DDT Dramatic General Election 2017

August 7, 2017

The DDT Dramatic General Election is back to drive DDT’s season for the autumn once Sumo Hall is over and done with. 43 wrestlers will be pleading for the fans to vote for them and get them booked on the 22nd October Korakuen Hall card. The top 20 wrestlers will be guaranteed spots on the main card while spots 21 to 24 will be put in the dark match.

This year the election winner will get a million yen cash prize and also a KO-D Openweight Title shot on the 22nd October show. If the reigning champion himself happens to be the winner then he gets to choose his opponent. The person who finishes in 2nd place will earn a 300,000 yen prize and also a title shot for any of the secondary DDT championships on 22nd October (KO-D Tag Team, DDT Extreme, KO-D 6-Man Tag, KO-D 10-Man Tag and Iron Man Heavymetalweight Titles). If the KO-D Champion finishes in 2nd then his secondary title shot will be held on another show because his own title defence takes priority.

The full field of candidates this year are (in order of last year’s placement followed by newcomers):

HARASHIMA, Danshoku Dino, Daisuke Sasaki, Masahiro Takanashi, Tetsuya Endo, Konosuke Takeshita, Soma Takao, KUDO, Saki Akai, Akito, Shunma Katsumata, Antonio Honda, Keisuke Ishii, Kazuki Hirata, Yukio Sakaguchi, Ken Ohka, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine, Cherry, MAO, Toru Owashi, Kazusada Higuchi, Mad Paulie, Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Yoshihiko, Shigehiro Irie, Diego, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi, Hoshitango, Matsuno Collection A.T., Yuni, Kouki Iwasaki, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani, Yuki Ueno, Naomi Yoshimura, Dai Suzuki, Yuki Ino, Masato Kamino, Royce Isaacs and Rocky Kawamura.

The Unit Election will also be held at the same time. The winning unit will be given booking rights for DDT’s daytime Korakuen Hall show on 30th December. Some of the units also contain wrestlers who are not competing in the solo election. The units are:

1. DAMNATION: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
2. Smile Squash: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao, Yasu Urano & Yuko Miyamoto
3. Shuten-dōji: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
4. ALL OUT: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego
5. NωA: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
6. T2Hide: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. YaroZ: Shigehiro Irie, Kazusada Higuchi, Antonio Honda, Ryuichi Sekine & Rocky Kawamura
8. Ohka Empire Returns: Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine, Ken Ohka & Keisuke Ishii
9. Super DNA Revolution: Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno
10. Pigging 2017: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi

Voting begins on the 25th August and will be open at DDT shows until the 27th September. However early voting ballots will be handed out at the Sumo Hall show on 20th August. There is currently no date set on when the results will be announced.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DDT~” Results

August 6, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DDT~”, 05/08/2017
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Tetsuya Koda defeated Cherry (c) with a School Boy (5:41 pm).
*Tetsuya Koda becomes the 1,264th champion.
0. Dark Match: Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuni ended in a Time Limit Draw (3:00).
0. King Of Dark Title: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Gota Ijashi (c) with the Back Drop (5:12).
*D2 for Gota Ihashi.
1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Keisuke Ishii, Makoto Oishi & Matsuno Collection A.T. when Hirata pinned Matsuno with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (7:16).
2. Chubby Name Match!: Antonio Honda (100kg) defeated Mad Paulie (140kg) with La Magistral Cradle (9:22).
3. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Soma Takao, Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ueno when KUDO pinned Ueno with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:14).
4. Strangest Ghost Story In The World Shinnosuka Death Match: Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Saki Akai ended in a fright (14:40).
5. Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Dave Crist & Diego when MAO pinned Diego with an Oklahoma Roll (11:29).
6. Beer Garden Specialty Lottery 6-Man Tag Match: Tetsuya Endo, Shigehiro Irie & Akito defeated Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA & Daisuke Sasaki when Irie pinned Sasaki with the Beast Bomber (20:28).

Last call for orders came before DDT heads off to Sumo Hall. The Beer Garden finale featured some of the usual highlights like the Lottery 6-Man Tag Team main event. The two teams were put together by random draw with audience members pulling out the names. On one side we got Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA & Daisuke Sasaki as the trio of KO-D Openweight Champions. Their opponents were Tetsuya Endo, Shigehiro Irie & Akito. Despite being on opposite teams, Endo and Sasaki came to each other’s aid throughout the match. They even tried the Finger Poke Of Doom spot when they had to wrestle each other. Later Sasaki put Irie in the Cross Facelock and Endo kept his guard. Akito got sick of it and put Endo in the Scorpion Lock but Sasaki stopped him with a chairshot to the back. Takeshita gave Endo a Dragon Suplex but Endo immediately fired back with Tetsuya In The Sky. HARASHIMA and Sasaki collided by accident and that mistake cost them the match. Irie took advantage on a dazed Sasaki by hitting the Cannonball and then the Beast Bomber for the pin. The two DAMNATION wrestlers didn’t stick around for the closing speeches. Irie said he missed last year’s Beer Garden so to be here this year was enjoyable. He has a new goal today and that is to grow YaroZ.

