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.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~DDT~” Results

August 5, 2018

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2018 ~DDT~”, 05/08/2018
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Naomi Kingdom Vs RENEGADES: Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda defeated Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid when Yoshimura pinned Watase with the Shonenba (11:02).
2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Death Match: Kazusada Higuchi defeated A.YAZAWA with a Samson Clutch Swingback (12:13).
3. 1 Vs 3 Handicap Match: Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Sanshiro Takagi when Oishi pinned Takagi with the Miracle Ecstasy onto a Plastic Case (5:54).
*Makoto Oishi wins Sanshiro Takagi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
4. A New Ghost Story You Do Not Know Death Match: Danshoku Dieno & Saki Akai Vs Toru Owashi & Yasu Urano ended in a Ghost Story (5:00).
5. 4 Way Tag Match – No Tag Rules: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Akito & Shunma Katsumata, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie and Kota Umeda & Kouki Iwasaki when KUDO pinned Katsumata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (11:10).
6. Beer Garden Specialty King Of DDT 2018 Customer Lottery 8-Man Tag Match: Kazuki Hirata, Keisuke Ishii, Daisuke Sasaki & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated HARASHIMA, Mike Bailey, MAO & Tetsuya Endo when Hirata pinned MAO with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (18:41).

The annual Fan Lottery tag match gave us HARASHIMA, Mike Bailey, MAO & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazuki Hirata, Keisuke Ishii, Daisuke Sasaki & Yukio Sakaguchi in the main event. Sasaki and Endo wanted to start the match in a neutral corner together but Endo’s teammates had to drag him over to their side of the ring. Sasaki and Endo did end up working together until Bailey & MAO wiped them out with the Skylab Hurricance. Hirata rolled out of the way from MAO’s Cannonball 450. That gave Sakaguchi the chance to hit the God’s Right Knee to MAO and Hirata rolled him into the Miracle Cradle for the three count.

Hirata celebrated and once more showed that the “small fish” in this year’s King Of DDT is on a miracle run! The DDT roster was brought out to the ring for a last round of drinks together along with some dancing. Sanshiro Takagi promoted the busy schedule for the rest of the year. We have the next “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” in two days time, there are trips to Nagoya and Osaka, there are the monthly Korakuen Hall shows, there is the Dramatic General Election in September and finally of course there is Sumo Hall on 21st October.

Danshoku Dieno, Saki Akai, Toru Owashi and Yasu Urano were given 3 minutes to finish their match before Hisaya Imabayashi could tell his scary story. This was Ueno’s first time taking part in the tradition and he told everyone he had trained himself not to get scared. When Imabayashi came out something strange happened. There was the spirit of a dead child (Yuni) piggybacking on him! Everybody could see him except for Imabayashi and Ueno. Imabayashi was feeling too ill to notice anything while Ueno’s training was turning out to be effective. Ueno convinced Imabayashi to increase the match time limit to 5 minutes. The match went on as normal until the child decided to get in the way and scare all of the wrestlers, except for Ueno who tried not to notice him. The time elapsed and the bell rang so Imabayashi could start his story.

However midway through the story Imabayashi broke into a coughing fit. Dieno suggested he should take a rest and leave. It turned out to be a ruse and Imabayashi made Dieno faint by pointing at him and shouting “It’s you!” He then did it to Ueno, then Akai, then Owashi and finally Yukinori Matsui. Imabayashi then brought out his Atsushi Onita impression and spat water into the audience while “Wild Thing” played. The child spirit joined in until Imabayashi collapsed and died. The lights went out and a spotlight shined over the child…

“I wonder who is next… It’s you!”

Match #3 was in jeopardy when Makoto Oishi came out in his casual clothes and a backpack. He told everyone he came out to say goodbye because he is quitting DDT! Oishi blamed Takagi for burning him out with useless jobs. One example was Takagi making Oishi collect 60 flashlight pens the night before the Tokyo Idol Festival only to never use them at the wrestling matches held there. Takagi also took Oishi’s Right To Challenge Gauntlet from him recently. Super Sasadango Machine offered to hand over his Gauntlet to Oishi but it was turned down out of principal. Oishi isn’t going to team with Takagi today because he is quitting! Sasadango & Nobuhiro Shimatani came up with an idea. Oishi can team with them so they can all beat up Takagi instead. The match went ahead and turned into a crazy mess of slams onto beer cans and plastic cases. The numbers game was too much for Takagi and Oishi pinned him to get his revenge. Oishi’s opinion on everything suddenly changed. DDT is the best! Takagi is the best boss a guy can have! Oishi would do anything for him. We are Dramatic Dream Team!

