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Yuji Nagata


Real Name - Yuji Nagata

Birthdate - 4/24/68

6' 238 lbs. - Togane, Chiba, Japan


Athletic Background - Wrestling (Nihon University)

Teacher(s) - Kotetsu Yamamoto (New Japan Dojo); Kazuo Yamazaki

Professional Background - New Japan(`92-), WCW(`97-`98), All Japan(`11-`12), NOAH(`12-)

Aliases"HH" Nagata

Groups - Fighting Club G-Eggs, Team JAPAN, Seigigun

Peak Years - `00-`05


Finisher(s) - 

- Anklelock

- Nagata Lock IV (Higher Crossface Hold)

- Nagata Lock III (Double-Arm Crossface Hold)

- Nagata Lock II (Crossface Hold)

- Nagata Lock (Reverse Figure-Four)

- Wrist-clutch Exploder

- Drive Screw (Swinging Vertical Suplex)

- Pinning Back Suplex

- Thunder Death Driver (Spinning Brainbuster)

- STF

- Stepover Armbar


Favorites -

- Exploder Suplex

- Implant DDT

- Enzugiri

- Spin Wheel Kick

- Front Kick



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science7
 Aerial1
 Power8
 Strikes9


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling10
 Bumping7
 Carrying7
 Heat10
 Legacy6


Place in History - It has been opined that Yuji Nagata is one of the greatest workers of millenium.  He was able to have excellent matches with almost any opponent and although he is past his peak, he still has the potential to step up and put out an amazing performance.  Nagata could be situated as the polar opposite of Antonio Inoki.  He was a legitimate high-level wrestler who was brought into the pro-wrestling game with little fanfare.  After working in the midcard of the biggest pro-wrestling company of the era, he returned to Japan and was slowly worked into the upper midcard.  He was sacrificed in a couple shoot fights against two of top heavyweight fighters in the world, in their primes, which killed his credibility.  He was somewhat rehabilitated with a lengthy reign and exceptional performances as New Japan spiraled into its darkest period.  Yuji Nagata has demonstrated consistently excellent in-ring work for over fifteen years, remained loyal to New Japan and is best known for his two losses against Mirko Crocop and Fedor Emelianenko.  Antonio Inoki ran track in high school and yet he was able to garner a spot in Rikidozan’s JWA and built himself up before attempting a failed coup, which led to failed promotion and strained return before leaving to form New Japan.  This company was built around feeding him legitimate opponents in fixed matches that were often poorly constructed debacles, he reigned supreme, holding down numerous talents when active and offering up a lot of flash and little substance.  It seems fitting that it was Inoki’s obsession with legitimacy led to one of the company’s greatest talents, Nagata, losing in a shoot and being damaged for the remainder of his career.  When all is said and done and people look back at Yuji Nagata’s legacy, hopefully his exceptional work in the ring and lengthy reign overshadows those two losses and the fact that he was on top of a sinking promotion in a declining scene.  He has been more loyal to his home promotion than any of his contemporaries and is being rewarded as the promotion is back on top again.

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