Yasu Urano Becomes A Freelancer, Golden Week Schedule, Ganpuro Nonsense

April 28, 2017

Yasu Urano announced yesterday that he will no longer be affiliated with DDT and will be going freelance at the end of May. Urano has been wrestling for 17 years and has been with DDT for the last ten. He wants to expand his horizons with the remaining time he has left as a wrestler. He has no concrete plan for the future but there are many wrestlers out there that he has never fought before. Sanshiro Takagi encouraged him to consider wrestling abroad. He also suggested Urano to set up his own group and call it either Socrates or Wrestle Socrates because Urano is a wrestling philosopher. Urano had already gone over his decision with the rest of Smile Squash before going public. HARASHIMA didn’t believe him the first time he was told. The second time Urano told him he assured that he wasn’t quitting pro wrestling. As for Soma Takao, Urano didn’t know what to tell him so he just sent him a LINE message saying “Sorry”. He will still be a part of Smile Squash until he goes freelance but what will happen to that relationship afterwards is anyone’s guess. Urano still intends to make appearances for DDT here and there. He confirmed that he will a part of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017” on 20th August.

DDT “MAX BUMP 2017”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuki Ueno
1. Hungry Black Bass Again Vs Crimson Nobelman: Akito Vs Soma Takao
2. Rocky Of Naniwa II And Blonde Beautiful Heidi First Time Encounter: KUDO, Masahiro Taknashi & Saki Akai Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Heidi Katrina
3. Worldwide Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey Vs Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi
4. DDT Extreme Title Next Challenger Decision 5 Way Match: Keisuke Ishii Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yasu Urano Vs Kouki Iwasaki Vs Royce Isaacs
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – Kazuki Hirata Only Loser Deportation Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

Golden Week begins with a DDT/BASARA double header in Korakuen Hall. Best friends turned bitter enemies Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo headline the DDT show with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line. Endo doesn’t care much about becoming the champion. His primary goal is to crush and humiliate Takeshita.

NωA will debut their new song “We are the HERO” during the show.

The current Right To Challenge contract holders are HARASHIMA, Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazuki Hirata and Nobuhiro Shimatani.

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Takato Nakano Debut Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Takato Nakano
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial “Best Stretchman V3 In Reverse”: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs Best Stretchman V3 Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. IRON PRIEST Vs Gingin Boys: FUMA & Hagane Vs YO-HEY & Kenshin Chikano
4. Hardcore Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT Vs Gunso & Shoichi Uchida
5. Super Pro Wrestling Ring Wars 2017 ~Japan Vs Trans-Am~ True Patriotic Pinfall: Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Shinya & Trans-Am ★ Tanaka
6. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Yusuke Kubo Vs Dick Togo
7. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Yuji Okabayashi
8. Union MAX Title – BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi is boasting of his abilities with his clear, easy to understand English spoken in an obviously American accent. He call himself the best stripper and best wrestler in the world with a perfect body that Ryota Nakatsu cannot beat. Nakatsu doesn’t believe a word that comes out of Ryuichi’s mouth. He is convinced it is really Ryuichi Kawamura playing a character. Regardless it is Nakatsu’s desire to win the Union MAX Title that drives him. He watched the belt be defended in Union Pro but never progressed far enough to challenge for the title before Union closed down.

Isami Kodaka has two matches to prepare for on the show. He will be the first opponent for the debuting rookie Takato Nakano. Then later in the show he faces the Big Japan golem Yuji Okabayashi in a first time singles match. When thinking up strategies for the match Kodaka came to the conclusion that it will be impossible to beat Okabayashi in a straightforward wrestling match. With that said he is still practicing a lot of different ideas to try and win.

