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Momo no Seishun Tag
Momonoseishun
Tag team
Name(s) Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada
Momo no Seishun Tag
Blood and Guts
Former
member(s)
Atsushi Kotoge
Daisuke Harada
Debut May 2007
Disbanded February 14, 2017
Promotion(s) Chikara
Osaka Pro
Noah
NJPW

Momo no Seishun Tag (桃の青春タッグ Momo no Seishun Taggu?, "Peach of Youth Tag") was a professional wrestling tag team formed when Kotoge and Harada ended thier rivalry and they are former three-time Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions and they also worked together for various other promotions across Japan and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based on Chikara in the United States. Harada is a former Osaka Pro Wrestling Champion two times and they won the 2015 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League. They are former UWA World Trios Champions with Takoyakida[1] Before being Momo no Seishun Tag it was named Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada. On February 11, the team came to an abrupt end, when Kotoge turned heel and joined Bad Force and the team disbanded, then Harada create a stable named Blood and Guts with Zeus and Tadasuke and later join to to the stable.

On June 6, 2009, Tadasuke, considered to be the lowest ranking member of Blood & Guts, turned on the stable and joined rival group LOV (Legion of Violence). The stable disbanded after Zeus left Osaka Pro Wrestling and they turned into a tag team again and renamed to Momo no Seishun Tag but they disbanded in 2012 due to Kotoge left Osaka Pro Wrestling to join Pro Wrestling Noah at full time.

On August 22, Harada and Kotoge announced that they were reuniting for the 2015 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League which would mark their first match together as a tag team in four years and they won. At September 22 2015 Kotoge and Harada won the NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League 2015 and on October 4, Harada and Kotoge defeated El Desperado and Taka Michinoku to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and becoming the first Noah wrestlers to reclaim one of the four GHC titles from the Suzuki-gun stable.

On February 14, 2017 Kotoge face Harada in a match, where Kotoge won. After the match Kotoge and Harada announced that they were going to split up due to Kotoge being in the heavyweight division and Harada in the junior heavyweight division.

HistoryEdit

Osaka Pro Wrestling (2006-2012) Edit

Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada Edit

Harada made his debut on Osaka Pro Wrestling on August 5, 2006, facing Atsushi Kotoge in a losing effort.He would spend his first months in the promotion feuding with Kotoge, before forming a tag team with him in November.During the partnership, in May 2007, Harada defeated Kotoge in a tournament final to win the Kamigata Pro–Wrestling Newcomer Grand Prix. After working as a tag team for over a year, Harada and Kotoge were finally granted a shot at the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship. On January 5, 2008, they tried but they were unsuccessful in their attempt at dethroning the defending champions, Bad Force (GAINA and Zero). Just a month later on February 11, the team came to an abrupt end, when Kotoge turned heel and joined Bad Force.

Blood & Guts Edit

Daisuke Harada would spend his first months in the promotion feuding with Kotoge, before forming a tag team with him in November. During the partnership, in May 2007, Harada defeated Kotoge in a tournament final to win the Kamigata Pro–Wrestling Newcomer Grand Prix. After working as a tag team for over a year, Harada and Kotoge were finally granted a shot at the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship on January 5, 2008, but were unsuccessful in their attempt at dethroning the defending champions, Bad Force (GAINA and Zero). Meanwhile, Harada formed a new partnership with Zeus, creating rival stable Blood & Guts, which was intended to highlight the promotion's youngest performers. In March, Harada and Zeus accepted Tadasuke as the third member of the group. In May, Bad Force was dissolved, when the majority of its members jumped to splinter promotion Okinawa Pro Wrestling, after which Harada's former partner Atsushi Kotoge jumped to Blood & Guts. In June, Blood & Guts sent two teams into the 2008 Osaka Tag Festival, with Harada teaming with Zeus and Kotoge with Tadasuke.Both teams made it to the finals, where Harada and Zeus were victorious, after Harada pinned Kotoge with the Katayama German Suplex Hold. As a result, Harada and Zeus were granted a shot at the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship on September 6, but were defeated by the defending champions, GAINA and Zero. The rest of the year, Harada spent mostly teaming up with Kotoge and on November 15 the two received a shot at the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships, but were once again unsuccessful in defeating the reining champions, Black Buffalo and Tigers Mask. In March 2009, Harada, Kotoge and Tadasuke were entered in the Indie Junior Challenger Determination round-robin tournament, and after each of them finished with a record of 1–1, the winner was decided in a three–way final match on April 4. In the end Harada pinned Tadasuke to win the tournament.As a result, Harada was granted a shot at the Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Makoto Oishi on April 29. On June 6, 2009, Tadasuke, considered to be the lowest ranking member of Blood & Guts, and turned on the stable and joined rival group LOV (Legion of Violence). Shortly afterwards, Zeus left Osaka Pro, after which Harada and Kotoge disbanded the Blood & Guts stable, renamed their tag team Momo no Seishun Tag and concentrated on chasing the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship.

