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|name = Katsuhiko Nakajima
|name= Katsuhiko Nakajima
|names = '''Katsuhiko Nakajima'''
|image = KENTA, Samoa Joe, and Katsuhiko Nakajima.jpg
|caption = Nakajima (right) with [[Kenta Kobayashi|KENTA]] (far left) and [[Samoa Joe]] in 2009.
|born= March 11, 1988<br />Fukuoka
|height = {{convert|1.75|m|ftin|0|abbr=on}}<!-- In Japan they measure height in meters so that should be first -->
|height= 175 centimeters (5 ft. 9 in.)
|weight = {{convert|82|kg|lb|abbr=on}}<!--In Japan they measure weight in kilograms so that should be first -->
|weight= 82 kilograms (181 lbs.)
|birth_date = {{birth date and age|mf=yes|1988|3|11}}
|status= Active in Pro Wrestling Noah
|birth_place = [[Fukuoka, Fukuoka]]
|death_date =
Kensuke Sasaki<br>Riki Choshu
|death_place =
|debut= January 5, 2004
|resides =
vs. Tomohiro Ishii
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|debut = January 5, 2004<br />vs. [[Tomohiro Ishii]]
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{{nihongo|'''Katsuhiko Nakajima'''|中嶋 勝彦|Nakajima Katsuhiko|born March 11, 1988}} is a Japanese professional wrestler, signed to [[Pro Wrestling Noah]]. He started his career in [[Kensuke Sasaki]]'s [[Diamond Ring (professional wrestling)|Kensuke Office/Diamond Ring]] dojo and agency. He has also wrestled for [[All Japan Pro Wrestling]], where he is a former [[World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)|World Junior Heavyweight Champion]]. A successful [[karate]]ka, his style is based upon strong, fast kicks and strikes.
Having made his professional debut aged 15 in a [[mixed martial arts]] contest,<ref name="debut" /> Nakajima has already made a significant impact on [[Professional wrestling in Japan|puroresu]], earning the nickname '''"Supernova"''' and facing [[Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame|Hall of Famers]]<ref name="wonhof">{{cite web |url= |title=Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame listing |accessdate=2007-04-09 |publisher=Pro Wrestling Illustrated}}</ref> such as [[Kenta Kobashi]],<ref name="kobashigo" /> [[Satoru Sayama]],<ref name="wj2004" /> [[Jushin Thunder Liger]],<ref name="nj2004" /> and [[Tatsumi Fujinami]].<ref name="njlast" /> He has competed in several notable Japanese promotions, including [[New Japan Pro Wrestling]], [[All Japan Pro Wrestling]], [[Inoki Genome Federation]], [[Pro Wrestling Zero1]], [[Michinoku Pro Wrestling|Michinoku Pro]], [[Dragon Gate]], and currently, Noah.
He has set several age records over his short career, including being the youngest wrestler to compete in AJPW's [[Champion Carnival]] tournament<ref name="carnivalresults" /> and the youngest to hold the World Junior Heavyweight Championship. He won the [[Tokyo Sports]] "Rookie of the Year" award in 2004 and the Fighting Spirit award in 2005.<ref name="tsgp" /> Having worked for Noah for most of his career, both as a representative of Diamond Ring and as a freelancer, he officially signed with the promotion in December 2015.
==Professional wrestling career==
An accomplished [[karate]]ka, Nakajima was hired by [[Riki Choshu]]'s [[Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling|World Japan]] promotion in December 2002 at the age of 14. He debuted for World Japan (WJ) in September 2003, facing American fighter Jason Leigh in an [[mixed martial arts|MMA]] fight, winning via knockout in one minute and thirty-five seconds.<ref name="debut">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-14 |title=Profile on |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit |quote=His pro debut came in September, 2003, but not in a pro wrestling match; instead, in a steel cage and under vale tudo rules against Jason Rey, (sic) an American fighter, who 15-year-old Nakajima KO'd in 95 seconds! }}</ref> His true professional wrestling debut came on the main event of World Japan's "RESOLUTION" card on January 5, 2004, losing via submission to [[Tomohiro Ishii]].<ref name="wj2004">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-13 |title=World Japan results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit |quote=Tomohiro Ishii beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (debut) (12:11) with a single-leg crab hold"; "Original Tiger Mask beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (11:44) with a Japanese leg roll clutch hold.}}</ref>
Nakajima continued to wrestle for WJ for a short time, even wrestling the original [[Tiger Mask (professional wrestling)|Tiger Mask]] [[Satoru Sayama]]<ref name="wj2004" /> before signing with [[Diamond Ring (professional wrestling)|Kensuke Office]] in April.<ref name="officesign">{{cite web |url= |title=Kensuke Office profile |accessdate=2007-03-14 |language=Japanese}}</ref> This led to his debut with [[New Japan Pro Wrestling]], facing legendary junior heavyweight [[Jushin Thunder Liger]] in the [[Tokyo Dome]] on May 3, 2004.<ref name="nj2004">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-13 |title=NJPW results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit |quote=Jushin Thunder Liger beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (7:27) with a crab hold"; "Young Lion Toukon Tournament - Final: Ryusuke Taguchi beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (9:41) with a crab hold.}}</ref> He made his debut with All Japan Pro Wrestling the next day, successfully teaming with [[Toshiaki Kawada]] in a six-man tag team match.