April 7, 2013
Nonstop action highlights DGUSA's Open the Ultimate Gate 2013
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Dragon Gate USA presented Open the Ultimate Gate 2013 on Saturday night, a fantastic show headlined by Johnny Gargano defending the Open the Freedom Gate title against Shingo and AR Fox and CIMA defending the Open the United Gate Tag Team Championship against The Young Bucks. Who would prevail on a night of non-stop action?
Emanating from the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, N.J., as part of the WrestleCon Expo, Open the Ultimate Gate 2013 featured nine matches, with two championships on the line.
In the opening match, Rich Swann defeated Brian Kendrick.
Match #2 - Chuck Taylor vs. Shane Strickland vs. Fire Ant vs. Anthony Nese vs. Jigsaw vs. Arik Cannon
It all starts breaking down, with several of the men hitting dives. Finally, with five men on the floor, Strickland messes one up. Cannon looks like he's going to do one, too, but he instead pulls out a beer and drinks it.
Cannon hits a big lariat on Jigsaw but misses a moonsault. Fire Ant back in now and he and Jigsaw combine for a DDT on Cannon. Nese back and he hits a sitout power bomb. Taylor into the fray and he drills Nese with a big knee. This is totally wild now. Everyone giving and taking moves and the crowd is on its feet.
Cannon German suplexes Strickland off the top, but Fire Ant kicks Cannon, then gives Taylor a Stunner. This is so fast. Nese chucks Jigsaw head-first into the ropes and goes to the top, but Strickland cuts him off, but Cannon comes in, only Strickland bombs him away, but before he can get up, Nese rises on the top and hits the 450 on Strickland and ends it. Wild, wild action.
Winner via pinfall: Anthony Nese
Match #3 - Derek Ryze vs. Scott Reed
Reed, taking to the ring without many of his cohorts, doesn't need them, picking up the win rather quickly in this one.
Winner via pinfall: Scott Reed
Match #4 - Jon Davis vs. Trent?
Trent sends Davis to the floor and then comes flying over the top with a big flip dive, much to the approval of the anti-Davis audience. Back in the ring, though, Davis sends Trent flying into orbit and then hits a big boot, to the crowd chanting, "You still suck!" at him.
Davis sends Trent off the apron and into the guard rail. Davis in control now. He hits a release German for two. Davis with a kick to Trent's neck. They head back to the floor and Trent starts to find some offense, but Davis hot shots him into the guard rail. That hurt. In the ring, Davis wants to send Trent flying off the top, but Trent elbows him down and then hits a twisting corkscrew moonsault for two.
Trent works some kicks and finally the third one sends Davis to the canvas. Missile dropkick connects for Trent. Running back elbow hits for Trent, but then he runs right into a choke slam. Davis follows that with the Shining Wizard for two. Davis drives Trent into the corner and just goes to town headbutting Trent and refuses to break and is finally disqualified, even though the referee gave him extra time to break.
Winner via disqualification: Trent?
Davis takes out both the ref and Trent after the match, then demands a microphone. He calls out anyone who wants to stop him. Crowd chants for Super Dragon. Crowd then chants, "Hogan." Davis says Hogan can't even stand and he'd beat the crap out of him. He drops the mic and leaves.
Match #5 - Eita & Tomahawk TT vs. Super Smash Brothers
Tomahawk making his DGUSA debut here.
Even match in the early-going, with neither team able to gain any significant edge whatsoever. That is until Tomahawk absolutely crushes Player Uno with a chop that was so hard that Player Dos sold it on the apron. Uno has the referee rub it for a moment. Smash Brothers get the edge back and Uno gives Tomahawk a little receipt, but Tomahawk gives it right back and then hits a double pump suplex.
Tomahawk and Eita hang Uno over the top rope and each deliver a dropkick. Now they start rolling. Eita now lights Uno up with a chop, but Uno comes back. Now they're trading chops. They are absolutely destroying each other. Uno is able to bring in Dos, who comes in on fire. He takes out Eita with a dive, but gets caught by Tomahawk, only to turn it in to a DDT for two.
