|Birth name||Yoshikuni Kimura|
February 15, 1977|
|Died||October 6, 2010(aged 33)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Gran Naniwa
|Billed height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Billed weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|Trained by||Great Sasuke|
|Debut||June 2, 1993|
Yoshikuni Kimura (木村 吉公 Kimura Yoshikuni) (February 15, 1977 – October 6, 2010) was a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Gran Naniwa (愚乱・浪花 Guran Naniwa). Naniwa was known for his comedic gimmick, in which he performed mannerisms of crabs. This was also reflected upon in the design of his wrestling mask.
Professional wrestling career
Naniwa debuted professionally in 1993 in Michinoku Pro Wrestling as a face. He participated in the 1995 Super J-Cup, managing to get to the quarterfinals, but he was later eliminated by eventual winner Jushin Thunder Liger. In the late 1990s, Naniwa competed in the United States for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). He wrestled Gran Hamada in January 1998 at the ECW House Party event. After this, Naniwa took a brief hiatus for a few years but made his return in 2006, again under his Gran Naniwa ring name, competing in a match for New Japan Pro Wrestling's now defunct WRESTLE LAND "brand".
Kimura died on October 6, 2010 due to a heart attack at the age of 33.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Central American Middleweight Championship (1 time)
- "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- 選手名鑑 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
- Caldwell, James (2010-11-21). "Japan News: Japanese pro wrestler Gran Naniwa dies at age 33, briefly wrestled for ECW in 1990s". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "WAR Super J Cup 1995". Puroresu Central. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- Cagematch profile (in German)