Andy Wu

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Andy Wu
Andy Wu July 2023
BornAmagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Billed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Billed weight176 lb (80 kg)
Billed fromJapan
Trained by
DebutJuly 15, 2012

Andy Wu (アンディ・ウー, Andi Ū) is a Japanese professional wrestler who worked for Wrestle-1 until its closure in 2020. He is currently a freelancer.

Professional wrestling career

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2012–2013)

Andy Wu debuted for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) on July 15, 2012, teaming with Yasufumi Nakanoue in a losing effort against Minoru Tanaka and Gillette. In July, he entered the 2012 Junior Hyper League but finishes with no wins. He also competed in the 2013 Junior Hyper Tag League with Sushi and managed to pick up two wins but would not proceed to the next stage. Afterwards, Wu would go on a learning excursion to Mexico to train under Pantera. He wrestled briefly whilst in Mexico, making rare appearances in Queretaro in the summer and wrestling a dark match for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) on August 18.[1]

During his time in Mexico, backstage issues led to the resignation of Keiji Mutoh and several other wrestlers effective July 1.[2][3][4] When Wu returned to Japan, he would choose to follow Mutoh to Wrestle-1 and not return to AJPW.

Wrestle-1 (2013–2020)

Wu working at Wrestle Wars 2020, one of W1 last events

On November 16, 2013, Wu debuted for Wrestle-1 (W-1), teaming with Daiki Inaba and El Hijo del Pantera to defeat Hiroshi Yamato, Mazada and Nosawa Rongai.[5] From his debut, Wu feuded with Tokyo Gurentai's Mazada and regularly teamed with El Hijo del Pantera. On January 12, 2014, he defeated veteran Mazada in a singles match at Korakuen Hall.[6] At Kaisen: Outbreak, Wu, Inaba and Yamato lost to Tokyo Gurentai.[7] On April 17, Wu defeated Mazada in another Korakuen Hall singles match.[8] On July 6, at Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Wu and Inaba defeated Mazada and Rongai.[9] Wu and El Hijo del Pantera moved onto feuding with Novus, a stable off wrestlers from the defunct Wrestling New Classic (WNC). At Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Bound for Glory, Wu and El Hijo del Pantera lost to Jiro Kuroshio and Yusuke Kodama.[10] On February 13, 2015, after Wu and El Hijo del Pantera lost to Kazma Sakamoto and Koji Doi, the pair argued which ultimately led to El Hijo del Pantera joining the Desperado stable.[11] They briefly feuded; El Hijo del Pantera defeated Wu in the opening round of the tournament to crown the first Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Champion,[12][13] but it came to an end on June 20 when the pair shook hands after Wu defeated El Hijo del Pantera.[14]

On September 23, Wu defeated Minoru Tanaka to win the Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship, the first championship of his career.[15] He made three successful defences before losing the title to Hiroshi Yamato on January 10, 2016.[16][17] On July 1, Wu unsuccessfully challenged Kotaro Suzuki for the Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship.[18] Wu bounced back 28 days later by winning the UWA World Trios Championship with Daiki Inaba and Seiki Yoshioka.[19] On December 6, the trio along with Jiro Kuroshio, Yusuke Kodama, Kumagoro, Koji Doi and Kohei Fujimura formed New Era, a stable of young wrestlers with the goal to dominate Wrestle-1.[20] Two days later, they lost the UWA World Trios Championship to Jun Kasai, Nosawa Rongai and Shuji Kondo.[21] On April 16, 2017, Wu teamed with Kumagoro and Koji Doi to win back the UWA World Trios Championship for New Era. Three days later, Wu defeated Yoshioka for his second Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship.[22][23] He lost the title to Mazada on May 4[24][25] and also lost the UWA World Trios Championship two days later. Wu regained the Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship on July 16[26] but it was another short title reign as he lost it to Yoshioka on September 2.[27] Wu reached the finals of the 2018 Wrestle-1 Cruiser Festival but was defeated by fellow New Era member Alejando (formally Kohei Fujimura) on March 14.[28] After infighting and member defections, New Era choose to disband officially on April 19.[29]

