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Wrestling By The Numbers: 2013 Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame Inductees



The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has announced 6-new inductees have been voted into the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame. The Class Of 2013 includes Japanese superstars Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kensuke Sasaki, EMLL legend Manual ‘Dr. Wagner’ Gonzalez, CMLL main event performer Alfonso ‘Atlantis’ Vega, French wrestling icon Henri Deglane and All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling founder and promoter Takashi Matsunaga. Wrestling Observer Newsletter publisher and editor Dave Meltzer announced the newest inductees on November 7th.

Hiroshi Tanahashi is a record 6-Time IWGP Champion who has spent his entire 14-year career competing for New Japan Pro Wrestling. The 37-year-old Ogaki Japan native first debuted back in 1999 after having been trained at the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo by wrestlers Keiji Mutoh, Kensuke Sasaki and Tatsumi Fujinami. Prior to his professional wrestling training Tanahashi had a successful athletic background as a high school baseball player and also wrestled for Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto Japan. He debuted with NJPW and was immediately given a large push which included numerous victories over some of the company’s most established stars. Early in his career Tanahashi formed a popular tag-team with Kensuke Sasaki called The King Of The Hills and the duo were a top draw for the organization. The King Of The Hills tag-team broke up after Tanahashi was involved in a real life domestic dispute where a former girlfriend stabbed him in the back. The assault involving former Tv Asahi news reporter Hitomi Hara was widely reported at the time by the Japanese media.

After recovering from injuries Hiroshi Tanahashi returned in February of 2003 in a much anticipated comeback which immediately saw him rise to a main event singles performer. Over the past 2-years Tanahashi has seen his greatest success and has been involved in numerous legendary battles with the likes of Minoru Suzuki, Kazuchika Okada and others. In addition to his IWGP Championship reigns he is also a former 2-Time IWGP Tag-Team Champion and 2-Time IWGP U-30 Champion. He has also competed in All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, CMLL in Mexico and has made appearances with TNA Wrestling.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Hiroshi Tanahashi by the numbers…

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 91 Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 41 Main Event Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Fall In Black.

* 24 Matches on NJPW Battle Final.

* 6 Main Event Matches on NJPW Battle Final.

* 18 Matches on NJPW Fighting Spirit.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Fighting Spirit.

* 1 Match on NJPW Adios Perro En Japon.

* 26 Matches on NJPW Hyper Battle.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Hyper Battle.

* 1 Main Event Match On NJPW Hyper Battle.

* 15 Matches on NJPW Strong Energy.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Strong Energy.

* 57 Matches on NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors.

* 8 Main Event Matches on NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors.

* 28 Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Summer Struggle.

* 85 Matches on NJPW G1 Climax.

* 29 Main Event Matches on NJPW G1 Climax.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Wrestling Dontaku.

* 1 Match on NJPW Dome Quake.

* 1 Match on NJPW Summer Action Series.

* 16 Matches on NJPW G1 World.

* 1 Match on NJPW Indicate Of Next.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Survival.

* 1 Main Event Match On NJPW Survival.

* 1 Match on NJPW Osamu Kido Retirement Show.

* 18 Matches on NJPW G1 Tag League.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW G1 Tag League.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Dream Win.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Dream Win.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Wrestling World.

* 1 Match on NJPW New Year Giant Series.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW New Year Giant Series.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Extreme 2 Days.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Extreme 2 Days.

* 2 Matches on NJPW 30th Birthday.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW 30th Birthday.

* 8 Matches on NJPW Exciting Battle.

* 3 Main Event Matches on NJPW Exciting Battle.

* 13 Matches on NJPW Toukon.

* 6 Main Event Matches on NJPW Toukon.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Dragon Cup.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Dragon Cup.

* 1 Match on NJPW Battle Zone.

* 16 Match on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Muga In Tokyo.

* 1 Match on NJPW History.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Triathlon Survivor.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Triathlon Survivor.

