Hisashi Shinma (新間寿 Shinma Hisashi) (born March 22, 1935) is a Japanese booker and promoter who currently works for Real Japan Pro Wrestling (RJPW) as chairman for the promotion. He's known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he was the chairman of the promotion and he would also help Satoru Sayama's career with the Tiger Mask gimmick and discovering talents like Akira Maeda whom would both form the UWF promotion after he and Maeda and several others left NJPW. Shinma would remain in UWF until disagreements he had with Sayama over his matches. He also co-founded Universal Lucha Libre with Gran Hamada.
Shinma was chairman and one of the bookers for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the time and negotiated a talent-sharing arrangement with the World Wrestling Federation within the junior heavyweight division, which ultimately launched Tatsumi Fujinami as an international superstar and an eventual successor to Antonio Inoki.
Shinma’s most famous moment as WWF President occurred on December 6, 1979, after Bob Backlund regained the WWF title from Antonio Inoki at the end of his Japan tour. Shinma overruled the decision due to interference from Tiger Jeet Singh. Inoki refused to accept the belt, but Backlund regained the vacant title after returning to the United States. Backlund's title loss to Inoki is still not officially acknowledged by WWE and was kept hidden from American audiences until Pro Wrestling Illustrated recognized Inoki's reign in the late 1990s.
Shinma's other accomplishments included fitting Satoru Sayama with the Tiger Mask gimmick, discovering Akira Maeda, and forming the UWF in Japan after leaving New Japan. Shinma remained in UWF until disagreements arose with Sayama over the match content.
His son Hisatsune Shinma was also a promoter, and co-founded Universal Lucha Libre with Gran Hamada, one of the original UWF members, but with the promotion focus on the Lucha libre style brought from Mexico.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Tokyo Sports
- Lifetime Achievement Award (1983)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
- WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2019)
- ↑ Slagle, Steve. Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Ring Chronicle Hall of Fame Inductee - Antonio Inoki . Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved on 2007-09-03.
- ↑ Online World of Wrestling: Akira Maeda . Retrieved on 2007-09-03.
- ↑ The Internet Wrestling Encyclopedia: Directory of Wrestling Promotions . Retrieved on 2007-09-03.