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Dramatic Dream Team
Dramatic Dream Team (1997–2004)
DDT Pro-Wrestling (2004–present)
IndustryProfessional wrestling
Founded1997
FounderShintaro Muto[citation needed]
HeadquartersShinjuku, Tokyo
Key people
Sanshiro Takagi
(President)
Danshoku Dino
(Producer)
Takahiro Yamauchi (Director)
ParentCyberAgent
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.ddtpro.com

DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDTプロレスリング, DDT Puroresuringu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Its name stands for Dramatic Dream Team, which was the promotion's official name from 1997 to 2004. Founded in March 1997 by Shintaro Muto, but the promotion was eventually bought and managed by Shoichi Ichimiya until December 2005, when Sanshiro Takagi took over as the new president. In 2017, DDT was sold to CyberAgent. Takagi retained his position, while Takahiro Yamauchi took over as the new DDT director.

DDT became one of the top promotions in Japanese indie wrestling by creating a unique sports entertainment style, often parodying WWE, with a Japanese puroresu flair to the matches. DDT has had agreements with various MMA and professional wrestling promotions around the world.[citation needed] DDT's biggest event is the Ryōgoku Peter Pan, held each year since 2009.

History[edit]

The promotion was founded by Shintaro Muto, Sanshiro Takagi, Kyohei Mikami and Kazushige Nosawa, after these four left Pro Wrestling Crusaders.[1] The promotion was named Dramatic Dream Team, its first event took place on January 31, 1997, in Tokyo. In 1999, DDT started producing pay-per-view digests of its product on DirectTV.[citation needed]

DDT 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.[citation needed]

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).

The promotion then established their own governing body in 2000, the King of DDT, shortened as KO-D, creating the KO-D Openweight Championship, Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship and the KO-D Tag Team Championship. DDT also created their own tag team tournament the DDT Tag League. Later in 2003, Shoichi Ichimiya became the new president of DDT.[citation needed] On 2004, DDT rebranded to DDT Pro Wrestling kabushiki gaisha renaming the promotion to DDT Pro Wrestling. In October, DDT got a timeslot on Fighting TV Samurai, creating their regular broadcast program DDT Dramatic Fantasia.[citation needed] In 2005, indie promotion Union Pro Wrestling was revived by DDT.[2]

On December 28, 2005 Ichimiya retired from professional wrestling and announced his departure from DDT.[citation needed] This led to Sanshiro Takagi taking over the promotion as the new president. Then the company focused on the feud between the face stable Italian Four Horsemen and the heel stable Disaster-Box.[citation needed] In November 2006, DDT announced the creation of their fourth active title the DDT Extreme Division Championship. Later in 2007 DDT announced a working relationship with Dragon Gate. DDT and Dragon Gate held their first co-promoted show, Dramatic Dream Gate on April 18, 2007 in Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, Japan. DDT would later become a member of the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance. The group was established as a means to aid the many competing wrestling promotions in Japan. In 2009, DDT announced that they were going to become a stock company, turning their company from private to public.[citation needed] In March 2010, DDT announced a working relationship with Big Japan Pro Wrestling.[3] Later in March, Takagi announced the DDT48 (later renamed Dramatic Sousenkyo), which is a fan vote where the winner receives a shot for the KO-D Openweight Championship. Later that month Michael Nakazawa stepped down as the CEO of DDT and Amon Tsurumi became the general manager of the promotion.[citation needed] In 2011 DDT received the Fighting TV Samurai Indie's Job prize for having the best show the year, winning the Best Box Office Award.