* 1 Match on NJPW Crush.

* 1 Match on NJPW Hall Crush.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Hall Crush.

* 1 Match on NJPW Bisshibishi Tradition Makai World.

* 1 Match on NJPW Road To Ultimate Crush.

* 1 Match on NJPW TV Asahi Burning Spirit In Roppongi Hills.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Nexess.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Nexess.

* 1 Match on NJPW Only My Royal Road.

* 14 Matches on NJPW Tsuyoku-Are.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Tsuyoku-Are.

* 1 Match on NJPW Toryumon.

* 1 Match on NJPW Dangerous Dream Night.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Dangerous Dream Night.

* 1 Match on NJPW Pro-Wrestlers Be Strongest.

* 1 Match on NJPW Keiji Muto 20th Anniversary Tour.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Keiji Muto 20th Anniversary Tour.

* 1 Match on NJPW Chrono Stream.

* 1 Match on NJPW Save The Coral.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Save The Coral.

* 1 Match on NJPW New Year Battle.

* 9 Matches on NJPW New Year Gold Series.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW Year Year Gold Series.

* 8 Matches on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 5 Main Event Matches on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Ebina Shakaifukushi Charity.

* 23 Matches on NJPW New Japan.

* 14 Matches on NJPW New Japan.

* 1 Match on NJPW Black Hole.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Black Hole.

* 1 Match on NJPW Dead Or Alive.

* 1 Match on NJPW Fans Thanksgiving Day.

* 78 Matches on NJPW Circuit.

* 44 Main Event Matches on NJPW Circuit.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Wrestle Land.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW Wrestle Land.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Grip On.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Explosion.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Explosion.

* 2 Matches on NJPW New Generation Live.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW New Generation Live.

* 1 Match on NJPW Battle X-Mas.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Battle Hall Live.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Battle Hall Live.

* 32 Matches on NJPW 35th Anniversary Tour.

* 13 Main Event Matches on NJPW 35th Anniversary Tour.

* 1 Match on NJPW ArisTrist Chono Kingdom.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Destruction.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Destruction.

* 1 Match on NJPW Crash.

* 3 Matches on NJPW New Dimension.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW New Dimension.

* 1 Match on NJPW Red Shoes Unno 20th Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Red Shoes Unno 20th Anniversary.

* 1 Match on NJPW Premium.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Fight For Existence.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Fight For Existence.

* 1 Match on NJPW Only One Night.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Only One Night.

* 1 Match on NJPW Strong Style 37th Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Strong Style 37th Anniversary.

* 1 Match on NJPW Divergence.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Divergence.

* 1 Match on NJPW Dissidence.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Dissidence.

* 2 Matches on NJPW 38th Anniversary Series.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW 38th Anniversary Series.

* 12 Matches on NJPW J. Sports Crown.

* 8 Main Event Matches on NJPW J. Sports Crown.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Road To Kingdom.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Road To Kingdom.

* 6 Matches on NJPW CMLL Fantastica Mania.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW CMLL Fantastica Mania.

* 3 Matches on NJPW New Beginning.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW New Beginning.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Invasion Tour.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Invasion Tour.

* 3 Matches on NJPW 39th Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW 39th Anniversary.

* 1 Match on NJPW Hiroyoshi Tenzan 20th Anniversary Show.

* 1 Match on NJPW Satoshi Kojima 20th Anniversary Show.

* 46 Matches on NJPW 40th Anniversary Tour.

* 31 Main Event Matches on NJPW 40th Anniversary Tour.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Road.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Road.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Kizuna Road.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Road To Power Struggle.

* 6 Matches on NJPW World Tag League.

All Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 3 Matches on AJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Matches on AJPW New Year Shining Series.

* 6 Matches on AJPW Gaora Special Champion Carnival.

* 3 Main Event Matches on AJPW Gaora Special Champion Carnival.

