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Toshiaki Kawada (b. 1963) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, famous for his work in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and other many enterprises. He started his career as a highschool amateur wrestler, sport whose success allowed him free pass in AJPW. After a foreign excursion in United States, he returned as a member of his mentor Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's Revolution faction, but it was for a short time, as Tenryu left AJPW with other wrestlers to form SWS. The promotion capitalized on this to build new stars, and Kawada and his three greatest rivals, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Wrestling/KentaKobashi and Akira Taue, ended up becoming the Four Heavenly Kings of AJPW in the next years. Kawada stood out as possibly the four's nastiest member, a stoic, almost aristocratic wrestler with no front teeth, always clad in black and yellow, who loved to kick people in the skull and drop them on their heads. His push wavered because his opposition to the promotion's isolationist policy, but when the other three Kings and almost the entire roster left to form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Kawada was left as the promotion's only hope. After years rebuilding AJPW along with a returning Tenryu, Kawada became a freelancer and had participations on Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and even NOAH for the rest of his career. Unlike most major Japanese wrestlers, Kawada chose not to host any retirement ceremony, and left quietly the sport for other business.

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Toshiaki Kawada (b. (born December 8, 1963) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, famous for his work in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and other many enterprises. He started his career as a highschool amateur wrestler, sport whose success allowed him free pass in AJPW. After a foreign excursion in United States, he returned as a member of his mentor Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's Revolution faction, but it was for a short time, as Tenryu left AJPW with other wrestlers to form SWS. The promotion capitalized on this to build new stars, and Kawada and his three greatest rivals, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Wrestling/KentaKobashi and Akira Taue, ended up becoming the Four Heavenly Kings of AJPW in the next years. Kawada stood out as possibly the four's nastiest member, a stoic, almost aristocratic wrestler with no front teeth, always clad in black and yellow, who loved to kick people in the skull and drop them on their heads. His push wavered because his opposition to the promotion's isolationist policy, but when the other three Kings and almost the entire roster left to form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Kawada was left as the promotion's only hope. After years rebuilding AJPW along with a returning Tenryu, Kawada became a freelancer and had participations on Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and even NOAH for the rest of his career. Unlike most major Japanese wrestlers, Kawada chose not to host any retirement ceremony, and left quietly the sport for other business.




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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Uncannily to Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto. Wrestler with combat sports background, particularly karate? Check. Wrestling style composed of stiff kicks and a vertical drop brainbuster? Check. Unusual appearance but angry personality? Check. Part of a ThreeAmigos or a FourIsDeath number? Check. Trouble with their respective promotion's management due to their opposition to impopular/improductive policies? Check. Passed the last part of their careers mostly away from his home promotion, also doing HUSTLE? Check.

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* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Subverted. He and Hiromichi Fuyuki were named Footloose in United States, because at the time you could not be a Japanese wrestler in the States without being showered with references to kicks, samurai, kamikaze and similar stuff. However, although certainly a trained karateka, Kawada was never a fan of portraying a martial artist on the ring (at least until HUSTLE, where he played a BruceLeeClone), while Fuyuki was not a great kicker at all.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Uncannily to Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto. Wrestler with a combat sports background, particularly background including karate? Check. Wrestling style composed of stiff kicks and a vertical drop brainbuster? Check. Unusual appearance but angry personality? Check. Part of a ThreeAmigos or a FourIsDeath number? Check. Trouble with their respective promotion's management due to their opposition to impopular/improductive policies? Check. Passed the last part of their careers mostly away from his home promotion, also doing HUSTLE? Check.



* CoolTeacher: Trained wrestlers like Kazushi Miyamoto, Taichi and Yuto Aijima.

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* BruceLeeClone: Parodied in HUSTLE, where he would wear a black and yellow tracksuit in reference to Creator/BruceLee's iconic attire from ''Film/GameOfDeath''. Actually, given that Kawada has dressed in black and yellow for most of his career (although in the reverse color pattern), it might have been a reference to Lee all along.
* CoolTeacher: Trained wrestlers like Kazushi Miyamoto, Taichi Ishikari and Yuto Aijima.



* IKnowKarate: He is stated to be a Shidokan karate practitioner which explains his proficiency in kicking, but he is better known as an amateur wrestler and was very active during his high school years, becoming a national champion in his senior year after defeating Keiichi Yamada (who later became Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger) in the finals.
* RedBaron: "Dangerous K", "Hustle K", "Monster K".

