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[Funaki Gallery]
[Kaientai Gallery]
[Japanese Wrestler Gallery]
Wrestler: Sho Funaki
Real Name: Shoichi Funaki
Birthday: August 24, 1968
Hometown: Born in Tokyo, Japan
San Antonio, TX
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 57 - 180 lbs
Trained by: Animal Hamaguchi
Yohiaki Fujiwara
Debut: 1990
Previous Gimmicks:
Finishing Move: The Rising Sun (Tornado DDT)
Favorite Moves: Fisherman Buster
Diamond Dust
Inverted DDT
Enziguri Kick
Notable Feuds: Super Delfin
The Great Sasuke
Taka Michinoku
Acolytes
Albert
Spike Dudley

  • UWA (Universal Wrestling Alliance) Middleweight title on March 19 1997;
  • WWF Hardcore title at WrestleMania 2000;
  • TWA (Texas Wrestling Alliance) title (June 30, 2000);
  • WWE Cruiserweight title defeating Spike Dudley (December 12, 2004);


  • Japan:
  • 1989: Shoichi Funaki completed his training at Animal Hamaguchi's Training Gym in Japan..
  • 1995: Shoishi Funaki competed in the Super J Cup Tournament in Japan..
  • June 1996: Shoishi Funaki & Taka Michinoku joined Dick Togo, Shiryu, and Mens Teioh in Kaientai DX, or KDX..
  • March 19, 1997: Shoishi Funaki beat Pantera in Yonezawa, Japan for the UWA (Universal Wrestling Alliance) Middleweight title..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • March 1998: Kaientai joined the WWF, where Taka Michinoku was the reigning Light Heavyweight champion..
  • Over the Edge 1998: Kaientai defeated Taka Michinoku & Bradshaw..
  • The 4-man Kaientai group, managed by Yamaguchi San, briefly feuded with Taka before reforming the original team!
  • ~~~This group consisted of Taka Michinoku, Sho Funaki, Dick Togo, and Mens Teioh..
  • ~~~Eventually the team was narrowed down to Sho Funaki & Taka Michinoku..
  • Wrestlemania 2000: Funaki briefly held the WWF Hardcore title by defeating Viscera in a 13-man battle royal..
  • June 30, 2000: Funaki captured the TWA (Texas Wrestling Alliance) title from Charles Poindexter Anderson..
  • August 29, 2000 - Smackdown!: Kaientai defeated the Dudley Boyz with help from the APA (who Kaientai had paid off)..

    World Wrestling Entertainment:
  • August 29, 2002 - Smackdown!: In a match taped for Velocity, Funaki is defeated by CW Champ Jamie Noble..
  • February 27, 2003 - Smackdown!: Funaki & Torrie Wilson defeated Jamie Noble & Nidia..
  • July 17, 2003: Funaki defeated A-Train in Yokohama, Japan..
  • September 11, 2003 - Smackdown!: Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas beat Ultimo Dragon & Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • March 4, 2004 - Smackdown!: Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Sho Funaki in a non title match!
  • March 11, 2004 - Smackdown!: Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman & Ultimo Dragon & Funaki beat Tajiri & Akio & Sakoda & Jamie Noble..
  • March 14, 2004 - Wrestlemania XX: Sho Funaki participates in the Cruiserweight Open, which was won by Chavo Guerrero (Champ)..
  • December 9, 2004 - Smackdown!: Sho Funaki won a #1 Contenders Cruiserweight Battle Royal to earn a title shot at Armageddon!
  • December 12, 2004 - Armageddon: Sho Funaki defeated Spike Dudley to capture the Cruiserweight title!
  • December 30, 2004 - SD! Night of Champions: Sho Funaki defeated Spike Dudley to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • January 6, 2005 - Smackdown: Sho Funaki defeated Akio to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • January 13, 2005 - Smackdown!: Sho Funaki defeated Nunzio to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • January 27, 2005 - SD!: Paul London Paul London beat Spike Dudley, Shannon Moore and Funaki in a Rumble Qualifying match..
