Live coverage of Dragon Gate USA: Open The Ultimate Gate
Lee here with live coverage of Dragon Gate USA: Open The Ultimate Gate 2012. You can still order the $2 IPPV over at WWNLive:
The show will start on the hour, and my results and thoughts will be edited into this post, so be sure to keep refreshing the page!
- It has begun! The quality is excellent, it looks great on my massive TV. Yes, buying a cable to hook my laptop up to my TV was the best idea ever.
Match 1: Rich Swann vs AR Fox
- I guess this means that Yoshino will replace CIMA as Ricochet’s partner.
Winner: AR Fox (pinfall after Lo Mein Pain)
Thoughts: What an opener! Fox hit some crazy moves, most notably a springboard imploding 630 senton to the outside, while Swann put in an electrifying performance as well. The crowd ate it up, they added a lot to the opening contest of this big show.
- Ricochet and CIMA are out with the tag belts. CIMA apologised about not being able to wrestle, then they vacated the titles.
- Johnny Gargano and Chuck Taylor are out. After quite a bit of talking, Yoshino arrives and offers to be Ricochet’s partner. The match for the vacant belts is set.
- The Scene now have ladies accompany them to the ring. They grind up against Larry Dallas. It’s slightly disturbing. Then they sort of dance in the ring.
- Wow, Tommy Dreamer is here. That’s a surprise.
Match 2: The Scene (Scott Reed & Caleb Konley) vs Bobby Fish & Tommy Dreamer
Winners: Bobby Fish & Tommy Dreamer (Konley tapped to the Fish Hook)
Thoughts: Half good, half not. When Fish was in there, it was great. He’s not someone I’ve seen a great deal of, but I really want to see more of him, his strikes and submissions were so smooth. Dreamer brought little more than misogyny to the the table, even piledriving one of the Scene’s girls.
- Dreamer spanked one of the Scene’s girls after the match.
Thoughts: Go away Dreamer.
Match 3: Sami Callihan vs BxB Hulk
Winner: BxB Hulk (pinfall after First Flash)
Recap: Sami jumped Hulk before the match and had the advantage, then Hulk took over, then they went back and forth, with Sami having the edge due to the damage he had done to Hulk’s leg, until Christina Von Eerie, who had appeared at ringside, lured him in for a kiss. She spat wine in his face, allowing Hulk to land some kind of suplex on him. Hulk ended it with the First Flash.
Winner: BxB Hulk (pinfall after First Flash)
Thoughts: Solid match. I can never get enough of watching Hulk kick people. I’m so pleased to see him end his losing streak!
- Von Eeerie celebrated with Hulk afterwards. She is now a member of Mad Blankey.
- Callihan called out Sabu in a post match promo. Sabu came for a brawl. Then D.U.F and Jon Davis emerged, flowing straight into the next match.
Match 4: Street Fight - Sabu & Jon Davis vs Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez
Recap: They brawled and hit each other with stuff. Sabu opened Cannon up with a spike. Eventually, Sabu put Cannon through a table with a diving leg drop, before Davis landed 5 Seconds Around The World on Sanchez, leading to the pinfall.
Winners: Sabu and Jon Davis
Thoughts: The finish was good, and I like seeing Davis throw people around. Aside from that, I didn’t think much of it. I don’t think I’ll ever be a Pinkie Sanchez fan.
- Callihan attacked Sabu again after the match. Then he said nasty things to him.
- Sabu stumbled away. Nice of Davis to just ditch him.
Match 5: Masaaki Mochizuki vs Akira Tozawa
Recap: Some cool opening exchanges led to Mochi working Tozawa’s leg, then his arm. A couple of Tozawa suicide dives led to him taking control, which led to them basically going to war. Ultimately, Tozawa survived the Saikyou high kick, before falling to the Sankakugeri.
Winner: Masaaki Mochizuki
Thoughts: When this one got going, it really got going. The first half of the match was good, then the second half was excellent. Awesome stuff. Tozawa and Mochi are my two favourite wrestlers right now, so I always enjoy seeing them go at it.
Despite being an icon in Japan, Mochi hasn’t actually had a great deal of high profile victories in the US, so this was a pretty big win for him. The crowd were mostly in favour of Tozawa in the beginning, but he really won them over by the end.
- Von Eerie punched Mochi below the belt after the match.
Thoughts so far…
The Good: A very exciting opener, Bobby Fish, a solid Hulk/Callihan bout, and a great match in Tozawa vs Mochizuki.
The Bad: Tommy Dreamer, Pinkie Sanchez
The Questionable: The Scene…there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with them, they just aren’t bringing a whole lot to the table.
Match 6: Samuray Del Sol vs Johnny Vandal
Recap: Del Sol showed off some flashy moves in the opening minutes, before Vandal got the upper hand. Del Sol survived his diving knee drop, then caught him with a reverse springboard hurricarana to end it.
Thoughts: Short and sweet. I look forward to seeing more from Del Sol.
Match 7: Low Ki vs PAC
Winner: Low Ki (pinfall after Warrior’s Way)
Thoughts: A very good match, that was intense with impressive wrestling all the way through. I would have liked to see it go longer, they didn’t kick it to the next level like Mochi and Tozawa did, but I guess it’s good that they didn’t just try to replicate that match. Still though, another five or ten minutes and this could have been a classic.
