D-King Grand Prix 2019 Schedule… In 2018

November 13, 2018

The D-Ou Grand Prix is back for a second go around. The first tournament held in January earlier this year was a successful concept for DDT. Even though the upcoming edition is labelled as the 2019 tournament, the first show will take place on 30th November and the rest takes place during December 2018. The reason for this is the winner of the D-Ou GP will get a KO-D Openweight Title shot at “JUDGEMENT 2019” on 17th February. If the tournament was to be held in January like the first one then there wouldn’t be much time left to set up and promote the Sumo Hall show coming out of it. The same format of two groups containing seven wrestlers each is being kept. Each block match has a 30 minute time limit, winners get 2 points and draws of any kind are worth 1 point. The final between the two block winners will have no time limit. In the case of a tie for 1st place in one of the blocks then the direct confrontation rule will be used. The results of the group match(es) between the tied wrestlers determines who advances to the final. If that also ends in a tie then a tiebreaker match will be held on the 30th December show before the final takes place.

A Block

Daisuke Sasaki
HARASHIMA
Kazusada Higuchi
Akito
MAO
Puma King
Go Shiozaki

B Block

Konosuke Takeshita
Tetsuya Endo
Soma Takao
Masahiro Takanashi
Mike Bailey
Sammy Guevara
Shinya Aoki

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINJUKU”, 30/11/2018
Shinjuku FACE

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Puma King
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs MAO
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Go Shiozaki
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Mike Bailey
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Masahiro Takanashi
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NANTO”, 01/12/2018
Toyama Nanto City Fukuno B & G Ocean Center

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO Vs Puma King
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Masahiro Takanashi
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN FUJI”, 02/12/2018
Shizuoka Fuji-san Messe

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs MAO
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Akito
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Go Shiozaki Vs Puma King
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Mike Bailey
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN SHINKIBA”, 07/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Akito
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Masahiro Takanashi
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Soma Takao
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Shinya Aoki Vs Mike Bailey

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN OSAKA”, 08/12/2018
Osaka World Pavilion

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Go Shiozaki
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Akito
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Puma King
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Tetsuya Endo
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Shinya Aoki
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi Vs Mike Bailey

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN HAKATA”, 09/12/2018
Hakata Star Lane

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs HARASHIMA
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs MAO
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs Puma King
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Shinya Aoki
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN YOKOHAMA”, 14/12/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Puma King
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: MAO Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Soma Takao
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Masahiro Takanashi Vs Shinya Aoki
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Mike Bailey Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 IN NAGOYA”, 15/12/2018
Nagoya City Mid-Sports Center

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Kazusada Higuchi
2. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: HARASHIMA Vs Go Shiozaki
3. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – A Block: Akito Vs MAO
4. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Sammy Guevara
5. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Tetsuya Endo Vs Shinya Aoki
6. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – B Block: Soma Takao Vs Sammy Guevara

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DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2019 THE FINAL!!”, 30/12/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 – Final: Winner Of A Block Vs Winner Of B Block


YaroZ Returns, DDT Special Card, Ito Prepares For Korakuen

November 5, 2018

DDT “CELEBRITIES IN NIIGATA ~SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE TRIUMPHANT BOX OFFICE~ DRAMATIC! NIIGATA 2018”, 10/11/2018
Niigata City Nishikawa Multipurpose Hall

1. Akito & Kota Umeda Vs Keisuke Okuda & Mizuki Watase
2. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno
3. Yuki Iino Knock On Series Round 5: Jun Kasai Vs Yuki Iino
4. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & MAO
5. DISASTER BOX Vs ALL OUT!: HARASHIMA & Toru Owashi Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata
6. Recollect The Memories Of Danshoku Dieno! Niigata Specialty! The Compliance Presents Special Unit Confrontation!: Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda (Special Witness: Danshoku Dieno)

Tetsuya Endo is cleared to return to the ring next weekend.

DDT “MAO LOCAL BOX OFFICE ~DRAMATIC DREAM TAISEIKAN~ SATO IS WHERE THE SCHOOL IS LOCATED”, 11/11/2018
Miyagi Osaki-shi Matsuyama B & G Ocean Center

1. Kazuki Hirata Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Toru Owashi Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
3. Municipal Gatekeeper, Volunteering To Challenge The Champion Of Ganryu Island!: Sanshiro Takagi & Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Keisuke Okuda & Makoto Oishi
4. Yuki Iino Knock On Series Round 6: Mad Paulie Vs Yuki Iino
5. Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase
6. Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Antonio Honda
7. MAO Local Triumph! Osaki Specialty Special Tag Match: MAO & Kazusada Higuchi Vs HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno

Gorgeous Matsuno is continuing to act like he is the gatekeeper of DDT.