Hisaya Imabayashi returned from the dead to tell his annual ghost story. He explained that he died last year but he made a deal in the afterlife that allows him to return to the land of the living once a year to tell his stories. A cold presence was felt in the ring and for some reason Nobuhiro Shimatani was sitting in the centre with his face painted white. Nobody else in the ring noticed him. After three minutes of wrestling around Shimatani, the time came for the story to begin. Imabayashi told the scary tale of the Coin Locker Baby and Shimatani began crying over it. Imabayashi finally acknowledged Shimatani, spat holy water and poured salt over him so he would leave the ring. He explained that Shimatani snuck into the segment because he wasn’t booked for anything else on today’s show. With the story completed, Imabayashi talked about DDT with the wrestlers. Danshoku Dino asked who his favourite was? Imabayashi suddenly pointed at Dino and yelled “It’s you!” causing Dino to faint in fright. He then pointed to Super Sasadango Machine. “It’s you!” Then Kazusada Higuchi. “It’s you!” Then Saki Akai. “It’s you!” Then Yukinori Matsui. “It’s you!” Then the audience. “It’s you!” Suddenly “Wild Thing” played and Imabayashi threw water at everyone. He thanked everyone and asked to be invited back next year. Suddenly two crying children entered the room and climbed into the ring. Imabayashi asked if they were lost. No, they were looking for their father. Imabayashi asked who is he. They pointed and screamed “It’s you!” Imabayashi introduced everyone to his two sons and told them he will go buy fidget spinners for them. But his sons handed him a letter from their mother. He read it and was in shock. The wrestlers then read it and were also shocked. The letter was shown on the screen and everyone was shocked. It read “The father is not you!”

Kazuki Hirata succeeded in recording his own version on “TOKYO GO!” that can be used on DDT UNIVERSE without being muted. A video was him recording the lyrics was played during his entrance to prove he made it. Makoto Oishi announced that since Gorgeous Matsuno was deported from Japan, his team had to bring in his Italian cousin Matsuno Collection A.T. as a replacement. Nobody believed it was him but Sanshiro Takagi is allowing him to stay in DDT until Gorgeous Matsuno’s exile is completed.

Before the show began, Cherry and Rekka demonstrated a pro wrestling training class to advertise the DDT Dojo. While Cherry was doing her exercises, the Tokyo Joshi Pro matchmaker Tetsuya Koda snuck into the ring and pinned her to win the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title! DDT confirmed that Koda will now be part of the Tokyo Joshi Battle Royal at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017” as the defending champion. Cherry will also still be part of the match.

Some new units were formed for the upcoming DDT Dramatic General Election. YaroZ is now a full unit consisting of Irie, Higuchi, Antonio Honda, Ryuichi Sekine and Rocky Kawamura. Ohka Empire Returns is Dino, Sasadango, Ken Ohka and Keisuke Ishii. Super DNA Revolution has Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura and Yuki Ueno. Nobuhiro Shimatani was originally supposed to be a part of the group but he was convinced by Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Gota Ihashi to join Pigging 2017 as their leader. Yuko Miyamoto was confirmed as a member of Smile Squash for the Election.

FUMA will be part of a pro wrestling and heavy metal event in Shin-Kiba on 9th December. For the wrestling portion of the show FUMA will take on Jun Kasai. The rock bands performing on the show include Thorn, Hell Dump, Nihonto (Ricky Fuji’s band) and Hammerhead.


DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016” Results

October 23, 2016

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DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016”, 23/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,563 Fans – No Vacancy
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Dark Match: Yuko Miyamoto (#24) & Mad Paulie (#25) defeated Mizuki Watase (#26) & Rekka (#27) when Paulie pinned Watase with the Paulie Buster (6:34).
1. Makoto Oishi (#17) & MAO (#21) defeated Kazuki Hirata (#14) & Toru Owashi (#21) when Oishi pinned Hirata with a School Boy (7:13).
2. DDT Special Great Single Match: Cherry (#20) defeated Saki Akai (#9) with the Cherryton Bomb (7:29).
3. Soma Takao (#8) & Akito (#11) defeated Keisuke Ishii (#13) & Yasu Urano (#19) when Takao pinned Urano with the Gin And Tonic (8:47).
4. KUDO (#8) & Yukio Sakaguchi (#15) defeated Antonio Honda (#12) & Kazusada Higuchi (#23) when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (10:30).
5. DDT Special Great Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita (#6) defeated Ken Ohka (#16) with the German Suplex (8:43).
6. DDT Special Great Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#3) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (#4) with the Vietnam Driver II (12:22).
7. DDT Special Great Single Match: HARASHIMA (#1) defeated Tetsuya Endo (#5) with the Somato (16:33).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) defeated Danshoku Dino (#2) with the Giant Slam (21:27).
*V2 for Shuji Ishikawa.

