Atsushi Aoki was a Japanese professional wrestler who worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling as a wrestler, president of talent relations and head trainer at their dojo.
21 Facts About Atsushi Aoki
Atsushi Aoki jumped to All Japan Pro Wrestling in December 2012 where he became the top star of the junior heavyweight division, winning the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship four times and the All Asia Tag Team Championship 3 times.
Atsushi Aoki was killed in a motorcycle accident on June 3,2019 at the age of 41.
Atsushi Aoki began training under Jun Akiyama in the Pro Wrestling Noah Dojo in May 2005.
Atsushi Aoki's professional wrestling debut came on December 24,2005 during NOAH's NOAHful Gift in Differ '05 teaming up with Yoshiniro Ota, losing to NOAH founder Mitsuharu Misawa and Japanese wrestling legend Akira Taue.
Atsushi Aoki spent most of 2006 gaining hard earned experience in the ring, mostly on the losing side of matches.
Atsushi Aoki would make appearances for other Japanese promotions such as Zero-1 MAX and Dragon Gate.
In November, 2007 Atsushi Aoki took part in NOAH's Mauritius Cup tournament, earning 8 points in total by defeating Ippei Ota, Tsutomu Hirayanagi and Akihiko Ito while wrestling to a draw against Shuhei Taniguchi and Taiji Ishimori.
Atsushi Aoki teamed up with Akihiko Ito to participate in the 2008 Nippon TV Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League.
Atsushi Aoki was invited to be part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling's 2009 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
Unlike the 2007 and 2008 version of the Nippon TV Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League Atsushi Aoki's 2009 participating alongside Kota Ibushi was much more successful as the team won all three round robin matches, defeating the teams of Kenta and Taiji Ishimori, Genba Hirayanagi and Kikutaro and the team of Bryan Danielson and Roderick Strong.
Atsushi Aoki did not make it past the first round as he was defeated by Prince Devitt.
On December 23,2007, Atsushi Aoki took on a "10 match challenge" designed to push him to the limit and earn experience against very experienced wrestlers.
On January 26,2013, Atsushi Aoki, Go Shiozaki, Jun Akiyama, Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, all of whom had quit Noah at the same time, announced that they had joined All Japan Pro Wrestling, forming the "Burning" stable.
On March 27,2015, Atsushi Aoki lost the World Junior Heavyweight Championship to Kotaro Suzuki.
On January 1,2016, Atsushi Aoki was appointed the president of talent relations.
On February 21,2016, Atsushi Aoki defeated tag team partner Hikaru Sato in the finals to win the 2016 Jr.
In early 2018, still using his birth name, Atsushi Aoki began working under a mask and regained the World Junior Heavyweight Championship from Tajiri on February 3 in Yokohama.
Atsushi Aoki competed in A Block and managed to finish with 8 points, but was unable to advance to the final.
Atsushi Aoki regained the World Junior Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time on May 20,2019, defeating Iwamoto.
On June 3,2019, Atsushi Aoki was killed in a motorcycle accident when he collided with the side wall around the expressway of Kitanomaru Park in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo.