01/28 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Hyogo, Kobe Sambo Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2018
900 Attendance

0. Kagetora⭕️, Problem Dragon (8:06 Modified Michinoku Driver) Yosuke Santa Maria, Yuki Yoshioka❌
1. CIMA⭕️, Gamma (13:00 Mexican Stretch) Kotoka, Oji Shiiba❌
2. Ben-K⭕️ (12:39 Spear) Takashi Yoshida❌
3. Flamita⭕️, Bandido (8:52 Flam Fly) Dezmond Xavier❌, Zachary Wentz
4. YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Kzy⭕️ (16:02 Running Elbow Smash) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Big R Shimizu❌
5. Shingo Takagi, Yasushi Kanda (12:22 No Contest) Ryo Saito, Punch Tominaga
6. Masaaki Mochizuki, Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi⭕️ (15:52 Backslide from Heaven) T-Hawk❌, Eita, El Lindaman

CIMA welcomed Oji to the main roster. This was the real start of his path as a pro wrestler. He will face many seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his career, but if he perseveres he may be able to achieve heights that his brother couldn’t. CIMA wished him luck. He hopes that Kotoka will teach his little brother all he can during his remaining time as a wrestler.

Kzy promised to hit Mochizuki squarely in the face with an elbow smash and become Dream Gate Champion. Antias interrupted. Eita wanted an answer. Would Kzy join them? Maybe that elbow he “accidentally” hit YAMATO with during the match was a sign of his inner struggle. With Antias backing him he will reach new heights.
YAMATO shut him up. He has known Kzy for 12 years now. In that time, accidents will happen. He gave Kzy a hard pinch. There’s no reason to be upset at those things. Eita asked for a handshake. Kzy gave a long pause….then delivered an elbow smash! No matter how many times they ask, the answer will always be the same. No. Don’t let the door hit you on the way back. T-Hawk told him he will live to regret this decision. Kzy said that after being slapped by Mochizuki, everything else is easy. He will seize this chance and create a shake up.

Dragon Kid made a surprise appearance after intermission. He announced he would return to action sometime in February. He promised Kobe he would be back in time for the February 20 Sambo Hall show.

Punch blamed Takagi for his life being in shambles. He wants Takagi to experience the hell he goes through. Takagi told him that he should follow Kotoka’s example and retire. He told Saito to give it up too. He sees no value in continuing this pointless feud. Saito demanded a rematch after the inconclusive ending today. Takagi declined, unless Saito & Punch were willing to put something at stake. Saito made the same demands. Both sides brawled to the back.

Horiguchi celebrated his first main event win in awhile. He talked about his failed attempt on the Brave Gate. Susumu failed in his Dream Gate bid. Dragon Gate isn’t all about singles titles, though. Maybe together, he and Susumu could find success. They challenged T-Hawk and Eita to a Twin Gate title match. T-Hawk declined. It would take more than one fluke win to earn a title match. Horiguchi told him that as a 20 year veteran, he has a lot more than the Backslide. Maybe T-Hawk and Eita are scared they will lose to two old men. Or maybe they just won’t defend against bald people. GM Yagi took great exception to this possibility. Were they rejecting this challenge due to prejudice against bald people?? T-Hawk was tired of the jokes so he accepted the challenge. The match was set for the second night of Champion Gate in Osaka on 3/4. Mochizuki left Lindaman with some words of warning. Should he succeed against Kzy, there would be nothing left for him to do but settle things with Lindaman. He’s been wrestling longer than Lindaman has been alive.

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01/27 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Hyogo, Kobe Sambo Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 800

0. K-ness.⭕️, Kaito Ishida (6:55 Hikari no Wa) Shun Skywalker, Hyo Watanabe❌
1. Don Fujii, Genki Horiguchi⭕️ (12:50 Backslide from Heaven) CIMA, Gamma❌
2. Susumu Yokosuka (10:53 Disqualification due to Antias interference) El Lindaman
3. T-Hawk, Eita⭕️ (12:13 Cerberus by T-Hawk) Jason Lee, Big R Shimizu❌
4. Kagetora, Dezmond Xavier⭕️, Zachary Wentz (12:19 Final Flash) YAMATO, Flamita, Bandido❌
5. BxB Hulk, Kzy⭕️ (12:47 Skayde Schoolboy) Masaaki Mochizuki❌, Ryo Saito
6. Shingo Takagi⭕️, Takashi Yoshida, Yasushi Kanda (16:49 Pumping Bomber) Naruki Doi, Ben-K, Kotoka❌

Antias attacked Susumu and Referee Yagi to force the disqualification in the second match. Eita ran down Susumu and the other ex-Jimmyz for not doing anything of note since their breakup. They were better off just leaving forever. Horiguchi came out. He wondered what kind of unit Antias were. Every time they get in trouble the others come running to cause a dq. After some arguing over tomorrow’s main event, T-Hawk demanded MaxiMuM come out for their scheduled match.

