Koji Kanemoto - Pro Wrestler Profile
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On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Koji Kanemoto, 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.

Kōji Kanemoto (金本 浩二) (born Kim Il-Sung (김일성)) was born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan on October 31, 1966, and he is currently 57 years old.

He is currently working for Independent promotions, under the ring name of Koji Kanemoto.

Currently, he is a member of the team of Junior Stars (with Minoru Tanaka).

He is the namesake of the Koji Clutch, though he never used the move variant popularized in the West himself.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Kōji Kanemoto (金本 浩二) (born Kim Il-Sung (김일성))
  • Ring Names
    • Koji Kanemoto ( October 21, 1994 - Present)
    • Tiger Mask (III) ( February 25, 1994 - October 20, 1994)
    • Koji Kanemoto ( January 5, 1994 - February 24, 1994)
    • Tiger Mask (III) ( July 13, 1993 - January 4, 1994)
    • King Lee ( January 31, 1993 - July 12, 1993)
    • Tiger Mask ( March 1, 1992 - May 3, 1993)
    • Koji Kanemoto ( November 6, 1990 - January 30, 1993)
  • Born October 31, 1966 (age 57)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan, Nationality: South KoreaSouth Korea
  • Birth Place Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
  • Weight
    • 176 lbs (80 kg)
  • Nicknames Fighting Chief
  • Notes He is the namesake of the Koji Clutch, though he never used the move variant popularized in the West himself.

Career History

  • Roles
    • Wrestler ( November 6, 1990 - Present)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion INDY March 6, 2011 Present
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH October 14, 2018 January 26, 2019
    Promotion DDT Pro-WrestlingDDT February 14, 2018 June 3, 2018
    Promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1ZERO1 December 10, 2016 September 30, 2017
    Promotion Westside Xtreme WrestlingWXW March 10, 2017 March 12, 2017
    Promotion Big Japan Pro WrestlingBJW August 21, 2014 December 23, 2014
    Promotion Wrestle-1WRESTLE 1 September 8, 2013 July 6, 2014
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW September 11, 2011 June 30, 2013
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight January 4, 1995 December 14, 2011
    Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH August 22, 2010 December 24, 2010
    Promotion Dragon GateDRAGON GATE January 23, 2009 March 22, 2009
    Promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1ZERO1 January 1, 2008 May 25, 2008
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW November 2, 1995 December 27, 1995
    Promotion Lucha Libre AAA WorldwideAAA February 25, 1994 June 20, 1994
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight July 3, 1993 January 4, 1994
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight March 1, 1992 December 14, 1992
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Young Lions November 6, 1990 February 28, 1992
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Tweener March 10, 2003 Present
    Heel October 8, 2001 March 9, 2003
    Tweener October 21, 1994 October 7, 2001
    Face March 1, 1992 October 20, 1994
    Tweener November 6, 1990 February 28, 1992
  • Images History
    Sep 2023
    Sep 2023
    Dec 2021
    Dec 2021
    Oct 2018
    Oct 2018
    Sep 2011
    Sep 2011
    Jun 2004
    Jun 2004
    Oct 2001
    Oct 2001
    Jan 1997
    Jan 1997
    Oct 1994
    Oct 1994
    Feb 1994
    Feb 1994
    Jan 1994
    Jan 1994
    Jul 1993
    Jul 1993
    Jan 1993
    Jan 1993
    Mar 1992
    Mar 1992
    Nov 1990
    Nov 1990

  • Finishers
    • Ankle Lock ( October 8, 2001 - Present)
    • Tiger Suplex ( March 1, 1992 - October 7, 2001)
    • Moonsault ( November 6, 1990 - October 7, 2001)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song “Jaguar ’13” by Michiya Haruhata - Single ( January 1, 2013 - Present)
    • Theme Song “The Way of the Ring” (Instrumental) by Dale Oliver - with Minoru Tanaka/TNA - Team ( July 4, 2014 - July 4, 2014)
    • Theme Song “GOLD” by Tripolithm - Single ( November 7, 2010 - December 14, 2011)
    • Theme Song “Jaguar '08” by Michiya Haruhata - Single ( May 6, 2009 - November 6, 2010)
    • Theme Song “Bring It Back + HIGH ENERGY” (Mashup) by Zin with Masashi & Julia Claris - with Hiroshi Tanahashi - Team
    • Theme Song “Tears In Rainbow” by Tube - NJPW - Single
    • Theme Song “Bring It Back” by Zin with Masashi - NJPW/TEAM2000 - Team
    • Theme Song “Semete Konya Wa” by Eikichi Yazawa - NJPW - Single
    • Theme Song “Junction ~Whirlwind~” by NJP Unit - NJPW - Single
    • Theme Song “Yokahama” by Steve Everitt - WCW - Single ( December 27, 1995 - December 27, 1995)
    • Theme Song “Let's Go Tiger” by Osamu Suzuki - as Tiger Mask - Single
    • Theme Song “Cobra Negra / In Venice” by Bernd Steidl - as Tiger Mask - Single
    • Theme Song “Omae Wa Tora Ni Nare” by Muramatsu Toru - as Tiger Mask - Single
    • Theme Song “Dog Fight” by Flame - NJPW - Single
    • Theme Song “Quick As Lightning” by Kenji Kawai - NJPW - Single

Titles & Accomplishments

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling

      4 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (1 with Minoru Tanaka, 1 with Jushin Thunder Liger, 1 with Wataru Inoue, 1 with El Samurai)
    • 1 UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship

    All Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 2 All Asia Tag Team Championship (with Minoru Tanaka)

    Pro Wrestling Noah

    • 1 GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Tiger Mask IV)

    4 Front Wrestling

    • 1 4FW Junior Heavyweight Championship

    Apache Pro-Wrestling Army

    • 1 WEW Heavyweight Championship

    Chō Sentō Puroresu FMW

    • 1 FMW World Street Fight 8-Man Tag Team Championship (with with Black Tiger V, Black Tiger VII & Great Tiger)

    Pro Wrestling Zero1

    • 1 NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship (with Minoru Tanaka)

    VKF Pro-Wrestling

    • 1 VKF King of Wrestle Naniwa Championship
  • Other Accomplishments
    • NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Winner (1998, 2002, 2009)
    • NJPW National District Tournament Winner (2006 - with Shinsuke Nakamura)
    • NJPW Super J Tag Tournament Winner (2010 - with El Samurai)
    • NJPW Outstanding Performance Award (2002)
    • NJPW Tag Team Best Bout Award (2003 - with Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kotaro Suzuki and Naomichi Marufuji on June 10)
    • WON Most Outstanding Wrestler (1998)
    • 24° in PWI 500 (2003)

Relations

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