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Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :March 23, 1971
Height :1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight :115 kg (254 lb)
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Hiroyoshi Tenzan: A Brief Biography

Hiroyoshi Yamamoto born March 23, 1971, is a Japanese professional wrestler who competes under the ring name Hiroyoshi Tenzan. He currently competes for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. In 2008, they won both the G1 Tag League in NJPW and the World’s Strongest Tag Determination League in All Japan Pro Wrestling with Satoshi Kojima, making them the only tag team to accomplish both feats. He has won the IWGP Tag Team Championship a record twelve times and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship four times. He has also held the title of World Heavyweight Champion for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).

Titles

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
    • World’s Strongest Tag Determination League (2006, 2008) – with Satoshi Kojima
  • Catch Wrestling Association
    • CWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Satoshi Kojima
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (12 times) – with Masahiro Chono (5), Satoshi Kojima (6), and Osamu Nishimura (1)
    • G1 Climax (2003, 2004, 2006)
    • G1 Tag League (2001, 2008) – with Satoshi Kojima
    • G1 Tag League (2003) – with Osamu Nishimura
    • Super Grade Tag League (1995) – with Masahiro Chono
    • Young Lion Cup (1993)
    • Yuke’s Cup Tag Tournament (2008) – with Shinjiro Otani
    • 10,000,000 Yen Tag Tournament (2004) – with Shinsuke Nakamura
    • MVP Award (2003, 2004)
    • Singles Best Bout (2003) vs. Jun Akiyama on August 17
    • Singles Best Bout (2004) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on August 15
    • Tag Team Best Bout (2000) with Satoshi Kojima vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata on October 9
    • Tag Team Best Bout (2002) with Masahiro Chono vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura on June 5
    • Tag Team Best Bout (2004) with Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Katsuyori Shibata and Masahiro Chono on October 24
  • Nikkan Sports
    • Best Tag Team Award (2008) with Satoshi Kojima
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 10 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the “PWI 500” in 2005
    • Ranked No. 223 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Fighting Spirit Award (2004)
    • Tag Team of the Year (1995)
    • Tag Team of the Year (1996) with Masahiro Chono and Hiro Saito
    • Tag Team of the Year (2000)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Tag Team of the Year (2001) with Satoshi Kojima
    • Best Gimmick (1996) – nWo
    • Feud of the Year (1996) New World Order vs. World Championship Wrestling

Height of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb)

All-time Career of Hiroyoshi Tenzan

New-Japan Pro Wrestling (1991–1993)

First employed by New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Hiroyoshi Yamamoto. In his debut match, he wrestled Osamu Matsuda in January 1991.

Catch Wrestling Association (1993–1995)

The Catch Wrestling Association in Germany hosted Yamamoto during his 1993 European tour after he won the Young Lions Cup. There, in July 1993, he defeated Lance Storm to win the promotion’s first World Junior Heavyweight Championship. A few weeks later, Storm defeated him to win the title. Three months later, he would win the title back from Storm before losing it again.

Return to NJPW (1995–present)

On January 4, 1995, at the Tokyo Dome, Yamamoto would finally return to NJPW after nearly two years away in Europe, this time going by the name Hiroyoshi Tenzan (, Tenzan Hiroyoshi). Tokyo Joe gave him the moniker, which he derived from the Tien Shan mountains. A month later, in a losing effort against Shinya Hashimoto, he was given his very first opportunity to compete for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Then Tenzan and Masahiro Chono formed Team Wolf. Tenzan and Chono won the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a competition in June 1995. They held the title for a month before it was revoked because Chono missed a match when his father passed away.

Tenzan and Chono successfully defended their IWGP Tag Team Championship in July 1996 by defeating Takashi Iizuka and Kazuo Yamazaki. Before being defeated by Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura in January 1997, they held the titles for more than five months. After Chono joined the nWo in December 1996, Tenzan joined as one of the organization’s founding members a few weeks later. Tenzan and the rest of nWo Japan continued to wage war on their various foes for the remainder of 1997.

