Scott Norton

Birthdate: June 15th, 1961
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 350 lbs.
Pro Wrestling Debut: April 15th, 1989
Puroresu Debut: December 13th, 1990
Background: Arm Wrestling and American Professional Wrestling
Nickname: "Flash"
Promotion History: New Japan (1990 to 2006) and Hustle (2007)
Alliances: None
Ring Attire:  Black, usually with double straps
Card Position:  Upper Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: G1 Climax Tag League (1996 with Hashimoto and 1999 with Keiji Mutoh)
Current Championship Held: None

Championship History

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Yuji Nagata on 9/23/98 and lost to Keiji Mutoh on 1/4/99
- Defeated Kensuke Sasaki on 3/17/01 and lost to Kazuyuki Fujita on 4/9/01

IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Tony Halme:
- Defeated The Steiner Brothers on 11/22/92 and lost to The Hell Raisers on 12/14/92

IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Hercules Hernandez:
- Defeated The Hell Raisers on 8/5/93 and lost to The Hell Raisers on 1/4/94

Biggest Matches:
- March 21st, 1991 vs. The Equalizer (first match in Japan)
- December 16th, 1991 with Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Mutoh and Hiroshi Hase (first title shot in Japan)
- May 1st, 1992 vs. Riki Choshu (first IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge)
- November 22nd, 1992 with Tony Halme vs. The Steiner Brothers (wins IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship)
- January 4th, 1994 with Hernandez vs. The Hellraisers (IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defense)
- March 21st, 1994 vs. Shinya Hashimoto (IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge)
- May 3rd, 1995 with Hawk Warrior vs. The Steiner Brothers
- November 1st, 1996 with Shinya Hashimoto vs. Keiji Mutoh and Rick Steiner (wins Super Grade Tag League)
- September 23rd, 1998 vs. Yuji Nagata (wins IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
- January 4th, 1999 vs. Keiji Mutoh (IWGP Heavyweight Championship defense)
- September 23rd, 1999 with Keiji Mutoh vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata (wins G1 Tag League)
- March 17th, 2001 vs. Kensuke Sasaki (wins IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
- March 13th, 2005 with Nakanishi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi (last IWGP title challenge)

Matches Reviewed:
- Scott Norton vs. The Equalizer on March 21st, 1991 in New Japan
- Scott Norton vs. Keiji Mutoh on August 7th, 1991 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Dustin Rhodes vs. Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto on January 4th, 1993 in New Japan
- Scott Norton vs. Sting on May 3rd, 1993 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez vs. Takayuki Iizuka and Akira Nogami on September 23rd, 1993 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez vs. The Hellraisers on January 4th, 1994 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Wild Pegasus vs. Hawk and Power Warrior on September 24th, 1994 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Hawk Warrior vs. The Steiner Brothers on May 3rd, 1995 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and the Steiner Brothers vs. Animal Warrior, Hawk Warrior, and Power Warrior on April 29th, 1996 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Buff Bagwell vs. The Giant and Lex Luger on May 3rd, 1997 in New Japan
- Scott Norton vs. Yuji Nagata on September 23rd, 1998 in New Japan
- Scott Norton vs. Josh Barnett on July 21st, 2003 in New Japan
- Scott Norton and Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yuji Nagata and Blue Wolf on October 24th, 2004 in New Japan
- Scott Norton vs. Riki Senysu and Kenshin on December 3rd, 2006 in UWAI Station
- Scott Norton vs. Keroro Gunsou on November 25th, 2007 in HUSTLE

Scott Norton Through the Years:

1991 1994 1995 1996 1999
2001 2002 2005 2007 2008

- Norton with a double Vertical Suplex
- With Shinya Hashimoto after winning the 1996 Super Grade Tag League
- Norton in HUSTLE

Featured Signature Moves:
- Flying Shoulderblock
- Powerslam

Other Signature Moves:
- Dragon Sleeper
- Headbutt
- Neckbreaker
- Samoan Drop

Career History:

For a person that at first wasn't even interested in professional wrestling, Scott Norton ended up having one of the greatest careers of any gaijin in the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling. A world-class arm wrestler, Norton won multiple arm wrestling championships in the United States and was respected as one of the top arm wrestlers in the world. Arm wrestling is where he got the nickname "Flash," as he was able to defeat his opponents very quickly. After deciding to get into pro wrestling, Norton was trained by Brad Rheingans, who also trained Vader, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jerry Lynn, and many others. After wrestling in the AWA and the Pacific Northwest, Scott Norton joined New Japan Pro Wrestling in the winter of 1990.

Norton almost immediately got a monster push. The fans of New Japan knew power when they saw it, and even though Norton was still a little rough around the edges he reminded fans of Vader and Bigelow..... big wrestlers with power but also agility and speed. In the spring of 1991 he scored his first big pinfall victory, over the young and popular Keiji Mutoh. Not only did he beat him, but he defeated Mutoh in under 10 minutes. Norton participated in the first G1 Climax in 1991, but even though he beat Mutoh again he wasn't able to reach the finals. In December, Norton got his first shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship but came up short. Still, it is very rare in New Japan for a wrestler within two years of debuting to get a title shot, which shows just how impressed New Japan was with Norton's ability in the ring.

