Takashi Sugiura (May 31, 1970) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for Pro Wrestling Noah. Sugiura, an accomplished amateur wrestler, joined NOAH's dojo in 2000, making his pro debut on December 23, 2000, and thus becoming the first wrestler to make his pro wrestling debut in NOAH. He is also a founding member of the Dark Agents stable.
Sugiura was an accomplished judoka in high school. And narrowly missed the cut representing Japan at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He then became an Self Defense Instructor & was recruited to the All Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo by Tamon Honda, who (along with Yoshihiro Takayama) oversaw all of Sugiura's training.
Professional wrestling career
Initially a low-card wrestler, Sugiura's American Wrestling influenced style became popular with fans. And eventually he formed an tag team with Yoshinobu Kanemaru nicknamed "SugiKane". Within a few months the two defeated Marufuji and Kenta for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship ending the team's long & historic run. Sugiura owns the distinction of being the only wrestler in Pro Wrestling Noah to have been a double champion on two separate occasions. In recent years, he has made a name for himself in the heavyweight division receiving a title shot against then GHC Heavyweight Champion Takeshi Morishima in a highly regarded match & winning the GHC Tag Team Championship along with Naomichi Marufuji from the bigger & stronger team of D'lo Brown & Bull Buchanan. At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom III he pushed New Japan Ace Shinsuke Nakamura to his limit in a cross promotional tag team match with Mitsuharu Misawa & Hirooki Goto as their respective partners, but came up short and tapped out to Nakamura's Cross Armbar finish. Nakamura then stated that there would be a singles match between them soon, as he felt he was embarrassed by a wrestler below his standards. The two met again later in the year in a cross-promotional match, this time Sugiura teamed with blue-chip prospect Go Shiozaki & Nakamura teamed with then-RISE stablemate Milano Collection AT, who was also returning from injury. Shiozaki/Sugiura picked up the win & Nakamura demanded a rematch against the 2 with Hirooki Goto as his tag team partner.
Sugiura has also dabbled in mixed martial arts, given his amateur background. His largest victory ever in an MMA match was against Giant Silva. He participated in the Pancrase Heavyweight Championship Tournament but was eliminated by Ryuta Noji.
Sugiura also participated in the 2009 G1 Climax. With his rival Nakamura in his block, a long anticipated singles match came to pass. Although he lost the match he still managed to finish second in his block & advanced to the semi-finals losing to the tournament eventual winner Togi Makabe. On December 6, 2009 Sugiura pinned Go Shiozaki to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. On January 4, 2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Sugiura successfully defended the title against Hirooki Goto.On 28 February,he retained his ttle against Togi Makabe and then on 10 July against Yoshihiro Takayama. On October 1, 2010, Sugiura travelled to Tamaulipas, Mexico to defend the GHC Heavyweight Championship, defeating Chessman at Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) event Héroes Inmortales IV.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #14 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
- Most Valuable Player (2010)
- Outstanding Performance Award (2009)
- War - by Edwin Starr''
- "Do The Evolution" by Pearl Jam
- "Fell in Love With a Girl" by The White Stripes
- "Le-Mans Mesai" by The HIGH-Lows
- "When Love Comes To Town" by U2 (Current)