Masato Yoshino has been officially stripped off the Open the Owarai Gate championship for failing to defend the title within the last 3 months. The title is currently vacant.

When asked for a statement, Yoshino mentioned he was surprised to hear this rule actually applies to the Owarai Gate. He noted he actually won the title 4 months ago, so he has been illegitimately calling himself champion for the last month. He hopes he gets another chance at the title someday. He said he was sorry to all the fans who he let down.