Dragon Gate USA ‘Bushido Code of The Warrior’ By Adam Timmins

Posted: October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized
Masato Yoshino vs. A.R. Fox – this is the first of several Dragon Gate vs. DG:USA matches (i.e. Yanks vs. Japs) A pretty enjoyable opener, although not what I was expecting in the sense that Fox pretty much dominated the match. Yet Yoshino, despite getting murdered for most of the match, makes Fox tap to Sol Naciente at 8.16. I guess the idea was for Fox to look strong even though he did the job, and I suppose it worked, after a fashion.
CIMA and Ricochet run and start beating up Yoshino, until PAC makes the save. This leads to the scheduled…
PAC vs. Brodie Lee – Akira Tozawa is at ringside, and interferes blatantly in front of the referee without getting done for it. If that had have happened in ROH we’d be moaning about Cornette etc. Anyway, once all that’s out of the way the two have a fairly good match. Brodie is the best big man worker in the business bar none at the moment. The only thing I didn’t like was PAC kicking out of the hangman’s DDT, which came across as a false finish too far – again, if that had have happened in a Davey Richards match we’d all be up in arms. PAC hits a shooting star press and British Airways for the pin at 10.46.
Rich Swann and Johnny Gargano come out, and Swann and Tozawa reprise their rapping/ singing spot from last night’s show. Seeing as how they’re both out here, we may as well have…
Rich Swann vs. Akira Tozawa – hmm, I must say I wasn’t particularly blown away by this: it felt very spotty with no real flow to it, and the finishing sequences of pins and reversals didn’t really have much steam behind it. Rich Swann picks up a HUGE win for him when he (sort of) crucifixes Tozawa at 8.11.
Johnny Gargano vs. BxB Hulk – another addition to Gargano’s excellent series of singles bouts in DG:USA in 2011; and credit to Gabe, you have to say he’s been booked incredibly well, making first CIMA, then Doi and now Hulk tap to the GargarNo Escape. The DG guys also deserves props for doing their best to make Gargano look like a star, as indeed Hulk does here. Gargano kicks out of the AEVO, before hitting the Hurts Donut and locking in the Escape, forcing Hulk to tap at 15.51. Really good match, worth going out of your way to see in my view. Good commentary from Brodie Lee too. One again though: low blow from BxB to Gargano right in front of the ref and he does nothing!!
Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez – South Philly Street Fight – pretty good for what it was; a brief, fast-paced stunt match to wake people up after intermission. It must have been quite a thrill for Sanchez to work Sabu in the ECW arena. Sabu gives Sanchez the Arabian Skull Crusher through a table, and slaps on the Camel Clutch: but Sanchez refuses to quit! After being stomped and thumped with a chair though, Pinkie eventually taps at 8.42. I quite liked that finish, it made Pinkie look good while giving Sabu the inevitable win. After the match the D.U.F, A.R. Fox and Jon Davis all run in for a bit of a brawl.
Chuck Taylor vs. YAMATO – there’s a video package before the match involving Chuck Taylor walking through the Occupy movement in Philly, which might have been quite good if you could have actually heard what Taylor was saying. The fans chant “H-A-G-E” at YAMATO before the match, which was quite witty. The match itself was a bit of a clunker; a plodding, slow-paced affair that never really got out of first gear. After 15 minutes or so Taylor manages to hit the Awful Waffle, and the referee counts to three, failing to see YAMATO’s foot on the ropes. The referee notices said foot after he’s called for the bell, and asks Gargano (at ringside to cheer Taylor on) if it was there during the three count. Gargano admits it was, and the referee restarts the match based on the testimony of one of the competitors stable mates, as one does. YAMATO hits Galleria, but Taylor kicks out at 2. He’s forced to tap to the CBV at 17.54. As corny as the finish was, it nicely furthers the issue between Taylor and Gargano. The match was a bit of a dud though. After the match Taylor nicks YAMATO’s OTFG belt, and then drove straight to Chikara’s Cibernetico: The Animated Series event in Easton to wrestle Fire Ant. Fair play!
CIMA & Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon – a very good tag team main event. Callihan has improved immensely in 2011: at the start of the year he was just a stiff wrestler with a silly gimmick, but now he’s become a legitimate talent. Brodie Lee interferes early on so that BJ Whitmer can come and chase him to the back. The champions do some perfunctory work on Callihans’ shoulder before the hot tag to Cannon. The last five minutes or so were extremely entertaining, with a number of crisp exchanges between the two teams. The Schwein and 630 splash on Cannon means that the champs retain at 17.57.
Overall – this was miles better than the previous night’s show, with the main event and Gargano vs. Hulk both worth going out of your way to see.

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