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Manabu Nakanishi
Manabu Nakanishi 2015
Nakanishi in September 2015
Birth name Manabu Nakanishi (中西 学 Nakanishi Manabu?)
Born January 22 1967 (1967-01-22) (age 50)
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Kurosawa
Manabu Nakanishi
Mascara Don
Maybach Don
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 120 kg (265 lb)
Trained By Karl Gotch
Joe Malenko
Hiroshi Hase
Kensuke Sasaki
Debut October 13, 1992

  Manabu Nakanishi (中西 学 Nakanishi Manabu?, born January 22, 1967) is a Japanese professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, a fomer NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Ryusuke Taguchi and a former 3 times IWGP Tag Team Champion, one with Yuji Nagata, one with Satoshi Kojima and one with Takao Omori.

Amateur wrestling careerEdit

Manabu Nakanishi began his amateur wrestling career in 1986, competing Freestyle in the 220 lbs. division.

In July 1986, Nakanishi competed in his very first tournament, the World Cup in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, where he placed fifth. In October 1987, he participated in the Asian Championship in Bombay, India, where he placed fifth. In June 1989, he participated in another Asian Championship in Oarai, Ibaraki, Japan, and this time moved up to fourth place.

In September 1990, Nakanishi took part in two tournaments: On September 6, he participated in the World Championship in Tokyo, where he was placed tenth. Over three weeks later, on September 30, he participated in the Asian Games in Beijing, China, where he placed fourth. In October 1991, he took part in his second World Championship in Varna, Bulgaria, where he was placed eleventh. In April 1992, he took part in his third Asian Championship in Tehran, Iran, and was in third place, earning a bronze medal.

In his biggest tournament, Nakanishi participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, where he was placed eleventh.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1992–1995)Edit

Nakanishi debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling in October 1992. His in-ring style was very basic early in his career. After winning the Young Lions Cup in 1995, in order to hone his skills and bulk up, he went on an excursion to North America and joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

World Championship Wrestling (1995-1996)Edit

Twelve days after his pro debut, Nakanishi's first appearance in WCW at Halloween Havoc, as a spectator, sitting alongside NJPW and NWA President Seiji Sakaguchi at ringside. Three years later he returned to WCW to wrestle, under the name Kurasawa as a member of the Stud Stable led by Colonel Robert Parker. He frequently teamed with Meng, with whom he feuded against Sting and Road Warrior Hawk. He broke the arm of Hawk using a seated armbar after their tag team match at Clash of the Champions XXXI, in which they lost. He subsequently feuded with Hawk when Hawk returned from injury heading into Halloween Havoc 1995, beating many local wrestlers on their B-shows, WorldWide and Pro, as well as a big win over Sgt. Craig Pittman on Monday Nitro. He was also known there for nearly defeating "Macho Man" Randy Savage on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro. It was here that Nakanishi learned the infamous "Road Warrior Workout" from Hawk and Animal, who also taught this routine to Kenta Kobashi and Kensuke Sasaki.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1996–present)Edit

When Nakanishi came back to New Japan in September 1996, he appeared more confident and stronger. With his new change in attitude and in-ring style, he found instant success. He formed The Bull Powers with Satoshi Kojima, who returned from Europe. In May 1997, he and Kojima won the IWGP Tag Team Championship. He had arguably the upset win of the decade in the 1999 G1 Climax, submitting then-IWGP Heavyweight Champion and nWo Japan leader Keiji Mutoh, to win the tournament.

As the years went by, Nakanishi was never able to capitalize on his win in the G1 Climax as he constantly came up short in big matches, and Antonio Inoki's focus on pushing MMA fighters in 2002-2005 made matters worse for him. When the company suffered a massive exodus in main event talent (including Shinya Hashimoto, Shinjiro Otani, Sasaki, and Mutoh), it was considered that Nakanishi might finally live up to his potential, but once again he was overlooked, as New Japan started to look towards building their younger talent like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, Togi Makabe, and Hirooki Goto. He formed the popular tag team, Wild Child, with Takao Omori in late 2006 and together they enjoyed another IWGP Tag Team title reign. In May 2009, Nakanishi finally captured the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, pinning Hiroshi Tanahashi. He went on to hold the title for nearly a month until losing it back to Tanahashi. For the 2010 G1 Tag League Nakanishi formed a tag team named Muscle Orchestra with Strong Man. The team made it to the semifinals of the tournament and was at the end of the year named Tag Team of the Year by Tokyo Sports. On January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, Muscle Orchestra unsuccessfully challenged Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a three–way match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode). On February 20 at The New Beginning, Muscle Orchestra received another shot at Bad Intentions and the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were again unable to win the title. On June 4 Nakanishi was injured during a six-man tag team match after taking a German suplex from Wataru Inoue. The match was stopped immediately and Nakanishi was stretchered out of the arena in a neckbrace.

