Birthdate: October 18th, 1976
Weight: 220 lbs.
Debut: December 24th, 2005
Background: Amateur Wrestling
Promotion History: NOAH (2005 to present)
Ring Attire: Black trunks
Card Position: Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: Mauritius Cup (2007)
Current Championship Held: None
- February 17th, 2007 with Go Shiozaki vs. Kawabata and Shiga (title challenge)
- July 3rd, 2007 with Akiyama vs. Kawabata and Shiga (title challenge)
- November 28th, 2007 vs. Taiji Ishimori
- Gutwrench suplex by Taniguchi
- Taniguchi hits a German Suplex on Morishima
- A German Suplex to Hirayanagi
- Fisherman Suplex
- Karelin Lift into a German Suplex
After debuting in late 2005, Taniguchi spent much of the year opening events and wrestling in SEM. In SEM, Taniguchi got the opportunity to wrestle in singles matches against Yone and two against Rikio, and even though he lost all three he was able to last longer then 10 minutes in both matches against Rikio. The only heavyweight in the December 2005 dojo class, look for him to slowly climb up the ladder in 2007.
The oldest wrestler in his dojo class, Taniguchi has to grow quickly if he is going to be a force to be reckoned with and thus far he has steadily shown that he has the basic skills to become a solid wrestler. In February he teamed with Go Shiozaki to try to win the GHC Hardcore Openweight Championship, but they would lose to the Pen Pals. Taniguchi would try again to win the titles in July, this time teaming with Akiyama, but again he would come up short. In the Mauritius Cup, Taniguchi defeated Ota, Ito, Hirayanagi, and even Ishimori on his way to winning the tournament, showing how much he had grown in 2007. Having proven that he can be competitive with and beat Jr. Heavyweights now Taniguchi has to move up to his own weight class and test his strength against wrestlers his size.
The only 2005 dojo graduate that wrestles in the heavyweight division, Taniguchi struggled to find his place in 2009. He mostly wrestled in the mid-card getting pinned in tag team matches. In the Global Tag League he teamed with Akiyama and the pair did not do well as they came in 7th place out of eight. He did not have any title challenges and in September he only lasted 7 minutes against Bison Smith, showing he still has a ways to go to leave his mark in the division.
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