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DGPW TRUTH GATE PPV 2/23/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Kenichiro Arai vs. Don Fuiji 8:39

3 Way Dance: Naoki Tanisaki vs. Stalker Ichikawa & Michael Iwasa 0:06

Michael Iwasa vs. Stalker Ichikawa 6:22

Anthony W. Mori & Super Shisa & YOSSINO vs. Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi & Magnum TOKYO 14:33

Ryo Saito vs. Daniel Mishima 10:09

Interim Open the Triangle Gate Decision Match: CIMA & Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi vs. Kenichiro Arai & Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka 1:25 + 22:35

DGPW THE BRAVE GATE PPV 3/13/05 Nagoya International Conference Event Hall
-3hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Open the Brave Gate 1st Champion Tournament Quarterfinals:

YOSSINO vs. K-ness.

PSYCHO vs. Naoki Tanisaki

Naruki Doi vs. Super Shisa

Daniel Mishima vs. Genki Horiguchi

Kenichiro Arai & Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka vs. Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito & Syachihoko Machine 18:21

Open the Brave Gate 1st Champion Tournament Semifinals:

YOSSINO vs. PSYCHO

Naruki Doi vs. Daniel Mishima

Akitoshi Saito vs. Stalker Ichikawa

CIMA & Don Fujii & Shingo Takagi vs. BXB Hulk & Magnum TOKYO & Anthony W. Mori 16:30

Open the Brave Gate 1st Champion Tournament Final: YOSSINO vs. Naruki Doi 21:01. Sold match worked in a deliberate and methodical style. It wasn't particularly spectacular, but they did a good job of spacing their moves out. They worked their spots in well, and even fairly credibly, considering. YOSSINO was doing really well at reverting back to the knee, though eventually he gave up on it. ***1/2

DGPW GLORIOUS GATE 2005 PPV 4/8/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Shingo Takagi & Masato Yoshino vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Tozawa 11:42

CIMA & Naruki Doi vs. Takamichi Iwasa & Raimu Mishima 14:12

Magnum TOKYO & Naoki Tanisaki & mystery partner (Danshoku Dieno) vs. BxB Hulk & Anthony W. Mori & Super Shisa 10:38

Open the Dream Gate Next Contender Decision Match: Don Fujii vs. Kenicihro Arai 19:39

Open the Triangle Gate: Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi vs. Susumu Yokosuka & K-ness. & Katsuhiko Nakajima 26:10

Dragon Gate Infinity #22 7/2/05 Open The Triangle Gate taped 4/8/05
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Shingo Takagi & Masato Yoshino vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Tozawa 11:42

CIMA & Naruki Doi vs. Takamichi Iwasa & Raimu Mishima 14:12

Magnum TOKYO & Naoki Tanisaki & mystery partner (Danshoku Dieno) vs. BxB Hulk & Anthony W. Mori & Super Shisa 10:38

Open the Dream Gate Next Contender Decision Match: Don Fujii vs. Kenicihro Arai 19:39

Open the Triangle Gate: Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi vs. Susumu Yokosuka & K-ness. & Katsuhiko Nakajima 26:10. These guys have enough original moves and sequences to be interesting, but the match was too long. The work was above average to good, and the heat was pretty much non-existant until the final minutes. Dragon Kid is awesome when spotted, as he was here, spicing the match up with 45 second segments showcasing his athleticism. Horiguchi was overall the best in the match. He's quietly efficient, a smooth worker who controls his body well. His teamwork with Saito was the best in the match. Nakajima showed tons of potential as usual, but really seemed to lack the ring time with these guys to be in synch, so his segments tended to be a little off. In general, that could be said of the match, as while nobody really missed anything, the fakeness of wrestling was more apparent than usual. **3/4

DGPW AGGRESSIVE GATE PPV 5/11/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 15min. Q=Near Perfect

Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs. Tozawa & Kenichiro Arai 13:17

CIMA & Shingo Takagi vs. Dragon Kid & Naoki Tanisaki 15:16

Susumu Yokosuka & K-ness., & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Anthony W. Mori & BxB Hulk, & Super Shisa 17:48

Genichiro Tenryu vs. Magnum TOKYO 8:02

Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi 14:13

Open the Dream Gate Title Match: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Don Fujii

DGPW PPV 6/22/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

Masaaki Mochizuki & K-ness. & Kenichiro Arai vs. Don Fujii & Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino

Florida Brothers vs. Stalker Ichikawa

Naoki Tanisaki vs. Shingo Takagi

Tozawa 10 Match Trial #8: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Tozawa

Magnum TOKYO & Anthony W. Mori & BxB Hulk vs. Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi

Open the Dream Gate #1 Contender Match: TAKA Michinoku vs. Susumu Yokosuka 21:10. TAKA guided Susumu through a deliberate well focused match, switching between TAKA's armwork and Susumu's kneework. TAKA's selling was really good, and the comebacks were a strength of the match. At one point, TAKA landed on his feet to counter a German suplex, but the landing impact stunned him enough to allow Susumu time to maintain control with a kneecap dropkick. TAKA had to go back to the arm to regain control, but despite Yokosuka's bad arm, TAKA charging into a lariat did enough damage to him that Susumu beat him to the offensive. Mochizuki came out after the match, and TAKA offered him a handshake but doublecrossed with a kick to set up the Michinoku driver II. ***1/2

CIMA & Don Fuji & Masato Yoshino & Magnitude Kishiwada & Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi vs. Ryo Saito & Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi & Anthony W. Mori & BxB Hulk & Naoki Tanisaki 7:45

DGPW DRAGON GATE PURORESU FESTIVAL 2005 in Kobe PPV 7/3/05 Kobe World Kinen Hall
-4 1/2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Tozawa 10 Match Trial Series #10: Kenichiro Arai vs. Tozawa 17:51

Kenichiro Arai & K-ness. & Susumu Yokosuka vs. BxB Hulk & Anthony W. Mori & Super Shisa 9:55

Hijo del Iwasanto (Michael Iwasa) & Mishi Mascaras (Daniel Mishima) vs. Jackson & Johnson

Shingo Takagi & Masato Yoshino vs. Yuji Hino & SUPER-X 14:31

Magnitude Kishiwada vs. Naoki Tanisaki 9:03

Genichiro Tenryu & Magnum TOKYO vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima 15:34

classic Toryumon 6-man tag 6/12/99

Open the Triangle Gate: CIMA & Naruki Doi & Don Fujii vs. Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito 25:53. Exceptionally choreographed, hyper paced, stiff spotfest with tons of impressive double and triple teams. The timing was impeccable, as not only were they working at top speed for the majority of the match, but they were doing and not missing a beat despite constantly interjecting new wrestlers out of nowhere into the sequence. The first part was merely fast paced, but once they opened up I had to hit the play button on the DVD player to make sure I didn't accidentally put it on double speed. They switched constantly, but there was still some serious cardio going on here. Most of these guys aren't great individual wrestlers, but they comprised awhole where everyone was able to not only exceed, but, in many cases, wrestle way over their head. ****1/4

Open the Dream Gate: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. TAKA Michinoku 25:25. Grounded TAKA is rather ordinary offensively, but his psychology, selling, and focus are very much upper eschelon for juniors. Mochizuki blasted away with kicks, punting a sitting TAKA in the back so hard I was waiting for a toe to pop through. He quickly began focusing his kick attack on TAKA's bad arm, causing TAKA to act like he had a broken wing most of the time he was taking, although the arm tended to magically heal when he went on offense. TAKA finally took over, dropping Mochizuki's knee over the turnbuckle when Masaaki missed a running kick on the apron to begin a knee attack. They went back and forth between the arm and the knee, slowly putting more big moves in between to ease into the finishing sequence. It wasn't spectacular, but very effective stuff with strong performances by both. ***3/4

DGPW THE GATE OF ADVENTURE PPV 8/10/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 35min. Q=Near Perfect

Yuji Hino & SUPER-X vs. Don Fujii & Shingo Takagi 11:56

Florida Brothers (Michael Iwasa & Daniel Mishima) vs. Kenichiro Arai & Stalker Ichikawa 6:05

