Shinya Makabe, better known by his ring name Togi Makabe is a Japanese professional wrestler, trained by and performing for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, two-time IWGP Tag Team Champion and a two-time NEVER Openweight Champion. Debuting in 1997, Makabe wrestled under his birthname as a junior heavyweight, before gaining several kilograms during a global excursion in 2001 and 2002, he changed his given name to "Togi" during the 2004 G1 Climax tournament. His status in New Japan rose in 2007, making it to the finals of the New Japan Cup and the semifinals of the G1 Climax, challenging Yuji Nagata for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. After a number of unsuccessful challenges at the title, Makabe won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on May 3, 2010, by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. Makabe's wrestling style and character is influenced by the late Bruiser Brody. Known as the "Unchained Gorilla", Makabe is known for his violent, bloody style of wrestling illegally employing steel chairs and chains into his offense, including a lariat with a chain wrapped around his arm.
He uses Brody's All Japan Pro Wrestling theme "Immigrant Song" as his own. Pursuing judo while enrolled in Tokyo's Teikyo University, Shinya Makabe passed an NJPW admission test in February 1996 and enrolled in the New Japan dojo in April of that year, training there for ten months, he made his debut the following year, losing to Shinjiro Otani on February 15, 1997. Makabe began wrestling in the undercard, obtaining his first victory 20 months after his debut by defeating Yutaka Yoshie on October 15, 1998. Makabe continued to wrestle in lesser matches through 1999 against other young wrestlers such as Wataru Inoue and Katsuyori Shibata, defeating future IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in his debut match on October 10, 1999. In April 2000, Makabe entered the Super J-Cup, a 16-man single-elimination tournament held in Michinoku Pro, involving junior heavyweights from a number of different promotions; that month, Makabe participated in NJPW's Young Lion Cup, a six-man round-robin tournament exclusive to young wrestlers.
Shinya continued his tournament participation in May and June, entering New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors round-robin tournament to decide the company's top junior heavyweight wrestler. Makabe finished in last place out of six in Block A, scoring two points by Jr.. He defeated Minoru Fujita, who finished in last place for Block B to determine the tournament's 11th-place finisher, leaving Fujita at #12. Makabe received the first title shot of his career on September 12, 2000, teaming with Jyushin Thunder Liger to unsuccessfully challenge Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Makabe made his debut in the Tokyo Dome, one of the largest venues in Japan, during NJPW's annual event there on January 4, 2001, teaming with Tatsuhito Takaiwa in a loss to Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka. For the following few months, Makabe began competing amongst heavyweights teaming with Riki Choshu to challenge Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the IWGP World Tag Team Championship, falling to a Kojima lariat.
However, he returned to the Best of the Super Juniors tournament in June, finishing in fifth place out of six in his block, earning 4 points by defeating Katsuyori Shibata and AKIRA. On June 8, 2001, as part of a series of interpromotional matches and Yuji Nagata entered All Japan Pro Wrestling to challenge for the vacant All Asia Tag Team Championship, losing to Masahito Kakihara and Mitsuya Nagai. In August 2001, Makabe announced that he would be leaving Japan indefinitely to wrestle overseas in Canada, Great Britain and Puerto Rico, he wrestled his farewell match on August 12, 2001, in a tag team loss with Yutaka Yoshie against Riki Choshu and Kenzo Suzuki. Makabe wrestled in the aforementioned countries for the following 14 months, gaining a considerable amount of muscle and returning to New Japan on October 14, 2002 in the Tokyo Dome as a heavyweight, teaming with Minoru Fujita to defeat Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroshi Tanahashi. In January 2003, Makabe suspended his contract with NJPW. Makabe once again wrestled at NJPW's annual Tokyo Dome event on January 4, 2003, competing in the four-man Young Generation Cup tournament, losing in the first round to Yutaka Yoshie.