Momo no Seishun Tag Edit

Momo no Seishun Tag

Momo no Seishun Tag in April 2010

On January 16, 2010, Harada and Kotoge defeated Orochi and Tadasuke to become the number one contenders for the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships and finally, on February 11, they defeated Hideyoshi and Masamune to win the Tag Team Championships for the first time ever. On April 17, Harada defeated Tadasuke in a tournament final to become the number one contender for the Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship. Wich He would, however, fail in his attempt to win the title from Billyken Kid on April 29 at Osaka Pro Wrestling's 11th anniversary show. On May 9, Harada and Kotoge teamed with Takoyakida to defeat the reining champions Tokyo Gurentai (FUJITA, MAZADA and Nosawa Rongai) for the UWA World Trios Championship. They hold the Trios Championships for a month, before losing the titles to Ebessan, Kanjyuro Matsuyama and Kuishinbo Kamen. On July 17, Momo no Seishun Tag lost the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships to Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki, representing rival promotion Dragon Gate. On September 16, 2010, Harada made his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling, losing to Hirooki Goto at the NEVER.2 event. On October 15, Harada made his debut for another major promotion, Pro Wrestling Noah, when he and Kotoge entered in the 2010 Nippon TV Jr. Heavyweight Tag League. After one victory and three losses, Momo no Seishun Tag finished in the last place in their block. Upon their return to Osaka Pro, Momo no Seishun Tag defeated Fuji and Mochizuki on October 31 to regain the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships for their 2nd time. Their second reign was less than two months as they lost the title to JOKER (Kuuga and Orochi) on November 28. On January 15, 2011, Harada and Kotoge returned to Pro Wrestling Noah and they challenged the champions Atsushi Aoki and Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship but they failed to capture the titles. On March 6, Momo no Seishun Tag wrestled JOKER representatives Orochi and Tadasuke to a draw in a match for the number 1 contenders for the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships and afterwards they agreed to a three–way match for the title. The title match took place on March 19, when Orochi and Tadasuke defeated Momo no Seishun Tag and the previous champions, Big Guns (Zeus and The Bodyguard) to become the new Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions. On April 21 Momo no Seishun Tag returned to Noah, where they defeated GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Kotaro Suzuki and Shane Haste in a tag team match. On July 18th Momo no Seishun Tag defeated the teams of JOKER (Orochi and Tadasuke) and Takoyakida and Ultimate Spider Jr. in a three–way match to win the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship for their third time. Four days later Momo No Seishun returned to Pro Wrestling Noah to take part in the 2011 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League. After two victories and two losses, Harada and Kotoge finished in the 3rd place in their respective block, missing the finals of the tournament. On November 27, Harada entered in the Osaka Pro's annual Tenno-zan tournament, defeating tag team partner Atsushi Kotoge in his first round match. On December 18, Harada defeated Kuuga to win the 2011 Tenno-zan, avenging his loss in the previous year's finals in the process. Later that same day, Momo no Seishun Tag returned to Pro Wrestling Noah, where they teamed with Shane Haste to defeat Atsushi Aoki, Kotaro Suzuki and Taiji Ishimori in a six-man tag team match, afterwards challenging Aoki and Suzuki to a match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. On January 22, 2012, Momo no Seishun Tag failed to capture the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships from Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki. On January 28, Harada defeated Masamune to become the number one contender for the Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship. On February 26, Harada defeated Billyken Kid to win the Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship for the first time. On March 25, Harada lost the title to Black Buffalo in his first title defense, ending his reign at 28 days, the shortest reign in the title's history. On April 29, Momo no Seishun Tag was officially disbanded, when Kotoge left Osaka Pro Wrestling to join Pro Wrestling Noah at full time.

Chikara (2010-2011) Edit

In April 2010, Kotoge along with Harada and their former Blood & Guts partner Tadasuke traveled to the United States to represent Osaka Pro in Chikara's 2010 King of Trios tournament. In their first round match in the tournament on April 23, Team Osaka Pro defeated The UnStable (Colin Delaney, STIGMA and Vin Gerard). While Kotoge and Harada worked in a tour as faces, Tadasuke worked as a heel, and in the following day's was the quarterfinal match, using his heel antics to eliminate the reigning King of Trios, F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma and Icarus), from the tournament by pinning Taylor, while holding his tights, thus sending Team Osaka Pro to the semifinals of the tournament. On April 25, Team Osaka Pro was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant and Soldier Ant). Despite failing to win the tournament, Team Osaka Pro's strong showing had made them instant crowd favorites in Chikara.

