Dont normally cover Dragon Gate NEX shows, which focus more on the “lesser stars” of Dragon Gate (ie Super Shenlong, Shisa Boy, the Dojo Boys etc) but because they had a match in part of the “Don Fujii Partner” tournament, I decided its best to post them.
7/22/11 Hyogo, Dragon Gate Arena- Sanctuary 80
1) Don Fujii Partner Tournament A Block: Takafumi Watanabe Vs Eita Kobayashi
WINNER: Watanabe via Half Crab Hold at 9:24
2) Super Shisa Vs Jackson Florida
WINNER: Shisa via Jackson Missing a flying Karate Kick at 7:48
3) Don Fujii Partner Tournament B Block: Kotoka Vs Shisa Boy
WINNER: kotoka via Harmony at 8:40
4) Kzy, Tomahawk T.T Vs Super Shenlong, Rich Swann
WINNER: kzy over Shenlong via Kzy Time at 10:35
7/23/11, Rainbow Gate
Kyoto KBS Hall
0) Takafumi Watanabe Vs Eita Kobayashi
WINNER: Time Limit Draw 5 minutes
It was reported that Watanabe got injured during this match (reportedly a concussion) and was told by the doctor that he should not compete for the next few weeks. At tomorrow’s show, Kotoka was set to face Watanabe in the finals of the Fujii Partner Tournament, but now that has been changes. Originally Kotoka was going to get a bye and automatically be Fujii’s partner, but Kotoka himself requested he face an opponent and has been given the loser of the Watanabe/Kobayashi bout, Kobayashi as an opponent instead.
1) Naruki Doi, Yasushi Kanda, Genki Horiguchi Vs Masato Yoshino, Gamma, AR Fox
WINNER: Kanda over Fox via Ryu’s at 13:37
This is American indy star AR Fox’s debut in Dragon Gate. If you’ve seen his stuff in DGUSA and Evolve, you know he’s a very talented high flyer that could easily be a future superstar in the making.
2) Don Fujii Partner Tournament A Block: Kotoka Vs Super Shenlong
WINNER: Kotoka via Face Kick at 6:12
3) Don Fujii, Rich Swann Vs Naoki Tanizaki, Kzy
WINNER: Swann over Kzy via Standing 450 Splash at 11:56
4) Shingo Takagi, Dragon Kid Vs Ryo Saito, BxB Hulk
WINNER: Dragon Kid over Saito via Bible at 15:53
5) Akira Tozawa, Cyber Kong Vs Masaaki Mochizuki, YAMATO
WINNER: Tozawa over YAMATO via Frankensteiner at 23:29
Revenge win for Tozawa, who was pinned by YAMATO at Korakuen Hall earlier this month…this could be the start of Tozawa’s run for a Open the Dream Gate title shot.