Puroresu Reviews

DDT New Year Lottery Special 2016 Review

First puro show to make it online this year! Super hyped for this one, especially the main event featuring Isami Kodaka defending his KO-D Openweight Championship against Konosuke Takeshita. Otherwise, this is a fairly average DDT card with newcomer Candice LeRae teaming up with Joey Ryan. You don’t care for me babbling about that stuff though, let’s just get to the matches!

(King of Dark Championship) Gota Ihashi (c) & Hoshitango vs. Dai Suzuki & GuancholoNR

I have no idea what to say about this match. It was for Gota Ihashi’s King of Dark Championship which means he had to pin someone in order to lose the title (the title is only “defended” during the dark match and it relegates the champ to curtain jerking). The match last about two minutes and Hoshitango got the pin via chokeslam, truly a nothing match.

Tetsuya Endo & DJ Nira vs. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie*3/4

This match wasn’t *bad*, just the DJ Nira stuff took up the majority of the match and it made it a drag to get through. It really is a shame, as I really enjoy Endo and Irie and it sucks that Endo wasn’t even in the match that much and Irie just got slapped under the chin a lot. Unless you really enjoy Nira’s gimmick of WHATEVER it is, I would say avoid this match.

New Year Kakizome RumbleWHAT

I’m not going to lie, I do not have a clue what the rules were for this match. It was solely comedy though, and Kazusada Higuchi yelled “HAPPY NEW YEAR” a ton so it was not a complete waste of time. I do not know what I can write about this match as I really do not understand what happened, so if any of you want to watch it and tell me what the hell was going on, be my guest.

(DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Championship) Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata vs. Cherry & Saki Akai*

So this match went about four minutes and causes conflict due to Saki Akai being Iron Man Heavy Metal Champion (yes, it is a thing) and even Cherry tries to pin her multiple times throughout the match. Shunma hits a really nice dropkick, and he was by far the highlight of the match from a wrestling standpoint, he’s already a good highflyer but one day he is going to be great. Unfortunately, Saki Akai had a 20 minute championship title defense that did not make tape, but maybe we are the ones lucking out there. Oishi gets the win for his team after Akai pinned Cherry, so that was a thing.

Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miyatake vs. Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan**

So this is Candice LeRae’s debut for DDT, and she did quite well for herself during the match. Miyatake is a good wrestler though and I do not know why he has to do comedy stuff all the time. I get that this is DDT and that is their thing but it is so infuriating. Ryan also does his “strongest dick in the world” thing here but I don’t mind it in the setting of DDT because in DDT everything and nothing are logical so who am I to judge? Candice picks up the win via ballsplex on Miyatake, which is honestly a sentence I never expected to type in my life.

(K-OD 6 Man Tag Team Championship) Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata (c) vs. Super Sasadango Machine, Danshoku Dino & KENSO**1/2

This is for the KO-D 6 Person Tag Championship and it is being contested under “Scramble Bunkhouse Anywhere Locker Casket Death Match” rules, which boiled down to get someone gets shoved into a locked and the ref counts to three and boom we have a match. This match had the most wrestling of any match on the card thus far, and it wasn’t half bad. I’m not even going to lie and say I did not pop for the TOKYO GO GO spot, because I did and I always will, that song is a jam. The match itself just had all sorts of whacky shit that this DDT show in particular has been full of, but it turned out half decent and Dino/SSM/KENSO won the belts, I would say watch this if you like whacky gimmicks, otherwise this is not required viewing.

Kota Umeda, Masa Takanashi & Yukio Sakaguchi vs. HARASHIMA, Akito & Yasu Urano***1/4

Here we go, this match was super fun. Kota Umeda may be my favorite rookie to come out of the DNA camp and onto the main cards thus far, he just has everything I love in a pro wrestler (really good kicks). The match clearly was centered around Sakaguchi versus HARASHIMA interactions, but the other four guys involved all did their part and made this by far the best match on the card yet. I feel like they are building up to a rematch between the two with no title on the line, so that should be a damn near hoot. Urano and Akito did well and for someone I have seen relatively little of, Takanashi was really good in this match. I loved the finished stretch because it ended up coming down to HARASHIMA losing his cool for a second too long due to Sakaguchi which allowed Takanashi to win the match for his team. Definitely not high end recommended viewing, but if you want a fun six man tag watch this.

(K-OD Openweight Championship) Isami Kodaka (c) vs. Konosuke Takeshita***3/4

This is for the the KO-D Openweight Championship, and my goodness is this match awesome. Takeshita may have given his second best singles’ performance in his young career, seconding only his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi in 2014. Kodaka works over Takeshita’s arm like he owes him money and it is a beautiful sight to behold. Takeshita’s selling of the arm during some points of the match were a little spotty, but otherwise his selling along with his facial expressions were great, you knew Kodaka was tearing his arm up. Takeshita was no slouch either, as he continously worked over Kodaka’s back with submissions, backbreakers and german suplexes and it was all good shit. The ONLY reason I can not go **** on this is due to Takeshita kicking out at one during the finishing stretch of the match, because yes sometimes it makes sense, but at this point in the match we have already had as much fighting spirit Takeshita that we needed, and Kodaka kicking out at one was not nearly as big an issue. I recommend seeking this title match out as it is a good one that saw Kodaka hold on to his title for another day.

Overall, there is nothing I would say is must see on this show outside of the main event, but it was a fairly quick show to watch and nothing was outrageously bad outside of the dark match. I look forward to watching much more of DDT in 2016 and seeing how some of these wrestlers evolve in the next calendar year. Thank you for reading and enjoy your wrestling!


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