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Shun vs. Yuki


Why He Will Conquer The Wrestling World

Shun Skywalker raises his hand


LAST TIME WE spoke with Dragongate’s self-proclaimed savior, Shun Skywalker, he was headed to Mexico and the U.S., to show his ruthless strength and prove why he personifies the level of talent DG has to offer. And, in the two months since his return, Skywalker has been on a tear:

1. Took the Triangle Gate title from M3K
2. Championed the disbandment of HIGH END
3. Challenged for the Dream Gate Championship.

But what about his quest to end Kzy and NATURAL VIBES?

“We will, how do you say it …” he says, searching for the right words.

Put a pin in it?

“Yes, put a pin on that,” agreed Skywalker. He then added, with a maniacal laugh, “for now!”

Shun Skywalker applies a cravat hold.

At this moment, Skywalker is applying some of the lessons he learned during his recent North American tour.

“While there are many great wrestlers in Dragongate, in America, I found many wrestlers with different talent, attributes, styles, wrestling psychology … something I had not seen or experienced before,” he revealed. “I also returned to Mexico to train, gain new experience, work with the promotions I was not able to work with during the global pandemic, and wrestle luchadores I have wanted to work with, like Dragon Lee, Komander, Jack Evans, Aeroboy, and Ciclon Ramirez Jr.”

Though he locked up with numerous wrestlers—and briefly wore the MLW World middleweight title—Skywalker was able to single out a favorite battle. “My match in GCW against Nick Wayne,” he said, citing the teenage prodigy currently under a developmental-like deal with AEW. “His ideas and style embody what pro wrestling is. He has a great and promising future. And I am excited to see what the future holds for him … and what our next match will be like.”

Originally, Skywalker indicates he had no immediate plans to return to the U.S. However, on November 24, he was announced as the second entrant in the 2023 edition of the celebrated Battle of Los Angeles tournament. The announcement prompted us to reach out to him for a follow-up.

Shun Skywalker's maniacal laughter

During his 2019/2020 excursion, Shun Skywalker had expressed his desire to wrestle at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (home of the BOLA tourney) and face the likes of Bandido, Mike Bailey, A-Kid, and Lucky Kid. Unfortunately, the pandemic derailed any possibility of making those match-ups a reality. When Skywalker returned to Japan, he captured the prestigious Open the Dream Gate championship; however, the proverbial Gates were still closed worldwide. Now, there’s nothing stopping him from continuing to show the world his style of wrestling; that he is, in his mind, the greatest wrestler on the planet; and why PWG wants Shun Skywalker.

“My first-round match is against Aramis, but I am also looking forward to the prospect of wrestling Konosuke Takeshita, Daniel Garcia, Lio Rush, Komander, and my teacher, friend, brother, and rival, Bandido,” Skywalker said. “Three years ago, when wrestling shows were suspended, I spent most of my time in Mexico training with Bandido. He has beaten me twice, has made his mark in the world, is an AEW-contracted wrestler. But I do not think he is better than me. I have gained the power and the experience I did not have at the time we faced each other … and have evolved as a beautiful idol with a crazy spirit.”

Skywalker, confident in his own abilities, has vowed that he will win the 2023 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. But he’s also got other things on his wild mind. On Christmas Day, he interrupted Ben-K and Yuki Yoshioka as they thanked one another for the great match they’d just had—a gesture of goodwill that Skywalker did not appreciate!

Shun vs. Yuki

“Certainly, Ben-K vs Yuki Yoshioka was a good match,” he acknowledged. “In pro wrestling, there needs to be respect between opponents. However, wrestlers do not need to make commercialized praise and shows of affection. When I heard their declarations in the ring, I grabbed a microphone and spoke my mind.”

In his view, the current Dream Gate champ is simply not the best man for the job. “Yuki Yoshioka should not hold the title that shined the brightest when it was mine,” he said. “I do not want the Dream Gate championship [belt] that he has…I detest the title ‘HE’ holds and I have no interest in carrying that unnecessary baggage. But, I do not want someone who is weak, has devalued the title, and whose stupid fans just love his cheap impressions. So, I issued the challenge.”

Shun Skywalker brawls outside the ring

And we do not have to wait long to see that match! Dragongate General Manager, Ryo Saito (SaiRyo), made the title bout official for the company’s January 12 Korakuen Hall show. Taking place just days after Skywalker’s PWG jaunt, the DG show will be streaming live via with English commentary.

Make sure you subscribe! Because, the day before that match, Shun Skywalker and the rest of Z-Brats will be involved in a unit-disbandment match against HIGH END (YAMATO and Dragon Kid), with the assistance of Takashi Yoshida and Problem Dragon.

“In Dragongate, broken or incomplete units are unnecessary,” said Skywalker. “In the hierarchy of units, HIGH END does not belong or deserve the place they continue to hold. SaiRyo, as a former wrestler, and now GM, has betrayed the unit code and has used his power and position to allow for the emotional nepotism they represent. If the GM is not apt to do his job, then Shun Skywalker will take over. I will enforce my laws and police all the undeserving talent in Dragongate.”

Shun Skywalker laughs on the entrance ramp

Though he may be a little autocratic, Skywalker still knows where his bread is buttered. Thus, he has a message for fans who watched him on his most recent excursion. “I know you enjoyed my matches,” he said. “I understood when you said, ‘I love Shun, I want Shun, I need Shun in my life.’ I know you want me back and want me booked at those shows again. Do not forget to remind the promoters to do so.”




  1. M3Kからトライアングル・ゲート奪還
  2. HIGH ENDの解散宣言
  3. オープン・ザ・ドリーム・ゲート挑戦表明










元々スカイウォーカー選手はアメリカに戻る予定はなかったが11月24日PWG 「Battle of Los Angeles 2023年」に出場することになりました。その発表で今回の記事に至りました。





Shun Skywalker taunts his opponent




Shun Skywalker poses backstage







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From NATURAL VIBES To Kung Fu Masters

Lee & Kamei pose with the Open the Twin Gate tag team title belts

From NATURAL VIBES To Kung Fu Masters

The Two Faces Of Jason Lee & Jacky Funky Kamei

Lee & Kamei pose with the Open the Twin Gate tag team title belts


IN PRO WRESTLING, one needs to develop a character or persona that resonates with an audience. This is no easy task to accomplish merely once—just ask any wrestler who has cycled through multiple gimmicks over the course of a career.

Imagine, then, a tag team ably portraying multiple characters within the same wrestling company … at the same time.

Lee & Kamei vs. Z-Brats

Indeed, it is a major challenge to embody two different characters and the relationships those characters have—completely distinct and unique—and yet, DRAGONGATE’s Jason Lee and Jacky Funky Kamei have managed to do just that!

