Tetsuya Naito

Jan 20, 2018 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Tetsuya Naito
Height: 5’11
Weight: 225 lbs.
Date of birth: June 22, 1982
From: Tokyo, Japan
Pro debut: May 27, 2006
Trained by: Animal Hamaguchi, Nobuhiko Takada, NJPW Dojo
Finishing move: Destino

Biography

– In 2004, Naito won the Takada Dojo Submission Tournament, earning himself a New Japan dojo contract
– On November 3, 2005, Naito graduated from the NJPW dojo and became a full-time member of the roster
– Naito wrestled his debut match on May 27, 2006, losing to Takashi Uwano
– In February 2008, Naito & Yujiro Takahashi formed ‘No Limit’
– Naito competed at ZERO-1’s 7th Anniversary Show, teaming with Mitsuhide Hirasawa to defeated Ryouji Sai & Shota Takanishi
– In September 2008, No Limit worked the ROH Tokyo show, defeating Genba Hirayanagi & Kotaro Suzuki
– At Destruction ’08, No Limit defeated RISE (Prince Devitt & Minoru) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On December 7, No Limit defeated Gedo & Jado to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– In February 2009, No Limit were sent to the US on their learning excursion. The pair began competing for TNA in March
– No Limit worked only 6 televised matches for TNA before moving south of the border to CMLL
– At Infierno En El Ring ’09, No Limit were involved in a 15-man Luchas de Apuestas Cage Match, lost by Toscano
– At CMLL’s 76th Anniversary Show, La Ola Amarilla (No Limit, Jushin Liger & Okumura) defeated Black Warrior, Hector Garza, Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero
– At Wrestle Kingdom IV, No Limit (making their return to New Japan) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) in a Hardcore Match to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– In late-January, No Limit returned full-time to New Japan and would go on to join the CHAOS stable
– On February 14, 2010, No Limit defeated El Terrible & El Texano Jr to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom V, Naito unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Title
– In May 2011, No Limit split up, with both Naito & Yujiro moving into singles competition. Naito also left the CHAOS stable at this time
– Naito made the final of the 2011 G1 Climax Tournament, but was defeated by Shinsuke Nakamura
– At The New Beginning ’12, Naito defeated Nakamura
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’12, Naito & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
– At Destruction ’12, Naito, Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi)
– At Dominion ’12, Naito defeated Yujiro Takahashi
– Naito won the 2013 G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi in the final
– At Destruction ’13, Naito defeated Masato Tanaka to win the NEVER Openweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’13, Naito defeated Yujiro Takahashi to retain the NEVER Openweight Title
– At Power Struggle ’13, Naito defeated Masato Tanaka to retain the NEVER Openweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’14, Naito , Jushin Liger, Togi Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated The Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga) in an Elimination Match
– At Dominion ’14, Naito defeated Tama Tonga
– Naito teamed with La Sombra for the first time in the 2014 World Tag League
– At War of the Worlds ’15, Naito defeated Michael Elgin & Kyle O’Reilly
– In May 2015, Naito returned for another tour with CMLL, during which time, Naito officially joined Los Ingobernables
– In November 2015, Naito, EVIL & BUSHI formed Los Ingobernables de Japon
– LIJ (Naito & EVIL) made the final of the 2015 World Tag League, but were defeated by Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma)
– At Honor Rising ’16, Naito & Jay Lethal defeated Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
– Naito won the 2016 New Japan Cup, defeating Hirooki Goto in the final
– At Invasion Attack ’16, Naito defeated Kazuchika Okada to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’16, Naito defeated Tomohiro Ishii to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Global Wars ’16, Naito defeated Kyle O’Reilly
– On September 25, 2016, Naito defeated Michael Elgin to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Power Struggle ’16, Naito defeated Jay Lethal to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Wrestle Kingdom 11, Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– On February 11, 2017, Naito defeated Michael Elgin to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At NJPW’s 45th Anniversary Show, LIJ (Naito, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin & KUSHIDA
– At Wrestling Toyonokuni ’17, Naito defeated Juice Robinson to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’17, LIJ (Naito & Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA
– Naito won the 2017 G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Kenny Omega in the final
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’17, Naito defeated Tomohiro Ishii
– At New Year Dash ’18, Naito apparently entered into a feud with Chris Jericho
– At The New Beginning ’18, Naito defeated YOSHI-HASHI
– At NJPW’s 46th Anniversary Show, Naito defeated Taichi
– At NJPW Strong Style Evolved, in Long Beach, California, LIJ (Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI & SANADA) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Dragon Lee & Ryusuke Taguchi
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’18, Naito defeated Minoru Suzuki to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’18, LIJ (Naito, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO, YOH & Toru Yano)
– At OTT’s 4th Anniversary Show in Dublin, Ireland, LIJ (Naito, EVIL & SANADA) defeated Shane Strickland, Bandido & Flamita
– At Global Wars ’18, Naito defeated Chris Brookes
– At Power Struggle ’18, Naito defeated Zack Sabre Jr
– At Wrestle Kingdom 13, Naito defeated Chris Jericho in a No-DQ Match to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At The New Beginning in Sapporo ’19, Naito defeated Taichi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Honor Rising ’19, LIJ (Naito & Shingo Takagi) defeated Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’19, LIJ (Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Kota Ibushi, SHO & YOH)
– At Dominion ’19, Naito defeated Kota Ibushi to regain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Power Struggle 2019, Naito defeated Taichi
– At Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One, Naito defeated Jay White to regain the IWGP Intercontinental Title
– At Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night Two, Naito defeated Kazuchika Okada to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title and win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At The New Beginning In Osaka 2020, Naito defeated KENTA to retain the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles
– On August 29, Naito defeated EVIL to regain the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles, having lost them just over a month earlier
– At Power Struggle 2020, Naito defeated EVIL to retain the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles
– At Wrestling Dontaku 2021, LIJ (Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & SANADA) defeated The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan & Aaron Henare)
– At Dominion 2021, LIJ (Naito, BUSHI & SANADA) defeated Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI & Taichi)
– On July 11, LIJ (Naito & SANADA) defeated Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom 16, Naito defeated Jeff Cobb
– At the NJPW/NOAH Wrestle Kingdom 16 special, LIJ (Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Kongo (Manabu Soya, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Aleja, Kenoh & Tadasuke)
– At Royal Quest II, LIJ (Naito, Takahashi & SANADA) defeated Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr, El Desperado & DOUKI) before Naito defeated ZSJ in a singles bout
– At the NJPW/NOAH Wrestle Kingdom 17 special, Naito defeated Kenoh
– At The New Beginning in Sapporo 2023, Naito defeated Shota Umino
– At The New Beginning in Osaka 2023, LIJ (Naito, SANADA, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino
– Naito was the opponent for Keiji Muto’s final singles match on February 21, 2023
– At Collision in Philadelphia, LIJ (Naito & Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Bullet Club (Chase Owens & KENTA)
– At Dominion 2023, Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Titan) defeated Just 5 Guys (TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi & DOUKI)
– At Forbidden Door 2023, Naito, Sting & Darby Allin defeated Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki
– Naito won the 2023 G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Kazuchika Okada in the final
– At Destruction in Kobe 2023, Naito defeated Jeff Cobb
– At Destruction in Ryogoku 2023, LIJ (Naito, Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji & BUSHI) defeated United Empire (Great O-Khan, Jeff Cobb, Callum Newman & HENARE)
– At Royal Quest III, LIJ (Naito & BUSHI) defeated Just 5 Guys (SANADA & DOUKI)
– At Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2023, LIJ (Naito & Hiromu Takahashi) fought Just 5 Guys (SANADA & Yuya Uemura) to a time-limit draw
– At Power Struggle 2023, LIJ (Naito & Yota Tsuji) defeated Just 5 Guys (SANADA & Yuya Uemura)
– At Wrestle Kingdom 18, Naito defeated SANADA to win the IWGP World Title

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