|Ring name(s)||Seiji Sakaguchi|
|Billed height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Billed weight||130 kg (290 lb)|
February 17, 1942 |
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
|Billed from||Tokyo, Japan|
|Debut||August 5, 1967|
|Retired||March 15, 1990|
|Competitor for Japan|
|Men's Black Belt Judo|
|Bronze||1965 Rio de Janiero||+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.
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.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Other honoree (1996)
- European Wrestling Union
- 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
|President of the National Wrestling Alliance
Howard Brody, Dennis Coralluzzo,
Jim Crockett, Jr. and Steve Rickard