DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14” Results

August 14, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14”, 14/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
240 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match: Soma Takao defeated Mizuki Watase with the Sorarina (7:22).
0. NO TV Match: Ryan Davidson & Facade defeated Toru Owashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Davidson pinned Shimatani with the Davidson Driver (8:25).
1. Akito & Gota Ihashi defeated Yuki Ueno & Yuki Iino when Akito submitted Iino with a Modified Leg Lock (7:23).
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Meiko Satomura defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi & Cherry when Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising (7:05).
*Meiko Satomura wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:07).
4. Road to King Of DDT 2018 3rd Round 4 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey, Yukio Sakaguchi & MAO and Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata when Endo pinned Hirata with a Swan Dive 450 Splash (10:20).
5. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Irie pinned Paulie with the Beast Bomber (19:20).
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Shigehiro Irie (c) with the Gaydo Clutch (1:37).
*Super Sasadango Machine gives his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract to Danshoku Dieno. Shigehiro Irie fails in V1. Danshoku Dieno cashes in his Right To Challenge Gauntlet. Danshoku Dieno becomes the 65th KO-D Openweight Champion!

Today’s episode sparked plenty of changes in the DDT landscape. There was the planned roster switch-up freshening up some of the units but some added surprises completely changed the course of as we head towards the King Of DDT finale. Things seemed normal during the main event. Shigehiro Irie made his first appearance in DDT since his latest US tour and after the title loss incident in Ohio he had the KO-D Openweight Title with him safe and sound. He and Jason Kincaid were victorious over Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie but it was a close call. Irie kicked out of a Double Choke Slam and the Reverse Splash. It was only when he hit a desperate Beast Bomber to Paulie that he was able to win the match. Ishikawa said he got to have a strong match after spending time away from DDT. He told everyone when he is the Triple Crown Champion he would like to face Irie again.

When DAMNATION left the ring, Meiko Satomura came out with her eyes set on Irie. With the yellow Right To Challenge Gauntlet in her possession, Satomura challenged Irie to a title match on the 28th August episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI”! An exhausted Irie got up and accepted the challenge. But when they were about to shake hands, Danshoku Dieno interrupted them with important news. Producer Dieno will not accept Irie Vs Satomura as the next KO-D Title match because the next title match will happen right now! Dieno then suddenly pulled out the blue Gauntlet belonging to Super Sasadango Machine. A video played on the screen of Sasadango announcing that he is giving his Gauntlet to Dieno as a gift. It now belongs to Dieno and he is cashing it in straight away!

The match began and Dieno immediately gave Irie the Danshoku Driver several times. Irie kicked out of them and fought back. He hit the Beast Bomber but when Irie went for the pin, Dieno caught him in the Gaydo Clutch and pinned him! Danshoku Dieno is the new KO-D Champion! A furious Irie had to be held back by the rest of RENEGADES until they finally got him to leave the ring. He still tossed a chair from the front row at Dieno as he was leaving. Dieno taunted Irie by telling him what he did today was all in the rules. Dieno waited so long and played the good boss all this time so he could pull this off. This plan was why Dieno did not enter King Of DDT this year. He may be the weakest champion of any wrestling company right now but that doesn’t matter. He is going straight to the main event of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” as the champion! Just one problem. Meiko Satomura is still here with the last Right To Challenge Gauntlet (more about that below) and her intention to challenge the champion on 28th August still stands. She told Dieno she will win the KO-D Title, defend it against Irie and then defend it at the main event of Sumo Hall!

The DNA Draft and resulting roster reshuffle took place at the start of the episode. It was already decided that Daiki Shimomura would join BASARA and Kouki Iwasaki would join Ganbare☆Wrestling. Rekka also announced he will be leaving Japan for a while so he will not be transferring to another brand. The remaining DNA wrestlers were given the chance to nominate the group or unit they wished to join and it would be up to those groups to accept them or not. Some of the obvious moves were made first. Mizuki Watase chose RENEGADES (side note: Ryan Davidson has also joined the unit) and Shunma Katsumata picked ALL OUT. No surprises there. MAO wants to continue teaming with Mike Bailey so he picked the default DDT Sekigun group. Yuki Ueno also picked DDT. Naomi Yoshimura didn’t pick anybody. Instead he will go wherever he wants, whenever he wants. Konosuke Takeshita of all people asked him to join ALL OUT instead. Yoshimura declined because he has no motivation to fight with them. He’d rather fight against them. Yuki Iino asked if he could join ALL OUT. Akito wasn’t convinced so he would use their match later as an audition. Kota Umeda chose to stick with DDT. He will be on the same side as his old unit Shuten-dōji and he wants to set a fire under his former older brothers. Nobuhiro Shimatani declared himself the leader of DAMNATION but Daisuke Sasaki said the unit doesn’t need him. Shimatani then nominated Tokyo Joshi Pro but their producer Tetsuya Koda outright refused him. Shimatani went back to DAMNATION and promised to find a beautiful blonde woman for Sasaki, cook delicious meat for Mad Paulie, handcraft a new ring costume for Soma Takao, give Tetsuya Endo a better haircut than the one he currently has and teach new songs to Shuji Ishikawa. Sasaki finally gave in and inducted Shimatani into DAMNATION, but only as a temporary manager. Good enough!

In the middle of the draft, T2Hide announced they are splitting up. Kazuki Hirata is doing well without them although he protested the decision. HARASHIMA approached Toru Owashi and asked him to reform Disaster BOX, their old unit from the 2000s. Owashi liked the idea but they needed a third member to make them a unit. They nominated Yuki Ueno. He has no idea what Disaster BOX is or how important they are in DDT’s history but ok, he’ll join them instead of the default DDT side.

Now all of that craziness has been touched upon, let’s get into the rest of the show. The eight remaining King Of DDT participants met in an 4-Way Tag Match. Some of the pairings were unusual and led to a mix up. MAO & Mike Bailey were on two different teams but in the heat of the action they worked together to wipe out a few of the other wrestlers with a Double Moonsault to the outside. Kazuki Hirata tried to continue his miracle run by going straight at Tetsuya Endo with Cradles but in the end he was pinned by Endo with a Swan Dive 450 Splash. Despite winning the match, Endo says he does not feel any momentum from today’s result. That stuff means nothing when you’re only in the Quarter Finals.

Judging from his earlier performance on the episode you wouldn’t have thought Dieno would end up as champion by the end of it. He got into his usual shenanigans with Antonio Honda against KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi. Honda’s double Gongistune backfired when KUDO & Takanashi grabbed both of his hands and made Honda poke himself in both eyes. They then finised him off with the Takatonic followed by the Diving Double Knee Drop.

It turns out the Right To Challenge Gauntlet rules do apply overseas. Meiko Satomura apologised to the fans for losing the red Gauntlet during her recent visit to America for the Mae Young Classic. I’d go into more detail about the possible consequences for that but it veers into spoiler territory and I’m not in the mood to get into arguments about that right now. To make up for it Satomura made it her goal today to win another Gauntlet so she can challenge for the KO-D Title. Good thing she was in a match against the holder of the yellow Gauntlet Makoto Oishi. Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising and now holds the last remaining Right To Challenge Gauntlet in Japan. Before this match Sanshiro Takagi said if his team won then he would set up the Meiko Young Classic, a tournament for all women wrestlers over the age of 40. Meiko Satomura is 38.

Iino impressed ALL OUT enough in his match to be accepted into their unit. He hit Akito with the Spear but Akito grabbed onto Iino’s leg and pulled him down into a Leg Lock to make him submit.

There was an extra special guest appearing on the show this week. Rintaro Oyaizu from Season 2 of The Bachelor Japan greeted everyone and very quickly attracted attention from several wrestlers. Cherry, Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku and Maki Ito all entered the ring wanting to woo Oyaizu. They all agreed to fight each other in a 4 Way Match on 28th August with the winner getting a date with The Bachelor.


