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Kimura Kengo
Ring name(s) Kimura Kengo
Pak Choo
Kimura Takashi
Kimura Seiei
Real name Kimura Seiei
Nickname(s) Inazuma Senshi (Lightning Warrior)
Billed height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 107 kg (240 lb; 16.8 st)
Born 1953/9/4 (1953-09-04) (age 60)
Niihama, Ehime
Shishō Sakaguchi Seiji
Antonio Inoki
Debut 1972/8/2
Retired 2003/3/23

Kimura Seiei (木村 聖裔?) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Kimura Kengo (木村 健悟?) and many years in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

His wife, Yōko, is an elected member of the Meguro Ward District Council in Tōkyō.

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Career

Japan Wrestling Association (1972-1973)

After a short career of less than year in ōzumō as "Kimurayama", Kimura joined Japan Pro-Wrestling Association in 1972/1. He his professional wrestling debut was on 1972/8/2, under the name Kimura Takashi in Kagoshima where he faced Satō Akio.

On 1973/2/8, Sakaguchi Seiji, Kimura's shishō who was also one of the top stars of JWA, announced the merge of JWA and New Japan. However, Ōki Kintaro announced on 2/16 that he decided to keep JWA "alive" and the plan of the merge was dropped. In 1973/4, Sakaguchi and his deshi, including Kimura and Ozawa Masashi, left JWA to join New Japan.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1973-2003)

In 1974, Kimura won the third place in the 1st Karl Gotch Cup League under Fujinami Tatsumi and Ozawa. He won the second place in the 2nd (1975) and 3rd (1976) Karl Gotch Cup.[1]

In 1978/6, Kimura was sent 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 Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship on 1978/7/15. He would also hold the Caribbean Tag Team Championship with Kengō Arakawa and the WWC World Tag Team Championship along with Hiro Sasaki. On 1978/12/8, Kimura, while wrestling in Mexico as "Pak Choo", won the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship from El Faraón. He held the title until 1979/4/30, when he lost it to Alfonso Dantés.[2]

Kimura returned to New Japan in 1980. He quickly won the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship by defeating Bret Hart on 7/23 for the vacant title. Kimura held the title until 1980/10/3 when he lost the belt to Chavo Guerrero. Kimura also had a feud with Fujinami over WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.

In 1980/11, Kimura teamed with his rival Fujinami to participate in the first Madison Square Garden Tag Team League. Out of the nine teams, they were ranked sixth.

Fujinami moved up to the heavyweight division in 1981/10. In 1982, Kimura also graduated from the junior heavweight division. He challenged Fujinami for the WWF International Heavyweight Championship on 12/19 but lost the match.[3]

On 1985/5/4, Kimura & Fujinami won the revived WWF International Tag Team Championship when they defeated Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis. The title was vacated 1985/10/31 when the working agreement between New Japan and WWF was terminated.[2] New Japan decided to create their own tag team title, the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Kimura and Fujinami won the tournament to crown the first ever IWGP Tag Team title defeating Antonio Inoki and Sakaguchi Seiji in the tournament final. On 1986/8/5, Kimura and Fujinami lost the title to Maeda Akira and Kido Osamu. The duo regained the title only 49 days later, but vacated the belts in 1987/2, when the team split up.

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 1988/1/18, Kimura and Fujinami reunited to win the IWGP Tag Team titles from Yamazaki Kazuo and Fujiwara Yoshiaki. The teams third reign ended on 1988/6/10, with the two not winning the title again until approximately nine years later when they defeated Tenzan Hiroyoshi and Chōno Masahiro on 1997/1/4. Later that year Kimura teamed up with Ishikawa Takashi to capture Big Japan Pro-Wrestling's inargual BJW Tag Team Championship.

While teaming regularly with Fujinami, Kimura also continuously challenged his long-time rival and tag team partner. On 1987/1/14, Kimura faced Fujinami on a one-match card at Kōrakuen Hall with Ueda Umanosuke as special referee.[3] Fujinami defeated Kimura by submission, and the long feud ended.

Between 1992 and 1999, Kimura was part of the Heisei Ishingun stable.

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 2003/3/23 where he wrestled Nishimura Osamu to a time limit draw in a European Rules match. Kimura would resign from New Japan in 2006.

Since his official retirement, Kimura has only made one or two "special appearances" in the wrestling ring, including a reunion with Heisei Ishingun members Aoyagi Masashi, Kobayashi Kuniaki, and Gotō Tatsutoshi in 2009.

Titles

References

  1. ^ "ゴッチ杯争奪戦 (Karl Gotch Cup)". ミック博士の昭和プロレス研究室 (Dr. Mick's Shōwa Puroresu Research Room). 
  2. ^ a b The Wrestler Best 1000. Nippon Sports Publishing. 1996. 
  3. ^ a b 日本プロレス40年史 (40-year History of Japanese Pro-Wrestling). Nippon Sports Publishing. 1995. 

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