April 17, 2019

Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Hikaru Sato defeated Kota Umeda with a Captured Armbar (8:19).
2. Michael Nakazawa Vs DJ Nira ended in a No Contest (7:24).
3. The Final Battle Of The Last Order Of Peace! Group Drama Of Human Beings Born In Showa And Heisei! Which Is Tomorrow! ☆Saki Akai Styling Match☆: Rina Yamashita & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Saki Akai & Kazusada Higuchi when Yoshimura pinned Akai with a Cradle (9:55).
4. Ebisuko Tavern Presents Tag Gauntlet Match: Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei defeated Poison Sawada JULIE & Hoshihebi, Danshoku Dieno & Kappa Kozo (w/ Miyako Haru), Gorgeous Matsuno & Sanshiro Takagi, Emi Sakura & Riho, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda and Ryuichi Sekine & SAKI (w/ Sayaka Obihiro).
4a. Poison Sawada JULIE & Hoshihebi defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Hoshihebi pinned Hirata with the Midnight Buenos Aires (3:04).
4b. Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda defeated Poison Sawada JULIE & Hoshihebi when Honda pinned Hoshihebi with a School Boy (2:07).
4c. Ryuichi Sekine & SAKI (w/ Sayaka Obihiro) defeated Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda when Sekine submitted Honda with the Let’s Combine (3:36).
4d. Danshoku Dieno & Kappa Kozo (w/ Miyako Haru) defeated Ryuichi Sekine & SAKI (w/ Sayaka Obihiro) when Kozo pinned Sekine with the Kappamaki (2:59).
4e. Gorgeous Matsuno & Sanshiro Takagi defeated Danshoku Dieno & Kappa Kozo (w/ Miyako Haru) when Matsuno pinned Kozo with a Kappamaki Cutback (1:08).
4f. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei defeated Gorgeous Matsuno & Sanshiro Takagi when Kei pinned Matsuno after the Five Body Dissatisfaction (1:17).
4g. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei defeated Emi Sakura & Riho when Kei pinned Sakura with a Suitcase Strike (4:32).
5. KUDO & HARASHIMA defeated MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba when KUDO pinned Toba with the Diving Double Knee Drop (13:50).
6. Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the God’s Right Knee (18:32).


For five years Shuten-dōji were a constant presence on DDT shows from opening matches at touring shows to midcard bouts in Korakuen Hall all the way up to the main event of Sumo Hall. But time has been called on the unit and the three members (plus their allies) are ready to go their separate ways. Their popularity made them win last year’s unit category in the Dramatic General Election so they were owed a show to produce by themselves. This was the perfect chance for Shuten-dōji to say goodbye and get their last calls in.

For the main event Yukio Sakaguchi and Masahiro Takanashi faced off in a singles match. Both had each other scouted late in the match with Takanashi kicking out Sakaguchi’s ankle to escape the Cobra Clutch. Sakaguchi also fought his way out of the Takatonic and caught his friend with a big kick when Takanashi went to roll him into a pin. The two pressed their foreheads together knowing the match was about to end. Sakaguchi then stepped back to the opposite corner and struck Takanashi with the God’s Right Knee for the win.

KUDO joined them in the ring after the match. He reminded everyone he will be taking a break from pro wrestling for a while but when he comes back he will have no choice but to do so with his best friends in front of the best fans. He doesn’t know when his return will happen but he wants everyone to wait for that day. Sakaguchi said he and his “brothers” have seen it all together. He admitted he was scared to do this match with Takanashi today but it ended up being fun.

For KUDO’s last match he got to team with HARASHIMA one more time against The Suicide Boyz of MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba. HARASHIMA marked the occasion by wearing a HERO! mask to the ring. KUDO got the victory when he hit Toba with a Buzzsaw Kick and pinned him with the Diving Double Knee Drop. The four posed for a photograph afterwards and KUDO left the ring to large cheers from the fans.

The Brahman Brothers were the winners of the tag gauntlet but they refused to accept the prize of a year’s worth of meals from Ebisuko Tavern. Instead Gorgeous Matsuno, who helped them beat Emi Sakura & Riho at the end of the gauntlet, accepted the prize on their behalf. He also said he will continue to team with them in the future and together they want to win a trios championship again!

Before the gauntlet began, Poison Sawada JULIE transformed several wrestlers backstage into his snake servants so they could do a group dance for his team’s entrance.

