Nobuhiko Takada



Height: 6'0"

Weight: 210 lbs

Real Name: Nobuhiko Takada

DOB: 4/12/1962

Hometown: Isogo-ku, Yokohama

Other Names: The Esperanza(Hustle)

Wrestler Since: 1980

Finishing Maneuver: Chickenwing Facelock

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #178(1998), #43(1997), #36(1996), #27(1995), #106(1994)

Other Related Websites:
Nobuhiko Takada - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Nobuhiko Takada - Wikipedia Bio

History: (Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (43 - 30, 3 Draws, 1 NC)
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 2, '83) = Nobuhiko Takada defeated Kazuo Yamazaki.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (November 3, '83) = Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki were beaten by Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi.
- NJPW WWF World Junior Heavyweight Title League (January/February) = Takada competed in the league, which was won by the Dynamite Kid.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 7, '84) = Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki lost to Kuniaki Kobayashi & Isamu Teranishi.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April 19, '84) = Takada, Tatsumi Fujinami, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Antonio Inoki, & Kengo Kimura won an "Elimination Series" Match over Riki Choshu, Animal Hamaguchi, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Isamu Teranishi, & Yoshiaki Yatsu.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 14, '84) = Takada & Yasu Naga fell to Animal Hamaguchi & Kuniaki Kobayashi.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (May 1, '86) = Takada, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Osamu Kido, Akira Maeda, & Kazuo Yamazaki won an "Elimination Series" Match over Tatsumi Fujinami, Kengo Kimura, Shiro Koshinaka, Seiji Sakaguchi, & Keiichi Yamada.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 19, '86) = Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki fought to a No-Contest with Shiro Koshinaka & the Cobra.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 5, '86) = Takada retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, beating Shiro Koshinaka.
- NJPW Inoki Toukan Live (October 9, '86) = In a dark match, Takada & Osamu Kido fought to a 20-Minute Draw with Shiro Koshinaka & George Takano.
- NJPW Japan Cup Tag-Team League '86 (November/December) = Takada & Shiro Koshinaka competed in the league, which was won by Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Antonio Inoki.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 5, '87) = Takada lost to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Shiro Koshinaka.
- NJPW IWGP Tag-Team Titles League (February/March '87) = Takada & Akira Maeda lost in the finals of the league to Shiro Koshinaka & Keiji Mutoh.
- NJPW Inoki Toukan Live II (March 26, '87) = Takada & Akira Maeda won the IWGP Tag-Team Titles, winning over Shiro Koshinaka & Keiji Mutoh.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 12, '87) = Takada, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, & Osamu Kido fell to Riki Choshu, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Super Strong Machine.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 2, '87) = Takada & Akira Maeda retained the IWGP Tag-Team Titles, beating Kuniaki Kobayashi & Super Strong Machine.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 19, '87) = Takada forced Keiichi Yamada to submit in the 1st round of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 20, '87) = Takada pinned Kazuo Yamazaki, then fell to Kuniaki Kobayashi, who won the vacated IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (October 25, '87) = Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki defeated Shiro Koshinaka & Keiichi Yamada.
- NJPW Japan Cup Tag-Team League '87 (November/December) = Takada & Keiji Mutoh competed in the league, which was won by Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (December 4, '87) = Takada, Keiichi Yamada, & Kazuo Yamazaki won over Norio Honaga, Hiro Saito, & Dynamite Chris.
- NJPW Inoki Toukan Live III (December 27, '87) = Takada & Osamu Kido lost to the IWGP Tag-Team Champs, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kazuo Yamazaki.
- NJPW Top of the Super Junior '88 (January/February) = Takada competed in the league, which was won by Shiro Koshinaka.
- UWF Budokan Hall (January 10, '89) = Takada was forced to submit to Akira Maeda.
- UWF Osaka Baseball Stadium Show (May 4, '89) = Takada was beaten by Kazuo Yamazaki.
- UWF U-Cosmos (November 29, '89) = Takada took down Duane Koslowski.
- UWF Budokan Hall (January 16, '90) = Takada defeated Akira Maeda.
- UWF Budokan Hall (May 4, '90) = Takada beat Minoru Suzuki.
- UWFI Sumo Hall (December 22, '91) = Takada won, via countout, over Trevor Berbick in the 1st round.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (October 23, '92) = Takada defeated Koji Kitao in the 3rd round.
- UWFI Sumo Hall (December 20, '92) = Takada beat Dennis Koslowski. Later on, Takada forced Naoki Sano to submit.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (February 14, '93) = Takada took down Kiyoshi Tamura.
