The next month is going to be very busy for me but a lot of fun too. I’m travelling to Germany this weekend for the annual wXw 16 Carat tournament. Given the amount of stuff happening in-between the wrestling shows (eating, bowling, visiting the Shellakabookie, seeing if Order #109 has still not been picked up at McDonalds, etc.) this blog won’t be updated again until next Tuesday. If anything crazy happens in DDT I’ll be sure to tweet about it once I find out. Shigehiro Irie is in the tournament and I wouldn’t rule out a strong run from him this weekend especially since wXw is one of the places that is heavily pushing him in Europe. Once that is done it will be time to prepare for New York. But let’s get to that later.
BASARA “BASARA 91 ~BETTER BREAK~”, 21/03/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Yasu Urano
2. Aiseki Tag Vs Sento Minzoku!: Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Minoru Fujita
3. Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizawa Vs Takato Nakano & Masato Kamino
4. Sakigake!! Iron Family Vs Kobayashi-gun: FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Abdullah Kobayashi, Yoshihisa Uto & Hideki Suzuki
5. Yoga Vs Stretch! Final Settlement Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man
6. Steel Can Hardcore Match: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Jun Masaoka
7. Union MAX Title: Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Isami Kodaka
The team of Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka continue to run rings around the competition in BASARA.
DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2019”, 21/03/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
0. Under Match: Shunma Katsumata Vs Mizuki Watase
1. Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Bull James, Kota Umeda & Naomi Yoshimura
2. A Miraculous Ending! Goodbye Michael! Till We Meet Again! – Michael Nakazawa Send-Off Match: Michael Nakazawa Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Keisuke Okuda & Hiroshi Yamato
3. The Hirata Dance Is The Best! No, It’s The Pro Wrestling Exercise! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Asuka (w/ Furitsuke Kamen)
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Riki Choshu, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Yeno Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Gota Ihashi
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino (c) Vs Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Chihiro Hashimoto
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao
8. DDT Extreme Title – #ExtremeRuleThoughts: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Muscle Sakai
As revealed on this week’s episode of Being The Elite, the newest AEW signing is Michael Nakazawa! Although the news was played for comedy on the show, this is a sneaky good signing by the company. Nakazawa will most likely be working as the go-between for AEW and whatever Japanese companies they will be working with, DDT obviously among them. Kenny Omega and Sanshiro Takagi haven’t been shy with their public comments about AEW and DDT working together beyond Yuka Sakazaki’s upcoming match. Nakazawa also has links to wrestling in other parts of Asia so that could open up some unexpected talent scouting there too. But before all of that can happen, DDT wants to say farewell to one of its most unappreciated talents. And what better way to send Nakazawa off than to have five people beat him up for our entertainment. Hiroshi Yamato is being included because he wants a place to sell his collection of short stories he wrote and nowhere else will let him do it.
A choreographer named Lucky Ikeda was supposed to be on the show. However in his placed is his “masked friend” Furitsuke Kamen. His role is to teach everyone Pro Wrestling Exercises. He created this so fans can relax whenever pro wrestlers take the action out of the ring and have a brawl in the audience. Kazuki Hirata isn’t convinced that this form of exercise is better than his style of dancing. He and Makoto Oishi agreed that the losing team for their match will have to do the other team’s dance or exercise.
DDT “DATE CITY FIRST LANDING! DDT WRESTLING FUKUSHIMA”, 31/03/2019
Fukushima Date City Yorohara Gymnasium
1. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs MAO, Kazusada Higuchi, Yuki Ueno & Takato Nakano
2. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Mad Paulie Vs Naomi Yoshimura
3. 3 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Keisuke Okuda
4. Saki Akai & Antonio Honda Vs Keisuke Ishii & Moeka Haruhi
5. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs HARASHIMA & Makoto Oishi
6. Gorgeous Brahman Vs Shuten-dōji! Fukushima Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
The annual Gorgeous Matsuno appreciation show sees the host teaming with the Brahman Brothers once more.
DDT “GOODBYE HAKATA STAR LANES”, 31/03/2019
Hakata Star Lanes
1. Asuka Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Yuto Aijima, Azul Dragon, Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Lowther
3. Hakata Star Lanes The Final! Comical! Wonderful! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Danshoku Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Batten X Burabura (w/ Pokotan) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
4. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Bull James Vs Yuki Iino
5. Hakata Otoko, The Last Advent Of Hakara Star Lanes! Do You Leave? Shachihoko Hold?!: Tatsuo Nakano Vs Mizuke Watase
6. DAMNATION Vs OishiAsahi!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi
7. Hakata Specialty! Pick Up Special 3 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Kota Umeda Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs MAO & Kazusada Higuchi
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
DDT is packing the card for their final show in Hakata Star Lanes. They even found Tatsuo Nakano!