DDT “DAY DREAM BELIEVER 2021” Results

March 14, 2021

DDT “DAY DREAM BELIEVER 2021”, 14/03/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
508 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Hideki Okatani defeated Toui Kojima with the Northern Lights Suplex (4:19).
1. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Top Of The Super Book 2021: The Young Bucks Autobiography “Killing The Business”, Danshoku Dieno & Keigo Nakamura defeated Saki Akai Photo Book “Lip Hip Shake” (c), Saki Akai & Antonio Honda when Nakamura pinned “Lip Hip Shake” with the Exquisite (8:33).
*Keigo Nakamura becomes the 1,500th champion.
-. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Saki Akai defeated Keigo Nakamura (c) with the Rookie Award (6:20 pm).
*Saki Akai becomes the 1,501st champion.
2. 4 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Toru Owashi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie, Konosuke Takeshita & MAO and Yuki Iino & Yukio Naya when HARASHIMA pinned Iino with the Somato (8:44).
3. Junretsu Vs Eruption!: Jun Akiyama & Makoto Oishi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi ended in a Double Countout (7:44).
4. DDT Extreme Title – Barbed Wire Casket Death Match: Chris Brookes defeated Shunma Katsumata (c) by Casket Burial (14:10).
*Shunma Katsumata fails in V2. Chris Brookes becomes the 51st DDT Extreme Champion!
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino defeated Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) when Takao pinned Shota with the Running Elbow Butt (13:07).
*Young Communication Generation fails in V3. DAMNATION becomes the 43rd KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Yuki Ueno (c) defeated Yusuke Okada with the WR (20:01).
*V4 for Yuki Ueno.

The young champion Yuki Ueno took another step up the DDT ladder in what turned out to be a big day for his group. The show began with the DDT Sauna Club revealing it has been renamed to The 37KAMIINA (pronounced “Sauna Kamiina”) to establish itself as a proper stable. Then in the main event, Ueno put the DDT UNIVERSAL Title on the line against Yusuke Okada. He went big with a Flying Hurricanara out of the ring then later kicked out of Okada’s newly named Tricolor. A Dropkick turned the match to his favour and Ueno won with the WR for his fourth defence. Ueno told Okada it was fun to wrestle him and he wants them to have more main events together. He also said The 37KAMIINA will work hard towards being a forwards thinking group in 2021.

The rest of the championship matches on the cards all had title changes. DAMNATION took the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles away from the Young Communication Generation. The defending champions tried using speed but hit a road bump when Yuji Hino got involved. Akito & Kazuki Hirata together couldn’t knock him off his feet and it was only with Shota’s help were they able to get him out of the ring. Tetsuya Endo had an exchange of submission counters with Akito until he wiped out everyone on the floor with the Sasuke Special. That left Shota alone with Soma Takao in the ring. They both ran the ropes and Takao got his strike in first with the Running Elbow Butt. That was enough to get him the three count and bring the belts back to DAMNATION! But they’re not too impressed with the title belts themselves. Backstage Daisuke Sasaki called them 100 yen belts. Endo suggested they leave them behind at the Suidobashi Station when they go home tonight. Takao is at least pleased he took the titles from those bottom feeders at Young Communication.

The Barbed Wire Casket Death Match was dangerous but Yukinori Matsui made sure it wasn’t too dangerous. He prohibited Chris Brookes from using a sickle he brought to the ring with him. All of the barbed wire boards, thumbtacks, ladders, construction signs, chairs and toy blocks were okay though. The casket used was covered in blocks and the barbed wire was found to be inside the casket when it was opened up. Shunma Katsumata also hid a few fire poppers in there to catch Brookes by surprise. Katsumata wasn’t the only person who appeared in Super Hardcore form. Konosuke Takeshita & MAO showed up dressed as druids with Joker facepaint to aid Katsumata with a Springboard Tornado DDT. Katsumata placed Brookes leaning over the casket and climbed the top rope. Brookes got out of the way and Katsumata’s Stuka Splash ended with him landing inside the casket. Brookes closed the lid on top and became the new DDT Extreme Champion! He hammered a few nails into the lid to close the casket shut for good measure. He is very much looking forward to defending the Extreme Title in stupid ways because that is the Dramatic Dream Team way!

The pressure is growing between Jun Akiyama and Kazusada Higuchi as we get closer to their KO-D Openweight Title match. Today Higuchi decided to wrestle barefoot and fought with Akiyama outside the ring. He was thrown head first into the ring post and no sold it. Akiyama did get him off his feet with an Exploder onto the floor. Yukio Sakaguchi intercepted Akiyama with an Apron PK but then Makoto Oishi took out Sakaguchi with a low Dropkick. All four men were unable to get back into the ring and the match ended in a Double Countout. Higuchi thinks now the situation is starting to get interesting. Akiyama is getting serious now, which is what Higuchi has been hoping for all along. He thinks they have to fight this way otherwise it wouldn’t be interesting.

Former stablemates Takeshita and Yuki Iino now have to be opponents for the 4 Way Tag. It’s a chance for new directions and Takeshita proved that by deciding to cooperate with Sasaki when it was offered to him! Iino went wild with Spears, using it to take out Toru Owashi, MAO and then a double one to Sasaki & Mad Paulie. Takeshita made Iino spear Yukio Naya by accident then dropped him with the Last Ride. However HARASHIMA then hit Takeshita with a High Kick and ran away with the win by pinning Iino with the Somato.

In a match that would be a main event in any library around the world, The Young Bucks autobiography “Killing The Business” got its chance to reclaim the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title from Saki Akai’s photo book “Lip Hip Shake”. But first DDT had to get “Lip Hip Shake” away from Gota Ihashi’s possession. He refused to let it go backstage so Antonio Honda had to knock him out. The match began with the two books squaring off much like Go Shiozaki and Kazuyuki Fujita did. The match was interrupted when Ihashi ran out armed with a plastic spoon. He stabbed Danshoku Dieno with it, then stabbed “Killing The Business” to protect his photo book. Nothing will come between Ihashi and Akai’s photo book, not even the real Akai herself! He knocked her down and climbed the ropes for a Moonsault but Akai rolled out of the way and Ihashi went splat. Dieno gave Akai the Danshoku Driver but was then attack by the photo book! Dieno was almost pinned until Keigo Nakamura broke it up. He placed “Lip Hip Shake” on the canvas and did the Exquisite Springboard Moonsault onto it. Nobody was there to stop the pin and Nakamura became the new Iron Man Champion!

Nakamura wanted to celebrate winning his first ever championship but he got distracted by “Lip Hip Shake”. He gave it a read in the ring and suddenly found himself experiencing an embarrassing moment in public. Akai took advantage and hit the Rookie Award to pin Nakamura and become the new Iron Man Champion. She ran off with the belt, her photo book and Ihashi chasing after her. Backstage Honda said it felt like he was teaming with two Saki Akai’s out there. He also found out the price for other copies of the photo book have risen on Mercari ever since it showed up in DDT.

In the pre-show match, Hideki Okatani defeated Toui Kojima. The had a meeting of chops and elbow strikes that ended with Okatani using a Running Neckbreaker. He then got the win with the Northern Lights Suplex.

Sanshiro Takagi came out after the death match to reveal his team for the KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles match on 28th March. His first partner is Yukio Naya, who was busy cleaning up the ring when he found out. Takagi explained that the most important thing in pro wrestling is not physical or technical ability. The most important thing is bloodlines! So Takagi’s team is made up of wrestlers who come from successful families. Naya is one because of his yokozuna grandfather. The second partner is Chikara, the grandson of Rikidozan! Last but not least, filling out the team is comedian Nabe Yakan, whose father was also a successful comedian from the Showa era. Takagi promised to protect these noble bloodlines as they unite to win the 8-Man Tag Titles. Together this team is called Team Thoroughbred!

23 year old trainee Yuya Koroku was introduced to the audience at the start of the show. He will have his debut match on 11th April. He promised to spend the next month working hard preparing for his debut.

Ten years ago the Great East Japan Earthquake happened. When DDT ran their Korakuen Hall show that month, they decided not to record an intro video for the show to preserve energy. Instead the show intro took place live in the ring with all of the wrestlers entering and posing when their match was announced. For the 10th anniversary, DDT did the same thing for today’s show.


TJPW This Week, Day Dream Believer Card, From ALL OUT To The Sauna Club

March 1, 2021

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “CHANGE THE WIND DIRECTION”, 06/03/2021
Tokyo Nerima coconeri Hall

1. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Semi Final: Sakisama & Mei Saint-Michel Vs Hikari Noa & Sena Shiori
2. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Semi Final: Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh Vs Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao
3. Nao Kakuta, Marika Kobashi, Raku & Mahiro Kiryu Vs Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, Moka Miyamoto & Arisu Endo
4. 3 Way Match: Yuki Kamifuku Vs Mizuki Vs Haruna Neko
5. Rika Tatsumi, Miu Watanabe & Pom Harajuku Vs Nodoka Tenma, Yuki Aino & Yuka Sakazaki
6. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

Maybe we’ll get an idea of who some of the next title challengers will be coming out of this show and not just from the tag tournament.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GENGHIS KHAN KIRISHIMA PRESENTS TJPW PPV SHOW 3 ~11 VS 11 KOUHAKU TAIKO THE☆BATTLE 2021~”, 07/03/2021
OPENREC.tv

1. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
2. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
3. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
4. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
5. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
6. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
7. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
8. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
9. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
10. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X
11. Team Red Vs Team White: X Vs X

Team Red: Shoko Nakajima, Nodoka Tenma, Yuka Sakazaki, Nao Kakuta, Marika Kobashi, Raku, Pom Harajuku, Mirai Maiumi, Suzume, Sena Shiori & Moka Miyamoto

Team White: Rika Tatsumi, Yuki Kamifuku, Yuki Aino, Miyu Yamashita, Mizuki, Hyper Misao, Miu Watanabe, Hikari Noa, Haruna Neko, Mahiro Kiryu & Arisu Endo

The two teams have been selected after captains Shoko Nakajima and Rika Tatsumi picked random cards in a lottery. They now have to decide their team order separate from each other and present it to Tokyo Joshi Pro. TJPW will then put the lists together and reveal who faces who on the 11 match card.

BASARA “BASARA 151 ~TAKAGARI 2~”, 07/03/2021
Takashimadaira Ward Community Center

1. Ryota Nakatsu & Akiyori Takizawa Vs Takato Nakano & Rekka
2. SAGAT Vs Masato Kamino
3. Jacket Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Minoru Fujita
4. Fuminori Abe Vs Leo Isaka
5. Elimination 6-Man Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto, Isami Kodaka & Daiki Shimomura Vs FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & Daichi Kazato

Champions versus challengers main event for both of the BASARA titles. Daichi Kazato is trying to get Takumi Tsukamoto’s attention for a Union MAX Title match. Yusuke Kubo made Isami Kodaka submit at the last show.

Hang on, I thought the Jacket Match was supposed to be Ryota Nakatsu’s thing. He’s the one who is good at it.

DDT “DAY DREAM BELIEVER 2021”, 14/03/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Hideki Okatani Vs Toui Kojima
2. 4 Way Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Toru Owashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie Vs Konosuke Takeshita & MAO Vs Yuki Iino & Yukio Naya
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Top Of The Super Book 2021: Saki Akai Photo Book “Lip Hip Shake” (c), Saki Akai & Antonio Honda Vs The Young Bucks Autobiography “Killing The Business”, Danshoku Dieno & Keigo Nakamura
4. Junretsu Vs Eruption!: Jun Akiyama & Makoto Oishi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi
5. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Yusuke Okada
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino
7. DDT Extreme Title: Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs Chris Brookes

The bad blood between Shunma Katsumata and Chris Brookes has come back to the fore. Brookes has hated Katsumata ever since Brookes got banned from Twitter for three weeks when he threatened Katsumata online. He got a DDT Extreme Title shot by telling the champion it would be a clean match with no cheating involved. It was immediately shown to be a lie the moment the match was confirmed. Now it’s up to Katsumata to decide what kind of match they should have. He will be in the middle of a Big Japan death match tournament when this bout happens so he’ll already be pretty beaten up.

Soma Takao is getting more annoyed because Akito keeps reminding him of Young Communication. If he pesters him enough maybe Soma will actually join the Young Communication Generation… Nah!

What is going on? Jun Akiyama hasn’t won a match in DDT since becoming the KO-D Openweight Champion. It doesn’t help that his next challenger Kazusada Higuchi is on fire right now. That Brain Claw is nasty looking and his hard head can take being thrown into the ring post with no problem.

I’m starting to get high hopes that the feud between Yuki Ueno and Yusuke Okada will have legs. Some good stuff between them so far.

The feud of the Spring is here, Saki Akai’s photobook against The Young Bucks book! If “Killing The Business” can pin “Lip Hip Shake” then it will become the 1,500th Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion!

ALL OUT will have disbanded by the time this show happens. This will be the first match Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Iino will be opponents in unaffiliated from each other.

DDT “WRESTLING OKEHAZAMA 2021”, 19/03/2021
Nagoya Naka Sports Center

1. DDT Sauna Club Vs DAMNATION!: Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Ueno & MAO Vs Soma Takao, Yuji Hino & Mad Paulie
2. Nagoya Specialty Doerya 6-Man Tag Match: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Chris Brookes & Keigo Nakamura

With ALL OUT gone that means Takeshita & Katsumata are fully dedicated to the DDT Sauna Club.

DDT “WRESTLE SHIOKOBU! 2021”, 20/03/2021
Osaka City Suminoe Maikon Hall

1. Keigo Nakamura Trial Single Match: Keigo Nakamura Vs Maku Donaruto
2. DDT Sauna Club Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno Vs Yuji Hino & Mad Paulie
3. I Love It! Osaka Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Yusuke Okada Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Toui Kojima

Maku Donaruto returns! Good luck Keigo Nakamura!


CyberFight Festival Announced

February 26, 2021

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI 2021 WINTER ~LOVERS~”, 27/02/2021
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Mirai Maiumi Vs Arisu Endo
2. 3 Way Match: Hyper Misao Vs Marika Kobashi Vs Haruna Neko
3. Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino Vs Raku & Pom Harajuku
4. Miu Watanabe, Suzume & Moka Miyamoto Vs Hikari Noa, Mahiro Kiryu & Sena Shiori
5. Osaka Special 8-Woman Tag Match: Rika Tatsumi, Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Shoko Nakajima Vs Yuki Kamifuku, Miyu Yamashita, Maki Itoh & Nao Kakuta

Two shows to follow this weekend. On Saturday Tokyo Joshi Pro heads to Osaka as everyone prepares for the Max Heart final rounds.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2021”, 28/02/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Yuki Ueno & Keigo Nakamura Vs Yusuke Okada & Toui Kojima
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – 5 Way Match: The Young Bucks Autobiography “Killing The Business” (c) Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Danshoku Dieno Vs Antonio Honda Vs Saki Akai
3. HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Yukio Naya Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani
4. DAMNATION Vs ALL OUT!: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino
5. Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Chris Brookes
6. DDT Extreme Title – Kids Room Death Match 37 (Sauna) Count Edition: Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs MAO

Then on Sunday all hell breaks loose in DDT when Shunma Katsumata and MAO get to play their game. Both of them have been shopping in hardware shops during the week gathering items they hope to use as weapons. It’s all fair as long as the referee thinks the weapons aren’t dangerous.

