Minoru Tanaka



Height: 5'9"

Weight: 198 lbs

Real Name: Minoru Tanaka

DOB: 11/29/1972

Hometown: Komaki, Aichi

Other Names: Heat(NJPW), The Orange Prince, Minoru(NJPW), Tanaka

Wrestler Since: 1994

Finishing Maneuver: Minoru Special, Minoru Special II, HEAT Clutch, Santa Monica Pier

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #123(2011), #86(2007), #110(2006), #219(2005), #107(2004), #237(2003), #12(2002), #23(2001)

Other Related Websites:
Minoru Tanaka - Bodyslamming.com Bio
Minoru Tanaka - Wikipedia Bio

History: (Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (45 - 56)
- FMW Fall Spectacular '97 (September 28, '97) = Minoru Tanaka competed in a "Royal Rumble", which was won by Tetsuhiro Kuroda.
- Battlarts Young Generation Battle Tournament '98 (July/September) = Tanaka competed in the tournament, which was won by Alexander Otsuka.
- Battlarts Sumo Hall (November 23, '98) = Tanaka fell to Naohiro Hoshikawa.
- Battlarts Tag-Team League (December '98 / March '99) = Tanaka & Maasaki Mochizuki competed in the league, which was won by Alexander Otsuka & Mohammed Yone.
- Battlarts Japanese Junior Crown League '99 (February/March) = Tanaka won over Maasaki Mochizuki to win the league.
- NJPW Strong Style Symphony (April 10, '99) = Tanaka was pinned by Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- FMW Bunka Gym (May 5, '99) = Tanaka won the FMW Junior Heavyweight Title, forcing Ricky Fuji to submit.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '99 (May/June) = Tanaka competed in the league, which was won by Kendo Kashin.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 8, '99) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, Gran Hamada, & El Samurai took down Shinjiro Ohtani, Masao Orihara, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, & Dr Wagner Jr.
- Battlarts Young Generation Battle League '99 (July/August) = Tanaka competed in the league, which was won by Daisuke Ikeda.
- NJPW Final Dome '99 (October 11) = Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champs, Shinjiro Ohtani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- NJPW Wrestling World '00 (January 4) = Tanaka & Kendo Kashin lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champions, Shinjiro Ohtani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- Michinoku Pro Sumo Hall (April 9, '00) = Tanaka, Shinya Makabe, Ricky Marvin, Maasaki Mochizuki, & Tiger Mask IV won over Kendo Kashin, Judo Suwa, Chopinger, Super Boy, & El Samurai.
- NJPW Wrestling Dontaku '00 (May 5) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, Sumo Dandy Fuji, & CIMA fell to Kendo Kashin, Koji Kanemoto, Shinjiro Ohtani, & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '00 (May/June) = Tanaka competed in the league, which was won by Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- Michinoku/Battlearts/Arsion P-MIX Tournament (May/June) = Tanaka & Yumi Fukawa defeated Takeshi Ono & Jessica Soto, Alexander Otsuka & Mariko Yoshida, and Yuki Ishikawa & Aja Kong, before losing in the finals to Ayako & Gran Hamada.
- AAA TripleMania VIII (July 5, '00) = Tanaka, Genki Horiguchi, & Naomichi Marufuji competed in a "Four Corners Elimination" Match, which was won by Perro Aguayo Jr, Alebrije, & Pathfinder.
- NJPW Yokohama Arena PPV (July 30, '00) = Tanaka forced Akira to submit.
- Battlarts Young Generation Battle League '00 (July/September) = Tanaka competed in the league, which was won by Alexander Otsuka.
- NJPW Furitsu Gym PPV (December 14, '00) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, & Shinya Makabe defeated Super Delfin, Takehiro, & Tsubasa.
- NJPW Wrestling World '01 (January 4) = Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto defeated Shinya Makabe & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 18, '01) = Tanaka, Koji Kanemoto, & Tatsuhito Takaiwa beat Silver King, Dr. Wagner Jr & El Samurai.
- NJPW Strong Style '01 (April 9) = In a dark match, Tanaka was forced to submit to Takashi Iizuka.
- NJPW Wrestling Dontaku '01 (May 5) = Tanaka retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, defeating Kendo Kashin.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '01 (May/June) = Tanaka lost in the finals to Jushin Liger.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 6, '01) = Tanaka was pinned by Masahito Kakihara.
- NJPW Dome Quake (July 20, '01) = Tanaka lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title to Masayuki Naruse.
- NJPW G1 Climax '01 (August) = Tanaka competed in the league, which was won by Yuji Nagata.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 10, '01) = Tanaka was forced to submit to Manabu Nakanishi.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '01) = Tanaka, Wataru Inoue, & Jushin Liger fell to Akira Nogami, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '01) = Tanaka & El Samurai defeated Jushin Liger & Masayuki Naruse.
- NJPW Rainbow Hall (September 16, '01) = Tanaka was forced to submit to Kendo Kashin.
- NJPW Indicate Of Next (October 8, '01) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, & El Samurai won over Akira Nogami, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW International Center PPV (October 28, '01) = Tanaka beat Masahito Kakihara.
