Tiger Mask

[Japanese Wrestlers GALLERY]

Title History

  • NWA World Middleweight title defeating Ringo Mendoza (September 9, 1979);
  • WWF Junior Heavyweight title defeating Dynamite Kid for vacant title (January 1, 1982);
  • NWA World Junior Heavyweight title (May 1982);
  • WWF Junior Heavyweight title defeating Black Tiger (May 26, 1982);
  • NWA World Junior Heavyweight title defeating Kuniaki Kobayashi for vacant title (June 2, 1983);
  • WWF Junior Heavyweight title defeating Fishman for vacant title (June 12, 1983);

Career Highlights

Debut in New Japan Pro Wrestling

  • November 24, 1957: Satoru Sayama was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan..
  • May 28, 1976: Satoru Sayama made his wrestling debut being defeated by Shouji Kai..

Tiger Mask

  • Antonio Inoki created the “Tiger Mask” character and asked Satoru Sayama to play the character..
  • April 23, 1981: Tiger Mask (Sayama) defeated Dynamite Kid in Tokyo to ignite a legendary feud..
  • Tiger Mask held the WWWF and NWA Junior Heavyweight titles..


  • 1984: Satoru Sayama jumped to the UWF, where he was not allowed to use the Tiger Mask gimmick..


  • Satoru Sayama walked away from the wrestling world after becoming disenchanted with the industry..
  • September 1985-96: Satoru Sayama was inactive as a wrestler..

More Sayama

  • Satoru Sayama invented countless manuevers and set the standard for junior heavyweight wrestling in Japan..
  • Satoru Sayama paved the way for wrestlers such as Jushin Lyger, Ultimo Dragon, Great Sasuke etc..
  • Satoru Sayama eventually aquired the rights to the “Tiger Mask” name and gimmick..
  • May 1996: Satoru Sayama was inducted into the Puroresu Hall of Fame..

Real Japan Pro Wrestling

  • Satoru Sayama opened a promotion called “Real Japan Pro Wrestling”..
  • May 2005: Satoru Sayama returned to Mexico for a tour..
  • June 9 2005–Real Japan Pro Wrestling: Shinjiro Otani defeated Super Tiger (Satoru Sayama)..
  • March 10, 2006–RJPW: The ORIGINAL Tiger Mask defeated Naomichi Marufuji in the main event.