Other PPVs RADICAN'S 3/11 DGUSA UNITED WE STAND PPV REPORT - Advanced review of Tozawa-Hulk, Ronin-World 1 to crown first DGUSA tag champions
Mar 9, 2011 - 7:31:25 PM
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RADICAN’S DGUSA UNITED WE STAND PPV REPORT
UNION CITY, N.J.
PREMIERS ON PPV MARCH 11, 2011
United We Stand premiers this Friday at 10:00 p.m. EST on most cable systems, as well as the Dish satellite system.
The show began with the announcers narrating footage of the Blood Warriors in the ring. The announcers said they refused to wrestle each other in a Open the United Gate Title Tournament match. Jimmy Jacobs then came to the ring and challenged any member of the Blood Warriors to face him. Ultimately the Blood Warriors issues an 8 Man Tag Team challenge.
1 - - A.R. FOX vs. CHEECH HERNANDEZ
Cheech dominated the action during the early stages of the match and a got a nearfall with an STO. Fox fired back with a bulldog. Fox hit two stunners moments later and Cheech fell to the outside. Fox hit a flip dive over the top and the crowd went nuts. The finish saw Fox impressive fly nearly all the way across the ring with a code breaker off the top for the pin.
Winner: A.R. Fox
Star Rating: (**) – This was a solid opener with some good back and forth action. I enjoyed Fox’s high flying and Cheech is another wrestler I enjoy watching. Fox’s finisher was really impressive. If he develops some personality, he could have a bright future in DGUSA.
-A video package aired narrated by Lenny Leonard on YAMATO capturing the DGUSA Open The Freedom Gate title from BxB Hulk at United: New York.
2 - - AKIRA TOZAWA vs. BxB HULK
Reby Sky came out before the match started and convinced Jon Moxley to go to the back with her. The match started with some back and forth exchanges on the mat until they came to a stalemate. Hulk tried to pick apart Tozawa with flashy kicks, but Tozawa got a crazed look on his face and fired back on Hulk with some kicks of his own as the crowd went nuts. Hulk fired back and dominated the action for several minutes, but Tozawa cut him off and sent him to the outside. Tozawa hit two consecutive suicide dives to the outside and the crowd popped huge and chanted for another dive. Tozawa got another crazed look in his eye and hit a third suicide dive to a huge ovation.
They built up to a spot where both men nailed each other with running boots to the face. Tozawa smiled after each kick from Hulk, who eventually caught Tozawa with a rollup for a nearfall. Hulk nailed Tozawa with the E.V.O., but he kicked out. Hulk nailed Tozawa with a kick, but he no-sold it and landed a German on Hulk for a nearfall. Tozawa held on to Hulk and finished him off with a straightjacket suplex for the pin.
Winner: Akira Tozawa
Star rating: (****1/4) – This was an excellent match that capped off an incredible weekend for Tozawa. He really showed great personality here and Hulk was as impressive as I’ve seen him in a long time. Tozawa’s facial expressions were spot-on and both men connected with the crowd. The match built up to a high point and climaxed at just the right time when the heat from the crowd had reached a peak. Tozawa is someone DGUSA can build around in 2011.
-A video package on the Homicide-Jon Moxley feud aired. DGUSA’s video packages were much better than I can ever recall on this PPV.
-Austin Aries came down to the ring. Jimmy Jacobs interrupted his entrance and asked him to be his partner against the Blood Warriors tonight. Aries agreed to be Jacobs’s partner. Jon Moxley then came out with Reby Sky and offered YAMATO to team with Aries and Jacobs. He said he wanted to get rid of the Blood Warriors, which was why he was offering to give them YAMATO for the tag match. Homicide then ran out and attacked Moxley to start their match.
3 - - HOMICICDE vs. JON MOXLEY – No DQ
They brawled all over the building and there wasn’t a lot of heat from the crowd. At one point Moxley got on the mic and told Homicide to quit, but he refused. Homicide broke a beer bottle and went after Moxley with it, but Moxley nailed him with a low blow. Moxley followed up with a powerbomb into the wall behind the stands. They ended up in the ring and Sky came down to the ring, but mailed Moxley with a low blow. Homicide sent Moxley out of the ring a few minutes later and nailed him with a tope con hilo. Moxley came up bleeding. Homicide followed up with a super ace crusher, but Moxley kicked out and taunted Homicide. Moxley continued to taunt Homicide and told him he couldn’t beat him. Homicide finally nailed Moxley low and hit the cop killa. Homicide then pulled Moxley over himself and the ref counted the pin.
After the match, Homicide tried to cut off Moxley’s tongue with a pair of scissors, but Tozawa made the save.
Winner: Jon Moxley
Star rating: (*1/2) – This match never clicked and didn’t have a lot of heat. The crowd didn’t respond at all to the finish. The idea was Homicide didn’t care about whether or not he won or lost and that he just wanted to hurt Moxley. This was disappointing given all the time spent on the buildup to this match.
