Shiori Asahi is a Japanese wrestler working for Kaientai Dojo. He appears sporadically for Big Japan Pro Wrestling and 666. Dramatic Dream Team DDT Extreme Division Championship Kaientai Dojo Chiba Six Man Tag Team Championship - with Hiro Tonai & Yuki Sato Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Strongest-K Tag Team Championship - with Makoto Oishi, Hiro Tonai, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kaji Tomato UWA World Middleweight Championship WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship EX Tournament K-Survivor Tournament - with Ayumu Honda and Kaji Tomato Best Tag Team Match with Makoto Oishi vs. Gentaro and Yoshiya on August 9 Best Tag Team Match with Makoto Oishi vs. Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi on April 17 Best Tag Team Match with Hiro Tonai vs. Kengo Mashimo and Ryuichi Sekine on July 8 Best Tag Team Match with Kaji Tomato vs. Hi69 and Yuji Hino on November 3 Michinoku Pro Wrestling Tohoku Tag Team Championship Profile at Kaientai Dojo official website
UWA World Middleweight Championship
The UWA World Middleweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and sanctioend by the Mexican lucha libre promotion Universal Wrestling Association from 1976 until the UWA closed in 1995. Upon the closing of the UWA, the title migrated to Japan's Michinoku Pro Wrestling and Toryumon Japan promotions; the title resides in Kaientai Dojo, where it is held by Kaji Tamato. UWA World Middleweight Title
Misaki Ohata is a retired Japanese professional wrestler signed to the Zabun production company and working in its two promotions. She is a former one-time Wave Single Champion and a three-time Wave Tag Team Champion, she works behind the scenes as Zabun's human resources director. She makes regular appearances for Michinoku Pro Wrestling, where she performs under a mask and the ring name Yapper Man #3. In the past, she has made appearances for American promotion Shimmer Women Athletes, where she is a former Shimmer Tag Team Champion. In January 2006, Ohata relocated from her hometown of Sendai to Tokyo, in order to begin training professional wrestling under Mariko Yoshida at the dojo of the JDStar promotion. On October 25, 2006, Ohata passed an audition held in front of Yoshida, JDStar owner Rossy Ogawa and booker Daisuke Kobayashi and graduated from the dojo becoming the dojo's final graduate, she made her professional wrestling debut on December 10, 2006, facing Hiroyo Matsumoto in a losing effort.
Ohata's career started with a losing streak, typical for a rookie in Japanese professional wrestling, which ended on April 30, 2007, when she defeated Kaori Ohki. On June 18, JDStar, battling financial difficulties, announced that Ohata would be transferring over to Mariko Yoshida's Ibuki promotion following the July 16 event, which would turn out to be JDStar's final event. In Ibuki, which had the goal of introducing the next generation of joshi stars to the world of professional wrestling, Ohata underwent further training under Yoshida alongside the likes of Hiroyo Matsumoto and Tomoka Nakagawa, while forming the tag team Seven Star Sisters with Matsumoto. During late 2007 and early 2008, Ohata began making appearances for various independent promotions, including Ice Ribbon, JWP Joshi Puroresu, Oz Academy, Pro Wrestling Wave and Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling. In July 2008, Ohata represented Ibuki at the Japan Expo in France. On May 31, 2009, Ohata defeated Dash Chisako at Ibuki #29 to become the number one contender to the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships.
That same day, Ohata defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto to win the titles. On July 12, Ohata made her first successful title defense, defeating Io Shirai at Ibuki #30. On November 8 at Ibuki #32, Ohata unsuccessfully challenged Emi Sakura for Ice Ribbon's ICE×60 Championship. On December 20, Ohata lost the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships to Ryo Mizunami at a Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling event. In early 2010, Ibuki ceased its operations, after which Ohara began working as a freelancer on the Japanese independent circuit. However, until August 2012 she remained affiliated with Ibuki's production company, S Ovation, through which she, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Tomoka Nakagawa produced their own independent events under the banner of "Joshi 4 Hope". After only making few appearances per year for Pro Wrestling Wave since 2007, Ohata began working for the promotion more in late 2009. On December 23, 2009, Ohata teamed with Moeka Haruhi to defeat Io and Mio, the Shirai sisters, for the TLW World Young Women's Tag Team Championship.
