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The Presidential Ballroom – Atlanta, Georgia – April 2, 2011

Lenny Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary. This is DGUSA’s debut on WWN.

MATCH #1: Jon Moxley vs. Arik Cannon

Moxley has two women with him tonight, Valerie Malone and Trina Michaels. HGe attacks Cannon right away before the bell. Cannon weathers the storm and unleashes some offense, but the women interfere from ringside to give Moxley the advantage. Moxley uses a sleeper and adds a body scissors to it just for fun. Cannon fights out of that and hits a big neckbreaker complete with a hilarious sell from Moxley and both men are down. Back on their feet Cannon builds some momentum with a flurry of offense. Cannon hits an exploder suplex for two. Moxley fights back with an Ace Crusher and a Lariat for two. He tries to use a chair but Cannon avoids it and gets a rollup for two. Cannon then hits a right hand, a superkick, and the brainbuster but Valerie Malone gets in the ring to distract the referee and when Cannon turns his back that gives Moxley the chance to kick him low and wrap him up in a small package for the win at 7:31. That was adequate for the time given.
Rating: **

Reby Sky comes out to confront Moxley, and he has no problem sending Malone and Trina Michaels after her. Sky hits Malone with a DDT but then Michaels takes her out from behind with her shoe. I don’t get the fascination with Sky, but Moxley is awesome with her.

Austin Aries Promo

Backstage Aries promises that tonight he will become a champion and that tonight he will find his purpose by becoming the Open the Freedom Gate Champion.

MATCH #2: Six Man Elimination Match – Brodie Lee vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Silas Young vs. AR Fox vs. Jon Davis vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa

Ichikawa is making his debut tonight. He and Fox start the match and the crowd is introduced to his brand of comedy. I think it’s fair to say he’s in the same ballpark as Kikutaro insofar as they’re both comedy wrestlers. Lee doesn’t find him amusing though and slaps him down, which leads to a five-on-one assault. Ichikawa tries hard but continues to fail, and Davis murders him with a lariat for the first elimination at 3:20. Now it’s Lee and Davis going at it, the two big powerhouses. Lee hits a headscissors and a suicide dive to the floor. That’s just awesome. Fox and Young take over in the ring with some fast-paced back-and-forth, and Fox knocks him to the floor and takes everyone except Jacobs out with a dive. Jacobs then convinces Ichikawa to come back in the ring and try a dive, but of course he makes no contact. Everyone seems to be going after Lee, which is smart given that he’s the biggest dude out there. Jacobs is able to hit Fox and Young with a simultaneous leaping Ace Crusher off the second rope, and executes a simultaneous Contra Code. That’s enough to eliminate Fox at 8:20. Jacobs also tries to pin Young but he’s too close to the ropes. Davis comes back in the ring and asserts his power advantage. The match starts to get out of hand and Jacobs traps Young in the End Time for the tap out at 10:55. Jacobs then goes for a crucifix on Davis and Lee helps him out with a big boot to Davis’s face and Jacobs scores his third straight elimination at 11:23. We’re down to just Jacobs and Lee now. They take the fight outside and Jacobs hits a Contra Code on the floor! Back in the ring Jacobs hits another Contra Code but Lee kicks out. Jacobs goes up top and Lee is able to take him down with a super butterfly suplex. Lee then hits a big running boot to the face and the Truck Stop for the pin at 13:55. That was good clean fun and solid work from everyone involved.
Rating: ***

Arik Cannon Promo

Cannon says that some nights you win, and some nights you lose. Unfortunately, tonight he was “f*cked,” and now it’s time to do things his way.

Freedom Fight

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: Non-Title Match – Masato Yoshino vs. Sami Callihan

Yoshino doesn’t even come out with the Open the Dream Gate or Open the United Gate championship belt, so this is definitely a non-title match. They start out brawling at a rapid rate, which could favor Callihan. That turns out to be exactly the case in the opening minutes. Yoshino fights back with Sling Blade. That doesn’t last too long before Callihan fights back with a Zig Zag. Yoshino comes back and locks on From Jungle and turns it into a sunset flip for two. The champ focuses on Callihan’s arm, so Callihan comes back with hard strikes and kicks. Yoshino hits a perfect missile dropkick for two. Callihan fights back and drops the straps to hit a huge clothesline for two, and then a Rikishi Driver for another two-count! He then runs right into the Lightning Spiral but he’s able to kick out! Yoshino follows up with Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente for the submission victory at 9:28. That was a good styles clash and I’m digging Callihan in the ring if not the character outside it yet. Speaking of, Callihan gets on the mic and growls and curses a bit.
Rating: ***

Jon Moxley Promo

Moxley declares himself a trend-setter and says that Austin Aries is out of style. He wants Aries to be out of Dragon Gate USA forever.

MATCH #4: Open the Brave Gate Title Match – PAC vs. Akira Tozawa

PAC has been the champion since 8.29.10, and this is his sixth defense. Also, this is only the second time the belt has been defended in the United States, after Matt Sydal did it at an ROH show in Dayton against Austin Aries back on 2.23.07. They take it down to the mat, which would be a good idea for Tozawa throughout the match I’m sure. PAC gets a little bit of offense in but Tozawa mostly dominates in the early going. Finally PAC fights back by countering the diving headbutt attempt with two boots to the face. The cut on PAC’s forehead from last night has been opened back up. PAC works Tozawa over a bit before Tozawa knocks him to the floor and follows with two consecutive suicide dives. Tozawa then hits a senton off the apron. Back in the ring Tozawa hits a Saito Suplex for two, and then a Back Drop Driver for another near-fall. PAC is quickly back in control though as the crowd chants “This Is Awesome.” He this a springboard 450 but Tozawa kicks out! The offense continues fast and furious as the crowd chants “This Is Wrestling,” one of my least favorite chants. Tozawa finally hits one of his famous German Suplexes but PAC kicks out at two! He goes for another one but PAC reverses to one of his own and that’s enough to get the pin at 19:39. The finish seemed a bit abrupt but the action leading up to it was awesome, as Tozawa continues to be the best thing going in the company.
Rating: ****

Tozawa and PAC show each other respect, and then the Blood Warriors come out and attack the Open the Brave Gate Champion.

Ronin Promo

Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, and Rich Swann are excited about being a part of the the six-man tag team tradition. They promise to defeat the Blood Warriors.

WWN Live

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: Danny Steel & Charade vs. the Sin City Saints

Apparently these four athletes impressed during an afternoon tryout/seminar. Right as the bell rings Sami Callihan runs out from the back and destroys the Sin City Saints, so this is a no-contest around 10 seconds in. Callihan cuts a promo loaded with curse words that I can’t totally comprehend. Arik Cannon runs out and adds more cursing. This is horrible. Cannon destroys Steel and Charade, and then they angry guys turn their attention to each other.

PAC Promo

PAC cuts a quick promo, just telling the Blood Warriors that they have their attention.

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

YAMATO has been the champion since 1.28.11, and this is his first defense. You know, people give WWE crap about hammering home their points, but I’ve heard “first-ever in-house iPPV” a number of times on this DVD. Aries has vowed to leave DGUSA forever if he does not win the Open the Freedom Gate Title. YAMATO is accompanied by Kamikaze USA leader Jon Moxley, but before the match he tells Moxley to go to the back. Both men appear evenly matched as they show off their mat and chain wrestling skills early on. YAMATO gloats a little bit too early and Aries makes him pay with a Brainbuster for two and then a 450 Splash but YAMATO kicks out of that too! The champion wisely rolls to the floor but Aries follows him out, wanting so badly to win the title. Back in the ring Aries continues to control the action. YAMATO goes to the floor and crawls under the ring, and when Aries climbs to the top he sneaks out and tosses Aries into the guardrail. Referee Jason Harding gives a lot of leeway, as YAMATO uses a broom and doesn’t get disqualified. Back in the ring YAMATO works the lower extremities, using the Figure-Four Leglock and the Ankle Lock in his attack. Aries fights back and dumps Yamato to the floor, and then takes him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. They fight on the apron and Aries dumps YAMATO on his head back in the ring for a two-count. Aries switches up his attack and goes after the leg. YAMATO fights back with a powerbomb right into the Samoan Crab, a la Samoa Joe. Speaking of, will the Real Samoa Joe please stand up? Back on their feet they exchange strikes until YAMATO grabs a sleeper and then hits the sleeper suplex for two. YAMATO dumps Aries hard to the floor, and when they battle on the apron Aries is able to hit a Death Valley Driver! Back in the ring that only gets two. They fight up to the top rope and YAMATO goes for a superplex but Aries cradles the legs into a double-pin situation but both men get their shoulders off the apron before a three-count can be made. Aries recovers quickest and hits two straight IEDs and a Brainbuster but YAMATO kicks out! He goes up top for another 450 Splash but YAMATO avoids it and hits an enziguiri. YAMATO delivers a kick to the head and tries a Brainbuster but Aries rolls through and gets a quick schoolboy rollup for two. Aries hits the kick to the head and tries the Brainbuster but YAMATO reverses to his own and it only gets one! YAMATO goes for Galleria but Aries reverses to the Brainbuster for a very close near-fall! They trade forearm blasts now and Aries goes for another Brainbuster but YAMATO counters to Galleria and Aries kicks out! YAMATO delivers a hard kick to the face, and then one to the head. He then hits Galleria one more time and Aries is finally done at 25:23. They took a very simple story – two guys both trying to win with the same combination of moves – and created something extremely exciting and memorable, particularly down the stretch. This was one of the best DGUSA matches of the year so far. Aries will now have his last DGUSA match tomorrow night against Jimmy Jacobs.
Rating: ****¼

Jimmy Jacobs Promo

Jacobs gets all philosophical about the roadblocks in life and such. He has now been beaten twice in a row by Brodie Lee. He then switches gears to talk about Austin Aries, and he says that tomorrow will be the beginning for him, but the End Time for Aries.

United: NYC

Back on January 28, 2011, DGUSA debuted in New York City with United: NYC, and featured the opening round of the Open the United Gate Tournament. You can purchase this show right here.

MATCH #7: The Dragon Gate Six Man Tradition Continues – CIMA, Naruki Doi & Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann

CIMA finds Stalker Ichikawa on his way to the ring and beats him up just for fun. He and Ricochet are two-thirds of the Open the Triangle Gate Champions along with Dragon Kid. This is the fifth match in the series of them dating back to 2006 (there was no match in 2009). Blood Warriors attack right away and take early advantage on Swann. Leonard needs to retire “Right On the Button” from his vocabulary. Gargano and CIMA get a chance to resume their battle from last night, and then everyone gets a chance as the action comes at a rapid pace. The two teams both get a chance to pick on a member of the opposing team and work him over. Swann is the unfortunate victim of the Blood Warriors, and they do a number on him. Finally Swann is able to make a tag and both Taylor and Gargano are houses afire on Blood Warriors. The action comes at a breakneck pace and everyone gets to look good. About 23 minutes in the pace really quickens so it feels like they’re headed into the home stretch. Ricochet badly blows a dive to the floor, but nevertheless it eliminates Gargano and Taylor from the match, leaving CIMA and Swann in the ring. CIMA delivers the Schwein, Meteora, and then a Muscular Bomb to finally get the win at 25:51. This is a worthy entry in the WrestleMania six-man tag series, as I continue to love any and all things Ronin. Blood Warriors continue to look dominant over the whole promotion, but I like where this is all going.
Rating: ****

PAC and Masato Yoshino run out to confront their opponents for tomorrow afternoon. CIMA promises that he and Doi will win the Open the United Gate Titles.
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 (Ricochet, Masato Yoshino, Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/03/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-ultimate-gate-2012-ricochet-masato-yoshino-chuck-taylor-johnny-gargano-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/03/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-ultimate-gate-2012-ricochet-masato-yoshino-chuck-taylor-johnny-gargano-2/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164780 UltimateGate12

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Deauville Beach Resort – Miami Beach, Florida – Friday, March 30, 2012

MATCH #1: AR Fox vs. Rich Swann {R}

Fox is coming off an excellent performance against PAC last night. He also has defeated Swann in their first two matches against each other, at EVOLVE 7: Aries vs. Moxley and EVOLVE 8: Style Battle. That means Swann has something to prove. Swann strikes firs with a dropkick. Fox comes back with a spinning Fisherman Buster for two. Swann rolls to the floor and Fox tries the Kickflip Dive but misses, and Swann hits one of his own. Back in the ring Fox retakes control with a Stunner. Fox gets the crowd into it with his high-flying prowess. He hits a split-legged moonsault for a two-count. Fox continues on offense but can’t keep Swann down. Swann comes back with a step-up enziguiri on the top rope and a super rana. He hits a Scissors Kick and a Rolling Chocolate Thunder for two. Fox catches Swann in the Death Valley Driver and a beautiful Swanton for a near-fall. Swann rolls to the floor and Fox wipes him out with that reverse somersault senton that he does. Back in the ring Fox misses the guillotine legdrop on the apron. Ouch. Swann hits a handspring Ace Crusher for two and a half! He goes up top and hits a beautiful Frog Splash for another near-fall! They trade some rollups for a series of two-counts. Swann hits a superkick and goes back up top but Fox kicks him in the face and hits Low Mein Pain for the win at 10:59. Fox is now 3-0 against Swann. I wonder if that will end up meaning anything. At any rate this was really fun and a good choice for an opener. I like both of these guys.
Rating: ***

EVOLVE 11 TV Spot

EVOLVE makes its Toronto debut with a double main event of Fit Finlay versus Sami Callihan and Low Ki faces El Generico! Sounds like a good double main to me.

Prelude to the Main Event

Open the Dream Gate Champion CIMA and Open the Brave Gate Champion Ricochet come out with their Open the United Gate title belts. Unfortunately, they are out to announce that because CIMA is injured, they must vacate the Open the United Gate Titles. A jubilant Chuck Taylor comes out, followed by Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano. Taylor thinks Ronin should be awarded the titles since they were scheduled to face CIMA & Ricochet for them tonight. Gargano disagrees, thinking they should earn the belts instead. Masato Yoshino comes out and offers to be Ricochet’s partner, since they are teaming in Japan now. Everyone agrees to that and we have a new main event for tonight and guaranteed new champions!

Way of the Ronin 2011

On September 11, 2011, DGUSA invaded Milwaukee, with a main event of PAC & Masato Yoshino against Ricochet & CIMA for both the Open the United Gate and Open the Twin Gate Titles. Read my review at Gate of Ziegler USA and buy the DVD at the DGUSA Store.

MATCH #2: Bobby Fish & Tommy Dreamer vs. The Scene w/ Larry Dallas

Caleb Konley and Scott Reed have Shelly Martinez and two other sluts with them tonight along with Larry Dallas. Fish comes out alone so the Scene thinks he doesn’t have a partner, but then Tommy Dreamer comes out to join him. Dreamer and Fish charge the ring and clean house. Eventually the battle spills to the floor and Dreamer takes his obligatory nut shot on the guardrail. That allows the Scene to take control and start wearing Dreamer down. Eventually Dreamer gets the hot tag and Fish is a house afire. Why does the Scene not have matching gear on tonight? Larry Dallas gets up on the apron and Dreamer brings him in the ring. One of the sluts tries to save him, as does the other random slut. Dreamer then hits the one with a piledriver. Throughout all of this Shelly Martinez had the referee distracted for some reason. Konley hits Dreamer with a lungblower. Fish then locks Konley in the Fish Hook for the win at 8:41. The Scene will never be taken seriously if they can’t beat a makeshift team that includes a washed-up part-timer like Dreamer.
Rating: *

After the match Shelly Martinez kisses Dreamer and he spanks her. The crowd of course enjoys this and I shake my head. Please stop appearing in DGUSA Tommy, please.

PAC Promo

PAC is excited to face Low Ki. He says he’s been looking forward to this day for a very long time, and he wants to tear it up out there because they’re both world class athletes.

MATCH #3: BxB Hulk {MB} vs. Sami Callihan {DUF}

Callihan attacks before the bell and slams Hulk into the corner, wrenching his knee. That gives Callihan a focus, and focus he does. Hulk fights back with some kicks, which also puts stress on his injured limb. He continues the abuse and doesn’t really appear to be doing much selling, rendering the opening portion of the match pretty pointless. Christina Von Eerie is watching from the aisle for some reason. Hulk continues kicking Callihan incredibly hard and Callihan begs for more. Callihan is able to come back with a Death Valley Driver and the shotgun splash for two. He knocks Hulk to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. Callihan then knocks Hulk all the way into the front row! Hulk strikes back with a kick to the head. Back in the ring Hulk hits a springboard spin kick for two. Hulk goes for a superplex but Callihan slips out and hits a superkick right to the knee. That was neat. Callihan locks on a half crab and Hulk reaches the ropes. Hulk hits Mouse and sweeps the legs. He kicks Callihan in the head and land a standing corkscrew press for two. Hulk goes up top but his leg gives out and he crumples to the canvas. Callihan hits a splash off the second rope right onto the leg. He then locks on the Stretch Muffler and Hulk turns it into a cradle for two. Hulk goes for First Flash but Callihan blocks it and hits another basement superkick to the knee. Von Eerie then gets up on the apron and spits water in his face. Hulk then hits a Regalplex and First Flash to get the in at 11:23. Callihan’s game plan was solid but Hulk’s selling kind of hurt the match. I’m also not totally sure who Von Eerie is or why it’s a big deal that she joined Mad Blankey or how she fits into the group. I guess we’ll find out.
Rating: **¾

Callihan gets on the microphone and says some stuff about Sabu. It’s hard to understand him due to the lousy sound system and all the heavy breathing. The lights go out and when they come back on Sabu is in the ring. Sabu puts on the Camel Clutch and Arik Cannon and Pinkie Sanchez run out to make the save. AR Fox and Jon Davis run out to even the odds. This segues into the next match…

MATCH #4: Street Fight Rules – Arik Cannon {DUF} & Pinkie Sanchez {DUF} vs. Sabu & Jon Davis

Sabu battles Cannon in the ring, Davis fights Sanchez on the floor, and Fox takes Callihan to the back. This is exactly what you would expect, a wild brawl all over the place. Davis and Sanchez get in the ring and Cannon and Sabu take it to the floor. More stuff happens and they trade places again. Sabu stabs Cannon repeatedly with a spike, busting him open. He hits Air Sabu once, but when he goes for it again he gets caught and Cannon hits Total Anarchy. Davis breaks up the cover and then flattens Cannon with a spinebuster. He hits a Shining Wizard and Sanchez breaks up the cover. Cannon and Sanchez dump Sabu to the floor and focus on Davis. Sabu gets back in the ring with a table. Davis dumps Sanchez to the floor and levels Cannon with a lariat. Sabu puts Cannon through the table, while Davis hits Sanchez with the Pounce and 3 Seconds Around the World to get the win at 7:15. That was garbage.
Rating: *¼

Sami Callihan comes back out to attack Sabu. He trash talks and threatens him to get ready for their match tomorrow night.

Low Ki Promo

Ki is backstage and he’s all excited about facing PAC. He too is excited about the match. Thankfully tonight he was able to shave off all of his mustache. Ki promises to tear the house down and tells everyone they better be paying attention.

MATCH #5: Masaaki Mochizuki {TVR} vs. Akira Tozawa {MB}

Tozawa is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie and BxB Hulk. This is a rematch from Uprising way back in May of 2010. They start with some strikes and Mochizuki kicks Tozawa down to the floor. CIMA has arrived at ringside to back up Mochizuki. Back in the ring Mochizuki goes to work on Tozawa’s leg with various kicks and submission holds. Mochizuki switches it up and goes after the arm. Tozawa escapes and rolls to the floor to catch a breather. The veteran Mochizuki will have none of that and he goes out after him. Tozawa reverses a whip and sends Mochizuki into the steel ring post. They battle on the apron and Mochizuki hits a Divorce Court and then a boot to the elbow! That was neat. Back in the ring Tozawa catches a Saito Suplex. Mochizuki rolls to the floor and Tozawa follows him out with a dive. When Tozawa goes for another one Mochizuki kicks him in the head. The tenacious Tozawa responds by kicking Mochizuki off the apron and hitting the second suicide dive. Back in the ring Tozawa goes to work on the head and neck. Von Eerie takes cheap shots when she can. Mochizuki catches Tozawa in a Tombstone Piledriver but Tozawa reverses it and plants him for a two-count. Tozawa locks on a Camel Clutch and Mochizuki gets to the ropes. Mochizuki kicks Tozawa’s head off with a hard kick. Tozawa fights back with a flurry of chops. Mochizuki responds with a knockout punch. Now they trade kicks and Mochizuki gets the better of that exchange. Mochizuki hits Ikkakugeri and a big running boot for two. He goes for Twister but Tozawa fights it off and hits a rana and a Shining Wizard for a near-fall. Mochizuki unleashes with a series of kicks for a two-count. He goes for the Shin Saikyou High Kick but Tozawa blocks it. They fight on the ropes and Tozawa hits a German Superplex and both men are down. Back on their feet they exchange holds and Tozawa hits the German Suplex for two. Mochizuki counters the cover with a Kimura Lock and ten the Cross Armbreaker. Tozawa slips out of that and hits another German Suplex for another two-count. They start trading strikes again and Mochizuki hits Illusion and the Shin Saikyou High Kick for a very close near-fall. Mochizuki hits more kicks and one finally puts Tozawa down at 19:49. These two beat the hell out of each other and Mochizuki just beat Tozawa until he could no longer get up. That’s awesome.
Rating: ****

After the match, Christina Von Eerie gets in the ring and tells Mochizuki she has a message for him from Mad Blankey. Von Eerie punches Mochizuki in the balls and then runs. Okay then.

WWNLive

WWN Live features live iPPV and on demand iPPV for DGUSA, EVOLVE, SHINE, and several other companies as well.

MATCH #6: Samuray Del Sol vs. Johnny Vandal

Ricochet joins Leonard on commentary. Vandal looks like a pretty typical Indy Guy. Del Sol immediately looks impressive and sends Vandal to the floor. He follows Vandal out with a dive. Back in the ring Del Sol hits a slingshot 450 Splash (as impressive as it sounds) for a two-count. Del Sol throws Vandal into the corner and charges in, but Vandal catches him and slams him down. Vandal gets a little bit of offense in, including a TKO. He goes up top and does a crotch chop for some reason before dropping double knees for a near-fall. Del Sol comes back with an awesome reverse rana from out of nowhere to get the pin at 3:15. Vandal looked alright but this was obviously about putting Del Sol over strong and the match accomplished that. They did about as much as they could in three minutes.
Rating: **

Uhaa Nation Promo

Uhaa Nation was injured last night in the main event and is sporting a leg brace and is on crutches. He tore a tendon and they say he’s going to be out six-eight months. He’s not buying it though, and says he’ll be back sooner than that and he’ll be back in DGUSA to show why he’s the future of professional wrestling. I think this guy has a tremendous upside.

MATCH #7: Low Ki vs. PAC {W1I}

Arik Cannon joins Leonard on commentary. This should be several different kinds of awesome. Lenny Leonard calls Low Ki “one of the biggest stars in wrestling today,” which I think is a bit of a stretch. They start slowly and try to out man each other. The crowd is juiced for both guys. PAC and Ki trade holds back and forth, both guys trying to set the tone. Ki unleashes a couple of kicks to take the first advantage. Leonard compares this crowd to a Japanese crowd, which in U.S. Terms just means they’re dead. PAC wakes them up with some high flying and then grounds the match again. I’m digging the pace, but it’s taking the crowd some time to come around. Ki fights back with really hard chops. He takes PAC down and uses a headscissors to wear him down. Ki throws PAC to the floor and they fight on the apron. PAC comes back in with a slingshot hurricanrana. Ki rolls to the floor. PAC tries a dive but lands on the apron and Ki sweeps his legs. Ki tries to follow up but PAC kicks Ki back into the guardrail. This time PAC hits a corkscrew dive off the top rope. The crowd chants “that was splendid,” which is tremendous. Ki barely makes it back in the ring and PAC covers for two. PAC keeps up the momentum and the crowd is mostly with him. Ki fights back with a nasty kick to the chest, but then runs right into an elevated flapjack for two. PAC continues to work the midsection, but Ki uses his momentum to run his face into the middle turnbuckle. Ki then hits the Tidal Wave. Cannon knows the names of the moves, Leonard does not. Ki covers twice for two-counts. He goes up top but misses a Phoenix Splash. PAC goes to the second rope and hits a Phoenix Splash for two. That’s still beautiful every time. PAC tries a springboard move but misses it and Ki hits the Black Magic for two. Ki goes for the Warrior’s Way but PAC knocks him down onto the top turnbuckle. PAC takes Ki down with a hurricanrana but misses the 360o Shooting Star Press. Ki then hits the Warrior’s Way to get the victory at 23:45. I expected this to be crazier but they kept it simple and told a great story. I loved the pace and thought the match went by pretty quickly. The crowd took some time warming up but they did get there and that helped the second half of the match be even better than the first.
Rating: ****¼

Ki gets on the microphone (of course), and puts over PAC and asks for a rematch. I’d pay for that. Ki then calls wrestling a sport, which it’s not. He says that EVOLVE should establish a championship because there are so many championship caliber wrestlers in EVOLVE and DGUSA. Or, alternately, they could care about the Open the Freedom Gate Title, which already exists even though this promo would lead you to believe it doesn’t. I would much rather see great storylines and people caring about the Open the Freedom Gate Title before introducing a second belt to the company.

DGUSA.tv

www.DGUSA.tv is the official site of Dragon Gate USA & EVOLVE. Check it out for all merchandise, iPPV, tickets, and all your other DGUSA and EVOLVE needs.

MATCH #8: Open the United Gate Title Match – Ricochet {W1I} & Masato Yoshino {W1I} vs. Chuck Taylor {R} & Johnny Gargano {R}

CIMA & Ricochet were forced to vacate the titles when CIMA was injured, so this match will crown new champions. Gargano and Swann have their Ronin teammate Rich Swann in their corner, while Yoshino and Ricochet counter with CIMA. Ricochet is the Open the Brave Gate Champion, and Gargano is the Open the Freedom Gate Champion, so there is a lot of gold around this match.

Gargano and Yoshino start the match, a preview of tomorrow night’s Open the Freedom Gate Title match. They go back and forth a bit in the early going, as everyone comes in and shows off what they can do. Taylor and Ricochet have a bit of history from various independent organizations. Yoshino and Ricochet are able to isolate on Gargano and keep him in their half of the ring. Gargano comes back with the Superman Spear on Ricochet and then wipes out Yoshino with a suicide dive. Taylor comes in and hits Ricochet with a quebrada for two. Leonard mentions that Ricochet has never defeated Taylor in DGUSA, which is the kind of detail that can enhance a match. I wish he did that more often. Ronin focuses on Ricochet for a bit. Taylor tries a moonsault but Ricochet moves out of the way. Ricochet hits a spear, an enziguiri and a springboard diving lariat. Tags are made and the pace gets quick. Yoshino hits Sling Blade and Taylor comes back in, only to get hit with a swinging DDT for two. Taylor comes back with a spinebuster into a half crab. Yoshino comes back with From Jungle. Ricochet tags in and starts flying around the ring, getting a near-fall on Gargano in the process. Gargano hits the Lawn Dart, a superkick, and an Asai Ace Crusher. That was pretty neat. All four men are battling in the ring and the crowd is on their feet, literally. The action is really hard to follow and there are tons of near-falls and counters. I catch up with Yoshino locking Gargano in the GargaNo Escape but Taylor breaks it up. Ronin gains an advantage and the hit a double-team DDT/Hurts Donut and Gargano covers but Taylor pulls him off and goes for the pin himself! That was foolish, and it only gets two. Taylor grabs the open the Freedom Gate Title belt and piefaces Swann off the apron. Gargano takes the belt from Taylor, allowing Yoshino to hit Torbellino and Ricohet follows with a 630 senton but only gets two when Gargano makes the save! Gargano and Ricochet Light Each Other Up with really hard strikes. The crowd is loving it. Gargano wins the exchange with a discus lariat. Ricochet throws Gargano to the floor and wipes him out with a corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring Yoshino hits Taylor with Torbellino. Yoshino locks on Sol Naciente and Taylor taps out at 19:41! That started a little slowly but picked up nicely down the stretch. They also effectively showed that Taylor is narcissistic to the point of costing his Team the titles, which I appreciated.
Rating: ***¾

After the match, CIMA says he respects both of them, as his disrespect was a key factor in the formation of Ronin. That’s a nice way to come full circle. Taylor doesn’t want to hear it though and takes a cheap shot when CIMA has his back turned! He then bails to a chorus of boos.

Yoshino gets on the microphone and makes sure Gargano is okay. He promises to win the Open the Freedom Gate Title tomorrow night (good thing he didn’t), and says that he and Ricochet love Miami. Gargano and Swann then let the new Open the United Gate Champions celebrate with their titles.
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The Celebrity Theater – Phoenix, Arizona – March 27, 2010

The Warriors (CIMA, Gamma, and Dragon Kid) and World-1 (BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, and Masato Yoshino) are shown warming up backstage in preparation for their main event tonight.

MATCH #1: TJP vs. Brad Allen

Allen shoves TJP down, immediately asserting his power advantage. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds and counters. Allen hangs on to the arm but TJP escapes and lands a quick kick. They lock up again and TJP hits a dropkick. TJP tries a couple of shoulderblocks but can’t take Allen down so he gets slapped right in the mouth. He hits a neckbreaker instead and a kick to the chest. He whips Allen to the far corner but Allen leaps up to the top rope and hits a turn-around cross body block for two. Allen then catches TJP in a powerslam for two. He continues on offense until TJP hits a cross body of his own. Allen rolls through and tries a fallaway slam but TJP grabs him in a schoolboy rollup for two; and then Allen plants him with the Side Effect. He hits a nice springboard senton for a two-count. He continues wearing TJP down and boots him to the floor. Back in the ring TJP suplexes Allen to the floor and both men go tumbling down. Back in the ring they trade pinning combinations for two-counts. TJP hits a superkick and an Ace Crusher. He goes up top and hits a beautiful 450 splash but Allen kicks out. Allen comes back and hits The Deal but TJP kicks out at two. He tries another one but TJP avoids it and goes for a Cross Armbreaker but Allen avoids it. TJP sticks with it and is able to trap Allen in the Figure Four Deathlock and Allen taps out at 9:22. That was a solid opener but would have been more engaging had TJP gone after the legs at all during the match before winning with a leg submission.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: The Young Bucks vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw

Quack and Nick start it off and take it right down to the mat. They get up and the pace quickens; Quack knocks Nick to the floor with a back elbow. Jigsaw and Matt get in the ring and pick up where their partners left off. The masked man goes after Matt’s leg, locking on a half crab. Matt reaches the ropes to break the hold. Both men rise and trade holds very quickly. Jigsaw traps Matt in the Gory Special and then makes the tag to Quack for some double-teaming. Matt rolls to the floor so Nick enters the ring. Quack quickly monkey flips Nick to the floor and then wipes him out with a dive. Matt follows with a dropkick to take Quack down, and then Jigsaw dropkicks Matt down. This is getting quite difficult to keep up with.

The Bucks take control of Jigsaw and wear him down with quick tags and double team maneuvers. After several minutes Jigsaw makes the hot tag and Quack is all over both Nick and Matt. The Bucks recover and throw Quack back to the floor and go back to work on Jigsaw. The match gets out of control as Jigsaw sends Matt to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. Nick and Quack go at it in the ring. Quack hits a release overhead German Suplex and then a superplex for two. Nick comes back with an Ace Crusher for two. The Bucks hit Jigsaw with the Worst Case Scenario for two. Matt hits Quack with Diamond Dust but only gets two. The action continues at a breakneck pace until Jigsaw traps Matt in the Jig N Tonic and Quack adds a double stomp to it to get the pin at 14:43. As with most Young Bucks matches it was all action and no story but everything flowed really well tonight and the action pretty much never stopped. The Bucks then cut one of those generic Indy promos about respecting their opponents and all that junk.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #3: Shingo vs. Genki Horiguchi

Horiguchi is a member of the WARRIORS stable, and is accompanied by Gamma, Dragon Kid, and CIMA. Shingo is representing Kamikaze, and is accompanied by his own awesomeness. It’s funny that Lenny Leonard gives the big enthusiastic welcome before this match, because while it is third on the DVD it actually opened the PPV broadcast.

Shingo uses his power advantage to take control early on. Horiguchi comes back by going after Shingo’s heavily bandaged left knee. He tries a second rope moonsault but Shingo gets his knees up. Shingo hits a DDT and a leaping back senton for a two-count. He continues dismantling Horiguchi with strikes and suplexes. He hits a powerslam for a two-count and then locks on the Manriki. Horiguchi reaches the ropes and then fires back with some chops. He scores with a headscissors and then a tornado DDT. Shingo no sells that so Horiguchi hits him with a vertical suplex. An inverted DDT gets two. Horiguchi goes up top and hits a missile dropkick to the back. He hits another headscissors and tries a running dropkick in the corner but Shingo catches him with a powerbomb. Shingo hits a lariat in the corner and then lands Stay Dream but he can’t cover right way and Horiguchi kicks out at two. He tries Made in Japan but Horiguchi blocks it and they trade blows. Shingo hits the Pumping Bomber, but Horiguchi responds with an immediate Backslide from Heaven. It only gets two and Shingo responds by catching Horiguchi with the Death Valley Bomb and a Pumping Bomber. Finally he hits Made in Japan to get the victory at 10:07. That was squashy but spirited.
Rating: **¾

Lenny Leonard announces the next match as a three-way dance. Jacobs is announced first, but before anyone else can be introduced, Teddy Hart comes out in a track suit with a bottle of Gatorade. Hart rambles on and on about nothing in particular when the morons chant for him. He says that he’s too injured to compete tonight. He puts Jacobs over and asks him to take his spot in the tag team match coming up. Kendrick and London come out come out to mock Jacobs, as Kendrick has already defeated him twice, at Fearless in Chicago in January, and last night in Phoenix at Open the Ultimate Gate. Jacobs then offers to make it a “Loser Leaves DGUSA” match to sweeten the deal. Kendrick is full time with TNA; London, Evans and Jacobs are not. You figure it out. Hart then continues to ramble on and on and on, eventually saying he wants to forgive and make up with London and Kendrick for injuring him last night. Of course as soon as Hart has his back turned Kendrick hits him with a low blow.

MATCH #4: Loser Leaves DGUSA – Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Evans & Jimmy Jacobs

Jacobs comes out to the floor to attack London and Kendrick but quickly gets beaten down. Evans comes out to join his partner and he’s flying all over the place. I’ve really missed Evans in ROH. The bell rings way late for some reason, as Evans takes London into the ring and hits a standing shooting star press for two. Kendrick gets back in the ring but Evans is able to control both of them easily. Jacobs rejoins the action and locks London in the End Time. Kendrick tosses Evans to the floor and then breaks up the End Time. He kicks Jacobs in the head, and London follows with one of his own. London and Kendrick are in control now, wearing Jacobs down in their half of the ring. As usual Jacobs takes amazing heat as London and Kendrick work to keep him away from Evans. Finally Jacobs slips out of a vertical suplex and makes the tag. Evans is flying all over the place with dropkicks. He sends both London and Kendrick to the floor and follows them out with the Space Flying Tiger Drop.

Back in the ring Evans hits London with a springboard 450 splash but it only gets two. Kendrick comes back in and they successfully double-team Evans. Jacobs gets back in the ring and hits Kendrick with a Spear and then London with a rana. The referee has totally lost control. London comes back with the mushroom stomp on Jacobs for two. Evans cleverly turns a London suplex attempt into a Jacobs DDT. He hits London with a devastating standing corkscrew press (landing feet first, ouch) for a two-count. Kendrick and Evans tumble to the floor. London hits Jacobs with the inverted Tiger Suplex and then a kick to the face. He goes up top but Evans kicks him down. Evans goes for the 630 but London gets his knees up. So Kendrick gets in the ring with Jacobs and tries to bully him. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 but Jacobs counters with a Contra Code and Kendrick counters that with a kick to the face and an enziguiri. Kendrick then hits Sliced Bread #2 but Jacobs kicks out. He locks Jacobs in the Camel Clutch, and then lets it go. Kendrick feels like he could win this match at any time. Jacobs surprises him with a quick rollup for two, and then locks on the End Time. Evans runs interference on London and Kendrick taps his way to TNA at 10:44. That was easily the best match Jacobs and Kendrick were involved with each in DGUSA.
Rating: ***

London attacks Jacobs after the bell and throws Evans to the floor. Teddy Hart comes back out and hits a low blow on London. He then hits a piledriver to knock London out.

MATCH #5: Hardcore Rules Match – Tommy Dreamer vs. Jon Moxley

Tommy Dreamer is in the ring with MMA gloves on for some reason. A cool fan tells Dreamer not to cry, and I second that idea. He’s a little more focused than Hart but it’s still a lot of rambling. The gist of his inane chatter is that he wants to face Jon Moxley in a Phoenix Street Fight, but he can’t call it that for some reason? Moxley is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie. Where did she come from?

These two are so angry at each other that they start off by fighting over a waistlock. I know that when I want to fight someone in a hardcore match, I immediately go for a waistlock. Even Leonard is kind of like “WTF mate?” They finally start trading chops and strikes. Moxley scores a knockdown with a leg lariat. He literally takes a bite out of Dreamer and then works him over with forearms. Dreamer comes back with a bulldog and a clothesline to send Moxley to the floor. He then dropkicks him off the entrance ramp and wipes him out with a senton. Dreamer pretty much moves at half speed. He grabs the ring bell and rings it on Moxley’s nuts, and then spits water in his face. He takes the fight through the crowd and uses a fan’s crutch as a weapon. They fight out of Leonard’s line of sight for a bit. Back at ringside Dreamer hits a vertical suplex. Dreamer heads back to the locker room and comes out with a couple of garbage cans. He hits Moxley over the head with them. Back in the ring Dreamer goes up top with the can but Moxley knocks him down and drills him in the head twice with the can. Moxley hits a superplex and then a clothesline for two. Dreamer has been busted open. Moxley locks on an STF.

Dreamer reaches the ropes. Moxley then puts the miss in missile dropkick and Dreamer locks on a Texas Cloverleaf. This time Moxley reaches the ropes. Dreamer responds with a hard clothesline for a two-count. He goes outside the ring and gets a chair. It backfires though, as Moxley is able to drop toehold Dreamer into the very same chair. Dreamer comes right back with a spinebuster and then hurls Moxley’s head back into the chair. Von Eerie breaks up the pin and Dreamer attempts to piledrive her but the referee stops him so Dreamer punches him. The girl then foolishly slaps Dreamer, and takes the safest looking piledriver of all time (likely because of her Mohawk hair style). YAMATO comes in from behind and tries to choke Dreamer but he gets dumped to the floor. Shingo comes in and hits Dreamer with the Death Valley Driver. Moxley rolls over to make the cover but only gets two. Dreamer comes back with a piledriver for two. They reverse each other a couple of times until Moxley hits Dreamer with a DDT on the steel chair to get the pin at 12:31. The interference from YAMATO and Shingo brought the match quality up by sheer force of their levels of awesome, which is fortunate because the match on its own was pretty dull and plodding. Can Tommy Dreamer please go away now?
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Open the Dream Gate Title Match – YAMATO vs. Susumu Yokosuka

YAMATO has been the champion since 3.22.10 and this is his first defense. Yokosuka is a former champion, having held the title for 214 days in 2006. They start off cautiously with some chain wrestling. That doesn’t last too long before they get aggressive and start trading strikes. Yokosuka wins the first battle and clotheslines YAMATO to the floor. Back in the ring Yokosuka goes to work. He uses a rear chinlock but YAMATO escapes by raking the face. Yokosuka comes right back with Jumbo no Kachi! YAMATO appears to be out but Yokosuka doesn’t cover him. He pays for it when YAMATO locks on a triangle choke, but Yokosuka makes it to the ropes and rolls to the floor. YAMATO follows him out and goes after the arm. That’s good strategy since it aims to take away the Jumbo no Kachi! Back in the ring YAMATO continues working the arm. Yokosuka briefly grabs a Choke Sleeper but YAMATO kicks him low to escape, and Yokosuka responds in kind! Obviously the referee saw neither. Both men get to their feet and Yokosuka hits an exploder. YAMATO responds with one of his own. They each give each other one more and then both men are down again. YAMATO gets up first and goes up top, but Yokosuka pops up and joins him up there to hit a super exploder, which only gets two.

Yokosuka tries Jumbo no Kachi! but YAMATO blocks it and hits a running boot to the arm. YAMATO hits a forearm to the face but Yokosuka comes back with a low dropkick and then slams YAMATO’s knees into the canvas. Yokosuka locks on a Figure-Four Leglock and YAMATO barely makes it to the ropes. YAMATO counters a powerbomb into an armbar and then takes Yokosuka down to the mat with a Fujiwara Armbar. Yokosuka makes the ropes. YAMATO hits a running forearm in the corner and puts Yokosuka up on the top rope. Yokosuka reverses with a super Death Valley Driver. YAMATO no-sells it and they trade forearms. They continue to trade strikes and Yokosuka wins the battle with a Jumbo no Kachi! for a two-count. YAMATO comes back with the Choke Sleeper, and Yokosuka counters it to a Death Valley Driver! Yokosuka tries to capitalize with Jumbo no Kachi! but he can’t put much behind them. YAMATO viciously attacks the arm, but Yokosuka summons the strength for another Jumbo no Kachi! but YAMATO kicks out at two! Yokosuka hits Mugen but YAMATO once again kicks out at two. He goes for another Mugen but YAMATO slips out and locks on the Choke Sleeper. YAMATO turns it into a release German Suplex, and then locks on the Choke Sleeper again. He hits the sleeper suplex but Yokosuka kicks out at two. He kicks Yokosuka in the head and hits a brainbuster for another two-count! Finally the champion hits Galleria to get the pin and retain the title at 21:42.

I liked YAMATO focusing on the arm and they did some cool spots around that. But then he’s able to hit the move, twice, right at the end of the match, after previously not being able to execute it at all. I also get annoyed when guys no sell stuff like Super Death Valley Drivers, but I understand it’s a style thing or whatever. Other than all that this was still an excellent match and they had the crowd with them.
Rating: ***¾

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MATCH #7: Dragon Gate Six Man Tag Match – BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino vs. CIMA, Gamma & Dragon Kid

The WARRIORS team is accompanied by Genki Horiguchi. I don’t expect to be able to call much of this one. Kid and Yoshino start it off. As predicted, the two faster men in the sport live up to that moniker. Gamma tags in and the action is coming at a fast pace. Hulk and CIMA tag in and Hulk grounds the veteran. World-1 takes first control of the match, wearing CIMA down in their half of the ring. CIMA comes back and tags Kid back in. Yoshino tags in and the WARRIORS go to work on him. That doesn’t last long before World-1 goes to work on CIMA, and then WARRORS take over on Doi. No one has gained a sustained advantage yet. Gamma utilizes the Sweet Angel’s Kiss on Hulk, and then boots him in the face. That actually leads to WARRIORS controlling the Open the Freedom Gate champion for several minutes. While the referee’s back is turned, CIMA and Kid hold Hulk’s legs apart and Gamma bashes him in the nuts with a kendo stick. Hulk fights back with kicks and makes the hot tag to Doi. Gamma immediately blasts Doi in the face with the kendo stick. Doi gets control of the stick behind the referee’s back and uses it expertly all over Gamma’s body. Kid and Yoshino tag in and go back and forth. Doi comes in and takes his shots at Kid. The World-1 trio keeps Kid isolated and work over his arm.

