Last Grand Prix Show Before The Final

December 14, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno Vs Puma King & Mizuki Watase
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito (4) Vs MAO (4)
3. Nagoya Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Ultimo Dragon, Toru Owashi & Keisuke Okuda Vs Makoto Oishi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao (2) Vs Mike Bailey (6)
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo (6) Vs Shinya Aoki (6)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (6) Vs Sammy Guevara (6)
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) Vs Kazusada Higuchi (6)
8. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (6) Vs Go Shiozaki (8)

In A Block the only wrestlers left standing are Go Shiozaki, Kazusada Higuchi and HARASHIMA. A win or draw for Shiozaki means he wins the block. HARASHIMA needs to beat Shiozaki and also needs Higuchi to lose to Sasaki. Meanwhile Higuchi needs to beat Sasaki and needs HARASHIMA to beat Shiozaki.

B Block is more wild. Shinya Aoki, Tetsuya Endo, Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Mike Bailey all have a chance to qualify depending on a wide range of results. Aoki needs to win and have Takeshita lose/draw. Endo needs to win and have Guevara lose/draw. Takeshita needs to win and have Endo and Bailey lose/draw. Guevara needs to win and have Bailey and Aoki lose/draw. Bailey needs to win and have Endo Vs Aoki end in a draw.

Naomi Yoshimura is back as Danshoku Dieno’s new ally to take down Daisuke Sasaki. Dieno wants Yoshimura to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title but Sasaki already has his hands full with other ideas for challengers. Yoshimura will be on this show waiting for Sasaki’s answer. Dieno said that the youngster was on an excursion of Hell and came home to Japan as an Evangelist Of Love. Yoshimura confirms that by saying the most important thing he learned in America was peace. Together Dieno & Yoshimura will give Sasaki plenty of Love & Peace!


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA” Results

December 14, 2018

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA”, 14/12/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall
187 Fans

1. 3 Way Tag Match: KUDO & Antonio Honda defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata and Akito & Yuki Iino when KUDO pinned Hirata with a Backspin Kick (7:51).
2. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Makoto Oishi when Endo pinned Watase with the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb (8:10).
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA (6) defeated Puma King (4) with the Somato (9:37).
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita (c) (6) defeated Soma Takao (2) with the Fable (14:21).
*V1 for Konosuke Takeshita.
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi (4) defeated Shinya Aoki (6) with a School Boy (1:01).
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Go Shiozaki (8) defeated MAO (4) with the Strong Arm Lariat (15:04).
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey (6) defeated Sammy Guevara (6) with the Flamingo Driver (19:57).

A Block

1. Go Shiozaki (8)
2. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
-. HARASHIMA (6)
4. Akito (4)
-. MAO (4)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (4)
-. Puma King (4)

B Block

1. Shinya Aoki (6)
-. Tetsuya Endo (6)
-. Sammy Guevara (6)
-. Mike Bailey (6)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (6)
6. Masahiro Takanashi (4)
-. Soma Takao (2)

The penultimate show in the D-Ou Grand Prix group stages saw the A Block get whittled down to a few while the B Block was blown wide open. The main event was a rare one for DDT as a Canadian and an American were the two headliners. Mike Bailey and Sammy Guevara wouldn’t stop swearing at each other until Yukinori Matsui yelled “Important Match!” at them. They went all out from there with Moonsaults, Canadian Destroyers and Shooting Stars aplenty. Speedball ended up on top thanks to the Flamingo Driver. Bailey told Guevara after the match that he has the worst attitude, but he also has the best heart. MAO ended the show by telling Bailey to do his best in the final days of the Grand Prix.

Sadly for MAO he won’t be able to join Bailey in the chase for the final. Go Shiozaki eliminated MAO from contention. Shiozaki admitted he didn’t expect to be overwhelmed by MAO’s pace. But that’s the beauty of pro wrestling, to have two styles like theirs mesh.

In the most bizarre match of the tournament Masahiro Takanashi pulled every out of the box trick he could think of to beat Shinya Aoki in just over a minute! First, three fake Takanashis entered the ring. They were Baliyan Akki, Yumehito Imanari and Shota in disguise. Aoki beat them up until the real Takanashi appeared dressed as a referee and took Daisuke Kiso’s place. Aoki didn’t know what had happened and dropped his guard when Takanashi gave him a referee order. That allowed Takanashi to give him an Inside Cradle but Aoki countered it into an Armbar. The fake Takanashis jumped on the ring apron to distract Aoki while the real Takanashi placed a mannequin arm into his shirt. Aoki fell for the trap and grabbed the fake arm, pulling it out completely. He was then pinned with a School Boy. Takanashi is pleased that he has ended his tournament run with two victories. That’s one more than he got in the previous Grand Prix.

Konosuke Takeshita finds himself still in the running thanks to his win over Soma Takao in a first time singles match between the two. The occasion was special enough to make Takao drop his lies about being undefeated throughout the group stage. Although he was still bitter enough to claim he kicked out of the Fable at two.

It’s close but HARASHIMA is still alive in A Block. He doesn’t know the details of how he needs to qualify other than winning his final match tomorrow. Puma King did well against him but he fell to the Somato like so many others have in the past. He still leaves the tournament with his head held high by showing everyone he can handle many styles from Japan, America and Mexico.

After a brief absence since regaining his memory, Danshoku Dieno appeared after Match #2 to confront Daisuke Sasaki. A shocked Sasaki asked Dieno how he escaped from the casket he locked him in at Sumo Hall. Dieno explained the casket had an escape hatch underneath which he used just before he lost his memory. When Dieno got his memory back he went looking for footage of their KO-D Openweight Title bout. After watching it over and over he came to the conclusion that Sasaki is to blame for making Dieno get naked during the match! Dieno wants revenge and also a chance to regain the KO-D title but he is in no physical state to do it for now. So instead he found someone who will give Sasaki the beating he deserves. Out came Naomi Yoshimura returning from his overseas excursion from Hell! Sasaki said he had already decided on his next challenger. He was then distracted by the chain Yoshimura was wearing. Sasaki asked if it was made out of plastic. Next thing you know, Yoshimura decks Sasaki with a Short Arm Lariat! Sasaki was too unconscious to answer the challenge so Yoshimura told everyone he will wait for an answer at tomorrow’s show in Nagoya.


Video – Team DDT Vs Hoodslam

November 7, 2018

HOODSLAM “IDENTITY CRISIS”, 07/09/2018
Oakland Metro Operahouse

Royce Isaacs, Rekka & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Rick Scott Stoner, Scott Rick Stoner & Nurse Ratchet


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #14” Results

August 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DNA “DNA 47” Results

August 10, 2018

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

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

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

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


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~ KING OF DDT 2018 1ST ROUND” Results

July 31, 2018

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~ KING OF DDT 2018 1ST ROUND”, 31/07/2018
Shinjuku FACE
400 Fans – No Vacancy

1. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Akito defeated KUDO with a Cradle (7:24).
2. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Gota Ihashi with the Kneel Kick (4:05).
3. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Mike Bailey defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with a Left High Kick (5:54).
4. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Shunma Katsumata defeated Alex Ace with the Kasadora (7:21).
5. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Hoshitango by TKO with the Sleeper Hold (3:10).
6. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Soma Takao defeated Yuki Iino with La Magistral Cradle (4:36).
7. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Toru Owashi defeated Mizuki Watase with the Diving Body Press (6:52).
8. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Mad Paulie with the Somato (11:20).
9. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb Cutback (14:53).
10. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Saki Akai with a Crucifix Pin (7:30).
11. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Tetsuya Endo defeated Gorgeous Matsuno with a Yurikamome (8:20).
12. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with the Doctor Bomb (9:11).
13. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Antonio Honda defeated Kouki Iwasaki with a Cradle (6:23).
14. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Jason Kincaid with the Cross Facelock (10:47).
15. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Tanomusaku Toba defeated Yuki Ueno by TKO with the Backhand Blow (6:30).
16. King Of DDT 2018 – Round 1: Kazuki Hirata defeated Naomi Yoshimura with a Power Bomb Switchback (8:59).

