DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~” Results

May 10, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~”, 10/05/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
796 Fans

1. Conflict Settlement! Thoroughbred Vs Mad Dog: LEONA defeated Mizuki Watase with a Running Elbow Bat (5:55).
2. 1st DNA Spring Character Festival: Royce Isaacs, Rekka & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Yuji Okabayashi, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshimura pinned Shimatani with the Throwaway Power Bomb (9:42).
*Naomi Yoshimura wins Nobuhiro Shimatani’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 3rd Battle: Go Shiozaki defeated Dai Suzuki with the Strong Lariat (5:28).
4. Spaceman Plancha Confrontation: TAKA Michinoku defeated MAO with the Just Facelock (9:19).
5. Osaka City Blooming Flower High School Classmate Confrontation: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Yuki Ueno with the German Suplex (6:58).
6. Third Degree Honesty: Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Kouki Iwasaki with the Perfect Yurikamome Hold (6:58).
7. PREMIUM GIG – I Will Get The DNA Of Junior: Kotaro Suzuki defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Mass Driver (9:50).
8. MAIN GIG – DNA Strongest Decision: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Mike Bailey with the Goten (18:57).

How does that saying go, “If you come at the king, you best not miss?” Well, Mike Bailey didn’t exactly miss but Kazusada Higuchi was there ready and waiting for him with a bang. The main event of DNA’s first show in Korakuen Hall ended when Bailey went for the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. While he was in the air Higuchi got up to his feet and caught Bailey on the way down with a Lariat. It was such a big hit that nothing could stop Higuchi from hitting the Goten afterwards to win.

The end of the show had Sanshiro Takagi come down to the ring for an announcement. Today Higuchi is graduating from DNA and from tomorrow he will be fully affiliated with DDT! Higuchi thanked Takagi but had one favour to ask in return. He wants to help DNA fill up Korakuen Hall when they return on 4th July so he asked if he could stay affiliated with DNA until then. Takagi accepted the request. Higuchi’s final match as a DNA wrestler takes place on 4th July.

For the last few months in DNA, Shunma Katsumata has bonded with Kotaro Suzuki as both an opponent and a teammate. He got to put everything he learned into one more test with Suzuki but sadly could not beat him. Suzuki countered the Swan Dive X Factor with a Rolling Elbow then hit the Blue Destiny. Katsumata kicked out but it was all over when Suzuki did the Mass Driver. Katsumata wishes he could have done more to win but if he relived the last two months in DNA he would not have changed a thing.

It’s not everyday you get to see Kazushi Sakuraba hit a Plancha but he did one to Kouki Iwasaki. He also twisted Iwasaki in knots but Iwasaki wouldn’t give up. Sakuraba eventually got bored so held Iwasaki’s shoulders down to the match for the three count. Iwasaki was left frustrated by the loss.

From the high school classroom to the wrestling ring, Yuki Ueno got to face his buddy Konosuke Takeshita one on one for the first time. Even though they are the same age the gap in experience is huge and Ueno faced an uphill battle throughout. Takeshita encouraged him to continue but the end result was of no surprise to anyone. What was surprising was Ueno slapping Takeshita’s hand away when he was offered a handshake after the match.

High dives out of the ring was promised in the match between MAO and TAKA Michinoku. MAO delivered with a Spaceman Topé Con Hilo. However a missed Cannonball 450 gave TAKA control of the match and MAO could never get back into it. He kicked out of the Super Kick but ultimately failed to fight off the Cross Facelock. TAKA was impressed with MAO’s dives. He really thought it looked like an alien was flying towards him. He also thinks MAO has the kind of body that can let him become a heavyweight without losing his agility. The match was important for MAO because he is from Tohoku, the home of Michinoku Pro. Plus he was a fan of TAKA when he was a kid.

Dai Suzuki came out with new gear and new music for the big occasion. Now he needs a new chest after Go Shiozaki obliterated it with Machine Gun Chops. A few Lariats and Brainbusters made the five minute match feel like an eternity for poor Suzuki. For the rest of his trial series Suzuki will got through a 4 Vs 1 gauntlet match. However to give him a decent chance to survive the seven minute time limit will apply to the four matches combined. Surely Suzuki can’t lose four times in seven minutes.

Naomi Yoshimura got his hands on a Right To Challenge Contract! He blocked a Tornado DDT from Nobuhiro Shimatani and countered a Cradle into a Power Slam. A painful landing from the Throwaway Power Bomb ended the match. Rekka said Yuji Okabayashi’s Chops hurts so much but he still wants to take them. He hopes to have a singles match with Okabayashi soon.

In a battle of Running Forearms and Elbow Smashes, LEONA came out on top against Mizuki Watase. As much as he tried to tough it out, one clean Elbow Bat put Watase down for the three count. He accepted the result and shook LEONA’s hand afterwards. Today was LEONA’s day but next time, Watase will get his!

DNA returns to Korakuen Hall on 4th July. DNA will also hold their own Beer Garden show in Shinjuku FACE on 5th August. That show is being advertised as the beginning of Chapter 3 for DNA.


BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~” Results

April 29, 2017

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
775 Fans

1. Takato Nakano Debut Match: Isami Kodaka defeated Takato Nakano with a Half Crab Hold (6:27).
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial “Best Stretchman V3 In Reverse”: Best Stretchman V3 defeated Gouma Ryu, Atsushi Maruyama and Tatsuhiko Yoshino when Stretchman pinned Ryu with the Best Stretch Bomb (8:01).
3. IRON PRIEST Vs Gingin Boys: YO-HEY & Kenshin Chikano defeated FUMA & Hagane when YO-HEY pinned FUMA with the Bamboo Dragon Fly (12:21).
4. Super Pro Wrestling Ring Wars 2017 ~Japan Vs Trans-Am~ True Patriotic Pinfall: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Shinya & Trans-Am ★ Tanaka defeated Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe when Hiroshi pinned Sekine with the Stars And Stripes Leg Drop (9:17).
5. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Dick Togo defeated Yusuke Kubo with a Gedo Clutch (9:34).
6. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Yuji Okabayashi defeated Isami Kodaka with the Argentine Backbreaker (11:28).
7. Hardcore Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT defeated Gunso & Shoichi Uchida when SAGAT pinned Uchida with the Gore Grind (16:54).
8. Union MAX Title – BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) defeated Ryota Nakatsu with the Perfect Five (16:11).
*V1 for Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi.

