Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Select Match Reviews: Making Zamunda Proud
Matches from DDT Coming to America
1.HARASHIMA,Higuchi vs Akito,Page vs RENEGADES ***1/4
2.Weapon Rumble: Takagi vs MAO ***1/2
3.Princess of Princess Title: Miyu(c) vs Maki ***1/4
4.KO-D Openweight Title: Takeshita(c) vs Sasaki ***3/4
5.KO-D Openweight Title: Sasaki(c) vs Endo **1/4
DDT hopefully won over some new fans here. I also thank them for getting Page and Kincaid on Mania Week shows.
The first pull here was a fun sprint. If you want a sub-10 minute speedster, this one could do nicely. It needed a bit more for me to call it truly recommendable, but it was good for what it was.
The weapon rumble was a hard one to rate. I went ahead and put it as ***1/2 because it was something you really should check out and the spots were mostly well done. You won't likely see anything else like this on the American indie scene.
The joshi match of the night was a fairly good encounter. A bit stiff, as most joshi is, but not overdone. Like the opener, it needed a bit more time.
Next up, we had our MOTN. The circus act shenanigans held it back from being rated higher, but it was still a great title defense. I hate seeing Takeshita dethroned so fast, but that's how it is. They followed this up with a cash-in moment. I think they picked the wrong show for this to happen, honestly. Either way, having Endo walk out as champ is a bold move.
DDT is an acquired taste, for sure, but if you've held off on giving them a try I suggest fixing that here. Watch these, or at least a few of them, and decide if you want more.