Yamashita Looks For Redemption, Hiroshi’s 2 Jacket Matches, YuuRI Signs With Ganpro, Busy Akiyama

September 7, 2021

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “LIVE WITH YOUR TIME”, 11/09/2021
Tokyo Ryogoku KFC Hall

1. Yuka Sakazaki Vs Kaya Toribami
2. Maki Itoh Vs Marika Kobashi
3. Mizuki, Raku & Moka Miyamoto Vs Hyper Misao, Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Kamifuku
4. Sakisama & Mei Saint-Michel Vs Nao Kakuta & Nodoka Tenma
5. Hikari Noa & Pom Harajuku Vs Rika Tatsumi & Suzume
6. Shoko Nakajima & Arisu Endo Vs Miu Watanabe & Yuki Arai
7. Miyu Yamashita Vs Yuki Aino

On the last show Yuki Aino shocked Miyu Yamashita (and Maki Itoh) by beating her clean in the ring. Yamashita wants a singles match to avenge that loss and prove to Itoh that she will be at her best when its time for “WRESTLE PRINCESS II”. Aino beating her again would throw everything off course.

Yuki Arai is back after a month of Covid related setbacks.

BASARA “BASARA 167 ~THE 13TH FOX PRINCE~”, 11/09/2021
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Jacket Match ~Hiroshi, 2 Consecutive Matches~: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Takumi Tsukamoto
2. Yusuke Kubo & Daichi Kazato Vs Fuminori Abe & Daiki Shimomura
3. Ryota Nakatsu & SAGAT Vs Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga
4. Union MAX Next Challenger Decision League: Takato Nakano (2) Vs Masato Kamino (0)
5. Union MAX Next Challenger Decision League: Isami Kodaka (2) Vs FUMA (2)

It’s still early days in the Next Challenger League. What we do know is Takumi Tsukamoto is guaranteed to be the Union MAX Champion defending against the league winner.

BASARA “BASARA 168 ~THE 14TH FOX PRINCE~”, 11/09/2021
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Jacket Match ~Hiroshi, 2 Consecutive Matches~: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Banana Senga
2. Takumi Tsukamoto, Fuminori Abe & Yasu Urano Vs FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & Daichi Kazato
3. 3 Way Match: SAGAT Vs Daiki Shimomura Vs Tsutomu Oosugi
4. Union MAX Next Challenger Decision League: Isami Kodaka (2) Vs Masato Kamino (0)
5. Union MAX Next Challenger Decision League: Ryota Nakatsu (2) Vs Takato Nakano (2)

Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi will be doing two Jacket Matches on the day. He is currently ranked #7 in BASARA’s Jacket rankings. His opponent on show 1 is Tsukamoto ranked at #8. His second opponent Banana Senga is unranked.

GANBARE☆PRO “HARLEY DAVIDSON & MARLBORO MAN 2021”, 12/09/2021
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Ganpro Special Mixed 6-Person Tag Match: Shota, Moeka Haruhi & Miyako Matsumoto Vs Shinichiro Tominaga, Makoto & HARUKAZE
2. Ganpro Four Big Singles Match: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Takahiro Katori
3. Ganpro Four Big Singles Match: Cherry Vs YuuRI
4. Ganpro Four Big Singles Match: Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Shu Sakurai
5. Ganpro Four Big Singles Match ~ 26 Year Revenge For The Master: Shinjiro Otani Vs Kouki Iwasaki
6. Ken Ohka Pre-Debut 20th Anniversary Special Tag Match Part 2: Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie

Nobody expected YuuRI to sign with Ganbare☆Pro after she left JUST TAP OUT. It goes to show not all of the movements going on in joshi right now are heading towards the same destination. She gets an established opponent from the get go, taking on Cherry in her first scheduled Ganpro match.

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? 2021 TOUR IN ASAKUSA”, 16/09/2021
Tokyo Hanayashiki Asakusa Flower Theater

1. Yuji Hino & Mad Paulie Vs Naomi Yoshimura & Yusuke Okada
2. Yuki Ueno & Antonio Honda Vs Toru Owashi & Yoshihiko
3. Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno & Yuki “Sexy” Iino Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Mizuki Watase
4. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Keigo Nakamura
5. Jun Akiyama & Hideki Okatani Vs HARASHIMA & Yuya Koroku
6. Asakusa Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Chris Brookes, Yukio Sakaguchi & Yukio Naya

The entire bottom half of the card has been changed after Pheromones demanded to be in the same match together.

GANBARE☆PRO “BAD COMMUNICATION -ULTRA PLEASURE STYLE 2021”, 25/09/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Ganjo Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuna Manase, Yuna Mizumori & YuuRI Vs Asuka, Makoto & HARUKAZE
2. THE HALFEE Vs Team Sanyo Sanin Full Scale Battle: Katsuzaki Shunosuke, Moehiko Harumisawa & Shu Sakurai Vs Minoru Fujita, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Itsuki Aoki
3. Ganpro Special Tag Match: Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shigehiro Irie Vs Yumehito Imanari & Kouki Iwasaki
4. IJ Tag Team Titles: Kenichiro Arai & Shota (c) Vs Hagane Shinno & Shinichiro Tominaga
5. Ganpro Special Single Match: Keisuke Ishii Vs Shinjiro Otani
6. Ken Ohka 20th Anniversary Special Tag Match ~Roar Of The Lion King~: Ken Ohka & Isami Kodaka Vs HARASHIMA & Kengo Mashimo

YuuRI also adds to the Ganbare☆Joshi roster and their fight against Yuu Yamagata’s group. YuuRI and Makoto are now included in the opening match.

The IJ Tag Team Titles match will be held under PWF Rules. That is the wrestling ruleset used by Tenryu Project.

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? 2021”, 26/09/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Yuki “Sexy” Iino & Pheromones X Vs X & X
2. Special Tag Match: Jun Akiyama & Yoshihiko Vs HARASHIMA & Kazuki Hirata
3. Masahiro Takanashi DDT Return Match: Masahiro Takanashi, Toru Owashi & Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Saki Akai & Antonio Honda
4. DAMNATION Dissolution Match: X Vs X
5. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Chris Brookes

This is the end for DAMNATION. They are forced to split up after losing the final of the DRAMATIC SURVIVOR tournament. What their final match will be and who will be involved is currently a mystery.

Jun Akiyama recently made the shocking confession of wanting to team with Yoshihiko! He admitted he would rather do this than challenge for the KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles.

The Pheromones have been teasing the addition of a third member to their team. Whoever it is will be showing up at Korakuen Hall!

DDT “GET ALIVE 2021”, 12/10/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Titles: Yoshiaki Yatsu, Akito, Hiroshi Yamato & Keigo Nakamura (c) Vs Jun Akiyama, Yusuke Okada, Mizuki Watase & Hideki Okatani
2. DDT Universal Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Minoru Fujita

Well Akiyama is challenging for the 8-Man Tag Titles anyway. He would rather the other four members of Junretsu fight for it but Makoto Oishi is injured long term so Akiyama has to be there. Maybe a first time in-ring meeting with Yoshiaki Yatsu will motivate him. The Olympics in Japan is now completely finished but can the champions keep their flame burning?

DDT “DRAMATIC DREAMS! VOL. 8 ~LAUGHING GATE FORTUNE~”, 17/10/2021
Osaka City Abeno Ward Center

1. Special Singles Match To Commemorate Yukinori Matsui’s 25th Anniversary Of His Debut Two Years Later: Kuishinbo Kamen Vs Kikutaro
2. Special Tag Match ~ South Osaka Great War! Izumi Vs Kishiwada: Jun Akiyama & Yusuke Okada Vs Magnitude Kishiwada & Inaba no Buffalo.

Welcome to the alternate reality where Osaka Pro Wrestling still exists and has Jun Akiyama and Yusuke Okada both under contract. They’re going to have a local battle against Magnitude Kishiwada & Inaba no Buffalo. Kishiwada in particular is rather proud of being “Osaka’s Strongest Wrestler”. Time to put that to the test.


DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? 2021 TOUR IN OSAKA” Results

September 5, 2021

DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? 2021 TOUR IN OSAKA”, 05/09/2021
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall
120 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Naomi Yoshimura & Keigo Nakamura defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuya Koroku when Nakamura pinned Koroku with a Diving Headbutt (12:30).
2. DDT Megatonweight Single Match: Yuki “Sexy” Iino defeated Mad Paulie with the Badonkadonk (7:46).
3. Akito, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya defeated HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Akito submitted Hirata with the Back Foot Figure 4 Leg Lock (0:10).
3a. Rematch: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Akito, Mizuki Watase & Yukio Naya when HARASHIMA pinned Watase with the Somato (10:57).
4. DAMNATION Vs Junretsu!: Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao defeated Jun Akiyama, Yusuke Okada & Hideki Okatani when Takao pinned Okatani with the Perfect Driver (12:20).
5. Special Single Match: Shunma Katsumata Vs Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno ended in a No Contest (8:44).
6. Osaka Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Yuki Ueno & MAO defeated Chris Brookes, Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi when Takeshita submitted Honda with the Plus Ultra (25:10).

More focus was put on the Plus Ultra today. Konosuke Takeshita tried to put Chris Brookes in the hold early but couldn’t pull it off. Brookes & Kazusada Higuchi followed Antonio Honda’s lead by tripping over the ropes and injuring their knees. It was all to set up a Triple Gongitsune spot. Yuki Ueno & MAO got rid of Brookes & Higuchi. Honda tried to fight off Takeshita with Knuckle Punches but Takeshita hit him with the Zahi knee strike and made him submit to the Plus Ultra. Takeshita said he was happy to wrestle in his hometown as a champion and he will return next time still as the champion.

The Pheromones team are getting out of control. Danshoku Dieno’s match with Shunma Katsumata already started off crazy when Katsumata tied Dieno’s feet together with tape outside the ring in a bid to have him counted out. Dieno got back in but Katsumata then taped his mouth shut to prevent the Lip Lock. Katsumata was about to hit the Firebird Splash when music suddenly began playing and Yuki Iino appeared on the balcony performing a strip tease to distract him. Dieno removed his tap but every time he attempted the Lip Lock, he was misdirected into Yukinori Matsui, knocking the referee out. With Matsui out of action the match has to be called off. Pheromones continued their attack on Katsumata, giving him a Double Danshoku Driver. The 37KAMIINA ran in to rescue their friend and Pheromones escaped. Katsumata remained in an unconscious state for the rest of the show.

Pheromones also interfered in Iino’s match against Mad Paulie. Dieno gave Paulie the Lip Lock when the ref was distracted. He then charged himself up by pressing his own face into Iino’s backside before giving Paulie another Lip Lock. This form of the move is called the Earth Kiss.

Jun Akiyama & Yusuke Okada Vs Magnitude Kishiwada & Inabi no Buffalo is booked for Matsui’s show on 17th October.


DDT “DRAMATIC SURVIVOR 2021” Results

September 4, 2021

DDT “DRAMATIC SURVIVOR 2021”, 04/09/2021
Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall
220 Fans

1. Mad Paulie defeated Keigo Nakamura with the Reverse Splash (6:13).
2. DRAMATIC SURVIVOR ~ Losers Advance 8-Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino when Hirata pinned Takao with the Miracle One Shot Cradle (12:25).
3. DRAMATIC SURVIVOR ~ Losers Advance 8-Man Tag Tournament – Round 1: Jun Akiyama, Yusuke Okada, Mizuki Watase & Hideki Okatani defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Ueno & MAO when Okada pinned MAO after a Running Knee Butt from Akiyama (13:27).
4. Kazusada Higuchi & Saki Akai defeated Akito & Yukio Naya when Higuchi pinned Naya with the Brain Claw Slam (9:19).
5. Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno & Yuki “Sexy” Iino defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Antonio Honda when Iino pinned Takagi with the Badonkadonk (12:40).
6. Special Single Match: Chris Brookes defeated Yukio Sakaguchi by Referee Stoppage with the Modified Ground Octopus Stretch (14:55).
7. DRAMATIC SURVIVOR ~ Losers Advance 8-Man Tag Tournament – Decision Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata, Yuki Ueno & MAO defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino when Ueno pinned Sasaki with the WR (22:16).
*DAMNATION are forced to disband. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino vacate the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles.

It’s all over for DAMNATION. After over five years as a powerful force in DDT, the unit is now forced to disband after becoming the ultimate losers of the first ever DRAMATIC SURVIVOR tournament. The “final” came down to DAMNATION against The 37KAMIINA. Both units have tag team champions within them so a championship was also guaranteed to be vacated due to the rules of the tournament. MAO was the immediate target for DAMNATION because he was the one pinned in 37KAMIINA’s earlier match and was identified as the weak point. He had a chance to end the match with the Hollywood Star Press but Soma Takao moved out of the way. DAMNATION then switched over to Shunma Katsumata after Daisuke Sasaki hit him with the DAMNATION signboard. Katsumata held on and turned the tables with Konosuke Takeshita’s help. Tetsuya Endo was almost pinned but he tagged out to Yuji Hino to carry the load. The match came down to Sasaki and Yuki Ueno fighting for survival. Endo tried to help by doing the Springboard Overhead Kick but Ueno dodged it and Sasaki got kicked instead! The 37KAMIINA ganged up on Sasaki while keeping the rest of DAMNATION away. They hit the MADMAX and Ueno followed up with the BME but Hino broke the count. Another clearing of the ring allowed Ueno to give Sasaki the WR and win the match, killing off DAMNATION in the process.

The result means Ueno gets some measure of revenge on Sasaki over what happened at “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021”. Ueno said The 37KAMIINA couldn’t be defeated in the end because everyone in the group has evolved. Sasaki said DAMNATION was going to break up in 2025 anyway so they will wait until then to officially do it. Hisaya Imabayashi then immediately corrected Sasaki and said DAMNATION’s final match will happen on 26th September. Also Endo, Takao & Hino now have to forfeit the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Ueno closed out the show by saying The 37KAMIINA will continue to be brighter, happier and hotter that anyone else in DDT!

Backstage MAO apologized for always needing to be saved by the others. Katsumata assured him it is no one’s fault and the power of all four combined is why they won. That cheered MAO up and made him want to run over Sanshiro Takagi with a car because this entire tournament was his idea in the first place. MAO also wonders what Endo will become now he will be on his own. He wants to reach out to his fellow countryman but Takeshita does not. The mood was bad over in DAMNATION. Mad Paulie cried, Takao doesn’t know what to do, Sasaki kind of blamed Endo but swore revenge on Ueno, Hino blamed Takao, Endo calmed everyone down and then Sasaki finally took responsibility for what happened. Even Sanshiro Takagi admits that losing DAMNATION will hurt DDT because they were a popular unit. But Takagi doesn’t want DDT to be stuck in a rut so a shakeup like this was necessary. If something bad happens because of this, he will take care of it.

In the earlier round, DISASTER BOX and Junretsu defied expectations and both won their survival early. DISASTER BOX were the favourites to disband so they threw everyone for a loop from the get go. Kazuki Hirata pulled off the miracle by cradling Takao for the three count. HARASHIMA was relieved with the result and gave Hirata credit for doing his best. Toru Owashi admitted to feeling despair when the match came down to only him and Hirata against DAMNATION. Naomi Yoshimura saw the funny side and called Hirata the main character of today’s show. Hirata said everyone in DISASTER BOX loves being here because the unit gives them all a home to go back to. Everyone then wished Hirata luck in going after the DDT Extreme Title next weekend.

Junretsu were safe after a good moment of timing. MAO had Yusuke Okada beaten with the Michinoku Driver II until Jun Akiyama rushed in and hit MAO with the Running Knee Butt. Okada then rolled MAO over and scored the three count for the win. Mizuki Watase said their unit was able to win because they have the best bond and unity in the world. He is now confident that Junretsu can become the KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Champions. The rest of the unit aren’t as enthusiastic about the idea but Makoto Oishi thinks the only reason they won today was to avoid splitting up. So maybe they can win the 8-Man Tag Titles if they have to risk disbanding the unit again. Akiyama told the other four to go do that because he would rather team with Yoshihiko.

Chris Brookes is working on his submission game to keep Takeshita on his toes. He used a grounded version of the Octopus Hold to beat Yukio Sakaguchi by TKO. What’s remarkable is Sakaguchi attempted to use the Plus Ultra hold that Takeshita created but Brookes countered it into the Octopus Hold. However Brookes is expecting Takeshita to study this match in preparation for the KO-D Openweight Title bout and will learn how to avoid that counter. He knows he can’t reveal his full hand before then.

