DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2017” Results

February 12, 2017

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DDT “DRAMATIC NERIMA THE FIGHTER 2017”, 12/02/2017
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall
511 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Gota Ihashi defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Running Body Press (3:45).
*D11 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. Mad Paulie defeated Shunma Katsumata with a Reverse Splash (5:15).
2. Scramble Bunkhouse Lucha Glasses 6-Man Tag Death Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Ishii pinned Matsunaga with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (8:53).
3. Soma Takao Contending Unit Determination Special 6 Way Match: Soma Takao defeated Yasu Urano, Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi, Rekka and Saki Akai (11:13).
3a. Soma Takao eliminated Rekka by Ring Out (1:45).
3b. Makoto Oishi eliminated Sanshiro Takagi with a Cradle (3:09).
3c. Makoto Oishi eliminated Saki Akai with a Cradle (5:52).
3d. Yasu Urano and Soma Takao eliminated Makoto Oishi with a Double Thrust Kick (6:29).
3e. Soma Takao eliminated Yasu Urano with the Gin And Tonic (11:13).
4. Real, No Fear Start!: Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino defeated KUDO & Guanchulo when Dino ponned Guanchulo with the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver (12:16).
5. Special 3 Way Match: Colt Cabana defeated Konosuke Takeshita and MAO when Cabana pinned MAO with a Superman Dive (8:11).
6. Daisuke Sasaki First Local Triumph! Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Jun Kasai & Antonio Honda when Sasaki submitted Honda with La Mistica Cross Facelock (12:37).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) defeated HARASHIMA & Akito when Sakaguchi submitted Akito with the Modified Cobra Clutch (18:29).
*V1 for Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi.

It was a mixed day for Smile Squash. They weren’t able to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles but they at least gained a new member. In the tag title match, Akito tapped out to Yukio Sakaguchi’s Modified Cobra Clutch. That was Sakaguchi’s revenge for losing to Akito by submission back in January. Sakaguchi asked who wanted to fight him and Masakatsu Funaki next. Out came Tetsuya Endo followed by Shuji Ishikawa! The DAMNATION team will get their title shot at Saitama Super Arena in March!

Daisuke Sasaki was celebrated his return home to Nerima with a tag team victory over Jun Kasai. Sasaki taunted Kasai during the match by stealing his goggles and copying his salute. Sasaki said Kasai was truly amazing, as expected from such a charismatic death match wrestler. He then stomped on Kasai and said he really isn’t such a big deal. Kasai is not as charismatic as he is. They’re going to have some fun in Saitama.

Colt Cabana’s first match in DDT was a success, pinning MAO in a 3 Way Match also featuring Konosuke Takeshita. However his victory speech was cut short when Danshoku Dino attacked him! Dino accused Cabana of being gay and he wants him to admit it in English! This was Cabana’s welcome to DDT and next Sunday at Korakuen Hall Dino will make sure Cabana will come out of the closet! When Dino left Cabana took the microphone. He said his crotch is bigger than Joey Ryan’s.

Yoshihiro Takayama is warming up to the idea of Danshoku Dino being his new No Fear tag partner. He hesitated to participate in Dino’s fighting style but eventually decided “No Fear!” After that he threw KUDO face first into Dino’s exposed rear end. Dino then put Guanchulo in position for the Axe Guillotine Driver but Takayama told him to hold still. Takayama then pulled Dino’s tights over Guanchulo’s head to turn the move into the Axe Guillotine Danshoku Driver! Takayama told Dino it was a good start for their new team.

Soma Takao is now a member of Smile Squash! He won a 6 Way Elimination Match where the winner would earn Takao’s membership. Before the match began, Sanshiro Takagi gave Takao one last offer. If Takao joins T2Hide they can kick out Kazuki Hirata and rename the unit T2T. Makoto Oishi thinks Takao has a future as a pop idol. Rekka tempted Takao with promises of becoming the ace of New Taiwan Pro Wrestling. Saki Akai said Takao can travel the world if he joins the Oscar Promotion agency. The only person who didn’t appeal for Takao to join his unit was Yasu Urano. That made things awkward because Takao wants to join Smile Squash and the match eventually came down to those two. Takao scored the win and earned the right to join Smile Squash under his own power. Urano wasn’t pleased by this. He thinks Takao joining Smile Squash is a dangerous idea. However Akito is ok with the idea and HARASHIMA welcomed Takao into the group with open arms. Urano then accepted Takao’s induction. If nothing else at least this means he now has a new friend.

