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Togi Makabe

Togi Makabe

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :September 29, 1972
Height :5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight :240 lbs (109 kg)

A former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and IWGP Tag Team Champion, Shinya Makabe (September 29, 1972), better known by his ring name Togi Makabe, is a Japanese professional wrestler who competes for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

Quick Facts

Birth nameShinya Makabe
BornSeptember 29, 1972 (age 50)
Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Shinya Makabe
Togi Makabe
SweetGorilla Maruyama
Billed height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Billed weight110 kg (243 lb)
Trained byJoe Daigo
NJPW Dojo
Shinjiro Otani
DebutFebruary 15, 1997

Togi Makabe Biography, Early Life

A former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and IWGP Tag Team Champion, Shinya Makabe (September 29, 1972), better known by his ring name Togi Makabe, is a Japanese professional wrestler who competes for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
Makabe made his professional wrestling debut in 1997 as a junior heavyweight (220 lbs (100 kg)), but later put on weight while traveling the world in 2001 and 2002. At the 2004 G1 Climax competition, he adopted the name “Togi” in place of his birth name. His standing in New Japan significantly improved in 2007, as evidenced by his appearances in the semifinals of the G1 Climax and the New Japan Cup, as well as his challenge to Yuji Nagata for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On May 3, 2010, Makabe defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to claim the IWGP Heavyweight Championship after several unsuccessful challenges.

The late Bruiser Brody had a significant influence on Makabe’s wrestling persona. Often illegally incorporating steel chairs and chains into his offense, Makabe—also known as the “Unchained Gorilla”—is renowned for his violent, bloody style. He is also known for using a lariat with a chain wrapped around his arm (similar to Brody). Additionally, he passes off Tomoyasu Hotei’s cover of Brody’s “Immigrant Song,” the theme song for the All Japan Pro Wrestling, as his own.

Togi Makabe Education

Togi Makabe has no detailed information about his educational background.

Togi Makabe’s Age, Height, And Weight

Togi Makabe’s age is 50 years old. He stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 110 Kg.

Career

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1997-present)

1997–2000

Shinya Makabe was studying judo at Tokyo’s Teikyo University when he passed the NJPW admissions test in February 1996. In April of that same year, he joined the New Japan dojo and trained there for ten months. The following year, he made his debut and was defeated by Shinjiro Otani on February 15, 1997. 20 months after making his debut, Makabe won his first match by defeating Yutaka Yoshie on October 15, 1998. Makabe started wrestling in the undercard. Through 1999, Makabe competed in lower-level matches against other young wrestlers like Wataru Inoue and Katsuyori Shibata, and on October 10, 1999, he defeated future IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in his debut match.

Makabe competed in the Super J Cup in April 2000, a 16-man single-elimination event featuring junior heavyweights from several different promotions, but Gran Hamada knocked him out in the opening round. Later on in the same month, Makabe took part in the NJPW Young Lion Cup, a six-man round-robin competition for young wrestlers. He won all of his group stage matches against Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Wataru Inoue, Katsuyori Shibata, and Masakazu Fukuda by forfeit, but fell short in the final to Suzuki, who took second place. In order to determine New Japan’s top junior heavyweight wrestler, Shinya participated in the Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ) round-robin tournament in May and June. Makabe earned two points by defeating Dr. Wagner, Jr., finishing last out of six in Block A. On September 12, 2000, Makabe received his first title shot of his career when he teamed up with Jushin Liger to challenge Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They were unsuccessful in their challenge. Makabe later defeated Minoru Fujita, who placed last for Block B, to determine the tournament’s 11th-place finisher, leaving Fujita at #12.

2001–2002

On January 4, 2001, during NJPW’s annual event there, Makabe made his debut in the Tokyo Dome, one of the biggest venues in Japan, teaming with Tatsuhito Takaiwa in a defeat to Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka. Makabe started competing against heavyweights in the months that followed, even teaming up with Riki Chish to take on Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but they were defeated by a Kojima lariat. But he made a comeback at the Best of the Super Juniors competition in June, placing fifth out of six in his block and earning 4 points by defeating AKIRA and Katsuyori Shibata.

Makabe and Yuji Nagata competed in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) on June 8, 2001, to defend the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship, but they were defeated by Masahito Kakihara and Mitsuya Nagai. Makabe declared in August 2001 that he would be leaving Japan for good in order to compete outside of the country in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Great Britain. On August 12, 2001, he competed in his final match, losing as a tag team with Yutaka Yoshie to Riki Chish and Kenzo Suzuki. After spending the next 14 months competing in the aforementioned nations, Makabe returned to New Japan as a heavyweight on October 14, 2002, in the Tokyo Dome, teaming with Minoru Fujita to defeat Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Over the course of the following tours, he continued to work with Fujita and fellow Kaientai Dojo member TAKA Michinoku.

