DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND” Results

June 25, 2017

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND”, 25/06/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,333 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Danny Duggan & Daiki Shimomura when Iwasaki pinned Shimomura with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (7:10).
1. Rocky’s Departure! Special 6-Man Tag Match “Friendship Of The Fire”: Rocky Kawamura, Saki Akai & Antonio Honda defeated Toru Owashi, Hirata Collection A.T. & Soma Takao when Kawamura pinned Hirata with an Uppercut (7:00).
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie with a Crucifix Pin (2:47).
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated Akito with a Roll Up (11:30).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO (c) when Takanashi pinned Oishi with the Takatonic (7:12).
*NωA fails in V4. Shuten-dōji becomes the 30th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
5. Pro Wrestling Version Of “Honnō-ji Incident” 1 Vs 3 Handicap Match: Sanshiro Takagi defeated Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka when Takagi pinned Machine with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (7:50).
6. Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie when Ishii pinned Paulie with the Kneel Kick (11:10).
*Keisuke Ishii wins Mad Paulie’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
7. Mike Bailey & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Diego when Bailey pinned Diego after the Ultima Weapon and Canadian Backbreaker Combo (12:02).
8. King Of DDT 2017 – Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA with the Shooting Star Press (22:08).

Full report to come soon.

Tetsuya Endo is the 2017 King Of DDT! He gets the main event KO-D Openweight Title shot at Sumo Hall on 20th August.

Keisuke Ishii pinned Mad Paulie to take his Right To Challenge Contract. Ishii will cash it in for a title match on the 23rd July at Korakuen Hall.

Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino will take place at Sumo Hall. Shuten-dōji defends the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles against Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda. LiLiCo will also be on the show.

Dave Crist will be a part of the Beer Garden series.

Two more new DNA trainees will debut in August.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAN~” Results

June 11, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAN~”, 11/06/2017
Miyagi Yume Messe West Wing Hall
345 Fans – No Vacancy

1. KUDO & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. when KUDO pinned Hirata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (7:50).
2. Anton Trials 2nd Battle!: Toru Owashi (110kg) defeated Antonio Honda (100kg) with La Magistral Cradle (11:04).
3. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Mike Bailey & Mizuki Watase when Ishii pinned Watase with the Tiger Suplex (10:02).
4. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego when Endo pinned Diego with the Shooting Star Press (11:52).
5. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when MAO pinned Takanashi with the Cannonball 450 (14:01).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie (c) defeated HARASHIMA & Soma Takao when Irie pinned Takao with the Beast Bomber (20:07).
*V1 for YaroZ.

The splintered friendship between Shigehiro Irie and Soma Takao had not quite healed yet. Irie pinned Takao to keep the KO-D Tag Team Titles with Kazusada Higuchi. Irie offered to shake Takao’s hand after the match. Takao declined, said “Another time” and left with HARASHIMA. When they were gone, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi appeared. They congratulated YaroZ for a successful defence then said they will be challenging them after they win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles from NωA. The GM Amon Tsurumi reminded Shuten-dōji that NωA beat them today. Takanashi called that a miracle that won’t happen again. Sakaguchi asked if YaroZ are prepared to kill him in order to win. Higuchi said he’s been ready for a long time.

The show was a homecoming for a few wrestlers on the roster. MAO is from Osaki which is near Miyagi. He was given a 30kg bag of rice, the kind of rice used to brew the local sake, by the mayor of Osaki before the semi-main event. MAO went on to win the match for NωA.

For the second time, Daisuke Sasaki handed Akito his DDT Extreme Title belt after their match. But this time Sasaki acted like Akito stole it from him. Sasaki called Akito a thief and made Amon Tsurumi retrieve the belt and give it back to him. When ALL OUT left, Sasaki changed the subject to Tetusya Endo coming home to Miyagi. Endo admitted he doesn’t remember anything about the place. Sasaki slapped him and then Endo said he remembered everything! He remembers the hot noodles, the village foxes and that his home town Shiroishi is just an hour and a half car ride away from here. Sasaki didn’t understand what he is talking about.

