Tatsumi Kitahara (北原 辰巳 Kitahara Tatsumi) is a Japanese professional wrestler who goes by the name Koki Kitahara (北原光騎 Kitahara Kōki).
Career[edit | edit source]
All Japan Pro Wrestling (1988–1990)[edit | edit source]
Specialist in karate and further trained in martial arts by Satoru Sayama, Kitahara began as a trainee for Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1987. After the promotion dissolved, he transferred to All Japan Pro Wrestling and trained under Genichiro Tenryu. He made his debut on April 8, 1988, against Mitsuo Momota. He was part of Tenryu's Revolution stable. After spending nearly a year floundering in the opening and mid-card matches, Kitahara left for Canada in March 1989.
When he arrived in Canada, he joined Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, where he used the ring name Sumo Hara. In August 1989, Kitahara won his first championship, the Stampede International Tag Team Championship with fellow Japanese wrestler Kensuke Sasaki. The two held the championship for more than a month before losing them to The Blackhearts. After Stampede shut down in December 1989, he returned to Japan in February 1990.
Upon returning to AJPW, Kitahara was finally finding his niche, but was cut short the summer of 1990, when Kitahara joined his mentor Tenryu and Megane Super. After leaving AJPW, Kitahara would make a brief return to Canada to wrestle for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance as Sumo Hara, before returning to Japan for the new promotion.
Super World Sports (1990–1992)[edit | edit source]
Kitahara wrestled for Super World of Sports in 1990. As expected, he was part of Tenryu's group, Revolution. In December 1990, Kitahara took part in the original four-man tournament for the SWS Light Heavyweight Championship, but lost to Naoki Sano in the semi-finals when a doctor called a stop to the match. After a year in mid-card tag team matches, Kitahara teamed with Shinichi Nakano for a tournament to determine the SWS Tag Team Champions, but lost to his Revolution stablemates, Tenryu and Ashura Hara. In June 1992, SWS folded.
WAR (1992–2000)[edit | edit source]
Upon SWS's folding, Kitahara joined Tenryu in forming WAR. Now known as Koki Kitahara, in the early years of WAR, Kitahara would be Tenryu's main tag team partner in battles against New Japan Pro Wrestling, but in later years, he teamed with Koji Kitao. In September 1994, Kitahara toured Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In April 1995, Kitahara won his first championship in Japan, the WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, with Tenryu and Animal Hamaguchi. He won two more, with Arashi, Nobutaka Araya, and Lance Storm as his partners. In 1997, he formed his own wrestling, promotion called Capture International, which held its first card in 1998. In 1999, WAR folded.
Freelance (1999–present)[edit | edit source]
After WAR folded, Kitahara focused primarily on Capture International, while taking select shows and tours of various promotions, including a brief return to AJPW in 2001, where he won the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Arashi, and more recently, with Tenryu Project. When he is not engaged in occasional professional wrestling, he runs a security company and a mixed martial arts dojo.
In wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Stampede Wrestling
- Stampede International Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Benkei Sasaki
- Wrestle And Romance / Wrestle Association "R"
References[edit | edit source]
- Profile at Puroresu Central . Puroresu Central. Retrieved on 2013-11-26.
- SWS Results - December 6, 1990 .
- SWS Results - February 14, 1992 .
- Capture International . Template:Unreliable source?
- All Japan Pro Wrestling - "Summer Action Series II 2001" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2014-09-23.
- All Japan Pro Wrestling - "October Giant Series 2001" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2014-09-23.
- Super World of Sports, aired 11/17/91 . Puroresu Central. Retrieved on 2014-08-04.
- All Japan Pro Wrestling Results: 2002 (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved on 2014-09-23.