NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING

PROFILE

Togi Makabe

UNIT

G・B・H 

HEIGHT

181cm 

WEIGHT

110kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

29 Sep 1972 

Togi Makabe
HEIGHT
181cm 
WEIGHT
110kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
29 Sep 1972 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
15 Feb 1997 
FINISH HOLD

King Kong Knee Drop, Lariat, Northern lights suplex, Spider German

 
THEME SONG
Immigrant Song 
BLOG
http://ameblo.jp/sweetsmakabe/ 
TWITTER
@GBH_makabe 

BIOGRAPHY

Togi Makabe is one of the most beloved veterans on the New Japan roster. The star of ring, stage and screen, Makabe is beloved in Japan for his appearances in major motion pictures like the Japanese version of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, and regular outings on television, his penchant for sweets making the nickname ‘sweets Makabe’ arguably more of a household utterance than ‘Unchained Gorilla’. 

Makabe brings the sweets to TV and other media, but the sourness comes in ring, where he’s a brutal hard hitter. Makabe debuted on February 15 1997, and despite being a favourite of NJPW legend Riki Choshu, he struggled as a junior heavyweight under his birth name of Shinya Makabe. Unable to break through to the upper echelons of NJPW, his progress was stalled further by an Achilles tendon injury in August 2005. 

When he returned however, it was with a redoubled passion. Always a New Japan loyalist, Makabe decided to participate in some independent events alongside his NJPW schedule. Winning Apache Pro’s WEW Heavyweight Championship, Makabe found a love of punishing hardcore brawls, and wasn’t afraid to swing chains and draw blood from his opponents. 

Finally with a sense of identity, Makabe brought his new bloodthirstiness to locker room politics. When Hiroyoshi Tenzan succumbed to injury, Makabe staged a coup that put him at the top of the Great Bash Heel stable. From 2007 to 2009, GBH ran rampant through NJPW, and Makabe became an IWGP title contender who reached the finals of the 2007 New Japan Cup and 2008 G1 Climax. 

In April 2009, Toru Yano betrayed Makabe and took most of the GBH stable to form CHAOS under Shinsuke Nakamura. With only Tomoaki Honma left at his side, Makabe earned sympathy and love from the fans, which resulted in an emotional 2009 G1 Climax victory, and, on May 3 2009, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. 

Ever since, Makabe has never been for form the top flight. His heavy hitting style made him a natural rival for his former stablemate Tomohiro Ishii, and the pair engaged in memorable battles over the NEVER Openweight Championship, a title Makabe won twice. In 2015 and 2016, he and Honma won back to back World Tag leagues, and at Wrestle Kingdom 10, the two firm friends finally won IWGP Tag Team gold together. 

After Jay White turned on CHAOS to join the Bullet Club, a rift was formed that led CHAOS and the New Japan Main Unit working together. Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi formed an unforeseen dream team, and, perhaps even more unlikely, Makabe and Toru Yano worked together again. On January 30, 2019, more than a decade after they won the IWGP Tag Team Championships together, Makabe and Yano again held gold, alongside Ryusuke Taguchi as NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

Togi Makabe is one of the most beloved veterans on the New Japan roster. The star of ring, stage and screen, Makabe is beloved in Japan for his appearances in major motion pictures like the Japanese version of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, and regular outings on television, his penchant for sweets making the nickname ‘sweets Makabe’ arguably more of a household utterance than ‘Unchained Gorilla’. 

Makabe brings the sweets to TV and other media, but the sourness comes in ring, where he’s a brutal hard hitter. Makabe debuted on February 15 1997, and despite being a favourite of NJPW legend Riki Choshu, he struggled as a junior heavyweight under his birth name of Shinya Makabe. Unable to break through to the upper echelons of NJPW, his progress was stalled further by an Achilles tendon injury in August 2005. 

When he returned however, it was with a redoubled passion. Always a New Japan loyalist, Makabe decided to participate in some independent events alongside his NJPW schedule. Winning Apache Pro’s WEW Heavyweight Championship, Makabe found a love of punishing hardcore brawls, and wasn’t afraid to swing chains and draw blood from his opponents. 

Finally with a sense of identity, Makabe brought his new bloodthirstiness to locker room politics. When Hiroyoshi Tenzan succumbed to injury, Makabe staged a coup that put him at the top of the Great Bash Heel stable. From 2007 to 2009, GBH ran rampant through NJPW, and Makabe became an IWGP title contender who reached the finals of the 2007 New Japan Cup and 2008 G1 Climax. 

In April 2009, Toru Yano betrayed Makabe and took most of the GBH stable to form CHAOS under Shinsuke Nakamura. With only Tomoaki Honma left at his side, Makabe earned sympathy and love from the fans, which resulted in an emotional 2009 G1 Climax victory, and, on May 3 2009, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. 

Ever since, Makabe has never been for form the top flight. His heavy hitting style made him a natural rival for his former stablemate Tomohiro Ishii, and the pair engaged in memorable battles over the NEVER Openweight Championship, a title Makabe won twice. In 2015 and 2016, he and Honma won back to back World Tag leagues, and at Wrestle Kingdom 10, the two firm friends finally won IWGP Tag Team gold together. 

After Jay White turned on CHAOS to join the Bullet Club, a rift was formed that led CHAOS and the New Japan Main Unit working together. Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi formed an unforeseen dream team, and, perhaps even more unlikely, Makabe and Toru Yano worked together again. On January 30, 2019, more than a decade after they won the IWGP Tag Team Championships together, Makabe and Yano again held gold, alongside Ryusuke Taguchi as NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

FINISH HOLD

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    King Kong Knee Drop

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