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DGUSA — Way of the Ronin 2011
Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann vs. The Scene
**¾ - Ended up being a pretty good tag match, but the early comedy did nothing for me, and I was very distracted by the awful lighting.
Before the next match, Silas Young comes out with Val Malone, who's apparently his wife. Damn; good for him. Apparently Brodie Lee's constant bullying of anyone and everyone around DGUSA put Val in his path recently, and Silas is here to defend his wife's honor -- but not before he makes clear that ordinarily he wouldn't care about Brodie being a bully, because "If you want to bully people, that's your choice." LOL - I don't know if that's kind of a petty little dig at WWE and the "Be a Star" thing, or just a statement, but either way, it's hilariously stupid. (Keep in mind, Silas is a big-time face here.)
Brodie Lee vs. Silas Young
*** - Silas looked good enough here that I'm guessing this was supposed to be the start of that big push he ended up blowing for himself. But he really would've needed a better finisher if he was going to be more than just a regional star. Brodie looked like a beast, as usual, and pulled out his elbow suicida and his 'rana, which are always neat to see.
Akira Tozawa vs. Jon Davis
***¼ - Tozawa absolutely dominated this match, which gave it kind of a weird dynamic. Tozawa is definitely on a much higher level than Davis, both in terms of talent and in terms of position within the promotion, but the size difference between them made his dominance (with strikes, no less, rather than with speed and technique) seem a little weird. In the end, though, it doesn't matter because Tozawa is awesome.
YAMATO & A.R. Fox & Sabu vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon
***½ - Really good tag match. I'm still not sure I see what makes Fox such a "#1 draft pick," but he's very good in his role here, YAMATO is gold as always, and the DUF provide an interesting character dynamic: They work the match like classic heels, but interact with the appreciative crowd like babyfaces. I like that.
Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez - Relaxed Rules
*¾ - I feel like a dick giving this such a low rating, because they really busted their asses here. There's only so much I'm going to respond to an attempted ECW nostalgia fix over 10 years after the fact, though, y'know?
Uhaa Nation vs. Sugar Dunkerton vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Facade
* - Oof; I was not into this at all. Nation occasionally looked like a force, but didn't get to do any of the Dragon Gate-type stuff that makes him really stand out; Sugar's act was pretty entertaining, but his wrestling left a bit to be desired; Kendrick didn't do much for me, but was apparently the most over guy with the crowd (by a lot); and Facade was either mediocre or actively bad. This is exactly why these freestyle/fray matches aren't my cup of tea. At least the right guy went over.
Naruki Doi vs. Johnny Gargano
**** - Great match, and another huge moment for Gargano, who shows he can hang one-on-one with a guy who was very recently (and for all I know may still be) the ace of DG Japan. Really good stuff here.
Masato Yoshino & PAC vs. CIMA & Ricochet - Open the United Gate vs. Open the Twin Gate
****¼ - Awesome match. This is pretty much everything a match between the top two tag teams in Dragon Gate should be.
Probably the overall weakest of the three DGUSA shows I got this week, but the main event and Doi/Gargano make this well worth a recommendation anyway.