DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~” Preview

August 17, 2017

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~”, 20/08/2017
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. King Of Dark Title – Street Pro Wrestling Extra Edition! Gota Ihashi Ryogoku 5 Game Series: Gota Ihashi (c) Vs Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno, Dai Suzuki, X & X
0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Masato Kamino Vs Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura
0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Tetsuya Koda (c) Vs Miyu Yamashita Vs Syoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki Vs Nonoko Vs Rika Tatsumi Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuu Vs Nodoka-oneesan Vs Maho Kurone Vs Marika Kobashi Vs Yuna Manase Vs Mizuki Vs Cherry
1. Yuki Ino Debut Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ino Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
2. KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko Vs Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka
3. Ikemen Vs Idol! Handsome Humanity Battle: Jiro Kuroshio Vs Shunma Katsumata
4. Special 4 Way Tag Match: Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii Vs Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda
6. DDT 20th Anniversary Weapons Rumble – All Rights Contra Marriage: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino
7. DDT Extreme Title – Cabellera Contra Cabellera: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Akito
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji
9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

The main show airs live on DDT UNIVERSE on Sunday 20th August at 3:00pm JST, 7:00am GMT, 2:00am ET and Saturday 11:00pm PT.

I was a guest on the Burning Spirits podcast this week to preview the show. The episode can be heard here.

Now that the 20 year celebrations are mostly done with it’s time to return to Neverland for DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017”! A lot has happened since Saitama Super Arena. DDT went viral for their portrayal of Donald Trump (even getting featured on @midnight), for having a Battle Royal on a moving train and for booking the Tokyo Dome for an Empty Arena Match. We’ve had the new generation establishing themselves in the main event and even got one to reveal his entire tragic life story because he believed it was all the champion’s fault.

So what’s in store for Sumo Hall this time? The show is headlined by the definitive rivalry of modern DDT, the previous ace teams with the ace of NOAH for tag team glory, hair will be chopped off, the company is put on the line against a wrestler’s romantic life (or lack thereof), two handsome men face off, multiple championships are on the line including a brand new 10-Man Tag Team Title, a new strong lad debuts and there will be some free for all brawls spread around the building.

?. Maybe A Dark Match: Kendo Kashin Vs Mitsuo Momota or Chikara

We’re going to start off with something weird that has been developing over the last week but has been simmering in the background for months. Kendo Kashin is an ideas guy and he never lets something like common sense or reality limit his plans. For his appearances in DNA and Ganbare☆Wrestling during the year, Kashin often threw out challenges for a 5 Vs 5 Elimination match to be held on this event’s pre-show with Kashin’s team representing IGF NEW. Nobody took the challenges seriously. Then this past week at the Ganbare☆Climax, Kashin got into confrontations with Mitsuo Momota. The tension between them raised so high that Kashin is now claiming he got permission from DDT to fight Momota inside Sumo Hall on the morning of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017”, at 6:30am to be precise. DDT denies this and also revealed that they do not get access to the building until 7:00am. But DDT is interested in doing some sort of dark match featuring Kashin and Momota. They are, as of this writing, negotiating with both wrestlers to organise a match to take place outside the venue at 6:30am. Momota thinks it is a difficult task for him to commit to but his son Chikara has offered to take his spot. Kashin has also demanded Bomber Saito to be the referee. Momota is against that idea because he knows Kashin and Saito went to the same high school together so there is no guarantee Saito will be neutral. If this match goes ahead does this mean the bout will be a Dawn Match instead of a Dark Match?

0. King Of Dark Title – Street Pro Wrestling Extra Edition! Gota Ihashi Ryogoku 5 Game Series: Gota Ihashi Vs Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno, Dai Suzuki, X & X

Whenever DDT runs in Sumo Hall they can’t help but take the action out of the ring and even out of the building. Gota Ihashi is still cursed to fight for DDT only on the pre-shows because of his status as the King Of Dark Champion. At least DDT is giving him a bunch of opportunities to get rid of it. The rules for his upcoming challenge have not been explained yet but it looks to be a 5 match Gauntlet series, all of them being Falls Count Anywhwere. Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno and Dai Suzuki are the only opponents revealed so far but the remaining two entries have been kept secret. I have predictions for who they will be. Maybe one of them can be Jun Kasai because he has a habit of showing up for these kind of matches whenever DDT produces them, either as a participant or by getting in the way while working another job. And what if the other was Kota Ibushi? The DDT Falls Count Anywhere matches are right up his alley. Also Ibushi’s first wrestling match after the G1 Climax being a Falls Count Anywhere dark match for DDT in Sumo Hall is the most Kota Ibushi decision he could ever make. I mean yeah, the drama surrounding his relationship with Kenny Omega is captivating and all but you know his desire to Moonsault off of the Ryogoku balcony again is too strong to resist.

