DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018” Results

September 23, 2018

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018”, 23/09/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,279 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Makoto Oishi & Antonio Honda defeated Saki Akai & Yuni when Oishi pinned Yuni with a Sunset Flip (6:17).
0. Under Match ~ Booing 2018 New Member Audition: Mizuki Saijo defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga by Ring Out (13:04).
Order Of Elimination: Movie Star, Eririn Takagi, Henchin, ONAKIN, ZIMA Yoshida, Pulp Bonjin, Gundan Hitori & Kim Yocchan, 5th Tiger Mask (Self-Named), Big Bear, Monster Halloween, Momo Ne, Lingerie Muto, Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga.
*Everybody passed the audition.
1. Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase defeated Keisuke Ishii & Yuki Iino when Watase pinned Iino with the Back Drop (5:22).
2. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Tanomusaku Toba, Keisuke Okuda & Yumehito Imanari when Takanashi pinned Toba with a Cradle (6:03).
3. Ethan Page defeated Kazusada Higuchi with an Avalanche Power Slam (7:48).
4. Road To Ryogoku! 10-Man Elimination Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Yuki Ueno & Super Sasadango Machine (12:38).
4a. Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao eliminated HARASHIMA & Toru Owashi by Double Ring Out (3:58).
4b. Mad Paulie, Nobuhiro Shimatani and Super Sasadango Machine eliminated each other by Triple Ring Out (6:09).
4c. Kazuki Hirata eliminated Soma Takao by Ring Out (9:18).
4d. Tetsuya Endo eliminated Yuki Ueno with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (10:07).
4e. Kazuki Hirata eliminated Tetsuya Endo with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (10:07).
4f. Daisuke Sasaki eliminated Kazuki Hirata with the Cross Facelock (12:38).
5. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO (c) defeated Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei when MAO pinned Kei with the Cannonball 450 (9:00).
*V1 for The Moonlight Express.
6. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Jun Kasai, Sabu (w/ Super Genie) & Kikutaro when Takeshita pinned Kikutaro with the German Suplex (12:33).
7. KO-D Openweight Title – Survival 3 Way Match: Danshoku Dieno defeated Meiko Satomura (c) and Shigehiro Irie (20:01).
7a. Danshoku Dieno eliminated Shigehiro Irie with the Gaydo Clutch (16:09).
7b. Danshoku Dieno eliminated Meiko Satomura with the Danshoku Driver (20:01).
*Meiko Satomura fails in V1. Danshoku Dieno becomes the 67th KO-D Openweight Champion!

The bumpy road towards Sumo Hall took another crazy turn today when Danshoku Dieno reclaimed the KO-D Openweight Title! Dieno used all of his wits to pin both champion Meiko Satomura and enemy Shigehiro Irie in a Survival 3 Way Match to win the belt. Irie was eliminated first when Dieno stopped his Beast Bomber with the Lip Lock. That left Irie defenceless for Satomura to hit the Scorpio Rising. Dieno then rolled Irie over with the Gaydo Clutch to pin him for the three count. Satomura took control of the match until Dieno blocked the Scorpio Rising and hit his own Death Valley Bomb on the champion. From there the Danshoku Driver put Satomura down and out leading to the new champion crowned.

In all his honesty, Dieno never thought he could do it but now he gets to be in the “PETER PAN” main event for the first time in his career! But first he needed to settle his grudge with Irie. He knows that Irie was never the best with words but Dieno understands what Irie wanted ever since his return earlier this year. He knows Irie didn’t like what DDT has changed into and he fought to make his vision of DDT. Irie is a part of DDT and Dieno promises to carry Irie’s vision on his back as champion. Dieno is grateful for what Irie has done so rather than apologise, he wants to thank him instead. Dieno offered out a handshake. At first Irie refused but only because Dieno stuck out his right hand. Irie wanted to shake Dieno’s left hand because it is closer to his heart.

Dieno then called over to Satomura to bury the hatchet with her. He understands what Satomura was fighting for. The KO-D Title is not exclusive to men or women, it is indiscriminate. After today Satomura has a win over Dieno and Dieno has a win over Satomura. Now he wants to shake hands with the rival who he is tied with. Satomura shook Dieno’s left hand then shook hands with Irie as well. All of Dieno’s problems are over. Well, except for the “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” main event…

The Sumo Hall main event is now confirmed to be Danshoku Dieno Vs Daisuke Sasaki with the KO-D Title on the line. When Irie and Satomura left the ring, Sasaki entered to confront the new champion. This is what Sasaki hates about Dieno. He hates how Dieno unexpectedly achieved his dream of main eventing Sumo Hall. Sasaki hates people who talk about their dreams. He is also sick of Dieno being the symbol of DDT. At Sumo Hall, Sasaki wants to make Dieno cry instead. Dieno told Sasaki that the main event of Sumo Hall will exceed his imagination. So if Sasaki wants to take the title from Dieno and replace him as the symbol, he better be prepared!

Hardcore action was promised in the semi-main event. Kikutaro was ready for it because he had both Sabu and Jun Kasai on his team. All he asked was for ALL OUT to avoid touching the right side of his head because he legit just had ear surgery. Konosuke Takeshita chopped the ear and knocked Kikutaro out. Kikutaro had to be carried away from ringside but he eventually returned with his bandages wrapped around his mask. There were a lot of chairs used in the match thanks to Sabu’s valet Super Genie throwing them into the ring whenever Sabu requested one. Sabu put Takeshita through a table with a Top Rope Leg Drop and Kasai hit the Pearl Harbor Splash but Akito & Shunma Katsumata stopped the pin in time to continue the match. Kikutaro set Takeshita up for a Brainbuster but wasted time giving his usual match ending speech to the audience. Takeshita later put Kikutaro in position for the Deadlift German Suplex and he also wasted time speaking to the fans. Kikutaro rolled him over with a Samson Clutch for a nearfall. He then tried the Brainbuster but his back gave out. Takeshita was then able to hit the Deadlift German Suplex for the win.

