TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY ~FIVE YEAR OLD TOKYO JOSHI PRO WRESTLING~” Results

December 1, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY ~FIVE YEAR OLD TOKYO JOSHI PRO WRESTLING~”, 01/12/2018
Shinjuku FACE
483 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Pom Harajuku defeated Haruna Neko with the Stepping Stone Guillotine Drop (4:09).
2. 3 Way Match: Hyper Misao defeated Yuki Aino and Hinano when Misao pinned Hinano with a Rope Assisted School Boy (8:15).
3. Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku & Veda Scott defeated Hikari, Miu & Raku when Manase pinned Raku with the Neck Screw Hold (11:49).
4. Reika Saiki defeated Mina Shirakawa with the Jackhammer (6:31).
5. YUMI Debut Match: Saki Akai defeated YUMI with the Leg & Face Lock (6:15).
6. Yuu defeated Nodoka Tenma with the Last Ride (10:57).
7. Evening Before The Explosion! 5th Anniversary Special Best 2 Out Of 3 Falls 6-Woman Tag Match: Maki Ito, Shoko Nakajima & Riho (2) defeated Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (1).
7a. Maki Ito pinned Miyu Yamashita with an Inside Cradle (4:43).
7b. Miyu Yamashita pinned Maki Ito with a Backwards Kick (8:48).
7c. Shoko Nakajima pinned Yuka Sakazaki with the Diving Senton (5:27).

The big preview for 4th January saw the challengers team beat the champions side two falls to one. Maki Ito surprised Miyu Yamashita by countering the Attitude Adjustment into an Inside Cradle to win the first fall. Yamashita took the second when she withstood a Headbutt from Ito and knocked her down with a Backwards Kick. The deciding fall was focused on the two tag teams as the Magical Sugar Rabbits battled with Shoko Nakajima & Riho. Miscommunication between Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki allowed their opponents to give Sakazaki a Double Northern Lights Suplex. Nakajima then pinned Sakazaki with the Diving Senton to end the match. Ito taunted Yamashita by telling her she looks nervous after the match while Ito is still cute even after getting beaten up. Nakajima calmed things down by saying how fun the match was today. She said Tokyo Joshi Pro is now five years old. When they began they only had enough girls to put together three match shows. Now they have a big enough roster to do seven matches including 6-Women Tags! She hopes Tokyo Joshi will last for another 10, 15 or even 100 years and continue to grow bigger in the process.

Yuu has spent three and a half years of her life with Tokyo Joshi and today it came to an end. In her last match for the group she defeated her generational opposite Nodoka Tenma. Yuu said she had fun learning in Tokyo Joshi but would like to take full advantage of this opportunity to wrestle freelance and overseas. She’d be lying if she said she doesn’t feel lonely and perhaps she may become a totally different person when she comes back to Japan. Yuu thanked everyone for supporting her and for coming to see her last match in the company.

The debuting YUMI showed she is more powerful than she looks by giving Saki Akai a modified Choke Slam. However Akai stopped her with a Big Boot and trapped YUMI in a Leg & Face Lock to make the rookie tap out. Akai is interested in seeing how the 14 year old YUMI will develop from here. Akai also finds it interesting to see more tall girls entering Tokyo Joshi. YUMI thought the match was so tough that she would die. But she didn’t die, she came back. YUMI hopes she can become a pro wrestler that fans will want to support and see win. From the beginning YUMI wanted to make the Choke Slam her big move so she’s happy she got to use that. She also learned from Akai that adults don’t always have to act serious.

Hyper Misao came out with new music and a new plan. She wants to form a Hero Army to find her successor. She gave hero masks to Yuki Aino and Hinano and told them the match was an audition to find candidates. Aino and Hinano then decided to gang up on Misao instead. Misao tried to tell each of them they passed just so they would ease off but neither wanted to join her. Misao was able to roll Hinano over with a School Boy and used the ropes for leverage to steal the win.

Pom Harajuku got her first win today by beating her fellow rookie Haruna Neko.

Marika Kobashi announced her return match will be on 4th January. She was wearing an eyepatch because she got a stye in her left eye a few days ago.

The Bakuretsu Sisters will be releasing two photobooks on 4th January.

Tokyo Joshi’s next Korakuen Hall show after January will be on 3rd May.


DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS DDT SPECIAL 2018” Results

November 25, 2018

DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS DDT SPECIAL 2018”, 25/11/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,312 Fans – Super No Vacancy
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Under Match: Gota Ihashi (#22) & Makoto Oishi (#23) defeated Mizuki Watase (#21) & Yuki Ueno (#24) when Oishi pinned Watase with a Back Drop Switchover (6:26).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Koda (c) with a Low Blow (11:26 am).
*Konosuke Takeshita becomes the 1,337th champion.
1. 3 Way Match: Toru Owashi (#19) defeated Antonio Honda (#12) and Saki Akai (#14) when Owashi pinned Honda with La Magistral Cradle (5:29).
2. Tetsuya Endo (#6) & Soma Takao (#8) defeated Keisuke Ishii (#10) & Yumehito Imanari (#11) when Takao pinned Imanari with a Perfect Driver (7:58).
3. Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel defeated KUDO (#15), Shunma Katsumata (#16) & Kazusada Higuchi (#17) when Wentz pinned Katsumata with the Hot Fire Flame (7:00).
4. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match – Hardcore Rules: Jun Kasai (#20) defeated MAO (#9) with the Vertical Drop Reverse Tiger Driver (12:30).
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Konosuke Takeshita (#13) (c) defeated Maki Ito (#3) by Knockout with a Zahi (11:53).
*V1 Konosuke Takeshita.
6. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Akito (#2) Vs Danshoku Dieno (#7) ended in a No Contest (12:04).
7. DISASTER BOX Vs #STRONGHEARTS: CIMA & El Lindaman defeated HARASHIMA (#4) & Kazuki Hirata (#18) when CIMA pinned Hirata with an Egoist Driver (14:17).
8. KO-D Openweight Title & 1,000,000 Yen Prize Money ~ DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#5) (c) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (#1) with the Sasaki Hurricanrana (21:56).
*V1 for Daisuke Sasaki.

Guess who is a million yen richer? Daisuke Sasaki, that’s who! His win over Masahiro Takanashi not only marks his first successful defence of the KO-D Openweight Title but he also wins the cash prize Takanashi originally earned from the Dramatic General Election. Sasaki used the Flash Hurricanrana early for a nearfall but his second attempt twenty minutes later sealed the deal. Inbetween that time, Takanashi used everything from the Takatonic to the Laphroaig to even KUDO’s Diving Double Knee Drop to win. Although Sasaki was the one who had his hand raised, he showed a rare moment of compassion for his opponent by calling him back to the ring. Sasaki asked if the scene around him was what he wanted to see, a packed Korakuen Hall cheering for him. Sasaki said today was an important story and together he and Takanashi can bring in a new era for DDT. He offered out his hand but Takanashi turned around and left the ring.

With that out of the way, Sasaki turned to his future plans. His next scheduled title defence is at Sumo Hall on 17th February against the winner of the D-Ou Grand Prix but he thinks that is a bit too far to wait. He’d rather have a title defence sooner and he also wants nominate his own challenger. The DDT GMs Tetsuya Koda and Hisaya Imabayashi consulted with each other and decided a title match can happen on 3rd January for the first episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI SUPER”. Sasaki said he will pay attention to the entire Grand Prix and choose his opponent from his research. Suddenly Tetsuya Endo pushed Sasaki and told him he’s going to win the Grand Prix. Well, either him or Soma Takao. Takao told Endo to calm down and then asked Sasaki if he can have the prize money because Sasaki used the Gin And Tonic in the main event without his permission. Think of it as a rights fee. Sasaki said no. It was his birthday this week so he’s off to spend the money at a bar to celebrate.

El Lindaman was worried that Kazuki Hirata’s entrance would bring back some horrible memories for CIMA so he made CIMA wear an eye mask and headphones until Hirata finished his dance. Hirata instead Dropkicked CIMA while his guard was down. He would then taunt CIMA by giving Lindaman a Gyrating Frankensteiner. To everyone’s surprise, CIMA did his own Gyrating Frankensteiner to Hirata in response. Lindaman dove out of the ring onto HARASHIMA while CIMA tried to take care of Hirata. There was a moment where Hirata caught CIMA in the Miracle One Shot Cradle but CIMA kicked out of it. CIMA got the win when he pinned Hirata with the Egoist Driver. Turns out CIMA has gotten over that piece of his past. After the match CIMA talked about STRONG HEARTS recently getting a new member from WRESTLE-1. Maybe they should get a member from DDT and it should be Hirata! CIMA offered Hirata a handshake but Hirata turned him down. Hirata looked a bit hesitant over his decision as he walked back to the locker room.

Nobody wanted Danshoku Dieno to get his memory back more than Akito. Today was meant to be a dream match for the lad but Dieno just wasn’t himself. Instead of kissing fans in the audience, he just shook their hands. Every time Akito blatantly put himself in position for one of Dieno’s trademark moves Dieno would do something else instead. Makoto Oishi & Super Sasadango Machine got involved desperately trying to cure their friend’s amnesia. Nothing worked and it drove Oishi mad to the point that he grabbed a chair. Oishi swung the chair at Dieno but he ducked and Akito got hit instead. Dieno grabbed the chair and swung at Oishi but missed. The chair bounced off the ropes and smashed back into Dieno’s face! Suddenly Dieno began to stir and the lights went off. When they came back on Dieno was naked with his lose tights covering his junk! He gave Akito the Lip Lock and a naked Danshoku Driver while everyone else at ringside tried to block it from the audience’s view. The match ended in a no contest while Dieno rampaged through the crowd to the back.

