Hiroshi Tanahashi

Japanese professional wrestler

Hiroshi Tanahashi (born November 13, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler. He is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He is also the president and representative director for NJPW.

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 47)
Ogaki, Gifu
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tanahashi
Masked Devilock[1]
Wrestle Lando
Billed height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Billed weight101 kg (223 lb)
Trained byNJPW
Keiji Mutoh
Kensuke Sasaki
Tatsumi Fujinami
DebutOctober 10, 1999

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.

On December 23, 2023, Tanahashi was named as both the President and Representative Director of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.[2]

Career

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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.[3] He had a rematch against Nakamura at The New Beginning in Hiroshima on February 9 where he was successful in defending his championship.[4] 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.[5]

Championships

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References

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  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. "Hiroshi Tanahashi named President & Representative Director of NJPW". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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.
  4. "The New Beginning in Hiroshima". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  5. "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  6. "Resultados Arena México Viernes 6 de Septiembre '13". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  7. "吉野家Presents Kizuna Road 2013". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  8. "Resultados Arena México (7 de mayo 2010): ¡Tanahashi, Taichi y Okumura, nuevos Campeones de Tríos CMLL!". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  9. "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.
  10. "2005 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "2003 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  12. "2002 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "2004 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  14. "2001 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  15. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2013". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  16. "【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.
  17. "Tanahashi, ace of the universe, becomes 2009 MVP!". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.[permanent dead link]
  18. "(Results) New Japan, 12/14/11". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2013-11-11.[permanent dead link]

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