King of Gate ended with a whimper. After delivering such a magnificent KOG Finals, the Dream Gate match on this night failed to deliver expectations and felt like a very uncharacteristic performance from both men.
Dead or Alive was a blast. The last three matches are essential viewing for people that like the DG style, and I would toss the opener into that pile as well. All in all, thumbs up for Dragon Gate’s Dead or Alive 2018.
Masaaki Mochizuki defending the Open the Dream Gate Championship against Kzy highlights a strong February Korakuen from Dragon Gate—Road to Final—as they are on the road to Champion Gate and Kotoka’s retirement.
This show was fine, but one of the weaker Dragon Gate Korakuen shows that they’ve had to offer in recent memory, and that’s with two great matches as I noted earlier. Watch the opener and the four star matches, skip the rest. Thumbs in the middle, leaning up, for Gate of Passion.
Dragon Gate is back at Korakuen Hall to kick off their 2016. It’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean much has changed since Final Gate, which closed out 2015. VerserK is still running wild with Shingo Takagi as Open the Dream Gate Champion, YAMATO and Naruki Doi as Open the Twin Gate Champions, and Kotoka as Open the Brave Gate Champion. Korakuen is in for a treat as Takagi is aligned with familiar foes. He is forced to team with CIMA, Gamma, Masaaki Mochizuki, and Jimmy Kanda as Miracle Doi Darts returns! Dragon Gate was my Promotion of the Year for 2015, and I expect even bigger and better things for them in the new year.