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Dragon Gate King of Gate Results & Review: A&B Blocks Part 1

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Dragon Gate makes its return to my coverage as they launched their streaming service last month and you can subscribe to it at dragongate.live if this promotion interests you.

However, this one is a bit more costly compared to the other streaming services since it costs 1500 yen a month if you want access to live shows and exclusive content unless you do 999 yen a month, but you only get archived stuff and any new shows will be up 3-4 weeks after it airs, which sucks.

Anyway, we have another tournament after AJPW finished their Carnival as Dragon Gate does their own version called King of Gate, which is a month long and four blocks instead of two, but there’s five wrestlers in each block. So I will be covering blocks A and B while Andrew will join me again to cover blocks C and D. The winner of each block will fight in a single elimination match until they reach the final and the winner of that will fight the Open the Dream Gate Champion, Masaaki Mochizuki.

My Picks for Block Winners and Champion:

A Block: YAMATO
B Block: Big R Shimizu
C Block: Naruki Doi
D Block: Shingo Takagi

Overall Winner: YAMATO

 

Who will win their respective blocks? Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

5/8/2018

King of Gate 2018 B Block Match
Big R Shimizu vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first block has Takashi taking on one half of our new Open the Twin Gate Champion, Big R Shimizu and his partner is Ben-K, who is fantastic and is on my A Block. And now for the match…it was a match, it unfortunately existed. This is not a good way to start your B Block and not even a good way to start your actual tournament! The only good thing about the match is that it was only three minutes as it was just sloppy with both of these guys, then again I’m not a fan of Big R or Takashi, but still the match was terrible. The match ended with Takashi trying to pull Big R off the turnbuckle to deliver a Powerbomb, but he kept holding onto the ropes and it looked messy until he lets go and….that’s it, the match ends. Takashi gets two points and I won’t get those three minutes match.

Recommended: No no no no, now time to cry in the corner again.

 

King of Gate 2018 A Block Match
Kzy vs. YAMATO

Review: You really can’t go wrong with these two as they’re some of Dragon Gate’s best and I’m glad they’re the main event of this show. Since it’s been two months since I covered Dragon Gate, time for a quick little recap. Kzy was apart of the same group YAMATO was in called Tribe Vanguard and he recently left the unit since he felt like he was being held back and wanted to shine on his own to make his own group with “brother” YASSHI, Genki Horiguchi, Punch Tominaga, and Susumu Yokosuka as they’re now officially called Natural Vibes and they formed on the April 6th show, I have to admit that I am a fan of this tag team and the change in Kzy, plus their dance is really fun to watch before the match starts, they even won the Open the Triangle Gate titles at the previous show (Kzy, Yokosuka, and Horiguchi). Now he looks to fight his former ally to prove himself that leaving Tribe Vanguard was good for him, also YAMATO changed his hair on me and it scares me… The match was nearly twenty minutes and it was fantastic, both men just worked wonderfully with each other, the story was good, the sequences were crisp, and it just gelled so nicely. Kzy showed that he can hang with the top guys and I have no doubt that he’ll be in getting bigger title runs soon. YAMATO also showed why he was considered an ace at one point despite getting mix reactions, but no denying that he is good in the ring and he could use this tournament to get a proper rematch against him. YAMATO would get the win with the Almighty as he praised Kzy after the match saying he felt something special from him during the bout. Fantastic showing by both of these men.

Recommended: Highly recommended, go watch it now.

– One BIG problem with the network that I’m noticing and that is they don’t have all of the shows on the network, meaning that it’s gonna be hard to cover the whole tournament fully or even tell you if the matches were worth watching, but we will at least tell you the results. On the May 12th show, I only had a B Block match with Genki Horiguchi defeating Takashi Yoshida, gaining two points himself. All of this and more for 1500 yen a month by the way…

 

5/13/2018

King Of Gate 2018 Block A Match
Ben-K vs. Shun Skywalker

Review: Least with this show we get to see the match and this time it’s with Ben-K, who is another one of my favorites in the promotion and can be the future of the company, it’s amazing how great he is with about two years of experience in the ring. He’s got the look, the talent, the charisma, he’s gonna go far in this business for sure. Shun Skywalker has been impressing me lately and was surprised to see him in this tournament, but it’s a good way to prove his worth and see if he can perform well with the top guys. The match was pretty solid for what it was as Shun actually did impress me in his match with Ben-K and has done very well holding his own in the match. Ben-K also did great, but it shouldn’t be a real surprise since he’s on the rise right now. Definitely a lot of good sequences and Shun definitely getting enough close calls to make him feel like he can be a serious threat, but it’s not enough as Ben-K would hit him with an amazing Spear to get a win here.

Recommended: I enjoyed the match, very solid and a great ending.

– Of course it’s happening again with the May 14th show and it appears our next live show isn’t until the 19th…1500 yen folks. This really makes it hard to cover the whole tournament as now it feels like both mine and Andrew’s coverage a bit hollow without most of the matches. I could’ve added three more matches on here to give you all a full article, but it doesn’t appear to be the case here and we at The Chairshot completely apologize for this. If it was an actual tour, then I wouldn’t mind as much, but the fact that it’s for your big tournament that we’re having this problem and that’s not fair to the audience here who subscribe to the product. Get your shit together.

