TV SHOW Finale, Akiyama-gun, Saki Vs Meiko, Aino Aims For The Top

June 23, 2020

First things first, I hope Joey Ryan never appears in a DDT ring or any other for that matter ever again. I regret ever supporting him after reading all of the allegations from the last few days.

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #8”, 27/06/2020
Shinjuku FACE

1. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Mizuki Watase & Keigo Nakamura
2. Danshoku Dieno & Akito Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
3. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda, Hiroshi Yamato & Yukio Naya
4. The Evil Wrestler Seigo Tachibana’s Road To The Top: HARASHIMA Vs Seigo Tachibana
5. Akiyama-gun Vs ALL OUT!: Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi & Hideki Okatani Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino
6. DDT UNIVERSAL Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Chris Brookes
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani

This looks to be the finale of DDT TV SHOW now that a more regular schedule is coming back. Tetsuya Endo & Nobuhiro Shimatani have been getting the better of Nautilus whether it is by Endo winning matches against them or Shimatani attacking Yuki Ueno. Both Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura agree that the worst thing that could happen to them is if they lose the KO-D Tag Team Titles to Shimatani. Endo is understandable, but Shimatani? No way!

The fighting between Daisuke Sasaki and Chris Brookes is getting more wild but their DDT UNIVERSAL Title match is under regular rules. After the last couple of defences were held in stipulation matches, maybe having a calm head is the way to win this one. Or maybe smashing a signboard over the other guy’s head is the better idea. I don’t know, I’m not the wrestler here.

Jun Akiyama has gathered some disciples under his wing for a feud with ALL OUT. It seems that Konosuke Takeshita has figured something out though. Akiyama is teaching the Royal Road style to the DDT roster but it’s not exactly his own personal style, is it? That is what Takeshita wants to experience when they fight. Akiyama-gun was just going to be the coach, Makoto Oishi & Mizuki Watase but the youngster Hideki Okatani found himself a spot after he stepped up for himself against Takeshita.

If Seigo Tachibana wants to be in DDT so bad he can fight one of the best around in HARASHIMA.

MAO is currently recovering from an MCL injury in his left knee. There is no timetable for his return but he is speaking with his doctor over how to treat it.

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAM TSURUMI VOL. 2”, 28/06/2020
Kanagawa Tsurumi Fruit & Vegetable Market

1. Soma Takao Vs Hideki Okatani
2. Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & Tomomitsu Matsunaga
3. Sanshiro Takagi & Yukio Naya Vs Akito & Keigo Nakamura
4. 4 Way Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Chris Brookes Vs Antonio Honda Vs Yuki Iino
5. DAMNATION Vs DISASTER BOX!: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura
6. Akiyama-gun Vs ALL OUT!: Jun Akiyama & Mizuki Watase Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata

Watase enters the Akiyama-gun Vs ALL OUT feud here.

DDT “SEE YOU AT DDT 2020”, 03/07/2020
Shinjuku FACE

1. Saki Akai “Okibariyasu” 7 Match Series – Final Match: Meiko Satomura Vs Saki Akai

The finale of Saki Akai’s Okibariyasu trial is a main event match against Meiko Satomura! In fact this is the first time a DDT show has ever had an all women main event. Akai’s record in the trial so far is 3-3 so she gets the toughest challenge possible to end with a winning record.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “STAND PROUD”, 04/07/2020
Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall

1. Princess Of Princess Title Challenger Match: Yuki Aino Vs Yuki Kamifuku
2. Princess Tag Team Titles: Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe (c) Vs Maki Itoh & Raku

The progress Yuki Aino has made over the last few months has been something to behold. Back in February she picked up the win in the Main Event Prospect tag match then she reached the final of the Haru Beautiful One Day Tournament. Since then she has been close to the top of the card in the few Tokyo Joshi Pro shows that went ahead over the COVID-19 shutdown. So it’s fair for her to challenge for the Princess Of Princess Title. However, Yuki Kamifuku thinks she should get the next shot instead so we’re getting a No. 1 Contender match.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “CRAZY DIAMOND 2020”, 12/07/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Washi Sakurai Trial Single Match: Washi Sakurai Vs Chikara
2. Special Single Match: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Asuka
3. Ganjo-gun Vs Pocchajo-gun Total Battle: Ken Ohka, Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE Vs Yumehito Imanari, Miss Mongol & Yuna Manase
4. Ganpro Vs RENEGADES: Shota & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Shigehiro Irie & Mizuki Watase
5. Special Tag Match Full Of Indie Jr. Champions: Keisuke Ishii & Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Shiori Asahi & Hagane Shinno

