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Hiromu Takahashi

Hiromu Takahashi

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :December 4, 1989
Height :1.71 m (5 ft 7+1⁄2 in)
Weight :88 kg (194 lb)

Hiromu Takahashi: A Brief Biography

Hiromu Takahashi (born December 4, 1989) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is a member of the Los Ingobernables de Japón stable and the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, currently his fifth reign. He is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).

On August 28, 2010, Takahashi made his NJPW debut. For the next three years, he served as a “Young Lion.” As is customary with NJPW “Young Lions,” Takahashi, now known as Kamaitachi, was sent to the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion in January 2014 to advance his wrestling education and gain international experience. His first professional wrestling title, the CMLL World Lightweight Championship, was won by him in January 2016. In the months following his departure from CMLL, Takahashi worked for the American Ring of Honor (ROH) until the fall of 2016. In November 2016, he rejoined NJPW and resumed using his real name. Since his return, Takahashi has won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament four times (in 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022) and is now the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion five times.

Titles

  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • CMLL World Lightweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (5 times, current)
    • Best of the Super Juniors (2018, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 27 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Fighting Spirit Award (2020)
  • WhatCulture Pro Wrestling
    • Pro Wrestling World Cup Japanese Qualifying (2017) – with Kushida
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Gimmick (2017) as part of Los Ingobernables de Japón
    • Non-Heavyweight MVP (2020)

Height of Hiromu Takahashi, Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.71 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)

All-time Career of Hiromu Takahashi

Takahashi participated in the annual open tryout test for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in May 2009. He aced it and was admitted to the NJPW dojo, where he trained alongside King Fale and Kyosuke Mikami, who all made their in-ring debuts around the same time.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2010-2013)

On August 24, 2010, at the NEVER.1 show, Takahashi made his NJPW debut, the last of the three members of the NJPW Dojo class of 2010. In a brief opening match, Takahashi was defeated by Mikami. Takahashi adhered to the traditions of NJPW’s “Young Lions” (their term for rookies), wrestling in all-black trunks and boots, and typically losing the majority of his matches in order to continue his training. Takahashi would lose every match he competed in until February 6, 2011, when he teamed up with Tomoaki Honma to finally win a match, defeating Fale and Mikami. Three weeks later, exactly six months after his debut, Takahashi finally won his first-ever singles match as he defeated Kazuki Hirata of the Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) promotion at NEVER.5. A few months later Takahashi was given an opportunity to compete for a spot in NJPW’s annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament as he participated in the 2011 “Road to the Super Juniors” tournament but was defeated in the first round by another DDT representative, Keisuke Ishii. On October 10, 2011, Takahashi and Mikami teamed up to defeat King Fale and Takaaki Watanabe in the dark match of the Destruction ’11 pay-per-view event. In 2012 Black Tiger had originally qualified for the 2012 Best of Super Juniors but was forced to withdraw from the tournament with Takahashi being named as his replacement. During the tournament, Takahashi lost to Alex Koslov, Daisuke Sasaki, Brian Kendrick, Jado, Low Ki, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Tiger Mask and only defeated Taka Michinoku. He would later team up with fellow “Young Lions” Mikami and Takaaki Watanabe to compete in the “J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament”. The team was defeated by Madoka, Shinobu, and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in their opening round match. On January 4, 2013, Takahashi participated in his first-ever January 4 Dome Show when he wrestled in a dark match of Wrestle Kingdom 7, teaming up with Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask, losing to the team of BUSHI, KUSHIDA, and Ryusuke Taguchi. In the summer of 2013, He first moved to the UK, where he regularly worked for several regional independent British wrestling promotions.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2014-2016)