The Heisei and Showa generations of the fashion world went to war and in this atmosphere Saki Akai showed a violent side to her never seen before. Akai attacked Rina Yamashita with a bamboo sword then tried to smother Naomi Yoshimura by pressing a plastic bag into his mouth! Kazusada Higuchi was also vile because he grabbed Yamashita’s Pikachu rucksack and pulled its tail off! It was only because of a misfired attack by Higuchi that Yoshimura was able to cradle Akai into a pin to sneak away with a victory. The pin was fatal because Akai was left motionless afterwards. Higuchi was so upset that he sang a song called “The Road” while images representing the Showa era were displayed on the video screen. Miraculously, Akai regained consciousness and everyone joined in with the song. On a more serious note, Akai thanked Shuten-dōji in her backstage interview for becoming her older brothers in the wrestling world. They taught her how to enjoy wrestling inside the ring as well as how to celebrate with drinks afterwards.

There were two unannounced matches added to the show. One was the surprise appearance of Michael Nakazawa from AEW against DJ Nira in a match where anything goes. The stipulation turned out to be a poor idea because whenever it looked liked somebody would win MAO, Nobuhiro Shimatani and even Hisaya Imabayashi would enter the ring and break the pin so the match would continue. They enjoyed the match up between Nakazawa and Nira so much that they wanted them to fight forever! Even when Nakazawa or Nira wanted to give up the others prevented the referees from stopping the match. Mayhem broke out between the wrestlers, Imabayashi, Daisuke Kiso and Yukinori Matsui until all of them had fallen from each others attacks. With no end in sight and everybody out of action the room lights shut off so the show could finally move on.

The other surprise match was former Shuten-dōji member Kota Umeda taking on Hikaru Sato! The match had plenty of stiff kicks but Sato’s submission expertise was the difference maker.

The show began with Shuten-dōji coming out but they didn’t look like themselves. It was actually Chinsuke Nakamura dressed as KUDO, Gota Ihashi dressed as Sakaguchi (including body tattoos) and Shota dressed as Takanashi! The real Shuten-dōji interrupted the parody speech and chased off the imitators.

The closing moments of the show had all of the wrestlers gathering in the ring to share a toast for Shuten-dōji. They then left leaving just KUDO, Sakaguchi and Takanashi alone in the ring for one more toast by themselves. They then placed their cups down on the ring mat along with the bottle of sake and went their separate ways.

Video – Gorgeous Brahmans Vs Shuten-dōji 6-Man Tag

April 10, 2019

Fukushima Date City Yorohara Gymnasium
1,200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

Gorgeous Brahman Vs Shuten-dōji! Fukushima Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi


March 31, 2019

Fukushima Date City Yorohara Gymnasium
1,200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated MAO, Kazusada Higuchi, Yuki Ueno & Takato Nakano when Takao pinned Ueno with the Diving Foot Stomp (12:13).
2. 3 Way Match: Keisuke Okuda defeated Sanshiro Takagi and Kazuki Hirata when Okuda submitted Hirata with a Jumping Cross Armbreaker (6:31).
3. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito defeated HARASHIMA & Makoto Oishi when Takeshita pinned Oishi with a Lariat (8:02).
4. Rui Hiugaji & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Yasutaka Oosera & Koji Kawamura when Hiugaji pinned Kawamura with a Diving Elbow Drop (12:11).
5. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Mad Paulie defeated Naomi Yoshimura with the Reverse Splash (11:16).
6. Keisuke Ishii & Moeka Haruhi defeated Saki Akai & Antonio Honda when Ishii pinned Honda with a Frankensteiner (10:58).
7. Gorgeous Brahman Vs Shuten-dōji! Fukushima Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei when KUDO pinned Matsuno with the Diving Double Knee Drop (12:07).

The hero of the show was Gorgeous Matsuno which makes his team with The Brahman Brothers in the main event a little weird despite all of them having teamed before. Matsuno received a special entrance with a big drum playing on the stage to give him fighting spirit. Then the Brahmans came out and threw water at everybody. But their antics ended up costing them the match when Matsuno was hit with a traffic sign that was meant for KUDO. Matsuno was then pinned with a Buzzsaw Kick followed by the Diving Double Knee Drop. The Brahmans attacked Matsuno after the match but as the hero, he fought them off with a 619. He then shared a toast with Shuten-dōji and sang a song with his wife to end the show.

Antonio Honda was uncomfortable having to wrestle Moeka Haruhi because according to him, he has never touched a woman before.

Keisuke Okuda joined in with Kazuki Hirata’s dance. But when they shook hands afterwards Okuda put Hirata in a Jumping Cross Armbreaker and tapped him out.

Some of the DDT roster couldn’t stick around for the last few matches because they had a plane to catch for tonight’s show in Hakata Star Lanes.


