Daisuke Nakae (中栄 大輔, Nakae Daisuke)[3] is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known for his ring name Kenoh (拳王, Kenō).[1] He currently wrestles in Pro Wrestling Noah where he is the current GHC National Champion in his first reign, while also being 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 League2017 Global League and 2019 N-1 Victory.

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 Career[edit | edit source]

Nakae started training Nippon Kempo at age of 3, and while in high school 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 | edit source]

Early Career (2007-2009)[edit | edit source]

Nakae signed with Michinoku Pro Wrestling in 2007, wrestling several exhibitions bouts before officially debuting, under the name of Kenoh (ケノウ, Kenō), 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 | edit source]

In September 2009, Kenoh 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. Kenoh 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, Kenoh 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, Kenoh retained the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight title before Hayato, Minamino and Taro Nohashi, until he lost it to Great Sasuke.

Kenoh 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 of bringing Kenoh as the new leader. This made Kenoh 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 Kenoh 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, Kenoh 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.[2]

Pro Wrestling Noah (2011, 2015–present)[edit | edit source]

Junior Heavyweight (2011, 2014-2016)[edit | edit source]

In 2011, Kenoh 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 an MPW representative, Kenoh joined the new Choukibou-gun stable in 2014, forming a tag team with stablemate Hajime Ohara.[4] On August 2, 2014, Kenoh 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, Kenoh 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, Kenoh signed a contract with Noah, officially ending his affiliation with Michinoku Pro.[8] In 2015 Kenoh change his ring name to Kenoh (拳王, Kenō, Fist King) changing from 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 | edit source]

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 in 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 successful title defenses, Kenoh lost the title to his partner Takashi Sugiura on March 11, 2018. In November, Kenoh took part in the 2018 Global League, where he finished the tournament with four wins and three losses. After Naomichi Marufuji was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kohei Sato took part in a three-way match to determine Marufuji's replacement which was won by Nakajima. On December 7, Kenoh along with Masa Kitamiya were defeated by Nakajima and Shiozaki in a tournament final for the GHC Tag Team Championship.

On March 10 at Great Voyage in Yokohama, Kaito Kiyomiya asked Kenoh to be his partner for the upcoming Global Tag League, which he accepted, declaring a united front to create a new scene for Noah, dubbing their team "KAIOH". In April, Kenoh and Kiyomiya took part in the 2019 Global Tag League, failing to win the tournament, after losing to Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue in their last round-robin match on April 30. Afterwards, Kenoh who was jealous of Kiyomiya disbanded their team, stating that Kiyomiya had been told by LIDET Entertainment for how to act, not by Noah, and he couldn't think by himself, while also claiming that Kiyomiya was made a star by the company, not by his own merit. On May 2, Kenoh and Masao Inoue defeated The Tough (Masa Kitamiya and Yoshiki Inamura). After the match, Kenoh stared at both Kitamiya and Yoshiki Inamura saying that they "had hungry eyes". On May 4, Kenoh and Kitamiya lost to Kiyomiya and Maybach Taniguchi to end their short feud. Following the match, Atsushi Kotoge and Inamura joined Kenoh and Kitamiya and formed "KONGOH" (translated to "Diamonds") as a protest against NOAH's owner LIDET Entertainment. From August 18 until September 10, Kenoh took part in the 2019 N-1 Victory, Kenoh winning his block with a record of three wins and one loss, advancing to the finals of the tournament. During the tournament, Kenoh began feuding with Takashi Sugiura and his Sugiura-gun stable, with Kenoh later accusing Sugiura to be a "company dog", which also escalated to a Twitter feud, leading Sugiura to make a t-shirt of a dog to mock him. On September 16, Kenoh defeated Takashi Sugiura in the finals to win the 2019 N-1 Victory. Kenoh was defeated by GHC Heavyweight Champion Kaito Kiyomiya in the main event of Noah the Best 2019 on November 2. In April 2020, Kenoh, and Kitamiya took part in the 2020 Global Tag League, finishing the tournament with a record of two wins and one loss, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament, due to losing to Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. and Rene Dupree in their head-to-head match. On August 4, on the first night of Departure, Kenoh defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima to win GHC National Championship. The following day, on the second night of Departure, after Go Shiozaki successfully defended the GHC Heavyweight Championship, Kenoh challenged Shiozaki to a double-title match for the GHC National and Heavyweight Championships, stating that there could only be one strong champion in Noah. On August 10 at NOAH The Chronicle Vol. 3, Kenoh faced Go Shiozaki in a 60-minute time limit draw to retain the GHC National Championship and unsuccessfully challenging Shiozaki for the GHC Heavyweight Championship. From September 18 and October 11, Kenoh took part in the 2020 N-1 Victory, finishing the tournament with a record of three wins, and two losses, failling to advance to the finals, due to losing to Takashi Sugiura on the final day of the tournament.

Pro Wrestling Zero1 (2014, 2017)[edit | edit source]

In 2014 through Pro Wrestling NOAH's working relationship with Pro Wrestling Zero1 Kenoh 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 in 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 made the official the match 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 wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • Doujime Sleeper (Choke sleeper)
    • High-speed roundhouse kick to the opponent's head[20]
    • Kebou (Soccer kick)[1] - 2015–2017
    • PFS – Professional Foot Stomp (Diving double foot stomp) – 2016–present
    • Ragou (Cross-armed Gory special flipped forward into a sitout powerbomb)[1][21] – 2013–present - Innovated
  • Signature moves
    • Ankle lock
    • Backdrop
    • Brainbuster
    • Bridging full nelson suplex[22]
    • Dragon Suplex
    • Falcon Arrow
    • 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[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 拳王 Kenoh . Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2015-08-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 ja:拳王選手参戦のお知らせ (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2013-12-20). Retrieved on 2013-12-20.
  3. Profile at Puroresu Central . Puroresu Central. Retrieved on 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 on 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 on 2014-08-02.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Great Voyage 2014 in Yokohama (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2014-10-12.
  7. Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2015-03-15.
  8. 入団のご報告 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2015-03-28). Retrieved on 2015-03-28.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Great Voyage 2016 in Korakuen (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-03-19.
  10. Spring Navig.2016 vol.2 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah. Retrieved on 2016-04-05.
  11. 11.0 11.1 ja:【試合結果速報致します】「Navig. with Emerald Spirits 2016」7月5日(火)後楽園ホール大会 (in Japanese). Pro Wrestling Noah (2016-07-05). Retrieved on 2016-07-05.
  12. Super J-Cup 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-07-20.
  13. Super J-Cup 2016 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
  14. NOAH results for December 23, 2016 (in English). Puroresu Spirit. Retrieved on 2016-12-23.
  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 on 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). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  21. Michinoku Pro Wrestling – "Michinoku Pro 20th Anniversary ~ Golden Week Series" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  22. Michinoku Pro Wrestling – "Michinoku Tag Tournament 2011" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  23. Michinoku Pro Wrestling Results: 2009 (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  24. Michinoku Pro Wrestling Results: 2010 (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-16.
  25. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2016 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  26. Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2014 . The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved on 2014-12-02.
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