Tarzan Goto

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Tarzan Goto
Tarzan Goto.jpg
Goto in 2009
Born (1963-08-16) August 16, 1963 (age 50) [1]
Shimada, Shizuoka [1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tarzan Goto
Ho Chi Winh
Ghost Face
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Billed weight 150 kg (330 lb)[2]
Debut February 19, 1981 [1]

Seiji Gotō (後藤政二 Gotoh Seiji?), better known by his ring name Tarzan Goto (ターザン後藤?), is a Japanese professional wrestler who has wrestled on the independent circuit most of his career. He is best known for his exploding steel cage matches against Atsushi Onita in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW).

Sumo wrestling career[edit]

In 1979, Goto joined a sumo stable, Kokonoe, but shortly afterwards he retired from sumo.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1981–1985)[edit]

Goto debuted for All Japan Pro Wrestling on February 19, 1981, against Shiro Koshinaka. While in AJPW, he was student of Jumbo Tsuruta. In 1983, he won the Rookie of the Year award at Tokyo Sports' Pro Wrestling Awards.

United States (1985–1989)[edit]

In November 1985, Goto went to the United States to wrestle.[1] His first stop on his excursion was in Kansas City for the NWA Central States Wrestling. He'd also wrestle for Jim Crockett Promotions on shows within the area. In June 1986, Goto moved to Memphis, wrestling for Continental Wrestling Association, where he teamed with Akio Sato and managed by Tojo Yamamoto. While in the United States, he married female wrestler Despina Montagas. In 1988, he wrestled for World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. In 1989, he wrestled in Florida for Pro Wrestling Federation.[1]

Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (1989–1995)[edit]

In 1989, Goto returned to Japan after being proposed by the founder of the pioneering hardcore wrestling promotion Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Atsushi Onita.[1]

In August 1990, Goto had the first-ever exploding barbed wire match with Onita, which started a revolution between the small "garbage wrestling" organizations of Japan. Two months later, Goto and his wife Despina Montagas teamed up in Japan's first mixed tag team match, defeating Ricky Fuji and Megumi Kudo. He wrestled in many matches for FMW even one that he lost in which he tagged with Onita and lost to Sabu and Horace Boulder.

In, 1991, he and tag team partner Atsushi Onita became the first-ever FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Champions in the finals of a ten-team tournament defeating Gregory Veritchev and Koba Krutanize. He had several death matches for the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship against his former AJPW comrade, Atsushi Onita. On January 30, 1992, Goto captured the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Championship after defeating Big Titan. Due to the wind conditions, Goto's and Onita's fire deathmatch versus The Sheik and Sabu was called off. He later became a two-time tag team champion with Gregory Veritchev.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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