Naomichi Marufuji

Birthdate:  September 26th, 1979
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Debut:  August 28th, 1998
Background:  Amateur Wrestling
Promotion History: All Japan (1998 to 2000) and NOAH (2000 to present)
Alliances: None 
Ring Attire:  Black pants
Card Position: Main Event 
Major Tournaments Won: Super J Cup (2004 and 2009)
Current Championship Held: IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship

Championship History:

GHC Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Jun Akiyama on 9/9/06 and lost to Mitsuharu Misawa on 12/10/06

GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Minoru Suzuki:
- Defeated Scorpio and Williams on 6/18/05 and lost to Morishima and Yone on 10/28/05

GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Takashi Sugiura:
- Defeated D'Lo Brown and Buchanan on 10/27/07 and lost to Saito and Bison Smith on 5/23/08

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa on 12/9/01 and lost to Makoto Hashi on 4/7/02

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with KENTA:
- Defeated Liger and Murahama on 7/16/03 and lost to Kanemaru and Sugiura on 6/5/05

GHC Hardcore Crown Openweight Championship:
- Defeated Jun Akiyama on 10/16/04 and lost to Mohammed Yone on 3/5/05

All Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Ryuji Hijikata on 9/28/08 and lost to Kaz Hayashi on 2/6/09

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Tiger Mask on 1/4/10

WEW Tag Team Championship with Tamon Honda:
- Defeated Inoue and Kanemaru on 8/22/00 and lost to Fuyuki and Kuroda on 12/23/00

Biggest Matches:
- December 9th, 2001 vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (title win)
- July 16th, 2003 with KENTA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Murahama (title win)
- June 18th, 2005 with Minoru Suzuki vs. Doug Williams and Scorpio (title win)
- March 5th, 2006 vs. Akira Taue
- September 9th, 2006 vs. Jun Akiyama (title win)
- January 4th, 2010 vs. Tiger Mask (title win)

- Marufuji with a trophy
- Tree of Woe Dropkick by Marufuji
- The Perfect Inside Cradle
- Marufuji with an apron lariat

Featured Signature Moves:
- Shiranui Kai
- Tiger Frosion

Signature Moves:
- Aztec Suplex
- Butterfly Neckbreaker
- Capture Suplex
- Flash Kick
- Full Ring Dropkick
- Perfect Inside Cradle
- Pole Shift
- Shiranui
- Slingshot Elbow Drop
- Superkick

2005 Recap:
The only NOAH wrestler to hold three different belts in 2005, Marufuji obviously had a good deal of success.  Marufuji and KENTA opened the year with the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and were beaten for the first time in two years when they lost the belts in June.  Only a few weeks later, Marufuji teamed with Suzuki to win the GHC Tag Team Championship, a belt they would hold for over four months.  Earlier in the year, Marufuji also held the Hardcore Openweight Championship until he lost it to Yone.

2006 Recap:
Marufuji had a great year in 2006. He moved up (for the time being) from the Jr. Heavyweight division after a loss to KENTA, and in March he scored an upset victory over former Heavyweight Champion Akira Taue. Marufuji got his shot at Kobashi the next month, and while he came up short, he showed a lot of fire and in the minds of some fans has moved past KENTA on the pecking order. On September 9th, Marufuji would defeat Jun Akiyama to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. By beating Akiyama, Marufuji also became the first wrestler in NOAH history to hold all five championship belts. On October 29th, he successfully defended the title for the first time in NOAH against his old foe KENTA. On December 10th, Marufuji lost the title to Misawa.

2007 Recap:
After a disappointing loss to Misawa, Marufuji looked to rebound in 2007. On April 20th Marufuji lost to Bison Smith, knocking him a little further away from getting a rematch for the title. Marufuji picked up a key win over Akitoshi Saito on September 9th, making sure that he didn't lose his main event status. Marufuji would get a chance to win back his GHC Heavyweight Championship on September 29th from Misawa, but once again he would come up short. On October 27th, Marufuji teamed with Sugiura to win the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from D-Lo Brown and Buchanan. On December 2nd he lost in a close match to Morishima, ending the year on a sour note for Marufuji.

2009 Recap:
Marufuji was injured for most of 2009 but returned in time to leave an impact. He opened the year as the All Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Champion, but lost the title to Kaz Hayashi in February. Marufuji was injured in March, however, and did not return until December 6th, when he defeated Aoki in a singles match and debuted a new finishing move called the Tiger Frosion. Marufuji took part in the New Japan Super J Cup in late December, and he defeated Prince Devitt in the Finals to win the tournament for the second time. This earned him a title shot for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Tiger Mask at the Tokyo Dome in January.

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