37 Facts About Seiya Sanada


Seiya Sanada, better known by his ring name Sanada, is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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Seiya Sanada is a member of the stable Los Ingobernables de Japon.

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Seiya Sanada won his first NJPW singles title, the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, in early 2022.

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Seiya Sanada is known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was the first Gaora TV Champion, a two-time All Asia Tag Team Champion, a one-time World Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the 2011 World's Strongest Tag Determination League tournament.

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Seiya Sanada is known for his time in the Japanese Wrestle-1 and American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotions.

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In 2005, Seiya Sanada tried to earn a training spot in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling dojo, but failed to pass an introductory test.

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Seiya Sanada took the test alongside future NJPW wrestlers Tetsuya Naito and Yoshi-Hashi.

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Seiya Sanada was eventually trained by Keiji Mutoh's All Japan Pro Wrestling affiliated Mutohjuku school and turned pro on March 13,2007, in a losing effort teaming with Ryuji Hijikata against Katsuhiko Nakajima and T28.

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In 2010, Seiya Sanada entered the Champion Carnival but the results were the same as he finished last in his block with no points.

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Seiya Sanada entered in 2011 World's Strongest Tag Determination League with Kai and won the tournament by defeating Masayuki Kono and Masakatsu Funaki in the Finals.

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Seiya Sanada then challenged his former trainer Satoshi Kojima to match but fell short after a Lariat by Kojima, during the Match he sustained a right knee injury but still wrestled and took a little time off to heal his knee.

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Seiya Sanada then participated in 2012's Champion Carnival and lost to his former tag partner Manabu Soya.

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On October 7,2012, Seiya Sanada defeated Yasufumi Nakanoue in a tournament final to become the inaugural Gaora TV Champion.

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In early 2014, Seiya Sanada was offered an opportunity to earn another shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but he instead opted to go for the TNA X Division Championship.

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The following day, Wrestle-1 announced Seiya Sanada would be leaving Japan to work for TNA indefinitely.

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The following day, Wrestle-1 and Seiya Sanada held a press conference to announce that he had signed a contract with TNA, giving him a dual contract between Wrestle-1 and the American promotion.

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Seiya Sanada returned to working for Wrestle-1 full-time in October 2014, when TNA went inactive for the rest of the year.

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The following month, Seiya Sanada teamed up with Hiroshi Yamato for the First Tag League Greatest tournament, set to determine the inaugural Wrestle-1 Tag Team Champions.

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On May 13,2015, Seiya Sanada held a press conference in Japan, where he announced that he was leaving Wrestle-1 once his contract expired two days later, so he could continue working in the United States full-time as a freelancer.

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Four days later, Seiya Sanada made his Impact Wrestling debut, teaming with Tigre Uno to defeat TNA World Tag Team Champions The BroMans, in a non-title match.

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On September 20,2014, Seiya Sanada, using his villainous Great Seiya Sanada persona, made his debut for American independent promotion Chikara, entering the annual Rey de Voladores tournament.

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Fox and Orlando Christopher in his opening four-way elimination match, Seiya Sanada was defeated in the final of the tournament the following day by Shynron.

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On July 18, Seiya Sanada entered the 2016 G1 Climax, opening his tournament by scoring a major win over Hiroshi Tanahashi.

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Seiya Sanada got a huge win against Kota Ibushi in the tournament.

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On January 4,2019, at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome, Evil and Seiya Sanada defeated both Guerrillas of Destiny and Young Bucks to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the second time.

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At Honor Rising: Japan 2019, Evil and Seiya Sanada lost the titles in their second defense against Guerillas of Destiny.

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Seiya Sanada was announced to take part in 2019 New Japan Cup and faced Hirooki Goto in the first round.

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On May 4, the second night of Wrestling Dontaku 2019, Seiya Sanada unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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Seiya Sanada entered the G1 Climax, where he finished with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses, ending the tournament with 8 points.

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Seiya Sanada was then announced to be participating in the New Japan Cup, facing Mikey Nicholls in the first round.

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Seiya Sanada defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Sho, and Taichi before losing to Evil in the semi-finals.

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Seiya Sanada then participated in the G1 Climax 30 where he would lose his first three matches, but then go on to win six in a row to win his first ever G1 Climax block, before losing to Kota Ibushi in the longest G1 Climax final match in history.

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At New Years Golden Series on February 19, Seiya Sanada would beat Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, marking his first singles championship victory in New Japan Pro-Wrestling since his debut in April 2016.

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Seiya Sanada would compete in that years New Japan Cup, where he received a bye to the second round.

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Seiya Sanada defeated Aaron Henare in the second round, but lost to Will Ospreay in the third round.

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Seiya Sanada vacated the championship at Hyper Battle, ending his reign at 49 days.

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Seiya Sanada finished with 6 points, failing to advance to the semi-finals.

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