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Yohei Fujita (藤田 洋平 Fujita Yōhei, born February 6, 1988) is a Japanese professional wrestler better known by his ring name Yo-Hey (stylised in all capital letters). He is currently signed to Pro Wrestling Noah. Fujita started his career in Dragon Gate under the ring name Ryoma (stylised in all capitals) as a tribute to former Japanese movement leader Ryoma Sakamoto. In 2009, Fujita left Dragon Gate, and took an extended hiatus from professional wrestling until he returned in 2011 in Smash and later Wrestling New Classic until 2013 when he left to become a freelancer, before signing with Noah in September 2017.
|Birth name||Yohei Fujita (藤田 洋平 Fujita Yōhei)|
|Born||February 6, 1988|
Yabu, Hyogo, Japan
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Trained by||Dragon Gate Dojo|
|Debut||December 22, 2008|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Dragon Gate (2008–2009)Edit
Fujita made his debut in Dragon Gate under his real name on December 22, 2008 against Kenshin Chikano. On March 20, 2009, during a Nex show, he joined Warriors-5 and changed his ring name to RYOMA in tribute to Ryoma Sakamoto.
Smash and Wrestling New Classic (2011–2013)Edit
In 2011, Fujita moved to the United States for a short stay in the Funaki Dojo, run by Sho Funaki. He would then return to Japan under the ring name Yo-Hey, and received a tryout match in Smash which he successfully passed. He made his re-debut in 2011, losing to Akira, but would leave Smash later in the year due to a disagreement between Smash owner Tajiri and financial backer Masakazu Sakai. After that, he debuted in Wrestling New Classic alongside Yusuke Kodama, losing to Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri on May 26, 2012. He left WNC to become a freelancer in 2013.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2012, 2014–2016)Edit
In 2012, he began competing in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) under the ring name Gillette, participating the 2012 AJPW Junior Tag League with Kai, finishing with 4 points and failing to make it to the finals. He would return participating in the 2012 Junior Hyper League finishing his block with 2 points and failing to advance. After that, he would make sporadic appearances as Yo-Hey until 2016 when he made his last appearance, teaming with Sushi and losing to Billyken Kid and Toru.
After he left Wrestling New Classic in 2013, he began making appearances in Doutonbori Pro Wrestling and participated in the 2013 Doutonbori Tag King Decision League with Hayata finishing with 8 points but failing to advance to the finals. He would later begin making appearances in Dove Pro Wrestling, where he participated in the tournament to crown the new #1 contenders to the Dove Pro Tag Team Championship where he and Ippei made in to the finals but lost to Billyken Kid and Rey Paloma. In 2014, he participated in the Dotonbori Saikyou Otoko Tournament, losing to Shoichi Uchida in the 2nd round. In July 2015, he took part in a tryout with WWE. On April 2, 2016, he won his first championship with Kenshin Chikano as the Gingin Boys, defeating Black Buffalo and Tsubasa and Gunso and Hayata for the Dove Pro Tag Team Championship in a TLC match. They lost the titles to Jun Kasai and GUNSO on November 26. Afterwards, they would split up due to Yo-Hey focus on wrestle in NOAH.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2016–Present)Edit
In December 2016, he began appearing in Pro Wrestling Noah after president Masayuki Uchida announced that he would allow freelancers to wrestle in Noah. On January 14, 2017, he made his debut in Noah, defeating Rionne Fujiwara. Later in January 2017, Yo-Hey and Hayata defeated Hi69 and Taiji Ishimori. After the match, Yo-Hey and Hayata stated that they wanted a match for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. This led to a feud for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships between XX (Ishimori and Hi69) and Hayata and Yo-Hey. On February 18, he and Hayata failed to capture the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, losing to Hi69 and Ishimori. Three days later, Hayata and Yo-Hey came together with Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke to form a new stable named Ratel's. On August 26, Yo-Hey and Hayata defeated XX in a rematch to become the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. On September 3, Noah announced that Yo-Hey had signed an exclusive contract with the promotion, ending his days as a freelancer.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- "Noahful Gift 2017 ～ファン感謝祭～". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved December 26, 2017.
- 「俺とHi69の持ってる可能性ならヘビーのタッグを狙うことだってできる。Noah the Rebornって言ってるなら､全部を覆す!(石森)」2月18日(土)博多スターレーン大会 試合後コメント. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2017-02-18. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
- 原田、タダスケ、Hayata、Yo-Hey新軍団のチーム名が決定！. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
- "Summer Navig. 2017 vol.2". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-08-26.
- 【今後ともご声援のほどお願い申し上げます】Hayata、Yo-Hey、タダスケ選手専属選手契約締結のご報告. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
- Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Titles « YO-HEY « Wrestlers Database". www.cagematch.net.