Akira Taue is a Japanese retired professional wrestler.
16 Facts About Akira Taue
Akira Taue is a former All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, a former GHC Heavyweight Champion and has had fourteen 5 Star Matches as awarded by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Akira Taue joined the club in his second year of high school, and he won the third place in the national sumo high school championship.
Akira Taue was then invited in the Oshiogawa stable, and made his professional sumo debut, in January 1980.
Akira Taue fought in the second highest juryo division for seven tournaments before retiring from sumo in July 1987.
Akira Taue won his first championship, the All Asia Tag Team Championship, with Shinichi Nakano on June 5,1990.
Akira Taue won the World Tag Team Championship for the first time on March 4,1992, teaming with Jumbo Tsuruta.
Akira Taue formed a tag team with Toshiaki Kawada, called The Holy Demon Army, a team which ended up holding the World Tag Team Championship 6 times.
In Noah Akira Taue continued tag team wrestling, teaming mostly with Takuma Sano.
On November 5,2005, Akira Taue was able to defeat Takeshi Rikio with his Ore ga Akira Taue finisher to capture the GHC Heavyweight Championship, which he held into the new year before losing it to Jun Akiyama on January 22,2006.
On June 27,2009, following the June 13 death of Mitsuharu Misawa, Akira Taue was appointed as the new president of Pro Wrestling Noah.
On May 12,2013, Akira Taue announced that he would be officially retiring from the ring in December.
On December 7,2013, Akira Taue wrestled his retirement match, where he, Takeshi Morishima, Takashi Sugiura, and Genba Hirayanagi defeated Genichiro Tenryu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Masao Inoue, and Kentaro Shiga, with Akira Taue pinning Inoue for the final win of his career.
Akira Taue served as the Noah president until November 1,2016, when the company was sold to IT development company Estbee, after which he was given the new role of an advisor.
Akira Taue would resign from his position in February 2017.
In June 2017, after studying with Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Akira Taue opened his own steakhouse in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, called Steak Izakaya Champ, where he personally cuts and cooks the steak, as well as greeting customers.