Satoshi Kojima has joined an exceedingly rare group after his victory at CyberFight Festival.
The huge event, featuring the four CyberFight promotions of Pro Wrestling NOAH, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, DDT Pro-Wrestling and Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling, saw Kojima take on GHC Heavyweight Champion Go Shiozaki in the main event. The protégé of the legendary Kenta Kobashi, Shiozaki was champion during a record-breaking fifth reign with the title.
However, that reign was cut short at just 43 days as the veteran Kojima dethroned him to become the new GHC Heavyweight Champion. His victory sees him achieve the legendary feat of winning the top championship of all three major Puroresu promotions – New Japan Pro-Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling NOAH. Kojima joins Yoshihiro Takayama, Kensuke Sasaki and Keiji Mutoh as one of only four men to achieve this.
Kojima previous held the Triple Crown Championship on two occasions, including an impressive 502 day reign as champion where he dethroned the legendary All Japan ace Toshiaki Kawada, ending his even longer 529 day reign. Kojima’s first reign is the fourth longest in the title’s history. A regular part of the New Japan roster, Kojima has also enjoyed two reigns with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
NOAH has wasted no time in organising Kojima’s first defence as GHC Heavyweight champion. He will defend the title at Destination 2022 on the 16th of July against Kenoh, a former GHC Heavyweight Champion in his own right and a fellow CyberFight Festival victory, as he defeated Daisuke Sasaki.
Despite his impressive singles career, Kojima is no stranger to legendary achievements as a tag team wrestler. Tencozy, the team of Kojima and longtime partner Hiroyoshi Tenzan, are the only team in history to win both the New Japan’s World Tag League and All Japan’s World’s Strongest Tag Determination League. Not satisfied with this, Tencozy completed the even more impressive act of winning both tournaments in the same year in 2008.
Satoshi Kojima, despite his age of 51, has showed no signs of slowing down in recent years. He faced Jon Moxley at AEW All Out last year after having made a trip to IMPACT Wrestling earlier in the year.
You can watch Kojima’s legendary accomplishment by watching CyberFight Festival on Wrestle Universe. Wrestle Universe is currently offering a two week free trial, allowing fans to watch CyberFight Festival for free. You can also watch all content from Pro Wrestling NOAH, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, DDT Pro-Wrestling and Ganbare Pro-Wrestling all in one location.