Open the Dream Gate Championship

The Open the Dream Gate Championship is the professional wrestling championship in Japanese promotion Dragon Gate.[1] 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.[2]

Open the Dream Gate Championship
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Former champion Pac
Details
PromotionDragon Gate
Date establishedJuly 4, 2004
Current champion(s)Naruki Doi
Date wonDecember 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.[1]

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.[3] 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.

Title historyEdit

Key
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.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
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. [4]
2 Masaaki Mochizuki December 16, 2004 Gate of Legend Tokyo, Japan 1 323 4 [4]
3 Magnitude Kishiwada November 4, 2005 Crown Gate 2005: Osaka Special Tokyo, Japan 1 112 2 [4]
4 Ryo Saito February 24, 2006 Truth Gate Tokyo, Japan 1 58 0 [4]
5 Susumu Yokosuka April 23, 2006 Glorious Gate 2006 Tokyo, Japan 1 214 3 [4]
6 Don Fujii November 23, 2006 Crown Gate 2006: Osaka Special Tokyo, Japan 1 122 1 [4]
7 Jushin Thunder Liger March 25, 2007 Memorial Gate 2007 Tsu, Japan 1 98 1 [4]
8 Cima July 1, 2007 Kobe Puroresu Festival 2007 Kobe, Japan 2 364 6 [4]
Vacated June 29, 2008 Vacated due to Cima suffering a neck injury. [5]
9 Shingo Takagi July 27, 2008 Kobe Puroresu Festival 2008 Kobe, Japan 1 154 3 Defeated BxB Hulk. [4]
10 Naruki Doi December 28, 2008 Final Gate 2008 Fukuoka, Japan 1 449 8 [4]
11 Yamato March 22, 2010 Compilation Gate 2010 Tokyo, Japan 1 111 3 [4]
12 Masato Yoshino July 11, 2010 Kobe Puroresu Festival 2010 Kobe, Japan 1 277 4 [4]
13 Masaaki Mochizuki April 14, 2011 Champion Gate 2011 Tokyo, Japan 2 255 6 [4]
14 Cima December 25, 2011 Final Gate 2011 Fukuoka, Japan 3 574 15 [6]
15 Shingo Takagi July 21, 2013 Kobe Puroresu Festival 2013 Kobe, Japan 2 33 0 [7]
16 Yamato August 23, 2013 The Gate of Generation Tokyo, Japan 2 48 1 [8]
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

Combined reignsEdit

As of January 18, 2020.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Cima 3 22 1,113
2 Masaaki Mochizuki 3 15 840
3 Masato Yoshino 4 13 660
4 Yamato 4 12 656
5 Shingo Takagi 4 7 509
6 Naruki Doi 2 8 483+
7 BxB Hulk 1 7 329
8 Susumu Yokosuka / Jimmy Susumu 2 3 235
9 Pac 1 3 229
10 Ben-K 1 3 147
11 Don Fujii 1 1 122
12 Magnitude Kishiwada 1 2 112
13 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 1 98
14 Ricochet 1 1 64
15 Ryo Saito 1 0 58

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dragon Gate USA's Title Situation". Dragon Gate USA Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  2. ^ "Open the Dream Gate title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  3. ^ "鷹木がドリーム王座奪取 独裁政権樹立へ". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Open the Dream Gate Champions" (in Japanese). gaora.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
  5. ^ "Dragon Gate History" (in Japanese). dgusa.tv. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  6. ^ "Final Gate 2011 results". iHeartDG.com. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  7. ^ "ドラゴンゲートKobe プロレスフェスティバル 2013". Dragon Gate (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  8. ^ "The Gate of Generation". Dragon Gate (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-24.

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