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RADICAN'S DGUSA "UPRISING" PPV REVIEW: Shingo & Yamato vs. Kid & CIMA, PAC & Doi vs. Quackenbush & Jigsaw

Jul 5, 2010 - 10:50:49 AM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist

RADICAN'S DGUSA UPRISING PPV REPORT
PREMIERES JULY 9, 2010 ON PPV
TORONTO, CANADA


Uprising debuts on July 9 on most cable systems.

Johnny Gargano opened the show with a promo. He said Jon Moxley had formed his own international stable. Gargano said he was going to watch the show tonight and decide who he chooses to represent.

1 -- Akira Tozawa vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

The crowd was red hot to start the show and banging red thundersticks. Mochizuki is representing the Warriors and Tozawa represents Kamikaze USA. Tozawa sent Mochizuki to the outside during the early stages of the match and nailed him with a dive. Tozawa went after Mochizuki's knee, but Mochizuki fired back and sent Tozawa flying off the apron with a kick to the back. This is stiff! Mochizuki began working over Tozawa's leg. There was an odd spot where Tozawa missed a bunch of flying headbutt attempts, but finally connected with a senton. Mochizuki fired back with a big boot in the corner. After another exchange, Mochizuki hit a huge kick to Tozawa's head and the crowd came unglued. The finish saw both men exchange strikes. Mochizuki then landed a KO kick to Tozawa's head for the win.

WINNER: MASAAKI MOCHIZUKI

STAR RATING: (***) -- This was a really good opening match. Tozawa was really impressive in his debut. The crowd really made this match, as they added a ton of energy. The stiff exchanges between these two men are well-worth checking out.

Chikarson and Leonard previewed the show backstage.

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2 - - JIMMY JACOBS vs. JON MOXLEY - No DQ

Moxley dragged a young woman down to ringside with him. Moxley threw his woman at Jacobs to get the upper hand early. Moxley worked over Jacobs on the outside while his woman bit Jacob's ear. Jacobs went after the girl, but Moxley cut him off. Jacobs fired back on Moxley moments later and nailed him with a trash can. Moxley fired back at Jacobs and threw plunder into the ring. Jacobs fired back and hit a dive through the ropes. Jacobs turned it into the end time, but Moxley crotched him on the barricade.

Jacobs nailed Moxley with a chair. He then grabbed a wrench, but Moxley hit him with a clothesline. Moxley tried to put the wrench into Jacob's eye. He then held it back against his mouth. Jacobs fired back and nailed Moxley with the wrench. Jacobs got the end time again, but Moxley countered with a release suplex. Moxley tossed Jacobs into a chair sandwiched between the turnbuckles and followed with a black hole slam for a nearfall. Jacobs got the end time moments later, but the woman interfered again. Jacobs hit the contra code, but Yamato and Shingo ran in and hit him with a DVD/kick combination for the pin.

They continued to beat on Jacobs after the match, but BxB Hulk made the save. Hulk offered Jacobs a World-1 shirt, but Jacobs refused.

WINNER: JON MOXLEY

STAR RATING: (***) - I really enjoyed this match. Moxley has such a dynamic personality and carries himself unlike any wrestler in the business today. He's very unique. There's finally some storyline development brewing in DGUSA and this was a nice first step in the storyline.

Masato Yoshino was shown warming up backstage for the main event.

3 - - JIGSAW & MIKE QUACKENBUSH vs. PAC & NURUKI DOI

Both teams got a big reaction when they came out. This match featured the Chikara faction of Jigsaw and Quackenbush taking on the World-1 faction of PAC and Doi. PAC and Quackenbush has an incredible exchange during the early stages of the match that saw PAC finish the sequence by flipping out of a leg sweep attempt and then nailing Quackenbush with a dropkick. Doi and Jigsaw then went at it and came to a stalemate with the crowd giving them a big ovation. Doi and PAC began working over Jigsaw. PAC used Doi's back as a base at one point to nail Jigsaw with a corkscrew press.

Jigsaw rolled out of the ring to tag in Quackenbush, who took out PAC and Doi. Jigsaw and Quackenbush began taking turns working over PAC near their own corner. PAC made the hot tag and Doi ran wild. He tied up Quackenbush and Jigsaw and nailed both of them with a cannonball. PAC then nailed both men with an incredible corkscrew press to the outside. Doi tossed Quackenbush back inside the ring and nailed him with a pair of running kicks while he was tied up in the ropes. Quackenbush ended up slumped over the middle rope, so Doi went up top and hit him with a senton and the crowd went nuts.

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PAC hit another insane twisting press on Quackenbush from his feet, but Jigsaw made the save. Jigsaw fired back and hit a rack bomb on PAC, but Doi made the save. The action broke down with all four men in the ring. There was a great nearfall with Jigsaw nailing Doi with a German only for Pac to come off the top and nail him with a SSP, but Quackenbush made the save at the last second. The finish saw PAC nail Jigsaw with a shooting star dropkick. Doi then hit Jigsaw with the Doi 5's and a sliding dropkick for the pin.

Quackenbush got on the mic after the match and called out Yamato. He said he had no respect for him after he had jumped him the previous night. Quackenbush then challenged Yamato to a tag match. Gran Akuma ran in from the other side of the ring with Tozawa to take out Jigsaw and Quackenbush. Where are PAC and Doi? The crowd booed as Kamikaze USA left the ring.

STAR RATING: (****) - This was a fantastic tag match. Once again the crowd was red hot throughout the match. PAC's high-flying has to be seen to be believed. He's so fluid in the ring and everything he does looks effortless. These two teams put on a real showcase without resorting to a bunch of ridiculous nearfalls.

WINNERS: PAC & NARUKI DOI

BxB Hulk was shown warming up for the main event backstage.

