Yoshiki Inamura (稲村愛輝 Inamura Yoshiaki, born November 18, 1992 in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently working for Pro Wrestling Noah (Noah).
Inamura was trained by Pro Wrestling Noah dojo and made his debut in September 2018. Inamura worked as a rookie, before being placed on Noah's mid-card, soon after Inamura formed a team with named "The Tough" with Masa Kitamiya. In the following months, Inamura and Kitamiya formed the KONGOH stable with Kenoh, with Inamura turning heel in December 2019, before leaving KONGOH in October 2020, turning face.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Born in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan, before his wrestling career, Inamura had a background on martial arts in Judo. After finishing high school, Inamura moved to Tokyo to procede his studies in college, where he practiced Sumo and later student wrestling, in which student would organize themselves alongside some veteran officials established in professional wrestling. Soon after, Inamura began working in a part-time job at Higashi-Nakano Station, before joinning Pro Wrestling Noah's dojo in September 2017.
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
Pro Wrestling NOAH (2018–Present)[edit | edit source]
In August 2018, Inamura was introduced to the Pro Wrestling Noah roster, wrestling several exhibition bouts before officially debuting against Hitoshi Kumano on September 2 in a losing effort. As is customary for most professional wrestlers, Inamura spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time give Inamura some in-ring, televised, experience. On December 7, Inamura defeated fellow rookie and rival Kinya Okada for his first victory as a professional wrestler. This was followed by two sucessive victories over Okada on December 9 and 12. In January 2019, Inamura underwent a 7 match trial series, but lost all 7 matches, being defeated by Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya, Kenoh, Go Shiozaki, Masa Kitamiya, and Maybach Taniguchi.
In March during Spring Navigation tour, Inamura began regularly teaming with Masa Kitamiya. After having impressed Kitamiya following a victory on March 20, over his rival Kinya Okada and Junta Miyawaki, Kitamiya decided to form a team with Inamura later named "The Tough". In the following month, Inamura and Kitamiya took part in the 2019 Global Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and five losses, failling to advance to the finals of tournament. On May 2, Inamura and Kitamiya defeated by Kenoh and Masao Inoue. After the match, Kenoh stared at both Inamura and Kitamiya saying that they "had hungry eyes". On May 4, Inamura, Kitamiya, Kenoh and Atsushi Kotoge formed "KONGOH" as a protest against NOAH's owner LIDET Entertainment. On October 3, Inamura and Kitamiya faced AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) in a tag team match, where The Tough teamed with Kenoh and AXIZ with Kaito Kiyomiya. Kitamiya scored the win for his team after pinning Nakajima. Afterwards, Kitamiya challenged AXIZ to a title match for the GHC Tag Team Championship on November 2, which they accepted. This led on November 2 at Noah the Best, Inamura and Kitamiya unsuccesfully challenging Shiozaki and Nakajima for the GHC Tag Team Championship. In April, Inamura took part in the 2020 Global Tag League alognside Big Japan Pro Wrestling's Daisuke Sekimoto, finishing the tournament with a record of one win and three losses, failling to advance to the finals of tournament. From September14 until October 4, Inamura took part in the 2020 N-1 Victory, being defeated by his KONGOH stablemates Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, and Noah's veteran such as Takashi Sugiura, Naomichi Marufuji, and Shuhei Taniguchi.
On October 22, Inamura teamed with his KONGOH stablemates Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kenoh faced Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi, and Go Shiozaki in a six-man tag team match, which KONGOH were defeated. Afterwards, Inamura decided to leave KONGOH in order to join Kiyomiya's team, stating that he needed to take the next step in his career. Afterwards, on December 1, Inamura and Kiyomiya discussed challenging for the GHC Tag Team Championship, leading on the following day, Noah officializing the title match. On December 19, Inamura and Kiyomiya unsuccessfully challenged Sugiura-gun (Kazushi Sakuraba and Takashi Sugiura) for the GHC Tag Team Championship.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Frog splash
- Muso (Waist-lift side slam) – adopted from Takeshi Rikio
- Splash Mountain (Sitout powerbomb)
- Signature moves
- GEKITOTZ (Oklahoma Stampede)
- Mongolian chop
- Overhead belly-to-belly suplex
- Shoulder block
- "Taiki Mōshin" (Japanese for "Great Rush")