Tokyo Joshi In King Of Trios, Brahmans Challenge For Tag Titles, Weapon Rumble Returns

September 3, 2018

Over the weekend Tokyo Joshi Pro sent over three of their best to America so they can enter Chikara’s annual King Of Trios tournament in Easton, Pennsylvania. This year’s edition of the tournament was Star Wars themed so Miyu Yamashita, Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki were called the Tokyo Joshi Freedom Fighters. On Night 1 they main evented the show by beating The Shimmer Collective of Madison Eagles, Shazza McKenzie, and Jessica Troy. Sakazaki pinned McKenzie with the Magical Magical Girl Splash. On Night 2, the Freedom Fighters won again by defeating The New Republic of Los Ice Creams and Kikutaro when Yamashita pinned Kikutaro with the Crash Rabbit Heat. Sadly on Night 3 the girls were eliminated in the semifinals by Australia’s Ancient Order of the Nations consisting of Mick Moretti, Jack Bonza, and Adam Hoffman. Nakajima was pinned by Hoffman after the Order used their version of the Anthill triple team finisher.

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16”, 04/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. NO TV Match I ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 3rd NO TV Match!: Makoto Oishi Vs Keisuke Ishii
0. NO TV Match II: Akito Vs Antonio Honda
1. Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa
2. Saki Akai Vs Maki Ito
3. Kazuki Hirata DISASTER BOX Assessment Match: HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata Vs Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno
4. Jun Kasai & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. Meiko Satomura, Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Shigehiro Irie, Ryan Davidson & Mizuki Watase

We’re getting pre-show matches this week after all.

Danshoku Dieno will not be wrestling again until the 23rd September Korakuen Hall show so he can recover from his current shoulder injury as best as he can for the Survival 3 Way KO-D Openweight Title Match.

DDT “WE WILL HAVE OUR SECOND MEETING! 2018”, 08/09/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Narimasu Three Big Single Match!: Antonio Honda Vs Yumehito Imanari
2. Narimasu Three Big Single Match!: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Kazuki Hirata
3. Narimasu Three Big Single Match!: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Ryan Davidson
4. Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Keisuke Ishii & MAO
5. Akito & Yuki Iino Vs Makoto Oishi & Keisuke Okuda
6. Shuten-dōji Vs RENEGADES!: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase
7. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno

Sanshiro Takagi and Kazuki Hirata collide for the first time since T2Hide’s demise.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TORA NO SHUIN~”, 09/09/2018
Kanagawa Odawara Arena Sub Arena

1. Kazuki Hirata Vs Mizuki Watase
2. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yuki Iino
3. Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi Vs Akito & Tomomitsu Matsunaga
4. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno
5. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo Vs KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & MAO
6. Antonio Honda & Makoto Oishi Vs Keisuke Ishii & Yoshihiko
7. Odawara Specialty! Kamaboko Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Jun Kasai Vs Shigehiro Irie & Ryan Davidson

Two of the most decorated wrestlers on the Japanese scene today team up for the first time in DDT in the main event.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018”, 23/09/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Jun Kasai, Sabu & X Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO (c) Vs Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
3. KO-D Openweight Title – Survival 3 Way Match: Meiko Satomura (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie Vs Danshoku Dieno

The Brahman Brothers won the Campsite Pro Wrestling match during the weekend and asked for a KO-D Tag Team Titles shot. They were right to because they pinned the champions to win that match.

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

1. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James
2. Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda
3. 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
4. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

Takagi and MAO’s feud this year has escalated from MAO hitting Takagi with a van to Takagi crashing a car into another car with MAO still inside. It all happened within the context of wrestling matches so somehow no crimes were caused. Funny how that works. The efforts of both men to prove that they are the craziest wrestler in DDT is getting too much for everyone else to handle so a final battle has to take place. The dreaded Weapon Rumble is what’s needed to determine who is crazier. MAO claims this is the match stipulation that made him want to be a DDT wrestler.

Meiko Satomura, Tanomusaku Toba, Keisuke Okuda and Maki Ito are all booked on the show.


