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DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDTプロレスリング, DDT Puroresuringu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Its name stands for Dramatic Dream Team, which was the promotion's official name from 1997 to 2004. Founded in March 1997 by Shintaro Muto, but the promotion was bought by Shoichi Ichimiya until December 2005, when Sanshiro Takagi took over as the new president, who later sold it to CyberAgent, but still retained his position, while Takahiro Yamauchi took over as the new DDT director.

DDT became one of the top names in Japanese indie wrestling by creating a unique Sports Entertainment style with a Japanese puroresu flair to the matches. DDT has had agreements with various MMA and professional wrestling promotions around the world.[citation needed] DDT biggest event is the Ryōgoku Peter Pan, held each year since 2009.

History

The promotion was founded by Shintaro Muto, after Muto, Sanshiro Takagi, Kyohei Mikami and Kazushige Nosawa left Pro Wrestling Crusaders.[citation needed] The promotion was named Dramatic Dream Team, its first event took place on January 31, 1997, in Tokyo. In 1999, DDT started producing pay-per-view digests of its product on DirectTV.[citation needed]

DDT became one of the top names in Japanese indie wrestling by creating a unique Sports Entertainment style with a Japanese puroresu flair to the matches.[citation needed]

The cards' matches tend to be a mixture of Japanese lucharesu (a mix of lucha libre and traditional puroresu), worked shoot-style, hardcore brawling and comedy matches. DDT is in many ways a parody of American pro wrestling, particularly WWE, using over-the-top gimmicks (most notably Danshoku Dino) as well as unique match types including a hardcore match in a campsite (which featured use of bottle rockets as weapons), an "Office Deathmatch" (where the ring was set up to resemble a section of an office building, complete with cubicle walls and computers), and a "Silence Match" (where wrestlers were forbidden to make loud noises, resulting in slow-motion chops and punches and featuring the commentary team speaking in a faux-whisper).

The promotion then established their own governing body in 2000, the King of DDT, shortened as KO-D, creating the KO-D Openweight Championship, Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship and the KO-D Tag Team Championship. DDT also created their own tag team tournament the DDT Tag League. Later in 2003 Shoichi Ichimiya became the new president of DDT.[citation needed] Later in 2004 DDT rebranded to DDT Pro Wrestling kabushiki gaisha renaming the promotion to DDT Pro Wrestling. In October DDT got a timeslot on Fighting TV Samurai, Japan's premier combat sports channel which shows professional wrestling from both Japan and the United States, creating their regular broadcast program DDT Dramatic Fantasia.[citation needed]

On December 28, 2005 Ichimiya retired from professional wrestling, in the process, he announced his departure from DDT.[citation needed] This led in January 2006, Sanshiro Takagi taking over the promotion as the new president. Then the company focused on the feud between the face stable Italian Four Horsemen and the heel stable Disaster-Box.[citation needed] Then in November DDT announced the creation of their fourth active title the DDT Extreme Division Championship. Later in 2007 DDT announced a working relationship with Dragon Gate. DDT and Dragon Gate held their first co-promoted show, Dramatic Dream Gate on April 18 in Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, Japan. Then DDT became a member of the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance. The group was established as a means to aid the many competing wrestling promotions in Japan. In 2009, DDT announced that they were going to become a stock company, turning their industry private to public.[citation needed] In March 2010, DDT announced a working relationship with Big Japan Pro Wrestling.[citation needed] Later in March, Takagi announced the DDT48 (later renamed Dramatic Sousenkyo), which is a fan votation where the winner receives a shot for the KO-D Openweight Championship. Later that month Michael Nakazawa stepped down as the CEO of DDT and Amon Tsurumi became the general manager of the promotion.[citation needed] In 2011 the program of Fighting TV Samurai Indie's Job elected DDT for having the best show the year, winning the Best Box Office Award.

