Kondo in 2010
|Ring name(s)||Shuji Kondo
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
January 28, 1981 |
|Trained by||Último Dragón
Jorge "Skayde" Rivera
|Debut||May 18, 2001|
Kondo was part of the T2P class in Toryumon. At first he was a face in the Toryumon Seikegun.
He would turn heel and join the Italian Connection, changing his name to Condotti Shuji, after the shopping district. One of his stablemates in the ItaCon was "brother" YASSHI, who has remained a firm ally of his ever since.
In 2003, the ItaCon was divided over the face/heel issue, with Shuji leading the heel side. He would lead the turn, briefly rename to Dotti Shuji, and soon after revert to his real name. He and YASSHI formed a group called Hagure Gundam (Stray Army in English) with fellow ItaCon member Shogo Takagi, and Toru Owashi. When Hagure Gundam was joined by Masaaki Mochizuki, it renamed to Aagan Iisou. Mochi would later be kicked out of the stable after he and Kondo feuded over who was leader, and Takuya Sugawara was added to the group.
On December 31, 2004, all five members of Aagan Iisou - Kondo, YASSHI, Sugawara, Owashi, and Shogo - were fired from Dragon Gate for alleged behavioral problems.
Kondo was built up as the heel ace of the dragondoor promotion. All five members of Aagan Iisou were on the roster, but Kondo only aligned himself with YASSHI and Sugawara. The three of them, despite being booked as heels, got most of the popular fan support.
All Japan Pro Wrestling
He soon joined AJPW, where he and long-time associate "brother" YASSHI would ally themselves with TARU's Voodoo Murders stable and even hold the All-Asia Tag Team Titles for a short time. The Voodoo Murderers were previously in an intense feud against RO&D, but defeated their long-time foes after D'Lo Brown and Buchanan turned on RO&D and joined the Voodoo Murderers. Kondo also became the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion having won the title from junior ace Taka Michinoku. On February 17, 2007, Kondo lost the Jr. Heavyweight Title to Katsuhiko Nakajima, thus ending his 1-year, 4-month title reign. On March 4, 2013, Kondo joined Suwama and Joe Doering as a member of the stable, LAST REVOLUTION. In June 2013, Kondo announced his resignation from All Japan in the aftermath of Nobuo Shiraishi taking over as the president and Keiji Mutoh leaving the promotion.
Kondo is also one of the main players in dragondoor's successor, El Dorado. Unlike in dragondoor, Kondo was set up to be the face ace of the promotion. He and YASSHI split for the first time in years, with YASSHI briefly leading his own faction. Kondo started a faction called Sukiyaki, named after his famous love of meat dishes. When his friend and fellow Dragon Gate exile Naoki Tanisaki abruptly left El Dorado and returned to Dragon Gate, Kondo disbanded Sukiyaki. After defeating Magnitude Kishiwada on August 15, 2008 to win the Greatest Golden League, Kondo announced his departure from El Dorado.
On July 10, 2013, Kondo was announced as part of Keiji Mutoh's new Wrestle-1 promotion. During the promotion's inaugural event on September 8, Kondo teamed with Kaz Hayashi in a tag team match, where they were defeated by the Big Japan Pro Wrestling team of Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Cat's Cradle (Cross-legged over the shoulder Boston crab)
- German suplex
- Hurricane Mixer (Spear to an oncoming opponent transitioned into a spinning side slam)
- Lanzarse (Spear transitioned into a spinebuster)
- Military press dropped into a reverse piledriver
- Original (Gorilla press powerslam)
- Original II (Standing iconoclasm)
- Piledriver, usually preceded by either a crucifix hold or an overhead gutwrench backbreaker rack
- Pop-up reverse piledriver or powerslam
- Vertical suplex powerslam
- Whale Hunt (Half nelson lifted and dropped into a bridging Olympic slam)
- With "brother" YASSHI
- Double team finishing moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Aquamarine Cup Tag Tournament (2005) - with "brother" YASSHI
- TREASURE HUNTERS Tag Tournament (2006) - with Dick Togo
- Greatest Golden League (2008)
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