Takahashi later traveled to Mexico to work for an extended period of time with NJPW’s partner promotion, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), much like his former wrestling school classmate Mikami had done before him. During his time in Mexico, he received a new wrestling persona called Kamaitachi, a masked “heel” or rudo character named after a Japanese supernatural creature that his mask resembled. In La Fiebre Amarilla (“The Yellow Fever”), Takahashi collaborated with CMLL’s resident Japanese employee Okumura, much like Mikami had done before him. La Fiebre Amarilla frequently participated in six-man tag team matches and mostly worked the lower half of the show. A storyline rivalry between Kamaitachi and Dragon Lee began in early 2015, and it culminated on March 20 at Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, where Kamaitachi was defeated by Lee in a Mask vs. Mask Lucha de Apuestas. Kamaitachi and Okumura had previously challenged for the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship on July 13, 2014, but they were defeated by champions Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr. In accordance with the agreement, Kamaitachi unmasked after the defeat, revealing himself to be Hiromu Takahashi. On May 1, Kamaitachi competed in the 2015 Reyes del Aire, where he and Dragon Lee eliminated one another by double pin. On May 15, Kamaitachi was defeated by Mstico in the opening round of the 2015 Leyenda de Plata (“Silver Legend”) tournament. On July 13, Kama

His first NJPW appearance since May 2013 occurred on January 23, 2016, when Takahashi, going by the ring name Kamaitachi, attacked Dragon Lee and challenged him to a title match. The following day, at the Fantastica Mania 2016 event, Kamaitachi triumphed over Lee to win his first professional wrestling title, the CMLL World Lightweight Championship. After the match, Kamaitachi announced that he would travel back to CMLL rather than immediately rejoin NJPW. On March 4, back in Mexico City, Kamaitachi lost the title once again to Dragon Lee.  The following month, it was revealed that Takahashi had left CMLL and had moved to the United States.

United States (2016)

On April 30, 2016, Kamaitachi made his debut for Ring of Honor (ROH), losing to ACH. On May 20, Kamaitachi made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), losing to Michael Elgin. On September 3, Kamaitachi entered PWG’s 2016 Battle of Los Angeles tournament but was eliminated in his first-round match by Trevor Lee. On June 24, 2016, Kamaitachi made his pay-per-view debut with Ring of Honor at Best In The World, losing to Kyle O’Reilly by submission. On September 30, 2016, Kamaitachi lost to Dragon Lee, a newcomer to CMLL, at ROH’s All-Star Extravaganza VIII.

Return to NJPW (2016–present)

After KUSHIDA defeated BUSHI to reclaim the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on November 5, 2016, at Power Struggle, Takahashi unexpectedly made an appearance and challenged the new champion to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome. On December 10, at the World Tag League finals, Takahashi accepted Tetsuya Naito’s invitation to join the Los Ingobernables de Japón stable. Takah On April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017, Takahashi successfully defended his title against KUSHIDA in just one minute and 56 seconds.  On April 29, Takahashi defeated Ricochet. Takahashi lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to KUSHIDA on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall. In the junior tag team division of NJPW, Takahashi began regularly teaming up with L.I.J. stablemate BUSHI in late 2017. On October 23, the two defeated Dragon Lee and Titán in the opening round of the 2017 Super Jr. They lost to eventual champions Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) on October 30 in the semifinals of the Tag Tournament. Takahashi competed in the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors competition in May of that year. On June 3, he completed his block with a record of five wins and two losses. To win his first Best of the Super Juniors on June 4, Takahashi defeated Taiji Ishimori in the championship match. Takahashi defeated Will Ospreay at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall five days later to reclaim the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Takahashi defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Dragon Lee on July 7 at G1 Special in San Francisco. Following the match, Takahashi collapsed backstage and was taken to a nearby hospital, where it was later discovered that he was conscious and could sit and talk. On July 11, NJPW reported that Takahashi was able to return to Japan and would proceed with medical treatment for his neck. On August 20, Takahashi was required to resign from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Takahashi made his comeback from the injury on November 3, 2019, at Power Struggle, challenging Will Ospreay to a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After being pinned by Robbie Eagles on December 19, Takahashi made his ring comeback on December 19 by teaming with Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate BUSHI in a losing effort against Ospreay and his CHAOS stablemate. Following their match, Ospreay made fun of Takahashi by mocking him with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship belt and saying that he “wasn’t ready” for it. Takahashi won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the third time on January 4, 2020, during the opening night of Wrestle Kingdom 14 at the Tokyo Dome. The next night of Wrestle Kingdom 14, on the second night, Takahashi competed in Jushin Thunder Liger’s retirement match, teaming with his rival Ryu Lee to defeat Liger and Naoki Sano. Takahashi promised to carry on Liger’s legacy in the junior heavyweight division after the contest. Takahashi competed in the 2020 New Japan Cup from June 16 to July 3, losing to former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the semifinals on July 3.

