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Kazuo Yamazaki

Kazuo Yamazaki
Born (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962
Tokyo, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Billed height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Billed weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Trained by Satoru Sayama
Debut May 6, 1982
Retired January 4, 2000

Kazuo Yamazaki (born August 15, 1962) is a Japanese former professional wrestler, who is known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling and UWF International.[1]

Contents

  • Professional wrestling career 1
    • New Japan Pro Wrestling (1982–1984) 1.1
    • Universal Wrestling Federation (1984–1985) 1.2
    • Return To NJPW (1985–1988) 1.3
    • Newborn UWF (1988–1990) 1.4
    • UWF International (1991–1995) 1.5
    • Return To NJPW (1995–2000) 1.6
  • Retirement 2
  • In wrestling 3
  • Championships and accomplishments 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6

Professional wrestling career

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1982–1984)

Yamazaki's wrestling career began in May 1982 in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He wrestled his debut match on May 6 against Tatsutoshi Goto. During this time, he was also a student of Satoru Sayama, better known as Tiger Mask. Whenever Kuniaki Kobayashi strip Sayama of his mask, Yamazaki was always the first one to help remask him.

Universal Wrestling Federation (1984–1985)

In 1984, Yamazaki joined the Japanese UWF. However, differences between his mentor Satoru Sayama and Akira Maeda over direction caused the promotion to fail.

Return To NJPW (1985–1988)

He rejoined New Japan in 1985 as a junior heavyweight. Despite this, he found more success in tag teams in 1987, winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship with one of his mentors, Yoshiaki Fujiwara.

Newborn UWF (1988–1990)

In 1988, however, the UWF was reconstituted as Newborn UWF and Yamazaki joined it, and stayed there until it folded in December 1990.

UWF International (1991–1995)

In May 1991, Yamazaki joined UWF International. In UWF International, he supported Nobuhiko Takada, but after being overlooked several times for shots at Takada's UWFI World Heavyweight championship, he decided to quit and return to New Japan on his own in July 1995.

Return To NJPW (1995–2000)

During the New Japan vs. UWFI feud in 1995-1996, Yamazaki participated on New Japan's side, but mostly as a behind-the-scenes supporter, training Yuji Nagata and Tokimitsu Ishizawa (Kendo Ka Shin) in the use of the shoot-style. He won two more IWGP Tag Team Championships, first with Takashi Iizuka in June 1996 and with Kensuke Sasaki in August 1997. In 1998, he participated in the G1 Climax tournament, defeating Tatsumi Fujinami, Kensuke Sasaki, and Masahiro Chono, before losing to Shinya Hashimoto in the finals. Yamazaki retired from in-ring competition on January 4, 2000, losing to his student Yuji Nagata as his final opponent.

Retirement

Kazuo Yamazaki now works as a wrestling instructor at the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo and sometimes acts as color commentator for the NJPW program on TV Asahi. He also works as a seitaishi in Ayase, Kanagawa.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 

External links

  • Fights of Kazuo Yamazaki
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