Shinya once again teamed with Minoru Fujita in February 2003, competing in an 8-team tournament to decide the #1 contenders to the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Regardless, Makabe challenged for the belts with a different partner, Yoshihiro Takayama, on March 9, 2003, losing to champions Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Around the same time, Makabe participated in the G2 U-30 Climax, a round-robin tournament featuring only wrestlers under the age of 30 to decide the first IWGP U-30 Openweight Champion. Makabe finished in first place out of five in Block A, defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi, Masahito Kakihara and Dan Devine, losing to Makai #2, he would go on to defeat Blue Wolf in the semifinals before losing to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the final on April 23, 2003. On Ju
Chaos (professional wrestling)
Chaos is a professional wrestling stable performing in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling promotion. The group was formed in 2009, when nearly all the members of the Great Bash Heel stable turned on GBH leader Togi Makabe and reformed under new leader Shinsuke Nakamura. Soon after, the new group was named Chaos, with Nakamura as the leader and the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto; as the leader of Chaos, Shinsuke Nakamura was one of NJPW's top wrestlers, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship as well as the 2011 G1 Climax and the 2014 New Japan Cup. Since its founding, Chaos has added several new members, most notably Kazuchika Okada, who has held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship four times and won the G1 Climax tournament in 2012 and 2014, as well as the 2013 New Japan Cup. Okada became the leader of Chaos after Nakamura's departure from New Japan, succeeded Hiroshi Tanahashi as the promotion's "ace," or top star.
Rocky Romero has enjoyed a noteworthy level of success as a member of Chaos, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship a record eight times: twice with Davey Richards, twice with Alex Koslov as the Forever Hooligans, four times with Trent Barreta as Roppongi Vice. Chaos was the only villainous group in New Japan and they feuded with every group within New Japan. In 2013, Chaos started feuds with two other villainous groups, Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, which led to the stable being portrayed in a more sympathetic way. After Takashi Iizuka and Yujiro Takahashi jumped to Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, Chaos finalized its transition into full fan favorites. On April 5, 2009, Toru Yano turned on Great Bash Heel leader Togi Makabe, costing Makabe his match against Shinsuke Nakamura. Throughout that month, all members of G. B. H. Besides Tomoaki Honma turned their backs on Makabe, joining Yano. On April 23, the group was dubbed Chaos, with Nakamura and Yano positioned as its two central figures.
Chaos shared the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto. After Chaos was formed, Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson, who were part of the stable when it was formed on June 20, received a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were unable to defeat the defending champions Team 3D. On that day, Black Tiger V was defeated by Tiger Mask in a mask vs. mask match and afterwards it was revealed to be Tatsuhito Takaiwa by removing his mask and leaving the stable. From August 7 to August 16, Yano and Nakamura participated at the 2009 G1 Climax, at the end of which Yano defeated Bernard, finishing the tournament with six points and Bernard with 5 points while Nakamura defeated Iizuka, finishing his block with 12 points winning every match in his block and advancing to the semifinals, where he defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to advance to finals, but lost the finals to Togi Makabe. On September 27, Nakamura avenged his G1 loss and defeated Makabe in a decision match to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the third time.
Upon winning the title, Nakamura drew the ire of the likes of Antonio Inoki by announcing his plan of wanting to restore the "Strong Style" of New Japan by capturing the original IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt from Inoki to replace the fourth generation title belt Nakamura himself has. On October 12, Nakamura defended the title against Shinjiro Otani. From October 17 to November 1, Chaos participated at the 2009 G1 Tag League, during which new Chaos member Masato Tanaka and Ishii and Yano and Nakamura participated at block A while Anderson and Bernard and Gedo and Jado at block B. Ishii and Tanaka finished their block with 4 points and Yano and Nakamura with 6 points, advancing to the semifinals, while Gedo and Jado finished the tournament with 2 points and Anderson and Bernard with 8 points advancing to the semifinals. At the semifinals and Yano lost to Apollo 55 while Anderson and Bernard defeated Wild Child to advance to the finals. At the finals and Bernard defeated Devitt and Taguchi to win the tournament.
