DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2017” Results

October 22, 2017

DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2017”, 22/10/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,433 Fans – Super No Vacancy
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Dark Match: Super Sasadango Machine (#22) & Yuki Ueno (#24) defeated Kouki Iwasaki (#23) & Yuni (#25) when Sasadango pinned Iwasaki with the Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock (7:35).
1. Shunma Katsumata (#12), MAO (#14) & Cherry (#17) defeated Saki Akai (#9), Antonio Honda (#18) & Abdullah Kobayashi when Katsumata pinned Honda with the Katsumata Guillotine (7:07).
2. Soma Takao (#6), Makoto Oishi (#10) & Ultimo Dragon defeated Toru Owashi (#14), Ken Ohka (#16) & Kazuki Hirata (#20) when Takao pinned Hirata with the Gin And Tonic (8:16).
3. Akito (#8) & Hideki Suzuki defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (#19) & Kazusada Higuchi (#21) when Akito pinned Higuchi with a European Clutch (10:01).
4. Special Single Match: Suwama defeated Keisuke Ishii (#13) with the Last Ride (8:00).
5. Special Single Match: Masahiro Takanashi (#5) defeated Tetsuya Endo (#3) with the Hangover!! (9:17).
6. DDT Extreme Title – TLC Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#4) (c) defeated HARASHIMA (#2) with the Diving Elbow From The Ladder Onto The Table (17:25).
*V7 for Daisuke Sasaki.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (#7) (c) defeated Danshoku Dino (#1) with the Cross-Arm German Suplex (22:30).
*V9 for Konosuke Takeshita.

Another broken heart for Danshoku Dino. His efforts to show Konosuke Takeshita the true spirit of DDT did not win him the KO-D Openweight Championship. Part of the reason Takeshita won today was because he adapted to Dino’s gameplan when he needed to. At first he was on track to winning with his usual style, dumping Dino on his head with a German Suplex and smashing him with Lariats and Knee Strikes. But Dino got desparate and grabbed the ropes during the Gaydo Clutch for leverage. Yukinori Matsui saw Dino cheat and stopped the count. From there Takeshita switched gameplans and started using Dino’s moves against him, first with the Gaydo Clutch. Dino cut him off with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster. He hit the Homo Ye then applied his new Strangle Hold P submission. Takeshita found an unlikely way to fight out of the move and it was to bite Dino’s crotch! The champion continued using the Danshoku style by Hump Thrusting him into the corner. Dino countered a German Suplex into another Gaydo Clutch but Takeshita kicked out of it. Dino hit a Moonsault but another kickout happened. Dino climbed up again for another Moonsault but Takeshita kicked him in the backside and Power Bombed him to the canvas. From there the two traded Lip Locks instead of Elbow Smashes. Dino kicked out of a Lariat at one and in a trance took every Elbow Smash Takeshita threw at him. Takeshita whiffed a Pump Kick but it was clear Dino was out on his feet. However he still kicked out of a German Suplex. Takeshita pulled down his own shorts and hit the Cross-Arm German Suplex to finally put an end to Dino’s challenge.

Takeshita told Dino after the match that today was the most colorful wall he ever had to climb over. He can now with confidence thank Dino for giving him his first kiss 10 years ago at a DDT show where he was just a fan Dino found in the audience during his entrance. He called Dino a DDT icon. Dino left the ring crestfallen but stopped when he heard the fans chant his name. Dino pounded his chest, gave everyone the middle finger, pounded his chest again and left. With this being his ninth successful defence, Takeshita now has the KO-D Title record for the most defences in a single reign. Hisaya Imabayashi entered the ring to reveal the next challenger who will come to Korakuen Hall on 24th December. It’s Colt Cabana! A pre-recorded video played of Cabana challenging the winner of the main event. Cabana’s a comedy wrestler but he is also a two time NWA Heavyweight Champion so he warns the KO-D Champion to take him seriously when they face off. When the video ended Takeshita said he already beat Mike Bailey to keep the belt and he’s the strongest foreigner he knows so he won’t lose to Colt Cabana. Also Cabana doesn’t scare him like Dino did. Takeshita told everyone that even though he does his best for DDT he is filled with regrets. He regrets finishing in 7th for the Dramatic General Election. He also regrets finishing 12th in the Kanto Student Bodybuilding Championships which he thinks is a terrible and disappointing result. From now on he will put his best foot forward and he hopes the crowd will support him when he gives them exciting title defences.

Daisuke Sasaki is close to breaking the DDT Extreme Title record for most title defences. He beat HARASHIMA in a TLC Match for his 7th straight defence. Sasaki tried to attack HARASHIMA with chair and ladders but most of the time HARASHIMA kicked them away. Sasaki needed Tetsuya Endo and Mad Paulie to help him with interference. Soma Takao tried to stop them but was outnumbered and thrown out of the ring. HARASHIMA fought back, putting Sasaki through a table at ringside with a Diving Body Press. A Reverse Hurricanrana positioned Sasaki in front of a table leaning against the turnbuckles. HARASHIMA went for the Somato but Sasaki dodged it and HARASHIMA crashed into the table. Sasaki placed the table flat on the mat and gave HARASHIMA an Avalanche Pedigree onto it. HARASHIMA kicked out of the pin but was helpless when Sasaki stood the table up and lifted him onto it. Sasaki climbed the tallest ladder of the bunch and hit the Diving Elbow on HARASHIMA. The table didn’t break and every non-Japanese person watching imagined evil laughter in their head as Sasaki got the three count. After the match Sasaki said he didn’t get as many election votes as HARASHIMA but he doesn’t want to be like HARASHIMA anyway. He mocked HARASHIMA because he now has to say “I’m sorry I lost” to everyone who voted for him. Sasaki ordered Endo & Paulie to attack HARASHIMA but Soma came to the rescue with a chair and fought with DAMNATION until other wrestlers pulled them apart.

In a surprising upset, Masahiro Takanashi caught Tetusya Endo off guard with a flash pin out of nowhere. Endo though he had Takanashi down and out when he gave him the Tetsuya In The Sky. However, Takanashi shook off the pain and trapped Endo in a side rolling cradle for the shock three count. Takanashi called the move the “Hangover!!” which is what Endo must be feeling after losing the match that way. Takanashi said DAMNATION made a big mistake if they thought they got rid of Shuten-dōji that easily.

Well so much for that special non-title match Keisuke Ishii was going to get against the Triple Crown Champion. Less than 24 hours earlier Suwama lost the Triple Crown to Joe Doering in All Japan. Now Ishii was wrestling a disgruntled former champion. Suwama beat him in eight minutes flat. Still, he remembers Ishii from the All Japan dojo and would like to see how he will grow to the point where he might come back to AJPW. Ishii describes the result as a perfect defeat. Even though he lost it felt amazing to him. Tomorrow he will begin to grow stronger and stronger.

The pairing of Akito & Hideki Suzuki worked out well for the two. They beat Yukio Sakaguchi & Kazusada Higuchi when Akito countered Higuchi’s Doctor Bomb into a European Clutch. Akito was happy with the result and brought up that he and Suzuki share the same birthday (28th February). Both would like to team with each other again. Suzuki told Akito he would ask Sanshiro Takagi to put plans together the next time they meet for a dinner.

Ultimo Dragon made a fool of himself by being the only one to fall for the classic Group Hop spot during Match #2. Kazuki Hirata even knocked him out with a Karate Chop. When Hirata began his dance he shouted “The Hira-timo Dragon Gym is now open!” Despite those moments, Dragon felt like he fit into the DDT world smoothly.

Abdullah Kobayashi transformed into Stan Kobayashi during the opener. He cost the match for his team when a Western Lariat hit Antonio Honda by mistake. Honda also tried to tell a Halloween story called Sadako Vs Kayako Vs Gon, The Little Fox.

In the dark match, Super Sasadango Machine took some gambles. The first one didn’t pay off when he missed a Diving Double Knee Drop aimed for Kouki Iwasaki. But he used his wits when he saw Yuni climb the second rope to do a Moonsault. Sasadango grabbed Iwasaki and pulled him down on top of him to take the brunt of Yuni’s Moonsault. Yuki Ueno helped out by giving Iwasaki a Missile Dropkick then Sasadango ended the match with the Lehmann Shock. After the match Ueno said he was excited to find out about his inclusion in the upcoming Differ Cup tournament. He said he and Takeshita will win it for DDT.

