Dramatic Dream Team

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Dramatic Dream Team
Industry Professional wrestling
Founded 1997
Founder(s) Sanshiro Takagi
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served Japan
Owner(s) Sanshiro Takagi
Website www.ddtpro.com

DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDTプロレスリング DDT Puroresuringu?) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 1997 by Sanshiro Takagi. DDT, also written as D2T, stands for Dramatic Dream Team, which was the promotion's official name from 1997 to 2009. It became one of the top names in Japanese indy wrestling by creating a unique Sports Entertainment style with a Japanese puroresu flair to the matches.

DDT started producing pay-per-view digests of its product on DirectTV during late 1999 to 2003 when they finally got an hour's timeslot on Samurai TV, Japan's premier sports channel which shows a lot of professional wrestling from both Japan and the United States.

The cards' matches tend to be a mix of Japanese lucharesu, semi-worked shoot-style, hardcore brawling and comedy matches. DDT is in many ways a parody of American pro wrestling, particularly World Wrestling Entertainment, using over-the-top gimmicks (most notably Danshoku Dino) as well as unique match types including a hardcore match in a campsite (which featured use of bottle rockets as weapons), an "Office Deathmatch" (where the ring was set up to resemble a section of an office building, complete with cubicle walls and computers), and a "Silence Match" (where wrestlers were forbidden to make loud noises, resulting in slow-motion chops and punches and featuring the commentary team speaking in a faux-whisper).

DDT is the parent promotion of Union Pro, which holds events approximately twice a month,.[1] and Tokyo Joshi Pro, which was founded in June 2012.[2]

DDT celebrated its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2012, by holding its first ever event in Nippon Budokan.[3]

Championships[edit]

Active[edit]

DDT currently has 5 recognized championships,[4] the top titles being the KO-D (King of DDT) championships.

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Location
KO-D Openweight Championship Harashima Kudo May 25, 2014 Nagoya, Japan
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship Team Drift
(Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie and Soma Takao)
Shuten-dōji
(Kudo, Masa Takanashi and Yukio Sakaguchi)
August 17, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
KO-D Tag Team Championship Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
Yankii Ni Cho Kenju
(Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto)
January 26, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship LiLiCo Gorgeous Matsuno August 17, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
DDT Extreme Division Championship Danshoku Dino Makoto Oishi July 12, 2014 Kawagoe, Japan

Inactive[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Location
DDT Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
Great Kojika, Mr. #6 and Riho November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship
(also recognized by Big Japan and El Dorado among others)
Hiroki Daigoro Kashiwa November 6, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
UWA World Trios Championship Disaster-Box
(Harashima, Toru Owashi and Yukihiro Abe)
Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
December 26, 2010 Tokyo, Japan

Union Pro[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Location
Union Max Championship Hikaru Sato Isami Kodaka May 18, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
Union Fly to Everywhere World Championship Ladybeard Cherry June 19, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
World Aipoke Championship Super Sasadango Machine Ryu Gouma May 18, 2014 Tokyo, Japan

Annual tournaments[edit]

Tournament Last winner(s) Last held Location
DDT48 Danshoku Dino October 2, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
King of DDT Isami Kodaka June 29, 2014 Tokyo, Japan

Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship[edit]

The Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship is defended anywhere against anyone, even during non-title matches or tag team matches, under 24/7 rules[5] (if there is an official DDT referee present, the title can be won and lost), and unlike other Ironman championships does not need to be defended under 'Ironman' rules. The 24/7 'rule' is more-or-less a parody to the same rules that applied to the WWE Hardcore Championship. It is treated as a joke championship, having had two wrestlers, Yuko Miyamoto and Shinobi, exchange the belt 62 times with each other in one night (some of those title changes via Rock, Paper, Scissors) and being won from a wrestling fan winning an auction for the belt. Notable "champions" also include a dog and a ladder.

A regular match in DDT for the title is a 10-minute battle royal where the title can change hands any number of times, and the person who has the belt when the time limit expires can leave as champion. This is ironic in itself, as due to the 24/7 rules, the champion could be defeated for the belt right after the match finishes.

The 1,000th Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion was crowned on April 29, 2014, when the title belt itself became the champion, after pinning Sanshiro Takagi.

