Jump to content
Pro Wrestling Only

KinchStalker's Puroresu Profile Index


Recommended Posts

I have recently begun to post puroresu profiles on the underused Wrestlers & Other Personalities section of the Pro Wrestling Only database. I believe that this section of the board has massive potential as a component of my research efforts, as it provides a perfect space to collect information on various personnel without the burden of any narrative expectations that a puroresu history post might have.

This thread will contain an index of those I have made, as well as an extensive itinerary of possible future subjects. In addition to my general focus on mens’ puroresu in the Showa period, my emphasis for the foreseeable future will be lesser stars for whom information is scarce in English. All threads I create will be tagged with promotions in which each performer did major work, although obviously I can only do this in cases where I was the one who created the thread.

[NOTE: I believe that in cases where a gimmick was a relatively small portion of one’s career, that stage name should not be given precedence. If/when I write a Satoru Sayama profile, for example, I will post a link in a Tiger Mask thread to a Sayama profile which encompasses his Tiger Mask run. However, if I were to write a profile on Tiger Mask IV, I would either place him in that thread after placing redirects to Sayama, Misawa, and Kanemoto threads for TMs I-III, or give “Tiger Mask (IV)” its own thread.]

---

All profiled persons will be sorted by all promotions for which they worked, in one or more of five categories.

Performers: Mostly wrestlers, but the verbiage is expanded to include managers as well. A wrestler will be sorted with a company if they were ever under contract to them, or if they did noted freelance work. (This is to accommodate cases like Goro Tsurumi, who stayed freelance in his near-decade of bookings for AJPW, or US-based Japanese wrestlers like Hiro Matsuda and post-JWA Umanosuke Ueda. Korean wrestlers will also be categorized in this way.)

Referees: Self-explanatory.

Announcers: The guy with the microphone.

Broadcasters: The people at the commentary table.

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel: The people behind the curtain. This category is deliberately flexible to accommodate important persons that did not perform themselves. Obvious candidates include Hisashi Shinma, Mitsuo Matsune, Motoko Baba, and Naoki Otsuka. I am conscious about the potential clutter that such a category could bring about, and am aware that it may not be totally justifiable under the Wrestlers & Other Personalities banner. It is true that this category could be expanded to include significant shareholders and benefactors such as:

  1. Shinzaku Nitta: former patron of Rikidōzan, who provided early financial support to begin the JWA
  2. Sadao Nagata: entertainment industry don who, decades after bringing the yakuza into the industry through talent management, provided the JWA with crucial support as a touring enterprise
  3. Yoshio Kodama, Kazuo Taoka, and Hizayuki Machii: underworld figures with executive positions in the JWA’s shareholders association, who steered the promotion in accordance to their own interests (see: the aborted plan to have Oki inherit Rikidōzan’s stage name to tie into a South Korean expansion)

However, for everyone’s sake, I will stick to a conservative interpretation of the category, and I will exercise discretion in who I select to profile.

Finally, if I can gather enough information to justify it, I will write profiles for wrestlers in early non-JWA promotions, such as Toshio Yamaguchi’s mid-1950s All Japan Pro Wrestling Association.

-----------

Complete

JWA (Japan Wrestling Association/Nippon Puroresu/"Japan Pro Wrestling")

Performers

  1. Azumafuji
  2. Great Kojika
  3. Kanji Higuchi (aka Joe Higuchi)
  4. Kokichi Endo 
  5. Mammoth Suzuki
  6. Masatake Kusatsu (aka Great Kusatsu)
  7. Masao Kimura (aka Rusher Kimura)
  8. Masio Koma 
  9. Masao Ito 
  10. Mitsu Hirai
  11. Mr. Chin
  12. Motoshi Okuma
  13. Mitsuo Hata (aka Rocky Hata)
  14. Surugaumi 
  15. Tadaharu Tanaka
  16. Toyonobori
  17. Tsuneharu Sugiyama (aka Thunder Sugiyama)

Referees

  1. Kanji Higuchi (aka Joe Higuchi)

Broadcasters

  1. Kokichi Endo
  2. Takashi Yamada

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Kokichi Endo
  2. Toyonobori  

---------

1950s Regional Promotions (All Japan Pro Wrestling Association, Asia Pro Wrestling, etc.)