Dramatic Dream Rock-Paper-Scissors 2016

1. Qualifying Round: Cherry defeated Yasu Urano with Rock.
2. Round 1: Cherry defeated Makoto Oishi with Rock.
3. Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Ken Ohka with Scissors.
4. Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazuki Hirata with Paper.
5. Round 1: Shunma Katsumata defeated Antonio Honda with Scissors.
6. Round 1: Saki Akai defeated Akito with Scissors
7. Round 1: Soma Takao defeated KUDO with Scissors.
8. Round 1: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Endo with Paper.
9. Round 1: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Masahiro Takanashi with Scissors.
10. Round 2: Cherry defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with Scissors.
11. Round 2: Shunma Katsumata defeated Keisuke Ishii with Rock.
12. Round 2: Saki Akai defeated Soma Takao with Paper.
13. Round 2: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Konosuke Takeshita with Paper.
14. Semi Final: Shunma Katsumata defeated Cherry with Scissors.
15. Semi Final: Saki Akai defeated Daisuke Sasaki with Paper.
16. Final: Saki Akai defeated Shunma Katsumata with Paper.

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As the runner-up of this year’s DDT Dramatic General Election, Danshoku Dino received a KO-D Openweight Title shot against Shuji Ishikawa. It’s a situation Dino has been in before, earning KO-D Title matches through popularity contests. However each time Dino came up short and today was no different. Dino targeted Ishikawa’s legs by applying Crab Holds and an STF. Ishikawa fired back with Knee Lifts and even added insult to injury by attempting a Danshoku Nightmare to Dino. The champion of course hit his Headbutts but Dino responded with a middle finger and a Headbutt of his own! Dino wore down Ishikawa with the Sliding Lip Lock, hit the Danshoku Driver and rolled him over with the Gay-do Clutch but Ishikawa kicked out! A Rainmaker Lip Lock was countered with an Elbow Strike. The Danshoku Driver was countered into the Fire Thunder. All seemed lost for Dino but he wouldn’t give up and continued to flip off Ishikawa. Sadly a Running Knee Strike and Rainmaker Headbutt took away the last of Dino’s energy and Ishikawa won with the Giant Driver. Ishikawa stood proud of himself for beating DDT’s icon. Dino gave him one more middle finger before collapsing. Ishikawa moved forward to shake Dino’s hand but Daisuke Sasaki kicked him away so he could rub the victory in Dino’s face. HARASHIMA then showed up to congratulate the champion. He said he will face Ishikawa for the title at Osaka Edion Arena #1 in December and he will beat him fair and square! Ishikawa said he will beat HARASHIMA because he is the strongest in pro wrestling. Sasaki interrupted him again to close out the show.

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The annual Rock Paper Scissors tournament took place with a DDT Extreme Title shot on the line. Saki Akai was the last woman standing beating out Shunma Katsumata in the final. Akai will face Dino for the belt at the 23rd November Korakuen Hall show. Akai said after that night she will be walking down the runway with the championship belt wrapped around her!

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HARASHIMA Vs Tetsuya Endo began with HARASHIMA Dropkicking his opponent out of the ring. However Endo took the opportunity to hide away from HARASHIMA and lure him outside. Endo snuck back into the ring behind HARASHIMA’s back and then dove onto him with a No Touch Topé. Endo stomped on HARASHIMA back in the ring, mockingly calling him “Ace” as he did so. The match went back and forth with Endo cutting off HARASHIMA through Dragon Screws. Endo got a nearfall with the Torture Rack Bomb then went for the Sky Twister Press. HARASHIMA rolled out of the way and countered with the Somato. He was too tired to go for the pin but a second Somato later was enough to put Endo away.

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Due to their opportunistic personalities, both Daisuke Sasaki and Masahiro Takanashi were careful not to make any mistakes while wrestling each other. Sasaki forced Takanashi to sit on a chair at ringside so he could go for his Super Diving Elbow but Takanashi cut him off by throwing the chair at him as he climbed the turnbuckles. Sasaki later countered the Takatonic into the Cross Facelock but that itself was countered into a Cradle for a two count. Sasaki pushed Takanashi into the referee and used the distraction to hit the Vietnam Driver II for the three count.