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* IKnowKarate: He is stated to be a Shidokan karate practitioner UsefulNotes/{{Karate}} practitioner, trained under the founder of the art nothing less, which explains his proficiency in kicking, but he kicking. However, his particular case is actually subversion of this trope: as martial arts credentials weren't usually very appreciated in AJPW (compared to NJPW, where they often led to entire characters and storylines), Kawada's karate experience wasn't an overt part of his gimmick and thus it was rarely mentioned. Instead, Kawada's better known as an accomplished amateur wrestler and wrestler. He was very active during his high school years, becoming and even became a national wrestling champion in his senior year after defeating Keiichi Yamada (who later became (the future Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger) in the finals.
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* MeaningfulName: The name of his tag team with Hiromichi Fuyuki, Footloose, was a pun referencing their kicking ability (mostly Kawada's, although Fuyuki also used to do a double spinning heel kick with him).
* RedBaron: "Dangerous K", "Hustle "HUSTLE K", "Monster K".K".
* TheRival: To Wrestling/NaoyaOgawa in HUSTLE.
* SadistTeacher: His character in HUSTLE, where he would kick his apprentice Taichi Ishikari around for petty reasons. Rumoredly to be his real life self in the old AJPW dojo, although that's hardly a rare thing in Japanese pro wrestling.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Averted, when Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa and 95% of AJPWs roster and non-wrestling employees staged a mass exodus from the company to form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNoah, only Kawada and Masanobu Fuchi stayed behind.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Averted, when Averted. When Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa and 95% of AJPWs roster and non-wrestling employees staged a mass exodus from the company to form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNoah, only Kawada and Masanobu Fuchi stayed behind.


Toshiaki Kawada (b. 1963) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, famous for his work in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and other many enterprises. He started his career as a highschool amateur wrestler, sport whose success allowed him free pass in AJPW. After a foreign excursion in United States, he returned as a member of his mentor Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's Revolution faction, but it was for a short time, as Tenryu left AJPW with other wrestlers to form SWS. The promotion capitalized on this to build new stars, and Kawada and his three greatest rivals, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Kenta Kobashi and Akira Taue, ended up becoming the Four Heavenly Kings of AJPW in the next years. Kawada stood out as possibly the four's nastiest member, a stoic, almost aristocratic wrestler with no front teeth, always clad in black and yellow, who loved to kick people in the skull and drop them on their heads. His push wavered because his opposition to the promotion's isolationist policy, but when the other three Kings and almost the entire roster left to form Wrestling/ProWrestling/NOAH, Kawada was left as the promotion's only hope. After years rebuilding AJPW along with a returning Tenryu, Kawada became a freelancer and had participations on Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and even NOAH for the rest of his career. Unlike most major Japanese wrestlers, Kawada chose not to host any retirement ceremony, and left quietly the sport for other business.

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Toshiaki Kawada (b. 1963) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, famous for his work in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and other many enterprises. He started his career as a highschool amateur wrestler, sport whose success allowed him free pass in AJPW. After a foreign excursion in United States, he returned as a member of his mentor Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's Revolution faction, but it was for a short time, as Tenryu left AJPW with other wrestlers to form SWS. The promotion capitalized on this to build new stars, and Kawada and his three greatest rivals, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Kenta Kobashi Wrestling/KentaKobashi and Akira Taue, ended up becoming the Four Heavenly Kings of AJPW in the next years. Kawada stood out as possibly the four's nastiest member, a stoic, almost aristocratic wrestler with no front teeth, always clad in black and yellow, who loved to kick people in the skull and drop them on their heads. His push wavered because his opposition to the promotion's isolationist policy, but when the other three Kings and almost the entire roster left to form Wrestling/ProWrestling/NOAH, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, Kawada was left as the promotion's only hope. After years rebuilding AJPW along with a returning Tenryu, Kawada became a freelancer and had participations on Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and even NOAH for the rest of his career. Unlike most major Japanese wrestlers, Kawada chose not to host any retirement ceremony, and left quietly the sport for other business.


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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Uncannily to Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto. Wrestler with combat sports background, particularly karate? Check. Wrestling style composed of stiff kicks and a vertical drop brainbuster? Check. Unusual appearance but angry personality? Check. Part of a ThreeAmigos or a FourIsDeath number? Check. Trouble with their respective promotion's management due to their opposition to impopular/improductive policies? Check. Passed the last part of their careers mostly away from his home promotion, also doing HUSTLE? Check.

