Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dragon Gate USA Bushido: Code of the Warrior 2013 Review

The Gate To Heaven Match makes its debut!

Dragon Gate USA Bushido: Code of the Warrior 2013
Queens, New York 7/27/13

The show starts out with Rich Swann, who sings as he comes out. He says that he wants his match with Johnny Gargano right now! A referee comes out and said that Gargano told him to tell Swann that he was not "properly stretched and prepared" to compete, so Swann would have to wait.

1.) Jigsaw vs. Uhaa Nation: **3/4

I've honestly not seen a lot of Uhaa Nation, but I have heard of him. This opening match was pretty entertaining for what it was. A short opener, but it did a good job of getting the crowd into the show, which is exactly what an opening match should do. Uhaa Nation wins the Uhaa Combination.

2.) Six-Way Freestyle – Derek Ryze vs. Shane Strickland vs. Drew Gulak vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Scott Reed (with Larry Dallas & Trina Michaels) vs. Caleb Konley: ***1/2

I'm familiar with everyone in here except Derek Ryze. The only real story in this match is Caleb Konley trying to get his hands on his former partner Scott Reed. This was actually a lot of fun to watch.  The match was given a good deal of time and the crowd was really. Some might call this a spotfest, but if it was, it was a pretty darn entertaining one. Everyone got their chance to shine which is great to see. Reed would end up getting the win after low blowing Konley.

After the match, Drew Gulak and Orange Cassidy were about to head to the back when Jon Davis came out and attacked them. This brought out Chuck Taylor and the Bunkhouse Match is underway!

3.) Bunkhouse Match – Jon Davis vs. Chuck Taylor: ***1/2

A Bunkhouse Match is basically a Street Fight. Both Taylor & Davis wrestled in typical Street Fight attire. This was a pretty fun match that saw a good bit of plunder get involved, even a plunger, which I thought was funny. Taylor gets the big win over Jon Davis.

4.) Non-Title Grudge Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann: ***3/4

The Open The Freedom Gate Title is not on the line in this one. I don't think you'll ever get a bad match out of these two. This one was very good, exactly the kind of action you would expect from athletes of this caliber. Gargano ended getting the win via nefarious means.

5.) EITA vs. Trent Baretta: ***1/4

Both men have been very impressive over the past few months. A solid match here. EITA was once again impressive and Baretta showed a lot of charisma along with his wrestling talent. Makes you wonder why WWE released him. Baretta gets the win in a good contest.

6.) Akira Tozawa (with Christina Von Eerie) vs. Anthony Nese (with Mr. A): ***3/4

Nese had been on a winning streak ever since forming the Premiere Athlete Brand, but Tozawa is possibly his toughest challenge yet. This was a great match. Towaza was awesome as usual while Nese keeps getting better and better. Nese eventually gets the win in a great back & forth match.

Afterwords, Christina Von Eerie has some words with Nese until Su Yung attacks her from behind, and this sets up the big Mr. A hitting Von Eerie with a massive splash off the top rope. Nese reveals Su Yung to be the new secretary of the Premiere Athlete Brand.

7.) Gate To Heaven Match – Ricochet & The Young Bucks vs. CIMA, Evolve Champion AR Fox & Tomahawk TT: ****1/4

So here are the rules (bear with me): This is a three fall match. The first fall is a six-man tag team match with tags strictly enforced. The second fall will be held under Dragon Gate Rules (i.e. no tags are needed/rolling out the ring constitutes as such). The third & final fall is basically a TLC Match with pinfalls and submissions (like The Shield vs. Team Hell No & Ryback from WWE TLC 2012). Unlike a two out of three falls match, all three falls will be contested. If one team wins all three falls, they get to book whatever matches they want. Ricochet & The Young Bucks take the first fall. CIMA, AR Fox, & Tomahawk TT take the second fall, and Ricochet & The Young Bucks take the third & final fall, winning the match. Despite the convoluted format of the match, I though it was a super fun contest. Their were some rough spots here and there which were noticeable, but the match itself was quite entertaining. I actually liked how well Ricochet worked with The Young Bucks here. CIMA, AR Fox, and TT all had their moments also. When you get six guys like this in a match, there's no way it won't be good.

Ricochet is cutting a promo after the match until The Young Bucks superkicked him, because Ricochet is challenging for the Open The United Gate Titles the next night. Rich Swann comes out to defend his partner and says that tomorrow night, he & Ricochet will be bringing the Open The United Gate Titles home.

Overall: 8.75/10

This was a really fun show from show Dragon Gate USA. A lot of it had to do with its consistency. Every match on here is at the least good, and at the most, fantastic. I found it really enjoyable to sit though and watch. The venue looked pretty good to and it looks like they'll be running it more frequently which is always a good sign. Definitely one of Dragon Gate USA's best shows of 2013.

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