Taniguchi in December 2010.
October 18, 1976 |
Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Shuhei Taniguchi
|Billed height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Billed weight||105 kg (231 lb)|
|Debut||December 24, 2005|
Shuhei Taniguchi (谷口 周平 Taniguchi Shūhei?, born October 18, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler, who currently works for Pro Wrestling Noah under the ring name Maybach Taniguchi (マイバッハ谷口 Maibahha Taniguchi?).
Shuhei Taniguchi first started competitive wrestling when he was in high school. Just as Pro Wrestling Noah wrestlers Takashi Sugiura and Tamon Honda before him, Shuhei represented the armed forces in amaresu. He greatly excelled in amateur wrestling, becoming highly decorated. Taniguchi made it all the way to the All Japan championships, the biggest stage for the sport, before deciding to turn pro.
Pro Wrestling Noah
Taniguchi joined the Pro Wrestling Noah dojo on May 5, 2005 and spent many months training. He finally debuted along with Atsushi Aoki, Ippei Ota, and Akihiko Ito on December 24, 2005 as part of Noah's annual Christmas Eve Noahful Gift in Differ show. Taniguchi's team for his match actually won, making him the first and, to date, only rookie to not lose his debut match in Noah. On February 26, 2006 in just his fourth match, Shuhei Taniguchi picked up his first direct win, pinning fellow rookie Atsushi Aoki with a German suplex hold. Aoki himself had just pinned Ota the day before. It was clear that Taniguchi was seen as the ace of his dojo class, most likely because of his background and heavyweight status. On March 20 Noah announced an eight-man single-elimination tournament to determine the number contender for Jun Akiyama's GHC Heavyweight Championship. Shuhei was one of the eight wrestlers chosen, but lost in the first round to eventual winner Masao Inoue.
In early 2012 he turned on his friend and tag partner Go Shiozaki and then joined No Mercy. He then transformed himself into a stronger and more vicious wrestler and changed his name to "Maybach Taniguchi". He also defeated Muhammad Yone and has been on a winning streak defeating Yone, Kento Miyahara etc. He became the next challenger to Takeshi Morishima's GHC Heavyweight Title by brutally attacking him after he just defended his title with Marufuji. On October 8, Taniguchi and Kenta defeated Magnus and Samoa Joe to win the GHC Tag Team Championship for the first time. They lost the title to Akitoshi Saito and Go Shiozaki just eighteen days later. In January 2013, Taniguchi debuted a new partner, Maybach Taniguchi, Jr. On February 9, Taniguchi turned on No Mercy leader Kenta, stole his GHC Heavyweight Championship belt and aligned himself with the New Japan Pro Wrestling stable Chaos, represented in Noah by Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi. On March 10, Taniguchi was defeated by Kenta in a match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. On March 31, Taniguchi faced his former protégé, Maybach Taniguchi, Jr., in a singles match. After unmasking his opponent as Takahiro Suwa, Taniguchi pinned him for the win. On April 13, Taniguchi and Yujiro Takahashi entered the 2013 Global Tag League, defeating Kenta and Yoshihiro Takayama in their opening match, with Taniguchi pinning the reigning GHC Heavyweight Champion for the win. However, Taniguchi and Takahashi managed to win only one of their three remaining matches in the tournament, failing to qualify for the finals. On May 11, Taniguchi took part in his trainer Kenta Kobashi's retirement match, where he, Go Shiozaki, Kenta and Yoshinobu Kanemaru were defeated by Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Keiji Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki. After being unmasked by Katsuyori Shibata on December 7, Taniguchi announced his "third form", debuting a new all black mask on December 14. On January 5, 2014, Taniguchi formed a new stable, later named Choukibou-gun, with Kenou and Takeshi Morishima. On January 25, Taniguchi and Morishima defeated TMDK (Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste), with help from Kenou and new stablemate Hajime Ohara, to win the GHC Tag Team Championship. On February 3, Taniguchi was defeated by Kenta in a No Disqualification grudge match between the two former partners. On May 31, Taniguchi and Morishima lost the GHC Tag Team Championship to Masato Tanaka and Takashi Sugiura.
- Finishing moves
Championships and accomplishments
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- "ザ・リーヴ presents 「Great Voyage 2012 in Yokohama vol.2」". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- 新潟市体育館. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- "2013年1月ツアー『New Year Navig.2013』1･6後楽園大会『The First Navig.2013』1･14上尾～1･25宮崎大会『Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka』1･27大阪大会、参加他団体、フリー、外国人選手 ※追加情報". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
- "マイバッハがKentaに造反しChaosと合体=２.９ノア後楽園大会". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
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- 2013年3月15日(金). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- 2013年3月10日(日). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-03-10.
- "「Spring Navig. 2013」最終戦 3月31日(日)後楽園ホール大会 試合後コメント". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- 2013年4月13日(土). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- グローバル・タッグリーグ戦 2013. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-11.
- 2013年5月11日(土). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-11.
- "「Winter Navig.2013」12月14日(土)高知サンピアセリーズ大会 試合後コメント". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
- "森嶋がGHCタッグ奪取でヘビー級二冠王に 新軍団名は「超危暴軍」に決定". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- ＧＨＣ強奪・森嶋が暴君と化す. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
- "The First Navig.2014". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- "Monday Noah". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Navig. with Breeze 2014". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-05-31.
- 2013年5月25日(土). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- 2013年3月22日(金). Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- 谷口 周平. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-25.