KENTA / Hideo Itami - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of KENTA / Hideo Itami, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Kenta Kobayashi (小林健太) was born in Sōka, Saitama, Japan on March 12, 1981, and he is currently 43 years old.

He is currently a Wrestler, working for NJPW on the Heavyweight division, under the ring name of KENTA.

Currently, he is a member of the team of Bullet Club.

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)
  • Born March 12, 1981 (age 43)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Sōka, Saitama, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Tokyo, Japan
  • Height 5 ft 9 in (174 cm)
  • Weight
    • 187 lbs (85 kg)
  • Nicknames The International/Japanese Sensation; Black Sun

Career History

  • Roles
    • Wrestler ( March 11, 2000 - Present)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight June 9, 2019 Present
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand 205 Live December 18, 2017 February 22, 2019
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw December 18, 2017 May 29, 2018
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand NXT September 11, 2014 December 17, 2017
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH August 5, 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
    Jan 2023
    Jan 2023
    Jul 2022
    Jul 2022
    Jun 2019
    Jun 2019
    Dec 2017
    Dec 2017
    Sep 2014
    Sep 2014
    Jan 2011
    Jan 2011
    Jan 2009
    Jan 2009
    Jan 2007
    Jan 2007
    Dec 2005
    Dec 2005
    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 IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 IWGP Tag Team Championship (with Chase Owens)
    • 1 NEVER Openweight Championship
    • 2 NJPW Strong 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
    • NJPW New Japan Cup USA Winner (2020)
    • NJPW STRONG Survivor Winner (2023)
    • NXT André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament Winner (2015)
    • 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)
    • ALL Torneo Latino Americano de Lucha Libre Winner (2013)
    • WON Tag Team of the Year (2003, 2004 - with Naomichi Marufuji)
    • WON Best Wrestling Maneuver (2006, 2007 - Go 2 Sleep)
    • Tokyo Sports Best Tag Team Award (2003 - with Naomichi Marufuji)
    • Tokyo Sports Best Bout Award (2006 - vs. Naomichi Marufuji, 29/10)
    • Tokyo Sports Technique Award (2011)
    • Tokyo Sports Outstanding Performance Award (2013)
    • Nikkan Sports Match of The Year Award (2006 - vs. Naomichi Marufuji, 10/29; 2008 - vs. Naomichi Marufuji, 10/25)
    • Nikkan Sports Technique Award (2006, 2007)
    • 22° in the PWI 500 (2013)

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