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 “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #15” Results

August 28, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #15”, 28/08/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
220 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. NO TV Match I ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 2nd NO TV Match!: Makoto Oishi defeated Antonio Honda with a Reverse Cradle (4:39).
0. NO TV Match II ~ DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Akito & Yuki Iino when Paulie pinned Iino with the Reverse Splash (8:51).
1. Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Kazuki Hirata when Bailey pinned Hirata with a Buzzsaw Kick (7:50).
2. Shigehiro Irie, Mizuki Watase & Ryan Davidson defeated KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Keisuke Ishii when Irie pinned Takanashi with the Beast Bomber (8:46).
3. 2nd Generation Bachelor Rintaro Oyaizu Dating Rights 4 Way Match: Cherry defeated Yuna Manase, Maki Ito and Yuki Kamifuku when Cherry pinned Kamifuku with the Spring Night Love (7:20).
4. Special Single Match: Shinya Aoki defeated Gota Ihashi with a Foot Choke (4:22).
5. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani when HARASHIMA pinned Shimatani with the Somato (9:22).
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Meiko Satomura defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with the Scorpio Rising (11:56).
*Danshoku Dieno fails in V1. Meiko Satomura cashes in her Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet. Meiko Satomura becomes the 66th KO-D Openweight Champion!

The entire direction of DDT on the road towards Sumo Hall took a massive shift today when Meiko Satomura defeated Danshoku Dieno to become the first ever female KO-D Openweight Champion! There were no games or tricks up Dieno’s sleeve for this match, he took the fight to Satomura as hard as he ever did. Even the Danshoku Nightmare used during the match was performed more like a heavy Sit Down Splash rather than just the usual humiliating squats. Satomura targeted Dieno’s shoulder but struggled when Dieno’s size advantage came into play, allowing him to absorb her kicks. The one thing Dieno didn’t count on was Satomura’s determination. She kicked out of three different Danshoku Drivers: the standard version, the Gotch-Style version and a Screwdriver version. A Vertical Drop Brainbuster did big damage to Satomura’s neck but Dieno didn’t go for the cover. Instead he went to puch Satomura into the corner with his Ippatsu move. Normally that would be a hip thrust but since his opponent was a woman, he kicked her into the corner instead. That had no effect and Satomura backed into him with an Overhead Kick. The critical moment came when Satomura did the Scorpio Rising and hit Dieno’s injured shoulder. With Dieno to hurt to defend himself, Satomura used all her power to give him a Death Valley Driver then hit one more Scorpio Rising direct to Dieno’s head for the three count.

Satomura celebrated becoming the first woman to hold the KO-D Title. Dieno requested a rematch but Satomura told him there is already somebody else she wants to defend the belt against. Shigehiro Irie! Satomura had wanted that match to be for the belt before Dieno pulled off his plan. Irie however cannot accept it. There is one thing he wants more than to win back the KO-D Title and main event Sumo Hall. He wants a singles match with Dieno, the man he blames for changing the DDT that he loved into something else! Satomura took offence to this and asked if Irie is running away from her challenge. The arguing continued until Sanshiro Takagi came down to the ring to sort it out. After congratulating Satomura for her accomplishment today, he looked at the story unfurling in front of him. Satomura wants to fight Irie, Irie wants to fight Dieno and Dieno wants to main event Sumo Hall as the champion. Takagi’s solution is a 3 Way Elimination Match with the championship on the line at the 23rd September Korakuen Hall show! The winner will without any doubt go on to main event “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” in October.

With the match agreed upon by all parties, Satomura was left to close out the show with her victory speech. She will soon become the centerpiece of Sumo Hall. She told the women of the world that the time to endure is already over. She will rise to fight the strongest men and women as the first ever female KO-D Champion!

The return of DISASTER BOX is off to a good start. HARASHIMA has an idea to improve the group and that’s to invite Kazuki Hirata to join them! Toru Owashi didn’t approve of the idea because he thought he would never have to deal with Hirata ever again. HARASHIMA cited Hirata’s performance in the King Of DDT tournament as well as a recent pinfall victory over Yukio Sakaguchi as the reasons to give him a chance. That success also got Hirata coverage in the latest issue of Shukan Puroresu so he has to be a good wrestler now. Yuki Ueno was neutral about the idea but Owashi was against it. Everyone agreed to a tag team match on next week’s episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” to determine if Hirata can join. It will be HARASHIMA & Hirata Vs Owashi & Ueno.

At first the size difference between Gota Ihashi and Shinya Aoki worked in Ihashi’s favour. He was able to stay standing from a Sleeper Hold and then squash Aoki with a Splash. It all went wrong when Ihashi missed a Moonsault and was open for Aoki to tap him out with a Foot Choke. When the two were finished thanking each other for the match, Kota Umeda entered the ring and challenged Aoki to a match as part of Umeda’s “Mad Dog” series. Aoki asked if Umeda had recovered from his injury and the two agreed to a bout for the 17th September episode of Maji Manji. Umeda promises it will be a way more serious match compared to what Aoki experienced today.