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Part of the card had to be reshuffled when Super Sasadango Machine was unable to wrestle due to poor physical condition. Ken Ohka now had to wrestle Konosuke Takeshita. Ohka brought out a barbed wire baseball bat and used it to choke Takeshita. However Ohka was given a taste of his own medicine when Takeshita gave him the Blue Thunder Bomb onto the bat! Ohka kicked out of that but he couldn’t kick out of the German Suplex afterwards. Takeshita thanked Ohka for the match because they both have the same goals. Ohka disagreed and thinks they are on different paths, Ohka only does things the Ganbare way!

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With Takeshita moved over to fave Ohka, Antonio Honda now had to team with Kazusada Higuchi for his match against Shuten-dōji. Honda stopped the match so he could show off his new ballet skills. He went to see The Nutcracker the night before and has been practicing ever since. As he tried to dance he hit KUDO and Yukio Sakaguchi with Brain Chops. Shuten-dōji got their payback by kicking the hell out of him. They’re now looking forward to winning the KO-D Tag Team Titles in Nagano on 3rd November.

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The rivalry between former teammates Soma Takao and Keisuke Ishii is heating up now that the AJPW Jr. Title is involved. Ishii recently became the No. 1 Contender for the championship and he will get his shot in All Japan on 27th November. Ishii thinks their title match is the culmination of their time spent in All Japan over the last three years. Soma got the better of him here with a Thrust Kick. Then he pinned Yasu Urano with the Gin And Tonic while Akito kept Ishii at bay.

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I don’t know if you noticed but Saki Akai and Cherry don’t like each other. Cherry refused to shake Akai’s hand before their match and instead attacked her. After some stomping and hair pulling the match properly begun. Cherry won the match but Akai got a little bit of revenge by Dropkicking Cherry out of the ring afterwards.

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Toru Owashi took time out of the opening bout to complain that T2Hide weren’t being invited to perform as idols at “DDT FES 2016”. While he complained, NωA took advantage and pinned Kazuki Hirata. When the match was over Makoto Oishi called Sanshiro Takagi into the ring. If NωA wasn’t going to be added to “DDT FES 2016” then he will quit the group! Takagi told him the group was originally set up so they could be a part of the festival. Oishi’s threat showed just how serious he took his role so Takagi agreed to add them to the festival! NωA then performed “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU”. They also have a second song in the works.

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The last change to the card involved adding Rekka to the dark match. Rekka took Higuchi’s place in the match, teaming with Mizuki Watase against Yuko Miyamoto & Mad Paulie. Miyamoto patted Paulie like a pet when they won the match.

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Shigehiro Irie made his first appearance in DDT since his excursion to America back in July. Irie spoke about how he gained experience in USA that he could not have gotten in Japan. He got to wrestle against people who are more his size like Colt Cabana, Chris Hero and Tommy Dreamer. While Irie’s first match back in Japan is set for 6th November at “DDT FES 2016” he won’t go back to regular competition in DDT until the 4th December Osaka show. Also he is looking forward more to seeing his favourite idol group perform at “DDT FES 2016” than he is wrestling. Irie then showed off the English he learned in America. “Nice to meet you. My name is SHIGEHIRO IRIE. From Japan. ……I Love You. I Miss You. I Need You.”

More details to come later but DDT will launch its own video on-demand service next year! DDT Universe will launch on January 2017 and for 900 yen a month subscribers will get access to watch DDT, DNA, BASARA, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Ganbare☆Wrestling and Street Wrestling shows. All Korakuen Hall shows and major events in big buildings will air live on the service. There will also be other content like reality shows featuring the DDT roster.

Yukio Sakaguchi & Masakatsu Funaki Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi was announced for “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016” on 4th December.

A secret series of Spring wrestling shows were made public starting with an event in Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida on 22nd January. The tour will be called the Best Western Lariat Series. Also the YaroZ brand will be brought back for a St. Valentine’s Day show in Shin-Kiba 1st RING.

DDT’s branch of restaurants and bars including the Drop Kick Bar, Ebisuko Tavern and SWANDIVE will now belong to a new parent company called DDT Foods. KUDO was chosen to be the new president of the company.


