Eric Corvis, Jonny Mangue, Chase Burnett, Zane Silver vs. The Pitboss, Matthew Justice, dany only, Stryknyn:**3/4 This is my first time watching Beyond and also my first time seeing any of these men besides maybe Team Beyond who I may have seen once. That being said this was a pretty decent match. They started off with all out brawling and that helped get the crowd involved which is the goal of an opener, get the crowd excited. Mangue I guess is a guy who is going to get to show his stuff off in some other companies working for Wrestling is Fun! so I wish I saw more of what he could do in this match. Matthew Justice was pretty impressive to me but Chase Burnett and Silver seemed like some spot monkey tag. Maybe I need to see more of them to get a fair judgment.
[b]Submission Squad vs. Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin, Christian Rose: **[/B} ]Wasnít doing it for me. It had the traditional Corbin slow motion sequence but that was the highlight of the match. Fifteen minutes I guess was just too long for these guys to keep things interesting.
Remi Wilkins, Dale Patricks, Heidi Loveface vs. Reed Bentley, Tripp Cassidy, Nate Stone: **3/4 There was quite a bit to like about this match. I have seen a couple reviews down on this match but hey maybe I am overrating it but I DON'T CARE.School-of-Roc has gotten a few showcases all around but this was my first time seeing 5/6 guys. Saw Tripp at the CHIKARA Syracuse show but he was in it for about 4 minutes so didnít get a whole lot from it. Really liked the story here. Tripp and Reed were heeling it up, clearly not wanting Stone on their team. Speaking of Stone he looked pretty decent for the little bit I saw of him. Reed and Trippís interactions with Heidi were equal parts disgusting and great with them throwing their ball sweat in her face and Reed having a pin attempt on Heidi with his lower region right by her face. Good stuff. That format also helped the match not feel stagnant.
Davey Vega & Eric Ryan vs. Kentucky Buffet vs. Hooligans: ***1/4 Good match right here. Pretty spotty but I donít care. Everyone looked good. You get 6 young talented performers together and they just went out there and put on a good show. Hooligans are chubby highlander guys who were doing moonsaults and running at their opponents a mile a minute. Not like they were trying to put on anything massive but they put on a real good fast pace exciting midcard match.
Mark Angel vs. Drew Gulak:***1/2 Weird seeing Angel outside of CHIKARA. Honestly never seen a Drew Gulak match but he for sure made a fan out of me. Angel is real damn good at being a heel. He just beats up Gulak for quite a bit of the match but does what not a lot of wrestlers can do, make a workover segment entertaining. After seeing Gulak I want to see him face one of the guys higher on the independent wrestling totem pole. Besides the BS finish this was a damn fine match. But the BS finish means that it isnít over so maybe they can top this match down the line.
Johnny Gargano vs. ACH: ***1/2 Hell of a fun match right here. Gargano played the veteran seeming like he studied a little more than ACH for this. ACH was able to counter a few of Garganoís moves, such as the spear through the ropes, but Gargano had plenty of stuff scouted and looked ready for it, such as ACHís running over from behind-kicking-the-guy-then-coming-back-to-kick-the-guy-in-the-face thing. ACH is hot right now and though Iím not sure how his ROH match went but I can only expect that the sky is the limit for him. These guys are almost guaranteed to face each other again somewhere down the line and whenever it wherever it does I hope we get a clean finish so we can have an even better match.
#KOA vs. Slaughterhouse: **1/2 A match with okay wrestling and decent comedy. Favorite part of the match had to be when ďI Believe I Can FlyĒ came one. I was like ďSPACE JAMĒ. Didnít quite have the payoff I wanted though. This went on over 20 minutes which hurt things considerably. There just wasnít enough interesting stuff going on. You could still have had comedy and some Slaughterhouse killer moments and had it be closer to 15 minutes with it all coming off better.
Dan Walsh vs. Rickey Shane Page:**3/4 This match is for the St.Louis Anarchy Championship. So this match got 7 minutes. I donít understand at all. Take 5 minutes off the last match and add it here. These guys went all out. RSP goes over the top to hit Walsh before the match even starts. They then proceed to beat eachother up on the outside using chairs. Walsh even suplexes RSP through 4 arranged chairs. First time I have ever seen Walsh and I still donít know what to think. RSP on the other hand still impresses the hell out of me. Feels like St.Louis Anarchy got shafted hear cause this could have been a really good match for them but instead is a match that will just be seen as one that didnít get a lot of time. Nothing more and nothing less. Which is a shame. Not saying it would have set the world on fire by any means but it at least could have competed with any of the other best matches on this card.
Johnny Cockstrong vs. RD Evans:***1/4 Went on a tad too long but I was never bored so that is saying something right there. RD Evans is a wrestling GAWD! His mannerisms are just impressive. He works Cockstrongís midsection for about the entire match. Cockstrong when he got offense in tried to lean with the cock (a strategy that I donít know why isnít used more). Cockstrong was a great FIP for RD Evans fantastic heel work. And I was buying into the false finishes because they didnít go crazy with them. Loved how it ended to. Felt like that big move to finish the match a year in the making.
OVERALL: REALLY fun show. Never had seen Beyond Wrestling before and I've heard this doesn't quite have the Beyond feel but I dug a lot of it. With some shows you have extremely high exceptions and you just get incredibly disappointed. Didn't have any coming in so this surpassed them in some respects. I didn't think this would be a blow away ACH vs. Gargano match just yet in their careers. Yet Angel vs. Gulak caught me by surprise. A lot of different stuff here which really made everything enjoyable without comparing it to any other match on the show. Didn't have a blow away MOTYC but a smaller show doesn't really need to. Just consistent funness will do the trick. I would say if you have the spare money their could be worse purchases for sure.
