Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO & Yosuke Santa Maria) vs VerserK (Shingo Takagi & Cyber Kong)
taped 04/07/2017, aired 04/24/2017
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 09/11/2017) Doesn’t look like much on paper, but this was a fun little semi-main, I think. Shingo’s showing some of his best heel fire of the year thus far, especially with Maria. They play off each other quite well here, with Maria being one of the most endearing babyfaces in the promotion at the moment and someone who can bump around for the bigger bruisers. Kong’s his usual self, which works well in a tag setting. And then there’s YAMATO, who has majorly sucked a dick in Dragon Gate since summer 2016. Thankfully Shingo’s short return to form here drags him along for the ride, as we get some quality from this classic pairing late in the match. None of this is stellar by any means but there are a few choice moments (Shingo punching Maria in the gooch early on, for one) that make it stand out against a sea of mediocrity.