The Badonkadonk used by Yuki Iino is a Banzai Drop but with most of Iino’s clothing missing. After Pheromones won their match, Danshoku Dieno teased that the team will soon get a third member. They can sniff this mystery wrestler’s presence in the air but think now is not the time to identify who it is.

DDT will return to Nagoya Congress Center on 18th December.


Video – El Unicorn & Ilusion Debut Match

August 25, 2021

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021”, 21/08/2021
Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki
1,336 Fans – No Vacancy

Special 10-Man Tag Match – El Unicorn & Ilusion Debut Match: HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura, Yusuke Okada, Raimu Imai & El Unicorn Vs Yuji Okabayashi, TAMURA, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Iino & Ilusion


DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021” Results

August 21, 2021

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021”, 21/08/2021
Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki
1,336 Fans – No Vacancy

0. Under Match: Yukio Naya & Keigo Nakamura defeated Hideki Okatani & Yuya Koroku when Naya pinned Koroku with the Choke Slam (10:38).
0. Electric Current Explosion 8-Man Tag Death Match: Atsushi Onita, Sanshiro Takagi, Akito & Maki Itoh defeated Kuro-chan, Super Sasadango Machine, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hikari Noa when Onita pinned Kuro-chan after a Current Blast Bat Attack (9:35).
1. Special 10-Man Tag Match – El Unicorn & Ilusion Debut Match: HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura, Yusuke Okada, Raimu Imai & El Unicorn defeated Yuji Okabayashi, TAMURA, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Iino & Ilusion when Unicorn pinned Ilusion with the Modified Double Knee Stomp (11:44).
2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda with a School Boy (0:11).
2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Danshoku Dieno defeated Kazuki Hirata with a School Boy (0:11).
2a. Rematch: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda ended in a No Contest (1:28).
2a. Rematch: Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata ended in a No Contest (1:28).
2b. Another Rematch: Toru Owashi, Antonio Honda & Daisuke Kiso defeated Danshoku Dieno, Kazuki Hirata & Yukinori Matsui when Kiso pinned Matsui with a Cradle (2:53).
3. Special Hardcore Tag Match: Chris Brookes & Jun Kasai defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Brookes pinned MAO with the Praying Mantis Bomb (14:03).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino (c) defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai when Hino pinned Akai with the Fuckin’ BOMB (11:34).
*V3 for DAMNATION.
5. DDT Universal Title: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Yuki Ueno (c) with La Mistica Crossover Facelock (17:20).
*Yuki Ueno fails in V7. Daisuke Sasaki becomes the 5th DDT Universal Champion!
6. KO-D Openweight Title – BLACKOUT Presents: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Jun Akiyama (c) with the Modified Chickenwing Facelock (24:43).
*Jun Akiyama fails in V4. Konosuke Takeshita becomes the 77th KO-D Openweight Champion!

The first outdoor “WRESTLE PETER PAN” saw Konosuke Takeshita finally beat Jun Akiyama and reclaim the KO-D Openweight Title. They fought back and forth with Exploders and German Suplexes one after the other while Kenta Kobashi watched from ringside. Both also tried to win with their submission finishers. Akiyama with the Front Neck Lock and Takeshita with the Modified Chickenwing Facelock. When all else failed they went to their Knee Strikes until one stayed down. Takeshita pulled down his knee pad before hitting more Zahi Knee Strikes but Akiyama wouldn’t stay down. He had to throw Akiyama with the Cross-Arm German Suplex and then apply the Modified Chickenwing Facelock once more. The move Takeshita invented to Akiyama finally achieved its purpose and the champion tapped out!

When Takeshita was given the KO-D Title belt, he said today was not the end. He will defend the title with all of his might, become stronger and have a rematch with Akiyama this time so he can beat him as the champion. Akiyama accepted defeat but said he will get it back, just you wait and see. Chris Brookes then entered the ring and told Takeshita he hasn’t beaten him one on one in over two years. Brookes wants a shot at the title! Takeshita accepted the challenge and it will take place on the 26th September Korakuen Hall show.

Daisuke Sasaki entered Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki holding the DDT Universal Title and he gets to leave with it. Except now he actually is the Universal Champion. After weeks of theft, cheap shots and violence Yuki Ueno couldn’t get revenge for everything Sasaki had done to him. Sasaki busted him open with a belt shot. Later Mad Paulie pulled the referee away when Ueno had Sasaki pinned after a Shining Wizard. Ueno Dropkicked Paulie and Moonsaulted onto both of them outside the ring. Everything was going so well for Ueno he was even avoiding Sasaki’s cheating. But Sasaki countered the WR into La Mistica Crossover Facelock and forced Ueno to give up. Backstage Ueno admitted that Sasaki has stolen everything from him. Now it is his turn to take away everything that Sasaki cherishes. For now that threat is falling on deaf ears. Sasaki heard the guest commentator Sumire Uesaka praised him a lot during his match. He wants her address so he can mail her a marriage certificate.

Tensions were high when DAMNATION and Eruption fought for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. From the start they were ready to fight when Soma Takao threw his belt down at Yukio Sakaguchi. Meanwhile Saki Akai kept posturing at Yuji Hino, demanding he take her seriously and throw his strong Chops at her. Hino overpowered Akai but Sakaguchi & Kazusada Higuchi were there to break the pins. Tetsuya Endo wiped out nearly everyone with a Swan Dive Shooting Star Press out of the ring. That left Akai and Hino alone to fight. Akai kept chopping and kicking Hino until he finally threw the Chop her way. Akai kicked out of the pin so Hino hit her with a Lariat. Akai kicked out of that too and still tried to fight back. Hino had to put her away with the Fuckin’ BOMB to end the match. Afterwards Hino reminded Akai of all the jokes he previously made about her being a woman. Well now he can say she is also a pro wrestler!

Jun Kasai got a taste of hardcore wrestling The 37KAMIINA style. It involves Lego. Lots and lots of Lego. Shunma Katsumata & MAO filled the ring with the toy blocks and smashed a few plastic cases along the way. Katsumata even decided to wrestle barefoot, daring Kasai to follow his lead. Kasai told him he is a man and he would but couldn’t get his wrestling boots off in time before Katsumata attacked him. Katsumata did a Moonsault Double Stomp but Kasai rolled out of the way, making him land bare feet first onto the Lego! Brookes then threw him into a ladder with the Tropical☆Yahoo. The 37KAMIINA fought back by digging skewers into their opponents’ heads. Kasai then turned the danger up a notch by blocking a Katsumata dive with a knife! He then gave Katsumata the Reverse Tiger Driver while Brookes pinned MAO with the Praying Mantis Bomb, all on the Lego for the finish. Afterwards Kasai admitted the “relaxing” hardcore matches The 37KAMIINA put together are actually fun, like a good memory from a summer vacation.

DDT’s first ever Double Ring Double Singles Matches both ended in eleven seconds. Toru Owashi immediately pinned Antonio Honda and Danshoku Dieno immediately pinned Kazuki Hirata with the same moves at the same time. Hisaya Imabayashi wasn’t sure what had happened because he couldn’t see both matches at once. So he called for both matches to restart but this time to keep them in the same ring. The rematches fell apart when the referees Yukinori Matsui and Daisuke Kiso kept getting in each other’s way. They soon started fighting each other and the wrestlers had to keep them apart. Imabayashi then had an idea to turn everything into a 3 Vs 3 match: Owashi, Honda & Kiso Vs Dieno, Hirata & Matsui with Imabayashi as the ref. Matsui’s team put Kiso in the Kaientai pose and Dieno applied the Lip Lock. Kiso then suddenly countered Matsui’s Brainbuster into a Small Package to grab victory from the jaws of defeat.

The opening match was the debuts of El Unicorn and Ilusion from the DDT Teenage Project. They were given a chance to shine and literally wrestle on top of everyone else. While the other 8 participants were locked up in a multi-man suplex struggle, Unicorn and Ilusion climbed on top of them to fight each other. It ended with Ilusion Suplexing Unicorn onto the pile below. Yuji Okabayashi’s team then won out on the multi-man Suplex spot. Ilusion Dropkicked Yusuke Okada and then joined in with Mizuki Watase to dive onto everybody outside the ring. Unicorn came back and hit a Dragonrana to Ilusion then pinned him with a Modified Double Knee Stomp. Backstage Ilusion swore to avenge his loss when he faces Unicorn in a singles match on 29th August. Yuki Iino went around searching for Naomi Yoshimura to continue fighting him. HARASHIMA and TAMURA both praised the young wrestlers for their efforts. Raimu Imai asked if he could wrestle in DDT again.