Danshoku Dino used a new version of the Danshoku Nightmare called the Danshoku Nightmare VR. The move involves Dino’s opponent being laid onto the bottom rope, then Dino stands on their arms and squats onto their face with the ropes suspending him. Mike Bailey was the first victim of the move and was rendered powerless.

A pre-show fan club event was interrupted by Naomi Yoshimura. Guess what? He had yet another story about Konosuke Takeshita ruining his life. This time it was about Yoshimura’s favourite high school teacher, the only one who card for him, was suddenly fired one day. He was fired because he was caught peeping into the girls changing rooms. Who was it that caught him? Why it was Takeshita of course!


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TSUGARU SHAMISEN~” Results

June 10, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TSUGARU SHAMISEN~”, 10/06/2017
Aomori Hamanasu Hall
207 Fans

1. KUDO & Keisuke Ishii defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Ishii pinned Hirata with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (8:17).
2. Gay! Sumo Wrestling Idol! Enchanted Tag Match: Danshoku Dino & Toru Owashi defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Dino pinned MAO with the Danshoku Driver (7:44).
3. Anton Trials 1st Battle!: Mad Paulie (140kg) defeated Antonio Honda (100kg) with the Reverse Splash (7:46).
4. DAMNATION Vs Shuten-dōji!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Sasaki pinned Takanashi with the Vietnam Driver II (11:44).
5. Lassera! Aomori Specialty Nebu Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao defeated Shigehiro Irie & Kouki Iwasaki when HARASHIMA pinned Takao with the Somato (10:52).
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase when Takeshita pinned Watase with the Surprise Rose (18:22).

Naomi Yoshimura interrupted an autograph session held by ALL OUT after the show. He continues to tell everyone his tragic backstory and why all of it is Konosuke Takeshita’s fault. Today’s new addition to the story is he lost all of his friends at school because they wanted to hang out with Takeshita instead. He left after saying he will cash in his Right To Challenge contract when the time is right to make it devastating. Takeshita was surprised that Yoshimura came all the way to Aomori just to tell him that.

As happy as HARASHIMA is to win with Soma Takao, he knows that they weren’t fighting the strongest team today. No offense to Mizuki Watase but he is no Kazusada Higuchi.


King Of DDT Semi-Finals Set, Bailey Ready For Title Shot, Suzuki’s Last Stand

June 6, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TSUGARU SHAMISEN~”, 10/06/2017
Aomori Hamanasu Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs KUDO & Keisuke Ishii
2. Anton Trials 1st Battle!: Mad Paulie (140kg) Vs Antonio Honda (100kg)
3. Gay! Sumo Wrestling Idol! Enchanted Tag Match: Danshoku Dino & Toru Owashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. DAMNATION Vs Shuten-dōji!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
5. Lassera! Aomori Specialty Nebu Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie & Kouki Iwasaki
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase

Antonio Honda is being put through a series of matches against heavier opponents. First up is Mad Paulie.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAN~”, 11/06/2017
Miyagi Yume Messe West Wing Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs KUDO & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Anton Trials 2nd Battle!: Toru Owashi (110kg) Vs Antonio Honda (100kg)
3. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Mike Bailey & Mizuki Watase
5. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Soma Takao

The KO-D Tag Team Champions are looking to hold on to the titles long enough to defend them at a YaroZ show.

Shunma Katsumata & MAO will be entering the Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League in NOAH next month. As part of preparations they’re being pitted against Shuten-dōji.

Honda’s second match in his trial is against Toru Owashi. It’s a lighter opponent than Paulie but Owashi is still a big lad.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKASAN~”, 17/06/2017
Hiroshima JMS Aster Plaza

1. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Danshoku Dino & Rey Paloma Vs Antonio Honda & Saki Akai
3. Soma Takao Vs Mad Paulie
4. Sanshiro Takai, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Makoto Oishi, Kenshin Chikano & Lowther
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs HARASHIMA & MAO
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Mike Bailey, Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
7. Hiroshima Specialty! Special Tag Match Without Humanity: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi

Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Shunma Katsumata is a rematch from King Of DDT Round 1. Sakaguchi almost knocked Katsumata’s jaw off with the Right Knee Of God. Hopefully Katsumata keeps his guard up this time.

