DDT “JUDGEMENT 2020 ~DDT 23RD ANNIVERSARY~” Results

March 20, 2020

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2020 ~DDT 23RD ANNIVERSARY~”, 20/03/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
916 Fans

0. Exhibition Match: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Jordan Heatley with the Canadian Backbreaker (3:50).
1. Hideki Okatani Debut Match: Naomi Yoshimura & Keigo Nakamura defeated Shunma Katsumata & Hideki Okatani when Yoshimura pinned Okatani with a Lariat (6:01).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Toru Owashi (c) with a School Boy (11:51 am).
*Masahiro Takanashi becomes the 1,474th champion.
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Kazuki Hirata defeated Masahiro Takanashi (c), Toru Owashi, Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda, Mizuki Watase, Yukio Naya and Hiroshi Yamato (7:42).
2a. Toru Owashi & Hiroshi Yamato eliminated Masahiro Takanashi (c) with a Double Lateral Cradle (2:06).
*Toru Owashi & Hiroshi Yamato both become the 1,745th co-champions.
2b. Danshoku Dieno, Yukio Naya, Antonio Honda & Mizuki Watase eliminated Toru Owashi (1/2 c) & Hiroshi Yamato (1/2 c) with Simultaneous Pinfalls (2:40).
*Danshoku Dieno, Yukio Naya, Antonio Honda & Mizuki Watase all become the 1,746th co-champions.
2c. Kazuki Hirata eliminated Mizuki Watase (1/4 c) with a School Boy (5:13).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes 1/4 of the 1,476th champions.
2d. Kazuki Hirata (1/4 c) eliminated Yukio Naya (1/4 c) with a School Boy (5:54).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes 2/4 of the 1,476th champions.
2e. Kazuki Hirata (2/4 c) eliminated Antonio Honda (1/4 c) by Pinfall (6:54).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes 3/4 of the 1,476th champions.
2f. Kazuki Hirata (3/4 c) eliminated Danshoku Dieno (1/4 c) with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (7:42).
*Kazuki Hirata becomes the unified 1,477th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Toru Owashi defeated Kazuki Hirata (c) with a School Boy (12:01 pm).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1,478th champion.
3. CIMA, Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & El Lindaman defeated Shinya Aoki, MAO, Mike Bailey & Makoto Oishi when Takao pinned Oishi with the Mad Splash (9:24).
4. HARASHIMA, Naomichi Marufuji & Yuki Ueno defeated Akito, Yuki Iino & Royce Chambers when HARASHIMA pinned Akito with the Somato (10:33).
5. Business Alliance Vs Eruption!: Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Sakaguchi pinned Shimatani with the God’s Right Knee (9:15).
5a. Emergency Decision: Tetsuya Endo defeated Royce Chambers with the Shooting Star Press (4:42).
*Royce Chambers cashed in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Chris Brookes (c) with the Crossover Facelock (20:35).
*Chris Brookes fails in V1. Daisuke Sasaki becomes the 2nd DDT UNIVERSAL Champion!
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Rolling Elbow (22:56).
*V2 for Masato Tanaka.

Heck if I know if it was a good idea to do this but DDT’s monthly Korakuen Hall show went ahead today in front of an audience. The main event to celebrate DDT’s 23rd anniversary saw the face of the company attempt to regain the KO-D Openweight Title. The champion Masato Tanaka used chairs to great effect, using them to attack Konosuke Takeshita’s knees as well as hit a direct chairshot to the head. A Splash from the top rope through a table outside also caused great damage to Takeshita. However Takeshita used the chair against Tanaka by Corner To Corner Dropkicking it into his face. Takeshita hit an Avalanche Air Raid Crash but Tanaka kicked out of the pin. The Fable was countered into a Power Bomb. Tanaka kept using Elbow Strikes to cut off Takeshita’a offence. He would hit short range Sliding D’s but Takeshita would find a way to prevent Tanaka from hitting the move at full force. Takeshita threw his own Elbow Strikes but Tanaka stood tall at the end when he pulled off his elbow pad and struck Takeshita raw with an unprotected Rolling Elbow. There was no kicking out after that.

Tanaka said he was so happy to fight Takeshita today because of the struggle he gave him. When Takeshita left ringside, Yuki Iino approached the ring threatening to cash in his Right To Challenge Gauntlet. However it was only a threat and he left without doing anything. Tanaka had an opportunity to choose his next challenger again but he wasn’t sure who to pick. Suddenly, Yukio Sakaguchi sprung into the ring! He wants the next title shot in April. The match was accepted with Tanaka standing on the middle rope so he could look down on Sakaguchi. The final words went to Sakaguchi. In April will win the KO-D Title and Kazusada Higuchi will win the Saitama Super Arena Sword. That will mean when June comes around, the main event of Saitama Super Arena will be occupied entirely by Eruption! Sakaguchi then thanked the fans for coming out today. He works a regular job along with his pro wrestling career so he is grateful that the fans continue to support DDT. In return everybody in DDT is encouraged to do their best.

Easy come, easy go. The first DDT UNIVERSAL Champion loses the belt in his first defence. An out of ring brawl made up the early part of the match with Chris Brookes attempting to put Daisuke Sasaki through some chairs with the Praying Mantis Bomb. Instead Sasaki dropped both Brookes and himself into the row of chairs with a Russian Leg Sweep. Sasaki also hit a Diving Elbow Drop from the ring corner to a seated Brookes outside the ring. DAMNATION interfered once Brookes regained some ground. Sasaki intentionally used Brookes to take out Daisuke Kiso. Tetsuya Endo’s Overhead Kick hit Sasaki by mistake and Brookes hit the Praying Mantis Bomb. Kiso counted the pin until Mad Paulie pulled him out of the ring. Brookes wiped out DAMNATION with a dive then made Sasaki submit to the Octopus Hold but there was no referee to call the match. Nobuhiro Shimatani came in to attack Brookes with the DAMNATION signboard but Masahiro Takanashi came out to get rid of him. Kiso got back up to count some nearfalls like Sasaki’s Diving Elbow and Brookes’ Tombstone Piledriver. Brookes went for the Praying Mantis Bomb once more but Sasaki countered it into the Cross Facelock. He then switched it into the Crossover Facelock to make Brookes submit.

Sasaki’s first words as the new champion was “Old dog never die!” He said all beer from the UK is soft with no carbonation so he will not take on any challengers from Britain anymore. Antonio Honda entered the ring to challenge Sasaki but he tripped over the ropes. He got back up and said Sasaki has a filthy heart. Sasaki began to meditate to fix that problem but Honda told him to get back up. Honda challenged Sasaki to a title match but he was turned down.

