Delayed Doom: My favourite Kind of Doom

I’ve recently discovered that I’m really drawn to a particular type of move in wresting that I’ve taken to calling Delayed Doom. I was going to call it Delayed Death, but that feels a little dark. Delayed Doom is a style of move where the wrestler holds their opponent in a position which they can’t move or escape the move before finishing them off. There are usually a few seconds where the opponent is just waiting for the trigger to be pulled before they’re slammed into oblivion. Delayed Doom.

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Dragon Gate Summer Adventure Tag League, Korakuen Hall, September 9th 2014: Live Results

Pre-Show Match: K-ness, Super Shisa vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Yuga Hayashi
Fun little opener. Yosuke sat on Super Shisa’s face while he had Yuga in a surfboard. Yosuke accidentally kissed Yuga when K-ness moved out of the way. Yosuke still mated to kiss K-ness so it worked out in the end. K-ness pinned Yuga with Hikari no Wa.
Yosuke♡Santa Maria is wrestling comedy gold. Yuga’s becoming a fan favourite underdog, much like Yohei Komatsu in New Japan.

Jimmyz and Mad Blankey came out to talk about their match for later, or something. I think they’re choosing captains for the elimination match.

1. Uhaa Nation, Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Kagetora, “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka
Really good tag team match. Very quick action. Uhaa can move incredibly well for a heavyweight. Lots of dives and high flying. Uhaa eventually out away Kotoka with combination standing moonsaults.

2. Punch Tominaga vs. Don Fujii
Fujii accidentally knocked out the ref. While the ref was down, Fujii was handcuffed to the ropes. Gamma came out and stole the key off of Mondai Ryu and freed Fujii. Fujii brought in a table. Funny moment when the table got tangled up in the corner and Fujii couldn’t remove it. Fujii chokeslammed Punch onto the table, though it wasn’t set up so he didn’t go through it. Fujii got white powdered by Ryu. Punch used the itokan (a yellow box) on Fujii, and then on the ref to get himself DQ’d. Good match, but a lot of interference. That seems to be the usual style of a Punch match now.

3. B Block: T-Hawk, Eita vs. CIMA, Gamma
CIMA is great, but I don’t understand the arrows in his tight that point to his bunghole.
Gamma hit an early inverted kneeling piledriver on Eita. That move is way to big to be a throwaway mid-match move. Piledrivers are finishers. Gamma used it like it’s an arm drag.
Gamma did his usual water spitting gimmick to Eita. Pretty gross. Big Topé con Hilo by Eita. Eita missed his rolling dropkick out of the corner on Gamma. Great knee to CIMA’s head by Eita. Gamma went completely nuts on Eita and T-Hawk. It took both of them to slow him down. T-Hawk hit Night Ride on Gamma for two. Eita quickly capitalized and put Gamma in his submission but CIMA broke it up.
Amazing sequence where CIMA hit a top rope stomp on Eita, who was being held in a crucifix position by Gamma. CIMA rolled through and hit a backstabber on T-Hawk in the other corner. Really smooth. Great final sequence. Eita went for a Frankensteiner but CIMA rolled through it and put EIta into a submission, then a pin attempt and then the Zebra Special all in one motion. T-Hawk was about to make the save, but Gamma tackled him and kept him down. Eita had no choice but to tap. Fantastic match. CIMA was simply amazing.

4. Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Flamita vs. Kzy
Flamita was in control until Kzy literally grabbed him by the nuts. That slowed him down. Kzy covered Flamita with chairs on the outside and did a slingshot senton on top of him. Ouch. Awesome Tope con Hilo by Flamita using the second rope as a springboard. Flamita hit a 450 but Kzy kicked out of the lazy cover. Punch tripped Flamita when he came off the ropes. Kzy took advantage and hit a middle rope leg drop followed by CDJ, a swanton and Kzy Time (Frogsplash) but Flamita kicked out. Flamita reversed Impact into a huricanrana. Flamita hit a codebreaker from the muscle buster position. Finally Flamita hit the Flam Fly out of nowhere for the win. Excellent match. I was surprised how well Kzy can wrestle given the right opponent and match type.
K-Ness came out and challenged Flamita after the match.

After the break, BxB Hulk debuted his new unit’s name. They are known as Dia Hearts. What does that mean? Day Hearts?

