DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 THE FINAL!!” Results

January 28, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 THE FINAL!!”, 28/01/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,214 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Naomi Yoshimura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Short Range Lariat (4:28).
1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda defeated Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when Umeda pinned Ueno with the Umeda Driver (4:25).
2. Infomercial Match – Takahashi Tax Accounting Office: Super Sasadango Machine & Saki Akai defeated Antonio Honda & Tanomusaku Toba when Sasadango pinned Toba with the Flying Body Attack (6:33).
3. 3 Way Tag Match: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Soma Takao & Kouki Iwasaki and Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura when KUDO pinned Shimomura with the Diving Double Knee Drop (6:33).
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Jiro Kuroshio & Joey Ryan ended in a No Contest (9:47).
5. NωA FINAL CONCERT In Korakuen Hall ~ T2Hide This Is The Real Last Time! Final!! Final Battle!!: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Katsumata pinned Hirata with the ¡Hasta La Vista! (8:36).
6. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Mike Bailey when Endo pinned Bailey with the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (15:07).
7. D-King Grand Prix – Final: Shuji Ishikawa defeated HARASHIMA with the Giant Slam (19:12).

After an intense month of round robin matches it was now time for the first ever D-King Grand Prix grand final! The two group winners HARASHIMA and Shuji Ishikawa faced off with a lot of important prizes on the line for the winner. HARASHIMA used short ranged Somatos to counter Ishikawa’s biggest moves but was too beaten down to fully capitalise on them. The tables turned when Ishikawa caught the Somato and countered it into the Fire Thunder Driver. HARASHIMA kicked out at one! Ishikawa quickly hit a Knee Lift but HARASHIMA kicked out at two. Ishikawa then did the Splash Mountain but somehow HARASHIMA kicked out again. He tried to kick his way back into the fight but Ishikawa stopped him with a Trapped Headbutt followed by the Kamigoe and another Knee Lift. HARASHIMA was still kicking out but the Giant Slam put him away once and for all. Shuji Ishikawa wins the 2018 D-King Grand Prix!

Ishikawa’s prize is 2,000,000 yen in prize money (he is considering a bitcoin investment) and the guaranteed KO-D Openweight Title main event match at Sumo Hall on 25th March. Konosuke Takeshita entered the ring and stood across from his next challenger. Ishikawa told him that when he had the belt, it shined more. He has to give it more light again. Takeshita praised Ishikawa for his contributions to pro wrestling in Japan. He is one of the best. But Takeshita will have held the belt for over a year when their match takes place. He told Ishikawa they will destroy the ring together in Sumo Hall!

When Takeshita left, Daisuke Sasaki congratulated Ishikawa for crushing their hated enemy HARASHIMA. He was then distracted by Tetsuya Endo’s new hairstyle. Endo tried to change the subject by encouraging Ishikawa to sing a victory song. Ishikawa sang “Love” by Hoshino Genki while Mad Paulie tried to dance along to the music. When the song was over Ishikawa told everyone on 25th March he wants to win the KO-D Title then sing with Mad Paulie at Sumo Hall!

DAMNATION attacked ALL OUT with chairs after beating them in the semi-main event. Shunma Katsumata ran in to rescue the group but was outnumbered. DAMNATION gave him a Super Power Bomb, leaving the entire ALL OUT unit in pieces.

Today for the last time NωA went out to perform their greatest hits. They begun with “ωe are the HERO!!” then moved on to “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU”. However their second song was interrupted by T2Hide. Sanshiro Takagi believed the performance was being treated by the audience as a toilet break. Takagi also complained the concert was going so long that there was no time for Kazuki Hirata to do his entrance. The match devolved into a musical duel between NωA and “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU” against T2Hide and “Tokyo GO!” until Katsumata gave Hirata the Lightning Spiral to win the match. After the match each NωA member spoke of their future plans and goals. MAO wants to team more with Mike Bailey and cause a full rampage in DDT together. Makoto Oishi wants to achieve the DDT Grand Slam by winning every championship in the company. In the meantime he will go back to his old tag team with Danshoku Dino. Katsumata said there is another unit he would like to join. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito then appeared and stood next to Katsumata. He is joining ALL OUT!

