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RADICAN'S DGUSA DVD REVIEW SERIES: "Untouchable 2010" - Bryan Danielson vs. YAMATO, Shingo-Kid, Jacobs-Moxley

Aug 18, 2011 - 2:04:33 PM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist

RADICAN’S DGUSA "UNTOUCHABLE 2010" DVD REPORT
TAPED IN CHICAGO, ILL
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010
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1 - - Open the Freedom Gate Champion BxB HULK vs. AKIRA TOZAWA vs. MIKE QUACKENBUSH – non-title match

Hulk's dancer attacked him prior to the match. Jon Moxley came out and took her away with him. The distraction allowed Tozawa to jump Hulk, but Quackenbush quickly joined the contest. Tozawa had the upper hand on Hulk, but Quackenbush tossed him to the outside and locked Hulk in a nasty submission. Tozawa recovered and sent Quackenbush to the outside before going back after Hulk. Tozawa worked over Hulk's leg and screamed at the ref to see if Hulk wanted to submit, but Quackenbush eventually broke it up and tossed Tozawa to the outside. Hulk managed to fend off Quackenbush and Tozawa and he began to work over Tozawa with Quackenbush now down on the outside. Quackenbush appeared to have Tozawa pinned after a QD3, but Hulk broke up the pin. Hulk ended up slipping out of a German attempt and nailed Tozawa with a superkick to the head. He followed up with the E.V.O for the win.

Hulk got on the mic after the match and said he would take out everyone in Kamikaze USA one by one.

WINNER: BxB Hulk

STAR RATING: (***1/2) – This was a really good opening match. The design of the match was a lot of fun with Hulk having to fend off Tozawa or Quackenbush at different times. They built up to a nice finish that didn't overdo it with nearfall after nearfall. I like how they set the DVD off on this tone with the feud between Hulk and Kamikaze taking stage and giving some meaning to the opening contest.

Lenny Leonard and Chikarason were shown backstage. They talked about Hulk's comments towards Kamikaze USA. They then sent us to a Chuck Taylor promo. Taylor was backstage with Johnny Gargano and Ricochet. CIMA came into the room and said he was looking for a partner. He chose Ricochet, which seemed to anger Gargano and Taylor.

Da Soul Tochaz were shown in the ring. C-Red challenged any team to come out to face them, but Brodie Lee came out instead.

2 - - DA SOUL TOUCHAZ (Willie Richardson & Acid Jazz & Marshe Rocket) vs. BRODIE LEE – handicap match

Lee destroyed Jazz and Rocket. He called in Richardson. Lee eventually got taken out with a double team. Rocket went for a dive, but Lee punched him in the face. Richardson took a huge lariat on the outside. Lee then hit the truckstop on Jazz for the pin.

Lee said he wasn't done after the match and stated that he was coming for a Japanese man.

WINNER: Brodie Lee

STAR RATING: (n/a) – This was another impressive squash building Lee up as a monster.

3 - - SHINGO (w/CIMA) vs. DRAGON KID

They did a great video package hyping the match before kicking it to the ring. Both guys got big ovations coming to the ring. For some reason Dragon Kid started break dancing before the match, which allowed Hulk to destroy him with a big boot. That was odd. Kid fired back and went for a 6-1-9, but Shingo caught him and slammed him on the apron. Kid fired back and hit a moonsault off the second turnbuckle to the floor. Kid continued to run wild until Shingo no-sold a stunner and nailed him with a half-nelson back breaker that left both men down. Shingo blocked a dragonrana attempt and powerbombed Kid into the turnbuckles. He then hit a Gavin throw for a 2 count. Kid countered Shingo up top moments later and nailed him with a super ace crusher and an ultra-rana for a nearfall. They battled up to again moments later and Shingo hit an incredible DVD off the second rope where he landed with Kid, who kicked out at 2. Wow! The finish was just insane. Shingo hit made in Japan and Kid kicked out. He then dead-lifted him and hit the last Falconry for the pin while saluting the crowd.

WINNER: Shingo

STAR RATING: - (****) This was just an awesome match from start to finish. Shingo proved once again why he's one of the best in the world. He works so well as a heavyweight in DGUSA and he simply beat up Kid for most of the match. Kid's comebacks were great and he got some incredible nearfalls on Shingo down the stretch. The finish was simply awesome. This is a must-see match with excellent crowd heat from bell to bell.

They aired another really good video package hyping the Jacobs-Moxley match.

4 - - JIMMY JACOBS vs. JON MOXLEY (w/Val) – Chicago Street Fight

Jacobs came out wearing a white jacket covered in blood. Jacobs said this was the place where he hung a man upside down and drank his blood. Jacobs said it wasn't about that tonight. Jacobs said there was a time when he was a little berserk. He took off his pants to reveal his fluffy boots and the fight was on. There was huge crowd heat for Jacobs as he ran wild on Moxley on the outside. Val tried to distract Jacobs, but she ended up eating a boot from Moxley when Jacobs tossed her in his path. Moxley fired back and attacked Jacobs with the chain. Both men eyeballed each other from across the ring. Moxley presented a chain, so Jacobs went into his boot and took out two railroad spikes. He charged at Moxley and nailed him with both spikes busting Moxley open. Jacobs hung Moxley with the chain, but he managed to escape. This is fantastic. Jacobs hit Moxley with another spike shot and followed up with the contra code, but Moxley kicked out. Jacobs locked in the end time using the chain for leverage.

YAMATO came down to ringside and nailed Jacobs with a brainbuster, but Jacobs kicked out. Lee ran down and took out YAMATO. Both men went at it in the middle of the ring. Moxley hit a series of big moves, but Jacobs kept kicking out. Moxley covered Jacobs's face with his coat and wrapped the chain around his face. Moxley then nailed Jacobs with several chairshots to the back. Moxley then covered Jacobs for the pin. Wow!

WINNER: Jon Moxley

STAR RATING: (****) – This was a crazy match from start to finish. Jacobs was as good as I've ever seen him reprising his “huss” persona. The match utilized some really good storytelling as well with Moxley using a distraction to escape defeat. I liked Lee's run in on YAMATO as well, which really set the stage for the final sprint. This was another must-see match.

Jimmy Jacobs was shown throwing up backstage after his match against Moxley. He was then helped outside by two attendees.

5 - - RICH SWANN vs. DRAKE YOUNGER vs. CHUCK TAYLOR vs. JOHNNY GARGANO – Four Way Freestyle

After some rapid-fire exchanges inside the ring involving all four men, Gargano tossed Younger into the guardrail like a long dart. Swan then took out Gargano and Taylor on the outside with a dive moments later. Swann hit a fantastic hurricanrana on Gargano using Taylor's back as a springboard as the action continued to move along quickly. Taylor and Gargano formed an alliance and worked over Swann. Swann mounted another comeback when Taylor and Gargano began to argue. Swann hit a 360 doublestomp on Gargano. Younger came back from the dead and ran wild hittnig a DVD onto Swann. They did a big spot where everyone hit big moves and went down, but the crowd was kind of dead at this point. Drake hit his finish on Swann, but Gargano broke it up. Taylor finally finished off Younger with the awful waffle.

WINNER: Chuck Taylor

STAR RATING: (***1/4) – This wasn't as good as the Fourway Freestyle from “Enter the Dragon 2010,” but it was still a lot of fun. The match dragged a bit during some parts, but Swann really showed some good high-flying ability. Younger didn't bring a lot to the table here, but the others were all good during certain points.

Moxley cut a promo backstage with Kamikaze USA. He mocked the Warriors for bringing in Ricochet. Moxley told Hulk not to make empty threats.

Taylor was shown backstage gloating about winning two straight Fourway Freestyles. He said all of the factions should take notice of him.

6 - - WARRIORS INTERNATIONAL (CIMA & Ricochet w/ Dragon Kid) vs. SPEED MUSCLE (Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino)

CIMA and Doi went at it and CIMA got a nearfall with a small package during an early exchange and they came to a stalemate. Doi and Yoshino managed to cut off Doi and worked over his arm, but he fought free and tagged in Ricochet, who hit a nice dropkick on Yoshino. Ricochet quickly got cut off and Speed Muscle began to work over his legs. Ricochet finally made the hot tag and CIMA ran wild. Ricochet then hit an incredible twisting press to the outside onto Speed Muscle and the crowd went berserk. The action broke down and Ricochet hit a back slide bomb on Yoshino for a near fall. Speed Muscle then took control and took out CIMA and Ricochet with a series of double team moves as the action broke down. CIMA urged Ricochet to go up top to finish off Yoshino, but Doi ran into the ring and cut him off. Doi followed up with a super German suplex on Ricochet for a nearfall. The crowd came to their feet after Ricochet broke up a double team powerbomb on CIMA, which left all four men down. Doi hit his finish and a big sliding kick, but Ricochet got his hand on the ropes. Doi went for the muscular bomb, but CIMA nailed him with a superkick. Ricochet went up top and nailed Doi with a double rotation moonsault for the win. Holy crap! The crowd came unglued as Leonard went nuts on commentary. Wow...just wow.

CIMA put over Ricochet big time after the match. CIMA told Ricochet he was now an official member of Warriors International. Johnny Gargano then came out. Gargano said he needed to grow up, so he put over Ricochet and said he deserved respect, which drew another chant for Ricochet. CIMA then told Gargano to leave and they celebrated together.

