DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HARAJUKU 2 DAYS” Results

December 14, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HARAJUKU 2 DAYS”, 14/12/2019
Tokyo Belle Epoque Beauty School 2nd School Hall
205 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated Akito & Yukio Naya and Masahiro Takanashi & Antonio Honda when Ueno pinned Honda with the Blizzard Suplex (9:14).
2. Yukio Sakaguchi & Makoto Oishi defeated Shunma Katsumata & Keigo Nakamura when Oishi pinned Nakamura with a European Clutch (8:59).
3. Special Single Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Bull James ended in a No Contest (7:01).
4. DISASTER BOX Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated HARASHIMA, Kazuki Hirata & Naomi Yoshimura when Takao pinned Hirata with the Reverse Gory Special Bomb (10:46).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Chihiro Hashimoto (6) defeated Yuki Iino (6) with the Albright (11:53).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Chris Brookes (7) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (6) with a Cradle (19:25).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (7) defeated Keisuke Ishii (6) with the Modified Yurikamome Hold (14:21).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block Tiebreaker: Tetsuya Endo defeated Chris Brookes with the Modified Yurikamome Hold (12:17).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (7)
-. Chris Brookes (7)
3. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (6)
-. Chihiro Hashimoto (6)
-. Yuki Iino (6)
7. Yuki Ueno (4)

The winner of the A Block is… Tetsuya Endo! The results from today’s final matches in the group ended with Endo and Chris Brookes tied for first with 7 points each. Since their group match earlier in the tournament ended in a draw, the direct confrontation rule could not be applied for the tiebreaker. Hisaya Imabayashi entered the ring after the main event and announced Endo and Brookes would have a match to determine the block winner straight away!

Brookes had a slight advantage of having some time to rest while Endo had only just fought in the main event. Brookes targeted Endo’s ankle and hit the Praying Mantis Bomb but Endo kicked out at two. Endo caught his second win on the ring apron when he struck Brookes with an Overhead Kick. He then hit the Canadian Destroyer on the ring apron! Back in the ring Endo did the Shooting Star Press but took too long to pin Brookes, giving him a nearfall. Endo applied the Modified Yurikamome Hold and while Brookes tried to make the move backfire with a Cradle, Endo put the hold back into its proper position and got Brookes to give up.

Endo celebrated with Mad Paulie and said his entire tournament run was calculated, from the bad beginning to the good finish. Endo is the strongest wrestler in the A Block. He doesn’t know who out of HARASHIMA, Daisuke Sasaki and Masato Tanaka will win the B Block tomorrow. But the winner of the D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 will be Tetsuya Endo!

 

But what happened to the frontrunners that allowed both Endo and Brookes to overtake them? Keisuke Ishii fell to Endo in the original main event. Ishii hit his usual moves but also a Fisherman Buster outside of the ring. But Endo blocked the Double Arm DDT and also avoided the Kneel Kick. He caught Ishii in the Yurikamome Hold for the submission victory.

Konosuke Takeshita failed to win the group when he lost to Brookes. The match went back and forth with Takeshita doing an Avalanche German Suplex only for Brookes to counter the Cross-Arm German Suplex into an Octopus Hold. Takeshita rocked Brookes with a Lariat then went for the Walls Of Takeshita. The move that served Takeshita so well this year failed him today because Brookes twisted and rolled himself into a pinning cradle to get the surprise three count on his opponent.

Lastly, Yuki Iino failed to win the group thanks to Chihiro Hashimoto, who at this point has to be recognised as his biggest rival. Hashimoto Speared Iino before finishing him off with the Albright. Iino accepts that he lost this battle of honest power. It was all physical and Hashimoto was the better wrestler. He learned that it will take more than just physical strength to finally beat Hashimoto. For Hashimoto, she hopes to return to DDT next year to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title.

A few things happened in the non-tournament matches. Daisuke Sasaki led DAMNATION to victory over DISASTER BOX in a 6-Man Tag Match. Mad Paulie took Kazuki Hirata’s GO! glasses and put them on. Music began to play until Sasaki pulled the glasses off. Sasaki believes he will win the Grand Prix so Endo should go find a new signboard for the group.

