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Hiroshi Ueda (上田 裕司 Ueda Hiroshi, 20 June 1940 – 21 December 2011) was a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Umanosuke Ueda (上田 馬之助 Ueda Umanosuke). During his wrestling career, Ueda primarily stood out for wrestling with bleached blonde hair, a practice which was rare in his day but later became more common. His ring name was inspired by samurai warrior and Shinsengumi member Umanosuke Ueda.
|Birth name||Hiroshi Ueda|
|Born||20 June 1940|
Yatomi, Aichi, Japan
|Died||21 December 2011(aged 71)|
|Cause of death||Respiratory failure|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Umanosuke Ueda|
|Billed height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Billed weight||118 kg (260 lb)|
After debuting in the old Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance in 1961, he started the circuit in Los Angeles in 1966. In 1974, he joined Japan's International Pro Wrestling where he held the IWA World Heavyweight Championship from June 11, 1976, till July 28, 1976. Ueda was considered one of the first "traitor heels" in Japan, as he broke societal mores by dyeing his hair and using a brawling style, and teaming with a hated gaikokujin heel, Tiger Jeet Singh. The two men were the first team to win tag team titles in both New Japan Pro-Wrestling (the NWA North American Tag Team Championship) and All Japan Pro Wrestling (the NWA International Tag Team Championship).
In 1996, he was in a car accident, which left him paralyzed and eventually forced him to retire two years later.
Ueda died on December 21, 2011, from respiratory failure; he was 71 years old.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Tiger Jeet Singh
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version) (1 time) - with Tiger Jeet Singh
- Popularity Award (1978)
- World Wrestling Organization
- WWO Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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