October 8, 2018 – The Gate of Victory 2018

October 8, 2018
Kumamoto, Kumamotoshi Ryutsujohokaikan
The Gate of Victory 2018
Genki Horiguchi 20th Anniversary Homecoming
Attendance: 856

1. Ryo Saito⭕️, Don Fujii, Gamma (11:57 Pinfall) BxB Hulk, Kagetora, Super Shisa❌
2. Takashi Yoshida⭕️ (11:17 Thigh Hold style Boston Crab) Oji Shiiba❌
3. Naruki Doi, Jason Lee⭕️ (13:24 Kowloon Lock) Masaaki Mochizuki, Hyo Watanabe❌
4. Masato Yoshino, Dragon Kid⭕️ (13:39 Bible) YAMATO, Yosuke♡Santa Maria❌
5. Kzy, Genki Horiguchi⭕️, Susumu Yokosuka, “brother” YASSHI (17:15 Backslide from Heaven) PAC, Big R Shimizu, Ben-K, Yasushi Kanda❌

There was an anniversary ceremony for Horiguchi at the end.
He thanked the fans for taking the time out of their busy lives to come and celebrate with him. He still remembers the first time he went to a live wrestling show. It was SWS. The udon at the venue was delicious. Ultimo Dragon, the man who would become his teacher, was on that show. He played baseball in elementary school but he wasn’t good at. He decided he wanted to become a wrestler. He was only 53kg and his body was embarrassing. As the only child of a single mother, she was against her son becoming a wrestler. He never abandoned hope. 21 years ago, he graduated high school and went to Mexico. The last 20 years have flown by. He’s wrestled almost 150 matches every year and the top of his head looks like it does now. So much that he even got to do a collaboration with the iconic local bald character Pika Hagemaru. He was thankful to his mom for passing on the baldness gene. He was also thankful to Dragon Gate. He has spent more time with the staff and other wrestlers than he has his own family over the last 20 years. Finally, he was thankful for the fans who have come to see him wrestle. They’ve even come from all over the country today to celebrate with him. When natural disasters devastated the area in recent years, he was unable to help. He was inspired by the bravery of the people who have slowly but surely taken back their lives and restored the area to it’s former glory. He’s in his 40’s now and his body hurts every single day. He recently asked for a reduced schedule. He’s not sure how many more years he has left in him but he wants to do what he can to repay everyone. People that are stressed out at work or bullied at school can come see Dragon Gate and forget about their worries. If it helps them get through another day and gives them motivation he considers his job done. He thanked them for the last 20 years and hopes they would stay with him in year 21.

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