A2Z Analysiz – DGUSA Enter the Dragon 2011: Second Anniversary Celebration (YAMATO, PAC)
by Jake Ziegler on April 16, 2012

New York, New York – June 5, 2011

Lenny Leonard and Rob Naylor are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet {BW}

Ricochet is accompanied by fellow Blood Warriors CIMA, Austin Aries, and Brodie Lee. CIMA cuts a brief promo before Yoshino comes out. Yoshino is one half of the Open the United Gate Champions, but he comes out sans belt or partner. They start off cautiously and Ricochet acts cocky. I suppose I would too if I had CIMA, Aries, and Lee in my corner. Yoshino hits a dropkick and Ricochet fights back with armdrags and a dropkick of his own that sends Yoshino to the floor. Ricochet teases a dive but Yoshino moves out of the way. Back in the ring Yoshino puts the boots to Ricochet and then goes to work on the arm. Ricochet fights back and dumps Yoshino to the floor, and then distracts the referee so the Blood Warriors can take some cheap shots. That happens again as Yoshino is severely outnumbered. After several more minutes of abuse Yoshino comes back with Sling Blade. Yoshino follows up with a half-nelson DDT of all thing for a two-count. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Ricochet fights back with a spinning enziguiri and a springboard Ace Crusher for two. He tries a standing moonsault but Yoshino gets his knees up. Yoshino then locks on From Jungle and Ricochet gets to the ropes. He hits a double stomp the arm and tries Torbellino but Ricochet blocks it with a side Russian Legsweep and then hits a standing shooting star press for two. Ricochet goes to the apron and tries a springboard cross body block but Yoshino dropkicks him out of the air. Now Yoshino goes up top and hits the missile dropkick. Yoshino goes for the Lighting Spiral but Ricochet blocks it and hits a Regalplex for two. Ricochet hits a shooting star press off the second rope for two and the crowd chants “you can’t beat him.” I don’t think I’ve heard that one before. Ricochet goes up top but Yoshino knocks him down and hits the Avalanche Sling Blade and both men are down. Back on their feet they trade shots and Yoshino hits the Lighting Spiral but it only gets two. Ricochet hits a step-up enziguiri but Yoshino comes right back with Torbellino. Yoshino then locks on Sol Naciente and Ricochet taps out at 16:53. That was a good opener between two fast high-flyers and Yoshino looked great in overcoming the odds.
Rating: ***¼

The Blood Warriors attack and PAC comes out to try and make the save. He’s not enough so YAMATO comes out as well to even the odds. That of course is a little awkward because PAC & YAMATO are facing each other in tonight’s main event. Yoshino keeps the peace between them.

I Got It!

Rich Swann and Johnny Gargano are trying to figure out who is going to be their third man tonight because Chuck Taylor is out. Gargano tries to be funny but Swann says he has a real solution.

DGUSA Second Year – Untouchable 2010

At Untouchable 2010, CIMA & Ricochet battled Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi. This was an awesome match that I gave ****¼ to.

MATCH #2: AR Fox vs. Pinkie Sanchez {DUF}

They start off slowly with some chain wrestling, feeling each other out in the early going. Fox quickens the pace and starts high flying, sending Sanchez to the floor. One of the fans in the front row gets quite involved in a pretty gross way, all to Fox’s benefit. Back in the ring Sanchez spikes Fox with a ridiculous DDT off the second rope. Fox tries to come back with a sunset flip but only pulls Sanchez’s tights down, and Sanchez drops down on him hard. For some reason Sanchez doesn’t bother to pull his pants up. Fox takes matters into his own hands, pulling Sanchez’s tights up and hitting a corkscrew suplex. He continues on offense, hitting a missile dropkick that sends Sanchez to the floor and then following him out with a springboard 450 body press. Back in the ring Fox goes for Lo Mein Pain but Sanchez spits pink mist in his eyes and hits Bombs Away for two. Sanchez follows up with Bootie for Breakfast for another two-count. He tries a springboard maneuver but Fox catches him with an inverted atomic drop. Fox follows with the Airplane Spin into a Death Valley Driver. He goes up top and hits the Swanton for two. They trade some pinning combos for two-counts and then Fox nails Sanchez with a Stunner. Fox stomps a mudhole and I’m pretty sure he walked it dry. He puts Sanchez up top and hits the Lo Mein Pain to get the win at 13:03. Fox gets better every time out and Sanchez has a very odd appeal.
Rating: ***½

Sami Callihan and Arik Cannon come out to confront Fox for some reason. Callihan wants to know why Fox is getting the opportunity that they didn’t get. Seeing as how Fox just wrestled one of the D.U.F., and the lowest one on the totem pole at that, I don’t get Callihan’s point. To be honest I don’t get much about the D.U.F., but they beat up Fox anyway for fun and throw a beer keg at him.

