King Of DDT 2020

June 29, 2020

This year’s edition of the King Of DDT is going to be a bit of a sprint. 28 wrestlers will enter the single elimination tournament and the first three rounds will take place in three back-to-back days at Kanda Myojin Hall. The final rounds take place in Korakuen Hall. This time the reigning KO-D Openweight Champion (currently Tetsuya Endo, could switch to Yuki Ueno) will be entering the tournament! The prize is 1,000,000 yen from the sponsor BLACK OUT energy drink.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2020 1ST ROUND”, 08/08/2020
Tokyo Kanda Myojin Hall

1. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1A: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yuki Ueno
2. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1B: Danshoku Dieno Vs Antonio Honda
3. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1C: Kazuki Hirata Vs T-Hawk
4. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1D: Chris Brookes Vs Makoto Oishi
5. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1E: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga
6. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1F: Yuki Iino Vs Shinya Aoki
7. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1G: Seigo Tachibana Vs Makoto Oishi
8. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1H: Tetsuya Endo Vs Akito
9. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1I: Shunma Katsumata & Yukio Sakaguchi
10. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1J: Minoru Tanaka Vs Soma Takao
11. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1K: Mad Paulie Vs HARASHIMA
12. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1L: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Mizuki Watase
13. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1M: El Lindaman Vs Yukio Naya
14. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 1N: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Naomi Yoshimura

The tournament newcomers this year are Shinya Aoki, El Lindaman, Chris Brookes, Seigo Tachibana, Minoru Tanaka, T-Hawk and Yukio Naya.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2020 2ND ROUND”, 09/08/2020
Tokyo Kanda Myojin Hall

1. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2A: Winner Of Match 1A Vs Winner Of Match 1B
2. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2B: Winner Of Match 1C Vs Winner Of Match 1D
3. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2C: Winner Of Match 1E Vs Winner Of Match 1F
4. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2D: Winner Of Match 1G Vs Winner Of Match 1H
5. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2E: Winner Of Match 1I Vs Winner Of Match 1J
6. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2F: Winner Of Match 1K Vs Winner Of Match 1L
7. King Of DDT 2020 – Round 2G: Winner Of Match 1M Vs Winner Of Match 1N
8. Loser Revival Battle Royal “Dramatic Chance”: X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X

All of the losers from the 1st Round will be thrown into the Dramatic Chance Battle Royal to re-enter the tournament.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2020 3RD ROUND”, 10/08/2020
Tokyo Kanda Myojin Hall

1. King Of DDT 2020 – Quarter Final: Winner Of Match 2A Vs Winner Of Match 2B
2. King Of DDT 2020 – Quarter Final: Winner Of Match 2C Vs Winner Of Match 2D
3. King Of DDT 2020 – Quarter Final: Winner Of Match 2E Vs Loser Revival Battle Royal “Dramatic Chance”
4. King Of DDT 2020 – Quarter Final: Winner Of Match 2F Vs Winner Of Match 2G

The winner of the Dramatic Chance Battle Royal will take the empty spot in Round 2.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2020 FINAL!!”, 23/08/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2020 – Semi-Final: X Vs X
2. King Of DDT 2020 – Semi-Final: X Vs X
3. King Of DDT 2020 – Final: X Vs X

The brackets end at the semi-finals. The semi-final matches will be paired off by a lottery before the show.


Video – DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8” Digest Highlights

June 29, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8”, 27/06/2020
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1. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura
2. Danshoku Dieno & Akito Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
3. The Evil Wrestler Seigo Tachibana’s Road To The Top: HARASHIMA Vs Seigo Tachibana
4. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda, Hiroshi Yamato & Yukio Naya
5. Akiyama-gun Vs ALL OUT!: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Chris Brookes


DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8” Results

June 27, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8”, 27/06/2020
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1. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura when Takao pinned Nakamura with the Diving Foot Stomp (6:15).
2. Danshoku Dieno & Akito defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Dieno pinned Hirata with the Danshoku Driver (9:28).
3. The Evil Villainous Wrestler Seigo Tachibana’s Road To The Top: HARASHIMA defeated Seigo Tachibana with the Somato (8:09).
4. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Antonio Honda, Hiroshi Yamato & Yukio Naya when Sakaguchi pinned Naya with the God’s Right Knee (7:21).
5. Akiyama-gun Vs ALL OUT!: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino defeated Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani when Iino pinned Okatani with the Spear (11:53).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) defeated Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Ueno pinned Endo with the WR (18:46).
*V5 for Nautilus.
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Chris Brookes defeated Daisuke Sasaki (c) with the Bacchus (24:04).
*Daisuke Sasaki fails in V4. Chris Brookes becomes the 3rd DDT UNIVERSAL Champion!

