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DDT Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.
DDT Puroresu Kabushiki-kaisha
株式会社DDTプロレスリング
DDTwrestling logo
The logo of DDT Pro-Wrestling
Acronym DDT
Trading name Dramatic Dream Team (1997-2004)
DDT Pro Wrestling (2004-Present)
Native name DDTプロレスリング
Romanized name DDT Puroresu
Type Public
Industry Professional wrestling
Puroresu
Corporate number 6011101052361
Founded March 25, 1997
Founder(s) Shintaro Muto
Owner(s) CyberAgent
Style Sports entertainment
Puroresu
Comedy wrestling
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served Japan
Key people Sanshiro Takagi
(President)
Danshoku Dino
(Producer)
Takahiro Yamauchi (Director)
Products
Television
Publishing
Merchandise
Streaming network service
Services Licensing
Parent CyberAgent
Number of employees approximately 81
Divisions DDT Universe
DDT Shop
AbemaTV
Subsidiaries
Website Official Japanese Website

DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDTプロレスリング, DDT Puroresuringu) or DDT, also written as D2T, stands for Dramatic Dream Team, which was the promotion's official name from 1997 to 2004 is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Founded in March 1997 by Shintaro Muto, but the promotion was bought by Shoichi Ichimiya until December 2005, when Sanshiro Takagi took over as the new president, who later sold it to CyberAgent, but still retained his position, while Takahiro Yamauchi took over as the new DDT director.

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. DDT has had agreements with various MMA and professional wrestling promotions around the world, including Pancrase sub-brand Pancrase MISSION, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, All Japan Pro Wrestling, AAA, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Dragon Gate, Wrestle-1 and Big Japan Pro Wrestling. DDT runs several sub-brands and offshoots, regularly experimenting the different ways wrestling can be done and presented. DDT biggest event is the Ryogoku Peter Pan, held each year since 2009.

OverviewEdit

HistoryEdit

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

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.

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. Later in 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, Japan's premier combat sports channel which shows professional wrestling from both Japan and the United States, creating their regular broadcast program "DDT Dramatic Fantasia".

On December 28, 2005 Ichimiya retired from professional wrestling, in the process, he announced his departure from DDT. This led in January 2006, 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. Then in November 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 in Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan. Then DDT became 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 industry private to public. In March, 2010 DDT announced a working relationship with Big Japan Pro Wrestling. Later in March Takagi announced the DDT48 (later renamed Dramatic Sousenkyo), which is a fan votation 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. In 2011 the program of Fighting TV Samurai Indie's Job elected DDT for having the best show the year, winning the Best Box Office Award.

In March 2012, DDT ended their DDT Dramatic Fantasia program. Later on April 2, DDT started to broadcasting to NicoNico creating the program "DDT Wrestling Hour". On June 4 DDT formed another sub-brand Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, which was exclusive to women's wrestlers. DDT celebrated its 15th anniversary on August 18, 2012, by holding its first ever event in Nippon Budokan. On December 23, 2012 DDT announced the creation of their fifth active title, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship. 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. On April 17 DDT formed another sub-brand Ganbare☆Puroresu. On May 3 DDT's pay-per-view, Max Bump was broadcasted live by Samurai TV. After that DDT launched a every week program "DDT Pro Wrestling Banzai", which was also broadcasted by Fighting TV Samurai. On November 28 DDT announced a new project named DDT New Attitude which would be another sub-brand of DDT.

On January 14, 2015 DDT opened a women wrestling school with Makoto Oishi and Cherry as instructors. Later DDT announced the creation of their sixth active title, the King of Dark Championship. On June 23 DDT opened the Dropkick Bar which is a professional wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts-themed sports bar. Professional wrestling personalities 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. Three days after its folding, Union was replaced by a new promotion named Pro Wrestling BASARA, which launched in January 2016.

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

On July 5, 2017, it was announced that DDT had entered into a partnership with Canada's Canadian Wrestling’s Elite promotion. 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, 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 February 17, 2018, DDT announced “DDT LIVE! Maji Manji”, that is a broadcast consisting on six shows between April and May, with the goal of attracting a younger audience by airing live pro wrestling during the prime time schedule. On June 11, ut was announced that DNA sub-brand would be suspended on August 10, only to DDT foccus more on the LIVE! Maji Manji shows, most of the talent in DNA was tranferred to the DDT main roster.

