Toryumon (Último Dragón)

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Toryumon
Toryumon Mexico
Founded May 11, 1997 (Mexico)[1]
January 31, 1999 (Japan)[1]
Style Lucha Libre[1]
Puroresu[1]
Sports Entertainment[1]
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan[1]
Naucalpan, Mexico[1]
Founder(s) Último Dragón[1]
Owner(s) Último Dragón
Parent Ultimo Dragon Gym[1]

Toryumon (闘龍門 Tōryūmon?) is a professional wrestling promotion that operates both in Japan and in Mexico, where it's called Toryumon Mexico. The promotion is owned and operated by Yoshihiro Asai, who is best known under the name Último Dragón. Tōryūmon is a coined word that means Fighting Dragon Gate. The word is coined after the homonym 登龍門 (Tōryūmon?) that literally means climbing up dragon gate and means gateway to success. The promotion was originally created to give graduates of the Último Dragón Gym a promotion to gain their initial in-ring experience in. In 2004 Último Dragón left the promotion and took the name and trademarks with him. The wrestlers and officials decided to adopt the name Dragon Gate and continue in the traditions of Toryumon. Since then Último Dragón has promoted Toryumon mainly in Mexico but also holds occasional shows in Japan.

History[edit]

During his time working for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the United States Japanese wrestler Último Dragón decided to open up a wrestling school in Naucalpan, Mexico to give Japanese hopefuls the chance to learn the Mexican lucha libre style like Dragón had.[1] The wrestling school operated after the same principles of a university, divided into classes with several terms where wrestlers would "graduate" (debut) at the same time. The Ultimo Dragon Gym's first graduating term consisted of CIMA, Don Fujii, Dragon Kid, Magnum Tokyo and SUWA who collectively became known as Toryumon Japan (a name that would be used for the first four terms).[1] Toryumon promoted their first show on May 11, 1997 in Naucalpan, Mexico on a show that was co-promoted with International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG).[1] Toryumon and IWRG would co-promote shows in Japan from 1997 until 2001, allowing the Ultimo Dragon Gym graduates to work on IWRG shows and even saw several graduates wrestlers win IWRG Championship.[2] Through his contacts with WCW Último Dragón also arranged for some of his first term graduates to wrestle on World Championship Wrestling shows.[3] On January 1, 1999, Toryumon held its first show in Japan and from that point forward began promoting regular shows in Japan.[1] Toryumon's combination of traditional Japanese Puroresu, Mexican Lucha Libre and elements of Sports Entertainment that Último Dragón had observed while working for WCW such as outside interference and referee's being knocked out, something that at the time was not traditionally used in Japanese wrestling.[1] The second class of Último Dragón Gym graduates began their own promotion, called the Toryumon 2000 Project, or T2P for short. The T2P promotion debuted on November 13, 2001, and became known for their use of the six-sided wrestling ring, the first promotion to regularly use such a ring shape.[1] T2P wrestlers primarily used a submission based style called Llave (Spanish for "Key" the lucha libre term for submission locks).[1] T2P ran until January 27, 2003, when the roster was absorbed into Toryumon.[1] The third graduating class was known as "Toryumon X" and like T2P also started their own promotion under their class name. Toryumon X made its debut on August 22, 2003, and lasted until early 2004.

Último Dragón had been forced to retire from active competition in 1998 after a mistake during an elbow surgery that caused nerve damage.[3] In 2001 Dragón had another round of surgery on his elbow, restoring mobility and feeling. Following his rehabilitation Último Dragón made his return to active wrestling on a Toryumon / T2P co-promoted pay-per-view on September 8, 2002.[3] In the following months Dragón wrestled regularly for Toryumon and various companies around the world. Because of his active scheduled Último Dragón stepped down as the director of Toryumon leaving the job to Takashi Okamura. Okamura handled the job while Dragón began working full-time for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the United States.[3] After his run with WWE ended Dragón returned to Japan and announced that he was leaving Toryumon and taking all the trademarks he owned with him. Toryumon Japan changed its name to Dragon Gate as a result of this, continuing the traditions of Toryumon Japan including references to Último Dragón. Since the break Toryumon has primarily promoted shows in Mexico, featuring students trained by Dragón and Jorge "Skayde" Rivera and a number of wrestlers from various Mexican and American promotions.

