Kenzo Suzuki

Nov 14, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Real name: Kenzo Suzuki
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 250 lbs.
Date of birth: July 25, 1974
From: Aichi, Japan
Pro debut: January 4, 2000
Trained by: Riki Choshu
Finishing move: DK Lock (Rolling Gedo Clutch)

Biography
– Suzuki made his pro debut at the 2000 New Japan January 4 show. He lost the match to Manabu Nakanishi
– In 2000, Suzuki was named Japan professional sports rookie of the year.
– On May 5, 2000, Suzuki won the 2000 Young Lions Cup by defeating Shinya Makabe.
– In mid-2001, Suzuki formed an upstart team called Kings of the Hill with fellow young lion, Hiroshi Tanahashi
– Suzuki won the 2002 One Night Young Lion Tournament on March 6, 2002, beating Tanahashi in the finals
– In early 2003, Suzuki jumped from New Japan Pro Wrestling to World Japan.
– On June 18, 2003, Suzuki made an appearance on an NWA:TNA weekly PPV, wrestling Perry Saturn to a no-contest
– On July 20, 2003, Suzuki defeated Dan Bobish & Takao Omori to reach the final of the World Japan Strongest Tournament, but lost to Kensuke Sasaki
– In October 2003, Suzuki agreed to a WWE contract. Suzuki (with his wife) debuted on “Smackdown” during the spring of 2004.
– In his WWE PPV debut, Suzuki defeated Billy Gunn at the 2004 Great American Bash.
– At the September 7, 2004 “Smackdown” taping in Tulsa, OK, Suzuki and Rene Dupree defeated Billy Kidman and Paul London to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
– At No Mercy 2004, Suzuki and Dupree defeated Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio Jr. to retain the WWE Tag Team title.
– On June 30, 2005, Suzuki and wife Hiroki were traded to the “Raw” roster.
– On July 6, 2005, WWE released Suzuki.
– In November 2005, Suzuki returned to Japan, competing for the HUSTLE promotion
– In mid-2006, Suzuki became a regular for Mexico’s CMLL promotion
– In early 2007, Suzuki jumped from CMLL to AAA
– In 2010, Suzuki returned to Japan, competing for AJPW as KENSO
– At Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku 10, KENSO defeated The Great Muta in a TLC Match
– On December 7, 2010, Voodoo Murders (KENSO & KONO) defeated Ryota Hama & Suwama to win the AJPW Real World Tag League
– At Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku 12, KENSO & The Great Muta defeated SMOP (Akebono & Ryota Hama) to win the AJPW World Tag Team Titles
– On July 31, 2011, KENSO & Muta defeated Taiyo Kea & Takao Omori to retain the AJPW World Tag Team Titles
– At NJPW/AJPW’s joint 40th Anniversary Show, KENSO, Masanobu Fuchi & Captain New Japan defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado & Yoshi-Hashi)
– On December 14, 2014, KENSO defeated Kotaro Suzuki to win the AJPW Gaora TV Title
– On January 3, 2015, KENSO defeated Ryuji Hijikata to retain the AJPW Gaora TV Title
– A week later, KENSO defeated Masashi Aoyagi to retain the AJPW Gaora TV Title
– On March 14, 2015, KENSO defeated Hikaru Sato to retain the AJPW Gaora TV Title
– In July 2015, Suzuki’s All Japan contract expired and he chose not to renew it. He would continue in the promotion (and various others) as a freelancer
– On November 3, 2015, KENSO defeated Sanshiro Takagi to win the DDT King of Dark Title, but lost it less than a week later to Kouki Iwasaki
– On January 3, 2016, #OhkaEmpire (KENSO, Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine) defeated T2Hide (Kazuki Hirata, Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Iwashi) to win the KO-D Six Man Tag Team Titles

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