Archive for the ‘2010’ Category

1. Chikara Sekigun (Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw) vs. Kamikaze USA (Akira Tozawa & Gran Akuma)

If you follow Chikara you can relate to this match very much. Tozawa was very fun and clicked well with the Chikara guys in the opener.
Grade: B-

 

Segment: After the match the rest of Kamikaze (Shingo & YAMATO) deliver a beating to Sekigun and the latter group declares war.

 

2. FIP World Championship
Jon Moxley (c) vs. Phil Atlas

Moxley is currently Dean Ambrose in WWE. At this time period he was dominating the independent scene all over the east coast. Unfortunately he was less than impressive here with a not so hot offense and it felt like he was uninspired this night. Nothing bad to say about Atlas other than he just didn’t cut it for a title match.
Grade: C

 

3. CIMA vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Jimmy left ROH and made a home in DGUSA which was phenomenal to see him showcase his talents to a more international level. Pretty good match he had with the ultimate dragon CIMA.
Grade: B-

 

4. Naruki Doi vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

Mochi & Doi wrestle for the millionth time and the for the millionth time both delivered a high quality match up. One fun segment happened before the match and it was Johnny Gargano trying to pledge for a stable and offered gifts to both competitors such as Disney VHS’s to plush toys.
Grade: B

 

5. Maximum Pro Wrestling Showcase
Tyson Dux & Bolen vs. Xtremo & Brad Martin

MPW is a promotion based off Ontario, Canada which is owned by former TNA manager & agent, Scott D’Amore. Everyone was impressive but the MVP goes to Tyson Dux, he’s very talented and it’s a shame that no bigger company will add him to their ranks cause this guys is legit.
Grade: B-

 

6. 2 out of 3 Falls
Dragon Kid vs. Masato Yoshino

Kid & Yoshino wrestle for the millionth time as well. Over the years, professional wrestling has evolved and has become more fast paced and dynamic. These two exemplify this theory with their innovative offense and unmatchable speed. Their match was pure magic.
Grade: B+

 

7. World-1 (BxB Hulk & PAC) vs. Kamikaze USA (Shingo Takagi & YAMATO)

Uber Faces + Uber Heels = Uber Clash. Shingo & Hulk are heated rivals and always deliver when they’re on opposing sides. No need for explanations here. Match of the Night.
Grade: A-

 

Bonus Disc:

1. FIP World Championship
Bryan Danielson (c) vs. Matt Sydal – February 17, 2006

Fun match but with really basic arsenals. Felt like a Saturday Night Main Event match.
Grade: B-

 

2. Dragon Kid & King Shisa vs. Susumu Yokosuka & Kenichiro Arai – July 10, 2006

A lot of potential but one performer dragged the whole thing to what could have been a spectacular match.
Grade: B-

 

3. Naruki Doi & Naoki Tanisaki vs. Masato Yoshino & BxB Hulk – August 23, 2009

World-1 Collides in the Summer Tag League. There’s a reason why they’re called World’s Number 1.
Grade: B+

 

4. Masato Yoshino & BxB Hulk vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Katsuhiko Nakajim – August 26, 2009

It was quite slow at the beginning but it picked off real nice to everyone’s enjoyment.
Grade: B-

 

Final Thoughts:

Overall I can say for a fact that this is one of the more overlooked shows in Dragon Gate USA history. Very solid show from top to bottom that’s very easy to sit through and be enjoyed by all wrestling fans. The bonus content is a definitely a treat and it’s quite nice having these early show 2-disc sets. I definitely recommend this to everyone in general who wants high quality professional wrestling with international flavor.

Verdict: 8.75/10

You can get this DVD and many more at Dragon Gate USA Store. All Evolve & Dragon USA shows are also available On-Demand  at WWNLIVE.

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1. Drake Younger vs. Silas Young

This was a pretty exciting opener where you get to see more of Silas Young  doing his shit.
Grade: C

 

2. Rich Swann vs. AR Fox vs. Tony Nese vs. Scott Reed

This was a lot more acceptable than the 6-man scramble from the last show. At least you can see better focus on four individuals than six. AR FOX was extremely impressive here and has since made a career in EVOLVE so this obviously won’t be the last time we here about him in upcoming reviews.
Grade: B-

 

3. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Bobby Fish

This was fantastic. Fish has been on a huge role with great matches in EVOLVE and O’Reilly has been making a name for himself instead of being looked as a Mini-Me Davey Richards. This one delivered and solidified what EVOLVE is all about.
Grade: B-

 

4. Up In Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy) vs. Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos)

This is SSB’s EVOLVE debut with old Chikara rivals in Cheech & Cloudy. It always get’s to me that when Stupefied has the mask on, he’s Player Dos lol. Anyway, this was a very solid tag team match that can be appreciated by all with ease. SSB were on the start of a quiet run in small promotions before being heard from again in other big indie promotions.
Grade: B-

 

5. Relaxed Rules Match
Homicide vs. Jon Moxley

This is the kind of match that you would enjoy on a short and sweet term but this went way too long to even leave a bit of desire. Honestly no feud can come from this as they just did everything you could expect from a blow-off match.
Grade: C

 

Segment: Larry Dallas, who’s taking taking the role of hot shot manager is recruiting clients for his portfolio and first in line is Chuck Taylor. He’s accompanied by Playboy Playmate & current girlfriend of Matt Hardy, Reby Sky. Taylor addresses the crowd with a promo and says that his stock will rise as he defeats the debuting Austin Aries.

 

6. Adam Cole vs. Ricochet

This was pretty slow considering how very talented these two are which is a shame. But this was still a good match that picked off quite well at the end.
Grade: C+

 

7. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Johnny Gargano

Gargano’s stock definitely rose for me here as he had the heart of a champion who’s desire is to get that W even if he has to cripple his body to do so. Very good stuff here.
Grade: B

 

Segment: Following suit, Larry Dallas comes out and announces Gargano as his second acquisition.  Jimmy Jacobs gives a piece of mind to Dallas and shows his true allegiance in EVOLVE. Jimmy going solo is quite intriguing considering his history as a groupie.

 

8. Austin Aries vs. Chuck Taylor

The free agent, Austin Aries debuts in EVOLVE and gets one of it’s top talent in Chucky T. Whoever has doubted Chuck Taylor’s ability to perform should check this match out ASAP. This had good psychology as Aries heavily underestimated Taylor and you can see how passionate Taylor is to get his respect. However, this wasn’t as keen to the past main events and there were bits that simply were not needed which can be suggest that it could have been shorter and possibly be a whole lot better cosmetically.
Grade: B

 

Bonus Footage:

Munenori Sawa: Lost in NYC – A bizarre and funny segment where Sawa is all over the Big Apple and gets jumped by some of the creatures from Kaiju Big Battle, a unique wrestling promotion where it’s emphasis is given on monster characterization where there are influences from notorious fictional monsters such as Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Loch-Ness Monster, etc.

 

Final Thoughts:

This was a good show that’s easy to sit through by all standards. EVOLVE so far I can say it’s a successful concept in pro wrestling that you get a lot of bang for your buck, if you know what I mean. There is definitely an evolution in the sport of professional wrestling and you get to see a new breed of wrestlers that’ll headline the indies from years to come such as Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet and more. You get a good mix of wrestling styles in one $15 package. I recommend this show along with the other five shows.

Verdict: 7.25/10

You can get this DVD and many more at Dragon Gate USA Store. All Evolve & Dragon USA shows are also available On-Demand  at WWNLIVE.

