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Ishimori

Taiji Ishimori current portrayer of Bone Soldier

Bone Soldier is the persona of several Japanese professional wrestlers. The persona was inspired by the Bullet Club logo Bone Soldier. Those who portray the gimmick are heels, being part of the Bullet Club stable, with only Japanese wrestlers who portray the gimmick. The gimmick initially was a failure and was heavily panned by critics and was consequently named 2016's "Worst Gimmick" by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.[1] The gimmick then returned in May 2018, this time in New Japan Pro-Wrestling junior heavyweight division.[2] As of May 4, 2018, two professional wrestlers have used the Bone Soldier persona during their careers. The portrayer of usually uses a mask that looks one of Bullet Club's "Bone Soldier" shirt logo.

History Edit

Bone Solider

Mitsuhide Hirasawa, the original portrayer of Bone Soldier

On September 25, 2016, at Destruction in Kobe, Captain New Japan upon being denied a spot in Hunter Club, turned on Yoshitatsu and defected to Bullet Club.[3] The following day, he was given the new ring name "Bone Soldier".[4] He made his debut under the name on October 8.[5] The following month, Bone Soldier entered the 2016 World Tag League, teaming with Bullet Club stablemate Bad Luck Fale.[6] The two lost all seven of their matches in the tournament, with Bone Soldier being pinned by his rival Yoshitatsu in their final match on December 8.[7] Bone Soldier's performance in the tournament led to Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega dubbing him an "intergalactic disaster".[8] The gimmick would wrestle on the NJPW undercards, mostly losing matches, after being pinned or submitted by his opponents, being marred by poor performances. In the end 2016, the gimmick was heavily panned by critics and was consequently named 2016's "Worst Gimmick" by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.[9] Shortly after, Hirasawa was released by NJPW, according to Dave Meltzer, he was fired because of gambling issues.[10]

On April 13, 2018, NJPW began promoting the return of Bone Soldier, a wrestler last seen in the promotion in January 2017.[11] It was rumored that Taiji Ishimori would be the next Bone Soldier, this time in the junior heavyweight division.[12] On May 4, 2018 at Wrestling Dontaku 2018, Bone Soldier was revealed to be Taiji Ishimori who returned to NJPW, who had been teased for the past several months, then proceeded to attack IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay.[13]

Portrayers Edit

Signature moves associated with the characterEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Bone Soldier (Full nelson transitioned into a chokeslam)[14]

Championships and accomplishments Edit

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Worst Gimmick (2016)[15]

References Edit

  1. Meltzer, Dave (March 6, 2017). "March 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Awards issue, talent departing TNA, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 27. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  2. "Hamakatsu presents Wrestling Dontaku 2018" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/146265. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. "Destruction in Kobe" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=1198. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  4. "【10.8魚沼大会・全カード!】メインで本隊とJ・リーサルが初合体!セミでNEVER6人タッグが実現!Bullet新メンバー・Bone Soldierとは?" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=17432. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. "New Japan Road ~がんばろう!Uonuma 2016~" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=1199. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. Meltzer, Dave (7 November 2016). "NJPW reveals full World Tag League lineup, four Wrestle Kingdom matches". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-reveals-full-world-tag-league-lineup-officially-announces-four-wrestling-kingdom-matches. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/13460?showResult=1. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. Meltzer, Dave; Currier, Joseph (9 December 2016). "NJPW World Tag League finals live results: The winners are crowned". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-world-tag-league-finals-live-results-winners-are-crowned-226256. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  9. "Hamakatsu presents Wrestling Dontaku 2018" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/146265. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  10. Larry Csonka (April 26, 2018). "The Latest Details on Bone Soldier Returning to NJPW". 411Mania. https://411mania.com/wrestling/latest-details-bone-soldier-returning-njpw/. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. Emily Pratt (April 16, 2018). "Let’s Speculate Wildly About The Return Of NJPW’s BONE SOLDIER". Uproxx. https://uproxx.com/prowrestling/njpw-bullet-club-bone-soldier-speculation/. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Details_on_Bone_Soldier
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named New_Bone_Soldier
  14. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161028083746/http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=1206&c=9482. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  15. Meltzer, Dave (March 6, 2017). "March 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Awards issue, talent departing TNA, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 27. ISSN 1083-9593.