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El Numero Uno

2003 El Numero Uno title graphic for TV.

El Numero Uno was an annual singles league tournament held in Toryumon Japan to determine the strongest wrestler in the promotion for the year. The tournament would be held over the course of several shows in March and April. Following the tournament's conclusion, several shows that followed would continue on under the El Numero Uno tour name.

It was discontinued following the Toryumon split a few months after the last tournament in 2004. It would be succeeded in Dragon Gate with King of Gate, though it changed its format from round-robin to single-elimination.

Tournament WinnersEdit

2001 El Numero UnoEdit

The first El Numero Uno took place over the course of twelve days from March 11-April 14, 2001. In this year's league, there were fifteen participants broken up into three blocks. The points leaders from each block received entry into the tournament. The twelve remaining participants competed in a Dragon Scramble, which occurred the same day as the tournament finale, to become the final entrant.

Block A TOKYO Arai Fuji Kanda SAITO Pts.
Magnum Tokyo X O ± O 4
Kenichiro Arai O X ± O 4
Big Fuji X O ± O 4
Yasushi Kanda ± ± ± O 2
SAITO X X X X 0

Block A Decision 3-Way Match: Magnum TOKYO defeated Big Fuji and Keni'chiro Arai (April 8 - 10:09)

Block B SUWA Susumu Kid Genki Stalker Pts.
SUWA O O O O 8
Susumu Mochizuki X O O O 6
Dragon Kid X X O O 4
Genki Horiguchi X X X O 2
Stalker Ichikawa X X X X 0
Block C CIMA TARU Mochizuki Darkness Ryo Pts.
CIMA O ± ± O 4
TARU X ± ± O 2
Masaaki Mochizuki ± ± ± ± 0
Darkness Dragon ± ± ± ± 0
Ryo Saito X X ± ± 0

Dragon Scramble: Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Big Fuji, Darkness Dragon, Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi, Keni'chiro Arai, Ryo Saito, SAITO, Stalker Ichikawa, Susumu Mochizuki, TARU, and Yasushi Kanda (April 14 - 14:43)

Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Magnum TOKYO Pin
B1 SUWA 11:18
B2 Magnum TOKYO Pin
C2 Masaaki Mochizuki 18:49*
C1 CIMA TKO
C2 Masaaki Mochizuki 13:10

Note: There was a double countout at 9:16, though officials would force a re-start.

2002 El Numero UnoEdit

The second El Numero Uno took place over the course of thirteen days from March 21-April 22, 2002. This year's tournament duplicated the first year in using the same league format and the same number of participants.

Block A TOKYO TARU Kid Marvin Susumu Pts.
Magnum TOKYO O O O O 8
TARU X X O O 4
Dragon Kid X O ± O 4
Ricky Marvin X X ± O 2
Susumu Yokosuka X X X X 0
Block B CIMA Shisa Genki Arai Mochizuki Pts.
CIMA X O O O 6
Super Shisa O ± X O 5
Genki Horiguchi X ± O O 5
Keni'chiro Arai X O X O 4
Masaaki Mochizuki X X X X 0
Block C SUWA Fujii Ryo Stalker Darkness Pts.
SUWA O O X ± 4
Don Fujii X ± O ± 2
Ryo Saito X ± O ± 2
Stalker Ichikawa O X X ± 2
Darkness Dragon ± ± ± ± 0

Dragon Scramble: Masaaki Mochizuki defeated Darkness Dragon, Don Fujii, Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi, Keni'chiro Arai, Ricky Marvin, Ryo Saito, Stalker Ichikawa, Super Shisa, and TARU (April 22 - 17:28)

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Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Magnum TOKYO Pin
C1 SUWA 11:18
A1 Magnum TOKYO† Pin
B2 Masaaki Mochizuki 12:36
B1 CIMA Sub
B2 Masaaki Mochizuki 6:42

† SUWA was injured during his semifinal match and could not continue despite winning. So that Masaaki Mochizuki did not win the tournament on a technicality, it was agreed to have Magnum TOKYO take SUWA's place in the finals.

2003 El Numero UnoEdit

The third El Numero Uno took place over the course of seventeen days from March 21-April 22, 2003. This year featured some alterations from the previous years. The field was expanded from fifteen to eighteen as a result of the inclusion of the Toryumon 2000 Project talent. In addition, there would be eight participants with the top two points leaders from each block earning entry and the last two remaining in the Dragon Scramble earning entry.

Furthermore, this year's tournament was to crown the inaugural Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship, which would serve as the top singles championship in Toryumon Japan.

K-ness. was injured prior to the start of the league matches. He was considered day-to-day, so he was not replaced. However, he was not medically cleared to compete just before each match, resulting in him losing all of his matches by forfeit.

Block A TOKYO Milano Arai Fujii Genki Doi Pts.
Magnum TOKYO O O O O O 10
Milano Collection AT X O O O O 8
Keni'chiro Arai X X O O O 6
Don Fujii X X X O O 4
Genki Horiguchi X X X X O 2
Second Doi X X X X X 0
Block B SUWA Mochizuki Shuji TARU Susumu K-ness. Pts.
SUWA ± ± O O O 6
Masaaki Mochizuki ± O O X O 6
Condotti Shuji ± X O O O 6
TARU X X X O O 4
Susumu Yokosuka X O X X O 4
K-ness. X X X X X 0

Block B Decision 3-Way Match: SUWA defeated Condotti Shuji and Masaaki Mochizuki (April 20 - 10:18)*

* = SUWA pinned Condotti Shuji, so Masaaki Mochizuki inherited the second position and entry into the tournament by default.

Block C YOSSINO Kid CIMA Ryo YASSINI Mori Pts.
YOSSINO O O O O O 10
Dragon Kid X O X O O 6
CIMA X X O O O 6
Ryo Saito X O X O X 4
"brother" YASSINI X X X X O 2
Anthony W. Mori X X X O X 2

Block C Decision Match: CIMA defeated Dragon Kid (April 20 - 11:39)

Contendership Dragon Scramble: Genki Horiguchi and Susumu Yokosuka defeated Anthony W. Mori, Condotti Shuji, Don Fujii, Dragon Kid, Keni'chiro Arai, Ryo Saito, Second Doi, TARU, Toru Owashi, and "brother" YASSINI (April 22 - 17:01)*

* = Toru Owashi replaced K-ness., who had forfitted all of his league matches due to injury.

  First Round Semifinals Finals
                           
     YOSSINO 3:31  
   SUWA    
     YOSSINO    
     CIMA 3:54  
   Susumu Yokosuka  
     CIMA 7:46  
       CIMA  
     Genki Horiguchi 19:07
     Masaaki Mochizuki    
   Milano Collection AT 8:29  
     Masaaki Mochizuki  
     Genki Horiguchi 2:32  
   Magnum TOKYO  
     Genki Horiguchi 3:41  

2004 El Numero UnoEdit

The fourth and final El Numero Uno took place over the course of 25 days from March 6-April 25, 2004. This year was similar to the previous year in having eighteen initial participants and a three-round tournament format. The biggest difference was that there would be one winner of the Dragon Scramble and would not only earn entry into the tournament, but would also advance automatically into the semifinals.

An addition to the year was the determination of the weakest participant of the entire league. If two had the same low score and none were victorious in the Dragon Scramble, they would compete in a match where the loser would be considered the weakest wrestler of the year as opposed to the winner of the whole tournament considered the strongest.

This year was heavily marred by injuries that took place as league matches were going on. As a result, the time-frame was extended in the hopes the participants could recover. When it was determined that they would not be healed in time, changes were made in order for the tournament to proceed.

Block A CIMA Mochizuki Sugawara Genki Shuji Mori Pts.
CIMA O X O O O 8
Masaaki Mochizuki X O X O O 6
Takuya Sugawara* O X O X O 6
Genki Horiguchi X O X O O 6
Shuji Kondo X X O X O 4
Anthony W. Mori X X X X X 0

* = Was Henry III Sugawara until after March 26, when he turned on Anthony W. Mori and joined Aagan Iisou under his real name.

Block B Saito/
Naoki
SUWA Kid Doi Milano YASSHI Pts.
Ryo Saito/
Naoki Tanizaki
*
N/A X O ± O 4
SUWA N/A O X O O 6
Dragon Kid O X O ± O 6
Second Doi X O X X O 4
Milano Collection AT ± X ± O ± 2
"brother" YASSHI X X X X ± 0

* = Ryo Saito was injured following his match on April 2. When it was determined that he would not recover in time to resume his participation, Naoki Tanizaki was chosen to fill in for him beginning April 18. Furthermore, SUWA was injured following his match on April 3. His remaining match was to have been against Saito. With both injured, it was decided their match would be canceled. This left Tanizaki, taking over for Saito, and Doi for second position, as SUWA could not compete further, resulting in a decision match.

Block B Decision Match: Naoki Tanizaki defeated Second Doi (April 24 - 9:13)

Block C Owashi Susumu YOSSINO Arai TARU Fujii Pts.
Toru Owashi O O O O O 10
Susumu Yokosuka X O O O O 8
YOSSINO X X ± O O 4
Keni'chiro Arai X X ± O O 4
TARU X X X O X 2
Don Fujii X X X X X 0

Dragon Scramble: Shuji Kondo defeated Anthony W. Mori, Don Fujii, Genki Horiguchi, Keni'chiro Arai, Milano Collection AT, Second Doi, TARU, Takuya Sugawara, YOSSINO, and "brother" YASSHI (April 25 - 15:20)

Maximum Weakest determination Match: Don Fujii defeated "brother" YASSHI (April 25 - 9:40)

  First Round Semifinals Finals
                           
     Masaaki Mochizuki 10:10  
   Naoki Tanizaki    
     Masaaki Mochizuki    
     Dragon Kid 10:30  
   Susumu Yokosuka  
     Dragon Kid 19:33  
       Dragon Kid  
     Shuji Kondo 17:00
     CIMA    
   Toru Owashi 13:17  
     CIMA  
     Shuji Kondo 9:02  
     
     Shuji Kondo Bye  
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