Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
The Gate of Evolution 2017
0. Punch Tominaga⭕️ (4:50 PT Kick) Kaito Ishida
1. Don Fujii⭕️, Mondairyu, Misterioso (7:39 Super Chokeslam) Kotoka, U-T, Shun Skywalker❌
2. K-ness.⭕️, Gamma (8:32 Hikari no Wa) Kagetora❌, Big R Shimizu
3. Ryo Saito⭕️ (5:54 Disqualification) Yasushi Kanda❌
4. Naruki Doi⭕️, Masato Yoshino, Genki Horiguchi (11:59 Bakatare Sliding Kick) BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria❌, Jason Lee
5. Special Tag Team Match: CIMA, Ricochet⭕️ (17:59 Shooting Star Press) YAMATO, Kzy❌
6. Shingo Takagi, Takashi Yoshida, T-Hawk⭕️, El Lindaman, Yasushi Kanda (16:51 Night Ride) Masaaki Mochizuki, Susumu Yokosuka, Dragon Kid❌, Eita, Ryo Saito
Ben-K was pulled from the show due to an illness.
Backstage, Kagetora challenged K-ness. to a Brave Gate title match. It was accepted and later set for 11/19 in Nobeoka.
Verserk ran wild on Saito until the main event team came to save him. Kanda’s betrayal of the Jimmyz is what led to the match being made in the first place. Why isn’t he in it? Takagi told that if he was so infatuated with Kanda, Kanda would gladly welcome the chance to kick some more ass. Takagi declared the match would now be 5 on 4. Mochizuki never said anything about 5 on 4. He rallied Saito to join up. Takagi called it unacceptable. He was just a comedy wrestler with no friends now. The likes of Saito no longer belonged in main events. Saito smashed him with a box. Someone with a haircut like Takagi has no right to call anyone else a laughingstock. He asked Mochizuki to let him join them. Takagi was furious at the sneak attack. Even though he vetoed Saito & Susumu teaming last month, he would allow it just so he can pay him back.
Doi & Yoshino invited Jason Lee to join MaxiMuM. They have teamed with him several times since he came in and they feel he has a very bright future. He accepted and is the newest member of the unit.
Eita betrayed Dragon Kid in the final stages of the main event, returning to Verserk. He forcibly removed his mask and taunted Over Generation with it. He was sick and tired of being nice and well behaved. Over Generation was nothing but old timers and cripples. CIMA was speechless. Eita mocked him. For someone who talks and talks and talks as much as CIMA he had nothing to say? CIMA is old and fat. So was Gamma. Ishida and Problem Dragon will never be the same after their neck injuries. What about Yamamura? The truth is he is never coming back. The reality is, his neck is beyond repair and he will never be back. CIMA was visibly shaken by this. Eita was welcome to say whatever he wanted about him, but he promised not to speak publicly about Yamamura. Eita didn’t care about any of that anymore. He was done with this team of old men, midgets, and cripples. He never thought of Dragon Kid as a teacher and he expects him to put some respect on his name the next time he addresses him. CIMA & DK struggled to recover from the betrayal, but Mochizuki was ready to interject.
He had no idea about the inner workings of Over Generation but he does have an idea of how to put punks like Eita in their place. He has a friend who is even better at it than him. He called out Don Fujii. This was a job for MochiFujii. Dragon Kid told Eita that he could do whatever he wanted, but he should understand that by taking his mask today he made a huge mistake. Kid asked to be a part of whatever Mochizuki & Fujii were planning. Eita had the perfect opponents for these 40 year old bastards. Young Verserk. Himself, T-Hawk, & El Lindaman. Mochizuki was more than happy to accept. He recalled some good times beating the hell out of them back in the Millennials days. The match was set for next month in Korakuen.
Verserk posed for photos and went to leave but Saito stopped them. Actually, just Takagi was enough. Today, Takagi had mocked him and made fun of his wrestling style. The other Jimmyz have been very active since their breakup so it was time for him to make a move. His move was to take out Shingo Takagi. Takagi blew it off. His neck was kinda sore and didn’t feel like talking. Saito has no unit, no titles. Why would the Great Shingo Takagi lower himself to wrestle a comedy wrestler? No. No chance. Saito called him a coward and challenged him to go 1 on 1. Takagi told him that if he wanted a match he would first have to go through Punch or Lindaman. Takagi eventually accepted, but only one one condition. If Saito loses, he will have to join Verserk. Not just as a member, but as the lowest ranked member. Yes, even lower than the likes of Lindaman and Punch. Even though Takagi thought he was dumb as hell to accept the terms, Saito did. The match was set for next month in Korakuen.