The Kotatsu table made its presence felt in Match #2, somehow attacking Kazuki Hirata while Keisuke Ishii pinned Tomomitsu Matsunaga. Ishii talked to the table after the match. Ishii said he fights with pride as the AJPW Jr. Champion so he hopes Kotatsu is the same as the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion. He offered a handshake but then began to stomp the table! He then gave Kotatsu the Emerald Frosion and went for a pin but Antonio Honda stopped the count. Honda then tried to pin Kotatsu but Ishii stopped him. Ishii and Honda then knocked each other out with a Lariat and Bionic Elbow collision, leaving Kotatsu just standing there probably triumphant.

Nobuhiro Shimatani is coming close to tying Gota Ihashi’s record for the most King Of Dark Title defences. Shimatani is more concerned about being forced to miss the DNA relaunch in two weeks time. He has one more chance to get rid of the title on 19th February. If he can’t win that match then he will miss the DNA show. Shimatani tried to pin the Kotatsu table to win the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title but Amon Tsurumi kicked him away.


DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017” Results

February 4, 2017

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DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017”, 04/02/2017
Osaka Edion Arena #2
481 Fans

1. The Best Soup Is A Song Or Something! No, And Dance! If You Do Not Say It’s The Final Settling Match!!: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Katsumata pinned Hirata with a School Boy (7:52).
2. Keisuke Ishii defeated Gota Ihashi with a Dangerous Exploder (4:04).
3. Soma Takao & Yuni defeated Yasu Urano & Guanchulo when Takao pinned Guanchulo with the Gin And Tonic (9:42).
4. DAMNATION Vs DNA Naniwa Army: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno when Sasaki submitted Ueno with the Cross Facelock (11:21).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Iwasaki pinned Takanashi with the Leg Capture Suplex (12:18).
*V1 for Team DNA.
Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kotatsu defeated Hyota Echizenya (c) by Pinfall (7:12 pm).
*Kotatsu becomes the 1,207th champion.
6. DDT Extreme Title – Dog Chain Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) defeated Mad Paulie with the Pearl Harbour Splash (13:53).
*V3 for Jun Kasai.
7. Ultra Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Danshoku Dino with the Lip Lock (10:36).
8. Humanity Is A Battle Blooming In A Huge Ring Of Naniwa! Osaka Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda when HARASHIMA pinned Honda with the Somato (19:26).

Konosuke Takeshita remains confident he can beat HARASHIMA at Saitama Super Arena. He’s been telling himself he is the future of DDT ever since he debuted. Now that the Saitama Super Arena main event has been decided, he must beat HARASHIMA there to prove it. HARASHIMA told him he’s looking forward to the match and shook his hand with a big smile. But when Takeshita didn’t smile back, HARASHIMA’s expression changed and he refused to let go of the handshake until they were pulled away.

For the last week Soma Takao has been thinking of his own future. He was advised by Amon Tsurumi to join one of DDT’s units in order to improve his position on the roster. At the end of the show Takao approached Smile Squash and asked if he could join their side. He fought against them many times and ultimately he wants to beat HARASHIMA but until then he would like to work with him. T2Hide interrupted, Sanshiro Takagi wants Takao to join them instead. They’ll even trade Kazuki Hirata to Smile Squash if they have to! Yasu Urano told him they don’t want Hirata. Then NωA came out. They want Takao to be an idol like them. Tsurumi stopped the arguing and came up with a solution. There will be a Takao Battle Match on 12th February between Takao, Urano, Takagi and Oishi. If Takao wins he gets to join whichever unit he wants. If any other wrestler wins then their unit claims Takao. Any of the units not currently involved in the match can also enter it if they want to.

