DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINKIBA” Results

January 14, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINKIBA”, 14/01/2018
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
328 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno when MAO pinned Ueno with the Michinoku Driver I (5:58).
1. P-King Grand Prix: KUDO defeats Akito, Mad Paulie, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata and Antonio Honda (Special Referee: Danshoku Dino).
1a. A Block ~ 2 Count Rules: Mad Paulie defeated Kazuki Hirata after a Bionic Elbow from Honda and Owashi (2:34).
1b. B Block ~ 2 Count Rules: Akito defeated Antonio Honda with a School Boy (2:34).
1c. C Block ~ 2 Count Rules: KUDO defeated Toru Owashi with a School Boy (2:34).
1d. Final Survival 3 Way Match ~ 1 Count Rules: Mad Paulie eliminated Akito with a Cradle (1:21).
1e. Final Survival 3 Way Match ~ 1 Count Rules: KUDO eliminated Mad Paulie with a Jackknife Pin (2:05).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Soma Takao (6) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with the Official Endless Waltz (7:56).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Joey Ryan (6) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Super Kick (10:10).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (6) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (6) with the Buzzsaw Kick (14:54).
5. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (10) defeated Kazusada Higuchi (6) with the Giant Slam (16:40).
6. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (7) defeated Keisuke Ishii (6) with a Modified Armbar (18:47).
7. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (8) defeated Tetsuya Endo (7) with the Somato (19:28).

A Block

1. HARASHIMA (8)
2. Konosuke Takeshita (7)
-. Tetsuya Endo (7)
4. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. Joey Ryan (6)
-. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
7. Masahiro Takanashi (2)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (8)
2. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
-. Mike Bailey (6)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
-. Soma Takao (6)
6. Akito (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)

The final is now set. HARASHIMA Vs Shuji Ishikawa will face off to be the first D-King Grand Prix winner! The last match in Block A was the main event. HARASHIMA and Tetsuya Endo fought in a winner takes all bout. Endo missed the Shooting Star Press and HARASHIMA hit the Somato to win. In the last Block B match, Ishikawa had to fight off Kazusada Higuchi with all of his power. Ishikawa kicked out of the Doctor Bomb but needed more than the Fire Thunder to win. He had to bust out the Giant Slam to put Higuchi away.

The show ended with the two finalists facing off in the ring. Ishikawa said the Grand Prix was a fulfilling experience. He and HARASHIMA are from the same generation so it is kind of fitting that the final is down to them. HARASHIMA said everyone knows Ishikawa is strong. This match will be the heyday of their generation so let’s do their best.

The only threat to the top spot left in Block A was Keisuke Ishii but Konosuke Takeshita shut him down. Takeshita countered the Double Arm DDT into a Koji MAX Hold to make Ishii submit. Takeshita said his lack of ability is what prevented him from reaching the final. Ishii may have lost but he may have finally found the motivation that he’s been lacking for so long. Fighting a champion like Takeshita has fired him up and next time, he will beat Takeshita!

Daisuke Sasaki’s chance of reaching the final was dashed by Mike Bailey. Speedball was willing to put his grudge with DAMNATION aside but Sasaki rejected his handshake. Sasaki brought in chairs but Bailey kicked them into his face and pinned him with a Buzzsaw Kick. Sasaki didn’t take the loss well. He said the 2018 of Daisuke Sasaki was now over and everyone now has to wait for the 2019 of Daisuke Sasaki. The interviewer tried to tell him 2018 has only begun but Sasaki wouldn’t listen. Bailey called Sasaki a smart wrestler but he came prepared. Bailey was able to win because he thought over and over what Sasaki was going to do to him and planned around it.

The remaining group matches only had pride left on the line. Joey Ryan used an unconscious Daisuke Kiso to aid him in beating Masahiro Takanashi. Ryan placed Kiso’s limp body on top of Takanashi’s back, placed Kiso’s hand next to his crotch and used his dong strength to make Kiso give Takanashi the Yoshi Tonic. Joey then Super Kicked Takanashi for the three count. Takanashi promised that next year KUDO will enter the tournament to make up for his poor record.