DNA “DNA 47” Results

August 10, 2018

DNA “DNA 47”, 10/08/2018
Kitazawa Town Hall
268 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Fighting Gran Millimeters!: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Daiki Shimomura with a Reverse Strike (8:19).
2. Tomoya Hirata defeated Yuki Iino with a Crab Hold (7:53).
3. MAO, Rising HAYATO & Takato Nakano defeated Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Rekka when MAO pinned Rekka with the Cannonball 450 (11:06).
4. Yuko Miyamoto & Akito defeated Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda when Miyamoto pinned Ueno with a Somato (12:16).
5. First And Final Trampling! Naomi Kingdom Same Gate Confrontation!: Naomi Yoshimura & Kengo defeated Keisuke Okuda & Akira Jo when Yoshimura pinned Jo with the Shonenba (11:16).
6. DNA End Of A Chapter 2014.11.28 – 2018.8.10: Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Shunma Katsumata & Kazusada Higuchi when Umeda pinned Katsumata with the Umeda Driver (17:10).

For three years and eight months DNA has provided a home for DDT’s new wrestlers to grow and develop their skills. With the overall quality of the roster becoming higher than expected along with a current shortage of trainees available the decision was made to put the DNA brand on hiatus until the next generation of DDT wrestlers appear. This is being treated as the end of Chapter 3 for DNA. Everyone who appeared on the show today promised to perform to their fullest.

After the main event, Kota Umeda invited all of the DNA wrestlers into the ring to give each of them their final words. Nobuhiro Shimatani said he became the man he is today because of DNA. Daiki Shimomura wished everyone luck in the future. Yuki Iino said he was the last to enter DNA. Rekka said he was glad to come to Tokyo and join DDT. Mizuki Watase said DNA turned him from a performer into a professional wrestler. MAO told everyone he won his first match in DNA against Shunma Katsumata. Ever since then he made it his goal to never lose against Katsumata. He will try not to forget the feelings he experienced in DNA. Kouki Iwasaki only has frustrating memories in DNA so he wants to move on and reach the next level. Yuki Ueno says he made wonderful memories from the DNA Grand Prix which is where he made his debut. Naomi Yoshimura was the only person not crying over the end. He told everyone that as long as he continues to wrestle and everyone else continues to wrestle, they should stay dignified. Katsumata thanked everyone including Ryota Nakatsu for coming back, Higuchi for being his rival since the start and Yoshimura for making DNA exciting when times were tough. Umeda was the last to speak and he said everybody is thinking of various ways to advance their careers. When they all become bigger and DDT introduces new blood, DNA will come back for Chapter 4.


Beer Garden Is Done, Time To Sober Up

August 6, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #13”, 07/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. NO TV Match: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Jason Kincaid & Facade
0. “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji NO TV Match: Makoto Oishi Vs Masahiro Takanashi
1. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Kendo Kashin, NOSAWA Rongai & Keisuke Okuda Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Ken Ohka & Gota Ihashi
2. DDT NEW ATTITUDE 10-Man Tag Match: MAO, Shunma Katsumata, Naomi Yoshimura, Rekka & Yuki Ueno Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Yuki Iino
3. Gothic And Lolita Tag Death Match: Lady Beard & Saki Akai Vs Toru Owashi & Antonio Honda
4. HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey Vs Soma Takao & Mad Paulie
5. Danshoku Soul Tradition Part 6: Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata
6. Shuten-dōji Vs DAMNATION!: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

The 6-Man Tag between DDT and Hagure IGF was supposed to be the main event but Kendo Kashin requested the match to be moved down the card because he thinks Gota Ihashi is useless. The DDT team agreed and moved the match to the opener.

Kota Umeda hurt his left foot in his return match and is unable to wrestle tomorrow. MAO was switched over to Umeda’s team to take his place. Kazusada Higuchi takes MAO’s spot on the other team.

DNA “DNA 47”, 10/08/2018
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Fighting Gran Millimeters!: Daiki Shimomura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Yuki Iino Vs Tomoya Hirata
3. MAO, Rising HAYATO & Takato Nakano Vs Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Rekka
4. Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Akito
5. First And Final Trampling! Naomi Kingdom Same Gate Confrontation!: Naomi Yoshimura & Kengo Vs Keisuke Okuda & Akira Jo
6. DNA End Of A Chapter 2014.11.28 – 2018.8.10: Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Shunma Katsumata & Kazusada Higuchi

