|Kawato in July 2017|
Professional wrestling career Edit
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016-present) Edit
Kawato started wrestling for NJPW in 2016 and has been with the company since then. He started by training as a "young lion" in NJPW's dojo, becoming a part of their Junior heavyweight division. Kawato has competed in over sixty matches for NJPW and competes against fellow junior heavyweights such as David Finlay Jr. and Gedo.
On February 9, 2017, Kawato tag teamed with Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Yuji Nagata to defeat the team of Henare, Tomoyuki Oka and Yoshi Tatsu in a six man tag team match. On June 2, Kawato was involved in his first big match when he teamed with Hiroshi Tanahashi against Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi. In October Kawato participited in the 2017 Super Jr. Tag Tournament teaming with KUSHIDA losing to Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh).
In wrestling Edit
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Rolling elbow
- Surfboard stretch
- Spine buster
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #478 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- ↑ "Yohei Komatsu vs. Hirai Kawato (NJPW – 01/03/16)" (in en-US). crossarmbreaker.com. http://www.crossarmbreaker.com/yohei-komatsu-vs-hirai-kawato-njpw-010316/.
- ↑ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Matches « Hirai Kawato « Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=16612&page=4.
- ↑ "Lion's Gate Project8" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/card_result/115716.
- ↑ "Lion's Gate Project9" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/card_result/117744.
- ↑ Charlton, Chris (23 October 2017). "Milano references Kawato's kick is a homage to Devitt (the Dreamcast) #njpst" (in en). @reasonjp. https://twitter.com/reasonjp/status/922424837527650304.
- ↑ "Clamping down on waki-gatame". www.judocrazy.com. http://www.judocrazy.com/2016/01/clamping-down-on-waki-gatame.html.
- ↑ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2017.html. Retrieved September 8, 2017.