Open the Dream Gate Championship
The Open the Dream Gate Championship is the professional wrestling championship in Japanese promotion Dragon Gate. The wrestler who holds it is considered the top singles wrestler in Dragon Gate. It was created on July 4, 2004 when Cima was awarded the title as a result of being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion.
|Open the Dream Gate Championship|
Former champion Pac
|Date established||July 4, 2004|
|Current champion(s)||Naruki Doi|
|Date won||December 15, 2019|
The title belt's face has a "gate" on it which contains a plate with the titleholders' name. Any official challenger for the belt carries a key used to open the gate with, and should they win the title, then they can open the gate and put their name inside it. However, if the title is successfully defended, then the key is added to the belt as a symbol of that successful defense.
The original title belt was lost following Dragon Gate's July 20, 2015, event, which forced the promotion to create a new belt, which debuted on August 16, 2015. There have been a total of 14 recognized champions who have had a combined 28 official reigns.
Title reigns are determined either by professional wrestling matches between different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines, or by scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches for the championship.
The inaugural champion was Cima, who was awarded the championship by being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion. The longest reign is 574 days, by Cima. As of January 2020, Naruki Doi is the current champion in his second reign.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Defenses||Number of successful defenses|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Cima||July 4, 2004||Live event||Tokyo, Japan||1||165||1||Cima was awarded the title as a result of being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion; this was officially announced in Tokyo on August 1, 2004.|||
|2||Masaaki Mochizuki||December 16, 2004||Gate of Legend||Tokyo, Japan||1||323||4|||
|3||Magnitude Kishiwada||November 4, 2005||Crown Gate 2005: Osaka Special||Tokyo, Japan||1||112||2|||
|4||Ryo Saito||February 24, 2006||Truth Gate||Tokyo, Japan||1||58||0|||
|5||Susumu Yokosuka||April 23, 2006||Glorious Gate 2006||Tokyo, Japan||1||214||3|||
|6||Don Fujii||November 23, 2006||Crown Gate 2006: Osaka Special||Tokyo, Japan||1||122||1|||
|7||Jushin Thunder Liger||March 25, 2007||Memorial Gate 2007||Tsu, Japan||1||98||1|||
|8||Cima||July 1, 2007||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2007||Kobe, Japan||2||364||6|||
|—||Vacated||June 29, 2008||—||—||—||—||—||Vacated due to Cima suffering a neck injury.|||
|9||Shingo Takagi||July 27, 2008||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2008||Kobe, Japan||1||154||3||Defeated BxB Hulk.|||
|10||Naruki Doi||December 28, 2008||Final Gate 2008||Fukuoka, Japan||1||449||8|||
|11||Yamato||March 22, 2010||Compilation Gate 2010||Tokyo, Japan||1||111||3|||
|12||Masato Yoshino||July 11, 2010||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2010||Kobe, Japan||1||277||4|||
|13||Masaaki Mochizuki||April 14, 2011||Champion Gate 2011||Tokyo, Japan||2||255||6|||
|14||Cima||December 25, 2011||Final Gate 2011||Fukuoka, Japan||3||574||15|||
|15||Shingo Takagi||July 21, 2013||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2013||Kobe, Japan||2||33||0|||
|16||Yamato||August 23, 2013||The Gate of Generation||Tokyo, Japan||2||48||1|||
|17||Masato Yoshino||October 10, 2013||The Gate of Victory||Tokyo, Japan||2||143||4|
|18||Ricochet||March 2, 2014||Champion Gate in Osaka||Osaka, Japan||1||64||1|
|19||Yamato||May 5, 2014||Dead or Alive 2014||Nagoya, Japan||3||76||2|
|20||BxB Hulk||July 20, 2014||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2014||Kobe, Japan||1||329||7||On August 5, 2014, Naruki Doi defeated Hulk in a four-on-one handicap match, where he teamed with Cyber Kong, Kzy and Mondai Ryu. Afterwards Doi was recognized as an interim champion, pending a rematch. On August 17, Hulk defeated Doi to resume his reign and make his first successful title defense.|
|21||Masato Yoshino||June 14, 2015||Champion Gate 2015 in Hakata||Fukuoka, Japan||3||63||1|
|22||Shingo Takagi||August 16, 2015||Dangerous Gate 2015||Tokyo, Japan||3||182||3||Takagi's defense against Gamma on December 3, 2015, was declared a no contest and an unsuccessful defense due to massive interference by VerserK.|
|23||Jimmy Susumu||February 14, 2016||Truth Gate 2016||Fukuoka, Japan||2||21||0||Previously known as Susumu Yokosuka.|
|24||Shingo Takagi||March 6, 2016||Champion Gate 2016 in Osaka||Osaka, Japan||4||140||1|
|25||Yamato||July 24, 2016||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2016||Kobe, Japan||4||421||6|
|26||Masaaki Mochizuki||September 18, 2017||Dangerous Gate 2017||Tokyo, Japan||3||265||5|
|27||Masato Yoshino||June 10, 2018||King of Gate 2018||Fukuoka, Japan||4||177||4|
|28||Pac||December 4, 2018||Fantastic Gate 2018||Tokyo, Japan||1||229||3|
|29||Ben-K||July 21, 2019||Kobe Puroresu Festival 2019||Kobe, Japan||1||147||3|
|30||Naruki Doi||December 15, 2019||Final Gate 2019||Fukuoka, Japan||2||34+||0|
As of January 18, 2020.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|6||Naruki Doi †||2||8||483+|
|8||Susumu Yokosuka / Jimmy Susumu||2||3||235|
|13||Jushin Thunder Liger||1||1||98|
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