Hyogo, Kobe Sambo Hall
Kotoka Road to Final
0. Kaito Ishida⭕️, Problem Dragon (7:45 Knee Strike) Shun Skywalker, Yuki Yoshioka❌
1. Dragon Kid⭕️, Gamma (13:27 Bible) Zachary Wentz❌, Bandido
2. Kzy⭕️ (6:46 Skayde Schoolboy) Takashi Yoshida❌
3. Ben-K⭕️ (8:23 Spear) Big R Shimizu❌
4. Shingo Takagi, El Lindaman⭕️ (11:18 German Suplex Hold) Masaaki Mochizuki, Ryo Saito❌
5. Champion Gate Twin Gate & Triangle Gate Skirmish: T-Hawk, Eita, Yasushi Kanda⭕️ (12:51 Ryu’s) Genki Horiguchi, Susumu Yokosuka, Punch Tominaga❌
6. Kotoka Road to Final in Kobe – Osaka Champion Gate Triangle Gate Skirmish: YAMATO, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️, Flamita, U-T (17:23 Leg Roll Clutch) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Jason Lee❌, Kotoka
Kzy said that even though he lost his Dream Gate match, it only increased his motivations. He left Tribe Vanguard and refused to join Antias because he wants to show everyone what he is capable of on his own. Speaking of Antias, he had a warning for them. He won’t forget that they are coming for him. Maybe there are others that have a bone to pick with them, as well…
Ben-K berated Shimizu. This match wasn’t much trouble for him at all. Maybe this isn’t a slump at all. Maybe he has just lost it. He needs to really think about things if he is going to snap out of it. Actually, since thinking isn’t his strong suit he would be better off just trying to run over anything in his path. Shimizu responded positively. He couldn’t believe someone his junior was talking to him like this, but the match showed just how far apart they are right now. This gave him the perspective he needs to snap out of this losing streak. He thanked him and they shared a hug.
Lindaman mocked Saito. Who was laughing now? Takagi was 100x as funny as Saito! Saito was pleased by that statement. Finally, someone who found Takagi funny. This gives everyone something to look forward to for the Owarai Gate title match. Takagi can beat his ass all he wants. It doesn’t matter how much of a beating he gives. You can’t win the match that way. He was looking forward to a comedic Shingo Takagi. Takagi raged at Lindaman for exposing private secrets like that! Under no circumstances will he participate or cooperate in any comedy bullshit. If he happens to win the title he will immediately seal it away. Destroy it. Burn the belt. It will never be seen or fought for again. The match will be business as usual. Takagi destroying Saito.
He turned his attention to Mochizuki. What kind of champion was he? First he defends against a comedy wrestler, then against…what was his name? Ezy? Why is he taking all of these easy matches and ducking the only real challenger to his title? Why was he refusing to give a match to El Lindaman!? Mochizuki was quick to point out the Ezy pun is the sort of thing that would help him in the Owarai Gate match. Yeah, he was scared of giving Lindaman a title shot. Not because he was afraid of losing. Because of how lopsided and bad the match would be. Lindaman didn’t buy it. Mochizuki needed people like him to raise the value of the title. He wasn’t planning on challenging any time soon but he would consider it if Mochizuki would lick his boots. The two sides brawled to the back.
Maria said that Kzy inspired her. While it was sad that he is gone from the group, it has only lit a bigger fire under her. She will carry Tribe Vanguard to victory at Champion Gate. YAMATO said that with Hulk out injured and Kzy gone, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Tribe Vanguard will have to rely on the likes of Maria & U-T. Dragon Gate has to. Yoshino complained about bring kissed by Maria 3 times already this month. After a pull apart, Kotoka was left to close the show.
This was his final match in Kobe, the city he has called home for 10 years. There are a ton of memories here. He is happy he got to compete here for some of the best fans in the world. Dragon Gate will continue to spread it’s wings and fly to different corners of the world, but the origin will always be right here in Kobe. The fans and their support are the fuel that drives them. He hopes they will continue to provide that fire even after he is gone.