They would hold the title for six months, before losing it to Bambi and Basara on July 4, 2010. Having worked her entire career as a cute babyface, January 2011 saw Ohata undergo a character overhaul, when she turned heel and came together with Bambi and Yumi Ohka to form the Black Wave stable. On February 14, the group was renamed Black Dahlia, after the 1947 murder case, with Ohata positioned as the de facto leader. In July, Ohata made it before losing to Kana. During the next few months, Black Dahlia was joined by Ayako Hamada and Hanako Nakamori, with Apple Miyuki, A★YU★MI, Kyoko Kimura, Moeka Haruhi, Nagisa Nozaki making one-time appearances as members of the stable. On September 4, Ohata teamed with Mio Shirai in the Dual Shock Wave 2011 tournament, used to determine the first Wave Tag Team Champions, but the team, billed as "Plus Minus 0", was eliminated in their first round match by Gami and Tomoka Nakagawa. After the conclusion of the tournament and Shirai received the first shot at the new champions, Ayumi Kurihara and Kana, but were defeated in their title match on December 11.
On April 30, 2012, Ohata and Black Dahlia stablemate Hanako Nakamori were put in a match to determine the new Wave Tag Team Champions, there they were, defeated by the team of Gami and Tomoka Nakagawa. On May 4, Ohata entered the 2012 Catch the Wave tournament, where she wrestled in a round-robin block made up of members of Black Dahlia. After wins over Hanako Nakamori and Cherry and a loss against Tsukasa Fujimoto, Ohata was defeated by Yumi Ohka on June 17 and, as a result, failed to advance from her block. However, on July 1, Ohata defeated eleven other eliminated competitors in a battle royal to earn her way back into the semifinals of the tournament. On July 16, Ohata was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by Ryo Mizunami. On July 27, Black Dahlia and rival group White Tails wrestled to a draw in a five-on-five gauntlet match, from which Ohata was eliminated after wrestling Mio Shirai to a ten-minute time limit draw. Afterwards, Ohata blamed her stablemates in the match Yumi Ohka, for Black Dahlia not winning the match, noting that they were all in their thirties.
She recruited the 24-year-old Mio Shirai to the stable. The two groups agreed that the stable which would manage to draw fewer people to their self-produced Wave event, which would take place August 7 and 8
Ann-Sophie Lennerfors is a Swedish TV personality and film critic who lives and works in Japan, best known under the stage name LiLiCo. LiLiCo was born Ann-Sophie Lennerfors in Stockholm, Sweden, to a Japanese mother and a Swedish father; as a biracial child in Sweden, LiLiCo was bullied while at school. Her father left the family. LiLiCo moved to Japan in 1988 at the age of 18 staying with her grandmother in Katsushika, Tokyo. In May 1989, LiLiCo embarked on a career as a singer, releasing her first single in 1992. In 2001, she was offered a job as a film critic on TBS's Saturday morning King's Brunch programme. In 2014, LiLiCo began working for Japanese professional wrestling company Dramatic Dream Team, over the next three years, she won the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship twice and the DDT Extreme Division Championship once, while becoming part of the inaugural KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champions. Kiki's Delivery Service, voice of radio DJ Niwatori Star Woman of Maruho, Ryoko Azuma LiLiCo voices the character of Eric Cartman in the Japanese version of the American animated series South Park.
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Atsushi Kudo is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Kudo. Signed to the DDT Pro-Wrestling promotion, he is in his seventh reign as one third of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions, while being a former four-time KO-D Openweight Champion, four-time KO-D Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2005 and 2011 King of DDT tournaments. Kudo has made several trips to the United States, working for various independent promotions including Chikara, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, International Wrestling Cartel, IWA East Coast and NWA Upstate. Trained by the Dramatic Dream Team promotion, Kudo working under a mask and the ring name Konica Man #2, made his professional wrestling debut on November 30, 2001, teaming with Tomohiko Hashimoto and Fushichu Crow in a six-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Fake Sanshiro Takagi, Issei Fujisawa and Tomohiro Ishii. Through the rest of 2001 and early 2002, he worked as a low-carder teaming with fellow masked wrestler Hero!.
On April 25, 2002, Konica Man #2, in storyline poisoned by Poison Sawada Julie, turned on Hero!, unmasked and renamed himself Toguro Habukage. This started a storyline, where Habukage, under the spell of Sawada, feuded with his former partner Hero!, trying to get him to remember who he was. Habukage and Hero! Faced off in a main event singles match on August 1, won by Hero! In late 2002, Poison Sawada Julie's control over Habukage and another minion, started to wear off, which led to dissension in the group and to a match between Sawada and Hebikage; the over-the-top storyline continued with Sawada's "serpent god" decapitating him and turning his body into stone as punishment for his inability to create a cohesive army, while taking away his minions, concluded in January 2003, when Hero!, while on a business trip to Hong Kong, found Habukage disoriented and unable to remember anything from his past. On January 4, 2003, now working under the ring name Kudo and a martial artist gimmick based on his own kickboxing background, returned to DDT, teaming with Hero! in a tag team match, where they defeated Takashi Sasaki and Tanomusaku Toba.
