Togi Makabe

Togi Makabe

Infobox Wrestler
name=Shinya Makabe
names=Shinya Makabe
Togi Makabe

birth_date=birth date and age|1972|9|29
birth_place=Sagamihara, Kanagawa
trainer=NJPW Dojo
debut=February 15 1997
vs. Shinjiro Otani
nihongo|Shinya Makabe|真壁 伸也|Makabe Shinya|born September 29 1972, better known by his ring name nihongo|Togi Makabe|真壁 刀義|Makabe Togi is a Japanese professional wrestler, trained by and currently performing for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he is a member of the Great Bash Heel (GBH) faction, along with Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma, Karl Anderson, Jado, Gedo, Low Ki, Giant Bernard and Rick Fuller. He is also one half of the IWGP Tag Team Champions with Yano.

Debuting in 1997, Makabe originally wrestled under his birthname as a junior heavyweight (convert|100|kg|lb), before gaining several kilograms during a global excursion in 2001 and 2002.cite web |url= |title=Togi Makabe profile |accessdate=2007-08-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] He changed his given name to "Togi" during the 2004 G1 Climax tournament.cite web |url= |title=NJPW G1 Climax 2004 tour results |accessdate=2007-08-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] His status in New Japan rose significantly in 2007, making it to the finals of the New Japan Cup and the semifinals of the G1 Climax, and challenging Yuji Nagata for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Known as the "Unchained Gorilla", Makabe is known for his violent, bloody style, often illegally employing steel chairs and chains into his offense, including a lariat with a chain wrapped around his arm.



Pursuing judo while enrolled in Tokyo's Teikyo University, Shinya Makabe passed an NJPW admission test in February 1996 and enrolled in the New Japan dojo in April of that year, training there for ten months.cite web |url= |title=Togi Makabe official profile |accessdate=2007-09-29 | |language=Japanese ] He made his debut the following year, losing to Shinjiro Otani on February 15 1997. Makabe began wrestling in the undercard, obtaining his first victory 20 months after his debut by defeating Yutaka Yoshie on October 15 1998. Makabe continued to wrestle in lesser matches through 1999 against other young wrestlers such as Wataru Inoue and Katsuyori Shibata, and defeating future IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in his debut match on October 10 1999.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 1999 |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

In April 2000, Makabe entered the Super J Cup, a 16-man single-elimination tournament held in Michinoku Pro, involving junior heavyweights from various different promotions; he was eliminated in the first round by Gran Hamada.cite web |url= |title=Super J Cup 2000 results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments ] Later that month, Makabe also participated in NJPW's Young Lion Cup, a six-man round-robin tournament exclusive to young wrestlers; he finished in first place for the group stage, defeating all of his opponents (Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Wataru Inoue, Katsuyori Shibata and Masakazu Fukuda by forfeit),cite web |url= |title=NJPW Young Lion Cup 2000 results |accessdate= 2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] though he lost to second-place finisher Kenzo Suzuki in the final.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2000 |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Shinya continued his tournament participation in May and June, entering New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ) round-robin tournament to decide the company's top junior heavyweight wrestler. Makabe finished in last place out of six in Block A, scoring two points by defeating Dr. Wagner, Jr.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2000 results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] He later defeated Minoru Fujita, who finished in last place for Block B to determine the tournament's 11th place finisher, leaving Fujita at #12.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Best of the Super Juniors history |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe received the first title shot of his career on September 12 2000, teaming with Jushin Liger to unsuccessfully challenge Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Amazing tour results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]


Makabe made his debut in the Tokyo Dome, one of the largest venues in Japan, during NJPW's annual event there on January 4 2001, teaming with Tatsuhito Takaiwa in a loss to Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka.cite web |url= |title= NJPW results, 2001 |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] For the following few months, Makabe began competing amongst heavyweights, even teaming with Riki Chōshū to challenge Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the IWGP World Tag Team Championship, falling to a Kojima lariat.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Hyper Battle 2001 tour results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] However, he returned to the Best of the Super Juniors tournament in June, finishing in fifth place out of six in his block, earning 4 points by defeating Katsuyori Shibata and AKIRA.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2000 results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

