|Ring name(s)||Takeshi Morishima|
|Billed height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Billed weight||130 kg (290 lb)|
October 15, 1978 |
|Trained by||AJPW dojo
|Debut||March 22, 1998|
Takeshi Morishima (森嶋 猛 Morishima Takeshi) (October 15, 1978) is a Japanese professional wrestler. He currently wrestles for Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan and has performed for Ring of Honor in the United States in the past. He is a former Ring of Honor World Champion and former two time GHC Heavyweight Champion. Morishima currently holds a position on Pro Wrestling Noah's board of directors.
Professional wrestling career
Morishima regularly performs for Pro Wrestling Noah. He frequently teamed with Takeshi Rikio as Wild II, and the duo have previously held the GHC Tag Team Championship. Morshima has also wrestled in the United States and United Kingdom. He competed in Harley Race's World League Wrestling promotion in 2003, defending the WLW Heavyweight Championship, which he had won from Ron Harris while Harris toured Japan. Morishima returned to the United States in February 2007, wrestling four matches with Ring of Honor. He lost to Samoa Joe on February 16, 2007 before defeating Homicide in a match for the ROH World Championship on the subsequent evening, thus becoming the first non-American to hold the title. On February 23, 2007, Morishima defeated B.J. Whitmer in his first title defense, and on the next night he and Nigel McGuinness defeated Samoa Joe and Homicide. On March 4, 2007, he successfully defended the ROH Championship in Japan, defeating Kenta in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Morishima could not return to the United States until almost a month and a half later when he and Chris Hero took on Nigel McGuinness and Doug Williams, and the next night when he successfully defended the belt against McGuinness for the first time.
On April 21, Morishima was honored at the 42nd annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet, being presented with the "Future Legend" award. Back in ROH, Morishima went on a string of successful title defenses, defeating the likes of Austin Aries, Shingo, Jay Briscoe, and Roderick Strong. Morishima also competed twice on ROH's first pay-per-view Respect Is Earned, defeating BJ Whitmer to retain the ROH Championship, and later teaming with Bryan Danielson to defeat Nigel McGuinness and Kenta. At the second pay-per-view, Driven, Morishima again competed twice, retaining the title against Jimmy Rave and later Adam Pearce. On July 16, 2007, Morishima wrestled in the main event of Ring of Honor's debut show in Japan and defeated Nigel McGuinness to retain the ROH Championship. Morishima lost the title to McGuinness at Undeniable on October 6.
On March 2, 2008, Morishima defeated Mitsuharu Misawa at the Budokan Hall Event of Pro Wrestling Noah's Second Navigation Tour to become the 12th GHC Heavyweight Champion. Morishima has stated that while he plans on returning to ROH in the future, he has no intentions in regaining the ROH Championship, as he will be fully focused on Noah's heavyweight scene. On June 14, 2008, Morishima made his very first defense of the GHC Heavyweight Title against Takashi Sugiura. Morishima prevailed after hitting a backdrop driver. Morishima's second defense happened on July 18, 2008 against former his tag team partner Takeshi Rikio. After about 13 and a half minutes, Morishima defeated Rikio with a backdrop suplex. On September 6, 2008 at the Tokyo Nippon Budokan, Morishima lost to Kensuke Sasaki, who gained a pin at the 22-minute mark with the Northern Lights Bomb. In August 2008 Morishima had a dark match tryout against Charlie Haas for WWE before a live Raw in Chicago, defeating Haas in 3 minutes with a missile dropkick. He then beat Jamie Noble the following night in another dark match, this time for Friday Night SmackDown. On December 7, 2008 Morishima faced Jun Akiyama for the number one contender's spot for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. He lost to Akiyama, then traveled back to the United States to face Bryan Danielson one last time for ROH's Final Battle 2008. He lost the "Fight Without Honor" to Danielson. On September 21, 2009 in Nagoya, Japan, Morishima and Sasaki defeated Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith for the GHC Tag Titles. However at on December 6, at the last show of Winter Navigation '09, Morishima and Sasaki lost the titles to Takeshi Rikio and Mohammed Yone.
Through Noah's working relationship with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), Morishima has made several trips to Mexico. On March 19, 2010 Morishima teamed up with Taiji Ishimori to defeat La Hermandad 187 ("The Brotherhood of 187"; Nicho el Millonario and Joe Lider) to win the AAA World Tag Team Championship, representing the AAA heel faction La Legión Extranjera ("The Foreign Legion"). On May 23, 2010 Morishima and Ishimori lost the AAA World Tag Team Championship to the team of Atsushi Aoki and Go Shiozaki during Pro Wrestling Noah's NOAH Navigation With Breeze - Day 1 show in Niigata, Niigata, Japan.
Morishima was recently on this TV Drama in Japan, "Hesitation I Come" during his time off due to a foot injury. However on November 23 during (NOAH Winter Navigation 2010 - Day 4) Morishima returned to Noah teaming with Kensuke Sasaki and defeating Shuhei Taniguchi & Takashi Sugiura. On January 22, 2012, Morishima defeated Go Shiozaki to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship for the second time. Since this victory, Morishima has defended against Naomichi Marufuji, MAYBACH Taniguchi, Go Shiozaki, Akitoshi Saito, KENTA, Jun Akiyama and Kohei Sato. After a year-long reign, Morishima lost the GHC Heavyweight Championship to KENTA on January 27, 2013.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- 3 Count Wrestling
- 3CW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- GHC Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- GHC Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Takeshi Rikio (1), Kensuke Sasaki (1) and Mohammed Yone (2)
- Global League Tournament (2011)
- One Day Heavyweight Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2008) – with Mitsuharu Misawa and Mohammed Yone
- One Night Six Man Tag Tournament (2012) – with Kensuke Sasaki and Kento Miyahara
- Ring of Honor
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
- World League Wrestling
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
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