Kengo Kimura

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Real Name - Seimo Kimura or Takashi Kimura
Birthdate - 9/4/53
6' 215 lbs. - Hiihama, Japan

Aliases - Takashi Kimura, Pak Choo

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Seiji Sakaguchi?

Professional background - JWA(`72-`73), New Japan(`73-`03), CMLL(`78-`79), Los Angeles(`78-`80)

Groups - Heisei Ishingun

Peak Years - `79-`84

Career Highlights -
- Defeats Bret Hart for the NWA International Junior Heavyweight title
- Teams with Tatsumi Fujinami to defeat Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi for the IWGP Tag belts
- Teams with Inoki, Fujinami, Ueda and Hoshino to battle the UWF Army in an elimination match
- With Fujinami wins the IWGP Tag belts for a second time over UWFers Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido
- Teams with Fujinami one last time to beat Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for their fourth titles

Finisher(s) -
- Scorpion Deathlock

Favorites -
- Inazuma (Inverted) Leg Lariat
- Belly-to-Belly
- Half Crab
- Bodyslam

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 5
science - 4
aerial - 2
power - 6
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 5
selling - 6
bumping - 5
carrying - 6
heat - 6
legacy - 4

Serious Injuries - Back

Place in History - Kengo Kimura is the supporting character that companies always need. The tag partner to the star, who is good and popular, but always #2. How fitting it is that he was the disciple of Seiji Sakaguchi (who was always Antonio Inoki's #2) and took part in the power shift from those two to himself and Tatsumi Fujinami. The two formed an exceptional tag team and kept New Japan strong in the 80s. Kengo was always around for the big events supporting Fujinami. While it's impossible to say he wasn't important, Kimura's role is undeniable. He served the company very well helping people here and there, ironically helping the anti-New Japan Heisei Ishingun getting off the ground. After competing fairly actively until 1999, Kengo Kimura officially announcing his retirement in 2003. A solid worker who did his job well, Kengo Kimura should be remembered as such.