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