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Gedo

Gedo

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :February 20, 1969
Height :1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight :86 kg (190 lb)

Gedo: A Brief Biography

Japanese professional wrestler and manager Keiji Takayama (born February 20, 1969) is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) under the ring name Gedo (, Ged). Since the beginning of the 2010s, Gedo has been the main booker for NJPW. As a wrestler, Gedo is best known for his successful tag team performances with partner Jado, which spanned the 1990s to the mid-2010s.

Gedo works as a manager for David Finlay and the evil Bullet Club faction in NJPW in addition to his behind-the-scenes duties. He had previously worked as a manager for Kazuchika Okada’s Chaos stable. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, the BJW Tag Team Championship, and numerous other tag team titles have all been won by Jado and Gedo. Gedo has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Booker award eight times.

Titles

  • Big Japan Pro Wrestling
    • BJW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jado
  • Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling / World Entertainment Wrestling
    • FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Koji Nakagawa
    • FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kodo Fuyuki and Jado
    • WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jado
    • WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Kodo Fuyuki and Koji Nakagawa (1), Koji Nakagawa and Jado (2), Jado and Kaori Nakayama (1), and Jado and Masato Tanaka (1)
    • WEW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Koji Nakagawa (1), Kodo Fuyuki (1) and Masato Tanaka (1)
    • WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament (1999) – with Kodo Fuyuki and Gedo
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Jado
    • DREAM* Win Jr. Tag Team Tournament (2002) – with El Samurai
    • Super J Tag League (2010) – with Jado
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 121 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2006
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
    • GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jado
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Tag Team Award (2001) – with Jado
  • Toryumon X
    • UWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – with Jado and Katsushi Takemura
  • Universal Wrestling Association
    • UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Punish (2), Pat Tanaka (1), and Dick Togo (1)
  • Wrestle Association “R”
    • WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Lion Do
    • WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Hiromichi Fuyuki and Jado
    • WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament (1994) – with Hiromichi Fuyuki and Jado
    • WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1995)
    • WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Tournament (1996) – with Lion Do
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Booker (2011–2014) – with Jado
    • Best Booker (2016–2019)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2019)

Height of Gedo, Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)

All-time Career of Gedo

Early Career and WAR (1989-2001)

Gedo made his professional wrestling debut for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) on March 19, 1989, during the Takeshi Puroresu Gundan (TPG), NJPW’s spoof of the Rock ‘n Wrestling era of the World Wrestling Federation. On March 19, 1989, he competed in his first match against Magic Monkey Wakita, later known as Super Delfin. Gedo, Wakita, and fellow TPG member Jado left NJPW after TPG disbanded. Later on, Jado and Gedo rose to prominence as one of Japan’s top tag teams.

On November 8, 1991, Jado and Gedo competed for the UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship by defeating Silver King and El Texano at the Universal Wrestling Association in Mexico under the names Punish (Jado) and Crush (Gedo). In 1992, they would take home these belts twice more. As a result, they went on numerous tours with W*NG and took part in the burning of Kanemura. In 1994, Jado and Gedo moved to Wrestling and Romance, where they quickly rose to prominence as one of the best tag teams, eventually forming Fuyuki-Gun with Kodo Fuyuki. The WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, which Fuyuki-Gun held for the first time and won five times, was the first title held by Gedo, who also held the first International Junior Heavyweight Championship and the first International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Lion Do.

Along with being a skilled tag team wrestler, Gedo was one of Japan’s top junior heavyweights in the first half of the 1990s. Gedo competed in the 1994 Super J-Cup semifinals before falling to Wild Pegasus. In the 1995 Super J-Cup, Gedo participated and advanced to the finals before falling to Jushin Thunder Liger in his fourth match of the evening. On March 26, 1995, Gedo became the first International Junior Heavyweight Champion after defeating Lionheart in the tournament final. This was his first time winning a singles championship. In order to win this belt once more, Gedo had to defeat Last Dragón.

Jado and Gedo moved to Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, one of Japan’s top independent promotions, from the failing WAR. On March 21, 1997, Gedo defeated the Headhunters and Hisakatsu Oya to claim the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship with Jado and Kodo Fuyuki. In addition, Gedo went on a tour of North America in 1997. He wrestled Chris Jericho at the 1997 WCW Halloween Havoc event, and on August 31, 1997, he defeated Ricky Fuji to win the CRMW North American Mid-Heavyweight Championship. Gedo was referred to as the Dusty Rhodes of Japan by Mike Tenay during the Halloween Havoc show. He added that Gedo liked the brawling that was popular in the 1970s in the American South.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Tag team success, Great Bash Heel and Chaos (2001–2011)

Gedo in June 2011 On June 13, 1999, Gedo and Koji Nakagawa defeated Masato Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship. Jado was not a part of that team. Along with Masato Tanaka, Jado, Hideki Hosaka, and Kaori Nakayama, Gedo left FMW in 2001. The group later became independent contractors, with Gedo primarily working in Michinoku Pro. On July 20, 2001, Gedo and Jado defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger and El Samurai to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Gedo and Jado would later return to New Japan. Gedo and Liger got into a heated argument after Jado and Gedo unexpectedly appeared in NJPW and both of them removed Liger’s mask. In 2003, Jado and Gedo successfully defended their IWGP Junior Heavyweight titles by defeating Liger and Samurai once more. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) offered Gedo a contract in 2007, but he declined it because the contract required him to play a stereotypical Japanese character. Gedo and Jado joined the Great Bash Heel (GBH) faction in July 2007. With a final score of 6 points, the tag team would compete in the 2007 G1 Tag League but would not come out on top. Gedo and Jado left GBH in April 2009 and joined the Chaos stable as founding members. On November 13, 2010, Jado and Gedo won the 2010 Super J Tag League by defeating their Chaos teammates Davey Richards and Rocky Romero in the championship match of a five-day competition. This victory saw them reclaim the top spot in New Japan’s Junior Tag Team division. Gedo and Jado’s victory earned them a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, which was held on December 26, 2010, at a Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) event, where they were defeated by the Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi), the reigning champions. Gedo and Jado were named the year’s top bookers by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at the end of 2011. Since then, they have taken home the prize three more times.

Main booker and manager (2013–2018)

In an effort to prevent Prince Devitt from facing Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on July 5, 2013, Gedo got his first shot at the title in nearly ten years. However, Gedo’s challenge was unsuccessful, and Devitt went on to face Okada. Gedo and Jado had their first opportunity to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in three years on November 1, but Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated them.

When Jado took over as the new booker of Pro Wrestling Noah at the beginning of 2015, Gedo became the main booker of New Japan.

Defection to Bullet Club (2018-present)

During the 2018 G1 Climax Finals, Okada and Gedo split up. Gedo made a comeback at Destruction in Kobe, where it seemed he would save Okada but ended up hitting him with a chair and taking over as Jay White’s new manager. Gedo, White, and longtime tag team partner Jado all finished leaving Chaos to join Bullet Club at King of Pro-Wrestling. White is now managed by Gedo, who also occasionally engages in professional wrestling, typically in tag teams with White and other Bullet Club members.

Pro Wrestling Noah (2016)

Gedo made an unexpected appearance at a Pro Wrestling Noah event on June 12, 2016. In a three-way match that also featured Taichi and Taka Michinoku, he reunited with Jado to challenge Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada for Noah’s GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Kotoge and Harada were defeated by Gedo and Jado on October 8 to claim the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On December 24, Kotoge and Harada regained the title.