DDT “JUDGEMENT 2017 ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE” Results

March 20, 2017

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2017 ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE”, 20/03/2017
Saitama Super Arena
10,702 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. DNA Offer Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Naomi Yoshimura & Dai Suzuki defeated Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno when Yoshimura pinned Ueno with the Throw Away Power Bomb (8:08).
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu, Mil Clown & Itoh Maki defeated Reika Saiki, Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa when Clown pinned Takigawa with the Mil Clutch α (10:23).
0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight & King Of Dark Titles – DDT Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration Dramatic Rumble: Guanchulo (I/c) defeated Ken Ohka and Munenori Sawa by Ring Out (17:06).
0a. Tomohiko Hashimoto eliminated Rion Mizuki with the Choke Slam (3:56).
0b. Poison Sawada JULIE eliminated Daichi Kakimoto by Ring Out (5:17).
0c. Poison Sawada JULIE eliminated GENTARO and BAMBI by Ring Out (5:27).
0d. Poison Sawada JULIE eliminated MIKAMI by Ring Out (5:35).
0e. Poison Sawada JULIE eliminated Tomohiko Hashimoto by Ring Out (5:53).
0f. Gorgeous Matsuno eliminated Poison Sawada JULIE by Pinfall when DJ Nira pushed Matsuno on top of JULIE (6:45).
0g. Yoshihiko eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga by Ring Out (11:21).
0h. Yoshihiko eliminated Hoshitango by Ring Out (11:23).
0j. Yoshihiko eliminated Gorgeous Matsuno with the Reincarnation (11:27).
0k. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi eliminated Yoshihiko with the Michinoku Driver II from Kotatsu (12:20).
0k. Mad Paulie eliminated Gota Ihashi (D/c) with the Reverse Splash (13:30).
*D1 for Gota Ihashi.
0l. Kotatsu (I/c) eliminated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi and Mad Paulie by Pinfall (14:37).
*V? for Kotatsu.
0m. Guanchulo eliminated Kotatsu (I/c) by Pinfall after the Rabbit Punch from Munenori Sawa (15:08).
*Guanchulo becomes the 1,208th champion.
0n. Guanchulo (I/c) eliminated Ken Ohka and Munenori Sawa by Ring Out (17:06).
*V1 for Guanchulo.
Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Yoshihiko defeated Guanchulo (c) with the Superfly From The Stage (1:43 pm).
*Yoshihiko becomes the 1,209th champion.
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) and Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano when MAO pinned Urano with the Cannonball 450 (8:11).
*Team DNA fails in D2. NωA becomes the 29th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
2. Special 8-Man Tag Match: Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi & Yuni defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Lady Beard when Yuni pinned Hirata with a Hurricanrana (10:09).
Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kotatsu defeated Yoshihiko (c) by Pinfall (2:41 pm).
*Kotatsu becomes the 1,21oth champion.
Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Joey Ryan defeated Kotatsu (c) by Pinfall (2:42 pm).
*Joey Ryan becomes the 1,211th champion.
3. Shigehiro Irie Triennial Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Mike Bailey with the Tazzmission (8:44).
4. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2017: Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima defeated Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita when Satomura pinned Yamashita with the Death Valley Bomb (7:56).
5. Shungo Oyama Pro Wrestling Challenge Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo defeated KUDO & Shungo Oyama when Takayama pinned Oyama with the Everest German Suplex (13:15).
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – PRO WRESTLING TEES Presents “DDT Is DDT” 20 Years Entertainment Culmination! The Best In The World Bad Guy Decisive Battle Anal Explosion Death Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Joey Ryan (c) with the Danshoku Driver (12:03).
*Danshoku Dino becomes the 1,212th champion.
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo when Sakaguchi pinned Ishikawa with the Top Rope Right Knee Of God (12:16).
*V2 for Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi.
8. Kou Shibusawa 35th Anniversary “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” Sengoku Warlords Match: Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) (w/ Oichi (Mai Iriya)) defeated Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) (w/ Matsu-hime (Kimika Tokuta)) when Ibushi pinned Takagi with the Phoenix Splash (14:57).
9. DDT Extreme Title – Sekichu Presents Hardcore Match: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Jun Kasai (c) with the Diving Elbow Drop From The Ladder (19:07).
*Jun Kasai fails in V4. Daisuke Sasaki becomes the 39th DDT Extreme Champion!
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita defeated HARASHIMA (c) with the Cross Arm German Suplex (31:28).
*HARASHIMA fails in V4. Konosuke Takeshita becomes the 61st KO-D Openweight Champion!

