“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2017” Results

January 1, 2018

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2017”, 31/12/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,411 Fans

1. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Ryota Hama & Soma Takao when Sekimoto pinned Takao after a missed Okido Press from Hama (6:06).
2. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Kazuki Hashimoto & Akito defeated Kota Sekifuda & Ryota Nakatsu when Akito submitted Nakatsu with the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock (4:32).
3. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Brahman Kei & Daisuke Sasaki (w/ Brahman Shu) defeated Antonio Honda & Takuya Nomura (w/ Jaki Numazawa) when Sasaki pinned Honda after the Syachihoko Clutch (7:21).
4. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Danshoku Dino & Daichi Hashimoto defeated Keisuke Ishii & Takayuki Ueki when Dino pinned Ueki with the Danshoku Screwdriver (9:53).
5. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuya Aoki when Miyamoto pinned Aoki with the Fire Thunder (3:28).
6. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto defeated Masahiro Takanashi & Tatsuhiko Yoshino when Uto pinned Yoshino with the Axis Fall (6:34).
7. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Abdullah Kobayashi & Colt Cabana defeated Minoru Fujita & Shunma Katsumata when Kobayashi submitted Katsumata with a Crab Hold (4:21).
8. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Great Kojika & Tetsuya Koda Vs Hideki Suzuki & Konosuke Takeshita ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
8a. Sudden Death – 1 Count Fall: Hideki Suzuki & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Great Kojika & Tetsuya Koda when Takeshita pinned Kojika with a Rope Assisted School Boy (1:38).
9. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Kazuki Hashimoto & Akito when Higuchi pinned Akito with a Japanese Leg Roll Clutch (1:52).
10. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Brahman Shu & Daisuke Sasaki (w/ Brahman Kei) defeated Danshoku Dino & Daichi Hashimoto when Shu pinned Dino with a School Boy (8:09).
11. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Isami Kodaka & Yoshihisa Uto when HARASHIMA pinned Uto with the Somato (9:57).
12. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Hideki The Brody & Jimmy Takeshita Vs Stan Kobayashi & Colt “Boom Boom” Butcher ended in a No Contest after a Referee Assault (2:17).
12a. Sudden Death – 1 Count Fall: Hideki The Brodie & Jimmy Takeshita defeated Stan Kobayashi & Colt “Boom Boom” Butcher by Countout (2:50).
13. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi defeated HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto when Sekimoto pinned Miyamoto with the Roll Through German Suplex (9:47).
14. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Hideki The Brody & Jimmy Takeshita defeated Brahman Kei & Daisuke Sasaki (w/ Brahman Shu) when Takeshita pinned Kei with the Superfly Splash (7:02).
15. TAKA Michinoku 25th Anniversary Match: Kotaro Yoshino, Dinosaur Takuma, Kazumi Kikuta & MAO defeated TAKA Michinoku, Dick Togo, Ryuji Ito & Sanshiro Takagi when MAO pinned Michinoku with a School Boy (13:16).
16. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: Hideki Suzuki & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi when Suzuki pinned Higuchi with the Double Arm Suplex (12:44).

DDT and Big Japan ended 2017 and begun 2018 with what they usually do at this time every year, a big pro wrestling get together at Korakuen Hall! This year’s tag team tournament was themed around one wrestler from each company joining forces. Every pairing also had their own custom team name too.

Round 1

Sekiguchi-gumi Vs Hamamatsu. The show kicked off with Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi entering the ring both wearing sunglasses and carrying samurai swords. They won over Ryota Hama & Soma Takao in a match where Hama made the most impact. First he squashed Higuchi with a Hip Attack in the corner. But then he squashed Takao by accident when he missed the Okido Press. Sekimoto pinned a lifeless Takao to win. Hama tried to apologise to Takao afterwards but Takao was too afraid to approach him.

Team Hitomishiri Vs Team 14. Pretty simple first round win for Kazuki Hashimoto & Akito. Although Kota Sekifuda dove onto Hashimoto, he was nowhere to be found when Akito locked Ryota Nakatsu into the Perfect Figure 4 Leg Lock. Sekifuda & Nakatsu didn’t get much time in the ring together but they would like to team up again someday, maybe in next year’s tournament.

Charming Dolls Vs Charisma Brahman. Throughout the night the Brahman Brothers switched back and forth to team with Daisuke Sasaki in their matches. For the first match, Brahman Kei was the legal participant. Sasaki gleefully joined in with their act of throwing water at the audience during their entrance. Meanwhile Takuya Nomura wore identical wrestling gear to Antonio Honda and they were accompanied by Jaki Numzawa in their corner. The match broke down into a 6 Way at one point when Brahman Shu and Numazawa got involved in the fighting. Kei accidentally blinded Sasaki with the black ink. Nomura grabbed the Brahmans’ bucket of water and threw it at them in the corner. But Sasaki & Kei rallied to pin Honda with the Crucifix And Jackknife pinning combination. As the Brahmans walked off they had an idea. For the next match they should become Charisma like Sasaki!

Hakai Kyodai Vs With Love And Enthrallment And Reassurance. Keisuke Ishii & Takayuki Ueki came out dressed as Ryu and Zangief from Street Fighter. At first they acted like the characters but Ueki then got so frustrated by Danshoku Dino & Daichi Hashimoto that he pulled out his gun. Ueki held Dino hostage and demanded that they switch tights so he could possess Dino’s Danshoku skills. Unfortunately Ueki slipped off the top rope and crotched himself. Dino, now wearing the Zangief tights, gave Ueki a Zangief style Spinning Piledriver to advance his team to the next round.

Smile Yankee Vs Team Yokohama. The match begun quickly when Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuya Aoki attacked HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto. But once Smile Yankee isolated Aoki it didn’t take long for them to put him down. Sakaguchi apologised to Aoki for coming up with the reckless plan but Aoki apologised too for being weak.

Yoshino-ka Vs Jikujion. Masahiro Takanashi joined in with Tatsuhiko Yoshino’s local boy gimmick. Yoshihisa Uto carried Isami Kodaka on his shoulders for their entrance but accidentally whacked Kodaka’s head off of the stage. This would happen for all of their matches tonight. Kodaka trusted Uto to carry both him and his victim of a Superplex but Uto struggled to pull it off. He finally succeeded but Kodaka was hurt in the process as if he was given a German Suplex. The move worked well enough to pin Yoshino though.

