Nobuo Yoshihashi (吉橋 伸雄 Yoshihashi Nobuo, born May 25, 1982) is a Japanese professional wrestler. He currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling as Yoshi-Hashi (stylized in all capital letters), where is the current one-third of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions on his first reign.
Professional wrestling career
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2008–2010)
In 2005, Yoshihashi tried to earn a training spot in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) dojo, but failed to pass an introductory test. He was eventually accepted into the dojo, after passing the test on his third attempt, and made his professional wrestling debut on July 6, 2008, losing to Tetsuya Naito. Although not competing in G1 Climax 2008 he did wrestle on many of the G1 Climax event. Yoshihashi did not pick up any wins in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2008. This is normal for rookies in New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, on making his Riki Pro debut on November 3 he teamed up with Kazuchika Okada to beat the team of Kuniyoshi Wada and Yusaku Obata. On February 12, 2009, Yoshihashi won his first match in New Japan Pro Wrestling by teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yuji Nagata and defeating Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto and Shinsuke Nakamura. After this however, he lost almost all of his matches in 2009. On November 4 Yoshihahsi teamed up with Koji Kanemoto in a losing effort against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. In 2010 Yoshihashi began winning many more matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He teamed up with Jushin Thunder Liger to participate in the first Super J Tag Tournament, however, the pair lost in the first round and were eliminated. He also participated in the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Yoshihashi picked up his first ever singles victory in New Japan Pro Wrestling however by winning only one match and losing the rest, therefore gaining two points, he did not progress to the semi final. His last match for New Japan before leaving was a loss with Liger against Davey Richards and La Sombra.
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2010–2011)
Yoshihashi joined Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in 2010 as a way to gain more experience and be exposed to a variety of wrestling syles. His first match was a six-man two out of three falls match with La Ola Amarilla ("The Yellow Wave"; Okumura and Taichi) losing to El Hijo del Fantasma, La Mascara, and Maximo. For the rest of 2010 and the entire year of 2011 Yoshihashi wrestled in six-man two out of three falls matches and rarely participated in anything else. He lost most of his matches for CMLL in both 2010 and 2011. Near the end of his stay in Mexico Yoshihashi started a storyline with CMLL mainstay Rush that started in six-man tag team matches and soon escalated to the point where the two agreed to both bet their hair in a Lucha de Apuestas ("Bet Match), which in Mexico is more important than Championship matches. On August 1, 2011, Rush defeated Yoshihashi and then forced him to have his hair shaved off as per the stipulation.
Return to NJPW (2012–present)
In late 2011, it was announced that Yoshihashi would be returning to NJPW on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, now working under the ring name "Yoshi-Hashi" (stylized in all capital letters). Prior to his return, Yoshi-Hashi announced that he had joined the CHAOS stable due to becoming accustomed to portraying a rudo (a villain) in Mexico. On January 4, 2012, Yoshi-Hashi was defeated in his return match by his old nemesis from his early career, Kazuchika Okada, who won the match in under five minutes. Yoshi-Hashi appeared at The New Beginning and NJPW 40th Anniversary Show teaming with members of Chaos and won both matches. On April 1, he was defeated by La Sombra in the first round of the New Japan Cup. At Wrestling Dontaku 2012, Yoshi-Hashi along with Jado and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Captain New Japan, Strong Man and Tama Tonga. At Dominion 6.16, Yoshi-Hashi teamed with Tomohiro Ishii and Rocky Romero defeated Captain New Japan and Seigigun members Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata. From November 20 to December 1, Yoshi-Hashi took part in the round-robin portion of the 2012 World Tag League, alongside stablemate Kazuchika Okada under the team name "Chaos Ride the Lightning". The team finished with a record of three wins and three losses, with a loss to "Sword & Guns" (Karl Anderson and Hirooki Goto) on the final day, costing them a spot in the semifinals of the tournament. Yoshi-Hashi and Okada reunited a year later for the 2013 World Tag League, this time finishing second to last in their block with a record of two wins and four losses. On September 5, 2014, Yoshi-Hashi picked up a major win, when he led Chaos to a ten-man elimination tag team match win over their rival Bullet Club stable. Following the win, Yoshi-Hashi was granted a shot at two different championships held by Bullet Club; the NEVER Openweight Championship and the IWGP Tag Team Championship. On September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Yoshi-Hashi and Kazuchika Okada unsuccessfully challenged Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Two days later at Destruction in Okayama, Yoshi-Hashi also failed to capture the NEVER Openweight Championship from Yujiro Takahashi. In November, Yoshi-Hashi once again teamed up with Okada for the 2014 World Tag League. The team finished their block with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.
