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375. Akira Taue

There were a lot of heavy hitters in All-Japan in the late 90’s but Akira Taue, a former sumo turned pro wrestler may have been the “heaviest”.

Taue was best known in All-Japan for his tag team with Toshiaki Kawada and the two of them were multi-time tag team champions and the recipient of many five stars from Dave Meltzer.  While that was his strength, Taue could go in singles competition and he would win the Champions Carnival in 1996 while also winning the coveted All-Japan Triple Cown.  Granted, he will always be in the shadows of Kawada, Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa but how could he not be?

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  • Billed From: Chichibu City, Saitama, Japan
  • Key Championships Held:

    All Asia Tag Team w/Shinichi Nakano

    All Japan World Tag Team (7) 1/Jumbo Tsuruta & 6w/Toshiaki Kawada

    All Japan Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight

    NOAH Global Honored Crowned Heavyweight

  • Why they will get in: In terms of overall in ring talent, Taue has few peers.
  • Why they won't get in: There might be a Japanese hierarchy in the WWE’s eyes. If there is, Akira Taue is way down on it.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. With Jumbo Tsuruta beats Terry Gordy and Steve Williams for his first All Japan World Tag Team Title (3/4/92)
    2. With Toshiaki Kawada, wins the All Japan World Tag Team Titles over Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa. The match was a five star by the Wrestling Observer and was the Tokyo Sports Match of the Year (6/9/95)
    3. Wins the All Japan Champions Carnival 4/20/96.
    4. Defeats Mitsuharu Misawa for the All Japan Triple Crown Title (5/24/96)
    5. Won the NOAH Global Honored Crowned Heavyweight Championship (11/5/05)

Should Akira Taue be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 25%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 25%

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