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Kensuke Shinzaki (新崎 健介 Shinzaki Kensuke, born December 2, 1966 in Tokushima, Tokushima) is a Japanesemarker professional wrestler, better known by his stage names Jinsei Shinzaki (新崎 人生 Shinzaki Jinsei) and Hakushi. Hakushi is the WWF derivation (1995-96) of his Japanese persona, a Buddhist pilgrim.

Career

Shinzaki started in Gran Hamada's Universal Lucha Libre promotion under the name Mongolian Yuga. In 1993 he moved to the Great Sasuke's Michinoku Pro Wrestling promotion, where he adopted the ring name Jinsei (Japanese for life).

In 1995, he entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a Japanese villain named Hakushi. Hakushi had a brief feud with Bret Hart and was a competitor in the 1996 Royal Rumble, where by coincidence he was eliminated by Bret Hart's brother, Owen Hart. Hakushi also famously had a three-way feud with perennial jobber Barry Horowitz and Bodydonna Skip. Horowitz, who lost for years on WWF programming to get over new talent, surprisingly used his three-quarter nelson to secure a victory over Skip for his first ever WWE win. Hakushi would also fall to Horowitz soon after because of interference from Skip. It was surprising to fans, not only given Horowitz's long time losing record, but also given how well Hakushi had battled former WWF Champion Bret Hart in what had been Hakushi's first major feud in the company. Hakushi had scored well with fans during the feud with Hart. During a match on Raw against Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw, Hakushi was hit by Bradshaw's branding iron after a loss. That week on WWF Superstars, commentator Jim Ross reported that he had been so humiliated by the branding that he (kayfabe) left the WWF.

Hakushi also had a brief stint in Extreme Championship Wrestling competing in a tag team match with Hayabusa against Rob Van Dam and Sabu.

Hakushi's style of wrestling was a precursor to the luchador style which became emphasized in major wrestling promotions in the mid-2000s. As the only heavyweight wrestler in the promotion, Shinzaki has competed in major promotions such as New Japan, All Japan, and FMW, challenging their talent.

Shinzaki has been the president of Michinoku Pro Wrestling company since 2003 as a result of Sasuke dedicating more of his time to his political career as a member of the Iwate Prefectural (state) Assembly.

Shinzaki is also the co-founder of the joshi promotion Sendai Girls along with joshi wrestler Meiko Satomura.

In wrestling







Championships and accomplishments

*AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Hayabusa


*Tohoku Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Último Dragón (1) and Gaina (2)
*Futaritabi Tag Tournament – with Super Delfin


*PWI ranked him #209 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003


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