After several minutes of heinous abuse, Kid is able to make the tag. CIMA comes in and the WARRIORS take control. Kid hits Yoshino with Déjà vu and then hits Yoshino with the Bermuda Triangle. Gamma and Doi slug it out now and Doi seems to win the battle but Gamma responds with an enziguiri. Gamma blocks Doi 555 and hits a dropkick to the face. He hits a powerbomb but Doi kicks out at two. Yoshino and CIMA end up in the ring. They battle it out and Yoshino hits Sling Blade for two. Yoshino then locks on From Jungle. Kid responds by trapping Hulk in the same move. Yoshino and Kid trade chops and then all six men wind up in the ring. Kid hits Hulk with a nasty tornado DDT but Yoshino breaks up the cover. CIMA tries a coast to coast dropkick but Yoshino avoids it and hits the dropkick senton combo. How is Leonard keeping up with all this? Hulk hits Kid with a Michinoku Driver for two. CIMA hits Yoshino with the Perfect Driver for two. WARRIORS hit Yoshino with a triple dropkick. Doi comes back in and hits CIMA with the Bakatare Sliding Kick. Yoshino then rolls CIMA up for a two-count. Hulk comes in and hits CIMA with EVOP for two.

Hulk goes up top but Gamma stops him and CIMA hits Venus. They prepare for the super-duper rana but Hulk avoids it. Gamma brings the kendo stick back in and uses it right in front of referee Bryce Remsburg, who does nothing. Kid then hits Hulk with a super-duper reverse rana, and Gamma follows with a regular reverse rana, and then Kid hits the Ultra Hurricanrana but Hulk kicks out at two! Kid hits Yoshino with Bible but it only gets two. Yoshino comes back with Lightning Spiral for two! World-1 focuses on Gamma and hit a Super Sling Blade but it only gets two! Hulk hits a series of kicks to the head for another two-count. Doi hits Gamma with Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick. Yoshino follows up with the Lighting Spiral. Amazingly Gamma kicks out again! Yoshino hits Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente. Hulk runs interference and Gamma passes out at 27:24. That was an amazing match that will probably score some Match of the Year votes. Gamma took one hell of a beating there. The action was nonstop and outside of Hulk slipping that one time (which I don’t hold against him, it happens), everything was hitting right on.
Rating: ****½

Yoshino and Hulk do their best to cut a promo in English, with Yoshino challenging BxB Hulk to a title match. They agree to a title match in Toronto. They start speaking Japanese, and it actually is translated on the screen! This is great! Doi cuts in when things get heated and wishes for a good match and makes Hulk and Yoshino shake hands.

BONUS MATCH #1: Eight Man Tag Team Match – The Prophet, Derrick Niekirk & Irish Airborne vs. Chimera, The Cutler Brothers & Malachi Jackson

This one should be pretty fast paced. One of the Cutlers starts the match with the Prophet. The Cutlers take control and work Prophet over. Moments later Prophet makes the comeback and tags Dave Crist. Dave sweeps the legs and hits a standing moonsault for two. Chimera tags in and hits Dave with a slingshot senton for two. Dave comes back with a chinbreaker and a dropkick, and then tags his brother. Jake hits a leg lariat for a two-count. Chimera comes back with a facebuster but misses a boot and Jake gets a rollup for one, and then Chimera gets a cradle of his own for one. Niekirk and Jackson tag in, and this is a size and power mismatch. Jackson hits a missile dropkick and tags one of the Cutlers, and now the brawl spills to the floor, where the Niekirk team takes control. One of the Cutler brothers is getting decimated in the wrong half of the ring. After a few minutes the other Cutler gets a hot tag and unleashes some awkward offense. He then does some pushups and gets kicked in the head. The match breaks down and offense is coming from all directions. Some if it is pretty sloppy. Eventually Dave gets dropped on his head with a dual tombstone piledriver by the Cutlers, and Jackson sneaks in to get the pinfall at 10:53. That was not good.
Rating: *

BONUS MATCH #2: Homicide vs. Shingo, FIP Heatstroke 2006 Night One, Inverness, Florida, 7.7.06

Shingo is representing DP Associates tonight, so he is accompanied by Dave Prazak and Mr. Milo Beasley. They stall a bit to start, and then engage in some chain wrestling. Neither man can knock each other down with a shoulderblock at first, but then Homicide accomplishes that feat. Homicide then hits an armdrag and a dropkick to send Shingo to the floor. Back in the ring they exchange strikes, with Homicide winning the first battle. Homicide hits a neckbreaker for two and continues working Shingo’s neck. Shingo fires back with an elbow strike and a couple of headbutts. He returns the favor by working Homicide’s neck, and of course Prazak uses every opportunity he gets to deliver some cheap shots. Back in the ring Shingo stays in control and hits a gutbuster and a hard DDT. Every time Homicide tries a comeback Shingo is able to stay one step ahead and cut him off. Shingo slams Homicide down and locks on a half crab. After a few more minutes of Shingo working the leg, Homicide comes back with a tornado DDT and an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide goes up and hits a diving headbutt for two. Shingo comes back with a powerslam but then misses a charge in the corner. Homicide tries a vertical suplex but Shingo reverses it to one of his own for a two-count. Homicide comes back and hits a piledriver but Prazak is distracting the referee. The distraction allows BJ Whitmer to sneak out and trip Homicide from the floor. That allows Shingo to hit a lariat and the Last Falconry to get the pin at 11:53. That was solid back and forth but not much to it.
Rating: **¾

BONUS MATCH #3: Triangle Elimination Tag Team Match – CIMA & BxB Hulk vs. Austin Aries & Matt Sydal vs. B-Boy & Chris Bosh, Wrestle JAM, Kanagawa, Japan, 7.10.06

This one could get out of hand. This is one man from each team in the ring at a time, and we start with Boy, Sydal, and Hulk. Unfortunately for Boy, Hulk and Sydal decide to work together on him in the early going. They dropkick him to the floor and then take it to each other. Hulk dropkicks Sydal to the floor and pulls him back in for more kicks. CIMA tags in and so does Aries. Bosh decides to join them but offers to be friends. Of course when CIMA shakes his hand Bosh kicks him in the gut. Aries grabs Bosh with a side headlock. CIMA watches on and Aries catches him sleeping, putting him in a headlock. He then grabs Aries in a headscissors, but even with Bosh helping out, YOU CAN’T HEADSICSSOR AUSTIN ARIES! They all take turns rolling each other up for close near falls and the crowd shows respect.

Five minutes have gone by as the action continues fast and furious. CIMA and Hulk control Bosh while Aries regroups on the floor. Back in the ring Aries kicks Bosh across the back for a two-count. Sydal tags in and they double-team Bosh. Boy is able to tag in and he fights with CIMA over pinfall attempts on Sydal. Aries tags in and they start the abdominal stretch train. Sydal breaks it up with a missile dropkick. Bosh, the most unpopular man in the match, gets hit with a quadruple dropkick from all of his opponents. The action continues to be a little too fast for me to keep up with. Aries slams Bosh down and encourages Sydal to go for the Shooting Star Press. Boy breaks up the SSP but gets hit with the inverted Rocker Dropper instead. Aries goes up top, Bosh hits Sydal with a low blow and Boy rolls him up for the pin and Sydal and Aries are eliminated at 10:30.

The pace stays on the fast side, as CIMA hits Bosh with the Perfect Driver for two. Hulk hits a spinning leg lariat off the top rope, CIMA hits a lungblower, and Hulk hits a straightjacket slam for a two-count. Boy comes back in and goes after Hulk. He and Bosh double Hulk but can’t put him away. Boy hits Delikado and CIMA breaks up the cover. CIMA tries to mount a comeback but Gamma interferes from the floor to cut him off with a kendo stick. Gamma tries to throw powder in CIMA’s eyes but he misses and hits Bosh instead. The referee gets distracted and Don Fuji sneaks into the ring to level Bosh with a lariat. CIMA follows up with the Schwein for the win at 13:48. Having all three guys in the ring at once in the beginning made for non-stop action, and even when Aries and Sydal left the pace never slowed down. This was a ton of fun.
Rating: ***¾

BONUS MATCH #4: Shingo & YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk & Masato Yoshino, Summer Adventure Tag League III, Kyoto, Japan, 8.2.09

Shingo and YAMATO represent Kamikaze; Hulk and Yoshino represent World-1. Hulk and YAMATO start the match. They take it right down to the mat and YAMATO tries CBV but Hulk scurries to the ropes. Tags are made and Shingo knocks Yoshino down with an inverted atomic drop and a hard chop. Shingo works on Yoshino’s neck but misses a double chop and Yoshino locks on From Jungle! YAMATO comes in to break it up and gets thrown to the floor. Hulk tags in and he continues to work the arm. Shingo comes back with a left arm lariat and then a chop. He catches a kick and hits a dragon Screw in the ropes before making the tag. YAMATO and Shingo work over Hulk’s leg for several minutes. Hulk makes the comeback with a springboard dropkick, of course. Yoshino and Shingo get tags and Yoshino hits a vertical suplex on Shingo and then goes after YAMATO. He hits Sling Blade for two. YAMATO comes back and locks on CBV.

Hulk comes in to break that up and then takes the fight to Shingo. He hits a standing shooting star press for two. Shingo comes back with a vicious DDT. He hits the Gallon Throw and a knee drop for two. YAMATO comes in for some double-teaming but it backfires as Hulk regains control with a variety of kicks. Hulk hits YAMATO with a superkick and Shingo breaks up the cover. Yoshino and Hulk turn their attention to Shingo. YAMATO reappears with a spear to Hulk on the ring apron! Back in the ring Shingo and YAMATO have the advantage now. YAMATO hits a brainbuster for two. Shingo hits a Death Valley Driver and then an assisted Ace Crusher but Hulk breaks up that cover. The referee is losing control. Hulk kicks YAMATO off the top rope and down to the floor. He knocks Shingo down and hits a standing moonsault for two. Yoshino hits the Missile Dropkick/Senton combo and then goes for From Jungle but Shingo blocks it, so Yoshino slips out with a sunset flip for two. He hits Shingo with Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente but YAMATO breaks it up. Shingo and Hulk trade holds, and then YAMATO recovers in time to crush Hulk with a double shoulderblock. YAMATO hits Galleria but Yoshino breaks it up. Shingo tosses Yoshino to the floor and nails Hulk with a lariat in the corner. He hits the Stay Dream but Yoshino comes in to break it up. He hits the Pumping Bomber and a sick looking Made in Japan but Hulk kicks out at two! Hulk gets a crucifix for a quick near fall and the bell rings at 19:46, which is good enough to be a 20 minute draw I guess. The match was awesome and might have rated even high with a winner.
Rating: ****
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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.
Rating: ***¼

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.
Rating: **½

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.
Rating: *

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.
Rating: **¾

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.
Rating: ****

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

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.
Rating: **¼

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.

United: NYC

Back on January 28, 2011, DGUSA debuted in New York City with United: NYC, and featured the opening round of the Open the United Gate Tournament. You can purchase this show right here.

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.
Rating: ***

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.
Rating: *½

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.
Rating: ****¼
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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.
Rating: ***½

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.
Rating: ***¼

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.
Rating: **

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.
Rating: ***½

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.
Rating: ***

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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.
Rating: ****

You Lost Again

Jon Moxley is lecturing Shingo backstage about his loss tonight. He makes the mistake of calling Shingo lazy and gets slapped in the face for it. Then for some reason Christina Von Eerie shows up and Moxley walks off with her.

BONUS MATCH #1: FRAY! Featuring The Prophet, Chimera, Brad Allen, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, Dustin Cutler, Brandon Cutler, and Malachi Jackson

The Prophet and Chimera start the match, and I’m glad Lenny Leonard is on commentary or I would not know who either of these guys is. They go back and forth for about two minutes and Dustin Cutler is the next man in the ring. Prophet and Chimera break up each other’s pin attempts on Dustin, which makes no sense since it’s an elimination match. Dustin comes back with a flurry of offense, sending Prophet to the floor and hitting Chimera with a big boot for a two-count. A vertical suplex gets another two-count. The next man out is Brandon Cutler, and the brothers immediately work together. They hit Chimera with the Rollercoaster Powerslam to eliminate him at 5:10.Moments later they hit Prophet with a double-team Codebreaker to eliminate him at 6:10, right as Brad Allen makes his way out to join the match. Allen goes to work on both Cutlers. The numbers game takes over though and the Cutlers go to work on Allen. The sixth man out is Dave Crist. He hits a missile dropkick on both Cutlers at the same time. Dave and Dustin have an awkward little exchange before Dave kicks Allen back down to the floor. Malachi Jackson is number seven, and I didn’t know that the Young Bucks had a younger brother. He hits Dustin with a leaping armdrag off the top rope, and Allen follows with a corkscrew body press off the top rope to eliminate Dustin at 10:31. Jake Crist is the last man in the FRAY! And there are five men left. Jake hits Brandon with Death From Above to eliminate him at 12:24.

The Crists of course work together on their two remaining opponents. They hit Jackson with the Irish Air Raid to eliminate him at 13:23.Obviously Jake and Dave have a huge advantage here. They work Allen over but he fights back and hits a Rock Bottom on Jake. He tries a second rope senton but Jake gets the knees up. The Crists try the Irish Air Raid once again and but Allen avoids it and traps Jake in an inside cradle to eliminate him at 15:04. Dave tries a moonsault but Allen catches him and hits The Deal to get the final elimination and win the match at 15:50. The FRAY! is the FRAY! and it is what it is.
Rating: **¼

BONUS MATCH #2: L.A. Park & Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Derrick Niekirk & G.Q. Gallo

This match was actually third from the top on the main show. So Misterio would be Rey Mysterio’s cousin? Park and Gallo start the match with some slow paced chain wrestling. Boy the years have not been kind to Park, no how matter how nimble Lenny Leonard thinks he is. Park mostly dances and then tags Misterio. Gallo responds by tagging Niekirk. They stall for a little bit and then blow whatever spot it is that they’re trying to do. Misterio gets the first offense with a bulldog, and Gallo comes in for illegal double-teaming while Park gets in the ring for a closer look but doesn’t actually do anything to help his partner. Misterio fights back with a seated senton to Niekirk and a rana to Gallo, sending both of them to the floor. Gallo and Park tag back in and Park dances some more. More nothing continues to happen. Park slowly outmaneuvers both Gallo and Niekirk to make them look like fools. While Team Elite recovers on the floor, Park tags Misterio back in. Gallo comes in and catches Misterio in a Fallaway Slam and now they go to work on Misterio. The battle spills outside the ring and back in. This is just terrible. They fight out into the crowd now. The slow and not interesting brawling continues. It continues forever and ever and it never seems like it’s going to stop. The referee takes a shitty bump, and then Gallo hits Park with a low blow, but the referee actually sees him and calls for the disqualification at 22:51. That was not only by far the worst match in DGUSA history, but one of the worst matches I’ve ever seen. I’m embarrassed for all of them.
Rating: DUD

BONUS MATCH #3: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Roderick Strong, Wrestle Jam, Kanagawa, Japan, 7.10.06

Lenny Leonard is solo on commentary here. They start off trading wristlocks as Leonard points out that both of these guys are former FIP World Champions. Mochizuki lands the first stiff kick but Strong responds with his trademark chops. Strong knocks Mochizuki to the floor and takes the fight right to him. They trade chops and kicks on the floor, and Mochizuki ducks a chop, causing Strong to make contact with the ring post. Back in the ring Mochizuki goes to work on the injured hand and arm. Strong counters one arm attack with a sleeper, but Mochizuki backs him up into the corner and attacks the arm again. Moments later Strong fights back with a backbreaker and a nice dropkick to once again send Mochizuki to the floor. Mochizuki unloads with some kicks but makes the same mistake as Strong did and winds up kicking the ring post! Back inside the ring Strong is relentless in attacking Mochizuki’s leg and knee. Strong goes for a surfboard but can’t pull him up, so instead he stomps the knees down on the mat. Mochizuki comes back with kicks from his right leg, which is awesome since Strong was working on the left leg. He kicks Strong to the floor and tries to follow him out with a dive but gets cut off with a forearm. Strong then hits a backbreaker on the ring apron for a two-count. Mochizuki fights back with kicks but Strong catches him in another backbreaker for a two-count. Strong follows up with the Sick Kick and Mochizuki follows with one of his own. Both men are down now. They get up and trade kicks and chops, and Mochizuki wins that battle. He hits a running kick to the chest for a two-count. Mochizuki follows up with the Twister for a two-count. Strong comes back with the Gutbuster, the Sick Kick, and the Gibson Driver but Mochizuki kicks out! He hits a clothesline and puts Mochizuki on the top rope for a superplex but it only gets two! They rise to their feet and trade strikes, and Mochizuki wins that battle with the Shin Saikyou High Kick to get the pin at 13:47. That was a rock solid and entertaining match from two guys who could have an even better match nowadays.
Rating: ***½

BONUS MATCH #4: Open the Dream Gate Title Match – Naruki Doi vs. Masato Yoshino, Gate of Maximum 2009, Tokyo, Japan, 6.11.09

Doi has been the champion since 12.28.08 and this is his fourth defense. These two are partners in the World-1 faction, and are collectively known as Speed Muscle. They start off slowly with some chain wrestling and take it down to the mat. Neither man can gain a clear-cut advantage in the early going. Yoshino goes after the arm and starts wearing it down. He shows off his speed and hits a headscissors. Doi then grabs Yoshino out of the air and dumps him to the floor. He follows the challenger out with a suicide dive. It looks like Yoshino’s left knee has been injured, so back in the ring Doi wisely goes after it. Yoshino fights back with a hard chop to the chest. They trade strikes and Doi wins the battle with a flying back elbow for a two-count. Doi locks on a figure-four leglock and Yoshino briefly turns it over, and then makes it to the ropes. The champ resumes control, but the challenger quickly comes back and starts attacking the arm as we pass the 10-minute mark. Doi still has a lot of fight in him, but Yoshino is able to subdue him and continue working the arm. The champ comes back by dropping Yoshino’s midsection on the top rope. Surprisingly, Yoshino makes it back to his feet first and goes right back to the arm. Doi backdrops him to the apron and Yoshino tries to land on his feet but his leg is too injured and he collapses in pain around the 15-minute mark.

Yoshino recovers and goes to the top rope for a double stomp to the arm, but then runs into a back elbow. Doi hits an electric chair drop. He traps Yoshino between the ropes and hits a running dropkick to the chest and a DDT for two. He tries the Doi 555 but Yoshino counters and hits the Sling Blade for two. Yoshino goes up top but puts the miss in missile dropkick. He lands on his feet (really?) but runs into a boot. Now Doi goes up top and Yoshino crotches him. Doi tries a sunset bomb but Yoshino blocks it and hits a falling dropkick to the chest and then the Ude Yoshino for two. Yoshino tries some strikes but Doi catches him in a dragon screw and then locks on the figure-four leglock again. Doi hits a cannonball in the corner and a belly-to-back suplex for a two-count. He goes up top and hits an elbow drop, hurting his own arm in the process. They both get back to their feet and Yoshino locks on From Jungle. Doi makes it to the ropes. Yoshino hits Ude Yoshino and locks on Sol Naciente but Doi kicks his way out of it. Doi fights back with a Rydeen Bomb for two. Yoshino comes back with Torbellino and Doi blocks Sol Naciente with a rollup for two. Doi blocks the Lightning Special and hits a Buckle Bomb. He hits Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick for a two-count. He signals for the Muscular Bomb but Yoshino counters with the Lightning Special and both men are down. They take it up to the top rope and exchange strikes. Yoshino tries Sling Blade but Doi counters with a Super Doi 555! Yoshino pops right back up and gets the Speed Star for a close near-fall. Doi fights back with a straight jacket suplex with a bridge for a two-count, and then the Bakatare Sliding Kick. He goes for the Muscular Bomb and Yoshino gets a cradle for a two-count! The crowd is on fire. Yoshino hits two Torbellinos and locks on Sol Naciente! Doi is able to escape and hits a Tiger Suplex for two! He hits another Bakatare Sliding Kick and Yoshino won’t stay down so hit hits him with one more to get the pin and retain the title at 28:11. That was awesome in just about every way – the action was great, the selling was great, the strategies were great, and the last several minutes were non-stop with a hot crowd.
Rating: ****¼
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The Miramar Theater – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brodie Lee Arrives

The title to this chapter is pretty accurate, as Lee arrives at the building, throwing some dude in a dumpster just for fun and then staring down Uhaa Nation.

MATCH #1: Chuck Taylor {R} & Rich Swann {R} vs. The Scene

Oh my goodness the lighting is terrible. I will try not to mention it again, but now you know. The Scene is Caleb Konley and Scott Reed. Swann and Reed start the match. Reed uses his power to back Swann into the Scene corner and makes the tag. Swann uses his speed to counter and makes the tag. Ronin double-teams Konley and keeps him off-balance. Konley fights back on Taylor and makes the tag. The Scene double-teams Taylor now. Their control is short-lived however, as Taylor bites Konley to reclaim control and tag Swann. Konley knocks Swann to the floor and Reed adds a couple of cheap shots for good measure. Now the Scene gets some sustained offense in on the smallest member of Ronin. Swann comes back with a big time Ace Crusher and makes the tag. Taylor is a house afire, throwing both members of the Scene around. Konley breaks up a pin and takes it to Taylor. The Scene hits Taylor with a catapult into a powerslam and Taylor rolls to the floor. They double-team hiptoss Swann into the turnbuckles, and then hit a double wheelbarrow suplex for two when Taylor breaks it up. Taylor hits Reed with Sole Food. Konley hits Taylor with a Regalplex. Swann hits Konley with Trouble in Paradise. Reed hits Swann with a Buckle Bomb. All four men are down. Back on their feet the referee has little control of the action as all four men are flying in and out of the ring. In all the chaos Taylor is able to grab Reed off the top rope and hit the Awful Waffle for the win at 14:14. That was a sold opener and I’m glad they did something with the Scene after their two squash victories the previous two nights.
Rating: **¾

Breaking News

Lenny Leonard and Rob Naylor announce that YAMATO versus BxB Hulk in the no-rope, no-disqualification match has been signed for November 11 in Boston at REVOLT! Apparently this is the biggest grudge match in Dragon Gate Japan, so it’s cool that they’re bringing it stateside.

MATCH #2: Brodie Lee {BW} vs. Silas Young

Young is upset that Lee has been bullying people, including his wife, so he calls the big man out. He immediately shows he’s not afraid by getting in Lee’s face. They quickly take the fight to the floor and Lee throws Young around. Young fights back with a moonsault off the apron. Back in the ring Young hits an enziguiri but Lee low bridges the top rope to send Young right back outside. Lee follows him out with a nice tope suicida. Again back in the ring Lee cockily goes to work. Lee gets distracted by Young’s wife, allowing Young to fight back. Young hits a German Suplex but can’t hold the shoulders down. He follows up with a backbreaker for a two-count. Lee responds with a big boot for two. He hits the powerbomb and Young kicks out! Lee goes for another powerbomb but Young slips out so Lee hits him with a hurricanrana! They fight into the corner and Young powerbombs Lee into the center of the ring for a two-count. Young hits a diving lariat and a springboard corkscrew senton for another near-fall. He picks Lee up and hits the Finlay Roll. Young signals for the Pee Gee Waja Plunge but then gets distracted by Blood Warrior Akira Tozawa. Lee hits the Truck Stop but Young kicks out. He follows up with the sitout powerbomb for the win at 8:57. These two worked well together.
Rating: **½

Lee gets on the microphone to brag about his easy victory as Tozawa joins him. He issues another open challenge, and this one is answered by Jon Davis, who will battle Tozawa next.

MATCH #3: Special Challenge Match – Akira Tozawa {BW} vs. Jon Davis

Tozawa attacks before the bell and the fight is on. Davis is ready for him and hits a huge powerslam. They spill to the floor and Tozawa wipes out Davis with a dive. The fight continues through the crowd as Tozawa continues the abuse. Back in the ring Tozawa unloads with strikes. Davis fights back with a big lariat and a jackhammer. Both men are down. Back on their feet they trade strikes and Davis hits another powerslam for two. Tozawa responds with a Back Drop Driver for a two-count. He tries a hurricanrana but Davis catches him with a Buckle Bomb and then a suplex for two. Tozawa hits another Back Drop Driver but Davis gets right back to his feet for a spinebuster. Davis misses a kick and Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard and an assortment of other kicks for a two-count. Finally Tozawa hits the German Suplex to get the win at 7:34. That was a fun sprint. Both these guys are on the rise.
Rating: ***

Prelude to the Main Event

Backstage, Ricochet and CIMA are hanging out with their Open the Twin Gate Championship belts. Ricochet promises to win the match tonight and prove that he is the best high-flyer in the business. In another locker room, PAC, along with his Open the United Gate Championship partner Masato Yoshino, makes essentially the same promise.

MATCH #4: Grudge Tag Team Match – YAMATO {J3} & AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan {DUF} & Arik Cannon {DUF}

Callihan and Cannon attack before the bell so we’re off and running. Fox and Callihan do battle and quickly spill to the floor, leaving the ring open for YAMATO and Cannon. YAMATO is able to take control and now he and Fox isolate Cannon in their half of the ring. Cannon fights back long enough to tag Callihan, but YAMATO and Fox quickly take over on him. Callihan reverses a suplex into a brainbuster on Fox and then makes the tag. Cannon and Callihan now double-team Fox and keep him away from his corner. Callihan hits Fox with a Death Valley Driver and YAMATO has to come in and break up the pin. After several minutes of abuse on Fox, YAMATO can’t stand it anymore and illegally enters the ring. YAMATO takes Callihan to the floor briefly but nothing really comes of it. Finally Fox makes the comeback with a flurry of offense, including the Thugbait on Callihan. YAMATO gets the tag and he is a house afire. He knocks Callihan to the floor and then Fox wipes him out with the Kick-flip. Meanwhile YAMATO is working on Cannon in the ring. The referee loses control as all four men are brawling both in and out of the ring. The action is going at a rapid pace and the parade of finishers begins. Fox goes for Lo Mein Pain but Callihan catches him and locks on the Stretch Muffler for the win at 17:43. That may have run a little long for what they were going for, but the crowd was into it and I like this feud.
Rating: ***

The D.U.F. continues the assault on Fox after the match. Even Pinkie Sanchez gets his shots in until Sabu slowly walks out and makes the save. This leads to the next match.

MATCH #5: Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez {DUF}

Sabu takes it to Sanchez, beating him down in the corner. He uses the spike, busting Sanchez’s head open. It’s all Sabu in the opening minutes, as Sanchez’s face is a bloody mess. Sabu breaks a chair that he wants to use for a spot, so a fan gives him another one. He sets it up to jump off of, but Sanchez kicks it back into his knee. Sanchez throws Sabu to the floor and goes for a dive but Sabu throws a chair into his face. A bloody Sanchez continues to fight, drilling Sabu with a DDT on a chair. Sabu gets back to his fee t and they battle with chairs. Just guess who wins that one. Sabu hits a legdrop for two. He didn’t hit the big boot first. Sabu sets up a table and Sanchez responds with a low blow. Sanchez puts Sabu on the table and goes to the top rope but Sabu slams him off. Sabu hits a legdrop off the table for a two-count. He follows with the Arabian Facebuster for another near-fall. Sabu then sets Sanchez on top of a table and goes to the top rope with a chair. He hits the Arabian Skull Crusher for the win at 7:41. That was typical hardcore nonsense, but at least Sabu showed up.
Rating: *

Sami Callihan and Arik Cannon return to continue the beating on Sabu. AR Fox tries to come to the rescue, but he and Sabu are still outnumbered three-to-two. The D.U.F. tie Fox to the ropes and Callihan cuts a promo on him. Finally some jobbers come out to try and help Fox but they are thwarted. Finally enough scrubs come out to run the D.U.F. back to the locker room. Cannon and Callihan of course leave Sanchez to get beat up.

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MATCH #6: Four Way Freestyle – Flip Kendrick vs. Uhaa Nation vs. Sugar Dunkerton vs. Façade

Dunkerton and Façade start the match. They do nothing much and then Kendrick and Nation get into the match. Nation throws Kendrick around and then Façade takes his turn. I’m sorry, but Façade just straight sucks. Dunkerton gives it his best effort but he gets overpowered as well. All three men have to work together to knock Nation out of the ring. Nation quickly gets back in the ring and gets triple-teamed. He’s able to fight everyone off. Façade takes Nation down with a dropkick off the second rope. The action continues to come from all corners of the match. Nation catches Kendrick and throws him over his head. Dunkerton and Façade get knocked to the floor and Façade follows them out with a springboard Phoenix Splash. Kendrick then hits a Shooting Star Press to wipe them all out. Back in the ring Kendrick and Dunkerton go at it. Façade quickly joins them and they all go back and forth. The crowd especially loves Kendrick. Dunkerton cleans house but then Nation makes his way back to the ring. Nation hits a fallaway slam, and the triple powerbomb to get the pin at 8:39. That was an ugly clash of styles there, but the goal of making Uhaa Nation look strong was accomplished.
Rating: *¼

Open the Ultimate Gate 2011

At Open the Ultimate Gate 2011, Akira Tozawa challenged Jon Moxley for a shot at YAMATO’s Open the Freedom Gate Championship; plus matches with Austin Aries, Sami Callihan, CIMA, Jimmy Jacobs, PAC, Brodie Lee, Johnny Gargano, Jimmy Rave, and more!

MATCH #7: Blood Warriors vs. Ronin – Naruki Doi {BW} vs. Johnny Gargano {R}

Gargano quickly goes for the Gargano Escape but Doi gets to the ropes and rolls to the floor. Back in the ring Gargano fights Doi off and hits him with a double stomp off the second rope, a couple of strikes, and a neckbreaker. Gargano goes after the arm, which is wise strategy given his finisher. They take it to the apron and Doi fights back. Doi hits the shotgun dropkick and the somersault senton off the top rope to the back. He goes after the leg, and then hits a Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. Doi’s offense has been kind of all over the map so far. Gargano cuts him off with the Superman Spear. Both men make it back to their feet at the count of seven. Gargano unleashes a flurry of offense now, including a discuss lariat. He puts on the Gargano Escape in the ropes, which is of course an illegal maneuver. Doi tries a hurricanrana (since when?) and Gargano catches him with a powerbomb for two. Next Doi hits a move he actually does, the Rydeen Bomb, and it gets two. Gargano fights back with a step-up enziguiri. Doi tries the Bakatare Sliding Kick but Gargano counters with a rollup for two. Gargano then locks on the Gargano escape and Doi reaches the ropes. Doi takes Gargano down in the corner and hits Dai Bosou and then the Doi 555 for a near-fall. Gargano fights back with a couple of superkicks but Doi won’t stop slapping him in the face. Doi hits another Bakatare Sliding Kick and Gargano kicks out at two! They fight on the ropes and Doi hits a Super Doi 555 but it’s still not enough to put Gargano away. Gargano gets a rollup out of nowhere for two. He hits an IED and You’re Dead, followed by a baby superkick. A series of finisher reversals ends with Doi hitting a bridging Tiger Suplex for two. Doi tries again but Gargano counters to the Hurts Donut for a two-count! Gargano hits another Hurts Donut and then locks on the Gargano Escape and this time Doi taps out at 17:23. That was a lot of fun, particularly in the second half when things really picked up. Had Doi gone with a consistent strategy it could have been in league with Gargano’s match against Tozawa.
Rating: ***¾

Gargano thinks that victory makes him the #1 Contender to the Open the Freedom Gate Title. He says no disrespect to Milwaukee, but he doesn’t want to wait very long for his title shot, so he wants it in New York City. Gargano also says that his Ronin mates Chuck Taylor and Rich Swann will be going for the Open the United Gate Titles. Chuck Taylor comes out and notes that since he won the four-way last night, he gets to pick his own match. He decides to book himself against YAMATO in Philadelphia the night before Gargano challenges him in New York. Swann comes out now in a Junction Three shirt, and Taylor asks him what’s up with that.

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MATCH #8: Open the United Gate Titles vs. Open the Twin Gate Titles – PAC {J3} & Masato Yoshino {J3} vs. Ricochet {BW} & CIMA {BW}

Ricochet & CIMA have been the Open the Twin Gate Champions since 7.17.11. They’re accompanied by fellow Blood Warriors Akira Tozawa and Brodie Lee. Yoshino & PAC have been the Open the United Gate Champions since 1.30.11, and this is their fourth defense. PAC is also the Open the Brave Gate Champion.

Yoshino and CIMA start the match. They go back and forth with some fast-paced chain wrestling. Yoshino hits a big headscissors and then tags are made. PAC drills Ricochet with a dropkick that may have done some actual damage from the looks of it. They try to one-up each other and Ricochet sends PAC to the floor but doesn’t hit a dive. The Blood Warriors take control of PAC, as even Tozawa and Lee get some cheap shots in from the floor. PAC escapes a CIMA abdominal stretch and then makes the tag. Momentum continues to shift between the two teams, as both are fired up due to how much is on the line in this one. The Blood Warriors isolate on PAC, working him over in their half of the ring for several minutes. Finally PAC is able to make the comeback by throwing Ricochet into the air, and then hitting a standing shooting star press. Yoshino tags in and he’s all over the Blood Warriors. Ricochet fights back on Yoshino and hits him with a standing moonsault for two. Yoshino fights back with From Jungle, which gets broken up by CIMA and PAC fighting each other. CIMA hits PAC with the Iconoclasm and Ricochet hits a running shooting star press for a two-count. PAC fights back with a slingshot Ace Crusher and a standing corkscrew press on CIMA for two. Junction Three is on a roll but they can’t put the Blood Warriors away. CIMA comes back and hits PAC with the Perfect Driver and Ricochet hits the 630. Yoshino breaks it up and then hits Torbellino on Ricochet. He then locks on Sol Naciente. Tozawa gets on the apron with a steel chair to distract the referee. CIMA accidentally dropkicks the referee, and then calls the Blood Warriors in for illegal help. That brings out Junction Three members Rich Swann and YAMATO to help even the odds. Brodie Lee hits Yoshino with a big boot and CIMA hits the Schwein for a two-count. Yoshino comes back with the Lightning Spiral for two. PAC follows with the British Airways but it only gets two. CIMA and Yoshino battle on the top rope and CIMA hits a Super Schwein but that’s still not enough! An angry CIMA goes up top and hits Meteora to finally get the win at 24:10. That was almost non-stop action after the first heat segment and everybody went all-out here for a fitting main event and a nice cap to the triple-shot.
Rating: ****

BONUS MATCH: Six Way Freestyle – Louis Lyndon vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Stitch Sypher vs. Eric Ryan vs. Brett Gakiya vs. CJ Esparaza

Gakiya and Sypher start the match with some mat wrestling. They go back and forth a bit and then let Ryan and Esparaza take their turn. Ryan knocks Esparaza out of the ring and Lyndon takes his place, quickly sending Ryan to the floor. Alexander comes in to battle Lyndon and immediately takes a hurricanrana. The parade of offense continues as the lighting in the building makes it kind of hard to tell who’s doing what, especially when I don’t know two-third of the guys in the match. Alexander, Ryan, Gakiya, and Esparaza wind up on the floor and Lyndon wipes them out with a dive. Sypher follows with a dive as well. Back in the ring Esparaza lights Sypher up with strikes. Sypher takes him out with a hurricanrana. Lyndon gets in the ring and traps Sypher in a cross armbreaker for the win at 9:12. I’m glad Lyndon won but that match didn’t have much going for it.
Rating: *¼
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The Miramar Theater – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Sunday, September 26, 2010

MATCH #1: Warriors International Challenge – CIMA vs. Chuck Taylor

CIMA represents Warriors International, hence the title of this match. Taylor starts off going after the arm, and CIMA comes back by targeting the leg. CIMA even bites Taylor’s foot, and Taylor responds by biting the referee’s foot. That made CIMA a little sick. What a weird spot. Anyway, CIMA continues to stay in control, hitting the slingshot senton but he doesn’t go for a cover. He continues to work Taylor over and ties him up in the corner for the dropkick to the butt. Taylor comes back with a flying forearm and a scoop slam. He dropkicks CIMA to the floor and then hits a springboard missile dropkick back into the ring for two. Taylor goes to the well once too often and misses a dropkick, so CIMA hits him with a double stomp and senton. CIMA follows up with an elevated double stomp for two. He goes for the Perfect Driver but Taylor slips out and hits Sole Food and big boot to the face for two. Taylor hits a powerbomb and jackknifes over for two. He goes up top but CIMA cuts him off with three Veni and follows up with the Iconoclasm. CIMA then hits a running boot to the face and the Perfect Driver for two. He goes for a superkick but Taylor catches it and locks on a half crab and CIMA reaches the ropes. Taylor charges but runs into a superkick. CIMA then hits an enziguiri and then Schwein but it only gets two. He goes up top and finishes Taylor with the Meteora at 11:07. That was a solid opener but there wasn’t any real story to get invested into with it.
Rating: **¾

Johnny Gargano comes out and gives Taylor props. Then he pleads with CIMA to let him be the American representative for Warriors International. Before CIMA can give an answer, Drake Younger runs out to start the next match!

MATCH #2: Grudge Match – Drake Younger vs. Johnny Gargano

Younger is on fire, clotheslining Gargano over the ropes and then following him out with a baseball slide. He continues abusing Gargano all around ringside, even hitting a somersault senton off the stage. Gargano comes back and slams Younger’s head into the ring apron, and then bites at the wound on his head. Younger comes back with a suplex. Back in the ring Younger gets a cradle for two. Younger then hits 10 mounted punches in the corner and a vertical suplex for two. Gargano gets sent to the apron but of course comes back in with the Spear through the ropes. He works Younger over, hitting a low dropkick and the mini Ace Crusher for two. Younger tries to come back with some strikes but Gargano cuts him off by going after the cut on his head. Gargano tries a charge in the corner but Younger hits a back elbow and goes up top, but Gargano cuts him off with a palm strike. He goes for the Lawn Dart but Younger escapes and hits a half nelson suplex. Both men are down. Back on their feet Younger hits a Death Valley Driver into the turnbuckles but it only gets two. Younger sets Gargano up top but it proves costly as Gargano powerbombs him out of the corner and locks on a Boston Crab and Younger reaches the ropes. They slip to the apron and Younger hits the DVD on the apron. Gargano may be broken in half! I love it when commentators say that. Lenny Leonard then kills a little bit of kayfabe by remarking that he and Brodie Lee set up the ring together. Why would he think that was a good thing to say? Back in the ring Younger gets a two-count. Younger goes for Drake’s Landing but Gargano counters with a reverse Pedigree. Gargano tries a superkick but Younger catches it and goes for Drake’s Landing again, but Gargano once again slips out and hits a superkick. Gargano hits the Lawn Dart and Hurts Donut, but Younger kicks out at one for some reason. Another superkick and Hurts Donut combo is enough to put Younger away at 9:59. That was Younger’s last match to date in DGUSA, and I’m not really itching for him to come back. The match was passable.
Rating: **¼

I’m Going to Make a Call

Bryan Danielson is outside with BxB Hulk. Danielson notes that Moxley has tons of talent but no respect. He says they’re going to have a fight tonight rather than a wrestling match. He then thanks BxB Hulk for always having his back and letting him be in World-1. He’s going to make a phone call to provide BxB with a suitable replacement.

MATCH #3: Six Way Freestyle – Jimmy Jacobs vs. Brodie Lee vs. Mike Quackenbush vs. Rich Swann vs. Silas Young vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Quack and Swann start the match. They go back and forth for a bit but Quack takes most of the advantage. Swann comes back with a dropkick and a headscissors that sends Quack to the floor. O’Reilly comes in and knocks Swann out, so Young comes in. They also do the back and forth bit, countering each other’s holds and strikes. Lee comes in and knocks both of them out, and then Jacobs joins him in the ring. Jacobs unloads with right hands but Lee cuts him off. Lee charges at him but Jacobs grabs the End Time, which is awesomely countered to a spinebuster. Everyone takes a shot at Lee, but surprisingly it’s Swann who knocks him to the floor. Swann looks to be going for a dive but O’Reilly cuts him off. O’Reilly hits the rolling butterfly suplexes and Young breaks up the pin and tosses O’Reilly. Young hits Swann with a Fisherman Buster for two. Jacobs tosses Young to the floor and goes to work on Swann. Lee pulls Jacobs to the floor and levels Swann with a big boot. Jacobs gets back in and he and Lee spill to the floor. Quack is in the ring with Swann now, and Quack executes a standing Boston Crab. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Young and O’Reilly break it up and then double-team Swann. It doesn’t last too long though before Swann uses his incredible agility to subdue both opponents. Swann knocks Lee off the apron and then takes out Lee and O’Reilly with a dive. Back in the ring Quack hits Jacobs with the Black Tornado Slam for two. Swann and Young take over the ring and Young hits the Finlay Roll and the Peegee Waja Plunge. O’Reilly is back in and he takes Young out and then runs right into a Truck Stop by Lee. This is getting way too fast for me. Jacobs grabs Quack with the leaping Ace Crusher. Young grabs Jacobs with the Backbreaker Clothesline Combo. O’Reilly breaks that up and hits a tornado DDT. Swann is back and hits O’Reilly with a superkick. He tries a rana but O’Reilly powerbombs him and locks on a half crab. Swann escapes and hits a Stunner, and then a headscissors piledriver! Lee then takes Swann’s head off with a big boot and that’s enough for the pin at 11:22. Non-stop action, very few (if any) blown spots, and a great finish make this one of the best scrambled egg matches I’ve seen.
Rating: ***½

Yo Mox!

Jon Moxley is backstage and says he got a call from John Cena this morning wondering what to do about Bryan Danielson. Moxley says Cena offered him $10,000 to break Danielson’s arm, but Moxley says he’ll do it for free.

MATCH #4: Special Attraction Match – Dragon Kid vs. Arik Cannon
Kid starts the match with some dance moves for some reason. Cannon responds with the Worm. Kid hits a dropkick to start the match proper. Cannon scores a couple of knockdowns and then Kid come back and knocks him to the floor. Back in the ring Kid hits a knee drop to the chest. Kid backs Cannon into the corner and hits a dropkick to the chest. He then hits another dropkick, this one to the face and Cannon rolls to the floor. Kid goes for an Asai Moonsault but Cannon blocks it and throws him back in the ring. Cannon counters a headscissors by dropping him face first for a two-count. He snapmares Kid and dropkicks him in the back of the head for another near-fall. Cannon follows up with a delayed vertical suplex for yet another two-count. A swinging neckbreaker gets another two. Cannon charges into the corner but Kid avoids him and drop toeholds him into the buckle. Kid goes up top but Cannon knocks him to the apron. Cannon tries to ram Kid’s head into the buckles but Kid blocks it and comes back with a hurricanrana back into the ring. Kid hits a running leg lariat in the corner and then a tornado DDT for two. Cannon comes back with a hard clothesline and the Total Anarchy for two. Kid comes back and locks on Christo but Cannon escapes with a sidewalk slam. Cannon hits a belly-to-back suplex for two. He goes up top but Kid knocks him down and joins him up there and hits a hurricanrana. Kid hits the Mysterio Rana for two. Cannon comes back and tries the brainbuster but Kid counters it with a Stunner. Kid puts on the End Time but Cannon counters with the brainbuster for two. Cannon tries to follow up but Kid counters with Bible to get the pin at 9:41. Solid back and forth match but nothing to go nuts for.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Special Challenge Match – Gran Akuma vs. Ricochet

This is Ricochet’s first official contest as a member of Warriors International. Akuma represents Kamikaze USA. This is their first ever singles match. They start off slowly, feeling each other out in the early going. Ricochet uses his agility to send Akuma to the floor and tries a cartwheel before his dive, but Akuma cuts him off with a kick to the back. Back in the ring Akuma goes to work with kicks and submission holds. Ricochet comes back with the Backslide Driver and Akuma rolls to the floor. This time Ricochet connects on the dive, wiping Akuma out on the floor. Back in the ring Ricochet gets a two-count. Ricochet blows a spot and then repeats it, hitting the tornado DDT and then a standing shooting star press for two. He hits Cradle Shock for another two-count. Akuma comes back with his awesome gutbuster for two. He sets up for the Rubik’s Cube but can’t hit it. They fight up to the top rope and Akuma hits the Spider Exploder and hits the moonsault but Ricochet kicks out at two! Akuma goes up top and Ricochet hits him with a palm strike and a rana. Ricochet hits the 450 Senton for the win at 7:23. Akuma was game but Ricochet seemed nervous and blew a couple of spots.
Rating: **

Here I Am

Earlier today Jimmy Jacobs cut a promo backstage about his match last night with Jon Moxley. He says that Moxley tried to end him last night but couldn’t get the job done, so now he should be worried. Jacobs says that he’s starting to figure out what he can do to end Moxley.

