Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling Festival KOBE 2010 Reviewed!
Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling Festival KOBE 2010
7/11/ 2010 ~ 9,300 Spectators
So how was Dragon Gate’s biggest “prestige” PPV’s of the year, Daniel and myself, Charles/Ronin, have a few words on what we thought of this event and we hope you guys decide to check out the event for yourself when you have a chance.
1. DEEP DRUNKERS vs. WORLD-1: Kzy, Kenichiro Arai & Yasushi Kanda vs. Naoki Tanisaki, Kotoka & Mark Haskins
Daniel’s View: [48%] – basic heel/face dynamic and decent action
Ronin’s View: [53%] ~ Good opener, tons of DD tactics, but just like Daniel said just a standard heel/face match-up.
2. Comedy Survival Dream Handicap Match: Abdullah the Butcher & Akebono vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa, Syachihoko Machine, Jackson Florida & Johnson Florida
Daniel’s View: [22%] – comedy match but not really funny at any point
Ronin’s View: [20%] ~ Mother of God, I am surprised that Abdully can even walk anymore, he can though barely… this match didn’t prove anything other than the unmasking of Stalker …
3. 4 Way Tag Match: Naruki Doi & PAC vs. Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid vs. KAGETORA & Cyber Kong vs. TOZAWA Kengai & NOSAWA Rongai
Daniel’s View: [75%] – toryumon japan style and done well
Ronin’s View: [75%] ~ What is there not to like about this match, tons of action, and a good blend of everything can be found in this match. No matter what you like the most from Lucha Libre to the American style you are sure to find something good here.
4. Open the Triangle Gate: CIMA, Gamma & Genki Horiguchi (c) vs. Black Buffalo, Tigers Mask & The Bodyguard
Daniel’s View: [62%] – heatless for an inter-promotional match and lacked chemistry
Ronin’s View: [65%] ~ interesting to see Osaka Pro vs. DG, lots of love for the WARRIORS and some descent action for what it is worth.
5. Open the Twin Gate: K-ness & Susumu Yokosuka (c) vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Don Fujii
Daniel’s View: [64%] – good limbwork, but just not enough interesting things happened
Ronin’s View: [68%] ~ I am a big K-neSuka fan, so of course I ate this match up, there was some great ring work from the Veterans and some strong double team action from the champions, but I feel there could have been a bit more to it.
6. Hair vs. Hair Match: Shingo Takagi vs. BxB Hulk
Daniel’s View: [80%] – excellent story behind it, great finish, and a memorable conclusion
Ronin’s View: [82%] ~ I would throw this in the hat as a Match of the Year contender. This match had a lot going behind it. Both men have something to prove in this match. BxB Hulk is the Open the Freedom Gate Champion and this battle spans all the way back to the Summer of 2008 when Shingo used to call Hulk a weakling. Mainly you can just call this a battle of young up and comers looking to take the next road to greatness in Dragon Gate and this match will definitely as a battle worth seeing.
7. Open the Dream Gate: YAMATO (c) vs. Masato Yoshino
Daniel’s View: [69%] – noticeably not as good as the semi-main event. just never got going
Ronin’s View: [71%] ~ I felt after the Shingo/Hulk match that this was just hard to get into. Call it just being a long PPV, which it was at 4 hours and 15 mins. I guess I just expected more, but I would recommend seeing it just to see both YAMATO and Yoshino in action.
Daniel’s View: “good show! good production values, great stage set, nice feel to it, and good matches! watch it!”
Ronin’s View: A good PPV in my opinion, many strong matches. Shingo and Hulk killed it, and even the 8 man tag was better than expected. I would recommend that you get a DVD of the show or find it anyway possible.