March 24, 2018

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Takato Nakano Vs Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Cherry
0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenshin Chikano & Akira Jo
0. Under Match – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima Va Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
1. Gauntlet Tag Match: LiLiCo & Makoto Oishi Vs Reika Saiki & Lady Beard Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Ethan Page Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda
2. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana
3. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match – Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Saki-sama, Yoshiko-sama & Azusa Christie
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koji Takeda
6. Weapon Rumble 5 Way Tag Loser Gets Anal Blast Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin Munenori Sawa Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao Vs Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chinsuke Nakamura
7. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi
9. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

For an audio preview I appeared on an episode of the Wrestling Omakase podcast to talk about the show. We also review the “SAKI AKAI PRODUCE ~ DDT COLLECTION” show on the same episode. You can listen to it here.

The DDT UNIVERSE live broadcast begins on 1:30pm JST with the first pre-show match beginning at 2:00pm JST and the main show beginning at 3:00pm JST. So for other time zones the main show begins at 7:00am GMT (remember the clocks will have gone forward one hour in this time zone), 2:00am ET and (Saturday) 11:00pm PT. For those with access to AbemaTV the event will also air live for free on the DDT channel (VPN needed for those outside Japan). There will be either muted audio or replacement music for the entrances and video packages because of this.


DDT is back in Sumo Hall once again for its biggest event of the year. “JUDGEMENT 2018” is being held to mark DDT’s 21st anniversary and is providing a stacked card to celebrate. The headline match is a rematch of a 2016 Sumo Hall main event but there is plenty to talk about from top to bottom. We have grudge matches, we have generational battles, we have wrestling demons, we have anal explosions, we have title matches, we have joshi, we have crazy foreign wrestlers and we have the other sub-brands jumping in to get involved. The only way this show gets any more insane is if DDT goes the Pop Team Epic route and holds an identical 5 hour show immediately after this 5 hour show ends but with different a commentary team.

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Takato Nakano Vs Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Cherry

The first match of the day is between rookies and veterans. The rookie team consists of DNA and BASARA wrestlers. Mizuki Watase’s big matches in DNA for the last few months have been against wrestlers like Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka. Taiwanese wrestler Rekka recently formed a short lived team with Chinese wrestler Choun-Shiryu that fell apart over their national differences. Daiki Shimomura has been bottom of the pile and taking loss after loss on most shows. His Gran MilliMeters partner Nobuhiro Shimatani has been the same except he has spent his time trying to win over DAMNATION so he can join their group. BASARA’s Takato Nakano is approaching the first anniversary of his debut match in April.

On the veteran team Mad Paulie has become a little bit calmer ever since he discovered dancing. He loves to dance along to Shuji Ishikawa’s karaoke. Because of this he acts a little bit nicer to his opponents but he is still dangerous to wrestle. Gota Ihashi embarrassed himself on the big stage when he got to team with Kota Ibushi and Riki Choshu on a show produced by Choshu. They won their match but Choshu ripped apart Ihashi with criticism during a post show interview. Ever since then Ihashi has been trying to regain his confidence and even wants to discover if the power of Choshu is inside of him. It isn’t. The real power is the friends you make along the way and Choshu has been friends with Ibushi for years so the entire journey is a waste of time in the first place. Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Cherry have been filling up the DDT pre-show matches throughout the year.

0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenshin Chikano & Akira Jo

The focus of this match is between Kouki Iwasaki and Akira Jo. The two are feuding against each other in DNA where the homegrown wrestlers are defending themselves against the Naomi Kingdom, which Jo is a part of. Shinichiro Tominaga comes over from Ganbare☆Wrestling as a proud “amateur” pro wrestling card carrier. Kenshin Chikano has a DDT appearance here and there. He had a little more of a presence in BASARA last year when BASARA had a summer long rivalry with Dove Pro Wrestling.

0. Under Match – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima Va Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone

Tokyo Joshi Pro gets fully represented with two matches this time around. The pre-show match is between two of their long standing tag teams the Miracle Apricots and the Dragon Bombers. The Apricots have been teaming together for as long as Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima have been around. They have a few achievements between them but the one they share together is becoming the first ever TOKYO Princess Tag Team Champions. On the surface the Dragon Bombers look like an odd pairing but Rika Tatsumi and Maho Kurone have won over fans with their personalities. Kurone’s entire zombie character is immediately eye catching and her behaviour at shows is often fun to follow. Tatsumi got some media attention when she admitted to fancying another Tokyo Joshi wrestler Mizuki and openly questioned the No Relationships rule used by the promotion because it only refers to having boyfriends and not girlfriends. She is currently preparing for the biggest match of her life in May when she main events Korakuen Hall. She recently pinned Nakajima to build up her momentum. Either repeating it or pinning Sakazaki would only increase it further.

1. Gauntlet Tag Match: LiLiCo & Makoto Oishi Vs Reika Saiki & Lady Beard Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Ethan Page Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda

The show kicks off proper with a wacky Gauntlet Match for Tag Teams. When LiLiCo was last in DDT she was defending the now forgotten KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles with Makoto Oishi and three others. That was in November. Now she’s back in training with Oishi to enter the gauntlet. Oishi has planning his next steps ever since NωA split up. He demanded to join T2Hide so he could take over the group and even won the right to be a member. But he instead turned it down so he could go do literally anything else. Reika Saiki & Lady Beard are connected together outside of wrestling as the idol duo DEADLIFT LOLITA. This is their first time teaming together for a wrestling match. Shunma Katsumata became the breakout wrestler from NωA when he joined ALL OUT and went through a crazy Hardcore Match where he used thumbtacks. Akito has been by Katsumata’s side during this encouraging him to come out of his shell. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata are still the same except for the times when Hirata gets deported and replaced by a suspiciously similar looking foreign substitute. They might still be feeling burned by Oishi rejecting them. Ethan Page has been loving his stay in Japan which probably explains why he acts different here compared to how he normally elsewhere. DDT brought him in with big hopes that he will be their next big Canadian star. Antonio Honda is with him to make sure that happens. Finally, Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda have been terrorising DNA with their Naomi Kingdom unit. Their troublemaking is now spreading to DDT and they are very interested to be in the same ring as LiLiCo and Saiki.

2. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana

Everything about this match is a little funny. Two of America’s most known and successful comedy wrestlers will face off one on one inside one of Japan’s most prestigious wrestling arenas… and there’s been zero build up for it. That’s not to say either of them have done nothing in DDT at all. In January Joey Ryan competed at the D-Oh Grand Prix. He seemed to be more concerned about convincing the audience to throw paper tape at him for his entrances than he was with winning matches. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana challenged for the KO-D Openweight Title on Christmas Day but failed to win it. He then spent New Year’s Eve pretending to be Abdullah The Butcher. Both are fighting for the right to be called the DDT’s craziest gaijin wrestler.

3. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match – Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Saki-sama, Yoshiko-sama & Azusa Christie

For the first time Tokyo Joshi gets a main card spot on a Sumo Hall show. Miyu Yamashita has regained her position as the ace of the promotion when she won back the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title on 4th January. Since then she has been fighting off challengers like Veda Scott, Yuna Manase and Maho Kurone. Teaming with her is one of the scariest egos ever to grace a DDT ring. Pop idol turned pro wrestler Maki Ito often becomes intense when she wrestles. Her petite figure doesn’t stop her from throwing headbutts and giving her opponents the middle finger. She also formed her own team/fan club called the Ito Respect Army and brought in Mizuki as Member #001. Mizuki doesn’t mind and is happy to make a friend. They even recorded a music video together. It’s just that this friend can act like a psychopath when she doesn’t get her way.

Their opponents are NEO Biishiki-gun, the snooty aristocratic unit led by the snootier and even more aristocratic Saki-sama. Her biggest move over the last year was abducting one of the weakest wrestlers in Tokyo Joshi, Azusa Takigawa and brainwashing her into becoming Azusa Christie. Azusa is now a devoted nun who worships Saki-sama as if she was God. This change has seen her gain more success than she ever had previously and she along with Saki now holds the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Championships. Ever since her inclusion, NEO Biishiki-gun have been the dominant force in Tokyo Joshi and now they have a new girl joining them for this show. In February Saki-sama brought out a shy woman who was hiding her face behind a teddy bear and introduced her as an old friend from her childhood. Maki Ito confronted this girl and threatened her until the bear was lowered and the face was revealed. The girl is Yoshiko-sama and she isn’t afraid to fight back! Her teddy bear is named Charlotte by the way.

4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio

I’ve had trouble trying to keep up with the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title this year. Super Sasadango Machine won it the first week of January and asked to defend the belt against Jiro Kuroshio at Sumo Hall. His wish was granted but on one condition. Sasadango would need to defend the title at least twice a week every week up until the show takes place. Sasadango quickly found a solution to this problem. He set up an office in Nagoya and invited celebrities, spokesmen and other various business people to try and win the belt from him. In return they would get to promote their projects on DDT’s social media. It worked for the most part but there were some title changes I missed from people I don’t know and from there I lost track. As of writing I think he is still the champion and his title match with Kuroshio is all set.

But things are never just normal with this championship. There are always people hunting after the belt and I’ll be shocked if this match just stays between Sasadango and Kuroshio. Heck I’ll be shocked if a title change does not happen right before the match takes place! Also I don’t think Kuroshio would be just satisfied with doing just this match. Remember, he has a pinfall victory over Konosuke Takeshita from the D-Oh Grand Prix. There has to be some sort of follow up to that.

5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koji Takeda

On the one hand Shuten-dōji finds themselves in the familiar position of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match on DDT’s big supercard. On the other hand their opponents this time includes what used to be one of their own! Kota Umeda returned from a long injury absence last November and is making up for lost time in both DDT and DNA. He built up a quick but intense rivalry with another rookie Yuki Ueno. He also joined the rest of DNA in their feud with the Naomi Kingdom. It was during this time that Umeda started to figure something out. As the fourth member of Shuten-dōji he was often left out of their 6-Man Tag Title matches. The only times he got to step in was to cover for one of the other wrestlers if they were hurt. This had to change.

Shuten-dōji reached the point where they were disappointed by their current position. They wanted to face the best trios DDT could throw at them but in the end it is they who are the best trio. That was when Umeda stepped up to them. He wanted to challenge his brothers for the titles and to do so he is teaming with his rival Ueno as well as another rookie Koji Takeda. The response from Shuten-dōji was mixed. Masahiro Takanashi found it funny. He thought Umeda’s new unit looks so bad that they should be called Pigging 2018 after the consistently worst unit to compete in the DDT General Elections year after year. But KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi took this seriously. They would allow Umeda to challenge them but he would no longer be a part of Shuten-dōji if he does so. Umeda was willing to pay that price. Now Umeda is leading his generation team against his former family and in the process became a fierce enemy to Sakaguchi in particular. It might get worse when the title match takes place.

6. Weapon Rumble 5 Way Tag Loser Gets Anal Blast Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin Munenori Sawa Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao Vs Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chinsuke Nakamura

Well this has been crazy. Originally DDT was going to hold its Falls Count Anywhere specialty match but Sumo Hall management and the Japan Sumo Association finally put their foot down and told them no. The potential risk of audience injuries and building damage is too high for them to accept. Unfortunately for them they weren’t prepared for DDT’s Plan B. Sure DDT will keep it in the ring but now there are explosives involved. At least it’s still safer than Sami Callihan playing with a pinata.

It all begun when Sanshiro Takagi was reunited with an old friend. In a moment that they absolutely swear was not like anything else that happened that same week involving former DDT talent, Munenori Sawa returned to DDT to save Takagi from a beatdown. They embraced, tears were shed and one of DDT’s wackiest tag teams from the last decade were back in business. Although Sawa had retired from pro wrestling to become a salaryman, he would still show up near a wrestling ring every now and then. Takagi threw out a challenge. He and Sawa would face anyone in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Sumo Hall. They attracted a lot of offers. Yuko Miyamoto wanted to get involved and as the current DDT Extreme Champion he surely qualifies. Soma Takao joins Miyamoto as part of Smile Squash. The call was also answered by Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe from BASARA. Kodaka is a hardcore wrestler and Abe is pretty much Munenori Sawa Jr. so the stipulation suits them fine.

The challenge led to an old enemy of Takagi’s resurfacing. Michael Nakazawa sent a video saying he would enter with a friend from “New York”. That friend is Chinsuke Nakamura! The Pauper Of Strong Style made his presence felt when he threw Takagi over the top rope and out of the ring. He celebrated this accomplishment by pointing to the RyogokuMania sign held above Korakuen Hall. The loudest response of all was from MAO fresh off of his split from NωA. MAO thinks now is the time DDT gets a new face for Street Wrestling and it should be him. He’s bringing Speedball Mike Bailey back to team with him. However MAO may be too crazy judging by that time he ran over Takagi with a van to win a Falls Count Anywhere match. He then threatened to blow up Shin-Kiba 1st RING with fireworks.

So the match was set and tensions grew to a dangerous level between Takagi and MAO. Takagi’s response to getting hit by a vehicle was to start shoving fireworks into other wrestlers’ butts to give them an Anal Explosion. MAO responded in kind until it was the major focus by everyone involved in the upcoming match. That was when the ban came and the match had to be cancelled. During that announcement all of the teams came together and threw together a replacement match. The BASARA team wanted to use weapons. MAO demanded that someone should get an Anal Blast. Everyone agreed to a Weapons Rumble match. As the match progresses, new weapons would be brought out Royal Rumble style. Plus whoever loses the match must subject themselves to an Anal Explosion! This means everybody is happy except for the Japan Sumo Association. Serves them right.

7. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

One of the first announcements for this show made back in January was the involvement of The Great Muta. DDT eventually announced that he would be teaming with DAMNATION to take on Danshoku Dino and his friends. Daisuke Sasaki would use the news to announce that he is in charge and Muta would be fighting under his leadership. There was no response from Muta about this. Sasaki then started taunting Dino by spitting cola and coffee at him Poison Mist style. Again there was no response from Muta. But Sasaki’s actions did bring Dino to his breaking point. The attacks made Dino transform into The Great Homo! Under his own Muta-style personality, Dino would constantly attack Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo. Endo moreso than Sasaki. He would spit Poison Milk Mist at them and attack their backsides with a spike. The only way he could be stopped was when Sasaki transformed into Nerima Sting to combat him. This finally made Muta stir. The demon was not pleased by this nonsense especially from Dino.

A threatening message was sent to DDT HQ. Dino has been given the Poison Curse! No matter where Dino goes, Muta would possess everyone around him and make them spit the Poison Mist in Dino’s face. Nowhere was Dino safe. Employees, trainees, referees, wrestlers, fans, models, TV hosts. All of them spat the Mist at Dino under Muta’s power. Dino would get attacked again and again and again and again and again! Has Muta’s plan brought Dino back to the brink enough to summon The Great Homo? Keisuke Ishii and Ken Ohka are there to help Dino but the three of them are clearly outmatched. The only thing they don’t have to worry about is Muta doing a Moonsault but that’s what Endo is there for.

8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi

For many in DDT there is one task that seems impossible and that is beating HARASHIMA. The backbone of DDT is often the biggest mountain to climb and some wrestlers have become obsessed with doing it. The latest wrestler in this position is Kazusada Higuchi. HARASHIMA has been a thorn in his side ever since Higuchi’s first year in DDT. HARASHIMA gave Higuchi his first loss, beat him twice in KO-D Title matches and also won the KO-D Tag Team Titles from him with Naomichi Marufuji. The team known as HarashiMarufuji have held the titles ever since. They even survived a title defence held inside a factory! If they were ever to be beaten, Higuchi would have to find somebody really strong to team with him.

Oh crap. Daisuke Sekimoto wants to get involved.

Sekimoto & Higuchi joined forces for the annual New Year’s Eve cross promotion Tag Team Tournament and made it all the way to the final. They made such a good impression together that they are reuniting to go after HARASHIMA & Marufuji. Sekimoto and HARASHIMA have a history together but there is respect between them. HARASHIMA and Higuchi however do not like each other ever since HARASHIMA knocked out Higuchi during a singles match earlier this month. When Higuchi came to he went on a rampage chasing after HARASHIMA. A defeat to Marufuji too in the run-up to this match hasn’t helped. Higuchi will have to keep his emotions in check against these two.

9. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

This is the rematch 19 months in the making. Konosuke Takeshita and Shuji Ishikawa main evented “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line. Ishikawa came out on top that night and held onto the belt for almost the rest of 2016. HARASHIMA won the title from him in December that year but the championship made its way back to Takeshita at “JUDGEMENT 2017” just over one year ago. Since then Takeshita has firmly kept the belt in his grasp and fought all-comers, breaking the DDT record for most title defences in a single reign with 10 successful defences at this time. Freshly graduated from college, Takeshita has been having a great year as the champion. It’s getting tough though. A lower back injury has plagued Takeshita throughout February and gave him a big target that can be exploited. So it’s been a tough year but a great year none the less.

However you can argue Shuji Ishikawa’s last 12 months have been just as good if not better. He goes on a tear in All Japan and wins the Champion Carnival, then the Triple Crown, then the Real World Tag League with Suwama and then AJPW World Tag Team Titles also with Suwama. When he refocused his efforts in DDT at the beginning of 2018, Ishikawa ends up winning the first ever D-Oh Grand Prix tournament almost unbeaten. His only loss in the competition was against his DAMNATION leader Daisuke Sasaki. The goal of the Grand Prix was to establish DDT’s leading star for the rest of the year and Ishikawa proved there is no one more deserving of it than him.

Ishikawa has gone out to prove he has a range of other talents too. Ever since he won the Grand Prix, Ishikawa has performed karaoke in the ring to celebrate his big victories in DDT. Mad Paulie has joined in the fun by dancing along to his songs. Sasaki & Endo aren’t as eager to join in so they just grin and bare it while he sings. With the big title match on the horizon, Sasaki gave Ishikawa a serious order. Ishikawa cannot sing karaoke and Paulie cannot dance again until Ishikawa beats Takeshita at Sumo Hall to become the KO-D Champion. This gave Ishikawa an idea. Takeshita is injured. If he gets so injured that he cannot defend the title at Sumo Hall then Ishikawa will become the champion by default. Then for the main event Ishikawa can sing karaoke inside the ring all night long! So for the last month Ishikawa has intentionally tried to injure Takeshita in their preview matches. It briefly worked when Takeshita had to miss a show to recover but he came back and in their most recent match together pinned Ishikawa.

So there you have it. The strongest champion in DDT’s history is hurt but still capable of beating whatever is being thrown at him. DDT’s strongest challenger is almost unstoppable and is powered by the desire to show off his vocal talents. Their 2016 match is well worth the watch in preparation for this.



March 18, 2018

DDT “SUNDAY KASUKABIAN! 2018”, 18/03/2018
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
260 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Saki Akai defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Honda pinned Hirata with the TTD (9:16).
2. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated MAO & Yuki Ueno when Takanashi pinned Ueno with the Takatonic (12:26).
3. Naomi Yoshimura defeated Ethan Page with the Throwaway Power Bomb (9:11).
4. Special Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kota Umeda ended in a Double Countout (7:53).
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii when Shimatani pinned Dino with a School Boy (8:39).
6. HARASHIMA & Soma Takao defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Takao pinned Iwasaki with the Gin And Tonic (11:38).
7. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Takeshita pinned Ishikawa with a Lariat (21:11).

In the rivalry between Konosuke Takeshita and Shuji Ishikawa, Takeshita is beginning to gain back some ground. He sent a major message out by withstanding Ishikawa’s Running Knee Lift so he could pin him with a Lariat. Takeshita told the fans that there is nothing to worry about. It won’t be easy but Takeshita is certain he will retain the KO-D Openweight Title against Ishikawa at Sumo Hall. “Please look forward to it!”

HARASHIMA took out Kazusada Higuchi with a Somato to the back while Higuchi was sitting on the ring apron. With him out of the way, Soma Takao was able to pin Kouki Iwasaki with the Gin And Tonic.

Danshoku Dino is learning that actions can have repercussions. His antics of transforming into The Great Homo have not gone unnoticed by The Great Muta. A message was sent to DDT during the week saying there is now a Poison Curse surrounding Dino. Wherever Dino goes, Muta will possess the people around him and make them spit Poison Mist at his face. It has gone far enough to effect Dino’s everyday life. Whether he goes to get a massage or visits the dentist, there are people who spit mist at him. At the show today Dino denied such a curse exists but he was misted again throughout the show by ring announcers, referees, other wrestlers and even fans!