Konosuke Takeshita’s shoulder injury means he misses DNA’s final show. Akito and Takato Nakano are added to a freshened up card to make up for it.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GANBARE☆CLIMAX 2018 1ST ROUND”, 11/08/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title Next Challenger Battle Royal: Takeshi Okada Vs HARUKAZE Vs Moeka Haruhi Vs Chikara Vs Hagane Vs Shuichiro Katsumura Vs X
2. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1A – No DQ & No Ropes Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Shin Mokujin Ken
3. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1B: Shota Vs Mitsuo Momota
4. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1C: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yuu Yamagata
5. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1D – No DQ & No Ropes Match: Ken Ohka Vs Survival Tobita
6. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Ayumu Honda

One more twist has been added to the Ganpro Vs Saitama feud at the Ganbare☆Climax. The Ken Ohka Vs Survival Tobita and Yumehito Imanari Vs Shin Mokujin Ken matches were previously agreed to be fought under No DQ Rules. Now it will also take place “Saitama Wrestling Style” which means there will be no ring ropes either!

BASARA “BASARA 75 ~AKATSUKA ROKU-KASON~”, 11/08/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Benmaru Tournament 0 – Round 1A: Takato Nakano Vs Jun Masaoka
2. Benmaru Tournament 0 – Round 1B: Daiki Shimomura Vs Akiyori Takizawa
3. FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & Gouma Ryu Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Daichi Kazato & Yasu Urano
4. Sakigake! Iron Family Vs Bloody Brothers!: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Ryuji & SAGAT Vs Masaya Takahashi, Toshiyuki Sakuda & Takayuki Ueki
5. Cavalry Vs Astronauts!: Ryota Nakatsu & Ryuichi Sekine Vs Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
6. Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Daisuke Sekimoto

I can’t find any information on what the Benmaru Tournament is supposed to be other than something for the low card wrestlers to do.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GO AHEAD, HOT GUYS IN ITABASHI!”, 12/08/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Nodoka-oneesan & Yuki Aino Vs Shoko Nakajima & Raku
2. Hyper Misao Vs Hinano
3. Mizuki Vs Miu
4. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Azusa Takigawa
5. Sakisama Vs Yuki Kamifuku
6. Miyu Yamashita & Hikari Vs Yuu & Yuna Manase

This month is all about Tokyo Joshi Pro heading its way to Korakuen Hall.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GO AHEAD, HOT GUYS IN NAGOYA!”, 18/08/2018
Nagoya City East Sports Centre No. 2

1. Hyper Misao Vs Raku
2. Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Yuki Aino Vs Reika Saiki, Maki Ito & Miu
3. 3 Way Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuna Manase Vs Hinano
4. Yuki Kamifuku Vs Priscilla Kelly
5. Sakisama Vs Hikari
6. Miyu Yamashita & Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan

Mae Young Classic 2018 competitor Priscilla Kelly’s return to Tokyo Joshi is still on starting with this show.

DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Mike Bailey Vs MAO
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: HARASHIMA Vs Yukio Sakaguchi
4. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii

Taiyo Kea will also be on the show.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BRAND NEW WRESTLING 2 ~NOW IT’S TIME TO ATTACK~”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Nodoka Graduation From “Oneesan” Match: Nodoka-oneesan Vs X
2. Special Single Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Riho
3. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki Vs Reika Saiki & Maki Ito
4. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuu

There is a lot of unfortunate news going around involving injuries and another one came from Marika Kobashi during Beer Garden week. Her shoulder injury has not healed yet and she will not be medically cleared until at least after August. She and Reika Saiki agreed to relinquish the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles. Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (now called the Magical Sugar Rabbits) were given the chance to win the vacant titles when they won the Yeah! Metcha Tag Tournament. Maki Ito convinced Saiki to team up and fight for the belts that Saiki was never beaten for.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2018 FINAL ROUND”, 26/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Winner Of Quarter Final 1 Vs Winner Of Quarter Final 2
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Winner Of Quarter Final 3 Vs Winner Of Quarter Final 4
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Final: X Vs X

Tatsumi Fujinami and the Brahman Brothers will be on the show.

