DDT Pro Acquired By CyberAgent

September 22, 2017

It was announced today that DDT Pro Wrestling has been acquired by CyberAgent, the company behind the AbemaTV online streaming service. DDT will continue to do business as a subsidiary of CyberAgent and there is no change to the company name or its organisational structure. Sanshiro Takagi will continue his role as president of DDT. In addition the director of CyberAgent Takahiro Yamauchi will now become the director of DDT.

The deal between DDT and CyberAgent was made on 1st September when DDT transferred 100% of its outstanding shares to CyberAgent. The amount of money it cost has not been made public. Sanshiro Takagi commented on the deal by saying he wants to increase awareness of DDT, make it more appealing and aim for further expansion of the business. CyberAgent’s statement on their website mentions “the professional wrestling boom in recent years” being a reason why they are adding DDT content to the AbemaTV service.

All of the DDT spin offs are included in the acquisition so BASARA, DNA, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Wrestling will also have their content appearing on AbemaTV. The first live show on the service will be this Sunday’s “WHO’S GONNA TOP?” event in Korakuen Hall. It will be free to all site members and registration to the website is free too. A special announcement about DDT’s future will be revealed during the show. Takagi promises DDT will continue to provide more of the fun, intense and dramatic stories that they are known for.

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Right, so with that out of the way, I should probably give an opinion on this. Well, it’s been about 12 hours since the news came out and I still don’t know what to make of it. I hope DDT gets to continue doing all the stuff that makes it DDT. Everything announced so far isn’t ringing any alarm bells. Takagi is still president, the only change to the structure is the addition of a director and there’s now an extra service DDT gets to be a part of. Doesn’t sound like any drastic changes are in the works. But that’s what is only announced so far and it sounds like there is more news to come on Sunday. Companies don’t get purchased just to continue being run the same way.

I’m in the dark about AbemaTV and its influence over in Japan. Some comments I’ve been able to make out on a few Japanese sites sound like it’s a big enough deal to be compared to Bushiroad buying New Japan. But my limited understanding of the company isn’t enough to figure out how accurate that claim is. Plus there have been plenty of times when a wrestling company expects to reach new levels with their broadcast deals only for them to fizzle out in demoralising ways (speaking of that, what crazy timing of this news to come out by the way).

Maybe it will work out. As mentioned above, AbemaTV wants in on the pro wrestling scene as it is on an upswing in Japan. There’s a good revival going on being led by NJPW with Dragon Gate behind them. DDT I reckon is third and All Japan are doing a wonderful job recovering from what was an absolute wreck a few years ago. Hopefully NOAH can find a way back to their feet. DDT has been constantly looking at ways to grow by being different to everyone else. The variety of projects on offer is probably what helped made DDT appealing to CyberAgent. Personally I didn’t think much of Tokyo Joshi when it began but that thing has grown far above my expectations. DNA scratches that itch I get for watching new wrestlers develop show by show. BASARA I think is struggling because its small roster often makes their shows repetitive but it offers a different change of pace from DDT. Ganpuro is the little rascal I can’t help but give a pat on its head to every once in a while.

For us outside of Japan, your guess is as good as mine in regards to how or even if we’ll get effected by this. There was no mention about DDT UNIVERSE in any of the statements. Can that service coincide with the AbemaTV deal? I don’t expect my enjoyment to change anyhow. The role of this blog is staying the same. Crazy things in DDT will continue to happen. I will want to continue describing them to you. People in the company will continue to be confused as to why a stranger in Ireland has made this his hobby. Such is life. Wrestling is weird. Have fun with it.

With that said, I’m crossing my fingers this acquisition will work out.

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DDT “TOKYO GAME SHOW 2017 – 4GAMER.NET X DDT – DAY 2” Results

September 22, 2017

DDT “TOKYO GAME SHOW 2017 – 4GAMER.NET X DDT – DAY 2”, 22/09/2017
Chiba Makuhari Messe – 4Gamer.net Booth
??? Fans

1. Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani & Yuki Ino when Higuchi submitted Shimatani with the Canadian Backbreaker (11:55).
2. Naomi Yoshimura defeated Masato Kamino with a Lariat (8:47).
-. Fire Pro Edit Match: HARASHIMA Vs Rekka ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
3. HARASHIMA defeated Rekka with the Somato (8:02).
4. Danshoku Dino & Royce Isaacs defeated Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when Dino pinned Ueno with the Danshoku Driver (11:35).
5. KUDO, Soma Takao & Yoshihiko defeated Keisuke Ishii, Makoto Oishi & Cherry when Yoshihiko pinned Oishi with the Reincarnation (1:22).