The match between Konosuke Takeshita and Maki Ito became more interesting when Takeshita won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title at the beginning of the show. So now Ito had a chance to win back the title. Ito gave Takeshita the middle finger but struggled to do much against her opponent. However that only charged Ito up. Takeshita begun to get worried when Ito started banging her head off the turnbuckles so he removed one of them. That backfired when Ito was able to throw Takeshita head first into the exposed turnbuckle. Takeshita grabbed the title belt from ringside to use it as a weapon but Ito stopped him with a DDT. Ito was later pushed into the steel but she landed onto Takeshita’s crotch for an unintentional low blow. Ito tried to give Takeshita another middle finger but he grabbed her hand and smashed her in the face with an elbow strike. Takeshita stomped on Ito’s hands and then hit the Zahi Knee Strike. Yukinori Matsui started counting Ito out but she slowly started to get up. At nine she gave Takeshita one last middle finger and collapsed, losing the match by knockout.

As Ito was being helped to the back, Takeshita scolded her for giving him the middle finger so many times. He thought they could be rivals but unfortunately admits it is too much of a mismatch. However he wants Ito to continue on the path she has chosen. That is the pro wrestling way. You can go as far as you like when you do things your way as long as you try your hardest. Ito gave him the middle finger and walked off. Michiaki Nakano from Souken Holdings entered the ring and handed the Iron Man Title to Takeshita. Nobuhiro Shimatani and Gota Ihashi both tried to ambush Takeshita with School Boys but Takeshita kicked out of both of them. Nakano then tried to do one but couldn’t even get Takeshita off his feet. Takeshita, Shimatani and Ihashi all stomped on Nakano until he was pulled out of the ring.

MAO has had a crazy 2018 and considered today’s match with Jun Kasai as his final boss battle. He wasn’t able to win but he thinks having a Hardcore Match with Kasai will open new doors for him. They slammed each other through plastic boxes and skewered each other’s heads with bamboo skewers. MAO kicked out of the Pearl Harbor Splash but was put away with the Vertical Drop Reverse Tiger Driver.

STRONG HEARTS were also victorious earlier in the show when Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel beat the mixed DDT team of KUDO, Shunma Katsumata & Kazusada Higuchi. The home side were unprepared for the fast paced moves presented by The Rascalz which included a triple dive to the outside. When Higuchi tagged into the match his team were able to take control but eventually Katsumata was singled out. Wentz got the pin with the Hot Fire Flame, a move where he does Standing Moonsault next to his opponent and Xavier pushes him over to the target in mid-air!

The DAMNATION duo of Endo & Takao were able to beat Ganbare☆Wrestling’s pair of Keisuke Ishii & Yumehito Imanari without much trouble. Endo gave Imanari the Swivel Torture Rack and Takao got the three count with the Perfect Driver. Was that done intentionally because CIMA was on the show?

When Toru Owashi put Saki Akai in a Mexican Stretch it had the unintended effect of making Antonio Honda too hyper actively aroused to wrestle. This happened again when Honda was ready to do a Shining Wizard to Akai only to stall when Akai moved herself into a seductive pose. Owashi used the distraction to pin Honda with La Magistral Cradle.

In the pre-show match Makoto Oishi was able to counter Mizuki Watase’s Back Drop into a Cradle to nab the three count.

Takeshita was able to win the Iron Man Title from Tetsuya Koda at the beginning of the show when the two were in the ring for the opening announcements. Takeshita was there to promote the New Year’s Eve wrestling show. He said that he’s been in the final of the annual tournament for the last three years so he has to make it four in a row. When it was Koda’s turn to talk, Takeshita gave him a Low Blow and pinned him to win the title. After he left the ring, Michiaki Nakano climbed in and jumped on top of Koda. Hisaya Imabayashi had to tell him Koda was no longer the champion so nobody was going to count his pin

Chigusa Nagayo’s match at the 17th Febuary Sumo Hall show will be a 6-Person Tag Match. She will be teaming up with Sanshiro Takagi & Ryuji Ito against a trio to be announced later. Nagayo, Takagi & Ito have teamed together once before way back in March 2005 as part of an event produced by Nagayo in Differ Ariake.


DDT Dramatic Election 2018 Results

October 30, 2018

DDT “DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2018 VOTING EVENT”, 30/10/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
231 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Kazusada Higuchi defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Canadian Backbreaker (8:26).
2. MAO, Kota Umeda & Yuki Ueno defeated Shunma Katsumata, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Iino when Umeda pinned Iino with a Right High Kick (9:31).

DDT Dramatic Election 2018 Final Standings

1. Masahiro Takanashi (1,963 Votes)
2. Akito (1,669 Votes)
3. Maki Ito (1,412 Votes)
4. HARASHIMA (907 Votes)
5. Daisuke Sasaki (853 Votes)
6. Tetsuya Endo (605 Votes)
7. Danshoku Dieno (547 Votes)
8. Soma Takao (438 Votes)
9. MAO (430 Votes)
10. Keisuke Ishii (387 Votes)
11. Yumehito Imanari (377 Votes)
12. Antonio Honda (374 Votes)
13. Konosuke Takeshita (350 Votes)
14. Saki Akai (328 Votes)
15. KUDO (304 Votes)
16. Shunma Katsumata (272 Votes)
17. Kazusada Higuchi (257 Votes)
18. Kazuki Hirata (246 Votes)
19. Toru Owashi (243 Votes)
20. Jun Kasai (239 Votes)

Masahiro Takanashi wins a KO-D Openweight Title shot on the 25th November Korakuen Hall show. He also receives a 1,000,000 yen cash prize. Akito gets 300,000 yen and a shot at any of the other DDT championships. The Top 7 wrestlers are also guaranteed to appear at “COMING TO AMERICA” in New York on 4th April, 2019.

Takanashi promised to give a big speech but only when he win the KO-D Title on 25/11. He admits that the current champion is a great guy, better than all of the previous KO-D Champions he challenged and couldn’t beat.

Akito admitted he’s had an average year. It was his dream to win an election, so much so that he made it his goal this year. He did more election related activities than any other wrestler in the contest. He purposely did not choose which championship to challenge for because he wants the fans to decide for him. As for the prize money, he is saving it up so he can some day start an inter-promotional war with BASARA!

Maki Ito wanted to finish in 1st but she is still pleased to finish 3rd. She wondered during the election why is she so popular? She realised that the people who like her wrestling are also going through hard times in their lives and they sympathise with her. Ito wants to give those fans hope and also boost Tokyo Joshi Pro in the process.

HARASHIMA understands the importance of even just one vote so he is thankful for getting 907 votes.

The KO-D Champion Daisuke Sasaki finished in 5th but only prepared a speech for winning the contest. He gave the speech anyway. Sasaki wanted to defend the title against Laura James so they could wrestle in Korakuen Hall and then spend the night having sex in the Tokyo Dome Hotel.

Both Tetsuya Endo and Soma Takao thought they would get prize money for their placements. Endo thought he would get 60,000 yen for finishing 6th and Takao would get 80,000 for finishing 8th. It was pointed out to him that that doesn’t make any sense. They wwanted to spend the money on buying pet beetles. They were told there isn’t any money for them.

Danshoku Dieno still has amnesia and didn’t understand what was going on. All he could figure out is he must be cool and popular if so many people voted for him. Even if he doesn’t recover his memory he will wrestle on 25th November.

MAO has done a lot of strange things this year but even he feels weird to qualify for the Korakuen show on his own. He will carry his 430 votes in his chest.

Keisuke Ishii said he was happy to wrestle in Korakuen Hall again through the Election. He will go back to Ganbare☆Wrestling motivated to aim above DDT with the group.

Yumehito Imanari told everyone that he quit his job at a TV station 8 years ago. Everyone thought he was a loser for doing it but DDT found him and hired him. He didn’t join DDT as a pro wrestler but today he is standing here as a pro wrestler.

Antonio Honda is using his #10 ranking to request a new tag team of himself and Jason Kincaid. It was something he wanted to ask for if he finished in the top ten because they have become great friends during Kincaid’s stay. Hisaya Imabayashi told Honda he would consider it.

Konosuke Takeshita promised to wrestle as hard as he can for DDT and also everyone who voted for him.

Every year Saki Akai gets more nervous and excited for the election results. She said she loves DDT. As more fans vote every year, she wants to be a woman worth voting for.

KUDO wanted to be the highest voted husband in the election. He beat Makoto Oishi so he thinks he achieved that goal.

Shunma Katsumata was worried that his injury earlier this year would have harmed his popularity. He promises to repay the fans who voted for him.

Kazusada Higuchi is pleased to reach the main card for the first time in the election.

Toru Owashi feels awesome about his placement but his happiness was diminished when he found out Kazuki Hirata finished one spot ahead of him.

Jun Kasai promoted his 20th Anniversary feature in the new issue of Shukan Puroresu. He was also embarrassed by finishing so low. He threatened to leave DDT in December then come back next year as somebody worthy of winning the election

21. Mizuki Watase (238 Votes)
22. Gota Ihashi (231 Votes)
23. Makoto Oishi (224 Votes)
24. Yuki Ueno (200 Votes)

The wrestlers who finished between 21st to 24th will compete in the 25/11 pre-show match. They will also act as reserves if anybody qualified for the main card has to pull out before the show takes place. Mizuki Watase misses out on the main card by one vote!

25. Super Sasadango Machine (189 Votes)
26. Yukio Sakaguchi (178 Votes)
27. Tanomusaku Toba (133 Votes)
28. Yuki Iino (83 Votes)

These four were the next closest entries to the pre-show spot but they just didn’t get enough votes. They can also be used as a reserve if any of the above pre-show wrestlers get bumped up to the main card.

Unit Election Final Standings

1. Shuten-dōji (3,663 Votes)
2. DAMNATION (3,119 Votes)
3. ALL OUT (1,756 Votes)
4. The Compliance ( Votes)
5. DISASTER BOX (1,515 Votes)
6. Moonlight Express (863 Votes)
7. Booing 2018 (536 Votes)

Total Number Of Votes: 14,065 Votes

DAMNATION have been denied the three-peat. Shuten-dōji will be the unit to get their own self-produced show at some point in the next couple of months. The 2017 DAMNATION show was held at the end of December but this year’s December date is already being used for the D-Oh Grand Prix final.

KUDO said that there are more people to credit than just Shuten-dōji for today’s victory. He mentioned DJ Nira but wanted to bring out the one person who has fought by their side more than anyone else. Saki Akai! Masahiro Takanashi promised they will all put together the best show possible. Yukio Sakaguchi said that while Shuten-dōji is changing a lot, they will still always be the same at heart. “Sakamori!”

Goodbye Booing 2018. We hardly knew you. They thanked the fans who voted for them because they really appreciated it. They also promoted the “ALL DOIN” show taking place on 9th November.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~” Results

October 21, 2018

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~”, 21/10/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
6,259 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Gorgeous Matsuno with a Reverse Cradle (13:26).
Order Of Elimination: Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed), Gundan Hitori, Michael Wolf, Monster Halloween, Hoshitango, Yumehito Imanari & Shota, Gota Ihashi and Gorgeous Matsuno.
0. Mina Shirakawa DDT First Participation War! Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima defeated Miyu Yamashita, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa when Sakazaki pinned Kamifuku with the Magical Magical Girl Splash (9:08).
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when Endo pinned Hirata with the Shooting Star Press (11:21).
*V1 for DAMNATION.
2. Gauntlet Tag Match: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda, Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid, Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda, Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda and Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa.
2a. Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda eliminated Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid when Bailey pinned Watase with the Ultima Weapon (5:09).
2b. Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda eliminated Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda when Okuda submitted Honda with the Cross Armbreaker (3:19).
2c. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa eliminated Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda when Nakazawa pinned Toba with a Leg Roll Clutch (2:21).
2d. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa when KUDO pinned Nakazawa with the Diving Double Knee Drop (1:57)
2e. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi eliminated Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda when Takanashi pinned Umeda with the Takatonic (6:06).
3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi defeated Saki Akai & Maki Ito when Satomura submitted Ito with an STF (11:07).
4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan defeated Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino when Lindaman pinned Iino with the German Suplex (11:20).
5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata defeated Joey Ryan & Laura James when Oishi & Ohata pinned Ryan with the Sky Blue Suplex & Jackknife Combo (6:45).
6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Andreza Giant Panda defeated Super Sasadango Machine with the Andreza Press (10:25).
7. The Difference In 27 Years Of Age! Representative Director And President (48 Years Old) And Belonging Wrestler (21 Years Old) Waste Blood Washing Conflict Play – Final Settlement Weapon Rumble!: MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi with the Cannonball 450 through a Plastic Case on top of a Cabinet (24:05).
8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii defeated HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi when Irie pinned Sakaguchi with the Beast Bomber (14:50).
9. Dramatic Dream Match: CIMA defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Meteora (24:21).
10. KO-D Openweight Title: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with La Mistica Crossover Facelock (32:10).
*Danshoku Dieno fails in V1. Daisuke Sasaki becomes the 68th KO-D Openweight Champion!

The world of DDT is back under DAMNATION once more. Daisuke Sasaki defeated Danshoku Dieno to become the KO-D Openweight Champion for the second time in his career. The two were ready to make the main event a memorable one. Sasaki entered on a king’s throne to mark the King Of DDT tournament win that brought him to this point. He had the rest of the present DAMNATION members accompanying him. Dieno on the other hand continued the dark atmosphere by making The Compliance dress up as druids and carry a casket down the entrance ramp. Inside the casket was a framed goofy photo of Sasaki. For over 30 minutes Dieno and Sasaki fought their hardest. When Dieno promoted the match as being far beyond Sasaki’s expectations he wasn’t joking. Dieno went as far as stripping entirely naked when he had Sasaki trapped in a Triangle Choke! Dieno continued to wrestle naked while placing his loose tights over his private parts. He hit a Naked Piledriver and went for a Naked Moonsault. Sasaki dodged the Naked Moonsault and put Dieno in the Cross Facelock. It was while Dieno was held in the move when Yukinori Matsui dressed Dieno back into his tights with a valiant effort. Dieno went back to his more normal moveset and did the Gaydo Clutch but Sasaki kicked out. Sasaki dropped Dieno with the NOW OR NEVER for a nearfall. Dieno climbed the top ropes but was stopped in his tracks when Sasaki did his own Lip Lock to the champion. Sasaki then climbed up to Dieno and hit the Avalanche Pedigree. Sasaki waited for Dieno to get back up and he performed La Mistica Cross Facelock, making Dieno tap out to end the match.

Sasaki celebrated his victory, one he says nobody saw coming. Dieno told him he never cared about who gets to be the symbol of DDT. Dieno admitted he envies Sasaki for living like a warrior. Sasaki does whatever he wants the way he wants. Dieno wanted to win as a competitor and today he couldn’t do it. Sasaki should be proud and carry that pride with the championship. Sasaki told Dieno he was dying to win the belt. He thanked Dieno for the match and thanked the audience for their support. He then asked the crowd if they love Dieno? Too bad! Sasaki then kicked Dieno and got the rest of DAMNATION to attack him. Sasaki struck Dieno with his framed picture and DAMNATION stuffed the former champion into the casket, locking it up with chains. Sasaki said today is the end of Danshoku Dieno! Does that make you sad? Good! Who’s next? Sasaki is here standing in the centre of the DDT ring. Remember, they do not conform, they do not flirt and they will not get married. Mother Nature, DDT and the pro wrestling world revolves around DAMNATION!

The show ended with “Into The Light” playing as DAMNATION was getting ready to leave. A video of Shuji Ishikawa singing along to the song was included as part of the show closing credits. In the video Ishikawa thanked Sasaki for letting him achieve his dream of singing karaoke in Sumo Hall. DAMNATION left the ring, except for Nobuhiro Shimatani who stayed sitting on top of the casket until long after the show was over. DDT later tweeted the credits video they would have used if Dieno won the main event. That video is of Muscle Sakai singing “Into The Light”.

 

CIMA had one particular goal in mind for his match with Konosuke Takeshita. He was here in Sumo Hall to teach Takeshita real pro wrestling. Throughout the match CIMA targeted Takeshita’s left knee with Low Dropkicks, Dragon Screws, a chair attack by the corner post and more. Takeshita began to catch up with CIMA when he hit the Blue Thunder. He picked up CIMA in a Fireman’s Carry and dropped him across the top turnbuckle and top ropes in the corner (Colt Cabana’s Chicago Skyline). He hit the German Suplex but couldn’t hold onto the bridge because of his damaged knee. Takeshita had another chance when he gave CIMA the Chaos Theory but CIMA kicked out of the pin. Takeshita went for the Cross-Arm German Suplex but CIMA countered it with the Casadora. The counter threw Takeshita into the exposed part of the corner after the turnbuckle pad was loosened by CIMA earlier in the match. CIMA hit the Schwein and two versions of the Meteora but Takeshita kicked out. CIMA hit the Crossfire but Takeshita kicked out again. It took one more Meteora to finally get the three count on Takeshita.

CIMA didn’t want to compliment Takeshita after the match. Is he the one with the most potential in DDT? Who else is there? He knows about Sanshiro Takagi, Danshoku Dieno and Super Sasadango Machine because he is in the same age group as them. They are like classmates to him. CIMA is turning 41 years old in November but before that happens he wants to win a championship. He mentioned STRONG HEARTS defeated ALL OUT in both matches today, one of them being 3 Vs 3. CIMA watched the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match that opened the show earlier from backstage. That’s the perfect championship for STRONG HEARTS to win! They’ll continue to bring the kind of heat DDT has never seen before and they’ll do so by winning the 6-Man Tag Titles! Both Tetsuya Koda and Hisaya Imabayashi had sour looks on their faces as they watched this from ringside. This STRONG HEARTS invasion is turning into a big headache for DDT management.

An emotional goodbye was given by Shigehiro Irie for his big farewell match from DDT. He received a video message of support from his mentor Kengo Takai before the match. Then during the entrances, Irie & Keisuke Ishii were joined by Soma Takao at the stage for a brief Team Dream Futures reunion. Takao shook Irie’s left hand and walked to the back. Irie, Ishii, HARASHIMA and Yukio Sakaguchi all tore lumps into each other for the match. Nobody was taking it easy just cause they like Irie. That wouldn’t be what he wanted. Ishii took out HARASHIMA with the High Angle Double Arm DDT while Irie set Sakaguchi up for the Beast Bomber. Knowing that the end was coming, Sakaguchi dropped his guard and yelled at Irie to hit him with all that he’s got. Irie hit the Beast Bomber and got the three count, telling Sakaguchi goodbye as he pinned him. Irie thanked all of the wrestlers and also Matsui for being the ref for the match. The original version of Irie’s “Tachimukau” entrance song played as he was joined by Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid for one last group photo together with Ishii also included.