The biggest King Of DDT tournament ever kicked off with 16 1st Round matches in one evening. Kazuki Hirata scored an upset win in the main event by beating Naomi Yoshimura. He countered Yoshimura’s Shonenba into a DDT then turned the Throwaway Power Bomb into a Cradle for the three count. Hirata called Yoshimura scary but Hirata has fought wrestlers like Yukio Sakaguchi who are 100 times more scary. Hirata got to dance to “TOKYO GO!” in full to celebrate his victory.

Today’s show aired on AbemaTV in place of the usual “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” episode that takes place on Tuesdays. That meant everybody was treated to the recurring Kazusada Higuchi table spot! Higuchi and Tomomitsu Matsunaga brawled around the room and had a chop battle on one of the Shinjuku FACE bar counters. A table was positioned below and Higuchi tried to Power Bomb Matsunaga through it. Instead Matsunaga Back Body Dropped Higuchi into the table. Matsunaga came close to victory with the Back Drop but Higuchi recovered and got the win with the Doctor Bomb. Higuchi thanked Matsunaga for handling his all of the power he gained from sumo today. He asked to shake Matsunaga’s hand but Matsunaga wanted them to drink beer instead.

Saki Akai came real close to beating her friend Masahiro Takanashi but a rollover ended her chances. Akai hit Takanashi with the Rookie Award making an upset win seemed certain. When Akai went on top of Takanashi for the pin and leaned over to hook the leg, Takanashi trapped Akai in a Crucifix and rolled her onto her shoulders for the flash three count. Akai is the first woman to ever compete in King Of DDT. She originally thought she was never included because she was the only active female wrestler on the roster but now there are more women appearing in DDT she realises that is a bad excuse on her part.

Sanshiro Takagi and MAO used their match to prepare for DDT’s return of Campsite Pro Wrestling later this year. The two are becoming rivals over the new generation of Street Wrestling clashing with the old. Takagi brought out boxes of stuff to use as weapons while MAO appeared equipped to the gills with his own homemade weapons. Takagi convinced Yukinori Matsui to allow the weapon usage because of the 5 Count Rule. MAO also encouraged a lot of outside fighting away from the ring because he promised Matsui they would return to the ring at the 19 count. Lawn tables were smashed, plastic boxes were destroyed and bicycles were crashed around the room as the match progressed. The end came when MAO countered Takagi’s Sit Down Himawari Bomb into a Rolling Cradle for the pin. After the match a surprised Takagi realised how big of a mess they caused and worried about how long the AbemaTV broadcast will be delayed so the ring could be cleaned up. Takagi thanked MAO for the match and asked for a handshake but it was a ruse so Takagi could give him the Stunner. He told MAO that the Campsite Pro Wrestling show on 2nd September will be the deciding battle between them! MAO said Takagi is older than his mother but he is excited to see the scary Sanshiro Takagi coming back.

HARASHIMA praised Mad Paulie for a tough match. He squeezed Paulie’s hand while telling him how much fun he had with the challenge. Now HARASHIMA is looking forward to facing Toru Owashi in the 2nd Round because it is a Disaster-BOX reunion. When Owashi beat Mizuki Watase the match before (with the Diving Body Press he hasn’t done in years), Owashi simply said “HARASHIMA, I’m waiting” on the microphone.

The show opened up with an unexpected result when Akito defeated KUDO. Akito ducked the Buzzsaw Kick and put KUDO in an Anklelock. Akito then positioned himself on top of KUDO and pinned him for three. Akito said KUDO can now spend his time concentrating on his restaurant.

The 2nd Round matches on 4th August are Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii, Mike Bailey Vs Shunma Katsumata, Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Soma Takao, Toru Owashi Vs HARASHIMA, MAO Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Antonio Honda Vs Daisuke Sasaki and Tanomusaku Toba Vs Kazuki Hirata.

Konosuke Takeshita greeted the audience at the start of the show. He revealed he dislocated his right shoulder at the Fukuyama show last Saturday and will be taking time off to recover. He does not need to go under surgery so he hopes to return in two to three months time. As a result of this the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles held by ALL OUT have been vacated.


