Suwama in 2010
|Ring name(s)||Kohei Suwama
|Billed height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Billed weight||120 kg (260 lb)|
November 23, 1976 |
|Trained by||All Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo|
|Debut||October 11, 2004
vs. Hiroshi Hase
Kohei Suwama (諏訪間 幸平 Suwama Kohei ) (born November 23, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler also known simply as Suwama (諏訪魔). He is best known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is currently in his first reign as one half of the Unified World Tag Team Champions with Joe Doering, while also being a former three-time All Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion.
All Japan Pro Wrestling
Early days (2004-2006)
Suwama was scouted and recruited to All Japan Pro Wrestling by Hiroshi Hase, particularly because of his amateur wrestling background. He joined the All Japan Dojo on March 1, 2004, and teamed with All Japan president Keiji Mutoh early in his career, defeating many of his seniors. In 2005, he defeated Muto in the 2005 Champion Carnival.
VooDoo Murders (2006-2008)
Suwama aligned himself with the Voodoo Murders stable on January 8, 2006, following an AJPW Triple Crown Championship match between Satoshi Kojima and stable leader TARU. Upon joining the group, he officially changed his name to Suwama, which translates to "Suwa evil spirit".
He formed a team with RO'Z in early 2007, as the two set their sights on the vacant AJPW World Tag Team Championship. Their pursuit would be unsuccessful, as Toshiaki Kawada and Taiyō Kea defeated them in a decision match for the vacant belts on February 17, 2007. Suwama was sent by the group to Orlando, Florida on July 2, 2007, in order to secure Total Nonstop Action Wrestling star Scott Steiner for All Japan's Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku, Vol. 3 event in Sumo Hall on August 26, 2007. Suwama had observed Steiner's match and shortly afterwards came to an agreement with Steiner to team with him and challenge the team of The Great Muta and TAJIRI. They were unsuccessful in the challenge.
For the rest of the year, Suwama mainly competed in 6-man tags with TARU and Satoshi Kojima (who joined the group in July), but also had a short feud with rookie gaijin Joe Doering. Suwama teamed with Kojima in the 2008 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, where they defeated Toshiaki Kawada and Kensuke Sasaki to reach the finals, but lost to Keiji Mutoh and Joe Doering. Suwama and Kojima scored 10 points.
All Japan ace (2008–present)
At All Japan's New Year's Shining Series show on January 3, 2008, Suwama saved Keiji Mutoh and Joe Doering from a post-match attack by the VooDoo Murders stable. After Suwama tore off his VooDoo Murders shirt, he shook hands with Mutoh and signaled his return to the All Japan Seikigun. On March 1, 2008, Suwama defeated TARU at Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku, Vol. 4. From April 5–9, Suwama participated in All Japan's annual Champion Carnival tournament, which he ultimately won on April 9 by defeating New Japan Pro Wrestling star Hiroshi Tanahashi in the finals. Suwama finished the Carnival with 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, which earned him 7 points.
On April 29, 2008, Suwama defeated Kensuke Sasaki to win the All Japan Triple Crown Championship.
Suwama first defended the Triple Crown on June 28, 2008 against Osamu Nishimura, beating Nishimura with the Last Ride. Suwama challenged Taiyo Kea and Minoru Suzuki on August 3, 2008 for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship teaming with Osamu Nishimura but did not win the belts. Suwama's second defense of the Triple crown was on August 31, 2008 vs Taiyo Kea it went to a 60 minute time limit draw. Suwama team up with Ryuji Hijikata in the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship Tournament on January 2–3, 2009 to crown new AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champions. Suwama and Hijikata got eliminated in the first round of the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship Tournament they lost to Satoshi Kojima and KAI when Kojima used a lariat on Hijikata. Suwama and Shuji Kondo defeated Joe Doering and ZODIAC on March 1rs 2009 to become the number one contenders for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship but did not win the Championship from Taiyō Kea and Minoru Suzuki. On August 29, 2010, Suwama defeated Minoru Suzuki to win the AJPW Triple Crown Championship for the second time. He would go on to lose the title to Jun Akiyama on October 23, 2011.
In later 2012, Suwama formed the Last Revolution tag team with Joe Doering, which in early 2013 was also joined by Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo and Yasufumi Nakanoue. On March 17, Suwama defeated Masakatsu Funaki to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship for the third time. In June, Joe Doering disbanded Last Revolution, when Kaz Hayashi and Shuji Kondo announced their resignation from All Japan following Nobuo Shiraishi taking over as the new president of All Japan and Keiji Mutoh leaving the promotion. While several other wrestlers also quit All Japan following the change in management, Suwama emerged as one of the first wrestlers to publicly show his support to Shiraishi, announcing that he was going to be staying in the promotion. In September, Suwama came back together with Joe Doering, with the two forming a tag team named "Evolution". On October 22 Evolution defeated Burning (Go Shiozaki and Jun Akiyama) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship, making Suwama the first "Quintuple Crown Champion" in 12 years. However, just five days later, Suwama lost the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship to Akebono.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Tenryu Project
- Performance Award (2010)
- Tag Team Of The Year (2006)- with TARU, Shuji Kondo, & "brother" YASSHI
- "ジョーとの「Last Revolution」始動!!覚悟と決意の革命宣言～諏訪魔選手、会見". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "諏訪魔軍に近藤修司が加入". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "ＬＲが３０日両国で解体へ". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "2013 プロレスLove in 両国～Basic&Dynamic～". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- "白石社長が全日本プロレスの株式譲渡に関して中間報告！新団体設立に動く武藤にクギ！諏訪魔は全日本残留を宣言！". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "全日本プロレス10・22新潟でEvolutionの世界タッグ挑戦、10・27両国で曙の三冠挑戦＆ドリフのアジアタッグ挑戦が決定！". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- "Anniversary Tour". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-10-23.
- "諏訪魔５冠！２７日・両国でダブル防衛戦も". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
- "Anniversary Tour". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- Shining Road ~ Spreading Oudou Love for over 3 years!
- ""PWI 500": 1–100". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-08-09.