<ref name="ajdebut">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title= AJPW BAPE STA!! 2004 results |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=Toshiaki Kawada, Ryuji Hijikata & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat TAKA Michinoku, Takehiro Murahama & Miracle Man (14:10) when Kawada used a single-leg crab hold on Miracle.}}</ref> He continued to wrestle for both promotions extensively throughout 2004, even competing in Block B of NJPW's [[Best of the Super Juniors]] tournament, finishing with two points by defeating [[Christopher Daniels|Curry Man]]<ref name="bosj">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=Best of the Super Juniors results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit |quote=Katsuhiko Nakajima [2] beat Curry Man [1] (8:20) by referee stop.}}</ref> and reaching the finals of the Young Lion ''Toukon'' (''fighting spirit'') tournament, losing to [[Ryusuke Taguchi]].<ref name="nj2004" />
On June 12, 2004 in AJPW, Nakajima received the first championship match of his career, teaming with [[Kensuke Sasaki]] to unsuccessfully challenge [[Masanobu Fuchi]] & [[Genichiro Tenryu]] for the [[All Asia Tag Team Championship]].<ref name="allasiachallenge">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Crossover results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=All Asia Tag Team Title: Genichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi (c) beat Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (14:04) when Fuchi used an inside cradle on Nakajima (1st defense).}}</ref> On September 17, 2004, Nakajima made his debut in [[Dragon Gate]] on their [[pay-per-view]] ''Gate of Sanctuary'', losing to [[Masaaki Mochizuki]].<ref name="dg04">{{cite web |url= |title=Dragon Gate results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-09-23 | |language=German }}</ref> The following month, Nakajima entered the [[Osaka Pro Wrestling|Osaka Pro]] Tenno-zan [[single-elimination tournament]], losing to eventual winner [[Magnitude Kishiwada|Big Boss MA-G-MA]] in the first round.<ref name="osaka04">{{cite web |url= |title=Osaka Pro results, 2004 |accessdate=2008-06-13 | |language=German }}</ref> Nakajima and Sasaki teamed up in the [[World's Strongest Tag Determination League]] in November and December 2004, finishing with four points in Block B.<ref name="tagleague04">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2007-12-18 |title=World's Strongest Tag Team League results, 2004 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road}}</ref>
Nakajima received his first opportunity at a singles championship on April 20, 2005, losing to [[World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)|World Junior Heavyweight Champion]] [[Taka Michinoku]].<ref name="takajr">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title= Champion's Carnival results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote= AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: TAKA Michinoku (c) beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (17:04) with the Michinoku Driver II (5th defense). }}</ref> His appearances in NJPW became much more sporadic around this time, with his final match to date taking place on April 24, 2005, a loss to 6-time [[IWGP Heavyweight Championship|IWGP Heavyweight Champion]] [[Tatsumi Fujinami]].<ref name="njlast">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=New Japan Cup results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Strong Style Spirit |quote=Tatsumi Fujinami beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (3:59) with a Dragon sleeper.}}</ref>
On May 7, 2005, Katsuhiko participated in the 2005 [[Differ Cup]], a biennial cross-promotional junior heavyweight tag team tournament, teaming with [[Osaka Pro]]'s Takehiro Murahama; the two lost to Super Shisa and [[Kotaro Suzuki|Tiger Emperor]] in the first round.<ref name="differcup">{{cite web |url=|title=Differ Cup results, 2005 |accessdate=May 3, 2012|}}</ref> He also teamed with [[Tomoaki Honma]] in a tournament throughout June 2005 to decide the vacant All Asia Tag Team Championship, making it to the finals before losing to [[Shuji Kondo]] & [[Yasushi Tsujimoto|"brother" YASSHI]].<ref name="allasiatourney">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Crossover results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=Shuji Kondo & "brother YASSHI" (sic) beat Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima (16:30) when YASSHI pinned Nakajima after Kondo used a King Kong lariat to become the 79th champions.}}</ref> Just over one month later on July 26, 2005, Nakajima and Kensuke Sasaki defeated Kondo and YASSHI for the titles in their second defense, giving Nakajima his first championship.<ref name="allasiawin">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Summer Action Series results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Shuji Kondo & "brother" YASSHI (c) (12:23) when Nakajima used a German suplex hold on YASSHI to become the 80th champions.}}</ref> They would continue to defend the titles through 2005, against such teams as [[Isao Takagi|Arashi]] & Ryuji Hijikata<ref name="allasiadefense1">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Summer Impact results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=All Asia Tag Team Title: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) beat Arashi & Ryuji Hijikata (20:30) when Sasaki used a lariat on Hijikata (1st defense).}}</ref> and [[Barry Buchanan|Buchanan]] & [[D'Lo Brown]].<ref name="allasiadefense2">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Flashing Tour results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=All Asia Tag Team Title: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) beat Buchanan & D-Lo Brown (21:24) when Sasaki used a Northern Light bomb on Buchanan (2nd defense).}}</ref>
