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Encyclopedia > Satoru Sayama
Satoru Sayama
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Ring name(s) Satoru Sayama
Tiger Mask
Super Tiger
Tiger King
Sammy Lee
Born November 24, 1957 (1957-11-24) (age 49)
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi
Trained by Karl Gotch
Antonio Inoki
Debut May 28, 1976
As Tiger Mask: April 23, 1981

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Career

Sayama debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling, against Shoji Kai, a jobber known to have been the debut opponent for future stars (Rusher Kimura, Masa Saito, Osamu Kido, Tatsumi Fujinami, and Mitsuo Momota had debuted against him before). Sayama weighed only 160 pounds, which, even given his training, impaired him from getting a permanent spot on NJPW cards. So they sent him abroad, to England (where he wrestled as Sammy Lee) and Mexico, where he wrestled under his real name. It was in Mexico where he started to grow not only in physical stature but also in prominence, winning the NWA World Middleweight Title in EMLL. New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ... Categories: American professional wrestlers | Professional wrestling stubs ... Tatsumi Fujinami (Fujinami Tatsumi, 藤波辰巳) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is famous for his gimmick as The Dragon. He is the one who is credited for inventing the Dragon Sleeper and the Dragon Suplex. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... The Logo of CMLL Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) is a lucha libre promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara and Puebla. ...


As Tiger Mask

In 1981, NJPW was looking for a way to attract young fans to its wrestling. They looked to the popular Tiger Mask anime and created an actual wrestler called Tiger Mask for the fans, with the recently returned Sayama playing the role. On the evening of Thursday, April 23, 1981 Satoru Sayama made his way to the ring in the Kuramae Kokugikan (old Sumo Hall, the current one is the Ryogoku Kokugikan) as Tiger Mask. Initially, many traditional Japanese fans scoffed at the thought of artist Ikki Kajiwara's popular comicbook wrestling hero being pushed as a legitimate wrestling star, but he shocked the Japanese fans in the arena by pinning Dynamite with his German Suplex. As a result, he was immediately regarded as the premier star in the New Japan Junior Heavyweight ranks. Moreover, that match would be the first of many classic battles between the two men. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Tiger Mask (Japanese: タイガーマスク) began as a manga in 1968 and was later adapted into a successful anime series in 1969. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


On May 6, 1982, Tiger masks was forced to vacate the WWF Junior Heavyweight title after injuring on his right knee. However, Tiger Mask would go on to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight less than 3 weeks later on May 25, 1982. The very next day, Tiger Mask defeated Black Tiger in a match for the WWF Junior Heavyweight title. This victory was met with controversy, as some board members on the NWA declared the title vacant, as they felt that the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship was the premier title for the division. However, during an annual meeting between the NWA and New Japan Pro Wrestling, it was declared that Tiger Mask was still recognized as the official champion... which cemented him as the only man to simultaneously hold the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship.


During a tag team match on April 3,1983 he was injured by Dynamite Kid; two days later, he was forced to vacate the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title after it became clear that he would need time off to recuperate. However, once the determined Tiger Mask recovered, he regained his NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship by defeating Kuniaki Kobayashi on June 2, 1983, making him a simultaneous NWA/WWF Jr. champion for the second time.


In 1983, however, Sayama started feeling dissatisfied as he hated the politics behind-the-scenes. As a result, he announced his retirement from active competition on August 12, 1983. It was a shock to the wrestling world, as Tiger Mask was going to retire while he was at the top of his game and as the holder of two Jr. Heavyweight Championships. Both titles were declared vacant, as he became a trainer to martial arts fighters.


In the UWF

After nearly a year of inactivity, Sayama resurfaced in the Japanese UWF in 1984. By then All Japan Pro Wrestling had purchased the Tiger Mask name and gimmick and given it to Mitsuharu Misawa. Sayama made appearances for UWF firstly as The Tiger (which was the same color as Tiger Mask), then alternating between use of his real name and of a Super Tiger gimmick (colored silver and purple instead of gold and black. Initially he supported the UWF concept, having several memorable matches against Akira Maeda. But pretty soon, the two business partners began disagreeing over the match content, more as a matter of style ideology (Sayama wanted more kicking, while Maeda wanted more submission holds). This led to a shoot during a match between Sayama and Maeda in 1985, in which Maeda did not pull a kick and instead kicked Sayama hard in the groin. Maeda was disqualified, but Sayama ended with the lesser bargain, as he left UWF afterwards, amid protests from other UWF wrestlers who disliked him for his selfish leadership. With no key opponents for Maeda, the UWF collapsed and Maeda and the rest of the roster headed back to NJPW. The original Japanese-based Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion from 1984 to 1986, formed by wrestlers who had left New Japan Pro Wrestling. ... All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ... Mitsuharu Misawa ) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... An African Daisy of almost psychedelic purple Purple is any shades of color occurring between blue and red; this color is sometimes confused with the more narrowly-defined spectral color violet. ... Akira Maeda is a Korean Japanese professional wrestler, also known as Kwik-kik-Lee for his time on the British Wrestling show World of Sport . ... In professional wrestling, a shoot refers to any unplanned event – that is, the event is real and not staged. ...


Away from wrestling

Sayama left professional wrestling altogether, and spent the next few years criticizing it as worked. (It was Sayama who [re-]popularized the term kayfabe, which was also the title of a book he wrote in which he exposed the pro wrestling business's secret to a Japanese audience.) In 1986 he founded Shooto, finally realizing his dream of becoming a martial arts trainer. In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... Shooto logo ISC logo This article deals with the martial arts organization, for the baseball pitch, see gyroball. ...


Return and aftermath

In 1995, Sayama was offered to return to puroresu for a match against old mentor Antonio Inoki. As there was already a Tiger Mask on the scene (his disciple, Tiger Mask IV, who debuted with the mask), Sayama used the name and gimmick Tiger King, using a gold-colored outfit. He lost to Inoki, but fans still were awed of his display of athleticism and said that he had not lost a step at all. In subsequent years, he (using the Original [Shodai] Tiger Mask identity), competed sporadically in independent promotions, often in legends matches and teams with his younger disciple. In 1998, he was invited by Inoki to be a part of the board of his new venture, Universal Fighting Organization. He did, but left a year later to form Seikendo, his own promotion. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... Tiger Mask IV Tiger Mask (IV) (タイガーマスク) is a Japanese professional wrestler whose real name is not publicly known, and who currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A martial arts club based in Middlesbrough, England. ...


Recently he participated in a new promotion called Real Japan Pro Wrestling and started to promote a new gimmick where he would be called "Super Tiger #2". Over 30 years of career (including the years spent out of wrestling, as he was actually actively involved in martial arts then), have taken its toll, with Sayama being fodder in singles matches for current stars aiming to become legends, such as Shinjiro Otani and AJPW Triple Crown champion Minoru Suzuki (the title was not on the line in their match). Shinjiro Ohtani & Koji Kanemoto dropkick each other Shinjirō Ōtani (大谷晋二郎, born 21 July 1972 in Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... The AJPW Triple Crown World Heavyweight Championship is the top singles title in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Minoru, 鈴木 実; stage name 鈴木みのる) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. ...


Finishing and signature moves

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Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)
  • Note: This championship is promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, a wrestling promotion based in Mexico City, Mexico. Despite still having NWA as part of it's name, the National Wrestling Alliance no longer recognizes it as an official championship.

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Trivia

The WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship is a former championship recognized by the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation and New Japan Pro Wrestling for wrestlers of smaller size. ... The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship was a secondary title in the National Wrestling Alliance that was for the lighter wrestlers. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Tiger Mask (1032 words)
Satoru Sayama was born on November 24, 1957, in Yamaguchi, Japan.
Sayama gradually worked his way through New Japan’s junior heavyweight ranks; and on November 14, 1977, Inoki sent him to compete in a mixed martial arts show at Nippon Budokan, where he suffered a crushing defeat to Mark Costero.
With Sayama gone, All Japan owner Giant Baba purchased the rights to the character; and he later unveiled a young Mitsuharu Misawa as the first of several Tiger Mask reincarnations (though none possessed the ingenuity or creativeness of the original).
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