The match between Danshoku Dieno and Bull James fell apart because of the Lip Lock. But it wasn’t Dieno who used it. James did the move to Dieno, then Yukinori Matsui, then Daisuke Kiso and then Imabayashi, causing the match to get thrown out.

There was also a lot of kissing teases in the 3 Way Tag Match.


D-Ou Repercussions, Tokyo Joshi Christmas, Ganbare☆Onita

December 11, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HARAJUKU 2 DAYS”, 14/12/2019
Tokyo Belle Epoque Beauty School 2nd School Hall

1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Makoto Oishi Vs Shunma Katsumata & Keigo Nakamura
2. 3 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno Vs Akito & Yukio Naya Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Antonio Honda
3. DISASTER BOX Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA, Kazuki Hirata & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie
4. Special Single Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Bull James
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Yuki Iino (6) Vs Chihiro Hashimoto (4)
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (5) Vs Keisuke Ishii (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (6) Vs Chris Brookes (5)

One round left in the group stage of the D-Ou Grand Prix and it’s all to play for. In the A Block each of the three matches have repercussions for the top spot. For the five still alive they need more than just a win to reach the final. Let’s look at what they need.

Yuki Iino: Needs at least a draw and for Takeshita & Ishii to both not win. If either do win, Iino will lose the tiebreaker against them. If both lose, Iino can qualify with a draw because he wins tiebreakers against Endo & Brookes.

Keisuke Ishii: Needs to win and he will qualify regardless of the other results. He will beat any tiebreakers against Iino & Takeshita. If he gets a draw then he will need Iino to not win and Takeshita Vs Brookes to end in a draw.

Konosuke Takeshita: Needs to win and have Ishii lose. There is no possible tiebreaker he can win.

Tetsuya Endo: Needs to win, have Iino lose and Takeshita Vs Brookes end in a draw. He is still alive if Brookes beats Takeshita because of the draw they had. In that situation Endo Vs Brookes in a playoff decides who wins the block.

Chris Brookes: Needs to win, have Iino lose and Endo Vs Ishii end in a draw. That way his win over Ishii is the tiebreaker. As mentioned above, Brookes and Endo both winning creates a playoff between them unless Iino gets a point.

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HARAJUKU 2 DAYS”, 15/12/2019
Tokyo Belle Epoque Beauty School 2nd School Hall

1. Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino Vs Yuki Ueno & Keigo Nakamura
2. Chris Brookes & Kazuki Hirata Vs Bull James & Antonio Honda
3. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Makoto Oishi (c) Vs Toru Owashi Vs Saki Akai Vs Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Mizuki Watase Vs Yukio Naya
5. O-40 Title: Gorgeous Matsuno (c) Vs Cherry
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Soma Takao (4) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (8) Vs Naomi Yoshimura (0)
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: HARASHIMA (8) Vs Masato Tanaka (10)

The B Block is simpler to work out but still has a risk of getting messy. Masato Tanaka only needs a draw to qualify. HARASHIMA needs to beat Tanaka and hope Daisuke Sasaki does not beat Naomi Yoshimura. However if HARASHIMA and Sasaki both win, we get a three way tie with the tiebreakers all cancelling each other. The Soma Takao Vs Yukio Sakaguchi match does not matter in this situation.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2019”, 22/12/2019
Tokyo Art Center White Studio

1. Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe Vs Yuki Aino & Raku
2. Christmas Special 3 Way Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Nodoka Tenma Vs Haruna Neko
3. Christmas Special Tag Match: Sakisama, Yuna Manase, Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu
4. Christmas Special 4 Big Singles Match: X Vs X
5. Christmas Special 4 Big Singles Match: X Vs X
6. Christmas Special 4 Big Singles Match: X Vs X
7. Christmas Special 4 Big Singles Match: X Vs X

If you haven’t noticed, this is the Christmas show.

Four singles matches each with 10 minute time limits will have its participants determined by a lottery. The 8 wrestlers taking part are Yuka Sakazaki, Maki Itoh, Miyu Yamashita, Hikari Noa, Mizuki, Mina Shirakawa, Mirai Maiumi and Suzume.

