DoiYoshi in July 2017
Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi
1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) - Yoshino|
1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) - Doi
|Years active||2006–2010, 2012-2013 2017- Present|
Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino, also referred as DoiYoshi (土井吉 Doi Yoshi), or sometimes as Speed Muscle (スピード・マッスル Supīdo Massuru) are a professional wrestling tag team currently signed to Dragon Gate in which they formed it in 2006.
The team name consists of Doi and Yoshino's nicknames and names respectively, with the Speed Muscle coming from Doi Bosou Muscle and Yoshino Speed Star.
They had many upside downs with Doi turning on Yoshino in 2010 and forming a heel stable, in 2012 after Doi got kicked out of Blood Warriors in 2012, they got reunited and forming WORLD-1 INTERNATIONAL, at the beginning of the fall of 2013 after Doi turning on Yoshino and jumped to MAD BLANKEY and in 2016 after Monster Express was disbanded and Doi was kicked out of VerserK, later both Doi and Yoshino got reunited and formed a unit called MaxiMuM.
Both Doi and Yoshino are a former two-time Open The Twin Gate Champions, former one-time I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, former one-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and also a three times winners of the first ever which was in 2007, 2008 and 2010 Summer Adventure Tag League. Both Doi and Yoshino are former Open The Brave Gate and Dream Gate Champions as well former Open The Triangle Gate Champions with five different partners with Gamma, Magnitude Kishiwada, PAC, Shachihoko BOY and Jason Lee.
Also, both Doi and Yoshino worked in many promotions across Japan and the United States, most notability in Ring of Honor (ROH), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Chikara, Dragon Gate's sister promotions, Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), Dragon Gate UK (DGUK), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and among many others.
History[edit | edit source]
Teaming and disbanding (2006-2010)[edit | edit source]
On April 12, 2006, when CIMA kicked Gamma out of the Blood Generation due to their constantly butting heads, Yoshino along with Naruki Doi and Naoki Tanisaki followed Gamma. Eleven days later, after Doi & Gamma won full rights to the Blood Generation name from CIMA & Don Fujii in a tag match, they refused the name and became the Muscle Outlaw'z.
Doi and Yoshino began teaming as Speed Muscle, and together they would win the I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, as well as become the first Open The Twin Gate Champions and Summer Adventure Tag League Tournament winners.
On January 7, 2008, Yoshino and Doi made their debut in Hawaii for Action Zone Wrestling at Battleclash III, in a Four-Way Elimination Tag Team match for the AZW Tag Team Championships. Later that month in January Doi an Yoshino stop teaming with each other. Doi briefly teamed with Genki Horiguchi while Yoshino pursued CIMA and the Open The Dream Gate Championship. Yoshino put forward an impressive performance, and despite losing, was congratulated by both CIMA and Doi. Their team reconciled.
Doi and Yoshino's increasing popularity began to cause a split in the Muscle Outlaw'z, as Yoshino began to feud with stablemate Yasushi Kanda. Doi and Yoshino were leaning towards becoming faces again, thus causing tensions to start stirring in MO'z, and the tensions grew more and more as the weeks went on. Finally, on May 5, Doi and Yoshino turned on the other members of MO'z when they attacked stablemate Yasushi Kanda and cost him his hair in a Mascara contra Cabellera (Mask vs. Hair) Cage Survival Six-Way Match. The MO'z eventually split, with the heel faction of Kanda, Horiguchi, Gamma and YAMATO joining up with Shingo Takagi and Cyber Kong to form Real Hazard. Doi and Yoshino formed their own new stable, WORLD-1, that also included BxB Hulk, Naoki Tanizaki and m.c. KZ.
In August, Doi and Yoshino won the Summer Adventure Tag League Tournament for the second year in a row, and then a month later, on September 26, they captured the Open the Twin Gate Titles for a second time from Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka. Their second reign was very short, for they lost the titles nine days later to YAMATO and Cyber Kong. However, Doi would go on to become the ace of the promotion by year's end: He won the King of Gate Tournament on December 19, and then nine days later he defeated Shingo Takagi to become the Open the Dream Gate Champion.
On May 5, he made a notable defense of the title against the former sumo champion-turned-wrestler Akebono. Despite the huge size difference, he was able to defeat Akebono and retain the title, after hitting him with five consecutive Bakatare Sliding Kicks. On June 29, Yoshino wrestled Gamma for the Open the Brave Gate title (which Gamma had renamed to the "Open the Gamma Gate" title) under the mask of Dr. Muscle, defeating him and restoring the Brave Gate's faceplate to the belt. He then had it vacated, only winning it to see its restoration and for a proper decision match to take place.
