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Name: Masanori Murakawa  
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Date of Birth: 18th July 1969
Place of Birth: Morioka, Iwate, Japan
Profession: Actor
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Masanori Murakawa
Stage names The Great Sasuke
Masa Michinoku
Ninja Sasuke
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 82 kg (180 lb)
Born July 18, 1969
Hometown Tokyo
Trained by Satoru Sayama
Debut March 1, 1990

Masanori Murakawa (born July 18, 1969 in Tokyo) is a Japanese professional wrestler who is better known by his stage name The Great Sasuke. He has wrestled in Japan and in the United States in various wrestling promotions. He is said to have an incredible tolerance for pain, mainly in reference to the injuries he has had include a cracked skull on 2 occasions.


In his early days he used the name Masa Michinoku. Masa, from his given name Masanori, and Michinoku, after the alternate name for his Japanese home region, Tohoku. Taka Michinoku adopted a similar gimmick to parody him. Later, on a tour of Mexico, he adopted the mask, uniform and name Ninja Sasuke. This was the predecessor to the Great Sasuke gimmick he would adopt upon returning to Japan.

He is also the owner, and founder, of Michinoku Pro Wrestling in Japan, the first Japanese independent promotion not to be based around the Tokyo area.

In 2002, he briefly turned heel and started using the name "SASUKE", using blue stripes on his mask instead of the red stripes shown in the photo above. However, Jinsei Shinzaki brought him back from the dark side by "exorcising the evil out of him".

On April 13, 2003, the Great Sasuke won election to the Iwate Prefectural Assembly, making him the first actual masked legislator in history. He is the fourth Japanese wrestler to get elected to office. Antonio Inoki, Hiroshi Hase and Atsushi Onita preceded him, though all of them were elected to the Japanese Diet at the national level.

Finishing and signature moves

  • Thunder Fire Powerbomb
  • Somersault plancha
  • Sasuke Special (Cartwheel plancha)
  • Asai Moonsault
  • Rider Kick

Championships and accomplishments

  • 1-Time NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time NWA Middleweight Champion
  • 1-Time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (with Jushin 'Thunder' Liger)
  • 1-Time Michinoku Pro Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time Michinoku Pro Tohoku Tag Team Champion (with Dick Togo)
  • 1-Time NWA World Welterweight Champion
  • 2-Time WWF World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time UWA World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time WWA World Jr. Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 1-Time WWA World Middleweight Champion
  • 1-Time UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Champions
  • 2-Time British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Champion
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) ranked him # 93 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.

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