Ganpro’s Last Shows Of 2018, New Year’s Wrestling Tournament Matches Plus Team Names

December 13, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TRUE RISE 2018”, 17/12/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Miracle Experience! Unbelievable Match: Moeka Haruhi Vs Fairy Nihonbashi
2. Toshinose! Ganpro Special Tag Bout!: Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ken Ohka & Shota

This was supposed to be the final Ganbare☆Wrestling show of the year but this week they announced they will hosting matches at the annual RIZIN Martial Arts Expo at Saitama Super Arena’s Community Area on 31st December. This will be the fourth year in a row Ganpro is involved in the expo.

Yumehito Imanari, Shuichiro Katsumura and Shuhei Washida will be on the show.

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2018 ~TOSHIWASHURE! SHUFFLE TAG TOURNAMENT”, 31/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino Vs Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda
2. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata
3. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Brahman Shu or Brahman Kei & Masahiro Takanashi
4. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara Vs Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey
5. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yuya Aoki & MAO
6. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi (w/ Hideki Suzuki)
7. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao
8. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno Vs Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA
9. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #1 Vs Winners Of Match #2
10. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #3 Vs Winners Of Match #4
11. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #5 Vs Winners Of Match #6
12. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #7 Vs Winners Of Match #8
13. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
14. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
15. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

HARASHIMA’s original tag partner Abdullah Kobayashi is unable to compete in the tournament because of a shoulder injury. Masashi Takeda takes his place.

Hideki Suzuki will not be wrestling in the tournament but has agreed to be the ringside second for Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi.

The Japan Indie Grand Prix Awards presented by Samurai! TV will be held during the show.

We have tag team names!

Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Iino (Muscle Wolf)
Ryota Hama & Antonio Honda (Hama Ton)
Yuji Okabayashi & Yukio Sakaguchi (Bald & Blonde)
Takuya Nomura & Kazuki Hirata (☆Team Nomura☆)
Yuko Miyamoto & Konosuke Takeshita (Nishinari Elite Yankee Konosuke And Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Strongest Man)
Brahman Shu or Brahman Kei & Masahiro Takanashi (Toryumon Refugees)
Great Kojika & Sammy Guevara (Japan-US 4 Dimensional Combination)
Takayuki Ueki & Mike Bailey (Team Let’s Go)
Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Tetsuya Endo (2nd Generation Party Boys)
Yuya Aoki & MAO (Cherry Boys On The Run)
Daichi Hashimoto & Daisuke Sasaki (Super Fighting Three Musketeers)
Yoshihisa Uto & Sanshiro Takagi (w/ Hideki Suzuki) (Black Three Star)
Yasufumi Nakanoue & Kazusada Higuchi (Team Katagi)
Minoru Fujita & Soma Takao (MudNATION)
Ryuji Ito & Yuki Ueno (Team A Line)
Masashi Takeda & HARASHIMA (Madness Smile/Crazy Smile)


2 Laps Left In Grand Prix, Bad Communication 2018, Masato Kamino Returns, TJPW Christmas Matches

December 11, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA”, 14/12/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. 3 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Akito & Yuki Iino Vs KUDO & Antonio Honda
2. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Makoto Oishi
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (4) Vs Puma King (4)
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO (4) Vs Go Shiozaki (6)
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (4) Vs Soma Takao (2)
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi (2) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)

Two shows left for the group stage of the D-Ou Grand Prix. In Yokohama, Go Shiozaki can lead the A Block if he beats MAO. HARASHIMA needs to beat Puma King to stay in the running. Konosuke Takeshita is in a similar situation but every Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match during the tournament has resulted in a new champion every time. Both Shinya Aoki and Sammy Guevara can break away from Tetsuya Endo if they win their matches.

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno Vs Puma King & Mizuki Watase
2. Nagoya Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ultimo Dragon, Toru Owashi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Makoto Oishi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) Vs Kazusada Higuchi (6)
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (4) Vs Go Shiozaki (6)
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) Vs MAO (4)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (4) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (6) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)

It’s a bit difficult to go through the different paths before the Yokohama show takes place. To make a long story short A Block is right now down to Kazusada Higuchi, Shiozaki, HARASHIMA and MAO. In B Block the race is between Endo, Aoki, Guevara with Takeshita chasing them.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2018”, 16/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Return To Battle: Hiroshi Yamato, Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Takeshi Okada
2. Bloom In The Sacred Place! GanJo No Hana!: Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE Vs Fairy Nihonbashi & Sumire Natsu
3. Special Tag Match: Naoshi Sano & Carbell Ito Vs Chikara & Mitomi Masayuki
4. Hitori Shiten No Puroresu, All Or Nothing Big Battle: Keisuke Ishii Vs Jun Akiyama
5. Fate Of POWER OF DREAM Showdown: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Jake Lee
6. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Sento Minzoku In Korakuen Hall!! – Texas Tornado Singapore Cane Tag Match: Yumehito Imanari & Shota Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura
7. No Rope Barbed Wire Death Match: Ken Ohka Vs Minoru Fujita

During a press conference held inside the Ebisuko Tavern the team of Yumehito Imanari & Shota said they wanted to rise up with violence and aggression that they’ve lacked in their previous matches against Sento Minzoku. When they were about to announce the match stipulation, Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura stormed the room and attacked them. Shota fought them off with a bamboo sword and revealed the match will be a Texas Tornado Singapore Cane Tag Match! Sekine & Shimomura attacked again and this time got the better of their opponents. When they left the tavern Shota & Imanari swore they will get their revenge at Korakuen Hall!

