CIMA

cimaCima (pronounced “shee-ma” and stylized as CIMA) is the undisputed ace of Dragon Gate and the promotion’s biggest star. He is a 12-year veteran who has spent his entire career in DG.
CIMA graduated from the first class of Último Dragón’s Toryumon dojo. He quickly became the Toryumon wrestling promotion’s biggest star. He first wrestled as Shiima Nobunaga (making a few appearances in WCW under that name), then as Shiima, until finally shortening his stage name to Cima, under which he still wrestles today. He was one of the founders of the Crazy Max stable, and had a years long feud with Magnum Tokyo, another first class graduate. He began as a high flyer, utilizing the Mad Splash as his finisher. This, however, took toll on his body and especially his knees. After returning from knee surgery he changed his style and started using the Schwein as his finisher. He wrestled in Toryumon Japan until 2004, when the promotion separated itself from Último Dragón’s dojo, and changed its name to Dragon Gate. He still wrestles in Dragon Gate today. He created the Blood Generation stable in 2005, which had its final match in January 2007. Cima also made his first appearance in a North American wrestling promotion in about seven years in August 2005, appearing in Ring of Honor in a match against A.J. Styles, who Cima defeated. Cima would return to North America for a three day tour with Ring of Honor. On March 30, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan, Cima teamed with fellow Blood Generation members Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino to defeat Ring of Honor faction Generation Next, represented by Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Jack Evans.On March 31 in Chicago, Illinois, CIMA would once again team with fellow Blood Generation members Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino in Ring of Honor, this time losing a match to another stable from Dragon Gate, Do Fixer (Dragon Kid, Ryo Saito, and Genki Horiguchi). On April 1, 2006, once again in Chicago, Illinois, at the third and final Ring of Honor show, Cima teamed with Naruki Doi in a losing attempt to win the Ring of Honor Tag Titles from champions Generation Next (Austin Aries and Roderick Strong).In September 2006 during the Labor Day Weekend, Cima participated in the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Battle of Los Angeles super tournament. He was able to advance all the way to the finals where he lost to Davey Richards. Cima’s next return to Ring of Honor happened in late December 2006. Cima teamed with Shingo Takagi on December 22 in Hartford, Connecticut to challenge Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, but the Japanese stars came up short in the match. The next night, in Manhattan, New York, Cima and Shingo teamed with Matt Sydal to take on the team of Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, and Delirious. This time, they were successful in their outing, when Cima pinned Delirious.After the match, Cima proclaimed “Thank you US, thank you ROH, see you in 2007″.
CIMA continues to be at or near the top of DG and also remains active in helping spread DG beyond Japan through satellite promotion DGUSA and various other indy appearances, but his reputation and image was tarnished in summer 2009 when it was revealed he was partially involved in what’s been called the “Cora Scandal” involving alleged mistreatment of a pet monkey CIMA bought to the DG dojo in the late 1990s. Although CIMA’s punishment on the surface was a fine (actually a temporary pay reduction), the PR damage could be more significant and he will have to work hard to overcome this serious mark on his record. And that he has certainly done, as he’s something of an unofficial ambassador for the promotion and makes a lot of efforts to help spread the DG brand to a worldwide fanbase.

Stats & info:
Real name: Nobuhiko Oshima
Age: 32
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 180 pounds/83 kg
Experience: 12 years
Finishing move: Schwein, Meteora
Current affiliation: Dragon Gate
Ring entrance theme: “Me Gusta Cola”

Titles won:
2-time Open The Dream Gate Champion
1-time Open The Brave Gate Champion
3-time Open The Twin Gate Champion
10-time Open The Triangle Gate Champion
1-time Open The Owarai Gate Champion
1-time Osaka Pro Singles Champion
1-time AWF Champion
1-time IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Champion
1-time NWA International Light Heavyweight Champion
2-time UDG Champion
4-time UWA Trios Champion

Tournaments won:
1999 Maximum Tag League
2002 One Night Tournament
2003 El Numero Uno
2004 UDG Title Tournament
2006 Open The Triangle Gate League

Other accolades:
1 Wrestling Observer Newsletter 5 Star Match
2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Match Of The Year
2006 Tokyo Sports Grand Prix Technique Prize

Official websites:
http://spora.jp/cima (Japanese)
http://www.myspace.com/cima1115 (English)
http://twitter.com/DragonGateCIMA (English)

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