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.

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

March 17, 2017

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2017 ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE”, 20/03/2017
Saitama Super Arena

0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight & King Of Dark Titles – DDT Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration Dramatic Rumble: Kotatsu (I/c) Vs Gota Ihashi (D/c) Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Mad Paulie Vs Guanchulo Vs Hoshitango Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ken Ohka Vs MIKAMI Vs Poison Sawada JULIE Vs GENTARO Vs Tomohiko Hashimoto Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Bambi Vs Yoshihiko
0. DNA Offer Match: Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani, Naomi Yoshimura & Dai Suzuki
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu, Mil Clown & Itoh Maki Vs Reika Saiki, Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa
1. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2017: Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima Vs Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita
2. Kou Shibusawa 35th Anniversary “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” Sengoku Warlords Match: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) (w/ Matsu-hime (Kimika Tokuta)) Vs Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) (w/ Oichi (Mai Iriya))
3. Special 8-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Lady Beard Vs Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi & Yuni
4. Shungo Oyama Pro Wrestling Challenge Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs KUDO & Shungo Oyama
5. Shigehiro Irie Triennial Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mike Bailey
6. PRO WRESTLING TEES Presents “DDT Is DDT” 20 Years Entertainment Culmination! The Best In The World Bad Guy Decisive Battle: Danshoku Dino Vs Joey Ryan
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
8. DDT Extreme Title – Sekichu Presents Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

The show airs live on DDT UNIVERSE om Monday 2:00pm JST, 5:00am GMT, 1:00am ET and Sunday 10:00pm PT.

I was also a guest on the Japanese Audio Wrestling podcast last week to preview the show. The episode can be heard here.

Twenty years. Who would have thought DDT would last twenty years? Sanshiro Takagi’s brainchild was created in 1997 when he, MIKAMI and NOSAWA Rongai quit a promotion called Pro Wrestling Crusaders to form their own wrestling league. From there Dramatic Dream Team was born and it created a bizarre path for itself as time went by. From parodying WWE to experimenting with the elements of pro wrestling that have existed for so long that they were taken for granted, DDT became home to some of the most bizarre gimmicks and ideas in the business. But it had something else going for it. Among the island of misfit toys were some gems that have since gone on to be major players on the scene. The parodies and knock offs eventually transformed into more creative endeavours that can now stand on their own. The buildings being booked became bigger. The roster developed into something that the next generation of wrestlers now choose to be there rather than use it as a backup plan.

And it all leads to here. “JUDGEMENT 2017” the 20th Anniversary celebration for DDT is taking place in Saitama Super Arena. This is a plan years in the making. Originally DDT wanted to run the building in 2011 but there was no room on the Arena’s schedule to make it happen. In 2015 DDT booked the Community Hub section of the building for “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”. Finally this year is the year they are running the full building. If that isn’t aiming high, remember that back at the 15th Anniversary show, Takagi announced his intentions to run the Tokyo Dome for the 20th Anniversary! Sadly that never came to pass but hey, Saitama Super Arena isn’t anything to sneeze at.

So let’s get to the card itself. DDT is following the format that a lot of others now use for their biggest show of the year. Cram as much as they can and give everyone a spot somewhere. This is going to be a long show, ladies and gentlemen. The Future attempts to replace the present, an angry warrior looks set to take on DAMNATION, furniture will fly in a charismatic death match, a 3 Way determines who deserves the trios championship, a viral video clip results in a World Wrestling War, two top singles wrestlers battle it out to move up the ranks, an MMA fighter shifts over to pro wrestling, a joshi legend teams up with a child, there’s a match filled with superstar samurai and much more is on the cards. So let’s dig in.


0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight & King Of Dark Titles – DDT Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration Dramatic Rumble: Kotatsu (I/c) Vs Gota Ihashi (D/c) Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Mad Paulie Vs Guanchulo Vs Hoshitango Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ken Ohka Vs MIKAMI Vs Poison Sawada JULIE Vs GENTARO Vs Tomohiko Hashimoto Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Bambi Vs Yoshihiko

We start off with a staple match on these major shows, a Royal Rumble for the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. However this time there is an added caveat in the mix. The King Of Dark Title is also on the line, hence why this match is on the pre-show. The current Iron Man Champion is Kotatsu, a literal table. Kotatsu has been unstoppable since becoming the champion. Its defensive capabilities is beyond anything seen from previous champions. As you’d expect from a Japanese table it is tough to break. But it has a soft side too. It has a quilt attached around itself that is so comfortable, anyone who sits next to it falls asleep. The current King Of Dark Champion is Gota Ihashi who recently reclaimed the title for the 6th time. The rest of the field is filled with many names from DDT’s past. MIKAMI had been with DDT for most of its existence and was the Jr. Heavyweight star in the group for many years. Poison Sawada JULIE had many forms but is best remembered as the dark snake magician. GENTARO was a dominant tag wrestler, teaming with Takashi Sasaki as the Akarangers. Tomohiko Hashimoto was one of Koichiro Kimura’s disciples and was part of a unit called B52 Special. Rion Mizuki was an ikemen wrestler who briefly has a Saint Seiya gimmick. Bambi wrestled in DDT under a mask as “Showa”. And then there is the usual lot involved too. It is possible that one of the titles will not change hands depending on the result of the match. It’s a complicated situation that the referees are trying to figure out.


0. DNA Offer Match: Rekka, Daiki Shimomura & Yuki Ueno Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani, Naomi Yoshimura & Dai Suzuki

Earlier this year DDT New Attitude reinvented itself into Fighting Gig DNA. It is still a development brand for DDT’s less experienced wrestlers but the plan is for the group to grow and become its own brand of wrestling. Naomi Yoshimura has quickly become a standout to me. He has the fewest matches out of the six wrestlers but the biggest ego and a powerful body to match. His generation counterpart Yuki Ueno is almost the opposite. Ueno takes a beating every match but he takes it in his stride. Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani are friends/rivals who recently formed a team together called Gran Millimeters. Dai Suzuki just began a 7 match series where he must win or tie one match or else he must retire. He’s 0-1 so far. Rekka is the most experienced of the bunch by far, joining DNA from New Taiwan Wrestling. Everybody involved in this match are hungry and unsatisfied at just being in the pre-show. They are determined to have an exciting match because of this.


0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuu, Mil Clown & Itoh Maki Vs Reika Saiki, Rika Tatsumi & Azusa Takigawa

The last of the pre-show matches involved Tokyo Joshi Pro. DDT’s spin-off women’s brand has been around for four years now and has a colourful cast of idol wrestlers. Yuu is the current queen of the ring, holding the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title. Her judo talent quickly pushed her heads and shoulders ahead of the rest of the roster. Mil Clown is a trickster from the Magical Country. She came to Tokyo Joshi to take the place of twin sister Yuka Sakazaki when she took a break to find herself. Itoh Maki is a former singer from LinQ and is convinced she is the cutest wrestler ever. Reika Saiki is the powerful Muscle Idol and a member of the Cheer♡1 cheerleader squad. Rika Tatsumi is becoming known for her Dragon Sleeper. It is no coincidence that her ring name was inspired by Tatsumi Fujinami. Finally Azusa Takigawa is the wrestler who is determined to get married. Her use of Zexy Magazine as a weapon in matches got some attention online this year including a request from the magazine’s publisher to stop doing it.


1. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2017: Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima Vs Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita

Tokyo Joshi’s influence continues into the main show. The two most established wrestlers from the brand are being put in with DDT’s two mainstay women as well as two joshi legends. Miyu Yamashita has been with Tokyo Joshi since its very first show back in January 2013 with Syoko Nakajima coming in a few months later. Yamashita was the first ever Princess Champion while Nakajima is a Tokyo Princess Cup winner and has been in the final for all three tournaments. Saki Akai and Cherry have a not so friendly relationship in DDT. Cherry was the token women’s wrestler for the DDT family until Akai the celebrity came in. Cherry has been jealous of her success and popularity ever since. Then there is the famed rivalry between Meiko Satomura and Aja Kong. I got to see their Sendai Girls match live last April and it was amazing to watch. Maybe Yamashita and Nakajima can impress the right people in this match and get an opportunity to spread their wings.


2. Kou Shibusawa 35th Anniversary “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” Sengoku Warlords Match: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) (w/ Matsu-hime (Kimika Tokuta)) Vs Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) (w/ Oichi (Mai Iriya))

It’s surprising to see a match of this magnitude apparantly take place so early on the show but this is going to be a highlight for sure. To celebrate game director Kou Shibusawa’s 35th year in the business, DDT is teaming up with Koei Tecmo to put on a star studded match promoting the Nobunaga’s Ambition phone game. If you don’t know about that series then maybe you are more familiar with Dynasty Warriors or Romance Of The Three Kingdoms. Chances are if the Yellow Turban Rebellion is mentioned somewhere then this match relates to it. To get the most out of this match I suggest you grab a Playstation controller and mash Square over and over. It’s how I played through Dynasty Warriors 8.

To the teams themselves. On one side you have the Big President Sanshiro Takagi, the BASARA samurai Isami Kodaka and the Pro Wrestling Master Keiji Muto. On the other side there is the hard bodied Daisuke Sekimoto, the wise man Jun Akiyama and the nutjob who thinks showering in fireworks during a trip to London is a good idea Kota Ibushi. So far so good but to make things more interesting each wrestler is playing a different character from the historical video game series. There are also actresses involved, Mai Iriya is playing Sekimoto’s character’s wife and Kimika Tokuta is playing Muto’s character’s daughter. Ibushi turned down WWE for this and I couldn’t be happier. Twitter videos also show he has a blunderbuss as part of his costume because you know, giving Ibushi a gun is such a good idea.


3. Special 8-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Lady Beard Vs Jaguar Yokota, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi & Yuni

Another mish-mash multi-person tag match. The focus here is on two people with around a 45 year a age difference between them. Jaguar Yokota wrestled for DDT once before back in June 2003. Teaming with her is the 3rd grade elementary student Yuni. The kid convinced DDT to train him as a wrestler and he’s had a few matches since his debut last December. During his time away from the ring he’s been bouncing on his bed trying to learn stylish moves like the Sky Twister Press. Yokota and Yuni have met and trained together in the build up to this match. They get along and Yokota warns she won’t forgive anyone who tries to bully Yuni in the ring. Joining their team are Keisuke Ishii and Masahiro Takanashi. Ishii has had a banner year since winning the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title. Takanashi is firmly suited in his role for Shuten-dōji and can catch anyone with his pinning manoeuvres. Their opponents are Toru Owashi and the three people who annoy him. Kazuki Hirata wants nothing more than to dance on the biggest stage (sadly his music will be blocked on DDT UNIVERSE). Both Antonio Honda and Lady Beard are warming up their vocals and will probably be more interested in telling stories and singing karaoke rather than wrestling.


4. Shungo Oyama Pro Wrestling Challenge Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo Vs KUDO & Shungo Oyama

Former MMA fighter Shungo Oyama has fought many big names in PRIDE, K-1 and HERO’S. He’s fought Wanderlai Silva, Peter Aerts, Renzo Gracie (and a few others from that family), Dan Henderson, Cro Cop and Carlos Newton. He even once fought Sean O’Haire in a kickboxing bout! When his MMA career ended DDT sent him an invite to try out pro wrestling. It’s an idea he considered but put off for years because he was coming off of injuries and did not want to disrespect pro wrestling with a lacklustre performance. But he came round on the idea and figured it is better to do it now then never at all. He sent a strong message to Yoshihiro Takayama in February when they met in a DDT ring. Takayama tried attacked Oyama but was quickly put in a Sleeper Hold and choked unconscious. KUDO is encouraged by Oyama’s appearance. His advice to him is if he can see success then he can win. Takayama isn’t going to take it lying down though. He warns that all Oyama did was wake up the fighter inside him and he’s now hungry for blood! Takayama’s tag partner Dick Togo wants to remind everyone that even though Oyama is strong he is still a pro wrestling rookie. Togo is eager to teach him a lesson!


5. Shigehiro Irie Triennial Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mike Bailey

This is an interesting match up. Shigehiro Irie and “Speedball” Mike Bailey have both been recovering from set-backs after losing title matches to HARASHIMA. They are both on the cusp of hitting the main event level again but are taking different paths to reach it. Irie has been relying on excursions to the United States of America. The first trip saw him return to Japan much stronger and more confident than ever before. He was already planning a return to America when he fought HARASHIMA on Christmas Day but he wanted to bring the KO-D Openweight Title with him. That did not happen. Still, Irie loves spending time in America and did not take his latest trip for granted.

Bailey’s climb to the top is coming from his time teaming with Happy Motels and wrestling in DNA. He won the DNA Grand Prix on his own in October and then won the KO-D Tag Team Titles with Konosuke Takeshita in December. But Irie isn’t impressed. He’s given him the thumbs down after their matches together. Expect the winner of this match to start banging on the door for a title shot in the future.


6. PRO WRESTLING TEES Presents “DDT Is DDT” 20 Years Entertainment Culmination! The Best In The World Bad Guy Decisive Battle: Danshoku Dino Vs Joey Ryan

Where do I even begin with this? DDT put together the most DDT match they could think of to promote DDT UNIVERSE to a global audience. On November 2015, Danshoku Dino and Joey Ryan faced off in a 6-Man Tag. Their interactions went viral and the aftermath has been following them ever since. When Dino was given 500,000 yen to find his dream opponent for Saitama Super Arena he went for the obvious choice. Triple H! Unfortunately he’s too busy trying to drain the European wrestling scene of its talent for NXT so Dino went for the next obvious choice. Joey Ryan! And to make the match even more appealing to a global audience, Super Sasadango Machine is creating a special PowerPoint presentation in Japanese, English, Spanish and Chinese for the match.

Everything surrounding the match was well and good until a few days ago when a certain powerful figure in the world of politics got involved. “Donald Trump” stepped in and declared the match a World Wrestling War between Japan and America. This is a serious situation that calls for a dangerous stipulation. Using the SWOT Analysis on Dino, Trump determined that Dino Vs Ryan should be an Anal Explosion Death Match! If such a match goes ahead then any scenes of graphic content will be censored on DDT UNIVERSE with this NSFW image.

Oh and Pro Wrestling Tees is sponsoring the match. Buy DDT shirts here. You picked a hell of a match to sponsor, lads.


7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs Soma Takao, Akito & Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO

Things will calm down for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match. Three units clash and each side has its own story to tell. Team DNA are the champions going into the match. Kazusada Higuchi is the top man in DNA and has progressed far enough to fight for the KO-D Title a few times already. Kouki Iwasaki is a solid wrestler who is currently picking fights with Kazushi Sakuraba in DNA. Mizuki Watase has gotten his wrestling career back on track after a whirlwind romance with TV celebrity and former champion LiLiCo last year.

Smile Squash are the stronger of the two challenging teams. With Soma Takao recently joining the unit they’ve been on a strong run in tag matches. Akito is happy to team with him but Yasu Urano is pretty suspect of the situation. Takao himself admits he joined Smile Squash to wrestle with HARASHIMA and learn what it will take to beat him someday. Urano wonders why should a guy like that get to join the unit? Regardless, this team contains three skillful wrestlers with momentum on their side.

Last but not least is NωA. Their success in the ring is difficult to find but out of all the teams in the match they are the most tightly knit unit. They sing together, dance together and wrestle together. They released two CDs which nobody else on the show can boast.


8. DDT Extreme Title – Sekichu Presents Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

Now we’re getting into the big matches. The last three bouts are going to carry the heavy end of the show so I have high hopes for them. The Hardcore Match is being sponsored by Sekichu and the weapons laid out around the ring will all be provided by them. Daisuke Sasaki is mostly over his infatuation with Candice LeRae but the idea that a championship can impress her may still be in his head. But if he has moved on from her he is now focused on getting rid of Jun Kasai. He stole Kasai’s goggles a month ago but Kasai got back at him by stealing his leather jacket. The items were given back to each other but the fighting continued. Sasaki is confident he will win. So much so he is already thinking of using his match winnings to buy a 65 inch TV to replace his 50 inch one. Is Sasaki charismatic enough to overcome Kasai’s violent streak?


9. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo

DAMNATION’s presence continues on to the KO-D Tag Team Titles Match. Nobody has gotten Yukio Sakaguchi more riled up than Tetsuya Endo lately. Endo beating Sakaguchi in a singles match last month only made the bad blood between the two worse. Now Endo has his eyes the tag titles and he’s brining along Shuji Ishikawa to help. He’s also winding up Masakatsu Funaki by calling his Hybrid Wrestling style a thing of the past. Sakaguchi threatens that he will fill Saitama Super Arena with Endo’s blood!


10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

The backbone of DDT defends his place on top against the future of the company. HARASHIMA is the most successful KO-D Openweight Champion in DDT history with 9 title reigns and around 28 successful title defences over the course of 10 years. Konosuke Takeshita left his mark on history by becoming the youngest ever KO-D Champion, winning the title on his 21st birthday. Takeshita wants nothing more than for HARASHIMA to be at his absolute best when they wrestle. He wants to beat HARASHIMA at his best so he can rewrite the history books and cement his place as the strongest wrestler to ever step foot in DDT. HARASHIMA assures him that he is constantly getting better every time he steps in the ring. He hears Takeshita’s claims that he is the future of DDT but HARASHIMA doesn’t think the generation shift will happen under his watch. HARASHIMA is thrilled to see DDT on the big stage like this after 20 years. He thinks beating Takeshita in the main event is a good way to kickstart the 21st year. The future of DDT is at stake. Is it time for The Future to take over?


BASARA “VAJRA 25 ~SHIPPUJINRAI~” Results

December 25, 2016

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BASARA “VAJRA 25 ~SHIPPUJINRAI~”, 25/12/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
823 Fans

1. Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi defeated Daichi Kazato & Koji Iwamoto when Senga pinned Kazato with the Inverted Hurricanrana (9:04).
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Kohei Sato defeated Gouma Ryu, Atsushi Maruyama and Tatsuhiko Yoshino when Sato was declared Not Guilty (11:28).
3. Special Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi defeated Takumi Tsukamoto with the Perfect5 (12:30).
4. What Is METAL? ~What Is A Real Metal Wrestler?~: FUMA, Madoka & Yusuke Kubo defeated Jun Kasai, MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba when FUMA pinned Toba with the Jaw Breaker (13:27).
5. SAGAT’s First Great Match In The First Generation!: Jun Akiyama defeated SAGAT with the Exploder Suplex (13:43).
6. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki (c) defeated Koji Kanemoto, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu when Kobayashi pinned Sekine with the Diving Bakachinga Elbow (15:42).
*V4 for Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki.
7. Union MAX Title: Isami Kodaka defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi with the Isamuashi Ki (19:33).
*Isami Kodaka becomes the 6th Union MAX Champion!

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Merry Christmas again! Two big shows in one day. When DDT “NEVER MIND 2016” was completed, BASARA took over Korakuen Hall in the evening for their final show of 2016. The main event saw the return of the Union MAX Title, formerly belonging to Union Pro now revived for BASARA. The title was declared vacant so the last champion Isami Kodaka was fighting to win it all over again rather than defending it. His opponent Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi has had a strong year, proclaiming himself as the brand’s ace ever since winning the Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ tournament, beating Kodaka in the final. This match would determine who really was BASARA’s top star. Kodaka kicked out of the Perfect Plex and countered another one with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Hiroshi refused to stay down until Kodaka hit the Isamuashi Kick to the back of the head, putting Hiroshi down for the count.

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Both wrestlers were down and out after the match. While still laying against the bottom rope, Kodaka called for Hiroshi on the microphone and asked what can he see? Hiroshi said he can see the ceiling. Kodaka corrected him and said he can see the whole venue. Hiroshi meant that too, just his vision is just bad after getting kicked in the back of the head. Kodaka talked about knowing various wrestlers who have retired and organisations that have gone away during his 15 years in wrestling. If there is one thing he has learned, it is you cannot lose to yourself. Kodaka has been fighting for BASARA in its first year of existence and now he is fighting for the Union MAX Title. He doesn’t want to stop and hopes that Korakuen will give him a few more dates. Then on the screen a message appeared announcing BASARA’s next Korakuen show on 29th April, 2017. Then another message came announcing a show on 1st October too. Kodaka said he will never run away, escape or give up on BASARA. And he will never give up on wrestling!

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After a slight worry that he wouldn’t show up, Koji Kanemoto arrived with Cavalry to go after the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Kanemoto was nicknamed the General of the Cavalry Division by his teammates and was trusted to lead the way to victory. The champions arrived looking more like they wanted to get into the Christmas spirit. Abdullah Kobayashi & Masaya Takahashi wore reindeer head covers while Takayuki Ueki wore a Santa hat and shirt. In the build-up Kobayashi had been using Ryuichi Sekine’s Let’s Combine Crab Hold to win matches. He wasn’t able to do the hold here but he still pinned Sekine to win the match and keep the titles.

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SAGAT was in for the fight of his life when he had to take on Jun Akiyama. He was overwhelmed at the start, Akiyama whipped him into the corner post outside the ring then Body Slammed him onto the floor mat. Akiyama then laid SAGAT on the ring apron and struck him with a Knee Drop to the back of the head. More Knee Strikes and a Piledriver almost put SAGAT away but he kicked out at two. SAGAT fired back with some Elbow Strikes followed by a Senton. Akiyama stopped him with the Front Neck Lock. He tried to set up the Exploder Suplex but SAGAT bit his arm to escape. He then bit his neck to force him back and create some distance. SAGAT went for the Goregrind but Akiyama countered with a Knee Strike. SAGAT still showed some life until he was hit with the Exploder Suplex and that was it. Akiyama said that never in his 25 years of wrestling did somebody break out of his Exploder Suplex by biting him. SAGAT described Akiyama as a true elite and SAGAT just experienced the real Royal Road.

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Heavy metal reputations were on the line when IRON PRIEST went up against The Suicide Monkeys. To show how seriously he took it, Yusuke Kubo wrestled in a brand new skull mask he dubbed Heavy Metal Respect. They taunted Jun Kasai when they could, causing Kasai to flip them off and swear back at them. MIKAMI hit a big dive out of the ring, taking him and Kubo out of the match. FUMA took Tanomusaku Toba’s Straight Right Punch and hit him with a High Kick at the same time. Toba took the worst of the exchange, allowing FUMA to bring back his old Jaw Breaker kick finisher to win the match. They earned Kasai’s respect and he posed with them after the bout.

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Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi entered the ring to the American National Anthem for his match with Takumi Tsukamoto. The two shook hands but when Tsukamoto asked Ryuichi to take off his sunglasses, Tsukamoto attacked him to start the match. Ryuichi was powered up by the USA chants from the fans and used that energy to win. Tsukamoto graciously accepted defeat and shook Ryuichi’s hand again.

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Court was in session for a scandalous trial for Gouma Ryu and Atsushi Maruyama to fight over. The mystery defendant was accused of being engaged with the operations of a pro wrestling organisation while also being a gang member. Tatsuhiko Yoshino was called up as a witness, proclaiming his “brother” was not a gang member. The mystery defendant was then called to the stand. It was Zero1 wrestler Kohei Sato! Maruyama shouted it was obvious by Sato’s appearance that he is part of a gang. He even has a sword with him! Sato explained the sword was his prize for winning this year’s Fire Festival and he has to carry it with him everywhere. More witnesses were called over: Hercules Senga, Tsutomu Oosugi, Ryuichi Sekine and Yuya Okada. They all agreed that Sato is part of a gang. Sato was so angry by this accusation that he attacked everyone and knocked them out. Judge Kyohei Wada declared that Sato was innocent and it was in fact Ryu and Maruyama who are guilty.

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For some reason referee Yuya Okada received a lot of chants from the fans in the opening match.

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Tomoya Kawamura greeted the fans during the opening introductions. He apologised for not being on the card because of shoulder problems. He talked about previously going through surgery for the injury and how it is not easy for him to go under the knife again. He is not quitting wrestling but he is unable to compete for the time being. He hopes to return someday and when he does it will be for BASARA.


No Woman No Cry, Akiyama Coming To BASARA, New Year’s Eve Tournament

November 22, 2016

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Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. King Of Dark Title – 3 Way Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) Vs Mad Paulie Vs Guanchulo
1. Soma Takao & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Dick Togo, Shigehiro Irie & Antonio Honda Vs KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga
3. Rumours In Regions Dance Vs Song Vs ParaPara Sacred 3 Way Battle!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Akito, Yasu Urano & Rekka
4. Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Yukio Sakaguchi
5. Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Mike Bailey
6. Special Tag Match: Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo Vs HARASHIMA & Konosuke Takeshita
7. DDT Extreme Title – No Woman No Cry Match: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Saki Akai

Danshoku Dino wants his DDT Extreme Title defence against Saki Akai to be a No Woman No Cry Match. As the go-to mentalist in pro wrestling, Dino diagnosed Akai with having an emotional instability. The cure is to shake her to her emotional core so in addition to the normal pro wrestling rules, the match can also be won if a wrestler can make their opponent cry.

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1. Ryuichi Sekine & Koji Iwamoto Vs Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
2. Ryota Nakatsu Vs Abdullah Kobayashi
3. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs Tanomusaku Toba
4. IRON PRIEST Vs SOS: FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi
5. SAGAT, Selling Quarrels To All Japan Pro Wrestling!: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & SAGAT Vs Yuma Aoyagi, Kazuhiro Tamura & Daichi Kazato
6. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ikuto Hidaka & Hayato Jr. Fujita (c) Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto

Kyohei Wada will be the Judge for the Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial.

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Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi
2. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki (c) Vs Koji Kanemoto, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
3. SAGAT’s First Great Match In The First Half!: SAGAT Vs Jun Akiyama
4. Union MAX Title: Isami Kodaka Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi

Jun Akiyama is coming to BASARA to face SAGAT! This match was put together by Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi a a treat for his buddy. SAGAT thought isn’t so sure he wants the match.

Takumi Tsukamoto said he wanted a match with Ryuichi Kawakami. He’s still getting that match but Kawakami will be wrestling as Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi. He’s the same guy but with “USA!” chants added to his matches.

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2016”, 31/12/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi & Daichi Hashimoto Vs Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
2. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Naoya Namura & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Kengo Mashimo & Shigehiro Irie
3. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Great Kojika & Joey Ryan
4. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Ayato Yoshida & Takuya Nomura Vs Yuji Okabayashi & Jiro Kuroshio
5. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto
6. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Manabu Soya & Takayuki Ueki Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi
7. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sasaki & Yuki Sato Vs Atsushi Aoki & Kazuki Hashimoto
8. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Kaz Hayashi & Danshoku Dino Vs Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita
9. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #1 Vs Winners Of Match #2
10. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #3 Vs Winners Of Match #4
11. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #5 Vs Winners Of Match #6
12. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Winners Of Match #7 Vs Winners Of Match #8
13. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi-Final: Winners Of Quarter Final 1 Vs Winners Of Quarter Final 2
14. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi-Final: Winners Of Quarter Final 3 Vs Winners Of Quarter Final 4
15. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

The annual New Years Eve show is confirmed to have the annual tag team tournament mash up. It is advertised as a tournament between five organisations: Big Japan, DDT (+DNA & BASARA), K-DOJO and for the first time All Japan and WRESTLE-1 are officially in on the act. The tournament features the usual cast of regular teams, powerful inter-promotional pairings and joke duos. The first round and second round matches all have a 10 minute time limit. The semi finals have a 15 minute time limit. Any time limit draws will go to sudden death overtime where matches end on a one count pinfall. The final has no time limit and thus no sudden death.


BASARA “VAJRA 22 ~HUNDRED DRILLING STEEL~” Results

November 22, 2016

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BASARA “VAJRA 22 ~HUNDRED DRILLING STEEL~”, 20/11/2016
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR
145 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Koji Iwamoto defeated Daichi Kazato with a Rolling Leg Clutch Cradle (11:26).
2. Free Consultation In The Ring! Trouble Consultation Room: Madoka defeated Choun-Shiryu and Tanomusaku Toba when Madoka pinned Toba with a Horizontal Cradle (5:09).
3. Masamune & Hi69 defeated FUMA & Yusuke Kubo when Masamune submitted Kubo with the Honebami (14:41).
4. Cavalry Vs Bloody Brothers III: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi when Sekine submitted Ueki with the Let’s Combine (12:10).
5. Union MAX Title Battlefield?: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto defeated Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & SAGAT when Tsukamoto pinned SAGAT with the Tiger Suplex (18:56).

Since Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi was wrestling in Taiwan for DDT, he sent Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi to take his place on the BASARA show happening on the same day. Takumi Tsukamoto called out to Ryuichi after the match and he talked about how they used to team together. He now wasn’t looking at Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi, he was looking at Ryuichi Kawakami. Tsukamoto challenged Kawakami to a match at BASARA’s Christmas Day show at Korakuen Hall. Tsukamoto wants to show how strong he has become ever since he joined BASARA.

Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi sent a message from Taiwan to be read at this show. It was an announcement that SAGAT will take on Jun Akiyama on Christmas Day! SAGAT was stunned at the news but found the courage to say he will beat Akiyama. Then he immediately took that back.

Cavalry challenged Abdullah Kobayashi, Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi to a Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles match on Christmas Day. But there’s an extra surprise. Koji Kanemoto will be on Cavalry’s team!

FUMA and Masamune were provoking each other into a fight after Match #3.


DDT “ALL NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT” Results

March 30, 2014

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DDT “ALL NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – PART 1”, 29/03/2014
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
532 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Dark Match: Shunma Katsumata defeated Shun Miyatake with a Small Package (1:31).
1. Soma Takao defeated Gota Ihashi with a Diving Foot Stomp (5:13).
2. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo defeated Michael Nakazawa & DJ Nira when Takeshita pinned Nira with the Touchdown (10:27).
3. HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano defeated MIKAMI & Hoshitango when Urano pinned Hoshitango with a Backslide Pin (9:36).
4. Kikutaro defeated Guanchulo with the Shining Kikuzard (14:31).
5. Lucha Libre Rules: Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Sasaki pinned Hirata after the PK Mind.
*Daisuke Sasaki wins Kazuki Hirata’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
6. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie defeated Antonio Honda & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Ishii pinned Honda with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (10:40).
7. KUDO, Masa Takanashi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Akito when KUDO pinned Oishi with the Buzzsaw Kick (13:55).

After scoring the pin in the main event, KUDO called out for any of the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract holders to come out and challenge him. When none of them came out he then turned his attention to his next confirmed challenger Akito and talked about their upcoming match KO-D Openweight Title match. Akito told him it was going to be a war and he is the future of DDT.

