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Debuted in Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE (2001-2005)

    Native army 

Rikiya Fudo (本名は 下田勇作, Shimoda Yusaku, 2002-2007, 2009-present)

Minoru Fujita (藤田ミノル, Fujita Minoru)

  • Bash Brothers: First and most known with Ikuto Hidaka (collectively known as Skull & Bones) and later with Takuya Sugawara.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After his return to New Japan Pro-Wrestling, he demanded to face heavyweight instead of juniors like him. Cue to Yutaka Yoshie, Blue Wolf and Kensuke Sasaki squashing him.
  • Boring, but Practical: Has no flashy or spectacular moves, in part due to his training in shoot-style company Battlarts, so he prefers holds and drivers.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: His gimmick as a young wrestler, something admittedly pretty common in puroresu. He and Gran Naniwa also quit Michinoku Pro Wrestling because they were tired of doing dojo boy chorus.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: One of his personal trademarks was wearing black leather gloves (full ones, not Fingerless Gloves) during his matches. He dropped it after many years.
  • Delinquent Hair: With a yellow stripe.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His moveset is very varied and has little stylistic focus.
  • Red Baron: "Damashii Tamashii" ("Deceiving Soul").

Shinya Hashimoto (橋本 真也, Hashimoto Shinya, 2001-2005)

Ikuto Hidaka (日高郁人, Hidaka Ikuto)

Naohiro Hoshikawa (星川尚浩, Hoshikawa Naohiro, 2001-2004)

  • Determinator: After his injury, he was told he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Nowadays, he can walk by himself.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Suffered an acute subdural hematoma in 2004 after being superbombed off a cage (!) and was forced to retire.
  • Know Rugby: Practiced rugby in high school and was not shy to demonstrate it in his matches. He also trained in karate with Kazuhiko Ogasawara.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast and strong, with both high-flying moves and hard drivers.
  • Red Baron: "Ryusei Bancho" ("Meteor Thug").

KAMIKAZE (丸山 昭一, Maruyama Akikazu)

Osamu Namiguchi (浪口修, Namiguchi Osamu, 2003-2009)

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Despite officially retiring in 2009, he never really stopped wrestling, and nowadays he does it almost full time, only not in ZERO1.
  • Arch-Enemy: His used to be Katsuhiko Nakajima, a rising wrestler like himself.
  • The Artifact: He was a talented rookie and showed a lot of potential in his feud with Nakajima, so the bookers tried pushing him several times, one of them as the masked Tengu Baron, but he never achieved top level and after some years they just gave up on him.
  • Canon Immigrant: He trained in Mexican lucha libre and was an usual member of Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon.
  • Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Devised some techniques to counter Nakajima's kick-and-suplex style, though his success was little.

Kazuhiko Ogasawara (小笠原和彦, Ogasawara Kazuhiko, 2002-2006, 2008-2009, 2016)

  • Badass Grandpa: Debuted in pro wrestling at middle age, but he proved to be able to literally kick ass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Teamed up with Hashimoto as the second OH Gun (Ogawa was competing in MMA at the time) after saving him from Tom Howard and The Predator.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As he commonly wrestles in a karategi.
  • I Know Karate: A Kyokushin Karate black belt and champion.
  • Legacy Character: Played comic book character Zebra Man in Fighting Opera HUSTLE after inheriting it from the American wrestler who played it.
  • Old Master: Has his own karate dojo and association.
  • Rival Dojos: Half literally. He first appeared in ZERO-ONE when he raided a show to challenge Shinya Hashimoto, and later brought his own karate stable to oppose him. They later reconciled, however, thanks to an Enemy Mine situation against the UPW invasion.
  • Red Baron: "Ashiwaza no Majutsushi" ("The Footwork Mage").
  • Worthy Rival: Shinya Hashimoto.

