Friday, July 6, 2012

Dragon Gate 7/7/2012 Show Report

Here is my report:

It was about 100 people short of a sellout. They had all of the floorseats taken and the north bleachers were filled.

Super Shenlong vs Kzy
This was not very good. Both guys were a litte off and it just never clicked.

BxB Hulk/Cyber Kong vs Kenichiro Arai/Kotoka
This match was alright. Darkside BxB Hulk looks alot like one of the Brahman Brothers. There was nothing that really stood out from it.

Dragon Kid/Gamma vs Jimmy Kanda/Shachihoko BOY
BOY did some dancing in this. All of the Jimmy's were super over. For those that don't know, the Jimmy's are a play on the japanese word Jimena for "simple". They have a really funny theme song and they were easily the best part of the show. Dragon Kid is now doing some of Jack Evans' breakdancing. He does a cool thing where he breakdances while streamers are thrown. The streamers then end up covering him from head to toe. This match was good.

Fake Naoki Tanasaki vs Kagetora
I didn't have alot of thoughts on this one. It was fine but it didn't stand out.

PAC/Rich Swann vs K-Ness/Super Shisa
PAC was a real treat to watch. He is just so graceful. Shisa did a bunch of different headstands like always. This was probably the match of the night up to this point. Swann did something that I guess could be considered rapping before the match, but the crowd mostly just laughed at him.

Mask vs Passport Falls Count Anywhere Handicapped match - Mondai Ryu/Akira Tozawa vs CIMA
This really wasn't much of a handicap match. Tozawa's crew put a garbage bag over CIMA at one point. CIMA was in control for most of the match though as Tozawa acted scared of him and at one point even ran onto the balcony to get away. CIMA took the salt that Ryu throws, put Ryu in a tree of woe position and then sweeped the salt with a broom into Ryu's face. He also tied Ryu to a chair at one point. CIMA unmasked Ryu and then shaved part of his head, until Ryu got away.

4 Way 6 Man Tag: Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii, Magnitude Kishiwada def. Ryo "Jimmy" Saito, Jimmy Susumu, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! vs. YAMATO, Shingo Takagi, Chihiro Tominaga vs. Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Ricochet
This was mostly comedy. They did the usual DG multiman spots. One funny part had the Jimmy's using their elastic band on their opponents. They put the band in their opponent's mouths and then went all the way up into the second section of Korakuen. Genki tried to do this too then accidently nailed himself with it instead. After about the twenty minute mark they started to get serious. The Jimmy's were the second team eliminated and the crowd lost interest after that. The finishing stretch was good and even though the comedy was entertaining, I would have preferred a more action oriented match. Supposedly the match went on 38 minutes due to the Giant's game at the Dome which led to crazy traffic levels at the station. This wasn't up to previous faction tag matches, so please don't expect repeats of some of the older classics

Overall: I thought it was a good show, but DG Korakuen shows tend to feel like house shows most of the time. I got the feeling that they really didn't go all out, especially in the main event.

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