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DDT ‘D-OH Grand Prix 2019’ (12.1.18) Spoiler Free Review

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The D-OH Grand Prix is a round-robin tournament held by DDT. Fourteen wrestlers are separated into two blocks and the winners meet to determine who will challenge for the top prize in DDT, the KO-D Openweight Championship.

There has been a growing interest in DDT over the last year so my goal is to explain what to expect from these shows. DDT has a stigma against it, being known as the comedy promotion. Those who hate the comedy style oversell how much of that there is in the company. Tournaments like these allow the wrestlers to showcase more traditional wrestling skills that may be appealing to new fans curious about the promotion.

No results will be given in these articles. Instead, I’ll be highlighting what each match brought to the table, how long it went, and the timecode of the match if you’re interested.

You can watch these shows either live or OnDemand from DDT Universe. There will be nine shows in total and with such a diverse cast of wrestling, I highly encourage you to check it out.

A Block
Daisuke Sasaki, HARASHIMA, Go Shiozaki, Akito, Kazusada Higuchi, MAO, Puma King

B Block
Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Masahiro Takanashi, Mike Bailey, Shinya Aoki, Soma Takao, Sammy Guevara

Puma King vs MAO – (41:00) 11 Minutes
MAO has been DDT’s rising star this year. He’s proclaimed himself to be one of the craziest wrestlers in the world. Last week he was in a hardcore match with Jun Kasai and just weeks before that he had a featured singles match in Sumo Hall doing a weapons rumble. Now he competes against a man who believes he’s a cat, Puma King. I’ve seen a lot of hype around Puma King but my experience with him spans across only a handful of matches. I’m confident in saying that he’s very unique. He moves with confidence and brings a wacky/innovative moveset. These two are very weird and their wrestling style is very exciting. Both have a lot of energy and keep a fast and steady pace. Check this out if you enjoy matches that are crisp, fast-paced and energetic.

Sammy Guevara vs Soma Takao – (57:50) 11 Minutes
Guevara is the stereotypical American. He has a big ego, loves to showboat and be the center on attention. Takao is a part of the heel stable, DAMNATION, he never wants to be one-upped and will do whatever it takes to gain the advantage. Guevara is a very exciting high-flyer. He loves taking to the sky and wow the crowd as much as possible. Check this out if you enjoy the fiery high-flying babyface fighting from underneath underhanded tactics dynamic.

Tetsuya Endo vs Masahiro Takanashi – (1:12:55) 12 Minutes
Endo is one of the favorites to win the tournament. Last year he main evented the biggest show of the year but is currently playing second fiddle to DAMNATION stablemate and current KO-D Openweight Champion, Daisuke Sasaki. Fans are waiting for the Endo breakout and many are thinking winning the tournament and challenging Sasaki is the plan. Endo’s style is an exciting hybrid of high-flying and submissions. Yesterday I compared Takanashi to a combination of Zack Sabre Jr. and Toru Yano. His ground game is strong but resort to silly antics in order to pick up wins. The fans love him and he recently won their vote to challenge Sasaki for the KO-D Openweight Championship but he came up short. Check this out if you’re curious about the direction DDT are going with Endo.

Akito vs Go Shiozaki – (1:43:45) 13 Minutes
Akito’s game is merging technique with the intent of limb targeting. He’s a part of All Out, a stable lead by Konosuke Takeshita. Shiozaki has been brought into the tournament from NOAH. His game is 100% power. He’ll chop and muscle his opponets around all day, leaving it up to them to find out how to extinguish his power. Check this match out if you enjoy focused limb work.

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.

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