Shunma To Minoru Vs KobaCabana. Minoru Fujita wanted to sing along with Shunma Katsumata during their entrance but his microphone was switched off for a lot of it. He also wore a strand of barbwire disguised as a headband around his forehead. Sadly their idol behaviour didn’t work and they both submitted to Abdullah Kobayashi & Colt Cabana.

Great To Mago Vs Most Strongest Combi. In a rare occurrence for this tournament, only one match in the entire show went to a time limit draw. The combined skills of Hideki Suzuki & Konosuke Takeshita were not enough to figure out The Great Kojika in under 10 minutes. Tetsuya Endo tried his best to beat Takeshita for the second time in two days but the time ran out during their skirmish. 1 Count Pinfalls were activated for overtime and Kojika surprisingly came close to pinning Takeshita with the Iron Claw. Shockingly, Suzuki pulled the referee away to stop him from counting. Takeshita then used the distraction to School Boy Kojika and Suzuki held down his feet onto the ropes for leverage. Yes, it took that much cheating to pin The Great Kojika for one second!

Round 2

Sekiguchi-gumi Vs Team Hitomishiri. The first bout of Round 2 ended in quick fashion when Higuchi of all people pinned Akito with a Rolling Leg Clutch. Akito & Hashimoto tried to tap out their opponents with Scorpion Locks and Ankle Locks but it wasn’t enough. Akito promised to keep in touch with Hashumoto through LINE.

Charisma Brahman Vs Hakai Kyodai. This time Brahman Shu was teaming with Sasaki. Also this time the Brahmans dressed like Sasaki and were also armed with plates filled with…well…some sort of foul substance I don’t want to think about. Sasaki accidentally got a face full of it. At one point Dino suddenly started grabbing around his partner and pulled out Ueki’s gun from his pants! Sasaki and the Brahmans stopped him with a traffic sign attack then made him sit onto a chair with the plate of dirt placed on it. Sasaki took out toilet roll to wipe the substance off of Dino’s backside and then rub it into his face. Shu then pinned Dino with a School Boy to end the madness. The Brahmans praised Sasaki for his technique in using the plate.

Smile Yankee Vs Jikujion. Uto again carried Kodaka head first into the entrance stage. Their double team Suplex attempt off the top rope failed when Miyamoto held onto HARASHIMA to keep him on the corner. Uto ended up just giving Kodaka a German Suplex instead. Miyamoto dropped Uto with a Fire Thunder then narrowly rolled out of the way of HARASHIMA’s Somato. That was it for Uto & Kodaka’s run in the tournament.

KobaCabana? Vs Most Strongest Combi?. Due to earlier injuries dealt to everyone involved in this match, both teams had to be replaced. Luckily a bunch of “legends” happened to be in the building and stepped in to fill the gap. Suzuki & Takeshita were replaced by Hideki The Brody & Jimmy Takeshita while Kobayashi & Cabana were replaced by Stan Kobayashi & Colt “Boom Boom” Butcher. The two teams brawled with each other around the ring and then all threatened to attack Yukinori Matsui with their weapons. The match ended in a Double DQ because of the threats and had to be restarted. The four then brawled up towards the crowd and Brodie wrapped his chain around both Kobayashi & Cabana. He held them back while Takeshita crawled back to the ring to win the match by countout. When the match was over they all re-entered the ring and attacked a ringside assistant with their finishing moves.

Japan Indie Grand Prize Awards

Samurai TV and Occupation Of The Indies held their annual Japan Indie Grand Prize awards after Round 2. The MVP Award went to Hideki Suzuki. The Best Bout Award went to the Big Japan match between Masashi Takeda Vs Masaya Takahashi from 17th December. Best Unit went to DAMNATION. Best Show went to Big Japan for their 17th November outdoor event in Ueno Park. Best Newcomer went to Andre The Giant Panda. The Special Achievement Award was given to the late Mr. Pogo.

Semi Finals

Sekiguchi-gumi Vs Smile Yankee. A random drawing put together the semi final matchups. Lariats from Sekimoto & Higuchi were the difference maker. Miyamoto also wasn’t prepared for Sekimoto to roll him into the German Suplex from the ropes.

Charisma Brahman Vs Most Strongest Combi. Remember when I said the madness was over? It came back. Suzuki & Takeshita were still in their legend gimmicks and this time they had Kobayashi & Cabana on their side to combat Sasaki & The Brahmans’ tricks. Kei was isolated from his teammates and was put through the Western Lariat, the King Kong Knee Drop, the Poisoned Elbow Drop and finally the Superfly Splash to lose the match. Sasaki and The Brahmans still threw water at the audience afterwards.

TAKA Michinoku 25th Anniversary Match

The final pro wrestling match of 2017 in Japan was TAKA Michinoku’s 25th Anniversary match. He led a veteran team of K-DOJO, Big Japan and DDT wrestlers to face some of the new generation coming from those companies. MAO became a butt of a joke by being the victim of a never ending Corner Train Attack featuring everyone else in the match, loads of wrestlers who weren’t in the match and even one of the Samurai TV cameramen! Cabana was involved too but he just wanted to take a selfie with MAO. This went on for so long that the countdown to the new year began. In the final seconds Michinoku charged in but MAO rolled him over with a School Boy to pin him right as the clock struck zero! Happy new year!

Final

Sekiguchi-gumi Vs Most Strongest Combi. The tournament final is the first wrestling match in Japan of 2018. Suzuki & Takeshita were now back to normal. Both teams threw all that they had left at each other. It all came down to Higuchi and Suzuki fighting each other. Higuchi hit the Doctor Bomb but it wasn’t enough. Takeshita gave Higuchi a Dragon Suplex and Suzuki followed it up with a Dragon Suplex of his own. Higuchi kicked out! Suzuki then used the Double Arm Suplex and that wasn enough to beat Higuchi. The Most Strongest Combi are the Shuffle Tag Tournament winners! When they were given the rewards Takeshita joked that they only wrestled twice in the tournament this year and still won. Suzuki said he was honoured to fight Sekimoto & Higuchi. He also bragged that he wasn’t feeling tired at all. Sekimoto grabbed the microphone and swore into it.


DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~” Results

October 9, 2016

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DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~”, 09/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym
445 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. King Of Dark Title: Mizuki Watase defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) with a Dropkick (3:43).
*D2 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
1. Soma Takao defeated Guanchulo with the Gin And Tonic (7:28).
2. Mars Specialty Sea Urchin, Scallops, Salmon And Roe Rice Bowl 3 Way Match: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Kazusada Higuchi and Akito when Takanashi pinned Akito with the Takatonic (9:38).
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey defeated Makoto Oishi, Tomoya & Koji Yoshida when Bailey pinned Oishi with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (10:53).
4. Wrestling Master Descends To The North Of The Earth!: Dick Togo & Yasu Urano defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Togo submitted Hirata with the Cross Facelock (0:02).
4a. Rematch: Dick Togo & Yasu Urano defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Togo pinned Hirata with the Diving Senton (10:53).
5. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Yoshihiro Takayama & Kouki Iwasaki when Sakaguchi pinned Iwasaki with the Right Knee Of God (8:45).
6. Sapporo Specialty! Yellow Tag Match Of Happiness: Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Polly when Dino pinned Polly with the Gay-do Clutch (8:49).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sakai & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) when Endo pinned HARASHIMA with the Sky Twister Press (16:03).
*Smile Yankee fails in V2. DAMNATION becomes the 57th KO-D Tag Team Champions!

DAMNATION tightens its iron grip on DDT after they regained the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Except this time Tetsuya Endo has the title along with Daisuke Sasaki. They immediately dove out of the ring and onto Smile Yankee when the match began. HARASHIMA fought back with a John Woo Dropkick to Endo. Yuko Miyamoto then followed up with a Sliding Lariat. Endo blocked a Handspring Kneel Kick from Miyamoto, Sasaki then cut him off with a Diving Lariat. Miyamoto attempted the Fire Thunder on Endo but it was countered into a Roll Up. HARASHIMA tried to break it up with the Somato but Endo jumped out of the way and Miyamoto took the blow! HARASHIMA tried the Somato again but Sasaki stopped him. That allowed Endo to give HARASHIMA the Torture Rack Bomb and Sky Twister Press to win the titles! Sasaki told Endo he was the best and all of DAMNATION celebrated with their collection of DDT championships. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi then came out to challenge them for the tag titles.

Danshoku Dino pulled out the Gay-do Clutch from out of nowhere to pin Mad Polly. That gave Shuji Ishikawa a reminder that Dino can beat him at Korakuen Hall later this month. Dino next turns his attention to tomorrow’s DDT Extreme Title defence against Sanshiro Takagi.

Dick Togo wanted nothing to do with Kazuki Hirata’s dancing and made him instantly tap out to the Cross Facelock when their tag match began. Hirata & Toru Owashi successfully argued for an immediate rematch. Hirata got Togo to wear the HIRATA GO! glasses but all that did was make Togo punch him in time with the music and pin him with the Diving Senton.


Budokai, NωA Leadership, Ohka Sweats, LiLiCo Blind Date, KO-D Tag Rematch, Tokyo Joshi Changes

September 27, 2016

BASARA “ISAMI KODAKA WRESTLING ~ 2ND SHINJUKU STRONGEST GROUND BUDOKAI”, 28/09/2016
Shinjuku FACE

1. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 1: Shiori Asahi Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino
2. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 1: FUMA Vs Kengo Mashimo
3. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 1: Yasu Urano Vs Daisuke Sekimoto
4. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 1: Isami Kodaka Vs Brahman Kei (w/ Brahman Shu)
5. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 2: Riho Vs Winner Of Match #1
6. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Round 2: Manami Toyota Vs Winner Of Match #4
7. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Semi Final: Winner Of Match #2 Vs Winner of Match #5
8. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Semi Final: Winner Of Match #3 Vs Winner Of Match #6
9. Shinjuku Strongest Ground Budokai – Final: Winner Of Semi Final #1 Vs Winner Of Semi Final #2

The first two rounds will take place with no ring ropes attached and wrestlers can lose by ring out. The ropes will be attached for the semi-finals but those matches can still be won by ring out. The final will use normal wrestling rules.

DDT “DNA 21 ~THANK YOU KITAZAWA TOWN HALL! THE LAST PRO WRESTLING BEFORE RENOVATION~”, 30/09/2016
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Ryuichi Sekine
2. NωA Sub-Leader Playoff: Makoto Oishi Vs MAO
3. Same Grade Of Claim: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Konosuke Takeshita
4. Rekka Vs Keisuke Ishii
5. Mizuki Watase Vs Jun Kasai
6. Road To DNA-GP: Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata Vs Guanchulo & Kouki Iwasaki

Shunma Katsumata is the main leader of NωA. Now Makoto Oishi and MAO are fighting over the scraps to be No. 2.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2016”, 02/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match – Ganbare☆Royale: Mars Spector Vs J-Soul Pandita III IV Vs Mr. No Vs Shibata Vs Fumihito Kihara Vs American Balloon Vs Tigger Bedscene Vs Choun-Shiryu Vs Dr. Kiriko Vs Naoshi Sano
1. Original Saki Maemura Re-Debut Life Variety: Minoru Fujita & Bambi Vs Madoka & Saki Fujita
2. Forget The Same K: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Shiori Asahi
3. 2 People Only Young Drama Cup: Yukihiro Abe Vs Keisuke Ishii
4. G-COSMOS 2016: Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Takafumi Ito
5. Cinderella Champion & Ganpuro Goddess Vs Gatoh Move: Aoi Ishibashi & Ai Shimizu Vs Emi Sakura & “Kotori”
6. No Rope Barbed Wire Street Fight Tornado 8-Man Tag Team Death Match: Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari, Shota & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Atsushi Onita, Osamu Namiguchi, GENTARO & Hideki Hosaka

Ken Ohka is feeling flustered after the Korakuen Hall seating chart for this show appeared on screen during Sunday’s DDT show revealing many unsold tickets. Ohka said Amon Tsurumi put that on the screen without his permission. Ohka has promised to retire if the show doesn’t sell out. Not only that but a lot of money was borrowed to put this show together. If that isn’t bad enough their T-shirt design for the occasion hasn’t been completed yet and the DVD team are too busy putting together a Ganbare Vs Tomodachi-gun release so they can’t immediately work on editing the Korakuen show as soon as it ends. Also Yumehito Imanari wants to put his match with Viper on the DVD even though that has nothing to do with the Tomodachi-gun feud.

BASARA “VAJRA 20 ~FIERCE FIGHTING~”, 05/10/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Hi69 & Madoka Vs Kazuhiro Tamura & Daisuke Kanehira
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1A: Daichi Kazato & Tomoya Kawamura Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1B: Koji Iwamoto & Fuminori Abe Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1C: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Gouma Ryu & Masamune
5. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Round 1D: Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto

Madoka is being ignored by his fellow IRON PRIEST friends so he’s gone off to team with Hi69.

