Kazuhiro "Kaz" Hayashi
(born May 18, 1973 in Tokyo, Japan
) is a Japanese professional wrestler
. He is working for All Japan Pro Wrestling
. He is also the head booker for the company's junior division.
For much of his early career, Hayashi wrestled in Michinoku Pro under a mask, using the name Shiryu
(Growing Dragon in Japanese). As Shiryu, he was part of the memorable rudo group, Kaientai Deluxe, which waged war with Michinoku Pro's Sekigun for many years, producing some classic matches. In June, 1997, he left for Mexico and Promo Azteca, before joining WCW in the United States in October of that year.
World Championship Wrestling
After unmasking, Hayashi joined World Championship Wrestling
(WCW) in 1998. Early on, he was relegated to a jobber
and comedy character
. He would be taken under the management
of Sonny Onoo
. In late 1999, Vince Russo
and Ed Ferrara
WCW programs and Hayashi was paired with La Parka
. During interviews
, the two would speak in their native languages which would be humorously dubbed
over by charismatic English speakers, calling him names such as "The Kaz Master" and "Kazanova". This ended shortly when La Parka became upset and tossed the microphone down as Ferrera was speaking.
In mid 2000, Hayashi formed the stable Jung Dragons
along with Jamie-San
. Primarily feuding with 3 Count
, the Jung Dragons consisted of high-flying cruiserweight
talent and gained... Read More