Another of the next generation of up-and-coming talent, Manabu Soya is a 3-year pro who debuted in spring 2007. Shortly after his debut on the indy scene, he followed mentor Osamu Nishimura to All-Japan. He has participated in one World’s Strongest Tag League so far and more recently began teaming with Riki Choshu during the New Japan star’s appearances in All-Japan.
Soya left All-Japan in January 2010 for an indefinite training excursion overseas-according to his blog he went to Canada. He returned to All-Japan in July 2010 and made his official in-ring return in August 2010, facing Nishimura in his return match on 8/15. He accepted an invite from Suwama to join his New Generation Force faction upon his return. Soya then won the All-Asia Tag Team Titles with Seiya Sanada just 2 weeks after his return. Despite a brief separation and a match or two against him, he still primarily competes alongside Sanada in tag team & 6-man matches.
Stats & Info:
Weight: 217 pounds/99 kg
Experience: 3 years
Finishing move: Cross Kneelock
Current affiliation: All-Japan
Ring entrance music: Unknown
2-time All-Asia Tag Team Champion
Official website (Japanese):
http://pure-city.jp/soya/ (Inactive, not updated since January 2010)
Ring entrance music: