Over Generation (Eita, Takehiro Yamamura, & Kaito Ishida) vs MaxiMuM (Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi, & Ben-K)
Ota Ward Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 09/18/2017) Hooray, exhibition of power levels! One of my favorite things in wrestling, especially in puroresu, especially especially in Dragon Gate. These OG kids are no slouches and show a lot of heart and ability here, but they’re a far cry from this MaxiMuM unit that contains the best team in Dragon Gate history and two guys who have collectively held the Dream Gate belt for something like 900 days, so MMM controls the first part of this match as they work over Ishida. There are a few spots where Ishida is out of sync with the veterans but they’re inconsequential in the long run. Over Generation have youth on their side, though, and they’re able to get the jump on Speed Muscle and turn the match into something a little more even when Eita and Yamamura are in the mix. Things heat up considerably towards the end as Ishida, surprisingly, holds his own in some great strike exchanges with Yoshino and Ben-K, but in the end he can’t overcome a Torbellino/Bakatare/gutwrench powerbomb combo and MaxiMuM pick up the win. Fun time-filler trios match here.