In a match much hyped by the internet upon it’s creation, Johnny Gargano finally stood toe-to-toe tonight with Akira Tozawa. In a bout for the ages, the two men fought with all of their hearts to ultimately give a show-stealing match up that will never be forgotten. Click the read more for complete results from tonight’s event!
After the match (Swann vs. Taylor), Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano comes to he ring and he goes after Taylor to get him to release the hold on Swann. Gargano checks on Swann.Christina Von Eerie comes out and she brings up the Chuck Taylor stuff. She says that the title belt belongs to Tozawa. Von Eerie spits in Gargano’s face and Gargano thinks of retaliating but he decides to hold back.
Gargano helps Swann to the back.
Match Number Eight: Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa(with Christina Von Eerie)
They lock up and Gargano goes for the wrist. Tozawa rolls through and takes Gargano to the mat and he works on the leg. Gargano with an STF into a front face lock and he gets a near fall with a lateral press. Gargano with a single leg take down and then he returns to the wrist and applies a key lock. Tozawa makes it to the ropes with some help from Von Eerie.
Tozawa and Gargano with a Greco Roman knuckle lock but Tozawa with a kick and side head lock. Tozawa with a shoulder tackle but Gargano with an arm drag. Tozawa with an arm drag and senton but Gargano tries for Gargano escape but Tozawa moves. Gargano tries for a super kick but Tozawa gets out of the way.
They lock up and Tozawa backs Gargano into the corner but Tozawa misses a chop. Gargano with punches. Gargano with a kick and clothesline that sends Tozawa over the top rope to the floor. Tozawa trips Gargano and pulls him to the floor. Tozawa with a suicide dive. Gargano sends Tozawa to the floor and Gargano with a suicide dive. Tozawa with an elbow and suicide dive. Gargano with an elbow but Tozawa with a boot to Gargano. Gargano with a spear from the apron but he cannot capitalize on the advantage at this time.
Gargano with a slam to Tozawa followed by a baseball slide to the head and Gargano with a near fall. Gargano with a kick to the back and then he turns his attention to the shoulder. Gargano with a Fujiwara arm bar but Tozawa gets to the ropes.
Gargano with an elbow to the arm and then he wraps the arm in the ropes. Tozawa with an Irish whip but he runs into Gargano’s boots twice. Gargano goes for a cross body but Tozawa counters with a gutbuster and both men are down.
Tozawa kicks Gargano while trying to get some feeling back into his arm. Tozawa chokes Gargano and then he kicks Gargano in the head. Tozawa with another kick to Gargano. Tozwa with a slam and a back senton splash. Von Eerie throws the chair in the ring and Tozawa puts it on Gargano’s chest for a back senton while Von Eerie distracts the referee. Tozawa with a near fall.
Tozawa with kicks to Gargano and he chokes Johnny in the corner. Tozawa with another kick to the head followed by a punch. Tozawa with chops to Gargano in the corner and then he goes with the rapid fire chops. Tozawa calls for one more but he stops short and then punches Gargano in the face. Tozawa covers Gargano but Johnny was under the ropes so the referee does not make the count.
Tozawa with an Irish whip but Gargano gets his foot up and hits an enzuigiri. Tozawa charges at Gargano but Johnny ducks and Tozawa goes to the floor. Gargano goes to the apron and then hits a slingshot DDT when he returns to the ring. Both men are down and Johnny is unable to take advantage of the situation.
Gargano with the Kobashi chops to Tozawa in the corner but Tozawa with an Irish whip. Gargano with a knee to the head followed by a clothesline and running kick to the chest. Tozawa with a boot to a charging Gargano. Tozawa blocks a suplex and so does Gargano. They go back and forth and Gargano suplexes Tozawa into the turnbuckles and Gargano is only able to get a two count.
Gargano with a double sledge to the injured arm. Gargano with boots to Tozawa and Tozawa with an Irish whip and kick to the head in the corner. Tozawa with a Saito suplex for a near fall. Tozawa throws Gargano to the apron and Tozawa follows. Tozawa with a waist lock on the apron but Gargano with elbows. Gargano gets Tozawa on his shoulders but Tozawa gets to the ring. Gargano tries for the spear from the apron but Tozawa with knees to the head.
