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Upcoming anime Tiger Mask W is the story of a young man taking on the identity of the legendary “Tiger Mask” to enter the dark world of professional wrestling and avenge his father figures’ crippling defeat in the ring. Along the way, he encounters not only numerous fictional pro-wrestlers, but a few of Japan’s greatest real-world wrestling stars as well.

Voices of Tiger Mask (Taku Yashiro) and Tiger the Dark (Yūichirō Umehara)

At the Tiger Mask W premiere screening in Tokyo this past Tuesday, we were able to see some of these real-world wrestlers in all their animated glory–as well as get a special sneak preview at another. Here are the wrestlers you can expect to see in Tiger Mask W.


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Kazuchika Okada

Titles Held

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (four times) [Current Champion]

Wrestled in…

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling (2007-2010, 2011-2016)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010-2011)


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Hiroshi Tanahashi

Titles Held

  • CMLL World Tag Team Championship (one time)
  • CMLL World Trios Championship (one time)
  • CMLL Universal Championship (one time)
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (seven times)
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship (one time)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship (two times)
  • IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship (two times)
  • NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (one time)

Wrestled in…

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling (1999-present)
  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2005, 2010-2013)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2006, 2008)


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Yuji Nagata

Titles Held

  • AJPW World Tag Team Championship (one time)
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (two times)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship (two times)
  • NEVER Openweight Championship (one time)
  • GHC Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • GHC Tag Team Championship (one time)
  • Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max World Heavyweight Championship (one time)

Wrestled in…

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling (1992-1997, 1998-Present)
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
  • Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max
  • World Championship Wrestling (1997-1998)


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Togi Makabe

Titles Held

  • WEW World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship (two times)
  • NEVER Openweight Championship (two times)
  • Interim IWGP Tag Team Championship (one time)

Wrestled in…

  • Apache Pro-Wrestling
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling


Tiger Mask W will begin airing in Japan on October 2, 2016. There is currently no announced simulcast.

Pictures courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Videos courtesy of NJPW’s official YouTube page.

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