As briefly mentioned earlier, Eruption has the main event of “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” in their sights. Sakaguchi is going straight after the KO-D Title while Higuchi is now targeting Endo for the SSA Sword. Higuchi threw Endo for a loop by using a Package Power Bomb but it was Sakaguchi who won the match by pinning Shimatani. T-Hawk was earlier taken out with a Higuchi Lariat so it was a rough match for the Business Alliance.

When the match ended, El Lindaman promoted the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match he, Endo & T-Hawk will be a part of in two days time. ALL OUT interrupted the Business Alliance because Royce Chambers had something to say. He will be going back to Australia tomorrow so he is using his Right To Challenge Gauntlet to win the SSA Sword right now! Chambers went for the kill by using his own high flying moves to counter Endo’s. They both used Canadian Destroyers on each other but Endo took it one step further by doing a Double Arm Canadian Destroyer. Chambers kicked out of the pin after that but was down and out when Endo hit the Shooting Star Press. Endo got on the mic and said as long as he is in the ring, nobody else will get the chance to be at the top! He told Chambers to study more Japanese if he ever comes back. He then joked about wrestling in saunas before warning ALL OUT that the Business Alliance will win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles! Whoever comes out as the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions after 22nd March will defend the belts against DISASTER BOX on 4th April.

Naomichi Marufuji was back to team with DISASTER BOX and his partnership with HARASHIMA in particular had not lost a step. When Yuki Ueno dove out of the ring onto Iino & Chambers, it left HARASHIMA & Marufuji alone with Akito. Together they hit a Double Thrust Kick, Marufuji did the Shiranui and HARASHIMA won with the Somato.

After the match, HARASHIMA thanked Marufuji for reforming HarashiMarufuji after a long time apart. They brought up the idea of tagging together at “WRESTLE PETER PAN”. That caused CIMA & Soma Takao to come out. CIMA made fun of the HarashiMarufuji team name. It isn’t an easy name to say. CimaSoma is easy to say which means it is a better name. CIMA could have confronted Marufuji back on the 3rd January DDT show but he was occupied with Business Alliance stuff. In the end CimaSoma challenged HarashiMarufuji to a match at “WRESTLE PETER PAN”. Marufuji isn’t interested in fighting Takao but he can’t turn down the chance to wrestle CIMA for the first time since their Budokan tag match in NOAH way back in 2007!

A Mad Splash from CIMA followed by a Mad Splash from Takao gave the Business Alliance the victory in the 8-Man Tag Match. The bout was Shinya Aoki’s first 8-Man Tag Match and also the return of Mike Bailey to DDT. Aoki found out after the match that his next DDT Extreme Title defence is on 5th April. An opponent has not been decided yet but he would like to face Makoto Oishi in a matchup between Sambo and Judo. Meanwhile The Moonlight Express want to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles so they can claim the shiny new championship belts.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title lineage was fractured into multiple co-champions during the Battle Royal. Before the match even begun, Takanashi pinned Toru Owashi during his entrance to win the belt. Everyone chased Takanashi into the ring so the Rumble style entries were thrown out and a regular Battle Royal began. Owashi & Hiroshi Yamato pinned Takanashi at the same time to they became co-champions. The two of them were then all pinned by Danshoku Dieno, Yukio Naya, Antonio Honda & Mizuki Watase at the same time creating 4 co-champions! Kazuki Hirata had to eliminated each of the 4 co-champions to unify the title back into one whole piece. All of that hard work was taken away when Owashi pinned Hirata after the match to become the champion again.

The debuting Hideki Okatani was pinned in his first match as expected. He was mostly on the defensive against Naomi Yoshimura and also Keigo Nakamura. He was able to do a Northern Lights Suplex after Shunma Katsumata softened Yoshimura up. But a Lariat put Okatani down for the three count. Just like Nakamura, Okatani’s goal is to beat a senior wrestler as soon as possible.

The trainee Jordan Heatley faced Higuchi in the pre-show exhibition match. Heatley tried to put on a Tazzmission but Higuchi instead submitted him with the Canadian Backbreaker. Heatley will make his official debut against Honda on 2nd April.

Yoshiaki Yatsu appeared to introduce the show and also promote his return match at “WRESTLE PETER PAN”.

The 5th opponent in Saki Akai’s “Okibariyasu” trial is Syuri. Akai knows Syuri is a powerful kicker so she is looking forward to comparing them with her own kicks. Their match is on 2nd April.

DDT is holding a Falls Count Anywhere Match inside the Saitama Anzukai Clinic to protect the elderly from the COVID-19. The match on 30th March will be Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Shinya Aoki, Makoto Oishi & Gabai Ji-chan.


Big Head Vs Diamond Hips, Takeshita Becomes Part Of Tanaka’s History, Old Dog Sasaki, Princess Title In USA

February 25, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “STAND PROUD”, 01/03/2020
Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall

1. Yuna Manase, Pom Harajuku & Haruna Neko Vs Nodoka Tenma, Mina Shirakawa & Mahiro Kiryu
2. Hikari Noa Vs Sena Shiori
3. Yuki Kamifuku Vs Yuki Aino
4. Mizuki Vs Hyper Misao
5. Miyu Yamashita Vs Natsumi Maki
6. Princess Tag Team Titles: Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe (c) Vs Maki Itoh & Raku
7. International Princess Title: Thunder Rosa (c) Vs Shoko Nakajima

The contract for the Princess Tag Team Titles match was signed at the beginning of yesterday’s show. Raku is excited to have a title match and wants to be taken to a world she has never seen before. Maki Itoh is happy to have somebody as pure as Raku teaming with her. She will bring the colour of Itoh out of Raku. Miu Watanabe is still feeling frustrated over losing to Raku recently. The result makes her want to spring into defending the tag titles. Rika Tatsumi started a fight with Itoh which is stronger, Tatsumi’s “diamond hips” or Itoh’s “big head”. Tatsumi is also still bitter over losing a singles match to Itoh last year.

DDT “SHIMOKITAZAWA FIGHTING THEATER 2020”, 03/03/2020
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Toru Owashi, Masahiro Takanashi & Keigo Nakamura
2. Special No DQ Match With Spicy Curry: Shunma Katsumata Vs Maku Donaruto
3. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Mizuki Watase & Thunder Rosa
4. Worldwide Match: Chris Brookes Vs Royce Chambers
5. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: Soma Takao Vs Yuki Ueno Vs Naomi Yoshimura Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Kazusada Higuchi Vs MAO Vs Yuki Iino Vs Antonio Honda Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Yukio Naya
6. Special Tag Match: Masato Tanaka & Takuya Sugawara Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Akito
7. DDT Extreme Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Shinya Aoki

Masato Tanaka is bringing over more of his outsider friends for his match against future challengers. Now Takuya Sugawara from ZERO1 is coming in to team with Tanaka and take on ALL OUT.

Not sure if having a No DQ Match against Maku Donaruto is a suitable welcome back gift but Shunma Katsumata is getting it anyway.

DDT “DRAMATIC DOKU GANRYU 2020”, 07/03/2020
Miyagi Yume Messe West Wing Hall

1. Akito Vs Keigo Nakamura
2. Masahiro Takanashi & Makoto Oishi Vs Antonio Honda & Kazuki Hirata
3. Sendai Specialty! 3 Way Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Toru Owashi Vs Gorgeous Matsuno
4. 3 Way Tag Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Soma Takao & Hiroshi Yamato Vs Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya
5. HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Royce Chambers
6. Born In Osaki City, MAO Triumph! Miyagi Specialty Special Tag Match: MAO & Chris Brookes Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie
7. Born In Shiraishi, Tetsuya Endo Triumph! Miyagi Specialty Special Single Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Yuki Iino

Nothing unusual has been added to complete the Miyagi card.

DDT “DRAMATIC PASSION OF MOBARA! 2020”, 08/03/2020
Chiba Mobara City Gymnasium Main Arena

1. Toru Owashi & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Akito & Keigo Nakamura
2. Actwres girl’Z Offer Match: Nao Kakuta Vs Yoshiko Hasegawa
3. 3 Way Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Mizuki Watase
4. Chris Brookes & Antonio Honda Vs Soma Takao & Mad Paulie
5. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Makoto Oishi & Yukio Naya
6. DAMNATION Vs DDT Sauna Club!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
7. Mobara City Reconstruction Support Special 6-Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Yamato, HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Iino & Royce Chambers

The DDT Sauna Club continues their tour across Japan.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “SILVER CHARIOTS 2020”, 08/03/2020
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Ganpro & Ganjo Special Mixed Match: Moeka Haruhi & Washi Sakurai Vs Gota Ihashi & HARUKAZE
2. Ganpro Battle Without Honour! Special Tag Match: Shota & Heijitsu Mask Vs Kuishinbo Kamen & Space Galaxy Warrior Andros
3. Strike While The Iron Is Hot! Ganpro Vs BASARA Battle: Ken Ohka Vs Tetsuo Usui
4. Toyama Vs India Full Battle: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Baliyan Akki
5. Yesterday’s Enemy Is Today’s Friend! Indie Jr. Title Preliminary Battle Special Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii & Yumehito Imanari Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Shigeyuki Kawahara

There are a few changes to this card. Keito Murota pulled out due to ill health. Tetsuo Usui is now Ken Ohka’s opponent, continuing the permanent rivalry between Ganbare☆Wrestling and BASARA. Also missing is Shuichiro Katsumura. He will be producing a ZST mixed martial arts event on the same day so he is unable to appear here.

DDT “DRAMATIC FURINKAZAN! 2020”, 15/03/2020
Aimesse Yamanashi

1. Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
2. Yuki Ueno Vs Makoto Oishi
3. Yamanashi Specialty! Wild Forest Volcano Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Royce Chambers

The current DDT ring announcer Inoue Mic is bringing along someone to join him as a special guest for the show. It his wife, former pro wrestler Ai Shimizu!

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2020 ~DDT 23RD ANNIVERSARY~”, 20/03/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Hideki Okatani Debut Match: Shunma Katsumata & Hideki Okatani Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keigo Nakamura
2. CIMA, Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & El Lindaman Vs Shinya Aoki, MAO, Mike Bailey & Makoto Oishi
3. Business Alliance Vs Eruption!: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Battle Royal: Toru Owashi (c) Vs Danshoku Dieno Vs Masahiro Takanashi Vs Antonio Honda Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Mizuki Watase Vs Yukio Naya Vs Hiroshi Yamato
5. HARASHIMA, Naomichi Marufuji & Yuki Ueno Vs Akito, Yuki Iino & Royce Chambers
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Chris Brookes (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

After being away from the KO-D Openweight Title scene for a while, Konosuke Takeshita is excited to be chosen as the next challenger. He remembers his dad once renting an FMW video tape with Tanaka’s matches on it. Ever since then Takeshita has followed Tanaka’s career. Now his name will be written into the Reiwa era of Tanaka’s wrestling history. Tanaka was honored to hear this but he still thinks he will beat Takeshita. He is from the land of athletes worthy of being athletes because of his background with Gold’s Gym. When the match takes place, Tanaka will make the fans think he is still strong. He named the four wrestlers he thinks are the symbols of DDT: HARASHIMA, Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki and Konosuke Takeshita. Tanaka is one win away from having a clean sweep against all of them.

Sasaki briefly stole the DDT UNIVERSAL Title right after Chris Brookes became the first champion. He gave the belt back and apologised for his thievery. He promised to reflect on his actions and will only claim the title belt by winning it as an athlete. Brookes does not believe Sasaki is being honest. He thinks Sasaki is strange like an old dog. His promise is to put Sasaki out of his misery and maybe even stab him. Brookes warned that their match for the UNIVERSAL Title will not be a true representation of his ring skill. It will be a dirty match on both sides.

A lot more is happening on this show. Naomichu Marufuji returns to wrestle for DISASTER BOX, the Business Alliance of DAMNATION & #STRONGHEARTS are pitted against the newest DDT unit Eruption and 19 year old Hideki Okatani has his debut match.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “HERMIT PURPLE 2020”, 21/03/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Kouki Iwasaki

Sometimes having a dominant champion can be boring. Kouki Iwasaki thinks that way about Keisuke Ishii and the Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title. Iwasaki wants to be the strongest wrestler in Ganpro. Beating Ishii and winning the title will make him just that.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “MIZUMOTO GENERAL SPORTS CENTER GYM 4TH ANNIVERSARY POOL PRO WRESTLING”, 22/03/2020
Tokyo Mizumoto Sports Center Gymnasium Heated Pool

1. Falls Count Anywhere 6-Man Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii, Yumehito Imanari & Shota Vs Hiroshi Yamato, Cherry & Gota Ihashi

This show has been cancelled. The match was supposed to be held as part of the venue’s 4th anniversary celebrations but management has called off all public events over concerns of the Coronavirus epidemic.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TJPW IS COMING TO AMERICA WITH DDT”, 03/04/2020
The Ritz Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

1. DDT Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Yuki Ueno
2. Princess Of Princess Title: Yuka Sakazaki (c) Vs Su Yung

Tampa’s main event will be a rematch from last August’s Korakuen Hall show. Yuka Sakazaki and Su Yung fought to a double knockout when they choked each other out with Mandible Claws. This time around the Princess Of Princess Title is on the line so a winner must be determined!


DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2020” Results

February 23, 2020

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2020”, 23/02/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,194 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie defeated Yukio Naya and Keigo Nakamura when Paulie pinned Nakamura with a Flying Body Scissors Drop (2:35).
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Mizuki Watase when Higuchi pinned Watase with the Doctor Bomb (8:20).
3. All Human Beings Are Brothers Vs We Are Family 6-Man Tag Match: Dansoku Dieno, Super Sasadango Machine & Yasu Urano Vs Shinya Aoki, Hiroshi Yamato & Kazuki Hirata ended in a No Contest when a stranger broke in (8:58).
4. 3 Way Tag Match: CIMA & Soma Takao defeated HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno and Masahiro Takanashi & Makoto Oishi when Takao pinned Oishi with the Mad Splash (9:22).
5. 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Match – No Tag Rules: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman defeated Akito, Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Chihiro Hashimoto (15:30).
5a. El Lindaman eliminated Shunma Katsumata after the AKACHOCHIN (4:41).
5b. El Lindaman and Chihiro Hashimoto eliminated each other by Double Ring Out (12:09).
5c. Daisuke Sasaki eliminated Yuki Iino with the Sasaki Hurricanrana (14:04).
5d. Akito eliminated Daisuke Sasaki with an Inside Cradle (14:10)
*Akito wins Daisuke Sasaki’s Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Sword.
5e. Tetsuya Endo eliminated Akito with the Yurikamome (15:30).
*Tetsuya Endo win Akito’s Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Sword.
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Chris Brookes defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Death By Roll-Up (19:26).
*Chris Brookes becomes the 1st DDT UNIVERSAL Champion!
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) defeated MAO with the Sliding D (21:49).
*V1 for Masato Tanaka.

Today MAO welcomed Masato Tanaka into his world of fucked up wrestling. The challenger used a lot of what he learned in Europe to keep Tanaka on his toes early in the match. A out of the ring battle had Tanaka take control with a Brainbuster on the floor. MAO got a lucky break when Tanaka accidentally knocked Yukinori Matsui out of the ring with a Lariat. MAO’s friends from the DDT Sauna Club gave him plastic cases and rubber ducks to attack the champion with. He did a Spaceman Plancha out of the ring just to smash a box over Tanaka’s head. MAO then set a table up next to the ring but Tanaka regained control with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron. Tanaka then put MAO through the table with a Diving Body Press. MAO kept on fighting and even hit the Ultima Weapon as a shoutout to Mike Bailey for a nearfall. MAO did a backflip to avoid the Sliding D but was caught out with a Lariat. Despite his spirited attempt to get back up, Tanaka finished MAO off with the Sliding D.

After the match Tanaka said he enjoyed MAO’s weird wrestling style. He also explained that he won the match today because he hid some of the rubber ducks in his tights, guarding his waist from MAO’s attacks! It turns out Tanaka was inspired by MAO’s weirdness to try something weird himself and it worked. Tanaka wants to do more weird wrestling with MAO some day. The two shook hands and MAO left the ring while Tanaka waited to find out what he’s doing next.

None of the Right To Challenge Gauntlet holders came out so Hisaya Imabayashi decided the next KO-D Openweight Title defence will be on 20th March. He asked Tanaka if there was someone he wanted to fight. Tanaka did. He called out Konosuke Takeshita! When Tanaka entered DDT he had three wrestlers in particular that he wanted to fight. He already went through HARASHIMA and Tetsuya Endo. Now Takeshita is next, it doesn’t matter that he lost his match earlier in the show. Tanaka has won the D-Ou Grand Prix, became the KO-D Champion and just now defended it. If Takeshita thinks he is at the top of DDT then he should fight Tanaka. If he doesn’t have the confidence then he should get out of here. Takeshita accepted the challenge. He respects Tanaka as both a wrestler and a trainer at Gold’s Gym so he would like to fight him for the title.

Takeshita’s defeat that Tanaka mentioned was of course the DDT UNIVERSAL Title match. The allure of being the first champion of this brand new title pushed Takeshita and Chris Brookes to take bigger risks. Brookes laid Takeshita across two railings near the entrance and Double Stomped Takeshita through the gap. Later Takeshita hit an Avalanche Air Raid Crash onto the turnbuckle. Brookes kicked out of the Fable and went into a back and forth with his opponent. It ended with Brookes all of a sudden pinning Takeshita with Death By Roll-Up, that Figure 4 Backwards Bridge pin that’s been used more and more across the wrestling scene lately. Brookes is now the 1st DDT UNIVERSAL Champion!

Sadly Brookes did not get much time to celebrate. His victory speech was cut short by an ambush from Daisuke Sasaki! He had lost that Saitama Super Arena Sword earlier in the show and figured that he should get a title belt to replace it. So he stole the UNIVERSAL Title from Brookes! However Sasaki handed the title to a reporter backstage because he doesn’t want to be a thief. This little stunt was just a warning. Sasaki said that Brookes never got his permission to come live in Japan! When Brookes got his belt back he called Sasaki a stupid wrestler.

The Saitama Super Arena Sword did leave Sasaki’s grasp but it still belongs to a DAMNATION wrestler at the end of the day. The Business Alliance between DAMNATION and #STRONGHEARTS was victorious over ALL OUT and Chihiro Hashimoto in the Elimination Tag Match. Hashimoto was eliminated along with El Lindaman when Yuki Iino Speared the both of them off the ring apron. Sasaki lost the Sword to Akito when Akito pinned him right after Sasaki pinned Iino. But Endo and T-Hawk stood tall together and had Akito beaten. Endo made Akito submit, meaning that Endo now holds claim to the Sword and the Saitama Super Arena main event spot! That’s not all. We were told that the alliance between these two units will spread all across the world from Japan to America to Mexico to Europe. Puma King is partnering with them in Mexico for example. But there is one place where #STRONGHEARTS have not been in yet. Saitama Super Arena! They asked Imabayashi to book them for “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020”. He eventually agreed to it after some back and forth about keeping their schedules good and proper.

The DAMNATION/#STRONGHEARTS alliance had a good day across the card with CIMA & Soma Takao also winning a 3 Way Tag Match. The crowd gave Takao “BIMA” chants, referencing his gimmick from his college club wrestling days. Some of his opponents even called him that as a joke. Takao got the last laugh by using the Mad Splash to pin Makoto Oishi. CIMA even used the Venus & Iconoclasm combo to set it up.

For the safety of the audience during the Coronavirus epidemic, all of the wrestlers in Match #3 were given special protective masks to wear while they wrestled. The masks were used specifically for this match because it would also stop Danshoku Dieno from doing the Lip Lock. The protective masks were all Super Sasadango Machine masks which led to the wrestlers getting confused and losing track over who they were supposed to fight. During the confusion, Dieno noticed that there were more people in the ring than a 3 Vs 3 Match is supposed to have. Everyone took off their mask and found out the man in the middle of the ring was a complete stranger. They asked who he was and the lights went out. When they came back on the ring was empty and the show continued like nothing happened.