Report to come soon.


DDT “TOKYO GAME SHOW 2017 – 4GAMER.NET X DDT – DAY 1” Results

September 22, 2017

DDT “TOKYO GAME SHOW 2017 – 4GAMER.NET X DDT – DAY 1”, 21/09/2017
Chiba Makuhari Messe – 4Gamer.net Booth
??? Fans

1. Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima defeated Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko when Sakazaki pinned Takigawa with the Magical Girl Splash (10:40).
2. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Masahiro Takanashi & Yuki Ueno when Endo pinned Ueno with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (9:42).
3. Antonio Honda defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch (7:18).
4. Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Mizuki Watase & Daiki Shimomura when Takeshita submitted Shimomura with a Dragon Sleeper (7:03).
5. Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Takato Nakano when Kodaka pinned Nakano with the Diving Double Knee Drop (10:21).

Day 1 of DDT’s trip to the Tokyo Game Show was headlined by a BASARA match. The bout was sponsored by the upcoming Switch title “Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes” and featured an appearance by the game’s creator Suda 51. He entered the ring to “Real American”. Isami Kodaka told Suda that he usually brings a sword into the ring with him but did not have one today. So he asked Suda if he could borrow a beam katana from him. Suda didn’t have one with him. Kodaka then asked him to rank the wrestlers in the United Assassins Association as he commentated on the match. Kodaka appealed to Suda’s wrestling tastes by doing the Pro Wrestling LOVE pose, hitting the Shining Wizard and calling out Bruiser Brody when he did the match winning Diving Double Knee Drop. Afterwards Suda told Kodaka they will work out a way for him to be referenced in “Travis Strikes Again”. Suda’s idea is to use an existing Fire Pro Wrestling name for his character. So when you play the game look out for Blade Musha (or Blade Warrior), the son of Isami!

Match #4 was a collaboration with “Ryu Ga Gotoku Kiwami 2” (“Yakuza Kiwami 2”) and “Hokuto Ga Gotoku”, the Fist of the North Star game being made by the same team. The series producer revealed that Kiwami 2 will feature appearances by Riki Choshu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Genichiro Tenryu, Keiji Muto and Masahiro Chono. The DDT wrestlers all asked if they could be in the game too. Danshoku Dino encouraged all of them to use the games as inspiration for their match to impress the producer. Mizuki Watase & Daiki Shimomura brought chairs into the ring and acted like gangsters while Konosuke Takeshita and Diego unleashed their inner dragons to fight them off. Takeshita especially took some moves from Fujinami’s moveset, obviously including the ones with Dragon in the name, to win the match. The producer was impressed but sadly the game is too late in its development to add in any more characters. However there will be a performance audition taking place for “Hokuto Ga Gotoku” in the future. Takeshita mentioned he is exactly the same height and weight as the main character Kenshiro. He said he’ll go to the audition with the goal of becoming a hidden character in the game.

Before Match #3 began, Danshoku Dino spoke about playing “LovePlus EVERY”. He asked Antonio Honda and Nobuhiro Shimatani who their favourite girls are in the games. Their answers led to them arguing over who was better and it led into their match. Dino calmed things down after the match by telling Honda and Shimomura that they can both download their favourite girls in LovePlus EVERY. Yes, this match was product placement.

Nonoko made sure to find the location of the Bushiroad booth and had it in her line of sight when she did the Boinmaker in her match.


DDT “FACTORY WRESTLING IN MIYAJI IRON WORKS 2017” Results

September 20, 2017

DDT “FACTORY WRESTLING IN MIYAJI IRON WORKS 2017”, 20/09/2017
Miyagi Iron Works
230 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

KO-D Tag Team Titles – Factory Pro Wrestling Match: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dino when Marufuji pinned Dino with the Forklift Shiranui (27:21).
*V1 for HarashiMarufuji.