On July 18, 2005, Nakajima made his debut in [[Pro Wrestling Noah]], wrestling in a six-man tag team match in the Tokyo Dome. He would continue by teaming with Kensuke Sasaki against [[Kenta Kobashi]] and his own protégé [[Go Shiozaki]] in an inter-generation tag team match on November 5, 2005, with Sasaki pinning Shiozaki after a [[Professional wrestling attacks#Lariat|lariat]].<ref name="kobashigo">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2007-12-26 |title=NOAH results, 2005 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Green Destiny |quote=Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiosaki (24:58) when Sasaki used a lariat on Shiosaki.}}</ref> This match was rated 4{{fraction|3|4}} out of 5 stars by wrestling journalist [[Dave Meltzer]], one of only eight NOAH matches to receive that or a higher rating.<ref name="Meltzer">{{cite web |url= |title=Observer Star Ratings List |accessdate=2007-03-14 |quote= 11/5/05 Kenta Kobashi/Go Shiozaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki/Katsuhiko Nakajima ****3/4|archiveurl=|archivedate=2007-02-10}}</ref>
Nakajima made his debut for [[Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX]] on July 9, 2005, winning a six-man junior tag team match.<ref name="z1debut">{{cite web |url=|title= ZERO1-MAX Decide it Again results |accessdate=May 3, 2012|}}</ref> He went on to defeat Osamu Namiguchi on August 31 for his first singles title, the [[WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship]], though whether this can be considered part of the title's official lineage is disputed.<ref name="wwajrlhw">{{cite web |url= |title=WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship History |accessdate=2007-04-09 |}}</ref> He held it until June 24, 2006, losing the title to premier ZERO1-MAX junior [[Tatsuhito Takaiwa]].<ref name="wwawelterloss">{{cite web |url= |title=ZERO1-MAX Rights results |accessdate=2007-03-14 |}}</ref> This is to date Nakajima's last appearance with the promotion.
On February 11, 2006 at a Kensuke Office show celebrating Kensuke Sasaki's 20th career anniversary, Nakajima teamed with Genichiro Tenryu against the "dream team" of Kenta Kobashi and Kensuke Sasaki, falling to a Sasaki lariat.<ref name=aj2006>{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-13 |title=AJPW results, 2006 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote= Kensuke Sasaki 20th Anniversary: Kensuke Sasaki & Kenta Kobashi beat Genichiro Tenryu & Katsuhiko Nakajima (26:36) when Sasaki used a lariat on Nakajima.}}</ref> On March 21, 2006, Nakajima won a three-way elimination match in AJPW, defeating both Tomoaki Honma and [[Kazunari Nozawa|NOSAWA Rongai]] to earn a spot in Block B of the prestigious 2006 Champion Carnival,<ref name="carnivalnews">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate= 2008-02-02 |title=AJPW news, February 21 to March 22, 2006 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road}}</ref> becoming the youngest man to participate in the tournament.<ref name="carnivalresults">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate= 2007-10-28 |title=AJPW news, March 23 to April 17, 2006 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote= Katsuhiko Nakajima became the youngest person to wrestle in the Champion Carnival at the age of 18.}}</ref> Nakajima finished in last place in the block with two points by defeating [[D'Lo Brown]]. On April 19, 2006, Nakajima entered [[Big Mouth Loud]] (BML), losing to company ace Katsuyori Shibata.<ref name="bml">{{cite web |url= |title=BML results |accessdate=2008-06-13 | |language=German }}</ref> The following month, Nakajima and Kensuke Sasaki battled in [[Big Japan Pro Wrestling]] (BJW), defeating Big Japan's [[Daisuke Sekimoto]] and [[Dramatic Dream Team]]'s (DDT) Daichi Kakimoto in a tag team match when Nakajima pinned Kakimoto.<ref name="bjw06">{{cite web |url= |title=BJW results, 2006 |accessdate= 2008-06-13 | |language=German }}</ref>
Nakajima then participated in the 2006 [[AJPW Junior League|Junior League]] tournament from June 25, 2006 to July 3, 2006, to decide a challenger for the Junior Heavyweight Championship; Katsuhiko won his block with five points, before losing in the final to [[Kaz Hayashi]].<ref name="juniorleague">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate= 2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Junior League results |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=Final: Kaz Hayashi beat Katsuhiko Nakajima (20:58) with the Final Cut}}</ref> On July 2, 2006, Nakajima's partner Kensuke Sasaki suffered a left eye fracture in a match against Katsuyori Shibata in BML, taking him out of action for the foreseeable future and forcing the team to vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship on October 29, 2006 after holding the titles since July 2005.<ref name="allasialoss">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW news, October 14 to November 25, 2006 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=During Kensuke's talk show, it seems that he and Nakajima returned the All-Asia Tag Titles after one year and 3 months of holding them since Kensuke will not make his return in December.}}</ref>
