The Presidential Ballroom – Atlanta, Georgia – April 3, 2011
Lenny Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary.
PAC & Yoshino Promo
PAC says that the Blood Warriors have their attention, and promises to retain the titles tonight. Yoshino adds something in Japanese.
CIMA & Doi Promo
My two favorite Blood Warriors say in Broken English that they will take the Open the United Gate Titles tonight, and that they are Number One!
MATCH #1: Johnny Gargano vs. Jimmy Rave
They take it down to the mat and exchange holds early on. Gargano takes early control and works Rave over. He hits a neckbreaker for two and a slingshot press for a one-count. Rave fights back with a hard clothesline and assumes control. He takes Gargano down and doggedly hangs on to the Japanese Stranglehold. Eventually Gargano fights out of it and hits the Slingshot Spear to reclaim control. They spill to the floor, where Gargano delivers a dive through the ropes and a somersault off the apron to wipe Rave out. Up on the apron Rave ducks a clothesline and hits an STO. Back in the ring Rave hits another STO for a two-count. Rave hits a superplex but again only gets two. He goes for the running knee but Gargano avoids it and tries the Gargano Escape but Rave escapes. Ha! Rave then locks on a Crossface and Gargano rolls through that, and then both men clothesline each other. Back on their feet they trade strikes. Gargano blasts Rave with an enziguiri and then hits the Lawn Dart, a superkick, and an Asai Roll of the Dice for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Rave hitting a DDT and the running knee strike but Gargano kicks out at two. Gargano comes back with a Release German Suplex, a Superkick, and the Hurts Donut for a two-count. He rolls that into the Gargano Escape and this time Rave taps out at 16:32. That was paced nicely for how long it was, and Gargano going over clean with his new submission is the way to go here. Good opener.
Kamikaze USA Promo
Jon Moxley, YAMATO, and Trina Michaels are backstage bragging about how they took out Austin Aries last night, and that tonight they will take out Akira Tozawa.
MATCH #2: Six Way Freestyle – Sami Callihan vs. Arik Cannon vs. AR Fox vs. Rich Swann vs. Lince Dorado vs. Silas Young
Cannon and Dorado start the match with some chain wrestling. They go back and forth a bit and then give way to Young and Swann, who trade chops. Callihan and Fox are the next two to go at it. That doesn’t last long as guys keep trading places and the action is hard to keep up with. Young hits Dorado with the Finlay Roll and the Peegee Waja Plunge but Callihan breaks up the pin. Swann and Fox get a chance to trade aerial maneuvers, and Dorado gets in on that as well. The parade of dives to the floor begins and everyone gets wiped out on the floor except Fox, who finishes the job with a springboard 450 onto everyone. Dorado is first up and he hits a corkscrew moonsault off the top rope onto all five of his opponents. Callihan and Cannon roll back in the ring first and they trade forearm shots. Dorado and Swann rejoin the fray but quickly get taken out by Callihan and Cannon, so that they can once again go back to hitting each other really hard. Fox tries to break them up but he gets knocked out for his troubles. Young gets taken out as well, and then instead of fighting each other again, Callihan and Cannon bail on the match and head to the back together. Dorado and Swann are first two up back in the ring. They go back and forth until Swann hits the Standing 450 Splash to get the pin at 9:59. I kind of like the deal with Cannon and Callihan taking everybody out so they could fight each other, but aside from that there wasn’t much about this that was memorable. It was solid though.
Freedom Fight 2010
Back on October 30, 2010, DGUSA presented Freedom Fight 2010 from Rahway, New Jersey. Masato Yoshino and YAMATO had a great match in the main event, and the rest of the show is pretty good too, and you can purchase this show right here.