Naoya Ogawa (小川直也, Ogawa Naoya, 2001-2004)

Shinjiro Otani (大谷晋二郎, Otani Shinjiro, 2001-present)

Alexander Otsuka (大塚 崇, Otsuka Takashi, 2001-2003, 2009, 2012)

Wataru Sakata (坂田亘, Sakata Wataru, 2001-2004)

  • Ascended Extra: And how. He went from a lowly MMA fighter in RINGS to the junior ace of ZERO-ONE and later the main hero in HUSTLE.
  • Boring, but Practical: His ZERO-ONE moveset was pretty generic, but he was an efficient wrestler.
  • Canon Immigrant: Despite he was the junior heavyweight ace in ZERO-ONE for a time, he moved to Fighting Opera HUSTLE and got most of his career and fame there. Then again, ZERO-ONE and HUSTLE had a working agreement.
  • I Know Shoot-Style: Was brought for his MMA experience in RINGS.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His finishing moves were kicks, suplexes and aerial moves.
  • Keet

Yoshihito Sasaki (佐々木義人, Sasaki Yoshihito, 2002-2008)

  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite not being a big guy by western standards, his style is power-based.
  • Red Baron: "Gekijo Hurricane" ("Passion Hurricane").

Kohei Sato (佐藤耕平, Sato Kohei, 2001-present)

  • The Apprentice: To Shinya Hashimoto.
  • Challenge Seeker: He once demanded a match with Shinsuke Nakamura, as he claimed to be a better representative of the strong-style, and even proposed a MMA fight if a wrestling match was too much of a fuss for Nakamura. He never received an answer.
  • Combination Attack: Has one with SUGI in which the latter does a corkscrew 450º splash from Sato's shoulders.
  • Bash Brothers: With Hirotaka Yokoi (collectively known as ROWDY), Yoshihiro Takayama and Ryoji Sai.
  • The Big Guy: Got stuck in this role after failing to become the next ace of the heavyweight division as he had been meant.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: He is always the big guy of the team, minus when teaming with Yoshihiro Takayama or Shuji Ishikawa, who are very tall as well.
  • The Giant: He is quite huge for Japanese standards, almost to Giant Baba-esque levels, which is arguably part of his mystique.
  • I Know MMA: He trained in Shooto, winning a +85kg amateur championship and two professional wins before moving to pro wrestling. He also trained in judo.
  • Red Baron: "Satsuriki Tokyo Tower" ("The Tokyo Tower of Slaughter"), "Hangyaku no Onimusa" ("The Demon Warrior of the Rebellion") and "Wakatora" ("Young Tiger").
  • Suplex Finisher: The German suplex.
  • Unknown Rival: He challenged Kazuyuki Fujita and later Brock Lesnar for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but his challenges were ignored.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being a wrestling giant himself, he and Katsuhisa Fujii were worfed by Giant Silva in the first HUSTLE event.

Ryoji Sai (崔領二, Sai Ryoji, 2001-present)

  • Bash Brothers: With Kohei Sato.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Was an aspiring mixed martial artist before doing pro wrestling, and in his very debut fight he drew with Masakazu Imanari, who would go to become a multiple MMA champion and one of the most known grapplers in Japan.
  • I Know Karate: He trained MMA in Netherlands with Gerard Gordeau. In fact, Ryoji's brother is no other than indy fighter Young Choi.
  • Odd Friendship: With K-1's Musashi.
  • Red Baron: "Kenka Kizoku" ("The Aristocrat of Brawling").
  • Secret Identity: His recent alter ego Kendo Shinkiba, a Masked Luchador who wrestles using MMA and Cane Fu.

Tatsuhito Takaiwa (高岩竜一, Takaiwa Tatsuhito, 2001-2008, 2013, 2015)

Masato Tanaka (田中将斗, Tanaka Masato, 2001-present)

Fuyuki Takahashi (高橋冬樹, Takahashi Fuyuki, 2002-2007)

Akashi Tiger (土井一央, Doi Kazuhisa, 2003-2004)

  • The Big Guy: A pretty tall wrestler, though not as much as Kohei Sato.
  • Chef of Iron: Was the dojo's cook while training.
  • I Know Karate: Also active in karate and K-1.
  • Put on a Bus: After the death of Hashimoto and the folding of the original ZERO-ONE, he disappeared and never returned to the next incarnation.