Welcome to The Future! DDT celebrated 20 years in business by running the main stage of Saitama Super Arena for “JUDGEMENT 2017”. In the main event the torch was passed as the 21 year old Konosuke Takeshita defeated HARASHIMA to become the KO-D Openweight Champion for the second time in his career. The biggest stage called for a major main event and both wrestlers delivered with a 30 minute long clash. HARASHIMA’s neck was targeted early and his title reign was under threat when Takeshita gave him a Vertical Drop Brainbuster on the arena floor. HARASHIMA was left outside to get counted out but he returned on 18. He then turned the tables by avoiding a Dragon Suplex and attacking Takeshita’s knees. The damaged limb would later prevent Takeshita from hitting the German Suplex because HARASHIMA would grab onto them. A Short Range Lariat kept him down for a two count but that only riled HARASHIMA up and made him provoke Takeshita to attack even harder. Takeshita went high risk by placing HARASHIMA on the top turnbuckle. That backfired when HARASHIMA turned it into an Avalanche Reverse Frankensteiner followed by the Somato! Takeshita kicked out at two so HARASHIMA went for the Swan Dive Somato. Takeshita caught him in mid-air but HARASHIMA twisted around for another Reverse Frankensteiner. This time Takeshita blocked it and gave HARASHIMA a Croyt’s Wrath style German Suplex for a nearfall. HARASHIMA took control again and this time gave Takeshita the Yama-ori head drop. With both men completely spent they traded Elbow Smashes until Takeshita punched the champion and followed up with the Bionic Elbow taken from his mentor Antonio Honda. He hit the German Suplex but HARASHIMA was still able to kick out. Finally Takeshita crossed HARASHIMA’s arms together for one more German Suplex and this time the champion was down for the count.

Takeshita thanked HARASHIMA after the match. Takeshita became a pro wrestler because he loves DDT so to be in the main event for the company’s 20th Anniversary means everything to him. He feels the pressure of being the future of this company but he will show everyone why he deserves that title as DDT moves into its 21st year. When the new champion finished the prize ceremony he was approached by Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo. Sasaki said he knew Takeshita would beat HARASHIMA then pretended to cry. In truth, he doesn’t care about Takeshita’s accomplishment. DAMNATION will finish him and to prove it his first challenger will be Tetsuya Endo! Takeshita’s former friend said he does not know what the future really is but he’s not interested. In fact, the future he sees now is an eyesore. Takeshita accepted the challenge and they will get their match at Korakuen Hall on 29th April. The show then ended with a curtain call to DDT’s old theme song “Into The Light”. The final scene in the ring had Takeshita and HARASHIMA fist bump and agree to wrestle each other again some day. HARASHIMA went to leave the ring but Takeshita stopped him so they could leave together.

The weapons in the DDT Extreme Title match were provided by a company called Seki-chu and boy did Jun Kasai and Daisuke Sasaki use a lot of them. Tables, ladders, chairs, trash cans, rakes and even a wire mesh fence were used throughout the match. Sasaki came out on top but he had to put his body on the line to do so. Kasai was still alive and kicking after an Avalanche Power Bomb from the ladder through the fence. Even the NOW OR NEVER couldn’t put Kasai away. So Sasaki had to put Kasai on a table and climb up the ladder. With his last words being “I am Charisma!” Sasaki jumped off the ladder and hit a Diving Elbow Drop on Kasai. The table didn’t break but Kasai did and Sasaki became the new Extreme Champion! He threw the belt away, claiming he does not need it. He has words to say to Kasai, many of them that cannot be broadcast on TV but he cannot deny Kasai was at his craziest today. Still, Sasaki won’t conform. He won’t kiss ass. And he definitely won’t get married. “We are DAMNATION! And I am the Charisma, Daisuke Sasaki!”

Saitama Super Arena was taken back to the Romance Of The Three Kingdoms for a special 6-Man Tag promoting the Nobunaga’s Ambition video game. The series produce Kou Shibusawa greeted the audience before the match, telling everyone to enjoy video games and pro wrestling. All the wrestlers took part in their character costumes. Sanshiro Takagi wasted no time in building a castle of chairs in the ring. It was no surprise to anyone that he was thrown into the castle later. Isami Kodaka took out Daisuke Sekimoto with a Topé Suicida. Keiji Muto and Jun Akiyama faced off and had a stalemate when Akiyama hit the Exploder Suplex then Muto immediately fired back with the Shining Wizard. That left Kota Ibushi to give Takagi the Sit Down Last Ride followed by the Phoenix Splash to win the match.