Danshoku Dino actually had Yoshihiro Takayama beaten with the Hell Car Combination with Makoto Oishi but pulled him up from the pin before the ref counted to three. Dino wasn’t done with him yet. He applied the Lip Lock but Takayama Hulked out of it and gave Dino his own Lip Lock. It was so powerful that Dino lost consciousness and was easily pinned afterwards. When he woke up Takayama told him the match was a painful struggle but the fighting is over. Takayama is no longer afraid of Dino. They both hugged and screamed “No Fear!” together.

Jun Kasai survived a Choke Slam through a table to beat Mad Paulie. A dog chain kept the two close to each other but Kasai decided to detach it from his collar and use the chain to tie up Paulie. With no way of escaping, Paulie was a sitting duck for the Pearl Harbour Splash. After the match Kasai nominated his DDT Extreme Title challenger for Saitama Super Arena. It’s Daisuke Sasaki! Kasai mentioned he has a relative’s wedding ceremony to attend that day but he wouldn’t miss this match for anything, even his parent’s funeral!

There is no question now that Team DNA are deserving KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions. They won the belts without beating the previous champions Shuten-dōji so naturally Shuten-dōji wanted the first title shot. Masahiro Takanashi’s run of victories ended when Kouki Iwasaki pinned him with the Leg Capture Suplex. Yukio Sakaguchi looked like he still wanted to fight after the match but instead he took one of the title belts and handed it to Kazusada Higuchi, accepting the result.

Hyota Echizenya appeared with the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title to talk with Takagi and Tsurumi. He entered the room wearing a Kotatsu table over his back and then invited the others to sit by the Kotatsu. Echizenya talked about being unable to write his current manuscript because of the pressures of defending the Iron Man title all the time. Their conversation was interrupted by Gota Ihashi and Dai Suzuki both wanting to attack the champion. Takagi stood up to defend Echizenya but accidentally flipped the Kotatsu on top of him in the process. 1…2…3! The Kotatsu table is the new champion! Tsurumi told Echizenya to pin the table and win the belt back but he declined. Echizenya originally won the title by beating the table so it is only fitting that the table won it back from him. He thanked DDT for the wonderful experience and he will now go back to writing his manuscript.

Naomi Yoshimura denied that he lost his tag match against DAMNATION. It was Yuki Ueno who submitted so under Yoshimura’s logic he’s the one who lost.

Guanchulo yelled about how much he hates children while he fought Yuni.

The opening match was held under Scramble Bunkhouse Lucha Glasses Rules.


DDT Universe Launches, Dog Chain Death Match, BASARA Wrapped Around NWA

January 23, 2017

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First thing’s first, DDT UNIVERSE launches today! Go sign up for it. Thankfully a lot of other sites have beaten me to the punch of writing up guides and reviews for the website so all you need to know can be found in these links.

F4W Online/Wrestling Oberver Online
Wrestling With Words
The Indy Corner

That saved me a bunch of time. Once I get to grips with the service I hope to write up some match recommendations. To any new readers, welcome! Things get weird and wonderful as I try to tell you all about what goes on in DDT and its spin offs.

DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017”, 04/02/2017
Osaka Edion Arena #2

1. Yuni Debut Round 3: Yuni Vs X
2. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
3. Ultra Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Danshoku Dino
4. DDT Extreme Title – Dog Chain Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Mad Paulie

Jun Kasai noticed that Mad Paulie is always led to the ring with a dog chain so let’s have a Dog Chain Death Match!

Shuten-dōji get their rematch for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. They weren’t the beaten team when Team DNA won the belts during the weekend.

BASARA “VAJRA 28 ~DESTRUCTION OF HEART~”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Challengers Decision Battle: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
2. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness

BASARA’s latest focus is on the NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles. The team of Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness want to bring the belts back to ZERO1.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GET DOWN 2017”, 11/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Japanese Psycho ~When You Fight~: Yumehito Imanari Vs Mars Spector
2. Ai Shimizu Ganbare☆Wrestling Trial – 3rd Round: Ai Shimizu Vs Cassandra Miyagi
3. G-COSMOS 2017 ~ Japan Vs Thailand International Combat In Prince: Takafumi Ito Vs Tanomusaku Toba
4. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Ken Ohka, Shuichiro Katsumura & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Kenso Ohka, Osamu Namiguchi & Shibata

Shibata is the newest member of Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling.

