A2Z Analysiz – DGUSA United: Philly (Masato Yoshino, PAC, Naruki Doi, Ricochet)
by Jake Ziegler on October 10, 2011

The Asylum Arena – Philadelphia, PA – January 29, 2011

Lenny Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Non-Title Match – YAMATO vs. Brodie Lee

YAMATO is accompanied by Kamikaze-USA leader Jon Moxley, and is fresh off winning the Open the Freedom Gate Championship last night. Moxley starts to cut a promo but a fan jumps into the ring and gets his ass kicked first. Lee is representing Blood Warriors. YAMATO does his best to keep the big trucker down early on, but Lee responds with his impressive power. In fact Lee dominates most of the match but he can’t put YAMATO away. The new Open the Freedom Gate Champion perseveres and hits a German Suplex and then chokes Lee out for the win at 8:54. That was a curious but excellent choice for an opener, as Lee threw what he had at YAMATO, who just weathered the storm and choked the big man out. That’s putting your new champion over strong.
Rating: ***¼

After the match Moxley talks some trash about Homicide, and some more “fans” jump into the ring and get beaten down for their troubles.

Jigsaw Promo

Jigsaw cuts a promo about the concept of the Six Way Freestyle, and promises to win tonight against Sami Callihan, Cheech, AR Fox, Frightmare, and Rexx Reed.

MATCH #2: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Rich Swann

Swann is accompanied by his fellow Ronin members Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano. They trade control back and forth in the early going, even when they spill to the floor. Back in the ring Swann fights back with a tornado DDT for a two-count. Jacobs survives Swann’s onslaught and unleashes some offense of his own. He tries the Contra Code but Swann avoids it so he locks on the End Time! Swann comes back with a rana off the top rope and a standing shooting star press for a two-count. Jacobs hits the springboard ace crusher for two. They fight up top and Jacobs goes for a Super Contra Code but Swann counters it with a sunset flip and Jacobs sits down on him for a two-count. Moments later Jacobs connects with the Contra Code but Swann kicks out. Jacobs sets up for the Spear but Swann kicks him right in the face and then spikes Jacobs on his head with a headscissors. Swann then hits the standing 450 splash to get the pin at 9:15. That was a nice little midcard match. After the bell Ronin brags about the victory and promises more of the same in the tag team title tournament later on.
Rating: **¾

PAC & Yoshino Promo

There’s a lot of gold between this team, as Yoshino is the current Open the Dream Gate Champion and PAC is the current Open the Brave Gate Champion. PAC does the talking, and says he and Yoshino will become the first-ever Open the United Gate Champions.

MATCH #3: Six Way Freestyle – Jigsaw vs. Sami Callihan vs. Cheech Hernandez vs. AR Fox vs. Frightmare vs. Rexx Reed

Jigsaw has staked his claim to victory so he has the most to lose. As you would expect this is the usual collection of spots and it’s fast and furious from the get-go. Everyone gets a chance to hit some moves but Callihan hits the big one, a diving forearm on Fox to get the pin at 9:22. That was no better or worse than most of the Six Way Freestyle matches. I don’t much care for Callihan.
Rating: **¼

Ricochet & Doi Promo

Ricochet challenges PAC’s viewpoint that he’s the best highflyer in the world; obviously he thinks he is the best. He says they’re going to win the titles tomorrow night.

MATCH #4: Austin Aries vs. Akira Tozawa

Tozawa is accompanied by Jon Moxley, who cuts a quick promo before the match. Aries has a retort, and introduces Reby Sky as his valet for the evening. Tozawa and Aries seem pretty evenly matched early on, exchanging moves and holds. Aries takes a quick powder to dance with Sky. Moments later Tozawa tries to match Aries’ antics with Moxley, but it doesn’t quite work the same. Back in the ring Aries takes control. They continue to go back and forth with each other, neither man backing down from the other. Late in the match Aries hits the IED and the Brainbuster but Tozawa kicks out! Aries goes up top and Moxley shoves him off the ropes so Sky comes over and hits him in the nuts. Sky then gets up on the apron to peddle her wares to Tozawa. It doesn’t quite work, as after a series of reversals Tozawa hits Aries with a bridging straightjacket suplex to get the pin at 14:27. That’s definitely a surprising result, as it appeared the interference would benefit Aries but Tozawa just rolled with it. The match was a great deal of fun, as Tozawa continues to be one of my favorite guys to watch in all of Dragon Gate USA.
Rating: ***½

