Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
The Gate of Passion 2018
1. Shun Skywalker⭕️, Hyo Watanabe, Yuki Yoshioka, Oji Shiiba (10:15 Skywalker Moonsault) Gamma, Problem Dragon❌, Kaito Ishida, K-ness.
2. Don Fujii⭕️, Shachihoko Boy (10:23 Pinned after Failed German Suplex) Naruki Doi, “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa❌
3. Takashi Yoshida⭕️ (10:47 Pineapple Bomber) Ben-K❌
4. BxB Hulk, Yosuke♡Santa Maria⭕️, U-T (13:11 Neraiuchi) Masato Yoshino, Big R Shimizu, Jason Lee❌
5. Road to Dead or Alive 3 Way Match: YAMATO⭕️ (10:41 Pin) Masaaki Mochizuki; Ryo Saito❌
6. 34th Open the Brave Gate Champion Tournament Finals: Dragon Kid⭕️ (12:15 Ultra Hurricanrana) Kagetora❌
★Kid becomes the 34th Champion
7. Oedo Rules Elimination Match: Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi, “brother” YASSHI, Punch Tominaga (5-4) T-Hawk, Eita, El Lindaman, Shingo Takagi, Yasushi Kanda
①Tominaga⭕️ (17:31 Punch Clutch) Kanda❌
②Takagi⭕️ (17:55 Pumping Bomber) Tominaga❌
③Eita⭕️ (18:41 Superkick) YASSHI❌
④Susumu⭕️ (19:49 Yokosuka Cutter) Lindaman❌
⑤T-Hawk⭕️ (20:45 Night Ride) Horiguchi❌
⑥Susumu⭕️ (21:52 Jumbo no Kachi!gatame) T-Hawk❌
⑦Eita⭕️ (22:56 Numero Uno) Susumu❌
⑧Kzy⭕️ (25:58 Elbow Smash) Eita❌
⑨Kzy⭕️ (29:12 Skayde Schoolboy) Takagi❌
Antias attacked after the opener. Kzy and his team made the save. Antias were always out to kill the mood. Kzy was here to heat things back up. His team were going to win the main event and send everyone home happy. Lindaman told him he was expecting to much out of his team of rejects. Why was Punch main eventing in Korakuen Hall? Never in a million years should that happen. The rules today were Oedo. When you think of Oedo you have to think of Tokyo native El Lindaman. An Antias victory is certain. Punch replied that as a native of Ikebukuro in Toshima-ku, Tokyo. Ikebukuro is much closer to Korakuen than Nakano where Lindaman is from. Oedo means a Punch victory! As for Takagi & Kanda, they cut off a large portion of his hair and now he has to walk around town looking like a fool. He will get payback in the cage at Dead or Alive. Kanda warned him that he won’t have his friends with him in the cage. It will be just him against Takagi & Kanda. He doesn’t stand a chance. Antias left the ring, seemingly on the same page.
Kzy asked YASSHI to speak on things. YASSHI used to be with those guys, so he understands their intentions. Now he is with these guys and they are out for revenge. All of the fans should keep their eyes open and their legs spread in anticipation.
Doi said it has been a long time since he was put in a match like this. He was taken aback when he saw the match announced, but he isn’t disappointed or upset. He thinks it’s going to be a lot of fun. He gets to team Mr. Ichikawa. Maybe they have teamed together out on the house show circuit, but this is likely the first time they have properly tagged together in Korakuen Hall. As everyone knows, the second match on the card is usually the comedy match. Today will be different. The Owarai Gate division is ruled by Ryo Saito and the reigning, defending Owarai Gate champion Shingo Takagi. There was no place for Mr. Ichikawa anymore. So today wouldn’t be comedy. Today, he wanted to see Strong Ichikawa. After confirming this was the first appearance in Korakuen Hall of 2018 for Ichikawa, Doi gave him an extra incentive. If Ichikawa can pin Don Fujii for the 1-2-3 today, Doi will disband his team with Yoshino. DoiYoshi will be no more, and DoiIchi will make a Twin Gate run. Fans were into the idea, but he told them to temper their expectations. He pleased with Ichikawa to not get pinned immediately after the bell rings. Be serious today. Be Strong.
Maria is mad as hell and is reaching her limits. What that limit is, will be made clear soon. Very soon.