Wrestlers

  1. Kanji Higuchi (aka Joe Higuchi) [AJPW Association/Yamaguchi Dojo]
  2. Yuichi Deguchi (aka Mr. Chin) [AJPW Association/Yamaguchi Dojo]

---------

Tokyo Pro Wrestling

Wrestlers

  1. Isamu Teranishi
  2. Masao Kimura (aka Rusher Kimura)
  3. Tadaharu Tanaka
  4. Takeshi Ōiso 
  5. Tsuyoshi Sendai (aka Tetsunosuke Daigo)
  6. Toyonobori

----------

IWE (International Wrestling Enterprise/Kokusai Puroresu)

Wrestlers

  1. Animal Hamaguchi
  2. Atsushi Hongo (aka Munenori Higo)
  3. Devil Murasaki 
  4. Goro Tsurumi
  5. Great Kusatsu
  6. Isamu Teranishi
  7. Katsuzo Ōiyama
  8. Mammoth Suzuki
  9. Masahiko Takasugi
  10. Mighty Inoue
  11. Mr. Chin
  12. Nobuyoshi Sugawara (aka Apollo Sugawara)
  13. Rusher Kimura
  14. Ryuma Go
  15. Snake Amami
  16. Strong Kobayashi
  17. Tadaharu Tanaka
  18. Takeshi Ōiso 
  19. Tenshin Yonemura
  20. Tetsunosuke Daigo
  21. Thunder Sugiyama
  22. Toyonobori

Referees

  1. Mammoth Suzuki

Broadcasters

  1. Kosuke Takeuchi

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

1.      Great Kusatsu

----------

NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Shin Nihon Puroresuringu)

Wrestlers

  1. Animal Hamaguchi
  2. Isamu Teranishi
  3. Rusher Kimura
  4. Ryuma Go
  5. Strong Kobayashi
  6. Toyonobori

Broadcasters

  1. Kokichi Endo

----------

AJPW (All Japan Pro Wrestling/Zen Nihon Puroresu)

Performers

  1. Apollo Sugawara
  2. Goro Tsurumi [freelance]
  3. Great Kojika
  4. Isamu Teranishi
  5. Masahiko Takasugi (AKA Ultraseven)
  6. Masao Ito
  7. Masio Koma
  8. Mighty Inoue
  9. Mitsu Hirai
  10. Motoshi Okuma
  11. Munenori Higo
  12. Rocky Hata
  13. Rusher Kimura
  14. Ryuma Go
  15. Thunder Sugiyama

Referees

  1. Joe Higuchi
  2. Mighty Inoue

Broadcasters

  1. Kosuke Takeuchi
  2. Takao Kuramochi
  3. Takashi Yamada

----------

UWF "1.0" (Universal Wrestling Federation)

Wrestlers

  1. Masami Soranaka
  2. Ryuma Go

----------

MISCELLANEOUS

Major Journalists

  1. Kosuke Takeuchi
Edited by KinchStalker
added Rusher Kimura
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Loss changed the title to KinchStalker's Puroresu Profile Index

List of Future Candidates

JWA

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Akio Sato
  2. Akihisa Takachiho (aka The Great Kabuki)
  3. Antonio Inoki
  4. Gantetsu Matsuoka
  5. Giant Baba
  6. Haruka Eigen
  7. Hiro Matsuda
  8. Isao Yoshihara
  9. Kantaro Hoshino
  10. Katsuhisa Shibata
  11. Katsuji Adachi (aka Mr. Hito)
  12. Kazuo Sakurada
  13. Kintaro Oki
  14. Kotetsu Yamamoto
  15. Masanori Saito (aka Masa Saito)
  16. Masanori Toguchi (aka Kim Duk)
  17. Masashi Ozawa (aka Killer Khan)
  18. Matty Suzuki
  19. Michiaki Yoshimura
  20. Mitsuo Momota
  21. Motoyuki Kitazawa
  22. Osamu Abe
  23. Osamu Kido
  24. Rashomon Tsunagoro
  25. Rikidozan
  26. Seiei Kimura (aka Kengo Kimura)
  27. Seiji Sakaguchi
  28. Takao Kaneko
  29. Tokio Kido
  30. Tomotsugu Kutsuwada (aka Samson Kutsuwada)
  31. Umanosuke Ueda
  32. Yonetaro Tanaka
  33. Yoshinosato

Referees

  1. Jerry Murdock
  2. Oki Shikina
  3. Yoshio Kyushuyama
  4. Yusef Turk

Broadcasters

  1. Hiroshi Ijuin
  2. Hiroshi Tazuhama
  3. Ichiro Shimizu
  4. Kazuo Tokumitsu
  5. Yoshinosato

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Hiroshi Iwata
  2. Isao Yoshihara
  3. Michiaki Yoshimura
  4. Shigeo Kado
  5. Yoshinosato

Other 1950s promotions (All Japan Pro Wrestling Association, Asia Pro Wrestling, etc.)

