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Logo of the first Lion's Gate Project show

Lion's Gate is the developmental branch of professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), which holds events under the banner of Lion's Gate Project.[1] The branch was officially announced on July 18, 2015, and held its first show on February 25, 2016. In addition to NJPW wrestlers, the Lion's Gate Project shows also feature wrestlers from other promotions, resulting in unique cards.[2]

The events are held at Tokyo's Shinjuku Face. The first three shows featured heavy participation from wrestlers from the Pro Wrestling Noah promotion. Wrestlers from promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) and Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo) have also taken part in the project. NJPW rookies Takumi Honjo, Shota Umino, Tetsuhiro Yagi and Ren Narita have made their official debuts at Lion's Gate Project shows, while Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka wrestled their unofficial debuts as part of the project.

HistoryEdit

On July 18, 2015, NJPW held a press conference on various items relating to the future of the promotion. One of these was the establishment of a developmental branch, where NJPW could discover and develop both Japanese and foreign wrestlers. It was also intended as a place where trials could be held for outside wrestlers and where injured wrestlers could go to get back in shape. The plan was for the branch to eventually start running its own small shows.[3][4] The project quickly drew comparisons to WWE's NXT developmental branch.[5][6] NJPW had earlier attempted a developmental branch with a project named NEVER, which held shows between 2010 and 2012.[7]

Recently, NJPW had been described as "lax in cultivation of new talent", however, on January 3, 2016, the promotion introduced four new wrestlers with Hirai Kawato and Teruaki Kanemitsu wrestling their debut matches, while Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka were announced as the two newest recruits to the NJPW dojo. Dave Meltzer called the recruitment of the two former top amateur wrestlers "[p]robably the biggest move in a couple of years when it comes to new talent".[6] The same day, NJPW announced that their developmental branch Lion's Gate would be holding its first show on February 25, 2016, in Tokyo's Shinjuku Face.[2][8]

EventsEdit

Lion's Gate Project 1Edit

Lion's Gate Project 1
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateFebruary 25, 2016[9]
CityTokyo, Japan[9]
VenueShinjuku Face[9]
Attendance467[9]
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The first Lion's Gate Project event was held on February 25, 2016, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[9][10] The event featured ten matches, including one dark match, an "exhibition match" featuring the unofficial debuts of Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka, working under amateur wrestling rules.[9][11] The other nine matches featured NJPW wrestlers taking on Pro Wrestling Noah wrestlers. The second match saw the debut of Animal Hamaguchi trainee Takumi Honjo, who was defeated by Noah's Maybach Taniguchi.[9] The show was main evented by NJPW veteran Yuji Nagata defeating Noah's Mitsuhiro Kitamiya.[12]

No. Results[9][10] Stipulations Times
1D Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 03:00
2 Maybach Taniguchi defeated Takumi Honjo Singles match 04:24
3 Hitoshi Kumano defeated Hirai Kawato Singles match 04:32
4 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Kaito Kiyomiya Singles match 06:20
5 Taiji Ishimori defeated David Finlay Singles match 08:08
6 Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Jay White Singles match 08:50
7 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Quiet Storm Singles match 07:47
8 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Captain Noah and Genba Hirayanagi Tag team match 11:08
9 Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Juice Robinson Singles match 12:20
10 Yuji Nagata defeated Mitsuhiro Kitamiya Singles match 14:28

Lion's Gate Project 2Edit

Lion's Gate Project 2
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateMay 19, 2016[13]
CityTokyo, Japan[13]
VenueShinjuku Face[13]
Attendance467[13]
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War of the Worlds
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Lion's Gate Project 3

The second Lion's Gate Project event was held on May 19, 2016, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[13][14][15] Much like the first Lion's Gate Project show, the event featured several wrestlers from Pro Wrestling Noah as well as Ayato Yoshida from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo).[15] All in all, the event featured eight matches.[13]

No. Results[13][14][15] Stipulations Times
1 Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Hirai Kawato Singles match 05:51
2 Shiro Tomoyose and Teruaki Kanemitsu wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 10:00
3 Hitoshi Kumano defeated Ayato Yoshida Singles match 06:10
4 Yoshinari Ogawa defeated David Finlay Singles match 08:30
5 Muhammad Yone and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Captain Noah and Genba Hirayanagi Tag team match 13:26
6 Naomichi Marufuji defeated Jay White Singles match 12:41
7 Go Shiozaki defeated Juice Robinson Singles match 14:53
8 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya, Maybach Taniguchi and Quiet Storm Eight-man tag team match 12:55

