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Los Ingobernables de Japón
Los Ingobernables de Japon
Stable
Members See below
Heights Naito:
1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
EVIL:
1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
BUSHI:
1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Lethal:
1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
SANADA:
1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Takahashi:
1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Combined
weight
All members (including Rush):
675 kg (1,488 lb)
Current members:
473 kg (1,043 lb)
Debut November 21, 2015
Years active 2015–present
Promotion(s) NJPW
ROH
RPW

Los Ingobernables de Japón (ロス・インゴベルナブレス・デ・ハポン Rosu Ingoberunaburesu de Hapon?) (L.I.J.) (Spanish for "The Ungovernables of Japan") is a stable, based in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. An offshoot of the Los Ingobernables stable, based in the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion, the group was formed in 2015 by Tetsuya Naito, upon his return to NJPW from CMLL. Under the leadeship of Naito, the stable has also come to include BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi and Sanada. Through NJPW's working relationship with the American promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), the stable has also appeared in the United States with ROH wrestler Jay Lethal and his manager Truth Martini being former members of the group.

Currently, BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA hold the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions. While part of the stable, Naito has also held the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships, Takahashi the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, EVIL the NEVER Openweight Championship, BUSHI both the CMLL World Welterweight and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships and BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team ChampionshipTokyo Sports cited L.I.J.'s impact on NJPW as one of the main factors in the magazine naming Naito the 2016 Wrestler of the Year, ending a five-year run in which the award had been won by either Hiroshi Tanahashi or Kazuchika Okada.[1]

HistoryEdit

Through a working relationship between the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotions, NJPW wrestler Tetsuya Naito worked a tour of CMLL during the summer of 2015, during which he joined the Los Ingobernables stable.[2][3][4] Upon his June return to NJPW, Naito continued representing Los Ingobernables,[5] adopting the villainous attitude associated with the stable.[6] In the weeks leading to October's King of Pro-Wrestling event, Naito began teasing bringing in a pareja ("partner") to witness his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi, contested for Tanahashi's contract for a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome.[7] At the October 11 event, Takaaki Watanabe, making his NJPW return after a two-year overseas learning excursion, was revealed as Naito's pareja as he attacked Hiroshi Tanahashi during his match with Naito. Watanabe's outside interference was stopped by Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata, which led to Tanahashi defeating Naito to retain his contract.[8][9] In a post-match interview, Naito gave Watanabe his new ring name, "King of Darkness" EVIL.[10] On November 21, Naito and EVIL entered the 2015 World Tag League. During the opening night, BUSHI, making his return following an injury, debuted as the new third member of the group,[11] which was subsequently dubbed Los Ingobernables de Japón.[12][13]

Naito and EVIL ended up making it to the finals of the World Tag League, before losing to G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma).[14] On the day of the finals, December 9, BUSHI offered Máscara Dorada a spot in Los Ingobernables de Japón. After being turned down, BUSHI attacked Dorada, unmasked him and stole his CMLL World Welterweight Championship belt.[14] This led to a title match on December 19, where BUSHI defeated Dorada with help from his stablemates to bring Los Ingobernables de Japón its first championship.[15] BUSHI lost the title back to Dorada during the CMLL and NJPW co-produced Fantastica Mania 2016 tour on January 22, 2016.[16] On February 20, at the NJPW and Ring of Honor (ROH) co-produced Honor Rising: Japan 2016 event, Los Ingobernables de Japón helped Jay Lethal retain the ROH World Championship in a match against Tomoaki Honma. Following the match, both Lethal and his manager Truth Martini joined the unit.[17][18] While this marked Martini's only appearance as a member of Los Ingobernables de Japón, Lethal continued making sporadic appearances as part of the group over the following months.[19][20]