* 1 Matches on AJPW Invasion Tour.

* 1 Main Event Matches on AJPW Invasion Tour.

* 1 Match on AJPW 40th Anniversary Tour.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW 40th Anniversary Tour.

Pro Wrestling NOAH:

* 2 Matches on NOAH Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Matches on NOAH Navigation Uprising Spirit.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NOAH Navigation Uprising Spirit.

* 1 Match on NOAH Great Voyage.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Great Voyage.

* 1 Match on NOAH Destiny.

* 2 Matches on NOAH 10th Anniversary.

TNA Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.

* 3 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.

* 1 Match on TNA Xplosion.

* 1 Main Event Match on TNA Xplosion.

Consejo Mundial De Lucha Libre

* 1 Match on CMLL Pay-Per-View.

* 7 Matches on CMLL On Televisa.

* 5 Main Event Matches on CMLL On Televisa.

* 2 Matches on CMLL On CadenaTres.

* 1 Main Event Match on CMLL On CadenaTres.

* 5 Matches on CMLL On Fox Sports.

* 5 Main Event Matches on CMLL On Fox Sports.

* 1 Match on CMLL On Guerreros Del Ring.

* 1 Main Event Match on CMLL On Guerreros Del Ring.

Glico Power Production:

* 1 Match on GPP Dream Match.

* 1 Main Event Match on GPP Dream Match.

Kensuke Sasaki is a 27-year veteran of the squared circle who has not only gained iconic status in New Japan Pro Wrestling but also is a recognized international journeyman performer. The 47-year-old Fukuoka Fukuoka Japan native is one of only two men in history to have won the IWGP Championship, the AJPW Triple Crown Championship and the GHC Championship. Sasaki first debuted in professional wrestling back in 1986 after having been trained by Masa Saito and Riki Choshu. He started out competing in Choshu’s Japan Pro Wrestling and then joined All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987. In the late 1980′s to early 1990′s he left Japan and had success working in promotions including the World Wrestling Council, Stampede Wrestling and the Catch Wrestling Association. In the mid 1990′s he also worked semi regularly with World Championship Wrestling where he was a former 1-Time WCW United States Champion.

Kensuke Sasaki signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1990 and spent the next 12-years with the organization becoming one of the most successful performer’s in the company’s history. He first joined the organization former two top drawing tag-teams with both Hiroshi Hase and Road Warrior Hawk who are remembered for memorable matches with The Steiner Brothers. After being involved in the controversial training death of NJPW trainee Hiromitsu Gompei in 1995, Sasaki’s single career began to take off in the mid 1990′s. In 1997 his success exploded over a 3-month span when he won the G1 Climax Tournament, became a IWGP Tag-Team Champion with Kazuo Yamazaki and then won the IWGP Championship. Sasaki was NJPW’s main event star who had major feuds with the likes of Keiji Mutoh, Genichiro Tenyru, Masahiro Chono and others. He was the company’s top draw right up until late 2002 when he resigned after a falling out with the company’s management.

After a brief stint competing with Riki Choshu’s Fighting World Of Japan Pro Wrestling, Sasaki returned to NJPW from 2004-2005 again becoming a top draw for the organization. During this run he established himself as one of the company’s greatest of all-time and left the organization in 2005 this time on good terms and after gaining the respect of the NJPW fans. From 2005-2008 he worked as a main event talent for rival All Japan Pro Wrestling before leaving for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Since joining NOAH he has also run his own promotion / agency first called Kensuke Office and now named Diamond Ring. The organization has booked shows and also works as a booking agency for wrestlers between company’s in Japan. In addition to his Hall Of Fame wrestling career Sasaki has also competed in two mixed martial arts fights having won both with submission victories.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Kensuke Sasaki by the numbers…

All Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 11 Matches on AJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 5 Main Event Matches on AJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 21 Matches on AJPW Champions Carnival.

