Video – DDT Vs Kongo From CyberFight Festival

June 9, 2021

“CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena
4,800 Fans – Super No Vacancy

DDT Vs Kongo Full Scale 12-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Naomi Yoshimura & Yukio Naya Vs Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya, Haoh, Nioh & Tadasuke


“CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021” Results

June 6, 2021

“CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena
4,800 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. STARTING BATTLE KICKOFF ~Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer 10-Woman Tag Match~ Kaya Toribami Debut Match: Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, Haruna Neko, Moka Miyamoto & Arisu Endo defeated Nao Kakuta, Raku, Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Kaya Toribami when Maiumi pinned Kiryu with the Lariat (12:29).
0. STARTING BATTLE ~ Staggered Admission Battle Royal: Antonio Honda defeated Masao Inoue with a School Boy (22:31).
Order Of Elimination: Yuna Manase, Makoto Oishi, Yusuke Okada, Shu Sakurai, Yuya Koroku, Yoshiaki Yatsu, Kazuki Hirata, Shuhei Taniguchi & Yuji Hino, Akitoshi Saito, Saki Akai, Mohammed Yone, Toru Owashi and Masao Inoue.
0. STARTING BATTLE MAIN ~ Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Shuichiro Katsumura, Kouki Iwasaki & Yumehito Imanari defeated Ken Ohka, Keisuke Ishii & Shota when Iwasaki pinned Shota with the Vertical Drop Reverse DDT (8:43).
1. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Junta Miyawaki & Kinya Okada defeated Yuki Iino & Toui Kojima when Miyawaki submitted Kojima with a Cross Armbreaker (7:39).
2. 3 Way Tag Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao defeated Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe and Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino when Nakajima pinned Aino with the Diving Senton (8:04).
3. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine when Sugiura pinned Sasadango with the Olympic Slam (9:25).
4. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Masa Kitamiya defeated Hideki Okatani with the Jail Hold (2:25).
5. Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Maki Itoh, Yuki Kamifuku & Marika Kobashi defeated Hikari Noa, Mizuki & Yuki Arai when Itoh submitted Arai with the Itoh Punish (13:02).
6. Match Provided By NOAH: Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Hajime Ohara defeated Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka when Harada pinned Yoshioka with the Katayama German Suplex (13:33).
7. Match Provided By DDT: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao (w/ Mad Paulie) defeated Chris Brookes, Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Sasaki submitted MAO with the Crossover Facelock (14:36).
8. DDT Vs Kongo Full Scale 12-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Naomi Yoshimura & Yukio Naya defeated Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya, Haoh, Nioh & Tadasuke when Takagi pinned Haoh with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (19:59).
9. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno defeated Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura when Ueno pinned Kiyomiya with the BME (17:51).
10. Princess Of Princess Title – Triple Main Event I: Miyu Yamashita (c) defeated Yuka Sakazaki with the Crash Rabbit Heat (16:36).
*V1 for Miyu Yamashita.
11. KO-D Openweight Title – Triple Main Event II: Jun Akiyama (c) defeated HARASHIMA by TKO with the Front Neck Lock (18:53).
*V3 for Jun Akiyama.
12. GHC Heavyweight Title – Triple Main Event III: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Keiji Muto (c) with the Tiger King Zero (23:30).
*Keiji Muto fails in V3. Naomichi Marufuji becomes the 35th GHC Heavyweight Champion!

The big supershow came and went without a hitch! DDT, NOAH, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Pro all worked together to offer their best effort at Saitama Super Arena in front of 4,800 fans. When the three main events were done the three main champions of DDT, NOAH & TJPW entered the ring to thank the fans for coming to see them. Naomichi Marufuji said the CyberFight promotions will energize everyone with the power of pro wrestling. Jun Akiyama thanked everyone for attending even in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. He also thanked the fans watching on WRESTLE UNIVERSE. Last but not least Miyu Yamashita pointed out this was the largest crowd TJPW has performed in front of. She is certain that many people saw TJPW for the first time today and will be happy if any of them will stick around to see more. The entire cast of wrestlers gathered together on the stage for a massive group photo to close out the show.

Only one title changed hands out of the three main event championship matches. On the NOAH side, Marufuji won the GHC Heavyweight Title from Keiji Muto in what was called a “Genius Showdown”. Muto pulled out all the stops to try and win, going far enough to pull out the Moonsault that he retired three years ago! Just as shocking was Marufuji kicking out of the pin. He then got on the attack and unleashed all of his kicking and knee strikes on the champion. Muto tried to block what he could but he fell to the Tiger King Zero and the title now belongs to Marufuji.

DDT’s main event saw Akiyama choke out HARASHIMA to retain the KO-D Openweight Title. Akiyama entered the ring carrying the giant hammer commonly seen in DDT’s hardcore matches as a sign of loyalty to the company. HARASHIMA took the big risk of doing the Swan Dive Somato but Akiyama rolled out of the way. The champion then struck HARASHIMA with a Knee Kick and then dropped him with the Wrist Clutch Exploder. For weeks the Front Neck Lock was the finishing move used by both wrestlers so it was only fitting for Akiyama to sink it in on his opponent until the referee called for the bell. Backstage Akiyama said he has now defeated all of DDT’s icons. Next in line for him is whoever wins King Of DDT. If Akiyama wins the tournament then he promises to nominate Sanshiro Takagi so they can see which of them in their 50s is stronger.

Over at TJPW, Yamashita scored her first Princess Of Princess Title defence by beating Yuka Sakazaki. The match meant a lot to both wrestlers and they brought out their big moves. Sakazaki attempted the Magical Girl 450 Splash but missed, Yamashita hit the Skull Kick but was too tired to go for the pin allowing Sakazaki enough recovery time to reach for a rope break when she was pinned. Yamashita feigned a Crash Rabbit Heat to make Sakazaki flinch, then redirected herself to hit the move from another angle. With her opponent’s defence down, Yamashita hit the move proper for the victory. Yamashita tried to communicate with Sakazaki after the match but got a big slap across the face instead. Sakazaki stormed off while Yamashita celebrated with her title. Backstage Yamashita said she wants TJPW to push even further and aim for their own event at Sumo Hall.

The big DDT Vs NOAH match of the show provided the perfect storm to show two wrestlers going in opposite directions. DDT’s Yuki Ueno is having a banner year while NOAH’s Kaito Kiyomiya is currently going through a rough slump of results. The DDT’s team lived up to Konosuke Takeshita’s promise of getting an overwhelming win over Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura. Takeshita used his power to do a German Suplex to Kiyomiya and his own partner Ueno. A big Dropkick from Ueno to Kiyomiya’s face was the move that captured everyone’s attention and the Best Moonsault Ever sealed the deal. Both of the DDT wrestlers were impressed with Inamura’s power though. This might not be the last time they cross paths. Kiyomiya insists that this current run of bad results is just a passing point for him.

The spirit of DDT was on full display when they went into battle against Kongo. The DDT team led by Sanshiro Takagi were as motivated as ever after Kenoh called the company a place only for wrestlers with side jobs. They armed themselves with many of DDT’s signature weapons: the Dramatic Dream Cycle, the rotary drill, the big hammer and the strongest of them all… Yoshihiko! The big meeting in the ring was when Yukio Sakaguchi and Kenoh faced off. During the chaos Kenoh must have lost his mind because he decided to use the Dramatic Dream to run over Takagi on the ramp! He and Katsuhiko Nakajima continued to beat on Takagi when Sakaguchi & Kazusada Higuchi came to the rescue. Sakaguchi hit Kenoh with the God’s Right Knee. Then, with Yoshihiko’s help, he caught Kenoh in the Sleeper Hold and held him back while Takagi pinned Haoh with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb. Takagi told Kenoh afterwards that he hates him but he will never force him to change his style. Every promotion in CyberFight can do the pro wrestling they want to do. There is only one goal and that is become the No. 1 pro wrestling power in the industry!

