Ōya Hisakatsu

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Ōya Hisakatsu
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Ring name(s) Ōya Hisakatsu
Ōya Ken'ichi
Real name Ōya Ken'ichi
Billed height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 105 kg (230 lb; 16.5 st)
Born 1964/7/2 (1964-07-02) (age 53)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Resides Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
Shishō NJPW Dōjō
Debut 1986/4/20

Ōya Ken'ichi is a semi-retired Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Ōya Hisakatsu. Although he started out for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, he is well-known for his stint in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling.


New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1986-1989)

Ōya Ken'ichi trained at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling Dōjō. He made his wrestling debut in 1986/4, against Chōno Masahiro. During his tenure in New Japan, Ōya also teamed with the likes of Sasaki Kensuke and Matsuda Osamu. Due to injuries, Ōya retired in 1989.

Super World Sports (1990-1992)

After briefly working as a sports instructor, Ōya joined the upstart Super World Sports in 1990/7.

Ōya would not only wrestle his fellow SWS comrades, he would also wrestle against stars from the World Wrestling Federation as well. In 1992/1, he teamed up with Kendō Nagasaki for a tournament to determine the first SWS Tag Team Champions, which was won by Yatsu Yoshiaki and Haku. In 1992/6, SWS shut down.

Network Of Wrestling (1992-1993)

SWS split into two groups: Tenryū Gen'ichirō's Wrestle And Romance and Kendō Nagasaki's Network Of Wrestling. Ōya joined NOW. He did not make much of an impact there, so he left in 1993/11. NOW closed in 1994.

Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (1993-2002)

Ōya made his debut in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in 1993/11 under the name, Ōya Hisakatsu. Unlike his previous stints in NJPW, SWS, and NOW, Ōya found his niche. Over the course of a year, Ōya proved his worth in FMW, battling the likes of Battle Ranger, Tanaka Masato, Matsunaga Mitsuhiro, and Ōnita Atsushi.

In 1995/4, he formed Lethal Weapon with Tarzan Gotō and Ricky Fuji, but Gotō would leave FMW shortly thereafter. He and Fuji formed a tag team known as The Love Guns, and together they held the FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship once between 1995/5 and 1995/9. Ōya and Fuji would also increase the numbers in Lethal Weapon by recruiting Mr. Pōgō, The Gladiator, and Horace Boulder. In 1995/8, during a round-robin tournament for the vacant FMW World Brass Knuckles Championship, Ōya fought Hayabusa to an epic 30-minute time-limit draw.

In 1996/9, Lethal Weapon disbanded and Ōya joined Funk Masters of Wrestling, where he formed a trio with The Headhunters and won the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. After the Funk Masters disbanded, Ōya decided to turn face for the first time in his career and join forces with Hayabusa. Up until the demise of FMW in 2002/2, he fought alongside Hayabusa in his wars against Mr. Gannosuke and Fuyuki Kōdō.

Freelance and semi-retirement (2002-present)

After FMW shut down, Ōya occasionally wrestles from time to time, as many considered him semi-retired. When he did wrestle, he wrestled for many promotions, such as Wrestling Marvelous Future, Fighting of World Japan, Ōsaka Pro Wrestling, Muga World Pro-Wrestling, and Hokuto Pro-wrestling. During his stint in WMF, he developed a Puerto Rican assassin gimmick named HISAKATSU.

Although semi-retired, Ōya is still one of the most underrated wrestlers in Japan, as well as one of the best technical wrestlers in the world. His ring psychology and submission wrestling is second-to-none. As a sneaky heel, he chose not to taunt the crowd and to remain unpredictable to his opponents.