DDT “APRIL FOOL 2018” Results

April 1, 2018

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2018”, 01/04/2018
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
972 Fans

0. Under Match: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Rekka with the Backdrop (6:22).
1. Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koju Takeda defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase when Umeda pinned Watase with the Umeda Driver (8:37).
2. Gota Ihashi 5 Match Series – 1st Battle: Koji Kanemoto defeated Gota Ihashi with the Anklelock (11:42).
3. Loser Expulsion Match: Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie, Keisuke Ishii, Masahiro Takanashi, Saki Akai, MAO and Antonio Honda defeated Kazuki Hirata (8:01).
3a1. Mad Paulie defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Body Press (2:37).
3a2. Tetsuya Endo defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Standing Moonsault Senton (2:50).
3a3. Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Fisherman Buster (3:16).
3a4. MAO defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Hollywood Star Rolling Senton (3:29).
3a5. Antonio Honda defeated Masahiro Takanashi, Kazuki Hirata and Saki Akai with the Gongitsune (5:46).
3a6. Masahiro Takanashi defeated Saki Akai with a School Boy (6:21).
3a7. Saki Akai defeated Kazuki Hirata with a School Boy (6:58).
3b. 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match: Kazuki Hirata defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi when Hirata pinned Takagi with a Backslide Pine (8:01).
*Sanshiro Takagi is banished from DDT.
4. Japan-US Gay Wrestling Summit! 2018: Colt Cabana, Joey Ryan & Ethan Page defeated Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Makoto Oishi when Cabana pinned Oishi with the Superman Dive (12:18).
5. 4 Way Tag Match: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata, HARASHIMA & Soma Takao and Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa when Sakaguchi submitted Katsumata with an Arm Triangle Hold (11:06).
6. DDT Extreme Title – Ladder Match: Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Mike Bailey when Miyamoto grabbed the title belt (15:11).
*V3 for Yuko Miyamoto.
7. Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie defeated Akito with the Beast Bomber (14:20).

After disappearing off the face of the earth for a few months, Shigehiro Irie is back in DDT to win the KO-D Openweight Title. Standing in his way was Akito who was determined not to let Irie get what he wants after he abandoned the company. Irie overpowered Akito’s submissions and crushed him with a Diving Cannonball before getting the win with the Beast Bomber.

After the match Irie spotted Konosuke Takeshita sitting at the commentary table and demanded he get in the ring. Irie then challenged Takeshita to a KO-D Title match. Takeshita reminded Irie about the dark match they had in Korakuen Hall together in 2015. Takeshita has never forgotten about it and he will continue to be the champion. Producer Danshoku Dino showed up and gave his opinion about Irie. He does not care if Irie wants to break up DDT. All that matters is if Irie creates something new to take its place if he becomes the champion. Whether it is Takeshita or Irie on top, either future is something that Dino wants to see. The title match will take place on 29th April.

The DDT Extreme Title was hung above the ring for a Ladder match between Yuko Miyamoto and Mike Bailey. The ladder wasn’t the only dangerous object used in the match. A pile of chairs were stacked up as a creative substitute when a ladder wasn’t available but it just collapsed beneath them. When the ladder was brought in Miyamoto and Bailey went to town with crazy bumps. Miyamoto knocked Bailey off the ladder onto another one suspended against the ropes and was free to pull down the title belt. Miyamoto called Bailey a crazy wrestler then nominated his buddy HARASHIMA as the next challenger on 29th April. Their last singles match against each other happened 13 years ago in Triple Six.

Shuten-dōji bounced back from their Sumo Hall defeat by winning the 4 Way Tag Match. It got a bit crazy in the finishing stretch. Takeshita gave KUDO the German Suplex, Daisuke Sasaki gave Takeshita the Hurricanrana, Soma Takao hit Sasaki with a Thrust Kick, Shuji Ishikawa gave Takao the Fire Thunder, Yukio Sakaguchi hit Ishikawa with the Right Knee Of God then Shunma Katsumata caught a High Kick and gave Sakaguchi a Sit Down Power Bomb. Sakaguchi moved out of the way from Katsumata’s Moonsault and locked him into a Triangle Choke with a Kimura also applied to win. Masahiro Takanashi said that everyone in Shuten-dōji are starving for a drink and KUDO called today an exciting start for their next story.

Not sure how much I can write about the North America Vs Japan 6-Man Tag without getting this site blocked by web filters. Colt Cabana & Joey Ryan tricked Ethan Page into starting the match with Dino. Cabana got the crowd to chant “Okama Ichiban!” after they won.

Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi were given the task of banishing a wrestler from DDT to keep the roster from overflowing. For weeks DDT wrestlers were selected based on negative and questionable qualities and today it was up to them to fight for their survival. Takagi & Owashi sat by a desk in the ring while everyone wrestled around them. Anyone who could pin an opponent or impress the judges would be spared and could leave the match. One by one the ring whittled down until Kazuki Hirata was the last wrestler left. The match turned into a 2 Vs 1 Handicap Match between Takagi & Owashi against Hirata. Takagi gave Hirata the Sit Down Himawari Bomb but from out of nowhere all of the other wrestlers rolled Hirata onto him and all piled up on top for the pin! Per the rules of the match, Takagi is now banished from DDT!

Takagi protested and tried to convince everyone it was only an April Fool’s joke. Owashi wouldn’t have any of it. He told Takagi he had to accept the stipulation. Takagi refused to leave and clung on to the bottom turnbuckle. Yuki Iino came out dressed as a sexy policeman and he lifted Takagi over to other wrestlers so they could carry him towards his banishment. DDT then announced that Francoise☆Takagi from T2HiJoshi will return on 29th April.

In the first match of his five match series, Gota Ihashi lost to Koji Kanemoto. Ihashi had the chance to win with the Moonsault but he missed and Kanemoto tapped him out with the Anklelock. Kanemoto motivated Ihashi to stand back up and cheered him up. It turns out Kanemoto also hates Riki Choshu! He encouraged Ihashi to continue the trial and if he needs to get stronger, Kanemoto will be there for him.

The new KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions went up against former champions and all of them came from DNA. The finish to that match came with Yuki Ueno hitting Mizuki Watase with a Missile Dropkick, Koju Takeda did the Hurricane Driver and Kota Umeda got the pin with the Umeda Driver. The champions haven’t decided when to hold their first defence yet.

Rekka focused his gameplan around an Elbow Stike move called the Taiwan Elbow. However it wasn’t enough to beat Tomomitsu Matsunaga.

DDT provided a few April Fool announcements at the start of the show. Their new logo is the inspiration for a brand new mascot, a wrestler who wears the logo as a mask. The second joke is DDT’s video team is busy doing nothing in regards to their “BETAMANIA” show on 23rd April. The final joke was a special Gota Ihashi brochure going on sale that costs 150,000 yen.

DDT is working with C.A.MOBILE to redesign DDT’s official websites and services. The plan is to merge the website, the fan club and DDT UNIVERSE into one service with different pricing tiers.

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DDT “JUDGEMENT 2018 ~DDT 21ST ANNIVERSARY~” Preview

March 24, 2018

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2018 ~DDT 21ST ANNIVERSARY~”, 25/03/2018
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Takato Nakano Vs Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Cherry
0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenshin Chikano & Akira Jo
0. Under Match – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima Va Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
1. Gauntlet Tag Match: LiLiCo & Makoto Oishi Vs Reika Saiki & Lady Beard Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Ethan Page Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda
2. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana
3. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match – Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Saki-sama, Yoshiko-sama & Azusa Christie
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koji Takeda
6. Weapon Rumble 5 Way Tag Loser Gets Anal Blast Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin Munenori Sawa Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao Vs Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chinsuke Nakamura
7. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazusada Higuchi
9. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

For an audio preview I appeared on an episode of the Wrestling Omakase podcast to talk about the show. We also review the “SAKI AKAI PRODUCE ~ DDT COLLECTION” show on the same episode. You can listen to it here.

The DDT UNIVERSE live broadcast begins on 1:30pm JST with the first pre-show match beginning at 2:00pm JST and the main show beginning at 3:00pm JST. So for other time zones the main show begins at 7:00am GMT (remember the clocks will have gone forward one hour in this time zone), 2:00am ET and (Saturday) 11:00pm PT. For those with access to AbemaTV the event will also air live for free on the DDT channel (VPN needed for those outside Japan). There will be either muted audio or replacement music for the entrances and video packages because of this.

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DDT is back in Sumo Hall once again for its biggest event of the year. “JUDGEMENT 2018” is being held to mark DDT’s 21st anniversary and is providing a stacked card to celebrate. The headline match is a rematch of a 2016 Sumo Hall main event but there is plenty to talk about from top to bottom. We have grudge matches, we have generational battles, we have wrestling demons, we have anal explosions, we have title matches, we have joshi, we have crazy foreign wrestlers and we have the other sub-brands jumping in to get involved. The only way this show gets any more insane is if DDT goes the Pop Team Epic route and holds an identical 5 hour show immediately after this 5 hour show ends but with different a commentary team.

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase, Rekka, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Takato Nakano Vs Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Cherry

The first match of the day is between rookies and veterans. The rookie team consists of DNA and BASARA wrestlers. Mizuki Watase’s big matches in DNA for the last few months have been against wrestlers like Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka. Taiwanese wrestler Rekka recently formed a short lived team with Chinese wrestler Choun-Shiryu that fell apart over their national differences. Daiki Shimomura has been bottom of the pile and taking loss after loss on most shows. His Gran MilliMeters partner Nobuhiro Shimatani has been the same except he has spent his time trying to win over DAMNATION so he can join their group. BASARA’s Takato Nakano is approaching the first anniversary of his debut match in April.

