Wrestling / Alexander Otsuka
The diet butcher.
"I give to the fans fights I hope they will never forget. That's the most important thing."
(b. Takashi Otsuka
in 1971) is a Japanese Professional Wrestler
and Mixed Martial Arts
fighter. An amateur wrestling fan, he debuted in Yoshiaki Fujiwara
's Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi, but had his true start shortly after in the promotion Battlarts, created after the fold of Gumi. Though firstly a jobber, Otsuka eventually became one of the big stars of the company and was famous for his violent feuds with Yuki Ishikawa and Daisuke Ikeda. Along his work in lucharesu realm Michinoku Pro Wrestling
, Otsuka moved to Pro Wrestling ZERO1
when Battlarts fell, but around the time he got better known for his MMA career in PRIDE Fighting Championship. He would turn into a cult hero for his guts and toughness, facing the best opponents of the time and coming unfinished from fights which a common wrestler would be lucky to make it out of alive. Upon returning to pro wrestling, Otsuka showed his funniest side by adopting the comedy gimmick of Otoko Sakari, a bisexual wrestler in a thong just as weird as it sounds. Under both that and his usual persona, he freelanced between all kinds of puroresu promotions through the years, especially Satoru Sayama
's Real Japan Pro Wrestling and Tatsumi Fujinami's Dradition. He doesn't seem to have the retirement on his horizon yet.
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"Diet Butchering Tropes":
- 10-Minute Retirement: After making his PRIDE debut, Otsuka claimed he would never do mixed martial arts again. We all know how it turned out.
- The All-Solving Hammer: In one of his apparitions in ZERO-ONE, he came to the ring and challenged Shinjiro Otani to a match. As Otani completely ignored him, Otsuka's solution to draw his attention was taking a fire extinguisher and spraying him in the face. Now he did get his attention.
- Alternate Company Equivalent:
- He was to Japanese media more or less what Tank Abbott was to Ultimate Fighting Championship fans: a laidback bruiser with an amateur wrestling background and a tough reputation, who was barely a cagefighter in the sense of the word, but who gave some great performances by sheer chutzpah and street wisdom.
- Wrestling magazines used to compare him to Keiji Muto for their bald head and popularity.
- Anything That Moves: Otoko Sakari performs sexual advances towards any opponent, male or female.
- Arch-Enemy: In pro wrestling, Yuki Ishikawa and Daisuke Ikeda. In real life, Sanae Kikuta.
- Ascended Fanboy: He got to train with his idol Alexander Karelin in a training journey with Kazuyuki Fujita.
- As Himself: In Nagurimono, the film produced in 2005 by PRIDE Fighting Championships.
- Ass Kicks You: Sakari uses plenty of ass-based moves, including hip attacks, sitting on his opponent's face (Tsubo Genjin's old Bamiyan Stamp) and a corner headscissors move which shoves his opponent's face into Otoko's butt.
- Bald of Awesome: So much that he once appeared in the famous comedy show Mecha Mecha Iketeru playing a character called "Momo Hage" ("Peach Baldie").
- Bash Brothers: With Mohammed Yone (as Love Warriors) and Yuki Ishikawa. When wrestling as Otoko Sakari, Máximo and other gay-themed wrestlers.
- Big Damn Heroes: Had an apparition as a guest on Hiroyuki Ariyoshi's TV show to save an AV actress he likes, Akiho Yoshizawa, from some weird practical joke. He ended up grappling Ariyoshi and making him tap out to some wrestling moves.
- Birds of a Feather: Sakari used to team up with Mexican exótico Máximo, who apparently fell in love with him after Otoko gave him his ass treatment.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A merry, outgoing big guy.
- Cast from Hit Points: Otsuka's trademark giant swing takes his own balance out after using it, so he typically fails the moonsault he tries to follow up with.
- Category Traitor: Upon Otsuka's return to ZERO-ONE, Shinjiro Otani called him a traitor for having left pro wrestling for MMA. Naturally Alexander did not like it.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He always deadlifts his suplexes, meaning that he lifts his opponent without him helping by jumping up.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Thoroughly. As noted in his interviews and public persona, not to talk about the Otoko Sakari character, Otsuka is mainly known for his eccentric charisma, personal craziness and will to get exposed to horrifying damage.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Yellow and red/orange are the predominant colors in his tights.
- Combination Attack: His tag team move when teaming up with Jinsei Shinzaki was the Meishan, an aided German suplex.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Even after his victory over Marco Ruas was exposed as a fluke and Otsuka had been profiled as a ring survivor, he shocked the world by tapping out an opponent with a very low percentage submission move.
- Defeat by Modesty: Not his modesty, but rather the crowd's one. Otoko Sakari is often defeated when his opponent compromises his attire and the ring crew throws the towel for him to cover his privates, a situation called morodashi.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Has two consecutive victories over the original Tiger Mask, Satoru Sayama, which pretty much nobody in the wrestling business can boast of.
- Depraved Bisexual: Sakari molests both male and female wrestlers. However, although it is played for creepiness indeed, he is not a villain.
- Determinator: One of the toughest Japanese wrestlers ever. As he lacked the skill of some fellow underdogs, he built his career instead over determination and hard head.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Inverted - he fought with wrestling shows every time he could, though not always.
- Escape Artist: Though not at the level of Daijiro Matsui, Otsuka was good in submission escapes, including an awesome one from a completely locked armbar by Sanae Kikuta.
