Everything You Need to Know About Hiroshi Tanahashi- Bio, Career, Early Life

Hiroshi Tanahashi

On November 13, 1976, Hiroshi Tanahashi had been born in Ogaki, Japan. Tanahashi Hiroshi He is well-known for his time spent in the New Japan Pro Wrestling organization and his many IWGP Heavyweight Championship victories. He has engaged in combat with Brock Lesnar. Here is all the information you want on Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Japanese wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi competes for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He has achieved a great deal with the company, winning eight IWGP Heavyweight Championships and two IWGP Intercontinental Championships. Currently, he ranks among the top in-ring athletes in the entire globe. Tanahashi, who was raised in Gaki, Gifu, dreamed of playing baseball in high school rather than becoming a wrestler. When he attended Ritsumeikan University and participated in wrestling tournaments, he first encountered wrestling.

Early Life 

On Nov 13, 1976, Hiroshi Tanahashi had been born in the Japanese city of Gifu. While attending Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, he began wrestling. He was allowed to try out for the NJPW Dojo around this period from New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and in February 1998, he was approved as a trainee.

Career 

In 1999, Hiroshi Tanahashi battled against Shinya Makabe in his first professional match after receiving his degree from Ritsumeikan University. Due in large part to his significant victory over the legendary Negro Casas in 2000, he was able to achieve stardom within a year. His career flourished in the years that followed, mostly because of his victory in the 2002 G1 Climax, when he quickly submitted Kensuke Sasaki. He immediately formed the tag team “Kings of the Hills” with Kenzo Suzuki. However, the relationship quickly came to an end.

The gifted wrestler made a lone appearance in a battle against Manabu Nakanishi in February 2003. 

In the second part of 2003, after winning the IWGP Tag Team Gold and U-30 Openweight Championship belts, his career started to take off quickly. He was defeated by Shinsuke Nakamura in the Tokyo Dome for the U-30 Openweight League championship in January 2005. But in June, Tanahashi won back the U-30 Openweight Championships by defeating Toru Yano.

Tanahashi started concentrating mostly on the IWGP Heavyweight Championship competition in June 2006. Due to the absence of longtime rival Brock Lesnar, Tanahashi was forced to compete for the vacant championship. He finally defeated Giant Bernard to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championships belt. 

He made his American debut with TNA in 2006 at Final Resolution, when he was defeated by A.J. Styles. Tanahashi lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championships to Yuji Nagata after nearly nine months of possession. A.J. Styles was beaten by him in a rematch in a 2006 fight in the wrestling business Total Nonstop Action Fighting in February 2008’s New Japan Ism tour (TNA).

He competed in the 2008 New Japan Cup competition and defeated Giant Bernard making him the first person to win the prestigious New Japan Cup twice. The gifted wrestler won over Keiji Mutoh on January 4, 2009, to start his 3rd reign in that the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Soon after beating Manabu Nakanishi in June, he started his fourth.

He reached the 2010 G1 Climax grand finals in August of that year. In the end, Satoshi Kojima defeated him. Tanahashi claimed the IWGP Heavyweight Championships for the fifth time in January 2011. After being beaten by Kazuchika Okada a year later, he was stripped of his championship and his reign came to an end. But in June, after defeating Okada in a rematch, he won the championship back for the sixth time.

He and Jushin Thunder Liger defeated El Terrible and Tama Tonga in July 2011 to win the wrestling CMLL World Tag Team Championship. He won over Nakamura on January 4, 2014, in Tokyo Dome to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time. He was defeated by Kenny Omega for the title two years later. He and Yoshitatsu and Michael Elgin during the Invasion Attack 2016 earned the title of NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion.

When Tanahashi defeated Tetsuya Naito in June 2017, he successfully defended his IWGP Intercontinental Championships crown for the second time. On Jan 27, 2018, he gave up the championship, ending his 230-day reign. He later competed in the 2018 G1 Climax, where he eventually overcame Kota Ibushi and win his third G1 Climax championship. 

He defeated Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4, 2019, to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the eighth time. He was also the first holder of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Title challenge rights certificate to win the title in Wrestle Kingdom. He was defeated by Jay White the next month, ending the reign with no defences.

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