Hiro Matsuda - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Hiro Matsuda, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Yasuhiro Kojima (小島 泰弘) was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on July 22, 1937.

He died on November 27, 1999 at the age of 62.

Hiro Matsuda was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 as part of the Legacy wing, in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the NJPW Greatest 18 Club wing and in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2018 as part of the Colleague/Territory Division wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Yasuhiro Kojima (小島 泰弘)
  • Ring Names
    • Hiro Matsuda ( December 6, 1961 - December 26, 1990)
    • Kojima Saito ( January 1, 1957 - December 5, 1961)
  • Born July 22, 1937
  • Died November 27, 1999 (aged 62)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Height 6 ft 1 in (186 cm)
  • Weight
    • 231 lbs (105 kg)
  • Nicknames The Master of the Japanese Sleeper

Career History

  • Roles
    • Wrestler ( January 1, 1957 - December 26, 1990)
    • Manager ( February 27, 1989 - May 25, 1989)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW February 27, 1989 May 25, 1989
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP October 25, 1987 November 13, 1987
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight November 17, 1978 August 1, 1984
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA August 22, 1961 December 28, 1982
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW April 1, 1973 July 28, 1976
    Promotion Japanese Wrestling AssociationJWA May 22, 1972 June 10, 1972
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP January 1, 1968 May 23, 1969
    Promotion International Wrestling EnterpriseIWE January 5, 1967 August 16, 1967
    Promotion Japanese Wrestling AssociationJWA January 1, 1957 December 31, 1960
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Heel October 25, 1987 December 26, 1990
    Face January 1, 1957 October 24, 1987
  • Images History
    Nov 1978
    Nov 1978
    Jan 1957
    Jan 1957

  • Finishers
    • Japanese Sleeper - Sleeper Hold ( January 1, 1957 - December 26, 1990)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Passion" by Tim Weisberg - Single ( November 17, 1978 - August 1, 1984)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2018, Legacy
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 1990, NJPW Greatest 18 Club
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2018, Colleague/Territory Division
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling

    • 1 NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version) (with Masa Saito)

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 4 NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)
    • 2 NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
    • 5 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida Version) (4 with Duke Keomuka, 1 with Dick Steinborn)
    • 4 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 with Mr. Wrestling, 1 with Bob Orton, 2 with The Missouri Mauler)

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Columbus Heavyweight Championship

    Japan Wrestling Association

    • 1 All Asia Tag Team Championship (with Michiaki Yoshimura)

    Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Mid-Atlantic Southern Heavyweight Championship

    NWA Mid-America

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America Version) (with Kanji Inoki)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • Tokyo Sports Service Award (1999)

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