Monday, November 28, 2011

Tanahashi, Is That You?

I found this match on YouTube that features a hunky Japanese wrestler fighting a slightly older opponent, however both combatants were not identified...or at least they weren't identified in English. I turned to Google Translate and found out that the Japanese characters that accompany this clip say -- and I haven't edited this -- "Rookie miss the days of Tanahashi." So what I'd like to know is if the hunky young rookie  in this match is Hiroshi Tanahashi before he became one of Japan's most popular mat stars. Can anyone verify this?
 Hiroshi Tanahashi (standing, left)? 

I see the similarity...but I can't be sure.

Tanahashi in 2011

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  1. There are striking similarities, but I can't really tell you if it is him or not. Tanahashi is damn sexy though. Great body.

  2. I created a google account just so I could comment lol. Your blog is 1 of my favorites and up until now I've been too lazy to create an account just to comment even though I've been following your blog for awhile now.

    Anyways after some research I can verify that yes that is indeed Hiroshi Tanahashi. I checked out the name shown in the video at the end as well as the YouTube commenter and it all matches up.

  3. Additional information of the match:

    Tatsuhito Takaiwa beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (9:39) with a Death Valley bomb.

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