The 2nd half of today’s Korakuen Hall doubleshot was held by BASARA for their second ever visit to the building. The Trans-Am ★ Family were dominant with wins in both of their big matches. Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi successfully defended the Union MAX Title against Ryota Nakatsu in the main event. Ryuichi yelled “C’mon Young Boy!” at Nakatsu as they wrestled but Nakatsu reversed the roles when he hulked up against the champion’s offence late in the match. Sadly for Nakatsu he was knocked loopy with the Luxurious Lariat and Ryuichi put him away with the Perfect Five. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi congratulated Ryuichi after the match and they both spoke in English about the upcoming Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ tournament.

A table, ladder and a pile of chairs were placed in the ring and dub music played over the sound system for the Hardcore Tag Match. After several failed attempts SAGAT finally earned a win over Gunso although he had to pin Shoichi Uchida to do it. Takumi Tsukamoto hit Uchida with the O’Cannon Bomb after Uchida missed a Splash from the top of the ladder. Tsukamoto then held Gunso back while SAGAT pinned Uchida with the Gore Grind.

Gunso wasn’t shaken by his team’s loss. He describes hardcore wrestling like it was a sushi shop and Dove Pro Wrestling’s “sushi” is the best! He wants more BASARA Vs Dove Pro Wrestling matches but wants to hear what BASARA’s “sushi store manager” Isami Kodaka has to say. Kodaka played along with Gunso’s metaphors and called BASARA a family restaurant. Gunso challenged Kodaka to send BASARA wrestlers over to Dove Pro. Kodaka couldn’t agree to it but made a deal with Gunso. BASARA will be holding two shows at Shin-Kiba 1st RING in August, one on the 23rd and one on the 24th. They are offering to book Dove Pro wrestlers to take part in the shows. Gunso accepted and said he will bring the entire roster. Kodaka told him he can’t do that. Gunso must choose who to bring because BASARA can’t afford to pay the travelling expenses for an entire outside roster. Kodaka then warned that he is preparing his best dish for the Dove Pro wrestlers the show. He is preparing SAGAT!

Kodaka went into his match with Yuji Okabayashi knowing that it would be almost impossible to beat him. That turned out to be right but hey at least he tried. Kodaka had a few tricks up his sleeve like trying to goad Okabayashi into throwing Chops that were easy to dodge. He also targeted his leg and was able to Suplex him onto the floor while they were outside the ring. Tatsuhiko Yoshino even begged for Okabayashi to get counted out so it wouldn’t ruin Kodaka’s special day in Korakuen. Okabayashi did not oblige and when he got his hands on Kodaka he didn’t waste his opportunities. Kodaka had some chances here and there like moving away from the Golem Splash and getting a two count with La Magistral Cradle. But Okabayashi caught him with a Power Bomb and lifted him back up into the Argentine Backbreaker for the submission victory. Okabayashi said that power is everything. It doesn’t matter what skill and tricks Kodaka has, Okabayashi will always bounce back with power!

Dick Togo out-wrestled Yusuke Kubo in a match between teacher and student. Togo was one step ahead most of the time and countered Kubo’s Goro Suplex into the Pedigree. Kubo blocked the move but Togo manoeuvred him into a Gedo Clutch for the match winning pinfall. Kubo bowed to Togo after the match. In a backstage interview, Kubo said he was 17 years old when he first met Togo. He is 30 now. He went into this match thinking it was the beginning of the end for him but Togo proved that there is a lot left for him to do.

A true patriotic battle took place as the Trans-Am ★ Family fought Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe. A team could only win when one of their wrestlers used their country’s flag to pin an opponent for the three count. Trans-Am ★ Tanaka was seen for the first time yet wasn’t told about the rules so he went straight for the Minoru Special on Abe. The fans rallied more behind the Trans-Am ★ Family and gave “USA!” chants although they were followed by some “Nippon!” chants afterwards. The family got rid of Masamune & Abe so were able to focus their efforts on Sekine. He couldn’t withstand the numbers game and Hiroshi gave him with a Leg Drop with the Stars And Stripes on top of him to win the match.

The Gingin Boys made quite an entrance, hugging fans of all gender and getting them to place money in their tights and mouths. They scored a big win over IRON PRIEST by isolating FUMA from Hagane. At first FUMA had things in control and hit his big moves on YO-HEY. But a successful dodge led FUMA into a High Kick from Kenshin Chikano. YO-HEY then upped the pressure on FUMA until he pinned him with the Bamboo Dragon Fly, a multiple spinning splash from the top rope.

Court was in session as Best Stretchman V3 was put on trial by Tatsuhiko Yoshino. The two had to be held apart by Gouma Ryu and Atsushi Maruyama when they were all in the ring. Stretchman was accused of defamation when he called Yoshino a monster at the last BASARA show in Shin-Kiba. Ryu defended Stretchman by claiming his words were never meant to be taken under offence. He explained that Yoshino was an orthodox wrestler in Guts World but developed into a monster when he moved up to Big Japan. Yoshino disagreed and felt it was still meant to be an insult. Things took a turn when Maruyama pointed out that Ryu’s mother was in the audience. Ryu then took out one of his handwritten notes and read it to everyone. He said that he studied hard to become a lawyer so it would please his mother. But the work he did was so hard that he became a pro wrestler to bring him some relief. He hid this from his mother for so long that it became unbearable and he finally wanted her to learn the truth! Everyone was touched by this except for Yoshino. He attacked Ryu and told Maruyama to join in. Stretchman came to the rescue and fought them off. Ryu shook his hand as thanks but Stretchman then gave him the Best Stretch Bomb for the three count. Stretchman was declared Not Guilty by the judge.

