Player Profile

Tomoaki Honma

Tomoaki Honma

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :November 18, 1976
Height :1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight :98 kg (216 lb)

Tomoaki Honma: A Brief Biography

Tomoaki Honma is a Japanese professional wrestler who is currently employed by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He was born on November 18, 1976. He and Togi Makabe have won the World Tag League twice in NJPW. He was a former IWGP Tag Team Champion at one point.

Titles

  • Apache Pro-Wrestling Army
    • WEW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Jun Kasai
  • Big Japan Pro Wrestling
    • BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • BJW Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Shadow WX (1) and Ryuji Yamakawa (1)
    • Maximum Tag League (1999, 2000) – with Ryuji Yamakawa
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Togi Makabe
    • World Tag League (2015, 2016) – with Togi Makabe
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 226 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Technique Award (2015)

Height of Tomoaki Honma, Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight98 kg (216 lb)

All-time Career of Tomoaki Honma

Big Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling (1997–2007)

Honma initially participated in a tryout for the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) dojo during his second year of high school with hopes of joining, but after being rejected, he sought out other training. He eventually spent a year in training with Michinoku Pro Wrestling, but he did not make his professional debut there. Instead, he began his career in Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), making his debut for the organization in May 1997. Honma first wrestled in the promotion’s opening bouts before switching to the deathmatch division of BJW. He was the first wrestler to use a lightube in a match while he was a member of BJW, and the object has since come to be widely associated with deathmatch wrestling. Due to differences with BJW management, Honma left the company in October 2000.

Honma made his professional wrestling debut against Nobukazu Hirai on November 24, 2001, in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), after touring with a number of independent promotions, including IWA Japan, Onita Pro, and Rainbow Pro. Honma accepted the owner’s invitation to participate in the promotion and inked a full-time employment contract with the business in March 2002. Together with Kazushi Miyamoto, he co-founded Turmeric Storm in February 2003. However, the group disbanded on April 20, 2004, following a loss in a trial series.

In an effort to advance his career, Honma joined Kensuke Office, an organization run by Kensuke Sasaki, in 2005. He was out of commission for the majority of early 2006 due to a serious neck injury, but he made a comeback in March. On April 28, 2006, Honma announced his resignation from AJPW and started working independently. He worked for King’s Road and Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max in 2006, where he reformed Turmeric Storm alongside Kazushi Miyamoto. Tomoaki Honma and Jun Kasai defeated Takashi Sasaki and Badboy Hido to win Apache Pro-Wrestling Army’s WEW World Tag Team Championship on September 24, 2006. The group gave up the title on February 20, 2007.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

GBH and departure (2006–2013)

As a masked member of the Makai Club faction known as “Makai Masked Canadian” throughout 2006, Honma made appearances in the NJPW Wrestle Land sub-brand of the company. Honma competed in the 2007 New Japan Cup competition but lost to Takashi Iizuka in the opening round. Honma had previously expressed interest in joining Hiroyoshi Tenzan’s GBH faction before the match, and Tenzan had agreed to let him join after getting to know him well. However, Tenzan grew frustrated with Honma’s struggles to win matches, so he made Honma compete in a trial series to demonstrate that he belonged in GBH. Honma was initially expelled from GBH for finishing his trial series with a losing record but was later permitted to rejoin the group after Togi Makabe assumed control of it. Honma demonstrated his allegiance to Makabe by staying in GBH in April 2009, even after the other GBH members had split off to form the Chaos faction with Shinsuke Nakamura.

In the main event of an NJPW event at Korakuen Hall on December 23, 2011, Honma had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete for a championship. He lost to champion Masato Tanaka after a 23-minute match. The promotion released Honma from his contract due to a “personal problem” on March 28, 2012, according to New Japan. On September 8, 2012, after being discharged from NJPW, Honma rejoined AJPW, where he remained for the remainder of the year and most of early 2013. Honma started making appearances in Pro Wrestling Noah in March 2013, where he and Akitoshi Saito competed in the 2013 Global Tag League. With one victory and two points, the team came in second place.

