Konosuke Takeshita, who holds the unique distinction of nearly winning the Rookie of the Year award while still in high school, appeared on tonight's AEW house show in Jacksonville.
Takeshita was in for these tapings while taking a break from Japan and is scheduled on a few more shows. He was at the tapings yesterday and worked but the matches were taped with no fans. Many have talked of him as the best young heavyweight in Japan.
Takeshita, who once had thoughts about going to the Olympics in the decathlon, is one of the top stars of the DDT promotion in Japan, where he's held their top prize, the KO-D Openweight championship, on four occasions.
In 2013, while still in high school, Takeshita was named Rookie of the Year in Japan and lost by four points in the Observer balloting that year to current New Japan star YOH. In 2014, a match with he and Tetsuya Endo vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi was named Japanese independent match of the year. More recently, he's had two high-profile singles matches with Jun Akiyama.