DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND” Results

June 25, 2017

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND”, 25/06/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,333 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Danny Duggan & Daiki Shimomura when Iwasaki pinned Shimomura with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (7:10).
1. Rocky’s Departure! Special 6-Man Tag Match “Friendship Of The Fire”: Rocky Kawamura, Saki Akai & Antonio Honda defeated Toru Owashi, Hirata Collection A.T. & Soma Takao when Kawamura pinned Hirata with an Uppercut (7:00).
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: HARASHIMA defeated Shigehiro Irie with a Crucifix Pin (2:47).
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated Akito with a Roll Up (11:30).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO (c) when Takanashi pinned Oishi with the Takatonic (7:12).
*NωA fails in V4. Shuten-dōji becomes the 30th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
5. Pro Wrestling Version Of “Honnō-ji Incident” 1 Vs 3 Handicap Match: Sanshiro Takagi defeated Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka when Takagi pinned Machine with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (7:50).
6. Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie when Ishii pinned Paulie with the Kneel Kick (11:10).
*Keisuke Ishii wins Mad Paulie’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
7. Mike Bailey & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Diego when Bailey pinned Diego after the Ultima Weapon and Canadian Backbreaker Combo (12:02).
8. King Of DDT 2017 – Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA with the Shooting Star Press (22:08).

Full report to come soon.

Tetsuya Endo is the 2017 King Of DDT! He gets the main event KO-D Openweight Title shot at Sumo Hall on 20th August.

Keisuke Ishii pinned Mad Paulie to take his Right To Challenge Contract. Ishii will cash it in for a title match on the 23rd July at Korakuen Hall.

Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino will take place at Sumo Hall. Shuten-dōji defends the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles against Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda. LiLiCo will also be on the show.

Dave Crist will be a part of the Beer Garden series.

Two more new DNA trainees will debut in August.


DDT “WRESTLE FEST IN MATSUYAMA 2017” Results

June 18, 2017

DDT “WRESTLE FEST IN MATSUYAMA 2017”, 18/06/2017
Matsuyama City Community Center – Planning Exhibition Hall
298 Fans

1. Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda & Saki Akai defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Ishii pinned Hirata with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (10:46).
2. 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie defeated Makoto Oishi and Diego when Paulie pinned Oishi with the Reverse Splash (5:37).
*Mad Paulie wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
3. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Danshoku Driver (9:22).
*Matsuyama is now a Gay Town.
4. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO when KUDO pinned MAO with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:22).
5. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with a Power Bomb (9:54).
6. Wrestling If You Do It Like This Matsuyama Special Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey defeated HARASHIMA & Soma Takao when Bailey pinned Takao with the Ultima Weapon (9:25).
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when Akito submitted Endo with the Perfect Figure Four Leg Lock (16:46).

Akito sent a message loud and clear to his King Of DDT opponent Tetsuya Endo by making him submit to the Perfect Figure Four. The victory came when Akito avoided the Shooting Star Press. Afterwards he grabbed Endo in the Ankle Lock, shifted it into a Knee Crusher and then applied the Perfect Figure Four. Akito is acting humble after the result though. He thinks he is inferior to the other King Of DDT semi-finalists and has the least chance out of the four to win the tournament. But it seems that people like him can stand out in Sumo Hall. Perhaps an ALL OUT main event at Sumo Hall this August can be on the cards after all. Akito asked Konosuke Takeshita not to hate him if he becomes the next KO-D Openweight Champion because he wants to return to Matsuyama with the belt around his waist!

Hey, guess what? Naomi Yoshimura told everyone another tale of hardship in his life that is totally Takeshita’s fault. First his family fell apart, next his social life vanished and then his grandmother was arrested for shoplifting. Yoshimura was all alone. So to cheer himself up he went to his favourite restaurant to eat his favourite southern chicken barbecue meal. The food isn’t actually good but it always seemed to make him work harder when he ate it. But when he arrived he saw the restaurant had closed down. He asked the neighboring businesses what had happened and the answers made him angry. It turned out another high school student ate an oyster at the restaurant and it gave him food poisoning afterwards. The police had to close down the restaurant in order to investigate the incident. Who was the ill student? Konosuke Takeshita! Now Yoshimura can’t get his favourite southern chicken barbecue because Takeshita had to go get food poisoning from a fucking oyster! Yoshimura will use his Right To Challenge to ruin Takeshita’s life when the time is right.

