Naoya Nomura (野村直矢 Nomura Naoya, born October 26, 1993) is Japanese professional wrestler. He currently works for All Japan Pro Wrestling. His career highlight was when he joined Evolution. He started to change his attire to Evolution colors and has yellow hair until he gave up of the stable he returned to his old attire.
Early Life[edit | edit source]
On is third year of elementary school he started rugby and body buiding. On October 2013 he was inducted to wrestling. At the Keiji Mutoh mass exodus of All Japan Pro Wrestling he stayed at the company and became the first trainee of the Jun Akiyama era in AJPW.
Professional Wrestling Career[edit | edit source]
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2014-Present)[edit | edit source]
On March 30, 2014 Nomura made is debut in All Japan against his teacher Atsushi Aoki. Later in that year he was sidelined with an injury but after five months of recuperating, he returned on October. On January 2, 2015 at all Japan's New Year Wars 2015 he defeated Yuma Aoyagi to pick up his first win in All Japan. On October 23 they lost to a Union Pro team of Shuji Ishikawa and Hiroshi Fukuda in his first tag team match. On November 23 to December 6 Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi participated at World's Strongest Tag Determination League and both finished the tournament with only 2 points. On the final day of the tournament after Suwama attacked Kento Miyahara, Suwama announced that Nomura was the new member of the Evolution. On January 3 Nomura had an opportunity for the Gaora TV Championship and he lost to the defending champion Yohei Nakajima and he also changed is attire for the Evolution colors and has yellow hair. On April 9 to April 23 Nomura participated at the Champion Carnival and he defeated in his first match one of the reigning World Tag Team Champions The Bodyguard. At the end of the tournament, Nomura finished the tournament with only 2 points.
On May 4, AJPW president Jun Akiyama made a surprise appearance for Wrestle-1, facing off with Keiji Mutoh with the two agreeing to a tag team match against each other on August 11. Later it was announced that Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi would be Akiyama's partner for the Pro Wrestling Love PPV. On July 30 Nomura announced that he was going to leave Evolution to start over his career. On August 11, Wrestle-1 presented an interpromotional six-man tag team match, which saw AJPW president Jun Akiyama take on former AJPW president Keiji Mutoh. In the match, the AJPW trio of Akiyama, Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi was victorious over the Wrestle-1 trio of Mutoh, Koji Doi and Kumagoro. After the Pro Wrestling Love PPV Nomura formed a team with Yuma Aoyagi and started a feud with Doi and Kumagoro.On September 19 Nomura and Aoyagi lost to Kento Miyahara and Jake Lee. After the match Miyahara and Lee invited them to join Nextream which they accepted. On November 11 it was announced that Nomura and Aoyagi would participate in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League at block B. At the start of World's Strongest Tag Determination League Nomura and Aoyagi lost to the teams of Jun Akiyama and Kendo Kashin, the reining World Tag Team Champions The Big Guns (Bodyguard and Zeus) and Get Wild (Takao Omori and Manabu Soya). In April Nomura took part of the 2017 Champion Carnival where he would finish the tournament with 4 points, scoring wins against former Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Takao Omori adopting a new finisher in the process spear and even defeated Omori in 48 second sand against The Bodyguard. Afterwards Nomura challenged Bodyguard into a title match for the World Tag Team Championship with his partner being his Nextream stablemate Jake Lee who defeated Bodyguard's partner Zeus. On May 12 Nomura and Lee unsuccessfully challenged again Zeus and Bodyguard for the World Tag Team Championship. On July 17 Nomura and Jake Lee defeated Zeus and The Bodyguard to win the World Tag Team Championship. Nomura and Lee vacated the titles, after Lee was sidlined with a left knee ACL rupture. On September 30 Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi defeated Taka Michinoku and Black Tiger VII to win the All Asia Tag Team Championship. Nomura and Aoyagi vacated the titles, after Aoyagi was sidlined with a Ankle injury. They would regain the titles on July 29 from Jun Akiyama and Yuji Nagata. From November 13 to December 11, Nomura and Aoyagi took part in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League, finishing the tournament with a record of three wins and seven losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.
Later in 2019 Nomura would leave Nextram to join Jake Lee in Sweeper. In December, Nomura and Lee made it to finals of the 2019 World's Strongest Tag Determination League by finishing in second with a record of six wins and three losses. On December 9, they were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Violent Giants (Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa). Following the tournament, Nomura and Lee decided to disband the stable, after feeling a lack of unity within the stable due to Sai teaming with Zeus in the tournament. On December 21, Nomura, Lee and Koji Iwamoto announced the formation of a new stable called "Jin", literally translated to "Team".
In Wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Frog Splash
- Maximum (High Angle Death Valley Bomb)
- Lancer (Spear)
- The Nomura Lock (Modified Grounded Abdominal Stretch)
- Signature moves
- Boston Crab
- Missle Dropkick
- Northern Lights suplex
- With Yuma Aoyagi
- Spear (Nomura) into a Jackknife hold (Aoyagi) combination
- Entrance Themes
- Heart of Soul by Osamu Suzuki
Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #316 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- PWI ranked him #342 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
References[edit | edit source]
- ja:武藤と秋山Wrestle-1で対戦へ (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. Kobe Shimbun (2016-05-04). Retrieved on 2016-05-04.
- ja:秋山ゴーサイン！武藤と“新旧全日社長対決”だ (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports (2016-05-09). Retrieved on 2016-05-09.
- ja:Ｗ－１ 秋山が武藤との“全日社長対決”勝利も若手に激怒！ (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. Kobe Shimbun (2016-08-11). Retrieved on 2016-08-11.
- ja:【Ｗ―１】武藤vs秋山３年ぶり対戦 それぞれの思惑 (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports (2016-08-12). Retrieved on 2016-08-12.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.