January 16th, 2019 Open the New Year Gate 2019

January 16th, 2019
Tokyo, Korakuen Hall
Open the New Year Gate 2019
Attendance: 1615

1. Ryo Saito, Super Shisa⭕️, “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa, Shachihoko Boy, Hiroshi Yamato (6:47 Yoshitanic) Gamma, K-ness., “brother” YASSHI❌, Problem Dragon, Misterioso
2. Rookie Ranking Tournament 3rd Place Decision Match: Yuki Yoshioka⭕️ (11:47 Inside Cradle) U-T❌
3. Eita⭕️, Takashi Yoshida, Yasushi Kanda (7:21 Imperial Uno) Don Fujii❌, Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura
4. PAC, Big R Shimizu⭕️, Ben-K, KAZMA SAKAMOTO (16:19 Shot-put Slam) Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Dragon Kid, Jason Lee❌
5. Rookie Ranking Tournament Finals: Shun Skywalker⭕️ (18:59 Skywalker Moonsault) Kaito Ishida❌
6. Kzy⭕️, Susumu Yokosuka, Genki Horiguchi (12:59 Kzy Time) YAMATO❌, Kagetora, KAI
7. ☆Dragon Gate 20th Anniversary Commemoration Special Match Vol.1☆
★Masaaki Mochizuki 25th Anniversary Commemoration Special Singles Match★
Shuji Kondo⭕️ (16:22 King Kong Lariat) Masaaki Mochizuki❌

The non-R・E・D members of the roster gathered in the ring for an opening greeting delivered by Kzy. He wished everyone a Happy New Year and said that the company and the wrestlers have come this far thanks to the fan support. They will work hard to entertain them in 2019 and hopes they will continue to come to shows and have a good time.

Backstage, U-T expressed regret over finishing in 4th place in a tournament that started from his strife with Shun. It was hard to swallow, but this wasn’t the end of him. 2019 has only just begun.

After Eita destroyed the Brave Gate title belt back at Final Gate, Dragon Kid had it sent for repair. He unveiled the newly restored belt, complete with white strap. He hopes the color change will also bring about a change in feeling towards the title. He was looking forward to wearing it for many exciting title defenses.

During the match, Shimizu accidentally hit Ben on two occassions which caused some tension between the Twin Gate champions. Even though his mistakes didn’t cost R・E・D the match like it did in Osaka, his partners left him to celebrate by himself.

Kid was quick to point out the uneasiness in R・E・D, but then proceeded to put MaxiMuM on blast for being winless in 2019. Yoshino, the former Dream Gate champion himself, lost on opening day. Wins and losses are a part of wrestling so just once isn’t a big deal. But then on Sunday, DoiDoi & Jason both lost. Now again today. What is going on with everyone? He’s not mad at anyone, but because he loves MaxiMuM so much he feels that it is his responsibility as leader to say something. Doi, Yoshino, & Jason quickly left the ringside area while Kid backtracked from the comment. He was just hoping to engage in some back and forth. He understands his mistake. Ishida wasn’t here to warn him like the other day and he got carried away. He asked the editing team to cut this entire segment from the tape and for everyone watching the live to show to forget it every happened.

Shun offered Ishida a handshake, but he kicked his hand away. Shun went into the tournament convinced that he absolutely had to win. For his own sake and for the future of Dragon Gate. He’s happy to know that this tournament comprised of his him and his peers has drawn so much attention. He isn’t satisfied, though. They have another peer out there. Someone who has blown so far past them that they aren’t even considered to be in his league. He has to beat that peer. He called out Ben-K. They’ve been playing catch up to him this whole time. No more. He wanted him 1 on 1 next month in Korakuen Hall. Ben gave no response, since he doesn’t talk. Shun gave him two options. If he accepted his challenge, he could simply stay quiet and walk away. If he was refusing, he wanted him to take the microphone and say “No”. Ben took the microphone, but quickly dropped it without saying a word. The match was set for the February Korakuen.

Backstage, Ishida admitted that he never expected to lose and 2nd place is just the first loser. He tried to remain upbeat. This tournament proved valuable in many ways and he will use this experience to get back on a track to the top.

With the win over YAMATO, Kzy now has wins over all of the active current generation leaders. Last year, he got as far as challenging for the Dream Gate but it wasn’t enough. In the year that has past since then he has made his presence felt and he is now confident enough to challenge again. Mr. PAC. Please come to the ring right now. PAC came out. Kzy told him that wants to fight him and challenge him. He will be the next Dream Gate challenger. PAC was surprised by the guy he just knew as m.c.KZ. Does he have any idea who he is? His name is PAC and he is a very dangerous man. Challenge accepted. Kzy was looking forward to proving that he was very different from the m.c.KZ that PAC remembers. He asked GM Yagi to set the date.