5. BxB Hulk, Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid vs. Akira Tozawa, Masato Yoshino, Shingo Takagi
Funny moment when Mochizuki told Tozawa to go for a kick. Tozawa did and Mochizuki checked it. Mochizuki had an answer to everything early on.
Dragon kid hit a crazy stunner on Yoshino. Of course it was sold like it had the impact of an arm drag. That’s Dragon Gate! Great missile dropkick/senton combination by Yoshino. Big standing top rope Frankensteiner by Dragon Kid to Takagi.
Lots of crazy action with guys hitting big move after big move after big move. Mochizuki hit a million kicks on Tozawa to finish him off. Seriously, Mochizuki kicked Tozawa at least a million times.
Dia HEARTS win. Fun match. Incredibly fast action. Impossible to keep up with.
After the match, Mochizuki proposed a series of singles matches between Monster Express and Dia HEARTS members. The challenge was accepted.

6. Jimmyz vs. MAD BLANKEY Loser Revives Survival Instant Comeback Captain’s Fall Elimination Match: Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! vs. YAMATO, Naruki Doi, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu
Doi and Susumu are captains.
Fighting outside to start the match. Mondai Ryu was the first to be eliminated after a lariat by Susumu. Tanizaki and Kong fought on the apron. Kanda kicked Kong off the apron to eliminate him. Dolphin was eliminated by YAMATO to bring Ryu back, who was instantly eliminated again. Horiguchi was eliminated by YAMATO with Gallaria to bring Kong back. Tanizaki was eliminated by Kong to bring Ryu back. Kanda was eliminated after getting hit with the itokan and kicked off the apron by Doi. Susumu is all alone now. Susumu pinned YAMATO to bring Kanda back. Susumu got hit with the itokan and Doi hit the Bakatare sliding kick for a near-fall. Susumu hit Jumbo no Kachi!-gatame on Doi for the win after Doi accidentally got white powder thrown in his face by Kzy.
Jimmyz win. Another very fun, fast paced match.

VTR (CIMA, GAMMA and Fujii) came out and challenged for the Triangle Gate championship after the match.
K-ness has to defeat Kanda to get his title shot against Flamita.

Final Thoughts

Another great Dragon Gate show. Fantastic matches from top to bottom. Eita and T-Hawk vs. CIMA and Gamma was my personal favourite. Flamita looked great in his match against Kzy, who also wrestled well (better than I’ve seen in the past).
The captain’s fall elimination match was very fast paced and really fun.
My only complaint, and it’s basically the go to complaint about Dragon Gate, was the lack of selling. I love the car crash style matches, but if a guy hits a piledriver, you shouldn’t be getting back up right away. Sometimes big moves feel meaningless.
Still, it was a really enjoyable show as always.

Dragon Gate – Dangerous Gate, August 17, Tokyo: Live Results

-Sellout crowd. Between 4500-5000.

Pre-Show Match: K-ness & Kenichiro Arai vs. Shachihoko BOY & Ryotsu Shimizu

Fun little pre-show match. Shachihiko and Shimizu did a funny double team move on Arai: Shimizu held Shachihiko Boy in a wheelbarrow position while Shachihiko did the fish pose and then splashed Arai.
Arai landed a flying headbutt on Shimizu for the win.

1. Jimmy Kanda, Jimmy Kagetora, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Gamma, Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa

Stalker was shot into Kanda’s butt headfirst. Gamma was going to spit water into Kanda’s mouth, but Yosuke took it willingly. Pretty gross.
Yosuke with a gnarly jump off the ropes into nothing but a kick from Genki. Big dive over the corner turnbuckle by Yosuke. Stalker tried an Asai Moonsault but crashed and burned. A surprisingly awesome bridging German by Stalker on Genki, though he then failed the handspring corner attack. Maria kissed Kanda and Gamma but slapped Stalker. Kanda with a big top rope diving elbow (The Gekokujoh Elbow) on Stalker for the win. Fun match. I really like Stalker and Maria’s comedy.

2. Don Fujii, Yuga Hayashi vs. Jimmy Susumu, “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka

Fujii wailed on Kotoka early on. Nice plancha by Hayashi. Hayashi with a flurry of elbows on Susumu who no sold them and then laid him out. Kotoka tried to knock Fujii off the apron with little success until Susumu came over and helped him. Kotoka and Susumu isolated Hayashi for a while. Hayashi made a comeback with a big slap and a dropkick on Kotoka. Fujii tagged in and cleared house. Kotoka with kicks to Fujii that had no effect. Fujii took him down with a lariat. Hayashi with a nice judo throw and armbar on Kotoka. Susumu broke it up. Double stomp from Kotoka on Hayashi. Kotoka went for the pin, Fujii calmly walked over and slapped him off Hayashi. Chokeslam by Fujii to Susumu for two. Bridging German from Hayashi to Susumu for a nearfall. In the end, Susumu pinned Hayashi with Jumbo no Kachi. Everyone shook hands after the match, except for Hayashi, who pushed away Kotoka. Hayashi was very popular with the crowd.

