Masaaki Mochizuki

One of the members of the “old guard” in Dragon Gate, Masaaki Mochizuki is a 16-year veteran and one of the most experienced members of the roster. One of only a few stars in DG who didn’t start out in the Toryumon, he graduated from Koji Kitao’s dojo and started out in indies such as WAR and BattlARTS, making an appearance in the 1995 Super J Cup. He lost a competitive first round match to Shinjiro Otani. Mochizuki joined the Toryumon in 1999, quickly being pushed as an ace and forming M2K in 2000 with Susumu Mochizuki (Susumu Yokosuka) and Yasushi Kanda). He feuded with CIMA and his Crazy Max stable until 2001 until Mochizuki lost a hair vs. hair match to CIMA at the end of the year. He returned in 2002, claiming to be a “good person”, and made a conscious effort to rid M2K of its evil ways, something his stablemates would have none of, kicking him out of the group not long after. He got one back on them on February 24, though, when he beat Susumu for the rights to the Mochizuki surname, forcing Susumu to take on “Yokosuka” as his new surname. He would then go on to lead the Toryumon Army with Dragon Kid and Ryo Saito throughout 2002. On January 23, 2003, he formed the much-maligned Shin M2K, and they lasted until December 16 when he lost to fellow member Keni’chiro Arai in a match and was forced to disband the unit. At the beginning of 2004, he turned heel again to become leader of the Aagan Iisou stable. His time with them lasted a mere three months, when personality clashes between him and the other members resulted in him being kicked out. He turned face again and repented for his heel turn, and then on July 4, he and former M2K members from both generations banded with him to form Final M2K as Toryumon became Dragon Gate.
At the end of 2004, Mochizuki capped off his 10th year in wrestling by winning the Open The Dream Gate Championship, reigning for almost a year before losing the title. In 2006 & 2007 he began returning to the indies while still competing in DG, returning to WAR and reviving some old titles there and also beginning his “Buyuden” series of independent events he occasionally produces, a series that continues today. He-along with Don Fujii-was made the company ambassador to promotions within Japan while CIMA spearheaded the company’s international expansion. He also challenged for the Dream Gate Title twice, but when he failed to win it either time, he decided to continue to focus on outside efforts with Fujii. In recent years Mochizuki has mainly focused on tag team and trios action, where he has experienced success with fellow veteran wrestlers Fujii and the occasionally visiting freelancers Akebono & Magnitude Kishiwada, winning a total of 3 Open The Triangle Gate Titles so far.  Today he is part of the Zetsurins faction, generally avoiding faction warfare but hotly engaged in generational warfare as he, Fujii, Super Shisa & other veterans fight to defend their honor and prove their superiority against the younger rising talent in DG. In mid-2010 he has become a central figure in Dragon Gate’s rivalry with Osaka Pro, teaming with Don Fujii to win Osaka Pro’s annual tag team tournament.
Despite sharing the same last real name, he is not related to fellow DG star Susumu Yokosuka (Mochizuki).

Stats & Info:
Age: 41
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 187 pounds/85 kg
Experience: 16 years
Finishing move: Twister, Shin Saikyo High Kick
Current affiliation: Dragon Gate
Ring entrance theme: “Kizuradake no Eikou” performed by Masaaki Mochizuki

Titles won:
2-time Open The Dream Gate Champion
1-time Open The Twin Gate Champion
3-time Open The Triangle Gate Champion
1-time Open The Owarai Gate Champion
4-time WAR International Junior Heavyweight Champion
1-time WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
1-time WAR 6 Man Tag Team Champion
1-time Osaka Pro Tag Team Champion
1-time FIP World Champion
1-time ZERO1 International Junior Heavyweight Champion
2-time UWA World Trios Champion
1-time British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Champion

Tournaments won:
2001 El Numero Uno
2006 King Of Gate
2010 Osaka Pro Osaka Tag Festival

Official website (Japanese):
http://spora.jp/mocchy