Yoshiaki Yatsu

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Real Name - Yoshiaki Yatsu
Birthdate - 7/19/56
6'1" 260 lbs. - ???, Japan

Aliases - The Great Yatsu, Tola Yatsu

Athletic background - Wrestling (Olympics)

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - New Japan(`80-`84), WWF(`80), WCCW(`83), Japan Pro(`84-`87), All Japan(`87-`90), SWS(`90-`91), SPWF(`9?-), Pride(`00-`01), WJ(`03-)

Groups - Ishigun

Peak Years - `85-`90

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Jailhouse Lock (Double Chickenwing)
- Powerslam

Favorites -
- Piledriver
- Bulldog
- Back Suplex
- Enzugiri
- Neckbreaker Lariat

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6
science - 3
aerial - 2
power - 9
strikes - 5

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

Place in History - One of Japan's many great amateurs, even a former Olympian, turned pro wrestler. Yoshiaki Yatsu was always a solid wrestler who's match quality depended almost entirely on his opponent. For this reason he was regularly a tag wrestler, so his strength (powerhouse amateur-type offense) were played to and his weakness (inconsistancy) was kept under wraps. Yatsu competed in both New Japan and All Japan and while he was not in his physical prime at the time he was used much better in the latter. He was able to team with two excellent partners: Riki Choshu and Jumbo Tsuruta who shared his Olympic background. Always a man for taking gambles, Yatsu's career has been just as damaged by them as they've been aided. His jump to SWS in 1990 proved to be a bust, but it allowed him the funds to start his own company afterwards. So that's what he's been doing ever since bar two very brutal losses to Gary Goodridge in Pride. One of the notable supporting characters in 80s puroresu and about the equivilent of Paul Orndorff, Don Muroco or Magnum TA in the US.