1. Mike Quackenbush vs. Chuck Taylor

Interesting choice for an opener if I would say. If you’re a Chikara follower for the past 5 years or so, you’ve seen this match happen dozens of times and it wouldn’t impress you one bit. However if you’re not then you’ll see something special.
Grade: C

 

2. Up In Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy) vs. Aeroform (Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick)

I love these two teams in Evolve and I heavily appreciate their work as a daredevils but they need to diverse their arsenal more because they’re just becoming as predictable as Cena and I don’t say it because of my own opinion but they’re doing their shows in the same place so eventually the crowd will get sick of seeing this spot fest.
Grade: C+

 

3. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Adam Cole

Jacobs has been pushed as one of the top guys in EVOLVE  so whoever faces against him is definitely for a rub. You can clearly tell how much promise and potential Adam Cole has and you’ll become aware of it even more for the next couple of years. Really good chemistry here that left a good taste in everyone’s mouths.
Grade: B-

 

4. Drake Younger vs. Sami Callihan

A CZW showcase is in effect in this match as these two guys are one of the top guys of the Philly based promotion. This was good but there was some sort of laziness on Younger’s part that didn’t have the match escalate little more.
Grade: C+

 

5. Brad Allen vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Frightmare vs. Jon Moxley vs. Gran Akuma vs. Rich Swann

This was OK but there was too much of a mess to even stay put to one encounter alone. Perhaps it could have been better 3 singles matches or a trios match or any combination of the above. Good showcasing nonetheless.
Grade: C

 

Segment: Johnny Gargano was being interviewed by Lenny Leonard and Homicide makes his way to the ring, making his EVOLVE debut. The Notorious 187 told Gargano to hit the bricks, to which he complied, and addressed the crowd. Jon Moxley welcomes him and both have a bit of a chit chat but nothing physical comes though.

 

6. WSU Championship
Mercedes Martinez (c) vs. Amazing Kong

This was a hell of a match up on paper that could have made an impact towards women’s wrestling but it’s booking was utterly horrible.
Grade: F+

 

7. Kyle O’Reilly vs. Ricochet

This was very solid and impressive by both performers. Ricochet delivered a lot more on the ground than what you’re accustomed to which automatically makes this match intriguing. O’Reilly was strong here and at this time is where he was getting on peoples good graces on ROH as well so you see his breakout beginning.
Grade: B-

 

8. Bryan Danielson vs. Munenori Sawa

This was a hard hitting strike fest right off the bat. You could see how well these two understand each other and try out wrestling the other without taking a short cut. Definitely another kick ass Danielson match but more importantly, another great main event for EVOLVE that closed the show with a bang.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

This was a successful event where I must say that EVOLVE is a stand alone product in the pro wrestling world. This fell a bit short to the previous event but is no way a bad one and I personally recommend this show along with the other four.

Verdict: 7.5/10

You can get this DVD and many more at Dragon Gate USA Store. All Evolve & Dragon USA shows are also available On-Demand  at WWNLIVE.

 

1. Brodie Lee vs. Jon Moxley

It was good match for the most part and it felt like one of those late 80’s matches with Rick Rude vs. Jake Roberts, no clear winner.
Grade: C

 

2. Chris Dickinson vs. Drake Younger vs. Ricochet vs. Rich Swann

This went pretty well. All four had their moment of glory and didn’t lose their place in the match. Dickinson however was a bit off but nothing too seriously that can take away from the match.
Grade: C+

 

3. WSU Championship
Mercedes Martinez vs. Tina San Antonio

Murder!
Grader: DUD

 

4. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano

These two are part of the new breed of stars that are currently taking the indie scene by storm. They sure wanted the W so bad and played that element pretty well.
Grade: B-

 

5. Chikara Sekigun (Jigsaw & Hallowicked) vs. Aeroform (Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick)

This was sort of a let down with Aeroform not looking so form here with the Chikara veterans.
Grade: C-

 

6. Arik Cannon vs. Sami Callihan

Sami Callihan has been getting rave reviews at the time to become the King of the Indies. Arik Cannon has been just around every Indie promotion you can think of and is very respected in this field. Both made sure they got to know each other and let it all out in the ring.
Grade: B-

 

7. The Osirian Portal (Amasis & Ophidian) vs. Up In Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy)

Decent tag team match were you a bit of everything like chain wrestling, spots, comedy.
Grade: C+

