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|debut= September 2, 2000
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}}'''Masato Yoshino''' is a [[Toryumon 2000 Project|7th Term graduate of the Ultimo Dragon Gym]]. He actively wrestles in [[Dragon Gate|Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling]].
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'''Masato Yoshino''' (born July 17, 1980 in Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for the [[Dragon Gate]] wrestling promotion.
   
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
   
===Early Start===
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===Toryumon===
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Masato Yoshino was part of the T2P class, tied with [[Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto]] for the second highest rank of the students, although far behind top ranked [[Milano Collection A.T.]]. He was noted early on for his incredible speed in the ring, earning him the nickname ''Speed Star''. He patterned his look after Tarzan, which involved tights fringed in a pattern to imitate a grass skirt, and the names of several of his moves centered around a jungle theme. He was nicknamed ''Sexy Tarzan'' at times by female fans, due to his outfit and muscular physique. He also adopted a "pet gorilla" (really a midget wrestler in a gorilla suit) named ''[[Venezia]]''.
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Yoshino and Tsujimoto joined Milano Collection A.T.'s Italian Connection stable when it was formed on March 3, 2002, and renamed to YOSSINO and "brother" YASSINI, respectively. While in the Italian Connection, he would hold the UWA World Trios Championship twice, with Milano/YASSINI, and with Milano/[[Shuji Kondo|Condotti Shuji]], and would also hold the NWA World Welterweight Championship once. He would also have several highly acclaimed matches with [[K-ness|Darkness Dragon/K-ness]] that would increase his standing within the federation.
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The Italian Connection began splintering in 2003 when Milano and Yossino wished to take the stable in a face direction, while Shuji, YASSINI, Berlinetta Boxer and Bakery Yagi wanted to remain heel. The ItaCon split when Kondo and YASSINI attacked Venezia, then Yossino for trying to stop them, and finally Milano. Kondo and the others went on to form Aagan Iisou, and ItaCon would settle as a face stable, adding [[Anthony W. Mori]] as a third member after his former partner [[Takuya Sugawara]] joined Aagan Iisou. ItaCon would feud with Aagan Iisou into the birth of [[Dragon Gate]] in July 2004.
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===Dragon Gate===
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During the early days of Dragon Gate, Yossino continued to team with his fellow Italian Connection members. Together they would become the first Dragon Gate Open the Triangle Gate Champions. The ItaCon would dissolve in 2005 when Milano left the promotion. Alone as Mori went to create PosHearts with [[Magnum TOKYO]], [[Super Shisa]] and the debuting [[BxB Hulk]], Yossino prepared for the tournament to crown the first Dragon Gate Open The Brave Gate champion, which was won by Doi . He also briefly teamed with his respected rival K-Ness, but shortly afterwards backstabbed him to join the newly formed Blood Generation stable. He also did away with his Tarzan gimmick, cutting his hair short and switching from fringed tights to a singlet, and he returned to using his given name, Masato Yoshino, in the ring. On April 12, 2006, when CIMA kicked [[Gamma]] out of the group due to their constantly butting heads, Yoshino - along with [[Naruki Doi]] and [[Naoki Tanisaki]] - followed Gamma. Eleven days later, after Doi & Gamma won full rights to the Blood Generation name from CIMA & [[Don Fujii]] in a tag match, they refused the name and became the [[Muscle Outlaw'z]].
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Yoshino began to gain rank within Dragon Gate rapidly in 2007. He began teaming with stable leader [[Naruki Doi]] as Speed Muscle, and together they would win the [[I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]] and the [[GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]], as well as become the first [[Open the Twin Gate Championship|Open the Twin Gate]] Champions and [[Summer Adventure Tag League]] Tournament winners. He also captured the Open the Brave Gate Championship twice that year.
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On January 7, 2008, he made his debut in Hawaii for Action Zone Wrestling at Battleclash III, teaming with [[Naruki Doi]] in a Four-Way Elimination Tag Team match for the AZW Tag Team Championships.
   
Prior to becoming a professional wrestling, Yoshino was an accomplished high school baseball player. Once he realized his passion was in wrestling, he participated in the "amateur" pro wrestling company JWA Kansai before entering venturing to Mexico and enrolling in the Ultimo Dragon Gym.
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During 2008, Yoshino continued to gain rank. In March, he faced CIMA for the Open the Dream Gate Title, losing in just under 30 minutes when Doi threw in the towel. His performance was praised by stablemates and rivals alike, and his team with Doi - which looked for a while like it was going to come apart - was reconciled. By this time, Doi & Yoshino were leaning towards becoming faces again, thus causing tensions to start stirring in MO'z, and the tensions grew more and more as the weeks went on. Finally, on May 5, Doi & Yoshino turned on the other members of MO'z when they attacked stablemate [[Yasushi Kanda]] and cost him his hair in a Mascara contra Cabellera (Mask vs. Hair) Cage Survival Six-Way Match. Nine days later, soon after the mega-group Real Hazard was formed, Doi and Yoshino - along with [[BxB Hulk]], Naoki Tanisaki, and [[m.c.KZ]] - formed the group WORLD-1.
   
