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tasslex
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Since: 15.10.02
From: Eagan, MN

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#1 Posted on
Anyone? I just realized after reading a few people raving about the HHH VS TAKA match (which should have been the best of Raw IMO) that I have no recollection of TAKA leaving, just that one day Funaki was all alone. Where'd he go?
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Since: 14.9.02
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#2 Posted on
Back to Japan I think.
mountinman44
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Since: 8.5.02
From: San Diego, CA

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#3 Posted on
From what I remember, he injured his shoulder a couple of times and went back to Japan to rehab it. WWE must not have any use for him or his contract expired.



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Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.44
In case anyone cares:

TAKA's last match was on October 20, 2001, when he and Funaki teamed up against Raven & Justin Credible. You can read Cubs Fan's review of that match at http://slashwrestling.com/jakked/011020.html . There's a point where he says it looks like he falls from the ring to the floor, right onto his right shoulder.



Big Bad
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Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
TAKA is opening either his own wrestling school, or his own light-heavyweight promotion in Japan.



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joedgery
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Since: 18.1.03
From: flemington, nj

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#6 Posted on
The original injury dates back to the Big Bossman carelessly tossing him from the Royal Rumble (in 2000?) so that he landed directly on his shoulder. He reaggravated the injury a time or two while stillwith the WWF. He got healthy around the same time his WWF contract expired in 2002, and the story was that he was offered a new contract and declined.

He'd been running the school, Kaientai Dojo, for a while, and turned it into an indy promotion which started running shows in the first half of 2002. The promotion is not exclusively light-heavyweights, just predominantly so. The promotion has been largely disappointing as he books mostly WWE-esque short matches. He made his return to the ring in May in K-Dojo, and has since also been working freelance for various Japanese promotions, including Zero One and his old stomping grounds, Michinoku Pro, for an MPro reunion show that featured all the original members of Kaientai DX (yes, even Funaki) a couple months back. He looked pretty good in his work in Zero One.

Hope that helps.

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Since: 28.7.02

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#7 Posted on
Speaking of Taka(whose work I've always loved), how much would he rule on Smackdown right now? Bring him back and team him with Funaki and *bam*. You've got a super hot tag team and another awesome cruiserweight.
LeechOfTheNight
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Since: 16.1.02
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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by joedgery
    The original injury dates back to the Big Bossman carelessly tossing him from the Royal Rumble (in 2000?) so that he landed directly on his shoulder.




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Since: 21.6.02
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#9 Posted on
I remember that injury. They kept showing TAKA being thrown over the ropes in different angles while The King yukked it up. Just another reason Lawler should burn in Hell.



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Since: 1.3.02
From: Westminster, CA

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#10 Posted on
TAKA opened up his own school a little over a year ago, called K-Dojo. He has branches in Puerto Rico and Japan. He occasionally does shows under the K-D banner, and often freelances in All Japan and ZERO-ONE.




redsoxnation
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Since: 24.7.02

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#11 Posted on

    Originally posted by Santa Sangre
    I remember that injury. They kept showing TAKA being thrown over the ropes in different angles while The King yukked it up. Just another reason Lawler should burn in Hell.







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