Now watch me be wrong and the two mystery wrestlers turn out to be Kendo Kashin and Mitsuo Momota making another appearance.

0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Masato Kamino Vs Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura

Not much to go on for this mixture of veteran lowcard and DNA wrestlers. Masato Kamino is the freshest face in the match after only debuting on 5th August. He’s trying to grab attention immediately by wearing a lavish entrance jacket that is allegedly worth 100,000 yen. Tomomitsu Matsunaga reclaimed his Sumo King throne during Beer Garden week. Nobuhiro Shimatani has been the butt of many jokes throughout the year. It remains to be seen if this is just rookie hazing or if this will be his role in DDT from now on. Hoshitango has had a quiet year, sticking to appearances for the more significant shows on the calendar. On the other side Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura have all been hard at work in building up DNA. Diego has the highest profile of all four by being a part of the ALL OUT stable. Watase has shown that when you remove him from last year’s romantic soap opera he has solidly improved in the ring. Rekka sadly missed an opportunity to grab the spotlight when his DDT show in Taiwan had to be cancelled. Shimomura has been able to climb a small step above his generational counterpart Shimatani.

0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Tetsuya Koda (c) Vs Miyu Yamashita Vs Syoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki Vs Nonoko Vs Rika Tatsumi Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuu Vs Nodoka-oneesan Vs Maho Kurone Vs Marika Kobashi Vs Yuna Manase Vs Mizuki Vs Cherry

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title found its way to Tokyo Joshi Pro when the zombie girl Maho Kurone ended Joey Ryan’s international title reigns. Since then the belt did its thing and made its way through the roster until Cherry surprisingly got involved and won the title. Until now Cherry has had little to nothing to do with Tokyo Joshi, at least publicly as far as I know. But her determination to be the Iron Man Champion led her to show up and win the belt. So when it looked like Cherry would be the defending champion going into this Battle Royal she lost the belt to the brand’s general manager Tetsuya Koda at a fan club event. Koda claims that he wanted to guarantee the title would be staying in Tokyo Joshi and he would have passed the belt over to one of the girls. However he thinks all of them are equally cute so he couldn’t decide who deserves it most. His solution is to keep the belt for himself! It later turns out that Koda is going to a handshaking event starring singer Maria Makino later this month and he wants to impress her with a nice, shiny championship belt wrapped around him. Unfortunately for Koda, him being the champion means that he now qualifies as an active wrestler and he must enter the Battle Royal to defend the title! Further more, the joshi are pissed that he looked past all of them for a hopeless attempt at impressing some singer.

1. Yuki Ino Debut Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ino Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno

Yuki Ino is the latest in the growing line of DDT rookies to debut on the big stage. The 22 year old university rugby player had several opportunities from other sports on offer but he chose instead to go with pro wrestling. He is pretty strong with reports that he can bench press 205kg, dead lift 300kg and leg press 560kg. He bragged about smashing past the opposition on the rugby pitch and he will do the same in the ring. The kind of attitude might not mesh with another big ego standing on the other side, like say Naomi Yoshimura. The young brute is throwing bodies aside so he can claim to be the new ace of DNA. Now that somebody else of his size has entered the fray things will get interesting indeed.

2. KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko Vs Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka

I have one word for this: Overkill. You noticed how many wrestling promotions have established 6-Man Tag Team Titles recently? New Japan, DDT, Big Japan, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground have all established such championships in the last couple of years. Dragon Gate has always had them so they can get away with it. Then the zombie corpse of FMW decided to come up with an 8-Man Tag Team Championship last year that has since vanished because, well, what do you expect from Atsushi Onita (Not a singles match that’s for sure)? Well, DDT decided to up the ante once more and create the KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles! This probably came about after watching too much Super Sentai because the title belts follow a similar colour scheme. Red, blue, yellow, green and pink belts are on the line for the winners. And what a line-up of insanity DDT has decided to bring in for the two teams!

