Taka Michinoku is the founder and former promoter of Kaientai Dojo, where he primarily wrestled until 2019.
52 Facts About Taka Michinoku
In 2019, Taka Michinoku started another promotion, Professional Wrestling Just Tap Out.
Taka Michinoku has appeared for New Japan Pro-Wrestling since 2011 where he was a member of Suzuki-gun.
Taka Michinoku held the FMW Independent World Junior Heavyweight Title for a combined duration of more than 15 months, the WWF Light Heavyweight Title for a then record-setting 10 months and the WEW Six-Man Tag Team Title for almost a year.
Taka Michinoku took his name as a sign of respect for his mentor The Great Sasuke, who was the owner of Michinoku Pro Wrestling and had been the first to use Michinoku as part of his ring name.
Taka Michinoku competed in Best of the Super Juniors 1994 and only gained two points therefore losing the tournament.
Taka Michinoku would vacate the championship to focus on the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.
Taka Michinoku fought between the others The Headhunters and Val Venis, at the time using the mask of Steele.
Taka Michinoku made his World Wrestling Federation debut on July 6,1997, at the WWF pay-per-view Canadian Stampede losing to The Great Sasuke but getting a huge reaction from the crowd.
Taka Michinoku lost a rematch to Sasuke the following night on Raw.
Taka Michinoku was entered in the WWF Light Heavyweight Title Tournament where the winner would become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, he beat Devon Storm in the quarterfinal, Aguila in the semifinal.
On December 7,1997, Taka Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher at D-Generation X: In Your House to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion recognized by the WWF.
Taka Michinoku successfully defended the WWF Light Heavyweight Title at No Way Out of Texas: In Your House against Pantera, at WrestleMania XIV against Aguila and against multiple different opponents on Raw is War and Shotgun Saturday Night.
Taka Michinoku started to become "Americanised" and on Raw, he teamed with Bradshaw and segments where shown of Taka Michinoku and Bradshaw doing generalised and stereotyped American activities.
Taka Michinoku was attacked by Kai En Tai for unknown reasons, and their alliance with Taka in Japan was not mentioned.
Taka Michinoku teamed up with Togo, Teioh and Funaki to go against The Oddities at SummerSlam 1998 only to lose the match.
At WrestleMania 2000 the pair were part of a hardcore battle royal for the WWF Hardcore Championship, Funaki even became the Hardcore champion for a small amount of time however Taka Michinoku never held the title.
On May 19,2002, Taka Michinoku debuted for Kaientai Dojo at K-Dojo New Talent Presentation where Taka Michinoku had several matches with four new K-Dojo talents and won all four matches.
On January 10,2005, Taka Michinoku defeated Kaz Hayashi for the Strongest-K Championship, the highest honor one can achieve in Kaientai Dojo.
Taka Michinoku started a feud with Kazma, which led to several championship matches between the two where Taka Michinoku would come out on top.
Taka Michinoku would go on to beat Bambi in the finals of Strongest-K 2005.
However, after losing the championship, a few months later on June 4,2006, Taka Michinoku teamed up with TOMO Taka Michinoku to beat Shiori Asahi and Makoto Oishi to win the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship and would lose the championship to Apple Miyuki and YOSHIYA almost a month later on July 8.
Taka Michinoku participated in the GET block of Strongest-K 2006, Taka Michinoku gained four points and therefore did not progress forward.
Taka Michinoku teamed up with TAKU Taka Michinoku to take part in a four-way match for the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship and lost.
Taka Michinoku teamed up with Kazma to take part in the GET block part of K-DOJO Tag League 2007, the pair reached the final before being eliminated by Makoto Oishi and Shiori Asahi.
Taka Michinoku would go on to win Strongest-K 2007 after defeating Yuji Hino in the final.
Taka Michinoku won Strongest-K next challenger tournament and went on to beat Kengo Mashimo to become a two time Strongest-K Champion.
Taka Michinoku finally lost the championship to his longtime rival Kazma on October 10,2009.
Taka Michinoku teamed up with Taishi Takizawa in K-DOJO Tag League 2010 and reached the final before being eliminated by Daigoro Kashiwa and Kengo Mashimo and would lose to Kengo Mashimo again in Strongest-K 2010.
Taka Michinoku would be part of multiple number one contendorship matches for the Strongest-K Championship and participated in Strongest-K tournament 2011 but lost all.
Taka Michinoku teamed with Kengo Mashimo to become the Strongest-K Tag Team Champions and would go on to win the K-DOJO Tag League 2012.
On October 14,2012, Taka Michinoku celebrated his twentieth anniversary in professional wrestling with a six-man tag team match, where he, Cima and Funaki were defeated by Minoru Suzuki, Nosawa Rongai and Taichi.
On July 12,2015, Taka Michinoku won the Strongest-K Tag Team Championship alongside Men's Teioh.
In November 2018, it was revealed Taka Michinoku had an extra-marital relationship of 8 years with a woman.
On January 22,2019, Taka Michinoku left the promotion, working as a freelancer.
Taka Michinoku debuted for All Japan Pro Wrestling in August 2003.
Taka Michinoku would go on to team up with D'Lo Brown to take part in World's Strongest Tag Determination League 2003 and gained a total of six points, not enough to progress to the next stage.
At AJPW Excite Series 2004, Taka Michinoku took on Kaz Hayashi in a match for the vacant World Junior Heavyweight Championship, which Hayashi won.
On January 10,2005, Taka Michinoku took on Hayashi in an all or nothing match where the Strongest-K Championship and World Junior Heavyweight Championship were on the line and Taka Michinoku won.
Taka Michinoku gained only four points in the AJPW Junior League 2006 and therefore didn't progress.
At AJPW Summer Explosion 2017, Taka Michinoku made his return to AJPW and won the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Black Tiger VII.
In late 2010, Taka Michinoku returned to New Japan and began teaming up with Satoshi Kojima, Nosawa Rongai and Taichi to form Kojima-gun in early 2011.
On February 20,2011, at The New Beginning, Taka Michinoku took on Prince Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which Devitt retained.
Taka Michinoku teamed up with Taichi to take on Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and lost.
Taka Michinoku participated in Best Of The Super Juniors XVIII and gained eight points but not enough to progress to the semifinal.
From late May to early June 2013, Taka Michinoku took part in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors.
In May, Taka Michinoku took part in the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors, where he finished second to last in his block with a record of two wins and five losses.
In May 2019, Taka Michinoku participated in the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors.
Taka Michinoku would disappear shortly after to focus on starting his new promotion, Professional Wrestling Just Tap Out.
On January 4 2022 at night one of Wrestle Kingdom 16, Taka Michinoku competed in the New Japan Rambo but failed to last till the final 4.
Taka Michinoku continued to team with his Suzuki-gun stablemates for the remainder of the year in mainly tag-team matches.