* 11 Main Event Matches on AJPW Champions Carnival.

* 2 Matches on AJPW On Nippon Tv.

* 2 Matches on AJPW Super Power Series.

* 8 Matches on AJPW Summer Action Series.

* 4 Main Event Matches on AJPW Summer Action Series.

* 8 Matches on AJPW Giant Series.

* 14 Matches on AJPW Real World Tag League.

* 3 Main Event Matches on AJPW Real World Tag League.

*9 Matches on AJPW Excite.

* 4 Main Event Matches on AJPW Excite.

* 1 Match on AJPW Gold For Athens.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Gold For Athens.

* 10 Matches on AJPW Rise Up.

* 3 Main Event Matches on AJPW Rise Up.

* 9 Matches on AJPW Crossover.

* 2 Main Event Matches on AJPW Crossover.

* 5 Matches on AJPW Summer Impact.

* 2 Matches on AJPW Summer Dream.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Summer Dream.

* 2 Matches on AJPW Keiji Muto 20th Anniversary Tour.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Keiji Muto 20th Anniversary Tour.

* 16 Matches on AJPW New Year Shining Series.

* 11 Main Event Matches on AJPW New Year Shining Series.

* 10 Matches on AJPW Hold Out Tour.

* 2 Main Event Matches on AJPW Hold Out Tour.

* 1 Match on AJPW Booyaa The World.

* 4 Matches on AJPW Flashing Tour.

* 2 Main Event Matches on AJPW Flashing Tour.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Flashing Tour.

* 1 Match on AJPW On Samurai Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW On Samurai Tv.

* 2 Matches on AJPW Fan Appreciation Day.

* 1 Main Event Match on AJPW Fan Appreciation Day.

* 4 Matches on AJPW Wrestling Love.

* 3 Main Event Matches on AJPW Wrestling Love.

* 1 Match on AJPW Muto Festival.

* 2 Matches on AJPW Growin’ Up.

* 2 Main Event Matches on AJPW Growin’ Up.

* 1 Match on AJPW Bapesta Pro-Wrestling.

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 18 Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 8 Main Event Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 7 Matches on NJPW IWGP Champions Series.

* 19 Matches on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 6 Main Event Matches on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Summer Night Fever.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Sengoku Series.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Toukon.

* 10 Matches on NJPW New Japan.

* 1 Match on NJPW Year End.

* 6 Matches on NJPW New Year Gold Series.

* 9 Matches on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Super Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Super Monday Night.

* 62 Matches on NJPW Fighting Spirit.

* 21 Main Event Matches on NJPW Fighting Spirit.

* 1 Match on NJPW 3 Days Battle.

* 10 Matches on NJPW Syndication.

* 6 Matches on NJPW On Asahi Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW On Asahi Tv.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Dream Tour.

* 1 Match on NJPW Kyushu Battle Line.

* 28 Matches on NJPW Battle Final.

* 7 Main Event Matches on NJPW Battle Final.

* 1 Match on NJPW King Of Kings.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Super February.

* 1 Match on NJPW Starrcade Tokyo Dome.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Explosion Tour.

* 1 Match on NJPW Super Heavy Crash.

* 1 Match on NJPW Fighting Connection.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Fighting Connection.

* 31 Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.

* 21 Main Event Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.

* 3 Main Event Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Summer Crush.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Violent Storm.

* 1 Match on NJPW East Live.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Masters Of Wrestling.

* 68 Matches on NJPW G1 Climax.

* 17 Main Event Matches on NJPW G1 Climax.

* 1 Match on NJPW Battle Autumn.

* 19 Matches on NJPW Super Grade Tag League.

* 8 Main Event Matches on NJPW Super Grade Tag League.

* 1 Match on NJPW Wrestling Scramble.

* 1 Match on NJPW Fantastic Story.

* 50 Matches on NJPW Hyper Battle.

* 20 Main Event Matches on NJPW Hyper Battle.

