Category: Open the New Year Gate 2018

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.

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.

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

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❌

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❌

01/20 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Ishikawa, Kanazawa Distribution Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 800

1. Susumu Yokosuka, Dezmond Xavier⭕️ (14:00 Final Flash) CIMA, Zachary Wentz❌
2. T-Hawk⭕️ (10:07 Cerberus) Shun Skywalker❌
3. Eita⭕️, Shingo Takagi (12:36 Low Blow) Ryo Saito, Bandido❌
4. Takashi Yoshida⭕️, Yasushi Kanda (11:16 Cyber Bomb) Masaaki Mochizuki, Kagetora❌
5. YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Kzy⭕️, Flamita (16:42 Running Elbow Smash) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Jason Lee❌, Ben-K

01/16 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 1850

0. Kaito Ishida⭕️ (5:31 1.sec) Yuki Yoshioka❌
1. Genki Horiguchi, Jason Lee, Ben-K⭕️, Kotoka (6:30 Sodegarami) Kagetora❌, K-ness., Problem Dragon, Shun Skywalker
2. Yasushi Kanda, Takashi Yoshida⭕️ (7:31 Power Bomb) BxB Hulk, U-T❌
3. Shingo Takagi⭕️ (4:46 Disqualification) Punch Tominaga❌
4. Special New Years Tag Match: Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️, Hyosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️, Ryosuke♡Santa Maria❌ (12:46 Kissing Pin) CIMA❌, Gamma❌, Don Fujii⭕️
*The 3 Falls were simultaneous, but the Santa Marias scored 2 so they were given the decision
5. Special International Tag Team Match: Dezmond Xavier⭕️, Zachary Wentz (9:08 Final Flash) Flamita, Bandido❌
6. YAMATO, Kzy⭕️ (12:37 Running Elbow Smash) Masaaki Mochizuki❌, Susumu Yokosuka
7. T-Hawk, Eita, El Lindaman⭕️ (17:33 Tiger Suplex Hold) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Big R Shimizu❌

MaxiMuM opened the show with a greeting. Doi congratulated himself for being a part of the Triangle Gate winning team in Fukuoka. Yoshino told him not to congratulate yourself. Doi said no one else had said it to him. Yoshino got the crowd to say it. Doi thanked them and joked that it was 100% a solo effort.

Ben-K picked up a another big win. This Ben-K was not the Ben-K we all saw in 2017. Age and career length are irrelevant. For the sake of Dragon Gate he has to force his way to the top. Antias came out for a confrontation. T-Hawk got into a shoving match with Ben-K. He introduced the new and improved unit to the fans. Verserk was no more, they are now Antias. Lindaman ripped on Shimizu for his losing streak. Were they serious about putting someone in such a state in the main event against a group as powerful as Antias? His stupid mohawk, his oversized body, and no brains. Doi had already forgotten their unit name. An-what? Anti-aging? Anchovy garlic? It’s a dumb name! Were they serious about letting T-Hawk, Eita, & Lindaman carry the group? Particularly Lindaman. He thinks changing to a different name will make them appear stronger? He should probably consider changing his own name. El Lindaman was something you call a kid or a pet. Doi fired up Shimizu who told Lindaman he would shut him up for good in the main event. MaxiMuM isn’t just DoiYoshi and he would prove it.
Lindaman was flustered by what Doi said so he demanded Hulk & U-T come out and become the first Tokyo victims of the mighty Antias.

A chair got into the ring during Takagi vs. Tominaga. Tominaga used it repeatedly with little effect. He also attacked the referee, forcing the DQ. He doesn’t care about Verserk or Antias or anything else. Shingo Takagi was going to pay for his sins. He went after Takagi again, and they brawled backstage. Takagi was critical. He told the company that just putting Tominaga in matches will lower the reputation of the entire organization. He was going to repeat something he heard while competing on the Riki Choshu produced show on Sunday. Punch Tominaga, you fucking suck. You should give up wrestling before you get killed. If that doesn’t happen by the time they meet again, Takagi will be the one that does the honors.