Saki Akai was surprised to find out that Miranda Gordy was in attendance. She came out after the Eruption match and interrupted Akai’s promotion for their match in Nagoya tomorrow. Gordy asked for a handshake but then kicked Akai and attempted to Power Bomb her. Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi came to the rescue and Gordy fled the ring, saying “See you tomorrow” to Akai as she walked away. Akai complained that Gordy does not know Japanese courtesy.

The opening 3 Way Match did not last long. Keigo Nakamura was able to get Yukio Naya out of the ring but he was quickly flattened by Mad Paulie afterward.

Shunma Katsumata had his first match back from surgery today. Imabayashi gave him a welcome back gift. It is a No DQ Match against Maku Donaruto on 3rd March!

Sakaguchi & Iino were revealed as the new producers for YaroZ. Their first message is they will accept any wrestlers who want to graduate from BOYZ because YaroZ is the more exciting place to be.

The newest DDT trainee to make his debut is Hideki Okatani. The 19 year old will have his first match on 20th March. He said he will do his best to get his first win over a senior wrestler as soon as possible.

Another fresh face to show up today is DDT’s new ring announcer Kazunori Kosuge.

A bunch of special guest names were announced for “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” on 7th July. Kenny Omega, Naomichi Marufuji and Meiko Satomura will all be there!

As a preview for “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020”, a special Street Wrestling match will be held at Saitama Super Arena on 11th March.


CyberAgent Takes Over Pro Wrestling NOAH, Takagi Appointed NOAH President

January 29, 2020

A press conference was held by CyberAgent today to announce it has acquired 100% of Pro Wrestling NOAH, making it the company’s newest subsidiary. Sanshiro Takagi, the current President and Representative Director of DDT Pro Wrestling will now also serve as the President and Representative Director of NOAH. Naomichi Marufuji is now the Executive Vice President of NOAH. The previous owners LIDET Entertainment will remain involved as a corporate sponsor.

Takagi says that DDT and NOAH will co-exist and prosper under the same CyberAgent umbrella. They will form a partnership that will create a new landscape for the pro wrestling industry. Takagi’s role in NOAH will only focus on the company’s business side. Everything related to NOAH’s current in-ring product will not be altered. It will still be ran by the NOAH staff who were there before the sale. While there will be interactions between the two companies, NOAH will still be NOAH and DDT will still be DDT.

The interactions include NOAH wrestlers being added to DDT’s “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” card at Saitama Super Arena on 7th June. There will also be two Sumo Hall shows held on back to back days in November. DDT will have a Ryogoku show on the 21st and NOAH will have their show on the 22nd.

Another decision made as part of the deal is the broadcast of NOAH shows on DDT UNIVERSE. A live broadcast of tomorrow’s “GLOBAL JR LEAGUE 2020” event will be shown free on UNIVERSE. The plan is to have one or two live showings and VODs added to the service every month. NOAH’s previous TV deals with G+ and Samurai TV remain as they are. There is also AbemaTV available to them now as well.

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Well isn’t this a shocker! Tokyo Sports broke the news 24 hours before the announcement. With this being the third time the company changed ownership since 2016 it was a strong reminder that it was still struggling financially despite on the surface looking like it had stabilized itself with the 2019 rebrand. We can now see in hindsight that Marufuji’s entry into DISASTER BOX was a sign of things to come. People on Twitter are even joking that Miyako Matsumoto stapling a NOAH flyer onto Chris Brookes’s forehead was galaxy brain level foreshadowing.

There is a lot to be excited about. The big one is NOAH broadcasts being added to DDT UNIVERSE. No mention yet of past events going up but if NOAH’s relationship with G+ still stands then the potential back catalogue would be a wonderful addition to the service, even if it only goes back to the REBORN era. And it’s nice to see a sinking ship get saved (sorry, had to use the pun).

But what is the effect this has on the wider wrestling world? Gossip about WWE entering the territory with some sort of NXT Japan project has been coming and going over the last few years. Events during that time gave strong hints of NOAH and WWE dabbling together over something. With NOAH siding with CyberAgent that takes another piece off of WWE’s board for world domination. The first piece was Stardom shrugging off their advances in favour of Bushiroad. If WWE wants to involve themselves in the Japanese scene like they are doing with Europe, then that task was just made harder with today’s news.

Anyway, one last thing. If there turns out to be plenty of DDT involvement happening in NOAH, I’ll write about it. Otherwise I’m taking their word that NOAH will still be its own promotion and I won’t be adding a NOAH section to the site. I have my hands full with the DDT groups. I recommend following @Hi5ame on Twitter to get NOAH news.


DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2020” Results

January 26, 2020

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2020”, 26/01/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,278 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Masahiro Takanashi, Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura when Takao pinned Nakamura with a Running Elbow Butt (5:00).
2. Gamo & L’Oréal Presents Hair Arrange Tag Match: MAO & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Toru Owashi & Super Sasadango Machine when MAO pinned Sasadango with the Cannonball 450 (7:18).
3. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Higuchi pinned Akito with the Doctor Bomb (8:06).
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: Daisuke Sasaki, Shinya Aoki and Yasu Urano defeated Tetsuya Endo, Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi, Yukio Naya and Antonio Honda (12:26).
4a. Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Sword: Yasu Urano grabbed the envelope (5:26).
4b. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract: Daisuke Sasaki grabbed the envelope (9:24).
4c. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract: Shinya Aoki grabbed the envelope (12:26).
-. Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Sword: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Yasu Urano by Pinfall (1:59).
*Daisuke Sasaki wins Yasu Urano’s Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Sword. Sasaki cashes in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
5. Special Single Match To Have Naomichi Marufuji Remember Your Name: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Ko-oh (11:01).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) defeated Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuki Iino when Yoshimura pinned Iino with the Shonenba (11:27).
*V2 for Nautilus.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka defeated HARASHIMA (c) with the Sliding D (20:18).
*HARASHIMA fails in V2. Masato Tanaka becomes the 74th KO-D Openweight Champion!

There is now no doubt about it, Masato Tanaka is the strongest in DDT! He went through the D-Ou Grand Prix undefeated and today wiped out the only blight in his record from that tournament to become the new KO-D Openweight Champion! It wasn’t easy though. HARASHIMA threw everything he had against Tanaka from the Somato to the Firebird Splash. The ace up Tanaka’s sleeve as always was the Sliding D. He used it to great effect, finding even the smallest of openings to use the move. The climax of the match saw HARASHIMA go for the Swan Dive Somato. Tanaka avoided the move and popped his opponent with the Sliding D, then hit the finisher two more times from behind and from the front to finish him off.