Both members of the NATURAL VIBES unit, Lee and Kamei make for an awesome pair. Lee introduces himself as the “pro wrestler from Hong Kong that represents DG, able to master everything he does.” While Kamei is the self-described “funky energetic Jackie Chan lookalike with a deadly POW!”

Given their respective namesakes (Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan) and connections to the culture and land, the two tandem specialists decided to create a Hong Kong-centric unit of their own. (Note: DG is based in Kobe, home to a large Chinatown area named Nankinmachi.)

A deftly applies submission hold

Realizing that a two-wrestler unit would not be able to survive long in DG’s competitive landscape, invitations were extended to Hong Kong native Ho Ho Lun and his friend Super Shenlong III.

When asked if it’s ever confusing to alternate between their original personas and newer personas, Lee is nonplussed. “Honestly, no,” he told PWI. “Kung Fu Masters (KFM) is more a comedy unit, something I do not mind doing. However, the Jason Lee you see wrestle as part of NV (Natural Vibes), the technically sound, high-speed athlete with an infusion of kung fu, is who I am.”

So, if he must pick one version of Jason Lee, which does he prefer? “NV Jason Lee, definitely!”

For the record, KFM’s Jason and Jacky are more than just a comedy act. At Kobe World Festival 2022, they dethroned Open the Twin Gate champions Shun Skywalker & Diamante—pound-for-pound, one of the promotion’s biggest, most dominant, and most agile duos. Interestingly, the so-called comedy unit seems to have made its members more confident in their abilities.

“KFM has given me the ability to expand my range when speaking on the microphone, show that a wrestler with a small body, big heart, who will never give up, is not limited in the ring,” said Kamei. “My style remains the same for the most part … displays of strength, with the ability to cover every inch of the ring, and strike from any angle.”

And, while both Kamei and Lee have desires to win singles titles in a not-too-distant future, they both prefer tag team wrestling. “With a great partner,” adds Lee. “Like I’ve had with Kota Minoura, and now Jacky.”

“In a tag team, you have the ability to develop and create powerful team moves,” Kamei said. “Which requires a combination of strength and skills.”

Moreover, Lee & Kamei have plans to conquer the world as a team … and regain the Twin Gate title they lost to D’Courage in Tokyo. “I truly believe the outcome [of the match] would have been different, had they faced the NV team,” said Lee. “KFM, the unit that is specific to Kobe … We were at a disadvantage by not having the energy, power, and the spirit of the community with us.”
And having been there in September to witness the loss, this author cannot disagree with Lee’s assessment.


NATURAL VIBES to Kung Fu Masters

With that, we leave you with Lee & Kamei’s parting words for readers of our ongoing DRAGONGATE Series:

“I hope to have more fans learn about and watch DG. And, when I wrestle again in the U.S. and Mexico, new fans and current fans come to watch and support during the tours.” – Jason Lee

“Please everyone watch and support DG and my FUNKY wrestling! POW POW!” – Jacky Funky Kamei


Jacky Funky Kamei vs SB KENTo, October 17, 2021

Jason Lee vs Shun Skywalker, April 25, 2022

Jason Lee & Jacky Funk Kamei vs. Diamante & Shun Skywalker, July 30, 2022

Kung Fu Masters vs. Genki Horiguchi & Teelan Shisa, November 19, 2022

NATURAL VIBESからカンフー・マスターズへ



















みなさん是非DRAGONGATEと私のファンキーレスリングを見てくださいね!POW POW!

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Shingo Takagi Returns At DRAGONGATE Fan Appreciation Night

Shingo Takagi

DRAGONGATE Fan Appreciation Night (Shingo Takagi Returns!)

PWI’s Ringside Report (12.06.22)


THE FIRST OF hopefully many DRAGONGATE Fan Appreciation Nights gave us a glimpse of what’s to come on the road to FinalGate2022, offered an impressive rookie debut, solidified the greatness of Masaaki Mochizuki, and gave us the return of NJPW’s Shingo Takagi after a four-year absence from the company. In other words: FAN SERVICE at its best!

If you have not watched the show, do yourself a favor and go do so! It is FREE! No sign-up required; all you have to do is type on your web browser and select the “English Commentary” option for the 12.6 show. It does not get any easier than that.

The night began with a fast-paced tag team match between Kaito Nagano (who debuted three months ago, yet is wrestling like he has been doing it for much longer) and Dragon Dia vs. the Z-Brats team of ISHIN and Diamante. I am still waiting for that ‘Mante/Nagano singles match, DG!

In the second match of the night, rookie Yoshiki Kato had his debut match against Madoka Kikuta. Talk about a show of strength between these two … the future looks so so bright for Kato!

Strong Machine J displayed more and more of that aggressiveness he’s shown since April. The second-generation wrestler showed he is not always full of “Good Vibes Only” in the six-man tag team match pitting NATURAL VIBES (SMJ, Jacky Funky Kamei, and one-half of the newly crowned Open the Twin Gate champions, Kzy) against the M3K team of Kanda Yasushi, Mochizuki Jr., and Susumu Mochizuki.

One-third of DDT’s KO-D 6-Man tag champs, Naruki Doi, teamed with Shuji Kondo and Eita to take on Gold Class – (Minorita, Ben-K, and Kota Minoura). This match was a great reminder that the former Takumi Hayakawa is a fighter and that we are closer and closer to seeing Eita on the path to great things. Eita did signal to Doi and Kondo that the three of them would make a great team to challenge for the Triangle Gate (trios) title.

Speaking of that prestigious trios title … in a surprising turn of events, Takashi Yoshida pinned one-third of the Triangle Gate champions, KAI, during the eight-man tag between High End and co. (YAMATO, Dragon Kid, Takashi Yoshida, and Problem Dragon) and the Z-Brats team of BxB Hulk, Shun Skywalker, KAI, and H.Y.O.

Shingo Takagi

The win was overshadowed when a piece of all-too-familiar entrance music started to play as BxB Hulk was about to put away YAMATO with a First Flash. Hulk was visibly shaken and became emotional when Shingo Takagi walked out.  The “Rampage Dragon” made his intentions known, as the match has been set for Final Gate!  Shingo Takagi and BxB Hulk will face YAMATO and Madoka Kikuta in the “Shingo Takagi is Back! Special Tag Team Match.”

The night ended with Yuki Yoshioka defeating the “Iron Man” himself, Masaaki Mochizuki, for a fourth successful defense of the Open the Dream Gate championship.

Still, at 52 years old, “Mocchy” pulled all the stops and once again solidified why he is one of the best, hands down.  And Yoshioka keeps showing glimpses of the inferno that burns within.  You want and need to watch this match!  You’ll thank yourself for it.

