felt like a dream. Not as in it was a dream come true, more like she isn’t sure it really happened. She was told beforehand that Yoshihiko is a legend around these parts but she thought a joke was being played on her. For one thing she doesn’t know if Yoshihiko is male or female.

MAO was unavailable so Sanshiro Takagi went ahead and found a temporary replacement and possible new member for NωA. Their music played and out came Ultraman Robin wearing MAO’s entrance gear and badly singing along. Makoto Oishi was insulted but had no choice but to team with Robin when T2Hide attacked them to start the match. Robin got rid of Takagi & Toru Owashi, allowing Oishi to pin Kazuki Hirata with the Tornado Clutch. Despite his good performance, he wasn’t accepted into NωA. Oishi and Shunma Katsumata instead flipped him off and left the ring.


DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017” Results

January 3, 2017

2017special

DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,750 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka & Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c), Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Dai Suzuki when Iwasaki submitted Shimatani with a Crab Hold (6:55).
*D7 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. 3 Way Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata and Soma Takao, Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (3:18).
2. Happy New Year’s New Year Special!: Joey Ryan & Laura James defeated Saki Akai & Gota Ihashi when Ryan pinned Ihashi with the Super Kick (7:50).
3. Shigehiro Irie & Yasu Urano defeated Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii when Urano pinned Ishii with a Jackknife Pin (8:10).
4. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo when KUDO pinned Guanchulo with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:44).
5. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) defeated Akito with the Reverse Tiger Driver onto the Lighttube (10:46).
*V2 for Jun Kasai.
6. New Year! More Than Special Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Candice LeRae with the Vietnam Driver II (10:10).
7. Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi when Endo pinned Honda with the Sky Twister Press (13:41).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Mike Bailey with the Somato (22:52).
*V2 for HARASHIMA.

2017special-somato

Everyone was in a celebratory mood as DDT welcomed everyone to their first show of 2017. The show kicked off with different members of the roster thanking the fans for their support as they reach their goals for this year. But when it was time for the main event all eyes were on HARASHIMA and “Speedball” Mike Bailey. HARASHIMA got a taste of Bailey’s kicks early and decided to target the challenger’s legs from then on. He threw some kicks of his own and while Bailey fired back, it just hurt his leg even further. Bailey recovered to hit a few Moonsault Double Knees and Shooting Star Double Knees. But the vital moment came when HARASHIMA rolled out of the way and immediately hit the Somato. Bailey kicked out of the pin but another Somato afterwards put him away. With another KO-D Openweight Title defence to his name, HARASHIMA thanked Bailey for a very hard match. He was happy to wrestle Bailey after watching his matches on Youtube. Bailey pointed out that HARASHIMA is always smiling. Bailey can’t smile right now but it’s not because he’s sad. What would make him smile is another match with HARASHIMA in the future.

2017special-challengers

The next KO-D Title match will take place on 29th January and it will be the last title match before the “JUDGEMENT 2017” 20th Anniversary show at Saitama Super Arena on 20th March. Daisuke Sasaki demanded a title shot so he can reclaim the KO-D Title and win Candice LeRae’s affections. HARASHIMA accepted the challenge. Sasaki then said another DAMNATION wrestler wants a KO-D Title shot at “JUDGEMENT 2017”. Shuji Ishikawa stepped forward but Sasaki kicked him away. He was talking about Tetsuya Endo. However Amon Tsurumi called in KUDO, Konosuke Takeshita and Kazusada Higuchi into the ring to stand next to Endo. Tsurumi announced a mini tournament between the four wrestlers with the Saitama Super Arena main event spot up for grabs. Takeshita will fight Higuchi on 7th January and KUDO fights Endo on 8th January. The two winners will then meet in the final on 29th January.

2017special-storytime

When Antonio Honda found himself fighting against DAMNATION alone he resorted to what he knows best. Telling children’s stories. The distraction allowed Konosuke Takeshita & Kazusada Higuchi time to recover and come to the rescue. However when Honda climbed the ropes to set up the Diving Fist Drop, Tetsuya Endo stopped him with a Handspring Kneel Kick. He then got the win with the Sky Twister Press.