Sakisama will be taking an absence from Tokyo Joshi Pro by the end of the year. Before she leaves she takes part in a lottery tag match. How will she handle teaming with either Yuna Manase, Pom Harajuku or Mahiro Kiryu?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “WHITE BREATH 2019”, 22/12/2019
Tokyo Art Center White Studio

1. Ganpro Special Mixed Match ~A Beautiful Man, Beautiful Women And A Pervert~: Hagane Shinno & Moeka Haruhi Vs Shinichiro Tominaga & HARUKAZE
2. Ganpro Vs Real GUTS Army ~The Fourth Trial Singles Match Of Shuhei Washida~: Shuhei Washida Vs Guts Ishijima
3. The Third Emergency Battle! Show Me What You Mean!: Shuichiro Katsumura & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Shin Suzuki & Shigeyuki Kawahara
4. GWC 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kenichiro Arai, Masked Mystery & Shota (c) Vs Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari & Miss Mongol
5. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title – Delayed Young Drama Cup Final: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Kazuki Hirata

Ultra Soki is out of action with peritonitis. Shin Suzuki takes his place in Match #3.

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 THE FINAL!!”, 28/12/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Kazusada Higuchi Return Match: Kazusada Higuchi Vs X
2. Saki Akai “Okibariyasu” 7 Match Series – 2nd Match: Sakura Hirota Vs Saki Akai
3. Toshiwasure! Special Single Match: Shinya Aoki Vs Super Sasadango Machine
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – Final: Winner Of A Block vs Winner Of B Block

So if we end up getting a playoff tiebreaker for either of the blocks, they are likely to take place on the same night as the final. That is not for certain but in the previous D-Ou tournaments in DDT it was always the backup plan.

Nobuhiro Shimatani will be on the show. It will be his first appearance in DDT since becoming a freelancer.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’20”, 04/01/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Saki Akai Vs Yuki Kamifuku
2. Shoko Nakajima Vs Hyper Misao
3. Mizuki Vs Thunder Rosa
4. International Princess Title: Maki Itoh (c) Vs Hikari Noa
5. Princess Tag Team Titles: Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe (c) Vs Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
6. Princess Of Princess Title: Yuka Sakazaki (c) Vs Miyu Yamashita

Now that she is a superhero again, Hyper Misao is taking time off to train at her local hyperbolic time chamber. Her return match will be against Shoko Nakajima on 4th January. It is fitting for a superhero’s first fight back to be against the Big Kaiju!

Saki Akai makes her annual appearance for Tokyo Joshi. Akai’s opponent is Yuki Kamifuku, who looks up to her not just as a wrestler but as a professional. Kamifuku thinks Akai is a good example of a joshi who can be both feminine and strong in the ring. She asked for this match to see if she can reach Akai’s level with her own style and beauty.

This is not the completed card. Tetsuya Koda is waiting to see if any inactive members of the roster will be ready in time before he sets everything in stone. Could an injured wrestler be close to full recovery?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GANBARE☆ONITA OYA☆PRO WRESTLING RAISING A FLAG”, 13/01/2020
Osaka City Suminoe Maikon Hall

1. Special Single Match: Thunder Rosa Vs Itsuki Aoki
2. Special Single Match: Chris Brookes Vs Shinichiro Tominaga
3. Ganpro Special Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii & Yumehito Imanari Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Kouki Iwasaki
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Atsushi Onita, Ken Ohka & Hiroaki Moriya Vs Kenichiro Arai, Guts Ishijima & Shota

The success of last month’s Bakuha Koshien show will be followed up next year with a tour of events across Japan. Atsushi Onita also wants to find a way to bring the show over to Tampa next year for Wrestlemania week. Ken Ohka is so enthusiastic with the project that he asked Onita to co-promote a Ganbare☆Wrestling show with him next January. Onita agreed and Ganbare☆Onita Oya☆Pro Wrestling (Gan☆Nita☆Pro Wrestling for short) was born.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HIROSHIMA” Results