MATCH #6: Exit the Dragon – Bryan Danielson vs. Jon Moxley

Danielson is the WWE United States Champion at this point. Moxley cuts a brief promo before the match, telling the live crowd he’s been drinking whiskey all day and he’s ready for a fight. Danielson charges the ring and the fight is on.

Moxley is ready for him and they slug it out. Danielson catches a charging Moxley and locks him in the Cattle Mutilation! Moxley rolls over but that only makes it easier for Danielson to hit the elbow strikes, so Moxley rolls into the ropes and to the floor. Danielson follows him out with a suicide dive into the crowd. He unloads on Moxley with kicks and rams him into the ring post. Moxley fights back and hurls Danielson into the post. He picks Danielson up and again rams him into the post. Moxley then shoves his own valet down to the ground just to be a sadistic prick. Danielson has been busted open and Moxley attacks it with furor. Back in the ring Moxley continues going to work on Danielson’s bloody head. Moxley also works on Danielson’s arm for a two-pronged attack. They go back to the floor and Danielson reverses a suplex attempt for one of his own. Danielson unloads with some forearms and kicks. He throws Moxley back in the ring and hits the running lariat. He hits several Low Ki kicks to the chest for a two-count. Moxley fights back and they trade running forearms, and then take each other down with simultaneous clotheslines. They rise and exchange forearms, and Moxley knocks Danielson down with a hard back elbow. Moxley tries a Cradle Piledriver but Danielson backdrops his way out of it. Danielson misses a kick and Moxley goes right back to the arm, locking on a Fujiwara Armbar. Moxley adds some forearms, but Danielson is able to slip out and turn it into a Triangle Choke! That’s not enough to put Moxley away though, as he muscles Danielson up to the top turnbuckle. Danielson pushes Moxley down and hits the missile dropkick. Moxley comes right back with an Ace Crusher for two, and then locks on the Crossface Chicken Wing! Danielson escapes briefly and Moxley goes right back to the hold, but this time Danielson rolls through to hit the elbow strikes and then locks on Cattle Mutilation! Moxley reaches the ropes and the crowd actually shushes themselves but Danielson doesn’t remind everyone he has until five. He wants to fight! Moxley counters a European Uppercut with a backslide for two, and then levels Danielson with a lariat for two! Both men rise and trade strikes, with Danielson getting the better of it with two knockout kicks to the head. He kicks Moxley’s head in and then cinches in the LeBell Lock to get the tap out win at 14:56. That was an awesome brawl and a great sendoff for Danielson.
Rating: ****

Danielson extends his hand to Moxley, but that proves foolish as Gran Akuma attacks him from behind. Jimmy Jacobs comes out to make the save and runs Kamikaze USA off. Danielson gets on the mic to thank everybody for coming, and notes that the show almost didn’t happen because of issues with the ring not showing up. He puts over the guys in the back, and then shifts gears to put Jacobs over huge.

For more info on Dragon Gate USA please visit www.DGUSA.TV.

MATCH #7: The Main Event Dragon Gate Style Six Man Match – BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Shingo, YAMATO & Akira Tozawa

I don’t think my fingers will be able to keep up with all the action here. Shingo, YAMATO, and Tozawa are representing Kamikaze USA. Hulk (current Open the Freedom Gate Champion), Yoshino (current Open the Dream Gate Champion), and Doi are representing World-1.

YAMATO and Doi start it off. They engage in some fast paced chain wrestling, and then tags to Tozawa and Yoshino are made. Yoshino starts running super fast off the ropes as he’s known to do, but he gets tripped up and clotheslines himself in the ropes. Even so Yoshino comes back with a headscissors to send Tozawa to the floor. Shingo and Hulk take their turn now. Hulk takes control with an armdrag and a dropkick. World-1 works Shingo over now in their half of the ring. They focus their attack on Shingo’s leg. After a few minutes of abuse Shingo takes out both members of Speed Muscle and makes the tag to YAMATO. Moments later Hulk and Shingo are back in the ring and Shingo is in control. Kamikaze keeps Hulk isolated in their half of the ring. Hulk fights back on Tozawa with a leg lariat and makes the tag. Yoshino comes in and they start working over Tozawa’s arm. After a few minutes Tozawa comes back with a series of kicks and makes the tag. Yoshino enters the ring illegally, but it becomes legal when YAMATO hits a vicious spear to send Hulk to the floor. YAMATO is all over everybody here, and Shingo joins the party. The action is starting to get fast and furious here and referee Bryce Remsburg has lost control.

Yoshino hits Tozawa with Sling Blade for two. He goes up top but gets caught with a Tozawa dropkick on the way down. A determined Tozawa lands a senton. Yoshino comes back with From Jungle and YAMATO breaks it up. Hulk comes after YAMATO and they trade forearms. They block each other’s signature moves and then Hulk takes him out with an enziguiri. Speed Muscle comes in and takes over on YAMATO, hitting a double-team Flapjack for two. Shingo tags in and goes right after Yoshino. He counters From Jungle with a couple of backbreakers and generally cleans house on World-1. Yoshino is on the wrong end of a Kamikaze beat down now. Doi gets back in and stacks YAMATO and Shingo up in the corner and hits Dai Bosou! He hits Tozawa with Doi 555 but Tozawa kicks out. Hulk hits Tozawa with Mouse and Yoshino follows with Torbellino and Doi follows with the Bakatare Sliding Kick and YAMATO makes the save. Tozawa fights back with Ganki but can’t make the cover. Kamikaze regains control and focuses on Hulk. Tozawa hits the dead lift German Suplex for two. The offense is coming much too fast for me to keep up with at this point. All six men wind up flat on their backs, exhausted from the breakneck pace. Shingo and Hulk are the first two back to their feet. They go back and forth and Shingo hits Made in Japan for two. Shingo hits a lariat in the corner and despite Speed Muscle trying to stop him he hits Stay Dream to pin the champ at 26:27. That was unbelievable action from start to finish and yet another worthy entry in the Dragon Gate six-man tag series.
Rating: ****½

Kamikaze continues the beating after the bell and the crowd approves. When World-1 recovers, Doi grabs the mic and asks the fans if they enjoyed the show. Doi loves the “Naruki … Doi!” chant the crowd has been doing for him all night. He tells them that they will be back in response to their “please come back” chants.

BONUS MATCH: Aeroform vs. Zero Gravity

I expect some highspots here. Louis Lyndon starts for Aeroform and CJ Esparza is in for ZG. They both immediately display their agility with a back and forth display. Tags are made so now Flip Kendrick will take on Brett Gakiya. The pace is fast and furious, which contributes to them blowing a cross body block spot. I feel like the commentators keep calling the guys in ZG by the other name and it’s making it very hard for me to keep up. As I try to figure out which is which, Aeroform keeps Esparza isolated in their half of the ring. Gakiya tags back in and goes crazy with knees to the face and gets a two-count. The referee has lost control here. Kendrick hits a back suplex and goes to the top rope to hit a “shooting star 450,” which is amazing, but I don’t think Gakiya appreciates how Kendrick just landed on his balls. Anyway, Aeroform picks up the win at 5:30. They all looked nervous and the match was all spots, but that’s fine enough for a throwaway bonus match.
Rating: **
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Freedom Fight 2011 (Sabu, AR Fox, Jon Davis, D.U.F.) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/17/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-freedom-fight-2011-sabu-ar-fox-jon-davis-d-u-f/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/17/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-freedom-fight-2011-sabu-ar-fox-jon-davis-d-u-f/#comments Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:00:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=161145 Freedom-Fight-2011

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BB King Blues Club & Grille – Manhattan, NY – November 13, 2011

Blood Warriors Are Ready!

Brodie Lee, BxB Hulk, Ricochet, and Akira Tozawa are all backstage hanging out, getting ready for their respective matches tonight. They are ready for tonight, and Ricochet declares it will be an easy night.

One Chance

Johnny Gargano is fired up for his ONE CHANCE. He’s been working for it for three years. Gargano says he’s come a long way from the bonus match on the first show to becoming the man in DGUSA tonight.

MATCH #1: BJ Whitmer vs. Brodie Lee {BW}

Lenny Leonard is in the ring to introduce the show, but BJ Whitmer comes out and cuts him off. Whitmer says he is ready to face Brodie Lee right now. Lee is accompanied by Ricochet. Before Lee can even get in the ring Whitmer kicks him off the apron and wipes him out with a dive! They fight out on the floor and Ricochet distracts Whitmer long enough for Lee to hit his own dive. The brawl continues on the floor and Whitmer is able to hit an exploder. Back in the ring they continue to slug it out. Lee hits a belly-to-back suplex for one. He throws Whitmer to the floor and Ricochet takes a series of cheap shots. Lee suplexes Whitmer back into the ring and continues to dominate. Whitmer fires back and hits a sort of Shining Wizard for two. He’s able to hit the Flatliner and then locks on the Peruvian Necktie! Lee turns Whitmer onto his back in a pinning situation, forcing Whitmer to release the hold. They trade boots to the face now and Whitmer wins that battle for a two-count. For some reason Whitmer runs right into a powerbomb position and Lee gets a one-count. Lee hits a big boot in the corner and the Truck Stop. He follows with another powerbomb to get the pin at 7:40. That was a solid opener and a good power versus power big man match.
Rating: **½

I Want My Belt Back!

YAMATO is angry that Chuck Taylor stole the Open the Freedom Gate belt last night after their match in Philadelphia, and he wants it back. He also promises to beat Johnny Gargano tonight and take the Open the Freedom Gate title back to Japan.

MATCH #2: The Scene vs. Uhaa Nation & John Silver

Caleb Konley starts the match with Silver, while Scott Reed and Nation wait on the apron. Konley and Silver take it down to the mat to start. Brodie Lee joins Lenny Leonard on commentary. Silver shows his incredible agility and takes control in the early going. Konley buries a knee to the midsection and makes the tag. Reed uses his power to try and keep Silver off his feet but it doesn’t work and the tag is made. The Scene runs from Nation and then double-teams him but the powerhouse is able to pull them both in for a clothesline. Nation then holds the Scene in place for Silver to hit a dive on both of them. Back in the ring Nation covers Reed for two. Reed fights back with a flying knee to the face but misses a charge in the corner. Konley tries to interfere but Nation cuts him off with a dropkick. Nation then hits Reed with a German Suplex for two. Silver tags in and the Scene uses illegal double-teaming to cut him off. After a few minutes tags are made and Nation is a house afire. Nation hits Konley with a powerslam and the standing shooting star press. Reed breaks up the cover and pays for it with a belly-to-belly suplex. Silver gets in on the action and they double-team both Reed and Konley. Nation goes for a big boot but Konley low bridges the top rope and Nation crashes to the floor. The Scene is able to trap Silver and hit the Ob-Scene to get the upset win at 9:07. That was good tag team formula stuff and the crowd loves Uhaa Nation so much that it makes his matches even more fun.
Rating: **¾

Enter the Dragon 2011

DGUSA celebrated two years with Enter the Dragon 2011: Second Anniversary Celebration. YAMATO defended the Open the Freedom Gate Title against PAC in a great match, AR Fox and Pinkie Sanchez had a surprisingly good match, FRAY! was really good, and Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon versus Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka exceeded my expectations. It was a good show.

MATCH #3: Grudge Tag Team Match – Chuck Taylor {R} & Rich Swann {R} vs. Akira Tozawa {BW} & BxB Hulk {BW}

Taylor and Swann are accompanied by fellow Ronin member Johnny Gargano, who gets on the mic to implore Taylor to give the belt back to YAMATO. Taylor promises to give the belt back later tonight. Swann cuts in and tells Gargano to worry about YAMATO and the main event tonight. He then reminds Taylor that they have a shot to get even with the Blood Warriors right now.

Swann and Tozawa start the match. Things get fast right away and Swann sends Tozawa to the floor with a dropkick. Tags are made. Taylor and Hulk go back and forth a bit and Taylor takes control. Ronin tags in and out to keep Hulk on the defensive. Everyone starts dishing out back rakes and somehow we end up with Tozawa in control of Taylor. Momentum shifts several times, as is common in DGUSA matches. The Blood Warriors duo isolate on Swann, which is smart given that he’s the smallest guy out there. After several minutes of abuse Swann is able to catch Hulk with a kick to the face and the tag is made. Taylor is a house afire. He dropkicks Hulk through the ropes on the floor, leaving Swann and Tozawa to do battle in the ring. Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard of sorts for a two-count. Swann comes back with a kick to the face and a super hurricanrana for a two-count. Taylor and Hulk are back in now. Hulk hits Mouse, a leg sweep, a kick to the face, and a standing corkscrew press for two. He delivers more kicks and Swann cuts him off. Tozawa goes after Swann and the Blood Warriors double-team him. Hulk hits a nasty Flatliner for two. Swann comes back and hits Tozawa with the Lethal Injection. Taylor hits Hulk with Sole Food and a Sky-Hi Powerbomb. Ronin lands a series of maneuvers on Tozawa but Hulk breaks up the cover. They both land a superkick and Taylor hits the Awful Waffle. Swann follows up with the Standing 450 to get the pin at 15:49. That started off a little bit ho-hum but they really kicked it into gear in the second half and especially down the stretch. Ronin earned a much-deserved win in the feud there.
Rating: ***¼

CIMA and Brodie Lee come out to attack right after the bell. Johnny Gargano and Masato Yoshino come out to make the save, which segues nicely into the next match.

MATCH #4: Bonus Main Event – CIMA {BW} vs. Masato Yoshino {J3}

They take it right to the mat to start and wrestle to a stalemate. Yoshino speeds things up and sends CIMA to the floor with a headscissors. Back in the ring Yoshino goes to work on the arm. CIMA fights back with an eye rake and an enziguiri. The leader of the Blood Warriors works on Yoshino now both in and out of the ring. Tozawa and Hulk, who are still at ringside, take some cheap shots whenever they get the chance. CIMA wears down Yoshino’s legs. He goes for Venus but misses and Yoshino traps him in the Byakuya (I think). Yoshino follows with Sling Blade for a two-count. He locks on From Jungle and turns it into a sunset flip for two. Yoshino tries a springboard but CIMA catches him with a dropkick. CIMA puts Yoshino in the Tree of Woe and hits a baseball slide but misses a coast-to-coast dropkick. Yoshino hits the missile dropkick and CIMA pops right up to hit a double stomp. Both men are down. CIMA recovers first and hits double knees in the corner. He goes for Superdrol but Yoshino blocks it. They trade reversals back and forth and Yoshino lands a modified DDT for a two-count. CIMA comes back with a dropkick and a kick to the gut. Yoshino appears to be in big trouble in his midsection. CIMA viciously targets the injured area. Yoshino is able to fight back and hit Ude Yoshino. After more reversals CIMA hits Schwein but only gets two. CIMA hits a straightjacket powerbomb and gets another two-count. The crowd is getting behind Yoshino. CIMA goes for another straightjacket piledriver but Yoshino slips out and gets a schoolboy rollup for two. Yoshino tries to capitalize but CIMA cuts him off with a superkick. CIMA tries Schwein but Yoshino counters with a crucifix for two. Yoshino hits the Lighting Spiral but it only gets a two-count! Yoshino hits Torbellino twice and locks on Sol Naciente. CIMA almost escapes but Yoshino turns it into Sol Naciente Kai and CIMA is done at 21:38. They started slow here but turned it into a really good back-and-forth contest down the stretch. Both guys did some cool reversals and they showed off how well they knew each other from their many battles over the years. This was certainly a a big win for Yoshino, as it always is when anyone beats CIMA clean.
Rating: ***¾

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MATCH #5: Last One-on-One Match – PAC {J3} vs. Ricochet {BW}

Ricochet is accompanied by Akira Tozawa, and is currently one half of both the Open the Twin Gate and Open the United Gate Champions. PAC is the Open the Brave Gate Champion. Lenny Leonard has no idea what “to coin a phrase” means. They start off a bit slowly, as these two have faced each other many times and know each other very well. Of course they get a chance to show off their agility as well. PAC is the first one to knock Ricochet to the floor and he follows him out with a dive. Ricochet crawls through the tables, trying to escape. He runs off a barrier and delivers a hurricanrana to PAC, though I’m not really sure what PAC was doing. PAC gets back to ringside and Ricochet wipes him out with a dive over the same barricade he just leapt off of. Back in the ring Ricochet gets a two-count. Ricochet stays in control, keeping PAC on the mat. He hits the rolling snap mare into a dropkick for two. Ricochet gets cocky and it costs him, as PAC throws him up into the air to hit a huge Ace Crusher. PAC hits an enziguiri and a Northern Lights Suplex for two. He hits the German Suplex but Ricochet just no-sells it and hits a Zig Zag and a running shooting star press for two. That no-sell was annoying – he landed right on the back of his head. PAC dumps Ricochet to the apron and Ricochet takes the opportunity to hit a springboard hurricanrana that sends them both to the floor. Ricochet goes to the stage and but misses his dive and PAC ends up hitting a reverse hurricanrana. That was sick. Ricochet barely makes it back in the ring and PAC immediately hits him with a bridging German Suplex for a close near-fall. PAC charges right into a boot and after a few reversals Ricochet delivers a receipt with a reverse hurricanrana of his own. The action is getting absurdly fast now and it may be hard for me to cover from here on out. Ricochet hits a Phoenix Splash off the second rope for a two-count. PAC avoids a charge in the corner and goes up top but Ricochet brings him down with the Spanish Fly! Ricochet goes up top and tries a Shooting Star Press but PAC gets his knees up (which I think Leonard misses entirely). Tozawa distracts the referee long enough for Ricochet to hit a low blow. Ricochet then rolls PAC up for two. He goes for a hurricanrana but PAC catches him with a sitout powerbomb for two. PAC charges right into an enziguiri and Ricochet hits another one and then the rebound German Suplex for two. Ricochet hits the Backslide Driver and the Snap Mare Driver but that’s still not enough to put PAC away. A Regalplex and a knockout kick to the head are finally enough to get the job done and Ricochet gets the win at 22:35. That match was pretty incredible down the stretch, and they built up to it really well. This was a good feud and a fitting end to it as both guys threw out everything they had but Ricochet had just a little bit more on this night. PAC is so good it’s sick, and Ricochet has improved leaps and bounds.
Rating: ****

Tonight It Ends

The Dirty Ugly F*cks are backstage, complaining that Jon Davis cost them the Open the United Gate Titles last night. They all swear a lot as they get fired up for their Extreme Warfare match tonight. I really, really don’t care for these promos. I appreciate that they’re trying to do something different, but I can barely stand this stuff anymore.

Gargano’s Road to the Title

This is a six-minute video about Johnny Gargano’s DGUSA career, which began on the preshow of the very first show on July 25, 2009. You can watch the video for yourself at the DGUSA YouTube channel.

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – YAMATO {J3} vs. Johnny Gargano {R}

YAMATO has been the Champion since 1.28.11, and this is his seventh defense. They start off slowly, as the richest prize in DGUSA is on the line here. YAMATO starts working the arm. Gargano responds by trying a headlock but neither man can gain a clear advantage in the early going. YAMATO gets an early CBV but Gargano reaches the ropes. They continue to trade the advantage back and forth, with the crowd supporting both men alternately. Gargano controls for a few minutes until YAMATO grabs the CBV from out of nowhere and Gargano again has to reach the ropes. That allows YAMATO to control the match for several minutes. YAMATO goes for the Brainbuster but Gargano knees his way out of it and lands a kick to the side of the head. Gargano clotheslines the Champ to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Gargano hits the Superman Spear and then locks on his own version of the Tarantula. Gargano lands an enziguiri and goes up top but YAMATO kicks him right in the face. YAMATO tries a Superplex but Gargano counters with a Liger Bomb that sends the champ back to the floor. Gargano hits a suicide dive followed by a cannonball off the apron, and then a cannonball off the stage. Back in the ring Gargano hits a slingshot DDT for two. YAMATO fights back with an enziguiri and the Brainbuster for a two-count. He locks on the CBV for the third time and Gargano is able to make the ropes again. Gargano hits the Flatliner into the buckles on YAMATO, but then accidentally hits the referee with a running dropkick. The ref then gets squashed in the corner and he’s out. Gargano hits YAMATO with the Hurts Donut but there’s no referee to count! YAMATO recovers and hits a low blow. Chuck Taylor comes running out with the belt he stole last night, but he accidentally hits Gargano with it! YAMATO covers but only gets two! Both men rise and trade strikes. YAMATO hits Galleria but Gargano kicks out! He goes for it again but Gargano slips out. YAMATO tries the Brainbuster but Gargano turns it into the Hurts Donut but only gets two. Gargano then locks on the GargaNo Escape and YAMATO taps the title away at 26:49. They started slowly but they built really well and the shenanigans fit perfectly and are hardly ever used in DGUSA so it really fit well for this match. YAMATO was a great Champion and he did a good job putting Gargano over.
Rating: ***¾

Gargano gets on the mic after the match to convince Taylor to surrender the Open the Freedom Gate Championship belt to him. He goes over the history of Ronin and what the group means, and how it’s the right thing to do, etc. Taylor agrees, hands over the belt, and puts Gargano over for becoming the Champion.

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Prelude to Violence

This is a nicely done video package detailing the D.U.F. versus AR Fox feud, which did a good job at playing to the strengths of everyone involved.

MATCH #7: Extreme Warfare – Sabu, AR Fox & Jon Davis vs. Sami Callihan {DUF}, Arik Cannon {DUF} & Pinkie Sanchez {DUF}

Fox and Davis come out without Sabu and call out their opponents. Leonard puts this over as a handicap match, but shamon. Fox starts the match with a dive that misses, leaving Davis on his own. Of course Sabu makes his way out, but gets almost no reaction. That’s a shame. Gabe Sapolsky (called as such) joins the commentary booth because he’s such a big fan of Sabu. Team Fox takes control as this one has brawling coming from all over the place. Cannon and Sabu battle in the ring while Davis and Sanchez fight on the floor and Callihan and Fox take it to each other on the other side of the ring. Sabu gets a spike and uses it on Cannon’s forehead. Cannon is busted open and Sanchez comes to his rescue. Davis and Sabu team up on Sanchez out in the ring, while Callihan and Cannon work together on Fox on the floor. Sabu goes out and uses the spike on Callihan’s forehead, busting him open. Fox and Callihan wind up in the ring while everyone else is on the floor. Callihan grabs a fork and uses it on Fox’s head, busting him open. Things get pretty sloppy here so Sabu brings a table into the ring. Cannon cuts him off with a brainbuster for two. Callihan throws Fox from the stage through a guardrail, causing a nasty bump. Lenny Leonard blasphemies way too much. I’m not offended by it per se, especially being a Jew, it just sounds awkward and I don’t care for it. Sabu puts Cannon through a table with a legdrop but it only gets a two-count. The fight migrates to the ring, where Fox hits Callihan with the second-rope Ace Crusher. Fox then hits Callihan with Lo Mein Pain for at two-count. He goes up top and hits a 450 Splash but again only gets two. Fox goes back to the top for another 450 but Callihan gets his knees up. Callihan grabs Fox and hurls him from the ring through the guardrail that was set up between the ring apron and the barricade. Amazingly that only gets two. That probably could have been the finish. Callihan gets the fork out and abuses Fox with it. Cannon hands Callihan a bottle and he breaks it over Fox’s head and that’s finally enough to get the pin at 14:02. After everything that happened, a bottle ended the match? That was a moderately fun hardcore brawl but with a weak finish.
Rating: ***

Callihan gets on the microphone and says 2011 will be remembered as the year the group formed, and that 2012 will be their year.
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Rahway Rec Center – Rahway, New Jersey – October 30, 2010

It’s a cold open to the arena, with Lenny Leonard and Chikarason calling the action. This event was broadcast on national pay-per-view in the United States and Canada.

MATCH #1: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Arik Cannon

They start off with some chain wrestling. I believe these two have worked each other many times in other promotions in years gone by. Both men look good in the early going, but Cannon takes first control with a Muta Lock. Jacobs reaches the ropes and tries to come back with a vertical suplex but Cannon blocks it. The pace quickens and Cannon shows off his impressive agility and Jacobs looks annoyed with him. Jacobs shows his annoyance with a bulldog and Cannon rolls to the floor. Now Jacobs tries a House Show Dive but he misses and Cannon takes control. Jacobs comes back with a chop and a creative headscissors. He then goes back in the ring and levels Cannon with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Jacobs gets a two-count. Cannon fights back with a neckbreaker for two. He hits a dropkick to the back of the head for two. Cannon goes for a superplex but Jacobs fights it off and hits the tornado suplex for a two-count. Jacobs hits a headbutt to the midsection and a face slam for two. A series of reversals ends with Cannon hitting an exploder suplex right into the turnbuckles. Jacobs may have injured his knee on that one. They trade punches on their knees, which is one of the most overused spots on the Indies. Cannon wins that battle with a series of headbutts and Jacobs is busted open. The blood actually gets Jacobs going and he fires back with a lariat and the leaping Ace Crusher off the second rope. Jacobs goes up top and hits the senton but it only gets two. He goes for the End Time but Cannon blocks it and drills him with a superkick. Cannon goes for the Brainbuster but Jacobs avoids it, only to run into a right hand and then Total Anarchy but Jacobs kicks out! Then Cannon hits a Brainbuster and the Shimmering Warlock but Jacobs kicks out again! The resourceful Jacobs is then able to lock in the End Time and Cannon taps out at 11:47. That was a good opener and got the crowd good and fired up. Both guys got to do a lot to each other and kick out of a lot so they both look good.
Rating: ***

Ronin Promo

Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor, and Rich Swann are backstage talking about their awesome new stable. I like all three of these guys. Gargano and Taylor get most of the words in, and Swann adds a “Ronin Baby!” I like it.

MATCH #2: Akebono vs. Brodie Lee

The two behemoths waste no time in tearing into each other. Akebono scores the first knockdown and hits an elbow drop for two. They go to the floor and Akebono whips Lee into the guardrail. Akebono then tries to crush Lee against the apron but Lee moves out of the way. Back in the ring Akebono clobbers Lee down to the mat and hits a splash for two. Referee Bryce Remsburg gets squashed in the corner, and Lee takes advantage with a series of chair shots. Lee hits a series of strikes in the corner and then takes him down to the mat for a boot to the face. He covers and even though Akebono clearly kicks out, Remsburg calls for the bell at 2:46. Well that match certainly happened.
Rating: ½*

Sami Callihan Promo

The deranged Sami Callihan talks about chances in life, and gets all intense and yells a lot. I don’t really care for this character.

MATCH #3: BxB Hulk & Homicide vs. Jon Moxley & Akira Tozawa

Is anyone else friends with Tozawa on Facebook? His updates are incredible. Hulk is the current Open the Freedom Gate Champion. Moxley and Tozawa are representing Kamikaze USA, while Hulk and Homicide are part of World-1. Homicide and Moxley start the match for their teams. Naturally it’s a big brawl between them. Tozawa joins the ring and they go for a double-team move, but it backfires and Hulk comes in with a springboard dropkick on both of them. Hulk takes control of Tozawa, much to the absolute delight of the crowd. The World-1 duo keeps Tozawa isolated in their half of the ring. Tozawa fights back with a low blow on Homicide and Moxley tags in. Now Kamikaze USA keeps Homicide isolated and works him over, as much as he’ll allow anyway. Hulk interferes illegally and Tozawa makes him pay for it on the floor. Meanwhile Homicide makes the comeback on Moxley with a shoulderblock off the second rope. Moxley cuts him off though and tags Tozawa, who hits a sick neckbreaker and a kick to the back of the head. Homicide tries to no-sell it but Tozawa kicks him right back down. Moxley comes back in and hits a superplex. He goes for a big Lariat but Homicide avoids it and hits an Ace Crusher. Homicide goes for his own Lariat but Moxley counters with a backslide for two. Moxley then turns that into the Fujiwara Armbar but Homicide is able to finally make the hot tag. Tozawa tags in as well and Hulk is all over him. Hulk hits the BxB Star Press for two. He follows up with E.V.O. and Moxley breaks up the cover. Homicide knocks Moxley to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Tozawa drills Hulk with a kick to the head but Hulk comes right back with one of his own. Hulk tries another E.V.O. but Tozawa counters with Ganki for two. They get up and trade strikes, and Hulk wins that battle with Mouse and a Lariat. Moxley hits Homicide with a Side Russian Legsweep into the guardrail. Meanwhile Hulk hits Tozawa with First Flash and FTX to get the win at 13:31. I love Moxley and Tozawa as a team, and this was a good tag match since Homicide was willing to take so much.
Rating: ***¼

Moxley gets on the mic after the match to mock Homicide’s effort. YAMATO uses the distraction to hit BxB Hulk with his Open the Freedom Gate title belt. Homicide gets back in the ring to brawl with Moxley. They don’t last too long in the ring before taking the fight to the floor. Eventually they make it back to ringside and Moxley abuses Homicide’s arm with a steel chair. Finally the locker room empties to pull Moxley off.

Warriors International Promo

Austin Aries speaks for Ricochet and Genki Horiguchi, and he lets Ronin know that they picked the wrong guys to mess with.

MATCH #4: CIMA vs. Shingo

Shingo represents Kamikaze USA, and CIMA of course represents Warriors International. They trade arm work in the early going, feeling each other out. Shingo overpowers CIMA and knocks him down with a shoulderblock, and then goes to work with a headscissors. CIMA comes back and goes to work on the leg. Shingo cuts him off pretty quickly though and hits a uranage backbreaker. They take it to the floor and Shingo whips CIMA into the barricade and hits him with a chair. Back in the ring Shingo continues working CIMA’s back. CIMA fights back out of nowhere with a flurry of offense culminating in a slingshot double stomp to subdue Shingo. He uses a variety of dropkicks to keep Shingo off balance. CIMA locks on a guillotine choke but Shingo powers out of it with a fisherman suplex. Shingo tries Blood Fall but CIMA avoids it and hits a spinning kick to the face. CIMA tries a cross body block but Shingo catches him with another uranage backbreaker. CIMA pops up and hits Superdrol and now both men are down. Both men get to their feet in opposite corners but CIMA is in better shape, as he hits double knees to Shingo’s back. CIMA goes up top for a missile dropkick and then hits the Perfect Driver but it only gets two. He then hits a Super Perfect Driver and goes for Meteora but misses! Shingo hits a running Lariat in the corner and then delivers Stay Dream but CIMA kicks out! He signals for Made in Japan but can’t connect, but he does connect on Blood Fall! Shingo then hits the Pumping Bomber but CIMA kicks out again! He then finally hits Made in Japan but once again it only gets two. Shingo runs into a couple of superkicks and then CIMA hits Schwein for a count of two. CIMA sort of hits the Tokarev and follows up with a powerbomb and a double stomp. He goes up top and connects with Meteora to get the pin at 17:09. That was fun and the crowd was into it, but the last several minutes was all just kicking out of finishers. These two can make it work though.
Rating: ***½

CIMA cuts one of his famous promos after the match. And by the way, For More Info on Dragon Gate USA, Please Visit www.DGUSA.TV.

MATCH #5: Sami Callihan vs. Shane Smalls

I admit I have never heard of Shane Smalls. Callihan encourages Smalls to hit him in the face, which of course does not go well. It’s all Callihan here, as he blasts Smalls with hard forearms and other assorted strikes. Smalls fights back with a jawbreaker and tries a springboard back elbow but Callihan catches him and drops him down for a two-count. Callihan goes up top but misses a diving headbutt. Smalls hits a standing moonsault for a two-count. Callihan comes right back with a Saito Suplex and then another one. He then hits a diving forearm and locks on the Stretch Muffler for the win at 2:35. I can appreciate a good squash; I just wish I was more into Callihan.
Rating: *

Jimmy Jacobs Promo

Jacobs bemoans the fact that people don’t often mention his name in conjunction with being the next Open the Freedom Gate Champion. He really wants to win a singles title because he never has. Arik Cannon tonight was tough, but it only gets harder from here.

MATCH #6: Six Man Tag Match – Warriors International (Austin Aries, Genki Horiguchi & Ricochet) vs. Ronin (Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann)

Gabe has always loved booking big six-man tag team matches. Gargano looks a bit like Erick Stevens these days. Ricochet and Taylor start the match for their respective teams. Tempers start flaring early on. Things calm down a bit and Ricochet tries working the arm. Taylor tries to comeback but Ricochet cuts him off with a hard dropkick to the face. Horiguchi and Gargano tag in. For some reason though Horiguchi would rather fight Swann and Gargano obliges him. Swann and Horiguchi have a dance-off, and the H-A-G-E wins that battle. Aries tags in and Swann immediately tags Gargano. Ever the wily veteran, Aries backs Gargano into the corner and forces him to tag Swann. Referee Bryce Remsburg enforces the rules and makes Swann get in the ring. Aries and Swann take it down to the mat and exchange holds. Things get heated between them and Aries seems to have the mental edge over the much less experienced Swann. The WARRIORS trio keeps Swann isolated in their half of the ring briefly, until Swann is able to force Horiguchi into the Ronin corner. Now Ronin shows impressive cohesion, wearing Horiguchi down. Horiguchi is able to slip out of an abdominal stretch and makes the tag to Aries. Gargano tags in as well, and Aries has bodyslams for everyone. Aries dumps Swann to the floor and looks for the Heat Seeking Missile but Gargano cuts him off with the slingshot spear. Taylor follows with a quebrada and Swann hits a Frog Splash for a two-count. Now Aries is the one getting worn down by Ronin, particularly Swann. After several minutes Aries is able to make the hot tag and Ricochet is a house afire. He’s able to take out all three Ronin at first, but the numbers game eventually catches up with him. Taylor and Gargano lock him in a simultaneous half crab camel clutch, and then Aries and Horiguchi come in to lock on stereo abdominal stretches. That leaves only Swann to break it all up. Gargano and Swann are knocked to the floor and Aries wipes them out with a Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Horiguchi blasts Taylor with a missile dropkick. Aries follows in with double knees, and then Ricochet hits Chocolate Rain for two. Taylor fights off Beach Break with a jawbreaker and then Horiguchi gets kicked in the head by all three Ronin at the same time. Aries tries to pick up the fight for his team but Ronin cut him off and triple-team him effectively but can’t put him away. Horiguchi and Ricochet recover and dispatch Gargano and Taylor. Ricochet hits Swann with the backslide driver and Horiguchi holds Swann for Aries to hit the IED. Horiguchi then uses the Backslide from Heaven but Gargano breaks it up. It’s time for the Finisher Parade, as everyone gets a chance to show their stuff. Swann and Ricochet are left in the ring, and Ricochet dumps him to the floor with everyone else and then wipes them all out with a dive. Back in the ring Gargano drills Ricochet with a Superkick and the Lawn Dart. An amazing triple-team ends with Gargano hitting Ricochet with the Hurts Donut for the win at 21:13. Not only was that a great six-man tag team match, but the way Ronin worked together as a team was super fun to watch and they all obviously have bright futures in DGUSA.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: Non-Title Match – Masato Yoshino vs. YAMATO

Yoshino’s Open the Dream Gate Championship is not on the line here. He is accompanied by fellow World-1 member BxB Hulk, the reigning Open the Freedom Gate Champion. They start off slowly, as they know each other very well. Yoshino quickens the pace and hits a headscissors as Lenny Leonard talks about the changes in the World-1 stable in Japan. Back to the action at hand, Yoshino is working on YAMATO’s arm, a wise stratagem if I ever saw one. YAMATO fights back and attacks the ankle. Yoshino tries fighting back but YAMATO is able to cut him off and continues working the leg. Even with the injured leg Yoshino fires up and hits the Sling Blade, but he can’t immediately follow up. Both men get to their feet and Yoshino takes control. Yoshino drapes YAMATO over the bottom rope and hits a running dropkick to the face from the floor. Back in the ring Yoshino goes for the missile dropkick but YAMATO avoids it and hits a diving forearm. Yoshino fights back and locks on From Jungle. He traps YAMATO in a sunset flip for a two-count. YAMATO fights back with a kick to the face and a bridging German Suplex for two. He hits a running forearm to the face and they take the fight to the top rope. Yoshino wins a chop battle and hits a super Sling Blade for two. YAMATO fights back with a big Spear. He then runs right into a kick to the face and both men are gasping for air. Yoshino goes up top and hits a double stomp the arm! He smells blood in the water and goes for Sol Naciente but YAMATO avoids it and they jockey over an abdominal stretch. YAMATO wins that battle and turns it into a Galleria attempt but Yoshino counters with a Scorpion Death Drop. Both men are down. Yoshino recovers first and goes up top and this time he hits the Missile Dropkick. He then connects with the Lightning Spiral but YAMATO kicks out! Yoshino goes back up top and this time YAMATO dropkicks the top rope to knock him down. YAMATO hits a big superplex but it only gets two. He follows up with the Sleeper Suplex, a nasty kick to the head and a brainbuster but Yoshino somehow kicks out! YAMATO signals for Galleria but Yoshino counters with a crucifix bomb for two. A crucifix rollup gets two for Yoshino. They trade strikes and YAMATO grabs Yoshino for Galleria but it only gets two! Yoshino Hulks Up and hits Torbellino twice in a row and then goes for Sol Naciente but YAMATO almost gets the pin with a rollup! Moments later Yoshino is able to lock Sol Naciente in and YAMATO passes out at 23:40. That was a main event quality match between two of the absolute best on the roster.
Rating: ****

BONUS MATCH: Six Way Freestyle – Amasis vs. Ophidian vs. Sami Callihan vs. Silas Young vs. Cheech vs. Caleb Konley

Young and Ophidian start the match with some mat wrestling. Ophidian uses his agility and Young counters him with his power advantage. They wrestle to a standoff and the crowd is appreciative. Callihan comes in and disposes of Young and goes after Ophidian, which brings Amasis in to the rescue. He taunts everyone, spitting on Konley to draw him into the ring. Callihan quickly disposes of him, and then has to deal with Young. They spit on each other and then start trading slaps. They take it to the floor and Young drops Callihan back-first on the apron. Konley hits Young with a baseball slide and then turns his attention to Cheech. Konley gets knocked out and Ophidian takes his place. The Portal double-teams Cheech, who is without his partner Cloudy. Konley and Young end up back in the ring since tags aren’t necessary. The match has broken down and people are flying all over the place. Cheech ends up standing tall, but only briefly, as Callihan hits a sick looking Side Russian Legsweep on him for two. Callihan gets fired up and goes for a dive, but Young cuts him off with a forearm. Konley then hits an Asai Moonsault on the Osirian Portal and he gets tied up in the guardrail. Young and Cheech then hit stereo somersault planchas to the remaining four competitors on the floor. Back in the ring Young hits the Finlay Roll and the Peegee Waja Plunge but the Portal breaks up the cover. The Portal double-teams Young and Callihan comes in, so the Portal turns their attention to him. Konley rejoins the fray and knocks Amasis out of the ring. Ophidian takes Callihan out with a dive to the floor. Amasis gets back in the ring with a shoulder tackle off the top rope. The Portal then hits Konley with the super superplex. They go up top to opposite corners and hit the legdrop / splash combination but they can’t agree on who’s going to get the pin! Callihan takes advantage of their dissension and takes them both out. Konley gets a quick rollup on Callihan for two. Callihan comes right back and traps Konley in the Stretch Muffler to get the tap out at 11:55. That was the usual solid six-way spotfest, and it certainly made Callihan look strong. The Osirian Portal also looked quite good.
Rating: **½
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Fearless 2011 (PAC, Masato Yoshino, YAMATO, Akira Tozawa) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/16/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-fearless-2011-pac-masato-yoshino-yamato-akira-tozawa-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/16/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-fearless-2011-pac-masato-yoshino-yamato-akira-tozawa-3/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:00:16 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=161135 fearless2011

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Wonderland Ballroom – Revere, Massachusetts – June 3, 2011

This Is My Chance

Tony Nese opens the show with a backstage promo, and he is excited about the opportunity he has tonight. He promises to make his mark in DGUSA tonight.

Lenny Leonard and Rob Naylor are on commentary.

MATCH #1: CIMA {BW} vs. Rich Swann {R}

CIMA is accompanied by Austin Aries. Swann is accompanied by Johnny Gargano. The Dragon Gate Icon attacks Swann before the bell to take an unfair advantage. Swann battles back and dropkicks CIMA to the floor and tries to follow him out with a dive but Aries trips him up. That allows CIMA to regain control and he goes back to wearing Swann down. CIMA abuses Swann both in and out of the ring, focusing on his back. Swann is able to battle back, knocking CIMA to the floor and then wiping him out with a dive off the apron. Back in the ring Swann hits a Pele kick for a two-count. CIMA comes back with a kick and a rolling senton for two. Swann responds with Kawada kicks and a superkick. He follows up with a Finlay Roll and then signals for the standing 450 but Aries distracts him. That gives CIMA the chance to hit shotgun knees to the chest. CIMA follows up with a scary looking sort of Electric Chair Drop and then the Perfect Driver for two. An irritated CIMA then hits Schwein and Meteora to finally get the win at 8:50. That was a solid opener and I’d like to see these two do more together.
Rating: **¾

I’ll Do My Talking in the Ring

I love the title of this chapter, because that’s exactly what Jon Davis says, and nothing more.

MATCH #2: Six Way Freestyle – AR Fox vs. Arik Cannon {DUF} vs. Alex Colon vs. Brodie Lee {BW} vs. Scott Reed vs. Tony Nese

Fox and Reed start the match with a nice style clash. As the pace quickens Fox takes the advantage. They take it to the floor so Brodie and Colon make their way in. Obviously Brodie dominates the much smaller Colon. Is he related to the WWE Colons? Brodie sends Colon to the floor, and then Cannon and Nese both get in the ring to battle the monster. When their offense has no effect, Cannon takes a powder. Moments later Cannon hits Lee from behind to knock him to the floor. Nese knocks Cannon to the floor and then lands a nice tope on him. Reed joins the battle on the floor, and Fox follows with a corkscrew plancha. Brodie knocks Cannon off the apron and then backdrops Fox over the turnbuckle and onto everyone! Fox celebrates, but he probably should have sold that. I mean I can see why he didn’t, but that looked wicked ya know? Nese and Colon knocks Brodie and Cannon to the floor, and then Nese dominates Colon. Fox gets back in and hits Nese with the Lo Mein Pain for two. Reed hits Fox with Splash Mountain for two, and then Brodie hits Reed with the Truck Stop and Cannon breaks it up. Once again Brodie and Cannon trade strikes. Colon and Cannon work tighter to take Lee down, and then battle each other. Cannon drills Colon with a right hand and a superkick, and then hits the Brainbuster for the win at 8:06. There weren’t really any memorable spots or anything, but Lee got to look like a monster and Fox did some cool stuff and those are things I like.
Rating: **½

Way of the Ronin

Back on September 26, 2010, DGUSA presented Way of the Ronin from Milwaukee. Bryan Danielson battled Jon Moxley in his last match on the Indies, plus a six-man tag match featuring Kamikaze USA versus World-1, and much more!

