Kento Kobune (小船健人, Kobune Kento) is a Japanese professional wrestler better known by his ring name SB Kento (often stylized in capital letters as SB KENTo) currently working for the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate where he is the former Open the Brave Gate Champion in his second reign and the former Open the Twin Gate Champion in his first reign.[3]

SB Kento
Born (2000-02-06) February 6, 2000 (age 22)[1]
Nagoya, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Kento Kobune
SB Kento
Billed height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Billed weight81 kg (179 lb)
Debut2019

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Dragon Gate (2019–present)Edit

Kobune made his professional wrestling debut at Dragon Gate PRIME ZONE Vol. 76 on April 16, 2019, where he went into a time-limit draw against Taketo Kamei in an exhibition match.[4] He made his first appearance in an official match hosted by the promotion at Fantastic Gate 2019 on December 22 where he teamed up with Naruki Doi to defeat Taketo Kamei and Yamato.[5]

At the DG Truth Gate 2021 on February 26, Kobune participated in a 12-man Royal Sambo battle royal also involving the winner Stalker Ichikawa, Super Shisa, Yasushi Kanda, Yosuke Santa Maria and others.[6] On the evening show of the eleventh night of the 2021 Open The New Year Gate on January 31, he teamed up with fellow R.E.D. stablemates BxB Hulk, Kaito Ishida and HipHop Kikuta to defeat Masquerade (Jason Lee, Kota Minoura, La Estrella and Shun Skywalker) in an eight-man tag team match.[7] At The Gate Of Adventure 2021 on August 8, Kobune defeated Kagetora to win the Open the Brave Gate Championship.[8]

Kobune is known for his work towards various signature events of the promotion. One of them is the Gate of Destiny, making his first appearance at the 2020 edition on November 3, where he teamed up with Madoka Kikuta and Taketo Kamei to defeat Team Toryumon (Masato Yoshino, Último Dragón and Yasushi Kanda) in a six-man tag team match. Kobune won the Open the Triangle Gate Championship by teaming up with Kazma Sakamoto and Takashi Yoshida the same night as they defeated Naruki Doi, Punch Tominaga and Ryotsu Shimizu to win the vacant titles. It was later revealed that Kobune, Sakamoto and Yoshida have joined the R.E.D. stable and went as a sub-group ever since.[9]

Another event in which he participated was the King of Gate 2021 where he placed himself in the Block B which he won by scoring a total of six points after competing against Dragon Kid, Eita, Jason Lee, Susumu Yokosuka and Kzy. He then fell short to Kzy in the semi-finals after the latter won a second chance battle royal.[10]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Dragon Kid (mask) SB Kento (hair) Aichi, Japan Dead or Alive 2021 May 5, 2021 [Note 1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tag team cage match where Kento teamed with Dragon Kid to take on Yamato and Kai where the losing team faced off one-on-one with the loser of the match getting their head shaved or mask removed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saalbach, Axel. "SB KENTo • General Information". wrestlingdata.com. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "SB KENTo/Career Data". cagematch.de (in German). Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  3. ^ Internet Wrestling Database (IWD). "SB KENTo Profile & Match Listing". profightdb.com. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Dragon Gate (April 16, 2019). "Dragon Gate Studio vol.76". dragongate.live. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Dragon Gate (December 22, 2019). FANTASTIC GATE 2019 2019.12.22 愛知・名古屋国際会議場 観衆:1,890人(超満員札止め). gaora.co.jp. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Dragon Gate (February 26, 2021). TRUTH GATE 2021 2021.2.26 兵庫・神戸常盤アリーナ 観衆:265人. gaora.co.jp. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Dragon Gate (January 31, 2021). OPEN THE NEW YEAR GATE 2021(夜の部) 2021.1.31 アクロス福岡 観衆:291人. gaora.co.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  8. ^ Daly, Wayne (August 8, 2021). "Dragon Gate Results: The Gate Of Adventure 2021 Day 2 – Nagoya, Japan (8/8)". wrestling-news.net. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  9. ^ Lowe, Case (November 3, 2020). "DRAGONGATE GATE OF DESTINY (NOVEMBER 3) REVIEW". voicesofwrestling.com. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  10. ^ Williams, Xavier (May 13, 2021). "Preview: Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling – King of Gate 2021". lastwordonsports.com. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  11. ^ Wrestling Titles (August 1, 2021). "Open the Brave Gate Title". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  12. ^ Wrestling Titles (August 1, 2021). "Open the Triangle Gate Title". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  13. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2021". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved October 9, 2021.