Yuki Yoshioka

The second Fan Appreciation broadcast is scheduled for December 11 from Nagoya. This show will again broadcast for free at No sign-up is required!

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DRAGONGATE’s Braveheart: A Candid Conversation With U-T

U-T shows off his tag team title belt

DRAGONGATE’s Braveheart: A Candid Conversation With U-T

U-T is seated at a table, donning casual clothes, with a potted plant beside him

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

IN ALL ASPECTS of life, representation matters!

Imagine being a nine-year-old child attending a pro wrestling event and seeing a wrestler who personifies who you are in size and stature—inspiring a small fan to become the athlete they believed they could never be, due to their body composition.

That child, U-T, remembers seeing Dragon Kid wrestle live for the first time, being mesmerized by his athleticism, his grit, and immediately adoring the man who, most importantly, reminded him of himself.

“Throughout my career, my opponents have always underestimated me, my abilities due to my size,” says U-T. “They see me as the target, the weakest link of a unit that can be bullied, even when I have shown time and time again that is not the case.  My drive, heart, and passion more than compensate for the perceived lack of height and strength.”

U-T throws a dropkick

These sentiments were shared most recently in an online exchange with Shun Skywalker, in which U-T, member of the “Good Vibes Only” unit NATURAL VIBES and one-half of the Ryukyu Dragon Souryu-Ou champions with Kzy, admitted he has envied Skywalker’s physique, strength, and the potential he showed since his debut. However, U-T would never compromise himself—his soul—to achieve any levels of results.

Interestingly, it was a match against Skywalker where things first clicked into place for U-T.  “On December 4, 2018, at Korakuen Hall, Shun and I had a special singles matches,” recalled U-T. “Even though I was the senior wrestler, Shun had been showing that he indeed had ‘Star Power’ and that he would soon be at the top of DRAGONGATE. While everyone expected Shun to beat me, the match ended in a 20-minute time-limit draw.  This match allowed me to show the fans the wrestling style that has defined me since—[that of] a llave technician. The match also gave me confidence as a wrestler, something I was missing at the time.”

U-T uses a llave-style hold

And, now that the rivalry between Z-Brats and Natural Vibes has reached an end—at least for the time being—U-T will shift his focus back to the Open the Brave Gate championship.

“Before I can challenge, I need to achieve some results,” he said. “Get the wins that will set me on the path to the title.” U-T last challenged for the belt, which is DRAGONGATE’s equivalent to a junior heavyweight title, on December 19, 2021, in Nagoya (U-T’s and SB KENTo’s hometown). That was a hard-hitting match, which showed us a ruthless side of DG’s “Braveheart.”

U-T is passion personified.

He has earned his place in DRAGONGATE, regardless of other’s opinions that he cannot be “saved” (according to Shun Skywalker and H.Y.O).

Dragongate's U-T shows off his tag team title belt

U-T has proven that his style of wrestling can stand on its own against any opponent.

To the fans, whether you are new to DRAGONGATE or you have been with the company for the long haul, U-T wants you to know that. “I will always give everything that I am, everything that I have in every match I wrestle,” he said. “Thank you very much, and I look forward to your continued cooperation!”


Z-Brats vs NATURAL VIBES 4 Singles Match Series, October 7, 2022

NATURAL VIBES (Susumu Yokosuka & U-T) vs MASQUERADE (Shun Skywalker & Jason Lee), April 9, 2021

Open the Brave Gate Contender Battle Royal, Ultimo Dragon’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, July 30, 2022

His singles bouts with SB KENTo (December 19, 2021), Shun Skywalker (December 4, 2018), and Yuki Yoshioka January 16 and April 16, 2019) are MUST-WATCH matches … and are all available at!



U-T attempts a pinfall





常に「Good Vibes Only」であるNATURAL VIBESのメンバやKzy選手と共に琉球ドラゴンプロレスリングの双琉王王者であるU-T選手は最近その心情ではシュン・スカイウォーカー選手とSNSで語りました。スカイウォーカー選手の体格や強さ、そしてデビュー当時から見せていたポテンシャルを羨ましく思っていたことを認めている。しかしU-T選手はどんな結果であっても自分自身の魂を売るつもりはない。





ジュニアヘビー級の同類である「オープン・ザ・ブレイブ・ゲート王座」に最後で挑戦したのは2021年12月19日名古屋でSB KENTo選手との対戦でした。ドラゴンゲートの「ブレイブハート」とも言われるU-T選手は非常な一面でハードな試合を戦いました。





NATURAL VIBES vs Z-Brats シングル4番勝負2022.10.07 –

NATURAL VIBES 横須賀ススム & U-T vs  MASQUERADE シュン・スカイウォーカー & ジェイソン・リー2021.04.09 –

オープン・ザ・ブレイブゲート王座 次期挑戦者決定 時間差バトルロイヤル “ドラゴンスクランブル2022.07.30 –

他シングルマッチ、対SB KENTo選手 2021.1219、対シュン・スカイウォーカー選手2018.12.04,や吉岡有紀選手2019.01.16と2019.04.16は是非!dragongate.liveでお見逃しなく!


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STRONG MACHINE J: Opening The Twin Gate With Breakdancing Aggression

Strong Machine J poses

STRONG MACHINE J: Opening The Twin Gate With Breakdancing Aggression

Strong Machine J poses with Natural Vibes

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

WHEN YOU ARE a second-generation wrestler, there is often undue expectation placed on you to carry the family legacy … or even exceed it. This also creates an excess level of stress for such an individual to show that they have the potential and ability to succeed on their own merits. Strong Machine J (SMJ) understands this better than most, being the son of New Japan Pro-Wrestling icon Super Strong Machine.

Making his debut in 2019, SMJ quickly showed that he was very much his father’s son by winning his debut match using his dad’s trademark Machine Suplex Hold. He became a champion in record time, maintained an eight-month undefeated streak, and was later named Tokyo Sports 2019 Rookie of the Year.

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury in late-2020 sidelined SMJ for eight months. And his inability to rely upon the Strong Machines once the unit was disbanded served as the catalyst for things to change—arguably, for the better!

He reflected on this during a recent conversation with PWI: “Upon returning from injury in August 2021, failing to capture the Twin Gate titles with Strong Machine K at Dangerous Gate in September 2021, and the disbandment of the Strong Machines at the beginning of the year, I found myself alone … wondering what was next for me.”

SMJ in action

For the better part of February, March, and April, we saw SMJ team with numerous partners, most of whom he enjoyed great chemistry with.

Heading into King of Gate, we noticed an even greater change in SMJ. He began to show a level of aggression we had not seen before.

“I wanted to show more of who I am,” he said. “So that units in Dragon Gate would notice that there was more to the ‘Strong Machine’ of the past.”

