March 14, 2017

Shinjuku FACE
315 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Gran MilliMeters Team Leader Decision Battle: Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Running Elbow Smash (6:17).
2. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 1st Battle: Kohei Sato defeated Dai Suzuki with a Running Elbow Bat (2:48).
3. Road To The Best Tag Manager In 2017 ~ One Nominated Bout Without Permission: Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato defeated Guanchulo & Rekka when Sato submitted Guanchulo with the Cross Armbreaker (16:12).
4. Our DNA ~ Six Men Full Of Grudges: Akebono, Shogun Okamoto & LEONA defeated Mizuki Watase, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura when Akebono pinned Ueno with an Elbow Drop (9:27).
5. PREMIUM GIG TOP OF THE NEXT: Kouki Iwasaki defeated MAO with a Verical Drop Brainbuster (9:53).
6. “THE RIVALS” Each Stand By Me: Shunma Katsumata & Kotaro Suzuki defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Mike Bailey when Katsumata pinned Higuchi with the Kasadora (16:32).

Shunma Katsumata got the surprise pin on Kazusada Higuchi, beating the big man for the first time in his career. Katsumata thanked Kotaro Suzuki for giving him the power in their singles match at “DNA EP.30” to beat Higuchi. He wants to make DNA more exciting by collaborating with Suzuki more in the future. But Higuchi is still in the way. Earlier in the show it was announced that Mike Bailey will main event the DNA Korakuen Hall show on 10th May. Higuchi wants to be Bailey’s opponent so he can avenge his defeat to from last year’s DNA Grand Prix final. Katsumata wants that spot too so he challenged Higuchi to a match on 21st April. The winner will face Bailey at Korakuen.

Kouki Iwasaki got the victory over MAO by rolling out of the way of the Cannonball 450. MAO kicked out of a Soccer Kick but the Vertical Drop Brainbuster afterwards had him beat. Iwasaki said afterwards that he will fight any big names that come to DNA. Suddenly Kazushi Sakuraba appeared. He said he likes to tease people and bully the younger wrestlers in the ring so he’s coming back to DNA on 21st April to bully Iwasaki again. The Gracie Hunter is now the DNA Hunter! He is also bringing somebody to team up with, Kendo Kashin! After the announcement a mystery man in a lion mask ran into the ring and sprayed Iwasaki in the eyes with the cold spray. He then saluted to Sakuraba and ran out of the ring.

Mizuki Watase and LEONA were at each other’s throats for most of the 6-Man Tag. They brawled up to the stage while Akebono took care of Naomi Yoshimura and Yuki Ueno inside the ring.

The YOUNG DONUTS were picked apart by Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato. Guanchulo is happy just to be teaming with Rekka and show off YOUNG DONUTS to the world. In the backstage interview Sato pointed at the DNA logo. He doesn’t know what the D, N, A or GIG stand for but FIGHTING is at the beginning and that means everything to him. Don’t you forget it!

The first match in Dai Suzuki’s 7 bout series ended in failure. Kohei Sato was too scary for Suzuki to stand up to and he was clobbered in under 3 minutes. It’s only going to get worse because opponent #2 is Masato Tanaka!

The match to determine the team leader of Gran MilliMeters ended a bit rougher than intended. Nobuhiro Shimatani suffered a bloody nose after being hit with a Running Elbow Smash from Daiki Shimomura.

Gran MilliMeters, JULIE Enters Dramatic Rumble, Ganbare Tag Tournament

March 8, 2017

This will be the last blog update for a couple of days. I’m travelling to Germany for wXw 16 Carat Gold this weekend and won’t be back until Monday. Other than the BASARA and Tokyo Joshi shows on Sunday I reckon it will be a little quiet for DDT news while I’m gone. If anything crazy does happen I’ll try to tweet about it. When I’m back I’ll be working on my preview for “JUDGEMENT 2017”. Also there’s the Japanese Audio Wrestling podcast episode I was a guest on to look forward to when that comes out. Until then enjoy the weekend!

Shinjuku FACE

1. Gran MilliMeters Team Leader Decision Battle: Daiki Shimomura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 1st Battle: Dai Suzuki Vs Kohei Sato
3. Road To The Best Tag Manager In 2017 ~ One Nominated Bout Without Permission: Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato Vs Guanchulo & Rekka
4. Our DNA ~ Six Men Full Of Grudges: Mizuki Watase, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Akebono, Shogun Okamoto & LEONA
6. “THE RIVALS” Each Stand By Me: Kazusada Higuchi & Mike Bailey Vs Shunma Katsumata & Kotaro Suzuki

Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani have been teaming together and fighting each other since their debuts. Now they are officially forming a team called Gran MilliMeters. The name is inspired by Gran Hamada because he was small but strong and that is what they aspire to be in the ring. The only thing left to do now is determine who is the team leader.