YAMATO went after Saito with hair clippers and took a huge patch of hair off the side of his head. YAMATO got caught up in this nonsense because of them. He had a huge chunk of his own hair cut off by Lindaman in Wakayama. Way more than Saito did today, so he has no room to complain. Look at it this way; if he is bald going into the cage then there is no risk if he loses! Saito asked him if this was payback for Lindaman cutting off his hair. If that is the case, why did he do this to him? He wasn’t involved in that. With that rat’s nest he has on his head you can’t even tell he had any cut off, anyway. Saito had planned on focusing on Takagi but maybe he has another target now. Maybe those Pasta Sauce of the Almighty boxes will sell more with a bald YAMATO on the front. Mochizuki told Saito that since they both are currently independent, they should work together to deal with Antias. They shook hands, but refused YAMATO. He should get ready to change the names of his products to Pasta Sauce & Curry of the Bald Man.
Maria immediately attacked DK with a kiss after his title win. WHY WASN’T SHE IN THIS TOURNAMENT!? EXPLAIN! DK had no idea what was going on. This was all his fault. She demanded a title match. DK said she could have just come out and challenged him. Why with the kissing and the yelling? Maria pressed him on whether he was accepting or not. He hesitated but eventually gave a vague acceptance that Maria pounced on. He accepted. The match was on. DK was still totally out of the loop on what Maria was up to, but he did know he was the new Open the Brave Gate champion! Kagetora is great, he hopes they can fight again soon. When he beats Maria, anyone else was welcome to come and try and take the belt from him.
The main event came down to Kzy vs. Takagi. Takagi held him for Lindaman to hit with the box. Kzy dodged, Lindaman paused, then hit Takagi anyway. Takagi flew into a rage. What was he doing? What the hell was his problem!? Lindaman made fun of him for losing. This wasn’t about any Oedo Elimination match. They are on the Road to Dead or Alive now. If he lets things like this happen to him inside the cage, Takagi will end up bald. There are many citizens of Japan that would love to see that. Takagi mocked his stupid face paint. Did their unit ties mean nothing to Lindaman? Kanda was right. Lindaman is a dumbass! Kanda sided with Lindaman. The fans want to see Takagi lose more than anyone. Punch got in on it. Losing matches, arguing with his friends. Things don’t look good for old Shingo Takagi. Takagi quickly flattened him with a lariat. Antias left, with Takagi bullying several ring boys.
Kzy and his team finally got to celebrate their win. There was another reason why Kzy was determined to win today. For the last two months he has received backup from Susumu & Horiguchi. He is now confident enough to take the next step. He was ready to make his own unit. Horiguchi & Susumu would join him, but on one condition. Kzy assumes the role of leader. Punch stood around looking hopeful. Kzy noted they were the same age. Even though that is the case, Punch is still a junior to him. He wants to help him rise up into a better position. He was welcome to join if he wanted. Punch accepted. Horiguchi announced that the unit concept would be punch perms and the team would be called the Punchyz. Kzy vetoed that. Horiguchi probably couldn’t even grow enough hair to get a perm. Horiguchi suggested they all shave their heads and fight as Team H-A-G-E. This was also declined. YASSHI was unusually silent after the match, staring a hole through Antias and continuing to glare towards their entrance after they left. Horiguchi wasn’t sure if he had been listening or not. What did he think? YASSHI said he was listening, but he wasn’t someone they should have join their team. Kzy said that he was unusually somber. Don’t they call him Mr. Happy? YASSHI may be an outsider, but as long as he was fighting the same fight as them he was welcome. He asked “brother” to be his brother. YASSHI warned them that he had a habit of turning on people. Not that he had any plans to do that here. He was feeling the vibes. He accepted.
Now that they were an official team, there was only one thing to do. Take the Triangle Gate titles and prove they were the best team. He called out MaxiMuM. Yoshino was annoyed. It was already 9:30 PM. Why were they calling them out so late? Does Kzy know what time it is. Kzy knew. It was HIS time. It was Kzy Time. Yoshino had doubts. They have been together, what, 2 minutes? Maybe they should think of a name before they think of challenging for the Triangle Gate. Kzy assured them that the name would be coming very soon so he may as well reserve the next Triangle Gate title shot. In the end, MaxiMuM agreed to defends against Kzy & Susumu & Horiguchi at Dead or Alive. Yoshino brought up that he was the one that brought YASSHI back to Dragon Gate after 11 years and he was instantly betrayed. If that happens to them, he can’t help but laugh at them.
Kzy closed the show. He promised the unit would unveil their name before Aichi. Next month was King of Gate. His opponent for Korakuen was already announced. He was going to face YAMATO 1 on 1. He was excited and he hoped the fans were too. He is looking forward to showing YAMATO how far he has come.