389. Shinjiro Ohtani

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389. Shinjiro Ohtani

Save for a few matches in WCW, Americans fans didn’t see much of Shinjiro Ohtani.  Those that did, saw a man who was one of the most influential light heavyweights of the 90s and early 2000s.

In Japan, Ohtani won the coveted J-Crown and with the relationship with WCW, he was the first ever Cruiserweight Champion.  Growing frustrated with the lack of attention paid to lighter weight wrestlers, he eventually co-founded (with Shinya Hashimoto) his own promotion (Zero One), and became a mogul in his own right.

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases:

    Achichi
    Mr. Otani

  • Billed From: Tokyo, Japan
  • Key Championships Held:

    UWA (Mexico) World Welterweight
    WCW Cruiserweight
    UWA (Mexico) World Junior Light Heavyweight (2)
    NWA World Welterweight (2)
    IWGP Junior Heavyweight
    British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight
    WWF World Light Heavyweight
    NWA World Junior Heavyweight
    WWA (Mexico) World Junior Heavyweight
    IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team (2) w/Tatsuhito Takaiwa
    WAR (Japan) International Junior Heavyweight w/Tatsuhito Takaiwa
    NWA (Zero One Max) Intercontinental Tag Team (4) 2w/Masato Tanaka, 1w/Yuuki Ishikawa & 1w/Takao Ohmori
    AWA World Heavyweight
    Pro Wrestling Zero Heavyweight

  • Why they will get in: This was a very talented performer.
  • Why they won't get in: Ohtani was never in a WWE ring
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments:

    1.  Was the first WCW Cruiserweight Champion by beating Chris Benoit in a Tournament Final 3/20/96.
    2.  Won the J Crown by beating El Samurai 8/10/97.
    3.  Challenged Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Heavyweight Title 2/18/01
    4.  Co-founded Pro Wrestling Zero with Shinya Hashimoto in 2001.
    5.  Won the Pro Wrestling Zero Heavyweight Title by beating Yuji Nagata 2/27/09.

Should Shinjiro Ohtani be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 100%
No opinion. - 0%
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