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The Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (KOBEプロレスフェスティバル, Kōbe Puroresu Fesutibaru) or often referred as Kobe World is a major professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and a Gaora TV event, held by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Dragon Gate and it is an annual pay-per-view event. It occurs every July at World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan. The Kobe World Pro Wrestling Festival is the successor of the Toryumon Japan Aniversario shows. The event celebrates the anniversary of the company after it was formed during the last Vo Aniversario. It is the biggest, and arguably the most important, event of the year, equivalent to the WWE's WrestleMania and the NJPW's January 4 Dome Show and it is regarded as Dragon Gate's flagship event usually held in July. The attendance has grown over the years, surpassing the limit of attendance of the Word Memorial Hall that can occupy that are 8,000 fans, while also putting additional seats each show. The 2017 show had the highest attendance with 9,800 fans packing the World Memorial Hall, surpassing previously set record numbers of the shows, while 2018 had the lowest attendance with 4,952 fans. Since 2018, all events became available in their streaming service Dragon Gate Network.

Dragon Gate often invites other promotions, Japanese and international, to participate in their Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival shows such as Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Kaientai Dojo, Pro Wrestling Zero1. The shows have regularly featured wrestlers from all over Japan including Abdullah the Butcher, Masakatsu Funaki, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Masato Tanaka, Tatsumi Fujinami and Hiro Saito. In 2019, Dragon Gate celebrated its 20th anniversary with many wrestlers who worked for Dragon Gate, returned to the company such as Takuya Sugawara, Shuji Kondo and most notably the founder of Toryumon Japan (which later became Dragon Gate), Último Dragón. In 2019, PAC became the first gaijin to take part in the main event of the Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival event.

EventsEdit

# Event Date City Venue Attendance Main event
1 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2005) July 3, 2005 Kobe, Japan Kobe World Memorial Hall 7,500 Masaaki Mochizuki (c) versus Taka Michinoku for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
2 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2006) July 2, 2006 8,500 Susumu Yokosuka (c) versus Dragon Kid for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
3 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2007) July 1, 2007 9,000 Jushin Thunder Liger (c) versus CIMA for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
4 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2008) July 27, 2008 9,000 Shingo Takagi versus BxB Hulk for the vacant Open The Dream Gate Championship
5 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2009) July 19, 2009 9,300 Naruki Doi (Dream) versus CIMA (Brave) for the Open the Dream and Brave Gate Championships
6 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2010) July 11, 2010 9,300 YAMATO (c) versus Masato Yoshino for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
7 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2011) July 17, 2011 9,400 Masaaki Mochizuki (c) versus BxB Hulk for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
8 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2012) July 22, 2012 9,500 CIMA (c) versus Akira Tozawa for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
9 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2013) July 17, 2013 9,600 CIMA (c) versus Shingo Takagi for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
10 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2014) July 20, 2014 9,400 YAMATO (c) versus BxB Hulk for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
11 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2015) July 20, 2015 9,650 Masato Yoshino (c) versus T-Hawk for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
12 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2016) July 24, 2016 9,650 Shingo Takagi (c) versus YAMATO for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
13 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2017) July 23, 2017 9,800 YAMATO (c) versus T-Hawk for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
14 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2018) July 22, 2018 4,952 Masato Yoshino (c) versus Shingo Takagi for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
15 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival (2019) July 21, 2019 5,365 PAC (c) versus Ben-K for the Open The Dream Gate Championship
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match


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