The Big Guns (ザ・ビッグガンズ Za Biggu Ganzu?) is a professional wrestling tag team currently working for All Japan Pro Wrestling, where they are current World Tag Team Champions in their third reign. They have also worked for Osaka Pro Wrestling, Smash, DDT, Wrestling New Classic, and Pro Wrestling Zero1.
Osaka Pro Wrestling (2011–2013)Edit
The Big Guns is the team of Zeus and The Bodyguard. The team was formed after Zeus defeated Bodyguard in an anticipated singles encounter in January 2011. Bodyguard decided to not have JOKER with him at ringside to help him, but JOKER rushed in afterwards to attack Zeus. When Bodyguard refused to join in, he was attacked as well. Zeus & Bodyguard then joined forces to clear JOKER out and shook hands to loud cheers. Mere weeks later, they would go on to win the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship from JOKER’s Kuuga and Orochi. They then successfully defended them against Hideyoshi and Masamune at the February IMP Hall show. Their reign though would be short-lived as Orochi reunited with Tadasuke and took the belts back in a three-way match in March 2011. The two are the two most powerful men in Osaka Pro and have faced a number of outsiders since their formation. This is mostly because they have the most “mainstream” value in the company since briefly was Zeus in boxing and Bodyguard is a former award-winning bodybuilder. Notable names who have faced the Big Guns include the legendary Genichiro Tenryu, Minoru Suzuki, Akebono, and Shinjiro Otani. The Big Guns have also competed in other organizations such as Zero1 and Wrestling New Classic. They’ve also produced a number of shows in conjunction with Wrestling New Classic. They also won the Osaka Tag Festival 2013 and later in 2013 they won the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions for the second time and Zeus also won the Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship and at the Tennozan 2013 Zeus and Bodyguard faced each other in the finals and the winner was Zeus. On March 1, 2014, it was announced that the promotion would be folding due to financial difficulties on April 20 with all of its workers becoming freelancers. It was later announced that Osaka Pro Wrestling would continue under new management, Zeus and The Bodyguard vacated the Osaka Pro Wrestling Championship and the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship and leaved the promotion. On April 20 Zeus and Bodyguard wrestled their last match with Quiet Storm against Billyken Kid, Bull Armor Takuya and Black Buffalo and they lost.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2014–Present)Edit
On March 28 Zeus and The Bodyguard made their debut in AJPW by defeating Menso re-Oyaji and Sushi. On May 16 Zeus and The Bodyguard had a oppurtunity for the World Tag Team Championship but they lost to the defending champions Evolution (Joe Doering and Suwama and they suffered their first loss. Zeus and The Bodyguard participated at the 2014 Ōdō Tournament but Zeus was eliminated at the second round by the eventual winner of the tournament Go Shiozaki and Bodyguard lost at the first round against Takao Omori. Zeus and The Bodyguard participated at the 2014 World's Strongest Tag Determination League and they finished the tournament with 8 points, and they failed to win the World Tag Team Champions. On January 12, 2015 Zeus defeated Kenso for 1 contender for the Triple Crown Heavyweight tile. On February 7 Zeus failed to capture the Triple Crown Heavyweight tile from Go Siozaki. Both Zeus and The Bodyguard participated at 2015 Champion Carnival and Zeus finished the tournament with 3 points on block b and at the block A Bodyguard finished the tournament with 2 points. On May 31 they had another shot at the World Tag Team Champions but they lost against Xceed (Go Shiozaki and Kento Miyahara).
On August 15 Zeus and Bodyguard scored a big win against the former World Tag Team Champions Akebono and Yutaka Yoshie. Zeus and The Bodyguard participated at the 2015 World's Strongest Tag Determination League and they lost their first two matches but they manage to win the rest of the matches, and they make all the way into the finals finishing the tournament with 8 points and they were defeated by Kento Miyahara and Suwama at the finals of the tournament. On December 23 they finally manage to win the World Tag Team Champions by defeating Wild Burning (Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori). On January 10, 2016 after Zeus and Bodyguard, Billyken Kid defeated Suwama, Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato Zeus called out for a shot at the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. On February 12 at the first day of the Jr.Battle Of Glory Zeus lost to Kento Miyahara for the vacated Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion. On February 21 Zeus and Bodyguard retained the World Tag Team Champions against Nextream (Jake Lee and Kento Miyahara). On April 9 to April 24 Zeus and Bodyguard participated at 2016 Champion Carnival Zeus at block B and Bodyguard at block A. Bodyguard finished his block with 6 points and failed to advanced to the finals, Zeus finished his block with 10 points losing only 1 match and Zeus advanced to the finals. At the finals, Zeus lost to Daisuke Sekimoto. On June 15 Zeus and Bodyguard lost the World Tag Team titles to Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi).
On November 27 Zeus and Bodyguard defeated Sekimoto and Okabayashi to win the World Tag Team titles back. On May 21, 2017 Zeus and Bodyguard lost the titles to KAI and Kengo Mashimo. They regained the titles from KAI and Mashimo on June 11. Bodyguard and Zeus third regn as World Tag Team Champions ended on July 17 when they lost the titles to Jake Lee and Naoya Nomura.
- Zeus Finishing moves
- Jackhammer (Vertical Suplex Powerslam)
- Jihad (Argentine Neckbreaker)
- Signature moves
- Biceps Explosion (Axe Bomber)
- Neck Hanging Buster
- The Bodyguard's Finishing and signature moves
- Short Range Lariat
- Kirisute Gomen
- The Bounce (Running Black Tiger Bomb)
- Double team moves
- Muscle Explosion (Doomsday Device)
Championships and AccomplishmentsEdit
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Osaka Pro Wrestling