For A Block, Yasushi Kanda defeated YAMATO by Countout in five minutes.

For B Block, Takashi Yoshida defeated BXB Hulk to get his second win.

 

Overall: The shows could’ve been so much better, but the Dragon Gate Network really downgraded the expectations for this show, but I really hope it delivers at the end of it despite us possibly losing half these shows. If I had known this, then we probably could’ve just done it ourselves, but I’m still happy to be working with someone on it. Least two out of three matches were really good, so that’s a plus.

Favorite Match: YAMATO vs. Kzy

Least Favorite Match: Big R Shimizu vs. Takashi Yoshida

Score: 7/10

 

A Block Standings:
YAMATO (1-1) (2 Points)
Ben-K (1-0) (2 Points)
Yasushi Kanda (1-0) (2 Points)
Kzy (0-1) (0 Points)
Shun Skywalker (0-1) (0 Points)

B Block Standings:
Takashi Yoshida (2-1) (4 Points)
Genki Horiguchi (1-0) (2 Points)
BXB Hulk (0-1) (0 Points)
Big R Shimizu (0-1) (0 Points)
Jason Lee (0-0) (0 Points)


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019

Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.

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Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.

Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.

The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.

On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”

The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.

YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.

HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.

Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.

Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?

The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.

YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.

YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.

“I’m home”.

So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed. 

Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,

Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.

Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.

Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.

EVENT RECAPS
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama

18th May 2019 – Sekuchi Ageo Store Event
19th May 2019 – YAMADA Green Dome, Maebashi, Gunma

NEWS

“KONGOH SAUCE”
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.

Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.

Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for

Kenoh to be gentle.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.

Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.

Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.

BROADCASTS
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.

The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.

LINKS
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano 
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka 
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima 

PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji 
Newsletter written by Hisame


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PRO -WRESTLING NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.34~ 12TH MAY 2019

We’re in between events for NOAH! Hisame brings us updates, need to know information, and of course RATEL’S stuff!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
The new owners of NOAH seem to have done away with NOAH giving names to their interim tours, and these will now be known as “NOAH The SPIRIT”.

The interim tours between Global Tag League and Global Junior Tag League starting will run for three dates only – the 11th & 12th May and then the the final date on May 19th in Gunma.

NOAH are currently in the grip of an injury bug (three people out, please see below for updates\news), so the cards were changed accordingly with Keisuke Ishii and Kouki Iwasaki being drafted in.  

RATELS and Stinger (without YO-HEY) faced off again, with Tadasuke getting his second win over The Stinger team, this time over Kotaro Suzuki on the 12th by reversing The Endless Waltz into The Pac. Tadasuke, being Tadasuke, became manic saying that he “can’t control myself” and posting the crazy face icon.

In a more sedate tone, Yoshinari Ogawa tried the handshake again with Daisuke Harada on the 12th May event. I am afraid that I don’t know whether Harada took it or ignored it.

Due to his title challenge for the GHC Heavyweight title (9th June) and for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles (13th June), Takashi Sugiura is now feuding with three people – AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) and Kaito Kiyomiya. Sugiura and Shiozaki beat the hell out of each other on the 11th May, and there was an equally intense match against Katsuhiko Nakajima on the 12th. Neither the challenger or the champions, however, got the direct win over each other. 

Regarding the title challenges, Sugiura said he is blessed as a wrestler to have them, and even more so that these will take place at the Mitsuharu Misawa memorial shows at Korakuen Hall and Osaka.

Much to their dismay, Kongoh (the new unit of Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Yoshiki Inamura and Atsushi Kotoge) lost their debut match on the 11th against Kaito Kiyomiya, Minoru Tanaka and Hi69. Kenoh and Kiyomiya made a beeline for each other, with Kenoh sticking his fist in Kiyomiya’s face (they didn’t roll around fighting in the streamers like two kids fighting in the playground this time).

Takashi Sugiura (intent on winding Kenoh up online, although aside from calling him a “thoughtlessly stupid old man”, Kenoh seems to be ignoring him now), said that their loss was due to having a comedy wrestler (Kotoge was pinned by Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Driver).
Kotoge, however, had other issues other than Kongoh.

His former tag team partner in “The Revolutionary Cloak Heroes”, Mitsuya Nagai, was furious that Kotoge had apparently ditched him for his new crew, and vowed revenge in their singles match which fans had named, “The Revolutionary Showdown”. Making small children cry, Nagai threw Kotoge into the crowd using both the “robber cloak” that Kotoge had given him and the chain that Kotoge had tried to remove from him. Kotoge was given the beat down of a lifetime.

Nagai says he “feels relieved” he doesn’t have to wear the cloak again. 

Kongoh debuted their tandem move on the 12th May, whereby Kitamiya (with the assist from Inamura) slam their opponent from the top turnbuckle, with Kenoh following up with the Diving Footstamp for the win.

After the match, Kenoh got on the microphone and started yelling about not being a “yes-man” to LIDET.

Normally, he would point to their banner, but he found that there wasn’t one in the arena today, and Kenoh being Kenoh (half paranoid, mostly angry), decided that they hadn’t put it up deliberately due to his angry ranting at it.

EVENT RECAPS
Saturday May 11th 2019, Ryumioka Kaikan, Ozaki City
Sunday May 12th 2019: Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama

Post match promos: Ryumioka Kaikan, Ozaki City

NEWS

COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS (Kenoh’s column)Although the interview was done after KAIOH’S loss at Global Tag League, and Kenoh’s subsequent screaming fit at Kiyomiya leading to the dissolution of their team, Kenoh was actually quite restrained, and not spewing fire against the “22 year old 3 year career boy” as he termed him. Kenoh’s column veered between sounding like a concerned older brother, recounting happier times with him, and a dose of paranoia and anger towards LIDET.

YO-HEY UPDATE
YO-HEY was discharged from the hospital earlier in the week, and told that he must work on building up his strength, and not rush back to work. Various NOAH wrestlers (and others) had visited him in the hospital, with YO-HEY giving them hospital department names (Jiro Ikemen was from proctology and Atsushi Kotoge from mental health). The majority of wrestlers who visited played with the iron grabbing claw that YO-HEY had used to reach for things as he was bed bound with a tube in his lung, and most of the time YO-HEY found himself being pinched with it.

YO-HEY wants to make it clear that he is not returning to RATELS, he will be teaming with HAYATA as a member of Stinger, while HAYATA will remain with RATELS. He says he will address the situation on the May 19th in Gunma. He won’t be wrestling though. YO-HEY, however, did acknowledge that for Global Junior Tag league he wanted to reunite with HAYATA, if only for that event in the future.

Interestingly, there has been no mention of Stinger ever visiting him, while RATELS did (Tadasuke taunted him with cigarettes), but ultimately this may mean nothing.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI INJURED
NOAH announced at the start of “NOAH the SPIRIT 2019” that Naomichi Marufuji would miss the tour with a lower lumbar back hernia. So, while everyone went off with NOAH, Marufuji was left bored at home in Tokyo (no wrestling and no socializing). He was unable to sleep for the first two nights due to pain, but considered it his body adjusting to the condition when he was finally able to snatch a few hours. I think this injury is probably a left over from his manic year in 2018, although he has taken it easier this year, not appearing in any other promotions, and not participating in Global Tag League. Naturally, he got defensive when asked to take it easy and not rush back.

Although he is undergoing treatment, he has said that he will be back for the big match on the 28th May at Korakuen Hall where he will team with Jinsei Shinzaki and Daisuke Harada against Kenoh (who was Jinsei Shinzaki’s student), Masa Kitamiya and Atsushi Kotoge. The worrying thing is that even if he is not ready to come back, he will for this match, no matter the cost, and most likely the singles match with Go Shiozaki at the Misawa Memorial show on the 9th.

Given that Daisuke Harada and Marufuji can be childish when tagging together (like doing things to wind each other up like wanting to use the same turnbuckle to stand on during an entrance, not tagging each other in, and Harada not letting Marufuji join in with RATELS handshake, and then Marufuji refusing to let them leave by a certain exit), plus Kenoh’s hatred of Marufuji – Shinzaki may well find himself playing the adult. 

Marufuji has also hinted (normally at 1.30am JST) that he is looking for a tag partner…

CURRENT CHAMPIONS


One of NOAH’s new trainees on the tour bus

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Fans were greeted in Saitama by 50 Funky Powers disco ball spinning
~ Yoshinari Ogawa gave RATELS the finger
~ Apparently Kenoh & HAYATA sang an anime theme (translated into “Southern Country Boy”) for Tadasuke, who was planning to sing it on a show “Matsuko Deluxe”, but it was never aired.
~ Kinya Okada (whose nickname is apparently “Chunky”), is working towards his return, although no date has been given as of yet. Takashi Sugiura took a picture of him looking glum on the bus and said he was growing tired of looking at his “steep face”.
~ Two new trainees have been seen at ringside, naturally, we will not know the name of these boys until they debut (and of course, if they debut).
~ Kenoh said that when he used to second Jinsei Shinzaki, he would chant a sutra from Shikoku (his home island, and a sacred place for pilgrimages), that the monks would chant for protection on their travels.

BROADCASTS
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.

The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.

LINKS
Reiwa’s Pro Wrestlers: Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura to challenge for the title on Misawa Memorial night in JuneTakashi Sugiura’s double GHC challenge at the two Misawa Memorial eventsDouble challenge for the GHC titles, Sugiura’s peak at 49 years old“NOAH The Spirit 2019” autograph scheduleAkitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue “Moving Centre” with a resurrection of The Dark Agents

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX, Tadasuke
Newsletter written by Hisame


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