Naoki Tanisaki is a 7-year veteran who has been in & out of Dragon Gate throughout his career. Originally starting in the Toryumon X promotion, he jumped to Dragon Gate in 2003. He joined up with Magnum Tokyo’s Do Fixer stable and became Shingo Takagi’s rival. He was soon overshadowed by Shingo and BxB Hulk and showed signs of breaking into singles competition. He was recruited for CIMA’s Blood Generation stable and after showing heelish mannerisms, he eventually turned on his Do Fixer stablemates and joined up with CIMA in 2006. The night that he joined, Blood Generation split into two separate factions known as the Muscle Outlaw’z and CIMA’s new version of the Blood Generation. Tanisaki joined up with Muscle Outlaw’z but soon had a losing streak against Jack Evans and any other gaijin wrestler CIMA brought in. His contract was then terminated in July and he officially left in December. Tanisaki then jumped to El Dorado while remaining a freelancer, but only appeared in 2 matches before injuries sidelined him. When he returned he teamed with Shuji Kondo while continuing freelancing, including joining the Omega stable in K-DOJO. He left El Dorado in 2008.
Tanisaki almost immediately returned to DG afterwards, signing an open contract that allowed him to continue freelancing while working all DG shows. He joined the WORLD-1 faction. At the end of 2008 he lost his hair to Cyber Kong thanks in part to interference by then-stablemate Cyber Kongcito. In 2009 Tanisaki bounced back by winning the Open The Brave Gate Title in a tournament, going on to make 6 successful defenses over 4+ months before losing the title in January 2010. He is still part of WORLD-1 and remains towards the top of the mid-card…now was, as Tanisaki defected from WORLD-1 in October 2010 and is now a member of Real Hazard.
Stats & Info:
Height: 5’7 1/2″
Weight: 171.5 pounds/78 kg
Experience: 7 years
Finishing move: Implant, Casanova
Current affiliation: Dragon Gate
Ring entrance theme: “SHINING WAVE” by INO HEAD PARK
1-time Open The Brave Gate Champion
2-time Open The Triangle Gate Champion