Shingo Takagi vs Masaaki Mochizuki
King of Gate 2017 Block D Match
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 09/13/2017) I don’t know if these two can have a bad match with each other. They certainly didn’t have one here. Even more so than the 2015 classic, this match tells the story of Mochizuki not being able to hang with a man over a decade younger than him. He shows lots of fire and power early on but before long Shingo is able to take a chair to his knee and really do some damage. From there, Shingo slowly picks apart his opponent as only he can and Korakuen is all about it, urging their aging hero on in his quest to smear this piece of shit’s face across the floor. As the match wears on that seems less and less likely, despite Mochizuki’s comebacks, as Shingo is simply just too much for the iron man of Dragon Gate. He doesn’t stay down. Right as it seems like Mochizuki’s taken his last shot with the Sankakugeri to the Face and Shingo powers through it and blasts Mochizuki with a lariat, right as he’s winding up for the kill with a sliding lariat, Mochizuki reverses his opponent’s momentum and manages to roll up Shingo for the win. Korakuen explodes. Mochizuki collapses. Shingo is aghast and hides his face. Don Fujii beats the shit out of VerserK when they try to run in and stomp on Mochizuki. It’s all just wonderful pro wrestling. If you only watch a handful of DG matches in 2017, make this one of them.