|Ring name(s)||Hashimoto Shin'ya|
|Billed height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Billed weight||130 kg (290 lb; 20 st)|
|Died||2005/7/11 (aged 40)|
Hashimoto Shin'ya (橋本真也) (1965/7/3 - 2005/7/11), was a Japanese professional wrestler. Along with Chōno Masahiro and Mutō Keiji, Hashimoto was dubbed one of the "Tōkon Sanjūshi" that began competing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling in the mid 1980s and dominated the promotion in the 1990s.
He is one (the other being Mutō) of two wrestlers that have held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. By the English-speaking fans, he is often compared to All Japan Pro-Wrestling's Kawada Toshiaki, as both are widely known for their stiff kicks and violent matches. As of 2010, he has the longest IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign in history.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (1984-2000)
Hashimoto Shin'ya debuted on 1984/9/1, against Gotō Tatsutoshi. Soon after, Hashimoto was sent overseas just like other rookies were. He mainly wrestled in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, where he wrestled with a Mongolian gimmick under the name "Hashif Khan". Later, he moved to Memphis to wrestle for Championship Wrestling Association as "Shogun".
Upon Hashimoto's return in 1988/7, Hashimoto began to climb the ladder. In 1989/4, Hashimoto took part in a tournament to determine the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion; he defeated Chōshū Riki and Victor Zangiev, before losing to Big Van Vader in the finals. In 1989/9, he won his first championship, the IWGP Tag Team Championship, with veteran Masa Saitō. He would lose the titles to Chōno Masahiro and Mutō Keiji in 1990/4.
In 1991, Hashimoto, Chōno, and Mutō soldified their status as the new generation of New Japan at the first-ever G1 Climax tournament. 1992 saw Chōno and Mutō win World Heavyweight titles, while Hashimoto seemed left out in the cold, until 1993/9, when Hashimoto finally won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In 1994/4, he lost the title to Fujinami Tatsumi, but regained the title a month later. He lost the title, over a year later, to Mutō.
Hashimoto rebounded and won the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the second time in 1995/6, with Hirata Junji. His biggest accomplishment came on 1996/4/29, when he defeated Takada Nobuhiko for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Although he lost the Tag Team titles in 1996/6, Hashimoto forged ahead with his Heavyweight title run. During this time, he began a feud with Ogawa Naoya, which lasted until 2001. His amazing Heavyweight title run ended on 1997/8/31, after 489 days, when he lost the title to Sasaki Kensuke.
In the summer of 1998, he won the G1 Climax, defeating Yamazaki Kazuo in the finals. After that, his feud with Ogawa resumed and intensified. Their last match was on 2000/4/7, in which Hashimoto lost, and thus, retired.
Hashimoto was given the chance to wrestle Fujinami Tatsumi on 2000/10/9, but the catch was he has to wear young lion gear. Hashimoto came out to his trademark attire, and defeated Fujinami.
Around this time, Hashimoto proposed an independent promotion within New Japan called New Japan Pro-Wrestling ZERO; Chōshū rejected the idea. When Hashimoto was fired in 2000/11, he registered the Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE name.
Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE (2001-2005)
Hashimoto held his first ZERO-ONE card on 2001/3/2. In 2001/12, Hashimoto won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, before losing the title through controversial means in 2002/3. Between 2002/10 and 2004/6, Hashimoto won two NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championships. In 2003/2, he won the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, before vacating the titles in 2003/8, due to injury.
Hashimoto wrestled in the "HUSTLE" events after 2004. He was given a nickname of "Hustle King" by Ogawa Naoya.
In 2005, he resigned from ZERO-ONE, citing financial problems. Despite the reason, many testified that once Hashimoto recovers from his injuries, he was planning on returning home to New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
The Japanese wrestling world was shocked when Hashimoto Shin'ya suddenly died of a brain aneurysm in Tokyo on 2005/7/11, 8 days after celebrating his 40th birthday; he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:36 a.m. while en route to the hospital. Hashimoto's sister Masanari claimed that Hashimoto had been complaining about chest pains and thought that his heart was beating too fast a week prior to his death, but refused to contact his doctor about the conditions.
Hashimoto had a heart problem in 2004 and was put on medication, but he had to stop taking it after having shoulder surgery. Hashimoto's doctor claimed that high blood pressure was the most likely cause for his brain hemorrhage, and proposed that other stress over the years led to these problems, which should not have happened for someone his age.