DDT’s offer match for the show was DAMNATION taking on the combined power of Chris Brookes & The 37KAMIINA in a trios match. MAO pulled out a firecracker but Daisuke Sasaki ducked and the pop hit Shunma Katsumata instead. DAMNATION went on a tear with Soma Takao using a Hurricanrana to Brookes out of the ring onto everyone outside, Tetsuya Endo then hitting a Swan Dive Shooting Star Press and even Mad Paulie getting involved behind the referee’s back. Sasaki finished MAO off with the Crossover Facelock to give DAMNATION the victory.

There were no heel turns in the NOAH Jr. Heavyweight match. I repeat, there were no heel turns in the NOAH Jr. Heavyweight match! The champion trio of Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Hajime Ohara went toe to toe against STINGER. Kotoge & Ohara cut off Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA outside the ring while Harada pinned Seiki Yoshioka with the Katayama German Suplex. Harada said it gives his team confidence to go into the match as champions and win.

The SKE48 idol Yuki Arai has gotten a lot of attention with her move into pro wrestling. Today was only her second match but it was still given a big spot on the card given it was her first bout in front of an audience. SKE48 graduate Jurina Matsui was in attendance to see her fight. Arai’s immediate rival Maki Itoh formed the Saitama Itoh Respect Army 2021 to steal the attention away from her. Having Yuki Kamifuku & Marika Kobashi on Itoh’s side worked out in the end because Arai almost pinned Itoh with the Finally (Axe Kick). They broke the count then got into a fight with Hikari Noa & Mizuki. With all of them out of the way, Itoh caught Arai in a Crab Hold then twisted it in a different angle to get the submission win. That version of the move is called the Itoh Punish. Jurina cheered her friend on when Arai was helped out of the ring by her partners.

One of the DDT Vs NOAH matches had Masa Kitamiya smash through Hideki Okatani in under three minutes. Okatani put up a fight in that short time but Suplexes, a Lariat and the Jail Hold resulted in Kitamiya getting his hand raised.

The unofficial SUGI & SAKU Titles match is one that Takashi Sugiura will not remember fondly in years to come. Probably not the weirdest thing Kazushi Sakuraba has ever been a part of though, to be honest. Sugiura & Sakuraba wrestled most of the match wearing their custom Super Strong Machine masks anyway. Before the match began, Super Sasadango Machine held a PowerPoint presentation titled “How To Beat Sugiura & Sakuraba”. You cannot beat them under normal conditions but Sugiura-gun are also not used to fighting against comedy wrestlers. The plan then is to make them laugh to throw them off their game. Sasadango brought out plastic bats to play a Guru Guru spinning game but Sugiura attacked him with it instead. Danshoku Dieno wore a mask of actress Takako Tokiwa’s face to seduce Sakuraba but his trap was foiled by an Ankle Lock. Sasadango unmasked in a moment that looked serious, but it was just so he could wear pantyhose on his head. Sugiura was then forced to wear pantyhose over his head too. He pinned Sasadango to end the bout and then apologised to the fans for having them watch a shit match.

The TJPW 3 Way Tag Match involved three teams all in position to get a future Princess Tag Team Titles shot. Kyoraku Kyomei warned that Shoko Nakajima was going to destroy Saitama Super Arena in a kaiju rampage but Hyper Misao would immediately fix it afterwards like the hero she is. The match went wild with Daydream and The Bakuretsu Sisters also involved. Kyoraku Kyomei came out on top in the end. Rika Tatsumi argued that Daydream still won because she and Miu Watanabe did not get pinned. Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino said they still had fun despite Aino dropping the fall.

Yuki Iino revealed a new pink wrestling outfit when he came out for the opening match. The NOAH team of Junta Miyawaki & Kinya Okada were determined to start the show off on the right track for their company. Miyawaki made Toui Kojima tap out to get his team the win. Kojima ended up with a dislocated left elbow at some point but continued to fight until the end.

The STARTING BATTLE pre-show consisted of three matches and was home to Ganpro’s matches on the day. The headline bout of this section had Shuichiro Katsumura, Kouki Iwasaki & Yumehito Imanari defeat Ken Ohka, Keisuke Ishii & Shota. Everyone involved treated the match as if they were fighting to become the hero of Saitama Super Arena. Iwasaki got the pin and said he is ready to fight with anyone in Ganpro and was proud to do his thing inside this building. Ohka closed out this portion of the show by shouting “We are Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling!”

Antonio Honda was the last person standing in the Battle Royal. The match featured the return to the ring of Yoshiaki Yatsu for the first time in two years. He wrestled with his specailly made prosthetic foot after his right leg was amputated due to worsening diabetes. Yatsu was the first entrant in the match so he wasn’t taking things easy. Wrestlers from DDT, NOAH and Ganpro filled the ring and in the end, Honda used the power of Gongitsune to guide his way to victory.

The very first match of the day was the debut match of TJPW’s newest wrestler, Kaya Toribami. There was very little information about the masked woman given out and a solid performance in the ring today raises some questions. Is this somebody who already has wrestling experience going incognito? For the rest of the field, they could hardly contain themselves to perform in a major venue.


BASARA’s Handling Of Covid, DDT Gets Ready For Sunday’s CyberFight Festival, Irie Becomes Miyako’s Tag Partner

June 4, 2021

BASARA “BASARA 158 ~THE 11TH FOX PRINCE~”, 05/06/2021
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Yusuke Kubo Vs Masato Kamino
2. Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Daichi Kazato
3. FUMA & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ryota Nakatsu & SAGAT
4. Fuminori Abe & Isami Kodaka Vs Takato Nakano & Yasu Urano
5. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – Round 2A: Minoru Fujita Vs Daiki Shimomura

Following Big Japan’s decision to cancel their shows this week over a Covid-19 breakout in the roster, Takuya Nomura and Kosuke Sato have been pulled from tomorrow’s BASARA shows. Isami Kodaka and Daiki Shimomura are being taken out of their scheduled 3 Way Matches to replace the Big Japan wrestlers.

BASARA “BASARA 159 ~THE 12TH FOX PRINCE~”, 05/06/2021
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Yusuke Kubo & Daichi Kazato Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga
2. Ryota Nakatsu Vs Masato Kamino
3. Takumi Tsukamoto & Takato Nakano Vs Fuminori Abe & Daiki Shimomura
4. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – Round 2C: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs SAGAT
5. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – Round 2D: FUMA Vs Isami Kodaka

BASARA has gone back on their decision to allow fans cheering at their shows in order to follow the current Tokyo Metropolitan safety guidelines. However they are using the same guidelines to allow banners and paper streamers again. Also they will no longer disinfect the wresting ring after every match. The guidelines suggest there is low risk of Covid-19 infection from touching surfaces and objects. Spectators are still required to wear masks, stay clean, take their temperatures and have contact information on hand if positive cases do happen.

