Hitoshi Kumano (熊野 準 Kumano Hitoshi?, born in November 22, 1991) is a Japanese professional wrestler who currently works for Pro Wrestling Noah. Through NOAH's working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Kumano competed at the Lions Gate show.
In elementary school, Kumano played PlayStation 2 playing the game "King of Colosseum", we would then became interested in wrestling. Later in High School Kumano entered in wrestling at his school also he was going for business management at this time.
Professional Wrestling CareerEdit
Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-Present)Edit
After graduating from high school, Kumano tried to earn a training spot in the Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH) dojo, and passed the introductory test. He was formally announced as a trainee on December 24, 2012 by an in-ring introduction by Takeshi Morishima. Kumano would make his pre-debut on January 6, 2013 in a battle royal. Kumano would compete in a couple battle royal type matches until his first singles match on February 9, 2013 against Atsushi Kotoge. Kumano would loss to his senior, but he would be the first wrestler to make his professioanl debut in NOAH since Shuhei “Maybach” Taniguchi debuted in 2005.
Later in 2013 Kumano would compete at the Hakata Star Lane Cup Battle Royal but the winner would be Genba Hirayanagi. On May 18 Kumano lost to Daisuke Harada. Harada then hand-picked Kumano as his partner for the 2013 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League, which was contested for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and took place between July 11 and 28. Kumano and Harada ended up losing all four of their matches, failing to advance from their block. On August 24 Kumano and Harada nominated themselves as the next challengers for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. However, on September 16, Harada Kumano and Harada failed to capture the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask.
Kumano wrestled several opening matches during the rest of the year but, as is customary for a rookie in Japanese professional wrestling, lost all of his matches to gain more experience in the company. In 2014 Kumano participated at the NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League alongside Mitsuhiro Kitamiya, with the two finishing last in their block with just one win and two points after they defeated Jinzo and Rocky Lobo. In 2015 following the Suzuki-gun feud with Pro Wrestling Noah, Kumano and Genba Hirayanagi unsuccessfully challenged Suzuki-gun members Taka Michinoku and El Desperado for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship due to Hirayanagi accidentally attacking Kumano. Kumano would then entered in the Global Junior Heavyweight League competing at block A. Kumano would then end the tournament with no points losing all of his matches. On August 19 Kumano participated at the Arukas Cup Six Man Tag Tournament with Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji. The three would make into the semifinals losing to Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka). Later in September Kumano participated at the 2015 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League with Super Crazy. The two would finished the tournament with two points only defeating Kaji Tomato and Shiori Asahi at the first day of the tournament. On Februry 25, 2016 through NOAH's working relationship with the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Kumano competed at the Lions Gate Project 1 show defeating Hirai Kawato. Back in NOAH on May 4 after Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Hajime Ohara to retain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, Kumano confronted the Kanemaru, which led to NOAH granting him his first-ever shot for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. However on May 28 Kumano unsuccessfully challenged Kanemaru for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. In June Kumano would take part in a tournament to enter in the NJPW Super J-Cup but he lost to Yoshinari Ogawa at the first round. On July Kumano and Andy Dalton would take part of the 2016 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League. Kumano and Dalton ended up finishing the tournament with 2 points.
On January 21 Kumano challenged Hajime Ohara into a title match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. Kumano would later defeat Ohara in a predule match. On March 12, Kumano, for the second time in his career, unsuccessfully challenged for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship losing to champion Hajime Ohara. Following the match's conclusion, Ohara stated in a backstage interview that the two would also be joining forces in the tag team division. In this night Kumano debuted a new attire and a new nickname "Growing Bear". On March 25 Kumano and Ohara teamed up the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions XX (Taiji Ishimori and Hi69) face RATEL'S in a two out of three falls eight-man tag team match. During the final moments of the match Kumano and Ohara had miss communication with XX which lead them to losing the match. After the match Kumano and Ohara atacked XX member Taiji Ishimori and challengd them for their titles. Later Noah announced the title match to be on April 22 during the first day of the Global Tag League. On April 7 Kumano and Ohara announced that their team name would be Back Breakers. On April 22 Kumano and Ohara unsuccessfully challenged XX for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. In July Kumano and Ohara took part of the Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League. They would finish the tournament with four wins and three losses, they lost to MAO and Shunma Katsumata at the final day of the tournament costing them a place at the finals.
- Finishing moves
- Kumagatame/Flash Package (Flash Rolling Small Package Hold)
- Fisherman's Suplex Hold
- MN (Argentine backbreaker)
- Torture Camel Clutch - 2013
- Signature moves
- Jumping Crucifix Hold
- Small Package Hold
- Missle Dropkick
- "Growing Bear"
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #366 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
- ↑ "Northern Navig.2013 "方舟新章～心に残るプロレス～"" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. http://www.noah.co.jp/result.php?tour_id=1144. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- ↑ "日テレG+ presents「第7回日テレG＋杯争奪ジュニア・ヘビー級タッグリーグ戦」会見の模様" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. 2013-07-11. http://www.noah.co.jp/news_detail.php?news_id=5296. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- ↑ "『第7回日テレG+杯争奪ジュニア･ヘビー級タッグリーグ戦』" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. http://www.noah.co.jp/league20130714.php. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- ↑ "ライガー、非情マスク剥ぎでGHCJrタッグ初防衛" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. 2013-08-25. http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/sports/fight/headlines/article/20130825-00000000-spnavi_nm. Retrieved 2013-08-24.[dead link]
- ↑ "方舟 Houjouya 2013" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. http://www.noah.co.jp/result.php?tour_id=1175. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. 2013-09-17. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/184803/. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
- ↑ "虎王&シャイニング競演! “天才タッグ”丸藤&武藤が華麗勝利 3月12日(日)横浜文化体育館大会試合後コメント" (in ja). noah.co.jp. http://noah.co.jp/news_detail.php?news_id=9757.
- ↑ http://www.purolove.com/noah/history/ntvcup14.php
- ↑ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. http://www.profightdb.com/pwi-500/2016.html. Retrieved September 1, 2016.