Toryumon (Último Dragón) and Ponte 16

Toryumon (闘龍門, Tōryūmon?) is a professional wrestling promotion that operates both in Japan and in Mexico, where it's called Toryumon Mexico. The promotion is owned and operated by Yoshihiro Asai, who is best known under the name Último Dragón. Tōryūmon is a coined word that means Fighting Dragon Gate. The word is coined after the homonym 登龍門 (Tōryūmon?) that literally means climbing up dragon gate and means gateway to success. The promotion was originally created to give graduates of the Último Dragón Gym a promotion to gain their initial in-ring experience in. In 2004 Último Dragón left the promotion and took the name and trademarks with him. The wrestlers and officials decided to adopt the name Dragon Gate and continue in the traditions of Toryumon. Since then Último Dragón has promoted Toryumon mainly in Mexico but also holds occasional shows in Japan.

Contents 1 History 2 Shows and events 3 Championships promoted 4 Annual tournaments 4.1 Suzuki Cup 4.2 Young Dragons Cup 4.3 Yamaha Cup 5 Ultimo Dragon Gym students 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History

During his time working for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the United States Japanese wrestler Último Dragón decided to open up a wrestling school in Naucalpan, Mexico to give Japanese hopefuls the chance to learn the Mexican lucha libre style like Dragón had. The wrestling school operated after the same principles of a university, divided into classes with several terms where wrestlers would "graduate" (debut) at the same time. The Ultimo Dragon Gym's first graduating term consisted of CIMA, Don Fujii, Dragon Kid, Magnum Tokyo and SUWA who collectively became known as Toryumon Japan (a name that would be used for the first four terms). Toryumon promoted their first show on May 11, 1997 in Naucalpan, Mexico on a show that was co-promoted with International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). Toryumon and IWRG would co-promote shows in Japan from 1997 until 2001, allowing the Ultimo Dragon Gym graduates to work on IWRG shows and even saw several graduates wrestlers win IWRG Championship. Through his contacts with WCW Último Dragón also arranged for some of his first term graduates to wrestle on World Championship Wrestling shows. On January 1, 1999, Toryumon held its first show in Japan and from that point forward began promoting regular shows in Japan. Toryumon's combination of traditional Japanese Puroresu, Mexican Lucha Libre and elements of Sports Entertainment that Último Dragón had observed while working for WCW such as outside interference and referee's being knocked out, something that at the time was not traditionally used in Japanese wrestling. The second class of Último Dragón Gym graduates began their own promotion, called the Toryumon 2000 Project, or T2P for short. The T2P promotion debuted on November 13, 2001, and became known for their use of the six-sided wrestling ring, the first promotion to regularly use such a ring shape. T2P wrestlers primarily used a submission based style called Llave (Spanish for "Key" the lucha libre term for submission locks). T2P ran until January 27, 2003, when the roster was absorbed into Toryumon. The third graduating class was known as "Toryumon X" and like T2P also started their own promotion under their class name. Toryumon X made its debut on August 22, 2003, and lasted until early 2004.

Último Dragón had been forced to retire from active competition in 1998 after a mistake during an elbow surgery that caused nerve damage. In 2001 Dragón had another round of surgery on his elbow, restoring mobility and feeling. Following his rehabilitation Último Dragón made his return to active wrestling on a Toryumon / T2P co-promoted pay-per-view on September 8, 2002. In the following months Dragón wrestled regularly for Toryumon and various companies around the world. Because of his active scheduled Último Dragón stepped down as the director of Toryumon leaving the job to Takashi Okamura. Okamura handled the job while Dragón began working full-time for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the United States. After his run with WWE ended Dragón returned to Japan and announced that he was leaving Toryumon and taking all the trademarks he owned with him. Toryumon Japan changed its name to Dragon Gate as a result of this, continuing the traditions of Toryumon Japan including references to Último Dragón. Since the break Toryumon has primarily promoted shows in Mexico, featuring students trained by Dragón and Jorge "Skayde" Rivera and a number of wrestlers from various Mexican and American promotions.