Originally debuting as part of the Toryumon 2000 Project (T2P), it was clear that Yoshino’s speed and chiseled physique were the things that would make him stand out. Indeed, as his original gimmick was modeled after that of Tarzan, he quickly gained the nickname ''Lightning in the Jungle'', which is still used to this day. To go along with this gimmick, he also brought with him to the ring a pet gorilla named Venezia.
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On June 29, he wrestled Gamma for the Open the Brave Gate title (which Gamma had renamed to the "Open the Gamma Gate" title) under the mask of Dr. Muscle, defeating him and restoring the Brave Gate's faceplate to the belt. He then had it vacated, only winning it to see its restoration and for a proper decision match to take place. In August, he and Doi won their second straight Summer Adventure Tag League Tournament, and then the next month, on September 26, they beat [[Ryo Saito]] and Susumu Yokosuka to become the Open the Twin Gate Champions for the second time. Though their second reign would only last nine days, for they lost the belts to [[YAMATO]] & [[Cyber Kong]], Yoshino rebounded a week later when he captured the Open the Brave Gate Title for a fourth time, besting [[Genki Horiguchi]]. He defended it twice before losing it to CIMA on March 22 in another great match between the two.
   
===YOSSINO===
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On June 7, he, BxB Hulk and [[PAC]] captured the Triangle Gate titles from CIMA, Gamma & [[KAGETORA]], and they held them for three months before dropping them to [[Masaaki Mochizuki]], Don Fujii & [[Akebono]]. On July 11, 2010, Yoshino defeated YAMATO to win the [[Open the Dream Gate Championship]] for the first time. On August 14, 2010, Yoshino defeated [[Tigers Mask]] to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the fifth time, but immediately afterwards vacated the title, due to also holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship. On August 24, 2010, Yoshino and Naruki Doi won their third Summer Adventure Tag League by defeating Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito in the finalsOn October 13, 2010, Doi, bitter about Yoshino winning the Open the Dream Gate Championship, turned on him and BxB Hulk and joined the former Deep Drunkers and [[Takuya Sugawara]] to form a new heel stable. On December 26, 2010, at ''Final Gate 2010'' Yoshino successfully defended the Open the Dream Gate Championship against Doi. On January 30, 2011, Yoshino and PAC defeated [[Chuck Taylor]] and [[Johnny Gargano]] to become [[Dragon Gate USA]]'s first ever [[Open the United Gate Champions]]. On April 14, 2011, Yoshino lost the Open the Dream Gate Championship to Masaaki Mochizuki. At the same event, World-1 failed to win the Open the Triangle Gate Championship from Blood Warriors and was as a result forced to disband. On April 24 former World-1 members Yoshino, BxB Hulk, PAC and Susumu Yokosuka agreed to form a new alliance with Masaaki Mochizuki to battle Blood Warriors. On June 8, the new group was named Junction Three in reference to it being a union between the former members of World-1, KAMIKAZE and the Veteran-gun. On June 18, Yoshino, Gamma and YAMATO defeated the Blood Warriors team of CIMA, Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk to win the vacant Open the Triangle Gate Championship. They would go on to lose the title to the Blood Warriors team of Kzy, Naoki Tanisaki and Naruki Doi on September 2. On September 11, Yoshino and PAC lost the Open the United Gate Championship to Open the Twin Gate Champions, CIMA and [[Ricochet]], in a title vs. title match. On February 9, 2012, Junction Three was forced to disband, after losing a fourteen-man elimination tag team match to Blood Warriors. Yoshino then reunited with Naruki Doi to form World-1 International. On March 30, 2012, he and Ricochet defeated Ronin's Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano at a Dragon Gate USA event in Miami, Florida to win the vacant Open the United Gate Championship. On May 6, Yoshino, Doi and Pac won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship. On June 21, 2012, Yoshino and Ricochet were stripped of the United Gate Championship due to Yoshino being forced to miss Dragon Gate USA's July 2012 events. On May 5, 2013, Yoshino defeated [[Dragon Kid]] to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the sixth time. He vacated the title on August 30 after he, [[Punch Tominaga| Chihiro Tominaga]] and [[Big R Shimizu|Ryotsu Shimizu]] lost to the debuting Millennials ([[T-Hawk]], [[Eita]] and [[U-T]]), saying he felt the title should be competed for within the new generation. On September 12, Naruki Doi turned on Yoshino, signaling the end of World-1 International. Yoshino quickly formed a new stable named Monster Express with [[Akira Tozawa]], [[Ricochet]], Shachihoko Boy, [[Shingo Takagi]] and [[Uhaa Nation]]. On October 10, Yoshino defeated YAMATO to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the second time. On March 2, 2014, Yoshino dropped the Open the Dream Gate Championship to Monster Express stablemate Ricochet. On May 30, 2015, Yoshino defeated T-Hawk in the finals to win the [[King of Gate#2015|2015 King of Gate]] tournament. On June 14, Yoshino defeated BxB Hulk to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the third time. On November 23, 2015, Yoshino defeated Mr. Nakagawa via fan decision the [[Open the Owarai Gate Championship]]. He was stripped of the title on April 3 due to failure to defend it within the previous three months.
   
