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Kensuke Sasaki

Real Name - Kensuke Sasaki 
Birthdate - 8/4/66 
5'9" 258 lbs. - Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan

Athletic Background - Mixed Martial Arts

Teacher(s) - Riki Choshu

Professional Background - Japan Pro(`15-`87), New Japan(`87-`02), Stampede(`89), WCW(`92-`96), WJ(`03), Free(`03-)

AliasesPower Warrior, Kenskee

Groups - Inoki's Army, Swing-Lows, Kensuke Office, Florida Express

Peak Years - `97-`08


Finisher(s) - 
- Northern Lights Bomb 
- Stranglehold Alpha 
- Stranglehold Beta 
- Strangehold Gamma
- Stranglehold Z 
- STK (STO with palm strike) 
- King Buster (Half Nelson Suplex)
- Volcano Eruption 
- Scorpion Deathlock

Favorites - 
- Lariat 
- Tornado Bomb (Single-Leg Powerbomb) 
- Ipponzei (Rolling Shoulder Throw) 
- Release German Suplex 
- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Kensuke Sasaki spent the better part of a decade getting push after push in New Japan despite not being the most talented, the most popular or the most charismatic.  However, he found himself as the IWGP Heavyweight champion at an amazing time in puroresu history when All Japan’s Toshiaki Kawada came to New Japan and issued a challenge.  Although All Japan’s roster had almost completely left and Kawada was not even that company’s biggest star, the symbolic nature of the battle was incredible.  In retrospect this event marketed a new era in puroresu as the scene began deteriorating and only “dream matches” was able to draw in the crowds.  Sasaki became the master of this new fractured scene as he worked with companies big and small, against legends and up-and-comers alike and built himself up as the premier freelancer.  In addition to this status, Sasaki had matured greatly as an in-ring worker, performer and he was undoubtedly in the top tier of drawing cards during this era.  Sasaki’s battles with Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama and others attracted some of the greatest attention of puroresu loyalists.  In addition to this role as a trailblazing free agent, he established the “Kensuke Office” with his wife Akira Hokuto running operations and representing a stable of capable young talent.  The group began running periodic shows and became responsible of Pro-Wrestling NOAH’s next generation of wrestlers.  Renamed “Diamond Ring” in 2012, the power couple of puroresu legends have found a way to market themselves and give back to the profession that has given them so much.  Kensuke Sasaki has truly achieved a level of success in recognition that years of big pushes in New Japan never would have given him.
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