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“Speedball” Mike Bailey Made the Most Out of Exile

If you’ve been watching independent wrestling this year, and even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of Mike Bailey. Lately he’s been on a storm through the America’s biggest indie promotions, having the match of the night on seemingly every show.  Earlier this year, he wrestled a staggering nine matches…

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Maybe You Can Go Home Again: Konosuke Takeshita in the United States

Two cliched phrases come to mind when looking at the extended excursion DDT’s Konosuke Takeshita just completed in the United States of America. The first one is “Travel broadens the mind.” The whole idea of Japanese wrestlers going on excursion, of course, is to get experience with multiple styles of…

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DDT Pro’s Comfort with Butts Paves the Way to Wrestling Utopia

For as many times as we’ve had it drilled in our heads that wrestling is a love story, or a war of attrition, it is with only the utmost seriousness that I must add that sometimes wrestling is just bare-assed hi-jinks. If you are reading this, you’ve probably seen at…

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Interview: Jun Akiyama’s Career Speaks for Itself

When I was approached about interviewing a member of the DDT roster of my choice, one name stood out above the others. That’s not a knock on the other wrestlers at DDT, it’s one of the most stacked and talented collections of talent in any promotion in the world. But…

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The Joy of Kazusada Higuchi’s KO-D Openweight Championship Win

I haven’t loved DDT this year. Despite easily being my favorite Japanese promotion of the 2020s, the back half of 2021 and the start of this year exposed several issues with the company’s booking. The back-to-back KO-D Openweight Championship reigns of both Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo failed to produce…

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Imperfect, Broken Down, Occasionally Wonderful: Fanfyte’s Best of the Month, April 2022

While WrestleMania and the surrounding independent shows dominate April discussion most years, plenty of strong stuff comes out in the weeks that follow it. Anyone reading this has likely heard of all the usual suspects from this time — FTR vs. The Young Bucks, Minoru Suzuki vs. Samoa Joe, or…

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Yuji Okabayashi’s Time Limit Draws in the D-Oh Grand Prix: The Good and the Bad

One was good, the other not. It is always a fascinating exercise to see how two different wrestlers utilize time. So rarely do we get as direct a comparison as with Yuji Okabayashi’s two 30-minute time limit draws in the block stages of the DDT D-oh Grand Prix 2021 II.…

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HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi Kicked Off the D-oh Grand Prix with a Bang

For my money, DDT is the best promotion running in Japan today. Their mix of high-level main event wrestling combined with its famous undercard silliness makes it one of the most consistently entertaining promotions in the entire world. Its roster is filled to bursting with some of the most talented…

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