Strong Machine J poses

And the units took notice! HIGH END—most notably, YAMATO, with his “I pay J, I pay!” sales pitch—was the first to publicly show interest in SMJ.

However, unbeknownst to us at the time, there was another leader willing to give SMJ the chance and platform he was seeking, after months where he questioned if he would be able to break through the Machine name expectations that had been placed on him.

“Kzy saved me,” said J. “He saw my potential and has made it possible for me to have opportunities in Natural Vibes, be the truest version of myself. The side I always wanted to show. But, most importantly, who I needed to be.”

When SMJ incorporated his breakdancing into Natural Vibes’ entrance at the King of Gate Finals, it was such a surprise that the audience (momentarily) broke with the staunch no-cheering rule, put in place many months ago to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Joining Natural Vibes has given me the ability to utilize my strength to enhance the unit and show the world what I am capable of,” J told PWI.  “I have now subtlety changed my image and revealed a side of me that was unknown to the fans. Old-school Strong Machine. Incorporating an aspect of my personal life, breakdancing, [which is] something I have done from a young age.”

Along with the breakdancing, SMJ has continued to display a new fire inside the ring—most recently, during a no-DQ bout at Dangerous Gate. And, after a key win against the current Open the Twin Gate champions, SMJ and BIG BOSS Shimizu will challenge for the title belts at Gate of Destiny on November 6. You can sign up for the network,, to watch.

Stay tuned for part two of this interview, as we discuss the leading role Strong Machine J has assumed and why his words are not always full of “Good Vibes Only.”

SMJ on the entrance ramp


Strong Machine J and Strong Machine K vs KING Shimizu and Yokosuka Susumu, Open the Twin Gate Championship at Dangerous Gate 2021

Strong Machine J vs Shun Skywalker, King of Gate 2022, May 25, 2022 (starts at 15:00)

Strong Machine J joins NATURAL VIBES, June 2, 2022 (starts at 3:09)

Open the Triangle Gate Championship Three Way Match – HIGH END vs NATURAL VIBES vs M3K, Kobe World 2022 (starts at 8:23)

NATURAL VIBES vs Z-Brats, October 5, 2022 (starts at 17:25)

Kzy and Strong Machine J vs KAI and H • Y • O, October 23, 2022 




PWIとの会話の中で振り返りました。「2021年8月に復帰し、デンジャラス・ゲート大会でストロングマシーンKとツインゲート王座を奪取できず。 年明けにストロングマシーン軍対が解散するとになり、一人になりました・・・次はどうなるのかと思いました。」

SMJ poses outdoors

2月から4月にかけて、色んな選手とタッグを組み、KING OF GATEに入るとさらに大きな変化が起きました。これまでに無かったアグレッシブ面も見せられました。

「もっと自分を出したいんだ。ドラゴンゲートのユニットが過去の“ストロングマシーン”と今までは違う。」さっそく注目したのはHIGH ENDのYAMATO選手でSMJ選手にすぐ売り込みに来ました。



KING OF GATEでSMJ選手がナチュラル・ヴァイブスと入場する時にブレイクダンスを披露した結果、あまりにも大きな反響で会場の観客が一瞬応援禁止ルールを破ったのだ。


ブレイクダンスと共にリング上では新たな炎が沸き上がりました。最近ではデンジャラス・ゲートでの活躍やツインゲート王者相手に見事な勝利を収めました。今後の11月6 THE GATE OF DESTINY大会ではSMJ選手とBIG BOSS清水選手がツインゲート王座に挑戦することになりました。「」で見逃すな。


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YUKI UENO’S FIGHTING SPIRIT: The DDT Universal Champion On Konosuke Takeshita, Cara Noir, And Upcoming Title Defenses

Yuki Ueno, bloody-faced

YUKI UENO’S FIGHTING SPIRIT: The DDT Universal Champion On Konosuke Takeshita, Cara Noir, And Upcoming Title Defenses

Yuki Ueno, bloody-faced

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

“ALL YOU HAVE to do is watch my matches to know exactly who I am.”

So says two-time DDT Pro-Wrestling Universal champion, Yuki Ueno.

The 37KAMIINA standout successfully defended his title against Cara Noir at DDT’s Who’s Gonna TOP? 2022.  That match, which we highly recommend every reader to go out of their way to watch, perfectly embodied Ueno’s fighting spirit.

Headed into a first-time showdown with the former PROGRESS Wrestling champion, Ueno’s attitude was one of enthusiasm. “I am excited to be able to have a match with Cara Noir,” he told PWI. “We have some similarities in our styles, and our physiques, but we come from two different worlds, and that adds a greater level of enjoyment when you wrestle someone who is not familiar to you.”

Yuki Ueno vs. Cara Noir

That is very much not the case for his next title defense against Koju Takeda. This current version of Ueno’s former partner is full of Pheromones!

Yuki Ueno will face “Shiningball” Takeda on October 23 at Korakuen Hall.  (Make sure to subscribe to WRESTLE UNIVERSE, taking advantage of that two-week free trial, to watch what should be an essential battle.)

When asked what made him unique, Ueno turned the question back around to your truly. What did I think made him so unique? I responded: “Your Fighting Spirit!” Surprised by my answer, with the biggest smile, Ueno agreed.

Yuki Ueno

From his debut match against current KO-D champion, Kazusada Higuchi, in 2016, Ueno has captivated the fans with his spirit—his ability to “turn raw emotions into power” (his words).  “Regardless of the size or experience my opponents have, every time I step into the ring, I give it my all,” he said.

And he has done so consistently. Indeed, one need look no further than Ueno’s epic matches against 37KAMIINA ally Konosuke Takeshita or last year’s feud with Daisuke Sasaki. Ueno’s personal favorite bout happens to be the 2021 D-Oh Grand Prix final against Takeshita. “Having the opportunity to wrestle Take, my classmate, in a setting where we both were on equal terms at the time, the A-Block winner going against the B-Block winner was truly special,” he recalled. “I hoped that at the end of Who’s Gonna TOP? 2022, Take and I would stand side-by-side as champions.”

Unfortunately for Ueno, Takeshita was not able to overcome Higuchi in his final DDT match before embarking on another U.S. tour.

There are no immediate plans for the Universal champ to travel abroad. However, if given the opportunity, he wants to defend his title as much as he can. Though he does not have an explicit list of opponents, he would like to take his “Fighting Spirit” to Thailand and England.