* 1 Match on NJPW Magnitude.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Wrestling Dontaku.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Explosion Tour.

* 1 Match on NJPW Battlefield.

* 1 Match on NJPW Thanks Wrestling Day Brush Up.

* 6 Matches on NJPW Battle Line.

* 3 Main Event Matches on NJPW Battle Line.

* 41 Matches on NJPW Best Of The Super Junior.

* 13 Main Event Matches on NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Muscle Storm.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Muscle Storm.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Battle Rush.

* 1 Match on NJPW Vs UWFI.

* 1 Match on NJPW WCW World.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW WCW World.

* 9 Matches on NJPW Wrestling World.

* 4 Main Event Match on NJPW Wrestling World.

* 1 Match on NJPW New Year Special.

* 1 Match on NJPW Breaking Away Dream Battle.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Breaking Away Dream Battle.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Battle Formation.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Strong Style.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Strong Style.

* 1 Match on NJPW The Four Heaven.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Final Power.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Final Power.

* 8 Matches on NJPW nWo Typhoon.

* 4 Main Event Matches on NJPW nWo Typhoon.

* 1 Match on NJPW Antonio Inoki Retirement Show.

* 1 Match on NJPW Rising The Next Generation.

* 8 Matches on NJPW Strong Energy.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Strong Energy.

* 22 Matches on NJPW G-1 Tag League.

* 3 Main Event Matches on NJPW G-1 Tag League.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Dome.

* 4 Matches on NJPW Fall In Black.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Fall In Black.

* 1 Match on NJPW Adios Perro En Japon.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Adios Perro En Japon.

* 6 Matches on NJPW Amazing.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Amazing.

* 1 Match on NJPW Do Judge.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Do Judge.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Get A Right.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Get A Right.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Dream Win.

* 2 Matches on NJPW New Century.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW New Century.

* 1 Match on NJPW Indicate Of Next.

* 1 Match on NJPW Osamu Kido Retirement Show.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Survival.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Extreme 2 Days.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Extreme 2 Days.

* 1 Match on NJPW 30th Birthday.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Exciting Battle.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Exciting Battle.

* 6 Matches on NJPW Big Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Battle Zone.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Battle Zone.

* 1 Match on NJPW Cross Road.

* 1 Match on NJPW G-1 World.

* 1 Match on NJPW Nexess.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Nexess.

* 8 Matches on NJPW Tsuyoku-Are.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Tsuyoku-Are.

* 1 Match on NJPW Pro-Wrestlers Be Strongest.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Pro-Wrestlers Be Strongest.

* 1 Match on NJPW Chono Stream.

Ring Of Honor Wrestling:

* 4 Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.

World Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions:

* 8 Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Main Event Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Match Managed on WCW Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Match on WCW Clash Of The Champions.

* 2 Matches on WCW Monday Nitro.

* 6 Matches on WCW Saturday Night.

* 1 Main Event Match on WCW Saturday Night.

* 1 Match on WCW Starrcade Tokyo Dome.

* 1 Match on WCW Prime.

Pro Wrestling NOAH:

* 4 Matches on NOAH Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Pay-Per-View.

* 1 Match on NOAH Destiny.

* 19 Matches on NOAH Great Voyage.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Great Voyage.

* 95 Matches on NOAH Navigation.

* 25 Main Event Matches on NOAH Navigation.

* 24 Matches on NOAH Global Tag League.

* 7 Main Event Matches on NOAH Global Tag League.

* 1 Match on NOAH SEMex.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH SEMex.

* 2 Matches on NOAH The Tournament.

* 3 Matches on NOAH Naomichi Marufuji Produce Shiranui.

* 2 Matches on NOAH The Departure.

* 1 Match on NOAH Genesis.

* 2 Matches on NOAH Exceeding Our Dreams.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Exceeding Our Dreams.

* 2 Matches on NOAH Gift OF Differ.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH NOAHish Gift In Differ.

