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Masanori Saito

Full name: Masanori Saito
Original name: 斎藤 昌典
Nickname(s): Masa Saito, Mr. Torture, Mr. Saito
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: August 7, 1942 in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

Masanori Saito competed at the 1964 Olympics but became much better known for his professional wrestling career. Saito wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and in Japan, for both All-Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). With the WWF he teamed with Mr. Fuji to hold the World Tag Team Championship twice. Saito also won the Amerian Wrestling Association championship in 1990. In the later 1980s, Saito competed mostly in Japan, where he became involved in a feud with Antonio Inoki. The two settled the feud in an island death match on 4 October 1987, which took place on Ganryujima Island, but spread across the island, and lasted two hours. Inoki eventually won by technical knockout. Professionally Saito was known variously as Masa Saito, Mr. Saito, and even Mr. Torture, for his punishing and sadistic style. After his career ended he worked as a supervisor and promoter.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle Japan JPN AC

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP MR
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Final Standings AC 1964-10-11 Eliminated r3/5 6
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round Three 7T 1964-10-13 6
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round Three Match #1 2 1964-10-13 McNamara (GBR) fall (1:23), Saito (JPN) 4
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round Two 2T 1964-10-12 2
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round Two Match #1 1T 1964-10-12 Robertsson (SWE) , Saito (JPN) draw 2
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round One 1T 1964-10-11 0
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Wrestling Japan JPN Round One Match #7 AC 1964-10-11 Saito (JPN) 0