Open the Brave Gate Championship

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Open the Brave Gate
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Eita with the title belt in November 2016
Details
Promotion Dragon Gate
Date established March 13, 2005
Current champion(s) Dragon Kid
Date won April 6, 2018

The Open the Brave Gate Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Dragon Gate; it has a weight limit of 83 kg (183 lb), though it has been defended against heavier wrestlers in the past. It can be considered the secondary singles title in Dragon Gate and is more of a light heavyweight championship.[1] It was created on March 13, 2005 when Naruki Doi defeated Yossino in a tournament final.[2] The faceplate logo on the belt is divided into eight pieces, each piece representing the eight wrestlers who fought in the tournament to determine the inaugural champion. During Gamma's reign, he threw away all eight pieces of the faceplate and replaced it with his own plate, renaming it Open the Gamma Gate, dictating and often changing the rules of his title defenses. This ended when Masato Yoshino, wrestling as the masked Dr. Muscle, defeated Gamma and restored it to the Brave Gate title, vacating it soon afterwards. There have been a total of 18 recognized champions who have had a combined 27 official reigns.

Title history[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign
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
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes Ref.
1 Naruki Doi 1 March 13, 2005 245 Nagoya, Japan 5 The Brave Gate 2005 Defeated Yossino in a tournament final. [3]
2 Dragon Kid 1 November 13, 2005 84 Nagoya, Japan 1 Crown Gate 2005 [3]
Vacated February 5, 2006 Fukuoka, Japan Primal Gate 2006 Vacated due to a title defense against Masato Yoshino ending in a no contest after outside interference from both men's factions. [3]
3 Masato Yoshino 1 March 19, 2006 330 Kawagoe, Japan 4 Brave Gate 2006 Defeated Dragon Kid and Naoki Tanisaki in a three-way elimination tournament final. [3]
4 Matt Sydal 1 February 12, 2007 41 Kobe, Japan 1 Truth Gate 2007 [3][4]
5 Genki Horiguchi 1 March 25, 2007 98 Tsu, Japan 2 Memorial Gate 2007 [3]
6 Yasushi Kanda 1 July 1, 2007 83 Kobe, Japan 2 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2007 [5]
7 Masato Yoshino 2 September 22, 2007 204 Tokyo, Japan 6 Storm Gate 2007: Dragon Storm [3]
8 Anthony W. Mori 1 April 13, 2008 0 Nagoya, Japan 0 The Gate of Passion 2008
Vacated April 13, 2008 Nagoya, Japan The Gate of Passion 2008 Vacated voluntarily by Mori due to Yasushi Kanda interfering in his title win.
9 Gamma 1 April 27, 2008 63 Fukuoka, Japan 0 The Gate of Passion 2008 Defeated Anthony W. Mori in a tournament final. The title was renamed "Open the Gamma Gate" during his reign. Gamma successfully defended his Open the Gamma Gate six times but none of the defenses were not counted as part of the official Brave Gate lineage.
10 Dr. Muscle 3 June 29, 2008 0 Osaka, Japan 0 The Gate of Maximum 2008 Renamed back to "Open the Brave Gate". This was Masato Yoshino disguised as Dr. Muscle but the reign is recognized as a Dr. Muscle reign.
Vacated June 29, 2008 Osaka, Japan The Gate of Maximum 2008 Vacated the title.
11 Genki Horiguchi 2 July 27, 2008 77 Kobe, Japan 2 Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival 2008 Defeated m.c.KZ to win the title
12 Masato Yoshino 4 October 12, 2008 161 Nagoya, Japan 2 The Gate of Victory 2008
13 CIMA 1 March 22, 2009 119 Tokyo, Japan 3 The Gate of Anniversary
14 Naruki Doi 2 July 19, 2009 9 Tokyo, Japan 0 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2009 This was also for the Open The Dream Gate Championship.
Vacated July 28, 2009 N/A N/A Vacated the title due to Doi also holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship.
15 Naoki Tanizaki 1 August 30, 2009 134 Fukuoka, Japan 6 Storm Gate 2009 Beat Kagetora in a tournament final for the vacant title.
16 K-ness 1 January 11, 2010 47 Nagoya, Japan 1 Primal Gate 2010 [3]
17 Super Shisa 1 February 27, 2010 50 Nagoya, Japan 1 Truth Gate 2010 [3]
18 Tigers Mask 1 April 18, 2010 118 Osaka, Japan 3 The Gate of Passion 2010 [3][6]
19 Masato Yoshino 5 August 14, 2010 0 Kobe, Japan 0 Summer Adventure Tag League IV [3][7]
Vacated August 14, 2010 Kobe, Japan Summer Adventure Tag League IV Vacated due to Yoshino also holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship. [7]
20 PAC 1 August 29, 2010 447 Fukuoka, Japan 11 Storm Gate 2010 Defeated Susumu Yokosuka in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [8]
21 Ricochet 1 November 19, 2011 169 Osaka, Japan 3 Crown Gate 2011 [3]
22 Dragon Kid 2 May 6, 2012 364 Nagoya, Japan 9 Dead or Alive 2012 [3]
23 Masato Yoshino 6 May 5, 2013 117 Nagoya, Japan 4 Dead or Alive 2013 [3]
Vacated August 30, 2013 Kobe, Japan The Gate of Generation 2013 Yoshino vacated the title, feeling it belonged to the younger generation.
24 Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! 3 September 29, 2013 168 Kobe, Japan 4 Summer Adventure Tag League 2013 Defeated Kzy in the finals of a tournament. [3]
25 Flamita 1 March 16, 2014 290 Wakayama, Japan 9[1] Memorial Gate 2014 in Wakayama
Vacated December 31, 2014 N/A N/A Title declared vacant three days after Flamita left the belt in the ring in protest, following his ninth defense ending in a disqualification. [9]
26 Kzy 1 January 12, 2015 47 Kobe, Japan 1 Open the New Year Gate 2015 Kzy, as the masked Dr. Muscle, defeated Eita in the finals of a tournament. Unmasked on January 16, 2015.
27 Akira Tozawa 1 February 28, 2015 246 Osaka, Japan 6 Champion Gate 2015 in Osaka
28 Kotoka 1 November 1, 2015 125 Osaka, Japan 1 The Gate of Destiny 2015
29 Yosuke ♥ Santa Maria 1 March 5, 2016 141 Osaka, Japan 2 Champion Gate 2016 in Osaka: Sumoz Osaka Basho
30 Eita 1 July 24, 2016 223 Kobe, Japan 4 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 2016
Vacated March 4, 2017 Osaka, Japan Champion Gate 2017 in Osaka Vacated due to a match between Eita & El Lindaman being declared 'No Contest', due to multiple interference.
31 Jimmy Kagetora / Kagetora 1 March 20, 2017 278 Wakayama, Japan 4 Memorial Gate 2017 in Wakayama
32 Yasushi Kanda 2 December 23, 2017 70 Fukuoka, Japan 0 The Final Gate 2017
33 Punch Tominaga 1 March 3, 2018 18 0
Vacated March 21, 2018 The title was vacated after a defence against Yasushi Kanda ended in No Contest.
34 Dragon Kid 3 April 6, 2018 14+ 0 Defeated Kagetora to win the title.

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of April 20, 2018.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler # of
Reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1. Masato Yoshino / Dr. Muscle 6 16 813
2. Dragon Kid 2 10 448
3. PAC 1 11 447
4. Genki Horiguchi /
Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!
3 8 343
5. Flamita 1 9 290
6. Eita 1 4 289
7. Jimmy Kagetora / Kagetora 1 5 278
8. Naruki Doi 2 5 254
9. Akira Tozawa 1 6 246
10. Ricochet 1 3 169
11. Yosuke ♥ Santa Maria 1 2 141
12. Naoki Tanizaki 1 6 134
13. Kotoka 1 1 125
14. CIMA 1 3 119
15. Tigers Mask 1 3 118
16. Yasushi Kanda 2 1 201+
17. Gamma 1 0 63
18. Super Shisa 1 1 50
19. Kzy 1 1 47
K-ness 1 1 47
21. Matt Sydal 1 1 41
22. Anthony W. Mori 1 0 0

Notes[edit]

1.^ – On May 20, 2014, Flamita successfully defended the title against Drastik Boy, Kaleth and Shane Strickland at a Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU) event in Pachuca, Mexico. Although Dragon Gate has not recognized the defense, it is included here.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragon Gate USA's Title Situation". Dragon Gate USA Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Open the Brave Gate title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Open the Brave Gate official title history" (in Japanese). Dragon Gate Official Site. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 12, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Feb 12): Christian Cage wins gold in TNA". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dragon Gate results, 2007" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  6. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2010-04-23). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-04-24. Open the Brave Gate Title: Tigers Mask def. Super Shisa (c) to win the title [...] Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask shockingly upsets Super Shisa for the Brave Gate Title 
  7. ^ a b Boutwell, Josh (2010-08-20). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-08-22. Open the Brave Gate Title: Masato Yoshino def. Tigers Mask (c) to win the title! [...] Yoshino will now vacate the (Brave Gate) title 
  8. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2010-08-30). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  9. ^ "オープン・ザ・ブレイブゲート王座決定トーナメント開催! 1月シリーズ前半戦 京都2連戦~神戸大会 対戦カード情報". Dragon Gate (in Japanese). 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  10. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2014-05-31). "Viva la Raza! Lucha Weekly for 5/31/14". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 

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