MAO got to show his fucked up wrestling for a fucked up world by beating Sanshiro Takagi in the dreaded Weapon Rumble. Not everything went to plan though. The legendary Pico Pico Hammers the God Of Arakwa gifted him immediately turned out to be harmless. One by one, alternating weapons chosen by MAO and Takagi were brought into the arena. First was an office cabinet containing nothing but junk. Takagi grabbed MAO’s foot and kept banging it off the cabinet. Then there was a children’s potty wrapped in barbed wire. MAO dropped Takagi butt first onto it. Bags of 100 empty cans in total were then emptied out into the ring followed by a box of 100 unsold NωA CDs. MAO was in shock that there was still that many in stock. The mind game was taking effect on him when Chinsuke Nakamura and his homemade U.S. Title belt appeared to rescue him! MAO held Takagi for Nakamura to do the Kinshasa but Takagi got out of the way and MAO got hit instead. Kaori from The Bed Inn Girls was the next weapon and she used her feminine wiles to distract MAO until a bed was introduced to the stage. Takagi was knocked into the bed, accidentally pushing it off the stage. When it was set back up Nakamura collapsed onto the bed and Kaori decided to jump on top of him for fun. Chinsuke retreated from the stage and Kaori chased after him while the action returned to the ring. 10 plastic cases were brought down to the ring and were smashed apart by MAO and Takagi’s missed diving attacks. MAO got a vacuum cleaner and he stuffed Takagi into the vacuum’s bag. MAO then attached it to the cleaner and tried to suffocate Takagi by sucking all of the air out of it! MAO was ready to finish off Takagi when the next weapon arrived. It was MAO’s phone number displayed on the arena screen! Takagi encouraged everybody in the arena and watching at home to call the number. They can also send LINE messages too. MAO was so dismayed by this that he dropped his guard. Takagi went for the Spiccoli Driver when one final unexpected weapon came out. Andreza The Giant Panda! Andreza Headbutted Takagi so hard that the panda began to deflate! Both MAO and Takagi paused the match so Andreza could safely get backstage to recover. They even saluted the panda as it left up the ramp. MAO gave Takagi the Michinoku Driver II onto the cabinet. He placed one last plastic case on top of him and climbed the ropes. MAO won the match by hitting the Cannonball 450 through the case, crushing Takagi on top of the cabinet!

MAO couldn’t really get in the mood to celebrate because his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. MAO admitted he was intimidated by DDT growing bigger and he was afraid by how the older audiences would think of him fighting Takagi. But after today he realises why Takagi is so popular. Takagi told MAO to look at the mess they made in the ring. That is DDT! Look at how fucked up the panda got. That is DDT! A 21 year old running over his boss with a van? That is DDT too! They’re being broadcast live on AbemaTV but Takagi’s going to say a bunch of swear words anyway. That is DDT! Takagi can’t create such a crazy world by himself. He needs guys like MAO to show the world how stupid pro wrestling can be. MAO said whether it’s from a college student or a company president, stupid things will always be stupid. He realises his Moonlight Express team with Mike Bailey is currently stagnant but he is working hard so he can join Bailey wrestling overseas. The Moonlight Express will continue throughout 2018 and into 2019! But first, MAO has to go change his phone number. In his backstage interview, Takagi said MAO might be the next legitimate successor to DDT. He’s different from Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega but still absolutely nuts. He described MAO as being more cryptic when the other two were crazy. DDT will always be fine when they have those kinds of people wrestling for them.

Andreza Giant Panda was all over the show. His match with Super Sasadango Machine was the massive battle it was promised to be. Sasadango was at his wit’s end figuring out how to beat his opponent. He finally came up with a grand plan. First, he dressed up as a sasa dango treat because Andreza eats 120kg worth of bamboo everyday. Sasadango weighs exactly 120kg so by dressing up like food he can lure the panda into a bear trap set up at the end of the entrance ramp. That plan fell apart when Andreza’s master Samson Miyamoto accidentally stepped into the trap while he tried to calm down the panda. Miyamoto was then easily able to free himself. Good thing Sasadango also prepared a Plan B. Sasadango went to Muscle Sakai’s factory to develop a secret weapon called the Giant Sasadango Machine, an anti-Andreza panda identical in size and power. Giant Sasadango arrived in the most dramatic part of the match and collided with Andreza in the battle of the Giant Pandas. Sasadango interfered by blocking Andreza’s Lightspeed Headbutt with the bear trap, busting Andreza’s forehead open. From that moment, everything froze and “Etupirka” played over the speakers. The match resumed in slow motion as the two pandas headbutted each other. We got an inner monologue from Andreza, telling us his dream is to wrestle at WrestleMania. He knocked out both Sasadango and Giant Sasadango with the headbutts and jumped on top of them with the Andreza Press to win the match. Andreza celebrated his victory with his wife and son while Miyamoto thanked everyone for supporting New Nemuro Pro Wrestling today. Backstage, Sasadango believes it is inevitable that Andreza will appear on NXT because he knows Vince McMahon, Triple H and A-Train have access to both AbemaTV and Samurai! TV.

Both teams in the match between the Crazy Couples had different displays of affection on show. Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata both wore armbands that formed a heart pattern when they were placed together. Joey Ryan & Laura James meanwhile were seen making out all over Sumo Hall before the show began. There was a lot of anatomy grabbing in the match itself. Ryan gave Ohata the Boob Plex. Both Ryan and James used their genitals to throw Oishi around the ring. Ohata turned the tables when she used her boobs to flip James onto her back. She then overpowered Ryan’s dong and gave him the Sky Blue Suplex. Oishi added a Jackknife to Ohata’s bridge so both of them could pin Ryan at the same time. Oishi said after the match that he and Ohata are now the craziest couple in wrestling. Ohata shouted him down, telling him that what they did today was disgusting. Oishi thought he was going to be punished but instead Ohata thanked him for the fun match and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Oishi was so delighted he danced his way to the back.

As mentioned earlier, STRONG HEARTS were dominant over ALL OUT with two wins from their two matches together. Akito and T-Hawk fought each other, Shunma Katsumata picked his spots to strike and Duan Yingnan wiped all of them out with a No Touch Topé. That led El Lindaman to pin Yuki Iino with the German Suplex. STRONG HEARTS continued the attack after the match by stomping on Iino. Takeshita got involved from ringside but CIMA threw him off the entrance ramp to get an early shot in.

Meiko Satomura was willing to shake Maki Ito’s hand before the joshi tag match but Ito flipped her off in response. Cassandra Miyagi made fun of Ito by standing on top of her at the corner and asking the crowd “Who is the most scariest in the world?” The crowd answered “Cassandra!” Saki Akai did what she could to give her team a chance but it all rested on Ito’s performance. She countered Satomura’s Death Valley Bomb into a DDT and countered it again with a Sleeper Hold. She put Satomura in a Crab Hold but that would be the last move she would do because Cassandra stopped her with a Dropkick. From there, Satomura hit the Cartwheel Knee Drop and applied her own Crab Hold. Akai tried to break it up with kicks but Satomura would not let go. When Cassandra got rid of Akai, Satomura turned the hold into an STF and Ito quickly gave up. Satomura encouraged Ito to stand back up after the match. Ito didn’t take it gracefully and she slapped Satomura before being taken away. Ito made it clear, she wants Satomura one on one!

The Gauntlet Tag match was a sprint of teams coming and going. Speedball & Antonio Honda eliminated Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid. Honda claimed to hurt his knee when he tripped on the new DDT ring canvas. But it was all so he could do his Gongitsune trick to Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda. That ended when Okuda countered the Shining Gongitsune into a Cross Armbreaker for the submission elimination. Booing 2018 were prepared for the MMA team. Michael Nakazawa covered his arm in lotion so Okuda couldn’t grip him with the Cross Armbreaker. Nakazawa then pinned Toba with a Leg Roll Clutch. Shuten-dōji made quick work when they entered the ring. KUDO hit the Diving Double Knee Drop to Tomomitsu Matsunaga and then Nakazawa for the three count. The last round of the match was the longest. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi struggled against Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda at first. The moment of opportunity came when Higuchi accidentally hit Umeda with a Lariat. KUDO got rid of Higuchi with a Backspin Kick and Takanashi pinned Umeda with the Takatonic. Backstage, Takanashi suggested he and KUDO should get a KO-D Tag Team Titles shot for winning the match. They beat their rivals the former Nuru Nuru Brothers and also their former brother Kota Umeda to win the entire match. That has to be worth something, surely.

DAMNATION’s good fortunes for the day also included the opening match of the main card. Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie were a well oiled team against the DISASTER BOX trio of Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno. Hirata’s recent miracle ability to win matches seems to have vanished. Endo kicked out of the Miracle One Shot Cradle. Hirata showed some life by kicking out of the Tetsuya In The Sky but inevitable he was pinned with the Shooting Star Press. According to DAMNATION there are no dreams when they are in the ring, only reality.

Mina Shirakawa got to show off some of her stuff for her DDT debut. She gave Yuka Sakazaki both a Romero Special and an Implant DDT. Sakazaki also took a Spin Kick from Miyu Yamashita and the Fame Asser from Yuki Kamifuku for a nearfall. Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima turned the tables with dives out of the ring and also a 619/Dropkick triple spot. Kamifuku was laid out with a Double Arm DDT from Nakajima followed by a Sliding Lariat from Sakazaki. The Magical Magical Girl Splash then ended the match. Yamashita is happy with Shirakawa’s performance and is looking forward to seeing her more in Tokyo Joshi Pro. Shirakawa promises to do her best in catching up to the speed, strength and skills of the other girls when she begins wrestling there regularly from next month.

The last piece of DAMNATION domination to mention is Nobuhiro Shimatani’s win in the pre-show Battle Royal! He outlasted a number of DDT low carders and “ALL DOIN” participants to become the last man standing. Gorgeous Matsuno did what is described as the Gorgeous Superstar Cross Armbreaker but to me it looked more like an out of place Leg Drop. Whatever it was, Shimatani used Matsuno’s momentum to roll on top of him for the pin.

DDT announced a big show will be held in Ota Ward Gymnasium on 15th July, 2019. All tickets for the show will be free of charge!

The list of wrestlers competing in the 2019 D-Ou Grand Prix are HARASHIMA, Konosuke Takeshita, Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Masahiro Takanashi, Puma King, Mike Bailey, Sammy Guevara, Shinya Aoki and Go Shiozaki.

Chigusa Nagayo was announced to be part of DDT’s return to Sumo Hall for “JUDGEMENT 2019” on 17th February.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~” Preview

October 19, 2018

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018 ~FALL WRESTLING CULTURE FESTIVAL~”, 21/10/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Hoshitango Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Shota Vs Michael Wolf Vs Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed) Vs Monster Halloween Vs Gundan Hitori
0. Mina Shirakawa DDT First Participation War! Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima
1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
2. Gauntlet Tag Match: Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda Vs Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa
3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Saki Akai & Maki Ito Vs Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi
4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino Vs T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan
5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James
6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda
7. The Difference In 27 Years Of Age! Representative Director And President (48 Years Old) And Belonging Wrestler (21 Years Old) Waste Blood Washing Conflict Play – Final Settlement Weapon Rumble!: Sanshiro Takagi Vs MAO
8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii Vs HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi
9. Dramatic Dream Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs CIMA
10. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

The pre-show matches will begin at 2:00pm JST and the main show begins at 3:00pm JST. That’s 6:00am/7:00am for GMT, 1:00am/2:00am for EST and 10:00pm/11:00pm the night before for PST.

For the first time DDT will be streaming parts of the show live on their Youtube channel. The two pre-show matches and the first three matches of the main card will be aired. The link to the Youtube page is here (https://bit.ly/2q1KIOK).

The entire show will aire live on DDT Universe. Here is the link (https://bit.ly/2yxkxnV).

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The seven months since DDT’s last appearance in Sumo Hall has been a lot to take in. Sometimes hectic, sometimes confusing and for me sometimes exhausting. The number of events grew thanks to the launch of a brand new weekly show called “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI” airing live on AbemaTV. The other brands also increased their schedules with more shows in more locations. DDT’s rookie brand DNA was put to bed when the roster was considered too advanced to be a developmental. The lack of rookies ready to debut was also a reason to end the concept for now. Then there was the chaos in the main event scene. DDT’s longest and most dominant title reign ended when the company’s estranged son returned to defeat their golden boy. The new rebellious champion went on to make some unwise decisions leading to a rash of unexpected title changes, some beyond the control of those in charge of DDT and some coming directly from the people with power. With injuries putting some of DDT’s best and brightest on the shelf it was a time for new blood to step up. One in particular took things too far towards his boss. Or maybe he took it far enough and needs to go further? New invaders entered the company. One group wants to prove they are the better than DDT’s best while another gigantic figure arrived looking to kick ass and chew bamboo, and it’s all out of bamboo. There is plenty to talk about so let’s get started.

0. Time Difference Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Hoshitango Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Shota Vs Michael Wolf Vs Tiger Mask V (Self-Self-Proclaimed) Vs Monster Halloween Vs Gundan Hitori

Normally the Battle Royal on this kind of show will be for a big prize, like the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. Not this time. The championship found its way into the pop idol group SKE48 back in July and has been passed around between some of the girls ever since. The current champion Yuki Arai promised to show up with the title at Korakuen Hall a week after this show so nobody is anticipating any shenanigans here. Instead the appeal is going to be from the “ALL DOIN” wrestlers. The self-proclaimed Tiger Mask V, the W*ING gimmick that came 25 years too late Monster Halloween and masked man in a fancy shirt Gundan Hitori are all representing the “ALL DOIN” super indy show that is scheduled for November. Most of the DDT regulars have developed a little since “JUDGEMENT 2018” back in March. Gorgeous Matsuno became the self-appointed gatekeeper of DDT against gigantic animals. That didn’t end well for him. Gota Ihashi has been getting into shape with the ultimate goal of earning Riki Choshu’s respect. He’s making enough progress that Choshu’s eternal rival Tatsumi Fujinami has offered to help out. Nobuhiro Shimatani finally achieved his dream of joining DAMNATION. “Nobu” has been full of confidence ever since even if it hasn’t translated into results. Yumehito Imanari has probably advanced the most out of anyone. He launched the Imanari Revolution in Ganbare☆Wrestling to push himself into Ganpro’s main event scene and he hasn’t looked back. The other Ganpro rep is Shota who joined the brand full time in May. Michael Wolf recently entered DDT all the way from Oklahoma’s Compound Pro Wrestling. The only person here who is the same as always is Hoshitango.

0. Mina Shirakawa DDT First Participation War! Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima

The spot dedicated entirely to Tokyo Joshi Pro is focusing on their newest signing. Mina Shirakawa is a gravure idol who is a massive pro wrestling fan, so much so that she began training to wrestle in April as part of a collaborated project between DDT and Best Body Japan. She had her debut match in August teaming with one of her opponents here Shoko Nakajima. In September, Shirakawa jumped at the chance to visit Mexico so she could participate in a lucha libre expo. The first thing she did when she arrived was travel to the ZEUS GYM in Naucalpan to train! So far Shirakawa has only wrestled three matches in her career, twice for Big Body Japan and once in Mexico. She has committed herself to Tokyo Joshi full time beginning this November. She has performed at a Tokyo Joshi show before though. Four years ago she was in a Brazilian themed idol duo called Oh P Samba that performed a song and dance at a Tokyo Joshi show. For now this will be her introduction to everyone in DDT.

But that’s enough about the new girl. Can’t let her overshadow the others this easily. Miyu Yamashita is currently on the most successful TOKYO Princess Title run in the championship’s history, winning the belt on 4th January and defending the title a record six times. She, Yuka Sakazaki and Shoko Nakajima also made their American debut competing in the Chikara King Of Trios tournament, making it all the way to the semi finals. Sakazaki has been most successful in tag team action, forming the Magical Sugar Rabbits with Mizuki and winning the TOKYO Tag Team Titles together. Yuki Kamifuku recently won a match for the first ever time after 14 months of wrestling. Everything will be going up from there for her.

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno

DAMNATION’s numbers increased back in May when Soma Takao betrayed what was left of Smile Squash to join the heel unit. Since then Takao has been low blowing his way to victory while saying little in between the matches. He is still quietly undefeated at “PETER PAN” with a 9-0 record. Can he make it 10 for 10 and go a full decade of (not so much) destruction? Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie have spent the last half year teaming together, briefly holding the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Not much has changed other than that period when Endo wanted to talk about his pet beetle. He is still a top notch wrestler when he wants to be. That was proven when he made it to the King Of DDT final again.

The team challenging for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles are the newly relaunched DISASTER BOX. The original unit was formed by Toru Owashi as a heel unit way back in 2006. The unit played a major part in establishing HARASHIMA after he dropped the HERO! gimmick. The unit had another run in 2008 but went away at the start of this decade, with the exception of a one show reunion with original member Shogo “Jet” Takagi in 2017. HARASHIMA and Owashi decided to reform DISASTER BOX this year during the DNA draft and allowed the promising youngster Yuki Ueno to join them. Nobody else. Anyone who said otherwise was ignored. Well, at least until he couldn’t be ignored anymore.

Kazuki Hirata wanted to join in so he could continue teaming with Owashi. He was declined but a miracle run in the King Of DDT tournament convinced HARASHIMA to bring Hirata into the group. To prove he is good enough, Hirata has sometimes tried to wrestle without the aid of his musical Hirata GO! glasses. He has since gone back on that plan now he is an accepted member. When Takao, Endo & Paulie won the vacant titles, they tried to nominate the rest of their unit as the challengers. DISASTER BOX instead got the nod and the two sides have been duking it out for months, waiting for this day to come.

2. Gauntlet Tag Match: Mike Bailey & Antonio Honda Vs Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Keisuke Okuda Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa

One half of the KO-D Tag Champions is already occupied on the card so Mike Bailey has to get mixed up in the Gauntlet Tag Match. Antonio Honda is by his side as they face a mixture of DDT talent. Mizuki Watase & Jason Kincaid have formed a well run team during their time in the RENEGADES unit. Kincaid was brought into DDT in mere weeks after “JUDGEMENT 2018” as RENEGADES’s gift to the company. Watase has wrestled in a snazzy suit and never really explained why. The Maji Manji show has been mostly built around Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda. Higuchi made it his goal to put somebody through a table on every episode while Umeda became “Mr. Maji Manji” when he won a tournament early in the show to earn a big push by the company. Unfortunately knee injuries have constantly paused his momentum. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi have been doing their usual thing in Shuten-dōji. Their usual thing is drinking. Tanomusaku Toba returned to DDT first take part in a few Street Wrestling matches. He then appeared on Maji Manji, wrestling to impress his step-son who refuses to call him Dad. That didn’t end up being his proudest moment but he’s gotten more DDT appearances since then, usually whenever they wanted a strike heavy match-up. Keisuke Okuda became DDT’s newest signing in September. Until then he was causing terror in DNA as part of the Naomi Kingdom. So far his biggest move was picking a fight with HARASHIMA. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa reformed Booing 2018 for the Dramatic General Election but kicked out their longtime ally Gota Ihashi. Normally I’d say the winners of this match will go after the KO-D Tag Titles but that didn’t happen the last time.

3. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2018: Saki Akai & Maki Ito Vs Meiko Satomura & Cassandra Miyagi

What a year it’s been for Meiko Satomura. The Sendai Girls leader has had accomplished years before but 2018 has been an international breakthrough for her. From Fight Club: PRO in England to the WWE Mae Young Classic in America to wXw in Germany, Satomura has been making waves in Europe and America this year. Back in Japan she made her mark in DDT by becoming the first ever woman to win the KO-D Openweight Title! While her reign was short it was the highlight of a turbulent time in the championship’s history. Cassandra Miyagi made two DDT appearances during this time. One as part of an adventure through a secret martial arts factory (it’s a long story) and the other challenging for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles. The two Sendai Girls return to DDT to face without a doubt the two most popular women in the DDT family.

