Katsuhiko Nakajima is a young veteran who is considered the protege of Kensuke Sasaki. He is also considered an adopted son of Sasaki and Akira Hokuto-although they are not blood-related their relationship is extremely close and thus Sasaki and Hokuto “adopted” him. He has only been competing for 5 years but has already compiled an impressive list of career accomplishments in that time.
Nakajima first debuted in Riki Choshu’s World Japan promotion at just 14 years old. An accomplished judoka, his first match was actually a steel cage vale tudo rules fight in 2003-but the fact that he was only a 15-year-old boy at the time didn’t stop him from winning by KO in just 95 seconds. His “true” wrestling debut came about a month later in January 2004. He stayed in WJ for about 3 more months before signing with Kensuke Office. A month later he would debut in both New Japan and All-Japan, his NJPW debut match was against the legendary Jushin Liger. A month later he got his first title shot, teaming with Sasaki in an unsuccessful effort ot win the All-Asia Tag Team Titles. Over the rest of the year Nakajima made his debuts in Dragon Gate and Osaka Pro and continued to team with Sasaki.
After coming up short in his first singles title match, a loss to All-Japan Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taka Michinoku, then falling short in a couple tournaments, Nakajima finally won his first championship in 2005-in July he & Sasaki finally won the All-Asia Tag Team Titles. It was about this time Nakajima made his debut in NOAH, a promotion that currently is his home away from Kensuke Office as he usually works a full-time NOAH schedule. He also debuted in ZERO-ONE MAX, winning his first singles title-the WWA World Junior Lightweight Championship. Nakajima continued to break through in 2006, becoming the youngest man ever to compete in All-Japan’s Champions Carnival, expanding into Big Japan and DDT, and competing in All-Japan’s World’s Strongest Tag League with Kaz Hayashi.
In early 2007, Nakajima finally won the All-Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Championship for his first major singles title. After 2 successful defenses he then challenged then-ROH World Champion Takeshi Morishima for the title, but came up short. Soon afterwards he suffered an injury but worked his scheduled All-Japan Jr. Title defense with it, but the title would be held up due to the match going to a no contest. When Nakajima returned in early 2008, he began to increase his schedule in NOAH while still competing in All-Japan the first part of the year. He left All-Japan in June and, along with Sasaki and the rest of Kensuke Office, became full-time members of NOAH in July 2008. In addition to NOAH Nakajima would also travel to the USA for the first time, appearing for Ring Of Honor in September. He challenged then-GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Bryan Danielson for the title but was ultimately defeated.
In early 2009 Nakajima finally won the GHC Jr. Title, defeating KENTA at a Kensuke Office event in February. 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 time was in All-Japan. Nakajima quickly dropped the title back to KENTA a couple weeks later but remains a top contender for the title while also participating in NOAH’s various Jr. Heavyweight tournaments. He also continues to team with Sasaki in the tag team ranks and regularly headlines Kensuke Office events.
Nakajima missed about 2 months from the end of 2009 to the beginning of 2010 due to injuries but returned to action on January 31, 2010.
Nakajima is inactive as of early April 2010 due to undisclosed injuries.
Stats & info:
Weight: 209 pounds/95 kg
Experience: 5 years
Finishing move: Death Roll
Current affiliation: Kensuke Office, also full-time participation in NOAH
1-time All-Japan World Jr. Heavyweight Champion
1-time All-Asia Tag Team Champion
1-time GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion
1-time Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion
1-time ZERO-ONE MAX WWA World Jr. Light Heavyweight Champion (Disputed)
2004 Yuko 6 Man Tag Tournament
2007 Samurai! TV Cup Triple Arrow Tournament
2008 All-Japan Jr. Tag League
Ranked #49 in 2006 PWI 500
2004 Tokyo Sports Grand Prix Rookie Of The Year
2005 Tokyo Sports Grand Prix Fighting Spirit Award
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