A match featuring Dino, Joey Ryan and Jiro Kuroshio was as perverted as expected. Kuroshio had the back of his tights pulled down but he still did a bare-assed Quebrada out of the ring. Yukinori Matsui was accidentally knocked out by Dino’s Lip Lock. Ryan tried to put a lollipop into Keisuke Ishii’s mouth but he pushed it away into Dino’s backside. The lollipop was then stuffed into Kuroshio’s mouth. Dino got his hands on Kuroshio. Ryan took out the lollipop and tried to put it in Ishii’s mouth again. Ishii again pushed it away back into Dino’s backside and then into Matsui’s mouth. Matsui woke up, disqualified everyone and fainted again. When everything calmed down, Ryan called for Producer Dino’s attention. He called Dino the No. 1 crazy wrestler in DDT but Ryan is the No. 1 Crazy Gaijin. To prove it Ryan wants to face Colt Cabana at “JUDGEMENT 2018”! Dino was busy with Kuroshio and said okay. Super Sasadango Machine then asked Dino if he could defend the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title against Kuroshio on the same show. Kuroshio accepted the challenge. However Dino wants Sasadango to defend the title at least two times a week until the match takes place otherwise the title will not be on the line. The reason for this is Dino wants the Ironman Title to get more attention and no one in DDT is better at marketing than Sasadango.

That wasn’t the end for Dino on this show as he had the important decision to make in regards to his 6-Man Tag match against The Great Muta at “JUDGEMENT 2018” in March. Ken Ohka is his obvious first pick. Ishii then asked to be Dino’s pick. He argued that their record as a tag team stands at 25 wins and 10 losses. Good enough! Suddenly they were ambushed by Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo! The DAMNATION wrestlers spat liquid into Dino & Ishii’s eyes and it was sold like the Poison Mist. Sasaki told them it was only cola. He then revealed he visited The Great Muta earlier and Muta agreed to become DAMNATION’s pet! Dino’s team will now have to fight Muta, Sasaki & Endo at Sumo Hall!

KUDO continues to be in good form as he prepares for his DDT Extreme Title match on 3rd February. The champion Yuko Miyamoto hasn’t chosen a stipulation yet but KUDO wants it to be a Hardcore Match of some kind. Masahiro Takanashi said the purple belt will look good on him along with the white KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Title belts they already have. Takanashi also called out for any potential challengers to step forward whether they are from DDT, BASARA or even Tokyo Joshi Pro.

Today’s PowerPoint presentation by Super Sasadango Machine was titled “How to Finalize Declaration of Final Procedure and Taxation” with supervision provided by the match sponsor Professor Takahashi. Sasadango stressed that it is better for people to file a final tax return when they want a lot of refund money. To increase their refund, it is better to increase their expenses. So Sasadango bought some new items for the wrestlers in this match to use as weapons. Sasadango bought himself a 256GB iPhone X, Saki Akai a Goyard tote bag, Antonio Honda a vintage stuffed tiger doll and Tanomusaku Toba a bunch of Tenga Egg sex toys. Sasadango took selfies with Honda and the tiger. Akai attacked Toba with the tote bag. Sasadango and Honda then opened the contents of Toba’s egg and played with them until Honda called over to Professor Takahashi. Honda accused Takahashi of tax evasion and ordered Inoue Mic to arrest him! Mic pulled out handcuffs and followed Honda’s orders. Honda then accused Sasadango of tax evasion, Toba of taking drugs and Akai of stealing his heart. Toba said he may have taken drugs but he isn’t sure. Sasadango, Akai and Toba then joined forces to beat Toba with Sasadango getting the pin. The lesson of this match? For correct knowledge of tax returns please visit the Takahashi Tax Accounting Office.

Kota Umeda is getting back into the swing of things since returning from injury. He got the pin in the opening match.

In the dark match Nobuhiro Shimatani tried to get the upper hand by attacking Naomi Yoshimura from behind but he was beaten with a Lariat. Shimatani’s bad luck doesn’t end there. He found out afterwards that on the 6th February YaroZ show he will face Kohei Sato in a Kickboxing Match! On the bright side at least Shihomi Yoshino will be the ring girl.

In other YaroZ news, the DDT staff realised during the announcement that the card was one match short from being completed. In an unexpected move, Yumehito Imanari and DT-YUTA from the DDT Video team stood up and volunteered to wrestle against Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi at the show. DT-YUTA was a Union Pro wrestler many years ago.

Lady Beard, Reika Saiki, Keisuke Okuda and Yoshiko are all scheduled to appear at Sumo Hall. Also coming to DDT this March is “All Ego” Ethan Page! DDT promoted Page as the next big Canadian star to enter the company. In a video message Page said he is ready to take over DDT.

