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Nobuhiko Takada (April 12, 1962) is a former Japanese mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler. He was an executive of PRIDE Fighting Championships and founder of the HUSTLE Wrestling Organization.

He is best known for helping to popularize shoot-style professional wrestling, as one of the biggest stars of the Universal Wrestling Federation and Union of Wrestling Force International in the '80s and '90s. Despite his irregular fight record and kayfabe politics, Takada is credited with the existence of PRIDE and the Japanese MMA boom.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #27 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1995
    • PWI ranked him #43 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003
    • PWI ranked him #13 of the 100 best tag teams during the PWI Years with Akira Maeda in 2003
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Tag Team of the Year (1986)- with Shiro Koshinaka
    • Effort Prize (1983)
    • Match of the Year (1996)- vs. Genichiro Tenryu on September 11
    • Wrestler of the Year (1992)

Filmography

Year Title Role
1989 Yawara! Himself
2006 Simsons Noriyuki Motoyima
2007 Calling You Mr. Yamaguchi
2010 Watashi no Yasashiku nai Senpai Makoto Iriomote
2010 Bokutachi no Play Ball Himself
2012 Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai Quick service delivery man
2014 Idai Naru, Shurarabon Nami Natsume

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