YAROZ “YAROZ PART 7”, 14/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. YaroZ Specialty! Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Ryuichi Sekine
2. YaroZ Vs Mote Mote Army All Out Fight!: Gota Ihashi Vs Konosuke Takeshita
3. YaroZ Vs Mote Mote Army All Out Fight!: Kazusada Higuchi, Toru Owashi & SAGAT Vs Akito, Makoto Oishi & Yuki Ueno

The YaroZ brand is back for the first time without Shigehiro Irie at the helm. The leading role has been passed over to Kazusada Higuchi as the YaroZ face off against those no good pretty boys in the Mote Mote Army.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY SHINKIBA TOUR 2018 AUTUMN THREE”, 17/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (c) Vs Hikari & Miu

The two most advanced members of the Up Up Girls are next to step up to the Magical Sugar Rabbits. Hikari & Miu even struck the first blow this past weekend by eliminating both Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki from the Rumble match.

DDT “SOKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS DDT SPECIAL 2018”, 25/11/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase (#21) & Yuki Ueno (#24) Vs Gota Ihashi (#22) & Makoto Oishi (#23)
1. 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda (#12) Vs Saki Akai (#14) Vs Toru Owashi (#19)
2. KUDO (#15), Shunma Katsumata (#16) & Kazusada Higuchi (#17) Vs Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel
3. Tetsuya Endo (#6) & Soma Takao (#8) Vs Keisuke Ishii (#10) & Yumehito Imanari (#11)
4. DISASTER BOX Vs STRONG HEARTS: HARASHIMA (#4) & Kazuki Hirata (#18) Vs CIMA & El Lindaman
5. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: MAO (#9) Vs Jun Kasai (#20)
6. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title ~ DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Maki Ito (#3) (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita (#13)
7. DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Akito (#2) Vs Danshoku Dieno (#7)
8. KO-D Openweight Title ~ DDT Special Four Great Singles Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#5) (c) Vs Masahiro Takanashi (#1)

This is the grand result of the Dramatic General Election. We have Masahiro Takanashi getting the KO-D Openweight Title shot against the new champion Daisuke Sasaki for being the most popular wrestler in DDT. Akito faces the previous champion Danshoku Dieno who may still be suffering from drastic memory loss when the match takes place. Maki Ito defends the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title against the man who was screwed out of the title last July Konosuke Takeshita. MAO gets to continue his crazy path by taking on one of the craziest of them all Jun Kasai. DISASTER BOX are the latest force in DDT to step up to STRONG HEARTS when HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata face CIMA & El Lindaman. Maybe Hirata’s persona can distract CIMA when they fight each other. Maybe bring back some awkward past acquaintances.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’19”, 04/01/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title & Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Miyu Yamashita (P/c) Vs Maki Ito (I/c)

Friends become rivals when they’re put in the main event against each other. Maki Ito won a Rumble match to earn the next TOKYO Princess Title shot at Korakuen Hall. If she somehow still has the Iron Man Title by the time the show takes place then we’ll be in for a double title match!

Veda Scott will be on the show. She will be touring with Tokyo Joshi Pro for all of December and also the first half of January.


DDT “MIZUKI WATASE TRIUMPHANT BOX OFFICE ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENORI TIGER~” Results

November 4, 2018

DDT “MIZUKI WATASE TRIUMPHANT BOX OFFICE ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENORI TIGER~”, 04/11/2018
Nagano Obuse Middle School Gymnasium
624 Fans

1. Kota Umeda & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Gota Ihashi when Umeda pinned Ihashi with the Umeda Driver (7:47).
2. Keisuke Okuda defeated Yuki Iino with the PK (9:29).
3. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Saki Akai defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Makoto Oishi when Sakaguchi submitted Hirata with a Triangle Choke (10:45).
4. God Of Trials! In Obuse: MAO defeated Antonio Honda with the Cannonball 450 (11:23).
5. Jun Kasai & Kazusada Higuchi defeated HARASHIMA & Yuki Ueno when Higuchi pinned Ueno with the Doctor Bomb (12:07).
6. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Daisuke Sasaki, Soma Takao & Mad Paulie defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata when Paulie pinned Katsumata with the Reverse Splash (15:02).
7. Mizuki Watase Local Triumph! Obuse Specialty Special Tag Match: Koji Kanemoto & Keisuke Ishii defeated Mizuki Watase & Minoru Tanaka when Kanemoto pinned Watase with the Moonsault (26:18).