Antonio Honda went down with a sudden case of love sickness so A.YAZAWA was brought in to replace him in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Death Match. YAZAWA and Kazusada Higuchi danced and drank the night away to different songs until they fell asleep. Matsui almost counted them out when “Thriller” played and the two rose up to dance like zombies. This continued on until Higuchi pinned YAZAWA.

The Naomi Kingdom look to be making themselves comfortable in DDT after a win over RENEGADES.

Kota Umeda is back from injury and made his return in the 4 Way Tag Match. Everybody agreed to make the match No Tag rules so everyone was free to swap out when they wanted to.

And with that, Fighting Beer Garden 2018 has ended! I need a drink.


DDT “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018” Results

August 3, 2018

DDT “TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018”, 03/08/2018
Tokyo Fuji TV Wangan Studio Side Park
??? Fans

1. Something Like A Falls Count Anywhere Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Miyu Yamashita & Maki Ito defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO and Danshoku Dieno, Momomi Wagatsuma, Imoko Shingeki, Rise Shiokawa & Midori Nagatsuki when Takagi pinned Oishi with a Diving Body Press from a Ladder through a Table (13:19).
*Sanshiro Takagi wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
2. Something Like A Falls Count Anywhere Match: Danshoku Dieno, Raku, Hikari, Hinano, Miu defeated Makoto Oishi, Hyper Misao & Yuki Kamifuku and Sanshiro Takagi, Akari Saho, Aya Kajishima & Mayu Yoshikawa when Dieno pinned Oishi with the Raw Danshoku Driver on the Dramatic Dream Bicycle (7:45).

Today DDT took a little break from the Beer Garden to visit the Tokyo Idol Festival. The matches were supposed to be held on the stage but all of the wrestlers encouraged the idols to join them on the ground to take part in some Falls Count Anywhere matches.

In the first match all of the idols were given Pico Pico Hammers to attack the wrestlers with. Makoto Oishi wanted to take selfies with the idols but the festival security stepped in whenever he stood to close to the girls. Oishi then got put through a table by Sanshiro Takagi, losing his Right To Challenge Gauntlet to him when he was pinned.

A second match was held a while later and this time Oishi returned with the Up Up Girls (Fake) to perform. Danshoku Dieno and the Up Up Girls (Pro Wrestling) then showed up to stop them. Takagi reappeared on the Dramatic Dream Bicycle and he crashed into Hyper Misao who was using her own Combat Bike. The Up Up Girls all attacked Oishi and Dieno finished him off with the Raw Danshoku Driver on top of the bicycle.


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!


DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2018” Results

July 22, 2018

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2018”, 22/07/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,026 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Yuki Ueno with a Samson Clutch (6:42).
1. Sammy Guevara, Jason Kincaid, Facade & Mizuki Watase defeated Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi, Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi when Guevara pinned Sakaguchi with a Running Knee to the back of the head (7:46).
*Sammy Guevara wins Yukio Sakaguchi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
2. T2HiJoshi Vs ALL OUT Joshi ~Korakuen Super Hot Whirlpool!~: Keiko Takeshita Jr., Akiko & Carousel❤Shun defeated Francoise☆Takagi, Margaret★Owashi & Kazuko Hirata when Takeshita pinned Takagi with a Leg Drop (9:58).
3. Uchicomi! Openweight Ultimate Title – Belt Scramble Tag Rumble: Ken Ohka defeated Gota Ihashi with the Fire Spear (14:23).
3a. Super Sasadango Machine & Yuki Iino eliminated Kouki Iwasaki & Rekka when Sasadango pinned Iwasaki with the Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock (4:14).
*Super Sasadango Machine wins Kouki Iwasaki’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3b. KUDO & Saki Akai eliminated Super Sasadango Machine & Yuki Iino when KUDO pinned Iino with the Diving Double Knee Drop (7:02).
3c. Antonio Honda & Alex Ace eliminated Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi by Double Ring Out (8:25).
3d. Antonio Honda & Alex Ace eliminated KUDO & Saki Akai by Ring Out (8:25).
3e. Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani eliminated Antonio Honda & Alex Ace by Ring Out (10:59).
3f. Ken Ohka & Gota Ihashi eliminated Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Ihashi pinned Shimatani with a Running Body Press (12:53).
3g. Uchikomi! Openweight Ultimate Title Decision Match: Ken Ohka defeated Gota Ihashi with the Fire Spear (14:23).
*Ken Ohka becomes the 1st Uchikomi! Openweight Ultimate Champion.
4. Big Love! Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Asuka with the Crossover Facelock (8:23).
5. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) when MAO pinned Endo with the Cannonball 450 (17:53).
*DAMNATION fails in V1. Mike Bailey & MAO become the 65t KO-D Tag Team Champions!
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Shigehiro Irie (c) defeated HARASHIMA with the Beast Bomber (25:28).
*V3 for Shigehiro Irie. HARASHIMA cashes in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
-. KO-D Openweight Title: Shigehiro Irie (c) defeated Sammy Guevara with the Beast Bomber (7:54).
*V4 for Shigehiro Irie. Sammy Guevara cashes in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.

Finally, finally, finally! Seven years since on from their first meeting and on his 10th attempt, Shigehiro Irie has beaten HARASHIMA one on one! HARASHIMA hit him with the Somato several times from different directions throughout the match. In return Irie hit the Beast Bomber enough times to put HARASHIMA down and out. Even though Irie’s attitude towards DDT has turned sour, there wasn’t any hatred shown towards HARASHIMA after the match. The two showed respect to each other and Irie thanked HARASHIMA for the match.

With the once impossible task now passed, Irie can now move on to his next goal as KO-D Openweight Champion. He wants to go abroad and defend the title against foreign wrestlers. Hisaya Imabayashi told Irie that DDT needs to know in advance who Irie will be fighting so they can authorise any title defences. Irie brought up the one way ticket to New York that Kazusada Higuchi was given after the 2016 DNA Grand Prix that he never used. Maybe Irie will take it for his travels. That like the overseas title defences is another thing DDT once promised that they never followed up on. Danshoku Dieno said if this is what Irie wants then it is Dieno’s duty as DDT Producer to endorse it. Irie said he already decided it will happen and Dieno will not get any say on the matter. Dieno tried to tell Irie that he hopes Irie will not lose the title but he was suddenly interrupted by Irie’s buddy Sammy Guevara.

The opening match today ended Sammy Guevara winning a Right To Challenge Gauntlet and he decided he will cash it in right now! Dieno was happy to tell Irie that the match was happening right now too. Guevara started quick with a Topé out of the ring but his high risk moves went against him later when Irie threw him over the corner post onto the rest of Irie-gun outside! Guevara recovered to hit the Cannonball 630 but that only got a nearfall. Irie put a stop to Guevara’s sprint by hitting him with the Traffic Accident Tackle and getting the pin with the Beast Bomber. After the match Irie called Guevara stupid, but he likes how crazy he is. If a fool like Guevara is brave enough to pick a fight with Irie then that’s the kind of guy Irie wants on his team. When the show was over, Irie decided on the official name for his unit. From now on they are RENEGADES. They are traitors to DDT and will rebel against the company!

Today was a sad day for DAMNATION with plenty of despair to go around. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie lost the KO-D Tag Team Titles to Mike Bailey & MAO. It took Bailey and MAO to jump off the same turnbuckle at the same time onto the champions to win. MAO hit the Cannonball 450 on Endo to pin him in the ring while Bailey landed a Moonsault onto Paulie outside the ring. MAO was even more satisfied because it is the first time he has decisively beaten one of his seniors and also because he and Bailey won the titles on their first attempt.

