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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - DGUSA 09/10/2011: "Untouchable"
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(Results from iheartdg, who are good people.)

9/10/2011 Illinois, Chicago The Congress Theater ~DGUSA Untouchable 2011 - 783 Attendance
1. Scott Reed{W}, Caleb Konley (3:18 Obscene) Alex Castle, Matt Cage{L}
2. Jon Davis (9:03 3 Seconds Around the World) Rich Swann
3. PAC (10:07 360 Shooting Star Press) Ricochet
4. AR Fox{W}, Sabu (11:35 Firebird Splash) Arik Cannon, Pinkie Sanchez{L}
5. Akira Tozawa (20:32 Package German Suplex) Johnny Gargano
6. 4 Way Match: Chuck Taylor (10:18 Awful Waffle) Sami Callihan; Masato Yoshino; Naruki Doi
7. Open the Freedom Gate: YAMATO (21:59 Gallaria) CIMA

(783 is Japan's number. Attendance seemed about the same as last time thru to me, which was a number lower than 783.)


There were also at least one and maybe two dark matches. A train broke down on the Blue Line, and I didn't get in until halfway thru The Fray multiman match (won by Silas Young over Sugar Dunkerton), and I believe there was supposed to a match prior to that.

Actual iPPV opener is evidently part of a tag team tournament to spotlight/discover new talent, where the winner here went onto fight in Milwaukee. I was not familiar with any of these guys and have no impression of them two days later. The impressive guy was the 'fan' going crazy for one of the teams during the match, then eventually jumping the rail and joining them in the ring post-match. (I believe I overheard it was EVOLVE manager Larry David, not sure.) Brodie Lee walked in and took out the losing team, because he could.

Swan/Davis was a surprisingly good match; not that I thought it'd be bad, but that I hadn't given much thought to at all. Very much big man/little man dynamic. More a showcase for Davis rather than Swann, opposite of what you'd expect given their importance to the current storylines. Both guys looked good. Brodie Lee took out Rich Swann after the match. Gregory Iron (also in the Fray) stood up to Brodie Lee and got taken out. This might have been where newcomer Uhaa Nation ran Brodie Lee off, or that might have been next match.

PAC & Richochet was hyped to be a battle of the greatest high flyers in the world (except Mexico, I assume was written in tiny print) and it was a lot of high flying, but it also felt like it could've gone 5-8 more minutes and everyone would've been happy. Maybe we're all greedy. First time seeing Pac, he was good. Ricochet's heel look works. No dives in this match, which felt odd, but the post match (Ricochet's heel friends in Blood Warriors attacking Pac and alleging non-existent cheating was responsible for the loss) turned into everyone doing dives on everyone. Almost everyone on the card, really, ending with Sabu coming to dive on the increasing pile. Brodie Lee, who is a tall angry looking man, 'retreated' by stepping over the guardrail and pushing his way thru the fans. This included picking up MY chair and tossing about ten years away. A mean guy!!!

That bit led right into the next match, which was mostly AR Fox being stuck in with the two heels while Sabu desperately tried to tag in. Sabu finally got the tag, did the spots the people wanted to see, and they went to the finish. It was a great use of him. I wasn't very interested in seeing Sabu in 2011, but there definitely were people there who had bought a ticket to see Sabu specifically, or were just generally overjoyed to see him in additional to everything else, and they got what they wanted out of this match. This all worked. AR Fox, another indy guy I'd never seen before, impressed me as being completely fearless. After Sabu put Cannon (I think) thru a table, Fox put the shards of the upside down table on Sanchez, with at least one leg still kind of sticking up, and did a top rope senton bomb right onto those legs. That broke the table completely, so he took half of it and did it again. I was sure he was going to impale himself the first time, but was fine (except he was bleeding from the hand, maybe just from grabbing the table?)

Tozawa/Gargano was my match of the night. Tozawa is very popular among people who go to or watch these sort of shows, but it was all about Gargano to me. When I first saw Gargano a couple years ago, he came off as a guy trying too hard to be wacky cool or ironic cool or whatever, but the trying to hard part is the important part. Gargano was a dictionary definition of Indy Dork, and now he's a real live wrestler. He was pretty smooth on the CHIKARA show, but he really looked great here. Simple story of Gargano being able to hang with the much 'better guy', and nearly being able to beat him, but only nearly able in the end and you really want to be there when he finally does get the win. (Sting vs Flair? Maybe not Sting vs Flair, but the concept of Sting vs Flair.) Evenly matched, went about the right length, a good time.

The four way a usual fourway; a lot of big moves with someone diving into break it up, temporary alliances and alliances that don't last long enough to be temporary. It was fine, it was good, but there's not much to say about it. Taylor, who had the one big gaff of the match (but did his best to save it) earned the right to any match he wanted via the win, and so picked his Ronin partners Gargano & Swann to challenge Junction 3's Yoshino (who took the loss) & Pac for their tag titles in November. The drama there is Swann is actually also in Junction 3, and he and Taylor had a mild argument about this. (And then they lost the tag titles to someone else the next day, so maybe not so much drama.)

CIMA/YAMATO was alright. Slow starting match that eventually got going well, but YAMATO wasn't as interesting to me as he had been when he was a heel, and CIMA really didn't seem like a threat to win. CIMA pretty much indicated as much after the match, immediatly shifting to hyping up YAMATO's next title challenge.

Dragon Gate USA didn't have the MOTYC that they've delivered the last few years in Chicago, and so by that measurement it was a bit of a disappointment. Still, I felt like I got my money's worth; there was a lot of very good stuff here. The show is up on iPPV now, though I can't figure out how much they're charging for it on the website. Supposedly the Milwaukee show on Sunday was better, so maybe check that one out if/when they put it up.
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