Kodaka welcomed BASARA’s newest wrestler Takato Nakano by being his opponent for his debut match. Nakano wore a purple “Buddha-style” costume and was put through his paces by the veteran Kodaka. He was able to catch Kodaka with a Christo and a Wheelbarrow Facecrusher but otherwise it was all Kodaka in this match. Nakano tapped out to the Half Crab, as is tradition for debut matches in Japan. Kodaka encouraged Nakano to get back to his feet on his own after the match.


Yasu Urano Becomes A Freelancer, Golden Week Schedule, Ganpuro Nonsense

April 28, 2017

Yasu Urano announced yesterday that he will no longer be affiliated with DDT and will be going freelance at the end of May. Urano has been wrestling for 17 years and has been with DDT for the last ten. He wants to expand his horizons with the remaining time he has left as a wrestler. He has no concrete plan for the future but there are many wrestlers out there that he has never fought before. Sanshiro Takagi encouraged him to consider wrestling abroad. He also suggested Urano to set up his own group and call it either Socrates or Wrestle Socrates because Urano is a wrestling philosopher. Urano had already gone over his decision with the rest of Smile Squash before going public. HARASHIMA didn’t believe him the first time he was told. The second time Urano told him he assured that he wasn’t quitting pro wrestling. As for Soma Takao, Urano didn’t know what to tell him so he just sent him a LINE message saying “Sorry”. He will still be a part of Smile Squash until he goes freelance but what will happen to that relationship afterwards is anyone’s guess. Urano still intends to make appearances for DDT here and there. He confirmed that he will a part of “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017” on 20th August.

DDT “MAX BUMP 2017”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Daiki Shimomura Vs Yuki Ueno
1. Hungry Black Bass Again Vs Crimson Nobelman: Akito Vs Soma Takao
2. Rocky Of Naniwa II And Blonde Beautiful Heidi First Time Encounter: KUDO, Masahiro Taknashi & Saki Akai Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Heidi Katrina
3. Worldwide Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey Vs Shigehiro Irie & Kazusada Higuchi
4. DDT Extreme Title Next Challenger Decision 5 Way Match: Keisuke Ishii Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yasu Urano Vs Kouki Iwasaki Vs Royce Isaacs
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – Kazuki Hirata Only Loser Deportation Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

Golden Week begins with a DDT/BASARA double header in Korakuen Hall. Best friends turned bitter enemies Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo headline the DDT show with the KO-D Openweight Title on the line. Endo doesn’t care much about becoming the champion. His primary goal is to crush and humiliate Takeshita.

NωA will debut their new song “We are the HERO” during the show.

The current Right To Challenge contract holders are HARASHIMA, Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazuki Hirata and Nobuhiro Shimatani.

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Takato Nakano Debut Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Takato Nakano
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial “Best Stretchman V3 In Reverse”: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs Best Stretchman V3 Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. IRON PRIEST Vs Gingin Boys: FUMA & Hagane Vs YO-HEY & Kenshin Chikano
4. Hardcore Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT Vs Gunso & Shoichi Uchida
5. Super Pro Wrestling Ring Wars 2017 ~Japan Vs Trans-Am~ True Patriotic Pinfall: Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Shinya & Trans-Am ★ Tanaka
6. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Yusuke Kubo Vs Dick Togo
7. BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Yuji Okabayashi
8. Union MAX Title – BASARA Three Major Special Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi is boasting of his abilities with his clear, easy to understand English spoken in an obviously American accent. He call himself the best stripper and best wrestler in the world with a perfect body that Ryota Nakatsu cannot beat. Nakatsu doesn’t believe a word that comes out of Ryuichi’s mouth. He is convinced it is really Ryuichi Kawamura playing a character. Regardless it is Nakatsu’s desire to win the Union MAX Title that drives him. He watched the belt be defended in Union Pro but never progressed far enough to challenge for the title before Union closed down.

Isami Kodaka has two matches to prepare for on the show. He will be the first opponent for the debuting rookie Takato Nakano. Then later in the show he faces the Big Japan golem Yuji Okabayashi in a first time singles match. When thinking up strategies for the match Kodaka came to the conclusion that it will be impossible to beat Okabayashi in a straightforward wrestling match. With that said he is still practicing a lot of different ideas to try and win.

The Japan Vs America rivalry continues further down the card. Ryuichi Sekine doesn’t care if the political relationship between the two countries is currently nice and friendly. He thinks his 6-Man Tag match against the Trans-Am ★ Family will be the biggest fight of the century. He wants to this match to show all the great things about the Japanese. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi responded that he loves Japan. He loves the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the pretty women in kimonos and Tokyo Disneyland. The only thing he does not like about Japan are three particular people: Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe! Japan can improve as a country if those three people learn to speak English. So Hiroshi asked for the match to be a True Patriotic Pinfall match. The match can only be won by pinfall and the wrestlers have to cover their opponent with their country’s flag on top of them. Sekine is against the stipulation because his finisher is a submission move. The rule may also backfire on the Trans-Am ★ Family if the rumour that Trans-Am ★ Tanaka is really submission specialist Minoru Tanaka turns out to be true.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN OSAKA!”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Yuna Manase Vs Azusa Takigawa
2. Miyu Yamashita Vs Nonoko
3. Itoh Maki & Mizuki Vs Reika Saiki & Marika Kobashi
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Syoko Nakajima & Mil Clown
5. SIN Biishiki-gun Vs Dragon Bombers – No Countout Rules: Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone

Is the No Countout Rule enough for the Dragon Bombers to finally beat SIN Biishiki-gun?