The Ultima Weapon is Mike Bailey’s Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. What is it with Canadians and Final Fantasy in this company?

All hell broke loose after the Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yukio Sakaguchi match. Higuchi won the match by countering a Triangle Choke into a pinning Power Bomb. It turned out Sakaguchi was pinned because he refused to let go of the choke and kept squeezing until Higuchi fainted. When Higuchi was revived by Yukinori Matsui, Higuchi attacked Sakaguchi thinking the match was still going on. Matsui had to pull the two apart and told Higuchi he won. Both Higuchi and Sakaguchi still tried to start fighting again and had to be held back from each other. Backstage Higuchi said neither man won today. Sakaguchi was pinned but Higuchi lost consciousness. To him that is a loss. He promises next time he will absolutely beat Sakaguchi.

NωA are on shaky ground after losing to Shuten-dōji. The KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions are hoping to beat them in their upcoming title match so the unit can go into its first anniversary with the belts around their waists.

Mad Paulie dominated the 3 Way Match. He couldn’t be stopped even when his opponents Makoto Oishi and Diego formed a brief alliance against him. Paulie got Diego out of the ring, hit Oishi with a Lariat and pinned him with the Reverse Splash. Now Paulie has a Right To Challenge Contract in his possession.


DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKASAN~” Results

June 17, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKASAN~”, 17/06/2017
Hiroshima JMS Aster Plaza
214 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Sakaguchi Cobra Clutch (8:53).
2. Makoto Oishi, Kenshin Chikano & Lowther defeated Sanshiro Takai, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Chikano pinned Hirata with the Buzzsaw Kick (9:56).
3. Mad Paulie defeated Soma Takao with a Crushed Endless Waltz (9:30).
4. Danshoku Dino & Rey Paloma defeated Antonio Honda & Saki Akai when Dino pinned Honda with the Danshoku Driver (9:22).
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & MAO when Sasaki submitted MAO with the Cross Facelock (9:55).
6. Hiroshima Specialty! Special Tag Match Without Humanity: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi defeated KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi when Higuchi pinned Takanashi with the Doctor Bomb (9:04).
7. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated Mike Bailey, Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki when Takeshita pinned Iwasaki with the German Suplex (12:22).

Konosuke Takeshita had some blunt words for Mike Bailey after the main event. Bailey is his next challenger but he will always just be a challenger. Takeshita will always be the champion!

The KO-D Tag Team Champions have now figured out their next title match is two YaroZ wrestlers against two BOYZ wrestlers. They hope this will result in an increase of women in the audience. Shigehiro Irie warns Shuten-dōji to be careful when they kick Kazusada Higuchi or else they will hurt their feet.

The Danshoku Nightmare VR continues to help rack up wins for Danshoku Dino. Unfortunately, Saki Akai accidentally fell victim to the move during the match even though she was Dino’s partner. But hey, a win’s a win.

Now it’s time for the latest story about why Naomi Yoshimura hates Konosuke Takeshita. Yoshimura had a grandmother who gave him treats whenever he visited her. The sweet buns, grilled chicken and candy she gave him is a reason why he grew so big. But soon she disappeared without a trace. Yoshimura thought she had died until he found out she was arrested for shoplifting. Who caught her shoplifting and reported her to the police? Takeshita! In his defence, Takeshita did the right thing and he wonders if Yoshimura is just living in a problematic environment. Yoshimura said that doesn’t matter. What does matter is when he cashes in his Right To Challenge contract.

Former MMA fighter and Hiroshima native Takeshi Okada announced he will be participating on DDT’s next show in the city on 20th November. Okada has been wrestling on the indie scene since 2015 for promotions like FREEDOMS, Hard Hit and Dove Pro Wrestling.