Saitama Super Arena

0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight & King Of Dark Titles – DDT Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration Dramatic Rumble: Kotatsu (I/c) Vs Gota Ihashi (D/c) Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Mad Paulie Vs Guanchulo Vs Hoshitango Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ken Ohka Vs MIKAMI Vs Poison Sawada JULIE Vs GENTARO Vs Tomohiko Hashimoto Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Bambi Vs Yoshihiko
0. DNA Offer Match: Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani, Naomi Yoshimura & Dai Suzuki
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu, Mil Clown & Itoh Maki Vs Reika Saiki, Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa
1. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2017: Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima Vs Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita
2. Kou Shibusawa 35th Anniversary “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” Sengoku Warlords Match: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) (w/ Matsu-hime (Kimika Tokuta)) Vs Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) (w/ Oichi (Mai Iriya))
3. Special 8-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Lady Beard Vs Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi & Yuni
4. Shungo Oyama Pro Wrestling Challenge Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs KUDO & Shungo Oyama
5. Shigehiro Irie Triennial Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mike Bailey
6. “DDT Is DDT” 20 Years Entertainment Culmination! The Best In The World Bad Guy Decisive Battle: Danshoku Dino Vs Joey Ryan
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
8. DDT Extreme Title – Sekichu Presents Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

Actresses Mai Iriya and Kimika Tokuta will be a part of the Nobunaga’s Ambition match. Iriya is playing the role of Oichi the wife of Daisuke Sekimoto’s character. Tokuta will be playing Matsu-hime the daughter of Keiji Muto’s character.

You can’t celebrate 20 years of DDT without including Poison Sawada JULIE somewhere in there. The snake magician is coming out of retirement for one day only to take part in the Dramatic Rumble.


1. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
3. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X
4. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: X & X Vs X & X


1. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
3. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

A one day tag team tournament is the current focus for Ganbare☆Wrestling. The 8 teams competing are:

– Yumehito Imanari & Bambi
– Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii
– Hi69 & Shinichiro Tominaga
– Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara
– Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito
– Shibata & Mitomi Masayuki
– Ken Ohka & X

DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016” Results

October 19, 2016


DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 19/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
129 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Rekka (2) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with a Modified Facebuster (7:37).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (6) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with a Extreme Foot Camel Clutch (2:59).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura (2) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the Kasadora (5:45).
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (4) defeated Royce Isaacs (2) with a Triangle Choke (6:54).
5. DDT Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda defeated Akito & Yasu Urano when Honda submitted Urano with the Octopus Hold (11:17).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated MAO (4) with the Modified Canadian Backbreaker (13:05).
7. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (4) defeated Mike Bailey (4) with the Seijo Scratch (15:07).

A Block Standings

1. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (4)
-. MAO (4)
4. Royce Isaacs (2)
-. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (6)
2. Guanchulo (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
4. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Daiki Shimomura (2)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

The first two upsets in the DNA Grand Prix happened on Day 3 of the tournament. Guanchulo survived Mike Bailey’s kick heavy offence including a running Penalty Kick along one of the bar counters outside of the ring. Late in the match Guanchulo blocked the Shooting Star Press with his knees. That stunned Bailey long enough to be pinned and suffer his first loss in his block. Bailey kicked a chair away in frustration as he walked back to the locker room. He blamed the referee for giving a slow count outside the ring, allowing Guanchulo the chance to come back before the 20 count. Guanchulo said his body is still in tatters after his match with Ryota Nakatsu on Day 1. He also said he fought for the name that is written on his wrist tape. That name is Shunma Katsumata.

Kazusada Higuchi currently looks unstoppable in A Block. His third win in a row came over MAO who was also undefeated until today. Higuchi jumped MAO during his entrance and tried to beat him with a countout but MAO entered the ring in time. Higuchi countered MAO’s Screw Kick with a Lariat and then bent him backwards in half with the Canadian Backbreaker to win. MAO thought Higuchi’s pre-match attack was strange. Higuchi meanwhile is already thinking of the prize trip to New York. Maybe he’ll go visit Madison Square Garden

Kouki Iwasaki was caught carrying a foreign object in his tights before his match with Royce Isaacs began. But that was part of his plan because when Yukinori Matsui took the object and turned to remove it from the ring Iwasaki charged an unsuspecting Isaacs. Iwasaki soon locked in the Triangle Choke. Isaacs used his strength to Power Bomb a few times but Iwasaki refused to let go of the hold until Isaacs tapped out. Iwasaki said DNA is his ring and he’s not going to lose to a guy who came from somewhere else.

