Nicknamed “Mr. High Tension”, Wataru Inoue is a 10-year veteran in New Japan and one of the more consistent Jr. Heavyweights in the promotion. While he hasn’t won as many titles as some of his counterparts, he’s been a consistent performer and has put together a solid string of years recently. After a Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title reign in 2005 he broke through in singles in 2007 & 2008, winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title and reigining for 6 months and also winning the 2008 Best Of The Super Junior.
Like several of his fellow stars he trained at Animal Hamaguchi’s gym before making his debut in 1999. Between several title shots in New Japan and NOAH and an excursion to Mexico, although he came up short for several years he has always remained near the top of the Jr. Heavyweight ranks. He currently is a member of the Blue Justice faction in New Japan.
Stats & Info:
Weight: 224 pounds/102 kg
Experience: 10 years
Finishing move: Oracion Flame, Triangle Lancer, Spear Of Justice
Current affiliation: New Japan
Ring entrance theme: “Countdown ignition”
1-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
1-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion
1-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
2007 IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Contendership Tournament
2008 Best Of The Super Junior
2010 G1 Tag League
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