March 26, 2020

MUSCLE “MUSCLE 2”, 26/03/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
216 Fans

1. Team L Vs Team S ~Yuki The Rock’s Systema Special Training~: Konosuke Takeshita, Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Naya & Yuki The Rock defeated Shunma Katsumata, Yumehito Imanari, Shota & Choun-Shiryu when Rock pinned Shota with the Stone Cold Stunner (11:12).
2. Hell In A Blue Sheet 2 ~Who Is In The Blue Sheet Rumble?~: X defeated Yuki Ueno, Akito, Mizuki Watase and Kazuki Hirata (12:14).
2a. Yuki Ueno eliminated Akito after the Heat Wave from Shunma Katsumata (3:51).
2b. Yuki Ueno eliminated Mizuki Watase with a Cobra Twist (7:02).
2c. Yuki Ueno eliminated Kazuki Hirata after the Rocket Punch from X (9:22).
2d. X eliminated Yuki Ueno with the Takatonic (12:14)
3. No People, No Webcast, No Tweet Loser Leaves Shin-Kiba: Big Prince Naya defeated Dream Boy Imanari after the Swivel Torture Rack from Tetsuya Endo (12:30).
3a. Rematch: Dream Boy Imanari defeated Big Prince Naya with the Chubby Knee Kick (4:44).

The second Muscle show began with Mizuki Watase and Yuki Ueno welcoming the audience. Ueno wore a gas mask for protection but took it off so the fans could see his face.

The teams being divided by size from the first show continued here. Now the teams have their own shirts to wrestle in too. Yuki The Rock joined Team L because South River Minamikawa had other priorities elsewhere today. Yuki got the pin on Team S member Shota while everyone else told Yumehito Imanari not to go all out because it was just the opening match. During this Yuki revealed to Imanari that HUSTLE used scripts for their shows 15 years ago.

The Team M wrestlers had their own match to worry about. It’s the return of the Hell In A Blue Sheet match! The Team M members along with a mystery X wrestler fought underneath the blue sheet with the commentary being the only thing describing what was happening to the audience. Whoever X was, that person wound up as the winner, last pinning Ueno with the Takatonic.

A few weeks ago at a public talk event, Super Sasadango Machine described Muscle as the 2.5 Dimension of all pro wrestling a mixed martial arts. By being in between the 2nd and 3rd dimensions, unusual things can happen such as slow motion wrestling or Muscle Sakai going over Atsushi Onita. The idea of being in the 2.5 Dimension comes from the differences between manga/anime and reality. So the next step is to make Muscle into a multimedia juggernaut with manga and a musical anime show! That will then make Muscle a 2.9 Dimensional experience!

A sample demonstration took place in the ring. “Finish Ranpatsu ~ ShinKiba Use Your Illusion I” (the manga can be read here) is about Dreamboy Imanari and The Finisher Boys battling Big Prince Naya and The Folding Chair Boys in ways that involved choreographed dance routines. Naya purchased New Fang Pro Wrestling during the Coronavirus epidemic for tax evasion purposes and he intends to flip it for a profit once the virus disappears.

The thrilling conclusion to the story took place right here in Muscle in a No People, No Webcast, No Tweet Loser Leaves Shin-Kiba match! The two sides fought in ways that merged pro wrestling and anime together. Imanari got the upper hand on Naya until Tetsuya Endo decided he wanted to be in the show after all and attacked him! He gave Imanari the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb and left him to be pinned by Naya.

Imanari was told to leave because he lost the match but he refused. Br He talked about how much Sakai inspired him to become a creative pro wrestler. He convinced Naya to have a rematch. The bell rung and Imanari fought on while getting cheers from The Finisher Boys. Imanari got the win in the end, hitting the Chubby Knee Kick on Naya. Naya accepted his destiny and began to leave but Imanari stopped him. He said they could walk off together, shoulder to shoulder. When they left, The Finisher Boys settled their differences with The Folding Chair Boys. Maybe they could form their own promotion together. The End…? Well no because Sakai mentioned after the performance that he is already working on the sequel.

The show ended with the announcement of “MUSCLE 3” taking place on 9th July at Shin-Kiba 1st RING.


January 27, 2020

MUSCLE “MUSCLE 1”, 27/01/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
361 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Team L Vs Team S ~ Hell In A Blue Sheet Death Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Naya defeated Yumehito Imanari & Shota when Higuchi pinned Shota with a Gedo Clutch (4:00)
2. Team M Vs Team M: Akito & Kazuki Hirata defeated Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno ended in a Time Limit Draw (4:30).
2a. Team M Vs Team M ~ Finish Designated Theme Match: Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno defeated Akito & Kazuki Hirata when Watase pinned Hirata with a Kido Clutch (4:00).
3. Team L Vs Team S ~ Mixed Tag Match Between Professionals And Amateurs: Konosuke Takeshita & South River Minamikawa defeated Shunma Katsumata & Masa Oyoshi when Minamikawa pinned Oyoshi after the Shooting Star Press from Tetsuya Endo (16:13).
4. Cygames Subsidiary Of Parent Company Presents Muscle 1 GP 2020: Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno defeated Konosuke Takeshita & South River Minamikawa by Audience Judgement.

It can be said that current day DDT lacks Muscle-like elements. With the rise of a new athletic generation of wrestlers led by Konosuke Takeshita bringing in new fans to DDT, some long time fans have to look somewhere else for the old surreal style and characters DDT was known for. Does a wrestling “genius” like Muscle Sakai still fit in with DDT nowadays? When he retired back in 2010, the final Muscle show was held. A promise was made back then to revive the brand in the year 2030 for the next generation to take over but with the previous generation of Muscle wrestlers now retired and unlikely to be around in 2030 to pass on their Muscle knowledge, it makes the task look impossible.

Which is why when Muscle came brought back for one night in Sumo Hall last year, Sakai felt the need to move the revival ten years forward. The next generation needs to learn the Muscle way now so it can thrive for years to come. Sakai had the means to hold today’s show in Korakuen Hall but instead he chose Shin-Kiba 1st RING. The original brand began in Kitazawa Town Hall and grew all the way up to Sumo Hall. Sakai wants to repeat that kind of achievement. A bunch of DDT wrestlers answered the call for auditions but one had to cancel before the show. They were all athletic, the complete opposite of a Muscle wrestler. That does not mean the wrestlers are incompatible with Muscle. Some wrestlers like Kazusada Higuchi also work on the YaroZ brand which is closer to Muscle’s entertainment style than DDT. Others like Takeshita were at a disadvantage because they are set in their athletic pro wrestling ways. Basically, Sakai wants the big strong wrestlers to do stupid things more often.

The wrestlers were split into three teams based on their heights. Everybody was measured in the ring and some like Yukio Naya had their real height exposed to be shorter than advertised. We got the largest in Team L, the mediums in Team M and the shortest in Team S.

The first match was Hell In A Blue Sheet! A large blue sheet covered over the ring while the wrestlers fought beneath it. Since the audience had no way of seeing what was going on, the commentary team were allowed to enter through the sheet and call play-by-play inside the ring. Higuchi won for Team L by pinning Shota with a Gedo Clutch. The commentary said there was a Low Blow involved so we have to take their word for it.

The second match featured all members of Team M tagging against each other. The match somehow ended in a time limit draw after four minutes much to the chagrin of the wrestlers involved. A rematch took place with a strict four minute time limit. Mizuki Watase pinned Kazuki Hirata right at the deadline. Hirata and Akito somehow drank poison during the match and collapsed afterwards.

The third match was a Mixed Tag Match. However there were no women booked for the show so the mixed teams featured one pro wrestler and a non-wrestler. Takeshita teamed with a comedian named South River Minamikawa while Shunma Katsumata sided with a “financial planner” called Masa Oyoshi. He looked a lot like Choun-Shiryu and had the same amount of martial arts experience too. Takeshita got tied up against the corner post and cried for help. Suddenly that one wrestler who cancelled earlier decided to come over after all. It was Tetsuya Endo! He did the Shooting Star Press onto Oyosho/Shiryu and Minamikawa got the pin.

The main event was the inaugural Muscle 1 Grand Prix 2020. It was a stand up comedy contest between two teams. Watase & Ueno performed under the stage name Protein Tiger. Takeshita & Minamikawa were called Dental & Systema. Watase’s performance was the deciding factor and his team won. Sakai was pleased with how the revival show turned out. The next generation of Muscle Warriors are on track to find their place in the sun where they will shine!

Muscle Is Revived!

November 21, 2019

MUSCLE “MUSCLE 1”, 27/01/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

The return of Muscle for a special Sumo Hall show back in February was a big success. Nobody was happier about it than Muscle Sakai. Since then he has gained a desire to bring the brand back for a new generation of DDT wrestlers to get involved with. So Muscle is coming back but as a new entity, different from its previous version. The writing has been changed from katakana (マッスル) to hiragana (まっする) and it has a new tagline of “STRONG VARIETY & INTERESTING WRESTLING”. Sakai wants to create something that combines strength with fun. He thinks it would be nice if there was a place where big and strong wrestlers could get the chance to do stuff that is more interesting and stupid than anywhere else.

There are some things that will stay the same. Sakai will be in charge of scripting the show as before and Amon Tsurumi (Hisaya Imabayashi’s alter ego) will return as the general director. They still intend to hold “MUSCLE HOUSE 11” at Budokan Hall in 2030 so those who received tickets at Sakai’s retirement show in 2010 still have that to look forward to. Sakai hopes that DDT will help them make it to that date. No wrestlers have been booked yet. Sakai believes it will be for the good of the entire company if DDT wrestlers participate in more Muscle-like activities.