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 15”, 08/10/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. LiLiCo’s New Boyfriend Decision 4 Way Match: X (w/ Sanshiro Takagi) Vs X (w/ Amon Tsurumi) Vs X (/w Yukinori Matsui) Vs X (/w Danshoku Dino)

The 5 Way Match to determine LiLiCo’s fiancee fell apart when Danshoku Dino won the match on behalf of Suguru Miyatake. The problem was in the end Miyatake wanted to marry for love not fame, so he declined to marry LiLiCo. Fearing a public relations disaster, Dino and some of the senior members of DDT are now scrambling to find a new boyfriend for LiLiCo. Whoever they turn out to be, they must fight for LiLiCo’s love.

DDT “SAPPORO WRESTLING FESTA 2016 ~DDT SEA URCHIN~”, 09/10/2016
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Daisuke Sakai & Tetsuya Endo

Even though DAMNATION lost to Smile Yankee on Sunday, they demanded another shot at the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Amon Tsurumi wasn’t going to grant them the rematch but the champions answered the challenge and are happy to fight DAMNATION again. Tsurumi accepted the request because he currently has other duties keeping him from finding new challengers.

DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016”, 23/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs DDT Dramatic General Election Runner Up

The entire card will be made up of the Top 24 wrestlers in the DDT Dramatic General Election.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “IN A CORNER OF A CITY CALLED YOKOHAMA”, 29/10/2016
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Rika Tatsumi

Yuu thinks Rika Tatsumi has a cute look but that makes her soft. Tatsumi can’t put into words why she thinks she can win the title from Yuu but it isn’t luck.

Two changes to the Tokyo Joshi Pro roster has been announced. First, Marika Kobashi will be taking six months off from wrestling at the end of October. During that time she will finish her junior high school term and then prepare for her high school entrance exam. She is expected to return next spring, either March or April.

Secondly, Yuka Sakazaki will also take a leave of absence from Tokyo Joshi. Due to her recent performances she decided to travel to Magic Country and begin warrior training to become stronger. It is unknown how long this will take. In the meantime Yuka is sending her previously unacknowledged twin sister from Magic Country to take her place in Tokyo Joshi. Yuka’s sister is a masked luchadora named Mil Clown. She cannot speak any human language so she carries a teddy bear called Kumaun to talk on her behalf.

DDT “DDT FES 2016”, 06/11/2016
Shin-Kiba Studio Coast

1. Shin-Kiba STUDIO COAST Whole Surface Street Wrestling: Sanshiro Takagi, Kota Ibushi, Kazusada Higuchi & Gota Ihashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Polly

Kota Ibushi’s return to DDT is his specialty, Falls Count Anywhere!


DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~” Results

September 25, 2016

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~”, 25/09/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,695 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. King Of Dark Title – 6-Man Tag Team Match: Chikara (c), KENSO & Gota Ihashi defeated Guanchulo, Rekka & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Chikara pinned Shimatani with the Sabre Chop (8:50).
*Chikara passes D3. Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 18th King Of Dark Champion.
0. Dark Match – Megaton One Match: Mad Polly defeated Hoshitango by Countout (3:53).
1. 4 Way Tag Match: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki and Keisuke Ishii & Gorgeous Matsuno when Ohka pinned Iwasaki with the Flame Spear (5:02).
2. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Saki Akai & Cherry when Auto pinned Akai with the Hanamasa (10:40).
3. Original Shuten-dōji Vs T2Hide: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Toru Owashi, Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata when KUDO pinned Hirata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:33).
4. Get The Name Recognition! Groom Decision Special 5 Way Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Mizuki Watase, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine and Bernard Ackah when Dino grabbed the Marriage Report (7:36).
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Takayama pinned Honda with the Everest German Suplex (14:04).
-. Exhibition Match: Akito Vs Yuki Ueno ended in a Time Limit Draw (2:00).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when HARASHIMA pinned Sasaki with the Somato (15:47).
*V1 for Smile Yankee.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Giant Slam (23:00).
*V1 for Shuji Ishikawa.

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On his 41st birthday, Shuji Ishikawa went head to head with Kazusada Higuchi in his first KO-D Openweight Title defence. They immediately charged each other with Lariats and Shoulder Blocks to start the match. Ishikawa was knocked out of the ring and Higuchi surprised everyone by doing a Plancha onto the champion. They traded chops back and forth around the ring before continuing the exchange back inside. Ishikawa targeted Higuchi’s neck by applying a modified Camel Clutch over the ropes. Higuchi avoided a Brainbuster and lifted Ishikawa up for an Oklahoma Stampede. More Lariats were thrown followed bt an exchange of German Suplexes and Back Drops. That left both wrestlers out on the mat. Higuchi got up first and did a Choke Slam for a nearfall. Ishikawa applied an Iron Claw. Higuchi was unaffected by it so Ishikawa Headbutted him while he was in the hold, forcing Higuchi to reach for a rope break. Higuchi replied to another Headbutt by hitting Ishikawa with a Jumping Knee. He then hit the Goten but took too long to pin Ishikawa so he only got a two count. Ishikawa turned the tables with the Fire Thunder Driver. He followed with a volley of Running Knee Lifts but couldn’t lift Higuchi up for the Giant Slam. Higuchi countered the move into the Doctor Bomb but Ishikawa kicked out at 2.9! Higuchi Headbutted Ishikawa to the ropes but was stopped in his tracks with more Knee Lifts. This time Ishikawa successfully performed the Giant Slam and that was enough to put Higuchi away. After the match Ishikawa told Higuchi to eat more rice and practice harder if he wants to be the champion. Ishikawa was about to thank the fans for coming when Daisuke Sasaki kicked him aside and grabbed the mic. Sasaki called Higuchi a B Class Wrestler who should go back to sumo. Higuchi gave Sasaki the middle finger as he walked away from the ring. Ishikawa’s next title defence will be against the DDT Dramatic General Election runner-up on 23rd October, then the winner of the election on 4th December. Ishikawa was about to thank everyone again when Sasaki again interrupted him so the rest of DAMNATION could wish him a happy birthday.

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DAMNATION’s other title match did not get them the same result. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo challenged Smile Yankee for the KO-D Tag Team Titles but ended up on the losing side. Yuko Miyamoto took out Endo’s dive with a Dropkick then gave Sasaki the Fire Thunder. HARASHIMA followed up with the Somato for the victory. Smile Yankee were really positive about their successful defence. They don’t know who they will face next but they hope it is a strong pair of challengers.

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The newest DNA rookie Yuki Ueno participated in a two minute exhibition match with Akito during intermission. His proper debut will take place when the DNA Grand Prix begins on 17th October.

