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The Best Butts in Professional Wrestling

“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” – Beyonce Knowles “Booty, booty, booty, booty, rockin’ everywhere!” – Bubba Sparxx “Whatcha gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?” – Will.I.Am, or maybe the other guy ASS. Everyone can appreciate dat azz. It’s universal. Big ones,…

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DDT’s Jun Akiyama and Yoshihiko Are an Iconic Duo

When Jun Akiyama arrived in DDT in 2020, it was with the express purpose of passing on his knowledge to a new generation of professional wrestlers. As a guest coach, Akiyama sought to bring the teachings of Giant Baba to DDT. Really, few other wrestlers are quite as capable as…

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DDT Pro-Wrestling’s Tokyo Dome Cup Was 2021’s Best Match

As a professional wrestling company, DDT has long since transcended the a reputation built on quietly traded .avi files and hastily summarized show results. Though the company has always maintained a steady amount of buzz online and in Japan, it’s within the last three years that it has taken off…

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FanFyte’s Best of the Month: September 2021

September was full of bangers. Don’t believe us? Take a look at AEW: in one month they had Jungle Boy vs. Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega, Miro vs. Eddie Kingston, CM Punk vs. Darby Allin, and The Young Bucks vs. the Lucha Brothers, to name the matches we…

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A Perpetual State of Undress: Tetsuya In the Naked Reviewed

In early July 2020, a brief respite from the despair and mundanity of pandemic life came in the form of a tweet from Daisuke Sasaki. The idiosyncratically but fervently supportive leader (?) of DDT Pro-Wrestling’s DAMNATION faction was considering the production of a nude Tetsuya Endo photobook—to help the unit’s…

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Ranking 2020’s Wrestling Merch Offerings (Based on How Much I Want It)

Wow, the holidays are here again. As much as I do not want to admit that because it means I have to acknowledge the passage of time and the entire year I have lost, it’s December. That means it’s time for some people to buy presents to give to other…

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Q&A with Wrestler and Nobody Show Mastermind Miyako Matsumoto

Last April, DDT’s esteemed promoter, wrestler, and van target Sanshiro Takagi issued a challenge to his colleague, Miyako Matsumoto: produce a wrestling show that featured no people at all. Not just no audience, but no announcers, no ref, and no wrestlers.  In both concept and commissioning, this was an inspired…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into DDT

Recent converts can be the most zealous, and this is exactly how I am about Dramatic Dream Team. I’ve been aware of DDT for ages. If you hang out with art nerds who are into wrestling, the name’s bound to come up eventually. But I’ve only been subscribing to their…

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No Wrestling Company Was As Ready for Coronavirus as DDT

In the distant past of a few weeks ago, when things like sports and being able to engage in the outside world still existed in many parts of the globe, Japanese wrestling promotions like NJPW and DDT started cancelling their first wave of shows in response to the COVID-19 situation.…

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ICYMI: The Best Wrestling You Didn’t Watch in February

Another month of wrestling has come and gone. Did you see all of it? Of course you didn’t, unless you’re like…some kind of time-bending super entity who has for some reason decided to use your powers to keep up with professional wrestling. Fanfyte checked in with our smartest experts on…

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In Memoriam: That Time Daisuke Sasaki Had A Sword

On January 26, 2020, DDT’s silken-haired agent of chaos, Daisuke “Charisma” Sasaki, had an epiphany. The Damnation leader was one of three wrestlers who secured an Anytime/Anywhere gauntlet over the course of the Anytime/Anywhere Delayed Entry Battle Royale match at DDT’s Sweet Dreams! that night. He was given one of…

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What Wrestling Should You Watch This Week (2/10/20)

Monday 2/10: All Japan Pro Wrestling (Streams live at 9:30 PM EST on AJPW.TV) Far and away the biggest story in All Japan in recent years has been ace and current Triple Crown Champion Kento Miyahara, who is currently the 500th day of his fourth reign with the title. Beginning…

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ICYMI: The Best Wrestling You Didn’t Watch in January

January was a big month for wrestling—bookended by Wrestle Kingdom and the Royal Rumble, there was a ton of good stuff to see. You’ve probably seen a lot of it? Some of it? A little of it? But there’s even more that you didn’t, because even when your full-time job…

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Mergers, Weird Jokes and Racism: January’s Pro Wrestling News Roundup

Professional wrestling can be completely consuming—it’s both beautiful and intimidating in that way. There’s more hours of wrestling content being produced around the world each week than there actually are hours each week and when we get hyper-intoxicated by it, it’s easy to spend every extra second we have reading…

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2019 in Wrestling: The Universal Comedy of a DDT Campsite Match

DDT Pro Wrestling is an independent Japanese promotion famous for high concept matches and providing audiences with unique wrestling experiences. Maybe you’re already a fan. Maybe you’ve only ever seen clips from that time Kota Ibushi wrestled a blow-up doll or Minoru Suzuki wrestled in the middle of an empty Tokyo Dome. The company…

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2019 in Wrestling: Antonio Honda is Wrestler of the Year

On February 16 this year, Antonio Honda headlined Ryogoku Sumo Hall for the first time. He faced DJ Nilla in the hilarious but surprisingly emotional conclusion to Musclemania 2019, a sprawling four hour epic from the (in)famously unorthodox DDT’s most galaxy-brained offshoot of all. In a PowerPoint presentation before the…

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FanFyte’s Best of the Week 11/1/19-11/7/19

Mer: Jay White Turns Face If you want people to like you, just dunk on Will Ospreay. It worked for me on Twitter, and it worked for Jay White this week at the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 press conference. Despite having one of the worst beard and hair combos of…

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