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Template:Infobox Wrestler Template:Nihongo is a Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. He currently goes by the name Takuma Sano.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1984–1990)Edit

Sano was a member of the 1984 New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) dojo class, and in his first few years, he was a jobber. In 1989, he won the Young Lions Cup and he had numerous acclaimed matches against Jushin Liger. Sano defeated Liger for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on August 10, 1989, but lost it back to Liger on January 30, 1990.[1][2]

Super World of Sports and Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi (1990–1992)Edit

In July 1990, Sano moved to the Super World of Sports (SWS) after a big money offer from Megane Super, the company backing the promotion. In SWS he became the top junior heavyweight, feuding with native talent and outsider talent from the United States, Mexico, and outsider promotions Universal Lucha Libre and Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi. In December 1991, Sano won the tournament for the SWS Light Heavyweight Championship.[3] He was the only titleholder.[3]

After SWS collapsed in June 1992, Sano worked a few matches for Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi, but soon moved to Union of Wrestling Force International (UWFI) upon recommendation from former NJPW comrades Nobuhiko Takada and Kazuo Yamazaki, the top stars of UWFI.

UWF International (1992–1996)Edit

In UWFI, he adopted the name Yuhi Sano. Adopting the shinguards and trunks typical of shoot style wrestlers, Sano had more opportunities to face actual heavyweights. Nevertheless, during the 1995-96 feud against NJPW, Sano participated on UWFI's side, beating old rival Liger one more time but losing to Shinya Hashimoto. In the feud against the WAR promotion, which had been born out of the ashes of SWS, Sano lost to old patron Genichiro Tenryu in a singles match. Upon UWFI's collapse later in December 1996, Sano joined its successor promotion, Kingdom.

Independent circuit (1997–2001)Edit

He went back to wrestling, entering Battlarts and feuding with Minoru Tanaka over the Independent Junior Heavyweight Championship.[4] Sano won the belt from Tanaka in May 1999 and dropped it back to him the following year. In 2000 he participated in the third Super J Cup tournament held by Michinoku Pro Wrestling. He advanced to the final four before losing to eventual runner-up Cima.[5]

Pro Wrestling Noah (2001–present)Edit

In 2001, he joined Pro Wrestling Noah. He became Takuma Sano, for a year wearing tights and wrestling junior heavyweights, but after fully turning heavyweight, he went back to the shinguards and trunks. As part of the faction led by Akira Taue and also composed of Daisuke Ikeda, Sano had opportunities for the GHC Heavyweight Championship held by Kenta Kobashi and later, Mitsuharu Misawa, but failed both times. In 2010, he teamed with Yoshihiro Takayama to win the Global Tag League.[6]

Mixed martial arts (1998–2000)Edit

Sano was also a mixed martial artist and participated in the Pride Fighting Championships. At Pride 2, he was defeated by Royler Gracie.[7] In October of that year at Pride 4, Satoshi Honma defeated him by knockout.[8] In June 2000 at Pride 9, he was once again defeated, this time by Carlos Newton.[9] In addition, he helped train fighters at the Takada Dojo.[10]

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Comision de Box y Lucha D.F.
  • Other titles
    • CNWA World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship official title history (page 2) (Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Retrieved on 2007-07-08.
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  5. Super J Cup: 3rd Stage. ProWrestlingHistory.com (April 1 - 9, 2000). Retrieved on February 16, 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Global Tag Team Tournament 2010. Pro Wrestling NOAH. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
  7. Pride 2. Sherdog. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
  8. Pride 4. Sherdog. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
  9. Pride 9 - New Blood. Sherdog. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
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