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D-King Final, IRON FIST 1st Round, New Faces In DNA

January 26, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 THE FINAL!!”, 28/01/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Naomi Yoshimura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
1. 3 Way Tag Match: Soma Takao & Kouki Iwasaki Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura
2. Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda Vs Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Mike Bailey Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
4. Infomercial Match – Takahashi Tax Accounting Office: Super Sasadango Machine & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Tanomusaku Toba
5. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Jiro Kuroshio & Joey Ryan
6. NωA FINAL CONCERT In Korakuen Hall ~ T2Hide This Is The Real Last Time! Final!! Final Battle!!: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. D-King Grand Prix – Final: HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa

We’ve had some time to rest but this weekend brings us the finale of the 2018 D-King Grand Prix. I think the tournament has been a success and the match quality has drawn in some new eyes to DDT this month so hopefully this will stick around as an annual tournament. Scheduling it after Wrestle Kingdom is mostly a good idea. The wrestling scene over in Japan calms down a little when that show is over so the space is there to put on a bunch of easy to watch straightforward shows. Maybe just don’t run three to four Korakuen Hall shows in a row beforehand. That was overkill and the attendance numbers showed. Anyway, let’s get to the final.

HARASHIMA and Shuji Ishikawa have known each other for a long time. They represent the same generation of DDT wrestlers and they’ve beaten each other to win the KO-D Openweight Championship. No matter how far they split off and drift apart, their paths will always meet again inside the DDT ring. Ishikawa’s goal for 2018 is to beat his 2017 accomplishments and winning the D-King is exactly what he needs to start that plan. HARASHIMA wants to avenge his losses to the champion Konosuke Takeshita but he is putting all of his attention into beating Ishikawa first. Ishikawa thinks that winning the tournament and then going on to win the championship at Sumo Hall will raise the value of the Grand Prix. He also thinks his extra experience from wrestling in other companies while HARASHIMA has stayed put inside the DDT walls is the difference maker between them. Ishikawa has the better record against HARASHIMA in singles matches. He has won 3 out of their 4 previous singles matches together. HARASHIMA won their last match back in December 2016. Plus he also beat him one time as HERO! way back in 2003, although he broke his foot during the match.

If Ishikawa wins he wants to invest the 1,900,000 yen of the 2,000,000 prize money in bitcoins because it is the fashionable thing to do now. The remaining 100,000 yen will be given to Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo. HARASHIMA hasn’t thought about what he would do with the money but the amount on the line does excite him.

BASARA “VAJRA 59 ~ONE MINDLESS BODY~”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo Vs Manabu Hara & Fuminori Abe
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: FUMA & SAGAT Vs Takato Nakano & Akiyori Takizawa
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto Vs Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi

The playoff bracket is set. The winners of Matches #1 & #2 will face each other in the semi final and the winners of #3 & #4 will do the same. Like last year, the prize is a giant iron trophy in the shape of a fist.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LET’S GO! GO! IF YOU GO! WHEN YOU GO! IF YOU GET LOST JUST GO TO NAGOYA!”, 12/02/2018
Nagoya City Robashi Sports Center Kendo Area

1. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Samara
2. Miyu Yamashita & Maki Ito Vs Syoko Nakajima & Yuna Manase

Miyu Yamashita and Yuna Manase face off in a preview of their TOKYO Princess Title Match.

DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~”, 14/02/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. Hot Blood! Muscle Kin! The Rival Story Chapter 2: Yuki Ueno Vs Koju Takeda
2. Young Roar ~ Young And Fresh 6-Man Tag Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Joji Tani & Rising HAYATO Vs Daiki Shimomura, Yasutaka Ohsera & Tomoya Hirata
3. We Are The World! ~We Wish For World Peace With Pro-Wrestling~: Rekka & Choun-Shiryu Vs Brian Aki & Konaka = Pale One
4. DNA Vs Junior Stars! Special Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase Vs Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka
5. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: MAO Vs Akira Jo
6. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Keisuke Okuda
7. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kota Umeda Vs Naomi Yoshimura

Rising HAYATO is from Ehime Pro Wrestling. He is 18 years old and has been wrestling since October 2016. Yasutaka Ohsera is 24 years old, wrestles for Michinoku Pro and debuted back in March 2017. I can’t find any information about who Joji Tani (谷譲二) is.


