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'''Yasuhiro Kojima''' (July 22, 1937 – November 27, 1999) was the trainer of [[Hulk Hogan]], "Mr. Wonderful" [[Paul Orndorff]], [[Lex Luger]], [[Ron Simmons]], [[Keiji Mutoh]] and many other [[professional wrestler]]s. He was better known as '''Hiro Matsuda''', an identity he adopted while competing in the southern U. S., inspired by earlier wrestlers [[Sorakichi Matsuda]] and [[Matty Matsuda]]. As a trainer, Matsuda was famous for being very [[stiff (professional wrestling)|stiff]] with his trainees to toughen them up and teach them to respect the business. His most famous story involved him being very tough on a young Hulk Hogan in his 1st day of training and broke his leg. After Hogan healed, he came right back to Matsuda's school, looking to continue his training. Matsuda was so impressed by his display of "guts" that he trained him properly from that day on.
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| name = Yasuhiro Kojima<br>[[File:WWE HOF 2013.png|150px]]<br>Class of 2018
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| names = Hiro Matsuda
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| weight = 231 lbs (105 kg)
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| birth_date = July 22, [[1937]]
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'''Yasuhiro Kojima''' (July 22, [[1937]] - November 27, [[1999]]) was a [[Japanese]] [[professional wrestler]]. Kojima was the trainer of [[Hulk Hogan]], "Mr. Wonderful" [[Paul Orndorff]], [[Lex Luger]], [[Ron Simmons]], [[Keiji Mutoh]] and many other wrestlers. He was better known as '''Hiro Matsuda''', an identity he adopted while competing in the southern United States., inspired by earlier wrestlers [[Sorakichi Matsuda]] and [[Matty Matsuda]]. As a trainer, Matsuda was famous for being very stiff with his trainees to toughen them up and teach them to respect the business.
   
He initially debuted under his real name at [[Rikidozan]]'s [[Japanese Wrestling Association]], but then left Japan to pursue wrestling in the Americas. Once in a while he would return to Japan, where he formed a tag team with [[Antonio Inoki]] that was only the outward reflection of the long-time friendship between the two men.
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==Wrestling facts==
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*'''Tag teams and stables'''
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:*[[Ishin Gundan]]
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:*[[Yamasaki Corporation]]
   
He came to work in [[Jim Crockett Promotions]] in 1987 as a [[heel (professional wrestling)|heel]] to participate in a feud between [[Dusty Rhodes (wrestler)|Dusty Rhodes]] and [[Lex Luger]]. Matsuda was in Luger's corner. During the feud, he was billed as "The Master of the Japanese Sleeper", which was a '''[[Professional wrestling holds#Cobra clutch|Cobra Clutch]]'''. He famously locked [[Johnny Weaver]], who was in Rhodes' corner, in the hold. The prolonged application of the hold caused Weaver to bleed profusely from the mouth.
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*'''Wrestlers managed'''
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:*[[Barry Windham]] ('''[[WCW]]''') (''[[1989]]'')
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:*[[Butch Reed]] ('''[[WCW]]''') (''[[1989]]'')
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:*[[Kendall Windham]] ('''[[WCW]]''') (''[[1989]]'')
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:*[[Michael Seitz|Michael Hayes]] ('''[[WCW]]''') (''[[1989]]'')
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:*[[Ric Flair]] ('''[[WCW]]''') (''[[1989]]'')
   
He later on worked briefly for [[World Championship Wrestling]] acting as [[Ric Flair]]'s manager in early 1989 and then being involved in [[Terry Funk]]'s [[stable (professional wrestling)|stable]], '''The J-Tex Corporation''' as their business agent from Japan.
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*'''Wrestlers trained'''
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:*[[B. Brian Blair]]
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:*[[Bob Orton Jr.]]
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:*[[Cuban Assassin]]
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:*[[Hulk Hogan]]
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:*[[Jeff Bradley]]
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:*[[Lex Luger]]
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:*[[Paul Orndorff]]
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:*[[Ron Simmons]]
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:*[[Sean Royal]]
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:*[[Steve Keirn]]
   
 
==Championships and accomplishments==
 
==Championships and accomplishments==
'''[[All Japan Pro Wrestling]]'''
 
:*[[AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship]] (1 time) - with Michiaki Yoshimura
 
'''[[National Wrestling Alliance]]'''
 
*'''World'''
 
:*[[NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship]] (4 times)
 
*'''National'''
 
:*[[NWA North American Tag Team Championship]] (1 time) - with [[Masa Saito]]
 
*'''Regional'''
 
:*[[NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship]] (3 times)
 
:*[[NWA Florida Tag Team Championship]] (4 times) - with Ciclon Negro (2), [[Tim Woods]] (1), and the Missouri Mauler (1)
 
:*[[NWA Florida World Tag Team Championship|NWA World Tag Team Championship ''(Florida Version)'']] (5 times) - with [[Hisao Tanaka|Duke Keomuka]] (4) and Dick Steinborn (1)
 
:*[[NWA Mid-America World Tag Team Championship|NWA World Tag Team Championship ''(Mid-America Version)'']] (1 time) - with [[Kanji Inoki|Antonio Inoki]]
 
   
[[Category:Professional wrestling managers and valets|Kojima, Yasuhiro]]
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*'''[[Japanese Wrestling Association]]'''
[[Category:1937 births|Kojima, Yasuhiro]]
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:*[[All Asia Tag Team Championship|All Asia Tag Team Champion]] (1 time) - with [[Michiaki Yoshimura]]
[[Category:1999 deaths|Kojima, Yasuhiro]]
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[[Category:Japanese professional wrestlers|Kojima, Yasuhiro]]
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*'''[[National Wrestling Alliance]]'''
[[Category:World Championship Wrestling alumni|Kojima, Yasuhiro]]
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:*[[NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship|NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion]] (2 time)
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*'''[[World Wrestling Entertainment]]'''
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:*[[WWE Hall of Fame]] (Class of 2018)
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==See also==
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*[[Yasuhiro Kojima/Event history|Yasuhiro Kojima's event history]]
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==External links==
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*[[File:Cm logo.jpg|50px]] [http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=3193 Yasuhiro Kojima profile at CAGEMATCH.net]
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*[[File:Wrestling Data logo.png|50px]] [http://wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bios&wrestler=1175 Profile]
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{{WWE Hall of Fame}}
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[[Category:Japanese wrestlers]]
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[[Category:Managers and valets]]
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[[Category:Wrestling executives]]
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[[Category:Wrestlers who have died]]
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[[Category:All Japan Pro Wrestling alumni]]
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[[Category:Championship Wrestling From Florida alumni]]
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[[Category:Georgia Championship Wrestling alumni]]
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[[Category:Stampede Wrestling alumni]]
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[[Category:World Championship Wrestling alumni]]
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[[Category:1999 deaths]]
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[[Category:1957 debuts]]
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[[Category:1937 births]]
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[[Category:1988 retirements]]
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[[Category:New Japan Pro Wrestling alumni]]
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[[Category:National Wrestling Alliance alumni]]
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[[Category:Japan Wrestling Association alumni]]
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[[Category:Universal Wrestling Federation (Bill Watts) alumni]]
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[[Category:Professional wrestling trainers]]
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[[Category:Male wrestlers]]
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[[Category:WWE Hall of Fame Legacy Inductee]]

Latest revision as of 02:23, July 24, 2019

Yasuhiro Kojima (July 22, 1937 - November 27, 1999) was a Japanese professional wrestler. Kojima was the trainer of Hulk Hogan, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Lex Luger, Ron Simmons, Keiji Mutoh and many other wrestlers. He was better known as Hiro Matsuda, an identity he adopted while competing in the southern United States., inspired by earlier wrestlers Sorakichi Matsuda and Matty Matsuda. As a trainer, Matsuda was famous for being very stiff with his trainees to toughen them up and teach them to respect the business.

Wrestling factsEdit

  • Tag teams and stables
  • Wrestlers managed
  • Wrestlers trained

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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