Mitsuharu Misawa

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Mitsuharu Misawa
Ring name(s) Kamikaze Misawa
Tiger Mask (II)
Mitsuharu Misawa
Billed height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Born June 18, 1962(1962-06-18)
Yūbari, Hokkaidō
Died June 13, 2009(2009-06-13) (aged 46)
Hiroshima
Trained by Shohei Baba
Dick Beyer
Dory Funk, Jr.
Debut August 21, 1981

Mitsuharu Misawa (三沢 光晴 Misawa Mitsuharu?, June 18, 1962 - June 13, 2009) was a Japanese professional wrestler. Considered one of the best wrestlers in professional wrestling history, Misawa was a five-time AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, three-time GHC Heavyweight Champion and was named Wrestler of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter three times; in which Meltzer has also given Misawa the most 5-Star rated matches in professional wrestling history with 24 all together.[1][2] Misawa was also known as Tiger Mask II. On June 13, 2009, Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki against GHC tag team champions Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith at Hiroshima Green Arena in a title match. After taking a belly to back suplex from Saito, Misawa lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead in the hospital at 10:10 p.m.[2][3]

In wrestling[change | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • "The Standard Bearer of Future Generations"[4]

Championships and accomplishments[change | edit source]

  • PWI ranked him #2 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 1997
  • PWI ranked him #37 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
  • Rookie of the Year (1982) [9]
  • Wrestler of the Year (2007) [10]
  • Fighting Spirit (1985, 1990) [11]
  • Performance Award (1997) [11]
  • Tag Team of the Year (1991)- with Toshiaki Kawada [11]
  • Tag Team of the Year (1993, 1994)- with Kenta Kobashi [11]
  • Match of the Year (1995)- with Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on June 9, 1995 [11]
  • Match of the Year (1997)- vs. Kenta Kobashi on October 21, 1997 [11]
  • Match of the Year (1998)- vs. Kenta Kobashi on October 31, 1998 [11]
  • Match of the Year (2003)- vs. Kenta Kobashi on March 1, 2003 [10]
  • Match of the Year (2007)- with Jun Akiyama vs. Kenta Kobashi and Yoshihiro Takayama on December 2, 2007 [10]
  • 5 Star Match (1985) vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi on March 9
  • 5 Star Match (1990) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta on June 8
  • 5 Star Match (1990) with Toshiaki Kawada and Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue and Masanobu Fuchi on October 19
  • 5 Star Match (1991) with Toshiaki Kawada and Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue and Masanobu Fuchi on April 20
  • 5 Star Match (1992) with Kenta Kobashi and Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue and Masanobu Fuchi on May 22
  • 5 Star Match (1993) with Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue and Yoshinari Ogawa on July 2
  • 5 Star Match (1993) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue and Toshiaki Kawada on December 3
  • 5 Star Match (1994) with Kenta Kobashi and Giant Baba vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on February 13
  • 5 Star Match (1994) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue and Toshiaki Kawada on May 21
  • 5 Star Match (1994) vs. Toshiaki Kawada on June 3
  • 5 Star Match (1995) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue and Toshiaki Kawada on January 21
  • 5 Star Match (1995) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace on March 4
  • 5 Star Match (1995) vs. Akira Taue on April 15
  • 5 Star Match (1995) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue and Toshiaki Kawada on June 9
  • 5 Star Match (1995) with Kenta Kobashi and Satoru Asako vs. Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue and Tamon Honda on June 30
  • 5 Star Match (1996) with Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on May 23
  • 5 Star Match (1996) with Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace on June 7
  • 5 Star Match (1996) with Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on December 6
  • 5 Star Match (1997) vs. Toshiaki Kawada on June 6
  • 5 Star Match (1997) with Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on December 5
  • 5 Star Match (1998) vs. Kenta Kobashi on October 31
  • 5 Star Match (1999) vs. Kenta Kobashi on June 11
  • 5 Star Match (1999) with Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama on October 23
  • 5 Star Match (2003) vs. Kenta Kobashi on March 1
  • Best Flying Wrestler (1985, 1986)
  • Best Wrestling Maneuver (1985) Topé con Giro
  • Feud of the Year (1990, 1991) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta
  • Match of the Year (1985) vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi on June 12, Tokyo, Japan
  • Match of the Year (1996) with Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace on June 7, Tokyo, Japan
  • Match of the Year (1998) vs. Kenta Kobashi on October 31, Tokyo, Japan
  • Match of the Year (1999) vs. Kenta Kobashi on June 11, Tokyo, Japan
  • Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kenta Kobashi on March 1, Tokyo, Japan
  • Most Outstanding Wrestler (1997, 1999)
  • Most Underrated Wrestler (1988)
  • Tag Team of the Year (1991) with Toshiaki Kawada
  • Tag Team of the Year (1995) with Kenta Kobashi
  • Tag Team of the Year (1996, 1997) with Jun Akiyama
  • Wrestler of the Year (1995, 1997, 1999)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

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