DDT’s visit to the Miyagi Iron Works began with an appearance by Gota Ihashi. He approached the truck loading platform and positioned himself as if he was making a wish to a shrine. He said he felt nervous like he was having his debut wrestling match all over again. He then entertained the fans with some stories. When he finished, NωA took over and performed a mini concert.

With the pre-show out of the way, it was time for the main attraction. HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji put the KO-D Tag Team Titles on the line against Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dino in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Takagi wanted to square off with Marufuji to start the match. He shook his hand and welcomed him to Factory Pro Wrestling. They exchanged holds and Marufuji quickly discovered how dirty he was going to get just from rolling on the ground.

HARASHIMA and Dino both tagged in and soon the match broke down into a free for all. Marufuji stepped back in to Chop Dino a few times. Takagi grabbed a shovel, scooped up some lime powder and threw it at Marufuji. HARASHIMA did the same to Dino. An angry Marufuji joined in and swung the shovel of powder at the challengers as much as he could. At this point all four wrestlers looked as white as ghosts. The heat from the powder also made them rush around to try and cool down.

Next, Marufuji chased Takagi up a crane to the scaffold. Up there, they tried to push each other off. HARASHIMA followed but his foot slipped on the ladder and he was left hanging upside down by his legs. Dino attacked the defenceless HARASHIMA until Marufuji climbed down to rescue him. Meanwhile the referee Yukinori Matsui was stuck at the top of the crane. His fear of heights got the better of him. Back on the ground, Marufuji tried to get him down by shaking and kicking the crane.

Dino brought Marufuji away from the crane and went to give him the Lip Lock. Marufuji’s attendant Junta Miyawaki stopped him but he was given the Lip Lock instead. Takagi returned to the scene on his Combat Bicycle, hitting HARASHIMA with a Lariat. Marufuji stopped Takagi in his tracks with a kick then robbed the bicycle. Marufuji cycled into Takagi and Dino, striking them down with Horizontal Chops. However he lost control and crashed into Shunma Katsumata and MAO.

Dino grabbed Marufuji and ordered Katsumata and MAO to climb up some nearby vending machines. They did so and both Moonsaulted onto everyone below. Takagi was the first to recover and he grabbed a trash can filled with bottle caps. He emptied the can over HARASHIMA.

Takagi told Marufuji he will taste an attack he had never tasted before over at “The Ark”. This turned out to be a blast from a fire extinguisher. HARASHIMA came to the rescue with his arms covered with traffic cones. He spun around hoping to strike everyone with the cones but Takagi sprayed him with the extinguisher.

The match found its way over to the roadside where Takagi and Marufuji found a truck with Gota Ihashi sitting inside it. Takagi ordered Ihashi to set up a table and a ladder next to the truck. Takagi sprayed Marufuji again and placed him on the table. He climbed up the ladder but in the meantime, Marufuji got off the table and put Ihashi in his place. Takagi didn’t noticed and dove off the ladder, crushing Ihashi through the table instead of Marufuji!

Back inside the factory, Dino found a hose and cleaned the powder off both himself and Takagi. Dino again tried to give Marufuji the Lip Lock, telling him his love from over the years will finally bloom. Marufuji fought him off with Chops. Takagi threw some chairs into a pile next to the truck. He tried to give HARASHIMA a Brainbuster from the truck to the pile but Marufuji stopped him by jamming a chair up his backside. Takagi fell back onto the pile and HARASHIMA dove onto him with the Somato. HARASHIMA went for the pin but Dino cut him off at two. Dino finally caught Marufuji with the Lip Lock but Marufuji kicked out of it.

Dino ordered Makoto Oishi to hold Marufuji while he got in the Hell Gate position on a forklift. The forklift moved up and down, making Dino do the Danshoku Nightmare on Marufuji. HARASHIMA returned with a traffic cone and he jammed it up Dino’s backside as the forklift descended. Marufuji found a road sign nearby. He threw it to Dino and when he caught it, Marufuji smashed the sign into Dino’s face with a Jumping Knee Attack. Marufuji then gave Dino the Shiranui off of the forklift to bring an end to the match. HARASHIMA & Marufuji are still the KO-D Tag Team Champions!

After the match HARASHIMA was full of positivity over Marufuji’s first Street Wrestling match. He called Marufuji a “truly flashing genius” and he couldn’t believe how well he did for his first time doing something like this. Marufuji said he felt a bit sticky but he & HARASHIMA showed everyone how powerful they are together no matter what the situation is. Their celebration was cut short when another forklift drove into the area.