DDT “WRESTLE FEST IN MATSUYAMA 2017”, 18/06/2017
Matsuyama City Community Center – Planning Exhibition Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda & Saki Akai
2. 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Diego
3. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Kouki Iwasaki
5. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kazusada Higuchi
6. Wrestling If You Do It Like This Matsuyama Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

DDT and Big Japan are running a double shot in Matsuyama. This is the DDT card running in the day time. Big Japan will hold their show later at night.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “RAINY MELODY 2017”, 24/06/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. New And Old Masked Women Showdown!: HARUKAZE Vs Bambi
2. There Is No Choice But To Do! There Is No Choice But To Die!: The Ganbare Corps Appear!: Ganbare The Great & Ganbare The Shooter Vs X & X
3. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs New York Head Hunters: Ken Ohka, Yukihiro Abe & Yumehito Imanari Vs KENSO, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Hollywood GOTA

Now that the obsession of replacing Ganbare☆Wrestling with a knock off has gone away, KENSO is back to being himself. He and KAZMA SAKAMOTO are now using their history with WWE to motivate them and they recruited Gota Ihashi to their cause. The power has already gone to Ihashi’s head because he is now Hollywood GOTA in Ganpuro.

Shuichiro Katsumura was convinced by Ganbare The Great to team with him. Turns out he was also convinced to put on a mask and become Ganbare The Shooter for the occassion.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND”, 25/06/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Akito
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: HARASHIMA Vs Shigehiro Irie
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Final: X Vs X

HARASHIMA has beaten Shigehiro Irie in every singles meeting they’ve ever had. Irie knows that if he can beat HARASHIMA then he will win the King Of DDT.

Akito and Tetsuya Endo spent their time at the press conference bickering about whether or not Endo is a hard working person only pretending to be a rebel. Akito teased Endo by revealing how much time he spends training and preparing his meals. Endo denies this and tried to convince everyone he is a lazy jerk who only eats Cup Noodles.

DDT “ARIO KITASUNA PRO WRESTLING FESTIVAL ~DDT PRO WRESTLING IS COMING!~”, 01/07/2017
Tokyo Ario Kitasuna 1F Leaf Court

1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Cherry
2. Mike Bailey, Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO

NωA celebrates its one year anniversary at the Ario Kitasuna shopping mall in Tokyo. A mat will be used for the fighting area but let’s not even pretend the fighting will stay there.

DDT “HELLO FROM SHINJUKU VILLAGE 2017”, 02/07/2017
Shinjuku Village Studio C 106

1. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Mike Bailey
*Mike Bailey will cash in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.

Former KO-D Tag Champions collide with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line! Mike Bailey won himself a Right To Challenge Contract and is setting his sights on a title match in Shinjuku in one month’s time.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 ~STARTING OVER~”, 04/07/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial Final Battle: Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask Vs Dai Suzuki
2. Kazusada Higuchi Graduation Memorial Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Naomi Yoshimura
3. Special Single Match: Koji Kanemoto Vs Mizuki Watase
4. MAIN GIG: Shunma Katsumata Vs Yuki Ueno

The final match in Dai Suzuki’s trial is a real doozy. He is in a 4 Vs 1 Handicap Tag match but all four opponents have to pin him within the 7 minute time limit. Suzuki only has to beat one opponent or last until the time expires. If Suzuki loses the entire match then he will be banished from DNA!

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “DAI SUZUKI DEBUT 4TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE ~TODAY, INEXPERIENCED 2017~”, 08/07/2017
Tochigi Sogo Bunka Center Sub Hall

1. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Philosopher Of The Fat Vs Philosopher Of The Ring: Yumehito Imanari Vs Yasu Urano
2. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Forgotten K Again: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs KAZMA SAKAMOTO
3. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Naoshi Sano
4. Dai Suzuki Local Triumphant Match: Dai Suzuki & Rekka Vs Shiro Koshinaka & GENTARO

If Dai Suzuki gets kicked out of DNA then at least he has Ganpuro to welcome him home to Tochigi. His homecoming involves Shiro Koshinaka coming over too.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONKOTSU~”, 09/07/2017
Hakata Star Lane

1. DDT Extreme Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Joey Ryan

Joey Ryan has a DDT Extreme Title shot waiting for him when he returns to Japan next month. Maybe he’ll have the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title with him, maybe he won’t.


DDT “KING OF DDT 2ND ROUND” Results

June 4, 2017

DDT “KING OF DDT 2ND ROUND”, 04/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE
404 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Katsumata pinned Hirata with the Katsumata-Style Guillotine (6:48).
2. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie defeated Soma Takao, Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ueno and Danshoku Dino, Toru Owashi & Antonio Honda when Sasaki submitted Honda with the Cross Facelock (11:14).
3. Kazusada Higuchi & Mike Bailey defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Diego when Bailey pinned Takeshita with the Green Tea Plunge (13:22).
*Mike Bailey wins Konosuke Takeshita’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
4. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Akito defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the Scorpion Lock (5:04).
5. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Tetsuya Endo defeated KUDO with The Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (14:16).
6. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: HARASHIMA defeated Yukio Sakaguchi by TKO with a Modified Sleeper Hold (15:50).
7. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Shigehiro Irie defeated Keisuke Ishii with the Beast Bomber (14:32).

A clash between former Team Drift friends headlined the King Of DDT 2nd Round. Shigehiro Irie went over Keisuke Ishii with two Beast Bombers and he survived the Kneel Kick along the way. Ishii wanted to shake Irie’s hand after the match but he got a hug instead.

HARASHIMA outwrestled Yukio Sakagachi to advance to the semi-finals. Sakaguchi cut off the Somato with a Jumping Middle Kick then applied a Sleeper Hold. HARASHIMA fought out of it and locked in a Cross Armbreaker. He changed it into a Modified Sleeper Hold and kept it tight until Sakaguchi lost consciousness. When he came to, Sakaguchi accepted the result and shook HARASHIMA’s hand.

Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds continues to give Tetsuya Endo victories, this time putting away KUDO. The big turn in momentum came when KUDO aimed to hit the Diving Double Knee Drop to Endo on the apron but Endo moved. KUDO kicked out of the Swan Dive Firebird Splash but Endo’s new finisher knocked him out of the tournament.

Masahiro Takanashi disguised himself in normal clothes and ambushed Akito from the crowd. When the plan didn’t beat Akito immediately, Takanashi panicked because he exhausted all of his tactics for the match! He thought on the fly and gave Akito a Low Blow followed by a roll up. However Diego was there to tell the ref that Takanashi was cheating. Akito regained positioning and trapped Takanashi in the Scorpion Lock to tap him out.

A draw was held at the end of the show to determine the semi-finals. Akito and Tetsuya Endo drew each other while HARASHIMA got Shigehiro Irie. The semi-finals and final takes place in Korakuen Hall on 25th June.

Konosuke Takeshita no longer has his backup plan. Mike Bailey pinned the KO-D Openweight Champion in a tag match to win his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract. Bailey recovered from a Dragon Suplex to catch Takeshita with a Moonsault Power Slam for the three count. Bailey asked Amon Tsurumi when the next KO-D Title match was scheduled. He was told 2nd July at Shinjuku Village Studio C 106. Bailey said he will defend the contract until that date so he can be the challenger.

Takeshita’s threats for the title didn’t end there. Naomi Yoshimura entered the ring to confront him again. He told the audience the same stories he told Takeshita a few days ago. His family fell apart, he was told to quit school by his teacher and now it turns out a girl named Mari-chan he had a crush on in school turned him down for someone else. Yoshimura blames Takeshita for breaking his family apart and stealing his first love so Yoshimura will cash in his Right To Challenge Contract when the time is right to make it memorable.


