Many wrestling fans are perhaps only familiar with DDT (Dramatic Dream Team) as “that crazy Japanese promotion where Kota Ibushi wrestled a blow-up love doll”, or for the ridiculous Anywhere/Super Street Pro-Wrestling matches DDT have held in a variety of unconventional locations, such as camp sites, water parks, fun fairs, iron works, quarries, shopping centres and so forth. But while the comedic and the bizarre are both big aspects of DDT’s unique charm, there’s some great wrestling as well and it’s that combination that has seen DDT rise to become one of the fastest growing promotions in Tokyo.
2016 was a big year for DDT, but 2017 looks set to be even bigger and one of the manifestations of that is DDT Universe, a new streaming service that launched earlier today. Offering multiple live and on-demand shows as well as an extensive archive of classic footage for just a ¥900 a month subscription, DDT Universe also marks the first time in which foreign customers have had easy access to the DDT product. As such, there has never been a better moment to jump on board with one of the most unique wrestling products in the world. However, it’s not only DDT that a DDT Universe subscription grants access to, but the various DDT offshoot promotions as well:
. DNA (DDT’s rookie brand)
. Pro-Wrestling BASARA (Isami Kodaka’s promotion, affiliated with DDT)
. Tokyo Girls Pro-Wrestling (DDT’s joshi prowres promotion)
. Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling (Ken Ohka’s promotion, affiliated with DDT)
. BOYZ (a DDT offshoot aimed at female fans)
And for DDT Universe’s first month there will be 14 events streamed live or on-demand across DDT and its related brands. The schedule kicks off with 3 live shows from DDT Pro (a further 4 on-demand), 1 live show from DNA, 3 on-demand shows from Pro-Wrestling BASARA, 2 on-demand shows from Tokyo Girls Pro-Wrestling and 1 on-demand show from Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling – certainly a lot of content for the equivalent of just £6.38 a month! And that’s without even delving into the already sizeable archive of classic content, which currently has available:
What’s more, each month DDT Universe will present features that focus on specific wrestlers, the first month being used to highlight the Ace of DDT Pro and KO-D Openweight Champion HARASHIMA, as well as a much beloved fan favourite who had a great run in DDT a few years ago: ‘The Generic Luchador’ El Generico! HARASHIMA’s special is a career retrospective with 10 matches from between 2004 and 2013, highlighting HARASHIMA’s rise to prominence in DDT. Meanwhile, El Generico’s special presents 10 of the best matches from his 2-year stint in DDT, shortly before he disappeared from wrestling to open an orphanage in Tijuana.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot to be getting on with for new subscribers! If you’re stuck for a place to start, here’s 5 videos I’d personally recommend:
. Campsite Pro-Wrestling 2011 – the 2011 edition of DDT’s classic Campsite Pro-Wrestling series, featuring (as always) Kota Ibushi being incredibly reckless with fireworks.
. Daisuke Sekimoto (c) vs HARASHIMA – DDT’s Ace tries to reclaim the KO-D Openweight Title from outside invader and the behemoth of Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, Daisuke Sekimoto.
. Apartment Complex Pro-Wrestling – Kota Ibushi scales an abandoned apartment complex in a Game of Death-style gauntlet race to the top! One of the more infamous DDT Street Wrestling matches.
. Kota Ibushi vs El Generico – the first of three exceptional encounters between two of the most exciting men in professional wrestling, all three are well worth a watch!
. History of the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship – a chronological history of one of the strangest titles in wrestling, contested under 24/7 rules and with such notable former champions as: a ladder, a taxi driver, a referee, a small dog, and even the belt itself!
Click here to signup for DDT Universe – the price is ¥900, but you won’t be charged until February 1st. The site is mainly in Japanese, but the menu on the left hand side has a dropdown box that lets you select English language translation (via google).
Lastly, for excellent English coverage of DDT Pro-Wrestling and all their affiliated brands check out Dramatic DDT, the premiere DDT fansite on the internet.