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Jado & Gedo
NAMES: Jado & Gedo
REAL NAMES: Jado (Shoji Akiyoshi) & Gedo (Keiji Takayama)
AGE: Jado: 32, Gedo: 31
PRO DEBUTS: Jado: March 10, 1989; Gedo: March 19, 1989
HOMETOWN: Jado: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Gedo: Fussa City
ORGANIZATIONS COMPETED IN: Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (FMW), All Japan Pro Wrestling, WINGS, New Japan, UWF - Japan, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, IWA
MAJOR TAG TITLES HELD: (2) UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Titles, (5) WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Titles (w/Kodo Fuyuki), FMW World Street Fight Six-Man Tag Team title (w/Kodo Fuyuki), WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles (Gedo & Chris Jericho), Big Japan Pro Wrestling Tag Team titles (Jado & Gedo) FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team titles (Koji Nakagawa & Gedo), WEW Six-Man Tag Team titles (Koji Nakagawa, Jado & Gedo),
MAJOR SINGLES TITLES HELD: UWF Super Middleweight title (Gedo), WWC Caribbean Heavyweight title (Jado), WAR International Junior Heavyweight title (Gedo), North American Mid Heavyweight title (Gedo)
BEST OPPONENT: Chris Jericho

Last Saturday at Philadelphia's ECW Arena, The Impact Players defeated Japanese sensations Gedo and Jado from the Frontier Martial-arts Wrestling (FMW) promotion. The veteran duo have competed in virtually every major Japanese promotion and have travelled to the U.S. for a week-long tour in ECW.
Gedo from his appearance at WCW Halloween Havoc '97.


With Yoshihiro Tajiri and Masato Tanaka making a huge impact in ECW, it seemed only a matter of time before one of Japan's best tag teams made its way to the hardcore promotion.

If Gedo's name sounds familiar, it's not a coincidence. North American wrestling fans would best remember him from his match against Chris Jericho at Halloween Havoc '97. And even though they are virtually unknown to North American fans, followers of Japanese wrestling are fully aware of this duo's vast reputation and history.

The team debuted in the now defunct Universal Pro Wrestling promotion in Japan in the early '90s. Dubbed Punish & Crush, they feuded over the UWF Intercontinental Tag Team titles with the team of current ECW star Jerry Lynn and Lightning Kid (The WWF's X-Pac).

The duo left Japan in 1992 after the promotion folded. They headed for Mexico where they picked up the finer points of the Lucha Libre, combining it with their skills in Japanese Puroseu into a revolutionary amalgamation of wrestling styles. While in Mexico they changed their names to Gedo and Jado and returned to Japan in 1993 for the ultra-violent W*ING promotion.

In one of their most memorable W*ING matches, they battled Yukihiro Kanemura and Shoji Nakamaki in a Fire Death Match on Halloween night, 1993 at Odawara City Baseball Stadium. The match ended when Jado powerbombed Kanemura into the mat while it was on fire. While in W*ING, the duo had a bloody feud with the HeadHunters over the W*ING World Tag Team titles.

Three months later, Gedo and Jado left W*ING for Genichiro Tenryu's WAR promotion. They joined forces with Kodo Fuyuki, forming the Fuyuki-gun Army . The threesome went on to win the WAR World 6-man Tag Team Titles five different times, revolutionizing the six man tag division in Japan.

Because of WAR's open door policy, the past six years have seen the duo make appearances in New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and FMW.

AT FMW's 1994 outdoor spectacular at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium, Gedo and Jado teamed with Kodo Fuyuki and faced current ECW World Champ Mike Awesome, Big Titan (Rick Bogner), & Ricky Fuji.

But their talents aren't just limited to tag team wrestling. Jado is a former WWC Caribbean Heavyweight champion. Gedo is considered one of the top junior heavyweight wrestlers in Japan. While in WAR, he's had fantastic battles with Chris Jericho and is a two time WAR International Junior Heavyweight, defeating the Ultimo Dragon for his second reign.

At the inaugural Super J Cup tournament in 1994, bringing together the top junior heavyweights in the world for a single elimination tournament, Gedo made it to the semi-finals, defeating Dean Malenko in the first round, before losing to tournament winner Chris Benoit.

At the following year's tournament, Gedo avenged his loss to Benoit, beating him in the semis before losing to Jushin "Thunder" Liger in the finals.

Gedo has also excelled with Jericho as his partner. The duo won the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles in 1996.

In 1994, Gedo and Jado left WAR and began to work for several Japanese independent promotions. They split their time between FMW, IWA and Big Japan Pro wrestling, as well as appearing on several New Japan Pro Wrestling cards.

In 1998, they formed a stable with former partner Fuyuki and Mr. Gannosuke, Yukihiro Kanemura, Koji Nakagawa, and Hido. Calling themselves "Team No Respect" the clique tore through the FMW promotion. At the same time, the duo worked several shows for All Japan Pro Wrestling, including their inaugural Tokyo Dome show in May of 1998 where they battled Johnny Smith & Wolf Hawkfield.

Gedo and Jado have held the FMW World Street-Fight 6-Man Tag Team Titles with Kodo Fuyuki. They are the current FMW World Entertainment Wrestling 6-man tag champs with Koji Nakagawa.

Word is that they will be facing Nova and Chris Chetti at the ECW Living Dangerously PPV.

-- By JOHN MOLINARO

With files from Masanori Horie