Kazuo Yamazaki (山崎一夫 Yamazaki Kazuo, born August 15, 1962) is a Japanese retired professional wrestler and commentator who is known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and UWF International (UWFi). He currently works as a commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
|Born||August 15, 1962|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Billed weight||103 kg (227 lb)|
|Trained by||Satoru Sayama|
|Debut||May 6, 1982|
|Retired||January 4, 2000|
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Retirement
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Notes
- 5 External links
Professional wrestling careerEdit
New Japan Pro Wrestling (1982–1984)Edit
Yamazaki's wrestling career began in May 1982 in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He wrestled his debut match on May 6 against Kuroneko. During this time, he was also a student of Satoru Sayama, better known as Tiger Mask. Whenever Kuniaki Kobayashi stripped Sayama of his mask, Yamazaki was always the first to help remask him.
Universal Wrestling Federation (1984–1985)Edit
Return To NJPW (1985–1988)Edit
Newborn UWF (1988–1990)Edit
In 1988, however, the UWF was reconstituted as Newborn UWF and Yamazaki joined it, and stayed there until it folded in December 1990.
UWF International (1991–1995)Edit
In May 1991, Yamazaki joined UWF International. In UWF International, he supported Nobuhiko Takada, but after being overlooked several times for shots at Takada's UWFI World Heavyweight championship, he decided to quit and return to New Japan on his own in July 1995.
Return To NJPW (1995–2000)Edit
During the New Japan vs. UWFI feud in 1995-1996, Yamazaki participated on New Japan's side, but mostly as a behind-the-scenes supporter, training Yuji Nagata and Tokimitsu Ishizawa (Kendo Ka Shin) in the use of the shoot-style. He won two more IWGP Tag Team Championships, first with Takashi Iizuka in June 1996 and with Kensuke Sasaki in August 1997. In 1998, he participated in the G1 Climax tournament, defeating Tatsumi Fujinami, Kensuke Sasaki, and Masahiro Chono, before losing to Shinya Hashimoto in the finals. Yamazaki retired from in-ring competition on January 4, 2000, losing to his student Yuji Nagata as his final opponent.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Universal Wrestling Federation
- Kakuto Nettai Road "B" League Tournament (1985)
- "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2012-02-02.