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Yujiro Takahashi

Yujiro Takahashi

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :January 13, 1981
Height :1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight :90 kg (198 lb)

Yujiro Takahashi: A Brief Biography

Yujiro Takahashi is a Japanese professional wrestler who was born on January 13, 1981 (, Takahashi Yjir). He is currently a member of the Bullet Club and its sub-group House of Torture in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is signed.

With a rich amateur history, Takahashi joined New Japan in November 2003. He progressed through the dojo and made his full-name debut on July 26, 2004. Later, he changed his last name to Yujiro (, Yjir). He shared the stable Samurai Gym with Ryusuke Taguchi and El Samurai from 2007 to 2008; their affiliation ended when El Samurai left the organization. He joined Chaos in 2010, and with Tetsuya Naito, with whom he formed the tag team No Limit, he once won the IWGP Tag Team and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Takahashi, the first non-gaijin member to join the stable, defected to Bullet Club in 2014. He has held the titles of both the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion and the NEVER Openweight Champion as a member of the Bullet Club. He had a “ladies’ man” act when he was in Chaos, and it continued in Bullet Club. The “Tokyo Latina” Pieter, a go-go dancer, frequently joins the “Tokyo Pimp” in the ring. He is known as the “Tokyo Pimp.” He was formerly a part of The Elite, and as of September 2021, he is now a part of the House of Torture.

Titles

  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • Gran Alternativa (2009) – with Okumura
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tetsuya Naito
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tetsuya Naito
    • NEVER Openweight Championship (1 time)
    • NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (3 times, current) – with Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga (1) and Evil and Sho (2, current)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #127 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010

Height of Yujiro Takahashi, Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)

All-time Career of Yujiro Takahashi

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2004–2009)

Yujiro Takahashi, an esteemed Greco-Roman wrestler in college passed the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) dojo entry test in November 2003, making his debut on July 26, 2004, in a loss to Naofumi Yamamoto at Korakuen Hall. Takahashi shortened his ring name to simply “Yujiro” shortly thereafter, debuting the name in a match against Akiya Anzawa on September 2, 2004. Yujiro later entered the 7-man, single-elimination Young Lion Toukon Tournament on October 31, 2004, losing to Hirooki Goto in the first round. Yujiro continued to wrestle other young lions such as Anzawa, Goto, Yamamoto, and Ryusuke Taguchi through 2004 and early 2005, before entering the Young Lion Cup in March 2005; he finished sixth place out of seven with four points, defeating Akiya Anzawa and Tommy Williams during the group stage. On November 4, 2005, Yujiro defeated former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Masayuki Naruse, pinning him with an inside cradle. During the match, Naruse hit several stiff slaps and kicks to the face, breaking Yujiro’s jaw and causing him to bleed from the mouth, forcing him out of action for the rest of the year. On March 4, 2006, Yujiro made a successful comeback from an injury, defeating fellow young lion Mitsuhide Hirasawa in the first match. Yujiro went on to wrestle in the undercard for the rest of the year.

On January 27, 2007, Yujiro competed in a one-night tournament to determine the top contender for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, along with Wataru Inoue, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Prince Devitt; Devitt received a bye to the finals because Taguchi had injured his right eye, and Inoue defeated Yujiro, defeating Devitt in the final. On March 18, 2007, Yujiro by pinfall. Yujiro placed sixth out of seven in his block by the time the dust settled.

Samurai Gym came to an end when it was revealed on February 1, 2008, that El Samurai would be leaving NJPW due to his contract expiring. Soon after, Yujiro and fellow rookie Tetsuya Naito formed the tag team No Limit. A junior tag title challenge for the pair against Machine’s Legend stablemates Jyushin Thunder Liger and Akira resulted in No Limit losing when Akira pinned Naito. The two also went to fifteen-minute time limit draws with former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship teams such as Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue, Minoru, and Prince Devitt, and Yujiro and Super Strong Machine. Later, Yujiro would take part in the ongoing conflict between Pro Wrestling Zero1 and New Japan by teaming up with Koji Kanemoto and Manabu Nakanishi in two different tag team contests, losing to Zero1’s Masato Tanaka and Tatsuhito Takaiwa in the first and winning in the second.