March 21, 2019

Tokyo Korakuen Hall
706 Fans

1. Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizawa defeated Takato Nakano & Masato Kamino when Takizawa pinned Nakano with the Tilt 3 (8:12).
2. Yasu Urano defeated Daiki Shimomura with the Tombstone Piledriver (8:10).
3. Steel Can Hardcore Match: Takumi Tsukamoto defeated Jun Masaoka with the Zudon onto a Steel Can (8:36).
4. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles – Hardcore Elimination Match: FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT defeated Abdullah Kobayashi, Yoshihisa Uto & Hideki Suzuki (c) (15:12).
4a. SAGAT eliminated Abdullah Kobayashi by Ring Out (3:18).
4b. Hideki Suzuki eliminated FUMA by Ring Out (7:59).
4c. Hideki Suzuki eliminated Yusuke Kubo with a One Handed Backbreaker Hold (10:45).
4d. SAGAT eliminated Yoshihisa Uto with a Super Power Bomb (13:04).
4e. SAGAT eliminated Hideki Suzuki by Ring Out (15:12).
*Abdullah Kobayashi, Yoshihisa Uto & Hideki Suzuki fail in V1. The Iron Family becomes the 29th Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
5. Aiseki Tag Vs Sento Minzoku!: Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Minoru Fujita when Abe submitted Sekine with the Manjigatame (12:14).
6. Yoga Vs Stretch! Final Settlement Match: Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei when V3 pinned Hiroshi after the Double Stretch Kick (6:58).
7. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu (c) defeated Isami Kodaka with the V Slider (17:12).
*V4 for Ryota Nakatsu.

There is now no doubt that BASARA is in the Ryota Nakatsu era. His win over Isami Kodaka in today’s main event is proof that BASARA is no longer just the Isami Kodaka show. But Kodaka put up a good fight going so far to do a Diving Double Knee Drop from the top rope to the outside! But Nakatsu toughed it out and had Kodaka stunned with a Buzzsaw Kick followed by a German Suplex. From there Nakatsu hit the V Slider and got the three count to stay as the Union MAX Champion. Nakatsu called it a tough battle but also something that shows how fun BASARA is. He got the crowd to chant “Sparky” then said as long as he is on top in BASARA, BASARA will grow in the wrestling world.

In an show of companionship, Trans-Am Hiroshi shaved the top of his head so it would look similar to the Brahman Brothers. He also wrestled in a ZOZO Suit which is a black body suit covered in white dots. Best Stretchman V3 entered the ring with plenty of stretch film wrapped around his body to protect him from the Brahmans’ water attack. Hiroshi used a pair of scissors to cut off the film and the Brahmans then splashed V3 with buckets of water. Everything backfired when Hiroshi was accidentally hit with a traffic sign. Stretchman Man sliced Hiroshi with his hook then V3 & Best Stretchman Amazon hit the Double Stretch Kick for the win. The Brahmans loudly asked the audience after the match why was this picked to be the semi-main event?

There was duelling chants of “Shawn Capture” and “Let’s Combine” when Ikuto Hidaka and Ryuichi Sekine started off their tag match. Later on when Hidaka was busy dealing with Minoru Fujita, Sekine tried to apply the Combine to Fuminori Abe. But he was stopped with the Rabbit Punch and placed in a Manjigatama, giving Abe the submission win for his team.

Motivated by their new Peavey sponsorship, the Iron Family fought tooth and nail to win the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles. The team has SAGAT to thank for that. SAGAT smashed a guitar over Abdullah Kobayashi’s head then with the rest of his team’s help got him over the top rope for the first elimination. The champions took over when Hideki Suzuki tipped over a ladder that FUMA was climbing, landing him outside the ring for the elimination. Yusuke Kubo tried to cradle Suzuki for a pinfall but Suzuki kicked out. Suzuki & Yoshihisa Uto then gave Kubo a double team Backbreaker to pin him instead. SAGAT was in danger having to fight on his own. Uto strangled him over the ladder with a chain but SAGAT kept fighting. Kobayashi tried to get back involved so FUMA & Kubo also came back to help SAGAT. Together the Iron Family gave Uto a Shield style triple Power Bomb to eliminate him. The match was now down to Suzuki and SAGAT. Suzuki applied a Sleeper Hold but SAGAT rolled both of them over the top rope and onto the ring apron. SAGAT then bit onto Suzuki’s arm to break the hold, got back into the ring and used the Goregrind to knock Suzuki to the floor to win the match and the championships! The fans chanted “Heavy Metal” until Kobayashi took the microphone. His team lost today but like in any sport there is a home game and an away game. Next time the two teams meet it will be in Big Japan!

Takumi Tsukamoto and Jun Masaoka whaled on each other with chairs and steel cans in their match. Masaoka was in control when he placed a can over Tsukamoto’s head then Thrust Kicked it. He thought he had Tsukamoto placed where he wanted him after a Conchairto. But when Masaoka climbed the turnbuckles, Tsukamoto got up and Superplexed him onto the chairs! Tsukamoto then hit a Lariat as Masaoka tried to get back up. If that wasn’t enough, Tsukamoto then placed a can over Masaoka’s head and threw another can at him! Finally he hit the Zudon onto the cans to end the match in victory. Masaoka said he feels heartbroken over the result but it doesn’t matter. He lost but he wants another match and will continue to do his best. Tsukamoto said he is trying to climb the ranks in BASARA even though it is leaving him with scars. The fact that wrestlers from other groups are coming over looking to fight him makes him happy.