Toru Owashi is the captain of the side featuring Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko. Hirata has spent the year in muted limbo because his entrance song could not be used on DDT UNIVERSE. He was also deported from Japan and replaced by his Italian cousin Hirata Collection A.T. The cousin’s entrance song was also muted so he was no improvement. When Hirata returned he was told to record his own version of “TOKYO GO!”. Lo and behold he pulled it off! Joey Ryan is coming off of a heated feud with Daisuke Sasaki over pictures of his wife Laura James. Saki Akai’s been making allies with foreigners, learning English to team with them and serving beer inside an empty Tokyo Dome. She also has the right to be DDT general manager for a day. Yoshihiko has just been laying around doing its own thing.

The other team is being led by Makoto Oishi and mostly have a flair for live performances. LiLiCo returns to DDT after her romantic life within the company last year went haywire. Lady Beard hasn’t wrestled in DDT much this year but is always ready to sing his heart out. Super Sasadango Machine will undoubtedly have a PowerPoint presentation ready. Ken Ohka is coming in fresh off of winning the Ganbare☆Climax in his home promotion Ganbare☆Wrestling. There are so many questions to ask. Who will win? Will either team get along? Does Ken Ohka still have his “FUCK” hat? Can the belts combine to form a Megazord? Will this championship have a longer shelf life than the WWE UK Title? Who knows?

3. Ikemen Vs Idol! Handsome Humanity Battle: Jiro Kuroshio Vs Shunma Katsumata

We have two charmers here. The kind of people who light up any room they enter. Even though Shunma Katsumata got his start in DDT he first trained to wrestle in the dojo ran by the SMASH promotion. He never got to debut for them and he left before the company fell apart. Juro Kuroshio was also in that dojo and he did get his debut match. From their the two youngsters split apart. Kuroshio stayed with SMASH as it transformed into Wrestling New Classic, then when that went bust he jumped to WRESTLE-1 and became the lovable Ikemen he is today. Katsumata went to DDT where he was among the first generation of DNA wrestlers for the brand’s launch. He then became a pop idol as part of NωA. Now fate has brought them back together in a battle of handsome men. Kuroshio’s jacket Vs Katsumata’s singing. It’s possible Kuroshio’s entrance could last longer than the match. He likes to milk the chants by running through the audience and Sumo Hall is a big building.

4. Special 4 Way Tag Match: Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii Vs Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao

Four teams are thrown together, maybe we’ll get some No. 1 Contenders out of it. Keisuke Ishii removed a ghost from his past by going back to the All Japan Dojo he left many years ago to train with Kaz Hayashi. He was taught how to properly use Hayashi’s finisher the Final Cut but he has yet to use it in DDT. Isami Kodaka has been busy running Pro Wrestling BASARA but he is stopping by with his usual Yankii Ni Cho Kenji partner Yuko Miyamoto. Miyamoto is here as part of Smile Squash for the upcoming Dramatic General Election so he’ll be looking for fan votes. Mike Bailey became cocky when he won a Right To Challenge Contract but has been a bit aimless when his cash in left him empty handed. He teamed with MAO once in July and are teaming again here. Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao seems to be a random pairing. Takao is still undefeated at “PETER PAN” with an 8-0 record. But given the number of teams in this match it is the biggest threat yet to his streak. Like I said earlier, I expect the winners will be chasing after a tag team championship afterwards.

5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda

Maybe I shouldn’t have trashed the idea of trios championships earlier. Then I look at the title history and see that Shuten-dōji became 6 time champions in the space of 3 years. If it wasn’t for the Iron Man Title, this right here would be the hot potato of DDT. Still, a championship is worth fighting for (King Of Dark excluded) and the challenging team are no slouches. Dick Togo is back for a special appearance with two of his guys. Yasu Urano is no longer affiliated with DDT but still shows up for shows like these. Antonio Honda is here to talk about Gon, The Little Fox. What is Gon’s story anyway? Maybe I can fill out the rest of this preview with the tale and hope that nobody would notice.



