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(Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:33:40 AM »


While working for WCW Ultimo Dragon opened up a wrestling school in Mexico to give aspiring Japanese wrestlers a chance to learn the Lucha style like Dragon did. The school was the Toryumon Gym and it was ran like a University with the students divided into classes with several "terms" that would each graduate at the same time. His first class collectively known as "Toryumon Japan" (he used this for the first 4 terms) consisted of  CIMA, Don Fujii, Dragon Kid, Magnum Tokyo and SUWA and the company promoted their first show in 1997. Toryumon combined elements of Lucha, traditional Japanese wrestling, and sports entertainment a combo that was still fairly new in Japan.

His second class debuted in 2001 as Toryumon 2000 Project or T2P (used for 3 terms) and they ran their own shows. They were the first company to regularly use a 6-sided ring and they had a style that was based on submissions called Llave (Spanish for "Key" the lucha libre term for submission locks). Notable graduates from this era include: Naruki Doi, Milano Collection AT, Masato Yoshino, and Shuji Kondo. T2P was absorbed in the main promotion in 2003.

While Ultimo Dragon was wrestling for WWE the company was run by Takashi Okamura. When Dragon came back to Japan in 2004 he announced he was leaving the company and taking all of his trademarks, prompting the change to the name "Dragon Gate". Since then Dragon Gate has arguably been the most successful of any Japanese company at penetrating the US market, first by teaming up with ROH and then with its Dragon Gate USA shows. Dragon Gate is built around the wrestling forming factions/units/stables of different sizes and loyalty all the time. This leads to lots of crazy multi-man matches, betrayals, saves, odd-engrish faction names, and all that good stuff.

Dragon Gate has the following Championships

Open the Dream Gate (Top singles title. The belt has a "gate" on it and the no 1. contender is awarded a key so that if he wins he opens the gate and replaces the previous champions name with his own, however if he is defeated the key is added to the belt along with those of the other defeated challengers)

Open the Triangle Gate (6-man tag title)

Open the Brave Gate (secondary singles title)

Open the Twin Gate (tag team title)

Open the Owarai Gate (comedy title, after the match is over whoever gets the loudest ovation gets the belt)

Dream Gate title

Next we start on the big ass Dragon-Gate roster.



As we currently have access to a stream, of Gaora airing DG's tv show here is the times: Dragon Gate Infinity #287 February 24, at 1:00:00 AM repeats at, February 28, at 9:00:00 PM and Sunday, March 3, at 10:00:00 PM, all times in Pacific. the plan is to meet in the chat to watch the show on the 28th as it's a more reasonable time. http://www.fengyunzhibo.com/group/21201-464rpprr.htm if you just want to watch it at another time that's the link.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 05:37:28 AM »
I'm going to try and keep them short and not follow all the twists and turns of their faction shifts and whatnot because that would go on forever, but if you want to ask about someone or a specific unit (past or present) or something go ahead and ask!

Team Veteran Returns
best version of their logo I could find. This is the second incarnation of the faction (seems obvious I know). The first consisted of many of the same members who at the same time often continued to belong to other stables at the same time while battling members of the younger generation of Dragon Gate. It didn't last that long before being destroyed by the usual upheavals caused by unit shuffles.

CIMA (Open the Dream Gate)

CIMA is Dragon Gate's top star and ace. CIMA was in the first class of Toryumon and briefly appeared in WCW before the start of the Toryumon company. He formed probably the most popular and well known unit in Toryumon/DGate history Crazy MAX in 1997 that lasted until 2004 depsite many roster shuffles. CIMA started out as more high-flying using the MAD Splash (frog splash) but this took a toll on his body and his style has changed over the years. CIMA would lead the DGate roster into ROH where the roster would capture the attention of the US indie fanbase. CIMA after Crazy MAX is currently part of Team Veterans Return after being kicked out of BloodWARRIORS (who soon after became MAD BLANKEY). CIMA is a 3 time Dream Gate champion (one reign was cut short due to a neck injury), his current reign has broken the previous record of 8 successful title defenses held by Naruki Doi and currently stands at 11.

Masaaki Mochizuki (Open the Twin Gate)

Mochizuki came to Dragon Gate soon after it's first show in late 1999. He had been something of a journeyman worker beforehand probably best known for appearing in the Super J Cup 1995 tournament. When he joined DGate though he quickly became one of it's top three stars alongside CIMA and Magnum TOKYO and formed the heel unit M2K which is still one of the best known/remembered units in company history. The group was so heelish it forced the original heel stable Crazy MAX to become face by default. In 2004 he won the Dream Gate for the first time, holding it for 11 months. From 2007 until 2011 he refused to participate in any factions until being convinced to form JunctionIII to battle the heel Blood WARRIORS. Mochizuki would win the Dream Gate again in 2011 at the age of 41 and held it for the better part of the year before being defeated by CIMA. When JunctionIII was forced to disband and CIMA was kicked out by BloodWARRIORS he agreed to form Team Vetaran Returns with several other veterans.


Don Fujii (Open the Twin Gate)

Don was one of the original graduates of the Toryumon system and a founding member of the both the extremely popular Crazy MAX and Blood Generation units with best friend CIMA. When Blood Generation ended in 2006 though he would break with CIMA and refuse to join his new unit instead for the fist time becoming a member of the unaligned Dragon Gate roster and for awhile he moved down the card working more with the trainees and doing comedy matches. He would align with Mochizuki, K-Ness and Kishiwada (not as a stable though) and win the Triangle Gate with Mochi and Kishiwada. When CIMA was kicked out of Blood WARRIORS Don would come to his rescue and the veterans would form Team Veterans Return. Don has sumo training and is a former Dream Gate champion, and a multiple time Triangle and Twin Gate champion as well. He is one of the most respected veterans on the roster and is known for being able to transition easily from hard-hitting (and CHOPPING!) action to comedy with ease making him very versatile.

Dragon Kid (Open the Brave Gate)
DKid had always wanted to be a wrestler but was told he was too small until Jinsei Shinzaki (Hakushi) told him about Ultimo Dragon's school. He joined up and would graduate and be given the gimmick of Ultimo's heir though he would never reach the level of the companies top star. He had a very memorable 2-year feud with "Darkness Dragon" aka K-Ness that ended in 2002 with a Mask Vs Mask match. Afterwards Dragon Kid would become a member of Do FIXER one of the most popular face units in Dragon Gate history and Dragon Kid would hold the Triangle Gate three times in 05/06 with stable-mates Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito alone. Dragon Kid is one of the few members of the roster (that I know of) to spend nearly his entire career as a face, only spending a brief time as a heel in 2011 (I don't know of any other times) before being quickly turned on and thrown out even though he was still part of a championship team!  Dragon Kid also has a music career since 2007 releasing a cd with retired wrestler Hayabusa. I need to hear that...

Gamma

Gamma started in MPRO and then left for Osaka Pro becoming it's top heel. In 2006 he was invited to Dragon Gate by Magnitude Kishiwada to join Blood Generation while he was out injured. Gamma's incredibly irritating personality instantly led to problems with the group's leader CIMA, and the faction would split in two causing the creation of Gamma's and Naruki Doi's Muscle Outlaw'z which would be one of the longer running and larger heel factions in Dragon Gate history. When Gamma won the Brave Gate he renamed it the Open the Gamma Gate and would only defend it against weak opponents and acting as the title's commissioner to enforce wacky rules. He would eventually turn face and align with long time enemy and now best buddy CIMA forming WARRIORS-5 . The two would continue to have a love/hate relationship up until the current day where their relationship status is currently set to "BFF" as members of Team Vet.

"Hollywood" Stalker Ichikawa

"The Weakest Wrestler in the World" Stalker is one of the most popular characters in Dragon Gate earning fame from his "Reckless Run" series where he would face an endless series of "X" opponents that would turn out to be famous wrestling legends that would of course beat the stuffing out of him in amusing fashion. Stalker started out in 1999 and is close friends with CIMA and Don Fujii and has been in their factions several times though he always ends up getting kicked out when they turn heel for being too weak. However since becoming a member of Team Veteran Returns he may have doubled the number of wins he'd gotten from the rest of his career. That's not very much, but he's clearly trying!