Takahashi lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Taiji Ishimori on August 29 at Summer Struggle in Jingu during his second title defense. Takahashi competed in 2020 Best of the Super Juniors from November 15 through December 6 and finished the competition with a record of seven wins and two losses, making it to the tournament’s championship game. Takahashi won 2020 Best of the Super Juniors on December 11 by defeating El Desperado in the championship match, becoming the second wrestler after Tiger Mask to accomplish the feat. Following that, Takahashi issued a match invitation to the 2020 Super J-Cup champion. Takahashi defeated El Phantasmo on the opening night of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2021, to advance to the top contender position for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was won by Takahashi for the fourth time the following day on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 15 by defeating Taiji Ishimori in a rematch. He would relinquish the title on February 25 because he would miss six months of action due to a torn pectoral muscle. Takahashi made his comeback from injury on July 25 at Wrestle Grand Slam in the Tokyo Dome, announcing that he had received a medical clearance to resume in-ring competition before posing a challenge to the victor of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship contest between El Desperado and Robbie Eagles. Eagles won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship later that evening by defeating Desperado, setting up his match with Takahashi. On August 27, Takahashi defeated DOUKI in the ring upon his injury comeback. Takahashi made an unsuccessful challenge to Robbie Eagles for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on September 5 at Wrestle Grand Slam in the MetLife Dome. Takahashi competed in 2021 Best of the Super Juniors from November 13 through December 11, finishing the competition with a record of seven victories, three defeats, and a draw, and making it to the tournament’s championship game. Takahashi defeated Yoh on December 15 to win 2021 Best of the Super Juniors for the third time and become the first wrestler to win back-to-back finals since Tiger Mask in 2004 and 2005. The match was the longest in the tournament’s history.

Takahashi unsuccessfully contested El Desperado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2022, the opening night of Wrestle Kingdom 16. Takahashi competed in the 2022 New Japan Cup in March and lost to Shingo Takagi of Los Ingobernables de Japón in the quarterfinals. Takahashi and EVIL developed a rivalry throughout the competition, with EVIL frequently attacking him after his matches. Instead of challenging EVIL to a title match for the NEVER Openweight Championship, Takahashi countered an attack from EVIL by saying that if he wanted a rematch, he would have to beg for one. Takahashi unsuccessfully challenged EVIL for the NEVER Openweight Championship on April 9 at Hyper Battle. Takahashi competed in the 2022 Best of the Super Juniors in May. He finished the competition with a record of six victories and three defeats, making it to the tournament’s championship game. On June 3, Takahashi defeated El Desperado in the tournament’s championship match in a rematch from 2020 Best of the Super Juniors. As a result, Takahashi became the first wrestler to win the tournament on four separate occasions and the first to win three straight finals. Takahashi made an unsuccessful attempt to dethrone Taiji Ishimori from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on June 21.

Takahashi won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for a fifth time by defeating Ishimori, El Desperado, and Master Wato on January 4, 2023, at Wrestle Kingdom 17 in the Tokyo Dome. Takahashi defeated Yoh on February 5 at The New Beginning in Sapporo to make his first successful title defense. The Takahashi-produced inter-promotional All-Star Junior Festival, which featured junior heavyweights from more than 20 different Japanese and international promotions, was held by NJPW on March 1. On March 21, he successfully defended his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Lio Rush in his second title defense. Takahashi defeated Robbie Eagles on April 8 at Sakura Genesis to complete his third successful title defense. Later on in the evening, he challenged SANADA, a former member of Los Ingobernables de Japon, to a championship match for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, a stablemate of SANADA’s Just 5 Guys, issued a challenge to Takahashi prior to Takahashi’s conclusion of his challenge, challenging him to a title match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Takahashi received his match for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku but lost to SANADA after successfully defending his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kanemaru. Takahashi participated in the 2023 Best of the Super Juniors later that month. He narrowly missed making it to the semifinals after losing to fellow Los Ingobernables de Japón stablemate Titán on the final day of the tournament with a record of six wins and three losses. Takahashi defeated Best of the Super Juniors champion Master Wato on June 4 at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall to complete his fifth successful title defense.