On the veteran team Mad Paulie has become a little bit calmer ever since he discovered dancing. He loves to dance along to Shuji Ishikawa’s karaoke. Because of this he acts a little bit nicer to his opponents but he is still dangerous to wrestle. Gota Ihashi embarrassed himself on the big stage when he got to team with Kota Ibushi and Riki Choshu on a show produced by Choshu. They won their match but Choshu ripped apart Ihashi with criticism during a post show interview. Ever since then Ihashi has been trying to regain his confidence and even wants to discover if the power of Choshu is inside of him. It isn’t. The real power is the friends you make along the way and Choshu has been friends with Ibushi for years so the entire journey is a waste of time in the first place. Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Cherry have been filling up the DDT pre-show matches throughout the year.

0. Under Match: Kouki Iwasaki & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenshin Chikano & Akira Jo

The focus of this match is between Kouki Iwasaki and Akira Jo. The two are feuding against each other in DNA where the homegrown wrestlers are defending themselves against the Naomi Kingdom, which Jo is a part of. Shinichiro Tominaga comes over from Ganbare☆Wrestling as a proud “amateur” pro wrestling card carrier. Kenshin Chikano has a DDT appearance here and there. He had a little more of a presence in BASARA last year when BASARA had a summer long rivalry with Dove Pro Wrestling.

0. Under Match – Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima Va Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone

Tokyo Joshi Pro gets fully represented with two matches this time around. The pre-show match is between two of their long standing tag teams the Miraclians and the Dragon Bombers. The Apricots have been teaming together for as long as Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima have been around. They have a few achievements between them but the one they share together is becoming the first ever TOKYO Princess Tag Team Champions. On the surface the Dragon Bombers look like an odd pairing but Rika Tatsumi and Maho Kurone have won over fans with their personalities. Kurone’s entire zombie character is immediately eye catching and her behaviour at shows is often fun to follow. Tatsumi got some media attention when she admitted to fancying another Tokyo Joshi wrestler Mizuki and openly questioned the No Relationships rule used by the promotion because it only refers to having boyfriends and not girlfriends. She is currently preparing for the biggest match of her life in May when she main events Korakuen Hall. She recently pinned Nakajima to build up her momentum. Either repeating it or pinning Sakazaki would only increase it further.

1. Gauntlet Tag Match: LiLiCo & Makoto Oishi Vs Reika Saiki & Lady Beard Vs Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Antonio Honda & Ethan Page Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda

The show kicks off proper with a wacky Gauntlet Match for Tag Teams. When LiLiCo was last in DDT she was defending the now forgotten KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Titles with Makoto Oishi and three others. That was in November. Now she’s back in training with Oishi to enter the gauntlet. Oishi has planning his next steps ever since NωA split up. He demanded to join T2Hide so he could take over the group and even won the right to be a member. But he instead turned it down so he could go do literally anything else. Reika Saiki & Lady Beard are connected together outside of wrestling as the idol duo DEADLIFT LOLITA. This is their first time teaming together for a wrestling match. Shunma Katsumata became the breakout wrestler from NωA when he joined ALL OUT and went through a crazy Hardcore Match where he used thumbtacks. Akito has been by Katsumata’s side during this encouraging him to come out of his shell. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata are still the same except for the times when Hirata gets deported and replaced by a suspiciously similar looking foreign substitute. They might still be feeling burned by Oishi rejecting them. Ethan Page has been loving his stay in Japan which probably explains why he acts different here compared to how he normally elsewhere. DDT brought him in with big hopes that he will be their next big Canadian star. Antonio Honda is with him to make sure that happens. Finally, Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda have been terrorising DNA with their Naomi Kingdom unit. Their troublemaking is now spreading to DDT and they are very interested to be in the same ring as LiLiCo and Saiki.

2. World Crazy Wrestler No. 1 Decision Battle In DDT: Joey Ryan Vs Colt Cabana

Everything about this match is a little funny. Two of America’s most known and successful comedy wrestlers will face off one on one inside one of Japan’s most prestigious wrestling arenas… and there’s been zero build up for it. That’s not to say either of them have done nothing in DDT at all. In January Joey Ryan competed at the D-Oh Grand Prix. He seemed to be more concerned about convincing the audience to throw paper tape at him for his entrances than he was with winning matches. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana challenged for the KO-D Openweight Title on Christmas Day but failed to win it. He then spent New Year’s Eve pretending to be Abdullah The Butcher. Both are fighting for the right to be called the DDT’s craziest gaijin wrestler.

3. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match – Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita, Maki Ito & Mizuki Vs Saki-sama, Yoshiko-sama & Azusa Christie

For the first time Tokyo Joshi gets a main card spot on a Sumo Hall show. Miyu Yamashita has regained her position as the ace of the promotion when she won back the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title on 4th January. Since then she has been fighting off challengers like Veda Scott, Yuna Manase and Maho Kurone. Teaming with her is one of the scariest egos ever to grace a DDT ring. Pop idol turned pro wrestler Maki Ito often becomes intense when she wrestles. Her petite figure doesn’t stop her from throwing headbutts and giving her opponents the middle finger. She also formed her own team/fan club called the Ito Respect Army and brought in Mizuki as Member #001. Mizuki doesn’t mind and is happy to make a friend. They even recorded a music video together. It’s just that this friend can act like a psychopath when she doesn’t get her way.

Their opponents are NEO Biishiki-gun, the snooty aristocratic unit led by the snootier and even more aristocratic Saki-sama. Her biggest move over the last year was abducting one of the weakest wrestlers in Tokyo Joshi, Azusa Takigawa and brainwashing her into becoming Azusa Christie. Azusa is now a devoted nun who worships Saki-sama as if she was God. This change has seen her gain more success than she ever had previously and she along with Saki now holds the TOKYO Princess Tag Team Championships. Ever since her inclusion, NEO Biishiki-gun have been the dominant force in Tokyo Joshi and now they have a new girl joining them for this show. In February Saki-sama brought out a shy woman who was hiding her face behind a teddy bear and introduced her as an old friend from her childhood. Maki Ito confronted this girl and threatened her until the bear was lowered and the face was revealed. The girl is Yoshiko-sama and she isn’t afraid to fight back! Her teddy bear is named Charlotte by the way.

4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Jiro Kuroshio

I’ve had trouble trying to keep up with the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title this year. Super Sasadango Machine won it the first week of January and asked to defend the belt against Jiro Kuroshio at Sumo Hall. His wish was granted but on one condition. Sasadango would need to defend the title at least twice a week every week up until the show takes place. Sasadango quickly found a solution to this problem. He set up an office in Nagoya and invited celebrities, spokesmen and other various business people to try and win the belt from him. In return they would get to promote their projects on DDT’s social media. It worked for the most part but there were some title changes I missed from people I don’t know and from there I lost track. As of writing I think he is still the champion and his title match with Kuroshio is all set.

But things are never just normal with this championship. There are always people hunting after the belt and I’ll be shocked if this match just stays between Sasadango and Kuroshio. Heck I’ll be shocked if a title change does not happen right before the match takes place! Also I don’t think Kuroshio would be just satisfied with doing just this match. Remember, he has a pinfall victory over Konosuke Takeshita from the D-Oh Grand Prix. There has to be some sort of follow up to that.

5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Kota Umeda, Yuki Ueno & Koji Takeda

On the one hand Shuten-dōji finds themselves in the familiar position of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match on DDT’s big supercard. On the other hand their opponents this time includes what used to be one of their own! Kota Umeda returned from a long injury absence last November and is making up for lost time in both DDT and DNA. He built up a quick but intense rivalry with another rookie Yuki Ueno. He also joined the rest of DNA in their feud with the Naomi Kingdom. It was during this time that Umeda started to figure something out. As the fourth member of Shuten-dōji he was often left out of their 6-Man Tag Title matches. The only times he got to step in was to cover for one of the other wrestlers if they were hurt. This had to change.

Shuten-dōji reached the point where they were disappointed by their current position. They wanted to face the best trios DDT could throw at them but in the end it is they who are the best trio. That was when Umeda stepped up to them. He wanted to challenge his brothers for the titles and to do so he is teaming with his rival Ueno as well as another rookie Koji Takeda. The response from Shuten-dōji was mixed. Masahiro Takanashi found it funny. He thought Umeda’s new unit looks so bad that they should be called Pigging 2018 after the consistently worst unit to compete in the DDT General Elections year after year. But KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi took this seriously. They would allow Umeda to challenge them but he would no longer be a part of Shuten-dōji if he does so. Umeda was willing to pay that price. Now Umeda is leading his generation team against his former family and in the process became a fierce enemy to Sakaguchi in particular. It might get worse when the title match takes place.

6. Weapon Rumble 5 Way Tag Loser Gets Anal Blast Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Ippanjin Munenori Sawa Vs Mike Bailey & MAO Vs Yuko Miyamoto & Soma Takao Vs Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chinsuke Nakamura

Well this has been crazy. Originally DDT was going to hold its Falls Count Anywhere specialty match but Sumo Hall management and the Japan Sumo Association finally put their foot down and told them no. The potential risk of audience injuries and building damage is too high for them to accept. Unfortunately for them they weren’t prepared for DDT’s Plan B. Sure DDT will keep it in the ring but now there are explosives involved. At least it’s still safer than Sami Callihan playing with a pinata.

