Madoka Kikuta (菊田円 Kikuta Madoka, born September 20, 2000 in Kanazawa, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working under the ring name HipHop Kikuta (HipHop菊田), where he is signed to Dragon Gate (DG).
Kikuta was trained in the Dragon Gate Dojo and made his debut in June 2020. Kikuta worked as a rookie alongside Kento Kobune and Taketo Kamei, before being placed on Dragon Gate's mid-card for under a year. In December, after Kobuned had turned heel, Kikuta followed him and joined the villanous R.E.D stable, before renaiming himself to "HipHop Kikuta".
Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]
Dragon Gate[edit | edit source]
Early career (2020)[edit | edit source]
Kikuta trained for his professional wrestling career in the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate's wrestling school called "Dragon Gate Nex", wrestling several exhibition bouts before making his officially debut teaming with Último Dragón in a losing effort against Dragon Gate Generation (Ben-K and Kota Minoura) on June 6, 2020. As is customary for most professional wrestlers, Kikuta spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time give Inamura some in-ring, televised, experience. Throughout the year, Kikuta often faced off against fellow rookie Taketo Kamei, with both men trading victories in both singles and tag team competition, before eventually forming a team. On November 15, at Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival, Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year, Kikuta and Kamei faced Team Boku (Bokku R Shimizu and Ryo Saito). Kikuta picked up the win for his team with pinning veteran Ryo Saito for victory.
R.E.D (2020–Present)[edit | edit source]
On December 2, Dragon Kid was attacked by R.E.D. Afterwards, Kikuta and Taketo Kamei made the save, but instead Kikuta turned heel, removing Kid's mask, before turning on Kamei, revealing himself to be R.E.D's newest member. Kikuta, and his R.E.D stablemates Eita, Kaito Ishida, H.Y.O and SB KENTo then faced Toryumon Generation's Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Kid, Shuji Kondo and Kamei in a winning effort after Kikuta pinned Yoshino. After the match, R.E.D challenged Toryumon Generation to a No Disqualification Losing Unit Disbands match at Final Gate. On December 9, Kikuta renamed himself to "HipHop Kikuta", as part of the process of joining R.E.D. On December 20, at Final Gate, R.E.D forced Toryumon to disband, after defeating them in No Disqualification Losing Unit Disbands match. On February 23, 2021, Kikuta, and his R.E.D stablemates Diamante and Dia Inferno defeated Team Boku (Bokutimo Dragon, Punch Tominaga and Ryo Saito) in the finals to win the Open The Triangle Gate Championship Next Challenger Team Decision Tournament to become the #1 contenders to the Open The Triangle Gate Championship.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Discus lariat
- Signature moves
- Bicycle kick
- Elevated sitout powerbomb
- Forearm smash
- Knife edge chop
- Running hip attack
- Shoulder tackle
- Sitout jawbreaker
- Standing leg drop
- Tilt-a-whirl Emerald Flowsion
- Entrance themes
- "Dragon Storm 2019 (Instrumental Version)" by Dragon Gate
- "Delight Extra Realize" (2nd version) by YO-HEI
Championships and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- Dragon Gate
- Open The Triangle Gate Championship Next Challenger Team Decision Tournament (2021) – with Diamante and Dia Inferno