November 16, 2019

Niigata Kobari Aoyama Public Hall
208 Fans

1. Mad Paulie defeated Keigo Nakamura with a Running Body Press (4:56).
2. Antonio Honda & Yuki Iino defeated Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when Iino pinned Hirata with the Haka Elbow (11:46).
3. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: Toru Owashi & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Owashi pinned Katsumata with La Magistral Cradle (8:16).
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo defeated Masahiro Takanashi, Makoto Oishi & Mizuki Watase when Takao pinned Watase with the Reverse Gory Special Bomb (14:02).
5. DDT Extreme Title – 10 Vs 1 Captain’s Fall Match: HARASHIMA (c) Vs DJ Nira ended but nobody knows who won this match (17:00).
*V2 for HARASHIMA for some reason.
6. “Local Celebrity” Super Sasadango Machine Local Triumph! Niigata Specialty Ultra Super Mechanko Special Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Super Sasadango Machine with the Verdict (21:17).

Today was Super Sasadango Machine’s toughest challenge in a while. He needed to figure out a way to beat Konosuke Takeshita. His PowerPoint presentation showed Sasadango is aware of his lack of stamina as a weakness. His plan was to get the audience to cheer his name at the five minute mark, do a big move to Takeshita on the ring apron and attack him with a weapon outside the ring. If all else fails he can rely on doing the Lehmann Shock three times for a victory as guaranteed as Hiroshi Tanahashi hitting the Sling Blade and the High Fly Flow.

The plan didn’t go quite as intended. The big apron bump was blocked, the bell hammer was taken as a weapon but it was Takeshita who used it on Sasadango. The Lehmann Shock was hit twice and Sasadango unmasked himself as time slowed down. But the third one was slowly countered into a Sling Blade. Takeshita climbed the ropes to do a High Fly Flow but Sasadango’s thoughts about a dead grandpa (I’ll explain that later) motivated him to stop Takeshita and hit the third Lehmann Shock! Shockingly, Takeshita kicked out at two and fought back. He used Muscle Sakai’s old finisher the Verdict to beat Sasadango.

After the match Takeshita told Sakai/Sasadango that he is a million years away from beating him. But he respects him especially since DDT does not have a new generation wrestler to replace the likes of him and Danshoku Dieno. Sasadango said today was the first time he took the Verdict. He never thought anyone other than Brock Lesnar would give it to him. He discovered that the move hurts his nose.

The rules for the 10 Vs 1 Captain’s Fall match were made a little bit clearer before it began. HARASHIMA was on the champion team, which meant he was on his own. DJ Nira was part of the 10 man team with other members of the roster. However the captain of that team was purposely kept secret so the audience could have fun solving the mystery with HARASHIMA. Nira had Masahiro Takanashi, Antonio Honda, Makoto Oishi, Keigo Nakamura and even the referee Yukinori Matsui helping him. However the ring announcer Inoue Mic noticed that Nira’s team did not have 10 people in it. He then admitted that he was the team captain! The team all beat up HARASHIMA until Nira told them to stop. This was supposed to be him challenging for the DDT Extreme Title so he wanted the match to just be between himself and HARASHIMA. The ring emptied. Nira went for the Rocket Punch. HARASHIMA went for the Somato. When they hit the room went dark. An old Hisaya Imabayashi appeared sitting on a chair telling the story of this legendary battle. A voice asked “Hey Grandpa, what happened after that?” Imabayashi did not respond. A narrator told the audience “Grandpa was dead. Nobody knows who won this match.”

DAMNATION won the 6-Man Tag but things were looking shaky within the group. At one point Daisuke Sasaki accidentally Clotheslined Soma Takao. They patched things up but later on Sasaki accidentally hit Soma again with a Spear. They still won but Takao left the ring and took no part in the post-match group pose.


