Harashima (stylised in all capital letters) (born July 6, 1974 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler best known for his work in Dramatic Dream Team, where he is a former ten-time KO-D Openweight Champion and a former eight-time KO-D Tag Team Champion.
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
Harashima originally debuted as Hero! in 2001 and twice won the KO-D Tag Team Championship with Kudo. He changed his name to Darkside Hero! in 2005 and won the KO-D Tag Team Championship with Toru Owashi. In 2006 he became Harashima, and beat Toru Owashi for the KO-D Openweight Championship on December 29, 2006. He first defended the Championship versus Daichi Kakimoto on January 28, 2007. He beat Kakimoto with his Somato finisher. His next title defence was on February 25, 2007, where he beat Danshoku Dino. He then defended the KO-D Openweight Championship on April 1, 2007, beating Sanshiro Takagi. Harashima lost the KO-D Openweight Championship to Koo. In a rematch on October 21, 2007 he recovered the title, becoming a 2-time KO-D Openweight Champion. He defended the title 2 times: against MIKAMI on January 27, 2008 and against Yasu Urano on March 9, 2008. He lost the belt to Dick Togo in a 5-way match on May 6, 2008.
Harashima and Toru Owashi won the KO-D Tag Team Championship on October 26, 2008 by beating Mikami and Tanomusaku Toba. They successfully defended it against Sanshiro Takagi and Shuji Ishikawa. Harashima and Owashi lost the championship to Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega on January 24, 2009. Harashima got a victory in the number one contender battle royal to face Sanshiro Takagi for the KO-D Openweight Championship. Harashima won the KO-D Openweight Championship by beating Takagi with his Somato move, giving him his third KO-D Championship. On August 24, 2009, Harashima lost the KO-D Openweight Title to Kota Ibushi in the main event of Dramatic Dream Team's event in Sumo Hall when Ibushi debuted his new Phoenix-Plex finisher. One year later, on July 25, 2010, he would defeat Daisuke Sekimoto to win the belt a fourth time. Harashima's old Hero! gimmick was later given to Minoru Fujita and on June 24, 2011, the two defeated Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Somato (Running double knee strike)
- Yama-Ori (Fireman's carry double knee gutbuster)
- Signature moves
- Diving elbow drop
- Diving splash
- Corkscrew 450° splash
- Reverse frankensteiner
- Sitout suplex slam
Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Dramatic Dream Team
- DDT Extreme Division Championship (4 times)
- Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Sanshiro Takagi and Etsuko Mita (1) and Muscle Sakai and Yusuke Inokuma (1)
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (3 times)
- KO-D Openweight Championship (10 times)
- KO-D Tag Team Championship (8 times) – with Kudo (2), Toru Owashi (2), Hero! (1), Yasu Urano (1), Yuko Miyamoto (1) and Naomichi Marufuji (1)
- UWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – with Toru Owashi and Yukihiro Abe
- Dramatic Sousenkyo (2016)
- Hard Hit Grappling Tournament (2013)
- King of DDT (2010, 2013)
- Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract (2013)
- Japan Indie Awards
- MVP Award (2014)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Toshikoshi Puroresu
- Tenka Toitsu! 3 Organization Strongest Determination Tournament (2013)
- Toshikoshi Puroresu
- New Year's Eve Shuffle Tag Tournament (2020) – with Yuji Okabayashi
References[edit | edit source]
- 【後楽園リポート】トーナメント決勝戦は宮本裕向&木高イサミvs火野裕士&岡林裕二!!／インディー大賞MVPはHarashima／Takaのパートナーは小鹿 (in Japanese). Dramatic Dream Team (2014-12-31). Retrieved on 2014-12-31.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2014 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2014-12-02.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017 . The Internet Wrestling Database.