Yujiro and Naito participated in a five-match series in May 2008 called “No Limit Generation Smash” that was held in various Zepp clubs throughout Japan against some of New Japan’s top tag teams. The teams consisted of Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Hirooki Goto, Wataru Inoue and Koji Kanemoto, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano, Jado and Gedo, and Wataru Makabe and Gedo. On May 29, 2008, Yujiro and Naito defeated Zero1’s Osamu Namiguchi and Shito Ueda in a special sixth match in the series. No Limit lost all five matches. In June 2008, Yujiro competed in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, losing his first four matches before defeating Minoru in his final match to finish with two points. The following month, Yujiro took part in He defeated Tetsuya Naito in the opening round before losing to Prince Devitt in the quarterfinals. On October 13, 2008, Yujiro and Naito won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at Destruction ’08 by defeating Devitt and Minoru. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated them to win the tag team titles at Wrestle Kingdom III in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2009.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009)

Yujiro and Naito underwent a “developmental tour” in North America shortly after losing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, a practice frequently used with young Japanese wrestlers to expose them to different wrestling philosophies and aid in their growth as competitors. While appearing for both Team 3D’s wrestling school and Jersey All Pro Wrestling, No Limit worked primarily for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). However, Naito was unable to wrestle in JAPW due to an injury and was replaced by the team’s TNA ally Sheik Abdul Bashir. Yujiro and Naito worked for TNA for about two months, getting another unsuccessful shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The team lost its contest with Kevin Nash.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2009)

On May 29, 2009, No Limit made their CMLL debut in Mexico City, Mexico, teaming with Dos Caras Jr. to defeat Héctor Garza, La Sombra, and Volador Jr. No Limit was introduced as “anti-Mexican” heels (the “bad guys”) and soon started working with Okumura in matches against Mexican competitors as La Ola Amarilla (Spanish for “The Yellow Wave”). On July 10, 2009, No Limit collaborated with Black Warrior to defeat the team of Héctor Garza, Toscano, and El Sagrado. After the match, Black Warrior issued a challenge on behalf of Yujiro (since Yujiro cannot speak Spanish) for a “hair vs. hair” match with Garza. This resulted in all men participating in a 15-man steel cage Luchas de Apuestas match at When Jyushin Thunder Liger toured Mexico in September 2009 he joined the “Anti-Mexico” faction, teaming with No Limit and Okumura to defeat Team Mexico (Último Guerrero, Atlantis, Black Warrior, and Héctor Garza) at the CMLL 76th Anniversary Show on September 18, 2009. The following week Yujiro teamed with Okumura to win the 2009 Gran Alternativa tournament, defeating Toscano and Rouge in the first round, Héctor Garza and Ángel de Plata in the second round, and Místico and Ángel de Oro in the finals. The storyline feud between No Limit and Black Warrior reached its conclusion on October 16, 2009, as Black Warrior faced Yujiro in a Lucha de Apuesta, hair vs. hair match that Yujiro won two falls to one, forcing Black Warrior to have his hair shaved off after the match. After the storyline with Black Warrior ended, No Limit began working with the team of El Texano Jr. and El Terrible in a feud that led to a Lucha de Apuesta hair vs. hair match between the two teams that was the main event of CMLL’s Sin Salida show on December 4, 2009. No Limit, who had been successful throughout the summer and fall, was finally defeated by Texano Jr. and Terrible at Sin Salida, whereupon they both underwent the customary Lucha Libre ritual of having their entire heads completely shaved.

Return to NJPW

Chaos (2010–2014)

On December 5, 2009, NJPW announced that Yujiro and Naito were returning to Japan as part of their annual January 4 Tokyo Dome show called Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome. At the event Yujiro and Naito defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) and Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) in a three-way hardcore match to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. No Limit had their first title defense on February 14, 2010, defeating El Texano Jr. and El Terrible to retain the title. He began using his full name again in February 2010 to signal his progress. On April 4 at New Dimension No Limit joined New Japan’s top heel stable Chaos, led by the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. On May 3, 2010, at Wrestling Dontaku 2010 Takahashi and Naito lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue of Seigigun in a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson). On October 24 No Limit entered the 2010 G1 Tag League. After three wins and two losses, they finished first in their block and advanced to the semifinals. On November 7, after defeating Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man in the semifinals, No Limit was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue. On December 11, 2010, No Limit picked up a major win by defeating the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Motor City Machine Guns, in a non–title match. On May 3, 2011, No Limit failed in their attempt to regain the IWGP Tag Team Championship from Bad Intentions. Takahashi left Naito after the match. In May 2011, Takahashi took part in New Japan’s Invasion Tour 2011, their first tour of the United States. On May 13 in Rahway, New Jersey, he entered the tournament to determine the first-ever IWGP Intercontinental Champion, defeating Hideo Saito in his first-round match. The following day in New York City, Takahashi was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinal stage by his Chaos stablemate Toru Yano. Upon their return to Japan, Takahashi turned on Naito on May 26, effectively dissolving No Limit. Takahashi then joined Gedo, Jado, and Masato Tanaka as the fourth member of the Chaos sub-group Complete Players. On June 18 at Dominion 6.18, Takahashi defeated Naito in the first match between the former members of No Limit. The two had a rematch on August 1 during the first day of the 2011 G1 Climax, where Takahashi was once again victorious. Despite his strong start in the tournament, Takahashi only managed to win two more out of his eight remaining matches, finishing second to last in his block, whereas his former partner made it all the way to the finals. On September 19, Naito defeated Takahashi in the third singles match between the two. In the 2011 G1 Tag League, Takahashi teamed with Masato Tanaka with the team picking up three wins in their five group stage matches, including a win over the reigning IWGP Tag Team Champions, Bad Intentions, on October 30. However, a loss to Tetsuya Naito and Tomoaki Honma on October 4, with Naito again pinning Takahashi, meant that Takahashi and Tanaka narrowly missed advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. Takahashi then got involved in Tanaka’s IWGP Intercontinental Championship rivalry with MVP, which built to a tag team match on January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where Takahashi and Tanaka were defeated by MVP and Shelton Benjamin. On March 11, Takahashi unsuccessfully challenged Hirooki Goto for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