CIMA, Gamma, & Fujii dressed as perverted old men, calling their team the S&M Machine Guns. Gong Kids was held as usual. After the match, CIMA said he hoped it set a proper tone for what is to come in 2018. Maybe the S&M Machine Guns could even challenge for the Triangle Ga(y)te. He segued to the next match. It will be an America vs. Mexico International Tag Team match. Flamita, of course needs no introduction. His partner is called Bandido. CIMA first saw him about two years ago, this is his first time in Japan. On the other side is Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz. They are here via recommendation from Ricochet himself. CIMA wanted to give all four a chance to come out and show what they can do. He hopes the fans will enjoy it.

Kzy celebrated yet another victory. This time it was different. Why? Because the man he pinned was Masaaki Mochizuki. The crowd got hot as soon as he said it, knowing what was next. He challenged Mochizuki to a Dream Gate title match. Mochizuki told him he has seen his winning streak and his momentum, but he had dismissed him as all talk with an over reliance on fluke flash pins. Today was neither of those things. He hit him right in the jaw and pinned him. The fans want it and he has earned it. His challenge was accepted. GM Yagi set the match for the 2/7 Korakuen. Mochizuki reminded him that while he might be feeling pretty good right now, this was just a tag match. YAMATO also contributed a very very small amount of damage. Next time, it will be 1 on 1. Kzy admitted that a lot of people probably felt about him the same as Mochizuki did. They weren’t wrong. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to arrive. Kzy has arrived. He was time for a change of scenery, and he was going to be the one to do it.

Antias kept up the attack on MaxiMuM after the main event, while Lindaman berated Shimizu. Tribe Vanguard came out to run them off. They weren’t here to save MaxiMuM. They still have a bone to pick with them after they took the Triangle Gate titles in Fukuoka. They were here today for Antias. They wanted payback for the loss in Kyoto on opening day. Since Doi was out here already, this brings up a question. Who exactly gave them permission to so casually throw away the Verserk name that YAMATO & Doi created? They lost sleep thinking of that name. How dare they just kill it off like that! Doi was flustered by the sudden reminder of their past friendship so he demanded to know why Tribe came out to help. No one asked them. YAMATO reiterated that they weren’t here to help anyone. They were here to pick a fight, MaxiMuM getting rescued was just a side effect. They should act a little more grateful. Lindaman protested. Antias won the match, they should get the spotlight. YAMATO informed him that people had already forgotten and moved on from that.
Things escalated until eventually all sides agreed to a 3 way 6 man tag match at the 2/7 Korakuen. YAMATO selected Hulk & Flamita as his partners. T-Hawk said the Verserk team wo….Wait, Verserk? YAMATO & Yoshino lead a loud Verserk chant. T-Hawk tried to recover from this fatal error, only managing to say “Our team will be T-Hawk, Eita, & Linda”. Ben-K tackled him to reveal himself as the third member of MaxiMuM with Doi & Yoshino.

Eita said that Antias would win no matter who their opponents were. He changed subjects to Kzy. Congratulations on the Dream Gate title shot. Maybe by then, he will have accepted the invitation to Antias. If that happens, he can be confident in knowing they he will have full backup for the match….

MaxiMuM were left to close the show. They made fun of T-Hawk for his gaffe. They also wondered if the Antias t-shirts were printed backwards by mistake. They talked about the MaxiMuM expedition to Hong Kong, where Shimizu managed to gain 5kg in 2 days. They finished things out asking the fans to look forward to what is in store next month and ahead in 2018.

01/14 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Osaka, Edion Arena Osaka #2
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 1300

0. Jason Lee⭕️, Oji Shiiba (8:20 German Suplex Hold) Kaito Ishida❌, Problem Dragon
1. YAMATO, Kzy⭕️, Yosuke Santa Maria (13:27 Skayde Schoolboy) Don Fujii, Susumu Yokosuka, Gamma❌
2. BxB Hulk⭕️ (12:01 South Road) Big R Shimizu❌
3. Ben-K⭕️ (2:00 Ground Full Nelson) Genki Horiguchi❌
4. CIMA, Dezmond Xavier⭕️, Zachary Wentz (15:11 Final Flash) Ryo Saito❌, Flamita, Bandido
5. Masaaki Mochizuki⭕️, Kagetora (13:08 Disqualification) Eita, El Lindaman❌
6. Naruki Doi⭕️, Masato Yoshino, Kotoka (20:28 Bakatare Sliding Kick) T-Hawk, Takashi Yoshida, Yasushi Kanda❌

Kzy continued his run of form. He’s 2-0 so far this year. If anyone wants to try and stop him, he’d love to see them try. Expect big things from him this year.

