Yoshiaki Yatsu News

July 2, 2019

In sad news it was revealed this morning that Yoshiaki Yatsu has had his right foot amputated due to diabetes. Yahoo Japan/Weekly FLASH interviewed Yatsu from his hospital bed a few days after his surgery happened. Yatsu intends to get an artificial foot so he can walk again. At 62 years old, Yatsu joined DDT in April for a return to pro wrestling alongside Japan’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games. He came in with the intention of having one match a month but discovered problems in his right foot on 23rd June. Yatsu said he was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 35 and he used medication to keep it under control. On 25th June he had the surgery to get his foot amputated. DDT announced Yatsu’s absence from “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019” on 27th June but his situation was kept private by all parties until today. Sanshiro Takagi tweeted that he wants to help Yatsu and DDT sends him their support during his rehabilitation.


Road To Peter Pan, FamilyMart Wrestling, Double Dragon, Ganjo Vs Actwres

June 29, 2019

DDT “ROAD TO PETER PAN 2019”, 30/06/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Under Match: Mizuki Watase Vs Shota
1. Akito & Shunma Katsumata Vs Saki Akai & Asuka
2. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yukio Naya
3. HARASHIMA & Shinya Aoki Vs MAO & Mike Bailey
4. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Kota Umeda
5. Danshoku Dieno MMA Countermeasure Series: Danshoku Dieno Vs Makoto Oishi (Sambo), Toru Owashi (Sumo), Antonio Honda (Judo), Super Sasadango Machine (Kendo), Hiroshi Yamato (Wrestling), Kazuki Hirata (Swimming), Masahiro Takanashi (Boxercise) & Mad Paulie (Kabaddi)
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) Vs Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura
7. Road To Wrestle Peter Pan! Special 3 Way Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Chris Brookes Vs Sanshiro Takagi

Nobuhiro Shimatani has to pull out of the show due to poor health. Shota takes his place in the pre-show match.

DDT “FAMILYMART/FIT & GO TOUR 2019 OPENING MATCH ~NAKAROKUGO~”, 03/07/2019
Tokyo Fit & GO Nakarokugo 1st Store Parking Lot Special Ring

1. Shunma Katsumata Vs Mizuki Watase
2. Antonio Honda Vs Makoto Oishi Vs MAO & Yoshihiko (w/ Danshoku Dieno)
3. HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Chris Brookes, Kazusada Higuchi & Kota Umeda

DDT will be touring a chain of FamilyMart/Fit & Go gyms this summer. There is supposed to be a wrestling ring set up at the shows but the chaos is likely going to spread into the stores.

BASARA “BASARA 100 ~TENKA ISHIN~”, 07/07/2019
Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall

1. SAGAT Vs Daiki Shimomura
2. 3 Way Tag Match: Ryota Nakatsu & Akiyori Takizara Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano Vs Takato Nakano & Masato Kamino
3. Aiseki Tag Vs Speed Of Sounds!: Fuminori Abe & Ikuto Hidaka Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga
4. Special Single Match: Daichi Kazato Vs Best Stretchman V3 (Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi)
5. Double Dragon Vs Sakigake!! Iron Family ~ Hardcore Tag Match: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryuji Ito Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
6. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – Final: Isami Kodaka Vs Minoru Fujita

Ryuichi Sekine & Ryuji Ito bring their Double Dragon team to BASARA for the first time.

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019”, 15/07/2019
Tokyo Ota Ward Gymnasium

