Sendai Joins In The Toshimaen Fun, Dramatic Dreams Vol. 5, Right To Challenge Returns

May 22, 2018

DDT “ROJO WRESTLING IN TOSHIMAEN”, 25/05/2018
Tokyo Toshimaen

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Ippanjin Munenori Sawa & Meiko Satomura Vs X, X & X

Isami Kodaka, Shunma Katsumata, Meiko Satmoura and Cassandra Miyagi have been added to the show. Every match is planned to be a trios match with two men and one woman on every team. The only confirmed team so far is Satomura joining Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin Munenori Sawa. Their team name is Hentai Sendai Big Boss. Satomura isn’t thrilled with the name. The reason this show is taking place is because Toshimaen holds a dark secret. By day it is an amusement park but by night it transforms into a fighter training facility. The facility exists to develop a champion for Japan to enter the Fighting World Cup held every four years. Takagi claims that he has the management rights for Japan’s entry this year and put this show together to find his champion.

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAMS! VOL. 5 ~MAY I KNOW THE RAIN~”, 27/05/2018
Osaka Edion Arena #2

1. Yuni’s Net 2: Makoto Oishi, Saki Akai & Yuni Vs Danshoku Dieno, Takatimo Dragon & Hiratimo Dragon
2. Sumo! Sumo! Sumo! U-Genes!: Toru Owashi & Hoshitango Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
3. Craftsmen Special Tag Match: HUB & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Yasu Urano & MEN’S Teioh
4. Not Serious Mask Man World’s Biggest Battle ~ Special 3 Way Match: Kikutaro Vs Kuishinbo Kamen Vs Super Sasadango Machine
5. 4 Way Tag Match ~ NAMBARAMBU!: Keisuke Ishii & Kota Umeda Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Mizuki Watase & Daiki Shimomura
6. Special Single Match ~Steel~: Dick Togo Vs Naomi Yoshimura
7. DDT elder brothers Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA, KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (w/ Daisuke Sasaki)
8. Special Single Match ~Sustainable~: Shigehiro Irie Vs Magnitude Kishiwada
9. Special Single Match ~Heart~: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Antonio Honda

DDT held a press conference backstage in Korakuen Hall after “AUDIENCE 2018” ended to promote this show. Yukinori Matsui commented on all of the matches because he is organising the show as the link between DDT and the Osaka wrestling scene. He put together the Shigehiro Irie Vs Magnitude Kishiwada match because of their interactions in last year’s “DRAMATIC DREAMS!” show. Bad blood still exists between the two and that was shown when they had a chair duel in front of everyone. Kuishinbo Kamen also interviewed Super Sasadango Machine from the front row. Finally, Konosuke Takeshita and Antonio Honda spoke about their upcoming match against each other. Takeshita feels free as a bird now that he no longer has the pressures of defending the KO-D Openweight Title. However the downside of that is he has nothing to connect with and feels kind of aimless right now. Honda values freedom in pro wrestling and hopes to teach that lesson to Takeshita.

Injuries have caused some changes in the card. Yuki Ueno hasn’t recovered so Naomi Yoshimura takes his place in the match against Dick Togo. Also Shoichi Uchida broke his heel back in April and has not recovered in time to wrestle on this show. The good news is Akito has recovered from his injury and gets his first match back here.

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #6”, 29/05/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. KO-D Openweight Title Next Challenger Decision & Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Rumble: X Vs X

The crazy rumble is back. Several prizes will be on the line including a guaranteed KO-D Title shot on 24th June. The other prize is the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet. It works exactly like the Money In The Bank briefcase in WWE but there is the added condition that whoever owns the gauntlet has to defend it in every match they appear in until they cash in their title shot. There are usually several gauntlets up for grabs and that leads to a wave of gauntlet switches from wrestler to wrestler throughout the summer. It’s a handy way to make the lesser DDT shows more eventful to follow.

DNA “DNA 45”, 03/06/2018
Shinjuku Village Studio C 106

1. Great China Alliance Vs New Beijing Pro Wrestling!: Choun-Shiryu & Rekka Vs X & X
2. Yuki Iino Return Match: Kota Umeda Vs Yuki Iino
3. Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Koji Kanemoto & Mizuki Watase
4. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu
5. Naomi Yoshimura Vs Yuki Ueno

Koji Kanemoto is back in DNA teaming with Mizuki Watase. Will he be into Watase’s new fashionable suit?