Jacobs was shown from a distance in a parking lot. He said he didn't need to join any faction and he told Moxley it wasn't over between them.

Lenny Leonard said a couple of local wrestlers had made a big impression on DGUSA officials. The match was supposed to see RIP Impact take on Johnny Wave. Brody Lee ran into the ring and destroyed the ref. He then took out Impact and Wave as the crowd went nuts. Lee hit a running powerbomb on Impact and cut a promo. He said he was the bad man in DGUSA. This was a great spotlight on Lee.

Quackenbush and Jigsaw were shown backstage. Quackenbush said he would bring the biggest tag team match Yamato could handle.

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4 - - SHINGO & YAMATO vs. DRAGON KID & CIMA

The crowd gave a big pop to the babyface Warriors faction of Kid and CIMA. Yamato beat on Kid early, but Kid fired back and sent him to the outside with a hurricanrana, which drew a big pop from the crowd. Shingo ended up nailing CIMA with an impressive suplex, but CIMA fired back moments later and tagged in Kid. Kid used CIMA as a base to hit a 6-1-9 and a senton on Yamato. CIMA then went to work on Yamato's legs, but Shingo broke it up and Yamato rolled out of the ring to make the tag. With the ref distracted, Kid held up Shingo's legs as he held the barrier. CIMA then jumped off the barricade and nailed him with a double stomp.

Shingo fired back moments later on Kid and tagged in Yamato. Yamato and Shingo really put a beating on Kid on the outside before tossing him back into the ring. Yamato smiled at the fans as they chanted for Kid. Kid finally made the hot tag after taking beating for several minutes. Kid was right in the mix after making the hot tag, as he he a dive to the outside on Shingo. CIMA dominated Yamato and hit the perfect driver for a nearfall. Kid and Shingo ended up alone in the ring. Kid caught Shingo in the octopus submission, but Shingo eventually slammed his way out of it. The crowd chanted "this is awesome," so Shingo raised his hands and smiled, so they booed. That was fantastic. CIMA went for a springboard dropkick on Yamato moments later, but he got out of the way.

The crowd chanted for CIMA as he took a beating from Shingo and Yamato. Kid came out of nowhere and cut off Shingo up top. He then jumped off CIMA's shoulders and nailed Shingo with a super hurricanrana, but Yamato made the save. Shingo recovered and nailed Kid with a huge clothesline. This match is insane!. Yamato and CIMA kept reversing each other and Shingo couldn't decide when to try to hit CIMA. He finally went for it and nailed Yamato. Kid hit the ultra hurricanrana on Shingo for a good nearfall. All four men were down as the ref counted. Kid was up first, but he missed the dragonrana. Shingo hit made in Japan, but Kid kicked out. Shingo took Kid up top and nailed him with a big slam for the pin.

WINNERS: SHINGO & YAMATO

STAR RATING: - (****1/4) Yamato and Shingo did a great job of showing off their heel charisma during this match. They owned the crowd, especially down the stretch when the crowd badly wanted to see Kid mount a comeback. These four wrestlers put on a clinic of what tag team wrestling is all about in DGUSA.

Gargano was shown backstage. He was excited about the previous match. He said he didn't know who he was going to choose to join him.

5 - - BxB HULK vs. MASATO YOSHINO - Open the Freedom Gate Title match

Lenny Leonard did the formal ring introductions for the main event. Hulk controlled the action during the early stages of the match. Yoshino fired back and went to work on Hulk's arm. Yoshino stalked Hulk at one point and nailed his arm with a double stomp off the top. Hulk fired back and laid into Yoshino with some kicks. Yoshino fired back and hit the sling blade for a 2 count. Wow Yoshino is fast! Hulk rolled through an attempted sunset flip and nailed Yoshino with a kick and a BB star press. Hulk missed a moonsault and Yoshino eventually capitalized with an inverted DDT for a nearfall.

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Yoshino went up top and nailed Hulk with an incredible double stomp for another nearfall. He crowd is still red hot right now. Both men exchanged hard strikes in the middle of the ring. Yoshino hit the lightening spiral, but was slow to cover and only got a 2 count. Yoshino the hit his spinning arm bar and went for his signature arm submission, but Hulk countered and hit the FTX for a 2 count and the crowd went nuts. Hulk hit a lot of big moves, but Yoshino kept kicking out. Hulk finally won with the E.V.O.P.

WINNER: BxB HULK to retain the Open the Freedom Gate title.

STAR RATING: - (***3/4) - This was a really good match showcasing the speed of Yoshino and the athleticism of Hulk. They set up the match with Yoshino working over Hulk's arm, which played into the final stages of the match. There were a few too many nearfalls down the stretch, but this was still a really good main event.

Moxley came out after the main event and told Hulk he was a target. Yamato and Shingo then attacked Hulk and Yoshino. Jacobs ran out and tossed Moxley to the floor and nailed him with a suicide dive. Shingo and Yamato continued the beatdown until CIMA made the save. Tozawa and Akuma then ran down and took out CIMA. Kid ran out and nailed Shingo with a stunner. CIMA and Kid cleared the ring. CIMA got on the mic and thanked the crowd. He asked the crowd if they wanted DGUSA to come back. The crowd went nuts. Chikarason announced that Mochizuki had been named the #1 contender for the next PPV to close the show.

Overall thoughts: (9.0) This was a fantastic show from start to finish. I'm very excited to see the development of a storyline based around American versions of stables that already exist in DGUSA. The crowd made this show and everyone in that building was hot from start to finish. The Shingo & Yamato vs. Kid & CIMA and PAC & Doi vs. Quackenbush & Jigsaw matches are must-see and everything else on the card was good to great. I give this show a high reccomendation.


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