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This article is about the Japanese wrestling promotion. For the American branch of Dragon Gate, see Dragon Gate USA. For the computer game, please see Dragon's Gate.
Dragon Gate is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion formerly known as Toryumon Japan. Most of Dragon Gate's wrestlers are graduates from Último Dragón's Toryumon Gym, and thus the promotion is based on a Junior Heavyweight style with varying emphasis on high flying maneuvers, flashy technical grappling, and submissions.

Dragon Gate is often associated with Mexicomarker, as it is basically based on Mexican wrestling style, and many wrestlers in Dragon Gate went to Mexico to train there when they were beginners. Dragon Gate's main wrestlers often describe Mexico as their "meccamarker".

History

In 2004, Último Dragón left the promotion and took the Toryumon name and trademarks with him. The promotion subsequently changed its name to Dragon Gate and declared CIMA (the last one to hold the Último Dragón Gym Championship) its first Open the Dream Gate (singles) Champion. Since then, the promotion has gained a steady following in Japan (as well as a cult following in the United States) and has been in full-time operation since its separation from Toryumon in 2004.

Stars from the promotion have also made appearances on the United States independent wrestling scene, most notably with the Ring of Honor promotion, where stars from the company competed in the Dragon Gate Invasion show on August 27, 2005 in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker Dragon Gate Challenge on March 30, 2006 in Detroit, Michiganmarker and Supercard of Honor and Better than Our Best in Chicagomarker, ILmarker on March 31 and April 1, 2006, respectively. A six-man match pitting Blood Generation against Do-Fixer at "Supercard of Honor" on March 31 in Chicago Ridge, IL was very well received by both fans and critics, making it one of only a handful of North American matches that wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer has given a five-star rating.

Both Ring of Honor's "All Star Extravaganza III" on March 30 and "Supercard of Honor II" on March 31, 2007 in Detroit, Michiganmarker featured Dragon Gate in the main events.

Dragon Gate has appeared frequently with Hawaii's Action Zone Wrestling AZW Hawaii with their first appearance happening on Sept. 5, 2007 at the event titled "Showdown". CIMA, Dragon Kid, Susumu Yokosuka, Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, BxB Hulk and Shingo Takagi have all appeared on AZW live events since then.

In 2008, Dragon Gate promoted their first set of shows in the United States. The first show took place in Los Angeles on September 5 [161109] and featured El Generico, Necro Butcher, and Kendo. Their second show was in Hawaii on September 8.

In 2009, Dragon Gate announced it will be making its debut in the United Kingdom with shows promoted with British wrestler Mark Sloan making its online home www.dragongateuk.com

Japan's Dragon Gate promotion announced its expansion into the United States with Dragon Gate USA on April 14, 2009 at the Korakuen Hall event in Tokyo. It named Satoshi Oji as the President and Gabe Sapolsky (former Ring of Honor booker) as the Vice President of Dragon Gate USA.

Roster

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

New Generation Army



Veteran Army



WORLD-1



Real Hazard



KAMIKAZE



WARRIORS-5



Mushozoku/Zetsurins



Unaffiliated



Gaijin Used



Notable alumni



Championships

Championship Current champion(s) Date won
Open the Dream Gate Naruki Doi December 28, 2008
Open the Triangle Gate Zetsurins

October 14, 2009
Open the Brave Gate Naoki Tanisaki August 30, 2009
Open the Twin Gate KAMIKAZE

September 17, 2009
Open the Owarai Gate Kikutaro May 15, 2009


Defunct Championships
Championship Last Champion(s) Date won
I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino October 12, 2007
(I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship unified with Open the Twin Gate Championship)

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