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FCW Sunshine: Sakamoto (Kazma Sakamoto)



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a Japanese wrestler.

Wrestler: “The Japanese Desperado” Sakamoto (Kazma Sakamoto/Kazma).

Background Information: Sakamoto is from Japan. He was trained by Taka Michinoku at his Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo) wrestling school and made his debut for the promotion on May 3, 2003. In 2005, he took on Taka Michinoku for the Strongest-K Championship and a few days later took part in the Strongest-K 2005 tournament and would lose both.

In 2005, under the guidance of former Far East Connection manager, 296, he formed a stable along with Kengo Mashimo called Kinnoutou and started to dominate, eventually taking on Ryota Chikuzen and Kunio Toshima as well.

In the beginning of 2007, he began teaming up with Taka Michinoku and together participated in Strongest-K Tag League 2007 and reached the finals before they were eliminated by Makoto Oishi and Shiori Asahi.

In the beginning of 2008, he teamed up with Taishi Takizawa and lost in the first round of the KAIENTAI DOJO Tag League 2008. With this loss, he teamed up with Yuji Hino to take part in the same tournament and reached the final before being eliminated by Kengo Mashimo and Madoka. After the tournament, he joined the stable OMEGA and for most of the first part of 2008 teamed up with members of OMEGA to take part in tag team matches against rivals Handsome and Slum.

Along with him and Kengo Masimo, Kaji Yamato, Daigoro Kashiwa and Hiro Tonai were also part of Monster Plant. For most of 2009, he would take on members of other stables and factions in both singles and tag team match ups. In the STRONGEST-K Tournament 2009 he would lose to Daigoro Kashiwa in the semi finals. He would take part in two tournaments in quick succession, the first being a one-day three-way tournament which was won by Yuji Hino. In the Strongest-K Tournament 2009, he was eliminated by Kashiwa in the semi-finals.

With no stable or faction, he would be alone and his prospects would suffer as a result. Throughout 2011, he had multiple opportunities to become a champion or the number one contender and lost all of them. He and HARASHIMA would lose to HIROKI & Kengo Mashimo for the Strongest-K Tag Team Championship. He also lost his rematch for the Strongest-K Championship. In the summer of 2011, he participated in number one contendership for the Strongest-K Championship in battle royals and other types of match ups. In the Strongest-K tournament, he would gain a total of six points in block B which was not enough to progress to the semi-finals. His last match for Kaientai Dojo came on September 10, 2011, he teamed with Shiori Asahi and lost to Hiro Tonai and Taishi Takizawa.

Throughout his K-Dojo career, he became a Strongest-K Champion, a 4x Strongest-K Tag Team Champion, an UWA/UWF Intercontinental Champion, won the 2005 Strongest-K Tag Team Tournament, and have the 2013 Tag Team Match of the Year. He competed with K-Dojo until he signed a contract with WWE in summer 2011.

In the summer of 2011, he went on an excursion to North America and was subsequently signed to a developmental contract by WWE and assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the name Sakamoto.

He made his FCW debut on December 4, 2011, alongside fellow K-Dojo alum Jiro in a loss against the team of Big E Langston and Nick Rogers. He went on to lose every televised FCW match he participated in, including defeats to Dean Ambrose and Mike Dalton.

On March 26, 2012, he made his first appearance on WWE television in a vignette for the re-debuting Lord Tensai. He made his debut on April 2, 2012, on an episode of Raw as the follower of Tensai. He would aid Tensai by interfering in his matches and attacking his adversaries.

From June 2012, with Tensai losing more frequently, he would often vent his frustrations by abusing and attacking him, who would remain loyal to his master. By September 2012, Tensai stopped appearing with him who disappeared from television.

Following his disassociation from Tensai, he returned to WWE’s developmental territory, the former FCW, which had been rebranded into NXT Wrestling. He made his NXT debut on January 16, 2013, losing to Adrian Neville.

On May 17, 2013, he was released from his WWE contract. His last match was a battle royal on May 29, 2013, on an episode of NXT (which was taped before his release) to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship where he and Pierce were the first men eliminated from the match courtesy of Mason Ryan.

On June 11, 2013, billed under the ring name Kazma Sakamoto, returned to Japan at a Pro Wrestling Zero1 event where he announced that he would be taking part in the 2013 Fire Festival.

On July 15, 2013, he wrestled his first match since his WWE release, when he defeated Tank Nagai at a Kaientai Dojo event.

On September 15, 2013, he made his debut for Wrestle-1 teaming with Ryoji Sai in a tag team match where they defeated Ryota Hama and Yasufumi Nakanoue. He replaced an injured Kohei Sato as a member of a heel stable named Desperado, led by Masayuki Kono and later in the event helped Kono defeat Masakatsu Funaki.

On January 11, 2014, he made his debut for Wrestling New Classic (WNC), defeating Masaya Takahashi after which he challenged and attacked WNC Champion Tajiri. This led to a title match between the two on January 30, 2014, where Tajiri retained his title.

Through Wrestle-1’s working relationship with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), he worked TNA’s Bound for Glory event in Tokyo on October 12, 2014, losing to MVP.

On June 26, 2015, it was announced that he had signed with Wrestle-1, officially ending his days as a freelancer.

Shortly afterwards, he became the new leader of Desperado, after kicking Kono out of the group. Under the new leadership, the stable was renamed “Real Desperado” on October 13, 2015.

On August 31, 2016, his contract with Wrestle-1 expired and he became a freelancer once again.

Throughout his Wrestle-1 career, he became an UWA World Trios Champion and a Wrestle-1 Tag Team Champion. He still competes in Japan to this day.


Even though he was underutilized during his time in WWE, he’s a very good wrestler and he’s a desperado.

My Thoughts: Sakamoto is an very interesting individual. When he first started in FCW, he lacked character and charisma, but he had an interesting look, a presence about him when he wrestles in the ring, and he’s a good in-ring wrestler. It wasn’t until after he got released from WWE that he got to show character and charisma. Desperado!

Video: This video contains a match between Sakamoto and Jiro at a FCW live event on January 27, 2012.

My Thoughts: This was a good match where Sakamoto looked strong in this match and he got to showcase his in-ring skills.

Sakamoto was very impressive in this match as he tried to wear down Jiro throughout the entire match. His strikes towards Jiro looked painful as heck. He gets the win in this match with a Michinoku Driver. It was cool to see him win a match and he has been losing constantly on FCW TV so knowing that he win matches in live events is nice.

Good match that showcased Sakamoto’s skills in the ring.

It’s a shame that Sakamoto didn’t get to do much during his time in WWE as all he did was be Tensai’s assistant before being sent back to developmental only to job. Luckily, he has improved a lot since then and he’s doing well in Japan at the moment so it’s all fine and good. Desperado!

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