Dragon Gate USA

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Dragon Gate USA
Type Private
Industry Professional wrestling, Puroresu, Lucha libre
Founded 2009
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Key people Satoshi Oji (President)
Gabe Sapolsky (Vice president),
Sal Hamaoui (COO)
Parent Dragon Gate
Website DGUSA.tv

Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2009 as an international expansion of the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate.

Gabe Sapolsky, former head booker of Ring of Honor, serves as the promotion's Vice President.

History[edit]

Dragon Gate USA features regular members of the Dragon Gate roster, along with notable American talent. All Dragon Gate titles and champions are recognized by Dragon Gate USA.[1]

In June 2009, it was announced that Dragon Gate USA had signed an agreement to film its shows for pay-per-view broadcast.[2] In August 2009, it was announced that Dragon Gate USA had signed an agreement with The Fight Network to air DGUSA content on television.[3]

The first Open the Freedom Gate Champion was crowned following a tournament held at DGUSA Freedom Fight on November 28, 2009. This is the main title of Dragon Gate USA.

On September 7, 2010, Dragon Gate USA announced a partnership with Go Fight Live and that their first live internet pay-per-view, Bushido: Way of the Warrior (later renamed Bushido: Code of the Warrior), would be taking place on October 29.[4]

In the fall of 2010, DGUSA announced that it would be holding a tournament to crown the first Open the United Gate Champions, which is their tag team champions. It was announced on December 13, 2010 that the tournament would be a four team round robin tournament that would take place over three shows from January 28 through January 30.

On November 25, 2011, Dragon Gate USA and Evolve announced the unification of the two promotions. Dragon Gate USA and Evolve will still promote separate events, but the two share rosters, including stables, and Evolve recognizes Dragon Gate USA's Open the Freedom Gate Championship and Open the United Gate Championship as its top two championships.[5] On September 18, 2013, Vito LoGrasso announced that his new Wrestling School signed an agreement to be the Development Center for DGUSA.[6]

Partnerships[edit]

Working agreements between Dragon Gate USA and the following promotions have led to interchanges in talent. Also, matches from these promotions have appeared on Dragon Gate USA DVD releases.[7][8]

List of Dragon Gate USA events[edit]

Pay-Per-View name Live event name Date filmed Date aired City Venue
Enter The Dragon Open The Historic Gate July 25, 2009 September 4, 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Arena
Untouchable[10] Open The Untouchable Gate September 6, 2009 November 6, 2009[10] Chicago, Illinois Congress Theater
Freedom Fight[10] Open The Freedom Gate November 28, 2009 January 22, 2010[10] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Arena
Fearless[11] Fearless January 23, 2010[11] March 5, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Congress Theater
Open The Ultimate Gate Open The Ultimate Gate March 26, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Celebrity Theatre
Mercury Rising Mercury Rising March 27, 2010[12] May 14, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Celebrity Theatre
Open The Northern Gate Open The Northern Gate May 7, 2010 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Windsor Armoury
Uprising Uprising May 8, 2010 July 9, 2010 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada International Centre
Enter The Dragon 2010 1st Anniversary Celebration July 24, 2010 September 10, 2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Arena
Untouchable 2010 Untouchable 2010 September 25, 2010 November 12, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Congress Theater
Way of the Ronin Way of the Ronin September 26, 2010 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miramar Theater
Bushido: Code of the Warrior Bushido: Code of the Warrior October 29, 2010 October 29, 2010 Fall River, Massachusetts PAL Hall
Freedom Fight 2010 Freedom Fight 2010 October 30, 2010 January 7, 2011 Rahway, New Jersey Rahway Recreation Center
United: NYC United: NYC January 28, 2011 January 28, 2011 New York, New York B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
United: Philly United: Philly January 29, 2011 January 29, 2011 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Arena
United We Stand[10] United: Finale January 30, 2011 March 11, 2011[10] Union City, New Jersey ACE Arena
Open The Southern Gate Open The Southern Gate April 1, 2011 Burlington, North Carolina Mid Atlantic Sportatorium
Mercury Rising 2011 Mercury Rising 2011 April 2, 2011 April 2, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia The Presidential Ballroom
Open the Ultimate Gate 2011 Open The Ultimate Gate 2011 April 3, 2011 May 27, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia The Presidential Ballroom
Fearless 2011 Fearless 2011 June 3, 2011 June 3, 2011 Revere, Massachusetts Wonderland Ballroom
Uprising 2011 Uprising 2011 June 4, 2011 July 29, 2011 Deer Park, New York NYWC Sportatorium
Enter The Dragon 2011 2nd Anniversary Celebration June 5, 2011 June 5, 2011 New York, New York B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Chasing The Dragon Chasing The Dragon September 9, 2011 Indianapolis, Indiana The Community Center
Untouchable 2011 Untouchable 2011 September 10, 2011 September 10, 2011 Chicago, Illinois The Congress Theater
Way of the Ronin 2011 Way of the Ronin 2011 September 11, 2011 September 11, 2011 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Miramar Theatre
Revolt! Revolt! November 11, 2011 November 11, 2011 Revere, Massachusetts Wonderland Ballroom
Bushido 2011: Code of the Warrior Bushido 2011: Code of the Warrior November 12, 2011 November 12, 2011 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Asylum Arena
Freedom Fight 2011 Freedom Fight 2011 November 13, 2011 November 13, 2011 New York, New York B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Open the Golden Gate Open the Golden Gate January 27, 2012 January 27, 2012 Los Angeles, California
Heat 2012 Heat 2012 March 29, 2012 September 12, 2012 Hollywood, Florida German American Society Clubhouse
Open The Ultimate Gate 2012 Open The Ultimate Gate 2012 March 30, 2012 March 30, 2012 Miami Beach, Florida Deauxville Beach Resort
Mercury Rising 2012 Mercury Rising 2012 March 31, 2012 March 31, 2012 Miami Beach, Florida Deauxville Reach Resort
Untouchable 2012 Untouchable 2012 July 28, 2012 July 28, 2012 Taylor, Michigan Gibraltar Trade Center
Enter The Dragon 2012: Third Anniversary Celebration Enter The Dragon 2012: Third Anniversary Celebration July 29, 2012 July 29, 2012 Chicago, Illinois The Congress Theater
Fearless 2012 Fearless 2012 November 2, 2012 November 2, 2012 Everett, Massachusetts ---
Uprising 2012 Uprising 2012 November 3, 2012 November 3, 2012 Voorhees, New Jersey ---
Freedom Fight 2012 Freedom Fight 2012 November 4, 2012 November 4, 2012 Deer Park, New York ---
Open The Golden Gate 2013 Open The Golden Gate 2013 January 25, 2013 January 25, 2013 Santa Maria, CA ---
REVOLT! 2013 REVOLT! 2013 January 26, 2013 January 26, 2013 Huntington Park, CA ---
Heat 2013 Heat 2013 January 27, 2013 January 27, 2013 Huntington Park, CA
Open The Ultimate Gate 2013 Open The Ultimate Gate 2013 April 6, 2013 April 6, 2013 Huntington Park, CA
Mercury Rising 2013 Mercury Rising 2013 April 7, 2013 April 7, 2013 Huntington Park, CA
Code Of The Warrior 2013 Code Of The Warrior 2013 July 27, 2013 July 27, 2013 Huntington Park, CA
Enter The Dragon 2013 Enter The Dragon 2013 January 27, 2013 January 27, 2013 Huntington Park, CA