Soma Takao used the newly renamed Official Endless Waltz as a counter to Yukio Sakaguchi’s Cross Armbreaker. Takao did okay in this tournament and he has another round robin tournament coming up in All Japan to look forward to. He hopes to do well over there too. Sakaguchi does not have an excuse for his overall performance other than he admits he is weak. He will write more about it on his blog so everybody better read it or else!

Producer Danshoku Dino changed the plans for the opening match. Instead of a 7 Way Match, it was now a one night tournament called the P-King Grand Prix featuring the other 6 wrestlers while he gets to be the referee. The Round 1 match ups were Kazuki Hirata Vs Mad Paulie, Akito Vs Antonio Honda and KUDO Vs Toru Owashi. The catch was all three matches took place at the same time and all held under two count rules. Paulie, Akito and KUDO all won at the same time. They advanced to the 3 Way Elimination Final that used 1 count rules. Paulie pinned Akito and KUDO pinned Paulie afterwards. Afterwards KUDO said he regrets not entering the D-King Grand Prix but he now found something else he wants. KUDO wants to challenge Yuko Miyamoto for the DDT Extreme Title! Dino granted his request.

MAO promises that the NωA will perform their best hits for their final match together on 28th January.

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DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHIMIZU” Results

January 13, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHIMIZU”, 13/01/2018
Shizuoka Shimizu Marine Bill
235 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 3 Way 6-Man Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kouki Iwasaki and Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Oishi pinned Shimatani with the Miracle Ecstasy (10:39).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Akito (4) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with the Rolling Jr. Olympic Hell Part I (9:35).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Joey Ryan (4) defeated Jiro Kuroshio (6) with the Super Kick (10:46).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (8) defeated Soma Takao (4) with the Splash Mountain (11:53).
5. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (6) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (2) with the Somato (11:41).
6. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated Mike Bailey (4) with the Doctor Bomb (14:11).
7. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (6) defeated Tetsuya Endo (7) with the Kneel Kick (17:39).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (7)
2. Keisuke Ishii (6)
-. HARASHIMA (6)
-. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
5. Konosuke Takeshita (5)
6. Joey Ryan (4)
7. Masahiro Takanashi (2)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (8)
2. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
3. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Soma Takao (4)
-. Akito (4)

The field is getting narrower as the D-King Grand Prix heads towards its final stretch. Tetsuya Endo still leads Block A but his loss to Keisuke Ishii today means he’s only just ahead by a point. Ishii avoided the Shooting Star Press and hit Endo with everything that he could. The Fisherman Buster, Exploder Suplex and Tiger Suplex didn’t work. Endo hit the Tetsuya In The Sky for a last gasp chance but Ishii kicked out. Finally the Kneel Kick from Ishii put Endo away. Ishii said the win means the possibility of becoming the Grand Prix champion is still there for him. He thinks if he beats Konosuke Takeshita tomorrow then he will qualify for the final. Endo needs to beat HARASHIMA to guarantee his spot in the final. A draw leaves his fate up to Ishii versus Takeshita. Endo thinks the only thing missing from his game right now is financial strength. DAMNATION already has cute and popular wrestlers, what they need now is money!

Over in Block B Kazusada Higuchi is still in the fight after beating Mike Bailey. The result could have been different because Bailey hit the Ultima Weapon but took too long to cover Higuchi. When Higuchi recovered he did the Doctor Bomb for the three count. Higuchu admitted he barely survived the match. He hit Bailey many times but it was still in intense battle. Now all that is left is Shuji Ishikawa. Higuchi must beat him to reach the final.

The third wrestler chasing for the top spot in Block A is HARASHIMA. He feels like his nerves are wearing him out but he kept his head clear enough to get past Masahiro Takanashi. HARASHIMA must beat Endo tomorrow and hope Ishii does not beat Takeshita. Takanashi is out of the tournament but he has so much respect for HARASHIMA he will beat Joey Ryan for him.

Ishikawa got back on track with a win over Soma Takao, surviving a surprise attack in the beginning. Ishikawa says his body is big and his mind is strong and motivated. His final opponent Higuchi is one of the few wrestlers in DDT who can match up to his power in a direct fight so he is ready for tomorrow’s collision.

Jiro Kuroshio’s final match in the tournament ended in a loss to Joey Ryan. He went for the Ikemen Clutch but Ryan stuck a lollipop into his mouth and Super Kicked him. He ends his run with 3 wins and 3 losses. Kuroshio is happy with how he did and he wants to appear more for DDT in the future. He said he found something he wants to do here.

