From The Shelf- Dragon Gate Dead or Alive 2010
Posted by Dylan Diot on 01.09.2014
Kamikaze explodes while Masato Yoshino gets one of the biggest wins of his career.....
Dragon Gate Dead or Alive 2010
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
WARRIORS and World-1 come out and have a face to face confrontation to hype up tonight’s Dead or Alive elimination match. They hold a lottery to decide who will have the advantage during the match, and World-1 wins the lottery. I don’t know why this went so long.
Takuya Tomakomai vs. Super Shisa
Both men look for control early and Shisa grabs a cravat. Tomakomai fights out and they battle on the mat for control. Shisa catches Tomakomai in the half crab but he makes the ropes to break. Uppercuts by Shisa but Tomakomai fights back with chops. Running chop in the corner by Tomakomai and he hits a slam for 2. Arm drag by Shisa and he grabs a cross arm breaker. He makes the ropes to break so Shisa hits a butterfly suplex for 2. Suplex by Tomakomai gets 2. Atomic drop by Tomakomai and he hits a flying head butt for 2. Shisa escapes a slam attempt and catches Tomakomai with a dropkick. Piledriver by Shisa gets 2. Camel clutch by Shisa and Tomakomai taps. Winner- Super Shisa ** ( Tomakomai made his pro debut just a few months early so this match was just there to give him a chance to work with a veteran in Shisa. The man that is now known as T-Hawk looked good in one of his early matches. )
Tokyo Gurentai (NOSAWA Rongai and MAZADA) vs. K-ness and Susumu Yokosuka
Tokyo Gurentai attack at the bell and NOSAWA chokes away on Yokosuka in the corner. Jabs by NOSAWA and they trade chops. NOSAWA rakes the eyes to stop that but Yokosuka comes back with a lariat. Their partners come in and MAZADA hits a reverse atomic drop. K-ness comes back with a spinning heel kick but eats a knee to the back from NOSAWA. MAZADA rakes the face of K-ness and tags NOSAWA. Snap mare and NOSAWA hits a kick to the back for 2. Rear crucifix submission by NOSAWA and he coverts it into a roll-up for 2. Crossface by NOSAWA but K-ness makes the ropes to break. Tokyo Gurentai double team K-ness, ending in a basement dropkick from NOSAWA for 2. MAZADA tags in and K-ness chops away. MAZADA comes back with a chop of his own and he toys with Yokosuka. Tokyo Gurentai work over the arms of K-ness and they lock in a chinlock/Boston crab combo. NOSAWA goes for a brainbuster but K-ness blocks and reverses to his own. Enzuigiri by K-ness and Yokosuka tags in. Release Saito suplex by NOSAWA and he goes up but Yokosuka follows. Super exploder suplex by Yokosuka gets 2 as MAZADA saves. MAZADA charges in the corner but eats boot and K-ness hits a Tornado DDT for 2. Bow-tie crossface by K-ness but NOSAWA breaks it up. Corner lariats by Yokosuka and K-ness and they hit a doomsday knee drop to MAZADA for 2 as NOSAWA saves. DDT by NOSAWA to Yokosuka and Tokyo Gurentai hit a double flapjack to K-ness. Double suplex to Yokosuka and NOSAWA hits an enzuigiri into a German suplex from MAZADA for 2 as K-ness saves. Lariat by MAZADA and he hits the 2K1 Bomb for 2. Yokosuka clips the leg of MAZADA into a kick to the chest from K-ness. Mugen by Yokosuka gets 2 as NOSAWA saves. Jumbo No Kachi by Yokosuka gets 3. Winners- K-ness and Susumu Yokosuka **1/2 ( One of my biggest pet peeves with Dragon Gate is their need to go with crazy false finish sequences in almost every match. NOSAWA and MAZADA where no threat to K-ness and Yokosuka as they were being built up as future tag title challenges so it should have been a nice solid win. Instead, they had a mostly heatless match where they gave NOSAWA and MAZADA too much and made some of the fall finishes feel super awkward. )
Cyber Kong vs. Akira Tozawa
In a unique stipulation, the loser of the match is regulated to dark matches on future shows. Kong overpowers Tozawa to start and he crotches Tozawa to break a headlock attempt. Tozawa bails but Kong follows and he hits a knee breaker on the apron. Back in, Kong walks on the bad leg of Tozawa and he hits another knee breaker. Chop block by Kong and he hits an elbow drop to the leg of Tozawa. Kong works over the leg of Tozawa but Tozawa makes the ropes to break. Kong presses Tozawa to the mat and he hits an Avalanche in the corner. Kong grabs a variation of a half crab and he swings Tozawa around by one leg!!! Tozawa makes the ropes to break and he falls down on an irish whip attempt. Kong charges but gets drop toe hold into the corner. Saito suplex by Tozawa and Kong bails. Suicide dive by Tozawa and back in, Tozawa goes up and hits a diving head butt. Back senton by Tozawa and he goes for a slam but Kong blocks. Chops by Tozawa and he hits a dropkick to the leg of Kong. Slam by Tozawa and both men are down. Kong blocks a German suplex attempt and he hits another Avalanche in the corner. Big splash by Kong gets 2. Kong LAUNCHES Tozawa onto the top rope and he goes up. Flying elbow drop by Kong misses and Tozawa hits the German suplex for 2!!! Hurricanrana by Tozawa gets 2. Lariat by Kong gets 2. Powerbomb by Kong gets 3. Winner- Cyber Kong *** ( Tozawa makes such a great underdog babyface. He got tortured by Kong and got the crowd rooting for him by the end of the match. This was a good big man vs. little man match and this lead to Tozawa having his yearlong US stint which included his epic PWG run.)
