DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16” Results

September 4, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16”, 04/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
145 Fans – No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match I ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 3rd NO TV Match!: Keisuke Ishii defeated Makoto Oishi with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (6:25).
0. NO TV Match II: Akito defeated Antonio Honda with the Scorpion Lock (8:39).
1. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi when Nakazawa pinned Ihashi after a Spicolli Driver from Takagi (8:38).
2. Saki Akai defeated Maki Ito with the Foot Choke (11:07).
3. Kazuki Hirata DISASTER BOX Assessment Match: Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata when Owashi pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle (10:08).
4. Jun Kasai & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Kasai pinned Shimatani with the Pearl Harbour Splash (11:44).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Takao pinned Takanashi with a School Boy (15:22).
*DAMNATION becomes the 35th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. Meiko Satomura, Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Shigehiro Irie, Ryan Davidson & Mizuki Watase when Satomura pinned Watase with the Death Valley Bomb (14:13).

Tempers are flaring between Meiko Satomura, Shigehiro Irie and Danshoku Dieno over their Survival 3 Way Match later this month. Dieno spent the entire show as part of the commentary team so he was in Irie’s direct line of sight when Irie came out for the main event. During an out of the ring brawl, Irie crashed into the commentary team with a Cannonball, wiping Dieno out. Back in the ring Satomura got the victory for her team by hitting Mizuki Watase with the Scorpio Rising followed by the Death Valley Bomb. When the match was over Dieno and Irie got into a fight until Satomura yelled at them to bring the fight into the ring. Satomura said she will beat the both of them at Korakuen Hall, no excuses. Dieno can complain about his shoulder injury all he wants. Satomura’s entire body is in pain after her matches but she never lets that hold her back.

An exciting trios match to determine the new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions was spoiled when Soma Takao blinded Masahiro Takanashi with red mist. A School Boy won the match and the belts for DAMNATION. Afterwards Daisuke Sasaki asked the new champions who they wanted their first defence to be against. Tetsuya Endo told him he wants to put in as weak an effort as possible. Sasaki declared that the challengers will be himself and Nobuhiro Shimatani. We never heard who the third wrestler was because DISASTER BOX interrupted him. HARASHIMA wants his unit to be the challengers. Hisaya Imabayashi didn’t have the power to choose so he left it up to the new DDT Producer Tetsuya Koda to decide. Koda asked DISASTER BOX to figure out which three of them would make up the team. A game of Rock, Paper, Scissors determined that the trio would be Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno. Koda accepted the trio and announce they will get their title match at Sumo Hall! Imabayashi wondered if it was too early to book the match this far in advance but Koda disagreed. The show is in a month and a half’s time so the card needs to be filling up right now!

Jun Kasai’s beginning of his new stay in DDT began with him renewing his grudge with Daisuke Sasaki. As they were fighting, two revealed they blocked each other on Twitter. Kasai demanded Sasaki to unblock and follow him. Shimatani stole Kasai’s goggles and attempted to give him the Pearl Harbour Splash but Kasai rolled out of the way. Kasai got his goggles back and hit his finisher on Shimatani to win. After the match Kasai almost disqualified himself from the Dramatic General Election because he talked about it inside the ring. It is against the rules to do that. Kasai again demanded Sasaki to unblock him on Twitter and follow his account.

It took a lot of struggle but Kazuki Hirata has been accepted into DISASTER BOX! Hirata wrestled seriously to try and impress the other members but the urge to grab a pair of Hirata GO! glasses could not be ignored. He never got to wear them because Owashi attacked him first. Instead HARASHIMA forced the glasses onto Owashi’s face when he tried to Power Bomb Hirata. That backfired because Owashi’s dancing was too powerful to fight against and he pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle. HARASHIMA tried to tell Owashi afterwards that what he did was an accident. Owashi asked Hirata if he will continue to use the glasses in his matches. Hirata honestly admitted he would. To the surprise of everyone, Owashi approved! He explained that these glasses represent the four years Hirata spent with T2Hide and that should never be forgotten. Hirata is in the unit! HARASHIMA started getting ideas of turning DISASTER BOX into more than just a wrestling unit. With Hirata involved they can now be a dancing and theatre group too!

Saki Akai wore new white ring gear for her match with Maki Ito. Akai also used a familiar looking Gogoplata Foot Choke to win the match. Ito made the same mistake as Kasai and mentioned the Dramatic Election during her post-match promo inside the ring. She had to have her mouth covered by the referee to stop talking.

