Dramatic Dream Team

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Dramatic Dream Team
Founded 1997
Style Professional wrestling
Puroresu
Comedy wrestling
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo
Founder(s) Sanshiro Takagi
Parent CyberAgent
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 indie 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 a timeslot on Fighting TV Samurai, Japan's premier combat sports channel which shows professional wrestling from both Japan and the United States.

The cards' matches tend to be a mixture of Japanese lucharesu (a mix of lucha libre and traditional puroresu), worked shoot-style, hardcore brawling and comedy matches. DDT is in many ways a parody of American pro wrestling, particularly WWE, 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 was the parent promotion of Union Pro Wrestling, which held events approximately twice a month,[1] and is the parent of 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] Three days after its folding, Union was replaced by a new promotion named Pro Wrestling Basara, which launched in January 2016.[5]

In October 2016, DDT announced "DDT Universe", a new streaming service for events held by DDT, DNA, Basara, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Puroresu.[6] The service launched on January 23, 2017.[7]

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that DDT had entered into a partnership with Canada's Canadian Wrestling’s Elite promotion.[8]

On September 1, 2017, 100% of DDT's shares were sold to the CyberAgent company. Sanshiro Takagi remained as the DDT president, while CyberAgent director Takahiro Yamauchi took over as the new DDT director.[9]

Championships[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Active[edit]

DDT currently has eight recognized championships,[10] the top titles being the KO-D (King of DDT) championships.

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
KO-D Openweight Championship Konosuke Takeshita 1 March 20, 2017 245+ Saitama, Japan Defeated Harashima at Judgement 2017.
KO-D Tag Team Championship Harashima and Naomichi Marufuji 1
(8, 1)
August 20, 2017 92+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated YaroZ (Kazusada Higuchi and Shigehiro Irie) at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017.
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship All Out
(Akito, Diego and Konosuke Takeshita)
1
(1,1,2)
November 2, 2017 18+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Damnation (Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie and Shuji Ishikawa) at Shinkiba Yo! Watashi wa Kaettekita.
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship LiLiCo-gun
(Ken Ohka, Ladybeard, LiLiCo, Makoto Oishi and Super Sasadango Machine)
1 August 20, 2017 92+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Owashi-gun (Joey Ryan, Kazuki Hirata, Saki Akai, Toru Owashi and Yoshihiko) at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017 to become the inaugural champions.
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Yuu 2 September 24, 2017 57+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Makoto Oishi at Who's Gonna Top? ~ Dramatic General Election 2017 ~ Last Request Special!.
DDT Extreme Division Championship Daisuke Sasaki 1 March 20, 2017 245+ Saitama, Japan Defeated Jun Kasai at Judgement 2017.
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship
(also recognized by Big Japan and El Dorado among others)
Daisuke Sasaki 1 September 24, 2017 57+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ken Ohka [11] at Who's Gonna Top? ~ Dramatic General Election 2017 ~ Last Request Special!.
King of Dark Championship Dai Suzuki 2 August 20, 2017 92+ Tokyo, Japan Defeated Gota Ihashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017.

Inactive[edit]

Championship Last 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
UWA World Trios Championship Disaster-Box
(Harashima, Toru Owashi (3) and Yukihiro Abe)
Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
December 26, 2010 Tokyo, Japan

Pro Wrestling Basara[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Days held Location
Union Max Championship Isami Kodaka Trans-Am★Ryuichi October 1, 2017 50+ Tokyo, Japan

Union Max Championship[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Indicates that the championship was contested under Union Pro Wrestling
Indicates that the championship was contested under Pro Wrestling Basara
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1 Ivan Markov 1 December 11, 2013 102 Tokyo, Japan 4 Shiwasu no Union 2013 Defeated Shuji Ishikawa in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Isami Kodaka 1 March 23, 2014 56 Kawasaki, Japan 0 Union no March 2014
3 Hikaru Sato 1 May 18, 2014 213 Tokyo, Japan 3 Golden Union 2014
4 Fuma 1 December 17, 2014 256 Tokyo, Japan 3 Shiwasu no Union 2014
5 Isami Kodaka 2 August 30, 2015 35 Tokyo, Japan 1 Natsu Matsuri Union 2015
Vacated October 4, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Union 10th Anniversary Box Office: Hoshi ni Negai wo Title retired when Union Pro Wrestling closed down.
6 Isami Kodaka 3 December 25, 2016 12 Tokyo, Japan 0 Basara Vajra 25: Shippujinrai Defeated Trans-Am★Hiroshi to resurrect the title.
7 Fuma 2 January 6, 2017 76 Tokyo, Japan 1 Basara Vajra 26: Tettotetsubi
8 Trans-Am★Ryuichi 1 March 23, 2017 192 Tokyo, Japan 3 Sakaba Puroresu: Alcohol Mania 2017
9 Isami Kodaka 4 October 1, 2017 50+ Tokyo, Japan 0 Kodaka Isami 15 Shūnen Kinen Kōgyō