In Japan a group of remaining Toryumon students, including ousted members of Dragon Gate, joined with the internet-firm Livedoor to create the promotion dragondoor, a promotion that only ran six shows. The group launched another wrestling venture in 2006 called El Dorado: Next Door Project.

Shows and events[edit]

Toryumon Japan ran a series of PPVs under the names Vamonos Amigos ("Let's go pal" in Spanish) and "Revolucion" ("Revolution") as well as an annual anniversary show. They also held an annual Numero Uno League that became one of the highlights of the promotional year.[1] Since the split in 2004 Toryumon has not promoted any major shows or PPVs, focusing their promotional efforts on Toryumon Mexico. In Mexico Dragón promotes an annual DragonMania show, with the last being DragonMania VI held on May 14, 2011.[4]

Championships promoted[edit]

Before the Dragon Gate split in 2004 Toryumon Japan promoted a series of championships, only one of which originated in the promotion, Último Dragón Gym Championship, the rest were either bought from its previous owner or acquired after promotions closed. When the promotion turned to Dragon Gate all its championships were vacated, leaving only the Toryumon Mexico promoted titles.

Name Promoted in Last Champion Date won Notes
British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship 2001–2003 Jun Ogawauchi November 10, 2003 Title currently inactive.[5]
NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship 2008–2009 Hajime Ohara December 14, 2008 Currently promoted by Dradition[6]
NWA International Light Heavyweight Championship 2002 CIMA December 26, 2002 Inactive[7]
NWA World Welterweight Championship 1999–2007 Hajime Ohara February 10, 2007 Promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre since 2007.[8]
Último Dragón Gym Championship 2003–2004 CIMA July 4, 2004 Inactive after the Dragon Gate split.[9]
UWA World Trios Championship 2001–2004 Keni'chiro Arai, Dragon Kid Second Doi May 9, 2004 Currently promoted by El Dorado[10]
UWA World Welterweight Championship 2003 Taiji Ishimori May 11, 2003 Promoted by Michinoku Pro[11]

Annual tournaments[edit]

Suzuki Cup[edit]

Suzuki Cup is a Team Tournament that began in 2007

Young Dragons Cup[edit]

Every year Toryumon Mexico holds the Young Dragons Cup, an annual tournament that began in 1997. The tournament is used to showcas Dragon Gym students. Originally it was a traditional single-elimination tournament, in 2006 it was changed into a torneo cibernetico and has had that format ever since. Rocky Romero, Kota Ibushi, Ryuji Yamaguchi and Trauma II are the only tournament winners who were not actually trained by Último Dragón.

Yamaha Cup[edit]

Toryumon Mexico holds the Yamaha Cup about once a year, although there have been years without a Cup. The Yamaha Cup is a tag team tournament that features a mixture of Último Dragón trainees and a combination of wrestlers from the Mexican Independent circuit, IWRG and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).

Ultimo Dragon Gym students[edit]