- Elite Four: Part of the Battlarts Big Four.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: One of his signature moves is the giant swing. He also uses the airplane spin from time to time.
- Face: Has never played a clean cut heel, and even in the few occasions he has opposed other babyface wrestlers he has been a Lovable Rogue or a Hero Antagonist.
- Fan Disservice: If wrestling around in a thong is not enough, Otoko Sakari once feuded with Kanjyuro Matsuyama in a cabellera contra cabellera series of matches, but as Otsuka was already bald, he bet his pubic hair. Even worse, he lost, which means the crowd got to witness the ceremony.
- Finishing Move: As Alexander Otsuka, the Alexander Screw Driver (a vertical suplex piledriver), Alek Lock (a cross-legged toehold sharpshooter), Alek Lock II (modified version of the former) and dragon suplex. As Otoko Sakari, the Bamiyan Stamp (a seated pin on his opponent's face, originally created by MPW wrestler Yone and Tsubo Genjin) and a triangle choke.
- Fundoshi: His attire as Otoko Sakari is a Japanese thong or fundoshi.
- Good Is Not Nice: Although usually a babyface when the medium calls for alignement, he is typically crass, uninhibited and rough, as well as the owner of some nasty tendences.
- Groin Attack: Suffered an accidental yet scary one from Murilo Rúa in PRIDE, who landed a knee direct to his groin. It actually broke Otsuka's metal protective cup and caused him to be stretchered out, with the match being stopped and restarted later in the night.
- Hard Head: Freakishly hard. His ability to absorb punishment through his skull was sometimes scary to watch, and his MMA record shows it, having got finished mostly on petty cuts instead of straight knockouts.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He was school pals with Jinsei Shinzaki (though, contrary to popular belief, they weren't in the same class) and is a great friend of his.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He lost his fight with Yoshihisa Yamamoto when he performed a jumping knee drop on Yoshi's back and accidentally slammed his other knee on the ground, injuring it. Otherwise, he was winning the match, and he would have probably taken the win.
- Humble Hero: After defeating Marco Ruas in his mainstream MMA debut, Otsuka (who probably knew he had just defeated a very ill opponent) assessed he was not a fighter or a great victor, but just a pro wrestler who wanted to show that they could do mixed martial arts as well.
- I Know Amateur Wrestling: Trained it at high school.
- Incompletely Trained: He went on a MMA career with barely any training at all, only relying on his wrestling background, toughness and ingenuity. Somehow he is still more successful than every other Battlarts guy who tried MMA.
- Leotard of Power: His orange and yellow wrestling singlet.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Although he was never a top grappler, he got the MMA world open-mouthed with his victory by double armbar against the heavier and better trained Mike Bourke. Not only because nobody in the U.S. wold have believed that Otsuka knew how to grapple at all, but also because the technique was a worked pro wrestling move (innovated and used as a finishing move by Otsuka's colleague Carl Greco) and would have been incredibly difficult to pull out by any competent grappler.
- Made of Iron: Considering the gallery of opponents he has faced in MMA and the amount of brutal strikes and suplexes he has endured in pro wrestling, any other average human would be lucky to make it out of Otsuka's career alive.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In a famous instance in PRIDE, he ended up with a grotesque golfball-sized hematoma on his head caused by soccer kicks, but he looked more amused by the ordeal than anything.
- Manly Tears: After losing to Chris Haseman in RINGS due to a petty cut.
- Meaningful Name: "Otoko Sakari" has no direct translation, but it can be read as "Man in Heat" or "The Human Heat", which is explicit enough about his character.
- Odd Friendship: With boxing champion Yasuei Yakushiji.
- Precision F-Strike: According to him, "fuck your mother" were the first Spanish words he learned in México.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He loves Disney and everything related, and once famously tweeted his crazy hijinks in Disneyland with fellow fans Takeshi Minamino and Keita Yano.
- Red Baron: "Diet Butcher" (the name of a sponsor product), "The Real 1・2 no Sanshiro" (this being a popular wrestling manga character from The '80s) and "Alek".
- Renaissance Man: This guy has done just everything on the rings: amateur wrestling, MMA, shoot-style, lucha libre, comedy wrestling, joshi wrestling (to his female opponents's chagrin) and everything he could get into.
- Signature Move: The Otsukarina (a modified Argentine backbreaker rack).
- Spinning Piledriver: One of his finishers, the Alexander Screw Driver.
- Shout-Out/Homage: His ring name, Alexander, is a nod to the legendary Alexander Karelin.
- Stone Wall: His biggest assets in MMA were his durability and defensive skills. He could fend off a shroud grappler or eat strikes from a hard hitter for entire rounds.
- Stout Strength: Had a wide waist, but it did not diminish his ability.
- Technician vs. Performer: The performer against Sanae Kikuta's technician. They had a very public feud in which Otsuka, the kind of unskilled fighter who stepped on the ring to put a show, called out Sanae, the methodical grappler who didn't care about make the crowd dead bored for minutes in order to secure a submission.
- Use Your Head: In the vein of his master Fujiwara, Otsuka's wrestling style includes hard headbutts, and not the regular kind of worked headbutts, but solid ones.
- The Worf Effect: By Ken Shamrock, who is to date the only person who has managed to fully knock out Otsuka.
- Worf Had the Flu: Fought both Egan Inoue and Igor Vovchanchyn after working a violent pro wrestling match the same day each. He even came to both matches with his head bandaged.
- Worthy Opponent: Fellow shoot-style fighter Kenichi Yamamoto, who he defeated in PRIDE.