Lion's Gate Project 3Edit

Lion's Gate Project 3
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateSeptember 1, 2016[16]
CityTokyo, Japan[16]
VenueShinjuku Face[16]
Attendance467[16]
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Lion's Gate Project 4

The third Lion's Gate Project event was held on September 1, 2016, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[16][17] The event featured nine matches, including one dark match, and again featured heavy participation from Pro Wrestling Noah. One of the matches saw the NJPW debut of the promotion's newest international trainee, Henare, who was defeated by Noah's Quiet Storm.[16] In addition to the NJPW and Noah wrestlers, the event featured Ayato Yoshida and Go Asakawa from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo).[16] The dark match featured another exhibition match between NJPW trainees Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka, this time worked under professional wrestling rules.[18]

No. Results[16][17] Stipulations Times
1D Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 05:00
2 Quiet Storm defeated Henare Singles match 06:02
3 Hajime Ohara defeated Hirai Kawato Singles match 08:08
4 Kenoh defeated Teruaki Kanemitsu Singles match 06:38
5 Tomoaki Honma defeated Shiro Tomoyose Singles match 07:13
6 David Finlay defeated Go Asakawa Singles match 06:30
7 Juice Robinson defeated Ayato Yoshida Singles match 07:42
8 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Hitoshi Kumano Singles match 08:41
9 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Katsuyori Shibata, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Go Shiozaki, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya and Maybach Taniguchi Ten-man tag team match 17:46

Lion's Gate Project 4Edit

Lion's Gate Project 4
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateApril 13, 2017[19]
CityTokyo, Japan[19]
VenueShinjuku Face[19]
Attendance467[19]
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Lion's Gate Project 5

The fourth Lion's Gate Project event was held on April 13, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[19][20] The event featured six matches, including the debut match of Shota Umino, son of NJPW referee Red Shoes Unno. Unno refereed the match, where his son was defeated by Taka Michinoku.[19][21] Following the dissolution of the partnership between NJPW and Pro Wrestling Noah at the end of 2016,[22] this was the first Lion's Gate Project show not to feature any wrestlers from Noah, instead Ayato Yoshida and Dinosaur Takuma from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo), Koji Iwamoto and Yuma Aoyagi from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and Toru Sugiura from Pro Wrestling Freedoms took part in the event as outsiders.[19]

No. Results[19][20] Stipulations Times
1 Taka Michinoku defeated Shota Umino Singles match 06:11
2 El Desperado defeated Hirai Kawato Singles match 09:21
3 Gedo and Jado defeated Koji Iwamoto and Yuma Aoyagi Tag team match 13:30
4 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Toru Sugiura Singles match 09:44
5 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Ayato Yoshida and Dinosaur Takuma Tag team match 11:26
6 Tomoyuki Oka and Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuya Kitamura and Manabu Nakanishi Tag team match 14:18

Lion's Gate Project 5Edit

Lion's Gate Project 5
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateMay 9, 2017[23]
CityTokyo, Japan[23]
VenueShinjuku Face[23]
Attendance444[23]
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New Japan Road
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Best of the Super Jr. 24
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Lion's Gate Project 6

The fifth Lion's Gate Project event was held on May 9, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[23][24] The event featured six matches, including the debut of Tetsuhiro Yagi in the opening match. Outsiders taking part in the event included Ayato Yoshida and Dinosaur Takuma from Kaientai Dojo, Daisuke Kanehira from Pro Wrestling Heat Up and Toru Sugiura from Pro Wrestling Fredoms.[23] In the main event of the show, the veteran duo of Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata were victorious over the rookie team of Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka in what marked Nagata's fifth straight main event win as part of Lion's Gate Project.[25]

No. Results[23][24] Stipulations Times
1 Hirai Kawato defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi Singles match 05:07
2 El Desperado defeated .Shota Umino Singles match 09:12
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Tiger Mask defeated Dinosaur Takuma and Toru Sugiura Tag team match 12:40
4 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Daisuke Kanehira Singles match 12:23
5 Satoshi Kojima defeated Ayato Yoshida Singles match 10:35
6 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka Tag team match 13:38

