Hyogo, Kobe Sambo Hall
0. Mondai Ryu (4:34 Hikari no Wa Counter) Jimmy Kness J.K.S.
1. Ryo “Jimmy” Saito⭕, Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! (9:50 Double Cross) Don Fujii, Takehiro Yamamura❌
2. El Lindaman (5:45 Locomotion Tiger Suplex Hold) U-T
3. Yosuke♡Santa Maria (7:06 Neraiuchi) Jimmy Kanda
4. Masaaki Mochizuki⭕, Jimmy Susumu (12:09 Saikyo High Kick) Gamma, Punch Tominaga❌
5. CIMA, Dragon Kid⭕, Eita (15:51 Bible) Akira Tozawa, T-Hawk❌, Big R Shimizu
6. Verserk vs. Verserk: Naruki Doi, YAMATO⭕, Naoki Tanizaki (19:51 Galleria) Shingo Takagi, Cyber Kong, Kotoka❌
*Special Guest Referee: Mondai Ryu
Not content with keeping the cage match within Verserk, Doi introduced his latest idea to cause grief for the rest of the roster. The Double Risk stipulation from last year will return for the cage match this year. Each participant will have a delegate outside the match, who will also have their hair or mask on the line. The rest of the roster had their name written on balls which were then selected in twos by a cage match participant. Those two names will face off in a 10-minute time limit singles match at DEAD or ALIVE with the loser becoming the delegate. The participants of the already set title matches were excluded. Yoshino tried to get the Triangle Gate champion team out of it as well. Saito said that the Jimmyz could very well be champions by then, so they should also be excluded. Doi wasn’t having it. That was Hakata talk. This is Nagoya talk. All 6 were in. No exceptions.
Doi selected CIMA & Gamma.
Kong selected Mochizuki & Kzy.
Tanizaki selected Fujii & Saito.
Kotoka selected Tozawa & Yoshino.
YAMATO selected Susumu & Stalker Ichikawa.
Takagi selected Kanda & Tominaga.
Because Gamma is already mostly bald, some extra stipulations were added to actually give him some semblance of risk. He will not be allowed to shave any lines into the side of his head. Furthermore, ALL participants & delegates will not be allowed to grow facial hair for the duration of their penalty. Mochizuki said that because he was an old man, he may not be able to grow his hair back. He asked Kzy to do him a solid and help him out of this. Saito lamented the fact that he JUST went to the salon to get a new hair style. Yoshino confirmed the rule that until you score a fall in the match, you can’t try and escape. Kotoka and his delegate were pretty much fucked there because he can’t pin or submit anyone in the cage. YAMATO and Susumu acted as though the result of their pairing was decided, but Stalker stood his ground. He has had that mask for his entire career. He wasn’t going to give it up so easily. He didn’t plan on becoming a delegate.
A bald champion in KING OF GATE is not acceptable. Takagi won’t accept any obstructions.
Kanda has lost his hair at DEAD or ALIVE before. Sorry Punch, but it wasn’t going to happen again. PT said if he loses his hair, he is no longer Punch. So his very existence is at stake. Kanda was going down.
Kotoka said that things were getting very interesting. May was going to be fun. Vehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!