History Manga / TigerMask

1st Nov '17 2:10:02 PM EDP
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Mr. Chi/The Great Zuma is this, having the ability to understand how to use or defeat ''any'' move by seeing it once. He shows the copying ability by using the Cobra Twist after seeing it in use once, and then defeated [[spoiler: Tiger Mask's first finisher]] with embarrassing ease after seeing it once.
** Mr. Chi's apprentice Snow Singh has a similar but lesser ability, being able to intercept flying attacks after the second time they're used on him, following with grabbing the unsuspecting victim and either sending him flying or applying a ferocious MetronomicManMashing.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Mr. Chi/The Question/The Great Zuma is this, having the ability to understand how to use or defeat ''any'' move by seeing it once. He shows the copying ability by using the Cobra Twist after seeing it in use once, and then defeated [[spoiler: Tiger Mask's first finisher]] with embarrassing ease after seeing it once.
** Mr. Chi's Question's apprentice Snow Singh has a similar but lesser ability, being able to intercept flying attacks after the second time they're used on him, following with grabbing the unsuspecting victim and either sending him flying or applying a ferocious MetronomicManMashing.



* BadassBoast: Many wrestlers have declared they'll defeat Tiger Mask and/or his FinishingMove. So far the only ones who succeeded are Mr. Chi (who had promised [[spoiler:he'd make the Ultra Tiger Drop useless]]. Tiger Mask barely defeated him, but he still kept his promise) and Miracle 3 (who declared he'd [[spoiler: counter the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker]] and defeat Tiger Mask, and was successful on both accounts).

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* BadassBoast: Many wrestlers have declared they'll defeat Tiger Mask and/or his FinishingMove. So far the only ones who succeeded are Mr. Chi Question (who had promised [[spoiler:he'd make the Ultra Tiger Drop useless]]. Tiger Mask barely defeated him, but he still kept his promise) and Miracle 3 (who declared he'd [[spoiler: counter [[spoiler:counter the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker]] and defeat Tiger Mask, and was successful on both accounts).



* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Happens three times. The first is when Great Zebra almost kicked in his one match and has to stop himself, as kicking would have been a dead giveaway to his real identity as [[spoiler: Giant Baba]]. Then there is Tiger Mask using the Super Tiger Drop on Freddie Blessie ''after'' Mr. Chi countered it, resulting in Blessie dealing Tiger Mask the one defeat he never succeeded in avenging. Finally there is the match against Mr. Kamikaze, that Tiger Mask had decided to throw because Mr. Kamikaze's defeat would have resulted in Tiger's Cave killing his son, but, half stunned, executed the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker and ''won'' (he actually cried "Damn it!" when he recovered his senses and realized what he had done. He then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeded to save Mr. Kamikaze's son anyway]]).

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Happens three times. The first is when Great Zebra almost kicked in his one match and has to stop himself, as kicking would have been a dead giveaway to his real identity as [[spoiler: Giant Baba]]. Then there is Tiger Mask using the Super Tiger Drop on Freddie Blessie ''after'' Mr. Chi Question countered it, resulting in Blessie dealing Tiger Mask the one defeat he never succeeded in avenging. Finally there is the match against Mr. Kamikaze, that Tiger Mask had decided to throw because Mr. Kamikaze's defeat would have resulted in Tiger's Cave killing his son, but, half stunned, executed the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker and ''won'' (he actually cried "Damn it!" when he recovered his senses and realized what he had done. He then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome proceeded to save Mr. Kamikaze's son anyway]]).



* DidntSeeThatComing: Once in a while, a wrestler does something completely unexpected, but [[spoiler: the trainees of Tiger's Cave setting gorillas and leopards on the admins]] and the way Tiger Mask defeated Mr. Chi takes the cake, the latter having ''Tiger Mask himself'' unable to believe it (he was following an apparently useless suggestion from Kintaro Oki out of respect, not really expecting it to work).

