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Konosuke Takeshita (竹下 幸之介, Takeshita Kōnosuke, born May 29, 1995)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler, who has worked for DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDT) since his debut in August 2012. Dubbed the "Future of DDT", Takeshita was named the Rookie of the Year by Tokyo Sports in 2013. He is the youngest KO-D Openweight Champion in history, having won the title on his 21st birthday, and has also held the KO-D Tag Team Championship, the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship and the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship.

Konosuke Takeshita
Konosuke Takeshita.jpg
Takeshita in August 2012
Birth nameKonosuke Takeshita (竹下 幸之介, Takeshita Kōnosuke)
Born (1995-05-29) May 29, 1995 (age 24)[1][2]
Osaka, Osaka[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Konosuke Takeshita
The Nishinaritaker[3]
Takeshita=Pehlwan[4]
Billed height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Billed weight99 kg (218 lb)[1]
Trained byDDT Pro-Wrestling[5]
DebutAugust 18, 2012[1]

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Professional wrestling careerEdit

DDT Pro-Wrestling (2011–present)Edit

Takeshita, with a sports background in track and field, began training for a career in professional wrestling in 2011 with the DDT Pro-Wrestling promotion.[5] Takeshita had been a professional wrestling fan since childhood and as a 12-year old had attended a DDT show, where he was kissed by wrestler Danshoku Dino.[6][7] On April 1, 2012, DDT announced that Takeshita would be debuting for the promotion on August 18 in Tokyo's Nippon Budokan.[5] Prior to his debut match, Takeshita took part in exhibition matches.[8] During one of these matches on August 4, Takeshita scored an upset win over Hiroshi Fukuda, winning the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship in the process.[9] The title had a 24/7 rule, where it could be won anytime and anywhere.[10] As Takeshita was being congratulated by DDT general manager Amon Tsurumi for winning his first match before his debut, Fukuda hit him with a low blow and then pinned him to regain the title.[9]

On August 18, 2012, Takeshita was defeated by El Generico in his official debut match.[1][11] On November 25, Takeshita pinned Poison Sawada Julie in his retirement match, a six-man tag team match.[12] At the end of 2013, Tokyo Sports named Takeshita Japanese professional wrestling's Rookie of the Year, with him becoming the first wrestler still in high school to win the award.[13] He also finished second in Wrestling Observer Newsletter's award category for Rookie of the Year, losing to Yohei Komatsu by four votes (906–902).[14]

 
Takeshita in November 2014

On January 26, 2014, Takeshita received his first-ever shot at one of the King of DDT (KO-D) titles, when he and Tetsuya Endo challenged for the KO-D Tag Team Championship in a three-way match, which was won by the Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) and also included Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto.[15][16] On May 6, Takeshita came together with Antonio Honda to form the "Happy Motel" stable.[1] The two were eventually joined by Tetsuya Endo, with whom they went on to win the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship by defeating Shuten-dōji (Kudo, Masa Takanashi and Yukio Sakaguchi) on July 13.[1] They lost the title back to Shuten-dōji seven days later.[17]

On August 17, Takeshita took part in a high-profile interpromotional match, when he was defeated by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) representative Hiroshi Tanahashi at DDT's annual Ryōgoku Kokugikan event.[18][19] On September 28, Takeshita and Endo defeated Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship for the first time.[1][20] Afterwards, Omega dubbed Takeshita the "Future of DDT".[1] Takeshita and Endo went on to lose the title to Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi on February 15, 2015.[1][21] The following June, Takeshita made it to the finals of the 2015 King of DDT tournament, but was defeated there by Yukio Sakaguchi.[1][22] On December 23, Takeshita and Endo defeated Shigehiro Irie and Yuji Okabayashi in the finals of a tournament to regain the vacant KO-D Tag Team Championship.[1][23]