Election Special Full Card, Katsumata Injury, Saitama And Sapporo Weekend

October 4, 2016

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 15”, 08/10/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) & Saki Akai Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Cherry
1. 3 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Kouki Iwasaki
2. Yukio Sakagichi, Masahiro Takanashi & Mizuki Watase Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey
3. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Toru Owashi & Yasu Urano
4. Sound And TV Match Facing A Prelude: Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Polly Vs Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi
5. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. LiLiCo’s New Boyfriend Decision 4 Way Match: Kazuki Hirata (w/ Sanshiro Takagi) Vs X (w/ Amon Tsurumi) Vs X (/w Yukinori Matsui) Vs X (/w Danshoku Dino)

Sanshiro Takagi is the first to reveal his suitor for LiLiCo. It’s Kazuki Hirata. The other three are expected to reveal their candidates in the next three days.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~”, 09/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) Vs Mizuki Watase
1. Soma Takao Vs Guanchulo
2. Mars Specialty Sea Urchin, Scallops, Salmon And Roe Rice Bowl 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Akito Vs Masahiro Takanashi
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey Vs Makoto Oishi, Tomoya & Koji Yoshida
4. Wrestling Master Descends To The North Of The Earth!: Dick Togo & Yasu Urano Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
5. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kouki Iwasaki Vs KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi
6. Sapporo Specialty! Yellow Tag Match Of Happiness: Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Polly Vs Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Daisuke Sakai & Tetsuya Endo

Shunma Katsumata injured his right elbow during last weekend’s shows. He is hoping to recover in time for the DNA Grand Prix in two weeks time but he won’t be wrestling on any of the DDT shows until then.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “OSAKA LOVE RIN”, 16/10/2016
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. 3 Way Match: Syoko Nakajima Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Maho Kurone
2. Akane Miura Vs Marika Kobashi
3. Hyper Misao Vs Mil Crown
4. Nonoko Vs Reika Saiki
5. Yuu & Nodoka Onee-san Vs Rika Tatsumi & Miyu Yamshita

Yuu and Rika Tatsumi get to scramble before their TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title Match.

BASARA “VAJRA 19 ~OSAKA WINTER OF JIN TAISHO~”, 16/10/2016
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Wrestling Laughs Festival: Gouma Ryu Vs Daichi Kazato
2. Hardcore Match: Isami Kodaka Vs GUNSO
3. Osaka Metal Festival: FUMA & HAYATA Vs Yusuke Kubo & Madoka

GUNSO from Dove Pro Wrestling makes his BASARA debut.

DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016”, 23/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Dark Match: Toru Owashi (#21) & Yuko Miyamoto (#24) Vs MAO (#21) & Kazusada Higuchi (#23)
1. Shunma Katsumata (#11) & Makoto Oishi (#17) Vs Kazuki Hirata (#14) & Yasu Urano (#19)
2. 3 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii
3. Konosuke Takeshita (#6) & Antonio Honda (#12) Vs KUDO (#8) & Yukio Sakaguchi (#15)
4. DDT Special Great Single Match: Ken Ohka (#16) Vs Super Sasadango Machine (#18)
5. DDT Special Great Single Match: Saki Akai (#9) Vs Cherry (#20)
6. DDT Special Great Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#3) Vs Masahiro Takanashi (#4)
7. DDT Special Great Single Match: HARASHIMA (#1) Vs Tetsuya Endo (#5)
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs Danshoku Dino (#2)

Saki Akai was so pleased with her placing in the DDT Dramatic General Election that she requested to join DDT as a fully affiliated wrestler. She was previously representing the Oscar Promotion talent agency in her matches. She will continue to work with the agency for her other projects but in wrestling she now belongs to DDT.

DDT “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016 ~IT’S NANIWABUSHI WRESTLING~”, 04/12/2016
Osaka Edion Arena #1

1. Yuni Debut Match: Yuni Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs HARASHIMA

Sanshiro Takagi says he would like entertainer Hyota Echizenya to attend the show and perform with him for the show’s opening segment. However no contact has been made with him yet.


DDT Dramatic Election 2016 Results

September 29, 2016

DDT Dramatic Election 2016 Final Standings

1. HARASHIMA (906 Votes)
2. Danshoku Dino (897 Votes)
3. Daisuke Sasaki (537 Votes)
4. Masahiro Takanashi (359 Votes)
5. Tetsuya Endo (350 Votes)
6. Konosuke Takeshita (347 Votes)
7. Soma Takao (300 Votes)
8. KUDO (275 Votes)
9. Saki Akai (273 Votes)
10. Akito (272 Votes)
11. Shunma Katsumata (266 Votes)
12. Antonio Honda (264 Votes)
13. Keisuke Ishii (255 Votes)
14. Kazuki Hirata (240 Votes)
15. Yukio Sakaguchi (239 Votes)
16. Ken Ohka (230 Votes)
17. Makoto Oishi (225 Votes)
18. Super Sasadango Machine (209 Votes)
19. Yasu Urano (206 Votes)
20. Cherry (186 Votes)

As the overall winner, HARASHIMA is given a KO-D Openweight Title shot at Osaka Edion Arena #1 on 4th December as well as 1,000,000 yen in prize money. For finishing in second, Danshoku Dino gets a KO-D Title shot at Korakuen Hall on 23rd October and also 300,000 yen. The rest of the Top 20 will fill up the main card on that Korakuen show.