MATCH #3: Ricochet {BW} vs. Susumu Yokosuka

Yokosuka has awesome music. He uses his power early on to overwhelm Ricochet, who responds with his incredibly speed and agility. Yokosuka takes a break on the floor to avoid his opponent. Back in the ring Ricochet continues on the advantage. Yokosuka catches a charge in the corner and drops Ricochet on his knees. He then does it two more times. Even after more abuse to the knees, Ricochet is able to hit a Space Flying Tiger Driver. No, really. Back in the ring Ricochet continues to not sell the knees at. Yokosuka tries going back to the knees but Ricochet hits a DDT off the second rope for two. Ricochet wastes a little time and then runs right into an exploder to the turnbuckles. Yokosuka hits a hard clothesline in the corner and goes for a half-nelson suplex but Ricochet slips out and hits a Zig Zag and a standing shooting star press for two. Ricochet takes Yokosuka down and lands the 630 senton but Yokosuka gets his foot on the bottom rope and then kicks out at two. When Ricochet goes up for another move off the top rope Yokosuka pushes him down. Yokosuka hits a hard Northern Lariat and hits Mugan off the second rope but Ricochet kicks out! Ricochet ducks the Jumbo no Kachi!, hits an enziguiri and gets a rollup for two. Ricochet runs off the ropes and right into the Jumbo no Kachi! Yokosuka hits another Jumbo no Kachi! but Ricochet kicks out again. Finally Yokosuka finishes with a double underhook facebuster for the pin at 12:33. I really like Yokosuka but Ricochet had no interest in selling the work that he did and it took away from the match.
Rating: **¼

Ronin Promo

Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann are reminiscing about Swann’s earlier loss to CIMA. Apparently Chuck Taylor isn’t there tonight. Even so, Gargano is going to wrestle Austin Aries.

MATCH #4: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Sami Callihan {DUF}

Mochizuki is the current Open the Dream Gate Champion, and is accompanied by Rich Swann. He also has awesome music. Both men try to psyche each other out, but it’s going to be tough to get under the skin of a 17-year veteran like Mochizuki. As you might expect both men strike each other really hard, but Mochizuki must kick a little harder because he sends Callihan to the floor. Mochizuki whips Callihan into the post and goes for a kick but Callihan ducks and the Dream Gate Champ hits nothing but post. Callihan takes advantage now, going to work on the leg. Back in the ring Callihan wisely continues the leg work. Mochizuki fights back by going to work on the elbow. He uses a lot of kicks, and doesn’t seem to be feeling many ill effects from Callihan’s leg work. Callihan baits Mochizuki to the apron and then knocks him to the floor and follows him out with an elbow suicida. No, really. Back in the ring Callihan hits a Death Valley Driver for two and then locks on the Stretch Muffler. Mochizuki reaches the ropes and then goes back to work on the arm. He hits a running Yakuza kick and then a hard running kick to the chest for two. Callihan won’t stay down so Mochizuki kicks him repeatedly and hits the Twister for two. Of course Callihan comes right back with a high-angle Saito Suplex and a diving forearm for two, and then locks on the Stretch Muffler. Mochizuki turns it into a Cross Armbreaker and when Callihan reaches the ropes he drills him with a series of kicks, finishing with a Shin Saikyou High Kick at 12:54. That was solid for that hard-hitting type of style, but they never got a good rhythm going and the crowd didn’t seem all that invested.
Rating: **½

Mochizuki shows respect to Callihan after the match, so Cannon and Callihan attack him. Susumu Yokosuka comes out to the rescue and it turns into a big brawl. The locker room empties to try and break everybody up.

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MATCH #5: Jon Davis vs. Pinkie Sanchez

Lenny Leonard introduces Jon Davis for an in-ring promo. So when Davis said earlier that he’d do his talking in the ring I thought he meant something different. He calls out Sami Callihan and Arik Cannon, the D.U.F. Before anything can happen, Pinkie Sanchez makes his way out and declares himself a D.U.F. Callihan and Cannon seem to be taking that idea under advisement, taking a seat at ringside.

Davis overpowers the smaller Sanchez in the early going. Sanchez shows some spunk but Davis continually cuts him off. This is a total squash, but at least Cannon and Callihan seem to be enjoying themselves. Davis catches Sanchez on the top rope and goes for a superplex but Sanchez knocks him down into the Tree of Woe and hits the Warrior’s Ass for a two-count. Sanchez goes for a mini hurricanrana but Davis blocks that with a powerbomb. Davis follows up with a Jackhammer to get the pin at 8:59 despite the fact that Sanchez obviously kicked out for whatever reason. The crowd is not amused. After the match Davis picks Sanchez up and the fight continues for some reason, and Davis catches Sanchez with a lariat and 3 Seconds Around the World to get the pin for real at 10:25. That was uninspiring stuff and the finish didn’t help matters.
Rating: *

After the match Callihan and Cannon abuse Sanchez as a way of perhaps initiating him into their group.

I Did Everything I Could

This is an AR Fox promo. Just guess what the first words out of his mouth are. Tomorrow night he gets another big chance in a singles match against Akira Tozawa. He promises to get the victory.

MATCH #6: Grudge Match – Austin Aries {BW} vs. Johnny Gargano {R}

Aries is accompanied by Brodie Lee, but he sends the Big Rig to the back before the match starts. He also cuts a pretty rambling promo about how Ronin can’t match up to the Blood Warriors. They go back and forth in the early going, with neither man gaining an early advantage. Aries is extremely confident but Gargano is not intimidated by the veteran. Gargano even uses a headscissors and has some success with it. He’s been studying his tapes. Aries then tries the headscissors and Gargano escapes and hits the dropkick just like Aries does! Gargano starts building momentum so Aries takes a powder. Back in the ring Gargano almost puts on the Gargano Escape but Aries slips out to the floor again and is in no hurry to get back in. Aries gets distracted jawing with the crowd so Gargano wipes him out with a suicide dive. Gargano tries to press the advantage but Aries runs away from him. They spill into the crowd and up on the stage, where Aries suplexes Gargano onto a mass of chairs. Aries follows up with an axe handle off the top rope. Now back in the ring Aries has a pronounced advantage, using a variety of offense and focusing on the leg. Gargano tries to fight back but Aries cuts him off with a knee. Aries tries dumping Gargano to the floor and it leads to that stupid spot where the referee kicks the heel’s hands off the top rope on a sunset flip attempt. I HATE that spot. Anyway, Aries is able to cut Gargano off again and continue to control the match. Gargano is able to kick his way out of the Tree of Woe (that was cool) and then hits a Stunner out of the corner (also cool). He bounces Aries between the turnbuckles repeatedly and utilizes a random sequence of offense. Aries is able to use momentum to send Gargano to the floor, but then runs right into the slingshot spear for a two-count. For some reason Aries goes for a cross body block in the corner and Gargano catches him and Lawn Darts him. Gargano hits a superkick that sends Aries to the apron. Unfortunately for Gargano, Aries catches him with a Death Valley Driver. Aries goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but Gargano kicks him in the face, basically shrugging off a Death Valley Driver on the apron. Come on guys. Gargano covers for two. He goes for the Gargano Escape but Aries counters to the Last Chancery, which Gargano is able to break. They rise to their feet and slug away at each other. Gargano hits the Hurts Donut but Aries kicks out at two. Aries comes back with the shinbreaker/belly-to-back suplex combo and then nails the IED. He then hits the Brainbuster for a two-count. A frustrated Aries goes to the top rope and misses the 450. Gargano goes for the Gargano Escape but Aries rolls out of it and kicks him in the head. Aries lands another kick to the face and hits another Brainbuster to finally get the pin at 25:59. I think they ran a little bit long but I like the idea of the match, showing that Gargano is in league with a guy like Aries but not *quite* on his level yet.
Rating: ***½

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MATCH #7: Open the United Gate Title Match – PAC & Masato Yoshino vs. YAMATO & Akira Tozawa

YAMATO is the current Open the Freedom Gate Champion. He and Tozawa are accompanied by Masaaki Mochizuki. PAC & Yoshino have been the champions since 1.30.11, and this is their third defense. They are accompanied by Rich Swann and Susumu Yokosuka. PAC and YAMATO start the match by virtue of having all capital letters in their names. These two will square off against each other on Sunday for the Open the Freedom Gate Title. They take it to the mat and PAC appears to have an early advantage until YAMATO blasts PAC with a hard dropkick. Tags are made so now Yoshino squares off with Tozawa. These two have faced off on opposite sides of tag team matches three times now, but haven’t wrestled in a singles match yet. Not much happens and tags are made again. PAC and Yoshino work on YAMATO’s arm, keeping him in their half of the ring. YAMATO forces Yoshino back into his corner and makes the tag. Momentum continues to shift back and forth in the first half of the matchup. PAC tries a shooting star pres off the second rope on Tozawa but hits nothing but knees. That allows YAMATO and Tozawa to take control and isolate PAC for several minutes. PAC makes the comeback and Yoshino is showing why they call him the Fastest Man in Wrestling. Yoshino puts YAMATO in From Jungle and the two partners come in to continue the fight illegally. PAC knocks Tozawa to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring PAC hits a springboard cross body block for two. Tozawa comes back with a hard Saito Suplex for two. YAMATO tags in and hits a Brainbuster but it only gets two. He goes for the Choke but PAC hits a chinbreaker to reverse the momentum. Yoshino comes in and this the missile dropkick senton, and then PAC hits a Corkscrew Press off Yoshino’s back and YAMATO kicks out at two. I think things are about to get nutty. The challengers isolate Yoshino and hit a Doomsday Wizard for a near-fall. Tozawa follows up with a bridging German Suplex for two. YAMATO signals for Galleria but Yoshino slips out so YAMATO hits an enziguiri instead. The match breaks down and somehow all four men take out someone else and they are all down. PAC and Tozawa are the first two to their feet and they slug it out. Tozawa thinks he has the advantage but PAC hits him with the snap German Suplex, which is such a badass move. PAC hits a springboard 450 on Tozawa but it only gets two. Yoshino hits Tozawa with Torbellino and the Lightning Spiral but it still only gets a two-count. YAMATO and Yoshino take it the floor. That leaves Tozawa prone on the mat and PAC hits him with a beautiful corkscrew press to get the pin at 24:26. YAMATO and Tozawa are two of my favorite guys and Yoshino and PAC are great champions, so I really liked this match a lot. These four had great chemistry together and they kept the crowd into it the whole way.
Rating: ****

Austin Aries Promo

Austin Aries overestimates his performance against Johnny Gargano tonight, and thinks that he proved Gargano is not in his league. Tomorrow night he’ll go one-on-one with Susumu Yokosuka and he promises to take care of business.
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The Arena – Philadelphia, PA – November 28, 2009

Previously on Dragon Gate USA

This is a nice addition to the DVD, since it is my first DGUSA show I was glad to at least see some brief clips about what’s been going on.

MATCH #1: Generation New – Matt Jackson vs. Nick Jackson vs. Gran Akuma vs. Hallowicked vs. Lince Dorado vs. Johnny Gargano

Ring announcer Kevin Harvey goes over the rules of the tournament, and the crowd is jacked. Lenny Leonard is calling the action along with Chikarason. This is a perfect choice to open the show, and I don’t expect to be able to keep up with the play-by-play. Dorado and Matt end up in the ring and they exchange holds and kicks for a bit. Matt sends Dorado to the floor, so Gargano takes his place. Nick joins his brother in the ring and they double-team Gargano, and then everyone else. Once they dispatch of their opponents they get ready to square off with each other but Akuna and Gargano break that up. The Bucks are undaunted though, and once again try to square off, but this time Hallowicked and Dorado break it up. Dorado gets the first near fall of the match with a rana. Hallowicked comes back with a Rydeen Bomb for his first near fall. They go up top and Dorado knocks Hallowicked down and hits a beautiful Shooting Starr Press. The match breaks down and the Bucks hit More Bang for Your Buck on Hallowicked and Matt goes for the pin, but Nick breaks it up! They get a big pop for that. The Bucks finally go at it, and their exchange is way too tough to call. Some of the stuff I don’t even know the name of. Everyone starts diving all over the place, leaving Gargano and Akuma in the ring together. Gargano goes up top and Akuma is able to catch him with a spider exploder and a nice moonsault and that’s enough to send him to the finals at 9:30. I believe THAT is you do a Six Man Mayhem match.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Redemption – BxB Hulk vs. Brian Kendrick

The crowd is fully in support of BxB Hulk. This match is called Redemption because they are both 0-1 on DGUSA pay-per-view and they have something to prove. Hulk lost to YAMATO, while Kendrick was bested by CIMA. They take it to the mat, with both men going after the arm. Hulk appears to have the upper hand, so Kendrick takes a powder to regroup. They chain wrestle some more and when the pace quickens, Hulk has the advantage. Kendrick comes back and pitches Hulk to the floor. He follows him out and whips him into the ring post. Back in the ring Kendrick locks on a modified Dragon Sleeper, and then rolls over into a cover for two. Hulk tries to fire back with kicks but Kendrick takes a short cut and attacks the eyes. Kendrick now locks on a modified camel clutch, which eventually morphs into a Samoa Joe Choke but Hulk reaches the ropes. Back on his feet Hulk is able to make the comeback with a missile dropkick and a standing corkscrew legdrop for two. Hulk hits a series of offensive maneuvers but can’t put Kendrick away. Kendrick comes back and goes for Sliced Bread #2 but Hulk pushes him to the floor. Hulk goes for a dive but Kendrick avoids it by slipping into the crowd. The crowd boos, and Hulk goes outside to retrieve Kendrick. Back in the ring Hulk goes up top and Kendrick knocks him down. Kendrick tries a small package for two, and then hits an enziguiri for another two. He locks on a Cobra Camel Clutch but Bulk escapes and hits a kick to the face and a lariat. They trade pinning combinations until Hulk lands a solid kick to the face and the EVO for two. Kendrick gets a victory roll for two, but Hulk comes out of it with a vicious kick to the face, and then wraps Kendrick up in a La Magistral cradle to get the pin and move on to the finals at 12:33. That was a pretty solid match, and a reminder that Kendrick is a good heel. Hulk I haven’t seen a lot of but I like so far.
Rating: ***

Ring Announcer Kevin Harvey tries telling Kendrick that he has to leave he ring before the next match, but Kendrick gets pissed and says he needs a minute. Kendrick gets on the microphone and says he wrestles for himself and not the fans. It’s hard to understand most of what he’s saying, but I think the gist is that wrestling is an art, he is an artist, and he plays by his own rules. Referee Bryce Remsburg and some locals try getting him out of the ring but have little success. Then John Moxley comes in the ring and seems to be impressed with what Kendrick has done. Kendrick and Moxley then beat up the locals. I hear good things about Moxley but that was my first time actually seeing him.

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MATCH #3: Salute to Skayde – Super Crazy vs. CIMA vs. Mike Quackenbush vs. Jorge “Skayde” Rivera

Quack and CIMA start it off and take it right to the mat. I’m told that Rivera trained both of these men. They also tell me that Rivera is the one responsible for Super Crazy losing his mask very early in his career, so there’s lots of history in this one. After some back and forth CIMA slides to the floor and Crazy comes in. Quack then leaves, allowing Rivera to come in the ring. River control Crazy briefly, and then everyone comes in the ring and goes for a pin on someone else but nobody can get a three-count. Then everyone goes for dropkicks but no one connects. Crazy gets sent to the floor, and then Quack and CIMA work together on their trainer. CIMA hits a nasty double stomp on Rivera for two. All four men are battling in and out of the ring, and it’s a bit hard to keep up with. River appears to have injured his leg, and Crazy capitalizes on it. CIMA and Quackenbush try to stop him, but Crazy keeps them both at bay and continues going after Rivera’s leg. Rivera makes the comeback with some Lucha offense and Quackenbush gets back in the ring and responds in kind. CIMA rejoins the match and is now willing to attack his teacher. Rivera locks CIMA in a submission hold but Crazy breaks it up. Crazy gets knocked to the floor and Quackenbush wipes him out with a dive. Meanwhile CIMA rolls up Rivera to get the pin at 9:18. They seemed to be going somewhere with Rivera being injured and Crazy attacking, but that just stopped out of nowhere and went back to being the match it was before. It was fun in spots but not the slightest bit cohesive. The crowd gives Rivera a nice ovation, and then Quackenbush starts a shoving match with CIMA because he’s a sore loser.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: Next Level – Davey Richards vs. YAMATO

The crowd is in full support of Davey Richards. They start off cautiously, feeling each other out. Both men had breakout years in 2009, and big things are expected from both in 2010. They take it to the mat and trade holds, with neither man holding a sustained advantage. Richards uses kicks to wear YAMATO down, and then goes to work on his arm. Richards takes it to the floor and whips YAMATO into the guardrail, and then nails him with a big kick to the face that sends him into the crowd. Back in the ring Richards quickly knocks YAMATO back to the floor. YAMATO sneaks under the ring and comes out the other side to surprise Richards, and then starts going to work on his leg. He locks on a half crab and Richards makes it to the ropes. YAMATO continues to brutalize the American Wolf. He hits a brutal sounding kick to the face and an elbow drop to the back for two. YAMATO goes right back to work on the leg. After a while Richards stops selling and hits a kick, which thankfully reinjures his leg so YAMATO resumes control. YAMATO goes up top but Richards pulls him down with a modified Alarm Clock (using his non-injured leg). Both men rise to their feet and trade forearms. Richards hits a belly-to-belly suplex and then clotheslines YAMATO to the floor and follows him out with that super unsafe suicide dive. Back in the ring Richards hits a missile dropkick. Richards simply cares not at this point that YAMATO spent a lot of time working over his leg. Now as I type hat he goes back to limping. Richards hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two, and then rolls it into the Kimura. YAMATO escapes and makes the comeback, locking on an Ankle Lock. After quite a while in the hold, Richards makes it to the ropes to force a break. They get back to their feet and exchange strikes. Richards lands an enziguiri, YAMATO counters with a back drop driver, and Richards counters with a lariat before both men are down. Oh boy, Fighting Spirit! They get back up again and hit simultaneous kicks to the face. Then they trade running forearms. YAMATO then slams Richards and goes up top, and Richards knocks him down. Richards hits a superplex and YAMATO shrugs it off, only to get hit with the Alarm Clock, a lariat, and a German Suplex with a bridge for a near-fall. He goes for the Shooting Star Press but YAMATO gets his knees up! YAMATO locks on the Choke Sleeper. Richards powers up an elbows his way out and they trade forearms. YAMATO once again locks on the Choke Sleeper, and then turns it into a Sleeper Suplex. He hits a knockout kick but Richards kicks out at two! He hits a brainbuster and Richards kicks out again! Finally YAMATO hits Galleria to put Richards away and advance to the finals at 21:24. That was certainly fun to watch in spots, but I’m not a big fan of guys who are more interested in looking like Superman than anything else. Thus, I am over Davey Richards. However YAMATO looked great and he’s come a long way from the guy I saw in Detroit in 2007.
Rating: ***½

The final match for the Open the Freedom Gate Title later tonight is Gran Akuma versus BxB Hulk versus CIMA versus YAMATO. That’s a lot of capital letters.

MATCH #5: Jigsaw vs. Eddie Kingston

Jigsaw is much better with the mask on. Not that I particularly like him either way, but this is preferable. Leonard is joined on commentary by “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush for this one. Kingston and Jigsaw chain wrestle to start, and Kingston seems more in control. A series of reversals confirms that notion when Kingston lands a dropkick for two. Jigsaw comes back with a flurry, but gets caught with a t-bone suplex. Referee Bryce Remsburg warns Kingston when he goes after Jigsaw’s mask. Jigsaw comes back by knocking Kingston to the floor, and he follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring, just as Leonard is saying “today’s stars wrestling tomorrow’s style,” Jigsaw hits a high cross body off the top rope, which is just about the oldest move in the book. I’m not criticizing, I just think it’s funny. Jigsaw hits a shotgun dropkick and a running back elbow in the corner. He hits a running kick to the side of the head for a two-count. Kingston comes back with a straight jacket suplex for two. Jigsaw comes back with a superkick for two. He goes for a rana but Kingston reverses it to a buckle bomb. Kingston hits a Yakuza kick in the corner and a huge lariat but Jigsaw kicks out. They trade shots and Kingston lands the spinning back first (hate that move), but once again Jigsaw kicks out. Kingston tries the Back Drop Driver but Jigsaw counters and hits a kick to the face. Jigsaw then goes up top and hits a double stomp for the win at 7:49. That was a nice little break from tournament action.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Tag Team Challenge Match – Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino vs. Shingo & Dragon Kid

Yoshino and Kid are feuding, and they helpfully show a video package detailing why. We take a look back at “Open the Untouchable Gate” in Chicago on September 6, 2009, when Yoshino beat Kid and then refused to shake his hand. After the show Yoshino was trying to cut a promo when Kid interrupted, and the two had to be separated by other wrestlers. Doi is the Open the Dream Gate Champion.

This might be one of those matches where I’m not able to keep up on play-by-play. Kid and Yoshino waste no time, starting the match for their respective teams. They trade holds and counters, of course doing so at a very rapid pace. I love how these guys can do spots that would look contrived in the hands of lesser workers and make them look great. Both men make tags, and now former ROH World Tag Team Champions Shingo and Naruki Doi are trying to out-power each other. Shingo wins that battle and then knocks Yoshino off the apron as well. Leonard informs us that CIMA, Doi, and Yoshino are collectively known as Speed Muscle, which is a sweet name. Kid gets tagged back in, and he and Shingo take turns working over Doi. After a few minutes, Kid tries to suplex Doi, but Doi blocks it and hits a hard bodyslam, and then makes the tag to Yoshino. Speed Muscle goes right to work on Kid’s arm. Kid is just getting absolutely dissected here. He eventually comes back with a flurry of offense on Doi, and he makes the hot tag to Shingo. It’s all Shingo here, as he shows off his tremendous power. The match breaks down a bit, as with Doi on the floor Kid hits the Bermuda Triangle on him, while in the ring Shingo hits two Freight Train Lariats, a DDT, and a knee drop for two. Yoshino tries to use his quickness to avoid Shingo, but he ends up getting dumped on his head with a brainbuster. Hulk Rules? No, Shingo Rules. Yoshino once again uses his speed, and this time takes Shingo down with a clothesline and then locks on the Octopus. Kid tries to break it up and Doi joins him in the ring, and Kid locks Doi in an Octopus of his own. Then Kid and Doi trade punches while keeping their other opponent locked in the Octopus. Awesome. The holds are broken and we wind up with Doi and Kid in the ring. Doi hits a vicious shotgun dropkick for a two-count. Kid comes back with the front flip Stunner. Shingo comes back in the ring and they double-team Doi. Kid hits Doi with another Stunner, and Shingo hits the Blood Fall and Doi kicks out! Doi comes back with a Rydeen Bomb on Shingo for two. Yoshino is back in the ring now and hits a modified powerbomb on Shingo. He goes to the top rope and Kid comes in the ring, so Yoshino delivers a simultaneous missile dropkick and senton bomb. I’ve definitely never seen that before. They take the fight to the apron, and Kid hits the Super-Duper-Frankensteiner on Yoshino off Shingo’s shoulders for a two-count. They’re all moving so fast it’s hard to keep up with. Shingo hits an elevated Death Valley Driver on Yoshino and Kid follows with a rana for a two-count. I’ve more or less given up on trying to call this. Doi hits Kid with the Doi 555, and now Speed Muscle has the advantage on Kid. The match continues to move at lightning speed, until Yoshino locks on Sol Naciente, and Kid is forced to tap out at 19:55. That was tremendous action from bell-to-bell, with the perfect dichotomy of Kid and Yoshino providing the Speed and Doi and Shingo providing the Muscle.
Rating: ****¼

The Young Bucks come out and get in the ring to congratulate Doi and Yoshino on winning that awesome match. They talk about who the best tag team in the world is, and of course they believe it is them. Matt challenges them to a match any time, any place.

Introducing Jon Moxley

I’ve heard a lot about how good this guy is supposed to be really good at cutting promos. This one’s about how he’s just who he is, and he’s better than everyone, and all that. Granted this is the one and only promo from him that I’ve seen but it didn’t really do much for me.

MATCH #7: Open the Freedom Gate Title Tournament Finals Four Way Elimination Match – Gran Akuma vs. BxB Hulk vs. CIMA vs. YAMATO

I expect a fast paced highlight reel type of match here. YAMATO and Akuma team up to try and eliminate both remaining opponents. Hulk makes a comeback and now he works with CIMA, hitting Akuma with a double dropkick. CIMA thanks Hulk with a lung blower. He goes up top and Akuma catches him with a spider t-bone suplex and a moonsault for two. CIMA comes back and hits a double stomp for two. He goes up top and YAMATO pushes him all the way down to the floor. YAMATO hits Hulk with a suplex for two. He stays in control, hitting a devastating spear. All four men are in the ring now, and YAMATO pulls referee Bryce Remsburg to the corner for a chat. While Remsburg’s back is turned, Akuma nails CIMA with a low blow and YAMATO rolls him up to eliminate CIMA at 5:13. Hulk is in trouble now, as Akuma and YAMATO immediately start treating this like a handicap match. YAMATO and Akuma dominate Hulk for several minutes as the crowd tries to get behind Hulk. They lock on a double submission, a chinlock by Akuma and a half crab by YAMATO, but Hulk will not submit. Finally Hulk is able to send YAMATO to the floor, leaving him one-on-one with Akuma. That doesn’t last too long before YAMATO rejoins the fray. Hulk once again sends YAMATO to the floor with a superkick. Akuma goes for the Rubik’s Cube but Hulk counters with a reverse rana. Hulk then goes up top and hits the Phoenix Firebird but YAMATO breaks up the pin. One more time Hulk throws YAMATO to the floor and then hits Akuma with a move I think heard Leonard call the EVO to eliminate him at 11:27. We’re down to YAMATO versus BxB Hulk now. They trade forearms in the center of the ring, and YAMATO snaps off a powerslam. YAMATO goes up top, and Hulk knocks him down and hits a powerslam off the top rope. That looked awesome. They once again start trading shots, this time on their knees. Back on their feet they continue with homerun swings. Hulk nails YAMATO with the EVO for a two-count. He hits a superkick for another two-count. Another EVO is enough to get the pin and become the first-ever Open the Freedom Gate Champion at 15:54. Well that tag match was tough to follow and they did an admirable job. I liked the story behind all the eliminations, and the middle portion with Akuma and YAMATO working together was smart.
Rating: ****

Davey Richards comes out to put the boots to BxB Hulk, and then YAMATO joins in and they both kick away. Dragon Kid comes out to make the save. Kid will challenge Hulk for the title on the next pay-per-view in Chicago.

BONUS MATCH #1: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Adam Cole

O’Reilly is Davey Richards’s student. Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary. They both go after the arm early on and wrestle to a standoff. Cole gets the first big knockdown with a clothesline for a two-count. O’Reilly comes back with an enziguiri but then runs into a boot. Cole hits a leg lariat off the second turnbuckle for two. O’Reilly comes back with a series of kicks for a two-count of his own. He goes for a suplex and Cole counters with a small package for two. They get up and exchange forearms, and then kicks. Naturally, O’Reilly wins that battle and hits a Back Drop Driver. Cole no-sells it and hits a Back Drop Driver of his own. O’Reilly levels Cole with a lariat and now both men are down. Back on their feet O’Reilly goes for a Tornado DDT but Cole reverses it to a Northern Lights Suplex for two. O’Reilly comes back and hits three rolling double-arm DDTs, which is somehow not the finish. Cole comes back with a wheelbarrow into a German Suplex with a bridge for two. He goes for the Corona Kick but O’Reilly moves. O’Reilly hits a couple of running strikes and then a tornado DDT. He rolls it through to a brainbuster to get the pin on Cole at 6:20. I don’t care much for the Fighting Spirit, or that three double-arm DDTs weren’t enough to finish a guy I’ve never heard of, but other than that it was fine preshow stuff from two guys trying to prove themselves.
Rating: **

BONUS MATCH #2: B-Boy vs. John Moxley

These two seem to have some kind of pre-existing issue, as they seem to be attacking each other with extra vigor. Boy lands a boot to the head but only gets a one-count. He goes for a charge in the corner but Moxley rolls to the floor to regroup. Back in the ring Moxley goes after Boy’s arm. Boy comes back with a series of kicks and a low Flatliner for two. They trade chops in the corner, and since B-Boy wears a shirt, he obviously wins that battle. Moxley comes back with a lariat for two. He then goes right back to work on the arm. Boy comes back with a series of kicks and a creative Ace Crusher. He goes for a Tornado DDT but Moxley avoids it and hits a running forearm. Moxley tries a missile dropkick but misses, and Boy capitalizes with a Shining Wizard for two. Moxley comes back and goes up top, and he totally slips off the top rope and since he didn’t get hurt it’s funny. He recovers and lands a DDT for two. They battle to the apron and Boy hits an Ace Crusher. Back in the ring Boy hits Moxley with a nasty pair of suplexes, and then a double stomp to the face. Moments later Moxley comes back and locks on a Fujiwara Armbar and B-Boy taps out at 8:44. I’ve never been much of a B-Boy fan, and this one didn’t do much to convert me. Moxley looked solid if unspectacular.
Rating: **
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Fearless (BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/15/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-fearless-bxb-hulk-dragon-kid-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/11/15/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-fearless-bxb-hulk-dragon-kid-2/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:00:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=161132 fearless

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Congress Theater – Chicago, Illinois – January 23, 2010

Brian Kendrick and Jon Moxley come out to hijack the beginning of the show. Moxley has a bone to pick with Tommy Dreamer, who is in the building tonight. Kendrick joins in the bad mouthing, calling Dreamer a coward and other such nasty words, and then head to the back. I’m guessing we haven’t heard the last of Kendrick and Moxley tonight.

MATCH #1: Gran Akuma vs. TJP

TJP slaps Akuma in the face before the bell and they’re off and running. Lenny Leonard and Phil Colvin are calling the action. TJP controls the early part of the match with his incredible agility, so Akuma takes a powder and TJP follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Akuma throws a couple of kicks and choke TJP down in the corner. TJP comes back with a modified Sharpshooter and Akuma goes right to the ropes. They take it back to the floor and TJP goes for a springboard something but Akuma pulls him down and takes control. Back in the ring Akuma goes to work on the leg, which is good strategy against a high flying kicker like TJP. Akuma locks on a submission hold and TJP escapes and hits a cross body block up against the ropes and both men tumble to the floor. Back in the ring they exchange forearms and kicks. TJP lands the 86’er and a neckbreaker for a two-count. He looks to go u p top but Akuma rolls him up for two and then lands a solid kick to the face for two. A contrived little sequence ends with Akuma slamming TJP’s chest into his knees for a two-count. Back on their feet they awkwardly trade strikes. TJP hits a solid superkick but Akuma comes back with a lariat and TJP rolls him up off that cover for another two-count. They go up top and TJP jumps off with a sunset flip and then turns it into the Figure Four Deathlock for the submission win at 8:57. That was a solid opener and it certainly made TJP look really good. Akuma I’m not sure how I feel about yet.
Rating: **¾

Backstage Davey Richards cuts his usual promo about facing Masaaki Mochizuki for the FIP World Title tonight. He badly wants to regain the title that he lost in Japan (scroll down for that match review).

MATCH #2: CIMA & Super Crazy vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw

The crowd appreciates Super Crazy. Apparently Quackenbush and CIMA have some kind of issue going on from CHIKARA. Crazy and Quackenbush start the match with some chain wrestling. Leonard explains the issues between these guys, and most of them are lame reasons involving Jorge Rivera, so let’s just move on. Jigsaw and CIMA make unconventional tags that referee Bryce Remsburg allows for some reason. CIMA is entirely focused on Quackenbush and he gets rolled up by Jigsaw for two. They wrestle on the mat a little bit as Jigsaw controls. CIMA comes back aggressively and they come to a stalemate. He knocks Quack off the apron, so Quack illegally enters the ring and they double-team CIMA. Quack locks on a submission hold and Crazy comes in to break it up. The pace quickens and the CHIKARA duo is in control. CIMA avoids a Jigsaw dropkick and double stomps him. He takes Jigsaw over to the corner and makes the tag. Crazy takes control and finds a couple of thunder sticks to beat on both Jigsaw and Remsburg with. CIMA and Crazy continue to work Jigsaw over in their half of the ring. After several minutes Jigsaw hits a simultaneous DDT and inverted DDT on his opponents and makes the tag. Quack is on fire and Jigsaw recovers pretty quickly. They send CIMA and Crazy to the floor with dropkicks and then follow them out with simultaneous Hilos. Back in the ring Jigsaw goes up top with CIMA and gets pushed to the floor but it doesn’t really seem to bother him as he just goes up to the other corner and hits CIMA with a guillotine legdrop after Quack had hit CIMA with a super hurricanrana. CIMA and Crazy come back with stereo powerbombs. Crazy locks Quack in a surfboard and CIMA hits a double stomp and then a superkick. Quackenbush kicks out at two. CIMA hits Jigsaw with a lungblower and a sick double stomp. He this a Schwein but Quack breaks up the cover. Crazy hits Quack with a spinning sit-out powerbomb but it only gets two. CIMA accidentally hits Crazy with a superkick and Quack rolls him up for the pin at 17:49. I’m not really into the issue between Quackenbush and CIMA, and generally watching Quack bores me so this match didn’t do much for me.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Brian Kendrick vs. Jimmy Jacobs

I believe these two first wrestled all the way back on 2.26.05 and ROH’s Third Anniversary Celebration Pt. 3 in Chicago Ridge, not far from where they are tonight. Kendrick comes out and compares himself to Jacobs in the way that they wrestle. He says he made a few phone calls and procured Lacey as his valet. I guess it’s somewhat reasonable to assume that most people watching DGUSA would be familiar with the Jacobs and Lacey story, but for anyone who isn’t they offer no explanation whatsoever.

An angry Jacobs spears Kendrick and the match begins. Jacobs dumps Kendrick to the floor and turns his attention to Lacey, but before anything can happen Kendrick pulls Jacobs to the floor and chokes him with his jacket. Back in the ring Kendrick hits a dropkick in the corner for two. He goes to work on Jacobs, locking on a camel clutch. Jacobs powers his way out of it but then gets driven into the second turnbuckle and choked with Kendrick’s boot. Kendrick locks on a sleeper with a body scissors. Jacobs powers up and uses momentum to break the hold and send Kendrick to the floor. He tries a slingshot dive but Kendrick moves out of the way and Jacobs splats on the floor. Back in the ring Kendrick hits a superplex but only gets a one-count. Kendrick stays on offense but Jacobs shrugs it all off and hits a couple of clotheslines and the choke takedown for two. Jacobs tries to gather himself, allowing Kendrick to come back with a superkick and a jackknife cradle for two. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread No. 2 but Jacobs fights out of it and hits a springboard back elbow. Jacobs goes for the Contra Code but Kendrick avoids it, only to run into the End Time! Lacey gets in the ring and Jacobs breaks the hold. She kisses him to distract him and Kendrick hits the Sliced Bread No. 2 for the pin at 6:44. I really don’t care for using old ROH storylines in new DGUSA stuff, and the match was too short and had too much Lacey to really get anything going. This is one of my least favorite Jimmy Jacobs matches ever.
Rating: *¾

A defeated Jacobs gets on the mic and says he’s going to go after Kendrick’s wife Taylor Matheny of Tough Enough fame. Kendrick then thinks having Moxley clothesline Lacey is proper payback for threatening to go after his wife. Officials come out as Jacobs continues to lay there after what must have been the most devastating Sliced Bread No. 2 ever. Tommy Dreamer then makes his way out to battle Moxley. Jacobs and Kendrick fight to the back, leaving Dreamer and Moxley in the spotlight. They brawl around for a while to hype up a match I don’t want to see at all. Man, Jacobs really looked like a bitch for that entire match and post match activity.

MATCH #4: FIP World Heavyweight Title Match – Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Davey Richards

Mochizuki has been the champion since 12.6.09 and this is his first defense. They start off throwing some kicks at each other, and Mochizuki lands the first shot. Then they trade shoulderblocks and avoid each other’s kicks and come to a stalemate. Mochizuki takes the advantage with some kneelifts and assorted kicks. He works Richards over in the corner and goes after the leg again. Richards comes back by going after the arm. I like how both men are going back to their strategies from their previous match. Mochizuki fights back with a low bridge and then kicks Richards to the floor. They take it to the apron and Richards unleashes a few kicks, but then Mochizuki ducks one and Richards hits the ring post. Back in the ring Mochizuki viciously attacks the knee. After a few submission holds, Richards fights back with (what else) a kick, and then a missile dropkick. He then unloads more kicks with his good legs, and then hits the handspring kick (could he really do that with a leg that hurt) for a two-count. He hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two and then rolls it into the Kimura. Mochizuki reaches the ropes to break the hold. Richards goes to the apron and tries a suplex, but the Mochizuki blocks it and goes right back to the injured leg. He catches an enziguiri and then locks on an Ankle Lock. Richards reaches the ropes. He gets up and tries a charge in the corner but Mochizuki boots him in the face. That just fires Richards up and they trade kicks, but ultimately Mochizuki wins that battle with an exploder suplex and a kick to the chest for a two-count. Richards fights back with a low bridge of his own to send Mochizuki to the floor, and then Richards follows with that super unsafe dive. His leg didn’t appear to be bothering him there either. Back in the ring Richards is sort of selling the injury. They trade more kicks and Mochizuki reverses a German Suplex into one of his own for two, but Richards rolls that right into the Kimura. Once again Mochizuki reaches the ropes. They get up and trade kicks again, with Mochizuki hitting the Saikyou High Kick (the move that won him the title) but this time it only gets two. Mochizuki goes up top and Richards pops up for the German Superplex. Richards hits a lariat and a German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. He goes up top and nails the Shooting Star Press for two, and then once again locks on the Kimura. Mochizuki won’t tap, so Richards switches it up to a cross armbreaker, which Mochizuki rolls into an Ankle Lock. Richards kicks out of it and gets a rollup for two. He hits a knockout kick and then the DR Driver for two, so he rolls into the Kimura for the fourth time. Mochizuki rolls it into a cradle for two, and Richards reverses that to the cross armbreaker again, and this time Mochizuki taps the belt away at 19:08. That was just as good as their previous match, with stuff from that match coming into play here, and the counters down the stretch were pretty awesome.
Rating: ****

Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw should not be allowed to talk, ever. I mean ever. Please don’t let these guys talk again.

MATCH #5: Elimination Match – The Young Bucks vs. Shingo & YAMATO vs. Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino

Shingo, Yoshino, and Matt Jackson start the match for their teams. I expect to not be able to keep up with the play-by-play here. It’s interesting how they start off with all three guys wrestling each other instead of just pairing off into a regular tag match. They trade some fast paced offensive maneuvers and then Nick Jackson, Doi, and YAMATO tag in. Doi and Nick briefly work together before taking each other on. This match is under Dragon Gate Rules, so tags are not necessary. Everyone except Shingo forms a head scissors train, and then Shingo goes to the front of the train and locks a Sharpshooter on, turning all five guys over in the process. That’s creative. The action continues fast and furious for a bit until Shingo and YAMATO isolate on Nick Jackson in their corner. The match spills to the floor and the Young Bucks both get abused by the stronger Shingo and YAMATO. Back in the ring Matt gets the tag (which is weird because when Nick was outside the ring couldn’t Matt have just come in? Yoshino and Doi get back in on the action and Matt hits Yoshino with a standing Shiranui for a two-count. Matt ends up in the ring with Shingo and hits a DDT, but Shingo hangs on and hits a suplex. He’s so awesome. Matt comes back with an Ace Crusher but YAMATO breaks up the cover. Shingo is left alone in the ring with the Bucks, who double team him but can’t put him away. After Nick hits a splash on Shingo, it looks like YAMATO was supposed to break up the cover but didn’t, because Remsburg only counted two and Shingo didn’t really get his shoulder up. Everyone gets back in the ring for a flurry of offense. The Bucks hit YAMATO with More Bang for Your Buck, but Shingo breaks up the cover with a power German Suplex on Matt. Doi and Yoshino are back in, and Doi hits Matt with the Doi 555s and Yoshino follows up with the Lightning Spiral to eliminate the Bucks at 14:54.

There’s no break in the action as all four men tear into each other. Doi and Yoshino hit YAMATO with a Doomsday Sling Blade and Shingo breaks up the Cover. Shingo hits Yoshino with a powerbomb and goes for another one but Yoshino rolls over into a sunset flip. Doi and Shingo exchange forearms while YAMATO and Yoshino try to recover. The Open the Dream Gate Champion unleashes a seemingly unending flurry of strikes but Shingo won’t go down. YAMATO and Yoshino come back alive and the action is almost too fast to follow. Shingo and Yoshino are in the ring while Doi and YAMATO are outside. Yoshino hits the Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente, and Shingo taps out at 18:57! Leonard puts over how Yoshino scored both falls for his team. The match was an awesome, fast-paced slew of offense that never slowed down. It looks like they might be going somewhere with Yoshino, which is fine by me.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – BxB Hulk vs. Dragon Kid

Hulk has been the champion since 11.28.09 and this is his second defense. His dancers look a little bit lost tonight. Kid is accompanied by CIMA tonight. This is the first time these two have ever wrestled one-on-one. They start off cautiously, and Hulk takes the first brief advantage by going after the arm, but Kid fights back with speed and agility. Kid takes Hulk down in the corner and hits a delayed dropkick to the face. He then goes after the leg, locking on an inverted Indian Death Lock, and then turning it into a Muta Lock. Hulk pulls himself to the ropes to break the hold. He then makes the comeback and takes Kid down for a running dropkick to the face. He hits a knife edge chop for two and then locks on a reverse chinlock. The champ continues working Kid over with a variety of holds and strikes. Kid fights back but gets cut off with a back elbow, and Hulk then hits a twisting body press for two. Hulk then locks on a variation of the Texas Cloverleaf. Kid crawls to the ropes and then rolls to the floor. Hulk follows him out and throws him into the guardrail. They make it up to the apron and Kid gets back in the ring with a springboard Stunner. Hulk comes right back with a high kick to the head. Kid comes back and goes up top, but Hulk knocks him down to the apron. Even so Kid flies back in the ring with a springboard hurricanrana, and then hits a 619. Hulk falls to the floor, and Kid follows him out with the Bermuda Triangle (Vintage Dragon Kid!). Back in the ring Kid hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Kid hits an elevated Stunner for another count of two. Hulk comes back with a springboard spinning kick for a two-count. He sweeps the legs and hits the BxB Star Press for two. They both get up and trade forearms, and Kid locks on Christo. Hulk escapes with a side slam, but Kid fights right back with a tornado DDT for two. Kid charges right into a hard uranage slam, and then the BxB Smash for a two-count. They fight up to the top rope and Kid hits a Super Ace Crusher and then follows up with an Ultra Hurricanrana but Hulk kicks out at two! Kid goes up top but Hulk stops him and hits EVO off the top rope for a two-count! They get back up and Hulk hits another EVO but once again Kid kicks out! Kid comes back with yet another Stunner. Hulk comes back with a jumping high kick and the FTX for another two-count! He hits a superkick and then the EVOP to finally put the challenger away at 17:09! That was a great Face versus Face match. The action was almost nonstop and Kid looked good in losing. Of course, Hulk also looked good in winning. Both guys were going for their big moves but Hulk was just a little bit better tonight. I wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch of this.
Rating: ****

After the match YAMATO, Gran Akuma, and Davey Richards come out to attack the Open the Freedom Gate Champion as well as Dragon Kid. CIMA tries to come to their aid but he gets cut off. Shingo comes out to make the save, and then changes his mind, knocking Dragon Kid out with a punch and a clothesline. CIMA takes Kid to the back, leaving Hulk on his own. Arik Cannon and Brad Allen come to the rescue, but they’re quickly dispatched. Then the CHIKARA locker room comes out to make the save for real. Quackenbush goes after YAMATO and they brawl outside the ring. CIMA comes back with a broom and chases everyone away.
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A2Z Analysiz – DGUSA Enter the Dragon 2011: Second Anniversary Celebration (YAMATO, PAC) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/28/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-enter-the-dragon-2011-second-anniversary-celebration-yamato-pac-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/28/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-enter-the-dragon-2011-second-anniversary-celebration-yamato-pac-3/#comments Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:00:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157543 enterthedragon2

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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.
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The Arena – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 24, 2010

CIMA goes out to fire up the crowd in his broken English, and Johnny Gargano comes out to interrupt him. Gargano nominates himself to be the American representative of Warriors International. CIMA disagrees so Gargano slaps him! The WI leader makes the challenge for a match and away we go.

