WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
Masanori Horie wrote: Toshiaki Kawada was sent to North America for a year from November 1985. He had gained experience as a pro wrestler in Fred Behrend’s Texas All-Star Wrestling (San Antonio, TX), Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling (Calgary), and Frank Valois’ International Wrestling (Montreal).
Kawada and Hiromichi Fuyuki, as “Japanese Force” had a feud with “American Force” (Paul Diamond & Shawn Michaels) for the USA Tag Team title in San Antonio,TX, where Ted DiBiase, Chavo Guerrero, Big Bubba (Tugboat/Typhoon/Shockmaster), Austin Idol, Al Madril, and Billy Travis were headliners.
Kawada was billed as “Kio Kawata from Seoul,South Korea” in Stampede Wrestling for a very short time around June 1986. He was under adverse circumstances, and rarely has he talked about his days in American/Canadian wrestling.
Perhaps that was his hardest time in his career. However, these experiences certainly brought him up stronger and tougher.