In mid-2016, through Chaos' rivalry with the Los Ingobernables de Japón (L.I.J.) stable, Yoshi-Hashi found himself a rival in NJPW newcomer SANADA. The two had a history dating back to 2005, when they took part in NJPW's introductory test together. While both failed to pass the test, Yoshi-Hashi felt that Sanada was a quitter for seeking employment in another promotion (All Japan Pro Wrestling), while he himself repeated the test until passing it in his third attempt. On June 19 at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall, Yoshi-Hashi scored arguably the biggest win of his career at that point by submitting Sanada in a tag team match, where he teamed with Chaos stablemate Tomohiro Ishii and Sanada with L.I.J. stablemate BUSHI. Following the win, Yoshi-Hashi was granted entry into the 2016 G1 Climax, his first G1 Climax tournament. In his opening match in the tournament on July 22, Yoshi-Hashi scored another big win over Kenny Omega. On August 13, he finished the tournament last in his block with a record of three wins and six losses. Despite this, Yoshi-Hashi's opening match win resulted in Omega, after winning the entire tournament, nominating him as his first challenger for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. On September 22 at Destruction in Hiroshima, Yoshi-Hashi unsuccessfully challenged Omega for the contract. On November 5 at Power Struggle, Yoshi-Hashi teamed with Tomohiro Ishii to unsuccessfully challenge Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. At the end of the year, Yoshi-Hashi and Okada took part in the 2016 World Tag League, finishing third in their block with a record of four wins and three losses. On January 5, 2017, Yoshi-Hashi pinned Bullet Club member and reigning Ring of Honor (ROH) World Champion Adam Cole in a six-man tag team match, seemingly putting himself in line for a shot at the title. Through NJPW's relationship with Revolution Pro Wrestling, Yoshi-Hashi made his debut for the British promotion on January 21, defeating Pete Dunne. On February 27, during the second of the Honor Rising: Japan 2017 events, Yoshi-Hashi unsuccessfully challenged Adam Cole for the ROH World Championship. On June 26, Yoshi-Hashi unsuccessfully challenged Minoru Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship. At the end of the year, Yoshi-Hashi teamed with Hirooki Goto in the 2017 World Tag League. Finishing with a record of four wins and three losses, the team failed to qualify for the finals, after losing to EVIL and SANADA in their final round-robin match. From July 14 until August 10, 2018, Yoshi-Hashi took part in the 2018 G1 Climax, where he finished the tournament with a record of three wins and seven losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament.
On August 9, 2020, Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto, and Tomohiro Ishii defeated fellow CHAOS stablemates Okada, Toru Yano and Sho in a tournament final to win NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, winning his first professional wrestling championship in the process. From September 19 until October 17, Yoshi-Hashi took part in the 2020 G1 Climax, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and seven losses, failling to advance to the finals of the tournament. From November 15 until December 6, Yoshi-Hashi and Goto took part in the 2020 World Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of five wins and four losses, failling advance to the finals of the tournament. In March 2021, Yoshi-Hashi took part in the 2021 New Japan Cup, losing in the second round to David Finlay on March 15.
Yoshi-Hashi is married to fellow wrestler Ayumi Kurihara.
- Finishing moves
- Butterfly lock – 2016–present
- Karma (Pumphandle half nelson driver) – 2016–present
- KUMAGOROSHI (Fisherman buster transitioned into a sitout side powerslam)
- Loose Explosion (High-angle senton bomb)
- Signature moves
- With Hirooki Goto
- GYR (Aided neckbreaker by Yoshi-Hashi into a Lariat by Goto)
- "Head Hunter"
- Entrance themes
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Rush (hair)||Yoshihashi (hair)||Puebla, Puebla||CMLL Live event||August 1, 2011|||
Championships and accomplishments
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #314 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- PWI ranked Yoshi-Hashi #178 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
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- ja:新日本・携帯サイトの“着うた”で、アンダーソンの新入場曲! ベンジャミンの入場曲を8月3日（金）配信!! 真壁独占インタビューも掲載!! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling (2012-07-31). Retrieved on 2012-07-31.
- Rush vs. Yoshihashi