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The Top Ten Moves of Masato Yoshino

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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010

Once again, a huge shoutout to the crew at PWG. This video wasn't happening, otherwise.


Closing out the traditional Jr. Heavyweights(there's still one left, but he's not quite what many would consider the usual Jr. Heavyweight) with a spectacular wrestler in Masato Yoshino. Yoshino got his start in the Toryumon gym, alongside some of his fellow top stars. Originally, his look was very different, with cut up shorts and long hair. He eventually joined the Italian Connection, and became YOSSINO. At this time, he began a slow rise up the ladder of the company, even taking CIMA to the limit in the 2003 El Numero Uno tournament. Later that year, he defeated K-Ness in a match infamous for the dislocating of K-Ness' arm. During the Dragon Gate exodus, Masato Yoshino really came into his own, joining the Blood Generation faction, and keeping a strangle hold on the Open the Brave Gate Title. He would be part of the original ROH excursion, and turned many heads during his stay there. That summer, he and Naruki Doi began tag teaming, and dominating the scene. They lost a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles, but continued to dominate the DG front. In 2007, they joined the Muscle Outlawz, and continued their dominance over the tag team scene, winning the IJ Tag Team Titles, the Open the Twin Gate Titles, and the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, all the while with Yoshino holding the Open the Brave Gate Title, defending it against the likes of Susumu Yokosuka and El Generico. The duo known as Speed Muscle would also travel to PWG, to face the Young Bucks and some of PWG's best. They would compete in the DDT4 tournament as well. Back in DG, the duo eventually split from Muscle Outlawz, and became face for the first time in their respective careers. They traveled to the States once again for the World X Cup, representing Team Japan. Just recently, however, the duo split. Yoshino is among the fastest wrestlers in history, and his speed is truly something to behold. He uses that speed to add power to his Sling Blade, as well as the Torbellino. The Sol Naciente is capable of defeating an opponent of any size, but the Lightning Spiral is certainly his most devastating move.

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