Masa Saito

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Title History

  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Kenji Shibuya defeating Pedro Morales & Pepper Gomez (July 13, 1968);
  • NWA Florida Heavyweight title defeating Dale Lewis (December 22, 1969);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Kenji Shibuya defeating Goliath & Black Gordman (May 21, 1971);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Kenji Shibuya defeating Salvador Lothario & Pantera Negra (November 19, 1971);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Beat the Champ Television title defeating Dory Dixon (March 11, 1972);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Kenji Shibuya defeating Ray Mendoza & Raul Mata (June 30, 1972);
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Beat the Champ Television title defeating Eric Froelich (September 16, 1972);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Kenji Shibuya defeating Interns (September 1973);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Gene Kiniski defeating Wayne Bridges & Dan Kroffat (November 11, 1974);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Dale Lewis defeating Ricky Hunter & Guy Mitchell (August 10, 1975);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Pedro Morales & Rocky Johnson (1977);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Steve Keirn & Mike Graham (1977);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Masked Maurauders [Tournament] (December 6, 1977);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Mr. Sato (aka Kabuki) defeating Steve Keirn & Mike Graham (1978);
  • NWA (Florida) United States Tag Team titles w/Mr. Sato defeating Jack & Jerry Brisco (1978);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Mr. Sato defeating Jack & Jerry Brisco (March 1978);
  • NWA (Florida) United States Tag Team titles w/Mr. Sato defeating Jimmy Garvin & Killer Karl Kox (January 1979);
  • NWA (L.A./Japan) North American Tag Team titles w/Hiro Matsuda defeating Strong Kobayashi & Seiji Sakaguchi (April 5, 1979);
  • NWA Florida Television title defeating Steve Keirn (May 6, 1980);
  • NWA (Southeastern) Alabama Heavyweight title defeating Ray Candy (1981);
  • NWA (Southeastern) Alabama Heavyweight title defeating Bob Armstrong (March 1981);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Rick Martel & Tony Garea (October 13, 1981);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Jules & Jay Strongbow (July 13, 1982);
  • IWGP (Japan) Tag Team titles w/Riki Choshu defeating Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami (June 10, 1988);
  • IWGP (Japan) Tag Team titles w/Shinya Hashimoto defeating Takayuki Iizuka & Riki Choshu (September 20, 1989);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Larry Zbyszko (February 10, 1990);

Career Highlights

  • Masa Saito competed as a super heavyweight at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games placing 7th in freestyle..
  • Masa Saito turned to pro wrestling following the Games and quickly became successful in Japan & North America..
  • December 22, 1969: Masa Saito (of Japan) defeated Dale Lewis for the Florida Heavyweight title..
  • Masa Saito formed a successful tag team with Mr. Fuji, together they won two WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • 1980s: Masa Saito spent two years in prison after he and Ken Patera threw a boulder through the window of a McDonalds in Wisconsin..
  • 1984: Masa Saito was also part of the exodus that left New Japan for All Japan..
  • 1987: Masa Saito returned to New Japan for the best years of his career..
  • 1987: Masa Saito had a famous feud with Antonio Inoki that did record business..
  • October 4, 1987: Antonio Inoki defeated Masa Saito (by TKO) in an “Island Death Match”..
  • ~~~They were dropped on Ganryujima Island and had a match all over the island without any audience that lasted two hours..
  • Masa Saito has held the IWGP World Tag Team titles with both Riki Choshu and Shinya Hashimoto..
  • 1990: Masa Saito was AWA World Heavyweight champion briefly, after beating Larry Zbyszko..
  • Masa Saito is known as the master of the suplex, using many variations, including one named after him, the Saito Suplex!