The other upset was Daiki Shimomura beating Mizuki Watase. He countered Watase’s Back Drop into a Kasadora roll up to score his first win in B Block. Shimomura felt he barely won the match but a win is a win.

Ryota Nakatsu made quick work of Nobuhiro Shimatani to increase his lead in B Block. It’s becoming apparent that there is bad blood forming between Nakatsu and the DNA wrestlers. Shimatani threw his DNA shirt at Nakatsu when the match begun but Nakatsu survived the opening flurry and applied an Ankle Lock. Nakatsu continued to target Shimatani’s leg and then put him in his version of the Camel Clutch to win just shy of three minutes.

The show began with Rekka entering the ring in a new red mask. He took it off for his match with Yuki Ueno. Rekka attacked Ueno with Chops until a high Dropkick fended him off. Rekka hit a Dropkick of his own to block Ueno’s Missile Dropkick. He lifted Ueno up for a Back Drop then dropped him down for a sit out Facebuster for the three count. That was Rekka’s first win in A Block but he’s still not happy with his weak performance so far.

Suguru Miyatake and Dai Suzuki had a warm up session in the ring again before they show. During the session they accidentally confessed to gambling 60,000 yen on horse racing the day before.

DDT “DNA 23 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016” Results

October 18, 2016


DDT “DNA 23 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 18/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
116 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO (4) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with the Cannonball 450 (8:48).
2. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (2) defeated Rekka (0) with a Triangle Choke (5:10).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (2) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with the Death Valley Driver (5:57).
4. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (10:48).
5. DDT Offer Match: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Toru Owashi & Hoshitango when HARASHIMA pinned Hoshitango with the Somato (11:05).
6. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (4) defeated Daiki Shimomura (0) with an Extreme Foot Camel Clutch (12:36).
7. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (4) defeated Royce Isaacs (2) with the Goten (12:48).

A Block Standings

1. MAO (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
2. Royce Isaacs (2)
-. Kouki Iwasaki (2)
4. Yuki Ueno (0)
-. Rekka (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
2. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Guanchulo (2)
4. Daiki Shimomura (0)
-. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

Day 2 of the DNA Grand Prix was headlined by a match of power versus power. The American Royce Isaacs impressed in his Japanese debut yesterday but was stopped in his tracks by Kazusada Higuchi today. Both wrestlers kicked out of each other’s big moves, Isaacs from the Doctor Bomb and Higuchi from the Zenith. Isaacs lifted Higuchi onto the turnbuckles for an Avalanche move but Higuchi pushed him back and knocked him down with a Diving Lariat from the middle ropes. Higuchi then used the Goten to finish off his opponent. Higuchi said it was his Japanese spirit that made him win.

Ryota Nakatsu was accompanied by his Cavalry stablemates for his match with Daiki Shimomura. For the second match in a row Shimomura’s Asai DDT was avoided and that led to his defeat. Nakatsu got a nearfall with a Soccer Ball Kick but then immediately applied an Ankle Lock. Shimomura tried to escape until Nakatsu changed the move into a Camel Clutch for a successful submission. Sekine didn’t think anything of Shimomura except for calling him an ordinary guy.

Nakatsu’s main target in B Block is also two for two so far. Mike Bailey gave Mizuki Watase his first loss in the Grand Prix with a Screw Kick followed by the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. Bailey has noticed the difficulty in his tournament matches is rising. He noticed Watase is using the experience he learned from wrestling Shinjiro Otani and Kengo Mashimo but he doesn’t yet have the physical strength to go with it. Out of the A Block wrestlers, Bailey would like to face Kouki Iwasaki, MAO and most of all, Kazusada Higuchi.

Guanchulo scored his first points over Nobuhiro Shimatani who is still stuck with zero. A Tornado DDT and Death Valley Bomb won it for Guanchulo. He was impressed with his opponent but now will focus on facing Bailey tomorrow. Bailey is a high flyer but Guanchulo thinks he is stronger. Why? Because he is Chilean!

Kouki Iwasaki got over his Day 1 defeat by tapping out Rekka. Iwasaki was more harsh in the ring than normal. He explained that he does not want to lose another match so he can beat Higuchi on the final day and advance to the final. That means no careless mistakes like the ones he did on Day 1.

MAO wasn’t taking any chances against Yuki Ueno. He had no intention of losing to anyone so he went full force even though his opponent was only having his second proper wrestling match.

Dai Suzuki was spotted doing warm ups in the ring with Suguru Miyatake before the show began. He hasn’t wrestled for DNA since March.

