Evolve 9 iPPV Review

– Eric Ryan vs. Bobby Beverly (No Contest) * ½

– Super Smash Bros. def. Facade & Jason Gory ** ¾

– Silas Young def. Sugar Dunkerton ** ¾

– Pinkie Sanchez def. Lince Dorado ***

– Scott Reed & Caleb Konley def. Up In Smoke *** ½

– Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis (No Contest) N/A

– Jon Davis def. Bobby Fish & Kevin Steen ***

– John Silver def. Tony Nese *** ¼

– Fit Finlay def. Sami Callihan *** ½

– Chuck Taylor def. Johnny Gargano *** ¾

Overall: 7.25

Overall Thoughts – This was the first Evolve show I’ve seen and I gotta say I was indeed impressed. Some things I weren’t a fan of was the commentary team and production values, they seemed to have a bit of technical difficulties for the first half of the show. I did like that all the matches had a lot of action in them and some innovative moves. The night kicked off with Ryan/Beverly which was very short and nothing special. Kevin Steen who made his Evolve debut came out early and just delivered Package Piledrivers to both of the guy which came off great. He then went to cut a promo but the audio wasn’t working for half of it. When they finally fixed the issue Steen was ranting about ROH. He then took shots at Evolve and Bobby Fish came out to defend it. The fans started trashing Fish but it was an alright segment, the technical difficulties definitely hurt it. Super Smack Bros/Facade & Gory was short and fun, I was very impressed with both teams but it should have gone a bit longer. There were some cool moves I’ve never seen before, borderline good match. Young/Dunkerton was another borderline good match; they had good chemistry with each other and there was a good amount of action. The post-match featured a promo and yet again there were technical difficulties. Sanchez/Dorado was another solid match; both guys worked well together. I’m disappointed Shiima Xion, Pinkie’s original opponent couldn’t make it but nonetheless good match. Up in Smoke/Konley & Reed was very good, fun action throughout. I was familiar with Up in Smoke and Caleb Konley but not Scott Reed. There were some really good spots and nonstop action, one of the best matches of the night. After the match Cheech turned on Cloudy which I don’t think was a good move since I don’t see them as singles wrestlers. Fish/Davis got underway and almost as soon as they locked up Steen interfered and the ref called for a no contest. The Match was then made into a Three Way with Kevin Steen. The Three Way was another fun match, very good action throughout but I was very surprised Steen didn’t go over. Good match though but it could have been better. Nese/Silver was good; back and forth action and you never knew when it was gonna end. I do think it dragged on just a bit but nothing major. Finlay/Callihan was a good old fashion brawl; Very good match and both men put on a good performance. Finlay showed he could still hang for his age and Callihan was pretty impressive. I think it dragged out a bit but I really liked the finish and both men hugged it out after. Gargano/Taylor was MOTN; fun match here, both men knew each other so well which made it better. Very good match and a great way to close the show.

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Dragon Gate Kobe Festival 2011 Review

– Kenichiro Arai & Taku Iwasa vs. Super Shisa & KAGETORA ** ¾

– Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs. Susumu Yokosuka & Rich Swann *** ¼

– Yoshihiro Takayama, Don Fujii & Stalker Ichikawa vs. Naoki Tanizaki, Kzy & Tomahawk T.T ** ¼

– YAMATO, Masato Yoshino & Gamma © vs. Naruki Doi, Yasushi Kanda & Cyber Kong (Open the Triangle Gate Championship) ****

– Akira Tozawa vs. Shingo Takagi **** ¼

– Dragon Kid & PAC © vs. CIMA & Ricochet (Open the Twin Gate Unified Tag Championship) **** ¼

– Masaaki Mochizuki © vs. BxB Hulk (Open the Dream Gate Championship) **** ½

Overall: 9.25

DGUSA United: Philly iPPV Review

– YAMATO def. Brodie Lee (Special Challenge Match) ** ½

– Rich Swann def. Jimmy Jacobs *** ¼

– Sami Callihan def. Frightmare, Jigsaw, Scott Reed, Tommaso Ciampa, & Rexx Reed ***

– Akira Tozawa def. Austin Aries (Special Attraction Match) ****

– BxB Hulk def. Jon Moxley (No Disqualification Match) ***

– The Ronin def. CIMA & Dragon Kid (Open the United Gate Title Tournament Match) ****

– PAC & Masato Yoshino def. Naruki Doi & Ricochet (Open the United Gate Title Tournament Match) **** ½

