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By Mike Johnson on 2010-07-25 03:03:22
Dragon Gate USA presented their first anniversary show, which also doubled as a PPV taping for "Enter the Dragon II" at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday 7/24.  The show was most likely the best all around live event the promotion as ever put together.  The show featured no bad matches, a phenomenal Bryan Danielson vs. Shingo main event, an excellent show stealer Four Way bout, a tremendous Elimination Tag bout and much more.  Complete details, written as the match was taping place:

The show opened with a video showing highlights of the last year and thanking the fans for their support

CIMA came to the ring and took the ring mic.  He welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming to the show.  He thanked everyone for their one year anniversary and asked the fans if they were ready for the DGUSA show.  As he psyched up the crowd, Johnny Gargano hit the ring.  He took the mic and told CIMA he knows he is looking for an American representative for Warriors International.  He said that he has someone in mind..and shock of shocks, it's Johnny Gargano.  He challenged CIMA for a match right now.  CIMA asked him if he was serious and what he was talking about.  Gargano slapped him in the face.  CIMA asked him if he wanted a fight, he would get one and asked them to ring the bell.


CIMA attacked Gargano and chopped away at him.  Gargano came back with an enziguiri, knocking CIMA through the ropes to the apron, then hit a kick off of the apron.  Gargano followed up with a dive out of the ring to the floor.  Gargano worked over CIMA on the floor, then tossed him back in.  He dropkicked CIMA for a two count and followed up with a neckbreaker.  CIMA came back with a double stomp, then began working over Gargano's legs, slamming his knees into the mat.  He worked Gargano into position for a bow and arrow.  CIMA began kicking Gargano in the chest.  He whipped Gargano into the corner.  Gargano failed to fight off CIMA and was drilled with a forearm that sent him out of the ring.  Gargano came back with a spear, then stomped CIMA in the face. 

Gargano used a series of kicks to the face.  He began grandstanding but CIMA came back.  Gargano caught him in a submission hold, then rolled him over for a two count.  Gargano used a sunset flip for another near fall.  The crowd began rallying CIMA.  Gargano went for a suplex but CIMA escaped and hit a backstabber.      CIMA came off the ropes with a nasty double stomp for a two count.  CIMA hit a top rope sunset flip for a two count.  CIMA nailed a double knee strike in the corner but Gargano came back with a kneelift to the face, running snake eyes into the center turnbuckle and a superkick for a two count.

Gargano chopped CIMA into the corner.  CIMA nails a superkick of his eye.  He and Gargano go back with a series of suplex counters until CIMA hits a Michinoku Driver for a two count.     CIMA ties Gargano to the tree of woe and nails a dropkick to his face.  He nails a Van Terminator dropkick from one corner to the other.  CIMA hits an Emerald Frosion, then nails a diving double knee strike off the top rope for the pin.

Your winner, CIMA!

CIMA offered Gargano his hand after the match but when Gargano went to take it, CIMA blew him off and walked out.


The first man to score the pinfall is the victor.  Cannon and Ricochet started, feeling each other out.  Ricochet takes Cannon out and goes for a dive but Taylor tags in.  He takes out Ricochet and Cole hits the ring.  Cole took him out and hit a nice tope suicida to the floor.  Richochet went for a dive but was caught with a Cannon clothesline.  There were a series of dives, culminating with Ricochet hit a twisting springboard dive out on everyone.  They did a Tower of Doom spot out of the corner.  Cannon dumped Taylor into the corner with a suplex.  Cole caught Taylor with a Northern Lights suplex with a bridge for a two count.  Crazy level of action here.

Cole and Cannon fired back and forth with chops.  Cannon killed him with a clothesline for a two count.  Taylor missed a big boot on Cannon but came back with another kick.  Ricochet caught him with a rana and standing moonsault press for a two count.  Ricochet hit a backslide driver on Cole then a twisting DDT on Cannon.  Cannon nailed Cole with Total Anarchy for a two count.  This is just an insane bout - the type that makes stars.  Fans began chanting, "This is awesome."