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Once in a while, a wrestler does something completely unexpected, but [[spoiler: the trainees of Tiger's Cave setting gorillas and leopards on the admins]] and the way Tiger Mask defeated Mr. Chi Question takes the cake, the latter having ''Tiger Mask himself'' unable to believe it (he was following an apparently useless suggestion from Kintaro Oki out of respect, not really expecting it to work).



** Played straight and averted by the protagonist himself. It had been played straight for his first finisher, when, after revealing it to the public by ''obliterating'' Ursus Apollon, had to deal with his much more skilled brother Star who could counter it by keeping his legs closed and then with Mr. Chi, who found a perfect counter that was quite embarrassing, and for the match with Gorilla Man, where his using the bridge position to counter the enemy's attack of jumping on a downed foe would have resulted in Tiger Mask's death due the enormous weight if Baba hadn't saw it coming and harmed his neck to stop him from the bridge (after the match, in which Gorilla Man ''broke the ring'' with that attack, Tiger Mask admitted it). Averted most of the times, as Tiger Mask has the habit of thinking ahead (and, after the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker, took care of researching ''any'' possible counter he could think of, as Bobo Brazil, [[KungFuProofMook Black V]] and [[TheBrute The Convict]] learned the hard way).

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** Played straight and averted by the protagonist himself. It had been played straight for his first finisher, when, after revealing it to the public by ''obliterating'' Ursus Apollon, had to deal with his much more skilled brother Star who could counter it by keeping his legs closed and then with Mr. Chi, Question, who found a perfect counter that was quite embarrassing, and for the match with Gorilla Man, where his using the bridge position to counter the enemy's attack of jumping on a downed foe would have resulted in Tiger Mask's death due the enormous weight if Baba hadn't saw it coming and harmed his neck to stop him from the bridge (after the match, in which Gorilla Man ''broke the ring'' with that attack, Tiger Mask admitted it). Averted most of the times, as Tiger Mask has the habit of thinking ahead (and, after the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker, took care of researching ''any'' possible counter he could think of, as Bobo Brazil, [[KungFuProofMook Black V]] and [[TheBrute The Convict]] learned the hard way).



* FinishingMove: What did you expect from a wrestling manga? Tiger Mask had to develop his own Finisher after some episodes, rather than starting with his own, after he realised that he is in a handicap against other wrestlers that got them. Then, after [[spoiler: Mr. Chi]] made it utterly useless, he created another, taking care of creating variations in case he found someone that could counteract the basic version (as Bobo Brazil and Black V learned at their expense). And he created a ''third'' after [[spoiler: Miracle 3]] counteracted that too.

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* FinishingMove: What did you expect from a wrestling manga? Tiger Mask had to develop his own Finisher after some episodes, rather than starting with his own, after he realised that he is in a handicap against other wrestlers that got them. Then, after [[spoiler: Mr. Chi]] Question]] made it utterly useless, he created another, taking care of creating variations in case he found someone that could counteract the basic version (as Bobo Brazil and Black V learned at their expense). And he created a ''third'' after [[spoiler: Miracle 3]] counteracted that too.



*** In fact Tiger Mask created his legal {{Finishing Move}}s to have a last resort that was not Tiger's Cave-style fouls. And Mr. Chi making the Super Tiger Drop useless resulted in him reverting to the Tiger's Cave style at the first provocation.

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*** In fact Tiger Mask created his legal {{Finishing Move}}s to have a last resort that was not Tiger's Cave-style fouls. And Mr. Chi Question making the Super Tiger Drop useless resulted in him reverting to the Tiger's Cave style at the first provocation.



* GrievousHarmWithABody: Once in a while a wrestler is sent flying on another, but the times where it was most impressive was when Mr. Chi ended his CurbStompBattle against twenty opponents by throwing one of the last three on the other two, Tiger Mask receiving a MetronomicManMashing from Snow Singh and Red Death Mask throwing half a dozen journalists at Tiger Mask before attacking him with their bench.

