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Kuniaki Kobayashi
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Birth name Kuniaki Kobayashi (小林邦昭 Kobayashi Kuniaki?)
Born January 11 1956 (1956-01-11) (age 61)
Komoro, Nagano, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Kuniaki Kobayashi
Kid Koby
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Trained By NJPW Dojo
Debut February 1, 1973
Retired April 21, 2000

  Kuniaki Kobayashi (小林邦昭 Kobayashi Kuniaki?) is a retired Japanese Junior Heavyweight professional wrestler. He wrestled numerous acclaimed matches against the first two Tiger Masks: Satoru Sayama and Mitsuharu Misawa.[1]

CareerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (1973–1980)Edit

Kuniaki Kobayashi debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling in February 1973, against Masanobu Kurisu, at the young age of 17. Kobayashi stayed on the undercard, until he was sent abroad to North America in 1980.

North American Excursion (1980–1982)Edit

Upon entering North America in 1980, Kobayashi's first stop was in Mexico, where he stayed until moving to the United States, in Los Angeles, where he wrestled under the name Kid Koby.

Return To NJPW (1982–1984)Edit

Upon returning to New Japan in October 1982, Kobayashi was involved in a feud with Tiger Mask. Because of his anti-heroic actions, he became regarded as the "Tiger Hunter." He also allied with Riki Choshu, Masa Saito, and Killer Khan to form Ishin Gundan. In September 1984, Ishin Gundan left NJPW to form Japan Pro Wrestling.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1984–1987)Edit

Japan Pro Wrestling had a working agreement with All Japan Pro Wrestling. While there, Kobayashi feuded with Tiger Mask II, and he held the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship and the World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Return to NJPW (1987–2000)Edit

Upon returning to New Japan in 1987, Kobayashi won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in August, before losing the title to Hiroshi Hase in December. In April 1989, he served as the first opponent of Jushin Liger (Keiichi Yamada's first match under the Liger persona). In 1990, he moved up to the heavyweight division. In 1992, he joined Shiro Koshinaka in forming Heisei Ishingun.

Between 1992 and 1993, Kobayashi had two surgeries to combat colorectal cancer. In 1999, he had surgery to combat liver cancer, which caused a giant scar under his chest. This and the treatments to combat the cancer forced him to discontinue his in-ring career. In April 2000, Kobayashi wrestled his final match as an active wrestler, losing to Jushin Thunder Liger. He received flowers from Satoru Sayama and a message from Mitsuharu Misawa.

RetirementEdit

Upon his retirement, Kobayashi has remained involved in puroresu, currently as caretaker of the NJPW Dojo. He occasionally wrestles in legends matches, including a series of matches in 2011 against Sayama and a team with him in 2013 against Atsushi Onita (who led the AJPW junior heavyweight division in 1983, before Kobayashi showed up). He would also do color commentary for NJPW shows.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Fisherman suplex
    • Rear naked choke[1]
  • Signature moves
    • Baseball slide
    • Savate kick
    • Spin kick

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • NWA Hollywood Wrestling
  • NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI ranked him #256 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.[3]
  • Tokyo Sports
  • Effort Prize (1978)[4]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • 5 Star Match (1985) vs. Tiger Mask II on March 9
  • Match of the Year (1985) vs. Tiger Mask II on June 12

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Gran Hamada, Enrique Vera and Kobayashi (hair) Los Misioneros de la Muerte (hair)
(El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro)
Mexico City, Mexico Live event June 7, 1981 [5]
Kobayashi and Saito (hair) Coloso Colosetti and César Valentino (hair) Naucalpan, Mexico State Live event September 25, 1981  
Los Misioneros de la Muerte (hair)
(El Signo, El Texano and Negro Navarro)
Takano, Saito and Kobayashi (hair) Mexico City, Mexico UWA Live event June 13, 1982 [6]
Akira Nogami (hair) Kuniaki Kobayashi (hair) Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan NJPW Fighting Spirit 1996 - Day 2 February 3, 1996

ReferencesEdit

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New Japan Pro Wrestling
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Wrestlers
Heavyweight Bad Luck FaleBerettaBilly GunnChase OwensCodyChase OwensCodyEVILHangman PageHansonHenareHirooki GotoHiroshi TanahashiHiroyoshi TenzanHiroyoshi TenzanJuice RobinsonKatsuya KitamuraKatsuyori ShibataKenny OmegaLance ArcherLeo TongaManabu NakanishiMichael ElginMinoru SuzukiRaymond RoweSANADASatoshi KojimaTakashi IizukaTama TongaTanga RoaTetsuya NaitoTogi MakabeTomoaki HonmaTomohiro IshiiTomoyuki OkaToru YanoYoshitatsuYoshi-HashiYuji NagataYujiro TakahashiZack Sabre Jr.
Junior heavyweight BUSHIDavid FinlayEl DesperadoGedoHirai KawatoHiromu TakahashiJadoJushin Thunder LigerKUSHIDAMarty ScurllMatt JacksonNick JacksonRen NaritaRicochetRocky RomeroRyusuke TaguchiShota UmnioShoTaichiTaka MichinokuTeruaki KanemitsuTetsuhiro YagiTiger MaskWill OspreayYoshinobu KanemaruYoh
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Staff
Red Shoes UnnoKazuo YamazakiKuniaki KobayashiMilano Collection A.T.Seiji SakaguchiSuper Strong MachineTakaaki KidaniWataru Inoue
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Championships
Active IWGP HeavyweightIWGP IntercontinentalNEVER OpenweightIWGP United States HeavyweightIWGP Tag TeamIWGP Junior HeavyweightIWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag TeamNEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team
Inactive Asia HeavyweightAsia Tag TeamIWGP Provisional Tag TeamIWGP U-30 OpenweightJ-CrownNWA North American Tag TeamNWA International Junior HeavyweightNWF HeavyweightNWF North American HeavyweightThe Greatest 18 Club
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Tournaments
Current G1 ClimaxWorld Tag LeagueNew Japan CupBest of the Super JuniorsSuper Jr. Tag Tournament
Defuncted World LeagueMSG LeagueIWGP LeagueWorld Cup TournamentTop of the Super JuniorsSuper J CupMSG Tag LeagueJapan Cup Tag LeagueSuper Grade Tag LeagueG1 Tag LeagueJ Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag TournamentG2 U-30 ClimaxKarl Gotch CupYoung Lion Cup
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Events
Wrestle KingdomFantastica ManiaThe New BeginningHonor Rising: JapanSakura GenesisWrestling ToyonokuniWrestling DontakuWar of the WorldsDominionDestructionKing of Pro-WrestlingGlobal WarsPower Struggle

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