DDT/NOAH/TOKYO JOSHI PRO/GANBARE☆PRO “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena

0. STARTING BATTLE KICKOFF ~Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer 10-Woman Tag Match~ Kaya Toribami Debut Match: Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, Haruna Neko, Moka Miyamoto & Arisu Endo Vs Nao Kakuta, Raku, Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Kaya Toribami
0. STARTING BATTLE ~ Staggered Admission Battle Royal: Yoshiaki Yatsu Vs Toru Owashi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yusuke Okada Vs Yuya Koroku Vs Yuji Hino Vs Mohammed Yone Vs Shuhei Taniguchi Vs Akitoshi Saito Vs Masao Inoue Vs Yuna Manase Vs Shu Sakurai
0. STARTING BATTLE MAIN ~ Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Ken Ohka, Keisuke Ishii & Shota Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Kouki Iwasaki & Yumehito Imanari
1. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Yuki Iino & Toui Kojima Vs Junta Miyawaki & Kinya Okada
2. 3 Way Tag Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe Vs Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao Vs Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
3. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba
4. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Hideki Okatani Vs Masa Kitamiya
5. Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Hikari Noa, Mizuki & Yuki Arai Vs Maki Itoh, Yuki Kamifuku & Marika Kobashi
6. Match Provided By NOAH: Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Hajime Ohara Vs Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka
7. Match Provided By DDT: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao (w/ Mad Paulie) Vs Chris Brookes, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
8. DDT Vs Kongo Full Scale 12-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Naomi Yoshimura & Yukio Naya Vs Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya, Haoh, Nioh & Tadasuke
9. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno Vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura
10. Princess Of Princess Title – Triple Main Event I: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuka Sakazaki
11. KO-D Openweight Title – Triple Main Event II: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs HARASHIMA
12. GHC Heavyweight Title – Triple Main Event III: Keiji Muto (c) Vs Naomichi Marufuji

Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno see their match against Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura as a battle between the modern generation of DDT and NOAH. Takeshita wants to win the match by a large margin while Ueno wants to prove DDT’s style of wrestling is strong because it is fun. Takeshita is treating the match like it is the main event.

The DDT Vs Kongo 12-Man Tag looks to be focusing on Yukio Sakaguchi and Kenoh. The rest of the DDT squad also take issue with Kenoh’s opinions about their company but Sakaguchi more than any other wants to face off with him. Sanshiro Takagi said the DDT team are all united. Akito threw out a jab by saying Kenoh is the only one out of Kongo that is talking and he’s not convinced that Kenoh wants to be in the match.

Yuki Arai admits to being nervous going into her second pro wrestling match. This will be the first one in front of fans. Maki Itoh is calling her team Saitama Itoh Respect Army 2021. Her partners Yuki Kamifuku & Marika Kobashi have been secretly working for her for the last six months. They seem to be okay with it because it is keeping them employed during the pandemic. Either that or they’ve been brainwashed.

GANBARE☆PRO “FACE/OFF 2021”, 12/06/2021
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. 1st Ganpro Mixed Tag Tournament – Round 1A: Ken Ohka & Cherry Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Moeka Haruhi
2. 1st Ganpro Mixed Tag Tournament – Round 1B: Yumehito Imanari & Yuna Manase Vs Shota & Miss Mongol
3. 1st Ganpro Mixed Tag Tournament – Round 1C: Kouki Iwasaki & Itsuki Aoki Vs Asuka & Shinichiro Tominaga
4. 1st Ganpro Mixed Tag Tournament – Round 1D: Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE Vs Miyako Matsumoto & Shigehiro Irie

Shigehiro Irie has stepped forward to be Miyako Matsumoto’s tag team partner. He says as long as she loves the band Kinniku Shojo Tai as much as he does, they will win.

DDT “KING OF DDT 2021 2ND ROUND”, 20/06/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda Vs Toru Owashi Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. Steak Kuiyagare Presents Special Single Match: Yusuke Okada Vs Big Name X (Special Witness: Kiyoshi Hayashishita)
3. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1A Vs Winner Of Match 1B
4. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1C Vs Winner Of Match 1D
5. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1E Vs Winner Of Match 1F
6. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1G Vs Winner Of Match 1H

A steak restaurant is sponsoring a match between Yusuke Okada and a mystery opponent. Why is this such a big deal? Well the restaurant belongs to “Big Daddy” Kiyoshi Hayashishita and he will be at ringside to watch the match. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Kiyoshi is the father of Utami Hayashishita from Stardom. To say she comes from a big family is the understatement of the century.


Matches Changed For CyberFight Festival, Dieno Double Duty In Hiroshima, Tag League Winners Get Their Title Shot

June 2, 2021

DDT/NOAH/TOKYO JOSHI PRO/GANBARE☆PRO “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena

0. STARTING BATTLE KICKOFF ~Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer 10-Woman Tag Match~ Kaya Toribami Debut Match: Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, Haruna Neko, Moka Miyamoto & Arisu Endo Vs Nao Kakuta, Raku, Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Kaya Toribami
0. STARTING BATTLE ~ Staggered Admission Battle Royal: Yoshiaki Yatsu Vs Toru Owashi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yusuke Okada Vs Yuya Koroku Vs Yuji Hino Vs Mohammed Yone Vs Shuhei Taniguchi Vs Akitoshi Saito Vs Masao Inoue Vs Yuna Manase Vs Shu Sakurai
0. STARTING BATTLE MAIN ~ Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Ken Ohka, Keisuke Ishhi & Shota Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Kouki Iwasaki & Yumehito Imanari
1. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Yuki Iino & Toui Kojima Vs Junta Miyawaki & Kinya Okada
2. 3 Way Tag Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe Vs Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao Vs Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
3. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba
4. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Hideki Okatani Vs Masa Kitamiya
5. Match Provided By Tokyo Joshi Pro: Hikari Noa, Mizuki & Yuki Arai Vs Maki Itoh, Yuki Kamifuku & Marika Kobashi
6. Match Provided By NOAH: Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Hajime Ohara Vs Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka
7. Match Provided By DDT: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao (w/ Mad Paulie) Vs Chris Brookes, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
8. DDT Vs Kongo Full Scale 12-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Naomi Yoshimura & Yukio Naya Vs Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya, Haoh, Nioh & Tadasuke
9. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno Vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura
10. Princess Of Princess Title – Triple Main Event I: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuka Sakazaki
11. KO-D Openweight Title – Triple Main Event II: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs HARASHIMA
12. GHC Heavyweight Title – Triple Main Event III: Keiji Muto (c) Vs Naomichi Marufuji

Some big changes were made to the lineup thanks to some dramatic news over on the NOAH side. This past weekend Masa Kitamiya broke away from Kongo over a grudge he holds with Katsuhiko Nakajima that he just cannot keep to himself for any longer. Now that Kongo has six members instead of seven, a decision was made to turn the 14-Man Tag Match into a 12-Man Tag. Kitamiya will now be put into a singles match against Hideki Okatani, who has been pulled from the DDT team to even the numbers.

On the same show Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine at long last achieved their goal of getting a match booked with Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba. Sugiura had just beaten Sakuraba in a GHC National Title defence when Sasadango & Dieno arrived at ringside. They offered Sugiura-gun two options for their potential match. Either a Guru Guru Bat Death Match or Sasadango & Dieno challenge for the custom made SUGI & SAKI championship belts. Sugiura accepted their challenge for a match but didn’t explicitly say which option he wants. If it’s going to be a title match for those belts then so be it. Sakuraba likes that idea because defending the belts will raise their prestige even if it is against Sasadango & Dieno.

There are also some wrestlers who cannot be on the show for various reasons. YO-HEY and Yasutaka Yano were recently in contact with somebody who had tested positive for Covid-19 so they are staying away from the show. Keigo Nakamura is also treating an injury to his right ACL that he suffered in Kumamoto last Sunday.

One last note on this, I won’t be writing a preview for the show like I normally do for the supercards. The majority of the matches do not have much story building up to them and that is still loads to write about without saying much. I also don’t know a lot about current NOAH (for example last time I paid attention to Shuhei Taniguchi he was under a mask hooking people with a garden fork, now I find out he became disco buddies with Mohammed Yone) so I can’t offer much for their side of the show.

