DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~” Results

February 23, 2017

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DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE
450 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Guanchulo pinned Shimatani with the DVD (9:52).
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO defeated Yuki Ueno with the Cannonball 450 (9:52).
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Shogun Okamoto defeated Dai Suzuki with a Back Drop (4:14).
4. Stand By The Sky: Kotaro Suzuki defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Tiger Driver (14:27).
5. Running Without End: Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase when Sakuraba submitted Iwasaki with the Perfect Yurikamome (10:50).
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono defeated Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi when Higuchi pinned Yoshimura with the Goten (15:18).

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DDT New Attitude is now Fighting Gig DNA! The development brand for DDT took a big step towards establishing themselves as its own product. With S.P.E. Entertainment managing the events, DNA redesigned its logo and now has its own new theme song. Also some of the wrestlers came out with new gear and entrance music. The show began with all 18 wrestlers lining up while the guest ring announcer Masahiro Ehara announced the beginning of DNA’s next story.

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In the build-up to the relaunch, the least experienced wrestler on the roster was building up the most ego. Naomi Yoshimura was eager to start the main event by charging past his partner Yuji Okabayashi and towards Kazusada Higuchi to catch him off guard. The match turned around when Akebono tagged in to absorb all of the chops and Shoulder Blocks his opponents could throw at him. Yoshimura was a glory hog throughout the match and refused to tag out even though he was overwhelmed. Okabayashi angrily reminded him it was a tag match and finally got to tag in and clean house. Yoshimura tagged back in and with Okabayashi gave Akebono a Double Brainbuster. He wanted to finish off Higuchi with a Lariat but Higuchi stopped him with a Lariat of his own. Yoshimura kicked out of the Doctor Bomb but Higuchi ended up putting him away with the Goten.

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After the match Akebono thanked Higuchi and Okabayashi for the match. He then turned to Yoshimura and complimented him on a good job. Akebono said he would like to come back and then left the ring. Higuchi thanked the fans for coming to see DNA’s relaunch. He told Yoshimura to watch his attitude a little but other than that he would gladly fight him again and again. A representative from one of the show sponsors Premium Water Shop then came out. He thought it was a wonderful show so he wanted to make a donation to DNA. He announced that DNA will have a show in Korakuen Hall on 10th May! Higuchi was excited by the news until Shunma Katsumata grabbed the microphone from him. Katsumata declared that he will main event the Korakuen show, not Higuchi. Higuchi said he is on top of DNA and he won’t give up his throne to anyone. If it is a new era for DNA, he will be leading the charge.

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While Mizuki Watase and LEONA fought each other outside the ring, Kouki Iwasaki had the displeasure of being twisted apart by Kazushi Sakuraba. Watase and LEONA continued fighting after the match ended. LEONA apologised in his backstage interview and blamed it on himself feeling a bit off. Sakuraba said Iwasaki has a strong Low Kick and he’d like to wrestle him again.

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Kotaro Suzuki was full of praise for Shunma Katsumata, describing their match as a wonderful contest. Suzuki said when he was three years into his career he did not have the movement and technique that Katsumata currently has. However a key difference maker in this match was stamina. Suzuki had more of it and Katsumata can’t hit his big moves without it. Suzuki then suggested that Katsumata should team with him so he can steal all his moves… er I mean learn more by watching.

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Dai Suzuki tried to shake off his loss to Shogun Okamoto with as much dignity as he could muster. He then broke down while failing to convince the audience he is still undefeated. The show sponsor then came out accompanied by an MC named MEGA-G. They informed Suzuki he will be going through a 7 match series with every match having a 7 minute time limit. If he loses all 7 matches then he must retire! However a win and even a draw will save Suzuki’s career. His first match in this series will be against Kohei Sato on 14th March.

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MAO’s Screw Kick was the deciding factor in him beating Yuki Ueno. Afterwards Ueno said he can’t figure out where that kick came from so he couldn’t defend against it. Ueno will now focus on more training to make sure he won’t lose his next match. As for MAO, he is just going to keep doing what he is doing in DNA and see where it takes him.

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Guanchulo & Rekka claim that they too have been reborn along with DNA. Together they are calling themselves the YOUNG DONUTS! They aren’t the only wrestlers thinking up team names. Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani are thinking about calling themselves Gran Millimeter because they are small but strong like Gran Hamada.

