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November 17, 1976 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Bret KikuHart
Ebedullah the Butcher
Jyushin Thunder Ebesga
|Billed height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed weight||111 kg (245 lb)|
|Debut||May 14, 1994|
Mitsunobu Kikuzawa (菊澤 光信 Kikuzawa Mitsunobu?), better known as his wrestling persona Kikutaro (菊タロー Kikutarō?) and formerly Ebessan (えべっさん Ebessan?), is a freelance Japanese professional wrestler primarily competing for Kensuke Office, Osaka Pro Wrestling and Wrestle-1. Though best known for wrestling under a mask, he also regularly works unmasked under the ring name Kikuzawa (stylized in all capital letters), representing Tokyo Gurentai. Kikuzawa has also made appearances in North America, competing in promotions such as Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and Ring of Honor (ROH).
Kikuzawa started his wrestling career in 1994, wrestling under his birth name for Japanese hardcore wrestling promotions including FMW and W*ING. He was only a jobber and never made much of a name for himself at this stage in his career. Kikuzawa eventually signed with Osaka Pro Wrestling and Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), where he continued to use his real name while competing for DDT, but began wearing a mask while wrestling for Osaka Pro as a character named Ebessan (based on Ebisu, the Japanese god of good fortune); using comedic spots to get over with the crowd, Kikuzawa was immediately accepted by the Osaka Pro crowd. Moving up the ranks quickly in the comedic promotion, he soon made Osaka Pro his full-time home in 2001. He became well known for his rivalry with Kuishinbo Kamen, the two having many fun and comedic matches. They even worked as a tag team from time to time.
In 2006, he began competing for All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he continues to work primarily to this day. He often wrestles in the opening match, but occasionally teams with Keiji Mutoh.
In 2009, he gave away his Ebessan character to a regular Osaka Pro wrestler. He now competes freelance as his sole character, Kikutaro.
In December 2016, Kikutaro moved from Japan to the United States. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kikuzawa has been known to do tributes to many wrestlers throughout his career, either through subtle imitations or by doing full imitations of their gimmick. He typically includes a tribute to Keiji Mutoh in his matches by performing Mutoh's signature elbow drop and Shining Wizard, as well as using Mutoh's "love" pose. Kikuzawa has also done many tributes to wrestlers in "borrowing" their gimmicks by dressing in similar attire and performing their signature moves. Kikuzawa has famously imitated Stan Hansen, Abdullah the Butcher, Jushin Thunder Liger, Keiji Mutoh, Triple H, Bret Hart, Cactus Jack, Bill Goldberg, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair and Yuji Nagata.
- Finishing moves
- Kaiun Tornado (Corkscrew moonsault)
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- El Mejor de Máscara Championship
- NGF Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- Ultimate Superstars Action
- USA World Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Hulk Puchihogan
- 東京愚連隊興行 4･4新宿Face大会 【東京世界ヘビー級】望月成晃vs田中稔 ドリー・ファンクJr＆藤原喜明＆高木三四郎＆真田聖也vsNosawa＆Mazada＆Fujita＆Kikuzawa. Battle News (in Japanese). 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
- "U・S・A～Ultimate Superstars Action～Stargate2013". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "魔界が新章「魔界呪恋歌」編に突入！生きていた鶴姫！武吉の娘を連れ去った純友と藤太！夕顔の窮地を救ったのは…". Battle News (in Japanese). 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
- 東京愚連隊12.1後楽園大会 Nosawa20周年記念／マスカラス＆ドリー＆カブキ＆船木vs.論外＆藤原＆Cima＆カズ、Mazadavs.望月の東京世界ヘビー級戦. Battle News (in Japanese). 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-01.