Even though Masahiro Takanashi was not in the main event, he was there in spirit to direct how Daisuke Sasaki versus Chris Brookes went. Sasaki purposely set up situations to get rid of referees. One was pushing Brookes into Yukinori Matsui and another was using Daisuke Kiso to shield himself from a Cutter. With no officials around, Sasaki took hit Brookes across the head with a crutch (was it Takanashi’s?) and used the Sasatonic in a mean callback to Takanashi’s finisher. Matsui recovered and counted the pin but Brookes kicked out. Brookes got a measure of revenge by putting Sasaki through a table at ringside with the Praying Mantis Bomb. Sasaki countered another Praying Mantis Bomb by using Soma Takao’s Gin And Tonic for a nearfall. Being tall allowed Brookes to block La Mistica Crossface Lock and use Takanashi’s Bacchus cradle to win the match and regain the DDT UNIVERSAL Title!

A defeated Sasaki tried to convince Brookes that he changed his tune after the match. He wanted to hand the belt over to him but it was a trick to set up a Low Blow. Brookes saw it coming though and he closed his legs together to clamp Sasaki’s arm in place. Brookes then hit Sasaki with the belt and gave him the Praying Mantis Bomb to end their feud. Hisaya Imabayashi then told Brookes who his first challenger will be. It’s Maku Donaruto! Brookes and Donaruto were supposed to have a match months ago but twice COVID-19 cancelled the shows they were on. Donaruto came out and Brookes immediately fled the ring. He refused to accept the challenge but Imabayashi ignored him. The title match will happen on 3rd July. While Donaruto “celebrated” with Imabayashi, Brookes got a microphone near the entrance and spoke to the crowd. When he lost the title, that was when the world started to get messed up. But now he has the belt back hopefully that means the world can start to improve.

What a time to be Yuki Ueno. In the month he’s been back in the ring he has become a constant thorn in Tetsuya Endo’s side. Today’s KO-D Tag Team Titles match was a way for Endo to push Ueno aside for good but instead Ueno beat him clean! Not even a boosted underdog performance from Nobuhiro Shimatani could stop this from happening. Endo set Ueno up for a Canadian Destroyer when Naomi Yoshimura broke it with a Lariat. Nautilus hit the Osaka Strad but Ueno kicked out of the pin. Ueno then did the Frog Splash but rather than go for a pin, he instead did the WR and that is what ended the match with the champions retaining. After the match Ueno brought up his failed Right To Challenge cash in. Endo beat him back then and that was how DAMNATION got the Tag Titles shot. Now the opposite is happening. Ueno beat Endo so that means he should get a KO-D Openweight Title match! Endo was given a microphone but he refused to answer. Imabayashi agreed to book the title match at Korakuen Hall on 23rd July. Endo accepted and told Ueno he will embarrass him.

Jun Akiyama now belongs to DDT for the rest of the year. To mark this change in his career, his old entrance song “SHADOW EXPLOSION” was used instead of “STERNNESS”. For now his focus is leading Akiyama-gun to battle against ALL OUT. He started the match facing Konosuke Takeshita although Hideki Okatani also wanted to be in that position. The match broke down with Makoto Oishi giving Takeshita a Swirling Complete Shot, Shunma Katsumata stunning Oishi with a Thrust Kick and then Oishi firing back with a Running Forearm. Okatani and Yuki Iino were tagged in and Iino hit two Spears for the win. In the post-match interview, Iino regrets not hurting Akiyama more than he did in the match. Over on the other team, Akiyama admits whatever the hell DDT is, that’s what Takeshita represents. It’s up to Takeshita to figure out what he wants his DDT to be. When he does figure it out, that is when he will become a great wrestler. That’s what Kota Ibushi did to become a major star. Akiyama thinks Takeshita has the same potential but he has to find himself first. Akiyama is in the same boat now he is a DDT wrestler. What the fuck is he doing here? He’s working on finding that out.

The ragtag trio of Antonio Honda, Hiroshi Yamato & Yukio Naya had a special attack ready for Eruption. They formed the Giant Gongitusune with Honda sitting atop of Naya’s shoulders and Yamato leading the charge across the ring. Yukio Sakaguchi dodged it so the Giant Gongitsune crashed into the corner. Kazusada Higuchi carried Honda away on his shoulders, Saki Akai dove onto Naya with a Cross Body and Sakaguchi pinned him with the God’s Right Knee. Honda challenged Eruption to a KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match anyway. His first partner came out. It’s Riho! She said she was supposed to come out when Honda won the match but that never happened. Riho then introduced the other partner, the man who helped make her what she is today. It’s HARASHIMA! Akai said Eruption would take on anyone’s challenge and they are staying true to their word. Higuchi & Sakaguchi both nodded to that. The match will happen on 23rd July.

Seigo Tachibana is now added to the rare list of wrestlers who brought out HARASHIMA’s angry side. His evil antics irritated HARASHIMA to the point where Matsui had to hold him back at certain points. HARASHIMA won with the Somato but called Danshoku Dieno out to answer why he wants Tachibana in DDT. He’s not saying Tachibana is a bad wrestler but he has no manners. Tachibana’s defence is he grew up this way so he can’t help it. Dieno came up with a solution. Tachibana needs to learn how to behave and if there is anyone that can teach him that it’s Yukio Sakaguchi! Tachibana Vs Sakaguchi will happen in Itabashi on 12th July.

