Birthdate: March 29th, 1965
Weight: 245 lbs.
Debut: September 16th, 1991
Background: Sumo Wrestling
Promotion History: SWS (1991 to 1992) NOW, Big Japan, and WAR (as a Freelancer, 1992 ~ 1998), and NOAH (2000 to present)
Ring Attire: Black pants
Card Position: Lower Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Championship History: GHC Hardcore Openweight Championship
Current Title Held: None
- February 17th, 2007 with Kentaro Shiga vs. Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki (title win)
- November 19th, 2007 vs. Kentaro Shiga (title win)
- A Diving Senton by Kawabata
- Kawabata with a Lariat
- Diving Senton
- Jumping Senton
A veteran heavyweight wrestler, Kawabata did not have any high profile matches in 2005 but was very active on the cards. Kawabata bounced around the card, picking up pinfalls when he opened shows and usually took the fall when he wrestled at the top. He was very versatile, however, and is an important part of the roster.
Kawabata's status in the company has not changed since 2005, and more then likely it never will considering that Kawabata is well past his prime. Kawabata participated in the GHC Heavyweight Title Shot Tournament, but lost in the first round to Shiga. In the fall he got a shot at Shiga's Openweight Championship, but he lost via a backslide. Other then that Kawabata had a pretty slow year even though he was very active in the promotion.
In 2007 Kawabata had the best year he has had in a long time as he held a title for the bulk of it. On February 17th he teamed with Shiga to become the co-winners of the GHC Hardcore Openweight Championship by defeating Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki. They would hold the titles for eight months before they grew tired of sharing it and decided to have a singles match to find the true champion. On November 19th Kawabata defeated Shiga with a Moonsault to become the sole holder of the GHC Hardcore Openweight Champion. As the year ended Kawabata still held the title, making the first title reign of his career 10 months long and counting.
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