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. 

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 four reigns between 2010 and 2012. 

In 2021, Taguchi would take Master Wato under his wing to form the Six or Nine tag team, one that appropriately enough became the 69th IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag team Champions in February 2022. The two would vow to defend the titles a record 69 times, but would fall at the hands of Francesco Akira and TJP on June 20 2022. 

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. 

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 four reigns between 2010 and 2012. 

In 2021, Taguchi would take Master Wato under his wing to form the Six or Nine tag team, one that appropriately enough became the 69th IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag team Champions in February 2022. The two would vow to defend the titles a record 69 times, but would fall at the hands of Francesco Akira and TJP on June 20 2022. 

FINISH HOLD

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    Dodon

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