Gota Ihashi Upset By Riki Choshu’s Comments, IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT

January 16, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TRY ME 2018”, 20/01/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Shuhei Washida Debut Match: Shuhei Washida Vs X
2. Yukihiro Abe Vs X
3. America Vs India! Ganpuro Special International In Ōji: Shota Vs Brian Aki
4. New Spring Special Mixed Tag Match ~ Ganpuro Vs Last Jedi: Shinichiro Tominaga & HARUKAZE Vs Chikara & Kaori Kobayashi
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Katsumura-gun: Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Takeshi Okada

Gota Ihashi is now at a crossroads in his life. He has asked DDT and Ganbare☆Wrestling to be removed from their upcoming shows for the time being. The cause of this happened after the Riki Choshu produced “POWER HALL 2018” show two days ago. Ihashi wrestled in the main event teaming with Choshu and Kota Ibushi to beat Tatsumi Fujinami, TAKA Michinoku & Daisuke Sekimoto. That sounds like a great thing for Ihashi. But afterwards he read the show reports and found comments from Choshu saying that Ihashi should not be doing pro wrestling. This has led to a crisis in confidence for Ihashi and he is considering leaving the business. Ken Ohka wants to get Ihashi out of his depression and he thinks a match between them is just what Ihashi needs to prove Riki Choshu wrong. Ohka wonders why Choshu even put Ihashi in his main event if he didn’t know what to expect from him? (*cough*so he could book Ibushi*cough*) Ihashi Vs Ohka will happen but not until 3rd February due to Ohka’s busy schedule. Ihashi is not looking forward to it.

Because of Ihashi’s situation, his Ganpuro match against Yukihiro Abe has been called off. Abe will take on a new opponent to be announced.

BASARA “VAJRA 58 ~THE FOX OF THE PRINCE~”, 21/01/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Isami Kodaka Vs Takato Nakano
2. SAGAT Vs Tsutomu Oosugi
3. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Hercules Senga Vs Guts Ishijima
4. FUMA, Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Yasu Urano & Daichi Kazato
5. Ryuichi Sekine Debut 10th Anniversary Memorial Match: Ryuichi Sekine Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Hercules Senga takes Atsushi Maruyama’s place as the prosecutor in the BASARA pro wrestling trials.

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 THE FINAL!!”, 28/01/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. 3 Way Tag Match: Soma Takao & Kouki Iwasaki Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura
2. Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda Vs Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno
3. Infomercial Match – Takahashi Tax Accounting Office: Super Sasadango Machine & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Tanomusaku Toba
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Jiro Kuroshio & Joey Ryan
5. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Mike Bailey Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. NωA FINAL CONCERT In Korakuen Hall ~ T2Hide This Is The Real Last Time! Final!! Final Battle!!: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. D-King Grand Prix – Final: HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa

The D-King Grand Prix reaches its finale. HARASHIMA and Shuji Ishikawa will fight for the “JUDGEMENT 2018” main event spot as well as a cash prize and a lot more.

DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2018”, 03/02/2018
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall

1. Ken Ohka Vs Gota Ihashi
2. DDT Extreme Title: Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs KUDO

KUDO felt like he had nothing to do during the Grand Prix. When he found out Yuko Miyamoto is the DDT Extreme Champion, he found a new short term goal to accomplish. The Extreme Title is the only major belt in DDT that KUDO has not won yet. In fact he has only challenged for the title twice and those matches took place way back in 2008!

BASARA “VAJRA 59 ~ONE MINDLESS BODY~”, 11/02/2018
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X

Five of the eight teams are announced for the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT so far. The Metal Family are represented by two teams mixing IRON PRIEST and the Trans-Am ★ Family together. They are FUMA & SAGAT and Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Yusuke Kubo. The three other teams are Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu, Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano and Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi. Tsukamoto is one half of last year’s winning team. The other half Isami Kodaka has yet to pick his new partner.

