Masio Koma


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Masio Koma
Ring name(s) Koma Hideo
Koma Atsuhide
Koma Kakutarō
Masio Koma
Billed height 172 cm (5 ft 7+12 in)
Billed weight 100 kg (220 lb; 16 st)
Born 1940/5/18(1940-05-18)
Tōkyō
Died 1976/3/10 (aged 35)
Tōkyō
Shishō Rikidōzan
Giant Baba
Debut 1961/10/11
vs. Mitsuaki Hirai
Tsushima Gym (Ōsaka)

Masio Koma (マシオ駒?) was a Japanese professional wrestler who wrestled for Japan Pro-Wrestling Association and All Japan Pro-Wrestling. His real name is Hideo Koma (駒 秀雄?).

Hideo Koma joined JWA in 1961/06 and had his debut match few months later. Besides his real name, the ring names earlier in his career also included "Koma Atsuhide" and "Koma Kakutarō". During this time, he became Giant Baba's first tsukibito ever, and the mutual respect between them would stay strong until Koma's death.

In 1970/01, he was sent to Mexico, where he started using the name "Masio Koma", and defeated the legenadry El Solitario on 1970/08/28 to win the World Middleweight Championship. Afterwards, he moved on to the United States and wrestled in the Gulf Coast area and then in the Amarillo territory, which would lead to the strong relationship between the Funk family and Baba.

As a matter of course, he was brought back to Japan by Baba when All Japan Pro-Wrestling was established in 1972. Along with Joe Higuchi, Koma would be responsible for booking the gaijin talents as well as coaching the rookies. Meanwhile, Yamamoto Kotetsu, who was Koma's respected rival during the JWA days, was the head coach of the dōjō at New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and although two groups isolated themselves from each other, the friendship between Koma and Yamamoto remained tight, and they would often exchange the idea on coaching of the younger wrestlers.

On 1976/03/10, Koma passed away due to liver failure at the young age of 35.

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