Full Name: Taichi Ishikari
Birthdate: March 19th, 1980
Weight: 190 lbs.
Debut: December 2nd, 2002
Background: Amateur Wrestling
Promotion History: New Japan (1984 to present)
Alliances: Teams with Kojima
Ring Attire: White pants
Card Position: Lower Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Current Title Held: None
Awards and Recognition:
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix: None
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated: Not Ranked
- Puroresu Central Awards: None
- Wrestling Observer: None
Featured Signature Moves:
- Black Mephisto
- German Suplex Hold
A Jr. Heavyweight, Ishikari has yet to found a permanent home. In the meantime, he normally wrestles in smaller puroresu promotions and in All Japan. He did challenge for the All Japan Jr. Heavyweight Championship against TAKA Michinoku, but came up short. Still unproven, Ishikari will probably continue wrestling in the lower mid-card until he finds his groove in All Japan.
In 2009, Taichi became an official member of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
For much of the year he wrestled in the mid-card and lower mid-card, but he did find a friend in Milano Collection AT and the duo teamed for much of the year until Milano's injury in the fall. In the Best of the Super Jr. Tournament, Taichi defeated YAMATO and Taguchi but failed to reach the Semi Finals. On July 20th, Taguchi and Milano challenged for Apollo55's IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but the pair came up short. In the Super J Cup, he lost in the first round to Osaka Pro's Tigers Mask.
While Taichi still has not won any titles in New Japan, he did continue wrestling for the largest promotion in Japan which is an accomplishment in of itself.
He spent the bulk of the year in CMLL, a major wrestling promotion in Mexico on an excursion. He did not return until December 11th, and began teaming with the invading Satoshi Kojima. Aligned with the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, it will be interesting to see what direction this takes going into 2011.
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