BxB Hulk and Naruki Doi came out for…a chat?

3. No DQ Match: CIMA vs. Punch Tominaga

I enjoy Punch’s new persona. Kind of an angsty teenage possessed yakuza guy.
Punch tried to get the jump on CIMA with a Mad Blankey distraction but he was ready for it and nearly got the quick win. Blankey members attacked CIMA right away. Kong, Kzy and Ryu were all at ringside to assist Punch. CIMA did some really unique mat work on Punch. CIMA with running double knees into the corner followed with a nice dropkick from the turnbuckles. Punch with a leg submission where he kept his hands in his pockets and acted possessed. CIMA made the ropes, but isn’t it no DQ? CIMA took some headkicks and then fired back with a running dropkick and backstabber off the turnbuckles. Kong came in and hit a huge lariat on CIMA. Punch made a pile of chairs and tried suplexing CIMA onto them. CIMA fought out of it and hit a nice Perfect Driver onto the chairs. Kzy hit CIMA with the yellow box and Punch hit him with a big exploding chair shot. Punch, with the assist from Kzy, kicked a chair into/through CIMA’s head for the win. Punch’s pin was just standing over CIMA with one foot. Pretty heel. Big win for Punch.
Fujii immediately came out and confronted Punch. Nothing happened except for some yelling.

4. Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Flamita vs. Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin

Flamita went for the handspring rebound off the ropes but Naoki caught him with a dropkick. He then dropkicked him out of the ring. Naoki controlled Flamita early and kept the pace quite slow. He hit a diving knee drop across the back of Flamita’s head. Naoki with some clobbering knees in the corner but Flamita fought back with a dropkick and then a suicida. Flamita went to the stage and dove off onto Naoki. In the ring, Flamita hit the handspring back elbow off the ropes and a standing moonsault. He then hit a middle rope 450, followed by a tope rope 450 for two. Naoki avoided a package codebreaker and hit a penalty kick. Tombstone variation by Naoki, followed with an Implant for two. The finish came when Flamita caught Naoki with a Flame Fly, quickly followed by a second, short-arm Flame Fly for the win. Great match. Really smooth action. Flamita is very impressive.

5. Open the Twin Gate Championship Match: T-Hawk, Eita vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid

Masaaki destroyed Eita and T-Hawk early. Dragon Kid got trapped in the corner and double team stomped. Dragon Kid tried some forearms on T-Hawk but they didn’t work. T-Hawk chopped him down. Nice double team dropkick from Eita and T-Hawk. T-Hawk just wailed on Dragon kid until Masaaki came in and kicked him off. Dragon kid with a kneedrop followed with a handstand into another kneedrop. Cool move. Dragon Kid did a little side flip over a downed Eita and then a quick dropkick to his head. Unnecessary, but cool. Both Dragon Kid and Masaaki put their opponents into submissions. Fairly slow paced match up until now. T-Hawk blocked a Masaaki armbar by lifting him and slamming him with one arm. Eita did a big dive to the outside. Big lift-up knee strike by T-Hawk to Dragon Kid. Masaaki blocked a suplex and put T-Hawk into a crossface but Eita broke it up. Standing top rope Frankensteiner by Dragon Kid with Eita perched on Masaaki’s shoulders. T-Hawk powerbombed Dragon Kid for two. Eita escaped the Bible from Dragon Kid and put him in a submission until Masaaki broke it up. Masaaki with kicks to Eita. Eita kicked out of a pin attempt at one. Awesome huracanrana pin by Dragon Kid on Eita for two. Big kicks from Masaaki to T-Hawk for a nearfall. Big double team codebreaker on Masaaki for two. T-Hawk hit Night Ride but Dragon Kid broke up the pin. Eita backflipped to the outside from the top turnbuckle onto Dragon Kid. Masaaki stood straight up after T-Hawk’s Night Ride. T-Hawk hit it again for two. T-Hawk finally put Masaaki away with Veracruz. Fantastic match. Best of the night so far. Really amazing finish between T-Hawk and Masaaki.

