New No People Shows In April

March 31, 2020

DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! APRIL FOOL 2020”, 04/04/2020
Chiba 2AW Square

1. Jordan Heatley Debut Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Jordan Heatley
2. Saki Akai “Okibariyasu” 7 Match Series – 5th Match: Syuri Vs Saki Akai
3. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman (c) Vs HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura
4. DDT Extreme Title: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Makoto Oishi

We’re back to empty arena shows for the time being. At least it’s happening in different venues. Chiba 2AW Square is available so Jordan Heatley’s debut match, Saki Akai Vs Syuri, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match and the DDT Extreme Title match that were all meant to happen in the first weekend of April are now taking place there.

DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! MAX BUMP 2020”, 12/04/2020
Shinjuku FACE

1. Special Single Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs MAO & Mike Bailey
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi

The 12th April Korakuen Hall show was cancelled so the big matches booked for that show are now happening in Shinjuku FACE on the same day. So the KO-D Openweight Title and KO-D Tag Team Titles are still getting defended. Also Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi for the Saitama Super Arena Sword. There may be some other Right To Challenge Gauntlet shenanigans going on.

BASARA “BASARA 129 ~BANQUET~”, 21/04/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. IRON FIST Tag Titles: Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga (c) Vs Gouma Ryu & Ryuji Ito
2. Union MAX Title: Fuminori Abe (c) Vs Isami Kodaka

Fuminori Abe gets the toughest test possible for his first Union MAX Title defence. Isami Kodaka pinned him in a tag match on the last show so that makes him the No. 1 Contender.


DDT “DRAMATIC HYAKUMANGOKU! 2020” Results

March 22, 2020

DDT “DRAMATIC HYAKUMANGOKU! 2020”, 22/03/2020
Kanazawa Distribution Hall
193 Fans

1. Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani when Yoshimura pinned Okatani with a Crab Hold (9:23).
2. Akito defeated Kazuki Hirata by Countout (8:02).
3. MAO & Antonio Honda defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie when MAO pinned Paulie with the Cannonball 450 (10:59).
*MAO wins Mad Paulie’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
4. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated HARASHIMA & Yukio Naya when Sakaguchi pinned Naya with the God’s Right Knee (11:06).
5. Toru Owashi & Ken Ohka defeated Mike Bailey & Mizuki Watase when Ohka pinned Watase with the Fire Spear (12:51).
6. Kanazawa Specialty! Stubborn Special Tag Match: CIMA & Soma Takao defeated Chris Brookes & Makoto Oishi when CIMA pinned Oishi with the Mad Splash (11:02).
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino (c) when Endo pinned Katsumata with the Shooting Star Press (19:28).
*ALL OUT fails in V4. #DAMNHEARTS becomes the 40th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!

The Business Alliance between DAMNATION and #STRONGHEARTS are going from strength to strength. Now they have title belts to share between them because Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman are the new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions! The title change happened when Endo wiped out Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino with a Sasuke Special. In the ring T-Hawk & Lindaman gave Shunma Katsumata a Double Impact Codebreaker. Endo then came back to pin Katsumata with the Shooting Star Press. After the match Endo revealed the official name of the Business Alliance. They figured out how to mash the two unit names together and they are now called #DAMNHEARTS! Their first defence is against DISASTER BOX on 4th April.

The next goal for #DAMNHEARTS is for CIMA & Soma Takao to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles. That way all of the full time members will be a champion, except for Mad Paulie but he doesn’t seem to mind (even though he lost his Right To Challenge Gauntlet to MAO earlier in the show). CimaSoma are making progress on earning their tag title shot. The two Mad Splash combo is continuing to win them matches.

Toru Owashi brought Ken Ohka’s father to ringside so they could cheer Ohka on. Owashi got so into it he forgot he was part of the match and Ohka couldn’t tag him in. He got back in, gave Mike Bailey & Mizuki Watase a Double Choke Slam and set Ohka up to hit the match winning Fire Spear. Owashi told the crowd that today was the first time he and Ohka teamed together since February 2013. Ohka said he was upset because next week’s Bakuha Koshien show was postponed. But once he got back in the ring this weekend to wrestle again he remembered how fun pro wrestling can be.

Yukio Sakaguchi and the rest of Eruption have had a busy weekend wrestling for both DDT and Ganbare☆Wrestling. Sakaguchi said it is giving him a good feel for challenging Masato Tanaka over the KO-D Openweight Title soon. Higuchi got the word out that he is chasing after the Saitama Super Arena Sword because he wants to, not because Sakaguchi told him to.