Cherry won the 4 Way Match but was surprised to find out it didn’t mean she would get to date Rintaro Oyaizu from The Bachelor. When Hisaya Imabayashi put the match together he never agreed to the stipulation that the winner automatically gets Oyaizu. Instead Oyaizu would get to choose whoever impressed him the most. In a shocking twist, Oyaizu apologised to all of the women in the ring because there is another attractive woman he saw today working as the lighting assistant at ringside. The assistant revealed herself to be Aja Kong! She got the lighting assistant job because DDT stopped booking her to wrestle. When Kong and Oyaizu left to go out on their date to any place that has meat, the four women in the ring all attacked Imabayashi for wasting their time.

The combined firepower of the RENEGADES were too much for KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Keisuke Ishii to handle. Mizuki Watase has added the Koji Cutter to his moveset and he shouts “Kojikoji-kun” during the move. Takanashi was pummeled with a Lariat from Ryan Davidson, a corner to corner Dropkick from Watase and then the Beast Bomber from Irie for the finish.

Kazusada Higuchi encouraged Hirata to wear the Hirata GO! glasses during their tag match because he wanted to see him dance. Hirata didn’t want to do it because he was going to win without them. So Higuchi knocked him out of the way and wore the glasses himself. Higuchi’s dancing was very different but was fun enough to get Mike Bailey & MAO also involved. The weird dancing annoyed Hirata and distracted him enough to get rolled into a School Boy. Hirata kicked out but then got pinned by a Buzzsaw Kick from Bailey. After the match Bailey & MAO announced their new team name. They are now the Moonlight Express! The name came about because both of them would like to go to the moon where there is less gravity. They can then jump very high like they do on trampolines.

Yuki Iino was building up momentum when he hit Mad Paulie with the Spear. He went to repeat the move but the second Spear was blocked by Paulie’s Lou Thesz Press. A Backflip and the Reverse Splash got DAMNATION the win over ALL OUT.

Antonio Honda’s Gongitsune went badly wrong to the point where his hand got stuck pinching his own nipple. Honda had to go out into the audience to get help letting go.

Some unit organisations were made for the Dramatic General Election. Dieno formed The Compliance with Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda, Kazusada Higuchi and Super Sasadango Machine as the other members. Each member has a different role in the group all with the goal of keeping DDT under control and out of trouble. Oishi’s job is to crack down on wrestlers’ romantic relationships with women, Honda is cracking down on animal cruelty, Higuchi is cracking down on anti-social behaviour and Sasadango is cracking down on internet flame wars.

Tomomitsu Matsunaga announced that he and the currently absent Michael Nakazawa are bringing back Booing for their annual election run. This time around Ihashi will not be a part of the group. Instead Matsunaga promises a super big mystery wrestler will join himself and Nakazawa to form Booing 2018. Nakazawa is also a last second entry in the singles portion of the election. He just missed the cutoff date but DDT decided to let him in because they think he isn’t going to get many votes anyway.


DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2018 FINAL ROUND” Results

August 26, 2018

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2018 FINAL ROUND”, 26/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,033 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Crab Hold (8:09).
1. T2Hide Goodbye Series Final Match ~ Lucha Libre Rules: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Akito, Yuki Iino, Gorgeous Matsuno & Saki Akai when Hirata pinned Iino with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (10:01).
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated MAO with a Modified Yurikamome Hold (9:45).
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Semi Final: Daisuke Sasaki defeated HARASHIMA with a Crucifix Pin (10:20).
4. No Touch 4 Way Tag Match: Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei, KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi and Keisuke Ishii & Mike Bailey when Takao pinned Takanashi with the Gin And Tonic (6:46).
5. Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Super Sasadango Machine defeated Shigehiro Irie, Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase when Dieno submitted Watase with the Meiko Killer II/Homo Naciente (4:47).
6. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami, Antonio Honda & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Gota Ihashi & Yuki Ueno when Fujinami submitted Ihashi with the Dragon Sleeper (9:39).
7. King Of DDT 2018 – Final: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Tetsuya Endo with the Crossover Facelock (21:36).

