Famous Japanese Wrestlers

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Asuka
(Professional Wrestler)
Asuka
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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

One of the most promising young wrestlers from Japan, Kanako Urai, better known as Asuka and Kana (previously), has been making a name for herself as part of the WWE. Known for her multi-colored hair, she is a Grand Slam Champion, and holds the NXT, Raw, and SmackDown Women’s titles.

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Shinsuke Nakamura
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Birthdate: February 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyōtango, Kyoto, Japan

Shinsuke Nakamura is a Japanese wrestler best known for appearing in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he has won several championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and SmackDown Tag Team Championship. In 2016, Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine named him the Most Popular Wrestler of the Year. He is also known for his association with New Japan Pro-Wrestling

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Kazuchika Okada
(Wrestler)
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Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anjo, Aichi, Japan
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Kairi Sane
(Japanese Professional Wrestler and Actress Known for Her Work With WWE)
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Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan

WWE wrestler and actor Kaori Housako, better known as Kairi Sane, initially represented Japanese women’s wrestling promotion Stardom, as Kairi Hojo, and also won many honors, such as the Artist of Stardom. She is also skilled in yachting, holds a degree in Japanese literature, and has taught Japanese in Cambodia.

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Antonio Inoki
(Japanese Retired Professional Wrestler and Founder of 'New Japan Pro-Wrestling')
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan

Once a reputed Japanese martial artist and wrestler, Antonio Inoki grew up in Brazil, where he won several contests of shot put, discus, and javelin. At 17, he went to the Japanese Wrestling Association and was mentored by Rikidōzan. He later established the New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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Kota Ibushi
(Japanese Professional Wrestler and Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: May 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aira, Kagoshima, Japan

Japanese martial artist and wrestler Kota Ibushi stunned his fans when he rejected an offer from All Elite Wrestling, choosing to remain with New Japan Pro-Wrestling instead, as he did not wish to move to the U.S. for good. The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion had initially ditched karate for wrestling.

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Kazushi Sakuraba
(Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist)
Kazushi Sakuraba
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Birthdate: July 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shōwa, Akita, Japan
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Hiroshi Tanahashi
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Birthdate: November 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogaki, Gifu, Japan

Hiroshi Tanahashi is a Japanese professional wrestler, widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He is the current NEVER Openweight Champion at  New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He is one of the most decorated wrestlers in New Japan's history with eight reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Champion and three reigns as IWGP Tag Team Champion. 

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Io Shirai
(Professional Wrestler)
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Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

Japanese wrestler Masami Odate, better known by her pseudonym, Io Shirai, performs for WWE and is a former NXT Women's Champion. Japanese newspaper Tokyo Sports named her the top female wrestler of the year thrice. She is best known for her trademark moonsaults, springboard dropkicks, and hurricanranas.

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Yoshihiro Tajiri
(Professional Wrestler)
Yoshihiro Tajiri
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Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tamana, Kumamoto, Japan

Japanese wrestler Yoshihiro Tajiri has been known by many pseudonyms, such as Aquarius and Tigre Blanco. Trained in lucha libre and Japanese wrestling, Tajiri has also amused audiences with his backstage comedy during his association with organizations such as WWE and ECW. He later popularized his signature goatee.

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Tetsuya Naito
(Wrestler)
Tetsuya Naito
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Birthdate: June 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adachi City, Tokyo, Japan
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Minoru Suzuki
(Professional wrestler)
Minoru Suzuki
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Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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Mitsuharu Misawa
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Birthdate: June 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Koshigaya, Japan
Died: June 13, 2009
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Kenta Kobayashi
(Wrestler)
Kenta Kobayashi
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Birthdate: March 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sōka, Saitama, Japan
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Shinya Aoki
(Mixed martial artist)
Shinya Aoki
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Birthdate: May 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adriano Martins
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Jushin Thunder Liger
(Professional wrestler)
Jushin Thunder Liger
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Birthdate: November 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

Jushin Thunder Liger is a Japanese retired wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is best known for his association with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) where he was an important wrestler from 1984 to 2020. He was also popular in America's WWE stable and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Kenta Kobashi
(Professional wrestler)
Kenta Kobashi
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Birthdate: March 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan
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Taka Michinoku
(Professional wrestler)
Taka Michinoku
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Birthdate: October 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morioka, Iwate, Japan
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Giant Baba
(Wrestler)
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Birthdate: January 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
Died: January 31, 1999
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Shoichi Funaki
(Professional wrestler)
Shoichi Funaki
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Birthdate: August 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katsushika-ku
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Tomohiro Ishii
(Wrestler)
Tomohiro Ishii
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Birthdate: December 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
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Tatsumi Fujinami
(Professional wrestler)
Tatsumi Fujinami
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Birthdate: December 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kunisaki
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Yuji Nagata
(Wrestler)
Yuji Nagata
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Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Togane, Chiba, Japan
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Yujiro Takahashi
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Birthdate: January 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata, Japan
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Hirooki Goto
(Wrestler)
Hirooki Goto
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Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuwana, Mie, Japan
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Taiji Ishimori
(Wrestler)
Taiji Ishimori
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Birthdate: February 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tagajō, Miyagi, Japan
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Shingo Takagi
(Wrestler)
Shingo Takagi
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Birthdate: November 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chuo, Yamanashi, Japan
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Bull Nakano
(Professional Golfer)
Bull Nakano
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Birthdate: January 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kawaguchi, Japan
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Masahiko Kimura
(Japanese judoka and professional wrestler)
Masahiko Kimura
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Birthdate: September 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumamoto, Japan
Died: April 18, 1993

Considered the best judoka of all time, Masahiko Kimura had begun training in martial arts at age 9. The skilled fighter later lent his name to the reverse ude-garami arm lock which he had used in his win against Hélio Gracie, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu founder. He had also penned his memoir, My Judo.

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Aja Kong
(Professional Wrestler)
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Birthdate: September 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
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Satoru Sayama
(Professional Wrestler and Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan

Nicknamed Tiger Mask, Japanese MMA fighter and wrestler Satoru Sayama has also fought under the name Sammy Lee. Known as the Bruce Lee of wrestling, he has been the only person to hold both the WWF and the NWA world junior heavyweight titles simultaneously. He also founded the combat sport Shooto.

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Chiyonofuji
(Sumo Wrestler)
Chiyonofuji
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Birthdate: June 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fukushima, Hokkaido, Japan
Died: July 31, 2016
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Hiroyoshi Tenzan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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Toru Yano
(Wrestler)
Toru Yano
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Birthdate: May 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arakawa City, Tokyo, Japan
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Evil
(Professional wrestler)
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Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
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Gedo
(Wrestler)
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Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
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Genki Sudo
(Politician)
Genki Sudo
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Birthdate: March 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

Genki Sudo is a Japanese MMA fighter, singer, dancer, and politician. Known for his unorthodox fighting style and elaborate ring entrances, Sudo was a kickboxer before focusing on his career in the Japanese entertainment industry. He then became a member of a prominent political party in Japan in 2019. Sudo is currently serving as a Member of House of Councillors.

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Killer Khan
(Rikishi, Singer, Professional wrestler)
Killer Khan
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Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tsubame

Killer Khan is a Japanese former professional wrestler best known for appearing alongside wrestlers like André the Giant in several high-profile matches during the 1980s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Khan also took part in Canada's Stampede Wrestling where he was the Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion for a couple of months.

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Yoshi-Hashi
(Wrestler)
Yoshi-Hashi
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Birthdate: May 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Togo, Aichi, Japan
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The Great Sasuke
(Professional wrestler, Politician, Actor)
The Great Sasuke
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Birthdate: July 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iwate Prefecture
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Kazuyuki Fujita
(Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist)
Kazuyuki Fujita
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Birthdate: October 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
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Manami Toyota
(Professional Wrestler)
Manami Toyota
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Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Masuda, Shimane, Japan
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Seiko Yamamoto
(Wrestler)
Seiko Yamamoto
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Birthdate: August 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
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Manabu Nakanishi
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Birthdate: June 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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Jado
(Wrestler)
Jado
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Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
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Taihō Kōki
(Sumo Wrestler)
Taihō Kōki
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Birthdate: May 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sakhalin Island, Russia
Died: January 19, 2013
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Yuki Nakai
(Retired Japanese Mixed Martial Artist and President of the Japanese Confederation of Jiu-Jitsu)
Yuki Nakai
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Birthdate: August 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hokkaidō, Japan

Renowned Japanese MMA fighter Yuki Nakai is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and now serves the Japanese confederation of jiu-jitsu as its president. He is best known to fans for his 1995 match against Gerard Gordeau, in which he was eye-gouged and lost his eyesight partially, but eventually won.

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Sumie Sakai
(Wrestler, Mixed martial artists)
Sumie Sakai
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Birthdate: November 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzuka, Mie, Japan
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Riki Choshu
(Professional wrestler)
Riki Choshu
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Birthdate: December 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokuyama, Yamaguchi, Japan
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Masa Saito
(Professional wrestler)
Masa Saito
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Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 14, 2018