When the segment was over Takagi stayed in the ring for an important announcement. He is happy to see so many people come out to see DDT’s 20th Anniversary. There is nothing left for him to do so he will retire immediately. Even though he is going away he is confident that DDT will grow bigger and bigger without him. He has no regrets even though he had announced a major goal at the 15th Anniversary show in Budokan Hall that never came to pass. He demanded the staff at ringside to give him the 10 bell salute and thanked everyone he could during each ringing of the bell. On the 8th toll he suddenly received a phone call. It turns out there is something left for him to do after all. Suddenly a picture of the Tokyo Dome appeared on the screen. Takagi announced that DDT will hold a Street Wrestling Match inside the Tokyo Dome later this year! Takagi immediately cancelled his plans to retire. There are still dreams and ambitions for DDT to come true!

Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi overcame an ambush by DAMNATION to keep the KO-D Tag Team Titles over their shoulders. Even though Sakaguchi’s goal for the match was to kill Endo, he instead settled with pinning Shuji Ishikawa to win the match. Not an easy feat at all! Ishikawa blocked the Right Knee Of God the first time so Sakaguchi had to climb the turnbuckles and hit an elevated version of his finisher to put the big dog down. Their victory ceremony was interrupted when Danshoku Dino snuck into the ring and gave the match sponsor a Lip Lock. Dino told Funaki he’s made a lot of enemies over his career but he has never fought a hybrid body like Dino’s, nor has he fought a real Dramatic Dream Team like Danshoku Dino & Yoshihiro Takayama! Dino is here to lay out the challenge. Real No Fear wants the KO-D Tag Team Titles! Funaki realised the match is unavoidable. He and Sakaguchi will fight Real No Fear. But until then the champions will drink.

There is a lot to go through for the next match. A lot! At some point in the show Joey Ryan won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. I’ll get into more detail with that later. For now just know that Ryan now had to defend the championship against Danshoku Dino in an Anal Explosion Death Match. But first, Donald Trump appeared for a complete English PowerPoint presentation. Trump revealed that the most powerful person in DDT is not the president Sanshiro Takagi or the KO-D Champion HARASHIMA. It is really the referee Yukinori Matsui! If there is one thing that Matsui hates more than anything else in wrestling it is explicit sexual humour. Do too much of it in front of Matsui and you will get fired. However Dino is the “World’s Strongest Gay Wrestler” and Ryan is the “World’s Strongest Penis Fighter”. Matsui will watch the match backstage so they need to find a way to wrestle explicitly in a way that won’t offend him. Somehow, some way, an Anal Explosion Death Match is acceptable because in this situation “ANAL” stands for “All Nations Anal Love”. If that wasn’t enough, Ryan revealed that Dino’s friend and former Iron Man Champion Ryota Yamazato has been kidnapped by foreign agents. In 20 minute’s time Yamazato’s rear end will be used for the Anal Explosion unless Dino can win the match before then.

The time began to count down and the match was ready to begin. But first the National Anthems of America and Japan had to be played. Additional commentary was provided by Trump and Guanchulo in English, Hoshitango in Spanish and Rekka in Chinese. As the match went on Matsui kept a close eye on the action from backstage. Dino and Ryan fought up the ramp towards the commentary stations. Ryan’s penis flung Dino off the ramp and crashing through the Spanish announce table. Dino was later thrown off the top turnbuckle and he crashed through the Chinese table. The commentators were so mad that they attacked Ryan but he fought them off with his penis. When Dino recovered he gathered the commentators in the ring and placed them on the corner turnbuckles with their backsides exposed. He then overpowered Dino’s penis, getting revenge for the spot that caused all this in the first place. By the time he put the Lip Lock on Ryan, Matsui had seen enough and made his way to the ring. Trump realised the match was in danger of being cancelled so he sprinted backstage. Some of the DNA wrestlers distracted Matsui by treating him like a celebrity, shaking his hand and asking for autographs. Then a mascot blocked his path but Matsui knocked it down with one punch. He then shook its hand. Matsui walked past the women’s locker room and the temptation to peak inside was too much. When it turned out that Cherry was the only person in there Matsui was grossed out and moved on. Finally Trump caught up with Matsui and confronted him. They chopped each other back and forth until they both leaned in closer and closer. Then they kissed. Back in the ring Dino pulled Ryan’s lollipop out of one of the commentator’s backside and he then put it in Ryan’s mouth. That stunned Ryan long enough for Dino to do the Danshoku Driver for the victory. The two congratulated each other after the match and Ryan handed both the Iron Man Title and the bomb button over to Dino. Dino threw the button away and left his buddy Yamazato to get his ass exploded with three firecrackers outside the building. The screen went blank and we’re left with the message “There can be no peace on earth without pro wrestling” along with a picture of Sanshiro Takagi naked. Backstage Dino and Ryan started to act like friends but quickly started fighting again over the Iron Man Title.

