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DRAGON GATE USA INTERNET PPV REPORT 6/5: Caldwell & Radican's complete "real-time" coverage of DGUSA event

Jun 5, 2011 - 10:10:52 PM
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Dragon Gate USA Internet PPV report
June 5, 2011
Live in New York City at BB King
Report by James Caldwell & Sean Radican, PWTorch staff


PWTorch columnist Sean Radican is live-Tweeting at Twitter.com/SeanRadican. Torch assistant editor James Caldwell will also be adding his thoughts watching the live Internet PPV throughout the report Sunday night.

1 -- YOSHINO vs. RICOCHET

Yoshino dominated the early action, but the Warriors (including Austin Aries and Brodie Lee) continued to interfere ringside. Yoshino fired back with an elbow that left both men down. And cue up a frozen stream...

WINNER: Technical Difficulties.

15 minutes later, a wrestler was in the ring yelling at the crowd. And the stream froze again.

2 -- PINKIE SANCHEZ vs. A.R. FOX

The bell sounded and the stream froze. It remained frozen for 56 minutes. According to the anonymous WWNLive.com technician, the Internet connection was down at the venue.

The stream returned with a video package and no sound. The video package seemed to go on forever after 56 minutes of dead air. It was then repeated two times.

Back to live action, D.U.F. came to the ring. And the video froze again. The feed resumed prior to the start of the next match.

? -- MASAAKI MOCHIZUKI & SUSUMU YOKOSUKA vs. D.U.F. (ARIK CANNON & SAMI CALLIHAN

The feed froze intermittently during the first-half of the match. D.U.F. worked over Yokosuka's knee and leg throughout the match. The action broke down at 12:00 and D.U.F. found themselves in dual submissions, but they each scored a rope break. A bunch of high-impact moves and close nearfalls ensued with the teams breaking up the pins. Yokosuka eventually found himself trapped in a Stretch Muffler submission from Callihan and he was forced to tap out. The announcers played it up as the biggest win of Callihan's career.

WINNERS: Callihan & Cannon in 17:00. Radican: This was really good outside of the freezing. (***1/2) Caldwell: From what was shown, the ending was a cliched independent tag match with big moves, pinfall break-ups, big moves, pinfall break-ups, chaotic four-way action with no structure, and repeat.

Announced next was a six-man elimination match. The feed froze and returned with the action already in progress.

? -- CIMA & AUSTIN ARIES & BRODIE LEE vs. JOHNNY GARGANO & RICH SWANN & YOSHINO -- six-man elimination match

Poor Swann was taken apart early on, then Brodie Lee tagged in and delivered some trademark big-man offense. CIMA wanted a piece of Swann and the feed froze again. They returned with Brodie Lee holding up Swann in the longest delayed vertical suplex of all-time with multiple freezes mixed in. The action eventually came down to CIMA & Aries against Gargano. CIMA took his sweet time trying to work over Gargano, who made a spirited comeback. Gargano eventually made CIMA tap, leaving Gargano and Aries in the match.

They went to a false finishing sequence where Aries hit a 450 Splash and had a pin on Gargano, but the spot was Gargano putting his foot on the bottom rope. Gargano missed, the ref stopped the count, and Gargano tried to scrape the bottom rope after the three count to cover for the slip. Gargano then made a comeback and made Aries tap out, leading to CIMA flipping out that Gargano won the match.

WINNERS: Team Gargano in 33:00. Caldwell: It was pretty good once they got through the freezes in the first-half and simplified the story to Gargano making the big comeback on Aries and CIMA. Good story focused on Gargano overcoming the odds to build his character.

In-ring: Lenny Leonard entered the ring to announce tonight's main event for the DGUSA Title.

?? -- DGUSA champion YAMATO vs. PAC -- Open The Freedom Gate Title match

Nice feeling-out process to start things off, then the feed froze 3:30 into the match. They returned at 11:30 with PAC selling an injured leg. It didn't affect him landing a standing corkscrew press for a nearfall. PAC continued an offensive assault with numerous high-impact, high-flying moves. YAMATO came back with offense and the two men continued to trade control of the match. PAC scored two close nearfalls, then YAMATO nailed the Gallaria for the pin and the win. YAMATO retains the DGUSA Title.

Both men collapsed to the mat after the match. YAMATO then took the mic and thanked New York City. CIMA came out and kicked PAC before challenging YAMATO for a DGUSA Title shot. More men hit the ring and chaos ensued. Gargano eventually stood tall and cut a promo thanking a bunch of people before talking up ongoing storylines.

WINNER: YAMATO in 23:00 to retain the DGUSA Title. Caldwell: For what was shown, a strong main event with PAC getting in his signature offense to offset the loss. CIMA vs. YAMATO as the potential next DGUSA Title match could be really good.

CALDWELL: Overall, a really disappointing show for DGUSA with technical problems throughout the Internet PPV. The main action was good when it was available for viewing.


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