BASARA “BASARA 77 ~FEAST~”, 05/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Benmaru Tournament 0: Winner of Round 1A Vs Winner Of Round 1B

All I cand find out is Benmaru was the childhood name of Sanada Yukimura, a samurai from the Sengoku era. So that fits with all of the tournament entries being rookies.

BASARA “BASARA 78 ~LU YANG HOKO~”, 21/09/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Hardcore Cage Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Masashi Takeda
2. Union MAX Title: Naoki Tanizaki (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Isami Kodaka Vs Masashi Takeda is now a Steel Cage Match! There has previously been only one cage match in BASARA that was held back in April 2016.


Takeshita Missing Beer Garden Week, Tokyo Idol Festival, Final DNA Card

July 29, 2018

Konosuke Takeshita injured his right shoulder during yesterday’s show Fukuyama and is forced to miss this week’s Beer Garden shows. The card changes for some of the shows are as follows:

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~ KING OF DDT 2018 1ST ROUND”, 31/07/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1A: KUDO Vs Akito
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1B: Gota Ihashi Vs Keisuke Ishii
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1C: Mike Bailey Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
4. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1D: Shunma Katsumata Vs Alex Ace
5. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1E: Hoshitango Vs Yukio Sakaguchi
6. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1F: Yuki Iino Vs Some Takao
7. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1G: Toru Owashi Vs Mizuki Watase
8. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1H: Mad Paulie Vs HARASHIMA
9. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1I: Sanshiro Takagi Vs MAO
10. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1J: Saki Akai Vs Masahiro Takanashi
11. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1K: Tetsuya Endo Vs Gorgeous Matsuno
12. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1L: Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazusada Higuchi
13. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1M: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Antonio Honda
14. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1N: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Jason Kincaid
15. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1O: Yuki Ueno Vs Tanomusaku Toba
16. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1P: Naomi Yoshimura Vs Kazuki Hirata

When the news first came out, DDT decided to award Naomi Yoshimura with a 1st Round bye. However during today’s show in Osaka, Kazuki Hirata lost his Right To Challenge Gauntlet and became eligible to enter the tournament. A confrontation between Hirata and Yoshimura during today’s show led to Hirata taking Takeshita’s spot in the 1st Round match against Yoshimura this Tuesday.

DDT “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018”, 03/08/2018
Tokyo Fuji TV Wangan Studio

1. Something Like A Falls Count Anywhere Match: X Vs X
2. Something Like A Falls Count Anywhere Match: X Vs X

Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO, Danshoku Dieno, Sanshiro Takagi, Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito and the Up Up Girls (Pro Wrestling) are all participating in what is being advertised as the world’s largest idol festival. Oishi, Katsumata and MAO will be reforming NωA just for this occasion!

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~ALL OUT DAY~”, 03/08/2018
Shinjuku FACE

0. Under Match ~ Trans-Am ★ Yoga Classroom: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs X
1. Matsunaga Formula Drunk Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs KUDO Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yuki Ueno Vs Yuki Iino
2. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kuishinbo Kamen
3. Double Main Event – ??? Rules: Shunma Katsumata Vs Violento Jack
4. Double Main Event: Akito Vs Isami Kodaka

You’ll kick too.

DNA “DNA 47”, 10/08/2018
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Fighting Gran Millimeters!: Daiki Shimomura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Yuki Iino Vs Tomoya Hirata
3. Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Yuko Miyamoto
4. MAO, Mike Bailey & Rising HAYATO Vs Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Rekka
5. First And Final Trampling! Naomi Kingdom Same Gate Confrontation!: Naomi Yoshimura & Kengo Vs Keisuke Okuda & Akira Jo
6. DNA End Of A Chapter 2014.11.28-2018.8.10: Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Shunma Katsumata & Kazusada Higuchi

Both Kota Umeda and Daiki Shimomura are expected to recover from their injuries in time for the final DNA show.