Wu in 2017

In May 2018, El Hijo del Pantera returned to Wrestle-1 and teamed with Wu and Alejandro to unsuccessfully challenge Tokyo Gurentai for the UWA World Trios Championship.[30] From September 18 to October 24, Wu and El Hijo del Pantera participated in the 2018 Wrestle-1 Tag League but failed to win their block. On April 20, 2019, Wu defeated Yusuke Kodama to win a record fourth Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship.[31] After a successful title defence against El Lindaman on May 13, he lost the title to his friend and tag team partner El Hijo del Pantera on September 1.[32]

On February 29, 2020, Wrestle-1 announced that they would be holding their final event on April 1, with all members of the roster being released from their contracts the day prior.[33][34]

Freelance (2020–present)

Since Wrestle-1's closure, Wu has wrestled most notably for Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) and Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1). On November 23, he unsuccessfully challenged Tatsuhiko Yoshino for the BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship.[35]

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ "IWRG Zona XXI". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  2. ^ 新役員体制のお知らせ. All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2013-06-01. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  3. ^ 全日本、白石社長の新体制スタート…離脱濃厚の武藤は新団体設立か. Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. 2013-06-02. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  4. ^ 武藤が全日会長辞任 新社長と折り合わず. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  5. ^ "11.16 WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2013 後楽園ホール大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "W-1 WRESTLE-1 Sunrise Tour 2014 - Tag 1". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "Wrestle-1「開戦~Outbreak~」". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. March 2, 2014. Archived from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "W-1 WRESTLE-1 Tour 2014 Cherry Blossom - Tag 1". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "FIGHTING ENTERTAINMENT WRESTLE-1 衝撃~IMPACT~". Weekly Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). July 6, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "Spoilers: TNA Bound for Glory 2014 PPV results". PWInsider. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "W-1 WRESTLE-1 Tour 2015 West Side Story - Tag 2". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  12. ^ 新設のW―1クルーザーディビジョン王座へカズ・ハヤシV宣言. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "『WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2015 Cherry blossom』4.1東京・後楽園ホール大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  14. ^ "『WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2015 DAYDREAM』6.20千葉・富津市総合社会体育館大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  15. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2015 2nd Anniversary」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). September 23, 2015. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2016 Sunrise」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). January 10, 2016. Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  17. ^ 鼓太郎 W―1参戦を表明「時を動かしにきた」. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "WRESTLE-1 GRAND PRIX 2016=WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 SYMBOL". Proresu Today (in Japanese). 2016-07-01. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  19. ^ "W-1 WRESTLE-1 Tour 2016 Flashing Summer - Tag 5". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  20. ^ "若手軍改め「NEW ERA」始動!後楽園でのベルト独占を宣言!". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  21. ^ "「WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2016 SHINING WINTER」12.9東京・後楽園ホール大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  22. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2017 Cherry Blossom」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  23. ^ 【試合結果】4・19 Wrestle-1後楽園ホール大会 【W-1王座】芦野祥太郎vs近藤修司 【W-1タッグ王座】土肥孝司&熊ゴローvs稲葉大樹&児玉裕輔 【クルーザーディビジョン】吉岡世起vsアンディ・ウー. Battle News (in Japanese). April 20, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  24. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2017 Triumph」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  25. ^ 【試合結果】5・4 Wrestle-1後楽園ホール大会 【W-1王座】芦野祥太郎vs征矢学 【W-1タッグ王座】土肥孝司&熊ゴロ―vs河野真幸&伊藤貴則 【クルーザー王座】アンディ・ウーvsMazada. Battle News (in Japanese). May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  26. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2017 Symbol」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  27. ^ 「2017 プロレスLove in Yokohama」9.2神奈川・横浜文化体育館大会. Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  28. ^ "「WRESTLE-1 TOUR 2018 TRANS MAGIC」3.14東京・後楽園ホール大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  29. ^ "リーダー・稲葉が決断!ついにNEW ERAが解散!!■2018.4.19WRESTLE-1記者会見①". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  30. ^ "W-1 WRESTLE-1 Tour 2018 Triumph - Tag 2". Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  31. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2019 Cherry Blossom」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  32. ^ "「2019 プロレスLOVE in YOKOHAMA」9.1神奈川・横浜文化体育館大会". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  33. ^ "Notice of suspension of WRESTLE-1 activity". Wrestle-1.
  34. ^ "「Wrestle-1 Tour 2020 Trans Magic」". Wrestle-1 (in Japanese). 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  35. ^ "ReOStaff株式会社presents 「大日本プロレス25周年記念大阪大会〜All Best Main Event」". Big Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  36. ^ "Title History: Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship". Big Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 26, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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