Class Term Name Currently working
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 1st Term CIMA Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 1st Term Fujii, DonDon Fujii Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 1st Term Dragon Kid Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 1st Term Tokyo, MagnumMagnum Tokyo Inactive[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 1st Term SUWA Pro Wrestling NOAH[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 2nd Term Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 2nd Term Arai, Keni'chiroKeni'chiro Arai Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 2nd Term Stalker Ichikawa Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 2nd Term Kanda, YasushiYasushi Kanda Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 3rd Term Yokosuka, SusumuSusumu Yokosuka Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 3rd Term Shimizu, MototsuguMototsugu Shimizu El Dorado[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 4th Term Saito, RyoRyo Saito Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon Japan (1st Class) 4th Term Tamaoka, KintaKinta Tamaoka Did not graduate – Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 5th Term Mori, Anthony W.Anthony W. Mori Retired
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 5th Term Mishima, RaimuRaimu Mishima Retired due to injuries.[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 5th Term Doi, NarukiNaruki Doi Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 5th Term Iwasa, TakuTaku Iwasa Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 6th Term Milano Collection AT Retired due to eye injury[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 6th Term Oyanagei, KinyaKinya Oyanagei El Dorado[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 6th Term Phillip J. Fukumasa Retired[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 6th Term TARUcito Retired[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 6th Term Murakami, TakuyaTakuya Murakami Michinoku Pro[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 7th Term Toru Owashi Dramatic Dream Team[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 7th Term Yoshino, MasatoMasato Yoshino Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 7th Term Brother YASSHI Diamond Ring[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 7th Term Yagi, TakayukiTakayuki Yagi
(Bakery Yagi/Pescatore Yagi)
Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Kondo, ShujiShuji Kondo Wrestle-1[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Ogawauchi, JunJun Ogawauchi (JUN) Secret Base[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Takagi, ShogoShogo Takagi Semi-Retired[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Sugawara, TakuyaTakuya Sugawara Pro Wrestling Zero1[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Tajima, HisamaruHisamaru Tajima Dradition[1]
Toryumon 2000 Project (2nd Class) 8th Term Akihiko Inoue / Flash Moon / Murcielago / Inoue 110 Taiien Freelancer[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Ishimori, TaijiTaiji Ishimori Pro Wrestling Noah[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Shu Sato / Brahman Shu Michinoku Pro/Big Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Kei Sato / Brahman Kei Michinoku Pro/Big Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Manabu Murakami / Maguro Ooma / Manjimaru Michinoku Pro[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Taro Nohashi / Shinjitsu Nohashi / Koichiro Arai Michinoku Pro[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Minamino, TakeshiTakeshi Minamino Michinoku Pro/All Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Sakai, KenichiKenichi Sakai / Ken45° Michinoku Pro[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term SUWAcito / KAGETORA Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Rasse / Jumping Kid Okimoto Michinoku Pro[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Keiji Kogure / Lambo Miura / Dynamite Tohoku / Kogure 110 Taiien Retired[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 9th Term Takanashi, MasahiroMasahiro Takanashi (Did not graduate) Dramatic Dream Team[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 10th Term Tanisaki, NaokiNaoki Tanisaki Dragon Gate[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 10th Term Fukuda, TakayasuTakayasu Fukuda Bear Fukuda Secret Base[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 11th Term Sugi, TakuyaTakuya Sugi Freelance[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 11th Term Saito Masuda Never made his debut[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 11th Term Suzuki, AmigoAmigo Suzuki / Chuuichiro Arai/Amigo Suzuki Toryumon Mexico / Dradition[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 11th Term Hasegawa, PassionPassion Hasegawa Toryumon Mexico[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 12th Term Aoki, YusukeYusuke Aoki / Spark Aoki Secret Base[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 12th Term Manabu Katagami / GALLARDO / 119 Katagami Taiin Retired[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 12th Term Kondo and Co Retired[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 12th Term TARUcito 2 Never made his debut[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Horiguchi, HiromiHiromi Horiguchi Retired[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Tsutomu Oosugi / Milanito Collection a.t. / Rei Michinoku Pro/Big Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Hercules Senga / Hercules Oosenga / Banana Senga Michinoku Pro/Big Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Matsuyama, KanjyuroKanjyuro Matsuyama Osaka Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara Pro Wrestling NOAH[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Okada, KazuchikaKazuchika Okada New Japan Pro Wrestling[1]
Toryumon X (3rd Class) 13th Term Akiba, GuillermoGuillermo Akiba / CHANGO Diamond Ring[1]
Toryumon Mexico (4th Class) 14th Term Matsuzaki, ToshiyaToshiya Matsuzaki / Rascal Matsuzaki / Pequeno Ninja Toryumon Mexico / Dradition
Toryumon Mexico (4th Class) 14th Term Hanaoka, DaisukeDaisuke Hanaoka / Oscar Hanoka Toryumon Mexico / Dradition
Toryumon Mexico (4th Class) 14th Term Kajiwara, SatoshiSatoshi Kajiwara Toryumon Mexico / Dradition / Kensuke Office

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