MATCH #1: CIMA vs. Johnny Gargano

Gargano starts off on fire, sending CIMA to the floor and following him out with a suicide dive. They fight on the floor for a bit and Gargano is in control. Back in the ring Gargano hits a dropkick to the back for two. Gargano follows with a neckbreaker for another two-count. CIMA rolls through a sunset flip and hits a double stomp and then a somersault senton. He goes to work on Gargano’s left leg now, even utilizing a surfboard. Gargano bites his way out of that but CIMA goes right back on the attack. CIMA traps Gargano’s head in the corner and spanks him a few times before hitting a dropkick to the ass. Gargano tries going to the second rope but CIMA catches him with the Venus to send him to the apron. CIMA charges but runs right into the slingshot spear. Gargano takes control and mocks CIMA repeatedly. CIMA fights back with Superdrol from out of nowhere. He hits a nice double stomp for two. CIMA scores with a sunset flip off the top rope for another two-count. Gargano comes back with the Lawn Dart and a superkick for two. He goes for it again but CIMA slips out and hits a superkick. They trade finisher attempts until CIMA is able to land the Perfect Driver and it only gets two! CIMA hits a running basement dropkick on Gargano in the Tree of Woe, and then hits a coast-to-coast dropkick. He hits the Schwein finally and then Meteora to get the pin at 11:54. That was a good opener and a great showing for Gargano, who looked like he belonged with the big boys.
Rating: ***¼

After the match CIMA shakes the referee’s hand and everyone else’s at ringside, but when it comes time for Gargano to get his due, CIMA snubs him.

This is Drake Younger

Backstage – Drake Younger goes over his history and how he always had to fight and all that. He says that after tonight everyone will respect him.

Year in Review

Back at the first DGUSA show, Open the Historic Gate, YAMATO picked a fight with Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw, and he gained the advantage when Gran Akuma joined forces with YAMATO.

MATCH #2: Four Way Freestyle – Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Adam Cole vs. Arik Cannon

Ricochet and Cannon start the match. They go back and forth a bit until Cannon gets sent to the floor and Taylor comes in to replace him. Taylor dropkicks Ricochet to send him to the floor and Cole comes in for the first time. Cole knocks Taylor to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Ricochet teases a dive but Cannon cuts him off. Cole nails Ricochet with an enziguiri from the floor, and then Taylor wipes out Cannon and Cole with a dive. Whew. Finally Ricochet connects with a dive, wiping out all three of his opponents. Back in the ring Ricochet goes up top and Taylor knocks him down and goes for a superplex, but Cannon breaks that up by powerbombing Taylor down. Cannon then hits an exploder on Cole into the turnbuckles. Cole comes back with a Northern Lights Suplex for two. He lands a superkick but Cannon comes right back with a huge lariat for two. Taylor rejoins the battle and this Cannon with Sole Food and a huge boot to the face for a two-count. Ricochet is back in it as well and this one is hard to keep up with. He hits Taylor with a hurricanrana and a standing shooting star press for two. Cole grabs Ricochet and hits a Death Valley Neckbreaker for two. Ricochet comes back with a Backslide Driver on Cole and a swinging DDT on Taylor. Cole catches Ricochet with a leg lariat off the second rope. Cannon cracks Cole with a right hand and hits Total Anarchy for two. Cole and Ricochet battle on the floor, where Cole hits a wheelbarrow suplex into the apron. Taylor misses a house show dive. Cole hits Cannon with a cross body block off the top rope for two. He follows up with Collateral for another two-count. Cannon comes back with a hard brainbuster for two. He hits Ricochet with a spinebuster but then misses a moonsault. Cole drills Cannon with the Panama Sunrise, and Taylor hits Cole with a missile dropkick. Ricochet hits Taylor with Chocolate Rain but misses a corkscrew 450. Taylor then hits Ricochet with the Awful Waffle to get the pin at 9:42. They packed a TON of action into that one and everyone was hitting everything right on tonight. Good for them.
Rating: ***½

Kamikaze USA

Jon Moxley, Gran Akuma, YAMATO, and Akira Tozawa are backstage getting ready for an eight-man elimination tag team match against a team from CHIKARA. Moxley of course leads the promo and says there will be no CHIKARA survivors. YAMATO promises to break the bean sprout guys in half.

Year in Review

At Open the Untouchable Gate, Naruki Doi defeated Bryan Danielson in a classic match.

MATCH #3: Naruki Doi vs. Drake Younger

I don’t much care for Younger so let’s see what Doi can get out of him. I’m told that Younger is replacing the injured Dragon Kid. They go back and forth and Younger tosses Doi to the floor but then misses a dive off the apron and crashes down hard on his leg. Doi is like a shark with blood in the water, attacking the leg with vigor. After a few minutes of abuse Younger catches Doi in the corner and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Younger unleashes a flurry of offense and the straps come down. He’s hardly selling the leg as Doi drops him with a back elbow. Doi tries Doi 555 but Younger slips out and hits a diving lariat for two. Younger charges but Doi backdrops him to the apron and traps him for the running elbow strike and shotgun dropkick. Doi of course follows with the somersault senton off the top rope. Younger grabs a quick rollup for two and then hits a sitout Death Valley Driver for two. He tries Drake’s Landing but Doi blocks it and hits a reverse Pedigree. Doi takes Younger down in the corner and hits Dai Bosou. He hits Doi 555 and then pummels Younger’s face with a series of slaps. Doi then hits the Bakatare Sliding Kick to get the pin at 8:42. Younger didn’t sell much after the initial onslaught but Doi still got a pretty decent match out of him, especially considering it was on short notice.
Rating: **½

Leonard asks the fans to cheer for Younger for some reason, and then Younger gets on the mic to cut a promo. Younger says he proved that he can hang with the best of Dragon Gate and he offers his services to any of the stables to be their American representative. Johnny Gargano doesn’t take too kindly to that and he pulls Younger to the floor and throws him into the ring post. Younger is busted open.

CHIKARA Sekigun

Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Hallowicked, and Open the Dream Gate Champion Masato Yoshino are representing CHIKARA tonight. They say they are ready to end this feud, and stuff.

Year in Review

Back at Open the Freedom Gate, BxB Hulk defeated YAMATO, CIMA, and Gran Akuma in a four-way elimination match to become the first-ever Open the Freedom Gate Champion.

MATCH #4: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – BxB Hulk vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

Hulk has been the Champion since 11.28.09, and this is his fifth defense. Mochizuki got this title shot by virtue of being awesome, I assume. They go back and forth in the early going, both men trying to one-up the other. Kicks are thrown from both men, and then Hulk dumps Mochizuki to the floor. Mochizuki misses a knee strike and hits nothing but post. Hulk goes to work on the leg both in and out of the ring with various strikes and submission holds. Mochizuki is able to fight back with a hard kick but it hurts him to do so. He kicks Hulk to the floor, and when Hulk tries a kick he ducks and Hulk kicks nothing but ring post. Mochizuki hits a shinbreaker on the apron and continues the assault. He locks on an Ankle Lock and Hulk is able to get the ropes. Hulk tries to fight back with kicks but there’s not much behind them so Mochizuki is able to stay in control. The champ perseveres though and drills Mochizuki with a springboard missile dropkick. Hulk unloads with kicks now and they go back to the floor. He has stopped selling the leg entirely as he hits a moonsault off the second rope. Back in the ring Hulk hits more kicks and a standing moonsault for two. Hulk hits a Rock Bottom and ties Mochizuki up in the Tree of Woe. Mochizuki avoids a dropkick and lands a running Yakuza Kick. Now it’s Mochizuki putting Hulk in the Tree of Woe and landing a hard kick to the back. Hulk fights back and hits First Flash for two. He this Mouse and a lariat but misses another First Flash. Mochizuki lands a couple of kicks for a two-count. He hits Twister but Hulk kicks out! They fight up on the top rope and Hulk kicks Mochizuki down. Hulk goes up top and Mochizuki brings him down with a superplex. Mochizuki hits Ikkakugeri for a two-count. Hulk hits EVO from out of nowhere. Both men rise and trade strikes. Hulk hits a big boot in the corner and puts Mochizuki on the top rope. He hits a super EVO but it only gets two! Hulk slams Mochizuki down and hits a Phoenix Splash but it only gets two. That looked like an awkward kick out and makes me wonder if someone messed that up. Hulk hits First Flash to get the pin at 21:48. That was disappointing, as the early leg work from both men went nowhere and the match just became all moves. The moves were still good, but the awkward finish didn’t help matters much either.
Rating: ***

A scary looking woman confronts Hulk after the match, distracting him long enough for Jon Moxley, YAMATO, and Shingo to run out and attack the Champion. Shingo hits a Death Valley Driver. YAMATO goes for Galleria Bryan Danielson comes out to make the save! Moxley calls Danielson a pussy and tells Shingo and YAMATO to wait until money can be made from fighting him and they bail. Danielson picks up the Open the Freedom Gate title belt and hands it back to the Champion.

Year in Review

At Fearless, Open the Freedom Gate Champion BxB Hulk was attacked by Shingo, Davey Richards, Gran Akuma, and YAMATO after successfully defending his title against Dragon Kid. Jigsaw, Lince Dorado, Hallowicked, and Mike Quackenbush come out to make the save, and CIMA chases everyone away with a broom.

MATCH #5: Rich Swann vs. Scott Reed

Reed is accompanied by Nicole, no last name. Swann starts off with a headlock. Reed counters with his power, hitting a nice belly-to-belly suplex for two. Swann hits a Stunner. Reed hits a release German Suplex for two. Swann gets a rollup for two. He follows with a spinning kick, a Finlay Roll, and a standing moonsault. Swann then hits the standing 450 Splash to get the pin at 2:05. That was certainly brief.
Rating: ¾*

Brodie Lee comes out from out of nowhere to assault both Swann and Reed. He even nails Nicole with a running boot to the face. Lee gets on the mic and says man, woman, or child, if they are put in front of him he will mow them over. He says that next time he’s coming for a Japanese man.

Year in Review

At Mercury Rising, BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, and Masato Yoshino beat CIMA, Gamma & Dragon Kid. It was awesome, and still one of the best DGUSA matches ever.

MATCH #6: Elimination Match – YAMATO, Akira Tozawa, Jon Moxley & Gran Akuma vs. Masato Yoshino, Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw & Hallowicked

Kamikaze USA attacks before the bell and away we go. Referee Bryce Remsburg is going to have his hands full here. YAMATO and Quackenbush, the center of this feud, do battle in the ring while everyone else fights on the floor. Moxley attacks Quackenbush from behind to give Kamikaze USA the advantage. Quack sends Moxley to the floor and wipes him out with a moonsault. Yoshino and Tozawa get in the ring now, and Yoshino quickly dumps Tozawa to the floor. Akuma and Hallowicked take their turn. Jigsaw and Tozawa are next up. Momentum has shifted over half a dozen times already. Kamikaze tries to focus on Jigsaw and it works for several minutes. Jigsaw eventually hits Akuma with a super hurricanrana and makes the hot tag. Hallowicked is a house afire but YAMATO cuts him off and the referee loses control. YAMATO is able to hit Hallowicked with Galleria to score the first elimination at 7:55. Jigsaw quickly tries to even the score, and Quack joins him to double-team Moxley but they can’t put him away yet. Yoshino joins them and flies all over in and out of the ring. Jigsaw hits Moxley with a brainbuster for a close near-fall. Moxley grabs Jigsaw in the Crossface Chicken Wing and turns it into a suplex. Jigsaw kicks out at one, lame. He runs right into a lariat and kicks out at one again. Moxley goes to the floor and grabs a chair. He waffles Jigsaw with it right in front of the ref and gets disqualified at 10:34. Jimmy Jacobs comes in from out of nowhere and hits Moxley with a Spear! He brawls with Moxley out of the ring and through the crowd. Meanwhile YAMATO hits Jigsaw with Galleria to eliminate him at 11:08. Yoshino and Tozawa end up in the ring and Yoshino hits Sling Blade. Tozawa comes back with the eventual senton. He continues the beating but Quack comes back in and dumps him out. Akuma joins the fray as well and hits the gutbuster on Quack for two. He follows with a Falcon Arrow and a Frog Splash but that only gets a two-count. Akuma hits a TKO and tries a Code Red but Quack catches him in a powerbomb to eliminate him at 14:21. Yoshino hits YAMATO with Ude Yoshino for two, and then nails the Lighting Spiral. Tozawa breaks up the cover. He and YAMATO are able to double-team Quackenbush but Quack comes back with the BTS on YAMATO for two. YAMATO hits a brainbuster on Quack for a two-count. He follows with the Sleeper Suplex and Tozawa hits the bridging German Suplex but Yoshino breaks it up at the last second. YAMATO hits Yoshino with Galleria but he only gets two. He goes for it again but Yoshino slips out. Yoshino hits YAMATO with Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente, and Quackenbush puts Tozawa in the CHIKARA special for the simultaneous tap out at 18:38, giving CHIKARA Sekigun the win. They packed a lot of action in and it was a good blowoff to a year-long feud.
Rating: ***½

You Don’t Want To Go Down This Road

Jon Moxley is outside and furious about what Jimmy Jacobs did earlier. He tells Jacobs that he does not want to go down this road. Moxley issues one last warning to stay out of his business.

For more info on Dragon Gate USA please visit www.DGUSA.TV.

Year in Review

At Uprising, Shingo & YAMATO beat Dragon Kid & CIMA in a tremendous match.

MATCH #7: Main Event Dream Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Shingo

Shingo is representing Kamikaze USA. Danielson offers a handshake but Shingo isn’t so interested. Things get heated pretty quickly and they start trading strikes. Danielson looks for a Tiger Suplex so Shingo takes a powder. Back in the ring Danielson goes to work on the arm. Shingo responds with a shoulderblock as the crowd chants for both men. They take it to the mat and Danielson escapes an armbar and hits a dropkick. Danielson goes back to work on the arm and shoulder. He even uses the surfboard combined with a Dragon Sleeper. Danielson continues the arm work and locks on a Cross Armbreaker. Shingo gets to the ropes, and then is able to pull Danielson to pull Danielson up from the mat and suplex him. That was impressive. They go to the floor and Shingo whips Danielson into the barricade. Shingo punishes Danielson both in and out of the ring. He focuses o n the midsection, but throws a DDT in there as well before hitting a senton for two. Shingo locks on a body scissors and tries to roll it into a pin but Danielson counters it. Both men rise and trade strikes, and Danielson lands a running knee strike. Danielson clotheslines Shingo to the floor, and then kicks him into the front row. He follows him out with a springboard dive into the crowd! Back in the ring Danielson hits the missile dropkick and a running knee strike for just one. Shingo comes back with a Northern Lariat and a Saito Suplex. He hits another Saito Suplex for two. Danielson tries to fight back but runs right into a powerslam for two. Shingo then locks on Manriki and Danielson reaches the ropes. Danielson charges into the corner but Shingo catches him and hits an exploder. Shingo tries the Pumping Bomber but Danielson ducks and grabs an O’Connor Roll with a bridge for two. Danielson then avoids the Blood Fall and kicks Shingo right in the head. He unloads a series of forearm strikes and kicks to the chest. Shingo responds with a pop-up Death Valley Driver and both men are down. Back on their feet Shingo hits a running clothesline in the corner and then tries a superplex. Danielson slips out and ties Shingo in the Tree of Woe, and then drills him with a running kick to the face. He then hits the belly-to-back superplex for two. Danielson starts kicking Shingo’s face in and then locks on a Triangle Choke. Shingo won’t quit though and muscles his way up, but Danielson cuts him off with a crucifix for two. Danielson rolls through that and lands a series of elbows to the face. Shingo gets back to his feet again and goes up to the second rope to hit Stay Dream! Danielson kicks out at two. They exchange headbutts and punches from their knees and Shingo wins the battle. Shingo goes for Made in Japan but settles for a knee strike. He hits a big right hand and Made in Japan but Danielson kicks out again! Shingo hits the Pumping Bomber but again only gets two! He goes for Made in Japan again but Danielson counters with a small package for two. Danielson grabs Shingo in the Cattle Mutilation! He turns it into a bridging Tiger Suplex and gets two. Danielson hits more elbow strikes and goes for Cattle Mutilation but Shingo blocks it. A knockout kick and the Regalplex get Danielson another two-count. Danielson locks on the Triangle Choke, and after some elbow strikes he turns it into the LeBell Lock and Shingo taps out at 29:14! I don’t think it’s outlandish to say that remains the best match in DGUSA history. Both men poured everything they had into it and the final stretch was insane. They just beat each other up for the duration of the match, and it never felt like it was approaching the half-hour mark. These are just two of the best in the business.
Rating: ****¾

After the match YAMATO tries to attack but BxB Hulk comes out to run him off. Jon Moxley comes out to herd YAMATO and Shingo to the back. Danielson gets on the microphone and offers himself as the next member of World-1. Hulk agrees.

~BONUS DISC~

BONUS MATCH #1: Lince Dorado vs. Super Shenlong

They take it to the mat right away. Both men counter each other and appear pretty evenly matched. Shenlong sends Dorado to the floor with a dropkick. Back in the ring Shenlong goes to work but Dorado cuts him off with a corkscrew cross body block and a kick. He actually uses the old Yokozuna Trapezius muscle hold and Shenlong reaches the ropes. Dorado hits a terrible dropkick and drops an elbow for two. Shenlong comes back with some similarly sloppy offense. He goes up top and hits a missile dropkick for two. Shenlong hits an Uncle Slam for two. Dorado comes back with a high kick from the apron and a springboard cross body for two. He kicks Shenlong in the head and hits a quebrada for another two-count. Dorado hits a sloppy leaping hurricanrana off the top rope for two. Shenlong comes back with an IED and a tornado DDT for two. He goes up and misses a Shooting Star Press but no water in the pool. Dorado goes up and hits the Shooting Star Press but can’t immediately cover so he only gets two. They slug it out as time expires at a little over 10:00 so the match is a draw. Neither Dorado nor Shenlong looked particularly impressive, and Shenlong hasn’t been back since while Dorado has shown up sporadically at best. I’m glad this was on the preshow.
Rating: *½

BONUS MATCH #2: Up In Smoke vs. Rexx Reed & Tommaso Ciampa

Reed and Ciampa attack before the bell but Up In Smoke are ready for them and send Reed to the floor and double-team Ciampa. I don’t like the way the commentators are pronouncing Ciampa, they’re saying it “Cham-po.” At any rate Ciampa hits Cloudy with a reverse electric chair drop. Reed comes in and uses his size advantage to abuse poor Cloudy. Ciampa does the same. Reed goes up to the top rope and misses a senton, allowing Cloudy to make the hot tag. Cheech is on fire, hitting a moonsault on Ciampa and wiping out Reed with a dive to the floor. Back in the ring Cheech goes up top and cartwheels down to a superkick. Cheech hits a face wash, Cloudy follows with double knees, and Cheech hits a 619. Cloudy covers and gets two. Ciampa tries a powerbomb but Cloudy counters with a hurricanrana. Up In Smoke hit Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Cheech and then the Quebec Crash to get the win at 5:40. That was a serviceable truncated tag match.
Rating: **

After the match Brodie Lee comes out and lays waste to both Cheech and Cloudy, just because he’s bigger than them and he can do it.

BONUS MATCH #3: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

This is the preshow Main Event. They start exchanging chops from the get-go. Callihan takes the first advantage with a series of forearms but Jacobs is bale to fight back by stomping Callihan down in the corner. Jacobs runs right into a clothesline and Callihan works him over on the mat. Callihan tries a boot but Jacobs shrugs it off and hits a big clothesline. Jacobs drop toeholds Callihan into the turnbuckles and follows him in with a clothesline. He hits a slingshot double stomp for a one-count. Callihan avoids a charge in the corner and hits a boot to the chest. He follows up with a Zig Zag for two. Callihan hits a couple of clotheslines that don’t take Jacobs down. Jacobs cuts Callihan off with a Spear for a two-count. Callihan tries a Saito Suplex but Jacobs counters to the End Time, which Callihan counters with an exploder. Now Callihan hits a powerbomb into a folding press for two, and then locks on the Stretch Muffler. Jacobs reaches the ropes. Callihan knocks Jacobs to the floor and follows him out. Callihan grabs a couple of chairs and sets them up together. He goes for a suplex but Jacobs blocks it and hits the Contra Code on the chairs! That’s a cool spot. Back in the ring Jacobs covers but only gets two. Jacobs goes for a Spear but Callihan cuts him off with a knee. Callihan goes up top and misses the diving headbutt so both men are down. They trade strikes and Jacobs hits Breaking the Fall. Jacobs goes up top. Callihan crotches him and goes up, but Jacobs DDTs him down and locks on the End Time to get the tap out win at 9:41. Both guys did a good job making this match seem more important than just another preshow match, and wrestled like they had something to prove.
Rating: ***¼

BONUS MATCH #4: Dream Partner Tag Team Match – Bryan Danielson & Rocky Romero vs. Austin Aries & Homicide, FIP New Dawn Rising, 2.11.05

Aries is the ROH World Champion, and Homicide is the FIP Champion. Danielson and Homicide start the match. They take it to the mat and Danielson tries to work the leg. As usual with FIP matches there’s quite a bit of stalling. Romero tags in so Homicide responds by bringing Aries into the match. Aries and Romero wrestle on the mat as well. Romero gets the advantage and tags Danielson, who unloads with bodyslams. Aries blocks one and hits one of his own. Homicide tags in and goes to work on Danielson’s arm. Danielson escapes and dropkicks Homicide to the floor. Homicide slides a chair in the ring and Danielson commandeers it. Nothing comes of it and the match resumes with Romero dominating Homicide on the mat. Homicide comes back and makes the tag. Aries goes to work on Romero for a bit, and then momentum shifts back to the other team. Danielson goes to work on Aries’ arm. Aries fights back and tags Homicide, who tries a superplex but gets knocked down. Romero hits a missile dropkick. Homicide hits a double underhook suplex. He follows with a Greco Roman Back Drop (thanks Mark Nulty) for two. Homicide uses an abdominal stretch and Romero breaks it with a hiptoss. Romero puts on his own abdominal stretch and then turns it into an Octopus Hold. Homicide breaks it with a side suplex and tags are made. Danielson traps Aries in the Airplane Spin, and then does the same to Homicide. He gets so dizzy that he does it to Romero too, and then dropkicks him to the floor. Homicide tags back in and he and Danielson clothesline each other. Aries tags in and Homicide knocks Romero off the apron as Aries hits a back suplex. Homicide and Romero battle on the floor while Danielson hits Aries with a superplex for two. Aries comes back with a couple of hard forearm strikes for a two-count. He hits a Brainbuster and Romero has to make the save. Danielson holds Aries for Romero to hit a missile dropkick and Danielson hits a German Suplex with a bridge for two. The American Dragon then locks Aries in the Cattle Mutilation for the tap out win at 23:26. That took a while to get going but once they did it was quite fun.
Rating: ***¼

BONUS MATCH #5: Bryan Danielson vs. Roderick Strong, FIP Attack of the Masked Fippers 12.10.05

Danielson is accompanied by Dave Prazak. They go back and forth and Strong hits a shoulder tackle so Danielson takes a powder. Back in the ring they engage in a Greco Roman knuckle lock. Danielson breaks it with a boot to the gut. They go to the floor and Danielson cuts Strong off with a boot getting back in the ring. Danielson goes to work on the arm. Strong starts making the comeback so Danielson bails again. Back in the ring Danielson offers a handshake. Strong of course will have none of that, as he takes the hand down and stomps it. He tenaciously works a headlock. Danielson comes back with a back elbow, and then a somersault senton and the surfboard. He works Strong over and Prazak even gets a few cheap shots in. Strong makes the comeback and fires away. He hits a turnaround cross body block for two. Danielson cuts Strong off with a hard clothesline. Strong comes back and hits a nice monkey flip. Danielson takes it back to the floor and hits a hard forearm. Prazak takes more cheap shots. Back in the ring Danielson is in complete control. Danielson goes for a suplex but Strong blocks it and hits one of his own. Strong tries a slingshot splash but Danielson gets his knees up. Danielson hits a butterfly suplex for two. He continues to control the action, but he misses a big diving headbutt off the top rope. Strong fires up with a flurry of offense. He hits a dropkick for two. Strong follows with a uranage backbreaker for another two-count. He misses an elbow drop off the top rope. Danielson locks on a figure-four leglock and Strong turns it over, but Danielson reaches the ropes. They trade pinning combinations for two-counts. Danielson goes up top and Strong joins him to hit a superplex! Strong hits a gutbuster and goes for the Sick Kick but Prazak grabs his leg from the floor. Danielson hits a forearm and a German Suplex to get the pin at 22:07. That was a little long for an opening match but these two are both great workers and it would be hard for them not to have a very good match.
Rating: ***½
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The Asylum Arena – Philadelphia, PA – November 12, 2011

Tonight!

BJ Whitmer recalls that last night he fought with Brodie Lee, and he will have no trouble doing so again. Elsewhere, Jon Davis reminds everyone that he has beaten all three members of the D.U.F. in singles matches, but due to their attack last night he is not able to compete tonight. Davis says he will get his revenge tomorrow night in a six-man Street Fight.

Lenny Leonard and BJ Whitmer are on commentary.

MATCH #1: DGUSA Homegrown Roster vs. Dragon Gate Veterans Match 2 – AR Fox vs. Masato Yoshino {J3}

This match is likely to be fast-paced. They start with some chain wrestling. Fox sends Yoshino to the floor and after a series of reversals connects with the Kickflip Dive. Back in the ring Fox hits a high cross body off the top rope for two. It’s been almost all AR Fox in the opening minutes here. Yoshino fights back with Sling Blade and a low dropkick to the face. He goes up top and misses the double stomp. Fox is able to hit the leaping Ace Crusher for two. He tries a split-legged moonsault but Yoshino gets his knees up. Yoshino locks on From Jungle and Fox reaches the ropes. Fox hits an enziguiri and a Death Valley Driver. He goes up top and nails a beautiful 450 Splash for a two-count. Fox tries Lo Mein Pain but Yoshino shoves him down. Yoshino then hits the shotgun missile dropkick and both men are down. They rise and start trading strikes. Yoshino hits Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente for the win at 8:16. That was a perfect opener – fast-paced, both guys looked good, fired up the crowd. Fox looked good in losing here and his stock continues to rise.
Rating: ***

The Spiked Mohicans, Open the United Gate and Twin Gate Champions Ricochet and CIMA, make their way out to taunt Yoshino. Ricochet says there is no way that Yoshino will beat CIMA tomorrow night, and then they beat him down. PAC runs out to make the save. Brodie Lee comes down with Akira Tozawa as backup to start the next match officially.

MATCH #2: DGUSA Homegrown Roster vs. Dragon Gate Veterans Match 1 – Brodie Lee {BW} vs. PAC {J3}

PAC dropkicks Lee off the apron to start the match and follows him out with a dive over the ropes. Tozawa attacks PAC and rams him into a ringside table. Back in the ring Lee goes to work, even hitting a dropkick to the back that sends PAC hurtling into the turnbuckles. PAC comes back with a rana and Lee responds with one of his own. That sends PAC to the floor and Lee follows him out with a suicide dive! PAC fights back with a hard kick to the head from the apron. He misses a moonsault and Lee punches him square in the mouth. Tozawa takes more cheap shots while Lee distracts the referee. Back in the ring Lee keeps PAC on the mat and wears him down. Tozawa keeps interfering and PAC makes him pay for it with a baseball slide. Lee tries a German Suplex but PAC lands on his feet and dropkicks him to the floor. PAC follows him out with a huge springboard moonsault. Back in the ring PAC hits a springboard missile dropkick and a corkscrew 450 splash off the second rope for a one-count. PAC goes up top but jumps right into a big boot to the face. Lee tries a crucifix bomb but PAC slips out and hits a couple of enziguiris and the rebound German Suplex. PAC goes up top but Lee avoids him and hits a half-nelson suplex, which PAC no-sells. Lee hits the Truck Stop but only gets two. He follows with an Orton DDT (using the top turnbuckle) and PAC sells it like a million bucks but it only gets two. Lee goes for a powerbomb but PAC counters with a jackknife cradle for two. PAC avoids a charge in the corner and hits an enziguiri and then a back brain kick. He goes up top and hits a beautiful Shooting Star Press, and then follows with a corkscrew body press for the pin at 10:46. That was ridiculous fun and after watching that I can see why both guys got signed.
Rating: ***½

Tozawa gets in the ring but this time PAC is ready for him. Rich Swann and Johnny Gargano make their way out, since Swann is scheduled to battle Tozawa.

MATCH #3: DGUSA Homegrown Roster vs. Dragon Gate Veterans Match 3 – Rich Swann {R} vs. Akira Tozawa {BW}

Swann is in Junction Three in Japan, but he’s a member of Ronin in DGUSA. Tozawa says everyone wants to hear him sing, which he does, beautifully. Swann cuts him off with a superkick just to be a dick. This one starts off fast as Swann knocks Tozawa to the floor and teases a dive. Tozawa takes a moment to catch his breath before getting back in the ring. When the action does resume in the ring, Swann takes control and starts wearing Tozawa down. Tozawa fights back and hurls Swann to the floor. They fight on the floor and Tozawa gets the better of it by dropping Swann face-first on the steps. Tozawa then throws a chair at Swann and chases Gargano away. Back in the ring Tozawa hits a back senton for two. Tozawa continues the abuse, wearing Swann down. He goes to the second rope and Swann takes him down with a hurricanrana. That sends Tozawa to the floor and Swann follows him out with a beautiful dive over the ropes. Back in the ring Swann gets a two-count. Swann tries a cross body block but Tozawa gets his knees up. Tozawa hits a running bicycle kick in the corner and a release German Suplex for two. Swann comes back with the handspring Ace Crusher for a near-fall. He misses the standing 450 but is still able to avoid the German Suplex. Swann executes a La Magistral cradle for two and then lands a spinning enziguiri. He cartwheels into a 450 Splash and gets two. Tozawa catches Swann with a big boot and the German Suplex and Swann surprisingly kicks out. They trade some pinning combinations and Swann gets a crucifix for the upset pin at 8:11. I assumed Tozawa would go over so that surprised me a great deal. What didn’t surprise me was the match was another fun encounter very similar to the opening match. I’d like to see more Tozawa versus Swann.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: DGUSA Homegrown Roster vs. Dragon Gate Veterans Match 4 – Johnny Gargano {R} vs. BxB Hulk {BW}

Hulk makes his way out and he wants to start his match RIGHT NOW. Gargano of course is happy to oblige. Hulk dominates to start, using kicks to his advantage. Gargano comes back with an STO into the turnbuckles. He hits a neckbreaker and a vertical suplex with a bridge for a two-count. Gargano uses a variety of submission holds and strikes, but Hulk is able to cut him off with a low blow behind the referee’s back. Hulk dropkicks Gargano to the floor and follows him out for more abuse. Back in the ring Hulk stay sin control but can’t quite put Gargano away. Hulk hits a BxB Star Press for two. Gargano fights back with a hard kick to the head that sends Hulk to the floor. He follows with the Superman Spear. Hulk tries a hurricanrana but Gargano catches him with a powerbomb for two. A dazed Hulk rolls to the floor and Gargano wipes him out with a dive and then a senton off the apron. Back in the ring Gargano covers for two. Hulk fights back with kicks and the Burnout for two. He lands more kicks and a standing corkscrew senton splash for two. Gargano comes back with a step up enziguiri but then runs right into Mouse. Hulk follows with a clothesline but Gargano pops up and hits a release German. The selling ceases to exist for a moment and then comes back when Gargano drills Hulk with a clothesline. Both men are down. Back on their feet Gargano traps Hulk in the ropes and hits a superkick. Gargano goes up top and Hulk knocks him down with a kick. Hulk goes up and hits the Super EVO but Gargano kicks out! They trade moves back and forth a bit. Gargano hits the IED followed by the Lawn Dart. He hits a superkick and the Hurts Donut for two, but he turns that into the GargaNO Escape for the win at 15:52. That was a really good back and forth contest and another huge win for Gargano going into his title shot tomorrow night. Hulk did a great job as a heel and ensured that Gargano (who is extremely over anyway) got lots of sympathy from the crowd.
Rating: ***½

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BJ Whitmer Promo

BJ Whitmer recalls that Brodie Lee lost to PAC earlier tonight. Whitmer says he’s still going to keep an eye on Lee tonight, and that he’ll for sure see him tomorrow night in New York City.

Uprising 2011

At Uprising 2011, PAC took on Ricochet and Rich Swann in a triple threat main event; Akira Tozawa battled AR Fox; plus so much more with Brodie Lee, Masaaki Mochizuki, Johnny Gargano, Austin Aries, and more!

MATCH #5: South Philly Street Fight – Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez {DUF}{

The lights go out and Sabu appears in the ring. Sabu foolishly turns his back and Sanchez starts slugging away. They take it to the floor and Sabu gets control. Sabu throws a chair in the ring and throws Sanchez in after it. Sanchez wedges the chair in the turnbuckles but is the one who gets whipped into it. Sabu hits the slingshot legdrop for two. He uses the Camel Clutch briefly and then they go back to the floor. Sanchez is able to wipe Sabu out with a dive. He sets Sabu on a table but nothing happens. Back in the ring Sanchez hits a missile dropkick for two. Sanchez throws Sabu to the floor. He goes for a dive but Sabu throws a chair into his face. Sabu then hits Air Sabu. Back in the ring Sabu tries to set up a table but Sanchez cuts him off with a DDT. Sanchez tries setting up the table but Sabu throws another chair at his face. Sabu sets Sanchez on the table and this him with a chair. He goes up top but Sanchez throws the chair at him, and then does it again. Sanchez goes up top and Sabu slams him down, but not through the table. Sabu hits the Arabian Facebuster off the second rope for a two-count. He follows with a chair-assisted legdrop to the back of the head to break the table. Sabu locks on the Camel Clutch but Sanchez won’t quit. Finally Sabu cracks a chair across Sanchez’s back and uses the chair to help him reapply the Camel Clutch and this time Sanchez taps out at 8:42. That was dreadfully dull and Sabu looked old.
Rating: *¼

Fellow Dirty Ugly Fucks Sami Callihan and Arik Cannon run out to attack, and AR Fox tries to make the save. He fails though, since it’s still three on two. Jon Davis then runs out and cleans house on everyone, setting the stage for tomorrow night’s six man tag team match in New York.

Taylor Occupies DGUSA

This is a five-minute promo in which Chuck Taylor discusses his history in DGUSA, and how the Dragon Gate veterans like CIMA and Naruki Doi are the one percent. This was at a time when the “Occupy” movements were big, so this is a cool idea for a promo. He wants to defeat YAMATO and win the Open the Freedom Gate Title to prove his point.

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – YAMATO {J3} vs. Chuck Taylor {R}

YAMATO has been the Champion since 1.28.11, and this is his sixth defense. Taylor earned this title shot by beating Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, and Sami Callihan in a Four Way Freestyle at Untouchable 2011. Taylor is accompanied by Johnny Gargano.

They start with some chain wrestling, trading armbars back and forth. This continues with other holds like headlocks, front facelocks, and rear chinlocks. Taylor starts going after the leg, trying to keep YAMATO on the mat. YAMATO tries to counter by going after the arm but Taylor is ready for him, and he turns a cross armbreaker into a Figure-Four Leglock. The champ is able to turn it over and Taylor reaches the ropes immediately. Taylor keeps up the pressure, working on YAMATO’s leg. YAMATO withstands the attack and starts working the neck. He throws Taylor into the corner and hits an IED for two. Taylor fights back with Sole Food and a dropkick that sends YAMATO to the floor, and then wipes him out with a dive. Now Taylor chokes YAMATO with an extension cord, and the referee is giving some latitude by not disqualifying him. Back in the ring Taylor hits a missile dropkick for two. Taylor grabs another leglock and YAMATO reaches the ropes. YAMATO fights back with a kick to the head and the brainbuster for two, and then he locks on the Crossface. Taylor reaches the ropes. YAMATO charges into the corner but Taylor cuts him off and hits a powerbomb into a jackknife cradle for two. Taylor hits a uranage slam for another two-count. He goes up top but misses a moonsault and appears to blow out his knee. Taylor was playing possum though and gets an inside cradle for two. He gets a La Magistral cradle for another close near-fall. Taylor goes for the Awful Waffle but YAMATO slips out and hits an enziguiri. YAMATO goes for Galleria but Taylor counters and hits the Awful Waffle! Taylor covers and gets the three-count at 16:56, but the referee didn’t see YAMATO’s foot on the bottom rope!

The referee asks Gargano if YAMATO’s foot was indeed on the rope and Gargano says that yes indeed it was so the match restarts. Taylor is not happy. YAMATO quickly hits Galleria but Taylor kicks out. Now YAMATO locks on a Crossface and Taylor has to tap out at 1:02. I understand what they were going for with the finish, but it’s not exactly protocol to ask other wrestlers what happened in the finish of a match. As far as the match itself goes, it was not so exciting up until the last couple of minutes, and I thought YAMATO and Taylor would have more chemistry when they did. Still, they did a good job of setting up tomorrow’s title match and furthering the tension within Ronin.
Rating: ***

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MATCH #7: Open the United Gate Title Match – CIMA {BW} & Ricochet {BW} vs. Sami Callihan {DUF} & Arik Cannon {DUF}

CIMA & Ricochet have been the Champions since 9.11.11, and this is their first defense. They’re accompanied by fellow Blood Warrior Brodie Lee. It appears as though the Champions want to walk out on the match, so Callihan calls them pussies. CIMA retorts with something Japanese and Callihan gets all “Murica” on him. Things get heated before the bell even rings so the referee just rings the bell and away we go.

CIMA and Cannon take it to the floor while Callihan and Ricochet battle in the ring. Callihan knocks Ricochet to the floor and Lee sneaks in and drills Callihan with a big boot that sends him to the floor. Ricochet takes everyone out with a dive. BJ Whitmer doesn’t appreciate Lee’s interference so he comes out and runs him off. Now it’s Callihan’s turn to wipe everyone out with a big dive. The match barely slows down back in the ring, with the D.U.F. first taking control. The champs cut the off and isolate on Callihan in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Callihan fights back on CIMA and makes the tag. Cannon is a house afire but Ricochet cuts him off with a springboard missile dropkick. Ricochet charges into the corner but Cannon catches him with a t-bone suplex into the buckles. Cannon tries a moonsault off the second rope but misses. Ricochet hits a Zig Zag and a standing shooting star press for two. The action is getting too fast to call. CIMA and Callihan end up in the ring and CIMA hits the Perfect Driver for two. Callihan fights back with a Saito Suplex and a hard superkick right to the knee. He locks on the Stretch Muffler and Ricochet breaks it up. Cannon hits CIMA with Total Anarchy and Ricochet breaks that up too. Ricochet this Cannon with a reverse rana, and then nails Callihan with one too. Back on their feet Cannon hits Ricochet with a Buckle Bomb and a huge lariat. Cannon calls for the Brainbuster but CIMA cuts him off with Superdrol. Callihan hits CIMA with the Death Valley Driver but misses the splash. Ricochet hits Callihan with a quebrada for two. He tries a hurricanrana but Callihan drops him with a powerbomb for two. Callihan locks on a leglock and CIMA breaks that up by hitting Cannon with the Iconoclasm. CIMA hits Callihan with a senton for two. The action continues to be too fast for me to entirely keep up with. The champs send Callihan to the floor. CIMA hits Cannon with the Schwein and Ricochet follows with the 630 Senton and the champs retain at 17:56. I didn’t expect much from that and I thought initially that Taylor versus YAMATO should have gone on last, but this turned out to be the right choice. It was a red hot tag team match with wall-to-wall action and great work from everyone involved. This is easily my favorite D.U.F. match ever.
Rating: ****

BONUS MATCH: The Scene vs. BJ Whitmer & Uhaa Nation

Earlier today Larry Dallas gave The Scene shot glass necklaces as a reward for attacking Uhaa Nation last night. That leads to this match in which Nation enlists the help of BJ Whitmer to seek his revenge. Nation and Scott Reed start the match and Nation is just dominant. Whitmer tags in and the domination continues. He takes Konley to the floor and throws him around a bit but gets distracted by Dallas, allowing the Scene to take control. Back in the ring Konley and Reed isolate Whitmer while the crowd tries to get behind him. Whitmer catches Konley with an exploder and makes the tag. Nation is a house afire, throwing the Scene around with ease. He hits Reed with a standing shooting star press and then nails Konley with the Roll of the Dice. Nation and Konley fight to the floor. Whitmer hits Reed with the Flatliner and then locks on the Peruvian Necktie for the win at 7:10. That was mostly a squash but in that case it was the right match to have. Whitmer and Nation are fun together.
Rating: **
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Open the Historic Gate (Shingo, Naruki Doi) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/26/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-historic-gate-shingo-naruki-doi-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/26/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-historic-gate-shingo-naruki-doi-2/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:00:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157537 historicdvd

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The Arena – Philadelphia, PA – July 25, 2009

Lenny Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary. Dawn Marie is the host.

