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Osamu Nishimura


Real Name - Osamu Nishimura

Birthdate - 9/23/71

6'1" 235 lbs. - Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, Japan


Athletic Background - Baseball, Volleyball

Teacher(s) - Tatsumi Fujinami (New Japan Dojo), Dory Funk Jr.

Professional Background - New Japan(`90-`06), GWF(`93), NWA(`94), MUGA(`95), CWA(`97), Dradition(`06-`07), All Japan(`07-), HUSTLE(`07), Big Japan(`12), WNC(`13-)

AliasesNishimu Lama

Groups - Synapse

Peak Years - `01-`06

Finisher(s) - 

- Cobra Twist

- Octopus Hold

- Grounded Cobra Twist

- Japanese Legroll


Favorites -

- Sickle Hold (Bridging Reverse STF)

- Butterfly Suplex

- Spinning Toehold

- Bow and Arrow

- Dropkick




Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science8
 Aerial1
 Power8
 Strikes8


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling8
 Bumping7
 Carrying8
 Heat6
 Legacy4


Place in History - Osamu Nishimura carved out a niche for himself as a throwback style pro-wrestler, whose look and approach was in stark contrast to the generation of New Japan wrestlers influenced by the UWF style.  Nishimura was a New Japan Dojo trainee who was small and unassuming from the start.  He was greatly influenced by Tatsumi Fujinami and Dory Funk, Jr. and their trademarks have always been prevalent in his ringwork.  Nishimura was diagnosed with cancer and he spent two years out battling it.  Upon his return, New Japan allowed him time to work off his ring rust before shifting him into a strong midcard spot.  Although the company was going into a downturn, Nishimura was coming into his own with this “pure catch” style.  The Japanese fans appreciated his presentation as it harkened back to a bygone generation.  Before the jujigatames and head kicks, before the lucha libre style dives and before the elaborate and colorful characters, pro-wrestlers wore black trunks and boots and worked pro-wrestling holds and used pro-wrestling moves.  In any other time and place, Osamu Nishimura (or someone doing the same thing) would probably not click with the audience.  New Japan was reeling from the influence of MMA on the company.  Management had sacrificed great pro-wrestlers who lost legit fights, elevated poor pro-wrestlers who won legit fights and tried to use fighters as pro-wrestlers with wildly mixed results.  Nishimura was a symbol of that time before this insidious obsession with legitimacy had corrupted the sport.  Osamu Nishimura battled back with Abdominal Stretches and European Uppercutts.  While he did have some big matches and great performances, Nishimura was never going to be more than an upper midcard talent.  He and Fujinami had run several shows under the MUGA banner (later to become “Dradition”) before both men left New Japan in 2006.  Nishimura began working around the puroresu world and has been tremendous within his style since that time.  Although he is neither one the most popular or most promoted pro-wrestlers, he is one of the most unique as a master of style from a bygone era.
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