Super Strong Machine

Nov 19, 2020 - by Allen Rockum

Real Name: Junji Hirata
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 254 lbs.
Date of Birth: December 20, 1956
Hometown: Hiratsuka, Kanagawa (Japan)
Pro Debut: August 26, 1978
Retired: June 19, 2018
Trained By: New Japan Dojo
Finishing Move: Devil Windmill Suplex

Biography

– Hirata has had many ring names which include Sonny Two Rivers, Strong Machine #1, Makai #1, Black Strong Machine, Super Strong Azteca Machine, Super Love Machine & most notably known as Super Strong Machine.
– Hirata is the father of Strong Machine J.
– November 18, 1983, Sonny Two Rivers defeated Cobra for the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title.
– February 16, 1984, Sonny Two Rivers defended the title against Ron Starr.
– March 2nd, Sonny Two Rivers would lose the championship to Ron Starr.
– March 17th, Sonny Two Rivers & Mr. Hito challenged Danny Davis & Hubert Gallant for the Stampede International Tag Team Titles.
– November 18th, The Strong Machines (Strong Machine #1 & Strong Machine #2) entered into the NJPW MSG Tag Team League ’84.
– July 19, 1985, Super Strong Machine challenged Tatsumi Fujinami for the WWF International Heavyweight Title.
– June 12, 1986, Super Strong Machine challenged Genichiro Tenryu for the NWA United National Title.
– July 21st, Super Strong Machine & Killer Khan challenged Ishin Gundan (Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu) for the NWA International Tag Team Titles.
– November 22nd, Super Strong Machine & Ashura Hara entered into the AJPW Real World Tag League ’86.
– August 2, 1987, Super Strong Machine & Kuniaki Kobayashi challenged Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– October 17th, Super Strong Machine & Hiro Saito challenged Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kazuo Yamazaki for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– November 14th, Super Strong Machine & Akira Maeda entered into the Japan Cup Tag Team League ’87.
– February 7, 1988, Super Strong Machine & Riki Choshu challenged Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– November 12th, Super Strong Machine, The Jaguar & The Tiger entered into the Japan Cup Elimination Tag League.
– March 16, 1989, Super Strong Machine & George Takano defeated Riki Choshu & Masa Saito for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– May 25th, Machine & George Takano defended the titles against Kengo Kimura & Osamu Kido.
– July 13th, Machine & George Takano lost the titles to Riki Choshu & Takayuki Iizuka.
– November 25th, Machine entered into the NJPW World Cup League.
– January 5, 1990, Machine & Naoki Sano lost to Masahiro Chono & Shiro Koshinaka in the finals of the NJPW New Year Tournament.
– December 26th, Machine & Hiro Saito defeated Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Hase for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– January 16, 1991, Machine & Hiro Saito retained the titles against Osamu Kido & Kengo Kimura.
– March 6th, Machine & Hiro Saito would lose the titles to Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Hase.
– January 4, 1992, Machine & Blond Outlaws (Norio Honaga & Hiro Saito) lost to Jushin Thunder Liger, AKIRA & Masashi Aoyagi at WCW/NJPW Starrcade ’92.
– July 31st, Machine challenged Riki Choshu for the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
– August 7th, Machine lost to Rick Rude in the first round of the G1 Climax ’92.
– October 8th, Machine & Scott Norton entered into the Super Grade Tag League II.
– June 17, 1993, Raging Staff (Machine & Tatsutoshi Goto) & Yoshiro Ito lost to Heisei Ishingun (Kengo Kimura, Shiro Koshinaka & The Great Kabuki) at the WAR 1st Anniversary of Revolution.
– August 5th, Machine lost to Keiji Muto in the second round of the G1 Climax ’93.
– March 2, 1994, Machine defeated Lionheart at the WAR Revolution Rumble ’94.
– October 30th, Machine & Masahiro Chono lost to Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase in the finals of the Super Grade Tag League IV.
– March 7, 1995, Hirata lost to Hiro Saito at NJPW Muscle Storm ’95.
– April 21st, Hirata defeated Manabu Nakanishi at NJPW Battle Rush ’95.
– July 13th, Hirata & Shinya Hashimoto defeated Scott Norton & Mike Enos to win the vacant IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– July 18th, Hirata & Shinya Hashimoto defended the titles against Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masahiro Chono.