Sento Minzoku had a bad day in general. Kodaka lost in the main event, Sekine & Fujita lost their tag match and Daiki Shimomura was beaten by Yasu Urano. Shimomura left his mark on Urano though. They got into a chop battle and Urano decided to take his shirt off to taunt his opponent. That was until Shimomura’s chops got so painful that Urano had to put his shirt back on. Sadly for Shimomura he missed the Swanton Bomb and Urano pinned him with the Tombstone.

Akiyori Takizawa scored the pin in the opener by using his Tilt 3 (Angle Slam) finisher in BASARA for the first time.

Nakazawa Is All Elite, No Seriously He Is, March Korakuen Double Header, Star Lanes Finale

March 7, 2019

The next month is going to be very busy for me but a lot of fun too. I’m travelling to Germany this weekend for the annual wXw 16 Carat tournament. Given the amount of stuff happening in-between the wrestling shows (eating, bowling, visiting the Shellakabookie, seeing if Order #109 has still not been picked up at McDonalds, etc.) this blog won’t be updated again until next Tuesday. If anything crazy happens in DDT I’ll be sure to tweet about it once I find out. Shigehiro Irie is in the tournament and I wouldn’t rule out a strong run from him this weekend especially since wXw is one of the places that is heavily pushing him in Europe. Once that is done it will be time to prepare for New York. But let’s get to that later.

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Yasu Urano
2. Aiseki Tag Vs Sento Minzoku!: Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Minoru Fujita
3. Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizawa Vs Takato Nakano & Masato Kamino
4. Sakigake!! Iron Family Vs Kobayashi-gun: FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Abdullah Kobayashi, Yoshihisa Uto & Hideki Suzuki
5. Yoga Vs Stretch! Final Settlement Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man
6. Steel Can Hardcore Match: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Jun Masaoka
7. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Isami Kodaka

The team of Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka continue to run rings around the competition in BASARA.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2019”, 21/03/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Shunma Katsumata Vs Mizuki Watase
1. Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Bull James, Kota Umeda & Naomi Yoshimura
2. A Miraculous Ending! Goodbye Michael! Till We Meet Again! – Michael Nakazawa Send-Off Match: Michael Nakazawa Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Keisuke Okuda & Hiroshi Yamato
3. The Hirata Dance Is The Best! No, It’s The Pro Wrestling Exercise! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Asuka (w/ Furitsuke Kamen)
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Riki Choshu, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Yeno Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Gota Ihashi
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino (c) Vs Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Chihiro Hashimoto
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao
8. DDT Extreme Title – #ExtremeRuleThoughts: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Muscle Sakai

As revealed on this week’s episode of Being The Elite, the newest AEW signing is Michael Nakazawa! Although the news was played for comedy on the show, this is a sneaky good signing by the company. Nakazawa will most likely be working as the go-between for AEW and whatever Japanese companies they will be working with, DDT obviously among them. Kenny Omega and Sanshiro Takagi haven’t been shy with their public comments about AEW and DDT working together beyond Yuka Sakazaki’s upcoming match. Nakazawa also has links to wrestling in other parts of Asia so that could open up some unexpected talent scouting there too. But before all of that can happen, DDT wants to say farewell to one of its most unappreciated talents. And what better way to send Nakazawa off than to have five people beat him up for our entertainment. Hiroshi Yamato is being included because he wants a place to sell his collection of short stories he wrote and nowhere else will let him do it.

A choreographer named Lucky Ikeda was supposed to be on the show. However in his placed is his “masked friend” Furitsuke Kamen. His role is to teach everyone Pro Wrestling Exercises. He created this so fans can relax whenever pro wrestlers take the action out of the ring and have a brawl in the audience. Kazuki Hirata isn’t convinced that this form of exercise is better than his style of dancing. He and Makoto Oishi agreed that the losing team for their match will have to do the other team’s dance or exercise.

Fukushima Date City Yorohara Gymnasium

1. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs MAO, Kazusada Higuchi, Yuki Ueno & Takato Nakano
2. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Mad Paulie Vs Naomi Yoshimura
3. 3 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Keisuke Okuda
4. Saki Akai & Antonio Honda Vs Keisuke Ishii & Moeka Haruhi
5. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs HARASHIMA & Makoto Oishi
6. Gorgeous Brahman Vs Shuten-dōji! Fukushima Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi

The annual Gorgeous Matsuno appreciation show sees the host teaming with the Brahman Brothers once more.

