Toru Yano

Dec 6, 2020 - by Allen Rockum

Real Name: Toru Yano
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 254 lbs.
Date of Birth: May 18, 1978
Hometown: Arakawa, Tokyo (Japan)
Pro Debut: May 18, 2002
Trained By: NJPW Dojo
Finishing Move: Oni Koroshi

Biography

– Yano was a decorated Greco-Roman wrestler while attending Nihon University, winning several amateur titles while competing.
– Yano has garnered the nicknames Golden Lion, YTR, Sublime Master Thief & Barber Yano.
– November 29, 2002, Yano, Kenzo Suzuki & Blue Wolf entered into the NJPW Triathlon Survivor League ’02.
– December 23rd, Yano, Blue Wolf & Kenzo Suzuki lost to Yutaka Yoshie, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi at NJPW Dream Win ’02.
– March 14, 2003, Yano entered into the G2 U-30 Climax.
– March 29th, Yano lost to Shinya Makabe at NJPW Exciting Battle in Naeba ’03.
– September 21st, Yano & Yutaka Yoshie lost to Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata at NJPW Road to Ultimate Crush.
– December 23rd, Yano & Tatsutoshi Goto lost to Takashi Iizuka & Hiro Saito at NJPW Dream Win ’03.
– January 24, 2004, Yano & Shinya Makabe defeated Wataru Inoue & Blue Wolf at NJPW Wrestling World ’04.
– January 24th, Yano lost to Tatsutoshi Goto at NJPW Exciting Battle in Okinawa ’04.
– March 27th, Yano lost to Hiroyoshi Tenzan at NJPW Exciting Battle in Naeba ’04.
– March 28th, Yano, Blue Wolf, Shinya Makabe & Yutaka Yoshie lost to Makai Club (Katsuyori Shibata, Makai #1, Mitsuya Nagai & Ryushi Yanagisawa at NJPW King of Sports.
– July 19th, Yano challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi for the U-30 Openweight Title.
– August 14th, Yano & Tatsutoshi Goto defeated Mitsuya Nagai & Ryota Chikuzen at NJPW Climax +1.
– October 9th, Yano lost to Tomoaki Honma at NJPW Pro-Wrestlers Be Strongest.
– October 17th, Yano, Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito lost to Black New Japan (Katsuyori Shibata, Mitsuya Nagai & Ryota Chikuzen) in the semi-finals of the Yuko Six Man Tag Team Tournament.
– November 8th, Yano defeated KENSHIN at NJPW Lion’s Road 2nd Stage.
– December 23rd, Yano & Manabu Nakanishi wrestled to a Time Limit Draw at NJPW Dream Win ’04.
– January 23, 2005, Yano & Blue Wolf challenged Masayuki Naruse & Mitsuya Nagai for the All Asia Tag Team Titles.
– June 18th, Yano competed against Hiroshi Tanahashi for the vacant IWGP U-30 Openweight Title.
– August 4th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’05.
– September 28th, Yano lost to Minoru Suzuki at NJPW Nagoya Kessen.
– October 22nd, Yano challenged Robbie Brookside for the EWP Intercontinental Title.
– October 28th, Yano & Kendo Kashin defeated Ecki Eckstein & Leon van Gasteren to win the vacant EWP Tag Team Titles.
– October 30th, Yano competed in the EWP Pascha Wrestling-Cup ’05 Battle Royal.
– December 16th, Yano defeated Katsushi Takemura at NJPW Final Battle ’05 in Okinawa.
– December 25th, Yano lost to Yutaka Yoshie at NJPW Dream Win ’05.
– January 8, 2006, Yano & Togi Makabe lost to Osamu Nishimura & Naofumi Yamamoto at the NJPW Fan Thanksgiving Day ’06.
– April 20th, Yano lost to Giant Bernard in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’06.
– May 13th, Yano, Daigoro Kashiwa & Teppei Ishizaka defeated Gedo, Jado & Hokkaido at NJPW Wrestle Land.
– May 21st, Yano & Tomohiro Ishii lost to BADBOY Hido & Kintaro Kanemaru on NJPW Lock Up.
– June 25th, Yano, Riki Choshu & Tomohiro Ishii defeated GENTARO, Kintaro Kanemaru & Tetsuhiro Kuroda on NJPW Lock Up.
– July 29th, Yano & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe on NJPW Lock Up.
