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170. Atsushi Onita

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Atsushi Onita
There really are two careers of Atsushi Onita.  The first was as a young Japanese wrestler working his way up the ranks and becoming one of the early figures of All Japan’s Junior Heavyweight Division.  However, that isn’t the career he is known for is it?

After coming out of a two year retirement, Onita returned and developed a Hardcore style based on his brief time in the United States years previous.  His matched were bloody and violent, and as the man who brought “Death Matches” to Japan he popularized the style to new heights in the 1990’s.  All of this made him an icon in Japan, but a handful of experience in the Southern U.S., does not make him a household world to American wrestling fans.

The Bullet Points:

Other Aliases:
Great Nita

Billed From:
Nagasaki, Japan

Key Championships Held:
AWA Southern Tag Team (3) w/Masa Fuchi
NWA All Japan International Junior Heavyweight (3)
FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight (7)

Why He Will Get In:
He had an impact on the Japanese wrestling scene.

Why He Won’t Get In:
Why should Japanese Garbage Wrestling gain a place in the Hall?

Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1.  Defeats Chavo Guerrero to win the NWA All Japan International
Junior Heavyweight Title (3/7/82)
2.  Defeats Mr. Pogo in a no ropes Barbed Wire Death Match
3.  Wrestled Terry Funk in a Time Bomb Death Match in front of 41,000
people (5/5/93)
4.  Loses a retirement death match to Genichru Tenryu in front of 50,000
fans (5/5/94)
5.  As the “Great Nita” wrestled The Great Muta at the Tokyo Dome

Should they be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 33.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 33.3%
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No way! - 0%
Last modified on Monday, 11 November 2013 22:12


0 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-29 19:00
"And . . . and . . . here they are, one by one. The drums, Jim McCarty. The bass, Paul Samwell-Smith. The rhythm guitar, Chris Dreja. Lead guitar--Eric 'Slowhand&# 39; Clapton! The singer, and harp, Keith Relf. Five live Yardbirds!" ;I can still hear Hamish Grimes's shaky but enthusiastic introduction to the band on the first Yardbirds record I heard decades ago. That's where Jim McCarty's name first stuck in my mind.Very nice interview, Lisa. I wish Jim could have shared some more insights and anecdotes from the halcyon days, but it was nice to read about his post-YB days and his personal, spiritual interests.I' ;m also happy to hear that you are a drummer enthusiast, and especially that you mentioned Terry Bozzio. I'm a Frank Zappa fanatic, and of course FZ had a number of great drummers work for him including "Terry Ted." I got to see Bozzio play with Jeff Beck back in the '90s--and he is a demon live. Have you seen FZ's movie Baby Snakes? The bulk of the movie is a live show with Bozzio pretty memorably spotlighted.Alw ays enjoy reading your interviews!

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