Booing 2018 promised a big name for their mystery third member and it turned out to be Sanshiro Takagi! The big name is the Big President! Takagi turned on Gota Ihashi when they were on the verge of beating Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa. Takagi broke Ihashi’s pinfall and dropped Nakazawa on top of him with the Spicolli Driver. Takagi explained that every year Booing finishes last in the Dramatic Election and has to disband. This year Takagi is joining Booing 2018 to lift them up from the bottom and make some other unit split up for a change. Nakazawa then went to speak but Takagi kicked him down.

No Gongitsune from Antonio Honda this week. Instead he went all Hiroyoshi Tenzan on Akito by giving him the Tenzan Tombstone Driver and the Anaconda Vice. Akito escaped the submission and made Honda tap to the Scorpion Lock. Tenzan had a hold on one of Honda’s arms for leverage during the move.

Two members of The Compliance faced each other in the first dark match of the evening. It was a low pressure environment but Dieno warned Keisuke Ishii not to take it easy against Makoto Oishi because The Compliance does not accept low effort in their team. Dieno wanted Ishii to treat this match like a game of Fire Pro Wrestling. He also said that Oishi is really good at using the Stunner. Ishii didn’t believe him. During the match Oishi hit the Stunner and also the Miracle Ecstasy but Ishii kicked out. Ishii fought back and hit the High Angle Double Arm DDT to win. Dieno described the finish as Oishi getting Critical’d.

At the beginning of the show Takagi had news to give regarding the DDT Producer spot that Dieno resigned from last month. The Producer will be replaced by a new General Manager. The new GM is an extraordinary man who is witty, expressive and is well familiar with pro wrestling. It’s Tetsuya Koda, the representative of Tokyo Joshi Pro! Hisaya Imabayashi thought he would get the job instead and protested the decision. Takagi told Imabayashi he is still the Assistant Producer. Also Koda beat him in a wrestling match last month and that makes him more qualified.

An announcement was made about the return of the D-Ou Grand Prix tournament. The 2019 edition will in fact be held at the end of 2018 because the winner will get a KO-D Openweight Title shot in the main event of “JUDGEMENT 2019” in February. The round robin will begin on 30th November and the final will be held on 30th December.


DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND” Results

August 25, 2018

DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
718 Fans

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Kouki Iwasaki, Daiki Shimomura & Rekka defeated Toru Owashi, Yuki Ueno, Akito & Yuki Iino when Iwasaki pinned Iino with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (6:55).
2. DAMNATION Vs RENEGADES!: Mizuki Watase, Jason Kincaid & Ryan Davidson defeated Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Davidson pinned Shimatani with the Davidson Driver (9:58).
3. Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Super Sasadango Machine defeated KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Gorgeous Matsuno when Dieno submitted Matsuno with the Meiko Killer III (7:43).
4. Special Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Taiyo Kea defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when Irie pinned Honda with the Beast Bomber (12:47).
5. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: MAO defeated Mike Bailey with the Cannonball 450 (11:33).
6. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (12:22).
7. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: HARASHIMA defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with the Somato (14:59).
8. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Keisuke Ishii with the Crossover Facelock (22:49).

We’re down to four in the King Of DDT. Tomorrow sees MAO, Tetsuya Endo, HARASHIMA and Daisuke Sasaki battle it out in the final rounds. But today they all went through some tough matches. In the main event Sasaki dug deep into his moveset to beat Keisuke Ishii. At one point he Superplexed Ishii out of the ring onto DAMNATION outside the ring. Sasaki kicked out of the Tiger Suplex, Final Cut and High Angle Double Arm DDT. In return, Sasaki avoided the Kneel Kick to hit the NOW OR NEVER. He then performed the Italian DDT from his Sasaki & Gabbana days before making Ishii submit to the Crossover Facelock.

HARASHIMA avoided the God’s Right Knee more often than not in his match against Yukio Sakaguchi. The vital moment came when he cut off Sakaguchi’s finisher with a short range Somato. HARASHIMA then hit the full length version to get the win.

The miracle run for Kazuki Hirata has ended at the Quarter Final stage. Endo made fun of him for being the underdog but Hirata really brought the fight to him. Hirata countered the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb by tightening his grip around Endo’s head so he could apply a Headlock. Endo tried to fight out of it with back drops but Hirata refused to let go until he could position himself for an Asai DDT out of nowhere. Hirata hit the Sliding Kick twice but still couldn’t get the pin so he went for the Viagra Driver. Endo blocked it and changed the course of the match by hitting the Handspring Kneel Kick and Tetsuya In The Sky for a nearfall. Endo finally put Hirata away with the Torture Rack Bomb.

In the match between KO-D Tag Team Champions, both Mike Bailey and MAO went high risk from the start. A lot of dives out of the ring didn’t slow either of them down until MAO won with the Cannonball 450. The two hugged afterwards.

