Masa Saito has passed away at age 76. He’s known for his work in Japan, Canada, and the USA since the 1960s. He died due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
Saito competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics, coming in 7th, then moved to professional wrestling, working all over the world. He, along with Mr. Fuji, won the WWE World Tag Team Championship under manager Lou Albano before leaving to work a variety of territories across the USA and Canada. He returned to Japan to face Antonio Inoki in a Death Match that lasted nearly two hours, before losing the match.
For those who only vaguely recognize his name, Saito was known for the suplex used by many over the world, including HBK and Dunne.
Much love and honor have been expressed online from many in the industry for all he did in his career.
WWE is saddened to learn that Masa Saito, a former World Tag Team Champion and AWA Champion, has passed away. https://t.co/YiuOumxhAq
— WWE (@WWE) July 16, 2018
QD – Our hearts go out to Saito’s family, friends, and fans. His loss is felt all through the world of wrestling.