Kengo Kimura

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Kengo Kimura
Born (1953-09-04) September 4, 1953 (age 61)[1]
Niihama, Ehime, Japan[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Takashi Kimura
Pak Choo
Kengo Kimura
Billed height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 107 kg (236 lb)
Trained by Antonio Inoki[1]
NJPW Dojo[1]
Seiji Sakaguchi[1]
Debut August 2, 1972[1]
Retired April 18, 2003

Seiei Kimura (born September 4, 1953) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Kengo Kimura and for his many years working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in Japan.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Japan Wrestling Association (1972-1973)[edit]

Kimura made his professional wrestling debut on August 2, 1972 on a Japan Pro Wrestling card where he faced Akio Sato.[1] In 1973, JWA folded.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1973-1977)[edit]

After JWA folded, Kimura joined New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1973 as a junior heavyweight. He mainly worked on the undercard during this tenure, until he sent to North America on an excursion.

Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre and World Wrestling Council (1977-1980)[edit]

In the late 1970s Kengo Kimura travelled to North America for a "training tour" mainly working in Mexico for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) and in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council (WWC). In WWC Kimura defeated Carlos Colón to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship.[2] He would also hold the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship with Kengo Arakawa.[3] He also held the WWC World Tag Team Championship along with Hiro Sasaki.[4] On December 8, 1978 Kimura, while wrestling as "Pak Choo" won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship from El Faraón. He held the title until April 30, 1979 when Alfonso Dantés defeated him for the title.[5]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1980-2003)[edit]

In 1980 Kimura returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling. He quickly won the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship by defating Bret Hart in a match for the vacant title. Kimura held the title until October 3, 1980 when he lost the belt to Chavo Guerrero.[6]

In the mid-1980s Kimura began teaming with Tatsumi Fujinami on a regular basis. The team won the revived WWF International Tag Team Championship in 1985 when they defeated Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis. The title was vacated a few months later when NJPW decided to create their own Tag Team title, the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[7] Kimura and Fujinami won the tournament to crown the first ever IWGP Tag Team title defeating Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in the finals of the tournament.[8] On August 5, 1986 Kimura and Fujinami were defeated by Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido to win the title.[8] The duo regained the title only 49 days later, but vacated the belts in February, 1987 when the team split up.[8]

In December 1986, Kimura graduated to the heavyweight division. Fujinami focused on winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship while Kimura teamed with various partners in unsuccessful attempts at winning the tag team titles back. On January 18, 1988 Kimura and Fujinami reunited to win the IWGP Tag Team titles from Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.[8] The team's third reign ended on June 10, 1988, with the two not winning the title again until approximately nine years later when they defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono on January 4, 1997.[8] Later that year Kimura teamed up with Takashi Ishikawa to capture Big Japan Pro Wrestling's inargual BJW Tag Team Championship.[9]

In the 1990s, he was part of Shiro Koshinaka's Heisei Ishingun faction, alongside Kuniaki Kobayashi, Akitoshi Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto, Akira Nogami, and Michiyoshi Ohara.

In early 2003 Kengo Kimura announced that he would retire at the end of the "Kengo Kimura Inazuma Countdown Tour". Kimura's retirement match took place on March 23, 2003 where he wrestled Osamu Nishimura to a time limit draw.[10] Since his official retirement Kimura has only made one or two "special appearances" in the wrestling ring.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • Nicknames
  • "Inazuma Senshi"

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
    • Best Tag Team (1993)- with Shiro Koshinaka, Masashi Aoyagi, and Akitoshi Saito[14]
    • Outstanding Performance (1985)[14]
    • Outstanding Performance (1987)- with Tatsumi Fujinami[14]
    • Technique Prize (1980)[14]

Lucha de Apuesta record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Halcón Ortiz Pak Choo Mexico City, Mexico March 2, 1979  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kengo Kimura (b. 1953)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 328–329. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WWC Caribbean Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 325. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WWC World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 324–325. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 389. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 376. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  7. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "WWF International Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "New Japan IWGP Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 373. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Big Japan Pro Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 388. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ "NJPW Strong Energy 2003 - Tag 1" (in German). CageMatch.net. April 18, 2003. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c "Kengo Kimura" (in German). CageMatch.net. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005GD5E/wrestmedia-22
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Americas Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 296–297. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  14. ^ a b c d http://www.purolove.com/tokyosports.php