Magnitude Kishiwada

Kishiwada started out in FMW and then BJPW working prelim matches under his own name and as "Toryu" and only broke out when he ended up in Osaka Pro and in 2002 re-named himself Big Boss MA-G-MA and became a heel. His entrance to DGate was heavily hyped and when he arrived he shocked everyone by joining CIMA's "Blood Generation" faction (because one of the rules was no one could wear a mask/facepaint but CIMA admitted he said this only to keep out Super Shiisa) and turning face. He renamed himself "Magnitude Kishiwada after his hometown and the impact of an earthquake. Kishiwada would be the first non-DG "trueborn" (first outsider) to win the Dream Gate and is a 5 time Triangle Gate champion. However since 2008 his appearances in DGate have been infrequent, only returning in 2012 to join Team Veteran Returns. I don't think he's appeared on anything for the last few months so I'm not sure if he's gone or just inactive for now.


HUB (aka Kaijin Habu Otoko)

HUB debuted in 1999 and was a trainee of the MPRO system. He left in the mass exodus with Super Delfin that led to the start of Osaka Pro and wreslted under a mask and several different names/gimmicks including inheriting Delifin's "Super Dolphin" gimmick. In 2008 he joined Delfin in the creation of Okinaka Pro where he bacame the half human/half venomous snake Kaijin Habu Otoko. Okinawa Pro shut down in 2012 unfortunately and he was brought into DG by GAMMA as HUB which is pronounced "Ha-bu" and is intended as a romanization of that part of his old name. He mostly appears only on larger shows and in the Kansai area.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 04:11:42 AM »
I'm watching Gate of Destiny 2012. By the way, thanks for the links the other day. Other than a few DGUSA shows, this is the first time I'm watching a full on Dragon Gate show since 2008. It wasn't until reading this thread that I realized how long some of these guys have been wrestling for.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2013, 08:04:55 AM »
You're welcome! I just watched DG Infinity 254 with the first ever King of CHOP! tournament, which is where they have an elimination tourny decided by fan ovation or surrender of who has the hardest chops. Each guy gets 3 chops and by the finals it's brutal.
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Akira Tozawa

Tozawa debuted in 2005 as the third graduate after the split with Ultimo Dragon. He didn't progress very fast though losing all 10 matches in a 10 match trial series and was sent back to the dojo. When Tozawa returned and scored the biggest win of his career beating Naruki Doi he would be offered a spot in M2K but refused it instead starting his own stable Tozawa-juku with a cram-school theme. Despite being the founder of the unit Tozawa would trail behind in development by most of his stablemates often being held off shows due to rumors of backstage problems. In 2009 he would finally "graduate" and join KAMIKAZE along with fellow -juku member Taku Iwasa but he would continue to struggle being the lowest ranked member of the unit. In 2010 Tozawa left for a year long excursion to the US and it was then that things turned around for him as he gained a reputation for excellence while appearing for PWG and other indies. When he returned in 2011 he joined the BloodWARRIORS unit and was immediately a serious player but this wasn't enough to satisfy him. With the aid of BxB Hulk and Cyber Kong he would lead a coup from within and kick out the leader of BloodWARRIORS and rename the group MAD BLANKEY ruling it with an iron fist.

BxB Hulk

BxB is a former ranger in the Japanese defense force and the second post-split graduate from the dojo. He was taken under the wing of Magnum TOKYO and that influence was seen early in his career especially with his pre-match dance routine (which he retired in 2010). Because of this BxB was sometimes not taken as seriously as others by his fellow wrestlers and would often be disrespected. He would be kicked out of New Hazard by his generational peers for this reason which led to his hatred for Shingo and their many matches, which BxB has had great difficulty in winning. BxB lost his hair to Shingo and would also introduce a persona known as "Black Hulk" with dark clothes and makeup. However it wouldn't be until Hulk turned heel in 2011 and joined BloodWARRIORS that he truly embraced his darkside. He would join Tozawa and Cyber Kong in overthrowing CIMA and refounding the group as BloodWARRIORS, even designing the group logo and design.