0. Hotel Saint Inn Kurashiki Presents Exhibition Match: Kota Umeda Vs Keigo Nakamura
0. Nihon Partner Kaikei Services Presents Tokyo Joshi Pro Under Match: Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino Vs Natsumi Maki, Yuna Manase & Himawari Unagi
1. Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Iino & Mizuki Watase Vs Yuki Ueno, Naomi Yoshimura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Chris Brookes & Masahiro Takanashi Vs MAO & Mike Bailey
3. DNA First Life Alumni Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Kota Umeda & Kouki Iwasaki
4. Super Joshi Pro Wars 2019: Saki Akai Vs Yoshiko
5. Windmill Suplex 2nd Generation Vs Taiho 3rd Generation: Hideki Suzuki Vs Yukio Naya
6. Dramatic Dream Match: Shinya Aoki Vs Danshoku Dieno
7. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Battle Royal: Toru Owashi (c) Vs Kurochan Vs Shiro Koshinaka Vs Furitsuke Kamen Vs Joey Ryan Vs Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Antonio Honda Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Mad Paulie Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Hiroshi Yamato Vs Pokotan Vs Yuki Kamifuku
8. O-40 Title – Weapon Rumble: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Super Sasadango Machine
9. DDT Extreme Title: Akito (c) Vs Asuka
10. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Souken Holdings Presents: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Tako (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano
11. KO-D Openweight Title – BLACK OUT Presents: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

Unfortunately Yoshiaki Yatsu injured himself during training this week and will be unable to be at “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019”. He is taken out of the Battle Royal and there does not seem to be a replacement for him.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “LAST DANCE IS FOR ME 2019”, 17/07/2019
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Great Conflict That Is Not Over Yet! Momota Family Vs Naoshi Sano: Chikara Vs Naoshi Sano
2. Kochoranbu! Ganjo Vs Actwres girl’Z All Round Fight Round 2: Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE Vs Momo Tani & Ayumi Hayashi
3. If It Fights, It Is a Man! The Gate Of Confrontation Has Finally Been Opened!!: Kouki Iwasaki & Shuhei Washida Vs Ultra Soki & Yuta Suzuki
4. Ganpro Vs P.P.P. Full Battle: Keisuke Ishii Vs Mitomi Masayuki
5. GWC 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 20th Champions Decision Match: Ken Ohka, Yumehito Imanari & Miss Mongol Vs Guts Ishijima, Masked Mystery & Shota
6. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Shuichiro Katsumura (c) Vs Hiroshi Yamato

The Ganbare☆Joshi division has been carried by Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE for so long now with the duo teaming together to face other women from across the scene. Last month they got a victory over Actwres girl’Z team of Himeka Arita & Misa Matsui. This month they get another team from Actwres girl’Z: Momo Tani & Ayumi Hayashi.

Ultra Soki & Yuta Suzuki are both from Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling.

DDT “ROJO PRO WRESTLING IN HANDMADE IN JAPAN FES 2019”, 20/07/2019
Tokyo Big Sight

1. Falls Count Anywhere 3 Way Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Kota Umeda Vs HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata Vs Kazusada Higuchi & MAO

This is probably Kota Umeda’s last street match before he leaves wrestling.


