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Dragon Gate ‘Champion Gate In Osaka’ Results

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Originally, I was going to watch the next Wrestle-1 show to cover the semi finals of the Cruiser Fest, but found out that Dragon Gate show that happened Saturday, was uploaded a few hours later and decided to cover it to hype up their next big show the following day. I personally enjoy Dragon Gate a little bit more than New Japan mostly because I can watch a full show of Dragon Gate and enjoy it from top to bottom and mostly with New Japan, I mostly just watch the big title matches or feuds and skip their under card. If you haven’t checked them out before, then I highly recommend you do so.

Shun Skywalker vs. Oji Shiba

Review:  I was surprised they had the pre-show match on their show and may as well add it on here since I’ve watched it. This was a standard five minute match with Shun fighting a newcomer to the wrestling scene and I gotta say, Oji showed he had some potential to be great in the upcoming years. Shun won with the Boston Crab in a average match.

Recommended:  Nothing really special about the match, but just keep an eye on Oji Shiba.

Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid & Kagetora vs. Bandido & Zachary Wentz

Review:  It was good seeing Dragon Kid never losing a step after recovering from his injury and showed he had good chemistry with Kagetora. Zachary Wentz is someone that is new to Dragon Gate despite traveling around the world and he has been very impressive in his tour so far and has a bright future in professional wrestling. Very solid opening bout with amazing sequences, great athletic ability, and great wrestling from all four men. Dragon Kid won with the Bible on Bandido and showed good sportsmanship after the match.

Recommended: Great opening match and a solid way to open up the show and keep the momentum going. Worth a watch.

Singles Match
Don Fujii vs. Ryo Saito

Review: This match while short, it was very entertaining. Ryo Saito, who is the current Open the Owarai Gate Champion has been keeping the fans happy with his humor mixed with his wrestling ability, to give them something worth remembering. Don Fuji had a funny spot in the match getting two fans to interact and made some good comedy. Saito was able to win in a nearly six minute bout, before getting chokeslammed right after.

Recommended:  If you want good laughs, worth a watch.

Tag Team Match
CIMA & Kotoka vs. El Lindaman & Shingo Takagi

Review: I love when CIMA does his little promos before the match while he connects with the audience. This time brings one of the kids in to treat her like she’s part of the MaxiMuM family. CIMA and Kotoka seem to have worked very well together as a tag team and same goes for Shingo and Lindaman. Shingo is an amazing talent and he is someone you should watch, specially since he’s also in the Championship Carnival coming up in April; which you can see on AJPW once you subscribe to their streaming service coming out this month. Very solid back and forth match and Lindaman gets the pin on Kotoka and then proceeds to still beat him down after the match, before his brother Oji Shiba came out to make the save.

Recommended: I would like to think so since it’s another solid tag team match and can’t go wrong with any of these men.

Tag Team Match
Masaaki Mochizuki & Gamma vs. Ben-K & Big R Shimizu

Review: Last time Ben-K and Masaaki Mochizuki fought, Ben would defeat him in under three minutes which guaranteed the Open the Dream Gate Championship Match which takes place on the 4th. Ben-K has only been wrestling for about three years and I feel like he could dethrone Mochizuki for the championship and can be a big star for the company. We get another solid tag bout to hype up their upcoming title match with neither of them getting the win or taking the pin as Shimizu pinned Gamma. Shimizu is something I’m not overly impressed with in the company and not too crazy about his finisher.

Recommended: If you wanna get into the hype between Ben and Masaaki then I would give it a watch when you have the time.

Six Man Tag Team Match
Kzy, Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Yokosuka vs. T-Hawk, Eita & Takashi Yoshida

Review:  While I’m not the biggest fan of T-Hawk, I do gotta admit that him and Eita work well together as a tag team and can see why they won the Open the Twin Gate Championships. Kzy to me is one of Dragon Gate’s hidden gems and I do hope one day he wins the Dream Gate Championship someday. We get some nice solid six man tag team action showcasing their talent while not giving away too much since Genki and Susumu are set to fight T-Hawk and Eita for the Twin Gate Championships at the next show. Genki has pinned Takashi to give his team more momentum leading into their upcoming title match which is gonna be an exciting one.

Recommended: If you have the time in the day, I would give it a watch.

Open The Brave Gate Title
Yasushi Kanda (c) vs. Punch Tominaga

Review: This was your typical ANTIAS type of dirty play to try and screw over Punch Tominaga from the very beginning. While not the most technically sound wrestler, Punch is a very good character and someone that the crowd can get behind and slowly has been, in his eight year career in Dragon Gate. The match is fairly decent despite the shenanigans, but it’s nice to see it backfire on them and holy crap, Punch won his very first title in Dragon Gate! This was something I really didn’t expect to happen, but it felt like the right moment to win it also, very happy for him. After the match, Yasushi demanded a rematch for the Open the Brave Gate Championship on March 21st.

Recommended: This one is more of if you have the time for it, but still nice to see Punch finally win his first title in his career.

Open The Triangle Gate Title
Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Jason Lee (c) vs. YAMATO, Yosuke♡Santa Maria & Flamita

Review: Before I begin, yes it is the same Jason Lee that participated in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and he has improved a lot since that tournament. His skills show that Dragon Gate is the best place for him to boost his career, and can definitely be a future Brave Gate Championship someday. One of my favorite parts of Dragon Gate is the units and how well they all click whoever they team up with as we get quality tag team matches each time. Each person had a equal chance to shine to make the match special. The sequences near the end of the match are what elevate the match to give it that extra bit of quality. Jason Lee pinned Santa Maria to have MaxiMuM retain the Triangle Gate Championships in a fun and exciting match.

Recommended: Absolutely.

Overall: The whole show was fun from top to bottom and has showed why they’re one of my favorite promotions around right now. Each match had their own unique taste to give people something to enjoy. Very excited to see their next show and I’ll be sure to review it once it becomes available. Hope you’ve enjoyed the read and til next time.

Best Match: Tie – CIMA & Kotoka vs. El Lindaman & Shingo Takagi
Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Jason Lee (c) vs. YAMATO, Yosuke♡Santa Maria & Flamita

Worst Match: Shun Skywalker vs. Oji Shiba

Score: 8.5/10

 

 


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