Yuki Ueno vs. Daisuke Sasaki



2022年9月25日で行われたDDTプロレスの「Who’s Gonna TOP 2022」後楽園ホール大会でカーラ・ノワール選手に王座防衛に成功しました。あの闘志溢れる上野選手の姿を是非読者の皆様に見て頂きたいものです。



ですが、次の対戦相手はなんと昔DNA時代でよく組んでいたフェロモン溢れるの竹田“シャイニングボール”光珠選手のと!10月23日後楽園ホールで行われる「God Bless DDT 2022」にて防衛戦で激突することになる。




Yuki Ueno vs. Cara Noir


上野選手が個人的に好きな試合は、2021年のD王グランプリ決勝の竹下戦だと言われました。「Aブロックの優勝者がBブロックの優勝者と対戦するという、お互い対等な立場だった設定で同期の竹ちゃんと試合をすることになったのは、本当に特別なことでした。Who’s Gonna TOP? 2022年後楽園大会の最後には、竹と私はチャンピオンとして並んで立つことを望んでいました。」残念ですが、竹下選手と樋口選手のKO-D無差別級王座戦の結果は樋口選手の勝利となって、リング上のチャンピオン並びの姿はまだ先の話になります。


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Ho Ho Lun’s Mission To Show The Beauty Of Wrestling Across Asia

Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate

Ho Ho Lun’s Mission To Show The Beauty Of Wrestling Across Asia

Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

HONG KONG NATIVE Ho Ho Lun began wrestling in 2009 … as a hobby! It wasn’t until a visit to the UK, two years later, that he made the decision to make it a career. Unlike most prospective wrestlers, who set their sights on being world champions, Lun knew that his niche was not the wrestling itself, but the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making a great show.

As the first non-Japanese Asian-born wrestler to compete around the world, Ho Ho Lun wanted to create opportunities for others like him. “Japan dominates the wrestling market in Asia; However, pro wrestling in Japan was difficult to access due to language barriers,” Lun told PWI.  “And you know as well as I do that not all the streaming services are easy to navigate, as the English option is something that has [only recently] been available. So, I thought, why not bring Japanese talent for a tour in Asia to allow the fans to experience it firsthand?  I watched Dragon Gate growing up, and I would order the DVDs from the U.S. My DVDs would be of wrestling in Japan, purchased in the U.S., and traveled across the world, just so I could watch.”

Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate

While at NXT, Lun took a chance that not many would by choosing to leave the company after receiving an offer to produce shows in Macao. This, along with his current work in Dragon Gate, further solidified his true purpose in the world of pro wrestling.

“I wanted to bring the best live wrestling, world-class wrestling, to Asia, working with the next generation of talent,” he said. “I love wrestling, but my heart and soul are in the foundation of building a great show and enhancing the undiscovered talent of Asia.”

Lun has worked to expand the wrestling markets in China, Malaysia, and, as a consultant, in the Philippines. During Dragon Gate’s Hong Kong tour in 2018, he made the decision to take his talent and vision to Japan, joining the company as a wrestler and one-half of the English commentary team.

Despite his trailblazing efforts, Lun’s approach is a familiar one to many promoters. He said: “My philosophy, to expand and garner a greater interest in pro wrestling, is to pair up a well-known wrestler and an up-and-coming talent.”

Indeed, this is the advice he gives to all the wrestlers and promotions he encounters in his travels.  This answer piqued my interest, as I had seen that business model in Singapore at SPW’s Klash of Kings. I wondered: If Ho Ho Lun could establish his own promotion anywhere in the world, where would he do it, and whom would he bring to wrestle?  “Singapore,” Lun immediately answered.  “Singapore has the most supportive fans, language is not a barrier, and they have some amazing talented wrestlers. Thailand interests me as a future project. And, as to who I would bring? Jacky Funky Kamei and, of course, the Kung Fu Masters.”

In addition to wrestling and providing English commentary, Ho Ho Lun also manages Dragon Gate’s talent bookings in the U.S.  If you are interested in having Dragon Gate wrestlers take part in your show, feel free to email him at or DM via Twitter @hoholun719.

Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate



Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate




Ho Hu Lun at Dragon Gate



それこそが、旅先で出会ったプロモーターやレスラーにこのようなアドバイスをしている。私もシンガポールで開催されたSPWの「Klash of Kings」でまったく同じビジネスモデルを見たことがあるからだ。そしてこう思った:もしルン選手は世界のどこかでも自分の団体を立ち上げるとしたらどこでやるのか?どんな選手を呼んでくれるのか?



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YAMATO executes a lateral press


YAMATO connects with a corner dropkick

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

DRAGON GATE’S ACE, the record-setting five-time former Open the Dream Gate champion, and certified food coordinator, YAMATO will be making his GCW, AAW, Garden State ProWrestling, and Prestige Wrestling debuts, as the“Gates” have now been opened.

Recently, I had the pleasure and privilege to discuss the upcoming tour with YAMATO, who acknowledged that Dragon Gate’s visibility has waned a bit in the States.

“It has been seven or eight years since I last represented [Dragon Gate] in the U.S., back when Dragon Gate U.S.A. had a strong grasp of the fan base and was recognized as a staple of pro wrestling.  Due to the years of absence, I am aware that most people are not as familiar with DG, and some only remember DG U.S.A.  Therefore, I am the best advocate to remind the fans what Dragon Gate is all about.”


During the days of DG U.S.A., YAMATO was part of the younger generation of wrestlers. In October 2022, he will be returning as an established veteran, personifying the professional progression one can experience wrestling for the company.

Rest assured: The issues between his unit, HIGH END, and GOLD CLASS will not be distractions during his time away from Japan. “Going overseas, I have to think big, so I am leaving all the baggage and issues at home,” said YAMATO. “Dragon Kid and Kagetora can handle whatever there may be left to resolve.  I am focused on what I want to accomplish in the U.S.”

And what exactly does that mean? “If YAMATO is in it, YAMATO is winning it,” he said. That includes his upcoming participation in AAW’s Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament, October 14 and 15; and his Prestige Wrestling heavyweight title bout against Alex Shelley on October 30.

YAMATO’s confidence is well-earned. But will it continue in his eventual return to Japan? “That is tough to answer right now,” said YAMATO, even after the current Open the Dream Gate champion, Yuki Yoshioka, let the world know he has his sights set on the “Almighty.” “My aim is to increase the spectrum of DG fans [in the U.S.] and show them what Dragon Gate is all about. However, as a five-time Open the Dream Gate champion, I have the right to challenge on prestige alone. If all goes well in the U.S., and I return motivated and inspired, I will go after the goals I have yet to accomplish.”  During YAMATO’s Homecoming Show in Iwate, the Open the Dream Gate Championship Match was decided for Gate of Destiny–YAMATO vs Yuki Yoshioka.

For the fans that may remember him—and for those that do not know him—the “Ace” has some words. “I am confident that I can make a huge impact, and I will show you what YAMATO and Dragon Gate are all about,” he said.

