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Ashura Hara (1947-2015)

  

Real Name - Susumu Hara

Birthdate - 1/8/47 - 4/28/15

5'9" 220 lbs. - Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan


Athletic Background - Rugby (Nat'l Team), Judo, Sumo (High School)

Teacher(s) - Isao Yoshihara

Professional Background - IWE(`76-`81), Stampede(`78,`80), CWA(`78), New Japan(`80), All Japan(`81-`88), Korea(`82), SWS(`91-`92), WAR(`92-`94)

AliasesSusumu Hara, Fighting Hara

Groups - International Blood Army, Revolution

Peak Years - `81-`87

Finisher(s) - 

- “Hitman” Lariat

- Superplex


Favorites -

- Back Suplex

- Samoan Drop

- Half Crab

- Enzugiri

- Headbutt


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set6
 Science3
 Aerial1
 Power7
 Strikes8


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling5
 Bumping6
 Carrying5
 Heat6
 Legacy4


Place in History - Gambling problems among notable Japanese pro-wrestlers is not unusual, but Ashura Hara is perhaps the most famous example.  His debts essentially ruined his career, not unlike Toyonobori before him and Tadao Yasuda after him.  Susumu Hara was a successful rugby player who even played on the Japanese national team  in the 1970s.  When his career wound down, he joined the IWE and was given his name “Ashura” by a famous novelist.  He was a polished worker when he joined All Japan following the death of the IWE.  Hara frequently teamed with his former IWE partners battled the All Japan stars, but they soon took a backseat to Riki Choshu’s invading force from New Japan.  When that group departed, Genichiro Tenryu looked to fill that void with a group of his own.  Tenryu and Hara had teamed when the IWE wrestlers first came in and they formed a friendship that remained for many years to come.  Tenryu’s Revolution stable grew in size, but Hara was unquestionably the number two within its ranks.  Feuding with Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu over All Japan’s top tag titles, Ashura Hara emerged as key supporting player who could work with the best wrestlers in the world and never look out of place.  Ashura Hara, although forty years old, was at career highpoint, until the yakuza came calling.  Hara’s gambling debts had caused some unsavory characters to visit him at All Japan shows and in 1988, Giant Baba fired him because of it.  Tenryu ended up having the best year of his career and became the spokesperson for an eyeglasses company that bankrolled the formation of a new pro-wrestling company.  Tenryu soon brought in his old partner.  Hara looked older and slower following the hiatus, not to mention the effect of his sordid past.  Tenryu used him as best he could and took him to WAR when the SWS promotion folded.  Ashura Hara retired in 1994, having his final match against Genichiro Tenryu.  Afterward, he taught physical education and coached rugby before his untimely death in 2015.  Ashura Hara was a visible wrestler in All Japan when it was a popular product, so he is remembered by the fans of that era and is more widely known than many of the bigger stars of recent years.  Although he is best remembered as Tenryu’s long-time partner, Hara was the type of supporting star that pro-wrestling companies rely on and need to work with and put over the top stars.

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