On November 8 at Destruction'09, Nakamura defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against previous champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. On December 5, Nakamura retained the title by defeating Yuji Nagata. On January 4, 2010 at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome, Bad Intentions received a match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but lost to No Limit in a three-way hardcore tag team match involving Team 3D; that night, Nakamura defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Yoshihiro Takayama in a rematch of their 2004 Tokyo Dome title unification bout. After defeating Takayama, Nakamura was challenged by Manabu Nakanishi, whom he would pin on February 14 at New Japan's ISM show in Sumo Hall, making his fifth defense. On that event, Yano's feud with Tanahashi in which Yano pinned him in tag team match would end in favor of Tanahashi, but after the match was jumped by Yano and Tanaka, who proceeded to cut off some of his hair. From March 14 to March 22, Bernard, Ishii and Yano participated at the 2010 New Japan Cup, but the group all failed to win the tournament, with Bernard and Ishii l
Hirooki Goto is a Japanese professional wrestler. Since his debut, he has wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, he is a former two-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, four-time NEVER Openweight Champion and one-time winner of the G1 Climax, two-time winner of the World Tag League and three-time winner of the New Japan Cup. Goto attended Kuwana Kogyo High School in Kuwana, where he was classmates with Katsuyori Shibata. Goto attended Kokushikan University, where he took part in freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling. Upon graduating, Goto qualified to join New Japan Pro-Wrestling, but left the promotion after incurring a shoulder injury, he began training in the NJPW dojo. He debuted on July 6, 2003, in Gifu, wrestling Ryusuke Taguchi; the two men competed in the junior heavyweight division, teamed together the same year to try to take the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a tournament, but were defeated in the final by veterans Gedo and Jado.
In early 2005, he won the NJPW Young Lion Cup. After turning heel and joining Jyushin Thunder Liger's "Control Terrorism Unit" stable, Goto adopted the ring name "C. T. U Ranger Red", he won his first championship on May 15, 2005, teaming with Minoru to defeat Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue in the Tokyo Dome for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The duo held the titles for nine months, losing to El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi on February 19, 2006 in Tokyo. In 2006, Goto joined the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion as a member of Team Japan, one of the four teams competing in the TNA 2006 World X Cup Tournament, he debuted in TNA on April 23, 2006 at Lockdown, where he teamed with Black Tiger and Minoru against Team USA members Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal and Alex Shelley. Team Japan defeated USA. On the April 27, 2006, episode of TNA Impact!, Goto and Minoru lost to Dutt and Shelley, giving a first round victory and two points to Team USA. On May 14, 2006 at Sacrifice and the other members of Team Japan accompanied Liger to ringside, assisting him in his victory over Team Canada captain Petey Williams.
That night, all four members of Team Japan took part in a gauntlet match, won by Team Canada captain Petey Williams. The 2006 World X Cup was won with Team Japan coming last with three points. On August 1, 2006, Goto left for a lengthy learning excursion to Mexico after losing in a farewell match at the CTU 2nd Anniversary Show. While in Mexico he wrestled for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and for Último Dragón's Toryumon Mexico. During his time in Mexico he formed a rudo unit Hajime Ohara and Shigeo Okumura in CMLL. In August 2007, Goto returned to New Japan after his one-year stay in Mexico. Upon his return, the now much more muscular Goto graduated from a Jr. heavyweight to a Heavyweight. Goto showed a great deal of promise and skill since last seen in July 2006, he showcased whole new moveset and he tried to establish himself as one of the top Heavyweights in New Japan. Not that far into his return Goto join the Stable "R. I. S. E" with Shinsuke Nakamura, Travis Tomko, Giant Bernard and fellow former CTU team mates Minoru, Milano Collection AT, Prince Devitt.