6. MONSTER EXPRESS vs. MAD BLANKEY Loser Revives Survival Instant Comeback Captain’s Fall Elimination Match: Masato Yoshino, Shingo Takagi(c), Akira Tozawa, Uhaa Nation vs. YAMATO(c), Kzy, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu

I must say I don’t completely understand the rules here. From what I can tell, the captain has to be pinned for the other team to win. If someone is eliminated, they can be brought back when someone from the opposing team is eliminated. Over the top rope rules apply. Got it? I don’t.
Ryu was eliminated instantly by Shingo. Kong threw Yoshino over the top, eliminating him, which brought back Ryu. I think I get it now. Uhaa double powerbombed Ryu, eliminating him again.
Kong threw Tozawa to the outside but Uhaa caught him and put him on the apron, only to be kicked off and eliminated by YAMATO.
Shingo got kicked off the top turnbuckle and nearly went tumbling to the outside but held on for his life. He scrambled back in before getting kicked out. Yoshino did a backflip to the outside from the turnbuckles (that didn’t count as an elimination for some reason). Uhaa followed suit with a backflip off the apron. Yoshino with a nice cradle pin on Kong to bring back Tozawa. Yoshino hit a great missile dropkick/senton combination. Shingo with a backwards falling top rope elbow on YAMATO for two.
Uhaa got outnumbered and eventually eliminated by YAMATO.
Kong landed a big diving elbow on Shingo for a nearfall. Tozawa did a top rope superplex on Kzy, whose facials are great by the way. Yoshino hit a really quick spinning armbar takedown, which Tozawa followed up with a bridging German for two. Kong came in and hit a big lariat and Cyber Bomb on Tozawa to eliminate him. Uhaa and Tozawa are both eliminated at this point.
Yoshino fought out of a Gallaria from YAMATO for a very long time, but was eventually pinned by Kzy. Three members of Monster Express are now eliminated. Shingo is now 1 vs. 4.
Kzy hit CDJ for two. Kong hit a second turnbuckle powerbomb for two. Big whiplash on Shingo’s neck when he landed. Shingo eliminated Ryu to bring Uhaa back with Last Falconry. Uhaa flipped onto Kzy to death – a flapjack and two standing moonsaults, one shooting star. Kzy was eliminated.
Shingo hit Last Falconry on YAMATO for a nearfall. YAMATO finally put away Shingo with Gallaria for the win. Really fun match. Not as confusing to follow as I first expected.
YAMATO talked after the match, until We Are Jimmyz came out and attacked Mad Blankey. Words were spoken, Japanese words. From what I gathered, it will be Mad Blankey vs. Jimmyz at Korakuen Hall.

7. Open the Dream Gate Championship Decision Match: Naruki Doi (Interim Champion) vs. BxB Hulk (20th Champion)
-If Hulk wins, it counts as his first defense.
-If Doi wins, he becomes the 21st champion.

Really good opening sequence with both guys trying for the advantage but neither giving it up. BxB Hulk finally got it. He got Doi in a single leg and laid some kicks into him while in the hold. Hulk with a float over exploder suplex. Outside the ring, Doi sent Hulk headfirst into the ring post. With Hulk caught in the ropes, Doi hit a running dropkick, and then a diving senton onto a draped Hulk. Big reverse DDT by Doi. Doi put Hulk into a weird camel clutch, with one leg behind Hulk’s head. Hulk came back momentarily with a flurry of kicks, but was cut off with a big DDT. Nice high kick and wheel kick from Hulk. Tope Con Hilo from Hulk onto Doi and Mad Blankey. Springboard wheelkick by Hulk back in the ring. Hulk went up the second rope but someone from Mad Blankey pulled him down. Doi hit a cannonball in the corner and then a powerbomb for two. Nice backflip kick off Doi by Hulk. Mad Blankey distracted the ref while YAMATO hit a running dropkick in the corner. Really big high angle spinebuster by Doi for a nearfall. Doi hit the Bakatare sliding kick but didn’t go for the pin. Doi took Hulk up top but Hulk fought out and hit a running powerslam for two. Hulk accidentally kicked the referee, which led to Mad Blankey all coming in and attacking Hulk, until the Jimmyz came out and helped him. Kzy accidentally threw the powder into Doi’s face. Doi was then attacked by Dragon Kid and Masaaki Mochizuki. Hulk hit First Flash for a nearfall. Hulk went up top but was stopped by Mad Blankey. Doi then hit a crazy top rope Tiger Suplex on Hulk for two. With the ref distracted again, Doi hit Hulk with the yellow sign and then hit the Bakatare sliding kick but Hulk kicked out. Hulk with a great reversal of the Muscular Bomb. Doi went for it again and this time nailed it. Very scary landing for Hulk. Doi hit a flipping piledriver, but Hulk stayed up and kicked Doi in the head. Top rope powerslam from Hulk followed with H Thunder for two. Hulk then kicked Doi’s head off with First Flash, went up top and hit the Phoenix Splash for the win.
Pretty incredible match. Hulk took some really crazy bumps on his neck. A lot of interference from Mad Blankey and Jimmyz, but it didn’t detract from the quality of the match too much though.