MATCH #3: Brodie Lee vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa
I don’t see this one lasting too long. Lee is accompanied by fellow Blood Warriors CIMA, Naruki Doi, and Ricochet. Ichikawa takes the fight right to his much larger opponent, and challenges him to shoulderblock him. That proves costly, as Lee drives him hard into the mat, and then hitting a bodyslam. Ichikawa comes back with a 404 but Lee easily kicks out of that. Lee straight punches Ichikawa in the face for two. He shines his boot and delivers a Running Yakuza Kick, and follows with the Truck Stop to get the pin at 2:09. That was about the right length.
Ronin makes their way out, rapping their entrance music and everything, and that offends the Big Rig, so he calls out Chuck Taylor for an impromptu match.
MATCH #4: Chuck Taylor vs. Brodie Lee
Taylor attacks before the bell and it’s a big brawl to start. He knocks Lee to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. The crowd is definitely behind the Kentucky Gentleman in this one. Back in the ring Ricochet grabs Taylor’s leg to give Lee the advantage. Lee knocks Taylor to the floor and continues wearing him down. Unfortunately Taylor ducks a chop and Lee’s hand makes contact with the steel. Even so Lee is able to grab Taylor and drop him on the guardrail. Back in the ring Lee goes back to work. Lee even punches with the hand that hit the ring post. Well what was the point of that spot then? Lee misses a running boot in the corner and crashes to the floor. Taylor hits Lee with a moonsault off the apron and both men are down. Back in the ring Taylor hits a springboard dropkick and a running boot in the corner. Taylor hits a leaping DDT for a two-count. He then runs right into the Truck Stop but Taylor kicks out at two! Lee hits a couple of running boots to the face in the corner and a suplex. He follows with a big clothesline for two. Taylor escapes a powerbomb and hits Sole Food, a superkick, a uranage slam, and a quebrada for a two-count. He goes up top but Lee joins him and hits a super butterfly suplex. Lee hits a big boot to the face and a sit-out powerbomb to get the pin at 6:48. The finish seemed a bit abrupt, but that was otherwise rock-solid back and forth action. Lee looks like a monster.
MATCH #5: Open the United Gate Title Match – PAC & Masato Yoshino vs. CIMA & Naruki Doi
CIMA calls out the champions to come out and start their match right now. PAC and Yoshino have been the champions since 1.30.11 and this is their first defense. They represent World-1. CIMA is one member of the Open the Triangle Gate Champions, while PAC is the Open the Brave Gate Champion and Yoshino is the Open the Dream Gate Champion. The two with capitalized names start the match with some chain wrestling. PAC uses his speed advantage to deliver a solid dropkick to CIMA, and then tags are made. The former Speed Muscle teammates waste no time in quickening the pace of the match. These guys are ridiculous. Doi takes the first real advantage and slows things down, trying to keep Yoshino grounded. That doesn’t work and PAC tags in. Doi fights back and dropkicks PAC in the leg, and now the challengers wisely target the injured limb. The champs respond by working CIMA’s arm. The momentum shifts back and forth multiple times, with neither team gaining a sustained advantage. Pretty much right after I type that, the Blood Warriors duo takes control on PAC for several minutes in their corner. CIMA and Doi get a little overconfident, allowing PAC to make the comeback and the hot tag. Yoshino is on fire, countering all of CIMA’s offensive attempts. He wipes CIMA out with a dive on the floor, leaving PAC and Doi to do battle in the ring. The action continues at a frenetic pace, with lots of submission holds and pin attempts. Referee Jason Harding has completely lost control. World-1 takes control and dumps CIMA to the floor so they can double-team Doi. CIMA comes back and goes for a Super Perfect Driver but Yoshino reverses to a Super Sling Blade and PAC follows in with a Springboard 450 Splash for a two-count. Doi grabs PAC with a Rydeen Bomb for two. CIMA hits PAC with Schwein for a two-count. Doi hits Yoshino with the Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick but it only gets two. He goes for the Muscular Bomb but Yoshino counters with a cradle for two. Yoshino then hits a nasty looking Lighting Spiral but it only gets two. A series of reversals ends with Yoshino hitting Torbellino twice, and then locking on Sol Naciente for the win at 23:00. That was the usual great stuff from all four of these guys, with red-hot action down the stretch and a good finish.