You know what, I just looked it up and it’s best that I don’t tell it. Poor Gon, he only wanted to help…

6. DDT 20th Anniversary Weapons Rumble – All Rights Contra Marriage: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino

Something drastic needed to be done for this special celebration of DDT’s 20 years of existence. Two of DDT’s most important figures will clash and the stakes are as high as they could be for both of them. Sanshiro Takagi has done it all. He created DDT and over two decades built it up to where they now run buildings the size of Sumo Hall on an annual basis. He even got to headline the Tokyo Dome this year… in an empty arena match. Anyway despite his hard work paying off, somebody out there thinks a better job can be done. Danshoku Dino believes Takagi has taken DDT as far as he can and it’s time for a new leader to take over. Dino should be that leader. So his stipulation is simple. If Dino beats Takagi, Dino takes over DDT! In order for this to go ahead, Takagi had to think of something for Dino to do if he lost. Inspiration struck when Takagi had a private conversation with Dino’s mother. Dino turned 40 years old this year he is still single. His mother is worried that he will live the rest of his life alone because there are not that many gay wrestlers available for him to date. A lightbulb went off inside Takagi’s head and he promised to help her. If Takagi beats Dino then Dino must go and get married!

So those are the stakes. One man’s wrestling empire against another man’s bachelorhood. Such an important match needs important rules so DDT is bringing back the Weapon Rumble. Takagi is a veteran of the match facing The Great Sasuke in 2009, Minoru Suzuki in 2012 and Michael Nakazawa in 2014. Every few minutes a weapon is introduced to the match. What it is could be anything. Bicycles, a castle of chairs, boiling hot stew, giant mechanical fists and most importantly of all, famous wrestlers from outside of DDT could appear. Expect a couple of unpredictable cameos in this match.

DDT are already coming up with ideas if Dino loses and has to get married. Top of the pile is “Danshoku Terrace House”, a reality show where Dino is forced to live in a house with a bunch of other people from all around the world until he picks a partner. Another idea is “Danshoku Bachelor” where 25 men and women compete for Dino’s affections. Both DDT UNIVERSE and Samurai TV! are interested in getting the rights to the show.

7. DDT Extreme Title – Cabellera Contra Cabellera: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Akito

Somebody’s going to get a haircut. Daisuke Sasaki has been a scrappy DDT Extreme Champion ever since he won it from Jun Kasai inside Saitama Super Arena. He fought Dick Togo to a 30 minute draw in an Ultimate Submission Match, beat Antonio Honda in a No DQ Match and had two defences against Joey Ryan, one being a Last Man Standing draw and the second being a Ladder Match which Sasaki won. His record as champion hasn’t been 100% but he’ll admit when he’s beaten. Akito has beaten him plenty this year including a singles win during the King Of DDT. Everytime Sasaki lost to Akito he would hand over the DDT Extreme Title to him and walk out of the ring. Akito would be happy to accept the championship if it was an authorised title transfer but a ring attendant would always take the belt away and give it back to Sasaki. It led to a brief period where Akito couldn’t figure out how the concept of championships in wrestling worked.

When the time came for Sasaki to nominate his challenger at Sumo Hall, his usual request for Candice LeRae was declined. Again. Akito came out to challenge him. Sasaki would accept but only if it was Cabellera Contra Cabellera. Hair Vs Hair! Akito agreed because he is willing to sacrifice anything to become a champion again. Sasaki is fine with that. He claims he doesn’t care about his own hair so he’s willing to risk it too. It led to a weird situation during last week’s press conference where both Sasaki and Akito tried to cut off their own hair to prove how much or little it meant to them. Amon Tsurumi had to stop both of them from ruining the stipulation.

The match itself will have No Disqualifications and can only end by either submission, knockout or TKO. Sasaki has more experience in Hardcore Matches but Akito realises he can now use objects to cause even more limb damage for his submission holds.

8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji

Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi will be the first to tell you they are not pretty boy ikemen wrestlers. They are bastards, guys, lads, YaroZ. The two have found success in the tag division since teaming together to represent the unconventional YaroZ sub-brand. Now as the KO-D Tag Team Champions they are challenged by the most powerful ikemen alliance of all. When Naomichi Marufuji was announced to wrestle on this show back in March I knew that he would be doing something with HARASHIMA. I though it was the perfect fit for him as an opponent. But they thought of a different idea and are instead teaming together. When HARASHIMA lost all of his remaining chances to headline Sumo Hall this year he told the wrestling media it was time for him to do something selfish. In previous years he did what was best for DDT but this year he wanted to do something for himself. Turns out it was to join forces with Marufuji and go after the Tag Titles. Plus there looks to be a business relationship being formed between DDT and NOAH. I mean DDT sent two thirds of NωA over for the NOAH Jr. Tag League. That’s kind of like giving your crush a mixtape.

While Marufuji’s appearance in the match would be interesting on its own, the other factor in the match is the rivalry between Irie and HARASHIMA. Poor Irie no matter how hard he tries just cannot beat HARASHIMA. Time after time, HARASHIMA has come out on top. It’s almost a certainty at this point. In their last meeting in June, HARASHIMA pinned Irie in under 3 minutes and Irie’s only reaction was to storm out straight back to the locker room. That has to be stuck in the back of Irie’s mind. Higuchi’s record against HARASHIMA is only a little better with a pinfall tag team victory earned back in April. History is in the challengers’ favour too. Whenever a high level DDT wrestler teams with a famous outside they usually win the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Examples include Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino, Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi, MIKAMI & Tatsumi Fujinami and Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino. The odds are against the champions but they wouldn’t be YaroZ if it were easy.

9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

This is going to be the definitive match of DDT’s current era. So much history to delve into here. Former friends, former tag team champions together, both have been built up for the last 3 years to be the next generation of stars to lead DDT into the future. Konosuke Takeshita has been described as a supernova ever since his debut match in 2012. You can hardly dream of a better road to the top. When you get a significant debut match held inside Budokan Hall you know there are high aspirations for your career. From there you get special one on one matches with Tatsumi Fujinami, Kenny Omega, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, HARASHIMA, Isami Kodaka and Shuji Ishikawa all before he reaches 21 years of age. Then when he does turn 21 he wins the KO-D Openweight Title on his birthday. Like I said, it’s a dream come true. But while Takeshita has been positioned front and centre, his friend turned rival Tetsuya Endo took a different direction in his rise up to the main event spot.

While Endo and Takeshita were on a successful tag team run as the New Generation Combination, they fought each other several times with the KO-D Title as the reason. Whether it was a No. 1 Contender’s Match or a Championship Bout itself, the two were put in enough situations to find out who was better. And more often than not, Takeshita would win. As it currently stands Takeshita and Endo have had 9 single matches against each other in DDT. Takeshita won 6 of them (1 match was stopped when Endo dislocated his elbow), Endo won 2 and their last match was a draw. To make it even more frustrating for Endo, he couldn’t win the KO-D Title after two attempts while Takeshita achieved the goal with the same amount of opportunities. Endo ended up looking like the bridesmaid to Takeshita. So in July 2016 when Endo lost to Takeshita again, this time in a KO-D Title match, he was immediately approached by Daisuke Sasaki to join DAMNATION. When tempted with the promise that he would no longer be seen as a second class wrestler next to Takeshita, it didn’t take Endo long to make his decision and he willingly abandoned his friends to go down a darker path. Since then Endo has built on success while discarding his emotions. Although he’s been accused of faking his new nihilistic attitude to look cool, Endo can back up his actions with the success he’s earned since joining DAMNATION. The latest achievement was winning the 2017 King Of DDT tournament which leads us to the climactic main event at Sumo Hall.

So much has developed between Takeshita and Endo during the last year. Back in April we learned that 60 minutes was not enough to determine a winner between the two. Takeshita had been using the Cross Arm German Suplex for his most dramatic victories but he also developed a new Wrist Clutch Fisherman Buster called the Surprise Rose to put away his more recent challengers. If that’s not enough, Takeshita has one other big match move in his arsenal. He recently used the top turnbuckle Brainbustaaaaahhhhh!!!!! in tribute to his first opponent and inspiration El Generico. Endo meanwhile has turned the Shooting Star Press and Spanish Fly into killer moves. Endo won the King Of DDT with the Shooting Star Press. The grounded version of the Spanish Fly is called Tetsuya In The Sky and it has given him some unexpected quick victories. Then there is his top rope version the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds to look out for. Is it now Endo’s time to shine or will Takeshita continue to shape the future of DDT? We won’t have to wait long to find out!


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 “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SHUTEN-DOJI DAY~” Results

August 4, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SHUTEN-DOJI DAY~”, 04/08/2017
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1. Gorgeous Matsuno Triumphant Match!: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei defeated Yukio Collection A.T., Kazuki Hirata & Toru Owashi when Matsuno pinned Hirata with a Cradle (8:05).
2. NEO Biishiki-gun Vs Rice Ball Wrestling: Saki-nami & Martha defeated Sumire Natsu & Riho (w/ Norika Asatte) when Martha pinned Natsu with a Jacknife and Backslide Pin Combo (15:31).
3. 3 Way Match: Daisuke Kiso defeated KUDO and DJ Nira by Disqualification when Nira assaulted the referee (11:05).
4. Shuten-dōji Vs Monster Army: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (w/ Kota Umeda) defeated Colonel Ima, Private Honda & Superior Private Higuchi (w/ Sgt. Hino) when Sakaguchi pinned Honda with the Right Knee Of God (11:25).