The Japan Vs America rivalry continues further down the card. Ryuichi Sekine doesn’t care if the political relationship between the two countries is currently nice and friendly. He thinks his 6-Man Tag match against the Trans-Am ★ Family will be the biggest fight of the century. He wants to this match to show all the great things about the Japanese. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi responded that he loves Japan. He loves the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the pretty women in kimonos and Tokyo Disneyland. The only thing he does not like about Japan are three particular people: Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe! Japan can improve as a country if those three people learn to speak English. So Hiroshi asked for the match to be a True Patriotic Pinfall match. The match can only be won by pinfall and the wrestlers have to cover their opponent with their country’s flag on top of them. Sekine is against the stipulation because his finisher is a submission move. The rule may also backfire on the Trans-Am ★ Family if the rumour that Trans-Am ★ Tanaka is really submission specialist Minoru Tanaka turns out to be true.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN OSAKA!”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Yuna Manase Vs Azusa Takigawa
2. Miyu Yamashita Vs Nonoko
3. Itoh Maki & Mizuki Vs Reika Saiki & Marika Kobashi
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Syoko Nakajima & Mil Clown
5. SIN Biishiki-gun Vs Dragon Bombers – No Countout Rules: Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone

Is the No Countout Rule enough for the Dragon Bombers to finally beat SIN Biishiki-gun?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOKYO 2017”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Enjo-gun, Osaka’s First Visit!: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Daina Mido & Hiroto Okubo
2. Ganbare Wrestling In OSAKA Special Single Match: Yukinori Abe Vs Hiro Tonai
3. No Protein 15,000 Calorie Intake Bombardment Double Sweet Death Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Bambi
4. I Return To Chiba’s Grace In Osaka: Minoru Fujita & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yasu Urano & MIYAWAKI
5. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Atsushi Maruyama

According to Atsushi Maruyama, his Buzzsaw Kick has been given the official TAJIRI seal of approval. Maruyama’s next booking for Ganpuro after this show won’t be until 31st May. Ken Ohka has confirmed that if he loses the Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title to Maryama then there will not be a title rematch on that date.

During the press conference to promote Ganpuro’s upcoming events, Minoru Fujita briefly dropped by to give Ohka a gift he bought in Shinjuku.

Yumehito Imanari is training for the Double Sweet Death Match by eating a very sweet cinnamon roll he purchased last week. The downside to this is the roll is already a bit mouldy.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM DEBASAKI~”, 03/05/2017
Nagoya City North Sports Center

1. Smile Squash Vs DNA!: Soma Takao & Yasu Urano Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Nagoya Specialty! Miso Cutlet Single Match: HARASHIMA Vs MAO

Will Urano and Soma Takao’s awkward partnership be fixed before Urano leaves DDT?

DDT “TOYONAKA LOVE STORY 2017”, 04/05/2017
Osaka Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Yuni Vs Makoto Oishi & MAO
2. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mad Paulie

DDT is offering some Big Boy Wrestling in Toyonaka!

DDT “IBARAKI IS THE BEST 2017”, 06/05/2017
Ibaraki Tsukuba Capio

1. Hell Gate Of The Idol Challenge: Danshoku Dino Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Smile Squash Vs Shuten-dōji: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi

Can’t let Urano leave without one more match against Shuten-dōji.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “DANCE POPOCHOLINE 2017”, 07/05/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Mixed Martial Arts Warfare ~ Kickboxing Vs Karate Chop: Tanomusaku Toba Vs Chikara
2. Yumehito Vs “X”: Yumehito Imanari Vs X
3. Great COSMOS 2017: Shuichiro Katsumura & Yukihiro Abe Vs Ganbare The Great & Takafumi Ito
4. GANPRO SUPERSTAR WAR!!: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

During the press conference to promote Ganpuro’s upcoming events, Ganbare The Great briefly dropped by to give Ohka a gift he bought in Shinjuku.

The only hint Ohka is giving for the identity of Imanari’s mystery opponent is it’s a superb and popular wrestler.

The Kickboxing Vs Karate Chop match will consist of an unlimited amount of three minute rounds until there is a winner.