After the match, Masaaki and Dragon Kid came out. It seems they are leaving VTR to start a new unit with Hulk.

Final Thoughts

Very good show overall. The last two matches were particularly great, but only if you really enjoy the car crash no-sell style of Dragon Gate.
Hulk vs. Doi was pretty incredible. Hulk too some really wild bumps. The top rope Tiger Superplex and Muscular Bomb from Doi were very scary.
The captain’s fall match between Mad Blankey and Monster Express was a lot of fun, if not a tad confusing. It never surprises me how agile Uhaa Nation is. Shingo and Tozawa are always great to watch.
Match of the night for me was T-Hawk & Eita vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Dragon Kid. Just a really solid, fun tag team title match. T-Hawk is really good, and the finish between him and Masaaki was fantastic.
Flamita was really impressive in his win against Tanizaki. He’s very reminiscent of a young Rey Mysterio.
The first three matches were all entertaining. Nothing amazing, but no duds. I really like Punch Tominaga’s new character, and Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa is so great at being terrible it’s ridiculous. Great stuff.

Dragon Gate Scandal Gate 8/5, Korakuen Hall: Results

Card

  1. Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, Gamma vs. Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Jimmy Kanda
  2. Don Fujii, Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Yuga Hayashi
  3. K-ness, Kenichiro Arai, Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kagetora, “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka
  4. YAMATO, Punch Tominaga vs. Akira Tozawa, Shingo Takagi
  5. T-Hawk, Eita vs. Masato Yoshino, Uhaa Nation
  6. Open the Dream Gate Championship 4 vs. 1 Handicap Match: BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi, Kzy, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu – *Whoever pins Hulk becomes champion

Results

1. Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, Gamma vs. Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Jimmy Kanda
Dragon Kid pinned Candy with the Bible, assisted by stereo super kicks from Gamma and Mochizuki. Very fun opener. Gamma did his usual spitting water into his opponents mouth shtick. Mochizuki tried it too but Genki pushed him off the ropes. Very fast paced action, and not too much comedy.

2. Don Fujii, Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Yuga Hayashi
Shimizu almost killed Yosuke with a hard shoulder block.
A flurry of strikes from Hayashi that Fujii no sold. Fujii levelled him with an elbow. Hayashi came back with big dropkicks on Shimizu. Maria landed a big top turnbuckle Plancha on Fujii.
Judo flip into an arm bar by Hayashi on Shimizu. Fujii broke it up. A flurry of slaps by Hayashi to Fujii. One chop and punch from Fujii drops Hayashi. Fujii chokeslammed Maria onto Hayashi. Jumpin ass attack by Maria and a German from Hayashi on Shimizu. Shimizu with a sit out spinebuster on Hayashi but Maria broke up the pin. Kameari Crab by Shimizu on Hayashi who tapped out. Good match. Not too much comedy again. I’ve never seen so much straightforward wrestling in Dragon Gate before.
After the match, Tanizaki called out Flamita.

3. K-ness, Kenichiro Arai, Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kagetora, “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka
Awesome 619 fakeout by Kagetora. Sickening sounding headbutts by Arai and Susumu. Especially with the crowd going silent so they could clearly hear the thud. Susumu got the worst of it. Another thudding headbutt from Arai to Susumu from the top rope. Arai then got crotched on the top. Double stomp onto Shachiko BOY by Kotoka. Very good sequence of pin attempts between Susumu and K-ness, ending with Susumu countering the Hikari no Wa for the win. Good match. Nothing amazing, but good, fast action. Those headbutts though. The sound of their heads clashing was sickening. I never want to hear that again.