  • February 10, 2005 - SD! in Japan: Sho Funaki (loud cheers) defeated Chavo Guerrero to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • February 17, 2005 - Smackdown!: Sho Funaki & Paul London & Shannon Moore beat Spike Dudley & Chavo Guerrero & Akio..
  • February 20, 2005 - No Way Out: Chavo Guerrero won a 6-Man Gauntlet Match to capture his 5th Cruiserweight title..
  • ~~~Paul London beat Funaki, London b Spike Dudley, London b Shannon Moore, London b Akio, Chavo Guerrero beat London..
  • February 24, 2005 - Smackdown!: Chavo Guerrero defeated Sho Funaki to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • March 3, 2005 - Smackdown!: Paul London & Sho Funaki defeated Akio & Chavo Guerrero in a match taped for VELOCITY..
  • April 2, 2005 - WM21 Fan Frenzy: Paul London & Funaki & Nunzio defeated Spike Dudley & Billy Kidman & Akio..
  • May 12, 2005 - Smackdown!: Matt Morgan destroyed Sho Funaki..
  • June 16, 2005 - Smackdown!: Juventud Guerrera defeated Sho Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • July 14, 2005 - Smackdown!: The Mexicools defeated Paul London & Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty (great cruiserweight action!)
  • July 15, 2005--K-DOJO: Kengo Mashimo/KAZMA/Chikuzen/Toshima b TAKA Michinoku/Dick Togo/Mens Teioh/Funaki..
  • July 28, 2005 - Smackdown!: Frankie Kazarian defeated Sho Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • August 11, 2005 - Smackdown!: Mr. Ken Anderson defeated Sho Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • August 18, 2005 - Smackdown!: John Layfield destroyed Sho Funaki in a No Holds Barred Match until Batista made the save!
  • August 25, 2005 - Smackdown!: Mr. Kennedy (Doing his own ring announcing) defeated Sho Funaki..
  • September 1, 2005 - Smackdown!: William Regal & Paul Burchill defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki..
  • September 23, 2005 - Smackdown!: William Regal & Paul Birchall defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki taped for Velocity..
  • November 11, 2005 - Smackdown!: Sylvan defeated Sho Funaki in a dark match..
  • November 18, 2005 - SD! Eddie Guerrero Tribute: Sho Funaki participated in a special Battle Royal! (won by Juventud)
  • December 2, 2005 - Smackdown!: Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki participated in a #1 Contenders Tag Team Battle Royal!
  • December 9, 2005 - Smackdown!: The Dicks (James & Chad) defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a match taped for Velocity..
  • December 16, 2005 - Smackdown!: Orlando Jordan defeated Sho Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • December 18, 2005 - Armageddon: Jamie Noble defeated Sho Funaki by Dragon Sleeper submission on HEAT..
  • December 30, 2005 - Smackdown!: Sho Funaki interviewed Cruiserweight Champion Kid Kash | Kash attacked Funaki!
  • January 27, 2006 - Smackdown!: Fit Finlay pinned Sho Funaki but had the decision reversed when he wouldn't stop the assault!
  • January 29, 2006 - Royal Rumble: Gregory Helms won the Cruiserweight Open to capture the WWE Cruiserweight title!
  • ~~~Gregory Helms (RAW) defeated Kid Kash (Champion) and Jamie Noble and Sho Funaki and Paul London and Nunzio!
  • February 19, 2006 - No Way Out: Gregory Helms won a 10-MAN Cruiserweight Open to retain the Cruiserweight title..
  • ~~~Participants: Gregory Helms, Super Crazy, Psicosis, Funaki, Scotty 2 Hotty, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Nunzio & Kid Kash...
  • February 24, 2006 - Smackdown!: Gymini & Simon Dean defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick & Sho Funaki (Velocity)..