September 15, 2019

Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall
430 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Under Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Mizuki Watase & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshimura pinned Shimatani with the Shonenba (8:59).
0. Masahiro Takanashi Vs Danshoku Dieno Proxy War – Glove Match: Pokotan (w/ Sayaka Obihiro) defeated Chupacabra (w/ Miyako Haru) with a Straight Right Punch (R1 1:15).
1. Ryogoku Gauntlet Tag Match: Hoshitango & Seiya Morohashi defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Riho, Gaijin A & Gaijin A, Konosuke Takeshita & Gorgeous Matsuno, Emi Sakura & Cherry, Saki Akai & Mei Suruga, Gota Ihashi & Shota (w/ Chinsuke Nakamura) and Yasu Urano & Ken Ohka.
1a. Antonio Honda & Riho defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Riho pinned Hirata with the Kurukuru Ribbon (1:47).
1b. Antonio Honda & Riho defeated Gaijin A & Gaijin A by Ring Out (5:46).
1c. Konosuke Takeshita & Gorgeous Matsuno defeated Antonio Honda & Riho when Takeshita submitted Honda with the Walls Of Takeshita (9:44).
1d. Emi Sakura & Cherry defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Gorgeous Matsuno when Sakura pinned Matsuno with a Cradle (3:14).
1e. Saki Akai & Mei Suruga defeated Emi Sakura & Cherry when Suruga pinned Sakura with the Shoulder Wheel Propeller Clutch (3:37).
1f. Saki Akai & Mei Suruga defeated Gota Ihashi & Shota (w/ Chinsuke Nakamura) when Akai pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award (1:38).
1g. Yasu Urano & Ken Ohka defeated Saki Akai & Mei Suruga when Urano pinned Suruga with a Cradle (1:12).
1h. Hoshitango & Seiya Morohashi defeated Yasu Urano & Ken Ohka when Morohashi submitted Ohka with the Crippler Crossface (4:00).
2. Super Sasadango Machine defeated DJ Nira with the Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock (10:40).
3. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO & Tanomusaku Toba (w/ Poison Sawada JULIE) when Sasaki pinned Takagi with a School Boy (10:18).
4. Kagetora & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno when Kagetora pinned Ueno with the Gurumakakari (12:50).
5. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Danshoku Dieno with the Takatonic (17:45).

There were a lot of reunions and old faces appearing today to celebrate Masahiro Takanashi’s 16 years as a pro wrestler. In the main event Takanashi fought Danshoku Dieno with Muscle Sakai and Yusuke Inokuma in Dieno’s corner. Takanashi used some of Dieno’s own moves against him including a Lip Lock on the top turnbuckle. It was to set up an Avalanche Takatonic but Dieno countered it into an Avalanche Implant. But there was still life left in Takanashi. He avoided the Danshoku Driver and stunned Dieno with Thrust Kicks until he could win with the Takatonic.

After the match Takanashi was reunited with KUDO and Yukio Sakaguchi. KUDO said it felt good to be inside a wrestling ring again. It’s not a place to talk but a place to fight. He assured everyone that he will come back to wrestling in the near future. Takanashi said that today felt like everybody was coming home. Everyone here is different but they all protect DDT with their own way of fighting. He will continue to do the same because there must be a ring for everyone to come home to, no matter where they are. Last year Takanashi lost his 15th anniversary match in this venue. He walked out without saying a word. This year things went better for him and he wants to stand in front of the fans, thanking them for coming today to see him. Later backstage Takanashi announced that he is will not be entering the upcoming D-Ou Grand Prix tournament. He cited his poor performances in the previous two tournaments as his reason. DDT was going to offer him a spot again but Takanashi turned it down so he can go on a different path he wants to take.

HARASHIMA and Kagetora shook hands after their tag match.

DAMNATION thought they were going to have a 4 on 1 advantage against Sanshiro Takagi. However Takagi gathered together an all star team of DDT legends to even the odds. Takashi Sasaki, GENTARO & Tanomusaku Toba fought with Takagi while Poison Sawada JULIE watched from their corner. But in a twist JULIE betrayed Takagi by spraying Green Mist into his face while Takagi tried to give Daisuke Sasaki the Sit Down Himawari Bomb. Sasaki slipped out and pinned Takagi with a School Boy. JULIE told Takagi that they are enemies for life. Takashi Sasaki and Daisuke Sasaki teased a Sasaki Contra Sasaki Showdown. Daisuke Sasaki then told JULIE that if he ever comes back, he will quit DAMNATION so the two of them can run the Snake World together.

Before Match #2 began Takanashi reminded everyone that the Consumption Tax in Japan will increase to 10% this October. There are many things Takanashi wants to do before this change happens, like sending a message to two important people in his life in order to settle a lifelong rivalry between them. Hence the match between Super Sasadango Machine and DJ Nira. Sasadango came out as Muscle Sakai dressed in casual clothes. Sakai refused to wrestle Nira because he is retired. He got tricked into doing some moves and had his clothes removed to reveal his wrestling gear underneath. He still refused to wrestle. Hisaya Imabayashi got in the ring and put the Sasadango mask over Sakai’s head, granting him his approval to wrestle the match. Sasadango took control of the match and hit an F5. He then went for a Vertical Drop Brainbuster but the room went dark. A voiceover said that the Brainbuster went wrong and this was how Sasadango created his famous Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock finishing move! This entire match turned out to be Sasadango’s origin story called “Super Sasadango Machine Episode Zero”!

