Masashi Takeda (wrestler)

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Masashi Takeda
Masashi Takeda 2015.JPG
Takeda in September 2015
Birth nameMasashi Takeda (竹田 誠志, Takeda Masashi)
Born (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 34)[1]
Machida, Tokyo
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Masashi Takeda[2]
Billed height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Billed weight87 kg (192 lb)
Trained byJun Kasai[1]
DebutJanuary 20, 2007[1]

Masashi Takeda (竹田 誠志, Takeda Masashi, born August 13, 1985)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, primarily working for Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) in the Deathmatch division, where he is the current BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion in his first reign. Takeda also competes in Freedoms and occasionally All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) as a freelancer.

Early life[edit]

While in junior high school, Takeda discovered deathmatch wrestling and mixed martial arts, becoming a huge fan of both. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the U-File Camp, training for a career in MMA. After receiving some pro wrestling training from Jun Kasai, Takeda debuted as a wrestler for Style-E in January 2007.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Big Japan Pro Wrestling (2008-present)[edit]

Takeda debuted in BJW on May 23, 2008, teaming with Kankuro Hoshino in a loss to Craig Classic and Masada.[3] In October of that year, he competed in his first ever deathmatch, teaming with Shuji Ishikawa and Ryuji Ito in a loss to Saboru Inematsu, Jaki Numazawa and mentor Jun Kasai.[4] In early 2009, Takeda teamed with Isami Kodaka in the Maximum Tag League, winning his first deathmatch on March 26, when he and Kodaka defeated Numazawa and Kasai. The two finished first in their block with 6 points, allowing them to advance to the semi-finals where they defeated Block A runners-up Ryuji Ito and Shuji Ishikawa. In the final, Takeda and Kodaka wrestled Takashi Sasaki and Yuko Miyamoto to a draw in a Fluorescent Lighttubes Tower Of Death Match, but defeated them in overtime to become the new BJW Tag Team Champions.[5] Takeda and Kodaka held the championships until July, dropping them to Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi in their first defence.[6] That same month, Takeda won the D-Dash Tournament, defeating Shinya Ishikawa in the final,[7] and unsuccessfully challenged Yuko Miyamoto for the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship in a scaffold deathmatch.[8] In December, Takeda teamed with Takuma Obe in the D-Dash Tag Tournament, making it to the semi-finals before being eliminated by Ryuichi Kawakami and Shinya Ishikawa.[9] Takeda again challenged for the Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship in July 2010, this time losing to Ryuji Ito in a glass and fluorescent light tubes alpha deathmatch.[10]

Takeda in 2011

In early 2011, Takeda participated in the Ikkitosen Death Survival Tournament, finishing first in his block with 6 points, but losing to Takashi Sasaki in the final.[11] Takeda received his third opportunity at the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship in February 2012, losing to Abdullah Kobayashi in an Open Finger Gloves Spike Nail Deathmatch.[12] Takeda made his debut outside of Japan in June 2013, losing to Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)'s Drake Younger in a deathmatch in Germany.[13] Takeda unsuccessfully challenged for the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time on June 30, losing to Shuji Ishikawa.[14] In February 2014, while riding his motorcycle, Takeda was involved in an accident, injuring his ankle and missing 4 months of action. He wrestled his return match on June 14, losing to Danny Havoc in the first round of the 2014 Tournament Of Death for CZW in the United States.[15] Takeda received his 5th opportunity at the Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship in August, losing to Yuko Miyamoto.[16] In early 2015, Takeda again participated in the Ikkitosen Survival Tournament, finishing first in his block with 8 points but losing to Abdullah Kobayashi in the final.[17] On August 19, 2017, Takeda defeated Masaya Takahashi to win the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career.[18]

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-present)[edit]

Beginning in May 2016, Takeda began making appearances for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). On May 25, Takeda unsuccessfully challenged Atsushi Aoki for the World Junior Heavyweight Championship.[19] In August, Takeda gained his biggest win in All Japan to date when he teamed with Nextream (Jake Lee and ace of AJPW Kento Miyahara) to defeat Evolution (Suwama and Aoki) and Super Tiger. On October 15, Takeda and Atsushi Maruyama unsuccessfully challenged Evolution (Aoki and Hikaru Sato) for the All Asia Tag Team Championship.[20]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Masashi Takeda
Born (1985-08-13) August 13, 1985 (age 34)
Machida, Tokyo
Other namesCrazy Kid
NationalityJapanese
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
TeamU-File
Years active2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins11
By knockout6
By submission5
By decision0
Losses4
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision0
Draws1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 3
By submission 5 1
By decision 0 0
Draws 1

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Masashi Takeda". 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Masashi Takeda « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
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  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "D-Dash Tournament « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
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  10. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
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  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
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  14. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  15. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "CZW Tournament Of Death XIII « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  16. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW Death Mania « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  17. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "BJW Ikkitousen Death Match Survivor 2015 - Tag 8 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  18. ^ http://bjw.co.jp/event_detail.php?id=1447
  19. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW Super Power Series 2016 - Tag 4 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  20. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "AJPW Raising An Army Memorial Series 2016 - Tag 4 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  21. ^ 11.9後楽園大会[観衆]1241人. All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
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  23. ^ 【年越しプロレス2017のまとめ】年忘れ!シャッフル・タッグトーナメントは関口組を下した竹下&鈴木のモースト・ストロンゲスト・コンビが優勝!/蘇る80年代ガイジン列伝! スタン、ブロディ、タケシータ、ブッチャーが大暴れ! カリスマバラモン、阿鼻叫喚の地獄絵図への誘い!/Taka、デビュー25周年記念試合で新年を迎えると同時にMaoにフォール負け!. DDT Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-01.