December 10, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN HIROSHIMA”, 10/12/2019
Hiroshima Aster Plaza Multipurpose Hall
205 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase defeated Masahiro Takanashi, Yukio Naya & Keigo Nakamura when Watase pinned Nakamura with the Back Drop (5:29).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Rey Paloma & Antonio Honda defeated Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi (c) when Paloma pinned Oishi with a Prawn Hold (8:22).
*Rey Paloma becomes the 1,447th champion.
3. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Toru Owashi, Kenshin Chikano & Kazuki Hirata when Endo submitted Hirata with the Modified Yurikamome Hold (7:30).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Soma Takao (4) defeated Naomi Yoshimura (0) with a Running Elbow Butt (9:08).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Yuki Iino (6) defeated Yuki Ueno (4) with the Spear (10:47).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Chris Brookes (5) defeated Keisuke Ishii (6) with the Praying Mantis Bomb (13:51).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Makoto Oishi defeated Rey Paloma (c) with a Cradle (8:12 pm).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1,448th champion.
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: HARASHIMA (8) defeated Bull James (4) with the Somato (13:26).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (6) defeated Chihiro Hashimoto (4) with the German Suplex (20:16).

A Block

1. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (6)
-. Yuki Iino (6)
4. Tetsuya Endo (5)
-. Chris Brookes (5)
6. Chihiro Hashimoto (4)
-. Yuki Ueno (4)

B Block

1. Masato Tanaka (10)
2. Daisuke Sasaki (8)
-. HARASHIMA (8)
4. Soma Takao (4)
-. Bull James (4)
6. Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
7. Naomi Yoshimura (0)

The group stage of this year’s D-Ou Grand Prix is nearing its end. Today confirmed some eliminations while keeping hopes alive for others. One such example was in the main event. Konosuke Takeshita is still alive going into the last set of matches but Chihiro Hashimoto’s chances are now gone. The German Suplexes were flying in there match including one where Hashimoto Suplexed Takeshita on the ring apron. But Takeshita won out in the end, countering the Albright into his own German Suplex and holding on for dear life so Hashimoto wouldn’t kick out. Takeshita thanked his opponent for the match but also said he is stronger than her. His goal is to win the Grand Prix and regain the KO-D Openweight Title. He hopes it will be around his waist again when DDT returns to Hiroshima next year.

HARASHIMA’s victory over Bull James keeps him tied with Daisuke Sasaki right behind the B Block leader Masato Tanaka. HARASHIMA targeted James’ leg early, using a Figure 4 Leg Lock. The plan worked out when James had difficulty moving in to do the Doink Drop. HARASHIMA stunned James with a High Kick and pinned him with the Somato. This was James’ last match in the tournament. He won’t reach the final but he is proud of his overall performance.

It has become a tight race over in the A Block. It’s even tighter now that Chris Brookes is coming in as a late challenger. By beating Keisuke Ishii, Brookes can find a path to the final if a few remaining results go his way. With Takeshita as his final opponent, Brookes warns that he is more prepared for him than anyone else in their block. It was a result that Ishii could have done without. He blamed his defeat on Brookes’ height. A pro wrestler as proud as Ishii should not be losing to tall people.

The Grand Prix is now over for Yuki Ueno. His run ends with a loss to Yuki Iino. Ueno’s excitement got the better of him. When he hit a Half Nelson Suplex he turned his back on Iino to run the ropes. What he didn’t notice was Iino standing right back up so he could grab him for a Bubba Bomb. One Lariat and a Spear later ended the match. Ueno said he has a lot of regrets from this tournament but today’s match is something he will never forget.

Things just keep getting worse for Naomi Yoshimura. His losing streak extended even further after a flash loss to Soma Takao. A Running Elbow Smash of all moves was what put Yoshimura down for the count this time. He protested the pin to Yukinori Matsui after the match. Keigo Nakamura tried to hold him back but Yoshimura retaliated by giving him a Choke Slam before storming off.

In Match #3 Kazuki Hirata unleashed his Knockout Chop on Tetsuya Endo but it had no effect. Hirata was too busy dancing to notice so Endo played dead until he found his moment to strike and win the match for DAMNATION.