Mizuki Watase got a special hometown match as he got to team with Minoru Tanaka to take on Koji Kanemoto & Keisuke Ishii. Watase channelled Shigehiro Irie by hitting a Cannoball into Kanemoto in the bottom corner. Watase then hit the Back Drop but Kanemoto recovered and trapped Watase in an Anklelock. Watase escaped and traded Rock Punches with Kanemoto. Kanemoto got the upper hand, gave Watase a Falcon Arrow and pinned him with the Moonsault. Kanemoto said he rarely does the move in a place like Obuse but it was done to celebrate Watase’s 3rd Anniversary as a wrestler. Kanemoto also loves wrestling with Watase. Watase called Kanemoto his favourite wrestler and after this match, the greatest wrestler he has ever seen. If it takes another 5 or 10 years, Watase will some day beat Kanemoto. Watase also wants to continue wrestling Kanemoto for another 28 years so he promises not to retire until then.

Matches #1 and #6 had to be changed around because of a minor eye injury Tetsuya Endo suffered at yesterday’s show. Soma Takao was bumped up to take Endo’s place in the 6-Man Tag. The opener turned into Kota Umeda now teaming with Nobuhiro Shimatani to beat his original partner Sanshiro Takagi and Takao’s replacement Gota Ihashi.

Jun Kasai likes many things about Obuse. The food is delicious, the air is clean and there are plenty of beauties around! He likes the place so much that he wants to live there starting tomorrow!

Keisuke Okuda flipped off Yuki Iino after their match.


DDT “DRAMATIC TENJINBASHI! 2018” Results

November 4, 2018

DDT “DRAMATIC TENJINBASHI! 2018”, 03/11/2018
Osaka Oyodo Community Center
219 Fans

1. MAO & Rising HAYATO defeated Shunma Katsumata & Mizuki Watase when MAO pinned Watase with the Michinoku Driver I (9:01).
2. Sanshiro Takagi & Yuni defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Yuni pinned Hirata after a Triple Dropkick (0:39).
2a. Likely Settled! Complete Settlement! Heisei’s Last Big Battle! Super Death Special Single Match: Kazuki Hirata defeated Yuni with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (4:38).
3. Kota Umeda & Yuki Iino defeated Keisuke Okuda & Makoto Oishi when Umeda pinned Oishi with the Umeda Driver (10:20).
4. God Of Trials! In Oyado: Antonio Honda defeated Yuki Ueno with a Leg Roll Clutch (14:26).
5. Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Jun Kasai when Sasaki pinned Takanashi with the Sasatonic (14:29).
6. Road To D-Oh GP 2019 Special Single Match: Akito defeated Soma Takao with a Roll Up (9:34).
7. Road To D-Oh GP 2019 Special 4 Way Match: Tetsuya Endo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi when Endo pinned Takeshita with a Roll Up (17:22).

There were constant breakups throughout the 4 Way Main Event. Kazusada Higuchi had HARASHIMA pinned with the Doctor Bomb until Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo both broke it up with a Double Dropkick. Endo then broke up Takeshita’s pin on Higuchi with a Lionsault. Takeshita gave Endo a Reverse Implant but that pin was stopped by HARASHIMA’s Somato to Takeshita. Endo rolled up Takeshita from a Handspring to sneak away with the win. After the match DAMNATION gathered together in the ring for the closing speech. Endo said the road to the D-Oh Grand Prix starts here and his goal is to win the tournament so he can face Daisuke Sasaki for the KO-D Openweight Title at Sumo Hall next February.

Akito was able to counter the Gin And Tonic to roll Soma Takao into a Cradle. This was Akito’s first singles match in almost three months so he wanted to win this one before the D-Oh Grand Prix began.

Sasaki used Masahiro Takanashi’s own finisher against him. Except this one is called the Sasatonic instead of the Takatonic.

Antonio Honda says pro wrestling is a painful activity but it is the only way he can communicate with hearty young wrestlers like Yuki Ueno.

Keisuke Okuda and Yuki Iino had to be pulled apart after Match #3. They will be facing each other in a singles match tomorrow.