* 1 Match on NOAH Return To Port.

* 5 Matches on NOAH 10th Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH 10th Anniversary.

* 1 Match on NOAH Geinin News Network Pro-Wrestling Expo.

* 1 Match on NOAH Masao Inoue 20th & Yoshinobu Kanemaru Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on NOAH Masao Inoue 20th Yoshinobu Kanemaru Anniversary.

* 1 Match on NOAH Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Night.

Pro Wrestling ZERO1:

* 1 Match on ZERO1 11th Anniversary Show.

* 1 Main Event Match on ZERO1 11th Anniversary Show.

Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX:

* 2 Matches on ZERO1-MAX Ground.

* 1 Main Event Match on ZERO1-MAX Ground.

* 1 Match on ZERO1-MAX Yasukuni Shrine Festival.

* 6 Matches on ZERO1-MAX Fire Festival.

* 5 Main Event Matches on ZERO1-MAX Fire Festival.

Dragon Gate:

* 5 Matches on Dragon Gate Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Matches on Dragon Gate The Gate Of Maximum.

* 1 Match on Dragon Gate Storm Gate.

* 1 Match on Dragon Gate The Gate Of Victory.

Inoki Genome Federation:

* 1 Match on IGF Genome.

* 1 Main Event Match on IGF Genome.

* 1 Match on IGF Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye.

Osaka Pro Wrestling:

* 1 Match on Osaka Pro 10th Anniversary.

* 1 Match on Osaka Pro Summer Action Series.

* 1 Main Event Match on Osaka Pro Summer Action Series.

WRESTLE-1:

* 2 Matches on WRESTLE-1 Pay-Per-View.

International Wrestling Association Japan:

* 1 Match on IWA Japan 10th Anniversary Show.

Dream Ring / Kensuke Office Pro-Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on Kensuke Office Kensuke Sasaki 20th Anniversary.

* 2 Main Event Matches on Kensuke Office Kensuke Sasaki 20th Anniversary.

* 23 Matches on Kensuke Office Take The Dream.

* 16 Main Event Matches on Kensuke Office Take The Dream.

* 1 Match on Kensuke Office 1st Anniversary.

* 1 Main Event Match on Kensuke Office 1st Anniversary.

* 1 Match on Kensuke Office SEMex.

* 1 Main Event Match on Kensuke Office SEMex.

* 1 Match on Kensuke Office Summer Festival.

* 1 Main Event Match on Kensuke Office Summer Festival.

* 1 Match on Diamond Ring Kensuke Office Changes.

* 2 Matches On Diamond Ring On Samurai Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on Diamond Ring On Samurai Tv.

* 2 Matches on Diamond Ring Dream.

* 2 Main Event Matches on Diamond Ring Dream.

Fighting Of World Japan:

* 4 Matches on WJ Pay-Per-View.

* 3 Main Event Matches on WJ Pay-Per-View.

* 3 Matches on WJ Power Hall.

* 1 Main Event Match on WJ Power Hall.

* 1 Match on WJ Series.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 1 Match on BJW Red Brick Pro Wrestling Festival.

Tenryu Project:

* 1 Match on Tenryu Project Genichiro Tenryu 35th Anniversary.

Big Mouth Loud:

* 4 Matches on BML Illusions.

* 1 Main Event Match on BML Illusions.

Dramatic Dream Team:

* 1 Match on DDT Ryogoku Peter Pan.

Legends Promociones:

* 1 Match on LEGEND Lucha Fan Fest.

* 1 Main Event Match on LEGEND Lucha Fan Fest.

Tokyo Gurentai:

* 1 Match on Tokyo Gurentai Tokyo Dream.

Rikidozan’s Death 50th Anniversary Memorial Show:

* 1 Match on Rikidozan’s Death 50th Anniversary Memorial Show On Samurai Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on Rikidozan’s Death 50th Anniversary Memorial Show On Samurai Tv.