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “TOKYO 2017”, 30/04/2017
Osaka Hirano Community Hall

1. Enjo-gun, Osaka’s First Visit!: Mitomi Masayuki & Shibata Vs Daina Mido & Hiroto Okubo
2. Ganbare Wrestling In OSAKA Special Single Match: Yukinori Abe Vs Hiro Tonai
3. No Protein 15,000 Calorie Intake Bombardment Double Sweet Death Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Bambi
4. I Return To Chiba’s Grace In Osaka: Minoru Fujita & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Yasu Urano & MIYAWAKI
5. Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Ken Ohka (c) Vs Atsushi Maruyama

According to Atsushi Maruyama, his Buzzsaw Kick has been given the official TAJIRI seal of approval. Maruyama’s next booking for Ganpuro after this show won’t be until 31st May. Ken Ohka has confirmed that if he loses the Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Title to Maryama then there will not be a title rematch on that date.

During the press conference to promote Ganpuro’s upcoming events, Minoru Fujita briefly dropped by to give Ohka a gift he bought in Shinjuku.

Yumehito Imanari is training for the Double Sweet Death Match by eating a very sweet cinnamon roll he purchased last week. The downside to this is the roll is already a bit mouldy.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM DEBASAKI~”, 03/05/2017
Nagoya City North Sports Center

1. Smile Squash Vs DNA!: Soma Takao & Yasu Urano Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Nagoya Specialty! Miso Cutlet Single Match: HARASHIMA Vs MAO

Will Urano and Soma Takao’s awkward partnership be fixed before Urano leaves DDT?

DDT “TOYONAKA LOVE STORY 2017”, 04/05/2017
Osaka Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Yuni Vs Makoto Oishi & MAO
2. DDT Megaton Class One Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mad Paulie

DDT is offering some Big Boy Wrestling in Toyonaka!

DDT “IBARAKI IS THE BEST 2017”, 06/05/2017
Ibaraki Tsukuba Capio

1. Hell Gate Of The Idol Challenge: Danshoku Dino Vs Shunma Katsumata
2. Smile Squash Vs Shuten-dōji: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi

Can’t let Urano leave without one more match against Shuten-dōji.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “DANCE POPOCHOLINE 2017”, 07/05/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Mixed Martial Arts Warfare ~ Kickboxing Vs Karate Chop: Tanomusaku Toba Vs Chikara
2. Yumehito Vs “X”: Yumehito Imanari Vs X
3. Great COSMOS 2017: Shuichiro Katsumura & Yukihiro Abe Vs Ganbare The Great & Takafumi Ito
4. GANPRO SUPERSTAR WAR!!: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

During the press conference to promote Ganpuro’s upcoming events, Ganbare The Great briefly dropped by to give Ohka a gift he bought in Shinjuku.

The only hint Ohka is giving for the identity of Imanari’s mystery opponent is it’s a superb and popular wrestler.

The Kickboxing Vs Karate Chop match will consist of an unlimited amount of three minute rounds until there is a winner.


Sasaki Vs Togo Ultimate Submission, Royce Isaac’s Miracle Ass, Kodaka Gets Okabayashi

April 10, 2017

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TANKOSETSU~”, 11/04/2017
Fukuoka Omuta City Cultural Center Small Hall

1. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Antonio Honda
2. Noble Child! Idol! Sumo Wrestler! Enchanting 3 Way Match: Soma Takao Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Toru Owashi
3. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Shunma Katsumata
4. T2Hide Vs DAMNATION!: Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
5. Takeshita & Akito Vs Shuten-dōji!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi
6. Omuta Specialty! The Moon Comes Out! Gorgeous 6-Man Tag Match: Yoshihiro Takayama, Shigehiro Irie & Yuto Aijima Vs Akebono, HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano

Smile Squash found a big name for a temporary replacement for Akito. They now have Akebono!

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMANGU~”, 12/04/2017
Fukuoka Sazanpia Hakata

1. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Yoshihiro Takayama, Danshoku Dino & Toru Owashi
2. Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Soma Takao & Kazusada Higuchi
3. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Shigehiro Irie & Antonio Honda
4. Speaking Of Idols The Second Game Of Trials!: Shunma Katsumata Vs Keisuke Ishii
5. Speaking Of Idols The Second Game Of Trials!: Makoto Oishi Vs Azul Dragon
6. Takeshita & Akito Vs Smile Squash!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano

The main event is a little awkward but we’ll see what Akito is like going against his former teammates.

DDT “DAMNATION ILLEGAL GATHERING”, 14/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs X
2. 3 Way Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Ryuichi Sekine Vs Yusuke Kodama
3. Falls Count Anywhere 6-Man Tag Team Match: HARASHIMA, Brahmin Shu & Brahmin Kei Vs Antonio Honda, Masahiro Takanashi & Gota Ihashi
4. Shuji Ishikawa & Mad Paulie Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato
5. DDT Extreme Title – Ultimate Submission Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Dick Togo

The Ultimate Submission Match has a 30 minute time limit. Whoever gets the most submission victories within that time limit wins the DDT Extreme Title.

The last time DAMNATION put Nobuhiro Shimatani in a singles match it was against Shuji Ishikawa. Then they had several rematches throughout that show. Shimatani is going to have a long day ahead of him.

BASARA “VAJRA 33 ~RICH IN SPRING AND FALL~”, 19/04/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Preliminary Preparation For Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama
2. Episode 3 – “Best Stretchman V3 Angry Special Training”: Best Stretchman V3 & Tsutomu Oosugi Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Fuminori Abe
3. IRON PRIEST Vs B FAULTLESS JUNKY’s: FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & Hagane Vs Takumi Tsukamoto, Jaki Numazawa & Masashi Takeda
4. Double ★ Trans-Am Vs Cavalry!: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
5. Hardcore Tag Match: Isami Kodaka & SAGAT Vs Gunso & Naoki Tanizaki

Gunso’s success in Hardcore Matches in BASARA has now gotten Isami Kodaka’s attention. So now Gunso has Naoki Tanizaki coming in to back him up!