DDT “WHAT ARE YOU DOING 2018”, 24/06/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D Openweight Title: Shigehiro Irie (c) Vs Winner of 29/5 Rumble

Irie doesn’t care who is next to challenge him or where it will happen. He wants to defend the KO-D Title around the world but until that gets set up, his next defence is scheduled for Korakuen Hall in June.

DDT “MASAHIRO TAKANASHI DEBUT 15th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL ~IN THE WORLD THERE IS NO STOREHOUSE~”, 08/07/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall

1. Masahiro Takanashi Vs Isami Kodaka

Other wrestlers scheduled to appear include Emi Sakura, Yasu Urano, Cherry and the Brahmin Brothers.

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DDT “APRIL FOOL 2018” Results

April 1, 2018

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2018”, 01/04/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
972 Fans

0. Under Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Rekka with the Backdrop (6:22).
1. Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase when Umeda pinned Watase with the Umeda Driver (8:37).
2. Gota Ihashi 5 Match Series – 1st Battle: Koji Kanemoto defeated Gota Ihashi with the Anklelock (11:42).
3. Loser Expulsion Match: Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi, Saki Akai, MAO and Antonio Honda defeated Kazuki Hirata (8:01).
3a1. Mad Paulie defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Body Press (2:37).
3a2. Tetsuya Endo defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Standing Moonsault Senton (2:50).
3a3. Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Fisherman Buster (3:16).
3a4. MAO defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Hollywood Star Rolling Senton (3:29).
3a5. Antonio Honda defeated Masahiro Takanashi, Kazuki Hirata and Saki Akai with the Gongitsune (5:46).
3a6. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Saki Akai with a School Boy (6:21).
3a7. Saki Akai defeated Kazuki Hirata with a School Boy (6:58).
3b. 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match: Kazuki Hirata defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi when Hirata pinned Takagi with a Backslide Pine (8:01).
*Sanshiro Takagi is banished from DDT.
4. Japan-US Gay Wrestling Summit! 2018: Colt Cabana, Joey Ryan & Ethan Page defeated Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi when Cabana pinned Oishi with the Superman Dive (12:18).
5. 4 Way Tag Match: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata, HARASHIMA & Soma Takao and Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa when Sakaguchi submitted Katsumata with an Arm Triangle Hold (11:06).
6. DDT Extreme Title – Ladder Match: Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Mike Bailey when Miyamoto grabbed the title belt (15:11).
*V3 for Yuko Miyamoto.
7. Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Akito with the Beast Bomber (14:20).

After disappearing off the face of the earth for a few months, Shigehiro Irie is back in DDT to win the KO-D Openweight Title. Standing in his way was Akito who was determined not to let Irie get what he wants after he abandoned the company. Irie overpowered Akito’s submissions and crushed him with a Diving Cannonball before getting the win with the Beast Bomber.

After the match Irie spotted Konosuke Takeshita sitting at the commentary table and demanded he get in the ring. Irie then challenged Takeshita to a KO-D Title match. Takeshita reminded Irie about the dark match they had in Korakuen Hall together in 2015. Takeshita has never forgotten about it and he will continue to be the champion. Producer Danshoku Dino showed up and gave his opinion about Irie. He does not care if Irie wants to break up DDT. All that matters is if Irie creates something new to take its place if he becomes the champion. Whether it is Takeshita or Irie on top, either future is something that Dino wants to see. The title match will take place on 29th April.

The DDT Extreme Title was hung above the ring for a Ladder match between Yuko Miyamoto and Mike Bailey. The ladder wasn’t the only dangerous object used in the match. A pile of chairs were stacked up as a creative substitute when a ladder wasn’t available but it just collapsed beneath them. When the ladder was brought in Miyamoto and Bailey went to town with crazy bumps. Miyamoto knocked Bailey off the ladder onto another one suspended against the ropes and was free to pull down the title belt. Miyamoto called Bailey a crazy wrestler then nominated his buddy HARASHIMA as the next challenger on 29th April. Their last singles match against each other happened 13 years ago in Triple Six.

