Jun Akiyama

 photo eb870ada-8998-41ad-86eb-68c06bf9010d_zpsae479f13.jpgAkiyama Jun 秋山 準
Height
188 cm
Weight
110 kg
Born
Oct. 9th, 1969 in Izumi, Osaka, Japan
Trained by
Giant Baba, Jumbo Tsuruta & Kenta Kobashi
Debuted
September 17, 1992 against Kenta Kobashi.
Signature Moves
Exploder (T-Bone Suplex)
Wrist Clutch Exploder
Sterness Dust α “Alpha” (Wrist Clutch Side Fisherman Buster)
Modified Sterness Dust α “Alpha” (Wrist Clutch Sitout Michinku Driver)
Sterness Dust γ “Gamma” (Wrist Clutch Shoulder Lift Vertical Buster, considered Burning Hammer like)
Front Neck Lock
Jumping Knee
King Crab Lock (Guillotine Front Sleeper)
Blue Thunder “Driver” (Belly to Back Sitout Bomb)
Nagata Lock II
Figure Four
STF
Sharpshooter
Northern Lights Suplex Hold
Gotch Style Piledriver
Dragon Skrew
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Championships and Accomplishments
All Japan Pro Wrestling
~ AJPW Triple Crown Championship
~ AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship w/ Takao Ōmori
~ AJPW World Tag Team Championship (4) w/ Kenta Kobashi (2), Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiozaki
~ World’s Strongest Tag Team League (1998, 1999) w/ Kobashi
~ Asunaro Cup (1994)
~ Asunaro Tag Cup (1998) w/ Takao Omori
~ One Night Six Man Tag Team Tournament Winner (1999) w/ Kobashi and Kentaro Shiga
Pro Wrestling Noah
~ GHC Heavyweight Championship
~ GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship
~ GHC Tag Team Championship (2) w/ Akitoshi Saito and Takeshi Rikio

Jun Akiyama bio written by Charles Schaeffer, 2008

PhotobucketJun Akiyama was born on October 9th, 1969, in Izumi City, Osaka, Japan. He was very active in school from swimming, amaresu, to even judo. Once he graduated High School he went on to college and he pursued amaresu in the University’s team. He was spotted by the AJPW scouts and he was asked if he would like to train for them. He would prove himself in training and on September 17th, 1992, he would make his debut against Kenta Kobashi. Even though he lost the match he showed a great skill for being a rookie and he was given the moniker “Supernova”. He would continue to show great skill that seemed to only get better from match to match. Around 1994 he began to wrestle in tag team matches more often to the point that they stared to become his specialty. He would though continue to wrestler in singles matches even winning the Asunaro Cup on January 29th, 1994 when he defeated Takao Omori. On January 29th, 1995 he would win his first championship the All Asia Tag Team Title, with Takao Omori. In 1996, Akiyama would have multiple 5 star matches, with Misawa, against Kawada and Taue on May 23rd; Williams and Ace on June 7th; and again against Kawada and Taue on Dec. 6th. The match on May 23rd would also be a title win for AJPW World Tag Team Title, and they would hold the titles until September 6th, when they would be beaten by Williams and Ace.

On September 6th, 1997, he would get a title shot against Mitsuharu Misawa. He would not win the match, but it showed that he would eventually be a top contender for a title run in the near future. Then on July 24th, 1998, he would again get another title opportunity this time against Kenta Kobashi. Yet again though, he would not walk out the victor. In 1998, Akiyama would find success in being aligned with the new group called Burning. On December 5th, Akiyama and Kobashi would win the World Strongest Tag League when they would defeat Vader and Hansen. On January 7th, 1999, Akiyama and Kobashi would win the AJPW Tag Team titles when they would defeat Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue. They would hold onto the titles until they would be defeated by Johnny Ace and Bart Gunn on June 9th. They would also add to the mix Kentaro Shiga and in 1999, they would win a One Night 6 Man Tag Team Tournament when they defeated Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa, and Masahito Kakihara when Shiga pinned Kakihara. Akiyama and Kobashi would not stay out of the title hunt for long and on October 23, they would win back the titles by beating Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa. They would hold onto the titles till February of 2000, when they would be one upped by Vader and Williams. Then on February 27th, 2000, Akiyama would defeat Mitsuharu Misawa in one of his last big victories before he joined in the departcher to pro wrestling NOAH.

On NOAH’s 1st Show Jun Akiyama and Kenta Kobashi would defeat Mitsuharu Misawa and Akira Taue in a 2 out 3 Falls Tag Match after Akiyama would choke out Kobashi. The other thing to note about Akiyama is that he completely changed his look when he arrived in NOAH. For one he got rid of his classic blue attire for a new white attire. He also died his hair to a sort of orange color. With it came a little bit more of an attitude and cockiness. He would completely become one of the top stars of the new company. Then on July 27th, 2001, Akiyama would become the second GHC Heavyweight Champion when he would defeat Mitsuharu Misawa. He would defend the title against a few notable opponents including Vader and NJPW’s Yuji Nagata. He would though lose the title to Yoshinari Ogawa on April 7th, 2002. Soon after Akiyama would take charge of his group, known as STERNESS, that included Akitoshi Saito and Makoto Hashi. STERNESS would gain ground as a faction when on September 23rd, 2002, Akiyama along with Saito would defeat the Team of the Wild2, Takeshi Rikioh and Takeshi Morishima. They would be successful at defending the titles against such opponents as Kobashi and Shiga, Vader and Scorpio, as well as Zero-1’s Masato Tanaka and Shinjiro Ohtani. They would not be beaten until June 6th, 2003, by Kobashi and Honda. Coming in to 2004 Akiyama would start to seem overlooked a bit and his attitude would start to kick in. It would lead him to creating the GHC Hardcore Openweight Title. This title was known for having a certain stipulation with it. If you can manage to last for more than 15 minutes with the champion you would become the new champion. Akiyama would claim himself as the first champion and he would be successful at keeping it around his waist till he would face Naomichi Marufuji on October 16th, 2004, when Marufuji would win the title by Akiyama being counted out.

Jun Akiyama could be called many things Cocky, Arrogant, and most notably Stern. He is also a very strong wrestler with his devastating Exploder Suplex, which has knocked out his competitors as well as himself. He has found much success in his career, but he has always seemed to have gotten the short end of the stick when it has come to letting him truly shine above everyone else. He has had though some great matches over the years involving Kobashi, Misawa, Nagata, and Marufuji. It is yet to truly be seen if NOAH will ever let him get another title run in the future, but with him just recently winning becoming a title contender after submitting Takeshi Morishima on December 7th, 2008, he seems poised to give Sasaki a run for his money.

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