After the match, Ronin comes out to talk trash to Ronin about losing the match. Gargano does the talking, particularly picking on CIMA, starting a “she-male” chant. I like the Ronin versus Blood Warriors feud, but that was just juvenile.
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?
Before the next match, Lenny Leonard comes to the ring to personally thank the fans for coming out to the show and supporting them on this very important weekend. Leonard then introduces DGUSA’s newest tag team – Kory Chavis and Jon Davis, the Dark City Fight Club. They issue an open challenge, which gets answered by Sami Callihan and Arik Cannon, who walked out of the Six-Way Freestyle together earlier tonight. Apparently they beat each other into becoming a tag team together. Obviously the DCFC accept and the brawl is on.
MATCH #6: Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon vs. The Dark City Fight Club
The fight quickly spills to the floor, with Cannon and Davis fighting on one side of the ring and Callihan and Chavis fight on the other. Back in the ring Chavis clubs Callihan down. Callihan fights back and they take it to the floor, so Davis and Cannon take their place in the ring and they trade strikes. Davis hits a big powerslam and the DCFC works Cannon over. Callihan doesn’t like it so he tries to jump off the top rope illegally but gets caught and hit with the Total Elimination for a two-count. When did Callihan become legal? Referee Bryce Remsburg can’t get control of these four men. Cannon hits Davis with Total Anarchy for a two-count. Davis comes back and takes Callihan out with the Pounce. Callihan quickly recovers and he hits Chavis with a nasty Saito Suplex. Cannon follows up with the Glimmering Warlock and they both pin Chavis for the win at 5:11. That was a solid tag team brawl, but I would rather see the DCFC get the push that Callihan and Cannon are currently getting.
After the match Callihan laughs into the mic for a while, and then tells the tale of himself and Arik Cannon, telling everyone that they are a team now, called the Dirty Ugly F#cks. No, really. The entire promo is littered with cursing, and Cannon curses a lot too.
AR Fox Promo
Fox says that after this big weekend he’s a bit disappointed in his performances. He says that what we’ve seen so far is just a taste of what he has in store.
MATCH #7: Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs
They do special ring introductions for this one, probably because it’s Aries’ last match. A good chunk of the crowd chants “Austin Aries,” and I swear just one guy comes back with “Jimmy Jacobs.” Take that old friend! They take it to the mat and exchange holds as the crowd chants “We Love Wrestling.” Aries engages the audience in a conversation, and Jacobs foolishly tries to put Aries in a headscissors. They completely break kayfabe and have a conversation in the ring before Aries hits the dropkick. Aries then allows Jacobs to hit his spinning headscissors, just for fun. I get what they’re doing here, but I don’t really care for it. They mutually decide to take it to the floor and fight there. Aries takes control and hits Jacobs with the elbow off the top rope. Back in the ring Aries hits a slingshot senton for a two-count. Aries uses a variety of holds to keep Jacobs on the ropes, so to speak. Jacobs fights up with a clothesline and then the double stomp series followed by an elbow drop for two. The momentum continues to shift, since both men know each other well they have counters for a lot of each other’s attacks. Jacobs hits a Contra Code for two. Aries comes back with an STO and the Power Drive Elbow for his own two-count. They fight up top and Jacobs knocks Aries down and follows with a senton, but hits nothing but knees. Aries hits the IED but misses the 450 Splash, and amazingly is able to catch Jacobs while attempting a Spear and turning it into the Last Chancery. Jacobs fights out and hits the leaping Ace Crusher for two, and then locks on the End Time! Aries powers out of it but gets rolled up for two. He gets a backslide for two but then lands the kick to the head. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Jacobs counters with a small package to get the pin at 14:24. The beginning portion was pretty annoying, but once they started wrestling a real match it got pretty good.