2017special-proposal

If it wasn’t before, now love really is over for Daisuke Sasaki. He entered the ring where Candice LeRae stood waiting for him but he did not want to wrestle her. Instead he had gifts like candy and a bouquet of flowers. More importantly he had a divorce form with Johnny Gargano’s forged signature on it and also a marriage registration form with his own genuine signature on it. He thought it would be swell if Candice would sign both of them for him. Guanchulo translated the message for Candice to understand. She said if Sasaki beats her in a match then she would think about it. Sasaki excitedly called for the bell so the match would begin! Sasaki fought dirty and didn’t pull any punches on Candice. When the crowd booed he yelled back that she’s not his girlfriend yet. Candice fought back with a Swinging DDT and tried to put Sasaki in the Gargano Escape. Sasaki countered with the Cross Facelock but Candice escaped. Sasaki was ready to give Candice a Super Kick but hesitated. He told Candice he loves her but Candice flipped him a middle finger. Sasaki got angry and went ahead with the Super Kick. He then hit the Vietnam Driver II for the victory.

2017special-rejection

Sasaki calmed down after the match and happily asked Candice to sign his forms. They can be the John Lennon and Yoko Ono of the wrestling world! The crowd urged her on with “Yes!” chants. But Candice threw away the forms and had something to say instead. First, Sasaki’s not her type. Second, she heard Sasaki is also in love with Laura James. Sasaki claimed he was a different person from a year ago. He has since become the ace of DDT and created DAMNATION, the most popular unit in pro wrestling! Why doesn’t Candice like him? As Sasaki broke into tears Candice was blunt with him. Sasaki has no championship but Candice’s husband Johnny is a WWE champion! Sasaki panicked. Belt? Belt! He can get a belt! Sasaki went in for a kiss but Candice gave him the Ball Plex and left. Obviously the wrestling press had some questions for Candice after the match and she answered them. Would she have ever signed the forms? No, she was only joking. Also she can’t write in Japanese. What is Sasaki missing that Gargano has? Gargano is not a bully like Sasaki. Candice doesn’t like how Sasaki kicks around Shuji Ishikawa all the time.

2017special-lighttube

A single lighttube was attached to the ropes for the DDT Extreme Title match. Jun Kasai and Akito fought around the lighttube trying break it over their opponent. Kasai found a fake lighttube under the ring and swapped it with the real one when Akito and the referee weren’t looking. Akito later hit him with the fake lighttube but it never broke. He found the real one and placed it across two steel chairs. Kasai Headbutted Akito and gave him the Reverse Tiger Driver through the lighttube to win the match. Akito was saddened to lose his Tavern Wrestling specialty match for the first time. He also feels that time is running out for him because he will turn 30 this year. While Akito loves the DDT Extreme Title he now wants to win any championship in DDT. At the end of the show Kasai was confronted by DAMNATION. Mad Paulie just had one thing to say to him. “Happy New Year!” He also wants a title shot. Kasai accepted the challenge and the match will take place in Osaka on 4th February. The champion promises to cook up a dramatic, extreme, crazy match in his kitchen for them to fight in.

2017special-kudo

Shuten-dōji are currently feeling unbeatable. They vanquished DAMNATION in December and started 2017 beating Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo. They’re not intimidated by their next challengers NωA. Them beating Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry today doesn’t impress them. KUDO says he doesn’t recognise them as idols. In the 20 years of DDT the only idol he can see here is Masahiro Takanashi!

2017special-urano

After failing to win the KO-D Title on Christmas Day, Shigehiro Irie is preparing another excursion to America later this month. If Danshoku Dino misses him he didn’t show it. Irie was the only person in the ring Dino did not want to kiss during their tag match. At one point Irie just stood there waiting for the inevitable Lip Lock but left him hanging and tagged out instead. Eventually Irie grabbed Dino by the arm and he gave him the Lip Lock instead! Yasu Urano wound up winning the match by countering Keisuke Ishii’s Double Arm DDT into a Jackknife Pin. After the match Urano picked up the AJPW Jr. Title and stared at it before placing it on Ishii’s shoulder. Backstage Urano said he doesn’t feel like he can challenge for the title whenever he wants but maybe he can in half a month’s time.

2017special-ryan

Gota Ihashi felt jealous of Joey Ryan & Laura James when he saw them kissing before their match. He tried to get a kiss from Saki Akai but was rejected. Ryan & Laura oiled themselves up and hit the Couple Combination to Ihashi in the corner. Ihashi got his hands on the lotion and wanted to do the same move with Akai on James but Ryan cut them off. Ihashi gave Ryan a Manhattan Drop but all it did was hurt his knee. Ryan then Super Kicked him for the win while James stretched Akai’s arm with her crotch in a move much like her husband’s.