Main event - Open The United Gate Championship: Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor vs Ricochet & Masato Yoshino
Recap: Way too much happened for me to detail, but it’s worth noting that Gargano had it won at one point, but Taylor pulled him off the cover because he wanted it himself. Then Taylor tussled with Swann and picked up the Freedom Gate. The finish saw Ricochet hit a running moonsault on Gargano from the ring to the outside, before Yoshino finished Taylor with Torbellino and Sol Naciente.
Winners and new champions: Ricochet and Masato Yoshino
Thoughts: Great main event. Some crazy action here. Ricochet was the star of the show, but Gargano and Yoshino also put in top notch performances.
- Taylor turned heel after the match, superkicking CIMA and Gargano.
- Yoshino gave the show closing speech.
Thoughts: A really good show, with three great matches. My full review will be up tomorrow!
Thanks very much for following along with me tonight! Feel free to discuss the show with me on Twitter @IWEnews.
Watch the next DGUSA IPPV for $1.99!
Dragon Gate USA: Open The Ultimate Gate 2012 will be available on live IPPV for an astounding $1.99! The show will take place on March the 30th (the Friday of WrestleMania weekend), the day before Mercury Rising 2012.
$1.99 will grant access to the live stream only, but you can pay full price ($14.99) if you want to get the show on demand as well.
Low Ki vs PAC is the only match announced for the show so far.
Thoughts: Wow! A great way to get the attention of new fans, and great reward for long term customers like myself. DGUSA needed to do something to combat the two for $20 deal ROH are doing that weekend, and this may well do the trick. I plan on ordering both DGUSA shows and WrestleMania, so my wallet will be especially grateful.
IWE Rundown - All the news from the past week
Pretty much what it says in the title.
* Dragon Gate USA uploaded April’s Open The Ultimate Gate 2011 to wwnlive as an on-demand online pay per view. You can purchase it (for $15) at this link: http://www.wwnlive.com/signup.php?id=456
* Episode 3 of Colt Cabana’s Creative Has Nothing For You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEtnhcDwhdo&feature=channel_video_title
* Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling announced their debut show. Entry will be free, and it will take place on the 6th of August at the Jersey Shore.
* CIMA was announced for Pro Wrestling Guerilla: Eight. He will team up with Kevin Steen to take on the Young Bucks (Generation Me).
* We debuted PuroMania, our new weekly feature on Japanese wrestling. You can read the first edition at this link: http://indywrestling.tumblr.com/post/7354077104/puromania1
* Adam Pearce returned to NWA: Hollywood and turned face. Scorpio Sky defeated Peter Avalon in a great TV main event to advance in the Television Title tournament.
*Colt Cabana, El Generico, Johnny Kidd and British wrestling legend Johnny Saint were announced for the Chikara shows at the end of the month. Click http://tumblr.com/xk33e1sal2 for more details.
* Ring Of Honor held two shows this past weekend. Friday’s show was main evented by Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas retaining the tag titles against El Generico and Colt Cabana. Saturday’s show was closed by El Generico defeating Roderick Strong in a Steel Cage match. The seeds were also planted for an Eddie Edwards heel turn. Check out http://indywrestling.tumblr.com/roh for full results.
* Jon Moxley, now known as Dean Ambrose, made his TV debut for FCW in an interview. He cut an awesome promo: http://tumblr.com/xk33fdm42d
* Former ROH, DGUSA and every other indy company star Austin Aries won a match atTNA: Destination X, with the stipulation that the winner would receive a TNA contract. This will be his second run in TNA. We wish him great success.
* Pro Wrestling NOAH held a pay per view last night. Check out this week’s edition of PuroMania for all of the details! It will be online tomorrow.
New DGUSA ippv/free match download
Dragon Gate USA have uploaded Open The Ultimate Gate 2011 to wwnlive.com, where it is available as an online pay per view on demand (for $15). After purchasing, you can watch it whenever you want, as many times as you want, with no time limit. You will also receive a $5 discount on the DVD. Sign up for WWN and purchase the ippv by clicking the link below:
Also, Johnny Gargano vs Jimmy Rave is available for free download at the following link:
I can’t remember what show that match is from. It’s definitely from one of the upcoming DVD releases.
DGUSA: Open The Ultimate Gate PPV this Friday!
Dragon Gate USA’s Open The Ultimate Gate 2011, their final show of the Wrestlemania weekend, will make it’s television pay per view debut this Friday. Witness YAMATO defend the Freedom Gate against former stablemate Akira Tozawa, and the team of PAC and Masato Yoshino defend the United Gate against the Blood Warriors duo of CIMA and Naruki Doi, as well as the final DGUSA appearance of WWE superstar Jon Moxley.
Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: YAMATO (champion) of Kamikaze USA vs Akira Tozawa
No DQ Match: Akira Tozawa vs Jon Moxley of Kamikaze USA
Open The United Gate Title Match: PAC & Masato Yoshino (champions) of World 1 vs CIMA and Naruki Doi of Blood Warriors
Brodie Lee of Blood Warriors vs Chuck Taylor of Ronin
Jimmy Rave vs Johnny Gargano of Ronin
Six Way Freestyle: Rich Swann of Ronin vs Sami Callihan vs AR Fox vs Arik Cannon vs Lince Dorado vs Silas Young
The ppv will be available on cable and the DISH Network, according to Gabe Sapolsky. I’m not sure what time, check the listings. I’m not sure how much it costs either, but according to dgusa.tv, it is “a very affordable price”. As far as I know, it is only available in the USA, but us international fans only have to wait until next week to see DGUSA on ippv. I’ll have previews for those shows up on Sunday or Monday.