(NOAH) Former professional wrestler Akira Taue, stomach cancer & rehabilitation through total removal surgery.

27th August 2018

In the 1990s, before Pro-Wrestling Noah which started in 2000, together with the "The Four Heavenly Kings", Akira Taue with Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada and Kenta Kobashi in All Japan were dominant. Akira Taue (57) is the subject of today.
He retired five years ago, but what is he doing now?

"Stomach cancer was found in March of this year, and I had total surgery on April 16th. I have been living quietly and doing rehabilitation now"

Mr. Taue? You had cancer?

Taue says he can now eat steak, he has to eat lightly though, and he lost a lot of weight about 100 kgs or so.

The reporter met with Taue at his Steak House in Ibaraki prefecture in the Tsukuba City suburbs. He runs the "Steak Izakaya Champ" with his older sister and wife, Kiyomi.

"How did you find out about the cancer?"

"First I fained with anemia at a friends house on March 1st, and again on the 2nd and had six stitches in my head. I fainted at home and was taken to hospital by ambulance. On examination there was a puncture on the stomach ulcer which caused massive bleeding. It was severe with a "possibility of hemorrhagic shock leading to death". It required 5 blood packs of 400cc. A biopsy was done, and stomach cancer was found. The doctor said it was malignant and there was no way to save the whole stomach. I remember thinking "I cannot believe it, maybe I was dreaming because I had been drinking Shōchū*."

He had surgery on the 16th April, and conserved his physical strength for recovery. Although the surgery went well, he was hospitalised for two weeks.

"There seems to be no metatastis, I recieve periodic examinations and take care of what I eat. However, I cannot stop drinking Shōchū, so I am considering drinking it a little bit at dinner. Ha ha!"

*Shōchū is a spirit distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, or rice, though it is sometimes produced from other ingredients such as brown sugar, buckwheat or chestnut. Typically shōchū contains 25% alcohol by volume, which is weaker than whisky or standard-strength vodka but stronger than wine and sake. 

Noah President cuts his salary

Akira Taue was born in Chichibu, Saitama, participated in sumo during his High School days and entered the Oshiogawabe Sumo stable in the third semester without graduating. His sumo debut took place in January 1980 when he debuted under his real name, after that he changed his name to "Tamakirin", but left in the early summer of 1987. He says that due to his physical strength, he considered becoming a truck driver, but he was introduced to Genichiro Tenryu and went into professional wrestling. He joined All Japan in January 1988, debuted in a tag match alongside Giant Baba, and became tag champion with Jumbo Tsuruta in March 1992. Taue said his most memorable match is when he took the Triple Crown from Misawa on May 24th 1996.

Misawa set up Noah in June 2000. Because it boasted the most popular wrestlers of the day, it opened with a boost of popularity at holding perodical shows at the Nippon Budokan and the Tokyo Dome.

However, on June 13th 2009, Misawa passed away due to an accident during the match, and Taue suceeded as president and had a hard struggle as both a wrestler and company manager.
"The ability to attract customers dropped, and it was hard for business. With the co-operation of the staff and wrestlers, somehow we managed to do it. Sales were down, and I had to cut my salary." (A writer of a pro-wrestling magazine said that it was probably such a cost cutting measure that it was cheaper than having a trainee wrestler).
The champion was also struck with chronic arthymia.

After the years of fighting in the spring of 2013, the doctor advised retirement due to injuries, and he retired at Differ Ariake on December 7th.

"I was president until November 16th and remained a consultant until February last year (2017). Although I am out of Noah, I am not bored as the wrestlers from the company come to dinner, but also fans, some come as far away from Germany."

Link to original article from Yahoo.co.jp (in Japanese)