On July 19, Doi got his biggest victory ever when he defeated Open the Brave Gate Champion CIMA in a Title vs. Title Match, claiming the Brave Gate for the second time and really cementing his status as the unquestioned ace of the promotion. He vacated the Brave Gate immediately afterwards. Yoshino rebounded a week later when he captured the Open the Brave Gate Title for the fourth time, beating Genki Horiguchi. He defended it twice before losing it to CIMA on March 22 in another great match between the two. On July 11, 2010, Yoshino defeated YAMATO to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship for the first time. On August 14, 2010, Yoshino defeated Tigers Mask to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the fifth time, but immediately afterwards vacated the title, due to also holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship. On August 24 Doi and Masato Yoshino won their third Summer Adventure Tag League by defeating Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito in the finals. On October 13, 2010, Doi, bitter about Yoshino winning the Open the Dream Gate Championship, turned on him and BxB Hulk and joined the former Deep Drunkers members to form a new heel stable.
Feuding with each other (2010)[edit | edit source]
At the final Dragon Gate show of 2010, Final Gate 2010 on December 26, Doi unsuccessfully challenged his former partner Masato Yoshino for the Open the Dream Gate Championship.
Return and disbanding (2012-2013)[edit | edit source]
After Doi was being kicked out of Blood Warriors by new leader Akira Tozawa, Doi reunited with Masato Yoshino to form World-1 International. On May 6, Doi, Yoshino and PAC won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship. The titles were later vacated after PAC left Dragon Gate to sign with WWE. On November 17 Doi, Yoshino and their World-1 International stablemate Shachihoko BOY won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship. However, they would lose the belts six days later to Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Mr. Kyu Kyu Toyonaka Dolphin and Ryo "Jimmy" Saito). On May 5, 2013, Yoshino defeated Dragon Kid to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship for the sixth time. On August 1 Yoshino defeated Doi to successfully defend his Open the Brave Gate Championship. He vacated the title on August 30 after he, Chihiro Tominaga and Ryotsu Shimizu lost to the debuting Millennials (T-Hawk, Eita and U-T), saying he felt the title should be competed for within the new generation. On September 12 Doi again turned on Yoshino and jumped to Mad Blankey, signaling the end of World-1 International.
Second Return and MaxiMuM (2017-Present)[edit | edit source]
On October 12, VerserK were able to defeat Monster Express in a 5 vs 4 Loser Revival Captains Fall match, forcing Monster Express to disband. After the match, T-Hawk would attack Doi, kicking him out of the VerserK and later Yoshino offered some support but at the time Doi refused.
After that Doi became a tweener, and once again began teaming with Yoshino. Meanwhile, Kotoka who defected from VerserK, tried to return by challenging El Lindaman to a Loser Leaves unit match but ended with Shingo Takagi smashing a chair to his face and the rest of VerserK also jumped on him from behind. Later Kotoka blamed T-Hawk and Lindaman for changing VerserK. He would then cost VerserK their matches and aligned with Doi who also was kicked out of VerserK and with Yoshino who also wanted revenge on VerserK for disbanding Monster Express. The three would then face VerserK members (Takagi, T-Hawk, and Lindaman) in a match but ended up losing to them. Then Yoshino would form an alliance with Kotoka and Ben-K. The trio took part in the New Years Unit War 6 Man Tag Team Tournament and even got to the finals but losing again to VerserK members (Takagi, T-Hawk, and Lindaman). After the match, VerserK attacked Kotoka, Yoshino, and Ben-K until Dr. Muscle who later revealed to be Doi made the save and the four made an alliance against VerserK. Later Yoshino and Kotoka were sidelined with an injury and Doi agreed to wait until Yoshino came back in which would start teasing the return of Speed Muscle. Later Doi and Ben-K would form an alliance with Big R Shimizu and three would win the vacant Open The Triangle Gate Championship by defeating VerserK members (Takagi, T-Hawk and "brother" YASSHI).
On April 7 Ben-K, Shimizu and Doi successfully defended the Open The Triangle Gate Champions against Jimmyz (Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!, Jimmy Susumu and Ryo "Jimmy" Saito). After the match, Ben-K, Shimizu, Doi and the returning Masato Yoshino announced the formation of a new unit. On May 4 Kotoka would join in with the five unveiling that unit would be named MaxiMuM.
Later Yoshino, Kotoka, Ben-K and Shimizu had a match took place at Dead Or Alive event on May 5, where the team of Yoshino, Kotoka, Shimizu and Ben-K were defeated by the Jimmyz team of Susumu, Saito, Horiguchi & Jimmy K-ness J.K.S. After the match Jimmyz attacked them with Genki Horiguchi saying that Jimmyz will show them the difference between amateurs and professionals, after the attack Yoshino said that Jimmyz were MaxiMuM's first target, thus starting a feud. Later that night, Doi failed to capture the Open The Dream Gate Championship from YAMATO at the Dead or Alive Steel Cage match, due to the Jimmyz member Ryo "Jimmy" Saito who accidentally hit him with a cannon of confetti, which cost him the match and caused him to be eliminated. Later, Doi would compete in the King of Gate, reaching the finals, but he was defeated by the King of Gate winner T-Hawk. Later they challenged CK-1 for the Open the Twin Gate Champions at the Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival pay-per-view in which they lost.