Kzy (originally debuted as M.c.KZ)

Kzy debuted in 2006 and as a rap fan he took that as his gimmick and would rap his own theme song during his entrance. After a brief time in Mexico he would join the face World-1 stable of led by Doi & Yoshino but after only some small success he would stall. Blaming everyone but himself he turned on World-1 and joined up with Real Hazard and has been a member of the heel stables ever since. Kzy may have dropped the MC from his name but he's always willing to challenge his opponents to a rap battle and he's one of the biggest shit talkers in the company. While he has never been the most successful wrestler in the company he is always at the heart of any conflict.

Mondai Ryu (the former Super Shenlong II)

Ryu is known as the problem child of Dragon Gate (Mondai Ryu means something like "Problem Dragon"). He debuted in 2006 and spent years in the under-card almost never winning and being the butt of everyone's jokes. Finally he snapped and discarding the Shenlong name he joined MAD BLANKEY he embraced his love of salt (He's the saltiest wrestler in the world!) and is now out to show everyone just how big a problem he can be.

Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin (aka Tomahawk T.T, aka "Naoki Tanizaki")

Tomakomai debuted in 2010 and after gaining a reputation as a promising power wrestler with exceptionally powerful chops he was invited to join JunctionIII in 2011. He declined, instead becoming the silent, face painted "Tomahawk T.T" of BloodWARRIORS. An injury to Naoki Tanizaki in early 2012 left an opening on the WARRIORS Triangle Gate champion team. Tomakomai capitalized by stealing Tanizakis' name and identity. He insisted he was the genuine article, even going as far as to defeat Tanizaki when he returned from his injury. He named his opponent "Mr. Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin", leaving himself as the sole Naoki. His time as the lone Naoki was brief, as Tanizaki won the rematch. He was then foricbly renamed as "Mr. Pii Pii Tomakomai Penguin".

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YAMATO

YAMATO debuted in 2006 and has some MMA experience in MMA training from Pancrase. He won the first ever NEX-1 tourny which earned him the right to travel to the US. When he returned he formed the stable New Hazard with Shingo, BxBHulk and Cyber Kong who were his generational peers. Eventually New Hazard would combine with Muscle Outlawz to form the mega-heel group Real Hazard, kicking out BxB Hulk which has led to long time issues with BxB and YAMATO/Shingo. When Real Hazard disintegrated YAMATO and Shingo formed KAMIKAZE and then in May 2010 he won the Dream Gate. In October 2011 YAMATO would lose his hair in a 6-way cage-match. In 2012 he and Shingo formed -akatsuki- with youngsters Chihiro Tominaga and Super Shenlong III.

Shingo Takagi

Shingo debuted in 2004 as the first graduate after the split with Ultimo Dragon and would make a big impression right away winning The Observer's Rookie of the year award in 2005. Shingo embarked on a year long excursion to the US in 2006 where he worked for ROH and other indies gaining experience. When he returned he would join his generational members in forming New Hazard and become one of of the top line players in the company. In 2008 when CIMA was forced to forfeit the Dream Gate due to a neck injury he would defeat BxB Hulk to win the vacated title. Shingo would be kicked out of heel unit for showing compassion to BxB and CIMA and join the Mega-face unit Typhoon although this did not last long until he formed a new faction called KAMIKAZE. KAMIKAZE would merge with other face units to form JunctionIII to face the threat of the mega heel faction BloodWARRIORS. JIII was forced to disband after losing a match though and he and YAMATO would start -akatsuki-. Shingo is extremely patriotic and this shows up often in the naming of his units and moves. He is most often aligned with best friend YAMATO and has a long history of hatred (and sometimes friendship) with former New Hazard members Cyber Kong and BxB Hulk.