More DDT wrestlers will be added to the Ring Dream online browser game next month. Cherry is now in the game along with gender swapped versions of Sasaki and Endo. Sasaki requested for his character to have blonde hair and a bigger chest so that will also be included as an alternate design. Endo’s character includes a cameo of Mad Paulie as a stuffed toy.

Producer Dino has abolished the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament to determine the KO-D Title No. 1 Contender because Cabana is getting the next shot on Christmas Eve. The 23rd November Korakuen show will instead feature the first defence of the KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles.

Ishii is producing a DDT show on 11th November in Tokorozawa. Sasaki will defend his Independent World Jr. Title against an opponent to be announced. KUDO will also have his first match back after recovering from his concussion. The main event is Ishii and the returning Shigehiro Irie versus Takeshita and Yasu Urano.

The DAMNATION team competing for the vacant KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles on 2nd November will be Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie.

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DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2017 ~AUTUMN~” Results

October 15, 2017

DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2017 ~AUTUMN~”, 14/10/2017
Yokohama Radiant Hall
249 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Kazusada Higuchi & Keisuke Ishii defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Higuchi pinned Hirata with the Doctor Bomb (8:46).
2. Mad Paulie defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Paulie Buster (8:55).
3. Rocky Yokohama No. 1 Decision Battle: Rocky Kawamura defeated Antonio Honda with the Balboa Blow (8:36).
4. Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase when Takanashi pinned Watase with a Modified Delfin Clutch (9:07).
5. ALL OUT Vs NωA: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Takeshita pinned Oishi with an Inverted Hurricanrana (10:19).
6. P Playful Series: Danshoku Dino defeated Yuki Ueno with the Strangle Hold P (13:25).
7. Total Assets Of Ken Ohka! Hama’s Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA & Ken Ohka when Sasaki submitted Ohka with the Cross Facelock (16:14).
*DAMNATION acquires all of Ken Ohka’s money (690,619 Yen).

Once again Daisuke Sasaki has beaten Ken Ohka and taken all of his money. A grand total of 690,619 yen was on the line for the main event tag match. Even though Ohka had HARASHIMA on his side, Sasaki had Tetsuya Endo ready to keep him busy. Ohka’s chance to hit the Fire Spear was countered into the Cross Facelock and there was no escape for him. Sasaki took the envelope full of cash after the match. He now had so much money he felt like it could drive him crazy. He loves this feeling so much that he won’t quit wrestling after all. He wants to win more gold and money so he can get an even bigger buzz. He gave Mad Paulie 10,000 yen and Endo 30,000 yen to go spend at a love bar. Sasaki then asked Ohka how old his newborn kid is. Ohka said 9 months old. Sasaki gave Ohka 1,000 yen so he can go get the kid some milk. When DAMNATION left the ring Sasaki also handed Nobuhiro Shimatani 10,000 yen while he was carrying their stuff out of the room. Ohka swore revenge and said this isn’t the end. He is now a father with a young family. Ohka will show Sasaki eventually how strong he is because of his fatherhood.

Danshoku Dino developed a new submission move called the Strangle Hold P. Those who know about the different Strangle Hold submissions Kensuke Sasaki used to do will have an idea what it looks like. But since this is Dino doing the move it also involved the victim, Yuki Ueno in this instance, getting Dino’s crotch pressed against his face in the process. After the match Dino told Ueno he had to give him his pants for losing the match. Ueno refused and he told Dino how much he hated being put in that move. Dino decided not to take his pants because Ueno was honest with his feelings in the ring. It turns out that was the lesson Dino wanted to teach him today and his plan worked. Dino then noticed Konosuke Takeshita was watching him from a distance. Dino told him this is his way of life. DDT is his way of life. Takeshita will have to show him his way of life soon when they clash for the KO-D Openweight Title.

Takeshita countered Makoto Oishi’s Miracle Ecstacy into a Hurricanrana for the win. Akito wanted to know why was the vacant KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles not put up for grabs today? ALL OUT just beat NωA and they were the previous champions before Shuten-dōji. Why does ALL OUT have to fight DAMNATION for the belts? Takeshita told Akito not to worry. He will be in perfect condition for the vacant title match on 2nd November. But first, he has to compete in the Kanto Student Bodybuilding Championships taking place tomorrow.

Both KUDO and Kota Umeda were at ringside to support the rest of Shuten-dōji in their match. Masahiro Takanashi wanted to hold a toast to celebrate Shuten-dōji’s full reunion for the first time in ages but KUDO isn’t allowed to drink alcohol while he is recovering, Yukio Sakaguchi is driving later and Umeda will not drink until after his return match. Takanashi told the fans he will be drinking alone tonight.


DDT “DRAMATIC MOMOTARO DENSETSU 2017” Results

September 17, 2017

DDT “DRAMATIC MOMOTARO DENSETSU 2017”, 17/09/2017
Okayama Mirai Hall
309 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (9:33).
2. OPG Offer 6-Man Tag Match: Gota Ihashi, Great Mutiger & Shun-mise defeated Tomoya Uehara, Jerry K & ZAKA when Mutiger pinned ZAKA with the Liger Bomb (8:53).
3. Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Bailey pinned Iwasaki with the Ultima Weapon (10:37).
4. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match ~ Nodoka-oneesan’s 2nd Regional Triumph!: Nodoka-oneesan defeated Azusa Takigawa with the Back Flip (9:29).
5. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda when Dino pinned Honda with the Danshoku Driver (10:59).
*Kurashiki City becomes a Gay Town.
6. KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi defeated HARASHIMA & Soma Takao when Takanashi pinned Takao with the Takatonic (11:27).
7. Okayama Specialty! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Diego defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Takeshita pinned Sasaki with the Surprise Rose (17:03).

Daisuke Sasaki took a page out of Ken Ohka’s book and used the Spear to try and beat Konosuke Takeshita. He hit his target and latched on the Cross Facelock but Takeshita escaped the hold. It went worse for Sasaki as Tetsuya Endo’s Overhead Kick intended for Takeshita missed and hit Sasaki instead. Takeshita then pinned Sasaki with the Surprise Rose. Sasaki said backstage he was misled into thinking that copying Ohka was a good idea.

Masahiro Takanashi countered Soma Takao’s Gin And Tonic into a Manjigatame. He then shuffled around and turned the move into the Takatonic to pin him. Afterwards, Takanashi threw in his support for KUDO to beat HARASHIMA later this month.

Kurashiki City is the latest area to be transformed into a Gay Town by Danshoku Dino’s success in wrestling matches. He asked everyone in the audience who lives in Kurashiki to raise their hand. He then told them to eat dumplings off each other’s crotches. Dino then warned that next year his target will be the nearby city of Tsuyama.


DDT “CAMPSITE PRO WRESTLING 2017” Results

September 4, 2017

DDT “CAMPSITE PRO WRESTLING 2017 ~ LET’S GO TO NEVERLAND AFTER RYOGOKU! ALTHOUGH IT IS REALLY A NATURELAND ~ DDT 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EXTRA EDITION VOL. 1”, 03/09/2017
Yamanashi Natureland Om
200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

Special 5 Way Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo, Mike Bailey & MAO, Gota Ihashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani and Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin SM Ki-san when Takeshita pinned Shimatani with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster onto a table in the pond (67:04).

The Yamanashi Natureland Om park was home to one of the craziest series of matches DDT have ever put together. So it was only natural for them to return for more mayhem as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. Five tag teams were pitted against each other for the free for all. Konosuke Takeshita & Diego were there for ALL OUT, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo were representing DAMNATION and Pigging 2017 sent forth Gota Ihashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani. Mike Bailey & MAO kept their promise to team again after “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017”. Rounding out the field were Sanshiro Takagi and Ippanjin SM Ki-san, who turned out to be Munenori Sawa wearing business attire and carrying a snowboard. Takagi convinced Sawa to come over by lying about a campsite BBQ being held today. Sawa still agreed to be a volunteer pro wrestler for the day when he found out he was duped.

The match began in the open area plaza. Sasaki & Endo were armed with water guns while Takeshita & Diego brought out a barbed wire baseball bat. Everyone agreed that they were going a little bit overboard. Of course, the match spread out around the park. Takagi took the snowboard and tried to slide down a hill but fell over. DAMNATION shoved the heads of the Pigging wrestlers into toilets over at the restroom area. Bailey & MAO climbed up to the roof of the cookhouse hut and Moonsaulted onto everyone below.

