Arena Reports 6/5 DGUSA in New York City: Live perspective on Internet PPV event with technical issues - DGUSA Title match, six-man tag, Fray!
Jun 8, 2011 - 9:25:45 AM
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DGUSA live event report
June 5, 2011
New York City
Report by Eric Devries, PWTorch reader
I thought top to bottom a solid show. I hope this live perspective helps after the technical issues with the Internet PPV stream. In the end, it felt like a special
show that I will always remember compared to other wrestling shows I've attended.
(1) Masato Yoshino beat Ricochet via submission. A fun match. The Blood Warriors ringside attempted a beat down on Yoshino until PAC made the save along with YAMATO, which prompted a stare down between the two.
Rich Swan and Johnny Gargano came out to cut a promo for the their match later in the show. They went through the audience looking for a partner to replace the injured Chuck Taylor.
(2) AR Fox beat Pinkie Sanchez via pinfall. A good match, which led to the DUFs coming out to ask why Fox was given everything on a silver platter (as in a push) while guys like themselves and Sanchez work for years on the independent
circuit to get a break. Sanchez then brought in a keg and they placed it on Fox's head. They twice hit it with a tension wire pole.
(3) Jon Davis won the Fray! match. Larry Dallas came out with Attu. He said if he wins, Dallas is here to stay in DGUSA. If he loses, he's gone for good. Attu looks pretty jacked, but it just took a po'd Jon Davis to eliminate him.
Also included: Caleb Konley, Facade, Flip Kendrick, Louis Lyndon, Sugar Dunkerton, and Tony Nese. The final two were Davis and Nese. Great showing by both.
(4) DUF (Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon) beat Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka via submission. This has to set up a United Gate Title match for the DUF. A submission win over Yokosuka (a great wrestler) and the current Dream Gate champion Mochizuki is a tremendous step up for these guys.
(5) Ronin (Rich Swann & Johnny Gargano & Masato Yoshino) beat Blood Warriors (CIMA & Austin Aries & Brodie Lee in a six-man elimination tag match. Great match, which came down to Gargano against Aries and CIMA. Gargano made CIMA tap and eventually made Aries tap for the victory.
(6) Open the Freedom Gate champion YAMATO beat PAC "The man who gravity forgot" via pinfall to retain the DGUSA Title. It was great to see match like this with no heel and no face. You just get to witness a great match between two of the best. I was hoping for a little more time for this match to potentially reach an epic level. Afterward, CIMA came out to challenge YAMATO for a title shot and a brawl ensued, bringing out Ronin.
This show was celebrating the second anniversary for Dragon Gate. The end-of-show speech by Gargano included him saying he was in the opening match two years ago and look how far he and the company have come. It also made me evaluate the talent DGUSA uses. Aries should be a top star anywhere and Gargano is on his way up. The Japanese talent is excellent in wrestling and the talent that have gone through their doors has been exceptional.
The end of night festivities were capped off by a karaoke party in the ring with wrestlers and fans. It DID make it feel special. How often do you get to see Aries or Dunkerton do some karaoke?
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