The pre-show match a a calm affair. Just a Current Blast Death Match, no biggie. Everyone was dressed for battle except for Akito, who wrestled in a suit. Kuro-chan used Hikari Noa as a shield to prevent Atsushi Onita from swinging the blast bat at him. Tetsuhiro Kuroda grabbed the bat and handed it to Kuro-chan so he could blast Onita with it. Onita got revenge by Piledriving Kuroda onto a table. Super Sasadango Machine tried to fight off everyone with a chair. Maki Itoh and Noa had a standoff with each holding blast bats. They swung at each other causing a big explosion. When the dust cleared the match came down to Onita and Kuro-chan. Onita hit his Kuro-chan with the blast bat and got the three count. After the match Onita poured water over him and with Sanshiro Takagi’s help, aided in carrying him out of the ring. Kuro-chan begged for forgiveness until Onita told him he has the qualities of a pro wrestler. It’s time for him to enter Mr. Onita’s office for a talk…

The other pre-show match saw Yukio Naya & Keigo Nakamura beat Hideki Okatani & Yuya Koroku. The least experience wrestler of the four Koroku kicked out of Naya’s Scrapbuster and Running Knee Lift. But he was put down with a Choke Slam, giving Naya’s team the win.

At the end of the show, Takagi revealed one last gift for the DDT fans. The final major DDT event of 2021 will take place at Yoyogi Gymnasium #2 on 26th December. It will be DDT’s first time in the venue.


DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021” Preview

August 19, 2021

DDT “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021”, 21/08/2021
Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki

0. Under Match: Yukio Naya & Keigo Nakamura Vs Hideki Okatani & Yuya Koroku
0. Electric Current Explosion 8-Man Tag Death Match: Atsushi Onita, Sanshiro Takagi, Akito & Maki Itoh Vs Kuro-chan, Super Sasadango Machine, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hikari Noa
1. Special 10-Man Tag Match – El Unicorn & Ilusion Debut Match: HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura, Yusuke Okada, Raimu Imai & El Unicorn Vs Yuji Okabayashi, TAMURA, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Iino & Ilusion
2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda
2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata
3. Special Hardcore Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Chris Brookes & Jun Kasai
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai
5. DDT Universal Title: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki
6. KO-D Openweight Title – BLACKOUT Presents: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

As danger and uncertainty over the pandemic remains around the world, the wrestling industry is determined to chug along and to stick to their plans. This weekend more than any other is proof of that. In America, the next couple of days will no doubt become a landmark period for the modern era with massive shows from two companies along with the long awaited return of a certain hockey fan from Chicago. Japan isn’t taking it easy either as some companies begin to head outdoors for major shows held at sports stadiums. That’s what DDT is up to for “WRESTLE PETER PAN” this year. They will be at Fujitsu Stadium Kawasaki, the former home of FMW’s most legendary battles. The actual venue is different because it went through renovations in the 2000s and also a name change in 2014. Hopefully the spirit of those famous shows still remains when DDT takes their crack at it. Pandemic restrictions are in place so the card is shorter than usual. Plus the risk of last minute cancellations can rear its ugly head. At this point we just have to keep our fingers crossed. There is something extra added to the show. Two wrestling rings will be set up in the stadium. The reason why will be explained in the related matches below.

0. Under Match: Yukio Naya & Keigo Nakamura Vs Hideki Okatani & Yuya Koroku

Let’s see how the low tier of DDT’s undercard has been doing lately. Yukio Naya is slotted into the novelty matches. He’s there when DDT needs a heavyweight so he’ll always have a place on the card. His family ties also means he will be a regular for any matches built around product placement. Keigo Nakamura stepped up a level by being part of the new KO-D 8-Man Tag Team Champions in Team Olympian. He has new ring gear too which is usually a sign of a wrestler moving onto the next stage of his career. He is still often the butt of jokes but when he gets the chance to be serious in the ring, he takes it. Hideki Okatani is probably the one out of this lot who advanced the most over the last year. He should have, given who he is learning from in Junretsu. He is still far away from being a polished product but he definitely moved up to No. 3 in his unit in the last few months. Yuya Koroku debuted in DDT back in April and comes from the highly regarded Animal Hamaguchi Gym. His work so far has been promising but he had a slight setback earlier this month that made him miss a few shows. That’s the problem with rookies. They break easily.

0. Electric Current Explosion 8-Man Tag Death Match: Atsushi Onita, Sanshiro Takagi, Akito & Maki Itoh Vs Kuro-chan, Super Sasadango Machine, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hikari Noa

Here is how loaded this weekend is. DDT has to blow up a ring at Kawasaki Stadium during the dark match to get any sort of attention! If you’re doing a major wrestling show inside Kawasaki Stadium then you have to have Atsushi Onita in an Exploding Ring Death Match. Those are the rules. That is why DDT is setting up two rings, one for the regular matches and one for Onita to blow up. As soon as Onita found out about the second ring he got in touch with DDT and demanded his match take place on the pre-show! His reasoning is it takes a lot of time and dedication to set up the explosives so he wants it to be over and done with before the main show even begins. It also sneakily moves the match over to the main ring instead of the side ring because DDT now has time to clean up the mess after the pre-show. That Onita really is a sneaky git. He has promised to use three to five times the amount of gun powder for explosions than these matches usually use.

The match itself has a lot to unpack. Onita’s run in DDT over the last year has seen him feud with a pervy comedian named Kuro-chan. Onita gets the win most of the time but their last match in December ended in a massive upset. Kuro-chan pinned Onita one, two, three! He stole Onita’s jacket, called himself the new “Evil Ways” and left thinking that was the end of it. Demands for a rematch were ignored by Kuro-chan until his manager got wind of it and decided “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021” would be the perfect time and place for it to happen. The two went to put their teams together. Onita has DDT’s crazy president Sanshiro Takagi, the not yet crazy Vice President Akito and the right amount of crazy Maki Itoh. Kuro-chan has to team with Super Sasadango Machine because they both have the same agent. However his also gets Hikari Noa and FMW alumni Tetsuhiro Kuroda, which improves his team’s chances. Sasadango had to lie about Noa thinking Kuro-chan is cute to convince him to finally accept the match. Noa in particular has been wanting to do death matches for ages. Her goal is to either run over Takagi in a truck, blow him up in an explosion or do both. The stage is set and one last factor has been added to the match. Kuro-chan wants sole ownership of Exploding Ring Death Matches if his team wins! He also wants Onita to retire when he loses but we all know what that is worth so just ignore that bit.

1. Special 10-Man Tag Match – El Unicorn & Ilusion Debut Match: HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura, Yusuke Okada, Raimu Imai & El Unicorn Vs Yuji Okabayashi, TAMURA, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Iino & Ilusion

DDT looks to the future with the introduction to the DDT Teenage Project. They have spent the last year training four teenagers in secret to become pro wrestlers. Two of them are ready to have their official debut match. On one team is the 13 year old, El Unicorn. On the other is Ilusion, 18 years old. The project is meant to be for those aged 15-18 but there is a reason El Unicorn is there. Not to spoil the kid’s identity but he was already under DDT contract before this project began. Both rookies are eager to fight the larger wrestlers like Naomi Yoshimura and Yuji Okabayashi. There’s another teenager in the match too. Raimu Imai from HEAT-UP is 16 years old and still in his first year of wrestling. His claim to fame is his mother Eriko Imai is a former pop singer and current member of Japan’s House Of Councillors. Raimu’s master TAMURA is on the opposite team. He marvels over how quickly the new generation of wrestlers get to make it to the ring. HARASHIMA and Okabayashi were last seen together as Smile Pissari but they are opponents here. Yusuke Okada and Yuki Iino get to collide with stronger opponents. Last but not least there is Mizuki Watase, who recently returned from injury and finds himself restarting his wrestling progression from scratch again.

