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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.18 ~ 12TH JANUARY 2019

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We got the important Day 1 review for Navigation for the Future last week from Andrew, but Hisame is the expert. She clarifies things from that first day, on top of events since January 6th.

NEWS

“NAVIGATION FOR THE FUTURE 2019” BEGINS

NOAH began their year in Korakuen Hall on the 6th January. The roster filed to the ring (this years color is red) and stood while Go Shiozaki made the traditional New Years speech (this is either done by himself as Chairman of the NOAH Wrestlers Association, President Uchida or Naomichi Marufuji, but usually by himself), and although naturally he wasn’t competing, Marufuji was there.

Kinya Okada took on Masa Kitamiya, which ended with Kitamiya doing a massive spear on him which winded him.

Yoshiki Inamura took on his hero, Takashi Sugiura. Inamura put up a good fight, and like all the heavyweights, participated in the unofficial competition that they seem to have, which involves lifting Sugiura up and for as long as possible. He even once or twice managed to knock Sugiura down. However, the match finished as it only could, with the win by Sugiura via the infamous chokehold.

Atsushi Kotoge teamed with Masao Inoue against Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka.

The cape was the star of this match; Minoru Tanaka wore it on his head, Hi69 put it on to do the “Revolutionary Splash” and then got into a fight with it when he took it off over his head and it got kind of stuck.

Kotoge thought that they were going to join the “Revolutionary Army” (which so far has only one member, and no one wanting to join), when Tanaka sarcastically put the cape on at the end of the match and did the revolutionary fist when his arm was raised for the win.

They didn’t want to become his junior corps however, and Kotoge found himself thrown out of the ring, and looked up to see Minoru Tanaka using the cape to wipe Hi69’s ass…

The Backbreakers had their “assessment” match with Seiya Morohashi and Junta Miyawaki to see if they were eligible to challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Team titles. They weren’t as they lost, but afterwards Ohara predicted great things for Miyawaki, and said that he had the potential to be putting on a belt in the spring.
In the meantime, The Backbreakers have been challenged by Keisuke Ishii and Kouki Iwasaki.

The Hooligans had their first match of the evening when Akitoshi Saito teamed with 50 Funky Powers against them (Mitsuya Nagai, KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Cody Hall).

Due to interference by The Hooligans, who shoved Referee Nishinaga down, the match was abandoned after five minutes. This was a taster of what was to come in the title match.

A much healthier, happier and relaxed looking Naomichi Marufuji announced that he would be returning to the ring on the 1st February. After that he remained on commentary for the rest of the event.

The three remaining RATELS took on YO-HEY and his new friends, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki. Harada was not wasting any time as he stamped across the ring while he was being announced, not even bothering to look away from YO-HEY or even remove his RATELS jacket as he attacked him. YO-HEY won against the man he used to call “The Boss”.

After the match, HAYATA was bending over Harada, as YO-HEY looked on at Ogawa and Suzuki approaching them. HAYATA stood up, Ogawa said something to him, HAYATA put his hands on his hips and looked away, and the three of them left. HAYATA left soon after, leaving the seconds to help Harada out of the ring.

The Hooligans had their second match of the evening as Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi defended the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, following the bloodbath in Yokohama at the end of the year.

The problem with this match was the stop start, stop start, Hooligan interference, which after a while got tiresome. The booking was in itself very Suzuki-Gun, which is not something people really want to be reminded of. When the match was allowed to flow, we got some good moments, especially the dynamic between Katsuhiko Nakajima and Yuji Hino when neither would sell each others moves; Nakajima’s eyes filled black when Hino yawned in response to his kicks.

In the end (and beating up Atsushi Kotoge on the way who seems to have attached himself to Shiozaki and Nakajima, although no one has probably asked him to), The Hooligans retained.

Fifty Funky powers then challenged them for the titles with Quiet Storm telling them that everyone was sick of The Hooligans, and the way they fight, and they would finish them.  