As the match followed up the mountain path, Takagi found a can of hair mousse. He came up with an idea to spray the mousse onto his opponents and then try to set the mousse on fire! Because you know, that’s the kind of idea sane people come up with. Kazusada Higuchi appeared in the distance dressed for sumo. He threw aside Takeshita and Sawa but Takagi scared him off with the fire mousse. Takagi then found a Pico Pico Hammer and came up with the bright idea of setting it on fire with the mousse! He calls his creation the Shining Hammer. Takeshita & Diego fought back with a trash can and a stop sign until Higuchi reappeared and sent them down the mountain path.

A chain of Figure Four Necklocks was formed down the path. Ihashi took advantage of the opportunity by rolling his body all the way down the chain. He and Shimatani then grabbed the cameraman Yumehito Imanari and carried him into a nearby hut as a hostage. All the other wrestlers were given firecrackers and Takagi warned the Pigging wrestlers that they were surrounded. They refused to let Imanari go so the firecrackers were shot at them until they fled.

Sawa found a scooter and drove it down to the plaza. DAMNATION decided to fight the scooter with a truck. They ran over the others including Sawa on the scooter until the one man that could stand up to them did so. Higuchi used his sumo strength to not only stop the truck but push it back! Endo crawled out of the window and kicked Highuchi, then did a Moonsault onto him from the top of the truck.

Ihashi returned to the fight as a Big Zam with Shimatani by his side firing firecrackers at everyone. Takagi came to the rescue as a Gundam and he threw a clock tower at Ihashi! Bailey & MAO stopped Takagi with stereo Corkscrew Kicks. Ihashi felt so overheated in his Big Zam costume that he took it off and jumped into a pond to cool off. Diego threw Shimatani onto Ihashi with a Death Valley Driver off the ledge. Sawa then hit Diego with the Shining Wizard from the rocks. MAO saw Ihashi floating in the pond and did the Cannonball 450 onto him. Takeshita then dove onto everybody with a Cross Body into the water. Finally, Takeshita & Diego brought a table into the pond. Takeshita gave Shimatani a Vertical Drop Brainbuster onto the table into the water to end the match after 67 minutes of craziness.


DDT “DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2017 ~FIRST REQUEST SPECIAL!~” Results

August 25, 2017

DDT “DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2017 ~FIRST REQUEST SPECIAL!~”, 25/08/2017
Shinjuku FACE
386 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Match To Determine If Amon Tsurumi Can Return As GM: Tetsuya Koda defeated Amon Tsurumi with a Katahajime (3:44).
1. Saki Akai, Solo Darling & Cherry defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Darling pinned Shimatani with the Tail Spin (5:49).
2. Handicap Match: Kazuki Hirata defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi when Hirata pinned Takagi with a School Boy (6:06).
3. 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
3a. Yukio Sakaguchi eliminated MAO with the Cobra Clutch (1:44).
3b. Makoto Oishi eliminated Yukio Sakaguchi by Ring Out (2:29).
3c. KUDO eliminated Makoto Oishi by Ring Out (3:55).
3d. Shunma Katsumata eliminated KUDO by Ring Out (5:47).
3e. Shunma Katsumata eliminated Masahiro Takanashi with a Foot Stomp (6:20).
4. Joey Ryan defeated Antonio Honda with the Super Kick (9:40).
5. Falls Count Anywhere 6-Man Tag Team Match: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki when HARASHIMA pinned Iwasaki with the Somato on the counter (11:08).
6. Shigehiro Irie defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Beast Bomber (11:58).
7. Tetusya Endo & Mad Paulie defeated Akito & Diego when Endo pinned Diego with a Swan Dive Firebird Splash (11:01).
8. 3 Way Match: Ken Ohka defeated Konosuke Takeshita and Daisuke Sasaki when Ohka pinned Sasaki with the Fire Spear (11:07).

We’ll start off with the dark match because this had long term effects on DDT’s power structure. Amon Tsurumi was fired by Producer Danshoku Dino because the General Manager role was no longer needed. But he was given one chance to keep his job if he could beat the Tokyo Joshi Pro GM Tetsuya Koda in a wrestling match. He couldn’t. Tsurumi tried to put Koda in a Cross Armbreaker but it was countered into a Katahajime for the submission loss. Producer Dino confirmed that Amon Tsurumi was fired but he had another announcement. Tsurumi is gone but Dino wants Hisaya Imabayashi to become his Assistant Producer! So long, afro!

The show took place with only one match announced beforehand and it was happening in the pre-show. The rest of the card was determined by a group interview held inside the ring by Producer Dino. If anybody wanted to request a match or idea to him then this was the time to do it. Pigging 2017 wanted a tag match against all of the women, which was accepted. Both Daisuke Sasaki and Shigehiro Irie wanted a match with the debuting Solo Darling but she was just put into the Pigging tag match so they were both declined. NωA wanted to fight Shuten-dōji for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Dino felt they weren’t worthy of a title shot but if they could beat the champions in a non-title Elimination Tag match then he would reconsider. Kazuki Hirata wanted to quit T2Hide so he can move on to become a high quality heavyweight wrestler. The other T2Hide members were shocked to hear this. Dino decided to make Hirata fight his friends in a Handicap Match to prove his claims. Daisuke Sasaki asked if he could leave. Dino said no. Yuko Miyamoto said he is still upset he lost to Nobuhiro Shimatani in the Beer Garden Sumo tournament so he challenged him to a sumo match right now. He accepted and Miyamoto threw him out of the ring to win. Kouki Iwasaki wanted to fight the best team in DDT. Producer Dino decided that himself, Iwasaki & Keisuke Ishii would fight Smile Squash in a Falls Count Anywhere match. This would also prepare Dino and HARASHIMA for their upcoming Factory Wrestling match. Kazusada Higuchi wanted a match with Irie before Irie leaves on his next overseas expedition. Higuchi wants to find out if he can become stronger without having to leave Japan. Joey Ryan wanted a match with Antonio Honda. Ryan has wrestled in Japan for two years now but never had a match against Honda. Finally, Producer Dino decided the main event should be Konosuke Takeshita Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Ken Ohka in a non-title preview of their high stakes 3 Way Match next month. Sasaki didn’t want to do it. Producer Dino convinced him by saying the winner of the match would get 2,000 yen of Imabayashi’s money but if Sasaki won he would get 20,000 yen from Imabayashi.

Ken Ohka used the numbers game in the 3 Way Match to win despite being overpowered by his opponents. Takeshita was about to give Sasaki the German Suplex to win when Ohka came in and hit the Fire Spear to Takeshita from behind. Ohka then hit the Fire Spear on Sasaki to get the winning pinfall. Ohka couldn’t believe his luck. He just beat two wrestlers who are a combined age of 30 years younger than he is! The difference is Ohka has 15 years of experience and he spent all of that time climbing and crawling up from the mud of this industry. And now he’s 2,000 yen richer too.

It’s back to square one for Tetsuya Endo and the first thing he is doing is adding more finishing moves to his arsenal. Today he pinned Diego with a Swan Dive Firebird Splash.

Irie defeated Higuchi with a string of Beast Bombers keeping Higuchi down until he could not get back up. When Irie revealed his plans earlier this week to go overseas again he also decided to pull himself out of the Dramatic General Election. The rest of the YaroZ promised him they would do their best to win the Unit Election and get their own show in Korakuen Hall when he comes back. Irie said he wants YaroZ to put together their horniest event ever when they make it to Korakuen Hall.

The Falls Count Anywhere match spilled all over the room. The finish even took place over at one of the counters where HARASHIMA knocked down Iwasaki with a High Kick. He then went to one end of the counter and sprinted across to hit the Somato. HARASHIMA told Producer Dino that he is looking forward to the changes in DDT but he also likes being a KO-D Tag Team Champion so Dino better be ready for him at the Factory Wrestling Match. Miyamoto was tired after wrestling his third match (including the sumo game) for today. He was about to talk about the Dramatic General Election when Soma Takao blocked his mouth. HARASHIMA had to explain that campaigning inside the wrestling ring during the elections is prohibited.

Honda distracted Ryan at the start of their match by saying in English he had broken kness. He also tried to block Ryan’s lollipop with his hand formed to look like Gon, The Little Fox. Honda also grabbed Ryan’s nipple to stop his attacks. But no matter what happened, Ryan got the win when he Super Kicked Honda during a wind up for the Bionic Elbow.