Shungo Oyama did well in his debut but ultimately fell to Yoshihiro Takayama. The two locked up and threw punches in a scene that resembled Takayama’s famous fight with Don Frye. The slugfest ended with Takayama pinning Oyama with the Everest German Suplex. Dick Togo respected Oyama’s effort and noticed Oyama respects pro wrestling enough to fear it. KUDO hopes to team with Oyama again if Oyama decides to continue wrestling. Oyama said he felt at home fighting in Saitama Super Arena again.

Miyu Yamashita has caught Meiko Satomura’s attention but she’ll probably wish she hadn’t. Satomura pinned Yamashita to win the women’s match for her team but their interaction did not end there. Yamashita stood up to her from the apron after the match and Satomura’s reaction was to kick her away. In the post-match interview Satomura said she see will never forget what she saw in Yamashita’s eyes today. She’s motivated, that’s for sure. She would like to fight her one on one. Satomura’s partners however she is more friendly with. She felt a sense of unity with Saki Akai and Syoko Nakajima throughout the match. Akai admitted feeling a little of jealous of Yamashita for firing up Satomura. Aja Kong thought Nakajima was okay but small. Cherry was happy to wrestle in front of many fans and she appreciates the women coming together for this show when she previously spent years as the only female wrestler in DDT.

In the match between Shigehiro Irie and Mike Bailey, the Tazzmission proved to be the difference maker. Irie caught Bailey with the submission hold in mid-air and turned it into a Camel Clutch variat to make Speedball tap out. Irie still isn’t finished with his warrior training but at least he got to show everyone in Japan that his trips to America are not going to waste. Irie credited Ohio’s Rockstar Pro Wrestling in particular for his recent improvement. Bailey says Irie is now on the same level as HARASHIMA and Takeshita.

In the 8-Man Tag Match, Yuni found an opportunity to wear the Hirata GO! glasses and start dancing. Kazuki Hirata ruined the moment by knocking Yuni out with a chop to the back of the neck. Hirata put the glasses on and cleared the ring with his dance fighting. But he was then stopped with a Triple Dropkick from Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii & Masahiro Takanashi. Yuni then pinned Hirata with a Hurricanrana.

The 3 Way Trios match for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles was a crazy sprint but NωA came out of it with the belts. Yasu Urano countered Kazusada Higuchu’s Power Bomb into a Frankensteiner but Urano was then knocked down by MAO’s Screw Kick. Urano avoided the Firebird Splash from Shunma Katsumata but didn’t see MAO coming with the Cannonball 450. That move won NωA the championship and all three were in tears when they were handed the belts.

Many wrestlers from DDT’s past, some unexpected, came back for the Dramatic Rumble with the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title and King Of Dark Title both on the line. MIKAMI was out first with his ladder. Daichi Kakimoto was a surprise entrant wearing the mask he used in his Union Pro run. Poison Sawada JULIE eliminated loads of people with his snake magic. Unfortunately his endurance is not what it used to be and he fainted from overuse. Gorgeous Matsuno eliminated JULIE by accident when DJ Nira (who was not an official participant) pushed Matsuno on top of JULIE with his umbrella. Mad Paulie eliminated Gota Ihashi which means Ihashi is still the King Of Dark Champion. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi stood on top of Kotatsu and leapt off it to deliver a super Michinoku Driver II to Yoshihiko. Kotatsu eliminated a few wrestlers with its comfy quilt until Guanchulo decided to wear Kotatsu over him like a backpack. Munenori Sawa was the last surprise entrant. He hit Guanchulo with a Rabbit Punch and Guanchulo fell on top of Kotatsu. That counted as a pin so Guanchulo won the Iron Man Title. Ken Ohka was the final entrant but he and Sawa spent so long singing to his entrance music that Guanchulo eliminated them both to win the Rumble. His celebration was short lived when Yoshihiko dove on top of him from the stage to win the belt. Later on in the show Kotatsu won the title by pinning Yoshihiko backstage. Joey Ryan congratulated Kotatsu then used his penis strength to flip it over and claim the title for himself.

Mil Clown was accidentally unmasked during the Tokyo Joshi Pro dark match. Her mask flew off when Azusa Takaigawa gave her the X Factor. As much as she tried to hide her face, Clown eventually gave up and focused on beating Takigawa with the Magical Merry Go Round followed by the Mil Clutch α. Clown fled the ring as soon as she got her mask back on.

Naomi Yoshimura continues his aggressive streak by winning the DNA dark match for his team.

Kota Umeda was invited to the ring during the opening announcements. He was at the show as Yoshihiko’s handler but informed everyone that his recovery is going well and he will return to the ring this year. The other injured DNA wrestler Suguru Miyatake was supposed to be at the show but had to miss it because of the flu.

Naomichi Marufuji will participate at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017” in Sumo Hall on 20th August.