- UWFI The Fight of Champions (May 6, '93) = Takada forced Dan Severn to submit. Later on, Takada & Kiyoshi Tamura fell to Severn & Gary Albright.
- UWFI Sumo Hall (July 18, '93) = Takada stayed the UWFI Heavyweight Champion, taking down Salmon Hashimikov.
- UWFI Shootfighting I (October 4, '93) = Takada kept the UWFI Heavyweight Strap, winning over Billy Scott.
- UWFI Jingu Stadium (December 5, '93) = Takada retained the UWFI Heavyweight Title, beating Super Vader.
- UWFI 3rd Anniversary Show (February 25, '94) = Takada & Naoki Sano defeated Gary Albright & Dan Severn.
- UWFI Shootfighting II (April 13, '94) = Takada beat Kazuo Yamazaki in the 1st round of the Best of the World Tournament.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (May 6, '94) = Takada took down Gene Lydick in the 2nd round of the Best of the World Tournament.
- UWFI Shootfighting III (June 10, '94) = Takada retained the UWFI Heavyweight Title, defeating Gary Albright in the semi-finals of the Best of the World Tournament.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (August 18, '94) = Takada lost the UWFI Heavyweight Title, losing in the finals of the Best of the World Tournament to Super Vader.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (October 8, '94) = Takada forced Victor Zangiev to submit.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (November 30, '94) = Takada was beaten by Gary Albright.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (January 16, '95) = Takada & Billy Scott fell to James Stone & Kazuo Yamazaki.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (June 18, '95) = Takada retained the UWFI Heavyweight Title, beating Masahito Kakihara.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome (October 9, '95) = Takada (representing UWFI) lost to the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Keiji Mutoh.
- NJPW Wrestling War in Tokyo Dome '96 (January 4) = Takada won the IWGP Heavyweight Title, beating Keiji Mutoh.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (March 1, '96) = Takada stayed the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, winning over Shiro Koshinaka.
- Weekly Pro At Tokyo Dome (April 2, '95) = Takada, Masahito Kakihara, & Billy Scott defeated Gary Albright, Gene Lydick, & Kazuo Yamazaki.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April 25, '96) = Takada & Naoki Sano fell to Jushin Liger & Keiji Mutoh.
- NJPW Battle Formation '96 (April 29) = Takada lost the IWGP Heavyweight Title to Shinya Hashimoto.
- UWFI Budokan Hall (May 27, '96) = Takada took down Yoshiaki Fujiwara.
- WAR 4th Anniversary Show (July 20, '96) = Takada, Masahito Kakihara, & Yuji Sano defeated Nobutaku Araya, Tatsumi Fujinami, & Genichiro Tenryu, John Tenta, Osamu Taitoko, & Arashi, and Hiromichi Fuyuki, Gedo, & Jado to win the vacated WAR Six-Man Tag-Team Titles.
- WAR Sumo Hall (July 21, '96) = Takada & Hiromitsu Kanehara were beaten by Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka.
- UWFI 5th Anniversary Show (August 17, '96) = Takada KO'ed Yoji Anjoh.
- UWFI Jingo Stadium (September 11, '96) = Takada forced Genichiro Tenryu to submit.
- Pride 1 (October 11, '97) = Takada lost in the 1st round to Rixon Gracie.
- WAR Ryogoku Crush Night (December 13, '96) = Takada was pinned by Genichiro Tenryu.
- Pride 3 (June 24, '98) = Takada forced Kyle Sturgeon to submit in the 1st round.
- Pride 4 (October 11, '98) = Takada fell in the first round to Rixon Gracie.
- Pride 5 (April 29, '99) = Takada beat Mark Coleman in the 2nd round.
- Pride 6 (July 4, '99) = Takada lost to Mark Kerr.
- Pride 7 (September 12, '99) = Takada took down Alexander Otsuka.
- Pride Heavyweight Title Grand Prix '00 (January/May) = Takada lost in the first round, via unanimous decision, to Royce Gracie. Mark Coleman won the tournament.
- Pride 11 (October 31, '00) = Takada fell in the 2nd round to Igor Vovchanchin.
- Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye '00 (December 31) = Takada & Keiji Mutoh won over Don Frye & Ken Shamrock.
- Pride 17 (November 3, '01) = Takada fought to a 5-round Draw with Mirko Cro Cop.
- Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye '01 (December 31) = Takada fought to a Draw with Mike Bernardo.
- Pride 23 (November 24, '02) = Takada lost in the 2nd round to Kiyoshi Tamura.
- HustleAid '06 (June 17) = The Esperanza defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
- HustleMania '06 (November 23) = The Esperanza took down Razor Ramon Hard Gay.
- HustleMania '07 (November 25) = The Esperanza was pinned by Wataru Sakata.

Title Summary:
- NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion (5/19/86 - 9/19/86)
- NJPW IWGP Tag-Team Champion w/ Akira Maeda (3/26/87 - 9/01/87)
- UWFI Heavyweight Champion (9/21/92 - 8/18/94)
- UWFI Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/20/95 - 10/95)
- NJPW IWGP Heavyweight Champion (1/04/96 - 4/29/96)
- WAR World Six-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Masahito Kakihara & Yuuhi Sano (7/20/96 - 10/11/96)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
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