DDT “KING OF DDT 2021 1ST ROUND”, 10/06/2021
Shinjuku FACE

0. Under Match ~ Blow Away King Of DDT 2021!: Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Iino Vs Yusuke Okada, Yukio Naya, Hideki Okatani, Toui Kojima & Yuya Koroku
1. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1A: HARASHIMA Vs Makoto Oishi
2. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1B: Yuji Hino Vs Yukio Sakaguchi
3. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1C: MAO Vs Soma Takao
4. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1D: Akito Vs Konosuke Takeshita
5. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1E: Yuki Ueno Vs Daisuke Sasaki
6. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1F: Shunma Katsumata Vs Jun Akiyama
7. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1G: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Naomi Yoshimura
8. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 1H: Tetsuya Endo Vs Chris Brookes

A lot of the wrestlers who missed out on King Of DDT will still get stuff to do while the tournament is going on.

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAM TOUR 2021 IN HIROSHIMA (NOON)”, 12/06/2021
Hiroshima Aster Plaza Multipurpose Studio

1. Chris Brookes & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Yuki Iino
2. Soma Takao, Yuji Hino & Hiroshi Yamato Vs Akito, Yusuke Okada & Yukio Naya
3. Eruption Vs Junretsu!: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani
4. Danshoku Dieno, Local Hiroshima Triumphant Return! Playfulness Series Act 2: Danshoku Dieno Vs Toui Kojima
5. The Fate Of Those Who Are Chosen To Win! Hiroshima Specialty Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Rey Paloma & Antonio Honda
6. DISASTER BOX Vs The 37 KAMIINA!: HARASHIMA, Kazuki Hirata & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Ueno & MAO

A doubleheader in Hiroshima is built around Danshoku Dieno as the hometown hero. Also Rey Paloma gets to show up.

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAM TOUR 2021 IN HIROSHIMA (NIGHT)”, 12/06/2021
Hiroshima Aster Plaza Multipurpose Studio

1. Naomi Yoshimura Vs Hideki Okatani
2. Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Ueno & Shunma Katsumata Vs Akito, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Iino
3. DAMNATION Vs The Iyasareru!: Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao Vs Chris Brookes & Antonio Honda
4. HARASHIMA & Kenshin Chikano Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Yukio Naya
5. Danshoku Dieno, Show It In Your Hometown, Hiroshima! DDT Variety Team Soul!!: Danshoku Dieno & MAO Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
6. Hiroshima Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match Without Justice: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Yusuke Okada Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Yuji Hino & Hiroshi Yamato

Kenshin Chikano is probably only there because it’s a local booking but he’s a guy I would like to see more often in DDT.

DDT “KING OF DDT 2021 2ND ROUND”, 20/06/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda Vs Toru Owashi Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1A Vs Winner Of Match 1B
3. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1C Vs Winner Of Match 1D
4. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1E Vs Winner Of Match 1F
5. King Of DDT 2021 – Round 2: Winner Of Match 1G Vs Winner Of Match 1H

At the moment Shinya Aoki holds the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. As always plans could change before the scheduled title defence takes place.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021 TOUR IN OSAKA”, 26/06/2021
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuji Okabayashi (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata

The Ultimate Tag League winners are now targeting the KO-D Tag Team Champions. When Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata received their trophies, Katsumata called out the challenge to Smile Pissari for the belts. Takeshita challenged for the belts with MAO back in February but couldn’t come out on top back then. Switching over to Katsumata might be the right idea. It certainly paid off already so far. Yuji Okabayashi’s next available date to wrestle in DDT isn’t until the end of the month so the title match is happening in Osaka on the 26th.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021 TOUR IN SHIROISHI”, 18/07/2021
Miyagi Shiroishi White Cube

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino (c) Vs X, X & X

Tetsuya Endo made the demand to get a KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles defence in his home city of Shiroishi. He was surprised more than anyone else when Hisaya Imabayashi agreed to it with no complaints. The idea of a champion defending in his hometown is never a bad one.


Ultimate Tag League Opening Day, Ueno Challenges Akito, DDT Vs Kongo

May 6, 2021

DDT “ULTIMATE TAG LEAGUE 2021 IN KORAKUEN HALL!!”, 09/05/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Hideki Okatani Vs Toui Kojima
2. 4 Way Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Yukio Naya Vs Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Akito & Keigo Nakamura
3. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Saki Akai & Yuki Iino
4. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Yusuke Okada
5. Naomi Yoshimura Return Match: HARASHIMA & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Yuki Ueno & MAO
6. Ultimate Tag League 2021: Jun Akiyama & Makoto Oishi Vs Chris Brookes & Antonio Honda
7. Ultimate Tag League 2021: Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Yuji Hino

The opening day of Ultimate Tag League 2021 will be held without an audience. The winning team at the end of the tournament receives a 1,000,000 yen prize and will be considered strong contenders for the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Eruption see themselves as the favourites because they are the former champions. Kazusada Higuchi wants to prove they are the strongest while Yukio Sakaguchi wants to get revenge on Smile Pissari and win back the belts. Makoto Oishi thinks Junretsu will win as long as he doesn’t lose any of the matches. Both members of The 37KAMIINA team have gained confidence recently, Konosuke Takeshita from his AEW excursion and Shunma Katsumata from wrestling in death matches. Daisuke Sasaki believes he needs to beat Takeshita in the first match to fully recover from his broken ribs. Sasaki suffered that injury during his D-Ou Grand Prix match with Takeshita last year. Yuji Hino admits he isn’t good competing in leagues so he’ll leave it to Sasaki to steer the team to victory. Antonio Honda is concerned with the state of his knees as the league goes on. Out of all the wrestlers in the league, he has the lowest level of crisis management. It doesn’t help that his first match is against Jun Akiyama’s team. At least Chris Brookes feels spiritual when he is near Honda so they should work well together.

DDT “AUDIENCE 2021 TOUR IN FUKUOKA (NIGHT)”, 29/05/2021
Fukuoka Nishitetsu Hall

1. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Akito

Yuki Ueno is delving into his out of ring career for his next DDT UNIVERSAL Title defence. Akito hired him to manage the Dropkick Bar then left him high and dry when it came to giving any advice. That’s pretty much how DDT has been run for most of its existence. So this title match is personal to him. Shota admits that he can’t compete with Ueno on his current run but that doesn’t mean he cannot beat him. This is a challenge Akito will relish.

Azul Dragon will be on the show.

DDT/NOAH/TOKYO JOSHI PRO/GANBARE☆PRO “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena

0. STARTING BATTLE ~ Staggered Admission Battle Royal: Yoshiaki Yatsu Vs X
0. STARTING BATTLE MAIN ~ Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling Offer Match: X Vs X
1. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Yuki Iino, Keigo Nakamura & Toui Kojima Vs Junta Miyawaki, Kinya Okada & Yasutaka Yano
2. Match Provided By NOAH: Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada & Hajime Ohara Vs Yoshinari Ogawa, HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka
3. DDT Vs Kongo Full Scale 14-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Naomi Yoshimura, Yukio Naya & Hideki Okatani Vs Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya, Manaby Soya, Haoh, Nioh & Tadasuke
4. DDT Vs NOAH Battle: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno Vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Yoshiki Inamura
5. Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuka Sakazaki
6. GHC Heavyweight Title: Keiji Muto (c) Vs Naomichi Marufuji
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs HARASHIMA

Some big additions to the show. The Princess Of Princess Title match went on a major turn and is now Miyu Yamashita against Yuka Sakazaki in a rematch of the 2020 Ittenyon show. Also added is a massive DDT versus Kongo inter-promotional match. Kongo’s leader Kenoh still hates that Sanshiro Takagi is his boss and also a powerful figure in control of NOAH.