With Kudo sidelined with an injury and Kota Ibushi announcing his resignation from DDT, Takeshita was poised to take a larger role in the promotion.[23][24] On January 3, 2016, he received his first shot at DDT's top title, the KO-D Openweight Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion, Isami Kodaka.[1] On March 21, Takeshita and Endo lost the KO-D Tag Team Championship to Daisuke Sasaki and Shuji Ishikawa.[1] On May 29, his 21st birthday, Takeshita defeated Daisuke Sasaki to win the KO-D Openweight Championship for the first time.[25][26] With the win, Takeshita became the youngest KO-D Openweight Champion in history,[27] beating the previous record held by Nosawa Rongai by three years and six months.[24] On June 15, Takeshita made his debut for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), teaming with Tetsuya Endo in a tag team match, where they defeated Jun Akiyama and Yuma Aoyagi.[28][29] On July 17, Takeshita successfully defended the KO-D Openweight Championship against his tag team partner Tetsuya Endo. After the match, Endo turned on Takeshita and joined Daisuke Sasaki's Damnation stable.[30][31] After three successful title defenses, Takeshita lost the KO-D Openweight Championship to Shuji Ishikawa on August 28 at DDT's biggest event of the year, Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2016.[32][33] On December 4, Takeshita and Mike Bailey defeated Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship.[34] They lost the title to Masakatsu Funaki and Yukio Sakaguchi in their second defense on January 9, 2017.[35]

On January 29, Takeshita defeated Kudo in the finals of a tournament to become the number one contender to the KO-D Openweight Championship.[36][37] On March 20 at DDT's 20th anniversary event, Takeshita defeated Harashima to win the KO-D Openweight Championship for the second time.[38][39] The following month, Takeshita and Akito formed a new tag team named "All Out".[40] On August 20 at the 2017 Ryōgoku Peter Pan show, Takeshita made his seventh successful defense of the KO-D Openweight Championship against 2017 King of DDT winner Tetsuya Endo.[41][42] On October 22, Takeshita set a new record for most successful defenses of the KO-D Openweight Championship by making his ninth defense against Danshoku Dino.[7] On November 2, Takeshita became a double champion, when he and his All Out stablemates Akito and Diego defeated Damnation (Daisuke Sasaki, Mad Paulie and Shuji Ishikawa) to win the vacant KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship.[43] On November 28, Takeshita and Yuki Ueno won the cross-promotional 2017 Differ Cup by defeating the Pro Wrestling Noah team of Hitoshi Kumano and Katsuhiko Nakajima in the finals. This marked the first Differ Cup held in 10 years.[44] On December 10, All Out lost the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Shuten-dōji.[45]

Takeshita won DDT-Ōu Grand Prix 2018 by defeteating Go Shiozaki.At 17th February 2019 Takeshita defeated Daisuke Sasaki for KO-D Openweight championship. He captured title for 3rd time. Post-Match he said that he will challenge more titles matches outside DDT.

At 4th April DDT is going to America Show , NY Takeshita was defeated by Daisuke Sasaki with 2 low blow and hurricana.Later on Tetsuya Endo cashes Gauntlet and Defeated Sasaki.Therefore Endo becomes new KO-D Champion.

At King of DDT Takeshita defeated Soma Takao in finals for King of DDT and becoming #1 contender for KO-D Openweight Championship at Ryogoku Peter Pan 2019 which is to be scheduled in 15th July 2019. At Wrestle Matsuyamania 2019 Endo defeated Yukio Sakaguchi for championship and Takeshita challenged him for Title at Ryogoku Peter Pan 2019.

At Ryogoku Peter Pan 2019 Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Endo for KO-D Openweight Championship for 4th time.Thus He became 72th DDT KO-D Openweight Championship in his 4th reign.


Personal lifeEdit

In February 2014, Takeshita was admitted into the Nippon Sport Science University.[46] In June 2014, he signed with the Oscar talent agency.[47] His hobbies include weightlifting and bodybuilding.[24] Takeshita has stated that his goal was to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as a decathlete.[48]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

 
Takeshita holding the KO-D Openweight Championship belt in May 2016

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