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Takuya Sugawara
Takuya Sugawara
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Takuya Sugawara
Henry III Sugawara
Dr. Muscle[1]
Sugawara
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Trained By Último Dragón
Jorge 'Skayde' Rivera
Debut December 2, 2001

 

Takuya Sugawara (菅原 拓也 Sugawara Takuya?, born November 3, 1983) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently wrestling for Pro Wrestling ZERO1. He also worked with Dragon Gate where he is a former 2 times Open The Triangle Gate Championship.

CareerEdit

Toryumon/Dragon GateEdit

He debuted in the 9th term of T2P as Henry III Sugawara, a Prince character. He joined with and eventually with Anthony W. Mori and Phillip J. Fukumasa, forming the Royal Brothers unit in T2P. The gimmick was that all three wrestlers were royal princes. However, the Royal Brothers would never make much of an impact. Fukamasa retired almost immediately after T2P closed, and Sugawara spent most of his time back in Mexico while Mori wrestled in Toryumon.

When he finally came to Toryumon himself, he was courted by heel stable Aagan Iisou. Although he initially refused the request to join, he would eventually betray Mori and ally with Aagan. He and Mori would feud, with the finish coming in a hair vs hair match. Sugawara lost the match, but escaped losing his hair.

While a member of Aagan Iisou, he regularly teamed with Shuji Kondo and "brother" YASSHI. This team would continue for some time.

All the members of Aagan Iisou were fired from Dragon Gate on December 31, 2004, for controversial and mostly unexplained reasons.

Dragondoor Edit

Sugawara had been hit the hardest by the firing of Aagan Iisou, and he did not resurface in the wrestling world until dragondoor was announced. He rekindled his alliance with Kondo and YASSHI.

El Dorado WrestlingEdit

When El Dorado started, Sugawara was allied with two rival factions - his old friends in Aagan Iisou, and an upstart heel group called STONED, led by KAGETORA. Sugawara spent the first few months of El Dorado trying to play both sides. In the end, he would betray both Aagan Iisou and KAGETORA, backstabbing Aagan and kicking KAGETORA out of STONED to take the leadership of it himself.

During the roster restructuring, Sugawara was named one of the four leaders of the promotion, alongside Kondo, YASSHI and former Aagan member Toru Owashi. Sugawara would build a faction containing most of the members of STONED. It was named HELL DEMONS. Sugawara and the Brahman brothers won the UWA World Trios Championship and defended the Championships 2 times. Sugawara would lead HELL DEMONS for several months before being kicked out of the stable with little fanfare by Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei. The UWA World Trios Championship was then vacated. Sugawara allied with Toru Owashi's faction "Animal Planets", but did not officially join them. His participation caused dissension within the Animal Planets, with Bear Fukuda in particular being distrustful of Sugawara. Sugawara won the vacant UWA World Trios Championship for the second time with Toru Owashi and Nobutaka Araya by defeating the HELL DEMONS Braman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Go.

In the summer of 2008, the entirety of Aagan Iisou left El Dorado. Suguwara and Owashi vacated the UWA World Trios Championship on their way out. Aagan Iisou initially planned to tour as a unit, but instead went their separate ways.

Pro Wrestling Zero1Edit

In ZERO1 Sugawara formed a tag team with Minoru Fujita. they have been the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions and NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Champions. Sugawara and Fujita hold the record for the longest NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship title reign of 399 days. On March 2 Sugawara and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi put their belts (Kikuchi's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (Zero1 version) and Sugawara's Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight title) on the line in a match on 11th Anniversary show. Sugawara was victorious and became the double champion.[2] Sugawara lost both titles to Jonathan Gresham on May 4, 2013. He regained them from Mineo Fujita on November 3, 2014,[3] before losing them to local wrestler Jason Lee in Hong Kong on December 28, 2014.[4]

Return to Dragon GateEdit

Sugawara returned to Dragon Gate in late 2009, aligning with the stable Veteran-gun. He was at first considered a representative of Zero-One rather than a full member of the roster. He teased reuniting with Anthony W. Mori and reforming the Royal Brothers, but instead joined up with top heel stable Real Hazard.

On January 19, 2010, he won the company's Battle of Tokyo Tournament. Real Hazard was soon renamed Deep Drunkers, led by Kenichiro Arai. On October 13, 2010, the Deep Drunkers were forced to split up, after losing a match against World–1 (BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi), but after the match Doi turned on his partners to form a new stable with Sugawara, Kzy, Naoki Tanisaki and Yasushi Kanda.[1] On October 25 Sugawara, Tanisaki and Kanda defeated CIMA, Gamma and Genki Horiguchi to win the Open the Triangle Gate Championship.[5] They would lose the title to CIMA, Dragon Kid and Ricochet on December 26, 2010.[6] Later after that Sugawara left Dragon Gate and returned to Zero1.

FactionsEdit

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Buckingham Backbreaker (Backbreaker rack)
    • Shiisanpuuta (Reverse over the shoulder back to belly piledriver)
    • TCO – The Crime Operation (Running reverse Samoan drop)
  • Signature moves
    • Dropkick
    • Enzuigiri
    • Running elbow smash
  • Entrance themes

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Lucha de Apuesta recordEdit

Wager Winner(s) Loser(s) Location Date Notes
Hair Takuya Sugawara Anthony W. Mori Tokyo, Japan September 17, 2004 Tag team match, where Sugawara teamed with Shuji Kondo and Mori with Ryo Saito.
Hair Anthony W. Mori Takuya Sugawara Tokyo, Japan November 28, 2004

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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