All 22 members of the full time Tokyo Joshi Pro roster will be wrestling on the show. That means everybody except for NEO Biishiki-gun and Yuki Arai. However that does not mean the entire rosters for DDT, NOAH and Ganbare☆Pro will be booked. There’s still more matches and spots to be announced but it sounds like there will be a few absences when the line up is complete.


DDT “MAX BUMP 2021” Results

May 4, 2021

DDT “MAX BUMP 2021”, 04/05/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
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1. 3 Way Match To Bring Back The Smile On Kikutaro’s Face After All He’s Been Through: Kikutaro defeated Danshoku Dieno and Antonio Honda when Kikutaro submitted Dieno with the Jail Hold (7:11).
2. Akito defeated Mad Paulie with a Figure 4 Leg Lock (7:59).
3. KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles: Sanshiro Takagi, Yukio Naya, Chikara & Nabe Yakan (c) defeated Keigo Nakamura, Hideki Okatani, Toui Kojima & Yuya Koroku when Takagi pinned Nakamura with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (9:17).
*V1 for Team Thoroughbred.
4. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Yuji Hino and Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuki Iino when Takeshita pinned Iino with the MADMAX (11:26).
5. DDT Extreme Title & Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Chris Brookes (E/c) defeated Saki Akai (I/c) with the Praying Mantis Bomb (17:38).
*V2 for Chris Brookes. Chris Brookes becomes the 1,507th Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion.
6. Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Yusuke Okada defeated HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Blue Dahlia (11:42).
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Yuki Ueno (c) defeated Soma Takao with the WR (25:39).
*V5 for Yuki Ueno.

The empty Korakuen Hall doubleheader concluded with DDT’s evening show. For weeks Soma Takao has been a mixed book by provoking Yuki Ueno while acting like he has no real interest in winning the DDT UNIVERSAL Title. Apparently under the motivation to expose Ueno as a weak champion, Takao told the rest of DAMNATION at ringside not to interfere in the match. Ueno took control at first but when Takao was on the offensive, he poured over his opponent’s head to provoke him. Ueno got revenge when they fought outside the ring. He grabbed the can, poured what was left over Takao’s head and then Moonsaulted off of the entrance gate. Back in the ring the Gin And Tonic was blocked. Even an attempt to counter the WR into the move wouldn’t work. Takao then went for the Reverse Gory Special Bomb but Ueno slipped out of the move and landed on his feet. In the end, Ueno hit the WR to earn his fifth successful defence.

After the match Ueno said he did his best because of the fans watching at home. He even had fun wrestling against Takao and thanked him for the drink. Hisaya Imabayashi asked Ueno who he wanted to defend against next. He chose Akito. It was Akito who chose him to be the assistant manager of DDT Foods. However Akito’s promise to support Ueno in that role rang hollow because he never helped out. They’ve been close workmates for years so it’s time for them to get even closer with the UNIVERSAL Title on the line. Akito was grateful to be nominated but doesn’t think he can compete with Ueno’s generation. Ueno was about to withdraw the challenge when Akito interrupted him. Akito said he couldn’t compete with Ueno but that doesn’t mean he cannot beat him! He accepts the challenge and the title match will take place in Hakata on 29th May.

Kazuki Hirata had a big target in his sights. “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021” is coming up and Hirata was going to take out a certain figure important to that show. Did he mean Jun Akiyama? No, he meant Makoto Oishi so he won’t be in Akiyama’s corner for the KO-D Openweight Title match. His threats were ignored so Akiyama and HARASHIMA could start the match. When Hirata did get to fight with Oishi, he immediately tapped out to an Achilles Tendon Hold. Toru Owashi had to distract the referee so the match could continue. Yusuke Okada attacked Hirata’s leg and Akiyama then applied a Sharpshooter for another tap out. Owashi again had to grab the ref’s attention so he wouldn’t see Hirata giving up. The match did end when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Blue Dahlia, a Crucifix Driver style move. Akiyama and HARASHIMA had a stare down afterwards. Backstage Akiyama said he doesn’t want his title match with HARASHIMA to be upstaged by Keiji Muto Vs Naomichi Marufuji.

In the double title match, Chris Brookes came out on top against Saki Akai. Brookes was accompanied to the ring by Masahiro Takanashi while Akai had the rest of Eruption by her side. Akai’s big chance to win was by hitting the Quetzalcoatl. Unfortunately she was low on energy and took too much time to go for the pin, allowing Brookes to kick out. Akai had one more chance by Cradling Brookes out of the Praying Mantis Bomb. Brookes kicked out again, struck her with a knee and hit the Praying Mantis Bomb for the win. The two praised each other after the match and Brookes celebrated holding both the DDT Extreme and Iron Man Heavymetalweight Titles.

Konosuke Takeshita was given a rude welcome back from DAMNATION. Daisuke Sasaki led his team to ambush Eruption & Yuki Iino at first, then turn their focus to The 37KAMIINA. Takeshita and Kazusada Higuchi worked together to get rid of Yuji Hino but Hino wiped them out with a Double Lariat. Tetsuya Endo then hit Higuchi with a Sasuke Special out of the ring. Hino was finally stopped with a Spear from Iino but that left Iino alone against The 37KAMIINA. Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata defeated him with their new double team move the MADMAX. It is a Spike Brainbuster with Takeshita doing the Vertical Drop Brainbuster and Katsumata spiking it down with the Springboard X Factor. After the match Takeshita said he and Katsumata are the dark horses to win the Ultimate Tag League 2021. He also has his tag team with MAO continuing to MAO evolve and a tag team with Ueno ready to take on NOAH.

Speaking of NOAH, there was a surprise appearance by Kenoh after Match #3. He called out Sanshiro Takagi to come down to the ring. When Takagi arrived, Kenoh simply apologised for the recent inconvenience he caused when he caught the Coronavirus. Takagi gave Kenoh the Stunner after he bowed. He said it isn’t like Kenoh to be polite like this. Not when he is writing articles in Shukan Puroresu magazine threatening to not show up at “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021” in June. Takagi is ordering Kenoh and the rest of Kongo to wrestle on the show. Kenoh started blasting insults at Takagi and said NOAH is better than DDT. Marufuji is better, Takashi Sugiura is better and even Muto is the more exciting champion! Suddenly Yukio Sakaguchi entered the ring to confront Kenoh. The two stared each other down while Takagi announced a full scale DDT Vs Kongo match to take place in Saitama Super Arena!

Takagi has just been part of a KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles defence with the rest of Team Thoroughbred. They defeated a team of DDT rookies in a match that went all over the place. Nabe Yakan attempted the People’s Elbow on Yuya Koroku but missed. Chikara went for the Sabre Chop but hit Takagi with it instead. Hideki Okatani almost had Takagi beaten in his weakened state. Yukio Naya and Toui Kojima had a back and forth. Takagi brought in the Dramatic Dream bike but Keigo Nakamura knocked him off with a Missile Dropkick. Nakamura then stole the bike and crashed into Takagi with it. Takagi intercepted Nakamura with the Stunner and pinned him with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb.

Akito cut down Mad Paulie to size by targeting his knees. One big Lift put Paulie in his back and when Akito applied the Figure 4 Leg Lock, Paulie gave up.

Poor little Kikutaro wasn’t in the mood for any wrestling. Imabayashi explained to Danshoku Dieno and Antonio Honda what happened to the guy recently. He was detained in Hawaii for two days and isn’t allowed enter America again. It was up to Dieno and Honda to cheer him up. The problem is everything they did reminded Kikutaro of his traumatic experience. Imabayashi tried to make him laugh with impersonations but that led to Dieno attacking him. Kikutaro finally snapped back to normal and fought Dieno off. Honda then made a Gongitsune joke but this time it was about a Cockatiel. This made Kikutaro angry because it reminded him of his pet parakeet back in America. He got rid of Honda and made Dieno submit to the Jail Hold while shouting “Don’t say Hawaii!” for the win.