On March 12, Naito, with help from both BUSHI and EVIL, defeated Hirooki Goto in the finals to win the 2016 New Japan Cup. With the win, Naito earned the right to challenge for a title of his choosing and chose to face IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.[21][22] On April 10 at Invasion Attack 2016, SANADA debuted as the newest member of Los Ingobernables de Japón, helping Naito defeat Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[23] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2016, Naito made his first successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Okada's CHAOS stablemate Tomohiro Ishii.[24] Following the match, Okada, who had earlier in the event defeated SANADA, intimated that he wanted a title rematch with Naito.[24][25] Also in May, BUSHI took part in the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors. Although he failed to advance from his block with a record of four wins and three losses,[26] BUSHI scored a major win in his final match of the tournament on June 6 by defeating reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA, causing him to miss the finals of the tournament.[27] On June 19 at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall, Naito lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship back to Okada,[28] ending his two-month reign in his second defense.[29] On July 6 it was announced that BUSHI was representing the unit in the 2016 Super J-Cup, but on July 20, he was eliminated in his first round match by Yoshinobu Kanemaru. From July 18 to August 13, Naito, EVIL and SANADA all took part in the 2016 G1 Climax, with SANADA wrestled in block A and Naito and EVIL in block B. All three failed to advance to the finals with Naito finishing second in his block with a record of six wins and three losses, while SANADA and EVIL both finished with records of four wins and five losses. Naito was victorious over EVIL in the head-to-head match between the two stablemates.[30] During the tournament, Naito scored a win over Michael Elgin, which put him in line for a shot at Elgin's IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[31] On August 20, Jay Lethal's association with the unit came to an end, when Naito and EVIL abandoned him during a six-man tag team match at an ROH event in Las Vegas, Nevada.[32]

On September 17 at Destruction in Tokyo, BUSHI received a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he had earned with the win over KUSHIDA during the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors.[33] BUSHI was accompanied to the match by a new unidentified member of the Los Ingobernables de Japón, who had debuted earlier in the week. The match featured outside interference from both Naito and Michael Elgin and ended with BUSHI defeating KUSHIDA to bring the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Los Ingobernables de Japón.[34] On September 25 at Destruction in Kobe, the stable won another title, when Naito defeated Elgin for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[35] BUSHI lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to KUSHIDA on November 5 at Power Struggle.[36] Later that same event, EVIL defeated Katsuyori Shibata to become the new NEVER Openweight Champion.[36] EVIL lost the title back to Shibata ten days later in Singapore.[37] The following week, at November 18 three members of the stable entered the 2016 World Tag League with EVIL and SANADA teaming together.[38] On that same night during the opening Naito revealed that his pareja the mystery partner of the group was the CMLL wrestler and original Los Ingobernables member Rush[39]. Naito had planned a teamup between the Los Ingobernables and Los Ingobernables de Japón stables for the previous year's tournament, but the CMLL wrestlers had been busy and unable to participate.[40] On December 10, Hiromu Takahashi joined Los Ingobernables de Japon.[41][42] Takahashi had recently returned to NJPW from a three-year overseas learning excursion, during which he mainly worked for CMLL.[43] On the same show, Bushi, Evil and Sanada defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata and NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion Satoshi Kojima in a six-man tag team match, after which BUSHI made a title challenge against Kojima and his championship partners David Finlay and Ricochet.[41][44]

On January 4, 2017 at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA defeated Finlay, Ricochet and Kojima as part of a four-team gauntlet match, which also included the Bullet Club trio of Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi and the Chaos trio of Jado, Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi, to become the new NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions.[45][46] Later that same event, Takahashi defeated KUSHIDA to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.[45][47] Tetsuya Naito's successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi marked a clean sweep for L.I.J., who left Wrestle Kingdom 11 holding three championships.[45][48]