– October 28th, Yano & Makai #20 defeated Taichi Ishikari & El Purpose at NJPW Wrestle Land.
– October 16th, Yano & Tomohiro Ishii entered into the G1 Tag League ’06.
– November 14th, Yano & Wataru Inoue entered the National Area Tag League.
– February 4, 2007, Great Bash Heel (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Kintaro Kanemaru & Tetsuhiro Kuroda on NJPW Lock Up.
– March 11th, Yano lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’07.
– July 29th, Yano defeated Kintaro Kanemaru for the WEW Heavyweight Title.
– August 5th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’07.
– August 19th, Yano defeated Mammoth Sasaki on NJPW Lock Up.
– September 23rd, Yano lost the WEW Heavyweight Title to Mammoth Sasaki.
– November 2nd, Great Bash Heel (Yano & Togi Makabe) lost to Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko in the semi-finals of the G1 Tag League ’07.
– November 11th, Yano lost to Rhino at NJPW Destruction ’07.
– January 4, 2008, Great Bash Heel lost to Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) in a Hardcore match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom II.
– February 17th, Great Bash Heel defeated RISE (Travis Tomko & Giant Bernard) for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– March 23rd, Yano lost to Giant Bernard in the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup ’08.
– March 30th, Great Bash Heel lost to Takashi Iizuka & Hiroyoshi Tenzan at NJPW New Dimension.
– April 27th, Great Bash Heel defended the IWGP Tag Team Titles against Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takashi Iizuka.
– May 2nd, Great Bash Heel defeated RISE on NJPW Aggressive.
– July 21st, Great Bash Heel retained the IWGP Tag Team Titles against Rick Fuller & Giant Bernard.
– August 9th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’08.
– September 5th, Great Bash Heel defended the IWGP Tag Team Titles against RISE (Hirooki Goto & Shinsuke Nakamura).
– November 5th, Most Violent Players (Yano & Togi Makabe) lost to TenKoji (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) in the finals of the G1 Tag League ’08.
– December 6th, Most Violent Players retained the IWGP Tag Team Titles against Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie.
– January 4, 2009, Most Violent Players lost the titles to Team 3D in a Hardcore match.
– March 8th, Yano lost to Milano Collection AT in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’09.
– April 5th, Yano lost to Hirooki Goto at NJPW Resolution ’09.
– May 5th, CHAOS (Yano, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & Wataru Inoue at NJPW Divergence.
– May 6th, CHAOS (Yano, Giant Bernard & Shinsuke Nakamura) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata & Super Strong Machine at NJPW Dissidence.
– June 20th, Yano defeated Togi Makabe at NJPW Dominion.
– August 7th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’09.
– November 1st, CHAOS (Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura) lost to Apollo 55 (Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt) in the semi-finals of the G1 Tag League ’09.
– January 4, 2010, CHAOS (Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii) & Abdullah the Butcher lost to Terry Funk, Riki Choshu, Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom IV.
– March 20th, Yano lost to Togi Makabe in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’10.
– May 3rd, Yano defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’10.
– June 19th, Yano lost a Hair vs. Hair match to Hiroshi Tanahashi at NJPW Dominion.
– June 28th, CHAOS (Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Gedo) lost to KUSHIDA, Hiroshi Tanahashi & TAJIRI in the first round of the J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Team Tournament ’10.
– August 6th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’10.
– October 22nd, CHAOS (Yano & Takashi Iizuka) entered into the G1 Tag League ’10.
– January 4, 2011, Yano lost a No DQ match to Rob Van Dam at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom V.
– March 20th, Yano lost to Yuji Nagata in the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup ’11.
– May 3rd, CHAOS (Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Seigigun (King Fale & Wataru Inoue) & Hiroyoshi Tenzan at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’11.
– May 15th, Yano competed against MVP for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Title.
– June 18th, Yano challenged MVP for the IWGP Intercontinental Title.
– June 23rd, CHAOS (Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Takashi Iizuka) lost to Jushin Thunder Liger & Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard) in the semi-finals of the J Sports Crown Openweight Six Man Tag Team Tournament ’11.
– July 18th, Yano challenged MVP for the IWGP Intercontinental Title.
– August 1st, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’11.
– September 21st, Yano defeated Hiromu Takahashi at NJPW NEVER.7.
– October 10th, Yano lost to Yuji Nagata at NJPW Destruction ’11.