Shinsuke Z Yamagasa / Shinsuke Wakataka (炭谷信介, Wakataka Shinsuke, 2002-2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Hirotaka Yokoi (横井宏考, Yokoi Hirotaka)

  • Bash Brothers: With Kohei Sato as the ROWDY team.
  • Demoted to Extra: Might be hard to believe given that his main occupation in ZERO-ONE was being Kohei Sato's sidekick, but when Yokoi debuted in the promotion, he came riding a 10–0 MMA record and being one of most hyped Japanese fighters in PRIDE.
  • Determinator: He suffered some very nasty beatdowns in PRIDE, but it never stopped him from returning to the ring and facing an even worse opponent every time.
  • I Know Judo and MMA: Coming from a Judo background, he later trained MMA under Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and went to compete in RINGS and PRIDE.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His debut fight in PRIDE was against the league's second best fighter. His next fight was against the third one. His third fight was against the first one's master. And his last fight was against a future UFC champion. It can be safely said that Yokoi did not have an easy ride.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Although he did not win, Yokoi gave a shockingly good debut match against the famed Minotauro Nogueira in PRIDE. However, this had a negative effect: if PRIDE executives weren't already eager to throw Yokoi to fighters he had no chance against on the belief it would be awesome, then the match with Nogueira convinced them to do so.
  • Satellite Character: During his entire time in the promotion, he was pretty much known only as "you know, that mixed martial artist who teams up with Sato".

Fugo Fugo Yumeji (藤崎 忠博, Fujisaki Tadahiro, 2001-2008, 2011, 2015)

  • Arch-Enemy: Veteran wrestler Don Arakawa.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a NJPW Muga trainee who went indy before becoming a staple of ZERO-ONE.
  • Worthy Rival: Fuyuki Takahashi.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Real life example. His main job is graphic designer, and in fact he created the ZERO-ONE logo.

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    UPW army 

CW Anderson

Steve Corino

  • Big Bad: Was the head honcho of the UPW wrestlers.

Matt Ghaffari

  • Acrofatic: Fat and heavy, but able to do cartwheels as if nothing.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Naoya Ogawa.
  • Badass Boast: Promised to knock Ogawa out with knee strikes in their MMA fight. Sadly, he couldn't back it up.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He started his pro wrestling training in World Championship Wrestling and was even featured in some vignettes, but he left the promotion and did not debut until later for ZERO-ONE.
  • Eye Scream: A sort of. He tapped out in his fight with Ogawa because a punch to the side of his face disarranged one of his contact lens.
  • Fat Bastard: His excess of fat was his main trait (or at least his most distinctive one), and he was a heel.
  • The Giant: Towered over his Japanese opponents and was quite heavy.
  • The Heavy: Though not their leader, was the most pushed of the UPW guys.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: An Olympic silver medalist, among other accomplishments.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A superheavyweight, and not a particularly athletic-looking one, who was able of rolling around the ring with incredible speed.
  • Noble Demon: Was reluctant when the Takada Monster Army broke down Ogawa and told Ghaffari to finish him, and once he did, he left the ring in disgust.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Wore the U.S. flag on his wrestling singlet.

Tom Howard

  • Determinator: Dude once took 46 knees to the head on a MMA fight. Now that's heart.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He certainly had the attitude.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: His gimmick was a U.S. Green Berets hand-to-hand instructor.
  • Evil Is Petty: One of his trademarks was stepping over the opponent's foot while in military stance, only to attack while the adversary was confused.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He looked so tough in his gimmick and had such a good background that some predicted he would do good in MMA. A big mistake.
  • Heroic Build: Among the best examples of his faction.
  • I Know Sambo: Trained with Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell.
  • Sensei for Scoundrels: Was the main trainer of the villainous UPW army.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Despite his ripped look, he often resorted to underhand tactics and cheap shots to gain advantage.