On November 11, he challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but after a long and hard fought match, Tanahashi would win with the Texas Cloverleaf. Shortly after that Goto entered the 2007 G1 Tag League with Milano Collection AT, but the pair would finish in third place. In 2008 Goto wrestled one of his childhood idols, The Great Muta at New Japan's annual January 4 Tokyo Dome Show. Although having a good showing, Goto would fall to Muta. Goto's progress was good through 2008 but a surprise victory in New Japan's prestigious G1 Climax in August surpassed everyone's expectations. Goto earned 8 points in Block B, tied for first with Nakamura, but he advanced to the final due to a direct win over the former IWGP champion and RISE leader. Meeting Togi Makabe in the final, Goto overcame outside interference and blood loss to defeat the leader of the Great Bash Heel faction, pinning him with the Shouten. In March 2009 Goto defeated Karl Anderson, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yuji Nagata and Giant Bernard to win the 2009 New Japan Cup and earn a shot at Hiroshi Tanahashi's IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
On May 3, 2009, at Wrestling Dontaku 2009, Tanahashi defeated Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On January 4, 2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome, Takashi Sugiura defended his GHC Heavyweight Championship against Goto. In March, Goto defeated Yujiro Takahashi, Masato Tanaka and Togi Makabe to win the 2010 New Japan Cup for the second year in a row. Goto went on to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura on April 4, but would once again fail in his attempt to win the title. On June 28, 2010, teaming up with Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi entered the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament. Two days the trio defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kushida in the finals to win the tournament. During August's G1 Climax Goto debuted a new finishing maneuver, a cross-legged cradle, which earned him pinfall victories over former IWGP Heavyweight Champions Yuji Nagata and Shinsuke Nakamura, but a loss to eventual G1 winner Satoshi Kojima on the final day of the tournament dropped him fourth in his block, narrowly missing the finals.
Richard Fuller is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances as a jobber in World Championship Wrestling, he would be featured in several video games including WCW Nitro and WCW/nWo Thunder. Born in Middleboro, Fuller graduated from Middleborough High School in 1987 and soon began training under "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas at their wrestling school in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Touring the Northeast during the 1990s, Fuller won championship titles in several promotions and, most notably, feuded with Scott Garland while in the New England Wrestling Association fighting over the NEWA Heavyweight title during 1992 and 1993. In early 1997, Fuller made debut in World Championship Wrestling losing to Lex Luger at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 13, 1997. Appearing on WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Saturday Night during the year, he lost to Chris Benoit on February 22 and Diamond Dallas Page on March 3; that month, he would face Roadblock and Johnny Swinger on Saturday Night before teaming with Roadblock against Lex Luger and The Giant on Monday Nitro on March 31, 1997.
Suffering losses to Booker T and Jeff Jarrett during the next two months, he lost to Meng in a dark match on Monday Nitro on May 12. After another loss to Jeff Jarrett on Saturday Night on May 24, he lost to The Giant in a handicap match with Johnny Swinger and Jerry Flynn on Monday Nitro on May 26. In early June, he would lose to Ice Train and Buff Bagwell and to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan on Monday Nitro in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 13. One of the first victims of Bill Goldberg's winning streak during early 1998, Fuller was pinned by Goldberg on WCW Thunder on February 2, he appeared on WCW WorldWide losing to Konnan on February 21. as well as appearing on Saturday Night facing Hugh Morris, Jim Duggan and Prince Iaukea as well as to Booker T and Steve McMichael on Thunder before defeating Doc Dean on July 25, 1998. During the next few months however, while scoring victories over preliminary wrestlers, he would lose matches to Scott Norton, Bryan Clark, Marty Jannetty and Jerry Flynn before losing to WCW World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg on Thunder in Lexington, Kentucky on September 10.
He would lose to Ernest "The Cat" Miller and Rick Steiner before defeating El Dandy on Worldwide on October 17, 1998. Fuller defeated Lash LeRoux on WorldWide on January 26. Fuller teamed with Knuckles Nelson at the NWA Parade of Champions, substituting for the injured Erich Sbraccia, winning the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship against Team Extreme winning by reverse decision at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas on June 10, 1999. However, the two would hold them for less than a week before losing the titles to The Public Enemy in Bolton, Massachusetts on June 17. Fuller would make only occasional appearances with WCW for most of the year, defeating Sick Boy on Thunder in Birmingham, Alabama on July 14, he would instead wrestle for independent promotions including an appearance at Ultimate Professional Wrestling's Slam & Jam'99 defeating former trainer "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine on December 30, 1999. Returning to WCW in early 2000, Fuller faced Tank Abbott on Monday Nitro on February 14 and appeared on Saturday Night during its last months on the air facing The Wall, The Demon and in the last episode, participated in a six-man Hardcore Battle Royal won by Brian Knobs and included Norman Smiley, Adrian Byrd, Dave Burkehead and The Dog on April 1, 2000.
