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Jado in March 2014.
|Billed height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Billed weight||99 kg (218 lb)|
September 28, 1968 |
|Debut||March 19, 1989|
|Retired||June 24, 2014|
Shoji Akiyoshi (秋吉 昭二 Akiyoshi Shōji?) (born September 28, 1968) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Jado (邪道?). He is best known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling with his tag team partner, Gedo. His career has largely paralleled Gedo's, except for brief periods in Universal Lucha Libre in 1993, and in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in 1997, when they were on opposing sides; Jado also didn't tour North America with World Championship Wrestling like Gedo did. In 1992, Jado and Gedo defeated Scorpio, Jr. and Shu El Guerrero to win Michinoku Pro Wrestling's UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Title.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 In wrestling
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Professional wrestling career
Under his real name, Akiyoshi debuted for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, losing to Masanobu Kurisu. He joined New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as part of the Takeshi Puroresu Gundan (TPG) stable (NJPW's parody of the World Wresting Federation's "Rock 'n Wrestling" era). After TPG disbanded, Akiyoshi and TPG comrade Keiji Takayama left NJPW.
Touring Mexico (1991-1993)
Akiyoshi and Takayama wrestled for the Universal Wrestling Association in Mexico, as Punish and Crush, respectively. On November 8, 1991, they won their first championship, defeating Silver King and El Texano for the UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship. After holding the championship for over 200 days, they lost it to Shu El Guerrero and Scorpio, Jr., and regained it six days later. On June 21, 1992, they split up and vacated the championship. After leaving UWA, they joined Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre for a few months, wrestling mostly in six or eight-man tag team matches.
Wrestling International New Generations (1993-1994)
Akiyoshi and Takayama debuted for Wrestling International New Generations (W*ING) on July 11, 1993 (as Jado and Gedo), teaming with Freddie Krueger to defeat Miguelito Perez, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga and Yukihiro Kanemura in a WarGames match. On September 26, Jado won his first singles championship by defeating Yukihiro Kanemura for the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship. While champion, he and Gedo defeated The Headhunters to win the vacant W*NG World Tag Team Championship, but lost it back to them days later. Jado then unsuccessfully challenged W*NG Heavyweight Champion, Crypt Keeper. In their final month at W*ING, they faced The Headhunters again, and lost. When they left, Jado vacated the Caribbean Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestle Association "R" (1994-1996)
Jado and Gedo debuted for Wrestle Association "R" (WAR) in 1994, and became a top tag team. They teamed with Hiromichi Fuyuki in the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship tournament, defeating Genichiro Tenryu, Animal Hamaguchi and Koki Kitahara in the final to win the title, on June 6, 1994. On August 26, the trio lost the championship to Bob Backlund, Scott Putski and Warlord, and regained it a month later. They won this championship three more times, in 1995 and 1996.
Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (1997-2001)
Jado and Gedo left WAR, for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, one of Japan's top independent promotions. Jado, Gedo, and Fuyuki (now called "Kodo" Fuyuki) won the FMW World Street Fight 6 Man Tag Team Championship, defeating The Headhunters and Hisakatsu Oya on March 21, 1997. They vacated it on July 8. On January 16, 1998, Jado won the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship with Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura, and lost it to Atsushi Onita, Koji Nakagawa and Tetsuhiro Kuroda a month later.
Jado participated in the FMW Double Championship number one contender tournament, losing in the semifinals to Hayabusa.
He began teaming with Gedo again in the spring of 1998. They unsuccessfully challenged Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka for the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship. On December 11, 1999, Jado and Gedo teamed with Koji Nakagawa to win the WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship. In April 2000, they lost it to Kodo Fuyuki, Kyoko Inoue and Chocoball Mukai, regained it a month later, then lost it back again 20 days later. On July 14, 2000, Jado and Gedo defeated H and Tetsuhiro Kuroda for the WEW World Tag Team Championship, losing it to Masao Inoue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2001-present)
Jado left FMW in 2001, along with Masato Tanaka, Gedo, Hideki Hosaka, and Kaori Nakayama. The group became freelancers and Jado and Gedo eventually returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling. They became IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions by defeating Jushin Liger and El Samurai on July 20, 2001. In the G1 Junior Tag League 2001, they reached the final before losing to Liger and Samurai. In the Teisen Hall Cup Tag Team Tournament, they teamed with Koji Kanemoto and lost to Liger, Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami. Liger once again got the better of Jado and Gedo when he and Minoru Tanaka beat them for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Jado participated in the Best of the Super Juniors IX with little success, winning only one match and therefore not progressing. He bounced back quickly by teaming with Gedo and Koji Kanemoto to win the Junior Triathlon Survivor tournament.
On October 13, 2003, Jado won an eleven-man battle royal for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. During his time as champion, he and Gedo regained the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, on November 29. Jado soon lost the Junior Heavyweight Championship to Heat, and lost the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to American Dragon and Curry Man.
On June 5, 2004, Jado and Gedo won the tag title for a third time, and held it for over nine months and through five defenses. They lost the title to Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue on March 4, 2005. During their third reign, Jado and Gedo joined Jushin Liger's stable, CTU (Control Terrorism Unit). On July 8, 2006, they won the tag title for a fourth time by defeating El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi. They held the title for ten months, before losing it to Taka Michinoku and Dick Togo on May 2, 2007.
Following the championship loss, Jado and Gedo left CTU just before it broke up, and joined GBH (Great Bash Heel). In the next few years, Jado and Gedo named their team The World Class Tag Team. They joined GBH's splinter faction, CHAOS, in 2009. They then suffered several setbacks; Gedo spent most of 2009 out with injuries, and a few months after Gedo's return, Jado was injured in early 2010 and wouldn't return until September 3.
On November 13, 2010, Jado and Gedo returned to tag team contention by defeating CHAOS stablemates, Davey Richards and Rocky Romero, in the finals of a five day long tournament to win the 2010 Super J Tag League. As a result, they received a match for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at a Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) event on December 26, where they were defeated by the defending champions, the Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi).
At the end of 2011, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named Gedo and Jado the "Bookers of the Year". On November 1, 2013, Jado and Gedo received their first shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in three years, but were defeated by the defending champions, Suzukigun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku).
On June 24, 2014, Jado announced his retirement from the ring after 25 years, due to injuries.
- Finishing moves
- "Wrestling Master"
Championships and accomplishments
- WEW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Gedo
- WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Gedo
- FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Gedo and Hiromichi Fuyuki (1) and Mr. Gannosuke and Yukihiro Kanemura (1)
- WEW 6-Man Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Gedo and Koji Nakagawa (2), Gedo and Kaori Nakayama (1) and Gedo and Masato Tanaka (1)
- PWI ranked him #151 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2001
- Best Tag Team Award (2001) - with Gedo
- Wrestling International New Generations
- "邪道 (in Japanese)". New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
- Jado's profile at OnlineWorldofWrestling.com
- "Today in Wrestling History". Impact Wrestling. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
- "Taka&タイチが自主興行でジュニアタッグ王座防衛！ 次の防衛戦の場所はなんと会場規模200人の北千住。相手はヤングライオンを指名！". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- Jado's profile at WrestlingData.com
- "World Tag League 2013". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Jado's profile at CageMatch.net
- "『Super Jr.』参戦選手決定! 全日本から "レンタル移籍"のBushi、ロウ・キー、そしてドラゲーの"超・鳥人"Pacが初参戦!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
- "(Results) New Japan, 11/13/10". Strong Style Spirit. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 30, 2012). "Jan 30 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Gigantic year-end awards issue, best and worst in all categories plus UFC on FX 1, death of Savannah Jack, ratings, tons and tons of news". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA). ISSN 1083-9593.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 23, 2013). "The 2012 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Annual Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California). ISSN 1083-9593.
- Meltzer, Dave (January 27, 2014). "Jan 27 2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2013 Annual awards issue, best in the world in numerous categories, plus all the news in pro-wrestling and MMA over the past week and more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California): 34. ISSN 1083-9593.
- New Japan Pro Wrestling profile
- Jado on Strong Style Spirit
- Jado on Twitter
- Jado at the Internet Movie Database