At last night’s CHAMPION GATE show at Korakuen Hall, Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Masato Yoshino to become the 13th Open the Dream Gate champion! He is also the the second repeat winner after CIMA.
However, of equal magnitude, WORLD-1 lost their Triangle Gate contra Unit Disband match which means the leading babyface unit is no more.
After his win, Mochi stated that he believes the Dream Gate champion should be aligned with a unit so invited Susumu, Yoshino and PAC to join. He also called out KAMIKAZE and invited them although it appears that YAMATO is the only member to have shown interest so far. YAMATO did also challenge for the Dream Gate title which Mochi accepted due to their previous match during YAMATO’s reign (probably MOTY for Dragon Gate last year in fact).
My personal opinion of these events are that this is a very good thing. While Dragon Gate has been trying to create new stars, I think Yoshino wasn’t quite Dream Gate material in my mind. A short run is good and giving the belt to someone like Mochi brings in another credible champion. I think we’ll be guaranteed a lot of good matches from him as champion.
So with the new developments there are suddenly a lot of question marks over who will move where. K-ness., Hulk and Kotoka are all unaccounted for and if YAMATO has eyes on this new unit then KAMIKAZE is also suddenly looking shaky. Will the returning Taku Iwasa play an important role? Maybe we could see a reunion with Araken. I will be keeping a close eye on the upcoming Hakata Star Lanes show that’s for sure. Let us know your theories on how this will all play out in the comments.