Minoru Replaces Sato For DAMNATION Show, Train Wrestling Update

April 13, 2017

DDT “DAMNATION ILLEGAL GATHERING”, 14/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs X
2. 3 Way Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Ryuichi Sekine Vs Yusuke Kodama
3. Falls Count Anywhere 6-Man Tag Team Match: HARASHIMA, Brahmin Shu & Brahmin Kei Vs Antonio Honda, Masahiro Takanashi & Gota Ihashi
4. Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Minoru Tanaka
5. DDT Extreme Title – Ultimate Submission Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Dick Togo

Kohei Sato had to pull out of the show due to suffering from a poor physical condition. Minoru Tanaka takes his place in the semi-main event.

CHOSHI ELECTRIC RAIL X DDT “TRAIN PRO WRESTLING”, 16/04/2017
Nakano Town Station

Falls Count Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: HARASHIMA Vs Sanshiro Takagi Vs Rekka Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X Vs X

It was decided that HARASHIMA, Sanshiro Takagi and Rekka will be the first three wrestlers to start the match in the train. A new wrestler enters from every train station they stop at. The match will air live on DDT UNIVERSE at around 1:10 pm Japan time. However there is a possibility that poor coverage will interrupt the broadcast. If there is no stream for most of the match then DDT will add it to their on-demand archive as a free video for all DDT UNIVERSE accounts at a later date.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN OSAKA!”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Yuna Manase Vs Azusa Takigawa
2. Miyu Yamashita Vs Nonoko
3. Itoh Maki & Mizuki Vs Reika Saiki & Marika Kobashi
4. SIN Biishiki-gun Vs Dragon Bombers – No Countout Rules: Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
5. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Syoko Nakajima & Mil Clown

Before Yuka Sakazaki returns from the Magical Country for a title shot, her twin sister Mil Clown gets to tangle with the champion in tag action.

A No Countout rule was added to the SIN Biishiki-gun Vs Dragon Bombers rematch.

BASARA “VAJRA 35 ~OSAKA CLUB SPRING~”, 04/05/2017
Osaka Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall

1. Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Naoki Tanizaki

I’m down with this match.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “DANCE POPOCHOLINE 2017”, 07/05/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Yumehito Vs “X”: Yumehito Imanari Vs X
2. GANPRO SUPERSTAR WAR!!: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

Ken Ohka wanted to team with Ganbare The Great to avenge their loss at the World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament final. But the masked wrestler isn’t responding to him on LINE so Shinichiro Tominaga will have to do instead.

On 8th July Ganbare☆Wrestling will be hosting a special 4th Anniversary show for Dai Suzuki in his hometown of Tochigi. This is news for Suzuki because he has never wrestled for Ganpuro. This is really just an excuse for Ohka to promote a show outside of Tokyo and spread Ganpuro over to a new region and apparently Suzuki owed him a favour going back to his debut match.


Iron Man Title In Orlando, Right To Challenge Changes, Double Sweet Death Match

April 3, 2017

This past week in Orlando, the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title went through a series of title changes all around the city. There were many pro wrestling shows held throughout Orlando and the Iron Man Title was seen in several of them. The first title change happened on 30th March when Joey Ryan lost the title to Brandi Rhodes on a WrestlePro show. The show promoter Pat Buck then won the title backstage later in the night. Buck was later pinned by Ryan. So far, so good.

The next day Ryan defended the title in an Over The Top Rope Battle Royal at the WrestleCon Super Show. Ryan was pinned by The Underground Luchador who afterwards revealed himself to be Matt Striker. Ryan, who wasn’t eliminated because it was Over The Top Rope rules only, threw Striker out of the ring to eliminate him and win back the belt. The match ended with Swoggle eliminating Ryan to become champion. Ryan quickly won the belt back but his celebration was then interrupted by The Sandman! One Singapore Cane beating later and The Sandman is champ. Later backstage Swoggle snuck up on a sleeping Sandman and pinned him, then Joey did the same to Swoggle. So at the end of the night, Joey had the belt. Got it? Because it’s going to get a bit more hectic.

