Open the Freedom Gate Championship

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Open the Freedom Gate Championship
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Promotion Dragon Gate USA
Dragon Gate
Evolve
Date established November 28, 2009
Date retired August 15, 2015[1]

The Open the Freedom Gate Championship was the major title in the promotion Dragon Gate USA. The first holder of the title was crowned following a 14-man tournament held at DGUSA Freedom Fight on November 28, 2009. The title is also recognized by Dragon Gate USA's parent promotion, Dragon Gate, and it has been defended at a Dragon Gate show in Japan. The title is also recognized by the Evolve promotion.[3]

There were seven reigns by six wrestlers. BxB Hulk became the first champion by winning a 14-man tournament. Timothy Thatcher was the final champion, vacating the title on August 15, 2015.[1]

The championship was defended in the USA, Japan, China, England, Germany, Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland.[4][5][6][7][8]

Title history[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Successful defenses Location Event Notes Ref.
1
BxB Hulk
1 November 28, 2009 426 7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Freedom Fight 2009 Defeated Cima, Gran Akuma and Yamato in a four-way elimination tournament final match. [2]
2
Yamato
1 January 28, 2011 289 6 New York, New York United: NYC [9]
3 1 November 13, 2011 873 22 New York, New York Freedom Fight 2011 [10]
4
Ricochet
1 April 4, 2014 226 5 New Orleans, Louisiana Open the Ultimate Gate 2014 [11]
5 2 November 16, 2014 132 3 Peking, China WWNLive in China [12]
6
Drew Galloway
1 March 28, 2015 104 5 San Jose, California Mercury Rising 2015 This match was also contested for Galloway's Evolve Championship. [13]
7 1 July 10, 2015 36 0 Tampa, Florida Evolve 45 This match was also contested for the Evolve Championship. [14]
Deactivated August 15, 2015 Queens, New York Evolve 47 Thatcher handed the title to Johnny Gargano, rendering it vacant and inactive. [1]

Combined reigns[edit]

Johnny Gargano with the Open the Freedom Gate Championship belt, during his first title reign, the only two time champion

As of June 27, 2017.

+ Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Johnny Gargano 2 25 1005
2 BxB Hulk 1 7 426
3 Yamato 1 6 289
4 Ricochet 1 5 226
5 Drew Galloway 1 5 104
6 Timothy Thatcher 1 0 36

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Show results - Evolve 47 iPPV in Queens, N.Y.: Thatcher vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. for Evolve Title, big turn, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2009-11-29). "DGUSA News: Dragon Gate USA determines first-ever champion on Saturday night's PPV taping". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  3. ^ "EVOLVE evolves -- now unified with DGUSA". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  4. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1234&page=5&reign=1
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1234&page=5&reign=6
  6. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1234&page=5&reign=4
  7. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1234&page=5&reign=3
  8. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1234&page=5&reign=2
  9. ^ Eaton, Jimmy (2011-01-28). "Eaton's DGUSA "United: New York" 1/28 - Hulk vs. YAMATO, round robin tag team tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  10. ^ Radican, Sean (2011-11-13). "Radican's DGUSA "Freedom Fight" iPPV coverage 11/13 -YAMATO vs. Gargano, PAC vs. Ricochet". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  11. ^ Radican, Sean (2014-04-05). "iPPV results - 4/4 DGUSA in New Orleans, La.: Radican's Report on historic main event result, Hero vs. Tanaka, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Mike (2014-11-16). "WWNLive draws huge crowd to close China tour, complete 11/16 results". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  13. ^ Carapola, Stuart (2015-03-28). "Complete WWNLive Mercury Rising supershow 2015 coverage: the Evolve and DGUSA titles are unified, Hero and Thatcher tear down the house, the women of Shine and Shimmer continue the WrestleMania weekend tradition, and much more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  14. ^ Radican, Sean (2015-07-10). "Radican's Evolve 45 iPPV report 7/10: WWNLive blows up the card & delivers huge main event title match - Galloway vs. Thatcher, Strong vs. Sabre, Jr., Chris Hero, So Cal Val's faction, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-07-11.