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Do FIXER vs. Blood Generation
March 31, 2006
Ring of Honor
Reviewed by Scott Edwards (@ScottEWrestling)
Gifted by Chris Samsa (@TheChrisSamsa)
There’s no one in the history of professional wrestling that does trios matches. also known as six-man tag team matches, better than Dragon Gate. That lives on to the present-day but this was a unique mixture of putting six of Dragon Gate’s best inside a Ring of Honor ring during their booming period. It made for one of the best trios matches I have ever seen in my life.
As someone who just began watching Dragon Gate this year, it was the ultimate Christmas gift to check out a match from their past. Even more of a treat when realizing that it was indeed a trios match to boot. Do FIXER vs. Blood Generation never ceased to amaze me throughout the match. Whether it was the early going tag in by Masato Yoshino that he displayed blazing speed that was met with a trade-off of arm drags or simply witnessing the greatness of these Dragon Gate legends that I’ve been witnessing throughout this year, some of which are still doing this at a high level 15 years later.
It’s one of those matches that remind can remind you of the purity in professional wrestling, displaying why storylines and the knowledge of these two trios were not needed to enjoy how freaking incredible this match was. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the match came just over halfway through as CIMA and Ryo Saito had one of the more absurd exchanges, trading punches, dropkicks, and more before Saito caught CIMA for a mat-rattling Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Trying to review this match almost makes me lose my breath as much as these six men did, leaving zero chance to breathe and instead hitting unreal maneuver after out-of-this-world combination. The Ring of Honor crowd in attendance for Supercard of Honor let these six men hear how great this was, reacting as if every blow could be the final blow with the “oooohs” and “aaaaahs” reigning throughout. Every time people thought it was over, the other team would somehow manage to survive. Just before the 20-minute mark, the commentary team stopped speaking, magically allowing the crowd to speak for them as Dragon Gate’s finest showed what made them the best at this kind of match.
The winning fall would come at the hands of Dragon Kid as he’d hit a top rope hurricanrana to Naruki Doi to get the win. With the match ending and the crowd screaming “Dragon Gate! Dragon Gate!” I felt honored to have been given such a match to watch. One of the best trios matches I have ever seen and will ever see. Breathtaking action from start to finish. ****3/4