Takahiro Suwa (諏訪 高広, Suwa Takahiro), better known by his ring name Suwa (stylized as SUWA), is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known for his work in Pro Wrestling Noah. He originally retired from professional wrestling in 2007, but later returned in 2013.

Wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Toryumon and Dragon Gate[edit | edit source]

Suwa, one of Último Dragón's first trainees, made his professional debut on the first card of Dragon's Toryumon Japan promotion on May 11, 1997. He went on to become one of the founding fathers of the Crazy Max faction along with CIMA, TARU, and Don Fujii,[1] being portraited as a cocky and aggressive villain. Suwa won the Último Dragón Gym Championship, the promotion's top title, from Magnum Tokyo on February 8, 2004. He held it for two months before a shoulder injury suffered in a match with Dragon Kid forced him to vacate the belt. Later that same year, Suwa signed with Pro Wrestling Noah.

Pro Wrestling Noah[edit | edit source]

Soon after his arrival in Noah, on September 18, 2005, he challenged Kenta for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Suwa was originally disqualified for attacking Kenta with a foreign object, but the match was restarted, and Suwa eventually lost.

On December 10, 2006, Suwa teamed with TARU, Shuji Kondo and brother YASSHI during an eight-man-tag-team match to Akira Taue, Mushiking Terry, Atsushi Aoki and Taiji Ishimori. After his team lost the match, Suwa announced his intention to retire from wrestling. In his last match, on January 21, 2007, he teamed up with Yoshihiro Takayama and Minoru Suzuki, losing to KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji and Takeshi Rikio. During the match, Suwa turned on his partners. Suwa retired from professional wrestling on March 11, 2007.[2]

In January 2013, Suwa returned to Noah under a mask as "Maybach Taniguchi, Jr.", a junior version of Maybach Taniguchi and a member of No Mercy.[3] However, when Taniguchi turned on No Mercy leader Kenta on February 9, Taniguchi, Jr. did not follow him, but instead remained loyal to No Mercy.[4][5] On March 10, Taniguchi, Jr. and No Mercy stablemate Genba Hirayanagi defeated Ricky Marvin and Super Crazy to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[6] On March 31, the two Taniguchis faced off in a grudge match, during which Taniguchi unmasked Taniguchi, Jr., revealing him as Suwa, before pinning him for the win.[2] Following the event, Suwa abandoned the Taniguchi, Jr. gimmick and returned to working under his surname.[7] On May 11, Suwa was sidelined with a cervical spine injury and was replaced on all upcoming cards by the masked "Maybach Suwa Jr.".[8] The injury also forced Suwa and Hirayanagi to vacate the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on May 30.[9] In December 2014, Suwa announced he was suffering from ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and would have to pull out of his scheduled return to the ring.[10]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • As Suwa
      • FFF – Face First Facebuster (Lifting double underhook facebuster)[1][11][12]
      • Sweeter Bomb (Sunset flip powerbomb, as a hurricanrana counter)[13][14] – 1999
      • Twitter Block (Reverse rocking horse)[7] – 2013
    • As Maybach Taniguchi, Jr.
      • Majin Fusha-Gatame (Bridging hammerlock suplex)[5][15]
  • Signature moves
    • Bonkura Bomb (Sitout crucifix powerbomb)[11]
    • Diving elbow drop[1][16]
    • Flapjack[11]
    • Jet Pool (Electric chair facebuster)[11][14][16]
    • John Woo (Running high-impact front dropkick, knocking the opponent into the turnbuckles)[1][11][13]
    • Lariat,[14][16] sometimes from the top rope[11][16]
    • Low blow[11]
    • Powerbomb[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named genf
  2. 2.0 2.1 「Spring Navig. 2013」最終戦 3月31日(日)後楽園ホール大会 試合後コメント (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-03-31). Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  3. 2013年1月ツアー『New Year Navig.2013』1・6後楽園大会『The First Navig.2013』1・14上尾~1・25宮崎大会『Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka』1・27大阪大会、参加他団体、フリー、外国人選手 ※追加情報 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-01-10). Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  4. マイバッハがKentaに造反しChaosと合体=2.9ノア後楽園大会 (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo! (2013-02-10). Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 ja:2013年2月27日(水) (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 ja:2013年3月10日(日) (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2013-04-04.
  7. 7.0 7.1 ja:2013年4月13日(土) (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2013-04-13.
  8. Suwa選手欠場のお詫びとお知らせ (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-05-12). Retrieved on 2013-05-26.
  9. GHCジュニア・ヘビー級タッグ選手権についてのご報告 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-05-30). Retrieved on 2013-05-30.
  10. Suwa, Takahiro 2014-12-05. お詫び (in Japanese). Suwa-shiki Airlines. Ameba. Retrieved on 2014-12-10.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 OOcities profile .
  12. SUWA's FFF finisher .
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Puroresu Love: Toryumon TV - September 2000 .
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Puroresu Central profile .
  15. ja:2013年1月27日(日) (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2013-03-31.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 PuroLove profile .
  17. Distrito Federal Trios Championships . Title Histories.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
  18. Arena Listing - Arena Nacaualpan 1008 . The Cubsfan. Retrieved on 2013-12-03.
  19. British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Title . Wrestling Titles. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
  20. Suwa: Titel (in German). Genickbruck: Die Wrestlingseite des alten Europa. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
  21. NWA World Welterweight Title . Wrestling Titles. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
  22. U.D.G. Title . Wrestling Titles. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
  23. UWA World Trios Title . Wrestling Titles. Retrieved on 2008-03-28.
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