Ryusuke Taguchi (April 12, 1979) is a Japanese professional wrestler, trained by and currently performing for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion.
Pursuing several sports in high school, Taguchi competed in 170 lbs (76 kg) class amateur wrestling in college before entering the NJPW dojo in March 2002 and debuting in November of that year at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, wrestling in New Japan's famous junior heavyweight division.
Taguchi's gimmick is akin to a disco dancer, often sporting a short afro and colorful, flamboyant attire and celebrating victories with a post-match dance, encouraging his partners to join in during tag team matches. This has earned Taguchi the nickname "Funky Weapon".
- Finishing moves
- Dodon (Chickenwing facebuster)
- Dodon the End (Argentine backbreaker rack dropped into a wheelbarrow facebuster)
- Enban Chuudoku (180° frog splash)
- Milano–saku Dodon's Throne (Elevated double chickenwing dropped into a double knee gutbuster)
- Oh my God Ankle Lock (Ankle lock)
- Shika Koroshi (Back to back double underhook piledriver)
- Signature moves
- Front dropkick, sometimes while diving off of the top rope or while springboarding off the ropes
- Multiple hip attack variations
- Running to a kneeling opponent, with theatrics – Parodied from Shinsuke Nakamura
- Multiple suplex variations
- Slingshot crossbody
- With Prince Devitt
- "Funky Weapon"
Championships and accomplishments
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (6 times) - with El Samurai (1), Prince Devitt (4), and Ricochet (1)
- Young Lion Cup (2004)
- Young Lion Toukon Tournament (2004)
- J Sports Crown 6 Man Openweight Tag Team Tournament (2010, 2011) - with Prince Devitt and Hirooki Goto
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ricochet (1), with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Manabu Nakanishi (1) and with Togi Makabe & Toru Yano (1)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #215 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
- Yamaha Cup (2005) - with Hiromi Horiguchi