DDT Star Konosuke Takeshita Makes AEW Debut

Takeshita Makes AEW Debut

On Friday night at AEW’s first untelevised house show, The House Always Wins, Kenny Omega‘s squad with The Young Bucks and Michael Nakazawa was joined by a debuting fifth member in Konosuke Takeshita, one of the top stars of Dramatic Dream Team (DDT Pro) in Japan since he debuted in 2012. DDT announced at the end of March that Takeshita was taking the month of April off from the promotion, and it now appears that he has come in to possibly work a few weeks with AEW (or at least a few tapings), much like AEW has done with the likes of Maki Itoh and Ryo Mizunami.

At only 25 years old, Konosuke Takeshita is one of the bright young stars of DDT Pro and one pegged to be one of the company’s future Aces. He’s already a 4x K-OD Openweight Champion in DDT Pro, and a 3x K-OD Tag Team Champion, most famously as part of Happy Motel with Tetsuya Endo. Takeshita actually has a long history with Kenny Omega, stemming back to Omega’s pre-New Japan run with DDT, and usually as opponents. They first faced off in singles action at DDT Who’s Gonna Top? in September of 2012 (when Takeshita was just a teenager) and in 2014, Happy Motel had a feud over the K-OD Tag Team titles against Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi). Takeshita has also had a history with Michael Nakazawa in DDT as far back as 2013. It also marks Takeshita’s first match on US soil since WrestleMania Week in 2019, where he came for the DDT showcase DDT Is Coming To America in New York City, followed by matches at EVOLVE Wrestling EVOLVE 125 and at Kaiju Big Battel‘s Wrap It Up Party that same week. It will be interesting to see if Takeshita remains aligned with Omega on television and/or in what capacity and if he has any other potential US indie dates before he returns to Japan and DDT in May.

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