• Former WWE Wrestler Passes Away At Age 48
We are saddened to report that former WWE wrestler Ryan Sakoda has passed away at the age of 48.
No information is available regarding the cause of his death yet.
Sakoda signed with WWE in 2003 and made his official debut at the No Mercy 2003 PPV.
He teamed up with Akio (Jimmy Wang Yang) to form the tag team Kyo Dai. They were Yakuza-style henchmen of Tajiri.
If you’ve never seen Sakoda, he’s the one on the right (on Tajiri’s left) in the photo below:
He was released from the company in 2004.
Later on, he became a part of a class action lawsuit against WWE, which alleged that he suffered brain injuries while wrestling for the WWE and that the company tried to conceal this information. This lawsuit was dismissed in 2016.
RIP Ryan Sakoda
December 31, 1972 – September 2, 2021
• ON THIS DAY IN NWA HISTORY (September 27, 1986) – NWA World Wide Wrestling
On this day in 1986, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Wide Wrestling’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to ‘Starrcade 1986’.
The card can be found below:
Jimmy Garvin vs. Vernon Deaton
Nikita Koloff interview
Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke interview
Shaska Whatley & The Barbarian vs. The Mulkeys
America’s Team interview
Hector Guerrero & Manny Fernandez vs. The Golden Terror & Tony Zane
Paul Jones invites Fernandez to join his army
Nikita Koloff vs. Bill Tabb
Dick Murdock interview
Jimmy Valliant vs. Brodie Chase
Valliant post match interview
The Midnight Express vs. Art Pritts & Paul Garner