Many more changes happened on April Fool’s Day. First, a match between Joey and The Primate at What Culture Pro Wrestling was interrupted by Jack The Jobber pinning Joey to win the title. Joey won the belt back but then lost it to Joe Hendry. However, Hendry declared that he hates comedy wrestling so he threw the belt into a trash bin. An official decision was made to declare the Trash Bin as the new champion! Jack The Jobber pinned the Bin, Joey pinned Jack and then ran off to the WrestleCon Women’s Super Show. While there, Shayna Baszler submitted Joey with an Armbar. Eddie Kingston stole the belt backstage. He was declared the champion when Baszler gave up searching for the belt. Kingston then traded the belt to Joey for some cigarettes.

Sunday was a quiet day in comparison. With all the attention on WrestleMania, there weren’t as many shows being held elsewhere in the city. But in the early hours of the morning Beyond Wrestling was running a midnight show. Joey Ryan was pinned by Joey Janela in a Mixed Tag Match. When the show was over Janela was ambushed by The Invisible Man! So right now at the time of writing, The Invisible Man is your Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion!

DDT “FIRST TIME ADVANCE! 2017”, 08/04/2017
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere 5 Minute Fight: Antonio Honda Vs Royce Isaacs
2. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere 5 Minute Fight: Akito Vs Kouki Iwasaki
3. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere 5 Minute Fight: Keisuke Ishii Vs Yoshihiko
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere 5 Minute Fight: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Kazusada Higuchi
5. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere 5 Minute Fight: KUDO Vs Shigehiro Irie
6. Best Final Of A Song! No, I’m Dancing! Final Conclusion For A Second Time!!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
7. 4 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Shuji Ishikawa Vs Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga
8. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
9. You Will Kill Or Get Hurt! You Will Get Caught Or Killed! Special Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Danshoku Dino
10. Spring Big Bang Battle: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Mad Paulie

This year’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contracts will be put on the line in five separate single matches. Each match has a five minute time limit and if the time expires the winner will be determined by the audience.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAREKATSUDON~”, 09/04/2017
Niigata City Nishikawa Multi-Purpose Hall

1. No. 1 Idol Wrestler In DDT Decision: Toru Owashi Vs Makoto Oishi
2. T2Hide Vs Shuten-dōji: Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi
3. 4 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Kazusada Higuchi
4. Konosuke Takeshita & Guanchulo Vs Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
5. Niigata Specialty Match! Tochio Fried Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs MAO
6. Tag Match Where Muscle Friends Encourage Super Sasadango Machine For Medical Treatment: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino (w/ Super Sasadango Machine) Vs Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda
7. HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie & Kouki Iwasaki

Super Sasadango Machine is still a ways away from being healthy enough to wrestle again. His friends Danshoku Dino, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda are banding together to help him out. Yoshihiro Takayama is coming along too.

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: X Vs X
2. Nakano Practice Student Debut Match: Nakano Vs X
3. Union MAX Title: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

No details yet on the new BASARA trainee.

Also appearing on the card are Minoru Tanaka, Atsushi Maruyama, Hagane, Gunso, YO-HEY, Kenshin Chikano and Tatsuhiko Yoshino.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOKYO 2017”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Enjo-gun, Osaka’s First Visit!: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Daina Mido & Hiroto Okubo
2. Ganbare Wrestling In OSAKA Special Single Match: Yukinori Abe Vs Hiro Tonai
3. No Protein 15,000 Calorie Intake Bombardment Double Sweet Death Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Bambi
4. I Return To Chiba’s Grace In Osaka: Minoru Fujita & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yasu Urano & MIYAWAKI
5. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Atsushi Maruyama

Yumehito Imanari is blaming Bambi for the failure of their tag team. Imanari likes big women and he thinks Bambi’s recent weight loss is a bad thing. So he devised an extremely dangerous version of the Sweet Death Match. This time there will be FIVE times the amount of candy used in the match!