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On the same week NASA discovered seven new planets, DNA introduced seven new trainees. Kento Namatame (生田目研人) is a 26 year old from Tokyo who has experience training with CMLL. Ryota Kimoto (木本凌太) is a 19 year old from Hokkaido and comes from Sapporo Amateur Pro Wrestling. Daisuka Kurahashi (倉橋大亮) is a 23 year old from Akita and was trained by Animal Hamaguchi. Kazuki Yoshida (吉田和樹) is a 20 year old from Niigata and has baseball experience. Mago-ichi (孫一?) is a 30 year old bodybuilder from northern China. Yuki Iino (飯野雄貴) is a 22 year old rugby player from Tokyo. Finally Kenichi Ito (伊藤健一) is a 41 year old MMA fighter from Tokyo.


On The Road To Saitama Super Arena

February 22, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Dai Suzuki Vs Shogun Okamoto
4. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
5. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi

Daiki Shimomura finally got rid of the King Of Dark Title so he is now allowed to be on the DNA relaunch.

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKYO BAY~”, 25/02/2017
Chiba Blue Field

1. Mad Paulie Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. KUDO & Tomomatsu Matsunaga Vs Toru Owashi & Daiki Shimomura
3. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Inner Chamber, Outer Chamber, Big Runaway! Chiba Specialty Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino Vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi
5. Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. Smile Squash Vs Happy Motel Fight Against All Sides!: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Guanchulo

Tetsuya Endo got a win over Yukio Sakaguchi last weekend by playing possum. Now he has an angry Sakaguchi after him.

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONTON~”, 26/02/2017
Maebashi Green Dome Sub Arena

1. Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Shunma Katsumata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
2. Soma Takao & Akito Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Guanchulo
3. Mad Paulie Vs Masahiro Takanashi
4. Real No Fear Vs DNA!: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase
5. Shuten-dōji Vs DAMNATION!: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. Maebashi Specialty! DDT Does Not Know The Gunman Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda

Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino are now Real No Fear and they are building up their case to be called the No. 1 Contenders for the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “DRAMATIC FAN CLUB MEMBERS ONLY ENTERTAINMENT ~AT THIS TIME, EXCITEMENT IN ICHIGAYA~”, 26/02/2017
Tokyo Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Syoko Nakajima Vs Azusa Takigawa
2. Nonoko Vs Maho Kurone
3. Mil Clown Vs Akane Miura
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Miyu Yamashita & Rika Tatsumi

This show is open only to members of the Dramatic Fan Club. Due to the small room all matches will be taking place on a mat instead of a ring.

BASARA “VAJRA 30 WU”, 01/03/2017
Saitama Wrestle Fighter Museum

1. Wrestling Consultation Office That Can Be A Matrix: Gouma Ryu Vs Daichi Kazato Vs Tsutomu Oosugi
2. MC.33 & Fuminori Abe Vs Yusuke Kubo & Jaki Numazawa
3. Cavalry Vs Double ★ Trans-Am: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Trans-Am ★ Shinya
4. FUMA & Hagane Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
5. Special Single Match: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Minoru Tanaka

Turns out Minoru Tanaka’s visit to BASARA was not a one time thing.

Shinya Ishida’s wrestling gear is still missing. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi gave him a replacement costume so to return the favour he will be Trans-Am ★ Shinya from here on out.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “WANNA BE A DREAMMAKER 2017”, 04/03/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Love Call Wrestling: Chikara Vs Yukihiro Abe
2. Osaka Vs Hokkaido Ganbare☆Wrestling International Match: Atsushi Maruyama Vs Sayaka Obihiro
3. G-COSMOS 2017 in Prince Special Double Bout: Shinichiro Tominaga & Yumehito Imanari Vs Takafumi Ito & Nobuhiro Tsurumaki
4. Flames, Heart, Repeatedly: Mitomi Masayuki Vs Shibata
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenso Ohka & Osamu Namiguchi

Mitomi Masayuki offered to reform Enjo-gun with Shibata but the idea wasn’t warmly received. Maybe a match between the two will rekindle their team.