DDT “WRESTLE MATSUYAMANIA 2019” Results

June 2, 2019

DDT “WRESTLE MATSUYAMANIA 2019”, 02/06/2019
Ehime World Trade Center
711 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Kota Umeda defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the Umeda Driver (8:09).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with a School Boy (1:24 pm).
*Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 1,364th champion.
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Battle Royal: Makoto Oishi defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c), Danshoku Dieno, Pokotan, Toru Owashi, Makoto Oishi, Mad Paulie, Asuka, Hiroshi Yamato and Pulp Bonjin (w/ Cutiely The Ehime) (13:01).
2a. Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) and Pulp Bonjin eliminated Pokotan by Ring Out (2:28).
*V1 for Nobuhiro Shimatani.
2b. Mad Paulie eliminated Nobuhiro Shimatani (c) by Pinfall (4:04).
*Mad Paulie becomes the 1,365th champion.
2c. Asuka eliminated Mad Paulie (c) with the Moonsault (5:57).
*Asuka becomes the 1,366th champion.
2d. Asuka (c) & Makoto Oishi eliminated Toru Owashi by Ring Out (10:17).
*V1 for Asuka.
2e. Asuka (c) & Makoto Oishi eliminated by Hiroshi Yamato Ring Out (10:57).
*V2 for Asuka.
2f. Asuka (c) & Makoto Oishi eliminated by Pulp Bonjin Ring Out (12:12).
*V3 for Asuka.
2g. Makoto Oishi eliminated Asuka (c) with a Cradle (12:46).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1,367th champion.
2h. Makoto Oishi eliminated Danshoku Dieno by Ring Out (13:01).
*V1 for Makoto Oishi.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Tokihiro Nakamura defeated Makoto Oishi (c) by Pinfall (1:39 pm).
*Tokihiro Nakamura becomes the 1,368th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno defeated Tokihiro Nakamura (c) by Submission (1:40 pm).
*Danshoku Dieno becomes the 1,369th champion.
3. Model Wrestler Vs Gravure Wrestler! Innocent Single Match: Saki Akai defeated Mina Shirakawa with the Quetzalcoatl (8:32).
4. There ☆ Is A Dream! Ryutaro Watanabe (DDT Matsuyama Affiliation) Big Match!: Hideki Suzuki defeated Ryutaro Watanabe by Knockout with a Face Kick (9:32).
5. HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Antonio Honda, Kazusada Higuchi & MAO when HARASHIMA pinned Honda with the Somato (10:52).
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Makoto Oishi defeated Danshoku Dieno (c) with a Low Blow (2:42 pm).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1,370th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Toru Owashi defeated Makoto Oishi (c) with the Nodowa Otoshi (2:43 pm).
*Toru Owashi becomes the 1,371st champion.
6. From Showa To Heisei And To The Reiwa! Matsuyama Famous Special 8-Man Tag Match That Keeps Running With The Times: Tatsumi Fujinami, Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata defeated Yoshiaki Yatsu, Sanshiro Takagi, Yukio Naya & Rising HAYATO when Fujinami submitted Naya with the Dragon Sleeper (12:27).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) defeated Kazuki Hirata & Maku Donaruto when Takao pinned Hirata with the Reverse Gory Special Bomb (18:33).
*V2 for DAMNATION.
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with the Shooting Star Press (14:31).
*V3 for Tetsuya Endo.

Yukio Sakaguchi’s roaring rampage of revenge has been stopped dead by Tetsuya Endo. The only times Sakaguchi was able to put Endo in a Sleeper Hold was once over the ropes and a second time quickly afterwards. Endo made his opponent even more angry when he hit a Low Kick to Sakaguchi’s back. Sakaguchi responded in kind. It took a combination of a Sit Down Power Bomb, the Swinging Torture Rack Bomb and a Handspring Leg Lariat to put Sakaguchi in danger. Endo then finished him off with the Shooting Star Press.

The “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019” on 15th July is now set. Endo will be defending the KO-D Openweight Title against his biggest enemy Konosuke Takeshita! That is unless Sanshiro Takagi cashes in the last remaining Right To Challenge Gauntlet and wins the belt before that. Takagi says he will cash in while Endo is in a perfect state. Takeshita is happy to wait a little bit and let those two fight over the title if it happens before “WRESTLE PETER PAN”. Endo called out Takeshita for being Takagi’s favourite and he promised to beat Takeshita inside Ota Ward Gymnasium.

It was a fair effort from Kazuki Hirata & Maku Donaruto but not enough to win the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Donaruto’s lewd exploits kept DAMNATION off their game. Stripping down to a gold thong and diving onto people can do that to an opponent. He wiped out Daisuke Sasaki with a Quebrada while Hirata and Soma Takao fought over the Viagra Driver. Takao got the upper hand and pinned Hirata with the Reverse Gory Special Bomb. DAMNATION’s next title defence will be at “WRESTLE PETER PAN” but Sasaki said they will decide who they will fight and also where. DAMNATION wants to decide everything by their ways.

ALL OUT had the honour of teaming with Tatsumi Fujinami for a special 8-Man Tag against a diverse team lead by Yoshiaki Yatsu. It was the first time Takeshita and Fujinami were in the ring together since their singles match back in 2013. Takagi tried adding lucha libre to the match and Rising HAYATO stepped in to help however he could. Yukio Naya stepped up to both Fujinami and Takeshita but the experience level was far too high for him to overcome. Fujinami would put him in the Dragon Sleeper to get the submission victory.

HARASHIMA was in a thankful mood as always. He was thankful to Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura for their part in DISASTER BOX’s victory today. He is also thankful for the fans for coming to see today’s big show in Matsuyama.