DGUSA Second Year – Way of the Ronin

At Way of the Ronin the team of Shingo, YAMATO, and Akira Tozawa beat BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino, and Naruki Doi in a six-man tag team match. The match was awesome, like many six-man tag matches in DGUSA.

MATCH #3: FRAY! – Jon Davis vs. Tony Nese vs. Ahtu vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Façade vs. Sugar Dunkerton vs. Caleb Konley vs. Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander and Ahtu (with Larry Dallas) are the first two in the match. Dallas promises that if Ahtu loses he will be gone forever. I still don’t really understand who Larry Dallas is. They start off at a fast pace and Ahtu uses his brute strength to overcome Alexander’s speed. Ahtu hits a huge Spear and a Pumphandle Flatliner to score the first elimination at 1:17. Next up is Jon Davis. These are the two powerhouses of the match going at it. Ahtu hits a couple of forearms but Davis cuts him off with the Pounce and Ahtu is gone at 2:45. Tony Nese is the third man out. Davis quickly hits him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam for two. Next up is Sugar Dunkerton, who is on fire. Dunkerton has clotheslines for everyone, and dropkicks Davis to the floor. Number five is Flip Kendrick and he is flying all over the place. Next up is Kendrick’s partner Louis Lyndon, who immediately takes Davis out with a high cross body off the top rope. The action continues at a fast and furious pace and the seventh man in the match is Caleb Konley. Things slow down a little as Façade comes out as the last entrant. Lyndon hits everyone with a dive, then Kendrick lives up to his name, and then Façade hits a dive of his own. Back in the ring Façade hits Dunkerton with a missile dropkick and then jumps back to the floor to wipe everyone out with a dive. Façade traps Dunkerton in a seated Cattle Mutilation and Dunkerton taps out at 11:23. Now Façade and Lyndon work together on the powerful Davis, but that doesn’t exactly work out. Davis puts both of them on his shoulders for a Death Valley Driver, which is enough to eliminate Lyndon at 12:35. Façade puts up a game fight but Davis dismantles him and takes him out with a spinebuster, a rolling elbow, and a Blue Thunder Powerbomb at 13:22. Nese goes after Davis and superkicks him to the floor. Kendrick comes back in and tries to eliminate Nese with some incredible high flying moves but Nese kicks out. Konley knocks Kendrick down from the top rope and hits a delayed superplex while Nese powerbombs him down to the mat. Nese hits Kendrick with the Fade to Black to eliminate him at 15:33. Konley is next to go via a bridging German Suplex from Nese at 16:15. We’re down to Davis and Nese now. Nese unleashes a flurry of offense but then jumps right into a spinebuster. Davis tries a powerbomb but Nese counters to a rana for two. Nese then walks right into a huge powerslam for two. They fight up top and Nese hits a hurricanrana for two. They continue trading big strikes and Davis wins that battle. Davis follows up with 3 Seconds Around the World to get the victory at 19:07. This was an eclectic mix of talent but they did a lot of fun stuff and the final sequence between Davis and Nese was killer.
Rating; ***½

He’s In!

Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann announce that the guy they wanted to join their team has in fact joined their team. They don’t say who it is though.

DGUSA Second Year – Bushido: Code of the Warrior

At Bushido: Code of the Warrior, Johnny Gargano tried to get into Warriors International but it turned out to be a swerve and instead he formed Ronin with Chuck Taylor and Rich Swann.

