January 12, 2019
Kyoto, KBS Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2019
0. Kaito Ishida⭕️, Misterioso (6:08 German Suplex Hold) Problem Dragon, Shachihoko Boy❌
1. Eita⭕️ (3:24 Imperial Uno) Susumu Yokosuka❌
2. Rookie Ranking Tournament 1st Round A: Shun Skywalker⭕️ (8:22 Ashla) Dragon Dia❌
3. Rookie Ranking Tournament 1st Round B: Yuki Yoshioka⭕️ (11:48 Frog Splash) Hyo Watanabe❌
4. Rookie Ranking Tournament 1st Round C: U-T⭕️ (4:19 Bienllave) Kota Minoura❌
5. Big R Shimizu, Ben-K⭕️, Takashi Yoshida (9:35 Spear) Ryo Saito, Don Fujii, Gamma❌
6. K-ness., Kagetora⭕️ (9:05 Kagenui) Masaaki Mochizuki, Jason Lee❌
7. YAMATO, KAI⭕️ (12:39 Meteo Impact) PAC, Yasushi Kanda❌
8. Kzy⭕️, Genki Horiguchi, “brother” YASSHI (14:29 Running Elbow Smash) Masato Yoshino❌, Naruki Doi, Dragon Kid
The drawings for the Rookie Ranking tournament pairings was held at the top of the show. Ishida received the 1st round bye, while Dia vs. Skywalker, Watanabe vs. Yoshioka, and U-T vs. Minoura were set as 1st round matches.
Dia wanted to prove he had changed from last year and would do so by winning today.
Skywalker said that to reach the top of Dragon Gate, he had no other option besides winning the entire tournament. He would prove to everyone he has what it takes.
Watanabe & Yoshioka are contemporaries. Watanabe wanted to finally get one step ahead of him by winning today.
Yoshioka looked forward to beating his Mochizuki Dojo classmate fair and square.
Minoura was going to treat every match like it was a huge one and was aiming to win them all.
U-T proclaimed that he was on a totally different level than the others, so him winning was the safe bet. To get to the top, winning was the only option.
Yoshioka & Skywalker had a confrontation after their semi final pairing was set. Yoshioka was going to finally beat him and establish himself as the top student in Mochizuki Dojo. Then he would go on to win the whole tournament on the 16th. His goals resonated with Skywalker. He saw the same results in his own future. He was looking forward to their match tomorrow. Yoshioka was going to make all of the recent accomplishments Skywalker has made for naught tomorrow and hoped he would bring his best. They shook hands.
Things weren’t so sportsmanlike when it came to U-T & Ishida. U-T put over Minoura for showing what he was made of, but there was just no way he was going to beat U-T in this spot. As for the kick boy, tomorrow in Osaka one of his kicks would be turned into a llave for the tap out. Ishida said he talked a lot of shit for someone who can only do bullshit submissions. Back in Tokyo, he said he hates how Ishida talks in provocative Kansai dialect. Will he have the balls to say he hates Kansai dialect in front of the Osaka people? Of course not. His words were bullshit too. U-T told him the only Kansaiben words Ishida would be saying tomorrow are “I give up”. A brawl broke out between the two.
YAMATO talked about the recent woes in Tribe Vanguard. Maria & Hulk are hurt, Flamita went home to Mexico. Right now, they only have three members. There isn’t much they can do in their current state. To start the 20th anniversary year in such a state is troubling. Is there anyone out there willing to lend a hand to these lost lambs? The crowd began to chant for KAI. YAMATO also appealed to him. KAI quickly agreed to assist them. KAI had previously said he was hoping to make a bigger impact in Dragon Gate this year so he was happy to have some friends. KAI & YAMATO as a team has a bit of a nostalgic feel. (Referring to KAI and his previous team with Hiroshi Yamato). He admitted that one of his reasons for joining was so he could be on the same team as Maria. She pulled a lot of her usual stunts in him back when he first started in DG. Being on the same side means he doesn’t have to deal with that. YAMATO told him that was not necessarily the case, but he would advise Maria on the matter. He hadn’t really planned on asking KAI to join, just help them out. He figured the answer would be yes, so he prepared a thank you gift. He presented KAI with a full set of his Almighty Curry, Pasta Sauce, and Beef Stew. With KAI now I’m the fold and Hulk working towards his comeback, Tribe Vanguard was going to keep going full speed ahead in 2019.
Natural Vibes came together last May here in Kyoto. Even though they are no longer Triangle Gate champions, he feels they have made their mark as a unit. He was the winner in the last match of 2018 and now again here in the first main event of 2019. A win over former Dream Gate champion Masato Yoshino that came not from a flash pin, but from the point of his elbow. He sees a vision for this year and he plans on making it a reality. He was going to become the face of this place. Speaking as the leader of Natural Vibes and for himself, the fans here and Kyoto and the fans watching on the Dragon Gate Network should expect big things from Kzy in 2019. The scenery is changing and he was going to be the one showing it to us.