Ryusuke Taguchi

Jun 19, 2019 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Ryusuke Taguchi
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Date of birth: April 15, 1979
Hometown: Iwanuma, Miyagi, Japan
Pro debut: November 2002
Trained by: NJPW dojo
Finishing move: Dodon

Biography

– Taguchi made his first appearances on the NJPW Triathlon Survivor tour in late-2002
– On January 30, 2003, he won his first professional match, defeating Naofumi Yamamoto
– Taguchi entered the 2003 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, but failed to win any matches
– At NJPW’s Osaka Dream Night in August 2003, Taguchi defeated Hirooki Goto
– At the 2004 January 4 Tokyo Dome Show, Taguchi defeated Akiya Anzawa
– On April 27, 2004, Taguchi defeated Kazuya Yuasa to win the NJPW Young Lions Cup
– On November 13, Taguchi defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima & Hiroshi Nagao to win the Young Lion Toukon Tournament
– In February 2005, Taguchi went on excursion to CMLL in Mexico
– On February 27, 2005, Taguchi & Hiromi Horiguchi defeated Lil Cholo & King Ali Baba to win the Toryumon Yamaha Cup
– In October 2005, Taguchi returned to New Japan
– On February 19, 2006, Taguchi & El Samurai defeated CTU (Hirooki Goto & Minoru) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On March 19, Taguchi & El Samurai defeated Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On May 7, Taguchi & El Samurai defeated Gedo & Jado to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom I, Taguchi, Masanobu Fuchi & El Samurai defeated Nobutaka Araya, Akira Raijin & Kikutaro
– On July 6, 2007, Taguchi defeated Minoru to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– On September 24, Taguchi defeated Tiger Mask to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– On October 7, Taguchi defeated Azteca at the KAGEKI KAGEKI 10th Anniversary Show to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– The next day, Taguchi defeated Minoru to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– On October 28, Taguchi defeated Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At Zero-1’s 3rd Anniversary Show, Taguchi, Koji Kanemoto & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kohei Sato, Osamu Namiguchi & Takao Omori
– At Wrestle Kingdom III, Taguchi, Prince Devitt & Mistico defeated Gedo, Jado & Averno
– On July 5, 2009, Apollo 55 (Taguchi & Prince Devitt) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On July 20, Apollo 55 defeated Unione (Milano Collection AT & Taichi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On September 13, Apollo 55 defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Masa Chono’s 25th Anniversary Show, Apollo 55, Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue defeated Masato Tanaka, Gedo, Jado & Tomohiro Ishii
– On December 4, Apollo 55 defeated Koji Kanemoto & Nobuo Yoshihashi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom IV, Apollo 55 defeated Ultimo Guerrero & Averno to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On February 14, 2010, Apollo 55 defeated Dick Togo & Gedo to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On June 30, Apollo 55 & Hirooki Goto defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tajiri & KUSHIDA to win the J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tournament
– On July 19, Apollo 55 defeated Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On September 26, Apollo 55 defeated Gedo & Jado to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestle Kingdom V, Taguchi & Koji Kanemoto defeated Kenny Omega & Taichi
– On January 22, 2011, Taguchi defeated Mascara Dorada to win the CMLL Welterweight Title
– The next day, Apollo 55 defeated Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On January 30, Apollo 55 defeated Kojima Army (NOSAWA Rongai & Taichi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On March 20, Apollo 55 defeated TAKA Michinoku & Taichi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On April 3, Taguchi defeated Madoka to retain the CMLL Welterweight Title
– On the Kaientai Dojo’s 9th Anniversary Show, Apollo 55 defeated Little Galaxy (Shiori Asahi & Makoto Oishi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On April 29, Taguchi defeated Taichi to retain the CMLL Welterweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’11, Apollo 55 defeated No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On May 15, in Philadelphia, Apollo 55 defeated Homicide & Low Ki to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– On June 23, Apollo 55 & Hirooki Goto defeated Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) & Jushin Liger to win the J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tournament
– On August 14, Apollo 55 defeated Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At the NJPW/AJPW/NOAH All Together event, Apollo 55, KAI, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kotaro Suzuki defeated Koji Kanemoto, Minoru, KENTA, Genba Hirayanagi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