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.32 ~COME TOGETHER~”, 21/04/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Shogun Okamoto & Royce Isaacs Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 2nd Battle: Dai Suzuki Vs Masato Tanaka
4. Kotaro Suzuki & LEONA Vs Mizuki Watase & MAO
5. Kazushi Sakuraba & Kendo Kashin Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mike Bailey
6. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Shunma Katsumata

The winner of the main event faces Mike Bailey at the 10th May Korakuen Hall show.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TOGETSUKYO~”, 22/04/2017
Kyoto KBS Hall

1. Soma Takao Vs Makoto Oishi
2. 3 Way Match: Keisuke Ishii Vs KUDO Vs Shunma Katsumata
3. Yoshihiro Takayama, Danshoku Dino & Royce Isaacs Vs Toru Owashi, Kazusada Higuchi & Antonio Honda
4. Shigehiro Irie & Mike Bailey Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata
5. Takeshita & Akito Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. Saki Akai, The Second Local Triumph! Kyoto Specialty 6-Man Tag Match: Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Saki Akai Vs HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Syoko Nakajima

Syoko Nakajima gets the call up from Tokyo Joshi Pro to oppose Saki Akai in her homecoming match.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM TEMPURAMANJU~”, 23/04/2017
Nagano City Arts Center

1. Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Keisuke Ishii
2. KUDO & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda & Mike Bailey
3. Smile Squash Vs DNA!: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Yasu Urano Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Shunma Katsumata & Guanchulo
4. Number One In DDT Most Popular Decision Battle!: Shigehiro Irie Vs Mizuki Watase
5. Takeshita & Akito Vs DAMNATION!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo
6. DDT Nagano Sales Manager, Toru Owashi Local Triumph ~ T2Hide Vs World’s Cutest Hips: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Royce Isaacs

Danshoku Dino held a Coming Out party for Royce Isaacs at the Cholesterol Bar in Shinjuku earlier today. Isaacs explained that when he used the Lip Lock on Antonio Honda during their match at the weekend he felt comfortable with the action. Although he worked hard in America he was never happy with the situation he was in. But when he came to Japan and met Dino he was convinced to come out as gay. Dino explained that he saw the gay wrestler in Isaacs and felt a little outraged that Isaacs was holding it back. So to help him out he brought him to this bar and asked the owner Mr. Takuya if Isaacs can become accepted as a gay wrestler. Takuya said of course he would, he can even reach high enough to be No. 1! Isaacs said that even though he currently holds a Right To Challenge contract, he knows that everyone is more interested in his “Miracle Ass”. He then showed some examples of what he is talking about by using his ass to cut a banana in half, open a bottle of champagne and cook raw eggs. Dino, Takuya and Amon Tsurumi tasted each of the food and were delighted by the taste! Isaacs said everyone will get to see the Miracle Ass in action before he cashes in his RTC contract.

DDT “MAX BUMP 2017”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – Kazuki Hirata Only Loser Deportation Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi (c) Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dino
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

In order to get a title shot, T2Hide agreed to put Kazuki Hirata’s citizenship on the line. If they lose, Hirata gets kicked out of Japan. If that’s not bad enough, Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi might have to sing his entrance music a cappella again.

BASARA “VAJRA 34 ~LION DASH~”, 29/04/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Takato Nakano Debut Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Takato Nakano
2. Great Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial “Best Stretchman V3 In Reverse”: Gouma Ryu Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs Best Stretchman V3 Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. Hardcore Tag Match: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT Vs Gunso & Shoichi Uchida
4. Super Pro Wrestling Ring Wars 2017 ~Japan Vs Trans-Am~: Masamune, Ryuichi Sekine & Fuminori Abe Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Trans-Am ★ Shinya & Trans-Am ★ Tanaka
5. IRON PRIEST Vs Gingin Boys: FUMA & Hagane Vs YO-HEY & Kenshin Chikano
6. BASARA Three Major Single Match: Yusuke Kubo Vs Dick Togo
7. BASARA Three Major Single Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Yuji Okabayashi
8. Union MAX Title – BASARA Three Major Single Match: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi (c) Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Isami Kodaka is working twice on this show. First up he will introduce rookie Takato Nakano to BASARA then he will go one on one with Yuji Okabayashi! This will be the first ever singles match between the two.

In another big match, Yusuke Kubo faces his mentor Dick Togo.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN SHINJUKU!”, 04/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Yuka Sakazaki

Yuka Sakazaki has finished her training and is ready to come back from the Magical Country to win the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title. She’ll be switching places back with her twin sister Mil Clown. Clown received a message to go back to the Magical Country. Is this the last we have seen of her?


DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~” Results

February 23, 2017

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DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
Shinjuku FACE
450 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Guanchulo pinned Shimatani with the DVD (9:52).
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO defeated Yuki Ueno with the Cannonball 450 (9:52).
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Shogun Okamoto defeated Dai Suzuki with a Back Drop (4:14).
4. Stand By The Sky: Kotaro Suzuki defeated Shunma Katsumata with the Tiger Driver (14:27).
5. Running Without End: Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA defeated Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase when Sakuraba submitted Iwasaki with the Perfect Yurikamome (10:50).
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono defeated Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi when Higuchi pinned Yoshimura with the Goten (15:18).

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DDT New Attitude is now Fighting Gig DNA! The development brand for DDT took a big step towards establishing themselves as its own product. With S.P.E. Entertainment managing the events, DNA redesigned its logo and now has its own new theme song. Also some of the wrestlers came out with new gear and entrance music. The show began with all 18 wrestlers lining up while the guest ring announcer Masahiro Ehara announced the beginning of DNA’s next story.

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In the build-up to the relaunch, the least experienced wrestler on the roster was building up the most ego. Naomi Yoshimura was eager to start the main event by charging past his partner Yuji Okabayashi and towards Kazusada Higuchi to catch him off guard. The match turned around when Akebono tagged in to absorb all of the chops and Shoulder Blocks his opponents could throw at him. Yoshimura was a glory hog throughout the match and refused to tag out even though he was overwhelmed. Okabayashi angrily reminded him it was a tag match and finally got to tag in and clean house. Yoshimura tagged back in and with Okabayashi gave Akebono a Double Brainbuster. He wanted to finish off Higuchi with a Lariat but Higuchi stopped him with a Lariat of his own. Yoshimura kicked out of the Doctor Bomb but Higuchi ended up putting him away with the Goten.