It was announced that the winners of the Ultimate Tag League will be given a 1,000,000 yen prize from the sponsors BLACKOUT.


Video – DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1” Digest Highlights

June 8, 2020

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1”, 06/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio
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1. Singles Match Between Wrestlers Who Want To Participate In DDT Regularly: Seigo Tachibana Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE Vs Hiroshi Yamato & Saori Anou
3. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani
4. Niigata Joshi Pro Wrestling (#njpw) Pre-Flag Battle In Sakai Seiki Co., Ltd.: Pokotan Vs Yukako Mito
5. Akito & Yuki Iino Vs Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase
6. DDT Vs Kongo All Out Battle!: Sanshiro Takagi, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Hao
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title – Hardcore 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Isami Kodaka Vs Shunma Katsumata
8. TOKYO 2020 LAST MAN STANDING: Yoshihiko Vs Konosuke Takeshita


DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1” Results

June 6, 2020

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1”, 06/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio
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1. Singles Match Between Wrestlers Who Want To Participate In DDT Regularly: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Seigo Tachibana with the Counter Strike (5:40).
2. Hiroshi Yamato & Saori Anou defeated Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE when Anou pinned HARUKAZE with the German Suplex (8:57).
3. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani when Takao pinned Oktani with the Diving Foot Stomp (10:22).
4. Niigata Joshi Pro Wrestling (#njpw) Pre-Flag Battle In Sakai Seiki Co., Ltd.: Yukako Mito defeated Pokotan with the Beautiful Cross Body (4:18).
5. Akito & Yuki Iino defeated Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase when Iino pinned Watase the the Spear (?:??).
6. DDT Vs Kongo All Out Battle!: Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Hao defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Hao pinned Matsunaga with a Tornado Clutch (19:19).
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title – Hardcore 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) defeated Isami Kodaka and Shunma Katsumata when Sasaki pinned Katsumata with the Sasaki Hurricanrana (24:12).
*V3 for Daisuke Sasaki.
8. TOKYO 2020 LAST MAN STANDING: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Yoshihiko with an Explosion (15:04).

Day 1 of “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” was headlined with the grudge match between Konosuke Takeshita and Yoshihiko. But rather than take place inside the DDT TV SHOW Studio, Yoshihiko sent his enemy directions to a location where he wanted the Last Man Standing match to happen. It was by a graveyard at night. Takeshita was creeped out by his surroundings and was ambushed from behind by the doll. They fought on the ground and Yoshihiko kept its cool after it was given a German Suplex. It chased down Takeshita, applied a Figure 4 Leg Lock and even taunted Takeshita when he tried to fight out of it. When he finally broke free he went to hide and phoned Yuki Iino for help. But Yoshihiko found him and knocked the phone away right when Iino answered the call. Takeshita escaped into a nearby building yet Yoshihiko was never far away. It stalked him up to the roof but in a surprise, Takeshita pulled off the ambush this time. They had a fist fight on the roof that ended with Takeshita knocking the doll over the edge to the ground below. Takeshita thought he had won until he turned around and saw Yoshihiko reappear with its face covered in blood! It choked Takeshita with a Sleeper Hold but he fought out and grabbed a tank of gasoline. He poured the gas over Yoshihiko’s body but Yoshihiko grabbed the tank and did the same to Takeshita. They fought over a lighter until Yoshihiko struck Takeshita in the face and pulled out his left eyeball! He fought back, reclaimed the eye and pushed it back in. That gave Yoshihiko the opening to do the Canadian Destroyer. It grabbed the lighter and was about to use it when Takeshita knocked him across the roof with a Lariat. He ignited the lighter and threw it over to Yoshihiko, creating a big explosion. When the dust settled, Takeshita was the last man standing. Iino appeared carrying a bunch of baseball bats but Takeshita assured him it was all over. They left feeling like heroes but back on the rooftop the body of Yoshihiko remained. It’s eyes began to shine again…

Tables, ladders, chairs and block toys filled the ring by the time the Hardcore 3 Way Match was over. Daisuke Sasaki came out of it still carrying the DDT UNIVERSAL Title. There were moments where Isami Kodaka and Shunma Katsumata fought each other but they both knew getting Sasaki was the best way to win the title. Katsumata in his Super Hardcore form did everything he could. He gave Sasaki a Pedigree onto chairs. He also did a Moonsault Foot stomp onto Sasaki underneath a pile of the same chairs. But Kodaka was there to break the pin. Katsumata fought off Kodaka with the block toy covered baseball bat. That was when Sasaki took the bat, his Katsumata below the belt with it and pinned him with a Hurricanrana.

After the match Sasaki sat down on a chair while Kodaka climbed the ladder to speak to him. Kodaka admits defeat today but next time he wants a Singles match with Sasaki for the belt. Sasaki said he feels to tired for that so they should do a singles match in 10 years time. Kodaka thinks that is too long so he suggests they have a match in one year’s time so it will be during an Olympics year. Sasaki will think about it. But first he wants to nominate his next challenger. He wants… Masahiro Takanashi?

Kongo’s entry match into DDT was successful but were they satisfied with it? Kenoh led his troops into victory over the DDT team but they had to go through some familiar DDT spots to do it. Sanshiro Takagi smashed plastic cases over Masa Kitamiya’s head and ran over Hao with the Dramatic Dream Cycle. The Kongo members not in the match stopped the bike while Kitamiya fought Kazusada Higuchi in the ring. Tomomitsu Matsunaga ran wild and tried to get the win on Hao but a Tornado Clutch counter gave the result to the outsiders. Kenou confronted Takagi with a microphone after the match but threw it away without saying a word. When Kongo left ringside, Takagi spoke about the different ideologies between DDT and NOAH. They don’t have to fit together. Also Takagi doesn’t see the need to fight Kenou again after today. Kongo can lead NOAH their way and Takagi can lead DDT his way.

Coach Jun Akiyama’s run through the DDT roster moved him up to ALL OUT. With Mizuki Watase as his tag partner they lost to Akito & Yuki Iino. He was confused by Iino’s Haka style antics and underestimated Akito’s grappling skills. Watase took over and caught Iino with the Front Neck Lock. He countered a Spear attempt by jumping over it a Double Stomping Iino on the way down. Unfortunately Iino revved up momentum again and this time hit the Spear for the three count. He walked up to Akiyama after the match and did some Haka poses again.

To celebrate Muscle Sakai’s promotion to president of the Sakai Seiki company, DDT sent Pokotan down to the factory in Niigata to have a match with Super Sasadango Machine. Pokotan was disinfected before handing a letter to Sasadango. It was from Takagi saying the match was now all up to Sasadango to put together. Unfortunately, Sasadango had to turn down the match over fear of exposing his factory to Coronavirus. So instead he invited Pokotan to take a tour of his business. Pokotan was introduced to Yukako Mito and she showed the mascot how to polish plastic molds. Pokotan was left alone to polish the molds for hours until he noticed Mito went missing. He went searching for her and could hear shouting coming from another room. He found a sign on the door that said “Niigata Joshi Pro Wrestling (#njpw)” He opened the door and saw Sasadango was training Mito to wrestle by stomping on boxes! They caught Pokotan spying on their secret plan to launch a new pro wrestling company. It was decided that Pokotan was now Mito’s sparring partner and they would have a match straight away. Mito cartwheeled across the room and hit a Space Rolling Elbow for a nearfall. She then climbed a nearby desk and did her special move, the Beautiful Cross Body to win the match. The video then switched to a message from Sasadango & Mito. They warn DDT and Tokyo Joshi Pro to watch out because some day Niigata Joshi Pro will come to Tokyo and crush them! Look forward to #njpw’s official flag raising match soon!

