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Tatsuhito Takaiwa
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Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Trained By NJPW Dojo
Debut July 21, 1992

 

Tatsuhito Takaiwa (高岩竜一) is a Zainichi-Korean professional wrestler. Takaiwa is one of the more well-traveled junior heavyweights in Japan, having wrestled for New Japan, and Zero1, as well as making special appearances in All Japan and NOAH.

He formed a successful tag team with Shinjiro Otani during the 1990s and won the IWGP Jujior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in 1998 and 1999. He's a former holder of the Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and a former holder of the Pro Wrestling Noah GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, and the AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship a former two-times NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship, his second and third reign was with Otani.

On February 15, 2009, Takaiwa debuted as the fifth Black Tiger, breaking the Black Tiger tradition of foreigners under the mask, by attacking Tiger Mask. On June 20, 2009, at Dominion 6.20 Tiger Mask defeated him in a mask vs. mask match and afterwards Takaiwa revealed his identity by removing his mask. Takaiwa lost his mask as Black Tiger V for the second time on May 14, 2011, when he was defeated at a Toryumon Mexico event by Ultimo Dragon. Despite losing his mask twice, Takaiwa continues to make appearances as Black Tiger V.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Death Valley bomb, sometimes from the top rope or preceded by a double powerbomb
    • Fireman's carry dropped into either a reverse piledriver or a cradle pin
    • Lariat
    • Takaiwa Driller (Over the shoulder reverse piledriver)
  • Signature moves
    • Flapjack lifted and dropped into a powerslam, powerbomb or death valley driver
    • Mochizuki Bomb (Multiple powerbombs)
    • Powerslam
    • Samoan driver
    • Sitout scoop slam piledriver
    • Sitout suplex slam
    • Superbomb
    • Takaiwa Driver (Vertical suplex piledriver, sometimes from the top rope)
  • Entrance themes
    • "Goro Vs. Art" (NJPW; 1995-1997)
    • "One Way Up" (NJPW / Freelance; 1997-2001; used occasionally)
    • "Hangin' Tough" (NJPW / ZERO1 / Freelance; 2001–present)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
    • Ganbare☆Kakutougi Open Tournament (2014)
    • Top of the Dramatic Cruiser (2013)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Most Improved (1997)
    • Tag Team of the Year (1998) with Shinjiro Otani

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Tiger Mask (mask) Black Tiger (mask) Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.20 June 20, 2009
Ultimo Dragon (mask) Black Tiger (mask) Mexico City, Mexico Dragonmania VI May 14, 2011

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