DDT “DNA 26 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 FINAL ROUND” Results

October 22, 2016

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DDT “DNA 26 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 FINAL ROUND”, 21/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
199 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Royce Isaacs (6) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with the Zenith (6:47).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura (4) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with the Asai DDT (5:37).
3. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO (6) defeated Rekka (2) with the Chile Driver (8:59).
4. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase (4) defeated Guanchulo (6) with a Cradle Crush (10:18).
5. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (8) defeated Ryota Nakatsu (8) with the Toryochagi (10:24).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (10) defeated Kouki Iwasaki (6) with the Doctor Bomb (9:27).
7. DDT Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi defeated Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi when Takeshita pinned Oishi with the German Suplex (9:39).
8. DNA Grand Prix – Final: Mike Bailey defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (12:48).

A Block Standings

1. Kazusada Higuchi (10)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (6)
-. Royce Isaacs (6)
-. MAO (6)
5. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)

B Block Standings

1. Mike Bailey (8)
-. Ryota Nakatsu (8)
3. Guanchulo (6)
4. Daiki Shimomura (4)
-. Mizuki Watase (4)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

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“Speedball” Mike Bailey is the DNA Grand Prix winner! The final came down to him and Kazusada Higuchi with a one way flight to New York on the line. After five days straight of tough matches both of them still gave it all that they had to win. Bailey used his Middle Kicks, Tornado Kicks and Shooting Star Knee Drops to cut down his opponent. But Higuchi’s size and power kept him standing to deliver some big drop moves. However Higuchi took one kick too many and finally fell allowing Bailey to hit the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. Finally the unbeaten big man was defeated! Bailey said he was proud to be a part of the first ever DNA-GP and the match he just had with Higuchi will forever be in his chest. When asked what his next goal is Bailey said he wants to win all the championships in DDT. He also wants revenge on DAMNATION! Bailey was given the prize plane ticket to New York but surprisingly he turned it down. He said he doesn’t need the ticket and it should go to someone who needs it more than him. He then pointed to Higuchi. Higuchi said he was frustrated to see a samurai like Bailey offer him mercy. However their match taught him that there is a big world out there and there is a lot he needs to learn before he can chase after the KO-D Openweight Title again. So he accepted the ticket.

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There were five wrestlers who were still in the running going into the final day. In A Block Higuchi was undefeated and only had Kouki Iwasaki left standing in his way. But if Iwasaki could beat him then he would sneak into the final because of the Direct Confrontation tiebreaker rule. Over in B Block Ryota Nakatsu was in a similar situation with Mike Bailey. However Guanchulo was also bringing up the rear and certain results could have led to a 3 Way tie finish. In the end Higuchi beat Iwasaki to finish his A Block run on top and undefeated. Iwasaki locked in the Triangle Choke as hard as he could and held on after a few Power Bombs but Higuchi dramatically Spiral Bombed his way out of it. Iwasaki had a little fight left afterwards but the Doctor Bomb put him away.

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Bailey’s road to the final led him to Ryota Nakatsu. The BASARA wrestler was a last minute entrant into the Grand Prix but he blew through the competition. However Bailey was the one to finally stop him after a kick heavy battle. Bailey escaped from an Ankle Lock and hit a Sliding Tornado Kick for the three count. Although they were now tied with 8 points each, this win meant Bailey went through to the final. Nakatsu was knocked silly by the kick and didn’t know he lost when he came to.

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But what about Guanchulo? He had a slim chance of reaching the final but that went away after a loss to Mizuki Watase. Guanchulo’s Seijo Scratch was blocked by Watase who put all his weight down to get a pin of his own. While Watase is disappointed to not make the final he now wants to avenge his defeat to Nakatsu. When Nakatsu found out about this he invited Watase to challenge him either in BASARA or Tavern Wrestling. Maybe they can have a street fight, the crowd would like that.

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Both MAO and Rekka are coming out of the tournament thinking how they can improve. MAO was able to beat Rekka with the Chile Driver, a finisher that is earning MAO more wins. He is now going back to being an idol for NωA. Rekka says with only one win out of five matches he really needs to work harder and harder.

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The two generation rivals Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani got to clash again. Shimomura finally got to hit the Asai DDT and continues to be unbeaten against Shimatani. Unfortunately this meant Shimatani ended the tournament with zero wins. He mentioned he hurt his neck on the second day and also at one point wrestled with numbness in his right hand. His bad record reduced him to tears in the post-match interview.

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Throughout the Grand Prix, Royve Isaacs made his entrance wearing a mink scarf around his neck. The scarf somehow bit his and Yukinori Matsui’s fingers when he took it off. Yuki Ueno may have lost the match and finished with zero points but the rookie is looking at the bright side. He obtained so much experience in five days, moreso than other newcomers could ever get. Isaacs said he hopes to come back to DNA and even make it to DDT.