Saki Akai has been motivated by Satomura’s success to become more than just the token woman on the DDT roster. This year Akai became the first woman to enter the King Of DDT tournament. Sadly she didn’t make it past the 1st Round. She also got into a situation where she was stalked by the monsters of the UWA Corps. She also returned to Tokyo Joshi for a few matches after so many fans pointed out that she looks identical to the Sakisama. Speaking of Sakisama, the aristocrat returned home to Paris in August after her personal nun became too rebellious (it’s another long story).

But all of the attention goes to Maki Ito. All of the attention must go to Ito! She’s been finding ways to constantly stay in the sights of the Tokyo Joshi fanbase and it’s been paying off big for her. After a big match against Riho in May, Ito considered splitting up the Ito Respect Army after her alliance with Mizuki hit a rough patch. Their relationship got even rockier when they ended up in opposite sides of a TOKYO Princess Tag Titles match. Ito took the loss in both that and a singles match with Mizuki afterwards but in those matches she was able to show her growth as a wrestler. While she hasn’t been able to win big in the ring, outside it Ito’s getting more and more popular. The big evidence for this is her current lead in the Dramatic General Election. Early on in the competition Ito moved miles past the rest of the field. Others have since gained ground but a strong performance at Sumo Hall might be what she needs to seal the deal.

Except that won’t be enough to satisfy Ito. In a reverse of last year’s match between Satomura and Miyu Yamashita, Ito has no respect for Satomura. Not after Satomura lost the KO-D Title after Ito promised to win the Election and challenge her for the belt. This attitude is causing Akai to distrust Ito. She really shouldn’t be underestimating Satomura. The rift got even worse when Akai & Ito got into a little scuffle at the press conference for this show. If they can’t get along, they’re screwed. If they can get along… they’re still screwed.

4. ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Akito, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino Vs T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Duan Yingnan

ALL OUT has gone through a bumpy road since “JUDGEMENT 2018”. Things went went south after April when Konosuke Takeshita lost the KO-D Title and Akito briefly went down with an injury. Shunma Katsumata was then called out for his poor performances and had to go in search of himself to improve. Part of it involved signing up to a Gold’s Gym membership. His efforts rewarded ALL OUT with a KO-D 6-Man Tag Title reign that was sadly cut short when Takeshita suffered an injury. With Takeshita out of action it was up to Akito & Katsumata to continue on without him. Katsumata in particular decided go down the road of hardcore wrestling a little more often. He already had a taste of hardcore back in February when he fought Yuko Miyamoto but since then he had matches with table spots against Kazusada Higuchi and went one on one with Violento Jack in a Fans Bring The Weapons Death Match. Things seemed to be looking up when Takeshita returned and the powerful rugby rookie Yuki Iino joined the unit. That’s when a new conflict emerged to challenge them.

One of the big wrestling stories of the year coming out of Japan is the STRONG HEARTS exodus from Dragon Gate. During the springtime, CIMA spent time away from the company teaching pro wrestling in China for a promotion called Oriental Wrestling Entertainment. In May, CIMA along with some of his Japanese proteges more or less left Dragon Gate. Now, the public reason for this was so this group of wrestlers could focus exclusively on OWE in Shanghai. Obviously, everyone was surprised when instead the newly named STRONG HEARTS showed up in Wrestle-1 looking to cause some trouble. When that conflict ended over the summer, STRONG HEARTS found their next target, ALL OUT and DDT. When Takeshita was shared his disappointment with ALL OUT having no plans for “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” this year, STRONG HEARTS immediately sent them the challenge.

Two matches between the two sides will happen at Sumo Hall. First up is the 6-Man Tag. Akito, Katsumata & Iino are there for ALL OUT. STRONG HEARTS will be represented by T-Hawk, El Lindaman and Chinese newcomer Duan Yingnan. They want to show ALL OUT what real fire and fever in the ring is like!

5. The World’s Crazy Couple Battle: Makoto Oishi & Misaki Ohata Vs Joey Ryan & Laura James

The battle of the married couples! Makoto Oishi surprised everyone during a street wrestling event in May when he suddenly proposed to Misaki Ohata during their match. It was a heartwarming story in the middle of a wacky situation. Honestly, who could get upset by that?

Oh, huh… Alright then.

There isn’t much in wrestling that annoys Joey Ryan. Usually it’s him doing the annoying stuff. But somebody doing a marriage proposal during a wrestling match when he and Laura James already did it? Copycats! Ryan & James have challenged Oishi & Ohata to a match to see which marriage deserves to be called crazier. Oishi & Ohata say that their proposal was original and to be fair it is very different to what Ryan & James did. For one thing it involved Yukio Sakaguchi trying to run Ohata over with a truck and Oishi jumped in front of it to save her. How romantic.

 

6. Soken Holdings Present – Will You Eat Or Be Eaten!? Giant Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Andreza Giant Panda

Behold! The greatest discovery in Japanese wrestling over the last two years isn’t one of the New Japan young lions, nor is it a company ace like Kento Miyahara or Shotaro Ashino. Sure, Masashi Takeda is rad and Hana Kimura has star power written all over her. But nobody has captured attention the same way Andreza Giant Panda has. The “Big Beast Of The North” burst onto the scene from Hokkaido’s New Nemuro Pro Wrestling (N2W) in 2017, a promotion that they themselves admit is filled with out of shape, middle-aged amateur wrestlers with no fighting experience or any physical strengths. But how did Andreza get here? Originally named Shin Shin, he was born in China with a gigantism disease on 1st January 2016. The amount of growth a normal panda goes through in one year, Andreza went through in one month. As a cub he had the appetite of three pandas. Tragically he was abandoned by his parents and was bullied by the other pandas in China. He was found by a Chinese king and was sent to live in his fishing processing company in Nemuro city under the care of New Nemuro’s president Samson Miyamoto. Due to his massive size of 300cm in height and 500kg in weight, Miyamoto knew that this panda was made for pro wrestling. Now renamed Andreza Giant Panda, the animal dominated New Nemuro and quickly became the promotion’s top star. Andreza won the Best Newcomer award in the 2017 Samurai! TV Japan Indie Grand Prize. He also found a mate and became a father. Andreza’s ultimate goal is to appear in WWE after becoming famous. For the moment, a match for DDT in Sumo Hall will be his highest profile wrestling appearance yet. The fate of nature may very well be at stake!

When Super Sasadango Machine was chosen to be Andreza’s opponent he quickly established his motivation for the match. Andreza eats 40kg of bamboo on a daily basis and that is enough to make him a danger to the environment. The problem is Andreza is nigh on unbeatable. Sasadango thought he discovered a weakness. Andreza is supposedly helpless without his master Miyamoto. Sasadango kidnapped Miyamoto and thought it would give him the advantage on Andreza. That was proven wrong when Andreza somehow figured out how to travel from Nemuro to Sapporo by himself to rescue his master. Sasadango has since experienced how powerful Andreza’s Lightspeed Headbutt is and nobody has kicked out of the Andreza Press. A simulated fight with Sanshiro Takagi dressed as a panda gave Sasadango some valuable information. Also DDT is certain this match won’t get them sued for animal mistreatment so Sasadango has the all clear to do whatever he wants to take the air out of the Giant Panda!

7. The Difference In 27 Years Of Age! Representative Director And President (48 Years Old) And Belonging Wrestler (21 Years Old) Waste Blood Washing Conflict Play – Final Settlement Weapon Rumble!: Sanshiro Takagi Vs MAO

Enthusiasm is a characteristic that is usually appreciated but some people tend to take things too far. This year MAO reached that point. When DDT returned to focusing to its Falls Count Anywhere matches, MAO felt now was his time to step up and take the mantle of Street Wrestling king. The days of Sanshiro Takagi doing the crazy stuff is over. MAO wants to replace it with fucked up wrestling for a fucked up world! The over-enthusiasm came when MAO drove a van into Takagi during a match then threatened to blow up Shin-Kiba 1st RING with bottle rockets. MAO’s conflict with Takagi continued after “JUDGEMENT 2018” when the two were paired together in the King Of DDT 1st Round. Their match went crazy with bicycle crashes and the destruction of plastic boxes. They took it even further at Campsite Pro Wrestling when MAO and Takagi chased each other around in cars! The situation has gotten so out of control that both men agreed to have the ultimate DDT match to settle their score… The Weapon Rumble! New weapons will be added to the match Royal Rumble style and they can be anything. Weapons, humiliating mind games, wrestler cameos, family members. Anything is fair game. The two cannot be kept apart now. Even at the press conference they fought each other in a 3 minute wrestling match that ended in a time limit draw. At this point it will take divine intervention for a winner to be determined…

Thank God pro wrestling is so convenient.

Just days before the show, MAO went training in the Arakawa river bed with his Moonlight Express partner Mike Bailey. The training was focused on improving MAO’s accuracy with a pico pico hammer. Things turned south when MAO swung so hard that he lost grip of the hammer and threw it far away. When MAO went searching through the grass, he unexpectedly found the God Of Arakawa. Maybe he took the form of Jason Kincaid wearing a Casper jumper so he wouldn’t scare MAO away. Or maybe that’s just a coincidence and the God always looks like that. Anyway, the God Of Arakawa spoke to MAO and held two hammers, one gold, one silver. He asked if either of them belonged to MAO. MAO said neither were his. The God appreciated MAO’s honesty and awarded him a bag of 100 empty cans as a gift. The God then got mixed up and also gave him the Legendary Pico Pico Hammer. Then he gave him the gold and silver hammers anyway because at this point why not? So now MAO has the power of a God by his side!

