Dragon Gate USA Fearless 2012
For Dragon Gate USA's return to iPPV on November 2, the Everett, Massachusetts audience was understandably depleted due to horrendous weather. The first of their triple-shot weekend, this card was arguably the weakest on paper, but still offered up a solid event; bell-to-bell, this was an effort that never really dipped in quality, remaining compelling from start to finish. More importantly, it furthered several vital storylines.
An interesting point in the evening came with Jon Davis’ victory over Akira Tozawa - a result that shocked fans, but also perfectly complemented Davis’ growing momentum as a threat to Johnny Gargano’s Open The Freedom Gate championship. Following the bout, which Davis took following two lariats, the veteran assaulted Gargano in the first of a series of attacks across the weekend.
In another thrilling highlight, The Super Smash Brothers were toppled by the pairing of Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito. The Smash Brothers have fast become a satisfying and reliable cornerstone of the company, and efforts like this are certainly adding to their growing reputation. Player Dos fell victim to a nasty piledriver by Horiguchi, which was enough to give his equally impressive tandem the victory, and a tag title shot the next day.
Tag team action continued to be a strong focus in what was a fine six-man showdown pitting The Gentlemen’s Club against Rich Swann, ACH, and CIMA. Swann earned the pinfall on Chuck Taylor, in the process garnering a one-on-one battle with his nemesis on Sunday’s card.
Earlier in the evening, Larry Dallas’ group, The Scene, managed to down Arik Cannon and Pinkie Sanchez in a fair encounter that gave the heels a little momentum to kick-start their weekend.
Not to be overshadowed, debutant EITA made a strong impression in the curtain jerker - a non-title bout with Johnny Gargano. The only downside was an insane Cop-Killa variation that EITA utilised on his opponent; this should only ever be a finishing spot, and kicking out of the devastating move took the believability of the closing moments down a notch.
Samuray Del Sol also looked good in his exciting defeat at the hands of Sami Callihan. The masked man managed to evade the Stretch Muffler, and survived numerous stiff strikes, before succumbing to a brainbuster on the top rope, a la El Generico. This was a great showing from both grapplers.
Results Johnny Gargano def. EITA (Submission / 11:49) • Caleb Konley & Scott Reed def. Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez (Pinfall / 10:28) • Sami Callihan def. Samuray Del Sol (Pinfall / 14:14) • Rich Swann, ACH & CIMA def. Chuck Taylor, Orange Cassidy & Drew Gulak (Pinfall / 13:22) • Jon Davis def. Akira Tozawa (Pinfall / 13:36) • Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito def. The Super Smash Brothers (Pinfall / 16:15) • AR Fox def. Ricochet (Pinfall / 18:46)