Birthdate: May 17th, 1978
Weight: 210 lbs.
Debut: February 7th, 1998
Promotion History: BattlARTS (1998 to 2000) and All Japan (2002 to present)
Formally: Ryuji Hijikata
Alliances: Voodoo Murderers
Ring Attire: Black pants and a black mask
Card Position: Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: All Japan Jr. Tag League (2008 and 2009)
Current Title Held: None
All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Silver King on 4/29/08 and lost to Naomichi Marufuji on 9/28/08
- April 29th, 2008 vs. Silver King (title win)
- September 28th, 2008 vs. Naomichi Marufuji (title defense)
- March 29th, 2009 with Minoru vs.
- As Ryuji Hijikata
- Corner High Kick
- Modified Fisherman Buster
Signature Moves (as Hijikata):
- Fisherman Buster
- Half-Hatch Suplex
- Jumping High Kick
Ryuji Hijikata's role in All Japan in 2005 was typical of those that are not a main eventer and not in one of the two major factions. Hijikata generally worked random tags in the middle of the card (with Suwama, Arashi, etc.), and only got to the top of the card if he was the designated weakest link of his tag team. He did not take any shots at a title belt in 2005 and also was not part of the Champion Carnival.
More of the same for Hijikata recently, as he simply can not get himself into a better position in All Japan. He did not take part in any of the tournaments but on the August Sumo Hall event he was on the team that defeated Nobutaka Araya, Nobukazu Hirai, and Kikutaro. Other then that, Hijikata found little success of any importance during 2006.
Hijikata slowly has begun climbing up the card in All Japan, gaining respect and ready to finally make an impact in 2008. For much of the spring and summer, Hijikata teamed with Minoru Suzuki and they wrestled mostly in the mid-card. In the Jr. Heavyweight League, Ryuji Hijikata came in second place in his bracket as he picked up victories over two former All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Champions TAKA Michinoku and Katsuhiko Nakajima. On May 27th he faced off against Katsuhiko Nakajima for a shot at the All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Championship, but Hijikata fell to the German Suplex Hold in just over 19 minutes. In October Hijikata took on Silver King, but Silver King would come out victorious. Hijikata took a break in the winter as he wrestled a match in his old stomping ground BattlARTS, but he planned in 2008 to go after the title again.
2008 was a banner year for Hijikata, as he finally won the first major singles title of his career. On April 29th, Hijikata challenged Silver King for the All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Championship and defeated him with a Modified Armhold. He held the title for almost five months and had successful defenses against Kaz Hayashi, El Samurai, and KAI before dropping the title to NOAH's Naomichi Marufuji on September 28th. In the Jr. Heavyweight League, surprisingly, Hijikata did not have any success as he came in last place in his bracket. He was also in the Jr. Tag League, teaming with Nakajima, and together they would win the League with a victory over Kaz Hayashi and El Samurai in the Finals. At the November Sumo Hall event he defeated Hiroshi Yamato, showing that he isn't ready yet to give way to the younger generation as he seeks to win the Jr. Heavyweight Championship again.
Hijikata continued his streak of evilness in 2009 as Toshizo and he had a good year even though he failed to pick up any titles. Toshizo took part in the Jr. Heavyweight Tag League, and teaming with Minoru he won the tournament for the second year in a row. This gave him a shot at Hayashi's Jr. Heavyweight Championship on May 30th, but Toshizo would fall short of winning the belt. In the Jr. Heavyweight League Toshizo completely bombed, not picking up a single point (he lost his matches by evil means however, not by pinfalls). The rest of the year he mostly stayed in the mid-card battling the All Japan Regular Army, and did not take part in any other title matches or tournaments.
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