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After the match Akebono thanked Higuchi and Okabayashi for the match. He then turned to Yoshimura and complimented him on a good job. Akebono said he would like to come back and then left the ring. Higuchi thanked the fans for coming to see DNA’s relaunch. He told Yoshimura to watch his attitude a little but other than that he would gladly fight him again and again. A representative from one of the show sponsors Premium Water Shop then came out. He thought it was a wonderful show so he wanted to make a donation to DNA. He announced that DNA will have a show in Korakuen Hall on 10th May! Higuchi was excited by the news until Shunma Katsumata grabbed the microphone from him. Katsumata declared that he will main event the Korakuen show, not Higuchi. Higuchi said he is on top of DNA and he won’t give up his throne to anyone. If it is a new era for DNA, he will be leading the charge.

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While Mizuki Watase and LEONA fought each other outside the ring, Kouki Iwasaki had the displeasure of being twisted apart by Kazushi Sakuraba. Watase and LEONA continued fighting after the match ended. LEONA apologised in his backstage interview and blamed it on himself feeling a bit off. Sakuraba said Iwasaki has a strong Low Kick and he’d like to wrestle him again.

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Kotaro Suzuki was full of praise for Shunma Katsumata, describing their match as a wonderful contest. Suzuki said when he was three years into his career he did not have the movement and technique that Katsumata currently has. However a key difference maker in this match was stamina. Suzuki had more of it and Katsumata can’t hit his big moves without it. Suzuki then suggested that Katsumata should team with him so he can steal all his moves… er I mean learn more by watching.

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Dai Suzuki tried to shake off his loss to Shogun Okamoto with as much dignity as he could muster. He then broke down while failing to convince the audience he is still undefeated. The show sponsor then came out accompanied by an MC named MEGA-G. They informed Suzuki he will be going through a 7 match series with every match having a 7 minute time limit. If he loses all 7 matches then he must retire! However a win and even a draw will save Suzuki’s career. His first match in this series will be against Kohei Sato on 14th March.

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MAO’s Screw Kick was the deciding factor in him beating Yuki Ueno. Afterwards Ueno said he can’t figure out where that kick came from so he couldn’t defend against it. Ueno will now focus on more training to make sure he won’t lose his next match. As for MAO, he is just going to keep doing what he is doing in DNA and see where it takes him.

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Guanchulo & Rekka claim that they too have been reborn along with DNA. Together they are calling themselves the YOUNG DONUTS! They aren’t the only wrestlers thinking up team names. Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani are thinking about calling themselves Gran Millimeter because they are small but strong like Gran Hamada.

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On the same week NASA discovered seven new planets, DNA introduced seven new trainees. Kento Namatame (生田目研人) is a 26 year old from Tokyo who has experience training with CMLL. Ryota Kimoto (木本凌太) is a 19 year old from Hokkaido and comes from Sapporo Amateur Pro Wrestling. Daisuka Kurahashi (倉橋大亮) is a 23 year old from Akita and was trained by Animal Hamaguchi. Kazuki Yoshida (吉田和樹) is a 20 year old from Niigata and has baseball experience. Mago-ichi (孫一?) is a 30 year old bodybuilder from northern China. Yuki Iino (飯野雄貴) is a 22 year old rugby player from Tokyo. Finally Kenichi Ito (伊藤健一) is a 41 year old MMA fighter from Tokyo.


Dog Chain Match, Nakazawa Returns, Big DNA Main Event

February 3, 2017

DDT “NANIWA WRESTLING ROAD 2017”, 04/02/2017
Osaka Edion Arena #2

1. Keisuke Ishii Vs Gota Ihashi
2. Soma Takao & Yuni Vs Yasu Urano & Guanchulo
3. DAMNATION Vs DNA Naniwa Army: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno
4. The Best Soup Is A Song Or Something! No, And Dance! If You Do Not Say It’s The Final Settling Match!!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
5. Ultra Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Danshoku Dino
6. Humanity Is A Battle Blooming In A Huge Ring Of Naniwa! Osaka Specialty Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Akito Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda
7. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
8. DDT Extreme Title – Dog Chain Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Mad Paulie

The show is live on DDT UNIVERSE starting at 5:30pm JST, 8:30am GMT, 3:30am EST.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GIRLS FIGHT OUT #2”, 05/02/2017
Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Akane Miure Vs Itoh Maki
2. You Will Be In Time For Valentine’s Day! Encounter Just Before Valentine’s Day!: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Miyu Yamashita & Mil Clown
3. Saki-nami & Martha Vs Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone
4. Yuu & Nodoka-oneesan Vs Reika Saiki & Syoko Nakajima

The build up for Yuu Vs Reika Saiki continues.

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Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Wrestling Consultation Center Where You Can Have A Matrix: Gouma Ryu Vs Shinya Ishida
2. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
3. Trans-Am ★ Challenge: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi Vs Daichi Kazato
4. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Challengers Decision Battle: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT
5. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs Ikuto Hidaka & Sean Guinness

Two shows in a week for BASARA, both headlining with NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Title Matches.

BASARA “VAJRA 29 ~TENKA FUBU~”, 12/02/2017
Nagoya City Higashi Sports Center

1. Reversal Pro Wrestling Trial: Gouma Ryu Vs Konaka = Pale One Vs Mammoth Handa
2. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu (c) Vs X & X

Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi, Shinya Ishida and Nori da Funky Shibire-sasu will be on the show. This will be Nori’s debut for BASARA.

