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FCW Sunshine: Yoshitatsu (Yoshi Tatsu)



Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

As I stated last week, for the next few weeks, I’m going to do something special for FCW Sunshine.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This type of format will be going on for a couple of weeks. My special guest for this week’s FCW Sunshine is none other than Wrestlecorp User Sex Feruson.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?

Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a Japanese wrestler.

Wrestler: “The Rising Sun” Yoshitatsu (Yoshi Tatsu/Naofumi Yamamoto).

Background Information: Yoshitatsu is billed from Tokyo, Japan. He trained for his professional wrestling career in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Dojo before making his professional wrestling debut on October 12, 2002.

He lost to Wataru Inoue in his debut match in the first match of a show in the Korakuen Hall. Initially, he worked low card matches for NJPW, normally on the losing side to gain ring experience.

On December 27, 2003, he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi in a match where the winner would get a match on NJPW’s most prestigious show, their January 4 Dome Show Wrestling World.

He participated in the 2004 Young Lion Cup where he defeated Hirooki Goto, Aikya Anzawa, and Hiroshi Nagao to earn a total of six points, not enough to qualify for the finals. He also participated in the 2005 Young Lion Cup where he only won one match, defeating Yujiro.

In 2006, he participated in his first G1 Climax tournament, losing all four matches. He teamed up with Manabu Nakanishi to compete in the 2006 G1 Climax Tag League, defeating Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko to earn their sole victory in the tournament.

Over the summer of 2007, he began teaming regularly with Hiroshi Tanahashi forming a team called “New Japan Dragons”, earning a match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship against the then champions, Bernard and Tomko, albeit in a losing effort.

For the 2007 G1 Climax Tag League, he teamed up with Takashi Iizuka, while they defeated three teams (Hirooki Goto and Milano Collection A.T., Togi Makabe and Toru Yano, and Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko); the team ended up in last place.

On November 2, 2007, he wrestled his last match for NJPW, teaming with his mentor Yuji Nagata in a losing effort against Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano.

In late 2007, he was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to a full-time contract which meant that he had to relocate to the United States. He immediately was assigned to WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), to undergo assessment and training in the “WWE Style” of wrestling.

Initially, he wrestled as Mr. Yamamoto, then simply as Yamamoto. He briefly teamed with Sheamus O’Shaunessy under the team name “The Movers and The Shakers”.

Later on, he changed his ring name to Yoshitatsu before tweaking the spelling to Yoshi Tatsu.

On June 30, 2009, he joined the ECW brand under the ring name Yoshi Tatsu. He had his first match that night defeating Shelton Benjamin, although he lost a rematch to Benjamin on July 9, 2009.

On October 20, 2009, on an episode of ECW, he defeated Zack Ryder to become number one contender for the ECW Championship, although he failed to win the championship the following week against Christian.

He then formed a tag team with Goldust and the duo became the number one contenders for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championships, but failed in capturing the titles on the final episode of ECW on Syfy.

After the ECW brand was discontinued, he made his debut on the Raw brand on February 22, 2010, on an edition of Raw, where he teamed up with Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston to defeat The Legacy (Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes), after Orton turned on his partners.

He won a 26-Man Battle Royal in the dark match to open WrestleMania XXVI by last eliminating Zack Ryder. Since then, he has mainly appeared on WWE Superstars.

After months of not appearing on WWE television, he returned on November 11, 2010, on an episode of WWE Superstars, defeating Zack Ryder.

On April 26, 2011, he was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. His only appearances on SmackDown for 2011 were in the form of number one contenders battle royals for the World Heavyweight Championship and participation in the All I Want for Christmas battle royal where the winner would receive one wish.

He became a pro for season 5 of NXT Redemption training Byron Saxton. On April 26, 2011, on an episode of WWE NXT, he was attacked by his own NXT rookie, Byron Saxton, after he interfered and cost Saxton his match against Lucky Cannon.

On the May 31 episode of WWE NXT, Saxton was the second rookie eliminated.

After Saxton’s elimination, he began a feud with fellow NXT pro Tyson Kidd, whose rookie was also eliminated. Their feud stemmed from Kidd breaking his toy figurine of himself and stealing one of the toy figurine’s legs. Both wrestlers would trade wins during their series of matches, and he claimed back the stolen figurine leg by winning a Necklace on a Pole match on July 26, 2011.

After the match, Kidd brutally assaulted the right leg of his, causing him to be absent from NXT for more than a month. However, in the next few weeks, a mysterious Japanese symbol would appear on the titantron to distract Kidd during his matches. The symbol turned out to be the Kanji lettering for “pride”, a message from him. He returned on September 6, 2011, on an episode of NXT, where he debuted black tights emblazoned with Kanji characters and the Japanese flag, had his small lock of blond hair dyed red and had half his face painted. He would go on to defeat Kidd on that episode to end the feud.

He later explained that his new look and wrestling style was due to him wanting to better portray Japanese culture, Japanese pride and the aggressive style of Japanese wrestling; he also explained that his face paint was a tribute to the Great Muta. He stopped wearing his face paint to the ring by October 2011.

He formed an alliance with Trent Barreta; from December 2011, they feuded with Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. Both teams would play pranks on each other, with him being locked in a closet and Reks’ hands being superglued onto an Xbox controller. On January 18, 2012, Hawkins and Reks beat Barreta and him, culminating the feud.

He would then go on a losing streak against the likes of Jinder Mahal, Hunico, Damien Sandow, and Wade Barrett. On January 23, 2013, on an episode of NXT, he and Percy Watson entered a tournament to crown the first NXT Tag Team Champions, but were defeated by the Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) in the first round. He then made sporadic appearences on NXT throughout the rest of 2013. He returned to action in March 2014 on NXT, where he was defeated by Corey Graves.

He was released from the WWE on June 12, 2014.

On July 29, 2014, he made his debut in the independent circuit at BELIEVE 77 where he defeated Aaron Epic to win the SCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.

On September 20, 2014, he made his debut for Chikara losing to Ashley Remington via disqualification, following outside interfence from Juan Francisco de Coronado.

On October 13, 2014, at King of Pro-Wrestling, he made his return to NJPW as YOSHITATSU when he interfered in the main event by attacking Jeff Jarrett in order for Hiroshi Tanahashi to beat AJ Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

After competing in NJPW for a month, he was sidelined from a neck injury due to AJ Styles’ Styles Clash. He made his return to NJPW as a commentator for NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 on January 4, 2016. He returned to the ring on April 10, 2016, at NJPW Invasion Attack.

Throughout his NJPW career, he became a NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion.

On May 11, 2016, during the ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds Tour, he made his debut for ROH in a six man tag team where he teamed up with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin to take on The Elite.

He still competes in NJPW to this day.


He is a graduate from Kokushikan University with a degree in political studies.

My Thoughts: Yoshitatsu is a very interesting individual. Even though he lacks character and charisma, the man has an unique look, he has a certain presence about him when he’s in the ring, and he’s a good wrestler. Fight with honor!

Feruson’s Thoughts: I think he’s an underrated talent. WWE had a chance to do something him with several times especially in 2010.

Video: This video contains a match between Yoshitatsu and Jon Cutler on February 22, 2009.

Feruson’s Thoughts: Eh, nothing really special besides Scotty Goldman on commentary. Typical FCW debut, definitely not Yoshitatsu’s best work.

My Thoughts: This was a pretty solid match between the two men. Before the match, there was a promo package of Yoshitatsu talking about how he came to FCW to fight with honor and become champion.

That promo package that Yoshitatsu did was pretty standard for most wrestlers, but for him learning English as English is not his first language, he managed to get his point across and it turned out well for him so I say the promo was passable because of the language barrier.

The match itself like I said, it was pretty solid. Yoshitastu showing that Japanese strong style with the vicious kicks and that octopus hold. Yoshitatsu did pretty well in this match showcasing his wrestling ability and his heart and passion in the match.

Overall, he did pretty well in this match and both men did a good job on putting on a good match.

Yoshitatsu could have been a good mid-carder or tag team wrestler for WWE, but it never came to be. Luckily, he’s doing well in NJPW so it’s all good. Fight with honor!

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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