Go Shiozake becomes FIP World Heavyweight Champion

go-shiozaki.jpgOn August 23, 2008 at the FIP Heatstroke 2008, Go Shiozake defeated Erick Stevens in Crystal River, Fl to win the FIP World Heavyweight Title in an epic match of the year candidate. Shiozaki’s first major title victory has apparently generated considerable coverage in Japan and ‘Sweet & Sour’ agent Larry Sweeney took full advantage of the hype to demand to ROH officials to have FIP Title defenses in ROH.

Pro Wrestling NOAH star Go Shiozaki not only took a title, the following Monday he had a tryout dark match with WWE before RAW. Go Shiozaki defeated Carlito in less than three minutes. The wrestling observer newsletter reports that WWE is passing on Shiozaki after watching him work the match, with Vince McMahon apparently stating that Shiozaki is “Too Asian”.

Nothing comes easy for 26 year old Shiozaki, out of Japan. Shiozaki has been building a career on valiant efforts and perseverance, so don’t think WWE first impression of Shiozaki is the end of the line.

Go Shiozaki entered the NOAH dojo in 2003 and became a protégé of legend Kena Kobashi. The two teamed together to great success, the biggest match the two had was winning against Kensuke Sasaki and his protégé Katsuhiko Nakajima, a match that received critical acclaim. In 2006 Shiozaki fractured his jaw against KENTA and began to lose in a series of valiant efforts against the biggest names of the company. Go Shiozaki’s break to upper midcard talent came after pinning Ricky Marvin.

Shiozaki premiered with NOAH’s sister promotion, Ring of Honor during ROH’s August 2006 tour of England. Since coming over to ROH, Shiozaki made a series of unsuccessful bids for titles- against ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness, one bit for the World Tag Team championship in a one night tournament and a second unsuccessful bid against McGuinness.

Shiozaki joined Larry Sweeney’s Sweet N’ Sour Inc. faction on June 28, 2008.

(thanks wikipedia)

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