4 - - JIMMY JACOBS & YAMATO & AUSTIN ARIES & SAMI CALLIHAN vs. BLOOD WARRIORS (Ricochet & CIMA & Naruki Doi & Dragon Kid)
They did full introductions for the match with the Blood Warriors heeling it up with the crowd. Callihan ran down and agreed to be Jacobs’s fourth partner. The match started off with the Blood Warriors giving the crowd a lewd gesture, which Jacobs’s team turned into arm submissions. All of the Blood Warriors got their arms snapped over the top rope to begin the match. The Blood Warriors eventually got the heat on Callihan and targeted his legs while the ref was distracted by Jacobs’s team protesting the Warriors continual cheating. Aries eventually got the hot tag and ran wild. All of the Blood Warriors ended up in submissions at the same time, but CIMA escaped and broke them all up.
The action broke down with men battling inside and outside of the ring. Jacobs hit the contra code on Kid at one point for a nearfall. A few minutes later CIMA, Kid, and Ricochet his stereo coast-to-coast dropkicks on Jacobs in the corner. Everyone ended up on the outside moments later and Ricochet wiped everyone out with an insane dive into the crowd. Jacobs ended up isolated with Doi in the ring. He caught Doi in the end time, but Doi countered it into the Doi 5’s. Doi then nailed Jacobs with a sliding kick for the win.
Star rating: (***3/4) – This was a fantastic tag match. It was a bit hard to follow towards the end with everyone brawling inside and outside of the ring, but the match established the Blood Warriors as heels in the promotion with their constant cheating and playing the numbers game with Lee interfering from the outside. I really enjoyed Callihan’s performance in this match. His selling was good and he showed great intensity on offense.
5 - - RONIN (Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano) vs. WORLD 1 (PAC & Masato Yoshino) – Open the United Gate Tournament Finals
They did formal introductions before the match began. World 1 got the heat on Gargano early and worked over his arm. Taylor got the tag and eventually drove PAC into Gargano’s feet for a 2 count. Taylor teased a standing moonsault, but ended up simply flopping backwards onto PAC. They worked over PAC for several minutes until PAC finally mounted a comeback and hit a dropkick off the second rope onto Taylor. Yoshino tagged in, but Gargano ran in and cut him off. Taylor ended up accidentally hitting Gargano and Yoshino nailed him with the sling blade.
Yoshino and PAC isolated Taylor. PAC hit a standing corkscrew press on Taylor for a 2 count. Gargano ran into the ring and Taylor jumped off his back for a blockbuster on PAC. Ronin then hit a razor’s edge into an ace crusher on PAC, but Yoshino broke it up. A few moments later, Gargano wiped out Yoshino with a dive and Taylor hit the awful waffle on PAC, but he kicked out and the crowd gasped.
Gargano locked in a variation of the border city stretch on PAC. Yoshino tried several times to break it up, but Gargano wouldn’t let go of the submission. Yoshino eventually locked Taylor in the sol naciente and Gargano let go of his submission to save Taylor. They built up to a big finish with Gargano and PAC. Gargano nailed PAC with a full nelson suplex, but PAC got right up. After a series of counters, PAC caught Gargano with a nasty German suplex as he came off the ropes for the pin.
Winners: PAC & Yoshino to become the first Open the United Gate Champions
Star rating: (***3/4) – This was an excellent tag match. It was a bit hard to follow at times with all of the men in the ring and the ref seemed to just give up on taking any measure of control on men entering and leaving the ring. If you enjoy non-stop, crisp, athletic action, you’re going to love this match.
Overall thoughts: (8.0) – I enjoyed this show a lot. The Tozawa-Hulk, 8 Man Tag, and Ronin-World 1 matches were all matches that not only delivered in the ring, but were part of a larger ongoing storylines in the promotion.
The Tozawa-Hulk match is worth going out of your way to see. Tozawa really broke out here and showed a ton of personality. He seemed to bring the best out of Hulk, who hadn’t captured my attention in DGUSA in quite some time. DGUSA has someone to build around in Tozawa. I really enjoyed the 8 Man Tag match as well, as it played into the Jacobs storyline. Jacobs suffered his third straight loss in the match, but I enjoyed how Aries, YAMATO, and Callihan agreed to team with him to take on the Blood Warriors, who everyone in the promotion sees as a big threat. The main event was a really good match, but it didn’t measure up to some of the other outstanding matches in the Open the United Gate tournament.
I highly recommend ordering the show. There’s a lot of good storylines going on in DGUSA. This was the best looking DGUSA event I’ve seen to date. Everything was well lit and the sound was fine. I like that DGUSA booker is taking his time to tell stories and I think the storylines set in motion on this show are going to pay off down the line. The only disappointment was the Moxley-Homicide match, but everything else on the show delivered.
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