When the KO-D Title was wrapped around Tanaka’s waist, he told HARASHIMA he does not know how many defences he will last but he is looking forward to finding out. Hisaya Imabayashi informed Tanaka that his first defence is against MAO on 23rd February. Suddenly Pokotan came down but the mascot costume was only partially completed. Imabayashi pulled Pokotan’s head off to reveal it was MAO in disguise! MAO told Tanaka “Just bring it, bitch!” He tried to attack Tanaka with a Hurricanrana but Tanaka countered it into a Power Bomb. Tanaka warned MAO that there is a lot of things to be done between themselves and HARASHIMA before the next title match. Tanaka promised he will wear the KO-D Title with pride in any ring he climbs into while he is champion.

Tension between Yuki Iino & Chihiro Hashimoto was so bad that the team couldn’t even decided whose entrance music to use, so the sound guy had to mash their songs together. They both went for the Haka Elbow early on Yuki Ueno but got in each other’s way. The champions Nautilus took control until Hashimoto got the better of Ueno, leaving Iino facing off with Naomi Yoshimura. Unfortunately for the challengers, Yoshimura wore down Iino with the Drill-A-Hole Piledriver and ultimately won with the Shonenba. Ueno thanked Iino & Hashimoto for the match then said Nautilus’ goal is to defend the KO-D Tag Team Titles at Saitama Super Arena this summer.

There was confusion when Kazuki Hirata’s music played but nobody stepped through the curtain. Keigo Nakamura eventually made his way down to ringside to tell Yukinori Matsui that Hirata had gone missing. Naomichi Marufuji then made his entrance carrying Hirata over his shoulders! It turned out Hirata tried to ambush Marufuji backstage but failed in a major way. Hirata apologised to Marufuji and promised he was now Reborn. He offered a handshake but it was a trap for another sneak attack to start the match. Marufuji easily took control, forcing Hirata to bring out the Hirata GO! glasses. Marufuji knocked off the glasses and broke them over his knee. Just when he was about to finish the job, Hirata begged for a break so he could tell him something important. Hirata wrote a letter telling Marufuji how seeing him wrestle on TV gave him hope to live at a time when he had nothing. His one wish is to dance with Marufuji! Two Hirata GO! glasses found their way into the ring and Hirata convinced a hesitant Marufuji to dance with him. Then he hit an Enzuigiri and tried to Cradle Marufuji for a near fall. Marufuji stayed calm, danced with Hirata again and knocked him out with the Ko-oh knee strike. When Hirata came to, Marufuji stuck out his hand and asked him his name. This isn’t the reason he came to DISASTER BOX and DDT but after today, Marufuji will remember Hirata’s name.

The Right To Challenge series returned with three prizes on the line in a Ladder Match. Yasu Urano, Daisuke Sasaki and (a bare assed) Shinya Aoki all grabbed an envelope that hung above the ring. After the match Imabayashi told them to open their envelopes because one of them was different than the others. Sasaki and Aoki just has the regular Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contracts but Urano found out he held a Right To Challenge At Saitama Super Arena Contract! Imabayashi gifted Urano with a decorative sword that represented the KO-D Title shot at “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” in June.

Imabayashi explained that the rules for the sword are the same as the regular Right To Challenge Contract. If Urano loses to another wrestler then he loses the sword and the title shot to that wrestler. Sasaki asked if he could use his own contract to challenge Urano for the cool looking sword? Imabayashi figured he could. Sasaki shouted he was cashing in his contract and he immediately attacked Urano to start the match. They scrambled for two minutes until Sasaki rolled through Urano’s Hurricanrana to pin him for the three count. Sasaki celebrated with the sword by doing the Fire Festival pose. Backstage Sasaki said he wants to win the KO-D Title at Saitama Super Arena then propose to Candice LeRae at NXT or Raw or Smackdown or AEW or wherever it is she works.

The trio of Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai are now called Eruption. They entered together with matching white entrance gear and a unit video. Their debut as a new force in DDT saw them defeat ALL OUT. Sakaguchi & Akai took out Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata with Apron PKs while Higuchi pinned Akito with the Doctor Bomb. When asked what the meaning of Eruption is, Sakaguchi told reports to just look at the name and their entrance video. Higuchi believes DDT as it is now is not the DDT he likes so Eruption will go on a rampage. Akai said they will create something new with DDT, something that is fun for the three of them.

A stylist from the Gold Shibuya hair salon worked on the hairstyles for every wrestler involved in Match #2. Yes even Super Sasadango Machine. The fans chanted “ikemen” at the wrestlers during the match. Sasadango was unmasked when MAO grabbed his “hair” and gave him a Snapmare. It turned out Sasadango’s real hair underneath the mask was also styled. Toru Owashi got some hairspray to freshen it up. They then helped the stylist live out his dream of being a pro wrestler by having him do The People’s Elbow on MAO. Hiroshi Yamato broke the pin and put Sasadango in position for MAO to hit the Cannonball 450.

Soma Takao has really taken a liking to using Elbow Smashes lately. He used a bunch of them followed by a Rolling Elbow on Keigo Nakamura for a nearfall. When Nakamura got back up, Takao took him out with a Running Elbow Butt.


MAO Vs HARASHIMA Or Tanaka? How Many Right To Challenge Gauntlets? Who Is Showing Up Now?

January 24, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI 2020 WINTER ~WONDERFUL HARMONY~”, 25/01/2020
Osaka City Higashinari Ward Center

1. Osaka Sannin Matsuri – Round 1A: Miu Watanabe, Hikari Noa & Raku Vs Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Haruna Neko
2. Osaka Sannin Matsuri – Round 1B: Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Rka Tatsumi Vs Mirai Maiumi, Suzume & Sena Shiori
3. Akemi Daredasore Vs La Jarochita
4. Maki Itoh Vs Dalys
5. Osaka Sannin Matsuri – Semi Final: Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Winners Of Match 1A
6. Osaka Sannin Matsuri – Semi Final: Shoko Nakajima, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino Vs Winners Of Match 1B
7. Miyu Yamashita Vs Natsumi Maki
8. Osaka Sannin Matsuri – Final: X, X & X Vs X, X & X

Which trio will win the 30,000 yen gift voucher for restaurants around the Osaka area?