– On September 11, Apollo 55 defeated Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & Taichi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Satoshi Kojima’s 20th Anniversary Show, Taguchi & Kyosuke Mikami defeated Hiromu Takahashi & Tiger Mask
– At Wrestle Kingdom VI, Apollo 55 defeated No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At All Together ’12, Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Taiji Ishimori & The Great Sasuke defeated Gedo, Jado, Kenou & Taro Nohashi
– At NJPW’s 40th Anniversary Show, Apollo 55 & KUSHIDA defeated Hiromu Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Takaaki Watanabe
– Taguchi won the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, defeating Low Ki in the final
– At Wrestle Kingdom 7, Taguchi, BUSHI & KUSHIDA defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
– Following their defeat at Invasion Attack ’14, Devitt turned on Taguchi, ending their Apollo 55 tag team. Devitt would go on to form The Bullet Club
– At Invasion Attack ’14, Taguchi defeated Devitt, in what was Devitt’s final match with New Japan before joining WWE
– At Destruction in Kobe ’14, Taguchi defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’14, Taguchi defeated El Desperado to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At Power Struggle ’14, Taguchi defeated Taichi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– At New Year Dash ’15, Taguchi, Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA defeated The Bullet Club (Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson & Kenny Omega)
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’15, Taguchi, Manabu Nakanishi & KUSHIDA defeated Tiger Mask, Mascara Dorada & Yuji Nagata
– At Dominion ’15, Taguchi, Mascara Dorada, Manabu Nakanishi, Sho Tanaka & Yuji Nagata defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Tiger Mask, Yohei Komatsu & Jushin Liger
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’15, Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger, Mascara Dorada & KUSHIDA defeated Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Sho Tanaka, Yohei Komatsu & Jay White
– At Power Struggle ’15, Taguchi, Jushin Liger, Mascara Dorada & Tiger Mask defeated Jay White, David Finlay, Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
– At New Year Dash ’15, Taguchi, Manabu Nakanishi, Sho Tanaka, Yuji Nagata & Shiro Koshinaka defeated Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Yohei Komatsu, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Cheeseburger
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’16, Taguchi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Bobby Fish defeated CHAOS (Rocky Romero, Toru Yano, Beretta & Jado)
– At New Year Dash ’17, Taguchi, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– On April 4, 2017, Taguchi, Tanahashi & Ricochet defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– At Sakura Genesis ’17, Taguchi, Tanahashi, Ricochet & Juice Robinson defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA)
– On August 13, 2017, Taguchi & Ricochet defeated The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At Destruction in Hiroshima ’17, Taguchi & Ricochet defeated Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– At NJPW’s 46th Anniversary Show, Taguchi, KUSHIDA, Jushin Liger, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask defeated Yuji Nagata, Shota Umino, Tetsuhiro Yagi, Ren Narita & Tomoyuki Oka
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’18, Taguchi, Jushin Liger, David Finlay & Tiger Mask defeated CHAOS (Rocky Romero, Jay White, SHO & YOH)
– At Wrestle Kingdom 13, Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano won a six-team Gauntlet Match
– On January 30, 2019, Taguchi, Makabe & Yano defeated The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori) to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– At Honor Rising ’19, Taguchi, Makabe & Yano defeated Colt Cabana, Cheeseburger & Delirious to retain the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– At NJPW’s 47th Anniversary Show, Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma & Dragon Lee defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi)
– On April 22, Taguchi, Makabe & Yano defeated The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Hikuleo) to retain the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
– At Wrestling Hinokuni ’19, Taguchi, Jushin Liger, Jeff Cobb, Tiger Mask & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi)
– At Dominion ’19, Taguchi, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson defeated The Bullet Club (Jay White, Taiji Ishimori & Chase Owens)
– On June 17, Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano defeated The Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens) to retain the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles

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