NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING

PROFILE

Ryusuke Taguchi

UNIT

NJPW main unit 

HEIGHT

180cm 

WEIGHT

91kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

15 Apr 1979 

Ryusuke Taguchi
HEIGHT
180cm 
WEIGHT
91kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
15 Apr 1979 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Iwanuma, Miyagi, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
22 Nov 2002 
FINISH HOLD

Oh My & Garankle, Dodon, Dodon to the Throne, B-Trigger, Bummer Ye, Hip Attack

 
THEME SONG
MASTER OF DROPKICK 
TWITTER
@taguchiryusuke 

BIOGRAPHY

Notoriously eccentric, what Taguchi may lack in raw strength he more than makes up for in charisma and ability. Upon debuting in February 2002 in New Japan, he showed a knack for both submissions and aerial assaults. Quickly earning the moniker ‘Master of Dropkick’, he shot to prominence during the 2004 Best of the Super Juniors, a campaign that saw him beat Jyushin Thunder Liger in just 47 seconds.

Taguchi’s efforts finally bore fruit in 2006 when he won the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championships with El Samurai, and the next year he defeated Minoru Tanaka for his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Together with Prince Devitt as the tag team Apollo 55, he became a firm fan favourite, and an impressive tag team wrestler. Apollo 55 dominated the junior tag ranks, with five reigns between 2010 and 2012, and several amazing performances, including the 2010 Tokyo Sports match of the year against the Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega. Taguchi would also win the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors, reaffirming his position as a respected and feared all rounder.

In April 2013, though, Prince Devitt betrayed Taguchi and dissolved their tag team. Taguchi was left in the cold by the founder of the Bullet Club. Taguchi would eventually defeat Devitt to force him out of New Japan, and later the same year, in September of 2014, Taguchi pinned KUSHIDA to become IWGP Junior Heavyweoight Champion for a second time. This second reign just so happened to be the 69th in the title’s history, which somehow led Taguchi to take a turn for the stranger. 

His interviews may be laced with innuendo, he may seem to be just as obsessed with sporting events or trending dances of the day as much as his opponents, but the charismatic leader of Taguchi Japan can be a threat at any time. This was evident in his near victory over IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori in 2019’s New Beginning tour, and during that year’s Best of the Super Junior tournament, where Taguchi was a very close second place in his block, with high profile wins throughout the contest. 

Notoriously eccentric, what Taguchi may lack in raw strength he more than makes up for in charisma and ability. Upon debuting in February 2002 in New Japan, he showed a knack for both submissions and aerial assaults. Quickly earning the moniker ‘Master of Dropkick’, he shot to prominence during the 2004 Best of the Super Juniors, a campaign that saw him beat Jyushin Thunder Liger in just 47 seconds.

Taguchi’s efforts finally bore fruit in 2006 when he won the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championships with El Samurai, and the next year he defeated Minoru Tanaka for his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Together with Prince Devitt as the tag team Apollo 55, he became a firm fan favourite, and an impressive tag team wrestler. Apollo 55 dominated the junior tag ranks, with five reigns between 2010 and 2012, and several amazing performances, including the 2010 Tokyo Sports match of the year against the Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega. Taguchi would also win the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors, reaffirming his position as a respected and feared all rounder.

In April 2013, though, Prince Devitt betrayed Taguchi and dissolved their tag team. Taguchi was left in the cold by the founder of the Bullet Club. Taguchi would eventually defeat Devitt to force him out of New Japan, and later the same year, in September of 2014, Taguchi pinned KUSHIDA to become IWGP Junior Heavyweoight Champion for a second time. This second reign just so happened to be the 69th in the title’s history, which somehow led Taguchi to take a turn for the stranger. 

His interviews may be laced with innuendo, he may seem to be just as obsessed with sporting events or trending dances of the day as much as his opponents, but the charismatic leader of Taguchi Japan can be a threat at any time. This was evident in his near victory over IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori in 2019’s New Beginning tour, and during that year’s Best of the Super Junior tournament, where Taguchi was a very close second place in his block, with high profile wins throughout the contest. 

FINISH HOLD

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    Dodon

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