Akito busted out the Rolling Olympic Hell I to destroy Yukio Sakaguchi’s chances of reaching the final. Akito thinks his entire performance wasn’t good but he still got a lot out of the Grand Prix. He hopes Takeshita ends up winning the tournament. Sakaguchi is worried that the damage his legs have taken throughout the tournament will prevent him from winning his last match tomorrow.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN YOKOHAMA” Results

January 11, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN YOKOHAMA”, 11/01/2018
Yokohama Radiant Hall
241 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: HARASHIMA, Antonio Honda, Mizuki Watase & Rekka defeated Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when HARASHIMA pinned Shimomura with the Somato (8:16).
1. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (7) defeated Joey Ryan (2) with the Shooting Star Press (8:24).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Soma Takao (4) defeated Akito (2) with the Gin And Tonic (8:18).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Jiro Kuroshio (6) defeated Keisuke Ishii (4) with two Moonsaults (11:51).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (4) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with a Buzzsaw Kick (9:56).
5. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Masahiro Takanashi (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (5) with the Pedal Style Bacchus (11:17).
6. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (6) defeated Shuji Ishikawa (6) with an Inverted Hurricanrana (16:19).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (7)
2. Jiro Kuroshio (6)
3. Konosuke Takeshita (5)
4. Keisuke Ishii (4)
-. HARASHIMA (4)
6. Masahiro Takanashi (2)
-. Joey Ryan (2)

B Block

1. Daisuke Sasaki (6)
-. Shuji Ishikawa (6)
3. Mike Bailey (4)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Soma Takao (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
7. Akito (2)

The main event was friend versus friend, Giant Vs Charisma, pet versus master, Shuji Ishikawa Vs Daisuke Sasaki. As much as it pained them to fight, they both had their battle plan. Sasaki started off begging for mercy then blindsided Ishikawa by throwing his t-shirt at him. Sasaki charged in but Ishikawa stopped him with a Knee Lift. Ishikawa yelled “Charisma, goodbye!” after every big move thinking it would finish him off. But Sasaki kept kicking out. Sasaki took out a bunch of chairs and smashed all of them over Ishikawa’s head. But Ishikawa got back up and Superplexed Sasaki onto the pile of chair remains. The end came when Ishikawa went for the Splash Mountain and Sasaki countered it into the Hurricanrana for the flash three count. Sasaki apologised to Ishikawa and invited him as well as Tetsuya Endo back into the ring. Sasaki said that today he became the strongest and best Charisma he’s ever been. He is only 168cm tall and weighs 80kg but he beat the best heavyweight in the tournament. Now he can win the D-King Grand Prix for sure. Ishikawa, Endo and Mad Paulie are strong too. They are DAMNATION and the pro wrestling world will revolve around them! Backstage Sasaki got to have some fun by making Ishikawa admit he is now stronger than him.

Konosuke Takeshita hit another bump in the road with an upset loss to Masahiro Takanashi. All was going well and he was ready to set up for a Brainbuster when Takanashi twisted himself free, clutched Takashita’s arm and cradled him into the Bacchus to get the pin. Takanashi was so surprised by winning the match he didn’t give a comment for the backstage interview afterwards. Takeshita meanwhile is coming to terms on whether or not he can still qualify for the final. It mostly rests on the upcoming results of other wrestlers in his group.

More surprise results came when Mike Bailey beat Yukio Sakaguchi in a kick heavy battle. Bailey dodged the Right Knee Of God while Sakaguchi avoided the Ultima Weapon. The two wore each other down with dueling kicks until Sakaguchi trapped Bailey in a Sleeper Hold. He tried to turn the move into the Cobra Clutch but Bailey freed himself and hit a Buzzsaw Kick followed by the standing Moonsault Double Knee Drop. Another Buzzsaw Kick brought the match to an end. Sakaguchi doesn’t understand how he lost. Why was he so weak but Bailey was so strong today? Something must be wrong. Bailey is full of praise for everyone in the Grand Prix but he is looking forward to when it ends. He points to the KO-D Openweight Champion not being undefeated as proof that this is a hard tournament.

