The Celebrity Theater – Phoenix, Arizona – March 26, 2010
We open backstage with Jimmy Jacobs, talking about what happened on the last show with Brian Kendrick, Jon Moxley, and Lacey. Jacobs says since they brought back someone from his past, he’s returned the favor by bringing in Paul London. Having spent a little time around Paul, this promo is pretty much exactly what he’s like.
MATCH #1: Susumu Yokosuka & Genki Horiguchi vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw
Quackenbush and Horiguchi start it off. They take it right down to the mat and trade holds. Quack muscles Horiguchi up off the mat for a bodyslam. The pace quickens and Horiguchi scores with a dropkick and a back elbow in the corner. Quack moves out of the way on the next charge and they wrestle to a standoff. Jigsaw and Yokosuka tag in and the pace quickens again. Bodies are flying in and out of the ring, and since this is under Dragon Gate rules you know tags aren’t necessary. Quack and Jigsaw take control of Horiguchi with various double team maneuvers. Yokosuka and Horiguchi fight back and target Jigsaw’s knee. After several minutes Quack gets the hot tag and unleashes his lame offense. Horiguchi breaks up a cover and then hits Quack with a tornado DDT. He misses a moonsault off the second rope and then Jigsaw comes in and hits a rack bomb for two. Jigsaw goes up top but Yokosuka catches him with an Exploder. Horiguchi hits a brainbuster on him for two. Yokosuka hits Jigsaw with Jumbo no Kachi! Quack comes back in and gets a couple of rollups for two. He hits QD III for a two-count. Meanwhile Horiguchi throws Jigsaw down to the floor, while Yokosuka levels Quack with Jumbo no Kachi! Quack kicks out at two, so Yokosuka follows up with Mugan for the win at 13:35. That was a good fast paced opener. I’m quickly becoming a big Susumu Yokosuka fan.
MATCH #2: YAMATO vs. TJP
YAMATO is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion, but the title is not n the line here. They take it down to the mat and aggressively wrestle to a standoff. They continue awesomely working the mat and wrestle to another standoff. YAMATO offers a handshake and when TJP foolishly accepts it he gets kicked in the gut. No matter as TJP comes back with a flurry and is able to bait YAMATO into jumping to the floor. However, YAMATO is able to sneak around the other side of the ring and dropkick TJP in the knee from behind. That was a nice bit of subterfuge, good word Lenny Leonard. YAMATO viciously goes to work on the knee now. TJP fights back with some European Uppercuts and kicks, but YAMATO catches a kick and swings it into the referee in the ball bag, knocking him down, and then he blatantly kicks TJP in the groin. That was awesome. YAMATO gets a go-behind and TJP returns the favor and kicks him in the groin, so now all three men in the ring are nursing their nuts. The wrestlers get back up and TJP goes to the top rope. YAMATO dropkicks him down, but TJP throws him down and hits a missile dropkick for two. TJP tries a neckbreaker but YAMATO blocks it. YAMATO then goes for the Choke Sleeper but TJP pushes back like Bret Hart for a two-count. They get back up and TJP nails a superkick and a brainbuster for a two-count. TJP then locks on the Figure Four Deathlock and YAMATO reaches the bottom rope. YAMATO comes back with the Ankle Lock and then tries a release German but TJP lands on his feet and gets a rollup for two. The champ comes right back with the Ankle Lock. TJP powers up to his feet and tries an enziguiri but YAMATO ducks and locks him in the Choke Sleeper. YAMATO then turns that into the sleeper suplex. He hits a brainbuster but TJP actually kicks out at two. YAMATO then once again locks on the Choke Sleeper and TJP is forced to tap out at 11:23. Two good matches in a row is a fine way to start a DVD. That was pretty squashy, but since YAMATO just won the Open the Dream Gate Title that’s fine by me.
MATCH #3: Brian Kendrick & Jon Moxley vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Paul London
London is wearing an astronaut suit and generally acting weird. Jacobs looks frustrated with his partner. attacks Kendrick right away and London tries to separate them for some reason. London dumps Moxley to the floor and Kendrick dumps Jacobs, leaving the former WWE Tag Team Champions ready to face off. Unfortunately, Kendrick tags out to Moxley before any contact can be made. London takes the advantage and makes the tag. Jacobs works Moxley over in the corner, and then Moxley just pops out with a back elbow. Moxley hits a falling vertical suplex and London breaks up the cover. Jacobs comes back with jabs and Moxley goes to the eyes and then suplexes Jacobs to the floor and tumbles down with him. With both men out on the floor, London challenges Kendrick to face him. Kendrick refuses so London wrestles an invisible man. Finally Kendrick gets in the ring and London goes to the floor to kick Moxley in the head. London gets on the microphone and cuts a weird promo. He gets back in the ring and finally he and Kendrick hook it up. They go back and forth for a bit and London seems to have the advantage. Moxley distracts London and the referee, allowing Kendrick to hit a collection of low blows to incapacitate London. Now Kendrick and Moxley tag it and out and target London’s arm. After several minutes London makes the hot tag and Jacobs is on fire. He traps Moxley in the End Time, but Kendrick breaks it up with a superkick. Jacobs recovers and hits Kendrick with a Spear. Moxley whips Jacobs into the corner, but Jacobs pops out with a leaping Ace Crusher. London gets in on the action too, hitting Moxley with a missile dropkick. He hits the Mushroom Stomp and then goes after Kendrick. He hits the Dropsault (dropkick to Moxley, moonsault on Kendrick) for a two-count. Kendrick whips London hard to the floor, leaving Jacobs alone against both opponents. Jacobs isn’t afraid though, hitting Kendrick with the Contra Code and rolling right into a headscissors on Moxley. Unfortunately for Jacobs, Kendrick recovers just in time to trap Jacobs in an inside cradle for the quick pin at 13:52.
The brawl continues after the bell, and Jacobs puts Moxley on a table. London looks to go to the top rope, but Kendrick stops him. Kendrick gets on the mic and explains to London how it’s not worth it to hurt himself for these fans. Meanwhile Jacobs and Moxley are brawling on the floor. Then for some reason Teddy Hart makes his way out. Hart hits a springboard moonsault to wipe out both Jacobs and Moxley. Back in the ring London and Kendrick attack Hart, and even when he tries to leave they continue attacking him outside the ring. The match could generously be described as a mess, and the post match made absolutely no sense to me. Let’s just move on.
MATCH #4: Shingo vs. Masato Yoshino
This is a lot of awesome concentrated into one spot. They start off cautiously with some chain wrestling. Yoshino scores with his version of the Tarantula and then goes to work on Shingo’s knee. He then switches it up and goes after the arm, which seems weird since Shingo already has his knee taped. Shingo grabs Yoshino out of the air and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Now Shingo goes to work on the back. After a few minutes Yoshino fights back with a dropkick to the knee and then hits the Sling Blade. Back on their feet Shingo hits a DDT but misses a senton, and Yoshino lands a dropkick to the back. Yoshino goes back to the arm and locks on From Jungle. Shingo escapes and muscles him up with a vertical suplex. They fight up to the top rope and Yoshino takes control of the arm again and goes for Sol Naciente but they’re too close to the ropes and the hold has to be broken. They both go for some big moves and Shingo grabs Yoshino with a Death Valley Bomb and a Pumping Bomber for two. Shingo takes him up top but Yoshino counters him with a super Sling Blade and both men are down. Back on their feet Yoshino locks on From Jungle again but Shingo counters with a powerbomb. Shingo then muscles Yoshino up to the top rope and hits Stay Dream but it only gets two! He goes for a Rack Bomb but Yoshino counters with a crucifix for two. Shingo tries a Pumping Bomber but Yoshino blocks it and hits Ude Yoshino. Yoshino hits Lightning Spiral for another two-count. He hits Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente, then turns it into Sol Naciente Kai and Shingo taps out at 16:05! They started off slowly but picked up nicely down the stretch. It felt like they were holding back a bit though, and at third from the top that was probably the right choice.