DNA “DNA 46 ~OSAKA’S FIRST EXPANSION! WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE DNA?~” Results

July 16, 2018

DNA “DNA 46 ~OSAKA’S FIRST EXPANSION! WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE DNA?~”, 16/07/2018
Osaka Konohana Community Hall
220 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Nobuhiro Shimatani, Daiki Shimomura & Koju Takeda defeated Katsumi Oribe, Yuto Kikuchi & Yuki Aoki when Shimatani pinned Kikuchi with a Cradle after a Sliding Elbow Smash from Shimomura (10:38).
2. Kouki Iwasaki & Tomoya Hirata defeated Baliyan Akki & Rekka when Iwasaki submitted Akki with a Triangle Choke (8:32).
3. MAO & Rising HAYATO defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino when MAO pinned Iino with the Cannonball 450 (12:03).
4. TORU defeated Shunma Katsumata with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (10:59).
5. Ryota Nakatsu Vs Sammy Guevara ended in a Time Limit Draw (20:00).
6. Irie-gun Vs Naomi Kingdom!: Keisuke Okuda & Akira Jo defeated Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase by Referee Stoppage when Okuda used a Torso Sleeper Hold on Watase (12:39).
7. DNA Naniwa Summit Decisive Battle!: Naomi Yoshimura defeated Yuki Ueno with the Throwaway Power Bomb (22:36).

On the penultimate DNA show, Naomi Yoshimura gave a heartfelt speech after the main event. Being from Osaka himself, Yoshimura wanted many people to come see DNA in this area for the final time today. He and Yuki Ueno have had many matches against each other. Today he could feel Ueno’s momentum as they wrestled and normally that would be deserving of a handshake so they could reconcile their differences. Maybe this rivalry deserves a happy ending because Ueno and also Kota Umeda will soon be moving up to DDT. Yoshimura has also decided his future path. As long as Yoshimura wrestles he cannot lose! With a rebellious heart on his side Yoshimura will never lose again! Today is Yoshimura’s happy ending!

The match between Irie-gun and Naomi Kingdom turned into a ringside brawl with wrestlers getting throw into the seats on two sides of the room. Keisuke Okuda countered Mizuki Watase’s Back Drop into a Sleeper Hold. Okuda then wrapped his legs around Watase to leave him helpless until the referee called for the bell. Another brawl broke out after the match which led to Shigehiro Irie chasing Okuda & Akira Jo out of the ring.

A knee injury prevented Kota Umeda from wrestling on the show so Ryota Nakatsu from BASARA was brought in as his replacement. Nakatsu took on Sammy Guevara in a bout that was too close to call. Neither could get the win by the time the time limit expired. Nakatsu thanked Guevara for the match and promoted BASARA’s show at Osaka Okinawa Hall on 22nd July. He forgot to bring tickets so he advised everyone to go buy them at the nearest convenience store so his employers won’t get angry at him.

A missed Spear from Yuki Iino accidentally hit Konosuke Takeshita instead of MAO. From there Iino was outnumbered and taken down by a Missile Dropkick from Rising HAYATO. MAO then hit the Cannonball 450 for the win.


DNA To Suspend Operations Next Month

July 11, 2018

An announcement about DNA’s future was made before yesterday’s episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI”. The DNA brand will be suspended at the end of the 10th August show in Kitazawa and all DNA wrestlers will be transferred over to the DDT roster on 11th August. Along with this, the DNA wrestlers are being given a free negotiation period from 10th July to 10th August to negotiate with the different brands in the DDT family if they want to move to somewhere other than DDT. So it is possible that BASARA, Ganbare☆Wrestling and maybe even Tokyo Joshi Pro can get a few wrestlers out of this deal. The intention will be to bring DNA back whenever DDT has a new crop of rookie wrestlers around to carry the brand.

Sanshiro Takagi said the original goal of DNA was to develop a new generation of pro wrestlers with the best of them moving up to DDT. What ended up happening is most of the DNA wrestlers became good enough to join the regular DDT roster anyway. Also the Maji Manji show has been giving the wrestlers a similar spotlight and has become more of a priority for DDT as their schedule fills up. Since there isn’t much difference between the two shows in their minds, it was decided that DNA had become redundant in its role for DDT.