BASARA “VAJRA 29 ~TENKA FUBU~”, 12/02/2017
Nagoya City Higashi Sports Center

1. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs X & X

Either The Aldini Brothers or Hiroshi du Soleil will challenge for the NWA Light Tag Titles.

BASARA “VAJRA 30 ~WINTER SUMMER BLUE~”, 20/02/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Union MAX Title: FUMA (c) Vs Ryuichi Sekine

Will Ryuichi Sekine survive the NWA Tag Title rush long enough to become a double champion?


DDT “BEST WESTERN LARIAT SERIES 2017 SEASON OPENER” Results

January 22, 2017

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DDT “BEST WESTERN LARIAT SERIES 2017 SEASON OPENER”, 22/01/2017
Tokyo Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida
380 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Rekka defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Cross Armbreaker (5:15).
*D9 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way 6-Man Tag Team Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) and Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Higuchi pinned Honda with the Doctor Bomb (8:57).
*Shuten-dōji fails in V3. Team DNA becomes the 28th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
2. Lunch Time Concert To Enjoy Singing And Dancing In Machida: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (12:39).
3. Saki Akai & Guanchulo defeated Danshoku Dino & Gota Ihashi when Akai pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award (12:43).
4. Keisuke Ishii & Hoshitango defeated Yasu Urano & Soma Takao when Ishii pinned Urano with a Cradle (10:45).
5. Charismatic Electric Shock Combination Of The Death Match And The Emperor In The Wrestling World!: Yoshihiro Takayama & Jun Kasai defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Kasai pinned Paulie with a Backslide Pin (11:35).
6. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when Akito submitted Endo with the Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock (16:22).

Once again Daisuke Sasaki was pretending to play nice in front of HARASHIMA. A handshake offer was kicked away but he got to hit his Low Blow later in the match. Tetsuya Endo also joined in the cheating by choking HARASHIMA with a T-shirt while the referee’s back was turned. DAMNATION’s attention then turned to Akito but HARASHIMA came back and took out Sasaki with the Somato. Akito avoided Endo’s Sky Twister Press and locked on the Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock to win. HARASHIMA and Sasaki stared at each other after the match until Sasaki withdrew from ringside with Endo.

The other members of DAMNATION attacked Yoshihiro Takayama during his entrance. This resulted in a brawl throughout the auditorium until things calmed down. Jun Kasai fought dirty as well, distracting Daisuke Kiso to attack Mad Paulie. Takayama fought with Shuji Ishikawa in the ring during the final moments. Kasai rolled out of the way from Paulie’s Reverse Splash then pinned him with a Backslide. Kasai has secret plans in place for his DDT Extreme Title defence against Paulie. He noticed how Paulie always has a dog chain attached to him so they should have a Dog Chain Death Match!

Yasu Urano was again beaten by Keisuke Ishii with a flash pin. He is now getting frustrated that he can’t beat the AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Champion.

DDT was welcomed to the Best Western Rembrandt Hotel in Machida, Tokyo. Not only was there wrestling on offer but food and drink as well. Gota Ihashi wanted to have a romantic stay so he had a challenge for Saki Akai. If Ihashi’s team won, he and Akai would share the same hotel room. Akai’s tag partner Danshoku Dino accepted but only on the condition that if he & Akai won then the hotel manager would have to spend the night with Dino. Ihashi tried to hit a Splash on Akai several times, finally succeeding when Dino couldn’t pull Akai out of the way in time. However Akai recovered and pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award boot to the face. Akai told the hotel manager he now had to give Dino his best service in their suite tonight.

The odds were not in Shuten-dōji’s favour when they defended the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles in a 3 Way Match. As much as they tried to take control of the match, it broke down into chaos and the belts changed hands without anybody in Shuten-dōji getting pinned. Yukio Sakaguchi hit the Right Knee Of God on Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi but Antonio Honda then took him out with a Bionic Elbow. That gave Kazusada Higuchi the opportunity to give Honda the Doctor Bomb to win the titles for DNA! Shuten-dōji weren’t happy with the result but resisted taking their anger out on the new champions.


DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017” Results

January 3, 2017

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DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,750 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. King Of Dark Title: Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka & Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c), Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Dai Suzuki when Iwasaki submitted Shimatani with a Crab Hold (6:55).
*D7 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. 3 Way Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata and Soma Takao, Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (3:18).
2. Happy New Year’s New Year Special!: Joey Ryan & Laura James defeated Saki Akai & Gota Ihashi when Ryan pinned Ihashi with the Super Kick (7:50).
3. Shigehiro Irie & Yasu Urano defeated Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii when Urano pinned Ishii with a Jackknife Pin (8:10).
4. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo when KUDO pinned Guanchulo with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:44).
5. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) defeated Akito with the Reverse Tiger Driver onto the Lighttube (10:46).
*V2 for Jun Kasai.
6. New Year! More Than Special Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Candice LeRae with the Vietnam Driver II (10:10).
7. Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi when Endo pinned Honda with the Sky Twister Press (13:41).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Mike Bailey with the Somato (22:52).
*V2 for HARASHIMA.

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Everyone was in a celebratory mood as DDT welcomed everyone to their first show of 2017. The show kicked off with different members of the roster thanking the fans for their support as they reach their goals for this year. But when it was time for the main event all eyes were on HARASHIMA and “Speedball” Mike Bailey. HARASHIMA got a taste of Bailey’s kicks early and decided to target the challenger’s legs from then on. He threw some kicks of his own and while Bailey fired back, it just hurt his leg even further. Bailey recovered to hit a few Moonsault Double Knees and Shooting Star Double Knees. But the vital moment came when HARASHIMA rolled out of the way and immediately hit the Somato. Bailey kicked out of the pin but another Somato afterwards put him away. With another KO-D Openweight Title defence to his name, HARASHIMA thanked Bailey for a very hard match. He was happy to wrestle Bailey after watching his matches on Youtube. Bailey pointed out that HARASHIMA is always smiling. Bailey can’t smile right now but it’s not because he’s sad. What would make him smile is another match with HARASHIMA in the future.

2017special-challengers

The next KO-D Title match will take place on 29th January and it will be the last title match before the “JUDGEMENT 2017” 20th Anniversary show at Saitama Super Arena on 20th March. Daisuke Sasaki demanded a title shot so he can reclaim the KO-D Title and win Candice LeRae’s affections. HARASHIMA accepted the challenge. Sasaki then said another DAMNATION wrestler wants a KO-D Title shot at “JUDGEMENT 2017”. Shuji Ishikawa stepped forward but Sasaki kicked him away. He was talking about Tetsuya Endo. However Amon Tsurumi called in KUDO, Konosuke Takeshita and Kazusada Higuchi into the ring to stand next to Endo. Tsurumi announced a mini tournament between the four wrestlers with the Saitama Super Arena main event spot up for grabs. Takeshita will fight Higuchi on 7th January and KUDO fights Endo on 8th January. The two winners will then meet in the final on 29th January.

2017special-storytime

When Antonio Honda found himself fighting against DAMNATION alone he resorted to what he knows best. Telling children’s stories. The distraction allowed Konosuke Takeshita & Kazusada Higuchi time to recover and come to the rescue. However when Honda climbed the ropes to set up the Diving Fist Drop, Tetsuya Endo stopped him with a Handspring Kneel Kick. He then got the win with the Sky Twister Press.

2017special-proposal

If it wasn’t before, now love really is over for Daisuke Sasaki. He entered the ring where Candice LeRae stood waiting for him but he did not want to wrestle her. Instead he had gifts like candy and a bouquet of flowers. More importantly he had a divorce form with Johnny Gargano’s forged signature on it and also a marriage registration form with his own genuine signature on it. He thought it would be swell if Candice would sign both of them for him. Guanchulo translated the message for Candice to understand. She said if Sasaki beats her in a match then she would think about it. Sasaki excitedly called for the bell so the match would begin! Sasaki fought dirty and didn’t pull any punches on Candice. When the crowd booed he yelled back that she’s not his girlfriend yet. Candice fought back with a Swinging DDT and tried to put Sasaki in the Gargano Escape. Sasaki countered with the Cross Facelock but Candice escaped. Sasaki was ready to give Candice a Super Kick but hesitated. He told Candice he loves her but Candice flipped him a middle finger. Sasaki got angry and went ahead with the Super Kick. He then hit the Vietnam Driver II for the victory.