BASARA “VAJRA 60 ~FEAST~”, 19/02/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Final: X & X Vs X & X

The semi-finals and final takes place here.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINKIBA” Results

January 14, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINKIBA”, 14/01/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
328 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when MAO pinned Ueno with the Michinoku Driver I (5:58).
1. P-King Grand Prix: KUDO defeats Akito, Mad Paulie, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata and Antonio Honda (Special Referee: Danshoku Dino).
1a. A Block ~ 2 Count Rules: Mad Paulie defeated Kazuki Hirata after a Bionic Elbow from Honda and Owashi (2:34).
1b. B Block ~ 2 Count Rules: Akito defeated Antonio Honda with a School Boy (2:34).
1c. C Block ~ 2 Count Rules: KUDO defeated Toru Owashi with a School Boy (2:34).
1d. Final Survival 3 Way Match ~ 1 Count Rules: Mad Paulie eliminated Akito with a Cradle (1:21).
1e. Final Survival 3 Way Match ~ 1 Count Rules: KUDO eliminated Mad Paulie with a Jackknife Pin (2:05).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Soma Takao (6) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with the Official Endless Waltz (7:56).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Joey Ryan (6) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Super Kick (10:10).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (6) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (6) with the Buzzsaw Kick (14:54).
5. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (10) defeated Kazusada Higuchi (6) with the Giant Slam (16:40).
6. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (7) defeated Keisuke Ishii (6) with a Modified Armbar (18:47).
7. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (8) defeated Tetsuya Endo (7) with the Somato (19:28).

A Block

1. HARASHIMA (8)
2. Konosuke Takeshita (7)
-. Tetsuya Endo (7)
4. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. Joey Ryan (6)
-. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
7. Masahiro Takanashi (2)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (8)
2. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
-. Mike Bailey (6)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
-. Soma Takao (6)
6. Akito (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)

The final is now set. HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa will face off to be the first D-King Grand Prix winner! The last match in Block A was the main event. HARASHIMA and Tetsuya Endo fought in a winner takes all bout. Endo missed the Shooting Star Press and HARASHIMA hit the Somato to win. In the last Block B match, Ishikawa had to fight off Kazusada Higuchi with all of his power. Ishikawa kicked out of the Doctor Bomb but needed more than the Fire Thunder to win. He had to bust out the Giant Slam to put Higuchi away.

The show ended with the two finalists facing off in the ring. Ishikawa said the Grand Prix was a fulfilling experience. He and HARASHIMA are from the same generation so it is kind of fitting that the final is down to them. HARASHIMA said everyone knows Ishikawa is strong. This match will be the heyday of their generation so let’s do their best.

The only threat to the top spot left in Block A was Keisuke Ishii but Konosuke Takeshita shut him down. Takeshita countered the Double Arm DDT into a Koji MAX Hold to make Ishii submit. Takeshita said his lack of ability is what prevented him from reaching the final. Ishii may have lost but he may have finally found the motivation that he’s been lacking for so long. Fighting a champion like Takeshita has fired him up and next time, he will beat Takeshita!

Daisuke Sasaki’s chance of reaching the final was dashed by Mike Bailey. Speedball was willing to put his grudge with DAMNATION aside but Sasaki rejected his handshake. Sasaki brought in chairs but Bailey kicked them into his face and pinned him with a Buzzsaw Kick. Sasaki didn’t take the loss well. He said the 2018 of Daisuke Sasaki was now over and everyone now has to wait for the 2019 of Daisuke Sasaki. The interviewer tried to tell him 2018 has only begun but Sasaki wouldn’t listen. Bailey called Sasaki a smart wrestler but he came prepared. Bailey was able to win because he thought over and over what Sasaki was going to do to him and planned around it.

The remaining group matches only had pride left on the line. Joey Ryan used an unconscious Daisuke Kiso to aid him in beating Masahiro Takanashi. Ryan placed Kiso’s limp body on top of Takanashi’s back, placed Kiso’s hand next to his crotch and used his dong strength to make Kiso give Takanashi the Yoshi Tonic. Joey then Super Kicked Takanashi for the three count. Takanashi promised that next year KUDO will enter the tournament to make up for his poor record.

Soma Takao used the newly renamed Official Endless Waltz as a counter to Yukio Sakaguchi’s Cross Armbreaker. Takao did okay in this tournament and he has another round robin tournament coming up in All Japan to look forward to. He hopes to do well over there too. Sakaguchi does not have an excuse for his overall performance other than he admits he is weak. He will write more about it on his blog so everybody better read it or else!

Producer Danshoku Dino changed the plans for the opening match. Instead of a 7 Way Match, it was now a one night tournament called the P-King Grand Prix featuring the other 6 wrestlers while he gets to be the referee. The Round 1 match ups were Kazuki Hirata Vs Mad Paulie, Akito Vs Antonio Honda and KUDO Vs Toru Owashi. The catch was all three matches took place at the same time and all held under two count rules. Paulie, Akito and KUDO all won at the same time. They advanced to the 3 Way Elimination Final that used 1 count rules. Paulie pinned Akito and KUDO pinned Paulie afterwards. Afterwards KUDO said he regrets not entering the D-King Grand Prix but he now found something else he wants. KUDO wants to challenge Yuko Miyamoto for the DDT Extreme Title! Dino granted his request.

