Oct 3, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Shoichi Funaki
Weight: 180 lbs.
Date of birth: August 24, 1968
Born: Tokyo, Japan
Resides: San Antonio, TX
Pro debut: 1990
Trained by: Animal Hamaguchi and Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Finishing move: Powerbomb
- In 1989, Funaki completed his training at Animal Hamaguchi’s Training Gym in Japan.
- In June 1996, Funaki and Taka Michinoku joined Dick Togo, Shiryu, and Mens Teioh in Kaientai DX, or KDX.
- The cliche often clashed with the likes of Super Delfin and the Great Sasuke.
- On March 19, 1997, Funaki defeated Pantera in Yonezawa, Japan for the UWA (Universal Wrestling Alliance) Middleweight title.
- In March 1998, Kaientai joined the WWF. The original group consisted of Michinoku, Funaki, Togo, and Teioh. The group managed by Yamaguchi-San.
- Yamaguchi-San’s wife was revealed as TAKA’s sister, which was a work.
- Val Venis eventually ended up with Mrs. Yamaguchi-San, which led to the “castration” scene on “Raw.”
- A short time later, Michinoku was out of the group, and feuded with his former comrades.
- Kaientai over came Michinoku and Bradshaw at the 1998 “Over the Edge” PPV.
- The Oddities and Kaientai feuded in the summer of 1998.
- When the Kaientai cliche was dropped, Teioh and Togo requested their releases from the WWF, which were granted.
- In 1999, Funaki and Michinoku reunited as a tag team called Kaientai.
- At Wrestlemania 2000 in Anaheim, CA, Funaki briefly held the WWF Hardcore title by defeating Viscera in a 13-man battle royal.
- On June 30, 2000, Funaki captured the TWA (Texas Wrestling Alliance) title from Charles Poindexter Anderson.
- On the August 29, 2000 “Smackdown” television taping, Kaientai upset the Dudley’s Boyz thanks to outside interference from the Acolytes. Kaientai had paid the APA for protection.
- Despite not being drafted in the WWF brand extension draft, Funaki joined McMahon’s “Smackdown” roster.
- On the February 27, 2003 edition of “Smackdown,” Funaki and Torrie Wilson defeated Jamie Noble and Nidia.
- On July 17, 2003, Funaki defeated A-Train in Yokohama, Japan.
- At Armageddon ’04, Funaki pinned Spike Dudley to become the WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- In October 2008, Funaki’s name was changed to Kung Fu Naki.
- WWE released Funaki on April 22, 2010.