Ryan Sakoda, who was best known for this brief run in the WWE in the early 2000s, has passed away.
PWInsider reported that Sakoda passed away on September 2. There is no word on the cause of death. He had recently been working for Disney at their Grand Californian Hotel.
Training under Rick Bassman, Sakoda first started his career wrestling for UPW. He also made appearances for ZERO-ONE, where he and Samoa Joe held the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team titles. In 2003, Sakoda signed to WWE and had a brief run as the tag team partner for Akio (Jimmy Yang), associating themselves with Tajiri for a time. After the storyline was dropped, Sakoda was released from WWE in August of 2004.
After his WWE run, Sakoda competed in Wrestling Society X, and continued to wrestle until around 2007. In 2015, Sakoda filed a lawsuit with other former WWE talent claiming that they were seriously injured during their time for the company. Sakoda said that he was suffering from headaches, severe migraines, memory loss, and severe depression as a result of his time in the company. All cases were dismissed by the United States Supreme Court earlier this year.