King Of DDT Semi-Finals Set, Bailey Ready For Title Shot, Suzuki’s Last Stand

June 6, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TSUGARU SHAMISEN~”, 10/06/2017
Aomori Hamanasu Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs KUDO & Keisuke Ishii
2. Anton Trials 1st Battle!: Mad Paulie (140kg) Vs Antonio Honda (100kg)
3. Gay! Sumo Wrestling Idol! Enchanted Tag Match: Danshoku Dino & Toru Owashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. DAMNATION Vs Shuten-dōji!: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
5. Lassera! Aomori Specialty Nebu Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie & Kouki Iwasaki
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Mike Bailey, Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase

Antonio Honda is being put through a series of matches against heavier opponents. First up is Mad Paulie.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAN~”, 11/06/2017
Miyagi Yume Messe West Wing Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs KUDO & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Anton Trials 2nd Battle!: Toru Owashi (110kg) Vs Antonio Honda (100kg)
3. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Mike Bailey & Mizuki Watase
5. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Soma Takao

The KO-D Tag Team Champions are looking to hold on to the titles long enough to defend them at a YaroZ show.

Shunma Katsumata & MAO will be entering the Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League in NOAH next month. As part of preparations they’re being pitted against Shuten-dōji.

Honda’s second match in his trial is against Toru Owashi. It’s a lighter opponent than Paulie but Owashi is still a big lad.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOKASAN~”, 17/06/2017
Hiroshima JMS Aster Plaza

1. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Danshoku Dino & Rey Paloma Vs Antonio Honda & Saki Akai
3. Soma Takao Vs Mad Paulie
4. Sanshiro Takai, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Makoto Oishi, Kenshin Chikano & Lowther
5. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs HARASHIMA & MAO
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego Vs Mike Bailey, Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
7. Hiroshima Specialty! Special Tag Match Without Humanity: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi

Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Shunma Katsumata is a rematch from King Of DDT Round 1. Sakaguchi almost knocked Katsumata’s jaw off with the Right Knee Of God. Hopefully Katsumata keeps his guard up this time.

DDT “WRESTLE FEST IN MATSUYAMA 2017”, 18/06/2017
Matsuyama City Community Center – Planning Exhibition Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda & Saki Akai
2. 3 Way Match: Mad Paulie Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Diego
3. Shuten-dōji Vs NωA!: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Kouki Iwasaki
5. Good Luck! Matsuyama Two Big Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kazusada Higuchi
6. Wrestling If You Do It Like This Matsuyama Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey
7. ALL OUT Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

DDT and Big Japan are running a double shot in Matsuyama. This is the DDT card running in the day time. Big Japan will hold their show later at night.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “RAINY MELODY 2017”, 24/06/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. New And Old Masked Women Showdown!: HARUKAZE Vs Bambi
2. There Is No Choice But To Do! There Is No Choice But To Die!: The Ganbare Corps Appear!: Ganbare The Great & Ganbare The Shooter Vs X & X
3. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs New York Head Hunters: Ken Ohka, Yukihiro Abe & Yumehito Imanari Vs KENSO, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Hollywood GOTA

Now that the obsession of replacing Ganbare☆Wrestling with a knock off has gone away, KENSO is back to being himself. He and KAZMA SAKAMOTO are now using their history with WWE to motivate them and they recruited Gota Ihashi to their cause. The power has already gone to Ihashi’s head because he is now Hollywood GOTA in Ganpuro.

Shuichiro Katsumura was convinced by Ganbare The Great to team with him. Turns out he was also convinced to put on a mask and become Ganbare The Shooter for the occassion.

DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2017 FINAL ROUND”, 25/06/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Akito
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Semi Final: HARASHIMA Vs Shigehiro Irie
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Final: X Vs X

HARASHIMA has beaten Shigehiro Irie in every singles meeting they’ve ever had. Irie knows that if he can beat HARASHIMA then he will win the King Of DDT.