After the close of WCW, Fuller returned to the independent circuit and, while in East Coast Championship Wrestling joined the stable Alliance of Defiance with Kevin Kelly and Billy Fives in early 2001. He would make an appearance in the World Wrestling Federation facing Devon Storm at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut on May 21. In December 2001, he assaulted then-referee Barry Ace during a match for NWA New England after he had unintentionally caused Fuller to mistime a wrestling move. NWA New England Vice President Vinnie Capelli made a public statement accepting full responsibility for the incident as Barry Ace was not a trained referee at the time. Despite this incident, Fuller remained with the promotion and, the following year, he won the NWA New England Heavyweight Championship. Several years Fuller and Ace both portrayed prison inmates in the film What Doesn't Kill You. During 2006, Fuller would continue his feud with Brian Milonas in East Coast Championship Wrestling defeating him on May 6 although he was eliminated by Milonas in the ECCW "Road to the Championship" Tournament on May 20.
The following month he debuted New England Championship Wrestling defeating Nat Turner on July 15 although he would lose to NECW U. S. Champion Eric Shred by disqualification on October 7 and, with Evan Siks, defeated Eddie Edwards and DC Dillinger by disqualification on October 28, 2006. Defeating Triplelicious and Chris Green during the next several weeks, he joined Team Nightmare defeating Team Sabotage in an 8-man elimination match on December 16, 2006. In early 2007, he lost to Abyss in a stretcher match during a Powerhouse Wrestling of New England event on January 27 and, the following month in Big Time Wrestling, defeated Eddie Edwards on February 25 before losing to Mister TA in a dog collar match on March 2, 2007. From late 2007 through early 2008, he wrestled for a small company in Fair Haven, Massachusetts called Alliance Championship Wrestling. On May 18, 2007 Fuller faced Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Brian Milonas in the main event of the Homecoming benefit show in Byfield, Massachusetts, a fundraisin
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. d/b/a WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company, known for professional wrestling. WWE has branched out into other fields, including movies, real estate, various other business ventures; the WWE name refers to the professional wrestling promotion itself, founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. As of 2019, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding over 500 events a year, with the roster divided up into various globally traveling brands, is available to about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries; the company's global headquarters is located in Stamford, with offices in major cities across the world. As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven and choreographed matches, though matches include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly.
This was first publicly acknowledged by WWE's owner Vince McMahon in 1989 to avoid taxes from athletic commissions. Since the 1980s, WWE publicly has branded their product as sports entertainment, acknowledging the product's roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater; the company's majority owner is its chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, who retains a 42% ownership of the company's outstanding stock and 83% of the voting power. The current entity, incorporated on February 21, 1980, was known as Titan Sports, Inc., founded that same year in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It acquired Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. the holding company for the World Wrestling Federation, in 1982. Titan was renamed World Wrestling Federation, Inc. in 1998 World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. in 1999, the current World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Since 2011, the company has branded itself as WWE though the company's legal name was not changed. WWE's origins can be traced back as far as 1952 when Roderick James "Jess" McMahon and Toots Mondt created the Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. which joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1953.
McMahon, a successful boxing promoter, began working with Tex Rickard in 1926. With the help of Rickard, he began promoting boxing and wrestling at the third Madison Square Garden, it was not the first time McMahon had promoted wrestling cards, as he had done so during the 1910s. In November 1954, McMahon died and Ray Fabiani, one of Mondt's associates, brought in McMahon's son Vincent James; the younger McMahon and Mondt were successful and soon controlled 70% of the NWA's booking due to their dominance in the populated Northeastern United States. In 1963, McMahon and Mondt had a dispute with the NWA over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers being booked to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Both men left the company in protest and formed the WWWF in the process, awarding Rogers the newly created WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in April of that year, he lost the championship to Bruno Sammartino a month on May 17, 1963, after suffering a heart attack a week before the match. Capitol operated the WWWF in a conservative manner compared to other pro wrestling territories: it ran its major arenas monthly rather than weekly or bi-weekly featuring a babyface champion wrestling various heels in programs that consisted of one to three matches.
