(Full results here)
Co match of the night: The main event (Open The United Gate Championship: CIMA & Ricochet vs Mochizuki & Susumu)
Great main event. All four guys were fantastic, they went all out in this epic battle. Definitely one of the best United Gate matches I’ve seen.
Susumu is now twice as over in America due to his recent name change (the “Jimmy” chants were very loud, and started every time he got in the ring).
Co match of the night: PAC vs Akira Tozawa
I loved the first match between these two, it was one of my favourites of last year, so my expectations for the rematch were sky high. I wasn’t disappointed, as PAC vs Tozawa 2 was excellent. Great stuff from start to finish, with the last few minutes verging on mindblowing. Fast paced counters, brutal german suplexes, drama, this match had it all.
Tozawa getting the victory potentially sets up a rubber match down the line, which I would love to see.
Low Ki vs BxB Hulk
This was the best opening match I’ve seen on a DGUSA show since Hulk vs YAMATO (at the first show). They delivered plenty of hard-hitting offence (stiff kicks galore!), and showcased some good mat wrestling too. Like I said in my coverage, they didn’t kick it into overdrive like they would have in an upper card spot, but they didn’t need to on the first match of the show. As a standalone match, this was very good to great, but as an opener, it was pretty much perfect.
Naruki Doi vs Masato Yoshino
Very good match. Actually, it may well have been great, and probably would have been the best match on any other show. It was full of counters and other cool sequences. Yoshino’s speed and Doi’s general greatness mesh well together.
Jon Davis vs Caleb Konley
Jon Davis continued to impress here. I don’t think there’s room for him to ascend to the upper echelons of DGUSA, but he’s going to be a major player in Evolve.
The Young Bucks vs Chuck Taylor & Scorpio Sky
Scorpio Sky impressed in his DGUSA debut. He was definitely the MVP of the match for in my opinion. My favourite spot of his was the belly to belly suplex he executed on one of the Bucks, sending them outside the ring.
A few days removed from the match, Sky is the only one who made a lasting impression. The Bucks didn’t set the world on fire like they did in their initial DGUSA run. It was still cool to see them back though, and the match was pretty good overall.
A great second half backed up by a very strong undercard. When the Young Bucks match is the weakest on the show, you know it’s something special. Solid start to 2012 for the DGUSA crew. I’d certainly recommend ordering the show on demand, or picking it up on DVD.
Momentary death of the steam
The stream died for everyone during the Jon Davis match, because someone at WWNLive had set the show to end after two hours. A ridiculous blunder, but fortunately it was rectified pretty quickly.
Sami Callihan vs AR Fox (anything goes tables match)
Judging by comments I’ve seen around the internet, people loved this match. I wasn’t so keen though. I’ve thought about it for a while, and have concluded that I’m just not into this feud. It started in June, has yet to be good, and really jumped the shark for me back at Freedom Fight when it was shockingly put in the main event spot.
I’m an increasingly big fan of Callihan, and I like Fox too. Both men are capable of delivering some of the most cutting edge wrestling in America, so the sooner they stop having these nineties throwback hardcore matches the better in my opinion.
I will say that Fox’s post assisted moonsault to Callihan (while Callihan was lying across the guardrail) was awesome though.
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