The rookies put up a fight against the DAMNATION tag team. Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani worked well together in two on one situations. That went out the window when Mad Paulie got rid of Nakamura. Okatani tried to fight off Soma Takao on his own but he was put away with the Diving Foot Stomp.

It did not look like Saori Anou was into Hiroshi Yamato’s karaoke but other than that they have to be happy with today’s win over Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE. Anou countered HARUKAZE’s Cross Armbreaker into a German Suplex for the pin.

Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Seigo Tachibana in the battle between wrestlers who want more DDT bookings. Shimatani wore down his opponent with a Fisherman Buster then got the win with the Counter Strike Crucifix. After the match, Hisaya Imabayashi told Tachibana he is now out of second chances. DDT won’t book him again so he should go home. However, Danshoku Dieno then walked out and helped Tachibana walk back to the locker room. He told Tachibana backstage that he wants to help him build up a track record good enough to be accepted by DDT.


Revised June Schedule, Audience Shows Return, Complete Peter Pan 2020 Cards

May 31, 2020

First let’s get the bad news out of the way. Even though Japan is entering the second phase of lifting their Coronavirus restrictions, the DDT Group are following requests from venues to cancel the following shows in June and July:

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2020 THE FINAL!!”, 28/06/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

DDT “ROAD TO PETER PAN 2020 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAKESHI~”, 02/07/2020
Tokyo Hanayashiki Asakusa Flower Theater

MUSCLE “HIRAGANA MUSCLE 3”, 09/07/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

DDT “KAZUKI HIRATA 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW! 10 YEARS OF HIRATA GO!!”, 18/07/2020
Tokyo Belle Epoque Beauty School 2nd School Hall

DDT “DATE CITY 2ND ROUND! 1 YEAR UNTIL THE 60TH BIRTHDAY! ~GORGEOUS NIGHT~”, 19/07/2020
Fukushima Date City Hobara Gymnasium

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Now here’s the good news. The DDT Group can run shows in front of audiences again! They have to put in safety precautions of course such as limiting the number of seats at the venues (either around 100 fans or 50% capacity looks to be deal across the board depending on the venue size). Fans going to shows will need to wear medical masks, get their temperatures checked and have their hands disinfected as they enter. New shows in June have been announced today across the different promotions. They will be held in venues that provide a lot of open air and ventilation. That means Shin-Kiba 1st RING, Shinjuku FACE, Itabashi Green Hall and Tsurumi Vegetable Market for those not paying attention. DDT TV SHOW episodes #7 & #8 will also continue to take place as planned. DDT can now advertise the worst kept secret that they were taped in Shinjuku FACE. The revised schedule for June is as follows.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!”, 13/06/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

DDT “WITH DRAMATIC DREAM TEAM”, 14/06/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “COMEBACK ANYTIME 2020”, 14/06/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!”, 20/06/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #7”, 20/06/2020
Shinjuku FACE

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAM TSURUMI VOL. 1”, 21/06/2020
Kanagawa Tsurumi Fruit & Vegetable Market

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8”, 27/06/2020
Shinjuku FACE

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAM TSURUMI VOL. 2”, 28/06/2020
Kanagawa Tsurumi Fruit & Vegetable Market

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DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1”, 06/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio

1. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani
2. Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE Vs Hiroshi Yamato & Saori Anou
3. DDT Yuru-chara No. 1 Battle In Niigata: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Pokotan
4. Singles Match Between Wrestlers Who Want To Participate In DDT Regularly: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Seigo Tachibana
5. Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase Vs Akito & Yuki Iino
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title – Hardcore 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Isami Kodaka Vs Shunma Katsumata
7. DDT Vs Kongoh All Out Battle!: Sanshiro Takagi, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Hao
8. TOKYO 2020 LAST MAN STANDING: Yoshihiko Vs Konosuke Takeshita

Before the audiences can come back, “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” will hopefully be the bookend for DDT’s empty arena era (fingers crossed). I don’t think I’ll write a full blown preview for these shows due to the short amount of time most of the matches were put together. So this will do for now.

The big feud of DDT TV SHOW has been between Konosuke Takeshita and Yoshihiko. A hatred led to warning messages of “ALL OUT All Dead” where Yoshihiko defeated each member of the unit one by one. It even brought back another battle doll named Akihiro to join the fight. Yesterday ALL OUT reached their breaking point and launched a vicious counter attack where Takeshita ripped off Akihiro’s arm. Alone again, Yoshihiko has to fight Takeshita one more time in a Last Man Standing match!

Kongoh popped by to visit Sanshiro Takagi on yesterday’s DDT TV SHOW. They seem like nice lads. Well if you ignore the leader Kenou threatening violence on Takagi if he doesn’t leave NOAH alone. That’s difficult because Takagi is NOAH’s president. And as president Takagi is ordering Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Hao to fight him, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga in a DDT ring!

Daisuke Sasaki originally chose Shunma Katsumata to be his next DDT UNIVERSAL Title defence because he thinks it is a match he can easily win. Then two things happened that he did not expect. One, Isami Kodaka came in wanting to win a title that didn’t exist back when he was a DDT employee. And two, Katsumata went into his Super Hardcore form to attack the champion. A Hardcore 3 Way Match will solve those problems.

Mizuki Watase has shown some progress by wrestling with coach Jun Akiyama. This is the first time they are teaming together.

Both Nobuhiro Shimatani and Seigo Tachibana want regular bookings in DDT. The company isn’t big enough for the both of them.

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1. Super Sasadango Machine Remote Produce Match: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda
2. Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima Vs Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
3. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh
4. DDT Extreme Title – Celebration! Release Restriction Rules: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Yukio Naya
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Makoto Oishi
6. HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs MAO & Asuka
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs T-Hawk & El Lindaman
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

On Day 2, Tetsuya Endo reaches his destination. There was a setback here and there but now nothing is stopping him from facing Masato Tanaka for the KO-D Openweight Title. Endo’s big goal for #DAMNHEARTS is to monopolize DDT’s championships so T-Hawk & El Lindaman are challenging Nautilus for the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

MAO will return from injury one day too late. The last active Right To Challenge Gauntlet has expired and he was too hurt to use it. So he has to take a detour and will chase after the UNIVERSAL Title. MAO will also team with Asuka for now because the Coronavirus measures prevent Mike Bailey from entering Japan. They get a big challenge in the form of HarashiMarufuji!

Danshoku Dieno is finally moving away from his Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title defences against Antonio Honda. He still hasn’t beat him but another figure decided to get in his way. Makoto Oishi has a decade of history with Dieno and he will let it all out for the big clash.


DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #5” Results

May 30, 2020

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #5”, 30/05/2020
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1. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Chris Brookes, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya by TKO when Sakaguchi used the Modified Sleeper Hold on Watase (9:41).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Antonio Honda defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) by Disqualification when Dieno gave the referee a Low Blow (8:11).
*No title change due to Disqualification.
3. DAMNATION VS ALL OUT!: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao defeated Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino when Takao pinned Iino with a Running Elbow Butt (13:18).
4. Jun Akiyama defeated Hideki Okatani with a Crab Hold (4:24).
5. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito defeated Yoshihiko & Akihiro by Referee Stoppage when Takeshita ripped Akihiro’s arm off (9:35).
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman (c) defeated HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura when Endo pinned Ueno with the Shooting Star Press (16:17).
*V2 for #DAMNHEARTS.