The crowd is not happy with the outcome, but they quickly start showing Aries respect after his last match. Jimmy Rave comes out to pay his respects as well. Leonard refers to Jacobs and Aries as friends and adversaries, but I don’t remember when they were ever friends. Aries runs down his history in the business, thanks people, etc. He refers to finding his purpose in DGUSA, and says that he wants to officially pass the torch to Ronin, since they remind him of Generation Next. Aries puts them all over, and then the Blood Warriors come out to interrupt. A challenge is issued and the Blood Warriors (sans Brodie Lee) tease getting in the ring but then decide better of it. Aries then says he found his purpose, and he blasts Gargano with the microphone! The Blood Warriors swarm the ring now and beat Ronin down! That was an elaborate ruse by Aries, and it worked – everyone bought that he was really leaving.
Tozawa: On His Own
Tozawa was a member of Kamikaze USA, until he decided to start thinking for himself by not hitting a woman (Reby Sky), and Moxley got tired of him so there was a parting of the ways, so to speak.
MATCH #8: No Disqualification Match – Akira Tozawa vs. Jon Moxley with Trina Michaels
Tozawa was originally scheduled for a non-title match with YAMATO, but before that match can begin, Moxley (in street clothes) challenges Tozawa to a No DQ match, and if he Tozawa wins the match against YAMATO will be for the title. Michaels attacks Tozawa to start the match. They quickly spill to the floor, and Tozawa wipes Moxley out with a dive. Moxley takes control and throws chairs into the ring, and then throws Tozawa in behind them. He sets up a chair but gets knocked back into it himself, and then kicked in the face. Michaels gets in the ring to interfere, allowing Moxley to hit a low blow. Moxley sets up two chairs but once again it backfires when Tozawa hits a German Suplex on them and then hits a bridging German Suplex for the quick pin at 3:58. That was brief but as a bigger part of the story it’s a good piece.
Michaels tries to attack Tozawa after the match, but Reby Sky comes out to the rescue and hits Michaels with a DDT. Now the title match can begin.
MATCH #9: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – YAMATO vs. Akira Tozawa
YAMATO has been the champion since 1.28.11 and this is his second defense. They take it down to the mat with some chain wrestling. When the pace quickens that’s beneficial to Tozawa, who keeps the champion grounded. YAMATO fights back as the momentum shifts back and forth. Tozawa hits a senton for two. YAMATO fights back and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, and then uses a variety of strikes and submission holds to wear down the back. He locks on the Maple Leaf and Tozawa crawls to the ropes to break it. YAMATO controls to control the challenger, no doubt weakened by his short yet physical battle with Moxley. Finally Tozawa comes back with kicks to the face. Tozawa then knocks YAMATO to the floor and wipes him out with three consecutive dives. I love that spot. Back in the ring Tozawa hits a Saito Suplex for two. YAMATO comes back with a sunset flip into the Samoan Crab, and then he turns that back into the Maple Leaf. Once again Tozawa reaches the ropes and he gets right up in YAMATO’s face. They trade forearm shots and then they switch to enziguiris. Tozawa catches the champ with another Saito Suplex for two. He hits a running Yakuza Kick in the corner and then a running forearm. They go up top and Tozawa hits a superplex for another two-count. Now it’s on, as both guys are landing suplexes and strikes but neither man will back down. Tozawa ends the battle with a Shining Wizard, but both men are down. They rise to their feet and once again trade forearms. Tozawa explodes out of the corner with a kick to the face, and then hits a German Suplex. He hits a dead-lift German Suplex with a bridge for a close near-fall. YAMATO fights back and locks on the Choke Sleeper and hits the Sleeper Suplex, a kick to the dome, and a Brainbuster, but Tozawa kicks out! He hits Galleria but Tozawa kicks out at one! YAMATO hits one more Galleria and this time Tozawa is down for the count at 22:25. That was a tremendous match from two of the best in all of Dragon Gate. What a phenomenal main event.