Birthdate: July 17th, 1978
Weight: 230 lbs.
Debut: February 1st, 1998 vs. Shigeo Okumura
Promotion History: All Japan (2004 to present)
Ring Attire: Red trunks
Card Position: Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Current Title Held: None
- November 19th, 2005 with Suwama vs. Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI
- November 29th, 2005 with Suwama vs. Keiji Muto and Akebono
- April 22nd, 2007 vs. T28
- Raijin with a clothesline in the corner
- A missile dropkick by Raijin to RO'Z
Featured Signature Moves:
- Lightning Flash
- Raijin Buster
To say that Raijin had little success in 2005 would be an understatement. Raijin was usually stuck opening cards, and if he did make it to the mid-card he usually was the one pinned. Since Raijin did not debut in All Japan until 2004, he is still considered a rookie and thus is stuck in undesirable roles. He did not participate in the Champions Carnival, and in the Real Tag League he (and Suwama) came in 3rd in their block. Raijin still has a long way to go to be a force in All Japan after 2005.
Raijin continued where he left off at the start of 2006, as he was pinned by Brute Issei in only his third match. He did not take part of the Champion Carnival nor did he get any title shots. He generally wrestled in comedy matches with Kikuchi and whenever he got a higher profile match he was defeated.
For the beginning of the year Raijin mostly worked in the mid-card or lower teaming with his friend Ryuji Hijikata. In May Raijin left for North America on a learning excursion and will return sometime in 2008.
Raijin returned from America in June and had his first match on June 22nd, picking up the pinfall over MAZADA. His return ended up being very brief, however, as it was announced in September that he would be taking another excursion, this time to wrestle for TNA Wrestling. On September 13th he had a special singles match against Suwama, but in a scary moment Raijin was knocked unconscious and he had to be stretchered from the ring. The injury turned out to not be as serious as originally feared, and on October 11th Raijin had his last match in All Japan for the year, losing to Suwama in a rematch. It was reported he signed a two year deal with TNA and no date has been set for his return.
Raijin wrestled for TNA in America for the year as Kiyoshi. He did return for one All Japan match, on September 13th, when he teamed with Great Muta to defeat Suwama and Shuji Kondo after Raijin pinned Kondo.
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