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Previously on DGUSA
On the first Dragon Gate USA show, “Open the Historic Gate,” Dragon Kid defeated Masato Yoshino and then they agreed to a rematch at Too Cold Scorpio’s behest; Mike Quackenbush issued a challenge on behalf of CHIKARA to any wrestler in Dragon Gate, which was answered by YAMATO, Jigsaw made the save and then Gran Akuma ran out and turned on CHIKARA to join YAMATO; and the Young Bucks scored a huge upset over CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka and then issued an open challenge.
Congress Theater – Chicago, Illinois – September 6, 2009
Lenny Leonard and Phil Colvin are on commentary.
MATCH #1: “Open the Historic Gate” Rematch – Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino
They start with some back-and-forth exchanges and things get fast awfully quickly. Kid hits a headscissors to send Yoshino to the floor and he teases a dive but doesn’t do it. Back in the ring Kid catches Yoshino with a kneelift and the fans boo him for it. Kid continues on offense, taking Yoshino down in the corner and landing a hard dropkick. Yoshino cuts Kid off with a back elbow and he goes to work on the back. After a few minutes Kid comes back with Déjà vu, which sends Yoshino to the floor. Kid follows him out with a slingshot hurricanrana. Back in the ring Kid hits a springboard missile dropkick and follows it with a flipping Stunner for two. Yoshino comes back with Sling Blade for two. He tries a suplex but Kid counters it to another Stunner. Kid then locks on Christo and Yoshino has to get to the ropes. Yoshino comes back with a facebuster. He goes up top but Kid knocks him down and tries a rana. Yoshino blocks that and hits the shotgun missile dropkick for two. Kid comes back and hits the Jesus for a two-count. They fight up on the top rope and Kid hits a super hurricanrana for two. Kid goes for the Dragon Rana but Yoshino blocks it. Yoshino can’t block a slingshot dropkick to the face though. Kid hits the Ultra Hurricanrana but Yoshino kicks out! That’s how he won their first match back in July. Kid tries the Dragon Rana but Yoshino avoids it and hits the Lightning Spiral for two! Yoshino hits Torbellino and goes for the Lightning Spiral but Kid blocks it and hits Bible to get the pin at 14:12. These two have great chemistry and this was a tremendous way to kick off the show. My wife doesn’t like wrestling but she’s into Yoshino, so that says something about his appeal.
Kid again goes for a handshake but Yoshino blows him off just like he did in Philadelphia.
MATCH #2: Grudge Match – Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. YAMATO & Gran Akuma
Akuma and YAMATO get the jump on their opponents by attacking them before the bell. Quack and Jigsaw try valiantly to fight back but YAMATO and Akuma are too much for them in the early going. YAMATO and Akuma isolate Jigsaw in their half of the ring and work him over. They focus on the leg, which is wise when going against a high-flyer like Jigsaw. After several minutes Jigsaw is finally able to make the tag and Quackenbush is a house afire, as much as he can be anyway. The referee loses control and all four men are in the ring. After some miscommunication between YAMATO and Akuma, Jigsaw hits a huge superkick on YAMATO for two. Akuma hits a move called “What Impact!” by Leonard. I hate that kind of commentary. YAMATO grabs Quack with a brainbuster for two, and then he puts on the CBV. Quack gets to the ropes to break it. YAMATO goes to the Ankle Lock and turns it into the CBV. Jigsaw breaks it up and then hits a Michinoku Driver. Quack goes up top and hits a Swanton Bomb for two. Akuma comes back in and this Quack with a neckbreaker. They fight up top and Jigsaw comes to the rescue but Akuma knocks him down. Akuma misses a moonsault. Jigsaw and Quack then hit a Doomsday Double Stomp and YAMATO has to break up the cover. YAMATO puts Jigsaw in the Sleeper and hits the Sleeper Suplex. He then accidentally spears Akuma. Quack sends YAMATO to the floor and into the guardrail. That gives Quackenbush the chance to hit Akuma with the QD2 for the pin at 14:16. That started off solid with YAMATO and Akuma working on Jigsaw’s leg but it never ended up going anywhere and the match just turned into an exhibition of spots. It was fun though and I think YAMATO and Akuma work well as a team.
YAMATO and Akuma continue the attack after the bell until Hallowicked runs out to make the save.
