December 26, 2018
Hyogo, Kobe Sambo Hall
Fantastic Gate 2018 Finale
0. K-ness.⭕️ (5:21 Hikari no Wa) Shachihoko Boy❌
1. Eita⭕️, Takashi Yoshida, Yasushi Kanda (12:58 Superkick) Ryo Saito, “brother” YASSHI, Problem Dragon❌
2. Kagetora⭕️ (8:09 Kusabi) Kota Minoura❌
3. Shun Skywalker⭕️, Hyo Watanabe (9:55 Skywalker Moonsault) Don Fujii, Gamma❌
4. Masaaki Mochizuki, Yuki Yoshioka (14:13 Pinfall) Masato Yoshino, Kaito Ishida
5. Big R Shimizu⭕️, Ben-K (20:07 Shot-put Slam) YAMATO, U-T❌
6. Kzy⭕️, Genki Horiguchi, Susumu Yokosuka (17:02 Running Elbow Smash) Naruki Doi, Dragon Kid, Jason Lee❌
Eita said that even though he lost his hair, nothing has changed. R・E・D controls Dragon Gate and to a man, the rest of the roster will be destroyed. Not just in Japan, but all over the world.
With his second victory of the month over Ishida, Yoshioka claimed to have him totally figured out. The Rookie Ranking tournament pairings will be decided by lottery, but if he gets Ishida it will be a sure win for him. Ishida told him he had nothing but some fluke pins. He lost today because of the damage Mochizuki did to his leg. Without that, he would have won. It had nothing to do with Yoshioka. Yoshioka borrowed a quote from Ishida’s partner. A flash pin is still a win. Yoshino had to concede. Flash pins are great. Roll up and don’t shut up. Ishida should just take the loss and learn from it. Ishida owned up to it. A loss is a loss, but the tournament was the bigger picture. He wasn’t just thinking about the first round. He was planning on winning the whole thing. Yoshioka is beneath him and the ranking at the end of the tournament will prove it because the #1 will be Kaito Ishida of MaxiMuM. Mochizuki agreed that a flash pins are great to have in your arsenal. He lost the Dream Gate to Yoshino via a flash pin. He wondered why Yoshioka used honorifics while addressing Yoshino, but not him. No big deal. He also agreed with what Ishida said. Yoshioka should be thinking beyond the first round. He should be going into this tournament planning to win it and prove he is better than Ishida. He won the match today but Ishida bested him on the microphone, so today is a draw. He praised Shun & Hyo for winning, and even though Minoura lost he’s growing. He doesn’t know what the tournament pairings will look like but he hopes to see them all as the final four. Yoshioka finished by promising to carry this momentum into 2019 and to win the rookie tournament.
After intermission, it was announced that on January 9th, a new weekly program called “Cutting Edge Battle Dragon Gate” would begin airing on the Kansai based MBS TV network. The 30 minute show will air every Wednesday night (Thursday morning) at 2:30 AM.
2018 was a huge year for Kzy, so it was fitting that he got the win in the final match. Even though they lost the Triangle Gate in Fukuoka, Natural Vibes had no plans on stopping. He already sees a new vision. Their unit became a force in 2018 and in 2019, so will Kzy.
A lot of things happened in 2018. The company structure changed and some birds left the nest. It was not seen as a desperate situation, but as a chance. For the fans to continue to come see them it just gives them more drive to keep going. He thinks this their strongest trait. Next year is the 20th anniversary. There will be a new weekly show on network TV. There are nothing but great things to look forward to in 2019. For the fans here and those watching on the network, check it. Thank you for coming this year and he hopes to see all their smiling faces again next year. See you in 2019!