DDT “KING OF DDT 1ST ROUND”, 02/06/2017
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1. Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Owashi pinned Shimatani with a Crushed Body Slam (6:14).
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Scorpion Lock (6:14).
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Hirata Collection A.T. with a Cradle (8:02).
4. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: KUDO defeated Soma Takao with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:30).
5. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Tetsuya Endo defeated Mike Bailey with the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (16:00).
6. Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Kouki Iwasaki & MAO when Diego pinned MAO with the VHS (9:58).
7. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Right Knee Of God (7:42).
8. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Somato (11:24).
9. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Danshoku Dino with the Kneel Kick (10:47).
10. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Shigehiro Irie defeated Mad Paulie with the Beast Bomber (11:45).
Today’s show was dominated by Round 1 action for the King Of DDT 2017. Shigehiro Irie avenged his defeat to Mad Paulie from a month ago by beating him in the main event here. It took two Beast Bombers to put the DAMNATION pet away. Irie shook Paulie’s hand after the match.
Keisuke Ishii beat his old buddy Danshoku Dino to advance. Ishii went all out with the finish, hitting a Dangerous Exploder, Fisherman Buster and then the Kneel Kick for the three count. Dino realises he is at the point of his career where he doesn’t have many opportunities left, so today’s defeat tells him that his best opportunity to headline Sumo Hall this year is now gone.
The back and forth rivalry between HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi leaned back towards HARASHIMA’s favour when he won with the Somato. Higuchi blocked the move at first but HARASHIMA put all his strength into the move to put Higuchi down and out.
Yukio Sakaguchi eliminated Shunma Katsumata with a nasty looking Right Knee Of God. Sakaguchi hit the move when Katsumata rebounded off the ropes and leapt into the air for an attack of his own. The Right Knee caught him in mid air and scored the win for Sakaguchi. He promises to knock out HARASHIMA the same way in the next round!
Another rivalry continued in Round 1 with Tetsuya Endo beating Mike Bailey in the longest match of the show. Many flips were had but the end came when Endo chased Bailey up the turnbuckle and gave him the Spanish Fly off the top rope. Endo now calls that move Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds.
In non-tournament action, ALL OUT defeated NωA with Diego scoring the pin. Diego explained his recent name change. He heard a good story that if he changed his name then his life would change too. The good atmosphere backstage afterwards was interrupted when Naomi Yoshimura confronted Konosuke Takeshita. For some reason Yoshimura blames Takeshita for all of his problems. Every time Yoshimura lost a sumo bout? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura’s family falling apart? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura getting expelled from school? Takeshita’s fault. So Yoshimura will use his Right To Challenge Contract to get revenge when Takeshita least expects it.
As much as Soma Takao tried to avoid KUDO’s rapid kicks, he was eventually caught with a Buzzsaw Kick and put away with the Diving Double Knee Drop. KUDO thinks his next round opponent Endo is lying when he says he is not interested in fighting anybody. KUDO wants to win the King Of DDT because he wants to fight Takeshita for the KO-D Openweight Title. Endo should think the same.
Masahiro Takanashi finally got his hands on Hirata Collection A.T. one on one but it took some effort to beat him. Hirata trapped him in a Paradise Lock then took the time to do a model walk with Hiranito Collection A.T. and DJ Nira. When Takanashi was freed Hirata trapped him in the Hirata Lock. But Takanashi countered the move into a Cradle for the flash three count.
The first match of the tournament had Akito defeating Daisuke Sasaki in convincing fashion. Akito countered Sasaki’s Hurricanrana into the Scorpion Lock for the submission victory. Sasaki’s reaction to the loss was to give his DDT Extreme Title belt to Akito and leave ringside without it. It seems that Sasaki is so upset over missing out on the Sumo Hall main event that he no longer cares about being the Extreme Champion. Akito was happy to take the belt with him but Amon Tsurumi took it back before he walked through the curtain.
Antonio Honda mixed up his storytelling today. This time he wondered what the story “Kita No Kuni Kara” would be like if it had John Lennon in it. Nobuhiro Shimatani’s enthusiasm to Body Slam Toru Owashi cost him the match. Owashi was too heavy for him and he simply landed on top of Shimatani for the pin.
The 2nd Round matches are Akito Vs Masahiro Takanashi, KUDO Vs Tetsuya Endo, Yukio Sakaguchi Vs HARASHIMA and Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie. They will take place on 4th June.