MATCH #5: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi
Hulk has been the champion since 11.28.09 and this is his third defense. He’s defeated Susumu Yokosuka and Dragon Kid so far. They take it right down to the mat and wrestle to a standoff. Doi comes back with a headlock but Hulk escapes. Hulk tries a dropkick and Doi swats him away. Ever resilient, the champion comes back and goes to work on Doi. He hits a back heel kick for a two-count. Doi avoids a charge in the corner and hits an elevated neckbreaker. That leaves Hulk in the Tree of Woe, and Doi flattens him with Dai Bosou! Doi follows up with a DDT for two. Hulk comes back with a headlock as the crowd is barely into the match. Doi comes back with a belly-to-back suplex for a two-count. Hulk comes back with a kick to the head, a missile dropkick, and a running cannonball in the corner. He hits a Rock Bottom and a running Shooting Star Press for a two-count. He sweeps the legs and hits a standing corkscrew press for another two-count. The champion maintains control, hitting a springboard spin kick to level Doi for a two-count. Doi comes back with a Saito Suplex and both men are down. Back on their feet Doi hits a Rydeen Bomb for a two-count. Hulk counters Doi 555 and hits a solid superkick for two. He goes up for a Phoenix Splash but misses. Doi comes off with a Bakatare Sliding Kick for a two-count. He goes for the Muscular Bomb but Hulk counters with the FTX for two. Back on their feet they exchange forearms. Hulk hits a lariat, but Doi comes right back with a DDT variation and the Doi 555. Doi hits the Bakatare Sliding Kick but it only gets two. He goes up top and Hulk blasts him with a spin kick to the head and then a series of elbows. Doi fights him off and hits Super Doi 555 but Hulk kicks out at two! He tries the Muscular Bomb but Hulk counters with the FTX. Both men are down. They get up and exchange forearms again and the champ wins that battle with a kick to the chest. Hulk hits EVOP for a two-count. He follows up with H-Thunder to get the pin at 14:00. The crowd was rather subdued throughout that match, and the wrestlers never really got any kind of story going. The action was solid and these guys are both pretty fun to watch, there was just no spark here.
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MATCH #6: The Six Man Tradition Returns – CIMA, Gamma & Dragon Kid vs. Jack Evans & The Young Bucks
CIMA, Gamma, and Dragon Kid are members of the Warriors stable. I get the feeling this is going to be one of those matches that I don’t do a lot of play-by-play on. CIMA and Matt Jackson start the match. They do some quick back and forth and then make tags to Nick Jackson and Gamma. Moments later Evans and Kid tag in. The Warriors take advantage with their superior teamwork, going to work on Evans. After a few minutes Evans pushes Kid back into the corner and now the Bucks take control. This goes on for a few minutes until CIMA spits in Evans’s eyes and reclaims control. After a few minutes Nick gets a hot tag and his team takes control. They knock Warriors to the floor and hit three simultaneous moonsaults off the stage and down to the floor. Evans and Gamma are the first back in the ring, and Gamma hits a powerbomb facebuster for two. Gamma tries to use a kendo stick but the Bucks thwart him and execute some double-teams. CIMA is able to counter both Bucks, and then dropkick Evans out of the air. He hits Evans with the Perfect Driver for a two-count. The match is starting to get too fast for me to call. The Bucks hit Kid with almost More Bang For Your Buck but he got his knees up at the last second. Gamma hits Matt with the Schwein and CIMA follows with Meteora to get the pin at 18:02. Even though I didn’t write that much about the match, I really liked the structure of the match, where the two teams took turns dominating their opponents, leading up to the final minutes of the match that of course got crazy.