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James Itow was born on January 20, 1982. James became a fan of professional wrestling in 1994. James’ favorite wrestlers were The Undertaker, Crush (Bryan Adams), and Owen Hart. He tended to cheer for the bad guys. James got trained and made his pro debut in 1999. The Rising Son name was given to James, courtesy of the former wrestler known as Blitzkrieg.

His style had a heavy Japanese and Mexican (Lucha Libre) influence. His favorite international stars were The Great Muta, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, The Great Sasuke, Hayabusa, and Ultimo Dragon.

As the Rising Son, James worked for many different promotions on the Southern California circuit and beyond. Promotions such as Revolution Pro Wrestling, All Pro Wrestling, Major League Wrestling out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alternative Wrestling Show, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Mach One Pro Wrestling, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, Millennium Pro Wrestling, and many others.

The match that got him the most recognition happened on July 14, 2001 when he defeated Super Dragon in the finals of the Revolution Pro Wrestling Spirit of the Revolution Tournament.

The only championship Rising Son held was the Revolution Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Scorpio Sky for the title on December 29, 2003 in South Gate, California. Scorpio Sky regained the title on March 6, 2004 in City of Industry, California.

James Itow passed away on November 18, 2015 at the age of 33.

Brian Westcott
Meridian, Idaho