NωA successfully defeated Shuten-dōji in a close Elimination Match. The Shuten-dōji wrestlers blamed the Ring Out rules as the reason they lost. Dino granted NωA their request for a KO-D 6-Man Tag Title match on 2nd September.

Hirata was in danger of losing the Handicap Match when Sanshiro Takagi lifted him up for the Sit Down Himawari Bomb. Hirata escaped by plutting his Hirata GO! glasses on Takagi’s face. The urge for Takagi to dance was too much and Hirata capitalised with a School Boy for the three count. Toru Owashi couldn’t stop the count because he was tied up in the Paradise Lock. Takagi said a promise is a promise and he congratulated Hirata on graduating from T2Hide. However, Daisuke Kiso found something interesting in Hirata’s contract. According to the contract, if Hirata leaves T2Hide before his deal expires then he must buy the entire stock of Hirata GO! glasses at their selling price. DDT have 3,000 glasses in stock and they are priced at 2,000 yen each. That means Hirata must pay T2Hide 6,000,000 yen if he wants to leave them! Suddenly Hirata had a change of heart. He doesn’t want to leave T2Hide. T2Hide are the best! Hirata now wants to help make T2Hide the most powerful unit in the wrestling world.

Solo Darling was thrilled with her first match in Japan. She called it a very wild experience and cannot wait to go on a sugar rush in Tokyo Joshi Pro tomorrow.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~” Results

August 20, 2017

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~”, 20/08/2017
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
5,900 Fans – Super No Vacancy

0. Street Pro Wrestling Extra Edition! Gota Ihashi Ryogoku 5 Game Series: Gota Ihashi (c) Vs Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno, Dai Suzuki, Rocky Kawamura & Lingerie Muto ended 2-3.
0a. King Of Dark Title: Gota Ihashi (c) defeated Dai Suzuki with a Body Press (0:36).
*Gota Ihashi passes D3. Dai Suzuki becomes the 20th King Of Dark Champion.
0b. Gota Ihashi defeated Gorgeous Matsuno with a Body Press (3:31).
0c. Mad Paulie defeated Gota Ihashi with a Lou Thesz Press (4:35).
0d. Rocky Kawamura defeated Gota Ihashi with the Balboa Blow (1:23).
0e. Lingerie Muto defeated Gota Ihashi with the Shining Wizard (1:36).
0. Dark Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Masato Kamino when Watase pinned Kamino with the Back Drop (6:23).
0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Yuu defeated Tetsuya Koda (c), Miyu Yamashita, Syoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki, Nonoko, Rika Tatsumi, Azusa Takigawa, Nodoka-oneesan, Maho Kurone, Marika Kobashi, Yuna Manase, Mizuki and Cherry (16:46).
0a. Nodoka-oneesan and Nonoko eliminated Cherry by Pinfall when Cherry tripped over Tetsuya Koda (3:17).
0b. Nodoka-oneesan eliminated Tetsuya Koda (c) by Pinfall (4:52).
*Nodoka-oneesan becomes the 1,625th champion.
0c. Yuka Sakazaki and eliminated Nonoko and Yuna Manase by Ring Out (5:01).
0d. Mizuki eliminated Nodoka-oneesan (c) with the Cutie Special (6:47).
*Mizuki becomes the 1,626th champion.
0e. Maho Kurone eliminated Marika Kobashi by Ring Out (10:04).
0f. Rika Tatsumi eliminated Maho Kurone by Ring Out (10:43).
0g. Yuka Sakazaki and Syoko Nakajima eliminated Rika Tatsumi with a Sunset Flip & Jackknife Pin Combo (11:40).
0h. Yuu eliminated Miyu Yamashita by Ring Out (13:04).
0i. Mizuki (c) eliminated Yuka Sakazaki and Syoko Nakajima by Ring Out (13:28).
*V1 and V2 for Mizuki.
0j. Yuu eliminated Azusa Takigawa with a Sidewalk Slam (14:53).
0k. Yuu eliminated Mizuki (c) with the Katahajime (16:46).
*Yuu becomes the 1,267th champion.
1. Yuki Ino Debut Match: Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ino when Yoshimura pinned Ino with the Shonenba (10:49).
2. KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles: Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka defeated Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko when Ohka pinned Hirata with the Fire Spear (10:23).
*Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka become the 1st KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champions!
3. Ikemen Vs Idol! Handsome Humanity Battle: Jiro Kuroshio defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Ikemen Clutch (12:00).
4. Special 4 Way Tag Match: Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao defeated Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii, Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto and Mike Bailey & MAO when Takao pinned MAO with the Endless Waltz (10:30).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) defeated Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (13:52).
*V1 for Shuten-dōji.
6. DDT 20th Anniversary Weapons Rumble – All Rights Contra Marriage: Danshoku Dino defeated Sanshiro Takagi with the Gotch-Style Danshoku Driver (17:16).
-. Weapon Match: Kendo Kashin Vs Mitsuo Momota (w/ Momota Family) ended in a No Contest (2:36).
7. DDT Extreme Title – Cabellera Contra Cabellera: Daisuke Sasaki (c) defeated Akito with the Chair Assisted La Mistica Cross Facelock (21:14).
*V5 for Daisuke Sasaki.
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi (c) when HARASHIMA pinned Irie with the Somato (16:14).
*YaroZ fail in V4. HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji become the 62nd KO-D Tag Team Champions!
9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) defeated Tetsuya Endo with the Cross Arm German Suplex (29:02).
*V7 for Konosuke Takeshita.

Konosuke Takeshita overcame his toughest challenge yet to achieve his 7th defence of the KO-D Openweight Title! The grudge match against Tetsuya Endo was the headline attraction for DDT’s return to Sumo Hall. Last time the two fought to an hour long draw but this time, Takeshita was able to defeat Endo in just under 30 minutes. Endo did hit the Torture Rack Bomb, the Shooting Star Press and both versions of Tetsuya In The Sky but Takeshita kicked out of all of them. Endo also reversed a Tombstone Piledriver on the ramp during an outside attack. In return, Takeshita hit Lariats, Big Boots, Pump Up Knee Strikes, German Suplexes and the Blue Thunder Bomb but Endo kicked out of them. Finally, Takeshita crossed Endo’s arms over for one last German Suplex and that one brought an end to the match. Takeshita wanted to show good sportsmanship to Endo after the match but Endo spat in his face and was carried away from the ring by DAMNATION.

Takeshita thanked the fans for coming to Sumo Hall and supporting him. His victory speech was interrupted by the new DDT Producer, Danshoku Dino. Coming out wearing a peach colored suit jacket over his wrestling gear, Dino congratulated Takeshita and said that part of his new job is to come up with new challenges for the champion. Dino told Takeshita he will defend the KO-D Title on 24th September against another champion. Out came Ken Ohka with his Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title! Takeshita accepted the challenge and wanted Ohka to put his title on the line too in a unification match, one on one. Dino looked surprised. He never said Takeshita and Ohka would be in a singles match. It’s going to be a 3 Way Match with a third champion involved. Daisuke Sasaki entered the ring with his DDT Extreme Title. He wasn’t happy with the idea but if it means getting revenge on Takeshita for beating Endo, then so be it. With that decided, everyone left Takeshita alone in the ring to finish the show closing speech. Five years ago, 17 year old Takeshita had his debut match in Budokan Hall. Fast forward to today and 22 year old Takeshita is making DDT grow bigger in both mind and body!

It was a new song but the same old story for Shigehiro Irie. He just can’t beat HARASHIMA. Irie and Kazusada Higuchi came out to Irie’s new entrance music “T2” (“Tachimukau Ver.2”) by Kinniku Shojo Tai. He even had the support of the band’s main vocalist Kenji Otsuki sitting at ringside for the match. But HARASHIMA had Naomichi Marufuji on his team and Marufuji kept Higuchi at bay with their Chop Battles. Irie did what he could to put away HARASHIMA but nothing worked. Irie readied himself for one last Beast Bomber but was cut off by Marufuji. Irie was then pinned after the Shiranui from Marufuji followed by the Somato by HARASHIMA. As the new KO-D Tag Team Champions celebrated, Irie went over to Otsuki and cried for forgiveness. Higuchi also apologised to Irie but Irie wouldn’t let him take the blame.

