Over Generation (CIMA, Dragon Kid, Eita, & Takehiro Yamamura) vs VerserK (Shingo Takagi, T-Hawk, Takashi Yoshida, & El Lindaman)
5 Unit Survival League Match
Hakata Starlanes, Fukuoka, Japan
(reviewed 09/16/2017) A match that really shows the lucha libre influence in DG, I think. The match is real fast and based in a lot of boasting and gesturing and gloating, feeling like a particularly good Friday night trios. The captains are on fire, with CIMA doing this great recurring spot on the entrance ramp with Punch Tominaga and Shingo stooging around a bunch as this top heel who’s not afraid to be goofy. T-Hawk follows the same course and gives my favorite tag performance of his for the year. Takehiro gets isolated and steamrolled by the heels but holds his own and continues to be the best thing going in the fed. And even with the other four not shining quite as much as those first four, they’re close to top form here, leaving us with a match that has no notable weak spots, a real fucking rarity in 2017 Dragon Gate. Hakata Starlanes is great for once and super into the OG faces, especially as Yamamura survives the best of what VerserK can throw at him and the full crew begins to unload the big bombs, peaking with Yamamura once again getting the win with his big Stardust Press. Awesome main event tag here. If this was in Korakuen I’d probably call it the DG MOTY so far and even without that it’s pretty damn close.