Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
King of Gate 2018
1. Shun Skywalker⭕️, Yuki Yoshioka, Oji Shiiba (9:36 Skywalker Moonsault) Masaaki Mochizuki, K-ness., U-T❌
2. Don Fujii, Ryo Saito⭕️ (7:20 SaiRyp Rocket) “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa❌, Shachihoko Boy
3. B Block League Match: Takashi Yoshida⭕️ (2:17 Power Bomb) Big R Shimizu❌
4. BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Kagetora⭕️ (10:27 Gurumakakarikai) Ben-K, Jason Lee, Hyo Watanabe❌
5. C Block League Match: Naruki Doi⭕️ (16:27 Muscular Bomb Eita❌
6. Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi, Punch Tominaga, “brother” YASSHI (9:01 No Contesy due to Antias interference) Dragon Kid, Gamma, Problem Dragon, Kaito Ishida
7. D Block League Match: Shingo Takagi⭕️ (18:38 Pumping Bomber) Masato Yoshino❌
8. A Block League Match: YAMATO⭕️ (19:42 Ragnarok) Kzy❌
The opening ceremony for King of Gate 2018 was held at the top of the show. YAMATO, with a new short haircut, gave the greeting. Dragon Gate has undergone a reformation behind the scenes. CIMA, T-Hawk, El Lindaman, & Takehiro Yamamura have departed for Shanghai. They will achieve big things there. Those standing here in the Japan ring will not be outdone. The 65 members of roster and staff will put their all into their efforts and he hopes the fans will continue to support them the same way as they in the past.
Yoshida demolished Shimizu in quick fashion, not even needing a Cyber Bomb. He boasted that this was his real power. This win over one half of the Twin Gate champions was just the first step on his way to winning King of Gate.
Kagetora made his first appearance as an official member of Tribe Vanguard. In the time he spent seconding the other units, he found Tribe to be the most appealing. He and the other members are aiming to put them back into their rightful spot as top unit.
Over Generation talked about the events in Aichi. Dragon Kid made his first successful defense of his Brave Gate title. Everybody knows that, probably. What they don’t know is he injured his foot the day before in Toyohashi and he could barely walk on the day of the match. He took a painkiller, taped the foot up, and went out and won a tough match. OG didn’t have anyone in the cage match, but the usual Gamma Oil and the new Ishida Oil made an appearance. Saito took a pie to the face. A few years ago they used a volleyball machine. This year they wanted to use a soccer machine. They had soccer uniforms prepared. Unfortunately, when they arrived they were volleyball uniforms. He demanded an explanation from Ishida, who had placed the order. Ishida noted that the name on the package was Yoshito Sugamoto. He did nothing wrong. Gamma told him that this should be a lesson that even the best of us make mistakes and he should always be careful. He quickly moved to the Gong Kids selection.
Eita & Yoshida interfered to cause the no contest. Eita, with his neck wrapped up from the Muscular Bomb he received earlier, called the match a waste of time. He again insisted that Over Generation had no reason for existing. They should disband immediately. No one wants to see them together anymore. DK told Eita that while he may be proud of his intrusion here, in reality it is pretty pathetic. There is only two of them. Given the current state of things maybe it would be better if Antias is the one to disband. Eita blamed his loss to Doi on DK and attacked. Ishida stopped him with a high kick. He was tired of Eita belittling Over Generation. Eita blew him off. He didn’t even know his name. Everything bad that has happened is because of Dragon Kid, so he is going to make him pay for it. They brawled to the backstage area.
Takagi boasted that his win was free of any illegal tactics. Fair and square. Yet people still boo him. What more can he do? Whatever. In Aichi he protected his hair and freed himself of that bullshit comedy title belt. No one finds him entertaining anyway. How did he end up with it in the first place? What was YAMATO talking about earlier? Okamura resigned and CIMA is the new president? There’s a new company called Dragon Gate Entertainment? He doesn’t give a shit about any of it. He’s a wrestler. He is going to come and do his thing like he always has. The others should, too. As for T-Hawk & Linda, they got to spend valuable time outside of the ring with him so it is clear they learned something. If you want to do something, you do it. Choose your own path and walk down it. They clearly have done that by going to Shanghai so he has nothing again them. As for Antias, there is no more Young Antias or Adult Antias or anything like that. He is taking back control and he will be the only one that makes the decisions. He is going to say what the fans have been waiting to hear. They will boo anyway, even though he is saying nothing wrong. He was busy in Big Japan and All Japan last month, but he is going to once again put Dragon Gate on his back and be the focal point. There’s no upper or lower ranks in Antias anymore. Everyone is free to act as they please. With his leadership they will destroy everything. He is against the system. He’s tired of the way things are. The company, the fans, the wrestlers. It has become clear to him that he will have to change things himself. First things first, the final four in King of Gate will be himself, Eita, Yoshida, & Kanda. This doesn’t mean he isn’t going to wrestle in other places from time to time, but he is back to being the center of DG.
YAMATO may have cut off all his hair, but he was still the coolest. He was also the winner. Today, he felt the heart and drive that prompted Kzy to leave Tribe Vanguard. He is now leading his own unit and they are Triangle Gate champions. He’s made a noticeable impact. The dance is pretty cool too. He’d be too shy to even try it. Kzy surely sees the significance of their match today. They’ve battled many times before, but today was different. Naruki Doi. Masato Yoshino. BxB Hulk. …………Shingo Takagi. They have fought for years knowing that at any point they can be burdened with the task of carrying Dragon Gate on their back. Every time they get in the ring, they are prepared for that to happen. There is more to being king than just the crown. 13 years ago, they joined Dragon Gate together. They are peers, in that sense. Who would have expected these two idiots from towns in the middle of nowhere would be fighting each other in the main event 13 years later. He prompted “Kazuki Sawada” for a handshake, but Kzy slapped his hand away. YAMATO wasn’t offended. It is what he expected. He knows that Kzy has what it takes to get back and fight YAMATO again on an even bigger scale. He will be waiting for him.
As for today. This was day 1 of the new Dragon Gate. Losing was not an option for him. Not today. He had to be the one to stand here and see the fans off. CIMA, T-Hawk, Lindaman, & Yamamura have left for Shanghai. He is the only one that can stand here now, in this ring. He will stand here, in Dragon Gate, because this is his home. The fans can follow him. The next step for him is to win King of Gate to become the #1 both in name and in reality. He’ll be in the semi-finals here next month so everyone should come and see him. Thank you for coming today, he will be waiting to see them again next month. Farewell!