|Super Tiger II|
Yuji Sakuragi (桜木裕司 Sakuragi Yūji, born July 20, 1977) is a Japanese mixed martial artist, kickboxer and professional wrestler, currently associated with Real Japan Pro Wrestling's team Seikendo. He is known for his Kyokushin Karate background and his ability to score KO wins.
Sakuragi wrestles under the name of Super Tiger, being the second incarnation of the name used by his trainer Satoru Sayama. He has also worked in promotions like Battlarts, Dramatic Dream Team and Riki Choshu's Legend The Pro Wrestling.
Yuji started training Kyokushin in middle school, and later joined the Japan Self-Defense Forces for a time. After his military tenure, he worked as a physical education teacher for the Nippon Sport Science University, where he met Satoru Sayama. Sakuragi moved to Sayama's Seikendo promotion and started training in order to be a professional mixed martial artist.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Real Japan Pro Wrestling (2007-present)Edit
In 2007, Sakuragi made his transition to professional wrestling as part of Sayama's Real Japan Pro Wrestling. He received the gimmick of Super Tiger II, the second incarnation of the character used by Sayama in Universal Wrestling Federation. Yuji wrestled under a purple and silver attire and mask, utilizing a style based around kicks and suplexes. His debut was against Ikuto Hidaka, a wrestler who had been especially approved by Sayama for Tiger II's debut, and later moved into a major feud with Tiger Shark.
Super Tiger challenged Alexander Otsuka for the RJPW Legend Championship in 2008, but he was defeated. Sakuragi then formed a steady team with Minoru Suzuki, getting victories over names like Yuki Ishikawa and Great Sasuke. In 2011, Super Tiger got finally the championship when he defeated Mitsuya Nagai in a title match. Tiger retained it successfully against Black Tiger V before trading the title once more with Nagai, and this time his reign was longer, defending it against Kazunari Murakami, Taka Kuno, Masashi Aoyagi and The Great Tiger. However, he lost it in 2015, against Masakatsu Funaki.
The year of his debut, Super Tiger started wrestling in shoot-style promotion Battlarts as a RJPW representative. Tiger formed a tag team with Katsumi Usuda and competed extensely for the company, briefly feuding with Mitsuya Nagai and Yuki Ishikawa. In 2008, he participated in the B1 Climax 2009 Block B, where he got big wins over Munenori Sawa, Usuda and Bison Tagai, and went to face Ishikawa in the block's final match, but he was defeated. Super Tiger then teamed up with his long time rival Tiger Shark, though they broke up shortly after. His last match in Battlarts was a tag team match with Chocoball Mukai as a special referee, teaming up with Sanshu Tsubakichi to face Ryuji Walter and Alexander Otsuka in a losing effort.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-2017)Edit
Sakuragi debuted in All Japan Pro Wrestling as a RJPW representative for the Champion Carnival 2016. He scored important victories over Jun Akiyama and Daisuke Sekimoto, but otherwise his success was little. He didn't stop appearing in AJPW after the league, however, aligning himself with Suwama's unit Evolution. On 27 August, he and Suwama challenged Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi for the AJPW World Tag Team Championship, being defeated. In December, Super Tiger and fellow Evolution member Hikaru Sato competed at the Real World Tag League 2016, though scoring only one win.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Multiple suplex variations
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #400 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- Real Japan Pro Wrestling
- RJPW Legend Championship (3 times, current)
- Pro Wrestling Zero1
- ↑ Cite error: Invalid
<ref>tag; no text was provided for refs named
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. http://www.puroresucentral.com/supertigerII.html. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Real Japan Pro Wrestling Results" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/misc/rjpw/results.php. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "BattlARTS Results: 2009" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/misc/battlarts/results09.php. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Legend Pro Wrestling Results" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/misc/legend/results.php. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- ↑ "Futen Results: 2013" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/misc/futen/results13.php. Retrieved 2014-02-03.