RosterEdit

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Damnation
Shuten-dōji
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ChampionshipsEdit

CurrentEdit

DDT Pro WrestlingEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Days held Location
KO-D Openweight Championship Danshoku Dino August 14, 2018 3+ Tokyo, Japan
KO-D Tag Team Championship Mike Bailey and MAO July 22, 2018 26+ Tokyo, Japan
KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship Vacated August 1, 2018 16+ N/A
KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Championship LiLiCo-gun
(Ken Ohka, Ladybeard, LiLiCo, Makoto Oishi and Super Sasadango Machine)
August 20, 2017 362+ Tokyo, Japan
DDT Extreme Division Championship HARASHIMA April 29, 2018 110+
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Keisuke Ishii April 28, 2018 111+
Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Akari Suda July 10, 2018 38+
Omori Dream Fair Championship Chikara October 16, 2017 305+

Pro Wrestling BASARAEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Days held Location
Union Max Championship Naoki Tanizaki May 3, 2018 106+ Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Joshi ProEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Date won Days held Location
Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship Miyu Yamashita January 4, 2018 225+ Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship Muscle JK Striker
(Reika Saiki and Marika Kobashi)
May 3, 2018 106+

DefunctEdit

Championship Last champion(s) Date won Location
Big China Unified Sichuan Championship Danshoku Dino July 19, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Championship Sanshiro Takagi and Munenori Sawa July 3, 2011
Gay World Anal Championship Danshoku Dino August 23, 2009
IMGP World Heavyweight Championship Atsushi Maruyama July 12, 2015 Unknown
Jet World Jet Championship Danshoku Dino August 23, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
November 3, 2010
King of Dark Championship Dai Suzuki August 20, 2017
Mid-Breath World Championship Danshoku Dino August 23, 2009
Nihonkai Six Man Tag Team Championship Shit Heart♥Foundation
(Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa and Tomomitsu Matsunaga)
November 3, 2010
Tono Openweight Championship 726 August 20, 2005
Umemura Personal Computer Copy and Paste Championship Danshoku Dino July 26, 2009 Nagoya, Japan
Union Fly To Everywhere World Championship Cherry September 15, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
Union Non-Certified US Heavyweight Championship Hiroshi Fukuda August 12, 2012
UWA World Tag Team Championship The Brahman Brothers
Brahman Shu and Brahman Kei
June 17, 2015
UWA World Trios Championship Disaster-Box
(HARASHIMA, Toru Owashi and Yukihiro Abe)
December 26, 2010
Shin-kiba Famous Golden Love Lotion Championship Jaki Numazawa August 28, 2015
World Aipoke Championship Super Sasadango Machine May 18, 2014

EventsEdit

Marquee eventsEdit

  • Ryogoku Peter Pan
  • Judgement
  • Max Bump
  • Saitama Super DDT
  • Osaka Octopus
  • Non-Fix
  • God Bless DDT
  • Never Mind
  • Who's Gonna Top?
  • Into The Fight
  • Sweet Dreams

Collaborated eventsEdit

Other accomplishmentsEdit

Accomplishment Latest winner(s) Date won Location Notes
King of DDT Tetsuya Endo June 25, 2017 Tokyo, Japan Defeated HARASHIMA to win the tournament.
Dramatic Sousenkyo Danshoku Dino September 27, 2017 Won by Fan votation.

In the past Dramatic Sousenkyo was known by DDT48.

D-Oh Grand Prix Shuji Ishikawa January 28, 2018 Defeated HARASHIMA to win the tournament.
Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Antonio Honda, Kazusada Higuchi, Ken Ohka, MAO, Meiko Satomura, Mizuki Watase and Tetsuya Endo May 29, 2018 Tokyo, Japan
KO-D Tag League Suicide Boyz
(MIKAMI and 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 Tournament that is not held every year and his held for DDT younger wrestlers.

Sub-BrandsEdit

DDT runs several sub-brands and offshoots, regularly experimenting with the different ways wrestling can be done and presented.

ActiveEdit

Brand name Years Notes
DDT New Attitude 2014-Present
Ganbare☆Puroresu 2013-Present
MUSCLE 2004-Present MUSCLE rarely produces events.
Pro Wrestling BASARA 2015-Present Continuation of Union Pro Wrestling.
Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling 2012-Present

DefunctEdit

Brand name Joined Defunct Notes
DDT New Attitude 2014 2018 Was declared suspended on June 11 and officially ended it's activities on August 10.
Hard Hit 2012 2015 Hard Hit became independent of DDT in 2015.
New Beijing Pro Wrestling 2009 2013
Union Pro Wrestling 2014 2015 Replaced by Pro Wrestling BASARA.