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Hiroshi Hase

      

Real Name - Hiroshi Hase 
Birthdate - 5/5/61
6' 231 lbs. - Koyabe, Toyama, Japan

Athletic Background - Greco-Roman Wrestling (`84 Olympics)

Teacher(s) - Riki Choshu, Masa Saito; Stu Hart, Mr. Hito (Tokyo Joe)

Professional Background - WWC(`86-`87), Stampede(`86-`87), New Japan(`87-`96), All Japan(`97-`06), WJ(`03)

AliasesViet-Cong Express #2, Hiro Hase

Groups - BATT (Bad Ass Translate Trading)

Peak Years - `87-`94


Finisher(s) - 
- Dragon Suplex
- Golden Arm Bomber (Uranage)
- Northern Lights Suplex

Favorites -
- Giant Swing
- Bridging STF
- Missile Dropkick
- Side Russian Leg Sweep
- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Pro-wrestling and politics do not seem like an obvious mix and in most places in the world, any pro-wrestler pursuing a government seat is often a novelty whether it is Jesse Ventura, Brian Blair or Tony Halme.  Hiro Hase followed his long-time boss Antonio Inoki's politic career, which ended amidst accusations of yakuza involvement.  While others like Atsushi Onita and the Great Sasuke would follow, Hase is a well-respected politician who has served for more than a decade.  Throughout his past decade, Hase returned to the ring on occasion and despite being in his forties and long past a regular schedule, he always amazed crowds by still looking excellent in terms of his physique and in-ring work.  Hiro Hase's regular pro-wrestling career was one of that same sort of quiet exceptionalism.  After an Olympic run, Hiroshi Hase was broken in by fellow Olympians Riki Choshu and Masa Saito. He worked in North America and returned to Japan, winning the Junior Heavyweight title in his debut match and looking like an elite worker already. While Hase was often pushed fairly well, he was never a top star or top draw. As an assistant booker during New Japan's best years, he frequently and unselfishly put over rising stars.  Hase was also excellent at aiding amateurs transition to the pro-wrestling style. His ability to make talent became one of his greatest attributes. After getting into politics, Hase mainly split his time and was only a part-timer in New Japan and later All Japan while still in his prime. While considered by most to be a New Japan stalwart, Hase was key in getting Keiji Muto, Satoshi Kojima and Kendo Ka Shin to jump. He later worked with Choshu's World Japan, which pulled more talent from New Japan. He finally retired officially in 2006 after a career of being an unheralded, but vitally important figure in puroresu in the 1990s.
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