Dragon Gate USA

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Dragon Gate USA
Founded2009 (2009)
Defunct2015 (2015)
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) was an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2009 as an international expansion of the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate. Gabe Sapolsky, former head booker of Ring of Honor, served as the promotion's Vice President.


Dragon Gate USA featured regular members of the Dragon Gate roster, along with notable American talent. All Dragon Gate titles and champions were recognized by Dragon Gate USA.[2]

In June 2009, it was announced that Dragon Gate USA had signed an agreement to film its shows for pay-per-view broadcast.[3] In August 2009, it was announced that Dragon Gate USA had signed an agreement with The Fight Network to air DGUSA content on television.[4]

The first Open the Freedom Gate Champion was crowned following a tournament held at DGUSA Freedom Fight on November 28, 2009. This was the main title of Dragon Gate USA.

On September 7, 2010, Dragon Gate USA announced a partnership with Go Fight Live and that their first live internet pay-per-view, Bushido: Way of the Warrior (later renamed Bushido: Code of the Warrior), would be taking place on October 29.[5]

In the fall of 2010, DGUSA announced that it would be holding a tournament to crown the first Open the United Gate Champions, which was their tag team champions. It was announced on December 13, 2010, that the tournament would be a four team round robin tournament that would take place over three shows from January 28 through January 30, 2011.

On November 25, 2011, Dragon Gate USA and Evolve announced the unification of the two promotions. Dragon Gate USA and Evolve will still promote separate events, but the two share rosters, including stables, and Evolve recognized Dragon Gate USA's Open the Freedom Gate Championship and Open the United Gate Championship as its top two championships,[6] until establishing its own championship, the Evolve Championship in 2012. On September 18, 2013, Vito LoGrasso announced that his new Wrestling School signed an agreement to be the Development Center for DGUSA.[7]

In November 2014, Dragon Gate USA, along with Evolve, Full Impact Pro (FIP) and Shine Wrestling, all under the WWNLive banner, held a tour of China.[1] The following month, WWNLive announced a long-term deal with Great-Wall International Sports Management for regular tours of Asia, starting in the spring of 2015.[8] On December 22, WWNLive announced it was putting Dragon Gate USA on an indefinite hiatus until the promotion could secure more Japanese wrestlers for their shows.[9]

In 2015, WWNLive opened a training facility in Trinity, Florida named "World Wrestling Network Academy", which Dragon Gate USA shares with Evolve, FIP and Shine.[10]

On July 2, 2020, Dragon Gate USA's video library along with Evolve's assets were bought by WWE.[11]


PromotionDragon Gate USA[12]
DateMay 8, 2010[12]
(aired July 9, 2010)
CityMississauga, Ontario[12]
VenueMississauga International Centre[12]

Uprising was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Dragon Gate USA that was taped May 8, 2010 at the Mississauga International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and aired on July 9, 2010.

1Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Akira TozawaSingles match
2Gran Akuma defeated Tyson DuxSingles match
3Jon Moxley defeated Jimmy JacobsNo Disqualification match
4Naruki Doi and PAC defeated Mike Quackenbush and JigsawTag team match
5Rip Impact vs. Johnny Wave ended in a no contestSingles match
6Shingo and YAMATO defeated CIMA and Dragon KidTag Team Match
7BxB Hulk (c) defeated Masato YoshinoSingles match for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match


Working agreements between Dragon Gate USA and the following promotions have led to interchanges in talent. Also, matches from these promotions have appeared on Dragon Gate USA DVD releases.[13][14]


Championship Last champion(s) Date retired Date Established Previous champion (s) Inaugural champion
Open the Freedom Gate Championship Timothy Thatcher August 15, 2015 November 28, 2009 Drew Galloway BxB Hulk
Open the United Gate Championship Ronin
(Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann)
May 30, 2015 January 30, 2011 The Premier Athlete Brand
(Anthony Nese, Caleb Konley and Trent Barreta)
(Masato Yoshino and PAC)


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (2014-09-19). "Evolve heading to China (no, really)". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-09-19. WWNLive, the parent company of Evolve, Shine, FIP and Dragon Gate USA.
  2. ^ "Dragon Gate USA's Title Situation". DGUSA.tv. 2009-04-15.
  3. ^ "PWTorch.com - DGUSA News: Dragon Gate USA announces PPV distribution deal with ROH's previous distributor". pwtorch.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Dragon Gate USA Partners with The Fight Network". Fight Network. August 18, 2009. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  5. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-09-07). "DGUSA News: Dragon Gate USA announces live Internet PPV debut next month". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  6. ^ "Evolve evolves -- now unified with DGUSA". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  7. ^ "PWInsiderXTRA.com". www.pwinsiderxtra.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  8. ^ Caldwell, James (2014-12-03). "Newswire: WWNLive announces long-term China plan, Ross talks importance of Tokyo Dome, New Japan's subscription goals, latest World Tag League standings, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  9. ^ Caldwell, James (2014-12-22). "WWNLive news: Update on the future of Dragon Gate USA, several new matches for Evolve Florida tour". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (2015-02-19). "WWNLive news: Official new training facility announced". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
  11. ^ "WWE Acquires Evolve Wrestling". 3 July 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Dragon Gate USA". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "News Alerts". Dragon Gate USA.
  14. ^ "Dragon Gate USA News update for 10/15". Indy Wrestling News. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  15. ^ "DGUSA and Chikara Reach Working Agreement". Dragon Gate USA. April 26, 2009. Archived from the original on September 26, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2009.

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