Though initially a pro wrestler, in the early 90s Suzuki started a mixed martial arts promotion, Pancrase. As a fighter, Suzuki was very successful thanks to his excellent wrestling and submission skills. During his fighting career he defeated Ken Shamrock, twice!
Suzuki is sort of a cross between William Regal and Samoa Joe. He’s been doing this wrestling thing for a while now so he know’s all the tricks and reminds me of Regal’s deviousness. He will also slap and submit the crap out of you, like a young Samoa Joe.
He’s not fancy (except for his hairstyle), he hasn’t won a lot of titles in New Japan (though he’s won just about all of them in AJPW), but he is a fantastic wrestler to watch. His attitude, his technique, his humour are all top notch – Suzuki was even used as motion actor for the Tekken games. Is there a Tekken character who slaps the crap out of his opponents?
Nice try, Yohei!
Let’s not forget his humour!