DDT “SHIGEHIRO IRIE DEBUT 10TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TACHIMUKAU” Results

July 29, 2018

DDT “SHIGEHIRO IRIE DEBUT 10TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TACHIMUKAU ~PROOF OF MAD BLOOMING HUMAN~”, 29/07/2018
Osaka Taisho Hall
370 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Under Match: Mad Paulie & Alex Ace defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Ace pinned Shimatani with the Swinging Ace Crusher (7:00).
1. Danshoku Dieno defeated Naomi Yoshimura by Disqualification after a Weapon Attack (6:05).
2. Antonio Honda, Akito & Makoto Oishi defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (6:52).
*Makoto Oishi wins Kazuki Hirata’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. Kengo Takai defeated Mizuki Watase with the Dera Hof Bomb (8:35).
4. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated HARASHIMA, Gurukun Mask & Rekka when Sakaguchi pinned Rekka with the God’s Right Knee (12:15).
5. 4 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Mike Bailey & MAO, Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata and Jason Kincaid & Facade when Sasaki pinned Katsumata with the Vietnam Driver II (8:25).
6. Daisuke Harada & Kazuaki Mihara defeated HUB & Yuki Ueno when Harada pinned Ueno with the Katayama German Suplex (18:13).
7. Shigehiro Irie 10th Anniversary Memorial Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Keisuke Ishii and Soma Takao when Irie pinned Takao with the Beast Bomber (17:11).
-. Emergency Decision Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Kengo Takai with the Beast Bomber (11:59).

From humble beginnings in Dera Nagoya Pro Wrestling all the way to becoming the KO-D Openweight Champion in DDT, it’s been a crazy ten years of wrestling for Shigehiro Irie. Today in Osaka he got to celebrate his 10th anniversary with a match against both Keisuke Ishii and Soma Takao in a Team Dream Futures reunion. At first Takao kept his distance and allowed Irie and Ishii to fight each other but he soon got into the mix. Irie stopped Takao from giving Ishii the Gin And Tonic. Ishii struck Irie with a Thrust Kick but Irie hit back with the Beast Bomber. Ishii was knocked into the corner and Irie hit a Running Cannonball followed by another Beast Bomber for the win.

Irie thanked his opponents for the special match and he also thanked everyone for coming despite the horrible weather in the region. Irie told Ishii and Takao to continue their ways to revolutionize pro wrestling. During the celebration ceremony, Irie’s mentor Kengo Takai asked Irie if they could have a match together for Irie’s 15th anniversary because it will also be Takai’s 25th anniversary when it happens. Irie told him they could do the match right now! The ring cleared and the two collided to start an impromptu match between student and teacher. Takai hit Irie with a chair and Splashed him through a table at ringside. Irie kicked out of the Dera Hof Bomb and crushed Takai with the Cannonball Drop before winning with the Beast Bomber. Irie admitted afterwards that it wasn’t a good idea for him to have another match. Takai agreed. Irie thanked Takai for teaching him because it was him who raised Irie to become a pro wrestler.

Daisuke Harada expressed regret that he wasn’t able to wrestle against Konosuke Takeshita today. Takeshita was pulled from the show with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Yuki Ueno in their tag match. Harada praised Ueno for stepping in and would be happy to wrestle him again.

Due to Takeshita’s injury, an announcement about his removal from this year’s King Of DDT tournament took place during intermission. Sanshiro Takagi then invited Kazuki Hirata to the ring. Since Hirata lost his Right To Challenge Gauntlet earlier in the show, he was now eligible to enter the King Of DDT. However Hisaya Imabayashi stepped in and explained that he already decided to give Takeshita’s 1st Round opponent Naomi Yoshimura a bye into the next round. Yoshimura came out and said a bye or a match against Hirata doesn’t make any difference to him. Hirata said he doesn’t mind when people laugh at him but he won’t stand for it when people think he’s a small fish. He’ll be the small fish who puts Yoshimura to shame when he knocks him out of the 1st Round! Hirata accepted the open spot and his match with Yoshimura will be the main event on 31st July!

Daisuke Sasaki didn’t want to say too many kind words about Irie today because DAMNATION hates RENEGADES. Instead Sasaki told everyone that somebody from DAMNATION will win King Of DDT, win the KO-D Title and end Irie’s career in the next 10 years!