On October 15, 2006, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kaz Hayashi were announced as one of seven teams in the 2006 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, to take place in December 2006. They had a strong showing in the tournament, defeating such teams as NOSAWA Rongai & [[Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship|Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion]] [[Minoru Suzuki]] and [[Rosey (wrestler)|RO'Z]] & [[Kohei Suwama|Suwama]] and drawing with [[Taiyō Kea]] & TAKA Michinoku, finishing with 5 points overall.<ref name="06-07">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW news, December 4, 2006 to February 9, 2007 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road}}</ref> On November 14, 2006, Nakajima wrestled in the main event of the debut show of the [[Global Professional Wrestling Alliance]], a cooperation of several different promotions, teaming with NOAH's Go Shiozaki and [[El Dorado Wrestling|El Dorado]]'s [[Takuya Sugawara]] to defeat ZERO1-MAX's [[Ryouji Sai]], [[Dramatic Dream Team]]'s HARASHIMA and [[Kaientai Dojo]]'s KAZMA.<ref name="gpwa">{{cite web |url= |title=GPWA results |accessdate= 2007-09-23 | |language=German }}</ref>
[[File:Katsuhiko Nakajima and Chris Sabin.jpg|thumb|Nakajima (left) and [[Chris Sabin]] (right) after Nakajima had defeated Sabin to retain the [[World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)|World Junior Heavyweight Championship]].]]
Kensuke Sasaki made his return from injury on January 2, 2007, teaming with Nakajima to defeat [[Yoshikazu Taru|TARU]] & "brother" YASSHI. The following day Nakajima faced YASSHI in a match to determine Shuji Kondo's next challenger for the Junior Heavyweight Championship, winning via disqualification when Kondo himself interfered.<ref name="06-07" /> He made his challenge on February 17, 2007, defeating Kondo to end his 16-month reign, and becoming the youngest junior heavyweight champion in history.<ref name="early07">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02 |title=AJPW news, February 12 to March 9, 2007 |accessdate=2007-03-14 |publisher=Shining Road |quote=AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Katsuhiko Nakajima beat Shuji Kondo (c) (24:25) with a German Suplex hold (Nakajima becomes the 24th champion).}}</ref> Nakajima made his first defense of the title on April 30, 2007, defeating Kondo's [[Voodoo Murders]] partner "brother" YASSHI,<ref name="430results">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2007-12-26 |title=Hold Out Tour 2007|accessdate=2008-01-16 |publisher=Shining Road}}</ref> as well as Ryuji Hijikata on May 27, 2007.<ref name="hijikatadefense">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW Rise Up 2007 tour results |accessdate=2007-07-01 | |language=German |quote=6. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) besiegt Ryuji Hijikata (19:21) mit einem German Suplex Hold (2nd defense).}}</ref>
Nakajima once again participated in the Junior League in June 2007, finishing in third place for his block with four points, behind Hijikata and Kondo.<ref name="juniorleague07">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW Crossover 2007 tour results |accessdate=2007-07-01 | |language=German}}</ref> The league was won by American wrestler [[Chris Sabin]],<ref name="jrfinals">{{cite web |url= |title=Junior Champion Carnival 2007 |accessdate=2008-01-16 |publisher=Pro Wrestling History}}</ref> setting up a title match between Sabin and Nakajima on August 26, 2007, in which Nakajima was victorious.<ref name="v3">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-02-02|title=Summer Impact 2007|accessdate=2008-01-16 |publisher=Shining Road }}</ref> On September 1, 2007, Nakajima challenged Pro Wrestling Noah's [[Takeshi Morishima]] for his [[ROH World Championship]] in the main event of a Kensuke Office show, putting up a good fight but losing in the end.<ref name="morishimaroh">{{cite web |url= |title=Kensuke Office Take the Dream Vol. 2 ~ A New Dream report |accessdate=2007-09-01 |publisher=SportsNavi |language=Japanese }}</ref> On September 19, 2007, Nakajima was pinned in a tag team match by visiting luchador [[César Cuauhtémoc González|Silver King]],<ref name="flashing">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate= 2008-02-02 |title=AJPW Flashing Tour results |accessdate= 2007-11-21 |publisher=Shining Road }}</ref> who then challenged Nakajima to a future junior heavyweight title match. The match was made official for October 18, 2007 at All Japan's 35th anniversary show; on October 8, 2007, Nakajima suffered a fractured [[navicular bone]] in his right hand, forcing him off of several shows on the tour, though he defended the title as scheduled. When the match came, Nakajima and Silver King fought to a no contest, forcing PWF commissioner [[Hiroshi Hase]] to hold up the title belt, although Nakajima remained the official champion.<ref name="thjr">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship title history |accessdate=2008-06-13 | }}</ref> Katsuhiko then took time off to nurse his injured hand.