Hakata Star Lanes

1. Asuka Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Yuto Aijima, Azul Dragon, Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Lowther
3. Hakata Star Lanes The Final! Comical! Wonderful! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Danshoku Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Batten X Burabura (w/ Pokotan) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
4. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Bull James Vs Yuki Iino
5. Hakata Otoko, The Last Advent Of Hakara Star Lanes! Do You Leave? Shachihoko Hold?!: Tatsuo Nakano Vs Mizuke Watase
6. DAMNATION Vs OishiAsahi!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi
7. Hakata Specialty! Pick Up Special 3 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Kota Umeda Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs MAO & Kazusada Higuchi
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio

DDT is packing the card for their final show in Hakata Star Lanes. They even found Tatsuo Nakano!


February 26, 2019

BASARA “BASARA 90 ~UTAGE~”, 26/02/2019
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
214 Fans

1. Ryuichi Sekine defeated Masato Kamino with the Let’s Combine (6:16).
2. Turnabout Pro Wrestling Trial: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi defeated Gouma Ryu and Banana Senga when Hiroshi submitted Senga with the Scorpion Deathlock (4:07).
3. FUMA, SAGAT & Trans-Am ★ Ryuji defeated Takumi Tsukamoto, Takato Nakano & Yasu Urano when FUMA pinned Nakano with the Heavy Metal Anthem (10:20).
4. Yusuke Kubo defeated Jun Masaoka with the Wrist Clutch Goro Suplex (11:21).
5. Aiseki Tag Vs Stretchmen!: Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka defeated Best Stretchman V3 & Best Stretchman Amazon when Hidaka submitted V3 with the Shawn Capture (11:24).
6. Sparky Vs Sento Minzoku!: Isami Kodaka, Minoru Fujita & Daiki Shimomura defeated Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara when Kodaka pinned Nakatsu with the Isamuashi Zan (14:16).

Although Ryota Nakatsu was pinned by Isami Kodaka, he feels good about today’s turn of events. Today Kodaka wrestled like a man resurrected and Nakatsu can now look forward to defending the Union MAX Title against the best version of Kodaka. It wouldn’t be worthwhile for Nakatsu to beat Kodaka if Kodaka is off his game. When Sparky left, Kodaka asked Ryuichi Sekine to get him a beer. The fans chanted for Sekine and as a joke the music guy played Sekine’s music instead of Kodaka’s to close out the show.

There was no clean fighting from either Yusuke Kubo or Jun Masaoka in their anticipated singles match. Kubo carried an iron pipe with him and threw powder in Masaoka’s face. Masaoka would try to rip apart Kubo’s mask when he was in control of the match. A well placed Lariat from Kubo put him in position to use a move from his past, the Wrist Clutch Goro Suplex, to win. After the match Takumi Tsukamoto entered the ring to check on Masaoka but Masaoka shrugged him off. He told Tsukamoto he’s not in BASARA to make friends. He doesn’t want to team with him, he wants to fight him instead! Tsukamoto told him if that’s what he wants then so be it. But he better be prepared.

Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi was on trial for allegedly defrauding a yoga instructor into giving him a free lesson during his journey in India. Hiroshi interrupted the proceedings by getting Gouma Ryu and Banana Senga to do yoga with him. Senga stopped because he heard that yoga can be a dangerous because it can expose the human body to disease. Senga showed proof by taking off his shirt and revealing there was eczema across his back from doing yoga last week! Ryu agreed that yoga was unsanitary and the two decided to attack Hiroshi. Hiroshi Clotheslined the both of them and made Senga tap out to a Scorpion Deathlock. Hiroshi then told Senga he wants one final match against the Best Stretchmen on 21st March. His partners will be The Brahman Brothers! Senga accepted the challenge then admitted he actually got eczema from going to a love hotel and getting bitten by a bed bug. He was already gone when the others realised he just admitted to lying in court during the trial.


December 31, 2018

Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,242 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino defeated Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda (w/ Jaki Numazawa) when Sekimoto submitted Honda with a Scorpion Lock (6:26).
2. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata when Okabayashi submitted Hirata with the Argentine Backbreaker (6:57).
3. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Brahman Kei & Masahiro Takanashi (w/ Brahman Shu) when Miyamoto submitted Takanashi with a Cross Armbreaker (5:53).
4. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey defeated Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara when Ueki pinned Kojika with a School Boy (6:44).
5. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuya Aoki & MAO defeated Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo when Aoki pinned Yoshino with a Modified Backslide Pin (7:37).
6. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi (w/ Hideki Suzuki) when Hashimoto pinned Takagi with the Shining Wizard (1:22).
7. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao when Higuchi pinned Takao with a Cradle (5:38).
8. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA defeated Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno when Takeda pinned Ueno with a One Man Conchairto (6:50).
9. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino when Sakaguchi pinned Iino with the God’s Right Knee (9:50).
10. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey when Miyamoto submitted Ueki with a Heel Hold (9:21).
11. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Yuya Aoki & MAO when Sasaki submitted Aoki with the Cross Facelock (9:14).
12. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
12a. Sudden Death – 1 Count Fall: Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA defeated Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi when HARASHIMA pinned Higuchi with a Jackknife Pin (0:41).
13. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki when Okabayashi pinned Hashimoto with the Golem Splash (10:07).
14. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA ended in a Time Limit Draw (15:00).
14a. Sudden Death – 1 Count Fall: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA when Takeshita pinned HARASHIMA with a Rolling Leg Clutch (1:54).
15. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi when Takeshita pinned Sakaguchi with the Fable (13:10).