2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda
2. Double Ring Double Singles Match: Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata

Look, spots for this show are sparse this time around and DDT isn’t able to produce two dozen matches in one night. This isn’t an AEW taping. With the card filling up, the groups of wrestlers nicknamed the DDT Variety Team all began to squabbling with one another. This resulted in them all challenging each other to singles matches, no doubt earning two of them coveted main event spot. That wasn’t going to happen. Hisaya Imabayashi told the wrestlers there was room left on the show for only one more match. They can do Toru Owashi Vs Antonio Honda or Danshoku Dieno Vs Kazuki Hirata but not both. Hirata then had a brilliant idea. There will be two rings available so why not do both matches at the same time? Imabayashi loved the idea and put forth DDT’s first ever Double Ring Double Singles Match! Just don’t be surprised if the two matches still interact and get mixed up with each other. Oh and I think Dieno is currently the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion. I lost track of that.

3. Special Hardcore Tag Match: Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Chris Brookes & Jun Kasai

The main card gets some of the violence left over from the pre-show. Is there anything you can do to Jun Kasai that would hurt him? He’s been through it all, literally if the thing is made out of glass. He sees the hardcore matches DDT have been doing over the last year and they left him feeling lukewarm. The weapons used and the atmosphere surrounding the matches are a bit too relaxed for his tastes. Relaxed is the accurate word to use given these matches have involved Shunma Katsumata & MAO from The 37KAMIINA (The Sauna KAMIINA). Their obsession with saunas rose to new levels ever since the DDT Sauna Club was formed. They aren’t pushovers though. Katsumata is wrestling death matches in Big Japan more often and MAO always has fucked up ideas for things to do in the ring. They want to show Kasai they can dish him the worst pain he has ever felt and they know just what to use. They found out that Kasai doesn’t like the pain you get from stepping on Lego. It’s his biggest weakness! Kasai refuses to confirm if that’s true or not, explaining that he never feels pain from anything when he wrestles in front of his fans. During all of this, Chris Brookes began feeling like the odd man out. He doesn’t even appear in the advert for the match! All the attention is on the other three and he doesn’t like that. He’ll take his anger out on Katsumata to feel better.

4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai

DAMNATION’s most successful ventures over the last half year have been in the trios division. After Tetsuya Endo was finally knocked off the top of the mountain, he rallied together Soma Takao and new member Yuji Hino to win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Endo was then able to defend the belts in his hometown. He has felt invincible ever since and thinks he has the power to banish those he defeated from his hometown. The big challengers coming in are Eruption. They held the titles before and Saki Akai in particular thinks it is time to take them back. The build up has seen Kazusada Higuchi reignite his rivalry with Endo. Yukio Sakaguchi and Takao has come to blows several times too. But the spotlight shines brightest on Akai along with Hino’s reaction to her being in the match. Hino thinks Eruption are fighting with a handicap because a woman is on their team. He also refuses to throw any Chops at Akai because he is convinced they would legit murder her. All this attitude has done is fire Akai up even more to prove her doubters wrong. She’s been wrestling for 8 years now and has shown she is not a one trick pony. It also created an unusual situation where Akai slaps around her partners because they haven’t been as determined as she is to win! Keep in mind this is when Sakaguchi is constantly getting into fights with Takao.

5. DDT Universal Title: Yuki Ueno (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

DAMNATION’s second most successful venture over the last half year is Daisuke Sasaki stealing the DDT Universal Title belt from Yuki Ueno. I didn’t say winning the championship, I mean literally stealing the belt. That’s not to say Sasaki hasn’t brought it in the ring. He has won several big matches in the King Of DDT tournament by cheating like hell throughout the whole thing. That includes a quick win over Ueno. Another quick win in a later tag match resulted in Ueno giving Sasaki a title shot in order to win back his pride. Big mistake. That is what caused Sasaki to blindside Ueno, steal the title belt and promise to humiliate him even further. The last month has seen Ueno chasing after Sasaki only to see him get away with the belt time and time again. Their last confrontation inside a ring ended with Sasaki beating Ueno bloody. What has been a breakout year for Ueno has since turned sour and could take a turn for the worse if he can’t get his title back.

6. KO-D Openweight Title – BLACKOUT Presents: Jun Akiyama (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita

Talk about a deal paying off big time. Jun Akiyama to DDT could not have worked out any better if I do say so myself. He is now six months into his KO-D Openweight Title reign with three defences under his belt. He has also taken to the player/coach role in Junretsu rather well (just remember Makoto Oishi is the official leader). The likes of Endo, Higuchi, Dieno and HARASHIMA have all failed to beat him. And then there is Konosuke Takeshita. What a journey this guy has been on. He went through two singles losses to Akiyama in back to back months at the end of 2020. Those results made him self reflect. For the first time he began to question the DDT style he so proudly represented. Things had to change in 2021.

But does it, really? When this year began, Takeshita’s Sauna Club with his friends turned into The 37KAMIINA. What followed has been a year of hot matches and aurora skies. He took a sabbatical to AEW in April, winning over a new audience of fans abroad by being himself and wrestling how he always does. When he returned, success came his way in the tag team division with his sauna buddies. He and Ueno successfully represented DDT against NOAH at “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021”, he and Katsumata won the first Ultimate Tag League and then followed it up by winning the KO-D Tag Team Titles. To cap it all off Takeshita rose even further back to the top by winning the King Of DDT tournament. His redemption is almost complete. All that is left to do is finally beat Akiyama one on one.

Easier said than done, right? There’s also one other thing that makes it that little bit more difficult. Kenta Kobashi will be at the show as a special guest to witness the main event. Everytime Kobashi has played this role for a Jun Akiyama singles match, Akiyama has won. Endo learned that the hard way back in “KAWASAKI STRONG 2021” back in February. Akiyama’s previous two victories over Takeshita have both been by submission as well. It’s all well and good to make it three submissions in a row but Akiyama doesn’t care for that kind of stuff. If he has to win by pinfall then so be it. This is the man who comes from King’s Road. He learned that the Giant Baba style has all the right answers for pro wrestling. That is why he is the champion! Takeshita wants to prove there is no correct answer for pro wrestling that applies to everybody. The DDT style he proudly represents can be just as effective for him as King’s Road is for Akiyama. If this match is the end of his journey, we’ll find out which answer is the right one.


DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021” Results

August 15, 2021

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021”, 15/08/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
529 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Mizuki Watase Return Match: Hideki Okatani defeated Mizuki Watase with the Double Arm Suplex (8:08).
2. Chris Brookes, Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda & Keigo Nakamura defeated HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata when Brookes submitted Hirata with the Octopus Stretch (0:22).
2a. Rematch: HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata defeated Chris Brookes, Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda & Keigo Nakamura when Hirata pinned Nakamura witha School Boy (9:27).
3. Kininashi Wanaru ~The Universe In My Head~ Match: Dorago (Yukio Naya) & Haka (Yuki Iino) defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Shiro Koshinaka when Haka pinned Takagi with the Spear (10:14).
4. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino defeated Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuya Koroku when Takao pinned Koroku with the Gin And Tonic (9:10).
5. Yuki Ueno & Akito defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie when Akito pinned Paulie with an Ankle Package Hold (12:17).
6. DDT Extreme Title – Hardcore Judo Match: Shinya Aoki (c) (2) defeated MAO (1).
6a. Judo Rules: MAO (1) defeated Shinya Aoki (0) by Ippon (1:23).
6b. Hardcore Rules: Shinya Aoki (1) defeated MAO (1) with a European Clutch (6:25).
6c. Hardcore Judo Rules: Shinya Aoki (2) defeated MAO (1) by Table Crash (5:41).
*V1 for Shinya Aoki.
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata (c) defeated Jun Akiyama & Yusuke Okada when Katsumata pinned Okada with the Firebird Splash (20:33).
*V1 for The 37KAMIINA.

It’s one week until “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021” but there was still some business for DDT to tend too. For the main event the ring canvas was removed to show a brand new blue rimmed canvas underneath. The 37KAMIINA and Junretsu were the first to wrestle on it with the KO-D Tag Team Titles on the line. Jun Akiyama dealt with Konosuke Takeshita and created a 2-on-1 situation for his side. Akiyama threw Shunma Katsumata with an Exploder Suplex and Yusuke Okada hit a Diving Headbutt for a nearfall. Takeshita made it back in to break the count and even the odds. He blocked Okada’s Tornado DDT and lifted him up for a Braibuster. Then Katsumata jumped in to hit the MADMAX but Akiyama broke the pin. Takeshita held Akiyama back while Katsumata finished Okada off with the Firebird Splash.

