Birthdate: December 30th, 1969
Weight: 240 lbs.
Debut: April 25th, 1991 vs. Hiroshi Hatanaka
Formally: Nobukazu Hirai
Background: Trained by Tenryu in SWS
Promotion History: SWS (1991 to 1992), WAR (1992 to 1998), and All Japan (2001 to present)
Alliances: Voodoo Murderers
Ring Attire: Black trunks
Card Position: Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Current Title Held: None
WAR Six Man Tag Team Championship with Mitsuharu Kitao and Masaaki Mochizuki:
- Defeated Kitahara, Araya, and Lance Storm on December 27th, 1997 and Vacated in July 1998
- September 6th, 2003 with Shigeo Okumura vs. Kohei Sato and Hirotaka Yokoi (title challenge)
- As Hirai
- Diving Elbow Drop
- Hirai End
- Reverse WAR Special
For much of 2005, Hirai played the same role: mid-card jobber or lower mid-card winner. One of the problems with All Japan in 2005 was many wrestlers stayed in the same role instead of growing, and Hirai is an example of this. He did not take part in the Champions Carnival or the Real World Tag League. A traditional wrestler, Hirai is yet to stand out in All Japan.
Hirai has continued being active for All Japan, but recently has done nothing of note. He frequently teams with Araya, but the two find little success. He did not wrestle in the Champion Carnival or the Real World Tag League. At the Sumo Hall event in August, he was on the losing team in the second match on the card.
Still unable to become part of any meaningful storyline, Hirai teamed with Araya and stayed in the mid card for much of the year, not doing anything important. He did fine against the newest dojo graduates however, as he defeated T28 on August 5th using his Hirai End. He continued to have success against only the younger wrestlers as on December 9th he defeated Manabu Soya. Beyond that he did not wrestle in any tournaments and did not challenge for any titles.
Hirai shocked the promotion in 2008 as he turned from a respected veteran to a hated villain in the Voodoo Murderers. Hirai started the year as last one ended, generally wrestling in multi-man matches towards the beginning of the card and helping train the younger wrestlers. This all changed on October 11th when he turned on Kondo and joined the Voodoo Murderers! Changing his name to Hate, he embraced his new role and had no problem using any means necessary to pick up wins. At the November 3rd Sumo Hall event Hate used a Fire Extinguisher to beat Kaz Hayashi. He teamed with TARU in the Real World Tag League, but the team would only get four points.
Hirai stayed as Hate for
all of 2009 and spent much of it causing general carnage even though he was the lowest on the Voodoo Murderers totem pole. He got into a feud with Nishimura and Soya (who were in turn low on the All Japan Army totem pole), and while his wrestling skills weren't as high as others he made up for it with his fire extinguisher and other tricks. On October 25th he did challenge Kaz Hayashi for the All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Championship, but Hate would fall to the Power Plant.
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