DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.32 ~COME TOGETHER~” Results

April 21, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.32 ~COME TOGETHER~”, 21/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE
317 Fans – No Vacancy

1. DNA Tag League Assessment Match: Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Guanchulo & Rekka when Shimatani pinned Guanchulo with a School Boy (9:52)
2. For Tomorrow Part 1 ~ GO FOR BROKE: Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno defeated Shogun Okamoto & Royce Isaacs when Yoshimura pinned Isaacs with the Throw Away Power Bomb (9:34).
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 2nd Battle: Masato Tanaka defeated Dai Suzuki with the Sliding D (4:46).
4. PROVE YOUR DNA: Kotaro Suzuki & LEONA defeated Mizuki Watase & MAO by Referee Stoppage when LEONA used the Figure Four Leg Lock on Watase (13:35).
5. PREMIUM GIG – Young Hunters Vs Father Hunters: Kazushi Sakuraba & Kendo Kashin defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Mike Bailey when Kashin pinned Iwasaki after the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop from Bailey (7:18).
6. MAIN GIG – The Main Eventer Of NEXT: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Goten (20:28).

In the latest battle to determine who is on top of the DNA mountain, Kazusada Higuchi defeated Shunma Katsumata. Higuchi had to fight off every inch of fight his much smaller opponent threw at him. Katsumata tried to wear him down with a Sleeper Hold in between several Swan Dive attacks. Even a Firebird Splash was done but Higuchi was too tough to be put down. He countered the Swan Dive X Factor with a Big Boot, hit a Lariat, then a big German Suplex and won the match with the Goten. As the winner, Higuchi now faces “Speedball” Mike Bailey in the main event of DNA’s Korakuen Hall debut on 10th May. Higuchi lost to Bailey in the DNA Grand Prix final last October. He will prove he is the strongest in DNA when he finally beats Bailey.

There was more masked shenanigans between Kazushi Sakuraba & Kendo Kashin for their match against Kouki Iwasaki & Mike Bailey. In the opening ceremony the man who was allegedly Kashin wearing a Sakuraba mask had a different body type. Then for the match entrances Sakuraba and Kashin were accompanied by two other masked men. The cornermen interfered by spraying Iwasaki and Bailey in the eyes when the ref was distracted. During the confusion, Kashin took off his own mask and placed it over Iwasaki’s face. He then hit Bailey from behind with a chair and exited the ring. Bailey turned around and thought Iwasaki was Kashin so he attacked him, finishing him off with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. Sakuraba then put Bailey in a Sleeper while Kashin pinned Iwasaki for the three count. Iwasaki challenged Sakuraba to a match at Korakuen and it was accepted. Backstage Bailey explained to Iwasaki that he had only seen Kashin’s previous matches on smartphones and the bad video quality meant he couldn’t tell who the real Kashin was supposed to be.

An emotional Mizuki Watase refused to tap out of LEONA’s Figure Four Leg Lock leading to Yukinori Matsui stopping the match for safety reasons and awarding the victory to LEONA & Kotaro Suzuki. Watase crawled over to the microphone and yelled at Matsui for stopping the match because he never gave up. Matsui challenged LEONA to a match at Korakuen to settle their differences. He will not lose to LEONA even if his legs break!

Dai Suzuki tried to ambush Masato Tanaka with a chair before their match began. The plan didn’t work and Tanaka was able to beat him easily in under five minutes. Suzuki was left feeling down over his lack of progress. He was then told his next opponent on 10th May will be Go Shiozaki! Suzuki promises to do his best because he can’t afford to lose the remaining matches in his trial series.

The rookie team of Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno scored a big win over Shogun Okamoto & Royce Isaacs. Yoshimura’s power has caught Okamoto’s attention. Okamoto felt disgusted that he and Isaacs lost the match. He thinks Isaacs is a wonderful wrestler but doesn’t share the same feelings for Yoshimura. Okamoto wants Yoshimura for a singles match and promises to crush him! Yoshimura looks forward to it and said it will be him crushing Okamoto instead!

