Seiji Sakaguchi

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Seiji Sakaguchi
Ring name(s) Seiji Sakaguchi
Billed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Billed weight 130 kg (290 lb)
Born (1942-02-17) February 17, 1942 (age 72)
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Billed from Tokyo, Japan
Debut August 5, 1967
Retired March 15, 1990
Seiji Sakaguchi
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Black Belt Judo
World Championships
Bronze 1965 Rio de Janeiro +80 kg

Seiji Sakaguchi (坂口征二 Sakaguchi Seiji?, born February 17, 1942) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and judoka, Sakaguchi holds a 7th dan red and white belt in Judo. Sakaguchi was a mainstay of New Japan Pro Wrestling and also competed for the World Wide Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance. His sons are professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Yukio Sakaguchi and television actor Kenji Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi currently works for New Japan as an advisor.[1]

Before becoming a professional wrestler, he was a judoka with a fifth degree black belt and won the 1965 All Japan Judo Championship. Coach Koji Sone was accused by Geesink's teammates in the 1965 World Judo Championships of having Sakaguchi throw the match against the more rested Matsunaga in order to allow Matsunaga take on the weary Anton Geesink in the final round.[2]

He debuted in August 1967 for the Japan Wrestling Association. He would later join Antonio Inoki in forming New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972. He retired from the ring in March 1990. He was the president of the National Wrestling Alliance from 1992 to 1993.

At age 61, Seiji Sakaguchi came out of retirement to team up with Masahiro Chono against Yoshihiro Takayama and Shinya Makabe on September 14, 2003.

Sakaguchi also appeared in the 1982 American film Forced Vengeance. His role was a minor one, though he did appear in the film's climactic fight scene, battling star Chuck Norris.

In wrestling[edit]

  • "Moeyo Arawashi"[3]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Other honoree (1996)
  • European Wrestling Union
  • EWU World Super Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Polynesian Pacific Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Lars Anderson
  • PWI ranked him # 146 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
  • Best Tag Team Award (1975) with Antonio Inoki[4]
  • Best Tag Team Award (1976) with Strong Kobayashi[4]
  • Fighting Spirit Award (1977)[4]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (1990, 2012)[5][6]
  • Outstanding Performance Award (1976)[4]
  • Special Award (2003)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "旗揚げ記念日". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  2. ^ Black Belt Vol. 4, No. 2. Active Interest Media, Inc. Feb 1966. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "3月15日より選手テーマ曲がスマートフォン向けとしてiTunes、amazon、レコチョク、ドワンゴ、music.jp、 moraにて配信開始!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  5. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  6. ^ "「2012年度プロレス大賞」受賞者". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  7. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 

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Preceded by
Jim Herd
President of the National Wrestling Alliance
1992–1993
Succeeded by
Howard Brody, Dennis Coralluzzo,
Jim Crockett, Jr. and Steve Rickard