The former New Japan Pro Wrestling champion, who received the Young Lion Cup upon making his professional debut in 2017, was praised for having a promising career in the sport, but a concussion cut short his tenure, and he eventually retired in his 30s.
According to Tokyo Sport, he passed away on Wednesday after becoming ill and being taken to the hospital right afterward.
The reason for death has not yet been made public.
He shifted into bodybuilding after he abruptly ended his wrestling career and built his mixed martial arts career in November 2021, losing to Bobby Ologun.
As a YouTuber with the channel Bulk Academy Katsuya Kitamura, he had great success.
He competed in professional wrestling for a limited amount of time and faced off against wrestlers like Ricochet, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, as well as former WWE star Davey Boy Smith Jr.
In his final bout, he teamed up with Manabu Nakanishi and lost against the CHAOS team of Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii.
Following the devastating news, tributes from fans have begun to flood in. Many admirers are mourning his passing while highlighting his early ability to establish himself as a household figure in the industry.
‘Sad to hear about Katsuya Kitamura. dude was definitely going to be a huge deal in new japan before that concussion basically ended his career,’ tweeted one fan, while another added: ‘RIP Katsuya Kitamura. a massive what could’ve been for new japan…’
‘R.I.P Katsuya Kitamura. Gone much too soon,’ said another fan.
One more fan wrote: ‘Few wrestlers over the last decade looked like an unquestionable Chosen One than Katsuya Kitamura did in his time in NJPW. An absolute charismatic monster. The dude even had a full-blown yt channel devoted to bodybuilding and posted a video, not even last week. (sic)’
Katsuya Kitamura has passed away, per Tokyo Sports
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) October 14, 2022
More About Katsuya Kitamura
Katsuya Kitamura may be single and has never been married, as per sources. Katsuya Kitamura hasn’t been dating anyone as of May 2022.
Katsuya Kitamura has no known relationships in the past.
Katsuya is one of the wealthiest athletes and is among the most well-liked athletes. Our study of Katsuya Kitamura’s net worth from sources like Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider indicates that it is roughly $1.5 million.
Kitamura was well-known for being one of the strongest wrestlers in all of Japan before turning pro. He was also a very skilled amateur wrestler. He was known as the “Wrestling Monster” because of his stature and build. He participated in the wrestling squad at Senshu University, where he studied. He won the 120 kg division of the All Japan Wrestling Championship in 2006, then he went on to represent Japan in the World Championships that year. Kitamura won three national championships and twice represented Japan internationally during his amateur career. Kitamura competed in the 2015 Ganry-jima fighting competition in addition to amateur wrestling, where he beat a Mongolian Sumo wrestler.
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