A lot of reunions and past faces appearing for next month’s Ganbare☆Wrestling show. A bunch of Independent World Jr. Heavyweight Champions get together, RENEGADES are showing up for a fight and the two joshi sub-brands Ganbare☆Joshi & Pocchari Joshi are set to clash.

That opening match is… sheesh!

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2020”, 23/07/2020
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai (c) Vs X, X & X

The newly crowned KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions hold their first defence at Korakuen Hall next month. For now Eruption has to wait until a trio of challengers are chosen for them.


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!” Results

June 20, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!”, 20/06/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
142 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Mizuki defeated Sena Shiori with the Cutie Special (6:28).
2. Hikari Noa defeated Haruna Neko with the Uranage (5:44).
3. Miyu Yamashita & Yuna Manase defeated Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao when Yamashita pinned Misao with the Skull Kick (0:58).
3a. Rematch: Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao defeated Miyu Yamashita & Yuna Manase when Misao pinned Yamashita with La Magistral Cradle (8:38).
4. Maki Itoh, Raku & Pom Harajuku defeated Rika Tatsumi, Miu Watanabe & Suzume when Itoh submitted Suzume with the Itoh Deluxe (13:14).
5. Natsumi Maki defeated Mahiro Kiryu with the Backlash (7:01).
6. Yuka Sakazaki, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino defeated Yuki Kamifuku, Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maiumi when Aino pinned Maiumi with the Venus DDT (15:44).

Yuki Aino challenged Yuka Sakazaki for the Princess Of Princess Title after the main event. She explained she thought progress would come slowly but she recently learned in pro wrestling you have to be sudden. So she wants to test her strength against the champion for the belt. Suddenly Yuki Kamifuku Dropkicked Aino and grabbed the microphone. She wants to challenge Sakazaki first. Sakazaki said she is happy to see so many girls in Tokyo Joshi Pro aiming to become the champion. But Aino and Kamifuku will have to fight each other to get the next shot. Their match will happen on 4th July at Ryogoku KFC Hall.

Natsumi Maki had her first match back in three months, winning against Mahiro Kiryu. She wants to wrestle matches that will give her enough energy to challenge for any of the three Tokyo Joshi championships. She also tried to paint “Poi” on her cheek but used a mirror so it ended up looking like “109”. It’s something a little different she wanted to do now she is back.

In a preview of their Princess Tag Team Titles match, Maki Itoh & Raku were on the winning side against the champions. Itoh shouted threats to Daydream afterwards. Pom Harajuku had to pull her away from them.

The Backspin Kick Miyu Yamashita uses to great effect is now called the Skull Kick. She used it to pin Hyper Misao to ended their tag match in under a minute. Misao’s plan was to make Yamashita dance to “Genghis Khan” and it worked until Yamashita kicked her. They agreed to an immediate rematch. This time Misao blinded Yamashita with cold spray and stole the win with La Magistral Cradle.

TJPW trainee Aona will have her debut match on the 23rd July Korakuen Hall show. She was originally supposed to have her match on 3rd May before the show was cancelled.