Alfonso ‘Atlantis’ Vega is a legendary lucha libre superstar who was a rising star with EMLL in Mexico and then was one of the key figures in the re-branding of EMLL to CMLL in 1990. The 51-year-old Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico native first debuted back in 1983 after having been trained by Diablo Velazco. Atlantis started his career with success winning the Mexican National Middleweight Championship in 1984 and had a year long reign which included numerous top quality matches with various opponents. He greatest success came working with Angel Azteca who he first formed a top drawing tag-team with and once the duo broke up became a bitter rival. Atlantis and Azteca were involved in numerous intense and bloody battles and their feud continued right up until Azteca’s untimely death in 2007. His other biggest rival who was also a former tag-team partner was Ultimo Guerrero who he also had and competed against in numerous highly anticipated and top quality matches.

Alfonso Vega is a former 2-Time CMLL Light Heavyweight Champion, 5-Time CMLL Tag-Team Champion and 3-Time CMLL Trios Champion. In the early 1990′s during the height of his popularity Vega also began appearing in numerous movies in Mexico. In addition to his extensive career with EMLL/CMLL he was also involved in the initial beginnings of AAA when the promotion was first launched. Atlantis is truly one of the all-time greats with CMLL having won almost every championship in the company’s history.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Alfonso ‘Atlantis’ Vega by the numbers…

Consejo Mundial De Lucha Libre:

* 26 Matches on CMLL Pay-Per-View.

* 4 Main Event Matches on CMLL Pay-Per-View.

* 305 Matches on CMLL On Televisa.

* 149 Main Event Matches on CMLL On Televisa.

* 15 Matches on CMLL Guadalajara Tv.

* 11 Main Event Matches on CMLL Guadalajara Tv.

* 1 Match on CMLL On Teleformula.

* 1 Main Event Match on CMLL On Teleformula.

* 37 Matches on CMLL On CasendaTres.

* 24 Main Event Matches on CMLL On CasendaTres.

* 54 Matches on CMLL On FOX Sports.

* 40 Main Event Matches on CMLL On FOX Sports.

* 34 Matches on CMLL On Guerreros del Ring.

* 24 Main Event Matches on CMLL On Guerreros del Ring.

* 13 Matches on CMLL Puebla Tv.

* 8 Main Event Matches on CMLL Puebla Tv.

Wrestling In Mexico City:

* 1 Match on Wrestling In Mexico City Television.

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

Toryumon Mexico:

* 1 Match on Toryumon Mexico On Samurai Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on Toryumon Mexico On Samurai Tv.

* 1 Match on NJPW Pay-Per-View.

* 5 Matches on NJPW Presents CMLL Fantastica Mania.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Presents CMLL Fantastica Mania.

Michinoku Pro Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on MPW Fukumen World League.

* 2 Main Event Matches on MPW Fukumen World League.

Spartan Wrestling Group:

* 1 Match on SWG Television.

* 1 Main Event Match on SWG Television.

Manuel ‘Dr. Wagner’ Gonzalez is the patriarch of one of Mexico’s most famous wrestling family’s and between the late 1960′s and early 1970′s was one of the top draws in EMLL. Gonzalez passed away on September 12th 2004 at age 68 after suffering a heart attack. The Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico native first debuted in 1961 after having been trained by Roy Velasco at the Gimnasio Hercules in Torreon Mexico. Throughout his career he mostly competed as Dr. Wagner but also had stints competing as Centella Negra and Manny Rivera. Gonzalez’ started his career working for EMLL in Mexico and it was in the promotion he would spend most of his professional career. Dr. Wagner’s first major success was apart of The White Wave tag-team with his partner Angelo Blanco. The duo were one of the most premier tag-teams of the 1960′s and 1970′s.