With that match out of the way, the entire ALL OUT unit stood in the ring to discuss their current form. Yuki Iino says he is ALL OUT but hasn’t gotten used to teaming with the others yet. Takeshita said ALL OUT is now fully resurrected but they have no place on the “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” card with one month to go. If DDT isn’t going to give them a match then maybe they should go on the next episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” and do something about it. Takeshita was then cut off by the surprise appearance of the STRONG HEARTS! Out came CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Tian Yunan down to the ring. CIMA told Takeshita he watched the match he just had and felt there wasn’t enough fever in the ring. CIMA wants to know if Takeshita is still on a high level. Does he know what real pro wrestling is? The STRONG HEARTS took a midnight flight from Shanghai just to come here today and this is what they had to watch? Well CIMA has news for them. The STRONG HEARTS have their schedule free on 21st October, the same day DDT goes to Sumo Hall. What is ALL OUT going to do about it?

Takeshita sees where this is going. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS at Sumo Hall. A tag match would be fun but Takeshita wants something else. He wants to fight CIMA one on one! CIMA couldn’t believe the nerve of this kid calling him out. CIMA has been living in this ring for 21 years. Is Takeshita really prepared to wrestle him? We’ll find out because CIMA accepted the challenge! T-Hawk then took the microphone and demanded the remaining wrestlers in the two units face off in a 6-Man Tag Match. Three versus three is the perfect amount for him. Akito said there was no reason to refuse so that match is on too. Interim GM Tetsuya Koda announced both matches for 21st October in Sumo Hall. Takeshita then pointed out the next episode of Maji Manji is being held in Shibuya in two days time and he wants a special match there. El Lindaman suggested a full ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS 8-Man Tag Match so that every DDT fan and STRONG HEARTS fan could enjoy it. That match was agreed to. Takeshita noticed how STRONG HEARTS are going around the Japanese wrestling scene doing whatever they want. When they come to DDT, ALL OUT will be there to face them!

The Moonlight Express were lulled into a false sense of security when The Brahman Brothers started off their match offering handshakes. The Brahmans then spat water at the Express and attacked them to start the match. Buckets of water were placed around ringside and the two teams threw the buckets at each other and the audience. Mainly the audience. The Brahmans did their bowling ball suitcase spot but Mike Bailey & MAO recovered to do the Skylab Hurricane on Brahman Kei. They attempted the Michinoku Tornado Driver but it was stopped when Brahman Shu blinded both of them with black ink mist. The Brahmans took out a stop sign and tried to hit MAO with it but Kei ended up hitting Shu. MAO then popped a balloon in front of Kei’s face. The balloon turned out to be filled with powder and it blinded Kei! MAO & Bailey climbed the same top rope and together jumped off in different directions. Bailey Moonsaulted outside onto Shu while MAO jumped into the ring to hit the Cannoball 450 on Kei, pinning him to earn a successful defence of the KO-D Tag Team Titles. After the match as the Brahmans were leaving they said they gained new memories today. They also called the Midnight Express crazy! That means a lot coming from them.

Super Sasadango Machine had to reveal a secret to explain why he was teaming with DISASTER BOX today. He lifted up his mask to reveal he is Muscle Sakai! Sakai was a member of the original DISASTER BOX back in 2006 so that’s why he was out here teaming with the modern version. The eliminations in the 5 Vs 5 match mostly consisted of ring outs. Soma Takao blinded HARASHIMA with red mist. That allowed DAMNATION to easily eliminate HARASHIMA and also Toru Owashi at the same time. Sasadango sacrificed himself to eliminate Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani with him when all three were Dropkicked off the ring apron. Kazuki Hirata then evened the teams down to two each when he snuck onto the apron and knocked Takao to the floor with a Sliding Kick. Tetsuya Endo put DAMNATION back in the lead by pinning Yuki Ueno with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb. Hirata surprised Endo by pinning him with the Miracle One Shot Cradle, bringing the match down to Hirata and Sasaki. Hirata did what he could to pin Sasaki including attempting the Mad Splash. Sasaki blocked the splash with his knees and put Hirata in the Cross Facelock to make him submit. Sasaki wins the match as the sole survivor for DAMNATION! Backstage Sasadango told DISASTER BOX he will continue to support them because they are no good at studying their opponents.

Ethan Page made a statement in his return to Japan by beating Kazusada Higuchi. The power versus power match ended when Page gave Higuchi an over shoulder Power Slam from the top rope for the pin.

Keisuke Okuda announced at the beginning of the show that he is now a a full time member of the DDT roster starting today. He had his excuses for being on the losing team against Shuten-dōji. He’s fine teaming with Tanomusaku Toba because he knows how good he is with gloves on. It was Yumehito Imanari that was the weak link according to Okuda. Looking ahead to his new status, Okuda wants to face Yukio Sakaguchi in more matches.

The Philosopher’s Stomp from Jason Kincaid followed by the Back Drop from Mizuki Watase gave RENEGADES the victory in the show opener.

The New Member Audition for Booing 2018 gave a spotlight to many low level pro wrestlers from across the independent wrestling scene. Sanshiro Takagi and Tomomitsu Matsunaga took part in the match both as participants and as judges. We had Movie Star using a rubber swimming ring to trap his opponents, Gundan Hitori walking around Korakuen singing into a Coke bottle, Monster Halloween carrying a chainsaw down to the ring and even a surprise appearance from Lingerie Muto. The final four were Takagi, Matsunaga, Muto and Ehime Pro joshi wrestler Mizuki Saijo. Muto climbed the ropes to do the Moonsault but he slipped and bounced out of the ring. Takagi and Matsunaga ended up on the ring apron when they missed an attack on Saijo against the ropes. Saijo then grabbed her water gun and sprayed the two Booing wrestlers until they fell down to the floor. Saijo was declared the winner!