4. YAMATO, Punch Tominaga vs. Akira Tozawa, Shingo Takagi
Shattered dreams from Shingo to Punch, who earlier low blowed Shingo and Tozawa. Big superplex from Tozawa to Punch. Pop up powerbomb by Shingo, then a bridging German by Tozawa for a nearfall. Punch broke a chair over Tozawa’s head. He then put on some brass knuckles but the ref took them away. He got another set and laid out Tozawa with them. He then went crazy on Tozawa and hit him repeatedly with the brass knuckles to cause the DQ. Really good match, but nobody likes a DQ finish.
Some fighting after the bell. YAMATO and Punch got on the mic after the match. Punch called out CIMA who came out to I assume set up a match at Ota-ku.

5. T-Hawk, Eita vs. Masato Yoshino, Uhaa Nation
Good double team work by Eita and T-Hawk. Except for the unnecessary twisting of Yoshino’s arms before giving him an Irish Whip. Just whip him already. 10 curls and then a fall away slam by Uhaa on Eita. Super fast running dropkick by Yoshino on Eita. Big somersault dive on Uhaa by Eita to the outside. Big deadlift middle rope superplex from Uhaa on T-Hawk. Awesome top rope missile dropkick/Senton splash combination by Yoshino. Double team codebreaker on Uhaa off of T-Hawk’s shoulders with Eita jumping off the top ropes. Michinoku driver by Yoshino on Eita who kicked out but was immediately splashed by Uhaa from the top ropes. Double powerbomb by Uhaa on Eita for two.
Really good final sequence between Yoshino and T-Hawk. Yoshino kept escaping the Night Ride but couldn’t hit his finisher on T-Hawk. T-Hawk eventually hit the Night Ride but Yoshino kicked out. He then immediately hit a second Night Ride for the win. Really good tag team match.

6. Open the Dream Gate Championship 4 vs. 1 Handicap Match: BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi, Kzy, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu
Whoever pins Hulk becomes Champion
Hulk got the early jump on Doi, but Mad Blankey immediately swarmed Hulk and attacked him on the outside. Back in the ring, Kzy and Ryu went for quick pins on Hulk. A quick flurry of strikes by Hulk on Kong, but he was cut off with a big back body drop. Kong clotheslined Hulk out of the ring. Hulk got some brief offense in on Kzy before getting cut off again. Splash by Kong for two. Nice double team neckbreaker by Kong and Doi that Kong transitioned into a stretch muffler. Hulk made it to the ropes. Huge powerbomb off the middle ropes by Kong for two. Hulk is getting destroyed. Awesome dropkick/backflip splash combination by Hulk on Ryu and Kzy. He kicked off Kzy and flipped onto Ryu. Pretty great. Great sequence of kicks by Hulk to Ryu leading to a two count. Kong accidentally clotheslined Ryu and Hulk suplexed Kong onto Ryu. He then hit H Thunder on Ryu for the three. The match continued. I guess it’s an elimination match. Huge lariat by Kong followed up by a top rope elbow for two. Hulk landed a weird flipping slam and pinned Kong. Kong is eliminated, leaving Kzy and Doi. CDJ (Canadian Destroyer) by Kzy but he missed the frogsplash. Hulk accidentally kicked the ref. The Blankeys took advantage and all attacked Hulk. Some help arrived but it wasn’t enough. Hulk was hit by the yellow box. Bakatare Sliding Kick by Doi for two. Doi hit Hulk with the cleaning sign and hit another Bakatare Sliding Kick to get the three and win the Open the Dream Gate title.
After the match, Doi vowed to put Hulk in hospital like he did CIMA. They’ll have a rematch at Ota-ku.

Good show with some very fast paced and exciting wrestling. A lot of the finishes were clearly done to set up the next major Dragon Gate show. Not as much comedy on this show that there usually is, which is a shame as I really enjoy the comedy spots on Dragon Gate shows. Still, where there wasn’t comedy, there was some good wrestling.

Update

Technically, Naruki Doi is only the Interim Champion. BxB Hulk is still the 20th champion. In their upcoming match at DANGEROUS GATE, if Naruki Doi wins, he’ll become the 21st champion. If BxB Hulk wins, the title will be returned to him and it will be classed as his first title defense.

Dragon Gate Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival July 20, 2014 Report

by Zach Dominello
@TheKoalaMask

Welcome to my report for Dragon Gate’s Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 2014.

Special thanks to @SenorLARIATO for the videos.

Let’s get to it!

Pre-Show Match 1: Shachihoko BOY vs. “Mr. High Tension” Kotoka vs. Ryotsu Shimizu

Shachihoko BOY got the win with a jumping front cradle. He was very excited about that. They only showed the later half of the match.