It all begun when Sanshiro Takagi was reunited with an old friend. In a moment that they absolutely swear was not like anything else that happened that same week involving former DDT talent, Munenori Sawa returned to DDT to save Takagi from a beatdown. They embraced, tears were shed and one of DDT’s wackiest tag teams from the last decade were back in business. Although Sawa had retired from pro wrestling to become a salaryman, he would still show up near a wrestling ring every now and then. Takagi threw out a challenge. He and Sawa would face anyone in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Sumo Hall. They attracted a lot of offers. Yuko Miyamoto wanted to get involved and as the current DDT Extreme Champion he surely qualifies. Soma Takao joins Miyamoto as part of Smile Squash. The call was also answered by Isami Kodaka & Fuminori Abe from BASARA. Kodaka is a hardcore wrestler and Abe is pretty much Munenori Sawa Jr. so the stipulation suits them fine.

The challenge led to an old enemy of Takagi’s resurfacing. Michael Nakazawa sent a video saying he would enter with a friend from “New York”. That friend is Chinsuke Nakamura! The Pauper Of Strong Style made his presence felt when he threw Takagi over the top rope and out of the ring. He celebrated this accomplishment by pointing to the RyogokuMania sign held above Korakuen Hall. The loudest response of all was from MAO fresh off of his split from NωA. MAO thinks now is the time DDT gets a new face for Street Wrestling and it should be him. He’s bringing Speedball Mike Bailey back to team with him. However MAO may be too crazy judging by that time he ran over Takagi with a van to win a Falls Count Anywhere match. He then threatened to blow up Shin-Kiba 1st RING with fireworks.

So the match was set and tensions grew to a dangerous level between Takagi and MAO. Takagi’s response to getting hit by a vehicle was to start shoving fireworks into other wrestlers’ butts to give them an Anal Explosion. MAO responded in kind until it was the major focus by everyone involved in the upcoming match. That was when the ban came and the match had to be cancelled. During that announcement all of the teams came together and threw together a replacement match. The BASARA team wanted to use weapons. MAO demanded that someone should get an Anal Blast. Everyone agreed to a Weapons Rumble match. As the match progresses, new weapons would be brought out Royal Rumble style. Plus whoever loses the match must subject themselves to an Anal Explosion! This means everybody is happy except for the Japan Sumo Association. Serves them right.

7. Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino, Keisuke Ishii & Ken Ohka Vs Great Muta, Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

One of the first announcements for this show made back in January was the involvement of The Great Muta. DDT eventually announced that he would be teaming with DAMNATION to take on Danshoku Dino and his friends. Daisuke Sasaki would use the news to announce that he is in charge and Muta would be fighting under his leadership. There was no response from Muta about this. Sasaki then started taunting Dino by spitting cola and coffee at him Poison Mist style. Again there was no response from Muta. But Sasaki’s actions did bring Dino to his breaking point. The attacks made Dino transform into The Great Homo! Under his own Muta-style personality, Dino would constantly attack Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo. Endo moreso than Sasaki. He would spit Poison Milk Mist at them and attack their backsides with a spike. The only way he could be stopped was when Sasaki transformed into Nerima Sting to combat him. This finally made Muta stir. The demon was not pleased by this nonsense especially from Dino.

A threatening message was sent to DDT HQ. Dino has been given the Poison Curse! No matter where Dino goes, Muta would possess everyone around him and make them spit the Poison Mist in Dino’s face. Nowhere was Dino safe. Employees, trainees, referees, wrestlers, fans, models, TV hosts. All of them spat the Mist at Dino under Muta’s power. Dino would get attacked again and again and again and again and again! Has Muta’s plan brought Dino back to the brink enough to summon The Great Homo? Keisuke Ishii and Ken Ohka are there to help Dino but the three of them are clearly outmatched. The only thing they don’t have to worry about is Muta doing a Moonsault but that’s what Endo is there for.

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

For many in DDT there is one task that seems impossible and that is beating HARASHIMA. The backbone of DDT is often the biggest mountain to climb and some wrestlers have become obsessed with doing it. The latest wrestler in this position is Kazusada Higuchi. HARASHIMA has been a thorn in his side ever since Higuchi’s first year in DDT. HARASHIMA gave Higuchi his first loss, beat him twice in KO-D Title matches and also won the KO-D Tag Team Titles from him with Naomichi Marufuji. The team known as HarashiMarufuji have held the titles ever since. They even survived a title defence held inside a factory! If they were ever to be beaten, Higuchi would have to find somebody really strong to team with him.

Oh crap. Daisuke Sekimoto wants to get involved.

Sekimoto & Higuchi joined forces for the annual New Year’s Eve cross promotion Tag Team Tournament and made it all the way to the final. They made such a good impression together that they are reuniting to go after HARASHIMA & Marufuji. Sekimoto and HARASHIMA have a history together but there is respect between them. HARASHIMA and Higuchi however do not like each other ever since HARASHIMA knocked out Higuchi during a singles match earlier this month. When Higuchi came to he went on a rampage chasing after HARASHIMA. A defeat to Marufuji too in the run-up to this match hasn’t helped. Higuchi will have to keep his emotions in check against these two.

9. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

This is the rematch 19 months in the making. Konosuke Takeshita and Shuji Ishikawa main evented “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line. Ishikawa came out on top that night and held onto the belt for almost the rest of 2016. HARASHIMA won the title from him in December that year but the championship made its way back to Takeshita at “JUDGEMENT 2017” just over one year ago. Since then Takeshita has firmly kept the belt in his grasp and fought all-comers, breaking the DDT record for most title defences in a single reign with 10 successful defences at this time. Freshly graduated from college, Takeshita has been having a great year as the champion. It’s getting tough though. A lower back injury has plagued Takeshita throughout February and gave him a big target that can be exploited. So it’s been a tough year but a great year none the less.

However you can argue Shuji Ishikawa’s last 12 months have been just as good if not better. He goes on a tear in All Japan and wins the Champion Carnival, then the Triple Crown, then the Real World Tag League with Suwama and then AJPW World Tag Team Titles also with Suwama. When he refocused his efforts in DDT at the beginning of 2018, Ishikawa ends up winning the first ever D-Oh Grand Prix tournament almost unbeaten. His only loss in the competition was against his DAMNATION leader Daisuke Sasaki. The goal of the Grand Prix was to establish DDT’s leading star for the rest of the year and Ishikawa proved there is no one more deserving of it than him.

Ishikawa has gone out to prove he has a range of other talents too. Ever since he won the Grand Prix, Ishikawa has performed karaoke in the ring to celebrate his big victories in DDT. Mad Paulie has joined in the fun by dancing along to his songs. Sasaki & Endo aren’t as eager to join in so they just grin and bare it while he sings. With the big title match on the horizon, Sasaki gave Ishikawa a serious order. Ishikawa cannot sing karaoke and Paulie cannot dance again until Ishikawa beats Takeshita at Sumo Hall to become the KO-D Champion. This gave Ishikawa an idea. Takeshita is injured. If he gets so injured that he cannot defend the title at Sumo Hall then Ishikawa will become the champion by default. Then for the main event Ishikawa can sing karaoke inside the ring all night long! So for the last month Ishikawa has intentionally tried to injure Takeshita in their preview matches. It briefly worked when Takeshita had to miss a show to recover but he came back and in their most recent match together pinned Ishikawa.

So there you have it. The strongest champion in DDT’s history is hurt but still capable of beating whatever is being thrown at him. DDT’s strongest challenger is almost unstoppable and is powered by the desire to show off his vocal talents. Their 2016 match is well worth the watch in preparation for this.


GANBARE☆WRESTLING “A WALK IN THE PARK 2018” Results

March 21, 2018

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “A WALK IN THE PARK 2018”, 21/03/2018
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
107 Fans

1. Young Ganbare’s Challenge!: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Shuhei Washida with a Half Crab (14:21).
2. Special Pinch Hitter Match: Saki defeated Hikaru Shimizu with the Kawaii Buster (9:21).
3. Mysterious Moment! India And Panda Come Together! Special Tag Match!: Yukihiro Abe & Chikara defeated Brian Aki & J-Soul Pandita III IV when Abe pinned Pandita with the Kamigoye (Permission Acquired) (9:23).
4. Ganbare, Ihashi! Continue Showing It! The “U” Of Ihashi: Nobuhiro Tsurumaki defeated Gota Ihashi with a Cross Heel Hold (9:34).
5. Student Pro Wrestler Returns: MEN’S Teioh & Onryo defeated Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga when Teioh pinned Tominaga with the Tokai Special (17:36).
6. Ganpuro Family Vs Katsumura-gun 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match: Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari & Katsumi Oribe defeated Shuichiro Katsumura, Keisuke Okuda & Black Ribera (19:38).
6a. Katsumi Oribe eliminated Black Ribera by Ring Out (10:23).
6b. Shuichiro Katsumura eliminated Katsumi Oribe with the Ninja Choke (12:23).
6c. Ken Ohka and Shuichiro Katsumura eliminated each other by Double Ring Out (17:38).
6d. Yumehito Imanari eliminated Keisuke Okuda with the Chubby Knee (19:38).

Yumehito Imanari was the hero of the day for Ganbare☆Wrestling as they beat Katsumura-gun in an Elimination Match. The tricky Black Ribera was eliminated first when Katsumi Oribe blocked his Hurricanrana to the apron and lifted him out of the ring. Shuichiro Katsumura evened the score by choking out Oribe with the Ninja Choke. Katsumura and Ken Ohka eliminated each other when they fought on the apron and Imanari knocked both of them to the floor. That left Imanari alone against Keisuke Okuda. Katsumura-gun tried to interfere but Imanari hit the Chubby Knee kick and got the winning pinfall. Okada demanded to continue and Imanari challenged him to a match on 28th April.

The Tokai Special is MEN’S Teioh and Onryo doing T-Pose Power Bombs.