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Konosuke Takeshita faced off with Yoshihiro Takayama to begin the 6-Man Tag Match. Takeshita’s attempts to work on Takayama’s arm ended in failure when Takayama Hammer Punched him. Takeshita later got the upper hand by Suplexing Takayama. Antonio Honda tried to distract his opponents by talking about “Gon, the Little Fox” and the new Godzilla movie. Takayama Hammer Punched him too. Honda set him up for a Bionic Elbow but was cut off with a Big Boot. Dick Togo gave Honda the Pedigree then Takayama finished him off with the Everest German Suplex. Takeshita was feeling heated after wrestling against Takayama. He doesn’t like Takayama’s attitude and thinks he looks down on the DDT wrestlers. Takeshita’s priority is no longer winning back the KO-D Title. It is now to fight Takayama!

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Love was in the air for the 5 Way Ladder Match to determine LiLiCo’s fiancee. Well not love, fame more like it. A marriage report was held over the ring and the wrestlers entered Korakuen Hall to the “Wedding March” and wearing bowties. LiLiCo then appeared to “The Final Countdown” wearing a wedding dress and sat at ringside to watch the match. It begun under Scramble Bunkhouse rules so every wrestler had to stand at different locations around the hall and race to the ring when the bell rang. Mizuki Watase, Bernard Ackah and Makoto Oishi made it to the ring first and argued over who should get the contract. While this was happening Super Sasadango Machine arrived and set up the ladder himself. Both Watase and Oishi teamed up to knock him off the ladder. Danshoku Dino fighting on behalf of Suguru Miyatake was the last to enter and he fought with Ackah. There were constant moments of wrestlers climbing the ladder only to get knocked down. Ackah had the chance to win but he couldn’t grab the contract with his boxing gloves. Watase knocked him off the ladder and climbed up to win back his love. Unfortunately Dino also got up there and put Watase in the Lip Lock. Dino then grabbed the contract. Miyatake now has the right to marry LiLiCo! Watase tried to protest the result but Oishi slammed him with the Miracle Ecstasy, Sasadango dropped him with the Lehmann Shock and Dino drilled him the Danshoku Driver. Dino told him to accept that Miyatake now gets to marry LiLiCo. Except Miyatake doesn’t want to. Miyatake thought there was no chance Dino would win and he only wants to get married if he’s in love. But he has not true love for LiLiCo. He apologised, admitted he doesn’t love her and then ran off like a scared rabbit. Amon Tsurumi blamed Dino for causing this mess and told him it’s now his responsibility to marry LiLiCo! Sanshiro Takagi came out and blamed the situation on Yukinori Matsui for bad officiating! Dino, Tsurumi, Takagi and Matsui then got together and came up with a solution. They will each go find a candidate, bring them to Kasukabe on 8th October and then determine which one will be LiLiCo’s new boyfriend.

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Chikara has KENSO to thank for getting rid of the King Of Dark Title. KENSO spent most of the match hitting his opponents with Harite Slaps while yelling “Do not stand out from me!” He became useful when he hit a Diving Elbow Drop on Nobuhiro Shimatani. That gave Chikara the chance to hit the Sabre Chop to win the match and pass the cursed title over to Shimatani.

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More musical acts were announced for “DDT FES 2016” in November. Lady Beard was among the acts mentioned. There was then an appearance by an LED Electro group called CTS. They are a trio of DJs who were crazy looking LED helmets and they were also accompanied by SteCase King from Kinnikuman.

Ken Ohka was given time to promote Ganbare☆Wrestling’s first ever Korakuen Hall show on 2nd October. Ohka informed everyone of the stipulation that if the show does not sell out he must retire. A seating chart then appeared on the screen behind him showing many seats were still available. Amon Tsurumi told Ohka that he will definitely retire. Ohka said there is still a week left to sell tickets and the main event is a big once in a lifetime No Rope Barbed Wire Match involving Atsushi Onita.


DAMNATION Chooses KO-D Challenger, LiLiCo Marriage Match, Dino Becomes Wrestling Mentalist

August 30, 2016

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KITAZAWA LOVE RIN”, 31/08/2016
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. 3 Way Match: Akane Miura Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Maho Kurone
2. Reika Saiki Vs Hyper Misao
3. Syoko Nakajima & Rika Tatsumi Vs Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan
4. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Nonoko
5. Instead Of Goodbye: Miyu Yamashita Vs KANNA

This is KANNA’s second last match before she graduates from Tokyo Joshi Pro to start a rapping career.

DDT “DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 ~FIRST ASK SPECIAL~”, 03/09/2016
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1. Yasu Urano Vs Mad Polly
2. Take Grasp Of The World Junior Challenge Rights T2Hide Alumni Showdown!: Soma Takao & Daiki Shimomura Vs Kazuki Hirata & Mizuki Watase
3. T2Hide Vs Pigging 2016 – Not A Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Gota Ihashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki
4. North America And South America Allies Vs NωA!: Joey Ryan, Mike Bailey, Guanchulo & Hoshitango Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Super Sasadango Machine
5. 3 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii
6. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda
7. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda

Shuji Ishikawa will be attending the show to watch the entire show, or at least most of it. Two hours can be pretty long. Daisuke Sasaki said Ishikawa will watch all of the matches from his own special seat at ringside. At the end Ishikawa will choose who the No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Openweight Title will be. If he had to pick now he would choose Nobuhiro Shimatani for an easy match.

DDT “DRAMATIC SCAN NIIGATA! 2016”, 04/09/2016
Niigata City Nishikawa Multi-Purpose Hall

1. Akito Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Soma Takao & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Kazuki Hirata & Guanchulo
3. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Joey Ryan & Kouki Iwasaki
4. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kota Umeda Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano
6. Niigata Specialty Special Bishamonten Tag Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Toru Owashi Vs Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi

Yoshihiro Takayama’s first few matches for DDT have him teaming with the other big lads in the company.

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Kitazawa Town Hall

1. Cavalry Vs IRON PRIEST The Entire Conflict 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu, Koji Iwamoto & Masashi Takeda Vs FUMA, Madoka, Yusuke Kubo & Jaki Numazawa

Cavalry and IRON PRIEST are starting and ending a feud in one match. Masahi Takeda and Jaki Numazawa guest star in the bout.