Nakajima returned from injury on February 11, 2008 at Kensuke Office's first anniversary show, defeating fellow Kensuke Sasaki protégé Ryuji Yamaguchi; he would follow this up with victories over two more Kensuke trainees in [[Kento Miyahara]] and Takashi Okita on February 16, 2008 and March 9, 2008 respectively, held in the Kensuke Office exercise hall.<ref name="office">{{cite web |url= |title=Kensuke Office results |accessdate=2008-03-31 | |language=German|archiveurl=|archivedate=December 20, 2008}}</ref> On March 1, 2008, in a rematch from their October encounter, Nakajima lost to Silver King in a match to decide the vacant junior heavyweight title.<ref name="kingrematch">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW Excite Series tour results |accessdate=2008-03-23 | |language=German }}</ref> Later that month, Nakajima teamed with Ryuji Hijikata to participate in the six-team [[AJPW Junior Tag League#2008|Junior Tag League]], winning the tournament with six points by defeating the teams of Silver King and Shuji Kondo, [[Kazuhiko Masada|MAZADA]] and NOSAWA Rongai, and [[Tetsuya Bushi|T28]] and KUSHIDA, as well as Kaz Hayashi and [[Osamu Matsuda|El Samurai]] in the final, who had defeated them in the group stage.<ref name="jtl08">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW Hold Out 2008 tour results |accessdate=2008-03-31 | |language=German }}</ref> On March 28, 2008, Nakajima faced and defeated [[Osaka Pro Wrestling|Osaka Pro]] and Dragon Gate wrestler [[Magnitude Kishiwada]] on Kensuke Office's first event in the Fukuoka region.<ref name="office"/>
In March and April 2008, Nakajima and Sasaki participated in Pro Wrestling Noah's Global Tag League, a 9-team round-robin tag team tournament. The two finished tied in 5th place with 8 points, defeating the teams of [[Jun Akiyama]] and [[Takeshi Rikio]], D'Lo Brown and Buchanan, and Go Shiozaki and [[Akira Taue]], and drawing with Takeshi Morishima and [[Muhammad Yone]], and [[GHC Tag Team Championship|GHC Tag Team Champions]] [[Naomichi Marufuji]] and [[Takashi Sugiura]].<ref name="gtl">{{cite web |url= |title=NOAH Global Tag League tour results |accessdate=2008-06-13 | |language=German }}</ref> On May 25, 2008 in AJPW, Nakajima and Sasaki lost to Taiyō Kea and Minoru Suzuki in a match to determine the #1 contenders to the [[World Tag Team Championship (AJPW)|World Tag Team Championship]].<ref name="riseup08">{{cite web |url= |title=AJPW Rise Up 2008 tour results |accessdate=2008-06-13 | |language=German }}</ref> On June 13, 2008 at Kensuke Office's "Take the Dream Vol. 5", Nakajima faced NOAH's [[Kenta Kobayashi|Kenta]], losing the contest after 27 minutes.<ref name="office"/> The following night in NOAH, Sasaki and Nakajima faced Kenta Kobashi and Kenta, wrestling to a 30-minute time limit draw.<ref name="noah08">{{cite web |url= |title=NOAH results, 2008 |accessdate=2008-08-08 | |language=German }}</ref> On June 29, 2008, Nakajima wrestled what would be his last match in AJPW for the time being, teaming with Kaz Hayashi to defeat Ryuji Hijikata and T28.<ref name="aj08">{{cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2008-01-30 |title=AJPW results, 2008 |accessdate=2008-08-08 |publisher=Shining Road }}</ref> Nakajima began to wrestle consistently with NOAH starting July 2, 2008, and it was announced the following week that he and the rest of Kensuke Office would be lending their support to NOAH instead of All Japan for the foreseeable future. Among Nakajima's first matches in NOAH were singles contests against former [[GHC Heavyweight Championship|GHC Heavyweight Champions]] Jun Akiyama and [[Mitsuharu Misawa]] on July 5, 2008 and July 13, 2008 respectively, losing both matches.<ref name="noahsummer08">{{cite web |url= |title=NOAH Summer Navigation 2008 tour results |accessdate= 2008-08-08 | |language=German }}</ref>
