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Endo finally got there. I wouldn't imagine this would be another hot potato KO-D Openweight moment, and hope it isn't.

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I didn't expect one title change to happen, let alone two. Loved the way it was set up too, with Sasaki seeing the gauntlet and hitting it to the floor only to get walloped by Endo. Extremely well done. Everything on the show felt like an authentic DDT show. Honda telling the story of Gon, The Little Fox in English is something I'll always remember.



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Dragon Gate is live The card is:
  1. Mochizuki Dojo (Shun Skywalker, Yuki Yoshioka, Kota Minoura), Jason Lee & Dragon Dia vs. Ryo Saito, K-Ness, Mondai Ryu, Shachihoko BOY & Hiroshi Yamato
  2. Mochizuki Dojo (Masaaki Mochizuki & Hyo Watanabe) vs. R・E・D (Yasushi Kanda & KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
  3. Strong Machine J Debut Match (Strong Machine Army) Strong Machine J, Strong Machine F & Strong Machine G vs. Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi & Susumu Yokosuka)
  4. MaxiMuM Steel Cage Representative Decision Match Naruki Doi & Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino & Kaito Ishida
  5. R・E・D Steel Cage Representative Decision Match Eita & Takashi Yoshida vs. Big R Shimizu & Ben-K
  6. Dragon Gate 20th Anniversary Commemoration Match vol.4 & Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria Comeback Match Aagan Iisou (Shuji Kondo, Toru Owashi, "brother" YASSHI, Takuya Sugawara & "the Secret Weapon") vs. Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO, KAI, Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria, Kagetora & U-T)




I don't know if people realise how huge it would be if Ultimo fucking Dragon showed up in Dragon Gate. But if they manage to get Ultimo Dragon to show up, the door is open for anyone,
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Fucking Ultimo Dragon possibly showing up in Dragon Gate, what a world.
Also, the DoA card has been updated with U-T challenging Susumu for the Brave Gate, MochiDojo facing R.E.D for the Triangle Gate & now it seems like PAC's gonna defend the Dream Gate against Dragon Kid.

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Can't complain with another PAC defense. Haven't seen too many Dragon Kid matches in recent years but if he keeps the pace up I think he and PAC should have some good chemistry.

Any favorite for King of Gate? Kzy wins and takes the title off of PAC in his 2nd try?

Block A:
Naruku Doi
Kzy
Punch Tominaga
U-T
KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Ryo Saito

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Susumu Yokosuka
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Yuki Yoshioka
Eita
Yasushi Kanda

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YAMATO
Kagetora
Genki Horiguchi
Kaito Ishida
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Takashi Yoshida

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Dragon Kid
Jason Lee
Masaaki Mochizuki
Shun Skywalker
KAI
Big R Shimizu

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Part V of their singles series

It's crazy how they still haven't had a legit MOTYC against each other. Their matches are always good but they never reach epic status.

I wouldn't bet they will this time either, in front of the always dead Yokohama crowd. But Yuji and Hideki were able to have a top 3 MOTY two years ago at that same show and venue so there's always a chance I guess.


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Plus K-Hash vs Tajiri on the same card.

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I almost shed a tear with this exchange during Hashimoto vs Nomura from 4/11.

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Catching up a little bit with the CC, only watched stuff that looked interesting/good on paper from the first week, after the first day.

Yuji Okabayashi vs Yuma Aoyagi - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/6/19

Nice little 5 minute match. Loved the start with Aoyagi wrestling a different match than usual and not letting Okabayashi do his routine shit, you could be urgency from the young kid. Once Yuji is able to establish control the match is basically over, because that's what should happen with this kind of discrepancy in status and physique :dame: @SubZeroDegrees

Jake Lee vs Daichi Hashimoto - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/7/19

Nope, Lee still doesn't have it. Very mild performance by him - his spotty no selling was Seth Rollins levels of bad -, Daichi is fine but isn't able to elevate this 10 minute match to anything better than "Ok".

Kento Miyahara vs Zeus - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/9/19

The majority of this match was worked like a fun house show encounter. Some comedy with Kento's and Wada's antics as Miyahara was in control and that's how he works those segments most of the time. Zeus wasn't fucking around though, every chop he threw was vicious. The last 5 minutes the match does a 180° and it's basically a super sprint with a bunch of moves and kickouts until the finish. It's a harmless, fun match. Crowd was really into it all the way through.

Will keep catching up with the rest of the days, hopefully next week.


From today's show...


Joe Doering vs Daichi Hashimoto - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/21/19

Crowd makes this a lot more compelling than it could've been. The story is there and it's pretty damn simple, Joe is bigger and Daichi wants to prove a point. Fans REALLY want to see Hashimoto prove that point, but there wasn't enough for it to go beyond a fun little match. It was worked like a young lion's match, would've like a little more from the underdog. Really liked the finish though.

Suwama vs Jake Lee - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/21/19

Honestly this had a really hard job having to follow Yuji/Zeus (which I nominated on the MOTYC thread) so I can't honestly say if the firs half was good, too slow or just meh. This was pretty much Suwama's show, his control section was pretty good, and then he did an awesome job selling Jake's comeback, which lead to his own comeback, which was pretty dope. I would've cut like 5 minutes but as this was the main event, I guess they felt they needed a longer match.

So...Nomura vs Suwama face off in the final day of B Block on 4/24, both with 8 points, leading the group. Lee will probably enter the final day with 8 points too (he has 6, but has 1 more match before the Korakuen Hall show and it's against Sam Adonis) but he needs Nomura and Suwama to be a draw and to beat Doering to reach the Finals.

Daichi or Yoshitatsu could also sneak in with mathematical chances for 4/24. But none of them have big matches for that final day, so they are out of contention really. And Daichi already had "big" Ws over Nomura and Lee so he's been protected enough.


For Block A, Yuji has to lose 1 of the two matches he has left before 4/23 (his block's final day) to leave the block wide open going into Korakuen. One has to think his match with Kento will be the de facto semifinal, though they could also work it as Miyahara playing spoiler and fucking Yuji's chances to give the final spot to Zeus/Ishikawa (or maybe even Dylan James, depending on how he does against Shuji on Tuesday).

If I had to guess: Zeus (8 pts) beats Shuji (9 pts, most likely) and then Yuji (9 pts, most likely) beats Kento (8 pts, most likely), so Okabayashi can reach the Finals and lose to whoever wins Block A.

Man, y'all really don't give a flying fuck about All Japan do you?


Dylan James got a huge W over Ishikawa today and eliminated him from contention (Shuji loses every tie breaker) and he leads block A heading into Korakuen too.


Block A:
1. Dylan James [9]
2. Zeus [8]
3. Shuji Ishikawa [7]
-. Ryouji Sai [7]
-. Yuji Okabayashi [​IMG] [7]
6. Kento Miyahara [6]
-. Gianni Valletta [6]
-. Atsushi Aoki [6]
9. Yuma Aoyagi [4]


Block B:
1. Suwama [8]
-. Naoya Nomura [8]
-. Yoshitatsu [8]
-. Daichi Hashimoto [​IMG] [8]
5. Takashi Yoshida [​IMG] [6]
-. Jake Lee [6]
-. Joel Redman [6]
-. Joe Doering [6]
9. Sam Adonis [4]

Tomorrow is Kento/Sai & Yuji/Aoki for Block A. Lee/Adonis & Doering/Redman for B, which will probably have a 6-way tie heading into the it's final day


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Your Champion Carnival winner and his next defense lined up:




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