It was expected that Ryutaro Watanabe would lose to Hideki Suzuki but he went down fighting. He fought out of Suzuki’s Double Arm Suplex but Suzuki kicked him repeatedly until the referee stopped the match. Suzuki’s advice for Watanabe is to never run away if he wants to keep wrestling.

Saki Akai declined to shake hands with Mina Shirakawa until after their match. Akai rolled away from a Casadora and hit a High Kick, setting up the match winning Quetzalcoatl.

There were a lot of Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changes on this show. After the opening match Danshoku Dieno was chased into the ring by Hiroshi Yamato and Pulp Bonjin. Dieno fought them off but Nobuhiro Shimatani snuck in and pinned him with a School Boy to win the title. Then in the Battle Royal the belt went from Shimatani to Mad Paulie to Asuka to the eventual match winner Makoto Oishi. The governor of Ehime Tokihiro Nakamura entered the ring for a congratulatory photo with Oishi but that was interrupted by an attack by Asuka and Toru Owashi. Governor Nakamura then surprised everyone by jumping on top of Oishi to become the new champion! Dieno chased the governor away then later came back to the ring with the belt, informing everyone he had won the championship backstage. Oishi gave Dieno a Low Blow and pinned him. Then Owashi gave Oishi a Choke Slam for the final title change of the day.

Former Shuten-dōji members Masahiro Takanashi and Kota Umeda faced off as one of Umeda’s final matches before he leaves DDT next month. Takanashi went for a bunch of Cradles until Umeda dropped him with the Umeda Driver.


Umeda Resigns From DDT, Princess Cup Round 2, Sponsored Dark Match

May 28, 2019

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO PRINCESS CUP”, 01/06/2019
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. 3 Way Match: Rika Tatsumi Vs Pom Harajuku Vs Mahiro Kiryu
2. Sakisama & Misao Vs Nodoka Tenma & Himawari Unagi
3. Shoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki & Miu Watanabe Vs Natsumi Maki, Hikari Noa & Mirai Maiumi
4. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1H: Yuna Manase Vs Yuki Aino
5. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1G: Maki Itoh Vs Raku
6. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1F: Yuka Sakazaki Vs Mina Shirakawa
7. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1E: Miyu Yamashita Vs Mizuki

Yuka Sakazaki is back after her appearance in AEW.

YUMI has a right knee injury and will miss all of the shows in June. The plan is for her to return in July.

DDT “WRESTLE MATSUYAMANIA 2019”, 02/06/2019
Ehime World Trade Center

1. Masahiro Takanashi Vs Kota Umeda
2. Model Wrestler Vs Gravure Wrestler! Innocent Single Match: Saki Akai Vs Mina Shirakawa
3. HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Antonio Honda, Kazusada Higuchi & MAO
4. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Time Difference Battle Royal: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Pokotan Vs Toru Owashi Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Mad Paulie Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Asuka Vs Hiroshi Yamato Vs Pulp Bonjin (w/ Cutiely The Ehime)
5. From Showa To Heisei And To The Reiwa! Matsuyama Famous Special 8-Man Tag Match That Keeps Running With The Times: Yoshiaki Yatsu, Sanshiro Takagi, Yukio Naya & Rising HAYATO Vs Tatsumi Fujinami, Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Shunma Katsumata
6. There ☆ Is A Dream! Ryutaro Watanabe (DDT Matsuyama Affiliation) Big Match!: Hideki Suzuki Vs Ryutaro Watanabe
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) Vs Kazuki Hirata & Maku Donaruto
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi

No more chasing. Yukio Sakaguchi’s roaring path of revenge finally leads him to the KO-D Openweight Title match with Tetsuya Endo.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO PRINCESS CUP”, 08/06/2019
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 2: Natsumi Maki Vs Winner Of Match 1G
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 2: Rika Tatsumi Vs Winner Of Match 1H
3. Tokyo Princess Tag Team Titles: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki (c) Vs Sakisama & Misao

Natsumi Maki and Rika Tatsumi are ready and waiting to see who their next round opponents will be.