Daisuke Sasaki is the winner of King Of DDT 2018! For the last three years DAMNATION has dominated the tournament and this year was the exclamation point because both Sasaki and last year’s winner Tetsuya Endo reached the final. Sasaki ordered Endo to lay down and take an easy pin at the beginning of the final but Endo kicked out at two and tried to steal the win from his leader. From there both men fought each other with the truest of intentions to win. Endo used the Yurikamome Hold that got him past the semi-final earlier but Sasaki reached the ropes. Endo surprised everyone by countering the Crossface into a Paulie Buster! Sasaki took everything that Endo could throw at him and wouldn’t be beaten. He blocked the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds and on the turnbuckles and turned the move into an Avalanche Pedigree! From there, Sasaki locked in the Crossover Facelock and made Endo submit.

Sasaki’s prize is 1,000,000 yen and a year’s worth of BLACK OUT energy drink. More importantly than that he now gets the main even KO-D Openweight Title match at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018”! Sasaki called Endo strong then asked him who is stronger? Endo admitted it’s Daisuke Sasaki. With the next KO-D Title match taking place on Tuesday, Sasaki said he doesn’t care if the champion is Danshoku Dieno or Meiko Satomura. He will take the championship from either of them at Sumo Hall! When Sasaki was done speaking, Nobuhiro Shimatani excitedly tried to rally the fans to support the 2018 King Of DDT, “Charisma” Daisuke Sasaki! He was then cut off with a Low Blow by Sasaki. When Sasaki wins the KO-D Title, he will not be crying like other people because he will always be angry. 2016. 2017. 2018. DAMNATION will always be on top!

Sasaki’s path to the final saw him overcome HARASHIMA in the semi-final by the skin of his teeth. He countered a Cross Armbreaker into a Crucifix Pin to steal the win away from HARASHIMA. Disappointed by the result, HARASHIMA assured himself that he will get a chance to become KO-D Champion again some day, it just won’t be at Sumo Hall in October.

Endo had to get past MAO in his semi-final and almost made a quick job of it when he hit the Tetsuya In The Sky early. Endo avoided the Cannonball 450 and rolled a Hurricanrana into the Yurikamome Hold to make MAO give up. For MAO the defeat gives him something to think about. He never thought he would lose to the man he pinned to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles a month ago.

The return of Tatsumi Fujinami to DDT turned out to be a big occasion for a few people. Yuki Ueno debuted new white gear with the words “Deltoid Biceps” on the front of the trunks and “Latissimus Dorsi Muscle” on the back. Gota Ihashi also got to step in the ring against one of the greats and prove he is worthy of being a pro wrestler. Although Fujinami defeated him, Fujinami liked what he saw. Fujinami then made a big promise for Ihashi. Next time he will bring Riki Choshu to him! In a backstage interview after the match Fujinami found it funny that he got to team with an Antonio and a Sakaguchi again. Antonio Honda even did the Enzuigiri as part of the finish.

Dieno came up with a sneaky tactic to get his team the win over RENEGADES. Dieno and Super Sasadango Machine switched costumes before the match with Sasadango using a towel to cover his head until the disguises were blown. Still, Dieno used the F5 on Jason Kincaid and then put Mizuki Watase in the Sol Naciente to make him submit. Normally Dieno would name that move the Homo Naciente but with his KO-D Title defence against Meiko Satomura coming up on Tuesday he’s calling it the Meiko Killer II! He now has two Meiko Killer moves with one more being kept secret.

After the match Shigehiro Irie grabbed the microphone and demanded Dieno’s attention. Irie isn’t worrying about regaining the KO-D Title for now. Instead he just wants a singles match with Dieno. Unfortunately for him Dieno had a surprise announcement to make. He resigned as DDT Producer yesterday. Now that he is KO-D Champion and has a spot in the Sumo Hall main event he no longer needs the Producer role. He can’t have a singles match with Irie because he no longer has the power to book it! A furious Irie hit Dieno with the Beast Bomber and then destroyed his shoulder with the Pentagon Jr. Armbreaker. Irie ranted backstage that he will kill Dieno!

Match #4 was a mess thanks to the Brahman Brothers. They threw eggs and buckets of water at everyone. Mike Bailey wore one of the buckets over his head and took over the Brahman’s usual bowling ball suitcase spot. Gorgeous Matsuno got involved in the match to help the Brahmans but got accidentally blinded by their ink spray. Mad Paulie took the ink and sprayed it in Masahiro Takanashi’s face so Soma Takao could win with the Gin And Tonic.