BASARA “BASARA 84 ~FEAST~”, 18/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial – Legendary Prosecutor Revival!: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs X
2. FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Takato Nakano & Jun Masaoka
3. Masato Kamino Return Battle: Masato Kamino Vs Fuminori Abe
4. Trans-Am ★ Trans-Am: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuji
5. Best Stretchman V3 & Yasu Urano Vs Best Stretchman Amazaon & Stretchman Man
6. Sparky Vs Sento Minzoku!: Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizara Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Daiki Shimomura & Minoru Fujita

Former DNA rookie Masato Kamino returns after a year plus long absence from the ring thanks to injury. He signed a deal to join BASARA on 1st December.

It’s been a while since Gouma Ryu had a Pro Wrestling Trial, mainly because his rival prosecutor Hercules Senga was too busy being forced to switch into other gimmicks. But what’s this? The original prosecutor for these matches Atsushi Maruyama is back to take his place!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “WELL, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2018”, 22/12/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Yuki Kamifuku & Hinano Vs Veda Scott & Raku
2. Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Pom Harajuku & Haruna Neko
3. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Hikari Vs Miyu Yamashita
4. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Mina Shirakawa Vs Yuna Manase
5. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Reika Saiki Vs Nodoka Tenma
6. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Yuki Aino Vs YUMI
7. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Hyper Misao Vs Miu
8. Christmas Special 6 Big Single Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki

A fan lottery took place at a HMV store in Shibuya a few days ago to select the six special Christmas matches. Each match has a 10 minute time limit.


Shining! Ganbare☆Wrestling Grand Prize, Maku Donamon Coming To DDT

November 29, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TRUE RISE 2018”, 17/12/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic

1. Miracle Experience! Unbelievable Match: Moeka Haruhi Vs Fairy Nihonbashi

Since this is the last Ganbare☆Wrestling show of the year the group will be giving out awards for the highlights of 2018. Ganpro has done this before but are promoting the event as the first ever Shining! Ganbare☆Wrestling Grand Prize awards. These awards will apparently provide a different perspective and won’t just be using traditional categories like Best Match and MVP. Yumehito Imanari is the chairman behind the idea and also judge for one of the awards. To the surprise of no one he is judging the Miss Fat Grand Prix category.

DDT “DRAMATIC AKASONAE! 2019”, 13/01/2019
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, along comes this. Maku Donamon comes from a mysterious underground league called UDON Pro Wrestling. The comedy group holds mat wrestling shows inside bars and two of its acts have caught the attention of DDT. Presenting Maku Donamon and his manager Haru Phoenix! Donamon is nicknamed the Yellow Devil in Tokushima. He is 170cm tall and weighs 80kg. He’s also a lewd Ronald McDonald. Both Donamon and Phoenix will be involved at DDT’s Osaka weekend doubleheader in January.


Video – Ishii Vs Iwasaki

November 28, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOTAL RECALL 2018”, 22/11/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic
54 Fans – No Vacancy

Elegy Of Ganpro Transfers: Keisuke Ishii Vs Kouki Iwasaki


GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOTAL RECALL 2018” Results

November 22, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOTAL RECALL 2018”, 22/11/2018
Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic
54 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Forecast For Tomorrow, Occupy The Future! Clash Of Fate! Weather Forecaster Wrestler Vs Fortune Telling Wrestler!: Moeka Haruhi Vs Cherry ended in a No Contest when Yumehito Imanari interfered (5:18).
2. Mr. Showtime Vs Real Tiger Mask Again!!: Shota defeated Shuichiro Katsumura with a Cradle (8:24).
3. Elegy Of Ganpro Transfers: Keisuke Ishii Vs Kouki Iwasaki ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
4. Ganbare☆Wrestling’s 41 Year Old Representative Ken Ohka Send Off Match For Korakuen Hall: Ken Ohka Vs Mitomi Masayuki ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
5. Special Match: Ken Ohka defeated Keisuke Ishii, Kouki Iwasaki, Shota & Yumehito Imanari when Ohka pinned Imanari with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (3:14).

Mitomi Masayuki answered Ken Ohka’s challenge in the main event, coming back to Ganbare☆Wrestling after an almost 2 year absence. Ohka came close to winning when he hit the Fire Spear but the time ran out before he could get the pin. Masayuki told Ohka he’s been watching him from the shadows ever since the last Ganpro show in Korakuen Hall. He’s watched everything from Ohka’s feud with Katsumura-gun, Ohka’s disappearance, the rise of the Imanari Revolution and now the arrival of Sento Minzoku. He understands that the fans come to see Ohka do his best and Masayuki is now inspired to do his best at Korakuen next month.

