Strong Kobayashi - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Strong Kobayashi, 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.

Shozo Kobayashi (ストロング小林) was born in Hongō, Tokyo, Japan on December 25, 1940.

He died on December 31, 2021 at the age of 81.

Kobayashi’s "forbidden battle" with Antonio Inoki in 1974 was groundbreaking for putting two top Japanese wrestlers against each other, a move rarely done prior.

Strong Kobayashi was inducted in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the NJPW Greatest 18 Club wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Shozo Kobayashi (ストロング小林)
  • Ring Names
    • Strong Kongô ( November 1, 1982 - December 31, 1995)
    • Strong Kobayashi ( July 30, 1974 - October 16, 1981)
    • The Korean Assassin ( June 10, 1974 - July 29, 1974)
    • Strong Kobayashi ( July 8, 1969 - June 9, 1974)
    • Shozō Kobayashi ( January 3, 1968 - July 7, 1969)
    • Fukumen Taro ( September 21, 1967 - January 2, 1968)
  • Born December 25, 1940
  • Died December 31, 2021 (aged 81)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Hongō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Hongō, Tokyo, Japan ( July 30, 1974 - December 31, 1995)
    • Korea ( June 10, 1974 - July 29, 1974)
    • Hongō, Tokyo, Japan ( July 21, 1967 - June 9, 1974)
  • Height 6 ft 2 in (187 cm)
  • Weight
    • 276 lbs (125 kg)
  • Nicknames Dotō no Kairiki (Raging Super Power)
  • Notes Kobayashi’s "forbidden battle" with Antonio Inoki in 1974 was groundbreaking for putting two top Japanese wrestlers against each other, a move rarely done prior.

Career History

  • Roles
    • Actor ( November 1, 1982 - December 31, 1995)
    • Part Time Wrestler ( March 1, 1992 - March 1, 1992)
    • Wrestler ( July 21, 1967 - October 16, 1981)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight March 1, 1992 March 1, 1992
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight August 29, 1981 October 16, 1981
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF June 12, 1981 July 20, 1981
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight June 23, 1978 February 12, 1981
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF April 4, 1978 June 3, 1978
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight December 12, 1974 March 30, 1978
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP June 9, 1977 June 10, 1977
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF August 3, 1974 November 18, 1974
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPW March 19, 1974 March 19, 1974
    Promotion International Wrestling EnterpriseIWE July 21, 1967 February 1, 1974
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face December 12, 1974 October 16, 1981
    Tweener August 3, 1974 December 11, 1974
    Heel June 10, 1974 August 2, 1974
    Face June 19, 1971 June 9, 1974
    Tweener July 21, 1967 June 18, 1971
  • Images History
    Oct 1981
    Oct 1981
    Jul 1974
    Jul 1974
    Jun 1974
    Jun 1974
    Jul 1969
    Jul 1969
    Jan 1968
    Jan 1968
    Jul 1967
    Jul 1967

  • Finishers
    • Canadian Backbreaker Rack ( July 21, 1967 - March 1, 1992)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Strong Hug" by First Brand - Single ( June 23, 1978 - February 12, 1981)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 1990, NJPW Greatest 18 Club
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 1 Asia Tag Team Championship (with Seiji Sakaguchi)
    • 2 NWA North American Tag Team Championship (with Seiji Sakaguchi)

    International Wrestling Enterprise

    • 2 IWA World Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 IWA World Tag Team Championship (1 with Great Kusatsu, 1 with Haruka Eigen, 1 with Toyonobori)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • Tokyo Sports Best Tag Team Award (1976)
    • Tokyo Sports Fighting Spirit Award (1974)
    • Tokyo Sports Match of the Year Award (1974 - vs. Antonio Inoki on 03/19)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables

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