DDT Pro-Wrestling
AcronymDDT
Founded1997
Style
HeadquartersShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Founder(s)Shintaro Mutoh
ParentCyberFight (CyberAgent)
Sister
FormerlyDramatic Dream Team (1997–2004)
WebsiteOfficial website

DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDTプロレスリング, DDT Puroresuringu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Shinjuku, Tokyo. 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, 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 independent 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 Peter Pan, held each year since 2009.

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 hardcore matches 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).

In January 2020, DDT's parent company CyberAgent purchased Pro Wrestling Noah, with DDT's executives taking over Noah's operations and Noah's content appearing on DDT's streaming service Wrestle Universe.[1]

History

Dramatic Dream Team (1997–2004)

Former DDT logo (2000–2013)
Former DDT logo (2000–2013)

The promotion was founded by Shintaro Muto, Sanshiro Takagi, Kyohei Mikami and Kazushige Nosawa, after they left Pro Wrestling Crusaders.[2] 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]

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.[3]

Independent DDT Pro-Wrestling (2004–2017)

Former DDT logo (2013-2018)
Former DDT logo (2013-2018)

On 2004, DDT rebranded to DDT Pro-Wrestling yūgen 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.[4] In 2005, indie promotion Union Pro Wrestling was revived by DDT.[5]

On December 28, 2005 Ichimiya retired from professional wrestling and announced his departure from DDT.[6] 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. In November 2006, DDT announced the creation of their fourth active title the DDT Extreme 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.[7] Later in March, Takagi announced the DDT48 (later renamed Dramatic Sōsenkyo), which was a fan vote where the winner received a shot at the KO-D Openweight Championship. Later that month, in storyline, 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 no Oshigoto prize for having the best show the year, winning the Best Show Award for Judgement 2011.

In March 2012, the Dramatic Fantasia weekly program was briefly cancelled by Samurai TV. This led to the launch of the program DDT Wrestling Hour on Niconico, starting April 2.[8] On June 4, DDT launched another sub-brand named Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling (TJPW), which was exclusive to women's wrestlers.[9] DDT celebrated its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2012, by holding its first ever event in Nippon Budokan.[10] On December 23, 2012, DDT announced the creation of their fifth active title, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[11] 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.[12][13] On April 17 DDT formed another sub-brand Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling (GanPro). On May 3, DDT's Max Bump event was broadcast live by Samurai TV. After that DDT launched a weekly program DDT's Pro-Wrestling Banzai \(^o^)/, which was also broadcast by Samurai TV.[14] On November 28, DDT announced a new project named DDT New Attitude (DNA) which would be another sub-brand of DDT, functioning as a developmental brand for DDT.

On January 14, 2015, DDT opened a women's 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.[15] Three days after its folding, Union was replaced by a new promotion named Pro-Wrestling Basara, which launched in January 2016.[16] In October 2016, DDT announced "DDT Universe", a new streaming service for events held by DDT, DNA, Basara, TJPW and GanPro.[17] The service launched on January 23, 2017.[18] 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.[19][20] with the inaugural champions crowned on August 20, 2017.[21]

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that DDT had entered into a partnership with Canada's Canadian Wrestling's Elite promotion.[22] 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".

DDT under CyberAgent (2017–present)

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.

On June 11, 2019, DDT announced Basara would be splitting up from DDT and become an independent company starting January 1, 2020.[23][24] In October, the third edition of the annual "Iron Fist Tag Tournament" led to the creation of Basara's first tag team championship, the Iron Fist Tag Team Championship.[25]

On January 28, 2020, DDT's parent company CyberAgent purchased Pro Wrestling Noah. DDT's President Sanshiro Takagi was named the President of Pro Wrestling Noah and Naomichi Marufuji the Vice President. Noah's events began airing on DDT's streaming service DDT Universe starting with Noah's Global Jr. League 2020 on January 30.[26] On July 27, 2020, it was announced Noah and DDT would merge in a new company, CyberFight.[27]

On March 20, 2022, at Judgement, it was announced that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) had formed a working relationship with DDT and TJPW that would see wrestlers from both brands appear on AEW programming.[28][29]

Personnel

Main article: List of DDT Pro-Wrestling personnel

Championships

Current championships

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful
defenses
Location Notes Ref.
KO-D Openweight Championship
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Kazusada Higuchi 1 July 3, 2022 67 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Naomi Yoshimura in the finals of the 2022 King of DDT Tournament to win the vacant title. [30]
DDT Universal Championship
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Yuki Ueno 2 August 20, 2022 19 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masahiro Takanashi at Wrestle Peter Pan 2022. [31]
DDT Extreme Championship
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Joey Janela 1 August 14, 2022 25 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Akito in a Ippon Fluorescent Light Tube Deathmatch at Road to Peter Pan 2022. [32]
KO-D Tag Team Championship
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Harimao
(Kazusada Higuchi and Naomi Yoshimura)
1
(4, 4)
July 24, 2022 46 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Mao and Asuka at Summer Vacation 2022. [33]
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship
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Damnation T.A
(Daisuke Sasaki, MJ Paul and Kanon)
1
(5, 4, 1)
May 22, 2022 109 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Eruption (Yukio Sakaguchi, Kazusada Higuchi and Hideki Okatani) in the final of a four-team tournament to win the vacant title at Audience 2022. [34]
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship
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Mao, Yuki Ueno, Shunma Katsumata, Toui Kojima and Shinya Aoki 1
(1, 1, 1, 1, 2
June 25, 2022 75 0 Yokohama, Japan Defeated DDT Legend Army (Poison Sawada Julie, Takashi Sasaki, Gentaro, Mikami and Thanomsak Toba) at Dramatic Dream Tour 2022 in Yokohama. [35]
O-40 Championship Vacant September 1, 2022 Toru Owashi vacated the title in order to focus on his upcoming KO-D Tag Team Championship match. [36]
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Vacant September 1, 2022 Toru Owashi vacated the title in order to focus on his upcoming KO-D Tag Team Championship match. [37]