Jiro Kuroshio is back in the race to the top of Block A with a win over Keisuke Ishii. It took two Moonsaults to put Ishii away and that’s not including a third Moonsault Kuroshio did earlier in the match for a nearfall. Ishii feels miserable over the result but does not deny the amazing talent Kuroshio has. Ishii now has Tetsuya Endo and Konosuke Takeshita as his final opponents.

Akito’s poor form continues when a back and forth contest with Soma Takao ended in defeat. The Hanamasa was countered into the Gin And Tonic for the finish. Takao was determined to win this and did not take his opponent lightly despite Akito’s record. Akito is already trying to deal with not making the final so another loss does not effect him mentally at this point. He has one more match left and it’s against Sakaguchi. Akito will treat Sakaguchi like a toy and break him with his play!

Endo is now the sole leader in Block A. His win over Joey Ryan has made him question his own worth again. If beating a wrestler from another promotion makes Endo worth 100 million yen annually then beating a big foreign star means he should now be paid 200 million yen a year! Ryan was so upset by the loss he wishes he could go back home to America. But he has two more matches left in his schedule so he will stick around for that.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN NERIMA” Results

January 10, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN NERIMA”, 10/01/2018
Tokyo Nerima Coconeri Hall
356 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Mike Bailey, Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi, Kouki Iwasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Bailey pinned Shimatani with the Ultima Weapon (5:48).
1. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Kazusada Higuchi (4) defeated Akito (2) with the Doctor Bomb (9:30).
2. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Joey Ryan (2) defeated Keisuke Ishii (4) with the Super Kick (8:06).
3. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Daisuke Sasaki (4) defeated Soma Takao (2) with the Vietnam Driver II (11:02).
4. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (5) defeated Jiro Kuroshio (4) with the Shooting Star Press (14:04).
5. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (6) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (4) with the Splash Mountain (15:25).
6. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (5) defeated HARASHIMA (4) with the Takeshita Special No. 1 (15:50).

A Block

1. Tetsuya Endo (5)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (5)
3. Keisuke Ishii (4)
-. HARASHIMA (4)
-. Jiro Kuroshio (4)
6. Joey Ryan (2)
7. Masahiro Takanashi (0)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (6)
2. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (4)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (4)
5. Soma Takao (2)
-. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Akito (2)

Konosuke Takeshita and HARASHIMA headlined today’s show with their rematch from their Saitama Super Arena bout at “JUDGEMENT 2017”. HARASHIMA was ruthless in targeting Takeshita’s left knee. Takeshita was difficult to pin down though and he tried to avoid the Somato when he could. HARASHIMA did hit the move from behind a few times. But HARAHSIMA went for one more and Takeshita dodged it. Takeshita hit the German Suplex and added a Bridging Pin to the move afterwards to get the three count. And with that the Takeshita Special No. 1 is born! Takeshita commented that he feels like he is currently in a paradox. He is certain that his leg is injured, possibly a damaged ligament or a meniscus but the constant adrenaline rush he gets from the D-King Grand Prix makes him ignore the pain and keep going. HARASHIMA is unhappy with the result but if the referee counted to three, he has to accept it. He defended his tactics of targeting Takeshita’s knee. The referee never stopped him and the match continued so he feels it was right to keep attacking like that. The fact that Takeshita beat him with damaged knees means that Takeshita is growing stronger. But next time HARASHIMA believes he will grab the opportunity and definitely beat Takeshita!

The two leading wrestlers in Block B clashed for the top spot. Shuji Ishikawa survived Yukio Sakaguchi’s Right Knee Of God and the Cobra Clutch to win. Sakaguchi didn’t go down easily though. He kicked out of the Running Knee Lift at one so Ishikawa had to hit him with it again, this time Sakaguchi barely kicked out at two. Sakaguchi finally stayed down after the Splash Mountain. Ishikawa was happy to see Sakaguchi bring the fight to him. His opponents so far have all been wonderful so he feels honoured to have the six points he amassed so far. Next up is his good buddy Daisuke Sasaki. Ishikawa said he may have to become the new leader of DAMNATION if he beats Sasaki. Sakaguchi doesn’t know if he can redeem this loss but thinks he can win his remaining matches.