It was in 1966 after Dr. Wagner, who was known for his brutal style of wrestling and cheating ways, defeated Raul Reyes in a Hair Vs Hair Match after a long feud that his career rose to main event super stardom. It was also in 1966 that lucha libre El Solitario joined Dr. Wagner and Angelo Blanco making The White Wave tag-team a trios group. One of the biggest and longest running storylines in the history of EMLL then occurred when Dr. Wagner and Angelo Blanca turned on El Solitario. The trio feuding together and against each other would continue in EMLL right into the late 1970′s. Dr. Wagner also spent 2-years in the late 1970′s working for the Universal Wrestling Federation where he had a major feud with wrestler El Canek. Dr. Wagner’s career would inside the ring would wind down around the early 1980′s when he stepped aside and focused on his son’s Dr. Wagner Jr.’s wrestling career and late the debut of his other son who’s known as Silver King. Gonzalez’ career in professional wrestling officially ended in 1986 after being involved in a car accident on his way to a wrestling show where he suffered spinal damage and was first confined to a wheelchair. His former partner Angel Blanca was killed in the accident and 3-other wrestlers inside the car who were in the backseat were uninjured. Despite doctors saying he would never walk again, Gonzalez learned to walk once recovering with the use of a cane. His death in 2004 from a heart attack was a surprise to family and friends as Dr. Wagner was considered at the time to be in generally good health.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Manuel ‘Dr. Wagner’ Gonzalez by the numbers…

* NO RECORDS AVAILABLE.

Henri Deglane is a former European Heavyweight Champion and is widely considered the most famous wrestler in the history of France. The 73-year-old Limoges France native passed away on July 7th 1975. Before entering professional wrestling Henri Deglane competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics from Paris France where he won a gold medal in Greco-Roman Wrestling. After his Olympic success he transitioned in professional wrestling where his career started in the late 1920′s and continued 2-decades until the late 1940′s.

Deglane was a top draw working in territories including Montreal, throughout Quebec and in the United States including tours city’s including New York, Boston and others. It was in Boston while working for the AWA where he won the AWA Boston Heavyweight Championship. After success in North America Deglane returned to his native France where he gained super stardom status in his home country. In addition to working as a professional wrestler Deglane was also known for his work as a firefighter in Paris.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Henri Deglane by the numbers…

* NO RECORDS AVAILABLE.

Promoter Takashi Matsunaga was the founder and promoter of All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling which was in existence for over 35-years and was a promotion known for not only creating wrestlers but for creating pop stars who could perform in great matches. The 73-year-old Meguro Tokyo Japan native was 73 when he passed away on July 11th 2009. Before entering professional wrestling Matsunaga had a background in the real estate industry. He founded All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling in 1968 and started promoting events throughout Japan. Even though Matsunaga was the owner of AJW it was widely regarded as a family business with four of his brothers and both sisters involved in the company. AJW became known for constantly creating young new stars and was the premier joshi puroesu company in Japan from 1975-1995.

Takashi Matsunaga saw 3-major boom periods during his running of All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling. He promoted two largely successful tag-teams The Beauty Pair and The Crush Gals and matches in AJW became known for being intense athletic and sometimes violent contests. In the early 1990′s AJW found success once again this time working with other promotions in Japan allowing their talent to appear on super shows. In the late 1990′s the Japanese economy was suffering and Matsunaga was forced to declare All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling into bankruptcy and when they lost their television deal with Fuji Tv the company officially ceased all operations in 2005.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Takashi Matsunaga by the numbers…

* NO RECORDS AVAILABLE.

Congratulations to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kensuke Sasaki, Alfonso ‘Atlantis’ Vega, Manuel ‘Dr. Wagner’ Gonzalez, Henri Deglane and Takashi Matsunaga on being the 2013 Class of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall Of Fame.



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  1. NCW Promoter says:

    Congratulations To All Of The Rest

    How Larry Zbyszko Was Not Inducted Is INSANE What The Hell Was Anyone Thinking

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