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2020”, 26/01/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura
2. Gamo & L’Oréal Presents Hair Arrange Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Super Sasadango Machine Vs MAO & Hiroshi Yamato
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tetsuya Endo Vs Danshoku Dieno Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Yukio Naya Vs Antonio Honda Vs Shinya Aoki Vs Yasu Urano
5. Special Single Match To Have Naomichi Marufuji Remember Your Name: Naomichi Marufuji Vs Kazuki Hirata
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuki Iino
7. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Masato Tanaka

Even though he won the D-Ou Grand Prix and was undefeated throughout the tournament, Masato Tanaka will not consider himself the strongest wrestler in DDT until he beats HARASHIMA to win the KO-D Openweight Title. He realises that the circumstances around this weekend’s match is very different from the 30 minute draw they had back in December. HARASHIMA claims he fought to win that time but still had fun, perhaps too much of it. This time he wants to fight like the champion he is.

Yuki Iino is fired up to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles on his own. He doesn’t trust Chihiro Hashimoto and she doesn’t trust him. Hashimoto has since made comments calling Iino an idiot that has made him angry.

Naomichi Marufuji still does not remember ever meeting Kazuki Hirata or having drinks with him. Hirata handed over a pair of Hirata GO! glasses to jog his memory but Marufuji broke them instead.

Three Right To Challenge Gauntlets are up for grabs in the Battle Royal. The match will end when all three prizes are claimed. However they don’t seem to be the only Gauntlets around this time.

BASARA “BASARA 118 ~THE 4TH FOX PRINCE DAY~”, 26/01/2020
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Ryota Nakatsu & Akiyori Takizawa Vs Fuminori Abe & Takato Nakano
2. Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano Vs Daichi Kazato Vs Masato Kamino
3. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Daiki Shimomura
4. Ryuichi Sekine Vs SAGAT
5. Isami Kodaka Vs Tetsuo Usui
6. IRON FIST TAG Match: Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga (c) Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo

Over at BASARA the crew is putting on a same day doubleheader. On the afternoon show the IRON FIST TAG Titles are on the line in a rematch between new champions Speed Of Sounds against the former champs IRON PRIEST.

BASARA “BASARA 119 ~THE 4TH FOX PRINCE NIGHT~”, 26/01/2020
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: SAGAT, Tsutomu Oosugi & Masato Kamino Vs Daiki Shimomura, Yasu Urano & Akiyori Takizawa
2. Takumi Tsukamoto, Banana Senga & Tetsuo Usui Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Daichi Kazato
3. FUMA & Takato Nakano Vs Yusuke Kubo & Fuminori Abe
4. Isami Kodaka Vs Ryota Nakatsu

The evening show looks a bit random other than the main event. That match is between the two wrestlers who failed to win the Union MAX Title from Masahiro Takanashi. If the match set up is good enough for Kota Ibushi and Jay White then it’s good enough for Isami Kodaka and Ryota Nakatsu.

DDT “VALENTINE ITABASHI SERIES 2020”, 01/02/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Match: Yuki Iino Vs Mizuki Watase
2. 3 Way Match Anytime Anywhere: Naomi Yoshimura Vs Kazusada Higuchi Vs Mad Paulie
3. 4 Way Match Anytime Anywhere: Yuki Ueno Vs Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Soma Takao Vs Akito
4. Beloved Hometown! Itabashi Specialty Special 3 Way Match: HARASHIMA & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda Vs MAO & Makoto Oishi

Apparently there’s three more Gauntlets for a total of six?

We know MAO will be facing the KO-D Champion in February but DDT aren’t taking any chances for one of the preview matches. MAO will face both HARASHIMA and Tanaka in a 3 Way Tag no matter who the KO-D Champion is after this weekend. Tanaka is bringing in his old FMW buddy Tetsuhiro Kuroda to team with him.

Cody Hall and Hiroshi Yamato will be on the show.

DDT “IBARAKI DE IKAPPEYO KATSUPE 2020”, 02/02/2020
Ibaraki Kasumigaura Cultural Gymnasium

1. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs MAO, Makoto Oishi Vs Keigo Nakamura
2. DDT Megatonweight Single Match: Cody Hall Vs Yuki Iino
3. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
4. Ibaraki Hero Hayato “Mach” Sakurai & Tanomusaku Toba Triumph! Kasumigaura Specialty 6-Man Tag Match: HARASHIMA, Hayato Sakurai & Tanomusaku Toba Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya

MMA fighter Hayato “Mach” Sakurai returns to DDT after making a few visits to the promotion just over a year ago. Last time he accompanied Tanomusaku Toba to coach him from ringside. This time he will join him inside the ring to wrestle a match.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GANBARE☆JOSHI PRO WRESTLING 2020”, 02/02/2020
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. GanJo Vs DDT Wrestling Classroom Full Battle – Count-Up Fall Match: Asuka Vs Cherry
2. Special Singles Match – Jacket Match: HARUKAZE Vs Yuu
3. GanJo Vs DDT Wrestling Classroom Full Battle – 2 Count Fall Match: Moehiko Harumisawa Vs Banny Oikawa
4. GanJo Type Lariat Pro Wrestling: KEIKO, Beauty Suzuki & Eagle Washida Vs Shigeko Deluxe, Miss Mongol & Kokoro Suzuki
5. GanJo Vs DDT Wrestling Classroom Full Battle – Secret Captain’s Fall 6-Woman Tag Team Elimination Match: Moehiko Harumisawa, HARUKAZE & Asuka Vs Cherry, Yuu & Banny Oikawa

The surprise opponent for Cherry is Asuka! The original plan was to reveal her on the day of the show but Ganbare☆Wrestling pushed ahead to announce her due to fans not wanting to wait that long.

Daisuke Kiso is making the main event a Secret Captain’s Fall Elimination match. The match will end when a team captain is eliminated. The twist is no one knows who the captains are until the elimination happens.

Kiso only found out recently that HARUKAZE does not own a judo jacket. She might have to borrow one from Gota Ihashi.

Moeka Haruhi had to be renamed Moehiko Harumisawa after a 3 Way Match gone wrong yesterday. More on that below.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “AIJO 2020”, 02/02/2020
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Ganpro Three Big Singles Match – Toyama Vs Hokkaido Full Battle: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Shigeyuki Kawahara
2. Ganpro Three Big Singles Match – Lotte Vs Hiroshima Full Battle: Shota Vs Shiori Asahi
3. Ganpro Three Big Singles Match – Nemuro Vs Hakodate Full Battle: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Tetsuhiro Kuroda
4. Be A Man, Ihashi! Ganpro Special Tag Match: Gota Ihashi & HARUKAZE Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie
5. GWC 6-Man Tag Team Titles – Ganpocha-gun Vs THE HALFEE: Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari & Miss Mongol (c) Vs Moehiko Harumisawa, Katsuzaki Shunosuke & Washi Sakurai

Yesterday a match was held between Moeka Haruhi, Shuichiro Katsumura and Shuhei Washida where the loser had to change their name. A contested result ended up with all three wrestlers changing their name. As mentioned above Haruhi is now Harumisawa, Katsumura is now Katsuzaki Shunosuke and Washida is now Washi Sakurai. Together the trio are called THE HALFEE.