Over the next few years Norton wrestled almost exclusively in New Japan and became the top gaijin when Vader left the promotion. He won his first IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Tony Halme on November 22nd, 1992 when they defeated The Steiner Brothers. After losing the belts to The Hellraisers, Norton found a new partner in Hercules Hernandez and together they formed the Jurassic Powers. The Jurassic Powers would challenge The Hellraisers and win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on August 5th, 1993. This would be a longer reign for Norton as they would have three successful defenses before dropping the titles back to The Hellraisers on January 4th, 1994. Soon after this Hernandez would leave New Japan and Norton would go back to focusing on the singles division.

From 1992 to 1995 Scott Norton had four shots at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship but each time came up short even as he seemed to be getting closer and closer. His last two defeats would be to Shinya Hashimoto, who proved to be Norton's ultimate road block to gaining the top title in the promotion (ironically, Norton and Hashimoto reluctantly teamed for the Super Grade Tag League in 1996.... and ended up winning). In fact, Norton never pinned Hashimoto in a singles match in his career, as the New Japan trueborn was too much for Norton to overcome. Norton also had title loses to Great Muta and Riki Choshu.

Starting in the mid-90s, Norton began wrestling in WCW more as well, as he split time between the two promotions. One of the biggest outcomes of this was that Norton joined the nWo in WCW and also was a part of the faction in New Japan as well. The New Japan version of nWo was lead by Masahiro Chono but also included (at various times) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Keiji Mutoh, Great Muta, Satoshi Kojima, Hiro Saito, and also some of the American nWo members that would come to Japan with Norton. As he was in WCW, Norton was the muscle of the group in New Japan as well but he was more successful in the ring. With his nWo friends having his back and reaching the peak of his in-ring ability, Norton again challenged for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in 1998.

On August 8th, 1998 Masahiro Chono won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career. What was a happy moment quickly turned disappointing as he was injured and forced to vacate the title. On September 23rd, 1998 a decision match to crown a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion was held between Scott Norton and Yuji Nagata. Nagata fought valiantly but he could not match Norton's power and Norton finally won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on his fifth try. In his first defense he finally defeated Hashimoto (although it was by Count Out) and he also beat Manabu Nakanishi. His reign however would end on January 4th, 1999 when he fought Keiji Mutoh in the main event of the Tokyo Dome in front of over 60,000 fans. Keiji Mutoh would win with his figure four leg lock, and Mutoh would go on to hold the title for a full year.

Norton was not done in New Japan however. In fact, the same year that Keiji Mutoh defeated Scott Norton for the title the two would team up to win the G1 Tag League, the second time that Norton won the annual tag team tournament. By this time the nWo had split but Norton stayed in the nWo as they feuded with Team 2000 (Masahiro Chono's group). The feud would last for all of 1999, but it ended on January 4th, 2000 when Chono defeated Mutoh and forced him to break up the nWo. Always the opportunist, Norton joined Team 2000 after the nWo went under and stayed with them until the group disbanded.

As 2001 started, Norton had been in New Japan for a decade and the constant grind was beginning to show. Even though he was no longer as agile as he once was and didn't have the stamina he had possessed in the mid-90s, he was still a powerhouse that was a threat to everyone in the promotion. On March 17th, in the middle of the Hyper Battle Tour, Norton got another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kensuke Sasaki. Sasaki was on a great run as he had just defeated Satoshi Kojima, Masahiro Chono, and Toshiaki Kawada all in one night just two months earlier to win the title. Everyone thought this would just be a standard defense, but Norton shocked the world when he pinned Sasaki after a jumping lariat to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the second time. This reign would be much shorter then his last as he lost to Kazuyuki Fujita the next month, but the win solidified Norton as one of the top gaijin wrestlers in New Japan history.

Norton laid low for the next several years, participating in less tours then he had in the past. But when he was in New Japan he still made an impact as he was always difficult to pin to the mat and most wrestlers still were unable to defeat him. He got his last shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on March 13th, 2005 when he tagged with Nakanishi (as the "new" Jurassic Powers) to take on Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi, but Norton would fall to Tanahashi's Shining Wizard. After losing to Hiroyoshi Tenzan on April 22nd, 2006 in the New Japan Cup, Norton would not return to New Japan after the tour was over, ending over 15 years wrestling for the promotion.

Not done yet, Norton wrestled for UWAI STATION towards the end of 2006 on two cards before joining HUSTLE. With HUSTLE being a more sports entertainment oriented promotion, it allowed Norton to take it a bit easier in the ring while still entertaining the crowds. Norton wrestled for HUSTLE for all of 2007, and a had singles match against Wataru Sakata on the big HUSTLE AID show. He had his last match in Hustle on December 31st, 2007 when he teamed with Giant Silva to take on Wataru Sakata and HG in the main event. After leaving HUSTLE, Norton returned to Japan in October of 2008 to participate in the Pro Wrestling Expo.

One of the most respected gaijins ever to step foot in Japan, Scott Norton did more in Japan then just his championship wins illustrate. For well over a decade Norton was the solid wall that blocked the entry way to the main event in New Japan. Every wrestler had to go through him, and as the top gaijin not all wrestlers could pass the test. But once they did, you knew that they were ready to become a top star in New Japan. As agile and tough as he was big and strong, Scott Norton will always be known as one of the top wrestlers in New Japan history.

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