Commando Boishoi & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Manami Toyota - ****1/4
Jigsaw vs. Tadasuke - **3/4
Team Ring of Honor (Mike Bennett and The Young Bucks) vs The Spectral Envoy (Frightmare, Hallowicked, and Ultramantis Black) - ****1/2
Overall: Wow. Just wow. The sami-finals were both great (the opener's pre match stuff with Nick Jacson was gold), great way to open the show. Saturyne/Ophidian was ok at best, Saturyne botched some spots and it didn't looked good. Really enjoyed Colony vs BFF at the beginning of the Gauntlet, i'm really interesting in Donst's character right now. Cabana, Swamp Monster, DC and Sanders/3.0, Ebessan & Takoyakida was just... the.... no word. My god that was fucking awesome, definitely Match Of The Year . Jig/Tadasuke was kinda like Cannoon/Kingston from last year, really short but really good. The Main Event. What should i say. Chikara's MOTY and one the best matches of the year in general. The drama, the story with all the odds against TSE, everything here was gold from the beginning until the awesome end. Nick Jackson kicking Maria in the face was my fave moment of the year (right after Gargano kicking Yoneyama in the face). Amazing show and amazing weekend.
Fitz, I would be interesting in knowing. Also love that BEYOND is getting some love here. They post free quality matches every week and recently started posting All Killers which are about 4 match shows for free
September 21st: Dragon Gate USA will return to the Northeast after a one year hiatus on November 2nd, November 3rd and November 4th. Here's the details:
-November 2nd will either be in Everett, MA or Fall River, MA. DGUSA officials are considering some final details and will have a decision made early next week.
-November 3rd will be at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. This is where EVOLVE 17 was two weeks ago. This is an easy drive from Philly as well as all over New Jersey and New York City.
-November 4th will be in either Manhattan, Queens or at the NYWC building in Long Island. The decision was almost made when a new venue in Manhattan came into play. This has caused a delay while we get the details on this building. A decision and announcement will be made early next week.
-Tickets for all three events will go on sale later next week.
-We can confirm now that Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi will return to DGUSA on this weekend. They are already petitioning for a shot at Open The United Gate Champions CIMA & AR Fox.
-September 21st: DGUSA Heat DVD will go up for pre-order at www.DGUSA.tv this weekend. It will ship on October 4th. This event features the Three-Way Trios Elimination Match pitting Ronin vs. Mad Blankey vs. D.U.F. plus PAC vs. AR Fox, Low Ki vs. Bobby Fish, Masato Yoshino vs. Samuray Del Sol and much more including two CZW death matches. If you can't wait for the DVD you can watch the iPPV at WWNLive.com On Demand right now.
-September 21st: We have a new DGUSA.tv Weekly Special. Get 10% off any DGUSA or EVOLVE DVDs or Gear in the DGUSA.tv Store by entering the code "10% Off" in the special instructions when you check out. Please note you will initially be charged full price and will receive a refund shortly after you order. If you can't find where to enter the code simply email us at Help@DGUSA.tv and we'll make sure you get the refund. The best part is you can combine the code with DVD 2 & 3 Pack Deals for huge savings on all DGUSA & EVOLVE DVDs including the new Open The Golden Gate with PAC vs. Akira Tozawa and AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan in a Tables Match. Take advantage now because the code expires on September 28th at midnight EST.
-September 21st: We are very proud of the fact that the addition of Heat to the www.WWNLive.com On Demand library means that every DGUSA and EVOLVE show is now available to watch anytime on iPPV. Plus, when you order a DGUSA or EVOLVE iPPV you have unlimited access. You made this possible with your support and trust. We will never take that for granted. WWNLive.com will always work to improve our service for you with the next step being a Roku channel. We are always here to handle all your customer service needs or questions by emailing Help@WWNLive.com. We know iPPV is a relatively new media and we hope you will give us a chance to showcase our service and quality. Thank you.
-September 21st: We want to close things out by giving congratulations to CHIKARA for an incredible King Of Trios tournament last weekend. DGUSA & EVOLVE's Gabe Sapolsky was there and he filmed two Book It Cams with Johnny Gargano and Chuck Taylor. We have them below. Thank you for reading and we hope you have a great weekend.
Super excited to see Saito & Horiguchi back in DGUSA, it's been years and them vs. CIMA & Fox could be fantastic. I also finally get to check out Heat since it's the only DGUSA/EVOLVE show that I haven't seen this year. For their NY show I hope they don't go with NYWC's venue, I like those guys but their venue looks so low rent but then again I don't know too many NY venues that looks good other than the ballroom and BB's.
Well Gulak is Soldier Ant, that's pretty well know.
I'm pretty positive hat Fire Ant is Orange Cassidy. They have the same build and Orange Cassidy was randomly at KOT with the Gentleman's Club. He didn't wrestle and just stood at ringside during the match. He must be someone under a Chikara mask since there would be no other reason for him to be there. I came to this conclusion on my own and a friend that knows a lot more about this stuff said it was true.
Also the Shard is John Silver (as seen in Evolve). Same build and he voice (especially when he screams). I'm not 100% on this one but I think it's him.
Good news about DGUSA. Hopefully I can make it to the one in Jersey.