Fukuoka, Hakata Star Lanes
King of Gate 2018
1. Masaaki Mochizuki⭕️, K-ness. (9:06 Shin Saikyo High Kick) “brother” YASSHI, Punch Tominaga❌
2. Susumu Yokosuka⭕️ (9:23 Jumbo no Kachi!gatame) Shun Skywalker❌
3. Ben-K△ (11:05 No Contest) Yasushi Kanda△
4. Kzy⭕️, Genki Horiguchi (11:32 Skayde Schoolboy) Don Fujii, Ryo Saito❌
5. BxB Hulk, Kagetora, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️ (13:55 Neraiuchi) Naruki Doi, Big R Shimizu❌, Jason Lee
6. Dragon Kid⭕️, Gamma, Kaito Ishida (14:59 Bible) Shingo Takagi, Eita❌, Takashi Yoshida
7. King of Gate 2018 Finals: Masato Yoshino⭕️ (23:16 Torbellino Crucifix) YAMATO❌
Antias ran in to cause the no contest in match 3. Over Generation came to make the save. Eita wondered why they were here. This was an Antias/MaxiMuM brawl. This was none of their business! DK said that until their unit disbands match on July 5th, everything Antias does is their business. It was pretty clear what Antias was up to here. They knew Mr. Last Place Yasushi Kanda was going to lose again so they got the match thrown out. Eita told DK that his first match back from his foot injury would be his last.
Saito asked for permission to speak. Next month, on July 5th at Korakuen Hall on 1-3-61 Rakuen, Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo his team would challenge Mr. Horiguchi, Mr. Susumu, & Mr. Sawada for their Triangular Door Waist Straps. Mr. Sawada shouldn’t expect the same result as today. The momentum was still with them. Kzy brought up that Saito did a plancha onto Susumu, who wasn’t even in the match. Saito said that they were at war so it was a sneak attack on a member of the champion team! Saito said that based on the results today, it was clear that the momentum was on their side. Kzy pointed out that if the result was the same as today it would be a Natural Vibes win. Saito continued to insist they had the momentum and when they return to Hakata in August they would be champions.
Maria told Shimizu that he wasn’t her type at all. Contrary to her usual intentions, she was going to take the titles without taking his lips as well. Shimizu was upset at this rejection and wondered why he wasn’t her type. What was wrong with him? There’s not much difference between him and someone like Doi. Doi was irritated at him joking around yet again. He barely got out of the last place tournament and now here he was getting beat on the eve a title match. Shimizu wasn’t phased. In a long career you will have times like this. Doi was flabbergasted. He has only been wrestling for like 5 years! Maybe after 10 he can say something like that. Shimizu gave a half hearted apology and asked Doi to second Big Ben tomorrow. Doi once again turned to Ben=K to talk some reason into him. Ben told Shimizu he was being rude to Doi and he should apologize. Shimizu said Ben made him realize the error of his ways and he was very sorry. He would be more careful in the future.
DK told Eita that he was done taking Over Generation lightly. This was just the first of many wins DK was planning on as payback for Eita knocking him out of KOG. The countdown to the end of Antias has started. There is no card for tomorrow, so it seems like a good place for a bigger fight. Problem Dragon and Mr. Last Place Yasushi Kanda can join in and make it 4 on 4. Eita swore that he kicked out at 2. Whatever. Kanda would be happy to join in. But were they really OK with Problem Dragon on their side? He abruptly attacked and removed his mask. Look at this loser. With him it was still 4 on 3. Gamma said in normal circumstances he would agree but when you do things like attack his mask, he changes. An angry Problem Dragon was as strong as anyone.
GM Yagi made the match, but added some stipulations. The unit disbands match was also going to be 4 vs. 4 so he was upping the stakes. He was adding Naniwa Elimination rules to that match. The winner of the match tomorrow would earn the man advantage during the entry period on July 5th.
Takagi pointed out that DK was clearly still favoring his leg. He was still injured and everyone knows it. Antias weren’t going to wait for the elimination match. They were going to put an end to Over Generation tomorrow.
Yoshino had nothing but praise for YAMATO. His ability and popularity was second to none. He was going to be a centerpiece of the new Dragon Gate. But! Yoshino has been here for 18 years and he had no plans on leaving. He was looking forward to their next 1 on 1 match. Now it was time for the culmination of this one month long war. Masaaki Mochizuki, the time has come. Mochizuki congratulated him on his win. He watched KOG from the sidelines. He’s waited 3 months between title defenses. Yoshino has talked a lot about his 18 year career and whatnot. Mochizuki has 25 years and Yoshino will see what that means tomorrow. Yoshino looks tired and beat up, but he knows what he is capable of and won’t be taking him lightly.
Yoshino had no intention of losing his place whether his opponent is someone more experienced like Mochizuki, or someone younger like YAMATO. It was hard, but he was the one still standing here today. But just standing was difficult. Mochizuki will be fresh tomorrow so he will be the favorite, but Yoshino will give whatever is left in his body to win. Yoshino started to have doubts so he asked if the title match could be postponed until the next Hakata show in August. Doi told him that everyone had their tickets for tomorrow and were looking forward to it. He led a Yoshino chant to try and cheer him up.
Yoshino was properly motivated now. He thanked the fans for their support today. He talked about breaking his back and suffering a hernia in his neck last year. His doctor told him he would have to miss at least a year and should consider retirement. The cheers of the fan helped bring him back home. He hadn’t competed in a singles match in nearly 2 years. He longed to be back in King of Gate. He’s been fighting in this ring since Toryumon and he was going to keep fighting here in Dragon Gate. Maybe it was still a day too early to be giving this speech. He had a tough opponent tomorrow. He promised to win and end the show tomorrow as champion.