Tatsuhito Takaiwa

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Tatsuhito Takaiwa
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Takaiwa in April 2012.
Born (1972-07-05) July 5, 1972 (age 42)
Kyoto, Kyoto
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Black Tiger (V)
Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Trained by New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo
Debut July 21, 1992

Tatsuhito Takaiwa (高岩竜一) is a Zainichi-Korean professional wrestler. Takaiwa is one of the more well-traveled junior heavyweights in Japan, having wrestled for New Japan, and Zero1, as well as making special appearances in All Japan and NOAH.

He formed a successful tag team with Shinjiro Otani during the 1990s and won the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Titles in 1998 and 1999. He's a former holder of the Zero-One International Jr. Heavyweight Title, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title and a former holder of the Pro Wrestling Noah GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title, and the AWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title.

On February 15, 2009, Takaiwa debuted as the fifth Black Tiger, breaking the Black Tiger tradition of foreigners under the mask, by attacking Tiger Mask IV. On June 20, 2009, at Dominion 6.20 Tiger Mask defeated him in a mask vs. mask match and afterwards Takaiwa revealed his identity by removing his mask.[1] Takaiwa lost his mask as Black Tiger V for the second time on May 14, 2011, when he was defeated at a Toryumon Mexico event by Último Dragón.[2] Despite losing his mask twice, Takaiwa continues to make appearances as Black Tiger V.[3]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Ganbare☆Kakutougi Open Tournament (2014)[4]
  • Top of the Dramatic Cruiser (2013)[5]
  • Tenryu Project

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Tiger Mask IV Black Tiger V Osaka, Japan June 20, 2009 [1]
Mask Último Dragón Black Tiger V Mexico City, Mexico May 14, 2011 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "(Results) New Japan, 6/20/09". Strong Style Spirit. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b Lizárraga, Alfonso (2011-05-15). "Ultimo Dragon gana la mascara Black Tiger V". The Gladiatores (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  3. ^ 吉江と黒虎が「ももクロ軍」結成. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ "『ガンバレ☆プロレス〜第二章 2nd Season〜 vol.2』". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Cruiser's Game 11". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-06-02.