Osamu Nishimura is a 19-year veteran who currently competes for All-Japan. Although he is a respected competitor in the ring, he is most admired for a successful comeback from cancer in 2000 (he was diagnosed with it in 1998).
After training in the New Japan Dojo, Nishimura debuted in 1991. He went on his first excursion to the US in 1994, joining the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF) and becoming a top contender for the vacant NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After a couple of failed tournament appearances, Nishimura returned to Japan to join MUGA World, a new promotion founded by his mentor, Tatsumi Fujinami. It never really got going and Nishimura again went on an excursion, this time to Germany. He returned to New Japan in 1998 and teamed with Shinya Hashimoto against the nWo Japan team of IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Keiji Muto & Masa Chono but couldn’t win the belts. Nishimura also came up short against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kensuke Sasaki, then would soon be forced out of the ring when he was diagnosed with cancer.
After treatment and with the cancer in remission, Nishimura returned in 2000. In 2001 he made another excursion to the US, this time for training and polishing at the Funking Conservatory under the watchful eye of the legendary Dory Funk Jr. When he returned to Japan he finally won the IWGP Tag Team Titles but would lose them to the interpromotional duo of Muto & Taiyo Kea. In the following years he teamed with Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, winning another IWGP Tag Team Title with Tenzan. After Tenzan focused on the IWGP Heavyweight Title, Nishimura was relegated to mid-card until deciding to leave New Japan in 2006. After his departure he made yet another trip to the US, making appearances in CHIKARA and the NWA, coming up short in a 3rd attempt at winning the NWA World Title.
In late 2007, Nishimura returned to Japan again and joined All-Japan, taking trainee Manabu Soya with him. Nishimura then teamed with Masanobu Fuchi in the 2007 Real World Tag League, then teamed with Dory Funk Jr. and reportedly planned a retirement ceremony for the legend in 2008. He is still active in All-Japan today, competing primarily in the tag team ranks and sometimes uses Funk’s finishing move, the spinning toehold, as his own finisher in tribute to the man Nishimura greatly admired.
Nishimura announced in May 2010 that he will run for a seat in the Japanese Diet (the Japanese version of the U.S. Congress). As a result, he is currently inactive as he has stopped wrestling for now in order to focus on his political campaign. It was announced on July 14, 2010 that he lost in the elections held on July 11, 2010 so his campaign is now over. He returned to All-Japan on July 25, 2010.
Nishimura won election to the Tokyo Bunkyo-Ku National Assembly in April 2011 after cancelling his contract with All-Japan in February 2011 in order to run for office. He will return to the promotion on August 13, 2011.
Stats & Info:
Weight: 231 pounds/105 kg
Experience: 19 years
Finishing move: Spinning Toehold, Japanese Leg Roll Clutch Hold, Figure 4, Diving Knee Drop
Current affiliation: All-Japan
Ring entrance theme: “THE BEST”
2-time IWGP Tag Team Champion
1-time CWA Submission Shootfight Champion
1-time FC US Heavyweight Champion
1-time GWF Light Heavyweight Champion
1-time NKPWA Heavyweight Champion
1996 The Catch Of Lancashire Tournament
1998 IWW One Night Tournament
2002 Triathlon Survivor
2003 G1 Tag League
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