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Roppongi 3K is a professional wrestling tag team made up of Japanese wrestlers Sho and Yoh, active since 2013 and currently working for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team division. They are managed by Rocky Romero since October 2017.

Roppongi 3K
Roppongi 3K logo.jpg
Logo of Roppongi 3K
Tag team
MembersSho Tanaka / Raijin / Sho
Yohei Komatsu / Fujin / Yoh
Rocky Romero (manager)
Name(s)Raijin and Fujin
Roppongi 3K
Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu
The Tempura Boyz[1]
Billed heightsSho:
173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Yoh:
171.5 cm (5 ft 7 12 in)[2]
Combined
billed weight
178 kg (392 lb)[1][2]
DebutMarch 3, 2013[3]
Years active2013–present
TrainerNJPW dojo[1][2]

After training together in NJPW's dojo since February 2012, the two begun wrestling in the federation as young lions under the ring names of Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu in November of the same year, starting a feud with each other the following month. They became tag team partners on March 3, 2013, until the promotion sent them on an overseas learning excursion in January 2016 which notably saw them wrestle in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the names Raijin and Fujin, and in Ring of Honor (ROH) as The Tempura Boyz. The duo returned to NJPW as Roppongi 3K during the King of Pro-Wrestling event on October 9, 2017, now managed by Romero and a part of the Chaos stable. The name established them as the spiritual successors of Romero's team Roppongi Vice, which had amicably spit up earlier the same day; the "3K" came from Romero's claim that Roppongi 3K were 3000 times better than Roppongi Vice.

Within their first 30 days back in NJPW, Roppongi 3K would win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in their return match, and become the first team to win the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, NJPW's premier junior heayvweight tag team tournament, as the reignings champions. They would go on to become three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and win the following two editions of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, becoming the first team (and individuals) to win it twice and later extending their record.

HistoryEdit

Training and origins (2012-2013)Edit

Both Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu entered the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) dojo in February 2012 and made their debuts for the promotion the following November during the NJPW NEVER Openweight Championship Decision Tournament event, both loosing to Takaaki Watanabe in singles matches (on November 15 for Tanaka, and November 19 for Komatsu). Their second match would be against each other on the first night of the Road to Tokyo Dome event on December 6, which resulted in a draw via time limit.[1][2] This would mark the start of a storyline rivalry against each other during the rest of the event.[1]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2013-2016)Edit

 
Sho (left) and Yoh (right) as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in November 2017

Tanaka and Komatsu started wrestling as a tag team on March 3, 2013 during the ''Raising An Army Memorial Series event ,[3], although they would also regularly keep on feuding; after yet another feud, they would ultimately start focus on their work as a team in September 2015 during the final days of the Road to Destruction event in September 2015.[4]

On January 6, 2016, NJPW announced that Tanaka and Komatsu would be leaving the promotion at the end of the month for an overseas learning excursion to their Mexican partner promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).[5][6] They were the first rookies sent as a team since No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) in 2009.[7] They wrestled their NJPW farewell matches as a tag team across the six shows on the following Fantastica Mania 2016 tour, a joint event between NJPW and CMLL; their final effort was a loss in a non-title match against CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Champions Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther on January 24, 2016.[8]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2016)Edit

After Komatsu and Tanaka fully transitioned to CMLL, the company redubbed them Fujin and Raijin respectively, after the Japanese gods of wind and thunder.[7] In the Mexican promotion, Fujin and Raijin came under the guidance of Okumura, a 12-year veteran of Mexican wrestling, and Kamaitachi, a previous NJPW rookie sent to CMLL, with the four forming a new version of the La Ola Amarilla / La Fiebre Amarilla ("The Yellow Wave" / "The Yellow Fever") stable.[9][10] As a trio with Kamaitachi, they were dubbed Los Kamikazes de Oriente ("The Kamikazes of the Orient").[11] Fujin and Raijin debuted for CMLL on February 2 in Guadalajara, making their Arena México debuts five days later.[12] At Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, the two, together with Okumura and Kamaitachi, lost against Dragon Lee, Máscara Dorada, Místico and Valiente in a Best two-out-of-three Atómicos "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match.[13]

During their time in Mexico, Tanaka and Komatsu also worked for other local promotions, including Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU) and Liga Elite.[14][15]

Ring of Honor (2016-2017)Edit

Tanaka and Komatsu remained in Mexico until September 2016, when they relocated to the United States where they resumed using the individual names of Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu, while taking on the monicker of "The Tempura Boyz" as a team; they most prominently worked in Ring of Honor (ROH) during that time.[1][16] They would loose their debut match against Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle on October 1st tapings before going on to loose to Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara and The All Night Express on the first and second nights of the Glory By Honor XV event respectively.[17][18] They would unsuccessfully challenge The Young Bucks for the ROH World Tag Team Championship on January 14, 2017, and again on June 3rd, before teaming up with Canaba to unsuccessfully try to capture the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship from Dalton Castle and The Boys.[19][20] On June 18, they defeated Xyberhawx2000 as a part of the Chikara event The Johnny Kidd Invitational 2017.[21] In July 2017, Tanaka and Komatsu took part in NJPW's two-day G1 Special in USA event that the promotion held in Long Beach, California.[22][23] The following week, they traveled with the NJPW crew to take part in an event held by Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) in London, England.[24]

Return to NJPW (2017-present)Edit

On September 16, 2017, at NJPW's Destruction in Hiroshima show, the Roppongi Vice tag team of Beretta and Rocky Romero had their final match together before amicably splitting up. Later that night, Romero confronted IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Funky Future (Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi), revealing that he was now the manager of a new, secret team dubbed "Roppongi 3K", with the name coming from Romero's claim that Roppongi 3K were 3000 times better than Roppongi Vice were.[25][26] Even after Roppongi 3K were confirmed as the next challengers for Funky Future's titles, the identities of the two wrestlers were kept secret.[27] On October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Roppongi 3K were revealed as the returning Tanaka and Komatsu, now billed individually as "Sho" and "Yoh", who defeated Funky Future to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in their return match, which was also first title opportunity in NJPW.[28][29] Through their affiliation with Romero, Sho and Yoh also became part of the Chaos stable.[30]

Later that month, Roppongi 3K entered the 2017 Super Jr. Tag Tournament for the first time, defeating Hirai Kawato and Kushida in the first round andLos Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi) in the semifinals, before defeating Super 69 (ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the finals at Power Struggle on November 5, becoming the first team to win the tournament as the current NWJP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.[31][32][33][34] On January 4, 2018, Roppongi 3K lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome, before winning it back on January 28 at The New Beginning in Sapporo.[35][36] They soon dropped the titles to El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru of Suzuki-gun on New Japan's 46th Anniversary Show, in a three-way tag team match which also involved of Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi (the later being their former CMLL stablemate as Kamaitachi) of Los Ingobernables de Japon.[37] They would then loose their title rematch on June 9 at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, but would fail to regain the titles.[38]

Sho and Yoh they entered the 2018 Super Junior Tag Tournament, which was now using a point-based system instead of brackets; they would go on to win 5 matches out of 7 and scoring 10 points; they would then face the other two top-scoring teams, El Desperado and Kanemaru and Bushi and Shingo Takagi of Los Ingobernables de Japon, in a three-way tag team match at Power Struggle where Roppongi 3K became the first team (and individuals) to win the tournament twice.[39] The three teams would face off again on January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom 13 for El Desperado and Kanemaru's IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but Bushi and Takagi would win the match.[40] At NJPW's 47th Anniversary Show on March 6, Roppongi 3K defeated Bushi and Takagi to win the titles for a third time, eventually loosing them to El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori of Bullet Club on June 16 at Kizuna Road.[41][42] After Yoh pinned the Guerrillas of Destiny's Tanga Loa during a 10-man tag team match at Destruction in Kobe, Roppongi 3K received a title match for the Guerillas of Destiny's IWGP Tag Team Championship at Fighting Spirit Unleashed (their first opportunity at the title), but were unsuccessful.[43][44]

Roppongi 3K entered their third Super Junior Tag Tournament in October 2019, winning five matches out of seven and scoring 10 points like the previous year to advance to the finals on November 3 at Power Struggle, where they defeated El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru to become the first three-time winners of the tournament.[45]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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