2003–2004

Makabe suspended his affiliation with NJPW in January 2003 and began competing on his own terms. On January 4, 2003, Makabe participated in the four-man Young Generation Cup tournament at NJPW’s annual Tokyo Dome event once more. Yutaka Yoshie defeated Makabe in the opening round of the tournament. In a competition to determine the top contenders for the IWGP Tag Team Championship in February 2003, Shinya once more teamed up with Minoru Fujita. They were defeated in the opening round by Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito. On March 9, 2003, Makabe competed for the belts with Yoshihiro Takayama but lost to the winners Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The G2 U-30 Climax, a round-robin competition for only wrestlers under the age of 30, was held around the same time and Makabe took part in it to determine the first IWGP U-30 Champion. After defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi, Masahito Kakihara, and Dan Devine and drawing with Makai #2, Makabe took first place out of five competitors in Block A. On April 23, 2003, he would go on to defeat Blue Wolf in the semifinals before falling to Hiroshi Tanahashi.

In order to defeat Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito, and Makoto Hashi on July 1, 2003, Makabe traveled to Pro Wrestling Noah with Yoshihiro Takayama and Takashi Sugiura from NOAH. Makabe was defeated by a Kobashi lariat when he and Takayama challenged Kenta Kobashi and Tamon Honda for the GHC Tag Team Championship. Before making his debut in New Japan’s annual G1 Climax heavyweight tournament, Togi Makabe changed his name to Makabe and defeated Mitsuya Nagai on August 7, 2004, he continued to wrestle mid- and upper card wrestlers in NJPW throughout 2003 and much of 2004. Makabe defeated Yoshihiro Takayama by forfeit and Osamu Nishimura by pinfall to finish seventh out of eight in his block with four points.

2005–2006

In August 2005, Makabe competed in the G1 Climax once more, but he only got to play in two games before tearing his Achilles tendon against Shinsuke Nakamura. Due to the injury, Makabe was compelled to forfeit the remaining games, earning zero points and missing five months of action. On January 8, 2006, he made a comeback and competed against Osamu Nishimura and Naofumi Yamamoto in a losing effort with Toru Yano. In April 2006, Makabe competed in the second New Japan Cup. He defeated Tatsutoshi Goto in the opening round before falling to Yuji Nagata in the quarterfinals.

After the initial champions, Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan stopped competing, Makabe and Shiro Koshinaka organized a one-night competition to crown the IWGP Tag Team Champions. The team beat Yuji Nagata and Naofumi Yamamoto, Giant Bernard, and Travis Tomko to win the provisional title, but Koshinaka and Makabe’s reign was short-lived as they were defeated by Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Mori just 15 days later.

Makabe competed in the 2006 G1 Climax in August, earning three points for his block thanks to victories over Yuji Nagata and Naofumi Yamamoto. When Makabe joined Apache Pro Wrestling on September 24, 2006, he won the WEW Heavyweight Championship—the first official Japanese title of his career—by defeating Kintaro Kanemura on their third-anniversary show. Great Bash Heel (GBH) was the name given to the new faction that Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Makabe, and Shiro Koshinaka announced on October 2, 2006; Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii, who had been at odds with Makabe and Koshinaka, also joined the group. Later that month, Makabe and Koshinaka competed in the G1 Tag League. They finished last out of five teams, earning two points from a win over the eventual champions Masahiro Chono and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Makabe and Gedo competed in the National Area Tag League, a tag team competition where teams were arranged according to home region, in November. They were representing the Kant region. They were defeated by Milano Collection AT and Prince Devitt, representing Hokkaido, as well as Hiroshi Tanahashi and Naofumi Yamamoto of Kansai in both of their Block D matches. By defeating Kintaro Kanemura in a rematch, Makabe successfully made his first defense of the WEW championship on New Japan’s LOCK UP brand on November 18, 2006. After losing the provisional belts in July, Makabe and Koshinaka teamed up once more on December 10, 2006, and they challenged the inter-promotional team of Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Mori of Pro Wrestling Zero1 unsuccessfully for the official IWGP Tag Team title.