MATCH #1: BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO

This is a good choice for an opener and the crowd is juiced. Hulk and YAMATO chain wrestle and exchange holds on the mat. Hulk takes control with a variety of kicks. YAMATO responds with a heel hook and Hulk gets to the ropes. Hulk avoids a charge in the corner but YAMATO is able to dropkick his knee and send him to the floor. YAMATO goes to work on the knee and keeps Hulk on the mat. Hulk tries to fight back with kicks but YAMATO cuts him right off. YAMATO uses a sleeper and then turns it into a leg submission. Once again Hulk is able to reach the ropes. YAMATO continues the assault until Hulk cartwheels out of an Irish whip and then hits a springboard missile dropkick. His knee doesn’t seem to be bothering him too much now. They trade strikes and YAMATO wins that battle with a running forearm smash. YAMATO follows with a Spear for two and then locks on a Cloverleaf. He turns it into a Crossface and Hulk reaches the ropes. YAMATO tries Galleria but Hulk counters his way out of it. Hulk runs into a boot in the corner. YAMATO goes to the second rope but Hulk kicks him in the head and then hits a super moonsault slam. Hulk unleashes a series of kicks, culminating with a hard kick to the jaw. He hits the First Flash and then hits EVO for a two-count. Hulk goes up top for a Phoenix Splash but YAMATO moves out of the way. YAMATO hits a running charge in the corner and a brainbuster for too. He goes for Galleria again but Hulk squirms out of it and kicks YAMATO in the head. YAMATO comes back with the Choke Sleeper into a suplex for two. He then hits Galleria to get the win at 15:22. That was a solid opener and a good showing for both guys. Hulk kind of decided to no longer sell the knee and that’s annoying, but for DGUSA’s first-ever match they wanted to ensure the crowd would stay buzzed throughout the night. In that respect the match was successful.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Too Cold Scorpio vs. Kenn Doane

Scorpio offers a handshake but Doane slaps it away. They start off slowly and try to get in each other’s heads. Doane goes to work on the arm but Scorpio slips out and Doane bails to the apron. Back in the ring Doane works a headlock but Scorpio quickly escapes it and sends Doane back to the floor. Doane gets back inside and they continue to trade moves with little rhyme or reason. Scorpio does a lot of punches in between Doane executing various maneuvers on him. Doane hits a nice bridging German Suplex for a two-count. He uses a sleeper and Scorpio escapes out of it and backdrops Doane to the apron and then back in the ring. Scorpio unleashes a flurry of offense and hits a bodyslam and a springboard Arabian Press for two. Doane comes back with a spinebuster. He goes up top and misses the Guillotine Legdrop. Scorpio kicks him in the face and tries the moonsault but Doane gets his knees up. Doane covers and gets two. He misses a charge in the corner and Scorpio hits a back suplex. Scorpio goes up top and Drops the Bomb to get the win at 16:35. That took forever to get going and I’m not much a fan of either guy to begin with. Putting the two of them against each other seems contrary to the entire spirit of DGUSA anyway.
Rating: **¼

Backstage – Naruki Doi and Shingo are in separate locker rooms preparing for the main event. Voiceover narration gives more information about both men in tonight’s main event, which is a nice little feature.

MATCH #3: Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Soldier Ant & Fire Ant vs. Gran Akuma, Icarus, Amasis & Hallowicked

Ophidian was supposed to be on the team with his partner Amasis but he got injured. Everyone in CHIKARA wanted in DGUSA so they did a random drawing and Hallowicked was the lucky winner. This match is going to be really hard to keep up with. Amasis and Fire start the match. As predicted this one gets fast pretty quickly and everyone gets a chance to show off their moves in the early going. Team Akuma isolates on Soldier for a little while until Quackenbush gets the hot tag. When jigsaw tags in Team Akuma is able to cut him off from his partners and work him over. Jigsaw comes back and sends Akuma, Icarus and Amasis to the floor, and then wipes out Team F.I.S.T. with a dive. Back in the ring Fire and Hallowicked take it to each other. The Colony executes some double-team moves as the action is getting really hard to call. Akuma this Jigsaw with the super exploder in the moonsault but it only gets two. He goes for the Rubix Cube but Jigsaw fights out of it and hits a Rack Bomb for two. Icarus tries to take off Jigsaw’s mask but the Ants come to the rescue. Everyone starts hitting dives and we’re left with Jigsaw and Icarus in the ring. Jigsaw hits the Jig N’ Tonic for the pin at 17:26. I know I didn’t call much of the match but it was really hard to keep up with. That was a great showcase for CHIKARA and a ridiculously fun eight-man tag match. Everyone was on.
Rating: ****

Quackenbush gets on the mic to put over the match, as well as his trainer Jorge Rivera. A lot of the guys on the show tonight were trained in part by him, so they show a Rivera highlight video. It’s about 15 seconds long. Quack then issues an open challenge to any Dragon Gate wrestler, which is answered by YAMATO. Thankfully they translate the promo, as YAMATO says he doesn’t know who Quackenbush or Rivera is, and that Quack has no right being in the ring. YAMATO then delivers a low blow. Jigsaw comes out for the save, and then Gran Akuma runs out and sides with YAMATO! That’s a surprise. Other guys from CHIKARA come out to run YAMATO and Akuma off.

MATCH #4: Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino

Kid is accompanied by Shingo and Yoshino is accompanied by Naruki Doi. They go back and forth to start and Kid sends Yoshino to the floor. Back in the ring Yoshino catches Kid and slams him chest-first on the mat. Yoshino goes to work on Kid’s arm, isolating it and dissecting it. After a few minutes Kid comes back with the Déjà vu. Kid follows up with the Bermuda Triangle to the floor. He hits a springboard missile dropkick back in the ring for a two-count. Yoshino comes back with Sling Blade for two. He goes up top and Kid knocks him down. Yoshino tries a sunset bomb but Kid counters with a rana and the 619. He tries another rana but Yoshino catches him with a powerbomb. Kid locks on Christo but Yoshino powers out of it. He then goes for the Jesus but Yoshino gets his knees up. Yoshino goes up top and hits the shotgun dropkick for two. He goes for Lightning Spiral but Kid avoids it and hits a DDT. They fight to the top rope and Kid hits a super hurricanrana for a two-count. Yoshino comes back with Another Space and Torbellino. He locks on Sol Naciente. Kid rolls it into a cradle for two and then hits a Stunner. He follows with the Ultra Hurricanrana to pick up the win at 13:26. The finish seemed a little anti-climactic, but this was a tremendous back-and-forth contest between two guys who know each other very well. Both of these guys have come a long way since I first saw them in 2006.
Rating: ***½

Things get heated after the match as Shingo and Doi face off. For some reason Scorpio comes out and toots his own horn, and suggests a rematch between Yoshino and Kid for the next show.

MATCH #5: CIMA & Susumu Yokosuka vs. The Young Bucks

Matt Jackson and Yokosuka start the match. Mike Quackenbush joins Lenny Leonard on commentary. Yokosuka and Matt chain wrestle a bit to start and Yokosuka gets the better of it. Matt comes back with a headscissors and mocks the Warriors. Tags are made and now it’s CIMA battling Nick Jackson. The Bucks take over on offense and use some fast-paced double-team moves on both of their opponents. CIMA cuts Nick off and now he and Yokosuka go to work. Control continues to shift back and forth as neither team has been able to dominate for an extended period of time. Pretty much right as I type that Yokosuka and CIMA seem to have Matt isolated for a while, frustrating Nick on the apron. The match breaks down s they take the fight to the floor. Yokosuka holds Matt up and CIMA hits a lungblower. Nick tries to come in to help his brother but he gets dumped to the floor. Yokosuka holds Nick on the guardrail and CIMA jumps off the other guardrail with a double stomp. Back in the ring after several more minutes of abuse Matt is able to make the comeback and then the hot tag. Nick and Matt are both houses afire as they send Yokosuka and CIMA to the floor and Nick wipes them out with a Skytwister Press. Back in the ring the Bucks focus on CIMA but can’t put him away. CIMA comes back by rolling through a sunset flip and hitting a double stomp. He is able to position both Bucks in the corner and hits Superdrol. The action is getting crazy here. Yokosuka and Matt fight to the top rope and Yokosuka hits a super exploder for two. Matt comes back with Diamond Dust for two. CIMA comes back in and hits Matt with Venus and the Iconoclasm. He goes up top for the Mad Splash and hits nothing but knees. I literally can’t type as fast as these four are moving right now. The Bucks hit Yokosuka with the Worst Case Scenario for two. Yokosuka comes back with Jumbo No Kachi on Matt, and CIMA hits the Perfect Driver but it only gets two! CIMA hits a coast-to-coast dropkick and then he and Yokosuka hit a double-team face-plant move I’m having trouble describing and Nick has to break up the cover! The crowd is going nuts. CIMA accidentally superkicks Yokosuka and then Nick sends CIMA to the floor. The Bucks take the opportunity to hit More Bang For Your Buck to get the huge upset win at 17:30. CIMA is kind of the top dog in Dragon Gate, so to see him go under in his first DGUSA match is a big surprise, and it must have meant big things were in store for the Bucks. It wasn’t a cheap win either – Nick and Matt totally earned it and the match was phenomenal. Everything was clicking on all cylinders and looking good and the crowd was hot through the whole thing. This easily could have been the main event.
Rating: ****¼

Matt cuts a promo after the match, putting over CIMA and Yokosuka. He says the Bucks are not the tag team of the future anymore, but the tag team of the present. He issues an open challenge to any team in DGUSA who wants to face them.

Before the entrances we take another quick look at both men preparing for the match. This was a nice touch to make the main event seem even more important.

MATCH #6: Shingo vs. Naruki Doi

Doi is the Open the Dream Gate and Open the Brave Gate Champion but neither title is not on the line here. They start off slowly and cautiously, as Leonard explains that these two know each other very well from their encounters in Japan. Shingo uses his power to take first control, as he hits a big TKO. He goes for a double knee off the second rope but Doi moves out of the way. Doi focuses on the knee now, which is wise when facing a bigger, stronger opponent. He even uses a figure-four leglock and Shingo is able to get to the bottom rope. Doi stomps Shingo down in the corner and goes for Dai Bosou but Shingo catches him and brings him out with a powerbomb! That was absurdly awesome. Shingo continues to use his power, including a very delayed vertical suplex. He tries to suplex Doi to the floor but Doi blocks it and traps Shingo in the ropes. Doi drills Shingo with a back elbow and a hard dropkick. He goes up top and hits the flipping senton to the back. He tries a charge in the corner but Shingo catches him and hits an exploder suplex. Shingo goes back to the second rope and this time hits the knee drop but hurts himself in the process. Even so he gets a two-count. After a series of reversals Shingo hits the Complete Shot and then the Blood Fall for two. Doi comes back with a Rydeen Bomb for a near-fall. They fight up top and Doi drills Shingo with a slap to the face. That sounded painful. Doi puts Shingo in the Tree of Woe and hits Dai Bosou. He then lands a super back suplex but it only gets two. Doi goes for the Muscular Bomb but they trade counters and Shingo lands the Death Valley Driver and the Pumping Bomber for a near-fall. Shingo hits a couple of sick forearm strikes and then hits Made in Japan for two! Doi comes back with Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick but Shingo gets his foot on the bottom rope! Once again Doi goes for the Muscular Bomb but Shingo counters it and hits another Made in Japan. Both men rise and exchange strikes. Doi wins that battle and hits a Bakatare Sliding Kick and a Tiger Suplex for two! He hits another Bakatare Sliding Kick and then another but Shingo kicks out! Doi finally hits the Muscular Bomb and that’s finally enough to get the pin at 20:48. The tag match was a tough act to follow but I should have known these two were up for the challenge. They told a good story, hit the crap out of each other, and had the crowd with them the entire time. This was a worthy first main event for DGUSA.
Rating: ****¼

BONUS MATCH #1: FIP vs. Dragon Gate – BxB Hulk, Jack Evans & YAMATO vs. Delirious, Jigsaw & Hallowicked, FIP Cage of Pain II, 9.29.07

Delirious and Hulk start the match. They go back and forth very quickly and then make tags to YAMATO and Jigsaw, who follow suit. Jigsaw gets the better of it so once again tags are made and it’s Evans versus Hallowicked now. Evans shows off his dance moves. Hallowicked responds in kind, with a little help from Jigsaw. They start wrestling and Evans looks a little off tonight, as a lot of his stuff isn’t hitting right on. The Dragon Gate team is able to isolate on Jigsaw and they work him over in their half of the ring for a while. Finally Jigsaw hits Evans with an enziguiri and he’s able to make the hot tag to Delirious. The Lizard Man is all over the Dragon Gate boys, throwing clotheslines at everything. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. Delirious hits Hulk with the Panic Attack and hits Evans with the Here It Is Driver for two. YAMATO gets dumped to the floor and Hallowicked wipes him out with a dive. Hulk knocks Delirious to the floor and then wipes out everyone with a moonsault off the second rope. Jigsaw then follows with another dive and that leaves only one. Evans hits a ridiculous dive to wipe everyone out including his partners. Back in the ring the action is “too fast and furious,” as Dave Prazak notes on commentary. Evans and YAMATO hit Ode to the Bulldogs on Jigsaw and Hulk follows with the BxB Star Press for two. YAMATO hits Delirious with a Death Valley Driver onto Jigsaw and again it only gets a two-count. Hallowicked gets rid of Evans and Hulk, and then holds YAMATO for Jigsaw to hit a double stomp off the top rope. He then hits Go 2 Sleepy Hollow and Delirious follows with Shadows over Hell and YAMATO kicks out! YAMATO hits Delirious with Galleria and Jigsaw breaks up the pin. Evans and Hallowicked battle on the top rope and Evans knocks him down. Hulk grabs Hallowicked and holds him for a Decapitation 630 Legdrop for the pin at 18:20. That was awesome action from start to finish and as good as some of the six-man tags in ROH, though not as good as the best ones, if that makes sense. I love watching old YAMATO and thinking about how good he’s become.
Rating: ****

BONUS MATCH #2: BxB Hulk, Jushin Liger, Jack Evans & Matt Sydal vs. Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Magnitude Kishiwada & Kevin Steen, Crown Gate, 11.23.06

The match immediately spills to the floor and the combatants are fighting throughout the arena. Doi and Hulk are the first two in the ring as the match is still fast but a little saner. Evans and Steen tag in. Steen quickly dumps Evans to the floor and then Sydal and Yoshino tag in and things get absurdly fast. Kishiwada and Liger are the next to tag in. Team Doi is able to isolate Liger for a few minutes, and Doi even tries to take his mask off. Hulk and Evans take offense to that and storm the ring. Yoshino comes in as well but gets double-teamed. Unfortunately for Hulk, Yoshino sneaks in a low blow and Team Doi is back in control. Hulk gets dominated for several minutes before he’s able to hit Doi with missile dropkick and make the tag to Liger, who is a house afire. Liger also calls Evans and Sydal into the ring, but Evans isn’t there long. Evans wipes out Steen with a dive, and Sydal follows with a dive to take out Steen and Yoshino. Liger signals for a dive but the referee stops him (shady), and that allows Doi to take control. Doi goes to work but Liger cuts him off quickly and hits a palm strike and a frog splash for two. The referee loses control and everyone is coming in the ring regardless of tags. Evans goes up top but someone (not sure which guy) throws a chair at him to knock him down. Hulk and Kishiwada do battle in the ring now and Hulk almost gets the pin with a sunset flip. Kishiwada hits a Superfly Splash for a near-fall. Doi comes in and hits Hulk with the Bakatare Sliding Kick for two. Team Liger comes back on Doi and unleashes a flurry of offense on him, including the Liger Bomb but it only gets two. Kishiwada accidentally clotheslines Doi and Evans follows with the 630 but Doi kicks out. Steen hits Evans with a moonsault for two and then nails the Package Piledriver. Sydal breaks up the cover. Yoshino hits Sydal with Torbellino and then tries Sol Naciente but Sydal counters to a cradle and they reverse each other a couple of times. Doi tries the Protein Attack but accidentally hits Yoshino! Liger hits Yoshino with the Brainbuster and Sydal follows with the Shooting Star Press to get the win at 17:57. That was ridiculous and hard to follow and a great example of the Dragon Gate style.
Rating: ****

BONUS MATCH #3: FRAY! Featuring Cheech, Cloudy, Johnny Gargano, Louis Lyndon, Lince Dorado, Andy Harner, Aaron Arbo, and Chris Jones

First up is Aaron Arbo, and Andy Harner is number two. These two are the definition of Indy Wrestler. They do some choreographed looking stuff that involves a lot of armdrags. Next out is Johnny Gargano. Dawn Marie’s introductions are just terrible, by the way. Gargano steals the first pin with a rollup on Harner at 4:23. He then hits Arbo with the Hurts Donut to eliminate him at 4:36. Gargano gets a little break before Louis Lyndon comes out. The match has gotten ten times better without Arbo and Harner in it. Gargano and Lyndon go back and forth a bit and then former FIP Florida Heritage Champion Chris Jones is the fifth man out. Gargano bides his time and lets Lyndon and Jones do battle. The sixth man out is Cheech. The crowd is into him. Cheech responds by taking it to everyone in the ring. Gargano is able to trap Lyndon in the Hurts Donut and scores his third elimination at 15:05. Lince Dorado is the seventh man out. The last man in the match is Cheech’s tag team partner Cloudy. Up In Smoke immediately starts working together on everyone and they have quite a bit of success. They knock everyone to the floor and follow them out with stereo dives. Back in the ring they hit Jones with Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Cheech and then their own version of the Doomsday Device to eliminate him at 20:31. Dorado traps Cloudy in a sunset flip and Cloudy is done at 21:02. Gargano hits Cheech with Hurts Donut and both members of Up in Smoke are done at 21:19. We’re down to Dorado versus Gargano now. They go back and forth a bit and badly blow a Tiger Suplex. That was no one’s fault, just a thing that happens. Dorado instead hits a release German Suplex and then goes up top for a beautiful shooting star press to get the win at 23:40. That was much too long for a FRAY to be but they worked some good stuff in there once the first two goofs were gone. Gargano was obviously someone to keep an eye on from the beginning.
Rating: **¼
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A2Z Analysiz – DGUSA Bushido: Code of the Warrior (BxB Hulk, Shingo) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/26/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-bushido-code-of-the-warrior-bxb-hulk-shingo/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/26/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-bushido-code-of-the-warrior-bxb-hulk-shingo/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:00:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157531 bushidodvd

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Pal Hall – Fall River, MA – October 29, 2010

MATCH #1: Four Way Freestyle – Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Arik Cannon

Ricochet is accompanied by fellow Warrior International CIMA, who first addresses the crowd. CIMA gets the crowd behind Ricochet, and then announces that tonight they will add another member to the group. But who could it be?

Cannon and Gargano will start it off, but Cannon exits before contact is made so Ricochet takes his place. Lenny Leonard announces that Homicide has been drafted into World-1, and then Taylor takes Ricochet’s place in the ring as we start the match proper. Taylor takes Gargano down with a dropkick that sends him to the floor. Ricochet comes back in the ring for some back and forth with Taylor. He sends Taylor to the floor with a headscissors, and then Cannon comes in and goes after Ricochet. Cannon sends Ricochet to the floor so Gargano comes in, and then Taylor comes back in, and this one is moving really quickly. How many times a show do you think Leonard says “mi paso?” Gargano is flying all over the place in and out of the ring. Cannon and Gargano fight into the crowd, and Taylor takes them out with a dive. Ricochet follows with a dive to take out all three. Everyone makes it back to the ring and it’s more non-stop offense. I gave up on calling this one. Somewhere in all the madness Taylor grabs Cannon off the top rope and hits the Awful Waffle to get the pin at 8:47. That was a really fun opening match and a good showcase for all four guys.
Rating: ***

CIMA gets on the mic to ask Taylor if he wants to join up with them, but Taylor withdraws himself from the draft, saying he is no longer available. Gargano then begs to be drafted but CIMA wants nothing to do with him.

Jon Moxley Promo

Moxley says that tonight it’s just about him and Jimmy Jacobs. He’s not going to bring any backup to the ring tonight. He says tonight Kamikaze-USA will prove that they are the best stable.

MATCH #2: Homicide vs. Rich Swann

Homicide is representing World-1. Leonard tries to say that Homicide is filling the void left by Bryan Danielson, but the day Homicide fills Danielson’s shoes in Anything is a day I don’t believe will ever come. Anyway, they exchange holds and counters in the early going, taking it to the mat. Swann counters Homicide with his agility, and Homicide comes back with punches. Every time Swann tries to get some offense going Homicide cuts him right off. Homicide works Swann over, hitting a belly-to-belly suplex for two. This goes on for a while. Swann fires up with a series of strikes, which Homicide no-sells and then kicks Swann in the balls right in front of the referee. Finally Swann comes back with another flurry of offense and Homicide sells some of it this time. Homicide comes back with an Ace Crusher for two. He goes for the Cop Killa but Swann avoids it and hits a spinning kick to the face. Swann goes up top for a split-legged moonsault but Homicide gets his knees up. Homicide follows up with a big Lariat to get the pin at 11:26. I appreciate that the idea of this match was to make Swann look good in losing to a veteran, but Homicide just isn’t the guy to make anyone look good.
Rating: **

I don’t like recapping Austin Aries promos, so I turn to my good friend Kevin Ford, who has already recapped it really well.

“With Rich Swann still recovering in the ring, Austin Aries makes his way out to the ring. He says he’s happy to be back in Dragon Gate. He says for the first time in years he finds himself a free agent. He says that after doing some soul searching, he realized that the wrestling business is on a downswing and that it’s the black sheep of the entertainment business. He believes wrestling doesn’t get the respect it deserves because wrestling doesn’t respect itself. He says wrestling is rooted in seedy tactics and that he’s tired of people accepting that “that’s just the way it is.” The problem, Aries says, is if you try and do something about it, you get tagged as someone who causes problems. He asks that everyone pledge to be men of honor. He then helps Swann off the mat and says that he fought Homicide with honor. Aries says while he doesn’t want to start his own group, he could use a protégé. He extends that offer to Swann, allowing Swann to take his time to answer. He offers Swann to sit ringside and let his actions speak for him. Swann takes a seat ringside for the next match.”

Thanks Kevin!

MATCH #3: Non-Title Match – Masato Yoshino vs. Austin Aries

Yoshino is the current Open the Dream Gate Champion, but as indicated in the header that title is not on the line here. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds right away. The pace quickens a bit and neither man can inflict any significant damage. Then they take it back down to the mat, where Yoshino assumes control. Aries comes back with a neckbreaker on the middle rope. He dropkicks Yoshino to the floor and hits a double axe handle off the top rope. Back in the ring Aries works Yoshino over with strikes, slams, and leg submissions. Aries goes for a dropkick but Yoshino puts on the breaks and delivers one of his own. Yoshino then locks on From Jungle but Aries escapes and hits the dropkick this time. Aries hits two consecutive shinbreakers but when he goes for a third Yoshino counters with a cross body for a two-count. Both men rise and exchange chops. Aries executes an impressive military press and then locks on the Last Chancery. He goes for the Brainbuster but Yoshino blocks it and drives Aries into the corner. Yoshino puts Aries up on the top rope and Aries tries to counter with a sunset bomb, but Yoshino blocks that and hits the missile dropkick to the chest. Now Yoshino goes up top and this time Aries meets him up there for a super hurricanrana. Aries goes for the IED but Yoshino kicks him out of the air. Yoshino now targets the arm, hitting Ude Yoshino and going for Sol Naciente but Aries counters with an inside cradle for two. Aries executes a backslide for two, and then hooks on the Last Chancery again. He goes for the Brainbuster but Yoshino counters it again and hits the Lightning Spiral for a near-fall. Yoshino goes for the missile dropkick but Aries avoids it and hits the shinbreaker / belly-to-back suplex combination. This time Aries hits the IED and then lands the Brainbuster but Yoshino somehow kicks out at two. Aries goes for the 450 but Yoshino avoids it and sends Aries shoulder-first into the ring post. That gives Yoshino the opening to hit Torbellino and lock on Sol Naciente. Aries taps out at 18:00. I like how they weren’t in a hurry to get that match going and just built to a good finish.
Rating: ***½

Rich Swann extends his hand to Aries to help him up, but then drops him! The crowd boos and Aries is upset about getting disrespected by the newcomer.

Johnny Gargano Promo

Backstage Johnny Gargano appeals to CIMA, saying he almost killed himself tonight just to impress him. He begs CIMA to pick him for WARRIORS International.

A History of Violence

This is a solid 80-second video package detailing the feud between Jimmy Jacobs and Jon Moxley. They have definitely cut the best promos in DGUSA history during this feud.

MATCH #4: I Quit Match – Jon Moxley vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Moxley gets on the mic and threatens Jacobs. That turns out badly for him, as Jacobs is actually up in the balcony and he delivers a cross body block into the ring to start the match! Jacobs has a belt wrapped around his boot and he immediately uses it to whip Moxley across the back and choke him. He knocks Moxley to the floor and goes for a dive but Moxley cuts him off with a forearm. Back in the ring Moxley levels him with a clothesline and pulls a spike out of his boot. Jacobs avoids it and the spike is stuck in the turnbuckle pad. Moxley stays in control and locks in the Texas Cloverleaf. Jacobs crawls to the apron and is able to hit Moxley with a Spear! He throws Moxley into the guardrail and hits some mounted punches, but Moxley grabs him and powerbombs him into the opposite guardrail! Ouch. Moxley grabs another spike out of his boot and they go back to the ring. This time Moxley connects with the spike, repeatedly. Jacobs is obviously busted open at this point. He tries to fight up but Moxley takes him down with a backslide into a Fujiwara Armbar. Moxley breaks the hold and hits some headbutts. If you know anything about Jacobs you know that doesn’t work. Moxley whips Jacobs into the corner, but it’s the one with the spike sticking out of it and Jacobs grabs it and drills Moxley in the head with it, busting him open! Both men rise and trade punches. The pace quickens and Jacobs hits the jumping Ace Crusher off the second rope. Jacobs goes for a Spear but Moxley kicks him in the face. Moxley misses a Lariat and Jacobs hits the Spear this time. Jacobs locks on the End Time but Moxley counters it into an Alabama Slam. Moxley hits the Hook & Ladder and then locks on the Crossface Chicken Wing but Jacobs rolls out of it. Now Moxley grabs the belt and ties Jacobs’s hands behind his back. Moxley tries to hit Jacobs with a chair but Jacobs counters with a drop toehold and then is able to lock on the End Time! That is so cool. Moxley powers out of it with a powerslam and then unloads on Jacobs’s face with punches and the spike. The referee checks on Jacobs, but he will not quit! Jacobs gets up and kicks Moxley right in the balls, and then pulls a Houdini to escape from his binding! He clobbers Moxley with the chair twice. Both men grab a spike, but Jacobs hits harder and more often, and then digs the spike into Moxley’s groin and that’s enough to make any man quit! Jacobs is the winner at 12:52. That was an awesome hardcore brawl and proof that Jacobs is one of the most underrated brawlers on the Indy circuit. Everything in the match built logically and got more brutal as it went on, which is how these matches should go.
Rating: ****¼

After the match Jacobs says it will be a long time before he jumps off any more high stuff or bleeds this much. He wants to go back to Wrestling and win a major singles title.

Sami Callihan Promo

Callihan is backstage cutting one of his usual faux-intense promos that I don’t really care for. He’s worried about not being drafted tonight and threatens to hurt people if he is not.

For more info on Dragon Gate USA please visit www.DGUSA.TV.

MATCH #5: Akebono & Brodie Lee vs. The Osirian Portal

Amasis and Ophidian can’t decide who’s going to start the match with the monster Lee. It ends up being Ophidian, who quickly gets pie-faced and chopped down to the ground. Ophidian tries using his speed and agility but Lee simply squashes him in the corner. Undaunted, Ophidian comes back with a hurricanrana that sends Lee to the floor, but when he tries to dive out on him Lee catches him and slams him back into the ring. Lee hits a running boot to the face in the corner and Akebono tags in. Akebono and Lee will face each other tomorrow night in Rahway, by the way. Amasis has also tagged in and he takes the battle right to the sumo star. Of course he can’t do much damage, so he tags his partner for a double-team move but they both just get knocked down. The Portal then busts out the hypnotizer on Akebono, and they make him clothesline Lee to the floor. They get Akebono to dance, and Lee comes in and accidentally hits Akebono with a big boot to the face. The two partners then exchange strikes in the center of the ring. Amasis and Ophidian both go to the top rope and try to jump on one of the monsters, but they both get caught and slammed down to the mat for the double pin at 4:48. That was a fun little post-intermission match.
Rating: **

Lee and Akebono continue to brawl after the match until the locker room has to come out and separate them.

Homicide Promo

The Notorious 187 is happy to be back on the independent circuit. He says some more unintelligible stuff before being attacked by Jon Moxley!

MATCH #6: CIMA & Genki Horiguchi vs. YAMATO & Akira Tozawa

YAMATO and Tozawa are representing Kamikaze USA, while CIMA and Horiguchi are members of WARRIORS International. Horiguchi and YAMATO start the match for their respective teams. They trade holds back and forth and jockey for position but neither man can gain an advantage. CIMA and Tozawa tag in. The WARRIORS take control and go to work on Tozawa, the youngest member of the DGUSA roster. Tozawa fights back on CIMA and makes the tag. Horiguchi tags in and Kamikaze USA isolates him in their half of the ring. After several minutes Horiguchi hits YAMATO with a hurricanrana and makes the tag. CIMA is all over both men, reclaiming the advantage. He traps Tozawa in the corner and delivers a couple of brutal chops to the chest. Horiguchi gets in on the action too as the WARRIORS dismantle Tozawa in and out of the ring. After many minutes Tozawa hits Horiguchi with a Shining Wizard and makes the tag. YAMATO takes on both WARRIORS and does a good job of it. He and CIMA trade chops and shots to the head, so YAMATO goes low and dropkicks the leg. Now YAMATO locks on an Ankle Lock. CIMA makes it to the ropes and is able to go on offense. Tozawa tries to come in illegally and gets hit with Venus and the Iconoclasm. Horiguchi adds a sliding boot to the face. The match is breaking down big-time. YAMATO and Tozawa focus on Horiguchi and wear him down with double-team moves but can’t put him away. The WARRIORS come back on Tozawa and CIMA hits the Perfect Driver but only gets two. Horiguchi calls for Beach Break and pays for it when YAMATO locks on the Choke Sleeper. YAMATO tries to turn it into Galleria but Horiguchi avoids it, only to get superplexed instead for two. CIMA comes back in to help out and they trap YAMATO in the Backslide from Heaven but Tozawa breaks it up. Superkicks start flying everywhere as this is getting hard to follow. CIMA gets knocked to the floor and Tozawa wipes him out with a dive. That leaves YAMATO and Horiguchi in the ring. Horiguchi almost gets the pin with the Backslide from Heaven but YAMATO kicks out at two and delivers a brainbuster for a two-count of his own. YAMATO then hits Galleria and that’s enough to get the victory at 24:01. They started off slow but built to non-stop action down the stretch (which was probably about half the match). Tozawa and YAMATO are so much fun to watch.
Rating: ***¾

Officials check on Horiguchi, and then Johnny Gargano comes out and begs CIMA to draft him. When he doesn’t right away, Gargano attacks! Meanwhile, Rich Swann and Chuck Taylor are outside the ring taking it to Ricochet! Gargano then says he never wanted to join WARRIORS International. Taylor adds his two cents and names the new trio Ronin. Brodie Lee comes out to make the save.

Meanwhile, Austin Aries is backstage expressing disgust with the Ronin trio. Aries says that since he’s a free agent, he can be a WARRIOR for one night. He announces that he will team with Genki Horiguchi and Ricochet to face the Ronin trio tomorrow night.

Prelude to the Main Event

This is about a minute-long video package showing highlights of both men’s big moments in DGUSA so far and their feud against each other.

MATCH #7: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – BxB Hulk vs. Shingo

Shingo immediately takes Hulk down with a hard shoulder tackle. Hulk quickly recovers and dropkicks the challenger to the floor. Shingo suckers Hulk to the floor and then drops him on the guardrail and whips him back-first into it. He follows up with a big running boot to the face. Shingo charges but runs into the ring post and Hulk goes after his arm. Back in the ring Hulk continues working the arm. Shingo fights back with a backbreaker and both men take a moment to recover. Now Shingo takes over, hitting a gutbuster, a DDT, and a senton across the chest. Shingo hits a piledriver and a knee drop for a two-count. He continues working the champion over for several minutes. Hulk tries a comeback but Shingo cuts him off with an Orton DDT and a knee drop off the second rope. They take the fight to the apron and Hulk hits the FTX! Hulk knocks Shingo into the crowd and then wipes him out with a moonsault. Back in the ring Hulk hits a springboard missile dropkick, sweeps the legs, and hits a standing moonsault but it only gets a one-count. Hulk lands Mouse, a Rock Bottom, and the BxB Star Press for another one-count. He lands a hard springboard spinning heel kick and this time he gets two. Shingo fights back with a Spear from out of nowhere and both men are down. Back up on their feet Shingo hits a Saito Suplex. Shingo continues on offense and hits the Pumping Bomber for two. He takes the champion up top for a huge superplex and hangs on to deliver the E.V.O.P. but it only gets a two-count! Hulk fights back with kicks and Shingo counters with a right hand and both men are down. The champ recovers first and hits a hard axe kick to the back of the head. Shingo comes back with a Pumping Bomber but Hulk immediately hits him with First Flash and they are both down again. Shingo is able to hit Made in Japan and Hulk barely kicks out at two! They take it up to the top rope and Hulk is able to hit E.V.O. but Shingo kicks out. Shingo tries to come back with Blood Fall but Hulk blocks it and hits First Flash. Hulk goes up top and hits the Phoenix Splash but Shingo kicks out at two! Finally Hulk hits the H-Thunder to get the pin at 26:07. That was a terrific title defense, and I love everything Shingo.
Rating: ****

YAMATO comes out to attack the champion and Masato Yoshino comes out to make the save so Kamikaze bails.

BONUS MATCH: FRAY! – Silas Young vs. Sami Callihan vs. Caleb Konley vs. Cheech vs. Rip Impact vs. Shane Smalls vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Ciampa and Impact start the match. They’re both working hard to impress early on, Impact with his agility and Ciampa with his power. Ciampa takes Impact down in the corner and pulls the kneepad down for a running knee to the face, which gets a two-count. The next man out is Callihan, who unloads on both men with forearms before even taking his ring jacket off. Callihan knocks Ciampa to the floor and tries a dive off the apron but Ciampa sweeps his legs out from under him. Back in the ring Ciampa hits Project Ciampa 2 on Impact to eliminate him at 3:19. Callihan and Ciampa battle on the floor now and Callihan gets crotched on the steel barricade. Young is the next man out and he wipes out both Callihan and Ciampa. Back in the ring Young and Ciampa trade shots and Young wins that battle by locking on a half crab. Callihan interjects himself, and Ciampa ends up grabbing both men in a simultaneous DDT and Flatliner, but can only get two-counts on both men. Next up is Cheech, and he attacks everybody. Cheech is flying all over the place both in and out of the ring. Meanwhile Callihan and Ciampa slug it out in the center of the ring. Callihan takes Ciampa down with a dragon screw and locks on the Stretch Muffler and Ciampa taps out at 7:56. Smalls is the next man out and I’ve never seen him before in my life. He takes Cheech down with a running kneelift and then hits a standing moonsault for two. Young, Cheech, and Callihan get knocked to the floor and Smalls wipes them out with an Asai Moonsault. Smalls throws Callihan back in the ring and puts on the Muta Lock. Young traps Smalls in a Dragon Sleeper, and Cheech for some reason breaks it up. The last man in the match is Konley. That leaves us with five competitors. Konley is a house afire, but quickly gets caught by Young with a Finlay Roll and the Peegee Waja Plunge to eliminate him at 11:15. Cheech dropkicks Young to the floor and then hits Smalls with a pumphandle slam and a Lights Out to eliminate him at 11:46. Callihan drills Cheech with a missile dropkick but then gets hit by Young’s Backbreaker Clothesline Combo. Cheech hits Young with a superkick, but then gets hit with a modified bulldog by Callihan to get eliminated at 12:35. We’re down to Callihan versus Young now. Callihan spits on Young and gets slapped for it. They trade slaps now and the crowd gets into it. Callihan takes Young down in the corner and goes for the Stretch Muffler but Young kicks his way out of it. Young tries to back flip out of the corner but spikes himself (ouch) and Callihan covers for two. Moments later Young recovers and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Young goes for the Peegee Waja Plunge again but misses and Callihan hits him with a lariat. Callihan then locks on the Stretch Muffler and Young taps out at 15:25. That was a decent fray, though I would have preferred to see Ciampa go farther.
Rating: **¼
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“We can now announce that Sami Callihan has already wrestled on his final DGUSA/Evolve event,” reads the news alert update. “We want to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Sami for being an important part of DGUSA/Evolve history. Calihan started at the bottom of (the) card and through hard work and determination became a main player in the WWNLive family.”

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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Mercury Rising 2012 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/07/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-2012-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/07/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-2012-2/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154133 MercuryRising2012

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March 31st, 2012 – Deauville Beach Resort – Miami Beach, Florida

Lenny Leonard is on commentary.

MATCH #1: Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis

They take it down to the mat and exchange holds, much to the crowd’s delight. Davis definitely has the power advantage here and he’s not shy about using it. Fish hits a dropkick and then unleashes more kicks. Davis catches him in a big spinebuster for two. Now Davis is in control and he wears Fish down using his superior power. Davis hits a delayed vertical suplex for two. Fish fights back with kicks and knee strikes, and lands one right under Davis’ jaw for a two-count. He takes Davis down with a snap mare and goes up top for a moonsault but misses and lands on his feet. Fish hits a dragon screw out of the corner and goes for the Fish Hook but Davis kicks him off. Davis pops up and hits the Pounce. He goes for 3 Seconds Around the World but Fish counters it. Davis counters that into a powerslam for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Fish cinching on the Fish Hook and Davis taps out at 9:32. That was a decent choice for an opener, as the crowd was into both guys but the wrestlers didn’t elevate it to anything more than “I do this, you do that,” etc.
Rating: **½

Fish gets on the microphone and addresses Low Ki’s assertions that there should be an EVOLVE Title. He wholeheartedly agrees with that. I wholeheartedly disagree with both of them.

Johnny Gargano Promo

The Open the Freedom Gate Champion has a lot on his mind, what with Chuck Taylor turning on him and his title defense against Masato Yoshino tonight. Gargano frequently mispronounces “Sol Naciente” and promises to defeat Yoshino tonight.

PAC Makes a Statement

Back in the ring, PAC comes out with something on his mind. PAC wants to thank Low Ki for the match they had last night. He wants to do it again, and proposes doing it tonight. PAC says he will replace CIMA in the main event, since CIMA isn’t at 100%. Chuck Taylor comes out to interrupt him, and PAC is so disgusted he won’t even stay in the ring. Taylor says that since the PAC Invitational has been canceled, there will now be a Chuck Taylor invitational instead.

REVOLT!

On November 11, 2011, DGUSA presented REVOLT! You can purchase the show right here and read my review over here.

MATCH #2: Grudge Match – Arik Cannon w/ Pinkie Sanchez vs. AR Fox

Colt Cabana joins Leonard on commentary. Cannon attacks right away but Fox weathers the storm and hits a dropkick. Fox hits the Miz clothesline in the corner but then Cannon dumps him to the floor. Cannon throws Fox into the barricade and then throws him back in the ring. Fox recovers with a baseball slide and then hits the Kickflip to wipe out both Cannon and Sanchez. Back in the ring Fox gets a two-count. Cannon comes back with a neckbreaker. He continues to work Fox over and even pauses to drink some beer. Oh those cads. Fox comes back with a Stunner. He tries Lo Mein Pain but Cannon blocks it and Fox crashes to the canvas. Cannon goes back on offense but Fox counters him with his impressive athleticism. Fox hits a springboard missile dropkick that sends Cannon to the floor. He follows him out with a springboard 450, which also wipes out Sanchez again. Fox hits the guillotine legdrop on the apron for a two-count. He tries a rana off the second rope but Cannon counters with a Buckle Bomb. Cannon hits a huge lariat and then a big right hand. He connects with a superkick and then Total Anarchy for a very close near-fall. Fox comes back and hits a flatliner into the buckles and then a springboard Vader Bomb off the top rope for two. He locks on the End Time and Cannon counters it with a Brainbuster for two. Fox hits an enziguiri and then goes up top but misses a 450. He’s able to connect with a springboard Ace Crusher but only gets two. Fox hits a senton bomb in the corner and sets up for Lo Mein Pain. But from out of nowhere Sami Callihan throws a chair at Fox to draw the disqualification at 11:01. That was decent back and forth but there wasn’t a lot of cohesion tying the match together.
Rating; **½

The D.U.F. Continue the beat down on Fox, and Callihan promises that tonight his feud with Sabu will finally come to an end. Callihan says it will be Sabu’s final match ever., and he wants it to happen RIGHT NOW.

MATCH #3: No Rules Fight – Sami Callihan vs. Sabu

Sabu obliges but since it’s a No Rules it starts off as a three-on-one assault. Jon Davis comes out to the rescue and runs Cannon and Sanchez off to the back. Meanwhile Callihan is going to work on Sabu in the ring. The fight spills to the floor and Callihan brings a table into the fray. Sabu kicks the table back into Callihan’s face and then brings a chair into the ring so he can jump off it, which he does, and lands right on the top rope. What the hell was that? Now they fight into the crowd. Not much happens and then they get back in the ring and swing chairs at each other. Sabu wins that battle. Callihan quickly resumes control and busts Sabu’s head open. He goes to work on Sabu’s hand, busting that open too. Sabu fights back, etc. He hits a DDT on a chair. Sabu puts on a Camel Clutch and then Davis, Sanchez, and Cannon make their way back to the ring. Davis dispatches Cannon and Sanchez again and then wipes them out with a plancha. Sabu throws Callihan to the floor and this time hits Air Sabu. Back in the ring Sabu continues the abuse until Callihan cuts him off by kicking a chair back into his shin. Callihan goes after the leg now, abusing it with a chair. He locks on the Stretch Muffler. Sabu escapes by using a chair. Callihan comes back and dumps his bottle of chew over Sabu’s head. Gross. Callihan goes up top with a steel chair but AR Fox comes running out and kicks it back into his face. Fox hits Lo Mein Pain and Sabu follows up with a huge chair shot. Callihan is set on the table. Sabu goes up top and hits the Arabian Facebuster to break the table and get the pin at 18:02. That went on way too long and was way too boring for my liking. I don’t see why Callihan wouldn’t go over here. At least Sabu showed up.
Rating: ½*

Masato Yoshino Promo

Yoshino cuts a promo in a mixture of English and Japanese, mostly saying that he will win the Open the Freedom Gate Title from Johnny Gargano tonight.

MATCH #4: The Chuck Taylor Invitational – Chuck Taylor vs. Rich Swann vs. Samuray Del Sol vs. Lince Dorado vs. El Generico vs. CIMA

This was originally scheduled as Dorado versus Del Sol, but Chuck Taylor comes out to attack them both, in his bare feet no less. CIMA and Rich Swann come out to make the save. Then from out of nowhere EL GENERICO comes running out and enters himself in the invitational! The crowd is hot for him.