Lion's Gate Project 6Edit

Lion's Gate Project 6
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateJune 15, 2017[26]
CityTokyo, Japan[26]
VenueShinjuku Face[26]
Attendance467[26]
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The sixth Lion's Gate Project event was held on June 15, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[26][27] The event featured six matches and outside participation from Ayato Yoshida and Dinosaur Takuma from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo), Takuya Nomura from Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) and Yuma Aoyagi from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).[27]

No. Results[26][27] Stipulations Times
1 El Desperado defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi Singles match 07:46
2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirai Kawato and Shota Umino Tag team match 10:45
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Tiger Mask defeated Dinosaur Takuma and Takuya Nomura Tag team match 11:15
4 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Katsuya Kitamura Singles match 06:54
5 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Yuma Aoyagi Singles match 11:33
6 Ayato Yoshida and Satoshi Kojima defeated Tomoyuki Oka and Yuji Nagata Tag team match 17:32

Lion's Gate Project 7Edit

Lion's Gate Project 7
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateJuly 4, 2017[28]
CityTokyo, Japan[28]
VenueShinjuku Face[28]
Attendance444[28]
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The seventh Lion's Gate Project event was held on July 4, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[28][29] The event featured seven matches, including the debut of Ren Narita in the opening match.[29] Outsiders taking part in the event included Dinosaur Takuma and Go Asakawa from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo), Koji Iwamoto from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and freelancer Dick Togo, who made his first NJPW appearance since 2011.[28] Following the main event of the show, Yuji Nagata, seeing the recent influx of new talent into NJPW, proposed bringing back the Young Lion Cup for the first time in 12 years.[30][31]

No. Results[28][29] Stipulations Times
1 Ren Narita and Shota Umino wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 10:00
2 Taka Michinoku defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi Singles match 10:45
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Dinosaur Takuma defeated Katsuya Kitamura and Manabu Nakanishi Tag team match 09:25
4 Dick Togo defeated Hirai Kawato Singles match 09:27
5 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Tomoyuki Oka Singles match 07:27
6 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Koji Iwamoto Singles match 12:46
7 Yuji Nagata defeated Go Asakawa Singles match 12:21

Lion's Gate Project 8Edit

Lion's Gate Project 8
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateOctober 12, 2017[32]
CityTokyo, Japan[32]
VenueShinjuku Face[32]
Attendance462[32]
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King of Pro-Wrestling
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Lion's Gate Project 9

The eighth Lion's Gate Project event was held on October 12, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[32] The event featured six matches, including the first three matches of the 2017 Young Lion Cup. NJPW announced on September 26 that it was bringing back the tournament for the first time in 12 years and dedicating it to the memory of Kotetsu Yamamoto, the former head of the NJPW dojo. The round-robin tournament would feature six NJPW rookies who debuted in 2016 and 2017.[33][34] Non-tournament matches featured outside participation from Daisuke Kanehira from Pro Wrestling Heat Up, Go Asakawa and Kotaro Yoshino from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo) and Yuma Aoyagi from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).[32]

No. Results[32] Stipulations Times
1 Hirai Kawato defeated Ren Narita Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 07:14
2 Katsuya Kitamura defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 08:32
3 Tomoyuki Oka defeated Shota Umino Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 10:50
4 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kotaro Yoshino Singles match 07:32
5 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Go Asakawa and Yuma Aoyagi Tag team match 12:33
6 Yuji Nagata defeated Daisuke Kanehira Singles match 12:12

Lion's Gate Project 9Edit

Lion's Gate Project 9
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateNovember 16, 2017[35]
CityTokyo, Japan[35]
VenueShinjuku Face[35]
Attendance467[35]
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World Tag League
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The ninth Lion's Gate Project event was held on November 16, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face.[35] The event featured six matches, including the continuation of the 2017 Young Lion Cup. Non-tournament matches featured outside participation from Daisuke Kanehira from Pro Wrestling Heat Up, Go Asakawa and the tag team Dino Stones (Dinosaur Takuma and Kotaro Yoshino) from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo) and Yuma Aoyagi from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).[35]

No. Results[35] Stipulations Times
1 Tomoyuki Oka defeated Ren Narita Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 13:22
2 Katsuya Kitamura defeated Shota Umino Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 10:04
3 Hirai Kawato defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 06:43
4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi defeated Dino Stones (Dinosaur Takuma and Kotaro Yoshino) Tag team match 11:55
5 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Go Asakawa Singles match 10:31
6 Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Daisuke Kanehira and Yuma Aoyagi Tag team match 15:14

