| 123 kg (271 lb)|| June 27, 2008|
| October 31, 1982 (age 33)
Nankoku, Kochi (1982-10-31) |
Shining Tiger Big Buddy
Big Japan Pro Wrestling dojo
Daisuke Sekimoto, Suwama, Kazuyuki Fujita
178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Yuji Okabayashi Wikipedia
Yuji Okabayashi (岡林 裕二, Okabayashi Yūji, born October 31, 1982) is a Japanese professional wrestler, who has worked for Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) since his debut in June 2008. He is best known as part of a tag team with Daisuke Sekimoto, with whom he has held the BJW Tag Team Championship, All Japan Pro Wrestling's (AJPW) World Tag Team and All Asia Tag Team Championships and DDT Pro-Wrestling's KO-D Tag Team Championship. As a singles wrestler, he is a former BJW World Strong Heavyweight Champion.
Okabayashi is a former member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and had a sports background in judo and weightlifting, when he joined Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) in 2008 for a new career in professional wrestling. He made his debut for the promotion against Katsumasa Inoue on June 27, 2008. Okabayashi joined the promotion's non-deathmatch division, Strong BJ, eventually becoming one of its cornerstones alongside the likes of Daisuke Sekimoto and Yoshihito Sasaki. Four months after his debut, Okabayashi made his American debut, when he, along with several other BJW wrestlers, took part in the Global Gauntlet events held by the Chikara promotion.
Back in BJW, Okabayashi formed a tag team with Daisuke Sekimoto, which led to him winning his first title on July 27, 2009, when the two defeated Isami Kodaka and Masashi Takeda for the BJW Tag Team Championship. After a five-month reign, they lost the title to Shinya Ishikawa and Yoshihito Sasaki. On January 9, 2010, Okabayashi made his debut for Osaka Pro Wrestling, when he and Sekimoto unsuccessfully challenged Hideyoshi and Masamune for the Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship. The following April, Okabayashi returned to Chikara to represent BJW in the 2010 King of Trios tournament, where he formed a trio with Sekimoto and Kankuro Hoshino. They made it to the semifinals, before being eliminated by Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Ares, Claudio Castagnoli and Tursas). At the end of 2010, Tokyo Sports named Okabayashi Japanese professional wrestling's Rookie of the Year.
The following year, Okabayashi and Sekimoto began making appearances for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), where they won the All Asia Tag Team Championship twice. During the year, they also won the Big Japan Tag League. At the end of the year, Tokyo Sports named Okabayashi and Sekimoto the 2011 Tag Team of the Year. During 2012, Okabayashi set his sights on the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship, a new title intended for the Strong BJ division. He received his first shot at the title on June 21, but was defeated by Yoshihito Sasaki. The following month, Okabayashi regained the BJW Tag Team Championship, this time teaming with Shinobu. After a four-month reign, they lost the title to Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto in the finals of the 2012 Big Japan Tag League. On March 31, 2013, Okabayashi received another shot at the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship, unsuccessfully challenging longtime tag team partner Daisuke Sekimoto.
Okabayashi missed most of 2014 with a left shoulder injury, which he suffered while wrestling in Germany in January. He returned from the injury on December 21. His first big match since his return took place on February 2, 2015, when he unsuccessfully challenged Shuji Ishikawa for the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship. On February 15, Okabayashi and Sekimoto won another tag team title, when they defeated Konosuke Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo to win the DDT Pro-Wrestling promotion's KO-D Tag Team Championship. On July 20, Okabayashi scored his first-ever win over Sekimoto, when he defeated him to become the new BJW World Strong Heavyweight Champion, winning the first singles title of his professional wrestling career. On August 23, Okabayashi and Sasaki lost the KO-D Tag Team Championship to Daisuke Sasaki and Kota Ibushi. On October 29, Okabayashi and Sekimoto defeated Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa in the finals to win the 2015 Saikyo Tag League and the BJW Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Hideyoshi Kamitani and Ryota Hama on December 30. On June 8, 2016, Okabayashi won another tag team title, when he and Yasufumi Nakanoue defeated Kazma Sakamoto and Yuji Hino for the Wrestle-1 Tag Team Championship. A week later, Okabayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto defeated Bodyguard and Zeus to win AJPW's World Tag Team Championship. On July 24, Okabayashi lost the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship to Hideyoshi Kamitani in his fourth defense. On July 29, Okabayashi and Nakanoue lost the Wrestle-1 Tag Team Championship to Jun Kasai and Manabu Soya in their second defense. On October 31, Okabayashi and Sekimoto defeated Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto to win their second Big Japan Saikyo Tag League in a row. On November 27, Okabayashi and Sekimoto lost the AJPW World Tag Team Championship back to Bodyguard and Zeus. On December 14, Okabayashi and Sekimoto won their second Tag Team of the Year award from Tokyo Sports. On January 2, 2017, Okabayashi and Sekimoto defeated Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa to win the BJW Tag Team Championship for the third time. They lost the title to Abdullah Kobayashi and Ryuji Ito in their fifth defense on July 17. On August 27, Okabayashi and Sekimoto defeated Kai and Naoya Nomura to win the vacant AJPW World Tag Team Championship for the second time.
Okabayashi married his partner of two years, Mika Mukai, in July 2012.Finishing moves
Golem Splash (Diving splash)
"Difícil de Entender" by Ratos de Porão
"Heading for Tomorrow" by Gamma Ray
"Angry Golem" by Big Japan Pro Wrestling
All Japan Pro Wrestling
All Asia Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Daisuke Sekimoto
World Tag Team Championship (2 times, current) – with Daisuke Sekimoto
Big Japan Pro Wrestling
BJW Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Daisuke Sekimoto (3) and Shinobu (1)
BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Kazuki Hashimoto and Takumi Tsukamoto (1) and Ryuichi Kawakami and Shinya Ishikawa (1)
8-Man 1 Day Tournament (2009) – with Daisuke Sekimoto, Shinya Ishikawa and Yoshihito Sasaki
Dainichi-X (2011) – with Abdullah Kobayashi
D-Dash Tag Tournament (2009) – with Atsushi Ohashi
Saikyo Tag League (2011, 2015, 2016) – with Daisuke Sekimoto
KO-D Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Daisuke Sekimoto
Japan Indie Awards
Best Bout Award (2015) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto on July 20
MVP Award (2015)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked him #60 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
Best Tag Team Award (2011, 2016) – with Daisuke Sekimoto
Fighting Spirit Award (2015)
Newcomer Award (2010)
Wrestle-1 Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Yasufumi Nakanoue