Sanshiro Takagi is the founder of DDT and a 15-year veteran of puroresu. A big fan of WWE, he made DDT into a parody of sorts of WWE and his gimmick is a parody of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin-whereas “Stone Cold” was Austin 3:16, Takagi’s signature scripture is “Takagi 3:46”. He is known in DDT and around the micro-indy scene for his hilarious promos and natural charisma as well as his extensive use of comedy in his matches.
Takagi was trained by Goro Tsurumi and started at his International Pro Wrestling revival promotion, IWA Kakuto Shijuku. Soon, however, Takagi broke off, seeing that IWAKS’s limited exposure would only limit him to be an independent wrestler, in 1997 he formed DDT (Dramatic Dream Team), which not only would promote in Tokyo (as opposed to Tsurumi’s Chigasaki, Kanagawa base), but also be based on the entertainment wrestling kingpin of the day, World Wrestling Entertainment. Since then Takagi’s show has acquired a cult following as a good version of American-style entertainment wrestling. Takagi has also made appearances in All-Japan, but prefers to remain his own man and his own promoter. Not surprisingly, he’s one of the most accomplished wrestlers in DDT having held the KO-D Openweight Title, the promotion’s top championship, 5 times. He once was even managed by his wife Kayoko, she made some appearances in 2004. He also isn’t afraid to promote DDT shows anywhere-ANYWHERE. Theme parks? Campsites? Beer gardens? The middle of nowhere? Nothing is off limits for Takagi, who has apparently perfected the art of comedy in wrestling. The only question perhaps is how much more ridiculous he can get in the name of fun.
Takagi “defected” from DDT in late 2010 to the promotion’s Union Pro sub-brand as part of what appears to be an ongoing faction warfare storyline.
Stats & info:
Weight: 209 pounds/95 kg
Experience: 15 years
Finishing move: Stunner
Current affiliation: DDT
Ring Entrance Theme: “Fire (TAZ Remix)”
5-time KO-D Openweight Champion
1-time DDT Extreme Champion
3-time DDT Tag Team Champion
7-time DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion
2-time DDT Jiyugaoka 6-Man Tag Team Champion