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Maki Itoh, Super Delfin, Chris Brookes vs. Keigo Nakamura, MAO, Mirai Maiumi
February 14, 2021

Reviewed by Chris Samsa (@TheChrisSamsa)

Gifted by Ewan C (@ewanwcx)

I agreed to participate in Secret Santa last year, but never reviewed my match (I’m sorry Andrew Rich), and now I’m sort of late to this year’s party so I guess this is what I get. A DDT multi-person match.

I don’t often watch DDT, as evidenced by my ability to visually identify just two of the six wrestlers in this match (Chris Brookes and Maki Itoh), but here we go. The setup looks good, nice up lighting and a solid crowd. Itoh is in there to start. I recognize her from… well, the internet. I don’t really know why these two groups are wrestling, but in the first couple of minutes, this seems like a standard multi-person match. Ope, now Brookes is in there with Nakamura. I don’t know anything about Nakamura, but he doesn’t scream “main eventer” to me. Okay, now we’re all cooperating, an interwoven five-person hold, and little Maki Itoh tries to pin all three of her competitors. I question the legality of this strategy. Oh, now Super Delfin accidentally hits Maki Itoh twice. Are we doing a “Can they co-exist?!” thing? ..We are.

Super Delfin did some arm breakers where everyone’s arm bends the natural direction. That doesn’t look painful at all, and Nakamura snuck Itoh’s arm into the mix. She is, rightfully, very upset. Now we’re 3-on-1 with Itoh and she did a nice swinging DDT reversal out of it.

From here on in, it’s a parade of multi-person spots until a series of “bowling pin” spots where everyone stands on the outside and waits to catch someone. MAO was the most impressive here, jumping to the top rope and doing the most effective looking dive of the bunch. I missed the point where MAO and Mirai Maiumi got knocked out, but the Itoh-Delfin-Brookes trio isolated Nakamura until he’s in the Delfin clutch and MAO and Maiumi interfere only to be immediately disposed so Maki Itoh can do a diving headbutt to the stomach for the pin.

I prefer my wrestling to be more hard-hitting and occasionally stiff, so there wasn’t much for me in this match, but I guess I can understand why people would enjoy it. It’s easy to watch and pick up on, and if the comedy side of this hits your funny bone, this is for you. MAO and Brookes are guys I wish I could see more of. I truly don’t mind some good comedy in wrestling, but I have a tough time getting past DDT’s particular brand of humor to get into anything the promotion does. In regards to DDT, it’s probably a shame that I’m not someone who is able to cherry-pick matches and enjoy them in a vacuum because my understanding is that they pump out gems occasionally. This wasn’t one of them.

Anyone could have sent this, but I’ll guess Kelly Harrass. Either way, thanks for trying, Secret Santa.