Takuya Sugawara
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Sugawara in May 2020
Born (1983-11-03) November 3, 1983 (age 38)
Ōdate, Akita, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Takuya Sugawara
Henry III Sugawara
Dr. Muscle[1]
Sugawara
Billed height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight95 kg (209 lb)
Trained byÚltimo Dragón
Jorge 'Skayde' Rivera
DebutDecember 2, 2001

Takuya Sugawara (菅原 拓也, Sugawara Takuya, born November 3, 1983) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently wrestling for Pro Wrestling Zero1.

Career

Toryumon/Dragon Gate (2001–2004)

He debuted in the 9th term of Toryumon 2000 Project as Henry III Sugawara, an English prince character. He joined with and eventually with Anthony W. Mori and Phillip J. Fukumasa, forming the Royal Brothers unit in T2P. The gimmick was that all three wrestlers were royal princes. However, the Royal Brothers would never make much of an impact. Fukamasa retired almost immediately after T2P closed, and Sugawara spent most of his time back in Mexico while Mori wrestled in Toryumon.

When he finally came to Toryumon himself, he was courted by heel stable Aagan Iisou, led by Shuji Kondo. Although he initially refused the request to join, he would eventually betray Mori and ally with Aagan. He and Mori would feud, with the finish coming in a hair vs hair match. Sugawara lost the match, but escaped losing his hair. While a member of Aagan Iisou, he regularly teamed with Kondo and brother Yasshi. This team would continue for some time, but all the members of Aagan Iisou were fired from Dragon Gate on December 31, 2004, for controversial and mostly unexplained reasons.

Dragondoor and El Dorado Wrestling (2005–2008)

Sugawara was hit the hardest by the firing of Aagan Iisou, and he did not resurface in the wrestling world until Dragondoor was announced. In this promotion, Aagan Iisou was put in an feud against Taiji Ishimori and his home army, but Dragondoor's short lived existence impeded any development. After the promotion closed, Sugawara moved to Pro Wrestling Zero1, where he formed a tag team with Gamma. Around this time, Sugawara's allegiance to Aagan Iisou was tenuous, and Gamma capitalized on it to persuade him to join his Stoned stable, which acted mainly in Michinoku Pro Wrestling. Although Sugawara kept himself in Zero1, he accepted Gamma's offer and started teaming up there with another Stoned wrestler, Kagetora, who eventually took Gamma's place as the leader of the group.

When Dragondoor was reopened under the form of El Dorado Wrestling, Sugawara returned as well. However, he was now allied with two rival factions – his old friends in Aagan Iisou, and his new ally Kagetora in Stoned. Sugawara spent the first few months of El Dorado trying to play both sides, but heat between the three parties was impossible to avoid. At the end, he seemed to choose Stoned, but only for him to kick Kagetora out of the faction to take the leadership of it himself along with the Brahman Brothers. The stable was renamed Hell Demons, and it soon feuded with other stables created by the former members of Aagan Iisou to oppose it.

Sugawara and the Brahman Brothers won the UWA World Trios Championship and defended the Championships 2 times. He would lead Hell Demons for several months before being kicked out of the stable with little fanfare by the Brahman Brothers. The UWA World Trios Championship was then vacated, and Sugawara allied with Toru Owashi's faction "Animal Planets", although did not officially join them. His participation caused dissension within the Animal Planets, with Bear Fukuda in particular being distrustful of Sugawara. Sugawara won the vacant UWA World Trios Championship for the second time with Toru Owashi and Nobutaka Araya by defeating the Hell Demons Braman Shu, Brahman Kei, and Go.

In the summer of 2008, the entirety of Aagan Iisou left El Dorado. Suguwara and Owashi vacated the UWA World Trios Championship on their way out. Aagan Iisou initially planned to tour as a unit, but instead went their separate ways.

Pro Wrestling Zero1 (2006–present)

Although Sugawara had been wrestling for Pro Wrestling Zero1 since 2006, it was after El Dorado's closure that he joined full-time. He formed a tag team with Minoru Fujita, winning with him the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions and NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Champions. Sugawara and Fujita hold the record for the longest NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship title reign of 399 days. On March 2 Sugawara and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi put their belts (Kikuchi's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (Zero1 version) and Sugawara's Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight title) on the line in a match on 11th Anniversary show. Sugawara was victorious and became the double champion.[2] Sugawara lost both titles to Jonathan Gresham on May 4, 2013. He regained them from Mineo Fujita on November 3, 2014,[3] before losing them to local wrestler Jason Lee in Hong Kong on December 28, 2014.[4]

Return to Dragon Gate (2009–2010)

Sugawara returned to Dragon Gate in late 2009, aligning with the stable Veteran-gun. He was at first considered a representative of Zero-One rather than a full member of the roster. He teased reuniting with Anthony W. Mori and reforming the Royal Brothers, but instead joined up with top heel stable Real Hazard.

On January 19, 2010, he won the company's Battle of Tokyo Tournament. Real Hazard was soon renamed Deep Drunkers, led by Kenichiro Arai. On October 13, 2010, the Deep Drunkers were forced to split up, after losing a match against World–1 (BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi), but after the match Doi turned on his partners to form a new stable with Sugawara, Kzy, Naoki Tanisaki and Yasushi Kanda.[1] On October 25 Sugawara, Tanisaki and Kanda defeated CIMA, Gamma and Genki Horiguchi to win the Open the Triangle Gate Championship.[5] They would lose the title to CIMA, Dragon Kid and Ricochet on December 26, 2010.[6]

Championships and accomplishments

Lucha de Apuesta record

See also: Luchas de Apuestas

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Hair Takuya Sugawara Anthony W. Mori Tokyo, Japan September 17, 2004 [Note 1]
Hair Anthony W. Mori Takuya Sugawara Tokyo, Japan November 28, 2004

Footnotes

  1. ^ Tag team match, where Sugawara teamed with Shuji Kondo and Mori with Ryo Saito.

References

  1. ^ a b Boutwell, Josh (2010-10-15). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  2. ^ a b "ZERO1, NOAH, Osaka & 19pro Results for March 2, 2012". Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  3. ^ 【大花火実行委員会】『火乃国大花火』、大仁田がメイン締め!! "世界一金玉のデカい男"ハルク・コーガン、デビュー戦を勝利で飾る!! 11・3『火乃国大花火』試合結果!!. The Big Fight (in Japanese). 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  4. ^ 12/28 Zero1香港 香港大会速報:菅原拓也香港で撃沈 ジェイソン・リーが地元香港でジュニア2冠奪取. Pro Wrestling Zero1 (in Japanese). 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  5. ^ a b Boutwell, Josh (2010-10-29). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  6. ^ Boutwell, Josh (2010-12-31). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-01-01.