Shuten-dōji were tasked with defending their show from an invasion by the revived Monster Army. In the main even Yuji Hino came out with his soldiers Hoshitango, Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda. Shuten-dōji were backed up by Kota Umeda. When Shuten-dōji won the match, Masahiro Taknashi got everyone to chant Umeda’s name. Umeda said it’s been a long time since he wrestled but his foot is still recovering. He hopes to return in time for the Dramatic General Election so he can help Shuten-dōji make it to first place.

On the surface Match #3 looked like it was KUDO Vs DJ Nira. It went on as any usual match would until Nira gave the referee Daisuke Kiso the Rocket Punch. When Kiso called for the match to end in a disqualification it was revealed to be a 3 Way Match all along and Kiso was the third competitor! Kiso declared himself the winner.

Martha used her mop to pin down Sumire Natsu’s shoulders during a Backslide Pin then Saki-nami added a Jackknife to get the three count. After the match Saki told Riho see shes a little bit of beauty in her but Natsu is ugly and cheap when she wears a rice ball hat on her head. Saki suddenly felt weak and was about to collapse until Yukio Saint Laurent arrived and handed her a small bottle of incense. Saki drank from it and felt better.

Kazuki Hirata was confused by the appearance of Yukio Collection A.T. He wondered if it was Yukio Sakaguchi in disguise. Yukio in response asked if Hirata was Hirata Collection A.T. During the match Yukio attacked everyone during his model walk, especially Hirata. Gorgeous Matsuno missed the Gorgeous Superstar Elbow on Hirata so Yukio just threw him on top for the pin. Toru Owashi asked Matsuno where he went while he was deported from Japan. Matsuno said Fukushima. Owashi told him he was supposed to be banished from the entire country so he should please leave immediately. Matsuno protested and said he was supposed to be performing on tomorrow’s show but everyone grabbed him and carried him out of the building.

KUDO & Sakaguchi met NEO Biishiki-gun for the first time during the opening introductions. Neither group recognised the other. Saki-nami said Sakaguchi reminded her of her doctor but with barbaric eyes. KUDO had to stop Sakaguchi from getting angry by offering a toast. Saki said that Martha is a little girl who is too young to drink but today is a special occasion so she was allowed to join in.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~ALL OUT DAY~” Results

August 3, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~ALL OUT DAY~”, 03/08/2017
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0. Dark Match ~ Deadlift Recording Association: Yuji Okabayashi (300kg) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (250kg), Yuki Ueno (190kg), Gota Ihashi (180kg), Tomomitsu Matsunaga (160kg), Yuki Ino (200kg) and Daiki Shimomura (150kg).
1. New Beijing Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Choun-Shiryu & Cao Zhang defeated Dragon-Achooooo!!!!! & Son Goku when Zhang pinned Goku with the Broken Phoenix (11:15).
2. Battle Royal Full Of Urano: Yasu Urano (Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi) defeated Yasu Urano (Daiki Shimomura), Yasu Urano (Konosuke Takeshita), Yasu Urano (Yuni) and Yasu Urano (Gota Ihashi) (Special Referee: Yasu Urano (Daisuke Kiso), Special Ring Announcer: Yasu Urano) (7:28).
2a. Yasu Urano (Gota Ihashi) eliminated Yasu Urano (Konosuke Takeshita) by Ring Out (5:34).
2b. Yasu Urano (Gota Ihashi) eliminated Yasu Urano (Daiki Shimomura) with a Diving Body Press (5:54).
2c. Yasu Urano (Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi) eliminated Yasu Urano (Gota Ihashi) with a Jackknife Pin (6:59).
2d. Yasu Urano (Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi) eliminated Yasu Urano (Yuni) with the Modern Times (7:28).
3. Shunma Katsumata & Guanchulo defeated Dave Crist & MAO when Guanchulo pinned MAO with the Seijo Scratch (10:39).
4. Manabu Soya, Yuji Okabayashi & Shigehiro Irie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego when Okabayashi pinned Diego with the Golem Splash (21:43).