Lion's Gate Project 10Edit

Lion's Gate Project 10
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateDecember 21, 2017[36]
CityTokyo, Japan[36]
VenueShinjuku Face[36]
Attendance467[36]
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Road to Tokyo Dome
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Dai Puroresu Matsuri
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Lion's Gate Project 11

The tenth Lion's Gate Project event was held on December 21, 2017, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face. The event featured six matches, including the conclusion of the 2017 Young Lion Cup with its three final matches. Katsuya Kitamura won the tournament with a clean record of five wins and zero losses.[37][38] Non-tournament matches featured outside participation from Daisuke Kanehira from Pro Wrestling Heat Up, Dinosaur Takuma and Kotaro Yoshino from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo) and Yuma Aoyagi from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).[36]

No. Results[36] Stipulations Times
1 Ren Narita and Tetsuhiro Yagi wrestled to a draw Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 15:00
2 Hirai Kawato defeated Shota Umino Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 08:27
3 Katsuya Kitamura defeated Tomoyuki Oka Singles match in the 2017 Young Lion Cup 11:20
4 Kotaro Yoshino and Manabu Nakanishi defeated Dinosaur Takuma and Hiroyoshi Tenzan Tag team match 12:42
5 Satoshi Kojima defeated Daisuke Kanehira Singles match 11:01
6 Yuji Nagata defeated Yuma Aoyagi Singles match 12:10

Lion's Gate Project 11Edit

Lion's Gate Project 11
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateApril 10, 2018[39]
CityTokyo, Japan[39]
VenueShinjuku Face[39]
Attendance467[39]
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Road to Wrestling Dontaku
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Lion's Gate Project 12

The eleventh Lion's Gate Project event was held on April 10, 2018, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face. The event featured five matches. Two new rookies wrestled their debut match: Yuya Uemura and Yota Tsuji. Some matches featured outside participation: Manjimaru and Ken45°, from Michinoku Pro Wrestling, made their New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut and Ayato Yoshida and Go Asakawa made their return, from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo).[39]

No. Results[39] Stipulations Times
1 Ren Narita defeated Yuya Uemura Singles match 08:16
2 Tomoyuki Oka defeated Yota Tsuji Singles match 07:17
3 Hiro Saito and Gedo defeated Tiger Mask and Tetsuhiro Yagi Tag team match 14:59
4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi defeated Manjimaru and Ken45° Tag team match 13:35
5 Ayato Yoshida and Go Asakawa defeated Yuji Nagata and Shota Umino Tag team match 12:03

Lion's Gate Project 12Edit

Lion's Gate Project 12
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateMay 15, 2018[40]
CityTokyo, Japan[40]
VenueShinjuku Face[40]
Attendance419[40]
Event chronology
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New Japan Road
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Best of the Super Jr. 25
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Lion's Gate Project 13

The twelfth Lion's Gate Project event was held on May 15, 2018, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face. Some matches featured outside participation: Daisuke Sekimoto from Big Japan Pro Wrestling and Ayato Yoshida from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo).[40] The main event was a previously postponed one-on-one match between Yoshida and Yuji Nagata.

No. Results[40] Stipulations Times
1 Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura wrestled to a draw Singles match 10:00
2 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Tomoyuki Oka Singles match 09:04
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Hiro Saito defeated Ren Narita and Ryusuke Taguchi Tag team match 12:13
4 Daisuke Sekimoto defeated Shota Umino Singles match 14:38
5 Yuji Nagata defeated Ayato Yoshida Singles match 12:47

Lion's Gate Project 13Edit

Lion's Gate Project 13
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s)Lion's Gate
DateJune 13, 2018[41]
CityTokyo, Japan[41]
VenueShinjuku Face[41]
Attendance364
Event chronology
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The thirteenth Lion's Gate Project event was held on June 13, 2018, in Tokyo at Shinjuku Face. Some matches featured outside participation: Shunsuke Sayama, from Asuka Project, who made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut, and Dinosaur Takuma and Ayato Yoshida from Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo).[41]

No. Results[41] Stipulations Times
1 Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 10:00
2 Ren Narita defeated Shunsuke Sayama Singles match 08:02
3 Manabu Nakanishi and Toa Henare defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Dinosaur Takuma Tag team match 10:33
4 Yuji Nagata defeated Tomoyuki Oka Singles match 12:38
5 Ayato Yoshida defeated Shota Umino Singles match 16:47

See alsoEdit

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