With huge wins over The Elite and Kenny Omega under his belt, Konosuke Takeshita looks set to move into the main event in AEW and challenge for championship gold in the company.
The Japanese star came out of nowhere in 2022 to become one of the most popular babyfaces in the company, although after joining up with Don Callis he became one of the most hated men in wrestling.
It is a very real possibility that Takeshita could walk out fo Full Gear 2023 as the AEW World Champion, just two years after making a surprise live-event debut in AEW alongside The Elite.
Konosuke Takeshita’s AEW Debut
Konosuke Takeshita made his AEW debut at the first ever house show in company history, an event entitled “The House Always Win” on April 9th, 2021.
The show saw a number of big AEW stars competing in Jacksonville, Florida, attempting to replicate the “live event” model that WWE made so successful over the decades.
The show was main evented by Darby Allin vs The Butcher, but the biggest match on the card saw Takeshita wrestle his first match in AEW.
At “The House Always Wins”, Konosuke Takeshita teamed with The Elite (Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Michael Nakazawa) to take on Death Triangle and The Sydals in a ten-man tag team match.
While we cannot watch the match (as it was untelevised), reports indicate that The Elite lost the match after a fantastic 12-minute bout.
Takeshita wrestled two matches on AEW Dark Elevation after the bout, before returning to Japan for a year.
His first televised appearance came one year later, in May 2022. He challenged Jay Lethal to a match on AEW Rampage, marking his first appearance at a non-Youtube show or house show event.
The fans were not very familiar with Takeshita, with DDT not being a well-known promotion in the US. However, they soon took the Japanese star into their hearts after his wonderful performance against the ROH and TNA legend.
Despite putting up a valiant effort, Takeshita was pinned by Jay Lethal after interference from Sonjay Dutt and after being hit by a Lethal Injection.
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