With the Battle Royal portion of the competition over, Sanshiro Takagi announced the judging results. Everyone passed! Their prize is a spot on “ALL DOIN”, a special event for indie wrestlers taking place at Shin-Kiba 1st RING on 9th November. Takagi then introduced the executive chairperson for the show. He is the student wrestling legend MEN’S Teioh! His role is to help everyone prepare for the show. Teioh was dismayed over the amount of shit being given to him but he knows he can find a diamond in there somewhere.

Yuni had Makoto Oishi pinned with a Hurricanrana but Antonio Honda poked him in the eyes with a Double Gongitsune Strike. Oishi then flipped Yuni over to pin him for the three count.

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~”, 21/10/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Mina Shirakawa DDT First Participation War! Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima
0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs X
1. Gauntlet Tag Match: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa Vs X
2. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James
3. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino Vs T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Tian Yunan
4. The Difference In 27 Years Of Age! Representative Director And President (48 Years Old) And Belonging Wrestler (21 Years Old) Waste Blood Washing Conflict Play – Final Settlement Weapon Rumble!: Sanshiro Takagi Vs MAO
5. Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
7. Dramatic Dream Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs CIMA
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

Meiko Satomura and Maki Ito will be on the card. Guys like HARASHIMA, Kasai and the RENEGADES are currently missing too.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #17” Results

September 11, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #17”, 11/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
165 Fans – No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match I: Keisuke Ishii defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Running Knee Attack (5:59).
0. NO TV Match II ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 4th NO TV Match!: Soma Takao defeated Makoto Oishi with the Gin And Tonic (9:56).
1. MAO defeated Ryan Davidson with the Peach☆Clutch (7:13).
2. HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazusada Higuchi when Owashi pinned Takanashi with a Collapsed La Magistral Cradle (8:43).
3. 3 Way Match: Jun Kasai defeated Antonio Honda and Kazuki Hirata when Kasai pinned Honda with the Pearl Harbour Splash (10:20).
4. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Akito & Yuki Iino defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Nobuhiro Shimatani attacked the referee (2:26).
4a. Rematch: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino defeated Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Takeshita pinned Shimatani with a Crucifix Pin (11:01).
5. Kota Umeda “Mad Dog” 7 Match Series – 5th Match: Shinya Aoki defeated Kota Umeda with a Foot Choke (6:42).
6. Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase defeated Meiko Satomura & Daisuke Sasaki when Irie pinned Satomura with the Beast Bomber (14:15).

The unusual pairing of Meiko Satomura and Daisuke Sasaki could not put aside their differences against RENEGADES. Sasaki kept trying to avoid being tagged in whenever he could. Satomura hit him hard when she was able to tag him. Sasaki did wrestle seriously against Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase but when the moment was right for him to betray Satomura, he took it. Sasaki hit Satomura with a Thrust Kick and left her for dead so Irie could hit her with the Beast Bomber. Satomura still had strength left in her and she proved it by kicking out of the Missile Kick Piledriver combo from RENEGADES. But another Beast Bomber from Irie put her down for the count. Irie told Satomura that there is a difference in power between men and women. She will be destroyed in Korakuen Hall to the point that she won’t get back up.

When Satomura left ringside, Irie’s promo was interrupted by a video message from Danshoku Dieno. In the message Dieno said he will get revenge on Irie for attacking him but he won’t be a coward. He will fight Irie face to face! Dieno’s music hit and RENEGADES faced the entrance waiting for Dieno to come out. Dieno snuck into the ring from a different angle and blinded everyone with Milk Mist! He then gave Irie the Danshoku Driver. Dieno got on the microphone and acted like he did what he promised. He attacked Irie head on. Now they have to wait until 23rd September for the Survival 3 Way Match. Dieno wonders if Satomura will survive today’s defeat and continue fighting? Will Irie rip apart two people in the ring? Whatever will happen, Dieno will come out of it as the KO-D Openweight Champion!

Kota Umeda kicked away Shinya Aoki’s hand when he was offered a handshake. Bad move! Aoki took Umeda’s kicks and grappled him down to the canvas. Umeda gained momentum with a Dragon Suplex, a Brainbuster and a PK but as soon as Aoki trapped him in a Foot Choke it was all over for Umeda.

Aoki thanked Umeda for the match then talked about the other reason why he stepped into the DDT ring today. Aoki wants to challenge HARASHIMA for the DDT Extreme Title! Aoki is aware that HARASHIMA will get to choose the match stipulation so he asked for the match rules to be sent to him within a week. He will accept either a hand written message or a PDF document. Tetsuya Koda and Hisaya Imabayashi argued over when to book the match and agreed to have it at the 21st October Korakuen show. HARASHIMA welcomed Aoki to the harsh world of EXTREME!

The DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT match was called off when Nobuhiro Shimatani interfered and struck Yukinori Matsui with the DAMNATION placard from the DNA Draft. Konosuke Takeshita stood up from the commentary table and confronted Shimatani. It’s not time for Takeshita’s official return from injury but he asked Koda if the match could restart as a 6-Man Tag with him and Shimatani both included. The match restarted and while Takeshita got his hands on Shimatani, DAMNATION quickly targeted his injured shoulder. It was clear that Takeshita wasn’t ready to return but he was still able to pin Shimatani with a Crucifix to get ALL OUT the win. Takeshita told Akito & Yuki Iino about his frustrations while he was out of action. Now that he is back he wants to wrestle at the rest of this week’s DDT shows.

