Takaiwa in April 2012.
July 5, 1972 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Black Tiger (V)
|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. 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. Despite losing his mask twice, Takaiwa continues to make appearances as Black Tiger V.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- AWA/Zero1-Max/UPW/WORLD-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tomohiro Ishii
- NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (Disputed Branch) (1 time)
- World-1 Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Tenkaichi Jr. (2004, 2008)
- Tenryu Project
- WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Shinjiro Otani
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Mask||Tiger Mask IV||Black Tiger V||Osaka, Japan||June 20, 2009|||
|Mask||Último Dragón||Black Tiger V||Mexico City, Mexico||May 14, 2011|||
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- 吉江と黒虎が「ももクロ軍」結成. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- "『ガンバレ☆プロレス〜第二章 2nd Season〜 vol.2』". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-05-01.
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