In March 2012, DDT ended their DDT Dramatic Fantasia program.[citation needed] Later on April 2, DDT started to broadcasting to NicoNico creating the program DDT Wrestling Hour.[citation needed] On June 4, DDT formed another sub-brand Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling, which was exclusive to women's wrestlers.[1] DDT celebrated its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2012, by holding its first ever event in Nippon Budokan.[2] On December 23, 2012, DDT announced the creation of their fifth active title, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[3] On January 17, 2013, DDT announced that Daisuke Sasaki had signed a contract to officially make DDT his home promotion, ending his days as a freelancer.[4][5] On April 17 DDT formed another sub-brand Ganbare☆Puroresu. On May 3, DDT's Max Bump event was broadcast live by Samurai TV. After that DDT launched a every week program DDT Pro Wrestling Banzai, which was also broadcast by Samurai TV.[citation needed] On November 28, DDT announced a new project named DDT New Attitude which would be another sub-brand of DDT.

On January 14, 2015, DDT opened a women wrestling school with Makoto Oishi and Cherry as instructors.[citation needed] Later DDT announced the creation of their sixth active title, the King of Dark Championship. On June 23, DDT opened the Dropkick Bar which is a professional wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts-themed sports bar. Professional wrestling personalities make appearances at the bar. On August 17 it was announced that Union Pro would be folding after its 10th anniversary event on October 4.[6] Three days after its folding, Union was replaced by a new promotion named Pro-Wrestling Basara, which launched in January 2016.[7] In October 2016, DDT announced "DDT Universe", a new streaming service for events held by DDT, DNA, Basara, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Puroresu.[8] The service launched on January 23, 2017.[9] On April 30, 2017, announced the creation of their seventh active title, the KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship, meant for teams of five wrestlers, the title is believed to be the first of its kind in professional wrestling.[10][11] with the inaugural champions crowned on August 20, 2017.[12]

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that DDT had entered into a partnership with Canada's Canadian Wrestling's Elite promotion.[13] On August 20 Danshoku Dino defeated Sanshiro Takagi in a match, where if Dino won he would become the Producer of DDT. After Dino won he fired the DDT's General Manager Amon Tsurumi and Turumi returned to a backstage role as assistant producer and reverted to his real name Hisaya Imabayashi. Dino also announced the creation of a new tournament called "D-King Grand Prix". On September 1, 2017, 100% of DDT's shares were sold to the CyberAgent company. Sanshiro Takagi remained as the DDT president, while CyberAgent director Takahiro Yamauchi took over as the new DDT director.[14]

DDT Universe

On October 24, 2016, DDT Owner Sanshiro Takagi came down to the ring prior to that day's event and announced that DDT would be debuting their own video-on-demand service, called DDT Universe, in January 2017.[15][16] Some major DDT events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2004, as well as matches from DDT's affiliate and sister promotions DNA (DDT New Attitude), Pro Wrestling Basara, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Union Pro Wrestling and Ganbare Pro Wrestling.[17][18] As well as full shows and matches, the promotion also features documentaries showcasing the lives of wrestlers outside the ring.[19]

Championships

DDT Pro-Wrestling

Active

DDT currently has eight recognized championships,[20] the top titles being the KO-D (King of DDT) championships.

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
KO-D Openweight Championship Konosuke Takeshita 2 March 20, 2017 386+ Saitama, Japan Defeated Harashima at Judgement 2017.
KO-D Tag Team Championship Harashima and Naomichi Marufuji 1
(8 / 1)
August 20, 2017 233+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated YaroZ (Kazusada Higuchi and Shigehiro Irie) at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017.
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship Shuten-dōji
(Kudo, Masahiro Takanashi and Yukio Sakaguchi)
7 December 10, 2017 121+ Fukuoka, Japan Defeated All Out (Akito, Diego and Konosuke Takeshita) at Wrestling Tonkotsu 2017.
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship LiLiCo-gun
(Ken Ohka, Ladybeard, LiLiCo, Makoto Oishi and Super Sasadango Machine)
1 August 20, 2017 233+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Owashi-gun (Joey Ryan, Kazuki Hirata, Saki Akai, Toru Owashi and Yoshihiko) at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017 to become the inaugural champions.
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Super Sasadango Machine 6 March 14, 2018 18+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Aja Kong at Live Event.
DDT Extreme Division Championship Yuko Miyamoto 2 December 30, 2017 101+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Daisuke Sasaki at Damnation Fuhōshūkai Vol. 2.
King of Dark Championship Dai Suzuki 2 August 20, 2017 233+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Gota Ihashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017.