Sanshiro Takagi attacked Kazuki Hirata during his entrance. Toru Owashi didn’t care that his partner was being attacked so he joined in and did a Triple Dropkick with Takagi and Yuni. All three then piled on top of Hirata for the three count. Yuni then demanded a final match with Hirata to end their feud. He asked Hirata to be the referee so everybody vertically placed white paper tape on Owashi’s body to act as a referee shirt. Owashi counted slow for Hirata and fast for Yuni. He also ignored a Low Blow Yuni gave to Hirata. Yuni hit the 2nd Rope Sky Twister Press but it did no damage and Hirata rolled him over. Takagi and Owashi were too busy posing to the crowd to notice Yukinori Matsui counting the pin and declaring Hirata the winner.


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 “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI KORAKUEN HALL SPECIAL!!” Results

October 28, 2018

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI KORAKUEN HALL SPECIAL!!”, 28/10/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,106 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Unit Opposing 4 Way Match: Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi and Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi when Akito submitted Honda with the Scorpion Lock (8:13).
2. El Lindaman defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the German Suplex (7:00).
3. Loser Punishment Match: Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine & Gorgeous Matsuno defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Yumehito Imanari & Michael Wolf when Oishi pinned Takagi with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (5:22).
4. Keisuke Ishii, MAO & Yuki Iino defeated Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when Ishii pinned Ueno with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (8:09).
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Joshi Battle Royal: Maki Ito defeated Yuki Arai (c) (w/ Makoto Oishi) with a Crab Hold (11:39).
Order Of Elimination: Yuki Kamifuku, Saki Akai, Mizuki, Cherry, Emi Sakura, Yuki Arai.
*Maki Ito becomes the 1,330th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Maki Ito (c) defeated Yuki Arai by Kickout (12:46 pm).
*V1 for Maki Ito.
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: CIMA, T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan defeated Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) when CIMA pinned Takao with the Mad Splash (13:09).
*DAMNATION fails in V2. STRONG HEARTS becomes the 36th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
7. DDT Extreme Title – Wrestling Rules: Shinya Aoki defeated HARASHIMA (c) by TKO with a Triangle Choke (8:26).
*HARASHIMA fails in V4. Shinya Aoki becomes the 42nd DDT Extreme Champion!
8. Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa ended in a Time Limit Draw (20:00).

Shortly before today came, news went around that this show was going to be the final episode of “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI”. Rumour was the AbemaTV producers were not happy with Danshoku Dieno’s naked wrestling stunt in last week’s “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” main event which aired live on the service. Instead the story turned out to be rather different. A video was shown after the main event announcing a new monthly DDT series called “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI SUPER” beginning with the 3rd January Korakuen Hall show. AbemaTV assures everyone that DDT is not in trouble for what happened at Sumo Hall. Also Maji Manji Super is not going to be the monthly Korakuen shows. DDT is running Korakuen twice in January so they are able to dedicate the first of those shows to the new series. They will also sell every ticket for just 2,000 yen, which is the return of a marketing gimmick DDT used to do for their first show of the year.

The main event went the full twenty minutes as Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa fought to a draw against Naomichi Marufuji & Konosuke Takeshita. The end of Maji Manji meant one last table spot on the show which was done when Ishikawa gave Takeshita the Fire Thunder through a table at ringside. Marufuji took Ishikawa out with the Shiranui while Takeshita and Sasaki fought during the dying minutes of the match. Sasaki kicked out of a Lariat while Takeshita kicked out of the Hurricanrana. The two were trading Elbow Smashes when the bell rang and the match ended. Ishikawa wanted to end the show and the series with karaoke but Sasaki stopped him. They left to go sing karaoke on their own while Marufuji thanked Takeshita for the match. The fans then cheered Takeshita to sing karaoke. It was here when everyone got the news of Maji Manji Super to end the show.

The DDT Extreme Title match stayed mostly on the ground as the champion HARASHIMA wanted to out-grapple Shinya Aoki. A Piledriver had no effect on the challenger and Aoki avoided the Somato to lock in a Sleeper Hold. HARASHIMA shifted his position to apply a Cross Armbreaker but Aoki then trapped him in a Triangle Choke. HARASHIMA Power Bombed Aoki but the hold wouldn’t break. HARASHIMA lost consciousness and Aoki became the new Extreme Champion! HARASHIMA hesitated to shake Aoki’s hand after the match but eventually did so. Aoki then dedicated today’s victory to Kendo Kashin because this is the first championship a Hagure IGF fighter has won since its formation.