2007–2008

On January 4, 2007, Makabe and GBH allies Yano and Ishii defeated Travis Tomko and AJPW’s D’Lo Brown and Buchanan at Wrestle Kingdom in the Tokyo Dome. In a match co-produced by Apache Pro and Takashi Sasaki, Makabe successfully defended the WEW championship against Tetsuhiro Kuroda four days later. He would go on to win the title again on February 4, 2007, at LOCK UP’s debut event in Korakuen Hall, by defeating Mammoth Sasaki in a cage death match. Makabe competed against Shinsuke Nakamura on February 18, 2007, in a match titled “SANCTIONS” that pitted GBH against Nakamura and Masahiro Chono’s BLACK faction. Makabe lost to Nakamura. In March 2007, Makabe reentered the New Japan Cup and advanced to the finals by defeating Travis Tomko, Takashi Iizuka, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan via pinfall and Hiroyoshi Tenzan via disqualification. Makabe then fell to Yuji Nagata in the championship match. Makabe defeated Shinsuke in a chain death match on April 8, 2007, when Makabe faced Nakamura in a rematch of their February encounter. On April 15, 2007, in Apache Pro, Makabe made his fourth defense of the WEW championship, once more defeating Mammoth Sasaki. On May 3, 2007, Makabe defeated Nakamura in a match dubbed “Reality or Revenge” for the third time.

On May 20, 2007, Yuji Nagata, Riki Chish, Masahiro Chono, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Naofumi Yamamoto battled a BLACK and NJPW sekigun alliance; Makabe and Hiroyoshi Tenzan survived, with Makabe ultimately defeating IWGP Heavyweight champion Nagata by pinfall. On June 24, 2007, Kintaro Kanemura defeated Makabe in their third encounter for the WEW Heavyweight Championship at Apache Pro. In May, Makabe defeated Nagata by pinfall. On July 6, 2007, in front of a packed Korakuen Hall, Makabe challenged Nagata for the singles title. Nagata defeated Makabe with a backdrop in just under 20 minutes.

In the G1 Climax in August, Makabe put on his best performance to date, taking first place in his block with six points thanks to pinfall wins over Giant Bernard, Yuji Nagata, and Masahiro Chono before falling to eventual champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in the semifinals. Makabe also made it to the semifinals in the G1 Tag League in November, scoring 8 points with Toru Yano in the tournament’s single block by defeating the teams of Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi, Akebono, Masahiro Chono, and Gedo and Jado, as well as Giant Bernard in a handicap match when his partner Travis Tomko no-showed the event; Bernard and Tomko, the eventual winners, would defeat Makabe and Yano in the semifinals. In their fourth and final match of the year on December 9, 2007, Makabe and Shinsuke Nakamura squared off with the winner getting a shot at Hiroshi Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight title at the Tokyo Dome in January. Nakamura won, tying their series at 2-2.

After winning the Tokyo Sports Tag Team of the Year award for 2007 at Wrestle Kingdom II in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2008, Team 3D of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated Makabe and Toru Yano as part of an inter-promotional card between TNA and NJPW. On February 17, 2008, Makabe and Yano would triumph over Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, the leader of the GBH, was expelled from the group earlier that evening after being betrayed and attacked by other GBH members Tomohiro Ishii, Jado, and Gedo.

When interference from both teams’ respective factions resulted in a no-contest on March 9, 2008, Makabe and Yano successfully defended their title against Giant Bernard and Shinsuke Nakamura. As a result, the match was struck from the record and is no longer regarded as an official defense. Later that month, Makabe competed in the New Japan Cup for the third consecutive year, winning the first two rounds against Takashi Iizuka and Hiroyoshi Tenzan before losing to eventual champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in the semifinal. The following week, Makabe and Tenzan engaged in combat in a non-title tag team match. When Tenzan pinned Makabe, Tenzan, and Takashi Iizuka defeated Makabe and Yano. On April 27, 2008, the two teams squared off once more, this time for the title. Makabe and Yano prevailed in their first legitimate defense after Iizuka betrayed Tenzan and permitted the champions to retain, seemingly joining GBH. In August Makabe once again finished first in his block of the G1 Climax tournament and advanced to the finals, where he was defeated by Hirooki Goto, despite interference from Makabe’s GBH teammates.

