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DDT D-King Grand Prix 2018 Night 3 (1.8.18) Results & Review



The third night of the inaugural DDT D-King Grand Prix again took place at Hirano Community Hall in Osaka, Japan. The winner of this round robin tournament will receive a shot at the top prize of DDT, KO-D Championship.

I will only be reviewing tournament matches, of which there were six. Here we go.

Keisuke Ishii def. Masahiro Takanashi @ 6:18 via Crossface Chickenwing
Good counter wrestling from these two with similar styles. They went hold for hold, countering each other into wacky pins and submissions. Nice mat wrestling exchanges until out of nowhere Takanashi is caught in the Chicken Wing and couldn’t find an escape.

Soma Takao def. Mike Bailey @ 10:51 via Roll Up
Strong, spirited battle between Takao and Bailey here. They went move for move looking extremely well matched for one another. Both were gassed at the end and tried just countering pin attempts back and forth. Unfortunately for Bailey, he was the one to get trapped this time. This was very high energy and one of the better matches of the tournament.

HARASHIMA def. Jiro Kuroshio @ 13:57 via Somato
The undefeated outsider of the tournament, Jiro Kuroshio, faced his biggest task, the ace of DDT, HARASHIMA. Wrestling with more of an edge than we normally see from him Jiro made no efforts to hide the fact he was targeting HARASHIMA’s knees. The ace was able to still overcome, even using his knees to gain the victory. Post-match they shook hands but Jiro was unwilling to give a hug and walked off to the back, suffering his first loss of the tournament. Pretty solid match, a few noticeable hiccups but nice change of pace for a Jiro match.

Daisuke Sasaki def. Kazusada Higuchi @ 11:59 via Cross Facelock
From the jump, Sasaki went for the knee of the bigger man, Higuchi. Over and over he grounded the monster but he wouldn’t stay down. Even after multiple dick kicks, Higuchi wasn’t going to just roll over for Sasaki. It was great seeing the bigger man play from underneath while Sasaki tried all the underhanded tactics. In my limited viewing of DDT both these guys have stood out as fun to watch.

Konosuke Takeshita def. Joey Ryan @ 13:11 via Ballsplex
The Joey Ryan match. They dick spots on the outside where everyone was taken out by Joey’s dick and when Takeshita was able to break the count out Joey announced he was out of moves. Takeshita then put a lollipop of his own in Joey’s mouth and gave him a Ballsplex for the win. Another silly Joey Ryan match where his opponent was more than okay to go along with his gimmick.

Shuji Ishikawa def. Akito @ 18:32 via Splash Mountain
Another good main event to close out the third night of the tournament. Capped off by Big Shuji gracing us with some sweet karaoke while his Damnation stablemates peak out of the curtains in disdain. DDT is so goofy and great. This match revolved, like most matches, around taking out the knee of the bigger man. Akito repeatedly went for the knee but was unable to overcome. Shuji double stomped Akito at least seven (I lost track) times in the chest, completely taking the wind out of him. The match was sealed after Splash Mountain. Good main event made even better with the post-match karaoke.

Like the second night, nothing neared the levels of Ishikawa/Bailey from the opening night. The main event is worth the watch even if just for the post-match celebration. HARASHIMA/Kuroshio was the other notable standout from the night.


A Block:
Jiro Kuroshio (2-1-0) 4pts.
Keisuke Ishii (2-0-0) 4 pts.
HARASHIMA (2-1-0) 4pts.
Tetsuya Endo (1-0-1) 3pts.
Konosuke Takeshita (1-1-1) 3pts.
Joey Ryan (0-2-0) 0pts.
Masahiro Takanashi (0-3-0) 0pts.

B Block:
Yukio Sakaguchi (2-0-0) 4pts.
Shuji Ishikawa (2-0-0) 4pts.
Mike Bailey (1-2-0) 2pts.
Akito (1-2-0) 2pts.
Daisuke Sasaki (1-2-0) 2pts.
Kazusada Higuchi (1-2-0) 2pts.
Soma Takao (1-1-0) 2pts.

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.