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Manabu Nakanishi

Full name: Manabu Nakanishi
Original name: 中西 学
Other name(s): Kurasawa
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born: January 22, 1967 in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Manabu Nakanishi was a top amateur wrestler for Japan. In addition to his 1992 Olympic appearance, he competed at the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, the 1987 and 1992 Asian Championships, and the 1990 Asian Games. His only international podium was a bronze medal at the 1992 Asian Championship in the 100 kg. freestyle. Shortly after the Barcelona Olympics, Nakanishi débuted as a professional with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He later moved to North America with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), wrestling as Kurasawa, as part of the Stud Stable led by Colonel Robert Parker.

Nakanishi returned to Japan in 1996, and had moved up in class, but always seemed to lose the main event when he would wrestle for a singles title. He formed a popular tag team with Takao Omori called Wild Child, and together they won the International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) Tag Team title in late 2006. In May 2009 Nakanishi finally won a professional singles title, pinning Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but lost it a month later to Tanahashi. In 2011 Nakanishi sustained a spinal cord injury during a bout, resulting temporary paralysis, but he recovered and returned to wrestling in 2012.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Japan JPN AC

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE CP MR
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Japan JPN Final Standings AC 1992-08-03 Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Japan JPN Group A - Round Two 7T 1992-08-03 1,0
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Japan JPN Group A - Round Two Match #1 2 1992-08-03 Kim (KOR) decision (8-1), Nakanishi (JPN) 1,0
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Japan JPN Group A - Round One 6T 1992-08-03 0,0
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Wrestling Japan JPN Group A - Round One Match #1 2 1992-08-03 Aavik (EST) fall (3:03), Nakanishi (JPN) 0,0