In the main event, Kaito Kiyomiya came full circle, and beat Kenoh to retain the GHC Heavyweight championship.

Kenoh entered with slicked back hair and the usual scowl (he hasn’t debuted the hair since, probably because he was teased, or else he is saving it for big matches), and Kiyomiya entered with a Kobashi mannerism, where he pauses to look at the crowd as if he can’t believe they are cheering for him. They had what will be probably the start of their epic battles. Kenoh had said that neither he and Kiyomiya were the same people they were in January 2018, but I don’t think he really knew that Kiyomiya was not this young boy anymore, who he swung alternately between seeing as a younger brother, and an a potentially dangerous rival, who he had so easily kicked around in 2018. Sugiura had underestimated Kiyomiya during Global League, and Kenoh, while not making the same mistake, made the mistake as seeing Kiyomiya as still somewhat green and unprepared for his role as the GHC Heavyweight Champion.

Kiyomiya knew Kenoh well, he was able to dodge his moves, and he also knew when to play dead and come out of his daze. They had great chemistry together, and this match, already a match of the year to some, was hard fought all the way through, and a solid fight from the start.

At one point, seeing Marufuji on commentary, Kenoh paused to glare at his hated obsession.

After the match, Atsushi Kotoge (mercifully wearing a fresh new cape which hadn’t been anywhere near Hi69’s hindquarters, although lets face it, ALL those cloaks probably have a rude backstage story to tell on a Misawa level), came out to challenge Kaito Kiyomiya.

Kotoge proposed starting a revolution together, and fortunately for Kiyomiya, he was saved from this by Masa Kitamiya, who also challenged and said sensibly (and firmly) that “the GHC Heavyweight does not need a comedy wrestler”.

Kiyomiya, as polite as ever, left the company to arrange the details and Kotoge and Kitamiya will face each other on January 20th to determine the number one contender, with the winner facing Kiyomiya on February 1st.

During the pre-matches, neither Kotoge or Kitamiya got the pin or had the pin given on them by Kiyomiya directly.

Kaito Kiyomiya says that he wants to be an approachable champion, one that talks to fans and makes people leave the event smiling. He was driven by Kenoh to become champion, and he is driven by the memories of the dark days of Suzuki-Gun and the vicious circle it created with the fans who felt the crisis in Noah, which was transmitted to the wrestlers, and when no one was happy. As well as being the youngest GHC Heavyweight Champion on history, he also wants to beat Takashi Sugiura’s defensive record of fourteen people.

NOAH are currently approaching the end of their three day in a row event. Hi69 said that the attendances have not been good, and more people need to come, but for winter in the provinces, the attendances weren’t bad; there was a long line to see Katsuhiko Nakajima, and according to Kaito Kiyomiya, a lot of new fans came to the events.

IPW

RATELS (including YO-HEY) are taking part in IPW’S Junior Tournament on the 15th January. Their opponents for the first round have been announced as:

Daisuke Harada vs Chris Ridgeway
HAYATA vs Kid Lykos
YO-HEY vs Ben Basden
Tadasuke vs James Basden

While Harada is yet to comment on his opponent (who seems to do the Sugiura mouth-guard thing), although he did say that this will be the first time he will ever have competed for a belt concurrently in another promotion, HAYATA doesn’t use social media, YO-HEY said he wanted to meet Mr. Bean, Tadasuke has commented that he will “knock down” his opponent.

Tickets can be purchased here

DDT
Naomichi Marufuji and Go Shiozaki will be taking part in DDT’S 22nd anniversary event “Judgement 2019” on February 17th.

President Uchida represented Marufuji at the press conference (Marufuji has had to be very strict with his rehabilitation, and so cannot travel with NOAH to the events in the countryside, and sometimes has to miss things for treatment), and was met with Tetsuya Endo (who will be Marufuji’s opponent), eating his lunch.

Endo basically said he respects Marufuji, but he doesn’t care about the actual match, he’s out to crush him, he also said that he didn’t think that Marufuji would be physically or mentally ready for it either.