Each of the current DNA wrestlers commented on the news. Yuki Ueno says he will work harder beginning in August when he is transferred to DDT. Kouki Iwasaki thinks it is a good time for him to step up because he does not want to stay stable. Kota Umeda is sad to see DNA disappear but is confident it will return some day to gather a new generation of wrestlers together. Shunma Katsumata always felt a bit lonely because he was already a DDT wrestler when DNA was launched. His focus is now on keeping the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles he currently holds with ALL OUT. MAO wants to work harder than ever from now on. He already had one foot out the door when he was a part of NωA. Mizuki Watase appreciates what DNA has done for him with all of the wrestlers he fought there. He had matches with Shinjiro Otani, Jun Kasai, Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka early in his wrestling career thanks to DNA. The injured Masato Kamino is aware of the changing environment so all he can do is be at his best when he returns. Nobuhiro Shimatani feels like he will stick with DDT but he is open to hear any offers from BASARA, Ganpro and even Tokyo Joshi. Daiki Shimomura will miss DNA but wants to think positively. Rekka will do his best without changing who he is. Yuki Iino also promises to do his best and sees DDT as a step up. Naomi Yoshimura isn’t going to act any differently whether he is in DDT or DNA. However he admits he will be laughing and crying at DNA’s remaining shows before it goes away.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #11” Results

July 10, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #11”, 10/07/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
220 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match: Danshoku Dieno defeated Rekka with the Danshoku Driver onto some Beer Cans (4:31).
0. NO TV Match: Akito defeated Yuki Ueno with a Reverse Figure 4 Leg Lock (5:44).
1. Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda defeated Shunma Katsumata & Kouki Iwasaki when Okuda submitted Iwasaki with the Sleeper Hold (7:45).
2. Daisuke Sasaki & Asuka defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Makoto Oishi when Asuka pinned Oishi with the Moonsault (6:49).
3. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie, Sammy Guevara & Facade defeated Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie and Keisuke Ishii, MAO & Daiki Shimomura when Guevara pinned Shimomura with the 630 Splash (8:43).
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal Survival Triathlon Rules: Konosuke Takeshita defeated KUDO (c), Toru Owashi, Masahiro Takanashi, Saki Akai, Nobuhiro Shimatani and Saori Anou (10:00).
4a. Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated KUDO (c) with a School Boy (1:28).
*Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 1,322nd champion.
4b. Saori Anou defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with the Fisherman Suplex (4:46).
*Saori Anou becomes the 1,323rd champion.
4c. Saki Akai defeated Saori Anou (c) with a Diving Cross Body (7:55).
*Saki Akai becomes the 1,324th champion.
4d. Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Saki Akai (c) with an Inside Cradle (8:01).
*Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 1,325th champion.
4e. Konosuke Takeshita defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster onto the Iron Man Title (9:08).
*Konosuke Takeshita becomes the 1,326th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Akari Suda defeated Konosuke Takeshita (c) by Referee Stoppage with an Octopus Hold (9:07 pm).
*Akari Suda becomes the 1,327th champion.
5. Kota Umeda “Mad Dog” 7 Match Series – 4th Match: Dick Togo defeated Kota Umeda with the Modified Cross Facelock (11:12).
6. DDT Extreme Title – Blindfolded Hidden Breasts Death Match: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Antonio Honda when he stripped off Honda’s bra (13:42).
*V3 for HARASHIMA.

Maybe it was skill or maybe it was blind luck but HARASHIMA defeated Antonio Honda in the Blindfold & Bra Match. At one point Honda rolled out of the ring and HARASHIMA tried to chase after him. Honda pulled the shirts off of Yuki Iino and Nobuhiro Shimatani when they stood too close to him. They were both wearing bras underneath even though it wasn’t mandatory for them to do so. Back in the ring Honda applied an Octopus Hold to HARASHIMA and succeeded in unhooking his bra. HARASHIMA defended himself well so Honda rolled him into a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch. That was a grave mistake because the positioning allowed HARASHIMA to unhook Honda’s bra and strip it right off him by kicking out of the hold, resulting in a victory for HARASHIMA! After the match he said he hasn’t decided on the next challenger for the DDT Extreme Title. For now his focus is on winning the KO-D Openweight Title from Shigehiro Irie on 22nd July!

