Friday, January 3, 2014

Dragon Gate USA Fearless 2012 Review

A Battle for Respect headlines Dragon Gate USA's return to Massachusetts!

Dragon Gate USA Fearless 2012
Everett, Massachusetts 11/2/12

1.) Non-Title Match – Johnny Gargano vs. EITA: ***1/4

This is the Dragon Gate USA debut for EITA as he faces the Open The Freedom Gate Champion. Really solid opener here. Don't need to repeat myself about how great Gargano is, but EITA was very impressive here in his debut. Exciting opener for sure.

Gargano proceeds to give a post-match speech, but is attacked by Jon Davis! He slams him several times, re-aggravating his well noted back injury. The crowd really didn't seem to care that much. 

2.) The Scene (Caleb Konley & Scott Reed with Larry Dallas & Trina Michaels) vs. The D.U.F. (Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez): **1/4

These two teams really do not live each other, and have been having issues as of late. The match itself was ok. Nothing really special. The Scene as a group is just not entertaining at all. I feel like I'm repeating myself every time I do a Dragon Gate USA/Evolve review from this time.

3.) Sami Callihan vs. Samuray del Sol: ***1/4

Here we have a very unique matchup that I was actually very looking forward to. It didn't disappoint, as it was a pretty good match. It had a lot of enjoyable moments. Callihan wins via the Top Rope Brainbuster, obviously sending a message to El Generico ahead of their 2/3 Falls Match the next.

4.) Captain’s Match – The Gentleman’s Club (Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak & Orange Cassidy with The Swamp Monster) vs. Rich Swann, CIMA & ACH: ***1/4

Chuck Taylor and Rich Swann are the captains for their respective teams, and the only way to win was for one to pin/submit the other. If Taylor wins, he'll get to whip Swann at Freedom Fight, but if Rich Swann wins, he'll get a singles match with Taylor at Freedom Fight. The match itself was very solid. Though the trios match from Evolve 17 was probably better, this still had a fair amount of action and entertaining spots. Everyone did their stuff and looked good. Swann would pin Taylor and earn a singles match with Taylor at Freedom Fight.

5.) Akira Tozawa vs. Jon Davis: ***1/2

Davis has a freaking long entrance where he stares at separative individuals in the crowd for a good minute....each. It's sleep inducing. Tozawa comes out and the crowd wakes up, reacting to him big time. This was a really good match. Both men looked good, but unfortunately the crowd could give two shits about Davis and were very much behind Tozawa. Davis gets the win and the crowd is silent.

6.) #1 Contender’s Match – The Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito) vs. The Super Smash Brothers: ***1/2

The winner of this match gets a Open The United Gate Tag Team Title shot at Uprising. This was a pretty good match. These two teams did a lot of entertaining spots, including the "Rubber Band Attack"  which is something that needs to be seen (and it got over with the crowd pretty well). The match goes back and forth until The Jimmyz pick up the win and the Open The United Gate Tag Team Title Shot.

7.) Respect Match – Ricochet vs. AR Fox: ***1/2

The loser of this match must shake the winner's hand and admit that he's the better man. CIMA is also at ringside. This match was completely different than what you might expect. Fox started off with several dives, but on the third dive he tweaks his ankle and goes down. They tease him not being able to continue, but he makes it back in and continues. Most of the match focuses on Ricochet working on AR Fox's leg. It was a very interesting change of pace, and it actually made for a good match, about on par with their Evolve 17 encounter. Against all odds, Fox is somehow able to fight back and pull out a huge victory.

After the match, it looks like Ricochet is not going to follow the match's stipulation, but after being talks to by CIMA, he does so half-heartedly. The Jimmyz of Horiguchi & Saito come out and say they'll be the next champions, and CIMA says Saito looks like Gonzo.

Overall: 7.5/10

This show was a solid show, but ultimately not much else. Their isn't really anything wrong with the matches themselves. Most of them are pretty good, with only one match being subpar, but the matches weren't really anything better than good. You'll definitely get a good selection of solid matches, but the lack of anything really great and the lack of reactions from the crowd makes for a show that's pretty average.

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