Ricochet went for a dive but was pulled out and hit with a back suplex onto the apron by Cole.  Taylor went for a plancha but missed.  Cole hit a flying bodypress on Cannon.  Cannon caught him with a backdrop suplex out of a guillotine choke for a two count.  Cole and Cannon battled in the corner.  Ricochet hit the ring but was caught by Cannon with a spinebuster.  Cole hit a Canadian Destroyer.  Ricochet went for the most insane twisting dive ever and missed.  Taylor hit a leaping piledriver and scored the pin.

Your winner, Chuck Taylor!

That was incredible.  CIMA was watching the match from behind where I was stationed and was popping huge.  That's the type of bout that takes guys from just being wrestlers on a roster to stars.

Fans chanted "Chucky T" and then, "That was awesome."  Unlike a lot of times where we hear the chant, it really was.


Younger is a substitute for the injured Dragon Kid.  Doi appeared to have his ribs taped and wore a t-shirt into the ring.  They went back and forth until Doi was tossed out of the ring.  Younger went for a senton to the floor but missed.  Younger was selling his knee coming back into the ring.  Doi went right after the knee, tying Younger's leg up in the ropes and nailing him with a running dropkick.   Doi locked in a one-legged crab but Younger made his way to the ropes.  Doi began nailing a series of shinbreakers, then snapped him with a belly to back suplex.

Younger tried to mount a comeback but was kicked with a basement dropkick.  Doi nailed a charge but Younger caught him and nailed a back suplex.  Younger tried to rally himself and nailed several flying forearm splashes.  Doi went for a waistlock but Younger used a series of elbows to escape.  Doi caught him with an elbow to take Younger back down.  Doi went for a an F5 but Younger escaped and drilled him with a lariat for a two count.  Doi tied up Younger in the ropes, then nailed a series of dropkicks and a senton off the ropes.

Doi went for the F5 but Younger rolled him up.  Younger avoided a sliding kick and hit a package bomb for a two count.  Younger went for a Gringokiller but Doi dropped down, slamming Younger down face-first into a Pedigree type move.  Doi followed that up with a cannonball in the corner.  He nailed the Doi-5 and then a series of slaps.  He drilled Younger with a charging dropkick and scored the pin.

Your winner, Naruki Doi!

Younger took the mic after.  He said that there a lot of fans out there that may know who he is, but tonight, he proved he can take the onslaught of offense that the best of DGUSA has to offer.  He told the stables that if they are looking for an American representative, he is offering his services.  Johnny Gargano attacked Younger and whipped him into the railing.  Younger came up busted open..


They lock up and Hulk backs up Mochizuki to the ropes.  Clean break.  They lock up again with Hulk pushed against the ropes.  This time, Mochizuki chops him across the chest.  Mochizuki kicks Hulk stiffly but Hulk comes back with a dropkick.   They go back and forth and it's a face-off.  Mochizuki takes down Hulk, who fires back.  They exchange stiff kicks with Hulk getting the worst of it.  Hulk tossed Mochizuki over the top to the floor and they battle on the floor.

Back in the ring, Hulk dropkicked Mochizuki in the knee, taking him down.  Hulk focuses on his knee and uses a stepover toehold to wear down Mochizuki,.  He continued to work on Mochizuki's leg, focusing on the ankle as well before a rope break forced him to release.  Hulk went right back after the leg, kicking at the hamstring.  He turned Mochizuki into a standing Sharpshooter but Mochizuki again got to the ropes.  He came back to drill Hulk with a kick to the chest.  He missed a charge, but came off the ropes to kick Hulk off the ropes, then hit a charging kick, sending Hulk to the floor.

Mochizuki followed Hulk to the floor.  Hulk went for a kick but Mochizuki ducked and Hulk kicked the ringpost.  Mochizuki nailed a shinbreaker on the apron.  He locked in a leglock.  Hulk tried to kick him off but was unsuccessful.  Hulk finally fights his way to the ropes.  Mochizuki goes for another shinbreaker but doesn't get it.  Instead, he hits a running kick to Hulk's shinbreaker.  Mochizuki locked in a figure four leglock in the middle.  Hulk fought to turn it but Mochizuki rolled through and Hulk was trapped again.  Hulk was almost pinned while in the move.