Jun Kasai used his goggles to protect his eyes from Antonio Honda’s Shining Gongitsune attack. After he won the 3 Way Match, Kasai again got in trouble for talking about the Dramatic General Election while standing inside the ring.

You don’t use La Magistral Cradle on Toru Owashi. You just don’t! Masahiro Takanashi learned that the hard way. The return of DISASTER BOX is getting Owashi his groove back.

Ryan Davidson’s final match on his first tour of DDT ended in defeat to MAO. He got time to say goodbye to the crowd and promised he will be back.

Soma Takao ignored Makoto Oishi’s handshake after their match.

Keisuke Ishii won his match with a Running Knee Strike instead of the usual Kneel Kick.

DDT gave its first update for the Dramatic Election standings. DAMNATION are leading the Unit Election with 261 votes, Shuten-dōji are second with 185 votes and The Compliance are third with 128 votes. Over on the individual side, Maki Ito has stormed ahead of everyone else with 244 votes! The rest of the field making up the current Top 20 have between 68 down to 14 votes.


DDT “WE WILL HAVE OUR SECOND MEETING! 2018” Results

September 8, 2018

DDT “WE WILL HAVE OUR SECOND MEETING! 2018”, 08/09/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall
210 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Keisuke Ishii & MAO defeated Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani when MAO pinned Shimatani with the Michinoku Driver I (9:19).
2. Narimasu Three Big Single Match!: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Ryan Davidson with the Doctor Bomb (9:35).
3. Makoto Oishi & Keisuke Okuda defeated Akito & Yuki Iino when Oishi pinned Iino with a Jackknife Pin (6:50).
4. Narimasu Three Big Single Match!: Yumehito Imanari defeated Antonio Honda with a Samson Clutch (12:24).
5. Narimasu Three Big Single Match! ~ Loser DVD “Kazuki Hirata Exercise & Stretch” Purchased Falls Count Anywhere Match: Sanshiro Takagi (8) defeated Kazuki Hirata (1) (12:20).
5a. Sanshiro Takagi (1) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Lariat (0:08).
5b. Sanshiro Takagi (2) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Power Bomb (0:21).
5c. Sanshiro Takagi (3) submitted Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Back STF (0:39).
5d. Sanshiro Takagi (4) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) when Hirata was thrown into the ring post (1:57).
5e. Sanshiro Takagi (5) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Brainbuster (3:40).
5f. Sanshiro Takagi (6) submitted Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Cobra Twist (5:08).
5g. Sanshiro Takagi (7) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) with the Punk Free Avalanche Brainbuster (7:20).
5h. Sanshiro Takagi (8) pinned Kazuki Hirata (0) with a Dropkick (9:33).
5i. Kazuki Hirata (1) pinned Sanshiro Takagi (8) with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (12:20).
6. Shuten-dōji Vs RENEGADES!: Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase defeated KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi when Irie pinned Takanashi with the Beast Bomber (11:05).
7. DISASTER BOX Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie when Ueno pinned Paulie with a Frankensteiner (18:24).

Today’s result is a good sign for DISASTER BOX as they prepare for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match next month. HARASHIMA hit Mad Paulie with the Standing Somato, stunning Paulie long enough for Yuki Ueno to pin him with a Frankensteiner. HARASHIMA encouraged the newborn DISASTER BOX to rise rapidly and win the titles from DAMNATION!

DDT had 50 copies of Kazuki Hirata’s exercise DVD still in stock that they needed to get rid of. They were able to sell 41 of them up until today’s show and came to the conclusion that nobody else will buy the remaining copies. Sanshiro Takagi wanted Hirata to buy the remaining 9 copies but Hirata refused. They agreed to make their match a 60 minute time limit Falls Count Anywhere match set for 9 falls! Every time a wrestler lost a fall they are forced to buy a DVD for 3,000 yen a piece. All 9 falls had to be done within the 60 minutes. Takagi won the first 8 falls but failed to make a clean sweep when Hirata caught him in the Miracle One Shot Cradle to win the final fall. That was enough of a moral victory to satisfy Hirata. Plus he now gets 8 votes for the Dramatic General Election because he spent 24,000 yen at the DDT merch table! I guess there’s no rules prohibiting the contestants from buying their own voting ballots to vote for themselves.

The unlikely pairing of Makoto Oishi & Keisuke Okuda had trouble meshing together but they ultimately pulled it off in the end. Oishi positioned himself in front of Yuki Iino and provoked Okuda to come and kick him. Oishi dodged it and Okuda kicked Iino. Oishi then pinned Iino with a Jackknife.

After intermission Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga came out to make an announcement. They are displeased over Booing 2018 being left off the 23rd September Korakuen Hall show. They also noticed that DDT for the last few years has been light on showcasing independent wrestlers. DDT is owned by CyberAgent (in fact the Korakuen show takes place on the 1st anniversary of the sale) but they will always remember their past as an indie league. So they want to hold a special audition match on the Korakuen pre-show with the goal of recruiting new independent wrestlers, local wrestlers and student wrestlers for a massive dream indie show called “ALL DOIN”! Takagi is aware of the super indie show called “ALL IN” that recently took place in America. He admits this idea is probably a rip off. He wants anybody in Japan interested in taking part to DM him on social media with the hashtag #ALLDOIN.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16” Results

September 4, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16”, 04/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
145 Fans – No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match I ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 3rd NO TV Match!: Keisuke Ishii defeated Makoto Oishi with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (6:25).
0. NO TV Match II: Akito defeated Antonio Honda with the Scorpion Lock (8:39).
1. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi when Nakazawa pinned Ihashi after a Spicolli Driver from Takagi (8:38).
2. Saki Akai defeated Maki Ito with the Foot Choke (11:07).
3. Kazuki Hirata DISASTER BOX Assessment Match: Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata when Owashi pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle (10:08).
4. Jun Kasai & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Kasai pinned Shimatani with the Pearl Harbour Splash (11:44).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Takao pinned Takanashi with a School Boy (15:22).
*DAMNATION becomes the 35th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. Meiko Satomura, Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Shigehiro Irie, Ryan Davidson & Mizuki Watase when Satomura pinned Watase with the Death Valley Bomb (14:13).

