Birthdate: September 4th, 1958
Weight: 232 lbs.
Debut: March 5th, 1979
Background: All Japan Dojo
Ring Attire: White pants
Card Position: Upper Mid-Card
Current Title Held: None
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship:
- Defeated The Cobra on 2/6/86 and lost to Nobuhiko Takada on 5/19/86
- Defeated Nobuhiko Takada on 9/19/86 and Vacated on 8/2/87
- Defeated Owen Hart on 6/24/88 and lost to Hiroshi Hase on 3/16/89
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Keiji Mutoh:
- Defeated Maeda and Takada on 3/20/87 and lost to Akira Maeda and Takada on 3/26/87
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Genichiro Tenryu:
- Defeated Chono and Tenzan on 7/15/98 and lost to Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Kojima on 1/4/99
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship with Kensuke Sasaki:
- Defeated Tenzan and Kojima on 3/22/99 and lost to Goto and Ohara on 6/27/99
WAR 6 Man Tag Team Championship with Tatsutoshi Goto and Michiyoshi Ohara:
- Defeated Fuyuki, Jado, and Gedo on 1/8/95 and lost to Tenryu, Hamaguchi, and Kitahara on 4/30/95
- Koshinaka with his GBH teammates
- A modified slam by Koshinaka
- Hip Attack by Koshinaka...
- ... and now one from the apron
- Powerbomb by Koshinaka
- Koshinaka delivers the hip attack
Featured Signature Moves:
- Hip Attack
- Hip Attack off the Apron
- Diving Hip Attack
World Japan History:
Koshinaka started his career in World Japan with a bang, defeating Onita by DQ in a No Ropes Barbed Wire match on March 1st, 2003. He took part in the Strongest Tournament, but lost to Steve Williams in the first round. He also was in the WMG Tag Team Title Tournament with Jinsei Shinzaki, but they lost in the finals to Choshu and Tenryu. On the First Anniversary card, Koshinaka defeated Ichiro Yaguchi with his diving hip attack.
Koshinaka wrestled in a lot of different promotions in 2005. His main stop was NOAH, however, where he was generally placed high on the cards and teamed with other respected wrestlers such as Akiyama and Misawa. Even though he did not get any title shots, Koshinaka was one of the most respected freelancers used by NOAH.
Koshinaka made the biggest impact in New Japan during 2006. Koshinaka teamed with Togi Makabe over the summer and they briefly held the Provisional IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, but lost it to Nakanishi and Omori in their first defense. In December he joined Tenzan's Great Bash Heel faction and teamed with Makabe in the G1 Tag League. The team did not fair well, but their lone victory came against Masahiro Chono and Shinsuke Nakamura.
In New Japan, Koshinaka continued being very popular with the crowd and he used that popularity to get one of his biggest pushes in New Japan in the last decade. On February 18th he won a big singles match against Nakanishi, but Nakanishi would avenge the loss in the first round of the New Japan Cup. Koshinaka teamed with Tenzan in April in an attempt to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Giant Bernard and Tomko, but the champions proved to be too much and Tenzan fell to the Magic Killer. In the G1 Climax, Koshinaka scored big pinfall victories over Nakanishi and Nakamura, but he failed to reach the semi-finals. Before Koshinaka was able to get too involved in his new Legend-gun faction he was injured in a match in Mexico during the fall, forcing him to miss the rest of the year.
Koshinaka was much more toned down in 2008, not seeing anywhere near the success that he saw in 2007. He missed the New Japan Cup even though he was back from his injury for the tour. He also did not participate in the G1 Climax and for the first time since 2005 he did not challenge for any IWGP championships. For most of the year he wrestled in mid-card Legend matches, and while he rarely got pinned he also did not pick up many key victories. Perhaps at 50 years old Koshinaka is finally taking it easy, enjoying his new role as Legend in New Japan.
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