Hulk finally made his way to his feet and began kicking at Mochizuki.  Mochizuki kept challenging him to bring it on before delivering one of his own that sent Hulk upside down.  Mochizuki locked in an ankle lock in the center of the ring and scissored Hulk's leg.  Hulk made it to the ropes but was holding his leg.  His kicks had lost their spring when he went after Mochizuki.  Both men went for Yakuza Kicks and drilled the other in the head.  Hulk charged but was sent up and over to the apron.  He came back with a springboard missile dropkick.

Hulk nailed a standing moonsault off the top to the floor on Mochizuki.  Back in the ring, Hulk used a series of kicks to sweep Mochizuki's legs and hit a standing moonsault press for a two count.  He nailed an overhead kick and an uranage   They battled back and forth with kicks and strikes.  Mochizuki tied Hulk to the tree of woe.  He began drilling Hulk with kicks to the chest.  He went for a hesitation dropkick but faked out Hulk, who began pulling himself up.  He attacked Hulk, who crumpled into the corner. 

Mochizuki went for a back suplex but Hulk landed on his feet and killed Mochizuki.  He hit several fast offensive maneuvers until Mochizuki came with a series of stiff kicks.  Mochizuki hit a twisting suplex for a two count.  Hulk went to the top but Mochizuki leaped and caught him with a superplex.  He grabbed Hulk and placed him across the center turnbuckle.  He charged with a spinning kick to the gut.  Fans began rallying Hulk.

Mochizuki went for a back suplex but Hulk landed on his feet and caught him with an EVO.  Fans began chanting, "This is wrestling."  Hulk's kick was blocked.  They began going back and forth with stiff strikes.  Hulk caught Mochizuki with a stiff kick.  He placed Mochizuki on the top rope and came off the top with an EVO.  Mochizuki kicked up at two.  Hulk came back with a Phoenix Splash for a two count.  The timekeeper rang the bell.  Hulk caught Mochizuki with a cradle and scored the pin.

Your winner, BxB Hulk!

The timekeeper's screw up messed up the finish but it was an awesome match beyond that.

A woman in goth makeup and a white dress rolled into the ring.  Hulk looked confused and shocked.  Kamikaze USA attacked Hulk.  Jon Moxley said they took his hair in Japan and they took his dancing girl (she was Hulk's dancer Wrestlemania weekend), so now they are going to finish the job.  They began working over Hulk until Bryan Danielson came out.  Kamizake and Danielson faced off.  Moxley said that they know Danielson is a P*ssy, so they will wait until they can make some money off of beating him up.  They walked out.  Danielson took the title belt and presented it to Hulk, then walked out.  The Danielson segment of the angle was just for the live house and the DVD.


They went back and forth early.  Reed caught Swan with a belly to belly suplex for a two count.  Swan scored with a kick but was caught with a German suplex for a two count.  Swan drilled him with a twisting kick and a standing moonsault press, then a standing 450 splash for the pin. 

Your winner, Rich Swan!

Brodie Lee hit the ring and laid waste to everyone, including the referee and Nicole.   Lee took the mic and said he didn't care if it was a man, a woman or a child.  He said if something is in front of him, he's going to mow it over.  He said the next time he comes to DGUSA, he's aiming for a Japanese star.


Kamikaze USA attacked their opponents before the bell.  YAMATO and Quackenbush battled in the ring.   Everyone else battled outside the ring.  Moxley and YAMATO choked and worked over Quack.  It settled into a traditional tag.  Quack knocked YAMATO and Moxley out of the ring.  He hit a standing moonsault to the floor on Team Kamikaze.   Yoshino and Tozawa went nuts going back and forth.  Akuma and Hallowicked joined the fray.   Jigsaw and Hallowicked worked on Akuma.   Tozawa took out Hallowicked.  Moxley chokeslammed him for a two count.

YAMATO chopped away at Hallowicked and drilled him with a running forearm in the corner.  Kamikaze USA worked over Hallowicked in the corner.    Akuma went for a move off the top but Jigsaw turned it into a super rana.  He made the tag to Hallowicked who went back and forth with Tozawa.  Tozawa nailed a Saito suplex.  Kazimake USA laid waste to the CHIKARA team and all worked over Hallowicked, pinning him.

