DDT Judgement 2016 Review

This is DDT’s 19th anniversary show and 2nd biggest show of the year! The card for this is great and should definitely be a Show of the Year candidate, the show’s main event is HARASHIMA vs Isami Kodaka for the KO-D Openweight Title, 2 Dramatic Dream Matches between Yukio Sakaguchi vs Minoru Suzuki and Danshoku Dino vs Akebono, Kota Ibushi’s return, and much more.

Ryogoku First Appearance! Next KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Decision And Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal: Toru Owashi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Soma Takao Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazusada Higuchi Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Cherry Vs Ryuichi Sekine Vs Ryota Nakatsu Vs Yoshihiko Vs Ken Ohka

This match was a fun opener, Higuchi won the match, Ohka got the blue contract, Matsunaga got the yellow contract, Owashi got the red contract, but Hirata got the right to date Aja Kong contract, after the match Aja Kong walked to the ring and Hirata ran away. Nice way to open this 5 hour show. Mildly Recommended

3 Way Tag Match: Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie Vs Akito & Yasu Urano

LeRae and Irie worked together, with Irie making sure not to hurt Candice, but was dropkicked into her by Urano, Akito proceeded to cause a chain Dragon Screw Legwhip. There was some nice offence by Ishii onto Urano, and threw him onto Irie’s head! LeRae got a Octopus Stretch on Urano and threw him into Irie. Irie and Ishii were going for a Doomsday Device, but Lerae was able to counter into a reverse frankensteiner on Irie. Urano and Akito went for a double superplex on Ishii, but Candice got up and hit a Ballsplex on both of them! Ryan took the lollipop out of his tights and put it in Yasu’s mouth and proceeded to hit a superkick! Keisuke then hit a Tiger Suplex on Ryan, and Irie hit a spinning slam on Lerae! Irie was able to pick up the win with a big lariat to Akito. Not much to say other than this was a fun undercard match. Mildly Recommended

Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Lady Beard Vs LiLiCo (c), Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase

The match began with the other team attacking Akai. Saki was eventually able to tag out to Beard though and Umeda tagged into the match and began to take him out. Oishi tagged in, but got taken out by LiLiCo and her teammates. Makoto called for a chokeslam but got reversed and eventually got put in an Octopus Stretch causing the submission! After the match Saki went for a roll-up on LiLiCo but only got a 2. This was OK, could’ve been better.

LEONA and Tatsumi Fujinami vs Hiroshi Fukuda and Antonio Honda

The match started normally with some chain wrestling and submissions between LEONA and Fukuda. Honda and Fujinami were eventually tagged in. Fujinami was able to overpower Honda. LEONA tagged back in and proceeded to hit some strikes on Honda, but missed a dropkick. Honda and Fukuda double-teamed LEONA for a bit, LEONA tried to fight back but was stopped by Honda. LEONA was able to get a backslide on Fukuda for a 2. Fukuda did the crotch chop but missed a Bronco Buster. Honda and Fukuda were quickly able to gain control though. LEONA managed to hit a forearm and then tagged in Fujinami. Fujinami was able to hit the Dragon Screw Legwhip on both of his opponents and then did a Figure 4 on Honda, but was distracted by Fukuda, which let Honda hit a low blow. Fukuda tagged in and went for a brainbuster but was countered into a Dragon Sleeper which caused the submission. This was what I expected, not very good to be honest.

DDT Extreme Title – Ultimate Royal Barbed Wire PowerPoint No Power Blast PWF Rules: Kendo Kashin (c) Vs Super Sasadango Machine

The DDT Extreme Title is my favorite thing. The match started off with some chain wrestling, until Sasadango gave the ref a card and multiple people wearing a Super Sasadango Machine mask came out and attacked Kashin. After, Sasadango gave the ref another card, and multiple people with a Kendo Kashin mask came out and attacked Sasadango, even the ref had a Kashin mask on. After Sasadango took them all out, Kashin had him in an armbar, but he gave the ref another card, and this time he took his mask off and gave it to the ref who proceeded to fast count Kendo, which caused Super Sasadango Machine to win the DDT Extreme Title! The Extreme Title’s stipulations are great, I’m still not sure what an Ultimate Royal Barbed Wire PowerPoint No Power Blast PWF Rules match is, but it was pretty great. Mildly Recommended

Kota Ibushi Comeback & Ibushi Wrestling Institute 1st Leg – East & West Toward The Front Over The Entire Surface Falls Count Anywhere Weapon Treasure Hunt Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs KENSO & Michael Nakazawa Vs Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi

Starting off the 2nd half of this show with Kota Ibushi’s return match! Based on the title, this match should be great.The match started outside of the arena, with lots of fans following them. Ibushi brought Nakazawa up some stairs and proceeded to send him rolling down the stairs. Ibushi them took him into the arena, and into the bathroom, and proceeded to PILEDRIVE HIM INTO A TOILET! Kota, Kasai, Ihashi, and Nakazawa were brawling near the top of the arena, meanwhile Takagi and KENSO made it near the ring but left again, UNTIL THEY BOTH CAME BACK OUT ON BICYCLES! They knocked eachother off after a while. Takagi set a locker on the ground, and proceeded to try to suplex KENSO, meanwhile Nakazawa and Kota were on the balcony, Nakazawa tried to throw Ibushi off but failed. Kota went back up to the balcony and DID A MOONSAULT OFF OF IT ONTO NAKAZAWA AND GOTA!

He went for a pin on Naka but Kasai broke it up. Jun proceeded to set a table outside of the ring, put Kota on it, and did a big splash through it for a 2. In the ring Takagi threw KENSO into a locker, but there was actually a boxer in that locker, who took out everyone in the ring, eventually Kota came into the ring with boxing gloves on, they both accidently hit Ihashi who was in the ring multiple times, eventually Kota just started to keep punching him in the face while he was down, and proceeded to get knocked out by the boxer. While he was out, KENSO hit a splash on him, but Takagi broke up the pin with a fire extinguisher! KENSO took Takagi down, and went for another toprope move, but got sprayed with a fire extinguisher then hit with a superplex! Sanshiro was hit with a superkick by Nakazawa, he went for something else, but instead got hit by Kasai with a board! He proceeded to throw him into the barbedwire in the corner! Kasai proceeded to hit KENSO with a splash off the locker, but Kota broke it up! Ihashi slammed Sanshiro down, and proceeded to let Kota jump off him with a double stomp! Ibushi then hit a moonsault off Ihashi! Naka then hit a backdrop driver on Kota for a 2! He tried to do a wristlock lariat on Kota, but Kota countered, hit the powerbomb, and then hit the Phoenix Splash for the 3 count! This match was great, some great spots were in it like the piledriver into the toilet and moonsault off the balcony. Nice to see Kota wrestling again, and this was a nice return match. Highly Recommended

Dramatic Dream Match: Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Minoru Suzuki

This should be a fantastic match, Minoru Suzuki and Yukio Sakaguchi are 2 of the best wrestlers in the world and they should have a Match of the Year-Tier match. The match began with some grappling, Sakaguchi got an armbar, but Suzuki escaped. Minoru went for a stomp to the head but missed. Sakaguchi got another armbar, but Suzuki got to the ropes. Suzuki got a kimura locked in, which he transitioned into an armbar, but Yukio got to the ropes! They both hit multiple kicks and knees with Sakaguchi gaining the advantage. On the outside Suzuki and Yukio hit more forearms and knees! When they got back into the ring they hit even more stiff strikes! Suzuki was able to get him into the crossface, which he transitioned into a sleeper, but Yukio got another ropebreak. They both got on the apron and did more forearms before they both hit big kicks on eachother with Sakaguchi getting the advantage!

Sakaguchi hit some knees before throwing him back into the ring, where they hit even more brutal strikes! Yukio set him up on the top rope and hit a knee to the gut! After some strikes by Minoru he hit a big penalty kick for a 2 count! Minoru then locked in a Fujiwara Armbar but Sakaguchi reached the ropes. Suzuki went for the Rear Naked Choke, but got it countered into a backdrop, and then into another armbar, which he reversed into a Rear Naked Choke but Sakaguchi got out and did a Rear Naked Choke of his own, but the ropes saved Suzuki again! Yukio then hit a penalty kick for a 2 count! Sakaguchi then hit a big knee right to Suzuki’s head but only got a 2! Yukio ran right into a dropkick, and then was put into a Rear Naked Choke by Suzuki, which he transitioned into a Gotch-Style Piledriver, but wasn’t able to get him up, and instead got thrown over Sakaguchi’s body, and then followed up by a big knee to the head which Suzuki dodged, and then Suzuki dodged a big kick, and then Suzuki locked in the Rear Naked Choke, which caused Sakaguchi to pass out! After the match, Suzuki showed respect to Sakaguchi! This match was awesome, one of the best matches of 2016 so far in my opinion. Highly Recommended

Dramatic Dream Match: Danshoku Dino vs Akebono

I have no idea what I just watched, I have no idea how to explain it, either. Recommended?

