Takeshi Morishima

Birthdate:  October 15th, 1978
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 320 lbs.
Debut:  March 22nd, 1998
Background:  Judo
Promotion History: All Japan (1998 to 2000) and NOAH (2000 to present)
Alliances:  Teams with Sasaki
Ring Attire:  Black trunks
Card Position:  Upper Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Current Title Held:  None

Championship History:

GHC Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa on 3/2/08 and lost to Kensuke Sasaki on 9/6/08

GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Takeshi Rikio:
- Defeated Omori and Takayama on 2/17/02 and lost to Akiyama and Saito on 9/23/02

GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Mohammed Yone:
- Defeated Marufuji and Suzuki on 10/28/05 and lost to Honda and Kobashi on 6/4/05
- Defeated Sano and Takayama on 12/2/06 and lost to Akiyama and Rikio 4/1/07

GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Kensuke Sasaki:
- Defeated Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith on 9/21/09 and lost to Rikio and Yone on 12/6/09

Ring of Honor World Championship:
- Defeated Homicide on 2/17/07 and lost to Nigel McGuinness on 10/6/07

Biggest Matches:
- February 17th, 2002 with Rikio vs. Takao Omori and Takayama (title win)
- October 28th, 2005 with Yone vs. Minoru Suzuki and Marufuji (title win)
- December 4th, 2005 vs. Akira Taue (title challenge)
- March 5th, 2006 vs. Mitsuharu Misawa
- March 2nd, 2008 vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (title win)

- Morishima with a big shiny championship
- A backdrop suplex by Morishima
- With the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
- Morishima drops Shiozaki on his head
- Morishima hits a hard elbow on Nakajima

Signature Moves:
- Amaze Impact
- Backdrop Suplex
- Clubbin' Blows
- Cobra Clutch Backbreaker
- Lariat
- Missile Dropkick
- Plancha Suicida
- Scrap Buster

2005 Recap:
While Morishima did not have the success in 2005 that his former running mate Rikio did, he still won the GHC Tag Team Championship with his new tag team partner Yone when they beat Minoru Suzuki and Naomichi Marufuji on October 28th.  Morishima also picked up a win at the lone Tokyo Dome Show in July.  Still relatively young (by puroresu standards), there is still a lot of time left in Morishima's career to continue improving and to move up the card.

2006 Recap:
Yone and Morishima entered the year the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, but Morishima was mostly focused on his singles career in 2006. On March 5th, Morishima would battle Misawa in one of the best matches of the year, with Misawa barely coming out on top. Later in the year he would defeat Inoue and he also destroyed Shiozaki in December. On June 4th, Yone and Morishima would lose to Kobashi and Honda in their first title defense since returning to Japan from a European Excursion. On September 9th, he would team with his old partner Rikio to defeat Takayama and Sugiura. In November, Morishima and Yone would win the Tag Team Tournament to regain the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Morishima is on a tear and will get a title shot against Misawa in January.

2007 Recap:
In 2007 Morishima wrestled not only in NOAH but also for Ring of Honor, holding the ROH Heavyweight Championship for eight months. He won the ROH Heavyweight Championship on February 17th against Homicide and didn't lose it until October 17th against Nigel McGuinness. During that time he not only defended the title in America but also Japan, defeating KENTA and KAZMA while in his home country. Morishima challenged Misawa for the GHC Heavyweight Championship in January, but he would fall to an Elbow Smash. He also entered the year as one half of the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Yone, but in their first defense they would lose to Akiyama and Rikio. On September 9th he would defeat Akiyama to reach the finals of the tournament to find the next challenger to the GHC Heavyweight Championship, but in the finals he would be defeated by Marufuji. As 2007 ended, Morishima was set once again to take on Misawa in 2008 for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, and this time he hopes to bring home the title.

2009 Recap:
After a big 2008, Morishima took a small step back in 2009 as he did not regain the GHC Heavyweight Championship, but he did have tag team success. In the Global Tag League, Morishima teamed with Kensuke Sasaki and they did very well, but lost to Mitsuharu Misawa and Go Shiozaki on the last day to fall into 2nd place and miss winning the tournament. On September 21st, Morishima and Sasaki challenged long term title holders Saito and Bison Smith and won the titles, Morishima's fourth time with the belt. They didn't hold the titles long however, as after one successful defense they lost them on December 6th to Yone and Rikio.

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