HARASHIMA & Marufuji’s celebration was then cut short by Dino, who introduced himself to Marufuji. Dino said he wants to provide a dream match for the next Tag Title defence and it will involve the two wrestlers who best represent DDT. Himself and Sanshiro Takagi! Dino also wants Marufuji to experience the kind of match only DDT can provide. So on 20th September, HARASHIMA & Marufuji will defend the KO-D Tag Team Titles against Dino & Takagi inside the Miyagi Iron Works for a Factory Pro Wrestling Match! Marufuji was taken aback by the announcement and referred to the NOAH president Masayuki Uchida at ringside for his opinion. “No problem!”, Uchida said. Welcome to DDT, Marufuji.

Daisuke Sasaki and Akito fought in a crazy Hardcore Submission Hair Vs Hair Match for the DDT Extreme Title. Akito came out with new wrestling gear but focused all of his attention to the task at hand. Sasaki meanwhile lived it up by walking to the ring with two blonde haired foreign women for his entrance. The match became dangerous in between the submissions when a table, ladder and chairs were all brought into the ring. Akito used the chairs to attack Sasaki by the legs. Sasaki hit back with a major move, placing Akito sitting on a chair outside the ring then jumping off the ladder from inside the ring for the Super Diving Elbow! Back in the ring Sasaki laid Akito down inside the ladder and hit a chair-assisted Diving Elbow from the top rope. Akito returned fire by putting Sasaki through the table from the ladder. He put Sasaki in the Scorpion Lock but let it go when Mad Paulie jumped onto the apron for a distraction. Sasaki swung a chair at Akito but he ducked and Paulie took the shot instead. Akito tried to give Sasaki the Double Knee Buster but it was countered into a DDT onto the chair. Sasaki then found a guitar and smashed it over Akito’s head. Finally, Sasaki made Akito submit to La Mistica Cross Facelock with a chair wrapped around Akito’s head pulling back for extra damage.

Sasaki took joy from slowly cutting off pieces of Akito’s hair with clippers until Akito grabbed an electric shaver and shaved off the remaining hair himself.

Company power versus romantic freedom were on the line when Sanshiro Takagi and Danshoku Dino fought in a Weapons Rumble. If Dino won he would be given complete control of booking DDT shows. If Takagi won then Dino would have to go find a romantic partner and get married. The early weapons brought into the match included a barbed wire baseball bat, a vibrating massager also wrapped in barbed wire which Dino stuffed behind Takagi’s shorts, a gigantic marriage document which Takagi forced Dino to sign and Takagi’s Rolex watch which Dino smashed to pieces with the baseball bat. The next “weapon” turned out to be Kendo Kashin but he was immediately attacked by Mitsuo Momota with Chikara accompanying him. Their planned match at 6:30am never took place so DDT decided to begin the match here and now. It was called off when Dino and his friends assaulted the referee assigned to the Kashin Vs Momota match. Kashin promoted the next All Japan show in Sumo Hall to be held on 27th August and then left. Dino’s friends were then distracted by the appearance of the Macho 29 dance troupe so that got rid of them. Dino then had an old video of a drunk Takagi stripping naked during a fan event play over the arena screen. Takagi had a mental breakdown until his secret weapon appeared. It was Dino’s mother, Yaeko! She entered the ring and gave Dino the Lip Lock! Takagi then hit Dino with a Lariat and the Sit Down Himawari Bomb but Dino kicked out. Then it was time for Dino’s secret weapon, Takagi’s wife Kayoko Takagi! She hit a Moonsault on Takagi. The end finally came when Dino delivered the Lip Lock and the Danshoku Driver, a Gotch-Style variation for extra insult. Dino is now in charge of DDT!

Dino celebrated winning what must now be the most important match of his career. Takagi tried to convince Dino to go and get married anyway. Marriage can be nice, just look at him and Kayoko. After he said this Kayoko gave him the cold shoulder and left the ring. Takagi then changed his mind and said it’s probably alright for Dino to stay single for a little while longer. He also thanked Yaeko for appearing. She received cheers from the audience as she left the ring. Moving on to other business, Takagi asked Dino if he realises how much power he now holds in DDT. Dino said he was prepared otherwise he would never have asked for it. Takagi accepted the answer and promoted Dino into the DDT Producer. Takagi then announced he was going to retire but quickly admitted he was lying. Amon Tsurumi came in to congratulate Dino for becoming the Producer. With Takagi, Amon and Dino all working together DDT will become a more interesting place. Takagi then fired Tsurumi! DDT only needs two people to captain the ship so Tsurumi’s position as General Manager is no longer needed. Dino agreed and said in English “You are fired!” Tsurumi tried to complain but was pulled out of the ring by a bunch of DDT wrestlers and carried away from ringside.

The combined powers of Dick Togo, Yasu Urano and Antonio Honda telling his bedtime story were not enough to take the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles from Shuten-dōji. Honda was put away with the combo of Yukio Sakaguchi’s Right Knee Of God, Masahiro Takanashi’s Takatonic and KUDO’s Diving Double Knee Drop. The champions declared they will drink until the morning to celebrate. Sakaguchi also sent a message to Togo. If Togo wants a match anytime, Sakaguchi will be there to kill him!

The 4 Way Tag Team match turned into a free for all. Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii hit stereo Planchas onto Yankee Two Kenju. Then Mike Bailey & MAO jumped off of the same top corner together to hit Moonsaults onto everyone outside the ring. Bailey & MAO then singled out Soma Takao but couldn’t catch the guy. Takao rolled away from Bailey’s Shooting Star Double Knee Drop then avoided MAO’s Cannonball 450. Kotaro Suzuki then grabbed MAO and did Takao’s Endless Waltz for a few nearfalls. Takao then took over the Endless Waltz for some more nearfalls until he finally pinned down MAO long enough to get a three count. Suzuki revealed that he got permission from Takao before the match to use the move so it is now officially part of his moveset. Takao hopes he and Suzuki will tag together more in the future. Bailey & MAO also expressed a desire to team up more often in DDT. On a sidenote, Takao is now 9-0 at “PETER PAN” events.

Shunma Katsumata and Jiro Kuroshiro provided a handsome looking change of pace with their singles match. Katsumata made his entrance on a stage gondola with the rest of NωA throwing autographed balls into the audience. Kuroshio then spent the entirety of his entrance frolicking through the crowd. His big move of the match was a Lionsault out of the ring onto Katsumata standing on the ramp. Katsumata got a nearfall with the Firebird Splash and also used his own version of the Ikemen Clutch for a nearfall. But Kuroshio got the victory by locking in the real Ikemen Clutch for the three count. Katsumata and Kuroshio embraced after the match. Katsumata said he regrets not being able to grasp his big opportunity today but he has no hard feelings over the result. Kuroshio said he felt lucky to get the match today and he thanked DDT for giving him their support.

In order to win the brand new KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles, a special battle plan was necessary to succeed. Super Sasadango Machine had such a plan ready for his team. First he held his PowerPoint presentation, “Reasons Why We Cannot Stop Wrestling”. Short answers, it’s because wrestlers feel a sense of accomplishment when they win. But wrestling is mostly an individual competition and when you are not the champion it is not as fun. When Tag Team Titles are introduced it increases the variety of ingredients to make tastier dishes. So he approves of a 10-Man Tag Title being created. for his battle plan, Kazuki Hirata is the target. Sasadango wants the audience to applaud Hirata so much that he will become deliriously happy. Then LiLiCo can sneak in and pin him with a School Boy. The plan didn’t work and Hirata kicked out of the School Boy. Later, Joey Ryan overpowered almost the entire opposition with his dick strength, flipping everybody away except for LiLiCo. She held on, forced Ryan to grab her crotch and used her power to flip him over. Hirata came back in to dance to his cover of “TOKYO GO!” until Ken Ohka hit him with the Fire Spear to win the match. So the first champions are Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka! Sasadango said backstage that the team are open to challenges from anybody as long as they come to DDT.

DDT’s new big lad Yuki Ino was the focus in the opening match for the main show. His power overwhelmed Yuki Ueno and he also went toe to toe with Naomi Yoshimura. He had no problem teaming with Kouki Iwasaki while Ueno & Yoshimura had a moment of miscommunication that almost cost them the match. Ueno’s Dropkick hit Yoshimura by mistake and Ino capitalised with a Spear to Ueno and a Back Drop to Yoshimura. Ino went for another Spear but Yoshimura sut him off with a Lariat and pinned the new rookie with the Shonenba. Ueno was impressed by Ino’s strength but Yoshimura wasn’t. He doesn’t see what the big deal with Ino is and why he was given the spotlight.