Chihiro Tominaga

Tominaga started training in early 2006 however his development was slow and it wasn't until 2011 that he would make his official debut. Before that he would become known to the fanbase for his frequent appearances on blogs, particularly Shingo Takagi's This earned him the nickname "The most famous trainee in Japan". However once debuting he progressed quickly and only 9 matches into his career his name was entered into a Doi Darts event. His slot was hit, and he was a part of a Triangle Gate challenger team. He competed in the title match, in a close run but losing effort, the fans in attendance were solidly behind the "rookie phenom". He would soon ask Shingo & YAMATO to fight with him, and they eventually agreed starting -akatsuki-.

Super Shenlong III

Shenlong is the newest member of the roster and the third incarnation of the Shenlong character. He appeared at the same time youngster Yosuke Watanabe disappeared and has a similar build but this is probably just a coincidence. When -akutsuki- was started he was introduced by Tominaga and invited to join.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 08:48:17 AM »
WORLD-1 International (this faction is based around the concept of uniting the best wrestlers from around the world.)

Masato Yoshino

Yoshino was part of the T2P class and was known for his incredible speed earning the nickname "Speed star". He started of as a member of the Italian Connection with a Tarzan themed look and has always been one of the most popular wrestlers in the company. ItaCon dissolved in 2005 and with Ultimo he would win the tournament to crown the first Brave Gate champ. He would join Blood Generation soon after and drop his Tarzan gimmick. In 2006 he would side with Gamma in the split with CIMA and become part of the heel Muscle Outlawz and form what would become the most succesful tag team in Dragon Gate history "Speed Muscle" with Naruki Doi. They would be massively successful together even traveling to Pro Wrestling NOAH and winning it's junior titles. In May 2008 Yoshino and Doi split with the Outlawz (which had became Real Hazard) and formed the original World-1. Yoshino would finally succeed in becoming the Dream Gate champion in 2010 by defeating YAMATO. However this caused bitter feelings with Doi who turned on him. World-1 would be folded into JunctionIII and then after Yoshino and Doi reconciled (those two just can't stay mad at each other) they would reform World-1 with a new international flavor.

Naruki Doi

Doi was part of the T2P class and was given a baseball gimmick but due to injuries his growth was delayed at first. At the end of 2004 he dropped his baseball gimmick and joined CIMA's Blood Generation faction, where he quickly rose to become something of a 2nd in command. However he would side with Gamma in the unit problems and form Muscle Outlawz with him kicking CIMA to the curb. He would form his team with Yoshino (as described above) and gain numerous titles and rise through the ranks. After Speed Muscle's increasing popularity caused them to split away and form World-1 Doi would win the Dream Gate where he would make a notable defense against the sumo star Akebono. Doi would eventually turn on his best friend Yoshino and become a leading heel in BloodWARRIORS but in the end he had to admit he missed his BFF and now they are back together.

Rich Swann

Swann started off in DGUSA and impressed CIMA so much he has been called on of the "treasures of DGUSA". A brief tour of Dragon Gate turned into a permanent roster spot for Swann as he wowed the crowd with his spectacular high-flying, rap-battling skills, and charisma. He's been an active member of the faction wars first as a member of JIII and now in World-1 International.

Ricochet

Riccochet started out in DragonGate USA and within a year of coming to DG had won nearly every title in the company. He teamed with CIMA to win the Twin Gate titles as a member of BloodWARRIORS and would never lose the titles instead releasing them to focus on singles competition after dominating the tag ranks. He would win the Brave Gate after a long feud with fellow high flyer PAC. When CIMA was kicked out of BloodWARRIORS Riccochet would refuse to abandon him and he too would be forced out. He would then join join the World-1 stable.

Shachihoko BOY

BOY entered the system around the same time as Yoshino and the two are close friends to this day. After debuting as Shachihoko Machine, he also began competing as Shisa BOY. He continued to do both characters for several years, although it was soon clear it was him under both masks. During a 2011 Triangle Gate match, his Shachihoko mask was removed only for him to return with the Shisa BOY mask. From that time forward, he would occasionally appear with the characters mixed up. He formally fused them in the summer of 2012, becoming Shachihoko BOY. His hard work paid off in late 2012 when he earned a spot in WORLD-1 International.