BOYZ “(BRAND NEW) BOYZ α -VALENTINE EDITION-”, 11/02/2020
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. BOYZ Style Dancing Song Show -Nori, Glasses, Hiroshi And Kazuki-: Hiroshi Yamato Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. BOYZ Ace Showdown: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Fairy BOYZ: Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Naomi Yoshimura
4. BOYZ-Like Exchange Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shuichiro Tominaga & Shota
5. HomoClo Revival: Danshoku Dieno, Makoto Oishi & Akito Vs HARASHIMA, Keisuke Ishii & Mizuki Watase

The latest match added to the BOYZ show is an all singing, all dancing affair between Yamato and Hirata.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “MIZUMOTO GENERAL SPORTS CENTER GYM 4TH ANNIVERSARY POOL PRO WRESTLING”, 22/03/2020
Tokyo Mizumoto Sports Center Gymnasium Heated Pool

1. Falls Count Anywhere 6-Man Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii, Yumehito Imanari & Shota Vs Hiroshi Yamato, Cherry & Gota Ihashi

Ganpro saw DDT hold a wrestling match at a swimming pool and thought “We gotta try that out!”


Hero Of Shizuoka, Marufuji Is Not Good With Names, Takeshita Vs Brookes For UNIVERSAL Title

January 8, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI 2020 WINTER ~WONDERFUL HARMONY~”, 12/01/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. 3 Way Match: Mizuki Vs Akemi Daredasore Vs Haruna Neko
2. Yuki Kamifuku Vs Pom Harajuku
3. Hikari Noa Vs Sena Shiori
4. Natsumi Maki Vs Suzume
5. Shoko Nakajima & Thunder Rosa Vs Mina Shirakawa & Mahiro Kiryu
6. Miyu Yamashita, Yuna Manase & Raku Vs Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino

Former opponents Shoko Nakajima and Thunder Rosa now get to team together.

DDT “WRESTLE TOROROKOBU! 2020”, 13/01/2020
Osaka City Suminoe Maikon Hall

0. Yuni Kids Wrestler Graduation Countdown! Osaka Specialty Special Exhibition Match: Yuni Vs X
1. Saki Akai Vs Makoto Oishi
2. Hiroshi Yamato Vs Akito
3. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Chris Brookes & Mizuki Watase
4. Takoyaki! Kushikatsu! Like A Bowl 3 Way Match: MAO Vs Soma Takao Vs Yukio Naya
5. Yuni Kids Wrestler Graduation Countdown! Special Tag Match In Osaka: Tetsuya Endo & Yuni Vs Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino (c) Vs Kuishinbo Kamen, Antonio Honda & Kazuki Hirata
7. DISASTER BOX Vs DAMNATION!: HARASHIMA & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie

Yuni gets a bonus exhibition match against a mystery opponent.

DDT “NEW YEAR DRAMATIC ITABASHI SERIES 2020”, 18/01/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Hiroshi Yamato & Keigo Nakamura
2. 3 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yukio Naya
3. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Mizuki Watase
4. Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie Vs MAO & Shunma Katsumata
5. Again That Wonderful KO-D Openweight Non-Title Match! Itabashi Specialty Special Single Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Makoto Oishi
6. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino

This will be Masahiro Takanashi’s first appearance in DDT since becoming the new director for Gatoh Move. Takanashi is still under DDT contract but he has permission to make Gatoh Move events his priority if there is ever a clash of dates between the two companies.

DDT “DRAMATIC HAGOROMO LEGEND 2020”, 19/01/2020
Shizuoka Shimizu Marine Bill

1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yuki Iino & Keigo Nakamura
2. Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi
3. MAO Vs Mizuki Watase
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Antonio Honda & Yukio Naya
5. Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Mad Paulie & Hiroshi Yamato
6. The Man Of Shizuoka Shinya Aoki And The Triumphant Return Of Makoto Oishi! Shimizu Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Shinya Aoki Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Makoto Oishi

Who is the real hero of Shizuoka, Shinya Aoki or Makoto Oishi?

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2020”, 26/01/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Masahiro Takanashi, Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura
2. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai
3. Gamo & L’Oréal Presents Hair Arrange Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Super Sasadango Machine Vs MAO & Hiroshi Yamato
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tetsuya Endo Vs Danshoku Dieno Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Yukio Naya Vs Antonio Honda Vs Shinya Aoki Vs Yasu Urano
5. Special Single Match To Have Naomichi Marufuji Remember Your Name: Naomichi Marufuji Vs Kazuki Hirata
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuki Iino
7. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Masato Tanaka

When Naomichi Marufuji joined DISASTER BOX last week, he was happy to meet the entire unit for the first time. The thing is according to Kazuki Hirata they have met before. They even spent a night drinking together. Marufuji doesn’t remember that. Even worse, he doesn’t remember Hirata’s name! So Toru Owashi has organised a match between the two. He knows Marufuji has wrestled the likes of Stalker Ichikawa so this match shouldn’t be an uncomfortable experience for him. It’s not about who wins or loses. It will be a chance for Hirata to leave an impression on Marufuji. Hirata has promised to do his best so Marufuji will never forget his name ever again!

An infomercial match for hair products has been added to the show. The wrestlers involved will all have their hair done up by a professional hairdresser. Owashi is upset over this because he’s had his hairstyle for nearly 20 years and doesn’t want to change it. Keigo Nakamura was brought out to show off his new hairstyle but Owashi figured out it was a wig and he pulled it off.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2020”, 23/02/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Chris Brookes
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs MAO

MAO will face the winner of HARASHIMA versus Masato Tanaka for the KO-D Openweight Title. His Pokotan stunt last week got one over on both wrestlers so MAO should be prepared to face either.

It’s been decided that Konosuke Takeshita and Chris Brookes will be the two wrestlers fighting to become the first ever DDT UNIVERSAL Champion. Takeshita wants to be the first champion so he can bring DDT abroad and show everyone overseas what an exciting hotspot the promotion is. He’s happy to face Brookes again because he thinks they are the most interesting opponents for each other. Brookes thinks he is the better choice to promote DDT abroad but admits that he brings out his best against Takeshita. He has not achieved any of the goals he has set for his tours so far. He didn’t beat Takeshita for the KO-D Title, he didn’t win the KO-D Tag Team Titles with Takanashi and he didn’t win the D-Ou Grand Prix. It’s very important for him to become the first UNIVERSAL Champion when he begins his year long stay in Japan. What both wrestlers agree on is the title provides a blank slate and they will set the standard for its matches. They can provide something that can attract worldwide attention while being different from the KO-D Title and the DDT Extreme Title.