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Tiger Mask W makes his real-life wrestling ring debut!

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We kinda saw this coming

In a crossover that many fans of Japanese wrestling knew would probably happen, the title character from the new anime Tiger Mask W made his debut in a real-life wrestling ring on October 10th.

During the pre-show for New Japan Pro Wrestling's King of Pro-Wrestling show, a real life Tiger Mask came to the ring to face one of his foes from the show, Red Death.

The anime, which debuted on October 1st, is co-produced by Toei animation as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling and featured some big names from NJPW like "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Yugi Nagata appearing in animated form.

This is not the first time that a Tiger Mask has stepped into real life. Five other men have donned the identity of Tiger Mask since 1981, based off the original series that ran in from 1969 to 1971. The fourth incarnation of Tiger Mask still wrestles for New Japan. He has worn the mask for the last 20 years. He did not appear on this particular card.

As for the identities of the two men who were under the masks for this match, Former NJPW regular and freelancer Kota Ibushi donned the mask of the tiger,

while former WWE developmental wrestler and current NJPW undercard wrestler Juice Newton portrayed the evil villain. 

The Match can be seen HERE.

It is unknown if this was just a one-off deal or something more permanent. Ibushi left NJPW to become a freelancer and compete for the WWE's Cruiserweight Classic tournament, that he was favored to win, but then refused to sign a long-term deal with the company. Robinson meanwhile is probably just glad someone is paying attention to a match he was in.

Japanator is covering Tiger Mask W as well as New Japan wrestling action on AXS TV, so check that out for more action!


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