– November 6th, CHAOS (Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura) lost to Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki) in the semi-finals of the G1 Tag League ’11.
– November 12th, Yano challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
– January 4, 2012, CHAOS lost to Go Shiozaki & Naomichi Marufuji at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom VI.
– March 4th, CHAOS (Yano & Takashi Iizuka) defeated TenKoji at the NJPW 40th Anniversary Show.
– April 1st, Yano lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’12.
– May 3rd, CHAOS defeated TenKoji to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– May 24th, Yano defeated Hajime Ohara at WNC Starting Over.
– June 16th, CHAOS would vacate the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– August 3rd, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’12.
– November 20th, CHAOS entered into the World Tag League ’12.
– January 4th, CHAOS (Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi) & Bob Sapp lost to Akebono, MVP & Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man) at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 7.
– March 10th, CHAOS (Yano & Takashi Iizuka) defeated BRAVE (Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura) to win the GHC Tag Team Titles.
– March 23rd, Yano lost to Kazuchika Okada in the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup ’13.
– April 27th, Yano lost to Minoru Suzuki at NJPW Invasion Attack.
– April 14th, CHAOS entered into the NOAH Global Tag League ’13.
– May 12th, CHAOS retained the GHC Tag Team Titles against TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste).
– June 2nd, Yano challenged KENTA for the GHC Heavyweight Title.
– June 8th, CHAOS defended the GHC Tag Team Titles against No Mercy (KENTA & Yoshihiro Takayama).
– June 30th, Yano defeated Shane Haste at NOAH Voyage for Colosseum.
– July 7th, CHAOS lost the GHC Tag Team Titles to TMDK.
– July 20th, CHAOS challenged TenKoji for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– August 1st, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’13.
– September 29th, Yano defeated Minoru Suzuki by count out at NJPW Destruction ’13.
– November 24th, CHAOS entered into the World Tag League ’13.
– January 4, 2014, Yano & Great Muta defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin) at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 8.
– March 15th, Yano lost to Minoru Suzuki in the first round of the New Japan Cup ’14.
– May 3rd, CHAOS defeated Suzuki-gun at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’14.
– July 21st, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’14.
– October 13th, Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) at NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling ’14.
– November 27th, Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba entered into the World Tag League ’14.
– January 4, 2015, Yano, Naomichi Marufuji & TMDK defeated Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton Benjamin & Takashi Iizuka) at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9.
– March 8th, Yano lost to Kota Ibushi in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’15.
– May 3rd, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) & Kazushi Sakuraba lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata & Togi Makabe at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’15.
– July 5th, Yano lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi at NJPW Dominion.
– July 20th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’15.
– September 23rd, CHAOS (Yano & Kazuchika Okada) defeated AJ Styles & Cody Hall at NJPW Destruction in Okayama ’15.
– September 27th, CHAOS (Yano, Kazuchika Okada & Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated BULLET CLUB (AJ Styles & Tama Tonga) & Cody Hall at NJPW Destruction in Kobe ’15.
– October 12th, CHAOS (Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & Shinsuke Nakamura) defeated BULLET CLUB (Doc Gallows, Bad Luck Fale & Karl Anderson) at NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling ’15.
– November 21st, CHAOS (Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba) entered into the World Tag League ’15.
– January 4, 2016, Yano & The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) defeated BULLET CLUB (Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga) to win the vacant NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– February 11th, Yano & The Briscoes lost the titles to BULLET CLUB.
– February 14th, Yano & The Briscoes defeated BULLET CLUB to win back the titles.
– February 20th, Yano & The Briscoes lost the titles to BULLET CLUB (Kenny Omega, Matt & Nick Jackson).
– March 12th, Yano lost to Tetsuya Naito in the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup ’16.
– May 4th, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) to win the NOAH Global Tag League ’16.
– May 28th, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Killer Elite Squad to win the GHC Tag Team Titles.
– June 12th, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji defended the titles against Killer Elite Squad.
– July 5th, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji retained the titles against Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka).
– July 22nd, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’16.
– August 19th, CHAOS (Yano, Beretta & Rocky Romero) defeated BULLET CLUB (Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga) at ROH Death Before Dishonor XIV.
– August 20th, Yano lost to Silas Young on ROH TV.
– August 27th, CHAOS (Yano & Gedo) competed in a Gauntlet for the ROH World Tag Team Titles.
