Considered one of the greatest heels in the Toryumon, Yasushi Kanda is an 11-year veteran who has been involved in almost every aspect of wrestling in his career. He formed the M2K stable in the Toryumon Japan and led it to prominence, but his run to the top was short-lived as he suffered a neck injury in October 2001, ending his in-ring career at the time. He became a referee afterwards. He also wore a neck brace due to the injury. He was a partial heel referee for the M2K stable. This ended during a grudge match between Dragon Kid and Darkness Dragon where, tired of M2K’s interference in the match, he hit all the interfering members with the blue box, then Darkness Dragon as well. M2K declared headhunting on Kid and Kanda, but it didn’t last long. On September 8, 2002, Kanda came to the ring with his original M2K partners, Masaaki Mochizuki and Susumu Mochizuki (Susumu Yokosuka), to officially retire from the ring. Out of respect for him, Magnum Tokyo, the current leader of M2K, sealed the name. Kanda continued refereeing, though he no longer had an individual role. He also took an office job within the federation.
In 2006, Don Fujii of heel stable Blood Generation began to harass Kanda during matches. Kanda was provoked into fighting back. At first he fought against Blood Generation’s heel referee Kinta Tamaoka, but he soon returned in full, sparking a “Rennaissance” concept that ended prematurely when one of the major participants, Magnum Tokyo, was injured. His full return to the ring occurred in July 2006, when he signed a wrestlers contract. He won the Open The Brave Gate Title in 2007 before joining Muscle Outlawz in 2008. Later he aligned with Real Hazard, using some tricks and underhanded tactics to get Gamma and not himself kicked out of the group. In the internal rivalry that has divided the faction Kanda is on the “dirty” side of the feud, one of the wrestlers favoring using dirty tactics to win tactics rather than the “clean” tactics favored by the other side.
Stats & Info:
Real name: Hiroyuki Kanda
Weight: 187 pounds/85 kg
Experience: 11 years (includes 4 years as referee/front office)
Finishing move: Diving Elbow Drop, Ryu’s
Current affiliation: Dragon Gate
Ring entrance theme: “KICK START THE ELEPHANT” performed by ACMA
1-time Open The Brave Gate Champion
2-time Open The Triangle Gate Champion
1-time IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Champion
1-time UWA World Trios Champion
1999 Young Dragon Cup