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Wrestling: Shinya Hashimoto

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.

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