Nathan Jones

Samoa Joe

The Predator (Sylvester Terkay)

  • Badass Beard
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Terkay was mostly a freestyle wrestler with some minor boxing titles, but when he fought kickboxing expert Mauricio da Silva, he chose to go with punches - and won. This backfired on him, though, as he attempted to do the same with Gary Goodridge and fell the same way. Terkay wised up for his next bout, against another kickboxer, so he went for a wrestling hold as soon as he could.
  • The Brute: For Tom Howard.
  • Chain Pain: Carried an iron chain to the ring to attack his opponents, wrapping it around his arm before clobbering them or choking them with it.
  • Death from Above: His finisher, the King Kong Kneedrop, was sometimes done from the freaking top rope.
  • The Dreaded: MMA promotions were wary of booking him, as although Terkay was an unheralded pro wrestler, he was a legitimately dangerous fighter, so he could easily mar the record of some established star. Kickboxing promotions were more optimistic, as they thought a wrestler like Terkay would be less dangerous in striking exchanges, but again Terkay proved them wrong when he humiliated Remy Bonjasky on his very debut and made Choi Hong-man look bad in his second fight. At the end, Terkay left fighting altogether and sticked to professional wrestling, the only place in which being The Dreaded played in his favor.
  • Expy/Homage: His gimmick was esentially a Bruiser Brody clone. In MMA and kickboxing, however, he was in all senses the second coming of Tom Erikson.
  • The Giant: Naturally.
  • Hero Killer: What fighting promoters feared Terkay might be. Indeed, he defeated young star Mu Bae Choi in a MMA fight, as well as his trainer Kristof Midoux.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: A multiple wrestling champion who once finished second behind Kurt Angle. He also won some boxing championships.
  • Master of None: Failed at making an impact in WWE, according to Dave Melzer, because he was not large enough to play a monster heel yet not skilled enough to play a technical wrestler.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Lost his K-1 match with Choi Hong-man, but when the match ended Terkay seemed fresh and ready for another round, while Choi looked like he would collapse in any moment.
  • Mighty Glacier: Both enormous and enormously strong, but rather slow.
  • Screaming Warrior
  • The Un-Favourite: To K-1 judges, apparently. With veteran Remy Bonjasky as his opponent at his very first kickboxing match, Terkay performed so well that the normally polite Japanese crowds booed loudly when the judges gave Bonjasky a split decision win, and the controversy was so sound that the K-1 president had to publicly apologize for it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was fired from OVW because they thought he wasn't picking up pro wrestling fast enough, but even with those modest skills he found success in Japan thanks to his look and size.

Debuted in Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX (2005-present)

    Unaligned 

Mineo Fujita (藤田峰雄, Fujita Mineo, 2009-present)

Daichi Hashimoto (橋本 大地, Hashimoto Daichi, 2011-2014)

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Had his first appearance for the promotion back in 2011, working a kickboxing exhibition with Satoshi Kobayashi.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Literally, being the son of Shinya Hashimoto.
  • I Know Kickboxing: And MMA.
  • Red Baron: "Hakai Oji" ("The Prince of Destruction", much like his father's "King of Destruction" nickname).
  • Put on a Bus: He shockingly left his late father's promotion in 2014 due to unknown reasons.

Jason Lee (Jason Lee, 2011-present)

Takehiro Murahama (村浜武洋, Murahama Takehiro, 2005-2006)

  • The Ace: With no doubt one of the best shootboxers of the sport's early days. He also became the ace of Osaka Pro Wrestling for a time.
  • Arch-Enemy: In K-1, Masato.
  • Broken Pedestal: Left shootboxing after his relationship with his trainer Cesar Takeshi got sour.
  • Canon Immigrant: He came to ZERO-ONE as an Osaka Pro Wrestling representative, although more in a symbolic light, as he actually did not work for them anymore.
  • Dented Iron: After all the damage of his pro wrestling and fighting career, he should have retired from the latter in 2004, but he keep on. He would have avoided many losses had he done it.
  • Determinator:
    • Was known as this in his shootboxing career. He was still worn and injured after so many years when he fought Masato, and it was still called one of the best matches of the year.
    • Not any less in MMA: he pulled a draw against Royler Gracie despite being constantly endangered by him on the ground, and by the end of the match Takehiro had even started taking over. He also led Jens Pulver to the judges.
  • Heroic BSoD: Retired from his home promotion, OPW, when he lost a K-1 match to KID Yamamoto.
  • Hero Killer: Defeated kickboxing victories over the famous Kensaku Maeda, and also got a few wins against Thai fighters.
  • I Know Shootboxing: And Judo, and Karate, and kickboxing.
  • I Work Alone: A famously lone wrestler. In fact, everybody was shocked to when he proposed Katsuhiko Nakajima to team up in the Differ Cup.
  • Red Baron: "Chisana Kyojin" ("The Little Giant").
  • Worthy Opponent: Jushin Thunder Liger.

Yuichiro Nagashima (長島雄一郎, Nagashima Yuichiro, 2011-2012)

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After so many months as a highly publicized rookie, he left the promotion in 2012 without an explanation or a hint for a future return.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: From his bizarre anime-like promos to his energetic interviews, he never passed an opportunity to profile himself as a distinguished eccentric.
  • Costume Porn: Naturally; see below.
  • Cross Player: He is famous in Japan for cosplaying female anime and videogames characters on his entrances, and his run in the company wasn't an exception.
  • I Know Kickboxing: A significantly accomplished and very popular K-1 fighter.
  • Instant Expert: The guy performed moonsaults and top rope hurricanranas in his very first pro wrestling match, and looked so natural on the ring that pundits said he made it look like he had years of career behind him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And dresses.
  • Red Baron: "Jienotsu", "Cosplay Fighter".
  • The Rival: To Daichi Hashimoto, though short-lived.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser

Munenori Sawa (澤 宗紀, 2005-2011)

  • Bash Brothers: With Ikuto Hidaka.
  • I Know "Bati Bati" Shoot-Style: A proud practitioner of the late native style of Battlarts.
  • Insistent Terminology: His style is not shoot-style, but Bati Bati (バチバチ, which effectively is not pure shoot-style, but mixed with lucha libre and regular puroresu). Though he is obvously not the only wrestler who uses it, counting Battlarts veterans like Hidaka, Fujita and Minoru Tanaka among others, he is the only on them who insists in using the name.
  • Put on a Bus: Retired in 2011.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As Lingerie Muto.
  • Red Baron: "Puroresu Daidogeijin" ("Pro Wrestling Street Performer").
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some sites list his name as "Muneki Sawa", another spelling of the kanji.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Again.

Takuya Sugawara (菅原拓也, 2006-present)

  • Bash Brothers: With Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka.
  • Delinquent Hair: Yellow striped, like Fujita's.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted and later played straight. Minoru Fujita introduced Sugawara from El Dorado Wrestling as his new tag team partner, as he had broken up his trusty team with Ikuto Hidaka, but Sugawara resembled Minoru himself, not Hidaka. However, Hidaka would eventually form a team with Sugawara after many years, making him officially a suspiciously similar substitute of Fujita.

SUGI (杉卓也, Sugi Takuya, 2007-2009, 2017-present)

Hideki Suzuki (鈴木秀樹, Suzuki Hideki, 2014-present)

  • I Know Shoot Wrestling: He trained with Shigeo Miyato and Billy Robinson, and competed in Battlarts.
  • Red Baron: "Nidaime Ningen Kazaguruma" ("2nd Generation Windmill Man").
  • Suplex Finisher: Uses several types of suplex as finishers, among them Billy Robinson's double arm suplex.

Shota Takanishi (2006-2011)

Yoshikazu Yokoyama (横山 佳和, Yokoyama Yoshikazu, 2010-present)

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"brother" YASSHI (辻本 恭史, Tsujimoto Yasushi, 2013-present)

Kengo (西村 賢吾, Nishimura Kengo, 2013-present)

Masakado (植田 直幹, Ueda Naomiki, 2006-present)

TARU (多留 嘉一, Taru Yoshikazu, 2013-present)

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