Open The Dream Gate Championship History
The Open The Dream Gate Championship is the top title in Dragon Gate. The title belt’s face has a “gate” on it which contains a plate with the titleholders’ name. Any official challenger for the belt carries a key used to open the gate with, and should they win the title, then they can open the gate and put their name inside it. However, if the title is successfully defended, then the key is added to the belt as a symbol of that successful defense. Unlike most other titles, challengers to the title must either be nominated by the champion or make a challenge for the title and then it must be accepted by the champion. Title matches are treated as major events with elaborate pre-match rituals, including playing of the Japanese National Anthem.
To this date there have been 13 Open The Dream 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, http://www.gaora.co.jp/dragongate.
1-CIMA. 1st reign. Length: 7/4/2004-12/16/2004. Successful defenses: None.
2-Masaaki Mochizuki. 1st reign. Length: 12/16/2004-11/4/2005. Successful defenses: 4.
3-Magnitude Kishiwada. 1st reign. Length: 11/4/2005-2/24/2006. Successful defenses: 2.
4-Ryo Saito. 1st reign. Length: 2/24/2006-4/23/2006. Successful defenses: None.
5-Susumu Yokosuka. 1st reign. Length: 4/23/2006-11/23/2006. Successful defenses: 3.
6-Don Fujii. 1st reign. Length: 11/23/2006-3/25/2007. Successful defenses: 1.
7-Jushin Liger. 1st reign. Length: 3/25/2007-7/1/2007. Successful defenses: 1.
8-CIMA. 2nd reign. Length: 7/1/2007-6/29/2008. Successful defenses: 6. Vacated title on 6/29/2008 due to injury.
9-Shingo Takagi. 1st reign. Length: 7/27/2008-12/28/2008. Successful defenses: 3.
10-Naruki Doi. 1st reign. Length:12/28/2008-3/22/2010. Successful defenses: 8.
11-YAMATO. 1st reign. Length: 3/22/2010-7/11/2010. Successful defenses: 3.
12-Masato Yoshino. 1st reign. Length: 7/11/2010-4/14/2011. Successful defenses: 4.
13-Masaaki Mochizuki. 2nd reign. Length: 4/14/2011-Present (Current Champion). Successful defenses: 4. Next defense: TBA.