Kudo continued teaming with Hero! Throughout 2003 and on December 29, the two ended the year by defeating Seiya Morohashi and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Mikami and Onryo in a three-way Tables and Chairs match to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship. During 2003, Kudo won the Puroresu Koshien singles tournament and took part in Pro Wrestling Noah's Differ Cup. Kudo and Hero! went on to lose the KO-D Tag Team Championship to Gentaro and Takashi Sasaki on February 11, 2004. On September 2, Kudo made his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling in a match, where he faced Wataru Inoue; that same month and Hero! took part in the DDT's 2004 KO-D Tag League defeating Danshoku Dino and Glenn Spectre on September 30 to not only win the tournament, but to regain the KO-D Tag Team Championship. However, Kudo's and Hero's second reign lasted just a month, before they were defeated by Seiya Morohashi and Tanomusaku Toba on November 2. In May 2005, Kudo won the King of DDT tournament to become the number one contender to DDT's top title, the KO-D Openweight Championship.
However, he would go on to lose to Sanshiro Takagi in his title match on June 29. On July 10, Kudo defeated Kota Ibushi in his final DDT match before leaving for a nine month learning excursion to the United States. On July 13, 2005, Kudo made the first appearance of his American excursion, when he defeated Eddie Kingston at an IWA East Coast event in South Charleston, West Virginia. On July 23, Kudo made his debut for Chikara, defeating Anthony Franco in the first round of the Young Lions Cup III tournament; that same day, Kudo was defeated by Shane Storm in a six-way elimination semifinal match, which included Claudio Castagnoli, Crossbones and Niles Young. Six days Kudo made his debut for International Wrestling Cartel, defeating Jimmy DeMarco. On August 13, Kudo returned to IWC; the two had a rematch thirteen days, won by Kudo. On August 19, Kudo made an appearance for Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, losing to Brandon Thomaselli; the following day, Kudo was defeated by Arik Cannon.
On September 6, Kudo returned to IWA East Coast. Three days Kudo returned to IWA-MS, defeating Brandon Thomaselli in a rematch of their previous month's encounter; the following day, Kudo made his debut for NWA Upstate, defeating D to the Icky, Fabulous John McChesney and Mastiff in a four-way match. On September 16, Kudo returned to Chikara. On February 18, 2006, Kudo made another return to IWC, losing to fellow Japanese worker Milano Collection A. T. On February 24, Kudo entered Chikara's 2006 Tag World Grand Prix, teaming with fellow DDT worker Mikami. During the first night of the tournament and Mikami first defeated Larry Sweeney and Mana in their first round match and Team Kaientai Dojo in their second round match. Two days Kudo and Mikami were eliminated from the tournament in the quarterfinals by Delirious and Hallowicked. On March 17, Kudo made his fourth and final appearance for IWA-MS, losing to Brandon Thomaselli in the final match of their trilogy against each other; the following day, Kudo was defeated by Hentai at an IWC event.
Kudo returned to Japan and DDT on April 2, 2006, teaming with Mikami in a tag team match, where they defeated Harashima and Jet Shogo. During the following months, Kudo feuded with former partner Harashima and his villainous Disaster-Box stable. On Ju
Takao Yoshida, better known by his ring name Taka Michinoku, is a Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. Michinoku is known in North America for his work for the World Wrestling Federation where he had the first WWF Light Heavyweight Championship reign recognized by the North American promotion. Michinoku is the founder and former promoter of Kaientai Dojo, where he wrestled until 2019. Michinoku appears for New Japan Pro-Wrestling as a freelancer, where he is a member of Suzuki-gun. Having held championship titles in Japan, North America and Europe, Yoshida is known for his long title reigns, he held the FMW Independent World Junior Heavyweight Title for a combined duration of more than 15 months, the WWF Light Heavyweight Title for a record-setting 10 months and the WEW Six-Man Tag Team Title for a year. Yoshida has held the World Junior Heavyweight Championship, Michinoku Pro Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship and Kaientai Dojo Strongest-K Championship for 10 months.