The Young Bucks Issue a Challenge
Matt and Nick Jackson come out and brag about defeating CIMA and Susumu Yokosuka on the last show. That is something to brag about actually. The Bucks feel like Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito should put their Open the Twin Gate Titles on the line tonight. Jimmy Jacobs then comes out for some reason, and he has Mustafa Ali with him. I admit I don’t really know who Ali is. Jacobs says he’s here to recruit the Young Bucks. He says he’s starting something big. The Bucks want no part of it. Jacobs and Ali attack but the Bucks thwart them and hit Ali with more Bang For Your Buck. Horiguchi and Saito then run out and attack the Bucks, hitting them with their aforementioned title belts.
MATCH #3: Independent Ace vs. Dragon Gate Ace – Bryan Danielson vs. Naruki Doi
This is part of Danielson’s farewell tour before heading off to WWE. Doi is the current Open the Dream Gate Champion but this is a non-title match. They start with some chain wrestling and the crowd is eating up their every move. It doesn’t take long for the two proud athletes to start trading strikes. Doi goes low with a basement dropkick and starts working on the knee. Danielson responds by viciously attacking the arm, bending it in some truly horrific ways. He locks on a Cross Armbreaker and Doi is able to reach the ropes. Doi is able to turn the tide and hit the running dropkick in the ropes, and then the somersault senton off the top rope. He follows with a hot shot and a high-angle belly-to-back suplex for a two-count. Danielson fights back with a chinbreaker. He hits the missile dropkick and a running kick to the chest for two. The match breaks down to a slugfest and Doi wins the battle with a hard back elbow for a two-count. Danielson is able to grab an Ankle Lock, which he doesn’t often use. Doi reaches the ropes. He then puts Danielson in the Figure-Four Leglock. Danielson reaches the ropes. They trade rollups for a series of two-counts. Danielson hits a running knee strike and then locks on Cattle Mutilation but they’re close to the ropes so the hold has to be broken. They get up and trade strikes again and Doi tries the Bakatare Sliding Kick but Danielson grabs him in the Ankle Lock! Danielson turns it into an awesome German Suplex with a bridge for two, and then goes right back to the Ankle Lock again. Doi rolls Danielson into the corner and hits Dai Bosou and then Doi 555 for a near-fall. He tries the Muscular Bomb but has to settle for a Tiger Suplex for a two-count. Doi goes up top but Danielson knocks him down and hits a belly-to-back superplex. Danielson locks on Cattle Mutilation and then rolls it into the elbow strikes! He covers but only gets two! Once again they trade strikes and Danielson wins the battle with a running kick to the c hest. Danielson goes up top and Doi is able to bring him down with a Super Doi 555! That only gets two! Doi hits a huge Bakatare Sliding Kick but again only gets a two-count! He finally hits the Muscular Bomb to get the well-earned pin at 22:24. None of the early limb work ended up meaning much but for expert back-and-forth wrestling with high drama few are better than these two. It was certainly a fitting match for Danielson to go out on.
After the match Danielson cuts a promo putting over Doi and the company. Danielson acknowledges the Best in the World chants, and says he probably won’t be that anymore when he goes to WWE. He issues a challenge for someone new to pick up that mantle and be the Best in the World. Danielson thinks that guy right now is Davey Richards. He urges the fans to continue to support independent wrestling.
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MATCH #4: Special Attraction Match – Brian Kendrick vs. CIMA
They start with some back and forth chain wrestling as the crowd is into both men. Kendrick takes a cheap shot to turn the crowd against him and take control of the match. He tosses CIMA to the floor and squashes his head on the ring apron. Kendrick then whips CIMA into the barricade. Back in the ring Kendrick puts on a Cobra Clutch with a body scissors. CIMA bites his way out of it and hits Kendrick with a HUGE Superdrol. CIMA then teases raping Kendrick and deciding instead to hit a dropkick to the ass. That was awkward. Kendrick fights back with an enziguiri for two. He goes up top but CIMA cuts him off with Venus and then hits the Iconoclasm. CIMA goes up top and tries the Mad Splash but Kendrick gets his knees up. Kendrick covers but only gets two. CIMA hits a basement dropkick from out of nowhere. He goes for Schwein but Kendrick rolls him up for two. Kendrick then runs right into a Superkick. CIMA then hits Schwein and Meteora to get the win at 10:20. Being between Danielson versus Doi and Richards versus Shingo is no enviable position, and they did an admirable job with it.