 

8. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Chuck Taylor

These two are not strangers to each other as they have had battles in IWA Mid-South. With that being said, they knew how to get things going and let it all come out natural. These two are on the top of the ladder when it comes to being profiled in Evolve so automatically it was exciting to begin with. Chucky has been seriously pushed and the crowd fed him more to chew on.
Grade: B

 

9. Bryan Danielson vs. Bobby Fish

Danielson (now known as Daniel Bryan) was fired by the WWE for going too far on TV during the inception of the NEXUS. With all the enthusiasm in the world, the American Dragon returned to his roots in the Indies and did a crusade all over the country. Since Evolve was named after Danielson himself, it seems logical he made a stop there. Welcoming him was perhaps the biggest underdog in Evolve, Bobby Fish. I’m not even gonna say a thing, go look and see for yourself.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

Everything leading up to the main and co-main event was in perfection. Definitely could be Evolve’s best show after Evolve 1. Now with  four shows under their resume, Evolve can step it up to the next level and with the Win-Loss ranking now you see who are the leading wolves of the pack.

Verdict: 8/10

You can get this DVD and many more at Dragon Gate USA Store. All Evolve & Dragon USA shows are also available On-Demand  at WWNLIVE.

1. Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole

These two young stallions opened up the show in good fashion. Good exposure for both men since they were mostly CZW exclusive at the time.
Grade: C

 

2. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet

Very decent match here. They pulled a lot of arsenal but didn’t over do it either.
Grade: C+

 

3. WSU Championship
Mercedes Martinez (c) vs. Brittany Savage

SQUASH
Grade: DUD

 

4. Team Beyond (Zane Silver & Chase Burnett) vs. Aeroform (Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick) vs. Up In Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy)

Crazy spotfest with lots of innovation by all three teams.
Grade: C

 

5. Jon Moxley vs. Drake Younger

Pretty good for the most part. Back and forth like you would expect from these, however Younger was a bit off here.
Grade: C

 

6. Bobby Fish vs. Chris Hero

Fish sure is on a role in Evolve with a string of excellent matches and this one was no exception. One thing that is quite noteworthy is the use of the Win/Loss record. Hero didn’t take Fish as seriously as he should have. Excellent performance by both stars.
Grade: B

 

7. Chris Dickinson vs. Brodie Lee vs. Gran Akuma vs. Hallowicked

Despite the talent involved in this match, it was very disappointing with lots of sloppiness.
Grade: D+

 

8. TJP vs. Kyle O’Reilly

This is the new breed of wrestler’s that are making it big these days. TJP has been in this game for years so just imagine how passionate the kid is to the sport. O’Reilly once again demonstrated that he’s not an unknown and he’s one of the boys.
Grade: B-

 

9. Brad Allen vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Absolutely fun to watch. Allen excelled in this match a lot and with Jacobs being on a roll at the time sure made this match more exciting.
Grade: B-

 

10. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chuck Taylor

If I can do word association with these two only one word comes into minde, Underrated. Both Castagnoli & Taylor are among the Indie Elites as some would like to say and often had countless of great matches with stars who are considered “The Best in the World” such as Bryan Danielson, Low-Ki, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe & Davey Richards. The fans selected this match as the main event and boy were they right. Chucky played the unfamiliar role of fan favorite and managed to diversify his arsenal with great success to get the crowd going. Claudio was just being Claudio, he could have this match with his eyes closed and still have a great match. Definitely a must see main event.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

This one was a huge turnaround from Evolve 2, IMO. The concept was heavily implemented throughout the whole show so it made it very unique and enjoyable to watch. This one definitely goes up there with Evolve 1 with overall quality. I do recommend this show to go along with the first two so you can experiment and see if it’s worth a long time endorsement.

Verdict: 8/10

You can get this DVD and many more at Dragon Gate USA Store. All Evolve & Dragon USA shows are also available On-Demand  at WWNLIVE.