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Tiger Mask

          
        

Real Name - Sataru Sayama
Birthdate11/27/57
5'10" 190 lbs. - Shimenozeki, Yamaguchi, Japan

Athletic Background - Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Teacher(s) - [New Japan Dojo]

Professional Background - New Japan(`76-`84), England(`80-`81), UWA(`82-`83), UWF(`84-`85), UWFI(`91-`95), Shooting/Shooto, Tokyo Pro, UFO(`98), Seikendo, RJPW(`05-), Dradition(`09-)

AliasesSatoru Sayama, Sammy Lee, El Tigre Enmascarado, The Tiger, Super Tiger, Mask of the Tiger, Original Tiger Mask, Tiger King

Groups - none

Peak Years - `80-`85


Finisher(s) - 
- Tiger Suplex
- Moonsault
- High-Angle German Suplex

Favorites -
- Flying Space Tiger Attack (Handspring Body Press Suicida)
- Ganso Tiger Driver (Front Chancery Takeover)
- Chickenwing Facelock
- Tiger Spin (Headlock into Drop Toehold)
- Jumping Solebutt


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science
 Aerial10 
 Power
 Strikes10 

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

Place in History - Arguably the greatest and most influential junior heavyweight wrestler ever, Satoru Sayama took juniors from under-sized nobodies, who could never become stars to being amongst the top stars in a promotion. Sayama had an incredibly unique style that mixed puroresu, lucha libre, and even a little European flavor. He used martial arts-like kicks, innovative highflying, great suplexes and he could grapple with the best of them. In the early 1980s, Satoru Sayama was simply an entirely new breed of wrestler. He brought his well-traveled style back to New Japan and created a character based on a Japanese cartoon character - Tiger Mask. Little did he know, he would become wildly popular and imitated by numerous wrestlers for years to come. Everyone from puroresu stars like Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Koji Kanemoto to luchadors like Rey Mysterio Jr. and Ultimo Dragon among many others have shown his influence. Since his departure from New Japan for the original UWF, Sayama mainly focused on his realistic martial arts style. He both competed in and founded several promotions. The most notable, Shooting, would grow into Shooto, a notable MMA promotion for smaller fighters. In the new millenium, he has returned to the fragmented puroresu scene with new students, new characters and a new promotion, Real Japan Pro-Wrestling. Playing off his old fame, a heavier Sayama continues to appeal with the nostalgic fans. Though his years in the limelight were brief, Tiger Mask's influence is huge.
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