DDT “DAY DREAM BELIEVER 2021”, 14/03/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Junretsu Vs Eruption!: Jun Akiyama & Makoto Oishi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi
2. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino
3. DDT UNIVERSAL TITLE: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Yusuke Okada

Tetsuya Endo has set his sights on the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles as his next goal. It’s a chance to get some gold back into DAMNATION’s clutches. Yuji Hino can regain a championship he once held before in DDT again. Soma Takao wants to beat Young Communication Generation because he has bad memories of being on those shows. Actually everyone who wrestled on those shows didn’t like them according to him. He claims he was only ever paid 100 yen to be on them. That doesn’t line up with Daisuke Sasaki who remembers getting paid 5,000 yen back then.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TJPW INSPIRATION”, 01/04/2021
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Mizuki Vs Miu Watanabe
2. Rika Tatsumi Vs Miu
3. Hardcore Match: Hikari Noa Vs Rina Yamashita

The show is only scheduled to last for an hour.

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2021”, 11/04/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Gorgeous Matsuno Pre-60th Birthday Commemorative Match: Gorgeous Matsuno Vs X
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yuji Okabayashi

Eruption’s second KO-D Tag Team Titles defence is a doozy. HARASHIMA & Yuji Okabayashi are the winners of the 2020 New Year’s Eve Shuffle Tag Tournament and are undefeated as a team. However Okabayashi’s schedule in Big Japan leaves him busy so the team known as Smile Pissari aren’t able to get their title match until April.

DDT/NOAH/TOKYO JOSHI PRO/GANBARE☆PRO “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, 06/06/2021
Saitama Super Arena

1. Princess Of Princess Title: Rika Tatsumi (c) Vs X
2. GHC Heavyweight Title: Keiji Muto (c) Vs X
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs X

It’s been a popular prediction that CyberFight was eventually going to put together a supershow featuring all of their wrestling companies working together. Today it is now a reality. DDT, NOAH, Tokyo Joshi Pro & Ganbare☆Pro will all be in the Super Saitama Arena this June for the first “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL”. The plan is the show to headline with three major championship matches. The KO-D Openweight Title from DDT, GHC Heavyweight Title from NOAH and Princess Of Princess Title from TJPW will all be defended on the show. There will also be interpromotional matches between some of the groups but who gets matched with what remains to be seen. Pom Harajuku Vs Katsuhiko Nakajima in a battle of the kickers, anyone?

Sanshiro Takagi said that ever since CyberFight was established he wondered if he could put together a rock festival style of show that can convey the charm of pro wrestling and energize the audience. They will take sufficient measures to make sure everyone is protected from the Coronavirus when the event takes place. Naomichi Marufuji said everyone from NOAH has become more motivated coming out of their recent Budokan Hall show. Since the Olympic Games are at risk, he hopes that people around the world will get to have fun by watching this event. Akito sees the value of cross-promoting between the fanbases. He thinks new audiences will get to see the gorgeousness of TJPW and the sincerity of Ganpro. The comparison to music festivals reminds Tetsuya Koda of the times when Morning Musume performed at the ROCK IN JAPAN festivals. Ken Ohka says Ganpro is working very hard at becoming a major pro wrestling company. They’re not going to be piggy backing their way onto this show. Whatever spot they have will be earned.


DDT “FRIENDSHIP, EFFORT, VICTORY IN NAGOYA 2021” Results

February 23, 2021

DDT “FRIENDSHIP, EFFORT, VICTORY IN NAGOYA 2021”, 23/02/2021
Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall
479 Fans

1. Hiroshi Yamato & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Keigo Nakamura & Toui Kojima when Yamato pinned Kojima with the Fisherman Suplex (5:14).
2. Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh defeated Antonio Honda & Saki Akai when Brookes submitted Honda with the Octopus Stretch (11:01).
3. DDT Megatonweight Single Match: Yuji Hino defeated Yuki Iino with the Fucking BOMB (8:50).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) defeated Sanshiro Takagi, HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dieno when Akito submitted Dieno with the Anaconda Vice That Breaks The Rules (13:28).
*V3 for Young Communication Generation.
5. Toru Owashi & Yukio Naya defeated Soma Takao & Mad Paulie when Naya pinned Paulie with the Back Drop (8:29).
6. DAMNATION Vs DDT Sauna Club!: Tetsuya Endo & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Yuki Ueno & Shunma Katsumata when Endo submitted Katsumata with the Modified Yurikamome (12:39).
7. Special 8-Man Tag Match: CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Shigehiro Irie defeated Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi, Hideki Okatani & Yusuke Okada when T-Hawk pinned Okatani after the AKACHOCHIN (15:49).
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) defeated Konosuke Takeshita & MAO when Higuchi pinned Takeshita with the Brain Claw Slam (22:12).
*V2 for Eruption.

The DDT Sauna Club’s momentum has been cooled down like a cold shower after today’s show. Eruption threw their best shot at Konosuke Takeshita & MAO after a frustrating trend of bad results against them and this time stood victorious. The KO-D Tag Team Champions almost blew it when Kazusada Higuchi accidentally hit Yukio Sakaguchi with a Lariat. But they recovered when Higuchi caught MAO from a Moonsault and threw him into the God’s Right Knee from Sakaguchi. Takeshita tried to fight off Higuchi until he too got hit with the God’s Right Knee. Higuchi then went for his big moves until he got the three count with the Brain Claw Slam.

Eruption celebrated their title defence and encouraged Higuchi for his KO-D Openweight Title shot next month. Sakaguchi then called out for their next challengers to appear. HARASHIMA entered the ring and told Eruption that he and Yuji Okabayashi were always meant to be next in line for a title shot. Are Eruption ready for Smile Pissari? Sakaguchi called it an interesting match and Higuchi said he will do it anytime. Hisaya Imabayashi assured both teams the match will happen but he needs to talk with Big Japan first to decide when Okabayashi can come back to DDT. After he left, Saki Akai made sure that her partners weren’t injured. She then said Eruption will do their best to main event the next time DDT holds a big event in Nagoya.

The return of #STRONGHEARTS to DDT saw them clash with Junretsu and CIMA couldn’t resist trolling Jun Akiyama and Yusuke Okada over their previous home promotion. A few days ago CIMA won the AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title and he flaunted it in front of Akiyama & Okada. In return Akiyama showed off the KO-D Title to CIMA. In the match itself, Shigehiro Irie stepped up to Akiyama while El Lindaman wiped out Okada & Makoto Oishi with a Topé Con Hilo. Hideki Okatani was left isolated and picked apart until T-Hawk pinned him. Akiyama showed respect to CIMA after the match by handing him his title and shaking his hand. CIMA then taunted Okada with the belt. In his backstage comment afterwards, Akiyama said he is well aware that he hasn’t won a match since becoming the KO-D Champion.