ALL OUT brought in the beef to go with the beer for their main event. Their opponents were the power trio of Manabu Soya, Yuji Okabayashi & Shigehiro Irie. They were too strong for ALL OUT and even Konosuke Takeshita admitted it. Diego got the worst of it by taking Soya’s Wild Bomber, Irie’s Beast Bomber and then Okabyashi’s Golem Splash for the finish. Akito said his team did not go ALL OUT enough. Takeshita & Diego agreed. If Beer Garden returns next year, the three of them will train every day so they can go ALL OUT for another exciting match.

Diego reverted back to Guanchulo so he could be Los Amigos with Shunma Katsumata one last time. They never got the chance to say goodbye when Katsumata joined NωA. After the match they had a toast and said “Salud” to the fans.

Yasu Urano was everywhere in the second match. The two wrestlers (Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi and Daiki Shimomura) were Urano, the referee (Daisuke Kiso) was Urano, the second at ringside (Nobuhiro Shimatani) was Urano and even the ring announcer was Urano (the real one). When another Urano (Takeshita) came out during the match everyone found out it was now a Urano Battle Royal! Two more came out (Yuni and Gota Ihashi) and they fought until one Urano was left standing. It was the Hiroshi one who won… I think… I don’t know it was hard to tell them apart…

New Beijing Pro Wrestling marked its return to DDT for the first time in years with a tag team match.

A deadlift weightlifting challenge was held at the beginning of the show. When Yuji Okabayashi showed up to compete it was of no surprise that he would win it, using his last turn to lift 300kg. Takeshita was the runner up with 250kg as his best lift. The trainee Yuki Ino got to show off his strength by lifting 200kg. He finished in third place because of it.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DANSHOKU DINO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~” Results

August 2, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DANSHOKU DINO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~”, 02/08/2017
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1. Oishi Tradition ~A Match To Motivate Shigeru-chan~: Makoto Oishi defeated Shigehiro Irie by Judge’s Decision (R2 5:00).
2. LPC ~Lariat Pro Classics~: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Toru Owashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga by DQ when Matsunaga ignored the rope break (1:19).
2a. Rematch – LPC ~Lariat Pro Classics~: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Toru Owashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga ended in a Time Limit Draw (“30:00”).
3. Only Yesterday: Ken Ohka defeated Super Sasadango Machine with the Fire Spear (11:18).
4. Play Sandman: Chinsuke Nakamura defeated Danshoku Dino after a Zexy Magazine Attack from Sanshiro Takagi (20:30).
Other Competitors: Dave Crist, Rekka, Keisuke Ishii, Muscle Sakai, Kazusada Higuchi and Ken Ohka.

The main event was a free for all brawl with “Enter Sandman” playing throughout until the end. Danshoku Dino filled the ring with empty cans he poured out of rubbish bags for the wrestlers to be slammed on. That encouraged the audience to throw in their empty cans too although that led to Dino being struck by a few of them. Even though they weren’t part of the match, Daiki Shimomura and DT-YUTA began fighting each other in the ring and YUTA came out on top with a Jackhammer. Dino then put Shimomura in the Lip Lock when the music suddenly changed to “The Rising Sun”. Out came Chinsuke Nakamura! He hit the Kinsasha to Shimomura then tried to do the same to Dino. It was blocked and Chinsuke was given the Lip Lock. Sanshiro Takagi ran out and attacked Dino. He hit Dino with a Stunner then whacked him over the head with a copy of Zexy Magazine! Takagi dragged Chinsuke on top of Dino and the referee counted to three.

Super Sasadango Machine Vs Ken Ohka was a match that was originally meant to happen last October but Sasadango’s health problems prevented it from happening until today. Both Sasadango and Ohka have been wrestling for 15 years but they have never truly given out their honest feelings for each other. Their match would not end until both were satisfied that they fought each other to their full abilities. Ohka was already tearful and he admitted he did not know what to do in this situation but Sasadango encouraged him to go all out. Ohka kicked out of the Lehmann Shock and hit the Fire Spear to win the match. Ohka said he was worrying endlessly about this match ever since Dino put it together. But he will never give up to anything and “Sakai” is no exception! Sasadango thanked him for the match then said they will wrestle the remaining 20 years of their wrestling lives together!

