Kento Kobune (小舩賢登 Kobune Kento, born February 6, 2000 in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan), currently known as SB KENTo (SBケント SB Kento) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for the Dragon Gate (DG), where he is a former one-time Open The Triangle Gate Champion.
Kobune was trained in the Dragon Gate Dojo and made his debut in December 2019. Kobune worked as a rookie alongside Madoka Kikuta and Taketo Kamei, before being placed on Dragon Gate's mid-card for under a year. In November 2020, Kobune turned heel joining the villanous R.E.D and subsequently won the Open The Triangle Gate Championship at Gate of Destiny, before renaiming himself to "SB KENTo" (SBケント SB Kento), or SBK, for short. KENTo's breakthrough led to him being named the Rookie of the Year.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (2019–2020)
Kobune 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 Naruki Doi in a winning effort against Taketo Kamei and YAMATO on December 22, 2019. As is customary for most professional wrestlers, Kobune spent most of his matches losing to other, more experienced wrestlers, which would help put over other wrestlers while at the same time giving Kobune some in-ring, televised, experience. Over the following months, Kobune began impressing with his performances, leading him to be resemble to Naruki Doi in his early career.
On November 3, 2020, at Gate of Destiny, Kobune turned heel revealing himself to be R.E.D's newest member, replacing Diamante, who was sidelined with an injury. Afterwards, Kobune, and his R.E.D stablemates Kazma Sakamoto, and Takashi Yoshida defeated Team Boku (Naruki Doi, Punch Tominaga, and Ryotsu Shimizu) to win the Open The Triangle Gate Championship. Two days later, Kobune renamed himself to "SB KENTo", or SBK, for short. Afterwards, KENTo began picking up wins over Dragon Gate veterans, leading him on November 15 at Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival, Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year, submitting Masato Yoshino as part of a title defense of the Open The Triangle Gate Championship, during which R.E.D made their first title defense against Dragon Gate Generation (Ben-K, Yosuke♥Santa Maria and U-T) and Toryumon Generation (Dragon Kid, Kagetora and Masato Yoshino). On December 20, at Final Gate, R.E.D forced Toryumon Generation to disband, after defeating them in No Disqualification Losing Unit Disbands match, with KENTo submitting Dragon Gate veteran Dragon Kid for the victory.
During this time, KENTo began feuding with stablemate Takashi Yoshida, after showing his dislike towards him, claiming that KENTo was a regular "green boy" (rookie). This led to on January 13, 2021, KENTo, Yoshida and Sakamoto losing the Open The Triangle Gate Championship against to the newly reunited Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, and Susumu Yokosuka), after KENTo accidentally Yoshida with a box attack. Afterwards, Yoshida who was furious with KENTo, tried to kick him out of R.E.D, before Yoshida was the one to be kicked out of R.E.D. In February, KENTO was involved in a feud with R.E.D stablemate KAI against Dragon Kid and YAMATO, where Kid seeked revenge against KENTo for the disbanding of Toryumon Generation. This led into a match on February 5, where KENTo and KAI faced Dragon Kid and YAMATO. The match ended by disqualification after KENTo removed Kid's mask. However, dissatisfied with the outcome of the match, Kid and YAMATO faced KAI and KENTo in a rematch, which Kid pinned KENTo. On March 4, KENTo faced Kid in a winning effort. Afterwards, YAMATO attacked him, until KAI appeared, which led to YAMATO facing KAI in a losing effort. After the match, YAMATO kept attacking KAI, until Dragon Gate's General Manager Takayuki Yagi announced that KENTo would be forced to team with Kid and KAI with YAMATO in a Mask vs. Hair Steel cage survival tag team match on May 5, at Dead or Alive. At Dead or Alive, after Dragon Kid escaped, KENTo allowed YAMATO to escape and win the match for his team, in order to face Kid in the Mask vs. Hair match, which he lost, leading KENTo to be forced to shave his hair. Later that month, KENTo took part in the 2021 King of Gate, winning his block with a record of three wins and two losses, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. On June 3, in the semifinals, KENTo lost to the eventual tournament winner Kzy.
- Finishing moves
- Bridging straight jacket German suplex
- SB Shooter (Sharpshooter)
- Signature moves
- Genmaicha (Hangman's neckbreaker dropped onto the knee)
- German suplex
- Gutwrench suplex
- Knife edge chop
- SB Crash/SBL (Standing fireman's carry takeover)
- SB Chant (Slap or stomp to an opponent's back leaning against the corner to get the crowd going)
- Sleeper hold
- Standing frog splash
- Standing moonsault
- Stepover cross armbreaker to a standing opponent
- Entrance themes
- "Dragon Storm 2019 (Instrumental Version)" by Dragon Gate
- "Delight Extra Realize" (2nd version) by YO-HEI
- "SBK" by Goodbye Mozart
Championships and Accomplishments
- Dragon Gate
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- 4½ Star Match (2020) R.E.D vs. Toryumon Generation on December 20
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Dragon Kid (mask)||SB KENTo (hair)||Aichi, Japan||Dead or Alive||May 5, 2021||[Note 1]|