Great Bash Heel

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Great Bash Heel
Stable
Members Togi Makabe
Tomoaki Honma
Name(s) Great Bash Heel (G.B.H.)
Former
member(s)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (original leader)
Black Tiger
Gedo
Giant Bernard
Jado
Karl Anderson
Low Ki
Rick Fuller
Shiro Koshinaka
Takashi Iizuka
Tomohiro Ishii
Toru Yano
Val Venis
Debut October 2, 2006[1]
Promotions NJPW
APW
BJW
NOAH
Riki Pro
Zero1

Great Bash Heel (グレート・バッシュ・ヒール Gurēto Basshu Hīru?), often abbreviated to G.B.H., is a professional wrestling stable in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Formed by Hiroyoshi Tenzan in October 2006, G.B.H. was the top heel group in New Japan Pro Wrestling until April 2009, when the rest of the group turned on their leader, Togi Makabe, and formed a new stable named Chaos, under the leadership of Shinsuke Nakamura.

History[edit]

Formation (2006)[edit]

On October 2, 2006, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, fresh off his G1 Climax triumph and a big win over former mentor Masahiro Chono and on his way to challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, announced the formation of his first stable and named former IWGP Provisional Tag Team Champions, Togi Makabe and Shiro Koshinaka, as his first recruits.[1] Tenzan announced that the criteria for joining his group was to "be strong, bad and cool" and that the intention of his new stable was to revive the old "beautiful New Japan".[1][2] Tenzan immediately began sending out invitations to other New Japan wrestlers, such as Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi and even Makabe's and Koshinaka's blood rivals, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, to join the group, which was unofficially named Mougyu Ikka.[1][3][4] On October 9, Tenzan failed in his attempt to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Hiroshi Tanahashi, but despite the setback, announced that his quest had only just begun.[5][6] Finally, on October 15, Tenzan announced that the official name of his stable was Great Bash Heel, G.B.H., and named their goal to become the biggest heel group in New Japan history by causing "grievous bodily harm", something the group's name was also a reference to.[7] The following day, Tenzan orchestrated a truce between the teams of Makabe and Koshinaka and Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, who became the fourth and fifth member of G.B.H.[8]

Makabe takes over (2006–2009)[edit]

G.B.H. were then engulfed in a three–way war with the New Japan Seikigun, led by Yuji Nagata, and BLACK, led by Masahiro Chono.[9][10] While Tenzan began touring All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in December, Makabe acted as the de facto leader of G.B.H.[11] The group then attempted to simultaneously capture both the World Tag Team Championship and IWGP Tag Team Championship, but failed on both attempts.[12] In February 2007, G.B.H. was joined by Tomoaki Honma and he was followed by veteran tag team of Jado and Gedo in July, while the following month, Koshinaka turned on G.B.H. and joined Masahiro Chono's new Legend stable.[13][14][15] After being pinned by Koshinaka in a tag team match between G.B.H. and Legend, Tenzan announced that he was going to be taking some time off to heal himself up.[15] With his regular tag team partner gone from G.B.H., Makabe formed a new tag team with Toru Yano and together the two of them entered the 2007 G1 Tag League, along with their stablemates, Gedo and Jado.[16] Makabe and Yano would make it to the semifinals of the tournament, before being defeated by the eventual winners of the whole tournament, Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko of RISE, a spinoff group of BLACK, led by Shinsuke Nakamura.[17][18] After the tournament, Makabe and Yano would remain together as a tag team, naming the unit the Most Violent Players. On January 4, 2008, at Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome, MVP faced Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) tag team Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) in a hardcore tag team match in a losing effort.[19] After spending months sidelined, Hiroyoshi Tenzan finally made his return to New Japan on February 17, but after he, Gedo, Jado and Ishii were defeated by Legend in an eight man tag team match, the rest of G.B.H. turned on their leader and kicked him out of the group. Later that same night, Makabe and Yano defeated Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, G.B.H.'s first title in New Japan.[20][21][22] As the former leader of G.B.H., Tenzan had difficulties in finding new allies, however, long time New Japan Seikigun member Takashi Iizuka was the first to accept him and the two went on to form a tag team.[20][10] On April 27, Tenzan and Iizuka challenged Makabe and Yano for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, however, Iizuka ended up turning on Tenzan and joining G.B.H.[20][10] Tenzan would find new allies in Legend and Satoshi Kojima and would spend the rest of the year feuding with the stable he had created. On September 5, 2008, former RISE member, Low Ki, made his return to New Japan, attacking Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask, before being revealed as the newest member of G.B.H.[23] The same day, Giant Bernard and Rick Fuller turned on RISE and joined G.B.H. along with fellow Americans Black Tiger, Karl Anderson and Val Venis. Fuller, Black Tiger and Venis would all, however, leave the promotion shortly after their first appearances as members of G.B.H.[24] On September 21, Low Ki defeated Tiger Mask to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.[23][25] Both of G.B.H.'s title reigns ended on January 4, 2009, at Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome, when Low Ki lost the Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Tiger Mask and MVP lost the Tag Team Championship to Team 3D in a hardcore rematch of their encounter from the previous year.[26][27]

Betrayal (2009–2012)[edit]

On April 5, G.B.H. co–leader Togi Makabe faced RISE leader Shinsuke Nakamura in a singles match, at the end of which Yano turned on both Makabe and Tomoaki Honma and helped Nakamura pick up the win.[28][29] In the aftermath of the event, Nakamura dissolved RISE and formed new top heel stable Chaos with Yano, Gedo, Jado, Giant Bernard, Karl Anderson, Takashi Iizuka and Tomohiro Ishii, all of whom abandoned Makabe and G.B.H.[30] The event would kickstart Makabe's singles career and quest for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, which he would win on May 3, 2010, and although he and Tomoaki Honma, the only member of G.B.H. to remain loyal to him, would occasionally wrestle together under the G.B.H. banner, the stable was effectively dissolved. On March 28, 2012, New Japan released Honma from his contract, officially ending G.B.H.[31]

Reformation (2013–present)[edit]

On March 23, 2013, Togi Makabe, who had recently begun feuding with Chaos member Yujiro Takahashi, teamed with Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in a six man tag team match, where they faced Takahashi, Takashi Iizuka and Yoshi-Hashi. After Kojima had pinned Yoshi-Hashi for the win, Iizuka hit both him and Tenzan with a steel chair, after which Takahashi began choking out his rival Makabe with his own steel chain. This led to Tomoaki Honma making his return to New Japan, one year after his firing from the promotion, chasing Chaos out of the ring and helping Makabe backstage.[32] The reunited G.B.H. had their first match back together on April 7 at Invasion Attack, where they were defeated by Takahashi and Masato Tanaka in a tag team match.[33] In late 2013, G.B.H. started feuding with the Bullet Club stable.[34][35] In December, Makabe and Honma made it to the semifinals of the 2013 World Tag League, before being eliminated by the Bullet Club team of Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.[36] G.B.H. continued teaming sporadically throughout 2014 and in November took part in the 2014 World Tag League,[37] but this time finished last in their block with a record of three wins and four losses.[38]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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