It’s back to business as usual for Kazuki Hirata. His dance entrance was stopped by everyone else in the match attacking him. Then all of the ringside attendants attacked him. Then all of the DDT staff attacked him. Then the Don Quijote mascot who was there for sponsorship reasons waddled into the ring and attacked him. Later in the match Gorgeous Matsuno tried to sing until Akito Suplexed him mid-song. Everybody put on Hirata GO! glasses and started dancing until Matsuno sang again. Hirata then pinned Yuki Iino to end the match. Since today was T2Hide’s final match together, Hirata asked Sanshiro Takagi and Toru Owashi to dance with him one last time. The music began and Hirata danced while Takagi & Owashi both broke down into tears, hugged each other and left the ring ignoring Hirata.

Kouki Iwasaki survived the Standing Shooting Stars from Nobuhiro Shimatani to submit him with a Crab Hold.

The show began with big news that Jun Kasai will become a regular part of DDT shows beginning on 4th September! His first major match of this tenure will be on 23rd September at Korakuen Hall when Kasai teams up with Sabu and a mystery partner to face ALL OUT. Kasai wants to show DDT fans things they have never seen before. He also realises he will be a part of Konosuke Takeshita’s first match back from injury and warns that Takeshita might break again when they fight each other. Kasai finished the announcement by declaring his entry into the Dramatic General Election.

A big match was announced for “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018”. I mean literally because the match is Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda! Sasadango informed everyone that this panda eats 40kg of bamboo a day and it puts bamboo at risk of becoming endangered. He promises to crush Andreza when they clash!


DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND” Results

August 25, 2018

DDT “KING OF DDT 2018 3RD ROUND”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
718 Fans

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Kouki Iwasaki, Daiki Shimomura & Rekka defeated Toru Owashi, Yuki Ueno, Akito & Yuki Iino when Iwasaki pinned Iino with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (6:55).
2. DAMNATION Vs RENEGADES!: Mizuki Watase, Jason Kincaid & Ryan Davidson defeated Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Davidson pinned Shimatani with the Davidson Driver (9:58).
3. Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Super Sasadango Machine defeated KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Gorgeous Matsuno when Dieno submitted Matsuno with the Meiko Killer III (7:43).
4. Special Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Taiyo Kea defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when Irie pinned Honda with the Beast Bomber (12:47).
5. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: MAO defeated Mike Bailey with the Cannonball 450 (11:33).
6. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (12:22).
7. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: HARASHIMA defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with the Somato (14:59).
8. King Of DDT 2018 – Quarter Final: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Keisuke Ishii with the Crossover Facelock (22:49).

We’re down to four in the King Of DDT. Tomorrow sees MAO, Tetsuya Endo, HARASHIMA and Daisuke Sasaki battle it out in the final rounds. But today they all went through some tough matches. In the main event Sasaki dug deep into his moveset to beat Keisuke Ishii. At one point he Superplexed Ishii out of the ring onto DAMNATION outside the ring. Sasaki kicked out of the Tiger Suplex, Final Cut and High Angle Double Arm DDT. In return, Sasaki avoided the Kneel Kick to hit the NOW OR NEVER. He then performed the Italian DDT from his Sasaki & Gabbana days before making Ishii submit to the Crossover Facelock.

HARASHIMA avoided the God’s Right Knee more often than not in his match against Yukio Sakaguchi. The vital moment came when he cut off Sakaguchi’s finisher with a short range Somato. HARASHIMA then hit the full length version to get the win.

The miracle run for Kazuki Hirata has ended at the Quarter Final stage. Endo made fun of him for being the underdog but Hirata really brought the fight to him. Hirata countered the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb by tightening his grip around Endo’s head so he could apply a Headlock. Endo tried to fight out of it with back drops but Hirata refused to let go until he could position himself for an Asai DDT out of nowhere. Hirata hit the Sliding Kick twice but still couldn’t get the pin so he went for the Viagra Driver. Endo blocked it and changed the course of the match by hitting the Handspring Kneel Kick and Tetsuya In The Sky for a nearfall. Endo finally put Hirata away with the Torture Rack Bomb.

In the match between KO-D Tag Team Champions, both Mike Bailey and MAO went high risk from the start. A lot of dives out of the ring didn’t slow either of them down until MAO won with the Cannonball 450. The two hugged afterwards.

