Minoru Tanaka (wrestler) : biography

November 29, 1972 -

Stack of Arms (2011-2013)

On December 21, Tanaka along with Masakatsu Funaki and Masayuki Kono formed the stable Stack of Arms. The stable tried to start of strong by winning the AJPW Junior Tag League 2012, but failed in their attempt, not even getting through the starting stages. From this point, Stack of Arms have feud against Team Destruction (Kaz Hayashi, Shuji Kondo and Suwama). When Koji Kanemoto joined Stack of Arms in October 2012, their fortunes turned around, Kanemoto and Tanaka defeated Kazushi Miyamoto and Tomoaki Honma to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Championship. On January 26, 2013, Kanemoto and Tanaka, calling themselves Junior Stars but still part of Stack of Arms, lost the titles to Hikaru Sato and Hiroshi Yamato but would regain the title less than a month later. Their second reign ended on April 25, 2013, when they were defeated by Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki. In June 2013, Tanaka, along with the rest of Stack of Arms, announced his resignation from All Japan in the aftermath of Nobuo Shiraishi taking over as the promotion's new president. On June 30, Tanaka unsuccessfully challenged Yoshinobu Kanemaru for the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship in his final All Japan match.

Championships and accomplishments

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Koji Kanemoto
  • AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Junior Tag League (2009)- with Toshizo
  • Fujiwara Gumi / BattlARTS
  • BattlARTS Japanese Junior Crown League (1999)
  • FMW World Junior Heavyweight Championship/Independent Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 time)
  • UWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (5 times) - with Koji Kanemoto, Jushin Liger, Hirooki Goto and Prince Devitt (2)
  • Best of the Super Juniors (2006)
  • G1 Jr. Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2001) - with Masayuki Naruse and Masahito Kakiharahttp://www.purolove.com/njpw/profiles/minoru.php
  • Naeba Cup Tag Tournament (2003)- with Manabu Nakanishi
  • Jr. Heavyweight Tag MVP Award (2005) with Hirooki Goto
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • Best Technical Wrestler (2001)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • As Minoru Tanaka
  • FIREBALL Splash (450° splash)
  • Minoru Special (Flying armbar to a bent opponent)
  • Minoru Special II (Northern lights suplex rolled through into a mount and from there transitioned into a cross armbar)
  • Roundhouse kick, sometimes to a kneeling opponent
  • Santa Monica Pier (Leg hook Death Valley driver)
  • Wrist-clutch fisherman buster, sometimes from the top rope
  • As HEAT
  • FIREBALL Splash (450° splash)
  • HEAT Clutch (Flying armbar transitioned into a cradle)
  • Signature moves
  • Brainbuster
  • Cross kneelock
  • Enzuigiri
  • Modified dragon sleeper
  • Moonsault
  • Multiple suplex variations
  • California Maki (Swinging fisherman)
  • Teramae 485 (Inside leg hook belly to back)
  • Bridging or release German
  • Bridging or release dragon
  • Bridging or release tiger
  • Bridging or release northern lights

Personal life

In 2002 Minoru Tanaka married the then recently-retired female wrestler Yumi Fukawa.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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