DDT “DNA 19” Results

August 6, 2016


DDT “DNA 19”, 06/08/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
124 Fans

1. Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Asai DDT (7:39).
2. Character Wrestler King Final: Gota Ihashi defeated Rainbow Kawamura with a Body Press (9:18).
3. Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata defeated MAO & Rekka when Ishii pinned MAO with the Kneel Kick (10:58).
4. Kengo Mashimo defeated Mizuki Watase with the Mudo (14:06).
5. Mike Bailey & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Shunma Katsumata & Guanchulo when Iwasaki pinned Guanchulo with the Leg Capture Suplex (10:44).
6. Kazusada Higuchi defeated Kota Umeda with the Goten (17:19).

DNA will hold the first ever DNA Grand Prix this October to determine who is truly the strongest wrestler in the brand. It is a five day round robin tournament taking place between 17th October to 21st October in Shinjuku FACE. There will be two blocks with five wrestlers each. The winners of both blocks will meet in the finals and the prize is a one way ticket to New York! The DNA-GP will also allow something that is usually a big no no in pro wrestling. Fans attending the shows will be encouraged to film the matches on their phones. All DNA is asking in return is for the videos to be posted online with the hashtag #DNA_GP.

Kazusada Higuchi has to be the favourite going into the DNA-GP after beating Kota Umeda in the main event. Higuchi said that even though Umeda defeated KENSO last month, he is still not strong enough to be the DNA ace. That claim goes to Higuchi.

Mike Bailey continues to win over fans both in the audience and in the locker room during his stay in Japan. Bailey was confirmed as a participant in the DNA-GP, which is odd since the prize involves visiting a country he is supposedly banned from entering for the time being. Kouki Iwasaki wants to win the DNA-GP so he can go warrior training while living out the American Dream.

Kengo Mashimo wasn’t impressed by his opponent Mizuki Watase. He told Watase several times throughout the match that he is weak but it was all to bring out Watase’s competitive spirit. Mashimo even said his heart feels broken after fighting such an average wrestler.

Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani both debuted on the same night but a shoulder injury meant Shimomura had to take time off for three months while Shimatani still wrestled. So it was quite an upset for Shimomura to beat Shimatani in the opening match despite having less experience in the ring. Shimomura said he wanted to win the match so much he had to find his hidden strengths. Shimatani meanwhile wants to quickly avenge his defeat.

DDT “DNA 17” Videos

June 29, 2016

DDT “DNA 17”, 09/06/2016
Kitasenju Theatre 1010
123 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yasu Urano

2. Rekka Vs Eddie French

3. Rainbow Kawamura Vs KENSO

4. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Guanchulo

5. Daiki Shimomura Return Match: Daiki Shimomura Vs Shunma Katsumata

6. Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda Vd Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase

DDT “DNA 17” Results

June 9, 2016


DDT “DNA 17”, 09/06/2016
Kitasenju Theatre 1010
123 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Yasu Urano defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Tombstone Piledriver (12:01).
2. Eddie French defeated Rekka with a Modified STF (7:29).
3. KENSO defeated Rainbow Kawamura with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (8:54).
4. Guanchulo defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Seijo Scratch (10:06).
5. Daiki Shimomura Return Match: Shunma Katsumata defeated Daiki Shimomura with the Swan Dive X Factor (10:24).
6. Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda defeated Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase when Umeda pinned Watase with a Right High Kick (16:50).

The main event pitted two classes of DNA students against each other. Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda were here from the start while Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase debuted for DNA around 9 months later. Higuchi was amazed by the progress Inoue & Watase have made since then. Umeda switched his attention towards KENSO. In no friendly terms, Umeda called KENSO to come down to the ring. Higuchi calmed down the situation by suggesting Umeda and KENSO to have a match on 1st July. KENSO accepted and left the ring. Umeda swore a lot and said he has to beat KENSO next month.

After spending three months on the shelf with an injury, Daiki Shimomura had his comeback match with Shunma Katsumata. From the beginning he was in danger when Katsumata knocked him out of the ring and prepared to do a Quebrada. Shimomura grabbed Katsumata’s leg before he jumped and pulled him out of the ring. Katsumata was later able to hit the Quebrada and put Shimomura away with the Lightning Spiral followed by the Swan Dive X Factor.

KENSO didn’t think much of Rainbow Kawamura. He told Kawamura that his entrance was long and boring. During the match they both shouted “Dondake!” at each other after every move, which is some sort of slang way of saying “what the hell?”. KENSO took control and beat Kawamura with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster.

It was announced Big Japan and DDT will host a joint charity show in Kumamoto in aid of the reconstruction efforts after April’s earthquake. The show will be free to attend. Kumamoto’s own Kota Umeda will be wrestling on the show.