Within T2P he was considered the number two star, second only to [[Milano Collection AT]]. When Milano began to form a unit, it was only natural that he would be the first one approached. Yoshino accepted Milano’s offer and changed his name to YOSSINO, to represent his (obvious) Italian background, to form the Italian Connection. As part of this new force within T2P, YOSSINO would play a major role in the ensuing T2P invasion of Toryumon, and more specifically with [[Crazy MAX]].
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===Wrestling Society X===
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Yoshino competed for the MTV-based wrestling promotion [[Wrestling Society X]], where he teamed up with [[Genki Horiguchi]] to form "Team Dragon Gate". At the time they were teaming together in WSX, Yoshino and Horiguchi were in rival stables, although Horiguchi would eventually turn heel and join the Muscle Outlaw'z himself.
   
The two factions would go on to feud until the Italian Connection were able to win the UWA Trio Tag Titles from Crazy MAX at the Toryumon vs T2P PPV. This achievement cemented the dominance of the Italian Collection and proved that T2P were here to noticed. After losing the titles back to Crazy MAX a few months later, YOSSINO entered into a feud with [[K-ness.]], which included many highly regarded matches and is considered one of the Dragon System’s best feuds.
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===Total Nonstop Action Wrestling===
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Yoshino and Naruki Doi came to [[Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|TNA]] in June 2008 in order to participate in that year's [[TNA 2008 World X Cup Tournament|World X Cup]], representing [[Team Japan]] as heels. They competed in various tag team matches against members of the other teams in the weeks leading up to the World X Cup, but they lost every one of them. In the World X Cup 12 Man Elimination Tag Match at [[Victory Road (2008)|TNA Victory Road]], he represented Team Japan alongside [[T.J. Perkins|Puma]] and [[Milano Collection A.T.]] As the last surviving member of his team, he overcame numerous obstacles to become one of the last two men in the match, before succumbing to [[Alex Shelley]] in the loss.
   
After [[Ultimo Dragon]] left the company, taking the Toryumon name with him, the newly formed Dragon Gate needed to create titles of it’s own. The trio titles were named the [[Open The Triangle Gate Championship]] and YOSSINO, along with fellow ItaConn members Milano Collection AT and [[Anthony W. Mori]] were able to become the very first champions. However, the Italian Connection, having already split in half once, were finally dissolved when Milano decided to leave the company. Now left to his own devices, Yoshino entered the the very first Open the Brave Gate tournament and was able to win becoming the first [[Open The Brave Gate Championship|Brave Gate Champion]]. It would prove to be a title that he would come to know a great deal throughout his career.
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==Factions==
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*Italian Connection (2002-2005)
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*Blood Generation (2005-2006)
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*[[Muscle Outlaw'z]] (2006-2008)
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*WORLD-1 (2008-2011)
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*Junction Three (2011-2012)
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*WORLD-1 International (2012-2013)
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*Monster Express (2013-)
   
===Speed Muscle===
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==In wrestling==
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*'''Finishing moves'''
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:*''Lightning Spiral'' (Swinging leg hook fireman's carry slam, sometimes from the top rope)
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:*''Sol Naciente'' (Straight jacket triangle choke)
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:*''Sol Naciente Kai'' (Straight jackettriangle choke while trapping the opponent's legs)
   