The Gauntlet Tag match was a visit through DDT’s past as well as Takanashi’s wrestling relationships outside the company. Antonio Honda & Riho first eliminated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Riho blocked Hirata’s knockout chop and rolled him up. The next team was supposed to be Yusuke Inokuma & MAO but they were injured before the show and a expected to be out of action for the next 30 years. Replacing them was the menacing return of Gaijin A & Gaijin A! They attacked Honda, Riho and Yukinori Matsui with sellotape, even hanging Riho over the ring ropes with it! Honda fought back and used the tape to hang both of the Gaijin A’s before knocking them to the floor for the elimination. Riho recovered in time for Konosuke Takeshita & Gorgeous Matsuno’s entry into the match. The unexpectedly sharp teamwork between Takeshita & Matsuno led to Takeshita submitting Honda with the Walls Of Takeshita after Matsuno his the Gorgeous Star Elbow. When Emi Sakura & Cherry came out, Takeshita attempted the Gorgeous Star Elbow but got caught in the ropes. Sakura was easily able to pin Matsuno without anyone there to stop her. A collision between Sakura & Cherry allowed Mei Suruga to pin Sakura with the Shoulder Propeller Clutch. Next up were Gota Ihashi, Shota & Chinsuke Nakamura all dressed up like Shuten-dōji wrestlers. Ihashi was Yukio Sakaguchi, Shota was Masahiro Takanashi and Chinsuke was KUDO. Suruga stopped Chinsuke from doing the Diving Double Knee Drop while Saki Akai pinned Ihashi with the Rookie Award. The joshi team’s run came to an end when Yasu Urano & Ken Ohka eliminated them. Urano countered the Propeller Clutch into a Cradle for the pin. The last team to come out was Hoshitango & Seiya Morohashi. They won the match when Morohashi made Ohka give up to the Crippler Crossface. However Morohashi and Ohka continued to fight after the match prompting Hoshitango and Urano to break them up.

In the boxing match Miyako Haru whistled Chupacabra down to the ring. It knocked Pokotan’s head off with an uppercut, revealing a rubber Danshoku Dieno mask underneath. Pokoton then knocked out Chupacabra with a Straight Right. Afterwards Sayako Obihiro pulled the rubber mask off to reveal Pokotan was Daichi Kakimoto!

Tomomitsu Matsunaga decided to wrestle in a sumo mawashi.


July 31, 2019

Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Special Under Match “Star Of Shining Friendship! Eternal Wrestling Boys Legend”: Tetsuya Koda defeated Hisaya Imabayashi with a Modified Torso Sleeper Hold (12:43).
0. Exhibition Match: Danshoku Dieno defeated Keigo Nakamura when Nakamura gave up (3:46).
1. “Summer Feature” Laripro: Yuna Manase, Makoto Oishi & Antonio Honda defeated Keisuke Ishii, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Yukio Naya by Disqualification when Ishii attacked the referee (14:12).
2. DJ Nira defeated Kazusada Higuchi by Disqualification when Higuchi attacked the referee (5:57).
3. Hana No Sandman Match: Ken Ohka defeated Danshoku Dieno, DJ Nira, Masahiro Takanashi, Muscle Sakai, Antonio Honda, Mike Bailey and Makoto Oishi when Ohka pinned Dieno with the Fire Spear (13:52).

Today’s Beer Garden show was put together by Danshoku Dieno and Super Sasadango Machine. It was headlined by the annual tribute to The Sandman. Several wrestlers came out carrying beer and Singapore canes then met in the ring to share a toast. The bell rang and “Enter Sandman” played while everybody brawled all over the venue. Wrestlers who weren’t part of the match got caught in the mayhem and did what they could to survive while the ring filled up with empty beer cans. Dieno & Sasadango took on all comers but were eventually overwhelmed. DJ Nira hit them with the Rocket Punch, Masahiro Takanashi struck them with a Thrust Kick and Ken Ohka pinned Dieno with the Fire Spear.

With the match over and the music finished, Ohka said he thought he could never survive because he did not have the status or power to go through with it. But today he is in the ring with his most important friends! Even when you are old you can enjoy the time spent with friends. Dieno gathered everyone together and called them his important friends. Sasadango then promoted next year’s show because he believes now is the earliest they can begin to sell tickets for it.

Kazusada Higuchi Vs DJ Nira was an unadvertised match. Higuchi tried to end it quickly but Nira tricked him into having a sumo contest with Daisuke Kiso. Higuchi won easily. Nira then attacked Higuchi from behind. He fled to the corner where Higuchi went for a Splash attack. Kiso took the blow instead of Nira. Kiso was then lifted by Nira into an Argentine Backbreaker position to prevent him from falling and Higuchi was disqualified. The lights went out and everyone heard the words “How strong are you, this is my dream.”