Nobuhiro Shimatani successfully defended his Right To Challenge contract by pinning Guanchulo in the opening tag match. Sadly this was Guanchulo’s final match in DNA for the time being. He is returning home to Chile for a while. Rekka says he will continue fighting with Guanchulo in his heart.


DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~” Results

February 23, 2017

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DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE
450 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Guanchulo pinned Shimatani with the DVD (9:52).
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO defeated Yuki Ueno with the Cannonball 450 (9:52).
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Shogun Okamoto defeated Dai Suzuki with a Back Drop (4:14).
4. Stand By The Sky: Kotaro Suzuki defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Tiger Driver (14:27).
5. Running Without End: Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase when Sakuraba submitted Iwasaki with the Perfect Yurikamome (10:50).
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono defeated Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi when Higuchi pinned Yoshimura with the Goten (15:18).

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DDT New Attitude is now Fighting Gig DNA! The development brand for DDT took a big step towards establishing themselves as its own product. With S.P.E. Entertainment managing the events, DNA redesigned its logo and now has its own new theme song. Also some of the wrestlers came out with new gear and entrance music. The show began with all 18 wrestlers lining up while the guest ring announcer Masahiro Ehara announced the beginning of DNA’s next story.

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In the build-up to the relaunch, the least experienced wrestler on the roster was building up the most ego. Naomi Yoshimura was eager to start the main event by charging past his partner Yuji Okabayashi and towards Kazusada Higuchi to catch him off guard. The match turned around when Akebono tagged in to absorb all of the chops and Shoulder Blocks his opponents could throw at him. Yoshimura was a glory hog throughout the match and refused to tag out even though he was overwhelmed. Okabayashi angrily reminded him it was a tag match and finally got to tag in and clean house. Yoshimura tagged back in and with Okabayashi gave Akebono a Double Brainbuster. He wanted to finish off Higuchi with a Lariat but Higuchi stopped him with a Lariat of his own. Yoshimura kicked out of the Doctor Bomb but Higuchi ended up putting him away with the Goten.

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After the match Akebono thanked Higuchi and Okabayashi for the match. He then turned to Yoshimura and complimented him on a good job. Akebono said he would like to come back and then left the ring. Higuchi thanked the fans for coming to see DNA’s relaunch. He told Yoshimura to watch his attitude a little but other than that he would gladly fight him again and again. A representative from one of the show sponsors Premium Water Shop then came out. He thought it was a wonderful show so he wanted to make a donation to DNA. He announced that DNA will have a show in Korakuen Hall on 10th May! Higuchi was excited by the news until Shunma Katsumata grabbed the microphone from him. Katsumata declared that he will main event the Korakuen show, not Higuchi. Higuchi said he is on top of DNA and he won’t give up his throne to anyone. If it is a new era for DNA, he will be leading the charge.

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While Mizuki Watase and LEONA fought each other outside the ring, Kouki Iwasaki had the displeasure of being twisted apart by Kazushi Sakuraba. Watase and LEONA continued fighting after the match ended. LEONA apologised in his backstage interview and blamed it on himself feeling a bit off. Sakuraba said Iwasaki has a strong Low Kick and he’d like to wrestle him again.

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Kotaro Suzuki was full of praise for Shunma Katsumata, describing their match as a wonderful contest. Suzuki said when he was three years into his career he did not have the movement and technique that Katsumata currently has. However a key difference maker in this match was stamina. Suzuki had more of it and Katsumata can’t hit his big moves without it. Suzuki then suggested that Katsumata should team with him so he can steal all his moves… er I mean learn more by watching.

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Dai Suzuki tried to shake off his loss to Shogun Okamoto with as much dignity as he could muster. He then broke down while failing to convince the audience he is still undefeated. The show sponsor then came out accompanied by an MC named MEGA-G. They informed Suzuki he will be going through a 7 match series with every match having a 7 minute time limit. If he loses all 7 matches then he must retire! However a win and even a draw will save Suzuki’s career. His first match in this series will be against Kohei Sato on 14th March.