Pre-Show Match 2: K-ness, Super Shisa vs. U-T, Yosuke♡Santa Maria

Not happy that my favourite Dragon Gate wrestler, Yosuke Santa Maria, has been relegated to the pre-show. But I am happy because I still get to see my favourite Dragon Gate wrestler, Yosuke Santa Maria. Get ready to be kissed, opponents!

For all of Yosuke’s comedy and antics, he can go when he wants. Yosuke’s dive from the top turnbuckle to the outside was very good. (Should I say “he?” Is “she” more apt? I don’t know the protocol)

Yosuke pinned Shisa with the Neraiuchi for the win in 6:22. Yosuke is the greatest.

Match 1: 15th Anniversary Special 6 Man Tag Team Match: Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii, Gamma vs. Uhaa Nation, Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa, Jushin Thunder Liger

Ichikawa was killed instantly by a sick kick by Mochizuki and pinned instantly ala Daniel Bryan and Sheamus at WrestleMania. Liger got on the mic and talked his opponents into restarting the match.

Ichikawa was in for most of the match. Liger did a few of his regular spots – a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a brainbuster. Uhaa’s standing moonsaults were impressive. Ichikawa killed himself trying to German suplex Don Fujii. He fell back onto a chair and was pinned by Fujii in 8:33. I can’t help but loving Ichikawa’s antics. He’s completely useless but very entertaining. Short, fun match. Ichikawa’s comedy really stood out.

Match 2: Jimmy Kanda, Jimmy Kagetora vs. Mondai Ryu, Punch Tominaga

Not much to this one. Very short match, only 4:25, ending in DQ after Punch Tominaga and Kanda attacked the Jimmyz with chairs. Punch has really embraced his new persona. It’s pretty great. However, this match wasn’t.

Match 3: Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Flamita vs. Dragon Kid

Good little video package before the match.
Fairly slow paced start, which is something of a rarity in Dragon Gate considering the two guys who are wrestling.
Dragon Kid did a nice handstand knee drop. After a slingshot hurricanra on the outside, Dragon Kid had a water break. I like that water breaks are a normal thing in Dragon Gate.
Flamita got out of AJ Lee’s octopus stretch and hit Dragon Kid with Silas Young’s fancy finisher for a 2-count.
Dragon Kid took forever to set Flamita up for a standing top rope Frankensteiner. At one point Dragon Kid gently put Flamita’s arm in the correct position for the move. Pretty sloppy stuff.
Flamita did a cool Angel’s Wings into a backstabber. Flamita went for a Rainmaker, well Flamita’s variation of the move, which includes a backflip – the Flam Fly – but Dragon Kid reversed it.
Dragon Kid had a nice sequence near the end culminating in a springboard hurricanrana for a near fall.
Flamita won with the Flam Fly, now known by me as the flipping Rainmaker in 15:58.
This was pretty good. Not great like I was expecting, but certainly good.

Match 4: Open the Triangle Gate Championship Match: Naruki Doi, Cyber Kong, Kzy vs. Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Jimmy Susumu, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin

Early jump from the Mad Blankeys. Shades of Iizuka and Yano early on as everyone fought throughout the stands. They were soon back in the ring. I enjoyed Kzy getting a giant elastic band flung from a huge distance into his head. Very funny to see in a wrestling match. H.G’s hair was targeted by the Blankeys, as it is oft to be.
Wild dives by the Jimmyz to the outside. One of the Jimmyz – Susumu or Quu Quu – nearly landed on his head. Back in the ring there was a really nice assisted GTS by Quu Quu and Susumu.

Great sequence at the end. One of the Mad Blankeys, Kzy I think, hit Susumu in the head with a yellow safety sign. Doi then pinned Susumu with the Bakatare sliding kick in 17:25. Very exciting match. Classic Dragon Gate mixture of humour and incredibly fast action. Doi and Susumu really stood out.

Match 5: International Dream Tag Match: Masato Yoshino, Ricochet vs. CIMA, Matt Sydal

Sydal now looks very Fandango-esque in the hair department. He was a little rusty early on, but once things got clicking he was pretty good.
Ricochet hit a cool chasing (where he follows the opponent off the ropes) Ace Crusher off the ropes.
Great handspring moonsault over the ropes onto Sydal by Ricochet. CIMA did a cool roll up into a Stretch Muffler with a headscissor on Ricochet. Sydal and Ricochet hit stereo shooting stars onto their respective opponents.

