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Masayuki Okamoto
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Birth name Masayuki Okamoto
Born 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 34)
Chōyō, Kumamoto, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Masayuki Okamoto
Shogun Okamoto
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Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 271 lb (123 kg)
Debut February 17, 2012

 

Masayuki Okamoto (岡本 将之, Okamoto Masayuki, born 18 September 1983) is a former sumo wrestler and current professional wrestler from Chōyō, Kumamoto, Japan.[1] In sumo, he used the shikona Kirinowaka Tarō (霧の若 太郎, Kirinowaka Tarō), while in professional wrestling he is best known by the ring name Shogun Okamoto (将軍岡本, Shōgun Okamoto). He currently works as a freelancer, performing most notably for Pro Wrestling Zero1, where he is currently in his second reign as one half of the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions.

Sumo CareerEdit

He made his professional debut in March 1999, but never reached the top division. The highest rank he achieved was jūryō 4. He was forced to retire by the Japan Sumo Association, as a result of the 2011 match-fixing scandal.[2]

Professional Wrestling CareerEdit

Inoki Genome Federation (2012–2016)Edit

In January 2012 he became a professional wrestler with a ring name of Shogun Okamoto and joined the Inoki Genome Federation. In February 2012 he won his first match, defeating Bob Sapp. In October 2013 he formed a tag team with another former sumo wrestler, Wakakirin. He left IGF in March 2016 and went freelance.[1]

Freelancing (2017–Present)Edit

After becoming a freelancer Okamoto began regularly working for Pro Wrestling Zero1. In July he joined Akebono and Ryota Hama's tag team "S.M.O.P.", as part of which he won his first title, the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship, in February 2017.[3] The titles were vacated on April 19 after Akebono was sidelined with health issues. On May 21 Okamoto unsuccessfully challenged Masato Tanaka for the World Heavyweight Championship. In June Okamoto began regularly working for Big Japan Pro Wrestling. On June 3 Okamoto alongside Ryota Hama and Yasufumi Nakanoue defeated Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto and Takuya Nomura to win the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[4] In July Okamoto took part of the Fire Festival, finishing the tournament with a record of six wins and three losses, falling to advance to the finals after losing to Yusaku Obata in their head-to-head match. On September 14, Okamoto and Yutaka Yoshie failed to defeat Hideki Suzuki and Kohei Sato for the vacant NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship.[5] On November 23 Okamoto and Yoshie defeated Yusaku Obata and Yuko Miyamoto to win the 2017 Furinkazan Tag Tournament.[6] On December 17 Okamoto, Hama ad Nakanoue lost the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Daisuke Sekimoto, Hideoyoshi Kamitani and Kohei Sato. On January 1, 2018 Okamoto and Yoshie defeating Suzuki and Sato in a rematch to win the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship. Following the match, Okamoto renamed himself to his real name Masayuki Okamoto (岡本 将之).[7]

Personal LifeEdit

His parents' home was destroyed in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, although none of his relatives were injured.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

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