Tetsuya Endo continues his unbeaten run in Block A with a win over Jiro Kuroshio. He wasn’t happy to see Kuroshio prance around and seemed to have a chip on his shoulder for the entire match. Afterwards we found out why. According to Endo, Kuroshio’s annual income is 5 million yen. Since Endo beat him today that means his own annual salary should be raised. Endo is now demanding to be paid 100 million yen a year! Kuroshio said his eyes aren’t crazy and that Endo really is as great a wrestler as he looks.

Daisuke Sasaki came to his hometown as the “Hero Of Nerima” so he wanted to fight clean and fair against Soma Takao. Given their recent history, Takao didn’t believe him and went on the offensive pretty quickly. They fought outside where Sasaki grabbed Yuki Ueno nearby and threw him towards Takao. Takao stopped Ueno and knocked him out of the way with an Elbow Strike. Back in the ring Sasaki took off one of the turnbuckle pads and threw Takao into the exposed corner. Sasaki even used his own attempt at the Gin And Tonic but Takao kicked out at one. Sasaki then hit an Avalanche Pedigree but Takao kicked out of that too. Sasaki had to use the Vietnam Driver II to finally put Takao away. He offered Takao a handshake and a DAMNATION shirt after the match but Takao refused and threw the shirt away. Takao said backstage he is annoyed that Sasaki used the Gin And Tonic against him. He is also insulted by Sasaki offering him the handshake and DAMNATION shirt. Sasaki said that tens of thousands of Nerima’s residents came out to welcome the Hero Of Nerima. He only offered Takao the shirt to look good in front of the locals. When he was reminded that his next opponent is Shuji Ishikawa, he said three seconds is enough to beat his friend.

After spending his first few days asking for it, Joey Ryan finally got paper streamers thrown at him for his ring introduction today. Maybe that gave him a major boost in motivation because he went on to beat Keisuke Ishii to earn his first points. Ryan escaped the Tiger Suplex, stuck a lollipop into Ishii’s mouth and Super Kicked him for the win. Ryan celebrated by hugging the paper tape afterwards. Ishii said he didn’t expect his calculations to go so wrong but Ryan used “the most disgusting techniques” to beat him.

Kazusada Higuchi countered Akito’s Cross Armbreaker into a Sit Down Power Bomb to set up his victory. Higuchi isn’t satisfied by that though. He felt it should have taken him less than 5 minutes to beat Akito and he went 48 seconds over that limit. Akito meanwhile is coming to terms that he virtually cannot win the tournament now after his third loss. All he can offer now to close out his group run with some fun fights.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN OSAKA 2 DAYS” Results

January 7, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN OSAKA 2 DAYS”, 07/01/2018
Osaka Hirano Community Hall
438 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Veda Scott defeated Danshoku Dino, Kazuki Hirata & Yuki Ueno when Scott pinned Hirata with the Back Drop (8:18).
2. 4 Way Match: Keisuke Ishii defeated Toru Owashi, Kouki Iwasaki and Naomi Yoshimura when Ishii pinned Iwasaki with the Carolina Reaper (7:36).
3. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Kazusada Higuchi (2) defeated Soma Takao (0) with the Doctor Bomb (10:11).
4. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: HARASHIMA (2) defeated Joey Ryan (0) with the Somato (10:49).
5. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (2) defeated Akito (2) with a Scorpion Lock Roll Up (11:35).
6. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Jiro Kuroshio (4) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (0) with a Takatonic Turnback (12:56).
7. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi (4) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (0) with the Modified Cobra Clutch (6:56).
8. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Konosuke Takeshita (1) Vs Tetsuya Endo (3) ended in a Time Limit Draw (30:00).

A Block

1. Jiro Kuroshio (4)
2. Tetsuya Endo (3)
3. Keisuke Ishii (2)
-. HARASHIMA (2)
5. Konosuke Takeshita (1)
6. Joey Ryan (0)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (0)

B Block

1. Yukio Sakaguchi (4)
2. Shuji Ishikawa (2)
-. Mike Bailey (2)
-. Akito (2)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (2)
6. Soma Takao (0)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (0)

DDT’s biggest rivalry was back in force for the main event of the D-King Grand Prix Day 2. Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo faced off in the rematch to last year’s “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” main event. Takeshita already got off to a bad start after losing his first block match while Endo won his first bout. Neither man got the spoils as the match went to a 30 minute time limit. It is a result both are familiar with when it comes to their singles matches. Endo left the ring after a brief standoff. Takeshita apologised to the fans for failing to beat Endo for them. He then said their battle is not over.

Daisuke Sasaki slumps even further into the depths with his second Grand Prix loss in a row. Yukio Sakaguchi hit him with the Right Knee Of God then put him down with the Cobra Clutch. The win places Sakaguchi on top of Block B for the early going. Sakaguchi’s next goal is to survive against Shuji Ishikawa. Get past him and it will be clear sailing from there. Sasaki is now getting desperate. His current plan for his next opponent Kazusada Higuchi is to hit him with a beer bottle.

The Grand Prix is off to a beautiful start thanks to Jiro Kuroshio. His win over Masahiro Takanashi means he currently sits on top of Block A. Once again his tricky style caught his opponent off guard for an unexpected pinfall. He promises to show HARASHIMA a Handsome World when their match happens next. Takanashi is 0 for 2. He promises to win his 4 remaining matches.

Mike Bailey scraped by with a win against Akito. Speedball’s legs were targeted throughout the match and he was in real danger of losing to the Scorpion Lock. But somehow Bailey fought so hard to block the move he rolled himself on top of Akito to pin him. Bailey said he has to keep winning so he can catch up with Ishikawa. He also thinks the middle portion of the tournament will determine where he finishes. It won’t be easy but he needs to imagine he can win it all. Akito meanwhile is worried that his usual losing pattern is surfacing again. But he can’t focus on that because tomorrow’s opponent is Ishikawa!

What is the best way to take on the Somato? Joey Ryan unsprisingly thought it was with his dong. He tried his own version of the move on HARASHIMA, hitting him crotch first in the face. It didn’t work. HARASHIMA then took control and hit the proper Somato, putting Ryan down for the count. This was HARASHIMA’s first match with Ryan and he was left puzzled by the experience. When Ryan regained his whereabouts during the backstage interview he described HARASHIMA as a “very tough bastard” who survived Ryan’s many traps. Ryan promises to set up more traps for his next opponent Takeshita. He also hopes the fans shower him with paper tape before the match. He likes it when they do that.

Kazusada Higuchi scored his first points with a win over Soma Takao. He countered the Gin And Tonic into a Power Bomb. From there he hit a Lariat and the Doctor Bomb for the three count. This was Soma’s first match in the Grand Prix and a defeat is not a good start. His next opponent is Mike Bailey and Soma is worried about facing him with the momentum he has.

Keisuke Ishii has a new finishing move called the Carolina Reaper. The move is a Modified Facelock where he traps one arm in a Chicken Wing and the other gets hooked behind his leg. He used it to submit Kouki Iwasaki in the 4 Way Match. Elsewhere in the match Toru Owashichallenged Naomi Yoshimura to try and beat him in their exchanges.

To celebrate the new year in Osaka, Danshoku Dino told the audience a dancing star from Tokyo has come over to cheer everyone up with his performance. He was talking about Kazuki Hirata. Normally whenever Hirata tries to dance during his entrance he gets interrupted so Dino ordered Yuki Ueno to help him stop anyone from laying a finger on Hirata while he dances. They succeeded although Dino did take a Plancha from MAO during the performance. However Hirata got angry and yelled at everyone to give the audience an exciting match. As it went on Ueno asked Hirata to tag him in so he could show off cool moves to his hometown crowd. Dino later got too excited and gave Ueno the Lip Lock even though they were on the same team. That allowed NωA and Veda Scott to isolate Hirata and beat him. When the match was over Hirata asked the audience if they enjoyed it. They gave him a positive applause.

Yukinori Matsui announced he will produce a wrestling show inside Osaka Edison Arena #2 on 27th May. He called upon the DDT wrestlers to help him make it a lively show.


DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINJUKU” Results

January 5, 2018

DDT “D-KING GRAND PRIX 2018 IN SHINJUKU”, 05/01/2018
Shinjuku FACE
464 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. 4 Way Tag Match: Joey Ryan & Veda Scott defeated Antonio Honda & Soma Takao, KUDO & Toru Owashi and Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata when Ryan pinned Honda with the Super Kick (8:44).
2. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Yukio Sakaguchi (2) defeated Kazusada Higuchi (0) with the Right Knee Of God (7:48).
3. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Tetsuya Endo (2) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (0) with the Tetsuya In The Sky (6:01).
4. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Akito (2) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (0) with the Scorpion Lock (12:03).
5. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Keisuke Ishii (2) defeated HARASHIMA (0) with the High Angle Double Arm DDT (12:45).
6. D-King Grand Prix – B Block: Shuji Ishikawa (2) defeated Mike Bailey (0) with the Splash Mountain (15:15).
7. D-King Grand Prix – A Block: Jiro Kuroshio (2) defeated Konosuke Takeshita (0) with the Casadora (23:23).

A Block

1. Jiro Kuroshio (2)
-. Keisuke Ishii (2)
-. Tetsuya Endo (2)
4. Joey Ryan (0)
-. Konosuke Takeshita (0)
-. HARASHIMA (0)
-. Masahiro Takanashi (0)

B Block

1. Shuji Ishikawa (2)
-. Akito (2)
-. Yukio Sakaguchi (2)
4. Soma Takao (0)
-. Mike Bailey (0)
-. Daisuke Sasaki (0)
-. Kazusada Higuchi (0)

Day one of the D-King Grand Prix kicked off with some big upsets in the opening round of matches. Jiro Kuroshio defeated Konosuke Takeshita in the main event. He took all that Takeshita could throw at him then countered the German Suplex into the Casadora for the surprise three count. A cheerful Kuroshio told Takeshita after the match he would see him again. Takeshita’s response was to raise his KO-D Openweight Title and give Kuroshio the middle finger.

Mike Bailey has only been in Japan for 5 days during his current stay and there’s already two times when he thought he was going to die in the ring. The first was from HARASHIMA’s Somato on the 3rd and the second was from Shuji Ishikawa kicking his head in today. Ishikawa used the Knee Lift to great effect in their match. He thinks that next to Yoshihiro Takayama, he is the best at using the move.

The second big upset on the show was Keisuke Ishii beating HARASHIMA! Ishii’s use of statistics in his preparations paid off when he knew HARASHIMA was setting him up for the Somato after a Buzzsaw Kick. Ishii got up and cut HARASHIMA off with the Kneel Kick. The struggle over to pin him took long enough for HARASHIMA to kick out but Ishii then gave him the Double Arm DDT for the finish. Ishii said that it took him 10 years to finally beat HARASHIMA because Ishii joined DDT in 2007. He will now use today’s result times of his match, Takeshita’s match and Tetsuya Endo’s match to prpare for his upcoming bouts against them.

The history between Akito and Daisuke Sasaki wasn’t forgotten when they squared off. Akito quickly grabbed Sasaki by the hair when the bell rang while Sasaki tried to apply the Cross Facelock as fast as he could. Poor Daisuke Kiso was stuck in the crossfire and was knocked down by a chairshot. Akito’s chance to win seemed to have disappeared when there was no ref to see Sasaki submitting to an Anklelock. Yukinori Matsui finally came down to replace Kiso and he saw Akito countering the Cross Facelock into an Arm Clutch Scorpion Lock. Sasaki had no choice but to tap out with his free hand. Akito said he will use the Grand Prix to get rid of all of the depression he accumulated over the last year. Backstage Sasaki had a mood swing and wanted to abstain from the rest of the tournament. He also threatened to cut off his own hair but he was talked out of it.

Masahiro Takanashi played dirty to try and beat Tetsuya Endo. He used the referee as a shield then kicked Endo below the belt during the confusion. Endo was still in the match though and he avoided the Takatonic to get the ref involved again. When that was sorted out, Endo hit the Tetsuya In The Sky to put Takanashi away. Takanashi was so flustered by the result he asked KUDO backstage to calculate his current standing. 1 loss, zero points. Takanashi thinks he’ll need to win his 6 remaining matches to succeed.

Yukio Sakaguchi wore down Kazusada Higuchi with the Cobra Clutch, only letting go when Higuchi tried to press him into the turnbuckles. Before Higuchi could get his breath back, Sakaguchi hit the Right Knee Of God to knock him down for the pin. It doesn’t matter how busy his match schedule is, Sakaguchi said he can win his block with his eyes closed.


“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.