Following the injury of Chono’s former tag team partner Keiji Mutoh in July 1998, Tenzan was given a third opportunity to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles. The match and the belts were ultimately won by Tenzan and Chono. They were defeated a month later by Shiro Koshinaka and Genichiro Tenryu. Due to Mutoh’s leadership in nWo Japan, Tenzan eventually acquired Satoshi Kojima as a partner in their ongoing conflict with Tenryu and Koshinaka. In the January 1999 match between the two teams at the Tokyo Dome, Tenzan and Kojima triumphed over Koshinaka and Tenryu to win the IWGP Tag-Team titles. A few months later, Koshinaka and partner Kensuke Sasaki reclaimed the titles from Tenzan and Kojima. Tenzan continued to compete in NJPW for the following year, engaging in conflict with Koshinaka, Masahiro Chono, Manabu Nakanishi, and other wrestlers. In January 2000 at the Tokyo Dome, he defeated Wild Pegasus.

Tenzan and Kojima won the IWGP Tag Team Championships for the fifth time in July 2000 by defeating Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata. For the following few months, Tenzan and Kojima engaged in conflict with Nakanishi and Nagata; Tenzan and Kojima ultimately prevailed.

Tenzan made a brief appearance at the pay-per-view WWA The Revolution on February 24, 2002, from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he choked Disco Inferno. Scott Steiner then launched an in-ring assault on Disco. When Disco joined commentary, Tenzan could be seen sitting directly behind the announcer’s desk. He can be seen leaving the arena after Disco was attacked by Steiner.

Both in March 2002 with Masahiro Chono (whose title reign lasted more than a year and tied the team record for most championships won with Fujinami & Kimura), and again in December 2003 with Osamu Nishimura, Tenzan won the IWGP Tag Team Titles.

After losing the IWGP Tag Team titles to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie in the summer of 2003, Tenzan took a quick trip to Canada to train with Tokyo Joe Daigo. He changed his wrestling style from that of a buffalo to that of an anaconda when he came back for the G1 Climax. The journey paid off as he defeated Jun Akiyama of NOAH in the championship match to claim his first G1 Climax victory.

Tenzan defeated Yoshihiro Takayama for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in November 2003. Less than a month later, he would lose the championship to Shinsuke Nakamura, an unlikely winner who, at the age of 23, became the youngest world champion in company history. Tenzan went on to defeat Genichiro Tenryu in February 2004, Kensuke Sasaki in December 2004, and Satoshi Kojima in May 2005 before winning it three more times.

In a cross-promotional champion vs. champion match, he was defeated by AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Kojima and forfeited the title. The game had a special ending intended to trick the spectators. The goal was to make it appear as though the game would be decided by a 60-minute time limit draw. Tenzan, who was known to have a valid back injury, was unable to continue the match with only a few seconds left before the time limit draw was to be called. As a result, Kojima was declared the winner and the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Although they agreed with AJPW that Kojima winning the match would be preferable, NJPW officials came up with the “mistake” finish because they did not want the match to end in a typical pinfall or submission. Three months later, Tenzan defeated Kojima in a rematch to return the championship to NJPW. On July 18, 2005, Kazuyuki Fujita defeated him for the title.

Tenzan took part in the 2005 G1 Tournament and came very close to reaching the semifinals. Tenzan and Chono reunited in October 2005 to defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura for the fifth time and capture the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

In the 2006 G1 Climax final on August 13, 2006, Tenzan defeated longtime foe, Satoshi Kojima, becoming just the second wrestler to go undefeated in a round-robin G-1 format. His third G1 victory would be this one.

Tenzan founded the heel unit GBH (“Great Bash Heel”) after breaking off ties with his former mentor Masahiro Chono. The group was made up of Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Shiro Koshinaka, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, and Tomoaki Honma. GBH turned against Tenzan in February 2008, and Makabe became the group’s leader. Up until the following October, Tenzan and his former stablemates were at odds.

He has divided his time between reforming Tencozy and working with former GBH teammates Makabe and Honma against CHAOS since moving back to New Japan in May 2009. Tenzan missed time in August 2009 due to an injury.