The truck stopped and all of Shuten-dōji were on it. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi were standing on the platform while Yukio Sakaguchi was in the driver’s seat. Takanashi congratulated the champions on their victory then challenged them to a title match. He said Marufuji’s chops cannot compare to KUDO & Sakaguchi’s kicks. He wants KUDO & Sakaguchi to be the next challengers. Sakaguchi caught Takanashi by surprise by admitting he wasn’t interested in going after the Tag Titles right now. This time, Sakaguchi wants to see Takanashi team with KUDO and go for the titles together. KUDO agreed. A confused Takanashi didn’t know what to do and told Sakaguchi to drive away but he didn’t. HARASHIMA & Marufuji accepted the challenge and agreed to put the titles on the line on 9th October when Marufuji is next available to wrestle for DDT. Marufuji then revealed he had stolen Takanashi’s phone and portable wi-fi device. Takanashi tried to save face by saying he didn’t need them, then finally convinced Sakaguchi to drive away. The champions finished their victory speech to close out the show. They are HarashiMarufuji! They will let the wind blow all over the world! Why? Because they train!


DDT “WRESTLING OKEHAZAMA 2017” Results

September 18, 2017

DDT “WRESTLING OKEHAZAMA 2017”, 18/09/2017
Nagoya City North Sports Center
300 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Shunma Katsumata & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata when Katsumata pinned Hirata with a Double Stomp (8:08).
2. 38 Year Old Wrestler Trial 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie defeated Kazusada Higuchi and Makoto Oishi when Paulie pinned Oishi with the Paulie Buster (5:57).
3. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Mike Bailey, MAO & Diego when KUDO pinned MAO with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:51).
4. Legendary Man Jet Resurrected Here! Nagoya Specialty 6-Man Tag Match – Technical Jet Rules: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Shogo Takagi defeated Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Antonio Honda when Takagi pinned Honda with the Technical Jet (13:10).
5. From Nagoya World! Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Soma Takao with the Beast Bomber (12:23).
6. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Akito when Sasaki pinned Takeshita with the Sasaki Hurricanrana (16:01).

Daisuke Sasaki avenged yesterday’s result by pinning Konosuke Takeshita in today’s main event. Sasaki caught Takeshita with his flash Hurricanrana for the sudden three count. After the match Sasaki said that yesterday he borrowed from Ken Ohka but today he gave it back. He offered a handshake to Takeshita and convinced him that today he is different. Of course, he was lying and he kicked Takeshita between the legs during the handshake. Sasaki taunted Takeshita for not knowing any better then said he values the DDT Extreme Title over the KO-D Openweight Title.

I think this is Shigehiro Irie’s final DDT show before his next tour of America. He won his last match and is still on good terms with his opponent Soma Takao. Irie said it is important for both of their generation to grow up. He knows he will grow stronger in America and he hopes Takao will grow stronger too while he is gone. Then they can fight again when Irie comes home.

Disaster BOX were reunited to celebrate the return of Shogo “Jet” Takagi to a DDT ring. HARASHIMA marked the occasion by wearing his old Disaster BOX gear (which was pretty much the Darkside HERO! costume without the mask). Danshoku Dino said after ten years he and Takagi will get to settle their grudge. He then suggested the match to be fought under Technical Jet Rules. The winner is the first wrestler to use Takagi’s wind up punch finisher. It is necessary for the person to do four punches and yell “Jet!” during each punch. Then they had to wind up the fifth punch and hit it to win. Takagi and Antonio Honda got into a duel between Jet Punches and Bionic Elbows. It ended with Takagi coming out on top and hitting the final punch to win the match for Disaster BOX. HARASHIMA said in the post match speech that when he was in Disaster BOX he took part in more serious matches. But it was a pleasure to have fun with his old friends again.

Kazuki Hirata was accompanied by members of AED Medical Pro Wrestling in the opening match. The group promotes medical care through pro wrestling and music.


