DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS ¥2000 BOX OFFICE!! 2015”, 03/01/2015
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. Shunma Katsumata defeated Kota Umeda with a Boston Crab (3:17).
*Nakazawa Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 0 – 30 Nakazawa Army.
– New Year Three Games 1 – Karaoke Showdown: Danshoku Dino Vs Michael Nakazawa was abandoned.
*Nakazawa Army earns 10 points. Dino Army 0 – 40 Nakazawa Army.
2. Makoto Oishi, Shuji Ishikawa & Hoshitango defeated Yasu Urano, Akito & Gota Ihashi when Ishikawa pinned Ihashi with the Splash Mountain (7:39).
*Dino Army wins 30 points. Dino Army 30 – 40 Nakazawa Army.
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Masa Takanashi, DJ Nira & Saki Akai defeated Antonio Honda, Soma Takao & Yoshihiko (c) when Akai pinned Yoshihiko with a Sunset Flip (7:21).
*Saki Akai becomes the 1,011th champion. Nakazawa Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 30 – 70 Nakazawa Army.
– Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Aja Kong defeated Saki Akai (c) with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (7:10 pm).
*Aja Kong becomes the 1,012th champion.
– New Year Three Games 2 – Academic Quiz Showdown: Shigehiro Irie (1) Vs Saki Akai (1) ended in a draw.
*Dino Army and Nakazawa Army both earn 5 points. Dino Army 35 – 75 Nakazawa Army.
4. Lucha Libre Rules: Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi defeated Super Sasadango Machine & Super Sasadango Machine No. 2 when Takagi pinned Machine with La Magistral Cradle (7:19)
*Dino Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 65 – 75 Nakazawa Army.
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) defeated Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miyatake when Matsuno pinned Miyatake with the Gorgeous School Boy (12:56).
*V2 for Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei. Dino Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 95 – 75 Nakazawa Army.
– New Year Three Games 3 – PK Showdown: Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo & Antonio Honda (2) defeated HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Akito (1).
*Dino Army earns 10 points. Dino Army 105 – 75 Nakazawa Army.
6. Dino Army Vs Nakazawa Army 5 Match Series: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Yukio Sakaguchi, KUDO, HARASHIMA & Michael Nakazawa (3) defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Kauzki Hirata, MIKAMI, Tetsuya Endo & Shigehiro Irie (1).
6a. Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with the German Suplex (6:23).
*Dino Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 135 – 75 Nakazawa Army.
6b. Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Running Kick (4:40).
*Nakazawa Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 135 – 105 Nakazawa Army.
6c. KUDO defeated MIKAMI with the Diving Double Knee Drop (6:33).
*Nakazawa Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 135 – 135 Nakazawa Army.
6d. HARASHIMA defeated Tetsuya Endo with the Somato (6:51).
*Nakazawa Army earns 30 points. Dino Army 135 – 165 Nakazawa Army.
6e. Shigehiro Irie Vs Michael Nakazawa ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
*Both teams earn 15 points. Dino Army 150 – 180 Nakazawa Army.
7. Bonus Track: Michael Nakazawa, HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano, Akito, Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sasaki, Suguru Miyatake, KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Bernard Ackah, Super Sasadango Machine, Saki Akai, DJ Nira, Shunma Katsumata & Gota Ihashi defeated Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Shuji Ishikawa, Shigehiro Irie, Soma Takao, Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, MIKAMI, Yoshihiko, Hoshitango, Makoto Oishi & Kota Umeda when Nakazawa pinned Honda with the Ultimate Venom Arm (8:26).
*Nakazawa Army earns 500 points. Dino Army 150 – 680 Nakazawa Army. Nakazawa Army Wins!