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* GrievousHarmWithABody: Once in a while a wrestler is sent flying on another, but the times where it was most impressive was when Mr. Chi Question ended his CurbStompBattle against twenty opponents by throwing one of the last three on the other two, Tiger Mask receiving a MetronomicManMashing from Snow Singh and Red Death Mask throwing half ''half a dozen journalists journalists'' at Tiger Mask before attacking him with their bench.



* HeroKiller: In order of appearance we have: Gorillaman (the physically strongest fighter of the series), Lionman (Tiger's Cave head coach), Star Apollon (one of the best technical wrestler of the story), Mr. Chi (in-universe, [[OldMaster the best wrestler in history]], that even with the handicap of being [[spoiler: over sixty years old]] [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] Tiger Mask for most of the fight and lost only due a DeusExMachina. In his prime he was practically invincible), Red Death Mask (Tiger's Cave designated HeroKiller), Mr. Kamikaze (the strongest fighter of Tiger's Cave underground fighting rings), Black V ([[KungFuProofMook a wrestler apparently immune to submission holds]]), The Convict ([[TheBrute a giant wrestler with enormous strength]]), Miracle 3 (Tiger's Cave greatest miracle, a wrestler with superb technique, immense physical strength and incredible ability with fouls. [[spoiler: He's actually three different persons: Tiger's Cave finest technical fighter, greatest strongman and foulest wrestler]]) and the fake Tiger Mask.

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* HeroKiller: In order of appearance we have: Gorillaman (the physically strongest fighter of the series), Lionman (Tiger's Cave head coach), Star Apollon (one of the best technical wrestler of the story), Mr. Chi Question (in-universe, [[OldMaster the best wrestler in history]], that even with the handicap of being [[spoiler: over sixty years old]] [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] Tiger Mask for most of the fight and lost only due a DeusExMachina. In his prime he was practically invincible), Red Death Mask (Tiger's Cave designated HeroKiller), Mr. Kamikaze (the strongest fighter of Tiger's Cave underground fighting rings), Black V ([[KungFuProofMook a wrestler apparently immune to submission holds]]), The Convict ([[TheBrute a giant wrestler with enormous strength]]), Miracle 3 (Tiger's Cave greatest miracle, a wrestler with superb technique, immense physical strength and incredible ability with fouls. [[spoiler: He's actually three different persons: Tiger's Cave finest technical fighter, greatest strongman and foulest wrestler]]) and the fake Tiger Mask.



* NonchalantDodge: Great Zuma, as Mr. Chi, used it as his main defense, as, while [[WeakButSkilled unmatched in technique, he was far physically weaker than his opponents]]. Being by far the most skilled character in the series, his NonchalantDodge has the habit to let an overeager opponent hit a wall, the ropes or the ring post.
** In his match against Black V, Tiger Mask took a page from Mr. Chi's book, and defended himself from the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Missile Headbutt]] by dodging and letting Black V hit the ring ropes (and kick him while he was tied up) or the ring post, before stepping up the game and ''drop kicking'' the Missile Headbutt (Tiger Mask landed on the journalists' table. Black V on concrete and ridicule).

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* NonchalantDodge: Great Zuma, as Mr. Chi, Question, used it as his main defense, as, while [[WeakButSkilled unmatched in technique, he was far physically weaker than his opponents]]. Being by far the most skilled character in the series, his NonchalantDodge has the habit to let an overeager opponent hit a wall, the ropes or the ring post.
** In his match against Black V, Tiger Mask took a page from Mr. Chi's Question's book, and defended himself from the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Missile Headbutt]] by dodging and letting Black V hit the ring ropes (and kick him while he was tied up) or the ring post, before stepping up the game and ''drop kicking'' the Missile Headbutt (Tiger Mask landed on the journalists' table. Black V on concrete and ridicule).



* RightUnderTheirNoses: Mr. Chi first appearance in a flashback is this: Baba was observing a battle royal for a prize of 100,000$ when he spotted him jumping on the ring ''without anyone else noticing''. That was immediately followed by the then nameless Mr. Chi first CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he established himself as TheDreaded and the fourth most powerful wrestler of the world by [[CurbStompBattle single-handedly throwing out of the ring all the other wrestlers]].