Tempers are flaring between Meiko Satomura, Shigehiro Irie and Danshoku Dieno over their Survival 3 Way Match later this month. Dieno spent the entire show as part of the commentary team so he was in Irie’s direct line of sight when Irie came out for the main event. During an out of the ring brawl, Irie crashed into the commentary team with a Cannonball, wiping Dieno out. Back in the ring Satomura got the victory for her team by hitting Mizuki Watase with the Scorpio Rising followed by the Death Valley Bomb. When the match was over Dieno and Irie got into a fight until Satomura yelled at them to bring the fight into the ring. Satomura said she will beat the both of them at Korakuen Hall, no excuses. Dieno can complain about his shoulder injury all he wants. Satomura’s entire body is in pain after her matches but she never lets that hold her back.

An exciting trios match to determine the new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions was spoiled when Soma Takao blinded Masahiro Takanashi with red mist. A School Boy won the match and the belts for DAMNATION. Afterwards Daisuke Sasaki asked the new champions who they wanted their first defence to be against. Tetsuya Endo told him he wants to put in as weak an effort as possible. Sasaki declared that the challengers will be himself and Nobuhiro Shimatani. We never heard who the third wrestler was because DISASTER BOX interrupted him. HARASHIMA wants his unit to be the challengers. Hisaya Imabayashi didn’t have the power to choose so he left it up to the new DDT Producer Tetsuya Koda to decide. Koda asked DISASTER BOX to figure out which three of them would make up the team. A game of Rock, Paper, Scissors determined that the trio would be Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno. Koda accepted the trio and announce they will get their title match at Sumo Hall! Imabayashi wondered if it was too early to book the match this far in advance but Koda disagreed. The show is in a month and a half’s time so the card needs to be filling up right now!

Jun Kasai’s beginning of his new stay in DDT began with him renewing his grudge with Daisuke Sasaki. As they were fighting, two revealed they blocked each other on Twitter. Kasai demanded Sasaki to unblock and follow him. Shimatani stole Kasai’s goggles and attempted to give him the Pearl Harbour Splash but Kasai rolled out of the way. Kasai got his goggles back and hit his finisher on Shimatani to win. After the match Kasai almost disqualified himself from the Dramatic General Election because he talked about it inside the ring. It is against the rules to do that. Kasai again demanded Sasaki to unblock him on Twitter and follow his account.

It took a lot of struggle but Kazuki Hirata has been accepted into DISASTER BOX! Hirata wrestled seriously to try and impress the other members but the urge to grab a pair of Hirata GO! glasses could not be ignored. He never got to wear them because Owashi attacked him first. Instead HARASHIMA forced the glasses onto Owashi’s face when he tried to Power Bomb Hirata. That backfired because Owashi’s dancing was too powerful to fight against and he pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle. HARASHIMA tried to tell Owashi afterwards that what he did was an accident. Owashi asked Hirata if he will continue to use the glasses in his matches. Hirata honestly admitted he would. To the surprise of everyone, Owashi approved! He explained that these glasses represent the four years Hirata spent with T2Hide and that should never be forgotten. Hirata is in the unit! HARASHIMA started getting ideas of turning DISASTER BOX into more than just a wrestling unit. With Hirata involved they can now be a dancing and theatre group too!

Saki Akai wore new white ring gear for her match with Maki Ito. Akai also used a familiar looking Gogoplata Foot Choke to win the match. Ito made the same mistake as Kasai and mentioned the Dramatic Election during her post-match promo inside the ring. She had to have her mouth covered by the referee to stop talking.

Booing 2018 promised a big name for their mystery third member and it turned out to be Sanshiro Takagi! The big name is the Big President! Takagi turned on Gota Ihashi when they were on the verge of beating Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa. Takagi broke Ihashi’s pinfall and dropped Nakazawa on top of him with the Spicolli Driver. Takagi explained that every year Booing finishes last in the Dramatic Election and has to disband. This year Takagi is joining Booing 2018 to lift them up from the bottom and make some other unit split up for a change. Nakazawa then went to speak but Takagi kicked him down.

No Gongitsune from Antonio Honda this week. Instead he went all Hiroyoshi Tenzan on Akito by giving him the Tenzan Tombstone Driver and the Anaconda Vice. Akito escaped the submission and made Honda tap to the Scorpion Lock. Tenzan had a hold on one of Honda’s arms for leverage during the move.

Two members of The Compliance faced each other in the first dark match of the evening. It was a low pressure environment but Dieno warned Keisuke Ishii not to take it easy against Makoto Oishi because The Compliance does not accept low effort in their team. Dieno wanted Ishii to treat this match like a game of Fire Pro Wrestling. He also said that Oishi is really good at using the Stunner. Ishii didn’t believe him. During the match Oishi hit the Stunner and also the Miracle Ecstasy but Ishii kicked out. Ishii fought back and hit the High Angle Double Arm DDT to win. Dieno described the finish as Oishi getting Critical’d.

At the beginning of the show Takagi had news to give regarding the DDT Producer spot that Dieno resigned from last month. The Producer will be replaced by a new General Manager. The new GM is an extraordinary man who is witty, expressive and is well familiar with pro wrestling. It’s Tetsuya Koda, the representative of Tokyo Joshi Pro! Hisaya Imabayashi thought he would get the job instead and protested the decision. Takagi told Imabayashi he is still the Assistant Producer. Also Koda beat him in a wrestling match last month and that makes him more qualified.