On December 23 at Final Gate Doi, Yoshino and Jason Lee defeated Tribe Vanguard (YAMATO, BxB Hulk, and Kzy) to win the Open The Triangle Gate Championship. They lost the titles to Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi, and Susumu Yokosuka) on May 6, 2018, at Dead or Alive. Following the Dead or Alive, Doi and Yoshino took part in the King of Gate, wrestling in separate blocks. Both Doi and Yoshino won their respective blocks, Doi with a clean record of four wins and zero losses, while Yoshino finished the tournament with a record of two wins, one loss, and one draw, advancing both to the semifinals of the tournament. On July 1, Doi lost to YAMATO in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Yoshino defeated Takashi Yoshida to advance to the finals of the tournament. On June 9, Yoshino defeated YAMATO in the finals to become the first wrestler to win the King of Gate for the second time. The following day, Yoshino defeated Masaaki Mochizuki to win the Open The Dream Gate Championship. On September 24, at Dangerous Gate, Yoshino defeated his partner Doi to retain the Open the Dream Gate Champion. On December 4, Yoshino lost the Open the Dream Gate Championship to PAC.
In the following December, Doi and Yoshino saved their Drágon from an attack by R.E.D, leading the Green and Red Masked Demons to be forced to a match, leading Doi, Yoshino, and Drágon to face Eita, Red and Green Masked Demons in a losing effort, after Ishida revealed himself to be the Green Masked Demon, blaming Doi and Yoshino for trying to get revenge on R.E.D for Drágon. On December 15 at Final Gate, Doi defeated Ben-K to win the Open The Dream Gate Championship for his second time. Three days later, Doi and Yoshino suspended the stable, after joining their mentor Último Drágon to form the Toryumon stable, as part of a "Generation War" against Dragon Gate and R.E.D.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Double team finishing moves
- Torbellino (Yoshino) /Bakatare Sliding Kick (Doi)
- Double team signature moves
- Assisted double foot stomp to the opponent's arm (Yoshino)
- Assisted missile dropkick into a senton to another opponent (Yoshino)
- Assisted rope hung senton bomb (Doi)
- Drop toe hold (Yoshino) / Sliding kick (Doi) combination
- Flapjack (Doi) / One-handed bulldog (Yoshino) combination
- Front missile dropkick (Yoshino) / Doi 555 (Doi) combination
- Poetry in Motion corner elbow (Yoshino)
- Powerbomb (Doi) / Sling Blade (Yoshino) combination
- Yoshino's Finishing moves
- Doi's Finishing moves
- Entrance themes
- "Muscular Countdown -do what you want-" / "SPEED STAR" by ACMA ft.Tsutomu Toya and Yoko Kubota
- "SPEED MUSCLE" by ACMA ft.Tsutomu Toya and Yoko Kubota
- "ACID ALKALINE (Super Body Faction Version)" by ACMA (used while a part of Blood Generation)
- "IDIOT OUTLAW" by ACMA (used while a part of Muscle Outlaw'z)
- "ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL" by ACMA (used while a part of WORLD-1)
- "THE WORLD IS ONE 〜ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL MIX〜" by ACMA (used while a part of WORLD-1 International)
- "1st FINGER" by 21g (using while a part of MaxiMuM)
Championships and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Dragon Gate
- I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Open The Brave Gate Championship (5 times) – Doi (2) and Yoshino (4) 
- Open The Dream Gate Championship (4 times) – Doi (2) and Yoshino (2)
- Open The Triangle Gate Championship (6 times) – with Gamma (2), Magnitude Kishiwada (1), PAC (1), Shachihoko BOY (1) and Jason Lee (1)
- Open The Twin Gate Championship (2 times)
- Summer Adventure Tag League (2007, 2008, 2010)
- King of Gate (2008) – Doi
- King of Gate (2018) – Yoshino
- Ashiyanikki Cup 6 Man Tag Team Tournament (2019) – with Kaito Ishida
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 5 Star Match (2006) Doi, Yoshino and CIMA vs. Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito (ROH – Supercard of Honor – March 31)
Lucha de Apuesta record[edit | edit source]
|Hair||Susumu Yokosuka||Masato Yoshino||Fukuoka, Japan||December 27, 2009||Six-way steel cage match, which also included BxB Hulk, Dragon Kid, Mazada and K-ness.|
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References[edit | edit source]
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