The Lariat Pro match was cut short after a minute without a single Lariat finding its target. Tomomitsu Matsunaga pressed Keisuke Ishii against the ropes and didn’t break after a 5 count so his team was disqualified. Ishii said he came to throw Lariats and make the fans all stomp their feet with excitement. Matsunaga agreed so an immediate restart was decided. “Power Hall” played and everybody started Lariating each other. That ended when Toru Owashi did a Flying Cross Chop instead. After the match concept was explained to him and argument broke out and everybody began Chopping each other to “Thunderstorm”. The song changed to “Sunrise” when the Lariats came back. Nobuhiro Shimatani joined in and so did Cherry but her Lariat was countered by Ishii’s. When “J” came on everybody did Jumping Knee Strikes. There was then a sudden announcement that only one minute was left in the match. There was a flurry of classic All Japan offence from Ishii and Kazusada Higuchi that had the crowd stomping their feet after every nearfall but the time expired without a winner determined. Officially the match went 30 minutes but to everyone watching it felt like 5.

Makoto Oishi and Shigehiro Irie were put in a match together specifically to motivate Irie. The match consisted of two 5 minute rounds and the wrestlers would be scored for how cool they were by Azusa Takigawa, Mita Sayoko and a group of female fans. Irie would presumably become more motivated when given a chance to impress women. The plan didn’t work as Oishi won the match by judges decision. The female fans scored the fight 16-18 in Irie’s favour and Sayoko gave it a 19-19 draw. But Takigawa overwhelmingly voted for Oishi 20-0 so the final score was 55-37 for Oishi. Takigawa admitted that even though Irie worked hard, she couldn’t physiologically like him at all.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DAMNATION DAY~” Results

August 2, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DAMNATION DAY~”, 01/08/2017
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1. Round System Drinking & Driving Match: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the Tricycle Assisted Cross Facelock (R9 0:21).
2. Bull Rope Tag Match: Dave Crist & Shigehiro Irie defeated Yuko Miyamoto & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Crist pinned Shimatani with the Magdaline (11:27).
3. Lumberjack Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi ended in a Double Countout (6:44).
3a. Rematch: Tetsuya Endo & Man Man Kai Kind defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Endo pinned Shimatani with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (4:37).
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie defeated Antonio Honda, Rocky Kawamura & Tanomusaku Toba when Sasaki submitted Honda with La Mistica Cross Facelock (19:13).

DAMNATION had their turn for drinking and debauchery at Beer Garden today. In the main event Daisuke Sasaki led his team to beat the boxing (?) trio of Antonio Honda, Rocky Kawamura & Tanomusaku Toba. Sasaki introduced Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie as his pets “Adrian” & “Paulie”. This confused Kawamura. Those two aren’t the Adrian and Paulie he knows of so he attacked them. But DAMNATION were too strong and Sasaki got the win in the end. Afterwards Sasaki explained to Kawamura that there are many Adrians and Paulies in the would and he isn’t Rocky! Sasaki closed out the show by saying Tetsuya Endo will win the KO-D Openweight Title, Ishikawa will stay as the Triple Crown Champion and he himself will keep the DDT Extreme Title. As for Paulie, maybe he will go fight in RIZIN.

A couple of “American” wrestlers were brought in to be lumberjacks for the Endo Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi match. Man Man Kai Kind and Stone Cold Sekine Ryuichin got too invested in their roles and kept both Endo and Hiroshi out of the ring long enough to get both of them counted out. Man Man Kai Kind got on the microphone and told Hiroshi he will listen to him no more! Suddenly Nobuhiro Shimatani came in still wearing his bra and bounded in rope from his earlier match. He finally wants to settle his grudge with Endo now! The bell rang and it was now an impromptu tag match between Endo & Kind against Hiroshi & Shimatani. Sekine Ryuichin returned and gave Hiroshi the Stone Cold Stunnger. Endo pinned Shimatani to win then stripped him of his bra afterwards.

Everyone in the Bull Rope match wore rope bondage gear so the bull ropes could be attached to the wrestlers. I guess no dog collars were available. Shigehiro Irie & Dave Crist were victorious and Irie said they were part of one of the best teams in the world, OI4K!

The Drinking & Driving Match sounded funny on paper, right? Sasaki and Masahiro Takanashi would fight each other with bats in 30 second rounds while riding small tricycles and they would get to drink beer in between every round. What could go wrong? Well the tricycles wheels had too much grip on the ring canvas and the wrestlers were getting too drunk to function properly so nothing happened in the early rounds. By the 5th round they both decided to get off the tricycles and finally start fighting. At one point Sasaki was put in the Tree Of Woe against the corner. Takanashi then lined up a tricycle and kicked across the ring into Sasaki. In the 9th round Sasaki on his tricycle somehow put Takanashi in the Cross Facelock and made him submit.