News Listings for March 21, 2017


~ Following the highly successful show at the Saitama Super Arena, DDT will now be heading into the next set of major titles defenses on April 29 at the Korakuen Hall.

Announced for the Korakuen Hall show is the new KO-D Openweight Champion Konosuke Takeshita taking on his career rival in Tetsuya Endo. The rivalry exists more so for Endo who seeks to finally overcome Takeshita in a major title match. Of course the new champion himself just took at the “absolute ace” at the big stage and will pull out every stop to remain as the new champion. Also the KO-D Tag belts will be in defense as Masakatsu Funaki and Yukio Sakaguchi will be taking on the team of “Shinsei NO FEAR” in Yoshihiro Takayama and Danshoku Dieno.

DDT, 4/29/2017 [Sat] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) KO-D Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. [Challengers] Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dieno
~ 3rd title defense.

(-) KO-D Openweight Championship Match: [61st Champion] Konosuke Takeshita vs. [Challenger] Tetsuya Endo
~ 1st title defense.

~ Before that show though, DDT announced event cards for the March 25 in Yokohama and March 26 in Osaka. The show on the 25th will feature the KO-D 6 Tag belts in defense as the show on the 26th will feature Iron Man Heavy Metal in defense as Dieno and Ryan are also in a rematch from the Saitama show.

DDT “After the SSA & Road to Ryogoku 2017 ~Starting Over in YOKOHAMA ~”, 3/25/2017 [Sat] 17:30 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa

() Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata vs. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
() Soma Takao vs. Masahiro Takanashi
() Yasu Urano vs. Mad Paulie
() HARASHIMA & Akito vs. Kazusada Higuchi & Guanchulo
() Shuten-Doji vs Shinsei NO FEAR!: KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Danshoku Dieno
() Road to KO-D! Yokohama Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda vs. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

() KO-D 6 Tag Championship Match ~ New ωrestling Aidoru vs New Wrestling Ameria: [Champions] Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO vs. [Challengers] Shigehiro Irie, Mike Bailey & Joey Ryan

DDT “Dramatic Sanada Mall 2017”, 3/26/2017 [Sun] 17:30 @ Osaka City Hirano Kumin Hall

() Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata vs. Kazusada Higuchi & Yuki Ueno
() Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Keisuke Ishii
() HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Yasu Urano vs. Shigehiro Irie, Mike Bailey & Guanchulo
() KUDO vs. Makoto Oishi
() Survival 4WAY Match: Toru Owashi vs. Akito vs. Mad Paulie vs. Naomi Yoshimura
() Road to KO – D! Osaks Special Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda vs. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

(-) Iron Man Heavy Metal Championship Match ~ Worldwide Best in the World Dangerous Guy Showdown 2nd Round: [Champion] Danshoku Dieno vs. [Challenger] Joey Ryan

~ Then before the scheduled KO-D Tag match, Sakaguchi and Dieno will face off in a special singles match on April 8.

DDT “Bokutachi Narimasu Hatsu Shinshutsu ni Narimasu!”, 4/8/2017 [Sat] 17:30 @ Narimasu Act Hall in Tokyo

(-) Special Single Match: Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Danshoku Dieno

~ Then on April 14 Daisuke Sasaki is scheduled to defend the DDT EXTREME belt against a currently unannounced opponent at a “DAMNATION” produced show. Daisuke will decide who he will face at the March 25 show.

DDT “DAMNATION Produce”, 4/14/2017 [Fri] 18:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

(-) DDT EXTREME Championship Match: [Champion] Daisuke Sasaki vs. [Challenger] (to be announced)


Following the conclusion of the NEW JAPAN CUP 2017, the next big shows card has been set for “SAKURA GENESIS” on April 9 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.

The show will feature the winner of the NJC in Katsuyori Shibata taking on the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. This will mark the second time in 12 years that Shibata has acquired the right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight belt and the first time since he has returned to New Japan in 2012. Also this will be the first time in a few months shy of four years that Shibata and Okada have faced off in a singles match. Stemming from the G1 CLIMAX in 2013. In which Okada emerged the victor. Shibata stated that he wants to change the status quo of the belt and take hold of the that which has alluded him his whole entire career.

Also scheduled for the show will be KUSHIDA finally getting his rematch against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, Hirooki Goto defending the NEVER Openweight belt against Zack Sabre Jr., Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima defending the IWGP Tag belts against ROH’s Raymond Rowe and Hanson, then Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi defending the IWGP Junior Tag belts against the team of Jado and Gedo.