Another good effort from Kota Umeda that just wasn’t enough in his latest match of the Mad Dog Trials. Dick Togo’s ring awareness allowed him to trap Umeda in the Cross Facelock several times. The one that made Umeda finally tap out was transitioned into a modified version of the move that looks similar to the Dick Killer. Togo thinks Umeda can still grow into becoming the so called “Mad Dog” that he claims to be but for now he is still in the stage where he should be establishing a style for himself. His advice to Umeda is to wrestle more and more because pro wrestling is more than a career, it’s an experience.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title was up for grabs in a 10 minute long Battle Royal. The champion KUDO had Masahiro Takanashi fighting by his side against the rest of the field but the chaos was too much to handle. Nobuhiro Shimatani found his moment to strike and he pinned KUDO with a School Boy to win the title. Everyone ganged up on him until Saori Anou found her spot to win the belt with a Fisherman Suplex. KUDO had a change of heart and decided to protect Anou by fending off those who attacked her including including his friends Takanashi and Saki Akai. Anou didn’t appreciate KUDO’s aid and she kicked him out of the ring. She got into a back and forth with Akai until Akai pinned her with a Diving Cross Body. Shimatani got the title back with a Small Package with two minutes left to go. Konosuke Takeshita made his presence felt by giving Shimatani a Brainbuster onto the title belt. Takeshita got the pin and stayed as champion for the final minute of the match.

The Battle Royal was over but there were still people who wanted the Iron Man Title. Yuki Iino tried to pin Takeshita with a School Boy outside the ring but he kicked out. Danshoku Dieno then ran out and gave Takeshita the Lip Lock in the ring. He went for the pin but Sanshiro Takagi suddenly broke it up by throwing a chair at Dieno! Takagi invited this week’s special guest Akari Suda from SKE48 down to the ring so she can become the champion! Yukinori Matsui was against the idea but immediately changed his mind when Suda shook his hand. Takagi gave Takeshita a Stunner then Suda locked him into the Ocotpus Hold, the dreaded finishing move of World Idol Pro Wrestling star Octopus Suda! Takeshita clearly did not give up but Matsui ruled he was knocked out and rewarded the Iron Man Title to Suda! Takagi warned Suda that she may be attacked by people who want the championship at any time. Suda asked Takagi if he can protect her if that is the case.

The 3 Way Trios match wasn’t held under Hardcore rules but MAO still used a plastic toy hammer on some of his opponents during the match. Sammy Guevara and Facade ran circles around the rest of the participants and floored them all with dives out of the ring. Guevara then finished off Daiki Shimomura with the 630 Splash to give Irie-gun the victory. Tetsuya Endo wants MAO to know that their KO-D Tag Team Titles match on 22nd July won’t be a Hardcore match so he better leave the weapons at home. Mad Paulie stole some pictures of Facade from the merch stand. Endo scolded Paulie until he found a picture of Saori Anou among them.

The BIG LOVE between Daisuke Sasaki and Asuka is strong for the most part. Well there was that moment when Sasaki accidentally hit Asuka with a Clothesline but that honestly was an accident. Asuka recovered and countered Makoto Oishi’s Miracle Ecstasy into a Choke Slam of her own. She then pinned Oishi with the Moonsault. Sasaki begged Asuka to forgive him after the match. What he did was the biggest tragedy of this century and he promised to never do it again. Asuka said “BIG LOVE!” to Sasaki and they hugged. When asked about their upcoming singles match against each other at Korakuen Hall, Sasaki told everyone to look forward to it because they will show love to each other in the ring.

With the future of DNA up in the air, the Naomi Kingdom are looking to the future and it involves finishing off their rivals on the final show. Keisuke Okuda doesn’t care where they end up because he isn’t afraid of anything. If all of the juniors below him have fear then they should stop wrestling. Naomi Yoshimura wants to take down Yuki Ueno once and for all before DNA is done. After that he will be free to do what he wants whether it is in DDT, DNA or anywhere else in the company.

Akito’s submission skills got him out of a jam. He reversed a Figure 4 Leg Lock from Yuki Ueno to grab the victory.

Danshoku Dieno didn’t let his one show suspension from the main Maji Manji card let him down. He came out for his dark match with cans of beer ready to get the crowd fired up! He was also drinking to promote the Beer Garden shows taking place in August. He invited Rekka to join in the fun and they both wrestled while drinking. It got a bit out of control when they spat beer with each other and used the beer cans as weapons.