Toru Ito (伊藤 透 Itō Tōru, born December 24, 1974) is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Toru Owashi (大鷲 透 Ōwashi Tōru). He is best known for his work in DDT Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former KO-D Openweight Champion and 2 times KO-D Tag Team Champion.
Professional wrestling career
Initially aspiring to become a sumo wrestler like his father, Ito joined the Wakamatsu stable and adopted the shikona of Asa Ito, which he later changed to Asawashi, meaning "Morning Eagle" in Japanese. However, he ended up leaving the sport due to a recurrent knee injury in January 1999. He worked as a chef until joining the Ultimo Dragon Gym in order to become a professional wrestler.
He made his debut under his real name in September 2, 2000 in in Mexico. He soon adopted the name of Toru Owashi and the character of a strong, villainous loner. After being moved along with his entire class to Toryumon 2000 Project, he went to gain victories over Shuji Kondo, Jun Ogawauchi and the Shachihoko Machines. He was made the enforcer of Hagure Gundan, also known as Aagan Iisou, a stable commanded by Kondo.
He also wrestled for Dragondoor and El Dorado Wrestling. In El Dorado he was the leader of the faction Animal Planets. Owashi won the UWA World Trios Championship with Takuya Sugawara and Nobutaka Araya on February 27, 2008 defeating Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei and Go of the HELL DEMONS faction.
Dramatic Dream Team (2007-2010, 2012-present)
In 2007 he joined Dramatic Dream Team, where he won the KO-D Openweight Championship by beating Danshoku Dino. He defended the championship vs Poison Sawada Julie on June 25, 2006 and a second time vs KUDO on August 27, 2006, but Owashi lost the KO-D Championship to HARASHIMA on December 29, 2006. Owashi would originally retire from professional wrestling in 2010, but came out of retirement in 2012 and returned to the promotion.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Big boot
- Multiple sumo palm strikes
- Entrance themes
- "Sandstorm" by Darude
Championships and accomplishments
- Dramatic Dream Team
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (23 times) – with Kazuki Hirata (1) and Hiroshi Yamato (1)
- Jiyugaoka Six-Person Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Durian Sawada Julie and Mango Fukuda
- KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Akebono and Sanshiro Takagi (1), and Kazuki Hirata and Sanshiro Takagi (3)
- KO-D Openweight Championship (1 time)
- KO-D Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with HARASHIMA
- UWA World Trios Championship (1 time) – with HARASHIMA and Yukihiro Abe
- O-40 Championship (1 time, current)