Sanshiro Takagi (高木 三四郎 Takagi Sanshirō?, born January 13, 1970 in Toyonaka, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler. Takagi plays a parody of Stone Cold Steve Austin of World Wrestling Federation fame.
He is known in Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) and around the micro-indy scene for his hilarious promos and natural charisma as well as his extensive use of comedy in his matches. He is the president of DDT and has also worked as the chief executive officer of Wrestle-1.
Sanshiro Takagi was trained by Goro Tsurumi and started at his International Pro Wrestling revival promotion, IWA Kakuto Shijuku. Soon, however, Takagi broke off, seeing that IWAKS's limited exposure would only limit him to be an independent wrestler, in 1997 he formed DDT (Dramatic Dream Team), which not only would promote in Tokyo (as opposed to Tsurumi's Chigasaki, Kanagawa base), but also be based on the entertainment wrestling kingpin of the day, World Wrestling Entertainment. Since then Takagi's show has acquired a cult following as a good version of American-style entertainment wrestling. Takagi has also made appearances in All Japan Pro Wrestling, but prefers to remain his own man and his own promoter.
On May 5, 2015, Takagi was announced as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Wrestle-1. He also continued serving as the president of DDT, while being involved with Wrestle-1's management. Starting on April 1, 2017, Takagi will serve in the role of an advisor to new president Kaz Hayashi. In March 2017, Wrestle-1 underwent a change in management, which led to Takagi assuming the new role of an advisor, from which he resigned the following September.
On September 1, 2017, DDT was sold to the CyberAgent company. Takagi retained his position as the company's president.
His wife is Kayako Takagi, who actually helped him out backstage and on-screen in DDT storylines in 2004.
- Finishing moves
- Dangerous Dragon Sleeper Takagi (Inverted facelock camel clutch)
- Final Answer? (Electric chair facebuster)
- GTS – Go to Sleep (Fireman's carry dropped into a knee lift) – adopted from CM Punk
- Sanshiro Stunner (Lifting DDT)
- Sanshiro Stunner '00 (Lifting double underhook DDT)
- Sitdown Himawari Bomb (Electric chair twisted into a sitout powerbomb)
- Stone Cold Stunner (Sitout three–quarter facelock jawbreaker, usually preceded with a kick to the opponent's midsection) – adopted from Stone Cold Steve Austin
- Worldwide Sanshiro Stunner (Fireman's carry stunner)
- Kayako Takagi
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- DDT Extreme Division Championship (1 time)
- DDT Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Etsuko Mita and Hero! (1) and Jun Inomata and Poison Sawada (1)
- Greater China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Munenori Sawa
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (8 times)
- King of Dark Championship (1 time)
- KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Akebono and Toru Owashi (1), and Kazuki Hirata and Toru Owashi (3)
- KO-D Openweight Championship (6 times)
- KO-D Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Tomohiko Hashimoto (1), Ryuji Ito (1), Munenori Sawa (1), and Soma Takao (1)
- Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract (2013)
- Best Unit Award (2012) New World Japan
- ↑ "新北京プロレス Japan Tour 2009 in Shinjuku Face" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. http://www.ddtpro.com/ddtpro/2614/. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- ↑ "Into The Fight シリーズ 2013 in Odawara" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. http://www.ddtpro.com/result/ddt/article/1360494649/. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- ↑ (in Japanese) DDT Pro-Wrestling. http://www.ddtpro.com/ddtpro/45951/. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- ↑ "【アップアップDDT(仮)リポート】アイドル×プロレスのコラボは大成功！ 2回目開催を誓い大団円／新井愛瞳が爆弾発言!?「今度私たちも試合に出たい」" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. February 19, 2014. http://www.ddtpro.com/ddtpro/7320/. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Daily Sports Online. Kobe Shimbun. May 5, 2015. http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/ring/2015/05/05/0007994481.shtml. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. March 27, 2017. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/667637/. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. March 27, 2017. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/667637/. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Daily Sports Online. Kobe Shimbun. September 2, 2017. https://www.daily.co.jp/ring/2017/09/02/0010518929.shtml. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. September 22, 2017. https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/774076/. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- ↑ "Who’s Gonna Top?～DDTドラマティック総選挙2015～" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. http://www.ddtpro.com/ddtpro/31162/. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
- ↑ "Judgement 2013" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. http://www.ddtpro.com/result/ddt/article/1363759193/. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- ↑ "<ヨシヒコ編集ジチョー主義>2012年DDTを各賞で振り返る" (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team. December 21, 2012. http://www.ddtpro.com/report/ddt/article/1356015675/. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- ↑ "Fujitaが高木に、論外＆Mazadが大阪06に勝利し、ベルトが愚連隊に勢揃い！世界一性格の悪い神の子が降臨！" (in Japanese). Battle News. January 16, 2013. http://battle-news.com/battle/2013/01/001662.php. Retrieved January 16, 2013.