In the main event of DDT’s biggest event of the year, Wrestle Peter Pan 2021, Konosuke Takeshita was able to dethrone arch-rival Jun Akiyama to claim the KO-D Openweight title for the fifth time in his career. This was a highly emotional moment for the new champ as in the pair’s previous two singles collisions Takeshita had been unable to defeat Akiyama.
Immediately following the match Takeshita has this to say:
Now that I’ve won the belt from you, I will defend it with my life, become a bigger wrestler, and one day I will defend against you with me as champ this time.
Leaving the ringside area, Akiyama vowed to get Takeshita back, so it certainly appears that though Akiyama lost this battle, the war is yet to be decided between the two rivals.
Following the match, Chris Brookes came to the ring to congratulate the new champion on his victory but also laid down a challenge for Takeshita’s newly won crown. It was announced that the pair would face off at Korakuen Hall on the 26th of September in what looks to be Takeshita’s first defence.
By virtue of Takeshita’s win, he also becomes a double champion. He also is a co-holder of the KO-D Tag Team titles alongside fellow 37KAMIINA member Shunma Katsumata.
Elsewhere on the Wrestle Peter Pan 2021 card, we had another title change when Takeshita’s stablemate Yuki Ueno was unsuccessful in his seventh defence against DAMNATION’s Daisuke Sasaki.
Ueno whilst only the fourth champion in the Universal title’s history holds the distinction of holding the belt for the longest time period, as well as the greatest number of successful defences.
This is Sasaki’s first reign with the belt.
The show also saw a wild Electric Current Explosion 8-Man Tag Team Deathmatch to get the show rolling, the winning side featured Maki Itoh & Atsushi Onita teaming once more, along with DDT President Sanshiro Takagi and Akito. They defeated TJPW International Princess champion Hikari Noa, who had been gunning for President Takagi for some time now, as well as Kuro-chan, Super Sasadango Machine and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. Despite Noa’s loss, she was able to get her licks in on Takagi with one of the exploding bats featured in the match.
Full Wrestle Peter Pan 2021 Results:
KO-D Heavyweight Title
Konosuke Takeshita submitted Jun Akiyama (c) – New Champion
DDT Universal Title
Daisuke Sasaki submitted Yuki Ueno (c) – New Champion
KO-D Six Man Tag Team Championships
Damnation (Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao and Yuji Hino) (c) beat Eruption (Kazusada Higuchi, Yukio Sakaguchi and Saki Akai)
Special Hardcore Tag Team Match
Chris Brookes and Jun Kasai defeated The37Kamiina (Shunma Katsumata and Mao)
Antonio Honda, Daisuke Kiso & Toru Owashi defeat Danshoku Dino, Kazuki Hirata & Yukinori Matsui
Antonio Honda vs. Toru Owashi – No Contest
Danshoku Dino vs. Kazuki Hirata – No Contest
Double Ring Double Singles Match
Danshoku Dino pins Kazuki Hirata
Toru Owashi pins Antonio Honda
Disaster Box (Harashima and Naomi Yoshimura), Yusuke Okada, Raimu Imai and El Unicorn defeat Yuji Okabayashi, Tamura, Mizuki Watase, Yuki Iino and Ilusion
Electric Current Explosion 8-Man Tag Team Deathmatch
Akito, Atsushi Onita, Maki Ito & Sanshiro Takagi defeat Hikari Noa, Kuro-chan, Super Sasadango Machine & Tetsuhiro Kuroda
Yukio Naya and Keigo Nakamura defeat Hideki Okatani and Yuya Koroku
With thanks to DDT/TJPW English Update (D/TEU) for the translations.