Friday, January 3, 2014

Dragon Gate USA Freedom Fight 2012 Review

An insane four-way highlights the third night of this big weekend!

Dragon Gate USA Freedom Fight 2012
Deer Park, New York 11/4/12

1.) Jon Davis vs. EITA: **1/2

EITA comes out to a pretty good reaction. Davis gets next to nothing, and his entrance still sucks ass. The match was fine. EITA gets some offense in but in the end Davis establishes dominance and wins.

2.) The Scene (Caleb Konley & Scott Reed with Larry Dallas & Trina Michaels) vs. Tony Nese & Papadon: **3/4

Nese and Papadon have made a few appearance previously, if I remember correctly. This was another fine match. One of the better matches from The Scene, but they still don't do anything from me.

The Scene continues to attack Nese & Papadon until Marti Belle comes out, but she gets beat up by The Scene. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon make the same and Callihan takes Belle to the back. Since Cannon is already in the ring, he ask for his match now.

3.) Arik Cannon vs. ACH: ***

Another match that was relatively solid. It was fun for what it was. Why ACH is losing here, I have no idea. Sad that Dragon Gate USA and Evolve didn't take him before ROH did.

4.) CHIKARA Sekigun (Jigsaw & Fire Ant) vs. The Super Smash Brothers: ***1/2

All four of these men are veterans of CHIKARA so this should be fun. We got a really good match here. All four guys are really entertaining so it was easy for me to get into this. SSB pick up their 2nd win of the weekend. I actually kind of wish Jigsaw & Fire Ant got pushed more as a team.

5.) No DQ Match – Chuck Taylor vs. Rich Swann: ***1/4

Swann got this by winning the Captain's Match at Fearless. The match was a pretty good for a No DQ Match, but I was slightly disappointed. I honestly thought it will be a little bit better, because the Taylor/Gargano blowoff from earlier in the year was so good. Perhaps my expectations were a little high for it. Still, as a match, it was a very solid match. It had a lot of different spots, including Taylor getting to indeed whip Swann, but in the end, Swann wins and gets his revenge on Taylor.

6.) CIMA vs. Sami Callihan: ***1/2

I think this is the first match ever between these two. It was very good. Even though Sami lost, he still looked pretty good against one of Dragon Gate's biggest stars. The direction of his character is still very confusing at this point.

Ricochet comes out after the match and reminds CIMA to stay out of his business.

7.) El Generico & Samuray del Sol vs. The Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito): ***1/2

This is actually my first time seeing El Generico & Samuray del Sol team up so I'm pretty excited for this. The match was really good. The two luchadores are freaking awesome as a tag team. The Jimmyz also looked good here as well. They didn't have any blow away matches, but they were consistently solid. El Generico & Samuray del Sol win the match.

8.) Open The Freedom Gate Title – Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Ricochet vs. AR Fox: ****1/2

The idea here is that Gargano is defending his title against three of his top challengers from 2012. Jon Davis attacks Gargano as he comes out for the match, and seems to have re-injured his back...again. The match starts out with just the three challengers for a little bit before Gargano gets back in the ring and joins the match, and then that's when things get crazy. It just off the wall action that is incredibly awesome!! AR Fox would go out first, then Ricochet, and finally Tozawa. Gargano retains his title of his awesome main event!

Overall: 8.25/10

Definitely the best show of the weekend. Although the undercard was kind of lackluster (especially compared to the rest of the card), the second half of the show contains relatively good matches and a main event that was one of the the best matches of 2012 in Dragon Gate USA and Evolve. Overall, it was a very good show and I would say the insanity that was the main event is worth the price of the DVD alone.

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