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MAO’s Screw Kick was the deciding factor in him beating Yuki Ueno. Afterwards Ueno said he can’t figure out where that kick came from so he couldn’t defend against it. Ueno will now focus on more training to make sure he won’t lose his next match. As for MAO, he is just going to keep doing what he is doing in DNA and see where it takes him.

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Guanchulo & Rekka claim that they too have been reborn along with DNA. Together they are calling themselves the YOUNG DONUTS! They aren’t the only wrestlers thinking up team names. Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani are thinking about calling themselves Gran Millimeter because they are small but strong like Gran Hamada.

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On the same week NASA discovered seven new planets, DNA introduced seven new trainees. Kento Namatame (生田目研人) is a 26 year old from Tokyo who has experience training with CMLL. Ryota Kimoto (木本凌太) is a 19 year old from Hokkaido and comes from Sapporo Amateur Pro Wrestling. Daisuka Kurahashi (倉橋大亮) is a 23 year old from Akita and was trained by Animal Hamaguchi. Kazuki Yoshida (吉田和樹) is a 20 year old from Niigata and has baseball experience. Mago-ichi (孫一?) is a 30 year old bodybuilder from northern China. Yuki Iino (飯野雄貴) is a 22 year old rugby player from Tokyo. Finally Kenichi Ito (伊藤健一) is a 41 year old MMA fighter from Tokyo.


Dog Chain Match, Nakazawa Returns, Big DNA Main Event

February 3, 2017

DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017”, 04/02/2017
Osaka Edion Arena #2

1. Keisuke Ishii Vs Gota Ihashi
2. Soma Takao & Yuni Vs Yasu Urano & Guanchulo
3. DAMNATION Vs DNA Naniwa Army: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
4. The Best Soup Is A Song Or Something! No, And Dance! If You Do Not Say It’s The Final Settling Match!!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
5. Ultra Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Danshoku Dino
6. Humanity Is A Battle Blooming In A Huge Ring Of Naniwa! Osaka Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
8. DDT Extreme Title – Dog Chain Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Mad Paulie

The show is live on DDT UNIVERSE starting at 5:30pm JST, 8:30am GMT, 3:30am EST.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GIRLS FIGHT OUT #2”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Akane Miure Vs Itoh Maki
2. You Will Be In Time For Valentine’s Day! Encounter Just Before Valentine’s Day!: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Miyu Yamashita & Mil Clown
3. Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Reika Saiki & Syoko Nakajima

The build up for Yuu Vs Reika Saiki continues.

BASARA “VAJRA 28 ~DESTRUCTION OF HEART~”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Wrestling Consultation Center Where You Can Have A Matrix: Gouma Ryu Vs Shinya Ishida
2. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. Trans-Am ★ Challenge: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi Vs Daichi Kazato
4. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Challengers Decision Battle: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
5. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness

Two shows in a week for BASARA, both headlining with NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Matches.

BASARA “VAJRA 29 ~TENKA FUBU~”, 12/02/2017
Nagoya City Higashi Sports Center

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Konaka = Pale One Vs Mammoth Handa
2. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs X & X

Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi, Shinya Ishida and Nori da Funky Shibire-sasu will be on the show. This will be Nori’s debut for BASARA.

