Another legends has left us.
Hi all! It’s that time of the week again and between this July heat and not feeling very well, these aren’t always the best days, but I’m still hanging on.
As I write this, a news story came across in my wrestling news of the death of Masa Saito.
Mr. Saito was a longtime name in the mat game. yes, he actually was from Japan and first started working in the States as a wrestler back in the 60s. Remarkably he even represented Japan in freestyle wrestling at the Olympics in Mexico as am Amateur before getting into the mat game. He worked a lot of territories during this time, but for us in America, he may be best known for his role as Championship partner with the late Mr. Fuji in the WWWF the 70s.
Outside of working for the McMahon family, he had a long run in the Gagne owned AWA. He teamed with guys like Jessie Ventura and at one time was managed by Tiger Hatori. now the top referee in Japan. That ended in 1985 when he got arrested for helping to toss a bolder through a Macdonalds window with another Olympic strongman in Ken Patera. That got him 2 years in the clink and when he got out, he went back to Japan.
He worked as a big star for Antonio Inoki and worked probably the strangest match ever devised in the Ganryujima Island Death Match, a literal match on a Japanese Island in October of 1987!
After that, he worked NJPW and was a big star there for many years. In 1989 and 1990 there were attempts to bring him back to the States. The AWA brought him back at the end of 1989 to start a story with AWA Champion Larry Zybisco the resulted in a couple of title changes in the dying promotion. WCW brought him in for their Starrcade show in December of 1990 to take part in the Pat O’ Conner tag team tournament where he and his partner The Great Muta, reached the finals and lost to the Steiner brothers.
Returning to Japan, he remained a big name with NJPW. and won tag belts before retiring in the early 2000s. He had been battling Parkinson’s syndrome for a lot of that time. This news heralded that the battle had ended. No matter what, he Saito Suplexed his way to a victory in life.
Gods bless Masa Saito. Thanks for everything.
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