YAROZ “YAROZ PART 4”, 14/02/2017
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1. Actwres girl’Z Offer Match ~A Bite Of A Cool Sensation The Sweep! Actress Girls Incoming!!~: Saori Anou Vs Tam Nakano
2. YaroZ Annual Round Boxing Handicap Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Gota Ihashi & Dai Suzuki
3. Last Gun Standing Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Takayuki Ueki
4. Brand Anticipated Hardcore 6 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Toru Owashi Vs SAGAT Vs Nonoko Vs Yumehito Imanari Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. Special Single Match: Antonio Honda Vs Colt Cabana
6. YaroZ Army Vs Sexy Army Full Challenge: Kazusada Higuchi, Ryuichi Sekine & Ken Ohka Vs Makoto Oishi, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Mineo Fujita

Saori Anou regularly wrestles in Stardom. Tam Nakano mostly wrestles in Actwres girl’Z but has appeared for promotions like Diana and REINA in the past.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2017”, 19/02/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Special Single Match: Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana Vs Danshoku “Bin Bin” Dino

After spending a year working in Thailand, Michael Nakazawa is taking a break for a while and coming back home to Japan. That means Nakazawa is returning to DDT! This will be his first match in DDT since “JUDGEMENT 2016” when Kota Ibushi memorably gave him a Piledriver into a toilet.

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”, 23/02/2017
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1. FIGHTING GIG STARTING SIGNAL Run!: Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Youth’s Esperanza 2017: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
3. Dai Suzuki Which Way Is Your Tomorrow?: Dai Suzuki Vs Shogun Okamoto
4. Stand By The Sky: Shunma Katsumata Vs Kotaro Suzuki
5. Running Without End: Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Kazushi Sakuraba & LEONA
6. FIRST GIG MAIN EVENT “THE POWER”: Kazusada Higuchi & Akebono Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yuji Okabayashi

A big main event is in store. Not just in physical size but in ego too. Naomi Yoshimura attended the match announcement wearing sunglasses and a fancy suit. He didn’t care about Akebono’s sumo accomplishments and ran down Kazusada Higuchi for losing to Mike Bailey and Ryota Nakatsu late last year. He threatened to blow away anyone who stands in his path. Higuchi was more polite. Being in the presence of Akebono is enough encouragement to withstand whatever Yuji Okabayashi throws at him. Akebono warned Yoshimura to respect him or be crushed.


“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2016” Results

December 31, 2016

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“NEW YEAR’S EVE WRESTLING 2016”, 31/12/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,510 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi & Daichi Hashimoto defeated Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei when Hashimoto pinned Kei with the Shining Wizard (8:03).
2. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Kengo Mashimo & Shigehiro Irie defeated Naoya Nomura & Kouki Iwasaki when Irie pinned Iwasaki with the Beast Bomber (8:30).
3. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Great Kojika & Joey Ryan when Miyamoto pinned Ryan (7:12).
4. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Yuji Okabayashi & Jiro Kuroshio defeated Ayato Yoshida & Takuya Nomura when Okabayashi submitted Nomura with the Argentine Backbreaker (8:42)
5. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sekimoto & HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
5a. Overtime – 1 Count Fall: Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & HARASHIMA when Uto pinned Sekimoto with a Lateral Cradle (1:30).
6. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Manabu Soya & Takayuki Ueki defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi when Soya pinned Takagi with a Horizontal Cradle (4:11).
7. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Daisuke Sasaki & Yuki Sato Vs Atsushi Aoki & Kazuki Hashimoto ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
7a. Overtime – 1 Count Fall: Atsushi Aoki & Kazuki Hashimoto defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Yuki Sato when Aoki submitted Sato with the Cross Armbreaker (0:32).
8. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 1: Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Kaz Hayashi & Danshoku Dino when Takeshita pinned Dino with the German Suplex (9:38).
9. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Yukio Sakaguchi & Daichi Hashimoto defeated Kengo Mashimo & Shigehiro Irie when Sakaguchi pinned Irie with the Right Knee Of God (6:16).
10. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs Yuji Okabayashi & Jiro Kuroshio ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
10a. Overtime – 1 Count Fall: Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto defeated Yuji Okabayashi & Jiro Kuroshio when Kodaka pinned Kuroshio with a European Clutch (0:51).
11. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto defeated Manabu Soya & Takayuki Ueki when Higuchi pinned Ueki with the Doctor Bomb (5:13).
12. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Round 2: Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Atsushi Aoki & Kazuki Hashimoto when Kamitani pinned Hashimoto with the Back Drop (8:48).
13. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi-Final: Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Daichi Hashimoto when Kamitani pinned Hashimoto with the Back Drop (8:47).
14. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Semi-Final: Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto defeated Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto when Uto pinned Kodaka with the Lariat (10:15).
15. Toshiwasure! 5 Group Shuffle Tag Tournament – Final: Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto defeated Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita when Higuchi pinned Takeshita with the Goten (20:37).

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Korakuen Hall spent its final hours of 2016 hosting the annual New Year’s Supershow co-hosted by Big Japan, DDT, K-DOJO, WRESTLE-1 and All Japan. The entire show was built around a Shuffle Tag Team Tournament, mixing most of the wrestlers together into odd pairings. Some teams got along with each other, some didn’t but hey it’s the holidays so let’s just have fun.

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The opening match saw Yukio Sakaguchi & Daichi Hashimoto barely working together to beat the Brahman Brothers. Even the evil twins suggested that their opponents would have a better chance of winning if they got along. That came back to haunt them when a stop sign attack backfired and Brahman Shu hit Brahman Kei by accident. Hashimoto then drank the Brahman’s black ink and spat it in Kei’s face, leading to the Shining Wizard to finish him off.

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Kengo Mashimo & Shigehiro Irie beat Naoya Nomura & Kouki Iwasaki. The latter worked well together but they weren’t able to outlast their more experienced opponents. Irie isolated Iwasaki while Mashimo threw Nomura out of the ring. Iwasaki said he felt tense having to wrestle on the final night of the year.