After gaining a television program deal and hiring Lou Albano as a manager for Sammartino's heel opponents, the WWWF was doing sellout business by 1970. Mondt left Capitol in the late 1960s and although the WWWF had withdrawn from the NWA, Vince McMahon, Sr. re-joined in 1971. Capitol renamed the World Wide Wrestling Federation to the World Wrestling Federation in 1979. Vincent J. McMahon's son, Vincent K. McMahon, his wife Linda, established Titan Sports, Inc. in 1980 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The company was incorporated on February 1980, in the Cape Cod Coliseum offices; the younger McMahon bought Capitol from his father in 1982 seizing control of the company. Seeking to make the WWF the premier wrestling promotion in the country, the world, he began an expansion process that fundamentally changed the wrestling business. At the annual meeting of the NWA in 1983, the McMahons and former Capitol employee Jim Barnett all withdrew from the organization. McMahon worked to get WWF programming on syndicated television all across the United States.
This angered other promoters and disrupted the well-established boundaries of the different wrestling promotions ending the territory system, in use since the founding of the NWA in the 1940s. In addition, the company used income generated by advertising, television deals, tape sales to secure talent from rival promoters. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, McMahon noted: In the old days, there were wrestling fiefdoms all over the country, each with its own little lord in charge; each little lord respected the rights of his neighboring little lord. No takeovers or raids were allowed. There were maybe 30 of these tiny kingdoms in the U. S. and if I hadn't bought out my dad, there would still be 30 of them and struggling. I, of course, had no allegiance to those little lords. McMahon gained significant traction when he hired American Wrestling Association talent Hulk Hogan, who had achieved popularity outside of wrestling, notably for his appearance in the film Rocky III. McMahon signed Roddy Piper as Hogan's rival, shortly afterward Jesse Ventura as an announcer.
Other wrestlers joined the roster, such as Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco
Wrestle Kingdom V
Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling promotion, which took place at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on January 4, 2011. It was the fifth held under the "Wrestle Kingdom" name; the event featured. Wrestle Kingdom is traditionally NJPW's biggest event of the year and has been described as their equivalent to WWE's WrestleMania; the show included wrestlers from the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre promotions for the fourth and third year in a row, respectively. During the show, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was defended for the first time in Japan; the three matches involving TNA wrestlers were aired by the American company as part of Global Impact 3. Wrestlers from DDT Pro-Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1 took part in the show. While NJPW announced an attendance number of 42,000, which would have been the largest audience at a January 4 Tokyo Dome Show in six years, Dave Meltzer claimed that the actual attendance number was 18,000, tied with the 2007 Tokyo Dome show for the smallest audience in the event's history.
Wrestle Kingdom V featured thirteen professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Wrestle Kingdom V was headlined by Satoshi Kojima defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi in what was described as a "typical" NJPW storyline, where the company had put their top title on an outsider, leading to their biggest star getting it back at the Tokyo Dome. Kojima had started his career in NJPW, but jumped to All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and was now working as a freelancer. In the main event of the show, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, bringing the title back to NJPW; the semi-main event was a grudge match. The event featured several wrestlers from the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion as part of a relationship between NJPW and TNA.
In the highest-profile of the matches involving TNA, Jeff Hardy defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against NJPW's Tetsuya Naito, who had worked for TNA as part of the No Limit tag team. In another interpromotional match, TNA's Rob Van Dam defeated NJPW's Toru Yano in a hardcore match. In the first match involving TNA wrestlers, Beer Money, Inc. unsuccessfully challenged Bad Intentions for the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a three-way match involving Muscle Orchestra. In addition, the event included two interpromotional matches between Pro Wrestling Noah. In the first, Noah's Takashi Sugiura and Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada; this match was a one night NJPW return for Okada, who afterwards returned to TNA to continue his overseas learning excursion. In the second match, NJPW's Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Noah's Go Shiozaki; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was defended during the event with Prince Devitt defeating Kota Ibushi for his fourth successful defense.
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Yujiro Takahashi known by his shortened ring name Yujiro is a Japanese professional wrestler trained by and performing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is a former NEVER Openweight Champion, NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion, IWGP Tag Team and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with former partner Tetsuya Naito, with whom he teamed as No Limit. He is known for being the first non-gaijin member to join Bullet Club. Takahashi entered New Japan in November 2003 with an extensive amateur background, advancing through the dojo and debuting on July 26, 2004, under his full name, he shortened his name to Yujiro shortly afterwards. From 2007 to 2008 he was a member of the stable Samurai Gym with El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi, which ended when Samurai left the company. Yujiro Takahashi, an esteemed amateur wrestler in college passed the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo entry test in November 2003, making his debut on July 26, 2004, in a loss to Naofumi Yamamoto at Korakuen Hall. Takahashi shortened his ring name to "Yujiro" shortly thereafter, debuting the name in a match against Akiya Anzawa on September 2, 2004.