Nobuhiro Shimatani wore a DAMNATION shirt to mark his first time teaming with Daisuke Sasaki. Dino was misted by Yuki Iino before the match. Then when Dino had Shimatani beaten, Yukinori Matsui spat more mist at him! Shimatani took advantage and pinned Dino with a School Boy, getting his biggest victory in his career.

Tensions between Yukio Sakaguchi and Kota Umeda got so bad their match was thrown out as they spent too much time fighting outside the ring. Yuki Ueno, KUDO and Masahiro Takanashi had to pull them apart from each other after the match.

Keisuke Okuda helped Naomi Yoshimura beat Ethan Page. Matsui got knocked down during the match and Okuda came in to help Yoshimura. They gave Page an STO double team move and an assisted Throwaway Power Bomb leading to Yoshimura getting the three count when Matsui got back up. Yoshimura said that he and Okuda will win the Tag Gauntlet at Sumo Hall and nobody can stop them. Not LiLiCo. Not Reika Saiki. Nobody! Page promised to get revenge and win the Tag Gauntlet with Antonio Honda.

Kazuki Hirata was allowed to do his dance entrance in full today. He thanked the other wrestlers for allowing him to do it then teased that some of them might be in the upcoming Loser Expulsion Match on 1st April. The smile was wiped from his face when Sanshiro Takagi told him that he will be in the match! Hirata panicked because he lost the last Expulsion Match. He’s already decided to stack up on Red Bull and egg sandwiches if it happens again.


March 14, 2018

Shinjuku FACE
352 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase defeated Daiki Shimomura with the Back Drop (5:46).
1. Outrage 6 Way ~All Bad Guy Members~: Yoshiko defeated Yuko Miyamoto, Ryota Nakatsu, Naomi Yoshimura, Yukio Sakaguchi and Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshiko pinned Shimatani with the Diving Senton (8:41).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Doki ❤ Aja Full Paint Rumble: Aja Kong defeated Makoto Oishi (c) with the Can Assisted Uraken (13:39).
Order Of Elimination: Gorgeous Matsuno, Ethan Page, HARASHIMA, Super Sasadango Machine, Antonio Honda, Sanshiro Takagi, Maki Ito and Makoto Oishi.
*Aja Kong becomes the 1,297th champion.
3. Shu Shu Match ♡ Kabukicho Yutaro March: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Jun Kasai & DJ Nira ended in a No Contest (15:00?).
4. NEO Biishiki-gun Vs T2HiJoshi Special Fight: Saki-sama, Azusa Christie & Martha (w/ Yukio Saint Laurent) defeated Margaret★Owashi, Kazuko Hirata & Kazuko Higuchi when Saki-sama pinned Hirata with the Two Stage Face Kick (12:53).
5. Miracle Change! DDT collection: KUDO, Akito & MAO defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Soma Takao & Shunma Katsumata when KUDO pinned Katsumata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (12:53).
6. Bonus Track One Day GM Competition: Kazuko Hirata defeated Saki Akai, Danshoku Dino, Konosuke Takeshita, KUDO, Akito, MAO, Azusa Christie, Martha, Yukio Saint Laurent, Margaret★Owashi, HARASHIMA, Sanshiro Takagi, Super Sasadango Machine, Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda, Gorgeous Matsuno, Maki Ito, Yuko Miyamoto, Ryota Nakatsu, Nobuhiro Shimatani, Yoshiko, Mizuki Watase, Daiki Shimomura, Yuki Ueno and Hisaya Imabayashi when Hirata wore the Afro for 3 seconds (11:13).

Last July, Saki Akai won a Battle Royal and was rewarded the role of DDT General Manager for one day. She spent months thinking up ideas until she was finally ready to put a show together in Shinjuku FACE. She thought she would be on her own but everyone in DDT was happy to help and were willing to use all of her ideas. With their support, Akai described the preparations for the show were like playing with a toy box. It wasn’t a perfect show by her own admission. Akai rated it “60 Points” (I assume out of 100) and wished she could have given herself more talk time. But she wanted the show to be like a festival and she is glad that everybody had fun.

The amount of attention Akai was getting today created some jealousy amongst the DDT roster. During the opening introductions, Akai had to wear the Amon Tsurumi afro wig that represents the GM role. While she was speaking to the audience, Danshoku Dino tried to grab the afro. Akai stopped him and said that the afro will be up for grabs at the end of the show. Whoever wears the afro will be allowed to become the GM for one day but it must be used within one year. However when the main event ended Akai never brought up the match. Dino stepped in and reminded her about it. Fearing that everyone was about to gang up on her, Akai threw down the afro and said the next person to pick it up and wear it will win the GM rights. Everyone who was involved in the show fought over the afro. Even Hisaya Imabayashi snuck in to try and get his old role back. Akai and Makoto Oishi were the last two left standing but they knocked each other out. The afro ended up on Kazuki Hirata’s head and the referee counted to three. Hirata was declared the winner!

For the main event, each wrestler was given a fashion makeover to wear for their entrances. MAO wore a pink parka, Akito wore a poncho, KUDO wore rider gear, Shunma Katsumata was in a cap and T-shirt, Soma Takao wore a kimono while carrying and umbrella and Konosuke Takeshita was covered in a fur coat. Their regular wrestling gear were all on underneath so when the match started it was business as usual. The winning team were rewarded with a hair care set from the show’s sponsor.

Although Akai didn’t have an official match on the show, her close friend Saki-sama was there with the rest of NEO Biishiki-gun to make up for it. Their opponents T2HiJoshi introduced their secret weapon Kazuko Higuchi who came out wearing bunny ears and a pink dress. Higuchi gave a rose to Yukio Saint Laurent and confessed her love to him. He hit her and threatened to stab her with an injection. Higuchi powered out of his grip and tore her dress off in anger. Higuchi went on a rampage, clearing the ring until Yukio stopped her by sticking the injection in her forehead. Saki-sama hit Kazuko Hirata with the Two Stage Face Kick to win the match. She called her opponents truly ugly, especially the one that turned into a monster halfway through the match.

Everybody in Match #3 was given glasses of champagne to drink while they wrestled. A table was set up next to the ring so they could get their drinks refilled. They all drank glasses after every kickout then argued with each other about being drunk. Jun Kasai asked Daisuke Sasaki why he didn’t bring the DDT Extreme Title with him to the ring. DJ Nira then convinced everyone to form a human tower so Kasai could hit the Pearl Harbour Splash but the tower collapsed. Tetsuya Endo tried to do a Moonsault but overshot his target and missed. Sasaki then decided to put Daisuke Kiso in the Crossface Lock while Nira did Elbow Drops to Inoue Mic. The match got so out of control that Yukinori Matsui stepped in and declared a no contest. There was no accurate match time because Mic was distracted by Nira’s attack so DDT just assumes it lasted around 15 minutes.

Aja Kong was not impressed by all of the wrestlers impersonating her in the tribute Battle Royal. She refused to participate and spent the match doing commentary at the broadcast table. She buried the match by complaining about the colour of Makoto Oishi’s face paint being wrong and the match quality dropping when Gorgeous Matsuno entered the ring. She then watched on in disbelief at Antonio Honda and Super Sasadango Machine reenacting the time when Kong cut off Bison Kimura’s hair. Maki Ito got into the spirit of things by scaring HARASHIMA with a loud scream. When Ito took out a banana to make fun Kong’s name, Aja had enough and entered the match with a steel can in hand! Kong cleaned out the ring but Ito stood up to her and even gave her a Headbutt! Kong shrugged it off and pinned Ito with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Oishi tried to sneak attack Kong but he got the can placed over his head and he was knocked out with the Uraken for his troubles. Dino congratulated Kong for winning and asked if he could become Aja Kong II. She called him rude and knocked him out with the Uraken.

Everybody in the opening 6 Way Match was dressed as some sort of delinquent. They all tried to intimidate each other and fought dirty when it was time to wrestle. But it wasn’t all nasty. Nobuhiro Shimatani took a time out to tell Yoshiko how much he likes her. Yukio Sakaguchi interrupted the moment by attacking Yoshino. Shimatani then got singled out and was attacked by all the others until Yoshiko pinned him with the Diving Senton.

Mizuki Watase was so jealous of everybody in their main event getting their hair and make-up done that he went and got a makeover too. All it led to was Daiki Shimomura playing with Watase’s hair while they wrestled.


March 14, 2018

Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall
330 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Keisuke Ishii defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Kneel Kick (6:17).
2. Kazuki Hirata 4 Way Match Trial!: Naomi Yoshimura defeated Kazuki Hirata, Ethan Page and Mad Paulie when Yoshimura pinned Hirata with the Throwaway Power Bomb (6:21).
3. Falls Count Anywhere 8-Man Tag Match ~ No Touch Rule: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Antonio Honda & Yuni defeated Soma Takao, MAO, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Chinsuke Nakamura when Takagi pinned Shimatani with a Diving Body Press From The Entrance Gate Through A Table (10:47).
4. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno when KUDO pinned Ueno with the Diving Double Knee Drop (13:28).
5. Give Up Only Match: Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi defeated Masahiro Takanashi & Mizuki Watase when Dino submitted Watase with a Triangle Choke (13:25).
6. Be Legend Presents Special Single Match: HARASHIMA defeated Kazusada Higuchi by Knockout with a Buzzsaw Kick (11:51).
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Endo pinned Katsumata with the Shooting Star Press (21:12).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kazuki Hirata defeated Soma Takao (c) with a Stick Strike (7:57 pm).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes the 1,294th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Yuni defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with an Inverted Hurricanrana (7:57 pm).
*Yuni becomes the 1,295th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Makoto Oishi defeated Yuni (c) with a School Boy (7:58 pm).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1,296th champion.

Konosuke Takeshita returned to the Osaka building where he attended DDT shows as a child. Although now instead of Danshoku Dino terrorising him it is now Shuji Ishikawa doing it. DAMNATION beat ALL OUT in the main event where Takeshita received more damage to his waist and lower back. With The Great Homo nowhere to be seen, Tetsuya Endo was able to win the match for his team. Ishikawa told Takeshita to come at him with all of his strength at Sumo Hall. In return he will do everything he can to crush him. Daisuke Sasaki reminded Ishikawa that he is banned from singing until Sumo Hall. His karaoke hobby began here back in January and Sasaki hasn’t forgotten the nightmare he got from listening to it. Sasaki complained about Takeshita missing shows because of his injury while DAMNATION doesn’t have any time to rest. DAMNATION has to practice singing karaoke along with Mad Paulie preparing an extraordinary dance routine!

The wave of momentum that Kazusada Higuchi was stopped dead thanks to a HARASHIMA Buzzsaw Kick. The strike knocked Higuchi out but he regained consciousness while HARASHIMA celebrated. Higuchi was so mad over what happened that he attacked HARASHIMA at ringside and threw chairs at him. HARASHIMA escaped into the ring while other wrestlers tried to calm down Higuchi to little effect. HARASHIMA rubbed it in by accepting the match prize from the show sponsor with a big smile on his face.

Mizuki Watase attended the Ganbare☆Wrestling show held earlier in the day and was impressed with the main event where Ken Ohka refused to submit to Magnitude Kishiwada. Inspired by the bout, Watase wanted to wrestle in a Give Up Only Match. If his team lost then he won’t ask for the stipulation again. His idea ended with a bad result when he gave up to a lewd Triangle Choke from Danshoku Dino.

KUDO showed more fire than usual thanks to the recent performances against him by Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno. Umeda said he finally got a taste of KUDO’s real power today. Ueno said even though he was pinned, he wasn’t burned out. He’ll be ready to win their remaining matches leading up to Sumo Hall.

Sanshiro Takagi and MAO continued to fight each other during the Falls Count Anywhere 8-Man Tag. Takagi also tried to set off another Anal Explosion in Nobuhiro Shimatani but MAO stopped him. Chinsuke Nakamura made his entrance up on the balcony but found his way to the ring eventually. Takagi dragged Shimatani over to a table by the stage entrance. He then climbed the entrance gate and dove onto Shimatani, putting him through the table to win the match.

Ethan Page attacked Naomi Yoshimura with a High Kick and a Big Boot after the 4 Way Match.

Shortly after the show ended there were a couple of Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changes in the venue. The belt went from Soma Takao to Kazuki Hirata to Yuni to Makoto Oishi. Mizuki Watase tried to get the belt but Oishi escaped.


March 13, 2018

DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2018 ~YAYOI~”, 10/03/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall
225 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Daiki Shimomura with the Hangover!! (7:42).
2. Yokoyama Specialty Two Big Singles Matches! Shortstop Vs Hama’s Great Devil!: Keisuke Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (13:23).
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Royal Rumble By Age: MAO defeated Super Sasadango Machine (c) with the Chile Driver (13:23).
Order Of Elimination: Nobuhiro Shimatani, Shunma Katsumata, Soma Takao, Kazuki Hirata, Toru Owashi, Saki Akai, Antonio Honda, Super Sasadango Machine.
*MAO becomes the 1,291st champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Sanshiro Takagi defeated MAO (c) with a School Boy (6:26 pm).
*Sanshiro Takagi becomes the 1,292nd champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Soma Takao defeated Sanshiro Takagi with a Small Package (6:27 pm).
*Soma Takao becomes the 1,293rd champion.
4. Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Umeda pinned Matsunaga with the Umeda Driver (11:22).
5. Yokoyama Specialty Two Big Singles Matches! Battle Match ’18 & DDT Memorial Battle IN Yokohama Radiant Hall!: The Great Homo Vs Tetsuya Endo ended in a No Contest (8:30).
6. Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki defeated HARASHIMA & Ethan Page when Higuchi pinned HARASHIMA with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch (10:17).
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Ishikawa was Disqualified for using a chair on Takeshita (4:12).
7a. Replay: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Takeshita pinned Paulie with a Lariat (7:46).

It was an eventful week for Konosuke Takeshita. A few days ago he graduated from university and today was his first match back from a minor back injury. Unfortunately Shuji Ishikawa was there ready and waiting to make his comeback a painful one. Ishikawa’s plan is simple. Injure Takeshita so badly that he cannot make it to Sumo Hall. Then Ishikawa will become the KO-D Openweight Champion by default and instead of a match at “JUDGEMENT 2018” he can sing and dance with Mad Paulie for an hour to close out the show. DAMNATION attacked ALL OUT to start the main event and Ishikawa kept attacking Takeshita with a chair until the referee disqualified him. Akito & Shunma Katsumata pulled Ishikawa away but were knocked back by his Double Shoulder Block. When Ishikawa turned around, Takeshita was there to Clothesline him out of the ring. The match restarted as a 6-Man Tag bout with Katsumata & Tetsuya Endo added in. Takeshita’s waist took a lot of damage throughout but he gutted it through and beat Mad Paulie with a Lariat. Takeshita said his body is in a lot of bad places right now but his heart isn’t broken. It is thanks to ALL OUT and the cheers of his fans that he still stands.

If you get hit by the Somato enough times you will eventually figure out a way to counter it. That’s the eureka moment Kazusada Higuchi discovered today. He avoided the move and caught HARASHIMA in a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch for the unexpected pinfall victory. Higuchi told HARASHIMA the battle will continue in Osaka tomorrow and he will beat him there too. Then at Sumo Hall he will win the KO-D Tag Team Titles from HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji to stand tall in the centre of DDT!

Tetsuya Endo’s confrontation with The Great Homo was chaotic. Homo dragged Endo under the ring then he chased him around ringside. Endo tried to fight him off with his high impact moves but couldn’t succeed. Homo brought a chair into the ring and hit the Shining Ateji while Endo was sitting on it. Homo then drank milk to power up the Lip Lock but Endo gave him the Lip Lock instead! The effects didn’t last and Homo applied the Lip Lock back to Endo, sending him bumping into the referee. The match was stopped and no winner was determined. Homo continued to attack Endo and also Mizuki Watase when Watase tried to stop him. Homo pulled down the back of Watase’s shorts and spat the milk mist at him. That was when the room went dark and Nerima Sting appeared! Nerima Sting attacked Homo with the black bat and gave him the Scorpion Death Drop. He then pulled Homo out of the ring and dragged him out of the building.

The DNA team showed no fear against Shuten-dōji and attacked them from the bell. Tomomitsu Matsunaga was the obvious odd man out in the Shuten-dōji. His presence in the match was ironic given that Masahiro Takanashi previously said the DNA team should be calling themselves Pigging 2018. Umeda pinned Matsunaga but the action didn’t end after the match. A staredown between the two was interrupted by a Yukio Sakaguchi Dropkick to Umeda and Yuki Ueno from out of nowhere. A brawl between the two sides began and ended with another staredown.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title was back at a DDT show for Super Sasadango Machine’s latest defence. During his time away from shows, Sasadango lost and won back the belt twice. Once to a food employee and another to the singer Kaede from the music group Negicco. Today the belt was on the line in a special Royal Rumble where the wrestlers were entered in order of their age. The wrestlers in their 20’s began the match, then the wrestlers in their 30’s entered next, then the wrestlers in their 40’s. Saki Akai didn’t like being put in the 30’s group but she had to because she turned 30 back in January. MAO was the last man standing and he pinned Sasadango to become the new champion. But his celebration was short lived when Sanshiro Takagi gave him a School Boy and won the belt. He told MAO he will blow him up at Sumo Hall but he was then Super Kicked by Soma Takao. Takao Cradled Takagi into a Small Package for the three count. Takao then admitted he isn’t that interested in being the Iron Man Champion. But he is looking forward to teaming with Yuko Miyamoto for the Sumo Hall Falls Count Anywhere Match!

There was no love lost between Keisuke Ishii and Daisuke Sasaki in their match. Sasaki ambushed Ishii and attacked him with a chair but Ishii later evened the odds by giving Sasaki a Fisherman Buster onto the ring apron. Sasaki knocked over the referee to avoid the Tiger Suplex and went to get a chair. Ishii was rescued by The Great Homo who came out from beneath the ring. Homo blinded Sasaki with the Milk Mist and hit him with the Shining Ateji. Ishii grabbed Sasaki and hit the Double Arm DDT as the referee recovered to get the win.

Ethan Page and Antonio Honda are teaming together to enter the Tag Gauntlet Match at “JUDGEMENT 2018”. Page wants to fight Naomi Yoshimura in the match to prove he is stronger than him.


March 2, 2018

DDT “SHINKIBA, IKIMASU!!”, 02/03/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
240 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Makoto Oishi T2Hide Application Assessment Match: Makoto Oishi defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (6:46). (Special Referee: Toru Owashi)
2. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno when Takanashi pinned Umeda with the Bacchus (11:33).
3. Ethan Page defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Spinning Dwayne (6:21).
4. Chubby Special Single Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Mad Paulie with the Lip Lock (7:50).
5. Falls Count Anywhere 5 Way Match ~ Special Rule: MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Soma Takao, Fuminori Abe and Chinsuke Nakamura when MAO ran over Takagi with a van (8:23).
6. HARASHIMA & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase when Ishii pinned Watase with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (11:55).
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Ishikawa pinned Katsumata with the Splash Mountain (15:14).

Konosuke Takeshita went into the main event with his lower back taped up. Whatever condition he was in was made worse by DAMNATION focusing on his back including chair attacks from Shuji Ishikawa outside the ring. The Great Homo interfered in the match and dragged Tetsuya Endo away from the ring, leaving DAMNATION one man short. However Takeshita’s injury levelled the playing field and Ishikawa pinned Shunma Katsumata with the Splash Mountain. Ishikawa told Takeshita that there are only 23 days left to look forward to until he wins the KO-D Openweight Title and sings songs at Sumo Hall. Takeshita left Akito alone in the ring to give the show closing speech. When Akito was finished, Endo returned with The Great Homo chasing after him. Endo escaped when Homo missed a Moonsault and fled with Daisuke Sasaki. Homo caught up with Endo backstage and attacked him again.

HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi got into a fight after their match. In the backstage interview HARASHIMA said he doesn’t like to get into conflict after the bell rings and the match ends but today his bad feelings against Higuchi were too strong to ignore. He’ll have to keep fighting Higuchi even if it causes more trouble. He even said he will do it again because Higuchi’s attacks in the fight didn’t hurt. Higuchi said he doesn’t want to lose his singles match against HARASHIMA on 11th March after he already lost to Naomichi Marufuji.

