::Bio::Was a fighter in Akira Maeda's Fighting Network RINGS promotion. While smaller than most of the other fighters, he was a good fighter there on the mid-card, and performing well at the style.
Real Name: Masayuki Naruse
Weight: 209 lbs
Date Of Birth: 3/15/73
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Debut: May 29th, 1992
Naruse Lock (take down -> armlock & cross necklock, see pic 7)
Grounded Sleeper Hold
Crazy Cyclone (Spinning Backchop, see pic 4)
Capture Suplex (see p11)
Jujigatame (cross armbreaker)
Running Bottom Rope Bounce Double Stomp
Release German Suplex (see p9)
Corner Knee Smash
Corner Running Face Kick
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title (1)
All Asia Tag Titles (1) (w/ Mitsuya Nagai)
RINGS Tournament 21 1997
G1 Jr. Six Max Tag Team Tournament 2001 (w/ Minoru Tanaka & Masahito Kakihara)
His record in Mixed Martial Arts is 2-4-0.
His style in MMA is RINGS Submission Fighting.
On 12/31/03 on K-1's super show, he submitted the 6'10" Dutch giant Jan Nortje in an MMA fight in R1 4:40 with a rear choke hold. This showed that isn't always size that matters, and stated the victory should act as an inspiration to smaller people all around the world. This also boosted his stock huge in New Japan, and got him higher up and more oppurtunities to show his strength in both the jr. and heavyweight divisions.
Proved once again size doesn't matter, accept this time in pro-wres, when he beat Makai Club leader and ex-IWGP Champion Tadao Yasuda in 30 seconds (when the match was restarted after Yasuda was DQ'ed after 2:09) by ref stop on 1/4/2004 at the annual Tokyo Dome show.
Formed a friendship with young superstar Hiroshi Tanahashi after their 1/28/2004 U-30 Title match. The two teaming often.
Started out not well in his first months in pro-wrestling, but improved greatly in January 2002 into a very solid worker. From his stock rising in 2004, he got more oppurtunities and was able to show off,has truly become a world-class wrestler, and getting more than back on track from his return from injury in Summer 2003.
His push continued in 2004 when he and friend Mitsuya Nagai won much deserved gold in a second challenge and rematch for the All Asian Tag Titles vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi on 11/3/2004.
Soon after losing the All Asia Tag Titles to RO&D's Rico & Buchanan in early Feb. 2005. Naruse was questioning Nagai's paths and feelings about their team and friendship. They evenutally broke up because of Nagai's siding again with rebel heel group Black New Japan & Masahiro Chono.
Exited New Japan in late January 2006 due to contractual reasons.
Masayuki Naruse vs. Dick Vrij (RINGS 5/17/94)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Willy Williams (RINGS 6/18/94)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Mitsuya Nagai (RINGS 12/16/94)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Volk Han (RINGS 4/28/95)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Volk Han (RINGS 10/25/96)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto (RINGS 4/22/97)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Minoru Tanaka (NJPW 5/24/02)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Takehiro Murahama (NJPW 8/29/02)
Masayuki Naruse & El Samurai vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (NOAH 9/23/02)
Masayuki Naruse & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yuji Nagata & Minoru Tanaka (NJPW 10/6/02)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW 1/28/04)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Wataru Inoue (NJPW 2/28/04)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (NJPW 2/29/04)
Masayuki Naruse & Wataru Inoue vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Koji Kanemoto (NJPW 3/11/04)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (NJPW 3/28/04)
Masayuki Naruse vs. Mitsuya Nagai (NJPW 7/19/04)
Masayuki Naruse & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (NJPW 7/26/04)
Masayuki Naruse & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (NJPW 11/3/04)
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Masayuki Naruse & Masahito Kakihara
(Credit to: SportsNavi for pics 8-Naruse/Kaki.)