DDT “DNA 25 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016” Results

October 20, 2016

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DDT “DNA 25 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 20/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
136 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (6) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with a Crab Hold (8:47).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (6) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (5:39).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (6) defeated Daiki Shimomura (2) with the Death Valley Driver (8:29).
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Royce Isaacs (4) defeated MAO (4) with the Zenith (9:54).
5. DDT Offer Match: Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Ishii pinned Takanashi with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (11:09).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (8) defeated Rekka (2) with the Doctor Bomb (11:39).
7. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (8) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the V Slider (16:09).

A Block Standings

1. Kazusada Higuchi (8)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (6)
3. Royce Isaacs (4)
-. MAO (4)
5. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (8)
2. Guanchulo (6)
-. Mike Bailey (6)
4. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Daiki Shimomura (2)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

The penultimate day of the DNA Grand Prix sees Kazusada Higuchi and Ryota Nakatsu leading their blocks. In A Block Higuchi only has Kouki Iwasaki to worry about when they meet on the final day. If Iwasaki beats Higuchi then they will both finish tied in 1st place. The Direct Confrontation rule is in effect for tiebreakers so in this case Iwasaki will qualify for the final if he beats Higuchi. Over in B Block Guanchulo and Mike Bailey are chasing after Nakatsu. Bailey and Nakatsu face each other on the last day while Guanchulo takes on Mizuki Watase. Nakatsu only needs a draw to reach the final. Bailey will go through if he wins and Guanchulo doesn’t. There will be a 3 Way tie if both Bailey and Guanchulo win and I don’t know how that will be broken up.

Nakatsu continued his unbeaten streak with a win over Watase in the main event. Watase wouldn’t give up to Nakatsu’s submissions so he had to be put away with a German Suplex and the V Slider. Nakatsu said Bailey will die tomorrow. He then promoted BASARA to the audience.

Higuchi saw past Rekka to go into the final day with only Iwasaki to worry about. However he seems more interested in the result of Nakatsu Vs Bailey. Whatever happens, Higuchi see himself winning the Grand Prix undefeated.

MAO’s chances of catching up to Higuchi were finally put out by Royce Isaacs. The turning point in their match came when Isaacs avoided the Cannonball 450. MAO recovered with a John Woo Dropkick but his momentum was then cut with a Lariat. The Zenith ended the match in Isaacs favour. Isaacs describes MAO as tough but handsome. He was surprised with MAO’s judo technique. It makes him more powerful than he looks. With the Grand Prix final out of his reach, Isaacs wants to finish his tournament run by showing the full force of American style. He hopes he will come back to DNA someday.

Why was Guanchulo able to beat Daiki Shimomura? Because he is Chilean! Guanchulo warned Watase that he will murderize him tomorrow.

Mike Bailey recovered from yesterday’s loss to Guanchulo by beating Nobuhiro Shimatani, who still hasn’t won a point yet. When Bailey hasn’t been wrestling he was instead intently watching Nakatsu’s matches. He thinks Nakatsu’s footwork is amazing but Bailey isn’t afraid because his punches are also strong like his kicks.

You can’t be a pro wrestling rookie in Japan without tapping out to the Crab Hold. It took four matches to happen but Yuki Ueno finally got to experience that right of passage. Iwasaki made it his mission during this tournament to beat Higuchi. Now it will be his destiny.


DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016” Results

October 19, 2016

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DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 19/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
129 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Rekka (2) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with a Modified Facebuster (7:37).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (6) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with a Extreme Foot Camel Clutch (2:59).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura (2) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the Kasadora (5:45).
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (4) defeated Royce Isaacs (2) with a Triangle Choke (6:54).
5. DDT Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda defeated Akito & Yasu Urano when Honda submitted Urano with the Octopus Hold (11:17).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated MAO (4) with the Modified Canadian Backbreaker (13:05).
7. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (4) defeated Mike Bailey (4) with the Seijo Scratch (15:07).

A Block Standings

1. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (4)
-. MAO (4)
4. Royce Isaacs (2)
-. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (6)
2. Guanchulo (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
4. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Daiki Shimomura (2)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

The first two upsets in the DNA Grand Prix happened on Day 3 of the tournament. Guanchulo survived Mike Bailey’s kick heavy offence including a running Penalty Kick along one of the bar counters outside of the ring. Late in the match Guanchulo blocked the Shooting Star Press with his knees. That stunned Bailey long enough to be pinned and suffer his first loss in his block. Bailey kicked a chair away in frustration as he walked back to the locker room. He blamed the referee for giving a slow count outside the ring, allowing Guanchulo the chance to come back before the 20 count. Guanchulo said his body is still in tatters after his match with Ryota Nakatsu on Day 1. He also said he fought for the name that is written on his wrist tape. That name is Shunma Katsumata.

