Gran Hamada

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Real Name - Haraoko Hamada
Birthdate - 11/27/50
5'4" 195 lbs. - Tokyo, Japan

Aliases - Little Hamada, El Gran Hamada

Athletic background - Judo (Chuo University)

Professional background - New Japan(`72-`83), UWF(`84), All Japan(`84), Free(`85-`90), UWA(`90-`94), Michinoku Pro(`96-), ECW(`97), All Japan(`01)

Peak Years -

Career Highlights -
- Wins the NWA Middleweight title from Rene Guajardo
- Beats Cesar Valintino for his first of five UWA Junior Light Heavyweight title
- Defeats Perro Aguayo for the WWF Light Heavyweight title
- Teams with Riki Choshu to win his first of three UWA World Tag titles from El Canek and Babyface
- Teams with his daughter, Ayako, to win the MPro/ARISON mixed tag tournament

Finisher(s) -
- Flying Swinging DDT

Favorites -
- Top Rope Rana
- Flying Rana
- Plancha
- DDT
- Headbutt

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 9
science - 6
aerial - 7
power - 7
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 5
selling - 7
bumping - 7
heat - 6
carrying - 7
legacy - 4

Place in History - Prior to the 80s, juniors in Japan had it tough in that it was rare that any made any headway in the sport. Gran Hamada might have been a great athlete, but New Japan had little interest in him after training him. Thankfully, he headed to Mexico and quickly honed his highflying and established himself. Following this he was able to freelance and in 1990 brought the first lucha group to Japan. While the company didn't last, it paved the way for the numerous lucha-influenced groups that make up the majority of Japan's independent scene. One of these, Michinoku Pro, became Hamada's home after the UWA collapsed and though he was nearly fifty, he fit in with the youngsters wonderfully and still hang with most of them to this day. What Hamada's lacked in size once has been forgotten as he has the longevity that perhaps no other Japanese junior will ever match.

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