21. MAO (183 Votes)
-. Toru Owashi (183 Votes)
23. Kazusada Higuchi (174 Votes)
24. Yuko Miyamoto (134 Votes)

The four wrestlers who just missed out on the Top 20 will compete in the pre-show.

25. Mad Polly (111 Votes)
26. Mizuki Watase (96 Votes)
27. Rekka (72 Votes)
28. Yoshihiko (71 Votes)

Total Number Of Valid Votes: 8,240 Votes

Unforunately these were the four who came close but not close enough to get on the show.

Unit Election Final Standings

1. DAMNATION (1,697 Votes)
2. Shuten-dōji (1,398 Votes)
3. Smile Squash (1,293 Votes)
4. NωA (1,038 Votes)
5. T2Hide (699 Votes)
6. Happy Motels (621 Votes)
7. Fantastic Memories (617 Votes)
8. Bad Comi (519 Votes)
9. Pigging 2016 (185 Votes)

DAMNATION’s prize for winning the Unit Election is the right to book a show in Korakuen Hall later this year. For finishing in last place, Pigging 2016 has to disband. This is the third year in a row Pigging has come last and been forced to break up.


DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~” Results

September 25, 2016

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~”, 25/09/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,695 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. King Of Dark Title – 6-Man Tag Team Match: Chikara (c), KENSO & Gota Ihashi defeated Guanchulo, Rekka & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Chikara pinned Shimatani with the Sabre Chop (8:50).
*Chikara passes D3. Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 18th King Of Dark Champion.
0. Dark Match – Megaton One Match: Mad Polly defeated Hoshitango by Countout (3:53).
1. 4 Way Tag Match: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki and Keisuke Ishii & Gorgeous Matsuno when Ohka pinned Iwasaki with the Flame Spear (5:02).
2. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Saki Akai & Cherry when Auto pinned Akai with the Hanamasa (10:40).
3. Original Shuten-dōji Vs T2Hide: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Toru Owashi, Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata when KUDO pinned Hirata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:33).
4. Get The Name Recognition! Groom Decision Special 5 Way Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Mizuki Watase, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine and Bernard Ackah when Dino grabbed the Marriage Report (7:36).
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Takayama pinned Honda with the Everest German Suplex (14:04).
-. Exhibition Match: Akito Vs Yuki Ueno ended in a Time Limit Draw (2:00).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when HARASHIMA pinned Sasaki with the Somato (15:47).
*V1 for Smile Yankee.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Giant Slam (23:00).
*V1 for Shuji Ishikawa.

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On his 41st birthday, Shuji Ishikawa went head to head with Kazusada Higuchi in his first KO-D Openweight Title defence. They immediately charged each other with Lariats and Shoulder Blocks to start the match. Ishikawa was knocked out of the ring and Higuchi surprised everyone by doing a Plancha onto the champion. They traded chops back and forth around the ring before continuing the exchange back inside. Ishikawa targeted Higuchi’s neck by applying a modified Camel Clutch over the ropes. Higuchi avoided a Brainbuster and lifted Ishikawa up for an Oklahoma Stampede. More Lariats were thrown followed bt an exchange of German Suplexes and Back Drops. That left both wrestlers out on the mat. Higuchi got up first and did a Choke Slam for a nearfall. Ishikawa applied an Iron Claw. Higuchi was unaffected by it so Ishikawa Headbutted him while he was in the hold, forcing Higuchi to reach for a rope break. Higuchi replied to another Headbutt by hitting Ishikawa with a Jumping Knee. He then hit the Goten but took too long to pin Ishikawa so he only got a two count. Ishikawa turned the tables with the Fire Thunder Driver. He followed with a volley of Running Knee Lifts but couldn’t lift Higuchi up for the Giant Slam. Higuchi countered the move into the Doctor Bomb but Ishikawa kicked out at 2.9! Higuchi Headbutted Ishikawa to the ropes but was stopped in his tracks with more Knee Lifts. This time Ishikawa successfully performed the Giant Slam and that was enough to put Higuchi away. After the match Ishikawa told Higuchi to eat more rice and practice harder if he wants to be the champion. Ishikawa was about to thank the fans for coming when Daisuke Sasaki kicked him aside and grabbed the mic. Sasaki called Higuchi a B Class Wrestler who should go back to sumo. Higuchi gave Sasaki the middle finger as he walked away from the ring. Ishikawa’s next title defence will be against the DDT Dramatic General Election runner-up on 23rd October, then the winner of the election on 4th December. Ishikawa was about to thank everyone again when Sasaki again interrupted him so the rest of DAMNATION could wish him a happy birthday.

