Hayashi in March 2012
|Ring name(s)||El Gringo
The Great Hayashi
Miguel Hayashi, Jr.
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
May 18, 1973 |
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
|Trained by||Gran Hamada
|Debut||November 19, 1992|
Kazuhiro "Kaz" Hayashi (born May 18, 1973 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler. He is best known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was also the head booker for the company's junior division.
Early career (1992–1997)
For much of his early career, Hayashi wrestled in Michinoku Pro under a mask, using the name Shiryu (Growing Dragon in Japanese). As Shiryu, he was part of the memorable rudo group, Kaientai Deluxe, which waged war with Michinoku Pro's Sekigun for many years, producing some classic matches. In June, 1997, he left for Mexico and Promo Azteca, before joining WCW in the United States in October of that year.
World Championship Wrestling (1997–2001)
After unmasking, Hayashi joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998. Early on, he was relegated to a jobber and comedy character. He would be taken under the management of Sonny Onoo and even come to inherit Glacier's ceremonial armor and light show for a time. In late 1999, Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara began booking WCW programs and Hayashi was paired with La Parka. During interviews, the two would speak in their native languages which would be humorously dubbed over by charismatic English speakers, calling him names such as "The Kaz Master" and "Kazanova". This ended shortly when La Parka became upset and tossed the microphone down as Ferrera was speaking.
In mid 2000, Hayashi formed the stable Jung Dragons along with Jamie-San and Yang. Primarily feuding with 3 Count, the Jung Dragons consisted of high-flying cruiserweight talent and gained considerable popularity until the group's demise the following year.
World Wrestling Federation (2001–2002)
Hayashi's contract was bought by World Wrestling Federation (WWF) when WCW folded in early 2001. He made his WWF debut during the Invasion storyline as a member of The Alliance, making only one appearance before heading back to Japan.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2002–2013)
After returning to Japan, Hayashi eventually decided to join All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) due to his friendship with Keiji Mutoh and established himself as one of their top stars, winning the World Junior Heavyweight Championship and both the World Tag Team Championship and the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Satoshi Kojima. In 2006, Hayashi won the 2006 Junior Heavyweight Singles League Championship.
Now under the name Miguel Hayashi Jr., Hayashi, PEPE Michinoku, and El NOSAWA Mendoza formed a team during the AJPW Champion Carnival called Mexico Amigos. Nobutaka Araya joined the team after six-man Action between Mexico Amigos and Araya/Fuchi/Hirai at the Carnival's final show.
After multiple bouts against Minoru Suzuki, Nosawa offered Suzuki an invitation into Mexico Amigos, which he declined. This resulted in the group changing multiple assets. Their name was changed to Mexico Amigos Black, the previous worn Mexican Flag attire became Black and Gold attire, and Nobutaka Araya was kicked out of the group. The groups is currently in a heated rivalry with Mazada's Samurai New Japan group, Minoru Suzuki, and Voodoo Murders.
At AJPW's "Fan Appreciation Day" show, The Mexico Amigos teamed with Ray Suzuki and defeated Ryuji Hijikata, Kikutaro, T28 and Ryuji Yamaguchi. After the match, Ray Suzuki reveled himself as Minoru Suzuki and stated that starting next year he would throw his Amigos tights away and return to NOSAWA Rongai, then kidnapped him to start early training. This led to Pepe and Miguel stating they would return to Mexico, but Kaz and Taka would return come the new year. After one last "Viva Mexico", the Mexico Amigos disbanded.
On February 6, 2009, Hayashi defeated Naomichi Marufuji to win the World Junior Heavyweight Championship for a second time. During Hayashi's 23 month reign, he successfully defended the title a record–breaking seventeen times. He would lose the title to Minoru on January 2, 2011.
In June 2013, Hayashi announced his resignation from All Japan in the aftermath of Nobuo Shiraishi taking over as the president and Keiji Mutoh leaving the promotion. Hayashi's final match for the promotion took place on June 30 and saw him and his longtime tag team partner Shuji Kondo, who was also leaving All Japan, unsuccessfully challenge Burning (Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki) for the All Asia Tag Team Championship.
On July 10, 2013, Hayashi was announced as part of Keiji Mutoh's new Wrestle-1 promotion. During the promotion's inaugural event on September 8, Hayashi teamed with Shuji Kondo in a tag team match, where they were defeated by the Big Japan Pro Wrestling team of Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi. As part of a working relationship between Wrestle-1 and American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Hayashi and Kondo earned a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship by defeating Desperado (Kazma Sakamoto and Masayuki Kono) on February 15, 2014. On March 2 at Kaisen: Outbreak, Hayashi and Kondo unsuccessfully challenged The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) for the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a three-way match, which also included The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E), who went on to win the match and become the new champions.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Corner sitout powerbomb
- Corner slingshot splash
- Crunch Loop (Reverse figure four leglock)
- Dragon suplex
- Enzuigiri, sometimes while springboarding
- Frog splash
- Kneeling belly to belly piledriver
- Senton bomb
- Shoot kick
- Somersault plancha
- Slingshot DDT
- Springboard back elbow smash
- Springboard bulldog
- Springboard moonsault
- Spinning heel kick
- Victory roll
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- All Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Great Kosuke
- World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Satoshi Kojima
- AJPW Junior League (2006)
- AJPW Junior Tag League (2011) – with KAI
- AJPW Junior Tag League (2012) – with Shuji Kondo
- World's Strongest Junior Tag League (2002) - with Jimmy Yang
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League (2003) – with Satoshi Kojima
- Giant Baba Six Man Cup (2002) - with Keiji Mutoh & George Hines 
- January 3 Korakuen Hall Junior Heavyweight Battle Royal (2004, 2008)
- Michinoku Pro Wrestling
- Central American Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX
- Tokyo Sports
- Technique Award (2010)
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