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Shuji Ishikawa
SIshikawa
Born September 25 1975 (1975-09-25) (age 41)[1]
Iwata, Shizuoka[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Shuji Ishikawa
Big Shoe
Giant
Giant Bashoku
Giant HERO!
Giant Marines
Hiroko Mangrove
J. Ace
Jaiant Hebi Ishikawa
Jaiko Ishikawa
Koo
The Mummy
Pitarri!
Tokeidai Otoko[2]
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Weight 130 kg (287 lb)[2]
Trained By Dramatic Dream Team Dojo[2]
Debut May 8, 2003[3]

 

Shuji Ishikawa (石川 修司 Ishikawa Shūji?, born September 25, 1975)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) as a freelancer.

Ishikawa in All Japan Pro Wrestling is the current Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion in his first reign and the winner of the 2017 Champion Carnival. In Dramatic Dream Team, Ishikawa is a former four-times KO-D Openweight Champion, former DDT Extreme Division Champion a former KO-D Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2016 King of DDT. Ishikawa in Big Japan Pro Wrestling his a former three-times BJW Tag Team Champion and a former BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight and World Strong Heavyweight Champion, being the first wrestler to hold both titles and being on the Deathmatch BJ division and the Strong BJ division, also Ishikawa is the winner of the 2014 and 2016 Ikkitosen Strong Climb Tournament.

Ishikawa also worked for the DDT's sister promotion Union Pro Wrestling where he is a former UWA World Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2013 and inaugural Get The Glory Tournament and even became one of Union Pro's top wrestlers and has challenged for the Union Max Championship on two different occasions.

Early lifeEdit

Ishikawa was friends with fellow professional wrestler Takashi Sasaki as a teenager, whom he met through judo.[4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Dramatic Dream Team (2003-present)Edit

After meeting Sanshiro Takagi, Ishikawa began training at the DDT Dojo, and soon after made his debut at the age of 27 in May 2003 in a loss to Seiya Morohashi.[5] After achieving little success in his early career, Ishikawa began competing more sporadically in DDT, instead becoming a regular in DDT's sister promotion Union Pro Wrestling, where he gained considerable popularity, mainly due to his size. In 2007, Ishikawa officially became recognized as the ace of UPW after former stablemate Poison Sawada Julie left the promotion. Ishikawa competed in high-profile feuds with Style-E's Kyosuke Sasaki and Pro Wrestling Zero1's Yoshihito Sasaki, as well as regularly competing in DDT once again under a mask as Koo in the Hawaii Army stable. On June 3, 2007, Ishikawa defeated Harashima to capture the KO-D Openweight Championship for the first time.[6] He held on to the belt until October, where he was defeated by HARASHIMA in a rematch.[7] Ishikawa began his second reign in late 2009, defeating Kota Ibushi on November 29,[8] holding it until February 2010, when he was defeated by Daisuke Sekimoto at a Union Pro event.[9] On March 27, 2011, at DDT's 14 Anniversary Show, Ishikawa won a battle royal, giving him the right to a KO-D Openweight Championship match in the future.[10] Ishikawa captured the championship for a third time on May 4, 2011, defeating Dick Togo.[4][11] Ishikawa held the championship until July, when he was defeated by Kudo at Ryogoku Peter Pan.[12] Ishikawa won the KO-D Tag Team Championship got the first time in his career, teaming with Daisuke Sasaki to defeat Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo on March 21.[13]

On July 3, Ishikawa and Sasaki lost the title to Ken Ohka and KAI.[14] Ishikawa formed the Damnation stable along with Sasaki, Mad Paulie and later Tetsuya Endo. Ishikawa captured the KO-D Openweight Championship for a third time in August 2016, defeating Konosuke Takeshita at Peter Pan.[15] Ishikawa held on to the belt until December, when he was defeated by Harashima at Osaka Octopus.[16]

Big Japan Pro Wrestling (2009-present)Edit

Ishikawa competed in his first ever deathmatch on January 2, 2009, teaming with Ryuji Ito to take on childhood friend Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto.[17] Ishikawa would go on to become a mainstay in BJW, capturing his first championship in the company on May 4, 2012, teaming with Shigehiro Irie to defeat Shinobu and Yoshihito Sasaki to win the BJW World Tag Team Championship.[18] Irie and Ishikawa held the title until July of that year, when they were defeated by Shinobu and Yuji Okabayashi.[19] Ishikawa defeated longtime rival Abdullah Kobayashi to become the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion on January 2, 2013 four years after competing in his first ever deathmatch.[20] Ishikawa would go on to hold the championship for 11 months, until he was defeated by Isami Kodaka. After the loss to Kodaka, Ishikawa announced that he would no longer be competing in deathmatches, and would instead be focusing on the strong division. In 2014, Ishikawa achieved his first major success in BJW's strong division, defeating Daisuke Sekimoto to win the Ikkitosen Strong Climb Tournament.[21] Later that year, Ishikawa began teaming with Kohei Sato as the "Twin Towers" with much success, defeating the team of Yuko Miyamoto and Isami Kodaka on May 31, 2014, to win the BJW Tag Team Championships.[22] Ishikawa and Sato successfully retained the championships for 516 days, until they were defeated by Yuji Okabayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto on October 29, 2015.[23] In 2016, Ishikawa won the Ikkitosen Strong Climb Tournament for a second time, defeating Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani in the semi-final and final respectively on the same night to win. Ishikawa and Sato once again captured the BJW World Tag Team Championships on May 30, 2016, defeating Hideyoshi Kamitani and Ryota Hama.[24] They lost titles to Daisuke Seikimoto and Yuji Okabayashi on January 2, 2017.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2015-present) Edit

Ishikawa debuted for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in 2015, and in September of that year, took part in the Ōdō Tournament, making it to the semi-final where he was eliminated by Akebono.[25] In December, he teamed with Hoshitango in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League, finishing with six points but failing to advance past the group stages.[26] On March 27, 2016, Ishikawa and Hoshitango unsuccessfully challenged Zeus and The Bodyguard for the World Tag Team Championship.[27] In April 2017, Ishikawa took part in his first Champion Carnival, finishing first in his block and highest of anybody in the tournament with 9 points. On April 30, 2017, he defeated Joe Doering to win the tournament. On May 21, he defeated Miyahara to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing Moves
    • Splash Mountain (Sitout Powerbomb)
    • Giant Driver (Fire Thunder Driver)[2]
  • Signature Moves
    • Giant Clutch (Gannosuke Clutch)
    • TSUNAMI (Knee Lift / Running Knee Lift)
    • Big Boot
    • Running Neckbreaker Drop
    • Chokeslam
    • Ore ga Shujida (Atomic Lift to Chokeslam)
    • 32 Nimon Rocket Ho (Dropkick)
    • Backdrop
    • Brain Claw[2]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Saalbach, Axel. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database". http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=3363&newsref=.
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  15. "DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~” Results". 28 August 2016. https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/ddt-ryogoku-peter-pan-2016-most-hot-summer-in-the-world-results/.
  16. "DDT “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016 ~IT’S NANIWABUSHI WRESTLING~” Results". 4 December 2016. https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/ddt-osaka-octopus-2016-its-naniwabushi-wrestling-results/.
  17. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=51143
  18. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=209164
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  20. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=217903
  21. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=114322
  22. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&sort=datum&jahr=2014&monat=5
  23. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=shows&show=318623
  24. http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=3363&details=&bild=2
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  26. https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=142614
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