NWA champion Kojima to defend the title stateside May 30-31, 2014
NWA World Heavyweight Champion and New Japan Pro Wrestling star Satoshi Kojima will make his first appearance in the United States in many years when he will defend at an NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling event in Nashville, TN on May 30, 2014.
“We are excited and honored to be able to have the World Heavyweight Champion of the NWA,” said NWA SAW promoter Tim Thomason, “but it is extra special being able have Kojima, a true New Japan legend, here at SAW.”
This is Kojima’s second confirmed U.S. defense of the title, as he is scheduled to defend at NWA Houston the following night, May 31, 2014.
The NWA World Heavyweight Championship is the oldest and most prestigious professional wrestling championship in the world, having been created in 1948 when Orville Brown defeated Sonny Myers on January 5, 1948. Since then, the holders of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship include the greatest of all time including Lou Thesz, Pat O’Connor, Buddy Rogers, Terry and Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Kerry Von Erich, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Barry Windham and Dan Severn. Kojima won the title by defeating Rob Conway in Tokyo, Japan on January 4.
Kojima, who defeated Rob Conway for the championship at Wrestle Kingdom 8 at the Tokyo Dome on January 4, will then accompany the National Wrestling Alliance to the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas on June 2-4.
Kojima, a native of Tokyo, is also a two-time former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and has also held the IWGP Tag Team Championship six times, including five reigns alongside Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
NWA Houston events are held at VFW Post 8905 in Cypress, TX. Information and tickets can be found at NWAHouston.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwahouston. Information on the Cauliflower Alley Club can be found at www.caulifloweralleyclub.org.