On May 10, 2012, Takahashi returned to Mexico for another tour with CMLL. During his first month back in Mexico, Takahashi mainly feuded with CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion Rush, which built to a match on June 5, where Takahashi unsuccessfully challenged Rush for his title. Takahashi then transitioned into feuding with CMLL World Heavyweight Champion El Terrible but again was unsuccessful in his title challenge on June 24. Takahashi ended his two-month excursion and returned to Japan on July 6. On September 17, Takahashi picked up a major win by pinning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in an eight-man tag team main event. On October 8, Takahashi defeated Tetsuya Naito via referee stoppage, after taking advantage of his injured knee, after which he was named the number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On October 21, Takahashi again pinned Tanahashi in a six-man tag team main event. On November 11 at Power Struggle, Takahashi received his first shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship but was defeated by Tanahashi. On November 15, Takahashi participated in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament but was eliminated in his first-round match by Karl Anderson. From November 20 to December 1, Takahashi took part in the round-robin portion of the 2012 World Tag League, alongside Complete Players stablemate Masato Tanaka. The team’s final record was three wins and three losses, which prevented them from breaking through their block. On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in the Tokyo Dome, Takahashi competed for Chaos in an eight-man tag team match; he, Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, and Toru Yano was defeated by Akebono, Manabu Nakanishi, MVP, and Strong Man. Later that same event, Takah

The following month, Takahashi started a new rivalry with Togi Makabe. The two first met each other in a singles match on February 10 at The New Beginning, where Makabe was victorious. On March 11, Takahashi avenged the loss by defeating Makabe in the first round of the 2013 New Japan Cup. Six days later, Takahashi, debuting a new “ladies’ man” gimmick, was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Davey Boy Smith Jr. On March 23, Tomoaki Honma returned to New Japan to support Makabe in his war with Takahashi and Chaos. Takahashi and Makabe faced off in another singles match on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, where Makabe was victorious. On June 22, Takahashi was defeated in another grudge match by former partner Tetsuya Naito, who was making his return to the ring from an eight-month break due to a knee injury. The two had a rematch on August 1 on the opening day of the 2013 G1 Climax, where Takahashi was victorious. When the tournament concluded on August 11, Takahashi finished in the middle of the block with a record of four wins and five losses, failing to advance to the finals. On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Takahashi unsuccessfully challenged former partner Tetsuya Naito for the NEVER Openweight Championship and the number one contendership to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Bullet Club (2014–2021)

After being dropped from the Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, Invasion Attack, and Wrestling Dontaku 2014 cards and losing in the first round of the 2014 New Japan Cup, Takahashi started portraying a new disgruntled character in April 2014. He would leave his Chaos partners either in the middle of a match or right after. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, Takahashi joined Bullet Club by aiding A.J. Styles defeat Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Takahashi wrestled his first match as a member of Bullet Club on May 25 at Back to the Yokohama Arena and, later that same event, entered the NEVER Openweight Championship picture by attacking the reigning champion, former Chaos stablemate Tomohiro Ishii. On June 29, Takahashi defeated Ishii with help from the rest of Bullet Club to become the fourth NEVER Openweight Champion. From July 21 to August 8, Takahashi took part in the 2014 G1 Climax, where he finished tied sixth in his block with a record of four wins and six losses. It has been speculated that Takahashi’s poor performances in the tournament led to his status in NJPW plummeting in comparison to the likes of Tomoaki Honma and Tomohiro Ishii. On September 23 at Destruction in Okayama, Takahashi made his first successful defense of the NEVER Openweight Championship against former Chaos stablemate Yoshi-Hashi. On October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Takahashi lost the title back to Ishii in his second defense. The following month, Takahashi entered the 2014 World Tag League, alongside A.J. Styles. Despite defeating the current IWGP Tag Team Champions, Bullet Club teammates Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, Takahashi, and Styles were unable to move past their block with a record of four wins and three losses because they were defeated by Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi on the final day. In 2015, Takahashi competed in the 2015 New Japan Cup and the 2015 G1 Climax tournaments, reaching the second