DDT “KING OF DDT 1ST ROUND” Results

June 2, 2017

DDT “KING OF DDT 1ST ROUND”, 02/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE
390 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Owashi pinned Shimatani with a Crushed Body Slam (6:14).
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Scorpion Lock (6:14).
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Hirata Collection A.T. with a Cradle (8:02).
4. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: KUDO defeated Soma Takao with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:30).
5. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Tetsuya Endo defeated Mike Bailey with the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (16:00).
6. Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Kouki Iwasaki & MAO when Diego pinned MAO with the VHS (9:58).
7. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Right Knee Of God (7:42).
8. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Somato (11:24).
9. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Danshoku Dino with the Kneel Kick (10:47).
10. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Shigehiro Irie defeated Mad Paulie with the Beast Bomber (11:45).

Today’s show was dominated by Round 1 action for the King Of DDT 2017. Shigehiro Irie avenged his defeat to Mad Paulie from a month ago by beating him in the main event here. It took two Beast Bombers to put the DAMNATION pet away. Irie shook Paulie’s hand after the match.

Keisuke Ishii beat his old buddy Danshoku Dino to advance. Ishii went all out with the finish, hitting a Dangerous Exploder, Fisherman Buster and then the Kneel Kick for the three count. Dino realises he is at the point of his career where he doesn’t have many opportunities left, so today’s defeat tells him that his best opportunity to headline Sumo Hall this year is now gone.

The back and forth rivalry between HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi leaned back towards HARASHIMA’s favour when he won with the Somato. Higuchi blocked the move at first but HARASHIMA put all his strength into the move to put Higuchi down and out.

Yukio Sakaguchi eliminated Shunma Katsumata with a nasty looking Right Knee Of God. Sakaguchi hit the move when Katsumata rebounded off the ropes and leapt into the air for an attack of his own. The Right Knee caught him in mid air and scored the win for Sakaguchi. He promises to knock out HARASHIMA the same way in the next round!

Another rivalry continued in Round 1 with Tetsuya Endo beating Mike Bailey in the longest match of the show. Many flips were had but the end came when Endo chased Bailey up the turnbuckle and gave him the Spanish Fly off the top rope. Endo now calls that move Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds.

In non-tournament action, ALL OUT defeated NωA with Diego scoring the pin. Diego explained his recent name change. He heard a good story that if he changed his name then his life would change too. The good atmosphere backstage afterwards was interrupted when Naomi Yoshimura confronted Konosuke Takeshita. For some reason Yoshimura blames Takeshita for all of his problems. Every time Yoshimura lost a sumo bout? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura’s family falling apart? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura getting expelled from school? Takeshita’s fault. So Yoshimura will use his Right To Challenge Contract to get revenge when Takeshita least expects it.

As much as Soma Takao tried to avoid KUDO’s rapid kicks, he was eventually caught with a Buzzsaw Kick and put away with the Diving Double Knee Drop. KUDO thinks his next round opponent Endo is lying when he says he is not interested in fighting anybody. KUDO wants to win the King Of DDT because he wants to fight Takeshita for the KO-D Openweight Title. Endo should think the same.

Masahiro Takanashi finally got his hands on Hirata Collection A.T. one on one but it took some effort to beat him. Hirata trapped him in a Paradise Lock then took the time to do a model walk with Hiranito Collection A.T. and DJ Nira. When Takanashi was freed Hirata trapped him in the Hirata Lock. But Takanashi countered the move into a Cradle for the flash three count.

The first match of the tournament had Akito defeating Daisuke Sasaki in convincing fashion. Akito countered Sasaki’s Hurricanrana into the Scorpion Lock for the submission victory. Sasaki’s reaction to the loss was to give his DDT Extreme Title belt to Akito and leave ringside without it. It seems that Sasaki is so upset over missing out on the Sumo Hall main event that he no longer cares about being the Extreme Champion. Akito was happy to take the belt with him but Amon Tsurumi took it back before he walked through the curtain.

Antonio Honda mixed up his storytelling today. This time he wondered what the story “Kita No Kuni Kara” would be like if it had John Lennon in it. Nobuhiro Shimatani’s enthusiasm to Body Slam Toru Owashi cost him the match. Owashi was too heavy for him and he simply landed on top of Shimatani for the pin.

