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R.E.D
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Name(s) Real Extreme Diffusion
R.E.D
R・E・D
Debut September 24, 2018
Years active 2018-present
Promotion(s) Dragon Gate
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Wrestle Gate
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1st version (09/04/19 - 12/23/18)
2nd version (12/23/18 - present)

Real Extreme Diffusion (リアル・エクストリーム・ディフュージョン, Riaru Ekusutorimu Difyūjon), commonly abbreviated as R.E.D or R・E・D (アールイーディ, Āruīdi) is the top heel stable, in the Dragon Gate promotion. It was formed on September 24, 2018, by the remaining members of ANTIAS, Ben-K, Yasushi Kanda, Takashi Yoshida, Big R Shimizu, Eita, and their newest member Kazma Sakamoto, with Eita positioned as the leader in the beginning before being given to Eita. Since their formation, R.E.D has since added several new members, most notably gaijin members PAC, and Diamante. The stable had previously started in 2015, with his first incarnation VerserK, but continued in his second incarnation ANTIAS in January 2018, with its final incarnation being named R.E.D in September, based on Eita's leadership, since the end of VerserK.

After four months of their inception, R.E.D members held all titles that Dragon Gate had to offer with Eita holding the Open The Brave Gate, PAC the Open The Dream Gate, Ben-K and Shimizu the Open The Twin Gate and Yoshida, Kanda and Sakamoto the Open The Triangle Gate Championships, becoming the most successful incarnation of VerserK and also meaning that R.E.D is the fastest stable in Dragon Gate history to win every championship available. In January 2019, Eita and Shimizu started feuding with each other over the leadership of R.E.D, which divided the stable between Eita's side and Shimizu's, leading in May, R.E.D turning on Ben-K, with Eita retaining the leadership and Shimizu revealing he had been working with Eita to expel Ben-K.

In August 2019, R.E.D took part in a storyline, where they feuded with Toryumon founder Último Dragón and some of Dragon Gate veterans. The invasion storyline continued in October with R.E.D adding three new members; Dragon Gate original BxB Hulk, H.Y.O, and Kaito Ishida, who quickly brought the Open The Brave Gate and Open The Triangle Gate Championships back to the stable. The addition of Hulk, H.Y.O and Ishida led to a "Generation War" against Dragon Gate and Toryumon.

History

Background (2015–2018)

The stable was initially known as VerserK in 2015, after Eita rejoined the stable in November 2017, Eita along with El Lindaman and T-Hawk who were part of VerserK, formed the second incarnation of the stable named ANTIAS, based under their leadership until Lindaman and T-Hawk left the promotion in May 2018, giving the lead back to Eita in August. During this time, the stable started feuding with MaxiMuM (after Big R Shimizu and Ben-K turn on them to join the stable) and Natural Vibes. The stable would also receive a generally poor reception, being compared to Deep Drunkers as being one of the worst heel units in Dragon Gate history. On September 6, 2018, ANTIAS leader Eita announced a complete rebranding of the stable, with the addition of a new member.

Eita's leadership (2018–Present)

Formation and championship dominance (2018–2019)

On September 24 at Dangerous Gate, Eita announced that the stable would be renamed to R.E.D meaning Real Extreme Diffusion and the new member was revealed to be Kazma Sakamoto. Afterwards, R.E.D defeated Natural Vibes in an All-Out War ten-man tag team elimination match, in which the two stables attacked each other following the match after Shimizu tried to shave Punch Tominaga's hair, continuing their feud. Later in the event, Eita lost the Open The Brave Gate Championship to Dragon Kid, which he had previously feuding during the year. In the main event, R.E.D attacked MaxiMuM, Eita and Shimizu nominated Ben-K to face Masato Yoshino for his Open The Dream Gate Championship at Gate of Destiny on November 4.

On October 2, Eita revealed PAC to be the newest of the stable, in the process, Eita and PAC defeated Shingo Takagi and BxB Hulk in one of Takagi's last matches in Dragon Gate. Following the match, after all, units came to the ring to challenge PAC, it was decided that Ben-K, Shimizu and PAC would represent R.E.D in four-way elimination on November 6. On October 14, Ben-K's friend, Keisuke Okuda ally to the stable but would leave the stable shortly. On October 21, Eita announced on his twitter page, that DAGA would be the newest member of the stable. At the November 4 event, Ben-K unsuccessfully challenged Masato Yoshino for the Open The Dream Gate Championship. Following the match, PAC made his intentions of challenging Yoshino for the Open The Dream Gate Championship. On November 6, PAC challenged Yoshino to an Open The Dream Gate Championship match, which was officially announced to take place on December 4. On December 4, PAC defeated Yoshino to win the Open The Dream Gate Championship. With the win, PAC became the first British Open The Dream Gate Champion. On December 23 at Final Gate, captured two of Dragon Gate's titles with Yoshida, Kanda and Sakamoto defeating Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi and Susumu Yokosuka) for the Open The Triangle Gate Championship and Ben-K and Shimizu defeating Tribe Vanguard (Kagetora and YAMATO), Speed Muscle (Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi) and MexaBlood (Bandido and Flamita) in a four-way elimination tag team match for the Open The Twin Gate Championship. With this, R.E.D would become the fastest stable in Dragon Gate history to win every championship available. In the main event, Eita and Dragon Kid's feud culminated in a Lucha de Apuestas ("Bet Match"), Hair vs. Mask match, where Kid defeated Eita and then forced him to have his hair shaved off as per the stipulation.

