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PROFILE

Tetsuya Naito

UNIT

Los Ingobernables de Japón 

HEIGHT

180cm 

WEIGHT

102kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

22 Jun 1982 

Tetsuya Naito
HEIGHT
180cm 
WEIGHT
102kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
22 Jun 1982 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
AB 
DEBUT
27 May 2006 
FINISH HOLD

Destino, Gloria, Valentia (Northern Lights Bomb), Stardust press, Esperanza

 
THEME SONG
STARDUST 
BLOG
http://ameblo.jp/naito-tetsuya/ 
TWITTER
@s_d_naito 

BIOGRAPHY

 Naito is the brazen leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. After debuting in NJPW in May 2006 he won IWGP Junior Heavyweight  and heavyweight Tag Team Champions (as a part of NO LIMIT, with Yujiro Takahashi). When that relationship crumbled an attack to Naito’s knee sidelined the ‘Stardust Genius’ but he fought back to win the 2013 G1 Climax. In May 2015 he sided with the Mexican wrestling stable, Los Ingobernables. Six months later he founded Los Ingobernables de Japon (L・I・J) and began a successful rise within NJPW culminating in winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in spring 2016.

While his reign was brief, Naito would continue to put himself in the ‘lead role’ of New Japan. The lead role deserved the lead Championship, and as a result, he showed disdain for most other accomplishments he earned. This included the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, a title which saw incredible abuse under Naito’s watch. While Naito would eventually lose the Intercontinental Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Dominion 2017, he would rally to his second G1 Climax victory that year, and looked to retake the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12. 

Kazuchika Okada would deny Naito that night, and wrestling’s greatest prize eluded him. In 2019, he began to doubt his ability to continue, but kept his hopes for the future alive, with one goal; to become the first ever IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion at Wrestle Kingdom 14.

Over two nights on January 4 & 5 2020, Naito would defeat first Jay White, and then, in an emotional, resounding victory, Kazuchika Okada to make history. After KENTA ruined Naito’s post match celebration, he faced, and defended both titles against the bULLET CLUB member in Osaka Jo Hall at New Beginning. When NJPW returned to action after Coronavirus lockdown in 2020, Naito had high expectations for the first pareja of LIJ; EVIL. At the New Japan Cup final on July 11, EVIL was indeed successful, but after the main event, EVIL betrayed Naito, leaving LIJ for BULLET CLUB. The next night, a masked Dick Togo helped ensure Naito lost his double Championships and EVIL was crowned with all the gold. At Sengoku Lord in Nagoya on July 25, Naito intervened in BULLET CLUB’s  assault on Hiromu Takahashi after the double IWGP Championships match. Naito demanded a rematch against EVIL for the double titles  as Naito declared that the ‘rental period on (those belts) is over’. On August 29 in Jingu stadium, Naito triumphed over EVIL and regained the IWGP double gold. Naito declared he would defend both titles separately, but first had to contend with the field in G1 Climax 30.

 Naito is the brazen leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon. After debuting in NJPW in May 2006 he won IWGP Junior Heavyweight  and heavyweight Tag Team Champions (as a part of NO LIMIT, with Yujiro Takahashi). When that relationship crumbled an attack to Naito’s knee sidelined the ‘Stardust Genius’ but he fought back to win the 2013 G1 Climax. In May 2015 he sided with the Mexican wrestling stable, Los Ingobernables. Six months later he founded Los Ingobernables de Japon (L・I・J) and began a successful rise within NJPW culminating in winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in spring 2016.

While his reign was brief, Naito would continue to put himself in the ‘lead role’ of New Japan. The lead role deserved the lead Championship, and as a result, he showed disdain for most other accomplishments he earned. This included the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, a title which saw incredible abuse under Naito’s watch. While Naito would eventually lose the Intercontinental Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Dominion 2017, he would rally to his second G1 Climax victory that year, and looked to retake the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12. 

Kazuchika Okada would deny Naito that night, and wrestling’s greatest prize eluded him. In 2019, he began to doubt his ability to continue, but kept his hopes for the future alive, with one goal; to become the first ever IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion at Wrestle Kingdom 14.

Over two nights on January 4 & 5 2020, Naito would defeat first Jay White, and then, in an emotional, resounding victory, Kazuchika Okada to make history. After KENTA ruined Naito’s post match celebration, he faced, and defended both titles against the bULLET CLUB member in Osaka Jo Hall at New Beginning. When NJPW returned to action after Coronavirus lockdown in 2020, Naito had high expectations for the first pareja of LIJ; EVIL. At the New Japan Cup final on July 11, EVIL was indeed successful, but after the main event, EVIL betrayed Naito, leaving LIJ for BULLET CLUB. The next night, a masked Dick Togo helped ensure Naito lost his double Championships and EVIL was crowned with all the gold. At Sengoku Lord in Nagoya on July 25, Naito intervened in BULLET CLUB’s  assault on Hiromu Takahashi after the double IWGP Championships match. Naito demanded a rematch against EVIL for the double titles  as Naito declared that the ‘rental period on (those belts) is over’. On August 29 in Jingu stadium, Naito triumphed over EVIL and regained the IWGP double gold. Naito declared he would defend both titles separately, but first had to contend with the field in G1 Climax 30.

FINISH HOLD

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    Destino

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