If losing championships were bad, having your heart broken was worse. Daisuke Sasaki shared the ring with Asuka but not for a wrestling match. Instead he wants to show the world all of the BIG LOVE they have for each other. Unfortunately Asuka admitted she was never seriously into him. Sasaki isn’t her type and he’s also too old for her anyway. The revelation sent Sasaki into a frenzy and he was no longer going to hold back. Asuka hit a Choke Slam but her Moonsault was blocked. Sasaki got a nearfall with the Diving Elbow Drop. He knew Asuka was beaten but he gave her one last chance to change her mind. All he wanted was for her to say “BIG LOVE”. Instead Asuka gave Sasaki the middle finger and shouted “Fuck you!” Sasaki put Asuka in the Crossover Facelock to make her tapout. BIG LOVE is dead. Now Sasaki is reborn with feelings stronger than hatred. He swears he will kill everyone!

The Uchicomi! company wanted a new spokesperson when Ken Ohka turned out to be a failure for them. Ohka won the match to become the first ever Uchikomi! Openweight Ultimate Champion so they are back to square one. However the Uchikomi! director Michiaki Nakano was impressed by Ohka’s performance in the match and is willing to give Ohka another chance. In the Battle Royal portion of the match, Alex Ace’s size allowed him to dominate the ring and eliminate several wrestlers by Ring Out. It was only miscommunication from Antonio Honda that led to them getting eliminated. Super Sasadango Machine was also able to win a Right To Challenge Gauntlet from Kouki Iwasaki when Rekka accidentally struck his partner, costing them the match.

The ALL OUT boys are busy preparing for their match against the Sendai Girls on Tuesday. To help them figure out what wrestling against joshi is like, they sent their cousins Keiko Takeshita Jr., Akiko & Carousel❤Shun to wrestle in their place against another “joshi” team of Francoise☆Takagi, Margaret★Owashi & Kazuko Hirata. Actually Keiko Jr. might be Konosuke Takeshita’s aunt rather than cousin judging by her appearance and behaviour. Takeshita Jr. hulked up and ripped off her clothes before pinning Takagi with the Leg Drop. They won’t be around on Tuesday to see their relatives defend the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles.

Sammy Guevara won his Right To Challenge Gauntlet from Yukio Sakaguchi in the opener. Mizuki Watase, Jason Kincaid & Facade all hit Coast To Coast Dropkicks on Sakaguchi but Guevara’s pin was stopped by Sakaguchi’s teammates. Sakaguchi applied a Sleeper Hold but Guevara slipped out of it and hit a Running Knee to the back of Sakaguchi’s head for the surprise three count.

Tomomitsu Matsunaga grabbed Yuki Ueno’s tights during the Samson Clutch to beat him.

Former Tokyo Joshi Pro wrestler Nonoko has been appointed as the food producer for Beer Garden week. She promises to stimulate all five senses of the customers with her menu.

Kota Umeda will be out of action for the rest of the month because of his left knee injury.

The 2018 Dramatic General Election will begin on 4th September and end on 28th October. The 28/10 Korakuen Hall show will be a “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” special!


This Weekend’s Cards, Ganbare☆Climax Goes No DQ

July 20, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GO AHEAD, HOT GUYS IN SHINKIBA!”, 21/07/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Miu Vs Raku
2. Yuna Manase Vs Hinano
3. 3 Way Match: Hyper Misao Vs Yuki Kamifuku Vs Hikari
4. Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuki Aino
5. Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Sakisama, Azusa Christie & Martha
6. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan vs Yuka Sakazaki & Rika Tatsumi

Only a few matches left for Nodoka-oneesan’s current gimmick.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2018”, 22/07/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Yuki Ueno
1. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi, Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Sammy Guevara, Jason Kincaid, Facade & Mizuki Watase
2. Big Love! Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Asuka
3. T2HiJoshi Vs ALL OUT Joshi ~Korakuen Super Hot Whirlpool!~: Francoise☆Takagi, Margaret★Owashi & Kazuko Hirata Vs Keiko Takeshita Jr., Akiko & Carousel❤Shun
4. Uchikomi! Openweight Ultimate Title – Belt Scramble Tag Rumble: KUDO & Saki Akai Vs Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi Vs Antonio Honda & Alex Ace Vs Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Super Sasadango Machine & Yuki Iino Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Rekka Vs Ken Ohka & Gota Ihashi
5. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Mike Bailey & MAO
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Shigehiro Irie (c) Vs HARASHIMA
*HARASHIMA will cash in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.