Sasadango’s PowerPoint presentation was a dark project called “Recommended Ghost Spots In Kanagawa”. Sasadango put together a photo diary of supernatural spots that were recommended by paranormal researcher Toshitaro Yamaguchi. Sasadango wanted to visit these spots during the day but it got dark by the time he met up with Konosuke Takeshita and Hisaya Imabayashi to embark on the trip. Some of the spots were blocked off, others turned out to just be empty spaces. While this was going on Takeshita’s right elbow was hurting but he carried on. Sasadango’s conclusion of this story is Takeshita’s an inspiration.

The Lariat Pro Wrestling match begun with the stipulation’s national anthem, “Power Hall”. Everybody played Riki Choshu until the music switched to “Sunrise”. Antonio Honda started acting like Stan Hansen until Yukio Naya put him in a Wristlock, stopping the music. Keisuke Ishii told Naya he was supposed to do Lariats but Naya didn’t understand. Ishii explained how great Lariat Pro matches are but Naya said he didn’t want to do that kind of match. Ishii told Naya to leave and have a drink while the rest continued the match. “J” and the wrestlers acted like Jumbo Tsuruta. Things went a different direction when Makoto Oishi hurt his knee. The music changed to “HOLD OUT” and the Keiji Muto impersonations began. Then it turned into Bruiser Brody spots for “Immigrant Song”. Then Giant Baba for “Soul Of A Champion”. Ishii brought out the Shinya Hashimoto Middle Kicks when “Bakusho Sengen” played. Then came the Mitsuharu Misawa spots for “Spartan X”. Things went out of control when “One Of These Days” played and Honda transformed into Abdullah The Butcher! He took out the referee but a hero was on his way when suddenly “Ikari No Jushin” played. Out came Naya with a beer wearing a Jushin Liger mask! Yuna Manase took the mask off of Naya, wore it herself and hit everyone with Shotei palm strikes. The Lariats returned for “GRAND SWORD” but things went haywire against when Ishii attempted to give Daisuke Kiso a Kenta Kobashi style Burning Hammer! Kiso disqualified Ishii before he could hit the move. Ishii complained that he didn’t break any rules but Tomomitsu Matsunaga and the venue staff disagreed. The staff entered the ring and hit Ishii with Lariats. They then told everyone that the Beer Garden week is happening during Shinjuku FACE’s 14th anniversary. They raised a toast and everyone cheered “FACE”.

Yuki Ueno wanted to begin the show with an exhibition for the trainee Keigo Nakamura. He has been a trainee for over a year and four months but has yet to be in the ring with a certain DDT wrestler. That wrestler is Danshoku Dieno! The exhibition began and Nakamura tried to fight off Dieno. But he couldn’t. He gave up while Dieno was all over him then began to cry. Ueno comforted Nakamura and explained he wanted to see how he would react to Dieno. He asked if Nakamura wants to get stronger? Nakamura does. Ueno said he saw something good in Nakamura today and he encouraged the fans to cheer for him.

Before the show even began the audience were treated to the rematch one year in the making! Last year the two authority figures Hisaya Imabayashi and Tetsuya Koda faced off in the ring. Koda won that battle and left Imabayashi humiliated to the point where he lost the respect of his children. Today his children was here to see their father get revenge! Unfortunately Imabayashi couldn’t hit the Rainmaker, Koda hit him with the Kamigoye and made him submit to a Sleeper Hold. Koda spoke to Imabayashi’s kids and told them what they saw was reality. He wasn’t insulting them however. What he meant was the kids got to see just how strong their father really is! The kids embraced Imabayashi. He may have lost but he did his best to the very end and that won him back his family’s respect.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2019” Results

March 21, 2019

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2019”, 21/03/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,433 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Under Match: Shunma Katsumata defeated Mizuki Watase with a Casadora Foot Stomp (5:42).
1. Bull James, Kota Umeda & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when James pinned Shimatani with the Doink Drop (14:49).
2. A Miraculous Ending! Goodbye Michael! Till We Meet Again! – Michael Nakazawa Send-Off Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Keisuke Okuda & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Michael Nakazawa when Yamato pinned Nakazawa with the Sliding X (0:18).
2a. Rematch: Sanshiro Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Keisuke Okuda & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Michael Nakazawa when Okuda submitted Nakazawa with the Cross Armbreaker (0:25).
2b. Another Match: Michael Nakazawa, Masahiro Takanashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Keisuke Okuda & Hiroshi Yamato when Nakazawa pinned Takagi with the Michael Slam (8:50).
3. The Hirata Dance Is The Best! No, It’s The Pro Wrestling Exercise! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Antonio Honda & Asuka defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai (w/ Furitsuke Kamen) when Oishi pinned Hirata with a Cradle (8:27).
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Riki Choshu, Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Gota Ihashi when Higuchi pinned Ihashi with the Doctor Bomb (9:26).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Chihiro Hashimoto defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino (c) when Hashimoto pinned Iino with the Albright (15:34).
*ALL OUT fails in V3. Sendai Girls become the 38th KO-d 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao defeated Mike Bailey & MAO (c) when Takao pinned MAO with the Gin And Tonic (14:52).
*The Moonlight Express fails in V4. DAMNATION becomes the 66th KO-D Tag Team Champions!
7. DDT Extreme Title – #IThoughtOfTheExtremeRules Best 2 Out Of 3 Match: HARASHIMA (c) (2) defeated Muscle Sakai (1).
7a. Daruma-san ga Koronda Death Match: Muscle Sakai defeated HARASHIMA (c) by TKO (4:20).
7b. Telephone Death Match: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Muscle Sakai (4:50).
7c. Get Pinned For 3 Seconds Match: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Muscle Sakai with a High Kick From Below (4:25).

