Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Bristol, England
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
Dragon Gate UK: SHINGO vs Yokosuka 3
BxB Hulk vs Lion Kid - ***1/2
~ I kinda hate Lion Kid's gimmick but there's no denying he's a good talent and that was very evident here. They had some great exchanges in the 6-man the previous night, and they gelled very well as opponents here. Can't ask for more from an opener.
Naoki Tanizaki vs Akira Tozawa - ***3/4
~ Yeah this was just great. Bit of comedy to start and then shit got real.
Naruki Doi vs Masato Yoshino - ***1/2
~ I actually enjoyed this a lot more on DVD than in person. Some great sequences of reversals which you'd expect from two who know each other so well.
CIMA & Gamma vs Mark Haskins & Marty Scurll - ***1/2
~ OK this was pretty damn good, but not the MOTYC I've seen people tout it as. Maybe that's due to my hatred of Mark Haskins (Hometown: Blandsville), but there you go. Plus, referee Chris Roberts once again tries to ruin this weekend, when Gamma uses the kendo stick in FULL VIEW and Roberts does absolutely nothing. How does this ref still have a job?! Aside from that and Haskins not adding anything to the match, I enjoyed the work of all three others. Scurll has a very bright future ahead of him indeed.
PAC vs Dragon Kid - ****1/4
~ Here we have two of the premier high-flyers in the world going toe to toe and it doesn't disappoint. Infinitely better than their match in Japan earlier last year, this is an exhibition of one-upmanship and incredible feats of athleticism. Both men receive a standing ovation and rightly so.
SHINGO vs Susumu Yokosuka - ****3/4
~ They set the bar incredibly highly in their previous two matches on UK shores, but somehow they managed to surpass both of them. The epic third instalment of the SHINGO-Yokosuka trilogy was just glorious from start to finish. SHINGO sells his injured knees like there's no tomorrow. A fantastic example is when SHINGO pulls off a simple knee drop, and then rolls around on the mat in agony, clearly regretting his ill-judged offense. Both men hit pretty stiffly making for a few cringe moments, and the epic sense of the battle is clear throughout. Also there's no denying the rabid crowd helps the proceedings immensely, they are absolutely molten by the end. A fantastic end to a stellar show.
What a show. It's right up there with PWG BOLA 2011 for Show of the Year. Not a bad match in sight, and a fantastic double-main event; you really should go out of your way to see this.