– September 23rd, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji retained the GHC Tag Team Titles against Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm.
– October 1st, Yano lost to Michael Elgin on ROH TV.
– October 8th, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji defended the GHC Tag Team Titles against CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI).
– October 23rd, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji retained the titles against Great Bash Heel.
– November 3rd, Yano entered into the NOAH Global League ’16.
– November 23rd, Yano & Naomichi Marufuji lost the GHC Tag Team Titles to Killer Elite Squad.
– January 4, 2017, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) won a 3-Way to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– February 5th, CHAOS defended the titles in a 3-Way.
– March 6th, CHAOS lost the titles to TenKoji.
– March 14th, Yano lost to Bad Luck Fale in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’17.
– May 3rd, CHAOS (Yano, Hirooki Goto, Jado, Rocky Romero & Beretta) defeated Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’17.
– June 11th, CHAOS (Yano, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii) competed in a 5-Way Gauntlet for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– July 20th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’17.
– October 12th, CHAOS (Yano & YOSHI-HASHI) lost to BULLET CLUB (Cody & Marty Scurll) at ROH Global Wars ’17 – Tag 1.
– November 5th, Yano challenged Minoru Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Title in a Bullrope Death Match.
– November 19th, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) entered into the World Tag League ’17.
– January 4, 2018, CHAOS (Yano, Beretta & Tomohiro Ishii) won a 4-Way Gauntlet to win the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– January 5th, CHAOS lost the titles to BULLET CLUB (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale).
– March 6th, CHAOS (Yano, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii) defeated David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Toa Henare at the NJPW 46th Anniversary Show.
– March 15th, Yano lost to SANADA in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’18.
– March 25th, CHAOS (Yano & Chuckie T) lost to Killer Elite Squad at NJPW Strong Style Evolved.
– May 3rd, CHAOS (Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Jay White & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson & David Finlay at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku ’18.
– May 26th, Yano defeated Shane Taylor at ROH Honor United – Tag 2.
– June 9th, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) lost to Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) at NJPW Dominion.
– July 15th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’18.
– September 15th, CHAOS (Yano, Gedo & Hirooki Goto) defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) by DQ at NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima.
– November 18th, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) entered into the World Tag League ’18.
– January 5, 2019, Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi challenged BULLET CLUB (Taiji Ishimori, Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga) for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– January 30th, Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe defeated BULLET CLUB for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– February 22nd, Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe defended the titles against Delirious, Cheeseburger & Colt Cabana.
– March 6th, Yano, Ayato Yoshida, Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Togi Makabe lost to BULLET CLUB (Hikuleo, Chase Owens, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale) at the NJPW 47th Anniversary Show.
– March 17th, Yano lost to Colt Cabana in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’19.
– April 29th, Yano & Togi Makabe challenged Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.
– June 29th, CHAOS (Yano & YOH) defeated BULLET CLUB (Gino Gambino & Taiji Ishimori) at NJPW Southern Showdown in Melbourne.
– June 30th, CHAOS (Yano & Mikey Nicholls) & Juice Robinson defeated BULLET CLUB (Gino Gambino & Guerrillas of Destiny) at NJPW Southern Showdown in Sydney.
– July 13th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’19.
– October 7th, Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe defended the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles against Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & YOSHI-HASHI.
– November 16th, Yano & Colt Cabana entered into the World Tag League ’19.
– January 4, 2020, CHAOS (Yano, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi) at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14.
– January 5th, Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi lost the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles to Los Ingobernables de Japón (BUSHI, EVIL & Shingo Takagi) in a Gauntlet match.
– February 22nd, Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Colt Cabana & Rocky Romero lost to Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado) at the NJPW Manabu Nakanishi Retirement Event.
– June 24th, Yano lost to Hiromu Takahashi in the second round of the New Japan Cup ’20.
– July 12th, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) & Yota Tsuji lost to Los Ingobernables de Japón (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA) at NJPW Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall.
– August 9th, CHAOS (Yano, Kazuchika Okada & SHO) competed against CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii) for the vacant NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles.
– August 29th, Yano won a 4-Way to win the vacant NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling Title.
– September 20th, Yano entered into the G1 Climax ’20.
– November 7th, Yano defended the NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling Title against Zack Sabre Jr. by count out in a No Corner Pads match.
– November 15th, CHAOS (Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) entered into the World Tag League ’20.

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