Birthdate: February 15th, 1977
Trained in the UWF, Gran Naniwa debuted in Michinoku Pro in 1993 and soon became a fan favorite. Naniwa was one of the most popular and influential wrestlers in Michinoku Pro in the mid ’90s and, despite being essentially a midcard comedy character, he also wrestled in more serious matches as well. Only two years after his debut, Naniwa reached the semifinals of the prestigious Super J Cup as a Michinoku Pro representative, defeating Damien 666 in the first round and losing in the quarterfinals to Liger.
Naniwa also took part to New Japan Best of the Super Juniors Tournament in 1997 and 2001 and in the Michinoku Pro Mask League 1995. Naniwa was the leader of the Mask League 1999 after the 1st phase, but he broke his arm during the last match versus the Great Sasuke and was therefore forced to forfeit. Other than Michinoku Pro, Gran Naniwa also wrestled in New Japan and All Japan through 2003, when he broke his left arm again, and was forced to take a long break. After this latest injury, Naniwa never returned to full time wrestling, only randomly appearing in some special shows.