An announcement was made about the return of the D-Ou Grand Prix tournament. The 2019 edition will in fact be held at the end of 2018 because the winner will get a KO-D Openweight Title shot in the main event of “JUDGEMENT 2019” in February. The round robin will begin on 30th November and the final will be held on 30th December.


DDT “CAMPSITE PRO WRESTLING 2018” Results

September 3, 2018

DDT “CAMPSITE PRO WRESTLING 2018 ~ HISTORY’S STRONGEST 40,000 TATAMI MOVEMENT DRAMATIC DREAM NATURE LAND TWINS AND THEIR YOUNGER BROTHER~”, 02/09/2018
Yamanashi Natureland Om
200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Falls Count Anywhere 6 Way Tag Match: Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei defeated Mike Bailey & MAO, HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie, Sanshiro Takagi & Michael Nakazawa and Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe when Shu pinned Bailey with the Zombie King on top of a car (87:03).

With summer coming to an end, DDT found the time to go camping at Yamanashi Natureland Om, the home of their Campsite Pro Wrestling matches. This time six teams of two would face off an cause havoc out in the woods. The action was followed by Hisaya Imabayashi, Haruo Murata and Konosuke Takeshita on commentary as they tried to catch up with all of the chaos.

Sanshiro Takagi & Michael Nakazawa arrived wearing Gundam costumes. Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe drove into the starting area on a scooter. The Brahman Brothers were the first to create trouble when they threw buckets of water and dirt at everyone.

The match began at the plaza and quickly found its way along the river. HARASHIMA and Kodaka fought their way towards a small waterfall and they were almost pushed off the edge. They avoided it and instead HARASHIMA suplexed Kodaka down a hill.

The Brahmans found a nearby restroom and pushed Nakazawa’s head into a toilet. They then brought Takagi towards an electric fence. Takagi was pushed into the fence and “explosions” were set off from the currents flowing through Takagi’s body.

Down at the bottom of the hill everybody found an unexpected figure. It was Yumehito Imanari acting like he was in the movie Commando. HARASHIMA disarmed Imanari and the wrestlers all forced him to flee the scene.

The match found its way to a hut where MAO and Yuki Ueno climbed up to the roof so they could attack everybody with water guns. The Brahmans got the upper hand and lined up along chain of wrestlers for their bowling ball spot. The word “Strike!” echoed throughout the area after they threw the ball. They then tried to shove a wooden stake up Nakazawa’s backside.

Kodaka & Abe returned to the plaza on their scooter and drove into Nakazawa. The Brahmans found a tent and set it on fire. It turned out the tent was being used by Ryan Davidson and he was pissed! Davidson went on a rampage attacking everybody. Mike Bailey & MAO stopped him and took him out with a Double Standing Moonsault on the remains of the tent.

Takagi found a can of mousse so he sprayed a lump of it onto his hands and set it on fire. He went to slap his target but missed and hit Nakazawa by accident.

The Brahmans were being so mean to people that they made a kid cry. HARASHIMA helped the kid kick them in the head for payback.

The match went on the move again and found its way to one of the highest points of the campsite. There they found the Sumo God Kazusada Higuchi accompanied by Nobuhiro Shimatani. Higuchi challenged everyone to beat him in a game of sumo and he defeated them all.

A frightful discovery was made nearby. The dead body of Makoto Oishi was found with his head next to a rock covered in his blood. Curiously, there was a blood stain next to his hand that looked like the letter M. Everyone assumed it was Michael Nakazawa until they saw both MAO and Yuki Ueno were covered in blood. HARASHIMA attacked them because they wouldn’t apologise for accidentally killing Oishi. Bailey & MAO both moonsaulted off of a shed while Abe prayed for Oishi.

The action went back to the plaza where everyone saw Ryan Davidson unconscious on the ground. They all thought he died too but he woke up and was again pissed off. This time Davidson picked up a log and placed it over his shoulders. He spun around hitting anyone who approached him. Higuchi reappeared and challenged Davidson to some sumo wrestling.

 

There was a chain of Headscissors…

Mad Paulie then turned it into one long Crab Hold.

Commando Imanari returned and took several people hostage in a nearby hut. Nakazawa, Shimatani and a Samurai! TV cameraman were all being held by him. Takagi rallied the other wrestlers to hold the hut under siege by shooting fireworks into it! The Brahmans joined in by throwing eggs at the hut. Nakazawa was freed but when he left the hut he suffered an Anal Explosion from a firecracker that was placed inside his tights!

A pile of wood was collected and made into a campfire. Takagi emerged riding the Dramatic Dream Cycle but crashed into the fire when everyone dodged him.

Everyone fought into a nearby pond and one by one the wrestlers did their trademark moves into the water. Tetsuya Endo was the last to jump with a Tornillo onto everybody.

 

The feud between Takagi and MAO then took to a new level never seen before in DDT. Takagi found a car and tried to run over MAO. In return MAO found another car and the two drove around trying to hit each other! MAO’s car stalled and that allowed Takagi to drive into him from the side! Takagi pulled MAO out of the car and gave him a Spiccoli Driver onto the bonnet. Endo placed Ueno on the hood of one of the cars and Paulie flattened Ueno with a Splash onto the hood.

Kodaka & Abe found pick axes and decided to relive the bonus stage of Street Fighter II. Everyone liked the idea and joined in trying to destroy the cars with their wrestling moves!

The Brahmans remembered there was a wrestling match going on so they attacked Bailey with a stop sign and threw a bucket of ink at him. Brahman Shu then gave Bailey the Zombie King onto the roof of the car and pinned him for the three count.

