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Mach Hayato

Real Name - Shigehisa Higo

Birthdate - 3/5/51

5’9” 187 lbs. - Koriyama, Kogishima, Japan


Athletic Background - Judo, Karate, Baseball

Teacher(s) - Hiro Matsuda, Rafael Salamanca

Professional Background - Mexico(`75-`79), EMLL(`76-`78), South America, WWC(`78), Los Angeles(`79), IWE(`79-`81), EMLL(`81), Los Angeles(`82), Stampede(`82), All Japan(`84), UWF(`84-`85)

AliasesTokyo Joe, Karate Hayato, Fujikawa Hayato, Kurenai Hayato

Groups - n/a

Peak Years - `79-`84



Finisher(s) - 

- Escorpion


Favorites -

- Tope Suicida

- Flying Somersault Senton

- Jumping Headbutt Attack

- Dropkick

- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7
 Science3
 Aerial6
 Power5
 Strikes5


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment5
 Selling6
 Bumping7
 Carrying5
 Heat6
 Legacy4


Place in History - Mach Hayato, known as the first Japanese luchador, is one of the unheralded stars of puroresu, despite a significant influence.  The Great Sasuke’s trademark mask was patterned after one of Hayato’s kabuki-style looks, MMA fighter Hayato Sakurai used the nickname “Mach” and was known for his pro-wrestling love and he was the example for a generation of undersized Japanese aspiring to enter pro-wrestling to head to Mexico.  Shigehisa Higo was a salaryman, working for a car company, looking to get into the pro-wrestling game.  Despite his athleticism, Higo was considered too small and was turned away.  He was unwilling to let his dream die and headed to Mexico.  He plied his craft not only in Mexico, but throughout Central and South America as well as Puerto Rico.  Hayato had a chance to work Los Angeles and crossed paths with Goro Tsurumi who got him into the IWE in Japan.  Although he only spent a few years in the company as they were in their dying days, Mach Hayato and the luchadors brought over to face him are arguably the people who introduced true lucha libre to Japan.  Ultimately, Mach Hayato’s time in Japan was inconsistent.  While he was pushed to an extent and given chances to shine working with and against some excellent luchadores from Mexico and some Japanese that could work the style as well, he was firmly entrenched in the middle of the card.  When the IWE folded and he headed to All Japan, he largely filled that same role.  Mach Hayato, the Japanese luchador, made the jump to the new UWF group in 1984.  When their more realistic style became more apparent, Hayato and some others exited.  Unlike the others though, he retired.  Despite being in his early 30s, Mach Hayato headed back across the Pacific to make a new life.  Not as a Japanese luchador in Mexico or a so-called North Korean in Canada, but as a landscaper in California.  While Mach Hayato might not be deemed a Hall of Famer, he was a highly regarded worker in his day (both in Mexico and in Japan) and his influence is undeniable.  His journey to Mexico as an undersized wannabe was followed by Gran Hamada and Yoshihiro Asai most notably, but many others as well in the 1990s.  While luchadores had come to Japan, he was the first genuine Japanese luchador who brought the style over and presented it in a way unlike Mil Mascaras had.

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