Yujiro entered the 7-man, single-elimination Young Lion Toukon Tournament on October 31, 2004, losing to Hirooki Goto in the first round. Yujiro continued to wrestle other young lions such as Anzawa, Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi through 2004 and early 2005, before entering the Young Lion Cup in March 2005. On November 4, 2005, Yujiro defeated former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Masayuki Naruse, pinning him with an inside cradle. During the match, Naruse hit several stiff slaps and kicks to the face, breaking Yujiro's jaw and causing him to bleed from the mouth, forcing him out of action for the rest of the year. Yujiro returned from injury on March 4, 2006, defeating fellow young lion Mitsuhide Hirasawa in the opening match. Yujiro continued to wrestle in the undercard for the remainder of the year. On January 27, 2007, Yujiro participated in a one-night tournament to decide the #1 contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title including Wataru Inoue, Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt. On March 18, 2007, Yujiro joined a new mini-faction started by El Samurai called Samurai Gym, along with Ryusuke Taguchi.
Yujiro received an opportunity at the junior title by traditional means a few months unsuccessfully challenging champion Minoru on May 22, 2007 in his first title shot in New Japan. After nearly three years with the company, Yujiro entered his first Best of the Super Juniors tournament in June 2007, earning 4 points in the group stage by defeating Prince Devitt by forfeit and eventual winner Milano Collection AT by pinfall. Yujiro finished in sixth place out of seven in his block. On February 1, 2008, it was announced that El Samurai would be leaving NJPW due to his contract expiring ending Samurai Gym. Shortly afterward, Yujiro formed. In March, the two went to fifteen-minute time limit draws with former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship teams such as Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue, Minoru and Prince Devitt, Yujiro pinned veteran Super Strong Machine in a trios match. All of this led to a junior tag title challenge for the duo, facing Machine's Legend stablemates Jyushin Thunder Liger and AKIRA, in which NO LIMIT came up short when AKIRA pinned Naito.
Yujiro would participate in the ongoing feud between New Japan and Pro Wrestling Zero1, teaming with Koji Kanemoto and Manabu Nakanishi in two separate tag team matches, losing to ZERO1's Masato Tanaka and Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the former, defeating Takao Omori and Osamu Namiguchi in the latter. In May 2008, Yujiro and Naito underwent a five-match series with some of New Japan's top tag teams, dubbed "NO LIMIT GENERATION SMASH", held in the various Zepp clubs across Japan; the teams included Jado and Gedo, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano, Wataru Inoue and Koji Kanemoto, Shinsuke Nakamura and Hirooki Goto, Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi. NO LIMIT lost. A special sixth match in the series took place in ZERO1 on May 29, 2008, Yujiro and Naito defeated ZERO1's Osamu Namiguchi and Shito Ueda. In June 2008, Yujiro entered the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, going winless in his first four matches before defeating Minoru in his final bout to finish with two points; the following month, Yujiro participated in a single-elimination tournament to decide the new holder of the vacated IWGP Junior Heavyweight title.
He defeated Tetsuya Naito in the first round, before falling to Prince Devitt in the quarterfinals. On October 13, 2008, at Destruction'08 Yujiro and Naito defeated Devitt and Minoru to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On January 4, 2009, at Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome The Motor City Machine Guns of Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin defeated them to win the tag team titles. Shortly after losing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Yujiro and Naito traveled to North America for a "developmental tour", something done with young Japanese wrestlers to expose them to other styles of wrestling and help them develop into better wrestlers. No Limit worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, while making an appearance for both Team 3D's wrestling academy and Jersey All Pro Wrestling, although Naito wasn't able to wrestle in JAPW due to an injury and was replaced by the team's TNA ally Sheik Abdul Bashir. Yujiro and Naito worked for TNA approximate