YAMATO executes a lateral press

Whether he is embracing his darkest desires or full of emotion admitting he has not always behaved as he should, YAMATO has proven time and time again why “He Is Justice,” and that being “Omniscient & Omnipotent” comes with his territory.

Above all, everything he does in and out of the ring is for the rectitude, for the respect, for benevolence, for the courage, for the loyalty, for the honesty, and at the end of the show, every single fan will be standing there with their YAMATO Spirit!

YAMATO’s U.S. Schedule (as of September):


October 8 vs. Tony Deppen

October 9 vs. Mike Bailey

October 22 vs. Jonathan Gresham

October 23 vs. Blake Christian

October 29 TBD


October 14 vs. Zachary Wentz

October 15 TBD

Prestige Wrestling

October 30 vs. Alex Shelley


YAMATO vs Minoura Kota, Dangerous Gate 2021

YAMATO vs KAI No Ropes Match 

Tag Team Cagematch (YAMATO & KAI vs SB KENTo & Dragon Kid)

YAMATO vs Shun Skywalker, SPEED STAR final

YAMATO’s YouTube Channel


オープン・ザ・ドリームゲート王座最多戴冠回数5回を持ち、フードコーディネーター3級の資格を持ち、そして何よりDRAGONGATEの”エース”であるYAMATO選手はGCW、AAW、Garden State Pro WrestlingとPrestige Wrestlingへの「ゲート」が開かれた!


DRAGONGATE USAがファンをしっかり掴んで認知されていた頃には私が最後にアメリカでDRAGONGATE日本代表として7、8年が経ちました。 そのため、大抵の人がDRAGONGATEになじみがなくなったかDRAGONGATE USAしか覚えていないことも承知しています。”DRAGONGATEとは何か “をファンに思い出してもらうためには、私が一番相応しい方です。

DRAGONGATE USA時代にYAMATO選手は若手世代だったが2022年10月頃は経験値やキャリアを積んで立派なベテランとして再びアメリカに戻っることにします。

ご安心を。専属するユニットHIGH ENDとGOLD CLASSとの対抗戦は日本に離れてもあまり気にするはないだろう。「海外に行くからには大きく考えなければならないので、日本の問題はアメリカに持ってこない。ドラゴン•キッド選手やKagetora選手がいれば何とかなるさ。北米で成し遂げたいことに集中しています。」

それは具体的に何でしょうか? 10月14日から15日に掛けてAAWプロレスの“ジム・ライナムメモリアルトーナメント”や10月30日のアレックス・シェリー選手とのPrestige Wrestlingヘビー級王座戦についてこう言った:「YAMATOが参戦したらYAMATOが勝つだろう」。
















Prestige Wrestling



YAMATO VS 箕浦康太・デンジャラス・ゲート2021

YAMATO VS KAI 遺恨決着‼ノーロープ&ランバージャックマッチ

マスカラ・コントラ・カベジェラ 金網サバイバル・タッグマッチ

YAMATO/KAI vs ドラゴン・キッド/SB KENTo

SPEED STAR FINALオープン・ザ・ドリームゲート選手権試合


YAMATO選手の YouTubeチャンネル:「多趣味のススメ」

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DIAMANTE: “El Original” Is Home In Japan (Part 1)

Diamante portrait

DIAMANTE: “El Original” Is Home In Japan (Part 1)

Text & Photos by Issa Marie

WHEN WE LOOK back at the last calendar year, Diamante’s dominance in the ring cannot go unnoticed: key victories over Shun Skywalker and Dragon Kid; unmasking Dragon Dia and becoming one-half of the toughest, pound-for-pound, Twin Gate champions with the aforementioned Skywalker; and, crucially, being the only opponent Yuki Yoshioka beat with a reversal instead of using his signature frog splash (we’ll put a pin in that one for the moment).

Days shy of their continued series of epic battles between Z-Brats and NATURAL VIBES, Chapter 3, I recently had an opportunity to speak with Diamante. This is part one of our conversation.

The “Mexican Power” decided to embark on his dream of wrestling and making his name known in Japan when the opportunity presented itself in 2019. “I love Japan! I fell in love with the country, the people, the culture during my first trip in 2012 as part of NJPW/CMLL FantasticaMania Tour,” said Diamante.  “However, it was Dragon Gate’s strength, agility, the courage, and skill of the wrestlers I encountered in Mexico that solidified it for me. This is the place I want to be … the company I want to wrestle for.”

Diamante & Shun Skywalker

Even though he had an opportunity to return to Mexico, Diamante decided to stay in Japan. “I was already home,” he said. “I was with my family, and I have no plans of leaving any time soon. I have goals and dreams I have yet to accomplish, and I want to attain them in Dragon Gate.”

And one of those goals is to recover the Twin Gate title with his “Calamity Of The Skies” partner, Shun Skywalker. “Shun and I are the strongest tag team,” he said. “When we regained our championships, we want to defend them all over the world. At Dangerous Gate, I want Jacky (Funky Kamei) and Jason (Lee) to retain, so that we can take back what is ours from them. Shun and I gave them that win to appease the ‘crying’ children of the Kung Fu Kids.”

And what about the other members of NATURAL VIBES? “Z-Brats has no true rivals,” bragged Diamante. “NATURAL VIBES is a unit made up of kids (Jacky, Jason), an old selfish man (Kzy), a Strong Machine that spends more time broken than being functional, and Big Boss and U-T, who we have beaten and humiliated time and time again. At Ota-Ku, it will be the beginning of their end.”


Even though his current sights are on NATURAL VIBES, Diamante has not forgotten about the man who betrayed him and tossed him away, the current Open the Dream Gate champion, Yuki Yoshioka.  “Infer,” he began, referring to Yoshioka’s former “Dia Inferno” moniker. “After everything I did for you … I took care of you, I put my mask on the line for you, I did everything I had to do to protect your mask. And what did you do? You unmasked yourself and walked away from me—from us—without saying a word.”

To Diamante, who previously took the mask of Big Boss when Boss wrestled as Bokutimo Dragon, Yoshioka’s voluntary unmasking was a show of disrespect and lack of pride. The mask is, after all, everything to masked wrestlers.

Since Yoshioka became a topic of conversation, I had to ask: Does “El Original” plan on challenging the promotion’s top singles champion anytime soon?  Diamante smiled that beautiful smile of his. “I am working on becoming the best version of myself,” he began. “And, when I grab the microphone and ask for that opportunity, knowing I will win.”

Stay tuned for part two of this interview, in which we’ll share a small look into the man behind the mask!


DIAMANTE: “El Original” Estoy en Casa, aquí en Japón (Pt 1)

La dominancia de Diamante en este año es algo que no puede pasar por desapercibido: victorias decisivas sobre Shun Skywalker y Dragón Kid; el haber desenmascarado a Dragón Dia; junto a Skywalker, formar parte del equipo, Kilo por Kilo, más fuertes y peligroso, ganando el campeonato de Twin Gate; y el único oponente el cual Yuki Yoshioka le ganó sin usar su sello personal (hablaremos de esto un poco más adelante).

