NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING

PROFILE

Toru Yano

UNIT

CHAOS 

HEIGHT

186cm 

WEIGHT

115kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

18 May 1978 

Toru Yano
HEIGHT
186cm 
WEIGHT
115kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
18 May 1978 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Arakawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
18 May 2002 
FINISH HOLD

Oni-Koroshi, Uragasumi, Goriki, Kagami-Wari, Aka-Kiri, Kuro-Kirishima

 
THEME SONG
intoxication 
BLOG
http://ameblo.jp/ytr-ebrietas/ 
TWITTER
@YTR_CHAOS 

BIOGRAPHY

Yano is one of professional wrestling’s greatest polymaths. Variously he has been a recording artist, DVD producer, master curry chef, bar owner and sommelier out of the ring, and within it a vicious brawler, fundamentally skilled mat wrestler and cunning master thief.

After a promising college amateur wrestling career, where he was a successful part of the prestigious Nippon University team, Yano was scouted by the NJPW Dojo, and came on board despite having no prior history as a fan of pro wrestling. He quickly learned to navigate the waters of the notoriously tough world however, and learned he needed to distinguish himself from a large field of former amateur wrestlers who were joining the pro ranks at the time. Attaching himself to the Great Bash Heel faction, Yano took to swigging sake from a bottle before his matches, and swinging a chair during them. 

Yano learned that a large part of success could be attributed to playing the mental game. Yano would enrage his opponents into making mistakes by hook and often by crook. It was when mocking Rob Van Dam that Yano started pointing his thumbs and encouraging chants of ‘Yano! To! Ru!’ always with a childlike innocence to his shrug and smirk. Yet Yano knew what he was doing, and often rode his opponent’s anger or confusion to success against Hiroshi Tanahashi, Minoru Suzuki, or Kenny Omega. 

Yano also used his smarts to benefit himself politically. In April 2009, he betrayed Togi Makabe to join Shinsuke Nakamura in forming CHAOS, and in the space of a month, he encouraged almost every member of Great Bash Heel to join him. This included Takashi Iizuka, with whom he won the IWGP Tag Team Championships in May 2012. Yano and Iizuka would spend the coming years enraging Minoru Suzuki and Suzuki Gun, and although Suzuki would eventually convince Iizuka to betray Yano and leave CHAOS, Yano would still be able to boast a 5-3 record in singles matches with Suzuki in a two year frame from 2012-2014.

Yano might not be the hardest hitter, but his smarts make him a formidable opponent. During the 2018 G1 Climax, Yano declared that he wanted to go through the tournament in the spirit of ‘fair play,’ and even managed to lull many opponents who perhaps should have known better into a false sense of security before reverting to the low blows and throws to exposed turnbuckles that had always seen him well. 

In 2019, newfound co-operation between the main NJPW unit and CHAOS saw Yano find new friends and old ones in Taguchi Japan. This included former GBH teammate Togi Makabe, and on January 30 2019, for the first time in over the decade, Yano and Makabe wore Championship gold, along with Ryusuke Taguchi as NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. 

 

Yano is one of professional wrestling’s greatest polymaths. Variously he has been a recording artist, DVD producer, master curry chef, bar owner and sommelier out of the ring, and within it a vicious brawler, fundamentally skilled mat wrestler and cunning master thief.

After a promising college amateur wrestling career, where he was a successful part of the prestigious Nippon University team, Yano was scouted by the NJPW Dojo, and came on board despite having no prior history as a fan of pro wrestling. He quickly learned to navigate the waters of the notoriously tough world however, and learned he needed to distinguish himself from a large field of former amateur wrestlers who were joining the pro ranks at the time. Attaching himself to the Great Bash Heel faction, Yano took to swigging sake from a bottle before his matches, and swinging a chair during them. 

Yano learned that a large part of success could be attributed to playing the mental game. Yano would enrage his opponents into making mistakes by hook and often by crook. It was when mocking Rob Van Dam that Yano started pointing his thumbs and encouraging chants of ‘Yano! To! Ru!’ always with a childlike innocence to his shrug and smirk. Yet Yano knew what he was doing, and often rode his opponent’s anger or confusion to success against Hiroshi Tanahashi, Minoru Suzuki, or Kenny Omega. 

Yano also used his smarts to benefit himself politically. In April 2009, he betrayed Togi Makabe to join Shinsuke Nakamura in forming CHAOS, and in the space of a month, he encouraged almost every member of Great Bash Heel to join him. This included Takashi Iizuka, with whom he won the IWGP Tag Team Championships in May 2012. Yano and Iizuka would spend the coming years enraging Minoru Suzuki and Suzuki Gun, and although Suzuki would eventually convince Iizuka to betray Yano and leave CHAOS, Yano would still be able to boast a 5-3 record in singles matches with Suzuki in a two year frame from 2012-2014.

Yano might not be the hardest hitter, but his smarts make him a formidable opponent. During the 2018 G1 Climax, Yano declared that he wanted to go through the tournament in the spirit of ‘fair play,’ and even managed to lull many opponents who perhaps should have known better into a false sense of security before reverting to the low blows and throws to exposed turnbuckles that had always seen him well. 

In 2019, newfound co-operation between the main NJPW unit and CHAOS saw Yano find new friends and old ones in Taguchi Japan. This included former GBH teammate Togi Makabe, and on January 30 2019, for the first time in over the decade, Yano and Makabe wore Championship gold, along with Ryusuke Taguchi as NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. 

 

FINISH HOLD

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    Uragasumi

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