All 32 wrestlers competing in this year’s King Of DDT tournament will be revealed during the show. However some wrestlers are either prohibited from entering or have declined to participate. The KO-D Openweight Champion and everyone who possesses a Right To Challenge Gauntlet cannot enter the tournament. Also anybody who already has a match booked for “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” on 21st October cannot enter either so that removes Makoto Oishi, Misaki Ohata, Joey Ryan and Laura James. Finally, Danshoku Dieno has declined to take part and Rekka will be in Taiwan while the tournament is in progress so he is not entering. After that it is fair game across the field. Will all 32 wrestlers come from the DDT family or will there be a couple of surprises in store?

BASARA “OSAKA BEER GARDEN WRESTLING 2018”, 22/07/2018
Osaka Okinawa Hall

1. Takumi Tsukamoto & Fuminori Abe Vs Yuki Aoki & Kouhei Kinoshita
2. SAGAT, Gouma Ryu & Jun Masaoka Vs Daichi Kazato, Akiyori Takizawa & Daiki Shimomura
3. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Yasu Urano
4. Naoki Tanizaki Vs Takato Nakano
5. Isami Kodaka, Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & HUB

Ryota Nakatsu is struggling to win matches over Naoki Tanizaki. Meanwhile Fuminori Abe has been gaining wins in both BASARA and Dove Pro. He might be more of a threat to win a championship from Tanizaki before Nakatsu does.

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #12”, 24/07/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. NO TV Match: Mad Paulie Vs Mizuki Watase
0. NO TV Match: Naomi Yoshimura Vs Facade
1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi
2. Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
3. 4 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Danshoku Dieno & Makoto Oishi Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Keisuke Ishii & Yuki Ueno
4. Special Hardcore Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid Vs Jun Kasai & Daisuke Sasaki
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Cassandra Miyagi

The remaining gauntlets after HARASHIMA cashes his in will be held by Meiko Satomura (Red), Yukio Sakaguchi (Black), Kazuki Hirata (Yellow) and Kouki Iwasaki (Blue). If Satomura still has her Gauntlet after this show I think we may find out what her plan will be to use it.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GANBARE☆CLIMAX 2018 1ST ROUND”, 11/08/2018
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title Next Challenger Battle Royal: Takeshi Okada Vs HARUKAZE Vs Moeka Haruhi Vs Chikara Vs Hagane Vs Shuichiro Katsumura Vs X
2. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1A – No DQ Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Shin Mokujin Ken
3. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1B: Shota Vs Mitsuo Momota
4. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1C: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yuu Yamagata
5. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Round 1D – No DQ Match: Ken Ohka Vs Survival Tobita
6. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Ayumu Honda

Both Ken Ohka and Yumehito Imanari have challenged Survival Tobita and Shin Mokujin Ken to make their 1st Round matches No Disqualification. The tension is high and Ohka doesn’t want anybody to lose their chance of winning the Ganbare☆Climax just because these matches will get out of control.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “GANBARE☆CLIMAX 2018 FINAL ROUND”, 12/08/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Semi-Final: Winner Of Match 1A Vs Winner Of Match 1B
2. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Semi-Final: Winner Of Match 1C Vs Winner Of Match 1D
3. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Keisuke Ishii (c) Vs Winner Of 11/8 Battle Royal
4. Ganbare☆Climax 2018 – Final: X Vs X

The usual Ganbare☆Wrestling ring announcer Toshi Aiba will be absent from the show because he is going to a Tsubaki Factory handshake event instead. Priorities, people! Replacing him for the day will be the Pro Wrestling WAVE announcer Michiko Nonaka.


DDT “BATTLE OF NAGANO” Results

July 15, 2018

DDT “BATTLE OF NAGANO”, 15/07/2018
Nagano Mielparque Hall
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1. Miu & Hinano defeated Hikari & Raku when Miu submitted Raku with the Canadian Backbreaker (6:29).
2. Kazuki Hirata & Toru Owashi defeated Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda when Hirata pinned Honda with the One Shot Miracle Cradle (13:05).
*Kazuki Hirata wins Antonio Honda’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Watase pinned Shimatani with the Back Drop (12:29).
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Endo pined Katsumata with the Shooting Star Press (18:00).

Doesn’t seem to be much to talk about here other than Kazuki Hirata has gotten his hands on a Right To Challenge Gauntlet again.