Co-Main Event: KO-D Tag Team Titles: Shuji Ishikawa and Daisuke Sasaki vs Tetsuya Endo and Konosuke Takeshita (c)

The match started with some nice double team moves from Takeshita and Endo, until they missed a double plancha. Takeshita gained control of the match for his team, but was soon stopped by a dropkick from Sasaki. Shuji was tagged in, and begain to overpower Konosuke, but Takeshita was able to take him down with 3 lariats in the row, after that he tagged in Endo. Endo hit a corkscrew plancha to both Sasaki and Shuji, but only got a 2 count on Shuji. Ishikawa was quickly able to gain the advantage by throwing Endo and then hitting a big knee. Shuji was going for a superplex possibly, but was knocked down into the tree of woe and shortly after was hit by a diving dropkick from all the way across the ring by Takeshita. Endo hit a moonsault on “Adrien” but only got 2.  Takeshita was tagged in and tried to do a Deadlift German but failed. He then was hit by a big dragon suplex into an elbow drop by Sasaki for a 2 count, but after he kicked out it was transitioned into a crossface which Endo broke up. Shuji and Daisuke then tried to do a Doomsday Device but were stopped.

Endo shortly after hit a big top rope huracanrana on Sasaki! Konosuke then hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on Ishikawa, and then on Sasaki for a 2! After multiple reversals from both of them, Konosuke went for a rolling German Suplex on Sasaki, but it was reversed into a flying pin for a 2, after they both got up Sasaki hit him with the huracanrana he beat him with at Into the Fight, but only got a 2 count. After they got up Takeshita hit a cutter on him, but when Endo tried a corkscrew moonsault he missed and then got hit by a big knee from Ishikawa. After Takeshita knocked Ishikawa out of the ring, he hit a big boot in the corner, followed by a German Suplex, and then a discus lariat, but only for 2! He went for another German Suplex but was stopped by Ishikawa, who proceeded to lift him up for the Doomsday Device, but they only for a 2! Endo went for a backflip kick on Shuji, but was countered into a Fire Thunder Driver! With Endo out of the way, Sasaki hit a Torbellino on Konosuke into a crossface, which then was transitioned into a scissored armbar, which caused Takeshita to pass out! Sasaki and Shuji are the new KO-D Tag Team Champions! Great match, Ishikawa throwing people around was fun. The last few minutes of the match were very good. Recommended

Main Event

KO-D Openweight Championship

HARASHIMA vs Isami Kodaka(c)

Before the match they have a nice video package as always. The match began with some nice grappling and strikes, HARASHIMA hit some double stomps. Isami worked HARASHIMA’s right leg with submissions and strikes. HARASHIMA hit a dropkick and big boot in the corner, but was still selling Isami’s legwork. HARASHIMA went for a superplex but it was countered into a frankensteiner, Kodaka went for a crossbody, but HARASHIMA caught him with a Yama-Ori.  HARASHIMA had him laying on the apron and jumped over the ropes and hit a knee to the head! HARASHIMA rolled Isami back into the ring and hit a kick to the head with his left leg but Kodaka was able to get him in a leglock which he transitioned into an ankle lock on HARASHIMA’s right leg! Kodaka went for his diving double knee drop, but HARASHIMA got his knees up! HARASHIMA hit him with the Yama-Ori, he went for the Somato, but instead he got hit with a big knee to the head! HARASHIMA was able to take him down with a big lariat. They both got up and hit eachother with big forearms, HARASHIMA started doing kicks to Kodaka, but his leg was still hurt. HARASHIMA put him on the toprope and hit a top-rope reverse Frankensteiner!

He tried to follow with the Somato but missed, Isami went for a German Suplex but was fought off, and they started to do more forearms, but Kodaka hit a superkick instead, he tried to hit another but was hit with a legsweep, and HARASHIMA then did a sliding knee! HARASHIMA went for a springboard but was stopped and hit with a brainbuster for a 2, but Kodaka got another ankle lock in! After he took down HARASHIMA with a big kick, he landed the diving knee drop for a 2! HARASHIMA was able to take down Kodaka with a kick and then hit a Canadian Brainbuster, or something for a 1! He then hit a buzzsaw kick but Isami got right back up and knocked him down and hit a German Suplex into a big knee for a 2, and then hit a kick to the back of the head, and then went for a double stomp to the back of the head, but was caught with a legsweep, and then a Somato! HARASHIMA then hit a springboard Somato to win his 8th KO-D Openweight Championship! What an amazing main event, there were some awesome sequences in this match and Kodaka’s leg work was great. What a way to close the show! Highly Recommended


Overall Thoughts

The best wrestling show of the year so far, in my opinion. There was only 1 match that I didn’t really enjoy, but there were multiple great matches on the show which made up for that, if you only wanted to watch a few of them (Watching all of them is my recommendation, though you could probably skip the 3rd and 4th) I’d definitely recommend HARASHIMA vs Isami Kodaka, Yukio Sakaguchi vs Minoru Suzuki, and Kota Ibushi’s return match.


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