Ben-K also repeated his statement from yesterday. He has to push his way to the top for the sake of Dragon Gate and its future. He has a plan. Like Kzy. He asked the fans to expect big things.

Eita introduced Antias to Osaka. He once again noted that they were very interested in recruiting Kzy.

Lindaman used his bull rope on Mochizuki and attacked Mr. Nakagawa when he tried to stop it, leading to the dq. Lindaman said he had been beaten and mocked by Mochizuki at every turn in 2017. He was going to turn the tables this year. Mochizuki wasn’t impressed. If Lindaman was coming for him, that meant he was coming for the Dream Gate. He just isn’t up to par for that sort of thing. When YAMATO and his generation came for him they put up much more of a fight. More arguing lead to a huge brawl.

Doi once again made fun of the Antias name. Anti-aging? It’s a dumb name. Were they really serious about this? Do they really think that T-Hawk, Eita, & Lindaman were enough to carry a unit? Particularly Lindaman. Giving the unit a new name isn’t going to instantly make them a strong group. Especially when the name is so dumb. Not really a surprise from someone who named himself El Lindaman.
The two sides had a back and forth about their upcoming match at Korakuen Hall. Lindaman pointed out Shimizu losing today. Shimizu & Ben-K were as stupid as they are big. In Korakuen, Doi & Yoshino will see the difference between Young MaxiMuM and Young Antias.

01/13 Open the New Year Gate 2018

Kyoto, KBS Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2018
Attendance: 850

0. Shun Skywalker▲ (5:00 Time Limit Draw) U-T▲
1. Shingo Takagi, Takashi Yoshida, Yasushi Kanda⭕️ (12:28 Candy Magic) Naruki Doi❌, Masato Yoshino, Kagetora
2. Jason Lee⭕️ (4:24 Pin) Gamma❌
3. Kzy⭕️ (11:50 Skayde Schoolboy) Ryo Saito❌
4. Susumu Yokosuka, Dezmond Xavier⭕️, Zachary Wentz (13:55 Final Flash) Genki Horiguchi❌, Flamita, Bandido
5. Big R Shimizu, Ben-K⭕️ (14:48 Jackknife Cradle) Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii❌
6. T-Hawk, Eita⭕️, El Lindaman (17:54 Pop-up Superkick) YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria❌

The former Verserk revealed their new name is ANTIAS. Eita, T-Hawk, & El Lindaman will be the focus of the group. Takagi, Yoshida, & Kanda will provide support and experience for them.

Takagi ran down Doi for losing in the first match of the year. Was he still hungover from the holidays? He is a Triangle Gate champion. MaxiMuM should just hand over the titles now if this is the kind of performance he was going to put in. Doi admitted defeat today, but it was a non-title match. If they want the Triangle Gate titles they can fight for them. Antias already hold the Brave & Twin Gate title belts. They would be more than happy to add the Triangle Gate to their trophy case. He told Doi to shine the belts up real nice for them. Doi said their name was stupid and hard to remember. What was it again? Anti-aging? MaxiMuM is a much cooler name. He told the fans to look forward to big things from MaxiMuM in 2018.

Kzy said there was no stopping his momentum. Last year was one of transformation. This year will be about progression. Anyone who wants to try and stop him was welcome to try.

Ben-K said that the future of Dragon Gate is dependent on them, no, him charging straight to the top.

Eita ripped on Tribe Vanguard for starting the year in such a sluggish state. Well. Some of them. Not Kzy. He was still on fire. Maybe he would like a change of scenery. He would make a nice addition to Antias. The year was still new. He should carefully consider his options for the year. He ripped on the fans for their lack of reaction. Why did they even come to the show if they were going to sit quietly with such a happy ending going on in the ring. Lindaman said that even idiots like the Kyoto fans can see that Antias is the center of Dragon Gate now. Not just Kyoto, but the dumbass fans all over Japan. Get used to seeing Antias ruling the ring.