HARASHIMA vs. Konosuke Takeshita – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: This is the main event of the biggest show in DDT’s 20 year history, it’s a first time matchup for the KO-D Title. It has the company’s top two wrestlers facing off on the biggest stage. Takeshita is just 21 years old and is headlining a show with 10,000 people. He has had many detractors over his career and I was once one of them, but he has won me over; so much that I think he is honestly the best wrestler on planet earth. I’ve watched every Takeshita match in 2017 and I’m not joking, every match is highly recommended. HARASHIMA is the present and Takeshita is the future, but in this match Takeshita became the present as well as the future. Takeshita brought the performance of his life to the table and it was successful because he won the KO-D Title from HARASHIMA. It was a passing of the Ace torch. HARASHIMA will remain the ace to many of us but Takeshita is going to be DDT’s ace for the next 20 + years. He is going to lead DDT to the new era, becoming the #2 promotion in Japan (eventually). As for the match it was incredible, one of the best built matches this year and even if you don’t like or watch puro, you will love this. Within the first few minutes Takeshita tried to murder HARADAD with a brainbuster on the floor. 42 year old HARASHIMA did everything he could to try and defeat the young superstar. Numerous reverse frankensteiners including one from the top rope. Takeshita used a bunch of moves from people who he has beaten and learnt from. A huge pop occurred when he used Antonio Honda’s elbow attack. HARASHIMA dropped Takeshita on his head with a crazy move I don’t even know what to call. HARASHIMA kicked out of one German suplex hold but could not kick out of the straight jacket German suplex hold. A great moment in the end, so much honest emotion shown by Takeshita. Please go watch this ASAP. (****1/4)

Jun Kasai vs. Daisuke Sasaki – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: This was hyped up to me by Trask as an incredible match and I thought it was really great, but nothing world class. They did some absolutely insane things, don’t get me wrong. If you like hardcore matches that don’t involve some of the gross deathmatch stuff then this is perfect for you. It was full of life risking spots. It was like a really great WWE style hardcore match where it’s big spot after big spot. The crowd wasn’t into this as much as I would have hoped for or initially thought. They both worked insanely hard. Pretty awesome to know that Sasaki and Kasai semi-main evented a show with over 10,000 people in the building. Sasaki was in kill mode hitting coasts to coasts and a suplex off the top of the ladder. They both fell onto a fence(?!) from the apron which looked like it hurt. Kasai gave Sasaki a German whilst he had the ladder wrapped around his head. Sasaki hit an elbow off the top off a giant ladder through a table to pick up the W. “The Charisma” is the new champion. (***1/2)

Katsuie Shibata (Daisuke Sekimoto), Kenshin Uesugi (Jun Akiyama) & Nobunaga Oda (Kota Ibushi) vs. Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Sanshiro Takagi), Shingen Takeda (Keiji Muto) & Yukimura Sanada (Isami Kodaka) – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: This is without a doubt the most crazy match on paper I’ve ever seen in a good way. There’s been some really weird shit booked over the years but this is WEIRD. The best kind of weird. It’s like Takagi was reading my thoughts. Isami Kodaka is my favorite current wrestler, Kota Ibushi is one of my favorites, Daisuke Sekimoto is my 2nd favorite wrestler, Akiyama is one of the greatest ever and Keji Mutoh is in my top 3 of all time. This match was booked for me (and 10,000) in attendance. I don’t know how Takagi pulled off this match but he did and I won’t ask questions because IT WAS AMAZING. Just an incredible match from start to finish, I think Mutoh shocked a lot of people because he did do so much, renewing his rivalry with Akiyama but this time with swords. Within the first sequence Takagi was thrown into a stack of chairs. Ibushi and Mutoh faced off and grappled!!! IBUSHI AND ISAMI WENT AT IT, Ibushi hit the golden triangle moonsault. Akiyama killed Isami with a diving knee off the apron. Isami superkicked Jun. Mutoh and Akiyama went at it with their dad sequences, which I love. Mutoh dropkicked Sekimoto. Isami and Mutoh did tandem shining wizards. Sekimoto gave the double German suplex to Ibushi and Takagi. Mutoh no sold the exploder suplex and hit a shining wizard. Ibushi ended the match with a phoenix splash on Takagi. (****)

Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Tetsuya Endo – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: This looks incredible on paper, four of my personal favorites, but I was a little worried how the match would work. Yet it worked perfectly! This was so great and it felt like they could have done so much more. Funaki in DDT, especially with Yukio, is such a blessing. DAMNATION took control early on, Ishikawa used a apron-bomb. The crowd was so fired up for this match which made me happy. Yukio used a bunch of great kicks, the jumping PK is a thing of beauty. Twisting tope con hilo from Tetsuya Endo. Funaki went into UWFI mode and started shooting on Endo, the rolling kappu kick rang Endo’s clock for sure. Yukio had a sleeper on Shuji, and Endo broke it up with a springboard 450. Endo did approximately 49 flips in this bout. Asai moonsault. Shuji kicked out at 1 when Yukio hit the right knee of god. Yukio was shocked so he went to the top rope and landed a right knee of god from the top which was great and shockingly the finish! So happy Team Hot MMA Dads won. (***3/4)

Joey Ryan vs. Danshoku Dino – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: Look, I couldn’t care less about this, I did not pay attention at all. DDT and their production team put so much effort into this match which I do give them credit for. Donald Trump (Super Sasadango Machine) was there and telling everyone how he owns DDT and the referee Matsui is the strongest. It all weirded me out, and I love Dino, but this was WAAAAY TOO MUCH! Dino did take one crazy bump off the top rope to a table on the outside. Dino gets back the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship after pinning Joey with the Danshoku Driver.

Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo vs. KUDO & Shungo Oyama – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: Dare I say another great bout, this was very different than every match thus far. You have four guys who could all legitimately kick your ass. If you forgot about that, Takayama and Oyama recreated the Takyama/Frye punch spot. Oyama looked very impressive in his debut, he will fit right into the DDT world. Dick Togo continues to be amazing, another ***1/2 Dick Togo match in 2017. He is facing Mr. Gannosuke on 5/5 at Korakuen for GUTS WORLD. Togo and Oyama started the match grappling, Oyama kept up. Oyama took a chair shot to the head, welcome to pro wrestling brother. PK from Takayama. Kudo and Togo traded strike combos. Oyama used an STO and multiple judo throws. Brain buster from Togo on Oyama. Doomsday Device on Oyama! This man is getting absolutely ruined. Takayama pinned Oyama with the Everest German Suplex Hold. Post-match Takayama and Oyama embraced in what was a great moment. (***1/2)

Saki Akai, Meiko Satomura & Syoko Nakajima vs. Aja Kong, Cherry & Miyu Yamashita – DDT (03/20/2017)

Izzac: This was much better than I first anticipated, somehow Meiko makes everything she’s involved in turn to gold. Her and Aja are destined to do this forever. Nakajima faced off with Aja Kong to begin the bout which got a big reaction from the 10,000+ people in attendance. Kong murdered her with a couple of backdrop suplexes. Cherry was full of energy, now that Tokyo Joshi Pro is available on DDT UNIVERSE I have to check out some of her matches. I really enjoy her work. Aja whacked Meiko with her steel box. and Meiko and Aja had a really great sequence. Meiko hit her frog splash then came a DVD on Yamashita to pick up the victory. (***1/2)