Inactive

Championship Last champion(s) Reign Date won Location Notes
DDT Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1 November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Great Kojika, Mr. #6 and Riho at Shin-kiba 5th Anniversary Special.
UWA World Trios Championship Disaster-Box
(Harashima, Toru Owashi (3) and Yukihiro Abe)
1 December 26, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Shit Heart♥Foundation (Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga) at Never Mind 2010.

Pro-Wrestling Basara

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
Union Max Championship Isami Kodaka 4 October 1, 2017 191+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Trans-Am★Ryuichi at Kodaka Isami 15 Shūnen Kinen Kōgyō.

Union Max Championship

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Indicates that the championship was contested under Union Pro Wrestling
Indicates that the championship was contested under Pro-Wrestling Basara
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1 Ivan Markov 1 December 11, 2013 102 Tokyo, Japan 4 Shiwasu no Union 2013 Defeated Shuji Ishikawa in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Isami Kodaka 1 March 23, 2014 56 Kawasaki, Japan 0 Union no March 2014
3 Hikaru Sato 1 May 18, 2014 213 Tokyo, Japan 3 Golden Union 2014
4 Fuma 1 December 17, 2014 256 Tokyo, Japan 3 Shiwasu no Union 2014
5 Isami Kodaka 2 August 30, 2015 35 Tokyo, Japan 1 Natsu Matsuri Union 2015
Vacated October 4, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Union 10th Anniversary Box Office: Hoshi ni Negai wo Title retired when Union Pro Wrestling closed down.
6 Isami Kodaka 3 December 25, 2016 12 Tokyo, Japan 0 Basara Vajra 25: Shippujinrai Defeated Trans-Am★Hiroshi to resurrect the title.
7 Fuma 2 January 6, 2017 76 Tokyo, Japan 1 Basara Vajra 26: Tettotetsubi
8 Trans-Am★Ryuichi 1 March 23, 2017 192 Tokyo, Japan 3 Sakaba Puroresu: Alcohol Mania 2017
9 Isami Kodaka 4 October 1, 2017 191+ Tokyo, Japan 2 Kodaka Isami 15 Shūnen Kinen Kōgyō

Tokyo Joshi Pro

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship Miyu Yamashita 2 January 4, 2018 96+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Reika Saiki at Tokyo Joshi Pro '18.
Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship NEO Biishiki-gun
(Azusa Christie & Saki-sama)
1 February 3, 2018 66+ Yokohama, Japan Defeated Miracle Anzo (Syoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki) to become the second-ever champions.

Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1 Miyu Yamashita 1 January 4, 2016 262 Tokyo, Japan 2 Tokyo Joshi Puroresu '16 Defeated Syoko Nakajima in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Yuu 1 September 22, 2016 255 Tokyo, Japan 4 Shinjuku Love Rin
3 Yuka Sakazaki 1 June 4, 2017 83 Tokyo, Japan 0 Konosai, Shinjuku de Mori Agatchao!
4 Reika Saiki 1 August 26, 2017 131 Tokyo, Japan 2 Brand New Wrestling
5 Miyu Yamashita 2 January 4, 2018 96+ Tokyo, Japan 3 Tokyo Joshi Pro '18

Combined reigns

As of April 10, 2018

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Miyu Yamashita 2 5 358+
2 Yuu 1 4 255
3 Reika Saiki 1 2 131
4 Yuka Sakazaki 1 0 83

Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Miracle Anzo (Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki) 1 October 14, 2018 112 Tokyo, Japan Brand New Wrestling 2 Defeated Maho Kurone and Rika Tatsumi at Egao Yes Yokohama to become inaugural champions.
2 NEO Biishiki-gun (Azusa Christie and Saki-sama) 1 February 3, 2018 66+ Yokohama, Japan Live event 2

Combined reigns

As of April 10, 2018

Indicates the current champions

By team

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Miracle Anzo
(Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki)
1 2 112
2 NEO Biishiki-gun
(Azusa Christie and Saki-sama)
1 2 66+

By wrestler

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Shoko Nakajima 1 2 112
Yuka Sakazaki 1 2 112
2 Azusa Christie 1 2 66+
Saki-sama 1 2 66+

Ganbare☆Puroresu

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship
(also recognized by K-DOJO)
Ken Ohka 2 December 20, 2017 111+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Daisuke Sasaki at Burnin'X'mas 2017.

Annual tournaments

Tournament Last winner(s) Last held Location
Dramatic Sousenkyo Danshoku Dino September 27, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
King of DDT Tetsuya Endo June 25, 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Roster

DDT Pro-Wrestling

Ring name Notes
Akito, Akito
Antonio Honda Freelancer
Cherry
Colt Cabana Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion
Freelancer
Daisuke Sasaki
Danshoku Dino
Gorgeous Matsuno
Gota Ihashi
Harashima KO-D Tag Team Champion
Hoshitango
Kazuki Hirata
Kazusada Higuchi
Keisuke Ishii
Ken Ohka KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Ganbare☆Puroresu
Konosuke Takeshita KO-D Openweight Champion
Kudo KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Ladybeard KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Mad Paulie
Makoto Oishi KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Masahiro Takanashi KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Michael Nakazawa Inactive
Mike Bailey
Saki Akai
Sanshiro Takagi
Shigehiro Irie
Shuji Ishikawa Freelancer
Soma Takao
Super Sasadango Machine KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
World Aipoke Champion
Freelancer
Tetsuya Endo
Tomomitsu Matsunaga
Toru Owashi Freelancer
Yasu Urano
Yoshihiko
Yukio Sakaguchi KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Yuko Miyamoto DDT Extreme Division Champion
666
Yuni

DDT New Attitude

Ring name Notes
Dai Suzuki King of Dark Champion
Daiki Shimomura
Diego
Kota Umeda
Kouki Iwasaki
Mao
Mizuki Watase
Naomi Yoshimura
Nobuhiro Shimatani
Rekka
Suguru Miyatake
Shunma Katsumata
Yuki Ueno

Pro-Wrestling Basara

Ring name Notes
Best Stretch Man V3
Fuma
Fuminori Abe
Isami Kodaka Union Max Champion
Ryota Nakatsu
Ryu Gouma
Ryuichi Sekine
Sagat
Takato Nakano
Takumi Tsukamoto
Tomoya Kawamura
Trans-Am★Hiroshi
Yusuke Kubo

Tokyo Joshi Pro

Reika Saiki
Ring name Notes
Ai Shimizu Freelancer
Azusa Takigawa
Chikage Kiba
Hyper Misao
Maho Kurone
Maki Itoh
Marika Kobashi
Mil Clown
Miyu Yamashita
Mizuki
Nodoka Onesan
Nonoko
Reika Saiki Tokyo Princess of Princess Champion
Rika Tatsumi
Syoko Nakajima Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champion
Yuka Sakazaki Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champion
Yuna Manase
Yuu

Staff

  • Amon Tsurumi – DDT General Manager
  • Daisuke Kiso – Referee
  • Hosomi no Shy Boy – Ring announcer
  • Mic Inoue – Time keeper
  • Rikiya Shindo – Basara ring announcer
  • Tetsuya Koda – Tokyo Joshi Pro representative
  • Yuki Aino – Tokyo Joshi Pro ring announcer
  • Yukinori Matsui – Referee

Dropkick Bar

Dropkick Bar is a professional wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts-themed sports bar owned and operated by DDT in Shinjuku. Professional wrestling personalities make appearances at the bar.[21][22]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "武道館ピーターパン~DDTの15周年、ドーンと見せます超豪華4時間SP~". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ 【12・23リポート①】天コジ警察MA軍逮捕。6人タッグ王座新設. DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
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  5. ^ "DDTが2014年の契約更改を終了。佐々木大輔が所属へ!佐藤光留はレギュラー参戦継続せず!". Battle News (in Japanese). January 17, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
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  9. ^ "動画配信サービス「DDT Universe」サイトオープンまであと10日!". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
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  12. ^ LiLiCoが初代KO―D10人タッグ王座奪取 股間握らせ投げ技発射. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "United: Canadian Wrestling's Elite Announces Partnership With DDT". Alliance-Wrestling.com. July 5, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ "DDTがサイバーエージェントに株式譲渡 社名、体制に変更なし". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
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  17. ^ Rose, Brian. "DDT UNIVERSE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW STREAMING SERVICE". F4wonline. Wrestling Observer Newslleter. 
  18. ^ "10 Reasons to Join in the Weird Fun of DDT Universe". Paste. January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  19. ^ "DDT Universe Hub – All You Need to Know". 22 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Dramatic Dream Team
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  22. ^ "ドロップキック". Gurunavi (in Japanese). Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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