GUYZ “GUYZ PART 4”, 14/02/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Actwres girl’Z Offer Match ~A Bite Of A Cool Sensation The Sweep! Actress Girls Incoming!!~: Saori Anou Vs Tam Nakano
2. GuyZ Annual Round Boxing Handicap Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Gota Ihashi & Dai Suzuki
3. Last Gun Standing Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Takayuki Ueki
4. Brand Anticipated Hardcore 6 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Toru Owashi Vs SAGAT Vs Nonoko Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Colt Cabana
6. GuyZ Army Vs Sexy Army Full Challenge: Kazusada Higuchi, Ryuichi Sekine & Ken Ohka Vs Makoto Oishi, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Mineo Fujita

Saori Anou regularly wrestles in Stardom. Tam Nakano mostly wrestles in Actwres girl’Z but has appeared for promotions like Diana and REINA in the past.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2017”, 19/02/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana Vs Danshoku “Bin Bin” Dino

After spending a year working in Thailand, Michael Nakazawa is taking a break for a while and coming back home to Japan. That means Nakazawa is returning to DDT! This will be his first match in DDT since “JUDGEMENT 2016” when Kota Ibushi memorably gave him a Piledriver into a toilet.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Dai Suzuki Vs Shogun Okamoto
4. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
5. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi

A big main event is in store. Not just in physical size but in ego too. Naomi Yoshimura attended the match announcement wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit. He didn’t care about Akebono’s sumo accomplishments and ran down Kazusada Higuchi for losing to Mike Bailey and Ryota Nakatsu late last year. He threatened to blow away anyone who stands in his path. Higuchi was more polite. Being in the presence of Akebono is enough encouragement to withstand whatever Yuji Okabayashi throws at him. Akebono warned Yoshimura to respect him or be crushed.


DDT “DNA 29” Results

January 7, 2017

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DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
165 Fans

1. Kazuki Hirata defeated Daiki Shimomura with the GO☆GO☆Splash (5:46).
2. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Guanchulo & Rekka when Urano pinned Guanchulo with a Cutback (8:50).
3. Antonio Honda defeated Dai Suzuki with the Octopus Hold (9:27).
4. Mizuki Watase & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshimura pinned Shimatani with the Throw Away Power Bomb (11:13).
5. Mike Bailey defeated MAO with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (8:55).
6. Kotaro Suzuki & Madoka defeated Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno when Suzuki pinned Ueno with the Blue Destiny (12:31).
7. Kouki Iwasaki defeated Ryota Nakatsu with the Leg Capture Suplex (17:31).

Kouki Iwasaki finally got his win over Ryota Nakatsu! It took a Brainbuster onto a knee, a Buzzsaw Kick and the Leg Capture Suplex but Iwasaki finally did it. Iwasaki said he would have never been able to lose this match even if Nakatsu broke both of his legs. However he thanked Nakatsu for giving him his best. Nakatsu admitted he’s been looking down on DNA for the last couple of months but it’s only because he’s so focused on carrying BASARA. He told Iwasaki when he becomes the ace of BASARA he will come back to DNA for another top level match together. Iwasaki said when the new DNA is shown on 23rd February, he will stand in the centre as the ace and will not be beaten by anyone!

Kotaro Suzuki was impressed with what he saw in his first DNA match. He thinks it is a wonderful group of young wrestlers. If he ever needs his fill of wrestling, he’ll make sure to come back here. Shunma Katsumata took him up on that offer and challenged him to a singles match on 23rd February at the relaunch show.

Both MAO and Mike Bailey were complimentary towards each other after their match. Bailey calls MAO the best high flyer in DNA but Bailey’s black belt in Judo was the difference. MAO never knew Judo was practised in Canada and was amazed by Bailey’s speed and jumping ability.

Naomi Yoshimura continues his undefeated streak but he’s starting to bite off more than he can chew. He had a stand off with Kazusada Higuchi after their tag match. Backstage Noshimura said “the little guy” (Nobuhiro Shimatani) is okay but he’s coming to crush Higuchi!

Guanchulo wants to team regularly with Rekka in DNA from now on. They live together, train together and eat together so that means they should be a great team together.


DDT “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016 ~IT’S NANIWABUSHI WRESTLING~” Results

December 4, 2016

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DDT “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016 ~IT’S NANIWABUSHI WRESTLING~”, 04/12/2016
Osaka Edion Arena #1
2,355 Fans

0. King Of Dark Title: Kouki Iwasaki, Guanchulo & Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c), Mizuki Watase & Rekka when Iwasaki submitted Shimatani with a Crab Hold (6:43).
*D5 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. Naomi Yoshimura Debut Match: KUDO, Soma Takao & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Keisuke Ishii, Akito & Yuki Ueno when Yoshimura pinned Ueno with the Throw Away Power Bomb (11:47).
2. Naniwa Woman Saga: Aja Kong & LiLiCo defeated Saki Akai & Lady Beard when Kong pinned Akai with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (8:12).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Pork Bun defeated Toru Owashi (c) by Pinfall (4:44 pm).
*Pork Bun becomes the 1,200th champion.
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Kuishinbo Kamen defeated Pork Bun (c), Masahiro Takanashi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Mad Paulie, Kikutaro, Dai Suzuki, Shoichi Uchida, Kenshin Chikano and Yoshihiko (17:48).
3a. Mad Paulie eliminated Porn Bun (c) by eating it (5:15).
*Mad Paulie becomes the 1,201st champion.
3b. Dai Suzuki eliminated Mad Paulie (c) by Submission (9:07).
*Dai Suzuki becomes the 1,202nd champion.
3c. Toru Owashi eliminated Dai Suzuki (c) with the Paradise Lock (11:36).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1,203rd champion.
3d. Yoshihiko eliminated Shoichi Uchida by Ring Out (13:08).
3e. Yoshihiko eliminated Kenshin Chikano by Ring Out (13:11).
3f. Yoshihiko eliminated Masahiro Takanashi by Ring Out (13:16).
3g. Yoshihiko eliminated Kazuki Hirata with the Reincarnation (13:24).
3h. Kuishinbo Kamen eliminated Yoshihiko by Ring Out (13:40).
3i. Kuishinbo Kamen eliminated Toru Owashi (c) with by Pinfall (15:23).
*Kuishinbo Kamen becomes the 1,204th champion.
3j. Kuishinbo Kamen eliminated Kikutaro by Pinfall (17:48).
*V1 for Kuishinbo Kamen.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kikutaro defeated Kuishinbo Kamen (c) with the Shining Kikuzard (5:07 pm).
*Kikutraro becomes the 1,205th champion.
4. Elementary School 3rd Grader – Yuni Debut Match: Shigehiro Irie, Yasu Urano & Yuni defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Irie pinned MAO with the Beast Bomber (9:23).
5. Special Tag Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi when Sakaguchi pinned Higuchi with the Right Knee Of God (9:39).
6. DDT Launch Pre-20th Anniversary Commemoration TLC (Takoyaki, Ladder & Chair) Special 6-Man Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi defeated Dick Togo, Antonio Honda & Takashi Sasaki when Ibushi pinned Honda with the Sit Down Last Ride onto a Kotatsu (15:03).
7. DDT Extreme Title – Doyama Hardcore Match: Jun Kasai defeated Danshoku Dino (c) with the Danshoku Reverse Tiger Driver (13:05).
*Danshoku Dino fails in V4. Jun Kasai becomes the 38th DDT Extreme Champion!
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo (c) when Takeshita pinned Sasaki with the German Suplex (23:34).
*DAMNATION fails in V2. Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey becomes the 58th KO-D Tag Team Champions!
9. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA defeated Shuji Ishikawa (c) with the Swandive Somato (20:08).
*Shuji Ishikawa fails in V3. HARASHIMA becomes the 60th KO-D Openweight Champion!
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Kotatsu defeated Kikutaro (c) by Pinfall (8:08 pm).
*Kotatsu becomes the 1,206th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Hyota Echizenya defeated Kotatsu (c) by Pinfall (8:09 pm).
*Hyota Echizenya becomes the 1,207th champion.

