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Tetsuya Naito


Also known as Naito

Current gimmick: Tetsuya Naito
Promotion: New Japan Pro Wrestling
Age: 32 years
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Gender: male
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight: 224 lbs (102 kg)
Background in sports: Baseball, Fußball
Alter egos: Tetsuya Naito
    a.k.a.  Naito
Roles: Singles Wrestler (2006 - today)
Tag Team Wrestler (2006 - today)
Beginning of in-ring career: 27.05.2006
In-ring experience: 8 years
Wrestling style: Techniker
Trainer: Animal Hamaguchi & NJPW Dojo
Nickname(s): "Stardust Genius", "Red Comet", "Red Meteor"
Trademark holds: Jumping Elbow Strike, Stardust Press, Pluma Blanca (Koji Clutch)
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Latest comments of the CAGEMATCH inmates
llboxing wrote on 15.03.2015:
[7.0] "He's the Dolph Ziggler of New Japan. A popular upper mid carder who flirts with main event status but often falls short of winning the big one. He's athletic, flashy, good looking and an excellent worker with some great matches against top stars under his belt. He's very wooden with his facial expressions, that is perhaps his greatest weakness. He hasn't always been consistent but usually shows good intensity and passion in both promos and in ring work. Recently he has been in a Roman Reigns type situation with the fans feeling that he has been shoved down their throats. He was even heavily booed at one event but that appears to be an isolated incident. Once heralded as the heir apparent but injuries, inconsistency and bad acting have hampered his career. I think he is in need of a character makeover. A heel turn perhaps?"
BlackThought88 wrote on 15.02.2015:
[7.0] "I respect his talent and ability but something about him just doesn't scream main eventer. He doesn't have the charisma and versatility of the top 3 in Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura. The only match of his that I felt was 5 star worthy was his match with Okada in 2012. The way he targeted Okada's leg was brilliancy that I've yet to see again from him, these days he tends to wrestle the same match and overdo those sentons. He's a good hand but definitely not top tier. I'd even put Ishii, Goto and Shibata over him."
JMTheBadOne wrote on 15.02.2015:
[7.0] "Naito is the guy that would be over if Tanahashi, Nakamura, Okada, and Styles weren't in front of him. A natural babyface, perhaps a feud for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship could help him look like a proper contender."
JustinJDMarineau wrote on 02.10.2014:
[10.0] "Since I started watching New Japan Pro Wrestling on a once in a while basis, I've really become a big fan of Tetsuya Naito! I've really gotten to easily see and know his moveset so quickly and his work in the ring is so tremendous! Plus he can also wrestle with somebody who is already phenomenal like AJ Styles and make him look like a million bucks! Also he has like a reverse Red Arrow looking finishing move which I really like too! To me, Tetsuya Naito has the whole package and has everything it takes to be the IWGP heavyweight champion and I hope he does hold that belt eventually!"
sevendaughters wrote on 20.05.2014:
[10.0] "Let's get the bad out of the way first: Naito is not the greatest seller to step into the ring and his look, despite him being a face in theory, gets him more heat than respect. Right, now we've parked that, let's talk about one of the best wrestlers in the world right now. Let's talk about someone who tries every single match to work for the good of the match. He is so selfless: he can take any bump, he can pop up anywhere to take a hit, he contorts his body in recoil in ways that others would not dream of. His moveset is the perfect NJPW main event moveset: it's smooth and it tells the story of his life - some shout outs to Mexico, to his days as a junior, combined with some heavyweight flourishes and submissions. I can see why he's not huge: he lacks that visual charisma of Tanahashi. But he deserves to inherit his throne as King Babyface because he's capable of similar feats in-ring. His 2014 series with Ishii, his WK8 title match with Okada, the G1 Finals night matches, the NEVER defence v Tanaka - these do not happen by accident! Sublime."
apc24 wrote on 17.12.2013:
[8.0] "Kind of like the Jeff Hardy of New Japan except he has more of a technical move set and instead of having potentially bad matches, he's very injury prone. He has a bright future in New Japan but it looks like the crowd isn't really into him."
Mudam wrote on 16.08.2013:
[10.0] "Naito is one of the new aces of NJPW. Talented in all wrestling styles"

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Average Rating: 8.77
Average in 2015: 8.44
Average in 2014: 9.32
Average in 2013: 8.00
Average in 2012: 9.67
Average in 2011: 8.29
Average in 2009: 8.00
Average in 2008: 7.50
Average in 2007: 8.00

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