Nobuhiro Tsurumaki encouraged Gota Ihashi to continue wrestling. He’s been doing this for twenty years and no bad matches have ever stopped him.

J-Soul Pandita III IV wore a Tiger Jeet Singh style turban to mark the occasion of him teaming with Brian Aki. A landmark event in the relationship between India and wherever on earth Pandita is from. Pandita ruined the moment by attacking his opponents with an umbrella but Yukihiro Abe & Chikara stopped him with a Sling Blade, Sabre Chops and the Kamigoye.

Saki and Hikaru Shimizu were brought in as “pinch hitters” for the women’s match because HARUKAZE was away on a family vacation.

The rookie Shuhei Washida was put through the ringer by Tomomitsu Matsunaga. When they were fighting outside the ring Matsunaga threw Washida’s knee into a wall the targeted it for the rest of the match. Matsunaga then finished off a tired Washida with a Half Crab.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DANSHOKU DINO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~” Results

August 2, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~DANSHOKU DINO & SUPER SASADANGO MACHINE DAY~”, 02/08/2017
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Oishi Tradition ~A Match To Motivate Shigeru-chan~: Makoto Oishi defeated Shigehiro Irie by Judge’s Decision (R2 5:00).
2. LPC ~Lariat Pro Classics~: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi defeated Toru Owashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga by DQ when Matsunaga ignored the rope break (1:19).
2a. Rematch – LPC ~Lariat Pro Classics~: Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Toru Owashi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga ended in a Time Limit Draw (“30:00”).
3. Only Yesterday: Ken Ohka defeated Super Sasadango Machine with the Fire Spear (11:18).
4. Play Sandman: Chinsuke Nakamura defeated Danshoku Dino after a Zexy Magazine Attack from Sanshiro Takagi (20:30).
Other Competitors: Dave Crist, Rekka, Keisuke Ishii, Muscle Sakai, Kazusada Higuchi and Ken Ohka.

The main event was a free for all brawl with “Enter Sandman” playing throughout until the end. Danshoku Dino filled the ring with empty cans he poured out of rubbish bags for the wrestlers to be slammed on. That encouraged the audience to throw in their empty cans too although that led to Dino being struck by a few of them. Even though they weren’t part of the match, Daiki Shimomura and DT-YUTA began fighting each other in the ring and YUTA came out on top with a Jackhammer. Dino then put Shimomura in the Lip Lock when the music suddenly changed to “The Rising Sun”. Out came Chinsuke Nakamura! He hit the Kinsasha to Shimomura then tried to do the same to Dino. It was blocked and Chinsuke was given the Lip Lock. Sanshiro Takagi ran out and attacked Dino. He hit Dino with a Stunner then whacked him over the head with a copy of Zexy Magazine! Takagi dragged Chinsuke on top of Dino and the referee counted to three.

Super Sasadango Machine Vs Ken Ohka was a match that was originally meant to happen last October but Sasadango’s health problems prevented it from happening until today. Both Sasadango and Ohka have been wrestling for 15 years but they have never truly given out their honest feelings for each other. Their match would not end until both were satisfied that they fought each other to their full abilities. Ohka was already tearful and he admitted he did not know what to do in this situation but Sasadango encouraged him to go all out. Ohka kicked out of the Lehmann Shock and hit the Fire Spear to win the match. Ohka said he was worrying endlessly about this match ever since Dino put it together. But he will never give up to anything and “Sakai” is no exception! Sasadango thanked him for the match then said they will wrestle the remaining 20 years of their wrestling lives together!

The Lariat Pro match was cut short after a minute without a single Lariat finding its target. Tomomitsu Matsunaga pressed Keisuke Ishii against the ropes and didn’t break after a 5 count so his team was disqualified. Ishii said he came to throw Lariats and make the fans all stomp their feet with excitement. Matsunaga agreed so an immediate restart was decided. “Power Hall” played and everybody started Lariating each other. That ended when Toru Owashi did a Flying Cross Chop instead. After the match concept was explained to him and argument broke out and everybody began Chopping each other to “Thunderstorm”. The song changed to “Sunrise” when the Lariats came back. Nobuhiro Shimatani joined in and so did Cherry but her Lariat was countered by Ishii’s. When “J” came on everybody did Jumping Knee Strikes. There was then a sudden announcement that only one minute was left in the match. There was a flurry of classic All Japan offence from Ishii and Kazusada Higuchi that had the crowd stomping their feet after every nearfall but the time expired without a winner determined. Officially the match went 30 minutes but to everyone watching it felt like 5.

Makoto Oishi and Shigehiro Irie were put in a match together specifically to motivate Irie. The match consisted of two 5 minute rounds and the wrestlers would be scored for how cool they were by Azusa Takigawa, Mita Sayoko and a group of female fans. Irie would presumably become more motivated when given a chance to impress women. The plan didn’t work as Oishi won the match by judges decision. The female fans scored the fight 16-18 in Irie’s favour and Sayoko gave it a 19-19 draw. But Takigawa overwhelmingly voted for Oishi 20-0 so the final score was 55-37 for Oishi. Takigawa admitted that even though Irie worked hard, she couldn’t physiologically like him at all.


DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SMILE SQUASH DAY~” Results

July 31, 2017

DDT “FIGHTING BEER GARDEN 2017 ~SMILE SQUASH DAY~”, 31/07/2017
Shinjuku FACE
531 Fans – Super No Vacancy

-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Round 1: HARASHIMA defeated Gota Ihashi.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Round 1: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Akito.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated MAO.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Round 1: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Yuko Miyamoto.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Semi Final: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated HARASHIMA.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Semi Final: Keisuke Ishii defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani.
-. DDT Big Sumo Beer Garden Tournament – Final: Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Keisuke Ishii.
1. Soma Takao Produce Match: Soma Takao & Yuma Aoyagi defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Mizuki Watase when Takao pinned Watase with the Gin And Tonic (12:25).
2. Special Single Match: “Danshoku Dino” (Yuki Ueno) Vs “Yuki Ueno” (MAO) ended in a No Contest (9:44).
3. HARASHIMA, Soma Takao, Yasu Urano & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Shigehiro Irie, Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Dave Crist when HARASHIMA pinned Iwasaki with the Somato (14:46).

Smile Squash showed up in full for their day of Beer Garden fun. Yasu Urano and also Yuko Miyamoto came by to team with HARASHIMA & Soma Takao in an 8-Man Tag main event. HARASHIMA & Miyamoto even wrestled in their Smile Yankee costumes. On the other side were Shigehiro Irie, Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki and in his DDT debut Dave Crist. Smile Squash came out on top. Urano thanked everyone for welcoming him back for his first DDT appearance since going freelance. He described the match as a comfortable experience. It’s too early for him to say if he has gotten any stronger but he hopes the next time Smile Squash gets together he will be the strongest member! HARASHIMA said he is happy to be entering the Dramatic General Election with the other three on the same team.

There was a whole lot of body swapping going on throughout the shot. Danshoku Dino, MAO, Yuki Ueno and Daisuke Kiso all clashed heads at some point causing their minds to switch bodies. So when it was time for the Dino Vs Ueno match we got Ueno in Dino’s body, MAO in Ueno’s body, Kiso in MAO’s body and Dino is Kiso’s body. “Dino” gave “Ueno” the Danshoku Driver but refused to pin him and instead dry humped both him and “Kiso”. The match was thrown out and another clash of heads lead to Dino and Ueno getting their bodies back. But then somehow Dino was also in MAO’s body and he dry humped Makoto Oishi. If that wasn’t enough, Dino was also in Nobuhiro Shimatani’s body so he chased after Rekka and finally Dino in Kiso chased after Yukinori Matsui. Intermission had to be called so DDT could figure out how to bring everyone back to normal.

Tomomitsu Matsunaga stood tall in the Big Sumo tournament. He has now won two of the three sumo tournaments held.


DDT “HANDMADE IN JAPAN FES 2017” Results

July 22, 2017

DDT “HANDMADE IN JAPAN FES 2017”, 22/07/2017
Tokyo Big Sight
??? Fans

Falls Count Anywhere 3 Way Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Diego defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Joey Ryan and Danshoku Dino & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Takeshita pinned Matsunaga with a Table Splash From The Ladder On The Stage (23:28).

This match was going to be so difficult for one referee to handle so Mike Bailey was brought in to be an official with Daisuke Kiso. As usual the match broke away from it starting area and went across the Handmade In Japan festival. Sanshiro Takagi and Danshoku Dino fought through the farmer’s market. Dino then tried to force Konosuke Takeshita into the men’s restroom with him. Diego rescued Takeshita by putting Dino in a sleeper but even in an unconscious state Dino still reached out to grab Bailey’s crotch. Everyone then moved on to the Accessory Shop where Dino purchased a necklace while the others linked together a chain of Figure Four Neck Locks. Dino then performed the Danshoku Nightmare to everyone along the chain. Outside, Takagi found a bicycle and cycled into his opponents to Lariat them. Joey Ryan had to stop him by sticking a lolly pop into his mouth. Over at the main stage Bailey kept getting in the way and got caught in the crossfire. He got sick of it and fought back by kicking Dino and Diego away then Moonsaulting off the stage onto everyone below. Dino set up a ladder on the stage, climbed up halfway and put himself in the Hell Gate position. Takeshita threw Tomomitsu Matsunaga into Dino’s backside then placed him on a table. Takeshita kicked Dino off the ladder with a Big Boot to the rear then climbed the ladder. Takeshita jumped off and Splashed Matsunaga through the table for the three count! After the match Takeshita invited the Executive Chairman of the festival onto the stage. He said DDT had now appeared in the festical two years in a row then asked if they could come back next year to make it three. The chairman said he would consider it.