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Funky Future
Funkyfuture
Funky Future in August 2017
Tag team
Members Ryusuke Taguchi
Ricochet
Name(s) Funky Future
Heights Ricochet: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Taguchi: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Combined
weight
Ricochet: 197 lb (89 kg)
Taguchi: 90 kg (198 lb)
Hometown Ricochet: Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
Taguchi: Iwanuma, Miyagi, Japan
Debut July 2, 2017
Disbanded October 9, 2017
Years active 2017
Promotion(s) NJPW

Funky Future was a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The team name consists of Taguchi and Ricochet nicknames, Taguchi Funky Weapon and Ricochet Future of Flight.

HistoryEdit

During the G1 Special in USA, after The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) retained their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against Roppongi Vice, Ricochet challenged The Young Bucks into a title match. Ricochet then announced his Taguchi Japan stablemate Ryusuke Taguchi to be his partner and the two dubbed themselves as the Funky Future. The team name consists of Taguchi and Ricochet nicknames, Taguchi Funky Weapon and Ricochet Future of Flight. On August 13, Ricochet and Taguchi defeated The Young Bucks to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[1] They lost the titles to Roppongi 3K (Yoh and Sho) on October 9, 2017. Following the match, Ricochet took responsibility for the loss and thanked both NJPW and Taguchi Japan. His mannerisms were interpreted as meaning he had wrestled his final NJPW match, thus disbanding of the team.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Ricochet's finishing moves
    • 630° senton[2][3]
    • Benadryller (Fireman's carry dropped into a roundhouse kick)[4]
    • Benadryller 2point (Fireman's carry dropped into an overhead kick)[5]
    • Shooting star press[6][7]
  • Taguchi's finishing moves
    • Dodon (Chickenwing facebuster)[8][9]
    • Dodon's Throne[8] / Milano-saku Dodon's Throne[10] (Double chickenwing double knee gutbuster)
    • Magic Mirror Go! (Side headlock rolled forward into a cradle, as a German suplex counter)[11]
    • Oh My & Garankle[12] (Ankle lock)[13][14][12]
    • Sliding hip attack[15][16][17]
    • Uradodon (Reverse powerbomb)[18]
  • Entrance music
    • "Master of Dropkick" (Taguchi) (NJPW; 2005–2014, 2016–2017)
    • "The Future of Flight" by Yonosuke Kitamura (Ricochet)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rose, Bryan (2017-08-12). "NJPW G1 Climax 27 finals live results: Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-g1-climax-27-finals-live-results-tetsuya-naito-vs-kenny-omega-240871. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  2. "Evolve profile". Evolve. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20110710210834/http://www.evolvewrestling.com/roster/ricochet.htm. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  3. "Dragon Gate USA profile". Dragon Gate USA. http://www.dgusa.tv/roster/ricochet.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  4. "Best of the Super Jr.XXI" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=844&c=6340. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  5. "Road to Power Struggle" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=1042&c=7960. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
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  7. Radican, Sean (2012-09-08). "Radican's Evolve 17 iPPV report - Virtual time coverage from Voorhees, N.J.". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/otherppvs/article_64987.shtml. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
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  9. "Puroresu Central profile". Puroresu Central. http://www.puroresucentral.com/taguchi.html. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  10. "(Results) New Japan, 5/26/11". Strong Style Spirit. 2011-05-26. http://www.puroresufan.com/njpw/?p=2861. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  11. "NJPW 40th anniversary Tour Road to Destruction" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=612&c=4702. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Best of the Super Jr.XXII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=978&c=7441. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
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  15. "Best of the Super Jr.XXII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=973&c=7397. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  16. "Best of the Super Jr.XXII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=974&c=7403. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  17. "Best of the Super Jr.XXII" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=975. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  18. "New Japan Road" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result_game.php?e=707&c=5331. Retrieved 2013-05-11.

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