NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING

PROFILE

Hiroshi Tanahashi

UNIT

NJPW main unit 

HEIGHT

181cm 

WEIGHT

101kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

13 Nov 1976 

Hiroshi Tanahashi
HEIGHT
181cm 
WEIGHT
101kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
13 Nov 1976 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Ogaki-shi, Gifu, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
10 Oct 1999 
FINISH HOLD

High Fly Flow, Sling blade, Dragon suplex, Texas clover hold

 
THEME SONG
LOVE ENERGY 
BLOG
http://ameblo.jp/highfly-tana/ 
TWITTER
@tanahashi1_100 
PODCAST
https://www.njpw.co.jp/podcaster/tanahashi 

BIOGRAPHY

The self-proclaimed “Once in a Century Masterpiece”, Tanahashi embodies what it means to be the Ace of New Japan Pro Wrestling. After debuting for NJPW in October of 1999 he has the highest record of IWGP Heavyweight titles (8 times) and defended the title a record breaking 11 times (dubbed the “V11”). His finisher is the majestic yet devastating High Fly Flow. Even after a hard-fought match, he likes to close out the night with a rocking air-guitar show for eager fans. Recreating the spectacle of his biggest matches, he raises his air-guitar high with energy and yells his famous “I love you!” to the crowd.

Tanahashi’s record eighth IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign came as a result of winning the 2018 G1 Climax. Having lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and being put on the shelf due to injury earlier in the year, Tanahashi was a dark horse, but overcame Kota Ibushi to take his third G1 Climax win. 

The victory put him on a collision course with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega, at Wrestle Kingdom 13, a battle not just for the championship, but of differing philosophies when it came to pro wrestling at large. The Ace perservered and became the first competitor in history to convert a G1 Climax victory into a successful IWGP challenge at Wrestle Kindom.

Tanahashi’s joy was to be short lived however, as the Ace was felled by Switchblade Jay White at New Beginning in Osaka. Tanahashi now looks to find a way back to the top of the company he has led for so long, and loves so dearly.

The self-proclaimed “Once in a Century Masterpiece”, Tanahashi embodies what it means to be the Ace of New Japan Pro Wrestling. After debuting for NJPW in October of 1999 he has the highest record of IWGP Heavyweight titles (8 times) and defended the title a record breaking 11 times (dubbed the “V11”). His finisher is the majestic yet devastating High Fly Flow. Even after a hard-fought match, he likes to close out the night with a rocking air-guitar show for eager fans. Recreating the spectacle of his biggest matches, he raises his air-guitar high with energy and yells his famous “I love you!” to the crowd.

Tanahashi’s record eighth IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign came as a result of winning the 2018 G1 Climax. Having lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and being put on the shelf due to injury earlier in the year, Tanahashi was a dark horse, but overcame Kota Ibushi to take his third G1 Climax win. 

The victory put him on a collision course with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega, at Wrestle Kingdom 13, a battle not just for the championship, but of differing philosophies when it came to pro wrestling at large. The Ace perservered and became the first competitor in history to convert a G1 Climax victory into a successful IWGP challenge at Wrestle Kindom.

Tanahashi’s joy was to be short lived however, as the Ace was felled by Switchblade Jay White at New Beginning in Osaka. Tanahashi now looks to find a way back to the top of the company he has led for so long, and loves so dearly.

FINISH HOLD

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    High Fly Flow

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