Tenzan made his comeback to the ring on November 18, 2010, defeating Antonio Honda at New Japan’s NEVER.4 event, which took place fifteen months later. Tenzan defeated Gedo in Osaka on December 11 in his first main event match for New Japan since his comeback. Following the contest, Takashi Iizuka attacked Tenzan, reigniting their feud. Tenzan defeated Iizuka on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in the Tokyo Dome. The match required Iizuka to be choked out of consciousness in order for Tenzan to win. Tenzan competed in the 2011 G1 Climax in August. He won four of his nine matches there, placing him in the middle of his block. Later that year, on December 4, Hideo Saito and Takashi Iizuka of CHAOS were defeated by Tenzan and Kojima’s reformed Tencozy tag team. Tenzan and Kojima won the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the third time as a team and for the ninth time for Tenzan individually on January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in the Tokyo Dome by defeating Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson). On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2012, Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano defeated Tenzan and Kojima to lose the championship in their third defense. To reclaim the recently vacated title, Tenzan and Kojima defeated Iizuka and Yano in a decision match on July 22. Tenzan and Kojima were defeated by K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) on October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling. Tencozy participated in the round-robin phase of the 2012 World Tag League from November 20 to December 1. The group won their block and advanced to the tournament semifinals with a record of four wins and two losses. On December 2, Sword & Guns (Hirooki Goto and Karl Anderson) defeated Tencozy in their semifinal match, sending them home from the competition. In a four-way match on May 3, 2013, Tencozy won the IWGP Tag Team Championship back from K.E.S. Tenzan began his eleventh reign as the winner after the match also featured Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano, Manabu Nakanishi, and Strong Man.

Tenzan participated in the G1 Climax in early August, but it was revealed midway through the event that he had to withdraw from it due to a fractured rib. On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Tenzan made his way back into the ring, ironically just as Kojima was forced out due to an injury of his own. He teamed up with Takaaki Watanabe in a tag team match, but they were defeated by K.E.S. In a three-way match that also featured The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway), Kojima and Tenzan lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to K.E.S on November 9 at Power Struggle. Tencozy advanced to the 2013 World Tag League finals in December, defeating K.E.S in the semifinals, but ultimately fell to Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Tencozy defeated The IronGodz on April 6, 2014, at Invasion Attack 2014 to claim the NWA World Tag Team Championship. On October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling, they lost the title to K.E.S after making four successful title defenses. Tencozy competed in the 2014 World Tag League the following month, where they finished with a record of four victories and three defeats and were unable to advance to the championship match.

Tenzan won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Rob Conway on February 14, 2015, at The New Beginning in Sendai. Against Kojima on March 21 and Big Daddy Yum-Yum on April 29, he successfully defended his title. Tenzan, who had a record of three wins and six losses, placed second-to-last in his block at the 2015 G1 Climax. In San Antonio, Texas, on August 29, Jax Dane defeated Tenzan to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Tenzan unsuccessfully contested Katsuyori Shibata for the NEVER Openweight Championship on April 10, 2016, at Invasion Attack 2016. Tenzan was unexpectedly left out of the 2016 G1 Climax field when the competitors were announced. Tenzan had competed in every tournament since 1995 with the exception of the 2010 competition, which he missed due to an injury. Tenzan was a former three-time G1 Climax champion and held the record for the most victories in G1 Climax matches. Tenzan then repeatedly vented his resentment over missing what might have been his final G1 Climax. On July 3, Satoshi Kojima announced his withdrawal from the competition and consented to give Tenzan his spot in exchange for Tenzan winning the competition. Tenzan later declared that the 2016 G1 Climax would be his last, according to. Tenzan began his tournament with two victories but lost each of his next seven matches to place last in his block.

On March 6, 2017, Tencozy won the IWGP Tag Team Championship for a sixth time by defeating Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii. At Sakura Genesis 2017, they were defeated by War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) on April 9. From 2015 on, Tencozy would compete in every World Tag League, but he would never make it to the championship match.

The retirement performance for Takashi Iizuka, who had betrayed him in 2008, was emceed by Tenzan Main. Before retiring as a villain, Tenzan had been pleading with Iizuka to team up with him once more. After their match, which Tenzan had won by pinning Iizuka, the two embraced.

Tenzan participated in the newly expanded New Japan Cup in 2019, where he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi, who was filling in for David Finlay, who was injured, in the Round of 32. He would participate in the competition the following year and would lose to Yoshi-Hashi in the same round.

World Championship Wrestling (1995, 1998)

Tenzan had a brief career in World Championship Wrestling. His most notable defeat came at Starrcade ’95: World Cup of Wrestling at the hands of “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Tenzan would face Savage again on April 29, 1996, at NJPW’s Battle Formation show, but this time he lost.

He rejoined WCW in 1998 as a member of NWO Japan, primarily teaming with Masahiro Chono.