Hajime Ohara (大原 甫 Ōhara Hajime, ring name: 大原はじめ, born July 24, 1984) is a Japanese professional wrestler. Ohara worked for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico for several years as part of his training, mixing the lucha libre style of Mexico with the Japanese Puroresu style of wrestling. In Japan, Ohara is best known for his work in the Hustle, Smash and Wrestling New Classic (WNC) promotions. He is currently signed to Pro Wrestling Noah, where he is a former three-times GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and former one-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
Hajime Ohara trained for his professional wrestling debut under Último Dragón and Jorge Rivera, better known as Skayde. Through his connections with Dragón and Rivera, Ohara started out his career working in Mexico, first for Toryumon Mexico and soon after for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). During his years in Mexico, Ohara also fought several mixed martial arts fights, obtaining a record of eleven wins and three losses.
Ohara lost to Kazuchika Okada in the first round of Young Dragons Cup 2004 and teamed up with Okada in the Yamaha Cup 2005, losing to Hiromi Horiguchi and Ryusuke Taguchi in the semi-final. Ohara and Okada would meet again in the final of the Young Dragons Cup 2005 where Okada got the better of him once again to win the Young Dragons Cup.
In CMLL, Ohara formed La Ola Amarilla (Spanish for "The Yellow Wave") with Masada and Okumura. Ohara was part of the 2006 International Grand Prix but was the first man eliminated when he was pinned by Heavy Metal. He also participated in the 16-man International Gran Prix torneo cibernetico, which was won by Último Guerrero.
On May 13, 2006 Ohara defeated La Máscara to win the vacant NWA World Welterweight Championship, becoming the first NWA Welterweight champion in almost two years. On January 20, 2007 Ohara lost the title to Super Delfin during an Osaka Pro Wrestling show in Japan, but regained the title on February 10 before returning to Mexico. By the end of 2007 a deal had been struck between Último Dragón, who owned the NWA title and CMLL to return ownership of the championship to CMLL, who had owned the title until 1996. On November 27, 2007 Ohara lost the title to CMLL regular La Sombra.
Feuding with Último Dragón and Kushida (2008–2009)[edit | edit source]
In 2008 Ohara began working for the Dradition promotion in Japan and also began a feud with Último Dragón in Toryumon Mexico, Dradition and European based Nu-Wrestling Evolution (NWE). In the NWE he played a masked character called Dark Dragon, an "evil counterpart" to Último Dragon. On June 28, 2008 on an NEW show in Madrid, Spain Ohara lost a Lucha de Apuestas match to Último Dragón and was forced to unmask. At Dradition and Toryumon Mexico the two would go up against each other in singles and tag team matches, both experiencing wins and loses wins and losses, this would continue into 2009. On December 14, 2008 Ohara defeated Último Dragón to win the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship, a title he would take with him to Japan. The pair would settle their rivalry in a mask vs hair which Último Dragón won.
During this time he began wrestling for the Japanese promotion Hustle as Ray Ohara, leaving CMLL. He would start feuding with the Hustle Supernova Kushida, the pair would trade wins for several months in tag team competition. The pair would finally meet one on one in January 2009 where Ohara would get the better of him, however, Kushida would still be given a title shot for Ohara’s NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship, the match ended in a no contest. Ohara would go on to team up with Minoru Fujita and lose to Kushida and his mentor Tajiri. This would lead to another title match between the two where if Kushida lost he would be forced to leave Japan, Ohara won.
Pro Wrestling Zero1 (2009–2010)[edit | edit source]
Ohara would make his Pro Wrestling Zero1 debut on November 19, 2009, under Hajime Ohara and beat Shota Takanishi. Ten days later he would participate in Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament 2009 and was defeated by Fujita Hayato in the second round. Ohara would go on to team up with Shiro Koshinaka to take part in Furinkazan, a round-robin tag team tournament, in block B. Their first match against Kamikaze and Kohei Sato ended in a time limit draw and the team would go on the win two matches and lost another giving them a total of 5 points which was not enough to progress to the final. Ohara would also take on Ikuto Hidaka for the Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship and lost. Ohara would spend the rest of his time at Zero1 teaming up with wrestlers from Hustle such as Tajiri.
Smash (2010–2012)[edit | edit source]
In March 2010, Ohara began working for Yoshihiro Tajiri's new Smash promotion, losing to Kushida in the main event of the promotion's first ever show on March 26. Initially, Ohara worked as a face as part of the Smash Seikigun and a protégé of Tajiri's, working against wrestlers from the Finnish promotion, Fight Club Finland (FCF). On July 24 at Smash.5, Ohara was squashed by the debuting Finn StarBuck. Later that same day on Smash.6, Ohara turned on Tajiri, after he had lost the FCF Finnish Heavyweight Championship to StarBuck in the main event. The following month, Ohara traveled to Helsinki, Finland to unsuccessfully challenge StarBuck for the title, after which he kneeled before him and adopted him as his new mentor. Later that same month, Ohara began representing FCF in Smash, forming a regular partnership with transsexual wrestler Jessica Love and often accompanying StarBuck to his matches, while also starting a feud with Tajiri's number one protégé, Kushida. The rivalry ended on March 31, 2011, at Smash.15, when Ohara defeated Kushida with his new finishing maneuver, the Finnish Forearm, in Kushida's final Smash match, before leaving for New Japan Pro Wrestling. On June 9, Ohara entered a tournament to determine the first ever Smash Champion, defeating Último Dragón in his first round match. However, on August 11, Ohara was eliminated from the tournament by Veneno. In October, the Smash Seikigun and Fight Club Finland groups were brought together by the arrival of Dave Finlay. On November 24 at Smash.23, Ohara pinned Tajiri in a tag team match, where he teamed with the returning Jessica Love and Tajiri with Último Dragon. After the main event, where Finlay defeated StarBuck for the Smash Championship, Ohara agreed to team up with Tajiri to protect Smash from the Irishman. On February 10, 2012, Smash announced that the promotion would be folding after its March 14 event, after which Ohara would become a free agent. On March 14, Ohara wrestled in Smash's final match, where he and StarBuck were defeated by Akira and Tajiri.
Wrestling New Classic (2012–2013)[edit | edit source]
On April 5, 2012, Ohara was announced as part of the roster of Wrestling New Classic (WNC), the follow-up promotion to Smash. For WNC's first event, Ohara wanted to face New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, but when he went to confront Okada backstage at a NJPW event, he was stopped by his spokesman, Gedo, who told him he was underqualified to meet Okada and challenged him to a match himself. On April 26, Ohara was defeated by Gedo at WNC's first event. On May 24 at WNC's second event, Ohara was defeated by Okada's and Gedo's Chaos stablemate Toru Yano. Afterwards, Ohara was attacked by Pro Wrestling Noah's Maybach Taniguchi, who on June 22 extended Ohara's big match losing streak by defeating him in a singles match. Ohara's losing streak continued on July 15, when he was pinned by Naomichi Marufuji in a tag team match, where he teamed with the returning StarBuck and Marufuji with Tajiri. Following the match, StarBuck attacked Ohara and announced that their partnership was over, before revealing Akira as his new partner. In the following day's main event, Ohara was defeated by StarBuck, continuing his losing streak. On August 2, WNC's new top villainous alliance, StarBuck, Akira and Syuri, defeated Ohara, Kana and Tajiri in a six-person tag team main event, with Akira pinning Ohara to add another loss to his record. Following the loss, Ohara turned on his partners and WNC, forming a new partnership with debuting female wrestler Nagisa Nozaki. The following day, Ohara ended his losing streak by defeating El Hijo del Pantera in a singles match. On August 30, Ohara and Nozaki were joined by Jiro Kuroshio. Meanwhile, Ohara resumed his losing streak, losing to longtime rival Último Dragón via disqualification, after unmasking him, and to Zeus and Veneno following interference from Nozaki. On September 20, Ohara was defeated by Naomichi Marufuji via another disqualification, after attacking the referee of the match. On October 19, Ohara, Nozaki and Kuroshio named their stable "Kabushiki gaisha DQN" On October 26, Ohara entered the WNC Championship tournament, defeating StarBuck in his first round match, following interference from Nozaki and Kuroshio. On November 28, Ohara was eliminated in the semifinals of the tournament by Tajiri. For WNC's final event of 2012, Ohara reignited his rivalry with Zeus, who attacked him during a DQN press conference, looking for revenge for their previous encounter in August. On December 27, Ohara was defeated by Zeus in a singles grudge match. On January 31, 2013, WNC announced that Ohara had decided to part ways with the promotion.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2013–present)[edit | edit source]
On May 12, 2013, Ohara began working for Pro Wrestling Noah as a replacement for the injured GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Suwa. As part of his new character, Ohara wore a Maybach Taniguchi mask and worked under the ring name "Maybach Suwa Jr." In July, Suwa Jr. teamed with No Mercy stablemate Genba Hirayanagi in the 2013 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League for the now vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but the two failed to advance from their block. On July 26, Suwa Jr. got himself into title contention, when he defeated GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori in a non-title match. On August 24, Suwa Jr. and Hirayanagi unsuccessfully challenged Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. During the match, Suwa Jr.'s mask was torn off, revealing his true identity. Afterwards, Ohara once