Masakatsu Funaki

Mar 21, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Masaharu Funaki
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 209 lbs.
Date of birth: March 13, 1969
Hometown: Aomori, Japan
Pro debut: 1985
Trained by: New Japan Dojo
Finishing move: Hybrid Blaster


– In Funaki’s debut match, he was defeated by Shinya Hashimoto
– On June 12, 1986, Funaki defeated Keichi Oya in his first recorded victory
– In 1989, Funaki left New Japan for the UWF and PWF
– In 1993, Funaki left the wrestling business to form the Pancrase MMA organisation alongside Minoru Suzuki
– On December 15, 1996, Funaki defeated Jason DeLucia to win the Pancrase Openweight Title
– On December 20, 1997, Funaki defeated Yuki Kondo to win the Pancrase Openweight Title
– On August 30, 2009, Funaki returned to wrestling at Keiji Mutoh’s 25th Anniversary Show, teaming with Mutoh to defeat Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki
– On December 6, 2009, Funaki & Keiji Mutoh defeated Suwama & Kono to win the AJPW World’s Strongest Tag League
– On January 3, 2010, Funaki & Mutoh defeated Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki to win the AJPW Unified Tag Team Titles
– On August 26, 2012, Funaki defeated Jun Akiyama to win the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– On September 23, 2012, Funaki defeated Suwama to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– On October 21, 2012, Funaki defeated Takao Omori to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– On December 11, 2012, Funaki defeated Manabu Soya to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– On January 26, 2013, Funaki defeated Akebono to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Title
– In July 2013, Funaki jumped from All Japan to Wrestle-1
– On July 6, 2014, Funaki defeated Kohei Sato to win the Zero-1 World Title
– On September 6, 2014, Funaki defeated Shinjiro Otani to retain the Zero-1 World Title
– In July 2015, Funaki’s Wrestle-1 contract expired and he left the promotion to become a freelancer
– On September 18, 2015, Funaki defeated Super Tiger to win the RJPW Legends Title

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