The Sauna Club’s other defeat on the show was against DAMNATION. When Daisuke Sasaki and Yuki Ueno faced off, Sasaki was able to avoid the WR. Tetsuya Endo eventually made Shunma Katsumata submit but he isn’t interested in chasing after the DDT Extreme Title. Instead he wants the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Still, he thinks champions shouldn’t lose so it’s a bad look for Katsumata.

DAMNATION were trying to get all over their opponents in Match #5. Nobuhiro Shimatani kept getting involved by distracting Yukio Naya and aiding Mad Paulie. Then Soma Takao threw a chairshot but Naya ducked and Paulie got hit instead. Toru Owashi used his Lucha skill to throw Shimatani & Hiroshi Yamato out of the ring. When things went back to normal, Naya beat Paulie in the heavyweight battle and got the win for his team.

Young defeated old in the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles match. The DDT Legend Army saw their chances go up in smoke when HARASHIMA went for the Somato but Akito pulled Danshoku Dieno in the way and made him take the Somato right in the butt. Kazuki Hirata got rid of HARASHIMA while Shota did a Frog Splash on Dieno and then did a dive into Sanshiro Takagi. Akito finished Dieno off by putting him in an Anaconda Vice with a Lip Lock also applied to get the submission win.

After the match, Akito said the Young Communication Generation may not be able to rewrite the history of DDT that their opponents today built but instead they made a new folder for them to create new memories and records in. DAMNATION entered the ring declaring themselves the next challengers. It will be Endo, Takao & Yuji Hino will get a title shot on 14th March.

Hino doesn’t have to worry about Yuki Iino for the time being. He beat him fair and square with the Fucking BOMB and as seen above has already moved on from this feud. Iino however swears that one day he will beat Hino and he will do it with the Spear!

Match #2 was briefly turned into a Handicap match when Antonio Honda’s fake knee injury was so convincing he had to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher. Akai had to fight the NEO Itoh Respect Army on her own but her scream for help was answered by Honda coming to the rescue. He then tripped and hurt his knee again. Maki Itoh created her own Gongitsune to flirt with Honda’s version of it until Akai broke them up. In the end Chris Brookes caught Honda in the Octopus Stretch, making him give up.

In the opener, Shimatani thought Toui Kojima’s name was Oshima. He and Yamato took out Keigo Nakamura with the Double Sliding X, leading to Yamato winning with his finisher.


DDT “NEW YEAR DRAMATIC ITABA SERIES 2021” Results

January 31, 2021

DDT “NEW YEAR DRAMATIC ITABA SERIES 2021”, 31/01/2021
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
101 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Match: Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda and Keigo Nakamura when Owashi pinned both Honda and Nakamura with a Double School Boy (8:23).
2. Yuji Hino, Mad Paulie & Nobuhiro Shimatani defeated Chris Brookes, Yusuke Okada & Toui Kojima when Shimatani submitted Kojima with a Modified Camel Clutch (12:21).
3. Young Communication Generation Vs DDT Legend Army!: HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dieno defeated Akito & Kazuki Hirata when Dieno pinned Akito with the Hell Sword (10:56).
4. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Naya defeated Yuki Ueno & Shunma Katsumata when Naya pinned Katsumata with the Back Drop (10:18).
5. Konosuke Takeshita & MAO defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Mizuki Watase when MAO pinned Watase with the Avalanche Michinoku Driver II (14:05).
6. DAMNATION VS Junretsu!: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani defeated Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao when Akiyama pinned Takao with the Wrist Clutch Exploder Suplex (20:40).

Today was the return of Jun Akiyama from injury and also his last preview match against Tetsuya Endo before their KO-D Openweight Title match. They continued to fight each other after the match until Endo backed out of the ring. Akiyama thanked Endo because he felt today’s match was enough rehabilitation for him. He thinks the right side of the KO-D Title belt looks a little dull so he should polish it before Akiyama takes it off him. Makoto Oishi assured everyone that Akiyama’s strength and power is back to where it was before his absence.

Backstage Akiyama joked he is now unemployed because of his new freelance status. He also cheered up Hideki Okatani when he found out Okatani was disappointed over not winning any matches against DAMNATION while Akiyama was gone. Meanwhile Endo revealed he brought in a new training partner to prepare for the title match. He teased that this person is somebody who knows Akiyama best and everyone will be surprised when the person is unveiled.

Yukio Sakaguchi is getting what he wants from the DDT Sauna Club. Today’s defeat against Konosuke Takeshita & MAO now motivates him to kill the both of them. He promises his title matches with the Sauna Club in Culttz Kawasaki and Nagoya Congress Center will be a war. The likes of MAO and Shunma Katsumata hate the word “war” because saunas are peaceful.

The pairing of Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Naya had a successful warm up match for “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021”. They gave Katsumata a Double Choke Slam and it was Naya who got the pin with a Back Drop. Naya said he is starting over from scratch and has nothing to lose. He will hit Smile Pissari with all of his strength. Higuchi understands and will help him do that.

Danshoku Dieno has come up with a new finishing move. He pressed Akito’s face into his backside and HARASHIMA hit the Somato into Akito from the other side. Dieno then did his own version of the Somato where he hits the move with his crotch instead of the knees. The move is called the Hell Sword. Dieno then tea bagged Akito after the match to add insult to injury. He asked Akito & Kazuki Hirata if they were fooling around when they nominated the DDT old guard for their next KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles defence. All it does it make Dieno the face of DDT again if he wins the championship. His generation will lead DDT again! And if the Young Communication Generation won’t call him the leader of DDT, he will get HARASHIMA to shut them up and follow his orders!

The BOYZ and YaroZ doubleshot in Itabashi Green Hall that was cancelled last year has been rescheduled to 4th April. The BOYZ show will take place on the 2nd Floor while the YaroZ show is held in the 1st Floor.


Video – Akito Vs Toru Sugiura

January 20, 2021

DDT “REPRINT YOUNG COMMUNICATION SPECIAL ISSUE”, 16/01/2021
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall
138 Fans

Akito Vs Toru Sugiura


DDT “REPRINT YOUNG COMMUNICATION SPECIAL ISSUE” Results

January 16, 2021

DDT “REPRINT YOUNG COMMUNICATION SPECIAL ISSUE”, 16/01/2021
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall
138 Fans

1. Michio Kageyama & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi defeated Gota Ihashi & Rion Mizuki when Hiroshi pinned Mizuki with the Ground Cobra Twist (11:19).
2. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Daichi Kazato defeated Soma Takao & Shota when Yoshino pinned Shota with the Thunder Crash (13:01).
3. Toru Sugiura defeated Akito with the Swift Driver (17:12).
4. Double Main Event I – 6-Man Tag Match: Ryuichi Sekine, Kazuki Hirata & FUMA defeated Yukihiro Abe, Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie when Hirata pinned Abe with the Egoist Driver (17:20).
5. Double Main Event II: Hideki Okatani defeated Keigo Nakamura with the Double Arm Suplex (13:35).

The Young Communication reunion displayed just how far that generation of wrestlers has spread across the wrestling scene. There were wrestlers representing DDT, Big Japan, FREEDOMS, BASARA, Ganbare☆Pro, #STRONGHEARTS, Team Dera Pro Wrestling and even an acknowledgement towards defunct promotions like Union Pro and Guts World. Some wrestlers have changed a lot over the decade, others haven’t at all.

The teams for the main event were revealed right before the match began. Shigehiro Irie tearfully hugged Ryuichi Sekine after the match while Kazuki Hirata invited all of the wrestlers into the ring. Shota proudly told everyone this is the Young Communication Generation. FUMA remembered when all of them used to wear similar wrestling gear but now they all have their own unique and gorgeous outfits. Keisuke Ishii wants another reunion so everyone here can wrestle each other again. Yukihiro Abe was honest and admitted he doesn’t have any good memories of the Young Communication shows. But today was the opposite for him. Hirata said today proves that the younger generation has a lot of characters.