DDT “POOL WRESTLING 2019 IN SUMIDA SPORTS HEALTH CENTER”, 19/06/2019
Tokyo Sumida Sports Health Center Pool

1. Falls Count Anywhere Match: Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA, Daisuke Sasaki, Kazuki Hirata, Gota Ihashi, Chris Brookes and more

Summertime means hot days at the pool so let’s wrestle there! The actual match hasn’t been decided yet.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO PRINCESS CUP”, 22/06/2019
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 2: Shoko Nakajima Vs Winner Of Match 1E
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 2: Miu Watanabe Vs Winner Of Match 1F

Shoko Nakajima’s goal to win the Tokyo Princess Cup as the champion is off to a good start. Miu Watanabe already achieved one of the upsets of the year in Round 1. Reaching the semi-final will turn this into a Cinderella run.

DDT “ROAD TO PETER PAN 2019”, 30/06/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yukio Naya

The new signing Yukio Naya is already targeting another big boy in the company.

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2019”, 15/07/2019
Tokyo Ota Ward Gymnasium

0. Nihon Partner Kaikei Services Presents Under Match: X Vs X
1. Windmill Suplex 2nd Generation Vs Taiho 3rd Generation: Hideki Suzuki Vs Yukio Naya
2. DNA First Life Alumni Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Kota Umeda & Kouki Iwasaki
3. Dramatic Dream Match: Shinya Aoki Vs Danshoku Dieno
4. DDT Extreme Title: Akito (c) Vs Asuka
5. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

What will Akito come up with for his first DDT Extreme Title defence? His previous run four years ago was filled with stipulations that inspired more technical and intelligent forms of wrestling. Is Asuka ready to play this game of human chess if Akito goes that route again?

DDT is looking for various companies to sponsor the show. Their first announced sponsorship is with a tax accounting firm for the dark match. It was the firm’s idea to sponsor the dark match because it has never been done before. They hope the match will be just as exciting as the main event.

Yoshiaki Yatsu, Joey Ryan, Chris Brookes and Mike Bailey will be on the show.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2019”, 21/07/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Kota Umeda Great Match: Kota Umeda Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Chris Brookes

It was announced today that Kota Umeda will be leaving DDT when his contract ends on 21st July. The reason is Umeda will be concentrating on working for his family’s business in his home of Kumamoto. The 24 year old will not be able to wrestle while carrying this responsibility. His family is important to him so he is choosing them over pro wrestling. Umeda originally asked to retire as a wrestler but Sanshiro Takagi convinced him to resign from DDT instead. Umeda is so young that he may find the opportunity to wrestle again somewhere down the line. For example DDT runs a show in Kumamoto once a year (this year’s show is coming up in August) so maybe that spot could always be available for him to wrestle in front of his home crowd. Umeda is grateful to Takagi for the advice he gave him and promises to do his best for the last two months of his contract.

Hideki Suzuki, Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Joey Ryan and Mike Bailey will be on the show.


Video – Yoshiaki Yatsu’s First DDT Match

May 23, 2019

DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS MAX BUMP 2019”, 28/04/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,130 Fans – No Vacancy

Legendary Wrestler Yoshiaki Yatsu First Match In DDT: Yoshiaki Yatsu, Sanshiro Takagi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Akito, Kazusada Higuchi & Hiroshi Yamato


DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS MAX BUMP 2019” Results

April 28, 2019

DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS MAX BUMP 2019”, 28/04/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,130 Fans – No Vacancy