The Falls Count Anywhere Rule included two stipulations. The wrestlers weren’t allowed to leave Shin-Kiba 1st RING because of maintenance that was taking place next to it. Also they weren’t allowed to do anything that would make the venue manager Mr. Sato mad. Chinsuke Nakamura appeared out of character as Takuya Hanazawa and explained that he was too busy working the maintenance shift outside to participate. Sanshiro Takagi attacked him to start the match. Hanazawa disappeared while the other four brawled around the venue. The shutter gates opened up to show that Chinsuke was here after all! The match moved out to the parking lot which was still considered part of the venue. Kyoko Kimura was there and she got involved in the fighting. MAO did a Moonsault off of a van onto everyone then drove the van into Takagi, bouncing him back into ringside. MAO pinned Takagi and won the match but Yukinori Matsui was not happy with MAO’s method of victory. MAO threatened to blow up 1st RING with fireworks but that made Mr. Sato angry. MAO apologised and the show went into intermission.

Danshoku Dino took out a carton of milk from underneath the ring so he could power up the Lip Lock for Mad Paulie. They fought over the carton and it was spilled when Paulie gave Dino a Lou Thesz Press. Dino took out another carton, drank from it and gave Paulie the Lip Lock with his mouth filled with milk. Paulie spat the milk out and collapsed, making it an easy pin for Dino.

In his DDT debut, Canadian powerhouse Ethan Page beat Kouki Iwasaki with the RKEgo followed by a swinging Rock Bottom called the Spinning Dwayne. After the match Page told the audience this was his very first time in Japan and he didn’t know what to expect. When he went to a restaurant and ate some fried chicken before the show, he realised that he loves Japan!

Kota Umeda fared well in his first match against Shuten-dōji since leaving the group. He almost had Masahiro Takanashi beaten but the Umeda Driver was countered into the Bacchus to give Takanashi a close victory. Yuki Ueno doesn’t know if a month is long enough for his team to prepare for their KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles Match but they will fight for DNA. Takanashi joked that Umeda’s new team should be called Pigging 2018. He also told Umeda he can’t drink alcohol with them again unless he returns to Shuten-dōji with his head down.

Even though he was supposed to be impartial, Toru Owashi mostly helped out Makoto Oishi when he fought Kazuki Hirata. Oishi beat Hirata after he encouraged a dance battle between the two. Owashi asked Oishi to join T2Hide afterwards since Takagi has been unable to dedicate all of his attention to the unit since the CyberAgent sale. Hirata also encouraged Oishi to join. However Oishi told them he doesn’t want the unit to be called T2Hide, he doesn’t want to dance and he doesn’t want to team with a pig. He’ll consider it and get back to them in two days time at the Fuji show. Oishi ignored their handshakes and left them hanging.

Konosuke Takeshita, Soma Takao & Shunma Katsumata Vs KUDO, Akito & MAO is the main event of Saki Akai’s “DDT COLLECTION” show on 14th March. Akai has invited a stylist from Oscar Promotion to do the hair, makeup and also provide costumes for the main eventers on the day.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2018” Results

February 25, 2018

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2018”, 25/02/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,220 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Mad Paulie defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with the Paulie Buster (6:32).
1. Tag Rumble: Soma Takao & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Makoto Oishi & Kota Umeda and Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda (6:14).
1a. Makoto Oishi & Kota Umeda eliminated Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda by Ring Out when Oishi threw Ueno out of the ring (2:06).
1b. Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine eliminated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata by Ring Out when Sasadango threw Hirata out of the ring (5:00).
1c. Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine eliminated Makoto Oishi & Kota Umeda when Sasadango pinned Oishi after the Golden☆Trigger (5:32).
1d. Soma Takao & MAO eliminated Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine when MAO pinned Takagi with the Cannonball 450 (6:14).
2. Infomercial Match – Net One Systems Co., Ltd.: Danshoku Dino defeated Saki Akai, Akito, Antonio Honda, Kouki Iwasaki and Mizuki Watase when Dino pinned Honda with the Danshoku Driver (6:58).
3. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka when Sasaki submitted Ohka with the Cross Facelock (8:01).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) defeated Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe when Sakaguchi submitted Nakatsu with a Modified Arm Triangle (8:05).
*V2 for Shuten-dōji.
5. DDT Extreme Title – Hardcore +α Match: Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Moonsault (11:45).
*V2 for Yuko Miyamoto.
6. Special Single Match: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Ko-oh (13:02).
7. Special Tag Match: Shuji Ishikawa & Daisuke Sekimoto defeated Konosuke Takeshita & HARASHIMA when Ishikawa pinned Takeshita with the Splash Mountain (18:04).

With exactly one month to go until “JUDGEMENT 2018” at Sumo Hall, some big preview matches were put together for Korakuen Hall. In the main event the KO-D Openweight Champion fought alongside one of the KO-D Tag Team Champions against some of their challengers. Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA, Shuji Ishikawa and Daisuke Sekimoto fought back and forth until the match went down to just Takeshita and Ishikawa inside the ring. HARASHIMA and Sekimoto still got involved to break the pins but other than that they focused on fighting each other outside. Ishikawa used the Kamigoe to great effect and hit move after move on Takeshita until the Splash Mountain kept him down for the three count.

After the match Ishikawa told Takeshita he was certainly strong but the result of their match at Sumo Hall will be the same as it was today. He then asked Daisuke Sasaki if he could sing today. He knows both he and Mad Paulie are prohibited from karaoke and dancing celebrations until Sumo Hall but he did just pin the KO-D Champion. Surely that is worth a song. Sasaki refused until Sekimoto threatened him. Sekimoto wants to sing too! Together, Ishikawa and Sekimoto sang “Tonbo” in a duet while Paulie played the air guitar while wearing sunglasses.

The other KO-D Tag Team Title preview saw Naomichi Marufuji defeat Kazusada Higuchi. Higuchi was worn down by Marufuji’s chops and different kicks while his own moves weren’t enough to keep Marufuji down for long. Marufuji said Higuchi has grown better since than the last time they fought but it takes more than youth and momentum to succeed. Marufuji is in too deep for Higuchi to beat him! Higuchi says he is learning from these matches and now understands what he is missing. From now until Sumo Hall, Higuchi & Sekimoto will think about what they need to do to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

There were plenty of weapons placed around ringside for the DDT Extreme Title match but two items in particular were the most important. The Hardcore +α Match allowed both Yuko Miyamoto and Shunma Katsumata to choose an extra weapon each. Miyamoto chose a barbed wire bat and Katsumata chose a box full of thumbtacks! The two also fought with tables, ladders, chairs and bamboo swords. Katsumata poured out the thumbtacks but he was the first to taste them when he missed a Moonsault and was then given the Fire Thunder. Katsumata kicked out and later slammed Miyamoto onto the thumbtacks with the ¡Hasta La Vista!. Miyamoto kicked out of that. Miyamoto hit another Fire Thunder and this time got the victory with the Moonsault. Backstage Miyamoto said how surprised he was by Katsumata’s performance. He was expecing an idol performance first and he still wasn’t convinced when the thumbtacks came out. It was only when Katsumata started using the weapons that Miyamoto realised he was really bringing it to him. Katsumata thinks the experience opened something new inside him. He is no longer scared of deathmatches and has a new respect for deathmatch fighters. He hopes he can use what he learned here to do more with ALL OUT.