Sydal claimed his was better and always will be. Sorry, Sydal, Ricochet is the new king of flips around here. Sydal reversed Ricochet’s roll through brainbuster into a hurricanrana. That was a really awesome spot.
Missile dropkcik/senton combination by Yoshino off the top ropes. Ricochet followed with a 630 splash onto CIMA but Sydal broke up the pin.
The finish came when Yoshino got CIMA in the Sol Naciente submission. CIMA wouldn’t quit so Ricochet superkicked him, but CIMA continued to hold on. Ricochet then did a top rope shooting star press kick while CIMA was still in the submission causing CIMA to finally give up in 17:07.
After the match, It looked like Sydal and Ricochet agreed to a one on one match for a later date. Also my word processor automatically changes CIMA to coma. So I’m sorry if I accidentally called CIMA coma at some point. It was not intentional. I promise.

Match 6: Open the Twin Gate Championship Match: Akira Tozawa, Shingo Takagi vs. T-Hawk, Eita

Early in, T-Hawk Tombstoned Shingo on the ramp after a double reversal. Pretty brutal.

Later in the match, Tozawa hit 2 consecutive dives, and then stereo dives by Tozawa and Shingo. Shingo did a flip over the ropes so it wasn’t exactly stereo, just at the same time. Still very cool.

Shingo and Tozawa had an awesome flurry of offence near the end. Just move after move after move. In fact, the final 10-15 minutes was all incredible action. Simply amazing stuff.
T-Hawk pinned Shingo with the Night Ride E.N.D. to win the Twin Gate tag titles in 30:08.
Match of the night so far. Truly an amazing, must see match. There was so much great action that writing about it just wouldn’t do it justice (and I can only write so fast). Just go and see this one for yourself.

T-Hawk and Eita are the 32nd Twin Gate champions.

Match 7: Open the Dream Gate Championship Match: YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk

A good video package before the match highlighting Hulk’s road to this match.

Hulk targeted YAMATO’s arm early on. While YAMATO was on all fours, Hulk kicked his left arm out from under him. YAMATO sold it like he was really hurt. By the way, Japanese wrestlers spelling their names’ in all caps is super annoying to type.

Later YAMATO performed a nasty double stomp from the top rope to the outside onto Hulk’s leg which was placed under chairs. Pretty sick.

The ref missed it thanks to a distraction from members of Mad Blankey. YAMATO then worked the injured leg in order to neutralise Hulk’s kicks. Of course it didn’t work as Hulk was soon kicking up a storm.
Water break for Hulk.
Hangman face driver by Hulk off the middle ropes, like Randy Orton’s DDT, but better. Belly to belly into the turnbuckles from YAMATO. Hulk’s leg hit hard and he sold it well.
Dragon screw off the ropes by YAMATO followed by a splash onto Hulk’s legs. Hulk kicked out of two consecutive Gallerias from YAMATO.

Hulk came back and hit a really scary H Thunder but YAMATO kicked out.

Big sequence of kicks by Hulk. Because his legs are OK now. Surprise surprise.

Big Phoenix Splash by Hulk for the win in 32:19.

BxB Hulk is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion.

Final Thoughts

The last two matches were well worth the asking price of the whole iPPV. Match of the night goes to the Twin Gate title match. Simply incredible action form start to finish. The final 10-15 minutes just blew me away. Awesome stuff. Not to be outdone, though they were, but only just, was YAMATO vs. BxB Hulk. On any other show this easily would have been the match of the night. On this show it was a very close second. The story of Hulk’s struggle to become champion was told exceptionally well, through the video package and throughout the match. The emotion when he finally captured the title was wonderful. The storytelling throughout the match was very intelligent with YAMATO cleverly targeting Hulk’s leg. Though of course in the end it was to no effect. Still a smart move.

Flamita vs. Dragon Kid was somewhat underwhelming. I think my expectations may have been too high for that one. It wasn’t bad, just not as exciting as you’d expect. Both guys just didn’t seem to click well with each other. Not much chemistry there. That top rope frankensteiner was god awful, but more the set up than the actual move.
Ricochet was brilliant in his tag match. Sydal looked a little rusty early on, but improved as the match went on. The Triangle Gate title match was also a lot of fun. Basically after Flamita vs. Dragon Kid, the show really kicked into high gear and didn’t let off even for a second.

Very good show overall. Not show of the year as some hyped it to be. But still very very fun. Well worth the asking price.

Yosuke Santa Maria forever!