Fortunately, having had the experience of both Kenoh and Sugiura in his face and therefore being familiar with such behavior, President Uchida just ignored him.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Hajime Ohara announced that NOAH will be returning to Kultz Kawasaki on the 27th July, and he will once again be involved in the booking of the show.
~ Yuji Hino said about Mohammed Yone, “The Afro is dead”.
~ YO-HEY appears to have an invisible friend…
~ Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak fell off when he attempted to do the “Revolutionary Cloak Splash”
~ HAYATA did not second Harada and Tadasuke in Hamamatsu
~ Takashi Sugiura bought home a little yellow hat for his puppy. He also said he realizes that his account should be used for photographing people, and not his dog, but he doesn’t apologize; he is going to keep photographing his dog.
~ There seems to be friction developing between Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima, and the fans want to see a single match.
~ Despite the manner in which he left NOAH, and where he is now, Taiji Ishimori appears to be on good terms with Marufuji. Marufuji congratulated him on winning the IWGP Junior in New Japan, and Ishimori thanked him and said he remembered the lessons and experience he had in NOAH. Even if he does return as a Freelancer, which he may well do one day, hopefully Ishimori will be back in the NOAH ring one day.
~ Two small kids ran to Kenoh (who was standing watching the ring action) and asked if they could shake his hand, he was very gentle with them in doing it.
~ Tadasuke turned 33 on the 13th January.
~ President Uchida hinted that a GHC Heavyweight Title defense could take place in Canada (or on IMPACT) as a thank you to Scott D’Amor who took care of him when he was overseas.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s been good as he’s got a new dog.
His good behavior won’t last, especially when summer comes, or when he finds Masao Inoue at the urinal.

BROADCASTS
I am afraid that no broadcasts have been announced as of yet, although it is likely that the last day of tour (1st February which is the GHC Heavyweight title match and Marufuji’s return) will be broadcast, and perhaps the 26th January in Osaka.

BOOK CORNER
The translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark” continues.
In this chapter he dispels a lot of the myths surrounding himself and KENTA. Its a commonly held (and dearly held belief) that they were close, if anything, they were anything but. They rarely had any contact outside the ring, never socialized or had really had any significant contact out of tour, and Marufuji said he lent him a CD which he never returned.

LINKS
“No memory of the match” ~ Kaito Kiyomiya, the youngest champions first defense
Marufuji’s enthusiastic return on the 1st February at Korakuen
The Hooligans do as they like
“Whichever comes, I will not lose” GHC Heavyweight Champion, Kaito Kiyomiya’s confidence about Kotoge and Kitamiya
Kaito Kiyomiya’s first defense and an ambition in Canada
The birth of the youngest GHC Heavyweight Champion ~ Kaito Kiyomiya’s interview (1st defense)
Wrestling Grand Prix Fighting Spirit winner Kaito Kiyomiya, “My starting point for battle came from Fujinami and Choshu”

NOAH FROM THE VAULT
Kaito Kiyomiya’s “My Turning Point” (translated by Purodino)

Photos & gifs – credit to Noah GHC, IPW, PDXD & Puroresu Weekly


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.27 ~ 17TH MARCH 2019

Coming off their first live streaming event on YouTube – Hisame brings us all the things we need to know about NOAH!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
On March 16th, NOAH kicked off “Spring Navigation 2019” by visiting Matsuyama, Ehime, Shikoku.

The atmosphere was said to be one of excitement, which had been carried over from “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019” which happened on the 10th March.

Following his appearance in Yokohama with KAZMA, NOSAWA teamed with Takashi Sugiura in Matsuyama. Sugiura later posted on Twitter that he “trusted” NOSAWA, but this was probably a typo as he later said that he didn’t at all.

And so much for gratitude, Masao Inoue and Sugiura have returned to their minor (and comedic) feud, with Inoue bumbling around and using the usual tricks to try and win, until Sugiura obliterated him.

Naomichi Marufuji wound up Kenoh by saying that he was an “obedient Kenoh” these days (because he does what Kiyomiya says), adding on the suffix “kun” (which signifies in this case that a senior is addressing a junior) for good measure.

Kenoh said that it was their first match together since Marufuji had been injured, and he was looking forward to kicking him. Hard.

In the ring, the fight went to the outside (even to the merchandise table) and Kenoh no sold Marufuji’s “Kawada Kicks”.

Afterwards, Marufuji said that Kenoh must be very fond of him to want to fight him so much, and he wasn’t even in Global Tag League.

In a first for NOAH (since streaming services became all the rage so to speak), they announced that their final show at Hakata Stalene on the 17th March 2019, was going to be streamed live via their YouTube channel. It was worldwide, free of charge, and despite NOAH having to shut off the audio for any songs they didn’t have the rights to, it was a success. The image was flawless, the sound was perfect, the transmission was good (although I had to shut down my machine twice as I was watching it through my PS4, and it kept losing connection, but that is nothing to do with the service).

Hakata Stalene is going to be demolished; the building is now crumbling due to age and damage caused by seismic activity over the years, and it is going to be too expensive to repair due to its 1970s construction methods. Many promotions in Japan have held one final show here.

I have been asked many times if this means that NOAH are going to make this a regular thing. The answer is, I don’t know; but I get the feeling that this is them killing two birds with one stone, broadcasting a big event for them and seeing what response they get (about 2.1K people tuned in worldwide).

Hi69 has challenged Kotaro Suzuki to a title match for the GHC Junior  Heavyweight Tag Team titles. Suzuki initially agreed to the match, looked at Hi69 and said that he would “have to check the weight”.

Expect Kotaro Suzuki to demand a public weighing. 

Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against old tag team partner, Masa Kitamiya, and had a policy of eliminating him from his young teammates (Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada), by throwing him into the crowd, hitting him with a chair and attacking him at the merchandise table.

Naomichi Marufuji and Yoshinari Ogawa had a rare singles match, which was very technical, and although Marufuji won, he said he was exhausted by it. Everything he tried, Ogawa was one step ahead and he said he couldn’t pull out any moves from any drawers, not even a fraction. Marufuji, however, wasn’t completely at Ogawa’s mercy; Ogawa came away with a chopped red chest. 

Takashi Sugiura and Go Shiozaki put on a “Golden Era” match of just two guys beating up on each other. Their match was so stiff, at one point Shiozaki was briefly knocked out, and the ref had to perform a concussion test on him. Shiozaki could walk from the ring fortunately, but managed to slip a bit on the small steps. He later posted on Twitter about how Hakata Stalene was special to him, and made no mention of any concussion or injury, so I guess he is fine.

Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya debuted their new tag team, their new pose, and their new tandem move. When Kenoh came out, he stepped to the side and Kiyomiya came through the curtains, they then shook hands and went to the ring.

Their new move consists of Kiyomiya slamming the opponent with Kenoh doing the diving footstomp afterwards.

The dates of the small tour can be found here
Event recap: Matsuyama, Ehime
Event recap: Hakata Stalene, Fukuoka
Autograph schedule 

NEWS
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s new column compares the Japanese closure of the country for about 220 to NOAH’s policy of isolation, and how it can be a good thing in allowing homegrown talent to grow without having to rely on or being dictated to by any outside source.

CODY HALL LEAVES NOAH
Although NOAH are yet to confirm anything officially, it looks very much like Cody Hall has left NOAH and is now advertising his availability for events in the US and Europe, and has not appeared on any upcoming cards. He says that he would like to return to the promotion someday.

At “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019”, Mitsuya Nagai (having basically been told by 50 Funky Powers that he couldn’t dance or pose with them, despite his funky green flashing glasses), said that he was looking for a tag partner that would shake things up for Global Tag League 2019.

Atsushi Kotoge came to the ring clutching a Paisley patterned cape. Nagai (taking a small break from yelling at a woman to shut up), looked as if to say, “please, not you…anyone but you”. Kotoge, however, wouldn’t be deterred from what he now sees as his mission to put justice into the heart of Nagai and wrapped the cape around him.

Backstage, Nagai said that he said that he never said that he would team with him, and that this cape looked like it was used by robbers (and threw in a few expletives). Kotoge told him that robbers were people the police came to arrest, not heroes such as themselves, whom First Graders looked up to and so could Nagai watch his language?

Nagai later posted on Twitter wondering about a team name, Kotoge of course bounced up and suggested “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”.

Nagai is yet to comment.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ In Matsuyama when the roster come out to sign autographs. Some junior high kids, who couldn’t afford merchandise, asked YO-HEY & Yoshinari Ogawa if they could sign autographs for them, all they had was some paper. Autograph rules are that the wrestlers are only meant to sign merchandise, but Ogawa overruled this (he is the most senior man in the company and no one is going to argue with him), and said, “lets do it”.
~ Daisuke Harada made a beeline for Kaito Kiyomiya during their match in Matsuyama, Ehime. Kiyomiya brushed it off in the interview afterwards, basically saying that he had better things to think about than being attacked by the NOAH juniors.
~ Being injured and unable to travel too much meant that like everyone else outside of Fukuoka, Atsushi Kotoge watched the event at Hakata Stalene at home.
~ Maybach Taniguchi is still in “monster mode” and attacked the referee after a match.

~ NOAH have filmed their two yearly adverts for long time sponsor, “The Leave”.
~ Although Kenoh and Kiyomiya are teaming, both have acknowledged they are not, and probably will not be friends. Kiyomiya says he will have to keep an eye on Kenoh, and Kenoh has said, he will be aiming for the belt (as will Takashi Sugiura who stated that no matter how NOAH may have changed, his wanting the belt hadn’t, in a separate interview)
~ Was Kenoh crying when Kiyomiya called him to the ring at “Great Voyage in Yokohama?”
~ The merchandise truck broke down en route to Hakata Stalene, and had to be rescued by the wrestlers bus, hence the autograph signings before the event had to be rearranged.
~ Takashi Sugiura came home to find his dog had moved into his space on the couch when he is away. Lets not talk about the pictures he took of his dog doing its business when he walked him.
~ The GHC Heavyweight champions, AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) and the GHC Junior GHC Champion, Minoru Tanaka, had a kind of group hug, in which Shiozaki lent so hard on Nakajima he almost knocked him over.
~ Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto came to Hakata Stalene for NOAH’s farewell match there.

BROADCASTS
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live

LINKS
Venue guide: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Roster birthday list
“Kenoh and I will stand at the top and change the setting” ~ Interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya resolves to “lead with strong feelings”
Kaito Kiyomiya defends against genius Marufuji, declares a united front with Kenoh
“Echoes across the industry”: Minoru Tanaka’s first GHC Junior Championship
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki’s first defense “Going Forward”
Kaito Kiyomiya breaks Marufuji in 3rd championship defense, decoration of the promotions new ship

Picture credits: Takashi Sugiura, Noah GHC, PKDX


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Dragon Gate Champions Gate 2019 Results & Review (3/3/2019)

PAC gives a title shot to the up and coming Shun Skywalker! How does this Dragon Gate event play out?

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PAC gives a title shot to the up and coming Shun Skywalker! How does this Dragon Gate event play out?

Welcome back to Dragon Gate and their Champions Gate show!

There were two shows for this one and on the first day, Dragon Kid would retain the Open the Brave Gate Championship over K-ness and R.E.D retained the Open the Triangle Gate Championships over MaxiMuM. Now we look over at the following day as we have two more title matches to cover including PAC taking on Shun Skywalker.

It looks like a promising card and I’m looking forward to covering it as we…dive right in.

Rating System:
0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
1 Star: Vince Russo
2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
K-ness, Masaaki Mochizuki & YASSHI vs. Don Fujii, Gamma & Ryo Saito

Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, and Ryo Saito taking on K-ness, Masaaki Mochizuki, and ‘brother’ YASSHI. Weird how K-ness came from having a match for the Open the Brave Gate Championship, which he lost and is now back to the opening matches of the show. This is just random pairings for the match, but they usually go well if done right. Will they give us a fun opening contest?

The first matches are usually more comedy based and this one was no exception here as they did give you humor throughout the match with Don throwing his water bottle at his opponents, Ryo being abused by his opponents, and just whatever they could think of really.  Other than that, it was mostly a solid and basic match with everyone performing quite well here which is nice since the opening contest is usually a dud, but I’m glad that it wasn’t the case here. For some reason, YASSHI had to to do a dick grab to his opponents at the same time…hot? Ryo would attempt a La Magistral to YASSHI and would stop halfway to do a submission but Mochizuki would slap him across the head. Don would use the Gedo Clutch onto YASSHI to get the pinfall victory in a solid and comedic bout.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Tag Team Match
Tribe Vanguard (Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. MaxiMuM (Jason Lee & Masato Yoshino)

Review: We now have a regular tag team match with Tribe Vanguard members, YAMATO and Kagetora taking on members of MaxiMuM, Masato Yoshino and Jason Lee. We got four incredibly talented people in the ring fighting against each other with two former Open the Dream Gate Champions as well, so you can definitely expect a great match to happen here. So let’s just enjoy a fun match and see who comes out on top.

YAMATO and Jason starting things off here and I’m still waiting for my one on one, which we might get at King of Gate at this point or I’ll be shocked that we don’t get it. Nice little sequence shared until Kagetora got tagged in and this guy is always an enjoyable treat to watch. YAMATO would do a closed fist onto Jason in the corner and Masato responds by smacking his ass…hot. I just enjoyed every interaction in this match since everyone was crisp in the ring and had nice counters like when Masato would catch Kagetora with a Dropkick in the air when they were both jumping and Kagetora just took it so well in the ring. They also had some fun comedic spots when YAMATO distracting Masato with a wrench to the turnbuckle post a couple of times and dropped it to apologize to the referee. Another fun spot they would do is during their back and forth battle with their punches, one would flick their own hair and the other one will do it after and was a nice little spot. The match was about ten minutes and it was very well paced with great action in between to make everyone look good and YAMATO would get the pin on Jason with the Ragnarok. Very fun tag match.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Singles Match
Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first singles match of the night where we have Kaito Ishida taking on Takashi Yoshida. Kaito would add a little bet into this match where if he can somehow defeat Takashi in this match, MaxiMuM would be able to get another rematch for the Open the Triangle Gate Championship but is Takashi wins, MaxiMuM will be able to challenge for the titles for a whole year. We got a battle of strength from Takashi Yoshida and agility from Kaito Ishida, so it all comes down to which style will come out on top. Will speed win the match or power runs him down?

Kaito would be able to sneak attack Takashi in the match as he would actually have the upper hand when he fought him outside of the ring and would get him inside to try and do more work to him. Takashi would finally have an opening when he throat thrusts him to get him to choke and now he goes back to dominating him in the match. This is where Takashi would just control the match by throwing him around, beating him down, just anything he could do to him to make sure Kaito will lose the match and the opportunity. Kaito definitely did play the part of getting sympathy from the crowd as he just kept on getting destroyed but wait, Kaito would actually catch Takashi into a cradle to get the surprise victory! Now that Kaito was able to get the win, he and MaxiMuM will be able to get a rematch for the Open the Triangle Gate Championships soon. Average match but a nice story with a fitting outcome.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

 

Tag Team Match
Mochizuki Dojo (Hyo Watanabe & Yuki Yoshioka) vs. MaxiMuM (Dragon Kid & Naruki Doi)

Review: Our next tag match has two students from the Mochizuki Dojo, Yuki Yoshioka, and Hyo Watanabe taking on Naruaki Doi and current Open the Brave Gate Champion, Dragon Kid. This is a match between the veterans going against the future of Dragon Gate, which Mochizuki took under his wing to groom them up into the future. A win here could do wonders for Mochizuki Dogo, especially if they can pin Kid which would be possible contenders for the Open the Brave Gate Championship. Which team will win?

Dragon Kid still wrestles like he’s ten years younger while being 43 years old, it’s incredible and had really nice chemistry with Hyo for a little bit there when they would open up together. Once Yuki got in the ring with Naruki, it pretty much turned into a pair of Dragon Gate Veterans beating down the newbies to groom them up for success because Hyo and Yuki are some people that you’ll need to keep an eye when it comes to the future of this company. Naruki and Kid would do what they need to do to get the crowd behind Yuki as he would take the majority of the moves in the match until he delivered a Missle Dropkick onto Naruki and caught Kid in the air with another Dropkick as he makes the hot tag to Hyo. Hyo started coming in red hot, showing off his athletic ability in the match and he would do his flips off the corner shades of old PAC as he meets a forearm from Naruki once he turned around. Less than ten minutes of solid tag team action as Naruki would hit a Bakatare Sliding Kick onto Hyo as he sold it beautifully and pins him to give MaxiMuM the victory.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy & Susumu Yokosuka) vs. R.E.D. (Eita, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Yasushi Kanda)

Review: We have another six-man tag team match with Natural Vibes members, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka taking on R.E.D members, Eita, Yasushi Kanda, and KAZMA SAKAMOTO. Natural Vibes lost their Open the Triangle Gate Championships at Final Gate against R.E.D after breaking the record for most title defenses with the title. R.E.D were able to retain the titles at their previous show and now if Natural Vibes can get the win, they could possibly get a rematch. Will Natural Vibes be able to win or does R.E.D win?

Of course, R.E.D does an interference spot outside of the ring before the match starts, it wouldn’t be R.E.D without them doing that at this point. Thankfully, they go back in the ring for the match to start properly now and Kzy is still red hot despite losing to PAC last month. The match itself was at least fun despite the bad beginning with how things would normally go in this six-man tag match with R.E.D doing the heel work and Natural Vibes being the babyfaces of the match and also giving them a run for their money. R.E.D would actually do their own version of a Shield Powerbomb sorta and would have Kzy kick out of it still. Kzy and Kanda are in the ring now and it looked like Kanda was gonna end it but Kzy would hit him with a bunch of elbows and tricks him with the Skayde Schoolboy and would get the win for Natural Vibes. It looks like Natural Vibes could be in line for a Open the Triangle Gate Championship match soon, but R.E.D has to defend the titles against MaxiMuM next, so Natural Vibes will get their opportunity soon. Solid tag match, Kzy is still great.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Open the Twin Gate Title Match
Big Ben (Ben-K & Big R Shimizu) (c) vs. Tribe Vanguard (KAI & U-T)

Review: Our first title match of the night is the Open the Twin Gate Championship match with Big Ben defend their titles against Tribe Vanguard members, U-T and KAI. The two teams fought each other before at the last show I covered here and U-T would pick up the win after a miscommunication occurred with Eita accidentally hitting Ben-K with a chair. This time is now for the titles as they’ve earned that opportunity and Big Ben would need to try and avenge that loss. Will Big Ben retain or will lightning strike twice and we’ll have new champions?

In typical R.E.D fashion, they would attack all over the arena and throw their opponents into a bunch of chairs, but that wouldn’t last long thankfully as they got back into the ring for Big Ben to take charge. Big R Shimizu is like The Bodyguard in a way that I’m not a fan of them when they’re by themselves but when with their tag partner, they’re great together. Big Ben is a great tag team and just have great chemistry together in the ring and have evolved together from when they were with MaxiMuM and now with R.E.D, they showed that they could play both face and heel together. I felt like this match was more about U-T than anything else and how much he progressed as a wrestler. He can surely take a beating too as he would take all the heat from Big Ben during the beginning and middle of the match until he hits a Hurricanrana onto Big R to tag KAI in for the hot tag.

U-T dives to the outside of the ring and so does KAI as they had to get the advantage once again. U-T would get tagged in again as he would apply the Rings of Saturn onto Ben and it looks like he could be tapping out until Big R would break the hold, but U-T would lock it in once again and held it a little bit longer this time around as Big R would break it up again. Big R held U-T for a Chokeslam as Ben-K would Dropkick him to get him down as Big R would have him up for the Shot-put Slam and does so with Ben Spearing U-T down with him and goes for the pin as U-T kicked out of it. U-T is starting to get more momentum as he would just reverse another Shot-put into a pinfall for a kickout and did the same thing to Ben-K when he tried to hit the Ben-K Bomb and caught him in a Crucifix. Big R would throw U-T into the air for Ben to catch him with a Spear and U-T kicked out once again! This kid is trying so hard to win this match and is having a lot of fans supporting him. Big R would finally hit the Shot-put Slam and gets the pin to retain the titles. Great tag team match, U-T is definitely going places.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Open the Dream Gate Title Match
PAC (c) vs. Shun Skywalker

Review: It’s now time for our main event as we have the Open the Dream Gate Championship on the line as the current champion, PAC is scheduled to defend the title against Shun Skywalker. This match came about after PAC had his first successful defense against Kzy and PAC said everyone would fear him now after he destroyed Kzy and asked who else would be brave enough to fight him. This will be where Shun Skywalker came out and he would issue a challenge to PAC for the title and while he was mocked by R.E.D, PAC was amused by the challenge as he would put him over saying he was a great fighter and is generous enough to accept his challenge for the title, and that’s how we got here. This will be Shun’s first singles title match and now is the time to test himself and see if he’s ready for the main event. Will Shun pull the upset or does PAC retain once again?

Shun would shock PAC for a moment here when he would reverse/flip out of his moves, leaving the current champion a little bit stunned but that wouldn’t last too long when PAC just took over once again. This match…really did irritate me here since I know Shun can do so much better than how he performed in this match as it just made him look like he was one of those guys that are just acrobatics and no substance, which is not true since he actually is a solid worker. PAC is also someone that has been a hit or miss in his matches and I know a lot of people love the guy as he can do no wrong, but he hasn’t been consistent in his matches and it’s hard for me to fully support him when one day he’ll have a great match and the next something that’s so basic or overkill, that’s my only big problem with him. Another thing I wanna point out is that this really didn’t feel like a title match and something you would see on any mid-card show, it was just very bland for my taste while the two of them just under performed.

I will say that there were some good moments with Shun during the middle of the match, like when he would jump off the ropes to land onto PAC as he had great height there. The last two minutes of the match was when it started to get more exciting but the problem with that is that it happened in the last couple of minutes to keep it interesting that it was a buzzkill. PAC would go to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow as Shun got up to hit a Spanish Fly and quickly goes to the top rope again for a Moonsault and PAC kicked out at two. It looked like Shun was gonna go for another Moonsault to finish him off but PAC puts his knees up just in time and hits a Standing Moonsault with his knees connecting in Shun’s ribcage. PAC finally got to the top rope to hit the Black Arrow and he retains the title. Shun, I like you and I know you’re a talented guy but you’re honestly not ready for the main event spotlight yet. I think he should try to go for the Open the Brave Gate Championship first before trying to go for the Dream Gate.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Overall: Despite having an underwhelming main event, the rest of the show was pretty consistent from top to bottom with some solid tag team matches and the Twin Gate Title match stealing the show for this one.

Favorite Match: Big Ben (Ben-K & Big R Shimizu) vs. Tribe Vanguard (KAI & U-T)

Least Favorite Match: Kaito Ishida vs. Takashi Yoshida

Score: 7/10

  • I would also like to announce that this will be the final Dragon Gate show that I will be covering for The Chairshot as I am moving Dragon Gate to another site I write for, so I can help balance everything out with my personal life and give equal content to my providers. I had a lot of fun covering it here, but I wanna focus more of Stardom and All Japan for this website.

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