GANBARE☆WRESTLING “THIS IS MY WAY TO LIVE 2017” Results

April 2, 2017

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “THIS IS MY WAY TO LIVE 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR
140 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO defeated Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69 when SAKAMOTO pinned Tominaga with the Michinoku Driver II (14:24).
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Ken Ohka & Ganbare The Great defeated Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii when Ohka pinned Abe with the Fire Spear (16:11).
3. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata defeated Yumehito Imanari & Bambi when Masayuki pinned Imanari with the Salty Splash (6:40).
4. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito defeated Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara when Katsumura submitted Chikara with a Jumping Crucifix Armbreaker (8:37).
5. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Final: Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara defeated Yumehito Imanari & Bambi when Chikara pinned Imanari with the Saber Chop (5:45).
6. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Final: Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO defeated Ken Ohka & Ganbare The Great when Kenso Ohka submitted Ken Ohka with a Figure Four Leg Lock (17:32).

The second show of the day featured the remaining rounds of the World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament. It began with Ken Ohka & Ganbare The Great entering the ring to the Big Japan theme song. Ohka wondered why they were using that music. Ganbare said he chose the song because they were taking part in a big Japanese pro wrestling show. The song played again when they left the ring and the crowd chanted “Dai Nippon!” at them.

In the semi-finals Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling eliminated Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69 while Ohka & Ganbare advanced over Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii. In the final, KAZMA SAKAMOTO unmasked Ganbare, revealing that it really was Minoru Fujita under the mask. Kenso Ohka targeted Ken Ohka’s leg effectively enough for him to tap out to a Figure Four Leg Lock. Kenso complained that there was no trophy then praised SAKAMOTO for being best, kindest tag wrestler ever. When they left, Ken Ohka called for Fujita to come over to him. Fujita put his mask back on and went back to his Ganbare character. Ohka admitted he knew it was Fujita all along and that their defeat was not his fault. Ohka said he has never won a tournament but more opportunities will come along. He then joked that Fujita can go to over Big Japan. Fujita threatened to quit instead even though he doesn’t know why he would do that.

A second tournament took place throughout the show but this one was done using Losers Advance rules. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament featured all of the teams that were eliminated in Round 1. Both Enjo-gun and Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito won their matches so they survived the embarrassment of being in the final. That went to the teams of Yumehito Imanari & Bambi and Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara. Chikara overcame his hesitation to hit Bambi to win the match, using as many Saber Chops as his heart desired. Imanari & Bambi were “rewarded” with the title of Weakest Team. Imanari blamed Bambi for their failure because she recently lost weight. To make up for this Imanari challenged Bambi to a Double Sweet Death Match in Osaka on 30th April. Imanari wants to fill Bambi with 15,000 calories of candy!


GANBARE☆WRESTLING “I TELL A LIE WITH MY EYES 2017” Results

April 2, 2017

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “I TELL A LIE WITH MY EYES 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR
131 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Space Of Ganbare: Andromeda KEN defeated Space Galaxy Warrior Andros with the Earthbound Twist (6:53).
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69 defeated Yumehito Imanari & Bambi when Tominaga pinned Imanari with the JK (9:55).
3. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: Ken Ohka & Ganbare The Great defeated Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara when Ohka pinned Chikara with the Fire Spear (8:14).
4. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO defeated Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata when Ohka pinned Masayuki with a Diving Elbow Drop (16:33).
5. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii defeated Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito when Fujita pinned Katsumura with a Minoru Fujita Style Cradle (16:02).

Ganbare☆Wrestling held two shows in one day for the World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament. The first show contained the entire first round. In the main event Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii bested Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito. Ishii called it a superb victory especially since it has been 6 years and 7 months since he last teamed with Abe. According to Abe, the bond between them that was formed back in the Monthly Young Communication days will lead them throughout the tournament.