DDT “DRAMATIC 2017 MARCH SPECIAL ~ROAD TO SUPER ARENA~”, 05/03/2017
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1. Yoshihiro Takayama, Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
2. DAMNATION Vs FREEDOMS!: Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie Vs Jun Kasai & GENTARO
3. Shuten-dōji Vs DAMNATION!: Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo
4. ROAD TO SSA MAIN EVENT Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda

HARASHIMA has won both scramble matches against Konosuke Takeshita so far. There’s still a few more to go until their KO-D Openweight Title match in Saitama.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN NERIMA!”, 12/03/2017
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall

1. Defeat SIN Biishiki-gun!: Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa
2. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Reika Saiki

Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa are joining forces to battle SIN Biishiki-gun. Takigawa had Saki-nami pinned at the last show and Tatsumi counted it in place of the knocked out referee. It wasn’t allowed and Saki recovered to win the match for her team. Tatsumi isn’t joining Konkatsu-gun but instead helping them fight a common enemy.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2017 ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE”, 20/03/2017
Saitama Super Arena

0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight & King Of Dark Titles – DDT Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration Dramatic Rumble: Kotatsu (I/c) Vs Gota Ihashi (D/c) Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Mad Paulie Vs Guanchulo Vs Hoshitango Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ken Ohka Vs MIKAMI Vs GENTARO Vs Tomohiko Hashimoto Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Bambi Vs Yoshihiko
0. DNA Offer Match: Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani, Naomi Yoshimura & Dai Suzuki
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu, Mil Clown & Itoh Maki Vs Reika Saiki, Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa
1. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2017: Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima Vs Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita
2. Kou Shibusawa 35th Anniversary “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” Sengoku Warlords Match: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) Vs Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi)
3. Special 8-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Lady Beard Vs Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi & Yuni
4. Shungo Oyama Pro Wrestling Challenge Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs KUDO & Shungo Oyama
5. Shigehiro Irie Triennial Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mike Bailey
6. “DDT Is DDT” 20 Years Entertainment Culmination! The Best In The World Bad Guy Decisive Battle: Danshoku Dino Vs Joey Ryan
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
8. DDT Extreme Title – Sekichu Presents Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

Here it is, the final card for “JUDGEMENT 2017” barring any sudden change of plans.


Dog Chain Match, Nakazawa Returns, Big DNA Main Event

February 3, 2017

DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017”, 04/02/2017
Osaka Edion Arena #2

1. Keisuke Ishii Vs Gota Ihashi
2. Soma Takao & Yuni Vs Yasu Urano & Guanchulo
3. DAMNATION Vs DNA Naniwa Army: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
4. The Best Soup Is A Song Or Something! No, And Dance! If You Do Not Say It’s The Final Settling Match!!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
5. Ultra Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Danshoku Dino
6. Humanity Is A Battle Blooming In A Huge Ring Of Naniwa! Osaka Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
8. DDT Extreme Title – Dog Chain Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Mad Paulie

The show is live on DDT UNIVERSE starting at 5:30pm JST, 8:30am GMT, 3:30am EST.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GIRLS FIGHT OUT #2”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Akane Miure Vs Itoh Maki
2. You Will Be In Time For Valentine’s Day! Encounter Just Before Valentine’s Day!: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Miyu Yamashita & Mil Clown
3. Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Reika Saiki & Syoko Nakajima

The build up for Yuu Vs Reika Saiki continues.

BASARA “VAJRA 28 ~DESTRUCTION OF HEART~”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Wrestling Consultation Center Where You Can Have A Matrix: Gouma Ryu Vs Shinya Ishida
2. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. Trans-Am ★ Challenge: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi Vs Daichi Kazato
4. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Challengers Decision Battle: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
5. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness

Two shows in a week for BASARA, both headlining with NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Matches.

BASARA “VAJRA 29 ~TENKA FUBU~”, 12/02/2017
Nagoya City Higashi Sports Center

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Konaka = Pale One Vs Mammoth Handa
2. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs X & X

Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi, Shinya Ishida and Nori da Funky Shibire-sasu will be on the show. This will be Nori’s debut for BASARA.

GUYZ “GUYZ PART 4”, 14/02/2017
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1. Actwres girl’Z Offer Match ~A Bite Of A Cool Sensation The Sweep! Actress Girls Incoming!!~: Saori Anou Vs Tam Nakano
2. GuyZ Annual Round Boxing Handicap Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Gota Ihashi & Dai Suzuki
3. Last Gun Standing Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Takayuki Ueki
4. Brand Anticipated Hardcore 6 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Toru Owashi Vs SAGAT Vs Nonoko Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Colt Cabana
6. GuyZ Army Vs Sexy Army Full Challenge: Kazusada Higuchi, Ryuichi Sekine & Ken Ohka Vs Makoto Oishi, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Mineo Fujita

