Haruna Neko Debut, Takanashi Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is, Satomura Vs Saiki

November 15, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY SHINKIBA TOUR 2018 AUTUMN THREE”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Haruna Debut Match: Shoko Nakajima Vs Haruna Neko
2. Yuu Vs Yuki Aino
3. Yuki Kamifuku Vs Hinano
4. 3 Way Match: Yuna Manase Vs Raku Vs Mina Shirakawa
5. Miyu Yamashita & Nodoka Tenma Vs Maki Ito & Hyper Misao
6. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (c) Vs Hikari & Miu

Haruna Neko is the first of the upcoming trainees to debut before the end of the year. Haruna is 19 years old, born in Yamanashi on 28th December, 1998. She 143cm tall and has O Type blood. No other information has been given about her yet.

DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS DDT SPECIAL 2018”, 25/11/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase (#21) & Yuki Ueno (#24) Vs Gota Ihashi (#22) & Makoto Oishi (#23)
1. 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda (#12) Vs Saki Akai (#14) Vs Toru Owashi (#19)
2. KUDO (#15), Shunma Katsumata (#16) & Kazusada Higuchi (#17) Vs Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel
3. Tetsuya Endo (#6) & Soma Takao (#8) Vs Keisuke Ishii (#10) & Yumehito Imanari (#11)
4. DISASTER BOX Vs #STRONGHEARTS: HARASHIMA (#4) & Kazuki Hirata (#18) Vs CIMA & El Lindaman
5. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: MAO (#9) Vs Jun Kasai (#20)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title ~ DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Maki Ito (#3) (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita (#13) (Witness: Michiaki Nakano)
7. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Akito (#2) Vs Danshoku Dieno (#7)
8. KO-D Openweight Title & 1,000,000 Yen Prize Money ~ DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#5) (c) Vs Masahiro Takanashi (#1)

The KO-D Openweight Champion and his challenger have gotten into a war of words over each other’s drinking habits. Masahiro Takanashi heard a story earlier this week about Daisuke Sasaki getting drunk at a restaurant that Takanashi regularly eats at. According to Takanashi, Sasaki ate other people’s food during his stay and fled towards a nearby taxi without paying his bill. After learning of this, Takanashi swears he will not lose to a man who does not know how to handle his drink. Sasaki denies being drunk and refuses to apologise for what went down. The two argued during a press conference while both drinking from the same bottle of sake. Their ramblings included Sasaki asking for a lend of 5,000 yen to get the train home. That somehow led to Takanashi agreeing to put the 1,000,000 yen cash he won from the Dramatic General Election on the line in to go along with the KO-D Title.

Remember Michiaki Nakano? He was the Uchikomi/Souken Holdings advertising director in charge of dealing with DDT for a marketing campaign back in July. He got stuck with Ken Ohka as the star for his adverts. Well the ads did terrible numbers and Mr. Nakano was demoted down to a regular employee as a result. He blames DDT for this so to make it up to him, he’s been invited to watch the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match between Maki Ito and Konosuke Takeshita from ringside. Mr. Nakano accepted the offer fully knowing the rules of the Iron Man Title…

Takeshita isn’t distracted by the complete and utter differences between himself and Ito. It’s a wrestling match and when he’s in the ring, Takeshita is a pro wrestler against anyone whether it is men, women, grandparents or children. Takeshita and Ito are both the same age and have the same goal of making pro wrestling an interesting place. His only criticism of Ito is she sticks up her middle finger in the ring too much. Even though Ito did not win the Dramatic Election, she thinks she got the better match with Takeshita instead of Sasaki. She said Takeshita comfortably fits in place as her generational rival. Also if she beats Takeshita then she can absolutely beat Miyu Yamashita on 4th January. Takeshita calls Ito more of a rival to him than Tetsuya Endo because rivals are meant to be people who are doing their best against each other.

Danshoku Dieno regained his memories at the press conference when Akito kissed him. Unfortunately he lost it again when Mr. Nakano felt cold in the room and brought out a heater still in its boxed package. Nakano accidentally dropped the box on Dieno’s head. Akito is due to have a championship match of his choosing for finishing second in the Dramatic Election. However he badly wants to have a match with Dieno first. He won’t be satisfied if Dieno can’t keep his memories together.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’19”, 04/01/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Meiko Satomura Vs Reika Saiki
2. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title & Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Miyu Yamashita (P/c) Vs Maki Ito (I/c)

Reika Saiki is preparing for a lot more pro wrestling in her life. She recently graduated from the Cheer1 idol group so she could put more focus on her wrestling career. Now she’s taking on the “Final Boss” of joshi, Meiko Satomura! However, Saiki isn’t looking at this match as a destination. This is going to be a gateway opening up new paths for her. She is prepared to hit Satomura at full force with all of her Pro Wrestling LOVE! Satomura has been keeping an eye on Saiki over the last three years and is impressed by her professionalism. She admits that Saiki might even be too powerful for her to handle so the timing of her attacks will be vital. Satomura’s opinion on this match is a lot different to the one she had with Miyu Yamashita in August 2017. Satomura hasn’t paid a lot of attention to Tokyo Joshi Pro as a whole since then but she knows enough to acknowledge that the group can turn into a dangerous rival for Sendai Girls. Saiki hopes that their match will steal the show from the Yamashita Vs Ito main event.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~” Results

October 21, 2018

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~”, 21/10/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
6,259 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Gorgeous Matsuno with a Reverse Cradle (13:26).
Order Of Elimination: Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed), Gundan Hitori, Michael Wolf, Monster Halloween, Hoshitango, Yumehito Imanari & Shota, Gota Ihashi and Gorgeous Matsuno.
0. Mina Shirakawa DDT First Participation War! Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima defeated Miyu Yamashita, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa when Sakazaki pinned Kamifuku with the Magical Magical Girl Splash (9:08).
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when Endo pinned Hirata with the Shooting Star Press (11:21).
*V1 for DAMNATION.
2. Gauntlet Tag Match: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda, Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid, Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda, Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda and Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa.
2a. Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda eliminated Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid when Bailey pinned Watase with the Ultima Weapon (5:09).
2b. Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda eliminated Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda when Okuda submitted Honda with the Cross Armbreaker (3:19).
2c. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa eliminated Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda when Nakazawa pinned Toba with a Leg Roll Clutch (2:21).
2d. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa when KUDO pinned Nakazawa with the Diving Double Knee Drop (1:57)
2e. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi eliminated Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda when Takanashi pinned Umeda with the Takatonic (6:06).
3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi defeated Saki Akai & Maki Ito when Satomura submitted Ito with an STF (11:07).
4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan defeated Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino when Lindaman pinned Iino with the German Suplex (11:20).
5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata defeated Joey Ryan & Laura James when Oishi & Ohata pinned Ryan with the Sky Blue Suplex & Jackknife Combo (6:45).
6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Andreza Giant Panda defeated Super Sasadango Machine with the Andreza Press (10:25).
7. 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!: MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi with the Cannonball 450 through a Plastic Case on top of a Cabinet (24:05).
8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii defeated HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi when Irie pinned Sakaguchi with the Beast Bomber (14:50).
9. Dramatic Dream Match: CIMA defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Meteora (24:21).
10. KO-D Openweight Title: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with La Mistica Crossover Facelock (32:10).
*Danshoku Dieno fails in V1. Daisuke Sasaki becomes the 68th KO-D Openweight Champion!

