The Champion Gate in Osaka (2020) was a two-day professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and GAORA TV event promoted by Dragon Gate. The shows took place on February 29 and on March 1, 2020, in Osaka at the Edion Arena Osaka #2 and was the tenth event under the Champion Gate. The first night featured two championship matches for the Open The Brave Gate and Open The Triangle Gate Championships and the second night two championship matches for the Open The Twin Gate and Dream Gate Championship. The event aired on GAORA and Dragon Gate Network streaming service.
Production[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
The Champion Gate in Osaka (2019) aired live through Dragon Gate's internet streaming site, Dragon Gate Network, with Japanese language commentaries. The Japanese commentary was provided by Katsuya Ichikawa. The event also aired on tape delay on Japanese TV Gaora Sports to be launched in Dragon Gate's ~ Infinity ~ Series. The event also featured English commentary provided by Larry Dallas and Jae Church.
Storylines[edit | edit source]
The Champion Gate in Osaka (2020) featured professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers from pre-existing feuds and storylines that played out on the Dragon Gate's television program. Wrestlers portrayed heroes or villains as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The first night was main evented by Kaito Ishida making his second defense of the Open The Brave Gate Championship against Genki Horiguchi. On February 7 as part of a feud between Toryumon and R.E.D, Genki Horiguchi challenged R.E.D's Kaito Ishida to a match for his Open The Brave Gate Championship.
In the Open The Triangle Gate Championship Toryumon (Dragon Kid, Kenichiro Arai and Ryo Saito) made their first title defense against Dragon Gate (Ben-K, Dragon Dia and Strong Machine J). On February 16, Keisuke Okuda pinned one-third of the Open The Triangle Gate Champions Dragon Kid. Afterwards, Dragon Gate challenged Toryumon for their titles. Since Okuda failed on his attempt to win the titles on February 7, the Ashiyanikki Cup 6 Man Tag Team Tournament, Ben-K, Dragon Dia and Strong Machine J challenged Kid, Kenichiro Arai and Ryo Saito to a title match, which he accepted.
The second night was main evented by Naruki Doi making his second defense of the Open The Dream Gate Championship against Susumu Yokosuka. On February 7, 2020, Doi defeated Kzy to make his first successful title defense of the Open The Dream Gate Championship. After the match, Doi issued an open challenge, which was answered by his Toryumon stablemate Susumu Yokosuka, leading their match to be announced to take part in the second night of the show. On February 24, it was announced that the winner of the match, would be given a new version of the Open The Dream Gate Championship, with the new logo of the promotion.
In the Open The Twin Gate Championship match, R.E.D (BxB Hulk and Kazma Sakamoto) made their first title defense against Dragon Gate (KAI and YAMATO). In December 2019, R.E.D took part in a storyline, where they entered in a "Generation War" against Dragon Gate and Toryumon. On December 18, BxB Hulk was revealed as the Red Masked Demon, after turning on YAMATO defecting from Tribe Vanguard, proceeding to steal the Open The Twin Gate Championship belts. On December 22, YAMATO forfeited his half of the Open The Twin Gate Championship, leading to Hulk protest against the decision. Afterwards, General Manager Takayuki Yagi declared the titles vacated, with the new champions being crown in a tournament in January. On January 15, Hulk and Sakamoto defeated Ben-K and YAMATO in the finals to win the Open The Twin Gate Championship. On February 16, YAMATO pinned Hulk during a tag team match. Afterwards, he challenged Hulk to a match for the Open The Twin Gate Championship, but Hulk refused it, leading General Manager Takayuki Yagi to give an ultimatum, which he would by accept the title match or surrender the titles. Their match was announced to take part in the second night of the event.
Results[edit | edit source]
Night 1[edit | edit source]
|1P||Martin Kirby and Taketo Kamei defeated Ho Ho Lun and Michael Su||Tag Team match||4:49|
|2||Toryumon (Masato Yoshino, Don Fujii and Yasushi Kanda) defeated Dragon Gate (Jason Lee, Punch Tominaga and Kota Minoura)||Six-Man Tag Team match||11:14|
|3||Yuki Yoshioka defeated Gamma||Singles match||12:06|
|4||R.E.D (Takashi Yoshida and Diamante) defeated Toryumon (Naruki Doi and Susumu Yokosuka) and Masaaki Mochizuki and Kento Kobune||3-Way Tag Team match||9:42|
|5||Dragon Gate (YAMATO, KAI, Kzy and Keisuke Okuda) defeated R.E.D (Eita, Big R Shimizu, BxB Hulk and Kazma Sakamoto)||Eight-Man Tag Team match||17:03|
|6||Kaito Ishida (c) defeated Genki Horiguchi by submission||Singles match for the Open The Brave Gate Championship||13:42|
|7||Dragon Gate (Ben-K, Strong Machine J and Dragon Dia) defeated Toryumon (Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito and Kenichiro Arai) (c)||Six-Man Tag Team match for the Open The Triangle Gate Championship||19:34|
Night 2[edit | edit source]
|1P||Kento Kobune and Taketo Kamei defeated Ho Ho Lun and Michael Su||Tag Team match||5:43|
|2||Dragon Gate (Jason Lee, Strong Machine J, Dragon Dia and Oji Shiiba) defeated Masaaki Mochizuki, Ryo Saito, Gamma and Martin Kirby||Eight-Man Tag Team match||10:09|
|3||Dragon Gate (Kzy and Strong Machine J) defeated Toryumon (Genki Horiguchi and Don Fujii)||Tag Team match||9:59|
|4||R.E.D (Takashi Yoshida and Kaito Ishida) defeated Dragon Gate (Ben-K and Keisuke Okuda) by disqualification||Tag Team match||12:28|
|5||R.E.D (Eita, Big R Shimizu and Diamante) defeated Toryumon (Masato Yoshino, Dragon Kid and Kagetora)||Six-Man Tag Team match||13:40|
|6||R.E.D (BxB Hulk and Kazma Sakamoto) (c) vs. Dragon Gate (YAMATO and KAI) ended in a no contest||Tag team match for the Open The Twin Gate Championship||19:45|
|7||Naruki Doi (c) defeated Susumu Yokosuka||Singles match for the Open The Dream Gate Championship||22:43|