DDT “THREE OF A DREAM 2016”, 11/09/2016
Hiroshima Industrial Hall – East Exhibition Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Keisuke Ishii

After his actions at Sumo Hall sorting LiLiCo’s love life, Danshoku Dino now thinks of himself as a Wrestling Mentalist. He brought love into the ring for LiLiCo, arguably too much of it. He wants to help other wrestlers with his treatments. First up is his Fantastic Memories partner Keisuke Ishii. Dino nominated Ishii as his first DDT Extreme Title challenger because of the funk he’s been in since Team Drift split up. Dino thinks this match will help Ishii out somehow.

DDT “OSAKA BAYS BLUE SPECIAL 2016”, 18/09/2016
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1. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Soma Takao (c) Vs X

All Japan has granted DDT approval to host Soma Takao’s first defence of the AJPW Jr. Title. However no decision has been made yet for Takao’s opponent. Kazuki Hirata threw down a challenge at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” but it remains to be seen if he gets the spot. Although Hirata was never a member of Team Drift, Takao considers him a friend and thinks a match with him for the title would be emotional. Takao is hoping to defend the title in both DDT and All Japan.

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~”, 25/09/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Get The Name Recognition! Groom Decision Special 5 Way Match: Mizuki Watase Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Super Sasadango Machine Vs Bernard Ackah Vs Danshoku Dino
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs X

Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo were declared the No. 1 Contenders for the KO-D Tag Team Titles because of their victory at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016”. Endo says he has nothing but gratitude for Sasaki ever since he was invited to join DAMNATION. Sasaki is continuing to call the rest of the DDT roster “B Grade Garbage Wrestlers”. However he admires Yuko Miyamoto.

LiLiCo has a bunch of suiters looking for her hand in marriage so they can become famous. Dino came up with the bright idea to have a winner takes all match between the potential grooms. In a twist, Suguru Miyatake convinced Amon Tsurumi to add Dino to the match to wrestle on his behalf. Miyatake is not fit to go back to the ring but is desperate to become famous… I mean marry LiLiCo because he loves her or whatever.

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1. N-Sleep Use Sleep Prevention Death Match: Antonio Honda Vs Super Sasadango Machine

Special guest Mask de Nitori will wrestle on the show.

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

1. Yuni Debut Match: Yuni Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs DDT Dramatic General Election Winner

Yakayama and LiLiCo will also wrestle on the show.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~” Preview

August 25, 2016

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DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~”, 28/08/2016
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. King Of Dark Title – 6:30 Man Is Now A 1:30 Family: Chikara (c), Mitsuo Momota & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango & Rekka
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Akane Miura Vs Syoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao & Yuu
1. DNA FIGHTS ~BATTLE OF LAST SUMMER~: Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Joey Ryan (c) Vs Reika Saiki Vs Toru Owashi Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Cherry Vs Guanchulo Vs Mad Paulie Vs KENSO Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Jun Kasai Vs Yoshihiko
3. KUDO Comeback ~YELLOW DRAGON COME BACK!!~: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Yasu Urano
4. NωA Road To DDT Fes 2016 ~ Sasadango Teaches The Way To Survive Showbiz: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Lady Beard & Gorgeous Matsuno
5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Soma Takao
6. DDT Extreme Title – Watase Contra Watase: LiLiCo (c) Vs Danshoku Dino
7. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Shiro Koshinaka & NOSAWA Rongai Vs Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda
8. Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Dick Togo & Mike Bailey
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Ken Ohka & KAI (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

Bloody right it’s been a hot summer. DDT is back in Sumo Hall for the ninth time in the the company’s existence. It is also the eighth “PETER PAN” show and the seventh “PETER PAN” held in this building. Throughout 2016 DDT was focused on the rivalry between Happy Motels and DAMNATION. The main event and the road leading to it reflects this as the youngest ever KO-D Openweight Champion takes on The Big Dawg~! of DAMNATION. The KO-D Tag Team Titles are on the line in a match where Bad Communication is fatal. The Wrestling Master teams up with a Speedball to fight a charismatic protege and a young man who feels robbed of his future. A samurai steps in when a planned foreign exchange with Funk University was cancelled. Title matches, idols, injury comebacks and plenty more are also planned for DDT’s biggest show of the summer.

0. King Of Dark Title – 6:30 Man Is Now A 1:30 Family: Chikara (c), Mitsuo Momota & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango & Rekka

The day starts off with the King Of Dark Championship, DDT’s “Misfortune Title” that punishes the champion by forcing them to only wrestle in dark matches until they win. The title currently belongs to Chikara. No, not that one. I mean the grandson of Rikidozan and the person who finds more joy out of Chopping people than anyone else in the world. It’s all he’s good at and that’s me being veeeerrrrrrrrrry generous. Sadly for Chikara his first match in Sumo Hall involves defending this championship at 1:30pm. An upside to this is his father Mitsuo Momota wants to help him out. The three times Momota has wrestled in the building for All Japan have all been in the opening match so it’s fitting he gets to do it again this time with his son.

0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Akane Miura Vs Syoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao & Yuu

Tokyo Joshi Pro is still going along four years into its existence. This year they introduced their first championship, the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title. The first and only champion is Miyu Yamashita who won the belt when the promotion held its first Korakuen Hall show in January. She hasn’t been impossible to defeat but her wins come when they count. Her big challenge coming up is Yuu. This woman debuted at the Korakuan show and has been undefeated ever since. Her experience level in Judo helped her progress quicker than most if not all of the other girls who have wrestled for the promotion since its inception. This match here will give a little preview of their title match in September. Also keep an eye on Hyper Misao. She’s a super hero but this year has resorted to cheating and fighting dirty to win her matches.

1. DNA FIGHTS ~BATTLE OF LAST SUMMER~: Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase

DDT’s development brand opens up the show proper. The match sees a step down for Kazusada Higuchi. He won the Right To Challenge Battle Royal in March but lost his the KO-D Title match a month later. Since then he’s been up and down the card teaming with other wrestlers who have similar sumo backgrounds. In DNA he is still unbeatable and is the early favourite for the DNA Grand Prix scheduled for October. Daiki Shimomura had a bad debut in March, getting injured and missing three months of ring time. He has some catching up to do but we at least found out during Beer Garden week that he can do a Shinsuke Nakamura impression. Maybe that can rub off on him. Kouki Iwasaki found some success in the DNA team that won the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles and he’s developing into a competent wrestler. Meanwhile Mizuki Watase found love and the dangers that comes with it. But that’s another story for another part of this preview.

