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What to Watch: DDT Universe (January 2019)

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The ever increasing access to wrestling from all over the world has caused many hardcore fans to become overwhelmed. The burnout rate has never been higher and the amount of wrestling DDT Universe provides can only add fuel to that fire. The DDT Universe family tree produced nineteen wrestling shows this month alone. The tree comprises of four different promotions:

1) DDT – The mother promotion, DDT is a place where all styles of wrestling can be seen under a single roof, and sometimes no roof.
2) TJPW – The second most popular promotion under the tree, TJPW features women’s pro-wrestling.
3) BASARA – Lead by independent wrestling superstar, Isami Kodaka, BASARA specializes in hardcore wrestling.
4) Ganbare – A more traditional promotion, Ganbare specializes in the grapple style.

The purpose of this article is to reduce your time spent trying to pick what to watch by highlighting the best that the site produced this month. If you’ve never subscribed to DDT Universe, the first month is free but your billing cycle will start the first of every month. They provide a tiered payment plan which gives you access to:

Bronze (Free): An assortment of free weekly videos.
Silver ($4.59 USD): Access to every show after a three day wait period.
Gold ($8.26 USD): Live streaming and access without a three day wait period.
Platinum ($11.02 USD): Gold + Priority admission & ticket selection.

Here are the matches that I’ve highlighted to be the best from January. The asterisks you see are different from the traditional star rating system. I recommend each of these matches. The more asterisks, the better. If you’ve never experienced DDT before, you can receive access to all of these matches through the silver membership.

DDT

January 3 – DDT Live! Maji Manji Super – New Year Special! All Seats 2000 Yen Show (Full Camera/Japanese Commentary)
– El Lindaman vs Nobuhiro Shimatani* (29:30)
– Jun Kasai & MAO vs Antonio Honda & Super Sasadango Machine vs Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase** (1:41:45)
– HARASHIMA, Hirata, Owashi, Ueno & Ishii vs Sasaki, Paulie, Takao, Endo & Puma*** (2:11:50)
– Akito, Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino vs CIMA, Duan Yingnan & T-Hawk*** (2:56:35)

January 5 – Shimo-Kitazawa Fighting Theater 2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
HARASHIMA, Yuki Ueno, Kazusada Higuchi & Mizuki Watase vs CIMA, El Lindaman, Seiki Yoshioka & Duan Yingnan**
Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie vs Konosuke Takeshita & Yuki Iino**
MAO & Mike Bailey vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi***

January 13 – Dramatic Akasonae! 2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Konosuke Takeshita vs Yuni***
MAO vs Mike Bailey**

January 14 – Dramatic Rokumonsen! 2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Kota Umeda vs Nobuhiro Shimatani*
Konosuke Takeshita, Akito & Yuki Iino vs Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie & Tetsuya Endo*

January 17 – Dramatic Shinyurisee 2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Nobuhiro Shimatani vs Kazusada Higuchi, Kota Umeda & Makoto Oishi*
ASUKA vs Yuki Ueno*

January 27 – Sweet Dreams 2019 (Full Camera/Japanese Commentary)
– Toru Owashi vs Kazuki Hirata vs Kazusada Higuchi vs Keisuke Okuda vs Yuki Iino vs Kikutaro vs ASUKA* (36:40)
– Tetsuya Endo, Mad Paulie, Soma Takao, Takumi Iroha vs Sanshiro Takagi, Makoto Oishi, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Ueno** (1:12:00)
– CIMA vs MAO vs Masahiro Takanashi* (1:52:35)
– Shuji Ishikawa vs Kota Umeda** (2:10:50)

TJPW

January 4 – Tokyo Joshi Pro ’19 (Full Camera/Japanese Commentary)
– Meiko Satomura vs Reika Saiki* (1:35:15)
– Mizuki & Yuka Sakazaki vs Riho & Shoko Nakajima* (1:57:35)

January 13 – Tokyo Joshi 2019 Winter ~ High Score ~ – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Miyu Yamashita & Reika Saiki vs Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino*

January 26 – Tokyo Joshi 2019 Winter ~ High Score ~ – (Hard Camera/No Commentary)
Miyu Yamashita, Miu Watanabe & Yuki Kamifuku vs Nodoka Tenma, Yuki Aino & Shoko Nakajima*

BASARA

January 6 – BASARA 85 ~ Shuffle ~ – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
SAGAT & Trans Am Hiroshi vs Takato Nakano & Tatsuhiko Yoshino*
Best Stretchman Amazon, Best Stretchman V3 & Best Stretchman Man vs Daiki Shimomura, Minoru Fujita & Ryuichi Sekine*
Ikuto Hidaka & Fuminori Abe vs Akiyori Takizawa & Ryota Nakatsu**

January 29 – BASARA 87 ~ Banquet ~ (Hard Camera/No Commentary)
– Best Stretchman Amazon, Best Stretchman V3 & Best Stretchman Man vs Ryu Gouma, Trans Am Hiroshi & Trans Am Ryuji* (44:40)
– Takumi Tsukamoto vs FUMA* (1:02:20)
– Isami Kodaka & Minoru Fujita vs Naoki Tanizaki & Akiyori Takizawa** (1:20:35)
– Ryota Nakatsu vs Fuminori Abe* (1:39:02)

Ganbare

January 6 – Ganbare Pro Do It On You Own Hands 2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Keisuke Ishii vs Shuichiro Katsumura*

January 26 – Ganbare Pro if…2019 – (Floor Camera/No Commentary)
Keisuke Ishii, Baliyan Akki & Yumehito Imanari vs Isami Kodaka, Ryuichi Sekine & Daiki Shimomura*
Shuichiro Katsumura vs Shota***

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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