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Jun Akiyama (秋山準 Akiyama Jun) (born October 2, 1969) is an Japanesemarker professional wrestler who currently works for Pro Wrestling Noah. Akiyama is known for his serious style and outstanding, time-tested work as a tag team wrestler. He also gained notoriety for his innovation of the Blue Thunder Driver and the wrist–clutch exploder suplex.

Early career

In junior high school, Akiyama practiced swimming and in senior high school he did freestyle amateur wrestling and judo. After high school he went to Senshu University in Tokyomarker. There he joined an amateur wrestling team that produced other professional wrestlers Riki Chōshū, Hiroshi Hase and Manabu Nakanishi.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1992–2000)

He had great success as an amateur wrestler and so was scouted by All Japan Pro Wrestling scouts. He made his professional wrestling debut in September 1992 against Kenta Kobashi, which he lost. He gradually rose in rank, getting a trial series in January 1993. Afterwards, Akiyama started competition in tag teams. The tag team division soon became his specialty, teaming with Takao Ōmori against Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuaharu Misawa. On more than one occasion, Dave Meltzer rated the matches they had together five stars. In 1995, he split with Taue, and was selected to be Misawa's partner after he split with Kobashi. The two teamed together successfully to win a title with him. After teaming with Misawa, Akiyama started teaming with Kobashi for a while. He was closing in on the Triple Crown, getting his first shot in September 1997 and steadily rising in rank over the coming years. However, he was unable to gain the title.

Pro Wrestling Noah (2000–present)

After a controversy in AJPW over the direction and management, he left the company with Mitsuharu Misawa, and half the roster, for Misawa's newly created Pro Wrestling Noah in mid-2000. Like many other members who made the jump, Akiyama gave himself a makeover, dropping his trademark blue and white trimmed boots and blue trunks for white boots and trunks and dyed his hair brown. He was quickly established as a top star of the company, winning both falls in the Main Event of NOAH's first show, choking out Kenta Kobashi in the second Noah show, and becoming the second GHC Heavyweight Champion, He had stellar title defenses in New Japan Pro Wrestling against Yuji Nagata and Hiroshi Tanahashi. But a lack of worthy contenders eventually forced Noah to abandon his push, using Yoshinari Ogawa to transition the title back to Misawa. He continued work in Noah as a tag team competitor again to critical acclaim, winning the GHC Tag Team Championship with Akitoshi Saito.

In April 2004, he created the GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship to get back into singles competitions, and adapting an attitude manifested by wearing trunks that were odd colors for him. These motives helped put him back into contention for the GHC title against Kenta Kobashi, which was voted as Match of the Year. Late 2004 and much of 2005 were highlighted by his feud with protégé Makoto Hashi where Akiyama used "tough love" to toughen up young Hashi. On January 22, 2006, Akiyama defeated Akira Taue to become the GHC Heavyweight Champion for the second time, defending the title against Minoru Suzuki on March 5 and Masao Inoue on April 24. Akiyama was defeated by Naomichi Marufuji on Noah's September 9 Nippon Budokanmarker show in his third defense of the GHC Heavyweight Title.

Following his title loss to Naomichi Marufuji, Akiyama made good his promise to Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, going back to wearing blue trunks, and wrestling mainly in the undercard. He successfully redeemed himself by defeating Kikuchi and once again wore white trunks following that match. This put him back in line for success, which had him winning the tag titles a second time with Takeshi Rikio. However, due to an injury to Rikio, they were forced to vacate the titles. Akiyama competed at New Japan Pro Wrestling's third Annual "Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome" show, defeating Manabu Nakanishi.

On March 1, Akiyama defeated Kensuke Sasaki for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. On June 14, 2009 he was forced to vacate the title due to injury, in which left him out of action for the rest of the tour.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "Blue Thunder"
    • "Supernova"
    • "Sternness"

Championships and accomplishments

*AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Takao Ōmori
*AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – Kenta Kobashi (2) and Mitsuharu Misawa (1)
*World's Strongest Tag Team League (1998, 1999) – with Kenta Kobashi

*PWI ranked him #90 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003

*GHC Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
*GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship (1 time)
*GHC Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Akitoshi Saito (1) and Takeshi Rikio (1)

*5 Star Match (1993) with Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue, Toshiaki Kawada, and Yoshinari Ogawa on July 2
*5 Star Match (1996) with Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on May 23
*5 Star Match (1996) with Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Steve Williams and Johnny Ace on June 7
*5 Star Match (1996) with Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on December 6
*5 Star Match (1997) with Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue on December 5
*5 Star Match (1999) with Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa on October 23
*5 Star Match (2004) vs. Kenta Kobashi on July 10
*Match of the Year (1996) with Mitsuharu Misawa vs Steve Williams and Johnny Ace on June 7
*Match of the Year (2004) vs. Kenta Kobashi on July 10
*Rookie of the Year (1993)
*Tag Team of the Year (1996, 1997) with Mitsuharu Misawa
*Tag Team of the Year (1999) with Kenta Kobashi

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