In August and September 2008, Nakajima entered NOAH's annual NTV Cup junior heavyweight tag team league, teaming with DDT's [[Ibushi Kota|Kota Ibushi]] in the 8-team tournament. The two finished in fifth place with eight points, including a victory over 2007 winners, as well as the eventual 2008 winners, Kenta and [[Taiji Ishimori]].<ref name="shiny">{{cite web |url= |title=NOAH Shiny Navigation tour results |accessdate=2008-09-09 | |language=German }}</ref> Nakajima and Ibushi would team once more on September 8, 2008 on a co-production between DDT and SEM, NOAH's offshoot promotion for younger wrestlers, against DDT's HARASHIMA and Antonio Honda. The match originally went to a 20-minute time limit draw, but was restarted and Nakajima pinned Honda shortly thereafter. On September 14, 2008, Nakajima participated in American promotion [[Ring of Honor]]'s second tour of Japan, teaming with Naomichi Marufuji against Kenta and Kota Ibushi in a special tag match. The two teams went to a 30-minute time limit draw; the match was restarted, but ended once more in a draw after an additional five minutes expired.<ref name="miscindy">{{cite web |url= |title=Miscellaneous independent results |accessdate= 2008-09-21 | |language=German }}</ref> The following week on September 20, Nakajima wrestled his first match in the United States, challenging [[GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship|GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion]] [[Daniel Bryan|Bryan Danielson]] at ROH's ''Glory by Honor VII''. Danielson would retain his title, making Nakajima submit to the [[Professional wrestling holds#Bridging grounded double chickenwing|Cattle Mutilation]].
Nakajima went to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship from Kenta using his Death Roll at the February 11th Kensuke Office event. A notable fact is that this was the second time Nakajima and Sasaki held the Jr. Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles of the same promotion at the same time, the first being All Japan.
He would then lose the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Kenta via a [[Professional wrestling attacks#Go 2 Sleep|Go 2 Sleep]] at the March 1st Pro Wrestling Noah event; coincidentally, Sasaki would lose the GHC Heavyweight Title later that night.
On Nov. 13 Nakajima made his return to [[Ring of Honor]] in [[Novi, Michigan]] in a losing effort against [[Kenny Omega]]. The next night in [[Mississauga]] [[Ontario]] he was victorious against [[El Generico]] in a match that was hard hitting and fast paced. The fans in turn gave Nakajima the "please come back" chant.
[[File:Sabre wrestling hold.jpg|thumb|[[Zack Sabre Jr]] vs. Nakajima at Pro Wrestling NOAH European Navigation in 2011]]
On September 23, 2011, Nakajima defeated [[Kotaro Suzuki]] to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship for the second time. However, he was forced to vacate the title just nine days later, after undergoing surgery for acute [[appendicitis]]. Nakajima returned on November 27 and defeated [[Ricky Marvin]] in a decision match to regain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. On May 9, 2012, Nakajima lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship to [[Yoshinobu Kanemaru]], ending his third reign at 164 days. Nakajima along with his mentor Kensuke Sasaki reached the [[Pro Wrestling Noah]] Global Tag League final in 2013, but lost to the team of KENTA and Yoshihiro Takayama. Nakajima then took part in a brief feud with Maybach Taniguchi which culminated at NOAH "GREAT VOYAGE 2013 IN TOKYO" event. Also at the event Naomichi Marufuji recruited Nakajima into is faction "[[Brave (professional wrestling)|Brave]]". On February 11, 2014, Nakajima earned his first win over his mentor Kensuke Sasaki in the main event of a show celebrating his tenth anniversary in professional wrestling.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=☆2月11日 後楽園ホール試合結果☆|date=2014-02-11|accessdate=2014-02-11|work=[[Kensuke Office]]|language=Japanese}}</ref> The match turned out to be Sasaki's retirement match.<ref>{{cite web|url=|script-title=ja:佐々木健介が現役引退 妻北斗晶と会見|date=2014-02-13|accessdate=2014-02-13|work=[[Nikkan Sports]]|language=Japanese}}</ref>
On July 31, 2015, Nakajima left Diamond Ring. On December 24, 2015, Noah held a press conference announcing that Nakajima would be ending his days as a freelancer and officially joining the promotion on January 1, 2016.<ref>{{cite web|url=|script-title=ja:中嶋勝彦選手 入団会見の模様|date=2015-12-24|accessdate=2015-12-24|work=[[Pro Wrestling Noah]]|language=Japanese}}</ref> On February 24, 2016, Nakajima picked up the biggest win of his career by defeating Minoru Suzuki in the main event of Noah's show in [[Korakuen Hall]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tuesday: Reigns' nose, McGregor vs. Diaz, Nakajima vs. Suzuki|last=Velten|first=Dan|date=2016-02-24|accessdate=2016-02-24|work=[[Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]}}</ref> As a result, Nakajima was granted a shot at the GHC Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Takashi Sugiura on March 19.<ref>{{cite web | url = | title = Great Voyage 2016 in Korakuen | accessdate=2016-03-19 | work=[[Pro Wrestling Noah]] | language=Japanese}}</ref>
==In wrestling==
*'''Finishing moves'''
:*[[Suplex#German suplex|Bridging German suplex]], sometimes while [[Suplex#Bridging leg hook belly-to-back suplex|hooking the opponent's leg]] or while applying a [[Suplex#X-Plex|straight jacket]]
:*''Diamond Bomb'' ([[Professional wrestling holds#Fireman's carry|Fireman's carry]] [[brainbuster]])<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=丸藤V1へ黄信号 勝彦の右ハイに半失神|date=2014-07-20|accessdate=2014-10-27|work=[[Tokyo Sports]]|language=Japanese}}</ref> – 2014
:*Multiple [[Professional wrestling attacks#Kick|kick]] variations
::*''Death Roll'' ([[Kick#Calf kick|Jumping spinning calf]] to back of the opponent's head)<ref></ref>
::*''R-15'' ([[Kick#Reverse roundhouse/heel kick|High-angle reverse roundhouse]] to the opponent's head)
::*[[Roundhouse kick|Roundhouse]] to the opponent's head<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Pro Wrestling NOAH: "The Navigation in March 2012"|accessdate= 2013-11-05||language=German}}</ref>
:*''Northern Lights Bomb'' ([[Brainbuster#Scoop brainbuster|Scoop brainbuster]]) – adopted from [[Kensuke Sasaki]] and [[Akira Hokuto]]
:*''Twister'' ([[Brainbuster#Twisting brainbuster|Twisting brainbuster]])<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Pro Wrestling SEM Results: 2009|accessdate= 2013-11-05||language=German}}</ref> – adopted from [[Masaaki Mochizuki]]
:*''Twister II'' ([[Suplex#Rotating vertical suplex|Twisting]] [[Suplex#Sitout suplex slam|sitout suplex slam]])<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Pro Wrestling NOAH - "Shiny Navigation 2013 - Ark New Chapter Memorable Pro Wrestling"|accessdate= 2013-11-05||language=German}}</ref> – adopted from Masaaki Mochizuki
*'''Signature moves'''
:*[[Professional wrestling holds#Ankle lock|Ankle lock]], sometimes while [[Leglock#Legbar|grapevining the opponent's leg]]
:*[[Professional wrestling attacks#Lariat|Lariat]]
:*Multiple [[Professional wrestling attacks#Kick|kick]] variations
::*[[Professional wrestling attacks#Big boot|Big boot]]
::*[[Professional wrestling attacks#Jumping high kick|Jumping high]]
::*[[Roundhouse kick|Roundhouse]]
:*Multiple [[suplex]] variations
::*[[Suplex#Belly-to-back suplex|Belly-to-back]]
::*[[Suplex#Northern Lights suplex|Northern Lights]]
::*[[Suplex#Underhook suplex|Underhook]]
::*[[Suplex#Tiger suplex|Tiger]]
::*[[Suplex#Wheelbarrow suplex|Wheelbarrow]]
:*[[Piledriver (professional wrestling)#Kryptonite Krunch|Over the shoulder back-to-belly piledriver]]
:*"Young Volcano"
* '''[[Music in professional wrestling|Entrance themes]]'''
:* "Katsuhiko" ([[All Japan Pro Wrestling|AJPW]]; 2004-2005)
:* '''"Power 08"''' ([[Diamond Ring (professional wrestling)|Diamond Ring]] / [[Pro Wrestling Noah|Noah]]; 2005-present)
==Championships and accomplishments==
*'''[[All Japan Pro Wrestling]]'''
:*[[All Asia Tag Team Championship]] ([[All Asia Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) – with [[Kensuke Sasaki]]<ref name="allasiawin" />
:*[[World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)|World Junior Heavyweight Championship]] ([[World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)#Title history|1 time]])<ref name="early07" />
