The lights go out completely and a lone white spotlight shines down onto the stage. Red lights shine upwards, illuminating the fog as it rolls in. An older Japanese man walks out onto the stage wearing dark robes emblazen with gold Japanese symbols outlined in burgundy, and a matching Toppai jingasa hat. He is followed by four women, each wearing similar robes. Though the man travels slowly towards the ring, the women stand at four equidistant spots around the circle formed by the spotlight. From the back emerges Katsuro Yoshida, wearing a similar dark robe, though his has white stitch detailing, making it far more ornate. He is not wearing a hat like the others, but rather his robe comes up over his head as a hood which blocks a large portion of his face.
Coming out behind him is his long-time British business partner and advocate, Kevin Oppenheimer, wearing his blonde hair spiked up, dark sunglasses which reflect like a mirror, and a suit which coordinates very nicely with that of the other individuals on the stage, the dark fabric utilized for his pants and jacket and tie, and a deep burgundy-colored shirt. Embroidered into the left breast pocket portion of his jacket is the symbol for the WorldWide Bushido Buntai. A huge grin on his face, Oppenheimer stands next to the legendary Katsuro Yoshida, then pats him on the shoulder and then follows two steps behind him as they make their way to the ring, following the spiritual leader who is already en route, the four women following behind Oppenheimer.
Upon reaching the ring, the spiritual leader waits outside the ring while the women and Oppenheimer follow Katsuro Yoshida into the ring. Oppenheimer looks out over the crowd as the women help disrobe Katsuro Yoshida, who is wearing loose-fitting dark pants underneath which coordinate perfectly with his dark robe. They exit the ring, and then after smacking Katsuro Yoshida in the chest with two open-handed strikes to help awaken the legend to the time of combat, Oppenheimer exits the ring as well.
- Way of the Samurai [Double Underhook Belly to Back Suplex into the Cattle Mutilation]
- Fisherman's Brainbuster
- Falling Headbutt from the Top Rope to the Sternum or Spine
The early portion of his career was spent in Japan, the most successful in-ring competitor in Japan’s legendary group, Bushido Buntai (Japanese term meaning “Group who follow the Samurai Code”). Along with a heralded young junior heavyweight Osamu Hayashi, spritual leader Shinya Nori brought Katsuro Yoshida and The Bushido Buntai to the United States when they joined the “LEGACY” wrestling promotion.
When Osamu Hayashi got seriously injured in a tag team ladder match, Katsuro Yoshida forged a friendship with British competitor Kevin Oppenheimer, which lead to the formation of the organization known as The Worldwide Bushido Buntai. What started as a tag team eventually grew into something of a business venture, with the three competitors venturing into hotbeds of wrestling both inside and outside of the United States, including Japan, Canada, Mexico and Europe, seeking out great competitors in whom to invest and cultivate.
The attention now turns towards EWA. With lingering, chronic injuries plaguing Kevin Oppenheimer and threatening to force him into retirement, and Osamu Hayashi spending his time in the upper echelon of a promotion outside the United States, Katsuro Yoshida is the lone competitor from WWBB seeking to have success in the EWA.
* denotes a guest appearance in someone else’s RP
On the Approach / A Call is Made (12.12.17)
The Keen (11.7.17)
World Wide (9.23.17)