Overall: 8.5

Overall Thoughts – This was a phenomenal iPPV and the best one DGUSA has done yet. The crowd was better than last night’s NYC crowd but it didn’t feel like a Philly crowd. The show kicked off with YAMATO/Lee which was a decent opener. I’m really not impressed with Brodie Lee what so ever but YAMATO carried the match. Next was Swann/Jacobs which was good both men had chemistry and worked well. The 6 Way was fast and furious and very fun. I am still not a fan of Sami Callihan but want to see more matches from him. Next was Tozawa/Aries which was nothing but great. I really liked this and want to see these guys have another match. Tozawa is extremely underrated and always seems to deliver from what I’ve seen of him. After intermission, Hulk/Moxley was up. This was originally suppose to be for the Title but Hulk dropped it the night before so it just ended up being No Disqualification. The match under delivered and was pretty short. I think they can work well but I just wasn’t into the match. Next was Ronin/Blood Warriors which was fantastic. I’m becoming more of a fan of Ronin but CIMA & Kid are amazing. This match really delivered and was one of the best in the show. The main event was World 1/Blood Warriors which left me speechless. The spots in this match were just unheard of. Ricochet and PAC are the 2 best highflyers in the business today and when they got in the ring together my jaw just dropped. I really want to see a singles match between these two and hopefully DGUSA will schedule one in the future. Yoshino & Doi also worked well in this match when they were involved. This is a definite MOTY Candidate and so for the best show of the weekend. I highly recommend checking out this show because it’s not disappointing what so ever.

DGUSA United: NYC iPPV Review

– Akira Tozawa def. Sami Callihan (Special Attraction Match) ** ¾

– Jon Moxley def. Jigsaw (Grudge Match) ***

– YAMATO def. BxB Hulk © (Open the Freedom Gate Championship) *** ¾

– Brodie Lee def. Jimmy Jacobs (Special Challenge Match) ** ¼

– The Ronin def. Ricochet & Naruki Doi (Open the United Gate Title Tournament Match) *** ¾

– Austin Aries def. Rich Swann (Grudge Match) *** ¼

– CIMA & Dragon Kid def. Masato Yoshino & PAC (Open the United Gate Title Tournament Match) ****

Overall: 7.75

Overall Thoughts – This was Dragon Gate USA’s first official Show that took place in 2011 and I got to say it was pretty good. Go Fight Live had a ton of issues through the night which really was annoying. This was the first show of the United Tour and took place in NYC but the crowd seemed dead most of the night. The show kicked off with Tozawa/Callihan which was pretty disappointing and shouldn’t of opened the show. I wasn’t really impressed with Callihan but Tozawa worked well as usual. Pretty good spots in the match but again the crowd made it feel like a Golf Tournament. Next up was what I think should of opened Moxley/Jigsaw. For the length of this match it was really good and had some awesome spots. Next match should have happened in the main event solely for the Title Change YAMATO/Hulk. This was a really good match and both men worked really well. YAMATO won the Open the Freedom Gate Title which was really cool they had a Title Change. Next was Lee/Jacobs which was probably the weakest match of the night. I wasn’t very impressed with Brodie Lee but Jimmy Jacobs tried to make the match as good as possible. Next was Ronin/Blood Warriors which was probably runner up for match of the night. Ricochet is just amazing in the ring and had awesome spots. All men worked well with each other and put on a border line great match. Next was Aries/Swann which was pretty disappointing. Austin Aries looked to have hurt his arm during the match. The Main Event was World 1/Blood Warriors which was Match of the Night. Awesome work in this match and it really delivered. Overall it was a pretty good way to start the Tour put I feel it will be the weakest show of the Trio. Hopefully GFL fixes the issues it had tonight for tomorrows show and I know Philly will be a hot crowd unlike tonights.

DGUSA: Freedom Fight 2010 Review

– Jimmy Jacobs def. Arik Cannon (Special Challenge) *** ¼

– BxB Hulk & Homicide def. Jon Moxley & Akira Tozawa ***

– CIMA def. Shingo *** ¾

– Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, & Rich Swann def. Austin Aries, Genki Horiguchi & Ricochet ****

– Yamato def. Masato Yoshino ****

Overall: 8.25

Overall Thoughts – The PPV was really well done and a good way to start 2011 for Dragon Gate USA. The PPV kicked off with Jacobs/Cannon which was really fun. This was taped the night before the iPPV Bushido: Code of the Warrior, so the previous night Jimmy Jacobs had a blood bath with Jon Moxley and still pulled off this match. Arik Cannon, a big guy moved like a cruiserweight which I really liked, but overall good match. Next was the weakest match of the show, but not bad at all, Homicide/Hulk vs. Moxley/Tozawa. The match was pretty slow for the first half, I still think Homicide has that “Mainstream Rust”. When Hulk and Tozawa got in the ring it was awesome, I really think these guys should have a one on one match in the future. After the Match Moxley called out Homicide which lead to a ten minute brawl around the arena. Next was CIMA/Shingo which was borderline great. They really worked well together, Shingo works well with anyone IMO but it was a really good match. Next was Match of the Night Ronin/Warriors. Just great action from all 6 men they really put on a fun match. Ricochet was spotty and not botchy which I liked and Rich Swann was really charismatic. Awesome Match. The Main Event was Yamato/Yoshino which was really good and a shoe in for Match of the Night. Yamato plays an awesome heel and is an outstanding wrestler as well as Yoshino. This match had really good wrestling in it and the crowd was really into it. Overall this was a great show and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t. I’m really looking forward to DGUSA in 2011.