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Kazuo Yamazaki (山崎一夫, Yamazaki Kazuo, born August 15, 1962) is a Japanese former professional wrestler, who is known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling and UWF International.

Professional wrestling career[]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1982–1984)[]

Yamazaki's wrestling career began in May 1982 in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He wrestled his debut match on May 6 against Tatsutoshi Goto. During this time, he was also a student of Satoru Sayama, better known as Tiger Mask. Whenever Kuniaki Kobayashi strip Sayama of his mask, Yamazaki was always the first one to help remask him.

Universal Wrestling Federation (1984–1985)[]

In 1984, Yamazaki joined the Japanese UWF. However, differences between his mentor Satoru Sayama and Akira Maeda over direction caused the promotion to fail.

Return To NJPW (1985–1988)[]

He rejoined New Japan in 1985 as a junior heavyweight. Despite this, he found more success in tag teams in 1987, winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship with one of his mentors, Yoshiaki Fujiwara.

Newborn UWF (1988–1990)[]

In 1988, however, the UWF was reconstituted as Newborn UWF and Yamazaki joined it, and stayed there until it folded in December 1990.

UWF International (1991–1995)[]

In May 1991, Yamazaki joined UWF International. In UWF International, he supported Nobuhiko Takada, but after being overlooked several times for shots at Takada's UWFI World Heavyweight championship, he decided to quit and return to New Japan on his own in July 1995.

Return To NJPW (1995–2000)[]

During the New Japan vs. UWFI feud in 1995-1996, Yamazaki participated on New Japan's side, but mostly as a behind-the-scenes supporter, training Yuji Nagata and Tokimitsu Ishizawa (Kendo Kashin) in the use of the shoot-style. He won two more IWGP Tag Team Championships, first with Takashi Iizuka in June 1996 and with Kensuke Sasaki in August 1997. In 1998, he participated in the G1 Climax tournament, defeating Tatsumi Fujinami, Kensuke Sasaki, and Masahiro Chono, before losing to Shinya Hashimoto in the finals. Yamazaki retired from in-ring competition on January 4, 2000, losing to his student Yuji Nagata as his final opponent.

Retirement[]

Kazuo Yamazaki now works as a wrestling instructor at the NJPW Dojo and sometimes acts as color commentator for the NJPW program on TV Asahi. He also works as a seitaishi in Ayase, Kanagawa.

In wrestling[]

  • Finishing moves
    • Cross armbreaker
    • Roundhouse kick
  • Signature moves
    • Belly to belly suplex

Championships and accomplishments[]

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New Japan Pro Wrestling
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Wrestlers
Heavyweight Aaron HenareBad Luck FaleChase OwensDavid FinlayEVILGreat-O-KhanHirooki GotoHiroshi TanahashiHiroyoshi TenzanHiroyoshi TenzanJeff CobbJuice RobinsonJay WhiteKazuchika OkadaKENTAKota IbushiLance ArcherMinoru SuzukiSANADASatoshi KojimaShingo TakagiTama TongaTanga LoaTetsuya NaitoTogi MakabeTomoaki HonmaTomohiro IshiiToru YanoTaichiWill OspreayYoshi-HashiYuji NagataYujiro TakahashiZack Sabre Jr.
Junior heavyweight Alex CoughlinBUSHIClark ConnorsEl DesperadoEl PhantasmoGedoHiromu TakahashiJadoMaster WatoRobbie EaglesRocky RomeroRyu LeeRyusuke TaguchiShota UminoShoTaka MichinokuTiger MaskTaiji IshimoriYoshinobu KanemaruYohYota TsujiYuya Uemura
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Staff
Red Shoes UnnoHiro SaitoKazuo YamazakiKuniaki KobayashiKatsuyori ShibataMilano Collection A.T.Seiji SakaguchiSuper Strong MachineTakaaki KidaniWataru Inoue
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Championships
Active IWGP World HeavyweightNEVER OpenweightIWGP United States HeavyweightIWGP Tag TeamIWGP Junior HeavyweightIWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag TeamNEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag TeamKOPWStrong Openweight
Inactive Asia HeavyweightAsia Tag TeamIWGP HeavyweightIWGP IntercontinentalIWGP Provisional Tag TeamIWGP U-30 OpenweightJ-CrownNWA North American Tag TeamNWA International Junior HeavyweightNWF HeavyweightNWF North American HeavyweightThe Greatest 18 Club
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Tournaments
Current G1 ClimaxWorld Tag LeagueNew Japan CupBest of the Super JuniorsSuper Jr. Tag Tournament
Defuncted World LeagueMSG LeagueIWGP LeagueWorld Cup TournamentTop of the Super JuniorsSuper J CupMSG Tag LeagueJapan Cup Tag LeagueSuper Grade Tag LeagueG1 Tag LeagueJ Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag TournamentG2 U-30 ClimaxKarl Gotch CupYoung Lion Cup
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Events
Wrestle KingdomFantastica ManiaThe New BeginningSakura GenesisWrestling HinokuniWrestling DontakuDominionDestructionKing of Pro-WrestlingPower Struggle