Hallowicked has been eliminated.

Jigsaw battled with Tozawa and Akuma.  He nailed a double stomp and then a suplex on Akuma.  Moxley broke up the pin.  Quack hit the scene and he and Jigsaw worked over Moxley with a doubleteam kick to the face.  CHIKARA tripleteamed Moxley with a series of kicks into the corner.  Yoshino hit an awesome missile dropkick off the top on YAMATO.   Jigsaw nailed a brainbuster on Moxley, scoring a two count.  Moxley came back with a cross face chickenwing into a suplex.  Jigsaw kicked out at one and came back with a kick but was cut off with a superkick.  Jigsaw kicked up at one.  Moxley grabbed a chair and slammed it over Jigsaw's head. 

Moxley was DQ'd and eliminated!

Jimmy Jacobs hit the ring and speared Moxley.  They brawled out.

YAMATO hit a brainbuster on Jigsaw and pinned him.

Jigsaw has been eliminated!

Tozawa and Yoshino went back and forth with fast paced spots.  Yoshino missed a missile dropkick. Tozawa missed a top rope headbutt.  Yoshino missed a senton and was caught with a German suplex.  Tozawa caught Yoshino with a kick but Quack broke up the pinfall.  Akuma hit the scene and drilled Quack with a tombstone into a reverse lungblower to the gut.  Akuma hit a 450 splash for a two count.   Quack whipped Akuma into YAMATO.  He wheelbarrowed Akuma into a sitdown powerbomb for a two count.

Akuma has been eliminated!

YAMATO and Yoshino went back and forth.  YAMATO missed his knockout kick.  Yoshino hit a sick looking head scissors for a two count.  Yoshino spear for a two count.  Tozawa broke up the pin.  All four battled in the ring.  Quack accidentally nailed his partner, Yoshino with a forearm.  YAMATO and Tozawa worked over Quack.  Quack grabs YAMATO in a crucifix and runs him into a slam position, then cradles him for a two count.  YAMATO came back with a choke sleeper and hit a back suplex on Quack.  Tozawa hit a bridging German for a two count but Yoshino broke it up.  Yoshino and YAMATO battled back and forth.

YAMATO kicked Yoshino low.  Quack returned the favor. The babyfaces locked in stereo submissions and both tapped.

Your winners, CHIKARA!

As you can imagine, this was extremely fast paced and I couldn't even hope to keep up with them move for move. 

After the match, Yoshino and Quack did quick mic work to push tomorrow's CHIKARA event.  Quack said that tonight wasn't a night off and tomorrow won't be, either.


Danielson came out to a "Dragon" chant and a standing ovation.  No theme music.  They slapped and shoved each other at the bell.  Shingo missed a chop in the corner but Danielson didn't miss a forearm.  They exchanged strikes.  Danielson went for the cattle mutilation early but Shingo grabbed the ropes and went to the floor.  When he returned, there was a test of strength.  Shingo and Danielson went back and forth with Shingo getting the better of the exchange.  Danielson escaped from an armbar and dropkicked Shingo.

Danielson rides Shingo to the mat after escaping a single leg takedown.  He ties up Shingo's arm.   They exchanged strikes and punches.  Danielson got the better of the exchange.  Danielson pulled Shingo to the middle of the ring and cinched in a bow and arrow.  He then pulled Shingo into a choke sleeper.  When Danielson released Shingo, Shingo grabbed at his knee.  Danielson began focusing his attack on Shingo's arm and mid-section.  Danielson nailed a butterfly suplex into a cross arm breaker.  Shingo made it to the ropes.  Danielson went for a suplex.  Shingo tried to reverse it but he was too hurt to get him over.  Danielson attacked but Shingo blocked it and muscled Danielson over for a suplex.

Shingo takes Danielson to the floor and whips him into the guard rail.  He works over Bryan with several tosses into the rail.  Back in the ring, Shingo steps on his chest and face.  He cinches in a rear chinlock.  Danielson forced his way back.  He battled back but Shingo punched Danielson down.  He choked Danielson with a boot across the throat.  Shingo suplexed Danielson, then hit a senton splash.  He scissored Danielson's body, working him over.  Fans began rallying Danielson, who rolled Shingo into a submission attempt.

When Shingo escaped, the two went nose to nose with forearms and chops.  Danielson was suplexed over but landed on his feet and hit as leg lariat.  Danielson worked over Shingo in the corner, then whipped him into the opposite corner.  Danielson went up and over on Shingo, then drilled him with a clothesline.  Danielson kicked Shingo off the apron and he flew into the first row.  Danielson hit a springboard dive off the top into the crowd.  He looked to have slipped but thankfully was OK.  Fans chanted, "Best in the world."

Danielson tossed Shingo back into the ring.  He came off with a missile dropkick in the face.  Shingo came back with a Northern lariat and a Saito Suplex.  He nails a second but Danielson kicks out.  Danielson kicks off a charge but is caught with a snap powerslam.  Shingo locks on an Anaconda Vice.  Danielson fought to get to the ropes and finally makes it, forcing a break.  Shingo began strangling Danielson and then chopped him across the back of the neck.  Danielson charged but was caught with an overhead belly to back suplex.

Danielson used a Backlund Bridge for a two count but Shingo came back with a Torture Device into a Death Valley Driver.  Danielson was able to land on his feet, then kick Shingo in the face.  Both men collapsed from exhaustion.  Danielson made his way back up first and began drilling Shingo with kicks to the face and hard chops to the face.  Shingo absorbed them and drilled Shingo with a forearm.  Danielson rebounded off the ropes but was caught with a Death Valley Driver.

Shingo mauled Danielson with a running clothesline in the corner.  Shingo sets up Danielson on the top rope and attempted a superplex.  Danielson slipped out the back door and tied Shingo upside down in the corner.  Danielson nailed a sliding kick into the corner, then went for a belly to back superplex and nailed it.  Danielson then began stomping Shingo's head in and locked in a triangle choke.  Shingo's arm dropped twice but he muscled up.  Danielson turned it into a crucifix for a two.  He began raining down elbows and went for another near fall.  Shingo muscled himself up and climbed the ropes, hitting a Death Valley Driver off the ropes;.  Danielson kicked up at the last minute.

Fans began dueling chants.  They began cracking heads with butts on their hands and knees,  They battle up to their knees and trade strikes.  They make their way to their feet.  Shingo went for Made in Japan but Danielson fought it off.  He finally caught it but Danielson kicked out.    Shingo murdered Danielson with a lariat for a two count.  Fans began chanting, "This is awesome."  He went for Made in Japan but Danielson caught him with a small package for a two count,  Danielson locked in a cattle mutilation, then nailed a Tiger Suplex.  Shingo kicked out at two.

Danielson began raining down elbow after elbow.  After ten, he went for cattle mutilation but Shingo rolled through for a two count.  Danielson caught Shingo with a forearm and a back suplex for a two.  Danielson locked in a triangle choke.  Shingo muscled him over but Danielson nailed elbow strikes.  Danielson locked in a Crossface until Shingo finally tapped.

Your winner, Bryan Danielson!

Fans began immediately chanting, "Match of the Year!"

YAMAYO came out and went face to face with Danielson.  Shingo looked to attack from behind but BxB Hulk made the save.  Jon Moxley dragged Kamikaze USA off.  Fans chanted for Danielson to give a speech, so he took the mic.  Danielson said that he hears Hulk is looking for an American representative for World-1 and offers himself to them.  He then thanked "the best wrestling fans in the world, the fans in Philadelphia."  He said that wanted to thank everyone for making the PPV so great and said it felt like something was missing.  Fans chanted for Final Countdown, so Danielson called for the song.  Everyone had some fun to end the show.

Notes: The promotion held three pre-show matches for VIP ringside ticketholders...Lenny Leonard and Chikarason did commentary for the PPV and DVD release...The promotion will debut on 10/30 at the Rahway, New Jersey Rec Center....The four way wasn't originally planned as a PPV bout but was so incredible, it will now be included on the PPV.

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