Everyone exited the ring, walked to the entrance and took a bow. But instead of leaving, they all returned to ringside. Akito explained that there was one more thing left to do before the show ends. Everyone here was young up and coming wrestlers a decade ago. None of them were main event ready but the Young Communication shows they put on gave them the chance to be in a main event. It is time to pass the torch and let the new generation get their chance because it is difficult to do this in DDT these days. Akito invited Hideki Okatani and Keigo Nakamura into the ring. He was giving them the main event! Okatani was able to avenge his defeat to Nakamura from the start of the year and came out on top.

Akito praised Toru Sugiura for growing into a great champion. Sugiura was also complimentary towards Akito for becoming a Vice President.


DDT “NEW YEAR’S DAY GIFT SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 3,000 YEN SPECIAL BOX OFFICE!! 2021” Results

January 3, 2021

DDT “NEW YEAR’S DAY GIFT SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 3,000 YEN SPECIAL BOX OFFICE!! 2021”, 03/01/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
713 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Keigo Nakamura defeated Hideki Okatani with a Cradle (7:42).
2. Antonio Honda 43rd Birthday & 16th Anniversary Debut Match: Antonio Honda defeated Choun-Shiryu with the Diving Fist Drop (9:14).
3. Yukio Sakaguchi, Saki Akai & Gota Ihashi defeated Toru Owashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Toui Kojima when Sakaguchi pinned Kojima with the PK (9:37).
4. Mad Paulie, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Hiroshi Yamato defeated Makoto Oishi, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya when Paulie pinned Watase with the Reverse Splash (12:19).
5. 1 Vs 3 Handicap Match: Shinya Aoki, Danshoku Dieno & Super Sasadango Machine defeated Sanshiro Takagi when Aoki pinned Takagi with a Jackknife Pin (10:00).
6. Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Yuki Ueno defeated Akito, Kazuki Hirata, Shota & Keisuke Ishii when Ueno pinned Shota with the BME (14:34).
7. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino (w/ Daisuke Sasaki) defeated HARASHIMA, Kazusada Higuchi & Chris Brookes when Endo pinned Brookes with the Shooting Star Press (17:18).

The first DDT show of 2021 was almost entirely a surprise card. The audience only knew what the matches were once they were ready to begin. For the main event HARASHIMA, Kazusada Higuchi & Chris Brookes joined forces to fight DAMNATION. While all of DAMNATION were at ringside, Daisuke Sasaki got directly involved by grabbing Brookes by the leg. Yuji Hino brought it to both HARASHIMA & Higuchi. Soma Takao overheard Higuchi insult CIMA which spurred him on to fight through the Brain Claw. Tetsuya Endo got the win in the end by hitting Brookes with Tetsuya In The Sky, the Swivel Torture Rack Bomb and finally the Shooting Star Press. Endo looked over to Jun Akiyama at the commentary table while the pin was counted.

Shouting was heard over by the entrance after the match. It was Yuki Iino calling for Hino’s attention while the rest of ALL OUT tried to hold him back. Iino pushed his teammates back, entered the ring and demanded to face Hino in an arm wrestling contest on the canvas. Hino was confused but he accepted the challenge and won. Iino got mad over losing and had to be held back again while Konosuke Takeshita introduced him to Hino. He then explained that Iino’s return match from injury will be at “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021” on 14th February when ALL OUT takes on DAMNATION. He then suggested that Iino and Hino have a singles match at the next big event after that. Hisaya Imabayashi agreed to book Iino Vs Hino in Nagoya on 23rd February. ALL OUT dragged Iino away while Endo took the microphone and warned Akiyama that he is always ready. Endo closed out the show by saying this year he is aiming for more than just the Tokyo Sports MVP Award. He wants to make scandalous news stories with glamourous women in the tabloids too!

Another 8-Man Tag pitted the two new units that have unexpectedly taken over DDT in the last few months. All four members of the DDT Sauna Club came out first, followed by the Young Communication Generation. The latter team then surprised everyone by bringing out Keisuke Ishii! Akito warned him about the Sauna Club’s “Heat Wave WER!!” pose but he didn’t understand it. Kazuki Hirata did a Plancha to the outside while Ishii did his work. The Sauna Club isolated Shota and piled on the top rope moves to him. Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Yuki Ueno hit Diving Body Presses one after the other but Ueno’s pin was broken up. Shota caught Ueno in the Gannosuke Clutch but MAO was there to break that pin up. Ueno got to recover and beat Shota with the BME. Backstage Ishii said it was the first time in a long while he wrestled in DDT (not counting BOYZ) and he would like to appear more in 2021 to be with his friends in Young Communication again. Shota wants to make it a year where Ganbare☆Pro doesn’t lose to DDT. Meanwhile Katsumata wants to make 2021 the year of the Sauna Club!

One of the matches was supposed to be Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dieno Vs Shinya Aoki & Super Sasadango Machine. But backstage before the match Dieno, Aoki & Sasadango were all complaining about Takagi’s tweets including one that where Takagi was showing off his calves. The three of them instead decided to gang up on Takagi in a Handicap Match and purposely target his calf. Aoki put him in a Jail Hold while Dieno & Sasadango brought out a bag containing some of Takagi’s personal belongings. Sasadango found Takagi’s wallet, pulled out 29,000 yen in cash and raffled it off to three fans in the audience. Dieno eventually thought things went overboard and he felt sorry for Takagi. It is thanks to Takagi that they get to wrestle this year so the best New Year’s gift is to give Takagi his first win of 2021. Sasadango agreed and with Dieno they both attacked Aoki. Dieno is still recovering from the fire extinguisher attack to his rear but Takagi forced to go into the Hell Gate position. That lost him Sasadango’s support and Takagi was thrown face first into the Hell Gate. Aoki kicked Takagi in the calf, Sasadango did the Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock and Aoki pinned him with a Jackknife. Backstage Sasadango offered to be on Aoki’s team at “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021” because they should be fighting for a better goal than satisfying Takagi’s desires. They like Takagi but will not be used by him anymore!

As Takagi was leaving the ring after his match, he was suddenly approached at ringside by Yusuke Okada! The former All Japan wrestler introduced himself to the audience and told them he wants to experience a new world of pro wrestling now that he became freelance. He asked Takagi if he could have a match in DDT. Takagi questioned his interest in DDT after seeing the match that just happened. He then passed the request over to Imabayashi, who wasn’t expecting that. Imabayashi told Okada he will book him on next week’s Korakuen Hall show on 9th January.

DAMNATION’s good run begun earlier in the show when Mad Paulie, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Hiroshi Yamato beat Makoto Oishi, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya. Paulie threw Yamato onto Watase with an X-Style Iconoclasm. Shimatani then hopped onto Paulie’s back and they jumped on top of Watase for a nearfall when Oishi & Naya broke it up. Paulie then hit Watase with a Lariat and won with the Reverse Splash.

