Kotetsu Yamamoto - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Kotetsu Yamamoto, 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.

Masaru Yamamoto (山本 勝) was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on October 30, 1941.

He died on August 28, 2010 at the age of 68.

While becoming a wrestler, Yamamoto was the last ever student trained under Rikidōzan before the latter’s death.

Kotetsu Yamamoto was inducted in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 2007 as part of the NJPW Greatest Wrestlers wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Masaru Yamamoto (山本 勝)
  • Ring Names
    • Kotetsu Yamamoto ( September 22, 1967 - August 28, 2010)
    • Oki Yamaha ( July 4, 1967 - September 21, 1967)
    • Kotetsu Yamamoto ( July 19, 1963 - July 3, 1967)
  • Born October 30, 1941
  • Died August 28, 2010 (aged 68)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan ( July 19, 1963 - August 28, 2010)
    • Japan ( July 4, 1967 - September 21, 1967)
  • Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
  • Weight
    • 220 lbs (100 kg)
  • Nicknames Kotetsu (Little Iron); The Hardhearted/Demon Sergeant; The Human Bomb
  • Notes While becoming a wrestler, Yamamoto was the last ever student trained under Rikidōzan before the latter’s death.

Career History

  • Roles
    • Commentator ( October 1, 2000 - August 28, 2010)
    • Coach ( April 1, 1988 - August 28, 2010)
    • Referee ( April 5, 1980 - August 28, 2010)
    • Wrestler ( July 19, 1963 - April 4, 1980)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPW April 5, 1980 August 28, 2010
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight January 13, 1972 April 4, 1980
    Promotion Japanese Wrestling AssociationJWA July 19, 1963 December 4, 1971
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA April 12, 1967 September 5, 1967
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face April 5, 1980 August 28, 2010
    Tweener July 19, 1963 April 4, 1980
  • Images History
    Jan 2005
    Jan 2005
    Jan 1996
    Jan 1996
    Jan 1979
    Jan 1979
    Jan 1972
    Jan 1972
    Apr 1967
    Apr 1967
    Jul 1963
    Jul 1963

  • Finishers
    • Diving Body Press ( July 19, 1963 - April 4, 1980)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 2007, NJPW Greatest Wrestlers
  • International Wrestling Enterprise

    • 1 IWA World Tag Team Championship (with Kantaro Hoshino)

    NWA Mid-America

    • 1 NWA Mid-America Southern Tag Team Championship (with Kantaro Hoshino)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • NJPW Alumnus Battle Royal Winner (2003)
    • Tokyo Sports Effort Award (1974)
    • Tokyo Sports Lifetime Achievement Award (1979, 2010)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • Kotetsu Yamamoto & Kantaro Hoshino - Kantaro Hoshino ( January 29, 1974 - April 4, 1980)
    • The Yamaha Brothers - Kantaro Hoshino ( August 22, 1967 - January 13, 1970)

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