Taichi was originally an All Japan trainee, but left the promotion with his mentor Toshiaki Kawada. Taichi eventually caught on with New Japan Pro Wrestling, forming a team with Milano Collection A.T.. When Milano was forced to retire at the start of 2010, Taichi decided to take a trip to CMLL to try and reinvent himself.
Taichi started in CMLL on February 16, 2010, saying he'd be in the promotion for five months. He allied with fellow ex-AJPW product Okumura in CMLL's typical evil foreign rudo role.