Enjo-gun reunited for the tournament but fell in the first round to Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling. The end came when KAZMA SAKAMOTO knocked Shibata out of the ring. Kenso Ohka kept the pressure on Mitomi Masayuki with Brainbusters until a Diving Elbow Drop finally got the pin.

The big question in the build up to the tournament was who would Ken Ohka’s partner be? We found out when a masked man wearing a shirt with a giant F on it appeared. He is called Ganbare The Great. Height, weight and nationality unknown. Also he apparently cannot speak Japanese. Everyone in the ring loudly wondered if it was Minoru Fujita in disguise but Ganbare would not answer them. He and Ohka worked well enough to earn a victory, hitting Chikara with a Double Spear.

Yumehito Imanari had an unusual idea for motivation when he teamed with Bambi. He would sneak up from behind, grab the part of her hips where her skin was exposed and scream “Belly Meat Power!” Whatever he gained from doing that didn’t work and the team lost to Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69.

Despite losing the opening match, Space Galaxy Warrior Andros claimed that peace on Earth was preserved thanks to his match with Andromeda KEN.


Happy Motels Finale, Ganbare Tag Tournaments, Sasaki Vs Togo

March 29, 2017

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 19”, 01/04/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi
2. Toru Owashi & Shigehiro Irie Vs Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata
3. KUDO Vs Mad Paulie
4. Akito Vs Yasu Urano
5. Unit Opposition 3 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino
6. Happy Motels Final Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo

One last match for Happy Motels and it is against their bitter enemies DAMNATION.

Akito is immediately pitted against a former Smile Squash friend. Will his match with Yasu Urano be a friendly affair?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “I TELL A LIE WITH MY EYES 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Space Of Ganbare: Space Galaxy Warrior Andros Vs Andromeda KEN
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1A: Ken Ohka & X Vs Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara
3. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1B: Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito
4. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1C: Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69 Vs Yumehito Imanari & Bambi
5. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1D: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

Ken Ohka still has not decided who he will team with in the tournament. He might even enter the tournament by himself!

Space Galaxy Warrior Andros and Andromeda KEN are wrestling each other because they both have “Andro” in their names.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “THIS IS MY WAY TO LIVE 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1A Vs Winners Of Match 1B
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1C Vs Winners Of Match 1D
3. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Losers Of Match 1A Vs Losers Of Match 1B
4. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Losers Of Match 1C Vs Losers Of Match 1D
5. I Will Not Give Up Tag Tournament – Final: Losers Of Losers Semi Final 1 Vs Losers Of Losers Semi Final 2
6. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Final: Winners Of Semi Final 1 Vs Winners Of Semi Final 2

The Losers Tournament has been renamed the I Will Not Give Up Tournament. Still no mention of what the prizes are for the two tournaments.

BASARA “VAJRA 32 ~SPRING BAMBOO AFTER RAIN~”, 06/04/2017
Yokohama Nigiwai-za Noge Share

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Konaka = Pale One Vs PSYCHO
2. Hardcore Match: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Gunso
3. IRON PRIEST Vs Double ★ Trans-Am: FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Trans-Am ★ Shinya & Trans-Am ★ Abe
4. Episode 2 – Death Penalty Of Best Stretchman V3: Isami Kodaka Vs Best Stretchman V3
5. Cavalry Vs Hiroshi du Soleil: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT

Fuminori Abe is the latest wrestler to get a Trans-Am ★ Upgrade. For some reason every picture of him that Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi has been posting on Twitter is actually pictures of Maven photoshopped with the rest of the group.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN NARIMASU”, 08/04/2017
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Syoko Nakajima & Reika Saiki Vs Yuna Manase & Nodoka-oneesan
2. Marika Kobashi Return Battle: Miyu Yamashita & Marika Kobashi Vs Nonoko & Mil Clown
3. Mizuki Vs Itoh Maki
4. SIN Biishiki-gun Vs Dragon Bombers: Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
5. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title Match: Yuu (c) Vs Azusa Takigawa

Mizuki (formerly all upper case but now written normally) is from Kobe, is 158cm tall and was born on 16th March, 1995. She’s been wrestling on and off since December 2012. She previously wrestled for JWP and Ice Ribbon. Her signature moves are the Aquamarina and the Cutie Special. Mizuki will be a regular wrestler for Toyko Joshi Pro starting in April.