8. Shigehiro Irie’s Grand Fight: Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii Vs HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi

What in the hell happened these last seven months? What in the hell happened this last year? Shigehiro Irie has been the key figure of confusion throughout DDT from March to October. After spending the early part of the year quiet and entirely absent from the company, he made a surprise return at the end of the previous Sumo Hall show as a different person. Gone was the happy go lucky Irie, in his place was a bitter man watching DDT change into something he no longer loved. His solution was to become KO-D Champion again so he could tear down DDT and rebuild it in his image. A month later he defeated Takeshita to win the title. Slowly but surely he found allies for his cause. Mizuki Watase was the only member of the main roster to join him. The rest of Irie’s followers consisted of wrestlers from overseas like Jason Kincaid, Facade, Sammy Guevara, Baliyan Akki and Ryan Davidson. The group was named RENEGADES because Irie wanted to do things his way rather than management’s.

The sticking point for Irie was DDT’s failure to deliver their promises. Irie loves going on his excursions to America wrestling new people and making new friends. DDT’s ideas to do more international work was never followed up on. It reached the point where Irie wanted to defend the KO-D Title in America and he was going to do it whether DDT allowed it or not. The Director of DDT at the time was Danshoku Dieno and he reluctantly gave Irie permission to go ahead. However he warned Irie not to act reckless and lose the championship. It was Irie’s responsibility alone to be the defending champion overseas.

1st August, 2018. The date will live on as the starting point for the most chaotic period in the history of the KO-D Title. Irie gets pinned by Sami Callihan at a Rockstar Pro show in Ohio, losing the championship in his first defence outside of Japan. When news made its way back to DDT, everybody scrambled to save face. The wrestlers were in shock and blamed Irie for damaging DDT’s reputation abroad. Takagi and Dieno went to work trying to figure out how to get the title back on a DDT wrestler. Irie saved face by winning the championship back a week later and he was able to return to Japan with the belt. Crisis averted but Irie’s pride was scarred. Not so much by the title loss but by Dieno being proven right. Irie grew to resent Dieno even more, blaming him for everything he finds wrong with DDT. The feud led to more chaos in the title scene when Dieno used a Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet to win the KO-D Title from Irie on an episode of Maji Manji. Another Gauntlet was used two weeks later by Meiko Satomura that led to her winning the title. Irie had one chance left to win back the belt in a 3 Way Elimination Match but Dieno surprised him with the Gaydo Clutch and Irie became the first person eliminated from the match. Beaten and outsmarted, Irie accepted defeat and admitted it was time to move on. He shook Dieno by the left hand because the left hand is closer to your heart.

When the dust was settled, Irie had a new direction and it is one that relies less on DDT. Late in September Irie announced he will not renew his contract and will become a freelancer in October. He will still be accepting bookings with DDT but his priority will be going abroad with dates already confirmed for America and Germany. His last match before he heads away is here in Sumo Hall with his favourite partner and opponents. HARASHIMA, the man Irie could not beat until this past July. Yukio Sakaguchi, the man who he had violent clashes with in the past. Keisuke Ishii, the man he grew up with in wrestling and shared plenty of time with as part of Team Dream Futures. Already gone from his contract, Irie has shown signs of his old self recently. The big goofy smile is returning. Maybe he will show it to everyone in DDT one more time at Sumo Hall.

I swear if Irie shows up at New Japan in a few months time calling himself “Dramatic” there is going to be Hell to pay.

9. Dramatic Dream Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs CIMA

The other ALL OUT Vs STRONG HEARTS match is focused on the two big names of the groups. Takeshita Vs CIMA! Sumo Hall has been home to some of Takeshita’s biggest matches in his career. Kenny Omega, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Hiroshi Tanahashi and his battles with both Tetsuya Endo and Shuji Ishikawa all took place in the building for DDT’s biggest events in recent years. CIMA on the other hand? The 2000 Super J Cup and two Dragon Gate shows from almost a decade ago were the only Sumo Hall appearances I can find for him. If home field advantages and venue familiarity count in this situation, Takeshita has it by the bucket load.

Of course the worst thing someone can do in this match is underestimate CIMA. This dude has been wrestling almost as long as Takeshita has been alive. Takeshita wasn’t even three years old when CIMA made his WCW debut. CIMA can be very sly in the ring when he wants to be. Any chance Takeshita has of making this a spot heavy blow for blow banger can be stopped in its tracks when CIMA decides to twist his body a dozen different painful ways instead. The result of this paints an interesting future for DDT’s immediate future. The STRONG HEARTS are already confirmed to appear on the next Korakuen Hall show a week after this show. If CIMA beats Takeshita, what next will be on his mind for DDT? I mean obviously we know what he’ll want. The Iron Man Title of course! STRONG HEARTS Vs SKE48 will be the next big invasion feud, mark my words!!!

10. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

And so we finally make it to the finale. Two major figures in DDT that plotted and scrapped their way into the Sumo Hall main event. This is the first “PETER PAN” main event appearance for both Danshoku Dieno and Daisuke Sasaki. Dieno has main evented Sumo Hall for DDT once before back in 2013 but that was the first half of a weekend double header in the building and the lesser of the two shows. This year is what counts for Dieno and he did everything he could do to make it here.

Dieno was the DDT Director for most of the year. When it came to the KO-D Title, he publicly showed no desire for it and was the neutral party when deciding challengers and title defences. He avoided any tournaments or matches to determine the No. 1 contenders and played no part in the annual scramble for the Right To Challenge Gauntlets. But in the background, Dieno had a goal he needed to accomplish. The one thing that’s alluded him in his long DDT career is the main event match at “PETER PAN”. The best way to do that is be the champion and the title holder Shigehiro Irie just happened to be a thorn in his side during this period. Calling in a favour from Super Sasadango Machine, Dieno was gifted a Right To Challenge Gauntlet and he cashed it in on an exhausted Irie, easily beating him to become the new champion. He then immediately quit as the Director so he wouldn’t have to grant Irie a rematch. The one grave mistake he made was forgetting that there was one more Gauntlet in play and it was being held by a disgruntled Meiko Satomura. Dieno loses the title to Satomura in his first defence and his dreams start falling apart. The only saving grace was hearing that Irie wanted revenge. Dieno was able to wiggle his way into a 3 Way Elimination Match for the title and he ended up pinning both opponents to become champion once again. In the end, everything worked out perfectly for Dieno. His dream is finally coming true!

Daisuke Sasaki lived the dream once. He found something too good to be true. He found love. Big Love. A fling with “Japan’s First Genderless Wrestler” Asuka over the summer turned into something more, at least in Sasaki’s mind. They teamed together on Maji Manji shows until they were booked into a singles match against each other at July’s Korakuen show. Sasaki didn’t worry about it until Asuka broke the news to him in the ring. She was never really interested in him. He’s too old for her and also wasn’t her type. This was the point where Sasaki’s 2018 changed. Gone was Big Love and in its place was a hatred for everything. Sasaki defeated Asuka then went on to win the King Of DDT in August. With a broken heart and no desire to fix it, Sasaki’s focus was now on becoming the KO-D Champion at Sumo Hall. Also the 2,000,000 yen cash prize from the main event sponsor.

Dieno talking about his dreams only pisses Sasaki off even more. Sasaki called Dieno the symbol of DDT and a relic of the past. Mind games developed in the last couple of weeks as Sasaki tried to withstand Dieno’s lewd moveset. He now believes he is invincible against Dieno’s erotic wrestling style. Dieno warns that he will go beyond Sasaki’s imagination to win and if that means pulling out the ultimate versions of his signature moves, so be it. This Sunday, the symbol of DDT will be decided!


DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16” Results

September 4, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI #16”, 04/09/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
145 Fans – No Vacancy

0. NO TV Match I ~ “Self-Proclaimed” Interim Mr. Maji Manji Appears In His 3rd NO TV Match!: Keisuke Ishii defeated Makoto Oishi with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (6:25).
0. NO TV Match II: Akito defeated Antonio Honda with the Scorpion Lock (8:39).
1. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi when Nakazawa pinned Ihashi after a Spicolli Driver from Takagi (8:38).
2. Saki Akai defeated Maki Ito with the Foot Choke (11:07).
3. Kazuki Hirata DISASTER BOX Assessment Match: Toru Owashi & Yuki Ueno defeated HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata when Owashi pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle (10:08).
4. Jun Kasai & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Kasai pinned Shimatani with the Pearl Harbour Splash (11:44).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi when Takao pinned Takanashi with a School Boy (15:22).
*DAMNATION becomes the 35th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. Meiko Satomura, Mike Bailey & MAO defeated Shigehiro Irie, Ryan Davidson & Mizuki Watase when Satomura pinned Watase with the Death Valley Bomb (14:13).

Tempers are flaring between Meiko Satomura, Shigehiro Irie and Danshoku Dieno over their Survival 3 Way Match later this month. Dieno spent the entire show as part of the commentary team so he was in Irie’s direct line of sight when Irie came out for the main event. During an out of the ring brawl, Irie crashed into the commentary team with a Cannonball, wiping Dieno out. Back in the ring Satomura got the victory for her team by hitting Mizuki Watase with the Scorpio Rising followed by the Death Valley Bomb. When the match was over Dieno and Irie got into a fight until Satomura yelled at them to bring the fight into the ring. Satomura said she will beat the both of them at Korakuen Hall, no excuses. Dieno can complain about his shoulder injury all he wants. Satomura’s entire body is in pain after her matches but she never lets that hold her back.