On January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, Takahashi took part in a match to determine the inaugural NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions, where he and his Bullet Club stablemates Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga were defeated by Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, and Toru Yano. On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Takahashi, Fale, and Tonga defeated the Briscoes and Yano in a rematch to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. After a three-day reign, the three lost the title back to the Briscoes and Yano at The New Beginning in Niigata. Takahashi unsuccessfully tried to regain the title with Fale and Kenny Omega, but the three were defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Yoshitatsu on April 23. On August 14, Takahashi teamed with Bullet Club’s newest member, Hangman Page, to unsuccessfully challenge Jay and Mark Briscoe for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. From November 18 to December 7, Takahashi and Page participated in the 2016 World Tag League, where they finished second in block A with a record of four wins and three losses, thus failing to advance to the final. On January 4, 2017, at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, Takahashi, along with Fale and Page, participated in the first NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship gauntlet match representing Bullet Club, however, the team was unsuccessful in winning the title after Takahashi was submitted by Sanada, who would go on to win the match along with Los Ingobernables de Japón. On March 12, 2017, Takahashi entered the 2017 New Japan Cup, facing Juice Robinson, where he was defeated, failing to advance into the second round. In September 2017, Takahashi would begin to feud with Beretta, who had recently announced that the Roppongi Vice tag team with partner Rocky Romero would be disbanded and the former would graduate to the heavyweight division soon. During the Destruction 2017 tour, the two would compete against each other in tag matches, with Takahashi winning each one. Takahashi and Bullet Club stablemate Chase Owens lost their final match against Roppongi Vice on September 16, 2017, at Destruction in Hiroshima. After the match, Takahashi addressed the crowd, challenging Beretta to a singles match and advising him to return to the junior heavyweight division because the heavyweight division was too difficult for him. The match took place a week later at Destruction in Kobe, where Beretta triumphed over Takahashi, ending their feud. From November 18 to December 11, 2017, Takahashi teamed up with Page once more. Takahashi competed in the 2018 New Japan Cup against Juice Robinson in a rematch, but Robinson triumphed once more, preventing Takahashi from moving on to the next round. At the World Tag League, Takahashi once more teamed with Page, recording five victories and eight defeats. By the time the competition was over and the Bullet Club Civil War had begun, Takahashi had joined The Elite as an official associate. He and Owens, who was expelled along with the sub-group, were welcomed back into Bullet Club and New Japan by Tama Tonga.

At Wrestle Kingdom 14, Takahashi was a losing participant in an eight-man tag team match on the first night and a NEVER Openweight six-man Tag Team Championship gauntlet on the second night. Takahashi teamed with Kenta at the World Tag League, where they recorded eight wins and seven losses.

Yujiro competed in the 2020 New Japan Cup after missing it the year before due to injury but was defeated by Hirooki Goto in the opening round. Later that year, he would start a feud with Kazuchika Okada and lose to him in a single match at Sengoku Lord. Later that year, Takahashi returned to the G1 for the first time in five years, losing nearly all of his matches and only triumphing over Jeff Cobb on the final day. Takahashi teamed up with Evil in the World Tag League tournament, where they finished with 6 points and were unable to advance to the finals. At Wrestle Kingdom 15, Takahashi competed in the New Japan Rambo match but lost.

Takahashi competed in the New Japan Cup in March 2021 but was defeated by Yoshi-Hashi in the opening round. The following September, Takahashi competed in the G1 Climax 31 tournament but finished with only 5 points and was unable to advance to the championship match. However, he defeated the champion from the previous year, Kota Ibushi, in one of his victories, and he lost to Shingo Takagi in a double count out.

Bullet Club’s House of Torture (2021–present)

Roppongi 3k collapsed in September as a result of Sho attacking Yoh following an unexpectedly dismal performance in the Super Junior Tag League. Sho accepted a Bullet Club shirt from Evil who stood alongside Takahashi and Dick Togo with an alternative design labeled House of Torture, officially starting a new sub-group. At Power Struggle, Takahashi, Evil, and Sho, defeated Chaos to win the Never Openweight six-man tag team championships. Takahashi once again teamed with Evil in the World Tag League, they finished second in the block advancing to the finals but lost to Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) in the finals. On Night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 15, Evil, Sho, and Takahashi, retained the 6-man titles against CHAOS. Takahashi entered the New Japan Cup tournament, but lost in the first round once again, to Tetsuya Naito. At Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall, House of Torture retained the 6-man championships against Suzuki-Gun, but lost to Chaos at NJPW New Japan Road. In June, Takahashi was announced to be competing in the G1 Climax 32 tournament competing in the D Block. He finished the tournament with 6 points, failing to advance to the semi-finals.