December 18, 2018
Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
Fantastic Gate 2018
1. Kagetora, Shachihoko Boy, Kota Minoura⭕️, Hiroshi Yamato (8:19 Bevel Gear) Ryo Saito, Don Fujii, Gamma, Problem Dragon❌
2. Jason Lee⭕️ (9:56 Disqualified for attaching the referee) Eita❌
3. 3 Way Tag Team Match: Masato Yoshino, Kaito Ishida⭕️ (11:48 Tiger Suplex Hold) Masaaki Mochizuki, Hyo Watanabe❌; YAMATO, U-T
4. International Special Tag Match: Flamita⭕️, Bandido (17:36 Flam Fly) PAC, Daga❌
5. Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi⭕️ (16:36 Backslide from Heaven) Big R Shimizu, Yasushi Kanda, Takashi Yoshida❌
6. ☆Doi Darts 2018 Special Ten Man Tag Team Match☆
Dragon Kid, K-ness., Ben-K, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, KAI⭕️ (22:13 Meteo Impact) Yuki Yoshioka, BxB Hulk❌, “brother” YASSHI, Naruki Doi, Dragon Dia
Last month, Minoura said he really didn’t care much about being ranked against the other rookies. He recently turned 20 and has a fresh outlook to go with it. He will aim to finish at the top of the tournament and hopes the fans will support him in 2019.
Dragon Kid got involved in the Eita vs. Lee match on multiple occasions. Eventually, Eita intentionally got himself disqualified by elbowing the referee in the face. He put the blame squarely on Dragon Kid for his interference. He knows no one wants to see him lose his hair. Everyone wants to see Dragon Kid lose his mask. The fans rejected the idea but he called them a bunch of liars. He was going to both take his mask and cut his stupid curly hair. DK brought up Eita’s recent attempts to injure his arm. Maybe he has a better shot at winning now, but he sure is still acting like the one that is scared. He should be, because in Fukuoka his head was going to be shaved clean.
Ishida celebrated the win. Just like he said last month, this proves that he is ahead of the rest of the young generation. Shun managed to injure himself and he isn’t even here today. Stuff like that rules him out from ever being on top. As for U-T and his annoying submission crap, he should prepare himself to die under a barrage of kicks. U-T took offense and having his submissions mocked by someone who only knows how to kick and fluke into a Tiger Suplex. They will find out which one is better soon enough. Furthermore, he hates people who talk shit in Kansai dialect. Yoshino interjected and pointed out he speaks in Kansai dialect. Did U-T have a problem with him? Mochizuki brought up the crack U-T made about kickers last month which prompted YAMATO to warn him to think a little harder before he provokes people. He even got the notoriously level headed Yoshino angry. Hyo got frustrated. All of you are just talking nonsense. Yoshino, YAMATO, & Mochizuki all wondered who was included in that “All of you”. A brawl then broke out between Watanabe, Ishida, & U-T.
After intermission, ring announcer Kikuchi made the big announcement that GM Yagi teased last month. 1999 marks the 20th anniversary of the company, included the years as Toryumon Japan. To celebrate this milestone, Korakuen Hall will play host to a series of commemoration matches throughout the year. He announced the first of them. As volume 1 of the 20th anniversary commemoration series and to celebrate Masaaki Mochizuki’s 25th anniversary in wrestling, on January 16th Mochizuki will face Shuji Kondo.
Yoshida complained about more roll up, shut up tactics. He expected better of the Triangle Gate champions. He was sure there would be no complaints about adding a no flash pin stipulation to their title match in Fukuoka. Horiguchi told him he had no idea what being in his late 30s was like. Anyway, he was just being a sore loser. He pinned him 1-2-3, fair and square. Even with his backslide banned, Kzy & Susumu weren’t going to go down so easy. If he wanted to ban flash pins, that would also include the Candy Magic. Yoshida quickly backtracked.
KAI closed out the final Korakuen Hall of 2018 with a win over Hulk. Hulk is one of the top stars of Dragon Gate, so KAI sees no reason to stop there. He has appeared on one show or so per month since August. He wants to build on that, take his own spot on top and become the man of the year.
Doi reminded him that Dragon Gate wasn’t just BxB Hulk. There was YAMATO, Yoshino, Naruki Doi. There were still capable veterans and hungry rookies. If KAI wanted to carve himself out a spot he was welcome.
Doi thanked the Tokyo fans for their support throughout 2018. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the company. The first match has been announced but there are many more surprises in store for the fans.