The annual New Year’s tradition of a massive inter-promotional tournament in Korakuen Hall is back again. The teams all contained one Big Japan wrestler and one DDT wrestler although a few had an extra wrestler aiding them from ringside one way or another. Let’s get through this marathon.

Round 1

Muscle Wolf Vs Hama Ton
Antonio Honda was able to poke Daisuke Sekimoto in the eyes with Gongitsune but Yuki Iino was one step ahead and countered Honda with a nipple pinch when the attack was aimed at him. This is the point where Ryota Hama thinks his team lost the match. From there Sekimoto gave Honda an Atomic Drop and then submitted him with a Scorpion Deathlock. Jaki Numazawa was in Hama & Honda’s corner for the match. He blames himself for the team losing.

Bald & Blonde Vs ☆Team Nomura☆
Takuya Nomura came out dressed like Kazuki Hirata. The two were about to dance for their entrance when Yukio Sakaguchi immediately attacked Hirata. Nomura stood up to his opponents with his kicks but his momentum was purposely stopped by Hirata so he could tag in. Hirata’s knock out chop worked against Yuji Okabayashi although it took a few moments for it to take effect. Nomura & Hirata got to do their dance but unbeknownst to them, Okabayashi & Sakaguchi got up behind them also wearing Hirata Go glasses! The bald and blonde wrestlers beat up their opponents along to the music until Okabayashi submitted Hirata with the Argentine Backbreaker. Nomura said he doesn’t remember anything after he put on the glasses. He also never learned Hirata’s dance and blames that for the loss. On the bright side, Hirata thinks there are infinite possibilities for them together as a team. He hopes they work together again so he can harness that power to beat Sakaguchi!

Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man Vs Toryumon Refugees
This year Yuko Miyamoto has been promoting himself as the strongest Joshi wrestler in Japan. In the opening round he was going to prove it by transforming himself into Shinobu Kandori! He entered to Kandori’s song “GET IT BACK” and wore an identical costume to hers. Maybe she would have found it funny but she was too busy losing her shit at a Brazilian She Hulk over at the RIZIN show during this time. Masahiro Takanashi and the Brahman Brothers also paid a tribute of their own to their mentor Ultimo Dragon by entering to his music. Brahman Shu was also wearing an Ultimo Dragon mask. The usual Brahmans plunder came out like their suitcase and bowling ball. Konosuke Takeshita threw the briefcase at Takanashi then handled the Brahmans while Miyamoto scrambled with Takanashi. Miyamoto rolled Takanashi into a Cross Armbreaker for the submission victory. He and Takanashi then gave the Brahmans a taste of their own medicine by doing the bowling ball spot on them. Backstage Takanashi & Brahman Kei begged Shu/Dragon for forgiveness. Kei/Dragon demanded they become Toryumon trainees againt and pay the tuition fees along with it.

Japan-US 4 Dimensional Combination Vs Team Let’s Go
Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey got along great, screaming “Let’s Go!” at everyone and each other for the entire match. Bailey was also wearing his own Ueki’s style shirt with his name on it. Sammy Guevara gave both of them the middle finger and The Great Kojika did the same later. Kojika got into a strike exchange with Bailey until Ueki snuck in a School Boy to pin him. Kojika enjoyed teaming with Guevara and wants to do it again next year. Guevara asked Kojika how old he was. Kojika said he was 60…

2nd Generation Party Boys Vs Cherry Boys On The Run
Tetsuya Endo wasn’t eager to team with Tatsuhiko Yoshino. He had to be encouraged down to the ring by Yoshino and Kota Sekifuda. During the match MAO put Endo in a Crab Hold and Endo couldn’t move. Sekifuda got into the ring and along with the audience taught Endo how to reach the ropes. Endo tried to follow the instructions but MAO dragged him back into the centre and Yoshino had to break up the hold. When Yoshino got tagged in the match became more cheeky when he pulled down the back of Yuya Aoki & MAO’s tights, exposing their backsides. Endo & Yoshino would end up having the back of their tights pulled back too. Aoki put an end to the match by backsliding Yoshino into a pin and bridging over on top of him for the pin. Endo told Yoshino he would be muting him on Twitter because of what happened.