It’s been a while since Taiyo Kea last wrestled in Japan. He remembers Shigehiro Irie but said he has turned into a different person from the last time they met. He thinks Irie is now a fairly strong wrestler with amazing power. Together they defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda but it wasn’t a dominant victory. Honda successfully pulled off his Gongitsune trick on Kea. He recovered and gave Honda the TKO before Irie finished him off with the Beast Bomber.

A still injured Danshoku Dieno had to change his battle plan today knowing that his right shoulder would definitely be targeted. Gorgeous Matsuno tried to make Dieno tap with a Cross Armbreaker but Dieno countered the move into an Indian Deathlock and Headscissors combo to make Matsuno give up. Dieno has now discovered a new effective wrestling hold that will surely come in handy soon, so he named it the Meiko Killer III.

Nobuhiro Shimatani was eager to throw his weight around now that he is mostly accepted into DAMNATION. Mad Paulie also got to throw him around too onto their opponents. That all stopped when Ryan Davidson struck Shimatani with a Lariat and pinned him with the Davidson Driver.

Sanshiro Takagi got to say goodbye to three wrestlers all leaving on their own separate journeys. With Kouki Iwasaki moving to Ganbare☆Wrestling, Daiki Shimomura moving to BASARA and Rekka going overseas (not back home to Taiwan as previously reported), Takagi felt like today was farewell. He hopes that all of them will grow and treat this as the first chapter of their new story. There is only one advice he can give to them and that’s for them to really do their best.

The list of current entries in this year’s Dramatic General Election was revealed during the show. Most of the regular roster is involved. Yumehito Imanari and Maki Ito also volunteered to compete. Sanshiro Takagi, Shigehiro Irie, Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Mike Bailey all declined to enter the contest. Danshoku Dieno is undecided and has until tomorrow to make up his mind. DAMNATION, ALL OUT, Shuten-dōji and DISASTER BOX are the current units involved with the deadline also being for tomorrow.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~” Results

August 19, 2018

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~”, 18/08/2018
Nagoya City East Sports Centre No. 2
271 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. T2Hide Goodbye Series: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated KUDO, Alex Ace & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Hirata pinned Shimatani with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (9:42).
2. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Keisuke Ishii & Yuki Ueno when Takao pinned Ueno with the Gin And Tonic (10:10).
3. Keisuke Okuda defeated Yuki Iino with a Torso Sleeper Hold (6:53).
4. Masahiro Takanashi, Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki defeated Makoto Oishi, Akito & Cherry when Takanashi pinned Oishi with the Hangover!! (9:54).
5. Antonio Vs Pale One For The First Time In 42 Years! Nagoya Specialty Special Single Match: Antonio Honda defeated Konaka = Pale One with the Octopus Hold (10:09).
6. Shigehiro Irie, Jason Kincaid & Ryan Davidson defeated HARASHIMA, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Irie pinned Iwasaki with the Beast Bomber (11:34).
7. King Of DDT 2018 Best 8 Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Mike Bailey & MAO when Endo pinned MAO with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (18:10).

With the King Of DDT Quarter Finals around the corner, the remaining wrestlers are making their presence felt. Daisuke Sasaki brought up how Tetsuya Endo won last year’s tournament and will do the same this year. Sasaki even talked down his own chances of winning to put over Endo. DAMNATION’s newest member Nobuhiro Shimatani then got in the ring and enthusiastically took over the end of show speech. He called himself the knob that makes the world spin around DAMNATION and he joined in the group pose by posing in front of the other members. Sasaki gave him a Low Blow to get him out of the way.

Shigehiro Irie gave a violent message to the absent Danshoku Dieno after Match #6. Irie took a beaten Kouki Iwasaki and gave him a Pentagon Jr. style Inverted Armbreaker to injure Iwasaki’s shoulder. Irie then yelled that he will do this to Dieno the next time he’s in the ring with him!

After the match between Antonio Honda and Konaka = Pale One, Honda asked the fans if they knew the connection between him and Konaka. He described it like taking a step in one direction with one leg and then a step in the other direction with the other leg. In between that is the penis! Honda realised the detail in his speech was getting lewd so he ended it by telling everyone that they would not exist today without a penis. He then made everyone chant “1, 2, 3, Penis!”

The Mizuki in Match #4 is not the Mizuki from Tokyo Joshi Pro but a masked joshi from the local Toyota Pro Wrestling league making her DDT debut. I wasn’t able to find much information about her other than this weekend was the 4th anniversary of her debut.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14” Results

August 14, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14”, 14/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
240 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match: Soma Takao defeated Mizuki Watase with the Sorarina (7:22).
0. NO TV Match: Ryan Davidson & Facade defeated Toru Owashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Davidson pinned Shimatani with the Davidson Driver (8:25).
1. Akito & Gota Ihashi defeated Yuki Ueno & Yuki Iino when Akito submitted Iino with a Modified Leg Lock (7:23).
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Meiko Satomura defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi & Cherry when Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising (7:05).
*Meiko Satomura wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:07).
4. Road to King Of DDT 2018 3rd Round 4 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey, Yukio Sakaguchi & MAO and Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata when Endo pinned Hirata with a Swan Dive 450 Splash (10:20).
5. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Irie pinned Paulie with the Beast Bomber (19:20).
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Shigehiro Irie (c) with the Gaydo Clutch (1:37).
*Super Sasadango Machine gives his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract to Danshoku Dieno. Shigehiro Irie fails in V1. Danshoku Dieno cashes in his Right To Challenge Gauntlet. Danshoku Dieno becomes the 65th KO-D Openweight Champion!

Today’s episode sparked plenty of changes in the DDT landscape. There was the planned roster switch-up freshening up some of the units but some added surprises completely changed the course of as we head towards the King Of DDT finale. Things seemed normal during the main event. Shigehiro Irie made his first appearance in DDT since his latest US tour and after the title loss incident in Ohio he had the KO-D Openweight Title with him safe and sound. He and Jason Kincaid were victorious over Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie but it was a close call. Irie kicked out of a Double Choke Slam and the Reverse Splash. It was only when he hit a desperate Beast Bomber to Paulie that he was able to win the match. Ishikawa said he got to have a strong match after spending time away from DDT. He told everyone when he is the Triple Crown Champion he would like to face Irie again.

When DAMNATION left the ring, Meiko Satomura came out with her eyes set on Irie. With the yellow Right To Challenge Gauntlet in her possession, Satomura challenged Irie to a title match on the 28th August episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI”! An exhausted Irie got up and accepted the challenge. But when they were about to shake hands, Danshoku Dieno interrupted them with important news. Producer Dieno will not accept Irie Vs Satomura as the next KO-D Title match because the next title match will happen right now! Dieno then suddenly pulled out the blue Gauntlet belonging to Super Sasadango Machine. A video played on the screen of Sasadango announcing that he is giving his Gauntlet to Dieno as a gift. It now belongs to Dieno and he is cashing it in straight away!

The match began and Dieno immediately gave Irie the Danshoku Driver several times. Irie kicked out of them and fought back. He hit the Beast Bomber but when Irie went for the pin, Dieno caught him in the Gaydo Clutch and pinned him! Danshoku Dieno is the new KO-D Champion! A furious Irie had to be held back by the rest of RENEGADES until they finally got him to leave the ring. He still tossed a chair from the front row at Dieno as he was leaving. Dieno taunted Irie by telling him what he did today was all in the rules. Dieno waited so long and played the good boss all this time so he could pull this off. This plan was why Dieno did not enter King Of DDT this year. He may be the weakest champion of any wrestling company right now but that doesn’t matter. He is going straight to the main event of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” as the champion! Just one problem. Meiko Satomura is still here with the last Right To Challenge Gauntlet (more about that below) and her intention to challenge the champion on 28th August still stands. She told Dieno she will win the KO-D Title, defend it against Irie and then defend it at the main event of Sumo Hall!

The DNA Draft and resulting roster reshuffle took place at the start of the episode. It was already decided that Daiki Shimomura would join BASARA and Kouki Iwasaki would join Ganbare☆Wrestling. Rekka also announced he will be leaving Japan for a while so he will not be transferring to another brand. The remaining DNA wrestlers were given the chance to nominate the group or unit they wished to join and it would be up to those groups to accept them or not. Some of the obvious moves were made first. Mizuki Watase chose RENEGADES (side note: Ryan Davidson has also joined the unit) and Shunma Katsumata picked ALL OUT. No surprises there. MAO wants to continue teaming with Mike Bailey so he picked the default DDT Sekigun group. Yuki Ueno also picked DDT. Naomi Yoshimura didn’t pick anybody. Instead he will go wherever he wants, whenever he wants. Konosuke Takeshita of all people asked him to join ALL OUT instead. Yoshimura declined because he has no motivation to fight with them. He’d rather fight against them. Yuki Iino asked if he could join ALL OUT. Akito wasn’t convinced so he would use their match later as an audition. Kota Umeda chose to stick with DDT. He will be on the same side as his old unit Shuten-dōji and he wants to set a fire under his former older brothers. Nobuhiro Shimatani declared himself the leader of DAMNATION but Daisuke Sasaki said the unit doesn’t need him. Shimatani then nominated Tokyo Joshi Pro but their producer Tetsuya Koda outright refused him. Shimatani went back to DAMNATION and promised to find a beautiful blonde woman for Sasaki, cook delicious meat for Mad Paulie, handcraft a new ring costume for Soma Takao, give Tetsuya Endo a better haircut than the one he currently has and teach new songs to Shuji Ishikawa. Sasaki finally gave in and inducted Shimatani into DAMNATION, but only as a temporary manager. Good enough!

