Japanese wrestling legend Satoshi Kojima is set to make a highly anticipated return to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after nearly two years, as he prepares to face off against the renowned CM Punk in a momentous clash. This showdown between two icons will take place in the opening round of the men's Owen Hart Foundation tournament, adding an extra layer of significance to an already electrifying event known as AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, which will be available exclusively on pay-per-view this Sunday.
Nervousness Looms for Kojima
Despite boasting an impressive 32-year career in professional wrestling, Kojima openly admits to feeling a wave of nervousness as he approaches this crucial encounter. Taking to Twitter, he humbly expressed his emotions, stating, "I am very nervous now.
Of course. Because I am not world famous. It's an honor to fight a world-famous wrestler. It is my pleasure to represent my 32 year career." The forthcoming Forbidden Door event will not only mark the first-ever meeting between the revered competitors Punk and Kojima, but it will also be only the second time that Kojima has stepped foot inside an AEW ring.
His initial appearance occurred at the 2021 All Out pay-per-view, where he faced former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley in a hard-fought battle. Although Kojima succumbed to Moxley's prowess on that occasion, his remarkable experience in various Japanese promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and NJPW has solidified his status as a legend in the industry.
As the opening match of the men's Owen Hart Foundation tournament, Punk and Kojima's clash will set the tone for the competition, with the remaining first-round bouts scheduled to conclude on the June 29th edition of AEW's flagship show, "AEW Collision." Despite his admitted nervousness and the surreal feeling of this opportunity, Kojima has made a solemn vow to give his absolute best in the ring against the esteemed "Second City Saint," CM Punk.
Wrestling fans around the world eagerly anticipate this showdown, as the collision of these two iconic figures promises to deliver an unforgettable spectacle. With nerves and excitement running high, Satoshi Kojima's determination to honor his remarkable career and leave an indelible mark on AEW remains unwavering.