Masakazu Fukuda
Professional wrestling career
Height 188 centimeters (6 ft 2 in.)
Weight 103 kilograms (227 lbs.)
Debut March 20, 1996

  Masakazu Fukuda (福田 雅一, Fukuda Masakazu) (May 17, 1972 - April 19, 2000) was a professional wrestler who is best known for his appearances in WAR and NJPW. He also joined a short-lived unit known as Fighting Club G-EGGS, the unit included Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Brian Johnston and Yutaka Yoshie.

Death[edit | edit source]

On April 14, 2000, Fukuda suffered a fatal head injury during a match with Katsuyori Shibata in the Young Lion Cup Tournament after taking a flying elbow drop. He was rushed to the hospital but died five days later on April 19 due to a brain hemorrhage; he was 27 years old. The rest of the tournament was dedicated to Fukuda's memory and was honored with a ten-bell salute and a tribute show in September of that year.

In Wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • Fukuda Special (STO)
    • Sambo suplex, sometimes from the second rope
    • FTS (Over rotated stepover toehold into a sleeper hold)
  • Signature moves
    • Chokeslam
    • German Suplex
    • Rear naked choke
    • Side headlock into a Russian legsweep
    • Sleeper hold, sometimes with bodyscissors or leg-clutch
    • Overhead belly to belly suplex
  • Entrance themes
    • "Ride The Wind" (NJPW; 1996-2000)

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

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