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Hideyuki Nagasawa
  2. Kiyotaba Otsubo
  3. Masahiko Kimura
  4. Michiaki Yoshimura
  5. Takeo Toda
  6. Toshio Yamaguchi
  7. Umenosuke Kiyomigawa

 

Tokyo Pro Wrestling (1966-1967)

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Antonio Inoki
  2. Katsuhisa Shibata
  3. Masanori Saito (aka Masa Saito)
  4. Masaru Eigen (aka Haruka Eigen)
  5. Motoyuki Kitazawa 

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Hisashi Shinma

 IWE

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Asataro Sano
  2. Ashura Hara
  3. Chati Yokouchi [freelance]
  4. Daigoro Ohgiyama
  5. Hideyuki Nagasawa
  6. Hiro Matsuda
  7. Hiromichi Fuyuki (aka Kodo Fuyuki)
  8. Jiro Inazuma (aka Gerry Morrow) ["exchange student"]
  9. Ichimasa Wakamatsu (aka Shogun "KY" Wakamatsu)
  10. Kim Duk [freelance]
  11. Kintaro Oki
  12. Mach Hayato
  13. Matty Suzuki
  14. Mr. Hito [freelance]
  15. Mr. Seki (aka Mr. Pogo) [freelance]
  16. Taro Kuroshio (aka Ted Herbert) ["exchange student"]
  17. Umanosuke Ueda [freelance]
  18. Umenosuke Kiyomigawa [freelance]
  19. Yang Seung-Hi ["exchange student"]
  20. Yasu Fujii

Referees

  1. Mitsuo Endo
  2. Osamu Abe
  3. Takao Maemizo

Announcers

  1. Kazutoshi Iibashi
  2. Toshio Suzuki

Broadcasters

  1. Kosuke Takeuchi
  2. Tadao Monma
  3. Takashi Kikuchi
  4. Yoshinosato

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Isao Yoshihara
  2. Toshio Suzuki

NJPW

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Akira Katayama
  2. Akira Maeda
  3. Akira Nogami
  4. Antonio Inoki
  5. Don Arakawa
  6. Donald Takeshi
  7. El Samurai
  8. George Takano
  9. Gran Hamada
  10. Hiroshi Hase
  11. Hisakatsu Oya
  12. Jushin Thunder Liger
  13. Kantaro Hoshino
  14. Katsuhisa Shibata
  15. Kazuo Sakurada
  16. Kazuo Yamazaki
  17. Keiji Mutoh
  18. Kengo Kimura
  19. Kensuke Sasaki
  20. Killer Khan
  21. Kotetsu Yamamoto
  22. Kuniaki Kobayashi
  23. Masahiro Chono
  24. Masanobu Kurisu
  25. Naoki Sano
  26. Nobuhiko Takada
  27. Norio Honaga
  28. Osamu Kido
  29. Riki Choshu
  30. Satoru Sayama
  31. Shinichi Nakano
  32. Shinji Sasazaki
  33. Shinya Hashimoto
  34. Shiro Koshinaka
  35. Shoji Ito
  36. Shoji Kai (aka Motoyuki Kitazawa)
  37. Shunji Kosugi
  38. Shunji Takano
  39. Super Strong Machine
  40. Takashi Iizuka
  41. Tatsumi Fujinami
  42. Tatsutoshi Goto
  43. Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Referees

  1. Katsuhisa Shibata
  2. Kotetsu Yamamoto
  3. Mr. Takahashi
  4. Yonetaro Tanaka

Announcers

  1. Kero Tanaka
  2. Naoki Otsuka
  3. Tetsuo Baisho

Broadcasters

  1. Ichiro Furutachi
  2. Keiichi Funabashi
  3. Kotetsu Yamamoto
  4. Yasuo Sakurai

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Hisashi Shinma
  2. Naoki Otsuka
  3. Tetsuo Baisho
  4. Yusef Turk

AJPW

Spoiler

Wrestlers

  1. Akio Sato
  2. Akira Taue
  3. Atsushi Onita
  4. Genichiro Tenryu
  5. Giant Baba
  6. Isao Takagi
  7. Jumbo Tsuruta
  8. Kenta Kobashi
  9. Kim Duk/Tiger Toguchi
  10. Kintaro Oki
  11. Mr. Hayashi
  12. Mitsuharu Misawa
  13. Mitsuo Momota
  14. Munenori Higo
  15. Naoki Takano
  16. Samson Fuyuki (aka Kodo Fuyuki)
  17. Shinichi Nakano
  18. Tarzan Goto
  19. Toshiaki Kawada
  20. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
  21. Umanosuke Ueda
  22. Yoshihiro Momota