2017special-hirata

The show kicked off with a musical 3 Way Tag Match. NωA came out singing “Going My Way!!! ~You Are Not Alone~”. Kazuki Hirata came out dancing on his own. Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry performed a duet of the song “Drunk Hearts”. The match itself didn’t last long, Makoto Oishi pinned Hirata in just over three minutes. They think it is a good sign for their KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match in Saitama later this week.

2017special-dark

Dark days continue for Nobuhiro Shimatani. He tried as hard as he could to pin Kouki Iwasaki in the prelim match but a low Knee Strike reversed his fortunes and Iwasaki submitted him with a Crab Hold.

2017special-ironman

Ever since Hyota Echizenya won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title in Osaka, the pressure of defending the title has been getting to the comedian. He no longer wants to be the champion but he also thinks the next champion needs to be strong enough to handle responsibility of defending the title 24/7. So he has been searching the streets in search of somebody deserving to beat him for the championship. But every time he found someone he thought was suitable he found out they did not know pro wrestling and could not fight out of his Cobra Twist.

2017special-oyama

Retired MMA fighter Shungo Oyama will have his debut pro wrestling match at “JUDGEMENT 2017”. Oyama says he is a big fan of pro wrestling and has followed DDT for a long time but respected the sport too much to ever compete in it. However he would regret never doing it so he decided now was the time to experience the amazing splendour of pro wrestling. Also it will make him happy to stand inside Saitama Super Arena again like he did for Pride FC and HERO’S.

koeitecmo-6man

A special 6-Man Tag Team Match was announced for “JUDGEMENT 2017”. The match is sponsored by Koei Tecmo makers of Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Romance Of The Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga’s Ambition video games. In collaboration with the phone game “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” the match will be Sanshiro Takagi, Keiji Muto & Isami Kodaka Vs Daisuke Sekimoto, Jun Akiyama & Kota Ibushi! In addition to this each wrestler will represent a historical figure from the video game. Takagi is Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Muto is Shingen Takeda, Kodaka is Yukimura Sanada, Sekimoto is Katsuie Shibata, Akiyama is Kenshin Uesugi and Ibushi is Nobunaga Oda.


All Jun Wants For Christmas Is His Two Front Teeth

December 21, 2016

ippon

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “ITSUKA NO MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016”, 22/12/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Beat The Opponent! Eat Lightning, Crap Thunder! Become A Scary Guy!: Chikara Vs Rocky Kawamura
2. K-reboot: Yukinori Abe & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Hi69 & Shinichiro Tominaga
3. Ganpuro Special Christmas Present ~Chubby Vs Slim Beauty~: Bambi & Manami Kanda Vs Maya Yukihi & Tequila Saya
4. Ai Shimizu Ganbare☆Wrestling Trial 3rd Match: Ai Shimizu Vs Shota
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Shuichiro Katsumura & Yumehito Imanari Vs Kenso Ohka & Osamu Namiguchi
6. Ken Ohka 15th Anniversary Debut Memorial Match: Ken Ohka Vs Atsushi Maruyama

From the Eternal Young Lion to the Tearful Charisma, Ken Ohka has been through a lot in his 15 year of wrestling.

DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Akito
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Mike Bailey

The IPPON Death Match has been used a few times in Tavern Wrestling where Akito won a tournament dedicated to the stipulation. There is only one lighttube brought down to the ring, whoever breaks it over their opponent or throws their opponent through it wins.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’17”, 04/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Rika Tatsumi & Hyper Misao (w/ Minami Momochi) Vs Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
2. Reika Saiki Vs Itoh Maki
3. Nodoka-oneesan Vs Cherry
4. Konsho-gun Vs Married Woman Army: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu & Laura James (Special Referee: Joey Ryan)
5. Mil Clown Vs Candice LeRae
6. Miyu Yamashita Vs Saki Akai
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Syoko Nakajima

The Married Woman Army will be accompanied by their husbands in some form. Laura James’ husband Joey Ryan will be the special guest referee and Ai Shimizu’s husband Inoue Mic will be the special guest ring announcer.

Konsho-gun’s antics are getting some attention overseas. A Mexican website called Periodismo reported on Azusa Takigawa using Zexy magazine as a weapon. (Thanks to Luchablog for finding this)

DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu

If Kouki Iwasaki loses he must reset his DNA career and start from the bottom as a trainee all over again.