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TAJIRI

Common misspelling: Tagiri, Taziri, Tajirri

Tajiri Biography

 

The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”

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Yoshihiro Tajiri (born September 29, 1970 in Yokohama, Kanagawa) is a Japanese professional wrestler performing in World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand.

 

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Career

Trained in traditional Japanese style and lucha libre, he debuted in the early 1990s in Japan wrestling mainly for the Japanese office of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). In 1997, he left for the hardcore wrestling promotion Big Japan based in Tokyo.

 

In late 1998, while in Mexico, he caught the eye of Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman and was invited to the United States to wrestle for ECW. He became extremely popular with the fans, despite being brought in as a heel. He had a long feud with Super Crazy that had several exciting matches.

 

He stayed in ECW until it closed in 2001, and was almost immediately signed by WWE, where he has been ever since. He started out as a face and later after the Alliance broke up he drafted to Smackdown! during the first ever draft and later turned heel by betraying his story line girlfriend, Torrie Wilson and made her dress like a Geisha. Later Tajiri turned face again by getting betrayed by Jamie Noble. He was later in a match against his good friend Rey Mysterio. Mysterio won, but Tajiri turned heel once more and betrayed him by spitting green mist in his face. Later after Wrestlmania 20 Tajiri was drafted to Raw and turned face once more by engaging in a rivarly with Eric Bishoff and Jonathan Coachman.

 

On February 4, 2005 Tajiri and William Regal defeated La Résistance to win the World Tag Team Championship on an episode of RAW broadcast live from Tajiri's home country of Japan. Since then, in addition to holding the titles, Tajiri has been allowed to showcase a more comedic side to his personality, appearing in many funny sketches along with Regal and other WWE stars.

 

La Résistance repeatedly attempted to regain the gold (mainly on Sunday Night Heat) from Regal and Tajiri in many different matches but just fell short during each one, during their "last shot" for the gold the team thought they had won back the titles only to have the decision reversed by referee Mike Chioda due to La Résistance not pinning the legal man. After this match Regal issued an open challenge to any tag team in the world to come after their belts, Jonathan Coachman showed a large interest to this announcement. On the following episode of RAW, Regal & Tajiri successfully defended the belts against the debuting Romeo and Antonio, known collectively as "The Heart Throbs."

 

On May 1, 2005, at Backlash, Regal & Tajiri participated in a "Tag-Team Turmoil" match in which four teams competed for the World tag team titles. Regal & Tajiri were eliminated by La Résistance who, in turn, were eliminated by Hurricane and Rosey, who became the new champions.

 

He appeared at the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view, losing to Super Crazy.

 

On June 27, 2005, Tajiri answered the call to Chris Masters Masterlock Challenge and caught him off guard but was overwhelmed by the sheer strength of the Masterpiece. Masters demanded some respect from Tajiri, but instead was met with a spray of green mist, temporarily blinding the Masterpiece.

 

Profile

Height: 5'9" (175.3 cm)

Weight: 209lbs (94.8 kg)

Birthday: September 29, 1970

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

Trained by: Kendo Nagasaki, William DeMott, Ricky Santana

Debut: September 19, 1994

Previous identities: Aquarius, The Japanese Buzzsaw

Previous managers: Don Callis, The Sinister Minister, William Regal, Torrie Wilson

 

Finishing and signature moves

Buzzsaw Kick (low roundhouse kick to the upper back or head of a seated opponent)

Brainbuster

Bridging German Suplex

Tarantula (Upside down rope hung leg hook Boston crab)

Handspring Back elbow smash

Octopus stretch

Springboard/Asai Moonsault

Dragon Suplex

 

Spits Asian mist at opponent's eyes in order to blind them; Tajiri has, however, been known to spit Red Mist (which is purported to burn rather than blind) and Black Mist (which is significantly more powerful, provided the storyline on WWE Smackdown! where Nidia was blinded for weeks by it). All three mists were previously used by Japanese wrestler Keiji Mutoh, most notably when he appeared as his alter-ego "Great Muta"

Baseball slide to opponent who is hanging upside down on a turnbuckle

Shining Wizard

Multiple kicks

Swinging DDT (as a counter to a powerbomb)

Diving Double Foot Stomp

 

Championships/Accomplishments

 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

1-time WWE United States Heavyweight Champion

3-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion

1-time WWF Light Heavyweight Champion

1-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Eddie Guerrero)

1-time World Tag Team Champion (with William Regal)

 

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)

1-time ECW World Television Champion

1-time ECW World Tag-Team Champion (with Mikey Whipwreck)

 

Big Japan Pro Wrestling

1-time BJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion

2-time BJPW Tag Team Champion (with Ryuji Yamakawa)

 

Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)

1-time CZW World Heavyweight Champion

 

International Wrestling Alliance: Puerto Rico

IWA: Puerto Rico Hardcore Champion

 

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)

1-time CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion

 

Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI)

PWI ranked him # 242 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.

 

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Reigns

Preceded by:
Billy Kidman

First

Succeeded by
Billy Kidman

Preceded by:
Billy Kidman

Second

Succeeded by
The Hurricane

Preceded by:
Rey Mysterio

Third

Succeeded by
Rey Mysterio

 

Trivia

Was rewarded for his hard work, talented efforts, and gaining popularity in ECW by wrestling then World Heavyweight Champion Taz for the title in the main event of an ECW Pay Per View card.

 

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The above biography has been copied in part or in whole from an article on Wikipedia.org "The Free Encyclopedia."  It has been modified under the GNU Free Document License Section 5 in the following manner: (1) All links within the article have been removed, including text links such as "[#]"; (2) The "[Edit]" text and link have been removed [if you would like to update the article, you may do so from the original page]; (3) the table of Contents links and text have been removed; and (4) all of the sections of the original article have not been copied. All of the above text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Document License.

URL of Original Article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiro_Tajiri

Date Article Copied: September 7, 2005

We will try to replace this article with an original biography in the near future, but we hope this will be of help to our visitors in the mean time.

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