Wrestling / Shinya Hashimoto

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Shinya Hashimoto (1965-2005) was a Japanese Professional Wrestler and promoter best known for his work in New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and his own promotion Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE from the 1980s until his death. He debuted in 1984 for New Japan and also competed in various North American territories, including the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico and Stampede Wrestling in Canada, as well as Catch Wrestling Association in Austria/Germany. Among his in-ring achievements, he was the second, after Keiji Muto/The Great Muta, wrestler to have held the New Japan IWGP Heavyweight Title, the All Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Title and the NWA World Heavyweight Title. He also had, to date, the longest ever reign as the New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight Champion, at 489 days. He made his American PPV debut as a replacement for Akira Nogami at WCW The Great American Bash 1992, in the NWA World Tag Team Title Tournament. He and Hiroshi Hase defeated the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin), and lost later to Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2000. He died of a brain aneurysm in Tokyo on July 11, 2005 at the age of 40.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki and about his acting work at IMDB.

"Vertical Trope Brainbuster":

  • Afro Asskicker: As part of his Elvis Presley emulation. He became a fan while he was working in Memphis after visiting the Elvis Presley museum.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To Toshiaki Kawada in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Both were kick-expert, brainbuster-using, heavyweight badasses.
  • Arch-Enemy: In real life, Riki Choshu. Supposedly, all began when Choshu did his infamous Ishin Gundan revolution and left for JPW, which Hashimoto and many other wrestlers didn't like. After Choshu and his crew came back to NJPW, tension arose between the native talents and the returned wrestlers, and it burst out in the form of Hashimoto brutally attacking Hiro Saito during a tour, which ended with Masa Saito and Choshu himself coming to his aid and beating down Shinya. Their relationship never improved after that.
  • Author Appeal: He liked wrestlers with legit backgrounds, like judoka, karateka, amateur wrestlers, kickboxers and MMA fighters, as he himself was one of the him (though, wisely, only when he booked the matches himself; he refused to be in the ring with a K-1 fighter in the first WRESTLE-1, possibly fearing he might be forced to job to them).
  • Bash Brothers: With Masa Saito, Riki Chōshū, Naoya Ogawa, Junji Hirata and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Was it in the gym for several younger wrestlers, like Kazuyuki Fujita, and even for some older ones, like Tadao Yasuda, who debuted in the business late in his life.
  • Boring but Practical: His matwork was simple, trusting mostly in his judo holds to do the work, but according to Masa Saito, Hashimoto was very proficent with it.
  • Broken Pedestal: He idolized Antonio Inoki, his main reason to become a professional wrestling. However, he turned upset and broke bonds with him after Inoki used Hashimoto's career to build Naoya Ogawa as the next star, even if it went against the wish of basically everybody and even Shinya himself threatened with leaving if they didn't change their booking plans. Inoki didn't seem to harbour bad feelings towards him, and later even expressed his delight in seeing Hashimoto and Ogawa becoming best friends in ZERO-ONE; however, he eventually turned publicitly against Hashimoto after they had a falling out over Mark Kerr's contract.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Kouta Shishioh is one of Hashimoto himself (and is played by Hashimoto) in Oh! My Zombie Mermaid(otherwise known as Ah! House Collapses). A successful promoter buys a new house for himself and his wife, causing a rival promoter to send wrestlers to destroy him.
    • A regular in Fire Pro Wrestling.
  • Catch Phrase: During his ZERO-ONE days, his Pre Ass Kicking One Liner was "This has just begun, we are in the Hell's worst neighborhood!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Was described as such by some fellow wrestlers.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Became best friends with Naoya Ogawa, who had beat him in Hashimoto's supposed NJPW "retirement" match. Especially touching, given that Ogawa had been essentially ordered by Inoki to destroy Hashimoto's aura to the extent of shooting on him, and yet Shinya forgave him and welcomed him to ZERO-ONE.
  • Downer Ending: His death at the age of 40.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: One of his kick techniques was the suimengeri, a spinning legsweep.
  • Face: This was his role, and he drew huge in it. In his best times, he could fill up an arena with only his name on the posters.
  • Finishing Move: Vertical drop brainbuster and jumping spike DDT. In shoot-style matches and different style fights, he would use the inverted triangle choke (done in the inverted, ushiro-sankaku-jime manner, to highlight his judo background) and a simple kick to the head.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite being a solid face, Hashimoto's mannerisms in the ring were sometimes a bit heelish, kicking his opponents while they were down or off-guard and aggressively taunting them.
  • I Have Many Names: SHOGUN, Hashif Khan (in Stampede), and his own.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Naoya Ogawa.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Know Karate: A former Sato-Juku competitor. He also had a 3º dan black belt in Judo, and supposedly trained some wushu in China to improve his spinning kicks.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong, fast, could absolutely work on the mat, and could even come off of the top rope.
  • Manly Tears: Cried before the cameras when he revealed in an interview that he was the last person to speak to Masakazu Fukuda before his death on the ring.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Wore one during his entrance as part of his martial artist image, which eventually became a trademark of his.
  • Odd Friendship: With comedian Kunikazu Katsumata, who described Hashimoto as a brother and their friendship as [["Doraemon very much like Suneo and Giant."]]
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The usually polite Hashimoto had a fit of his in-ring rage during a press conference from the days of his feud with Ogawa, throwing a table and having to be slapped to sense by Tatsumi Fujinami.
  • Power Stable: HUSTLE Army.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Moving Pictures' "Never"
  • Red Baron: "Hakai O" ("The King of Destruction"), "Toukon Densho" ("The Heart and Soul of the Fighting Spirit") and "Bakusatsu Shooter" ("Explosive Shooter").
  • The Rival: Keiji Muto and especially Naoya Ogawa.
  • Supreme Chef: Reported to be great in the kitchen.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Was a booker for ZERO-ONE and HUSTLE.
  • Start My Own: Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE in November 2000, after getting fired from New Japan.
  • Tag Team: OH Gun, with Naoya Ogawa in ZERO-ONE.
  • Take That: One of his most famous moves, a running spinning heel kick from the ropes, was actually taken from Akira Maeda's signature spinning heel, which he abandoned at the time of the second Universal Wrestling Federation.
  • Time To Unlock More Potential: He learned his signature suimengeri spinning legsweep (in China, according to him) after losing to Tony Halme.
  • Tournament Arc: The Shinya Hashimoto Legacy Cup of Premier Wrestling Federation.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In his apprentice days, a young and overzealous Hashimoto once attacked Abdullah the Butcher after a match with Inoki in the belief he had been shooting on him. It got him punished and away from the rings for a time.
  • Wrestling Family: His son Daichi, who debuted for ZERO-ONE in March 2011.
  • Worked Shoot: He inherited from Inoki the custom of taking part in different style fights.
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