Once again, a young wrestler dies in the prime of life, of unknown causes. Through the pages of the well-known overseas site, PW Insider, we learn of the untimely death of Ryan Sakoda, a Japanese wrestler, naturalized American, who at one point in his career had also worked in WWE, alongside the more famous Tajiri and by Akio, who later became Jimmy Wang Yang in the McMahon rings.
At the moment the causes of death are not yet known, although the athlete died very young, at the age of only 48. The news has already been around the world and would have been confirmed by multiple authoritative sources within the web wrestling, a sign that what we are reporting, unfortunately, is not fake news.
Ryan Sakoda's parable was very similar to that of many other former WWE wrestlers, with the young athlete who had started from Japan, with a good school of puroresu, to then land in America, where it was everyone's dream, to succeed to enter the WWE rings, which Ryan was able to do.
In a brief juncture of his career, Ryan had also managed to become part of one of the most interesting storylines of Friday Night Smackdown, alongside the lightweight champion, Tajiri.
Before joining WWE, the athlete had also played in the UPW and ZERO-ONE rings, where he had cut his teeth with the American style of wrestling. After being fired from WWE in the early 2000s, the athlete also continued to work in Wrestling Society X, for some time, only to move to other independent federations, until his death.
Note, as Sakoda was one of the wrestlers who denounced the WWE for the continuous concussions suffered in the company's rings, with the athlete of Japanese origin who was part of the class action formed against the McMahons in recent years and led by Kostantine Kyros.
From the WorldWrestling editorial staff, our deepest condolences go to Ryan's family and loved ones for his untimely death.
Here's the backstage thought on Becky Lynch at SmackDown
The match for the women's title between Friday Night Smackdown champion Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair was staged at Extreme Rules 2021.
The two staged a very interesting match but ended with a No Contest and disqualification due to the intervention of the returning Sasha Banks who attacked both contenders and gave an important signal for the belt. Becky Lynch in turn returned to SummerSlam by surprise after Sasha was deemed medically unfit to play a match.
The surprise return of The Boss saw her win the match titled in that Pay per View in a few seconds and from that moment she is the undisputed champion of Smackdown. Becky has arrived at SmackDown as a last-minute substitute, but now that as Wrestling Inc says Sasha is ready there is curiosity about how the Stamford company will handle the situation and the storyline between the three.
Becky Lynch, also known for being Seth Rollins' real-life wife, is one of WWE's leading female stars and latest rumors say WWE is happy with Becky's work so far. In particular, according to what Fightful Select reports, the WWE and the whole backstage are very satisfied with the storyline that has involved Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair in recent weeks and above all Lynch has fully impressed the leaders since the day of her return to WWE.
As for Sasha Banks, it was reported that the wrestler had been ready to return to the ring for several weeks but she still had to return as the Friday Night Smackdown creative team had no plans for her. The feud between Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks never ended due to the forfeit of the latter at SummerSlam, while Banks had nothing pending against Becky except that belt that could soon lead the three contenders to compete.
From today on there is a third inconvenience in the titled round of the blue show and she is back in the ring hungrier than ever.