Yasushi Tsujimoto
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Yasshi in November 2020
Born (1982-01-26) January 26, 1982 (age 40)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)brother Yasshi
Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto
Yassini
"brother" Yassini
"strong" Yasshi
"brother" Tom Yankun
Billed height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Billed weight80 kg (176 lb)
Trained byÚltimo Dragón
Jorge Rivera
Debut2000

Yasushi Tsujimoto (辻本 恭史, Tsujimoto Yasushi),[1] better known by his ringname "brother" Yasshi (stylised as "brother" YASSHI), is a Japanese professional wrestler, known for his appearances in El Dorado Wrestling, Dragon Gate, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. He is currently working for Pro Wrestling Zero1. He was an amateur wrestler before becoming a pro wrestler.

Career

Toryumon – Japan

Tsujimoto debuted in Toryumon Japan as part of the T2P class as Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto. He was ranked second, roughly tied with Masato Yoshino, but far behind Milano Collection AT. Both he and Yoshino would join Milano's faction The Italian Connection, renaming to Yassini and Yossino respectively. Tsujimoto did not like his new name, and after arguing with Milano, settled on "brother Yassini".[2]

The Italian Connection began showing a divide, as Milano and Yossino were face oriented, whereas Yassini and fellow ItaCon stablemates Condotti Shuji, Bakery Yagi and Berlinetta Boxer were all heels.[2] Yassini and Shuji would split from the ItaCon when they attacked Milano and Yossino with blue boxes. They renamed to brother Yasshi and Shuji Kondo respectively, and as of 2008 have remained together. Kondo and Yasshi brought Toru Owashi and Shogo Takagi (the unmasked Berlinetta Boxer) into their group, and renamed to Hagure Gundam.[2]

Dragon Gate – Aagan Iisou

Veteran Dragon Gate wrestler Masaaki Mochizuki joined Hagure Gundam as the leader. The stable renamed to Aagan Iisou, which means roughly Villains all wear the same colors. They added Takuya Sugawara into the mix shortly after. Kondo, Yasshi and Sugawara formed a regular three man tag team. Kondo and Mochizuki began to argue over who was the ace of the stable, and Aagan sided with Kondo, kicking Mochi out of the group.

All five members of Aagan Iisou – Kondo, Yasshi, Sugawara, Owashi and Takagi – were fired from Dragon Gate on December 31, 2004, for controversial and mostly unexplained reasons.[3]

All Japan Pro Wrestling

After Kondo and Yasshi were fired from Dragon Gate, they surfaced in AJPW as part of DG alumni TARU's stable Voodoo Murders.[4]

Dragondoor/El Dorado

Yasshi and Kondo reprised their alliance in the short lived Dragondoor promotion, as well as their three-man tag team with Takuya Sugawara. Although Toru Owashi and Shogo Takagi were both in the promotion, a full reunion of Aagan Iisou never happened.

In El Dorado, Yasshi split from Kondo for the first time since their early days in the Italian Connection. Yasshi returned to the wrestling and Llave style he used in the early days of his career, and formed a stable of his own called the Nanking Fucking Wrestling Team alongside high school wrestling teammates Masaki Okimoto and Yuji Hino. It did not last long as he made few attempts to expand it, and after losing a match to Kondo in which the loser disbanded his faction, Yasshi reformed his alliance with Kondo.

Yasshi retired in February 2009.

Diamond Ring

On December 9, 2012, Yasshi made a special appearance in Kensuke Sasaki's Diamond Ring. On February 11, 2013, he, Taru, Kazunari Murakami, Kengo Nishimura, Kento Miyahara and Taishi Takizawa reformed the Voodoo Murders, with Yasshi positioned as the leader of the group.[5]

Return to Dragon Gate

On February 4, 2016, Yasshi returned to Dragon Gate, 11 years after his controversial firing, and reunited with his former Italian Connection stablemate Masato Yoshino. On May 11, Yasshi returned once again and joined Verserk.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Japan Takasuke Kume Submission (rear naked choke) HEAT 4 August 11, 2007 2 3:07 Tokyo, Japan [10]

Footnotes

  1. ^ The UWA Closed in 1995, since then various UWA titles have been used by promotions in Mexico and Japan, this title was promoted by Toryumon Japan at the time TARU won it.

References

  1. ^ "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  2. ^ a b c Chatra, Mo (March 2005). "Toryumon Uncovered". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. pp. 34–35. 116.
  3. ^ "The history of Puroresu". Fighting Spirit Magazine. England: Uncooked Media. November 2006. pp. 38–46. Issue 8.
  4. ^ PWI Staff. "Mid-Year Report: the top 50 stories of the half year (21) Suwama wins Triple Crown Title". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Kappa Publications. p. 80. September 2008 Edition.
  5. ^ "健介が126日ぶりの復帰戦で勝彦から勝利!宮原と滝澤がまさかのVM入りし、TARUは新リーダーにYASSHIを指名!". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  6. ^ http://www.purolove.com/ajpw/results/09nyshiningseries.php
  7. ^ http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/alljap/ajtourn.htm[dead link]
  8. ^ "Puroresu Awards: 2000s".
  9. ^ "Universal Wrestling Association World Trios Title". Wrestling-titles.com. January 24, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "Yasushi Tsujimoto profile". Sherdog. Retrieved 2012-12-25.