On June 8 2001, as part of a series of interpromotional matches, Makabe and Yuji Nagata entered All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) to challenge for the vacant AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship, losing to Masahito Kakihara and Mitsuya Nagai.cite web |url= |title=AJPW Super Power Series tour results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Shining Road ] In August 2001, Makabe announced that he would be leaving Japan indefinitely to wrestle overseas in Canada, Great Britain and Puerto Rico. He wrestled his farewell match on August 12 2001, in a tag team loss with Yutaka Yoshie against Riki Chōshū and Kenzo Suzuki.cite web |url= |title=NJPW G1 Climax 2001 tour results |accessdate= 2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe wrestled in the aforementioned countries for the following 14 months, gaining a considerable amount of muscle and returning to New Japan on October 14 2002 in the Tokyo Dome as a heavyweight, teaming with Minoru Fujita to defeat Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroshi Tanahashi;cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2002 |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] he continued to team with Fujita and his fellow Kaientai Dojo member TAKA Michinoku over the next few tours.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Toukon Series tour results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] cite web |url= |title=NJPW Triathlon Survivor tour results |accessdate=2007-09-29 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]


In January 2003, Makabe suspended his contract with NJPW, wrestling under his own terms. Makabe once again wrestled at NJPW's annual Tokyo Dome event on January 4 2003, competing in the four-man Young Generation Cup tournament, losing in the first round to Yutaka Yoshie.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2003 |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Shinya once again teamed with Minoru Fujita in February 2003, competing in an 8-team tournament to decide the #1 contenders to the IWGP Tag Team Championship; they were eliminated in the first round by Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Fighting Spirit tour results |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Regardless, Makabe challenged for the belts with a different partner, Yoshihiro Takayama, on March 9 2003, losing to champions Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Hyper Battle 2003 tour results |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Around the same time, Makabe participated in the G2 U-30 Climax, a round-robin tournament featuring only wrestlers under the age of 30 to decide the first IWGP U-30 Champion. Makabe finished in first place out of five in Block A, defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi, Masahito Kakihara and Dan Devine, and losing to Makai #2. He would go on to defeat Blue Wolf in the semifinals before losing to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the final on April 23 2003.cite web |url= |title=NJPW G2 U-30 Climax results |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

On July 1 2003, Makabe travelled to Pro Wrestling NOAH, teaming with Yoshihiro Takayama and NOAH's Takashi Sugiura to defeat Jun Akiyama, Akitoshi Saito and Makoto Hashi. He and Takayama would go on to challenge Kenta Kobashi and Tamon Honda for the GHC Tag Team Championship, Makabe getting pinned after a Kobashi lariat.cite web |url= |title=NOAH Accomplish Our Third Navigation tour results |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Green Destiny ] Makabe continued to wrestle mid- and uppercard wrestlers in NJPW throughout 2003 and much of 2004, before making his first appearance in New Japan's annual G1 Climax heavyweight tournament, changing his name to Togi Makabe and defeating Mitsuya Nagai on August 7 2004 to gain entrance into the competition. Makabe finished in seventh out of eight in his block with four points, defeating Osamu Nishimura by pinfall and Yoshihiro Takayama by forfeit.cite web |url= |title=NJPW G1 Climax 2004 tour results |accessdate=2007-09-30 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]


Makabe again participated in the G1 Climax in August 2005, though he was in only two matches before tearing his achilles tendon in a match against Shinsuke Nakamura. Makabe was forced to forfeit the rest of his matches due to the injury, finishing with zero pointscite web |url= |title=NJPW G1 Climax 2005 tour results |accessdate=2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] and taking him out of action for five months. He returned on January 8 2006, teaming with Toru Yano in a losing effort against Osamu Nishimura and Naofumi Yamamoto.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2006 |accessdate=2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe entered the second annual New Japan Cup in April 2006, defeating Tatsutoshi Goto in the first round before losing to Yuji Nagata in the quarterfinals.cite web |url= |title=NJPW New Japan Cup 2007 tour results |accessdate=2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

On July 2 2006, Makabe teamed with Shiro Koshinaka in a one-night tournament to crown the provisional holders of the IWGP Tag Team Championship, after primary champions Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan became inactive. The duo defeated the teams of Yuji Nagata and Naofumi Yamamoto and Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko to win the provisional title; the reign would be short-lived however, as Koshinaka and Makabe would lose the honor to Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Ōmori just 15 days later.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2006 Turbulence tour results |accessdate=2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