Johnny Gargano

Gargano is the current Open the Freedom Gate Champion which us the top singles title in Dragon Gate USA.  He is a founding member of the Ronin stable and has worked in Dragon Gate. When he comes to Dragon Gate now he is a member of World-1 International but is an infrequent guest.

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K-Ness

K-Ness debuted in MPRO in 1996 and traveled the indies before joining up with Toryumon in 1999 as a member of the M2K faction. He would gain attention as "Darkness Dragon", the evil nemesis of Dragon Kid and have a long storied feud with Kid that would end in a Mask Vs Mask match that Kid would win. He would reinvent himself as K-Ness but would suffer a serious shoulder injury that made him miss most of 2004 and the switch to Dragon Gate. Injuries would continue to plague K-Ness keeping him on the shelf or low down on the card until Late 2007 when he began teaming with Don Fuji and Masaaki Mochizuki winning the Triangle Gate. Later in 2009 he joined Real Hazard and teamed up with former M2K partner Susumu Yokosuka winning the Twin Gate and in Jan 2010 he won the Brave Gate.

Keni'chiro Arai

Also known as AraKen he debuted as a second term graduate. Although initially a heel he turned face quickly and remained one for over a decade. Known for his love of drinking, his hard headd and smoking AraKen has carried the Draon Gate flag to other companies all over Japan. His position on the card deteriorated over the years until he joined the cram-school themed Tozawa-juku in 2007 where he found new life, partnering up with Taku Iwasa, defeating SpeedMuscle for the Twin Gates. After the unit was forced to disband though he shocked everyone by turning heel and joining Real Hazard and taking up a much more violent persona (and starting to drink even more!). Arai would eventually return to his roots though and he is now once more a lower card face often working with younger wrestlers or showing the flag in other Japanese companies. You never know when AraKen might unleash the hidden fury inside him though.

Kotoka

Kotoka is the only graduate of the 2009 NEX class. Soon after starting he became a member of the original WORLD-1. After being left out of the match that forced the end of W-1 he would stay out of the various factions either by choice or being passed over, until joining the Windows group. He felt he fit in with them, since he was already being passed over for less experienced members by the other units. Kotoka also works as a regular reporter for the ABC Television morning news show Ohayou Asahi Desu.

Super Shisa

Shisa has been around since the very start of the company but has mostly stayed away from taking part in the faction wars instead focusing on training the rookie wrestlers and competing in the opening matches. Shisa is often treated as the butt of jokes by the other wrestlers but is a skilled technical wrestler and every once and awhile he steps up and wins a big match such as in 2010 when he won the Brave Gate title for the first and only time in his career.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 01:03:42 PM »
How come they don't do a gimmick where Shenlong is brought forth by 7 Dragon Balls?

Also, Doi/Yoshino tonight looks like it could be sweet.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 01:04:48 PM »
Jimmyz (In Japanese "jimi" is an insult meaning plain or boring. Kagetora and Susumu lost a match and were forced to rename themselves Jimmy as an insult but have instead embraced their inner "Jimi"ness and so have their fellow unit members.)

Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!! (Triangle Gate (Champ)

Genki is a second term graduate and debuted with a surfer gimmick. Sadly for Genki his hairline began to recede at an alarmingly young age resulting in a great deal of mockery and catcalls of "HAGE" (bald). His catchphrase of "Who is calling me Hage?" became extremely popular and he gained a cult following but it wasn't until his amazing triumph in the 2003 El Numero Uno tournament with a series of flash pins using the backslide that he became a major player. His backside became known as the Backslide from Heaven (or hell if he's a heel) and it can put away anyone on the roster at any time. While in the Do FIXER stable he would form a long lasting bond with Ryo Saito and even learn to embrace the power of his HAGEness. His stablemates would encourage the crowd to chant H-A-G-E to urge him on to victory and it would often work. In 2007 though he turned heel and joined Muscle Outlawz and underwent a radical transformation embracing his darkside and taking on a more gothic appearance. But in the end Genki would return to his face roots and he is now a proud member of the Jimmyz.