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DAMNATION’s other title match did not get them the same result. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo challenged Smile Yankee for the KO-D Tag Team Titles but ended up on the losing side. Yuko Miyamoto took out Endo’s dive with a Dropkick then gave Sasaki the Fire Thunder. HARASHIMA followed up with the Somato for the victory. Smile Yankee were really positive about their successful defence. They don’t know who they will face next but they hope it is a strong pair of challengers.

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The newest DNA rookie Yuki Ueno participated in a two minute exhibition match with Akito during intermission. His proper debut will take place when the DNA Grand Prix begins on 17th October.

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Konosuke Takeshita faced off with Yoshihiro Takayama to begin the 6-Man Tag Match. Takeshita’s attempts to work on Takayama’s arm ended in failure when Takayama Hammer Punched him. Takeshita later got the upper hand by Suplexing Takayama. Antonio Honda tried to distract his opponents by talking about “Gon, the Little Fox” and the new Godzilla movie. Takayama Hammer Punched him too. Honda set him up for a Bionic Elbow but was cut off with a Big Boot. Dick Togo gave Honda the Pedigree then Takayama finished him off with the Everest German Suplex. Takeshita was feeling heated after wrestling against Takayama. He doesn’t like Takayama’s attitude and thinks he looks down on the DDT wrestlers. Takeshita’s priority is no longer winning back the KO-D Title. It is now to fight Takayama!

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Love was in the air for the 5 Way Ladder Match to determine LiLiCo’s fiancee. Well not love, fame more like it. A marriage report was held over the ring and the wrestlers entered Korakuen Hall to the “Wedding March” and wearing bowties. LiLiCo then appeared to “The Final Countdown” wearing a wedding dress and sat at ringside to watch the match. It begun under Scramble Bunkhouse rules so every wrestler had to stand at different locations around the hall and race to the ring when the bell rang. Mizuki Watase, Bernard Ackah and Makoto Oishi made it to the ring first and argued over who should get the contract. While this was happening Super Sasadango Machine arrived and set up the ladder himself. Both Watase and Oishi teamed up to knock him off the ladder. Danshoku Dino fighting on behalf of Suguru Miyatake was the last to enter and he fought with Ackah. There were constant moments of wrestlers climbing the ladder only to get knocked down. Ackah had the chance to win but he couldn’t grab the contract with his boxing gloves. Watase knocked him off the ladder and climbed up to win back his love. Unfortunately Dino also got up there and put Watase in the Lip Lock. Dino then grabbed the contract. Miyatake now has the right to marry LiLiCo! Watase tried to protest the result but Oishi slammed him with the Miracle Ecstasy, Sasadango dropped him with the Lehmann Shock and Dino drilled him the Danshoku Driver. Dino told him to accept that Miyatake now gets to marry LiLiCo. Except Miyatake doesn’t want to. Miyatake thought there was no chance Dino would win and he only wants to get married if he’s in love. But he has not true love for LiLiCo. He apologised, admitted he doesn’t love her and then ran off like a scared rabbit. Amon Tsurumi blamed Dino for causing this mess and told him it’s now his responsibility to marry LiLiCo! Sanshiro Takagi came out and blamed the situation on Yukinori Matsui for bad officiating! Dino, Tsurumi, Takagi and Matsui then got together and came up with a solution. They will each go find a candidate, bring them to Kasukabe on 8th October and then determine which one will be LiLiCo’s new boyfriend.

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Chikara has KENSO to thank for getting rid of the King Of Dark Title. KENSO spent most of the match hitting his opponents with Harite Slaps while yelling “Do not stand out from me!” He became useful when he hit a Diving Elbow Drop on Nobuhiro Shimatani. That gave Chikara the chance to hit the Sabre Chop to win the match and pass the cursed title over to Shimatani.

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More musical acts were announced for “DDT FES 2016” in November. Lady Beard was among the acts mentioned. There was then an appearance by an LED Electro group called CTS. They are a trio of DJs who were crazy looking LED helmets and they were also accompanied by SteCase King from Kinnikuman.

Ken Ohka was given time to promote Ganbare☆Wrestling’s first ever Korakuen Hall show on 2nd October. Ohka informed everyone of the stipulation that if the show does not sell out he must retire. A seating chart then appeared on the screen behind him showing many seats were still available. Amon Tsurumi told Ohka that he will definitely retire. Ohka said there is still a week left to sell tickets and the main event is a big once in a lifetime No Rope Barbed Wire Match involving Atsushi Onita.