One week to go until “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” and everything is set for the big weekend. Tetsuya Endo is now all clear to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title. Today’s main event was changed into an official KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles defence when DISASTER BOX asked for it. Yuki Ueno wanted the most motivation possible for his first match back in two months. El Lindaman accepted on his team’s behalf but only DISASTER BOX understood that challenging twice in a row means there is also a big risk attached. #DAMNHEARTS had already beaten them once before and they wouldn’t agree to a second chance under normal circumstances. T-Hawk dodged the Somato from HARASHIMA but was Clotheslined out of the ring by Naomi Yoshimura. Lindaman got rid of Yoshimura with a German Suplex and then held Ueno up for Endo to hit him with the Handspring Overhead Kick. Endo got a nearfall with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb then hit the Shooting Star Press while his teammates held the rest of DISASTER BOX back.

#DAMNHEARTS got an extra few shots in on DISASTER BOX after the match. Lindaman reminded them about the big risk they accepted. Now it’s time for the other tag belts to be defended. T-Hawk & El Lindaman want to challenge for the KO-D Tag Team Titles at “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020”! Yoshimura accepted the challenge. Meanwhile Endo got confirmation that he is guaranteed to face Masato Tanaka for the KO-D Title on 7th June. He promised #STRONGHEARTS will take the KO-D Tag Title belts from Nautilus and he will take the KO-D Title from Gold’s Gym! Endo wants everyone to know that Saitama Super Arena is not his end goal. His end goal is for #DAMNHEARTS to monopolize all of the championships and make pro wrestling even hotter!

If having #STRONGHEARTS around wasn’t enough for DDT to handle, now there’s another invading force coming in, one a little more closer to home. The Kongoh stable from Pro Wrestling NOAH entered the ring before the main event and their leader Kenoh demanded to see Sanshiro Takagi. Kenoh hates Takagi! He hates that Takagi is the president of NOAH. He believes Takagi wants DDT to take over NOAH so Kenoh swears to protect NOAH from him. Takagi came out and told him they are in a DDT ring. He can complain all he wants but if it bothers him that much they should fight over it. As the president of NOAH, Takagi orders Kenoh to fight him in DDT! Kenoh shouted that he will! DDT and Kongo will face off at “WRESTLE PETER PAN” next weekend.

An eye for an eye. An arm for an arm. ALL OUT came out for revenge on Yoshihiko & Akihiro in a violent clash. The battle dolls were ambushed by Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino during their entrance. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito joined the beating and brought Yoshihiko into the ring to finish it off. Akihiro came to the rescue and the dolls gave Takeshita a Double Canadian Destroyer. They then went to German Suplex Akito but he switched positions with Katsumata’s help. Takeshita then grabbed onto them to deliver a quadruple stacked German Suplex! Akito dragged Yoshihiko over to the stage and tied him in knots before hanging the rolled up doll from the banners. Akito then forced Yoshihiko to watch on as Takeshita ripped off Akihiro’s arm! The referee stopped the match by TKO and Takeshita celebrated with his new trophy. He blamed Yoshihiko for all of the physical and mental anguish ALL OUT has suffered over the last month. Now it has suffered like they have. Takeshita challenged Yoshihiko to one more match next week to settle the score. It will be a Last Man Standing match!

The younger generation of DDT wrestlers have shown themselves eager to get in the ring with Jun Akiyama. The rookie Hideki Okatani jumped out of the starting blocks hitting Running Elbows. Akiyama took the wind out of his sails with a Body Slam onto the floor outside. Okatani tried to regain ground with more Elbow Strikes and even went for a Northern Lights Suplex but Akiyama cut him off with a Guillotine Choke. Akiyama let go just to knee Okatani in the head. There was enough in the rookie to kick out of the pin but when the Crab Hold was locked in it was all over once Akiyama moved it to the centre of the ring.

Soma Takao pinned Yuki Iino in the DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT tag match but the story to focus on was what happened afterwards. Daisuke Sasaki’s interview was interrupted by an attack from Shunma Katsumata in his Super Hardcore form. A confused Sasaki shouted about how Katsumata looked like he came from a wedding while he was being attacked. He then called for the police or Batman to save him. Katsumata beat him up with chairs and gave him a Pedigree onto the chair covered with toy blocks. He then raised the DDT UNIVERSAL Title over his head.

Let’s try this Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match again! Early in the bout, Antonio Honda put Danshoku Dieno in a tight Hammerlock. Dieno sounded like he was about to say “Give Up” but instead said different phrases that rhymed with it. Honda then tried palm reading to see Dieno’s fortune. He found out Dieno’s pro wrestling luck is the worst! Dieno put Honda in a Sleeper Hold and almost made him pass out. Honda’s arm fell two times but on the third it popped up with a Gongitsune puppet on his hand. The match suddenly paused and the WRESTLE UNIVERSE audience were given time to vote on Twitter what they wanted to happen next. Either a) Dieno could listen to Gongitsune, b) Dieno told his own story or c) the referee gets attacked for some reason. The audience voted for b) and Dieno told his own Gongitsune story. But when he went for the Sweet Chin Music sneak attack, Honda dodged it and it hit Yukinori Matsui in the groin instead! For some reason Dieno and Honda agreed to attack Matsui together. Matsui fought them off with a Double Lariat but when he went to leave, Dieno gave him a Low Blow. A badly hurt Matsui disqualified Dieno but he remains the champion.

More antics happened straight away when Makoto Oishi entered the ring and gave Stunners to Dieno and Matsui. He demanded an Iron Man Title match because he can give Dieno a lively challenge. Dieno told Oishi he’s been waiting for him all this time and on 7th June they will settle 10 years of history between them. He went for a handshake but Oishi spat in his face instead.

Unfortunately due to a right ankle injury he suffered during training, MAO is currently out of action. The good news is he will recover in time to wrestle on 7th June. The bad news is the Right To Challenge Gauntlet he currently possesses expires before that date. Today’s show was the last chance it could be used. MAO threw a hissy fit over the decision and said he wants to give the Gauntlet to Mike Bailey if he can’t use it. Hisaya Imabayashi told him that was impossible. MAO has no other friends so he doesn’t know what to do. Imabayashi then struck him a deal. He gives up the Gauntlet and it becomes invalid. In return a new Gauntlet will be active after “WRESTLE PETER PAN”. When MAO comes back he will be put in the match where the new Gauntlet is on the line. MAO agreed to the deal. He then found out he will team with Asuka to take on HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji for his return match! MAO likes that idea. Since Bailey can’t be in DDT for now, maybe MAO teaming with Asuka will be the next best thing.

Eruption are now bouncing back from their failed plan to take over DDT’s main event scene. Their win in the opener was also a preview of their tag match against the NEO Itoh Respect Army next week. Chris Brookes got to tangle with both Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai. A motivated Mizuki Watase went after Sakaguchi but his Back Drop was countered into a Sleeper Hold. Brookes & Yukio Naya were taken out by the rest of Eruption while Sakaguchi sent Watase to sleep.

After last week’s setback, Seigo Tachibana returned at some point during the show again demanding to be booked. Imabayashi told him he wouldn’t because he couldn’t beat Okatani last week. Tachibana threatened him into giving another match. Suddenly Nobuhiro Shimatani entered the room also demanding to be booked! He lost 15kg in weight since his last DDT appearance and thinks he deserves to be here more than Tachibana does. The two were about to fight when Imabayashi told them they can have a match on Day 1 of “WRESTLE PETER PAN”. Tachibana then admitted he thought that show was today.