  • March 10, 2006 - SmackDown!: Kid Kash & Jamie Noble defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki (Velocity)..
  • March 31, 2006 - SmackDown!: Big Vito w/Nunzio defeated Sho Funaki in a match taped for Velocity..
  • April 7, 2006 - SmackDown!: Kid Kash & Jamie Noble defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a match on Velocity..
  • April 14, 2006 - SmackDown!: Kid Kash & Jamie Noble defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a match on Velocity..
  • April 21, 2006 - SmackDown!: The Great Khali w/Daivari destroyed Sho Funaki..
  • May 5, 2006 - SmackDown!: The Gymini (Jesse & Jake w/Simon Dean) defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty..
  • May 12, 2006 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki defeated Sylvan in a match taped for Velocity..
  • May 19, 2006 - SmackDown!: Nunzio & Big Vito defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a match taped for Velocity..
  • May 26, 2006 - SmackDown!: Kid Kash & Jamie Noble defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki (taped for Velocity)..
  • June 9, 2006 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki defeated Mike Knox in a dark match..
  • June 23, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mr. Ken Kennedy defeated Sho Funaki..
  • July 7, 2006 - SmackDown!: The Pitbulls (Kid Kash & Jamie Noble) defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki..
  • July 23, 2006 - Great American Bash: Sho Funaki defeated Simon Dean in a Pre-show match..
  • July 28, 2006 - SmackDown!: Ryan Wilson defeated Sho Funaki in a dark match..
  • August 4, 2006 - SmackDown!: Kasey James & Idol Stevens w/Michelle McCool defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki..
  • August 11, 2006 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki defeated Chuck Palumbo in a dark match..
  • September 22, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mike "The Miz" Mizanin defeated Sho Funaki..
  • October 20, 2006 - SmackDown!: William Regal & Dave Taylor defeated Scotty Too Hotty & Sho Funaki in a squash match..
  • November 3, 2006 - SmackDown!: The Gymini w/Angel Williams defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a dark match..
  • November 17, 2006 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki defeated K.C. James in a dark match..
  • November 24, 2006 - SmackDown!: Deuce & Domino w/Cherry defeated defeated Sho Funaki & Scotty Too Hotty in a dark match..
  • December 15, 2006 - SmackDown!: Chavo Guerrero w/Vickie Guerrero defeated Sho Funaki..
  • January 5, 2007 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki & Matt Hardy defeated The Gymini in a dark match..
  • January 12, 2007 - SmackDown!: The Gymini defeated Sho Funaki & Ace Steel in a dark match..
  • February 2, 2007 - SmackDown!: Chuck Palumbo defeated Sho Funaki in a dark match..
  • March 2, 2007 - SmackDown!: Sho Funaki defeated Bradley Jay (DSW Champion) in a dark match ...
  • May 4, 2007 - SmackDown: Anthoni Polaski defeated Sho Funaki in Velocity taping...
  • May 18, 2007 - SmackDown: Mark Henry defeated Sho Funaki...
  • June 22, 2007 - SmackDown: Mark Henry defeated Sho Funaki...
  • June 29, 2007 - SmackDown: Chavo Guerrero defeated Jamie Noble & Sho Funaki to retain the Cruiserweight title...
  • ~~~This was a Triple Threat Match...
  • July 13, 2007 - SmackDown: Sho Funaki & Shannon Shannon Moore defeated Paul Birchall & Dave Taylor in a dark match...
  • July 20, 2007 - SmackDown: Sho Funaki participated in a Battle Royal for the vacant World Heavyweight title...
  • ~~~This match was won by The Great Khali...
  • July 22, 2007 - Great American Bash: A Cruiserweight Open match ended with Hornswoggle winning the WWE Cruiserweight title...
  • ~~~Participants: Champion Chavo Guerrero, Jimmy Yang, Shannon Moore, Sho Funaki, Jamie Noble & Hornswoggle...