Miyawaki (wrestler)

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Miyawaki
MIYAWAKI (wrestler).jpg
Miyawaki in February 2007
Born (1977-06-28) June 28, 1977 (age 40)[1][2][3]
Osaka, Osaka[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Harley Miyawaki[4]
Miyawaki
Orochi
Billed height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1][2]
Billed weight 95 kg (209 lb)[1]
Debut October 18, 2001[1][2][3]

Miyawaki (stylized in all capital letters, born June 28, 1977)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known for his work in the Kaientai Dojo and Osaka Pro Wrestling promotions. He has also wrestled in the United States for Chikara and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).

Professional wrestling career

Miyawaki made his professional wrestling debut in Puerto Rico, facing Super Crazy on October 18, 2001.[1] Upon his return to Japan, he joined the Apache Pro-Wrestling Army promotion, where he spent his first years in the business, before making Kaientai Dojo his new home promotion.[1] Miyawaki won his first professional wrestling title on May 6, 2007, when he and Yoshiya defeated Saburo Inematsu and Yuji Hino for the Strongest-K Tag Team Championship.[5] A year later, Miyawaki won the title for the second time with Kazma.[6]

(Left to right) Kudo, Miyawaki and Yoshiaki Yago at Chikara King of Trios in February 2007

Miyawaki has also made several wrestling trips to the United States. In February 2006, he took part in Chikara's 2006 Tag World Grand Prix, where he and Yoshiaki Yago made it to the second round before losing to compatriots Kudo and Mikami.[7] Miyawaki and Yago returned to the promotion the following May to unsuccessfully challenge The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) for the Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas.[8] In February 2007, Miyawaki took part in Chikara's first-ever King of Trios tournament, where he, Yago and Kudo made it all the way to the finals, before losing to Jigsaw, Mike Quackenbush and Shane Storm.[9] A year later, Miyawaki, Kudo and Susumu made it to the quarterfinals of the 2008 King of Trios tournament, before losing to Eddie Kingston, Joker and Ruckus.[10] The following July, Miyawaki made his debut for Southern California-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), teaming with Kazma in a three-way tag team match, where they were defeated by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson).[11]

On November 20, 2008, Miyawaki made his debut for Osaka Pro Wrestling as the masked character Orochi.[12] He initially joined the rudo army, but in 2010 turned on the group and joined a new stable named Joker,[12] as a member of which he went on to become a two-time Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champion and a one-time Osaka Pro Wrestling Owarai and Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion.[13][14][15][16] In April 2013, Orochi, along with Joker stablemates Hayata, Hideyoshi, Kuuga and Masamune left Osaka Pro to join Kuuga's new Doutonbori Entertainment System promotion.[17][18] In June, during the promotion's inaugural event, Miyawaki revealed that he had wrestled under the Orochi mask and made all subsequent appearances for the promotion unmasked and under his original ring name.[19] On June 22, 2014, Miyawaki defeated Saburo Inematsu to win Kaientai Dojo's top singles title, the Strongest-K Championship, after Inematsu legitimately dislocated his left shoulder and was unable to continue the match.[20] Initially, Miyawaki refused the title, but the Kaientai Dojo commission recognized him as the official champion on June 25.[21] He lost the title to Kengo Mashimo in his second defense on August 24.[22]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miyawaki". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Miyawaki". Big Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 7, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Miyawaki". Puroresu Central. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Miyawaki (August 26, 2006). ジ・アメリカンドリーム (in Japanese). Livedoor. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "5月6日(日)K-Special(千葉BlueField)". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "6月20日(金)Club-K Tour in Osaka (大阪・デルフィンアリーナ道頓堀)". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 9, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Vetter, Chris (April 21, 2006). "Tape Review: Chikara Pro, "Tag World Grand Prix," night 1, Feb. 24, 2006, with Hero, Castognoli, Delirious, Necro surprise". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chikara: Campeonatos de Parejas". Chikara. Archived from the original on April 25, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Vetter, Chris (February 23, 2007). "Torch Indy Weekend Preview: Whitmer-Morishima, Cannon-Low Ki, Shelley & Sabin team in PWG". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Vetter, Chris (March 4, 2008). "Torch Indy Weekend Report: Mexican team wins in Chikara, Christian over Styles, Kingston over Scorpio". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Life During Wartime". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c ヲロチ. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b 11月28日試合結果. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). November 28, 2010. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b 3月19日試合結果. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). March 19, 2011. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c 9月26日試合結果. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). September 26, 2010. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c 2月9日試合結果. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). February 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ 3月30日試合結果. Osaka Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). March 30, 2013. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ 大阪プロレスに激震!6人大量離脱. Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. March 30, 2013. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ Leung, Jonathan (August 27, 2013). "Tuesday Roundup: BKK Produced, Osaka Pro in Z1 Tournament". Osaka Holiday Paradise. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ "2014年6月22日(日)Club-K Super in Osaka(大阪・若獅子会館)". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Battle Info". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "2014年8月24日(日)Club-K Super in TKPガーデンシティ千葉(TKPガーデンシティ千葉 4F コンチェルト)". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "道頓堀プロレスの「道頓堀最強男決定戦トーナメント2015」1回戦の組み合わせが決定!Hun&ヲロチがWDWタッグ王座を奪取". Battle News (in Japanese). June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Ironman Heavymetalweight Title". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Title History". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ "12月13日(土)Club-K Super overthrow(千葉BlueField)". Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

External links

  • Miyawaki at the official Chikara website
  • Kaientai Dojo profile (in Japanese)
  • Miyawaki on Twitter (in Japanese)
  • Official blog (in Japanese)
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