Akito and Tetsuya Endo spent their time at the press conference bickering about whether or not Endo is a hard working person only pretending to be a rebel. Akito teased Endo by revealing how much time he spends training and preparing his meals. Endo denies this and tried to convince everyone he is a lazy jerk who only eats Cup Noodles.

DDT “ARIO KITASUNA PRO WRESTLING FESTIVAL ~DDT PRO WRESTLING IS COMING!~”, 01/07/2017
Tokyo Ario Kitasuna 1F Leaf Court

1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Cherry
2. Mike Bailey, Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO

NωA celebrates its one year anniversary at the Ario Kitasuna shopping mall in Tokyo. A mat will be used for the fighting area but let’s not even pretend the fighting will stay there.

DDT “HELLO FROM SHINJUKU VILLAGE 2017”, 02/07/2017
Shinjuku Village Studio C 106

1. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Mike Bailey
*Mike Bailey will cash in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.

Former KO-D Tag Champions collide with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line! Mike Bailey won himself a Right To Challenge Contract and is setting his sights on a title match in Shinjuku in one month’s time.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.34 ~STARTING OVER~”, 04/07/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial Final Battle: Hideki Suzuki, Jun Kasai, NOSAWA Rongai & Gurukun Mask Vs Dai Suzuki
2. Kazusada Higuchi Graduation Memorial Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Naomi Yoshimura
3. Special Single Match: Koji Kanemoto Vs Mizuki Watase
4. MAIN GIG: Shunma Katsumata Vs Yuki Ueno

The final match in Dai Suzuki’s trial is a real doozy. He is in a 4 Vs 1 Handicap Tag match but all four opponents have to pin him within the 7 minute time limit. Suzuki only has to beat one opponent or last until the time expires. If Suzuki loses the entire match then he will be banished from DNA!

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “DAI SUZUKI DEBUT 4TH ANNIVERSARY BOX OFFICE ~TODAY, INEXPERIENCED 2017~”, 08/07/2017
Tochigi Sogo Bunka Center Sub Hall

1. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Philosopher Of The Fat Vs Philosopher Of The Ring: Yumehito Imanari Vs Yasu Urano
2. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Forgotten K Again: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs KAZMA SAKAMOTO
3. Ganpuro Three Big Single Match ~ Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Naoshi Sano
4. Dai Suzuki Local Triumphant Match: Dai Suzuki & Rekka Vs Shiro Koshinaka & GENTARO

If Dai Suzuki gets kicked out of DNA then at least he has Ganpuro to welcome him home to Tochigi. His homecoming involves Shiro Koshinaka coming over too.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TONKOTSU~”, 09/07/2017
Hakata Star Lane

1. DDT Extreme Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Joey Ryan

Joey Ryan has a DDT Extreme Title shot waiting for him when he returns to Japan next month. Maybe he’ll have the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title with him, maybe he won’t.


DDT “KING OF DDT 2ND ROUND” Results

June 4, 2017

DDT “KING OF DDT 2ND ROUND”, 04/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE
404 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. when Katsumata pinned Hirata with the Katsumata-Style Guillotine (6:48).
2. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie defeated Soma Takao, Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ueno and Danshoku Dino, Toru Owashi & Antonio Honda when Sasaki submitted Honda with the Cross Facelock (11:14).
3. Kazusada Higuchi & Mike Bailey defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Diego when Bailey pinned Takeshita with the Green Tea Plunge (13:22).
*Mike Bailey wins Konosuke Takeshita’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
4. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Akito defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the Scorpion Lock (5:04).
5. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Tetsuya Endo defeated KUDO with The Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (14:16).
6. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: HARASHIMA defeated Yukio Sakaguchi by TKO with a Modified Sleeper Hold (15:50).
7. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 2: Shigehiro Irie defeated Keisuke Ishii with the Beast Bomber (14:32).

A clash between former Team Drift friends headlined the King Of DDT 2nd Round. Shigehiro Irie went over Keisuke Ishii with two Beast Bombers and he survived the Kneel Kick along the way. Ishii wanted to shake Irie’s hand after the match but he got a hug instead.

