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PROFILE

Taiji Ishimori

UNIT

BULLET CLUB 

HEIGHT

163cm 

WEIGHT

75kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

10 Feb 1983 

Taiji Ishimori
HEIGHT
163cm 
WEIGHT
75kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
10 Feb 1983 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Tagajo-shi, Miyagi 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
11 May 2002 
FINISH HOLD

BLOODY CROSS, Yes Lock (LaBell Lock)

 
TWITTER
@taiji_ishimori 

BIOGRAPHY

Taiji Ishimori made his debut as Mexico Arena Coliseo as a graduate of the prestigious Toryumon school in 2002. After returning from Mexico, he was mainly active in the Dragon Gate promotion. He moved to Pro-wrestling Noah in 2006 and defended the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a record 10 consecutive times.

He went on to participate in “BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XVII” in 2010 and in 2016 he participated in “SUPER Jr TAG TOURNAMENT”, alongside ACH, winning second place.

In March 2018, he left Pro-Wrestling Noah, and after making waves in America, wa squickly recruited by Tama Tonga to join the Bullet Club.Whilst masked under the guise of the BONE SOLDIER, he attacked Will Ospreay, who had just defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against KUSHIDA, at “Wrestling Dontaku 2018” held at the Fukuoka International Center on May 4th. Ishimori would declare himself, the Bone Soldier, and the entire NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division, ‘Reborn’.

He then made his first appearance in 8 years in the BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. tournament, advancing with a purpose until he found himself in the final of the competition, facing off against Hiromu Takahashi. Although he fought with his heart and soul in a grueling 30-minute clash, he was defeated.

Alongside Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, he successfully competed for the NEVER Openweight Six-man tag-team Championship at the G1 Climax finals in the Nippon Budokan in August that year. He would successfully defend the title against the team of Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi on September 15th 2018 and against Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi on January 5th.

His time with the NEVER Openweight Six Man Championships ended at the end of the month, but Ishimori was nevertheless riding high. At Wrestle Kingdom 13, he defeated KUSHIDA to become the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his career. After a successful defence against Ryusuke Taguchi at New Beginning a month later, Ishimori would call out the legendary Jyushin Thunder Liger, saying that he could only truly make the division reborn if he defeated its greatest figure. Their clash at the 47th Anniversary Event was a memorable one, and the successful Ishimori looked to reign supreme at the top of the junior division.

Taiji Ishimori made his debut as Mexico Arena Coliseo as a graduate of the prestigious Toryumon school in 2002. After returning from Mexico, he was mainly active in the Dragon Gate promotion. He moved to Pro-wrestling Noah in 2006 and defended the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a record 10 consecutive times.

He went on to participate in “BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XVII” in 2010 and in 2016 he participated in “SUPER Jr TAG TOURNAMENT”, alongside ACH, winning second place.

In March 2018, he left Pro-Wrestling Noah, and after making waves in America, wa squickly recruited by Tama Tonga to join the Bullet Club.Whilst masked under the guise of the BONE SOLDIER, he attacked Will Ospreay, who had just defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against KUSHIDA, at “Wrestling Dontaku 2018” held at the Fukuoka International Center on May 4th. Ishimori would declare himself, the Bone Soldier, and the entire NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division, ‘Reborn’.

He then made his first appearance in 8 years in the BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. tournament, advancing with a purpose until he found himself in the final of the competition, facing off against Hiromu Takahashi. Although he fought with his heart and soul in a grueling 30-minute clash, he was defeated.

Alongside Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, he successfully competed for the NEVER Openweight Six-man tag-team Championship at the G1 Climax finals in the Nippon Budokan in August that year. He would successfully defend the title against the team of Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi on September 15th 2018 and against Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi on January 5th.

His time with the NEVER Openweight Six Man Championships ended at the end of the month, but Ishimori was nevertheless riding high. At Wrestle Kingdom 13, he defeated KUSHIDA to become the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his career. After a successful defence against Ryusuke Taguchi at New Beginning a month later, Ishimori would call out the legendary Jyushin Thunder Liger, saying that he could only truly make the division reborn if he defeated its greatest figure. Their clash at the 47th Anniversary Event was a memorable one, and the successful Ishimori looked to reign supreme at the top of the junior division.

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