A harsh lesson was learned by Kazuki Hirata recently. He is not as strong as he thought he was. So for today’s match he wanted to study Toru Owashi, Dieno and Akito so he could improve. He got excited by learning new things during the match but it got in the way of you know, actually trying to win. When Akito put Owashi in a Figure 4 Leg Lock, Hirata cared more about filming the move on his phone than rescuing his tag partner. He was most impressed by the knockout power of Dieno’s Lip Lock. Dieno gave him the move then beat him with the Danshoku Driver.

Keigo Nakamura’s eagerness may have cost his team a victory. He and Mizuki Watase were holding their own against Soma Takao & Mad Paulie. It got to a point where Watase felt there was a chance to beat Takao there and then. That was when Nakamura convinced him to tag out so he could do his stuff instead. Takao took control, did a Dropkick & Flapjack combo with Paulie and later pinned Nakamura with the Diving Foot Stomp.

The DDT TV SHOW finale began with a press conference confirming Jun Akiyama’s temporary transfer to DDT from All Japan. Akiyama was joined by Sanshiro Takagi and AJPW President Tsuyoki Fukuda. Akiyama’s DDT tenure officially begins on 1st July.

KING OF DDT 2020 was announced after intermission. The tournament will take place in August.


Video – “DDT TV SHOW! #7” Digest Highlights

June 22, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #7”, 20/06/2020
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1. Keigo Nakamura Vs Hideki Okatani
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Admission Battle Royal: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Shinya Aoki Vs Antonio Honda Vs Shunma Katsumata Vs MAO Vs Mizuki Watase Vs Yukio Naya
3. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino
4. Yuki Ueno Vs Mad Paulie
5. Jun Akiyama Vs Makoto Oishi
6. Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao Vs HARASHIMA & Chris Brookes
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai


DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #7” Results

June 20, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #7”, 20/06/2020
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1. Hideki Okatani defeated Keigo Nakamura with a Double Arm Suplex (6:59).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Admission Battle Royal: Antonio Honda defeated Danshoku Dieno (c), Shinya Aoki, Shunma Katsumata, MAO, Mizuki Watase and Yukio Naya (8:01).
2a. Shinya Aoki eliminated Yukio Naya with a Triangle Choke (6:54).
2b. Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Mizuki Watase eliminated Aoki by Pinfall (6:59).
2c. MAO & Shunma Katsumata eliminated Danshoku Dieno (c) & Mizuki Watase by Ring Out (7:47).
2d. MAO and Shunma Katsumata eliminated each other by Double Ring Out (8:01).
*Antonio Honda becomes the 1,482nd champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Antonio Honda (c) with a School Boy (7:32 pm).
*Danshoku Dieno becomes the 1,483rd champion.
3. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino defeated Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata when Iino pinned Hirata with the Spear (10:57).
4. Yuki Ueno defeated Mad Paulie by Disqualification when Nobuhiro Shimatani interfered (9:05).
5. Jun Akiyama defeated Makoto Oishi with the Exploder Suplex (10:20).
6. Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao defeated HARASHIMA & Chris Brookes when Sasaki submitted Brookes with La Mistica Cross Facelock (10:36).
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman (c) when Higuchi pinned Lindaman with the Goten (18:16).
*#DAMNHEARTS fail in V3. Eruption becomes the 41st KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!

Not feeling so big now are you, El Lindaman? He played his tricks to get the upper hand on Saki Akai like tagging in T-Hawk then ambushing Akai when her attention was turned. #DAMNHEARTS ran into a wall when Kazusada Higuchi tagged in. Lindaman tried to tackle him to the mat but failed over and over even with Tetsuya Endo encouraging him. The champions returned to targeting Akai but she broke free by reversing a Brainbuster on T-Hawk. Higuchi and Endo both tagged in for a fresh restart in the ring. The match heated up from there. Eruption took control and isolated Lindaman from his team. Akai tried to use the Quetzalcoatl on Lindaman but he had a counter for it which gave enough space for his partners to run in. But Eruption were there to cut them off. Lindaman placed Akai in position for the Tiger Suplex but she was able to stretch out her leg and tag in Higuchi. He ran in and threw Lariats at all of #DAMNHEARTS. He then got rid of Endo & T-Hawk with a Double Choke Slam. Lindaman was left on his own to take the God’s Right Knee from Yukio Sakaguchi, the Quetzalcoatl from Akai and finally the Goten from Higuchi. In their first attempt, Eruption have become the new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!

Eruption celebrated their title win when Hisaya Imabayashi informed them about their first defence. It will be at Korakuen Hall on 23rd July against a team to be determined. He also told Akai who her final opponent in the Okibariyasu series will be. It’s Meiko Satomura! Akai Vs Satomura will be the main event on 3rd July. Sakaguchi joked that it may turn out to be Sakura Hirota dressed as Satomura. He and Higuchi were strong today but it was Akai’s hard work that pushed them over the line. Akai said the match was painful but she does not feel hurt. She is now a champion and she will beat Satomura no matter what!

The first time combination of HARASHIMA & Chris Brookes had a tough time against DAMNATION. From the beginning Brookes was jumped by Daisuke Sasaki. To make things worse, Sasaki & Soma Takao did their own fancy tag moves to Brookes. He almost had Sasaki beaten with a Tombstone Piledriver but Takao blocked the ref from counting to three. Sasaki brought in the DDT UNIVERSAL Title belt but it was a feint to distract the ref while he kicked Brookes low and hit him with the DAMNATION signboard. Brookes had no choice but to tap to the Cross Facelock. After the match Sasaki bragged about how he’ll win when he and Brookes fight for the UNIVERSAL Title on the 27th. Brookes grabbed the signboard and broke it over Sasaki’s head for a little bit of revenge.

Makoto Oishi got his wish to experience the Royal Road with Jun Akiyama. Something to be noted is that Mizuki Watase was in Akiyama’s corner. Oishi’s big chance to win was when he trapped Akiyama in the Knee Lock. Akiyama reached the ropes then went for the Running Knee Strikes when he got back to his feet. Oishi kicked out and surprised his opponent with a Modified Calf Killer. Akiyama again reached the ropes and hit another Jumping Knee Strike for a nearfall. The Exploder Suplex ended the match.

After the match Akiyama and Oishi were going to shake hands when ALL OUT entered the ring. Konosuke Takeshita told Akiyama that the Royal Road style is fine but he would rather learn Akiyama’s personal style of pro wrestling instead. Akiyama isn’t getting the full DDT experience by wrestling Oishi. He can get it from wrestling Takeshita too. Akiyama accepted the challenge and told ALL OUT he even has his own team of Watase and Oishi with him. Suddenly Hideki Okatani shouted for attention. He wants to be on the team too. Akiyama refused, saying his team can do it with only three wrestlers. Okatani told Akiyama that he has the momentum that can help the team beat ALL OUT. Takeshita warned the rookie not to buy into his hype just because he won his first match today (more on that below). However he wants Okatani to be on Akiyama’s team. It’s not just a fight between Takeshita and Akiyama now. It’s also a fight between Takeshita and Okatani!

Yuki Ueno was moments away from beating Mad Paulie clean when Nobuhiro Shimatani caused the match to be thrown out. Ueno was climbing the turnbuckles when Shimatani threw a chair at him and then hit the referee in his excitement. Shimatani also gave Ueno the Fisherman Buster for extra measure. Shimatani got on the microphone and complained to Imabayashi about not being booked despite having a KO-D Tag Team Titles shot to prepare for. He’s supposed to be a DDT regular again, God damn it! Shimatani blamed Ueno for this and said the attack was a warning for the 27th June title match.

Today was Kazuki Hirata’s first appearance on DDT TV SHOW. He warned ALL OUT that they were facing the strongest combination of DISASTER BOX. The bond of this trio deepened after last week’s loss and that increased Hirata’s skill to a high level. Yuki Iino pushed Hirata away and Takeshita scared him off the ring apron, causing Toru Owashi to walk away and Naomi Yoshimura to start the match instead. Hirata got back in and trapped Takeshita & Akito in Paradise Locks. He then put Owashi & Yoshimura in Paradise Locks. The Hirata GO! glasses were worn and Hirata danced until Iino ran the ropes and Speared him into oblivion.

There was a slight change in the rules for the Rumble match. The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title would only be given to the winner of the match. So even though the champion Danshoku Dieno was eliminated midway through by MAO and Shunma Katsumata, it did not count as a title change. What did count was when MAO and Katsumata eliminated themselves by diving onto everyone outside the ring, leaving Antonio Honda as the winner and new champion by default. Dieno then snuck into the ring and pinned Honda to win back the title.

Okatani’s first win came by beating Keigo Nakamura in the opener. Even though both are rookies the result is still an upset because Nakamura is Okatani’s senior. Okatani hit a Running Neckbreaker and a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall, then used a Double Arm Suplex for the win.

It was announced that the annual Beer Garden series will be held this year under a reduced schedule. The “Beer Garden-Like” shows will be held from 30th July to 1st August.


