It looks like 40-year-old former Ring Of Honor World Champion Takeshi Morishima was arrested yesterday for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. The melee reportedly occurred after Morishima refused to pay a taxi fare of 18,000 yen, which is about $159. Yahoo! Japan first reported the news, including that the alleged victim sustained a fractured left cheek along with several other injuries from the attack.
Morishima had begun his professional wrestling career in 1998 before eventually landing a deal working for ROH in 2007. He became the first non-American ROH World Champion when he defeated Homicide for the strap that year. Morishima would hold on to the title for 231 days before dropping it at the “Undeniable” event in October of 2007 to Nigel McGuinness. He also won the GHC Heavyweight Championship three times under Pro Wrestling Noah. Morishima once garnered interest from WWE, who hosted him for several tryout matches but never decided to sign him.
He decided to retire from professional wrestling in 2015 due to several injuries but spoke of a possible comeback as early as July of this year.