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Red's Pro-Wrestling Digest #98: Looking at DDT Judgement with oh so DDramaTic episode 3

We're back for another digest, this time focused specifically on a recent oh so DDramaTic episode that showcased DDT's "Longest 5 Hour Special" from the Hall. Want to watch this playlist episode?


Soup and Takagi tried to be HBK/Flair in a way and had a "father/son" thing going. Was fairly good but not must-see, to be honest. A decent way to start the set, if nothing else, and one that certainly did have a lot of history behind it if you care.

Kalisto and Ueno's match was a fun enough throwaway juniors battle, though I'd be lying if I said there weren't far better masked workers that DDT could bring in. Also, watching Sol try to get lucha chants going on more than one occasion, actually getting it a bit, was entertaining especially since the last try saw the dude actually eat the L moments later. Still skippable to be honest.

The first match, in fact, that I actually recommend for readers on this episode (especially if you want just the best of the best) is up next with Doi dropping the Universal strap to Endo in a highly enjoyable clash. They paced it out nicely and had some good drama slapped on. Great overall. I've loved ND since I first saw the lightning speeded fuckhead and his time in DDT lately has been good shit. Endo is a very good choice of opponent for the vet and a fine replacement for title holder, too.

MAO challenged after.

Speaking of, a falls count anywhere match with the dude and Shunma defending the KO-D Tags against Ryota and Higuchi hit the semi-main. If you can hear that sentence without at least being intrigued, well then I strongly suggest you watch more DDT (using this show, obviously). Chaotic entertainment with some fun spots and nice plunder shit, this was exactly the type of thing that keeps me coming back to DDT. Fantastic, creative, stuff with one hell of a visual finish!


Keigo and HARASHIMA called next on ShunMao.

Naya has improved a lot since his earlier days a few years ago and certainly has a fun look that helps him stand out in the crowd, but he still is a dude I don't get super excited about seeing wrestle right now. I actually was far more excited to just see Hino defended against anyone, while being let down at who it was, walking in. That said, the ogre isn't nearly as green these days and has already had a few decent ones with Big Red. Here he added yet another and honestly it was pretty good stuff. There was a mentor/student thing here, by the way. Now, bring someone better forward for the next one though, please.

A reminder but the fans in attendance had to close a 5 hour show with this one so I'm probably a lot higher on it than most that watched a longer edition.

Kenta handed the belt to the champ in post and showed respect to the challenger as well in post. Dino tried to get Iino a title match, but nothing was officially set because Pheromones is a joke.

Honestly, I don't consider this a cheap plug because I make these playlist episodes because I think it just makes it easier for fans to experience a promotion. Judgement had some really good content and I think this episode went down very well. I consider this a worthwhile watch for anyone interested in the company.

Match Ratings

  1. Sanshiro vs Takeshita ***1/4
  2. Ueno vs Samuray del Sol ***1/4
  3. DDT Universal Title: Doi(c) vs Endo ***3/4
  4. KO-D Tag Titles, Falls Count Anywhere: 37KAMIINA(c) vs Harimao ****
  5. KO-D Openweight Title: Hino(c) vs Naya ***1/2

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