Pro Wrestler Profile - KENTA / Hideo Itami

Profile Info

Gender Male
Real Name Kenta Kobayashi (小林健太)
Ring Names
  • KENTA ( February 23, 2019 - Present)
  • Hideo Itami ( September 11, 2014 - February 22, 2019)
  • KENTA ( July 18, 2001 - September 10, 2014)
  • Kenta Kobayashi ( March 11, 2000 - June 9, 2001)
Height 5 ft 9 in (174 cm)
Weight
  • 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born March 12, 1981 (age 40)
Birth Place Sōka, Saitama, Japan
Billed From
  • Tokyo, Japan
Nicknames The International/Japanese Sensation; Black Sun

Career History

Roles
  • Wrestler ( March 11, 2000 - Present)
Companies / Promotions
Promotionfromto
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPW June 9, 2019 Present
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWEBrand 205 Live December 18, 2017 February 22, 2019
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWEBrand Raw December 18, 2017 May 29, 2018
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment WWEBrand NXT September 11, 2014 December 17, 2017
Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH August 6, 2000 May 17, 2014
Promotion Ring of HonorROH December 17, 2005 August 15, 2009
Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW March 11, 2000 July 20, 2000
Face / Heel Turns
Alignmentfromto
Heel August 12, 2019 Present
Face December 18, 2017 August 17, 2019
Heel July 26, 2017 December 17, 2017
Face February 9, 2013 July 25, 2017
Heel January 29, 2011 February 8, 2013
Face March 11, 2000 January 28, 2011
Images
Jun 2019
Jun 2019
Dec 2017
Dec 2017
Sep 2014
Sep 2014
Mar 2000
Mar 2000
Finishers
  • GTS - Go to Sleep - Fireman's Carry into a Knee Lift ( January 1, 2015 - Present)
  • Busaiku he no Hizageri / Busaiku Knee Kick - Running Single Leg High Knee ( June 9, 2019 - Present)
  • Sakura Knee Strike / Go to Sleep '18 - Inverted Facelock into a Three-quarter Facelock Facebreaker Knee Smash ( February 6, 2018 - February 22, 2019)
  • Shotgun Kick - Running Single Leg Front Dropkick ( January 1, 2015 - June 29, 2016)
  • Diving Double Foot Stomp ( September 11, 2014 - December 31, 2014)
  • Spinning Roundhouse Kick to a kneeling opponent ( September 11, 2014 - December 31, 2014)
  • Go 2 Sleep - Fireman's Carry into a Knee Lift ( March 11, 2000 - May 17, 2014)
  • Busaiku he no Hizageri / Busaiku Knee Kick - Running Single Leg High Knee ( March 11, 2000 - May 17, 2014)
  • Game Over - Omoplata Crossface ( January 29, 2011 - May 17, 2014)
Theme Songs
  • Theme Song "Cicatriz" by Kamixlo - Single ( June 9, 2019 - Present)
  • Theme Song "Shot 'Em" by [Q]Brick - with Bullet Club - Team ( August 12, 2019 - Present)
  • Theme Song "Tokiwakita (Time Has Come)" by CFO$ - Single ( September 11, 2014 - February 22, 2019)
  • Theme Song "Rey Misterio Jr. Jam (Instrumental)" by Ill Harmonics - Single ( December 17, 2005 - August 15, 2009)
  • Theme Song "Enio" by SebastiAn - Single ( January 27, 2013 - May 17, 2014)
  • Theme Song "What You Know (Instrumental)" by T.I. - Single ( October 31, 2011 - January 26, 2013)
  • Theme Song "Art & Life" by Twista feat. Young Chris, Memphis Bleek & Freeway - Single ( October 29, 2006 - October 30, 2011)
  • Theme Song "Where the Hood At?" by DMX - Single ( July 18, 2001 - October 28, 2006)
  • Theme Song "No Light Theory" by Brahman - Single ( August 6, 2000 - July 17, 2001)

Titles & Accomplishments

Titles Won

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

  • 1 NEVER Openweight Championship

Pro Wrestling Noah

  • 1 GHC Heavyweight Championship
  • 3 GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • 3 GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 with Naomichi Marufuji, 1 with Taiji Ishimori, 1 with Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  • 1 GHC Tag Team Championship (with Maybach Taniguchi)
Other Accomplishments
  • WWE NXT André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament Winner (2015)
  • NJPW New Japan Cup USA Winner (2020)
  • PW Noah One Day Six Man Tag Team Tournament Winner (2002 - with Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga)
  • PW Noah Differ Cup Winner (2005)
  • PW Noah Nippon TV Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League Winner (2007, 2008 - with Taiji Ishimori; 2010 - with Atsushi Aoki)
  • PW Noah 2 Days Tag Tournament Winner (2011 - with Yoshihiro Takayama)
  • PW Noah Global League Tournament Winner (2012)
  • PW Noah Global Tag League Winner (2013 - with Yoshihiro Takayama)
  • PW Noah Matsumoto Day Clinic Cup Contention Heavyweight Battle Royal Winner (2013)
  • PW Noah Global Tag League Fighting Spirit Award Winner (2014 - with Yoshihiro Takayama)
  • Alianza Latinoamericana de Lucha Libre's Torneo Latino Americano de Lucha Libre Winner (2013)
  • Tokyo Sports' Best Tag Team Award Winner (2003 - with Naomichi Marufuji)
  • Tokyo Sports' Best Bout Award Winner (2006 - vs. Naomichi Marufuji, 29/10)
  • Tokyo Sports' Technique Award Winner (2011)
  • Tokyo Sports' Outstanding Performance Award Winner (2013)
  • 22° in the PWI 500 (2013)

Relations

Tag Teams & Stables
  • Bullet Club - Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Chris Bey, El Phantasmo, EVIL, Gedo, Hikuleo, Jado, SHO, Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa / Camacho, Dick Togo, Yujiro Takahashi ( August 12, 2019 - Present)
  • No Mercy - Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Genba Hirayanagi, Yoshihiro Takayama, Takashi Sugiura. Maybach Taniguchi, Maybach Taniguchi Jr./Suwa, Daisuke Harada ( March 5, 2011 - May 25, 2014)
  • Disobey - Muhammad Yone, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Genba Hirayanagi ( January 29, 2011 - March 5, 2011)
  • KENTA & Taiji Ishimori - Taiji Ishimori ( May 19, 2006 - January 23, 2011)
  • KENTA & Atsushi Aoki - Atsushi Aoki ( September 13, 2010 - December 2, 2010)
  • KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji - Naomichi Marufuji ( March 1, 2003 - May 24, 2008)
  • Burning - Kenta Kobashi, Tamon Honda, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Sternness, Takeshi Rikio ( August 6, 2000 - July 1, 2006)
  • KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji - Naomichi Marufuji ( July 18, 2001 - November 30, 2001)

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