When the dust was settled Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei had a realisation. They are a tag team. Bailey & MAO are the KO-D Tag Team Champions. They should have do title match! MAO agreed then collapsed from exhaustion. Imabayashi announced the match will take place on the 23rd September Korakuen Hall show. Sanshiro Takagi then demanded a match with MAO. For months they have tried to kill each other by crazier and crazier methods. This grudge needs to be settled at Sumo Hall on 21st October in a Weapon Rumble! MAO accepted the match because the Weapon Rumble is the reason he became a pro wrestler in the first place. It must be fate that their final battle will be in that match. Takagi told him he would be bringing his car to Sumo Hall. Everybody then celebrated the end of today’s match by continuing to destroy the two cars.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONDOYAKI~” Results

August 19, 2018

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONDOYAKI~”, 19/08/2018
Osaka Nishi Kumin Center
232 Fans – No Vacancy

1. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Akito & Yuki Iino defeated Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Akito pinned Shimatani with the Hanamasa (8:40).
2. My Study Of Toughness ~ Yuni’s Study Of Freedom: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Yuni defeated Antonio Honda, Masahiro Takanashi & Hisaya Imabayashi when Yuni pinned Imabayashi with a School Boy (10:25).
3. Keisuke Okuda defeated Yuki Ueno by Knockout with a Left High Kick (9:45).
4. Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Bailey pinned Iwasaki after the Michinoku Tornado Driver (8:09).
5. Akkun Makorin Dangerous Affair Once A Year 2018: KUDO defeated Makoto Oishi with the Backspin Kick (10:42).
6. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Shigehiro Irie, Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid when Sasaki submitted Kincaid with the Cross Facelock (15:35).
7. King Of DDT 2018 Best 8 Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Keisuke Ishii when Hirata pinned Sakaguchi with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (17:23).

The finish to the main event had Yukio Sakaguchi missing the God’s Right Knee on Kazuki Hirata. HARASHIMA hit Sakaguchi into the turnbuckles with the Somato then Hirata got the win with the Miracle One Shot Cradle. HARASHIMA was full of praise for Hirata’s accomplishment today. HARASHIMA added that he gave him an assist but still, pinning Sakaguchi is the kind of momentum Hirata needs for the King Of DDT finale next weekend. Hirata ended the show with his “TOKYO GO!” dance because it is rare for him to win a main event match in Osaka. Sakaguchi was so surprised by the result he thought he was dreaming.

KUDO and Makoto Oishi had their annual singles match together with KUDO coming out as the victor. KUDO called the match fun but Oishi is annoyed that he only has one win in the series so far. He doesn’t know when or where their match in 2019 will take place but he will train like mad to prepare for it. KUDO raised a toast to celebrate Oishi’s upcoming marriage.

Antonio Honda complained about being in a 2 Vs 3 Handicap Match. He was told that Yuni was allowed to take part because his school is currently on its summer vacation. Honda said that children are the treasure of Japan but he and Masahiro Takanashi were still going to have a numbers disadvantage. Honda had an idea to even the numbers. He wanted Hisaya Imabayashi to join his team! Imabayashi tried to decline but he was stripped of his suit, revealing he was wearing wrestling trunks underneath. Imabayashi was convinced to take part and the match became 3 Vs 3. He took Yuni lightly until Yuni tripped him with a kick and put him in an Armbar. Imabayashi somehow had better luck fighting against Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi but was pinned by a School Boy from Yuni.

Keisuke Okuda interrupted the announcement of the next Osaka show to demand entry into this year’s Dramatic General Election! With DNA now gone, Okuda wants to move on and leave his mark in DDT. Earlier in the show Okuda defeated Yuki Ueno by High Kicking him to death.


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14” Results

August 14, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14”, 14/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
240 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match: Soma Takao defeated Mizuki Watase with the Sorarina (7:22).
0. NO TV Match: Ryan Davidson & Facade defeated Toru Owashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Davidson pinned Shimatani with the Davidson Driver (8:25).
1. Akito & Gota Ihashi defeated Yuki Ueno & Yuki Iino when Akito submitted Iino with a Modified Leg Lock (7:23).
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Meiko Satomura defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi & Cherry when Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising (7:05).
*Meiko Satomura wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:07).
4. Road to King Of DDT 2018 3rd Round 4 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey, Yukio Sakaguchi & MAO and Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata when Endo pinned Hirata with a Swan Dive 450 Splash (10:20).
5. RENEGADES Vs DAMNATION!: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie when Irie pinned Paulie with the Beast Bomber (19:20).
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Shigehiro Irie (c) with the Gaydo Clutch (1:37).
*Super Sasadango Machine gives his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract to Danshoku Dieno. Shigehiro Irie fails in V1. Danshoku Dieno cashes in his Right To Challenge Gauntlet. Danshoku Dieno becomes the 65th KO-D Openweight Champion!

Today’s episode sparked plenty of changes in the DDT landscape. There was the planned roster switch-up freshening up some of the units but some added surprises completely changed the course of as we head towards the King Of DDT finale. Things seemed normal during the main event. Shigehiro Irie made his first appearance in DDT since his latest US tour and after the title loss incident in Ohio he had the KO-D Openweight Title with him safe and sound. He and Jason Kincaid were victorious over Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie but it was a close call. Irie kicked out of a Double Choke Slam and the Reverse Splash. It was only when he hit a desperate Beast Bomber to Paulie that he was able to win the match. Ishikawa said he got to have a strong match after spending time away from DDT. He told everyone when he is the Triple Crown Champion he would like to face Irie again.

When DAMNATION left the ring, Meiko Satomura came out with her eyes set on Irie. With the yellow Right To Challenge Gauntlet in her possession, Satomura challenged Irie to a title match on the 28th August episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI”! An exhausted Irie got up and accepted the challenge. But when they were about to shake hands, Danshoku Dieno interrupted them with important news. Producer Dieno will not accept Irie Vs Satomura as the next KO-D Title match because the next title match will happen right now! Dieno then suddenly pulled out the blue Gauntlet belonging to Super Sasadango Machine. A video played on the screen of Sasadango announcing that he is giving his Gauntlet to Dieno as a gift. It now belongs to Dieno and he is cashing it in straight away!