Yagi set the match for February 10th in Hakata Star Lanes for two reasons. First, Fukuoka was deprived of a Dream Gate title match at Final Gate. Second, Hakata Star Lanes will be closing for renovation at the end of March, making this the final Dragon Gate show to be held in the famous building. He wants to make sure the last match is one that fits the occassion. He hopes the two can deliver.

Kzy was promising to win when Doi’s music interrupted. Doi, Yoshino, & Jason came to the ring. Doi took offense with Kzy using his & Yoshino’s name to get his title match. Yoshino was busy next month in Korakuen, but Doi didn’t have anything scheduled yet. He wasn’t just going to sit back and let Kzy get away with this. YAMATO jumped in. Doi should mind his business. YAMATO was planning on challenging Kzy for next month. Doi can get to the back of the line. They argued back and forth. Doi said since he lost to Kzy first he should get the first match. Kzy told them if they were so upset about losing to him, he would be more than happy to give them another taste. He was all about doing things loudly, though. If they both wanted a match, why not make it a 3 way? All sides agreed, so Kzy vs. Doi vs. YAMATO was set for February.

At this point, it was pointed out that Yoshino was standing around with his ring gear in his hand. Why?

He explained. After intermission, the second match into the Dragon Gate 20th Anniversary Celebration Series was announced. It will be Toryumon Japan vs. T2P. Don Fujii, Genki Horiguchi, Susumu Yokosuka, & Ryo Saito will represent the Japan side, while Yoshino, “brother” YASSHI, Shachihoko Boy, and special guest Toru Owashi will represent T2P. If he was going to represent T2P, it shouldn’t be as Masato Yoshino. Back then, he was someone entirely. The crowd chanted “YOSSINO”. Yes. If hw was going to represent T2P it would have to be as YOSSINO, complete with Tarzan style ring gear.
He asked YASSHI what he planned to do. If YOSSINO was coming back, then “brother” YASSINI would make the trip back from Genoa.
Shachihoko Boy was next. After some deliberation he decided he would compete as Shachihoko Machine……#2! Adding in Owashi making his first appearance in a DG ring in 14 years, it would complete the 7th graduating Toryumon class reunion. Except for one. Mr. Yagi. He was also a part of that class. After careful examination of his stomach it was determined that he was absolutely in no condition to compete. But there would be no one better to officiate the match. He happily accepted and reconfirmed the match details.

Toryumon Japan vs. T2P
Don Fujii, Genki Horiguchi, Susumu Yokosuka, & Ryo Saito vs. YOSSINO, “brother” YASSINI, Shachihoko Machine #2, & Toru Owashi

Yoshino had one more bit of news. Starting February 1st, Jason Lee will officially become a full time member of the Dragon Gate roster.

Kondo had a lot to say. Maybe too much to simply convey with words. He had one thing to say to Dragon Gate. For someone they fired, they sure have made him a lot of offers to come back! Jokes. Over time, many things happen, people come and go. One thing in all of this is a fact. Shuji Kondo got his start here and is a product of this organization. The wayward son has come home. He hoped that the fans would welcome him back. Even though they are old men now, he thanked Mochizuki for making this happen.

Mochizuki reminded him that while he was fired from Dragon Gate 14 years ago, 6 months before that it was Kondo that fired Mochizuki from Aaganiisou! But that was a long time ago. Kondo was young. The company itself was new. There were a lot of imcompatible parts. It took 14 years for it to happen, but it finally has. He thanked Kondo for finally coming home.

They exchanged pleasantries for awhile. Kondo brought up that next month, the secret weapon of Aaganiisou, Toru Owashi, would also be making his first appearance back in DG. Anyone that remembers Owashi from back then should prepare themselves because he is a totally different person now. Seriously. Entirely different. Kondo congratulated Mochizuki on his 25th and Dragon Gate on their 20th anniversaries. He would be satsified if it was just a one time homecoming for him, but if the stars align again then maybe this isn’t the last we see of Shuji Kondo in Dragon Gate.

25 years ago, Mochizuki came to Korakuen Hall to do a karate fighter vs. pro wrestler match. He was totally untrained in anything but karate. These 25 years have gone by very fast. He owes a lot to the fans. Pro wrestling isn’t just about the fight. The fans have to want to come see you fight. It’s been their voices and their support that has helped him go from untrained karate fighter to the wrestler that stands before them now. He noted that he has had special matches for his 10th, 15th, 20th, and now 25th anniversary. He lost all of them. Nevertheless, he is still a 3 time Dream Gate champion. At his current age, it seems impossible. But he also thought he was too old at his 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries. He’s not sure how far he can push on, but as long as he feels there is even the smallest of chances and he believes in himself, he will keep aiming for it. He hopes he will keep hearing the voices and support from the fans. He pointed out that he has actually been wrestling for 5 years longer than Dragon Gate has existed. The company was still young. The rookies put on a great show earlier. He hopes the fans will provide them with the same support they gave him as his career advanced. He promised them an entertaining year and hoped they would come along for the ride.

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