Michael Nakazawa

Dec 29, 2019 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real Name: Shoji Nakazawa
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198 lbs.
Date of Birth: October 8, 1975
From: Kawasaki, Kanagawa (Japan)
Pro Debut: October 23, 2005
Trained By: DDT Dojo
Finishing Move: Firebird Splash


– Nakazawa attended Tokai University in his homeland, before studying abroad in the US, obtaining a Masters in Sports Science from the USSA in Alabama
– He returned to Japan after completing his studies and began competing for DDT. His English language skills soon led to him acting as a translator and liaison for the English-speaking talent booked by several Japanese promotions
– On April 1, 2007, Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Poco Takanashi & Seiya Morohashi for the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles.
– On June 13, Nakazawa & Matsunaga fought Sanshiro Takagi & Seiya Morohashi to a no-contest to retain the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On July 1, Nakazawa & Matsunaga defeated Antonio Honda & Prince Togo to retain the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On July 15, Nakazawa & Matsunaga defeated Kenta Kosugi & Shun Mizuno to retain the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles
– On August 5, Nakazawa & Matsunaga defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Yoshiaki Yago in a Hardcore Locker Room Death Match to retain the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles
– Nakazawa wrestled a pair of ROH matches in April 2008
– On June 28th, 2009, Nakazawa defeated Danshoku Dino, Antonio Honda & Rion Mizuki to win the DDT Extreme Title, but would lose it back to Dino the next day
– On November 3rd, 2010, Nakazawa, Hikaru Sato & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Riho, Mr. 6 & Great Kojika for the UWA Trios, DDT Jiyugaoka Six Man & Sea of Japan Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– On June 19th, 2011, Nakazawa & Kenny Omega defeated TKG48 (Shigehiro Irie & Munenori Sawa for the DDT KO-D Tag Team Titles.
– On June 3, 2012, Nakazawa defeated Hoshitango to win the DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Title, but would soon lose it to Ayumi Kurihara
– In early 2019, Nakazawa signed with AEW as an in-ring talent and as a liaison for their Japanese talents
– On the Fyter Fest 2019 pre-show, Nakazawa defeated Alex Jebailey in a Hardcore Match
– In 2021, Nakazawa began serving as the on-screen lackey for The Elite, and specifically, Kenny Omega

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