CIMA talked about Ricochet coming back. It was originally intended to only be for The Gate of Destiny, but things worked out and he was able to do a few more matches. Today was his final Dragon Gate match. It was time for his graduation ceremony.
Kzy was the first victim in Japan of the Double Rotation Moonsault. It’s a memory that still stings his chest and he is proud of it. He hoped that he was a little better in their match today than he was back then. Ricochet is truly great. Truly the king.
YAMATO said that Ricochets’ superstar aura has grown as much as his hair has fallen out. He recalled their battle for the Dream Gate several years ago and apologized if he did anything bad to him. He wished him good luck.
Horiguchi really didn’t have many in ring memories of him, but they actually ended up hanging out a lot. He was really a nice guy and good at everything. They went bowling together and he bowled over 200. His first time golfing and he hit the ball 300 yards. Himself, Ricochet, Rich Swann, & PAC once went to karaoke together. He could dance and he could sing better than him. He promised himself he wouldn’t cry, but when he saw how bald Ricochet had become he couldn’t help it. He asked him to become the greatest H-A-G-E in the world.
DK had many memories, including their battles over the Brave Gate. Even though he was twice his age, he learned a lot from Ricochet. DK speaks no English but they communicated through body language and feelings. He hoped Ricochet would continue to grow and become a bigger star. He would be watching.
Yoshino first met him in the United States. Seeing that there were wrestlers in America that could do the things Ricochet could do had a huge impact on him. They were stablemates in WORLD-1 International, at least until Doi betrayed them, and then again in Monster Express. He’s gotten to know him and become friends with him. Watching him compete again today, it has just become more evident he is a genius. With advances in technology, this isn’t the last time they will ever talk. They exchange messages all the time. He does hope that they can meet again face to face some time in the future.
Doi ran down from the commentator table in the balcony. Doi wanted to brighten up the mood a little bit, since everyone was so sad. This has become an annual thing. Who was it going to be next year? The Big R Shimizu Graduation Ceremony? Nah, probably not. He fought together with Ricochet in several units and countries. His ability exceeds words. But this isn’t their final goodbye. Ricochet isn’t retiring. He isn’t dying. They will both continue to grow and get better. One day, they will again meet in the ring. He thinks the Die Fly is the best finisher in wrestling.
CIMA talked about the first time he tried to get in touch with Ricochet. Ricochet was only 17 at the time and he totally ignored the e-mail that CIMA sent. A year passed. Matt Sydal was competing in Dragon Gate at the time and he asked Ricochet if he actually got the mail. He did, but didn’t think it was real. He was just a kid and didn’t expect to be asked to come to Japan. He was brought to Dragon Gate USA, and the rest was history. Speaking of history, while Kzy is right that he was the first one in Japan to go down to the Double Moonsault, it was Doi who was the first victim. He thanked him for coming back to see everyone one more time. He knows Ricochet has a bright future ahead of him. He is the highest flyer in the world and has the highest potential. He called President Okamura to the ring. Mr. Okamura rarely appears, outside of his annual speech at Kobe World. Mr. Okamura said that they arranged a hotel for Ricochet this time, but he asked to stay with everyone else at the dojo. He slept, trained, and rode the bus just like he had in the past. The one thing that surprised him, was the new tattoo on his arm. It was the Dragon Gate logo. He was incredibly moved and very happy that Ricochet chose to come back for his final matches. As with PAC & Uhaa in the past, it is natural to want him to stay with Dragon Gate forever. But he has to spread his wings and fly. It is the same feeling as it was with Akira Tozawa last year. He isn’t leaving. He is being sent out into the world. His skill is great but his heart is greater. Thank you, Ricochet.
CIMA mentioned in passing that Ricochet had suggested a few foreign talents to him. He promised to bring a foreigner than carry on Ricochets’ legacy.
Ricochet was 21 when he first came to Dragon Gate. He was skinny and untrained. Everything he knows now about training, dieting, and professionalism he learned while he was here. He has spent the last two years traveling the world. No matter where he goes, Dragon Gate is his family. Wrestlers, staff, fans, H-A-G-E. They are all family. This is his last night in Dragon Gate but it isn’t good bye. It’s “See you later”. No matter where he goes or what he does, this will be home.