Soon after this however, Yoshino would turn heel once more and join the newly formed Blood Generation. He reverted to his given name and dropped the Tarzan gimmick and cut his hair short. This would prove a new direction for Yoshino as he would also later leave BloodGen with [[Naruki Doi]] and [[Gamma]] to form Muscle Outlaw’z, the largest heel faction Dragon Gate has ever known.
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*'''Signature moves'''
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:*''Another Space'' (Spin-out side powerbomb)
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:*''Colmillo'' (Rope hung figure four necklock)
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:*Diving somersault leg drop
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:*''From Jungle'' (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into an octopus stretch)
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:*''Lightning in the Jungle'' (Front missile dropkick)
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:*''[[Skayde|Riverina]] Special'' (Hammerlock small package)
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:*''Sling Blade'', sometimes from the top rope
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:*''Speed Star'' (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a crucifix)
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:*''Tarzan Heart'' (Cross-legged STF)
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:*''Torbellino'' (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a single arm DDT)
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:*''Ude Yoshino'' (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a crucifix armbar takedown)
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:*Wrist-clutch cradle roll into a grounded hammerlock octopus stretch
   
During his time with MO’z, he would begin teaming with co-leader Naruki Doi (Gamma being the other leader) to form the tag team known as Speed Muscle. Speed Muscle would see unparalleled success on the tag circuit, both within and outside of Dragon Gate itself. They were also crowned the very first [[Open The Twin Gate Championship|Open the Twin Gate Champions]] as well as winning the first Summer Adventure Tag League, which they would also win two more times. They even succeeded in claiming the GHC World Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Pro Wrestling NOAH, further exposing them as an elite tag team.
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*'''With [[Naruki Doi]]'''
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:*Assisted double stomp to the arm (Yoshino)
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:*Assisted missile dropkick into a senton on another opponent (Yoshino)
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:*Assisted rope hung senton bomb (Doi)
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:*Drop toe hold (Doi) / Sliding kick (Yoshino) combination
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:*Flapjack (Doi) / One-handed bulldog (Yoshino) combination
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:*Front missile dropkick (Yoshino) / Doi 555 (Doi) combination
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:*Poetry in Motion corner elbow (Yoshino)
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:*Springboard spinning sleeper slam (Yoshino) / Powerbomb (Doi) combination
   
However, it was increasingly clear that Speed Muscle and the rest of Muscle Outlaw’z were on different paths. Speed Muscle was seeing a great deal of success, and were able to win without resorting to dirty tactics, something MO’z certainly considered their mantra. This rift would continue to escalate until Speed Muscle would turn on MO’z, causing fellow member [[Jimmy Kanda|Yasushi Kanda]] to lose his hair. The two sides would part, with the MO’z remnants forming Real Hazard, and Speed Muscle forming [[WORLD-1#WORLD-1|WORLD-1]] along with [[BxB Hulk]], [[Naoki Tanizaki]], and [[Kzy|m.c.KZ]].
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*'''Nicknames'''
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:*"'''Speed Star'''"
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:*"The Fastest Wrestler on the Planet"
   
===Individual Success===
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*'''Entrance themes'''
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**'''"SPEED STAR"''' by Tsutomu Toya ft. Yoko Kubota
   
WORLD-1 would turn out to be the new major babyface group in the company, and Yoshino played a major part in that. He would go on to win multiple Brave Gate, Twin Gate and Triangle Gate championships. He would also make his presence felt outside of Japan, displaying his breathtaking speed in TNA during their World X Cup series as well as participating in the 2008 PWG Battle of Los Angeles tournament. Yoshino would also play a role in developing [[Dragon Gate USA]] by appearing in nearly every show. His contributions would be recognized when he and [[PAC]] became the first [[Open The United Gate Championship|Open The United Gate Champions]] to open 2011.
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==Championships and accomplishments==
   
But it wasn’t until he faced [[YAMATO]] at the World PPV in 2010 that he finally tasted [[Open The Dream Gate Championship|Dream Gate]] success. It was clear that Yoshino was truly, finally, considered number one. Soon after this, however, long time partner Naruki Doi had turned on Yoshino and left WORLD-1 to form the super heel group Blood Warriors with [[CIMA]].
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*'''[[Dragon Gate]]'''
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:*[[I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]] ([[I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) &ndash; with [[Naruki Doi]]
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:*[[Open the Dream Gate Championship]] ([[Open the Dream Gate Championship#Reigns|3 times]])
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:*[[Open the Brave Gate Championship]] ([[Open the Brave Gate Championship#Title history|6 times]])
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:*[[Open the Owarai Gate Championship]] ([[Open the Owarai Gate Championship#Title History|1 time]])
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:*[[Open the Triangle Gate Championship]] ([[Open the Triangle Gate Championship#Title history|10 times, current]]) &ndash; [[Milano Collection AT]] and [[Anthony W. Mori]] (1), [[CIMA]] and [[Magnitude Kishiwada]] (1), Naruki Doi and [[Gamma]] (2), Naruki Doi and Magnitude Kishiwada (1), [[BxB Hulk]] and [[PAC]] (1), Gamma and [[Yamato]] (1), Naruki Doi and Pac (1), and Naruki Doi and [[Shachihoko Boy]] (1) and [[Akira Tozawa]] and [[T-Hawk]] (1, current)
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:*[[Open the Twin Gate Championship]] ([[Open the Twin Gate Championship#Title history|3 times]]) &ndash; with Naruki Doi (2) and Shachihoko Boy (1)
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:*[[Summer Adventure Tag League]] (2007, 2008, 2010) &ndash; with Naruki Doi
   
