Fire Pro Wrestling Creator Masato Masuda Dies At 48

by Tim Turi on Apr 04, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Masato Masuda, the creator of the innovative and long-running  Fire Pro Wrestling series, has passed away at the age of 48. The news comes from Grasshopper Manufactur’s Goichi “Suda51” Suda.

Suda got his start in the industry working with Masuda at Human Entertainment on the wrestling franchise. Masuda acted as Suda’s industry mentor, and the No More Heroes creator remembers him fondly.

"He was 48 years old, still young. I genuinely pray for his happiness in the next world," Suda says in a TwitLonger post. "He was one of the greatest creators of video games and he was my direct teacher. Thank you for giving us our favorite Fire Pro-wrestling. You are the god of it."

Suda’s love of pro wrestling, along with Masuda’s guidance, helped him become the prominent industry figure he is today. He wears his love of pro wrestling on his sleeve in this video interview between he and GI’s wrestling savant Dan Ryckert.

Our Take
Our thoughts go out to Masuda’s family and friends.