Open the Triangle Gate: CIMA & Magnitude Kishiwada & Masato Yoshino vs. BxB Hulk & Anthony W. Mori & Super Shisa 7:10

Dragon Kid vs. Naruki Doi 10:39. Well executed match that advanced the Blood Generation vs. DO FIXER rivalry, but otherwise wasn't particularly substantial. Doi dominated with more than a little help from his friends, allowing Dragon to sell and fly. Dragon is always good when spotted well, but Doi should be more than the generic cheap rudo he was here, and Takagi Policing the situation wasn't helping the match any in my book. Doi was cutting Kid's comebacks off at the counter to escape, forcing him to again counter to actually get a move off. Doi unstrung Dragon's mask, so Dragon bit the ties for the rest of the match to help keep it from falling off. When Saito & Genki finally interjected themselves on his behalf, Dragon had a brief run, but Doi stopped it by ripping his mask off, scoring the pinfall because Dragon was too distracted trying to keep his identity from being revealed to kick out. The outcome was quickly overturned to Dragon winning via DQ. **1/2

Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Ryo Saito & Magnum TOKYO & Genki Horiguchi 19:55. Mochizuki, Nakajima, & Horiguchi were very good here. The match was especially good when Horiguchi was in, as he takes everything well and works fluid sequences. Nakajima was worlds better than in his last DG PPV main event on 4/8/05, showing much better timing, more confidence, and better chemisty. He was forcing a more realistic style, making the opposition work for and set up their attacks. Unfortunately, TOKYO kept sucking all the life out of the match, making it laughable with his stupid mannerisms and bad decisions on when and how to sell. Though his below average flexibility and movement weren't helping things, I would have cared little if he wasn't a total illusion killing cartoon, hysterically overselling every kick. Yokosuka & Saito were fine, nothing really standout one way or the other. **3/4

DGPW STORM GATE PPV 9/7/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr 35min. Q=Near Perfect

Magnum TOKYO & K-ness. & Kenichiro Arai & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi & Super Shisa & BxB Hulk 16:21. First 10 minutes were mediocre with only Nakajima & Hulk being that into it then they suddenly flipped the switch and the last 6 were excellent with one signature move after another. These Dragon Gate tags should be a lot better because they have the ability, but get diminished returns since they don't really understand rhythm and dramatic structuring. The match is way too bottom heavy, and even during the the wild finish it's really just fast, so there's minimal emotional investment. Tokyo had some annoying mannerisms, but had good timing as to when to interject himself to change things up. BxB showed some great athleticism, but also some corny overselling. ***

Jackson & Johnson vs. Genki Horiguchi & Naoki Tanisaki 7:23

Masato Yoshino vs. Anthony W. Mori 4:40

Ryo Saito & Anthony W. Mori & Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino & Don Fujii & Naruki Doi 12:37

CIMA & Magnitude Kishiwada & Shingo Takagi vs. TAKA Michinoku & Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka 24:12. Everyone had their working boots on from the start, though they had some fun early incorporating some comedy spots, with TAKA doing a particularly good job of playing to the crowd. Basically all the quality came from CIMA, TAKA, & Mochizuki. Yokosuka is clearly a stronger wrestler than Kishiwada or Takagi because he can take a lot better, but he just allows the match to move along at an acceptable level. Mochizuki, on the other hand, is someone who commands your attention attention with his intensity and energy. ***1/2

DGPW GATE OF RENAISSANCE PPV 10/5/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 15min. Q=Near Perfect

Don Fujii vs. Tozawa 7:21

Mixed Gender Tag Match: Michael Isawas & Daniel Mishima vs. Apple Miyuki & Makoto Oishi 6:08

Masaaki Mochizuki & Kenichiro Arai vs. Magnitude Kishiwada & Naruki Doi 11:31

Anthony W. Mori & BxB Hulk vs. Shingo Takagi & Masato Yoshino 15:05

Susumu Yokosuka & K-ness. & Magnum TOKYO & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi & Dragon Kid & Naoki Tanisaki 19:23. No one was outstanding, but the quality was pretty consistent throughout, which, I guess, is to say it was tied more to the pace than what wrestlers were in. The motivation was good, but even though they were moving at a medium pace from start until the finishing sequence kicked in, since there is no story or theme and the fans know not to take the match seriously until the pace quadruples, there is little reaction until the wrestlers start going wild. ***1/4

