The world of profesional wrestling is full of talented stars but unfortunately, deaths can occur at any time in the industry no matter what. It is with a heavy heart that we report that former AJPW star Yutaka Yoshie has passed away at age 50.

All Japan Pro Wrestling’s official Twitter account took to the social media platform and announced that he had passed away on March 10th. It was noted that after returning to the waiting room after a match, he was rushed to a hospital in Takasaki City, but he never returned home.

[Obituary] Notice of the passing of Yutaka Yoshie”

”Yutaka Yoshie, who was participating in the Takasaki tournament held today, passed away on March 10, 2024. After Yutaka Yoshie returned to the waiting room after the game, his condition suddenly deteriorated and he was rushed to a hospital in Takasaki City, but he never returned home. We would like to remember Yutaka Yoshie’s achievements during his lifetime and pray for his soul to rest in peace. All Japan Pro Wrestling


Yutaka Yoshie joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s dojo in February 1994. He made his professional wrestling debut on December 9, 1994, against Satoshi Kojima. Unfortunately, Yoshie broke his leg in only his second match, sidelining him until December 1995. Over the years in NJPW, he wrestled in various matches, including a notable victory in 2003 when he teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

Despite his achievements, Yoshie faced setbacks, including a departure from NJPW in January 2006 to become a freelancer. In his freelance career, he competed in promotions such as Pro Wrestling Zero1 and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), where he won titles like the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship with Steve Corino and the AJPW World Tag Team Championship with Akebono.

Yutaka Yoshie’s journey extended to Pro Wrestling Noah, Muga World Pro Wrestling, and even a return to NJPW in 2008. His career showcased versatility, adapting to various wrestling styles, including a brief stint as Pink Strong Machine in NJPW.

Yoshie continued wrestling into the 2010s, achieving success in tag teams with Akebono and Shogun Okamoto. He won the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship again in 2018. Yutaka Yoshie’s contributions spanned multiple promotions, showcasing his resilience, adaptability, and success in the world of professional wrestling.

We here at Ringside News would like to offer our deepest condolences to Yutaka Yoshie’s loved ones and peers during this sad time.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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