Open The Brave Gate Championship History

The Open The Brave Gate Championship is the Jr. Heavyweight Title in Dragon Gate. It has a weight limit of 83 kg (180 lb), though it has been defended against heavier wrestlers in the past. It was created on March 13, 2005 when Naruki Doi defeated YOSSINO in a tournament final. 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.

To this date there have been 20 Open The Brave Gate Champions. They are listed below in order of reign along with which reign it was (some won it multiple times), length of reign and number of successful defenses. All records are based on the official records from Dragon Gate’s title history pages on their official website,
1-Naruki Doi. 1st reign. Length: 3/13/2005-11/13/2005. Successful defenses: 5.

2-Dragon Kid. 1st reign. Length: 11/13/2005-2/5/2006. Successful defenses: 1. Title vacated on 2/5/2006 due to title defense against Masato Yoshino being declared a No Contest due to outside interference.

3-Masato Yoshino. 1st reign. Length: 3/19/2006-2/12/2007. Successful defenses: 4.

4-Matt Sydal. 1st reign. Length: 2/12/2007-3/25/2007. Successful defenses: None.

5-Genki Horiguchi. 1st reign. Length: 3/25/2007-7/1/2007. Successful defenses: 2.

6-Yasushi Kanda. 1st reign. Length: 7/1/2007-9/22/2007. Successful defenses: 2.

7-Masato Yoshino. 2nd reign. Length: 9/22/2007-4/13/2008. Successful defenses: 6.

8-Anthony W. Mori. 1st reign. Length: 4/13/2008. Successful defenses: None. Vacated title immediately due to Yasushi Kanda interference in match.

9-Gamma. Length: 4/27/2008-6/29/2008. During Gamma’s reign, he threw away all eight pieces of the faceplate and replaced it with his own plate, renaming it the Open the Gamma Gate, dictating and often changing the rules of his title defenses. This reign is not recognized as an official reign by Dragon Gate.

10-Dr. Muscle. Length: 6/29/2008. Muscle was revealed as Masato Yoshino after defeating Gamma to win the title. Title renamed Open The Brave Gate and vacated immediately by Yoshino. This reign is not recognized as an official reign by Dragon Gate. Official title lineage resumes here.

11-Genki Horiguchi. 2nd reign. Length: 7/27/2008-10/12/2008. Successful defenses: 2.

12-Masato Yoshino. 3rd reign. Length: 10/12/2008-3/22/2009. Successful defenses: 2.

13-CIMA. 1st reign. Length: 3/22/2009-7/19/2009. Successful defenses: 3.

14-Naruki Doi. 2nd reign. Length: 7/19/2009-7/28/2009. Successful defenses: None. Vacated title on 7/28/2009 due to also holding Open The Dream Gate Title simultaneously and wanting Brave Gate Title to be challenged for among younger up-and-coming talent.

15-Naoki Tanisaki. 1st reign. Length: 8/30/2009-1/11/2010. Successful defenses: 6.

16-K-ness. 1st reign. Length: 1/11/2010-2/27/2010. Successful defenses: 1.

17-Super Shisa. 1st reign. Length: 2/27/2010-4/18/2010. Successful defenses: 1.

18-Tigers Mask. 1st reign. Length: 4/18/2010-8/14/2010. Successful defenses: 4. Also wins Osaka Pro Singles Title in 4th defense on 7/29/2010.

19-Masato Yoshino. 4th reign. Length: 8/14/2010. Successful defenses: None. Vacated title immediately due to also holding Open The Dream Gate Title.

20-Pac. 1st reign. Length: 8/29/2010-Present (Current Champion). Successful defenses: 8. Next defense: 9/16/2011 vs. Naoki Tanisaki. (Note; Match also for Blood Warriors-recognized version of title held by Tanisaki)