Pat Tanaka
American professional wrestler
Pat Tanaka
Patrick "Pat" Tanakain Houston, Texas) is a semi-retired American professional wrestler best known for his work in the American Wrestling Association as one half of Badd Company and the World Wrestling Federation as one half of The Orient Express. He is the son of Duke Keomuka.
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Quora: What Are Some Ways To Add Umami to Vegetarian Soups?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Kat Tanaka Okopnik, Gastrotourist Expedition Leader and Marshmallow Maven of LaSoufflant.com Oh, what a great question! Are you using tomato paste in addition to tomatoes? That was actually my first thought. My favorite non-meat umami sources are mushrooms and kombu (dried kelp). What you're looking for is foods high in glutamates. (Yes, the major component of the "evil" MSG - Mono Sodium Glutamate. MSG is a way of adding concentrated umami to your food.) The list includes (in addition to tomatoes) mushrooms, kombu, cabbage, spinach... I often forget how lovely leeks are as the base of a soup. Pasta and/or beans can add to the mouthfeel. My approach on any particular soup would depend greatly on what effect I wanted to approximate - a Japanese dashi, I'd be using a combination of shiitake and kombu; a beef stock, a mirepoix that's been carefully browned; a chicken stock, a less brown mirepoix. A touch of tumeri ...
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Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling debuts tonight on TruTV - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
Powell's POV: Brian Knobbs and Pat Tanaka also took part in the taping of the series. For the season finale, Hogan and Knobbs sat in on commentary that could be heard throughout the building. READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE!
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Wrestling: The 50 Greatest Tag Teams of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond were a tag team in the AWA during the 1980s. They were AWA Tag Team Champions. They later went on to be known as the Orient Express. They feuded with the Midnight Rockers and The Guerreros. They caused havoc in Florida
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Rainbow Café gets new lease on life - Northumberland Today
Google News - over 5 years
Over the past 20 years or so, his sister, Pat Tanaka, has looked after minor maintenance and renting it out. "Pat looked after it while I was in Hong Kong," Crawford says. The one building was rented out to a restaurateur, while the other small
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Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
Pat Tanaka was the referee, and Hogan and Brian Knobbs sat ringside commentating on the house microphones. One pimp guy came out and Hogan said he was the reason the first Mrs. Hogan left. Hogan even said that he hopes the midget gets what Linda has
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Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling taping its season finale on Tuesday - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
The show will feature Hulk Hogan, Pat Tanaka, Brian Knobbs, and the MCW wrestlers. The finale will air on TruTV in October. Powell's POV: Tickets for the event are free and are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Hard Rock Live box
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DOT NET DAILY - ProWrestling.net
Google News - almost 6 years
He worked with Pat Tanaka as in Badd Company in the AWA, and the duo also teamed WWE as the Orient Express. He also worked in WWE as the Max Moon character. -The AWA airs on ESPN Classic tonight at 11:00 pm CT. Once again, there are no matches listed
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pat Tanaka
    FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In August 2006, he began a series of short stints and one-off matches on the North American independent circuit, most recently losing to Ace Perry in March 2014 for Evolution Pro Wrestling in Clarksville, Indiana.
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    In mid-March 2006, Tanaka opened Fighting Spirit Dojo in Minster, Ohio with shoot-fighter Jody Poff.
    More Details Hide Details Poff teaches a group of mixed-martial-artists while Tanaka teaches judo to more than 50 students. Not long after, Tanaka and Poff moved their dojo to St. Marys, Ohio.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    In May 2005, Tanaka lost to Atsushi Miyamoto on an episode of Dory Funk's!Bang!
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 37
    In 2001, Tanaka returned to New Japan as GOKU-DO.
    More Details Hide Details Tanaka also partnered with "High Profile" Dyan Night with his Manager Candilynn Lockhart, The Blonde Geisha, to become known as The New Orient Express.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    In 1999, Tanaka wrestled in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    While Paul Diamond left WCW soon after, Tanaka would continue to appear on WCW programming (as Pat Tanaka) as a "jobber to the stars." In 1996 Tanaka made a few brief appearances as the masked El Gato, most notably against Konnan, who successfully defended the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship against El Gato at Great American Bash 1996 on June 16, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Tanaka notably used the same ring music that would later be the theme of Bill Goldberg.
  • 1994
    Age 30
    Badd Company / The Orient Express finally split up for good by the end of 1994.
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    At The Night the Line was Crossed on February 5, 1994 Tanaka and his one night only partner The Sheik defeated Sullivan and Tasmaniac, unfortunately the team had been stripped of the titles the night before.
    More Details Hide Details When Tanaka was rejoined by Diamond the team lost, once again, to the tag-Team champions when the gold was finally on the line. On March 27, 1994 Badd Company wrestled its last match for ECW, a house show victory over Rockin' Rebel and Pitbull #1. By the time Badd Company wrestled their last match for ECW Tanaka and Diamond had already signed with World Championship Wrestling, Tanaka had even made his on screen debut as Tanaka-San. Paul Diamond showed up with the Kato mask on using the name Haito only days after their last ECW match. The duo reprised their "Orient Express" gimmick but could not use the name since the WWF owned the copyright to it. The two men wrestled a couple of matches together but they never achieved any notoriety in WCW.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    At Holiday Hell 1993 on December 26, 1993 Tanaka defeated Rocco Rock in a "Body Count" match. In early 1994 Badd Company set their sights on ECW Tag Team Champions Kevin Sullivan and The Tasmaniac, defeating them twice in non-title matches.
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    At ECW's next big show Terror at Tabor on November 12, 1993 Badd Company beat the makeshift team of Don E. Allen and Mr. Hughes.