Kazusada Higuchi currently looks unstoppable in A Block. His third win in a row came over MAO who was also undefeated until today. Higuchi jumped MAO during his entrance and tried to beat him with a countout but MAO entered the ring in time. Higuchi countered MAO’s Screw Kick with a Lariat and then bent him backwards in half with the Canadian Backbreaker to win. MAO thought Higuchi’s pre-match attack was strange. Higuchi meanwhile is already thinking of the prize trip to New York. Maybe he’ll go visit Madison Square Garden

Kouki Iwasaki was caught carrying a foreign object in his tights before his match with Royce Isaacs began. But that was part of his plan because when Yukinori Matsui took the object and turned to remove it from the ring Iwasaki charged an unsuspecting Isaacs. Iwasaki soon locked in the Triangle Choke. Isaacs used his strength to Power Bomb a few times but Iwasaki refused to let go of the hold until Isaacs tapped out. Iwasaki said DNA is his ring and he’s not going to lose to a guy who came from somewhere else.

The other upset was Daiki Shimomura beating Mizuki Watase. He countered Watase’s Back Drop into a Kasadora roll up to score his first win in B Block. Shimomura felt he barely won the match but a win is a win.

Ryota Nakatsu made quick work of Nobuhiro Shimatani to increase his lead in B Block. It’s becoming apparent that there is bad blood forming between Nakatsu and the DNA wrestlers. Shimatani threw his DNA shirt at Nakatsu when the match begun but Nakatsu survived the opening flurry and applied an Ankle Lock. Nakatsu continued to target Shimatani’s leg and then put him in his version of the Camel Clutch to win just shy of three minutes.

The show began with Rekka entering the ring in a new red mask. He took it off for his match with Yuki Ueno. Rekka attacked Ueno with Chops until a high Dropkick fended him off. Rekka hit a Dropkick of his own to block Ueno’s Missile Dropkick. He lifted Ueno up for a Back Drop then dropped him down for a sit out Facebuster for the three count. That was Rekka’s first win in A Block but he’s still not happy with his weak performance so far.

Suguru Miyatake and Dai Suzuki had a warm up session in the ring again before they show. During the session they accidentally confessed to gambling 60,000 yen on horse racing the day before.


DDT “DNA 23 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016” Results

October 18, 2016

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DDT “DNA 23 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 18/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
116 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO (4) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with the Cannonball 450 (8:48).
2. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (2) defeated Rekka (0) with a Triangle Choke (5:10).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (2) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with the Death Valley Driver (5:57).
4. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (10:48).
5. DDT Offer Match: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Toru Owashi & Hoshitango when HARASHIMA pinned Hoshitango with the Somato (11:05).
6. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (4) defeated Daiki Shimomura (0) with an Extreme Foot Camel Clutch (12:36).
7. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (4) defeated Royce Isaacs (2) with the Goten (12:48).

A Block Standings

1. MAO (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
2. Royce Isaacs (2)
-. Kouki Iwasaki (2)
4. Yuki Ueno (0)
-. Rekka (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
2. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Guanchulo (2)
4. Daiki Shimomura (0)
-. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

Day 2 of the DNA Grand Prix was headlined by a match of power versus power. The American Royce Isaacs impressed in his Japanese debut yesterday but was stopped in his tracks by Kazusada Higuchi today. Both wrestlers kicked out of each other’s big moves, Isaacs from the Doctor Bomb and Higuchi from the Zenith. Isaacs lifted Higuchi onto the turnbuckles for an Avalanche move but Higuchi pushed him back and knocked him down with a Diving Lariat from the middle ropes. Higuchi then used the Goten to finish off his opponent. Higuchi said it was his Japanese spirit that made him win.

Ryota Nakatsu was accompanied by his Cavalry stablemates for his match with Daiki Shimomura. For the second match in a row Shimomura’s Asai DDT was avoided and that led to his defeat. Nakatsu got a nearfall with a Soccer Ball Kick but then immediately applied an Ankle Lock. Shimomura tried to escape until Nakatsu changed the move into a Camel Clutch for a successful submission. Sekine didn’t think anything of Shimomura except for calling him an ordinary guy.

Nakatsu’s main target in B Block is also two for two so far. Mike Bailey gave Mizuki Watase his first loss in the Grand Prix with a Screw Kick followed by the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. Bailey has noticed the difficulty in his tournament matches is rising. He noticed Watase is using the experience he learned from wrestling Shinjiro Otani and Kengo Mashimo but he doesn’t yet have the physical strength to go with it. Out of the A Block wrestlers, Bailey would like to face Kouki Iwasaki, MAO and most of all, Kazusada Higuchi.