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Defeated Date won Days held Location
Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship Reika Saiki Yuka Sakazaki August 26, 2017 86+ Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship Syoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki Maho Kurone and Rika Tatsumi October 14, 2017 37+ Yokohama, Japan

Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1 Miyu Yamashita 1 January 4, 2016 262 Tokyo, Japan 2 Tokyo Joshi Puroresu '16 Defeated Syoko Nakajima in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Yuu 1 September 22, 2016 255 Tokyo, Japan 4 Shinjuku Love Rin
3 Yuka Sakazaki 1 June 4, 2017 83 Tokyo, Japan 0 Konosai, Shinjuku de Mori Agatchao!
4 Reika Saiki 1 August 26, 2017 86+ Tokyo, Japan 1 Brand New Wrestling

Annual tournaments[edit]

Tournament Last winner(s) Last held Location
Dramatic Sousenkyo Danshoku Dino September 27, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
King of DDT Tetsuya Endo June 25, 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Roster[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Ring name Notes
Akito, Akito KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Antonio Honda Freelancer
Cherry
Daisuke Sasaki DDT Extreme Division Champion
Danshoku Dino
Gorgeous Matsuno
Gota Ihashi
Harashima KO-D Tag Team Champion
Hoshitango
Kazuki Hirata
Kazusada Higuchi
Keisuke Ishii
Ken Ohka KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Ganbare☆Puroresu
Konosuke Takeshita KO-D Openweight Champion
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Kudo
Ladybeard KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Mad Paulie
Makoto Oishi KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Masahiro Takanashi
Michael Nakazawa Inactive
Mike Bailey
Saki Akai
Sanshiro Takagi
Shigehiro Irie
Shuji Ishikawa Freelancer
Soma Takao
Super Sasadango Machine KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
World Aipoke Champion
Freelancer
Tetsuya Endo
Tomomitsu Matsunaga
Toru Owashi Freelancer
Yasu Urano
Yoshihiko
Yukio Sakaguchi
Yuni

DDT New Attitude[edit]

Ring name Notes
Dai Suzuki King of Dark Champion
Daiki Shimomura
Diego KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Kota Umeda
Kouki Iwasaki
Mao
Mizuki Watase
Naomi Yoshimura
Nobuhiro Shimatani
Rekka
Suguru Miyatake
Shunma Katsumata
Yuki Ueno

Pro Wrestling Basara[edit]

Ring name Notes
Best Stretch Man V3
Fuma
Isami Kodaka Union Max Champion
Ryota Nakatsu
Ryu Gouma
Ryuichi Sekine
Sagat
Takato Nakano
Takumi Tsukamoto
Tomoya Kawamura
Trans-Am★Hiroshi
Yusuke Kubo

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

Reika Saiki
Ring name Notes
Ai Shimizu Freelancer
Azusa Takigawa
Chikage Kiba
Hyper Misao
Maho Kurone
Maki Itoh
Marika Kobashi
Mill Clown
Miyu Yamashita
Mizuki
Nodoka Onesan
Nonoko
Reika Saiki Tokyo Princess of Princess Champion
Rika Tatsumi
Syoko Nakajima Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champion
Yuka Sakazaki Tokyo Princess Tag Team Champion
Yuna Manase
Yuu Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion

Staff[edit]

  • Amon Tsurumi – DDT General Manager
  • Daisuke Kiso – Referee
  • Hosomi no Shy Boy – Ring announcer
  • Mic Inoue – Time keeper
  • Rikiya Shindo – Basara ring announcer
  • Tetsuya Koda – Tokyo Joshi Pro representative
  • Yuki Aino – Tokyo Joshi Pro ring announcer
  • 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.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Union Pro". DDT Pro-Wrestling (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". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). June 4, 2012. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. 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~". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "【記者会見】10・4後楽園の10周年記念興行で解散、石川はフリーに。「最後にどデカい花火を打ち上げましょう」(イサミ)「『ユニオンプロレス、ここにあり』という記憶に残る大会にしたい」(石川)「完全燃焼したい」(スーザン)". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "【記者会見】イサミが新団体旗揚げ! 団体名は「プロレスリングBasara」、旗揚げ戦は1・21新宿! 所属選手も発表/諸橋、イサミ、ビアードはDDT所属、石川&三富はフリー、久保はTEC所属に". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "DDT独自の動画配信サービス「DDT Universe」開設! 2017年1月スタート!". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "動画配信サービス「DDT Universe」サイトオープンまであと10日!". DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ "United: Canadian Wrestling's Elite Announces Partnership With DDT". Alliance-Wrestling.com. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ "DDTがサイバーエージェントに株式譲渡 社名、体制に変更なし". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Dramatic Dream Team
  11. ^ http://www.ddtpro.com/ddtpro/50784/
  12. ^ "10 of the best bars in Tokyo for karaoke and other weird stuff". The Guardian. February 1, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ "ドロップキック". Gurunavi (in Japanese). Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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