2017special-rejection

Sasaki calmed down after the match and happily asked Candice to sign his forms. They can be the John Lennon and Yoko Ono of the wrestling world! The crowd urged her on with “Yes!” chants. But Candice threw away the forms and had something to say instead. First, Sasaki’s not her type. Second, she heard Sasaki is also in love with Laura James. Sasaki claimed he was a different person from a year ago. He has since become the ace of DDT and created DAMNATION, the most popular unit in pro wrestling! Why doesn’t Candice like him? As Sasaki broke into tears Candice was blunt with him. Sasaki has no championship but Candice’s husband Johnny is a WWE champion! Sasaki panicked. Belt? Belt! He can get a belt! Sasaki went in for a kiss but Candice gave him the Ball Plex and left. Obviously the wrestling press had some questions for Candice after the match and she answered them. Would she have ever signed the forms? No, she was only joking. Also she can’t write in Japanese. What is Sasaki missing that Gargano has? Gargano is not a bully like Sasaki. Candice doesn’t like how Sasaki kicks around Shuji Ishikawa all the time.

2017special-lighttube

A single lighttube was attached to the ropes for the DDT Extreme Title match. Jun Kasai and Akito fought around the lighttube trying break it over their opponent. Kasai found a fake lighttube under the ring and swapped it with the real one when Akito and the referee weren’t looking. Akito later hit him with the fake lighttube but it never broke. He found the real one and placed it across two steel chairs. Kasai Headbutted Akito and gave him the Reverse Tiger Driver through the lighttube to win the match. Akito was saddened to lose his Tavern Wrestling specialty match for the first time. He also feels that time is running out for him because he will turn 30 this year. While Akito loves the DDT Extreme Title he now wants to win any championship in DDT. At the end of the show Kasai was confronted by DAMNATION. Mad Paulie just had one thing to say to him. “Happy New Year!” He also wants a title shot. Kasai accepted the challenge and the match will take place in Osaka on 4th February. The champion promises to cook up a dramatic, extreme, crazy match in his kitchen for them to fight in.

2017special-kudo

Shuten-dōji are currently feeling unbeatable. They vanquished DAMNATION in December and started 2017 beating Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo. They’re not intimidated by their next challengers NωA. Them beating Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry today doesn’t impress them. KUDO says he doesn’t recognise them as idols. In the 20 years of DDT the only idol he can see here is Masahiro Takanashi!

2017special-urano

After failing to win the KO-D Title on Christmas Day, Shigehiro Irie is preparing another excursion to America later this month. If Danshoku Dino misses him he didn’t show it. Irie was the only person in the ring Dino did not want to kiss during their tag match. At one point Irie just stood there waiting for the inevitable Lip Lock but left him hanging and tagged out instead. Eventually Irie grabbed Dino by the arm and he gave him the Lip Lock instead! Yasu Urano wound up winning the match by countering Keisuke Ishii’s Double Arm DDT into a Jackknife Pin. After the match Urano picked up the AJPW Jr. Title and stared at it before placing it on Ishii’s shoulder. Backstage Urano said he doesn’t feel like he can challenge for the title whenever he wants but maybe he can in half a month’s time.

2017special-ryan

Gota Ihashi felt jealous of Joey Ryan & Laura James when he saw them kissing before their match. He tried to get a kiss from Saki Akai but was rejected. Ryan & Laura oiled themselves up and hit the Couple Combination to Ihashi in the corner. Ihashi got his hands on the lotion and wanted to do the same move with Akai on James but Ryan cut them off. Ihashi gave Ryan a Manhattan Drop but all it did was hurt his knee. Ryan then Super Kicked him for the win while James stretched Akai’s arm with her crotch in a move much like her husband’s.

2017special-hirata

The show kicked off with a musical 3 Way Tag Match. NωA came out singing “Going My Way!!! ~You Are Not Alone~”. Kazuki Hirata came out dancing on his own. Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry performed a duet of the song “Drunk Hearts”. The match itself didn’t last long, Makoto Oishi pinned Hirata in just over three minutes. They think it is a good sign for their KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match in Saitama later this week.