Guanchulo scored his first points over Nobuhiro Shimatani who is still stuck with zero. A Tornado DDT and Death Valley Bomb won it for Guanchulo. He was impressed with his opponent but now will focus on facing Bailey tomorrow. Bailey is a high flyer but Guanchulo thinks he is stronger. Why? Because he is Chilean!

Kouki Iwasaki got over his Day 1 defeat by tapping out Rekka. Iwasaki was more harsh in the ring than normal. He explained that he does not want to lose another match so he can beat Higuchi on the final day and advance to the final. That means no careless mistakes like the ones he did on Day 1.

MAO wasn’t taking any chances against Yuki Ueno. He had no intention of losing to anyone so he went full force even though his opponent was only having his second proper wrestling match.

Dai Suzuki was spotted doing warm ups in the ring with Suguru Miyatake before the show began. He hasn’t wrestled for DNA since March.


DDT “DNA 22 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 SEASON OPENER” Results

October 17, 2016

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DDT “DNA 22 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 SEASON OPENER”, 17/10/2016
Shinjuku FACE
165 Fans

1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase (2) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with a Back Drop (7:02).
2. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Royce Isaacs (2) defeated Rekka (0) with the Zenith (7:51).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (2) defeated Daiki Shimomura (0) with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (9:22).
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (2) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with the Doctor Bomb (10:03).
5. DDT Offer Match: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Polly defeated Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi when Polly pinned Oishi with the Polly Buster (9:24).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO (2) defeated Kouki Iwasaki (0) with the Cannonball 450 (11:29).
7. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (2) defeated Guanchulo (0) with the Cross Armbreaker (15:20).

A Block Standings

1. MAO (2)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (2)
-. Royce Isaacs (2)
4. Kouki Iwasaki (0)
-. Yuki Ueno (0)
-. Rekka (0)

B Block Standings

1. Ryota Nakatsu (2)
-. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Mizuki Watase (2)
4. Guanchulo (0)
-. Daiki Shimomura (0)
-. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)

Day 1 of the DNA Grand Prix did not end happily for Guanchulo. He came out wearing a Shunma Katsumata t-shirt and even used his Double Stomp to try and beat Ryota Nakatsu. But a Head Kick, German Suplex and Cross Armbreaker put an end to any hope that the power of friendship would save the day. Nakatsu thinks Mike Bailey is the only one in his group that will give him a challenge.

MAO’s quick attack on Kouki Iwasaki to start their match gave him the edge. He hit the Alien Plancha then seated him on a chair for the John Woo Dropkick. Back in the ring Iwasaki tried to wear down MAO with an Anklelock but MAO rolled out of it and stunned him with a High Screw Kick. A modified Rock Bottom and the Cannonball 450 earned MAO his first two points. MAO is aware that his knee will be targeted by his opponents.

In his official debut match Yuki Ueno had the unenviable task of wrestling Kazusada Higuchi. Ueno at one point knocked Higuchi off his feet with a Dropkick and even put him in a Crab Hold. Higuchi fought back with the Oklahoma Stampede and Nodowa Otoshi for nearfalls. Ueno got a two count of his own with a Frog Splash but a Doctor Bomb from Higuchi ended the match afterwards. Higuchi described the match as him welcoming Ueno to DNA.

Mike Bailey avoided an Asai DDT en route to beating Daiki Shimomura. Bailey says the tournament running for 5 consecutive days is like running a marathon. He wants to continue running until the end.

For his first match in Japan, Royce Isaacs was too powerful for Rekka to handle. He countered a Triangle Choke into a Turnbuckle Bomb then followed with a German Suplex into a Rock Bottom. Isaacs said he didn’t come to DNA to make friends. He came to test his strength. He wants to compare his power with Higuchi’s power. Rekka felt like all of his ability and technique were useless against Isaacs.

Mizuki Watase opened up the tournament with a win over Nobuhiro Shimatani. He hit a big Back Drop for the three count. Watase knows that he has a long way to go this week. His priority is to avoid losing against Nakatsu.

Shunma Katsumata was in attendance to say he will return from injury at “DDT FES 2016” in November.


DDT “DNA 21” Videos

October 13, 2016

DDT “DNA 21 ~THANK YOU KITAZAWA TOWN HALL! THE LAST PRO WRESTLING BEFORE RENOVATION~”, 30/09/2016
Kitazawa Town Hall
177 Fans


1. Ryuichi Sekine Vs Daiki Shimomura


2. Keisuke Ishii Vs Rekka


3. NωA Sub-Leader Playoff: Makoto Oishi Vs MAO


4. Same Grade Of Claim: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani


5. Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai Vs Mizuki Watase


6. Road To DNA-GP: Guanchulo & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata