Manabu Nakanishi

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Manabu Nakanishi
Nakanishi Manabu.JPG
Nakanishi in June 2009.
Born (1967-01-22) January 22, 1967 (age 47)[1][2]
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Kurasawa[1]
Manabu Nakanishi[1]
Mascara Don[3]
Billed height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Billed weight 120 kg (260 lb)[2]
Trained by Karl Gotch
Joe Malenko
Hiroshi Hase
Kensuke Sasaki
Debut October 13, 1992[1][2]

Manabu Nakanishi (中西 学 Nakanishi Manabu?, born January 22, 1967)[2] is a Japanese professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling.[1][4] He is a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Nakanishi participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, representing Japan in Greco-Roman wrestling. He did not place in the tournament.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1992–1995)[edit]

Nakanishi debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling in October 1992. His in-ring style was very basic early in his career. After winning the Young Lions Cup in 1995, in order to hone his skills and bulk up, he went on an excursion to North America and joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), under the name Kurasawa.

World Championship Wrestling (1995-1996)[edit]

As Kurasawa in WCW, he was a member of the Stud Stable led by Colonel Robert Parker.[5] He frequently teamed with Meng, with whom he feuded against Sting and Road Warrior Hawk. He broke the arm of Hawk using a seated armbar after their tag team match at Clash of the Champions XXXI, in which they lost.[6] He subsequently feuded with Hawk when Hawk returned from injury heading into Halloween Havoc 1995, beating many local wrestlers on their B-shows, WorldWide and Pro, as well as a big win over Sgt. Craig Pittman on Monday Nitro. He was also known there for nearly defeating "Macho Man" Randy Savage on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro. It was here that Nakanishi learned the infamous "Road Warrior Workout" from Hawk and Animal, who also taught this routine to Kenta Kobashi and Kensuke Sasaki.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1996–present)[edit]

When Nakanishi came back to New Japan in September 1996, he appeared more confident and stronger. With his new change in attitude and in-ring style, he found instant success. He formed The Bull Powers with Satoshi Kojima, who returned from Europe. In May 1997, he and Kojima won the IWGP Tag Team Championship. He had arguably the upset win of the decade in the 1999 G1 Climax, submitting then-IWGP Heavyweight Champion and nWo Japan leader Keiji Mutoh, to win the tournament.

As the years went by, Nakanishi was never able to capitalize on his win in the G1 Climax as he constantly came up short in big matches, and Antonio Inoki's focus on pushing MMA fighters in 2002-2005 made matters worse for him. When the company suffered a massive exodus in main event talent (including Shinya Hashimoto, Shinjiro Otani, Sasaki, and Mutoh), it was considered that Nakanishi might finally live up to his potential, but once again he was overlooked, as New Japan started to look towards building their younger talent like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, Togi Makabe, and Hirooki Goto. He formed the popular tag team, Wild Child, with Takao Omori in late 2006 and together they enjoyed another IWGP Tag Team title reign. In May 2009, Nakanishi finally captured the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, pinning Hiroshi Tanahashi. He went on to hold the title for nearly a month until losing it back to Tanahashi. For the 2010 G1 Tag League Nakanishi formed a tag team named Muscle Orchestra with Strong Man. The team made it to the semifinals of the tournament and was at the end of the year named Tag Team of the Year by Tokyo Sports.[7][8] On January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, Muscle Orchestra unsuccessfully challenged Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a three–way match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode).[9][10] On February 20 at The New Beginning, Muscle Orchestra received another shot at Bad Intentions and the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were again unable to win the title.[11] On June 4 Nakanishi was injured during a six man tag team match after taking a German suplex from Wataru Inoue. The match was stopped immediately and Nakanishi was stretchered out of the arena in a neckbrace.[12] The following day it was announced that Nakanishi had suffered a spinal cord injury, which resulted in numbness and temporary paralysis, but was expected to make a full recovery.[13]

Nakanishi returned to the ring on October 8, 2012, at King of Pro-Wrestling, where he teamed with Strong Man and Yuji Nagata in a losing effort against the team of Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano.[14] From November 20 to December 1, Muscle Orchestra reunited to take part in the round-robin portion of the 2012 World Tag League, finishing with a record of two wins and four losses, finishing second to last in their group.[15][16] On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome, Nakanishi teamed with Strong Man, Akebono and MVP in an eight man tag team match, where they defeated Chaos (Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi).[17] On April 7 at Invasion Attack, Nakanishi debuted his new finisher, the Uekara Don!, to gain a victory for his team consisting of him, Akebono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Super Strong Machine, defeating the Chaos faction of Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi.[18] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Nakanishi and Strong Man received a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a four-way match with the defending champions, K.E.S. (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith, Jr.), as well as Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima). Kojima pinned Strong Man to win the match and the title.[19] On June 22, Nakanishi unsuccessfully challenged Rob Conway for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[20] From November 24 to December 6, Nakanishi and Strong Man took part in the 2013 World Tag League, where they finished second to last in their block with a record of two wins and four losses, failing to advance to the semifinals.[21][22]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Entrance themes
    • "Zeptune" by Bruce Kulick (NJPW; 1992–1993)
    • "Naval Gun" by Osamu Suzuki (NJPW; 1993–1995)
    • "Kurasawa Theme" (WCW; 1995–1996)
    • "Hard Shuffle" by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW; 1996–1999)
    • "No Problem" by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW; 1999–2002)
    • "Seize The Tactticz" by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW; 2002–present)[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Japan Kazuyuki Fujita TKO (punches) NJPW - Ultimate Crush May 2, 2003 3 1:09 Tokyo, Japan [33]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Japan: New Japan Young Lions Cup Tournament Champions". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 375. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
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  30. ^ a b "2002 New Japan Awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  31. ^ ""PWI 500": 101–200". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  32. ^ http://www.purolove.com/tokyosports.php
  33. ^ "Manabu Nakanishi profile". Mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 

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