The Tokyo Joshi Pro GM Tetsuya Koda has the face the wrath of his entire roster because he had to enter their Battle Royal as the defending Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion. He tried to act tough but was easily beaten up by Cherry. When Nodoka-oneesan came out and Cherry fought her, Koda backed off to the corner and tried to stay out of the way. That backfired when Nonoko was thrown into the corner and she squashed him. Nodoka-oneesan then pinned Koda to become the champion. Her reign was ended by Mizuki with the Cutie Special. Mizuki held on to the belt until she was in the final two with Yuu. Fifteen years ago when Yuu was a kid, she tried to win the title as part of a fan contest and failed. But today, Yuu accomplished her goal and tapped out Mizuki to become the Iron Man Champion!

The All DNA team were victorious in the pre-show 8-Man Tag. The veterans Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Hoshitango came close to winning it for their side but their pins kept getting cut off. Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura wiped out the opposition with Planchas then Mizuki Watase pinned Masato Kamino with the Back Drop.

When the doors opened at 2:00pm that afternoon, the first match of the day began. Gota Ihashi was put into a special 5-match Gauntlet series to be held all around the building. Plus he would be defending the King Of Dark Title so there he had many opportunities ahead to pass the cursed title to someone else. In fact he did it immediately outside Sumo Hall to his first opponent Dai Suzuki. Ihashi pinned Suzuki in 36 seconds and Suzuki rolled down the stairway with the title belt. Even though Ihashi is now free from dark match hell, he still had to complete his series so he move into a restroom for match number two against Gorgeous Matsuno. They fought over to a balcony where Matsuno used a tarp rope to attempt the Gorgeous Superstar Elbow. That obviously didn’t work and Ihashi leapt on top of him for the three count. Ihashi had to go down to the lobby and interrupt a DAMNATION autograph session for Match #3 against Mad Paulie. They moved over to the ring where Ihashi ran the length of ringside to do a Lariat. Paulie countered it with a Lou Thesz Press, got the three count and went back to the autograph table. An exhausted Ihashi looked around the halls for his first of two mystery opponents and found Rocky Kawamura. He put on a pair of boxing gloves and sparred with Kawamura until he got knocked out and pinned. Possibly dazed and confused or just by being a pervert, Ihashi found the women’s locker room and entered it. Saki Akai and Cherry ran out screaming but one person walked out of the shower and stayed. It was Lingerie Muto! He attacked Ihashi with shampoo, gave him a Dragon Screw and hit the Shining Wizard to end the match. Ihashi finishes the series with two wins and three losses.

During the ending credits, Akito sadly showed off his new bald head, Takagi was slapped down by Kayoko then their two daughters did standing Moonsaults onto him and Amon Tsurumi was seen pleading for his job back.

Suwama, Ultimo Dragon, Hideki Suzuki and Abdullah Kobayashi will all compete at the 22nd October show in Korakuen Hall. This is the same event where the Top 20 wrestlers in the Dramatic General Election will be booked.

One of the trends DDT is following as part of its 20th Anniversary is to return to venues that housed their events as they grew. One of the venues is Shibuya Club ATOM where DDT will have a special nostalgia show on 13th September. Three matches are announced so far. Takeshita, Akito & Poison Sawada JULIE take on NωA. Takagi, Dino, Muscle Sakai and Ohka will fight in a 4 Way Match. Lastly, Shuten-dōji face HERO!, MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~” Preview

August 17, 2017

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~”, 20/08/2017
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. King Of Dark Title – Street Pro Wrestling Extra Edition! Gota Ihashi Ryogoku 5 Game Series: Gota Ihashi (c) Vs Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno, Dai Suzuki, X & X
0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Masato Kamino Vs Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura
0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Tetsuya Koda (c) Vs Miyu Yamashita Vs Syoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki Vs Nonoko Vs Rika Tatsumi Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuu Vs Nodoka-oneesan Vs Maho Kurone Vs Marika Kobashi Vs Yuna Manase Vs Mizuki Vs Cherry
1. Yuki Ino Debut Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ino Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
2. KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko Vs Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka
3. Ikemen Vs Idol! Handsome Humanity Battle: Jiro Kuroshio Vs Shunma Katsumata
4. Special 4 Way Tag Match: Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii Vs Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda
6. DDT 20th Anniversary Weapons Rumble – All Rights Contra Marriage: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino
7. DDT Extreme Title – Cabellera Contra Cabellera: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Akito
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji
9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

The main show airs live on DDT UNIVERSE on Sunday 20th August at 3:00pm JST, 7:00am GMT, 2:00am ET and Saturday 11:00pm PT.

I was a guest on the Burning Spirits podcast this week to preview the show. The episode can be heard here.

Now that the 20 year celebrations are mostly done with it’s time to return to Neverland for DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017”! A lot has happened since Saitama Super Arena. DDT went viral for their portrayal of Donald Trump (even getting featured on @midnight), for having a Battle Royal on a moving train and for booking the Tokyo Dome for an Empty Arena Match. We’ve had the new generation establishing themselves in the main event and even got one to reveal his entire tragic life story because he believed it was all the champion’s fault.

So what’s in store for Sumo Hall this time? The show is headlined by the definitive rivalry of modern DDT, the previous ace teams with the ace of NOAH for tag team glory, hair will be chopped off, the company is put on the line against a wrestler’s romantic life (or lack thereof), two handsome men face off, multiple championships are on the line including a brand new 10-Man Tag Team Title, a new strong lad debuts and there will be some free for all brawls spread around the building.

?. Maybe A Dark Match: Kendo Kashin Vs Mitsuo Momota or Chikara

We’re going to start off with something weird that has been developing over the last week but has been simmering in the background for months. Kendo Kashin is an ideas guy and he never lets something like common sense or reality limit his plans. For his appearances in DNA and Ganbare☆Wrestling during the year, Kashin often threw out challenges for a 5 Vs 5 Elimination match to be held on this event’s pre-show with Kashin’s team representing IGF NEW. Nobody took the challenges seriously. Then this past week at the Ganbare☆Climax, Kashin got into confrontations with Mitsuo Momota. The tension between them raised so high that Kashin is now claiming he got permission from DDT to fight Momota inside Sumo Hall on the morning of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017”, at 6:30am to be precise. DDT denies this and also revealed that they do not get access to the building until 7:00am. But DDT is interested in doing some sort of dark match featuring Kashin and Momota. They are, as of this writing, negotiating with both wrestlers to organise a match to take place outside the venue at 6:30am. Momota thinks it is a difficult task for him to commit to but his son Chikara has offered to take his spot. Kashin has also demanded Bomber Saito to be the referee. Momota is against that idea because he knows Kashin and Saito went to the same high school together so there is no guarantee Saito will be neutral. If this match goes ahead does this mean the bout will be a Dawn Match instead of a Dark Match?

0. King Of Dark Title – Street Pro Wrestling Extra Edition! Gota Ihashi Ryogoku 5 Game Series: Gota Ihashi Vs Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno, Dai Suzuki, X & X

Whenever DDT runs in Sumo Hall they can’t help but take the action out of the ring and even out of the building. Gota Ihashi is still cursed to fight for DDT only on the pre-shows because of his status as the King Of Dark Champion. At least DDT is giving him a bunch of opportunities to get rid of it. The rules for his upcoming challenge have not been explained yet but it looks to be a 5 match Gauntlet series, all of them being Falls Count Anywhwere. Mad Paulie, Gorgeous Matsuno and Dai Suzuki are the only opponents revealed so far but the remaining two entries have been kept secret. I have predictions for who they will be. Maybe one of them can be Jun Kasai because he has a habit of showing up for these kind of matches whenever DDT produces them, either as a participant or by getting in the way while working another job. And what if the other was Kota Ibushi? The DDT Falls Count Anywhere matches are right up his alley. Also Ibushi’s first wrestling match after the G1 Climax being a Falls Count Anywhere dark match for DDT in Sumo Hall is the most Kota Ibushi decision he could ever make. I mean yeah, the drama surrounding his relationship with Kenny Omega is captivating and all but you know his desire to Moonsault off of the Ryogoku balcony again is too strong to resist.