:*[[AJPW Junior Tag League|Junior Tag League]] ([[AJPW Junior Tag League#2008|2008]]) – with [[Ryuji Hijikata]]
:*January 3 Korakuen Hall Junior Heavyweight Battle Royal (2005) <ref></ref>
:*SAMURAI! TV Cup Triple Arrow Tournament (2007) – with Kensuke Sasaki and [[Seiya Sanada]]<ref></ref>
*'''[[Michinoku Pro Wrestling]]'''
:*[[Tohoku Tag Team Championship]] ([[Tohoku Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) – with Kensuke Sasaki<ref name="tohoku">{{cite web |url= |title=Tohoku Tag Team Championship History |accessdate=2007-03-29 | }}</ref>
*'''[[New Japan Pro Wrestling]]'''
:*Yuko Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2004) – with [[Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee|Blue Wolf]] and [[Shinsuke Nakamura]]
:*New Wave Award (2004)<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=2004 New Japan Awards|accessdate=2011-04-28|work=Strong Style Spirit}}</ref>
*'''[[Pro Wrestling Illustrated]]'''
:*PWI ranked him #'''49''' of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the [[Pro Wrestling Illustrated#PWI 500|PWI 500]] in 2006<ref name="pwi06">{{cite web |url= |title=PWI 500 2006 listing |accessdate=2007-04-22 |publisher=Wrestling Information Archive |archiveurl= <!--Added by H3llBot--> |archivedate=2007-03-12 }}</ref>
*'''[[Pro Wrestling Noah]]
:*[[GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship]] ([[GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship#Title history|3 times]])
:*Leave Cup Scramble Battle Royal (2013)<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=NOAH results for August 25, 2013|accessdate=2013-09-04|work=Keeping The Spirit Alive}}</ref>
:*Global League Tournament Outstanding Performance Award (2014)<ref>{{cite web|url=|script-title=ja:「グローバル・リーグ戦 2014」各賞発表|date=2014-11-09|accessdate=2014-11-09|work=[[Pro Wrestling Noah]]|language=Japanese}}</ref>
:*Global Tag League Outstanding Performance Award (2013) – with Kensuke Sasaki<ref>{{cite web | url = | script-title=ja:「グローバル・タッグリーグ戦2013」各賞発表 | date=2013-04-28 | accessdate=2013-04-28 | work = [[Pro Wrestling Noah]] | language=Japanese}}</ref>
:*Global Tag League Outstanding Performance Award (2014) – with [[Naomichi Marufuji]]<ref>{{cite web|url=|script-title=ja:「グローバル・タッグリーグ戦2014」各賞発表|date=2014-04-28|accessdate=2014-04-28|work=[[Pro Wrestling Noah]]|language=Japanese}}</ref>
*'''[[Pro Wrestling Zero1|Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX]]'''
:*[[WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship|WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship ''(Disputed Branch)'']] ([[WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship#Title history|1 time]])<ref name="wwajrlhw" />
*'''Tenryu Project'''
:*[[Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship|Tenryu Project International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship]] ([[Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship#Title history|1 time]]) &ndash; with Satoshi Kajiwara
*'''[[Tokyo Sports]]'''
:*Fighting Spirit Award (2005)<ref name="tsgp">{{cite web |url= |title=Tokyo Sports Grand Prix Awards, 2000s |accessdate=2007-03-14 |}}</ref><ref name=TokyoSportsAwards00s/>
:*Rookie of the Year (2004)<ref name=TokyoSportsAwards00s>{{cite web|url=|script-title=ja:東京スポーツ プロレス大賞|accessdate=2014-01-20|work=[[Tokyo Sports]]|language=Japanese}}</ref>
==External links==
*{{ja icon}} [ Profile at]
*{{ja icon}} [ Official profile at]
*{{ja icon}} [ Kensuke Office blog]
*[ Nakajima on Strong Style Spirit]
[[Category:1988 births]]
[[Category:1988 births]]
[[Category:Japanese male professional wrestlers]]
[[Category:Japanese male professional wrestlers]]

Revision as of 22:33, June 4, 2016

Katsuhiko Nakajima
Background Information
Real Name
Born March 11, 1988
Height 175 centimeters (5 ft. 9 in.)
Weight 82 kilograms (181 lbs.)
Career Information
Status Active in Pro Wrestling Noah
Trained By Kensuke Sasaki
Riki Choshu
Debut January 5, 2004
vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Billed From
Other Ring Names
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