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Open the Dream Gate Championship
Dreamgate
Current Champion(s) YAMATO
Date Won July 24th, 2016
Promotion(s) Dragon Gate
Date Established July 4, 2004

The Open The Dream Gate Championship is the top singles championship in Dragon Gate. It is the successor to the Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship from Toryumon Japan, which had been discontinued as a result of the split from Toryumon. Being the last UDG Champion, CIMA was named the first Dream Gate Champion.

Overview

The belt itself is rather unique. The name of the champion is engraved onto a plate, which is then placed on the face of the belt and protected by a locked gate. For a competitor to be a challenger for the title, he must secure a Challenger's Key. If the champion successfully defends the title, the loser's key is added to the belt as a trophy. If the challenger wins the title, they key will unlock the gate, allowing him to replace the old nameplate with his own.

Each champion can devise their own method for how one can secure a Challenger's Key. Most of the time, these are done through the creation of matches, like in CIMA's third reign by holding battle royal matches dubbed CIMA Royale. Other times, there are different methods, such as when Masato Yoshino used a lottery system to determine his next challenger. Sometimes, the winner of the King of Gate tournament will be granted a Challenger's Key as proof of their being the strongest competitor over the previous one year period.

Since its inception, Dream Gate has not only been defended in every Kobe World Hall pay-per-view event, but it has also been placed indefinitely as the show's main event. A slight exception was made in 2006 when a No Rope Bonus Match took place after the Dream Gate match, and while it appeared to have aired on pay-per-view it was officially considered a post-show dark match.

In 2013, then-champion CIMA vowed to defend the belt once every month so long as he remained champion. Though his reign ended in July, the concept remained with the addition of the belt being defended on every show at Korakuen Hall. This is even if it had already been defend on another show during the month, such as Masato Yoshino defending on November 3 as part of the GATE OF DESTINY pay-per-view and then the belt being defended four days later at Korakuen Hall.

Title History

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 CIMA 1 July 4, 2004 Kobe, Hyogo 175 Days 1 Was awarded the title for being last Ultimo Dragon Gym Champion; made official in Tokyo on August 1, 2004.
2 Masaaki Mochizuki 1 December 16, 2004 Tokyo 323 Days 4
3 Magnitude Kishiwada 1 November 4, 2005 Tokyo 112 Days 2
4 Ryo Saito 1 February 24, 2006 Tokyo 58 Days 0
5 Susumu Yokosuka 1 April 23, 2006 Tokyo 214 Days 3
6 Don Fujii 1 November 23, 2006 Tokyo 122 Days 1
7 Jushin "Thunder" Liger 1 March 25, 2007 Tsu, Mie 98 Days 1
8 CIMA 2 July 1, 2007 Kobe, Hyogo 364 Days 6
Vacated June 29, 2008 Osaka CIMA vacated title due to injury.
9 Shingo Takagi 1 July 27, 2008 Kobe, Hyogo 154 Days 3 Defeated BxB Hulk in a decision match.
10 Naruki Doi 1 December 28, 2008 Fukuoka 449 Days 8
11 YAMATO 1 March 22, 2010 Tokyo 111 Days 3
12 Masato Yoshino 1 July 11, 2010 Kobe, Hyogo 277 Days 4
13 Masaaki Mochizuki 2 April 14, 2011 Tokyo 255 Days 6
14 CIMA 3 December 25, 2011 Fukuoka 574 Days 15
15 Shingo Takagi 2 July 21, 2013 Kobe, Hyogo 33 Days 0
16 YAMATO 2 August 23, 2013 Tokyo 48 Days 1
17 Masato Yoshino 2 October 10, 2013 Tokyo 143 Days 4
18 Ricochet 1 March 2, 2014 Osaka 64 Days 1
19 YAMATO 3 May 5, 2014 Nagoya 76 Days 2
20 BxB Hulk 1 July 20, 2014 Kobe 329 Days 7 On August 5, 2014, Naruki Doi defeated Hulk in a four-on-one handicap match, where Doi teamed with Cyber Kong, Kzy and Mondai Ryu. Afterwards Doi was recognized as a "provisional" 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 Fukuoka 63 Days 1
21 Shingo Takagi 3 August 16, 2015 Tokyo 182 Days 4 Takagi's defense against Gamma was declared an unsuccessful attempt & Takagi didn't receive a Dream Key due to massive interference by VerserK/a no contest on 12/3/2015

22 Jimmy Susumu 2 Febuary 14, 2016 Fukuoka 21 Days 0 Previously known as Susumu Yokosuka.
23 Shingo Takagi 4 March 6, 2016 Tokyo 140 1
24 YAMATO 4 July 24th, 2016 Kobe 1238+ 0 0

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