Wrestling / Dramatic Dream Team

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Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) is a Japanese independent wrestling promotion founded in 1997 by Sanshiro Takagi. DDT's style is a unique blend of puroresu, sports entertainment, and comedy. In many respects, DDT is a parody of American professional wrestling, with many over-the-top gimmicks and sometimes bizarre match types.

It was an affiliate of the Global Pro Wrestling Alliance, which also included Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling NOAH and Pro Wrestling Zero 1. That Other Wiki has more info on DDT.

"Dramatic Dream Tropes":

  • A Load of Bull: Bull Armor TAKUYA
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Akira Tozawa got so fed up with Danshoku Dino, he tried to out gay him...he failed but Dino was thrown off his game for a little bit.
  • Aloha Hawaii: They presented nWo send ups, the aloha World order, made up of Japanese natives dressing up as Hawaiians.
  • The Ace: HARASHIMA is known as "King Of The Indies" as was the ace of DDT for a long while.
  • Badass Bystander: A random photographer won the Ironman Heavymetal Weight Championship by hitting Aja Kong with a hammer while she was coming out for a match. After the match, she tracked him down and gave him a uraken.
  • Banana Peel: Super Sasadango Machine wore one on his head to counter Kazushi Sakuraba's double face stomp finishing move.
  • Battle Strip: Danshoku Dino and Michael Nakazawa wore multiple thongs, which they continually stripped off during a match, almost to the point of them getting naked.
  • Bearded Lady: Subverted, Ladybeard is actually a man.
  • Comedic Spanking: HARASHIMA spanked Kota Ibushi for attempting climb up the ropes for a moonsault during HARASHIMA's open weight title defense.
  • Camp Gay: Danshoku Dino
  • Captain Ersatz: The IMGP to the International Wrestling Grand Prix, IWGP, the governing body who sanction most of New Japan's title defenses. There is even an IMGP World Heavyweight Title.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Kota Ibushi due to a dual priority contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • Cool Mask: Subverted by Kazushi Sakuraba's, as he can't see through it and risks running into things or falling off the stage during his entrance.
  • Crossover
  • Death from Above: Buenos Aires Gozen Reiji, the finishing move of the Argentine sumo wrestler Hoshitango Imachi.
  • Exact Words: The DDT have a variant on the Ladder Match where a wrestler has to fight against an actual ladder. The result is less a display of wrestling power than talent at mime. And since anyone (or anything) can hold the title, the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship has been held by three different ladders. And by the title belt itself.
  • Expy
    • Sanshiro Takagi himself is an Expy of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, right down to having the same glass shattering sound that begins his entrance music.
    • Hiroshi Fukuda is an expy to Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, with added elements of All American Face thrown in, such as wearing a stars and stripes jacket(that's a little too small for him).
  • Fan Disservice: Suguru Miyatake and Takayuki Ueki bra and panty from bubble match, unless two hairy guys in that situation is your thing.
  • Fighting with Chucks: A trademark of KUDO.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: This is the promotion that installed a "Gay Anal World Title" in 2005 and promoted it in some way shape or form for four years after all.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: They used the defunct Universal Wrestling Association's World trios title belts until 2010.
  • Funny Foreigner: Kenny Omega, the Canadian Cartoon Character, Ladybeard, the male Australian Pinup Model.
  • Garbage Wrestler: Generally those who compete for the DDT Extreme Title belt.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Golden☆Lovers Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi call their finishing move the "Golden Shower".
  • Gimmick Matches
    • No rope escape match, no grappling allowed match, two count pin to win match, give up only, super TLC match (they fight for a tote bag)
    • A rumbles rules match sees the gimmick of the match change multiple times as it goes on.
    • DDT Ryogoku Peter Pan 2011 saw Danshoku Dino take on Bob Sapp in a "30 3 Minute Rounds with Alternating Bob Rules & Gay Rules" match.
