Dragon Gate USA is three months old today. Here is an article from www.DGUSA.tv looking at three great months:
Three months ago independent pro wrestling fans woke up to the biggest shock of the year as Dragon Gate USA was born. DGUSA’s launch seemed to come out of thin air. There was little known about the new promotion. Since April 15th you have been a part of this fledgling company as it grew with one surprising announcement and partnership after another. The best thing is that you can say you were there from the beginning. Here’s a quick recap of the first 12 crazy weeks of DGUSA:
-DGUSA.tv goes live and immediately sets the tone with a slick, professional look. DGUSA.tv features free videos, a first class Roster section, several Feature Articles, constantly updated News Alerts and a fully stocked Store with live event tickets, hats, shirts and DVDs. DGUSA.tv has over 30,000 unique visitors in its first month alone.
-Former ROH booker and creator Gabe Sapolsky is named DGUSA Vice President and will also handle booking.
-The first events will be at the legendary Arena in South Philly on July 25th and at the historic Congress Theater in Chicago on September 6th.
-DGUSA will immediately go on pay-per-view with the premiere of “Enter The Dragon” on September 4th on iN DEMAND and TVN in the United States as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell ExpressVu in Canada.
-DGUSA will present a core talent roster over the first two shows of CIMA, Dragon Kid, Shingo, Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, YAMATO, BxB Hulk, Susumu Yokosuka, Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi.
-The best the United States indy scene has to offer, Bryan Danielson and Davey Richards, join the DGUSA roster.
-Highspots.com signs on as an official sponsor to give the fans a wide selection of pro wrestling merchandise at the live shows. In even bigger news, Highspots.com will present a special autograph session with WWE Hall Of Famers Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross on 9/6 in Chicago. This is a very rare autograph appearance for Ross.
-DGUSA forms a strong working agreement with CHIKARA (www.CHIKARApro.com) and later announces working agreements with AAW (www.AAWrestling.com) and Hybrid Wrestling (www.HybridWrestling.com) to feature top, upcoming American talent.
-If the talent pool wasn’t already deep enough with everything mentioned so far The Young Bucks, 2 Cold Scorpio and former WWE superstar Ken Doane are added to the roster.
-DGUSA forms strategic partnerships with other top promoters of counter culture and entertainment including Jinxed Clothing (www.myspace.com/JinxedPhiladelphia), R5 Productions (www.R5Productions) and Ferret Music (www.Ferretstyle.com).
-DGUSA announces new concepts like having a “Live Event Hostess” instead of a ring announcer and the Fray, a new type of match that will be the bonus bout for Golden Ringside ticket holders.
-Former WWE Diva and original ECW star Dawn Marie signs for 7/25 Philly and 9/6 Chicago as the “Live Event Hostess.”
-DGUSA contributes to Dawn Marie’s Wrestler’s Rescue charity (www.WrestlersRescue.org). More news on this coming soon.
-Three months ago DGUSA had zero friends and followers on social networking sites. In just 12 weeks www.Myspace.com/DGUSA gains 3,776 friends, DGUSA’s Facebook.com has 822 friends and www.Twitter.com/DragonGateUSA earns 719 followers.
-You make DGUSA an immediate success as the first three rows for 7/25 in Philadelphia sellout in minutes and 1st row for 9/6 in Chicago is gone in a day.
-DGUSA proves its attention to detail and the fact that “you get what you pay for” by producing a physical ticket unlike anything any other wrestling promotion has done.
It has been an exciting three months and we are just getting started. Just think, the first show hasn’t even happened yet! DGUSA is our wrestling haven. Now you can join the journey from the genesis.