NEO Biishiki-gun were invited out halfway through the show to reveal their third member for the Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match at Sumo Hall. Saki-sama & Azusa Christie came out to introduce their newest member but Miyu Yamashita & Maki Ito were also there to see who it was. The mystery person came out and it was a woman in a dress hiding her face behind a teddy bear. Christie introduced her as Saki-sama’s old childhood friend. She shyly greeted the audience while still hiding behind the bear. Ito had enough and she shouted at the woman about her appearance until the teddy was lowered. The mystery woman is Yoshiko-sama! She attacked Ito with the bear and dropped on her with a Senton. Yamashita pulled Ito out of the ring and had to drag her away. The teddy bear is named Charlotte by the way.

The BASARA team were in sync for most of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles bout. At one point Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Fuminori Abe had a Shuten-dōji wrestler all trapped in submissions move at the same time. Nakatsu came close to pinning Yukio Sakaguchi with a German Suplex. But the champions retained when Sakaguchi countered the V Slider into a Triangle Kimura Hold.

Shuten-dōji were grateful in victory but now they faced a problem. They want to fight the best trio in DDT at Sumo Hall but they are the best trio so they have no opponents. Much to their surprise Yuki Ueno and Koju Takeda both entered the ring. Ueno asked if they could get the title shot at Sumo Hall. Masahiro Takanashi couldn’t believe what he was hearing from the rookie and said it was impossible. Then in a bigger surprise, Kota Umeda offered to be on their team! Sakaguchi was fine with the idea but he told Umeda he would have to leave Shuten-dōji for the time being. Umeda was willing to do that. He later explained that by being fourth man in Shuten-dōji, he was always left out of the 6-Man Tag Title matches unless one of the other three were injured. He also created a respectful bond with Ueno from their matches together since coming back from injury. By leaving Shuten-dōji to team with Ueno & Takeda he is now free to challenge for the championships at Sumo Hall.

Daisuke Sasaki blinded Keisuke Ishii with the Mist then made Ken Ohka tap to the Cross Facelock. Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo’s victory was cut short when the room went dark. The Great Homo appeared and spat Milk Mist at both of the DAMNATION wrestlers! He then pressed a metal spike into Endo’s backside and gave him the Danshoku Driver. The Great Homo made his exit by spitting Milk Mist at the audience.

For the Infomercial Match, Danshoku Dino was fitted with health sensors that displayed his hit points on the Korakuen video screen. With this technology we were able to learn what moves were effective against Dino (Antonio Honda’s strikes) and how Dino was able to recover lost hit points (doing Danshoku things to Akito). Dino was eventually brought down to 0 HP but everyone discovered that at 0 HP, Dino goes into a panic state. In this state Dino attacked everyone with Lip Locks. Dino won the match and told the sponsor that there is something about pro wrestling that cannot be measured by numbers. He then kissed the sponsor.

Congratulations to Sanshiro Takagi & Super Sasadango Machine for being the first team to copy the new Golden Lovers moveset. They attempted the Croyt’s Wrath/High Kick combo on Makoto Oishi. It kind of worked. Then they used the Golden☆Trigger, which did work. All of their progress was for nothing as MAO immediately pinned Takagi with the Cannonball 450 afterwards to win the Tag Rumble for himself and Soma Takao.

When the Tag Rumble was over, MAO said he will be entering the Falls Count Anywhere In Ryogoku tag match with Mike Bailey. He said now is the time for Street Wrestling to be taken over by the new generation. Soma Takao also announced he will be part of the match with Yuko Miyamoto as his partner. They will be representing Smile Squash. Takagi accepted the entries but then the room went dark. A video played of Michael Nakazawa announcing his entry into the match! His partner is a friend from “New York” and he is in Korakuen tonight. “Rising Sun” played over the speakers and Chinsuke Nakamura came out! Takagi attacked Nakamura mid-entrance but got the Kinsasha for his troubles. Chinsuke threw Takagi over the top rope and out of the ring, then pointed to the RyogokuMania sign that suddenly appeared on one of the balconies. One last team announced their entry later in the show. Fuminori Abe called Isami Kodaka on the phone while standing in the ring to confirm they will be part of the match.

Mad Paulie’s size and weight was too large for Tomomitsu Matsunaga to handle. Matsunaga couldn’t lift Paulie with the Back Drop or a Power Bomb. Paulie was able to stop Matsunaga with a Lou Thesz Press then pinned him with the Paulie Buster.

Gota Ihashi continues his path of redemption with a new five match series beginning in April. His first opponent is Koji Kanemoto on 1st April. Ken Ohka explained that Ihashi is wrestling to the best of his abilities but that alone is not getting results. Ihashi has to face wrestlers on the level of Kanemoto if he wants to become good enough to appease Riki Choshu.

Saki Akai revealed three new pieces of information about her “DDT COLLECTION” show at Shinjuku FACE on 15th March. First, Aja Kong will be on the card. Second, there will be a 6 Way Match between Yuko Miyamoto, Ryota Nakatsu, Naomi Yoshimura, Yukio Sakaguchi, Nobuhiro Shimatani and Yoshiko. Last but not least, NEO Biishiki-gun will face T2HiJoshi in a special trios match.

DDT is collaborating with Koei Tecmo for the upcoming horse racing video game “Winning Post 8 2018”. The game will feature two race horses named after Danshoku Dino and Konosuke Takeshita.

The DDT Video Team confirmed their own produced event “BETAMANIA” will be held in Shin-Kiba 1st RING on 23rd April. The video team is made up of Yumehito Imanari, DT-YUTA and Ryohei Fukuda. All three will participate in a match on the show.

Below is the updated card for “JUDGEMENT 2018”.

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenshin Chikano & Akira Jo
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima Va Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Takato Nakano Vs Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Cherry
1. Gauntlet Tag Match: LiLiCo & Makoto Oishi Vs Reika Saiki & Lady Beard Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Ethan Page Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda
2. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match – Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Saki-sama, Yoshiko-sama & Azusa Christie
3. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koji Takeda
6. Street Wrestling Using The Entire Ryogoku Building ~ Falls Count Anywhere 5 Way Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Normal Person Munenori Sawa Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao Vs Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chinsuke Nakamura
7. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi
9. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa