Katsuhiko Nakajima 中嶋 勝彦
March 11, 1998 in Fukuoka, Japan
Riki Choshu, Kensuke Sasaki, Masa Saito
January 4, 2004 against Tomohiro Ishii in WJ.
High Angle German Suplex
Twister (Pivot style Brainbuster)
R-15 (Spinning High Kick) (Rolling 15)
Death Roll (Back of the Head R-15)
Mirage (feint left kick to right high kick)
Thunder (medulla oblongata kick)
Soccerball Kick (from the apron as well)
Cross Arm German Suplex
Tornado German Suplex Hold (play off of Sasaki’s tornado bomb)
Northern Lights Bomb
Championships and Accomplishments
~ Yuko Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2004) – w/ Blue Wolf and Shinsuke Nakamura
~ GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship (17th, 21st & 23rd)
All Japan Pro Wrestling
~ World Junior Heavyweight Championship
~ Asia Tag Team Championship – w/ Kensuke Sasaki
~ Junior Tag League (2008) w/ Kondo
~ January 3rd Korakuen Hall Junior Heavyweight Battle Royal Winner (2005)
~ SAMURAI! TV Cup Triple Arrow Tournament Winner (2007) – with Kensuke Sasaki & Seiya Sanada
WWA World Jr Light Heavyweight Championship
Michinoku Pro/North Eastern Wrestling
~ Tenhoku Tag Team Championship w/ Kensuke Sasaki
IJ Tag Champion w/ Satoshi Kajiwara
Biography ~ Written by CP Schaeffer
Nakajima was raised without a father and his household was very poor with him and his 2 other siblings. He was already working at a young age while trying to go maintain his grades in school. He had a strong background in karate and thought about how he could apply that to make any kind of money for his family. Nakajima was a fan of pro-wrestling as well, but at his young age that is almost unheard of to get in a pro ring.
During a meet, Riki Choshu scouted the young man and Nakajima made it known that he wanted to be a pro-wrestler. He would be approved to join Choshu’s WJ and he would begin training in early 2003, at the age of 14 going on 15. Nakajima would become keen to Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto at the time, and this would lead him to becoming Sasaki’s apprentice.
His first “official” pro wrestling match would be against Tomohiro Ishii on January 4, 2004. Nakajima would also become the youngest Japanese wrestler, at the time, at 15 years and 9 months old to become a professional. Even though it was a losing effort he showed great promise. Within just a few months he would receive his very first title opportunity with his mentor Kensuke Sasaki, when they would go up against the team of Genichiro Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi for the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Titles. Nakajima’s first singles victory would be achieved on June 19, 2004 when he defeated The Great Sasuke in Michinoku Pro. Nakajima would then go on to win his first title ever, when he and Sasaki would defeat Shuji Kondo and “brother” YASSHI for the ALL Asia Tag Titles on July 26th, 2004. They would hold onto the titles for well over a year till Sasake would have to vacate them due to an injury in Late 2006. On August 31, 2005, Nakajima would go on to win his first singles title the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship in ZERO1. He would hold this title for almost a year something of which was a solid achievement especially with him being so young and still considered a rookie.
He would finish out 2005 and most of 2006 strong and gaining more noteriety by the day. He would have many solid matches against the likes of Katsuyori Shibata, D-Lo Brown, and Kaz Hayashi. On February 17, 2007, Nakajima would defeat the power house of the Junior Division, Shuji Kondo, for the AJPW Jr. Championship. He would manage to hold onto the title for over a year till he would lose to Ex-WCW/CMLL wrestler Silver King on March 1st, 2008. It should be noted that Nakajima suffered one of his first major injuries during this title reign that caused him to be out of action for several months. In 2008, he would have some strong matches against Magnitude Kishiwada, Jun Akiyama, Mitsuharu Misawa, and even more notably KENTA on June 13, 2008. This was a very solid match with both men going move for move and toe to toe with each other for much of the match. Nakajima would make his way to the United States, for the first time, on September 20, 2008 to take on the current GHC Jr. Champion Bryan Danielson. Several months later on February 11, 2009, Nakajima would get another shot for the GHC Jr. belt as he now faced up against KENTA. Nakajima would win the match and go on to be crowned the 17th generation GHC Jr. Champion.