Dec 3, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Masato Tanaka
Weight: 238 lbs.
Date of birth: February 28, 1973
Hometown: Wakayama, Japan
Pro debut: July 23, 1993
Trained by: Atsushi Onita
Finishing move: Diamond Dust, &
Tornado DDT onto a chair
– From 1996 to 1997, Tanaka won the FMW Street Fight 6-Man tag team titles three times.
– On September 28, 1997, Tanaka defeated Mike Awesome for the FMW Independent World Heavyweight title. Also on the same night, Tanaka defeated Kanemura for the FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight championship in Kawaski, Japan.
– On April 17, 1998, Tanaka and Hayabusa defeat Kodo and Hido for the FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team title in Sapporo, Japan.
– On November 1, 1998, Tanaka and Balls Mahoney won the ECW World Tag Team title by defeating The Dudley Boys.
– In 1999, Tanaka won the WEW Heavyweight title twice.
– On May 3, 1999, Tanaka and Tetsuhiro Kuroda won the vacant FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team title in Nagoya, Japan.
– On August 20, 1999, Tanaka won the FMW Independent World Heavyweight title, defeating Hiromichi Fuyuki in Tokyo, Japan.
– Tanaka became the first Japanese to win the ECW World Heavyweight title defeating Mike Awesome on December 16, 1999.
– On February 26, 2000, Masato Tanaka and Tommy Dreamer defeated The Impact Players for the ECW World Tag Team title.
– On January 7, 2000, Tanaka and Gedo won the WEW Tag Team title.
– Tanaka defeated Steve Corino on February 6, 2004.
– Tanaka defeated Jerry Lynn on February 7, 2004 to become the first Pro Wrestling World-1 Heavyweight champion.
– On April 10, 2004, Tanaka retained the PWW-1 Heavyweight title defeating CM Punk.
– On July 25, 2004, Tanaka won a Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“Hardcore” Battle Royal for the Zero-One promotion.
– On March 18, 2005, Masato Tanaka won the HUSTLE Hardcore Hero championship.
– Tanaka defeated Corino on January 7, 2006 in an Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…“ECW Rules” match for the 1PW promotion.
– On October 26, 2007, Tanaka defeated Takao Omori to capture the AWA World title at Korakuen Hall.