The world of DDT is back under DAMNATION once more. Daisuke Sasaki defeated Danshoku Dieno to become the KO-D Openweight Champion for the second time in his career. The two were ready to make the main event a memorable one. Sasaki entered on a king’s throne to mark the King Of DDT tournament win that brought him to this point. He had the rest of the present DAMNATION members accompanying him. Dieno on the other hand continued the dark atmosphere by making The Compliance dress up as druids and carry a casket down the entrance ramp. Inside the casket was a framed goofy photo of Sasaki. For over 30 minutes Dieno and Sasaki fought their hardest. When Dieno promoted the match as being far beyond Sasaki’s expectations he wasn’t joking. Dieno went as far as stripping entirely naked when he had Sasaki trapped in a Triangle Choke! Dieno continued to wrestle naked while placing his loose tights over his private parts. He hit a Naked Piledriver and went for a Naked Moonsault. Sasaki dodged the Naked Moonsault and put Dieno in the Cross Facelock. It was while Dieno was held in the move when Yukinori Matsui dressed Dieno back into his tights with a valiant effort. Dieno went back to his more normal moveset and did the Gaydo Clutch but Sasaki kicked out. Sasaki dropped Dieno with the NOW OR NEVER for a nearfall. Dieno climbed the top ropes but was stopped in his tracks when Sasaki did his own Lip Lock to the champion. Sasaki then climbed up to Dieno and hit the Avalanche Pedigree. Sasaki waited for Dieno to get back up and he performed La Mistica Cross Facelock, making Dieno tap out to end the match.

Sasaki celebrated his victory, one he says nobody saw coming. Dieno told him he never cared about who gets to be the symbol of DDT. Dieno admitted he envies Sasaki for living like a warrior. Sasaki does whatever he wants the way he wants. Dieno wanted to win as a competitor and today he couldn’t do it. Sasaki should be proud and carry that pride with the championship. Sasaki told Dieno he was dying to win the belt. He thanked Dieno for the match and thanked the audience for their support. He then asked the crowd if they love Dieno? Too bad! Sasaki then kicked Dieno and got the rest of DAMNATION to attack him. Sasaki struck Dieno with his framed picture and DAMNATION stuffed the former champion into the casket, locking it up with chains. Sasaki said today is the end of Danshoku Dieno! Does that make you sad? Good! Who’s next? Sasaki is here standing in the centre of the DDT ring. Remember, they do not conform, they do not flirt and they will not get married. Mother Nature, DDT and the pro wrestling world revolves around DAMNATION!

The show ended with “Into The Light” playing as DAMNATION was getting ready to leave. A video of Shuji Ishikawa singing along to the song was included as part of the show closing credits. In the video Ishikawa thanked Sasaki for letting him achieve his dream of singing karaoke in Sumo Hall. DAMNATION left the ring, except for Nobuhiro Shimatani who stayed sitting on top of the casket until long after the show was over. DDT later tweeted the credits video they would have used if Dieno won the main event. That video is of Muscle Sakai singing “Into The Light”.

 

CIMA had one particular goal in mind for his match with Konosuke Takeshita. He was here in Sumo Hall to teach Takeshita real pro wrestling. Throughout the match CIMA targeted Takeshita’s left knee with Low Dropkicks, Dragon Screws, a chair attack by the corner post and more. Takeshita began to catch up with CIMA when he hit the Blue Thunder. He picked up CIMA in a Fireman’s Carry and dropped him across the top turnbuckle and top ropes in the corner (Colt Cabana’s Chicago Skyline). He hit the German Suplex but couldn’t hold onto the bridge because of his damaged knee. Takeshita had another chance when he gave CIMA the Chaos Theory but CIMA kicked out of the pin. Takeshita went for the Cross-Arm German Suplex but CIMA countered it with the Casadora. The counter threw Takeshita into the exposed part of the corner after the turnbuckle pad was loosened by CIMA earlier in the match. CIMA hit the Schwein and two versions of the Meteora but Takeshita kicked out. CIMA hit the Crossfire but Takeshita kicked out again. It took one more Meteora to finally get the three count on Takeshita.

CIMA didn’t want to compliment Takeshita after the match. Is he the one with the most potential in DDT? Who else is there? He knows about Sanshiro Takagi, Danshoku Dieno and Super Sasadango Machine because he is in the same age group as them. They are like classmates to him. CIMA is turning 41 years old in November but before that happens he wants to win a championship. He mentioned STRONG HEARTS defeated ALL OUT in both matches today, one of them being 3 Vs 3. CIMA watched the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match that opened the show earlier from backstage. That’s the perfect championship for STRONG HEARTS to win! They’ll continue to bring the kind of heat DDT has never seen before and they’ll do so by winning the 6-Man Tag Titles! Both Tetsuya Koda and Hisaya Imabayashi had sour looks on their faces as they watched this from ringside. This STRONG HEARTS invasion is turning into a big headache for DDT management.

An emotional goodbye was given by Shigehiro Irie for his big farewell match from DDT. He received a video message of support from his mentor Kengo Takai before the match. Then during the entrances, Irie & Keisuke Ishii were joined by Soma Takao at the stage for a brief Team Dream Futures reunion. Takao shook Irie’s left hand and walked to the back. Irie, Ishii, HARASHIMA and Yukio Sakaguchi all tore lumps into each other for the match. Nobody was taking it easy just cause they like Irie. That wouldn’t be what he wanted. Ishii took out HARASHIMA with the High Angle Double Arm DDT while Irie set Sakaguchi up for the Beast Bomber. Knowing that the end was coming, Sakaguchi dropped his guard and yelled at Irie to hit him with all that he’s got. Irie hit the Beast Bomber and got the three count, telling Sakaguchi goodbye as he pinned him. Irie thanked all of the wrestlers and also Matsui for being the ref for the match. The original version of Irie’s “Tachimukau” entrance song played as he was joined by Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid for one last group photo together with Ishii also included.

MAO got to show his fucked up wrestling for a fucked up world by beating Sanshiro Takagi in the dreaded Weapon Rumble. Not everything went to plan though. The legendary Pico Pico Hammers the God Of Arakwa gifted him immediately turned out to be harmless. One by one, alternating weapons chosen by MAO and Takagi were brought into the arena. First was an office cabinet containing nothing but junk. Takagi grabbed MAO’s foot and kept banging it off the cabinet. Then there was a children’s potty wrapped in barbed wire. MAO dropped Takagi butt first onto it. Bags of 100 empty cans in total were then emptied out into the ring followed by a box of 100 unsold NωA CDs. MAO was in shock that there was still that many in stock. The mind game was taking effect on him when Chinsuke Nakamura and his homemade U.S. Title belt appeared to rescue him! MAO held Takagi for Nakamura to do the Kinshasa but Takagi got out of the way and MAO got hit instead. Kaori from The Bed Inn Girls was the next weapon and she used her feminine wiles to distract MAO until a bed was introduced to the stage. Takagi was knocked into the bed, accidentally pushing it off the stage. When it was set back up Nakamura collapsed onto the bed and Kaori decided to jump on top of him for fun. Chinsuke retreated from the stage and Kaori chased after him while the action returned to the ring. 10 plastic cases were brought down to the ring and were smashed apart by MAO and Takagi’s missed diving attacks. MAO got a vacuum cleaner and he stuffed Takagi into the vacuum’s bag. MAO then attached it to the cleaner and tried to suffocate Takagi by sucking all of the air out of it! MAO was ready to finish off Takagi when the next weapon arrived. It was MAO’s phone number displayed on the arena screen! Takagi encouraged everybody in the arena and watching at home to call the number. They can also send LINE messages too. MAO was so dismayed by this that he dropped his guard. Takagi went for the Spiccoli Driver when one final unexpected weapon came out. Andreza The Giant Panda! Andreza Headbutted Takagi so hard that the panda began to deflate! Both MAO and Takagi paused the match so Andreza could safely get backstage to recover. They even saluted the panda as it left up the ramp. MAO gave Takagi the Michinoku Driver II onto the cabinet. He placed one last plastic case on top of him and climbed the ropes. MAO won the match by hitting the Cannonball 450 through the case, crushing Takagi on top of the cabinet!

MAO couldn’t really get in the mood to celebrate because his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. MAO admitted he was intimidated by DDT growing bigger and he was afraid by how the older audiences would think of him fighting Takagi. But after today he realises why Takagi is so popular. Takagi told MAO to look at the mess they made in the ring. That is DDT! Look at how fucked up the panda got. That is DDT! A 21 year old running over his boss with a van? That is DDT too! They’re being broadcast live on AbemaTV but Takagi’s going to say a bunch of swear words anyway. That is DDT! Takagi can’t create such a crazy world by himself. He needs guys like MAO to show the world how stupid pro wrestling can be. MAO said whether it’s from a college student or a company president, stupid things will always be stupid. He realises his Moonlight Express team with Mike Bailey is currently stagnant but he is working hard so he can join Bailey wrestling overseas. The Moonlight Express will continue throughout 2018 and into 2019! But first, MAO has to go change his phone number. In his backstage interview, Takagi said MAO might be the next legitimate successor to DDT. He’s different from Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega but still absolutely nuts. He described MAO as being more cryptic when the other two were crazy. DDT will always be fine when they have those kinds of people wrestling for them.

Andreza Giant Panda was all over the show. His match with Super Sasadango Machine was the massive battle it was promised to be. Sasadango was at his wit’s end figuring out how to beat his opponent. He finally came up with a grand plan. First, he dressed up as a sasa dango treat because Andreza eats 120kg worth of bamboo everyday. Sasadango weighs exactly 120kg so by dressing up like food he can lure the panda into a bear trap set up at the end of the entrance ramp. That plan fell apart when Andreza’s master Samson Miyamoto accidentally stepped into the trap while he tried to calm down the panda. Miyamoto was then easily able to free himself. Good thing Sasadango also prepared a Plan B. Sasadango went to Muscle Sakai’s factory to develop a secret weapon called the Giant Sasadango Machine, an anti-Andreza panda identical in size and power. Giant Sasadango arrived in the most dramatic part of the match and collided with Andreza in the battle of the Giant Pandas. Sasadango interfered by blocking Andreza’s Lightspeed Headbutt with the bear trap, busting Andreza’s forehead open. From that moment, everything froze and “Etupirka” played over the speakers. The match resumed in slow motion as the two pandas headbutted each other. We got an inner monologue from Andreza, telling us his dream is to wrestle at WrestleMania. He knocked out both Sasadango and Giant Sasadango with the headbutts and jumped on top of them with the Andreza Press to win the match. Andreza celebrated his victory with his wife and son while Miyamoto thanked everyone for supporting New Nemuro Pro Wrestling today. Backstage, Sasadango believes it is inevitable that Andreza will appear on NXT because he knows Vince McMahon, Triple H and A-Train have access to both AbemaTV and Samurai! TV.

Both teams in the match between the Crazy Couples had different displays of affection on show. Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata both wore armbands that formed a heart pattern when they were placed together. Joey Ryan & Laura James meanwhile were seen making out all over Sumo Hall before the show began. There was a lot of anatomy grabbing in the match itself. Ryan gave Ohata the Boob Plex. Both Ryan and James used their genitals to throw Oishi around the ring. Ohata turned the tables when she used her boobs to flip James onto her back. She then overpowered Ryan’s dong and gave him the Sky Blue Suplex. Oishi added a Jackknife to Ohata’s bridge so both of them could pin Ryan at the same time. Oishi said after the match that he and Ohata are now the craziest couple in wrestling. Ohata shouted him down, telling him that what they did today was disgusting. Oishi thought he was going to be punished but instead Ohata thanked him for the fun match and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Oishi was so delighted he danced his way to the back.

As mentioned earlier, STRONG HEARTS were dominant over ALL OUT with two wins from their two matches together. Akito and T-Hawk fought each other, Shunma Katsumata picked his spots to strike and Duan Yingnan wiped all of them out with a No Touch Topé. That led El Lindaman to pin Yuki Iino with the German Suplex. STRONG HEARTS continued the attack after the match by stomping on Iino. Takeshita got involved from ringside but CIMA threw him off the entrance ramp to get an early shot in.

Meiko Satomura was willing to shake Maki Ito’s hand before the joshi tag match but Ito flipped her off in response. Cassandra Miyagi made fun of Ito by standing on top of her at the corner and asking the crowd “Who is the most scariest in the world?” The crowd answered “Cassandra!” Saki Akai did what she could to give her team a chance but it all rested on Ito’s performance. She countered Satomura’s Death Valley Bomb into a DDT and countered it again with a Sleeper Hold. She put Satomura in a Crab Hold but that would be the last move she would do because Cassandra stopped her with a Dropkick. From there, Satomura hit the Cartwheel Knee Drop and applied her own Crab Hold. Akai tried to break it up with kicks but Satomura would not let go. When Cassandra got rid of Akai, Satomura turned the hold into an STF and Ito quickly gave up. Satomura encouraged Ito to stand back up after the match. Ito didn’t take it gracefully and she slapped Satomura before being taken away. Ito made it clear, she wants Satomura one on one!

The Gauntlet Tag match was a sprint of teams coming and going. Speedball & Antonio Honda eliminated Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid. Honda claimed to hurt his knee when he tripped on the new DDT ring canvas. But it was all so he could do his Gongitsune trick to Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda. That ended when Okuda countered the Shining Gongitsune into a Cross Armbreaker for the submission elimination. Booing 2018 were prepared for the MMA team. Michael Nakazawa covered his arm in lotion so Okuda couldn’t grip him with the Cross Armbreaker. Nakazawa then pinned Toba with a Leg Roll Clutch. Shuten-dōji made quick work when they entered the ring. KUDO hit the Diving Double Knee Drop to Tomomitsu Matsunaga and then Nakazawa for the three count. The last round of the match was the longest. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi struggled against Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda at first. The moment of opportunity came when Higuchi accidentally hit Umeda with a Lariat. KUDO got rid of Higuchi with a Backspin Kick and Takanashi pinned Umeda with the Takatonic. Backstage, Takanashi suggested he and KUDO should get a KO-D Tag Team Titles shot for winning the match. They beat their rivals the former Nuru Nuru Brothers and also their former brother Kota Umeda to win the entire match. That has to be worth something, surely.

DAMNATION’s good fortunes for the day also included the opening match of the main card. Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie were a well oiled team against the DISASTER BOX trio of Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno. Hirata’s recent miracle ability to win matches seems to have vanished. Endo kicked out of the Miracle One Shot Cradle. Hirata showed some life by kicking out of the Tetsuya In The Sky but inevitable he was pinned with the Shooting Star Press. According to DAMNATION there are no dreams when they are in the ring, only reality.

Mina Shirakawa got to show off some of her stuff for her DDT debut. She gave Yuka Sakazaki both a Romero Special and an Implant DDT. Sakazaki also took a Spin Kick from Miyu Yamashita and the Fame Asser from Yuki Kamifuku for a nearfall. Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima turned the tables with dives out of the ring and also a 619/Dropkick triple spot. Kamifuku was laid out with a Double Arm DDT from Nakajima followed by a Sliding Lariat from Sakazaki. The Magical Magical Girl Splash then ended the match. Yamashita is happy with Shirakawa’s performance and is looking forward to seeing her more in Tokyo Joshi Pro. Shirakawa promises to do her best in catching up to the speed, strength and skills of the other girls when she begins wrestling there regularly from next month.

The last piece of DAMNATION domination to mention is Nobuhiro Shimatani’s win in the pre-show Battle Royal! He outlasted a number of DDT low carders and “ALL DOIN” participants to become the last man standing. Gorgeous Matsuno did what is described as the Gorgeous Superstar Cross Armbreaker but to me it looked more like an out of place Leg Drop. Whatever it was, Shimatani used Matsuno’s momentum to roll on top of him for the pin.

DDT announced a big show will be held in Ota Ward Gymnasium on 15th July, 2019. All tickets for the show will be free of charge!

The list of wrestlers competing in the 2019 D-Ou Grand Prix are HARASHIMA, Konosuke Takeshita, Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Masahiro Takanashi, Puma King, Mike Bailey, Sammy Guevara, Shinya Aoki and Go Shiozaki.

Chigusa Nagayo was announced to be part of DDT’s return to Sumo Hall for “JUDGEMENT 2019” on 17th February.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~” Preview

October 19, 2018

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

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Hoshitango Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Shota Vs Michael Wolf Vs Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed) Vs Monster Halloween Vs Gundan Hitori
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
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
2. Gauntlet Tag Match: Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda Vs Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa
3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Saki Akai & Maki Ito Vs Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi
4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino Vs T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan
5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James
6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda
7. 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
8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii Vs HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi
9. Dramatic Dream Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs CIMA
10. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

The pre-show matches will begin at 2:00pm JST and the main show begins at 3:00pm JST. That’s 6:00am/7:00am for GMT, 1:00am/2:00am for EST and 10:00pm/11:00pm the night before for PST.

For the first time DDT will be streaming parts of the show live on their Youtube channel. The two pre-show matches and the first three matches of the main card will be aired. The link to the Youtube page is here (https://bit.ly/2q1KIOK).

The entire show will aire live on DDT Universe. Here is the link (https://bit.ly/2yxkxnV).

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The seven months since DDT’s last appearance in Sumo Hall has been a lot to take in. Sometimes hectic, sometimes confusing and for me sometimes exhausting. The number of events grew thanks to the launch of a brand new weekly show called “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” airing live on AbemaTV. The other brands also increased their schedules with more shows in more locations. DDT’s rookie brand DNA was put to bed when the roster was considered too advanced to be a developmental. The lack of rookies ready to debut was also a reason to end the concept for now. Then there was the chaos in the main event scene. DDT’s longest and most dominant title reign ended when the company’s estranged son returned to defeat their golden boy. The new rebellious champion went on to make some unwise decisions leading to a rash of unexpected title changes, some beyond the control of those in charge of DDT and some coming directly from the people with power. With injuries putting some of DDT’s best and brightest on the shelf it was a time for new blood to step up. One in particular took things too far towards his boss. Or maybe he took it far enough and needs to go further? New invaders entered the company. One group wants to prove they are the better than DDT’s best while another gigantic figure arrived looking to kick ass and chew bamboo, and it’s all out of bamboo. There is plenty to talk about so let’s get started.

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Hoshitango Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Shota Vs Michael Wolf Vs Tiger Mask V (Self-Self-Proclaimed) Vs Monster Halloween Vs Gundan Hitori

Normally the Battle Royal on this kind of show will be for a big prize, like the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. Not this time. The championship found its way into the pop idol group SKE48 back in July and has been passed around between some of the girls ever since. The current champion Yuki Arai promised to show up with the title at Korakuen Hall a week after this show so nobody is anticipating any shenanigans here. Instead the appeal is going to be from the “ALL DOIN” wrestlers. The self-proclaimed Tiger Mask V, the W*ING gimmick that came 25 years too late Monster Halloween and masked man in a fancy shirt Gundan Hitori are all representing the “ALL DOIN” super indy show that is scheduled for November. Most of the DDT regulars have developed a little since “JUDGEMENT 2018” back in March. Gorgeous Matsuno became the self-appointed gatekeeper of DDT against gigantic animals. That didn’t end well for him. Gota Ihashi has been getting into shape with the ultimate goal of earning Riki Choshu’s respect. He’s making enough progress that Choshu’s eternal rival Tatsumi Fujinami has offered to help out. Nobuhiro Shimatani finally achieved his dream of joining DAMNATION. “Nobu” has been full of confidence ever since even if it hasn’t translated into results. Yumehito Imanari has probably advanced the most out of anyone. He launched the Imanari Revolution in Ganbare☆Wrestling to push himself into Ganpro’s main event scene and he hasn’t looked back. The other Ganpro rep is Shota who joined the brand full time in May. Michael Wolf recently entered DDT all the way from Oklahoma’s Compound Pro Wrestling. The only person here who is the same as always is Hoshitango.

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

The spot dedicated entirely to Tokyo Joshi Pro is focusing on their newest signing. Mina Shirakawa is a gravure idol who is a massive pro wrestling fan, so much so that she began training to wrestle in April as part of a collaborated project between DDT and Best Body Japan. She had her debut match in August teaming with one of her opponents here Shoko Nakajima. In September, Shirakawa jumped at the chance to visit Mexico so she could participate in a lucha libre expo. The first thing she did when she arrived was travel to the ZEUS GYM in Naucalpan to train! So far Shirakawa has only wrestled three matches in her career, twice for Big Body Japan and once in Mexico. She has committed herself to Tokyo Joshi full time beginning this November. She has performed at a Tokyo Joshi show before though. Four years ago she was in a Brazilian themed idol duo called Oh P Samba that performed a song and dance at a Tokyo Joshi show. For now this will be her introduction to everyone in DDT.

But that’s enough about the new girl. Can’t let her overshadow the others this easily. Miyu Yamashita is currently on the most successful TOKYO Princess Title run in the championship’s history, winning the belt on 4th January and defending the title a record six times. She, Yuka Sakazaki and Shoko Nakajima also made their American debut competing in the Chikara King Of Trios tournament, making it all the way to the semi finals. Sakazaki has been most successful in tag team action, forming the Magical Sugar Rabbits with Mizuki and winning the TOKYO Tag Team Titles together. Yuki Kamifuku recently won a match for the first ever time after 14 months of wrestling. Everything will be going up from there for her.

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno

DAMNATION’s numbers increased back in May when Soma Takao betrayed what was left of Smile Squash to join the heel unit. Since then Takao has been low blowing his way to victory while saying little in between the matches. He is still quietly undefeated at “PETER PAN” with a 9-0 record. Can he make it 10 for 10 and go a full decade of (not so much) destruction? Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie have spent the last half year teaming together, briefly holding the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Not much has changed other than that period when Endo wanted to talk about his pet beetle. He is still a top notch wrestler when he wants to be. That was proven when he made it to the King Of DDT final again.

The team challenging for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles are the newly relaunched DISASTER BOX. The original unit was formed by Toru Owashi as a heel unit way back in 2006. The unit played a major part in establishing HARASHIMA after he dropped the HERO! gimmick. The unit had another run in 2008 but went away at the start of this decade, with the exception of a one show reunion with original member Shogo “Jet” Takagi in 2017. HARASHIMA and Owashi decided to reform DISASTER BOX this year during the DNA draft and allowed the promising youngster Yuki Ueno to join them. Nobody else. Anyone who said otherwise was ignored. Well, at least until he couldn’t be ignored anymore.

Kazuki Hirata wanted to join in so he could continue teaming with Owashi. He was declined but a miracle run in the King Of DDT tournament convinced HARASHIMA to bring Hirata into the group. To prove he is good enough, Hirata has sometimes tried to wrestle without the aid of his musical Hirata GO! glasses. He has since gone back on that plan now he is an accepted member. When Takao, Endo & Paulie won the vacant titles, they tried to nominate the rest of their unit as the challengers. DISASTER BOX instead got the nod and the two sides have been duking it out for months, waiting for this day to come.

2. Gauntlet Tag Match: Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda Vs Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa

One half of the KO-D Tag Champions is already occupied on the card so Mike Bailey has to get mixed up in the Gauntlet Tag Match. Antonio Honda is by his side as they face a mixture of DDT talent. Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid have formed a well run team during their time in the RENEGADES unit. Kincaid was brought into DDT in mere weeks after “JUDGEMENT 2018” as RENEGADES’s gift to the company. Watase has wrestled in a snazzy suit and never really explained why. The Maji Manji show has been mostly built around Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda. Higuchi made it his goal to put somebody through a table on every episode while Umeda became “Mr. Maji Manji” when he won a tournament early in the show to earn a big push by the company. Unfortunately knee injuries have constantly paused his momentum. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi have been doing their usual thing in Shuten-dōji. Their usual thing is drinking. Tanomusaku Toba returned to DDT first take part in a few Street Wrestling matches. He then appeared on Maji Manji, wrestling to impress his step-son who refuses to call him Dad. That didn’t end up being his proudest moment but he’s gotten more DDT appearances since then, usually whenever they wanted a strike heavy match-up. Keisuke Okuda became DDT’s newest signing in September. Until then he was causing terror in DNA as part of the Naomi Kingdom. So far his biggest move was picking a fight with HARASHIMA. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa reformed Booing 2018 for the Dramatic General Election but kicked out their longtime ally Gota Ihashi. Normally I’d say the winners of this match will go after the KO-D Tag Titles but that didn’t happen the last time.

3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Saki Akai & Maki Ito Vs Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi

What a year it’s been for Meiko Satomura. The Sendai Girls leader has had accomplished years before but 2018 has been an international breakthrough for her. From Fight Club: PRO in England to the WWE Mae Young Classic in America to wXw in Germany, Satomura has been making waves in Europe and America this year. Back in Japan she made her mark in DDT by becoming the first ever woman to win the KO-D Openweight Title! While her reign was short it was the highlight of a turbulent time in the championship’s history. Cassandra Miyagi made two DDT appearances during this time. One as part of an adventure through a secret martial arts factory (it’s a long story) and the other challenging for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles. The two Sendai Girls return to DDT to face without a doubt the two most popular women in the DDT family.

Saki Akai has been motivated by Satomura’s success to become more than just the token woman on the DDT roster. This year Akai became the first woman to enter the King Of DDT tournament. Sadly she didn’t make it past the 1st Round. She also got into a situation where she was stalked by the monsters of the UWA Corps. She also returned to Tokyo Joshi for a few matches after so many fans pointed out that she looks identical to the Sakisama. Speaking of Sakisama, the aristocrat returned home to Paris in August after her personal nun became too rebellious (it’s another long story).

But all of the attention goes to Maki Ito. All of the attention must go to Ito! She’s been finding ways to constantly stay in the sights of the Tokyo Joshi fanbase and it’s been paying off big for her. After a big match against Riho in May, Ito considered splitting up the Ito Respect Army after her alliance with Mizuki hit a rough patch. Their relationship got even rockier when they ended up in opposite sides of a TOKYO Princess Tag Titles match. Ito took the loss in both that and a singles match with Mizuki afterwards but in those matches she was able to show her growth as a wrestler. While she hasn’t been able to win big in the ring, outside it Ito’s getting more and more popular. The big evidence for this is her current lead in the Dramatic General Election. Early on in the competition Ito moved miles past the rest of the field. Others have since gained ground but a strong performance at Sumo Hall might be what she needs to seal the deal.

Except that won’t be enough to satisfy Ito. In a reverse of last year’s match between Satomura and Miyu Yamashita, Ito has no respect for Satomura. Not after Satomura lost the KO-D Title after Ito promised to win the Election and challenge her for the belt. This attitude is causing Akai to distrust Ito. She really shouldn’t be underestimating Satomura. The rift got even worse when Akai & Ito got into a little scuffle at the press conference for this show. If they can’t get along, they’re screwed. If they can get along… they’re still screwed.

4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino Vs T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan

ALL OUT has gone through a bumpy road since “JUDGEMENT 2018”. Things went went south after April when Konosuke Takeshita lost the KO-D Title and Akito briefly went down with an injury. Shunma Katsumata was then called out for his poor performances and had to go in search of himself to improve. Part of it involved signing up to a Gold’s Gym membership. His efforts rewarded ALL OUT with a KO-D 6-Man Tag Title reign that was sadly cut short when Takeshita suffered an injury. With Takeshita out of action it was up to Akito & Katsumata to continue on without him. Katsumata in particular decided go down the road of hardcore wrestling a little more often. He already had a taste of hardcore back in February when he fought Yuko Miyamoto but since then he had matches with table spots against Kazusada Higuchi and went one on one with Violento Jack in a Fans Bring The Weapons Death Match. Things seemed to be looking up when Takeshita returned and the powerful rugby rookie Yuki Iino joined the unit. That’s when a new conflict emerged to challenge them.

One of the big wrestling stories of the year coming out of Japan is the STRONG HEARTS exodus from Dragon Gate. During the springtime, CIMA spent time away from the company teaching pro wrestling in China for a promotion called Oriental Wrestling Entertainment. In May, CIMA along with some of his Japanese proteges more or less left Dragon Gate. Now, the public reason for this was so this group of wrestlers could focus exclusively on OWE in Shanghai. Obviously, everyone was surprised when instead the newly named STRONG HEARTS showed up in Wrestle-1 looking to cause some trouble. When that conflict ended over the summer, STRONG HEARTS found their next target, ALL OUT and DDT. When Takeshita was shared his disappointment with ALL OUT having no plans for “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” this year, STRONG HEARTS immediately sent them the challenge.

Two matches between the two sides will happen at Sumo Hall. First up is the 6-Man Tag. Akito, Katsumata & Iino are there for ALL OUT. STRONG HEARTS will be represented by T-Hawk, El Lindaman and Chinese newcomer Duan Yingnan. They want to show ALL OUT what real fire and fever in the ring is like!

5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James

The battle of the married couples! Makoto Oishi surprised everyone during a street wrestling event in May when he suddenly proposed to Misaki Ohata during their match. It was a heartwarming story in the middle of a wacky situation. Honestly, who could get upset by that?

Oh, huh… Alright then.

There isn’t much in wrestling that annoys Joey Ryan. Usually it’s him doing the annoying stuff. But somebody doing a marriage proposal during a wrestling match when he and Laura James already did it? Copycats! Ryan & James have challenged Oishi & Ohata to a match to see which marriage deserves to be called crazier. Oishi & Ohata say that their proposal was original and to be fair it is very different to what Ryan & James did. For one thing it involved Yukio Sakaguchi trying to run Ohata over with a truck and Oishi jumped in front of it to save her. How romantic.

 

6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda

Behold! The greatest discovery in Japanese wrestling over the last two years isn’t one of the New Japan young lions, nor is it a company ace like Kento Miyahara or Shotaro Ashino. Sure, Masashi Takeda is rad and Hana Kimura has star power written all over her. But nobody has captured attention the same way Andreza Giant Panda has. The “Big Beast Of The North” burst onto the scene from Hokkaido’s New Nemuro Pro Wrestling (N2W) in 2017, a promotion that they themselves admit is filled with out of shape, middle-aged amateur wrestlers with no fighting experience or any physical strengths. But how did Andreza get here? Originally named Shin Shin, he was born in China with a gigantism disease on 1st January 2016. The amount of growth a normal panda goes through in one year, Andreza went through in one month. As a cub he had the appetite of three pandas. Tragically he was abandoned by his parents and was bullied by the other pandas in China. He was found by a Chinese king and was sent to live in his fishing processing company in Nemuro city under the care of New Nemuro’s president Samson Miyamoto. Due to his massive size of 300cm in height and 500kg in weight, Miyamoto knew that this panda was made for pro wrestling. Now renamed Andreza Giant Panda, the animal dominated New Nemuro and quickly became the promotion’s top star. Andreza won the Best Newcomer award in the 2017 Samurai! TV Japan Indie Grand Prize. He also found a mate and became a father. Andreza’s ultimate goal is to appear in WWE after becoming famous. For the moment, a match for DDT in Sumo Hall will be his highest profile wrestling appearance yet. The fate of nature may very well be at stake!

When Super Sasadango Machine was chosen to be Andreza’s opponent he quickly established his motivation for the match. Andreza eats 40kg of bamboo on a daily basis and that is enough to make him a danger to the environment. The problem is Andreza is nigh on unbeatable. Sasadango thought he discovered a weakness. Andreza is supposedly helpless without his master Miyamoto. Sasadango kidnapped Miyamoto and thought it would give him the advantage on Andreza. That was proven wrong when Andreza somehow figured out how to travel from Nemuro to Sapporo by himself to rescue his master. Sasadango has since experienced how powerful Andreza’s Lightspeed Headbutt is and nobody has kicked out of the Andreza Press. A simulated fight with Sanshiro Takagi dressed as a panda gave Sasadango some valuable information. Also DDT is certain this match won’t get them sued for animal mistreatment so Sasadango has the all clear to do whatever he wants to take the air out of the Giant Panda!

7. 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

Enthusiasm is a characteristic that is usually appreciated but some people tend to take things too far. This year MAO reached that point. When DDT returned to focusing to its Falls Count Anywhere matches, MAO felt now was his time to step up and take the mantle of Street Wrestling king. The days of Sanshiro Takagi doing the crazy stuff is over. MAO wants to replace it with fucked up wrestling for a fucked up world! The over-enthusiasm came when MAO drove a van into Takagi during a match then threatened to blow up Shin-Kiba 1st RING with bottle rockets. MAO’s conflict with Takagi continued after “JUDGEMENT 2018” when the two were paired together in the King Of DDT 1st Round. Their match went crazy with bicycle crashes and the destruction of plastic boxes. They took it even further at Campsite Pro Wrestling when MAO and Takagi chased each other around in cars! The situation has gotten so out of control that both men agreed to have the ultimate DDT match to settle their score… The Weapon Rumble! New weapons will be added to the match Royal Rumble style and they can be anything. Weapons, humiliating mind games, wrestler cameos, family members. Anything is fair game. The two cannot be kept apart now. Even at the press conference they fought each other in a 3 minute wrestling match that ended in a time limit draw. At this point it will take divine intervention for a winner to be determined…

Thank God pro wrestling is so convenient.

Just days before the show, MAO went training in the Arakawa river bed with his Moonlight Express partner Mike Bailey. The training was focused on improving MAO’s accuracy with a pico pico hammer. Things turned south when MAO swung so hard that he lost grip of the hammer and threw it far away. When MAO went searching through the grass, he unexpectedly found the God Of Arakawa. Maybe he took the form of Jason Kincaid wearing a Casper jumper so he wouldn’t scare MAO away. Or maybe that’s just a coincidence and the God always looks like that. Anyway, the God Of Arakawa spoke to MAO and held two hammers, one gold, one silver. He asked if either of them belonged to MAO. MAO said neither were his. The God appreciated MAO’s honesty and awarded him a bag of 100 empty cans as a gift. The God then got mixed up and also gave him the Legendary Pico Pico Hammer. Then he gave him the gold and silver hammers anyway because at this point why not? So now MAO has the power of a God by his side!

8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii Vs HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi

What in the hell happened these last seven months? What in the hell happened this last year? Shigehiro Irie has been the key figure of confusion throughout DDT from March to October. After spending the early part of the year quiet and entirely absent from the company, he made a surprise return at the end of the previous Sumo Hall show as a different person. Gone was the happy go lucky Irie, in his place was a bitter man watching DDT change into something he no longer loved. His solution was to become KO-D Champion again so he could tear down DDT and rebuild it in his image. A month later he defeated Takeshita to win the title. Slowly but surely he found allies for his cause. Mizuki Watase was the only member of the main roster to join him. The rest of Irie’s followers consisted of wrestlers from overseas like Jason Kincaid, Facade, Sammy Guevara, Baliyan Akki and Ryan Davidson. The group was named RENEGADES because Irie wanted to do things his way rather than management’s.

The sticking point for Irie was DDT’s failure to deliver their promises. Irie loves going on his excursions to America wrestling new people and making new friends. DDT’s ideas to do more international work was never followed up on. It reached the point where Irie wanted to defend the KO-D Title in America and he was going to do it whether DDT allowed it or not. The Director of DDT at the time was Danshoku Dieno and he reluctantly gave Irie permission to go ahead. However he warned Irie not to act reckless and lose the championship. It was Irie’s responsibility alone to be the defending champion overseas.

1st August, 2018. The date will live on as the starting point for the most chaotic period in the history of the KO-D Title. Irie gets pinned by Sami Callihan at a Rockstar Pro show in Ohio, losing the championship in his first defence outside of Japan. When news made its way back to DDT, everybody scrambled to save face. The wrestlers were in shock and blamed Irie for damaging DDT’s reputation abroad. Takagi and Dieno went to work trying to figure out how to get the title back on a DDT wrestler. Irie saved face by winning the championship back a week later and he was able to return to Japan with the belt. Crisis averted but Irie’s pride was scarred. Not so much by the title loss but by Dieno being proven right. Irie grew to resent Dieno even more, blaming him for everything he finds wrong with DDT. The feud led to more chaos in the title scene when Dieno used a Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet to win the KO-D Title from Irie on an episode of Maji Manji. Another Gauntlet was used two weeks later by Meiko Satomura that led to her winning the title. Irie had one chance left to win back the belt in a 3 Way Elimination Match but Dieno surprised him with the Gaydo Clutch and Irie became the first person eliminated from the match. Beaten and outsmarted, Irie accepted defeat and admitted it was time to move on. He shook Dieno by the left hand because the left hand is closer to your heart.

When the dust was settled, Irie had a new direction and it is one that relies less on DDT. Late in September Irie announced he will not renew his contract and will become a freelancer in October. He will still be accepting bookings with DDT but his priority will be going abroad with dates already confirmed for America and Germany. His last match before he heads away is here in Sumo Hall with his favourite partner and opponents. HARASHIMA, the man Irie could not beat until this past July. Yukio Sakaguchi, the man who he had violent clashes with in the past. Keisuke Ishii, the man he grew up with in wrestling and shared plenty of time with as part of Team Dream Futures. Already gone from his contract, Irie has shown signs of his old self recently. The big goofy smile is returning. Maybe he will show it to everyone in DDT one more time at Sumo Hall.

I swear if Irie shows up at New Japan in a few months time calling himself “Dramatic” there is going to be Hell to pay.

9. Dramatic Dream Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs CIMA

The other ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS match is focused on the two big names of the groups. Takeshita Vs CIMA! Sumo Hall has been home to some of Takeshita’s biggest matches in his career. Kenny Omega, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Hiroshi Tanahashi and his battles with both Tetsuya Endo and Shuji Ishikawa all took place in the building for DDT’s biggest events in recent years. CIMA on the other hand? The 2000 Super J Cup and two Dragon Gate shows from almost a decade ago were the only Sumo Hall appearances I can find for him. If home field advantages and venue familiarity count in this situation, Takeshita has it by the bucket load.

Of course the worst thing someone can do in this match is underestimate CIMA. This dude has been wrestling almost as long as Takeshita has been alive. Takeshita wasn’t even three years old when CIMA made his WCW debut. CIMA can be very sly in the ring when he wants to be. Any chance Takeshita has of making this a spot heavy blow for blow banger can be stopped in its tracks when CIMA decides to twist his body a dozen different painful ways instead. The result of this paints an interesting future for DDT’s immediate future. The STRONG HEARTS are already confirmed to appear on the next Korakuen Hall show a week after this show. If CIMA beats Takeshita, what next will be on his mind for DDT? I mean obviously we know what he’ll want. The Iron Man Title of course! STRONG HEARTS Vs SKE48 will be the next big invasion feud, mark my words!!!

10. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

And so we finally make it to the finale. Two major figures in DDT that plotted and scrapped their way into the Sumo Hall main event. This is the first “PETER PAN” main event appearance for both Danshoku Dieno and Daisuke Sasaki. Dieno has main evented Sumo Hall for DDT once before back in 2013 but that was the first half of a weekend double header in the building and the lesser of the two shows. This year is what counts for Dieno and he did everything he could do to make it here.

Dieno was the DDT Director for most of the year. When it came to the KO-D Title, he publicly showed no desire for it and was the neutral party when deciding challengers and title defences. He avoided any tournaments or matches to determine the No. 1 contenders and played no part in the annual scramble for the Right To Challenge Gauntlets. But in the background, Dieno had a goal he needed to accomplish. The one thing that’s alluded him in his long DDT career is the main event match at “PETER PAN”. The best way to do that is be the champion and the title holder Shigehiro Irie just happened to be a thorn in his side during this period. Calling in a favour from Super Sasadango Machine, Dieno was gifted a Right To Challenge Gauntlet and he cashed it in on an exhausted Irie, easily beating him to become the new champion. He then immediately quit as the Director so he wouldn’t have to grant Irie a rematch. The one grave mistake he made was forgetting that there was one more Gauntlet in play and it was being held by a disgruntled Meiko Satomura. Dieno loses the title to Satomura in his first defence and his dreams start falling apart. The only saving grace was hearing that Irie wanted revenge. Dieno was able to wiggle his way into a 3 Way Elimination Match for the title and he ended up pinning both opponents to become champion once again. In the end, everything worked out perfectly for Dieno. His dream is finally coming true!

Daisuke Sasaki lived the dream once. He found something too good to be true. He found love. Big Love. A fling with “Japan’s First Genderless Wrestler” Asuka over the summer turned into something more, at least in Sasaki’s mind. They teamed together on Maji Manji shows until they were booked into a singles match against each other at July’s Korakuen show. Sasaki didn’t worry about it until Asuka broke the news to him in the ring. She was never really interested in him. He’s too old for her and also wasn’t her type. This was the point where Sasaki’s 2018 changed. Gone was Big Love and in its place was a hatred for everything. Sasaki defeated Asuka then went on to win the King Of DDT in August. With a broken heart and no desire to fix it, Sasaki’s focus was now on becoming the KO-D Champion at Sumo Hall. Also the 2,000,000 yen cash prize from the main event sponsor.

Dieno talking about his dreams only pisses Sasaki off even more. Sasaki called Dieno the symbol of DDT and a relic of the past. Mind games developed in the last couple of weeks as Sasaki tried to withstand Dieno’s lewd moveset. He now believes he is invincible against Dieno’s erotic wrestling style. Dieno warns that he will go beyond Sasaki’s imagination to win and if that means pulling out the ultimate versions of his signature moves, so be it. This Sunday, the symbol of DDT will be decided!


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: Mizuhime 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 & Duan Yingnan 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 Mizuhime 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.


BASARA And DDT Hit Korakuen This Weekend, ALL DOIN Entries, Hashimoto At Maji Manji

September 20, 2018

BASARA “BASARA 78 ~LUYANG NO HOKO~”, 21/09/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Special Dark Match ~ Shit Boss, Remember To Hurry! Season 2: Gouma Ryu Vs Yasu Urano
1. Best Stretchman V3, Best Stretchman Amazon & Stretchman Man Vs Daiki Shimomura, Akiyori Takizawa & Takato Nakano
2. Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Manabu Hara & Jun Masaoka
3. Cielo Presents Special 6-Man Tag Match: FUMA, Trans-Am ★ Tanaka & Trans-Am ★ Ryuji Vs Don Fujii, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe
4. Yoga Vs Aikata! Tag Showdown!: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Osamu Nishimura Vs Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita
5. Takumi Tsukamoto 9th Anniversary Memorial Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & Toru Sugiura Vs Kazuki Hashimoto & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
6. Hardcore Cage Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Masashi Takeda
7. Union MAX Title: Naoki Tanizaki (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

For the last two months Ryota Nakatsu has faced off with Naoki Tanizaki many times in preparation for this show. From winning the 2018 Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ to defending BASARA from the invading Dove Pro wrestlers led by Tanizaki, Nakatsu has been through plenty of struggles in the lead up to Korakuen Hall. Now is his golden chance to become the Union MAX Champion!

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

0. Under Match: Makoto Oishi & Antonio Honda Vs Saki Akai & Yuni
0. Under Match ~ Booing 2018 New Member Audition: Eririn Takagi Vs ONAKIN Vs Kim Yocchan Vs Gundan Hitori Vs 5th Tiger Mask (Self-Named) Vs ZIMA Yoshida Vs Mizuki Saijo Vs Big Bear Vs Henchin Vs Pulp Bonjin Vs Momo Ne Vs Monster Halloween Vs Movie Star (Judges: Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba, Keisuke Okuda & Yumehito Imanari
2. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Ethan Page
3. Keisuke Ishii & Yuki Iino Vs Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase
4. Road To Ryogoku! 10-Man Elimination Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Yuki Ueno & Super Sasadango Machine
5. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Jun Kasai, Sabu & Kikutaro Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO (c) Vs Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
7. KO-D Openweight Title – Survival 3 Way Match: Meiko Satomura (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie Vs Danshoku Dieno

The winner of the main event is guaranteed to defend the KO-D Openweight Title against Daisuke Sasaki in the main event of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018”. This three way grudge has Meiko Satomura wanting to beat Shigehiro Irie, Irie wanting to beat Danshoku Dieno and Dieno wanting to beat Satomura.

The Moonlight Express has become familiar with the Brahman Brothers over the late summer. The Brahmans earned their KO-D Tag Team Titles shot by beating the Express at this year’s campsite match. MAO has also been showing off his crazy side every chance he gets. I don’t think they can get a van up to the 5th floor of Korakuen though.

Don’t let the addition of Kikutaro to the Special 6-Man Tag Match fool you. He can get wild with the best of them if he has too.

Let’s try and discover some of the entries in the ALL DOIN dark match. Eririn Takagi (no relation to Sanshiro Takagi) is from the W.I.N. amateur group in Tokyo. He is described as a top class social wrestler with a nice looking Northern Lights Suplex. ONAKIN is from SWS Student Wrestling in Tokyo. His nickname is Mr. Dropkick. When he started wrestling his favourite wrestler was Roman Reigns and he did the Superman Punch. Now his favourite is Shinichiro Tominaga. ONAKIN’s goal this year is to become an invincible champion. Kim Yocchan & Gundan Hitori once teamed together for a KO-D Tag Titles match back in 2010 when Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa were defending the belts anywhere outside. Hitori is from CWP (Come On Wrestling Party) in Kanto. The group also uses the name COWPER for some of its events. The 5th Tiger Mask in this match is sadly not Minowaman. This one is a chubby looking Tiger Masked fella from Nagano. ZIMA Yoshida is freelancer nicknamed “The Volk Han Of Adachi-ku”. Mizuki Saijo is a joshi wrestler from Ehime Pro Wrestling. Pulp Bonjin is a masked wrestler also from Ehime Pro. Bonjin holds grudges against people who waste paper tissues. Momo Ne is a joshi wrestler from Hokkaido. Monster Halloween is an nkw throwback to all of the monster costume gimmicks from the 90s hardcore promotions. I haven’t been able to find clear information about Big Bear, Henchin and Movie Star.

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #18”, 25/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Yuna Manase Vs Maki Ito
2. Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga
3. HARASHIMA, Daichi Hashimoto & Yuki Ueno Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Antonio Honda & Keisuke Okuda

Daichi Hashimoto appears on a full fledged DDT show for the first time. He’s been on DDT shows before that were co-promoted with Big Japan (New Year’s Eve shows and charity events after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake) but this is his first go around on DDT proper.

