Hiro Matsuda was a very good wrestler and fairly successful both Japan and in the Florida territory.  Like other Japanese wrestlers, he played the stereotypical foreign heel and fans delighted in booing him.  However, it was not his in ring performances that he is most known for.  His contributions as a Professional Wrestling trainer is really what made Matsuda valuable in the industry.  The endless list of his students included Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Ron Simmons and The Great Muta.  Had Matsuta had more widely known in ring career he would be a far more viable candidate.


Should Hiro Matsuda be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 46.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 23.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 15.4%

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  • Other Aliases: Yasuhiro Kojima (Real Name)
  • Billed From: Yokohama, Japan
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight
    NWA Florida Tag Team (4) 1/Mr. Wrestling, 1w/Bob Orton, 2w/Missouri Mauler
    NWA Mid America Tag Team w/Antonio Inoki
    NWA World Junior Heavyweight
    All Asian Tag Team w/Michiaki Yoshimura
  • Why they will get in: He is a proven trainer of MANY future legends.
  • Why they won't get in: Has the WWE really shown that they are honoring trainers?
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Defeated Danny Hodge for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title (7/11/64)
    2.  With Duke Keomuka, won the NWA Florida Tag Team Belts four times (1963-1965)
    3.  Loses to Jack Brisco in a near perfect scientific clinic in Georgia (11/24/72)
    4.  Ran NWA Florida, following the shocking suicide of Eddie Graham (1985)
    5.  Took over the Four Horsemen (1989)

Should Hiro Matsuda be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 46.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 23.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 15.4%

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0 #1 Erik 2018-04-07 02:39
During the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the night of Friday, April 6, 2018,
WWE revealed in the Legacy Wing: Class of 2018 video that Hiro Matsuda is one of this year's Legacy Wing inductees.

On Thursday, April 5th, there was a list of nine names confirmed for this year's Legacy Wing class that was leaked onto the internet, but, as I now know, that leaked list was actually incomplete.

So, there are actually ten inductees for this year's Legacy Wing class, not nine.

I'm so thrilled that Hiro Matsuda is now a WWE Hall of Famer.
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