DDT “MONEY IN THE BAG ~TOSOCHU~” Results

June 19, 2020

DDT “MONEY IN THE BAG ~TOSOCHU~”, 19/06/2020
Tokyo Chateau Amoeba Studio
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1. Chateau Amoeba 1F: Danshoku Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Shinya Aoki & Keigo Nakamura when Oishi pinned Nakamura with a Cradle (6:58).
2. Chateau Amoeba B2F: HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura defeated MAO, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya when HARASHIMA pinned Watase with the Somato (7:33).
3. Chateau Amoeba 4F: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Gota Ihashi when Takeshita pinned Ihashi after giving Higuchi a Vertical Drop Brainbuster onto Ihashi (12:20).
4. Chateau Amoeba 1F: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki defeated Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa when Sakazaki & Mizuki pinned Kamifuku & Shirakawa with Diving Body Attacks from a Ladder (7:31).
5. Chateau Amoeba 5F: Saki Sukeban, Yoshiko & Seigo Tachibana defeated Danshoku Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi when Yoshiko pinned Sasadango with the Running Senton (6:15).
6. Chateau Amoeba 3F: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao defeated HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura when Sasaki grabbed the bag (11:48).
7. Shibuya HARLEM: Atsushi Onita, Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino when Onita pinned Katsumata after the Current Blast Full Swing (15:36).

Three teams entered the Chateau Amoeba Studio looking for Money In The Bag but only one would leave with it. At least that was supposed to be the plan. HARASHIMA, Konosuke Takeshita and Danshoku Dieno each captained a team and met up outside the studio. There they were met by CyberZ president and DDT director Takehiro Yamauchi along with comedian Shinji Saito. They explained the Money In The Bag was hidden somewhere inside the building but they also hired teams of hunters to protect it. If a team loses a match to the hunters they would be eliminated from the competition.

The first match took place on the 1st Floor. This is where DDT records episodes of TheNight on ABEBA. Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi entered the room and found out Shinya Aoki was recording his own episode of TheNight with Sanshiro Takagi & Keigo Nakamura as his guests. There was a bag behind them but they attacked Dieno’s team to start the first match. The two teams fought out to the hallway where Dieno’s backside was sprayed with disinfectant. The fight then went through the studio where AbemaMix Friday was broadcasting a hip hop set. They went back to TheNight where Nakamura knocked out Dieno with a High Kick. Dieno slumped over the desk with his backside hanging out and Oishi threw Nakamura face first into him. Oishi then Cradled Nakamura for the three count. Dieno’s team grabbed the bag but found out it only contained signed copies of Takagi’s autobiography.

DISASTER BOX went to the 2nd Floor Basement where they found a sign on the dressing room door with “I Have A Bag” written on it. They went inside and saw a bag hanging from the ceiling. But Saito sprung three hunters on them! MAO, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya appeared for the 2nd match. Naya took out a mat covered in massage stones and his team removed HARASHIMA’s boots. HARASHIMA’s exposed feet hurt when he ran on the mat so he couldn’t do the Somato. Yuki Ueno found a pair of padded slippers that HARASHIMA could wear for protection. The plan worked and HARASHIMA hit Naya with the Somato to win. Naomi Yoshimura propped HARASHIMA up to grab the bag but they only contained sponges.

Over at the 4th Floor, ALL OUT bumped into Hisaya Imabayashi and found a bag hanging near the 7 Star Stage. When Takeshita went to get it he was ambushed by Gota Ihashi. Takeshita swatted him aside and went to climb it again only for Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi to appear for the next match. They fought through the studios where Midnight Bicycle Race and Shogi Battle Commentary were being recorded. The ABEMA staff told the wrestlers to get out so the match moved back out to the hall. Ihashi tried to hold one of the staff hostage but she ran away. Ihashi chased after her with a traffic cone and Akito came to the rescue, taking the cone to his stomach to protect the woman. Ihashi was then accidentally hit with the God’s Right Knee from Sakaguchi when it was meant to hit Takeshita. Higuchi tried to step in but Takeshita gave him a Brainbuster onto Ihashi. Takeshita pinned Ihashi then went to get the bag but Shunma Katsumata told him Akito was unconscious. ALL OUT are down a man but on the bright side they found a mysterious map inside the bag. Where would it lead them?

Back to Dieno’s team. They were still on the 1st Floor and walked in on two Tokyo Joshi Pro teams getting ready for a photoshoot. The Magical Sugar Rabbits and Pink Ready were arguing over who the shoot was supposed to be for. Dieno suggested they should wrestle for it. MagiRabi shoved Pink Ready onto some chairs and spun them around the room. Yuka Sakazaki found a fire extinguisher and sprayed it over Mina Shirakawa, freezing her face. The teams then fought over to the Reception Area where Shirakawa gave Mizuki the Romero Special on top of the reception desk while Yuki Kamifuku held Sakazaki in a Headscissors beside them. Back in the studio Dieno & Sasadango got caught up in the action. They got mixed up with Pink Ready, allowing MagiRabi to climb a nearby ladder and dive onto everyone below for the win. They told Dieno the bag he’s looking for is on the 5th Floor then went on to have their photoshoot.

