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DDT ‘Ultimate Party’ (11.3.19) Results & Review

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5,869 fans flocked to Sumo Hall last weekend for DDT’s Ultimate Party. Each of DDT’s sub-brands received spots on the show along with Kenny Omega’s return to DDT and Japan at large. The main event featured a double title match as the budding ace and KO-D Champion, Konosuke Takeshita, takes on the reigning ace and DDT Extreme Champion, HARASHIMA. Let’s get started!

100 Plastic Cases Match
Isami Kodaka def. Sanshiro Takagi @ 5:49 – ***1/2

Owner of DDT sub-brand (BASARA) and current BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion, Isami Kodaka, takes on the founder of DDT, Sanshiro Takagi. The weapon of choice favored Takagi who selected plastic storage bins. Kodaka opened this show and then closed out the BJW show (also in Sumo Hall) the following night. They lined up these plastic bins all across the mat like how you would see cinderblock matches. These bins had to be stomped through in order for the two to meet in the middle of the ring.

Thick plastic shards were flying all over the place while they hit each other with powerbombs, brainbusters and top rope splashes. In DDT fashion the match was silly but didn’t lose it’s danger as these two took big bumps through weapons that could’ve easily lacerated them. Kodaka picks up the win and does a diving double knee drop off the top through more plastic after the match. Silly match in typical Takagi fashion mixed with a light taste of Kodaka’s brand of danger. This was a great way to kick off the show in a positive spirit.

KO-D Ten Man Tag Team Championship (Vacant)
ASUKA, Danshoku Dino, Mizuki, Trans Am Hiroshi & Yuki Iino def. Hiroshi Yamato, Jiro Kuroshio, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine & Yuna Manase @ 13:43 – ***1/4

If you thought it couldn’t get sillier than the last match, you’re either in for a treat or hell. Kuroshio soaks in his final Sumo Hall appearance before he departs for WWE with a five minute entrance. The match finally starts, highlighted early with a great exchange between ASUKA and Kuroshio who fly all over the place. Iino looks to have Oishi pinned but before the three, a motivational video pops up on the screen that fires Oishi back up but the match is now in slow motion.

Oishi’s team take turns hitting Iino in slo-mo, he looks to be finished until a motivational video for him begins to play. Iino uses that motivation to dig down and, while still in slo-mo, picks up the win over SSM. Really goofy and creative match that may be too much for those who’ve never seen Dino wrestle but it was a good time from start to finish and never dragged.

Tag Team Gauntlet
Naomi Yoshimura & Yuki Ueno def. Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino and Chris Brookes & Maki Ito and Ryota Nakatsu & Yukio Sakaguchi and Kouki Iwasaki & Shuichiro Katsumura – **1/2

This match was a grab bag of everything DDT has to offer. You received a nice grapple and strike exchange from Nakatsu & Sakaguchi versus Iwasaki & Katsumura to open the match before it shifts to intergender and then comedy and lastly stuff that just doesn’t work. They started really hot until Yoshimura & Ueno pinned the favorites, Ito & Brookes. Chris Brookes gets DDT in a way many foreigners (Cody Hall) don’t. He’s charismatic and has no problem being the butt of a joke. Wrestling should only be serious in key spots with DDT. I’d recommend the first half of this match which featured great wrestling followed by great comedy but bow out once Yoshimura and Ueno make their entrance.

Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Keisuke Ishii (c) def. Fuminori Abe @ 7:26 – ***1/2

Ganbare Pro versus BASARA as Ishii defends the title currently used as Ganbare’s top championship. Abe has such a bright future ahead of him. When watching the match my mind started wandering about the other Ganbare guys I’d love to see him wrestle. Guys like Katsumura and Shota quickly jump to mind. Both very technically sound guys which when combined with the flashiness of Abe sounds like a killer combination. For this match, Abe and Ishii had a really nice sprint.

Ishii is one of those guys who is vastly underrated until you see him pop up on the screen and are reminded how consistently great he really is. They traded snappy suplexes, both Germans and Tigers before going back and forth with slick and percicse strikes. This is the type of match you can feed me every day of the week and I’ll gladly ask for more each time.