Gota Ihashi didn’t get to wrestle in Korakuen Hall last year so he wanted to make up for lost time. This year he wants to join a unit and rampage all over DDT. There is only one unit he wants to join and that’s Eruption! He came out with his own custom entrance video wearing an Eruption coat made out of posters. He even drew his own version of the Eruption logo calling it Ihaption. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai were bemused over this but it kind of worked out in the end. Akai gave Toru Owashi a Brainbuster and Ihashi went toe to toe with Tomomitsu Matsunaga. Eruption(?) then focused their attacks on Toui Kojima. Ihashi almost lost the match when he missed the Moonsault. Akai kicked Ihashi out of frustration and Sakaguchi tagged himself in to finish Kojima off. Sakaguchi & Akai had enough of Ihashi and walked off on him backstage. However he believes he can continue teaming with Eruption and together they can all go after the KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles.

Antonio Honda’s big day was almost ruined when he tripped on the ropes and hurt his knee. Choun-Shiryu knew what was coming and attacked Honda before he could tell his latest Gongitsune joke. Honda lived up to the big occasion though and hit a Topé Suicida and the Tenzan Tombstone Driver on route to victory.

The first DDT match of 2021 was Keigo Nakamura’s first ever singles victory! He defeated his generation rival Hideki Okatani by cradling his way out of the Double Arm Suplex. Nakamura currently has a 1-3 record against Okatani so he wants to reverse the numbers this year.

Some more matches were booked for “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021”. Akai will be teaming with Maya Yukihi from Ice Ribbon to take on Saori Anou & Miyako Matsumoto. Yukihi said she discovered DDT more than 10 years ago so she is deeply moved to be wrestling a match for them. She thought she was going to fight against Akai but Imabayashi corrected her. Akai always wanted to team with her because she is beautiful and strong. She is also excited to face Anou again. When Imabayashi asked Akai & Yukihi about Matsumoto, they both declined to answer. They were asked again backstage and Yukihi finally had something to say. “In terms of strength, beauty and glamour, Miyako-san will never the best.”

The New Year’s Shuffle Tag Tournament winners Smile Pissari will team again at the Culttz Kawasaki show. HARASHIMA & Yuji Okabayashi will face a team yet to be determined.

Takagi will return to the battlefield for his next DDT Extreme Title defence. He takes on Nabe Yakan from Best Body Pro Wrestling on 10th January. The match was made when earlier in the day Yakan led a bunch of soldiers armed with air guns into the locker room to steal the Extreme Title belt.


Last News Dump For 2020

December 29, 2020

“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2019 ~TOSHIWASHURE! SHUFFLE TAG TOURNAMENT”, 31/12/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1A: Yuji Okabayashi & HARASHIMA Vs Yuya Aoki & Yukio Naya
2. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1B: Akira Hyodo & Makoto Oishi Vs Takuya Nomura & Konosuke Takeshita
3. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1C: Drew Parker & Danshoku Dieno Vs Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yuki Ueno
4. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1D: Hideyoshi Kamitani & Chris Brookes Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Tetsuya Endo
5. Fluorescent Lighttube Death Match: Ryuji Ito Vs Shunma Katsumata
6. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1A Vs Winners Of Match 1B
7. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi Final: Winners Of Match 1C Vs Winners Of Match 1D
8. New Year’s Wrestling 2020 Special 8-Man Tag Match: Yukio Sakaguchi, Kazuki Hashimoto, Daichi Hashimoto & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Takuho Kato, Kosuke Sato, Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani
9. Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: X & X Vs X & X

An earlier start time and smaller card means the show will not cross over into the early hours of 2021. They’re aiming to have the show last only two and a half hours this time around. The Japan Indies Awards 2020 presented by Samurai TV will be handed out in the pre-show.

DDT “NEW YEAR’S DAY GIFT SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 3,000 YEN SPECIAL BOX OFFICE!! 2021”, 03/01/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Antonio Honda 43rd Birthday & 16th Anniversary Debut Match: Antonio Honda Vs Choun-Shiryu

One day after his birthday and one day before the anniversary of his debut match. A perfectly balanced celebration for Antonio Honda. The rest of the card will be announced on the day of the show.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’21”, 04/01/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Arisu Endo Debut Match: Suzume Vs Arisu Endo
2. Marika Kobashi & Moka Miyamoto Vs Pom Harajuku & Haruna Neko
3. Shoko Nakajima Vs Hyper Misao
4. Aja Kong, Mizuki & Raku Vs Miu Watanabe, Nao Kakuta & Mirai Maiumi
5. Sakisama & Mei Saint-Michel Vs Hikari Noa & Sena Shiori
6. Miyu Yamashita Vs Maki Itoh
7. Princess Tag Team Titles: Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino (c) Vs Yuki Kamifuku & Mahiro Kiryu
8. Princess Of Princess Title: Yuka Sakazaki (c) Vs Rika Tatsumi

Arisu Endo was born in Fukushima on 27th April, 1998. She is 150cm tall and her blood type is A. Endo is also a member of the idol group Cheer♡1 and looks up to former unit member Reika Saiki.

DDT “GO TO DDT! VOL. 1”, 09/01/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Keigo Nakamura Vs Toi Kojima
2. Chris Brookes & Shunma Katsumura Vs Mad Paulie & Yuji Hino
3. HARASHIMA & Yukio Naya Vs Konosuke Takeshita & MAO
4. Written By Hajime Takahashi & Masaki Inoue “Does Momotaro’s Kibidango Recognize As An Expense?” Infomercial Match: Akito, Kazuki Hirata, Super Sasadango Machine & Antonio Honda Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Danshoku Dieno, Toru Owashi & Saki Akai
5. DAMNATION Vs Junretsu!: Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Mizuki Watase
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs CIMA & Soma Takao
7. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Shota

Shota is having a late career resurgence, winning the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles and Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title in short succession. He believes that is why Yuki Ueno accepted his challenge for the DDT UNIVERSAL Title. Shota wants to become a leader of the independent scene in 2021 and travel around the world for wrestling. He thinks winning the UNIVERSAL Title will get him overseas bookings. Ueno didn’t want to end 2020 with him getting pinned by Shota so his new year resolution is to avenge that loss as soon as possible. He should respect Shota more and not look down on that result but as the UNIVERSAL Champion he has a standard to live up to. He must not let the title go to someone who can’t decide if he is indie or major.

Unless he shows up on 3rd January, this is Daisuke Sasaki’s return match from injury.

GANBARE☆PRO “CONAN THE GREAT 2021”, 10/01/2021
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. THE HALFEE Vs Pochajo Full Scale Competition: Moeka Haruhi & Shu Sakurai Vs Yumehito Imanari & Yuna Manase
2. Ganjo Special Single Match: HARUKAZE Vs Asuka
3. Ganpro Vs Chiba Full Scale Competition: Ken Ohka, Shuichiro Katsumura & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Yasu Urano, Shinichiro Tominaga & Yuma 24
4. A Special Single Match To Determine Whether “Age Is Just A Number”: Ikuto Hidaka Vs Keisuke Ishii
5. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title – Street Fight Style Special Hardcore Match: Shota (c) Vs Miss Mongol

The day after Shota main events Korakuen Hall for DDT, he gets to defend the World Jr. Indie Title in Ganbare☆Pro against an FMW original. Miss Mongol is annoyed that Ganpro hasn’t booked her in months so she got bold and challenged Shota to a title match. She also wants it to be a Street Fight because of the championship’s origins with FMW.

Ikuto Hidaka’s appearances in Ganpro this year was to show he still has a lot left in the tank despite his age. Keisuke Ishii wants to see it for himself after he beat Hidaka in a tag match a few days ago.

