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Nobuhiko Takada : biography

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Nobuhiko Takada ( born April 12, 1962) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler. He was the founder of PRIDE Fighting Championships and the HUSTLE Wrestling Organization.

He is best known for helping to popularize shoot-style professional wrestling, as one of the biggest stars of the Universal Wrestling Federation and Union of Wrestling Force International in the '80s and '90s. Despite his irregular fight record and kayfabe politics, Takada is credited with the existence of PRIDE and the Japanese MMA boom, and is widely considered to be one of the main promotors of mixed martial arts both nationally and internationally.


Post MMA contributions

Takada has an MMA dojo of his own, Takada Dojo, where he has helped train such fighters as Kazushi Sakuraba.

Takada was the figurehead of the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships, as well as the president of the HUSTLE promotion in Japan, while also portraying as the main heel and leader of the "Takada Monster Army" under the name "Generalissimo Takada", a Yasunori Kato-esque character.

Takada returned to the ring at the HUSTLE-Aid show as The Esperanza, a wrestling cyborg, and made short work of his opponent TAJIRI. At HustleMania II, he defeated Razor Ramon HG in what was billed as HG's retirement match (HG continued wrestling for HUSTLE despite the billing), giving him a Tombstone Piledriver on the ramp after the match that caused "erectile dysfunction" to HG.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Cross armbar - innovated
    • High-speed roundhouse kick to the opponent's head
  • Signature moves
    • Belly to belly suplex
    • Bridging full Nelson suplex
    • Crossface chickenwing
    • Cross kneelock
    • Repeated stiff shoot kicks to the opponent's chest
  • Entrance themes
    • "Gale Rider" by Kevin Peek (NJPW, 1982–1984)
    • "Still I'm Sad" by Rainbow (UWF, 1984–1985)
    • "Devil's Triumph" by Seikima-II (NJPW, 1985–1987)
    • "War" by Vince DiCola (NJPW, 1987–1988)
    • "Cross Fire" by Toshiki Fukawa (Newborn UWF, 1988–1989)
    • "Last Hero" by Hound Dog (Newborn UWF, 1989–1990)
    • "Training Montage" by Vince DiCola (UWFi/NJPW/WAR/Freelance, 1991–2002)
    • "Power And Glory" by Yngwie Malmsteen (UWFi, 1994–1996)


Early Years: New Japan, UWF, and Newborn UWF

Nobuhiko Takada made his professional wrestling debut in 1981 against Norio Honaga, for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he started his career as a Junior Heavyweight. He left NJPW in 1984, along with Rusher Kimura, Akira Maeda, Ryuma Go, Mach Hayato, and Gran Hamada, to form the original Universal Wrestling Federation.

The original UWF dissolved in 1986. Takada and Akira Maeda returned to NJPW and formed a UWF stable. Only a few months later, Takada defeated Shiro Koshinaka to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he held for four months. In 1987, Takada moved to the Heavyweight ranks. Along with Akira Maeda, he won the IWGP Tag Team Championship from rival, Koshinaka & Keiji Mutoh. He left NJPW in 1988 to form the second incarnation of the Universal Wrestling Federation called Newborn UWF, becoming one of its top stars.

Leader of the UWFI Boom

In December 1990, Newborn UWF closed its doors. Takada formed the Union of Wrestling Force International, using former UWF wrestlers, while Maeda formed Fighting Network RINGS, and Fujiwara formed Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi. As the top star of the UWFI, Takada had feuds with Gary Albright and Super Vader. In 1992, Takada was awarded an old NWA World Heavyweight Title belt by Lou Thesz, after defeating Albright, and was proclaimed the "Real Pro-Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion". He defended the title until Thesz withdrew the belt in 1995, losing the Title once, to Super Vader. The high point of his reign came on December 5, 1993, when he defeated Super Vader before 46,168 fans at Tokyo's Meiji-Jingu Stadium.

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