Video – TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!” Digest Highlights

June 19, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!”, 13/06/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
82 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Yuna Manase Vs Sena Shiori
2. Hyper Misao Vs Haruna Neko
3. 3 Way Match: Yuki Kamifuku Vs Hikari Noa Vs Mahiro Kiryu
4. Shoko Nakajima & Pom Harajuku Vs Maki Itoh & Raku
5. Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe Vs Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maiumi
6. Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Suzume Vs Miyu Yamashita, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!” Results

June 13, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KOKO NI IRUZEE!”, 13/06/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
82 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Yuna Manase defeated Sena Shiori with the Suzuki Dynamic (4:56).
2. Hyper Misao defeated Haruna Neko with the I Am A Hero (6:36).
3. 3 Way Match: Hikari Noa defeated Yuki Kamifuku and Mahiro Kiryu when Noa pinned Kiryu with the Uranage (6:10).
4. Maki Itoh & Raku defeated Shoko Nakajima & Pom Harajuku when Raku pinned Harajuku with the Doctor Yellow (8:05).
5. Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe defeated Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maiumi when Tatsumi pinned Maiumi after the Daydream Eternity (11:35).
6. Miyu Yamashita, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino defeated Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Suzume when Yamashita pinned Suzume with the Attitude Adjustment (14:59).

The women of Tokyo Joshi Pro welcomed fans back to shows for the first time in almost four months. The audience was limited to 82 fans today but the wrestlers hope that gradually it will safely increase and the company can grow again. Miyu Yamashita was happy for the first show back to take place in Itabashi Green Hall because the venue has hosted the most TJPW shows. Nodoka Tenma described the show as both a restart and a reunion. Yuki Aino wants to protect it.

Daydream now have a double team finish. The Daydream Eternity is a Canadian Backbreaker from Miu Watanabe passed into the Dragon Twist Of Fate from Rika Tatsumi. After Daydream’s win, Maki Itoh & Raku approached them as a reminder for their next Princess Tag Team Titles match. Both teams agreed to have the match on the 4th July Ryogoku KFC Hall show. Tatsumi said Daydream is not going to end. “Daydream is not dead!”

Hyper Misao wrestled wearing cat ears and a cat nose to understand her opponent Haruna Neko better. She acted like a cat for most of the match but eventually snapped out of it and went back to normal. When she was human again she was able to beat Neko.


Video – DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 2” Digest Highlights

June 9, 2020

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 2”, 07/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio
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1. Super Sasadango Machine Remote Produce Match – Chop Up Challenge: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda
2. Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima Vs Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
3. DDT Extreme Title – Celebration! Release Outdoor Restriction Rules: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Yukio Naya
4. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Makoto Oishi
6. HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji Vs MAO & Asuka
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura (c) Vs T-Hawk & El Lindaman
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo


DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 2” Results

June 7, 2020

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 2”, 07/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio
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1. Super Sasadango Machine Remote Produce Match – Chop Up Challenge: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda ended in a Draw (72:45) (1,000 Chops Thrown).
2. Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima defeated Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino when Sakazaki pinned Aino with the Magical Magical Girl Splash (15:31).
3. DDT Extreme Title – Celebration! Release Outdoor Restriction Rules: Shinya Aoki (c) defeated Yukio Naya with a European Clutch (10:49).
*V3 for Shinya Aoki.
4. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai defeated Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh when Sakaguchi pinned Itoh with the PK (12:01).
5. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Makoto Oishi was a No Contest.
6. HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji defeated MAO & Asuka when HARASHIMA pinned Asuka with the Somato (17:24).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura defeated T-Hawk & El Lindaman when Ueno pinned Lindaman with the WR (22:13).
*V4 for Nautilus.
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Tetsuya Endo defeated Masato Tanaka (c) with two Shooting Star Presses (26:19).
*Masato Tanaka fails in V5. Tetsuya Endo becomes the 75th KO-D Openweight Champion!

Tetsuya Endo’s path to reclaim the KO-D Openweight Title ends with success and maybe a few extra scars. Masato Tanaka put him through a table twice in their match, bringing back memories of their D-Ou Grand Prix final last December. The first table crash had Tanaka throw Endo through one from the turnbuckles. But the second happened when Endo used his knees to block the Diving Body Press. Damage to Endo’s leg prevented him from doing the Handspring Overhead Kick until late in the match. He could barely stand after kicking out of the Super Fly but Tanaka dared him into doing so. Tanaka hit the short range Sliding D after Endo missed the Shooting Star Press but Endo was close enough to grab the ropes for a pin break. Tanaka ran to the ropes for another Sliding D but Endo countered it with Testuya In The Sky. He hit a Package Canadian Destroyer for a two count then dragged Tanaka to the corner. Endo hit the Shooting Star Press not once but twice to get the three count and become the new KO-D Champion!

 

Tanaka grabbed the title belt from Yukinori Matsui after the match but it was just so he was the one to hand it to Endo. Tanaka left the ring when Endo called out to him. Endo promised to hold onto the title long enough for them to have a rematch at Saitama Super Arena! He looks forward to standing across the ring from him again. For now there is no No. 1 Contender set in place so Endo wants all potential challengers to know he is the one who beat Masato Tanaka when nobody else in DDT could. He then gathered DAMNATION together for a their first group pose in months. Together they are the symbol of strength in DDT and they have most of the championships to prove it. Not just DAMNATION but all of #DAMNHEARTS too!

The only miss on #DAMNHEARTS’s record this weekend was in the KO-D Tag Team Titles match. The challengers T-Hawk & El Lindaman failed to beat the champions Nautilus. At points the #STRONGHEARTS team ran circles over their opponents, cutting Yuki Ueno away from Naomi Yoshimura. But the tables turned when Ueno used a Hurricanrana to throw T-Hawk into Lindaman, knocking him off the top rope. Ueno gave Lindaman an Avalanche Uranage and then the Osaka Trad for a nearfall. Ueno then hit the Frog Splash but didn’t go for the pin. Instead he used a new finisher, a forward flipping DDT called the WR to win the match. Ueno said he was happy to have a title match like this today. They twice couldn’t win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles from #DAMNHEARTS but today’s win shows how much progress Nautilus has made because of those matches. Maybe they’ll have another match and this time do it in OWE.

This wasn’t their original match for the show but HarashiMarufuji reunited for the first time in ages. MAO & Asuka proved to be a lot for them to handle. They hit Double Moonsaults out of the ring and Asuka threw both HARASHIMA & Naomichi Marufuji around with German Suplexes. The momentum shifted when HARASHIMA blocked Asuka’s Moonsault with his knees. Marufuji got rid of MAO with the Tiger King knee strike then stunned Asuka with a Trace Kick. HARASHIMA then crushed Asuka with the Somato to win. After the match they offered handshakes but Asuka slapped Marufuji across the face before leaving the ring. HARASHIMA told Marufuji he isn’t satisfied by today’s match. He wants to team with him again and go against the pair they were originally meant to fight: CIMA & Soma Takao!

All throughout the week, Danshoku Dieno and Makoto Oishi tried to have their Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title match over at the Ochanomizu Dojo. However one setback after another prevented the match from happening. Either Dieno forgot to turn off his stove, the referee never turned up, Oishi was busy babysitting or both wrestlers forgot their gear and weren’t allowed wrestle in the nude. After so many cancellations today was finally the day. Dieno waited in the ring for his opponent but Oishi never appeared. A text message came saying Oishi had to mind his baby again but he promised he would still make it. Yukinori Matsui and Hisaya Imabayashi couldn’t wait and wanted to cancel the match because it was eating into their ABEMA broadcast time. Dieno begged them not to. All he needed was three minutes and Oishi will be here. Memories of Dieno and Oishi together filled the screen when suddenly Oishi appears at the entrance! He sprints down to the ring but tripped over the steps, knocking himself out. Matsui then called off the match as Dieno looked on stunned.

Eruption defeated the NEO Itoh Respect Army in the intergender tag match. Maki Itoh avoided getting into the ring with Yukio Sakaguchi unless she was certain she had the advantage. Chris Brookes tried to help out but was met with a short range God’s Right Knee. Saki Akai then got rid of him with the Quetzalcoatl. Itoh showed one last act of defiance by giving Sakaguchi the middle finger. She got a Penalty Kick for her troubles before getting pinned.

The DDT Extreme Title match had no countouts to celebrate the relaxation of Tokyo’s outdoor restrictions. Shinya Aoki and Yukio Naya fought around the hallways of Shinjuku FACE, dragging Keiko Nakamura along for the ride. At one point they all moved past Maki Itoh who was warming up for her singing entrance. Aoki, Naya and Nakamura ended up back in the ring with Nakamura getting most of the beating. Aoki countered Naya’s Back Drop into a European Clutch to score his third successful defence.

