Kenoh in November 2017
Birth name Daisuke Nakae (中栄 大輔, Nakae Daisuke)
Born January 1 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 33)[1]
Tokushima, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Daisuke Nakae
Kanmuriwashi Yoko
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)[2]
Trained By Jinsei Shinzaki
Debut March 2, 2008[2]

  Daisuke Nakae (中栄 大輔, Nakae Daisuke)[3] is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known for his ring name Kenoh (拳王, Kenō).[2] He currently wrestles in Pro Wrestling Noah where he is a former GHC Heavyweight Champion, a former two-times GHC Tag Team Champion and a former two-times GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and the winner 2014 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League and 2017 Global League.

Nakae his also known for his time when he was signed by Michinoku Pro Wrestling, where he was a former three-times Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion and also won the 2010 Futaritabi Tag Team Tournament with Rui Hiugaji

Professional Wrestling CareerEdit

Nakae started training nippon kempo at age of 3, and while in highschool won the championship of his category. Later, in 2003, he was crowned as the youngest All Japan kenpo champion ever, and went to win the contest again in 2006 and 2007. At the time, he was scouted by Jinsei Shinzaki to compete in professional wrestling, an old dream for Daisuke.

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (2007–2015)Edit

Early Career (2007-2009)Edit

Nakae signed with Michinoku Pro Wrestling in 2007, wrestling several exhibitions bouts before officially debuting, under the name of Kenou (ケノウ, Kenōu), against Alexander Otsuka. He spent the year in low-profile matches against fellow trainees Rui Hiugaji and Takayuki Aizawa, and in late 2008 he was sent to Okinawa Pro Wrestling to hone his skills, adopting the name Kanmuriwashi Yoko and the gimmick of an afro kickboxer. This persona was inspired by the famous Japanese boxer Yoko "Kanmuriwashi" Gushiken , who had the same afro hairstyle

Ace of Michinoku Pro Wrestling (2009-2013)Edit

In September 2009, Kenou made his return to Michinoku Pro, introduced by Jinsei Shinzaki as a special ally to counter the shoot-style wrestler Fujita "Jr." Hayato and his heel stable Kowloon. Kenou declined an offer by Great Sasuke of having his redebut match against him, and instead demanded a match against Hayato for the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion, which the champion accepted. Shockingly, Kenoh won and captured the title, and went to enter in a heated feud with Fujita and his stablemates. He slowly became the next ace of the promotion, a place vacated after Yoshitsune's departure. The same year, Kenou and Rui Hiugaji took part in the Michinoku Tag League, beating the teams of Munenori Sawa and Yuta Yoshikawa and Kowloon's Fujita Hayato and Rasse, but they were defeated at the finals by another Kowloon team, Takeshi Minamino and Maguro Ooma. On the individual field, Kenou retained the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight title before Hayato, Minamino and Taro Nohashi, until he lost it to Great Sasuke.

Kenou recaptured the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship from Rui Hiugaji in September 2011. Started 2012, he claimed to have the goal to "change Michinoku Pro," which few understood, but it was all revealed when Taro Nohashi betrayed Fujita Hayato and expelled him from Kowloon, instead bringing Kenou as the new leader. This made Kenou turn heel, adopting a more arrogant persona for himself, and they renamed the stable as Asura, replacing the members who had followed Hayato with Hiugaji. They feuded with Hayato and his remnant group, called Bad Boy. Kenoh and Fujita clashed again, and this time Kenou lost the match and the title, but he retaliated eliminating Bad Boy from the Michinoku Tag League 2012 to win it with stablemate Hiugaji.

In 2013, Kenou pinned Hayato to gain the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship back, but on December 13, he vacated it, announcing his intention of joining Pro Wrestling Noah.[1]

Pro Wrestling Noah (2011, 2015–present)Edit

Junior Heavyweight (2011, 2014-2016)Edit

In 2011, Kenou and Kenbai were sent to compete in Pro Wrestling Noah's NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League, where they got a big victory over heavy favorite team No Mercy (KENTA and Yoshinobu Kanemaru), with Kenoh personally pinning Kenta. They also challenged ANMU (Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki) for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but they were defeated.

Again entering Noah as a MPW representative, Kenou joined the new Choukibou-gun stable in 2014, forming a tag team with stablemate Hajime Ohara.[4] On August 2, 2014, Kenou and Ohara won the 2014 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League by defeating Daisuke Harada and Quiet Storm in the finals.[5] On October 12, Kenou and Ohara defeated Atsushi Kotoge and Taiji Ishimori to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[6] They lost the title to El Desperado and Taka Michinoku on March 15, 2015.[7] On March 28, Kenou signed a contract with Noah, officially ending his affiliation with Michinoku Pro.[8] In 2015 Kenou change his ring name to Kenoh (拳王, Kenō, Fist King) chaging to Katakana to Kanji and spelled h instead of u. On March 19, 2016, Kenoh and Ohara won the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time by defeating Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada.[9] They lost the title back to Kotoge and Harada on April 5.[10]

On July 5, Kenoh defeated Genba Hirayanagi in a four-man tournament final to win one of Noah's three spots in New Japan Pro Wrestling's 2016 Super J-Cup.[11] On July 20, Kenoh defeated Gurukun Mask in his first round match in the tournament.[12] On August 21, he was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA.[13]