Unos días antes de otra lucha épica entre Z-Brats y NATURAL VIBES, Tercer Capítulo, conversé con Diamante – esta es la primera parte de nuestra plática.

El “Poder Mexicano,” al darse la oportunidad de hacer un sueño en realidad, no dudó en mudarse permanentemente a Japón. “Me enamoré del país, la cultura, los fanáticos durante mi primera visita en el 2012, en la gira enter NJPW y CMLL, FantásticaManía. Siempre quise destacarme aquí; pero fue la fuerza, agilidad, coraje, y la destreza de los luchadores de Dragón Gate lo que solidificó mi decisión de luchar en y para esta compañía.”


En vez de regresar a México durante la pandemia, Diamante quizo quedarse en Japón. “Estaba en casa, con quienes consideró mi familia, y no tengo planes de irme. Tengo metas y sueños que cumplir; y quiero alcanzarlos en Dragón Gate.”

Y una de esas metas es recuperar el campeonato de Twin Gate junto a su ex rival y ahora pareja, Shun Skywalker, que juntos son conocidos como “La Calamidad de Los Cielos,” mientras que ellos se identifican como “Los Cazadores.” “Shun y yo somos el equipo más fuerte” dijo Diamante. “Cuando recuperemos nuestros campeonatos, queremos defenderlos por todo el mundo. En Dangerous Gate, queremos que Jacky (Funky Kamei) y Jasón (Lee) retengan los cinturones para quitárselos. Shun y yo le regalamos esos campeonatos para calmar a los niños chillones de Kung Fu.”

¿Y qué piensas del resto de los integrantes de NATURAL VIBES? “Z-Brats, no tenemos rivales. Ellos están compuestos de unos niños (Jacky y Jasón), un viejo egoísta (Kzy), una “Máquina Fuerte” que se la pasa la mayoría de tiempo descompuesta, y Big Boss y U-T, a quienes le hemos ganado y humillado un sin número de veces. En Ota-Ku, será el principio de su final.”

El estar enfocado en NATURAL VIBES no significa que Diamante se haya olvidado de la persona que lo traicionó y lo hecho a un lado, el campeón de Open de Dream, Yuki Yoshioka. “Infer (como siempre le decía)…después de todo lo que hice por ti, te cuidé, arriesgué mi máscara para preservar la tuya, tu identidad…y como me pagaste? Desenmascarándote y dejándome (dejando a R.E.D.) sin decir una palabra.”

La máscara de un luchador es lo más sagrado. Y Diamante, quien, en lucha de apuestas en Dragón Gate, les ganó las máscaras a Bokutimo Dragón y Dragón Dia, ve las acciones de Yoshioka (desenmascararse) como una falta de respeto, de honor…

Ya que Yoshioka es tema de conversación, tenía que preguntar – “El Original,¿” tiene planes de retarlo por el campeonato en un futuro no muy lejanos? Diamante sonrió, esa sonrisa coqueta que enamora, antes de contestar. “Estoy preparándome, evolucionando a ser la mejor versión de mí. El día que tomé el micrófono y lo rete, lo haré sabiendo que soy el que será el ganador.”

Estén pendientes de la segunda parte de esta entrevista donde conoceremos un poquito, a el hombre detrás de la máscara.


今回のインタビューはZ-BratsとNATURAL VIBESの対抗戦前夜にディアマンテ選手について語っていきます。こちらの記事は2パートの前編となります。




NATURAL VIBESの他メンバーは?「Z-Bratsは敵なし。NATURAL VIBESは子供達(ジャッキー、ジェイソン)、わがままなおっさん(Kzy)、壊れたストロングマシーンと何度もボコボコにされたBIGBOSSとU-Tの集まりなだけ。大田区は終わりの始まりだ。

ディアマンテ選手の目的はNATURAL VIBESではありますが、彼を裏切られた現オープン・ザ・ドリームゲート王者こと吉岡勇紀選手は未だに忘れていない。「インフェル・・・

あなたの為にいろいろお世話をし、自分のマスクを掛けて試合をし、あなたのマスクを守るためどれだけ苦労したんだろう。その結果?自身のマスクを剥がし、 何も言わずに私たちーいや、私の前から去っていった 。




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SB KENTo’s BRAND NEW WORLD: Dragon Gate Prodigy Prepares To Impress Fans In U.S. & Mexico

Text & Photos by Issa Marie


AMAZING TECHNIQUE, AN impressive body of work, presence, charisma, and confidence—these are qualities rarely found in rookies. Early on, Dragon Gate’s SB KENTo had all of them … and so much more.

Immediately setting himself apart from his classmates, SBK rose through the ranks by becoming Open the Triangle Gate, Open the Twin Gate, and the youngest ever Open the Brave Gate champion. 

After failing to recapture the (Brave Gate) title that had become synonymous with him for most of 2021 from his BAMSHIRI brother and tag team partner, H.Y.O, SBK announced that he was taking time for himself. Further, he would be going on an extended excursion to Mexico and the U.S. in order “to expand [his] horizons.” 

Even with my limited Japanese, I knew KENTo had realized that to become the best and strongest version of himself, he needed a change—a new and unfamiliar environment to challenge himself.  

When H.Y.O. told him that he would pack his bag immediately and go with him, KENTo said he needed to do this on his own. He would carry the BAMSHIRI flag worldwide while H.Y.O continued to hold the fort in Japan. 


As he was making his way to Mexico, I had an opportunity to catch up with SBK remotely. So, I had to ask: Will we see a potential match (with or against) Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Junta Miyawaki, who is currently in Mexico training at Toryumon Casa with Takuma Fujiwara and La Estrella? KENTo and Junta have a recent history, stemming back to April’s N Innovation event.

In true form, SBK was enigmatic in his response. 

“There might be a chance … or not? Or am I just messing with you? Gahaha!”

While the Dragon Gate standout does not have a list of opponents he wishes to face in North America, one thing is for certain: When the fans see him wrestle against their favorites, it will ultimately be KENTo’s name that they will be chanting. “It’s not like I want you to like me or anything,” he admits. “But you’ll be hooked by my style of wrestling. SBK! SBK! SBK!” 


SB KENTo began his Mexican excursion by debuting in AAA alongside Takuma Fujiwara and Crazy Boy, in the newly formed stable International Power. His U.S. journey begins on September 9 at Expect The Unexpected (ETU) Wrestling in a Dragon Gate Spotlight Match against La Estrella. 