In the middle of the draft, T2Hide announced they are splitting up. Kazuki Hirata is doing well without them although he protested the decision. HARASHIMA approached Toru Owashi and asked him to reform Disaster BOX, their old unit from the 2000s. Owashi liked the idea but they needed a third member to make them a unit. They nominated Yuki Ueno. He has no idea what Disaster BOX is or how important they are in DDT’s history but ok, he’ll join them instead of the default DDT side.

Now all of that craziness has been touched upon, let’s get into the rest of the show. The eight remaining King Of DDT participants met in an 4-Way Tag Match. Some of the pairings were unusual and led to a mix up. MAO & Mike Bailey were on two different teams but in the heat of the action they worked together to wipe out a few of the other wrestlers with a Double Moonsault to the outside. Kazuki Hirata tried to continue his miracle run by going straight at Tetsuya Endo with Cradles but in the end he was pinned by Endo with a Swan Dive 450 Splash. Despite winning the match, Endo says he does not feel any momentum from today’s result. That stuff means nothing when you’re only in the Quarter Finals.

Judging from his earlier performance on the episode you wouldn’t have thought Dieno would end up as champion by the end of it. He got into his usual shenanigans with Antonio Honda against KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi. Honda’s double Gongistune backfired when KUDO & Takanashi grabbed both of his hands and made Honda poke himself in both eyes. They then finised him off with the Takatonic followed by the Diving Double Knee Drop.

It turns out the Right To Challenge Gauntlet rules do apply overseas. Meiko Satomura apologised to the fans for losing the red Gauntlet during her recent visit to America for the Mae Young Classic. I’d go into more detail about the possible consequences for that but it veers into spoiler territory and I’m not in the mood to get into arguments about that right now. To make up for it Satomura made it her goal today to win another Gauntlet so she can challenge for the KO-D Title. Good thing she was in a match against the holder of the yellow Gauntlet Makoto Oishi. Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising and now holds the last remaining Right To Challenge Gauntlet in Japan. Before this match Sanshiro Takagi said if his team won then he would set up the Meiko Young Classic, a tournament for all women wrestlers over the age of 40. Meiko Satomura is 38.

Iino impressed ALL OUT enough in his match to be accepted into their unit. He hit Akito with the Spear but Akito grabbed onto Iino’s leg and pulled him down into a Leg Lock to make him submit.

There was an extra special guest appearing on the show this week. Rintaro Oyaizu from Season 2 of The Bachelor Japan greeted everyone and very quickly attracted attention from several wrestlers. Cherry, Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku and Maki Ito all entered the ring wanting to woo Oyaizu. They all agreed to fight each other in a 4 Way Match on 28th August with the winner getting a date with The Bachelor.


DDT Plans For The Rest Of August

August 13, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14”, 14/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. NO TV Match: Soma Takao Vs Mizuki Watase
0. NO TV Match: Toru Owashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Ryan Davidson & Facade
1. Akito & Gota Ihashi Vs Yuki Ueno & Yuki Iino
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Meiko Satomura Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi & Cherry
3. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda
4. Road to King Of DDT 2018 3rd Round 4 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & MAO Vs Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata
5. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie

Shigehiro Irie returns to DDT after a let’s say, minor setback during his latest tour of America. He has the KO-D Openweight Title back but I don’t think everyone will be happy enough to forget about what happened.

Shunma Katsumata was supposed to be on the show teaming with Akito but he is out of action with an orbital fracture. Katsumata is expected to miss one or two months before he is cleared to return. Gota Ihashi takes his place in the tag match.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~”, 18/08/2018
Nagoya City East Sports Centre No. 2

1. Keisuke Okuda Vs Yuki Iino
2. Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Cherry Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Akito & Mizuki
3. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Keisuke Ishii & Yuki Ueno
4. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. Antonio Vs Pale One For The First Time In 42 Years! Nagoya Specialty Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Konaka = Pale One
6. Shigehiro Irie, Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs HARASHIMA, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kouki Iwasaki
7. King Of DDT 2018 Best 8 Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Mike Bailey & MAO

With the King Of DDT Quarter Finals near DDT is putting the final eight in a variety of tag matches to build up anticipation for the big finale. First up are the two tag team pairings left in the tournament.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONDOYAKI~”, 19/08/2018
Osaka Nishi Kumin Center

1. Keisuke Okuda Vs Yuki Ueno
2. Akito Vs Kouki Iwasaki
3. My Study Of Toughness ~ Yuni’s Study Of Freedom: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Yuni Vs Antonio Honda & Masahiro Takanashi
4. The Heartfelt Woman’s Compassion Is The Greatest Humiliation For A Man! Osaka Specialty Special Single Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Makoto Oishi
5. 3 Way Tag Match: Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs KUDO & Kazusada Higuchi
6. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Shigehiro Irie, Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie
7. King Of DDT 2018 Best 8 Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Keisuke Ishii

The second part mixes up the four singles participants.