2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Joey Ryan (c) Vs Reika Saiki Vs Toru Owashi Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Cherry Vs Guanchulo Vs Mad Paulie Vs KENSO Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Jun Kasai Vs Yoshihiko

If you notice the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title now has a tan that’s because it spent the summer travelling across the United States, mainly California. Joey Ryan left Japan as the champion back in June and since then the belt has had quite an adventure, capturing a lot of attention along the way. Let’s look at what the list of champions during this period: a WWE Hall Of Famer, half of the Lucha Underground roster, Spider-Man, the Beyond Wrestling fanbase, Joey Ryan’s fiance, their pet cat, Vince McMahon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, three entrants from this year’s WWE Cruiserweight Classic, a man with a box of cereal for a head and comedian Ron Funches. And this does not include all of the wrestlers who have previously held championships in WWE, TNA, ROH, ECW, EVOLVE, SHIMMER, PWG, CZW, PROGRESS and God knows where else. Sadly it’s time for the belt to come home to Japan where Joey Ryan is expected to defend it in the usual Battle Royal. It’s fitting for this championship that I treat its return to Japan as a chance to calm the gimmick down.

Anyway the usual cast of misfits fill up the match. KENSO who exists to annoy me has spent all summer fighting Sanshiro Takagi for a spot on this show, Mad Paulie is one of DAMNATION’s “pets”, the “Muscle Idol” Reika Saiki is this year’s eye candy and Jun Kasai is back after causing havoc at DDT’s last visit to Sumo Hall.

3. KUDO Comeback ~YELLOW DRAGON COME BACK!!~: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Yasu Urano

KUDO finally makes his return after a bad injury to his right ACL discovered in September 2015 put him out of action. While he was gone Shuten-dōji added Kota Umeda to take his place. Masa Takanashi also changed his ring name to Masahiro Takanashi because he felt it was time to start a new chapter of his career. KUDO’s first match back is against familiar opponents. Smile Squash and Shuten-dōji wrestle against each other often so he should feel at home here.

4. NωA Road To DDT Fes 2016 ~ Sasadango Teaches The Way To Survive Showbiz: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Lady Beard & Gorgeous Matsuno

DDT is working with a music festival in November and to capitalise on the event they created New Wrestling Aidoru (Idol) or NωA for short. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata and MAO were selected for the wrestling idol group and quickly recorded their first record “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU”. Their goal is to be good enough for a spot on the music festival but the only way they will qualify is if they get over 50,000 followers on Twitter. They thought things were going well when they forced Dick Togo to join NωA but it only took a few hours for him to graduate from the group. Some good news happened though. Masked wrestler, marketing genius and PowerPoint extraordinaire Super Sasadango Machine offered to be their manager. His latest idea is to pit NωA against another team of wrestling idols and singers. Antonio Honda and Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi were both members of a band called DPG (Dramatic Perfect Group), pro wrestling is just a side project for Lady Beard outside of his music career and Gorgeous Matsuno is an old crooner. Expect musical numbers.

5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Soma Takao

When Team Dream Futures decided to split up in May all three members went their separate ways. Two of them have struggled and since gone to do very different things. Shigehiro Irie is currently on an excursion in America to develop as both a wrestler and a grown up. Keisuke Ishii formed Fantastic Memories with Danshoku Dino hoping to recapture their success back when they were part of Belt Hunter X Hunter. The one who avoided the post-Drift slump is Soma Takao. He has beaten both of his former teammates in singles matches and has an impressive win-loss record throughout DDT. With this success came an opportunity to get what he wants most: the AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title. The challenge was sent to All Japan and it was accepted. After all, the champion has some history with the challenger.

Hikaru Sato has done well for himself since leaving DDT in 2014. A short stay in Union Pro saw him dominate as a big fish in a small pond. Then he went on to All Japan where he is a regular contender in the Jr. Heavyweight division. He won the Jr. Title in June and is going into Sumo Hall for his second defence but there is more to this than just a title match. In February 2011 Takao beat Sato in a No DQ Hair Vs Hair Match and shaved him bald in the middle of the ring. Soma thinks history gives him the edge over Sato. The champion is happy to wrestle at Sumo Hall for DDT again. He has fond memories of the first “PETER PAN” from 2009. Even though he wrestled in the dark match, Sato remembers being excited because everyone worked so hard to put the show together. He is reminded of that everytime he wrestles in Sumo Hall.

One last thing. Soma Takao is 7-0 at “PETER PAN” shows. Slowly but surely this is approaching an Undertaker at WrestleMania level of winning streak.

6. DDT Extreme Title – Watase Contra Watase: LiLiCo (c) Vs Danshoku Dino

Love’s precious, isn’t it? Who would have guessed when LiLiCo found a few DNA wrestlers to be her bodyguard earlier this year she would hit it off with one of them. Mizuki Watase and LiLiCo fell in love and became an item. They sought inspiration from Titanic to help LiLiCo win the DDT Extreme Title and since then the power of their love has kept the title in their possession. But now comes a man who is a big threat to LiLiCo. Not just for her championship but for her boyfriend too! Danshoku Dino is the No. 1 Contender and he thinks Watase is only in a relationship with LiLiCo to hide the fact that he’s gay. To prove it the match will be Watase Contra Watase, the winner gets Watase, the loser can never touch him again! If that’s not enough Watase is freely allowed to get involved in the match. So he can prove his love with LiLiCo is real by helping her win… Or he can prove Dino is right by helping him win? Is Dino’s claims about Watase true? Is Watase’s romance with LiLiCo nothing more than a sham? Is this a better love story than the Overwatch shipping of Pharah and Mercy I found on NeoGAF? We’ll soon find out.

7. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Shiro Koshinaka & NOSAWA Rongai Vs Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda

Well this match fell apart. It was all supposed to be about Terry Funk. Unfortunately a hernia prevented ol’ Funker from travelling to Japan and he had to cancel his appearance. Shiro Koshinaka is bring brought in on short notice to be his replacement. Koshinaka has history in DDT by being a former KO-D Tag Team Champion with Danshoku Dino under the team name Butt Samurai. Koshinaka gets to be in the ring again with his old Heisei Ishingun stablemate The Great Kabuki. He says he is also looking forward to wrestling Yukio Sakaguchi for the first time.

8. Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Dick Togo & Mike Bailey

There is one man I can point to as the centrepiece of DDT’s storylines this year and that man is Daisuke Sasaki. He played a role in many of the main event angles that have gone on and developed into a dangerous competitor in the process. And to think it all began with a crush. 2016 began with Sasaki all alone. The Golden☆Storm Riders had to break up when Kota Ibushi quit DDT and Suguru Miyatake blew out his shoulder. It was around this time that Candice LeRae had her first tour with DDT and Sasaki was instantly smitten with her. Like a lovesick puppy Sasaki proposed to her several times, mostly to be his tag team partner but it eventually became an offer of marriage. LeRae’s rejection left him feeling devastated but the real shock came when news of LeRae’s engagement to Johnny Gargano reached Japan. This is where you can pinpoint Sasaki’s tragic origin story if he was a supervillain. Sasaki snapped and went into a jealous rage, constantly demanding to fight Gargano at DDT shows even though Gargano was never going to get booked. He also wanted tag team title shots despite having no tag partner. Eventually Sasaki solved his problems by getting a pet dog and it is a very big dog. When “Adrian” was introduced it turned out to be Shuji Ishikawa in a giant mascot dog outfit. While the imagery of a big dog beating up wrestlers is funny (and it was) the new team were no joke and they quickly became tag team champions. Sasaki grew a mean streak and got his hands on a Right To Challenge Anytime Anywhere Contract. He used it to win the KO-D Title from HARASHIMA in April and became king of the DDT world until Konosuke Takeshita knocked him off his perch. Sasaki got a small measure of revenge though when he convinced Takeshita’s best friend to switch sides.

Tetsuya Endo saw himself as the bridesmaid of Happy Motels. This time last year he returned from an injury to face his best friend and tag team partner Takeshita at Sumo Hall. Endo lost that match but no matter, most wrestlers lose their first bout back from injury. He and his buddy soon became the KO-D Tag Team Champions and everything was great until Sasaki & Ishikawa came along. Sasaki made Takeshita pass out to the Cross Facelock at the 19th Anniversary Show but no matter, they were caught unprepared and they could get their rematch a month later. Sasaki made Takeshita pass out again in the but no matter, now Endo can chase after Sasaki’s KO-D Title. Takeshita gets the title shot first and goes on to finally beat Sasaki, becoming the youngest KO-D Champion ever. No matter, Endo got a Right To Challenge Contract around the same time. He cashes in for a fair and square title match against his best friend to prove who is truly better. Takeshita won. That’s when Endo cracks and has enough of being in his friend’s shadow. Seeing an opportunity, Sasaki crashes Takeshita’s post-match victory speech and offers Endo to join his new unit DAMNATION. Endo shocked everyone when he pushed his best friend aside and accepted the DAMNATION T-shirt! Since then Endo has found new success by embracing his dark side. Can there be anybody out there to stop DAMNATION? How about somebody from Sasaki’s past?

Four years ago Dick Togo called time on his legendary career. After saying his goodbyes in Japan he spent his final 12 months wrestling around South America in countries like Chile and Bolivia. They were his second homes and he wanted to help establish their wrestling scenes. Fast forward to 2016 and Togo is back in Japan with a burning desire to return to the ring. He still has plenty left in him and he wants to fight the new generation of wrestlers that have appeared during his absence. Everybody was happy to have him back. Everybody that is except for Sasaki. Togo’s protege was pissed off that this old man is back on the scene when it should be known to everyone that the student has surpassed his master. A welcoming hug became a low blow. Sasaki made his intentions known, he is better than Togo and will prove it. Endo also thinks that Togo should stay out of DAMNATION’s way. Togo disagrees and wants to put both of these punks back in their place. But he needs help. Togo demanded a tag team match but foolishly did so without having anyone to back him up. Luckily there was a new Canadian sensation brought in to save the day.

“Speedball” Mike Bailey has only been wrestling in Japan for a month but he is quickly winning over fans with his rapid strikes and agility. So we currently have a Canadian wrestler making waves in DDT in short time? Sounds familiar. Sounds doubly familiar actually. Anyway, Bailey was picked as Togo’s partner and he could not be more excited to wrestle with such a legend. While he holds no grudge with DAMNATION you can be sure Sasaki & Endo aren’t going to let him steal their spotlight. Sparks will fly in this one.

9. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Ken Ohka & KAI (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto

Mandatory listening for this part of the preview.

I see this as two pairs of brothers from other mothers fighting over the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Ken Ohka had a stressful year over in his home base Ganbare☆Wrestling. He had been betrayed so often that it must felt crushing to him. Thankfully a kindred spirit came along and they caught on like a house on fire. KAI from Wrestle-1 offered to help his problems. They wrestled in identical vests and jeans which in pro wrestling terms is the closest bond two people could ever make. They also like B’z which is another thing a lot of Japanese wrestler seem to bond over. So they named their team Bad Comi after the song “Bad Communication” (Did the song above end? Keep playing it) After their one match together they somehow convinced DDT to give them a title shot. An injury scare put their chances in doubt but they surprised everyone by winning the belts from DAMNATION.

Their challengers are HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto, together known as Smile Yankee. The two originally tagged together for the 2015 New Year’s Eve tournament and they reached the final. A few more appearances in the summer convinced them to team more. Miyamoto even decided to join Smile Squash for the upcoming DDT Dramatic General Election. Much like their opponents, Smile Yankee have a habit of wearing identical gear during their matches. They swap between HARASHIMA’s gear and Miyamoto’s gear. Ohka doesn’t care that Yankee Smile has only ever lost once, Bad Comi are the hottest tag team in the world!

10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

This makes up the other part of the Happy Motels Vs DAMNATION feud. Since his debut at 17 years old, Konosuke Takeshita was first labelled as DDT’s Rookie Supernova and later simply “The Future”. It only took four years for him to reach the top and become the KO-D Openweight Champion, the youngest wrestler to ever do so. Losing over and over to Daisuke Sasaki in the tag team division was a tough hurdle to overcome but in May he finally did it. Since then he defended the belt against a veteran outsider (Yuko Miyamoto), a former KO-D Champion with one last golden opportunity to get the belt (Toru Owashi) and his best friend (Tetsuya Endo). Now he has to fight The Big Dog.

Forget the part about Shuji Ishikawa being Daisuke Sasaki’s “pet”. This is still a big lad and former champion who smashed through the King Of DDT tournament to get this title match. Takeshita does have a 4 minute victory over Ishikawa that happened in May but don’t expect the same thing to happen here. Ishikawa has been wrestling in several different companies this year and has taken Chops, Lariats and German Suplexes from the best of them. He also has previous experience wrestling in the main event of “PETER PAN” when he headlined the 2011 show. Takeshita thinks he can summon the fighting spirit necessary for such a special show. Ishikawa doesn’t care, he’ll just crush that spirit while providing a great match for the crowd. Then when he wins the title he will hug Sasaki in the ring to celebrate.