Tons Of Backstage DG:USA Notes - New Direction, More
-- The promotion taped their United We Stand PPV on Sunday and that show will debut on traditional PPV on March 11th.
-- There were no injuries reported coming out of the triple shot weekend.
-- Julius Smokes worked NYC as one shot deal. He was there to help push the Homicide vs. Jon Moxley feud.
-- Overall, Dragon Gate was very happy about the new direction that the company took this weekend. The goal was to put the American and the Japanese talent on equal footing. CIMA, who helped found the company, put Johnny Gargano over clean via submission to put forth a message to the rest of the locker room.
-- People that were there live enjoyed the promotion's debut in New York City at BB Kings. Many enjoyed the venue and felt that it was fresh. Theyran the entire show without stopping for two hours and 15 minutes straight, with no intermission and each segment bleeding into the next. Sapolsky stated that it was a concept he's been wanting to do since ROH but never had the right time or place to test it until New York City. He did this so that there were no delays in the action. He feels that this is a concept that they can run occasionally in order to present things differently. The pacing of the show had nothing to do with the venue or the fact that there was a show scheduled for after the DGUSA event.
-- The promotion is looking to try another new concept for their North Carolina debut in April.
-- The company hopes to break into new markets in June.
-- The following names have been announced for the WrestleMania weekend shows: Open The Freedom Gate Champion YAMATO, Open The United Gate Champions Masato Yoshino & PAC, CIMA, Naruki Doi, The Ronin: Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa and the debuting Stalker Ichikawa.