Profile last updated by: Sean Sweeny

Jushin Liger

Title History

 

  • (Britain) World Heavy Middleweight title (as Flying Fuji Yamada) defeating Mark Rocco (September 26, 1986);
  • (Britain) World Heavy Middleweight title (as Flying Fuji Yamada) defeating Mark Rocco (March 3, 1987);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Hiroshi Hase (May 25, 1989);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Naoki Sano (January 31, 1990);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Pegasus Kid (aka Chris Beniot) (November 1, 1990);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Norio Honaga (June 12, 1991);
  • WCW World Light Heavyweight title defeating Brian Pillman (December 25, 1991);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Norio Honaga (February 8, 1992);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1993);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Koji Kanemoto (January 4, 1996);
  • British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight title defeating Dick Togo (June 17, 1996);
  • WAR (Japan) International Junior Tag Team titles w/El Samurai defeating Yuji Yasuraoka & Lance Storm (July 20, 1996);
  • WWA (Mexico) World Junior Light Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • NWA World Junior Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • UWA (Mexico) World Junior Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • NWA World Welterweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • WWF World Light Heavyweight title defeating Ultimo Dragon (January 4, 1997);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Shinjiro Ohtani (February 7, 1998);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/Great Sasuke defeating Dr. Wagner Jr. & Kendo Ka Shin (April 10, 1999);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Kendo Ka Shin (October 11, 1999);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Psicosis for vacant title (December 6, 1999);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/El Samurai defeating Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto (March 6, 2001);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/Minoru Tanaka defeating Gedo & Jado (May 2, 2002);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/Koji Kanemoto defeating Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (January 26, 2003);
  • Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team titles w/Takehiro Murahama defeating Black Buffalo & Tsubasa (February 1, 2003);
  • NOAH Global Honored Crowned Junior Heavyweight title defeating Takashi Sugiura (January 4, 2004);
  • Dragon Gate Open the Dream Gate title defeating Don Fujii (March 25, 2007);
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/AKIRA defeating Prince Devitt & Minoru (February 17, 2008);
  • JAPW (Jersey All Pro Wrestling) Light Heavyweight title by winning a 6-Man B.O.T.L.H. 13 (December 10, 2010);

 

Career Highlights

In The Beginning – Keiichi Yamada :