By being on the winning side today, Antonio Honda thinks he has earned a DDT UNIVERSAL Title shot. He asked Daisuke Sasaki again for a match. He got Sasaki to meditate so he could decide on a clear mind. Sasaki meditated then turned down the challenge again. Honda had to go find Hisaya Imabayashi after the show and use meditation on him to get the title shot. Sasaki Vs Honda for the UNIVERSAL Title will now take place on 19th April.

Kazuki Hirata appeared on the balcony to dance during his entrance. He brought Akito up to the balcony and knocked him out with the Tegatana Chop. Hirata then put on the Hirata GO! glasses and danced in the balcony while Akito escaped back down to the ring. Hirata was still dancing when he got counted out.


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.


DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! ONE CHAN SATURDAY” Results

March 10, 2020

DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! ONE CHAN SATURDAY”, 07/03/2020
Tokyo Ochanomizu Dojo
0 Fans

0. Exhibition Match: Naomi Yoshimura defeated Jordan Heatley with a Camel Clutch (3:56).
1. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Keigo Nakamura with a Cradle (9:12).
2. Tag Match Unique To The Spectator Match: Danshoku Dieno & Yukio Naya Vs Akito & Yuki Iino ended in a No Contest (9:53).
3. Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase when Takao pinned Watase with La Magistral Cradle (10:34).
4. Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Royce Chambers defeated HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura & Makoto Oishi when Chambers pinned Oishi with the Rolls Royce (11:03).
5. ChrisMAO Vs DAMNATION!: Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie defeated Chris Brookes & MAO when Sasaki pinned Brookes with a School Boy (10:50).
6. Bonus Track – Time Difference Battle Royal: Royce Chambers defeated Danshoku Dieno with the Shooting Star Press (17:54).
Order Of Elimination: Mizuki Watase, Shunma Katsumata, Keigo Nakamura, Makoto Oishi, Yuki Iino, Yukio Naya, Masahiro Takanashi, HARASHIMA, Kazusada Higuchi, Naomi Yoshimura, Konosuke Takeshita, Danshoku Dieno.
*Royce Chambers wins Danshoku Dieno’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.

By the end of today’s show, Royce Chambers felt like he made the right choice coming to DDT. A bonus Battle Royal was whittled down to Chambers facing against Konosuke Takeshita. A confident Takeshita told Chambers to wave bye bye when he threw him over the ropes. But Chambers skinned the cat and launched himself into a Canadian Destroyer before throwing Takeshita out of the ring. Chambers thought he had won when Danshoku Dieno was found to be still in the match after getting laid out earlier. Dieno did the Danshoku Driver but Chambers kicked out. Chambers got the upper hand and pinned Dieno with a Shooting Star Press to win the match. His prize was Dieno’s Right To Challenge Gauntlet! He thought it was a gardening tool. Hisaya Imabayashi explained the Gauntlet to him and said he can use it to challenge for either the KO-D Openweight Title or the Saitama Super Arena Sword. Chambers said he would like to challenge Tetsuya Endo for the Sword.

Daisuke Sasaki stole the DDT UNIVERSAL Title belt from Chris Brookes again! This time he did it before their tag match and Sasaki entered the ring with it over his shoulder. He gave it back to Brookes, claiming he only picked it up to give it over to him. MAO armed himself with a squeeky duck toy attached to a small stick. It didn’t protect him from Mad Paulie much. Sasaki used the duck toys to confuse Brookes and then distracted the referee. With the ref’s back turned, Sasaki gave Brookes a Low Blow then pinned him with a School Boy when the ref came back. MAO blessed Brookes with the Duck Stick to heal him after the match.

Chambers good string of results continued with him pinning Makoto Oishi in the 6-Man Tag match. Shunma Katsumata kept shouting “Heat Wave!” after every move.

The constant shouting of phrases was also in the match before that. Tetsuya Endo kept ordering Soma Takao to do the Gin And Tonic to his opponents. Mizuki Watase was able to counter that move but Takao eventually pinned him with La Magistral Cradle. In the post match interview Endo said he saw the perfect Gin And Tonic today. Takao agreed with him.

Match #2 began with Akito complaining about Dieno’s behavior. He does not want to have a match today where Dieno sexually harasses him. He asked Yukinori Matsui why he never stopped the sexual harassment in the first place! Akito then demanded Matsui to be more strict for this match. Matsui was taken aback by this but agreed to be more strict but only for today. He lived up to his promise and prevented Dieno from using his lewd moveset. Dieno lost his cool and gave Matsui a Low Blow from behind. Dieno then put a whistle in Akito’s mouth and told him to blow it whenever he feels good. Yukio Naya grabbed one of the cameras to film Dieno assaulting Akito. Matsui tried to step in but he doubled over still in pain from the Low Blow. Yuki Iino enjoyed watching Dieno’s antics and joined in. Matsui finally called off the match while the sound of the whistle echoed over the room.