How is CIMA okay to wrestle this match but he was too injured to wrestle just last night? Regardless, he starts the match with Swann. They have a nice back and forth exchange and Swann dropkicks CIMA to the floor. Dorado and Del Sol come in and put on a high-flying exhibition. Del Sol is particularly impressive. Taylor comes in the ring and Generico ruins him off. That leaves us with Generico and Del Sol in the ring. They put on an even more impressive display than when Dorado was in the ring, because Generico is much better. Taylor takes a cheap shot at Generico and then tags Dorado on his way out of the ring. The match slows down a bit as everyone tries to gain an advantage. Taylor hits Del Sol with Sole Food for a two-count. Every time Taylor goes for a pin someone breaks it up. Eventually Generico gets the tag and he’s happy to hit Taylor with a swinging DDT. Things break down and bodies start flying in from everywhere to attack Taylor because he’s a jerk. Generico hits him with the running Yakuza Kick in the corner. They fight on the floor but the action continues in the ring. The action is getting too fast to follow. Swann hits Generico with a swank DDT for a two-count. Generico comes back with a Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. CIMA hits Del Sol with a Tombstone Piledriver for a near-fall. He goes for Schwein but Taylor breaks that up. Del Sol hits Taylor with a pop-up rana with a cradle for two. Taylor comes back with a uranage and Dorado breaks up the cover. Dorado hits a Merosault on Taylor for two. Near-falls are happening all over the place. Generico hits Swann with an exploder into the turnbuckles. Dorado then flattens Generico with a beautiful Shooting Star Press. They go to the floor and Del Sol wipes them out with a dive. Swann looks for a dive but Taylor cheap shots him. Taylor goes for the Awful Waffle but CIMA breaks it up and hits Taylor with the Schwein. Dorado breaks up the cover. He hits CIMA with a one-man standing Spanish Fly for two. Dorado goes up top but Generico drills him with a boot to the face. Generico then hits the Top-Rope Brainbuster for the pin at 17:15. I actually thought that ran a little bit long but it was good fun for the most part and Generico got the crowd hyped up. Generico is definitely a good addition to the roster and I’m excited to see him around.
Rating: ***

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The Road to Wrestlecon Begins

Lenny Leonard is in the ring to talk about what an important weekend this is throughout the wrestling business. He mentions that next year the weekend will take place in the Northeast. He brings out CIMA and DJ Hyde. CIMA thanks everyone for watching and says hi to his wife. Hyde announces that next year Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE, CZW, and CHIKARA will all be running shows in New Jersey. Sounds good.

Rich Swann Promo

Swann is backstage and thinks that tonight he proved he can go with anyone. He puts over the stable he’s in, World-1 International, and promises Chuck Taylor that their battles are not over, not by a long shot.

MATCH #5: The Scene vs. Los Ben Dejos

The Scene is accompanied by Larry Dallas, Amber, and Shelly Martinez. Chuck Taylor has replaced Colt Cabana on commentary. Caleb Konley starts the match with Ben Dejo. Yes, that’s actually his name. The other one is named Marty Con, by the way. The two teams go back and forth in the early going, with the Scene using their power and the Dejos using their speed. This goes on for a little while. Larry Dallas interferes to give his team the advantage. Los Ben Dejos come back and get in quite a bit of offense. Konley and Reed cut them off and hit one of them with the Ob-Scene to get the win at 6:26. That was standard post-intermission fare. Los Ben Dejos haven’t been heard from since, and if DGUSA ever wants the Scene to be taken seriously they should be squashing jobber teams like this.
Rating: *½

El Generico Promo

Backstage, El Generico thanks everyone for tonight being a special night for him. Generico says he’ll come back any time and face anyone. He says he’ll see us soon. Ole!

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino {W1}

Gargano has been the Champion since 11.13.11, and this is his second defense. He is accompanied by Rich Swann, even though he is part of the same stable that Yoshino is a part of. They start with some chain wrestling, just feeling each other out in the early going. Gargano dumps Yoshino to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He goes to the apron and hits a somersault, and then chews his gum obnoxiously. What is it with wrestlers and gum? Back in the ring Gargano continues to wear Yoshino down. He focuses on the arm, which is one area that his submission finisher targets. Yoshino fights back and focuses on the neck, which makes sense for his submission finisher. I like the game of chess going on here. Gargano comes back and hits the Superman Spear. He puts on a version of the Tarantula and then nails a knee strike to the face. Yoshino tries a rana (you know, like he always does) and Gargano catches him with a sitout powerbomb for two. Gargano tries to capitalize but Yoshino hits him with Sling Blade. Yoshino goes up top and misses the missile dropkick. Gargano hits an Alabama Slam and a kick to the head for two. He goes for GargaNo Escape but Yoshino reaches the ropes. Yoshino comes back with a swinging DDT for two. He goes up top and this time hits the missile dropkick but only gets a two-count. An awesome series of reversals ends with Yoshino cinching in the GargaNo Escape! Gargano reaches the ropes. Yoshino hits Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente! Gargano reverses it to the GargaNo Escape! Yoshino reaches the ropes. They exchange strikes and knock each other down. The crowd is juiced. Gargano hits the Lawn Dart and Yoshino hit the ring post. A series of reversals ends with Yoshino scoring a cradle for two. Gargano lands a superkick and hits Hurts Donut for a near-fall. He hits another Hurts Donut and locks on the GargaNo Escape and Yoshino taps out at 20:21. I never really bought Yoshino as a threat to the title but he made the most of the match, and they had some really cool reversal exchanges. Both guys also showed good strategy and psychology and it made for a very entertaining semi-main event.
Rating: ***¾

Gargano and Yoshino show sportsmanship after the match, but then Chuck Taylor comes out and sneak attacks his former partner. Taylor viciously assaults Gargano on the floor and leaves him laying. Finally, a feud for the Open the Freedom Gate Title, nice.

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MATCH #7: The Dragon Gate Six Man Tradition Continues – PAC, Ricochet & Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Low Ki, BxB Hulk & Akira Tozawa

Mad Blankey is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie. Hulk and Tozawa attack right away and the spectacle begins. They send Ricochet and PAC to the floor and focus on the veteran Mochizuki. It’s notable that Ki did not join in on their pre-bell attack. Mochizuki fights back as Arik Cannon replaces Taylor on commentary. Ricochet tags in and sends Hulk to the floor. Ki tags in and the fans want PAC. They get what they want and here we go. PAC and Ki resume their battle from last night and pick up right where they left off. Mochizuki tags in and he unloads on Ki with hard kicks. Ki responds in kind. Mochizuki dumps Ki to the apron and then kicks him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Ricochet covers for two. Ki comes back and blasts Ricochet with a kick to the chest. Ricochet knocks Ki to the floor and goes for a dive but Ki cuts him off with a kick. The referee loses control briefly and when order is restored Tozawa is in control of Ricochet. The referee gets distracted and Tozawa hits a chair-assisted senton. Mad Blankey isolates Ricochet and keeps him away from his partners. After several minutes of abuse Ricochet makes the big comeback and makes the tag. Mochizuki is a house afire, knocking Mad Blankey to the floor. Ricochet wipes out Tozawa and Hulk with a dive. That leaves PAC and Ki in the ring. Ki hits PAC with a hard double stomp for two. The referee is losing control. Mochizuki and Hulk are in the ring now trading kicks. Hulk goes for an enziguiri but Mochizuki catches it and puts on the Ankle Lock. Tozawa breaks that up. The action is getting too fast to call. Offense is coming from all over the place. Tozawa gets isolated and destroyed by Mochizuki, PAC, and Ricochet. PAC hits a sitout powerbomb but Hulk and Ki break it up. Hulk hits Mochizuki with Mouse and more kicks. Mochizuki counters First Flash with a leg sweep. Hulk and Tozawa hold PAC and Ki hits a huge Tidal Wave. PAC comes back and hits a shooting star kick to the back of the head. Tozawa and Mochizuki tear into each other now. Hulk catches Mochizuki with First Flash and Tozawa hits the dead lift German Suplex but only gets two! Tozawa then hits the Straightjacket German Suplex to get the pin at 21:23. That match was awesome in every possible way and kept the crowd going for over 20 minutes. Everyone looked good and the action never stopped. This is a worthy entry in the series.
Rating: ****¼

Low KI cuts a promo after the match, and it’s really stupid so I don’t care to recap it. Which part of his brain makes him think he’s as big of a deal as he seems to think he is?
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Mercury Rising 2011 (Blood WARRIORS, Ronin) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/06/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-2011-blood-warriors-ronin-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/06/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-2011-blood-warriors-ronin-2/#comments Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:00:39 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154128 mercuryrising2011dvd

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The Presidential Ballroom – Atlanta, Georgia – April 2, 2011

Lenny Leonard and Chikarason are on commentary. This is DGUSA’s debut on WWN.

MATCH #1: Jon Moxley vs. Arik Cannon

Moxley has two women with him tonight, Valerie Malone and Trina Michaels. HGe attacks Cannon right away before the bell. Cannon weathers the storm and unleashes some offense, but the women interfere from ringside to give Moxley the advantage. Moxley uses a sleeper and adds a body scissors to it just for fun. Cannon fights out of that and hits a big neckbreaker complete with a hilarious sell from Moxley and both men are down. Back on their feet Cannon builds some momentum with a flurry of offense. Cannon hits an exploder suplex for two. Moxley fights back with an Ace Crusher and a Lariat for two. He tries to use a chair but Cannon avoids it and gets a rollup for two. Cannon then hits a right hand, a superkick, and the brainbuster but Valerie Malone gets in the ring to distract the referee and when Cannon turns his back that gives Moxley the chance to kick him low and wrap him up in a small package for the win at 7:31. That was adequate for the time given.
Rating: **

Reby Sky comes out to confront Moxley, and he has no problem sending Malone and Trina Michaels after her. Sky hits Malone with a DDT but then Michaels takes her out from behind with her shoe. I don’t get the fascination with Sky, but Moxley is awesome with her.

Austin Aries Promo

Backstage Aries promises that tonight he will become a champion and that tonight he will find his purpose by becoming the Open the Freedom Gate Champion.

MATCH #2: Six Man Elimination Match – Brodie Lee vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Silas Young vs. AR Fox vs. Jon Davis vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa

Ichikawa is making his debut tonight. He and Fox start the match and the crowd is introduced to his brand of comedy. I think it’s fair to say he’s in the same ballpark as Kikutaro insofar as they’re both comedy wrestlers. Lee doesn’t find him amusing though and slaps him down, which leads to a five-on-one assault. Ichikawa tries hard but continues to fail, and Davis murders him with a lariat for the first elimination at 3:20. Now it’s Lee and Davis going at it, the two big powerhouses. Lee hits a headscissors and a suicide dive to the floor. That’s just awesome. Fox and Young take over in the ring with some fast-paced back-and-forth, and Fox knocks him to the floor and takes everyone except Jacobs out with a dive. Jacobs then convinces Ichikawa to come back in the ring and try a dive, but of course he makes no contact. Everyone seems to be going after Lee, which is smart given that he’s the biggest dude out there. Jacobs is able to hit Fox and Young with a simultaneous leaping Ace Crusher off the second rope, and executes a simultaneous Contra Code. That’s enough to eliminate Fox at 8:20. Jacobs also tries to pin Young but he’s too close to the ropes. Davis comes back in the ring and asserts his power advantage. The match starts to get out of hand and Jacobs traps Young in the End Time for the tap out at 10:55. Jacobs then goes for a crucifix on Davis and Lee helps him out with a big boot to Davis’s face and Jacobs scores his third straight elimination at 11:23. We’re down to just Jacobs and Lee now. They take the fight outside and Jacobs hits a Contra Code on the floor! Back in the ring Jacobs hits another Contra Code but Lee kicks out. Jacobs goes up top and Lee is able to take him down with a super butterfly suplex. Lee then hits a big running boot to the face and the Truck Stop for the pin at 13:55. That was good clean fun and solid work from everyone involved.
Rating: ***

Arik Cannon Promo

Cannon says that some nights you win, and some nights you lose. Unfortunately, tonight he was “f*cked,” and now it’s time to do things his way.

Freedom Fight

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: Non-Title Match – Masato Yoshino vs. Sami Callihan

Yoshino doesn’t even come out with the Open the Dream Gate or Open the United Gate championship belt, so this is definitely a non-title match. They start out brawling at a rapid rate, which could favor Callihan. That turns out to be exactly the case in the opening minutes. Yoshino fights back with Sling Blade. That doesn’t last too long before Callihan fights back with a Zig Zag. Yoshino comes back and locks on From Jungle and turns it into a sunset flip for two. The champ focuses on Callihan’s arm, so Callihan comes back with hard strikes and kicks. Yoshino hits a perfect missile dropkick for two. Callihan fights back and drops the straps to hit a huge clothesline for two, and then a Rikishi Driver for another two-count! He then runs right into the Lightning Spiral but he’s able to kick out! Yoshino follows up with Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente for the submission victory at 9:28. That was a good styles clash and I’m digging Callihan in the ring if not the character outside it yet. Speaking of, Callihan gets on the mic and growls and curses a bit.
Rating: ***

Jon Moxley Promo

Moxley declares himself a trend-setter and says that Austin Aries is out of style. He wants Aries to be out of Dragon Gate USA forever.

MATCH #4: Open the Brave Gate Title Match – PAC vs. Akira Tozawa

PAC has been the champion since 8.29.10, and this is his sixth defense. Also, this is only the second time the belt has been defended in the United States, after Matt Sydal did it at an ROH show in Dayton against Austin Aries back on 2.23.07. They take it down to the mat, which would be a good idea for Tozawa throughout the match I’m sure. PAC gets a little bit of offense in but Tozawa mostly dominates in the early going. Finally PAC fights back by countering the diving headbutt attempt with two boots to the face. The cut on PAC’s forehead from last night has been opened back up. PAC works Tozawa over a bit before Tozawa knocks him to the floor and follows with two consecutive suicide dives. Tozawa then hits a senton off the apron. Back in the ring Tozawa hits a Saito Suplex for two, and then a Back Drop Driver for another near-fall. PAC is quickly back in control though as the crowd chants “This Is Awesome.” He this a springboard 450 but Tozawa kicks out! The offense continues fast and furious as the crowd chants “This Is Wrestling,” one of my least favorite chants. Tozawa finally hits one of his famous German Suplexes but PAC kicks out at two! He goes for another one but PAC reverses to one of his own and that’s enough to get the pin at 19:39. The finish seemed a bit abrupt but the action leading up to it was awesome, as Tozawa continues to be the best thing going in the company.
Rating: ****

Tozawa and PAC show each other respect, and then the Blood Warriors come out and attack the Open the Brave Gate Champion.

Ronin Promo

Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, and Rich Swann are excited about being a part of the the six-man tag team tradition. They promise to defeat the Blood Warriors.

WWN Live

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: Danny Steel & Charade vs. the Sin City Saints

Apparently these four athletes impressed during an afternoon tryout/seminar. Right as the bell rings Sami Callihan runs out from the back and destroys the Sin City Saints, so this is a no-contest around 10 seconds in. Callihan cuts a promo loaded with curse words that I can’t totally comprehend. Arik Cannon runs out and adds more cursing. This is horrible. Cannon destroys Steel and Charade, and then they angry guys turn their attention to each other.

PAC Promo

PAC cuts a quick promo, just telling the Blood Warriors that they have their attention.

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

YAMATO has been the champion since 1.28.11, and this is his first defense. You know, people give WWE crap about hammering home their points, but I’ve heard “first-ever in-house iPPV” a number of times on this DVD. Aries has vowed to leave DGUSA forever if he does not win the Open the Freedom Gate Title. YAMATO is accompanied by Kamikaze USA leader Jon Moxley, but before the match he tells Moxley to go to the back. Both men appear evenly matched as they show off their mat and chain wrestling skills early on. YAMATO gloats a little bit too early and Aries makes him pay with a Brainbuster for two and then a 450 Splash but YAMATO kicks out of that too! The champion wisely rolls to the floor but Aries follows him out, wanting so badly to win the title. Back in the ring Aries continues to control the action. YAMATO goes to the floor and crawls under the ring, and when Aries climbs to the top he sneaks out and tosses Aries into the guardrail. Referee Jason Harding gives a lot of leeway, as YAMATO uses a broom and doesn’t get disqualified. Back in the ring YAMATO works the lower extremities, using the Figure-Four Leglock and the Ankle Lock in his attack. Aries fights back and dumps Yamato to the floor, and then takes him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. They fight on the apron and Aries dumps YAMATO on his head back in the ring for a two-count. Aries switches up his attack and goes after the leg. YAMATO fights back with a powerbomb right into the Samoan Crab, a la Samoa Joe. Speaking of, will the Real Samoa Joe please stand up? Back on their feet they exchange strikes until YAMATO grabs a sleeper and then hits the sleeper suplex for two. YAMATO dumps Aries hard to the floor, and when they battle on the apron Aries is able to hit a Death Valley Driver! Back in the ring that only gets two. They fight up to the top rope and YAMATO goes for a superplex but Aries cradles the legs into a double-pin situation but both men get their shoulders off the apron before a three-count can be made. Aries recovers quickest and hits two straight IEDs and a Brainbuster but YAMATO kicks out! He goes up top for another 450 Splash but YAMATO avoids it and hits an enziguiri. YAMATO delivers a kick to the head and tries a Brainbuster but Aries rolls through and gets a quick schoolboy rollup for two. Aries hits the kick to the head and tries the Brainbuster but YAMATO reverses to his own and it only gets one! YAMATO goes for Galleria but Aries reverses to the Brainbuster for a very close near-fall! They trade forearm blasts now and Aries goes for another Brainbuster but YAMATO counters to Galleria and Aries kicks out! YAMATO delivers a hard kick to the face, and then one to the head. He then hits Galleria one more time and Aries is finally done at 25:23. They took a very simple story – two guys both trying to win with the same combination of moves – and created something extremely exciting and memorable, particularly down the stretch. This was one of the best DGUSA matches of the year so far. Aries will now have his last DGUSA match tomorrow night against Jimmy Jacobs.
Rating: ****¼

Jimmy Jacobs Promo

Jacobs gets all philosophical about the roadblocks in life and such. He has now been beaten twice in a row by Brodie Lee. He then switches gears to talk about Austin Aries, and he says that tomorrow will be the beginning for him, but the End Time for Aries.

United: NYC

Back on January 28, 2011, DGUSA debuted in New York City with United: NYC, and featured the opening round of the Open the United Gate Tournament. You can purchase this show right here.

MATCH #7: The Dragon Gate Six Man Tradition Continues – CIMA, Naruki Doi & Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann

CIMA finds Stalker Ichikawa on his way to the ring and beats him up just for fun. He and Ricochet are two-thirds of the Open the Triangle Gate Champions along with Dragon Kid. This is the fifth match in the series of them dating back to 2006 (there was no match in 2009). Blood Warriors attack right away and take early advantage on Swann. Leonard needs to retire “Right On the Button” from his vocabulary. Gargano and CIMA get a chance to resume their battle from last night, and then everyone gets a chance as the action comes at a rapid pace. The two teams both get a chance to pick on a member of the opposing team and work him over. Swann is the unfortunate victim of the Blood Warriors, and they do a number on him. Finally Swann is able to make a tag and both Taylor and Gargano are houses afire on Blood Warriors. The action comes at a breakneck pace and everyone gets to look good. About 23 minutes in the pace really quickens so it feels like they’re headed into the home stretch. Ricochet badly blows a dive to the floor, but nevertheless it eliminates Gargano and Taylor from the match, leaving CIMA and Swann in the ring. CIMA delivers the Schwein, Meteora, and then a Muscular Bomb to finally get the win at 25:51. This is a worthy entry in the WrestleMania six-man tag series, as I continue to love any and all things Ronin. Blood Warriors continue to look dominant over the whole promotion, but I like where this is all going.
Rating: ****

PAC and Masato Yoshino run out to confront their opponents for tomorrow afternoon. CIMA promises that he and Doi will win the Open the United Gate Titles.
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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 (Ricochet, Masato Yoshino, Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/06/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-ultimate-gate-2012-ricochet-masato-yoshino-chuck-taylor-johnny-gargano/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/06/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-open-the-ultimate-gate-2012-ricochet-masato-yoshino-chuck-taylor-johnny-gargano/#comments Sat, 06 Apr 2013 13:00:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154121 UltimateGate12

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March 30th, 2012 – Deauville Beach Resort – Miami Beach, Florida

MATCH #1: AR Fox vs. Rich Swann {R}

Fox is coming off an excellent performance against PAC last night. He also has defeated Swann in their first two matches against each other, at EVOLVE 7: Aries vs. Moxley and EVOLVE 8: Style Battle. That means Swann has something to prove. Swann strikes firs with a dropkick. Fox comes back with a spinning Fisherman Buster for two. Swann rolls to the floor and Fox tries the Kickflip Dive but misses, and Swann hits one of his own. Back in the ring Fox retakes control with a Stunner. Fox gets the crowd into it with his high-flying prowess. He hits a split-legged moonsault for a two-count. Fox continues on offense but can’t keep Swann down. Swann comes back with a step-up enziguiri on the top rope and a super rana. He hits a Scissors Kick and a Rolling Chocolate Thunder for two. Fox catches Swann in the Death Valley Driver and a beautiful Swanton for a near-fall. Swann rolls to the floor and Fox wipes him out with that reverse somersault senton that he does. Back in the ring Fox misses the guillotine legdrop on the apron. Ouch. Swann hits a handspring Ace Crusher for two and a half! He goes up top and hits a beautiful Frog Splash for another near-fall! They trade some rollups for a series of two-counts. Swann hits a superkick and goes back up top but Fox kicks him in the face and hits Low Mein Pain for the win at 10:59. Fox is now 3-0 against Swann. I wonder if that will end up meaning anything. At any rate this was really fun and a good choice for an opener. I like both of these guys.
Rating: ***

EVOLVE 11 TV Spot

EVOLVE makes its Toronto debut with a double main event of Fit Finlay versus Sami Callihan and Low Ki faces El Generico! Sounds like a good double main to me.

Prelude to the Main Event

Open the Dream Gate Champion CIMA and Open the Brave Gate Champion Ricochet come out with their Open the United Gate title belts. Unfortunately, they are out to announce that because CIMA is injured, they must vacate the Open the United Gate Titles. A jubilant Chuck Taylor comes out, followed by Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano. Taylor thinks Ronin should be awarded the titles since they were scheduled to face CIMA & Ricochet for them tonight. Gargano disagrees, thinking they should earn the belts instead. Masato Yoshino comes out and offers to be Ricochet’s partner, since they are teaming in Japan now. Everyone agrees to that and we have a new main event for tonight and guaranteed new champions!

Way of the Ronin 2011

On September 11, 2011, DGUSA invaded Milwaukee, with a main event of PAC & Masato Yoshino against Ricochet & CIMA for both the Open the United Gate and Open the Twin Gate Titles. Read my review at Gate of Ziegler USA and buy the DVD at the DGUSA Store.

MATCH #2: Bobby Fish & Tommy Dreamer vs. The Scene w/ Larry Dallas

Caleb Konley and Scott Reed have Shelly Martinez and two other sluts with them tonight along with Larry Dallas. Fish comes out alone so the Scene thinks he doesn’t have a partner, but then Tommy Dreamer comes out to join him. Dreamer and Fish charge the ring and clean house. Eventually the battle spills to the floor and Dreamer takes his obligatory nut shot on the guardrail. That allows the Scene to take control and start wearing Dreamer down. Eventually Dreamer gets the hot tag and Fish is a house afire. Why does the Scene not have matching gear on tonight? Larry Dallas gets up on the apron and Dreamer brings him in the ring. One of the sluts tries to save him, as does the other random slut. Dreamer then hits the one with a piledriver. Throughout all of this Shelly Martinez had the referee distracted for some reason. Konley hits Dreamer with a lungblower. Fish then locks Konley in the Fish Hook for the win at 8:41. The Scene will never be taken seriously if they can’t beat a makeshift team that includes a washed-up part-timer like Dreamer.
Rating: *

After the match Shelly Martinez kisses Dreamer and he spanks her. The crowd of course enjoys this and I shake my head. Please stop appearing in DGUSA Tommy, please.

PAC Promo

PAC is excited to face Low Ki. He says he’s been looking forward to this day for a very long time, and he wants to tear it up out there because they’re both world class athletes.

MATCH #3: BxB Hulk {MB} vs. Sami Callihan {DUF}

Callihan attacks before the bell and slams Hulk into the corner, wrenching his knee. That gives Callihan a focus, and focus he does. Hulk fights back with some kicks, which also puts stress on his injured limb. He continues the abuse and doesn’t really appear to be doing much selling, rendering the opening portion of the match pretty pointless. Christina Von Eerie is watching from the aisle for some reason. Hulk continues kicking Callihan incredibly hard and Callihan begs for more. Callihan is able to come back with a Death Valley Driver and the shotgun splash for two. He knocks Hulk to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. Callihan then knocks Hulk all the way into the front row! Hulk strikes back with a kick to the head. Back in the ring Hulk hits a springboard spin kick for two. Hulk goes for a superplex but Callihan slips out and hits a superkick right to the knee. That was neat. Callihan locks on a half crab and Hulk reaches the ropes. Hulk hits Mouse and sweeps the legs. He kicks Callihan in the head and land a standing corkscrew press for two. Hulk goes up top but his leg gives out and he crumples to the canvas. Callihan hits a splash off the second rope right onto the leg. He then locks on the Stretch Muffler and Hulk turns it into a cradle for two. Hulk goes for First Flash but Callihan blocks it and hits another basement superkick to the knee. Von Eerie then gets up on the apron and spits water in his face. Hulk then hits a Regalplex and First Flash to get the in at 11:23. Callihan’s game plan was solid but Hulk’s selling kind of hurt the match. I’m also not totally sure who Von Eerie is or why it’s a big deal that she joined Mad Blankey or how she fits into the group. I guess we’ll find out.
Rating: **¾

Callihan gets on the microphone and says some stuff about Sabu. It’s hard to understand him due to the lousy sound system and all the heavy breathing. The lights go out and when they come back on Sabu is in the ring. Sabu puts on the Camel Clutch and Arik Cannon and Pinkie Sanchez run out to make the save. AR Fox and Jon Davis run out to even the odds. This segues into the next match…

MATCH #4: Street Fight Rules – Arik Cannon {DUF} & Pinkie Sanchez {DUF} vs. Sabu & Jon Davis

Sabu battles Cannon in the ring, Davis fights Sanchez on the floor, and Fox takes Callihan to the back. This is exactly what you would expect, a wild brawl all over the place. Davis and Sanchez get in the ring and Cannon and Sabu take it to the floor. More stuff happens and they trade places again. Sabu stabs Cannon repeatedly with a spike, busting him open. He hits Air Sabu once, but when he goes for it again he gets caught and Cannon hits Total Anarchy. Davis breaks up the cover and then flattens Cannon with a spinebuster. He hits a Shining Wizard and Sanchez breaks up the cover. Cannon and Sanchez dump Sabu to the floor and focus on Davis. Sabu gets back in the ring with a table. Davis dumps Sanchez to the floor and levels Cannon with a lariat. Sabu puts Cannon through the table, while Davis hits Sanchez with the Pounce and 3 Seconds Around the World to get the win at 7:15. That was garbage.
Rating: *¼

Sami Callihan comes back out to attack Sabu. He trash talks and threatens him to get ready for their match tomorrow night.

Low Ki Promo

Ki is backstage and he’s all excited about facing PAC. He too is excited about the match. Thankfully tonight he was able to shave off all of his mustache. Ki promises to tear the house down and tells everyone they better be paying attention.

MATCH #5: Masaaki Mochizuki {TVR} vs. Akira Tozawa {MB}

Tozawa is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie and BxB Hulk. This is a rematch from Uprising way back in May of 2010. They start with some strikes and Mochizuki kicks Tozawa down to the floor. CIMA has arrived at ringside to back up Mochizuki. Back in the ring Mochizuki goes to work on Tozawa’s leg with various kicks and submission holds. Mochizuki switches it up and goes after the arm. Tozawa escapes and rolls to the floor to catch a breather. The veteran Mochizuki will have none of that and he goes out after him. Tozawa reverses a whip and sends Mochizuki into the steel ring post. They battle on the apron and Mochizuki hits a Divorce Court and then a boot to the elbow! That was neat. Back in the ring Tozawa catches a Saito Suplex. Mochizuki rolls to the floor and Tozawa follows him out with a dive. When Tozawa goes for another one Mochizuki kicks him in the head. The tenacious Tozawa responds by kicking Mochizuki off the apron and hitting the second suicide dive. Back in the ring Tozawa goes to work on the head and neck. Von Eerie takes cheap shots when she can. Mochizuki catches Tozawa in a Tombstone Piledriver but Tozawa reverses it and plants him for a two-count. Tozawa locks on a Camel Clutch and Mochizuki gets to the ropes. Mochizuki kicks Tozawa’s head off with a hard kick. Tozawa fights back with a flurry of chops. Mochizuki responds with a knockout punch. Now they trade kicks and Mochizuki gets the better of that exchange. Mochizuki hits Ikkakugeri and a big running boot for two. He goes for Twister but Tozawa fights it off and hits a rana and a Shining Wizard for a near-fall. Mochizuki unleashes with a series of kicks for a two-count. He goes for the Shin Saikyou High Kick but Tozawa blocks it. They fight on the ropes and Tozawa hits a German Superplex and both men are down. Back on their feet they exchange holds and Tozawa hits the German Suplex for two. Mochizuki counters the cover with a Kimura Lock and ten the Cross Armbreaker. Tozawa slips out of that and hits another German Suplex for another two-count. They start trading strikes again and Mochizuki hits Illusion and the Shin Saikyou High Kick for a very close near-fall. Mochizuki hits more kicks and one finally puts Tozawa down at 19:49. These two beat the hell out of each other and Mochizuki just beat Tozawa until he could no longer get up. That’s awesome.
Rating: ****

After the match, Christina Von Eerie gets in the ring and tells Mochizuki she has a message for him from Mad Blankey. Von Eerie punches Mochizuki in the balls and then runs. Okay then.

WWNLive

WWN Live features live iPPV and on demand iPPV for DGUSA, EVOLVE, SHINE, and several other companies as well.

MATCH #6: Samuray Del Sol vs. Johnny Vandal

Ricochet joins Leonard on commentary. Vandal looks like a pretty typical Indy Guy. Del Sol immediately looks impressive and sends Vandal to the floor. He follows Vandal out with a dive. Back in the ring Del Sol hits a slingshot 450 Splash (as impressive as it sounds) for a two-count. Del Sol throws Vandal into the corner and charges in, but Vandal catches him and slams him down. Vandal gets a little bit of offense in, including a TKO. He goes up top and does a crotch chop for some reason before dropping double knees for a near-fall. Del Sol comes back with an awesome reverse rana from out of nowhere to get the pin at 3:15. Vandal looked alright but this was obviously about putting Del Sol over strong and the match accomplished that. They did about as much as they could in three minutes.
Rating: **

Uhaa Nation Promo

Uhaa Nation was injured last night in the main event and is sporting a leg brace and is on crutches. He tore a tendon and they say he’s going to be out six-eight months. He’s not buying it though, and says he’ll be back sooner than that and he’ll be back in DGUSA to show why he’s the future of professional wrestling. I think this guy has a tremendous upside.

MATCH #7: Low Ki vs. PAC {W1I}

Arik Cannon joins Leonard on commentary. This should be several different kinds of awesome. Lenny Leonard calls Low Ki “one of the biggest stars in wrestling today,” which I think is a bit of a stretch. They start slowly and try to out man each other. The crowd is juiced for both guys. PAC and Ki trade holds back and forth, both guys trying to set the tone. Ki unleashes a couple of kicks to take the first advantage. Leonard compares this crowd to a Japanese crowd, which in U.S. Terms just means they’re dead. PAC wakes them up with some high flying and then grounds the match again. I’m digging the pace, but it’s taking the crowd some time to come around. Ki fights back with really hard chops. He takes PAC down and uses a headscissors to wear him down. Ki throws PAC to the floor and they fight on the apron. PAC comes back in with a slingshot hurricanrana. Ki rolls to the floor. PAC tries a dive but lands on the apron and Ki sweeps his legs. Ki tries to follow up but PAC kicks Ki back into the guardrail. This time PAC hits a corkscrew dive off the top rope. The crowd chants “that was splendid,” which is tremendous. Ki barely makes it back in the ring and PAC covers for two. PAC keeps up the momentum and the crowd is mostly with him. Ki fights back with a nasty kick to the chest, but then runs right into an elevated flapjack for two. PAC continues to work the midsection, but Ki uses his momentum to run his face into the middle turnbuckle. Ki then hits the Tidal Wave. Cannon knows the names of the moves, Leonard does not. Ki covers twice for two-counts. He goes up top but misses a Phoenix Splash. PAC goes to the second rope and hits a Phoenix Splash for two. That’s still beautiful every time. PAC tries a springboard move but misses it and Ki hits the Black Magic for two. Ki goes for the Warrior’s Way but PAC knocks him down onto the top turnbuckle. PAC takes Ki down with a hurricanrana but misses the 360o Shooting Star Press. Ki then hits the Warrior’s Way to get the victory at 23:45. I expected this to be crazier but they kept it simple and told a great story. I loved the pace and thought the match went by pretty quickly. The crowd took some time warming up but they did get there and that helped the second half of the match be even better than the first.
Rating: ****¼

Ki gets on the microphone (of course), and puts over PAC and asks for a rematch. I’d pay for that. Ki then calls wrestling a sport, which it’s not. He says that EVOLVE should establish a championship because there are so many championship caliber wrestlers in EVOLVE and DGUSA. Or, alternately, they could care about the Open the Freedom Gate Title, which already exists even though this promo would lead you to believe it doesn’t. I would much rather see great storylines and people caring about the Open the Freedom Gate Title before introducing a second belt to the company.

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MATCH #8: Open the United Gate Title Match – Ricochet {W1I} & Masato Yoshino {W1I} vs. Chuck Taylor {R} & Johnny Gargano {R}

CIMA & Ricochet were forced to vacate the titles when CIMA was injured, so this match will crown new champions. Gargano and Swann have their Ronin teammate Rich Swann in their corner, while Yoshino and Ricochet counter with CIMA. Ricochet is the Open the Brave Gate Champion, and Gargano is the Open the Freedom Gate Champion, so there is a lot of gold around this match.

Gargano and Yoshino start the match, a preview of tomorrow night’s Open the Freedom Gate Title match. They go back and forth a bit in the early going, as everyone comes in and shows off what they can do. Taylor and Ricochet have a bit of history from various independent organizations. Yoshino and Ricochet are able to isolate on Gargano and keep him in their half of the ring. Gargano comes back with the Superman Spear on Ricochet and then wipes out Yoshino with a suicide dive. Taylor comes in and hits Ricochet with a quebrada for two. Leonard mentions that Ricochet has never defeated Taylor in DGUSA, which is the kind of detail that can enhance a match. I wish he did that more often. Ronin focuses on Ricochet for a bit. Taylor tries a moonsault but Ricochet moves out of the way. Ricochet hits a spear, an enziguiri and a springboard diving lariat. Tags are made and the pace gets quick. Yoshino hits Sling Blade and Taylor comes back in, only to get hit with a swinging DDT for two. Taylor comes back with a spinebuster into a half crab. Yoshino comes back with From Jungle. Ricochet tags in and starts flying around the ring, getting a near-fall on Gargano in the process. Gargano hits the Lawn Dart, a superkick, and an Asai Ace Crusher. That was pretty neat. All four men are battling in the ring and the crowd is on their feet, literally. The action is really hard to follow and there are tons of near-falls and counters. I catch up with Yoshino locking Gargano in the GargaNo Escape but Taylor breaks it up. Ronin gains an advantage and the hit a double-team DDT/Hurts Donut and Gargano covers but Taylor pulls him off and goes for the pin himself! That was foolish, and it only gets two. Taylor grabs the open the Freedom Gate Title belt and piefaces Swann off the apron. Gargano takes the belt from Taylor, allowing Yoshino to hit Torbellino and Ricohet follows with a 630 senton but only gets two when Gargano makes the save! Gargano and Ricochet Light Each Other Up with really hard strikes. The crowd is loving it. Gargano wins the exchange with a discus lariat. Ricochet throws Gargano to the floor and wipes him out with a corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring Yoshino hits Taylor with Torbellino. Yoshino locks on Sol Naciente and Taylor taps out at 19:41! That started a little slowly but picked up nicely down the stretch. They also effectively showed that Taylor is narcissistic to the point of costing his Team the titles, which I appreciated.
Rating: ***¾

After the match, CIMA says he respects both of them, as his disrespect was a key factor in the formation of Ronin. That’s a nice way to come full circle. Taylor doesn’t want to hear it though and takes a cheap shot when CIMA has his back turned! He then bails to a chorus of boos.

Yoshino gets on the microphone and makes sure Gargano is okay. He promises to win the Open the Freedom Gate Title tomorrow night (good thing he didn’t), and says that he and Ricochet love Miami. Gargano and Swann then let the new Open the United Gate Champions celebrate with their titles.
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The Celebrity Theater – Phoenix, Arizona – March 27, 2010

The Warriors (CIMA, Gamma, and Dragon Kid) and World-1 (BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, and Masato Yoshino) are shown warming up backstage in preparation for their main event tonight.

MATCH #1: TJP vs. Brad Allen

Allen shoves TJP down, immediately asserting his power advantage. They take it down to the mat and exchange holds and counters. Allen hangs on to the arm but TJP escapes and lands a quick kick. They lock up again and TJP hits a dropkick. TJP tries a couple of shoulderblocks but can’t take Allen down so he gets slapped right in the mouth. He hits a neckbreaker instead and a kick to the chest. He whips Allen to the far corner but Allen leaps up to the top rope and hits a turn-around cross body block for two. Allen then catches TJP in a powerslam for two. He continues on offense until TJP hits a cross body of his own. Allen rolls through and tries a fallaway slam but TJP grabs him in a schoolboy rollup for two; and then Allen plants him with the Side Effect. He hits a nice springboard senton for a two-count. He continues wearing TJP down and boots him to the floor. Back in the ring TJP suplexes Allen to the floor and both men go tumbling down. Back in the ring they trade pinning combinations for two-counts. TJP hits a superkick and an Ace Crusher. He goes up top and hits a beautiful 450 splash but Allen kicks out. Allen comes back and hits The Deal but TJP kicks out at two. He tries another one but TJP avoids it and goes for a Cross Armbreaker but Allen avoids it. TJP sticks with it and is able to trap Allen in the Figure Four Deathlock and Allen taps out at 9:22. That was a solid opener but would have been more engaging had TJP gone after the legs at all during the match before winning with a leg submission.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: The Young Bucks vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw

Quack and Nick start it off and take it right down to the mat. They get up and the pace quickens; Quack knocks Nick to the floor with a back elbow. Jigsaw and Matt get in the ring and pick up where their partners left off. The masked man goes after Matt’s leg, locking on a half crab. Matt reaches the ropes to break the hold. Both men rise and trade holds very quickly. Jigsaw traps Matt in the Gory Special and then makes the tag to Quack for some double-teaming. Matt rolls to the floor so Nick enters the ring. Quack quickly monkey flips Nick to the floor and then wipes him out with a dive. Matt follows with a dropkick to take Quack down, and then Jigsaw dropkicks Matt down. This is getting quite difficult to keep up with.

The Bucks take control of Jigsaw and wear him down with quick tags and double team maneuvers. After several minutes Jigsaw makes the hot tag and Quack is all over both Nick and Matt. The Bucks recover and throw Quack back to the floor and go back to work on Jigsaw. The match gets out of control as Jigsaw sends Matt to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. Nick and Quack go at it in the ring. Quack hits a release overhead German Suplex and then a superplex for two. Nick comes back with an Ace Crusher for two. The Bucks hit Jigsaw with the Worst Case Scenario for two. Matt hits Quack with Diamond Dust but only gets two. The action continues at a breakneck pace until Jigsaw traps Matt in the Jig N Tonic and Quack adds a double stomp to it to get the pin at 14:43. As with most Young Bucks matches it was all action and no story but everything flowed really well tonight and the action pretty much never stopped. The Bucks then cut one of those generic Indy promos about respecting their opponents and all that junk.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #3: Shingo vs. Genki Horiguchi

Horiguchi is a member of the WARRIORS stable, and is accompanied by Gamma, Dragon Kid, and CIMA. Shingo is representing Kamikaze, and is accompanied by his own awesomeness. It’s funny that Lenny Leonard gives the big enthusiastic welcome before this match, because while it is third on the DVD it actually opened the PPV broadcast.

Shingo uses his power advantage to take control early on. Horiguchi comes back by going after Shingo’s heavily bandaged left knee. He tries a second rope moonsault but Shingo gets his knees up. Shingo hits a DDT and a leaping back senton for a two-count. He continues dismantling Horiguchi with strikes and suplexes. He hits a powerslam for a two-count and then locks on the Manriki. Horiguchi reaches the ropes and then fires back with some chops. He scores with a headscissors and then a tornado DDT. Shingo no sells that so Horiguchi hits him with a vertical suplex. An inverted DDT gets two. Horiguchi goes up top and hits a missile dropkick to the back. He hits another headscissors and tries a running dropkick in the corner but Shingo catches him with a powerbomb. Shingo hits a lariat in the corner and then lands Stay Dream but he can’t cover right way and Horiguchi kicks out at two. He tries Made in Japan but Horiguchi blocks it and they trade blows. Shingo hits the Pumping Bomber, but Horiguchi responds with an immediate Backslide from Heaven. It only gets two and Shingo responds by catching Horiguchi with the Death Valley Bomb and a Pumping Bomber. Finally he hits Made in Japan to get the victory at 10:07. That was squashy but spirited.
Rating: **¾

Lenny Leonard announces the next match as a three-way dance. Jacobs is announced first, but before anyone else can be introduced, Teddy Hart comes out in a track suit with a bottle of Gatorade. Hart rambles on and on about nothing in particular when the morons chant for him. He says that he’s too injured to compete tonight. He puts Jacobs over and asks him to take his spot in the tag team match coming up. Kendrick and London come out come out to mock Jacobs, as Kendrick has already defeated him twice, at Fearless in Chicago in January, and last night in Phoenix at Open the Ultimate Gate. Jacobs then offers to make it a “Loser Leaves DGUSA” match to sweeten the deal. Kendrick is full time with TNA; London, Evans and Jacobs are not. You figure it out. Hart then continues to ramble on and on and on, eventually saying he wants to forgive and make up with London and Kendrick for injuring him last night. Of course as soon as Hart has his back turned Kendrick hits him with a low blow.

MATCH #4: Loser Leaves DGUSA – Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Evans & Jimmy Jacobs

Jacobs comes out to the floor to attack London and Kendrick but quickly gets beaten down. Evans comes out to join his partner and he’s flying all over the place. I’ve really missed Evans in ROH. The bell rings way late for some reason, as Evans takes London into the ring and hits a standing shooting star press for two. Kendrick gets back in the ring but Evans is able to control both of them easily. Jacobs rejoins the action and locks London in the End Time. Kendrick tosses Evans to the floor and then breaks up the End Time. He kicks Jacobs in the head, and London follows with one of his own. London and Kendrick are in control now, wearing Jacobs down in their half of the ring. As usual Jacobs takes amazing heat as London and Kendrick work to keep him away from Evans. Finally Jacobs slips out of a vertical suplex and makes the tag. Evans is flying all over the place with dropkicks. He sends both London and Kendrick to the floor and follows them out with the Space Flying Tiger Drop.

