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Jado

Jado

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :September 28, 1968
Height :1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight :99 kg (218 lb)

Jado: A Brief Biography

Shoji Akiyoshi, a Japanese professional wrestler better known by his ring name Jado (), was born on September 28, 1968. He is best known for his work in a tag team with his partner Gedo in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). With the exception of a brief stint in 1993 with Universal Lucha Libre, a period in 1997 with Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW), where they were on opposing sides, and the fact that Jado did not imitate Gedo’s tour of North America with World Championship Wrestling, the careers of Jado and Gedo have paralleled mainly one another. The World Class Tag Team has won numerous wrestling titles, including the International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Dragon Gate, the UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Title from the Universal Wrestling Association, and the NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They have also won the NJPW Super J Tag League once. The NJPW’s co-head bookers are Jado and Gedo.

Titles

  • Big Japan Pro Wrestling
    • BJW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo
  • Dragon Gate
    • Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo
  • Dramatic Dream Team
    • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
  • Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
    • WEW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo
    • WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo
    • FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Gedo and Hiromichi Fuyuki (1) and Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura (1)
    • WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Gedo and Koji Nakagawa (2), Gedo and Kaori Nakayama (1), and Gedo and Masato Tanaka (1)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Gedo
    • New Japan Rumble (2016)
    • Super J Tag League (2010) – with Gedo
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #150 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
    • GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Tag Team Award (2001) – with Gedo
  • Toryumon X
    • UWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – with Gedo and Katsushi Takemura
  • Universal Wrestling Federation
    • UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Crush
  • Wrestle Association “R”
    • WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Gedo and Hiromichi Fuyuki
    • WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament (1994) – with Hiromichi Fuyuki and Gedo
  • Wrestling International New Generations
    • WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Booker (2011–2014) – with Gedo

Height of Jado, Weight, and Body Stats

 Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight99 kg (218 lb)

All-time Career of Jado

Early career

Akiyoshi made his Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling debut under his real name, but he was defeated by Masanobu Kurisu. He joined the Takeshi Puroresu Gundan (TPG) stable, which is New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s (NJPW’s) spoof of the World Wrestling Federation’s “Rock ‘n Wrestling” era. Akiyoshi and fellow TPG member Keiji Takayama left NJPW after the TPG split.

Touring Mexico (1991–1993)

In Mexico, Akiyoshi and Takayama competed as Punish and Crush for the Universal Wrestling Association. They triumphed over Silver King and El Texano to win the UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship on November 8, 1991, becoming the team’s first champions. They held the title for more than 200 days before losing it to Shu El Guerrero and Scorpio, Jr., only to reclaim it six days later. They split up and gave up the title on June 21, 1992. After leaving UWA, they spent a short time competing in six- or eight-man tag team matches with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.

Wrestling International New Generations (1993–1994)

On July 11, 1993, Akiyoshi and Takayama made their professional wrestling debut for Wrestling International New Generations (W*ING), teaming up with Freddie Krueger to defeat Miguelito Perez, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, and Yukihiro Kanemura in a WarGames match. By defeating Yukihiro Kanemura for the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship on September 26, Jado won his first singles championship. He and Gedo won the vacant W*NG World Tag Team Championship while they were the champions, but they promptly gave it back to The Headhunters. Jado then unsuccessfully challenged Crypt Keeper, the W*NG Heavyweight Champion. They faced The Headhunters once more during their final month at W*ING and lost. Jado gave up the Caribbean Heavyweight Championship when they departed.

Wrestle Association R (1994–1996)

The top tag team, Jado and Gedo, made their Wrestle Association R (WAR) debut in 1994. On June 6, 1994, they won the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship competition with Hiromichi Fuyuki’s team by defeating Genichiro Tenryu, Animal Hamaguchi, and Koki Kitahara in the final. The group was defeated by Bob Backlund, Scott Putski, and Warlord on August 26 before winning it back a month later. In 1995 and 1996, they won this championship three more times.

Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (1997–2001)

For Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, one of Japan’s top independent promotions, Jado and Gedo left WAR. On March 21, 1997, Jado, Gedo, and Fuyuki (now known as “Kodo” Fuyuki) defeated The Headhunters and Hisakatsu Oya to claim the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. They left on July 8th. Together with Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura, Jado won the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship on January 16, 1998. A month later, Atsushi Onita, Koji Nakagawa, and Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated them for the title.