Heavyweight (2016-Present)Edit

On December 23 Kenoh and Hajime Ohara faced Takashi Sugiura and Alejandro Saez in a losing effort, after the match Kenoh abandoned Hajime Ohara and stated that KenOhara was finished and that he was tired of being labeled a junior class wrestler when he knows he could compete with the likes of Katsuhiko Nakajima, Naomichi Marufuji, and even Sugiura on a singles level.[14] Kenoh and Ohara wrestled their last match as a team on December 24, defeating Taiji Ishimori and Hitoshi Kumano.[15]

Kenoh's heavyweight debut was on January 7, 2017, in a tag team match where he and partner Masa Kitamiya defeated Akitoshi Saito and Muhammad Yone. Following this match, the pairing made a challenge to GHC Tag Team Championship holders Go Shiozaki and Maybach Taniguchi to a title match.[16] On January 21, Kenoh and Kitamiya defeated Shiozaki and Taniguchi to become the new GHC Tag Team Champions.[17] On February 24, Kenoh turned on Kitamiya forming an alliance with Takashi Sugiura and, in turn, vacating the tag team titles.[18] It was announced that Kenoh and Sugiura would wrestle for the vacant GHC Tag Team Championships against Kitamiya and Muhammad Yone on March 12 at the Great Voyage in Yokohama show.[19] On March 12 at the Great Voyage in Yokohama Kenoh and Sugiura defeated Kitamiya and Yone to become the GHC Tag Team Champions. On April 14 Kenoh and Sugiura lost the belts to Naomichi Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi.

Following a return from Pro Wrestling Zero1 Kenoh, took part of the 2017 Global League in November, winning his block with a record of five wins and one loss and one draw, advancing to the finals of the tournament. On November 19, Kenoh defeated Go Shiozaki in the finals to win the Global League in his first appearance. On December 22, Kenoh defeated Eddie Edwards to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. After three successfull title defenses Kenoh lost the title to his partner Takashi Sugiura on March 11, 2018.

Pro Wrestling Zero1 (2014, 2017)Edit

In 2014 through Pro Wrestling NOAH's working relationship with Pro Wrestling Zero1 Kenou made an appearance in Zero1 teaming with his Choukibou-gun Hajime Ohara and Takeshi Morishima stablemates and they wrestled a match against Daemon-gun's KAMIKAZE, Takuya Sugawara and Daemon Ueda in a no contest.

Kenoh returned to Zero1 in July taking part of Zero1's Fire Festival, where he finished with a record of five wins and two losses and one draw, same as finalist Yusaku Obata, but failed to advance to the finals due to losing to Obata in their head-to-head match. After the reigning World Heavyweight Champion Masato Tanaka defeated Obata to win the tournament, Kenoh challenged Tanaka into a title match. Zero1 the made the official the match setting to be on August 31. During the tournament, Tanaka defeated Kenoh in their match. Later, Kenoh failed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship from Tanaka on August 31, after the match ended in a draw.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • High-speed roundhouse kick to the opponent's head[20]
    • Kebou (Soccer kick)[2] - 2015–2017
    • Ragou (Cross-armed Gory special flipped forward into a sitout powerbomb)[2][21] – 2013–present - Innovated
    • Diving double foot stomp - 2016–present
  • Signature moves
    • Bridging full nelson suplex[22]
    • Helm (Running knee strike to the face of a seated or kneeling opponent)[23] – 2009; parodied from Fujita "Jr." Hayato
    • Sitout suplex slam[24]
  • Nicknames
    • "New Century Champion" (新世紀覇者, Shin Seiki Hasha)
  • Entrance themes
    • "Shitsuren Mosshu" by Garlic Boys[2]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Japanese) Pro Wrestling Noah. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "拳王 Kenoh". Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  3. "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  4. "森嶋がGHCタッグ奪取でヘビー級二冠王に 新軍団名は「超危暴軍」に決定" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "第8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. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Great Voyage 2014 in Yokohama" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  7. "Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  8. "入団のご報告" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. 2015-03-28. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Great Voyage 2016 in Korakuen" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  10. "Spring Navig.2016 vol.2" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  11. 11.0 11.1 (in Japanese) Pro Wrestling Noah. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  12. "Super J-Cup 2016" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  13. "Super J-Cup 2016" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  14. "NOAH results for December 23, 2016" (in English). Puroresu Spirit. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  15. "プロレスリング・ノア公式サイト | PRO-WRESTLING NOAH OFFICIAL SITE".
  16. "【GHCタッグ&GHCジュニア選手権開催!】1.21エディオンアリーナ大阪第2競技場大会対戦カード決定!".
  17. 17.0 17.1 "The First Navig.2017" (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  18. "拳王まさかの裏切りで杉浦と結託! タッグベルトはく奪! 2月24日(金)後楽園ホール大会 試合後コメント" (in ja).
  19. "【2.25(土)12時~】【気になる武藤&丸藤の対戦相手は?】3.12横浜文化体育館大会GHC Jr.ヘビー級タッグ選手権試合(選手権者)石森太二&Hi69vs原田大輔&タダスケ(挑戦者)調印式及び同大会全対戦カード発表記者会見の模様をLIVE配信いたします!" (in ja).
  20. "Michinoku Pro Wrestling Results: 2011" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  21. "Michinoku Pro Wrestling – "Michinoku Pro 20th Anniversary ~ Golden Week Series"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  22. "Michinoku Pro Wrestling – "Michinoku Tag Tournament 2011"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  23. "Michinoku Pro Wrestling Results: 2009" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  24. "Michinoku Pro Wrestling Results: 2010" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  25. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  26. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2014". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved December 2, 2014.