BASARA “BASARA 76 ~FEAST~”, 20/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. FUMA & SAGAT Vs Takato Nakano & Daiki Shimomura
2. Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Third Best Stretchman? Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Gouma Ryu & Yasu Urano
3. Isami Kodaka & Minoru Fujita Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Yusuke Kubo
4. Official Tag No. 1 Decision Battle: Fuminori Abe Vs Ikuto Hidaka
5. Naoki Tanizaki & Manabu Hara Vs Ryota Nakatsu & Ryuichi Sekine

Daiki Shimomura is the newest full time member of BASARA.

Banana Senga is meant to transform into a Best Stretchman at some point so I guess he is the third man here.

DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Mike Bailey Vs MAO
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: HARASHIMA Vs Yukio Sakaguchi
4. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii
5. Special Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Taiyo Kea Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda

Say what you want about the Irie situation but DDT isn’t punishing him for it. He gets to team up with Taiyo Kea for the first of two Korakuen Hall shows later this month.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2018 FINAL ROUND”, 26/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Winner Of Quarter Final 1 Vs Winner Of Quarter Final 2
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Winner Of Quarter Final 3 Vs Winner Of Quarter Final 4
3. Special Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami & Antonio Honda Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno
4. King Of DDT 2018 – Final: X Vs X

Meanwhile on Night 2, Antonio Honda gets to team with Tatsumi Fujinami. Will we get a Gongitsune Dragon Screw for the occasion?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “CAN YOU CELEBRATE? 2018”, 29/09/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Kouki Iwasaki

Kouki Iwasaki has decided to join Ganbare☆Wrestling and he already has a list of things to do. First up is to get his match with Shuichiro Katsumura. They were originally supposed to face off on New Year’s Eve when Ganpro was in Saitama Super Arena but Iwasaki pulled out with the flu.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #13” Results

August 7, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #13”, 07/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
146 Fans – No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Jason Kincaid & Facade when Ishii pinned Facade with the Tiger Suplex (8:49).
0. “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji NO TV Match: Makoto Oishi defeated Masahiro Takanashi with a Manjigatame (9:46).
1. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Kendo Kashin, NOSAWA Rongai & Keisuke Okuda defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Ken Ohka & Gota Ihashi when Kashin submitted Takagi with a Cross Armbreaker (7:26).
2. DDT NEW ATTITUDE 10-Man Tag Match: MAO, Shunma Katsumata, Naomi Yoshimura, Rekka & Yuki Ueno defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Yuki Iino when Katsumata pinned Iino with the ¡Hasta la vista! (9:35).
3. Gothic And Lolita Tag Death Match: Lady Beard & Saki Akai defeated Toru Owashi & Antonio Honda when Beard pinned Honda with a Cradle (9:06).
4. HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey defeated Soma Takao & Mad Paulie when Bailey pinned Paulie with the Ultima Weapon (11:05).
5. Danshoku Soul Tradition Part 6: Kazuki Hirata defeated Danshoku Dieno with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (10:41).
6. Shuten-dōji Vs DAMNATION!: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when Sakaguchi pinned Sasaki with the God’s Right Knee (16:05).

This episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” was focused on highlighting the upcoming Quarter Finals of the King Of DDT tournament. In the main event, Yukio Sakaguchi put down his fellow Quarter Finalists Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo in a tag match. Sakaguchi’s partner KUDO celebrated because it was the first and he thinks maybe last time he won a main event match on Maji Manji.

Danshoku Dieno noticed something about Kazuki Hirata’s miracle run in King Of DDT. Hirata never used his Hirata GO! glasses during the matches he wins. Hirata explained that he enjoys the style of wrestling in the tournament and decided not to use the glasses for that reason. Dieno wasn’t convinced so he left a pair of glasses in the corner of the ring before their match began. During the match the room went dark and the glasses spoke to Hirata. They’ve been together for years but recently Hirata has left the glasses behind. The glasses feel lonely but it will not give up. Today is the day they will reunite in the ring! Hirata was tempted to reach over when he needed the aid but he ultimately resisted. Meanwhile Dieno was also holding back. He wasn’t using any of his crotch attacks and that made his crotch feel left out. Unlike Hirata, Dieno listened to his greatest weapon and used it to try and get the advantage. He hit the Danshoku Driver but Hirata kicked out! Dieno then attempted the Moonsault but Hirata rolled out of the way and pinned Dieno with the Miracle One Shot Cradle. Hirata wondered if the voices he heard today were all just in his head. He promised his GO! glasses that when he wins the King Of DDT, he will wear them again when he wins the KO-D Openweight Title at Sumo Hall!

