Takaaki Watanabe (January 16, 1987) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling under the current ring name EVIL. During his tour of the United States, Watanabe previously worked for promotions including Ring of Honor and Global Force Wrestling, under his real name.
Pro wrestling career
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2011–2013)
Watanabe made his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on May 13, 2011, wrestling primarily as a Young Lion and in the lower cards of shows and remained with the promotion until October 2013, when after King of Pro-Wrestling, announced that he was being sent on a learning excursion to the United States.
Ring of Honor (2015)
In 2015, Watanabe was signed to Ring of Honor for 2 events in May.
On the June 27 episode of ROH Wrestling, he lost to Adam Page after Colby Corino attacked Watanabe. On the July 4 episode of ROH Wrestling Dalton Castle would defeat Watanabe. On July 23, ROH announced that House of Truth member Donovan Dijak will battle Takaaki Watanabe in a singles match that will be taped exclusively for ROH's YouTube Wrestling Channel. This occurred July 24 at Death Before Dishonor XIII where Dijak defeated Watanabe.
August 22 at Field of Honor (2015), Watanabe qualified for a ROH World Television Championship match by winning a 9-man gauntlet match. September 18 at All Star Extravaganza VII he teamed with Will Ferrara to defeat Donovan Dijak and Greg James.
On September 19, Watanabe received his shot at The Television Title facing Jay Lethal but was unsuccessful in his attempt.
Return to NJPW (2015–present)
On October 12, 2015, Watanabe returned to NJPW at King of Pro-Wrestling, where he was revealed as Tetsuya Naito's associate during his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Watanabe's outside interference in the match was stopped by Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata, leading to Naito suffering a loss. In a post-match interview, Naito gave Watanabe the new name "King of Darkness" Evil. Under the new name, Evil became affiliated with Naito's Los Ingobernables de Japón stable.
- Signature moves
- Running elbow
Championships and accomplishments
|Andrew Everett • Brian Myers • Cassidy Riley • Chase Stevens • Chris Modetsky • Chris Sabin • Chuck Taylor • Cliff Compton • Colt Cabana • Davey Boy Smith Jr. • Desirable Dustin • Gigolo Justin • Gurv Sihra • Harv Sihra • Jamin Olivencia • Jigsaw • Jimmy Rave • Kevin Kross • Lance Hoyt • Luke Hawx • Matt Jackson • Nick Aldis • Nick Jackson • Seiya Sanada • Shelton Benjamin• Sonjay Dutt • Takaaki Watanabe • Trent Baretta|
|Amber Gallows • Christina Von Eerie • Lei'D Tapa • Mickie James • Santana Garrett|
|Stables & Tag Teams|
|Bullet Club • Killer Elite Squad • The Hot Shots • Best Friends • New Heavenly Bodies • The Bollywood Boyz|
|Jim Duggan • Kevin Nash|
|Jeff Jarrett (President) • Karen Jarrett (Vice President) • Chael Sonnen (Expert Analyst) • Hermie Sadler (Member of the Board of Directors) • Jim Cornette • Don West|
|Ring of Honor|
|ACH • Adam Cole • Adam Page • A.J. Styles • Alex Shelley • Beretta • BJ Whitmer • Bobby Fish • Caprice Coleman • Cedric Alexander • Cheeseburger • Chris Sabin • Christopher Daniels • Dalton Castle • Donovan Dijak • Frankie Kazarian • Hanson • Joey Daddiego • Jay Briscoe • Jay Lethal • Kenny King • Kyle O'Reilly • Mandy Leon • Mark Briscoe • Matt Jackson • Matt Sydal • Matt Taven • Michael Elgin • Moose • Nana • Nick Jackson • Nigel McGuinness • Raymond Rowe • Rhett Titus • Rocky Romero • Roderick Strong • Scarlett Bordeaux • Silas Young • Steve Corino • Stokely Hathaway • Takaaki Watanabe • TK O'Ryan • Truth Martini • Veda Scott • Will Ferrara|