Tetsuya Shimizu is a Japanese professional wrestler who made his professional debut in March 2007 at the opening match of an All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) show in Gunma.
Tetsuya Shimizu recieved his training in the AJPW Dojo under Animal Hamaguchi, and he also had special training sessions with Kaz Hayashi and Keiji Muto to prepare for his professional debut. His first ringname was T28, inspired by the 1950s manga Tetsujin 28-gō(Iron Man No. 28) where the young boy Shotaro Kaneda controlls a giant robot named Tetsujin 28.
While he has spent most of his wrestling career in Japan, Shimizu did a stint in Mexico back in 2009 where he worked for the International Wrestling Revolution Group (MRG).
Nowadays, Tetsuya Shimizu works for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the ringname BUSHI. With NJPW, he is a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a three-time NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion. Shimizu has also won the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) World Welterweigth Championship.
Before transfering to NJPW in 2012, Shimizu earned several notable victories with AJPW, including the 2010 Junior Tag League Championship with the mexican wrestler Super Crazy (Francisco Islas Rueda). Together with Yujiro Kushida, Shimizu won the AJPW U-30 Tag Team Tournment in 2008.
Short facts about Tetsuya Shimizu
|Birth name in Japanese||清水 哲也|
|Transcribed birth name||Shimizu Tetsuya|
|English birth name||Tetsuya Shimizu|
|Born||5 April, 1983, in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan|
|Trained by||AJPW Dojo
|Professional wrestling debut||12 March, 2007|
|Billed height||1.72 metres|
|Billed weight||83 kg|
|Nick names||Masked Bushido
Shikkoku no Death Mask (which means Jet Black Death Mask)
|Entrance themes||“BUSHI-DO” by Naoki Kamano (AJPW)
“Bushi-do” by Yonosuke Kitamura (NJPW)
“Hybridize (Theme Remix)” by Yonosuke Kitamura (NJPW; used when teaming up with Hiromu Takahashi)
Championship wins, awards and other accomplishments
All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW)
AJPW Junior Tag League (2010) – with Super Crazy
AJPW U-30 Tag Team Tournament (2008) – with Kushida
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
CMLL World Welterweight Championship (1 time)
International Wrestling Revolution Group
IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship (2 times)
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with EVIL and SANADA
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Ranked #82 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Best Gimmick (2017) as part of Los Ingobernables de Japon
Luchas de Apuestas record
Tetsuya Bushi (mask)