Up Dieno’s team went to the 5th Floor. They found a bag but it was being guarded by Saki Sukeban, Yoshiko & Seigo Tachibana. These three were raring for a fight too. Saki attacked Oishi with her bamboo sword. Dieno tried to get on Yoshiko’s good side by wanting to film a TikTok video with her. Tachibana cycled into the room and placed his bike on a table. He spun the wheels on the spot so Saki could press Sasadango’s unmasked head into it. Yoshiko hit Sasadango with a Lariat then pinned him with a Running Senton. Dieno’s team were eliminated from the competition.

In the 3rd Floor, ALL OUT found DAMNATION drinking loads and loads of sake on their own. They also found a bag hanging above them. When Daisuke Sasaki found out about the contest he wanted to take it for himself. An impromptu Ladder Match broke out. Tetsuya Endo tried to climb the ladder but HARASHIMA pulled down the back of his shorts to stop him. Ueno tried to climb but Soma Takao did the same to him. Yoshimura Power Bombed Sasaki onto a table. HARASHIMA missed the Somato on Sasaki and landed on a chair, sliding himself away in the process. He turned this into a good idea by sliding the chair into his opponents. Endo threw Ueno onto the rest of DISASTER BOX, allowing Sasaki to climb the ladder and take the bag. Sasaki found 3,000 yen inside. Turns out it wasn’t the right bag, it in fact belonged to Hisaya Imabayashi. Whatever, DAMNATION went off to spend the money on more alcohol. DISASTER BOX lost the match so they were eliminated.

That left ALL OUT as the last team remaining. Katsumata was now in his Super Hardcore form. They also replaced Akito with Yuki Iino. The map brought ALL OUT over to Shibuya HARLEM where Saito was waiting for them. At last the remaining elite contestants had arrived for the final battle. The real bag was nearby but to get it they needed to win a Current Blast Death Match! Out came Atsushi Onita and the NEO Itoh Respect Army as the final hunters. Onita put Katsumata through a table with a Piledriver then fought with Iino inside a restroom. Maki Itoh knocked Takeshita off a ladder with a Headbutt. She then switched on the current for the blast bat. Takeshita grabbed the bat and swung it at Itoh but Chris Brookes jumped in to shield her and take the blast! Onita found another blast bat and hit Katsumata with it at full swing. He pinned him afterwards to win the match and eliminate ALL OUT.

Saito walked out feeling victorious. None of the teams could beat his challenge. However Onita then started to attack Saito, blaming him for never doing a Current Blast Deathmatch in Yoshimoto like he promised the last time they were together. Onita told him the next time they meet it should be in a pro wrestling match!


DDT “WITH DRAMATIC DREAM TEAM” Results

June 14, 2020

DDT “WITH DRAMATIC DREAM TEAM”, 14/06/2020
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1. Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda defeated Hiroshi Yamato & Keigo Nakamura when Dieno pinned Nakamura with the Danshoku Driver (11:14).
2. Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino defeated MAO & Mizuki Watase when Katsumata pinned Watase with the ¡Hasta la vista! (12:35).
3. Itabashi Two Big Singles Match I: Akito defeated Makoto Oishi with the Goliath Birdeater (7:56).
4. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Yukio Naya & Hideki Okatani when Sakaguchi submitted Okatani with a Triangle Choke (9:56).
5. Itabashi Two Big Singles Match II: Chris Brookes defeated Mad Paulie with a School Boy (10:28).
6. DISASTER BOX Same Gate Confrontation!: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Kazuki Hirata when HARASHIMA pinned Hirata with a Front High Kick (0:12).
6a. Toru Owashi & Naomi Yoshimura defeated HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata when Yoshimura pinned Hirata with a Guillotine Drop (11:40).
7. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno ended in a Time Limit Draw (30:00).

DDT’s return to audiences offered a look at some of the top wrestlers in the company facing off for 30 minutes. The dying moments of the match saw Tetsuya Endo and Yuki Ueno scrapping for the victory. Konosuke Takeshita & Kazusada Higuchi both wiped out Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao with Planchas. Endo blocked Ueno’s BME with his knees but suffered the same result when Ueno blocked his Shooting Star Press the same way. Ueno then hit his new WR finisher but was too tired to make the pin. Time ran out and the trios match was ruled a draw.

Ueno warned Endo that he is stronger than he was on the DDT TV SHOW yesterday and he will be stronger again for the KO-D Tag Team Titles defence on 27th June. Then Higuchi stepped in to tell Endo he is also hunting him down for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles next week. Takeshita tried to lighten the mood by saying how hard it was to stay motivated wrestling without fans. Today was finally the day the fans came back. Sasaki said nobody wanted to hear from the B-Class wrestlers, they want to listen to the champ! Endo got to speak and he told his rivals he will give them a hard time. He gives Ueno and Higuchi credit but neither of them have a chance of taking the KO-D Openweight Title from him. He even told Higuchi that in the end, he is just a man beneath Yukio Sakaguchi. Endo had nothing to say to Takeshita.