Keigo Nakamura went into today’s match with a positive attitude. He did well against Masahiro Takanashi, getting a good chance with a Swan Dive Missile Dropkick. Takanashi thought outside the box to get the win. He pulled down the shoulder straps from Nakamura’s ring gear and tangled his arms with them. That left Nakamura powerless to kick out of Takanashi’s cradle.

For ages there has been a foreign trainee working ringside at DDT shows and I could never find out who he was. Finally he was introduced to the world today. Jordan Heatley is 25 years old and from Australia. He had an exhibition with Naomi Yoshimura before the show. He applied an Achilles Tendon Lock but Yoshimura calmly pulled himself over for a rope break. Yoshimura then won with a Camel Clutch. Afterwards it was announced that Heatley will have his debut match on 2nd April!

During intermission, Imabayashi promoted next week’s Rojo Pro Wrestling match at Saitama Super Arena. Suddenly Dieno attacked Imabayashi, complaining that he didn’t find out he was on the show until it was announced. He asked if that was Sanshiro Takagi’s idea to book him behind his back? Well it’s time for a coup in the locker room! He wants wrestlers to join his army to take on the DDT Army at Saitama Super Arena on 11th March!


DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! ONE CHAN TUESDAY” Results

March 3, 2020

DDT “DDT UNIVERSE LIVE! ONE CHAN TUESDAY”, 03/03/2020
Tokyo Ochanomizu Dojo
0 Fans

0. Exhibition Match: Akito defeated Hideki Okatani by Pinfall (3:25).
1. Antonio Honda defeated Keigo Nakamura with the Bionic Elbow (5:41).
2. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: Yuki Iino defeated Yukio Naya with the Spear (14:53).
Order Of Elimination: Naomi Yoshimura, Kazuki Hirata, Mizuki Watase, Soma Takao, Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Makoto Oishi, Yukio Naya.
*Yuki Iino wins the Black Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
3. Barefoot Block Toy Death Match: HARASHIMA defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Somato (10:01).
4. Captain’s Drink Match – No Tag Rules: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Akito when Endo pinned Akito with an Airplane Spin (21:36).
5. World Wide Match: Chris Brookes defeated Royce Chambers with the Praying Mantis Bomb (13:15).

Chris Brookes highly praised Royce Chambers, calling him a great wrestler and a huge plus for DDT. Brookes also said it was a great honour for two foreigners like them to main event a DDT show even though there were no spectators around. As long as Brookes has the DDT UNIVERSAL Title, he will fight for the main event spot. Chambers felt that he cannot do his best if he doesn’t get results. He’ll be in the main event again at the next show so he will not make the same mistakes. Konosuke Takeshita is far more forgiving of his performance. He thinks the Royce Impact is a great shock that is about to hit Japan’s wrestling scene.

A drunk Daisuke Sasaki wanted to save the Corona Beer in the room. Akito also preferred to drink instead of wrestle. Both Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo were not interested in joining in so Takeshita came up with an idea. The Captain’s Drink Match! Team captains Sasaki and Akito had to drink after every kickout. He also made sure it would be no tags needed so he and Endo could keep some kind of control over the match. Sasaki and Akito purposely pinned each other and kicked out over and over so they could drink as much as they want. Akito got so drunk that he wanted to kiss Endo. He got a Headbutt instead. Endo then lifted Akito up and Airplane Spun him around until Akito was too dizzy to kick out of the pin.

HARASHIMA Vs Shunma Katsumata was made into a Barefoot Block Toy Death Match! Katsumata asked for a Lego Death Match but Hisaya Imabayashi refused because they can’t use brand names. The match began with Yukinori Matsui pouring a bucket of block toys out in the middle of the ring. Katsumata missed a Moonsault onto the pile but kicked out of a Falcon Arrow at one. HARASHIMA used the Reverse Hurricanrana to set up the Somato for the win. He carefully ran across the ring to avoid the block toys in order to do the move.

The black Right To Challenge Gauntlet is active again with Yuki Iino as the current holder. He won it by being the last man standing in a Battle Royal. Iino is thinking about cashing it in at the next Korakuen Hall show but what for? He might go after the Saitama Super Arena Sword because a wrestler of his age has never main evented that arena before.

Antonio Honda and Keigo Nakamura spent their match celebrating Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Day). Honda successfully pulled off the Gongitsune trick to beat the rookie.

Before Akito got in the drinking mood, he wrestled Hideki Okatani in an exhibition bout. Okatani kicked out of a Brainbuster but Akito would pin him again and again until the trainee got too tired to kick out.