Eight days later, SBK teams with Z-Brats stablemate, Shun Skywalker, to face Andrew Everett and Jack Evans. At the end of that match, SBK wants the fans to “truly understand how amazing Shun and I are. You’ll never forget it, even if you try, and you’ll want to see even more.” He adds, with a menacing laugh, “That’s because we’re Japanese superstars!” 

On September 18, SB KENTo makes his Major League Wrestling (MLW) debut, wrestling Davey Richards for the National Openweight championship. 

At the time of this writing, SBK’s next big scheduled appearance is at the end of October, when he will make his Prestige Wrestling debut at “Wake The Dead.” And, in November, he will take part in West Coast Pro’s King of the Indies. At the moment, the rest of his U.S. and Mexico dates are yet to be announced.

Does SB KENTo have anything else to say to PWI readers? You bet he does. “I’m going to show everyone how high my potential is,” he said. “You better look forward to my matches. SBK’s story begins here.”


Kobe World 2022 Battle Royal

6-Man Tag Match:  Kzy, Keisuke Okuda, Kota Minoura vs Dia Inferno, SB KENTo, Kaito Ishida

KING of GATE 2021 – Dragon Kid vs SB KENTo



TÉCNICA INCREÍBLE, cúmulo de obra impresionante, presencia, carisma, confidencia – cualidades raramente vistas en novatos. Desde sus inicios en Dragón Gate, SB KENTo demostró tenerlas…y mucho más!  Sobrepasando as sus compañeros, SBK ascendió inmediatamente ganando el título de Open the Triangle Gate, Open the Twin Gate, y convirtiéndose en el Open the Brave Gate más joven en la historia de la compañía.  

Después de no poder re capturar el campeonato (Brave Gate) sinónimo con el por la mayor parte del 2021, SBK anunció después de la lucha en contra su hermano BAMISHIRI y pareja, H.Y.O, que necesitaba un tiempo para reflexionar…y que haría una larga  excursión en México y los Estados Unidos para “ampliar sus horizontes.”

Estuve presente cuando SBK hizo esa declaración, y aún, con mi limitado conocimiento del idioma, supe que el cayo en cuenta de que para poder llegar a ser la mejor versión de el mismo, necesitaba un cambio de ambiente en el cual podría evolucionar lejos de lo que es conocido.  Al escuchar esos comentarios, H.Y.O se apuntó para la gira y nos dejo saber que empacaría sus maletas inmediatamente para acompañar a SBK, a lo cual KENTo respondió que necesitaba hacer esto el sólo.  SBK llevaría en alto la bandera de BAMISHIRI por el mundo, H.Y.O. haciendo lo mismo en Japón.

Camino a México, tuve la oportunidad de conversar con SBK, e inmediatamente le pregunte si lo veríamos luchar (con o en contra) con Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Miyawaki Junta, quien junto a Takuma Fujiwara y La Estrella están viviendo y entrenando en Toryumon Casa (México)?  KENTo y Junta tienen establecieron una pequeña rivalidad en Abril, cuando se enfrentaron en el evento de N Innovation de Pro Wrestling NOAH.


SBK siendo SBK respondió de manera enigmática – “se dará esa oportunidad…tal vez si…tal vez no?  O estoy jugando contigo? Gahaha!”  Aunque el destacado luchador de Dragón Gate no tiene una lista de oponentes/luchas las cuales le gustaría tener en México y en los Estados Unidos, cuando los fanáticos lo vean luchar en contra de sus favoritos, el nombre que gritarán, los aplausos que darán, serán para SB KENTo – “No es que quiero que les guste (como persona), pero durante y al final de la lucha estarán fascinados con mi estilo de lucha. SBK! SBK! SBK!” 

SB KENTo empezó su excursión en México, debutando en AAA junto a Takuma Fujiwara y Crazy Boy, formando el estable Poder Internacional.  Debutará en los Estados Unidos el 9 de Septiembre en Expect The Unexpected (ETU) Wrestling, contra La Estrella en una lucha que destacará el talento de Dragón Gate.  El 17 de Septiembre, SBK se reúne con Shun Skywalker, compañero de Z-Brats (Los Mocosos), en una lucha en contra de Andrew Everett and Jack Evans.  Cuando termine esta lucha, SBK espera que los fanáticos “puedan realmente ver y entender lo increíble que somos (Shun y yo).  No podrán olvidarnos, aunque traten, y querrán ver más de nosotros.”  Con una risa maniaca agrego “Porque somos súper estrellas de Japón.” 

El 18 de Septiembre, SBK, retará a Davey Richards por el título de National Openweight en su debut para Major League Wrestling (MLW).  Sus próxima luchas (notables) en los Estados Unidos serán a final de Octubre para  Prestige Wrestling tomando parte de la cartelera de “Wake The Dead (Despertar a los Muertos).”  En Noviembre, será parte de el torneó, King of the Indies (Rey de las Independiente) en West Coast Pro Wrestling.  El resto de su itinerario en México y los Estados Unidos no ha sido anunciado.  Para terminar, le pregunté a SB KENTo si tenía un mensaje para los lectores de Pro Wrestling Illustrated…sin duda respondió – “Les voy a enseñar que tan alto es mi potencial.  Deben estar deseosos de ver mis luchas.  Esta etapa de mi historia empieza ahora.”


SB KENToの新たな旅の始まり!

抜群のテクニック、存在感、カリスマ性、そして自信……新人にはほとんど見られない資質である。ドラゴンゲートのSB KENTo選手は、デビュー当時はもう備えていた……







スカイウォーカー選手と違ってアメリカで対戦したい選手はありませんが、一つ確かなことがあります。推し選手と戦うときに相手よりKENToの名前が会場に響いているでしょう。「別に好かれたいとか思わないけど、 俺のプロレスの虜にさせてやるよSbk!SBK!SBK!」

SB KENTo選手のツアー一発目はAAAで藤原拓磨とクレイジーボイ「International Power」というユニットとともに対戦します。アメリカの一番最初の試合は9月9日Expect The Unexpected (ETU) Wrestlingで同じドラゴンゲートのラ・エストレージャ選手との対戦があります。


「俺とシュンの凄さを体感するだろう。 それは忘れられないと思うし、 また観たくなるだろうね。 俺たちは日本のスーパースターだから!ガハハ」

9月18日にSB KENTo選手は Major League Wrestling (MLW) 団体の初登場は対デイビー・リチャーズ選手とのNational Openweight 王座戦。 

本記事が作成したときに次のビッグマッチは10月末のPrestige Wrestlingもあり、11月のWest Coast Pro’s King of the Indiesトーナメントに参戦すること現在他の日程は未発表。


「俺自身の可能性を最大限に広げる。 俺の試合楽しみにしとけ。 SBKの物語はこれからだ。」