Saori Anou regularly wrestles in Stardom. Tam Nakano mostly wrestles in Actwres girl’Z but has appeared for promotions like Diana and REINA in the past.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2017”, 19/02/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana Vs Danshoku “Bin Bin” Dino

After spending a year working in Thailand, Michael Nakazawa is taking a break for a while and coming back home to Japan. That means Nakazawa is returning to DDT! This will be his first match in DDT since “JUDGEMENT 2016” when Kota Ibushi memorably gave him a Piledriver into a toilet.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
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1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Dai Suzuki Vs Shogun Okamoto
4. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
5. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi

A big main event is in store. Not just in physical size but in ego too. Naomi Yoshimura attended the match announcement wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit. He didn’t care about Akebono’s sumo accomplishments and ran down Kazusada Higuchi for losing to Mike Bailey and Ryota Nakatsu late last year. He threatened to blow away anyone who stands in his path. Higuchi was more polite. Being in the presence of Akebono is enough encouragement to withstand whatever Yuji Okabayashi throws at him. Akebono warned Yoshimura to respect him or be crushed.


Tomorrow’s Sweet Dreams

January 28, 2017

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2017”, 29/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) Vs Gota Ihashi
1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda, Guanchulo, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
2. 3 Way Tag Match: Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
3. Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase Vs Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
4. DDT UNIVERSE Special Tag Match Suitable For Live Broadcasting: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi
5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Yasu Urano
6. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Decision Tournament – Final: Konosuke Takeshita Vs KUDO
7. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

This weekend is the first live show to air on DDT UNIVERSE. The broadcast begins at 11:30am in Japan and will include the King Of Dark Title match. The show begins proper at 12:00pm. For overseas subscribers the broadcast begins 9:30pm EST on Saturday and 2:30am GMT on Sunday. I’m not sure when the Video On-Demand will be available. Most of the shows on the schedule will be added three days after the event ends but there’s no mention of it for the live shows like this one.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Dai Suzuki Vs Shogun Okamoto
4. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
5. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA

Comedian Masahiro Ehara will be the ring announcer for the show.


DDT “BEST WESTERN LARIAT SERIES 2017 SEASON OPENER” Results

January 22, 2017

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DDT “BEST WESTERN LARIAT SERIES 2017 SEASON OPENER”, 22/01/2017
Tokyo Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida
380 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Rekka defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Cross Armbreaker (5:15).
*D9 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way 6-Man Tag Team Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) and Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Higuchi pinned Honda with the Doctor Bomb (8:57).
*Shuten-dōji fails in V3. Team DNA becomes the 28th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
2. Lunch Time Concert To Enjoy Singing And Dancing In Machida: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (12:39).
3. Saki Akai & Guanchulo defeated Danshoku Dino & Gota Ihashi when Akai pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award (12:43).
4. Keisuke Ishii & Hoshitango defeated Yasu Urano & Soma Takao when Ishii pinned Urano with a Cradle (10:45).
5. Charismatic Electric Shock Combination Of The Death Match And The Emperor In The Wrestling World!: Yoshihiro Takayama & Jun Kasai defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Kasai pinned Paulie with a Backslide Pin (11:35).
6. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when Akito submitted Endo with the Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock (16:22).

Once again Daisuke Sasaki was pretending to play nice in front of HARASHIMA. A handshake offer was kicked away but he got to hit his Low Blow later in the match. Tetsuya Endo also joined in the cheating by choking HARASHIMA with a T-shirt while the referee’s back was turned. DAMNATION’s attention then turned to Akito but HARASHIMA came back and took out Sasaki with the Somato. Akito avoided Endo’s Sky Twister Press and locked on the Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock to win. HARASHIMA and Sasaki stared at each other after the match until Sasaki withdrew from ringside with Endo.

The other members of DAMNATION attacked Yoshihiro Takayama during his entrance. This resulted in a brawl throughout the auditorium until things calmed down. Jun Kasai fought dirty as well, distracting Daisuke Kiso to attack Mad Paulie. Takayama fought with Shuji Ishikawa in the ring during the final moments. Kasai rolled out of the way from Paulie’s Reverse Splash then pinned him with a Backslide. Kasai has secret plans in place for his DDT Extreme Title defence against Paulie. He noticed how Paulie always has a dog chain attached to him so they should have a Dog Chain Death Match!

Yasu Urano was again beaten by Keisuke Ishii with a flash pin. He is now getting frustrated that he can’t beat the AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Champion.