It’s been a while since Taiyo Kea last wrestled in Japan. He remembers Shigehiro Irie but said he has turned into a different person from the last time they met. He thinks Irie is now a fairly strong wrestler with amazing power. Together they defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda but it wasn’t a dominant victory. Honda successfully pulled off his Gongitsune trick on Kea. He recovered and gave Honda the TKO before Irie finished him off with the Beast Bomber.

A still injured Danshoku Dieno had to change his battle plan today knowing that his right shoulder would definitely be targeted. Gorgeous Matsuno tried to make Dieno tap with a Cross Armbreaker but Dieno countered the move into an Indian Deathlock and Headscissors combo to make Matsuno give up. Dieno has now discovered a new effective wrestling hold that will surely come in handy soon, so he named it the Meiko Killer III.

Nobuhiro Shimatani was eager to throw his weight around now that he is mostly accepted into DAMNATION. Mad Paulie also got to throw him around too onto their opponents. That all stopped when Ryan Davidson struck Shimatani with a Lariat and pinned him with the Davidson Driver.

Sanshiro Takagi got to say goodbye to three wrestlers all leaving on their own separate journeys. With Kouki Iwasaki moving to Ganbare☆Wrestling, Daiki Shimomura moving to BASARA and Rekka going overseas (not back home to Taiwan as previously reported), Takagi felt like today was farewell. He hopes that all of them will grow and treat this as the first chapter of their new story. There is only one advice he can give to them and that’s for them to really do their best.

The list of current entries in this year’s Dramatic General Election was revealed during the show. Most of the regular roster is involved. Yumehito Imanari and Maki Ito also volunteered to compete. Sanshiro Takagi, Shigehiro Irie, Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Mike Bailey all declined to enter the contest. Danshoku Dieno is undecided and has until tomorrow to make up his mind. DAMNATION, ALL OUT, Shuten-dōji and DISASTER BOX are the current units involved with the deadline also being for tomorrow.


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.


DNA “DNA 47” Results

August 10, 2018

DNA “DNA 47”, 10/08/2018
Kitazawa Town Hall
268 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Fighting Gran Millimeters!: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Daiki Shimomura with a Reverse Strike (8:19).
2. Tomoya Hirata defeated Yuki Iino with a Crab Hold (7:53).
3. MAO, Rising HAYATO & Takato Nakano defeated Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Rekka when MAO pinned Rekka with the Cannonball 450 (11:06).
4. Yuko Miyamoto & Akito defeated Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda when Miyamoto pinned Ueno with a Somato (12:16).
5. First And Final Trampling! Naomi Kingdom Same Gate Confrontation!: Naomi Yoshimura & Kengo defeated Keisuke Okuda & Akira Jo when Yoshimura pinned Jo with the Shonenba (11:16).
6. DNA End Of A Chapter 2014.11.28 – 2018.8.10: Kota Umeda & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Shunma Katsumata & Kazusada Higuchi when Umeda pinned Katsumata with the Umeda Driver (17:10).

For three years and eight months DNA has provided a home for DDT’s new wrestlers to grow and develop their skills. With the overall quality of the roster becoming higher than expected along with a current shortage of trainees available the decision was made to put the DNA brand on hiatus until the next generation of DDT wrestlers appear. This is being treated as the end of Chapter 3 for DNA. Everyone who appeared on the show today promised to perform to their fullest.

After the main event, Kota Umeda invited all of the DNA wrestlers into the ring to give each of them their final words. Nobuhiro Shimatani said he became the man he is today because of DNA. Daiki Shimomura wished everyone luck in the future. Yuki Iino said he was the last to enter DNA. Rekka said he was glad to come to Tokyo and join DDT. Mizuki Watase said DNA turned him from a performer into a professional wrestler. MAO told everyone he won his first match in DNA against Shunma Katsumata. Ever since then he made it his goal to never lose against Katsumata. He will try not to forget the feelings he experienced in DNA. Kouki Iwasaki only has frustrating memories in DNA so he wants to move on and reach the next level. Yuki Ueno says he made wonderful memories from the DNA Grand Prix which is where he made his debut. Naomi Yoshimura was the only person not crying over the end. He told everyone that as long as he continues to wrestle and everyone else continues to wrestle, they should stay dignified. Katsumata thanked everyone including Ryota Nakatsu for coming back, Higuchi for being his rival since the start and Yoshimura for making DNA exciting when times were tough. Umeda was the last to speak and he said everybody is thinking of various ways to advance their careers. When they all become bigger and DDT introduces new blood, DNA will come back for Chapter 4.