|Disbanded||January 7, 2007|
Renaissance (ルネサンス Runesansu) it was a stable formed in Dragon Gate, the stable an from 2006 to January 7, 2007. During its run, the group consisted of Magnum TOKYO, Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii, and Yasushi Kanda.
History[edit | edit source]
The group was conceived by Magnum TOKYO as a means of proving that the elder members of the Dragon Gate roster could still compete at an elite level. He was inspired by the progression of Kanda after returning from a three year retirement due to a broken neck. Magnum was responsible for gathering together the elders who bought into the premise, even if they were already affiliated with other units active at the time (Magnum with Do FIXER, Masaaki Mochizuki with Final M2K, Don Fujii with Blood Generation). Genichiro Tenryu was an associate whenever he competed in the promotion. Shortly after the group got together, Magnum suffered a bad eye injury and was forced to sit out for the remainder of 2006.
Mochizuki took temporary leadership and the group would seemly accomplish their goal in short order with Mochizuki and Fujii winning the I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in August and then Fujii shocking the world by winning the Open The Dream Gate Championship in November. However, the group suddenly reached a premature end just as they were rolling. On January 6, after dropping the I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to the visiting Jado and Gedo, Mochizuki announced that Renaissance would fold. Some found this peculiar given that the unit was seen as a Magnum project.
However, Magnum's condition was not fairing any better. He would eventually leave the company later in the year. Mochizuki and Fujii would stick together for the rest of the year, picking up K-ness. along the way and being dubbed the Veteran Army. Kanda would occasionally team as an associate before joining the Muscle Outlaw'z.
Championships and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Dragon Gate