There are just under three weeks until Dragon Gate USA returns to Philadelphia at the famous Arena on November 28th. Tickets are now on sale in the www.DGUSA.tv Store or by calling 267-519-9744. Here are 10 things you need to know as we approach this historic event:
1) The show is built around a unique tournament to crown the first Open The Freedom Gate Champion. This belt will be the focal point of the promotion moving forward. There is only one chance to see the first champion crowned and that's November 28th in Philly.
2) Brian Kendrick is pissed at his showing on the "Untouchable" PPV and can't wait to get in the ring against BxB Hulk. Kendrick has shaken off the "sports entertainment" ring rust and is ready to perform at top form as he competes to become the first Open The Freedom Gate Champion.
3) BxB Hulk is also looking for redemption after losing on the first DGUSA event in a show-stealing bout. Hulk can match Kendrick when it comes to charisma, character and dance moves. Now we'll see who the better athlete is as one will advance and one will be eliminated in the first round.
4) Eddie Kingston and Hallowicked know that there is no such thing as a pre-show match at DGUSA. This is going to be a true "bonus" match. They are familiar opponents with a deep history in CHIKARA. They each need a win and strong showing here.
5) The "Independent Tour De Force Vol. 1" DVD, which all 2nd row ticket holders will get for free, will be a high quality, region 0 DVD (meaning it plays anywhere in the world) with a high res cover. We have worked hard to load it up with top names, great talent and must see matches including Erick Stevens vs. Go Shiozaki in a classic FIP Title match, Christopher Daniels vs. Dave Cole in a battle of veteran vs. top prospect, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Ryan Boz in a bloody "I Quit" bout, Mercedes Martinez vs. Nikki Roxx in one of the best women's contests you'll ever see, a Sal Rinauro vs. Larry Sweeney bout that will have you rolling on the floor and insane action with nine of the most exciting competitors from CHIKARA in one match. The only way to get this collectible DVD in Philly is by purchasing 2nd row tickets.
6) Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Dragon Kid & Shingo was one of the most exciting, innovative and mind blowing tag matches in Dragon Gate's Tag League. Now the rematch will take place on November 28th. The rivalry between Yoshino and Dragon Kid will intensify here.
7) Super Crazy sees this as a homecoming when he returns to The Arena, the building in which he first made a reputation in the United States, for the first time in years. Super Crazy is eager to erase images of the "Mexicools" to the American fans and show why that he still has it. Keep an eye on Super Crazy and Jorge Rivera in the four-way first round bout that also includes Dragon Gate icon CIMA and CHIKARA founder Mike Quackenbush. We'll have an article looking at the interesting dynamics in this match soon at DGUSA.tv.
8) There is a clear divide in the Dragon Gate USA office on who will win the first round match between Davey Richards and YAMATO. Both these athletes are hard-hitters, both are proficient in submissions and both have a mean streak. Richards and YAMATO can each be considered the favorite to win it all, but one will be eliminated in the first round.
9) Keep an eye on The Young Bucks of Nick & Matt Jackson in the six-way first round match. They both have been very aggressive in proving that they are today's stars, not future stars. They have backed up their words in the DGUSA ring. What will happen when they come face-to-face and only one can advance for a shot at the title?
10) This will be your last chance to see DGUSA in the Northeast for at least six months, if not longer.
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