  • Jushin Liger started his wrestling career under his real name Keiichi Yamada at the age of 19..
  • April 14, 1989: Changed his ring name to Jushin Liger, a character based on a japanese comic book..World Championship Wrestling:
  • Jushin Liger debuted in America, in WCW defeating Brian Pillman for the Light Heavyweight title..
  • December 25, 1991–WCW House Show: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Brian Pillman to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Title.
  • December 29, 1991–Starrcade: Bill Kazmaier & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Mike Graham.
  • February 29, 1992–SuperBrawl II: Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to win the WCW Light Heavyweight Title.Super J Cup:
  • 1994: Jushin Liger planned to hold a 16 man single elimination tournament and call it the “Super J Cup”..
  • Jushin Thunder Liger went on to win 2 of the 3 Super J Cups including the Super J Cup in 2000..World Championship Wrestling:
  • September 4, 1995–WCW Nitro: Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Thunder Liger.
  • December 27, 1995–Starrcade: Jushin Thunder Liger w/Sonny Onoo defeated Chris Benoit.
  • May 6, 1996–WCW Nitro: Dean Malenko defeated Jushin Thunder Liger.
  • May 19, 1996–Slamboree: Konnan defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to retain the WCW United States Title.Japan:
  • 1996 Summer: Liger nearly had to retire from pro-wrestling after suffering from brain cancer but later beat the cancer and returned.
  • October 20, 1996–New Japan Pro Wrestling: The Great Muta defeated Jushin Thunder Liger.World Championship Wrestling:
  • December 29, 1996–Starrcade: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Rey Mysterio Jr.
  • December 30, 1996–WCW Nitro: Ultimo Dragon defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title.New Japan Pro Wrestling:
  • May 30, 2002 – NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Curry Man (Christopher Daniels’ Japan gimmick)
  • January 4, 2004–New Japan Pro Wrestling: Jushin Liger defeated Takashi Sugiura to win GHC jr. title..
  • May 3, 2004 NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima.
  • November 5, 2004 – Ring of Honor: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson..
  • November 6, 2004 – Ring of Honor: Jushin Thunder Liger & Samoa Joe defeated American Dragon & Low Ki..
  • November 13, 2004–New Japan: Tiger Mask & Wataru Inoue & Taiji Ishimori defeated Gedo & Jado & Jushin Liger..
  • January 4, 2005–New Japan Pro Wrestling: Jushin Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto..
  • May 14, 2005–New Japan Pro Wrestling: Mitsuharu Misawa & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Jushin Liger & Masahiro Chono..
  • October 23, 2005 – TNA Bound For Glory: Samoa Joe defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in an “International Showdown”..
  • November 23, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka defeated Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask..
  • November 26, 2005–NJPW: Koji Kamemoto & Tiger Mask & Akiya Anzawa beat Jushin Liger & Minoru Tanaka & El Samurai..
  • November 27, 2005–NJPW: Tiger Mask IV & Hirooki Goto beat Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai..
  • November 30, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai defeated Tiger Mask IV & Ryusuke Taguchi..
  • December 3 2005–NJPW: Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask IV defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka…
  • December 4, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka defeated Safari & Sangre Azteca..
  • December 6, 2005–NJPW: Minoru Tanaka & Jado & Gedo beat Jushin Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi & Hirooki Goto..
  • December 7, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka defeated Hiro Saito & Ryusuke Taguchi..
  • December 8, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Liger/Minoru Tanaka/Masayuki Naruse beat Koji Kanemoto/Tiger Mask/Akiya Anzawa..
  • December 9, 2005–NJPW: Tiger Mask IV & Hirooki Goto defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Akiya Anzawa..
  • December 10, 2005–NJPW: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Tiger Mask IV..
  • December 11, 2005–NJPW: Minoru Tanaka defeated Jushin Thunder Liger..
  • January 4, 2006 NJPW: Masato Tanaka & Kintaro Kanemura & BADBOY Hido defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado & GedoTotal Nonstop Wrestling:
  • May 14, 2006 – TNA Sacrifice: Jushin Thunder Liger w/Team Japan defeated Petey Williams w/Team Canada..
  • ~~~Jushin Thunder Liger later represented Team Japan in the World X-Cup Gauntlet Match (which was won by Petey Williams)..Jushin Thunder Liger:
  • January 4, 2007 NJPW: Koji Kanemoto & Tiger Mask & Kaz Hayashi & TAKA Michinoku & Wataru Inoue defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru & Milano Collection AT & Shuji Kondo & “brother” YASSHI.
  • March 25, 2007: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Don Fujii to capture the Open the Dream Gate title in Mie, Japan..
  • May 25, 2007–UWA Hardcore Wrestling: Jushin Thunder Liger & Puma defeated Okada & Ultimo Dragon in a tag match..
  • ~~~After the match: The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) attacked Ultimo Dragon & Jushin Liger..
  • May 26, 2007–UWA Hardcore Wrestling: Jushin Thunder Liger & Ultimo Dragon defeated The Motor City Machine Guns
  • January 4, 2008 NJPW: Tatsumi Fujinami & Riki Choshu & Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA defeated Jado & Gedo & TARU & Shuji Kondo & “brother” YASSHI.
  • January 29, 2010–ROH: Austin Aries defeated Jushin Thunder Liger after Aries gave him a low blow followed by a brainbuster..
  • January 30, 2010–Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated El Generico.
  • May 22, 2010–Jersey All-Pro Wrestling: Homicide defeated Justin Thunder Liger in Rahway, New Jersey..
  • December 10, 2010–JAPW: Jushin Thunder Liger won a 6-Man B.O.T.L.H. 13 to win the JAPW Light Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~Jushin Thunder Liger beat Kenny Omega and El Generico and B-Boy and Bandido Jr. and Azreial for the title!
  • December 11, 2010–Jersey All Pro Wrestling: JAPW Light Heavyweight champion Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Mike Quackenbush..