DDT “DRAMATIC MOMOTARO DENSETSU 2017” Results

September 17, 2017

DDT “DRAMATIC MOMOTARO DENSETSU 2017”, 17/09/2017
Okayama Mirai Hall
309 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (9:33).
2. OPG Offer 6-Man Tag Match: Gota Ihashi, Great Mutiger & Shun-mise defeated Tomoya Uehara, Jerry K & ZAKA when Mutiger pinned ZAKA with the Liger Bomb (8:53).
3. Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Bailey pinned Iwasaki with the Ultima Weapon (10:37).
4. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match ~ Nodoka-oneesan’s 2nd Regional Triumph!: Nodoka-oneesan defeated Azusa Takigawa with the Back Flip (9:29).
5. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when Dino pinned Honda with the Danshoku Driver (10:59).
*Kurashiki City becomes a Gay Town.
6. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated HARASHIMA & Soma Takao when Takanashi pinned Takao with the Takatonic (11:27).
7. Okayama Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Takeshita pinned Sasaki with the Surprise Rose (17:03).

Daisuke Sasaki took a page out of Ken Ohka’s book and used the Spear to try and beat Konosuke Takeshita. He hit his target and latched on the Cross Facelock but Takeshita escaped the hold. It went worse for Sasaki as Tetsuya Endo’s Overhead Kick intended for Takeshita missed and hit Sasaki instead. Takeshita then pinned Sasaki with the Surprise Rose. Sasaki said backstage he was misled into thinking that copying Ohka was a good idea.

Masahiro Takanashi countered Soma Takao’s Gin And Tonic into a Manjigatame. He then shuffled around and turned the move into the Takatonic to pin him. Afterwards, Takanashi threw in his support for KUDO to beat HARASHIMA later this month.

Kurashiki City is the latest area to be transformed into a Gay Town by Danshoku Dino’s success in wrestling matches. He asked everyone in the audience who lives in Kurashiki to raise their hand. He then told them to eat dumplings off each other’s crotches. Dino then warned that next year his target will be the nearby city of Tsuyama.


DDT “NOBUHIRO SHIMATANI TRIUMPH BOX OFFICE! DRAMATIC DREAM TOTTEN 2017” Results

September 16, 2017

DDT “NOBUHIRO SHIMATANI TRIUMPH BOX OFFICE! DRAMATIC DREAM TOTTEN 2017”, 16/09/2017
Yamaguchi Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki
160 Fans

1. Tetsuya Endo defeated Gota Ihashi with a Crab Hold (7:30).
2. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Sakaguchi pinned Hirata with the PK (9:21).
3. Shigehiro Irie & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Mike Bailey & MAO when Irie pinned MAO with the Beast Bomber (9:33).
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata when Ishii pinned Oishi with the Tiger Suplex.
*Shimonoseki becomes a Gay Town.
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when Paulie pinned Honda with the Paulie Buster (12:16).
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani Regional Triumph! Shimonoseki Specialty 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Takeshita pinned Shimatani with a Diving Body Press (14:56).

The spotlight was on Nobuhiro Shimatani today as DDT visited his hometown of Shimonoseki. With Smile Squash helping him out, Shimatani was given the opportunity to fight ALL OUT in the main event. But sadly it ended in defeat. Konosuke Takeshita took all Shimatani had to offer like the Fisherman Buster and Standing Shooting Star Press. Takeshita fired back with Big Boots, Lariats, Brainbusters and a Diving Body Press that Shimatani could not kick out of. Takeshita told everyone afterwards that Shimatani was originally a trainee in the same class as himself but ran away. He didn’t see him again until DDT’s first visit to Saitama Super Arena in 2015. He encouraged Shimatani to train with DDT again. Since then Shimatani got to debut under the DNA banner and now today he is in the main event in his hometown and gets to have the final word. Shimatani apologised to the fans for losing. He promises to become stronger when he returns.

When Antonio Honda put Daisuke Sasaki in a submission hold, he grabbed a microphone and constantly asked Sasaki to give up. Sasaki kept saying similar sounding words to annoy him. Honda later accidentally hit Kazusada Higuchi with the Bionic Elbow. Higuchi was too dazed to stop Mad Paulie from pinning Honda with the Paulie Buster.

Danshoku Dino’s victory today means he now gets to call Shimonoseki a Gay Town. He told the audience that Shimonoseki is now famous for five products: Pufferfish, Sea Urchins, Anko Paste, Whale Meat and Gay. Please go and taste all of them!