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* RightUnderTheirNoses: Mr. Chi Question first appearance in a flashback is this: Baba was observing a battle royal for a prize of 100,000$ when he spotted him jumping on the ring ''without anyone else noticing''. That was immediately followed by the then nameless Mr. Chi Question first CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he established himself as TheDreaded and the fourth most powerful wrestler of the world by [[CurbStompBattle single-handedly throwing out of the ring all the other wrestlers]].



* WeakButSkilled: Mr. Chi/The Great Zuma is this, being [[spoiler: over ''seventy'' years old]] and, according to Tiger Mask, clearly physically weaker than the other competitors in the pan-Asian tournament, but at the same time can use ''perfectly'' almost all pro-wrestling move in existence, and his AwesomenessByAnalysis allows him to copy the ones he doesn't know and counteract them after seeing them ''once'', as best shown when he [[spoiler: counteracted Tiger Mask's first finishing move with embarrassing ease]].

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* WeakButSkilled: Mr. Chi/The Question/The Great Zuma is this, being [[spoiler: over [[spoiler:over ''seventy'' years old]] and, according to Tiger Mask, clearly physically weaker than the other competitors in the pan-Asian tournament, but at the same time can use ''perfectly'' almost all pro-wrestling move in existence, and his AwesomenessByAnalysis allows him to copy the ones he doesn't know and counteract them after seeing them ''once'', as best shown when he [[spoiler: counteracted [[spoiler:counted Tiger Mask's first finishing move with embarrassing ease]].
16th Aug '17 8:41:04 PM infernape612
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Most people outside Japan, though, only know Tiger Mask as a real professional wrestler from a fad in TheEighties. While it only began as a homage and promotion to the fictional character, it grew into a popularity of its own, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the West]], due to the memorable Wrestling/DynamiteKid fights. Since then five wrestlers have adopted Tiger's identity: ''Wrestling/SatoruSayama'', ''Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa'', ''Koji Kanemoto'', ''Yoshihiro Yamazaki'' and ''Ikuhisa Minowa'', in that order.(before them there was also Samson Kutsuwada in Korea but that didn't spawn a continuous legacy)

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Most people outside Japan, though, only know Tiger Mask as a real professional wrestler from a fad in TheEighties. While it only began as a homage and promotion to the fictional character, it grew into a popularity of its own, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the West]], due to the memorable Wrestling/DynamiteKid fights. Since then five wrestlers have adopted Tiger's identity: ''Wrestling/SatoruSayama'', ''Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa'', ''Koji Kanemoto'', ''Yoshihiro Yamazaki'' and ''Ikuhisa Minowa'', in that order.(before them (Before them, there was also Samson Kutsuwada in Korea Korea, but that didn't spawn a continuous legacy)
legacy.)
28th Mar '17 2:16:12 AM valar55
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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan, Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage, and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".

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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan, Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage, and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became become Heel wrestlers) to became become "Strong as a Tiger".
28th Mar '17 1:10:53 AM valar55
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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan, Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".

To save the orphanage where he was born and raised he decided to go against the main rule of Tiger's Cave (all wrestlers must give 50% of their income to the organisation) and as such he was marked a "traitor" and other wrestlers from the Cave tried to kill him on the ring (while hired assassins tried to do the same outside of the ring).

When an orphan living in the same orphanage as Naoto started to take his heel persona as a life model Tiger Mask decided to fight honestly on the ring starting a series of confrontations that eventually brought him against the BigBad, the master of Tiger's Cave.

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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan, Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage orphanage, and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".

To save the orphanage where he was born and raised raised, he decided to go against the main rule of Tiger's Cave (all wrestlers must give 50% of their income to the organisation) and as such he was marked a "traitor" and other wrestlers from the Cave tried to kill him on in the ring (while hired assassins tried to do the same outside of the ring).