Tensions over the leadership and conspiracy to expel Ben-K (2019)

Since January 16, 2019, during a match between R.E.D and MaxiMuM, Shimizu accidentally attacked Ben-K on two occasions which caused some tension between them. Shimizu had previously cost R.E.D a match, with the rest of R.E.D leaving the arena without him. Shimizu's mistakes would repeat during R.E.D's matches, leading Eita to accuse him of doing it on purpose, and blamed Ben-K and Shimizu for the loses and accused them of being incompetent. On February 5, tensions would come ahead between R.E.D and the rest of the other stables in Dragon Gate except MaxiMuM, Eita would criticize each stable's weak points and agreed to a match with each other on March 7. Eita would nominate himself, PAC, Kazma Sakamoto and Yasushi Kanda for the match, leaving Shimizu arguing that he and Ben-K should be in the match due to holding the Open The Twin Gate Championship. Mochizuki Dojo would try to enter the match, Eita protested, but Shimizu wanted them in the match, leading Eita to claim that he was the leader of R.E.D. Five days later, Eita would accidentally hit Ben-K with a chair, costing his match against U-T. Shimizu blamed Eita for Ben-K's loss and demanded an explanation, but he refused claiming they were the ones who lost the match. Ben-K and Shimizu's errors led Eita to threat them that he would kick them out of the stable. Despite Big Ben, retaining the Open The Twin Gate Championship on March 3 at Champion Gate in Osaka, Eita warned them that he had no problems kicking them out. On March 7, Tribe Vanguard won the four-way eight-man tag team elimination match, after Ben-K accidentally attacked Kanda. Shimizu would beg Eita to not kick them out of the stable, YAMATO would provoke Eita, leading him to berate the other units. General Manager Takayuki Yagi capitalized on the opportunity and announced the rules for the Steel Cage Survival match at Dead or Alive on May 6, as well as multiple tag team matches between members of the respective units to decide, which member would enter in the match. Eita would select Yoshida as his partner and their opponents would be Big Ben. On April 10, Big Ben defeated Eita and Yoshida, with Shimizu pinning Eita, to represent R.E.D in the match. Afterwards, Shimizu dared Eita to kick him out of the stable. Yoshida declared that he was not on Eita's side causing tensions in R.E.D, leading Sakamoto and Kanda to choose Eita's side, dividing the stable, leading to the match PAC would join Eita's side. On April 28, Big Ben lost the Open The Twin Gate Championship to KAI and YAMATO, after Eita cost them the match.

On May 6 at Dead or Alive, Ben-K and Eita lost to Kaito Ishida and Masato Yoshino. During the match, Ben-K refused to cooperate with Eita and later after some miscommunication, Ben-K attacked Eita, allowing Ishida and Yoshino to win the match. Later that night, after Shimizu lost the "Bonds" steel cage survival five-way match, Shimizu along with the rest of R.E.D turned on Ben-K, revealing that he was never planning on kicking Eita out, they were working together all this time, while also claiming that Eita was the leader. Later that month, five members of R.E.D took part in the King of Gate with Eita and Kanda wrestling in B Block. Kanda finished last in his block, Shimizu and Yoshida finished in third place of their blocks. Meanwhile, Eita and Sakamoto won their blocks, but Sakamoto's draw against Kzy forced him to face Kzy in a rematch to decide the winner of their block. On June 6, Sakamoto was defeated by Kzy in their rematch, while Eita defeated KAI in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament. Two days later, Eita was defeated by Ben-K in the finals. After the match, Ben-K challenged PAC for his title. General Manager Takayuki Yagi made the title match official for the 2019 Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival. On June 9, R.E.D attacked Ben-K after his match, but Shun Skywalker made the save. Afterwards, Ben-K and Skywalker formed a team, in order to have backup against R.E.D, later that night, YAMATO and KAI defended the Open The Twin Gate Championship against Naruki Doi and Kaito Ishida. The match would end in a no contest after Eita and Shimizu interfered in the match, while also claiming to be the next challengers. Tribe Vanguard and MaxiMuM weren't satisfied with the conclusion of the match and all teams wanted to face each other in a rematch, leading General Manager Takayuki Yagi making the match official of the event. On June 23, Strong Machines attacked Kanda after his match, indicating they wanted a title match. Yoshida came out and accepted their challenge, leading General Manager Takayuki Yagi to announce the title match for the event. On July 21, at Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival, Yoshida, Kanda, and Sakamoto lost the Open The Triangle Gate Championship to the Strong Machines (Strong Machine J, Strong Machine F, and Strong Machine G). Later that night, Eita and Shimizu won the Open The Twin Gate Championship by defeating Tribe Vanguard (KAI and YAMATO) and MaxiMuM (Naruki Doi and Kaito Ishida) in a three-way match. In the main event, PAC lost the Open The Dream Gate Championship to Ben-K. On August 3, it was announced that Diamante would be joining the stable starting from August 7.

