Shota Umino (海野 翔太 Shota Umino, born April 17, 1997) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Umino is the son of NJPW's referee Red Shoes Unno.
When Umino was young he was influenced by his father to become a professional wrestler, after seeing his father, who is a referee in New Japan Pro-Wrestling referring the main event of Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2009, he decided to become a professional wrestler. In high school, Umino played baseball for ten years. Umino has cited Katsuyori Shibata as his favorite wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016–present)
In March 2016, Umino began training under NJPW's "young lion" system. After one year of training, Umino made his debut on April 13, 2017, at Lion's Gate Project 4 losing to Taka Michinoku. As is customary for most professional wrestlers as young lions, Umino spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time give Umino some in-ring, televised, experience. Umino competed in the 11th Young Lion Cup, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and three losses, failing to win the tournament. On June 30, 2018, Umino compete for the first time outside of Japan working in NJPW and Revolution Pro Wrestling show, Strong Style Evolved UK in England losing to Great O-Kharn. From November 17 until November 7, Umino competed in the 2019 World Tag League teaming with Ayato Yoshida, losing all of their matches in the tournament. In March 2019, Umino took part in the 2019 New Japan Cup losing to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the first round. On June 9, 2019 at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, after Umino lost in singles match against Jon Moxley, Umino would become Moxley's protégé and managing his matches with Moxley nicknaming Shooter.
- Finishing moves
- Fisherman suplex
- Signature moves
- Boston crab