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Also known as Naofumi Yamamoto, Mr. Yamamoto, Yamamoto, Yoshi Tatsu

Current gimmick: Yoshitatsu
Promotion: New Japan Pro Wrestling
Age: 39 years
Birthplace: Gifu, Japan
Gender: male
Height: 6' 2" (187 cm)
Weight: 224 lbs (102 kg)
Background in sports: Ringen, Boxen, Jiu Jitsu
Alter egos: Naofumi Yamamoto
    a.k.a.  Mr. Yamamoto
    a.k.a.  Yamamoto
Yoshi Tatsu
    a.k.a.  Yoshitatsu
Roles: Singles Wrestler (2002 - today)
Tag Team Wrestler (2002 - today)
WWE Development Wrestler (2007 - 2009)
Beginning of in-ring career: 12.10.2002
In-ring experience: 13 years
Wrestling style: Techniker
Trainer: Yuji Nagata, Tatsutoshi Goto, Tom Prichard, Steve Keirn, Norman Smiley, Billy Kidman, Jamie Noble, Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, Masahiro Chono & Kotetsu Yamamoto
Trademark holds: Backdrop Suplex, Octopus Hold
Naofumi Yamamoto (NJPW, 2002) Naofumi Yamamoto (NJPW, 2005) Naofumi Yamamoto (NJPW, 2006) Naofumi Yamamoto (NJPW, 2007) Yoshi Tatsu (WWE, 2009) Yoshi Tatsu (WWE, 2010) Yoshi Tatsu (WWE, 2011) Yoshi Tatsu (WWE, 2012) Yoshi Tatsu (WWE, 2013) Yoshi Tatsu (NJPW, 2014) Yoshitatsu (NJPW, 2016)
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killowenskill wrote on 03.07.2016:
[4.0] "The absolute lack of talent. Yoshi is one of the worst wrestlers of Japan, I had time to study. Of all the qualities that he has a more or less strong-ring skill. But in spite of this, the good games from him a little. I can recall only with Christian and Kidd. When he moved away from the injury, he wanted to try his hand as a commentator, but in this respect he is no. He does not know how to do it, it is constantly trying to "pull out". I do not understand why he is still held in NJPW."
The Chosen One wrote on 09.06.2016:
[6.0] "I have only seen him in WWE and not Japan. In WWE he never received the proper push he deserved. He could easily have been Intercontinental Champion. He had a good move set and a good look but he was very frequently used as a jobber. Overall he could have had a better carrier in WWE but I hope he is doing better in Japan."
SlothFacts wrote on 06.05.2016:
[3.0] "Yoshitatsu's career is unfortunate. There was a point where he had potential to be a solid midcard act who you could count on for solid midcard matches, but that part of his career was squandered. Once he was finally put in a position to succeed, arriving in NJPW, he got injured, and lost years of his career. Now he's back, and being pushed somewhere between the midcard and the upper-midcard, but between age, rust, and injury, he's just looking terrible. His offense is ugly, he looks completely blown up even after sitting out most of the match, and his selling has been pitiful. And that's not even getting into his Triple H tribute/parody gimmick, which is just baffling. I shouldn't be surprised; given the relative creative freedom of being on a C show with nobody in the brass watching, he feuded over an action figure. His ideas are at least unique, but not compelling. The Triple H gimmick, aside from being bizarre, is performed with such a lack of passion that it's almost depressing. And Yoshi is just not any good at Triple H's signature moves. I've never seen a worse spinebuster in my life. I really hope Yoshi can shake off the rust, power through the injury, lose the bad gimmick, and find it in himself to have a good run in NJPW while he's still got his push. But it's not looking likely."
JMTheBadOne wrote on 04.05.2016:
[5.0] "Throughout his legnthly career, Naofumi Yamamoto (better known as Yoshi Tatsu to WWE fans and currently Yoshitatsu to New Japan fans) has served as a capable mid-carder (albeit one better suited for the lower end of the card) for both New Japan and the WWE. Tatsu got his start in New Japan under his given name before defecting stateside in hopes of establishing himself as a star. Once in North America, Yamamoto went to the WWE and was booked under the name Yoshi Tatsu. While initially given a strong debut, Tatsu was eventually relegated to the opening matches on the card before being granted his release. Following a stint in the North American indies, Yoshitatsu went back to New Japan under his current moniker, but saw his push derailed following a match against AJ Styles that left him with a legitimate broken neck. Yoshitatsu managed to recover and has since both returned to New Japan and secured his first ever major level accomplishment (earning the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Titles alongside Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin. ) Yoshitatsu may never be a main event wrestler, but he can be called upon to help round out a solid card."
Preston Ward Condra wrote on 27.07.2015:
[5.0] "Yoshi Tatsu had excellent start in ECW back in 2009 with being super over with the crowd from the beginning. Unfortunately, a cheery, full of life persona like himself will only take you to be lightly in the long run. From 2010-2014 he was basically reduced to jobber line status fighting in matches on Superstars with little growth or character development coming from him. If only the guy had some more oomph to him, he could of been something special. Alas, he was criminally wasted by the WWE."
Iam betterthan wrote on 26.07.2015:
[10.0] "Yoshi Tatsu Is a Very Underrated Wrestler. He made his debut in New Japan and had a good run there until 2007 when he left New Japan and Joined WWE but after than he had a good run in ECW. But after when ECW was Removed. He became Jobber coming time to time in Raw and Smackdown and losing the matches and became largely a enhanced wrestler in Superstars before he was released from WWE and never got a chance to show what he can do. Not his mistakes i think wwe don't know how to use Japanese wrestlers. But after than he came back to New Japan and had a strong showing in his match vs Aj Styles at Power Struggle 2014. But he was injured from that match and out from months now. Hope when he come back He get a chance to prove himself."
Alec Whalen wrote on 06.01.2015:
[10.0] "One of, if not the biggest waste of talent WWE has ever (ehhhhhhvvvveeerrrrr) wasted, He improved in every match and his English was getting better. His match vs AJ Styles at NJPW power Struggle was a showcase of his talent."
Feli wrote on 10.11.2014:
[9.0] "Yoshi Tatsu has amazing in-ring skills and has a great character. He didn't have the best mic skills, but that's understandable due to lack of English. I'm disappointed in WWE for wasting his talent, but now he's off to do better things in NJPW and the independent circuit. I'm looking forward to what he is going to accomplish. His match with AJ Styles at Power Struggle 2014 proved that WWE wasted a potential star in their company. He looked amazing."
GabrielMaster wrote on 06.07.2014:
[7.0] "Yoshi did not have many opportunities to see him fighting because WWE confine his talent, despite having a visibly weak Mic Skill, I think he could make the talent in the ring because it is an agile wrestler."

Current Total Rating
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Number of comments: 74
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Average Rating: 6.11
Average in 2016: 5.61
Average in 2015: 6.44
Average in 2014: 5.86
Average in 2013: 5.86
Average in 2012: 6.00
Average in 2011: 5.63
Average in 2010: 6.20
Average in 2009: 6.54
Average in 2008: 5.33
Average in 2007: 5.00

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