Now watch me be wrong and the two mystery wrestlers turn out to be Kendo Kashin and Mitsuo Momota making another appearance.

0. Dark Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Masato Kamino Vs Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura

Not much to go on for this mixture of veteran lowcard and DNA wrestlers. Masato Kamino is the freshest face in the match after only debuting on 5th August. He’s trying to grab attention immediately by wearing a lavish entrance jacket that is allegedly worth 100,000 yen. Tomomitsu Matsunaga reclaimed his Sumo King throne during Beer Garden week. Nobuhiro Shimatani has been the butt of many jokes throughout the year. It remains to be seen if this is just rookie hazing or if this will be his role in DDT from now on. Hoshitango has had a quiet year, sticking to appearances for the more significant shows on the calendar. On the other side Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Diego & Daiki Shimomura have all been hard at work in building up DNA. Diego has the highest profile of all four by being a part of the ALL OUT stable. Watase has shown that when you remove him from last year’s romantic soap opera he has solidly improved in the ring. Rekka sadly missed an opportunity to grab the spotlight when his DDT show in Taiwan had to be cancelled. Shimomura has been able to climb a small step above his generational counterpart Shimatani.

0. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Tetsuya Koda (c) Vs Miyu Yamashita Vs Syoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki Vs Nonoko Vs Rika Tatsumi Vs Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuu Vs Nodoka-oneesan Vs Maho Kurone Vs Marika Kobashi Vs Yuna Manase Vs Mizuki Vs Cherry

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title found its way to Tokyo Joshi Pro when the zombie girl Maho Kurone ended Joey Ryan’s international title reigns. Since then the belt did its thing and made its way through the roster until Cherry surprisingly got involved and won the title. Until now Cherry has had little to nothing to do with Tokyo Joshi, at least publicly as far as I know. But her determination to be the Iron Man Champion led her to show up and win the belt. So when it looked like Cherry would be the defending champion going into this Battle Royal she lost the belt to the brand’s general manager Tetsuya Koda at a fan club event. Koda claims that he wanted to guarantee the title would be staying in Tokyo Joshi and he would have passed the belt over to one of the girls. However he thinks all of them are equally cute so he couldn’t decide who deserves it most. His solution is to keep the belt for himself! It later turns out that Koda is going to a handshaking event starring singer Maria Makino later this month and he wants to impress her with a nice, shiny championship belt wrapped around him. Unfortunately for Koda, him being the champion means that he now qualifies as an active wrestler and he must enter the Battle Royal to defend the title! Further more, the joshi are pissed that he looked past all of them for a hopeless attempt at impressing some singer.

1. Yuki Ino Debut Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Yuki Ino Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno

Yuki Ino is the latest in the growing line of DDT rookies to debut on the big stage. The 22 year old university rugby player had several opportunities from other sports on offer but he chose instead to go with pro wrestling. He is pretty strong with reports that he can bench press 205kg, dead lift 300kg and leg press 560kg. He bragged about smashing past the opposition on the rugby pitch and he will do the same in the ring. The kind of attitude might not mesh with another big ego standing on the other side, like say Naomi Yoshimura. The young brute is throwing bodies aside so he can claim to be the new ace of DNA. Now that somebody else of his size has entered the fray things will get interesting indeed.

2. KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko Vs Makoto Oishi, LiLiCo, Lady Beard, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka

I have one word for this: Overkill. You noticed how many wrestling promotions have established 6-Man Tag Team Titles recently? New Japan, DDT, Big Japan, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground have all established such championships in the last couple of years. Dragon Gate has always had them so they can get away with it. Then the zombie corpse of FMW decided to come up with an 8-Man Tag Team Championship last year that has since vanished because, well, what do you expect from Atsushi Onita (Not a singles match that’s for sure)? Well, DDT decided to up the ante once more and create the KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles! This probably came about after watching too much Super Sentai because the title belts follow a similar colour scheme. Red, blue, yellow, green and pink belts are on the line for the winners. And what a line-up of insanity DDT has decided to bring in for the two teams!

Toru Owashi is the captain of the side featuring Kazuki Hirata, Joey Ryan, Saki Akai & Yoshihiko. Hirata has spent the year in muted limbo because his entrance song could not be used on DDT UNIVERSE. He was also deported from Japan and replaced by his Italian cousin Hirata Collection A.T. The cousin’s entrance song was also muted so he was no improvement. When Hirata returned he was told to record his own version of “TOKYO GO!”. Lo and behold he pulled it off! Joey Ryan is coming off of a heated feud with Daisuke Sasaki over pictures of his wife Laura James. Saki Akai’s been making allies with foreigners, learning English to team with them and serving beer inside an empty Tokyo Dome. She also has the right to be DDT general manager for a day. Yoshihiko has just been laying around doing its own thing.

The other team is being led by Makoto Oishi and mostly have a flair for live performances. LiLiCo returns to DDT after her romantic life within the company last year went haywire. Lady Beard hasn’t wrestled in DDT much this year but is always ready to sing his heart out. Super Sasadango Machine will undoubtedly have a PowerPoint presentation ready. Ken Ohka is coming in fresh off of winning the Ganbare☆Climax in his home promotion Ganbare☆Wrestling. There are so many questions to ask. Who will win? Will either team get along? Does Ken Ohka still have his “FUCK” hat? Can the belts combine to form a Megazord? Will this championship have a longer shelf life than the WWE UK Title? Who knows?

3. Ikemen Vs Idol! Handsome Humanity Battle: Jiro Kuroshio Vs Shunma Katsumata

We have two charmers here. The kind of people who light up any room they enter. Even though Shunma Katsumata got his start in DDT he first trained to wrestle in the dojo ran by the SMASH promotion. He never got to debut for them and he left before the company fell apart. Juro Kuroshio was also in that dojo and he did get his debut match. From their the two youngsters split apart. Kuroshio stayed with SMASH as it transformed into Wrestling New Classic, then when that went bust he jumped to WRESTLE-1 and became the lovable Ikemen he is today. Katsumata went to DDT where he was among the first generation of DNA wrestlers for the brand’s launch. He then became a pop idol as part of NωA. Now fate has brought them back together in a battle of handsome men. Kuroshio’s jacket Vs Katsumata’s singing. It’s possible Kuroshio’s entrance could last longer than the match. He likes to milk the chants by running through the audience and Sumo Hall is a big building.

4. Special 4 Way Tag Match: Kaz Hayashi & Keisuke Ishii Vs Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao

Four teams are thrown together, maybe we’ll get some No. 1 Contenders out of it. Keisuke Ishii removed a ghost from his past by going back to the All Japan Dojo he left many years ago to train with Kaz Hayashi. He was taught how to properly use Hayashi’s finisher the Final Cut but he has yet to use it in DDT. Isami Kodaka has been busy running Pro Wrestling BASARA but he is stopping by with his usual Yankii Ni Cho Kenji partner Yuko Miyamoto. Miyamoto is here as part of Smile Squash for the upcoming Dramatic General Election so he’ll be looking for fan votes. Mike Bailey became cocky when he won a Right To Challenge Contract but has been a bit aimless when his cash in left him empty handed. He teamed with MAO once in July and are teaming again here. Kotaro Suzuki & Soma Takao seems to be a random pairing. Takao is still undefeated at “PETER PAN” with an 8-0 record. But given the number of teams in this match it is the biggest threat yet to his streak. Like I said earlier, I expect the winners will be chasing after a tag team championship afterwards.

5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Dick Togo, Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda

Maybe I shouldn’t have trashed the idea of trios championships earlier. Then I look at the title history and see that Shuten-dōji became 6 time champions in the space of 3 years. If it wasn’t for the Iron Man Title, this right here would be the hot potato of DDT. Still, a championship is worth fighting for (King Of Dark excluded) and the challenging team are no slouches. Dick Togo is back for a special appearance with two of his guys. Yasu Urano is no longer affiliated with DDT but still shows up for shows like these. Antonio Honda is here to talk about Gon, The Little Fox. What is Gon’s story anyway? Maybe I can fill out the rest of this preview with the tale and hope that nobody would notice.