Makabe entered the 2006 G1 Climax in August, finishing with three points in his block with a win over Naofumi Yamamoto and a double count out against Yuji Nagata.cite web |url= |title=NJPW G1 Climax 2006 tour results |accessdate= 2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On September 24 2006, Makabe entered Apache Pro Wrestling, defeating Kintaro Kanemura on their third anniversary show to revive the WEW Heavyweight Championship, the first official Japanese title of his career.cite web |url= |title=Apache Pro results, 2006 |accessdate=2008-01-20 | |language=German ] On October 2 2006, Hiroyoshi Tenzan announced a new faction featuring himself, Makabe and Shiro Koshinaka, naming it GBH shortly afterward; Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii, who had been feuding with Makabe and Koshinaka, also joined the group.cite web |url= |title= NJPW news, October 2 to 27 2006 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spiirt ] Makabe teamed with Koshinaka in the G1 Tag League later that month, finishing in last place in their block out of five, ending with two points via a victory over eventual winners Masahiro Chono and Shinsuke Nakamura.cite web |url= |title=G1 Tag League 2006 tour results |accessdate=2007-12-05 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

Makabe entered another tag team tournament in November, the National Area Tag League, in which teams were organized by home region; Makabe teamed with Gedo, representing the Kantō region. They lost both of their matches in Block D, falling to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Naofumi Yamamoto of Kansai as well as Milano Collection AT and Prince Devitt, representing Hokkaidō.cite web |url= |title= NJPW news, October 28 to December 2 2006 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On November 18 2006, Makabe made his first defense of the WEW title on New Japan's LOCK UP brand, defeating Kintaro Kanemura in a rematch.cite web |url= |title=LOCK UP results, 2006 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe and Koshinaka teamed once again on December 10 2006, unsuccessfully challenging the interpromotional team of Manabu Nakanishi and Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX's Takao Ōmori for the official IWGP Tag Team title after losing the provisional belts in July.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2006 Final ~Next Progress~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]


Makabe teamed with GBH allies Yano and Ishii on January 4 2007 at Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome, defeating Travis Tomko and AJPW's D'Lo Brown and Buchanan.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2007 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Four days later, Makabe retained the WEW title against Tetsuhiro Kuroda at an event co-produced by Apache Pro and Takashi Sasaki;cite web |url= |title= Apache Pro results, 2007 |accessdate=2008-01-20 | |language=German ] he would defend the championship for a third time on February 4 2007 at LOCK UP's first show in Korakuen Hall, defeating Mammoth Sasaki in a cage death match.cite web |url= |title=LOCK UP results, 2007 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On February 18 2007, Makabe faced and lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in a match pitting GBH against Nakamura and Masahiro Chono's BLACK faction, subtitled "SANCTIONS".cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan ISM tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe again entered the New Japan Cup in March 2007, making it to the finals with victories over Travis Tomko and Takashi Iizuka by pinfall and Hiroyoshi Tenzan by disqualification, before losing to Yuji Nagata in the final.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution ~New Japan Cup 2007~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On April 8 2007, Makabe faced Nakamura in a rematch of their February contest, defeating Shinsuke in a chain death match.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan Brave tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe made his fourth defense of the WEW title on April 15 2007 in Apache Pro, again defeating Mammoth Sasaki. Makabe battled Nakamura for a third time on May 3 2007 in a match dubbed "Reality or Revenge", winning once more.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 Brave New World ~HALL2DAYS~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

On May 20 2007, GBH battled a BLACK and NJPW sekigun alliance of Yuji Nagata, Riki Chōshū, Masahiro Chono, Shinsuke Nakamura and Naofumi Yamamoto; Makabe and Hiroyoshi Tenzan survived, Makabe last eliminating IWGP Heavyweight champion Nagata by pinfall.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan Glory X "GBH" ~DESPERADO~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On June 24 2007, Makabe lost the WEW Heavyweight Championship in Apache Pro to Kintaro Kanemura in their third meeting. Makabe followed up his pinfall over Nagata in May with a challenge to Nagata's title, his first singles title shot in New Japan, on July 6 2007 in front of a sold out Korakuen Hall; Nagata won with a backdrop in just under 20 minutes.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan Soul ~CTU Farewell Tour~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

