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Dragon Gate USA - Mercury Rising 2011
Jon Moxley vs. Arik Cannon - NR
The stream joins this match in progress for some reason. What's seen is decent I guess.
Six Way Freestyle
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Brodie Lee vs. AR Fox vs. Jon Davis vs. Silas Young vs. Stalker Ichikawa - ***
Ridiculously fuin match. Can't tell how much I laughed at Stalker's antics. Jacobs/Brodie portion was very good as well.
Masato Yoshino vs. Sami Callihan - ***1/4
I don't really have a problem watching Sami Callihan wrestle but please keep him off the mic. Good match btw.
Open The Brave Gate Championship
PAC(c) vs. Akira Tozawa - ***3/4
A little slower than what I would've expected in the first half but the ladder half is really great. Tozawa's becoming a star and his nearfalls were fantastic. I didn't really like the sudden finish though, thought it could've benefited from a longer home stretch, but the match was already past the 20 minute mark anyway.
Open The Freedom Gate Championship
YAMATO(c) vs. Austin Aries - ***3/4
I have some mixed feelings on this. I liked the match but I wonder if people were actually paying attention. The several minutes of leg work that both guys did went absolutely nowhere and there was certainly no selling. The end sequence was nice but I thought the finish felt kinda flat. Seems to getting overrated imo.
Ronin (Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, & Rich Swann) vs. Blood Warriors (CIMA, Naruki Doi, & Ricochet) ***3/4 - ****
RONIN BABY! So yeah, I really liked this match from start to finish, but it was tough for me to decide on a rating. It was the best match of the night for me but that Ricochet botch at the end was odd and the match should've gone on just a tad bit longer I felt. Nowhere near the level of past Mania weekend 6 mans though.
So yes, it was a good show, but I felt it was lacking that one really great match that it needed and should've had. With only 6 matches almost all of them delivered, so that's a plus. One problem was that the ceiling was so low in the venue so you didn't see guys get a lot of height from the top rope. I'd say this was the 3rd best show from Mania weekend.