-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) defeated Gota Ihashi by Pinfall (11:32 am).
*V? for Danshoku Dieno.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani by Pinfall (11:33 am).
*V? for Danshoku Dieno.
1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Masahiro Takanashi & Pokotan (w/ Danshoku Dieno) when Pokotan was Disqualified for attacking the referee (7:23).
2. Keisuke Okuda Farewell Match: Keisuke Okuda, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Iino when Okuda pinned Iino with a Buzzsaw Kick (8:38).
3. Saki Akai & Asuka defeated Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Akai pinned Shimatani with the Quetzalcoatl (7:48).
4. Legendary Wrestler Yoshiaki Yatsu First Match In DDT: Yoshiaki Yatsu, Sanshiro Takagi & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Akito, Kazusada Higuchi & Hiroshi Yamato when Takagi pinned Yamato with a Clothesline From Hell (8:19).
*Sanshiro Takagi wins Hiroshi Yamato’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Gauntlet.
5. DDT Extreme Title – Panty☆Hunt Tiger Cub Rope Death Match: Antonio Honda defeated HARASHIMA when Honda stripped off HARASHIMA’s panties (12:04).
*HARASHIMA fails in V2. Antonio Honda becomes the 44th DDT Extreme Champion!
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) defeated MAO & Mike Bailey and Ricky Starks & Mike Rollins when Takao pinned MAO with a Reverse Gory Special Bomb (13:13).
*V1 for DAMNATION.
7. Special Match: Shinya Aoki defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the Foot Choke (7:03).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) defeated Makoto Oishi with the Shooting Star Press (28:18).
*V1 for Tetsuya Endo.

So close yet so far for Makoto Oishi. He went into the main event with a lot of support but little chance of beating Tetsuya Endo for the KO-D Openweight Title. But boy did he take a crack at it! Knowing that he had already beaten Endo with the Ground Cross 200 earlier this month, Oishi targeted Endo’s legs with Knee Crushers and a hanging Figure Four wrapped around the ring post. When Oishi finally applied the Ground Cross 200, Mad Paulie distracted the referee in order to break the hold. Endo also came close to losing after Oishi hit a Moonsault outside the ring, leaving Endo to barely escape a countout by entering the ring at 19. Oishi had one more unexpected trick to use and that was to give Endo a Danshoku Dieno style Lip Lock so he would be left vulnerable for a Piledriver. A Spinning Backfist and the Jikiden Tornado Clutch was the closest Oishi came to winning with a 2.9 pin count. But when Endo recovered he struck Oishi with the Handspring Overhead Kick and got a nearfall with the Spinning Torture Rack Bomb. From there Endo hit the Shooting Star Press for the victory.

Oishi was taken out of the ring to cheers but Endo stayed to hear what will happen next in the KO-D Title scene. Hisaya Imabayashi told him his next scheduled defence will be in Matsuyama on 2nd June. Endo joked that he wanted Nobuhiro Shimatani to be the challenger. Instead Keisuke Ishii walked out wearing his Right To Challenge Guantlet. Ishii told Endo he will cash in the Gauntlet for a KO-D Title match on 19th May at Korakuen Hall. Imabayashi told Ishii that this year the Gauntlet rules have changed and DDT will not permit any preempted cash ins. Ishii told him he has a plan and will use his cash in at the right time on the show to make it a surprise as the rules intended. So DDT cannot officially confirm or advertise Endo Vs Ishii for the title on the 15th but it will happen there somehow.

In a rematch from last December, Shinya Aoki avenged his loss to Konosuke Takeshita. In order to get into the different vibe of the match, Takeshita wrestled barefoot in plain black trunks. Aoki put him in a Sleeper Hold but Takeshita reached the ropes and stepped out to the apron to break it up. When Aoki let go, Takeshita jumped from the apron and Headbutted his opponent. He did a German Suplex, put Aoki into a Crab Hold and transitioned into a Cross Armbreaker. However control switched to Aoki and he cinched in the Foot Choke to make Takeshita give up. The two shook hands and bumped fists after the match.

The KO-D Tag Team Titles match was chaos as three teams fought it out for the belts. The champions Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao jumped everyone to start things off then The Moonlight Express hit a double Moonsault to the outside onto Ricky Starks & Mike Rollins. Sasaki put both Starks and Mike Bailey into a stacked Cross Facelock until MAO broke it up with a Springboard Senton. The Express gave Sasaki the Michinoku Tornado Driver but Starks & Rollins broke the pin. The Express got rid of Starks & Rollins when Bailey hit a Standing Shooting Star Knee Drop onto Rollins on the apron while MAO hit the Cannonball 450 on Starks. However Sasaki distracted the referee so Takao could give MAO a Low Blow. Takao then used a Vertebreaker (DDT is calling it a Reverse Gory Special Bomb in their results) to get the win and keep the tag belts in DAMNATION. Backstage MAO is disturbed over the result. He revealed his goal for the last three years was to get rid of DAMNATION and revert Tetsuya Endo back to the way he was before he joined that group. Recent events have been a major setback but MAO promises he will achieve his goal some day. Rollins is upset he lost his first Korakuen match. Starks said the two of them are Psycho & Sexy. They will always have a chance to win the tag titles the next time they come back to DDT. Sasaki mocked Takeshita for running away from the match to go play pro wrestling with Aoki.