Super Fighting Three Musketeers Vs Black Tri-Stars
This was weird. Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki came out doing a mashup act of The Three Musketeers: Daichi’s father Shinya Hashimoto, Masahiro Chono and Keiji Muto. They were supposed to fight Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi with Hideki Suzuki in their corner but they were nowhere to be found. Instead the Black Tri-Star Gundams appeared! They circled around Korakuen Hall until they finally attacked. Sasaki grabbed their cannon and struck them with it. Hashimoto then channeled Muto and his chronic knee pain to hit the Shining Wizard and win the match. The Black Tri-Stars fled but not before attacking Mita Sayoko at the commentary table along the way.

Team Katagi Vs MudNATION
Yasufumi Nakanoue carried a wooden sword to the ring and acted like Kazusada Higuchi’s mentor for the match. Nakanoue tried to strike Soma Takao with the sword but he moved and Higuchi took the blow. Minoru Fujita grabbed the sword and tried to attack Higuchi. Higuchi also moved out of the ring and Takao got hit. That allowed Higuchi to cradle Takao for the three count. Both Fujita & Takao said they couldn’t hear each other during the match and would have needed subtitles to communicate better.

Team A Line Vs Crazy Smile
Yuki Ueno got in the death match mood by dressing up like Ryuji Ito and asking for the match to be held under Hardcore rules. On the other side, Masashi Takeda wore one of HARASHIMA’s ring jackets for his entrance and wanted to wrestle a normal match. Chairs were brought into the ring anyway and were used a lot. Ueno didn’t hesitate to hit his DISASTER BOX leader HARASHIMA with a chair but that meant HARASHIMA also would not hold back when the roles were reversed. Takeda wasn’t able to hit the Reverse U-Crash, Ueno countered it into a Cradle for a nearfall. Takeda instead placed a chair on top of Ueno’s face then hit it with another chair to keep Ueno down for the pin count. Ito & Ueno admitted they did not communicate with each other much before the show. They only shared 4 or 5 direct messages with each other. If they team up again they promise to message each other more.

Round 2

Muscle Wolf Vs Bald & Blonde
Big lads collided a bunch to kick off the second round. In the dying seconds of the match Sakaguchi hit Iino with the God’s Right Knee to get the win. Iino thinks he pulled a muscle in his leg after doing the Spear. However he says he learned a lot teaming with Sekimoto and will use it to win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles in DDT on 3rd January. Iino and Sekimoto also promised to keep in touch through DMs.

Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man Vs Team Let’s Go
Ueki came up with the perfect plan to counter Miyamoto’s Shinobu Kandori tribute. He came out dressed as Aja Kong! Bailey also joined in by having his face painted like Kong’s. The Kandori Vs Kong match up was historically accurate until Ueki lost his temper and pulled out his gun. Ueki then crotched himself on the top rope and Miyamoto submitted him with a Heel Hold. Ueki admitted that Miyamoto really is the world’s strongest male Joshi wrestler.

Cherry Boys On The Run Vs Super Fighting Three Musketeers
Hashimoto continued the Muto tribute by putting Aoki in the Figure 4 Leg Lock. Sasaki was put in danger after MAO dove onto him. However Sasaki avoided Aoki’s Tiger Suplex and trapped him in the Cross Facelock. Aoki fought to reach the ropes but Sasaki rolled him back into the centre and made him tap out. MAO felt regretful because their elimination from the tournament means the Cherry Boys’ youth has come to an end and they now have to become adults. Maybe it’s not all bad though. MAO heard that a 23 year old’s sex drive is bigger than an 18 year old’s. So maybe he can still work hard when he reaches the ripe old age of 23…

Team Katagi Vs Crazy Smile
The first time limit draw of the show happened here. This time HARASHIMA got into Takeda’s state of mind by wearing Takeda’s entrance gear to the ring. He held Higuchi in place for Takeda to stick a bundle of bamboo skewers into his head. Higuchi then got revenge by sticking skewers in HARASHIMA’s head. They scrambled for a pin but the 10 minute time limit was reached. The match restarted with One Count Pinfall rules to determine the winners. Higuchi went for the Doctor Bomb but HARASHIMA countered it into a Jackknife for the one count victory. Backstage Higuchi took responsibility for the “scandal” of his team losing. He is blessed to have a “big brother” like Nakanoue looking over him. Nakanoue then told him the team was disbanded and he walked out of the room, leaving Higuchi all alone.

Semi Finals

Bald & Blonde Vs Super Fighting Three Musketeers
The semi final lottery paired Okabayashi & Sakaguchi against Hashimoto & Sasaki. Things kicked off literally with Sakaguchi and Hashimoto laying into each other with kicks. Okabayashi blasted Sasaki with a Lariat then added another Lariat with the God’s Right Knee to combo Hashimoto. Sakaguchi kicked Sasaki away while Okabayashi pinned Hashimoto with the Golem Splash. Sasaki blamed Hashimoto for drawing a Muto Kitty on his shirt instead of the Muto Bear. He then came up with an idea to go drink at Seiji Sakaguchi’s house. Hashimoto tried to follow him but he still had Muto’s knee pain to deal with.

Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man Vs Crazy Smile
Miyamoto ditched the Shinobu Kandori jokes and wrestled as his normal self for the rest of the show. Takeshita also wore custom made Yankee gear to match with his tag partner. Another time limit draw happened this time with 15 minutes not being enough to get a result. Sudden death did not immediately begin because the draw happened minutes before 2018 ended and 2019 would begin. The locker room emptied out for the countdown and everyone celebrate the New Year! Overtime then began and HARASHIMA went for the Somato on Takeshita. Takeshita moved and HARASHIMA crashed into the corner. Miyamoto then hit a Somato to HARASHIMA from behind and Takeshita used a Rolling Leg Clutch to pin HARASHIMA for the one count! Takeda & HARASHIMA both had fun teaming together. Takeda was praised for the big success he is currently achieving. HARASHIMA hopes to reach a similar level in 2019. Takeda also talked about Abdullah Kobayashi who was originally supposed to team with HARASHIMA on this show before suffering a shoulder injury.

Sumo Hall Announcements

The first big news of 2019 is DDT and Big Japan announcing a Sumo Hall double header happening this November. DDT runs Sumo Hall on 3rd November and Big Japan has their show on the 4th. Both Sanshiro Takagi and Eiji Kosaka acted like they didn’t expect the other to make their announcement. Yukinori Matsui went ahead with setting up the ticket sales for both shows anyway. Both companies see the situation as friendly competition. They would like to make hundreds of millions of yen this year but may need something like a donation from Floyd Mayweather to make that happen.


Bald & Blonde Vs Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man
Is this definitely the first pro wrestling match of 2019 around the world? Let’s go with that until somebody says otherwise. With no time limit, a winner must be decided definitively. Takeshita got rid of Okabayashi with a German Suplex followed by a Somato from Miyamoto. Sakaguchi aimed the God’s Right Knee at Takeshita but it was blocked and turned into a Reverse Implant Driver. Takeshita ended the night by hitting the Fable on Sakaguchi to win the tournament! Takeshita thanked Miyamoto for helping him reach the final for the 4th year in a row. Miyamoto promised to get his own custom Takeshita gear to return the favour for Takeshita’s costume. Takeshita ended the show by saying both DDT and Big Japan will do their best not to lose against the larger pro wrestling companies this year. The Sumo Hall double header in November will show that.

Japan Indie Grand Prix Awards

There was a break after the 2nd Round for the Japan Indie Grand Prix Awards ceremony to be held. Masashi Takeda dominated the contest by winning the MVP award and being featured FOUR times in the Best Match category! He hopes to become a triple champion in 2019. Isami Kodaka wants to win Best Bout again in 2019 but this time as the match winner. El Lindaman accepted the Best Unit Award on behalf of #STRONGHEARTS. He said 2019 will be an important year not just for the unit but also OWE. He personally also wants to win another championship so he can be a double champion. Best Newcomer Syuuou Fujiwara couldn’t be at the show but he was able to send in a video message. In the message Fujiwara said he is upset that Mita Sayoko is being physically given the award instead of him. He threatened to come down to Samurai! TV studio to take it back. When Eiji Kosaka accepted the Best Show Award for BJW’s Sumo Hall show, he promised to protect Mita from Fujiwara because she is his favourite Mita.

1. Masashi Takeda
2. Hideki Suzuki
3. Syuuou Fujiwara
4. Masahiro Takanashi
5. Minoru Fujita

Best Bout
1. Masashi Takeda Vs Isami Kodaka (Big Japan, 20th June)
2. Hideki Suzuki Vs Daisuke Sekimoto (Big Japan, 11th November)
3. Masashi Takeda Vs Violent Jack (FREEDOMS, 2nd May)
4. Masashi Takeda Vs Jun Kasai (Jun Kasai Produce, 28th August)
5. Masashi Takeda Vs Masaya Takahashi (Big Japan, 11th November)

Best Unit
2. Kobayashi-gun
3. Arrival
5. 3rd Generation Bloody Brothers

Best Box Office
1. Big Japan at Sumo Hall, 11th November
2. DDT at Sumo Hall, 21st October
3. Jun Kasai Produce at Korakuen Hall, 28th August
4. Masahiro Takanashi Produce at Ryogoku KFC Hall, 8th July
5. Guts World at Shinjuku FACE, 15th April

Best Newcomer
1. Syuuou Fujiwara
2. Yuya Aoki
3. Koju Takeda
4. Yoshihisa Uto
5. Ayame Sasamura