again began working unmasked and under his real name. On December 14, Ohara pinned Taiji Ishimori to win the eleven-man Matsumoto Day Clinic Cup and afterwards challenged him to a match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Ohara received his title shot on January 19, 2014, but was defeated by Ishimori. Six days later, Ohara turned on No Mercy and jumped to the Choukibou-gun stable, forming a new tag team with Kenoh. On March 8, Ohara and Kenoh unsuccessfully challenged Yoshinari Ogawa and Zack Sabre Jr. for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On August 2, Ohara and Kenoh won the 2014 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League by defeating Daisuke Harada and Quiet Storm in the finals. As a result of pinning Harada in the finals, Ohara was granted a shot at his GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship on August 17, but was defeated in a three-way match, also involving Zack Sabre Jr. On October 12, Ohara and Kenoh defeated Atsushi Kotoge and Taiji Ishimori to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On November 1, Ohara and Kenoh made a surprise appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling, offering Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask a shot at their title. This led to Ohara and Kenoh's first title defense on December 6, where they defeated Liger and Tiger Mask. Their second defense took place on December 27, when they defeated Pesadilla and Super Crazy in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. On January 18, the two made another successful defense against Daisuke Harada and Genba Hirayanagi. On March 15, Ohara and Kenoh lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Suzuki-gun's El Desperado and Taka Michinoku in a three-way match, also involving Harada and Hirayanagi. On March 28, Noah announced Ohara had signed a contract with the promotion, officially ending his days as a freelancer. On August 22, Ohara and Kenoh received a rematch for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but were again defeated by Desperado and Michinoku. On March 19, 2016, Ohara and Kenoh won the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time by defeating Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada. They lost the title back to Kotoge and Harada on April 5. Kenoh and Ohara officially broke up on December 23.
On January 7, 2017 Ohara defeated Taiji Ishimori to win GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. On January 21 Ohara made his first successful title defense against Daisuke Harada. After the match, Hitoshi Kumano challenged Ohara into a title match. On March 12 Ohara made his second successful title defense against Kumano. Following the match's conclusion, Ohara stated in a backstage interview that the two would also be joining forces in the tag team division. On March 25 Kumano and Ohara teamed up with the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions XX (Taiji Ishimori and Hi69) to face RATEL'S in a two out of three falls eight-man tag team match. During the final moments of the match, Ohara and Kumano had miss communication with XX which lead them to lose the match. After the match, Ohara and Kumano attacked XX member Taiji Ishimori and challenged them for their titles. Later Noah announced the title match to be on April 22 during the first day of the Global Tag League. On April 7 Ohara and Kumano announced that their team name would be Back Breakers. On April 22 Ohara and Kumano unsuccessfully challenged XX for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On May 27 Ohara lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship to HAYATA. From July 7 to July 31, 2018, Ohara and Kumano took part in the Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of four wins and two losses, advancing to the finals of the tournament. On August 5, Ohara and Kumano were defeated by YO-HEY and HAYATA in the finals of the tournament. From September 8 to September 29, Ohara took part in the Global Junior League, finishing the tournament with a record of one win and four losses. On December 16 at Great Voyage in Yokohama vol.2, Ohara and Kumano defeated Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles to Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki on February 24, 2019.
On May 2, Ohara faced Takashi Sugiura in a losing effort. Afterwards, Ohara asked Sugiura to join Sugiura-gun, which Sugiura accepted. Two days later, Ohara and Kumano faced each for the last time, with Ohara defeating Kumano effectively disbanding Back Breakers. From June until July, Ohara took part in the 2019 Global Junior League, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament. However, in the following years Global Junior League, Ohara won his block with a record of two wins and one loss, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. On January 30, 2020, Ohara was defeated by Daisuke Harada in the semifinals. On May 10, Ohara left Sugiura-gun to form a new stable named "Full Throttle", with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
On January 22, 2021, Ohara tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Japan.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #239 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- Toryumon Mexico
Luchas de Apuestas record[edit | edit source]
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Último Dragón (mask)||Dark Dragon (mask)||Madrid, Spain||Live event||June 25, 2008|||
|Hajime Ohara (hair)||Brazo de Platino (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||March 1, 2009|
|Último Dragón (mask)||Hajime Ohara (hair)||Mexico City, Mexico||Dragonmania IV||August 22, 2009|||
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