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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".

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "Funky Weapon"

Championships and accomplishments

  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
  • Yamaha Cup (2005) - with Hiromi Horiguchi

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