Fukuoka, Hakata Star Lanes
The Gate of Passion 2018
1. Genki Horiguchi⭕️, Punch Tominaga (10:32 Backslide Times) Don Fujii, K-ness.❌
2. Kagetora⭕️ (7:48 Gurumakakari Kai) Problem Dragon❌
3. King of Gate 2018 Rookie Representative 6 Man Tag Team Match: Kaito Ishida, Shun Skywalker⭕️, Yuki Yoshioka (7:46 Skywalker Moonsault) U-T, Hyo Watanabe, Oji Shiiba❌
4. Road to Dead or Alive★Open the Brave Gate Prelude: BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️ (12:51 Neraiuchi) Dragon Kid❌, Gamma
5. Road to Dead or Alive★Open The Twin Gate Prelude: Big R Shimizu⭕️, Ben-K, Jason Lee (16:12 Shot-put Slam) T-Hawk❌, Eita, Takashi Yoshida
6. Road to Dead or Alive★Open The Triangle Gate Prelude: Naruki Doi⭕️, Masato Yoshino (18:23 Bakatare Sliding Kick) Kzy❌, Susumu Yokosuka
7. Road to Dead or Alive Hakata★Steel Cage Skirmish: YAMATO, Shingo Takagi, Ryo Saito⭕️ (17:11 SaiRyo Rocket) Masaaki Mochizuki, El Lindaman❌, Yasushi Kanda
The new Kzy led unit greeted the fans at the start. Horiguchi joked that their group name will be the Mentaiko Express, after the local Hakata delicacy. Punch was acting as special referee in the main event. He has no experience in the position so they got in some quick practice.
Shun earned the spot in the King of Gate A Block by scoring the pin. He vowed to Skywalk back to Hakata as a finalist.
Kagetora showed up dressed head to toe in Over Generation merchandise to support Gamma & Dragon Kid. As usual, it was just because he thought it was cool. He led an awkward Gong Kids and seconded them for the match. He also randomly appeared at ringside in an Antias t-shirt and Lindaman face paint during the main event but it was never acknowledged.
Maria was jubilant after picking up the win on Brave Gate champion Dragon Kid. DK told her to calm down. It was only one win. Maria told him to shut his mouth. Just one win. Just one win will make her champion in Aichi. At Dead or Alive Maria was planning on taking both his lips and his title.
Eita threw a tantrum. Shimizu & Ben don’t deserve to be champions. They weren’t going to win and maybe they will also end up with their heads shaved!! Shimizu was unusually reserved. All the fans in attendance and all the fans watching on the Dragon Gate Network were going to see Big! Ben! take the Twin Gate.
Doi told Kzy this is what happens when you try to put yourself at the same level as DoiYoshi. No matter how many times he tries, he will go down. Now he wants to be the leader of a new unit? He should probably rethink that. Today was just a warm up. The title match will be even worse for him. Kzy admitted they were going to be a high hurdle to get over. But, the hunters would become the hunted soon enough. He is the leader. There is nothing else to think about. His team was going to defeat MaxiMuM to become Triangle Gate champions in Aichi. They have to. There is no other option. When they come back to Hakata in June they will have both a team name and the Triangle Gate titles.
Special Referee Punch Tominaga ended up getting involved in the final stages, giving Lindaman a moonsault to set up the SaiRyo Rocket. Takagi raged at him. Referees aren’t supposed to do that sort of thing. Punch told him he was the one that put his hands on him first. He was just paying Takagi back. Mochizuki noted that his interference ended up helping the Takagi team win. Did he even understand who was on what team in the match he was supposed to be officiating? Despite this, Mochizuki recognized the need for allies in the cage. He & Saito had previously agreed to work together. Punch making 3 would just increase their odds. Well. Maybe not. Even if they shake hands today, one of them will end up turning on the other when the day comes. He was strangely looking forward to the match. He was also looking forward to returning to Hakata in June and defending his Dream Gate title against the King of Gate winner.
Lindaman wondered who would turn up to see a 48 year old in a title match. As for today, his beef was with YAMATO and his stupid hair clippers. Once again he took a large chunk out of Linda’s hair. It would be paid back in full in Aichi. He tried to appeal to the other Antias members to work together. They may have their differences right now, but they were still stablemates. Kanda wasn’t moved. He was out to keep his hair and that is all.
YAMATO had made everyone a victim of his hair clippers except Takagi. He still has two weeks left to make good on his vow to make everyone bald before the cage match even starts.
Saito said he & the Hakata fans were both looking forward to Shingo Takagi as a shaved bald Owarai Gate champion. Takagi responded by delivering Pumping Bombers. Everyone was an enemy inside the cage. The Hakata fans are also his enemy. They want to see him lose his hair? Well. It’s nice to want things. It isn’t going to happen.
YAMATO made an appeal to Saito. Maybe they should be friends. He’s independent and could use more allies, right? There would be certain advantages to linking up with YAMATO. That would gain him the assistance of Tribe Vanguard during their Assist & Impede interval. He would also get the help of their brother unit, MaxiMuM. He took them out to dinner recently to gain their favor. Saito was heavily suspicious of the latter statement, but did agree with the overall sentiment. They shook hands. The new allies(?) closed the show together with some hype for the next Hakata series in June.