Former Ironman Heavymetalweight Champions[edit]

As of April 2014 there have been over 1,000 title changes for the belt, which has been won by numerous male and female wrestlers and non-wrestlers, including children, animals and inanimate objects.

Animals[edit]

  • Yatchan - A monkey
  • Cocolo - A miniature Dachshund dog.

Inanimate objects[edit]

  • Kitty-Chan - a stuffed 'Hello Kitty' doll
  • Mah-Kun - another stuffed doll, who defeated 'Kitty-Chan' for the belt
  • A baseball bat - lost the belt after being broken in half as a 'KO' decision
  • Three different ladders - each fell on the champion and a pinfall was counted, with some successfully defending the title by not being pinned during the time limit battle royal matches.
  • Chiririn - a chicken doll
  • Mr. Kasai - a stuffed Jun Kasai doll. Mr. Kasai has won the belt twice.
  • A Pro Wrestling Wave poster.
  • Ice Ribbon ringside mat.
  • A pint of beer.
  • A stick of yakitori.
  • A steel chair.
  • "Kōmyō", a painting by Akihiro Miwa.
  • The title belt itself.
  • YOSHIHIKO - An inflatable 'love doll'. Wrestlers treat it as if it actually was an active wrestler, and actually sell moves "done" by him/her, mostly high flying moves. For some moves, like outside dives, YOSHIHIKO is helped by one or more assistants, who throw him out of the ring, pull his foot on the ropes, etc. Opposing wrestlers make like those assistants are not there and are part of YOSHIHIKO. The original YOSHIHIKO was 'killed' by an Antonio Honda knee drop which caused its head to burst open, and was replaced by a second YOSHIHIKO, who is also a 'love doll', only modified to resemble the Great Muta. The second YOSHIHIKO was killed by Kenny Omega by a giant swing that sent YOSHIHIKO out of the ring, thus splitting his head open and revealing cotton stuffing. Later on in that match however, a third YOSHIHIKO came out resembling The Undertaker's old American Bad Ass gimmick, even using the same theme music. Following that match, the third YOSHIHIKO was shot to death by Antonio Honda. A fourth YOSHIHIKO, resembling Hulk Hogan, debuted shorty afterwards.
  • Akihiro, another inflatable love doll and the supposed sister of Yoshihiko. Made its debut on August 18, 2013.

Non-existent[edit]

  • Misutero - An "invisible wrestler" i.e. non-existent. Opponents sell moves of a wrestler who isn't there, and the title is held by nothing and no-one but the wrestlers and referees act as if they can see and pin the "invisible wrestler". Muscle Sakai "won" the title from this "invisible wrestler" by using a "ray gun" and "infrared visor" to shoot the "invisible wrestler", winning the belt on a KO decision.

Roster[edit]

Dramatic Dream Team[edit]

  • Shigehiro Irie
  • Shunme Katsumata
  • Shun Miyatake
  • Soma Takao
  • Tanomusaku Toba
  • Tetsuya Endo
  • Tomomitsu Matsunaga
  • Toru Owashi
  • Yasu Urano
  • Yoshihiko
  • Yukio Sakaguchi

Union Pro[edit]

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

  • Chikage Kiba
  • Erin
  • Kanna
  • Miyuu Yamashita
  • Ririko Kendo
  • Nonoko
  • Syoko Nakajima
  • Ura Erika
  • Yuka Sakazaki

Staff[edit]

  • Amon Tsurumi – DDT General Manager
  • Daisuke Kiso – Referee
  • Mic Inoue – Time keeper
  • Minami Momochi – Tokyo Joshi Pro ring announcer
  • Naomi Susan – Union Pro representative
  • Rikiya Shindo – Ring announcer
  • Rumi Kazama – Union Fly to Everywhere World Championship Commissioner
  • Tetsuya Koda – Tokyo Joshi Pro representative
  • Yukinori Matsui – Referee

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Union Pro". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012年06月04日(月) DDT新規事業として『東京女子プロレス』を設立、代表は甲田哲也氏". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "武道館ピーターパン~DDTの15周年、ドーンと見せます超豪華4時間SP~". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Dramatic Dream Team
  5. ^ Ironman Heavymetalweight Title

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