Dos runs into a big forearm, but Uno comes in with a nice shot, only to run into a big boot. Tomahawk has Uno, but Dos comes in and leg drops him and Uno locks in the Sharpshooter, but Eita breaks it up by shoving Dos into Uno. Tomahawk might've just broken the skin with the chop he just gave Dos. Another another. And another. Eita and Tomahawk combine and destroy Dos with a Doomsday Device into a Codebreaker, but Uno breaks up the near-certain pin.
The Smash Brothers start moving, with Dos hitting Tomahawk with the 450 as Uno cannonballs Eita. They call for the fatality, but Eita crotches Dos and then walks the ropes and hits a hurricanrana. Then Eita goes to the top and looks like he's going into the ring, but moonsaults to the outside onto Uno. Holy crap!
In the ring, Tomahawk loads Dos up and hits the Night Rider and that finally does it.
Winners via pinfall: Tomahawk TT and Eita
Match #6 - Ricochet vs. Akira Tozawa
This one is all Ricochet early. He hits a big shooting star press off the top rope to the floor, but Tozawa gets the fans on their feet and hits three straight suicide dives. Now Christina Von Eerie gives Ricochet a suplex on the floor behind the referee's back.
Tozawa in control now. He chops away at Ricochet in the corner. A big right hand drops Ricochet for two. Ricochet responds, though, and hits a springboard lariat. Ricochet hits a running shooting star press, now he's rolling. Well, for a moment, anyway, until Tozawa nails a brainbuster for two.
Both men down. Ricochet slams Tozawa and goes for the Phoenix Splash. Tozawa moves, but Ricochet rolls through. Tozawa hits a bicycle kick and a Saito suplex, but Ricochet is able to bounce up and hit an overhead kick before falling to the canvas. The two start slugging it out. Tozawa gets the better of it. Tozawa tossed onto the apron, but he brings Ricochet out to the apron as well and, after a struggle, delivers a German suplex on the apron.
Back in the ring, Tozawa catches Ricochet in an electric chair position but drops him down into a release German suplex. He follows with a big roar and then drops Ricochet on his head with a German suplex and a bridge, but Ricochet kicks out at the last moment.
They struggle with each other, several standing switches, until Ricochet finally gets the better of it with a backslide driver, but Tozawa kicks out. But he's able to follow that with the 630 and that gets the duke.
Winner via pinfall: Ricochet
Match #7 - Uhaa Nation vs. Sami Callihan
Nation with a delayed vertical suplex that he turns into a snap suplex for two. Nation hits a big lariat and then puts Callihan in the air and then drops him on his knees. But Callihan is able to take over and is really putting the boots to Nation now.
Callihan is able to catch the Stretch Muffler, but Nation is able to turn it into a small package for two. The two rise and hit bicycle kicks on each other at the same time. Both men down now.
They rise and start trading blows. Callihan with several open hand shots but runs right into a German suplex. And another. Nation goes to the second rope but Callihan kicks him down to the canvas. Dragon screw leg whip for Callihan and he follows with a Figure Four. Callihan continually working on the knee of Nation. This is all Callihan at this point. Nation is able to hit a spinning backbreaker, but his knee is badly damaged, so he's slow to follow up.
Nation catches Callihan and hits him with a slingshot power bomb for two. Callihan, though, after some moments, hit a Saito suplex and a lariat. Nation rises right up, though, and hits a gorilla press slam and then the Uhaa Combination and that does it.
Winner via pinfall: Uhaa Nation
Match #8 - Open the United Gate Tag Team Championship - (c) CIMA & AR Fox vs. The Young Bucks
Bucks in control of the match early on, first on Fox and then on Cima. Cima, though, hits a suplex, and Fox comes in with a missile dropkick. Both Bucks on the floor on opposite sides of the ring. Fox hits a suicide dive on one side, then on the other, then comes big with a big flip over the top onto Matt Jackson.
The Bucks, though, hit some big kicks on the floor and regain control. Matt with two handsprings into a back rake, which draws a "that was awesome" chant from the crowd. Crowd tries to rally Fox back into the match, but that's to no avail as Matt hits a dropkick. Bucks doing a great job at isolating Fox here. Matt goes for a splash, but Fox gets his knees up.
Fox starts to rally and hits a springboard Ace Crusher and finally brings in Cima. He clocks Nick and then suplexes Nick. Fox comes flying in and wipes out Matt, who was over the guard rail, with a huge flip dive, going over both the post and the guard rail. Wow.
Cima and Nick in the ring now. Cima and Fox get Matt on Cima's knees and Fox comes from the top with a 450, but Nick breaks up the pin. Kicks all around for all parties right now and all four men are down. Bucks, though, get their offense rolling. They hit a springboard tombstone on Fox, but Cima barely makes it in the nick of time to break up the pin. Bucks have a miscommunication and Nick kicks Matt. Now the champs go to work.
They have him finished, but Fox can't stop Nick from coming in and saving the match for his team and he breaks up the pin attempt. Nick, though, low blows Cima behind the referee's back. Cima rolls to the outside and it's both Bucks in on Fox. They hit a double super kick and then hit More Bang For Your Buck and that is all she wrote, as Cima can't make it back in time.
Winners via pinfall and NEW Open the United Gate Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks
Match #9 - Open The Freedom Gate Championship - (c) Johnny Gargano vs. Shingo
Extremely technical match to start. Much slower pace than what we've seen for much of the night. Shingo goes to work on Gargano and lays the wood to him on the floor. He sends him into the guard rail and then lays in some heavy chops. Shingo gets a running start, but misses, allowing Gargano to hit a big kick.
Now Gargano starts to get going. Gargano sets Shingo up on a chair on the outside and chops away, then goes back in the ring and comes flying through with a suicide dive. Still on the floor, Gargano hits two kicks on a sitting Shingo. He runs in for another, but Shingo hops up and delivers a death valley driver on the concrete.
Shingo catches Gargano with a draping DDT back in the ring. Shingo with a neckbreaker and then a diving lariat for two. Gargano, though, responds with a suplex. He follows with a tornado DDT for two. Shingo, though, absolutely destroyed Gargano with a lariat and then another death valley driver for two.
Gargano asking Shingo to club him with lariats. Gargano, though, turns the fourth one into the Garga-no Escape. Shingo, though, gets his foot on the bottom rope.
They end up on the top turnbuckle together and after multiple reversals, Gargano hits a hurricanrana off the top. He follows with a corner dropkick and darts Shingo into the middle turnbuckle for two. Now the two start to slug it out. Shingo starts firing away, but Gargano fires right back. Now business is picking up. Saito suplex hits for Shingo, but Gargano responds with a superkick, to which Shingo responds with a big lariat.
Corner splash for Shingo. Now Shingo wants the Last Falconry. He hits hit but Gargano kicks out at the last fraction of a second to stay alive. Shingo wants Made in Japan but Gargano counters with Hurts Donut and goes back to Garga-no Escape, but again, Shingo is able to get his foot on the bottom rope. The crowd is on its feet with a "please don't stop" chant.
Shingo counters the Hurts Donut, grabbing Gargano and hitting Made in Japan, but again Gargano kicks it. Shingo follows with the Pumping Bomber but again, Gargano somehow kicks out at the last moment.
Shingo loads Gargano up and hits Made in Japan again, but he hit the referee with Gargano's foot on the way around, so the count was not as fast as it could've been. Now we get a ref bump, as Gargano accidentally back elbows the referee. Now Gargano low blows Shingo, hits a kick and then pulls tape out of his trunks and chokes Shingo out with it. He locks in the Garga-no Escape and the referee raises Shingo's arm three times to no response and calls for the bell. The crowd is not happy.
Winner via submission and STILL Open the Freedom Gate Champion: Johnny Gargano