Preparations For Tokyo Joshi Title Match, Cards For Who’s Gonna Top And Bad Communication

September 21, 2016

BOYZ “MOON VIEWING SPECIAL ~WOMEN FESTIVAL 12~”, 22/09/2016
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1. Keisuke Ishii Vs Kouki Iwasaki
2. BOYZ Famous “I Have In You, It Is In Me”: Masahiro Takanashi, Akito & Rekka Vs Mizuki Watase, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
3. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata
4. KUDO & Makoto Oishi Vs Guanchulo & Lady Beard
5. HARASHIMA, Yuko Miyamoto & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Shunma Katsumata

With their AJPW Jr. Title match out of the way, Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata now have to team with each other as part of T2Hide’s election campaign.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “SHINJUKU LOVE RIN”, 22/09/2016
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1. Hyper Misao Vs Nodoka-oneesan
2. Azusa Takigawa Same Day & Same Place Debut 1 Year Anniversary 3 Way Match: Nonoko Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Marika Kobashi
3. Sworn Friends “YukaRika” First Singles Confrontation: Yuka Sakazaki Vs Rika Tatsumi
4. KANNA Graduation Match: Saki Akai, Ai Shimizu & KANNA Vs Syoko Nakajima, Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
5. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuu

Both Miyu Yamashita and Yuu have been training hard for their title match. Yamashita has been doing karate training under MMA fighter Katsunori Kikuno to combat Yuu’s judo. The key move she learned is the Crescent Kick. Yuu has been training in the same dojo she’s been a part of since she was 10 years old.

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~”, 25/09/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match – Megaton One Match: Mad Polly Vs Hoshitango
0. King Of Dark Title – 6-Man Tag Team Match: Chikara (c), KENSO & Gota Ihashi Vs Guanchulo, Rekka & Nobuhiro Shimatani
1. 4 Way Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii & Gorgeous Matsuno
2. Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Saki Akai & Cherry
3. Original Shuten-dōji Vs T2Hide: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Toru Owashi, Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata
4. Get The Name Recognition! Groom Decision Special 5 Way Match: Mizuki Watase Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Super Sasadango Machine Vs Bernard Ackah Vs Danshoku Dino
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi

In the final weeks of the DDT Dramatic General Election the leaders in the two polls are Danshoku Dino and DAMNATION. It doesn’t look like many can catch up but every vote counts.

DDT “DNA 21 ~THANK YOU KITAZAWA TOWN HALL! THE LAST PRO WRESTLING BEFORE RENOVATION~”, 30/09/2016
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1. Same Grade Of Claim: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Konosuke Takeshita
2. Rekka Vs Keisuke Ishii
3. Mizuki Watase Vs Jun Kasai
4. Road To DNA-GP: Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata Vs Guanchulo & Kouki Iwasaki

Guanchulo takes the injured Kota Umeda’s place in the main event.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2016”, 02/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match – Ganbare☆Royale: Mars Spector Vs J-Soul Pandita III IV Vs Mr. No Vs Shibata Vs X
1. Original Saki Maemura Re-Debut Life Variety: Minoru Fujita & Bambi Vs Madoka & Saki Fujita
2. Forget The Same K: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Shiori Asahi
3. 2 People Only Young Drama Cup: Yukihiro Abe Vs Keisuke Ishii
4. G-COSMOS 2016: Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Takafumi Ito
5. Cinderella Champion & Ganpuro Goddess Vs Gatoh Move: Aoi Ishibashi & Ai Shimizu Vs Emi Sakura & “Kotori”
6. No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight Tornado 8-Man Tag Team Death Match: Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari, Shota & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Atsushi Onita, Osamu Namiguchi, GENTARO & Hideki Hosaka

This is the card Ganbare☆Wrestling is hoping to sell out Korakuen Hall with.

BASARA “VAJRA 20 ~FIERCE FIGHTING~”, 05/10/2016
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1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1A: Daichi Kazato & Tomoya Kawamura Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1B: Koji Iwamoto & Fuminori Abe Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1C: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Gouma Ryu & Masamune
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1D: Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto

Shinjiro Otani was taken out of action with a cervical spine injury. Ikuto Hidaka takes his place as Sean Guinness’ tag partner.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~”, 09/10/2016
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1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs X & X

Wrestlers scheduled to appear are Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo, Mike Bailey, Tomoya and Koji Yoshida.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT CRAB~”, 10/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

1. DDT Extreme Title – Dai Ichin Pa-Lien Seiha Match: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

The Dai Ichin Pa-Lien Seiha was a series of bizarre deathmatches that took place in DDT throughout the 2000s. Previous match stipulations had the challengers wrestling blindfolded, wrestling with both of their arms covered in black paint and wrestling while wearing helmets with plates of curry on top of them.