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Satoshi Kojima (b. 1970) is a Japanese professional wrestler from Koto, Tokyo. Trained by Animal Hamaguchi in 1990, Kojima started his career in New Japan Pro-Wrestling dojo in February of 1991, debuting in his first match September of that year. In 1994, he won the Young Lions Cup without losing any of his matches. In 1998, Kojima joined nWo Japan where he first formed the long time Tag Team Tencozy (or TenKoji) with Hiroyoshi Tenzan.

In 2002, Kojima jumped ship to All Japan Pro Wrestling where he became Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion twice. During his second reign, he beat Tenzan for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a cross-pormotional event with New Japan. Kojima became the first wrestler to hold both titles similtaniously. In 2008, Tenzan and Kojima became the first tag team to ever win G1 Tag League and World's Strongest Tag Determination League in the same year.

In 2010 he returned to New Japan and would go on to win the G1 Climax, once again win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Kojima's other accolades includes several tag team title reigns. These include winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship 6 times (five times with Tenzan, once with Manabu Nanakishi), the All Japan's World Tag Team Championship 3 times (once each with Taiyō Kea, Kaz Hayashi and TARU), the All Asia Tag Team Championship once (with Shiryu) and the NWA World Tag Team Championship once (with Tenzan).

He's also pretty fond of bread.

"Most Strongest Tropes":

  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: Kojima-gun were starting to get fan support and were collectively better liked than their usurper, Suzuki-gun.
  • Always Someone Better: MVP had a surprisingly effective run in New Japan, beating several of the best wrestlers in the world, including a few Kojima himself had some trouble with, often on Kojima's behalf, and becoming the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champion. However, whenever MVP and Kojima went at it themselves, Satoshi always won, and Tencozy also beat Black Dynamite.
  • Asian Rudeness: During a match with Homicide in Ring of Honor claimed he couldn't understand what the referee was trying to tell him, every time the ref tried explain the rules he continued to break because "I'm Japanese, goddammit!"
  • Author Appeal: Fashion and clothing business. He was in charge of the Bape Sta events of the of the Puroresu Love era AJPW, which were backed by Japanese clothing brand A Bathing Ape.
  • Badass Long Coat: Multicolored, shiny on the inside, furry on the back.
  • Badass Cape: An orange sleeved cape
  • Bash Brothers: With Hiroyoshi Tenzan, his long time tag partner.
  • Captain Ersatz: He's had them in Fire Pro Wrestling since at least 2001.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • His promos are sometimes a bit bizarre or even childish. He threatened Shinya Hashimoto by doing a draw of him crying and simulating he gave a lariat to the paper, and later showed that his training methods for the match were taking naps in a park.
    • Extends to his social media presence, where he frequently expresses a fondness for bread.
  • Costume Porn: Just skim through his various entrance attires, those things are obviously labors of love. His psychedelic ring gear isn't bad either.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: After watching Jay Lethal defend the ROH World Title against Michael Elgin at Wrestle Kingdom, Kojima decided he wanted to win the belt and tour the United States with it to prove "Puroresu wrestlers are stronger than you!" He even gave his spot in the G-1 Climax to Hiroyoshi Tenzan for it.
  • Facial Markings: Well, a re breather
  • Finishing Move: Cozy Lariat, Cozy Cutter and CCD
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: He looked down Osamu Nishimura's "Muga" (a pro wrestling style based in old fashioned Catch Wrestling combined with a philosophy of selflessness or some other religious mumbo jumbo) because he thought that pro wrestling has no right or wrong way, and because he liked the AJPW "lariat puroresu" better than any catch wrestling system.
  • Power Stable: The nWo, Team 2000 and Kojimagun.
  • Power Trio: Joined with Matt Sydal and Ricochet to beat Bullet Club Elite for the NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Titles, becoming the longest reigning champions up to that point.
  • Screaming Warrior: What he shouts before he hits you with his Cozy Lariat translates to "Here I come you bastard!!"
  • Sadist Teacher: Had a reputation for being one, especially in All Japan. It is rumored he has partaked in sexually charged hazing.
  • Tag Team
    • Tencozy, him and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
    • The Bull Powers with Manabu Nakanishi
    • CozyMAX with Shigeo Okumura
  • Theatrics of Pain: He sells offense pretty well but long term limb damage isn't really something he's prone to show much of, not that this discourages many from trying to take away his lariats through arm work but it probably won't work unless they also have an arm based finishing move.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He frequently expresses a fondness for bread on social media. His second run in MLW has him embrace it as part of his gimmick.
  • Ur-Example: Is considered the first MLW World Heavyweight Champion by the company, even though Shane Douglas originally first won it first, but was immediately stripped of it when he tried to recreate his throwing down of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship moment.
  • Versus Title: NWA Houston Carson vs. Kojima, main event being Kojima's World Title defense but it wasn't the only match on the card.