DDT “FIRST TIME ADVANCE! 2017”, 08/04/2017
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal: X Vs X
2. You Will Kill Or Get Hurt! You Will Get Caught Or Killed! Special Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Danshoku Dino
3. Spring Big Bang Battle: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Mad Paulie

The annual Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal is back! DDT’s answer to both the Royal Rumble and the Money In The Bank is used to determine the next couple of KO-D Openweight Title challengers throughout the summer.

Royce Isaacs will be making his DDT debut on this show. Isaacs participated in the DNA Grand Prix last year and was impressive enough to be brought in for a main tour in DDT.

DDT “DAMNATION ILLEGAL GATHERING”, 14/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato
2. DDT Extreme Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Dick Togo

The postcard plan Daisuke Sasaki put in place to find a challenger probably worked too well. Dick Togo is stepping up to the plate! Sasaki and his mentor still have bad blood brewing between them over the last year.

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Union MAX Title: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

The Union MAX Title now belongs to Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi and his first defence takes place in Korakuen Hall. It is Ryota Nakatsu’s desire to win the title because he wrestled in Union Pro for the last year of the brand’s existence but never had the chance to chase after that championship.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOKYO 2017”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Enjo-gun, Osaka’s First Visit!: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Daina Mido & Hiroto Okubo
2. Ganbare Wrestling In OSAKA Special Single Match: Yukinori Abe Vs Hiro Tonai
3. I Return To Chiba’s Grace In Osaka: Minoru Fujita & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yasu Urano & MIYAWAKI
4. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Atsushi Maruyama

Earlier this month Ken Ohka won the World Jr. Heavyweight Title over in K-DOJO. The title lineage can be traced all the way back to FMW. Ohka wants Atsushi Maruyama to be his first challenger because he has been an inspiration to Ohka and Ganbare☆Wrestling. Also if Ohka wants to be a strong champion he needs to defend the belt against strong challengers so he’s giving Maruyama the home field advantage by holding the title match in Osaka!


Trump Declares Dino Vs Joey A Wrestling War!

March 15, 2017

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 Poison Sawada JULIE 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) (w/ Matsu-hime (Kimika Tokuta)) Vs Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) (w/ Oichi (Mai Iriya))
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. PRO WRESTLING TEES Presents “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

The feud between Danshoku Dino and Joey Ryan now has American politics involved! Dino held a press conference with “Donald Trump” who claimed to be a new owner of DDT. Trump was here to give an international PowerPoint presentation for Dino’s upcoming match with Ryan. Trump said the match will be a war between two geniuses. Because of this it was difficult to determine what match the two wrestlers should have. Trump gave a SWOT analysis on Dino to solve this problem. According to the analysis, Dino’s strength is being the strongest gay wrestler in the world but his weakness is his antics making his parents angry. His opportunity is to make gay marriage legal in Japan but his biggest threat is Japan’s ageing society.

Using this information Trump came up with several ideas for match stipulations like a Gay Tag Royal Rumble, a Mutual Parant Swapping Death Match and a 30 Year Iron Man Match. He also considered moving the match over to the town where Dino’s parents live. But as the conference went on Trump began focusing on the words “SWOT ANALYSIS” on the screen. He looked closer and closer until he singled out the word “ANAL”. That’s when he made his decision. It should be an Anal Explosion Death Match! This match is a World Wrestling War so it should be fought under the most dangerous stipulation! Trump denied being Super Sasadango Machine in disguise. Dino suggested that Sasadango evolved into Trump like a Pokémon. Dino then wondered why is this match now a war? Fighting Joey in an Anal Explosion Death Match isn’t going to solve anything. Trump ended the conference by saying he will never leave Japan.

