Jushin Thunder Liger - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Jushin Thunder Liger, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Keiichi Yamada (山田恵) was born in Hiroshima, Japan on November 30, 1964, and he is currently 59 years old.

He is currently a Commentator and Coach, working for NJPW.

Jushin Thunder Liger was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Keiichi Yamada (山田恵)
  • Ring Names
    • Jushin Thunder Liger ( August 12, 2007 - Present)
    • C.T.U Ranger Yellow ( March 13, 2005 - August 11, 2007)
    • Jushin Thunder Liger ( January 5, 1990 - March 12, 2005)
    • Jushin Liger ( April 24, 1989 - December 31, 1989)
    • Fuji Yamada ( September 27, 1986 - April 28, 1987)
  • Born November 30, 1964 (age 59)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Hiroshima, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Tokyo, Japan
  • Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
  • Weight
    • 210 lbs (95 kg)
  • Nicknames Shooting Star; Sekai no Shishigami; Symbol of Junior

Career History

  • Roles
    • Commentator ( December 9, 2015 - Present)
    • Coach ( January 6, 2020 - Present)
    • Wrestler ( March 3, 1984 - January 5, 2020)
  • Companies / Promotions
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPW January 6, 2020 Present
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight January 4, 2001 January 5, 2020
    Promotion Ring of HonorROH March 27, 2015 December 4, 2016
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH January 27, 2013 December 6, 2014
    Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha LibreCMLL September 16, 2011 December 9, 2011
    Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha LibreCMLL June 18, 2010 October 1, 2010
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH May 6, 2009 October 31, 2009
    Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha LibreCMLL September 11, 2009 September 28, 2009
    Promotion Dragon GateDRAGON GATE November 19, 2006 July 1, 2007
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH January 26, 2003 July 10, 2004
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight August 7, 2000 January 3, 2001
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight August 19, 1987 August 6, 2000
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW September 4, 1995 December 30, 1996
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW December 25, 1991 December 29, 1992
    Promotion Stampede WrestlingSTAMPEDE May 8, 1987 August 12, 1987
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Young Lions March 3, 1984 September 23, 1986
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face August 19, 1987 Present
  • Images
    Aug 1987
    Aug 1987

  • Finishers
    • Vertical Brainbuster ( March 3, 1984 - January 5, 2020)
    • Liger Bomb - Standing or Running High-angle Sitout Powerbomb ( August 19, 1987 - January 5, 2020)
    • Kuchu Dojime Otoshi - Lou Thesz Press Pin ( January 1, 2009 - January 5, 2020)
    • Shooting Star Press ( August 19, 1987 - July 6, 1997)
    • Elevated DDT ( March 3, 1984 - December 29, 1992)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Ikari no Jushin" by Yumi Hiroki - Single ( May 25, 1989 - Present)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2020, Individual
  • Titles Won

    World Championship Wrestling

    • 1 WCW Light Heavyweight Championship

    New Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 11 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    • 6 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 with The Great Sasuke, 1 with El Samurai, 1 with Minoru Tanaka, 1 with Koji Kanemoto, 1 with AKIRA, 1 with Tiger Mask IV)
    • 1 J-Crown Octuple Unified Championship
    • 1 WWF Light Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA World Welterweight Championship
    • 1 UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship

    National Wrestling Alliance

    • 2 NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship

    Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre

    • 1 CMLL World Middleweight Championship
    • 1 CMLL World Tag Team Championship (with Hiroshi Tanahashi)

    Dragon Gate

    • 1 Open the Dream Gate Championship

    Pro Wrestling Noah

    • 1 GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Tiger Mask IV)

    All-Star Promotions

    • 2 World Heavy Middleweight Championship

    Jersey All Pro Wrestling

    • 1 JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship

    Michinoku Pro Wrestling

    • 2 British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship

    Osaka Pro Wrestling

    • 1 Osaka Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship - with Takehiro Murahama

    Wrestle Association R

    • 1 WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship - with El Samurai
  • Other Accomplishments
    • NJPW Top/Best of the Super Juniors (1992, 1994, 2001)
    • NJPW G1 Climax Junior Heavyweight Tag League Winner (2001 - with El Samurai)
    • NJPW Naeba Cup Tag Tournament Winner (2001 - with Yuji Nagata)
    • NJPW Young Lion Cup Winner (1986)
    • NJPW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title #1 Contendership Tournament Winner (1990)
    • NJPW Outstanding Performance Award (2000)
    • NJPW Tag Team Best Bout (2003 - with Koji Kanemoto vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji on 06/10)
    • CMLL Universal Championship Winner (2010)
    • RPW British J Cup Winner (2017)
    • MPW Super J Cup Winner (2000)
    • PW Noah NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League Winner (2013 - with Tiger Mask IV)
    • WAR Super J Cup Winner (1995)
    • VPW Vendetty Award: Special Guest Star of the Year (2015)
    • 8° in PWI 500 (2000)
    • 12° in PWI Years Top 500 (2003)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1999)
    • WON Most Outstanding Wrestler (1990–1992)
    • WON Best Gimmick (1989)
    • WON Best Flying Wrestler (1989–1993)
    • WON Best Technical Wrestler (1989–1992)
    • WON Best Wrestling Maneuver (1987, 1988 - Shooting Star Press)
    • WON Match of the Year (1990 - vs. Naoki Sano on 01/31)
    • WON Rookie of the Year (1984 - tied with Tom Zenk)
    • Tokyo Sports Newcomer Award (1985)
    • Tokyo Sports Outstanding Performance Award (1994)

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