Shuten-dōji bounced back from their Sumo Hall defeat by winning the 4 Way Tag Match. It got a bit crazy in the finishing stretch. Takeshita gave KUDO the German Suplex, Daisuke Sasaki gave Takeshita the Hurricanrana, Soma Takao hit Sasaki with a Thrust Kick, Shuji Ishikawa gave Takao the Fire Thunder, Yukio Sakaguchi hit Ishikawa with the Right Knee Of God then Shunma Katsumata caught a High Kick and gave Sakaguchi a Sit Down Power Bomb. Sakaguchi moved out of the way from Katsumata’s Moonsault and locked him into a Triangle Choke with a Kimura also applied to win. Masahiro Takanashi said that everyone in Shuten-dōji are starving for a drink and KUDO called today an exciting start for their next story.

Not sure how much I can write about the North America Vs Japan 6-Man Tag without getting this site blocked by web filters. Colt Cabana & Joey Ryan tricked Ethan Page into starting the match with Dino. Cabana got the crowd to chant “Okama Ichiban!” after they won.

Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi were given the task of banishing a wrestler from DDT to keep the roster from overflowing. For weeks DDT wrestlers were selected based on negative and questionable qualities and today it was up to them to fight for their survival. Takagi & Owashi sat by a desk in the ring while everyone wrestled around them. Anyone who could pin an opponent or impress the judges would be spared and could leave the match. One by one the ring whittled down until Kazuki Hirata was the last wrestler left. The match turned into a 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match between Takagi & Owashi against Hirata. Takagi gave Hirata the Sit Down Himawari Bomb but from out of nowhere all of the other wrestlers rolled Hirata onto him and all piled up on top for the pin! Per the rules of the match, Takagi is now banished from DDT!

Takagi protested and tried to convince everyone it was only an April Fool’s joke. Owashi wouldn’t have any of it. He told Takagi he had to accept the stipulation. Takagi refused to leave and clung on to the bottom turnbuckle. Yuki Iino came out dressed as a sexy policeman and he lifted Takagi over to other wrestlers so they could carry him towards his banishment. DDT then announced that Francoise☆Takagi from T2HiJoshi will return on 29th April.

In the first match of his five match series, Gota Ihashi lost to Koji Kanemoto. Ihashi had the chance to win with the Moonsault but he missed and Kanemoto tapped him out with the Anklelock. Kanemoto motivated Ihashi to stand back up and cheered him up. It turns out Kanemoto also hates Riki Choshu! He encouraged Ihashi to continue the trial and if he needs to get stronger, Kanemoto will be there for him.

The new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions went up against former champions and all of them came from DNA. The finish to that match came with Yuki Ueno hitting Mizuki Watase with a Missile Dropkick, Koju Takeda did the Hurricane Driver and Kota Umeda got the pin with the Umeda Driver. The champions haven’t decided when to hold their first defence yet.

Rekka focused his gameplan around an Elbow Stike move called the Taiwan Elbow. However it wasn’t enough to beat Tomomitsu Matsunaga.

DDT provided a few April Fool announcements at the start of the show. Their new logo is the inspiration for a brand new mascot, a wrestler who wears the logo as a mask. The second joke is DDT’s video team is busy doing nothing in regards to their “BETAMANIA” show on 23rd April. The final joke was a special Gota Ihashi brochure going on sale that costs 150,000 yen.

DDT is working with C.A.MOBILE to redesign DDT’s official websites and services. The plan is to merge the website, the fan club and DDT UNIVERSE into one service with different pricing tiers.


DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~” Results

February 14, 2018

DNA “DNA 41 ~VALENTINE SPECIAL!~”, 14/02/2018
Shinjuku FACE
279 Fans

1. Young Roar ~ Young And Fresh 6-Man Tag Match: Daiki Shimomura, Yasutaka Ohsera & Tomoya Hirata defeated Joji Tani, Rising HAYATO & Takato Nakano when Shimomura pinned Nakano with a Swanton Bomb (10:27).
2. We Are The World! ~We Wish For World Peace With Pro-Wrestling~: Rekka & Choun-Shiryu defeated Brian Aki & Konaka = Pale One when Rekka pinned Aki after the Chinese Impact (9:30).
3. Hot Blood! Muscle Kin! The Rival Story Chapter 2: Yuki Ueno defeated Koju Takeda with a Frog Splash (11:40).
4. DNA Vs Junior Stars! Special Tag Match: Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka defeated Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase when Tanaka submitted Watase with the Tanaka Legbar (17:40).
5. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Akira Jo defeated MAO with the Cross Rhodes (9:45).
6. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kouki Iwasaki defeated Keisuke Okuda with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (7:30).
7. DNA Corps Vs Naomi Kingdom Full Confrontation Single Third Match: Kota Umeda defeated Naomi Yoshimura with the Umeda Driver (14:42).

