18 Facts About Jun Akiyama


Jun Akiyama was born on October 9,1969 and is a Japanese professional wrestler signed to DDT Pro-Wrestling, where he is a former KO-D Openweight Champion.


In junior high school, Akiyama participated in swimming and in senior high school he competed in freestyle amateur wrestling and judo.


Jun Akiyama made his professional wrestling debut in September 1992 in a match against Kenta Kobashi, which he lost.


Jun Akiyama gradually rose in rank, starting to team up with Akira Taue as part of what remained of Jumbo Tsuruta's team called "Tsuruta-Gun", earning a trial series in January 1993.


Jun Akiyama then began closing in on the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, first challenging Misawa in September 1997 and January 1998, Kobashi in July 1998, and Vader in January 2000.


Late 2004 and much of 2005 were highlighted by his feud with protege Makoto Hashi where Jun Akiyama used "tough love" to toughen up young Hashi.


On January 22,2006, Jun Akiyama defeated Akira Taue to become the GHC Heavyweight Champion for the second time, defending the title against Minoru Suzuki on March 5 and Masao Inoue on April 24.

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On March 1,2009, Jun Akiyama defeated Kensuke Sasaki for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.


On October 23,2011, Jun Akiyama defeated Suwama to finally win All Japan's Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, the belt he could not win during his eight-year run with the promotion before leaving for Pro-Wrestling NOAH.


Jun Akiyama lost the Triple Crown to Masakatsu Funaki on August 26,2012, in a match that lasted less than five minutes.


On December 3,2012, it was reported that Jun Akiyama had threatened to not re-sign with Noah after his contract expires in January 2013, when the promotion decided to release Kenta Kobashi from his contract.


On September 26, Jun Akiyama defeated Akebono in the finals to win the 2015 Odo Tournament.


Jun Akiyama lost the title to Suwama on January 2,2016.


On March 12,2017, Jun Akiyama defeated Kenso to win the Gaora TV Championship for the first time.


In February 2021 it was announced that Jun Akiyama had let his contract with All Japan expire.


In June 2020, it was announced that Akiyama would be transferring to DDT Pro-Wrestling for the remainder of the year.


In February 2021 it was announced that Jun Akiyama had let his contract with AJPW expire and would be a free agent.


Jun Akiyama then won the KO-D Openweight Championship at Kawasaki Strong 2021 from Tetsuya Endo.