KENTA KOBAYASHI NFL
Name
Kenta Kobayashi
Real Name
Kenta Kobayashi
Date of Birth
March 12, 1981
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2000
Brock Lesnar
Fans were a bit puzzled in regards to how Monday Night Raw was booked this week. John Cena kept telling fans that Paul Heyman only had until halftime to produce Brock Lesnar before an attack would happen. The incident took place closer to the two hour mark than halfway through the show. Reports have surfaced that WWE did this because Vince McMahon wanted to draw in viewers from the NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. He used Lesnar and Cena, two of the bigger names in wrestling, to try to get fans to switch channels during halftime of the game.
September 16, 2014
JTG
Even though they are no longer with WWE, JTG and Shad Gaspard have been able to remain somewhat in the spotlight. The team formerly known as Cryme Tyme recently played a charity football game that was organized by rapper Snoop Dogg. It featured a couple of celebrities, such as former NFL star Shawne Merriman and UFC legend Chuck Liddell.
September 9, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
It was a pretty big deal when WWE announced that they were inviting Michael Sam to show up on Monday Night Raw because the first openly gay player in the NFL has been generating quite a bit of publicity over the last couple of months. However, with him signing with the Dallas Cowboys, WWE has now decided to remove all mentions of the invitation, including an open letter from Stephanie McMahon, to avoid looking like they were rejected.
September 3, 2014
Darren Young
Rumors are floating around that Darren Young is not pleased with WWE for their decision to lure in Michael Sam, an openly gay football player who is trying to sign with an NFL team this season. The speculation arose after Young retweeted messages from fans who are upset with the company for trying to give an open mic to Sam, even though Young has never been given the opportunity to do the same.
September 2, 2014
Stephanie McMahon
On Monday Night Raw, many witnessed a brilliant publicity stunt that WWE launched when they invited Michael Sam, an openly gay football player who is trying to find an NFL team this season, to make an appearance on their television show next week. Stephanie McMahon has made another move to secure that deal by writing an open letter to the defensive end, calling him a hero.
September 2, 2014
Vince McMahon
While there are some concerns backstage about going up against the NFL, the move to Thursday for Smackdown is being viewed as a good thing for WWE. Vince McMahon and company been wanting to make the switch for quite some time now, as Friday nights are really difficult to draw because a lot of their targeted demographics is out of the house.
August 30, 2014
Vince McMahon
After weeks of speculation, it has now been confirmed that WWE will indeed be moving Smackdown from Friday to Thursday. Rumors popped up a couple of weeks ago because a picture of a production truck showed the new day. SyFy has now confirmed the switch. The move puts WWE head to head with the NFL, which is a move that Vince McMahon will be heavily scrutinized for.
August 24, 2014
Brodus Clay
"He is a pro. He comes to work everyday. He is straight forward and tells you exactly what it is. One of my things was I didn't get to work a match with him. I would have dropped the weight I did and keep the muscle I have. He is a great leader in terms of he talks it; he walks it. He is the face of the WWE and likely so. John Cena gave us all an opportunity to train and have the same training regiment. The training of the NBA and NFL with Olympic lifts for maintenance, for power, better cardiovascular. He was on the forefront. He gave guys an opportunity." - Brodus Clay defending John Cena
June 19, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Prior to becoming known worldwide as a legend in professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was actually a pretty good football player. He was an all state high school player in Michigan. His talents were so good that he caught the attention of a university in Texas. He parlayed his success in college to an NFL career, doing a brief stint with the Washington Redskins.
May 1, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"First of all, I wanted to leave. Oh my god, this woman was so nice to me when I walked in there. Once she started hitting me with that deal, I got scared. I go 'Oh my god, she set me up, so should I get up and walk away? How is that going to make the business look?' I breathed, I focused on breathing. The only thing I could think of at that time was that WWE has the best wellness program, better than the NBA, NFL, MLB, so I think that is fighting for the company. I thought about firing back at her (Nancy Grace), but it was a really weird situation. I can't put that bitch over. I can't talk about her anymore, I want to strangle her. The last thing I want to be is in that position. The way it was told to me is that I saw four questions. I said 'I don't know about this' and Nancy Grace said 'No, it's gonna be a feel good piece.' When I walked in there, she was so sweet to me. She totally set me up." - Diamond Dallas Page talks about Nancy Grace
April 25, 2014
Curtis Axel
A picture of Curtis Axel and NFL star Ben Roethlisberger backstage at Royal Rumble 2014. Many have noted the physical resemblance between the WWE star and the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback.
April 18, 2014
Mojo Rawley
WWE loved touting that there were some very familiar faces in the audience at the big WWE NXT show this past week. One of those was Rob Gronkowski, the superstar tight end for the New England Patriots. The NFL player was there because of his friendship with Mojo Rawley, the developmental wrestler that used to play football.
March 2, 2014
Austin Aries
Richie Incognito made the headlines for all of the wrong reason this past year, as the NFL star was suspended for bullying his teammate. Austin Aries posted this message on Twitter, giving advice to the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.
February 16, 2014
Daniel Bryan
As he is slowly starting to become known in the mainstream media, Daniel Bryan was invited to NFL Total Access on the NFL Network this week. While there, he was judging the beards of various football players. The former world heavyweight champion came off looking very well for WWE, so more appearances could be in line.
February 12, 2014
Mojo Rawley
One of the reasons why WWE is putting a lot of faith and expectation in Mojo Rawley is because he is a former NFL player. He had brief stints with the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, but a severe injury derailed him. Management feels that his professional sports background gives him a little more credibility than the other developmental wrestlers.
February 7, 2014
Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks, so when his favorite NFL team won the Super Bowl in dominating fashion against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, he wanted to be there to celebrate, so the popular WWE star was one of the half million people in attendance at the championship parade.
February 6, 2014
Stacy Keibler
Like a lot of other celebrities, Stacy Keibler attended the Super Bowl game this year between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. The former NFL cheerleader was there to support Shaun Phillips, a defensive end who plays for the Broncos.
February 6, 2014
Kendall Skye