Yoshino had a fairly memorable run as Dream Gate Champion, successfully defending the title four times and holding it for 277 days. He would lose the title to [[Masaaki Mochizuki]], who immediately invited Yoshino and WORLD-1, who had been forced to dissolve earlier the same night, to form a unit that would eventually become Junction Three and combat the growing threat of Blood Warriors.
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*'''[[Dragon Gate USA]]'''
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:*[[DGUSA Open the United Gate Championship]] ([[DGUSA Open the United Gate Championship#Title history|2 times]]) &ndash; with PAC (1) and [[Ricochet]] (1)
   
Yoshino would take a bit of a backseat as Mochizuki was the clear leader and ace of the group, but his presence was still appreciated as he joined Gamma and YAMATO in claiming Triangle Gate. Much of Yoshino's battles were against his old partner Naruki Doi and the two would battle for the belts before was successful in winning them teaming with Naoki Tanizaki and Kzy.
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*'''[[Pro Wrestling Illustrated]]'''
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**PWI ranked him #'''116''' of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012
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*'''[[Pro Wrestling Noah]]'''
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:*[[GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]] ([[GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) &ndash; with Naruki Doi
   
===Speed Muscle Reunion===
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* '''[[Tokyo Sports]]'''
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:*Technique Award (2013)
   
In February 2012, Junction Three lost an elimination tag match where the losing team was forced to disband. Following this, he noticed that Doi was not particularly pleased with the direction Blood Warriors was going since [[Akira Tozawa]] led a coup that forced CIMA out of the group. Not long afterward, Tozawa changed the group into [[MAD BLANKEY]] and they proceeded to assault Doi. Doi was saved by [[Dr. Muscle]], who performed a Torbellino. It was clear Yoshino was under the mask and he asked Doi to reform their legendary tag team. Doi accepted.
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*'''[[Toryumon (Último Dragón)|Toryumon Japan]]'''
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:*[[Differ Cup]] (2003) &ndash; with [[Ultimo Dragon]]
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:*[[NWA World Welterweight Championship]] ([[NWA World Welterweight Championship#Title history|1 time]])
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:*[[UWA World Trios Championship]] ([[UWA World Trios Championship#Title history|2 times]]) &ndash; with [[Milano Collection AT]] and [["brother" YASSINI]] (1) and Milano Collection AT and [[Shuji Kondo|Condotti Shuji]] (1)
   
At the same time, they brought in PAC, [[Ricochet]], and [[Rich Swann]] to form a unit that would eventually be known as [[WORLD-1#WORLD-1 INTERNATIONAL|WORLD-1 INTERNATIONAL]]. The group would quickly make their presence felt by winning Triangle Gate, but suddenly Yoshino found himself having to carry the group's name alone for a short period when Ricochet had to return home to the United States for an extended period, PAC ventured to New Japan to compete in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, and both Naruki Doi and Rich Swann were sidelined for a while with injuries.
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*'''Wrestling Observer Newsletter'''
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:*5 Star Match (2006) <small>with Naruki Doi and CIMA vs. [[Dragon Kid]], [[Genki Horiguchi]] and [[Ryo Saito]] (ROH Supercard of Honor, March 31)</small>
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:*Match of the Year (2006) <small>with Naruki Doi and CIMA vs. Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito (ROH Supercard of Honor, March 31)</small>
   
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===Lucha de Apuesta record===
   
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General
Masato Yoshino
Masato Yoshino
Birth name Masato Yoshino
Born July 17, 1980 (1980-07-17) (age 39)
Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Masato Yoshino
Yoshino
Yossino
Speed Star
Sexy Tarzan
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Trained By Último Dragón
Jorge "Skayde" Rivera
Debut September 2, 2000

Masato Yoshino (born July 17, 1980 in Higashiōsaka, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for the Dragon Gate wrestling promotion.