STRONG HEARTS are here to stay now that they’ve won the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. The match begun with CIMA and Soma Takao in the ring. Takao got “BIMA” chants from the crowd, referencing his CIMA tribute gimmick way back when he was in a college wrestling club. Takao tried to out-CIMA CIMA by hitting the Schwein and then trying to win with the Mad Splash. CIMA blocked the splash then hit his moves of doom. Venus, Iconoclasm then the original Mad Splash put Takao away and made STRONG HEARTS the new champions! CIMA said the result was obvious after he beat Takeshita in Sumo Hall. T-Hawk warned the rest of DDT that they will be waiting here forever. If that bothers them then step up and try to take the belts away! CIMA announced that the unit will be sticking around in DDT for November and will be here in full force. Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel are coming to DDT with STRONG HEARTS! CIMA also said he is waiting for Danshoku Dieno to come back and might invite Gorgeous Matsuno to join the unit in Dieno’s absence. One last thing, CIMA wants to defend the 6-Man Titles in China for OWE before their next DDT appearance!

Danshoku Dieno made his first public appearance since Sumo Hall but not in the way anyone expected. KUDO found Dieno wandering around with no memory of anything. Hisaya Imabayashi asked KUDO to pull down his pants because it might help Dieno regain his memory. Dieno was disgusted at the idea of somebody stripping naked in front of a big audience. Imabayashi thinks Dieno is in a deep state of shock after he was locked inside a casket at Sumo Hall. He is giving Dieno time to mentally recover. However, if Dieno finishes in the Dramatic General Election Top 20 then he must wrestle at the next Korakuen Hall show on 25th November, whether he has his memories back or not!

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title is no longer in the hands of SKE48 thanks to Maki Ito. The previous champion Yuki Arai defended the title in an all joshi Battle Royal. When it came down to Arai and Ito, Makoto Oishi got involved so Arai wouldn’t have to fight. However, Arai scolded Oishi because she wanted to wrestle and she gave him a Heel Kick. She did the same Heel Kick to Ito but it was dodged. Ito then put Arai in a Crab Hold to submit her and win the title. They shook hands after the match but Arai suddenly gave her a School Boy. Ito kicked out then chased Arai out of the ring.

Since today was the final day of voting in the Dramatic Election, the wrestlers in the 6-Man Tag all wanted to impress their voters. Mizuki Watase is back to wrestling in his old gear and he is now dying his hair red. Keisuke Ishii picked up the win for his team.

Sanshiro Takagi had his body painted up to look like a pumpkin monster for Halloween. The AbemaTV audience voted for what punishment the loser of Match #3 would take. Each option involved a Muay Thai kickboxer. The fans chose the loser getting kicked in the ass with 79% of the vote. Oishi pinned Takagi and he took the punishment. Everyone then lost control of the kickboxer and he kicked all of them away from the ring.

Nobuhiro Shimatani and El Lindaman were both making fun of each other for being short so their heights were measured by the referee before their match. Lindaman is taller but Shimatani blamed Lindaman for using his hair to cheat. Lindaman ended up beating Shimatani while CIMA interacted with Mad Paulie outside the ring.

Daisuke Kiso wound up getting involved in the multi-man cascading leg split spot during the opener. At one point “Thriller” played and everyone did the zombie dance. Honda interrupted it to do his Gongitsune strikes to everybody. It didn’t work on Akito because he was wearing glasses. Akito was then able to put Honda in the Scorpion Lock to give ALL OUT the win. Akito describes today as the beginning of ALL OUT’s rebuilding process. They want to regain the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles.

The D-Ou Grand Prix 2019 blocks were announced. Block A consists of Daisuke Sasaki, HARASHIMA, Kazusada Higuchi, Akito, MAO, Puma King and Go Shiozaki. Block B consists of Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao, Masahiro Takanashi, Mike Bailey, Sammy Guevara and Shinya Aoki.