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The 3rd match ended in a sleazy manner thanks to Joey Ryan and Laura James. Ryan kept trying to make Yuko Miyamoto touch his groin. Referee Frank Atsushi was slammed into the turnbuckles so James ran in to interfere. This somehow led to a situation where Great Kojika was knocked onto his back, James fell down on top of him sitting on his face, Atsushi stood over her holding his groin in pain and Ryan was knocked down head first onto Kojika’s crotch. If that wasn’t enough, a dazed Miyamoto was holding a Samurai! TV camera standing over them like he was filming a porn scene. Miyamoto eventually fell on top of them for the winning pin.

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The next odd couple team to come along was Yuji Okabayashi & Jiro Kuroshio. Okabayashi had not time for Kuroshio’s antics and just wanted to wrestle. Kuroshio however wanted to know if Okabayashi had a fancy jacket to match his own. He found one and offered it to Okabayashi after they beat Ayato Yoshida & Takuya Nomura but it was refused.

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Daisuke Sekimoto & HARASHIMA Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Yoshihisa Uto was the first match of the night to end in a Time Limit Draw. From there the match went into sudden death 1 count fall rules. HARASHIMA and Higuchi sprinted to pin each other for just one second but neither could. It took Uto to get the upset pin on Sekimoto to win the match and knock out one-half of last year’s tournament winners in the first round.

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The pairing of Sanshiro Takagi & Abdullah Kobayashi were going by the team name GET MILD. They both came out dressed in Takayuki Ueki’s old wrestling costumes with a guiding stick poking out of Takagi’s crotch. Everybody including Manabu Soya pulled out a gun during the match and dared each other to a Western showdown. But it was all a trick, Soya & Ueki both rolled over GET MILD when they turned their backs and got the three count.

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Daisuke Sasaki & Yuki Sato Vs Atsushi Aoki & Kazuki Hashimoto was the next match to go into overtime. It was part of Sasaki & Sato’s plan to waste time by bringing out selfie sticks and playing around with them. Aoki jammed the stick into Sasaki’s groin then tapped out Sato with the Cross Armbreaker.

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The final first round match featured Danshoku Dino trying to woo his Kaz Hayashi into being his partner in more ways than one. Hayashi eventually reciprocated and revealed he was wearing Danshoku tights under his own. Unfortunately the power of love wasn’t enough to beat Hideyoshi Kamitani & Konosuke Takeshita.

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Round 2 began with Sakaguchi & Hashimoto on better terms. They needed to be if they wanted to beat Mashimo & Irie. They hit a Penalty Kick/Shining Wizard combo to Irie then Sakaguchi hit the Right Knee Of God for the three count. A handshake at the end cemented that they were now on the right page together.

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The other disgruntled pairing of the tournament also finally got along. Kuroshio convinced Okabayashi to wear his fancy jacket along with a sun visor with a wig attached to it. He got into the spirit of things and did some Ikemen poses while wrestling. Their match with Yankee Two Kenju went into overtime and sadly the Ikemen dream ended badly. Isami Kodaka caught Kuroshio in a European Clutch for the one count.

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Ueki had a crazy plan to beat Higuchi & Uto. It involved drinking out of a 1.5 litre bottle of Coca-Cola then tightrope walking across the top rope. What he was supposed to achieve I don’t know but he wound up slipping and crotching himself on the rope. Higuchi then pinned him with the Doctor Bomb.

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Kamitani & Takeshita were the last team to qualify for the semi-final with a win over Aoki & Hashimoto. Aoki took out Takeshita with a Topé but in the ring Hashimoto was pinned by Kamitani’s Back Drop.

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With the 2nd Round completed it was time for the 2016 Occupation Of The Indies Awards. Best Newcomer was given to Takuya Nomura from Big Japan. Nomura said he debuted in April and will do his best to meet everyone’s expectations. Best Show went to Ganbare☆Wrestling for “BAD COMMUNICATION 2016” held on 2nd October. Ken Ohka was there to accept the award but had to leave early to participate at “SHOTA AID” in Shin-Kiba later that night. Ohka said he eventually wants to book a show at the Tokyo Dome. Best Unit went to DAMNATION from DDT. Shuji Ishikawa celebrated by singing “Only One Flower In The World” by SMAP. He then got angry at the rest of DAMNATION for not joining in. Best Bout went to the Scaffold G Shock Death Match between Ryuji Ito Vs Kokuro Hoshino from Big Japan’s “RYOGOKUTAN” show on 24th July. Ito wasn’t happy that he lost the match but would take the award as commiseration. Finally the MVP Award went to Shuji Ishikawa. At 41 years old he would like to fight new wrestlers and win new championships.

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A lottery was held to determine the semi-final match ups. First up was Kamitani & Takeshita Vs Sakaguchi & Hashimoto. Once again Kamitani’s Back Drop was the difference maker. Sakaguchi admitted he misunderstood Hashimoto at first but got to know him throughout the night in their matches. He thinks they will meet again some day.

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2016 ended and 2017 begun during the Higuchi & Uto Vs Yankee Two Kenju match. Kodaka & Miyamoto both celebrated by diving out of the ring onto their opponents at the stroke of midnight. Uto claimed the first victory of the new year but giving Kodaka a Double Arm Facebuster followed by a Lariat. Miyamoto coped with defeat by grabbing the Samurai! TV camera again.

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So the final was Kamitani & Takeshita Vs Higuchi & Uto in a Big Japan/DDT Vs DNA/Big Japan final. With no time limit a winner would be determined under normal circumstances. Late in the match Higuchi hit Takeshita with a Lariat but only got a one count. Kamitani blocked Higuchi from doing the Doctor Bomb but Uto got rid of him. That allowed Higuchi to give Takeshita the Goten to pin last year’s co-champion and win the tournament! Higuchi & Uto praised their opponents but they were the strongest tonight. Takeshita said he is the one who will lead DDT and he then stood up to Higuchi. In reply Higuchi said he will not lose. Kamitani said he he will lead the entire pro wrestling landscape. Uto calmed everyone down and encouraged everyone to lead pro wrestling in Japan together. The four congratulated one another and posed for the show ending photographs.