In March 2012, DDT ended their DDT Dramatic Fantasia program.[citation needed] Later on April 2, DDT started to broadcasting to NicoNico creating the program DDT Wrestling Hour.[citation needed] On June 4, DDT launched another sub-brand named Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling, which was exclusive to women's wrestlers.[4] DDT celebrated its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2012, by holding its first ever event in Nippon Budokan.[5] On December 23, 2012, DDT announced the creation of their fifth active title, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[6] On January 17, 2013, DDT announced that Daisuke Sasaki had signed a contract to officially make DDT his home promotion, ending his days as a freelancer.[7][8] On April 17 DDT formed another sub-brand Ganbare☆Puroresu. On May 3, DDT's Max Bump event was broadcast live by Samurai TV. After that DDT launched a weekly program DDT Pro Wrestling Banzai, which was also broadcast by Samurai TV.[citation needed] On November 28, DDT announced a new project named DDT New Attitude which would be another sub-brand of DDT, functioning as a farm league for DDT.

On January 14, 2015, DDT opened a women wrestling school with Makoto Oishi and Cherry as instructors.[citation needed] Later DDT announced the creation of their sixth active title, the King of Dark Championship, which would be "won" by the loser of a dark match. On June 23, DDT opened the Dropkick Bar which is a professional wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts-themed sports bar. Professional wrestling personalities regularly make appearances at the bar. On August 17 it was announced that Union Pro would be folding after its 10th anniversary event on October 4.[9] Three days after its folding, Union was replaced by a new promotion named Pro-Wrestling Basara, which launched in January 2016.[10] In October 2016, DDT announced "DDT Universe", a new streaming service for events held by DDT, DNA, Basara, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling and Ganbare☆Puroresu.[11] The service launched on January 23, 2017.[12] On April 30, 2017, announced the creation of their seventh active title, the KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship, meant for teams of five wrestlers, the title is believed to be the first of its kind in professional wrestling.[13][14] with the inaugural champions crowned on August 20, 2017.[15]

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that DDT had entered into a partnership with Canada's Canadian Wrestling's Elite promotion.[16] On August 20 Danshoku Dino defeated Sanshiro Takagi in a match, where if Dino won he would become the Producer of DDT. After Dino won he fired the DDT's General Manager Amon Tsurumi and Turumi returned to a backstage role as assistant producer and reverted to his real name Hisaya Imabayashi. Dino also announced the creation of a new tournament called "D-Oh Grand Prix". 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.[17]

DDT Universe[edit]

DDT Universe
Owned byDDT Pro-Wrestling
Websiteddtuniverse.com

On October 24, 2016, DDT Owner Sanshiro Takagi came down to the ring prior to that day's event and announced that DDT would be debuting their own video-on-demand service, called DDT Universe, in January 2017.[18][19] Some major DDT events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2004, as well as matches from DDT's affiliate and sister promotions DNA (DDT New Attitude), Pro Wrestling Basara, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Union Pro Wrestling and Ganbare Pro Wrestling.[20][21] As well as full shows and matches, the promotion also features documentaries showcasing the lives of wrestlers outside the ring.[22]

Championships[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Active[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

DDT currently has seven recognized championships,[23] the top titles being the KO-D (King of DDT) championships. DDT also recognizes Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, Pro-Wrestling Basara and Ganbare☆Puroresu's championships.

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
KO-D Openweight Championship Harashima 10 November 3, 2019 36+ 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Konosuke Takeshita at DDT Ultimate Party 2019.
DDT Extreme Division Championship Harashima 4 September 29, 2019 71+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Jiro Kuroshio and Tetsuya Endo at DDT Who's Gonna TOP? 2019.
KO-D Tag Team Championship DAMNATION
(Daisuke Sasaki and Soma Takao)
1
(5, 2)
March 21, 2019 263+ 9 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Mao and Mike Bailey at DDT Into The Fight 2019.
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship Konosuke Takeshita, Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Iino 1
(5, 4, 2)
June 24, 2019 168+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Chihiro Hashimoto, Dash Chisako and Meiko Satomura at DDT/Sendai Girls All Out X.
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship Danshoku Dino, Asuka, Yuki Iino, Mizuki and Trans-Am★Hiroshi 1
(1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
November 3, 2019 36+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Super Sasadango Machine, Yuna Manase, Jiro "Ikemen" Kuroshio, Hiroshi Yamato and Makoto Oishi at DDT Ultimate Party 2019 to win the vacant title.
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Makoto Oishi 25 November 30, 2019 9+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Antonio Honda at DDT D-Oh Grand Prix 2020 in Yokohama 2 Days.
O-40 Championship Gorgeous Matsuno 1 September 29, 2019 71+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Sanshiro Takagi at DDT Who's Gonna TOP? 2019.

