GREATEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME TOURNEY RD. 1 Tiger Mask vs Blue Demon

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    Satoru Sayama (佐山 聡 Sayama Satoru?) (born November 24, 1957) is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known as the original Tiger Mask. He's wrestled under his real name as well as the names Sammy Lee, and masked Super Tiger, Tiger King, (Original) Tiger Mask and The Mask of Tiger. He is the only man to hold the WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship simultaneously.

    Championships and accomplishments

    Sayama debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling, against Shoji Kai, a jobber known to have been the debut opponent for future stars (Rusher Kimura, Masa Saito, Osamu Kido, Tatsumi Fujinami, and Mitsuo Momota had debuted against him before). Sayama weighed only 160 pounds, which, even given his training, impaired him from getting a permanent spot on NJPW cards. So they sent him abroad, to England (where he wrestled as Sammy Lee) and Mexico, where he wrestled under his real name. It was in Mexico where he started to grow not only in physical stature but also in prominence, winning the NWA World Middleweight Title in EMLL.

    Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    NWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)1
    New Japan Pro Wrestling
    NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    World Wrestling Federation
    WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    5 Star Match (1983) vs. Dynamite Kid on April 23
    Best Flying Wrestler (1982, 1983)
    Best Technical Wrestler (1982, 1983)
    Match of the Year (1982) vs. Dynamite Kid, August 5, Tokyo, Japan
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)


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    Alejandro Muñoz Moreno (April 24, 1922 – December 16, 2000), better known as Blue Demon (Demonio Azul), was a Mexican luchador (professional wrestler) who was widely considered to be one of the greatest Mexican wrestlers of his time. He was affectionately referred to as "Blue" and was known for his signature blue wrestling mask.

    Wrestling career
    A chance meeting with the famous Mexican wrestler Rolando Vera piqued his interest in Lucha Libre, Vera even offering to tutor him and help him start a career. He began wrestling without a mask in Laredo, Texas. His first match was against Chema Lopez on March 12, 1948, a match which he won handily. Adopting the mask and persona of The Blue Demon, he headed back to Mexico to start a real career. His first appearance as The Blue Demon was in Mexico City in September 1948, where he fought Benny Arcilla. Blue began his career in the ring as a rudo. From there, he formed a famous team with another well-known masked luchador named The Black Shadow, and the two became known as Los Hermanos Shadow over the next few years.
    In 1952, the famous wrestler Santo beat and unmasked The Black Shadow in the ring, which triggered Blue's decision to become a técnico in the ring, as well as a legendary feud between The Blue Demon and Santo that culminated in Blue's beating Santo in a well-publicized series of matches in 1952 and again in 1953. In 1953, he won the NWA World Welterweight Championship from Santo, and held it until 1958. Their rivalry never really ended in later years, although they appeared together in a series of horror films, since Santo always remembered his defeat at the Blue Demon's hands.[3]
    During the 1960s, one of Blue Demon's greatest rivals was Rayo de Jalisco. In 1988, the year he retired, Blue Demon finally beat Jalisco in a mask-vs-mask match, taking the mask of another of Mexico's wrestling legends.[4]

    Championships and accomplishments

    Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre
    Mexican National Welterweight Championship (3 times)
    NWA World Welterweight Championship (2 times)
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)​
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