After the match Takeshita pointed at the KO-D Openweight Title resting on Akiyama’s shoulder. They bumped fists to so there is no bad blood heading into their title match and Junretsu left. Katsumata then celebrated his team making their first title defence. Takeshita thanked him for his hard work winning them the match today and giving them momentum heading into “WRESTLE PETER PAN”.

The Hardcore Judo match for the DDT Extreme Title turned out to be a Best 2 Out Of 3 Falls contest. In the 1st fall Shinya Aoki and MAO had to have a regular judo match inside the ring. They both grappled and threw each other to the ground. At first Daisuke Kiso gave the point to Aoki but after consulting with judges outside the ring it was decided that MAO scored the Ippon instead. The 2nd fall was a Hardcore Match so both participants took off their judo jackets and brought out the weapons. After a violent back and forth, Aoki caught MAO in the European Clutch to get the three count. The final fall was Hardcore Judo rules, a Judo fight with weapons! They fought up the turnbuckles and Aoki threw MAO through a table below to score Ippon and win the match!

After the match Kazuki Hirata entered the ring in his full entrance costume. Aoki immediately threw a chair at him. Hirata calmed him down and respectfully challenged him for the Extreme Title. He explained it is great to win exciting matches against opponents you don’t know if you can beat. However it is also great to defend against opponents you can easily beat, like him! In a normal match Aoki Vs Hirata is heavily one-sided but Aoki can create a rule that can allow even the weakest wrestler to win! Aoki answered no. Hirata then threatened to quit DDT and without him there won’t be anybody backstage to do all the dirty work that keeps the show running. Aoki laughed and accepted the challenge. Hisaya Imabayashi decided the match will take place in Nishitetsu Hall on 12th September.

Daisuke Sasaki came back from quarantine with the stolen DDT Universal Title and quickly made a beeline for Yuki Ueno. As the match went on, Sasaki struck Ueno in the head with the belt and busted him open. While Sasaki continued beating up Ueno at ringside, Akito rolled up Mad Paulie to win the match. But that wasn’t the focus as Sasaki threw Ueno into the ring post and continued to beat him bloody. Sasaki even ambushed Ueno again backstage during the post-match interview. His message is loud and clear. Daisuke Sasaki is back!

Eruption faced DAMNATION is another warm up bout for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match. Soma Takao threw his belt down in front of Yukio Sakaguchi to annoy him. Yuji Hino blocked the God’s Right Knee but was bashed by Kazusada Higuchi. Higuchi was then wiped out by Tetsuya Endo’s Sasuke Special No. 1. Yuya Koroku tagged in to take the glory but Takao ended up beating him with the Gin And Tonic. Takao threw his title belt again, provoking Sakaguchi into fighting him. Meanwhile Higuchi and Endo butted heads. Saki Akai then entered the ring where Hino stood before here. Hino teased throwing a chop but relaxed and told Akai to go home. Akai slapped him across the face in response. The situation calmed down after that and both sides separated.

The Kininashi Wanaru match had a specific goal to achieve. The hosts of the TV show created their own characters for Yuki Iino & Yukio Naya to play. They also made 100 T-shirts for the gimmicks and wanted to sell all of them. In fact, the hosts were more concerned with selling the shirts than watching the match. Drago was Naya wearing a Riki Choshu mask while Haka was Iino wearing a Sanshiro Takagi mask. That one caught the real Takagi by surprise. They wrestled under the masks at first but they eventually got removed. Shiro Koshinaka did his thing while reminding everyone he is 62 years old. Takagi had Haka beat but Danshoku Dieno suddenly appeared and pulled Yukinori Matsui out of the ring mid pinfall. Takagi gave Dieno the Stunner and placed him over the turnbuckles with his backside hanging out. Unfortunately Takagi himself was sent face first into Dieno’s butt and then Iino pinned him with the Spear.

Hirata’s appearance earlier in the show quickly ended when he submitted to Chris Brookes. Everyone agreed to an immediate rematch and Brookes instantly put Hirata in the Octopus Stretch again. This time Toru Owashi broke the hold. Naomi Yoshimura cleaned house until Hirata pleaded to be tagged back in. Antonio Honda brought the match to a halt with Gongitsune that was also charged by Dieno’s backside. Keigo Nakamura also got charged up when he was thrown head first into Dieno. His charged head gave everyone electric shocks but Hirata guided him to collide with Honda and then rolled him up for the three count. Hirata promised to win his part of the Double Ring Double Single Match and be crowned the king of the 2nd match on the card!

After a long absence due to injury, Mizuki Watase returned to the ring for his first wrestling match in six months. His opponent was his Junretsu teammate Hideki Okatani. The match showed just how much Okatani has progressed while Watase was gone. Watase still put up a fight but he was done when Okatani countered the Back Drop into a Bulldog Headlock. Okatani then got the pin with the Double Arm Suplex. The two shook hands after the match. Watase was disappointed to lose against a younger and less experienced wrestler. But he also understands while he was gone for six months, Okatani was training with Akiyama during that same time period. Watase has to start again from scratch but at least he too will have Akiyama guiding him.

DDT is now sponsored by Japan Bakery Marketing and they get a prime advertising spot on the neutral corner pads. The company producer Takuya Kishimoto appeared with Takagi to pose with some bread. The deal came together when Takagi met with Kishimoto at a recent Rojo Pro Wrestling event that DDT put together. Kishimoto said he became hooked with wrestling and feels the same happiness he gets from eating bread.

Kenta Kobashi will appear at “WRESTLE PETER PAN” to observe the KO-D Title match between Akiyama and Takeshita.


DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021 TOUR IN IWATE” Results

August 9, 2021

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021 TOUR IN IWATE”, 09/08/2021
Iwate Education Center Multipurpose Hall (Morioka City)
150 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Chris Brookes defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with the Octopus Stretch (7:19).
2. 3 Way Match: Toru Owashi defeated Antonio Honda and Saki Akai when Owashi pinned Hona with La Magistral Cradle (9:27).
3. Kazusada Higuchi, Danshoku Dieno & Akito defeated HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata when Higuchi submitted Hirata with the Brain Claw (0:53).
3a. Rematch: Kazusada Higuchi, Danshoku Dieno & Akito defeated HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata when Akito submitted Hirata with the Ou Mountains (11:13).
4. Soma Takao & Yuji Hino defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Yukio Naya when Hino pinned Naya with the Fuckin’ BOMB (9:03).
5. The 37KAMIINA Vs DAMNATION!: Yuki Ueno & MAO defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Ueno pinned Paulie with the BME (13:46).
6. Morioka Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Keigo Nakamura defeated Jun Akiyama, Yusuke Okada & Hideki Okatani when Nakamura pinned Okatani with a Jackknife Pine (20:25).

Every dog has his day. Today’s that day and Keigo Nakamura is that dog. Today was his first homecoming show and he wanted to fight Jun Akiyama straight away. Akiyama had some fun by keeping score of all his points for every hold he used until he tagged out. Junretsu kept getting the upper hand on Nakamura. Yusuke Okada Superplexed him and Akiyama got in his knee strike. Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata were able to break pins and keep the match alive. Then when Hideki Okatani tried to set up the Northern Lights Suplex, Nakamura countered him with a Headbutt and used a Jackknife Pin to get the upset win! Both Takeshita & Katsumata praised Nakamura for winning the main event for them. Nakamura promised he will win a singles title someday and wrestle in Morioka as the champion!

Daisuke Sasaki wasn’t at the show today so Yuki Ueno couldn’t get the DDT Universal Title back. However Mad Paulie brought out a homemade cardboard Universal Title to taunt the champion with. Tetsuya Endo even used it to hit Ueno with a belt shot! In the end Ueno beat Paulie with the BME and took the cardboard title from him. Backstage Ueno called the fake title worthless garbage. That is a perfect representation of Sasaki. He then tore the belt apart.

Yukio Sakaguchi and Soma Takao kept fighting outside the ring after their match ended. Takao came out on top when he hit Sakaguchi with his KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Title belt.

The Ou Mountains used by Akito to win his match is a Standing Anklelock applied while the victim Kazuki Hirata was planted face first into Danshoku Dieno’s backside. Kazusada Higuchi also applied the Claw to Dieno’s crotch to charge more power to the move somehow.


Princess Cup Final 4, Baba Style The Correct Style? Akai Vs Manase, BASARA League

August 2, 2021

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “THE SKY IS THE LIMIT 2021”, 07/08/2021
Nagoya Civic Gymnasium 3rd Stadium

1. Miyu Yamashita & Yuki Arai Vs Yuki Aino & Moka Miyamoto

Yuki Arai’s first match in Nagoya is a big enough deal to main event the show because Nagoya is the home of SKE48. She will team with her mentor Miyu Yamashita against Yuki Aino & Moka Miyamoto. Another SKE48 member Shiori Aoki will be on commentary for the match.

Maki Itoh suffered a fractured left cheekbone in her Tokyo Princess Cup Quarter Final match. It will take two to four weeks for it to heal but she will definitely wrestle on 14th August. She will miss this Saturday’s show though.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021 TOUR IN IWATE”, 09/08/2021
Iwate Education Center Multipurpose Hall (Morioka City)

1. Toru Owashi Vs Yuya Koroku
2. 3 Way Matches: Chris Brookes Vs Antonio Honda Vs Saki Akai
3. HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Danshoku Dieno & Akito
4. Soma Takao & Yuji Hino Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Yukio Naya
5. The 37KAMIINA Vs DAMNATION!: Yuki Ueno & MAO Vs Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. Morioka Specialty Special 6-Man Tag Match: Jun Akiyama, Yusuke Okada & Hideki Okatani Vs Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata & Keigo Nakamura

Daisuke Sasaki is currently absent from shows after coming into close contact with a person who has the Coronavirus. Most of the matches on this show have been changed. Sasaki is expected to be cleared in time for DDT’s return to Korakuen Hall on 15th August.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AMEBA PRESENTS 8TH TOKYO PRINCESS CUP”, 14/08/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Mirai Maiumi & Moka Miyamoto Vs Suzume & Arisu Endo
2. Hyper Misao, Nodoka Tenma, Yuki Aino & Raku Vs Nao Kakuta, Haruna Neko, Mahiro Kiryu & Kaya Toribami
3. Yuki Arai “Midsummer Trials” Single 1st Match: Yuki Kamifuku Vs Yuki Arai
4. Special 6-Woman Tag Match: Sakisama, Mei Saint-Michel & Yukio Saint Laurent Vs Rika Tatsumi, Pom Harajuku & Antonio Honda
5. Yuka Sakazaki AEW Triumphant Return Match: Miyu Yamashita & Marika Kobashi Vs Yuka Sakazaki & Hikari Noa
6. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Shoko Nakajima Vs Shoko Nakajima
7. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Mizuki Vs Maki Itoh

The semi final draw was held and the matchups are confirmed. Itoh is confident she will be fully healed in time to face Mizuki in the main event. Overcoming the pain is what makes Itoh stronger and this is the opponents she wants more than anyone else. Mizuki is aiming for the three-peat and has never lost to Itoh before. Winning this match will give her the confidence she needs to win the final 24 hours later. Miu Watanabe is now four years into her pro wrestling career and has fallen in love with it. She also revealed the idol she looks up to most is Mayu Watanabe from AKB48. Her opponent Shoko Nakajima reaches the final four once again but she isn’t taking it for granted. Tokyo Joshi Pro has grown so much over the years that it motivates her to be the best again.

Yuka Sakazaki has her first match back in Japan since coming home from the latest AEW tour.

A few other return appearances brings the Rika Tatsumi Vs NEO Biishiki-gun feud back to life. Yukio Saint Laurent and Antonio Honda get involved again. The only difference is instead of a zombie we get Pom Harajuku.

GANBARE☆PRO “GANBARE☆JOSHI PRO WRESTLING ~YOUTH FRENZY 2021~”, 14/08/2021
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Yuna Mizumori Vs Chie Koishikawa
2. Ganbare☆Pro Wrestling Offer Match: Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Keisuke Ishii & Yumehito Imanari
3. This Time, A Special Tag Match To Celebrate Katsumura & Haruhi’s Tournament Victory: Shuichiro Katsumura & Moeka Haruhi Vs Tanomusaku Toba & Miyako Matsumoto
4. Ganjo Special Tag Match: Yuna Manase & HARUKAZE Vs Yuu Yamagata & Makoto

The next Ganbare☆Joshi show sees Yuna Manase & HARUKAZE go through another attempt to beat Yuu Yamagata. This time Makoto is coming in to be Yamagata’s tag partner.

The Mixed Tag Match that was promised to Shuichiro Katsumura & Moeka Haruhi will take place here. Their match with Tanomusaku Toba & Miyako Matsumoto was cancelled last time when Haruhi had to go into self isolation over a close contact scare.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AMEBA PRESENTS 8TH TOKYO PRINCESS CUP FINAL”, 15/08/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Yuki Arai “Midsummer Trials” Single 2nd Match: Rika Tatsumi Vs Yuki Arai
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Final: X Vs X

For the first time since November, Aja Kong will be on the show.

DDT “SUMMER VACATION 2021”, 15/08/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Mizuki Watase Return Match: Mizuki Watase Vs Hideki Okatani
2. HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi, Naomi Yoshimura & Kazuki Hirata Vs Chris Brookes, Danshoku Dieno, Antonio Honda & Keigo Nakamura
3. Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Yuji Hino Vs Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi & Yuya Koroku
4. Yuki Ueno & Akito Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie
5. Kininashi Wanaru ~The Universe In My Head~ Match: Yuki Iino & Yukio Naya Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Shiro Koshinaka
6. DDT Extreme Title – Hardcore Judo Match: Shinya Aoki (c) Vs MAO
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs Jun Akiyama & Yusuke Okada

In a press conference today the participants of both title matches got to speak. The KO-D Tag Team Titles match will be Yusuke Okada’s first championship shot in DDT since he signed with the company. Jun Akiyama is looking forward to teaming with his student and trusts him enough to let him do his stuff. Shunma Katsumata is determined not to lose the titles in his first defence. He also wants to pin Akiyama again like he did at the Ultimate Tag League. His partner Konosuke Takeshita said he will focus on Akiyama because he can rely on Katsumata to win the match if it comes down to him. The match serves as a clash of different wrestling styles and philosophies. Takeshita says there is no correct answer for pro wrestling that applies to everybody. Akiyama disagrees because he thinks the Giant Baba style that he learned has all of the right answers. Baba’s way is the correct way and the proof is in Akiyama being the current KO-D Openweight Champion.

The Olympic atmosphere in Japan has inspired Shinya Aoki to defend the DDT Extreme Title against MAO in a Hardcore Judo match. Aoki and MAO aren’t sure themselves what the rules are in a Hardcore Judo match but they are excited to do it.

GANBARE☆PRO “ERASER HEAD 2021”, 28/08/2021
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall

1. Ganpro Special Single Match: Shigehiro Irie Vs Takahiro Katori
2. Ganjo Special Tag Match: Yuna Manase & Asuka Vs Moeka Haruhi & HARUKAZE
3. Special Tag Match That Leaves No Stone Unturned: Yasu Urano & Shota Vs Hagane Shinno & Shinichiro Tominaga
4. Ganpro Special 6-Man Tag Match: Shinjiro Otani, Yumehito Imanari & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Keisuke Ishii, Kouki Iwasaki & Rekka
5. Ken Ohka Pre-Debut 20th Anniversary Special Tag Match: Ken Ohka & Seiya Morohashi Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Shu Sakurai

A second match is added to Ken Ohka’s 20th Anniversary celebration. Seiya Morohashi comes in representing Ohka’s days in Union Pro.

BASARA “BASARA 166 ~GLITTER~”, 31/08/2021
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Union MAX Title: Takumi Tsukamoto (c) Vs Minoru Fujita

The Union MAX Title match that was meant to happen at the end of July has been pushed back a month. Takumi Tsukamoto no longer has the BJW Death Match Title. Meanwhile Minoru Fujita still has his prize money just waiting to be spent once he becomes champion.

MUSCLE “HIRAGANA MUSCLE 5 TOKYO PERFORMANCE ~NO MORE SPECIAL MOVES ANYMORE~”, 01/09/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Voice actor Tetsu Inada will be involved with the Hiragana Muscle shows in September. His work includes shows from the Gundam and Super Robot Wars series. He also voiced MAO in the Kemono Michi anime DDT was involved with back in 2019. That’s not all. He has also been the voice in DDT’s opening videos for the last year.

