One of All-Japan’s top Jr. Heavyweights in the mid-1990s and one of the first Juniors to have success against the Heavyweights, Yoshinari Ogawa is a 24-year veteran who has competed for All-Japan & NOAH. Trained by Mitsuharu Misawa, Ogawa teamed regularly with his mentor almost right up until the end. He has earned the nickname of “Rat Boy” due to his sneaky, clever in-ring tactics and baiting his opponents into quick pins.
Ogawa won 3 All-Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Titles from 1995-2000, but left the promotion during his 3rd reign as part of Misawa’s mass talent exodus to form NOAH. Ogawa also held both the All-Japan and All-Asia Tag Team Titles with Misawa. In NOAH he became the 3rd GHC Heavyweight Champion, starting a trend (at least in NOAH) of Jr. Heavyweights holding Heavyweight gold and having success against their larger counterparts. He also has won 2 GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Titles with Misawa. Since the death of Misawa he has mostly competed in opening and mid-card matches, usually in tag teams but with an occasional singles match.
Ogawa will celebrate his 25th anniversary as an active wrestler in September 2010.
Ogawa is inactive as of mid-August 2010 due to injury. It’s not known how long he’ll be out.
Stats & Info:
Weight: 198 pounds/90 kg
Experience: 24 years
Finishing move: Backdrop Hold
Current affiliation: NOAH
Ring Entrance Theme: “New Civilization Of Massive Destruction”
3-time All-Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Champion
1-time All-Japan World Tag Team Champion
1-time All-Asia Tag Team Champion
1-time GHC Heavyweight Champion
2-time GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champion
1998 All-Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament
3 Wrestling Observer Newsletter 5 Star Matches
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