23 Facts About Tomoaki Honma


Tomoaki Honma is a Japanese professional wrestler currently working for New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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Tomoaki Honma eventually trained with Michinoku Pro Wrestling for 1 year, but did not debut in Michinoku Pro and instead spent his early career in Big Japan Pro Wrestling, debuting for the promotion in May 1997.

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In October 2000, Tomoaki Honma left BJW after disagreements with company management.

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Tomoaki Honma was invited by owner Motoko Baba to join the promotion, and signed a full-time contract with the company in March 2002.

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In 2005, Tomoaki Honma became affiliated with Kensuke Sasaki's Kensuke Office agency in an effort to further improve his career.

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Tomoaki Honma announced his departure from AJPW on April 28,2006, and became a freelancer.

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Tomoaki Honma participated in the 2007 New Japan Cup tournament, falling to veteran Takashi Iizuka in his first round match.

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On December 23,2011, Tomoaki Honma received a rare championship opportunity, when he challenged for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in the main event of a NJPW show at Korakuen Hall, losing to champion Masato Tanaka at the end of a 23 minute bout.

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In March 2013, Tomoaki Honma began appearing in Pro Wrestling Noah, where he took part in the 2013 Global Tag League with Akitoshi Saito.

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On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Tomoaki Honma unsuccessfully challenged Tanaka for the NEVER Openweight Championship.

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Tomoaki Honma received another shot at the title a year later at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, but was again defeated by the defending champion, Tomohiro Ishii.

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From July 21 to August 8,2014, Tomoaki Honma took part in his first G1 Climax as a late replacement for an injured Kota Ibushi, losing all ten of his matches and finishing last in his block.

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In November, Tomoaki Honma took part in the 2014 World Tag League, alongside Togi Makabe.

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On January 4,2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, Tomoaki Honma won his first title in NJPW, when he and Makabe defeated Bullet Club's Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

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The following week, Tomoaki Honma took part in the NJPW and Ring of Honor co-produced Honor Rising: Japan 2016 event, unsuccessfully challenging Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship in the main event of the second show on February 20.

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From July 22 to August 13, Tomoaki Honma took part in the 2016 G1 Climax, where he finished with a record of three wins and six losses.

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Reportedly, Tomoaki Honma was able to speak and move his head, but not his arms or legs.

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Tomoaki Honma vowed to recover from the injury and return to the ring.

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The following month, Tomoaki Honma stated he was looking to return to the ring in the fall of 2017.

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On June 3,2018, it was announced that Tomoaki Honma would make his return to the ring later that month.

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On October 28,2020, Tomoaki Honma scored his first victory since returning from injury in 2018 when he pinned Gedo in a six-man tag team match after a Kokeshi.

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Tomoaki Honma was teaming alongside Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi while taking on Bullet Club.

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Tomoaki Honma denied the accusation, instead claiming that he was abused by her and stating that he was seeking legal action against her for trying to damage his career.

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