Danshoku Dino Army
Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei, Shuji Ishikawa, Shigehiro Irie, Soma Takao, Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, MIKAMI, Yoshihiko, Hoshitango, Makoto Oishi and Kota Umeda
Michael Nakazawa Army
Michael Nakazawa, HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano, Akito, Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sasaki, Suguru Miyatake, KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Bernard Ackah, Super Sasadango Machine, Saki Akai, DJ Nira, Shunma Katsumata and Gota Ihashi
DDT’s first show of 2015 featured the annual New Year Team Challenge in front of a packed Korakuen Hall (all tickets for the event were priced at 2,000 yen which I think is around €14/$17/£11). Danshoku Dino and Michael Nakazawa each captained a team and points were on offer for every match and challenge. Wins were worth 30 points and draws were worth 10 points. Keisuke Ishii was ill with a fever so Shuji Ishikawa took his spot in the Dino Army.
The main event was a five match series. Nakazawa’s team racked the most wins and at the end it looked like his team won the challenge. However as is tradition at this show an impromptu 34-Man Tag Team match took place with 500 points on the line. Everywhere you looked in the arena, DDT wrestlers were fighting each other. Kazuki Hirata stayed inside the ring to dance while chaos was happening around him. Nakazawa was in danger of losing when Kota Ibushi threw him like a javelin into the turnbuckles. But Nakazawa dodged the Diving Fist Drop from Antonio Honda and gave him the Ultimate Venom Arm for the ultimate victory. Nakazawa’s prize for winning the competition was 200 tickets for “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”. He was told to sell them all when he moves to Singapore. Dino then invited Nakazawa’s wife Keiko Nakazawa into the ring. Michael said they will go to Singapore together but Keiko said she wouldn’t. She wished him luck and left the ring.
The new but probably not improved Golden☆Storm Riders failed to win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles from Gorgeous Matsuno & the Brahman Brothers. Matsuno and Ibushi brawled around Korakuen Hall and at one point Ibushi tried to throw Matsuno over the balcony! The rookie Suguru Miyatake took the pin when he was accidentaly blinded with black ink spat out by his partners. Shuten-dōji were announced as the next challengers and will get their title shot at Saitama Super Arena.
Super Sasadango Machine brought along a doppelgänger for his tag match against Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi. Takagi unmasked Machine No. 2 and it turned out to be Bernard Ackah, as if it wasn’t obvious before. After the match Takagi asked Ackah why is he still hanging around? Does he want to be a pro wrestler? Ackah cried and admitted he wants to do pro wrestling. Takagi told Ackah he will get to wrestle at Saitama Super Arena.
The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changed hands when Saki Akai pinned Yoshihiko in a 6-Man Tag match. Yoshihiko gave Akai the Hurricanrana for what looked to be the finish but Akai rolled him over with a Sunset Flip for the surprise three count. Akai’s celebration was cut short when Aja Kong attacked her from out of nowhere and hit the Brainbuster to win the title. Kong mocked Akai for winning the Best Rookie Award from Tokyo Sports. She then said she will be at Saitama Super Arena with the belt and will wait for anyone to come and get it.
Soma Takao came out to a new original entrance song.
Three extra challenges took place away from the ring. First, Dino and Nakazawa had a Karaoke Challenge. Nakazawa sang “Babe” and Dino sang “Scorpio Woman”. Dino scored more points but Amon Tsurumi decided to take part and sang “Broken Over The Radio”. His performance was so bad Dino forfeited the game. Second challenge was a quiz between Shigehiro Irie and Saki Akai. Both only got one answer correct so it was a draw. The third challenge was a penalty shootout between Happy Motels and Smile Squash. Happy Motels won it two goals to one.
DDT’s second Korakuen show in January takes place on the 25th. Akito will defend the DDT Extreme Title against Makoto Oishi. The main event will be a special preview of the two big matches taking place at “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”. The KO-D Openweight and Tag Team Champions will team together against their challengers. HARASHIMA, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi!
The next Infomercial Match will take place on 18th January and will promote Pu Joshi Hyaku Kei, a book featuring illustrations of schoolgirls performing wrestling moves. Since the cover shows the Cactus Flower in action, Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi will take part in the match. Their opponents will be announced soon. Oh and everybody in the match has to wrestle in schoolgirl costumes.