The event will feature a lead-in tour which begins on March 25 and runs up until a couple days before the bigger show. The Korakuen Hall show on April 4 specifically will feature the NEVER 6 Man Tag belts in defense as SANADA, EVIL and BUSHI defend against the team of Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet.

NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017

New Japan Pro Wrestling “SAKURA GENESIS 2017”, 4/9/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo

(0) Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay vs. Hirai Kawato, Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura

(1) Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask W & Tiger Mask IV vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
(2) YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. Minoru Suzuki (Pancrase MISSION), El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku (K-DOJO)

(3) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [50th Champions] Yoshinobu Kanemaru (FREE) & Taichi vs. [Challengers] Jado & Gedo
~ 1st title defense.

(4) Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale
(5) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA (FREE), EVIL & BUSHI

(6) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [74th Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Raymond Rowe & Hanson
~ 1st title defense.

(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [15th Champion] Hirooki Goto vs. [Challenger] Zack Sabre Jr.
~ 3rd title defense.

(8) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [76th Champion] Hiromu Takahashi vs. [Challenger] KUSHIDA
~ 3rd title defense.

(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Katsuyori Shibata
~ 4th title defense.

NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2017


~ The main event match was announced for the upcoming show on April 4. As NOSAWA will be teaming with Manabu Soya and Masaaki Mochizuki to take on the team of Masayuki Kono, Kaz Hayashi and Kendo Kashin.

TOKYO GURENTAI Produce “Hagure Memory”, 4/4/2017 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo

Newly announced…

(-) Manabu Soya, NOSAWA Rongai & Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Masayuki Kono, Kaz Hayashi & Kendo Kashin


Previously announced…

(-) Shinjuku Challenge Match: Hiroki Murase vs. Chikara

(-) Vaccine Fight Offer Match: Takuya Kai & Hikaru Sato vs. Rocky Kawamura & Shinjuku-same

(-) Team Destruction Revival: Suwama & Shuji Kondo vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Buffalo
(-) Haguee-IGF vs NEW ERA: Hideki Suzuki & Shogun Okamoto vs. Daiki Inaba & Kumagoro
(-) TOKYO GURENTAI vs NEW ERA: FUJITA vs. Yusuke Kodama

~ Also announced to be competing: Manabu Soya and NOSAWA Rongai.


~ Koji Doi versus Jake Omen for the Result Championship belt was announced for the show on March 26 in Yamagata.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 TRANS MAGIC, 3/26/2017 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yamagata Big Wing

() Hiroki Murase & Masayuki Mitomi (Ehime) vs. Aizawa #1 (DEWA) & Ganseki Tanaka
() Kaz Hayashi & Kenichiro Arai (DG) vs. Manabu Soya & NOSAWA Rongai
() W-1 Tag Prelude: Kumagoro vs. Daiki Inaba
() W-1 Cruiser Prelude: Seiki Yoshioka, Kohei Fujimura & Jun Tonsho vs. Andy Wu, Yusuke Kodama & Sho Shindo
() W-1 Championship Prelude: Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana vs. Masayuki Kono & Shuji Kondo

() WRESTLE-1 Result Championship Match: [1st Champion] Koji Doi vs. [Challenger] Jake Omen
~ 1st title defense.

~ Then the next bigger show is set to take place on April 19 at the Korakuen Hall. The main event will feature the new W-1 Champion in Shotaro Ashino defending the belt against Shuji Kondo. Following his win over Kono, Ashino exuded confidence as he is yet another of the young talent in W-1 to achieve success. His fellow teammate in TriggeR in Shuji Kondo seemed to have taken a bit of offense as he stated that Ashino needs to prove that. Kondo undoubtedly accepted that Ashino beat Kono, but he will put the young champion to the ultimate test if that is what needs to done.

Then the W-1 Tag belts will be in defense as Koji Doi and Kumagoro will be taking on Daiki Inaba and Yusuke Kodama. And lastly among the announced matches is Seiki Yoshioka defending the Cruiser belt against a former champion in Andy Wu.

WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2017 CHERRY BLOSSOM, 4/19/2017 [Wed] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Championship Match: [7th Champion] Seiki Yoshioka vs. [Challenger] Andy Wu
~ 1st title defense.

(-) WRESTLE-1 Tag Championship Match: [8th Champions] Koji Doi & Kumagoro vs. [Challengers] Daiki Inaba & Yusuke Kodama
~ 1st title defense.

(-) W-1 Championship Match: [11th Champion] Shotaro Ashino vs. [Challenger] Shuji Kondo
~ 1st title defense.

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