Masao Inoue
Masao Inoue
Born March 6 1970 (1970-03-06) (age 50)
Chūō, Yamanashi Prefecture
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Masao Inoue
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Trained By Giant Baba
Jumbo Tsuruta
Debut April 4, 1991


Masao Inoue (井上雅央, Inoue Masao) is a professional wrestler who currently works for All Japan Pro Wrestling as a freelancer. He has previously worked for Pro Wrestling NOAH.


All Japan Pro WrestlingEdit

Masao Inoue spent the better part of his time with All Japan as an underling for Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue. He found little success until he started a regular tag team with Tamon Honda near the end of his All Japan stay. The tandem won the All Asia Tag Team Championship in 1999.

In mid-2000 Masao Inoue left All Japan Pro Wrestling along with all but two All Japan native workers to join Mitsuharu Misawa's newly formed Pro Wrestling Noah. Inoue and Honda were still the All Asia Tag Team champions so the titles were vacated when they left.

Pro Wrestling NoahEdit

Inoue was a founding member of the Dark Agents stable along with Akitoshi Saito and Takashi Sugiura. He would be second-in-command to Saito. Inoue generally spent his time near the bottom card, not receiving very many high profile matches. After several years of struggling to make it up the card, Inoue and seven other NOAH wrestlers were given a huge opportunity to main event a Tokyo Nippon Budokan event. GHC Heavyweight Champion Jun Akiyama proposed a tournament to determine his next challenger. Masao Inoue shocked many wrestling fans by beating rookie Shuhei Taniguchi, Takuma Sano, and finally stablemate Akitoshi Saito to win the tournament. Inoue faced Akiyama in an emotional match and lasted over 23 minutes before falling to the wrist-clutch Exploder. After showing little promise in NOAH's early days, Masao Inoue greatly improved his stock in the company.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
  • Backbreaker rack
  • Signature moves
  • Cobra clutch suplex
  • Forward Russian legsweep
  • Entrance themes
    • "Majesty" (AJPW; 1991-2000)
    • "Deep" (NOAH; 2000)
    • "One Man Army" (NOAH / AJPW; 2001-present)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI ranked him #241 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI 500 in 2006[3]
  • GHC Title Shot Tournament (2006)[4]
  • Global Tag League Technique Prize (2011)- with Bison Smith[5]
  • Joikaru Cup Scramble Battle Royal (2013)[6]
  • NACK5 Cup 10 Man Scramble Battle Royal (2013)[7]


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