The Tokyo Joshi Pro offer match saw Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima defeat Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino. The result was almost the opposite when Tenma & Aino gave Sakazaki the Bakuretsu Bulldog. Nakajima came in to even the numbers and with Sakazaki did a Double 619 to Aino. Yamashita knocked Aino silly with the Backspin Kick and Sakazaki got the three count right afterwards with the Magical Magical Girl Splash.

The longest match of the show by far was the opening contest between Antonio Honda and Toru Owashi. Before the match, Super Sasadango Machine sent a video message from Niigata announcing he would donate 100 yen to a medical workers charity for every Chop that happens in the match. Both Honda and Owashi promised to put their power and soul into their Chops for such a noble cause. They then spent the match lightly chopping and slapping each other’s chests while Shota kept count. The left the venue still chopping so the show moved on to Match #2. When that was over we saw Honda & Oishi chopping each other in the locker room. They decided to go get something to eat. After Match #4 they made it to Ebisuko Tavern but Ken Ohka refused to give them entry over social distancing guidelines. The Tavern is doing everything it can to run business safely so the last thing they want to do is let in two sweaty naked men slapping each other. Honda and Owashi agreed to get a take out meal but they also dragged Ohka along with them back to the venue. After Match #5 Honda and Owashi ate their take out meal in the locker room with a captive Ohka bound and gagged behind them. KUDO entered the room demanding money because nobody paid the 3,100 yen bill! KUDO agreed to chop Ohka 31 times instead, bringing the total number of Chops thrown to 1,000! Everyone agreed to end the match there resulting in 100,000 yen being donated to charity in Sasadango’s name.


News Comes As Restrictions Get Lifted

May 26, 2020

I hope everybody out there is feeling well and finding ways to cope with the sad news about Hana Kimura. Dylan from the Eastern Lariat podcast tweeted a magazine photo of the time when an 8 year old Kimura won the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title, which I think was her only connection to DDT. There would have been a working relationship between her and Sanshiro Takagi in WRESTLE-1 as well back when Takagi was part of its management.

There’s a quick story I want to tell. When I last went to Tokyo in 2016 I got to see a Sendai Girls show with a group of friends in Korakuen (the 8th April one). Kyoko Kimura was wrestling in the opener and Hana was there as her ringside attendant. This was only a few weeks after her pro debut and it was her only role on the show. I didn’t think anything of it at the time. The next day I spoke to an American expat and talked about the show. Before I even finished a sentence he cut me off and asked “Was Kyoko Kimura’s daughter there? She is going to be a star!”

DDT “DDT TV SHOW! #5”, 30/05/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio

1. Jun Akiyama Vs Hideki Okatani
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Danshoku Dieno (c) Vs Antonio Honda
3. DAMNATION VS ALL OUT!: Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao Vs Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Iino
4. Yoshihiko & Akihiro Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Akito
5. #DAMNHEARTS Vs DISASTER BOX!: Tetsuya Endo, T-Hawk & El Lindaman Vs HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno & Naomi Yoshimura

Figures from past and present are returning as Japan opens up again. The #STRONGHEARTS pair of T-Hawk & El Lindaman rejoin Tetsuya Endo to protect him from losing before his big title match. Yuki Ueno has spent all of this time during the pandemic looking after the Dropkick Bar. He gets to wrestle again for the first time in almost two months.

The second battle doll Akihiro came back in Yoshihiko’s time of need to defeat ALL OUT. The feud isn’t over yet when revenge is on offer.

Third time’s the charm for Danshoku Dieno Vs Antonio Honda.

Two thirds of the next DDT UNIVERSAL Title match face off in tag action.