HARASHIMA outwrestled Yukio Sakagachi to advance to the semi-finals. Sakaguchi cut off the Somato with a Jumping Middle Kick then applied a Sleeper Hold. HARASHIMA fought out of it and locked in a Cross Armbreaker. He changed it into a Modified Sleeper Hold and kept it tight until Sakaguchi lost consciousness. When he came to, Sakaguchi accepted the result and shook HARASHIMA’s hand.

Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds continues to give Tetsuya Endo victories, this time putting away KUDO. The big turn in momentum came when KUDO aimed to hit the Diving Double Knee Drop to Endo on the apron but Endo moved. KUDO kicked out of the Swan Dive Firebird Splash but Endo’s new finisher knocked him out of the tournament.

Masahiro Takanashi disguised himself in normal clothes and ambushed Akito from the crowd. When the plan didn’t beat Akito immediately, Takanashi panicked because he exhausted all of his tactics for the match! He thought on the fly and gave Akito a Low Blow followed by a roll up. However Diego was there to tell the ref that Takanashi was cheating. Akito regained positioning and trapped Takanashi in the Scorpion Lock to tap him out.

A draw was held at the end of the show to determine the semi-finals. Akito and Tetsuya Endo drew each other while HARASHIMA got Shigehiro Irie. The semi-finals and final takes place in Korakuen Hall on 25th June.

Konosuke Takeshita no longer has his backup plan. Mike Bailey pinned the KO-D Openweight Champion in a tag match to win his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract. Bailey recovered from a Dragon Suplex to catch Takeshita with a Moonsault Power Slam for the three count. Bailey asked Amon Tsurumi when the next KO-D Title match was scheduled. He was told 2nd July at Shinjuku Village Studio C 106. Bailey said he will defend the contract until that date so he can be the challenger.

Takeshita’s threats for the title didn’t end there. Naomi Yoshimura entered the ring to confront him again. He told the audience the same stories he told Takeshita a few days ago. His family fell apart, he was told to quit school by his teacher and now it turns out a girl named Mari-chan he had a crush on in school turned him down for someone else. Yoshimura blames Takeshita for breaking his family apart and stealing his first love so Yoshimura will cash in his Right To Challenge Contract when the time is right to make it memorable.


DDT “KING OF DDT 1ST ROUND” Results

June 2, 2017

DDT “KING OF DDT 1ST ROUND”, 02/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE
390 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Owashi pinned Shimatani with a Crushed Body Slam (6:14).
2. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Scorpion Lock (6:14).
3. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Masahiro Takanashi defeated Hirata Collection A.T. with a Cradle (8:02).
4. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: KUDO defeated Soma Takao with the Diving Double Knee Drop (8:30).
5. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Tetsuya Endo defeated Mike Bailey with the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds (16:00).
6. Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Kouki Iwasaki & MAO when Diego pinned MAO with the VHS (9:58).
7. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Right Knee Of God (7:42).
8. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Somato (11:24).
9. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Danshoku Dino with the Kneel Kick (10:47).
10. King Of DDT 2017 – Round 1: Shigehiro Irie defeated Mad Paulie with the Beast Bomber (11:45).

Today’s show was dominated by Round 1 action for the King Of DDT 2017. Shigehiro Irie avenged his defeat to Mad Paulie from a month ago by beating him in the main event here. It took two Beast Bombers to put the DAMNATION pet away. Irie shook Paulie’s hand after the match.

Keisuke Ishii beat his old buddy Danshoku Dino to advance. Ishii went all out with the finish, hitting a Dangerous Exploder, Fisherman Buster and then the Kneel Kick for the three count. Dino realises he is at the point of his career where he doesn’t have many opportunities left, so today’s defeat tells him that his best opportunity to headline Sumo Hall this year is now gone.

The back and forth rivalry between HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi leaned back towards HARASHIMA’s favour when he won with the Somato. Higuchi blocked the move at first but HARASHIMA put all his strength into the move to put Higuchi down and out.

