DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA”, 07/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
213 Fans – No Vacancy
1. 4 Way Tag Match: Keisuke Okuda & Yuki Iino defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai and Antonio Honda & Veda Scott when Iino pinned Hirata with the Haka Elbow (7:16).
2. No Tag Rules: MAO, Sammy Guevara & Puma King defeated Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when King pinned Ueno with La Casita (7:45).
3. Husband Vs Wife! Oishi Asahi Vs AvidRival: Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi Vs Ryo Mizunami & Misaki Ohata ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (2) with the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock (13:05).
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) defeated Tetsuya Endo (c) (4) with La Magistral Cradle (13:28).
*Soma Takao becomes the 1,340th champion.
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki (4) defeated Mike Bailey (2) with a Rotation Armlock (4:28).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (2) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Fable (13:53).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (2) defeated HARASHIMA (0) with the Doctor Bomb (17:13).
1. Go Shiozaki (6)
2. Akito (4)
-. MAO (4)
4. Puma King (2)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (2)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (2)
7. HARASHIMA (0)
1. Shinya Aoki (4)
-. Tetsuya Endo (4)
-. Sammy Guevara (4)
4. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (2)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Soma Takao (2)
After a few days off the D-Ou Grand Prix was back in action today but one wrestler in particular continues to struggle out of the starting gates. HARASHIMA is now the only person in the tournament who is winless. Even worse is his defeat today was against Kazusada Higuchi, a rival who has not had the best of luck against HARASHIMA in singles matches until now. HARASHIMA did have Higuchi beaten with the Somato but was too slow to pin him. That allowed Higuchi time to fight back and hit the Doctor Bomb twice to win. Higuchi called HARASHIMA his wall and today he was able to climb over it! HARASHIMA gave credit to Higuchi for staying calm throughout the match. His mental strength has improved since their last match against each other and that was the difference maker.
Konosuke Takeshita took a page out of Mike Bailey’s book by bringing out a new finishing move to win his first match in the Grand Prix. Takeshita has created the Fable, a Swanton Bomb from the middle of the top rope onto an opponent sitting in the middle of the ring. Masahiro Takanashi takes the “honour” of being the first victim of the move. Takeshita was inspired by CIMA’s Meteora to create a similar move. He would have used it in his first match against Bailey but the opportunity was never there. Takeshita now wants to change his style whenever he loses so nobody from the wrestlers to the fans can predict what he’ll do in the ring next.
In his second match of the tournament, Shinya Aoki again won in under five minutes this time against Mike Bailey. Aoki chased down his opponent and applied a deep Sleeper Hold, keeping it on while Bailey rolled them out of the ring and onto the entrance ramp. When he finally let go and went back into the ring, Bailey caught him with a High Kick and went for the Ultima Weapon. Aoki instead caught him in a Rotation Arm Lock and got the submission victory. Aoki later complained about his opponents not being a good fit for him so far. He thinks none of his tournament matches have meshed and he’s felt no danger.
The DAMNATION Vs DAMNATION match had the added bonus of being an Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match. Despite being in the same stable, Tetsuya Endo and Soma Takao did not hold back against each other. Endo thought he had the match won with the Tetsuya In The Sky but Takao turned the pin into the Official Endless Waltz. With Endo left dizzy, Takao then applied La Magistral Cradle to win the match and the title! Takao apologised to Endo for taking his belt. He didn’t even want it. Takao then asked Nobuhiro Shimatani where Mad Paulie was. He’s having his food time. Shimatani then addressed the audience about DAMNATION’s performance today with Takao being the only one in the group to win. He accidentally called Takao “BIMA” and Takao knocked him out to shut him up. Takao also claims his official record in the tournament is 3 wins and 0 losses. Today is really his first win.
As mentioned above, DAMNATION didn’t have the most success today. Daisuke Sasaki lost his match to Akito in a match where Akito constantly targets Sasaki’s knees. The damage took its toll and Akito was able to escape from Sasaki’s Cross Facelock to drop Sasaki knees first onto the canvas. From there Akito got Sasaki to submit to the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock. Akito says this victory is bigger than anything he’s gotten before. He got valuable league points and more important than that, he’s beaten the reigning KO-D Openweight Champion! Sasaki was left in despair over the result. Backstage he begged reporters to give him scissors so he could cut his own hair as a forfeit. When he got no answers Sasaki instead decided to make Akito his challenger for the KO-D Title on 3rd January!
Husband and wife Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata got their wish to wrestle each other with Shiori Asahi & Ryo Mizunami also involved. Oishi & Asahi had Ohata beaten with the Cactus Flower but time ran out before they could get the pin. Oishi & Ohata embraced after the match before AvidRival left Oishi & Asahi in the ring. Oishi pointed out that he and Asahi are currently the STRONGEST-K TAG Champions in K-DOJO. Maybe they should go after the KO-D Tag Team Titles in DDT too! MAO entered the ring with both of the KO-D Tag belts to confront them but Oishi & Asahi instead decided to change their minds and leave him be.
The Muscle brand will provide a pre-show match on the 30th December Korakuen Hall show. Super Sasadango Machine, Antonio Honda, Choun-Shiryu, Pedro Takaishi, Yasu Urano and Makoto Oishi will be part of the match.