The match began and Dieno immediately gave Irie the Danshoku Driver several times. Irie kicked out of them and fought back. He hit the Beast Bomber but when Irie went for the pin, Dieno caught him in the Gaydo Clutch and pinned him! Danshoku Dieno is the new KO-D Champion! A furious Irie had to be held back by the rest of RENEGADES until they finally got him to leave the ring. He still tossed a chair from the front row at Dieno as he was leaving. Dieno taunted Irie by telling him what he did today was all in the rules. Dieno waited so long and played the good boss all this time so he could pull this off. This plan was why Dieno did not enter King Of DDT this year. He may be the weakest champion of any wrestling company right now but that doesn’t matter. He is going straight to the main event of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” as the champion! Just one problem. Meiko Satomura is still here with the last Right To Challenge Gauntlet (more about that below) and her intention to challenge the champion on 28th August still stands. She told Dieno she will win the KO-D Title, defend it against Irie and then defend it at the main event of Sumo Hall!

The DNA Draft and resulting roster reshuffle took place at the start of the episode. It was already decided that Daiki Shimomura would join BASARA and Kouki Iwasaki would join Ganbare☆Wrestling. Rekka also announced he will be leaving Japan for a while so he will not be transferring to another brand. The remaining DNA wrestlers were given the chance to nominate the group or unit they wished to join and it would be up to those groups to accept them or not. Some of the obvious moves were made first. Mizuki Watase chose RENEGADES (side note: Ryan Davidson has also joined the unit) and Shunma Katsumata picked ALL OUT. No surprises there. MAO wants to continue teaming with Mike Bailey so he picked the default DDT Sekigun group. Yuki Ueno also picked DDT. Naomi Yoshimura didn’t pick anybody. Instead he will go wherever he wants, whenever he wants. Konosuke Takeshita of all people asked him to join ALL OUT instead. Yoshimura declined because he has no motivation to fight with them. He’d rather fight against them. Yuki Iino asked if he could join ALL OUT. Akito wasn’t convinced so he would use their match later as an audition. Kota Umeda chose to stick with DDT. He will be on the same side as his old unit Shuten-dōji and he wants to set a fire under his former older brothers. Nobuhiro Shimatani declared himself the leader of DAMNATION but Daisuke Sasaki said the unit doesn’t need him. Shimatani then nominated Tokyo Joshi Pro but their producer Tetsuya Koda outright refused him. Shimatani went back to DAMNATION and promised to find a beautiful blonde woman for Sasaki, cook delicious meat for Mad Paulie, handcraft a new ring costume for Soma Takao, give Tetsuya Endo a better haircut than the one he currently has and teach new songs to Shuji Ishikawa. Sasaki finally gave in and inducted Shimatani into DAMNATION, but only as a temporary manager. Good enough!

In the middle of the draft, T2Hide announced they are splitting up. Kazuki Hirata is doing well without them although he protested the decision. HARASHIMA approached Toru Owashi and asked him to reform Disaster BOX, their old unit from the 2000s. Owashi liked the idea but they needed a third member to make them a unit. They nominated Yuki Ueno. He has no idea what Disaster BOX is or how important they are in DDT’s history but ok, he’ll join them instead of the default DDT side.

Now all of that craziness has been touched upon, let’s get into the rest of the show. The eight remaining King Of DDT participants met in an 4-Way Tag Match. Some of the pairings were unusual and led to a mix up. MAO & Mike Bailey were on two different teams but in the heat of the action they worked together to wipe out a few of the other wrestlers with a Double Moonsault to the outside. Kazuki Hirata tried to continue his miracle run by going straight at Tetsuya Endo with Cradles but in the end he was pinned by Endo with a Swan Dive 450 Splash. Despite winning the match, Endo says he does not feel any momentum from today’s result. That stuff means nothing when you’re only in the Quarter Finals.

Judging from his earlier performance on the episode you wouldn’t have thought Dieno would end up as champion by the end of it. He got into his usual shenanigans with Antonio Honda against KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi. Honda’s double Gongistune backfired when KUDO & Takanashi grabbed both of his hands and made Honda poke himself in both eyes. They then finised him off with the Takatonic followed by the Diving Double Knee Drop.

It turns out the Right To Challenge Gauntlet rules do apply overseas. Meiko Satomura apologised to the fans for losing the red Gauntlet during her recent visit to America for the Mae Young Classic. I’d go into more detail about the possible consequences for that but it veers into spoiler territory and I’m not in the mood to get into arguments about that right now. To make up for it Satomura made it her goal today to win another Gauntlet so she can challenge for the KO-D Title. Good thing she was in a match against the holder of the yellow Gauntlet Makoto Oishi. Satomura pinned Oishi with the Scorpio Rising and now holds the last remaining Right To Challenge Gauntlet in Japan. Before this match Sanshiro Takagi said if his team won then he would set up the Meiko Young Classic, a tournament for all women wrestlers over the age of 40. Meiko Satomura is 38.

Iino impressed ALL OUT enough in his match to be accepted into their unit. He hit Akito with the Spear but Akito grabbed onto Iino’s leg and pulled him down into a Leg Lock to make him submit.

There was an extra special guest appearing on the show this week. Rintaro Oyaizu from Season 2 of The Bachelor Japan greeted everyone and very quickly attracted attention from several wrestlers. Cherry, Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku and Maki Ito all entered the ring wanting to woo Oyaizu. They all agreed to fight each other in a 4 Way Match on 28th August with the winner getting a date with The Bachelor.