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The Open the Dream Gate Championship is the top professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Dragon Gate. The wrestler who holds it is considered the top singles wrestler in Dragon Gate. It was created on July 4, 2004 when Cima was awarded the title as a result of being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion. 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. There have been a total of 13 recognized champions who have had a combined 20 official reigns.

Title reigns are determined either by professional wrestling matches between different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines, or by scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches for the championship.

Reigns

The inaugural champion was Cima, who was awarded the championship by being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion. Cima and Yamato share the record for most reigns, with three. The longest reign is 574 days, by Cima. As of December 2016, BxB Hulk is the current champion in his first reign.

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Successful defenses Location Event Notes Ref.
1


Cima
1


02004-07-04July 4, 2004


175
1


Tokyo, Japan Live event CIMA was awarded the title as a result of being the last Último Dragón Gym Champion; this was officially announced in Tokyo on August 1, 2004.
2


Masaaki Mochizuki
1


02004-12-16December 16, 2004


323
4


Tokyo, Japan Gate of Legend
3


Magnitude Kishiwada
1


02005-11-04November 4, 2005


112
2


Tokyo, Japan Crown Gate 2005 ~Osaka Special~
4


Ryo Saito
1


02006-02-24February 24, 2006


58
0


Tokyo, Japan Live Event during Truth Gate tour
5


Susumu Yokosuka
1


02006-04-23April 23, 2006


214
3


Tokyo, Japan Glorious Gate 2006
6


Don Fujii
1


02006-11-23November 23, 2006


122
1


Tokyo, Japan Crown Gate 2006 ~Osaka Special~
7


Jushin Thunder Liger
1


02007-03-25March 25, 2007


98
1


Tsu, Japan Memorial Gate 2007
8


Cima
2


02007-07-01July 1, 2007


364
6


Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2007
-


Vacated
-


02008-06-29June 29, 2008


-


- N/A Vacated due to Cima suffering a neck injury.
9


Shingo Takagi
1


02008-07-27July 27, 2008


154
3


Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2008 Defeated BxB Hulk.
10


Naruki Doi
1


02008-12-28December 28, 2008


449
8


Fukuoka, Japan Final Gate 2008
11


Yamato
1


02010-03-22March 22, 2010


111
3


Tokyo, Japan Compilation Gate 2010
12


Masato Yoshino
1


02010-07-11July 11, 2010


277
4


Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2010
13


Masaaki Mochizuki
2


02011-04-14April 14, 2011


255
6


Tokyo, Japan Champion Gate 2011
14


Cima
3


02011-12-25December 25, 2011


574
15


Fukuoka, Japan Final Gate 2011
15


Shingo Takagi
2


02013-07-21July 21, 2013


33
0


Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2013
16


Yamato
2


02013-08-23August 23, 2013


48
1


Tokyo, Japan The Gate of Generation
17


Masato Yoshino
2


02013-10-10October 10, 2013


143
4


Tokyo, Japan The Gate of Victory
18


Ricochet
1


02014-03-02March 2, 2014


64
1


Osaka, Japan Champion Gate in Osaka
19


Yamato
3


02014-05-05May 5, 2014


76
2


Nagoya, Japan Dead or Alive 2014
20


BxB Hulk
1


02014-07-20July 20, 2014


874+
3


Kobe, Japan Kobe Puroresu Festival 2014 On August 5, 2014, Naruki Doi defeated Hulk in a four-on-one handicap match, where he 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.

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