Yukio Sakaguchi eliminated Shunma Katsumata with a nasty looking Right Knee Of God. Sakaguchi hit the move when Katsumata rebounded off the ropes and leapt into the air for an attack of his own. The Right Knee caught him in mid air and scored the win for Sakaguchi. He promises to knock out HARASHIMA the same way in the next round!

Another rivalry continued in Round 1 with Tetsuya Endo beating Mike Bailey in the longest match of the show. Many flips were had but the end came when Endo chased Bailey up the turnbuckle and gave him the Spanish Fly off the top rope. Endo now calls that move Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds.

In non-tournament action, ALL OUT defeated NωA with Diego scoring the pin. Diego explained his recent name change. He heard a good story that if he changed his name then his life would change too. The good atmosphere backstage afterwards was interrupted when Naomi Yoshimura confronted Konosuke Takeshita. For some reason Yoshimura blames Takeshita for all of his problems. Every time Yoshimura lost a sumo bout? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura’s family falling apart? Takeshita’s fault. Yoshimura getting expelled from school? Takeshita’s fault. So Yoshimura will use his Right To Challenge Contract to get revenge when Takeshita least expects it.

As much as Soma Takao tried to avoid KUDO’s rapid kicks, he was eventually caught with a Buzzsaw Kick and put away with the Diving Double Knee Drop. KUDO thinks his next round opponent Endo is lying when he says he is not interested in fighting anybody. KUDO wants to win the King Of DDT because he wants to fight Takeshita for the KO-D Openweight Title. Endo should think the same.

Masahiro Takanashi finally got his hands on Hirata Collection A.T. one on one but it took some effort to beat him. Hirata trapped him in a Paradise Lock then took the time to do a model walk with Hiranito Collection A.T. and DJ Nira. When Takanashi was freed Hirata trapped him in the Hirata Lock. But Takanashi countered the move into a Cradle for the flash three count.

The first match of the tournament had Akito defeating Daisuke Sasaki in convincing fashion. Akito countered Sasaki’s Hurricanrana into the Scorpion Lock for the submission victory. Sasaki’s reaction to the loss was to give his DDT Extreme Title belt to Akito and leave ringside without it. It seems that Sasaki is so upset over missing out on the Sumo Hall main event that he no longer cares about being the Extreme Champion. Akito was happy to take the belt with him but Amon Tsurumi took it back before he walked through the curtain.

Antonio Honda mixed up his storytelling today. This time he wondered what the story “Kita No Kuni Kara” would be like if it had John Lennon in it. Nobuhiro Shimatani’s enthusiasm to Body Slam Toru Owashi cost him the match. Owashi was too heavy for him and he simply landed on top of Shimatani for the pin.

The 2nd Round matches are Akito Vs Masahiro Takanashi, KUDO Vs Tetsuya Endo, Yukio Sakaguchi Vs HARASHIMA and Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie. They will take place on 4th June.


DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~” Results

May 10, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~”, 10/05/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
796 Fans

1. Conflict Settlement! Thoroughbred Vs Mad Dog: LEONA defeated Mizuki Watase with a Running Elbow Bat (5:55).
2. 1st DNA Spring Character Festival: Royce Isaacs, Rekka & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Yuji Okabayashi, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshimura pinned Shimatani with the Throwaway Power Bomb (9:42).
*Naomi Yoshimura wins Nobuhiro Shimatani’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 3rd Battle: Go Shiozaki defeated Dai Suzuki with the Strong Lariat (5:28).
4. Spaceman Plancha Confrontation: TAKA Michinoku defeated MAO with the Just Facelock (9:19).
5. Osaka City Blooming Flower High School Classmate Confrontation: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Yuki Ueno with the German Suplex (6:58).
6. Third Degree Honesty: Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Perfect Yurikamome Hold (6:58).
7. PREMIUM GIG – I Will Get The DNA Of Junior: Kotaro Suzuki defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Mass Driver (9:50).
8. MAIN GIG – DNA Strongest Decision: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Mike Bailey with the Goten (18:57).