MATCH #4: Sami Callihan {DUF} & Arik Cannon {DUF} vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka

Naylor announces that AR Fox has been taken to the hospital. The D.U.F. are ready to attack at the bell but the former M2K take them down immediately. Yokosuka and Cannon battle in the ring while Mochizuki takes it to Callihan on the floor. Mochizuki and Yokosuka are totally in control during the opening minutes. Finally Callihan makes the comeback by attacking Yokosuka’s leg, and the D.U.F. are like sharks smelling blood in the water. After a few minutes of abuse Yokosuka is able to make the hot tag and Mochizuki is all over Callihan and Cannon. Mochizuki locks Cannon in the cross armbreaker and Yokosuka puts Callihan in the Figure-Four Leglock. Both D.U.F.s reach the ropes. Mochizuki drills Cannon with a hard knee strike to the chest for two. He goes for Twister but Cannon avoids it and hits a big right hand, a superkick, and his own brainbuster for a two-count. The referee loses control as the D.U.F. double-team Mochizuki, hitting him with an assisted Total Anarchy for two. Callihan and Mochizuki take it to the floor while Yokosuka hits Cannon with Jumbo no Kachi. When Callihan gets back in the ring Yokosuka hits him with Jumbo no Kachi as well. Mochizuki gets back in and hits Callihan with Ikkakugeri, and Yokosuka follows with a super exploder. The referee still can’t gain control as all four men are going in and out of the ring. Callihan hits Yokosuka with a Saito Suplex, Cannon follows with the Glimmering Warlock, and then Callihan locks on the Stretch Muffler. Mochizuki tries to break it up but he can’t, and when Callihan adds a body scissors and a series of kicks to the head Yokosuka taps out at 16:50! I’d have to call that an upset, and also my favorite D.U.F. match ever by far. They had a reason for fighting, the hatred felt real, and they worked a solid formula that the crowd could easily get behind. I don’t love Callihan and Cannon, but upsets like that have to happen sometimes and they definitely earned the victory in this one.
Rating: ***¾

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DGUSA Second Year – United: Philly

At United: Philly, Masato Yoshino & PAC defeated Naruki Doi & Ricochet to become the first-ever Open the United Gate Champions.

I Found My Purpose

This is a recap of Austin Aries losing his “final match” in DGUSA to Jimmy Jacobs back at Open the Ultimate Gate 2011. But as I’ve said earlier in this review, it was a SWERVE and he joined Blood Warriors in attacking Ronin.

MATCH #5: Elimination Match – Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann & ??? vs. CIMA, Brodie Lee & Austin Aries

The Blood Warriors are accompanied by Ricochet. Masato Yoshino turns out to be the mystery partner. Yoshino starts off in the ring with CIMA while Aries beats up Swann on one side of the ring and Lee fights Gargano on another side. The Blood Warriors look dominant from the get-go. They isolate Swann and work him over for a few minutes until he comes back with some dropkicks that faze everyone except Lee, who then unleashes some dropkicks of his own. Swann should have made a tag because the Blood Warriors are right back in control. He takes my advice by backing CIMA into the corner and bringing Gargano into the match. Aries enters the ring illegally to give the advantage back to his team, and now they work on Gargano. Moments later Yoshino tags in and the Ronin team goes to work on Aries. When CIMA gets the tag Ronin is able to continue the advantage on him. The Blood Warriors fight back with some creative teamwork. Swann takes the brunt of the abuse from all three Blood Warriors, getting discombobulated in their half of the ring. He finally makes a tag to Gargano, who needs Swann’s help to take down the big man Lee. Gargano and Lee spill to the floor, leaving Aries and Swann in the ring. Aries hits Swann with the Brainbuster and locks on the Last Chancery and Yoshino breaks it up. CIMA comes in to tackle Yoshino and the referee has lost control a little bit. Ronin and Yoshino take over on CIMA and triple-team him. Yoshino hits Torbellino and goes for Lighting Spiral but CIMA counters it and cradles Yoshino for the first elimination at 18:42. Swann and Gargano are undaunted and they take it right to Aries to try and even the odds. Lee hits Swann with a running Yakuza Kick in the corner and apparently injures himself doing it because Swann weakly pins him moments later at 20:39.

