Hiroshi Tanahashi

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Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tanahashi at Border City Wrestling's East Meets West show in Windsor, Ontario on May 9, 2014
Born (1976-11-13) November 13, 1976 (age 42)
Ogaki, Gifu
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tanahashi
Masked Devilock[1]
Wrestle Lando
Billed height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Trained byNJPW
Keiji Mutoh
Kensuke Sasaki
Tatsumi Fujinami
DebutOctober 10, 1999

Hiroshi Tanahashi (born November 13, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

During his time in NJPW, he has become a six-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He shares the record for most reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Champion with Tatsumi Fujinami and also holds the record for most successful defenses with eleven during his fifth reign as champion.

Career[change | change source]

Before becoming a professional wrestler, Tanahashi played baseball in high school and also started wrestling during his time attending Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.[1] While he was wrestling, he was noticed by New Japan Pro Wrestling talent scouts and was invited to try out for the New Japan Dojo. His tryout was successful and he was brought in as a trainee.[1]

Tanahashi made his debut in October 1999 in a match against Shinya Makabe.[1] During that time, he was viewed as a big prospect and he earned wins over lucha libre legend Negro Casas in July 2000 and American Scott Hall in September 2001.[1]

He would go on to team with Kenzo Suzuki with their tag team being called the Kings of the Hills.[1] The team ended when a real life incident occurred in November 2002 with Tanahashi being stabbed in the back by Hitomi Hara (a TV Asahi news reporter that he had dated for a brief amount of time).[1] He was hospitalized, but recovered.

He returned to in-ring competition this time as a singles wrestler on February 16, 2003 in a match against Manabu Nakanishi in front of a sold-out Tokyo crowd.[1]

On January 4, 2014, Tanahashi was able to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[2] He had a rematch against Nakamura at The New Beginning in Hiroshima on February 9 where he was successful in defending his championship.[3] When Nakamura won the 2014 New Japan Cup, Tanahashi had a second rematch against Nakamura at Invasion Attack 2014 on April 6. Nakamura defeated Tanahashi for the championship in the match.[4]

Championships[change | change source]

  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
    • Best Bout Award (2012) (vs. Kazuchika Okada on June 16)[15]
    • Fighting Spirit Award (2003, 2006)
    • MVP Award (2009, 2011)[16][17]
    • Performance Award (2007)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 5 Star Match (2012) (vs. Minoru Suzuki on October 8)
    • 5 Star Match (2013) (vs. Kazuchika Okada on April 7)
    • 5 Star Match (2013) (vs. Kazuchika Okada on October 14)
    • Feud of the Year (2012) (vs. Kazuchika Okada)
    • Match of the Year (2012) (vs. Minoru Suzuki on October 8)
    • Most Outstanding Wrestler (2012)
    • Wrestler of the Year (2011, 2012)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2013)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Puroresu Central profile". Puroresu Centra. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "バディファイトPresents WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 in 東京ドーム". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  3. "The New Beginning in Hiroshima". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  4. "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  5. "Resultados Arena México Viernes 6 de Septiembre '13". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  6. "吉野家Presents Kizuna Road 2013". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  7. "Resultados Arena México (7 de mayo 2010): ¡Tanahashi, Taichi y Okumura, nuevos Campeones de Tríos CMLL!". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  8. "2003 G2 U-30 Climax (開幕:3月6日~決勝:4月23日)". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  9. "2005 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "2003 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  11. "2002 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "2004 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  13. "2001 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  14. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2013". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  15. "【最年少タイ!!】オカダが『プロレス大賞』MVPを「あたりまえ」の初受賞!! ベストバウトはオカダvs棚橋!中邑は技能賞!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  16. "Tanahashi, ace of the universe, becomes 2009 MVP!". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  17. "(Results) New Japan, 12/14/11". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.

Other websites[change | change source]