Dramatic Dream Team

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Dramatic Dream Team
Industry Professional wrestling
Founded 1997
Founder Sanshiro Takagi
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Japan
Owner 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]

On August 17, 2015, it was announced that Union Pro would be folding after its 10th anniversary event on October 4, 2015.[4]

Championships[edit]

Active[edit]

DDT currently has 6 recognized championships,[5] the top titles being the KO-D (King of DDT) championships.

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Location
KO-D Openweight Championship Yukio Sakaguchi Kudo August 23, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
KO-D Tag Team Championship Golden☆Storm Riders
(Daisuke Sasaki and Kota Ibushi)
Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi August 23, 2015 Tokyo, 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)
April 11, 2015 Kitakyushu, Japan
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Aja Kong Makoto Oishi February 15, 2015 Saitama, Japan
DDT Extreme Division Championship Antonio Honda Akito July 19, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
King of Dark Championship Gota Ihashi Suguru Miyatake June 14, 2015 Osaka, 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 Isami Kodaka Fuma August 30, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
Union Fly to Everywhere World Championship Aoi Kizuki Mio Shirai July 29, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
UWA World Tag Team Championship Brahman Kei and Brahman Shu Masato Shibata and Shuji Ishikawa June 17, 2015 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
Dramatic Sousenkyo Kota Ibushi October 1, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
King of DDT Yukio Sakaguchi June 28, 2015 Tokyo, Japan

Roster[edit]

Dramatic Dream Team[edit]

Ring name Notes
Akito
Antonio Honda DDT Extreme Division Champion
Freelancer
Daisuke Sasaki KO-D Tag Team Champion
Danshoku Dino
DJ Nira Freelancer
Gorgeous Matsuno
Gota Ihashi King of Dark Champion
Harashima
Hoshitango
Kazuki Hirata
Keisuke Ishii KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Konosuke Takeshita
Kota Ibushi KO-D Tag Team Champion
Signed to a joint contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling
Kudo
Makoto Oishi
Masa Takanashi
Saki Akai Oscar Promotion
Sanshiro Takagi
Shigehiro Irie KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Soma Takao KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Super Sasadango Machine World Aipoke Champion
Freelancer
Tetsuya Endo
Tomomitsu Matsunaga
Toru Owashi Freelancer
Yasu Urano
Yoshihiko
Yukio Sakaguchi KO-D Openweight Champion

DDT New Attitude[edit]

Ring name Notes
Dai Suzuki
Kazusada Higuchi
Kota Umeda
Kouki Iwasaki
Mao Inoue
Mizuki Watase
Ryota Nakatsu
Suguru Miyatake
Syunma Katsumata
Tomoya Kawamura

Union Pro[edit]

Ring name Notes
Cherry
Daichi
Daichi Kazato
Fuma
Hiroshi Fukuda
Isami Kodaka Union Max Champion
Ken Ohka
Lady Beard
Masayuki Mitomi
Mio Shirai Signed to a joint contract with Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling Wave and Oz Academy
Ryu Gouma
Sagat
Seiya Morohashi
Shuji Ishikawa
Yusuke Kubo

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

Ring name Notes
Ai Shimizu Freelancer
Akane Miura
Chikage Kiba
Erin
Hyper Misao
Kanna
Miyuu Yamashita
Mizuho
Nonoko
Rika Tatsumi
Syoko Nakajima
Yuka Sakazaki

Staff[edit]

  • Amon Tsurumi – DDT General Manager
  • Daisuke Kiso – Referee
  • Hosomi no Shy Boy – Union Pro ring announcer
  • 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

Dropkick Bar[edit]

Dropkick Bar is a professional wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts-themed sports bar owned and operated by DDT. Professional wrestling personalities make appearances at the bar.[6][7]

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