In Japan a group of remaining Toryumon students, including ousted members of Dragon Gate, joined with the internet-firm Livedoor to create the promotion dragondoor, a promotion that only ran six shows. The group launched another wrestling venture in 2006 called El Dorado: Next Door Project. Shows and events

Toryumon Japan ran a series of PPVs under the names Vamonos Amigos ("Let's go pal" in Spanish) and "Revolucion" ("Revolution") as well as an annual anniversary show. They also held an annual Numero Uno League that became one of the highlights of the promotional year. Since the split in 2004 Toryumon has not promoted any major shows or PPVs, focusing their promotional efforts on Toryumon Mexico. In Mexico Dragón promotes an annual DragonMania show, with the last being DragonMania VI held on May 14, 2011. Championships promoted

Before the Dragon Gate split in 2004 Toryumon Japan promoted a series of championships, only one of which originated in the promotion, Último Dragón Gym Championship, the rest were either bought from its previous owner or acquired after promotions closed. When the promotion turned to Dragon Gate all its championships were vacated, leaving only the Toryumon Mexico promoted titles. Annual tournaments Suzuki Cup

Suzuki Cup is a Team Tournament that began in 2007 2007: Marco Corleone, Kensuke Sasaki and Ultimo Dragon 2008: Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone and Ultimo Dragon Young Dragons Cup

Every year Toryumon Mexico holds the Young Dragons Cup, an annual tournament that began in 1997. The tournament is used to showcas Dragon Gym students. Originally it was a traditional single-elimination tournament, in 2006 it was changed into a torneo cibernetico and has had that format ever since. Rocky Romero, Kota Ibushi, Ryuji Yamaguchi and Trauma II are the only tournament winners who were not actually trained by Último Dragón. 1997: Magnum TOKYO 1998: Genki Horiguchi 1999: Yasushi Kanda 2000: Milano Collection AT 2001: Toru Owashi 2002: Taiji Ishimori 2003: Takeshi Minamino 2004: Rocky Romero 2005: Kazuchika Okada 2006: Kota Ibushi 2007: Ryuji Yamaguchi 2008: Satoshi Kajiwara 2009: Trauma II 2010: Angélico Yamaha Cup

Toryumon Mexico holds the Yamaha Cup about once a year, although there have been years without a Cup. The Yamaha Cup is a tag team tournament that features a mixture of Último Dragón trainees and a combination of wrestlers from the Mexican Independent circuit, IWRG and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). 2000: Susumu Mochizuki and Yasushi Kanda 2003: Taiji Ishimori and Shu Sato 2004: Mini Cima and SUWAcito 2005: Hiromi Horiguchi and Ryusuke Taguchi 2006: Johnny Stamboli and Chuck Palumbo 2008: Último Dragón and Yutaka Yoshie 2010: Angélico and El Hijo del Fantasma 2012: Angélico and Último Dragón Ultimo Dragon Gym students See also Universal Lucha Libre Michinoku Pro Wrestling WAR

Ponte 16 and Toryumon (Último Dragón)

Coordinates: 22°11′55″N 113°32′13″E / 22.19853°N 113.53688°E / 22.19853; 113.53688 Ponte 16 being built

Ponte 16 Resort Macau (Chinese: 十六浦), located on Rua do Visconde Paço de Arcos, Macau, China, is a hotel and casino resort co-developed by SJM - Investment Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, who owns 51% of the project and Macau Success Limited who owns 49% of the project. The resort opened on 1 February 2008.

Contents 1 Shows 2 Exhibits 3 History 4 Location 5 Casino 6 Hotel 6.1 Restaurants and Buffets 6.2 Bars 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Shows

Shows are staged there including international groups from South Africa, Taiwan and more. In 2009 a South African group performed a lovely show with performers like singer Monique Magerstein, who praised the Ponte 16 and Macau after performing there. Exhibits

There are numerous Michael Jackson items on exhibition in Ponte 16, including the glove he wore when he first performed his moonwalk on television. Jackson's glove was sold to the casino at New York’s Julien’s Auctions at a whopping US$350,000, eight times the auctioneer’s minimum estimated price. History

Ponte 16 was the first fisherman's port, resplendent in the colonial architecture of the day, a hub of diverse cultural influences. In the mid 1900s, Chinese triads and gangs moved in and the area became known for gambling. The Inner Harbor reigned as the city's economic center up until the 1970s, when commercial activities began to decline with the relocation of the Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal. Location

Ponte 16 takes it place at the center of the Inner Harbor on the west side of Macau, right at the waters edge. This development is easily accessible by all modes of transportation. Casino

The casino will offer a selection of gaming machines, gaming tables and endless amusement in an estimated area of 270,000 sq ft (25,000 m2). Hotel

Accor has teamed with Pier 16 - Property Development Limited to bring the "Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16" to Macau. As planned the 20-storey hotel will offer 408 rooms, restaurants and bars, swimming pools, Gym, wellness center and business center with multi-function conference room. Restaurants and Buffets Le Mistral Buffet

Le Mistral is a large buffet with Japanese, French, Chinese and Swiss dishes Bars Le Rendezvous Pool Bar See also Gambling in Macau
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