Two more Quarter Finalists had a good time together when HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey won their match against DAMNATION. HARASHIMA struck Mad Paulie from behind with the Somato and Bailey finished him off with the Ultima Weapon.

All the participants in Match #3 wore gothic lolita clothing to impress this week’s guest Misako Aoki. As the match went on Antonio Honda opened up his outfit and left his chest bare. He then took Aoki’s stuffed toy rabbit hostage and would only give it back if everyone listened to his story that mixes Gongitsune and Alice In Wonderland together. Aoki stopped Honda by pinching his nipples. Lady Beard then rolled him over for the pin.

A foot injury prevented Kota Umeda from competing in the DNA 10-Man Tag Match. Kazusada Higuchi took his place. Shunma Katsumata promoted the final DNA show before its hiatus on 10th August. He’d like everyone to come see the amazing place they made in Kitizawa Town Hall over the last 3 years and 8 months.

Kendo Kashin asked where the championship belts were at the start of the opening match. He forgot that the planned KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match was cancelled and his team were fighting a different set of wrestlers. He was able to make Sanshiro Takagi tap out to a Cross Armbreaker after Ken Ohka accidentally hit Gota Ihashi with the Fire Spear.

Makoto Oishi is really putting effort into his claim that he is Mr. Maji Manji. He went to the trouble of beating Masahiro Takanashi with the Manjigatame in the dark match.

Gota Ihashi Vs MMA fighter Shinya Aoki was announced for the 28th August episode of Maji Manji.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~DANSHOKU DIENO AND SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~” Results

August 2, 2018

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~DANSHOKU DIENO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~”, 02/08/2018
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Today’s Gruelling Under Match ~ Terrible Gruesomeness: Tetsuya Koda defeated Hisaya Imabayashi with a Katahajime (7:47).
1. Our Lariat Pro Wrestling ’18: Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda & Rekka Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Yumehito Imanari ended in a No Contest (11:20).
1a. First Lariat Attack Rule: Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda & Rekka defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Yumehito Imanari when Honda hit Imanari with a Lariat (2:55).
2. Match To Verify The Theory That Ken Ohka Is Not A Big Deal: Ken Ohka Vs DJ Nira ended in a No Contest.
3. Warming Up Muscle “10,000,000 Yen If You Beat Virtual Pikotaro” First Prize: Virtual Pikotaro (Kazuyoshi Sakai) Vs Norikazu Fujioka ended in a Time Limit Draw (1:00).
4. Warming Up Muscle “10,000,000 Yen If You Beat Virtual Pikotaro” Handicap Match: Virtual Pikotaro (Kazuyoshi Sakai) Vs Pedro Takaishi & Choun-Shiryu ended in a Time Limit Draw (2:00).
5. Warming Up Muscle “10,000,000 Yen If You Beat Virtual Pikotaro” General Battle: Virtual Pikotaro #1 (Kazuyoshi Sakai) & Virtual Pikotaro #2 (Hisaya Imabayashi) defeated Muscle Sakai & Antonio Honda when Pikotaro #1 pinned Honda after Virtual Pikotaro #3 (Kazusada Higuchi) stabbed Honda with a Pen And Anton Muscle Pen (2:24).
6. The Usual Sandman-like Match: Ken Ohka defeated Yuki Ueno, Danshoku Dieno, Mike Bailey, Jason Kincaid, Facade, Antonio Honda, Chinsuke Nakamura, Muscle Sakai, Keisuke Ishii, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Yasu Urano, Yumehito Imanari, Shota, Choun-Shiryu, DJ Nira, MAO, Sumo Rock, Rekka, DT-YUTA and Nonoko when Ohka pinned Ueno with the Fire Spear (16:42).