Tozawa puts Gargano on the top turnbuckle for a superplex but Gargano with a head butt. Tozawa with a bicycle kick to the head and Tozawa with a superplex and both men are down. Tozawa is only able to get a near fall because of the time it took to make the cover and the pain he is still feeling in his arm.
Tozawa with a forearm and Gargano returns fire. They go back and forth with forearms but Tozawa with a bicycle kick. Gargano with a super kick and discus lariat. Tozawa with a boot to the chest and Gargano fires back with a kick. Tozawa rolls through on a sunset flip and hits a Shining Wizard. Both men are down again.
They exchange forearms but this time from their knees. They get to their feet and Tozawa stops Gargano from going between the legs. Tozawa with a running forearm into the corner but Gargano with a drop kick into the corner. Gargano hits a belly-to-back superplex and then Gargano hits the lawn dart followed by a superkick but Tozawa kicks out at two.
Gargano applies the Gargano Escape but Tozawa gets his foot on the rope and the referee calls for a break of the hold. Tozawa rolls to the other side of the ring. Gargano goes to the apron and he connects with forearms. Gargano with a super kick but Tozawa with a boot to the head and a deadlift German suplex on the apron.
Tozawa picks up Gargano to bring him back into the ring. Tozawa picks up Gargano for another German suplex. Gargano holds on to the ropes and Tozawa with a kick to the head. Gargano with a victory roll for a near fall. Tozawa with a deadlift German suplex and bridge but Gargano kicks out. Gargano with the Gargano Escape and Tozawa gets to the ropes again.
Von Eerie gets on the apron but the referee sends her back to the floor. Gargano with kicks to the injured arm. Tozawa with a back heel kick but he misses a second kick. Tozawa with another German suplex and Tozawa hits a straightjacket deadlift German suplex but Gargano is able to kick out. Tozawa tries for another straightjacket deadlift German suplex but Gargano counters with Hurts Donut but only gets a two count.
Gargano hits Hurts Donut again and applies the Gargano Escape but this time he is in the center of the ring and Tozawa taps out.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
After the match, Gargano gets the mic and he sits in the center of the ring. Johnny thanks everyone in the crowd. Johnny tells the fans that they saw some of the best wrestling on the planet. Johnny says that he was the age of one of the fans in the front row when he went to his first wrestling show. He says that it was an independent wrestling show. That is what he fell in love with. Every kid talks about main eventing Wrestlemania. That is still is his dream. Johnny says that he wanted to be an independent professional wrestler.
Johnny says that it really upsets him when guys say that they are just doing indies to get to that next level. Johnny says that is cheating the fans out of their money. He comes out night in and night out to give the fans their money’s worth. Johnny says that people have been talking about his future.
Johnny says that he was offered a new deal by the Dragon Gate office. Johnny says that it pains him to see the current state of independent pro wrestling. He says that independent pro wrestling is slowly dying because people feel that they can make money in Florida. He says that he is not faulting those people. Johnny says that he is not going to jump off a sinking ship. He says that he is going to get the wheel and steer independent professional wrestling where it needs to go.
Johnny says that this is a good bye of sorts. When he won the title, he was just a kid who was happy to be here with a dream. He is now a man with a mission to make this title and Dragon Gate USA the premiere place in wrestling.
Johnny promises that he will not leave until his job and mission is done.
Johnny says that he was offered a new deal and he says that he took it.
Johnny says that independent wrestling and Dragon Gate USA is in his blood.
He says the fans saw a hell of a show tonight. As long as he is here, the fans will get their money’s worth.
Chuck Taylor and Jake Manning attack Johnny Gargano. Manning sends Gargano into the turnbuckles. The Swamp Monster comes from under the ring and Gargano attacks him. The Swamp Monster hits the Awful Waffle and Chuck takes off the Swamp Monster suit.
CIMA makes the save for Johnny Gargano.
CIMA takes the Open the Freedom Gate Title belt and he gives the belt to Gargano.
CIMA takes the mic and he thanks the people of Detroit and he asks everyone if they enjoyed the show. He wants to know if the fans want to see DGUSA again. He thanks everyone for coming and he says that he will see them the next time.