Keichi Kono (河野 啓一, Kono Keichi, born August 16, 1977) is a Japanese professional wrestler and former judoka and mixed martial artist, competing under the ring name Tomohiko Hashimoto (橋本 智彦, Hashimoto Tomohiko), best known for his time with Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), where he competed as a mainstay from 2000 to 2006. He is currently working as a freelancer on the Japanese independent circuit.

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Dramatic Dream Team (2000–2006)[edit | edit source]

Being a former judoka,[1] Kono was trained by Koichiro Kimura for a professional wrestling career and made his wrestling debut under the ring name Tomohiko Hashimoto on April 14, 2000 by defeating Tom Burton at a JPWA event.[2] He then joined Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) and received his further training at the DDT dojo, where he debuted at the Y2D Core event on May 28 by defeating Cannonball KAZU.[3] Later that year, Hashimoto won the 2000 DDT Tag League with his trainer Koichiro Kimura by defeating Sanshiro Takagi and Exciting Yoshida.[4] The following year, Hashimoto won the Two Day Tag Team Tournament with Sanshiro Takagi.[5] At Sheep, Hashimoto won his first professional wrestling championship when he and Sanshiro Takagi defeated GENTARO and Takashi Sasaki to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship on January 31, 2003. The title was vacated after Hashimoto suffered an injury at Non-Fix 5/8 on May 8. He returned to DDT, a month later by defeating Shuji Ishikawa. He teamed with Seiya Morohashi to participate in the 2003 KO-D Tag Team League for the vacant KO-D Tag Team Championship, which they won by defeating Takashi Sasaki and Tanomusaku Toba in the tournament final on September 28.[6] They lost the title to Hero! and Kudo on December 29 in a tables, ladders and chairs match also involving the team of MIKAMI and Onryo.[7] Hashimoto and Morohashi participated in the 2004 KO-D Tag Team League where they qualified for the semi-final where they lost to Hero! and Kudo.[8] Hashimoto won his third and final KO-D Tag Team Championship with Nobutaka Moribe by defeating Seiya Morohashi and Tanomusaku Toba at Don't Try This At Home. They successfully defended the title against Morohashi and Toba at the company's 8th Anniversary Show, before losing the title back to Morohashi and Toba in a three-way match also involving Macho Pump and Sho Kanzaki at Max Bump on May 4. At Non-Fix Saturday Night In Blue Field, Hashimoto and Muscle Sakai became the #1 contenders for the KO-D Tag Team Championship, earning their title shot against Kota Ibushi and Daichi Kakimoto at God Bless DDT, where they lost.[9] After being a mainstay for the promotion since his debut, Hashimoto left DDT in 2006 and became a freelancer.

Freelance (2006–present)[edit | edit source]

Hashimoto began freelancing for various independent promotions, most notably Apache Army. He also founded a booking agency Team Vader with Big Van Vader and won their Vader Cup in 2008. He won Apache Army's WEW Tag Team Championship five times and the WEW Heavyweight Championship once. Hashimoto also made appearances for the Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling spin-off Cho Sento Puroresu FMW, where he teamed with W*ING Kanemura and Raijin Yaguchi to defeat Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka and Hideki Hosaka to win the FMW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship on January 24, 2016. They lost the title to Onita, Hosaka and Sean Guinness on February 26.[10] After Apache Army closed in 2016, Hashimoto won his sixth WEW World Tag Team Championship with Masashi Takeda by defeating Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Tatsuhito Takaiwa at an A-Team show Take Off on April 16, 2017.[11] They lost the title to Daisaku Shimoda and Blue Shark on August 11.[12] On December 15, 2019 Hashimoto defeated Gajo to win WEW Openweight Championship. On November 22, 2020 Hashimoto lost the title to Super Tiger.

Other media[edit | edit source]

Hashimoto has been featured in professional wrestling video games Fire Pro Wrestling 2 and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns.[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tomohiko Hashimoto . Puroresu Central. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  2. JPWA #1 - Japan vs. USA . Wrestling Data. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  3. DDT Y2D Core results . Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  4. DDT Tag League 2000 . Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  5. Two Day Tag Team Tournament . Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  6. KO-D Tag Team Title League 2003 . Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  7. Dramatic Dream Team Results: 2003 . PuroLove. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  8. KO-D Tag Team Title League 2004 . Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  9. Dramatic Dream Team Results: 2005 . PuroLove. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  10. Super Battle FMW Results: 2016 . PuroLove. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  11. A-Team Take Off . Wrestling Data. Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  12. A-Team results . Wrestling Data (2017-08-11). Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
  13. Wrestling Games << Tomohiko Hashimoto . Retrieved on 2017-12-06.
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