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HARASHIMA is now a 9-time KO-D Openweight Champion! If he was feeling intimidated by the challenge to topple Shuji Ishikawa off his throne, he didn’t show it. Instead he made every kick and Knee Strike count, wearing down the champion. Ishikawa did hit the Splash Mountain but HARASHIMA kicked out of that. Eventually the kicks were all too much for Ishikawa to bear and HARASHIMA ended the match with the Swan Dive Somato. HARASHIMA credited the crowd’s support for helping him win back the title. He enjoyed fighting Shuji with all of his effort and wants to do it again and again. GM Amon Tsurumi asked if HARASHIMA wanted a particular wrestler to face him in a title match at Korakuen Hall on Christmas Day. HARASHIMA thought about it and nominated Shigehiro Irie because he was pinned by Irie in a tag match back last month. Irie says he will return to America in 2017. His first trip was done to make him stronger. Now his goal is to win the KO-D Title and bring it with him to the USA!

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DAMANTION had a bad night overall. Not only did Ishikawa lose the KO-D Title but Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo lost the KO-D Tag Team Titles too. Not only that but they lost it to their bitter rivals Happy Motels. Sasaki again did his Low Blow to Sasaki Hurricanrana combo that’s been so effective this year but this time Konosuke Takeshita kicked out. Meanwhile Mike Bailey was focused on getting revenge against the champions which ended with him intercepting Endo’s Springboard Dropkick with a Springboard Dropkick of his own. He then flattened Endo outside the ring with a Shooting Star Press. With a clear target on Sasaki, Takeshita threw him over with the Geman Suplex and got the three count to win the tag titles. This is Takeshita’s third time holding the tag title while Bailey gets his first championship in DDT.

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The DDT Extreme Title was put on the line in a straight up Hardcore Match. Danshoku Dino had to be violent against Jun Kasai and did so by putting him through a table with the Danshoku Driver. Kasai fought back by grabbing a bundle of bamboo skewers and shoving them in Dino where there sun doesn’t shine. That plan came back to haunt Kasai when Dino grabbed the skewers and shoved them into Kasai’s mouth. He then dug them into the top of Kasai’s head and gave him another Danshoku Driver but Kasai kicked out! Kasai dug the skewers into Dino’s head and hit the Reverse Tiger Driver but Dino kicked out of that too! Finally Kasai pulled his tights down and gave Dino a Danshoku version of the Reverse Tiger Driver. This time it did the job and Kasai became the new Extreme Champion! Kasai said before the match Dino told him how handsome he was and his love for him was true. Kasai’s response is he’s not gay but thanks for the match. Dino gave him the middle finger, said he loves him and returned to the locker room. Kasai said now he is the champion he will dye the belt with colour. As he left the ring he went over to the commentary table and gave Yoshihiro Takayama a deep kiss, making him faint into his chair.

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To commemorate DDT’s upcoming 20th Anniversary a special TLC Match took place between Sanshiro Takagi, Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi against Dick Togo, Antonio Honda & former DDT turned FREEDOMS wrestler Takashi Sasaki. The “T” in this match stood for Takoyaki which was being cooked by Nobuhiro Shimatani at ringside. Togo immediately slumped into the corner when the match began. He apologised but his heart wasn’t in it. He could only gain the spirit to wrestle if Honda told the tale of “Gon, The Little Fox”. This was all just a ruse for Togo’s team to attack when their opponents dropped their guard. Togo grabbed Takagi’s bicycle and spun the rear tyre against Ihashi’s head. Ibushi intercepted the bicycle but Togo cut him off by spraying him with a fire extinguisher. Togo and Ihashi both climbed a ladder and Togo knocked him off it by feeding him piping hot Takoyaki. He then put Ihashi in the Crippler Crossface while Honda fed Ihashi more Takoyaki. Special guest Hyota Echizenya made an appearance wearing a Kotatsu table over his back. Takagi put the Kotatsu over himself and tried to splash Sasaki through another table but missed. Outside the ring another table was set up to act as a ramp for Ibushi to cycle jump into Togo. However Togo moved and Ibushi crashed into Ihashi instead. Back in the ring Takagi used the Kotatsu as a shield to block chairshots. He then lied down and ordered Ibushi to give Honda the Last Ride onto the Kotatsu above him. After the match Togo shook Takagi’s hand but then gave him the Pedigree, all while Takagi was still wearing the Kotatsu table.