When an orphan living in the same orphanage as Naoto started to take his heel persona as a life model model, Tiger Mask decided to fight honestly on in the ring ring, starting a series of confrontations that eventually brought him up against the BigBad, the master of Tiger's Cave.
28th Mar '17 1:08:38 AM valar55
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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".

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In the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared {{heel}} wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. After returning to Japan Japan, Tiger Mask joined the Japanese League headed by [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling Giant Baba]] and Wrestling/AntonioInoki (also RealLife wrestlers) who were then on the verge of kicking him out for his use of villainous techniques. Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was raised in an orphanage and later joined Tiger's Cave (a criminal cartel whose main activity was to train young people to became Heel wrestlers) to became "Strong as a Tiger".
26th Mar '17 11:32:04 AM valar55
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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: [[spoiler:Minutes before the match for the NWA championship, Naoto Date gets run over by a car and dies. No one will ever know he was the great champion Tiger Mask. Made even worse by the fact that he had survived countless assassination attempts and lethal matches only to die in a ''totally random accident''!]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Minutes before the match for the NWA championship, Naoto Date gets run over by a car and dies. No one will ever know he was the great champion Tiger Mask. Made even worse by the fact that he had survived countless assassination attempts and lethal matches only to die in a ''totally random accident''!]]
17th Mar '17 6:13:54 PM NOYB
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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Played with: Tiger Mask limit is that he's unable to freely wrestle in normal style while including fouls interrupted before the count of three, but the one to give the speech ''to him'' to make him overcome it is El Sicodelico.

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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Played with: Tiger Mask Mask's limit is that he's unable to freely wrestle in normal style while including fouls interrupted before the count of three, but the one to give the speech ''to him'' to make him overcome it is El Sicodelico.
19th Feb '17 12:30:00 PM EDP
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* ShoutOut: The Tiger Mask of the 2017 sequel ''Tiger Mask W'' uses a number of moves also used by the RealLife wrestlers that used the Tiger Mask gimmick, most notably the first one Wrestling/SatoruSayama.
19th Feb '17 12:11:21 PM EDP
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* ChekhovsGun: Early on it's shown that Tiger Mask is quite proficient in the bridge position, the back suplex and the Tomoe Nage Judo throw. The Fujiyama Tiger Breaker includes a Tomoe Nage to start the move (and in fact he first had the idea when he used one and started kicking his foe because he knew a Tomoe Nage wouldn't be enough), and the manga-only Tiger V is the fusion of four different moves including the Tomoe Nage and the back suplex and need the ability to use the bridge position.

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* ChekhovsGun: Early on it's shown that Tiger Mask is quite proficient in the bridge position, the back German suplex and the Tomoe Nage Judo throw. The Fujiyama Tiger Breaker includes a Tomoe Nage to start the move (and in fact he first had the idea when he used one and started kicking his foe because he knew a Tomoe Nage wouldn't be enough), and the manga-only Tiger V is the fusion of four different moves including the Tomoe Nage and the back German suplex and need the ability to use the bridge position.



** Before inventing his own, Tiger Mask could still rely on the classical piledriver (that in one memorable occasion was fused with the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker) and back suplex. The latter was actually his signature finisher before he created his first personal one (and performs it liberally in the opening), and actually surprised everyone when he first pulled it on Black Python.

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** Before inventing his own, Tiger Mask could still rely on the classical piledriver (that in one memorable occasion was fused with the Fujiyama Tiger Breaker) and back German suplex. The latter was actually his signature finisher before he created his first personal one (and performs it liberally in the opening), and actually surprised everyone when he first pulled it on Black Python.Python.
*** The German suplex is so associated to Tiger Mask that RealLife wrestler Satoru Sayama, the first to use the gimmick in real life, used it liberally, and the Tiger Mask of ''Tiger Mask W'' also uses it as one of his {{Signature Move}}s.
19th Feb '17 4:34:29 AM EDP
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** DragonAscendant: Is the boss of the new Tiger's Cave in ''Tiger Mask W''

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** DragonAscendant: Is May be the boss of the new Tiger's Cave in ''Tiger Mask W''W''.
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