Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Birthdate:  September 23rd, 1976
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Debut:  July 6th, 1996
Background:  Baseball
Promotion History: All Japan (1996 to 2000) and NOAH (2000 to present)
Alliances:  Teams with Suzuki
Ring Attire:  Long tights, usually black or white
Card Position:  Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: Asunaro Cup (2000) and the Nippon TV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League with Suzuki (2009)
Current Title Held: GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship 

Championship History:

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated Juventud Guerrera on 6/24/01 and lost to Takaiwa on 10/19/01
- Defeated KENTA on 5/26/02 and lost to Michael Modest on 3/30/03
- Defeated Jushin Liger on 7/10/04 and lost to KENTA on 7/18/05
- Defeated Mushiking Terry on 10/27/07 and lost to Bryan Danielson on 9/14/08
- Defeated Jushin Liger on 10/31/09

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Takashi Sugiura:
- Defeated KENTA and Marufuji on 6/5/05 and lost to Fujita and Hidaka on 3/5/06
- Defeated Fujita and Hidaka on 8/13/06 and lost to The Briscoe Brothers on 1/7/07

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Kotaro Suzuki:
- Defeated KENTA and Ishimori on 7/13/08 and Vacated on 1/17/10

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Tsuyoshi Kikuchi:
- Defeated Liger and Tanaka on 8/29/02 and lost to Liger and Koji Kanemoto on 1/26/03

WEW Tag Team Championship with Masao Inoue:
- Defeated Gedo and Jado on 7/28/00 and lost to Honda and Marufuji on 8/22/00

Biggest Matches:
- January 22nd, 2000 vs. Naomichi Marufuji (tournament win)
- June 24th, 2001 vs. Juventud Guerrera (title win)
- August 29th, 2002 with Kikuchi vs. Jushin Liger and Minoru Tanaka (title win)
- July 1st, 2004 vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (title win)
- June 5th, 2005 with Takashi Sugiura vs. Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA (title win)
- October 31st, 2009 vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (title win)

Pictures:
- Kanemaru with a dropkick in the corner
- Brainbuster by Kanemaru

Signature Moves:
- Deep Impact
- Hollywood Star Press
- Moonsault
- Touch Out

2005 Recap:
A very successful Jr. Heavyweight, in 2005 Kanemaru held both the major Jr. Heavyweight titles.  He entered the year as the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship, but lost the belt to KENTA at the July Tokyo Dome Show.  Kanemaru still had the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship though, which he had won from KENTA and Marufuji on June 5th.  He and Sugiura would remain the champions through the rest of the year.  Still under 30, Kanemaru will likely be a fixture in the NOAH Jr. Heavyweight division for many years to come.

2006 Recap:
Kanemaru and Sugiura would lose the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Ikuto Hidaka and Minoru Fujita on March 5th, but they won the titles back on August 13th. He wrestled in the Jr. Battle Royal on June 3rd, but his tag team partner Sugiura won the battle royal. Kanemaru did not have any other title shots, but he is one of the leading wrestlers in SEM and is still a very respected veteran.

2007 Recap:
Kanemaru lost his GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship as soon as 2007 started, as on January 7th he and Sugiura lost to the Briscoe Brothers. Kanemaru mostly wrestled in tag matches with the younger wrestlers for the rest of the year, but in the fall he made a push for the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Championship. He finally got a chance to win the belt on October 27th from Mushiking Terry, and he would come out the victor, winning the title for the first time in over two years. He defended the title once in 2007, defeating Ricky Marvin on November 19th with the Touch Out.

2009 Recap:
2009 was a great year for Kanemaru as he won both Jr. Heavyweight Titles and both Jr. Heavyweight Tournaments. Kanemaru entered the year as one half of the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions with Kotaro Suzuki, and the pair held the titles all year as they defeated Aoki/Ito, Nakajima/Miyahara, Jado/Gedo, and Ishimori/Marvin. They also participated in the Nippon TV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League, which they won by defeating Aoki and Ibushi in the Finals. In the fall, a Jr. Heavyweight League was held, but when champion KENTA was injured during the tournament it was decided that the winner of the tournament would become the new GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Kanemaru defeated Nakajima in the Semi Finals and then Jushin Thunder Liger in the Finals to win the tournament and the belt for the fifth time. As the year ended, Kanemaru had both belts around his waist and had completely dominated the Jr. Heavyweight Division in NOAH for the year. Kanemaru continued his streak of having held at least one title every year since 2000.


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