How does that saying go, “If you come at the king, you best not miss?” Well, Mike Bailey didn’t exactly miss but Kazusada Higuchi was there ready and waiting for him with a bang. The main event of DNA’s first show in Korakuen Hall ended when Bailey went for the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. While he was in the air Higuchi got up to his feet and caught Bailey on the way down with a Lariat. It was such a big hit that nothing could stop Higuchi from hitting the Goten afterwards to win.

The end of the show had Sanshiro Takagi come down to the ring for an announcement. Today Higuchi is graduating from DNA and from tomorrow he will be fully affiliated with DDT! Higuchi thanked Takagi but had one favour to ask in return. He wants to help DNA fill up Korakuen Hall when they return on 4th July so he asked if he could stay affiliated with DNA until then. Takagi accepted the request. Higuchi’s final match as a DNA wrestler takes place on 4th July.

For the last few months in DNA, Shunma Katsumata has bonded with Kotaro Suzuki as both an opponent and a teammate. He got to put everything he learned into one more test with Suzuki but sadly could not beat him. Suzuki countered the Swan Dive X Factor with a Rolling Elbow then hit the Blue Destiny. Katsumata kicked out but it was all over when Suzuki did the Mass Driver. Katsumata wishes he could have done more to win but if he relived the last two months in DNA he would not have changed a thing.

It’s not everyday you get to see Kazushi Sakuraba hit a Plancha but he did one to Kouki Iwasaki. He also twisted Iwasaki in knots but Iwasaki wouldn’t give up. Sakuraba eventually got bored so held Iwasaki’s shoulders down to the match for the three count. Iwasaki was left frustrated by the loss.

From the high school classroom to the wrestling ring, Yuki Ueno got to face his buddy Konosuke Takeshita one on one for the first time. Even though they are the same age the gap in experience is huge and Ueno faced an uphill battle throughout. Takeshita encouraged him to continue but the end result was of no surprise to anyone. What was surprising was Ueno slapping Takeshita’s hand away when he was offered a handshake after the match.

High dives out of the ring was promised in the match between MAO and TAKA Michinoku. MAO delivered with a Spaceman Topé Con Hilo. However a missed Cannonball 450 gave TAKA control of the match and MAO could never get back into it. He kicked out of the Super Kick but ultimately failed to fight off the Cross Facelock. TAKA was impressed with MAO’s dives. He really thought it looked like an alien was flying towards him. He also thinks MAO has the kind of body that can let him become a heavyweight without losing his agility. The match was important for MAO because he is from Tohoku, the home of Michinoku Pro. Plus he was a fan of TAKA when he was a kid.

Dai Suzuki came out with new gear and new music for the big occasion. Now he needs a new chest after Go Shiozaki obliterated it with Machine Gun Chops. A few Lariats and Brainbusters made the five minute match feel like an eternity for poor Suzuki. For the rest of his trial series Suzuki will got through a 4 Vs 1 gauntlet match. However to give him a decent chance to survive the seven minute time limit will apply to the four matches combined. Surely Suzuki can’t lose four times in seven minutes.

Naomi Yoshimura got his hands on a Right To Challenge Contract! He blocked a Tornado DDT from Nobuhiro Shimatani and countered a Cradle into a Power Slam. A painful landing from the Throwaway Power Bomb ended the match. Rekka said Yuji Okabayashi’s Chops hurts so much but he still wants to take them. He hopes to have a singles match with Okabayashi soon.

In a battle of Running Forearms and Elbow Smashes, LEONA came out on top against Mizuki Watase. As much as he tried to tough it out, one clean Elbow Bat put Watase down for the three count. He accepted the result and shook LEONA’s hand afterwards. Today was LEONA’s day but next time, Watase will get his!

DNA returns to Korakuen Hall on 4th July. DNA will also hold their own Beer Garden show in Shinjuku FACE on 5th August. That show is being advertised as the beginning of Chapter 3 for DNA.