The latest New Japan star to head overseas to IMPACT Wrestling will be Satoshi Kojima, as revealed on last night's IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV episode. He'll debut next Thursday against an as of yet undisclosed opponent.
This comes shortly after Tommy Dreamer confirmed on Busted Open Radio that more New Japan talents would soon be coming into IMPACT Wrestling.
A vignette aired confirming the news, showing the TenCozy man execute many of his patented manoeuvres, including the Mongolian chop and the Koji Cutter. The bread-loving Kojima is a decorated New Japan athlete, being a former two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, seven-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, and two-time NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion, as well as holding gold in Major League Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Now fifty-years-old, Kojima has technically wrestled for IMPACT before. He was part of the IMPACT and WRESTLE-1 co-promoted Kaisen: Outbreak show in March 2014 that aired as part of the former's One Night Only series, defeating Yasufumi Nakanoue.
He now joins FinJuice and El Phantasmo as New Japan talents to head to IMPACT as part of this ongoing working agreement. David Finlay and Juice Robinson found success in the IMPACT as World Tag Team Champions, losing the titles just last night to Violent By Design's Rhino and Joe Doering.