During his reign, he has defended his titles against both AJPW and independent circuit talent to increase his base of opponents, thus has increased the reach of the World Junior Heavyweight Championship, closed off to outside competition in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Taka Michinoku took his name as a sign of respect for his mentor The Great Sasuke, the owner of Michinoku Pro Wrestling and had been the first to use Michinoku as part of his ring name, he debuted Wrestling International New Generations and Michinoku Pro Wrestling joint event by teaming up with Great Sasuke, they lost to Super Delfin & Terry Boy. He would move Federacion Universal De Lucha Libre and debuted by beating the team of Mongolian Yuga & Shiryu with Buffalo Chohe, he debuted for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in a six-man tag team match at Summer Spectacular in 1993. Michinoku would primary compete at UWF and FMW in his early career, his debut for New Japan Pro-Wrestling came during Super J-Cup 1994 and was eliminated from the competition in the first round by Black Tiger.
He competed in Best of the Super Juniors 1994 and only gained two points therefore losing the tournament. He went up against Super Delfin for the CMLL World Welterweight Championship and had a J-Crown Title #1 Contendership match with Koji Kanemoto, both of which he lost. Michinoku's first title reign came in the form of the FMW Independent Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he won by defeating Koji Nakagawa on May 5, 1996, he would lose the title to El Satanico after holding the title for one year and one month and defeating fellow young wrestlers Minoru Tanaka, Naohiro Hoshikawa and Hayato Nanjyo, he would regained the championship two months later. He would vacate the championship to focus on the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. Michinoku made his ECW and American debut on February 14, 1997 in a match where he teamed with Dick Togo & Terry Boy to defeat Gran Hamada, Gran Naniwa & The Great Sasuke; this three on three feud lasted until ECW Barely Legal 1997 Gran Hamada, Masato Yakushiji & The Great Sasuke would defeat the trio.
This was Michinoku's first pay per view appearance. After this Michinoku left the company to join the World Wrestling Federation. In 1999 Michinoku would return at ECW Cyberslam 1999 defeating Papi Chulo, he wrestled Super Crazy at Hardcore Heaven 1999. Other matches include two tag matches teaming with Yoshihiro Tajiri, a Hardcore Heaven rematch with Super Crazy ending In another victory for Super Crazy, a loss against Jerry Lynn & his last two matches for ECW was in the form of two wins against Mosco de la Merced. While competing in ECW and in WWF, Michinoku had a spell in CMLL in 1997, competing as a tecnico. In that period, two other Japanese wrestlers wrestled in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, namely Ultimo Dragon and Yoshihiro Tajiri. Michinoku fought between the others The Headhunters and Val Venis, at the time using the mask of Steele. In the summer of 1997, both Taka Michinoku and Yoshihiro Tajiri moved to World Wrestling Federation, he made his World Wrestling Federation debut on July 6, 1997 at the WWF pay-per-view Canadian Stampede losing to The Great Sasuke but getting a huge reaction from the crowd.
He lost a rematch to Sasuke the following night on Raw. He was entered in the WWF Light Heavyweight Title Tournament where the winner would become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, he beat Devon Storm in the quarterfinal, Aguila in the semifinal. On December 7, 1997, Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher at D-Generation X: In Your House to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion recognized by the WWF. Taka defended the WWF Light Heavyweight Title at No Way Out of Texas: In Your House against Pantera, at WrestleMania XIV against Aguila and against multiple different opponents on Raw is War and Shotgun Saturday Night. After holding the title for more than 10 months, Michinoku lost the title to Christian at Judgment Day: In Your House on October 18. Taka started to become "Americanised" and on Raw, he teamed with Bradshaw and segments where shown of Taka and Bradshaw doing generalised and stereotyped American activities, he was attacked by Kai En Tai for unknown reasons, their alliance with Taka in Japan was not mentioned.
