MaxiMuM (Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi, Big R Shimizu, & Kotoka) vs Jimmyz (Ryo “Jimmy” Saito, Genki Horiguchi HAGeeMee, Jimmy Kagetora, & Jimmy Kanda)
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 09/13/2017) Was worried about this match when I saw it coming up next in my list, but man, this is a belter and a high point for the promotion in 2017. Classic sort of DG tag where the two face teams are uber-aggressive and petty and work together like well-oiled machines. Everyone’s firing on all cylinders and Korakuen’s all over it and it’s just lovely stuff. Jimmyz, who are now the longest-running unit in Dragon Gate history, aren’t impressed with the new hotness and especially single out Kotoka and give him plenty of shit. In turn, this leads MaxiMuM to retaliate in kind and it keeps the whole thing real intense, making for quite an enjoyable midcard tag match. Builds to a nice crescendo in which Kotoka tries to make up for his shortcomings earlier on by taking out Kagetora, but he simply can’t hang with the Strike Still Rounder and the Gurumakakari puts him away.