WINNERS: Ricochet & CIMA

STAR RATING: (****1/4) – This was just an awesome match centered around Ricochet. The crowd seemed burnt out at first, but they really got into the match once CIMA and Ricochet began their coming back. The finish of the main event is worth the money for the DVD alone.

They showed a slow-motion replay from several angles. Wow...just wow. Yeah, I said it again.

YAMATO came out for the DVD main event to a good reaction. Danielson got a big pop coming out. At the time the match was filmed, Danielson was back in the WWE and held the US Championship.

7 - - YAMATO vs. BRYAN DANIELSON

YAMATO refused a handshake from Danielson. The crowd was hot right from the start. Danielson countered a kick from YAMATO into a single leg takedown. He then got YAMATO in the surfboard position and raked away at his face. Danielson then locked in his signature surfboard submission as the crowd roared. Danielson transitioned to a chinlock, but was forced to let go because he was raking YAMATO’s face. Danielson went to work on YAMATO’s arm before taking him down to the mat and locking in a nasty hammerlock pinning combination for a nearfall. Danielson sent YAMATO to the outside, but YAMATO went under the ring and nailed him with a shot to the knee. Both men brawled on the outside. YAMATO got the upper hand with a big kick to the face that sent Danielson to the floor.

YAMATO brought Danielson back into the ring and stepped on his face. He posed for the crowd and drew some boos. YAMATO continued to dominate the action, as he took Danielson down to the mat in a modified Japanese stranglehold, but Danielson got the ropes. YAMATO raked his boot across Danieson’s face and he began to fire up. YAMATO continued to taunt Danielson as he landed some blows to the head. Danielson fired back and landed a series of blows as the crowd applauded. Danielson then landed a series of kicks in the corner and the crowd roared again. Danielson sent YAMATO to the floor again and he tried to sneak under the ring again, but Danielson surprised him on the other side with a dropkick. Danielson then nailed YAMATO with a springboard into the crowd. The fans popped huge once Danielson got to his feet.

Danielson favored his knee as he continued to work over YAMATO. YAMATO fired back moments later with a dropkick to the knees and locked in a leg submission in the center of the ring. Danielson got the ropes, but YAMATO dragged him to the center of the ring. YAMATO tried to apply the hold again, but Danielson kicked him in the head and followed up with a backbreaker, which left both men down. Both men exchanged counters on the mat. Danielson eventually hit a leg trap belly to belly suplex for a 2 count.
Danielson hit a running knee strike and covered YAMATO, but he kicked out. Danielson then transitioned right into cattle mutilation in the middle of the ring. YAMATO struggled, but Danielson held the bridge. YAMATO struggled, but eventually got the ropes and Danielson had to break the hold, but he told the ref he had till five and the crowd went nuts. YAMATO fired back with a knockout kick and a brainbuster, but Danielson kicked out because YAMATO did push-ups while making the cover. YAMATO then locked in a variation of the crossface. Danielson appeared to pass out near the ropes. The ref checked his arms and he fired up before reaching the third raise of his arm. Danielson got the ropes. YAMATO signaled for the finish and placed Danielson up top. Danielson countered YAMATO and hit the signature Regal plex and the crowd roared. Danielson went for the cover, but YAMATO kicked out. YAMATO fought the crossface, so Danielson locked in the triangle choke. YAMATO tried to slam Danielson, but he wouldn’t let go. YAMATO then got the ankle lock. Danielson escaped, but YAMATO got a sleeper and hit galleria, but Danielson kicked out at the last second and the crowd applauded.

Both men slowly got to their feet and exchanged forearms. They started slow, but then exchanged blows at a fast pace. YAMATO caught Danielson in a sleeper and tried to turn it into a sleeper suplex, but Danielson countered it into a small package for a two count. YAMATO then rolled over into a small package for a nearfall. Danielson hit a series of kicks on YAMATO, but he kicked out at the last second. Danielson mounted YAMATO and landed elbows as the crowd counted along. Danielson hit 30 elbows as the crowd counted along. Danielson then applied the crossface and YAMATO tapped out. That was a fantastic match.

Winner: Bryan Danielson

Star rating: (****1/4) – This was a great match with great crowd heat. They started slow and told a great story build around submission and counters. The nearfalls at the end were well done and both men showed a lot of charisma. The atmosphere down the stretch was excellent. You don’t want to miss out on seeing this match. Danielson is really good and was one top of his game here.

After the match, Moxley ran down and attacked Danielson. YAMATO joined in, but Hulk came down to make the save. The crowd chanted “Moxley sucks” as he retreated to the back. Danielson then got on the mic and thanked Hulk. Danielson said he’s not a superstar. He said he’s a proud wrestler. The crowd roared while Danielson took a moment to pause. Danielson said sometimes you have to fight. He said tomorrow he wouldn’t wrestle Moxley. He said he was going to fight Moxley. He said if anyone wants to see Moxley get his head kicked in, they should go to the show tomorrow.

Moxley was backstage with Kamikaze USA. He mocked Warriors for adding Ricochet. He turned his attention to Hulk. He said Hulk made empty threats. Moxley said he would stuff Hulk’s words down his throat to close the promo.

Bonus Material:

KYLE O’REILLY vs. ARIK CANNON

Both men exchanged forearms to begin the match. Cannon fired back with a shoulder tackle, but O’Reilly took him down and locked in an ankle lock. Cannon countered and escaped, which brought them to a stalemate. O’Reilly took Cannon down and went to work on his arm. Cannon countered and applied an arm submission of his own after some nice chain wrestling. Cannon hit a springboard arm drag that sent O’Reilly to the outside and both men brawled. Cannon tossed O’Reilly into the ring and hit a huge chop in the corner. O’Reilly fired back and hit a dragon screw that sent Cannon to the mat.

O’Reilly locked in a cloverleaf variation. The crowd clapped as Cannon struggled to get the ropes. He finally got the ropes and the crowd cheered.

Cannon fired back, but favored his leg. O’Reilly countered Cannon and hit another dragon screw before locking in another leg submission. Cannon broke free with a big strike, but was slow to his feet. Cannon and O’Reilly traded big strikes in the middle of the ring. After a big exchange, Cannon countered O’Reilly and hit a neckbreaker that left both men down and the crowd roared. Both men met in the center of the ring and traded blows.

Cannon poked O’Reilly in the eye and landed several forearms. Cannon eventually hit an exploder for a 2 count. O’Reilly ducked a shining wizard and applied a single leg crab. Cannon struggled, but eventually got the ropes. Cannon countered O’Reilly and hit total anarchy. He followed up with the glimmering warlock for the pin.

Winner: Arik Cannon

Star rating: (***) – This was a really good bonus match. Cannon sold his leg well throughout the match. They built up to some big exchanges down the stretch and the crowd was hot throughout the match. Cannon is someone to keep your eye on as this year winds down. He was showing signs of improvement in this match, which took place in 2010. I would have loved to see O’Reilly stay in DGUSA. He fit in well with their style.

There is also a highlight video from the show with multiple camera angles of all the big moments from each match. Also, the “Jimmy Jacobs Revealed” vignettes are included as well.

Overall thoughts: (9.0) – This was an excellent show from top to bottom. The opening match was really strong and things never really slowed down. By removing the bonus match that aired on PPV, there isn’t a weak match on the entire show.

The Shingo-Kid, Jacobs-Moxley, and Warriors International-Speed Muscle matches were all four stars or better. Kid vs. Shingo was the classic heavyweight vs. high-flyer match. It was just an awesome match to watch unfold save for Kid inexplicably dancing at the beginning of the match. Moxley-Jacobs was another great brawl between these two, although it was odd watching the feud out of order since their blowoff match aired live and this match was taped before the live PPV.

I can't say enough good things about the semi-main event. It wasn't a MOTYC, but it was awesome and these guys found a mystery gear that I haven’t seen before. Ricochet was great during this match and it was fun revisiting his coming out party. I don’t think I’ve seen Ricochet hit the double moonsault again in DGUSA since this show aired. With all the high-flying I see on the independent scene, Ricochet is one of the most impressive high-flyers out there, although A.R. Fox is giving him a serious run for his money in 2011.

The bonus material included is worth watching as well. The Cannon-O’Reilly match is very good and would have fit right into the main card. Both men put on strong performances and showed why they are rising stars on the independent scene in 2011. At least Cannon is, since ROH isn’t technically an independent promotion. Jimmy Jacobs’s series of promos about his recovery from substance abuse are really good and worth another look on the bonus menu.

The Danielson-YAMATO match that was edited off the PPV was excellent. I had huge expectations for this match and it delivered. The match started slowly, but they told a good story building around counters and submissions throughout the match. The big exchange of strikes at the end was electric. Danielson nailing YAMATO with elbow after elbow near the finish was a great “moment” in DGUSA that they should air in highlight packages.

With the addition of Danielson-YAMATO, this card features four matches that rate four stars or higher. You really can’t go wrong purchasing this release. It’s one of the better overall DGUSA events I’ve seen.

FYI: You can purchase this release at DGUSA.TV

Contact Sean at PWTorchSean@gmail.com


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