CareerEdit

ToryumonEdit

Masato Yoshino was part of the T2P class, tied with Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto for the second highest rank of the students, although far behind top ranked Milano Collection A.T.. He was noted early on for his incredible speed in the ring, earning him the nickname Speed Star. He patterned his look after Tarzan, which involved tights fringed in a pattern to imitate a grass skirt, and the names of several of his moves centered around a jungle theme. He was nicknamed Sexy Tarzan at times by female fans, due to his outfit and muscular physique. He also adopted a "pet gorilla" (really a midget wrestler in a gorilla suit) named Venezia.

Yoshino and Tsujimoto joined Milano Collection A.T.'s Italian Connection stable when it was formed on March 3, 2002, and renamed to YOSSINO and "brother" YASSINI, respectively. While in the Italian Connection, he would hold the UWA World Trios Championship twice, with Milano/YASSINI, and with Milano/Condotti Shuji, and would also hold the NWA World Welterweight Championship once. He would also have several highly acclaimed matches with Darkness Dragon/K-ness that would increase his standing within the federation.

The Italian Connection began splintering in 2003 when Milano and Yossino wished to take the stable in a face direction, while Shuji, YASSINI, Berlinetta Boxer and Bakery Yagi wanted to remain heel. The ItaCon split when Kondo and YASSINI attacked Venezia, then Yossino for trying to stop them, and finally Milano. Kondo and the others went on to form Aagan Iisou, and ItaCon would settle as a face stable, adding Anthony W. Mori as a third member after his former partner Takuya Sugawara joined Aagan Iisou. ItaCon would feud with Aagan Iisou into the birth of Dragon Gate in July 2004.

Dragon GateEdit

During the early days of Dragon Gate, Yossino continued to team with his fellow Italian Connection members. Together they would become the first Dragon Gate Open the Triangle Gate Champions. The ItaCon would dissolve in 2005 when Milano left the promotion. Alone as Mori went to create PosHearts with Magnum TOKYO, Super Shisa and the debuting BxB Hulk, Yossino prepared for the tournament to crown the first Dragon Gate Open The Brave Gate champion, which was won by Doi . He also briefly teamed with his respected rival K-Ness, but shortly afterwards backstabbed him to join the newly formed Blood Generation stable. He also did away with his Tarzan gimmick, cutting his hair short and switching from fringed tights to a singlet, and he returned to using his given name, Masato Yoshino, in the ring. On April 12, 2006, when CIMA kicked Gamma out of the group due to their constantly butting heads, Yoshino - along with Naruki Doi and Naoki Tanisaki - followed Gamma. Eleven days later, after Doi & Gamma won full rights to the Blood Generation name from CIMA & Don Fujii in a tag match, they refused the name and became the Muscle Outlaw'z.

Yoshino began to gain rank within Dragon Gate rapidly in 2007. He began teaming with stable leader Naruki Doi as Speed Muscle, and together they would win the I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, as well as become the first Open the Twin Gate Champions and Summer Adventure Tag League Tournament winners. He also captured the Open the Brave Gate Championship twice that year.

On January 7, 2008, he made his debut in Hawaii for Action Zone Wrestling at Battleclash III, teaming with Naruki Doi in a Four-Way Elimination Tag Team match for the AZW Tag Team Championships.

During 2008, Yoshino continued to gain rank. In March, he faced CIMA for the Open the Dream Gate Title, losing in just under 30 minutes when Doi threw in the towel. His performance was praised by stablemates and rivals alike, and his team with Doi - which looked for a while like it was going to come apart - was reconciled. By this time, Doi & Yoshino were leaning towards becoming faces again, thus causing tensions to start stirring in MO'z, and the tensions grew more and more as the weeks went on. Finally, on May 5, Doi & Yoshino turned on the other members of MO'z when they attacked stablemate Yasushi Kanda and cost him his hair in a Mascara contra Cabellera (Mask vs. Hair) Cage Survival Six-Way Match. Nine days later, soon after the mega-group Real Hazard was formed, Doi and Yoshino - along with BxB Hulk, Naoki Tanisaki, and m.c.KZ - formed the group WORLD-1.

On June 29, he wrestled Gamma for the Open the Brave Gate title (which Gamma had renamed to the "Open the Gamma Gate" title) under the mask of Dr. Muscle, defeating him and restoring the Brave Gate's faceplate to the belt. He then had it vacated, only winning it to see its restoration and for a proper decision match to take place. In August, he and Doi won their second straight Summer Adventure Tag League Tournament, and then the next month, on September 26, they beat Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka to become the Open the Twin Gate Champions for the second time. Though their second reign would only last nine days, for they lost the belts to YAMATO & Cyber Kong, Yoshino rebounded a week later when he captured the Open the Brave Gate Title for a fourth time, besting Genki Horiguchi. He defended it twice before losing it to CIMA on March 22 in another great match between the two.