Takigawa’s Graduation Match, STRONG HEARTS Seek Championships, Oishi The Bodyguard

October 22, 2018

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “5th ANNIVERSARY SHINKIBA TOUR 2018 AUTUMN ONE”, 27/10/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Nodoka Tenma & Hinano Vs Yuki Kamifuku & Hikari
2. Yuki Aino Vs Raku
3. Yuna Manase Vs Miu
4. Special 8-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Reika Saiki, Yuu & Hyper Misao Vs Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki, Shoko Nakajima & Maki Ito
5. Azusa Takigawa Graduation Memorial Match: Azusa Takigawa Vs Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki, Shoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao, Yuu, Nodoka Tenma, Yuki Aino, Reika Saiki, Maki Ito, Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku, Miu, Hikari, Hinano & Raku

Two firsts for Tokyo Joshi Pro are happening on this show. We’re getting a 4 Vs 4 Tokyo Joshi tag match for the first time. We are also getting a 1 Vs 16 match for the first time to celebrate Azusa Takigawa’s graduation. No further details yet have been given on how the match will work. Other companies have done special gauntlet matches for their retiring wrestlers in the past where every round only has a one minute time limit and the chosen wrestler goes through all opponents no matter how much they win, lose or draw. I guess it will be something similar here.

DDT “DDT LIVE! MAJI MANJI KORAKUEN HALL SPECIAL!!”, 28/10/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs El Lindaman
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Joshi Battle Royal: Yuki Arai (c) (w/ Makoto Oishi) Vs Saki Akai Vs Maki Ito Vs Cherry Vs Emi Sakura Vs Yuki Kamifuku Vs Mizuki
3. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Soma Takao, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie (c) Vs CIMA, T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan
4. DDT Extreme Title – Wrestling Rules: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Shinya Aoki
5. Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa

The new KO-D Openweight Champion has been drinking non-stop in celebration since winning the title yesterday. Daisuke Sasaki doesn’t remember much about the last 24 hours because of this. His prize money is already gone because he recently spent 4 million yen on things including a brand new car. The prize money from the main event was 2 million yen by the way. Sasaki hopes his victory was enough to impress both Laura James and Candice LeRae. His first defence is confirmed to be against the Dramatic General Election winner at Korakuen Hall on 25th November.

Danshoku Dieno has not been seen or heard from since the ending of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2018” when DAMNATION locked him into a coffin. Sasaki ordered Nobuhiro Shimatani to go burn it when the show was over. Dieno is not expected to appear at Korakuen this weekend.

With ALL OUT swept aside, STRONG HEARTS are sticking around in DDT so they can win a championship. CIMA’s goal is to become a champion one more time before he turns 41 at his next birthday. The group has chosen the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles as their target. CIMA, T-Hawk and Duan Yingnan will be the trio challenging DAMNATION in the match. T-Hawk said STRONG HEARTS share everything together. That is what makes them the strongest unit. Yingnan is hoping to bring a championship back to Shanghai. CIMA calls Konosuke Takeshita the standard of DDT. It is up to the rest of the DDT roster to prove they are better otherwise they will only disappoint CIMA. Tetsuya Endo admitted that Takeshita beating CIMA yesterday would have been a happy ending for all of DDT, except for Endo because he still hates Takeshita to death. All of the attention should now be on DAMNATION because of the championships they hold. Also Endo believes that Mad Paulie will be the key wrestler to watch when the match happens. This is all bringing back awkward memories for Soma Takao. Back when he was a college pro wrestler he was called BIMA and he was, yes you guessed it, a CIMA parody. Shimatani was more than happy to tell CIMA that over and over when the two teams met at today’s press conference. The letter B is above C for a reason according to Shimatani.

Shimatani’s posturing was quick to annoy El Lindaman. The two argued back and forth about their short heights until they were booked to face each other.

Makoto Oishi has offered to help SKE48 idol Yuki Arai defend her Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title in the Joshi Battle Royal. The reason is Oishi loves idols, especially ones named Arai. This must be fate! It’s enough for Arai to trust him at least. Maki Ito is already upset with Arai because she never introduced herself to her, even though they only met today when Ito stormed the conference. Ito finds that disrespectful because she is Arai’s senior in the idol world.

“ALL DOIN”, 09/11/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed) Vs Pero Pero Master
2. Eririn Takagi, Monster Halloween & ONAKIN Vs MEN’S Teioh, HARASHIMA & Shota

MEN’S Teioh was chosen by Sanshiro Takagi to be the executive chairman of the “ALL DOIN” committee. HARASHIMA is considered one of the strongest wrestlers in Japan’s independent scene so why not put him on the show celebrating independent wrestling? Shota also has a lot of experience in that section of the industry.

I’m not sure who Pero Pero Master (ぺろぺろ親方) is. Google isn’t offering much.

BASARA “FUMA FEST VOL.2 ~WRESTLE THRASHING MAD~”, 08/12/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ricky Fuji
2. Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & Yuka Miyamoto
3. FUMA Vs Great Sasuke

Nihonto and Barbatos are the latest bands signed to appear on the show.