Mao Inoue (井上 麻生 Ionue Mao, born January 28, 1997) is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by the ring name MAO (stylised in all capital letters). He currently works for Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), where he is a current one half of the KO-D Tag Team Champions on his first reign. while also being a former one-time KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champion and Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion.
Professional wrestling CareerEdit
DDT Pro-Wrestling (2015-Present)Edit
On August 2, 2015 DDT's president Sanshiro Takagi announced that Inoue would make his debut match on August 23 at DDT's most important pay-per-view event Ryogoku Peter Pan. After the announcement, Inoue was assigned to DDT's sub-brand DDT New Attitude (DNA) which was to showcase of all DDT Pro-Wrestling up and coming young talent prospects. On August 23 at the Ryogoku Peter Pan Inoue teamed up with another who was also going to make his debut Mizuki Watase and Kota Umeda in a losing effort against Yasu Urano, Akito and Ryota Nakatsu. As is customary for most professional wrestlers, Inoue spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time give Katsumata some in-ring, televised, experience. Inoue got is first win almost one month after his debut defeating Shunma Katsumata.
On May 29 Inoue formed NωA alongside Katsumata and Makoto Oishi. Following the formation of NωA, Inoue renamed himself only to his first name MAO (stylised in all capital letters). The three then took part in a tournament for the vacant KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions, losing in the semifinals to the eventual winners' DAMNATION (Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie and Tetsuya Endo). In October MAO took part of the DNA Grand Prix, finishing the tournament with a record of three wins and two losses, failing to advance to the finals. NωA ended up winning the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions defeating Kazusada Higuchi, Kouki Iwasaki and Mizuki Watase to win the titles on March 20. The match also involved Smile Squash (Akito, Soma Takao and Yasu Urano). On June 25, they lost the titles to Shuten Doji (Kudo, Masahiro Takanashi and Yukio Sakaguchi). In July, MAO and Katsumata took part in Pro Wrestling Noah's 2017 Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League, finishing the tournament with three wins and four losses. Following the tournament, MAO and Katsumata challenged Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League winners and newly won GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions HAYATA and YO-HEY into a title match. The two received their title match on October 1 at The Great Voyage 2017 In Yokohama Vol. 2 losing to HAYATA and YO-HEY in a rematch. On January 28, 2018 NωA made their last match together defeating T2Hide (Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi and Kazuki Hirata).
Shortly after NωA disbanded MAO formed a team with Mike Bailey. On March 10, MAO defeated Super Sasadango Machine to win the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship, but quickly lost it to Sanshiro Takagi. On May 29 in the sixth episode of DDT Live! Maji Manji, MAO won the Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere contract to receive an opportunity to the KO-D Openweight Championship. On June 11, it was announced that DNA would be suspended, leading to MAO being transferred to the DDT main roster. On July 22 MAO and Mike Bailey defeated Tetsuya Endo and Mad Paulie to win KO-D Tag Team Champions.
- Finishing moves
- Cannonball 450º (450 Splash)
- Signature moves
- Body Slam
- Uchubito Plancha (Somersault Plancha)
- Standing Leg Drop
- Waist-Lift side slam
- "Idol Wrestler"
- Entrance Themes
- “a pipe hope” (feat. CCO)