Hideki Okatani showed his stuff by fighting Seigo Tachibana to a time limit draw in the match that took place after the last episode ended. Jun Akiyama should have lots to teach him.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TJPW PPV SHOW ~ZENRYOKU YELL~”, 31/05/2020
OPENREC.tv

1. Hikari Noa Vs Sena Shiori
2. Hyper Misao Vs Mahiro Kiryu
3. Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki Vs Shoko Nakajima & Suzume

The main event is confirmed to be The Magical Sugar Rabbits against Shoko Nakajima & Suzume.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “HIMITSU 2020”, 03/06/2020
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1. 4 Vs 4 Survival Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii, Yumehito Imanari, Shinichiro Tominaga & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Shuichiro Katsumura, Shota, Washi Sakurai & X

At last Ganbare☆Wrestling gets to have a go at an empty arena match. Here’s a neat concept for the match. We have two teams with 4 wrestlers each. When the match begins two wrestlers from each side are selected to wrestle a tag team match. When a wrestler is defeated by normal means they are replaced by a new teammate and the tag match continues. To win the match, a team must eliminate three of their opponents.

As you can see, one team has a mystery wrestler advertised. I’m surprised to see Ken Ohka or Moeka Haruhi aren’t involved. Haruhi being there would have meant all members of THE HALFEE were in the match on the same side. This is the only match of the show too.

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 1”, 06/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio

1. Soma Takao & Mad Paulie Vs Keigo Nakamura & Hideki Okatani
2. Keisuke Ishii & HARUKAZE Vs Hiroshi Yamato & Saori Anou
3. DDT Yuru-chara No. 1 Battle In Niigata: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Pokotan
4. DDT UNIVERSAL Title – Hardcore 3 Way Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Isami Kodaka Vs Shunma Katsumata

The new plan for “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020” is to hold it under the DDT TV SHOW format across two days. It’s not the mega show it is going to be but under the current circumstances it keeps DDT chugging along as light appears at the end of the tunnel.

Daisuke Sasaki wanted his next title defence to be easy and violent. That is why he nominated Shunma Katsumata to be his next challenger. The twist is the sudden appearance of Isami Kodaka getting involved. Kodaka heard about DDT’s new UNIVERSAL Title and wanted to add it to his ever growing list of accomplishments.

I bet the DDT roster are happy to see Saori Anou again.

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2020 DAY 2”, 07/06/2020
DDT TV SHOW Studio

1. Tokyo Joshi Pro 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima Vs Rika Tatsumi, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino
2. Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Chris Brookes & Maki Itoh
3. Super Sasadango Machine Remote Produce Match: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda
4. DDT Extreme Title – Celebration! Release Restriction Rules: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs Yukio Naya
5. KO-D Openweight Title: Masato Tanaka (c) Vs Tetsuya Endo

Endo is so close to his final goal. He tripped up once before but reclaimed the KO-D Challenger Sword and just has to avoid a direct defeat one more time. Once he does that, Masato Tanaka will be there waiting for him with the KO-D Openweight Title held tightly in his grip.

The state of emergency in Tokyo has been lifted and the restrictions across Japan are easing off. Shinya Aoki will use the uplifting news as inspiration for his next DDT Extreme Title defence. Yukio Naya is stepping up as the challenger.

This show is taking place on Nodoka Tenma’s birthday! She is happy to spend the day fighting against the three strongest wrestlers in Tokyo Joshi Pro. Her team with Yuki Aino & Rika Tatsumi is called Bakuretsu Dragon.

BASARA “BASARA 129 ~BANQUET~”, 14/07/2020
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. IRON FIST Tag Titles: Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga (c) Vs Gouma Ryu & Ryuji Ito
2. Union MAX Title: Fuminori Abe (c) Vs Isami Kodaka

BASARA are playing it safe and have cancelled their last remaining show in June. Instead their first show back will be in July at Shin-Kiba 1st RING. Normally this is the Banquet all you can drink show but that system will be suspended and the seating rearranged to accommodate social distancing. For now they are numbering the show #129. The last BASARA show that took place was #126 (I’m amazed I’ve been able to keep track of the chapter numbers for so long). If that sticks then it means #127 & #128 are forever lost to the cancellations.

The two title matches that were originally going to take place in April are now finally going to happen in July. Fuminori Abe must be chomping at the bit to prove his worth as Union MAX Champion by now.