Back in the ring Evans hits London with a springboard 450 splash but it only gets two. Kendrick comes back in and they successfully double-team Evans. Jacobs gets back in the ring and hits Kendrick with a Spear and then London with a rana. The referee has totally lost control. London comes back with the mushroom stomp on Jacobs for two. Evans cleverly turns a London suplex attempt into a Jacobs DDT. He hits London with a devastating standing corkscrew press (landing feet first, ouch) for a two-count. Kendrick and Evans tumble to the floor. London hits Jacobs with the inverted Tiger Suplex and then a kick to the face. He goes up top but Evans kicks him down. Evans goes for the 630 but London gets his knees up. So Kendrick gets in the ring with Jacobs and tries to bully him. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 but Jacobs counters with a Contra Code and Kendrick counters that with a kick to the face and an enziguiri. Kendrick then hits Sliced Bread #2 but Jacobs kicks out. He locks Jacobs in the Camel Clutch, and then lets it go. Kendrick feels like he could win this match at any time. Jacobs surprises him with a quick rollup for two, and then locks on the End Time. Evans runs interference on London and Kendrick taps his way to TNA at 10:44. That was easily the best match Jacobs and Kendrick were involved with each in DGUSA.
Rating: ***

London attacks Jacobs after the bell and throws Evans to the floor. Teddy Hart comes back out and hits a low blow on London. He then hits a piledriver to knock London out.

MATCH #5: Hardcore Rules Match – Tommy Dreamer vs. Jon Moxley

Tommy Dreamer is in the ring with MMA gloves on for some reason. A cool fan tells Dreamer not to cry, and I second that idea. He’s a little more focused than Hart but it’s still a lot of rambling. The gist of his inane chatter is that he wants to face Jon Moxley in a Phoenix Street Fight, but he can’t call it that for some reason? Moxley is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie. Where did she come from?

These two are so angry at each other that they start off by fighting over a waistlock. I know that when I want to fight someone in a hardcore match, I immediately go for a waistlock. Even Leonard is kind of like “WTF mate?” They finally start trading chops and strikes. Moxley scores a knockdown with a leg lariat. He literally takes a bite out of Dreamer and then works him over with forearms. Dreamer comes back with a bulldog and a clothesline to send Moxley to the floor. He then dropkicks him off the entrance ramp and wipes him out with a senton. Dreamer pretty much moves at half speed. He grabs the ring bell and rings it on Moxley’s nuts, and then spits water in his face. He takes the fight through the crowd and uses a fan’s crutch as a weapon. They fight out of Leonard’s line of sight for a bit. Back at ringside Dreamer hits a vertical suplex. Dreamer heads back to the locker room and comes out with a couple of garbage cans. He hits Moxley over the head with them. Back in the ring Dreamer goes up top with the can but Moxley knocks him down and drills him in the head twice with the can. Moxley hits a superplex and then a clothesline for two. Dreamer has been busted open. Moxley locks on an STF.

Dreamer reaches the ropes. Moxley then puts the miss in missile dropkick and Dreamer locks on a Texas Cloverleaf. This time Moxley reaches the ropes. Dreamer responds with a hard clothesline for a two-count. He goes outside the ring and gets a chair. It backfires though, as Moxley is able to drop toehold Dreamer into the very same chair. Dreamer comes right back with a spinebuster and then hurls Moxley’s head back into the chair. Von Eerie breaks up the pin and Dreamer attempts to piledrive her but the referee stops him so Dreamer punches him. The girl then foolishly slaps Dreamer, and takes the safest looking piledriver of all time (likely because of her Mohawk hair style). YAMATO comes in from behind and tries to choke Dreamer but he gets dumped to the floor. Shingo comes in and hits Dreamer with the Death Valley Driver. Moxley rolls over to make the cover but only gets two. Dreamer comes back with a piledriver for two. They reverse each other a couple of times until Moxley hits Dreamer with a DDT on the steel chair to get the pin at 12:31. The interference from YAMATO and Shingo brought the match quality up by sheer force of their levels of awesome, which is fortunate because the match on its own was pretty dull and plodding. Can Tommy Dreamer please go away now?
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Open the Dream Gate Title Match – YAMATO vs. Susumu Yokosuka

YAMATO has been the champion since 3.22.10 and this is his first defense. Yokosuka is a former champion, having held the title for 214 days in 2006. They start off cautiously with some chain wrestling. That doesn’t last too long before they get aggressive and start trading strikes. Yokosuka wins the first battle and clotheslines YAMATO to the floor. Back in the ring Yokosuka goes to work. He uses a rear chinlock but YAMATO escapes by raking the face. Yokosuka comes right back with Jumbo no Kachi! YAMATO appears to be out but Yokosuka doesn’t cover him. He pays for it when YAMATO locks on a triangle choke, but Yokosuka makes it to the ropes and rolls to the floor. YAMATO follows him out and goes after the arm. That’s good strategy since it aims to take away the Jumbo no Kachi! Back in the ring YAMATO continues working the arm. Yokosuka briefly grabs a Choke Sleeper but YAMATO kicks him low to escape, and Yokosuka responds in kind! Obviously the referee saw neither. Both men get to their feet and Yokosuka hits an exploder. YAMATO responds with one of his own. They each give each other one more and then both men are down again. YAMATO gets up first and goes up top, but Yokosuka pops up and joins him up there to hit a super exploder, which only gets two.

Yokosuka tries Jumbo no Kachi! but YAMATO blocks it and hits a running boot to the arm. YAMATO hits a forearm to the face but Yokosuka comes back with a low dropkick and then slams YAMATO’s knees into the canvas. Yokosuka locks on a Figure-Four Leglock and YAMATO barely makes it to the ropes. YAMATO counters a powerbomb into an armbar and then takes Yokosuka down to the mat with a Fujiwara Armbar. Yokosuka makes the ropes. YAMATO hits a running forearm in the corner and puts Yokosuka up on the top rope. Yokosuka reverses with a super Death Valley Driver. YAMATO no-sells it and they trade forearms. They continue to trade strikes and Yokosuka wins the battle with a Jumbo no Kachi! for a two-count. YAMATO comes back with the Choke Sleeper, and Yokosuka counters it to a Death Valley Driver! Yokosuka tries to capitalize with Jumbo no Kachi! but he can’t put much behind them. YAMATO viciously attacks the arm, but Yokosuka summons the strength for another Jumbo no Kachi! but YAMATO kicks out at two! Yokosuka hits Mugen but YAMATO once again kicks out at two. He goes for another Mugen but YAMATO slips out and locks on the Choke Sleeper. YAMATO turns it into a release German Suplex, and then locks on the Choke Sleeper again. He hits the sleeper suplex but Yokosuka kicks out at two. He kicks Yokosuka in the head and hits a brainbuster for another two-count! Finally the champion hits Galleria to get the pin and retain the title at 21:42.

I liked YAMATO focusing on the arm and they did some cool spots around that. But then he’s able to hit the move, twice, right at the end of the match, after previously not being able to execute it at all. I also get annoyed when guys no sell stuff like Super Death Valley Drivers, but I understand it’s a style thing or whatever. Other than all that this was still an excellent match and they had the crowd with them.
Rating: ***¾

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MATCH #7: Dragon Gate Six Man Tag Match – BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino vs. CIMA, Gamma & Dragon Kid

The WARRIORS team is accompanied by Genki Horiguchi. I don’t expect to be able to call much of this one. Kid and Yoshino start it off. As predicted, the two faster men in the sport live up to that moniker. Gamma tags in and the action is coming at a fast pace. Hulk and CIMA tag in and Hulk grounds the veteran. World-1 takes first control of the match, wearing CIMA down in their half of the ring. CIMA comes back and tags Kid back in. Yoshino tags in and the WARRIORS go to work on him. That doesn’t last long before World-1 goes to work on CIMA, and then WARRORS take over on Doi. No one has gained a sustained advantage yet. Gamma utilizes the Sweet Angel’s Kiss on Hulk, and then boots him in the face. That actually leads to WARRIORS controlling the Open the Freedom Gate champion for several minutes. While the referee’s back is turned, CIMA and Kid hold Hulk’s legs apart and Gamma bashes him in the nuts with a kendo stick. Hulk fights back with kicks and makes the hot tag to Doi. Gamma immediately blasts Doi in the face with the kendo stick. Doi gets control of the stick behind the referee’s back and uses it expertly all over Gamma’s body. Kid and Yoshino tag in and go back and forth. Doi comes in and takes his shots at Kid. The World-1 trio keeps Kid isolated and work over his arm.

After several minutes of heinous abuse, Kid is able to make the tag. CIMA comes in and the WARRIORS take control. Kid hits Yoshino with Déjà vu and then hits Yoshino with the Bermuda Triangle. Gamma and Doi slug it out now and Doi seems to win the battle but Gamma responds with an enziguiri. Gamma blocks Doi 555 and hits a dropkick to the face. He hits a powerbomb but Doi kicks out at two. Yoshino and CIMA end up in the ring. They battle it out and Yoshino hits Sling Blade for two. Yoshino then locks on From Jungle. Kid responds by trapping Hulk in the same move. Yoshino and Kid trade chops and then all six men wind up in the ring. Kid hits Hulk with a nasty tornado DDT but Yoshino breaks up the cover. CIMA tries a coast to coast dropkick but Yoshino avoids it and hits the dropkick senton combo. How is Leonard keeping up with all this? Hulk hits Kid with a Michinoku Driver for two. CIMA hits Yoshino with the Perfect Driver for two. WARRIORS hit Yoshino with a triple dropkick. Doi comes back in and hits CIMA with the Bakatare Sliding Kick. Yoshino then rolls CIMA up for a two-count. Hulk comes in and hits CIMA with EVOP for two.

Hulk goes up top but Gamma stops him and CIMA hits Venus. They prepare for the super-duper rana but Hulk avoids it. Gamma brings the kendo stick back in and uses it right in front of referee Bryce Remsburg, who does nothing. Kid then hits Hulk with a super-duper reverse rana, and Gamma follows with a regular reverse rana, and then Kid hits the Ultra Hurricanrana but Hulk kicks out at two! Kid hits Yoshino with Bible but it only gets two. Yoshino comes back with Lightning Spiral for two! World-1 focuses on Gamma and hit a Super Sling Blade but it only gets two! Hulk hits a series of kicks to the head for another two-count. Doi hits Gamma with Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick. Yoshino follows up with the Lighting Spiral. Amazingly Gamma kicks out again! Yoshino hits Torbellino and then locks on Sol Naciente. Hulk runs interference and Gamma passes out at 27:24. That was an amazing match that will probably score some Match of the Year votes. Gamma took one hell of a beating there. The action was nonstop and outside of Hulk slipping that one time (which I don’t hold against him, it happens), everything was hitting right on.
Rating: ****½

Yoshino and Hulk do their best to cut a promo in English, with Yoshino challenging BxB Hulk to a title match. They agree to a title match in Toronto. They start speaking Japanese, and it actually is translated on the screen! This is great! Doi cuts in when things get heated and wishes for a good match and makes Hulk and Yoshino shake hands.

~BONUS DISC~

BONUS MATCH #1: Eight Man Tag Team Match – The Prophet, Derrick Niekirk & Irish Airborne vs. Chimera, The Cutler Brothers & Malachi Jackson

This one should be pretty fast paced. One of the Cutlers starts the match with the Prophet. The Cutlers take control and work Prophet over. Moments later Prophet makes the comeback and tags Dave Crist. Dave sweeps the legs and hits a standing moonsault for two. Chimera tags in and hits Dave with a slingshot senton for two. Dave comes back with a chinbreaker and a dropkick, and then tags his brother. Jake hits a leg lariat for a two-count. Chimera comes back with a facebuster but misses a boot and Jake gets a rollup for one, and then Chimera gets a cradle of his own for one. Niekirk and Jackson tag in, and this is a size and power mismatch. Jackson hits a missile dropkick and tags one of the Cutlers, and now the brawl spills to the floor, where the Niekirk team takes control. One of the Cutler brothers is getting decimated in the wrong half of the ring. After a few minutes the other Cutler gets a hot tag and unleashes some awkward offense. He then does some pushups and gets kicked in the head. The match breaks down and offense is coming from all directions. Some if it is pretty sloppy. Eventually Dave gets dropped on his head with a dual tombstone piledriver by the Cutlers, and Jackson sneaks in to get the pinfall at 10:53. That was not good.
Rating: *

BONUS MATCH #2: Homicide vs. Shingo, FIP Heatstroke 2006 Night One, Inverness, Florida, 7.7.06

Shingo is representing DP Associates tonight, so he is accompanied by Dave Prazak and Mr. Milo Beasley. They stall a bit to start, and then engage in some chain wrestling. Neither man can knock each other down with a shoulderblock at first, but then Homicide accomplishes that feat. Homicide then hits an armdrag and a dropkick to send Shingo to the floor. Back in the ring they exchange strikes, with Homicide winning the first battle. Homicide hits a neckbreaker for two and continues working Shingo’s neck. Shingo fires back with an elbow strike and a couple of headbutts. He returns the favor by working Homicide’s neck, and of course Prazak uses every opportunity he gets to deliver some cheap shots. Back in the ring Shingo stays in control and hits a gutbuster and a hard DDT. Every time Homicide tries a comeback Shingo is able to stay one step ahead and cut him off. Shingo slams Homicide down and locks on a half crab. After a few more minutes of Shingo working the leg, Homicide comes back with a tornado DDT and an Ace Crusher for two. Homicide goes up and hits a diving headbutt for two. Shingo comes back with a powerslam but then misses a charge in the corner. Homicide tries a vertical suplex but Shingo reverses it to one of his own for a two-count. Homicide comes back and hits a piledriver but Prazak is distracting the referee. The distraction allows BJ Whitmer to sneak out and trip Homicide from the floor. That allows Shingo to hit a lariat and the Last Falconry to get the pin at 11:53. That was solid back and forth but not much to it.
Rating: **¾

BONUS MATCH #3: Triangle Elimination Tag Team Match – CIMA & BxB Hulk vs. Austin Aries & Matt Sydal vs. B-Boy & Chris Bosh, Wrestle JAM, Kanagawa, Japan, 7.10.06

This one could get out of hand. This is one man from each team in the ring at a time, and we start with Boy, Sydal, and Hulk. Unfortunately for Boy, Hulk and Sydal decide to work together on him in the early going. They dropkick him to the floor and then take it to each other. Hulk dropkicks Sydal to the floor and pulls him back in for more kicks. CIMA tags in and so does Aries. Bosh decides to join them but offers to be friends. Of course when CIMA shakes his hand Bosh kicks him in the gut. Aries grabs Bosh with a side headlock. CIMA watches on and Aries catches him sleeping, putting him in a headlock. He then grabs Aries in a headscissors, but even with Bosh helping out, YOU CAN’T HEADSICSSOR AUSTIN ARIES! They all take turns rolling each other up for close near falls and the crowd shows respect.

Five minutes have gone by as the action continues fast and furious. CIMA and Hulk control Bosh while Aries regroups on the floor. Back in the ring Aries kicks Bosh across the back for a two-count. Sydal tags in and they double-team Bosh. Boy is able to tag in and he fights with CIMA over pinfall attempts on Sydal. Aries tags in and they start the abdominal stretch train. Sydal breaks it up with a missile dropkick. Bosh, the most unpopular man in the match, gets hit with a quadruple dropkick from all of his opponents. The action continues to be a little too fast for me to keep up with. Aries slams Bosh down and encourages Sydal to go for the Shooting Star Press. Boy breaks up the SSP but gets hit with the inverted Rocker Dropper instead. Aries goes up top, Bosh hits Sydal with a low blow and Boy rolls him up for the pin and Sydal and Aries are eliminated at 10:30.

The pace stays on the fast side, as CIMA hits Bosh with the Perfect Driver for two. Hulk hits a spinning leg lariat off the top rope, CIMA hits a lungblower, and Hulk hits a straightjacket slam for a two-count. Boy comes back in and goes after Hulk. He and Bosh double Hulk but can’t put him away. Boy hits Delikado and CIMA breaks up the cover. CIMA tries to mount a comeback but Gamma interferes from the floor to cut him off with a kendo stick. Gamma tries to throw powder in CIMA’s eyes but he misses and hits Bosh instead. The referee gets distracted and Don Fuji sneaks into the ring to level Bosh with a lariat. CIMA follows up with the Schwein for the win at 13:48. Having all three guys in the ring at once in the beginning made for non-stop action, and even when Aries and Sydal left the pace never slowed down. This was a ton of fun.
Rating: ***¾

BONUS MATCH #4: Shingo & YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk & Masato Yoshino, Summer Adventure Tag League III, Kyoto, Japan, 8.2.09

Shingo and YAMATO represent Kamikaze; Hulk and Yoshino represent World-1. Hulk and YAMATO start the match. They take it right down to the mat and YAMATO tries CBV but Hulk scurries to the ropes. Tags are made and Shingo knocks Yoshino down with an inverted atomic drop and a hard chop. Shingo works on Yoshino’s neck but misses a double chop and Yoshino locks on From Jungle! YAMATO comes in to break it up and gets thrown to the floor. Hulk tags in and he continues to work the arm. Shingo comes back with a left arm lariat and then a chop. He catches a kick and hits a dragon Screw in the ropes before making the tag. YAMATO and Shingo work over Hulk’s leg for several minutes. Hulk makes the comeback with a springboard dropkick, of course. Yoshino and Shingo get tags and Yoshino hits a vertical suplex on Shingo and then goes after YAMATO. He hits Sling Blade for two. YAMATO comes back and locks on CBV.

Hulk comes in to break that up and then takes the fight to Shingo. He hits a standing shooting star press for two. Shingo comes back with a vicious DDT. He hits the Gallon Throw and a knee drop for two. YAMATO comes in for some double-teaming but it backfires as Hulk regains control with a variety of kicks. Hulk hits YAMATO with a superkick and Shingo breaks up the cover. Yoshino and Hulk turn their attention to Shingo. YAMATO reappears with a spear to Hulk on the ring apron! Back in the ring Shingo and YAMATO have the advantage now. YAMATO hits a brainbuster for two. Shingo hits a Death Valley Driver and then an assisted Ace Crusher but Hulk breaks up that cover. The referee is losing control. Hulk kicks YAMATO off the top rope and down to the floor. He knocks Shingo down and hits a standing moonsault for two. Yoshino hits the Missile Dropkick/Senton combo and then goes for From Jungle but Shingo blocks it, so Yoshino slips out with a sunset flip for two. He hits Shingo with Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente but YAMATO breaks it up. Shingo and Hulk trade holds, and then YAMATO recovers in time to crush Hulk with a double shoulderblock. YAMATO hits Galleria but Yoshino breaks it up. Shingo tosses Yoshino to the floor and nails Hulk with a lariat in the corner. He hits the Stay Dream but Yoshino comes in to break it up. He hits the Pumping Bomber and a sick looking Made in Japan but Hulk kicks out at two! Hulk gets a crucifix for a quick near fall and the bell rings at 19:46, which is good enough to be a 20 minute draw I guess. The match was awesome and might have rated even high with a winner.
Rating: ****
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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.
Rating: ***¼

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.
Rating: **½

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.
Rating: *

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.
Rating: **¾

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.
Rating: ****

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

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.
Rating: **¼

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.

United: NYC

Back on January 28, 2011, DGUSA debuted in New York City with United: NYC, and featured the opening round of the Open the United Gate Tournament. You can purchase this show right here.

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.
Rating: ***

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.
Rating: *½

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.
Rating: ****¼
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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.
Rating: ***½

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.
Rating: ***¼

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.
Rating: **

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.
Rating: ***½

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.
Rating: ***

For more info on Dragon Gate USA, please visit www.DG USA.TV.

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.
Rating: ****

You Lost Again

Jon Moxley is lecturing Shingo backstage about his loss tonight. He makes the mistake of calling Shingo lazy and gets slapped in the face for it. Then for some reason Christina Von Eerie shows up and Moxley walks off with her.

BONUS MATCH #1: FRAY! Featuring The Prophet, Chimera, Brad Allen, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, Dustin Cutler, Brandon Cutler, and Malachi Jackson

The Prophet and Chimera start the match, and I’m glad Lenny Leonard is on commentary or I would not know who either of these guys is. They go back and forth for about two minutes and Dustin Cutler is the next man in the ring. Prophet and Chimera break up each other’s pin attempts on Dustin, which makes no sense since it’s an elimination match. Dustin comes back with a flurry of offense, sending Prophet to the floor and hitting Chimera with a big boot for a two-count. A vertical suplex gets another two-count. The next man out is Brandon Cutler, and the brothers immediately work together. They hit Chimera with the Rollercoaster Powerslam to eliminate him at 5:10.Moments later they hit Prophet with a double-team Codebreaker to eliminate him at 6:10, right as Brad Allen makes his way out to join the match. Allen goes to work on both Cutlers. The numbers game takes over though and the Cutlers go to work on Allen. The sixth man out is Dave Crist. He hits a missile dropkick on both Cutlers at the same time. Dave and Dustin have an awkward little exchange before Dave kicks Allen back down to the floor. Malachi Jackson is number seven, and I didn’t know that the Young Bucks had a younger brother. He hits Dustin with a leaping armdrag off the top rope, and Allen follows with a corkscrew body press off the top rope to eliminate Dustin at 10:31. Jake Crist is the last man in the FRAY! And there are five men left. Jake hits Brandon with Death From Above to eliminate him at 12:24.

The Crists of course work together on their two remaining opponents. They hit Jackson with the Irish Air Raid to eliminate him at 13:23.Obviously Jake and Dave have a huge advantage here. They work Allen over but he fights back and hits a Rock Bottom on Jake. He tries a second rope senton but Jake gets the knees up. The Crists try the Irish Air Raid once again and but Allen avoids it and traps Jake in an inside cradle to eliminate him at 15:04. Dave tries a moonsault but Allen catches him and hits The Deal to get the final elimination and win the match at 15:50. The FRAY! is the FRAY! and it is what it is.
Rating: **¼

BONUS MATCH #2: L.A. Park & Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Derrick Niekirk & G.Q. Gallo

This match was actually third from the top on the main show. So Misterio would be Rey Mysterio’s cousin? Park and Gallo start the match with some slow paced chain wrestling. Boy the years have not been kind to Park, no how matter how nimble Lenny Leonard thinks he is. Park mostly dances and then tags Misterio. Gallo responds by tagging Niekirk. They stall for a little bit and then blow whatever spot it is that they’re trying to do. Misterio gets the first offense with a bulldog, and Gallo comes in for illegal double-teaming while Park gets in the ring for a closer look but doesn’t actually do anything to help his partner. Misterio fights back with a seated senton to Niekirk and a rana to Gallo, sending both of them to the floor. Gallo and Park tag back in and Park dances some more. More nothing continues to happen. Park slowly outmaneuvers both Gallo and Niekirk to make them look like fools. While Team Elite recovers on the floor, Park tags Misterio back in. Gallo comes in and catches Misterio in a Fallaway Slam and now they go to work on Misterio. The battle spills outside the ring and back in. This is just terrible. They fight out into the crowd now. The slow and not interesting brawling continues. It continues forever and ever and it never seems like it’s going to stop. The referee takes a shitty bump, and then Gallo hits Park with a low blow, but the referee actually sees him and calls for the disqualification at 22:51. That was not only by far the worst match in DGUSA history, but one of the worst matches I’ve ever seen. I’m embarrassed for all of them.
Rating: DUD

BONUS MATCH #3: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Roderick Strong, Wrestle Jam, Kanagawa, Japan, 7.10.06

Lenny Leonard is solo on commentary here. They start off trading wristlocks as Leonard points out that both of these guys are former FIP World Champions. Mochizuki lands the first stiff kick but Strong responds with his trademark chops. Strong knocks Mochizuki to the floor and takes the fight right to him. They trade chops and kicks on the floor, and Mochizuki ducks a chop, causing Strong to make contact with the ring post. Back in the ring Mochizuki goes to work on the injured hand and arm. Strong counters one arm attack with a sleeper, but Mochizuki backs him up into the corner and attacks the arm again. Moments later Strong fights back with a backbreaker and a nice dropkick to once again send Mochizuki to the floor. Mochizuki unloads with some kicks but makes the same mistake as Strong did and winds up kicking the ring post! Back inside the ring Strong is relentless in attacking Mochizuki’s leg and knee. Strong goes for a surfboard but can’t pull him up, so instead he stomps the knees down on the mat. Mochizuki comes back with kicks from his right leg, which is awesome since Strong was working on the left leg. He kicks Strong to the floor and tries to follow him out with a dive but gets cut off with a forearm. Strong then hits a backbreaker on the ring apron for a two-count. Mochizuki fights back with kicks but Strong catches him in another backbreaker for a two-count. Strong follows up with the Sick Kick and Mochizuki follows with one of his own. Both men are down now. They get up and trade kicks and chops, and Mochizuki wins that battle. He hits a running kick to the chest for a two-count. Mochizuki follows up with the Twister for a two-count. Strong comes back with the Gutbuster, the Sick Kick, and the Gibson Driver but Mochizuki kicks out! He hits a clothesline and puts Mochizuki on the top rope for a superplex but it only gets two! They rise to their feet and trade strikes, and Mochizuki wins that battle with the Shin Saikyou High Kick to get the pin at 13:47. That was a rock solid and entertaining match from two guys who could have an even better match nowadays.
Rating: ***½

BONUS MATCH #4: Open the Dream Gate Title Match – Naruki Doi vs. Masato Yoshino, Gate of Maximum 2009, Tokyo, Japan, 6.11.09

Doi has been the champion since 12.28.08 and this is his fourth defense. These two are partners in the World-1 faction, and are collectively known as Speed Muscle. They start off slowly with some chain wrestling and take it down to the mat. Neither man can gain a clear-cut advantage in the early going. Yoshino goes after the arm and starts wearing it down. He shows off his speed and hits a headscissors. Doi then grabs Yoshino out of the air and dumps him to the floor. He follows the challenger out with a suicide dive. It looks like Yoshino’s left knee has been injured, so back in the ring Doi wisely goes after it. Yoshino fights back with a hard chop to the chest. They trade strikes and Doi wins the battle with a flying back elbow for a two-count. Doi locks on a figure-four leglock and Yoshino briefly turns it over, and then makes it to the ropes. The champ resumes control, but the challenger quickly comes back and starts attacking the arm as we pass the 10-minute mark. Doi still has a lot of fight in him, but Yoshino is able to subdue him and continue working the arm. The champ comes back by dropping Yoshino’s midsection on the top rope. Surprisingly, Yoshino makes it back to his feet first and goes right back to the arm. Doi backdrops him to the apron and Yoshino tries to land on his feet but his leg is too injured and he collapses in pain around the 15-minute mark.

Yoshino recovers and goes to the top rope for a double stomp to the arm, but then runs into a back elbow. Doi hits an electric chair drop. He traps Yoshino between the ropes and hits a running dropkick to the chest and a DDT for two. He tries the Doi 555 but Yoshino counters and hits the Sling Blade for two. Yoshino goes up top but puts the miss in missile dropkick. He lands on his feet (really?) but runs into a boot. Now Doi goes up top and Yoshino crotches him. Doi tries a sunset bomb but Yoshino blocks it and hits a falling dropkick to the chest and then the Ude Yoshino for two. Yoshino tries some strikes but Doi catches him in a dragon screw and then locks on the figure-four leglock again. Doi hits a cannonball in the corner and a belly-to-back suplex for a two-count. He goes up top and hits an elbow drop, hurting his own arm in the process. They both get back to their feet and Yoshino locks on From Jungle. Doi makes it to the ropes. Yoshino hits Ude Yoshino and locks on Sol Naciente but Doi kicks his way out of it. Doi fights back with a Rydeen Bomb for two. Yoshino comes back with Torbellino and Doi blocks Sol Naciente with a rollup for two. Doi blocks the Lightning Special and hits a Buckle Bomb. He hits Doi 555 and the Bakatare Sliding Kick for a two-count. He signals for the Muscular Bomb but Yoshino counters with the Lightning Special and both men are down. They take it up to the top rope and exchange strikes. Yoshino tries Sling Blade but Doi counters with a Super Doi 555! Yoshino pops right back up and gets the Speed Star for a close near-fall. Doi fights back with a straight jacket suplex with a bridge for a two-count, and then the Bakatare Sliding Kick. He goes for the Muscular Bomb and Yoshino gets a cradle for a two-count! The crowd is on fire. Yoshino hits two Torbellinos and locks on Sol Naciente! Doi is able to escape and hits a Tiger Suplex for two! He hits another Bakatare Sliding Kick and Yoshino won’t stay down so hit hits him with one more to get the pin and retain the title at 28:11. That was awesome in just about every way – the action was great, the selling was great, the strategies were great, and the last several minutes were non-stop with a hot crowd.
Rating: ****¼
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March 31st, 2012 – Deauville Beach Resort – Miami Beach, Florida

Lenny Leonard is on commentary.

MATCH #1: Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis

They take it down to the mat and exchange holds, much to the crowd’s delight. Davis definitely has the power advantage here and he’s not shy about using it. Fish hits a dropkick and then unleashes more kicks. Davis catches him in a big spinebuster for two. Now Davis is in control and he wears Fish down using his superior power. Davis hits a delayed vertical suplex for two. Fish fights back with kicks and knee strikes, and lands one right under Davis’ jaw for a two-count. He takes Davis down with a snap mare and goes up top for a moonsault but misses and lands on his feet. Fish hits a dragon screw out of the corner and goes for the Fish Hook but Davis kicks him off. Davis pops up and hits the Pounce. He goes for 3 Seconds Around the World but Fish counters it. Davis counters that into a powerslam for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Fish cinching on the Fish Hook and Davis taps out at 9:32. That was a decent choice for an opener, as the crowd was into both guys but the wrestlers didn’t elevate it to anything more than “I do this, you do that,” etc.
Rating: **½

Fish gets on the microphone and addresses Low Ki’s assertions that there should be an EVOLVE Title. He wholeheartedly agrees with that. I wholeheartedly disagree with both of them.

Johnny Gargano Promo

The Open the Freedom Gate Champion has a lot on his mind, what with Chuck Taylor turning on him and his title defense against Masato Yoshino tonight. Gargano frequently mispronounces “Sol Naciente” and promises to defeat Yoshino tonight.

PAC Makes a Statement

Back in the ring, PAC comes out with something on his mind. PAC wants to thank Low Ki for the match they had last night. He wants to do it again, and proposes doing it tonight. PAC says he will replace CIMA in the main event, since CIMA isn’t at 100%. Chuck Taylor comes out to interrupt him, and PAC is so disgusted he won’t even stay in the ring. Taylor says that since the PAC Invitational has been canceled, there will now be a Chuck Taylor invitational instead.

REVOLT!

On November 11, 2011, DGUSA presented REVOLT! You can purchase the show right here and read my review over here.

MATCH #2: Grudge Match – Arik Cannon w/ Pinkie Sanchez vs. AR Fox

Colt Cabana joins Leonard on commentary. Cannon attacks right away but Fox weathers the storm and hits a dropkick. Fox hits the Miz clothesline in the corner but then Cannon dumps him to the floor. Cannon throws Fox into the barricade and then throws him back in the ring. Fox recovers with a baseball slide and then hits the Kickflip to wipe out both Cannon and Sanchez. Back in the ring Fox gets a two-count. Cannon comes back with a neckbreaker. He continues to work Fox over and even pauses to drink some beer. Oh those cads. Fox comes back with a Stunner. He tries Lo Mein Pain but Cannon blocks it and Fox crashes to the canvas. Cannon goes back on offense but Fox counters him with his impressive athleticism. Fox hits a springboard missile dropkick that sends Cannon to the floor. He follows him out with a springboard 450, which also wipes out Sanchez again. Fox hits the guillotine legdrop on the apron for a two-count. He tries a rana off the second rope but Cannon counters with a Buckle Bomb. Cannon hits a huge lariat and then a big right hand. He connects with a superkick and then Total Anarchy for a very close near-fall. Fox comes back and hits a flatliner into the buckles and then a springboard Vader Bomb off the top rope for two. He locks on the End Time and Cannon counters it with a Brainbuster for two. Fox hits an enziguiri and then goes up top but misses a 450. He’s able to connect with a springboard Ace Crusher but only gets two. Fox hits a senton bomb in the corner and sets up for Lo Mein Pain. But from out of nowhere Sami Callihan throws a chair at Fox to draw the disqualification at 11:01. That was decent back and forth but there wasn’t a lot of cohesion tying the match together.
Rating; **½

The D.U.F. Continue the beat down on Fox, and Callihan promises that tonight his feud with Sabu will finally come to an end. Callihan says it will be Sabu’s final match ever., and he wants it to happen RIGHT NOW.

MATCH #3: No Rules Fight – Sami Callihan vs. Sabu

Sabu obliges but since it’s a No Rules it starts off as a three-on-one assault. Jon Davis comes out to the rescue and runs Cannon and Sanchez off to the back. Meanwhile Callihan is going to work on Sabu in the ring. The fight spills to the floor and Callihan brings a table into the fray. Sabu kicks the table back into Callihan’s face and then brings a chair into the ring so he can jump off it, which he does, and lands right on the top rope. What the hell was that? Now they fight into the crowd. Not much happens and then they get back in the ring and swing chairs at each other. Sabu wins that battle. Callihan quickly resumes control and busts Sabu’s head open. He goes to work on Sabu’s hand, busting that open too. Sabu fights back, etc. He hits a DDT on a chair. Sabu puts on a Camel Clutch and then Davis, Sanchez, and Cannon make their way back to the ring. Davis dispatches Cannon and Sanchez again and then wipes them out with a plancha. Sabu throws Callihan to the floor and this time hits Air Sabu. Back in the ring Sabu continues the abuse until Callihan cuts him off by kicking a chair back into his shin. Callihan goes after the leg now, abusing it with a chair. He locks on the Stretch Muffler. Sabu escapes by using a chair. Callihan comes back and dumps his bottle of chew over Sabu’s head. Gross. Callihan goes up top with a steel chair but AR Fox comes running out and kicks it back into his face. Fox hits Lo Mein Pain and Sabu follows up with a huge chair shot. Callihan is set on the table. Sabu goes up top and hits the Arabian Facebuster to break the table and get the pin at 18:02. That went on way too long and was way too boring for my liking. I don’t see why Callihan wouldn’t go over here. At least Sabu showed up.
Rating: ½*

Masato Yoshino Promo

Yoshino cuts a promo in a mixture of English and Japanese, mostly saying that he will win the Open the Freedom Gate Title from Johnny Gargano tonight.

MATCH #4: The Chuck Taylor Invitational – Chuck Taylor vs. Rich Swann vs. Samuray Del Sol vs. Lince Dorado vs. El Generico vs. CIMA

This was originally scheduled as Dorado versus Del Sol, but Chuck Taylor comes out to attack them both, in his bare feet no less. CIMA and Rich Swann come out to make the save. Then from out of nowhere EL GENERICO comes running out and enters himself in the invitational! The crowd is hot for him.

How is CIMA okay to wrestle this match but he was too injured to wrestle just last night? Regardless, he starts the match with Swann. They have a nice back and forth exchange and Swann dropkicks CIMA to the floor. Dorado and Del Sol come in and put on a high-flying exhibition. Del Sol is particularly impressive. Taylor comes in the ring and Generico ruins him off. That leaves us with Generico and Del Sol in the ring. They put on an even more impressive display than when Dorado was in the ring, because Generico is much better. Taylor takes a cheap shot at Generico and then tags Dorado on his way out of the ring. The match slows down a bit as everyone tries to gain an advantage. Taylor hits Del Sol with Sole Food for a two-count. Every time Taylor goes for a pin someone breaks it up. Eventually Generico gets the tag and he’s happy to hit Taylor with a swinging DDT. Things break down and bodies start flying in from everywhere to attack Taylor because he’s a jerk. Generico hits him with the running Yakuza Kick in the corner. They fight on the floor but the action continues in the ring. The action is getting too fast to follow. Swann hits Generico with a swank DDT for a two-count. Generico comes back with a Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. CIMA hits Del Sol with a Tombstone Piledriver for a near-fall. He goes for Schwein but Taylor breaks that up. Del Sol hits Taylor with a pop-up rana with a cradle for two. Taylor comes back with a uranage and Dorado breaks up the cover. Dorado hits a Merosault on Taylor for two. Near-falls are happening all over the place. Generico hits Swann with an exploder into the turnbuckles. Dorado then flattens Generico with a beautiful Shooting Star Press. They go to the floor and Del Sol wipes them out with a dive. Swann looks for a dive but Taylor cheap shots him. Taylor goes for the Awful Waffle but CIMA breaks it up and hits Taylor with the Schwein. Dorado breaks up the cover. He hits CIMA with a one-man standing Spanish Fly for two. Dorado goes up top but Generico drills him with a boot to the face. Generico then hits the Top-Rope Brainbuster for the pin at 17:15. I actually thought that ran a little bit long but it was good fun for the most part and Generico got the crowd hyped up. Generico is definitely a good addition to the roster and I’m excited to see him around.
Rating: ***

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The Road to Wrestlecon Begins

Lenny Leonard is in the ring to talk about what an important weekend this is throughout the wrestling business. He mentions that next year the weekend will take place in the Northeast. He brings out CIMA and DJ Hyde. CIMA thanks everyone for watching and says hi to his wife. Hyde announces that next year Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE, CZW, and CHIKARA will all be running shows in New Jersey. Sounds good.

Rich Swann Promo

Swann is backstage and thinks that tonight he proved he can go with anyone. He puts over the stable he’s in, World-1 International, and promises Chuck Taylor that their battles are not over, not by a long shot.

MATCH #5: The Scene vs. Los Ben Dejos

The Scene is accompanied by Larry Dallas, Amber, and Shelly Martinez. Chuck Taylor has replaced Colt Cabana on commentary. Caleb Konley starts the match with Ben Dejo. Yes, that’s actually his name. The other one is named Marty Con, by the way. The two teams go back and forth in the early going, with the Scene using their power and the Dejos using their speed. This goes on for a little while. Larry Dallas interferes to give his team the advantage. Los Ben Dejos come back and get in quite a bit of offense. Konley and Reed cut them off and hit one of them with the Ob-Scene to get the win at 6:26. That was standard post-intermission fare. Los Ben Dejos haven’t been heard from since, and if DGUSA ever wants the Scene to be taken seriously they should be squashing jobber teams like this.
Rating: *½

El Generico Promo

Backstage, El Generico thanks everyone for tonight being a special night for him. Generico says he’ll come back any time and face anyone. He says he’ll see us soon. Ole!

MATCH #6: Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino {W1}

Gargano has been the Champion since 11.13.11, and this is his second defense. He is accompanied by Rich Swann, even though he is part of the same stable that Yoshino is a part of. They start with some chain wrestling, just feeling each other out in the early going. Gargano dumps Yoshino to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He goes to the apron and hits a somersault, and then chews his gum obnoxiously. What is it with wrestlers and gum? Back in the ring Gargano continues to wear Yoshino down. He focuses on the arm, which is one area that his submission finisher targets. Yoshino fights back and focuses on the neck, which makes sense for his submission finisher. I like the game of chess going on here. Gargano comes back and hits the Superman Spear. He puts on a version of the Tarantula and then nails a knee strike to the face. Yoshino tries a rana (you know, like he always does) and Gargano catches him with a sitout powerbomb for two. Gargano tries to capitalize but Yoshino hits him with Sling Blade. Yoshino goes up top and misses the missile dropkick. Gargano hits an Alabama Slam and a kick to the head for two. He goes for GargaNo Escape but Yoshino reaches the ropes. Yoshino comes back with a swinging DDT for two. He goes up top and this time hits the missile dropkick but only gets a two-count. An awesome series of reversals ends with Yoshino cinching in the GargaNo Escape! Gargano reaches the ropes. Yoshino hits Torbellino and locks on Sol Naciente! Gargano reverses it to the GargaNo Escape! Yoshino reaches the ropes. They exchange strikes and knock each other down. The crowd is juiced. Gargano hits the Lawn Dart and Yoshino hit the ring post. A series of reversals ends with Yoshino scoring a cradle for two. Gargano lands a superkick and hits Hurts Donut for a near-fall. He hits another Hurts Donut and locks on the GargaNo Escape and Yoshino taps out at 20:21. I never really bought Yoshino as a threat to the title but he made the most of the match, and they had some really cool reversal exchanges. Both guys also showed good strategy and psychology and it made for a very entertaining semi-main event.
Rating: ***¾

Gargano and Yoshino show sportsmanship after the match, but then Chuck Taylor comes out and sneak attacks his former partner. Taylor viciously assaults Gargano on the floor and leaves him laying. Finally, a feud for the Open the Freedom Gate Title, nice.

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MATCH #7: The Dragon Gate Six Man Tradition Continues – PAC, Ricochet & Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Low Ki, BxB Hulk & Akira Tozawa

Mad Blankey is accompanied by Christina Von Eerie. Hulk and Tozawa attack right away and the spectacle begins. They send Ricochet and PAC to the floor and focus on the veteran Mochizuki. It’s notable that Ki did not join in on their pre-bell attack. Mochizuki fights back as Arik Cannon replaces Taylor on commentary. Ricochet tags in and sends Hulk to the floor. Ki tags in and the fans want PAC. They get what they want and here we go. PAC and Ki resume their battle from last night and pick up right where they left off. Mochizuki tags in and he unloads on Ki with hard kicks. Ki responds in kind. Mochizuki dumps Ki to the apron and then kicks him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Ricochet covers for two. Ki comes back and blasts Ricochet with a kick to the chest. Ricochet knocks Ki to the floor and goes for a dive but Ki cuts him off with a kick. The referee loses control briefly and when order is restored Tozawa is in control of Ricochet. The referee gets distracted and Tozawa hits a chair-assisted senton. Mad Blankey isolates Ricochet and keeps him away from his partners. After several minutes of abuse Ricochet makes the big comeback and makes the tag. Mochizuki is a house afire, knocking Mad Blankey to the floor. Ricochet wipes out Tozawa and Hulk with a dive. That leaves PAC and Ki in the ring. Ki hits PAC with a hard double stomp for two. The referee is losing control. Mochizuki and Hulk are in the ring now trading kicks. Hulk goes for an enziguiri but Mochizuki catches it and puts on the Ankle Lock. Tozawa breaks that up. The action is getting too fast to call. Offense is coming from all over the place. Tozawa gets isolated and destroyed by Mochizuki, PAC, and Ricochet. PAC hits a sitout powerbomb but Hulk and Ki break it up. Hulk hits Mochizuki with Mouse and more kicks. Mochizuki counters First Flash with a leg sweep. Hulk and Tozawa hold PAC and Ki hits a huge Tidal Wave. PAC comes back and hits a shooting star kick to the back of the head. Tozawa and Mochizuki tear into each other now. Hulk catches Mochizuki with First Flash and Tozawa hits the dead lift German Suplex but only gets two! Tozawa then hits the Straightjacket German Suplex to get the pin at 21:23. That match was awesome in every possible way and kept the crowd going for over 20 minutes. Everyone looked good and the action never stopped. This is a worthy entry in the series.
Rating: ****¼

Low KI cuts a promo after the match, and it’s really stupid so I don’t care to recap it. Which part of his brain makes him think he’s as big of a deal as he seems to think he is?

~BONUS MATERIAL~

Kick Open the Golden Gate
Johnny Gargano’s Long Road Back
The End of the Arena
EVOLVE 11 Promo Spot
Alternate Angle Highlight Video

THE PULSE

The final two matches delivered big time, sending this show and the weekend as a whole out on a very high note. As for the undercard, El Generico was a very pleasant surprise and spiced up the middle of the show perfectly, and I look forward to seeing what the future in DGUSA and EVOLVE holds for him. This is a very good show and you should purchase it from the DGUSA Shop.
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