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Hiroyoshi Tenzan


Real Name - Hiroyoshi Yamamoto

Birthdate - 3/23/71

6' 265 lbs. - Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan


Athletic Background - Weightlifting, Basketball (High School)

Teacher(s) - [New Japan Dojo]

Professional Background - New Japan(`90-), CWA(`93-`94), WCW(`95), WWA(`02)

AliasesHiro Yamamoto

Groups - Okami Gundan, nWo Japan, Team 2000, Black New Japan, GBH (Great Bash Heel)

Peak Years - `96-`06



Finisher(s) - 

- Anaconda Vice (Top Wristlock/Headlock)

- Anaconda Cross (Double Wristlock Headlock)

- TTD (Tenzan Tombstone Driver)

- Moonsault

- Buffalo Sleeper


Favorites -

- Flying Headbutt

- Mountain Bomb

- Calf Branding

- Mongolian Chop
- Headbutt Drop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set8
 Science5
 Aerial3
 Power8
 Strikes8


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment8
 Selling9
 Bumping8
 Carrying8
 Heat7
 Legacy6


Place in History - It has become very obvious that with each successive generation of pro-wrestling superstars in Japan, their star is just a little more diminished than the proceeding generation.  Hiroyoshi Tenzan is the unfortunate generation that was rising up the card as New Japan’s popularity was in declined and the puroresu scene as a whole was being overshadowed by mixed martial arts.  In this new decade, Tenzan is broken down, but adds some name value in New Japan’s undercards.  Tenzan had the good fortune of being pushed strongly by the company early in his career.  After returning from Europe, he altered his name and adopted a buffalo-inspired persona.  His mohawk mullet with bleached edges was an unbelievable look that became his trademark.  This new image matched with his rough style blended well with opponents up and down the cards.  He became the partner of Masahiro Chono, who was ascending as the top heel in the company.  The two were members in the nWo Japan faction and Tenzan developed further as a trash-talking supporting player.  In time, he was paired off with Satoshi Kojima and “Tenkoji” became an excellent team in New Japan’s tag team division.  The two had a youthful arrogance about them that made for hot chemistry with veteran teams.  Their complementary styles, variety of tandem spots and solid booking made them one of New Japan’s greatest tag teams and they appeared to be the logical heirs-to-be in the company.  However, the landscape changed in the new millenium with Kojima leaving to join All Japan as the puroresu market became increasingly watered down.  New Japan went into a down period and Tenzan and Yuji Nagata were the stalwarts on top who, despite their best efforts, struggled.  Tenzan began deteriorating physically in the midst of his push into a top slot and while he was given opportunities on top, it just was not meant to be.  The image of weak and dehydrated Hiroyoshi Tenzan unable to get up, losing his first IWGP title to Kojima was the epitome of his decline.  New Japan, through its own struggles, gave Tenzan makeovers, teamed him up with Chono again and gave him several top pushes.  Injuries began to take a serious toll and Tenzan shifted into the midcard.  Satoshi Kojima’s return to the company and subsequent reforming of Tenkoji gave Tenzan a meaningful place.  Both of them, although banged up and past their primes, have an undeniable chemistry and strong support from the audience.  Hiroyoshi Tenzan’s legacy is similar to many in that he was a distinct second-level star during a hot period, however a downturn in business during his rise to the top did irreparable damage to his value.  He might be compared to a Scott Steiner or Jun Akiyama as someone who was a key supporting player for years in tag teams.  Then when he was made a single and started heating up and getting ready for that big push, it just was just the wrong place at the wrong time.

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