Kendall Skye is a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, and the WWE developmental wrestler even took the journey to New Jersey to watch her favorite NFL team play in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they were soundly dominated and defeated by the Seattle Seahawks, though.

February 5, 2014
Ahmed Johnson

Prior to becoming a star in professional wrestling, Ahmed Johnson, whose real name is Anthony Norris, played middle linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys for two seasons (1990 and 1991). He wasn't a big star, nor did he receive a lot of playing time, so he's not remembered by too many NFL fans.

February 4, 2014
Lex Luger

After playing football collegiately for the University of Miami and professionally for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, Lex Luger made his way to the NFL when he signed with the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, though, he never played a single regular season game for the team.

January 27, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Originally, Ric Flair was scheduled to make an appearance at WWE NXT tonight at the Takeover 2 event. The former world heavyweight champion was supposed to introduce Kenta Kobayashi to the fans as a way to accelerate the fan support for the Japanese star. However, it has now been revealed that Flair has canceled on the appearance due to some sort of personal issue.
September 11, 2014
Kevin Steen
The widespread assumption among wrestling fans is that Triple H is the one responsible for bringing in Prince Devitt, Kenta Kobayashi and Kevin Steen into WWE. However, during a recent interview, Kevin Nash specifically stated that HHH was against the idea of bringing in performers who have worked a good amount of time elsewhere. Nash stated that HHH preferred to produce talent in house instead. That has caused people to wonder who was behind the decision to bring in Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi.
September 5, 2014
CM Punk
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
Triple H
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
Triple H
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
WWE has a very big announcement being set up in Tokyo this week. It's such a major move in Japan that they even have Hulk Hogan making an appearance at the event. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in the country, to a contract to join the WWE roster.
July 11, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Next month, WWE is heading over to Japan for a quick tour, and local media has been announcing that the company will hold a press conference to reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi to a contract. WWE has been wanting to increase their presence in the country, and they can greatly improve their chances of doing that by bringing on board one of the more known performers in Japan.
June 28, 2014
Sarita
Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
If things go as planned, WWE could have themselves three new stars on the main roster by 2015. Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and Kenta Kobayashi are rumored to have been signed to developmental contracts with the company. All three need work visas to be completed, but they're expected to start training before the summer ends. Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi are viewed as three of the top international stars available.
May 31, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
With rumors swirling like crazy that he is set to join WWE, Kenta Kobayashi, one of the top stars in Japan, released a simple statement to his fans. He basically stated that an announcement about his future in professional wrestling was coming up soon. The belief is that he is waiting for his work visa to clear before revealing his intentions to join WWE.
May 19, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Earlier this year, the hot rumors were that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE after the Japanese star came to the United States and did a tryout for the company. The industry was a bit shocked recently when it was announced that Kobayashi was leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH, his longtime home. The belief is that he no longer wants to work the physically demanding style in Japan.
May 8, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
While a lot of fans in the United States are hoping that he ends up joining WWE, there are rumors floating around that Kenta Kobayashi could be signing with New Japan instead. A lot of speculation has arisen since his contract with Pro Wrestling NOAH expired earlier this week. Kobayashi did do a tryout for WWE earlier in the year.
May 1, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Back in January, a buzz was created when it appears that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE since he worked a tryout for the company. However, the company never gave him a contract, and he Kobayashi returned to Japan. Pro Wrestling NOAH has just announced, however, that their longtime star is leaving the promotion, which has started rumors about Kobayashi finally joining WWE.
April 30, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Long before CM Punk made the move famous in WWE, Kenta Kobayashi was the man that created the Go 2 Sleep in Japan. It comes as no surprise that he would have a variation of the move, the Inverted Go 2 Sleep. The move is displayed here in this video.
March 3, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

From the sounds of thing, Kenta Kobayashi doesn't seem like he is going to be signing a developmental contract with WWE after all. He has given the impression that he will be sticking with Pro Wrestling NOAH for the time being. Kobayashi has also downplayed the tryout by stating that it was informal.

February 5, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi

After doing a tryout with WWE this week, Kenta Kobayashi is headed back to Japan, where he will be making a big announcement at the next Pro Wrestling Noah show, in regards to his future plans in the industry. Many believe that he will be signing a developmental deal and moving to the USA.

January 31, 2014