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PROFILE

Hirooki Goto

UNIT

CHAOS 

HEIGHT

182cm 

WEIGHT

103kg 

YEAR OF BIRTH

25 Jun 1979 

Hirooki Goto
HEIGHT
182cm 
WEIGHT
103kg 
YEAR OF BIRTH
25 Jun 1979 
PLACE OF BIRTH
Kuwana-shi, Mie, Japan 
BLOOD TYPE
DEBUT
6 Jul 2003 
FINISH HOLD

GTR, Shoten, Shoten-Kai, Ura-Shoten, Ushigoroshi, Goto-shiki 

 
THEME SONG
Hado 
BLOG
https://ameblo.jp/aramusha510/ 
TWITTER
@510njpw 

BIOGRAPHY

An indomitable force, Goto has earned a following for his displays of courage in the ring. After winning the Young Lion Cup in 2005, he went on a training excursion to Mexico. Upon returning to NJPW in August 2007, he made a surprise move to the heavyweight division. Goto’s many achievements include winning his first G1 CLIMAX, 3-time New Japan Cup winner, though the IWGP Heavyweight belt has still eluded him. In an attempt to turn his fortunes around, he joined CHAOS in March of 2016, and perfected his signature move, GTR, in order to inflict maximum damage to his opponent.

 

While Goto has held the IWGP Intercontinental title in the past, he struggled to become associated with the gold in the same way his rival at the time, Shinsuke Nakamura, managed. As part of CHAOS however, he held the NEVER Openweight Championship four times in a two year spell through 2017 and 2018. Through battles against best friend Katsuyori Shibata, EVIL, and Minoru Suzuki (including a memorable hair versus hair match at Wrestle Kingdom 12), Goto finally found himself linked to a title he was dedicated to raising the status of. 

 

Goto saw a challenging 2019, suffering a crushing defeat to Jay White in April, but one that sent him to the US to refocus and train with close friend Katsuyori Shibata. That brought him a strong G1 CLimax campaign, and onto a collision course with KENTA, who had ended his own friendship with Shibata in violent form. KENTA was now himself NEVER champion, and arrogantly taunted Goto through the winter, until revenge belonged to the Fierce Warrior at Wrestle Kingdom 14, Goto picking up a record tying fifth Openweight Championship win. His reign was short lived however, as Goto dropped the title to Shingo Takagi the next month in Sapporo and must now try to forge a different path through 2020.

An indomitable force, Goto has earned a following for his displays of courage in the ring. After winning the Young Lion Cup in 2005, he went on a training excursion to Mexico. Upon returning to NJPW in August 2007, he made a surprise move to the heavyweight division. Goto’s many achievements include winning his first G1 CLIMAX, 3-time New Japan Cup winner, though the IWGP Heavyweight belt has still eluded him. In an attempt to turn his fortunes around, he joined CHAOS in March of 2016, and perfected his signature move, GTR, in order to inflict maximum damage to his opponent.

 

While Goto has held the IWGP Intercontinental title in the past, he struggled to become associated with the gold in the same way his rival at the time, Shinsuke Nakamura, managed. As part of CHAOS however, he held the NEVER Openweight Championship four times in a two year spell through 2017 and 2018. Through battles against best friend Katsuyori Shibata, EVIL, and Minoru Suzuki (including a memorable hair versus hair match at Wrestle Kingdom 12), Goto finally found himself linked to a title he was dedicated to raising the status of. 

 

Goto saw a challenging 2019, suffering a crushing defeat to Jay White in April, but one that sent him to the US to refocus and train with close friend Katsuyori Shibata. That brought him a strong G1 CLimax campaign, and onto a collision course with KENTA, who had ended his own friendship with Shibata in violent form. KENTA was now himself NEVER champion, and arrogantly taunted Goto through the winter, until revenge belonged to the Fierce Warrior at Wrestle Kingdom 14, Goto picking up a record tying fifth Openweight Championship win. His reign was short lived however, as Goto dropped the title to Shingo Takagi the next month in Sapporo and must now try to forge a different path through 2020.

FINISH HOLD

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    GTR

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