Rey Paloma joined in with Antonio Honda’s usual gameplan. He suffered Honda’s usual setbacks too. However Honda came to his partner’s aid after Makoto Oishi threw him into Danshoku Dieno’s Hell Gate. Oishi had Paloma pinned in a Sunset Flip when Honda stuck his fingers in Dieno’s backside to charge up Gongitsune. Honda then used Gongitsune to poke Oishi’s face and Paloma rolled him up for the three count. Paloma won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title but Oishi would win it back later in the show.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN FUKUOKA” Results

December 9, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN FUKUOKA”, 09/12/2019
Fukuoka Nishitetsu Hall
262 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Danshoku Dieno, Masahiro Takanashi & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Antonio Honda when Takanashi pinned Honda with a School Boy (7:35).
2. Akito, Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Yuto Aijima defeated Makoto Oishi, Yukio Naya, Mizuki Watase & Azul Dragon when Iino pinned Watase with the Spear (8:21).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (8) defeated Bull James (4) with the Cross Facelock (8:50).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Chris Brookes (3) defeated Yuki Ueno (4) with the Itoh Special (10:17).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (6) defeated Chihiro Hashimoto (4) with the Kneel Kick (10:58).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Masato Tanaka (10) defeated Naomi Yoshimura (0) with the Sliding D (13:46).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: HARASHIMA (6) defeated Soma Takao (2) with the Somato (10:33).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (5) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (4) with the Modified Yurikamome Hold (23:49).

A Block

1. Keisuke Ishii (6)
2. Tetsuya Endo (5)
3. Konosuke Takeshita (4)
-. Chihiro Hashimoto (4)
-. Yuki Ueno (4)
-. Yuki Iino (4)
7. Chris Brookes (3)

B Block

1. Masato Tanaka (10)
2. Daisuke Sasaki (8)
3. HARASHIMA (6)
4. Bull James (4)
5. Soma Takao (2)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
7. Naomi Yoshimura (0)

The DDT rivalry for this generation sparked back to life in Fukuoka. With the battle to reach the top of the A Block getting tougher thanks to earlier results, a win was vital for both Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo. The match took a bad turn when Endo applied an Anklelock and Takeshita reached the ropes. Endo would not let go so Yukinori Matsui stepped in to make a 5 count. When Endo let go, Takeshita threw an Enzuigiri but Endo ducked and Matsui got knocked out instead! Takeshita put Endo in the Walls Of Takeshita, making his enemy tap out. But with Matsui out of action the submission didn’t matter. Takeshita revived Matsui but fell foul to Endo’s ambush. Endo used the Puma Toke de Espaldas for a nearfall, Takeshita countered it with his own cradle for another nearfall then Endo countered that into the Yurikamome Hold. The move was sunk in tight enough to make Takeshita give up! With this victory, Endo has gotten revenge on Takeshita from “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019” and is now in 2nd place in their group. Endo ended the show telling everyone he will win the 2019 (he means 2020) D-Ou Grand Prix!

Over in B Block the double champion HARASHIMA is catching up with the leaders. He survived a DDT onto a pile of chairs to beat Soma Takao. There was also an Elevated Double Stomp in the corner and the Schwein used by Takao but he couldn’t hit the Reverse Gory Special Bomb to finish the job. HARASHIMA cut him off with a Sole Butt to the face and pinned him with the Somato. All he is sure of in the group is he needs to win his remaining matches to qualify for the final.

Masato Tanaka is one win away from sweeping the entire B Block. His fifth win in a row came against Naomi Yoshimura, who is going the opposite direction by losing all of his matches so far. Power fought power and Tanaka took all that Yoshimura could throw at him. Before Yoshimura went down to the Sliding D, he had one moment of toughness left by kicking out of the Super Fly at one. Too bad that doesn’t earn him any points.

It seems that Chihiro Hashimoto’s momentum has completely stalled. After a great start she has now lost two in a row and has been overtaken by those who have beaten her. A clean Kneel Kick from Keisuke Ishii earned him the win today. According to Ishii this was the 254th time he used the move. He was eager to reintroduce himself as a member of Ganbare☆Wrestling to the Fukuoka crowd afterwards. Hashimoto said backstage that she is not used to losing. She will be embarrassed as both a Sendai Girls champion and a joshi wrestler if this turns out to be her breaking point.

Chris Brookes had to take a page out of a tag partner’s playbook to win his first match of the Grand Prix. He beat Yuki Ueno with the Itoh Special! Brookes found the opportunity to use the move when he caught Ueno’s legs to counter a Missile Dropkick. Ueno reached the bottom rope but was pulled back to the centre and Brookes leaned himself back even further to make his opponent give up.

The size difference between Daisuke Sasaki and Bull James was a factor from the very beginning. Sasaki struggled to lock up with James because he was easily bounced away at every attempt. Sasaki found his opportunity when James hit the corner post outside the ring. Sasaki used a chair to target the legs and also to add more damage to a Diving Elbow Drop. From there the size difference didn’t matter because Sasaki could hit the Pedigree and apply the Crossface Lock. James tried to get back up and lift his way out of the move but Sasaki tightened his grip and got James to give up. With this win Sasaki wonders if he can go to NXT and reunite with Candice LeRae. An angry James explained that his right arm was already weakened by Yukio Sakaguchi yesterday. Sasaki’s attacks today were intended to break his arm. James promised the next time DDT puts him in a match with Sasaki he will break his face with his fist!


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN OSAKA” Results

December 8, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN OSAKA”, 08/12/2019
Osaka City Suminoe Maikon Hall
322 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Yukio Naya, Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura when Oishi pinned Nakamura with the Miracle Ecstacy (10:25).
2. 4 Way Tag Match: Chris Brookes & Yuni defeated Antonio Honda & Masahiro Takanashi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata and Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Yuni pinned Hirata with a Hurricanrana (8:58).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Bull James (4) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (2) with the Doink Drop (7:37).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (4) defeated Yuki Iino (4) with the Kneel Kick (7:24).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (3) defeated Chihiro Hashimoto (4) with the Puma Toke de Espaldas (14:31).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: HARASHIMA (4) defeated Naomi Yoshimura (0) with the Somato (14:29).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (6) defeated Soma Takao (2) with a Crucifix Pin (13:35).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (4) defeated Yuki Ueno (4) with the Walls Of Takeshita (22:39).

A Block

1. Keisuke Ishii (4)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (4)
-. Chihiro Hashimoto (4)
-. Yuki Ueno (4)
-. Yuki Iino (4)
6. Tetsuya Endo (3)
7. Chris Brookes (1)

B Block

1. Masato Tanaka (8)
2. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
3. HARASHIMA (4)
-. Bull James (4)
5. Soma Takao (2)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
7. Naomi Yoshimura (0)

The next batch of D-Ou Grand Prix shows began with a trip to Osaka. The main event was between two Osaka locals, Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno. For Ueno he didn’t waste any time and he jumped Takeshita from the bell. He Dropkicked him out of the ring, Moonsaulted onto him and gave him a Brainbuster on the floor. Takeshita threw Ueno into the corner post but when he charged in, Ueno moved out of the way and Takeshita hit the post. Midway through the match Takeshita attempted the Walls Of Takeshita but Ueno escaped. Ueno countered a Lariat into a bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall. Ueno went for the Frog Splash but Takeshita got up and caught his opponent with a Flapjack in midair. He then applied the Walls Of Takeshita and eventually made Ueno tap out. Takeshita said this was his 4th singles match with Ueno. He has won all of them but Ueno is getting stronger. Takeshita also said he will win the Grand Prix on behalf of Osaka!

Just when their tag team moved past its rough patch, Daisuke Sasaki and Soma Takao had to wrestle each other in their block! Sasaki dropped to the canvas when the match began and gestured for Takao to pin him but it was a trap and Sasaki cradled him for a two count. From there the match was on. Takao chased Sasaki around ringside and knocked him off the top rope by throwing a chair at him. Takao got Sasaki in the Official Endless Waltz after some shenanigans with the referee. Sasaki kicked out and caught Takao in the Crossface Lock. Takao tried to counter it into the Gin And Tonic but Sasaki rolled him back into a Crucifix Pin to get the three count. Sasaki called today a huge win and when he wins the Grand Prix he expects an open car victory parade in Nerima.

