El Samurai

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El Samurai
El Samurai
Name El Samurai
Real name Osamu Matsuda
Name history Osamu Matsuda (debut - March 1991, 2004, 2005), El Samurai (March 1991 - )
Birth date, location April 19, 1966
Obituary date
Debut, location July 24, 1986
Lost mask to (see note)
Height 5'11"/180 cm
Weight 203 lbs/92 kg
Signature moves Samurai Bomb, Chickenwing Armlock, Inverted Brainbuster, Inverted DDT, Reverse Tornado DDT, Frankensteiner
Titles: British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (2), IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (3) (1 w/Jushin Liger, 1 w/Ryusuke Taguchi and 1 w/Koji Kanemoto), NWA World Welterweight Championship, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (2), WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (2), UWA World Middleweight Championship, WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (2), WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (w/Jushin Liger), X-LAW International Title (Japan Branch), 1997 Super J Cup,Tenryu Project International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (w/Jushin Liger)

Wrestled in UWA in 1990 and 1991 as part of a NJPW training excursion. Teamed with Akiyoshi and Takayama as a trio. He was never pushed as strong as his partners in Mexico due to not working for the Universal Lucha Libre group in Japan.

Despite never losing his mask, El Samurai has unmasked on occasion, in 2004 for one night only against Osamu Nishimura, and at a NJPW/MUGA show on 1/29/2005 vs Shinsuke Nakamura.




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His old look
wrestling as himself in 2004
early design