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Masahiro Chono


Acrylic and acrylic paint marker on 24″ x 24″ wood

Masahiro Chono has been dominating the Japanese wrestling scene for almost as long as I’ve been alive. He debuted in 1984 against Keiji Mutoh, aka The Great Muta for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Three years later he defeated Shinya Hashimoto to win the coveted Young Lions Cup. Following this major win he went on to wrestle in Europe, for the National Wrestling Association in the USA (including right here in Kansas City), Canada and Australia. He returned to NJPW in 1988, and the next year had a notable match agains Big Van Vader in a championship tournament, which saw Vader take the win. He also teamed with Shinya Hashimoto to face Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi. At the end of the year he had the great honor of facing the legendary Lou Thesz in his 74 year-old mentor’s last match.

In 1992 Chono won the G1 Climax tournament to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He held the title until January of 1993, losing it to The Great Muta. Following this he slowly turned heel and began partnering with Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Hiro Saito as ‘Team Wolf’, creating the Japanese wing of the New World Order, with Chono as the leader. He went on to join the American nWo in World Championship Wrestling in 1996, where he had a notable match against Bill Goldberg that reportedly turned into a shoot. In 2003 he briefly worked for Pro Wrestling NOAH, having notable matches against Kenta Kobashi and Hulk Hogan. In 2004, back in New Japan, he headed factions such as Black New Japan and the Anti-Choshu Army. In 2005 he set a record by winning his fifth G1 Climax tournament. In 2013 he signed with All Japan Pro Wrestling as an advisor, still competing in sporadic matches.

About the piece: I laid down some acrylic paint for the background and mixed the various colors into one-another. Once that dried, I brought in the swirls of color with acrylic paint markers, then painted in the figure with acrylics. On top of the figure I put in a few more swirls of color to balance the piece out.

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