UWA World Trios Title Three Way Match
Takato Nakano, Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano (c) def. Mad Paulie, Nobuhiro Shimatani & Tetsuya Endo and Ken Ohka, Miss Mongol & Yumehito Imanari @ 9:09 – ***1/4

BASARA versus DDT versus Ganbare. The match was no good when Imanari was involved and was at it’s best when the DDT boys were in control. After being featured in the main event of the last Sumo Hall show, Endo is now pushed down to this three way. They didn’t let him get overshadowed though, he had most of the highspots including a springboard corkscrew dive to the outside. We saw too little of Ohka for my liking but Miss Mongol had the spot of the match with an amazing flying crossbody. There’s a lot to like in the match, plenty of big spots and fun signatures. Remove Imanari and the match could’ve been my favorite of the night to this point.

Princess Tag Team Championship
Miu Watanabe & Rika Tatsumi def. Misao & Sakisama (c) @ 13:46 – ***1/2

The first pure TJPW offer match on the main show. The promotion does a great job at highlighting who is good and who is bad. Not just by attire but by the style they wrestle. This was the first match of the night that had a structure in that it built to a hot tag that put you firmly behind the babyface team. Despite not following TJPW closely I could pick up on the story which is something the show was largely lacking to this point. Tatsumi’s comeback was strong and easy to root for thanks to the layout. This is definitely in the running for match of the show as far as I’m concerned.

KO-D Tag Team Championship Hardcore Match
Daisuke Sasaki & Soma Takao (c) def. Akito & Shunma Katsumata and FUMA & Yusuke Kubo and Daiki Shimomura & Minoru Fujita @ 13:24 – ***1/2

An extremely looney tune inspired hardcore match between some of the craziest members of the DDT roster. Katsumata and Shimomura are completely insane and thrive in these car crash matches. Katsumata took three consecutive bumps on top of legos, was backdropped over the top rope and through a ladder on the outside and fell off of a ladder. Shimomura also took lego bumps, splashed through chairs and took a guitar shot to the head.

Two absolute crash test dummies masquerading as pro wrestlers and I love them for it. They were the match stealers but Sasaki and FUMA also brought their brands of chair and trash bin-based attacks. Sasaki dove off the top rope to the floor only to collid onto a ladder. Tons of crazy spots in the match. It wasn’t the most cohesive but who expected that to be the case?

Union Pro MAX Championship
Masahiro Takanashi def. Ryuichi Sekine (c) @ 9:59 – **1/2

BASARA’s top title defended against a mainstay of DDT. It was recently announced that BASARA would be splitting from DDT so no one expected a title change here which created a great reaction when Takanashi won. Takanashi, like Keisuke Ishii, is one of those under the radar guys who makes the most out of the limited opportunities he receives. He’s extremely fluid and a very crafty wrestler who shines every time he’s give the chance. Sekine is one of the most off-putting wrestlers I’ve ever seen.

The blotchy death match scars, a patch of hair on his neck and the BASARA tail really makes the guy look low rent on a stage as big as Sumo Hall. He’s always been a fine wrestler and he has good strikes but he’s largely boring and didn’t put in a performance that I thought was worthy of this spot. Takanashi winning was great and should help BASARA, especially with Kodaka issuing the challenge after the match.

Princess of Princess Championship
Yuka Sakazaki def. Shoko Nakajima (c) @ 14:12 – ***1/2

The second TJPW title match on the show did what the first one did well in that it clearly told you who you wanted to win. Nakajima was arrogant doing her best to ground Sakazaki who in return showed great determination to not be denied. Of all the brands on the show, TJPW brought their A-game. They didn’t receive the same big reactions that the members of DDT and BASARA received but they had the stories between the ropes. TJPW were concentrating on making a statement through their stories while most everyone else was having a laugh. There’s nothing wrong with either approach and you need to have both in order to be DDT. It’s only worth mentioning because TJPW deserves the credit the crowd wasn’t giving them.