DDT “TENJIN WARS 2021”, 12/09/2021
Fukuoka Nishitetsu Hall

1. Special Single Match ~ DDT Vs Ganbare☆Joshi Pro Wrestling: Saki Akai Vs Yuna Manase

It is a match Yuna Manase originally wanted at “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021” but it never came to be. She wants a singles match against Saki Akai so much she crashed a DDT show to demand it. Akai doesn’t have any strong feelings about her opponent. She remembers the year she debuted people online were hoping the two of them would team together but other than that they are from completely different parts of the wrestling scene. Akai recently wrestled in Ganpro and felt everyone there has passion but it went away very quickly. If Manase’s fire is red then Akai’s fire is blue and that is much more hotter.

BASARA “BASARA 172 ~FUDO FUKUTSU~”, 24/10/2021
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. IRON FIST Tag Titles: Fuminori Abe & Takuya Nomura (c) Vs X & X
2. Union MAX Title: Takumi Tsukamoto (c) Vs X

A round robin tournament will be held in BASARA over the next two months to determine who will challenge for the MAX Title at Korakuen Hall. A fan vote will be held to determine the five entrants. The choices fans can vote for are Isami Kodaka, FUMA, Yusuke Kubo, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Daichi Kazato, SAGAT, Ryota Nakatsu, Daiki Shimomura, Takato Nakano and Masato Kamino.


DDT “BEER GARDEN-LIKE PRO WRESTLING 2021 DAY 3” Results

August 1, 2021

DDT “BEER GARDEN-LIKE PRO WRESTLING 2021 DAY 3”, 01/08/2021
Shinjuku FACE
223 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Special Under Match – Ultimate Vs Supreme: Tetsuya Koda defeated Hisaya Imabayashi by TKO with the Sleeper Hold (11:57).
1. Yukio Naya & Yuki Iino defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Yuya Koroku when Iino pinned Koroku with a Lariat (9:35).
2. Playfulness Series Act 3: Danshoku Dieno Vs Hideki Okatani ended in a No Contest (5:19).
3. Yukio Sakaguchi, Akito & Yusuke Okada defeated Soma Takao, Yuji Hino & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Sakaguchi pinned Shimatani with the God’s Right Knee (8:17).
4. Rock & Roll 5 Way Death Match: A.YAZAWA defeated HARASHIMA, Saki Akai, Mad Paulie and Kazuki Hirata when YAZAWA pinned Hirata with a School Boy (14:17).
5. Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Chris Brookes & Keigo Nakamura when MAO pinned Nakamura after the MADMAX (14:45).
6. The Annual Tradition! Customer Lottery Match: Jun Akiyama, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo defeated Yuki Ueno, Kazusada Higuchi & Naomi Yoshimura when Endo pinned Yoshimura with the Shooting Star Press (21:26).

Beer Garden 2021 came to a close with the usual end to DDT’s tradition, a Fan Lottery 6-Man Tag Match. Members of the audience randomly picked the spots for each team and we ended up with Jun Akiyama, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo all on the same side. Any visual sign of tension disappeared when Endo came out dressed in his old wrestling gear and encouraged the others to reform Happy Motels for one night. Akiyama had to play the role of Antonio Honda in this case. The opposing team was Yuki Ueno, Kazusada Higuchi & Naomi Yoshimura. All of them came from the DNA generation so they paid tribute to the old brand by wearing DNA shirts and walking out to the DNA theme song. Akiyama played the part of Honda well by tripping onto his knee and doing the Bionic Elbow with his partners. The three of them worked so well they won the match with Endo getting the pin on Yoshimura.

After the match Endo said Beer Garden is all about having fun so he encouraged Akiyama and Takeshita to let go of their rivalry for the day. He also apologised to Takeshita for cheap shotting him at last year’s Beer Garden finale. Takeshita and Akiyama both agreed to get along but things will go back to normal when they fight each other for the KO-D Tag Team Titles on 15th August and the KO-D Openweight Title on the 21st. Endo also promoted his DAMNATION team defending the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles on that day too. They all raised their hands together to end the show… and then Endo Headbutted Takeshita. Endo stormed off backstage and stripped out of his old costume embarrassed that he had to act so nice towards Akiyama & Takeshita today.

Chris Brookes didn’t want to team with Keigo Nakamura so he purposely joined the other team to make it a 3 Vs 1 Handicap match. Brookes entered the ring with The 37KAMIINA but Nakamura begged him to team up as planned. Brookes agreed to do it but still helped Shunma Katsumata & MAO do some triple team spots. Brookes eventually took the match seriously but it wasn’t enough for them to win. Katsumata & MAO hit the Power Bomb/Blockbuster version of MADMAX (apparently any double team move involving Katsumata jumping off the top rope is called the MADMAX) on Nakamura to get the win. Afterwards Katsumata told MAO he found out Jun Kasai’s weakness. He doesn’t like stepping on Lego so they’re going to use them against him at “WRESTLE PETER PAN 2021”!

Daisuke Sasaki was pulled from the show on short notice because he might have been in close contact with somebody who recently tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Drunk Match was cancelled and HARASHIMA was moved over to the Rock & Roll Death Match. There was another replacement as Antonio Honda suffered from love sickness and had to be replaced by A.YAZAWA in a rare appearance. Everyone in the match got drunk and danced whenever music played. YAZAWA and Saki Akai did karaoke. A recording of Shuji Ishikawa singing caused Mad Paulie to dance. Everyone fell asleep until Swan Lake played and they all did ballet together. YAZAWA then rolled over Kazuki Hirata to win the match.

Eruption once again got the better of DAMNATION once again in their latest preview match, this time with Yusuke Okada teaming with them. Yuji Hino was already drinking and decided to wrestle in his normal clothing. When he put Akito in a Sleeper Hold he flipped off the rest of his opponents. Eventually he got drunk and when he went to do the Diving Body Press off the top rope, he landed on Nobuhiro Shimatani instead of Yukio Sakaguchi. Hino needed Soma Takao’s help to get out of the ring and while that happened, Sakaguchi pinned Shimatani with the God’s Right Knee.

An accidental bump of heads between Danshoku Dieno and Hideki Okatani during the opening of the show led to them swapping bodies before their match. Dieno walked out wearing Okatani’s gear while Okatani ran out in Dieno’s costume acting just like him. Another clash of heads seemed to turn them back to normal. Dieno was himself again and he chased after Daisuke Kiso. However Okatani didn’t change and he got his hands on Yukinori Matsui. That officials had to call of the match as things got out of hand.

Sanshiro Takagi paid a lot of cash to repair the Dramatic Dream so he is going to get his money’s worth! He brought it out for the opening match, crashed into the combined centaur form of Yukio Naya & Yuki Iino and then crashed into his own partner Yuya Koroku. Iino then hit a Lariat on Koroku to take the win for his team.

The most important match of the week, nay, the month took place in the pre-show. It was the DDT GM Hisaya Imabayashi against the Tokyo Joshi Pro GM Tetsuya Koda in the latest chapter of their never ending one sided rivalry. Imabayashi was spurned on by phonecalls of his increasingly disgruntled wife while Koda showed a more evil side to his wrestling abilities. Sadly for Imabayashi he fell to the Sleeper Hold and as a result won’t be welcomed back home by his family.

Midway through the show, Dieno & Iino confronted Imabayashi demanding to be made into a full time tag team. They kept coming up with sexual innuendos for team names like Osu Academy, The Wizard Of Osu and Will Osupreay. Imabayashi told them he will agree to their demand once they come up with a better tag team name.

Earlier today on the Ganbare☆Pro show, Yuna Manase made it known that she wants a match against Saki Akai. She crashed the DDT show along with Ken Ohka to challenge Akai directly. It is a match she wanted to have at “CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2021” and when that never happened it’s been bothering her ever since. Akai accepted the challenge and wants the match to happen in Fukuoka on 12th September. Manase said Ganpro already has a show in Itabashi that day but Ohka encouraged her to go do it. Manase offered to shake hands but Akai left her hanging.

Voice actor Tetsu Inada will be making appearances at the Hiragana Muscle shows in September.