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DDT ‘D-OH Grand Prix 2019’ (12.7.18) 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

Akito vs Daisuke Sasaki – (59:50) 13 Minutes
Current KO-D Openweight Champion, Daisuke Sasaki, is champion for a reason. His ability to adapt to anyone’s style makes him a great opponet for all challengers. Akito’s style features a heavy dose of limb work. He targets a body part and becomes absolutely relentless the entire match. Check this match out if you like focused limb work accompanied by smart, defensive wrestling.

Tetsuya Endo vs Soma Takao – (1:17:00) 13 Minutes
A clash between DAMNATION stablemates! DAMNATION is DDT’s heel unit though it’s more accurate to call them anti-heroes. If anyone in the group is close to a traditional heel, it’s Soma Takao. He’s fine doing whatever it takes to pick up a win. Endo is someone that the fans are eagerly waiting to break out of the DAMNATION shadow and become the next star of the company. His offense is very explosive and features a lot of wacky flips. Check this match out if you like watching stablemate battles.

Mike Bailey vs Shinya Aoki – (1:47:15) 5 Minutes
The Taekwondo inspired Bailey up against BJJ and Judo black belt, Shinya Aoki. Current DDT Extreme champion, Aoki, is feared as the legitimate fighter he is who can take any body part at any positioning and win by submission. Bailey is one of the most beloved wrestlers on the roster, always innovative in finding new ways to get the win. Check this match out if you enjoy watching underdogs try to defeat real life monsters.

Masahiro Takanashi vs Konosuke Takeshita – (1:55:10) 14 Minutes
Like Daisuke Sasaki, Konosuke Takeshita is someone DDT trusts to be able to get the best out of everyone he faces. He has the ability to adapt to all styles and the explosiveness that makes every moment important. Takanashi is a master of wacky submissions and sneaky pins, always looking to capitalize on the moment. Check this match out if you enjoy mat-based wrestling with a little bit of flair.

Kazusada Higuchi vs HARASHIMA – (2:13:25) 17 Minutes
Ex-Sumo wrestler and DDT’s resident giant, Kazusada Higuchi, is one of the company’s young rising stars. His strength is unmatched by anyone on the roster, causing a mismatch for each of his opponents. HARASHIMA has been DDT’s ace for over a decade now but fathertime has reared his head. He’s having a tougher time keeping up with the abilities of these young up-and-comers littered across the roster. Heavy strikes and great showcases of power. Check this match out if you like the veteran versus rising star dynamic.

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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