Feud with Último Dragón and Generation War (2019–Present)

On August 24 at Dangerous Gate, Eita announced that he would reveal R.E.D's next target on September 11. At the event on September 11, R.E.D interfered in a match between Último Dragón, Dragon Kid, Darkness Dragon against Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi and YAMATO causing it to be a no contest. Afterwards, Eita revealed that R.E.D's next target was Dragón and R.E.D continued to attack him until Ryo Saito, Super Shisa, and Darkness Dragon. On October 8, Hyou Watanabe turned on Mochizuki Dojo to join the stable. Later that night, R.E.D lost to Dragón, Saito, Shisa, and Darkness Dragon. Afterwards, Kanda turned on R.E.D after he refused to attack his mentor Último Dragón. Eita also announced that R.E.D would be joined by two new members, with their identity being kept in secret under the disguise of Dr. Muscle, known as the Green and Red Masked Demons, respectively. On November 7, Eita and Shimizu defeated Dragón and Kanda, after Eita ripped Dragón's mask. Afterwards, General Manager Takayuki Yagi announced that Eita and Dragón would face each other on December 4 and if Eita had won Dragón would be forced to leave the promotion. Leading to the match, Eita teased Masato Yoshino to be the Green Masked Demon, but Yoshino denied it. At the event on December 4, Eita lost to Dragón by disqualification, after removing Dragón’s mask. Afterwards, R.E.D attacked Dragón until his former students Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino made the save. The Green and Red Masked Demons were forced to a match, leading Eita, Red and Green Mask Demons to face Dragón, Doi, and Yoshino in a winning effort, after Kaito Ishida revealed himself to be the Green Masked Demon, turning on MaxiMuM. Eita announced that the Red Demon Mask would be revealed on December 18. On December 15 at Final Gate, Diamante, H.Y.O, and Yoshida won the Open The Triangle Gate Championship defeating Strong Machines (Strong Machine J, Strong Machine F, and Strong Machine G) and Natural Vibes (Kzy, Genki Horiguchi and Susumu Yokosuka) in a three-way match. Later that night, Eita and Shimizu lost the Open The Twin Gate Championship to Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk and YAMATO). Three days later, 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. Afterwards, R.E.D began a "Generation War" against Dragon Gate and Toryumon. 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.

Members

Current

* Founding member
I Leader
Member Duration
Big R Shimizu * September 24, 2018 – Present
BxB Hulk December 18, 2019 – Present
Diamante August 7, 2019 – Present
Eita *I September 24, 2018 – Present
Hyou Watanabe/H.Y.O October 8, 2019 – Present
Kaito Ishida December 4, 2019 – Present
Kazma Sakamoto * September 24, 2018 – Present
Takashi Yoshida * September 24, 2018 – Present

Former

Member Duration
Ben-K * September 24, 2018 – May 6, 2019
DAGA October 21, 2018 – December 23, 2018
PAC October 2, 2018 – July 21, 2019
Yasushi Kanda * September 24, 2018 – October 8, 2019

Associates

Member Duration
Keisuke Okuda October 14, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Sub-groups

Affiliate Members Tenure Type Promotion(s)
Big Ben Big R Shimizu
Ben-K
2018–2019 Tag team Dragon Gate

Timeline

Championships and Accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Naruki Doi (member) Big R Shimizu (member; Ben-K) Aichi, Japan Dead or Alive May 6, 2019 [1]

1 ^ This was a five-way steel cage match, also involving Kzy, YAMATO and Shun Skywalker, where Shimizu lost and as per the stipulation Shimizu decided to kick Ben-K out of R.E.D.

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