Three matches in and Naomi Yoshimura continues to be the only wrestler without any points. His third loss was at the hands of HARASHIMA thanks to a Buzzsaw Kick and the Somato. HARASHIMA would like to face him again because they are part of the same unit.

Tetsuya Endo won his first match in the block and gave Chihiro Hashimoto her first defeat in the process. Hashimoto did the Albright German Suplex but Endo landed on his feet. The then pinned Hashimoto with the Puma Toke de Espaldas. Endo describes the move as his perfect three count. Hashimoto said Endo’s power was completely different from her previous opponents and it was hard to read his movements. She also acknowledged her right knee isn’t 100% so it was natural for Endo to target it during the match.

The top of the A Block has become packed after today’s results. Keisuke Ishii added himself to the pile by beating Yuki Iino. He wore down Iino with a Low Knee Attack, a German Suplex and then won with the Kneel Kick. Ishii called Iino a monster. Ishii had the confidence to beat a monster today.

The size and toughness of Bull James meant he could take what Yukio Sakaguchi could throw at him. Sakaguchi hit him with the God’s Right Knee but went for a Sleeper Hold afterwards. James lifted him up to escape but Sakaguchi then locked in a Jumping Triangle Choke. James lifted him up again and hit him in the corner to escape. James kept the attacks coming until he hit the Doink Drop to win. James praised Sakaguchi for being a great, talented wrestler. It was one of the hardest matches of his career so far.

Chris Brookes & Yuni won the 4 Way Tag Match. Later Yuni revealed that he had moved to Tokyo when he entered junior high school this year. He announced that he will graduate from being a child pro wrestler on 1st March next year and will re-debut as a full fledged pro wrestling trainee. After wrestling for three years, his desire to learn more has become stronger. So he will start all over again as a proper trainee and come back to the ring even stronger!

In the opening match Makoto Oishi told the other wrestlers his newborn daughter is watching him wrestle for the first time on DDT UNIVERSE. He wanted to show off some cool moves for her. He struggled at first when his opponents all brushed off his attacks but Oishi eventually got to hit a Moonsault and win with the Miracle Ecstasy.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN YOKOHAMA 2 DAYS” Digest Highlights

December 6, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN YOKOHAMA 2 DAYS”, 30/11/2019
Yokohama Radiant Hall
247 Fans – No Vacancy

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Naomi Yoshimura
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Bull James
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Yuki Ueno Vs Chihiro Hashimoto
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Chris Brookes
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Keisuke Ishii
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Masato Tanaka


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN YOKOHAMA 2 DAYS” Results

November 30, 2019

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2020 IN YOKOHAMA 2 DAYS”, 30/11/2019
Yokohama Radiant Hall
247 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Antonio Honda defeated Makoto Oishi (c) with the Gongitsune (13:17).
Order Of Elimination: Hiroshi Yamato, Keigo Nakamura, Yukio Naya, Masahiro Takanashi, Mizuki Watase, Makoto Oishi.
*Antonio Honda becomes the 1,445th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Makoto Oishi defeated Antonio Honda (c) with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (5:50 pm).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1,446th champion.
2. Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino defeated HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Iino pinned Hirata with the Haka Elbow (9:15).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi (2) defeated Naomi Yoshimura (0) with the God’s Right Knee (3:26).
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) defeated Bull James (2) with a Crucifix Pin (7:40).
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Chihiro Hashimoto (4) defeated Yuki Ueno (2) with the Albright (13:32).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (1) Vs Chris Brookes (1) ended in a Time Limit Draw (30:00).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (2) with the Kneel Kick (15:05).
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2020 – B Block: Masato Tanaka (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (0) with the Sliding D (19:56).