The creative juices were flowing for HARASHIMA and Muscle Sakai in their DDT Extreme Title match. It was best two out of three with a different stipulation in each fall. First fall was a game of Daruma-san ga Koronda. When that phrase was shouted into the microphone, both wrestlers had to freeze. If anyone moved they would be deducted a point and the first one to lose three points would be disqualified. Both HARASHIMA and Sakai lost their first point at the same time because the phrase was said while they were in the middle of a Brianbuster. HARASHIMA lost his second point while he was doing the Swan Dive Superplex. He was then DQ’ed when the phrase was called while he hit Sakai with the Somato.

Fall #2 was a Telephone Death Match. Both wrestlers had to constantly have a conversation with other people on their phones while they wrestled. If they get interrupted for three seconds they will lose. Sakai said he was at a disadvantage because he had poor reception in the ring. He was on the line to Michael Nakazawa and told him to come out and help when HARASHIMA was beating him. Nakazawa came out but his attack backfired and knocked Sakai’s phone away. Sakai couldn’t pick up his phone in time and he was counted out.

The third and final fall could only be won by a wrestler if he was pinned by his opponent. HARASHIMA purposely used moves that placed himself on his back and shoulders so he could get pinned but Sakai struggled away. Sakai gave HARASHIMA the Lehmann Shock twice and tried to do it a third time, enough to statistically guarantee he would win the match! But HARASHIMA suddenly kicked Sakai in the head and Sakai fell on top of him for the unintentional pin. This means HARASHIMA won the third fall and is ultimately the winner and still the Extreme Champion!

HARASHIMA thanked Sakai for the match but was quickly interrupted when Antonio Honda entered the ring only wearing a t-shirt, underwear and socks. He didn’t think about putting pants on because he is only focused on getting an Extreme Title shot! The matches he’s had when fighting for this title is the most he’s enjoyed wrestling so he wants to experience that again. Tetsuya Koda was against the idea because Honda doesn’t have the track record to deserve a title match. Hisaya Imabayashi stood up for Honda by pointing out he recently main evented Sumo Hall. That was enough to convince Koda and the title match was booked for the 28th April Korakuen Hall show.

The show was reaching its end so HARASHIMA invited Nakazawa to come out and have his farewell ceremony. Sanshiro Takagi handed Nakazawa a bouquet and admitted that even though he beat Nakazawa up over the last 14 years, he would have liked him to stay in DDT. But if Kenny Omega needs Nakazawa over in America for AEW then Takagi is more than happy to send him over. Nakazawa also said he would like to stay in DDT but he wants to help out his best friend Kenny. Nakazawa was given the 10 bell salute but it was interrupted by a video message from Omega himself! In the video Omega said it’s been a long time since he’s been with the DDT fans and he wishes he could have been at the show today. He apologised to DDT for stealing Nakazawa from them to be the AEW Vice President’s Vice President. AEW needs Nakazawa but Omega also knows that you should never forget your family. So even though Nakazawa is a part of AEW he will also continue to be a part of DDT! Nakazawa can still wrestle in DDT and who knows, maybe Kenny will also show up in DDT again someday? The video ended and Takagi’s first response was to give Nakazawa a Stunner. Maybe out of celebration for keeping Nakazawa or maybe because Omega is coming back to DDT someday. Either way it’s good news.

Both of the KO-D Tag Titles changed hands on the show today. The KO-D Tag Team Titles are back in the hands of DAMNATION when Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao beat The Moonlight Express. For weeks Sasaki had been in a slump losing one match after another. But with nothing left to lose he went to his cheating ways and that gave DAMNATION the chance to win. Sasaki attacked Mike Bailey with a chair then threw it at MAO when MAO jumped off the turnbuckle. The Express fought back and looked to have the match won when MAO went for the Cannonball 450 on Soma Takao while Bailey Moonsaulted out of the ring onto Sasaki. Bailey hit his target but Takao rolled away from MAO’s Cannonball. MAO tried to give Takao the Michinoku Driver I but Takao countered it into the Gin And Tonic to win.