DDT was welcomed to the Best Western Rembrandt Hotel in Machida, Tokyo. Not only was there wrestling on offer but food and drink as well. Gota Ihashi wanted to have a romantic stay so he had a challenge for Saki Akai. If Ihashi’s team won, he and Akai would share the same hotel room. Akai’s tag partner Danshoku Dino accepted but only on the condition that if he & Akai won then the hotel manager would have to spend the night with Dino. Ihashi tried to hit a Splash on Akai several times, finally succeeding when Dino couldn’t pull Akai out of the way in time. However Akai recovered and pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award boot to the face. Akai told the hotel manager he now had to give Dino his best service in their suite tonight.

The odds were not in Shuten-dōji’s favour when they defended the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles in a 3 Way Match. As much as they tried to take control of the match, it broke down into chaos and the belts changed hands without anybody in Shuten-dōji getting pinned. Yukio Sakaguchi hit the Right Knee Of God on Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi but Antonio Honda then took him out with a Bionic Elbow. That gave Kazusada Higuchi the opportunity to give Honda the Doctor Bomb to win the titles for DNA! Shuten-dōji weren’t happy with the result but resisted taking their anger out on the new champions.


Sakuraba And LEONA In DNA

January 17, 2017

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DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
2. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA

The new look DNA welcomes Kazushi Sakuraba and LEONA to its relaunch next month. The two will take on Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase. The four of them appeared at a press conference with Sakuraba wearing a white jiu-jitsu belt over his suit. Sakuraba explained he wore it to represent his first time in DNA because it is the first belt you earn in jiu-jitsu. Iwasaki is only focusing on Sakuraba and hopes to fight him one on one at some point. Watase is thrilled to fight the man he watched on TV back in elementary school. However he and LEONA had a war of words over whether or not LEONA is worthy of being in the match. Sakuraba admitted he hasn’t seen LEONA wrestle but he thinks they can work together as a team.

Kotaro Suzuki was impressed by what he saw at the last DNA show and said he would be happy to come back. Shunma Katsumata took him up on that offer. Katsumata wants DNA to fight as fierce as Suzuki does.


DNA Plans For 2017

November 29, 2016

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It was announced today that beginning in 2017 the production of DNA’s events will be outsourced to S.P.E. Entertainment. The first DNA show to be held under the new sponsor will be held in Shinjuku FACE on 23rd February, titled “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”.

S.P.E is the sports division for SP Advertising. They helped produce the AAA “STAR BATTLE JAPAN” show held in Korakuen Hall last month. Atsunori Sasaki was appointed the new show producer for DNA. He has previously worked on television projects for Momoiro Clover Z and has worked on UFC and K-1 TV programs in the past.

Sanshiro Takagi said when DNA was originally launched it was to develop new talent for DDT. Since that time it has grown and established itself into something more past the point of simply being a place for newcomers to wrestle. Takagi thought that as long as DNA is labelled as a developmental brand it will always be seen as lower product to the regular DDT events. In order for DNA to grow even bigger Takagi feels that it should be looked over by somebody who is independent from DDT.

The first change for DNA is a new nickname for the brand, “Fighting Gig”. Sasaki explained that he wanted a name that captures the sensation of DNA’s live shows. Much like music gigs, these shows convey energy from both the performers and the audience. There are also plans for improving the venue and video presentation of the shows. Takagi noticed that the roster consisting of wrestlers in the teens and twenties have drawn in a younger audience to DNA so he hopes this will be the driving force for a new flow in pro wrestling. DNA wrestlers will still appear in DDT and its wrestlers can still graduate to either DDT or BASARA should they want to.

Many of the DNA roster commented on the news. As the youngest wrestler in the group, Yuki Ueno wants to work hard and make his body bigger. Nobuhiro Shimatani will do his best for DNA and to reach that next step. Daiki Shimomura sees this as a new start. Mizuki Watase hopes the changes will open up wrestling to more people like music fans. Kouki Iwasaki wants to bring DNA up to an even higher level. Kazusada Higuchi said he will do even more amazing things going into his 3rd year. Shunma Katsumata is excited to work for someone who has worked with Momoiro Clover Z. MAO wants to show how much young power he has and that it will take him beyond what he has done so far. Suguru Miyatake is aiming to be fit to wrestle as soon as possible. Rekka sees this as a big opportunity for him. And finally Guanchulo says if you are in Japan, please come see DNA’s new generation!