Ryoji Sai

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Ryoji Sai
Ryoji Sai.jpg
Born (1980-06-03) June 3, 1980 (age 39)[1]
Osaka, Osaka[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ryoji Sai[1]
Billed height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Billed weight105 kg (231 lb)[1]
Trained byGerard Gordeau, ZERO-ONE Dojo
DebutSeptember 1, 2001[3]

Ryoji Sai[1] (崔領二, Sai Ryōji) (born Choi Young-ii June 3, 1980) is a Japanese professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and promoter who currently owns and operates Pro Wrestling Land's End, where he's the current All Asia Heavyweight Champion. He is best known for working for Pro Wrestling Zero1, where he is a former two-time World Heavyweight Champion.

He is the older brother of mixed martial artist Young Choi.

Career[edit]

Ryoji Sai is a 3rd Generation Zainichi Korean that was born in Osaka, Japan. His parents own a restaurant near Tsuruhashi Station in Osaka. At 15 years old, Ryouji attended the Sidmouth International School in Sidmouth, England. He then attended Bloxham School in Oxfordshire between 1996 and 1999. While in Europe he studied martial arts under Gerard Gordeau in the Netherlands.

When he returned to Japan he joined Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE, debuting on September 1, 2001 at the ZERO-ONE "FIRE FESTIVAL 2001" versus Igor Meindert. in a non-tournament match. From 2002 to 2004, he would be out of pro wrestling with an unknown ailment. Returning in 2004, he would begin to regularly team with Kohei Sato winning the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Ryoji twice finished as the runner-up in ZERO1 Fire Festival tournaments in both 2007 and 2006, losing to Masato Tanaka. He also regularly appeared for the HUSTLE wrestling promotion during Pro Wrestling ZERO1's working agreement with them. In late 2008 and early 2009, Sai took part on the popular Japan Fuji TV show Ainori (あいのり) under the name of "Wrestler" (レスラー).

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • PWI ranked him #220 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014[5]

MMA record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1-1-1 (1) Kenichi Serizawa TKO (Punches) Titan Fighting Championship 2 January 21, 2001 2 3:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0-1 (1) Koichi Sato TKO (Punches) Titan Fighting Championship 2 January 21, 2001 1 2:54 Tokyo, Japan
NC 0-0-1 (1) Koichi Sato No contest (illegal knees) Titan Fighting Championship 2 January 21, 2001 1 0:26 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0–0–1 Masakazu Imanari Technical Draw Titan Fighting Championship 1 September 29, 2000 1 1:29 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "ZERO1-MAX fighters page". ZEROONEUSA.com. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  2. ^ "Ryouji Sai profile" (in Japanese). ZERO-ONE-MAX.com. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  3. ^ "ZERO-ONE Fire Festival 2001 tour results". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  4. ^ "Hustle Super Tag Team Championship history".
  5. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2014". internet wrestling database. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship title history". ZEROONEUSA.com. Archived from the original on 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  7. ^ "NWA United National Heavyweight Championship title history". ZEROONEUSA.com. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  8. ^ "Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship history".
  9. ^ a b "Tournaments".

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