Kazuki Hirata has spent his time away from the ring the last three months training like mad. He wanted to show off his new overwhelming strength by challenging three of his DISASTER BOX mates to a Handicap Match so he can take over the unit as leader! HARASHIMA pinned him in 12 seconds. Hirata backed down and admitted 3 Vs 1 is a cowardly scenario. He convinced HARASHIMA to team with him for a match against Toru Owashi & Naomi Yoshimura. Hirata left his Hirata GO! glasses backstage so he told HARASHIMA to go get a spare. He came back with a medical mask instead. Hirata eventually got his glasses but his hot run got cut off with a Lariat from Yoshimura followed by the Somato from HARASHIMA. Yoshimura then got the pin with a Guillotine Leg Drop.

Chris Brookes avoided some cheating from DAMNATION to beat Mad Paulie. During the match Sasaki ran into the ring wearing a Paulie mask in an attempt to attack Brookes with the signboard. Brookes ducked and Paulie got hit instead. Brookes rolled Paulie up with a School Boy to get away with the win.

Akito used a Grapevine Leglock to submit Makoto Oishi. He calls the move the Goliath Birdeater.

Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda used a Doomsday Gongitsune en route to win the opening match.


DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #6” Results

June 13, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #6”, 13/06/2020
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1. Toru Owashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Yukio Naya defeated Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Hideki Okatani when Naya submitted Okatani with a Cobra Twist (8:08).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Antonio Honda defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with the Super Gongitsune 3 (8:41).
*Antonio Honda becomes the 1,480th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Antonio Honda (c) with the Lip Lock (9:31 pm).
*Danshoku Dieno becomes the 1,481st champion.
3. #DAMNHEARTS Vs Eruption!: Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Mad Paulie, El Lindaman & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Sakaguchi pinned Shimatani with the God’s Right Knee (10:39).
4. Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase defeated Chris Brookes & Keigo Nakamura when Watase pinned Kanamura with the Back Drop (10:07).
5. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao defeated HARASHIMA & Naomi Yoshimura when Sasaki pinned Yoshimura with the Sasatonic (11:02).
6. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Match: Yuki Ueno defeated MAO with an Inverted Hurricanrana (7:38).
*Yuki Ueno wins the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
7. #DAMNHEARTS Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo & T-Hawk defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Akito when Endo pinned Akito with the Shooting Star Press (18:16).
-. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) defeated Yuki Ueno with the Modified Yurikamome (16:54).
*V1 for Tetsuya Endo. Yuki Ueno cashed in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.

First week as the champion and there wasn’t a dull moment for Tetsuya Endo. When he was in the middle of having his hand raised for winning the main event, Yuki Ueno attacked him from behind and used the Right To Challenge Gauntlet to get his KO-D Openweight Title match! When the match began Ueno went for some quick pins but Endo created some distance by throwing him out of the ring with the Torture Rack Bomb. A confident Endo shrugged off Ueno’s Elbow Strikes by calling them weaker than Masato Tanaka’s. He blocked the BME with his knees and eventually applied the Modified Yurikamome to make Ueno submit.

After the match Endo gave Ueno credit for cashing in his shot now but he should have read the room better. Endo is the man who won the title from Tanaka so he is too strong to lost the belt like this. Now it’s time for Endo to challenge for Ueno’s title! He called over Nobuhiro Shimatani and said they will face Nautilus for the KO-D Tag Team Titles! Nautilus accepted the challenge and the match will take place on 27th June.

The actual main event before this saw Endo & T-Hawk defeat Konosuke Takeshita & Akito. They got some help when El Lindaman dove out of the ring onto Takeshita while the referee was preoccupied. From there Endo pinned Akito with the Shooting Star Press.

Ueno got the Right To Challenge Gauntlet earlier in the show by beating MAO. The Gauntlet was held up when MAO got injured but today was his chance to reclaim it. An Inverted Hurricanrana from Ueno changed the course of this story and led to everything written above to happen.

Daisuke Sasaki was serious when he nominated the injured Masahiro Takanashi for his next defence of the DDT UNIVERSAL Title. Sasaki used the Takatonic (renamed the Sasatonic) to pin Naomi Yoshimura in the tag match. Takanashi actually showed up after the match. This was the first time he got into a ring since March but he told Sasaki he is in no way close to recovery. However he took Sasaki’s challenge as something that was done with positive intentions so he offered a handshake. Sasaki instead kicked Takanashi in his injured leg! Chris Brookes immediately ran out to save his friend and he gave Sasaki the Praying Mantis Bomb. Takanashi then told Sasaki he will transfer his next challenger nomination over to Brookes! The title match will happen on 27th June.

The training is paying off for Mizuki Watase. With Jun Akiyama keeping Brookes at bay, Watase used what he learned the last few weeks to beat Keigo Nakamura. After the match, Makoto Oishi walked out to talk to Akiyama. He was really excited when he found out Akiyama was going to coach in DDT. He thinks the Royal Road training shouldn’t just be for the younger wrestlers in DDT. He wants to learn it too by teaming with him. Akiyama agreed to help but said the best way to learn is to fight him. So Oishi Vs Akiyama is now going to happen.