Naniwa-Style Elimination Match- World-1 vs. Warriors
Two men start and every two minutes another man enters the match. You can eliminate people either by pin fall, submission, or over the top rope. Doi starts for World-1 while CIMA starts for Warriors. CIMA overpowers Doi to start and he hits a kick to the chest. They grapple for control and they reach a standstill. Naoki Tanizaki is next for World-1 and they dive on CIMA in the corner. Doi goes up and hits the assisted summersault senton to CIMA. They choke CIMA in the ropes as Ryo Saito tries to come out early, his teammates drag him to the back. Double back elbow to CIMA and Genki Horiguchi comes out for Warriors. Tornado DDT to Tanizaki but Doi grabs Genki’s ponytail to come back. Hurricanrana by Genki and he chokes Doi with his boot in the corner. Springboard moonsault by Genki and Masato Yoshino comes out for World-1. Dropkick to Genki and he hits an arm drag to CIMA. Abdominal stretch by Genki to Tanizaki but Yoshino pulls the ponytail to break. Double stomp to the PONYTAIL off the top by Yoshino to Genki!!! Gamma is next for Warriors and Yoshino steps on his head as he enters the ring. Gamma wishbones Yoshino to come back and they send Doi and Tanizaki into each other. Sharpshooter by CIMA to Doi as BxB Hulk is the last entrant for World-1. Arm drag by Hulk to Genki but he misses a dropkick. He comes back with a spinkick and he grabs the chinlock. Double back elbow by Speed Muscle and Yoshino hits a basement dropkick to CIMA. Ryo Saito comes out as the final entrant for Warriors. Genki and Saito double team Tanizaki but Doi tries to dump Ryo to stop that. Genki charges but misses Doi and hits Saito but he hangs on. Slingblade Heart Attack by Speed Muscle and Doi hits the Bakatare Sliding Kick. Genki comes back with the Backslide from Heaven and Saito rolls him up for 3!!1 Doi is eliminated.
Saito and Tanizaki end up on the apron as they try to eliminate each other but they hold out. Sidewalk slam/double stomp combo by Hulk and Tanizaki to Genki. Genki rolls Tanizaki up for 2 and he hits a double underhook facebuster. Shining Wizard by Tanizaki gets 2. Backslide from Heaven by Genki gets 2. Jig-a-tonic by Tanizaki gets 3. Genki Horiguchi is eliminated.
World-1 all triple team Saito in the corner and Hulk hits a spinning heel kick off the top for 2. They charge at Saito in the corner but CIMA and Gamma catch Tanizaki with a double superkick. They go up and hit stereo Coast to Coasts on Tanizaki. Meteora by CIMA gets 3. Naoki Tanizaki is eliminated.
Springboard dropkick by Hulk to Gamma but Saito hits a release Half suplex. Hulk comes back with Final Flash and he hits EVO for 3. Ryo Saito is eliminated.
Double spinebuster to Yoshino and CIMA hits an assisted inverted Lungblower. Hulk goes for a standing moonsault on Gamma but eats knees. CIMA puts Hulk on the apron and Yoshino goes for a dropkick but misses CIMA and hits Hulk. Baseball slide by Gamma knocks Hulk off the apron. Hulk is eliminated.
CIMA and Gamma double team Yoshino and Gamma steps on the midsection of Yoshino. CIMA and Gamma charge at Yoshino in the corner and CIMA hits a double stomp off the top into a Dominator by Gamma for 2. Yoshino escapes a second Dominator attempt and hits a basement dropkick. CIMA throws some elbows and he goes for the Perfect Driver but Yoshino escapes. He blocks a cane shot and ducks the second causing CIMA to get nailed. Gamma misses a dropkick and he hits CIMA by mistake. Lariat by Gamma but Yoshino comes back with a roll-up with the tights for 3. Gamma is eliminated.
CIMA is busted open from the cane shot and he goes for a knee strike in the corner but misses and falls to the apron. He drags Yoshino out with him but both hold on. Kick to the back by CIMA and he puts Yoshino in the tree of woe. Basement dropkick by CIMA and he goes up. Coast to Coast misses and Yoshino misses the missile dropkick. Lungblower by CIMA and both men are down. CIMA goes up but Yoshino stops him and follows up. Yoshino blocks a sunset flip powerbomb attempt and Yoshino hits a missile dropkick in the corner. CIMA catches him with the Perfect Driver for 2!!! CIMA puts Yoshino on top and he follows up. Yoshino blocks a super Perfect Driver attempt and he goes for the super Slingblade but CIMA blocks. Fisherman’s Buster off the top by CIMA gets 2!!! Yoshino catches CIMA with a sunset flip for 2 and he gets the crucifix for 2!!! Chops by Yoshino and they trade counters until Yoshino hits Lightning Spiral for 2!!! From Jungle by Yoshino and he goes for Sol Naciente but CIMA escapes. They trade counters and CIMA hits Schwein for 2!!! CIMA goes up but Yoshino stops him and follows up. CIMA goes for super Schwein but Yoshino blocks and HITS A SUPER LIGHTNING SPIRAL FOR 3!!! Winner- Masato Yoshino **** ( This was such a fun match and easily the best match of the show so far. I loved the story of miscommunications leading to certain eliminations and the final sequence between Yoshino, Gamma, and CIMA was sensational. )
The 411: The majority of this show was not one of Dragon Gate's better efforts. Most of the matches ranged from mediocre due to wacky antics and doing too much to solid but it didn't blow me away like I expect most Dragon Gate shows to do. However, the final two matches were excellent with a great technical main event which is a breath of fresh air from the usual Dragon Gate affair and Masato Yoshino getting an enormous win to set him up as a future challenger to YAMATO. The final two matches are worth your time and helps me to recommend this show although Dragon Gate has produced far better.