MATCH #5: Battle of the Hard-Hitters – Davey Richards vs. Shingo
They start off slowly, as both guys know the other hits really hard so they could be in for a long night. Speaking of the hard strikes it doesn’t take long before said strikes start being unleashed by both guys. Shingo hits a Dragon Screw Leg Whip in the ropes, sending Richards to the floor. Outside the ring Shingo continues the abuse, throwing Richards into the barricade. Back in the ring Shingo continues working the leg. Richards fights back with chops and tries some kicks but they hurt his leg. He charges and Shingo grabs him and dumps him to the floor. Shingo goes outside and continues working the leg. He puts Richards on the apron and Richards is able to grab Shingo by the arm and whip him down hard. Now Richards whips Shingo into the barricade. Richards is on the offensive now, working on Shingo’s arm. He throws in some other strikes, including a diving headbutt off the top rope for two. Richards then puts on a Cross Armbreaker and Shingo gets to the ropes. Shingo absorbs an enziguiri and hits a release German Suplex. Both men are down. Up on their feet they trade strikes and Shingo hits a Mongolian Chop. I just love typing that. Shingo hits a Death Valley Driver. He follows with a left-side lariat for two. Richards hits a Saito Suplex that sends Shingo to the floor, and then follows him out with a ridiculous suicide dive into the crowd. He barely even touched Shingo on his way to the floor. Back in the ring Richards hits kicks with his formerly injured leg. Richards hits the handspring kick for two. Shingo comes back with a Flatliner and tries the Blood Fall but Richards slips out and hits a Knockout Kick for two! Richards bodyslams Shingo and goes up top for the Shooting Star Press but a series of reversals ends with Richards hitting a super hurricanrana instead. He lands a running kick to the chest and a bridging German Suplex for two. Richards calls for the DR Driver, allowing Shingo to prepare for it and block it with a back body drop. Shingo catches a kick but Richards counters right into a Cross Armbreaker. Richards turns it into a triangle choke but Shingo muscles Richards to this shoulders and then climbs to the ropes to hit a Super Stay Dream! That only gets two! Richards tries his little handspring again but Shingo catches him with the Blood Fall and a Pumping Bomber but again Richards kicks out! Shingo tries Made in Japan but Richards counters to a rollup for two. Richards hits the Alarm Clock and the DR Driver for a near-fall. He follows with Kawada Kicks but Shingo absorbs them and his Made in Japan for two! They fight up top and Shingo knocks Richards down. Shingo charges and Richards moves so Shingo hits nothing but post. Richards hits a missile dropkick right to the back. He goes up top and lands the Shooting Star Press for two. Richards then cinches in the Kimura Lock for the win at 25:43. Well Richards could have made more of an effort to sell his leg throughout the match rather than just shrug it off and hit all the moves her normally hits, but this was still a tremendous match and a huge performance from both guys. Shingo didn’t hit any big moves until the final stretch, which I’d love to see some guys in the big companies pull off.
Richards get on the mic after the match to put it and Shingo over. He gives the credit to Shingo and then asks Bryan Danielson what the thought of the match. Danielson comes out and puts Richards over. Richards says that means a lot to him, and then he kicks Danielson in the chest! He says he doesn’t need anyone’s endorsement and he will be the first Open the Freedom Gate Champion in November.
MATCH #6: Tag Team Challenge Match – Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs. The Young Bucks
As stated earlier, Saito and Horiguchi’s Open the Twin Gate Titles are not on the line here. Horiguchi and Matt Jackson start the match. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds for a bit and then tags are made. Saito and Nick Jackson do battle now. Nick uses his speed to take control, sending Saito to the floor. Horiguchi gets in the ring and the Bucks double-team him. Saito and Horiguchi use some shady tactics to take control of Nick. Momentum shifts back to the Bucks again and they go to work on Saito this time, focusing on his arm. Horiguchi gets the same treatment. Saito distracts the referee, allowing Horiguchi to hit a low blow on Matt. Horiguchi then knocks Nick off the apron and pitches him right into the crowd. He follows Nick out and suplexes him on some chairs. Meanwhile Saito and Matt brawl at ringside briefly before going back to the ring. Now the champs are firmly in control and the isolate Matt from his brother. After several minutes of abuse Matt is able to hit Horiguchi with a standing Shiranui and make the hot tag! Nick is a house afire and Matt gets in on the action too. The referee loses control as bodies are flying all over the place. Nick and Matt show off their impressive double-team moves but Saito and Horiguchi are no slouches either. Nick wipes out Horiguchi with a dive to the floor and Matt hits Saito with Diamond Dust for a two-count. Saito pulls the referee in front of a superkick, so there is no one to count when the Bucks hit More Bang for Your Buck. Horiguchi spits blue mist into Matt’s eyes and Saito hits the Double Cross to get the pin at 17:03. That match had a lot to follow (also considering Doi versus Danielson earlier), but they did a good job doing so. The Bucks were mega-over as faces and Saito and Horiguchi were excellent as the cocky heel champions. I would have liked to see more from both of these teams, but sadly it was not to be.
