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|Debut||December 2, 2020|
Masquerade is a professional wrestling group, primarily appearing in the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate (DG).
The group was formed in December 2020, after when Dragon Dia, Jason Lee and Kota Minoura left Dragon Gate Generation and came together with Shun Skywalker, who had recently returned from an excursion in Mexico, which they subsequently named "Masquerade", follow the addition of La Estrella. The theme of group is inspired on the Carnival of Venice, with each member of the group wearing a jester's mask. Shortly after their foundation, Masquerade entered in a feud with the Dragon Gate Generation, which was ingnited, following Skywalker's feud with Ben-K for the Open The Dream Gate Championship and Dia, Lee and Minoura's departure of the stable.
The stable marked a major turning point for the career of Skywalker, who began consolidating his place into the Open The Dream Gate Championship picture.
History[edit | edit source]
Background (2016–2018)[edit | edit source]
In April 2016, Shun Watanabe joined the Dragon Gate dojo, before undergoing to a gimmick change in November, in which he renamed himself to "Shun Skywalker". After spending his time in the midcard, Skywalker began being pushed in November 2017, leading him in March unsuccessfully challenging PAC for the Open The Dream Gate Championship. Afterwards, Skywalker entered in a losing streak, before enventually leaving to an indefinite learning excursion to Mexico, where he worked mostly for Internation Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). Skywalker made his return to the promotion on November 3, 2020, before winning the Open The Dream Gate Championship later that month. Afterwards, Skywalker began feuding with his former partner Ben-K, who became his next challenger for the title.
Formation and Skywalker's leadership (2020–Present)[edit | edit source]
On December 2, 2020, Shun Skywalker announced the creation of his own stable with Dragon Dia, Kota Minoura, and Jason Lee, who defected the Dragon Gate Generation stable in order to join Skywalker, with a new member being announced on December 15. Afterwards, Dragon Gate Generation members Ben-K, Kzy, YAMATO and other Dragon Gate members confronted them. At the December 15 event, it was announced that the stable would be named "Masquerade", with the new member being revealed to be La Estrella. Their short feud with Dragon Gate Generation ended after, Skywalker defeated Ben-K on December 20 at Final Gate to retain the Open The Dream Gate Championship.
In January 2021, Masquerade entered a rivalry with the R.E.D stable. The first big event of the storyline was on January 12, when Lee and Minoura unsucessfully challenged R.E.D members BxB Hulk and KAI for the Open The Twin Gate Championship. After working exclusively against each other in multi-man tag team matches for the last part of January, on January 31, Estrella and Lee took part of the Open the Twin Gate #1 Contender's One Night Tournament losing to the R.E.D duo of Diamante and Eita. Later that night, following a six-man tag team match between Masquerade and R.E.D, Kaito Ishida challenged Skywalker to a title match, dubbing Skywalker as a "Paper champion". Afterwards, Dragon Gate's General Manager Takayuki Yagi announced that the title match would take place on March 7 at Champion Gate in Osaka.
Members[edit | edit source]
|Dragon Dia||*||December 15, 2020 – Present|
|La Estrella||*||December 15, 2020 – Present|
|Jason Lee||*||December 15, 2020 – Present|
|Kota Minoura||*||December 15, 2020 – Present|
|Shun Skywalker||*I||December 15, 2020 – Present|
Timeline[edit | edit source]
Championships and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
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