Gargano and Aries battle on the floor and Gargano is in control. Aries quickly changes that and throws Gargano back in the ring, where CIMA kicks him in the face. CIMA then turns his attention to Swann, who fights back with a superkick and the Finlay Roll, but he misses the standing 450. That gives CIMA the chance to put Swann up top and hit a Super Perfect Driver for two. CIMA then goes up for Meteora and that’s enough to eliminate Swann at 24:13. Gargano is all alone and the Blood Warriors decimate him. Aries hits a big Frog Splash for two. Gargano dos his best but the numbers advantage is pretty overwhelming. He’s able to avoid a dropkick and CIMA hits Aries. Both go to the floor and Gargano wipes both of them out with dives. A series of reversals ends with Gargano hitting CIMA with the Hurts Donut and then locking on the Gargano Escape. Aries breaks it up but Gargano thwarts him and is able to lock it right back on and CIMA taps out at 28:27! We’re down to two men now. Gargano hits Aries with the Hurts Donut and puts on the Gargano Escape. Aries escapes and Gargano tries the Spear but Aries catches him in the Last Chancery. That’s a good spot. Gargano reaches the ropes. They battle on the ring apron and Gargano snaps Aries’ neck off the top rope. Gargano goes for the Spear again but Aries catches him with a neckbreaker. Aries hits the axe handle off the top rope and then lands the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Gargano avoids the Brainbuster and hits one of his own for two. They rise and trade strikes. Aries hits the shinbreaker/belly-to-back suplex, the IED, and then the Brainbuster but Gargano kicks out! He goes up for the 450 and hits it but Gargano gets his foot on the bottom rope. Aries kicks Gargano right on top of the head and goes for another IED but Gargano kicks him out of the air. Gargano then hits the Hurts Donut and turns into the Gargano Escape and Aries taps at 35:17! That match was long and a bit slow in stretches, but the goal of making Gargano look good was achieved.
Rating: **¾

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DGUSA Second Year – Ultimate Gate & Mercury Rising 2011

At Mercury Rising 2011, YAMATO defended the Open the Freedom Gate Title against Akira Tozawa one night after defending it against Austin Aries. Both matches were excellent.

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – YAMATO vs. PAC

YAMATO has been the champion since 1.28.11, and this is his fourth defense. PAC is the current Open the Brave Gate Champion and one half of the Open the United Gate Champions. Both men are cautious in the early going as they take it down to the mat. YAMATO has something to prove after PAC and Yoshino successfully defended the Open the United Gate Titles against YAMATO and his partner Akira Tozawa two nights ago. PAC seems to have the upper hand and uses his speed to keep the champion off-guard. YAMATO fights back with an exploder into the corner. He wisely puts his focus on the leg, which is always smart against a high-flyer like PAC. They spill to the floor and YAMATO takes a fan’s beverage and spits on at his challenger. Back in the ring YAMATO hits a back elbow for two and then locks on the Ankle Lock. YAMATO turns it into a leg bar and PAC has to reach the ropes. PAC fires back with some strikes. He counters the Choke Sleeper with a chinbreaker. YAMATO tries to charge but PAC avoids him and YAMATO tumbles to the floor. PAC follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring PAC hits a slingshot Ace Crusher and a standing corkscrew press for two. YAMATO comes back with a half crab and PAC once again reaches the ropes. PAC comes back and takes YAMATO down and then goes up top. YAMATO stops him and climbs up top but PAC hits a springboard sunset bomb and then a springboard 450 Splash but it only gets two. PAC hits a springboard missile dropkick and then another one again he only gets a two-count. Both men rise and trade strikes and they’re looking worn out. PAC hits the mi paso into a bridging German Suplex and gets a close near-fall. He tries another German Suplex but YAMATO rolls through to the Ankle Lock. YAMATO then switches it up to the Choke Sleeper and hits the Sleeper Suplex. He hits a vicious release German Suplex and then one with a bridge for at two-count. YAMATO goes back to the Choke Sleeper and PAC actually climbs the ropes and jumps backwards to crush YAMATO under his weight! That was awesome. PAC then hits a Phoenix Splash off the second rope but it only gets two! He goes up top but YAMATO knocks him down. YAMATO hits some kicks to the head and pulls PAC down with a brainbuster and then hits another one for two! He follows up with Galleria to get the pin and retain the title at 22:28. These two are natural opponents: the high flyer versus the hard striker, and they showed great chemistry here. The final stretch was really good stuff and PAC looks good in losing. Now just start a real feud over that title and we’ll be all set.
Rating: ****

Blood Warriors (minus the injured Brodie Lee) come out and attack both YAMATO and PAC, so Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann come out to make the save. Gargano cuts a promo, telling YAMATO that he wants the Open the Freedom Gate Title, but he’ll wait for another day.

The Pulse: Everything is over three stars except the long elimination match, so this is another fun show from DGUSA. The matches that were supposed to be good were really good, and a couple of pleasant surprises turn this into a better show than I heard it was. You can purchase the show at the DGUSA Store.




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