On June 7, he, BxB Hulk and PAC captured the Triangle Gate titles from CIMA, Gamma & KAGETORA, and they held them for three months before dropping them to Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii & Akebono. On July 11, 2010, Yoshino defeated YAMATO to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the first time. On August 14, 2010, Yoshino defeated Tigers Mask to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the fifth time, but immediately afterwards vacated the title, due to also holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship. On August 24, 2010, Yoshino and Naruki Doi won their third Summer Adventure Tag League by defeating Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito in the finalsOn October 13, 2010, Doi, bitter about Yoshino winning the Open the Dream Gate Championship, turned on him and BxB Hulk and joined the former Deep Drunkers and Takuya Sugawara to form a new heel stable. On December 26, 2010, at Final Gate 2010 Yoshino successfully defended the Open the Dream Gate Championship against Doi. On January 30, 2011, Yoshino and PAC defeated Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano to become Dragon Gate USA's first ever Open the United Gate Champions. On April 14, 2011, Yoshino lost the Open the Dream Gate Championship to Masaaki Mochizuki. At the same event, World-1 failed to win the Open the Triangle Gate Championship from Blood Warriors and was as a result forced to disband. On April 24 former World-1 members Yoshino, BxB Hulk, PAC and Susumu Yokosuka agreed to form a new alliance with Masaaki Mochizuki to battle Blood Warriors. On June 8, the new group was named Junction Three in reference to it being a union between the former members of World-1, KAMIKAZE and the Veteran-gun. On June 18, Yoshino, Gamma and YAMATO defeated the Blood Warriors team of CIMA, Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk to win the vacant Open the Triangle Gate Championship. They would go on to lose the title to the Blood Warriors team of Kzy, Naoki Tanisaki and Naruki Doi on September 2. On September 11, Yoshino and PAC lost the Open the United Gate Championship to Open the Twin Gate Champions, CIMA and Ricochet, in a title vs. title match. On February 9, 2012, Junction Three was forced to disband, after losing a fourteen-man elimination tag team match to Blood Warriors. Yoshino then reunited with Naruki Doi to form World-1 International. On March 30, 2012, he and Ricochet defeated Ronin's Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano at a Dragon Gate USA event in Miami, Florida to win the vacant Open the United Gate Championship. On May 6, Yoshino, Doi and Pac won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship. On June 21, 2012, Yoshino and Ricochet were stripped of the United Gate Championship due to Yoshino being forced to miss Dragon Gate USA's July 2012 events. On May 5, 2013, Yoshino defeated Dragon Kid to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the sixth time. He vacated the title on August 30 after he, Chihiro Tominaga and Ryotsu Shimizu lost to the debuting Millennials (T-Hawk, Eita and U-T), saying he felt the title should be competed for within the new generation. On September 12, Naruki Doi turned on Yoshino, signaling the end of World-1 International. Yoshino quickly formed a new stable named Monster Express with Akira Tozawa, Ricochet, Shachihoko Boy, Shingo Takagi and Uhaa Nation. On October 10, Yoshino defeated YAMATO to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the second time. On March 2, 2014, Yoshino dropped the Open the Dream Gate Championship to Monster Express stablemate Ricochet. On May 30, 2015, Yoshino defeated T-Hawk in the finals to win the 2015 King of Gate tournament. On June 14, Yoshino defeated BxB Hulk to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the third time. On November 23, 2015, Yoshino defeated Mr. Nakagawa via fan decision the Open the Owarai Gate Championship. He was stripped of the title on April 3 due to failure to defend it within the previous three months.

Wrestling Society XEdit

Yoshino competed for the MTV-based wrestling promotion Wrestling Society X, where he teamed up with Genki Horiguchi to form "Team Dragon Gate". At the time they were teaming together in WSX, Yoshino and Horiguchi were in rival stables, although Horiguchi would eventually turn heel and join the Muscle Outlaw'z himself.

Total Nonstop Action WrestlingEdit

Yoshino and Naruki Doi came to TNA in June 2008 in order to participate in that year's World X Cup, representing Team Japan as heels. They competed in various tag team matches against members of the other teams in the weeks leading up to the World X Cup, but they lost every one of them. In the World X Cup 12 Man Elimination Tag Match at TNA Victory Road, he represented Team Japan alongside Puma and Milano Collection A.T. As the last surviving member of his team, he overcame numerous obstacles to become one of the last two men in the match, before succumbing to Alex Shelley in the loss.

