Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
0. Shun Skywalker (5:38 Moonsault Press) Hyo Watanabe
1. Gamma, Eita, Takehiro Yamamura⭕ (13:59 Fisherman Driver) Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii, Yuki Yoshioka❌
2. El Lindaman (10:00 Tiger Suplex Hold) Yosuke♡Santa Maria
3. Kzy, Flamita⭕ (11:01 Flam Fly) Jimmy Kagetora, Draztick Boy❌
4. CIMA, Dragon Kid⭕ (13:45 Bible) Takashi Yoshida, Punch Tominaga❌
5. Shingo Takagi,⭕ T-Hawk (18:08 Pin after Cerberus from T-Hawk) YAMATO❌, BxB Hulk
6. MaxiMuM vs. Jimmyz Captains’ Fall Naniwa Rules Elimination Match: Kotoka(c), Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Big R Shimizu, Ben-K (4-3) Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!(c), Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kanda, Ryo “Jimmy” Saito, Jimmy K-ness J.K.S
-Kotoka (25:45 Hikari no Wa Counter) K-ness
-Susumu (27:00 Jumbo no Kachi!gatame) Ben-K
-Kanda (28:46 Over the Top Rope) Shimizu
-Yoshino (30:56 Torbellino Crucifix) Kanda
-Doi (31:32 Bakatare Sliding Kick) Susumu
-Horiguchi (32:24 Backslide From Heaven) Yoshino
-Kotoka (34:01 Caldera) Horiguchi
MaxiMuM won the draw for the man advantage in the main event. Kotoka promised that MaxiMuM would take full advantage and he would be the one to pick up the pin on Horiguchi. Horiguchi asked him if he was really prepared to captain a unit and carry them to victory. He has had to carry the Jimmyz to victory many times over the last 6 years. Today wouldn’t be any different.
Mochizuki asked Yoshioka how losing felt. It sucks, doesn’t it? Yoshioka admitted it did indeed suck. Perhaps today was all Don Fujiis’ fault, but a loss is a loss. He told Shun Skywalker to also listen carefully at ringside. They are contemporaries of Ben-K. He has joined a unit, become a champion, and is frequently in important matches. They are the total opposite. This is Kobe World season. This is the season to make an impact. He urged them to do whatever they had to do.
Lindaman was reminded of the time he was actually with this ugly pig and wanted to be in the same unit as her. But because of the stupid fans he was rejected. Because of the stupid fans….he was now a champion. Today he wanted to say thank you to all these idiots that made his life so miserable. He would have been stuck in Tribe Vanguard having to carry around this ugly piece of baggage. Maria sprung back to life and ended up laying Lindaman out.
Takagi mocked YAMATO for losing to him right before his big title match. Perhaps he is so scared of and focused on T-Hawk that he has forgotten that he has other enemies that will be waiting to strike when he lets his guard down. What kind of champion is he? T-Hawk can’t win the title soon enough. T-Hawk called him a weakling. He didn’t even feel the need to pick up the win himself today. He can pin YAMATO or Hulk any time he wants. YAMATO was self deprecating. It sure seems like he has been out here every month making these awkward speeches after losing. One awkward speech he won’t be making is at Kobe World, because he was going to win. T-Hawk found the notion laughable. It wasn’t just YAMATO & Hulk. Everyone in Dragon Gate was on his list. YAMATO promised to return to Korakuen Hall as champion and hoped the fans would enjoy the main event.
He had been mocked and put down, but today Kotoka captained MaxiMuM to victory. He didn’t know or care how long the Jimmyz have been together. All that matters was that MaxiMuM were the best unit today. Tribe Vanguard came out. Kzy gave MaxiMuM credit for their current run of momentum, but he disagreed that they were the best. Tribe has the Dream Gate champion, the #1 contender to the Brave Gate, and the next Triangle Gate champions. They were the best. Verserk interrupted. Who cares if Tribe Vanguard has the Dream Gate champion when he is a champion who gets pinned all the time? Lindaman said that the Triangle Gate titles prove that they are the strongest unit. MaxiMuM and the Jimmyz had no title belts. He beat Maria himself today, and YAMATO & Hulk went down to Takagi & T-Hawk. Verserk was clearly the better unit. This brought Over Generation to the ring. Verserk sure liked to brag about how much they won today. If you check the results, you will see CK-1 beat Yoshida & Punch today. They are also still Twin Gate champions and that is an important item in the unit battlefield. Doi reminded him that they were only champions for the time being. They will have to defend those titles against DoiYoshi at World. Eita was tired of talking and was ready to settle things. Things got increasingly heated. Takagi suggested that maybe it was time for one of the units to go away entirely.
Mochizuki & Fujii appeared at this point. Maybe this has nothing to do with him. He was an independent, after all. He did have a proposal, though. World is in a few weeks, but once that is over it will be time for the August series. A month and a half after that will be Dangerous Gate in Ota. His proposal was, for the duration of that time span they hold a league of some sort. At the end of that league, the lowest ranked unit would be forced to disband. Things like match composition and other details could be decided later. Kotoka protested. This was unit warfare and Mochizuki had no right to be involved. Mochizuki figured Kotoka was just too afraid. After all, his stablemate Big R Shimizu was personally responsible for the demise of two units within a 6 month time frame. GM Yagi came out and made it official. The details would be announced later, but the Unit Surival League was on. Each unit promised they would win, leaving MaxiMuM to close out the show.
Doi was taken aback by what Mochizuki had said earlier. Previously, he didn’t care about anything related to Big R Shimizu, so this was his first time hearing about his reputation as a unit killer. Was he really directly responsible for the demise of two units? Shimizu admitted it was true. Due to his big mouth, Dia Hearts and Monster Express were forced into and lost unit disbands matches. Having MaxiMuM end after like two months was just not an acceptable option. Yoshino brought up that he was in Monster Express when it happened. He wondered if getting involved in this league was really a good idea with Shimizu around….
Doi told him to stop thinking negatively. They weren’t going to lose! He left the closing of the show to Kotoka, since lost in all this was the fact that he won in the main event. This in fact was probably the first time he has won in such an important match. Kotoka admitted he was incredibly nervous all day, especially during the drawing at the start of the show. His promo got no reaction so that didn’t help things. Doi told him that it was a pretty embarrassing promo and he himself was embarrassed for him. But it all worked out in the end and the reaction to his win was as big as he has ever heard. Kotoka said he has been through hell over the last year. He got injured, kicked out of Verserk, injured again. He finally has a place and he has no intention of losing it. Young MaxiMuM weren’t going to be carried through this league by Doi & Yoshino. They would be the ones doing the heavy lifting and save them from extinction.