You know what, I just looked it up and it’s best that I don’t tell it. Poor Gon, he only wanted to help…

6. DDT 20th Anniversary Weapons Rumble – All Rights Contra Marriage: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Danshoku Dino

Something drastic needed to be done for this special celebration of DDT’s 20 years of existence. Two of DDT’s most important figures will clash and the stakes are as high as they could be for both of them. Sanshiro Takagi has done it all. He created DDT and over two decades built it up to where they now run buildings the size of Sumo Hall on an annual basis. He even got to headline the Tokyo Dome this year… in an empty arena match. Anyway despite his hard work paying off, somebody out there thinks a better job can be done. Danshoku Dino believes Takagi has taken DDT as far as he can and it’s time for a new leader to take over. Dino should be that leader. So his stipulation is simple. If Dino beats Takagi, Dino takes over DDT! In order for this to go ahead, Takagi had to think of something for Dino to do if he lost. Inspiration struck when Takagi had a private conversation with Dino’s mother. Dino turned 40 years old this year he is still single. His mother is worried that he will live the rest of his life alone because there are not that many gay wrestlers available for him to date. A lightbulb went off inside Takagi’s head and he promised to help her. If Takagi beats Dino then Dino must go and get married!

So those are the stakes. One man’s wrestling empire against another man’s bachelorhood. Such an important match needs important rules so DDT is bringing back the Weapon Rumble. Takagi is a veteran of the match facing The Great Sasuke in 2009, Minoru Suzuki in 2012 and Michael Nakazawa in 2014. Every few minutes a weapon is introduced to the match. What it is could be anything. Bicycles, a castle of chairs, boiling hot stew, giant mechanical fists and most importantly of all, famous wrestlers from outside of DDT could appear. Expect a couple of unpredictable cameos in this match.

DDT are already coming up with ideas if Dino loses and has to get married. Top of the pile is “Danshoku Terrace House”, a reality show where Dino is forced to live in a house with a bunch of other people from all around the world until he picks a partner. Another idea is “Danshoku Bachelor” where 25 men and women compete for Dino’s affections. Both DDT UNIVERSE and Samurai TV! are interested in getting the rights to the show.

7. DDT Extreme Title – Cabellera Contra Cabellera: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Akito

Somebody’s going to get a haircut. Daisuke Sasaki has been a scrappy DDT Extreme Champion ever since he won it from Jun Kasai inside Saitama Super Arena. He fought Dick Togo to a 30 minute draw in an Ultimate Submission Match, beat Antonio Honda in a No DQ Match and had two defences against Joey Ryan, one being a Last Man Standing draw and the second being a Ladder Match which Sasaki won. His record as champion hasn’t been 100% but he’ll admit when he’s beaten. Akito has beaten him plenty this year including a singles win during the King Of DDT. Everytime Sasaki lost to Akito he would hand over the DDT Extreme Title to him and walk out of the ring. Akito would be happy to accept the championship if it was an authorised title transfer but a ring attendant would always take the belt away and give it back to Sasaki. It led to a brief period where Akito couldn’t figure out how the concept of championships in wrestling worked.

When the time came for Sasaki to nominate his challenger at Sumo Hall, his usual request for Candice LeRae was declined. Again. Akito came out to challenge him. Sasaki would accept but only if it was Cabellera Contra Cabellera. Hair Vs Hair! Akito agreed because he is willing to sacrifice anything to become a champion again. Sasaki is fine with that. He claims he doesn’t care about his own hair so he’s willing to risk it too. It led to a weird situation during last week’s press conference where both Sasaki and Akito tried to cut off their own hair to prove how much or little it meant to them. Amon Tsurumi had to stop both of them from ruining the stipulation.

The match itself will have No Disqualifications and can only end by either submission, knockout or TKO. Sasaki has more experience in Hardcore Matches but Akito realises he can now use objects to cause even more limb damage for his submission holds.

8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji

Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi will be the first to tell you they are not pretty boy ikemen wrestlers. They are bastards, guys, lads, YaroZ. The two have found success in the tag division since teaming together to represent the unconventional YaroZ sub-brand. Now as the KO-D Tag Team Champions they are challenged by the most powerful ikemen alliance of all. When Naomichi Marufuji was announced to wrestle on this show back in March I knew that he would be doing something with HARASHIMA. I though it was the perfect fit for him as an opponent. But they thought of a different idea and are instead teaming together. When HARASHIMA lost all of his remaining chances to headline Sumo Hall this year he told the wrestling media it was time for him to do something selfish. In previous years he did what was best for DDT but this year he wanted to do something for himself. Turns out it was to join forces with Marufuji and go after the Tag Titles. Plus there looks to be a business relationship being formed between DDT and NOAH. I mean DDT sent two thirds of NωA over for the NOAH Jr. Tag League. That’s kind of like giving your crush a mixtape.

While Marufuji’s appearance in the match would be interesting on its own, the other factor in the match is the rivalry between Irie and HARASHIMA. Poor Irie no matter how hard he tries just cannot beat HARASHIMA. Time after time, HARASHIMA has come out on top. It’s almost a certainty at this point. In their last meeting in June, HARASHIMA pinned Irie in under 3 minutes and Irie’s only reaction was to storm out straight back to the locker room. That has to be stuck in the back of Irie’s mind. Higuchi’s record against HARASHIMA is only a little better with a pinfall tag team victory earned back in April. History is in the challengers’ favour too. Whenever a high level DDT wrestler teams with a famous outside they usually win the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Examples include Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino, Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi, MIKAMI & Tatsumi Fujinami and Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino. The odds are against the champions but they wouldn’t be YaroZ if it were easy.

9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

This is going to be the definitive match of DDT’s current era. So much history to delve into here. Former friends, former tag team champions together, both have been built up for the last 3 years to be the next generation of stars to lead DDT into the future. Konosuke Takeshita has been described as a supernova ever since his debut match in 2012. You can hardly dream of a better road to the top. When you get a significant debut match held inside Budokan Hall you know there are high aspirations for your career. From there you get special one on one matches with Tatsumi Fujinami, Kenny Omega, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, HARASHIMA, Isami Kodaka and Shuji Ishikawa all before he reaches 21 years of age. Then when he does turn 21 he wins the KO-D Openweight Title on his birthday. Like I said, it’s a dream come true. But while Takeshita has been positioned front and centre, his friend turned rival Tetsuya Endo took a different direction in his rise up to the main event spot.

While Endo and Takeshita were on a successful tag team run as the New Generation Combination, they fought each other several times with the KO-D Title as the reason. Whether it was a No. 1 Contender’s Match or a Championship Bout itself, the two were put in enough situations to find out who was better. And more often than not, Takeshita would win. As it currently stands Takeshita and Endo have had 9 single matches against each other in DDT. Takeshita won 6 of them (1 match was stopped when Endo dislocated his elbow), Endo won 2 and their last match was a draw. To make it even more frustrating for Endo, he couldn’t win the KO-D Title after two attempts while Takeshita achieved the goal with the same amount of opportunities. Endo ended up looking like the bridesmaid to Takeshita. So in July 2016 when Endo lost to Takeshita again, this time in a KO-D Title match, he was immediately approached by Daisuke Sasaki to join DAMNATION. When tempted with the promise that he would no longer be seen as a second class wrestler next to Takeshita, it didn’t take Endo long to make his decision and he willingly abandoned his friends to go down a darker path. Since then Endo has built on success while discarding his emotions. Although he’s been accused of faking his new nihilistic attitude to look cool, Endo can back up his actions with the success he’s earned since joining DAMNATION. The latest achievement was winning the 2017 King Of DDT tournament which leads us to the climactic main event at Sumo Hall.

So much has developed between Takeshita and Endo during the last year. Back in April we learned that 60 minutes was not enough to determine a winner between the two. Takeshita had been using the Cross Arm German Suplex for his most dramatic victories but he also developed a new Wrist Clutch Fisherman Buster called the Surprise Rose to put away his more recent challengers. If that’s not enough, Takeshita has one other big match move in his arsenal. He recently used the top turnbuckle Brainbustaaaaahhhhh!!!!! in tribute to his first opponent and inspiration El Generico. Endo meanwhile has turned the Shooting Star Press and Spanish Fly into killer moves. Endo won the King Of DDT with the Shooting Star Press. The grounded version of the Spanish Fly is called Tetsuya In The Sky and it has given him some unexpected quick victories. Then there is his top rope version the Tetsuya In The Sky With Diamonds to look out for. Is it now Endo’s time to shine or will Takeshita continue to shape the future of DDT? We won’t have to wait long to find out!