Makabe had his strongest showing to date in the G1 Climax in August, finishing first place in his block with six points with pinfall victories over Giant Bernard, Yuji Nagata, and Masahiro Chono before losing in the semifinals to eventual winner Hiroshi Tanahashi.cite web |url= |title=G1 Climax 2007 tour results |accessdate= 2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe also made it to the semifinals in the G1 Tag League in November, scoring 8 points with Toru Yano in the tournament's single block by defeating the teams of Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi, Akebono and Masahiro Chono, and Gedo and Jado, as well as Giant Bernard in a handicap match when his partner Travis Tomko no-showed the event; Bernard and Tomko, the eventual winners, would defeat Makabe and Yano in the semifinals.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 Truth ~G1 Tag League~ tour results |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] On December 9 2007, Makabe and Shinsuke Nakamura faced off in their fourth and final match of the year, this time with the winner receiving a shot at Hiroshi Tanahashi's IWGP Heavyweight title at the Tokyo Dome in January; Nakamura was victorious, tying their series at 2-2.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2007 New Japan Alive |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]

On January 4 2008 at Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome, fresh off of winning Tokyo Sports' Tag Team of the Year award for 2007, Makabe and Toru Yano were defeated by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) as part of an interpromotional card between TNA and NJPW.cite web |url= |title=NJPW results, 2008 |accessdate=2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe and Yano would later defeat Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko for the IWGP Tag Team Championship on February 17 2008.cite web |url= |title=NJPW Circuit 2008 New Japan ISM tour results |accessdate=2008-01-27 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Earlier in the night, GBH leader Hiroyoshi Tenzan was betrayed and attacked by fellow GBH members Tomohiro Ishii, Jado and Gedo, kicking him out of the faction.cite web |url= |title=Strong Style Spirit main page |accessdate=2008-02-19 ]

Makabe and Yano made their first title defense on March 9 2008, retaining over Giant Bernard and Shinsuke Nakamura when interference from both teams' respective factions led to a no contest; as a result the match was stricken from the record, and is not considered an official defense. Later that month, Makabe participated in the New Japan Cup for the third straight year, defeating Takashi Iizuka and ousted GBH leader Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the first two rounds, before falling to eventual winner Hiroshi Tanahashi in the semifinal.cite web |url= |title=New Japan Cup 2008 tour results |accessdate=2008-03-31 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ] Makabe and Tenzan battled the following week in a non-title tag team match, Tenzan and Takashi Iizuka defeating Makabe and Yano when Tenzan pinned Makabe. The two teams battled again, this time for the championship, on April 27 2008; Makabe and Yano came out on top in their first official defense after Iizuka betrayed Tenzan and allowed the champions to retain, seemingly joining GBH.

In wrestling

*Finishing and signature moves
**"King Kong Knee Drop" (Diving knee drop)cite web |url= |title=Togi Makabe profile |accessdate=2008-01-22 |publisher=Puroresu Central ]
**Lariat, sometimes with a chain wrapped around his arm
**Death Valley driver
**Fisherman buster
**Bridging German suplex
**Bridging Dragon suplex
*Theme music
**"Black Betty" - Ram Jam
**"Immigrant Song" - Led Zeppelin (remix)

Championships and accomplishments

*Apache Pro Wrestling:*WEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)cite web |url= |title=WEW Heavyweight Championship title history |accessdate=2007-08-20 | ]

*New Japan Pro Wrestling:*IWGP Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Toru Yano:*IWGP Provisional Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Shiro Koshinakacite web |url= |title= IWGP Tag Team Championship title history |accessdate=2007-08-20 | ]

*Tokyo Sports Grand Prix:*Tag Team of the Year (2007) - with Toru Yanocite web |url= |title=Tokyo Sports Grand Prix awards, 2007 |accessdate= 2008-01-20 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit ]


External links

*ja icon [ Official profile at]
*en icon [ Makabe at Strong Style Spirit]

NAME = Makabe, Togi
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Professional wrestler
DATE OF BIRTH = September 29 1972
PLACE OF BIRTH = Sagamihara, Kanagawa

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