Referees

  1. Akihiko Fukuda
  2. Kyohei Wada
  3. Mr. Hayashi

Announcers

  1. Gunji Hara
  2. Ryu Nakata
  3. Yoshihiro Momota

Broadcasters

  1. Akira Fukuzawa
  2. Fumio Matsunaga
  3. Kenji Wakabayashi

Executives and Miscellaneous Personnel

  1. Akio Sato
  2. Mitsuo Matsune
  3. Motoko Baba
  4. Ryozo Yonezawa

MISCELLANEOUS

Spoiler

Major Journalists

  1. Hiroshi Tazuhama: pioneering puroresu journalist, and codifier of the fictionalized approach that subsequent journalists would use to mythologize Japanese wrestlers
  2. Shigeo Kado: early puroresu journalist turned JWA commissioner
  3. Tarzan Yamamoto: the maverick editor of Weekly Pro Wrestling's prime period and an important creative consultant behind AJPW's resurgence in the late 80s and early 90s
  4. Yoshihiro Inoue: editor of Osaka tabloid Weekly Fight Magazine, and originator of the katsuji puroresu style that changed puroresu journalism forever

Industry supporters

  1. Ichiro Hatta: Japan's "father of amateur wrestling", who directly supported puroresu in order to promote his sport, and whose influence on wrestling and martial arts was massive

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Starting with June, I will update this thread with monthly lists of new additions (and potentially, major revisions) to the index.

UPDATES, JUNE 2022

New Profiles

  1. Azumafuji (Wrestler, JWA)
  2. Devil Murasaki (Wrestler, IWE)
  3. Great Kojika (Wrestler/Promoter, JWA/AJPW/BJW)
  4. Joe Higuchi (Wrestler/Referee, AJPWA/JWA/AJPW)
  5. Kosuke Takeuchi (Commentator/Journalist, IWE/AJPW)
  6. Mammoth Suzuki (Wrestler/Referee, JWA/Tokyo Pro (Toyonobori)/IWE)
  7. Mr. Chin (Wrestler, AJPWA/JWA/IWE/FMW)
  8. Mitsu Hirai (Wrestler, JWA/AJPW)
  9. Munenori Higo (Wrestler, IWE/AJPW)
  10. Snake Amami (Wrestler, IWE)
  11. Surugaumi (Wrestler, JWA)
  12. Tadaharu Tanaka (Wrestler, JWA/Tokyo Pro (Toyonobori)/IWE)
  13. Takeshi Oiso (Wrestler/Promoter, IWE)
  14. Tenshin Yonemura (Wrestler, IWE)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Apologies if I'm cluttering the thread, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the great content and information in your posts. I can only imagine how much time and work it takes to share all these translations and stories.

I've learned so much about things I knew bits and pieces of but not in any sort of detail, as well as about some people I've never heard of with these profiles.

I find myself revisiting these posts and reading them over and over and look forward to the updates when they come. 

Again a huge thank you for all your effort. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

UPDATES, JULY 2022

I spent this month writing profiles for the International Wrestling Enterprise. I made progress on a Rusher Kimura profile that I intend to be the most detailed that I have yet written (as a warmup for the heavy hitters), but it might not be done until fall, as I am waiting to receive and transcribe a resource that I want to cite in it.

New Profiles

  1. Animal Hamaguchi (Wrestler/Trainer, IWE/NJPW/Japan Pro)
  2. Goro Tsurumi (Wrestler/Promoter, IWE/AJPW/SWS/NOW/Kokusai Pro Wrestling Promotion)
  3. Great Kusatsu (Wrestler/Executive/Booker (show), JWA/IWE)
  4. Isamu Teranishi (Wrestler, Tokyo Pro/IWE/NJPW/Japan Pro/AJPW)
  5. Katsuzo Oiyama (Wrestler, IWE)
  6. Mighty Inoue (Wrestler/Referee/Broadcaster, IWE/AJPW/NOAH) 
  7. Ryuma Go (Wrestler/Promoter/Trainer, IWE/NJPW/UWF/AJPW/Pioneer Senshi/Oriental Pro/Samurai Pro Wrestling)
  8. Strong Kobayashi (Wrestler, IWE/NJPW)
  9. Tetsunosuke Daigo (Wrestler/Booker (talent)/Trainer, Tokyo Pro/IWE)
  10. Thunder Sugiyama (Wrestler, JWA/IWE/AJPW)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

UPDATES, AUGUST 2022

I began my first Deluxe Profile for Rusher Kimura. I have released three of the four parts I plan to write for him. Part Four will be worked on in September, although I intend to shift my focus back to transcribing resources for personal research rather than writing these profiles, at least for the time being.

New Profiles

  1. Rusher Kimura (Wrestler, JWA/Tokyo Pro/IWE/NJPW/AJPW/NOAH)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...