”Open the Untouchable Gate” Highlight Package
This is almost ten minutes of highlights from the event, which is different than the normal five or so. There certainly was no shortage of highlights to choose from.
”Untouchable” PPV Preview & Promo Spot
This is about 12 minutes of highlights and previews for the show, running down the angles from the first show and the matches for “Untouchable.”
BONUS MATCH #1: Davey Richards vs. Shingo, FIP Impact of Honor, 6.10.06
Richards starts off working a headlock and they trade some holds back and forth. The future American Wolf switches focus and starts going after the arm. Shingo responds with a sleeper and swings Richards around before slamming him to the mat. Now Shingo keeps Richards on the mat and starts wearing him down. Shingo cuts off Richards’s comeback attempt and hits a DDT for two. They trade some strikes and Richards hits the handspring kick to send Shingo to the floor. Richards follows him out with a house show dive and both men are down. Back in the ring Richards hits the springboard missile dropkick, a running forearm in the corner, and a big lariat for a two-count. Shingo comes right back and unleashes some offense, including an STO into a modified Anaconda Vise. Richards makes the ropes. He tries a swinging DDT but Shingo catches him and hits a Northern Lights Bomb for two. Shingo goes for the Blood Fall but Richards lands on his feet and locks on the Horse Collar. Richards can’t keep the hold on so he breaks it and hits a bodyslam. He goes up top and Shingo pushes the referee into the ropes to knock Richards down. Shingo hits a super exploder for a two-count. Richards comes back with a series of kicks but Shingo cuts him off with a huge lariat. Shingo then hits the Blood Fall to get the win at 12:36. Both men were on their way up at this point and would go on to get a lot better, but this was an impressive showing for both men at the time. There wasn’t a lot of story to the match but they showed off their stuff and made each other look good.
BONUS MATCH #2: Davey Richards vs. Shingo, FIP All or Nothing, 11.10.06
Shingo now has awesome facial hair and an even better mullet. Richards controls the early going with some armdrags and an armbar. He hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors to send Shingo to the floor and tries a dive but Shingo avoids it and slams Richards face-first on the apron. Back in the ring Shingo goes to work and keeps Richards on the mat. Shingo hits a gutbuster and a DDT for two. He puts on the Sharpshooter and then turns it into an STF. Richards reaches the ropes and then is able to hit an enziguiri that sends Shingo to the floor. He follows Shingo out with a house show dive and both men are down. Back in the ring Richards hits a missile dropkick. Richards follows with a series of kicks and a bridging Northern Lights Suplex for two. He goes for the DR Driver but Shingo backs him into the corner. Richards hits a swinging armbar takedown out of the corner and locks on a Fujiwara Armbar. Shingo gets to the ropes. Richards tries the handspring kick but Shingo catches him and hits the Blood Fall! This time it only gets two as Richards gets his leg on the bottom rope. Shingo follows with a huge lariat for another two-count. Richards catches Shingo with a belly-to-belly suplex, a running forearm in the corner and a hurricanrana. He goes up top and hits a frog cross body but Shingo rolls over and gets two. Richards hits a DDT and puts on the 14:59 and Shingo taps out at 12:42. That was even better than their previous match, showing how quickly both men were improving.