A Block

1. Chihiro Hashimoto (4)
2. Keisuke Ishii (2)
-. Yuki Ueno (2)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (2)
5. Tetsuya Endo (1)
-. Chris Brookes (1)
7. Yuki Iino (0)

B Block

1. Masato Tanaka (4)
2. HARASHIMA (2)
-. Soma Takao (2)
-. Bull James (2)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
6. Daisuke Sasaki (0)
-. Naomi Yoshimura (0)

Day 2 of the D-Ou Grand Prix ended with the two outside names leading both groups. Masato Tanaka topped B Block by beating Daisuke Sasaki in the main event. The two both used chairs early in the match but the dirty wrestling went away. Sasaki countered the Sliding D into a Crucifix Pin then turned it into the Cross Facelock. Tanaka cradled Sasaki for a nearfall but it also allowed him to escape the submission. Tanaka wore down Sasaki with Elbow Stikes until he put him away with the Sliding D. Tanaka said he doesn’t talk much on the microphone in ZERO1 these days but he gets to do it in DDT today. Maybe the DDT fans are disappointed with today’s result but Tanaka still wants to give everyone an exciting tournament and go all the way to the final.

Keisuke Ishii made up for yesterday’s disappointing result in a big way by beating Konosuke Takeshita! The match was decided with a duel between Lariats and Kneel Kicks. The finish saw Takeshita hit the Lariat only for Ishii to pop back up and hit the Kneel Kick for the pin. This was the first time Ishii beat Takeshita since the latter was a rookie. However Ishii understands that the win on its own means little. He is happy that the pillar of Ganbare☆Wrestling beat the ace of DDT but the win means nothing if he doesn’t do well for the rest of the Grand Prix. Ishii now has his sights set on Chihiro Hashimoto!

After today there are now two time limit draws in D-Ou history and Tetsuya Endo has been part of both of them. Endo and Chris Brookes spent a lot of time trying to give each other wet willies. It went as far as Brookes sticking his finger in Yukinori Matsui’s mouth to wet willy his way out of Endo’s Yurikamome Hold. The moves got bigger as the minutes counted down. Endo hit Tetsuya In The Sky and a Canadian Destroyer. Brookes hit an Avalanche Double Arm Suplex and a Diving Senton. A double countout almost happened in the final minutes but both men got back in at 19. Brookes caught Endo in an Ankle Hold but the bell rang when 30 minutes passed. Endo believes his D-Ou is already over. His goal was to win every match so he treats a draw the same as a loss. Also he thinks his left foot is already weakened to the point of uselessness. Brookes however is feeling more proud over the result. It’s not embarrassing to fight Endo to a 30 minutes draw. He is always going to be fighting at 100%. He is also motivated by some disparaging comments Sasaki made about him before the Grand Prix.

Hashimoto leads the A Block on her own after a win over Yuki Ueno. The Albright German Suplex was countered into a Rolling Cradle the first time but Hashimoto kicked out and hit the move properly the second time. With two wins in two matches Hashimoto wants to go on undefeated, win the Grand Prix and become the face of DDT! Ueno describes Hashimoto’s strength as identical to Yuki Iino’s. He accepts defeat today but thinks he will become better tomorrow.

Soma Takao used the referee as a shield against Bull James then spat Red Mist to blind his opponent. The distraction worked and Takao pinned James with a Crucifix Pin. Takao wants to know why a super heavyweight is in the tournament. James swore revenge on DAMNATION and he will get it when he faces Sasaki.

Yukio Sakaguchi and Naomi Yoshimura both wasted no time in trying to get their first win. Yoshimura attacked Sakaguchi before the bell. But Sakaguchi kicked his way into recovery and won with a Sleeper Hold and the God’s Right Knee. Even though it was short, Sakaguchi thanked Yoshimura for giving him a good fight. The pre-match attack made Sakaguchi remember what he has been missing lately.

In one of the non-tournament matches, Iino turned the HIRATA GO! dance into a group Haka involving everyone in the match.

Every entrant in the Battle Royal took the time to tell Makoto Oishi how much it would mean to them to win the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. In the end Antonio Honda won the Battle Royal, last eliminating Oishi to become the champion. Oishi shook his hand afterwards but it was a trap to School Boy him and take his title back.