Hyogo, Kobe World Kinen Hall
Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival 2018
0. Yuki Yoshioka⭕ (5:01 Boston Crab) Kota Minoura❌
1. U-T, Kaito Ishida, Shun Skywalker⭕, Hyo Watanabe, Yuki Yoshioka (6:35 Skywalker Moonsault) Gamma, K-ness., “brother” YASSHI, Problem Dragon, Shachihoko Boy❌
2. Ryo Saito (10:17 Schoolboy) “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa
3. Open the Triangle Gate Championship Match: Kzy⭕, Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi (15:09 Skayde Schoolboy) Yasushi Kanda❌, Takashi Yoshida, Masato Tanaka
4. Open the Brave Gate Championship Match: Eita⭕ (17:36 Salamander) Dragon Kid❌
☆Dragon Kid fails in his 2nd Defense, Eita becomes the 35th champion
5. International 6 Man Tag Team Match: Kagetora, Yosuke♡Santa Maria, Flamita⭕ (15:56 Phoenix Splash) Naruki Doi, Jason Lee, Bandido❌
6. Masaaki Mochizuki, Tatsumi Fujinami⭕, Hiro Saito (14:35 Dragon Sleeper) Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Don Fujii, Punch Tominaga❌
7. Open the Twin Gate Championship Match: YAMATO⭕, BxB Hulk (28:15 Ragnarok) Big R Shimizu❌, Ben-K
☆Big Ben Gail in their 2nd defense, Tribe Vanguard become the 43rd champion team
8. Open the Dream Gate Championship Match: Masato Yoshino⭕ (27:04 Sol Naciente Kai) Shingo Takagi❌
Shun reaffirmed that he & Mochizuki were going to the All Japan Jr. Tag League with the intention of winning the whole thing. It was just one step for him as he Skywalks to the top of Dragon Gate.
Gargantuan mixed martial arts fighter Choi Hong Man was seated at ringside and had an altercation with Ichikawa & Saito during their match. Ichikawa challenged him to get in the ring, with Saito joining in. They were quickly manhandled on the outside prompting an apology from Saito and the match resumed as normal.
After beating him, Eita ripped off DK’s mask to a chorus of boos. He took his unit, his belt, and how his mask. He has nothing left. If they meet again he will end his career once and for all.
DK accepted defeat but vowed to pay him back for taking his mask.
Shimizu was broken up over the loss, but he still called Doi into the ring. Doi told Shimizu if he was just going to blame the loss on him he should just keep it to himself. Shimizu was contrite. He got full of himself and he’s been incredibly rude to Doi in recent months. Losing today has given him perspective. He still has a lot to learn and at his current level he holds Doi back. He’s sorry and hopes Doi will forgive him. Doi said he was in no position to refuse a sincere apology. He praised Shimizu for how much he has improved since joining MaxiMuM and for fighting an amazing match today. He proposed that they team up and bring the belts back to MaxiMuM.
YAMATO wasn’t impressed by this scene. Kobe World, the most sacred of places, playing host to this stupidity. He had confirmed that Doi was serious about teaming with Shimizu and not Ben. Doi admitted that Ben was a better choice, but for now he would go with Shimizu and see what happens. He couldn’t back out now.
YAMATO figured his chances for victory were hovering around 100% so the challenge was accepted.
Backstage, Ben-K was down about losing, but since Shimizu moved on quickly he was also going to start looking forward to a new challenge.
Takagi made a rare display of sportsmanship when he offered to put the title around Yoshino’s waist after the main event. As is his true character, he quickly attacked him with the title belt. This was all a joke. He didn’t give up. He should get an immediate rematch. Today was just another in a long line of fluke wins by a paper champion. Whatever. The battle was lost but the war was far from over. He is on a mission. The most important mission. To bring the Takagi Doctrine to reality. Whatever the company was calling itself, in August and beyond, the center of Dragon Gate would be Antias & Shingo Takagi.
Yoshino was left to close out the show. He ran down Takagi for his total lack of decency. At the beginning of 2017, he suffered a broken back and a cervical hernia. He didn’t think he would get to stand in ring at Kobe World in the main event ever again. With the support of the fans, he has finally overcome the injury and stands in the Kobe World ring as Dream Gate champion.
With the internal changes earlier this year, the wrestlers and staff have begun to see things in a different way. Kzy & the younger generation have added their own unique flavor to the promotion. The rookies in the opening match today all have the potential to be the ones standing here giving this type of speech in 5-10 years. His generation still had a lot to give, as well.
He brought up Jason Lee, who is from Hong Kong. Next week, MaxiMuM and other DGE wrestlers will go to his hometown to compete. On October 22nd & 23rd, Dragon Gate Entertainment will hold live events of their own in Hong Kong. Next spring they plan on securing a venue to run regular events. He hinted that these shows would be streamed on the Dragon Gate Network for fans in Japan to watch.
Next year is 2019. Toryumon Japan began in 1999, making next year the 20th anniversary year. It’s an important milestone so there are plans to make next year in Kobe World bigger than ever. Thank you for coming today and see you again next year.