Eruption’s win over #DAMNHEARTS has given the unit a new goal. They want the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles! Endo, T-Hawk & Lindaman were called out to meet the challenge. Yukio Sakaguchi thanked him for bringing the KO-D Title back to DDT. Saki Akai told the champs that Eruption have the strength and momentum to win the titles from them. Lindaman said Eruption is a million miles away from deserving a shot. He also doesn’t think a woman should be challenging men to wrestling matches. Akai called Lindaman scared of finding out what she is capable of. Lindaman changed his mind and accepted the challenge but on one condition. If #DAMNHEARTS win then Akai will have to kneel to Lindaman and ask him “Why are you so big?” Then Lindaman can say “Why not!” and make Akai lick his boots. The title match will take place on next week’s episode of DDT TV SHOW.

After so many misfires, the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match finally took place. Things went extreme when Danshoku Dieno used the Space Tornado Danshoku Driver. When the move hit he was confident to have won but Antonio Honda found the strength to get back up. Using all of his power, Honda summoned the Super Gongitsune 3 to destroy Dieno and become the new champion! Then Dieno reappeared and won the title back with the Lip Lock.

In the opener, Tomomitsu Matsunaga spent the entire match wrestling in a medical mask. Toru Owashi tried to make Shunma Katsumata shake his hand. Yuki Iino tried to do the Haka Elbow on both Matsunaga and Yukio Naya but the move failed. Naya got the win for his team by submitting Hideki Okatani.


What’s Next After Peter Pan? Money In The Bag!

June 9, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #6”, 13/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio

1. Toru Owashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Yukio Naya Vs Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Hideki Okatani
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Antonio Honda
3. Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase Vs Chris Brookes & Keigo Nakamura
4. #DAMNHEARTS Vs Eruption!: Mad Paulie, El Lindaman & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai
5. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao Vs HARASHIMA & Naomi Yoshimura
6. #DAMNHEARTS Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo & T-Hawk Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Akito
7. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Match: Yuki Ueno Vs MAO

There are currently three more DDT TV SHOW episodes on the schedule. The next one takes place one day before crowds can return to DDT shows. In the main event the recently expired Right To Challenge Gauntlet becomes reactivated. MAO was the last holder and an injury prevented him from using it before it became invalid. To make up for it he gets the chance to reclaim it if he can beat Yuki Ueno, otherwise Ueno gets it. The new Gauntlet will be active for the rest of 2020 and can only be used for immediate championship matches.

Maybe a few clues of future opponents for Tetsuya Endo and Daisuke Sasaki in the tag matches. Konosuke Takeshita is always there as a challenger for Endo. It’s a matchup that happened so many times that it does not need to be protected anymore. I like an Endo Vs Akito match and it’s something they could burn in one of the remaining empty arena shows if they’re not confident it would fill even a limited venue. But above all else there’s one idea for a title challenge I really like but don’t want to commit to in writing for fear of leading you all down the wrong path. All I’m saying is Endo should have a pair of eyes in the back of his head…

Sasaki wants Masahiro Takanashi to be his next challenger but that’s only because Takanashi is injured. That means the potential match would take place months down the line and Sasaki would happily keep the DDT UNIVERSAL Title on ice until then.

Makoto Oishi is out of action so we’re back to Danshoku Dieno Vs Antonio Honda for the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. What could go wrong this time?

DDT “MONEY IN THE BAG ~TOSOCHU~”, 19/06/2020
Tokyo Chateau Amoeba Studio

1. Money In The Bag Match: X Vs X

Now I know what you’re thinking. I thought it too. A Money In The Bank match inside a corporate building has already been done. But this might not be it. There’s a show on Fuji TV called Tosochu Run For Money where contestants are chased through an empty shopping mall by a bunch of people dressed like secret agents. Maybe the Money In The Bag match will be a mixture of that TV show and Money In The Bank. The studio where the match takes place is also where “DDT Thursday The NIGHT” on ABEMA is recorded.

Atsushi Onita will be involved somehow.


Video – DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1” Digest Highlights

June 8, 2020

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1”, 06/06/2020
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1. Singles Match Between Wrestlers Who Want To Participate In DDT Regularly: Seigo Tachibana Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE Vs Hiroshi Yamato & Saori Anou
3. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani
4. Niigata Joshi Pro Wrestling (#njpw) Pre-Flag Battle In Sakai Seiki Co., Ltd.: Pokotan Vs Yukako Mito
5. Akito & Yuki Iino Vs Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase
6. DDT Vs Kongo All Out Battle!: Sanshiro Takagi, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Hao
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title – Hardcore 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Isami Kodaka Vs Shunma Katsumata
8. TOKYO 2020 LAST MAN STANDING: Yoshihiko Vs Konosuke Takeshita