- NJPW G-1 Climax Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team League (November '01) = Tanaka & Masayuki Naruse competed in the league, which was won by Jushin Liger & El Samurai.
- NJPW Prefectural Gym PPV (December 11, '01) = Tanaka, Kendo Kashin, Jushin Liger, & Black Tiger beat Koji Kanemoto, Gokudo, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW Wrestling World '02 (January 4) = Tanaka & El Samuri took down Koji Kanemoto & Akira Nogami.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 16, '02) = Tanaka stayed the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, pinning Masahito Kakihara.
- NJPW 30th Anniversary Show (May 2, '02) = Tanaka & Jushin Liger won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles, defeating Gedo & Jado.
- NJPW Fighting Spirit Memorial Day (May 28, '02) = Tanaka pinned Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '02 (May/June) = Tanaka lost in the finals to Koji Kanemoto.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 7, '02) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, Curry Man, & Tiger Mask IV were beaten by Koji Kanemoto, Akira Nogami, Black Tiger, & Gedo.
- NJPW Furitsu Gym PPV (August 3, '02) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, & El Samurai lost to Koji Kanemoto, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 10, '02) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, & Masayuki Naruse beat Koji Kanemoto, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '02) = Tanaka, Masahito Kakihara, & El Samurai lost to Koji Kanemoto, Gedo, & Jado.
- NJPW Crossroad (August 29, '02) = Tanaka & Jushin Liger lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles to Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi.
- NJPW Spiral (October 14, '02) = Heat lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Koji Kanemoto.
- NJPW International Center PPV (October 26, '02) = Heat, Jushin Liger, & Tiger Mask IV won a "Triathlon Survivor" Match over American Dragon & the Havana Pitbulls.
- NJPW Wrestling World '03 (January 4) = Heat, Masayuki Naruse, & Tiger Mask IV were beaten by Koji Kanemoto, Jushin Liger, & Takehiro Murahama.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 16, '03) = Heat, Masahito Kakihara, Akira Nogami, Super Crazy, & Tiger Mask IV won an "Elimination" Match over Koji Kanemoto, Minoru Fujita, Jushin Liger, El Samurai, & Gedo.
- NJPW Ultimate Crush (May 2, '03) = Heat & Tiger Mask IV lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champs, Koji Kanemoto & Jushin Liger.
- NJPW Green Dome (July 21, '03) = Heat forced Jushin Liger to submit.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 15, '03) = Heat, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tiger Mask IV were beaten by Jushin Liger, Wataru Inoue, & El Samurai.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 16, '03) = Heat, Masahito Kakihara, & Tiger Mask IV defeated Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, & Jushin Liger.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 17, '03) = Heat took down El Samurai.
- NJPW Osaka Dream Night (August 28, '03) = Heat, Masahito Kakihara, & Tiger Mask IV defeated Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, & Jushin Liger.
- NJPW Ultimate Crush II (October 13, '03) = Heat competed in a Battle Royal for the vacated IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, which was won by Jado.
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Title Tournament (October/November '03) = Heat & Tiger Mask IV lost in the first round to Masahito Kakihara & Masayuki Naruse. Gedo & Jado won the tournament.
- NJPW Wrestling World '04 (January 4) = Heat & Tiger Mask IV lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champions, Gedo & Jado.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 15, '04) = Heat, Masayuki Naruse, & Tiger Mask IV lost to Koji Kanemoto, American Dragon, & Curry Man.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (March 28, '04) = Heat stayed the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, forcing Koji Kanemoto to submit.
- NJPW Nexess (May 3, '04) = Heat, Naomichi Marufuji, & Tiger Mask IV fell to Koji Kanemoto, American Dragon, & Ultimo Dragon.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '04 (May/June) = Heat took down Masahito Kakihara, then lost to the eventual winner, Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Pro Wrestlers Be Strongest (October 9, '04) = Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champions, Gedo & Jado.
- NJPW Masa Chono's 20th Anniversary Show (November 3, '04) = Tanaka & Katsushi Takemura fell to Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue.
- NJPW Toukon Festival (November 13, '04) = Heat retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, beating Koji Kanemoto.
- NJPW Prefectural Gym PPV (December 11, '04) = Tanaka, Gedo, & Jado were beaten by Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, & Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Wrestling World '05 (January 4) = Heat lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title to Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 20, '05) = Tanaka, James Gibson, Gedo, & Jado took down Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, Taiji Ishimori, & Katsushi Takemura.