Nakanishi returned to the ring on October 8, 2012, at King of Pro-Wrestling, where he teamed with Strong Man and Yuji Nagata in a losing effort against the team of Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano. From November 20 to December 1, Muscle Orchestra reunited to take part in the round-robin portion of the 2012 World Tag League, finishing with a record of two wins and four losses, finishing second to last in their group. On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome, Nakanishi teamed with Strong Man, Akebono and MVP in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated CHAOS (Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi). On April 7 at Invasion Attack, Nakanishi debuted his new finisher, the Uekara Don!, to gain a victory for his team consisting of him, Akebono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Super Strong Machine, defeating the Chaos faction of Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and [Yoshi-Hashi]]. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Nakanishi and Strong Man received a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a four-way match with the defending champions, K.E.S. (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.), as well as Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima). Kojima pinned Strong Man to win the match and the title. On June 22 at Dominion 6.22, Nakanishi unsuccessfully challenged Rob Conway for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. From November 24 to December 6, Nakanishi and Strong Man took part in the 2013 World Tag League, where they finished second to last in their block with a record of two wins and four losses, failing to advance to the semifinals. Nakanishi spent the majority of 2014 and 2015 working the undercard and in multiple man tag matches, teaming with Yuji Nagata during the 2014 World Tag League, failing to advance from their block. On August 19, 2015, Nakanishi donned a mask and going as Maybach Don, teamed up with Nagata (as Maybach Blue Justice) and Maybach Taniguchi to win the Arukas Cup 6-Man Tag Tournament hosted by Pro Wrestling NOAH.

On January 5, 2017, Nakanishi, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA) for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. They lost the title back to L.I.J. on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka.

Outside of wrestlingEdit

Nakanishi hosts his own variety show called Nakanishi Land on TV Asahi.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • As Manabu Nakanishi
      • Argentine backbreaker rack
      • Dai☆Nakanishi German (Bridging delayed high-angle German suplex)
      • Hercules Cutter (Argentine neckbreaker) – 2004–present
      • Mana Bauer (Argentine backbreaker rack dropped into a bridging German suplex) – 2006–present
      • Uekara Don! (Diving overhead chop) – 2013–present
    • As Kurasawa
      • Kurasawa Crush (Fujiwara armbar)
  • Signature moves
    • Brain Claw (Head vice)
    • Cobra Twist (Abdominal stretch
    • Jumping knee
    • Knee drop
    • Lariat
    • Mountain Bomb
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly-to-belly
      • Double underhook
      • German
    • Powerbomb
    • Reverse figure-four leglock
    • Seated armbar
    • Shoot kick
    • Spear
    • Thesz press
    • Yajin Hammer (Discus double axe handle)
  • Nicknames
    • Yajin (Japanese for Wild Man)
  • Managers
    • Col. Robert Parker
  • Entrance themes
    • "Seize The Tactticz" by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW; 2002–present)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Kazuyuki Fujita TKO (punches) NJPW: Ultimate Crush May 2, 2003 3 1:09 Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing record Edit

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

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New Japan Pro Wrestling
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Wrestlers
Heavyweight Bad Luck FaleBerettaBilly GunnChase OwensCodyChase OwensCodyEVILHangman PageHansonHenareHirooki GotoHiroshi TanahashiHiroyoshi TenzanHiroyoshi TenzanJuice RobinsonKatsuya KitamuraKatsuyori ShibataKenny OmegaLance ArcherLeo TongaManabu NakanishiMichael ElginMinoru SuzukiRaymond RoweSANADASatoshi KojimaTakashi IizukaTama TongaTanga RoaTetsuya NaitoTogi MakabeTomoaki HonmaTomohiro IshiiTomoyuki OkaToru YanoYoshitatsuYoshi-HashiYuji NagataYujiro TakahashiZack Sabre Jr.
Junior heavyweight BUSHIDavid FinlayEl DesperadoGedoHirai KawatoHiromu TakahashiJadoJushin Thunder LigerKUSHIDAMarty ScurllMatt JacksonNick JacksonRen NaritaRicochetRocky RomeroRyusuke TaguchiShota UmnioShoTaichiTaka MichinokuTeruaki KanemitsuTetsuhiro YagiTiger MaskWill OspreayYoshinobu KanemaruYoh
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Staff
Red Shoes UnnoKazuo YamazakiKuniaki KobayashiMilano Collection A.T.Seiji SakaguchiSuper Strong MachineTakaaki KidaniWataru Inoue
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Championships
Active IWGP HeavyweightIWGP IntercontinentalNEVER OpenweightIWGP United States HeavyweightIWGP Tag TeamIWGP Junior HeavyweightIWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag TeamNEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team
Inactive Asia HeavyweightAsia Tag TeamIWGP Provisional Tag TeamIWGP U-30 OpenweightJ-CrownNWA North American Tag TeamNWA International Junior HeavyweightNWF HeavyweightNWF North American HeavyweightThe Greatest 18 Club
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Tournaments
Current G1 ClimaxWorld Tag LeagueNew Japan CupBest of the Super JuniorsSuper Jr. Tag Tournament
Defuncted World LeagueMSG LeagueIWGP LeagueWorld Cup TournamentTop of the Super JuniorsSuper J CupMSG Tag LeagueJapan Cup Tag LeagueSuper Grade Tag LeagueG1 Tag LeagueJ Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag TournamentG2 U-30 ClimaxKarl Gotch CupYoung Lion Cup
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Events
Wrestle KingdomFantastica ManiaThe New BeginningHonor Rising: JapanSakura GenesisWrestling ToyonokuniWrestling DontakuWar of the WorldsDominionDestructionKing of Pro-WrestlingGlobal WarsPower Struggle

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