Naoki "Jimmy" Tanizaki (Triangle Gate Champ, recently known as Mr. Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin)

Tanizaki was a 10th term graduate of Toryumon (Toryumon X as it was known) and was the only one from that class until Kagetora in 2009 to successfully make the changeover to Dragon Gate after the split with Ultimo. He was closely linked with Genki even originally working a surfer gimmick like Genki and tagging with him. But in 2006 he would abruptly leave the company to work for El Dorado with his fellow Toryumon X students. In 2008 though he would quit El Dorado and make a shocking return to Dragon Gate joining World-1. He would win the first title of his career in 2009 when he won the Brave Gate. In late 2010 he would turn on World-1 feeling they didn't have his back and joined the short lived Deep Drunkers stable before becoming a member of BloodWARRIORS. He would go down with a lengthy shoulder injury at the start of 2012 and fellow unit member Tomahawk TT would begin impersonating him while he was out. When he returned he attempted to reclaim his name but lost to the imposter and was forced to take the name chosen by him which was Mr. Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin. Tanizaki would eventually reclaim his name (his new silly name even give him something of a career resurgence with the attention it gave him, not to mention the rage he must have felt) and he is now a member of the Jimmyz stable.

Ryo "Jimmy" Saito (Triangle Gate Champ)

Saito debuted in 1999 and was something of a comedic character first being known as a "bicycle enthusiast" and then when joining Do FIXER destroying his bike so he could better focus on his dancing! But in 2005 Saito would abandon his dancing ways and get serious leading to a astonishing change in fortune that saw him become the company ace, win the first KING OF GATE tournament, and capture the Dream Gate all in a year's time. Saito has since settled into a secondary role mostly as a tag wrestler but he is known to step up his game in big match situations. Despite several heel turns he is clearly most at home as a face, most often in the company of good friends Genki and Susumu, and sometimes but not currently Dragon Kid.

Jimmy Kagetora

Kagetora debuted in 2002 but his career suffered due in part to behaviour problems and he would leave Dragon Gate soon after his debut working for MPRO, and Dragon Gate offshoots/rivals Dragon Door and El Dorado. At the end of 2008 when El Dorado shut down Kagetora made his return to Dragon Gate promising to wreak havoc and joined the Real Hazard heel unit. When CIMA began talking of his new WARRIORS-5 unit it was eventually revealed that Kagetora was one of the 5 members, leaving Real Hazard and becoming a face. Kagetora however quickly had doubts about his choice leading to all kinds of angst and him eventually joining KAMIKAZE where he remained until it disbanded and folded into JunctionIII. After failing to win the Twin Gates he and Susumu were forced to change their names to reflect their inner Jimmyness but instead of being humiliated they embraced it and soon founded their own unit.

Jimmy Kanda (Yasushi Kanda)

Kanda debuted in 1998 as as a second term graduate. Along with Susumu and Mochizuki he would form M2K and is remembered as one of Toryumon's greatest heel characters, the embodiement of the groups "Rudest of the Rude" motto. But in a 2001 match with Genki he suffered a serious injury that caused a 1.5 centimeter shift in his neck that nearly ended his life. A year of rehab failed to improve his condition significantly and he returned to the company as a referee at the age of 24. However in 2006 he would make a comeback after being bulled by his long time rival Don Fujii. In 2007 he returned to his heel ways by joining the Muscle Outlawz and since then he remained a member of the heel factions right up until 2012 when after being kicked out of MAD BLANKEY he was offered a spot in the Jimmyz. Despite admitting that he wasn't sure he knew how to be good anymore Kanda accepted and has shown a softer side that has long been hidden.

Jimmy Susumu (aka Susumu Yokosuka)

After briefly training in both the MPRO and NJPW dojos Susumu would graduate as a third term Toryumon trainee and join M2K as an original member. Susumu has primarily been a tag wrestler former major partnerships with Kanda, Ryo Saito, and K-Ness. After M2K disbanded Yokosuka has primarily worked as a face other than a brief sojourn as a member of Real Hazard. Despite being forced to change his name to Jimmy he is a known as serious in-ring technician and is not an opponent to be taken lightly.


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Cyber Kong

After being rejected by NJPW due to his short stature Kong tried out at the Dragon Gate USA dojo and became it's first graduate. He made his debut in 2006 awing the crowd with his musclar build, power moves, and his pre-match (or during) routine of ripping apart a pineapple with his bare hands. In early 2007 he joined the Muscle Outlawz but he would not stay long as he turned on them to join with his generational peers Shingo, Yamato, and BxB Hulk to form New Hazard. After New Hazard merged with Outlawz to become Real Hazard he would win the Twin Gates with YAMATO and (with a great deal of interfence and a match restart) win two Mask Vs Hair matches against first Naoki Tanizaki and then Anthony W. Mori. Kong would suffer a severe neck injury in Nov 2009 that seemed to end his career but would make his return in Feb 2010 as a member of Shingo's KAMIKAZE unit where he and Shingo would win the Twin Gate. After KAMIKAZE disbanded Kong joined BloodWARRIORS and would take former friend YAMATO's hair in a 6-way cage match. He would join Hulk and Tozawa in their coup against CIMA and the formation of MAD BLANKEY however he soon went through a strange loss streak and often cost the unit matches. After costing them a Triangle Gate match he was kicked out of the group.

Eita (formerly Eita Kobayashi)

Eita debuted in 2011 and immediatly gained attention for his incredible chop attacks. He battered his way to victory in the first ever 2012 KING OF CHOP tournament. He asked for an excursion to Mexico as his prize and left in mid-2012 for a several month stay. He would make a brief return, showing a new look & attitude. He proclaimed that Eita Kobayashi was no more, he is now simply Eita, the Mexican Luchadore.

Kikutaro (Open the Owarai Gate Champion, formerly known as Ebessan)

Kikutaro debuted in 1994 but only gained fame after going to Osaka Pro and putting on a mask as the comedy character Ebessan (based on the god of fortune) where he was immediately embraced by the fans. In 2009 he gave away the Ebessan name to another Osaka Pro worker as he decided to become freelance and took on the Kikutaro character. Kikutaro is known not only for his comedy spots but also for his comedic "tributes" to other wrestlers, including dressing up as them and eerily impersonating their mannerisms and move-sets. He only appears in Dragon Gate infrequently for Dragon Gate but he seems to have a near death grip on the Owarai Gate title, as his first reign was nearly triple the length of the next nearest champion. He has once again regained the title. Can anyone top the crowds affection for Kikutaro?

Takayuki "Bakery" Yagi (Referee and General Manager)

Yagi started as a member of the T2P class and a member of the Italian Connection faction. When ItaCon ended he would be banished to his father's bakery only to return as a referee and infrequent comedy wrestler Johnson Florida. Yagi is also used as a match maker and General Manager figure in the company.

Johnson Florida

The last remaining member of the Florida Brothers Johnson only makes infrequent appearances but despite needing a cane to get around is surprisingly mobile.
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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 05:38:11 PM »
You missed out, CWM. Not only did the stream start working probably 5 minutes after you left, but I translated the post match promos for Doi/Yoshino in the chat.

The actual Yoshino/Dio match was alright. I'm not super into flippy-reverse-everything stuff, but they had a bit of a narrative going that helped out a lot -- Yoshino being the better overall talent, but injuring his knee and having Doi go after it.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2013, 01:27:19 AM »
Figures it'd start working after leaving. I enjoyed what I saw though. Perhaps I can find it somewhere to watch Yoshino vs. Doi. Looking forward to the eventual Dragon Kid vs HUB bout too. I think that's taking place in a couple of days.

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Re: (Open) The Dragon Gate Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2013, 02:11:06 AM »
Of course it started working after I left. There's always the 3rd.