- NJPW Nexess V (March 26, '05) = Tanaka, Jushin Liger, & Gedo were beaten by Masahito Kakihara, Tiger Mask IV, & El Samurai.
- NJPW New Japan Cup '05 (April) = Tanaka beat Osamu Nishimura in the first round, but injuries kept Tanaka out of the rest of the tournament, which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi.
- NJPW Nexess VI (May 14, '05) = Tanaka & Hirooki Goto won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles, beating Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '05 (May/June) = Minoru lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 14, '05) = Minoru, Jushin Liger, Gedo, & Jado won over Koji Kanemoto, Masahito Kakihara, Tiger Mask IV, & El Samurai.
- NJPW Toukon Souzou New Chapter (October 8, '05) = Minoru & Hirooki Goto retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles, beating Negro Casas & Felino.
- NJPW Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 (January 4, '06) = Minoru & Tiger Mask IV took down Tomohiro Ishii & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 19, '06) = Minoru & Hirooki Goto lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles to Ryusuke Taguchi & El Samurai.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (March 19, '06) = Minoru & Hirooki Goto defeated Tiger Mask IV & Yujiro.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '06 (May/June) = Minoru took down Wataru Inoue and Tiger Mask IV to win the league.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '06) = Minoru & Prince Devitt beat Wataru Inoue & El Samurai.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 13, '06) = Minoru & Prince Devitt took down Wataru Inoue & Yujiro.
- NJPW Explosion (October 9, '06) = Minoru lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Koji Kanemoto.
- NJPW Wrestle Kingdom In Tokyo Dome (January 4, '07) = Minoru, Shuji Kondo, Jushin Liger, Brother Yasshi, & Milano Collection AT fell to Koji Kanemoto, Kaz Hayashi, TAKA Michinoku, Wataru Inoue, & Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 18, '07) = Minoru kept the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, forcing Wataru Inoue to submit.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '07 (June) = Minoru lost in the semi-finals to Wataru Inoue. Milano Collection AT won the league.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 11, '07) = Minoru, Jushin Liger, Gedo, & Jado beat Koji Kanemoto, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask IV, & El Samurai.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 12, '07) = Minoru & Milano Collection AT defeated Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask IV.
- NJPW Explosion '07 (October 8) = Minoru lost to the NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Ryusuke Taguchi.
- NJPW Destruction '07 (November 11) = Minoru & Prince Devitt fell to XXX (Christopher Daniels & Senshi).
- NJPW Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome II (January 4, '08) = Minoru, Milano Collection AT, & Prince Devitt were beaten by Christian Cage, AJ Styles, & Petey Williams.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 17, '08) = Minoru & Prince Devitt lost the NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles, falling to Jushin Liger & AKIRA.
- NJPW Best of the Super Juniors '08 (May/June) = Minoru competed in the league, which was won by Wataru Inoue.
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament (July '08) = Minoru lost in the first round to Jushin Liger. Tiger Mask IV won the tournament.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 16, '08) = Minoru & Prince Devitt retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles, beating Jushin Liger & Akira.
- NJPW Destruction '08 (October 13) = Minoru & Prince Devitt lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Titles to Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro.
- NJPW Wrestle Kingdom III (January 4, '09) = In a dark match, Minoru, Milano Collection AT, & Taichi Ishikari defeated Mitsuhide Hirasawa, Kazuchika Okada, & Nobuo Yoshihashi.

Title Summary:
- UWA World Middleweight Champion (5/24/97 - 4/19/98)
- FMW Junior Heavyweight Champion (5/05/99 - 5/14/99)
- Independent (formerly FMW) World Junior Heavyweight Champion(2) (1/30/00 - 5/11/00)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion w/ Koji Kanemoto (6/25/00 - 3/06/01)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion (10/29/00 - 7/20/01)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion(2) (2/16/02 - 7/19/02)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Jushin Liger (5/02/02 - 8/29/02)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion(3) (12/14/03 - 1/04/05)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Hirooki Goto (5/14/05 - 2/19/06)
- NJPW Junior Heavyweight Champion(4) (12/24/06 - 6/06/07)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Prince Devitt (1/27/08 - 2/17/08)
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Prince Devitt (7/21/08 - 10/13/08)

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