MAO promises that the NωA will perform their best hits for their final match together on 28th January.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHIMIZU” Results

January 13, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHIMIZU”, 13/01/2018
Shizuoka Shimizu Marine Bill
235 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kouki Iwasaki and Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Oishi pinned Shimatani with the Miracle Ecstasy (10:39).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Akito (4) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with the Rolling Jr. Olympic Hell Part I (9:35).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Joey Ryan (4) defeated Jiro Kuroshio (6) with the Super Kick (10:46).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (8) defeated Soma Takao (4) with the Splash Mountain (11:53).
5. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (6) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Somato (11:41).
6. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated Mike Bailey (4) with the Doctor Bomb (14:11).
7. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (6) defeated Tetsuya Endo (7) with the Kneel Kick (17:39).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (7)
2. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. HARASHIMA (6)
-. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
5. Konosuke Takeshita (5)
6. Joey Ryan (4)
7. Masahiro Takanashi (2)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (8)
2. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
3. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Soma Takao (4)
-. Akito (4)

The field is getting narrower as the D-King Grand Prix heads towards its final stretch. Tetsuya Endo still leads Block A but his loss to Keisuke Ishii today means he’s only just ahead by a point. Ishii avoided the Shooting Star Press and hit Endo with everything that he could. The Fisherman Buster, Exploder Suplex and Tiger Suplex didn’t work. Endo hit the Tetsuya In The Sky for a last gasp chance but Ishii kicked out. Finally the Kneel Kick from Ishii put Endo away. Ishii said the win means the possibility of becoming the Grand Prix champion is still there for him. He thinks if he beats Konosuke Takeshita tomorrow then he will qualify for the final. Endo needs to beat HARASHIMA to guarantee his spot in the final. A draw leaves his fate up to Ishii versus Takeshita. Endo thinks the only thing missing from his game right now is financial strength. DAMNATION already has cute and popular wrestlers, what they need now is money!

Over in Block B Kazusada Higuchi is still in the fight after beating Mike Bailey. The result could have been different because Bailey hit the Ultima Weapon but took too long to cover Higuchi. When Higuchi recovered he did the Doctor Bomb for the three count. Higuchu admitted he barely survived the match. He hit Bailey many times but it was still in intense battle. Now all that is left is Shuji Ishikawa. Higuchi must beat him to reach the final.

The third wrestler chasing for the top spot in Block A is HARASHIMA. He feels like his nerves are wearing him out but he kept his head clear enough to get past Masahiro Takanashi. HARASHIMA must beat Endo tomorrow and hope Ishii does not beat Takeshita. Takanashi is out of the tournament but he has so much respect for HARASHIMA he will beat Joey Ryan for him.

Ishikawa got back on track with a win over Soma Takao, surviving a surprise attack in the beginning. Ishikawa says his body is big and his mind is strong and motivated. His final opponent Higuchi is one of the few wrestlers in DDT who can match up to his power in a direct fight so he is ready for tomorrow’s collision.

Jiro Kuroshio’s final match in the tournament ended in a loss to Joey Ryan. He went for the Ikemen Clutch but Ryan stuck a lollipop into his mouth and Super Kicked him. He ends his run with 3 wins and 3 losses. Kuroshio is happy with how he did and he wants to appear more for DDT in the future. He said he found something he wants to do here.

Akito busted out the Rolling Olympic Hell I to destroy Yukio Sakaguchi’s chances of reaching the final. Akito thinks his entire performance wasn’t good but he still got a lot out of the Grand Prix. He hopes Takeshita ends up winning the tournament. Sakaguchi is worried that the damage his legs have taken throughout the tournament will prevent him from winning his last match tomorrow.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN YOKOHAMA” Digest