Inactive[edit]

DDT has had a lot of different championships, some of which were very short-lived.[24]

Championship Last champion(s) Reign Date won Location Notes
Tōno Openweight Championship 726 1 August 20, 2005 Tōno, Japan Defeated Cherry and Tomohiko Hashimoto at Tōno Genghis Khan 2005 to become the inaugural champion.
Greater China Unified Sichuan Openweight Championship Danshoku Dino 1 July 19, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Chon Shiryu at What Are You Doing 2009.
Umemura PC Juku Copy & Paste Championship Danshoku Dino 1 July 26, 2009 Nagoya, Japan Defeated Konaka at Kyōra Daiyon Kyōsatsu! to become the inaugural champion.
GAY World Anal Championship Danshoku Dino 2 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan.
J.E.T. World Jet Championship Danshoku Dino 1 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan.
World Mid Breath Championship Danshoku Dino 1 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan.
DDT Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1
(1, 1, 1)
November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Great Kojima, Riho and Mr. #6 at Shin-Kiba 5th Anniversary Special.
Sea Of Japan 6-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1
(1, 1, 1)
November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Great Kojima, Riho and Mr. #6 at Shin-Kiba 5th Anniversary Special.
Greater China Unified Zhongyuan Tag Team Championship Munenori Sawa & Sanshiro Takagi 2
(2, 2)
July 24, 2011 Tokyo, Japan Defeated The Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2011.
IMGP World Heavyweight Championship Atsushi Maruyama 2 July 12, 2015 Osaka, Japan Defeated Super Sasadango Machine at Dramatic Dreams! Vol. 2 ~Without Subtitle~ to win the vacant title.
Fly To Everywhere World Championship Cherry 3 September 15, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Aoi Kizuki at Union Shukaku Sai 2015. Inactive following Union Pro folding on October 4, 2015.
Ōmori Yume Fair-Certified World Ōmori Championship Chikara 1 October 15, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Makoto Oishi at UTAN Festa 2017.
King of Dark Championship Dai Suzuki 2 December 13, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Lost to Gota Ihashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2017 to win the title. Inactive following Dai Suzuki's retirement.
Uchicomi! Openweight Ultimate Championship Ken Ohka 1 July 22, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Won a Scramble Tag Team Rumble Match by last eliminating Gota Ihashi at Summer Vacation 2018 to become the inaugural champion.

Pro-Wrestling Basara[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
Union Max Championship Masahiro Takanashi 1 November 3, 2019 36+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ryuichi Sekine at DDT Ultimate Party 2019.
Iron Fist Tag Team Championship Iron Priest
(Fuma and Yusuke Kubo)
1
(1, 1)
October 23, 2019 47+ 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Sento Minzoku (Daiki Shimomura and Isami Kodaka) at DDT BASARA 109 ~Banquet~.
UWA World Trios Championship
(also recognized by Wrestle-1)
Takato Nakano, Takumi Tsukamoto and Yasu Urano 1
(1, 1, 1)
September 14, 2019 86+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Sento Minzoku (Daiki Shimomura, Isami Kodaka and Ryuichi Sekine) at DDT BASARA 105 ~ Ōji No Kitsune 2 Hikime ~.

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

Ganbare☆Puroresu[edit]

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship
(also recognized by Active Advance Pro Wrestling)
Keisuke Ishii 2 September 28, 2019 72+ 3 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Shuichiro Katsumura at DDT Ganbare Pro I Do Not Need A Comic Magazine! 2019.