Both HARASHIMA and Antonio Honda entered the ring wearing towels around their waists. They took off the towels to reveal they were both wearing panties over their gear. It was time for the Panty☆Hunt Tiger Cub Rope Death Match! The rules were the first person to remove their opponent’s panties would be the winner. But HARASHIMA and Honda also had to wrestle while they were tied together with a tiger rope with a cuddly little stuffed tiger toy attached to it. Honda used the tiger toy as a shield because HARASHIMA was too nice to harm the tiger. The two would then tie each other up in the rope until HARASHIMA hit the Somato. But Honda used the momentum to roll on top of HARASHIMA’s back and pull his panties off to become the new DDT Extreme Champion! HARASHIMA congratulated Honda on the win and when he left, Akito came out to challenge Honda. Akito brought up when Honda said the Extreme Title matches were the most exciting of his career. It was the same for Akito which is why he wants a title shot. They agreed to have the match in Kitazawa Town Hall on 25th May.

It’s a little over a year until the Olympic Games reach Tokyo but DDT is getting into the swing of things early by bringing in Yoshiaki Yatsu to wrestle for them. He kept everybody on their toes but it was Sanshiro Takagi who had the winner’s spotlight on him at the end. Takagi yelled “Thank you Heisei!” before he hit Hiroshi Yamato with the flying Clothesline From Hell to end the match. Takagi is now in possession of the Blue Right To Challenge Gauntlet.

Today was the first time Saki Akai & Asuka teamed together. It worked out great for them since they beat Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani. However Akai admitted the teamwork she had with Asuka felt incomplete. It needs more power because that is how Meiko Satomura measures other wrestlers no matter their gender. Since Akai only wrestles in DDT she went looking at other interesting places to find someone to give her team more power. She found that person. Joining Akai & Asuka for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match on 11th May is Hikaru Shida!

Keisuke Okuda ends his tenure with DDT by kicking Yuki Iino in the head. There is no bad blood coming out of the match. Okuda shook hands with everyone and they all posed for a group photo. His history with Yuki Ueno in DNA is also water under the bridge as they were on friendly terms during the backstage interviews. Okuda also said he will miss Naomi Yoshimura because they wrestled as the Naomi Kingdom together. Okuda is now gone from the company but he thinks his path will cross with the DDT roster again in the future.

Two months after its pro wrestling debut, the mascot Pokotan returned to the ring for its second match. Disaster struck when Kazuki Hirata chopped Pokotan’s head off, revealing the top of its robotic frame underneath. Pokotan went haywire and attacked Hirata relentlessly. Yukinori Matsui tried to stop the mascot but he got thrown out of the ring, causing a disqualification. Pokotan then attacked everything in sight until Danshoku Dieno placed its head back on. That fixed the problem and Pokotan was back to its friendly, lovable self.

Dieno was part of the show opening festivities but got ambushed by Gota Ihashi and Nobuhiro Shimatani on two separate occasions. Dieno was able to fight both of them off in ways that only he can to stay as the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion.

Kenta Kobashi appeared after intermission to promote his next Fortune Dream show on 10th June. Kazusada Higuchi will be teaming with Yuji Okabayashi for a match against the NOAH team of Yoshiki Inamura & Go Shiozaki. When Ishii announced his plans at the end of the show he turned over to Kobashi at the commentary table and told him how much of a big fan he is of him. Ishii brought up Kobashi’s match with Terry Gordy on 21st May, 1993 in Sapporo that he is particularly fond of. Ishii said he will shine like Kobashi did on that day when he cashes in his title shot.


