RADICAN'S TAKE RADICAN'S DGUSA DVD REVIEW SERIES: "Fearless 2011" 6/3 - Aries vs. Gargano, PAC & Yoshino vs. YAMATO & Tozawa
Feb 21, 2012 - 5:10:59 PM
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RADICAN’S DGUSA DVD REVIEW SERIES
JUNE 3, 2011
Results and Star ratings
(1) CIMA beat Rich Swann. (**3/4)
(2) Arik Cannon beat A.R. Fox and Alex Colon and Brodie Lee and Tony Nese and Rex Reed in a Six Way Freestyle match
(3) Susumu Yokosuka beat Ricochet (***1/4)
(4) Masaaki Mochizuki beat Sami Callihan (***1/4)
(5) Jon Davis beat Pinkie Sanchez (*1/2)
(6) Austin Aries beat Johnny Gargano (***1/2)
(7) Open the United Gate Champions PAC & Masato Yoshino beat Akira Tozawa & YAMATO (****1/4)
Overall thoughts: (7.5) – DGUSA is doing a great job of making their DVD offerings more well-rounded compared to the iPPV versions of their shows. The sound and picture quality for this show is very good and the backstage segments enhanced the angles that played out through the course of this tripleshot.
“Fearless 2011” was the first of three shows for DGUSA back and June. The live event was hampered by many issues with the music playing. Some of those issues appeared to have been resolved through editing, although Johnny Gargano’s music does cut during his entrance like it did when I attended the show live.
One factor that handicaps this show is the lack of crowd heat. Some of the fans were into the show, but others just sat on their hands most of the night. This was also a problem during DGUSA’s next event held in Revere in November while watching the show on iPPV. The crowd comes alive from time to time during some of the matches on the card, but the only real heat on the night came during the excellent main event.
“Fearless 2011” build a lot of the ongoing storylines in the company. The Blood Warriors vs. Ronin feud is touched on here during the CIMA vs. Rich Swann and Austin Aries vs. Johnny Gargano matches. The backstage segments with Swann and Gargano discussing their need for a partner for their Six Man Tag match against the Blood Warriors at “Enter the Dragon 2011,” which takes place two later, are fun to watch unfold. Austin Aries also cuts a promo later on still insisting that he “easily” took care of Johnny Gargano in the ring, which is completely untrue.
CIMA vs. Swann was a solid opener. The match dragged in spots and Austin Aries played a role interfering from the outside. The lack of heat definitely seemed to hurt the match, which CIMA eventually won with the meteora. The Six Way Freestyle was on the lower end of what you’d expect from a match like this. There were some fun spots, especially when Lee tossed Fox over the ringpost to the outside onto a pile of competitors, but once again, the crowd really didn’t seem to get into the action.
Ricochet-Yokosuka was a good back and forth match that heated up towards the end. The crowd got into the action. Ricochet didn’t sell much of Yokosuka’s offense during the match, which put a damper on some of the groundwork that Yokosuka did during the early stages of the match. The crowd got into the match down the stretch, but seemed flat for the finish, which came after several nearfalls.
Callihan-Mochizuki was a heck of a hard-hitting contest. Callihan worked over Mochizuki’s legs throughout the match and Mochizuki in turn worked over Callihan’s arm. Neither man sold the submission work, but they got the crowd into the match during the second half and built to a nice finish. They did a big post-match brawl between Callihan & Cannon vs. Mochizuki & Yokosuka. It was well-done, but the lack of heat didn’t help make it as compelling as it could have been.
Davis vs. Sanchez was fine for what it was up until the finish. Sanchez was trying to get into the D.U.F. stable with Callihan and Cannon by impressing them with his performance against Davis. Davis appeared to win the match with a jack hammer, but Sanchez kicked out right at three. Davis’s music played, but the match ended up continuing and Davis won again with his spinning powerbomb.
Aries vs. Gargano started slowly, but built up to a really good finish. The crowd wasn’t into the match at times, but the action was really good and both men did a good job of countering signature offense throughout the match. Aries was funny after the match, as he got on the mic and said he took care of Gargano easily as he exaggerated being out of breath.
The main event was the best match on the show with the most crowd heat. These four guys are simply amazing to watch in the ring and the crowd responded to them like stars. The crowd was especially into Tozawa, who has great charisma that showed throughout this match. The match built well with both teams getting the heat until the action broke down and didn’t stop until a frenetic finishing sequence that saw PAC pin Tozawa with British airways.
This show is definitely worth checking out. The storylines are well-developed throughout the show and a lot of wrestlers are given time to talk in the ring and backstage. Rob Naylor is really good on commentary and his enthusiasm for the product always makes the action in the ring come across as exciting, despite the lack of participation from the crowd.
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