Today’s show was headlined by a three match series between DNA and the Naomi Kingdom. In the first match Akira Jo beat MAO with a Low Blow and the Cross Rhodes. DNA evened the score when Kouki Iwasaki out-struck Keisuke Okuda and pinned him with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Okuda swore after the match that he would kill Iwasaki and get revenge. In the deciding contest, Kota Umeda beat Naomi Yoshimura. Umeda avoided the Throwaway Power Bomb and hit the Umeda Driver to win and end the series with a 2-1 victory for DNA! Umeda told all of the Naomi Kingdom they could face him one on one again any time. A tired Yoshimura whispered something into Jo’s ear to say to Umeda but Jo cackled into the microphone instead. Yoshimura took back the microphone and said he will see Umeda at the DNA Tag Team tournament that will begin next month.

Both Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase were put in Anklelocks by the Junior Stars in the finish to their match. Watase hasn’t had enough of Koji Kanemoto though, he wants another match against him. Kanemoto beat him back in July last year but even back then Watase told Kanemoto he would take as many tries necessary to beat him before he retires. Kanemoto smiled at the idea but Watase then gave the same challenge to Minoru Tanaka because it was Tanaka who made him submit today. Tanaka ignored him at first but Watase provoked him into coming back to the ring. Tanaka said he found spirit inside the ring today so he will accept Watase’s challenge on 7th March. He advised Watase to raise his pants up by as much as 3cm then left the ring.

The Chinese Impact used by Rekka & Choun-Shiryu is Shiryu’s Chinese Gory Bomb combined with a Diving Lariat to the back of the head by Rekka. Shiryu was invited by Rekka to enter the tag team tournament. Shiryu said he has been living in Japan for 14 years and will turn 40 years old this year. But today he felt as young and fresh as ever so he would be happy to join the tournament with Rekka.

The DNA Tag Team tournament is scheduled to begin on 7th March. Eight teams will be a part of it. The semi-finals and final will be held on 5th April. The two confirmed entries so far are Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda and Rekka & Choun-Shiryu.


DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 ~STARTING OVER~” Results

July 4, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 ~STARTING OVER~”, 04/07/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
883 Fans

1. Global Futures: Mike Bailey & Cody Hall defeated Diego & Rekka when Bailey pinned Rekka with the Ultima Weapon (9:39).
2. All Japan Major League Championship: Shiro Koshinaka & Kotaro Suzuki defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Koshinaka pinned Shimomura with the Power Bomb (8:07).
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial Final Battle: Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask Vs Dai Suzuki ended in a Time Limit Draw (7:00).
3a. Gurukun Mask pinned Dai Suzuki with a Lariat (0:44).
3b. Hideki Suzuki submitted Dai Suzuki with a Cobra Twist (1:14).
3c. NOSAWA Rongai pinned Dai Suzuki after the Pearl Harbour Splash from Jun Kasai (3:19).
3d. Jun Kasai Vs Dai Suzuki ended in a Time Limit Draw (7:00).
4. Best Of High Flyers: Tetsuya Endo defeated MAO with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (10:16).
5. Real Mad Doubt Confrontation!: Koji Kanemoto defeated Mizuki Watase by TKO with a Stomp Assisted Half Crab Hold (17:05).
6. PREMIUM GIG – With That Thought ~Kazusada Higuchi Graduation Memorial Match~: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Naomi Yoshimura when Higuchi pinned Iwasaki with the Goten (15:20).
7. MAIN GIG – Break Open The New Door Of DNA!: Shunma Katsumata defeated Yuki Ueno with the Firebird Splash (20:56).

Today’s show was an eventful one for DNA as a whole. Kazusada Higuchi was graduating from the brand but the main event spots were given to Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Ueno so the younger wrestlers could get a chance in the spotlight. Ueno was determined to seize the opportunity and went straight into an Elbow Smash battle with Katsumata. He then Dropkicked Katsumata out of the ring and leapt on top of him with a Plancha. Katsumata had to rely on his speed to takeover the match. Missile Dropkicks and John Woo Dropkicks kept Ueno at bay until turned his back and climbed the top rope. Ueno got up, stopped Katsumata and Power Bombed him. Ueno missed a Splash from the top rope, Katsumata recovered to hit a Lightning Spiral and then the Firebird Splash for the three count. Katsumata wanted to thank everyone in the audience for attending but he was interrupted by Sanshiro Takagi. The DDT president praised both Katsumata and Ueno for having a good match. He said today was the end of Chapter 2 for DNA. He asked Katsumata what he thought of that then immediately cut him off to answer on his behalf. After that, Takagi announced Chapter 3 will begin with the return of the Wrestling Koshien tournament on 5th August at Shinjuku FACE.

