YOH: A Brief Biography
Yohei Komatsu, also known by his ring name Yoh, was born on June 25, 1988, and is a Japanese professional wrestler who is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He previously shared the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship with Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi. He and Sho previously made up the junior heavyweight tag team Roppongi 3K, which won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship five times. In the past, he has also worked for the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and the American Ring of Honor (ROH). In the latter organization, he competed under the ring name Fujin (, Fjin), which is derived from the Japanese word for wind and was used by Okumura, Kamaitachi, and Raijin as part of La Ola Amarilla (literally, “the Yellow Wave”).
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Sho
- Super Jr. Tag Tournament/League (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) – with Sho (3) and Lio Rush
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 177 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2022
- Ranked No. 10 of the top 50 tag teams in the PWI Tag Team 50 in 2020 with Sho
- Wrestling Observer Awards
- Rookie of the Year (2013)
Height of YOH, Weight, and Body Stats
|171.5 cm (5 ft 7.5 in)
|85 kg (187 lb)
All-time Career of YOH
At the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) dojo, Komatsu started his professional wrestling training after earning his university degree. He first attempted to pass the NJPW “Young Lions” test while working a part-time job, which he eventually succeeded in doing in May 2012.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2012–2016)
He made his NJPW debut on November 19, 2012, at the Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament, where Takaaki Watanabe defeated him. Komatsu competed as one of NJPW’s “Young Lions,” a group of inexperienced wrestlers who work primarily against one another early on, dress entirely in black and have no specific ring persona. This is all a part of NJPW’s structured learning process. In 2013, he teamed up with Kushida to compete in the 2013 Super Junior Tag Tournament, which was his first appearance in a significant NJPW competition. The team was defeated by Bushi and Valiente in the opening round. At Wrestle Kingdom 8, NJPW’s biggest event of the year, held in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2014, Komatsu collaborated with Jyushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, and Super Strong Machine to work a non-televised match. The team was defeated by Tomoaki Honma, Bushi, Captain New Japan, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. During the two years of 2013 and 2014, Komatsu frequently competed against fellow Young Lion Sho Tanaka, and the two men traded victories in both singles and tag team matches. By 2015, Komatsu and Tanaka had started working together frequently, including on January 5, 2015, when they participated in the New Japan Rumble as part of Wrestle Kingdom 9. Tiger Mask and Taichi were eliminated together by two, but Tama Tonga eliminated them both. In order to fill in for the injured Rey Cometa at the Fantastica Mania 2015 event, which was co-promoted by NJPW and the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Komatsu competed on January 15, 2015. Bárbaro Cavernario and Yoshi-Hashi defeated the team of Komatsu and Kushida. At The New Beginning in Osaka on February 11, Komatsu was defeated by Sho Tanaka, and three days later, he and Satoshi Kojima were defeated by Captain New Japan and Nakanishi. Tiger Mask, Liger, Nakanishi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Kushida, and Yuji Nagata were defeated during the 2015 Invasion Attack show by Komatsu, Alex Shelley, Captain New Japan, Kushida, and Yuji Nagata.
In 2015’s Best of the Super Juniors XXII tournament, he was one of 16 wrestlers chosen for participation. He was defeated in every one of his qualifying matches by Bárbaro Cavernario, Beretta, Chase Owens, and Gedo. LigerTaguchi and Kyle O’Reilly. On July 5, 2015, Nakanishi, Máscara Dorada, Taguchi, Tanaka, and Nagata won the night’s first match at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall against Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Liger, Kojima, Tiger Mask, and Komatsu. On September 23, 2015, at Destruction in Okayama, he defeated David Finlay, Jay White, Nakanishi, and Tetsuya Naito with the help of Tanaka, Katsuyori Shibata, and Nagata. A few days later, at Destruction in Kobe, fellow Young Lions David Finlay and Jay White were defeated by Komatsu and Tanaka. Early in 2016, it was revealed that Komatsu and Tanaka would compete in the Fantastica Mania series of events, taking part in what NJPW dubbed the “Yohei Komatsu and Sho Tanaka send-off game” before the two traveled to Mexico to work for CMLL as part of their ongoing in-ring skill development. For each of the six Fantastica Mania events, the team participated in the opening match but lost every time. On the final night, Komatsu’s original trainer Tetsuya Naito called him to the ring and made it seem as though he was going to join Los Ingobernables de Japón before beating him up with Evil.