FactionsEdit

  • Italian Connection (2002-2005)
  • Blood Generation (2005-2006)
  • Muscle Outlaw'z (2006-2008)
  • WORLD-1 (2008-2011)
  • Junction Three (2011-2012)
  • WORLD-1 International (2012-2013)
  • Monster Express (2013-)

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
  • Lightning Spiral (Swinging leg hook fireman's carry slam, sometimes from the top rope)
  • Sol Naciente (Straight jacket triangle choke)
  • Sol Naciente Kai (Straight jackettriangle choke while trapping the opponent's legs)
  • Signature moves
  • Another Space (Spin-out side powerbomb)
  • Colmillo (Rope hung figure four necklock)
  • Diving somersault leg drop
  • From Jungle (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into an octopus stretch)
  • Lightning in the Jungle (Front missile dropkick)
  • Riverina Special (Hammerlock small package)
  • Sling Blade, sometimes from the top rope
  • Speed Star (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a crucifix)
  • Tarzan Heart (Cross-legged STF)
  • Torbellino (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a single arm DDT)
  • Ude Yoshino (Spinning headscissors takedown twisted into a crucifix armbar takedown)
  • Wrist-clutch cradle roll into a grounded hammerlock octopus stretch
  • Assisted double stomp to the arm (Yoshino)
  • Assisted missile dropkick into a senton on another opponent (Yoshino)
  • Assisted rope hung senton bomb (Doi)
  • Drop toe hold (Doi) / Sliding kick (Yoshino) combination
  • Flapjack (Doi) / One-handed bulldog (Yoshino) combination
  • Front missile dropkick (Yoshino) / Doi 555 (Doi) combination
  • Poetry in Motion corner elbow (Yoshino)
  • Springboard spinning sleeper slam (Yoshino) / Powerbomb (Doi) combination
  • Nicknames
  • "Speed Star"
  • "The Fastest Wrestler on the Planet"
  • Entrance themes
    • "SPEED STAR" by Tsutomu Toya ft. Yoko Kubota

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Technique Award (2013)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • 5 Star Match (2006) with Naruki Doi and CIMA vs. Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito (ROH Supercard of Honor, March 31)
  • Match of the Year (2006) with Naruki Doi and CIMA vs. Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito (ROH Supercard of Honor, March 31)

Lucha de Apuesta recordEdit

Wager Winner(s) Loser(s) Location Date Notes
Hair Susumu Yokosuka Masato Yoshino Fukuoka, Japan December 27, 2009 Six-way steel cage match, which also included BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid, MAZADA and K-Ness.
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Dragon Gate
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Wrestlers
Jimmy Logo v1 Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! · Jimmy Kagetora · Jimmy Kanda · Jimmy K-ness J.K.S. · Jimmy Susumu · Ryo "Jimmy" Saito
MaxiMuM Ben-K · Big R Shimizu · Kotoka · Masato Yoshino · Naruki Doi
Over Generation CIMA · Dragon Kid · Eita · Gamma · Kaito Ishida · Mondai Ryu · Takehiro Yamamura
Tribe Vanguard BxB Hulk · Flamita · Kzy · YAMATO · Yosuke♥Santa Maria
VERZERK "brother" YASSHI · El Lindaman · Punch Tominaga · Shingo Takagi · T-Hawk · Takashi Yoshida
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Sekigun
Don Fujii · "Hollywood" Stalker Ichikawa · Hyou Watanabe · Katsumi Takashima · Keni'chiro Arai · Masaaki Mochizuki · Shachihoko BOY · Shun Skywalker · Super Shisa · U-T · Yuki Yoshioka
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Championships
Active Open the Dream Gate · Open the Brave Gate · Open the Twin Gate · Open the Triangle Gate · Open the Owarai Gate
Inactive Open the Freedom Gate · Open the United Gate · Open the Owarai Twin Gate · Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship · UWA World Trios Championship · NWA World Welterweight Championship · NWA International Light Heavyweight Championship · British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship
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Tournaments
On-going King of Gate · Summer Adventure Tag League
Cancelled El Numero Uno · King of Chop · Young Dragons Cup · Rey De Parejas · T2P Strongest Merit Assessment League
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Events
Champion Gate · Memorial Gate in Wakayama · Dead or Alive · Kobe World Pro-Wrestling Festival · Scandal Gate · Dangerous Gate · Gate of Destiny · Final Gate
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