2017special-dark

Dark days continue for Nobuhiro Shimatani. He tried as hard as he could to pin Kouki Iwasaki in the prelim match but a low Knee Strike reversed his fortunes and Iwasaki submitted him with a Crab Hold.

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Ever since Hyota Echizenya won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title in Osaka, the pressure of defending the title has been getting to the comedian. He no longer wants to be the champion but he also thinks the next champion needs to be strong enough to handle responsibility of defending the title 24/7. So he has been searching the streets in search of somebody deserving to beat him for the championship. But every time he found someone he thought was suitable he found out they did not know pro wrestling and could not fight out of his Cobra Twist.

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Retired MMA fighter Shungo Oyama will have his debut pro wrestling match at “JUDGEMENT 2017”. Oyama says he is a big fan of pro wrestling and has followed DDT for a long time but respected the sport too much to ever compete in it. However he would regret never doing it so he decided now was the time to experience the amazing splendour of pro wrestling. Also it will make him happy to stand inside Saitama Super Arena again like he did for Pride FC and HERO’S.

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A special 6-Man Tag Team Match was announced for “JUDGEMENT 2017”. The match is sponsored by Koei Tecmo makers of Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Romance Of The Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga’s Ambition video games. In collaboration with the phone game “Nobunaga’s Ambition ~Our Warring States~” the match will be Sanshiro Takagi, Keiji Muto & Isami Kodaka Vs Daisuke Sekimoto, Jun Akiyama & Kota Ibushi! In addition to this each wrestler will represent a historical figure from the video game. Takagi is Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Muto is Shingen Takeda, Kodaka is Yukimura Sanada, Sekimoto is Katsuie Shibata, Akiyama is Kenshin Uesugi and Ibushi is Nobunaga Oda.


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.


All Jun Wants For Christmas Is His Two Front Teeth

December 21, 2016

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GANBARE☆WRESTLING “ITSUKA NO MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016”, 22/12/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Beat The Opponent! Eat Lightning, Crap Thunder! Become A Scary Guy!: Chikara Vs Rocky Kawamura
2. K-reboot: Yukinori Abe & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Hi69 & Shinichiro Tominaga
3. Ganpuro Special Christmas Present ~Chubby Vs Slim Beauty~: Bambi & Manami Kanda Vs Maya Yukihi & Tequila Saya
4. Ai Shimizu Ganbare☆Wrestling Trial 3rd Match: Ai Shimizu Vs Shota
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Shuichiro Katsumura & Yumehito Imanari Vs Kenso Ohka & Osamu Namiguchi
6. Ken Ohka 15th Anniversary Debut Memorial Match: Ken Ohka Vs Atsushi Maruyama

From the Eternal Young Lion to the Tearful Charisma, Ken Ohka has been through a lot in his 15 year of wrestling.

DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Akito
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Mike Bailey

The IPPON Death Match has been used a few times in Tavern Wrestling where Akito won a tournament dedicated to the stipulation. There is only one lighttube brought down to the ring, whoever breaks it over their opponent or throws their opponent through it wins.

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Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Rika Tatsumi & Hyper Misao (w/ Minami Momochi) Vs Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
2. Reika Saiki Vs Itoh Maki
3. Nodoka-oneesan Vs Cherry
4. Konsho-gun Vs Married Woman Army: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu & Laura James (Special Referee: Joey Ryan)
5. Mil Clown Vs Candice LeRae
6. Miyu Yamashita Vs Saki Akai
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Syoko Nakajima

The Married Woman Army will be accompanied by their husbands in some form. Laura James’ husband Joey Ryan will be the special guest referee and Ai Shimizu’s husband Inoue Mic will be the special guest ring announcer.

Konsho-gun’s antics are getting some attention overseas. A Mexican website called Periodismo reported on Azusa Takigawa using Zexy magazine as a weapon. (Thanks to Luchablog for finding this)

DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu

If Kouki Iwasaki loses he must reset his DNA career and start from the bottom as a trainee all over again.