TAKA Michinoku vs. CIMA 20:57. Solid, well built match that was far from what they are capable of. The early portion was somewhat lacking in conviction and intensity, but they picked it up in degrees. The execution was a little off at times since TAKA isn't the athlete he used to be. He certainly wasn't at his finest in the ring - CIMA, who was excellent, was very obviously the stronger wrestler in this one - but TAKA provided some structure and was entertaining as usual. The match was beginning to approach the level it should have been at for quite a while, but then it just kind of ended unconvincingly. ***1/4

DGPW CROWN GATE PPV 11/2/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 10min. Q=Near Perfect

Genki Horiguchi & Tozawa vs. bonito & BxB Hulk 8:16

Handicap Match: Florida Brothers (Michael Iwasa & Daniel Mishima) vs. Naoki Tanisaki 5:54

Magnum TOKYO & Anthony W. Mori vs. Dragon Kid & Ryo Saito 11:15

Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shingo Takagi 12:42. Good little match. Simple put effective stuff, relying on stiffness and intensity. Takagi set the ton, and Nakajima played off him well. The match began with several exchanges, but no matter what Nakajima hit Takagi with, Shingo kept asking for more. Takagi soon took over and began to overwhelm Nakajima with his power and weight of shot, so Nakajima had to rely more on his quickness. **3/4

Naruki Doi & Don Fujii & Masato Yoshino vs. Kenichiro Arai & K-ness. & Susumu Yokosuka 15:50

Losing Team Faces Each Other: Masaaki Mochizuki & TAKA Michinoku vs. CIMA & Magnitude Kishiwada 17:39. TAKA & CIMA worked harder in the early portion and had more on their strikes than in their 10/5/05 match. TAKA was on his game here, and had better chemistry with CIMA. Kishiwada was a drag on the quality. He wasn't bad by any means, but he's nowhere near the level of the others yet he dictates the match because as soon as he's in it's all about him running through them. I liked the match, but it started to blend together and I was annoyed by the screwjob out of nowhere. ***

CIMA vs. Magnitude Kishiwada 8:07. They were already warmed up and worn down, so this was essentially the finishing sequence to the previous match. Kishiwada did all his big spots, and CIMA countered his way into some brief runs. It was well executed, and they treated it as an important match. **3/4

DGPW KING OF GATE PPV 12/26/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 20min. Q=Near Perfect

Magnitude Kishiwada & Don Fujii & Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Magnum TOKYO & King Shisa & Super Shisa & Katsuhiko Nakajima

Florida Brothers vs. Vangelis

Jack Evans & Roderick Strong vs. Genki Horiguchi & Naoki Tanisaki

KING OF GATE Tournament Quarterfinals:

CIMA vs. Kenichiro Arai

Shingo Takagi vs. BxB Hulk

Susumu Yokosuka vs. Dragon Kid

Ryo Saito vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

DGPW KING OF GATE PPV 12/27/05 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 10min. Q=Near Perfect

BxB Hulk & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Tozawa & Katsuo

KING OF GATE Tournament Semifinals:

Ryo Saito vs. Shingo Takagi

CIMA vs. Susumu Yokosuka

3 Way Japan vs. US vs. Mexico Elimination Match: Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Jack Evans & Roderick Strong vs. King Shisa & Vangelis

Survival Gate 16 Person Battle Royal: Don Fujii & Masaaki Mochizuki & Michael Iwasa & Daniel Michima & Magnum TOKYO & Naoki Tanisaki & Stalker Ichikawa & Syachihoko Machine & Magntidue Kishiwada & President Okamura & Dragon Kid & Genki Horiguchi & Jackson & Johnson & Super Shisa & Karaoke Machine

KING OF GATE Tournament Final: Ryo Saito vs. Susumu Yokosuka

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