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.


Weekend Card, Missing Gauntlet Returns, Current Blast Tag Tournament, Endo 8th Anniversary Match

February 21, 2020

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

1. 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie Vs Yukio Naya Vs Keigo Nakamura
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Mizuki Watase
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
4. 3 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno Vs CIMA & Soma Takao Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Makoto Oishi
5. 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindman Vs Akito, Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Chihiro Hashimoto
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Chris Brookes
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs MAO

Plenty of things to look forward to this Sunday. Masato Tanaka defends the KO-D Openweight Title against MAO. The first ever DDT UNIVERSAL Champion will be crowned. DAMNATION and #STRONGHEARTS face ALL OUT in a big elimination match.

DDT “ISN’T IT DRAMATIC 2020”, 24/02/2020
Nagoya City East Sports Center

1. Hiroshi Yamato Vs Keigo Nakamura
2. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Kazuki Hirata & Yukio Naya
3. 3 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Yuki Iino & Mizuki Watase
4. Saki Akai “Okibariyasu” 7 Match Series – 4th Match – Rocky Of Naniwa II Vs Human Torpedo II: Saki Akai Vs Miranda Gordy
5. DDT Senbatsu-gun Vs Nagoya & Kengo Takai-gun: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Makoto Oishi Vs Kengo Takai, Intelligence Sensational Grand Passion Mask #4 & Hiroaki Ura
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Chris Brookes, Masahiro Takanashi & MAO
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine

The challengers have a battle plan in place. Danshoku Dieno wants to target Yuki Ueno. This will throw Ueno off because he was originally preparing to fight Cody Hall before he got canned. Ueno says he isn’t afraid of Dieno and won’t be intimidated by Dieno’s plan. Naomi Yoshimura meanwhile is confident that his size and strength will easily surpass that from Super Sasadango Machine.

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

1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Mizuki Watase & Thunder Rosa
2. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Time Difference Battle Royal: X Vs X
3. Worldwide Match: Chris Brookes Vs Royce Chambers
4. DDT Extreme Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Shinya Aoki

The vacant black Right To Challenge Gauntlet will be reactivated and given to the winner of the Battle Royal.

Thunder Rosa makes her DDT debut.

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

1. HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Royce Chambers
2. Born In Osaki City, MAO Triumph! Miyagi Specialty Special Tag Match: MAO & Chris Brookes Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie
3. Born In Shiraishi, Tetsuya Endo Triumph! Miyagi Specialty Special Single Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Yuki Iino

Konosuke Takeshita has been talking about forming an Australian branch of ALL OUT. He’s testing the idea out with Royce Chambers teaming with the originals throughout his tour.

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

1. Actwres girl’Z Offer Match: Nao Kakuta Vs Yoshiko Hasegawa
2. Chris Brookes & Antonio Honda Vs Soma Takao & Mad Paulie
3. Mobara City Reconstruction Support Special 6-Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Yamato, HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Iino & Royce Chambers

Musical acts Power of Smile and Chu♡Chu♡mille will perform during the show.

GAKE NO FUCHI JOSHI PRO “GAKEPPUCHI SNOW WHITE 2020”, 12/03/2020
Saitama Wrestle Arena

1. Miyako Matsumoto (w/ Ippanjin Munenori Sawa) Vs Chikara (w/ Mao)

Comedian Uta Shima will be the special ring announcer. She is also being brought in by Miyako Matsumoto as a potential bride candidate for Chikara.

BAKUHA KOSHIEN FEDERATION “ELECTRIC BLAST 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ~BAKUHA KOSHIEN 2020 IN TOYAMA~”, 28/03/2020
Nanto City Fukuno B & G Ocean Center

1. Current Blast Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Atsushi Onita & Chris Brookes Vs X & X
2. Current Blast Tag Tournament – Semi Final: X & X Vs X & X
3. Current Blast Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

A one day Current Blast Tag Team tournament is being held at the next Bakuha Koshien show. The Semi Final matches will each feature one exploding baseball bat while the final will contain two of them. Four teams will enter, one of them being the alliance between Atsushi Onita & Chris Brookes! Onita chose Brookes to be his tag partner after hearing he was a big fan of both himself and explosion death matches.

Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari and Yukio Naya will be on the show. Onita has said he will only wrestle Naya if they both make it to the tournament final.

DDT “DAMNATION ILLEGAL RALLY RETURNS”, 07/04/2020
Shinjuku FACE

1. Tetsuya Endo’s 8th Anniversary Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Ryuichi Sekine

A first time singles match together for Tetusya Endo and Ryuichi Sekine.