Oh, and Pro Wrestling Tees is now sponsoring this match. A selection of DDT shirts are now available on the site.

TAVERN WRESTLING “ALCOHOL MANIA 2017”, 23/03/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu & Miyu Yamashita Vs Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
2. Obi-chan Close Call ~Final Chapter~ 5 Way Match: Sayaka Obihiro Vs Joey Ryan Vs Cherry Vs Yusuke Kubo Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. Best Stretchman V3 Debut Match: Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi Vs Kazuhiro Tamura & Hiroshi Kondo
4. Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Shinya & SAGAT
5. DDT Foods Strongest Store Decision Falls Count Anywhere 3 Way Match: Isami Kodaka & Akito Vs KUDO & Gota Ihashi Vs Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi
6. Union MAX Title: FUMA (c) Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi

Isami Kodaka & Akito are representing the Drop Kick Bar, KUDO & Gota Ihashi are representing Ebisuko Tavern and Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi are representing the Swan Dive Bar.

So Daichi Kazato was being literal when he said he was going to turn into Best Stretchman because that’s his new gimmick, the third person to use it apparently. I have no idea who the first two were.

Hiroshi Kondo is from HEAT-UP. His nickname is “Gutsiness”.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN YOKOHAMA!”, 25/03/2017
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. Yuna Manase Vs Maho Kurone
2. Reika Saiki & Maki Itoh Vs Mil Clown & Nodoka-oneesan
3. Yuu & Syoko Nakajima Vs Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko
4. Red Roses In Paris Vs White Dragon! Special Single Match: Saki-nami (w/ Martha) Vs Rika Tatsumi
5. Akane Miura Graduation Match: Akane Miura Vs Miyu Yamashita

Akane Miura chose Miyu Yamashita to be her final opponent because her favourite matches in Tokyo Joshi Pro were against her.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “I TELL A LIE WITH MY EYES 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. X Vs X
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1A: Ken Ohka & X Vs Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Chikara
3. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1B: Yukihiro Abe & Keisuke Ishii Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Takafumi Ito
4. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1C: Shinichiro Tominaga & Hi69 Vs Yumehito Imanari & Bambi
5. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Round 1D: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

A mystery non-tournament match was added to the show.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “THIS IS MY WAY TO LIVE 2017”, 02/04/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1A Vs Winners Of Match 1B
2. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1C Vs Winners Of Match 1D
3. Losers Remaining Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Losers Of Match 1A Vs Losers Of Match 1B
4. Losers Remaining Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Losers Of Match 1C Vs Losers Of Match 1D
5. Losers Remaining Tag Tournament – Final: Losers Of Losers Semi Final 1 Vs Losers Of Losers Semi Final 2
6. World’s Strongest Ganbare☆Tag Tournament – Final: Winners Of Semi Final 1 Vs Winners Of Semi Final 2

A losers tag tournmanet is going on in addition to the regular tournament. There hasn’t been any mention yet as to what the winners of the proper tournament and ultimate losers of the other tournament will get at the end.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN NARIMASU”, 08/04/2017
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title Match: Yuu (c) Vs Azusa Takigawa

Azusa Takigawa is finally getting over the idea that it is necessary to get married in order to become a stronger wrestler. She will now work hard towards beating Yuu for the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title to prove this.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.32 ~COME TOGETHER~”, 21/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 2nd Battle: Dai Suzuki Vs Masato Tanaka
2. Kotaro Suzuki & LEONA Vs Mizuki Watase & MAO
3. Kazushi Sakuraba & Kendo Kashin Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mike Bailey
4. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Shunma Katsumata

The winner of the main event will headline DNA’s debut show in Korakuen Hall on 10th May against Mike Bailey.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~”, 10/05/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. MAIN GIG: Mike Bailey Vs Winner Of 21/4 Main Event

Mike Bailey gets the main event spot for winning the DNA Grand Prix.