    More Details Hide Details After the match Badd Company called out Public Enemy resulting in an impromptu match between Paul Diamond and Rocco Rock which Diamond won. Public Enemy quickly got revenge on Badd Company as they defeated the duo in a "South Philly hood" match the very next day at November to Remember.
    While doing work for other organizations, Tanaka would make several appearances for the WWF in late 1993 with his martial arts gimmick, losing to the likes of the 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty, and Razor Ramon. He then made a single appearance in November 1994, losing to Doink the Clown. After Paul Diamond also left the WWF the two reunited as Badd Company to work for Eastern Championship Wrestling (the forerunner to Extreme Championship Wrestling) in 1993. The team made their debut at NWA Bloodfest on October 1, 1993 where they beat Bad Breed (Ian and Axl Rotten).
    More Details Hide Details Later in the night Tanaka and Diamond got a shot at the ECW Tag Team Champions, Tony Stetson and Johnny Hotbody. However, Badd Company lost. The next night at NWA Bloodfest: Part 2 Badd Company came up against one of ECW's new creations Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) in one of their very early matches. Later in the show Badd Company and the Public Enemy would clash again, this time in a Three way, Steel cage match that also included Bad Breed; this time Public Enemy were victorious.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    Tanaka missed a number of appearances in 1991 due to the death of his father, Duke Keomuka, although he returned to finish out his WWF contract (which ended in February 1992) by losing a series of singles squash matches.
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    Sato briefly rejoined the team in 1991 to team with Tanaka and Kato for a series of 6-man tag-team matches on WWF house shows, but Sato left the WWF after only a handful of matches together.
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  • 1990
    Age 26
    Tanaka signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1990, where he formed another tag team called The Orient Express with Akio Sato, managed by Mr. Fuji.
    More Details Hide Details While the Orient Express was supposed to represent Japan, both Tanaka and Mr Fuji were born in Hawaii. The Orient Express kicked off a prolonged feud with The Rockers that started at WrestleMania VI, where Sato and Tanaka were victorious via countout. and continued off and on for well over a year. The Orient Express got involved in the Legion of Doom / Demolition feud as Mr. Fuji managed Demolition as well. Demolition was being phased out and the Orient Express began taking on the Legion of Doom instead. The Legion of Doom / Orient Express feud was extremely onesided due to the Legion of Doom’s massive size advantage. After WrestleMania VI, Tanaka and Sato only made two pay-per-view appearances while in the WWF. Firstly at SummerSlam 1990 where the team were defeated by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Nikolai Volkoff. They were then a part of the Sgt. Slaughter led team The Mercenaries (that also included Boris Zhukov. Sato was pinned by Bushwhacker Butch 1:46 into the match and Tanaka was pinned by Tito Santana only moments later, at 2:13 into the match.
  • 1989
    Age 25
    Diamond and Tanaka’s reign ended on March 25, 1989 as they lost to the Olympians (Brad Rheingans and Ken Patera). Shortly after losing their titles they split from Page, and had a short feud against each other before wrestling in singles competition until early 1990.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    The team's first feud was against the Midnight Rockers, whom they defeated for the AWA World Tag Team Championship on March 19, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details During their year-long title reign Badd Company would feud heavily with Chavo and Mando Guerrero and the team known as the Top Guns (Ricky Rice and Derrick Dukes). They faced the team of the Top Guns and Wendi Richter (they teamed with Madusa Miceli) at the only AWA pay-per-view SuperClash III. Both Badd Company’s Tag-Team Title and Wendi Richter’s AWA World Women's Championship were on the line, but since Richter pinned Miceli Badd Company remained the champions.
  • 1987
    Age 23
    While in Memphis Badd Company also won the CWA’s main tag team title, the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship, defeating Jeff Jarrett and Billy Joe Travis on August 8, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They lost it to The Nasty Boys just over a month later. After working as a team for almost a year Badd Company moved on from the CWA to the American Wrestling Association. In the AWA they were given identical ring gear, and were accompanied by flamboyant manager Diamond Dallas Page, who always had a number of valets, known as the Diamond Dolls, with him.
    The third reign with the tag-team titles came on May 9, 1987 when the team beat Mark Starr in a handicap match, but lost them back to Starr and his new tag team partner Billy Joe Travis.
    More Details Hide Details Badd Company had one last run with the International tag team titles as they won the vacant titles on May 25, 1987 and held them until July 6, 1987 where they lost the titles to Bill Dundee and Rocky Johnson (who were the last International tag team champions).
  • 1986
    Age 22
    In late 1986 the tag-team specialist Tanaka was teamed up with Paul Diamond, who was also seen as a tag-team specialist, to form Badd Company, where they held the promotion's tag-team titles four times., a move that paid off pretty soon as the two won the CWA/AWA International Tag Team Championship, beating Tarzan Goto and Akio Sato on December 15, 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The first reign was short lived as The Sheepherders (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) defeated the duo on January 10, 1987. Badd Company quickly regained the titles only to lose them to Tarzan Goto and Akio Sato on February 5, 1987.
    In 1986, Tanaka moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he worked for Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett’s Continental Wrestling Association.
    More Details Hide Details Early on Tanaka teamed with Jeff Jarrett to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship.
  • 1985
    Age 21
    After a year in New Japan, Tanaka started wrestling as a jobber in Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985.
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  • 1984
    Age 20
    Trained by his father, Duke Keomuka, Hiro Matsuda, and the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo, Pat Tanaka debuted in 1984 for NJPW.
    More Details Hide Details During his time there, he wrestled the likes of Keiichi Yamada, Shunji Kosugi, Black Cat, Naoki Sano, Tatsutoshi Goto, Shinichi Nakano, and Hirokazu Hata.
  • OTHER
  • 1961
    Age -3
    Born on August 5, 1961.
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