Overseas learning excursion (2016–2017)
The latest young Japanese wrestlers to visit Mexico to study the lucha libre style would be Komatsu and Tanaka. In Mexico, Tanaka and Komatsu formed a team under the names Raijin (after the Japanese God of Thunder) and Fujin (after the Japanese God of Wind), respectively. On January 31, the pair made their debut in Mexico, joining forces with Okumura to form the most recent iteration of La Ola Amarilla (“The Yellow Wave”). Kamaitachi, a former NJPW trainee who has been employed by CMLL since 2014, joined the group. The CMLL Torneo Gran Alternativa, a competition in which rookies and veterans team up for a single-elimination tournament, featured Fujin on March 22. Together with Rey Escorpión, Fujin won his block, moving on to the tournament’s finals, which were set for April 5, where they were defeated by Esfinge and Volador Jr.
In October 2016, Ring of Honor (ROH), an American promotion with which NJPW also had a working relationship, hired Komatsu and Tanaka, now known as “Yohey” and “Sho,” as The Tempura Boyz.
Return to NJPW (2017–present)
Roppongi 3K (2017-2021)
As “Yoh” and “Sho” at King of Pro-Wrestling on October 9, 2017, Komatsu and Tanaka made a triumphant return to NJPW when they were revealed to be Roppongi 3K, Rocky Romero’s new tag team. In their rematch, the duo defeated Funky Future (Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Yoh and Sho also joined the Chaos organization as a result of their connections to Romero. Roppongi 3K won the 2017 Super Jr. Tag Tournament on November 5 at Power Struggle by defeating Super 69 (A. C. H. and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the championship match. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated Roppongi 3K on January 4, 2018, at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the Tokyo Dome, but they later regained the title on January 28 at the New Beginning in Sapporo. Yoh participated in his second Best of the Super Juniors Tournament in May 2018. He didn’t make it to the championship round after finishing the tournament with 3 wins and 4 losses. To compete against El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru at Wrestle Kingdom 13, Sho and Yoh joined the 2018 Super Junior Tag League in October and won the competition for the second time in a row. The team of Shingo Takagi and Bushi, who had previously defeated them, created a triple threat for the title match, which Takagi and Bushi ultimately won with Takagi pinning Sho. Sho and Yoh would defeat Takagi and Bushi at New Japan’s 47th Anniversary Event to win the titles a third time. El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori defeated Roppongi 3K in the Junior Tag Team Championships in June. Sho and Yoh would take home their third straight Super Junior Tag League championship in November. Roppongi 3K would defeat Phantasmo and Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 14 to win the titles for a fourth time. At The New Beginning in Osaka, Roppongi 3K would successfully defend their championship for the first time against Desperado and Kanemaru. On the opening night of the New Japan Road tour, they would successfully defend their titles against Rocky Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi for the second time. Yoh entered the 2020 New Japan Cup after New Japan resumed producing wrestling shows, but he was defeated by Bushi in the opening round. Yoh ruptured his left ACL during this game, sidelining him for the remainder of 2020.
During the 2021 New Japan Cup finals, YOH made a comeback to NJPW. Later that year, YOH joined the Super Junior Tag League with his partner SHO. Despite being favorites and having won before, the pair had trouble winning any races. Following a defeat to Suzuki-Gun on August 16, 2021, Sho attacked Yoh, ending their eight-year alliance.
Sho defeated Yoh by referee stoppage after Sho’s betrayal, and the two squared off at Wrestle Grand Slam in the MetLife Dome. Following the match, Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, and Dick Togo gave Sho a shirt so that he could join Bullet Club and become a member of their subgroup House of Torture. Yoh was inactive in the ring after the defeat until November when he took part in the Best of the Super Juniors competition. After avenging his defeat to Sho on the final day, Yoh finished second in the block with 14 points and advanced to the finals. Yoh lost to Hiromu Takahashi in the championship game. At Wrestle Kingdom 16, Yoh competed in the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships against House of Torture with Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi.
The pair suffered a defeat to House of Torture in a rematch during the Golden Series tour in February. Yoh competed in the 2022 New Japan Cup the following month, but he was defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi in the opening round. Yoh participated in the A Block of the Best of the Super Juniors competition in May. Yoh finished his tournament run with 8 points, falling short of making it to the championship round. Yoh, Goto, and Yoshi-Hashi won the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships in July by defeating House of Torture. The group was defeated by House of Torture in a rematch at Burning Spirit in September, losing the titles. In the Super Junior Tag League in November, Yoh partnered with Lio Rush, a new member of the Chaos stable. The pair earned 14 points to tie for first place on the block and advanced to the championship. Yoh and Rush won the Super Junior Tag League for a record-tying fourth time by defeating Ace Austin and Chris Bey of Bullet Club in the championship match. The pair earned their opportunity to defend their title at Wrestle Kingdom 17, where they were defeated by Catch 2/2, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions (Francesco Akira and TJP).
Yoh lost his match against Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at The New Beginning in Sapporo. Yoh competed in the B Block of the 2023 Best of the Super Juniors in May. Yoh finished the competition with 12 points, falling just short of making it to the semi-finals.