A recurring theme of the show involved Ken Ohka trying to convince Yuki Ueno that he is a good wrestler. It wasn’t until the end of the main event when Ohka finally got his message across to the rookie. It was a free for all set to the “Enter Sandman” song and everyone was encouraged to drink and throw beer everywhere as if they were all The Sandman. Some of the unexpected people showing up included Mike Bailey, MAO, DT-YUTA, Nonoko, Chinsuke Nakamura (carrying a homemade US Title belt) and Sumo Rock (Kazusada Higuchi imitating The Rock). The ring eventually filled up with empty beer cans and Ohka fought his battle with Ueno while everyone else was outside. Ueno hit Ohka with the Fire Spear for a nearfall. In return Ohka gave Ueno an Avalanche Brainbuster onto the cans then hit the genuine Fire Spear to win the match. When the dust was settled, Ueno told Ohka he still thinks Ohka isn’t physically powerful or mentally serious but Ohka did win the match today thanks to the crowd’s support. Ohka really is a strong wrestler and Ueno will make it his goal to surpass him!

Super Sasadango Machine did not make an appearance on the show. Instead his former alter ego Muscle Sasaki made a return. He held a secret dark PowerPoint Presentation that was only to be seen by the people in attendance. Afterwards the Muscle Producer Amon Tsurumi was invited to come out. Hisaya Imabayashi appeared and said he too busy preparing for his match before the show so he wasn’t going to be Tsurumi today. Instead the role of Tsurumi was played by Konosuke Takeshita!

Tsurumi/Takeshita revealed that if Muscle can draw 4,000 people to Sumo Hall next February then he believes it will attract the attention of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Creative Team. It is Tsurumi’s dream to join that team. The other wrestlers asked how can they achieve the goal of 4,000 fans. Yasu Urano suggested that only pure wrestling will work but everybody in Muscle are middle-aged and not pure wrestlers. Tsurumi/Takeshita revealed his secret plan. They need a big guest to appear on the show. They need… Pikotaro! Yes, the man behind “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” is just the man they need. Unfortunately booking him is impossible so they’ll have to make do with an impersonator.

Actor and former Muscle wrestler Kazuyoshi Sakai came out dressed as Pikotaro. Tsurumi/Takeshita challenged the wrestlers to face him in a 60 second match. If they can win they will be given 10,000,000 yen! A bunch of wrestlers all tried to chase down Sakai and pin him but he survived the time limit every time. Soon a second Pikotaro appeared and it was Hisaya Imabayashi! The two impersonators agreed to team up and face the final participants, Muscle Sakai and Antonio Honda. When the two sides fought, one more Pikotaro appeared. This time it was Kazusada Higuchi! He stabbed both Sakai and Honda in the head with his Pen And Anton Muscle Pens, allowing the other Pikotaros to win the match.

As already mentioned above, Ueno wasn’t convinced that Ohka is a big deal in wrestling. Danshoku Dieno asked Ueno to watch Ohka fight against DJ Nira so he could change his mind. It was a bad match because Nira was so weak that he couldn’t put up a fight. When Ohka gave him a Snapmare into a rest hold he decided to let it go because it wasn’t worth it. Ohka apologised to everyone and left the ring. Daisuke Kiso didn’t know what was going on so he called off the match.

The Lariat Pro Wrestling match featured the theme songs of many famous Lariat users. The order of songs started off with “Power Hall”, “Sunrise” and “J”. Things then went in a different direction when “Crash” played and everyone performed Kenka Kicks. Then the music changed to “SAMURAI” and everybody did Hip Attacks. Next up was “Beautiful Flight” which made everyone do Leg Lariats. At this point everybody realised they were no longer doing Lariats so they asked for a song to get them back in track. “RAIN MAKER” came on. Suddenly Yukinori Matsui was overwhelmed with enough power to gave the Rainmaker to Keisuke Ishii! He did the post but Ishii got back up and he German Suplexed Matsui. “Miserarete” was the final song to play but at this point everybody was too hurt to continue. Ishii decided to change the rule and made it so the next person to hit a Lariat would win the match for their team. Antonio Honda rallied everyone as he prepared to do the move but he stopped and told a Gongitsune story instead. He poked everybody in the eye and eventually hit Yumehito Imanari with a Lariat to bring the match to an end.

The two authority figures in the DDT family were scheduled to fight each other in the pre-show. However both Hisaya Imabayashi and Tetsuya Koda agreed that they had no reason to do so. Neither were motivated by any dislike of the other so they had to come up with something to add some heat to the match. Imabayashi brought up how their match last year was watched by his two sons on DDT UNIVERSE. They cheered him on until he lost. That made his younger son cry. It also made his older son think he is weak ever since. Imabayashi should win so he can regain his son’s respect. He then brought up Koda’s favourite idol Maria Makino. That set off Koda and the two argued enough that they now had a reason to fight. Imabayashi hit the Backblow because it is the finishing move of his kayfabe uncle Goro Tsurumi. Koda survived it and put Imabayashi in a Katahajime to make him give up. After the match Imabayashi got a phone call from his older son. He said his dad sucks and he shouldn’t come home. He then hung up.