Taka began feuding with Kai En Tai. Michinoku would team up with Bradshaw to take on Dick Togo, Mens Teioh & Shoichi Funaki at Over the Edge: In Your House only to be defeated, he would also team up with The Headbangers to defeat Togo, Teioh & Funaki at King of the Ring. With Kai En tai feuding with Val Venis the pair teamed up to take on Togo and Funaki in a tag team match, Taka ma
Kensuke Sasaki is a Japanese retired professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, founder of the now-defunct wrestling promotion Diamond Ring. Sasaki is the first of two men to hold all three of puroresu's major heavyweight titles, the other being Yoshihiro Takayama. Sasaki debuted in Riki Choshu's Japan Pro-Wrestling - a satellite of All Japan Pro Wrestling in February 1986. On February 16, 1986, Kensuke Sasaki made his debut against Shinji Sasazaki in a losing effort. Shortly afterwards, Kensuke Sasaki became a regular in All Japan Pro Wrestling for over a year before following Choshu who returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987. During that time, he teamed up with the likes of Kenichi Oya. In January 1989, Sasaki embarked on an excursion to North America, where he first started wrestling in Puerto Rico in World Wrestling Council, where he held his first championship, the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship, with Mr. Pogo twice between January 14, 1989 and April 1, 1989. In January 1989, he started splitting his time wrestling in the WWC in Puerto Rico, with Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion in Canada, where he wrestled under the name Benkei Sasaki.
He would be trained in the Dungeon by Hart. During his time in Calgary, he won the Stampede International Tag Team Championship in August 1989, with All Japan loyalist Sumo Hara, he wrestled for Otto Wanz's Catch Wrestling Association in tours of Austria and Germany under the name Kendo Sasaki. In December 1989, Stampede Wrestling closed its doors, Sasaki wrestled for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance. Sasaki returned to NJPW in March 1990, formed a popular tag team with Hiroshi Hase, he began teaming with Hiroshi Hase which whom he would have a long on and off tag team partnership with. They won the IWGP Tag Team Championships on the 11th of November, 1990, defeating the team of Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono. Holding the titles for only a month facing teams like Super Strong Machine & Tatsutoshi Goto, The Dragon Bombers before falling to Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine on December 26 that same year, he would only win one more title with Hiroshi Hase a few months however, brief, lasting only 15 days.
The pair would have two reigns as IWGP Tag Team Champions, had memorable matches with The Steiner Brothers. Two more tag title reigns followed when in late 1992, Sasaki assumed the name "Power Warrior" and teamed with Road Warrior Hawk; as The Hell Raisers, they dominated the tag team scene in New Japan. In October 1992, he started wrestling periodically for World Championship Wrestling, would wrestle there on and off until December 1996. Controversy occurred when Kensuke Sasaki was involved in an incident in the New Japan Dojo in 1995, he was blamed for the death of a trainee, Hiromitsu Gompei. According to the book, Ring of Hell, in training, Sasaki hit a northern lights bomb on Gompei, who he thought was not making enough effort. No charges were brought against him. Sasaki dropped the Power Warrior persona in 1995 and began climbing the ranks in singles competition, he won his first major title, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship on November 13, 1995, defeating Sting at a NJPW Event.
This was the title's first title change outside of the United States. He soon lost the title to dubious circumstances however, losing to One Man Gang, claimed to be an official title match. August 1997 skyrocketed Sasaki's rise to superstardom. On August 3, he won the G1 Climax tournament by defeating Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the final. A week he captured the IWGP Tag Team Championship with Kazuo Yamazaki. At the end of the month, he captured the IWGP Heavyweight Championship by defeating long reigning champion Shinya Hashimoto, winning three major honors in a one-month span. Sasaki solidified his dominance in the heavyweight division by defeating both Masahiro Chono and Keiji Mutoh in his first two title defenses, thus defeating The Three Musketeers in three straight title matches. In April 1998, he lost the title to Tatsumi Fujinami. In March 1999, he won another IWGP Tag Team Championship with Shiro Koshinaka. Sasaki won his second IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Genichiro Tenryu while wrestling with a 39 °C fever.
He won the G1 Climax for the second time in August 2000 with a victory over last year's winner Manabu Nakanishi in the final, now holding both of New Japan's two heavyweight singles crowns. On October 9, 2000, Sasaki surrendered the IWGP title after he lost to Toshiaki Kawada in a non-title match at an All Japan vs. New Japan event called Do Judge. In a tournament final, Sasaki regained the title, defeating Kawada, at the January 4, 2001, Tokyo Dome show. In March 2001, Sasaki lost the IWGP Heavyweight Title to Scott Norton and in late 2002 he resigned from the promotion after a falling out with company management. In the beginning of 2003, Sasaki joined his mentor, Riki Choshu, in his new Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling promotion, he became the only WMG Heavyweight Champion. After leaving World Japan, Sasaki returned to NJPW in 2004 as a heel freelancer, with the New Japan roster Yuji Nagata unwelcoming of his return in kayfabe. In his return match, Sasaki lost to Nagata at Wrestling World 2004 by referee’s decision in an bloody contest.