Jimmy Jacobs Promo

Backstage, Jacobs is upset that he started this weekend 0-2. He says that life isn’t a fairy tale, he’s still looking forward, and tomorrow is another day.

WWN Live Ad

WWN Live is the new home of iPPV for Dragon Gate USA, Evolve Wrestling, and Full Impact Pro. Remember when FIP still ran shows and had a champion and stuff?

MATCH #5: No Disqualification – BxB Hulk vs. Jon Moxley

Hulk charges right at Moxley and the fight is on. They battle around ringside, with Hulk mostly in control. Back in the ring Moxley uses a lariat and a DDT to take control. Moments later he hits a back body drop and Hulk lands awkwardly, causing the fans to chant “You Killed BxB!” Hulk survives that near-death experience and they continue to fight back and forth. Akira Tozawa interferes pretty liberally in the match, but since it’s no-DQ there’s nothing referee Jason Harding can do about it. Tozawa runs into the ring and Hulk throws him out, then drills Moxley with First Flash to get the win at 8:04. That was surprisingly short but it was fun while it lasted.
Rating: **½

Sami Callihan Promo

I really dislike the fake intensity that Callihan tries to conjure up during his promos. The laughing, the screaming, and the repeating himself, it’s just not doing it for me.

MATCH #6: Open the United Gate Championship Round Robin Tournament Match – CIMA & Dragon Kid vs. Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor

Has anyone ever noticed how Johnny Gargano bears a striking resemblance to Alex Shelley? Just check out the way he moves and everything, it’s kind of startling. Gargano and Taylor are accompanied by Rich Swann, and they currently have 2 points. Kid and CIMA are accompanied by fellow Blood Warriors Ricochet, Naruki Doi, and Brodie Lee, and they have 0 points. Taylor and Kid start the match. They go back and forth a bit, and Taylor goes out of his way to show that he’s playing by the rules, which just angers CIMA. Ronin isolates on Kid when they’re on offense, and the Blood Warriors focus on Gargano. The referee has some trouble keeping control of the action, and the crowd loves it. I like how the focus is on CIMA and Taylor, which gives the match an undercurrent of hatred that helps make it mean something even more than being part of this awesome tournament. Near the end, Taylor and Kid get knocked out of the ring, leaving CIMA and Gargano. CIMA goes for Meteora but Gargano moves and hits him with the Hurts Donut. Gargano then locks on a new submission move, the Gargano Escape (which looks a lot like the Border City Stretch). Taylor keeps Kid at bay at CIMA is forced to tap out at 19:25! That would have to be considered another upset. That match just got better and better as it went along and CIMA made both Taylor and Gargano look like a million bucks.
Rating: ****

After the match Taylor gets on the microphone and gloats some more. CIMA responds by calling the fans stupid, and Brodie Lee echoes those sentimonies. I guess Blood Warriors are heels now. CIMA calls them young boys and the blood Warriors attack!