When Masayuki left the room a bunch of the regular Ganpro wrestlers approached Ohka. They all want a match with him but realise there are no more shows scheduled until Korakuen. So all of them want a match with Ohka right now! A special 4 Vs 1 Handicap Match began and Ohka survived the odds to win. Ohka thanked them for being his really good friends and he rallied the fans to end the show.

Kouki Iwasaki had Keisuke Ishii pinned in a Cradle during the final seconds of the match. Ishii was able to reach out and touch the wall. In Ichigaya Nankai Memorial Clinic that counts as a rope break so Ishii avoided defeat and the match ended in a time limit draw.

In a rematch from last month, Shota got his win back against Shuichiro Katsumura by faking a foot injury. By playing possum, Shota lured Katsumura into giving him a Figure 4 Leg Lock. Shota countered the move into an Inside Cradle to get the three count. Shota then showed Katsumura that his injury was faked. The two of them now want one more match to settle the score.

Yumehito Imanari’s presence was felt for almost the entire show. He was mostly filming footage to be used for the intro video for December’s big event in Korakuen. He also set up an interview space on the wrestling mat to talk to some of the wrestlers between the matches. Moeka Haruhi straight up told Imanari during her interview that she didn’t want him involved in her match with Cherry because of his current habit of causing no contests whenever women wrestle each other here. Imanari tried to sneak into the match as the referee but the real referee Daisuke Kiso blocked him off. Imanari pulled Kiso away during a pin which caused Haruhi and Cherry to both attack him. Kiso then called off the match.


Video – Ohka Vs Sekine

November 22, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “RED ANGEL 2018”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
126 Fans

Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Sento Minzoku Again!: Ken Ohka Vs Ryuichi Sekine


Yuu’s Final Tokyo Joshi Match, Ganpro Barb Wire Match At Korakuen, Nakajima Joins Forces With Riho

November 19, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “HOW DO YOU LIKE NARIMASU?”, 24/11/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Kyou Debut Match: Kyou Vs Yuka Sakazaki
2. Yuna Manase Vs Haruna Neko
3. Reika Saiki, Raku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Hyper Misao, Yuki Kamifuku & Miu
4. 3 Way Match: Mizuki Vs Nodoka Tenma Vs Hinano
5. Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuu
6. Miyu Yamashita & Hikari Vs Maki Ito & Yuki Aino

Now that the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title is out of the main event picture, Maki Ito has to put all of her focus on Miyu Yamashita. According to Yamashita this will be the best idea for Ito because the chase for the TOKYO Princess Title is more interesting when the challenger doesn’t already have a belt.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY ~FIVE YEAR OLD TOKYO JOSHI PRO WRESTLING~”, 01/12/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. Yumi Debut Match: Yumi Vs Saki Akai
2. Yuu Vs Nodoka Tenma

Yuu’s final match in Tokyo Joshi Pro before she turns freelance is against the woman she shared her debut with two years ago.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2018”, 16/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Tag Match: Naoshi Sano & Carbell Ito Vs Chikara & Mitomi Masayuki
2. Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Return To Battle: Hiroshi Yamato, Yukihiro Abe & Shuhei Washida Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Nobuhiro Tsurumaki & Takeshi Okada
3. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Sento Minzoku In Korakuen Hall!!: Yumehito Imanari & Shota Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura
4. Bloom In The Sacred Place! GanJo No Hana!: Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE Vs Fairy Nihonbashi & Sumire Natsu
5. Fate Of POWER OF DREAM Showdown: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Jake Lee
6. Hitori Shiten No Puroresu, All Or Nothing Big Battle: Keisuke Ishii Vs Jun Akiyama
7. No Rope Barbed Wire Death Match: Ken Ohka Vs Minoru Fujita

The most developed feud in Ganbare☆Wrestling’s history has come back to the surface for the group’s second show in Korakuen Hall. There is history between Ken Ohka and Minoru Fujita, sometimes as friends but mostly as enemies. To ensure both men will give their absolute all, the match is going to be a No Rope Barbed Wire Death Match!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’19”, 04/01/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Meiko Satomura Vs Reika Saiki
2. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (c) Vs Shoko Nakajima & Riho
3. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Maki Ito

The relationship mapping for the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles match is a little bit all over the place. Yuka Sakazaki and Shoko Nakajima are friends and team together as the Miraclians. But Sakazaki currently teams with Mizuki as the Magical Sugar Rabbits. Mizuki has been friends with Riho since before joining Tokyo Joshi and they teamed together to challenge for the Tag Titles back in January. So when Nakajima was looking for someone good enough to beat the best team in TJPW, she picked Riho. No mention of a team name for them yet but there has certainly has to be one for the sake of the relationship chart.