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Dragon Gate Network Debut (Free Match + Show Included)

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On April 1st, Japanese-based promotion, Dragon Gate, premiered their brand new streaming service. The name Dragon Gate may be familiar to some hardcore wrestling fans. The company first started sending their wrestlers over to the U.S. back in 2005, where they wrestled for Ring of Honor. Their flashy, lucha libre style, made them stand out compared to what fans of ROH were used to seeing at the time. Dragon Gate caught on immediately with fan of the U.S. independent wrestling scene, even generating enough interest to have a promotion named after them in the states. In 2009, Gabe Sapolsky helped launch Dragon Gate USA, a place in the states for members of the Dragon Gate roster to gain exposer beyond Japan.

Dragon Gate USA is a great starting point for those who are completely new to the product. There, you’ll be able to see familiar faces like Neville, Johnny Gargano, Kalisto, Akira Tozawa Ricochet and Drew Gulak tearing it up at a level you rarely get a chance to see outside of Dragon Gate. The style is ultra-fast, maybe the fasting wrestling in the world, mixed with crazy flips and wacky submissions only comparable to the likes of Zack Sabre Jr. Here you can see a match from 2011 featuring both Neville and Ricochet, a truly awe-inspiring spectacle.

Since 2015, Dragon Gate has mainly stayed local to Japan. Other than sporadic appearances in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla by Akira Tozawa, the only way to truly experience the Dragon Gate style is to go to Japan. With the launch of Dragon Gate Network, it’s now as simple and affordable as ever to keep track of this one of a kind promotion. For $15/month you get everything DG Network has to offer. Live streams, past shows, interviews and videos of the roster outside of the ring. As of April 2nd, the back catalogue is sparse at best. You can see every Kobe Festival (their version of a Wrestle Mania) since the debut of the promotion in 2004. There are also select shows spanning from August 2017 to Aril 2018 available, as well as every Prime Zone, which can be thought of as Dragon Gate’s NXT.

For the fans who want a complete back catalogue of everything the promotion has ever produced, Dragon Gate Network is a far cry from delivering. We can only hope that the catalogue expands as the weeks go on but as of right now the pricing is an improvement from what we had previously. Before the launch, you were forced to pay anywhere from $10-$25 for a single show. Now, the price will be set at $15 and will guarantee at least two shows per month. This may be a hard sell for those who weren’t already watching or paying for Dragon Gate but it’s undoubtedly better for those who were and we can hope that with our support, they expand their library to make the price feel even more deserving.

If you have never experienced a Dragon Gate show before, you are allowed free access to the show from April 1st where the first two rounds of the Open the Brave Gate tournament was held. Try it out for yourself to see if Dragon Gate can become your new wrestling obsession.

Robert McCauley hasn't miss an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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