Panty☆Hunt Tiger Cub Death Match, Akito Challenges Extreme Champion, Wrestle Matsuyamania

April 16, 2019

DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2019 ~SATSUKI~”, 20/04/2019
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. Masahiro Takanashi, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Shunsuke Sayama Vs Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Ueno
2. Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Gota Ihashi Vs Hiroshi Yamato, Asuka & Ricky Starks
3. Saki Akai Marunage Match: Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Keisuke Okuda & Yoshiko
4. HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey Vs Akito & Yuki Iino
5. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Mad Paulie Vs Naomi Yoshimura
6. Hama Special 4 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Konosuke Takeshita Vs MAO Vs Mike Rollins
7. Hama Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Makoto Oishi

Some of the participants in the KO-D Tag Team Titles 4 Way Match get involved in a singles version at Yokohama.

DDT “SHIN SYU VERY MUCH! 2019”, 21/04/2019
Nagano Art Center Pavilion

1. Daisuke Sasaki Vs Yuki Iino
2. Saki Akai & Kota Umeda Vs Akito & Hiroshi Yamato
3. Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Mike Rollins & Ricky Starks
4. HARASHIMA Marunage Match ~ Generation Struggle 5 Vs 5 Elimination Match: HARASHIMA, Sanshiro Takagi, Masahiro Takanashi, Super Sasadango Machine & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Ueno, Naomi Yoshimura & Keisuke Okuda
5. DDT Nagano Sales Manager, Toru Owashi (Free) Local Triumph! Pre-Performance Failure & Job Neglect 15th Anniversary! Special 6-Man Tag Match: Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Yoshihiko Vs MAO, Mike Bailey & Asuka
6. Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Makoto Oishi

Toru Owashi will be approaching 15 years in DDT soon. May 2005 was his first match in the company after his time in Dragon Gate ended in controversial circumstances.

DDT “SOUKEN HOLDINGS PRESENTS MAX BUMP 2019”, 28/04/2019
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Pokotan (w/ Danshoku Dieno)
2. Keisuke Okuda Farewell Match: Keisuke Okuda, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura Vs Kota Umeda, Mizuki Watase & Yuki Iino
3. Saki Akai & Asuka Vs Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani
4. Legendary Wrestler Yoshiaki Yatsu First Match In DDT: Yoshiaki Yatsu, Sanshiro Takagi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Akito, Kazusada Higuchi & Hiroshi Yamato
5. KO-D Tag Team Titles – 4 Way Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) & Soma Takao Vs Konosuke Takeshita & X Vs MAO & Mike Bailey Vs Ricky Starks & Mike Rollins
6. DDT Extreme Title – Panty☆Hunt Tiger Cub Rope Death Match: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Antonio Honda
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Makoto Oishi

There have been Tiger Cub Rope Death Matches in the past but none have ever had panties attached to them! This is what happens when HARASHIMA lets Antonio Honda come up with his match ideas.

With Shunma Katsumata out of action, a decision hasn’t been made over whether or not Konosuke Takeshita will still be in the KO-D Tag Team Titles match. Either he will get a new tag team partner or he will be removed and the match will be reduced to a 3 Way Tag.

DDT “GOLDEN DDT THEATER 2019”, 25/05/2019
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Akito

What a sneaky little devil Akito is. I thought he used the title shot he won from the Dramatic General Election on the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match back at the start of the year. Turns out it didn’t because #STRONGHEARTS officially challenged ALL OUT for that match, not the other way round. That means Akito still has his shot and he wants to use it for the DDT Extreme Title. He is happy to face either HARASHIMA or Antonio Honda for it.

DDT “WRESTLE MATSUYAMANIA 2019”, 02/06/2019
Ehime World Trade Center

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) Vs Kazuki Hirata & Maku Donaruto
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs X

This is a big show DDT is putting together in Ehime before their major summer event in Ota Ward Gymnasium. Names announced to appear include Tatsumi Fujinami, Yoshiaki Yatsu, Hideki Suzuki, former DDT trainee Ryutaro Watanabe and Rising HAYATO. Also joining the show are Ehime Pro Wrestling talents Bonjin Pulp, Mizuhime Saijo and Cutiely The Ehime.