DDT “ISN’T IT DRAMATIC! 2021”, 11/01/2021
Nagoya City Biwajima Sports Center

1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Shunma Katsumata & Toi Kojima
2. Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Yuki Ueno & Keigo Nakamura
3. Konosuke Takeshita & MAO Vs Chris Brookes & Antonio Honda
4. Young Communication Generation Vs DDT Legend Army!: Akito & Shota Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dieno
5. Nagoya Specialty! Doerya Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Yukio Naya Vs Mad Paulie & Yuji Hino
6. DAMNATION Vs Junretsu!: Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao Vs Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Mizuki Watase

The buildup to “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021” is filled with DAMNATION Vs Junretsu matches. We also see the temporary formation of the DDT Legend Army as they prepare for their KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles shot.

Yuji Hino is quickly making friends in DAMNATION, particularly with Mad Paulie.

DDT “REPRINT YOUNG COMMUNICATION SPECIAL ISSUE”, 16/01/2021
Tokyo Narimasu Act Hall

1. Gota Ihashi & Rion Mizuki Vs Michio Kageyama & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
2. Soma Takao & Shota Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Daichi Kazato
3. Akito Vs Toru Sugiura
4. Main Event 6-Man Tag Match: Yukihiro Abe, Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie, Ryuichi Sekine, Kazuki Hirata, FUMA

The Young Communication gang is all back together. Akito and Toru Sugiura are both from the Aichi prefecture so they’re getting paired against each other.

GANBARE☆PRO “BATTLE RUNNER 2021”, 17/01/2021
Osaka Hirano Kumin Hall

1. Ganpro East-West Battle 2021!: Shinichiro Tominaga & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Tsuyoshi Okada & Kota Umeda
2. Woman In Osaka Castle ~Ganjo Special Tag Match~: HARUKAZE & Momoka Hanazono Vs SAKI & Haruka Aikawa
3. Battle Without Honor ~Father Of 2 Children At Home Vs Father Of 2 Children With Child Support~: Ken Ohka Vs Shoichi Uchida
4. Ganpro Osaka Winter Team! THE HALFEE Vs Pocchari Joshi East-West Allied Forces Full Scale Battle!: Katsuzaki Shunosuke, Moehiko Harumisawa & Shu Sakurai Vs Kuuga, Yumehito Imanari & Yuna Manase
5. Ganpro Sanada Maru! Team Drift Vs Team MAKAI Special Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie Vs Shota & Asuka

Shota and Asuka are still on good terms after Shota won the World Jr. Indie Title from her. At least they better be when Team Drift returns to Ganpro.

No comment on the title of Match #3.

DDT “WRESTLING TONKOTSU 2021 ~MOTSUNABE~”, 17/01/2021
Fukuoka Nishitetsu Hall

1. Akito & Makoto Oishi Vs Soma Takao & Azul Dragon
2. Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki & Yuji Hino Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Yukio Naya
3. Hakata Specialty! Seimonbarai Special 6-Man Tag Match: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Chris Brookes Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & MAO

Haven’t seen Azul Dragon in a while. Wonder what he’s been up to. DDT is doing both an afternoon and evening show in Nishitetsu Hall.

DDT “WRESTLING TONKOTSU 2021 ~MIZUTAKI~”, 17/01/2021
Fukuoka Nishitetsu Hall

1. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & MAO
2. Yuji Hino Vs Hideki Okatani
3. DAMNATION Vs Junretsu!: Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao Vs Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Mizuki Watase
4. Only Because It Is! Hakata Specialty Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Ueno Vs Danshoku Dieno & Antonio Honda

Yuto Aijima will be on the evening show.

BASARA “BASARA 146 ~5TH ANNIVERSARY~”, 20/01/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Dragon Contra Dragon: Gouma Ryu Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuji
2. IRON FIST Tag Titles: Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga (c) Vs Isami Kodaka & Daiki Shimomura
3. Union MAX Title: Takumi Tsukamoto (c) Vs FUMA

Isami Kodaka & Daiki Shimomura have won the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT, granting them a shot at Speed Of Sounds.

The loser of the Gouma Ryu Vs Trans-Am ★ Ryuji match will no longer be allowed to use “Ryu” in their name.

DDT “DRAMATIC EVERYONE’S DREAM HAS COME TRUE! 2021”, 23/01/2021
Osaka City Minato Ward Citizens Center

1. Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata Vs Chris Brookes & Danshoku Dieno
2. HARASHIMA, Kazusada Higuchi & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Yuji Hino
3. DAMNATION Vs Junretsu!: Tetsuya Endo & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Jun Akiyama & Makoto Oishi

I have to say, Hino taking on HARASHIMA and the Eruption lads has me excited.

DDT “DRAMATIC 2021 JANUARY SPECIAL”, 28/01/2021
Shinjuku FACE

1. HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Antonio Honda Vs Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Keigo Nakamura
2. DDT Megatonweight Single Match: Yuji Hino Vs Yukio Naya

However, Hino taking on Yukio Naya does not.

DDT “NEW YEAR DRAMATIC ITABA SERIES 2021”, 31/01/2021
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Akito & Kazuki Hirata Vs HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dieno
2. DAMNATION VS Junretsu!: Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Jun Akiyama & Hideki Okatani

This is DDT’s go home show for “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021”. The two matches announced so far preview the two title matches advertised for Culttz Kawasaki.

GAKE NO FUCHI JOSHI PRO “GAKEPPUCHI INFINITE TRAIN 2021”, 05/02/2021
Saitama Wrestle Arena

1. Gake no Fuchi Joshi Vs Pocchari Joshi Full-Scale Competition: Miyako Matsumoto & Chris Brookes Vs Yumehito Imanari & Yuna Manase

After taking half a year off, Gake no Fuchi Joshi will be back in action. Miyako Matsumoto is currently looking for joshi trainees of all shapes and sizes so they can help her make the world a little bit more interesting. In August Matsumoto & Chris Brookes lost to the Pocchari Joshi team of Yumehito Imanari & Yuna Manase at a Bakuha Koshien show. The rematch under Gake no Fuchi Joshi rules promises to be a lot more crazier.

DDT “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021”, 14/02/2021
Culttz Kawasaki

1. KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles: Sanshiro Takagi, X, X & X Vs Shinya Aoki, X, X & X
2. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Super Delfin, Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh Vs MAO, Keigo Nakamura & Mirai Maiumi
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Jun Akiyama

The D-Ou Grand Prix is over for another year and the winner Jun Akiyama gets the KO-D Openweight Title shot against Tetsuya Endo in February. Akiyama put over Endo and the KO-D Title huge by including Endo with Tetsuya Naito and Go Shiozaki as the only three champions that matter to him. Endo did beat Akiyama in their D-Ou group match so Akiyama needs to fight his heart out if he wants to win. Endo watched the final between Akiyama and Konosuke Takeshita, leaving him with some strong opinions. He can tell the difference between the two wrestlers. According to Endo, Takeshita only thinks about himself while Akiyama is thinking about the entire wrestling industry. Endo likes the praise of his title reign he is getting from Akiyama and it makes him proud of increasing the KO-D Title’s value. So when Endo beats Akiyama again in Culttz Kawasaki, he will call the KO-D Title the number one championship in Japan and himself the number one wrestler in Japan!

DDT “FRIENDSHIP, EFFORT, VICTORY IN NAGOYA 2021”, 23/02/2021
Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi, HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dieno

The Young Communication Generation want to defend the 6-Man Tag Titles against the top wrestlers in DDT. To them that means the top names from the generation before them.

The #STRONGHEARTS contingent of CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman & Shigehiro Irie will be on the show. Although I don’t know if Irie will be associated with the group when it comes to the match making.


DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2021 THE FINAL!!” Results

December 27, 2020

DDT “D-OU GRAND PRIX 2021 THE FINAL!!”, 27/12/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
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1. Toui Kojima Debut Match: Hideki Okatani defeated Toui Kojima with a Crab Hold (5:59).
2. 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda defeated Toru Owashi and Nobuhiro Shimatani when Honda pinned Shimatani with the Diving Fist Drop (8:15).
3. Hold Your Stomach! Forget The Year Special Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Danshoku Dieno defeated Nayashiro Nayagi & Super Sasadango Machine when Takagi pinned Nayagi with the Stone Cold Stunner (7:40).
4. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Makoto Oishi, Mizuki Watase & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Higuchi submitted Watase with the Brain Claw (7:35).
5. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao, Mad Paulie & Yuji Hino (w/ Daisuke Sasaki) defeated HARASHIMA, Chris Brookes, Shinya Aoki & Keigo Nakamura when Hino pinned Nakamura with the Diving Body Press (12:56).
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Akito, Kazuki Hirata & Shota (c) defeated Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Yuki Ueno when Shota pinned Ueno with the Gannosuke Clutch (12:53).
*V1 for Young Communicaton Generation.
7. D-Ou Grand Prix 2021 – Final: Jun Akiyama defeated Konosuke Takeshita by TKO with a Modified Armlock (23:29).

You can now add a former Champion Carnival winner to the short list of D-Ou Grand Prix champions. Jun Akiyama overcame an injured leg to defeat his foe Konosuke Takeshita in the final. The leg injury came when Takeshita caught a Stomp and gave Akiyama a Dragon Screw. From there Takeshita targeted the leg with attacks against the ring post as well as wrestling holds to that limb. What evened the score was Takeshita going into the match with an injured arm that Akiyama could focus on. German and Exploder Suplexes were exchanged and Akiyama Headbutted his way out of a Cross-Arm German Suplex. Seeing his chance, Akiyama applied a Chickenwing Armlock and rolled Takeshita into the centre of the ring. Takeshita struggled to move and soon became lifeless. That caused Yukinori Matsui to end the match and award Akiyama the tournament!

Akiyama received his trophy and praised the field of wrestlers who competed in the Grand Prix this year. He faced a lot of great DDT wrestlers. In fact he lost to two of them in the tournament. But he is the one standing on top in the end. There are only three singles champions in Japan he recognises today: Tetsuya Naito with the IWGP Heavyweight Title, Go Shiozaki with the GHC Heavyweight Title and Tetsuya Endo with the KO-D Openweight Title. (Akiyama later explained he only recognises those championships because Naito, Shiozaki and Endo all won Tokyo Sports Awards this year. All Japan was shut out of the awards so he unfortunately no longer sees the Triple Crown as a major championship. If AJPW can win over the community and the pro wrestling media in 2021, then he will change his tune.) Akiyama now gets to face Endo in a rematch on 14th February in Culttz Kawasaki, this time for the KO-D Title. Akiyama thanked Sanshiro Takagi for inviting him to coach in DDT back in May. He also thanked the wrestlers, staff and fans for accepting him. Lastly, he thanked the All Japan fans too.

From the get go, the DDT Sauna Club did their “Heat Wave WER!!” pose to the Young Communication Generation. In response, Kazuki Hirata & Shota did the post back to their opponents while Akito looked on embarrassed by the situation. Shunma Katsumata hit the Stuka Splash on Hirata. MAO & Yuki Ueno then both leapt across the ring with Frog Splashes on Shota & Hirata. Ueno tried to hit Shota with the WR but Shota maneuvered his way into the Gannosuke Clutch to steal the win. The two teams were satisfied with their match and Akito now understands the power of the sauna.

Shota then turned his attention to Ueno and challenged him for the DDT UNIVERSAL Title. Shota wants to become a leader of the independent scene in 2021 and he is already on his way with two championshps. That’s not enough, he wants a third title that can let him travel around the world. Ueno accepted and the match will happen on 9th January as the Korakuen Hall main event! Akito then asked if his team can next defend the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles in his hometown of Nagoya when DDT goes there on 23rd February. He wants to defend the belts against DDT’s top wrestlers: Sanshiro Takagi, HARASHIMA & Danshoku Dieno! Young Communication want to beat the guys they looked up to when they were young. Then in 2021 they will all become main eventers of the indie world!

DAMNATION are looking unstoppable with the addition of Yuji Hino to their ranks. The heavyweight freelancer crushed Keigo Nakamura with a Diving Body Press to win the 8-Man Tag. He also overpowered HARASHIMA in a Chop Battle. Endo went through a few exchanges with Chris Brookes that ultimately ended with Endo hitting the Sasuke Special onto Brookes and a bunch of other wrestlers outside the ring. Shinya Aoki was the one who posed a big threat when he took down Soma Takao but DAMNATION all ganged up on him. Still, Aoki kicked out after taking a string of diving moves Endo and Takao did off of Mad Paulie’s back. After the match Daisuke Sasaki reintroduced Hino to the DDT fans. He said DAMNATION will mess up DDT’s ring in 2021! Hino told him he would like to go wild and have fun with his new friends. Backstage he also said he would like to win the KO-D Title because he thinks he held it before (he did). Endo doesn’t seem too enthused about that.

2020 ends on a strong note for Eruption. The finish to their match saw Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai run opposite ways on the apron to do Penalty Kicks to Makoto Oishi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga. Akai then dove on top of them while Kazusada Higuchi applied a Lifted Brain Claw to Mizuki Watase for the victory.

Let’s be frank, Yukio Naya doesn’t know how to be Sanshiro Takagi. He needed Super Sasadango Machine to teach him when to do the “FIRE!” pose in time with the entrance music. The real Takagi demanded Danshoku Dieno to go into the Hell Gate position but he declined. Sasadango had to explain that Dieno’s backside was burned after he was sprayed with a CO2 fire extinguisher during this week’s Street Wrestling match. Takagi eventually made Dieno climb the turnbuckle and bend over, no matter how much it hurt him. Sasadango revealed he is now a shareholder of CyberAgent and attacked Takagi with his stock certificate to prove it. Sasadango’s mask slipped up when he took an Atomic Drop and he fell face first into Dieno’s backside. Takagi then stuck his fingers into Dieno’s butt, stuck them up to Naya’s nose and gave him the Stunner for the win.

The 3 Way Match briefly became two on one with Antonio Honda & Nobuhiro Shimatani joining forces to fight Toru Owashi. Gongitusune was turned into a heart shape that attracted Honda and Owashi to each other. Shimatani kept them apart but then found himself moving towards Yukinori Matsui for a possible tender embrace. Owashi & Honda both gave Shimatani a School Boy but no count happened because Matsui had his eye closed waiting to be kissed. Matsui was brought back down to Earth and Honda pinned Shimatani with the Diving Fist Drop.

The debuting Toui Kojima was put to the test against Hideki Okatani. Kojima used a Diving Body Attack from the middle rope and also a Running Double Chop. His big move of the match was a Full Nelson Buster for a 2 count. Okatani hit back with a Vertical Chop and the Northern Lights Suplex. Kojima kicked out but was put in a Crab Hold to make him submit. In his post-match interview Kojima said he wants to be a cool wrestler just by standing, like Randy Orton. He was also nervous about today’s debut. Last night he received a message of encouragement from Satoshi Kojima which only made him even more nervous. Satoshi supports him because he always likes seeing another Kojima in wrestling.

Honda’s 16th Anniversary match will be against Choun-Shiryu on 3rd January. The rest of the card for that Korakuen show will be kept secret until the show starts.