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Yukio Sakaguchi rebounded from his TKO defeat to Yoshihiro Takayama last month with a victory here. With Masakatsu Funaki holding back Takayama, Sakaguchi was able to pin Kazusada Higuchi with the Right Knee Of God. Funaki said backstage that he has teamed with various wrestlers but did not get along with many of them. He gets along with Sakaguchi though and both of them are interested in winning championships.

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The 3rd grade student Yuni made his debut, probably being the youngest person to ever wrestle in Osaka Edion Arena. The 8 year old’s big spots in the match were a Moonsault and also an elevated Dropkick using Irie and Yasu Urano as steps to get the height necessary to hit the target. Urano thought Yuni’s performance was amazing and gave him a score of 100 points. Yuni’s goal is to win the KO-D Title before he turns 10 years old.

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Ever since the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title came back to DDT the champion has had sleepless nights. Whoever holds the belt becomes so paranoid that they lose sleep. Toru Owashi entered the building as the champion but he was so tired from fighting off ambushes that he needed rest. He ate a Pork Bun he found on a bed backstage but then fell asleep with the Pork Bun on top of him. 1…2…3! The Pork Bun was now champion. It was brought down to the ring for the Battle Royal and somehow outwrestled Kazuki Hirata. Everything was going great until Mad Paulie entered and ate the Pork Bun to win the title. He knocked Dai Suzuki around the ring until everyone piled on top them. Paulie was pinned and Suzuki was declared the champion. When Owashi woke up and entered the hall he stopped Suzuki from fleeing and trapped him in the Paradise Lock on the entrance ramp where Suzuki stayed for the rest of the match. It took the combined powers of Kuishinbo Kamen and Kikutaro to send Owashi back to sleep. The match came down to them and although Kamen won the title, Kikutaro crotched him on the ropes after the match and used the 24/7 rule to escape with the belt. However at the end of the show Kikutaro found the Kotatsu used in the TLC match and used it to take a nap. 1…2…3! The Kotatsu became the champion. Hyota Echizenya walked in and tried to pick up the table. 1…2…3! Echizenya is now the champion!

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Aja Kong & LiLiCo were too strong for the Kawaii Connection to handle. They cut off Saki Akai from Lady Beard and Kong dominated her up until the finish. LiLiCo even did her own version of the Spinning Backfist. In the post-match interview Kong reiterated that DDT was wrong to use LiLiCo like a toy by parading her around for some dating nonsense. Maybe as punishment they should go after the KO-D Tag Team Titles!

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The show kicked off proper with the debut of Naomi Yoshimura, the latest rookie to wrestle for DNA. He got to show off his power by repeatedly Body Slamming Yuki Ueno then hitting a big Power Slam. His finishing move was a release Power Bomb. KUDO notes that it is a new era for DDT and it’s his job now not to lose to the new blood. Yoshimura says he wants to fight Higuchi because he is the strongest in DNA however he also wants to be on his side until he is ready to fight him. Also Yoshimura looks up to Zeus and Yuji Hino as wrestlers of inspiration.

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Nobuhiro Shimatani continues his downward spiral to the bottom of DDT when he was defeated in the dark match. The current King Of Dark Champion hit a couple of Standing Shooting Stars in a row to Kouki Iwasaki but eventually fell to the usual rookie killer move, the Crab Hold.

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Super Sasadango Machine hopes to return to the ring in time for DDT’s 20th Anniversary show in Saitama Super Arena on 20th March. He received a message of support from Yoshihiro Takayama on Facebook which has given him encouragement.

More information for DDT Universe has become known. The video on demand service launches on 23rd January, 2017 and the first live broadcast will be “SWEET DREAMS! 2017” on 29th January. The monthly price is 900 yen a month but the first month of the subscription will be free.