Mixed Tag
Kenny Omega & Riho def. Antonio Honda & Miyu Yamashita @ 21:22 – ***1/4

Omega returns to Japan, DDT specifically, in a good faith tag team match. He didn’t lobby for some grand match, he wanted a callback to his DDT beginnings which is cool of him. He tagged with Riho a lot in his early days so bringing her along was a nice touch, everything about the match was sweet and sentimental. Honda has charisma for days and has the crowd in the palm of his hands night in and night out. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone as natural as Honda. Omega billed this as mixed tags haven’t be perfected yet so that was his reason for coming back.

There were nice exchanges between him and Yamashita, especially the variety of kicks she caught him with and Omega’s dragon suplex. Riho had the spot of the match when she climbed on Yamashita’s back (who was on Omega’s shoulders, who was standing on the second rope) and delivered a double stomp down to Honda. I did feel the match went too long for only a sentimental match with no other story but it was a nice moment for the DDT fans who watched Omega’s journey from DDT to where he is today.

KO-D Openweight & DDT Extreme Championships
HARASHIMA (c) [DDT Extreme] def. Konosuke Takeshita (c) [KO-D] @ 25:38 – ****1/4

Double title match between the ace of DDT (HARASHIMA) and the guy who believes he’s taken over as the new ace (Takeshita). The build to the match saw HARASHIMA’s crew throw in the towel for him when Takeshita locked in the Boston Crab. On their last meeting before the title match, HARASHIMA did a quick tap on the Boston Crab to save himself for the big match. Early on here we see HARASHIMA trying to keep Takeshita grounded but Takeshita takes the match outside and starts working on the back.

They get back inside and Takeshita locks in the crab, looks to HARASHIMA’s seconds and lets go of the hold to wave them off from throwing in the towel. He then reapplies the hold through the ropes and refuses the break at four. With the match on the apron, Takeshita looks for the German suplex but HARASHIMA fights it and blasts Takeshita with a running knee that keeps Takeshita outside until the count of nineteen.

Once back inside, HARASHIMA stays on Takeshita and sets up for a poison rana that Takeshita blocks and tries turning into a German but HARASHIMA rolls through. HARASHIMA runs in for a somato, Takeshita captures the knees and rolls him into a crab. KUDO jumps up from commentary to cheer HARASHIMA on until he finally reaches the ropes.

Takeshita lands a German and lays HARASHIMA out with a lariat, runs in for the final blow but eats a gamengiri from HARASHIMA. Takshita wants the straightjacket German, HARASHIMA reverses into a double wirst clutch somato but Takeshita flies in with a knee. He hits the ropes for a lariat but eats a somato followed by a second for a HARASHIMA win.

The match was paced very well and the story of the arrogant young star trying to put out the flame of the aging ace works every time. These guys went out there and told a very cohesive story that didn’t feel excessive, only ramping up for the final stretch. Both a great match and a great moment to cap off the show.

Final Thoughts
From start to finish DDT pulled off a very strong show. You didn’t have any big blow away matches until the main event which was fine. Everything stayed in its pocket and allowed the main event to shine the brightest by the night’s end. There’s very little that was actively bad. The last section of the tag gauntlet and Takanashi/Sekine were the glaring missteps of the show but at least with Takanashi/Sekine you had a nice post-match celebration and next challenge.

Outside of the main event I wouldn’t say there was anything absolutely must-see but you wouldn’t be disappointed if you spent your time on the show. I ended up watching the entire show twice and both times thought it was a breeze to watch. Very little to outright skip but also not much to rush out and see. I’d recommend just about everything outside of the two sections I highlighted above so instead of just saying watch everything, here were my five favorites in order.

Recommended Matches
HARASHIMA vs Konosuke Takeshita
Miu Watanabe & Rika Tatsumi vs Misao & Sakisama
KO-D Hardcore Tag
Keisuke Ishii vs Fuminori Abe
Yuka Sakazaki vs Shoko Nakajima

Along with providing show reviews from across Japan, Robert McCauley is also an editor for FightboothPW.

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