As Chapter 2 ends so does Higuchi’s time in DNA. He wanted to help DNA for their second show in Korakuen Hall before he moved on to become a full time DDT wrestler. So he was given a special graduation match with three wrestlers who were his rivals and teammates during his time here. Higuchi teamed with Ryota Nakatsu to beat Kouki Iwasaki and Naomi Yoshimura. Higuchi thanked all three of them for being in the match. He was born in DNA and he will never forget it.

Mizuki Watase was given another tough challenge in the form of Koji Kanemoto. The match was almost one sided as Kanemoto dished out kicks and knee strikes and stretches to Watase. It ended when Kanemoto put Watase in a Half Crab then stamped on his head until the referee stopped the match. Despite the vicious beating, Kanemoto praised Watase for putting up a fight. In a backstage interview Kanemoto said he watched Watase’s match with Shinjiro Otani but couldn’t get into it. He only began to understand Watase’s enthusiasm when they wrestled each other. However, Kanemoto warned everyone that he is not a gatekeeper for young wrestlers. He will knock you down when given the opportunity.

Even though MAO and Tetsuya Endo are both from Miyagi, the two do not get along. MAO wishes it would be different and hoped their match today would be the start something good between them. Endo didn’t see it that way. In fact he just treated it like any other match. Also Endo thinks he is overwhelmingly stronger than MAO so there is no way they can be rivals.

Dai Suzuki’s DNA career was on the line in the final stage of his trial series. Three matches so far and three loses to go with them. For the finale he had to fight four wrestlers at the same time. They were Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask. All Suzuki had to do was to either beat one of them or avoid losing to all four of them for 7 minutes. He had Ken Ohka cheering him on from the sidelines but when the match began it quickly looked grim. Gurukin Mask pinned him in under a minute. Hideki Suzuki submitted him 30 seconds later. A glimmer of hope came when NOSAWA and Kasai began to argue with each other. Kasai let it go and hit Suzuki with the Pearl Harbour Splash. NOSAWA then snuck past Kasai and stole the pin. The two began arguing again. NOSAWA was so mad he decided to help out Suzuki and break the pin whenever it looked like Kasai was going to win. When Kasai finally got rid of NOSAWA he gave Suzuki the Reverse Tiger Driver but the time expired and the match was ruled a draw. Dai Suzuki’s career is saved! Kasai complained about the result but backed off when Hideki Suzuki demanded he fight Shogun Okamoto. When they left, Ohka motivated Dai Suzuki for his performance. He isn’t weak, he’s getting stronger and he works as hard as he can. Suzuki promised to show his gratitude to Ohka for supporting him.

Gran MilliMeters jumped Shiro Koshinaka & Kotaro Suzuki with Double Dropkicks to start their match. However the veteran team turned the tables and grabbed the victory. Suzuki got rid of Nobuhiro Shimatani. Koshinaka hit Daiki Shimomura with the Diving Hip Attack then finished him off with the Power Bomb. Gran MilliMeters are unsure about their future as a team. There aren’t many tag teams in DNA so maybe it is time for them to go a different direction.

A multinational tag team bout opened the show featuring wrestlers from America (Cody Hall), Canada (Mike Bailey), Chile (Diego) and Taiwan (Rekka). Hall showed his strength by Back Body Dropping his partner out of the ring onto the Young Donuts outside! Bailey later got the win with the Ultima Weapon on Rekka. Hall said he felt great because winning is a pleasant thing and dominating opponents is the best feeling a wrestler can get.