Jado competed in the FMW Double Championship number one contender tournament, but Hayabusa defeated him in the semifinals.

In the spring of 1998, he started working alongside Gedo once more. They made an unsuccessful bid to win the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship from Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka. Jado, Gedo, and Koji Nakagawa won the WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship on December 11, 1999. They lost it to Kodo Fuyuki, Kyoko Inoue, and Chocoball Mukai in April 2000; they later won it back; they then lost it again 20 days later. Jado and Gedo defeated H and Tetsuhiro Kuroda on July 14, 2000, winning the WEW World Tag Team Championship before falling to Masao Inoue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2001–present)

Along with Masato Tanaka, Gedo, Hideki Hosaka, and Kaori Nakayama, Jado left FMW in 2001. After the group started working as independent contractors, Jado and Gedo eventually joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling. They defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger and El Samurai on July 20, 2001, to win the title of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. They advanced to the G1 Junior Tag League final in 2001 before falling to Liger and Samurai. They competed as a tag team with Koji Kanemoto and fell short to Liger, Osamu Nishimura, and Tatsumi Fujinami in the Teisen Hall Cup Tag Team Tournament. When Liger and Minoru Tanaka defeated Jado and Gedo to win the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, Liger defeated them once more.

Jado had a limited amount of success during the Best of the Super Juniors IX, winning just one game and failing to advance. He quickly recovered by winning the Junior Triathlon Survivor competition with Gedo and Koji Kanemoto.

At Ultimate Crush II on October 13, 2003, Jado triumphed over eleven opponents to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. On November 29, while he was the champion, he and Gedo successfully defended their title as the junior heavyweight tag team. Soon after, Jado was defeated by Heat for the Junior Heavyweight title, and he also lost the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title to American Dragon and Curry Man.

The tag team championship was won by Jado and Gedo for the third time on June 5, 2004, and they held it for more than nine months and through five defenses. On March 4, 2005, Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue defeated them for the championship. Jado and Gedo joined the CTU (Control Terrorism Unit) stable of Jyushin Thunder Liger during their third reign. By defeating Ryusuke Taguchi and El Samurai on July 8, 2006, they captured the tag title a fourth time. Prior to losing the championship to Taka Michinoku and Dick Togo on May 2, 2007, they had held it for ten months.

After the team lost the championship, Jado and Gedo joined GBH (Great Bash Heel) just before CTU disbanded. Jado and Gedo gave their team the name The World Class Tag Team over the ensuing few years. In 2009, they joined Chaos, a division of GBH. They then experienced a string of setbacks; Gedo missed most of 2009 due to injuries, and Jado sustained an injury in early 2010 and didn’t fully recover until September 3.

In order to win the 2010 Super J Tag League, Jado and Gedo defeated Davey Richards and Rocky Romero of CHAOS in the championship match on November 13, 2010, making a comeback as a tag team. They were given a chance to compete for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at a Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) event on December 26, but they lost to the Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi), the reigning champions.

Gedo and Jado were named the “Bookers of the Year” by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at the end of 2011 for the first of four consecutive years. Jado and Gedo attempted to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the first time in three years on November 1, 2013, but Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated them.

Early in 2015, Jado assumed control of Pro Wrestling Noah, leaving Gedo primarily in charge of booking New Japan. He also began working for the promotion while hiding his identity as “Captain Noah,” a comedic persona resembling Captain New Japan. Jado made a surprise appearance at NJPW on January 4, 2016, to compete in the New Japan Rumble as part of the Wrestle Kingdom 10 pre-show. He won the match by eliminating Ryusuke Taguchi and Shiro Koshinaka after entering as the last of 18 competitors. In a three-way match that also featured Taichi and Taka Michinoku on June 12, 2016, Jado and Gedo got back together to challenge Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada for Noah’s GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Kotoge and Harada were defeated by Jado and Gedo on October 8 to claim the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On December 24, Kotoge and Harada regained the title.

At King of Pro-Wrestling on October 8, 2018, Jado broke away from Chaos and joined Jay White and Gedo in the Bullet Club OGs.