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

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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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.

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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 Mercury Rising (BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, CIMA, Gamma, Dragon Kid) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/02/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-bxb-hulk-naruki-doi-masato-yoshino-cima-gamma-dragon-kid-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/04/02/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-bxb-hulk-naruki-doi-masato-yoshino-cima-gamma-dragon-kid-3/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:00:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164767 mercuryrising-small

For an easy to navigate archive of my DGUSA and EVOLVE reviews, visit Ziegler Gate USA!

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

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

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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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.

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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: ****

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A2Z Analysiz: DGUSA Mercury Rising (BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, CIMA, Gamma, Dragon Kid) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/03/30/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-bxb-hulk-naruki-doi-masato-yoshino-cima-gamma-dragon-kid/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/03/30/a2z-analysiz-dgusa-mercury-rising-bxb-hulk-naruki-doi-masato-yoshino-cima-gamma-dragon-kid/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:00:36 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=138659
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

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

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.

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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.

~BONUS FEATURES~

1. Highlight Video – This is the standard five minute highlight package.
2. CDM – This is about a two-minute promo from Sami Callihan. I have nothing nice to say about this so I won’t say anything at all.

The Pulse: The last three matches are all amazing and well worth going out of your way to see. They represent exactly what DGUSA does better than anyone else, and that’s flat out Work. Any of the last three matches would have made a great main event, but it’s always a treat to see the yearly Dragon Gate six-man tag on top. YAMATO and Aries steal the show, but there’s a lot to love here. You can (and should) purchase this show at the DGUSA Store.
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Video: Dragon Gate USA PPV to Feature Six-Man http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/12/video-dragon-gate-usa-ppv-to-feature-six-man/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/05/12/video-dragon-gate-usa-ppv-to-feature-six-man/#comments Thu, 13 May 2010 04:23:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=103241 DGUSA’s famous six-man match will air beginning this Friday, May 14, on the Mercury Rising PPV.

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