BASARA “VAJRA 25 ~SHIPPUJINRAI~” Results

December 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BASARA “VAJRA 19 ~OSAKA WINTER OF JIN TAISHO~” Results

October 17, 2016

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BASARA “VAJRA 19 ~OSAKA WINTER OF JIN TAISHO~”, 16/10/2016
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall
154 Fans

1. Hi69 defeated Tomoya Kawamura with the Just Facelock (10:35).
2. Wrestling Laughs Festival: Daichi Kazato defeated Gouma Ryu with an Argentine Backbreaker (13:36).
3. Hardcore Match: Isami Kodaka Vs GUNSO ended in a Double Knock Out (17:35).
4. Osaka Metal Festival: FUMA & HAYATA defeated Yusuke Kubo & Madoka when FUMA pinned Kubo with the Heavy Metal Anthem (15:23).
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Koji Kanemoto, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT when Sekine submitted SAGAT with the Let’s Combine (16:38).

Koji Kanemoto got into the spirit of things by joining in with Cavalry’s “horse riding” entrance. He was even introduced as the Supreme Commander of Cavalry. When the main event was over Ryuichi Sekine told Kanemoto that BASARA will return to Osaka on 8th January next year and asked that he make that date a priority. Kanemoto replied that today was just a practice for the Januray show.

The battle of IRON PRIEST finished with no bad blood between anyone. The four of them all gave each other heavy metal hand signs instead of handshakes.

An Avalanche Brainbuster from a ladder led to both Isami Kodaka and GUNSO failing to get back to their feet before the ten count, resulting in a Double KO Draw. Kodaka said it was impossible for them to go into overtime. He and GUNSO were then able to bond over Shonen Jump talk.


Speedball Delayed, Koji Kanemoto Coming To BASARA

October 7, 2016

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 15”, 08/10/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) & Saki Akai Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Cherry
1. Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase Vs Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda Vs Yukio Sakagichi & Masahiro Takanashi
3. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Toru Owashi & Yasu Urano
4. Sound And TV Match Facing A Prelude: Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Polly Vs Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi
5. Smile Squash Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. LiLiCo’s New Boyfriend Decision 4 Way Match: Kazuki Hirata (w/ Sanshiro Takagi) Vs X (w/ Amon Tsurumi) Vs X (/w Yukinori Matsui) Vs X (/w Danshoku Dino)

Mike Bailey is unable to be at tomorrow’s show because his flight to Japan has been delayed. He is expected to arrive in time to appear at the rest of this weekend’s shows in Sapporo.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~”, 09/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) Vs Mizuki Watase
1. Soma Takao Vs Guanchulo
2. Mars Specialty Sea Urchin, Scallops, Salmon And Roe Rice Bowl 3 Way Match: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Akito Vs Masahiro Takanashi
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey Vs Makoto Oishi, Tomoya & Koji Yoshida
4. Wrestling Master Descends To The North Of The Earth!: Dick Togo & Yasu Urano Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
5. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kouki Iwasaki Vs KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi
6. Sapporo Specialty! Yellow Tag Match Of Happiness: Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Polly Vs Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Daisuke Sakai & Tetsuya Endo

DAMNATION get their rematch for the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT CRAB~”, 10/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

1. Mars Specialty Soup Curry, Genghis Khan, Miso Soup 3 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi
2. Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Guanchulo Vs Keisuke Ishii, Akito & Koji Yoshida
3. KO-D Openweight Champion! Born In Nemuro Final Match Of Kouki Iwasaki’s 25 Year Trial: Shuji Ishikawa Vs Kouki Iwasaki
4. HARASHIMA, Tomoya & Daiki Shimomura Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
5. Hokkaido Big Way! Super Legend Army Vs DNA Army: Yoshihiro Takayama & Dico Togo Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Polly (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey
7. DDT Extreme Title – Dai Ichin Pa-Lien Seiha Match: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

The rules for the main event won’t be revealed until the match takes place.

BASARA “VAJRA 19 ~OSAKA WINTER OF JIN TAISHO~”, 16/10/2016
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Wrestling Laughs Festival: Gouma Ryu Vs Daichi Kazato
2. Tomoya Kawamura Vs Hi69
3. Hardcore Match: Isami Kodaka Vs GUNSO
4. Osaka Metal Festival: FUMA & HAYATA Vs Yusuke Kubo & Madoka
5. Koji Kanemoto, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT

BASARA takes a break from the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT and invites Koji Kanemoto over for a match.

BASARA “VAJRA 21 ~TEN THOUSAND RIICHI SKY~”, 29/10/2016
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Final: Winners Of Semi Final 1 vs Winners Of Semi Final 2

Then after that break it’s back to the tournament.