Former, inactive and defunct championships

DDT has had a lot of different championships, some of which were very short-lived.[38]

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 Jingisukan 2005 to become the inaugural champion. Inactive since.
Greater China Unified Sichuan Openweight Championship Danshoku Dino 1 July 19, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Unified with the DDT Extreme Championship at Ryōgoku Peter Pan.
Umemura PC Juku Copy & Paste Championship Danshoku Dino 1 July 26, 2009 Nagoya, Japan Unified with the DDT Extreme Championship at Ryōgoku Peter Pan.
GAY World Anal Championship Danshoku Dino 2 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan to unify the title with the DDT Extreme Championship.
JET World Jet Championship Danshoku Dino 1 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan to unify the title with the DDT Extreme Championship.
World Midbreath Championship Danshoku Dino 1 August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masa Takanashi at Ryōgoku Peter Pan to unify the title with the DDT Extreme Championship.
Jiyūgaoka 6-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1 November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Great Kojika, Riho and Mr. #6 at Shin-Kiba 5th Anniversary Special. Deactivated.
Sea Of Japan 6-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
1 November 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Great Kojika, Riho and Mr. #6 at Shin-Kiba 5th Anniversary Special.
Greater China Unified Zhongyuan Tag Team Championship TKG48
(Munenori Sawa and Sanshiro Takagi)
2 July 24, 2011 Tokyo, Japan Defeated The Great Sasuke and Ricky Fuji at Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2011.
World Aipoke Championship Super Sasadango Machine 1 May 18, 2014 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ryu Gouma in a No Disqualification Only "Say Yes" Deathmatch at Golden Union 2014. Inactive following Union Pro folding on October 4, 2015.
IMGP World Heavyweight Championship Atsushi Maruyama 2 July 12, 2015 Osaka, Japan Defeated Super Sasadango Machine at Dramatic Dreams! Vol. 2: No Subtitle to win the vacant title.
Fly To Everywhere World Championship Cherry 3 September 15, 2015 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Aoi Kizuki at Union Harvest Festival 2015. Inactive following Union Pro folding on October 4, 2015.
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 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.
Kōkū-kōen Park Town Championship Keisuke Ishii 1 August 24, 2019 Tokorozawa, Japan Was awarded the title after pinning Shuhei Washida in a tag team match at Ganbare☆Kōkū-kōen.
UWA World Trios Championship Sparky
(Ryota Nakatsu, Naoki Tanizaki and Akiyori Takizawa)
1 December 29, 2019 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Takato Nakano, Takumi Tsukamoto and Yasu Urano at Basara 115. Title moved to Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW).
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Shota 1 December 26, 2020 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Asuka at The World 2020. Title moved to Professional Wrestling Just Tap Out (JTO).
GWC 6-Man Tag Team Championship The Halfee
(Katsuzaki Shunosuke, Moehiko Harumisawa and Shu Sakurai)
2 May 29, 2021 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Asuka, Hagane Shinno and Shinichiro Tominaga at True Romance 2021. Title moved to Total Triumph Team Pro-Wrestling (TTT).

Events

Marquee events

Tournaments

Active

Accomplishment Last winner(s) Date won Location Notes
King of DDT Kazusada Higuchi July 3, 2022 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Naomi Yoshimura in the tournament final.
D-Oh Grand Prix Konosuke Takeshita December 5, 2021 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Yuki Ueno in the tournament final.
Ultimate Tag League Disaster Box
(Harashima and Naomi Yoshimura)
February 27, 2022 Tokyo, Japan Defeated The37Kamiina (Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno) in the tournament final.

Inactive

Accomplishment Last winner(s) Last held Notes
Young Drama Cup Soma Takao 2010 A round-robin tournament for the younger talent of DDT, held in 2009 and 2010.

Accomplishments

Accomplishment Last winner(s) Date won Location Notes
DDT Dramatic General Election Masahiro Takanashi (singles) October 30, 2018 Tokyo, Japan DDT Doramatikku Sōsenkyo (DDTドラマティック総選挙). Won by fan votation. Formerly known as DDT48.
Shuten-dōji (units)
Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Shinya Aoki August 14, 2022 Tokyo, Japan Contracts for a championship match, which can be "cashed in" by the holder at any point in the year following their victory. The holders have to defend their contracts in every official match in which they participate.

Dropkick Bar

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.[39][40]

Broadcasters

Domestic:

Worldwide:

See also

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