Takao told everyone it’s been seven years since his previous KO-D Tag Title reign. He finally has it back. He would talk about it more but he has somewhere to go so he passed the microphone over to Sasaki. The DAMNATION leader mourned about today being his last day in DDT. He’s been here for 10 years and while it was good he now wants to go abroad and sign with a company like AEW. Tetsuya Endo and Mad Paulie cried as Sasaki walked away. Takao said thank you to Sasaki, something he has never said out loud. Nobuhiro Shimatani however saw an opportunity and declared himself the new leader of DAMNATION! It only lasted a few seconds because Sasaki got back into the ring and he gave Shimatani a Low Blow. Sasaki changed his mind. He is staying in DDT and will take over from Shimatani to become the new, third leader of DAMNATION!

The KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles also changed hands when the Sendai Girls defeated ALL OUT! The growing rivalry between Konosuke Takeshita and Meiko Satomura continued while they led their teams into battle. Yuki Iino found himself matching power with power against Chihiro Hashimoto while Akito faced off with DASH Chisako. Chisako dealt out RKOs and used a Top Rope Hurricanrana to fling Hashimoto onto Takeshita. Her momentum was stopped dead by Iino’s Spear. Hashimoto used her own Spears to great effect. The Sendai Girls isolated Iino and dropped him big with a Triple Tower Of Doom where Satomura & Chisako Superplexed him from an assisted Hashimoto Power Bomb. Iino struggled to fight out of Hashimoto’s grasp so Satomura hit him with the Scorpio Rising. From there Hashimoto pulled off the Albright German Suplex, resulting in new champions!

Satomura and Takeshita faced off after the match but a frustrated Takeshita backed off and left. Hashimoto told everyone that the Sendai Girls are the strongest out there among both men and women. Saki Akai then came down to the ring. She congratulated the new champions then said she wanted to be part of their first defence. Tetsuya Koda asked Akai if she has any tag partners. Akai admitted she doesn’t have any. She was so excited to come out and challenge the Sendai Girls that she never thought about who her partners should be. Satomura told Akai to go out and find her team. There is something about Akai that hasn’t been shown yet and Satomura wants to help wake up this sleeping talent.

The time for redemption was here for Gota Ihashi. After so much hard work he finally got to step in the ring again with Riki Choshu. Did he win Choshu’s respect? Eh… not really. Ihashi did his best and had the fan support despite getting pinned by Kazusada Higuchi. His effort even had Yukio Sakaguchi calling out to Choshu after the match to give the poor lad some credit. When asked about it backstage, Choshu said he didn’t care. He was fine teaming with Higuchi and Yuki Ueno though.

A sneaky Kazuki Hirata discovered that Furitsuke Kamen is unable to do his Pro Wrestling Exercises without his mask. So Hirata stole the mask before their match took place. Kamen confronted Hirata in the ring and the two duelled while the match continued. When Hirata thought he won he celebrated but Kamen chopped him in the neck and reclaimed his mask. Hirata then recovered and chopped back at Kamen. The two continued fighting until they started to like each other. They approached and looked like they were about to kiss when Makoto Oishi cradled Hirata for the three count. Hirata agreed to give Kamen his mask back so the entire venue could experience the Pro Wrestling Exercise. Everyone who was in the match was joined by Hiroshi Yamato, Pokotan and some masked dancers for a big dance performance.

Michael Nakazawa’s farewell match had a couple of restarts because he kept getting pinned within seconds. Eventually they all agreed to changed the 5 Vs 1 Handicap Match into a regular trios match. Miraculously, Nakazawa won by pinning Takagi! He got hug Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi and Tomomitsu Matsunaga and his farewell ceremony was pushed to the end of the show.

When Bull James was running wild in the opener, DAMNATION threw the trainee Nakamura into the ring to try and stop him. James picked up Nakamura and threw him out of the ring onto them instead! James went on to crush Shimatani with a Samoan Drop and then the Doink Drop for the win.

Shunma Katsumata used the Casadora to set up a Double Foot Stomp to win the pre-show match against Mizuki Watase.

Tenshin Nasukawa will be a special guest at the AbemaTowers Wrestling show on 29th March. Danshoku Dieno will also be there looking for the AbemaTV president again.

Next month’s Korakuen show will be sponsored by Souken Holdings. The company spokesman Mr. Nakano tried whatever he could to be part of the show opening announcements. He also offered to make entrance music for some of the wrestlers. His eagerness was such a nuisance that Takeshita had to chop him while Imabayashi held Nakano back. With Nakano taken care of, Takeshita changed the subject to his recent trip to the UK. He missed a connecting flight so his entire journey from Japan to England lasted 36 hours!