Keisuke Ishii is utterly focused on getting an All Asia Tag Team Title shot. He yelled out “Akiyama!” before he delivered an Exploder Suplex to Tomomitsu Matsunaga in their tag match. He and Shigehiro Irie also have a new double team move called the Go 2 Irie Sleep. It involves Ishii lifting up his opponent in the Go 2 Sleep position while Irie kneels down beside them. Ishii then throws the victim face first into Irie’s head. After the match Ishii showed a video of himself confronting Jun Akiyama and Yoshinobu Kanemaru demanding a title shot. Both of them rejected the challenge and walked off. The video then showed Ishii approaching Akiyama in a public toilet only for Akiyama to yell at him “I’m pissing, go away!” Back in the building Ishii said he will got to Akiyama’s dojo to ask again and he will record the meeting to show at next week’s show in Kawasaki.

With the Monster Army disbanded both Daisuke Sasaki and Antonio Honda decided it was time for a fresh start. Sasaki asked if he could team with the Golden Lovers (but not with Gota Ihashi). Both Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega said he could but they were then interrupted by Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata. Takagi challenged them to a Lucha Libre 6-Man Tag match. Sasaki worked well with the Golden Lovers, he even pulled off the PK Mind with Omega to win the match. Amon Tsurumi granted the new trio a KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Title shot for the 12th April Kasukabe Hall show. Omega said he was reluctant to have Sasaki on his team instead of Ihashi but admitted they were a powerful team regardless.

Guanchulo cashed in his Right To Face Your Favourite Wrestler Contract to get a match with Kikutaro before he returns to Chile on 28th May. Kikutaro used his tricks to get Yukinori Matsui involved in the match and they proved to be the deciding factor. Afterwards Kikutaro thanked Guanchulo for choosing him to be his opponent.  Danshoku Dino announced the return of Danshoku Ranch Classic will happen on 20th May and it will be a farewell show for Guanchulo. He will also put his DDT Extreme Title on the line against Guanchulo in Kasukabe Hall on 12th April.

The DDT trainees Shunma Katsumata and Shun Miyatake pleaded with Amon Tsurumi to let them have another exhibition match. They were both unhappy that their bout at “JUDGEMENT 2014” ended in a draw. Miyatake also wants to prove he is ready to debut properly. Tsurumi allowed the match to happen with the stipulation that Miyatake will earn his debut match if he wins. Miyatake wasn’t able to capitalise on his oppotunity and lost to Katsumata in 91 seconds.

HARASHIMA and Yasu Urano will continue to team together under the name UraShima. They are willing to team with other wrestlers but have no plans to recruit a third member.

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DDT “ALL NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – PART 2”, 29/03/2014
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532 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Michael Nakazawa defeated Yukio Sakaguchi.
2. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Akito.
3. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Konosuke Takeshita defeated KUDO.
4. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Sanshiro Takagi defeated Kenny Omega.
5. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie.
6. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Kota Ibushi defeated Soma Takao.
7. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Hoshitango defeated Tetsuya Endo.
8. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 1: Antonio Honda defeated Keisuke Ishii.
9. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 2: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Michael Nakazawa.
10. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 2: Konosuke Takehsita defeates Sanshiro Takagi.
11. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 2: Kota Ibushi defeated HARASHIMA.
12. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Round 2: Hoshitango defeated Antonio Honda.
13. Makoto Oishi, MIKAMI, DJ Nira, Kazuki Hirata & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Toru Owashi, Masa Takanashi, Yasu Urano, Gota Ihashi & Guanchulo when Hirata pinned Takanashi with a School Boy (4:00).
*Kazuki Hirata won Masa Takanashi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
14. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Semi Final: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga.
15. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Semi Final: Kota Ibushi defeated Hoshitango.
16. GO-1 CLIMAX 2014 Arm Wrestling Tournament – Final: Kota Ibushi defeated Konosuke Takeshita.

DDT held two late night shows in Shin-Kiba 1st RING. The second show was dedicated to a one night arm wrestling tournament called the GO-1 CLIMAX. The winner would get a ¥50,000 cash prize. The final turned out to be a preview for the 13th April main event as Kota Ibushi and Konosuke Takeshita took each other on, with Ibushi winning. Takeshita told Ibushi he beat his right arm but his left arm is stronger.

After losing his Right To Challenge Contract earlier in the night, Kazuki Hirata quickly replaced it with Masa Takanashi’s contract after he pinned him in a 10-Man Tag match. Hirata spent the night wearing a Magnum TOKYO mask in between his matches.

The night ended with a performance of Hulk Hogan Gymnastics by Antonio Honda.

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