Return and injury (2013–2017)

Honma returned to NJPW on March 23, 2013, and he rescued Togi Makabe from Chaos. It was later made known that Honma would freelance full-time for NJPW. On April 7 at Invasion Attack, the reunited GBH competed in their first match back together, losing to Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi in a tag team match. Honma unsuccessfully challenged Tanaka for the NEVER Openweight Championship on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013. At Wrestling Dontaku 2014, a year later, Honma was given another opportunity to win the title but lost to Tomohiro Ishii once more. As a late replacement for an injured Kota Ibushi, Honma competed in his first G1 Climax from July 21 to August 8, 2014, losing all ten of his matches and placing last in his block. Honma’s struggle in the competition elevated him to the position of one of NJPW’s most well-liked wrestlers and gave rise to the “Honmania” movement. Together with Togi Makabe, Honma competed in the 2014 World Tag League in November. With a record of three wins and four losses, the two placed last in their block. The string of defeats culminated in a significant victory on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in the Tokyo Dome, when Honma, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and Satoshi Kojima defeated Bad Luck Fale, Jeff Jarrett, and Yujiro Takahashi of the Bullet Club. Takahashi was then pinned to seal the victory. At The New Beginning in Sendai on February 14, Honma took Togi Makabe’s place in a bout for the vacant NEVER Openweight Championship, but he was defeated by Tomohiro Ishii. Honma took part in the 2015 G1 Climax in July and August. On August 12, Honma defeated Tomohiro Ishii to earn his first victory in the competition after losing his first seven matches. With a record of one win and eight losses after losing his final match to Yujiro Takahashi, Honma once more placed last in his block. After defeating Ishii, Honma attempted to challenge Ishii for the NEVER Openweight Championship at Power Struggle on November 7. With a record of four victories and two defeats in December, Honma and Makabe won their block in the 2015 World Tag League and proceeded to the championship match.

The 2015 World Tag League was won by Honma and Makabe on December 9 after they defeated Los Ingobernables de Japón (Evil and Tetsuya Naito) in the championship match. Honma won his first title in NJPW on January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in the Tokyo Dome, when he and Makabe defeated Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. On February 14 at The New Beginning in Niigata, in a rematch against Gallows and Anderson, they made their first successful title defense. Honma participated in the Honor Rising: Japan 2016 event, which was co-produced by NJPW and Ring of Honor (ROH), the following week. On February 20, in the main event of the second show, Honma unsuccessfully challenged Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship. On April 10 at Invasion Attack 2016, Honma and Makabe were defeated by Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Honma attempted to challenge Katsuyori Shibata for the NEVER Openweight Championship on July 3. Honma competed in the 2016 G1 Climax from July 22 to August 13 and finished with a record of three victories and six defeats. Honma competed in the co-produced Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) and NJPW Global Wars UK event in November. He won the first night’s match against Sha Samuels but lost to Josh Bodom the following night. Honma and Makabe won their block in December and went on to win the 2016 World Tag League with a record of five wins and two losses. Honma and Makabe became the first team to win the World Tag League twice when they defeated the defending IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny on December 10 to claim the 2016 title. Honma and Makabe competed in a three-way match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2017, at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in the Tokyo Dome, which was won by Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano.

On March 3, Honma suffered an injury while taking a rope-hung DDT from Jado during a match. After the move, Honma was unable to stand up, and the match was stopped right away. He was then carried backstage on a stretcher. According to reports, Honma could move his head and speak, but not his arms or legs. The next day, NJPW revealed that Honma had fractured a cervical vertebra. On March 6, news broke that Honma could now grasp objects with his hands and had regained movement in his lower extremities. Honma vowed to get better from his wound and enter the ring again. On March 31, Honma made a successful spinal canal surgery announcement. The following month, Honma announced he intended to make a comeback in the fall of 2017. After spending three and a half months in the hospital, he was released in June.

Return from injury (2018–present)

On June 3, 2018, it was revealed that Honma would fight again later in the month. On June 23, Honma made a comeback and defeated Los Ingobernables de Japón (Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Hiromu Takahashi, Sanada, and Bushi) alongside Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Toa Henare.

He participated in the New Japan Cup’s opening game on March 19, 2019, alongside Yota Tsuji, Ren Narita, and Shota Umino.

In a six-man tag team match on October 28, 2020, Honma pinned Gedo following a Kokeshi to record his first triumph since making a full recovery from an injury in 2017. Along with taking on the Bullet Club (Jay White and Kenta), he was teaming up with Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi.