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Tarzan Goto

  

Real Name - Seiji Goto

Birthdate - 8/16/63

5'10" 285 lbs. - Shimada Shizuoka, Japan


Athletic Background - Sumo

Teacher(s) - Giant Baba, Jumbo Tsuruta

Professional Background - All Japan(`81-`85), Central States(`86), Memphis(`86-`87), Indies(`87-`89), WWC(`88), FMW(`89-`95), IWA(`95-`96), ECW(`96), WAR(`97), BJPW(`97), IWA(`99), WMF(`05-`06), Shin-FMW(`09-`10), Super FMW(`10-`12)

AliasesMasaji Goto, Ho Chi Wihn, Ghost Face

Groups - Lethal Weapon

Peak Years - `88-`95


Finisher(s) - 

- Facebuster

- Powerbomb

- Flying Splash

- Brainbuster

- Figure-Four Leglock


Favorites -

- Chairshot

- Lariat

- Reverse Thrust Kick

- Headbutt

- Punches



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7
 Science1
 Aerial1
 Power6
 Strikes 7


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling5
 Bumping4
 Carrying5
 Heat6
 Legacy4


Place in History - When Atsushi Onita formed FMW, it was unclear what a former All Japan junior heavyweight was going to do.  The UWF had revolutionized puroresu and Onita looked to do the same.  One of the first regulars he brought in was Masaji “Tarzan” Goto.  Pro-wrestlers Onita and Goto taking on karate fighters was a key component to FMW’s early success.  The company included a hodge podge of veterans, youngsters and non-wrestlers and they were often tossed together in street fights full of foreign objects and blood.  Goto was a chunky brawler who oddly complimented his charismatic partner.  Like many good teams, the two soon split and made even better foes.  Their rivalry escalated to the first exploding barbed wire death match and later the first exploding barbed wire cage match, two of FMW’s trademark matches.  

Of course, they reunited and Goto was the number two babyface again, but he was distant number two.  In 1995, Onita was preparing the retire and their was a power struggle between Goto and others.  Tarzan Goto began to believe Onita was undermining him and he did not aim to be the man responsible for killing FMW.  He made a shocking move when he left FMW for the IWA, right before Onita’s retirement match and the biggest show that the company would ever have.  While the departure allowed for Hayabusa to step in and ascend as the new ace of FMW, it was a significant blow.  The IWA quickly took over as the premier “death match” group and Goto was a key figure.  Despite the success, the IWA management forced out Victor Quiñones and his foreign talent in hopes of saving money, but it all but killed the company.  Goto, like much of the IWA talent pool, was soon looking for opportunities elsewhere.  His proteges that had left FMW with him, abandoned him to return to FMW.  However, having burned his bridge with FMW himself, he was left to pick up work in Big Japan, WAR and independent promotions.  Although he made appearances for years to come, Tarzan Goto’s career was essentially over when he should have been entering his peak.  By this point, FMW had an established base of talent and never needed to bring him back.  When Kodo Fuyuki was at the helm in 1999, he made the offer, but Goto declined.  Many years later, he reunited with many of his FMW colleagues, including Atsushi Onita, on FMW nostalgia shows.  That circuit continues to be active to this day and Goto is no stranger to making appearances even in his limited capacity.  It is difficult to imagine how the legacy of Tarzan Goto hinges on that decision he made in the spring of 1995.  Had he stayed in FMW, he would have inherited Onita’s spot and the company’s success would have ridden on his shoulders.  He was nowhere near the star of Onita and it seems unlike the company could have survived long with him as the feature attraction.  Tarzan Goto left and had an uneventful remainder of his career.  While FMW was never bigger after Onita left that first time, it stayed going for nearly seven years and certainly had its highlights.  While Goto’s departure might have seemed disastrous at the time, it was the catalyst to Hayabusa’s big push that the company was largely built on after Onita left.


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