12/23 The Final Gate 2017

Fukuoka, Kokusai Center
The Final Gate 2017
Attendance: 6000

0. Shun Skywalker⭕️, Yuki Yoshioka (4:28 Skywalker Moonsault) Hyo Watanabe, Oji Shiiba❌
1. K-ness., “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️, U-T (8:14 Neraiuchi) Gamma, Problem Dragon, Kaito Ishida❌, Kotoka
2. Don Fujii⭕️, Genki Horiguchi (9:02 Super Chokeslam) El Lindaman, Punch Tominaga❌
3. Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Yasushi Kanda (11:20 Ryu’s) Kagetora
☆Kagetora fails in his 6th Defense, Kanda becomes the 32nd Champion
4. Shingo Takagi⭕️, Takashi Yoshida (13:06 Pumping Bomber) Big R Shimizu❌, Ben-K
5. Open the Triangle Gate Championship Match: Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino⭕️, Jason Lee (17:50 Sol Naciente) YAMATO, BxB Hulk❌, Kzy
☆Tribe Vanguard fail in their 2nd defense, MaxiMuM become the 62nd champion team
6. Open the Twin Gate Championship Decision Match: T-Hawk, Eita⭕️ (22:52 Grande) CIMA❌, Susumu Yokosuka
☆Verserk become the 32nd champion team
7. Open the Dream Gate Championship Match: Masaaki Mochizuki⭕️ (21:36 Shin Saikyo High Kick) Ryo Saito❌

CIMA & Over Generation opened the show with Gong Kids and a speech. Last year on this show, CK-1 defeated Takagi & T-Hawk to defend the Twin Gate. Unfortunately, DK injured his knee and they couldn’t do the same this year. Susumu stepped in to join him in getting revenge on that traitor Eita and giving the Fukuoka fans a Christmas present.

Saito & Mochizuki had their pre-match confrontation. Saito said that no matter how many times Mochizuki kicks him he will not fall. Even if he is kicked right in the face, he will be the one standing tall as champion at the end. Mochizuki recalled the last time he was in the Final Gate main event. It was 6 years ago and he lost. That won’t happen this time. He promised to win.

Verserk interfered heavily to help Kanda win the Brave Gate. Kagetora lost the Jimmyz, now he has lost his title. He has nothing left. Kanda asked for hair clippers so he could also take what was left of his hair, but Referee Yagi tackled him. He clearly still doesn’t understand how important hair was. He won the title, that should be enough for today. Kanda was irritated at Yagi getting in his way again. Whatever. He is the new Brave Gate champion. His defense record will soon be as long as his hair is. Backstage, Kagetora questioned what kind of champion Kanda will be since he clearly can’t win without help. Their feud isn’t over. Kanda called the belt a piece of trash. He doesn’t particularly care about it but challenged anyone to come and try and take it from him.

Takagi claimed another easy win. Shimizu & Ben will never reach the top because they are utterly predictable. Everyone has them figured out. Get out of the ring. Verserk has cemented their spot as the top unit of 2017. Kanda won the Brave Gate fair and square. Takagi & Yoshida coasted to victory here. Later on, T-Hawk & Eita would win the Twin Gate. The fans should get used to it and learn to love it.

Takehiro Yamamura appeared after intermission to talk about his injury. Right here in Hakata back on October 1st, he took a bad bump on his back and was briefly paralyzed from the neck down. He was initially diagnosed with a spinal concussion. After re-examination it was revealed that he actually suffered a dislocation of the 1st cervical vertebrae. He still has numbness in his hands. The doctors have told him that a comeback is currently not possible and he should start to consider his options for life after wrestling. He refuses to give up. He is only 22 so he time is on his side. It may take a very long time but as long as there is even a tiny chance he can come back he will fight to make it happen. He hopes the fans will wait for him.

Backstage, MaxiMuM talked about finally bringing some success to the unit. Doi talked about being nervous before the match in a way he hasn’t been in a long time. Yoshino said he has never been so happy to be Triangle Gate champion. They planned on raising the value of the titles to new heights.

Verserk ruled the ring after the Twin Gate match. Eita was especially annoying. CIMA had the nerve to call them B class. That must make these old fucks D class. Their time is over. They are finished. Young Verserk are the ones that dictate the direction of Dragon Gate now. He turned his attention to Punch. He does nothing but mess up and hold the unit back. He doesn’t deserve to be a member anymore. They attacked him. Backstage, he was officially kicked out. T-Hawk announced that Verserk would be undergoing major changes. The Young Verserk trio were taking control. The veteran trio of Takagi, Kanda, & Yoshida will provide background support. To commemorate this, Verserk will undergo a name change in 2018.

Mochizuki praised and thanked Saito for the match. He recalled their first Dream Gate title match back in 2005, right here in Hakata. Saito has come so far since then. He got good enough to become champion himself. After that, he decided to pursue the less serious path. That isn’t a bad thing. Having fun is very important. Mochizuki knows better than anyone that Saito is still capable of bringing it in important matches. He expects Saito to one day stand as champion again. Mochizuki asked him to help close out the show. Together, they thanked the fans for their support in 2017. Saito said he will remember all of their faces and expects to see them in Hakata Star Lanes in February.

Backstage, Takagi & Saito had another confrontation. Takagi called him a loser and told him to vacate the Owarai Gate title. He also complained about Saito having the ex-Jimmyz at ringside. They were disbanded. They shouldn’t be allowed to associate with one another. Takagi said he was looking forward to 2018 so he could finally put an end to their war.

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