An exciting trios match to determine the new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions was spoiled when Soma Takao blinded Masahiro Takanashi with red mist. A School Boy won the match and the belts for DAMNATION. Afterwards Daisuke Sasaki asked the new champions who they wanted their first defence to be against. Tetsuya Endo told him he wants to put in as weak an effort as possible. Sasaki declared that the challengers will be himself and Nobuhiro Shimatani. We never heard who the third wrestler was because DISASTER BOX interrupted him. HARASHIMA wants his unit to be the challengers. Hisaya Imabayashi didn’t have the power to choose so he left it up to the new DDT Producer Tetsuya Koda to decide. Koda asked DISASTER BOX to figure out which three of them would make up the team. A game of Rock, Paper, Scissors determined that the trio would be Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno. Koda accepted the trio and announce they will get their title match at Sumo Hall! Imabayashi wondered if it was too early to book the match this far in advance but Koda disagreed. The show is in a month and a half’s time so the card needs to be filling up right now!

Jun Kasai’s beginning of his new stay in DDT began with him renewing his grudge with Daisuke Sasaki. As they were fighting, two revealed they blocked each other on Twitter. Kasai demanded Sasaki to unblock and follow him. Shimatani stole Kasai’s goggles and attempted to give him the Pearl Harbour Splash but Kasai rolled out of the way. Kasai got his goggles back and hit his finisher on Shimatani to win. After the match Kasai almost disqualified himself from the Dramatic General Election because he talked about it inside the ring. It is against the rules to do that. Kasai again demanded Sasaki to unblock him on Twitter and follow his account.

It took a lot of struggle but Kazuki Hirata has been accepted into DISASTER BOX! Hirata wrestled seriously to try and impress the other members but the urge to grab a pair of Hirata GO! glasses could not be ignored. He never got to wear them because Owashi attacked him first. Instead HARASHIMA forced the glasses onto Owashi’s face when he tried to Power Bomb Hirata. That backfired because Owashi’s dancing was too powerful to fight against and he pinned Hirata with La Magistral Cradle. HARASHIMA tried to tell Owashi afterwards that what he did was an accident. Owashi asked Hirata if he will continue to use the glasses in his matches. Hirata honestly admitted he would. To the surprise of everyone, Owashi approved! He explained that these glasses represent the four years Hirata spent with T2Hide and that should never be forgotten. Hirata is in the unit! HARASHIMA started getting ideas of turning DISASTER BOX into more than just a wrestling unit. With Hirata involved they can now be a dancing and theatre group too!

Saki Akai wore new white ring gear for her match with Maki Ito. Akai also used a familiar looking Gogoplata Foot Choke to win the match. Ito made the same mistake as Kasai and mentioned the Dramatic Election during her post-match promo inside the ring. She had to have her mouth covered by the referee to stop talking.

Booing 2018 promised a big name for their mystery third member and it turned out to be Sanshiro Takagi! The big name is the Big President! Takagi turned on Gota Ihashi when they were on the verge of beating Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa. Takagi broke Ihashi’s pinfall and dropped Nakazawa on top of him with the Spicolli Driver. Takagi explained that every year Booing finishes last in the Dramatic Election and has to disband. This year Takagi is joining Booing 2018 to lift them up from the bottom and make some other unit split up for a change. Nakazawa then went to speak but Takagi kicked him down.

No Gongitsune from Antonio Honda this week. Instead he went all Hiroyoshi Tenzan on Akito by giving him the Tenzan Tombstone Driver and the Anaconda Vice. Akito escaped the submission and made Honda tap to the Scorpion Lock. Tenzan had a hold on one of Honda’s arms for leverage during the move.

Two members of The Compliance faced each other in the first dark match of the evening. It was a low pressure environment but Dieno warned Keisuke Ishii not to take it easy against Makoto Oishi because The Compliance does not accept low effort in their team. Dieno wanted Ishii to treat this match like a game of Fire Pro Wrestling. He also said that Oishi is really good at using the Stunner. Ishii didn’t believe him. During the match Oishi hit the Stunner and also the Miracle Ecstasy but Ishii kicked out. Ishii fought back and hit the High Angle Double Arm DDT to win. Dieno described the finish as Oishi getting Critical’d.

At the beginning of the show Takagi had news to give regarding the DDT Producer spot that Dieno resigned from last month. The Producer will be replaced by a new General Manager. The new GM is an extraordinary man who is witty, expressive and is well familiar with pro wrestling. It’s Tetsuya Koda, the representative of Tokyo Joshi Pro! Hisaya Imabayashi thought he would get the job instead and protested the decision. Takagi told Imabayashi he is still the Assistant Producer. Also Koda beat him in a wrestling match last month and that makes him more qualified.

An announcement was made about the return of the D-Ou Grand Prix tournament. The 2019 edition will in fact be held at the end of 2018 because the winner will get a KO-D Openweight Title shot in the main event of “JUDGEMENT 2019” in February. The round robin will begin on 30th November and the final will be held on 30th December.


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BRAND NEW WRESTLING 2 ~NOW IT’S TIME TO ATTACK~” Results

August 25, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BRAND NEW WRESTLING 2 ~NOW IT’S TIME TO ATTACK~”, 25/08/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
960 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Hikari & Raku defeated Miu & Hinano when Hikari submitted Hinano with a Cobra Twist (8:36).
2. Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino defeated Yuna Manase & Yuki Kamifuku when Tenma pinned Kamifuku with the Killswitch (7:22).
3. Priscilla Kelly defeated Hyper Misao with the Osteoporosis (6:41).
4. Saki Akai defeated Azusa Takigawa with the Rookie Award (11:31).
5. Special Single Match: Riho defeated Shoko Nakajima with the Somato (11:42).
6. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki defeated Reika Saiki & Maki Ito when Mizuki pinned Ito with the Cutie Special (15:59).
*The Magical Sugar Rabbits become the 4th TOKYO Princess Tag Team Champions!
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) defeated Yuu with the Crash Rabbit Heat (17:09).
*V5 for Miyu Yamashita.

No amount of chops can stop Miyu Yamashita! At first Yuu had an answer for Yamashita by blocking the Crash Rabbit Heat, hitting plenty of chops at her opponent’s chest and tossing the champion over with a Judo Throw. But Yamashita escaped from the Last Ride and wore down Yuu with many different kicks. Yuu blocked a Buzzsaw Kick but Yamashita tricked her with a feint so she could hit a Backspin Kick right on the button. From there Yamashita was able to hit the Crash Rabbit Heat to earn a 5th successful defence of the TOKYO Princess Title.

The result was something Yamashita wanted to achieve for a long time. When she was the first Princess Champion, she lost the belt to Yuu in Korakuen Hall. That stuck with her until today when she was able to avenge the loss in the same building. Yamashita said she will continue to raise Tokyo Joshi Pro and will defend the title against anyone who challenges her. Priscilla Kelly came out and with Yuki Kamifuku translating for her to mixed results, congratulated the champion for a great match and challenged her to a title match. Yamashita accepted and said she wants the match on 14th October in Fukuoka, her hometown. They shook hands until Kelly licked Yamashita up the arm and left the ring.

An emotional end to the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles match saw Mizuki pin Maki Ito but not before Ito put everything into trying to win and collapsing in the process. Ito even did her own Diving Foot Stomp to her now possibly former Ito Respect Army member. Things look bleak for the Magical Sugar Rabbits when Ito & Reika Saiki put them both in Crab Holds in the centre of the ring. Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki persevered be grabbing each other by the hand and crawling together towards the ropes. Ito missed a Diving Big Head which allowed Sakazaki to hit the Magical Girl Splash and Mizuki to follow it up with her Diving Foot Stomp. Ito eventually got up looking to trade blows with Mizuki but she collapsed from exhaustion. She was still able to kick out of a pin but she was done when she ran into the Cutie Special. After the match Ito had a staredown with Mizuki and left the ring so Mizuki could celebrate her first championship win in Tokyo Joshi with Sakazaki.

Riho bested Shoko Nakajima in the battle between the 619s. Nakajima got a nearfall with the Northern Lights Suplex but missed the Diving Senton. Riho capitalised by hitting the Somato to grab the victory.

Azusa Takigawa’s final match at Korakuen Hall was also Saki Akai’s first Tokyo Joshi match as herself in the same venue. Takigawa tried to motivate herself when she was in a troubled spot by telling everyone she cannot lose if she wants to get signed by Akai’s agency. She gave Akai the Christie Agape and pinned her Azusa Christie style but only got a two count. Akai recovered and hit the Rookie Award for the victory. She praised Takigawa for putting up a good fight. In a backstage interview Akai was told that she resembles a certain French girl who wrestled in Tokyo Joshi recently. Akai isn’t interested in her although she’s been told they look alike.

Hyper Misao’s crafty plan for her match against Priscilla Kelly was to bring in Shota to falsely translate her welcome message for Kelly. Misao told the audience that Kelly does not understand Japanese so she will tell them about her plan. Shota told Kelly in English that Misao wanted a clean fight. Misao also said she expects Kelly will lick her face so she rubbed wasabi on her mask before the match. Kelly briefly fainted when she licked the mask but she recovered in time to continue fighting. Misao took out a tube of wasabi paste but Kelly grabbed it off her and squeezed out the wasabi into Misao’s mouth while she was in a Dragon Sleeper. Priscilla won the match with a Cross Arm Neckbreaker Drop from the turnbuckles.

A new name, a new look, a new song and a new finishing move for Nodoka Tenma. She now uses the Killswitch to win her matches. She described today as the beginning of her second season. Chapter one was Nodoka-oneesan, Chapter two is Nodoka Tenma. She is certain both will be remembered as masterpieces!

Yukinori Matsui officiated an Up Up Girls match for the first time so he was confused by their antics like when Raku did the Good Night Express sit down on Miu. The end came with Miu giving Raku a Canadian Backbreaker Drop while Hikari hit a Missile Dropkick to Hinano. Hikari then made Hinano submit to a grounded Cobra Twist. This was the Up Up Girls’ first match in Korakuen since their debut back in January. Hikari took the losing fall in that match so she got to experience the opposite side in the same place today!