Since I recently reviewed the first show on March 3rd, the next big Dragon Gate show has been uploaded, and now I am able to cover this show. It makes sense to keep some of these close, and as always, add a match on there for your viewing pleasure to make you wanna find more of it. Let’s just dive right into it.
U-T vs. Yuki Yoshioka
Review: Our pre-show match before the main card and was a nice fast paced match to get the fans ready for the main card. Both guys looked impressive and did well for a nearly five minute match. U-T picked up the win in a good bout. Hope to see more of them.
Recommended: If you got about five minutes to kill and watch harmless action.
Tag Team Match
Don Fujii & K-ness vs. Over Generation (CIMA & Gamma)
Review: CIMA doing his normal stuff with interacting with the crowd and bringing a child fan into the ring, I still find it great, as he shows how much he loves the fans and grateful he is. We get a nice solid opener here with Over Generation being the crowd favorites and CIMA working well with just about anyone on his unit. K-ness and Don Fuji did well on holding out their own as well near the end, but CIMA would pick up the match in a solid bout.
Recommended: I think it’s a good match, but if you have the time for it then go ahead.
Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: A powerhouse taking on a small high flyer, it did well for what they were doing. Kaito impressed me in the match showing his quick ability and Takashi moves well for a man his size and gave us some decent chemistry between the two competitors. However, Takashi’s strength became too much for Kaito and took the pin in a impressive match.
Recommended: I would watch this one if you have the time.
Six Man Tag Team Match
ANTIAS (El Lindaman, Shingo Takagi & Yasushi Kanda) vs. Punch Tominaga, Ryo Saito & YAMATO
Review: Time for some more Shingo, which you cannot go wrong with here. Each member of the team serve their purpose with not only giving us good matches, but great entertainment as Saito is always a joy to watch since he’s not only funny, he’s good in the ring. YAMATO and Shingo were the highlights of the match since they’re always good at what they do despite YAMATO not considered a top ace by many. YAMATO picked up the win with the Frankensteiner of the Almighty in a fun bout.
Recommended: I would give this one a watch, got a mix of a lot of things for everyone to enjoy and can’t go wrong with either.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
MaxiMuM (Big R Shimizu, Jason Lee, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi) vs. Tribe Vanguard (Flamita & Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria), Bandido & Zachary Wentz
Review: I loved this match and just a joy to watch. I also have to admit that Santa Maria is really growing on me lately, love her gimmick and has good ability to go with it. The team of Bandido and Zachary were the highlights of the match for me as they just mesh well together, but doesn’t take away from MaxiMuM and what they do, except for Big R who I’m still not a big fan of. Big R even picks up another big win by pinning Maria with that weird Chokeslam that I’m not too crazy about.
Recommended: Absolutely yes.
Tag Team Match
Kotoka & Oji Shiiba vs. Dragon Kid & Kzy
Review: This is the last match leading up to Kotoka’s retirement show, and it’s a shame too because I really do like the guy, I wish him luck in whatever he decides to do next. Did you know Dragon Kid is 42? I didn’t even know that, I just thought he was in his early 30’s or something, but damn good for him. Anyway, this tag match much like the one the day before is still just as good. Dragon Kid is still crisp with his moves, Kzy is always a pleasure seeing in the ring, also Kotoka and his brother Oji work really well together here too. Kzy would get the pin over Kotoka and the two teams would show respect to each other as Kotoka is set for his final match.
Recommended: I would give it a watch, lots of fun.
Open The Twin Gate Title Match
ANTIAS (Eita & T-Hawk) (c) vs. Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Yokosuka
Review: We get our first title match of the evening as Genki and Susumu won the show before to give them that much needed momentum to go for the Twin Gate Championships. Despite not being the biggest fan of T-Hawk, he does work well with Eita and could be what he needs right now to grow as a competitor. This match is exactly how I expected it to go with both teams giving it their all, nice close calls, and ANTIAS retaining their championships in a dirty way to not hurt Genki and Susumu either. Kzy came out after the match and issued a challenge for the Twin Gate Championships and who is his partner? We don’t know yet, but I’m excited to find out.
Recommended: Definitely give it a watch, great match.
Open The Dream Gate Title Match
Masaaki Mochizuki (c) vs. Ben-K
Review: Main event time and this might be a MOTY contender for me and if not, this is definitely going on my Top 25 Matches for the end of the year for sure. Ben-K is going to be a star in Dragon Gate and I really do mean that. He’s only been wrestling for about two years now and he has the tools to make it and be a key player for Dragon Gate, and the kid is 26 so he does have a lot more room for growth as well. This is probably my favorite Mochizuki title defense for his reign so far and he had some pretty impressive ones with Shingo and Kzy as well. They just click together in the ring and it just makes you not wanna finish it, just so you could see more of it. The last five minutes of the match were just simply beautiful and the conclusion of the gave Ben-K enough of a case for a possible rematch. Mochizuki won by TKO after applying the Triangle Choke. Four attempts at the triangle, and finally Ben-K passed out, but never tapped.
What could possibly go wrong? Big R Shimizu being the next challenger is something I’m really not looking forward to, but it looks like Mochizuki gets another defense in his belt. Now my next question is; should he be the one to dethrone him? I personally think it should be Ben-K if he wins the Kings Gate Tournament, and I hope he does.
Recommended: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I’m even going to post the match in this article so you can actually watch and I highly recommend that you do so soon as you finish reading this.
Overall: Just as good as their previous show with a beautiful main event on top of that as well. Definitely give both of them a watch because they’re something special.
Favorite Match: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Ben-K
Least Favorite Match: Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida (Not terrible, just the weaker of the card.)