Dragon Gate Scandal Gate Report, 8/5/2014 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
by Zach Dominello
1. Masaaki Mochizuki, Dragon Kid, Gamma vs. Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Mr. Quu Quu Tanizaki Naoki Toyonaka Dolphin, Jimmy Kanda
Dragon Kid pinned Candy with the Bible, assisted by stereo super kicks from Gamma and Mochizuki. Very fun opener. Gamma did his usual spitting water into his opponents mouth shtick. Mochizuki tried it too but Genki pushed him off the ropes. Very fast paced action, and not too much comedy.
2. Don Fujii, Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Yuga Hayashi
Shimizu almost killed Yosuke with a hard shoulder block.
A flurry of strikes from Hayashi that Fujii no sold. Fujii levelled him with an elbow. Hayashi came back with big dropkicks on Shimizu. Maria landed a big top turnbuckle Plancha on Fujii.
Judo flip into an arm bar by Hayashi on Shimizu. Fujii broke it up. A flurry of slaps by Hayashi to Fujii. One chop and punch from Fujii drops Hayashi. Fujii chokeslammed Maria onto Hayashi. Jumpin ass attack by Maria and a German from Hayashi on Shimizu. Shimizu with a sit out spinebuster on Hayashi but Maria broke up the pin. Kameari Crab by Shimizu on Hayashi who tapped out. Good match. Not too much comedy again. I've never seen so much straightforward wrestling in Dragon Gate before.
After the match, Tanizaki called out Flamita.
3. K-ness, Kenichiro Arai, Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Susumu, Jimmy Kagetora, "Mr. High Tension" Kotoka
Awesome 619 fakeout by Kagetora. Sickening sounding headbutts by Arai and Susumu. Especially with the crowd going silent so they could clearly hear the thud. Susumu got the worst of it. Another thudding headbutt from Arai to Susumu from the top rope. Arai then got crotched on the top. Double stomp onto Shachiko BOY by Kotoka. Very good sequence of pin attempts between Susumu and K-ness, ending with Susumu countering the Hikari no Wa for the win. Good match. Nothing amazing, but good, fast action. Those headbutts though. The sound of their heads clashing was sickening. I never want to hear that again.
4. YAMATO, Punch Tominaga vs. Akira Tozawa, Shingo Takagi
Shattered dreams from Shingo to Punch, who earlier low blowed Shingo and Tozawa. Big superplex from Tozawa to Punch. Pop up powerbomb by Shingo, then a bridging German by Tozawa for a nearfall. Punch broke a chair over Tozawa's head. He then put on some brass knuckles but the ref took them away. He got another set and laid out Tozawa with them. He then went crazy on Tozawa and hit him repeatedly with the brass knuckles to cause the DQ. Really good match, but nobody likes a DQ finish.
Some fighting after the bell. YAMATO and Punch got on the mic after the match. Punch called out CIMA who came out to I assume set up a match at Ota-ku.
5. T-Hawk, Eita vs. Masato Yoshino, Uhaa Nation
Good double team work by Eita and T-Hawk. Except for the unnecessary twisting of Yoshino's arms before giving him an Irish Whip. Just whip him already. 10 curls and then a fall away slam by Uhaa on Eita. Super fast running dropkick by Yoshino on Eita. Big somersault dive on Uhaa by Eita to the outside. Big deadlift middle rope superplex from Uhaa on T-Hawk. Awesome top rope missile dropkick/Senton splash combination by Yoshino. Double team codebreaker on Uhaa off of T-Hawk's shoulders with Eita jumping off the top ropes. Michinoku driver by Yoshino on Eita who kicked out but was immediately splashed by Uhaa from the top ropes. Double powerbomb by Uhaa on Eita for two.
Really good final sequence between Yoshino and T-Hawk. Yoshino kept escaping the Night Ride but couldn't hit his finisher on T-Hawk. T-Hawk eventually hit the Night Ride but Yoshino kicked out. He then immediately hit a second Night Ride for the win. Really good tag team match.
6. Open the Dream Gate Championship 4 vs. 1 Handicap Match: BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi, Kzy, Cyber Kong, Mondai Ryu
Whoever pins Hulk becomes Champion
Hulk got the early jump on Doi, but Mad Blankey immediately swarmed Hulk and attacked him on the outside. Back in the ring, Kzy and Ryu went for quick pins on Hulk. A quick flurry of strikes by Hulk on Kong, but he was cut off with a big back body drop. Kong clotheslined Hulk out of the ring. Hulk got some brief offense in on Kzy before getting cut off again. Splash by Kong for two. Nice double team neckbreaker by Kong and Doi that Kong transitioned into a stretch muffler. Hulk made it to the ropes. Huge powerbomb off the middle ropes by Kong for two. Hulk is getting destroyed. Awesome dropkick/backflip splash combination by Hulk on Ryu and Kzy. He kicked off Kzy and flipped onto Ryu. Pretty great. Great sequence of kicks by Hulk to Ryu leading to a two count. Kong accidentally clotheslined Ryu and Hulk suplexed Kong onto Ryu. He then hit H Thunder on Ryu for the three. The match continued. I guess it's an elimination match. Huge lariat by Kong followed up by a top rope elbow for two. Hulk landed a weird flipping slam and pinned Kong. Kong is eliminated, leaving Kzy and Doi. CDJ (Canadian Destroyer) by Kzy but he missed the frogsplash. Hulk accidentally kicked the ref. The Blankeys took advantage and all attacked Hulk. Some help arrived but it wasn't enough. Hulk was hit by the yellow box. Bakatare Sliding Kick by Doi for two. Doi hit Hulk with the cleaning sign and hit another Bakatare Sliding Kick to get the three and win the Open the Dream Gate title.
After the match, Doi vowed to put Hulk in hospital like he did CIMA. They'll have a rematch at Ota-ku.
Good show with some very fast paced and exciting wrestling. A lot of the finishes were clearly done to set up the next major Dragon Gate show. Not as much comedy on this show that there usually is, which is a shame as I really enjoy the comedy spots on Dragon Gate shows. Still, where there wash't comedy, there was some good wrestling.