Other accomplishments[edit]

Tournament Last winner(s) Last held Location Notes
King of DDT Konosuke Takeshita May 19, 2019 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Soma Takao to win the tournament.
Dramatic Sousenkyo Masahiro Takanashi October 30, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Won by fan votation.
Also known as Dramatic General Election and formerly known as DDT48.
D-Oh Grand Prix Konosuke Takeshita December 30, 2018 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Go Shiozaki to win the tournament.
Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Sanshiro Takagi, Keisuke Ishii & Tetsuya Endo May 2019 Tokyo, Japan
KO-D Tag League Suicide Boyz
(Mikami & Tanomusaku Toba)
April 11, 2008 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Kudo and Yasu Urano to win the tournament.
The tournament has been inactive since 2008.
In the past it was known as the DDT Tag League.
Young Drama Cup Soma Takao November 28, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Tournament that is not held every year and his held for DDT younger wrestlers.

Roster[edit]

DDT Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Ring name Notes
Akito
Antonio Honda Freelancer
Cherry
Colt Cabana Freelancer
Daisuke Sasaki KO-D Tag Team Champion
Danshoku Dino KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Gorgeous Matsuno O-40 Champion
Gota Ihashi
Harashima KO-D Openweight Champion
DDT Extreme Division Champion
Hoshitango
Kazuki Hirata Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion
Kazusada Higuchi
Keisuke Ishii Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion
Ken Ohka Ganbare☆Puroresu
Konosuke Takeshita KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Champion
Kudo
Ladybeard
Mad Paulie
Makoto Oishi World Omori Champion
Masahiro Takanashi Union Max Champion
Michael Nakazawa Inactive, Signed to All Elite Wrestling
Mike Bailey
Saki Akai
Sanshiro Takagi
Shuji Ishikawa Freelancer
Shunma Katsumata KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Champion
Soma Takao KO-D Tag Team Champion
Super Sasadango Machine World Aipoke Champion
Freelancer
Tetsuya Endo
Tomomitsu Matsunaga
Toru Owashi Freelancer
Yasu Urano
Yoshihiko
Yuki Ino KO-D 6 Man Tag Team Champion
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Yukio Sakaguchi
Yuko Miyamoto
Yuni

DDT New Attitude[edit]

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

Pro-Wrestling Basara[edit]

Ring name Notes
Best Stretch Man V3
Fuma IRON FIST Tag Team Champion
Fuminori Abe
Isami Kodaka UWA World Trios Champion
Ryota Nakatsu
Ryu Gouma
Ryuichi Sekine UWA World Trios Champion
Sagat
Takato Nakano
Takumi Tsukamoto
Tomoya Kawamura
Trans-Am★Hiroshi KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Yusuke Kubo IRON FIST Tag Team Champion

Tokyo Joshi Pro[edit]

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
  • Sayuri Namba – 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 in Shinjuku. Professional wrestling personalities make appearances at the bar.[25][26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/ddt-judgement-2017-ddt-20th-anniversary-box-office-preview/
  2. ^ https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/past-results/union-pro-wrestling-timeline/
  3. ^ https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/new-years-indy-party-announced-union-in-big-japan-cherry-picking/
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  15. ^ LiLiCoが初代KO―D10人タッグ王座奪取 股間握らせ投げ技発射. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "United: Canadian Wrestling's Elite Announces Partnership With DDT". Alliance-Wrestling.com. July 5, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
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  18. ^ Angelita, Dark. "DDT: La empresa contará con servicio en línea para la transmisión de sus funciones a todo el mundo". Super Luchas (in Spanish).
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  20. ^ Rose, Brian. "DDT UNIVERSE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW STREAMING SERVICE". F4wonline. Wrestling Observer Newslleter.
  21. ^ "10 Reasons to Join in the Weird Fun of DDT Universe". Paste. January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "DDT Universe Hub – All You Need to Know". 22 January 2017.
  23. ^ Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Dramatic Dream Team
  24. ^ http://extremeparty.heteml.jp/title.html
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