Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Production== ===Background=== [[File:Fujinamis.png|thumb|right|[[Tatsumi Fujinami]] (left) as one-third of the guests for the event|247x247px]] The Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2018 was officially announced in January 2018. Tickets for the event went on sale on April 18, 2018. The aired live through Dragon Gate's internet streaming site, [[Dragon Gate Network]], with Japanese language commentaries. The Japanese commentary will be provided by Katsuya Ichikawa. The event also aired on tape delay on Japanese TV Gaora Sports to be launched in Dragon Gate's ~ Infinity ~ Series. On April 18, Dragon Gate announced on Twitter that tickets would go on May 20. The event featured former [[IWGP Heavyweight Championship|IWGP Heavyweight Champion]] [[Tatsumi Fujinami]], his son [[LEONA]] and [[Yoshiaki Fujiwara]] as special guests for the event. Fujinami made an appearance for Dragon Gate in May 2018, teaming with [[Dragon Kid]], and [[Masaaki Mochizuki]] in a loss against [[Shingo Takagi]], [[Takashi Yoshida]], and [[Yuko Miyamoto]]. Meanwhile, Fujiwara as made appearances since 2013 usually appearing for the [[Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival]], with his last appearance being in the [[Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival (2016)|2016 Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival]] teaming with Masaaki Mochizuki in a winning effort against [[Don Fujii]] and [[Masakatsu Funaki]]. It was later announced that Fujinami, LEONA and Fujiwara would also participate in the event. On June 27, it was announced that contract signing ceremony for the title matches would be held on July 21, broadcasting live for free at [[Dragon Gate]]'s internet streaming service [[Dragon Gate Network]]. On July 4, Dragon Gate announced that some seats were already sold out. The following day, it was announced the full card of the event, containing nine matches, which four are contested for championships. On July 15, it was announced that LEONA would be unable to take part in the event, after suffering a broken left foot, he was replaced by [[Hiro Saito]] who is also signed by [[Dradition]]. Two days later, it was reported [[Oji Shiiba]] suffered a lower back injury and would be pulled out of the show, he was replaced by [[Yuki Yoshioka]] who will compete in the event twice, on pre-show and the following match. ===Storylines=== The Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2018 will feature professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. [[File:ShingoTakagiantias.jpg|thumb|left|[[Shingo Takagi]] the number one contender to the [[Open The Dream Gate Championship]].|247x247px]] The Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival was main evented by [[Masato Yoshino]] defending the [[Open The Dream Gate Championship]] against [[Shingo Takagi]]. The storyline behind the match dates back to 2015. In August 2015, Takagi started showing some signs of a heel turn, after berating [[T-Hawk]] for losing against Yoshino at [[Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival (2015)|Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival]] and started to have some tension with Yoshino, due to forming a team with T-Hawk. Takagi and Yoshino were both parts of the same stable [[Monster Express]]. Yoshino and Takagi agreed to a match for the [[Open The Dream Gate Championship]] against Yoshino at [[Dangerous Gate (2015)|Dangerous Gate]]. At Dangerous Gate, Yoshino lost the title to Takagi. After the match, Takagi finally turned heel, after turning on his Monster Express, Yoshino, and [[Shachihoko BOY]]. Takagi would then dominate Open The Dream Gate Championship title picture for almost a year, losing it once, but quickly regaining it in March. He would lose the title to [[YAMATO]] at [[Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival (2016)|2016 Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival]] in July 2016. Meanwhile, Yoshino would spend most of his time in the mid-card defending the [[Open The Triangle Gate Championship]], which he, T-Hawk and [[Akira Tozawa]] won defeating Takagi, [[Naruki Doi]] and YAMATO to win the vacant titles and later being sidelined for almost a year due to a back injury, which almost forced him to retire. Takagi and Yoshino would then be part of a losing disband match between [[VerserK]] led by Takagi and Monster Express led by Yoshino, which ended with VerserK forcing Monster Express to disband. VerserK kept feuding with Yoshino, Naruki Doi, and [[Kotoka]], which led to the formation of [[MaxiMuM]]. [[File:Yoshinodream4.jpg|thumb|right|[[Masato Yoshino]] the defending [[Open The Dream Gate Championship|Open The Dream Gate Champion]]|265x265px]] Yoshino and Takagi would cross path again in May 2018 during the [[King of Gate]] tournament, where Yoshino and Takagi were placed in block D. Takagi would end up defeating Yoshino for the second time in almost two years since their last match. Takagi would finish the tournament with a record of two wins, one double count out, and one loss against [[Susumu Yokosuka]] cost him a place in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Yoshino won his block with a record of two wins, one loss, and one draw, advancing both to the semifinals of the tournament. On June 1, Yoshino defeated Takagi's [[ANTIAS]] (formerly VerserK) stablemate [[Takashi Yoshida]] to advance to the finals of the tournament. On June 9, Yoshino defeated YAMATO in the finals to become the first wrestler to win the King of Gate for the second time. The following day, Yoshino defeated Masaaki Mochizuki to win the Open The Dream Gate Championship for the fourth time tying Takagi's record of most reigns as Open The Dream Gate Champion. Following the match, Takagi confronted Yoshino and called his win against Mochizuki and YAMATO a "fluke" and that his lost against him was the only decisive match he had was when he lost to Takagi. Takagi stated that he didn't accept Yoshino as champion and that he should give him the title. This led to General Manager [[Takayuki Yagi]] making the match official for the main event of the Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival. On July 5, Takagi requested that if he defeated Yoshino for the title at the main event, he would declare himself President and would change Dragon Gate and close the door to the previous era and create one in his own image. Takagi was also upset at Kido after Yoshino was included to the Board of Directors and he was left off, following the Dragon Gate restructure. [[File:Dkbrave2.jpg|thumb|left|[[Dragon Kid]] the defending [[Open The Brave Gate Championship|Open The Brave Gate Champion]]|267x267px]] On April 7, 2016, [[Eita]] invited [[Dragon Kid]] to join [[Over Generation]], which he accepted. The two subsequently formed a team as part of the Over Generation. On May 5, at [[Dead or Alive (2016)|Dead or Alive]], Eita and Kid, unsuccessfully challenged [[Big R Shimizu]] and [[T-Hawk]] for the [[Open The Twin Gate Championship]]. In August, Eita and Kid took part in the [[Summer Adventure Tag League]]. They ended up winning the tournament defeating [["brother" YASSHI]] and [[Naruki Doi]] in the finals of the tournament. This led to them receiving another match for the Open The Twin Gate Championship, this time losing to [[Jimmy Kagetora]] and [[Jimmy Susumu]]. During this time, Eita won the Open The Brave Gate Championship, but the title was declared vacated in March of the following year. On November 8, Eita turned on Kid and rejoined VerserK revealing he was their newest member. In May 2018, Eita and Kid took part in the [[King of Gate]] tournament. Kid would face Eita in his first tournament match. Eita would injury Kid on purpose, leading to him forfeiting the rest of his matches in the King of Gate. On May 21 at [[Dragon Gate NEX]] Sanctuary.165, Kid served as special ring announcer for the show, Eita would make an appearance at the show attacking Kid. During the tournament, Kid and Eita agreed to a losing disband match between Over Generation and [[ANTIAS]] (formerly VerserK) on July 5, due to Kid being injured. On June 10, ANTIAS defeated Over Generation, with Eita pinning Kid to gain the advantage in the Losing disband match on July 5. After the match, Eita stated that Kid was "devaluing the championship", leading to General Manager [[Takayuki Yagi]] to make the match official for the event. On June 30, Eita and Takagi defeated Kid and Yoshino to win the prelude match, with Eita pinning Kid for the win. On July 5, Eita led ANTIAS forcing Over Generation to disband, after pinning Kid for the win. [[File:Masato Tanaka.jpg|thumb|right|[[Masato Tanaka]] one-third of [[ANTIAS]] who will challenge for the [[Open The Triangle Gate Championship]].|247x247px]] On July 5, ANTIAS forced Over Generation to disband after defeating them in a Naniwa Elimination Rules match, with Eita pinning Kid. Following the match, the leader of ANTIAS Shingo Takagi challenged [[Natural Vibes]] ([[Kzy]], [[Genki Horiguchi]] and [[Susumu Yokosuka]]) to a match for the [[Open The Triangle Gate Championship]]. However, ANTIAS had only left two members which were [[Takashi Yoshida]] and [[Yasushi Kanda]]. Takagi announced that [[Masato Tanaka]] as the newest member of the stable, having now a third member to challenge for [[File:YAMATOHulk.jpg|thumb|left|[[Tribe Vanguard]] ([[BxB Hulk]] and [[YAMATO]] who will receive an [[Open The Twin Gate Championship]] match at the event|198x198px]] the titles, leading to General Manager Takayuki Yagi making the match official for the Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival. Early that night, Natural Vibes made their first successful title defense against [[Don Fujii]], [[K-ness]] and [[Ryo Saito]]. In the [[Open The Twin Gate Championship]], [[Big Ben]] ([[Ben-K]] and [[Big R Shimizu]]) will make their second title defense against [[Tribe Vanguard]] ([[BxB Hulk]] and [[YAMATO]]). On June 16, YAMATO and Hulk teamed with their [[Tribe Vanguard]] stablemates [[Kagetora]] and [[Yosuke♡Santa Maria]] in a winning effort against Shimizu, Ben-K and their [[MaxiMuM]] stablemates [[Naruki Doi]] and Masato Yoshino, with YAMATO pinning Shimizu after Doi an accidentally cost him the match. After the match, YAMATO and Hulk challenged Ben-K and Shimizu to a title match, since Ben-K and Shimizu had defeated their stablemates Kagetora and Maria before to make their first successful title defense, leading to General Manager Takayuki Yagi making the match official for the Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Puroresu System Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://puroresusystem.fandom.com/wiki/Kobe_Pro-Wrestling_Festival_(2018)"