Team Osaka Pro and The Colony

Kotoge and Harada posing with The Colony, after their match in the 2010 King of Trios

On March 1, 2011, Chikara announced that Momo no Seishun would be returning to the promotion for the 2011 King of Trios, this time teaming with the reigning Osaka Pro Wrestling Battle Royal Champion Ultimate Spider Jr. On April 15, Team Osaka Pro defeated the Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield, Matt Classic and Sugar Dunkerton) in their first round match. However, the following day, Team Osaka Pro was eliminated from the tournament by F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Johnny Gargano), when Taylor pinned Spider Jr., while grabbing a hold of his tights, much like how Tadasuke had pinned him in the tournament the previous year. On April 17, the final day of the tournament, Kotoge and Harada entered a ten man tag team gauntlet match. They entered the match as the 8th team, facing the Roughnecks (Brodie Lee and Grizzly Redwood), whom they eliminated when Kotoge pinned Redwood. After Kotoge also scored the pinfall, which eliminated team number nine, 3.0 (Scott Parker and Shane Matthews), he and Harada faced off with representatives from rival promotion Dragon Gate, KAGETORA and Super Shisa. In the end, Kotoge was able to score his third pinfall of the day, winning the match for Momo no Seishun Tag, while also earning the team their third point, which guaranteed them a shot at the Campeonatos de Parejas, which was at the time held by Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush. On August 25, Chikara announced that Momo no Seishun Tag would return to cash their points on October 7, challenging brand new Campeones de Parejas, F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano), in a rubber match. On October 7 in Burlington, North Carolina, Momo no Seishun Tag failed to capture the Tag Team Champions or in Spanish (Campeonatos de Parejas) as they were defeated by Taylor and Gargano two falls to one, following interference from Icarus. The following day, Kotoge and Harada were defeated by Fire Ant and Soldier Ant at a show in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Pro Wrestling Noah and Reunion (2015–2017) Edit

On August 22, Harada and Kotoge announced they were reuniting for the 2015 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League which would mark their first match together as a tag team in four years. Harada received his shot at the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship on September 19, but was defeated by Taichi. On September 22, Harada and Kotoge finished their round-robin block in the NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League with a record of three wins and one loss, winning their block and advancing to the finals. Later that same day, they defeated the reigning GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions El Desperado and Taka Michinoku in the finals to win the tournament.This led to a match on October 4, where Harada and Kotoge defeated El Desperado and Taka Michinoku to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, to become the first Noah wrestlers to reclaim one of the four GHC titles from the Suzuki-gun stable. Afterwards, Harada and Kotoge continued feuding with Suzuki-gun by successfully defending their title against members of the stable; first defeating El Desperado and Michinoku in a rematch on December 23 and then defeating Taichi and Michinoku on January 31, 2016. On September 19th Suzuki-gun (Taichi) and (Yoshinobu Kanemaru) tried to get back the GHC Junior Tag Team Champions but they failed. After the match Hajime Ohara and Kenoh challenged them. On March 19, Kotoge and Harada lost the title to Hajime Ohara and Kenoh.[2] Kotoge and Harada regained the title in a rematch on April 5.[3][4] They then went back to defending the title against Suzuki-gun, defeating El Desperado and Taka Michinoku for their first successful defense on April 30.[5] before defeating Ohara and Kenoh in a title rematch on May 28.[6] On June 12, Kotoge and Harada won a three-way match, defeating the Suzuki-gun team of Michinoku and Taichi as well as Gedo and Jado, to make their third successful title defense.[7][8] On July 5, Harada defeated Hajime Ohara in a four-man tournament final to win one of Noah's three spots in NJPW's 2016 Super J-Cup.[9] On July 20, Harada was eliminated from the tournament in his first round match by Ryusuke Taguchi.[10]. The following month, Kotoge and Harada made it to the finals of the 2016 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League, but were defeated there by ACH and Taiji Ishimori.[11][12] This led to a title match on August 21 at a NJPW show, where Kotoge and Harada defeated ACH and Ishimori for their fourth successful title defense, afterwards nominating Gedo and Jado as their next challengers.[13][14]

On September 23, Kotoge defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship for the second time.[15][16] On October 8, Kotoge and Harada lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Gedo and Jado.[17][18] On December 24, Kotoge and Harada regained the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Gedo and Jado.[19] Following the win, Kotoge stated he wanted to join the heavyweight division in 2017.[20] On December 26, Noah held a press conference to officially announce Kotoge's transition into the heavyweight division, resulting in him relinquishing both the GHC Junior Heavyweight and GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.[21] On February 14, 2017 Kotoge face Harada in a match, where Kotoge won. After the match Kotoge and Harada announced that they were going to split up due to Kotoge being in the heavyweight division and Harada in the junior heavyweight division.[22]

In wrestlingEdit

  • Kotoge's Finishing moves
    • Arm trap somersault cradle[23]Noah
    • Dragstar (Crucifix bomb)[24]
    • Killswitch (Inverted double underhook facebuster)[25][26] – Noah; used as a signature move in Osaka Pro
    • Maxam (Running cutter)
    • Shiranui Kai (Moonsault slam)[27]
  • Harada's Finishing moves
    • Cobra Twist to a grounded opponent[28] – 2013
    • Diving elbow drop[29]
    • Harada Pistol (Running dropkick to a cornered opponent) – early career
    • Katayama German Suplex Hold (Bridging high-angle German suplex)[30]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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