  • Gorgeous George: Gorgeous Matsuno is an expy of the trope namer
  • Groin Attack: In a now-infamous spot, Danshoku Dino tried to grab Joey Ryan's…well, you know. Only, to his shock and horror, Dato soon found that he had made a grave mistake, and Ryan judo flipped Dato with his genitals.
  • Handshake Refusal: HARASHIMA refused to shake Kota Ibushi's hand after losing the Open Weight title to him, leading to Ibushi to follow HARASHIMA trying to get a hand shake and HARASHIMA punching Ibushi's palm.
  • I Have Many Names: Sanshiro Takagi is also known as Doku Mamushi Sanshiro,Sanshiro Miyamoto, "Stone Cold" Steve Sanshiro, Mr. Strawberry, Italian Warrior, Francoise*Takagi, Sanshiro Takagi Binsebun, Tadashi Kimala, Sazae, Brassière Chono, Great Slave #643, Sexy X, S. Hansen, Takagi Genjin, New Keizo Matsuda and Narita Nagachika. Whew.
  • I Have the High Ground: Special mention goes to Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega's synchronized 450 splashes from the same turnbuckle.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Kenny Omega loves Japan, took up residence and doesn't even consider himself an outsider.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Cherry is sometimes billed as Che Li
  • Jobber: There is even a title for them, The King Of Dark Championship belt, which is retained by being defeated. And, as the name implies, it is "defended" in dark matches, meaning a good deal of the audience doesn't even know it exists! This too has obscure roots in American wrestling, specifically a "hot potato" title belt from Chicago.
  • Masked Luchador: El Generico, the generic luchador.
  • Mummy: Mecha Mummy
  • New Year Has Come: The New Year's Gift Special...specials, they celebrate it
  • Older Than They Look: In a case of Dawson Casting that was played for laughs, Cherry was billed as 18 when she debuted at age 30. That said, she did look much younger than most people her age.
  • Olive Garden: The Italian Four Horsemen, who went through several different incarnations to both mirror the various versions of The Four Horsemen and to squeeze in as many Italian stereotypes as possible.
  • Power Stable: Akebono Army, Yoshiko Army, Nakazawa's Army, Danshoku Dino's Army
  • Power Trio: The KO-D Six Man Championship contenders
  • Repetitive Name: The Omori Dream Fair World Omori Title
  • Revival: In 2013, DDT revived an earlier nineties Puroresu promotion called Union Pro by creating two titles for it. DDT, however, promoted UPW as a Joshi(all women) fed when it actually started running shows until retiring that and just making them part of it's own.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: The Ironman Heavymetalweight Title, a Parody of the WWE Hardcore Title's "24/7 Rules," has changed hands this way.
  • She Is the King: The letters KO-D stand for King Of DDT, which most of the main titles are labeled but AJA Kong held one of the 6-Man Tag Team title belts as part of Team Homo sapiens with Danshoku Dino and Makoto Oishi.
  • Shout-Out: The stable of Danshoku Dino, Masa Takanashi, Hikaru Sato and Keisuke Ishii, Belt Hunter × Hunter.
  • Slow Motion
    • Those who participate in a "Silence Match" where making loud noises draws a disqualification, will often end up fighting in slow motion in an effort to keep quiet.
    • The final of the Kazushi Sakuraba vs Super Sasadango Machine match at Saitama Super DDT 2015 was live action slow motion, with dimmed lights, and narration coming off the big screen. When the special effects cut off they went back to regular speed and Machine lost quickly.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is sometimes written as D2T
  • Start My Own
    • "Jet" Shogo's JET World Title in 2006. It has had a bit of staying power and been won by a few people.
    • Danshiko Dino's "Umemura Personal Computer School World Copy and Paste Title", which hasn't.
  • Tournament Arc: DDT48 and King of DDT are two of their big annual events.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Hoshitango Imachi, a Jewish Argentine sumo wrestler. It wasn't just a gimmick, it was true.
  • Unrelated Brothers: Brazo de Gotha has no known relations to the Brazo family or Shadito Cruz.
  • Wholesome Cross Dresser: Rookies Shun Miyatake and Hiroshi Fukuda were made to dress like women and dance to entrances of Kazuki Hirata and Magnum HIRATA.
  • Widget Series: What happens when this trope is applied to wrestling.
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