Fukuoka, Hakata Star Lanes
King of Gate 2018
1. Kzy⭕, Susumu Yokosuka, “brother” YASSHI (13:07 Running Elbow Smash) Don Fujii, K-ness., Shun Skywalker❌
2. Genki Horiguchi⭕ (7:01 Beach Break) Yuki Yoshioka❌
3. Ryo Saito⭕ (10:09 SaiRyo Rocket) Punch Tominaga❌
4. YAMATO⭕, BxB Hulk (12:14 Galleria) Naruki Doi, Jason Lee❌
5. Shingo Takagi, Eita⭕, Yasushi Kanda, Takashi Yoshida (14:50 Torture Superkick) Dragon Kid❌, Gamma, Problem Dragon, Kaito Ishida
6. Open the Twin Gate Championship Match: Big R Shimizu, Ben-K⭕ (21:24 Ben-K Bomb) Kagetora, Yosuke♡Santa Maria❌
7. Open the Dream Gate Championship Match: Masato Yoshino⭕ (22:11 Speed Star) Masaaki Mochizuki❌
The contract signing for the main event was held at the start of the show. Yoshino, as everyone here knew, won King of Gate 2018 yesterday. He had one more step to take. He was going to take the title from Mochizuki today. The 48 year old could then take a much needed rest, knowing the title was in good hands.
Mochizuki said it was a bit early to be saying things like that. He’s had three months to rest up while Yoshino has had nothing but tough matches. He has every advantage today, but he knows not to take Yoshino lightly.
Antias interrupted Gong Kids. A wrestling ring was no place for little kids. They gained the man advantage in the unit disbands match. That pretty much guarantees Over Generation was finished. As for Dragon Kid, the so-called Brave Gate champion. What kind of champion loses so easily? Talk about devaluing the championship. He was going to end this farce of a reign alongside Over Generation. DK said that he was letting this one win get to his head. He wasn’t going to get his hands on the title so easily. This title was a singles title. He had to do it on his own, without his friends. It also takes bravery. If Eita had the courage to come for it, he was welcome to try. He would defend both Over Generation and the Brave Gate. GM Yagi set the match for July 22nd, in Kobe World Hall.
Shimizu celebrated. He called out Doi for talking down to him yesterday. He defended the title today as he said he would. Doi congratulated him on the win. It was a great match. But …Ben was the one who got the pin. Shimizu said that as a veteran, Doi should know that if one member of the team gets the pin it means the team won. They continued this back and forth until Ben-K moderated. There were cameras from local Hakata TV here so they shouldn’t waste their time with this. They can continue in the dressing room. Doi agreed with Ben and asked the fans to cheer for Yoshino in the main event.
King of Gate one day, the Dream Gate the next. Winning would be unprecedented, but Masato Yoshino did it. Mochizuki is an incredible opponent. He doesn’t think he will be able to do what Mochizuki does when he turns 48. Was he even human? He has nothing but the utmost respect for him. Mochizuki said that he was probably a little more active than the average 48 years old, but Yoshino was the one who achieved an inhuman feat. He gets called an Iron Man. Maybe Yoshino should get that title now, too. No one thought he would beat Yoshino back in 2011 and they sure didn’t expect him to beat YAMATO last year. He will be 50 soon and there are probably a lot of people that think him becoming Dream Gate champion again would be bad for Dragon Gate. They are probably right but he doesn’t care. He will never stop coming for the title, even if he is 50 or 60 or any age. As long as he is alive he will be aiming for the top. He congratulated Yoshino on his 4th reign. The title was in good hands.
Yoshino was astonished at his plan to have matches like this when he is 60. Old people are crazy. Go hang out with Don Fujii and take it easy.
The last year and a half have been the longest of his life, but today he stands as champion. For the new fans and the old, he owed this all to them. Winning was just the beginning, he planned on defending it…..Shingo Takagi interrupted.
He can’t believe Yoshino pulled it off. He figured Mochizuki would win here. That poor old man. He got to kick back and rest during King of Gate and he loses to a fluke pin. Actually, YAMATO did too. In fact, Yoshino won all his matches that way. Except for one. When he faced Shingo Takagi he was beaten decisively in the middle of the ring. A champion that can only win via fluke? Once again it was up to Shingo Takagi to save this company from an impending crisis. He didn’t accept Yoshino as champion. Yoshino had two choices. Fight Takagi or hand him the title.
Yoshino wondered why Takagi knew the results of his matches so well. As always, Takagi was mostly full of it but he did get one thing right. He beat Yoshino during KOG. He wasn’t going to run from that. He accepted the challenge. GM Yagi set the match for July 22nd, in Kobe World Hall.
Takagi was pleased at the way things went down. Yoshino should get all his fancy fluke pins ready. It won’t matter. It was unacceptable to have a champion that was fresh off being told to retire by his doctor. He has until World to enjoy this little bit of glory. Then he will be finished off for good. This is what the fans wanted. They were waiting for Shingo Takagi to steer the ship. The huge Takagi chant that he heard was all the proof he needed. (The chant was entirely from Antias at ringside). Yoshino said maybe 1% of the 1500 fans here today were looking forward to it. Singles matches can be lonely, but he had the fans with him. Takagi was right. He had been told to retire by his doctor. The Dream Gate was proof that he was back, 100%.