– September 20th, Hirata & Shinya Hashimoto retained the titles against The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior).
– September 25th, Hirata challenged Keiji Muto for the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
– October 30th, Hirata & Shinya Hashimoto lost to Ookami Gundan (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) in the semi-finals of the Super Grade Tag League V.
– December 11th, Hirata & Hashimoto defended the IWGP Tag Team Titles against Ookami Gundan.
– February 12, 1996, Hirata defeated Yuji Nagata at NJPW Fighting Spirit ’96.
– March 20th, Hirata & Hashimoto retained the IWGP Tag Team Titles against Harlem Heat (Booker T. & Stevie Ray).
– March 26th, Hirata & Hashimoto lost to Keiji Muto & Kensuke Sasaki in the semi-finals of the NJPW One Night Tag Team Tournament.
– June 12th, Hirata & Hashimoto lost the IWGP Tag Team Titles to Kazuo Yamazaki & Takashi Iizuka.
– August 3rd, Hirata entered into the G1 Climax ’96.
– February 8, 1997, Hirata & Keiji Muto challenged Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– August 1st, Hirata lost to Scott Norton in the first round of the G1 Climax ’97.
– September 18th, Hirata & Osamu Kido lost to nWo Japan (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Great Muta) in the semi-finals of the G1 Climax Special Tag Team Tournament.
– September 10, 1999, Hirata & Shiro Koshinaka entered into the G1 Tag League ’99.
– December 18th, Hirata defeated Tadao Yasuda at the NJPW Charity Entertainment Show.
– March 11, 2000, Hirata & Ryuma Go defeated Osamu Kido & Tadao Yasuda at the Rikidozan Memorial Show.
– August 8th, Hirata entered into the G1 Climax ’00.
– November 17th, Super Strong Machine & Jushin Thunder Liger entered into the G1 Tag League ’00.
– November 23, 2002, Makai Club (Makai #1, Ryushi Yanagisawa & Tadao Yasuda) entered into the Triathlon Survivor League.
– August 24, 2003, Makai defeated Wataru Inoue at NJPW Hall Crush.
– October 15th, Makai Club (Makai #1 & Tadao Yasuda) entered into the G1 Tag League ’03.
– January 28, 2004, Makai competed in the New Japan Rumble.
– March 28th, Makai Club (Makai #1, Mitsuya Nagai, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryushi Yanagisawa) defeated Blue Wolf, Shinya Makabe, Toru Yano & Yutaka Yoshie at NJPW King of Sports.
– September 23rd, Super Love Machine & Gran Hamada lost to Funkster & Jamal in the semi-finals of the AJPW Autumn Festival Tag Tournament.
– November 21st, Love Machines (Super Love Machine & Love Machine Storm) entered into the AJPW Real World Tag League ’04.
– December 5th, Love Machine lost to Satoshi Kojima at AJPW The Unchained World.
– April 20, 2006, Black Strong Machine lost to Riki Choshu in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’06.
– October 8th, Super Strong Machine, Manabu Nakanishi & Michiyoshi Ohara defeated Big Van Vader & Makai Club (Makai #11 & Makai #14) on NJPW WRESTLE LAND.
– October 21st, Machine & Michiyoshi Ohara defeated Makai Club ( Makai #2 & Makai #15) on NJPW WRESTLE LAND.
– 2007, Machine would help form Legend with AKIRA, Jushin Thunder Liger, Riki Choshu, Shiro Koshinaka & Masahiro Chono.
– June 27, 2008, Machine & Hiro Saito lost to Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Shinjiro Otani in the semi-finals of the Yuke’s Cup PREMIUM One Night Tag Tournament.
– March 6, 2009, Machine, Riki Choshu & Hiro Saito defeated Heisei Ishingun (Akira Nogami, Shiro Koshinaka & Masashi Aoyagi) at the NJPW Strong Style 37th Anniversary Show.
– October 12th, Machine competed in a Battle Royal at the Masahiro Chono 25th Anniversary Show.
– January 4, 2010, Seigigun (Machine, Wataru Inoue & Mitsuhide Hirasawa) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Kazuchika Okada & Koji Kanemoto at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom IV.
– October 24th, Seigigun (Machine & King Fale) entered into the G1 Tag League ’10.
– August 27, 2011, Machine competed in the Destroyer Cup Battle Royal.
– April 2, 2014, Seigigun (Machine & Yuji Nagata) & Captain New Japan defeated Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, Minoru Suzuki & Taichi) at NJPW Road to Invasion Attack ’14.
– Machine would eventually become a trainer at the NJPW Dojo.
– June 19, 2018, Hirata would officially retire from in-ring action but remain a trainer.

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