2009–present

On January 4, 2009, Makabe and Yano were scheduled to defend the IWGP Tag Team Championship at Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome in a three-way dance against Team 3D of TNA Wrestling and Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan, but an injury to Tenzan turned it into a match between Makabe & Yano and 3D, which 3D won. Additionally, a month later, 3D triumphed in the rematch. The Makabe/Yano team eventually broke up after Yano cost Makabe a match against Shinsuke Nakamura in early April. The majority of GBH, including Yano, went on to form CHAOS with Shinsuke Nakamura, leaving Makabe and Tomoaki Honma on their own while Makabe was out due to a head injury sustained at the hands of Yano. For the third consecutive year in August 2009, Makabe won his block of the G1 Climax tournament, and he later defeated Takashi Sugiura and Shinsuke Nakamura to take the overall championship. In order to crown a new champion after Hiroshi Tanahashi was forced to resign from the IWGP Heavyweight Championship due to an injury, Makabe and Nakamura were scheduled for a rematch. With the Boma Ye, Nakamura defeated Makabe to become the 53rd champion. Makabe defeated Mohammed Yone at Wrestle Kingdom IV in the Tokyo Dome in an inter-promotional match between New Japan and Pro Wrestling Noah.

Makabe and Honma would compete in Noah’s Global Tag League in January. Even though they only had one victory, Makabe’s pin of GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura in a non-tournament tag team match left a lasting impression. At Budokan Hall on February 28, Makabe was unable to defeat Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. In March 2010 Makabe entered the 2010 New Japan Cup and defeated Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, and Tetsuya Naitō to advance to the finals, where he was once again defeated by Hirooki Goto in a rematch of their 2008 G1 Climax final match. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Makabe for the title after Goto lost his title match to him. On May 3, 2010, at Wrestling Dontaku 2010, Makabe won the title by defeating Nakamura. On June 19, Makabe defeated Go Shiozaki of Pro Wrestling Noah in his first successful title defense. Against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Makabe successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on July 19. Makabe signed up for the 2010 G1 Climax competition the following month. After a shaky start that included defeats to Tetsuya Nait and his former tag team partner Toru Yano, Makabe rebounded with a four-match winning streak, but on the last day of the competition, he was defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi and failed to advance to the finals. On October 11, Satoshi Kojima, the victor of the G1 Climax, defeated Makabe for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In a match against Masato Tanaka and Tomohiro Ishii in the 2010 G1 Climax Tag League, where he was competing with Tomoaki Honma, Makabe sustained a neck injury that would render him permanently disabled. On January 4, 2011, Makabe and Tanaka finally got even at Wrestle Kingdom V in the Tokyo Dome, where Makabe prevailed. After their match on May 3, Makabe and Satoshi Kojima established a new partnership. At that time, the rest of the Kojima Army had turned on their leader with the help of Minoru Suzuki, who had returned. Later that month, during New Japan’s first-ever tour of the United States, Makabe and Rhino got into an argument. On May 15 at the Asylum Arena, Makabe and Rhino squared off in the main event after Makabe prevailed in a South Philadelphia Street Fight. Before being defeated by the Kojima Army’s leader Minoru Suzuki in a grudge match on October 10, Makabe continued his conflict with the group by defeating Taichi, Taka Michinoku, and Lance Archer. As the “Beast Combination” in the 2011 G1 Climax Tag League, Makabe and Satoshi Kojima teamed up. Makabe and Kojima had three victories and one defeat in their first four matches, but on November 4, they were defeated by the Billion Powers (Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi), which prevented them from going all the way to the tournament semifinals. Late in 2010, Makabe’s rivalry with Minoru Suzuki was replaced by that with his partner Yoshihiro Takayama. This led to a match on January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in the Tokyo Dome, where Makabe triumphed over Takayama in a singles contest.

Togi Makabe’s Net Worth

Togi Makabe’s annual income, net worth, and salary haven’t been revealed yet.

Togi Makabe Wife or Girlfriend

Togi Makabe is presently single and has no romantic relationships. Aside from that, Togi Makabe hasn’t said anything about her current partnerships.

Togi Makabe Awards

  • Apache Pro-Wrestling
    • WEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IWGP Provisional Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Shiro Koshinaka (1)
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Toru Yano (1) and Tomoaki Honma (1)
    • NEVER Openweight Championship (2 times)
    • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Ryusuke Taguchi & Toru Yano (1)
    • G1 Climax (2009)
    • World Tag League (2015, 2016) – with Tomoaki Honma
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #54 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011
  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
    • Tag Team of the Year (2007) with Toru Yano
    • Fighting Spirit Award (2009)

FAQ

When was Togi Makabe born?

Togi Makabe was born on September 29, 1972.

What is Togi Makabe’s height and weight?

Togi Makabe stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 110 Kg.

How old would Togi Makabe be today?

Togi Makabe is 50 years old today.

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