Kzy & Mochizuki had a confrontation over their upcoming Dream Gate title match. Kzy now has three wins over him. When he wins the title, everyone will know it is no fluke. Mochizuki was happy that Kzy was in perfect form and he can’t wait to finally go 1 on 1 for the title.
Antias came out. Lindaman taunted Mochizuki for losing again. Has he even won a match this year? What does this say about Dragon Gate that such a man is their top champion? Eita interjected. He again offered backup to Kzy in the Dream Gate match. With help from Antias would make winnin the title a cinch. Kzy rejected him. Eita told him to think it over and get back to him tomorrow. Kzy said that taking the easy route was of no interest to him. The point of a challenge is being able to pass it by your own ability. He also no interest in going to any group that follows the same path as the likes of Shingo Takagi. He asked the fans to look forward to the change of scenery he was going to bring.

Takagi gloated over his win, but admitted that beating Kotoka wasn’t much to be proud of. MaxiMuM are in shambles. Kotoka sucks. Shimizu & Ben-K are always injured. Now Yoshino is suddenly claiming he has the flu? This is the first Kobe show of 2018 and he blows it off because has the sniffles? Unprofessional. They should just forfeit the Triangle Gate now. Doi admitted that the group wasn’t in the best shape. They probably should vacate the titles……NOT. Takagi was enraged. Yoshino will wish he only had the flu when Antias is done with him.

Kotoka closed the show by announcing his retirement from wrestling on 3/6 at Korakuen Hall. He thanked the fans for supporting him and walking with him on his 10 year journey. He will be eternally grateful.
Doi told him he will be a maximum member until the very end, but wants him to leave with no regrets. He is welcome to team with anyone he wishes and even fight against MaxiMuM if he wants to. He encouraged him to keep his head high and go out in his own terms. Kotoka said he will compete on all shows between now and 3/6 so he can see as many fans as he can. In these remaining 20 or so matches he wants to see the fans smile. He asked the fans to also look forward to tomorrow where he will team with his little brother Oji for the first time. He hopes the fans will cheer for him and continue to support Dragon Gate in the future.

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01/26 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Shizuoka, Act City Hamamatsu
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 350

1. YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️ (13:37 Neraiuchi) Genki Horiguchi, Ryo Saito, Shun Skywalker❌
2. El Lindaman⭕️ (11:09 Low Blow) Hyo Watanabe❌
3. Susumu Yokosuka, Bandido⭕️ (12:20 Revolver Fly) Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz❌
4. Kzy⭕️, Flamita (13:55 Skayde Schoolboy) Masaaki Mochizuki, Kagetora❌
5. T-Hawk⭕️, Eita, Shingo Takagi (18:34 Cerberus) Naruki Doi, Jason Lee❌, Big R Shimizu

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01/24 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Aichi, Nagoya Tsuyuhashi Sports Center
Open the New Year Gate 2018
U-T Homecoming
Attendance: 600

1. El Lindaman⭕️, Shingo Takagi, Yasushi Kanda (14:08 German Suplex Hold) Masaaki Mochizuki, Ryo Saito, Hyo Watanabe❌
2. Kagetora⭕️ (10:41 Modified Michinoku Driver) Yuki Yoshioka❌
3. Dezmond Xavier⭕️, Zachary Wentz (11:56 Final Flash) Genki Horiguchi❌, Bandido
4. T-Hawk, Eita⭕️ (14:49 Low Blow) Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka❌
5. YAMATO⭕️, BxB Hulk, Flamita, U-T (17:27 Frankensteiner of the Almighty) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Jason Lee, Big R Shimizu❌

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01/21 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Gifu, Juroku Plaza
Open the New Year Gate 2018
“Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa Homecoming
Attendance: 700

1. Kzy⭕️, Flamita (13:51 Running Elbow Smash) Yuki Yoshioka❌, Bandido
2. Kagetora, Dezmond Xavier (11:21 Final Flash) YAMATO, Zachary Wentz❌
3. Susumu Yokosuka⭕️, Diablo (12:36 Jumbo no Kachi!gatame) Masaaki Mochizuki, Shun Skywalker❌
4. YAMATO, BxB Hulk⭕️ (12:00 Reverse Figure Four Leglock) “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa❌, Ryo Saito
5. Naruki Doi⭕️, Masato Yoshino, Jason Lee, Genki Horiguchi (15:44 Bakatare Sliding Kick) T-Hawk, Eita, Shingo Takagi, Yasushi Kanda❌

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