DDT “BEST WESTERN LARIAT SERIES 2018 ~REBORN~ BATTLE OF CORAL”, 30/09/2018
Tokyo Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida

1. Shigehiro Irie, Jason Kincaid & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Antonio Honda & Tanomusaku Toba
2. Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Keisuke Ishii
3. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Saki Akai Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Maki Ito
4. Please Spend A Wonderful Time With Delicious Meals And Gorgeous Dance: Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
5. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Mike Bailey, MAO & Ethan Page
6. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata

The Best Western Lariat Series returns. Last year the series was a 12 month long tour of Best Western Rembrandt Hotels consisting of two shows total. You read that correctly. Looks like there was only room for one show on the schedule this year.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAIWAN RAMEN~” Results

September 17, 2018

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAIWAN RAMEN~”, 17/09/2018
Nagoya City East Sports Centre
249 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Matsunaga pinned Shimatani with a Cradle (6:22).
2. Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno defeated MAO, Keisuke Ishii & Makoto Oishi when Hirata pinned Oishi with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (9:08).
3. Do Not Stop The DDT Video Group Camera! 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match: Yumehito Imanari defeated Super Sasadango Machine & Norikazu Fujioka when Imanari pinned Machine with the Chubby Knee (7:53).
4. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (10:04).
5. The Strongest Oyaji Decision Match: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Tanomusaku Toba by Knockout with a Right High Kick (6:18).
6. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino when Endo pinned Iino with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (16:20).
7. Nagoya Specialty! Miso Stew Special Tag Match: Meiko Satomura & HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase when HARASHIMA pinned Watase with the Somato (12:09).

Meiko Satomura gave Shigehiro Irie the Death Valley Bomb then held him back while HARASHIMA pinned Mizuki Watase with the Somato. Satomura told the crowd afterward that she wants to appeal her way of life in DDT because she has pride in what she has accomplished in joshi.

A missed Spear ruined ALL OUT’s chances of beating DAMNATION in their latest showdown. Yuki Iino targeted Tetsuya Endo but a well timed dodge led Iino Spearing into Konosuke Takeshita instead. Endo capitalised with the Handspring Leg Lariat and Swivel Torture Rack Bomb to win.

Yukio Sakaguchi and Tanomusaku Toba both focused on trying to get either a knockout win or a submission over the other. A clash between Sakaguchi’s High Kick and Toba’s Right Hook ended in Sakaguchi’s favour and Yukinori Matsui stopped the match when Toba hit the canvas with no sign of recovery. After the match Sakaguchi reminisced about the old days and thanked Toba for bringing him back to his entry to DDT 6 years ago. He asked for another match sometime but Toba pleaded with him not to do it. Shuten-dōji then invited Toba to join them for a toast but they did not have a drink for him, so Toba grabbed tea from a spectator.

Before the DDT Video Group 3 Way Match began, Yumehito Imanari revealed that he is quitting his role in the team and part of it is Super Sasadango Machine’s fault! Norikazu Fujioka pleaded with him to change his mind otherwise the entire team would collapse without him. Imanari then proposed to change the match into a 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match. If Imanari loses to Sasadango & Fujioka then he will not quit the Video Team. Fujioka tried to stand up and act tough but Sasadango reminded him he doesn’t have the body or the training to wrestle. Fujioka proved Sasadango wrong by doing a Hurricanrana. Unfortunately he did it to Sasadango instead of Imanari. That led to Imanari hitting Sasadango with the Chubby Knee to win the match. Sasadango accepted defeat and said he and Fujioka will do their best to run DDT’s video production without Imanari. However Imanari had a change in heart and decided he will keep working with them when he can while he wrestles for Ganbare☆Wrestling.

Kazuki Hirata survived the Miracle Ecstasy from Makoto Oishi. He then countered the Jikiden Tornado Clutch into the Miracle One Shot Cradle to get DISASTER BOX the win. This was good progress for the Hirata, Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno as they prepare for their KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match next month.

A big entertainment news story in Japan currently is the retirement of singer Namie Amuro. The DDT wrestler most effected by this news is Nobuhiro Shimatani. He wanted to sing her songs because her music changed his entire life. Sanshiro Takagi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga did what they could to stop him. Booing 2018 won the match and to add insult to injury, sang and danced along to one of Namie Amuro’s songs afterwards. Takagi didn’t know the lyrics so he just hummed along to the music.


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

September 16, 2018

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2018 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAKADORO~”, 16/09/2018
Osaka Suminoe Maiko Hall
306 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Tag Match: KUDO & Keisuke Ishii defeated Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani and MAO & Kazusada Higuchi when Ishii pinned Shimatani with a Running Knee Attack (8:39).
2. Antonio Honda & Makoto Oishi defeated Yuni & Yuki Iino when Honda pinned Iino with a Jackknife Pin (9:15).
3. Two Big Single Match! ~Minami~: Toru Owashi, Super Sasadango Machine & Yukinori Matsui defeated Daisuke Kiso by Disqualification (6:21).
4. Sanshiro Takagi & Hiroaki Moriya defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Takagi pinned Takanashi with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (7:50).
5. Two Big Single Match! ~Kita~: Jun Kasai defeated Yuki Ueno with the Pearl Harbor Splash (12:12).
6. Battle In The Big Ring Of Naniwa! Osaka Specialty 6-Man Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Meiko Satomura, HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata when Sasaki submitted Hirata with the Cross Facelock (15:36).
7. RENEGADES Vs ALL OUT!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito defeated Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase when Takeshita pinned Watase with the Surprise Rose (16:49).

Konosuke Takeshita was motivated to have a good performance today to make up for missing the previous DDT show in Osaka because of his injury. His healed shoulder was turned into a target by RENEGADES. Both Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase did what they could to try and destroy Takeshita’s shoulder. But Takeshita escaped from danger and pinned Watase with the Surprise Rose to give himself & Akito the victory. After the match Takeshita said that Osaka will always flow in his blood. He was born in Suminoe, lived there until he was three years old and lived in Osaka until he turned 18. His goal is to bring DDT to bigger buildings in Osaka!

A fight broke out after Match #6 when Daisuke Sasaki tried to steal the KO-D Openweight Title while the rest of DAMNATION blocked off Meiko Satomura. The champion got her way past them and struck Sasaki with an Elbow Smash. Sasaki gave the belt back while HARASHIMA tried to calm Satomura down.

Jun Kasai beat Yuki Ueno up a bit but the youngster earned his respect. Kasai mentioned after the match he could still see life and cockiness in Ueno’s eyes. He told Ueno they can fight again any time and he wanted to shake his hand. Ueno instead gave him both middle fingers. Kasai was left wondering what kind of education does DDT put its young wrestlers through? He also tried to sneak in a call for election votes before Hisaya Imabayashi could cut him off.

Sanshiro Takagi asked Hiroaki Moriya to get involved with the ALL DOIN match later this month. Unfortunately a scheduling conflict prevents Moriya from joining in. He promised to work with Takagi again the next time DDT comes to Suminoe.

There was no video equipment set up in the venue so Super Sasadango Machine posted today’s PowerPoint presentation to Twitter for everyone to see. Sasadango worked out that Toru Owashi has a better win-loss record as a comedy wrestler than as a serious wrestler. So Sasadango’s plan today had three steps involved. 1) Anger Owashi by encouraging the audience to boo him. 2) Have Sasadango switch places with Hisaya Imabayashi in a Sasadango disguise so he could ambush Owashi, making him even more mad. 3) Trick the angered Owashi into attacking the referee. Owashi did indeed hit Daisuke Kiso with a Lariat by accident. Yukinori Matsui came into the ring and Owashi pleaded innocence until Kiso got up and gave both of them a Headlock/Headscissors combo. Somehow, Matsui declared that was illegal and disqualified Kiso! Sasadango, Owashi and Matsui were then declared the winners.