Roster[edit]

The company's roster is split into several units, with the majority of the wrestlers aligned with one faction or another.[13]

Notable alumni and guests[edit]

Other[edit]

[15]

  • Kevin Harvey - Live Event Host (September 6, 2009 – present)
  • Lenny Leonard – Commentator
  • Leonard Chikarason – Commentator (July 25, 2009 - May 18, 2011)
  • Mike QuackenbushCommentator
  • Rob Naylor - Commentator
  • Phil Colvin – Commentator
  • Brandon Tolle - Referee
  • Frankie Gastineau - Referee
  • Mike Kehner - Referee

Championships[edit]

Current champions[edit]

Championship Champion(s) Previous Date Won Location
Open the Freedom Gate Championship Ricochet Johnny Gargano April 4, 2014 New Orleans, LA
Open the United Gate Championship The Bravado Brothers
(Harlem Bravado and Lancelot Bravado)
The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
November 16, 2013 Queens, NY
Evolve Championship Drew Galloway Chris Hero August 8, 2014 Tampa, FL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragon Gate USA's Title Situation". DGUSA.tv. 2009-04-15. 
  2. ^ http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_32891.shtml
  3. ^ http://thefightnetwork.com/news/wrestling/4240/dragon_gate_usa_partners_with_the_fight_network
  4. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-09-07). "DGUSA News: Dragon Gate USA announces live Internet PPV debut next month". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Evolve evolves -- now unified with DGUSA". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.pwinsiderxtra.com/ViewArticle.php?id=26221
  7. ^ "News Alerts". Dragon Gate USA. 
  8. ^ "Dragon Gate USA News update for 10/15". Indy Wrestling News. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  9. ^ "DGUSA and Chikara Reach Working Agreement". Dragon Gate USA. April 26, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f http://www.dgusa.tv/featurearticles39.htm
  11. ^ a b "Dragon Gate USA "Fearless"". Dragon Gate USA. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  12. ^ http://www.celebritytheatre.com/upcoming.php?viewevent=715
  13. ^ USA, Dragon Gate (2013-03-04). "Dragon Gate USA Roster". dgusa.tv. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  14. ^ "Guest stars". Dragon Gate USA. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Announcers/Referees". Dragon Gate USA. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 

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