The 2nd Round matches are Akito Vs Masahiro Takanashi, KUDO Vs Tetsuya Endo, Yukio Sakaguchi Vs HARASHIMA and Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie. They will take place on 4th June.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM CLOCK TOWER~” Results

May 21, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM CLOCK TOWER~”, 21/05/2017
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym
509 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Hokkaido Specialty! Abashiri Outdoor Tag Match: Danshoku Dino & Royce Isaacs defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Isaacs submitted Takagi with the Miracle Ass Stretch (10:48).
*Royce Isaacs wins Sanshiro Takagi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
2. Toru Owashi, KUDO & Tomoya defeated Soma Takao, Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata when KUDO pinned Oishi with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:33).
3. Keisuke Ishii defeated Koji Yoshida with a Tiger Suplex (8:41).
4. DAMNATION Vs Shuten-dōji!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Endo pinned Takanashi with the Shooting Star Press (9:52).
5. Smile Squash Vs DNA!: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano defeated Kouki Iwasaki & MAO when Urano pinned MAO with the Tombstone Piledriver (14:13).
6. DDT Extreme Title Match – No DQ Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) defeated Antonio Honda with La Mistica Cross Facelock (22:53).
*V2 for Daisuke Sasaki.
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles Decision Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Akito when Higuchi pinned Akito with a Nodowa Bomb (24:41).
*Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie become the 61st KO-D Tag Team Champions!

A pair of YaroZ are now the KO-D Tag Team Champions! The titles were up for grabs after the champions New No Fear had to vacate the belts because of Yoshihiro Takayama’s cervical injury. The original challengers ALL OUT were now against the team of Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie. ALL OUT’s momentum was cut short when Higuchi countered Akito’s Omoplatta into a Nodowa Bomb for the three count. Nobody was happier with the result than Irie, who hugged Amon Tsurumi when he was presented with the title belt. Konosuke Takeshita tried to sweep away the result by lifting up his KO-D Openweight Title belt to Higuchi but he then shook his hand and left the ring. Irie was quick to ask for the first title defence to take place at a YaroZ show. Tsurumi couldn’t agree to it because he already signed off on their challengers. Higuchi & Irie will defend the titles in Sendai on 11th June against HARASHIMA & Soma Takao. Irie is fine with that because it means he and Higuchi both get to beat up some BOYZ.

The DDT Extreme Title match was No DQ and both Daisuke Sasaki and Antonio Honda took advantage of the stipulation. Hair pulling, closed fist punches, crowd brawling and chair attacks were all on display. Sasaki also had help from Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie. Honda did what he could to fight them off but was beaten down with chair shots from Sasaki. Honda kicked out of the pin after a Diving Elbow with the chair but finally gave up when Sasaki flipped him into the Cross Facelock. Sasaki admitted that his motivation to wrestle has gone away ever since his title defence with Dick Togo. But his match with Honda today has fully ressurected his Charisma! And in even more good news for DAMNATION, Sasaki reported that Shuji Ishikawa won the Triple Crown over at All Japan today!

Yasu Urano suffered a bloody mouth from his match today but it was only a minor setback as he scored the winning pinfall for Smile Squash. Although he is quitting DDT to become a freelancer he promised that Smile Squash will last forever. Soma Takao changed the subject somewhat and asked if he and HARASHIMA should use a new name for their team. He thinks HARASHIMA and Urano are Smile Squash, not HARASHIMA and himself. Takao suggests that they get a new name and go back to Smile Squash whenever Urano comes back to visit DDT.

The latest victims of Royce Isaacs’s Miracle Ass were Sanshiro Takagi’s arm and Hirata Collection A.T.’s glasses. Hirata fainted from shock after witnessing his glasses get snapped in half. That left Isaacs free to damage Takagi’s arm and kept it trapped in his tights while he applied a Cobra Twist. Takagi gave up and Isaacs now has his Right To Challenge Contract.