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SHOW RESULTS - 11/4 DGUSA in Long Island, N.Y.: In-person report on buzzworthy main event, State of DGUSA to conclude 2012

Nov 6, 2012 - 11:54:21 AM
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Dragon Gate USA "Freedom Fight 2012" show results
November 4, 2012
Long Island, N.Y.
Report by PWTorch VIP member Zim


There were probably 200-250 in attendance, but it seemed to be a much hotter crowd than previous nights. The show was held at the NYWC training school where wrestlers like Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and Trent Barreta were trained by Mikey Whipwreck. Like most wrestling schools, it was a warehouse. However, it was a pretty nice set-up with the crowd on three sides of the ring, and hard cam and entrance area on the other side.

(1) Jon Davis beat EITA with a lariat. Almost a squash, but EITA had some good-looking offense. But, the story of the weekend continued: Jon Davis's total domination of DGUSA.

(2) Tony Neese & Papadon beat The Scene (Caleb Konley & Scott Reed w/Larry Dallas and Trina) after Neese hit a 450 splash. Neese and Papadon were huge over with the crowd, as they are the top two talents in NYWC. Papadon has a really solid independent look, but I don't think he's television material. Neese was impressive as usual.

Post-match, The Scene attacked Marty Belle, a female talent who has issues with Larry Dallas. In a SUPER uncomfortable moment, Konley picked her up for a powerbomb, Reed delivered a chop to the back, and Konley hit a sit-out powerbomb. Very much not a fan of explicit man-on-woman violence. D.U.F. ran to the ring and cleared out the Scene (ten seconds too late). Sami Callihan and Pinkie Sanchez followed them to the back and Cannon stayed in the ring for his match.

(3) Arik Cannon beat A.C.H. with a Whiplash. A.C.H. is an impressive high-flyer, but if seen by the masses, he would be labeled a spot artist. I think he has great potential, though.

(4) Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos) beat Jigsaw & Fire Ant with the Fatality. While the main event was above four stars and is getting rave reviews, this was my favorite match of the night. This was the most fun match of the weekend, featuring both hard-hitting action as well as some sprinkled-in hilarious Chikara-style comedy. I cannot say enough good things about this match, perhaps my favorite live match I've seen.

(5) Rich Swann beat Chuck Taylor in an Anything Goes match with Trouble in Paradise followed by a standing 450 splash. Not quite the usual funny Chucky T tonight. This match featured one of the most heated feuds in DGUSA and saw both men use weapons. This was a well-done hardcore match with no blood, no excessive/dangerous weapons use, etc. But, the crowd seemed to fade in and out until the finish. I just don't think hardcore/weapons matches have the entertainment value they once did, sometimes despite being well-portrayed.

[Intermission]

(6) CIMA beat Sami Callihan after landing Meteora. This was a fantastic, hard-hitting, believable match between two of the top talents in the world. Back and forth match with the crowd essentially split. Hopefully this will set up a return match as Sami has defeated just about everyone in DGUSA. Over the weekend, he stated his intentions for the Freedom Gate Title unless his recent WWE try-out was successful, in which case he may just be doing the honors. Time will tell.

(7) Samuray Del Sol & El Generico beat The Jimmy's (Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi) when Del Sol hit the Rising Sun (springboard inverted frankensteiner). The crowd was solidly behind Generico, not so much Del Sol for large parts of the match. I haven't been super-impressed with him, but I know Sean Radican and many others are very high on him.

(8) DGUSA champion Johnny Gargano beat Akira Tozawa, Ricochet, and A.R. Fox in a four-way elimination match to retain the Open the Freedom Gate Title.

- First elimination was A.R. Fox, who tapped to a Ricochet cloverleaf. This followed up on Friday's main event where Fox injured his leg, but defeated Ricochet, after which Ricochet refused to shake his hand. And the feud continues...

-Second elimination was Ricochet, who was pinned by Akira Tozawa with a straightjacket German. Tozawa continues to be the most over man in DGUSA. Despite being a heel, rabid "Tozawa" chants began as soon as it was down to he and Gargano.

-The third and final elimination was Akira Tozawa, who tapped out to the Garga-No Escape. Once it came down to these two, it became a great back and forth match, with believable nearfalls that had the crowd reacting for everything. That is exactly what was missing the rest of the weekend.

This was overall an absolutely spectacular match. Match of the weekend and perhaps of the year for DGUSA. It featured so many insane moves and nearfalls, and finally for the first time this weekend, the crowd was 100 percent invested and came unglued. Great culmination of the weekend and a great way for DGUSA to end on a fantastic note.

Overall, another great DGUSA tripleshot weekend from an in-ring and story perspective. One complaint would be the crowds, but hopefully that'll come with product consistency. On the positive side, I can't say enough about how improved DGUSA is in terms of entertainment value is. In addition to spectacular matches, they are finally beginning to tell strong, thorough stories around their characters that will allow fans to invest in those characters and those stories. I will be interested to see if more good things come from these guys in the future.


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