Johnson Florida is a masked wrestler who occasionally appears in Dragon Gate. The “brother” of Jackson Florida, he also competes in comedy matches.
Johnson Florida debuted a few years ago as the product of former wrestler-turned-referee Takayuki Yagi being constantly bothered by the Florida brothers’ antics. He would eventually join the Floridas, however, as a partial referee. He wore an American flag motif shirt instead of a referee’s jersey, and wore oversized celebrity sunglasses, without which he couldn’t see.
He also performed with the Floridas as the masked Johnson Florida. Even though the Floridas Brothers have ended, he still performs as Johnson on occasion. He and Jackson Florida make up the Florida Express. He also once beat Jackson to win the Open The Owarai Gate Title.
Before becoming Johnson Florida, Yagi was part of the T2P class in Toryumon, his initial gimmick was that of a fisherman who carried a large flag with a sea-oriented design to the ring. Following the formation of the Italian Connection on March 3, 2002, he was accepted into the unit and renamed Pescatore Yagi, “pescatore” being an Italian seafood dish, and he began carrying a large Italian flag to the ring instead. When the ItaCon admitted on January 23, 2003 that they were all indeed Japanese and not Italian, Yagi admitted that he was not a fisherman, but instead the son of a baker. Stable leader Milano Collection A.T. then (kayfabe) banished him to his father’s bakery to learn the family trade. He would make his return as Bakery Yagi, costing Crazy MAX a match against the Italian Connection by whacking SUWA in the knee with a baguette. At this point, the Italian Connection was full of internal strife as to whether the stable was to be face or heel. As Bakery, he came down on the heel side. He began carrying loaves of bread to the ring, and using them as weapons in matches. When the ItaCon split, Yagi sided with the heels. Yagi’s in-ring career would end as part of the unnamed ItaCon breakaway faction. He, group leader Shuji Kondo, and brother YASSHI were in the ring when Kondo ordered him to the back to get some bread he baked. While he was backstage, Touru Owashi entered the ring. He made the statement that “sumos don’t eat bread”, and the three men attacked Yagi, shoving his bread down his throat.
At this point it is presumed Yagi quit wrestling due to injuries, as he returned from absence as a referee.
Stats & info:
Real name: Takayuki Yagi
Finishing move: Unknown
Current affiliation: Dragon Gate, primarily as referee
1-time Open The Owarai Gate Champion