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Toshiaki Kawada (b. 1963) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er, famous for his work in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and other many enterprises. He started his career as a highschool amateur wrestler, sport whose success allowed him free pass in AJPW. After a foreign excursion in United States, he returned as a member of his mentor Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu's Revolution faction, but it was for a short time, as Tenryu left AJPW with other wrestlers to form SWS. The promotion capitalized on this to build new stars, and Kawada and his three greatest rivals, Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Kenta Kobashi and Akira Taue, ended up becoming the Four Heavenly Kings of AJPW in the next years. Kawada stood out as possibly the four's nastiest member, a stoic, almost aristocratic wrestler with no front teeth, always clad in black and yellow, who loved to kick people in the skull and drop them on their heads. His push wavered because his opposition to the promotion's isolationist policy, but when the other three Kings and almost the entire roster left to form Wrestling/ProWrestling/NOAH, Kawada was left as the promotion's only hope. After years rebuilding AJPW along with a returning Tenryu, Kawada became a freelancer and had participations on Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE, Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and even NOAH for the rest of his career. Unlike most major Japanese wrestlers, Kawada chose not to host any retirement ceremony, and left quietly the sport for other business.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiaki_Kawada The Other Wiki]].

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* TheAce: One of the aces of AJPW in the 1990s.
* TheApprentice: To Giant Baba and Wrestling/GenichiroTenryu.
* ArchEnemy / {{Foil}}: To Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, though in truth they were more VitriolicBestBuds.
* BoringButPractical: One of his finishers is a simple hard kick to the head.
* CoolTeacher: Trained wrestlers like Kazushi Miyamoto, Taichi and Yuto Aijima.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Has the distinction of having competed in 17 matches that were given a 5-Star Rating and one match which received a 6-Star rating by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter. He had a few of dream matches in his later career like his match with Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura at the 2007 Wrestle Kingdom and a tag team match with old friend Akira Taue against old rival Jun Akiyama and fellow kicking ExtremityExtremist Wrestling/{{Kenta}}.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Announcers have called it "Shuichioku no Rakka (Vertical Drop) Power Bomb," "Dangerous Powerbomb," and "Dangerous Sankan Powerbomb", but it is better known as the Kawada Driver or the Ganso Bomb. One of the most legitimately dangerous moves in pro wrestling, which he used only three times in his career, the first time he did it was after breaking his arm and botching a powerbomb on Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa. Incredibly enough and perhaps horrifyingly, it was not a FinishingMove.
* {{Determinator}}: A requirement in being an AJPW ace.
* EliteFour: Along with Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Wrestling/KentaKobashi, and Akira Taue, they made up the [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter Four Pillars]] of AJPW due to them all being hardworking, self sacrificing, honorable baby faces standing against an ever constant tide of evil foreigners.
* ExtremityExtremist: While Misawa had his elbows, Kobashi had his chops, and Taue had his chokeslams, Kawada had his kicks.
* FakeNationality: As Kio Kawada in Canada, he was billed as being a Korean from Seoul.
* GuestFighter: From Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling.
* HiddenDepths: After retiring from wrestling, he opened up a ramen shop called 'Men-gerous K', a play on his Dangerous K nickname and the word 'men' means noodles in Japanese.
* IdenticalStranger: Stylistically speaking, his stiff wrestling style was quite similar to the UWF shoot style wrestling.
* IKnowKarate: He is stated to be a Shidokan karate practitioner which explains his proficiency in kicking, but he is better known as an amateur wrestler and was very active during his high school years, becoming a national champion in his senior year after defeating Keiichi Yamada (who later became Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger) in the finals.
* RedBaron: "Dangerous K", "Hustle K", "Monster K".
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Early in 1996, Kawada criticised AJPW booker Giant Baba publicly for his isolationist policies towards. At the time, AJPWs rival promotion New Japan was making record business doing cross-promotional feuds and exposing their wrestlers to a wider audience. By criticising Baba in this way, Kawada was punished by being relegated to lower card matches. Thankfully it didn't last long.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Averted, when Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa and 95% of AJPWs roster and non-wrestling employees staged a mass exodus from the company to form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNoah, only Kawada and Masanobu Fuchi stayed behind.
* TagTeam: A prolific tag team wrestler in addition to his singles career. Some of his teammates include [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Best Bud]] Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, Hiromichi Fuyuki as Footloose, Akira Taue as the Holy Demon Army, etc.
* WorthyOpponent: Wrestling/KentaKobashi.
* WrestlingPsychology: He knew how to make every move he made important. Every strike served a purpose in a larger, over-arching story, and he knew exactly how to make his strikes look devastating. Part of this was through the selling and the psychology used by his opponents when they took his moves, but the biggest part was that Kawada was stiff.

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