Satoru Sayama / Tiger Mask I - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Satoru Sayama / Tiger Mask I, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Satoru Sayama (佐山 聡) was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan on November 27, 1957, and he is currently 66 years old.

He is currently a Promoter.

He is the founder of Strong Style (formerly “Real Japan”) Pro-Wrestling, the martial art Seikendo, and the MMA organization Shooto. Sayama is recognized as a legend in cruiserweight pro wrestling and mixed martial arts prior to the UFC’s creation. He is also the inspiration of the luchador King from Tekken.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Satoru Sayama (佐山 聡)
  • Ring Names
    • The Mask of Tiger ( August 24, 2003 - July 10, 2004)
    • First Tiger Mask ( September 12, 1998 - June 23, 2016)
    • Satoru Sayama ( December 24, 1997 - Present)
    • Super Tiger ( April 16, 2005 - June 29, 2005)
    • Tiger King ( April 12, 1997 - December 23, 1997)
    • First Tiger Mask ( June 30, 1996 - April 11, 1997)
    • Tiger Mask ( December 30, 1995 - August 12, 1996)
    • Super Tiger ( August 29, 1984 - September 11, 1985)
    • Satoru Sayama ( January 1, 1985 - December 29, 1995)
    • The Tiger ( July 23, 1984 - August 28, 1984)
    • Tiger Mask ( April 23, 1981 - August 12, 1983)
    • Satoshi Sayama ( February 6, 1978 - February 8, 1978)
    • Satoru Sayama ( May 28, 1976 - April 22, 1981)
    • Sammy Lee ( December 17, 1980 - December 17, 1980)
  • Born November 27, 1957 (age 66)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan ( May 28, 1976 - June 23, 2016)
    • Japan ( November 16, 1982 - November 8, 1982)
  • Weight
    • 216 lbs (98 kg) ( April 16, 2005 - June 23, 2016)
    • 198 lbs (90 kg) ( April 23, 1981 - April 15, 2005)
    • 160 lbs (73 kg) ( May 28, 1976 - April 22, 1981)
  • Nicknames El Tigre Enmascarado
  • Notes He is the founder of Strong Style (formerly “Real Japan”) Pro-Wrestling, the martial art Seikendo, and the MMA organization Shooto. Sayama is recognized as a legend in cruiserweight pro wrestling and mixed martial arts prior to the UFC’s creation. He is also the inspiration of the luchador King from Tekken.

Career History

  • Roles
    • Promoter ( July 10, 1999 - Present)
    • Part Time Wrestler ( May 1, 1994 - June 23, 2016)
    • Coach ( January 1, 1985 - December 31, 2007)
    • Promoter ( May 18, 1989 - December 31, 1996)
    • MMA Fighter ( July 29, 1994 - October 13, 1995)
    • Wrestler ( July 23, 1984 - September 11, 1985)
    • Wrestler ( May 28, 1976 - August 12, 1983)
  • Companies / Promotions
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW October 26, 2003 January 18, 2004
    Promotion Michinoku Pro WrestlingMICHINOKU August 13, 1996 November 1, 1998
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight April 12, 1997 November 2, 1997
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight April 23, 1981 August 12, 1983
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF November 16, 1982 December 8, 1982
    Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha LibreCMLL June 6, 1978 August 31, 1980
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Young Lions May 28, 1976 May 19, 1978
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Face April 23, 1981 June 23, 2016
    Tweener May 28, 1976 April 22, 1981
  • Images
    Apr 2005
    Apr 2005
    May 1994
    May 1994
    Sep 1985
    Sep 1985
    Apr 1981
    Apr 1981
    May 1976
    May 1976

  • Finishers
    • Tiger Suplex - Double Underhook Suplex ( May 28, 1976 - June 23, 2016)
    • Tiger Driver - Double Underhook Powerbomb ( May 28, 1976 - June 23, 2016)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Omae wa Tora ni Nare" - Single ( April 23, 1981 - Present)
    • Theme Song "No Podrás" by Cristian Castro - Single ( August 12, 1996 - January 14, 1997)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Titles Won

    New Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 2 NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
    • 2 WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship

    Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre

    • 1 NWA World Middleweight Championship
    • 1 WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship

    Real Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 1 Legend Championship

    Tokyo Pro Wrestling

    • 1 TWA Tag Team Championship (with Yoji Anjo)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2021)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1996)
    • UWF Tournament Winner (1984)
    • UWF Kakuto Nettai Road “A” League Tournament Winner (1985)
    • Tokyo Sports MVP Award (1982)
    • Tokyo Sports Popularity Award (1981)
    • Tokyo Sports Technique Award (1982, 1984)
    • WON Best Flying Wrestler (1982, 1983)
    • WON Most Impressive Wrestler (1982)
    • WON Best Technical Wrestler (1982, 1983)
    • WON Match of the Year (1982 - vs. Dynamite Kid at NJPW Summer Fight Series II Night 19)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • Triangulo Oriental - Kato Kung Lee, Kung Fu ( January 1, 1979 - August 31, 1980)

Satoru Sayama / Tiger Mask I Game Appearances

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