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Yutaka Yoshie

Yutaka Yoshie
Yoshie in October 2011.
Birth name Yutaka Yoshie
Ring name(s) 4L Blazer[1]
Great Kabuki[1]
Pink Strong Machine[2]
Y2P 150kg[1]
Yutaka Yoshie[1]
Billed height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3][4][5]
Billed weight 150 kg (330 lb)[3]
Born (1974-01-05) January 5, 1974 (age 40)[3][4][5]
Maebashi, Gunma[3][5]
Trained by Animal Hamaguchi[1]
Debut December 9, 1994[3][4][5]

Yutaka Yoshie (吉江 豊 Yoshie Yutaka?, born January 5, 1974),[3][4] is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working as a freelancer in Japan, performing for promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1. In New Japan he is a former IWGP Tag Team Champion and in Zero1 a former NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion.

Professional wrestling career

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1994–2006)

Yoshie, who had a background in judo, joined New Japan Pro Wrestling's dojo in February 1994 and made his professional wrestling debut on December 9, 1994, in a match against Satoshi Kojima.[5] In only his second match Yoshie broke his leg and was sidelined until December 1995.[5] After spending years on the undercards of New Japan events, Yoshie wrestled his first major match on January 4, 1998, at Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome, where he was one of the five men selected to face Riki Chōshū in his Riki Road Final Message 5 series, set to end his retirement tour.[5] The following year Yoshie picked up major victories over wrestlers such as Tatsuhito Takaiwa and El Samurai, before leaving for a learning excursion to Germany in August to compete for Catch Wrestling Association (CWA).[5] While in Europe, Yoshie bulked up and when he returned to Japan in March 2000, he was a completely different wrestler, basing his new style on sumo wrestling, and was quickly recruited by Yuji Nagata into his stable, Fighting Club G-EGGS.[5] Later that year Yoshie defeated former IWGP Heavyweight Champions Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in singles matches.[5] However, Yoshie's climb was cut short, when Nagata disbanded Fighting Club G-EGGS in June 2001, sending him back down the card.[5] On June 13, 2003, Yoshie won his to date only title in New Japan, when he teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi to defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[4] They would hold the title for six months, before losing it to Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura.[4] After years of being unable to break through into the main fold of New Japan, Yoshie decided not to re-sign with the promotion in January 2006 and instead became a freelancer.[4][5]

Freelancer (2006–present)

After leaving New Japan, Yoshie made his debut for Pro Wrestling Zero1, where he, under the ring name Y2P–160 kg, formed a tag team called the P–Force Men with Steve Corino.[6] On February 25, 2006, Yoshie and Corino defeated Skull and Bones (Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita) to win the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship.[6] They would hold the title for four months, before losing it to Kohei Sato and Ryouji Sai on June 20, 2006.[6] Yoshie spent most of the rest of 2006 working for All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he in April participated in his first Champion Carnival.[4] In late 2006 Yoshie also made his debut for Tatsumi Fujinami's and Osamu Nishimura's Muga World Pro Wrestling, for which he wrestled most of 2007.[4] On December 13, 2007, Yoshie defeated Fujinami in the finals of a tournament to win Muga's Dragon Cup.[7] On January 4, 2008, Yoshie made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome, where he, Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Katsushi Takemura defeated Takashi Iizuka, Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask IV and Ryusuke Taguchi in an eight man tag team match, when Yoshie pinned Taguchi.[8] Later that year Yoshie teamed with Manabu Nakanishi to take part in New Japan's G1 Tag League, where the team, named Big Mountain, reached the semifinals before losing to the eventual winners of the entire tournament, TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima).[9] On December 6, 2008, Yoshie and Nakanishi unsuccessfully challenged The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[10] On February 6, 2010, Yoshie made his debut for Pro Wrestling Noah in a match, where he defeated Shuhei Taniguchi.[11] In June Yoshie made another return to New Japan to compete in the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament, where, under a mask and the ring name Pink Strong Machine, he teamed with Super Strong Machine and Tonga Strong Machine. The team was eliminated in the second round by Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Hirooki Goto.[2] In April 2012, Yoshie entered All Japan's 2012 Champion Carnival, however, an ankle fracture on April 23 forced him to pull out of the tournament.[3][12] Yoshie returned to the ring at an All Japan event on January 20, 2013, when he teamed with Kenso to defeat Mazada and Sushi in a tag team match.[13] The following month, Yoshie formed the Momokuro-gun tag team with Black Tiger V.[14] On February 24, Yoshie returned to Pro Wrestling Noah, defeating Masao Inoue in a singles match.[15]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Muga World Pro Wrestling
    • Dragon Cup (2007)[7][16]
    • Tokyo Dome Hotel Cup (2007)[17]


External links

Professional wrestling portal
  • All Japan Pro Wrestling profile
  • Puroresu Central profile
  • Purolove profile
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