Shiro Koshinaka

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Shiro Koshinaka
Shiro Koshinaka.jpg
Koshinaka in 2007
Ring name(s) Shiro Koshinaka
Samurai Shiro
Billed height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Born (1958-09-03) September 3, 1958 (age 55)
Tokyo, Japan
Debut March 5, 1979
vs. Kazuharu Sonoda

Shiro Koshinaka (越中 詩郎 Koshinaka Shirō?, born September 3, 1958) is a Japanese professional wrestler who has competed in All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Wrestle Association "R" during the 1980s and 1990s. He was also the very first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

In the 1990s, he formed the stable Heisei Ishingun with Kengo Kimura, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Tatsutoshi Goto, Michiyoshi Ohara, Akira Nogami, and Akitoshi Saito.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • Nicknames
  • "Samurai Senshi"
  • "Violent Saturday" by Lalo Schifrin (1985–1992)
  • "Fortune" (1997–2003)
  • "Samurai" (1992–1997, 2003–present)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Lou Thesz Cup League (1983)[1][2]
  • PWI ranked him #156 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Effort Award (1982)[8]

1Although he did win the title once more, with Togi Makabe, the win isn't recognized by New Japan.


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