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Nobuhiko Takada

Title History


  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight title defeating Shiro Koshinaka (May 19, 1986);
  • IWGP Tag Team titles w/Akira Maeda defeating Shiro Koshinaka & Keiji Mutoh (March 26, 1987);
  • UWF 1 Pro Wrestling Heavyweight title defeating Gary Albright (September 21, 1992);
  • UWF 1 Pro Wrestling Heavyweight title defeating Super Vader (April 20, 1995);
  • IWGP Heavyweight title defeating Keiji Mutoh (January 4, 1996);
  • WAR (Japan) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/Masahito Kakihara & Yuuhi Sano defeating Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki [Tournament] (July 20, 1996);


Career Highlights


  • May 9, 1981: Nobuhiko debuted for New Japan in a match against Norio Honaga..
  • Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda formed UWF in it’s original form..
  • ~~~In 1988, UWF in it’s second form, which marked the end of Takada’s New Japan career..
  • ~~~When the UWF closed, Takada formed the UWF International promotion in 1991..
  • ~~~~~1995-1996 he was UWF-I’s lead figure in the interpromotional war against New Japan..
  • January 4, 1996: Nobuhiko defeated Keiji Muto for the IWGP Heavyweight title..
  • April 29, 1996: Shinya Hashimoto defeated Nobuhiko Takada for the IWGP Heavyweight title..
  • Late 1996: The UWF-I’s collapsed, and Takada formed his own fighting promotion known as “Kingdom”..
  • ~~~Kingdom also closed down, so Takada started his own training school known as the Takada Dojo..
  • October 11, 1997: Nobuhiko Takada came out of retirement to compete for the upstart MMA promotion, PRIDE..
  • November 24, 2002 – PRIDE 23: Nobuhiko Takada retired from Wrestling/MMA after facing Kiyoshi Tamura..