El Samurai

Birthdate:  April 19th, 1966
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 202 lbs.
Debut:  July 4th, 1986
Background:  Trained as a light heavyweight
Alliances:  New Japan Jr. Sekigun
Ring Attire:  Black double singlet
Card Position:  Midcard
Championship History: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, UWA World Middleweight Championship, and the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Current Title Held:  IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

- El Samurai with a Reverse DDT
- A Diving Headbutt by El Samurai
- El Samurai's Chickenwing Armlock

Featured Signature Moves:
- Samurai Bomb

Signature Moves:
- Avalanche-Style Frankensteiner
- Chickenwing Armlock
- Cross Armbreaker
- Diving Headbutt
- German Suplex Hold
- Hurricanrana
- Pescado
- Reverse DDT
- Samurai Clutch
- Tombstone Piledriver
- Tope Con Hilo
- Tornado DDT

2005 Recap:
A veteran of New Japan, El Samurai played the role of mentor in 2005, usually wrestling towards the bottom of the card in tag matches (or singles matches) with young lions.  His win/loss record was not bad, but he was wrestling the lowest wrestlers on the totem pole.  In the Best of the Super Jr. Tournament, El Samurai came in 4th place (of seven) in his bracket.  Towards the end of 2005, Samurai occasionally tagged with his old friend and rival Jushin Liger.

2006 Recap:
El Samurai revived himself in 2006, as he won his first gold in almost five years as he teamed with Ryusuke Taguchi on February 19th to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. At the Best of the Super Jr. Tournament, El Samurai did well and had victories over Taguchi and Sangre Azteca, but came in third place in his bracket. El Samurai and Taguchi would lose the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Jado and Gedo on July 8th after two successful defenses. El Samurai kept a low profile for the last half of 2006, mostly wrestling towards the beginning of cards and helping the younger wrestlers.

2007 Recap:
In 2007, El Samurai continued to keep a low profile and helped mold the next generation of stars. After a loss to Yujiro early in the year, El Samurai feuded off and on with CTU for much of the spring. At the Best of the Super Jr. Tournament El Samurai picked up wins over BxB Hulk and Kanemoto but came in fifth place in his bracket. El Samurai was injured in late summer and did not wrestle for the rest of the year.

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