January 13, 2018


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN YOKOHAMA” Results

January 11, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN YOKOHAMA”, 11/01/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall
241 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: HARASHIMA, Antonio Honda, Mizuki Watase & Rekka defeated Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when HARASHIMA pinned Shimomura with the Somato (8:16).
1. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (7) defeated Joey Ryan (2) with the Shooting Star Press (8:24).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Soma Takao (4) defeated Akito (2) with the Gin And Tonic (8:18).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Jiro Kuroshio (6) defeated Keisuke Ishii (4) with two Moonsaults (11:51).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with a Buzzsaw Kick (9:56).
5. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Masahiro Takanashi (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (5) with the Pedal Style Bacchus (11:17).
6. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (6) defeated Shuji Ishikawa (6) with an Inverted Hurricanrana (16:19).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (7)
2. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
3. Konosuke Takeshita (5)
4. Keisuke Ishii (4)
-. HARASHIMA (4)
6. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Joey Ryan (2)

B Block

1. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
-. Shuji Ishikawa (6)
3. Mike Bailey (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Soma Takao (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
7. Akito (2)

The main event was friend versus friend, Giant Vs Charisma, pet versus master, Shuji Ishikawa Vs Daisuke Sasaki. As much as it pained them to fight, they both had their battle plan. Sasaki started off begging for mercy then blindsided Ishikawa by throwing his t-shirt at him. Sasaki charged in but Ishikawa stopped him with a Knee Lift. Ishikawa yelled “Charisma, goodbye!” after every big move thinking it would finish him off. But Sasaki kept kicking out. Sasaki took out a bunch of chairs and smashed all of them over Ishikawa’s head. But Ishikawa got back up and Superplexed Sasaki onto the pile of chair remains. The end came when Ishikawa went for the Splash Mountain and Sasaki countered it into the Hurricanrana for the flash three count. Sasaki apologised to Ishikawa and invited him as well as Tetsuya Endo back into the ring. Sasaki said that today he became the strongest and best Charisma he’s ever been. He is only 168cm tall and weighs 80kg but he beat the best heavyweight in the tournament. Now he can win the D-King Grand Prix for sure. Ishikawa, Endo and Mad Paulie are strong too. They are DAMNATION and the pro wrestling world will revolve around them! Backstage Sasaki got to have some fun by making Ishikawa admit he is now stronger than him.

Konosuke Takeshita hit another bump in the road with an upset loss to Masahiro Takanashi. All was going well and he was ready to set up for a Brainbuster when Takanashi twisted himself free, clutched Takashita’s arm and cradled him into the Bacchus to get the pin. Takanashi was so surprised by winning the match he didn’t give a comment for the backstage interview afterwards. Takeshita meanwhile is coming to terms on whether or not he can still qualify for the final. It mostly rests on the upcoming results of other wrestlers in his group.

More surprise results came when Mike Bailey beat Yukio Sakaguchi in a kick heavy battle. Bailey dodged the Right Knee Of God while Sakaguchi avoided the Ultima Weapon. The two wore each other down with dueling kicks until Sakaguchi trapped Bailey in a Sleeper Hold. He tried to turn the move into the Cobra Clutch but Bailey freed himself and hit a Buzzsaw Kick followed by the standing Moonsault Double Knee Drop. Another Buzzsaw Kick brought the match to an end. Sakaguchi doesn’t understand how he lost. Why was he so weak but Bailey was so strong today? Something must be wrong. Bailey is full of praise for everyone in the Grand Prix but he is looking forward to when it ends. He points to the KO-D Openweight Champion not being undefeated as proof that this is a hard tournament.

Jiro Kuroshio is back in the race to the top of Block A with a win over Keisuke Ishii. It took two Moonsaults to put Ishii away and that’s not including a third Moonsault Kuroshio did earlier in the match for a nearfall. Ishii feels miserable over the result but does not deny the amazing talent Kuroshio has. Ishii now has Tetsuya Endo and Konosuke Takeshita as his final opponents.

Akito’s poor form continues when a back and forth contest with Soma Takao ended in defeat. The Hanamasa was countered into the Gin And Tonic for the finish. Takao was determined to win this and did not take his opponent lightly despite Akito’s record. Akito is already trying to deal with not making the final so another loss does not effect him mentally at this point. He has one more match left and it’s against Sakaguchi. Akito will treat Sakaguchi like a toy and break him with his play!

Endo is now the sole leader in Block A. His win over Joey Ryan has made him question his own worth again. If beating a wrestler from another promotion makes Endo worth 100 million yen annually then beating a big foreign star means he should now be paid 200 million yen a year! Ryan was so upset by the loss he wishes he could go back home to America. But he has two more matches left in his schedule so he will stick around for that.