MATCH #7: Open the United Gate Championship Round Robin Tournament Match – Masato Yoshino & PAC vs. Naruki Doi & Ricochet

Doi and Ricochet have 0 points, but they are accompanied by fellow Blood Warriors CIMA, Dragon Kid, and Brodie Lee. Yoshino and PAC have two points and represent World-1. PAC is the Open the Brave Gate Champion, and Yoshino is the Open the Dream Gate Champion. Call me crazy, but I feel like this is going to be awesome. The biggest underlying story in this one is PAC and Ricochet both claiming to be the best high-flyer in the world and wanting to prove it to everyone. That’s simple, but effective. Also, the former Speed Muscle team is now on opposing sides, so that should get interesting It doesn’t take long for the PAC and Ricochet to tag in and the crowd is excited to see it. Ricochet knocks PAC to the floor and lands the first big dive of the match. The Blood Warriors use some interference to take control of Yoshino, but the World-1 duo quickly comes back and goes to work on Doi. After control shifts back and forth a few times, the Blood Warriors once again interfere from the outside to take advantage of Yoshino. It doesn’t last too long before Yoshino comes back with the Sling Blade and tags PAC, who immediately drills Doi with a springboard missile dropkick and then wipes Kid out with an amazing corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring PAC works on Doi but can’t put him away. Yoshino and Ricochet tag in, and Ricochet won’t let PAC upstage him in the aerial department. Referee Bryce Remsburg loses control and guys are flying all over the place. Doi hits Yoshino with Doi 555 and Yoshino fights right back with the Lightning Spiral and both men are down. PAC goes up top and hits a 450 headbutt on Ricochet and then wipes Doi out with a dive to the floor. Yoshino hits Ricochet with Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente and Ricochet taps out at 19:43! That will give us a final of Gargano and Taylor versus PAC and Yoshino tomorrow night in Union City, New Jersey. As one might have thought, that match was absolutely awesome, with great action from everybody. I love this entire tournament so far.
Rating: ****¼

Blood Warriors try to attack after the match but PAC runs them off. PAC then promises to win the tag team titles tomorrow, and then Yoshino thanks everyone for coming and says they will be back.


United: Philly Highlight Package

This is the standard five-minute highlight reel package. They usually do a good job with these.

Ronin Promo Video

This is about three minutes of Ronin just sitting around being Ronin. I love the personality dynamic of these three guys.

BONUS MATCH: FRAY! Featuring Chris Dickinson vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Dave Cole vs. Oberyian vs. Jonny Mangue vs. RV1 vs. Chase Burnette vs. Ryan Eagles vs. Alex Colon

Burnette is the first man to enter, followed by Oberyian. I have no idea who most of these guys are, except Dickinson and Sanchez. Burnette and Oberyian go back and forth a bit and Cole is the third man out. He shows off some power and controls the action. Sanchez is next up, and the crowd seems excited to see him. Meanwhile Oberyian eliminates Burnette with a DDT off the top rope at 3:22. The action continues at a fast pace and Sanchez eliminates Cole with a leaping capture DDT at 4:34. Colon enters the match now. Oberyian is next to go, as Sanchez hits him with a Whoopee Cushion to get the pin at 5:07. Eagles is the next man out. He’s from Australia, and is apparently related to SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles. He dominates until Mangue comes out. Mangue immediately hits Eagles with a diving elbow strike to eliminate him at 8:11. Dickinson is out next. He drills Mangue with a kick to the face to eliminate him at 9:57. Sanchez reverses a Colon suplex attempt into a victory roll to eliminate him at 10:26. RV1 is the final entrant in the Fray. He doesn’t last too long before Dickinson traps him in a choke and eliminates him at 11:28. Dickinson unloads with kicks on the tired Sanchez. They awkwardly go for who knows what and the crowd doesn’t give them too hard of a time. Sanchez unloads with some strikes of his own. Dickinson comes back with a pumphandle slam to get the win at 13:52. Only Sanchez and Dickinson stood out, the rest were completely unmemorable and this was a bit sloppy.
Rating: *¾

The Pulse: Once again the Open the United Gate Title tournament puts an exclamation point on the show, as the last two matches were absolutely tremendous. The undercard boasted some really fun action as well. I mean with guys like YAMATO, Austin Aries, Jimmy Jacobs, Akira Tozawa, Jon Moxley, and BxB Hulk on your undercard backing up terrific tag team main events, how can you go wrong? You can (and should) purchase this show at the DGUSA Store.

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