Open the Dream Gate Championship

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Open the Dream Gate
CIMA1.jpg
Cima, former three-time champion
Details
Promotion Dragon Gate
Date established July 4, 2004
Current champion(s) Yamato
Date won July 24th, 2016

The Open the Dream Gate Championship is the top professional wrestling title 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] 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 13 recognized champions who have had a combined 22 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.

Reigns[edit]

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 May 2017, YAMATO is the current champion in his fourth reign.


# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Successful defenses Location Event Notes Ref.
1
Cima
1
July 4, 2004 175
1
Tokyo, Japan Live event 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
1
December 16, 2004 323
4
Tokyo, Japan Gate of Legend [4]
3
Magnitude Kishiwada
1
November 4, 2005 112
2
Tokyo, Japan Crown Gate 2005 ~Osaka Special~ [4]
4
Ryo Saito
1
February 24, 2006 58
0
Tokyo, Japan Live Event during Truth Gate tour [4]
5
Susumu Yokosuka
1
April 23, 2006 214
3
Tokyo, Japan Glorious Gate 2006 [4]
6
Don Fujii
1
November 23, 2006 122
1
Tokyo, Japan Crown Gate 2006 ~Osaka Special~ [4]
7
Jushin Thunder Liger
1
March 25, 2007 98
1
Tsu, Japan Memorial Gate 2007 [4]
8
Cima
2
July 1, 2007 364
6
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2007 [4]
-
Vacated
-
June 29, 2008
-
- N/A Vacated due to Cima suffering a neck injury. [5]
9
Shingo Takagi
1
July 27, 2008 154
3
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2008 Defeated BxB Hulk. [4]
10
Naruki Doi
1
December 28, 2008 449
8
Fukuoka, Japan Final Gate 2008 [4]
11
Yamato
1
March 22, 2010 111
3
Tokyo, Japan Compilation Gate 2010 [4]
12
Masato Yoshino
1
July 11, 2010 277
4
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2010 [4]
13
Masaaki Mochizuki
2
April 14, 2011 255
6
Tokyo, Japan Champion Gate 2011 [4]
14
Cima
3
December 25, 2011 574
15
Fukuoka, Japan Final Gate 2011 [6]
15
Shingo Takagi
2
July 21, 2013 33
0
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2013 [7]
16
Yamato
2
August 23, 2013 48
1
Tokyo, Japan The Gate of Generation [8]
17
Masato Yoshino
2
October 10, 2013 143
4
Tokyo, Japan The Gate of Victory
18
Ricochet
1
March 2, 2014 64
1
Osaka, Japan Champion Gate in Osaka
19
Yamato
3
May 5, 2014 76
2
Nagoya, Japan Dead or Alive 2014
20
BxB Hulk
1
July 20, 2014 329
7
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2014 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
3
June 14, 2015 63
1
Fukuoka, Japan Champion Gate 2015 in Hakata
22
Shingo Takagi
3
August 16, 2015 182
4
Tokyo, Japan Dangerous Gate 2015 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
2
February 14, 2016 21
0
Fukuoka, Japan Truth Gate 2016 Previously known as Susumu Yokosuka.
24
Shingo Takagi
4
March 6, 2016 140
1
Osaka, Japan Champion Gate 2016 in Osaka
25
Yamato
4
July 24, 2016 303+
5
Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2016

Combined reigns[edit]

As of May 23, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Cima 3 22 1113
2 Masaaki Mochizuki 2 9 578
3 Yamato 4 11 538+
4 Shingo Takagi 4 8 509
5 Masato Yoshino 3 9 483
6 Naruki Doi 1 8 449
7 BxB Hulk 1 7 329
8 Susumu Yokosuka/Jimmy Susumu 2 3 235
9 Don Fujii 1 1 122
10 Magnitude Kishiwada 1 2 112
11 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 1 98
12 Ricochet 1 1 64
13 Ryo Saito 1 0 58

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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