Ryan Sakoda Death – Undisclosed Causes
1972-2021 (Age 48)
Ryan Sakoda was a wrestler better known for his days in smaller promotions, but also spent time working in the WWE in 2003 and 2004 as part of a developmental contract.
Future wrestler Ryan Sakoda was born on December 31, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan. According to Figure Four Online’s Bryan Rose, Rick Bassman (the man who helped break Sting and the Ultimate Warrior into professional wrestling) trained Sakoda.
From there, Sakoda worked in Ultimate Pro Wrestling as well as Zero-One. Ryan formed a tag team with Samoa Joe in Zero-One, capturing the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship.
Sakoda’s talents caught the attention of the WWE, which signed him to a developmental deal in 2003.
Sakoda teamed with Jimmy Wang Yang and served as a henchman for Tajiri. However, Sakoda was released in 2004.
From there, he competed in the short-lived Wrestling Society X before retiring in 2007.
After hanging up the boots, Sakoda went to work for Disney at their Grand California Hotel.
Like many former WWE Superstars, Ryan Sakoda participated in the class action lawsuit filed against the WWE that alleged wrestlers suffered traumatic brain injuries during their WWE careers that the company knowingly hid the long-term effects of concussions. In 2021, the lawsuit was dismissed and the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal, ending the case.
Sakoda died on September 2, 2021 at age 48. The cause of death remains unknown as of this writing.
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