Video – “10 VS 10 – RED AND WHITE WINNING MATCH” Digest Highlights

April 7, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GENGHIS KHAN KIRISHIMA PRESENTS 10 VS 10 – RED AND WHITE WINNING MATCH”, 03/04/2020
Tokyo Ochanomizu Dojo
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1. Suzume Vs Hikari Noa
2. Maki Itoh Vs Haruna Neko
3. Maki Itoh Vs Yuki Aino
4. Sena Shiori Vs Miyu Yamashita
5. Mahiro Kiryu Vs Miyu Yamashita
6. Hyper Misao Vs Miyu Yamashita
7. Hyper Misao Vs Miu Watanabe
8. Raku Vs Miu Watanabe
9. Shoko Nakajima Vs Mina Shirakawa
10. Shoko Nakajima Vs Mirai Maiumi
11. Shoko Nakajima Vs Rika Tatsumi


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GENGHIS KHAN KIRISHIMA PRESENTS 10 VS 10 – RED AND WHITE WINNING MATCH” Results

April 3, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GENGHIS KHAN KIRISHIMA PRESENTS 10 VS 10 – RED AND WHITE WINNING MATCH”, 03/04/2020
Tokyo Ochanomizu Dojo
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1. 10 Vs 10 Gauntlet Match – 2 Count Rules: Team White (Rika Tatsumi, Miyu Yamashita, Mizuki, Miu Watanabe, Yuki Aino, Hikari Noa, Yuki Kamifuku, Mina Shirakawa, Haruna Neko & Mirai Maiumi) defeated Team Red (Shoko Nakajima, Maki Itoh, Yuna Manase, Nodoka Tenma, Hyper Misao, Raku, Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu, Suzume & Sena Shiori).
1a. Mizuki defeated Nodoka Tenma with a Rolling Cradle (3:17).
1b. Yuna Manase defeated Mizuki with a Crushed Casadora (2:10).
1c. Yuki Kamifuku defeated Yuna Manase with an Inside Cradle (3:00).
1d. Pom Harajuku defeated Yuki Kamifuku with a School Boy (3:09).
1e. Hikari Noa defeated Pom Harajuku with the Uranage (2:02)
1f. Suzume Vs Hikari Noa ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
1g. Maki Itoh defeated Haruna Neko with a Crab Hold (4:28).
1h. Maki Itoh Vs Yuki Aino ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
1i. Miyu Yamashita defeated Sena Shiori with a Low Kick (2:42).
1j. Miyu Yamashita defeated Mahiro Kiryu with a High Kick (1:46).
1k. Hyper Misao defeated Miyu Yamashita with a School Boy (3:58).
1l. Miu Watanabe defeated Hyper Misao with the Tear Drop (3:26).
1m. Raku Vs Miu Watanabe ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
1n. Shoko Nakajima defeated Mina Shirakawa with a Cradle (2:57).
1o. Shoko Nakajima defeated Mirai Maiumi with a Hurricanrana (3:41).
1p. Rika Tatsumi defeated Shoko Nakajima with the Missile Hip (3:42).

Each bout in the Gauntlet match had a 5 minute time limit with 2 Count Pins needed to win. Time limit draws eliminated both wrestlers. It went down to the team captains so no Hunter’s Chance match was needed. Rika Tatsumi defeated Shoko Nakajima in the final match to win the Genghis Khan Kirishima prize for her team. Another fight broke out among the girls when Tatsumi received the prize and she tried to give it to Mizuki. The chaos stopped when Miyu Yamashita made everyone dance to end the show.

Yuka Sakazaki was taken off the show because she had a mild fever on the day of the show. She did recover in time to compete but was stayed at home as a safety precaution. The competition became an even 10 Vs 10 series instead of the planned 11 Vs 10 handicap.


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March 25, 2020

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “SPRING TOUR ’20 ~HEART & BODY~”, 21/03/2020
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
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1. Rika Tatsumi Vs Sena Shiori
2. Yuna Manase, Yuki Kamifuku & Mina Shirakawa Vs Pom Harajuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Haruna Neko
3. Hyper Misao Vs Nodoka Tenma
4. Maki Itoh & Raku Vs Miu Watanabe & Suzume
5. Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & Hikari Noa Vs Shoko Nakajima, Yuki Aino & Mirai Maiumi
6. Miyu Yamashita Vs Natsumi Maki