BONUS MATCH #3: Magnum TOKYO, BxB Hulk & Matt Sydal vs. Gamma, Naoki Tanisaki & Jimmy Rave, Wrestle JAM, 7.9.06
This one starts off hot and heavy from the bell. TOKYO and Rave do battle briefly before giving way to Sydal and Gamma, and then Hulk and Tanisaki come in. The action in this one is already hard to keep track of. The heel team takes over on Hulk and isolates him from his partners. Sydal has enough and comes in the ring to hit Gamma with a super hurricanrana. TOKYO comes in and hits Gamma with an enziguiri. Hulk hits Tanisaki with a springboard spin kick. Sydal and TOKYO both hit dives to the floor, leaving Hulk and Tanisaki in the ring. Tanisaki hits a blatant low blow but Hulk comes back with Mouse and a tornado DDT. Sydal follows with a standing moonsault for two. Rave comes in and Sydal hits him with the legdrop driver for two. Rave comes back with a gutbuster and a spinning vertical suplex. The action continues at a rapid pace and the heels use a kendo stick right in front of the referee, who just turns around and pretends he doesn’t see it. Rave this Sydal with a Northern Lights Bomb for two. Tanisaki hits Sydal with the Jig N Tonic for a two-count. Hulk hits Tanisaki with a facebuster for two. TOKYO hits Tanisaki with a missile dropkick and Gamma breaks it up with the kendo stick. Gamma and TOKYO brawl to the floor. Hulk hits Tanisaki with EVO and Sydal follows with the Shooting Star Press to get the pin at 10:05. That was fun and all but not particularly engaging like the elite DG six-man tags.
BONUS MATCH #4: FRAY! featuring Arik Cannon, Hallowicked, Johnny Gargano, Flip Kendrick, The Great Malaki, Shiima Xion, Mustafa Ali, and Louis Lyndon
Hallowicked is out first, Cannon second. They start with some chain wrestling and do some silly, choreographed looking stuff. Neither of these guys is a favorite of mine. Cannon blocks a hurricanrana and hits a neckbreaker. The next man in the match is Lyndon, and he takes it to both Cannon and Hallowicked. Lyndon flies all over the ring and looks pretty good so far. Xion is the next man out and Lyndon knocks him off the apron to the floor. Meanwhile Cannon misses a moonsault and Hallowicked rolls him up for the first elimination at 6:31. Lyndon hits Hallowicked with a missile dropkick. Xion is back in the ring as well and he attacks Lyndon, hitting him with a powerslam. Xion and Hallowicked tumble to the floor. Back in the ring Lyndon goes to work on Hallowicked. Lyndon sends Hallowicked back to the floor and Mustafa Ali is the next man out. Ali dropkicks Hallowicked into the guardrail and flips around a lot. Lyndon tries to fight back but Ali dropkicks him down from the top rope. Ali goes up and hits the Car Bomb and then the WMD (reverse 450 splash, very cool) to eliminate him at 10:54. The next man out is Johnny Gargano, who made quite an impression in the first FRAY. Hallowicked and Gargano take the fight to the floor and Ali joins them so Xion takes them all out with a corkscrew plancha off the top rope. Xion and Ali do battle back in the ring but Xion gloats too much and Gargano catches him with the Hurts Donut to score his first elimination at 14:23. Gargano then bails and lets Ali and Hallowicked fight each other. Ali tries a sleeper but Hallowicked runs him into the corner and eliminates him at 15:03. The Great Malaki is the next one out. Malaki lights his fists on fire but they go out before he punches anyone with them. That seems like a waste. Malaki goes to work on Hallowicked. Gargano tries to take on Malaki but gets nowhere with him. Malaki seems undeserving of the push he’s getting in this match. Flip Kendrick is out next. He immediately hits a dive onto everyone, and they pretty much all fail to catch him. Kendrick and Hallowicked get in the ring and do battle before getting broken up by Gargano. Malaki rejoins the fracas as well and puts Hallowicked in the Rings of Saturn. Kendrick breaks that up with a corkscrew plancha off the top rope. That’s enough to eliminate Malaki at 20:56. We’re down to three men now. Kendrick gets an advantage and goes up top but Gargano knocks him down and scores the pin at 22:35. We’re down to Hallowicked versus Gargano. Hallowicked dumps Gargano to the apron and Gargano comes back in with the slingshot spear. Gargano goes for an Irish Whip but Hallowicked blocks it and hits Go to Sleepy Hollow for a two-count. Hallowicked gets a few rollups for two. Gargano catches Hallowicked with a superkick and the Hurts Donut to get the pin and win FRAY at 25:34. Who’s idea was it to let FRAY go on for that long? I get the idea of it but letting it go that long is counterproductive.
The Pulse: DGUSA hits another home run on their second show, with two outstanding singles matches between Danielson and Doi and Shingo and Richards, and a very good tag team main event to cap it all off. You can, and should, purchase this DVD at the DGUSA Store.