Following Wrestle Kingdom 11, L.I.J. entered a rivalry with the Taguchi Japan stable over all three of their championships.[49][50][51] Naito went on to successfully defend the Intercontinental Championship against Taguchi Japan members Michael Elgin and Juice Robinson,[52][53] while Takahashi defended the Junior Heavyweight Championship against their stablemates Dragon Lee, Kushida, and Ricochet.[53][54][52] Meanwhile, Bushi, Evil and Sanada exchanged the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship with members of Taguchi Japan multiple times. They first lost the title to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi on January 5,[55] then regained it on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka,[52] then lost it to Tanahashi, Taguchi and Ricochet on April 4,[56][57] before regaining it again on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017.[58][59] On June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall, Takahashi lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to the winner of the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors, KUSHIDA.[60] Later that same event, Naito lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi.[61]

ReceptionEdit

Dave Meltzer wrote on his Wrestling Observer Newsletter that prior to the formation of L.I.J., Naito was known as "something of a genius in the ring for his ability to lay out matches", but noted that "something didn't click", calling his reception "a combination of some fans booing, and some apathy". However, after copying the Los Ingobernables concept he had seen in Mexico, Naito, according to Meltzer, became "more and more popular for being different", with L.I.J. dress clothes, shirts and masks becoming "the cool wrestling merchandise".[62] According to Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega, L.I.J. took over Bullet Club's status as "the hottest thing around".[63] When Naito won the 2016 MVP award for Wrestler of the Year from Tokyo Sports, the magazine called Los Ingobernables de Japon a phenomenon that had ushered in a new era.[64] Naito's win ended a five-year run in which the award had been won by either Hiroshi Tanahashi or Kazuchika Okada.[1]

L.I.J. also gained fans outside of professional wrestling. Teruo Iwamoto, a retired soccer player who had represented the Japanese national team, was a lapsed professional wrestling fan until seeing L.I.J.[65] He went on to become close friends with members of the stable,[66] was teased as a possible tag team partner for Naito in the 2016 World Tag League,[67] and was eventually given the honorary role of L.I.J.'s "public relations manager".[65]

MembersEdit

* Founding member
I Leader
Member Time Status
Tetsuya Naito * I November 21, 2015 - present Leader
BUSHI * November 21, 2015 – present  
EVIL * November 21, 2015 – present  
Hiromu Takahashi December 10, 2016 – present  
SANADA April 10, 2016 – present

Former membersEdit

Member Time Status
Jay Lethal February 20, 2016 – August 20, 2016 Part-time
Truth Martini February 20, 2016 Part-time
Associates
Member First appearance Last appearance Notes
Rush November 18, 2016 December 10, 2016 As part of World Tag League 2016
(Member of Los Ingobernables)

In wrestlingEdit

  • BUSHI's finishing moves
    • MX (Diving double knee facebreaker)[68]
  • EVIL's finishing moves
  • Lethal's finishing moves
    • Lethal Injection (Handspring cutter)[72]
  • Naito's finishing moves
    • Destino (Modified standing shiranui)[12]
    • Pluma Blanca (Koji Clutch)[12]
  • SANADA's finishing moves
    • Skull End (Dragon sleeper with bodyscissors)[73]
    • Moonsault[73]
  • Takahashi's finishing moves
    • Time Bomb (Fireman's carry swung into a high-angle sitout side powerslam)
  • Nicknames
    • "Los-gun" (Japanese for "Los Army")[22]
  • Entrance music
    • "Bushi-do" by Yonosuke Kitamura (BUSHI) (2012 – present)[74]
    • "Black Deeds" by Yonosuke Kitamura (EVIL) (December, 2015 – present)[75]
    • "Cold Skeleton" by Yonosuke Kitamura (SANADA) (May 3, 2016 - present)[76]
    • "Stardust" by Kazsin (Naito; Unit) (July 31, 2012 - present) (NJPW/ROH)[77]
    • Scorched Ops by Scott Reinward (Lethal) (2014 – 2016)
    • "TIME BOMB" by Yonosuke Kitamura (Takahashi) (2017 - present)[78]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Tokyo Sports
    • MVP Award (2016) - Naito[1]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • Pro Wrestling World Cup: Japanese Tournament (2017) – Takahashi with KUSHIDA

GalleryEdit

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