Joshi Spotlight: Harley Saito

Ewzzy — Harley Saito & Bull Nakano with Nunchucks

Harley Saito in one of her most memorable spots- going all “A FELLOW ‘CHUCKER, EH?” on Bull Nakano.

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- HARLEY SAITO:
Real Name: Sayori Saito (aka Halley Saito, Harley Saito, Karula)
Billed Height & Weight: 5’5″ 148 lbs. (though she seems MUCH shorter than that- dwarfed by the 5’8″ Suzuka Minami)
Career: 1986-2012

-And now for a bio on one of the unsung workers of the ’90s Boom of Joshi- the late Harley Saito!

Harley is somewhat notable for the fact that her wrestling style was INCREDIBLY similar to that of Sean “1-2-3 Kid” Waltman, sharing his rapid-fire kicks (including the “multiple kicks then a jumping spinkick” in the corner) and many other moves. Like, it was seriously a Dynamite Kid/Chris Benoit-like “wait a second” kind of similarity, here. I have no idea if Waltman ever saw Harley’s stuff, but it’s uncanny. Her style is a modification of what I’ve heard called the “UWF Style”- the martial arts-themed theatrical kicks and submissions, but done way more rapid-fire, as the diminutive Saito didn’t have the hitting power of say, Dynamite Kansai or Yumiko Hotta. This leads to a lot of high-workrate matches as she could fly around like the acrobats of joshi, too.

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warrior as the black scorpion

Ok, if Warrior was to be the black scorpion where would this have left Flair? Would the doom feud have continued and would he have been in the starcade street fight?

Also it never made sense to me that they never ran a Sting/Flair rematch on a clash or something and just seemed to keep them apart.

​Wait, what?  Warrior was never going to be the Black Scorpion, that was just the implication they were going for.  After September they literally had no idea who the Scorpion was going to be.  Flair and Anderson were going to win the World tag titles from Doom at Starrcade and they would have done the Doom breakup from there, presumably.  ​

Black Scorpion

Scott, I fondly remembered late 80s into the pre-Hogan era of WCW from when I was a kid.  As such, I’ve been walking down memory lane by watching the PPVS and Clashes of that era.  I just finished the Great American Bash 90, with Sting finally takes down Flair for the title in a good-very good match.  The crowd pops huge for him, he’s super over, and the very next big sow he’s wrestling a Black Scorpion, only to discover it’s not the "real" Black Scorpion.  Not to mention the Halloween Havoc magic show where Sting comes off looking like an idiot for not running over and saving the girl.  It had me thinking: WTF the WCW?  Was there someone who was going to come over from WWF and be the Black Scorpion before they ended up with Flair?  I mean, if they were going to end with Flair the whole time, there is way cooler ways they could have gone about the angle.  Thanks for all the free writing you’ve done over the years.  Been a long time reader since Wrestleline/Rantsylvania.

First up, apologies for leaving the creepy Weird Al picture up all weekend.  I didn’t realize I had left the shuffle feature turned off.  Hope I didn’t destroy my fanbase i the span of two days.  OK, yeah, the Black Scorpion.  No, there was never any intention of bringing anyone over from the WWF, but that was what they were trying to make you think was going to happen.  The angle was built up by an infamous series of voice-distorted promos (done by booker Ole Anderson) hinting that the Scorpion was a partner from Sting’s past.  The marks were supposed to think of Jim “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig, who teamed with Sting as part of Powerteam USA during their rookie year.  However, what they were actually going to deliver was The Angel of Death, who was also part of that team but not a particularly big star.   But as if that wouldn’t be disappointing enough, Angel pulled out before they could sign him, leaving them with no Scorpion and no viable payoff.  Because it was, you know, WCW.  Now, for the fantasy booking portion of the post, I would have begged Eddie Gilbert to play the part, because he was a reasonably big star and used to team with Sting.  Rick Steiner also would have worked, but he would never have agreed to turn heel and fans wouldn’t have bought it.  Would have been sweet, though. 

Black Scorpion

Scott, I fondly remembered late 80s into the pre-Hogan era of WCW from when I was a kid.  As such, I’ve been walking down memory lane by watching the PPVS and Clashes of that era.  I just finished the Great American Bash 90, with Sting finally takes down Flair for the title in a good-very good match.  The crowd pops huge for him, he’s super over, and the very next big sow he’s wrestling a Black Scorpion, only to discover it’s not the "real" Black Scorpion.  Not to mention the Halloween Havoc magic show where Sting comes off looking like an idiot for not running over and saving the girl.  It had me thinking: WTF the WCW?  Was there someone who was going to come over from WWF and be the Black Scorpion before they ended up with Flair?  I mean, if they were going to end with Flair the whole time, there is way cooler ways they could have gone about the angle.  Thanks for all the free writing you’ve done over the years.  Been a long time reader since Wrestleline/Rantsylvania.

First up, apologies for leaving the creepy Weird Al picture up all weekend.  I didn’t realize I had left the shuffle feature turned off.  Hope I didn’t destroy my fanbase i the span of two days.  OK, yeah, the Black Scorpion.  No, there was never any intention of bringing anyone over from the WWF, but that was what they were trying to make you think was going to happen.  The angle was built up by an infamous series of voice-distorted promos (done by booker Ole Anderson) hinting that the Scorpion was a partner from Sting’s past.  The marks were supposed to think of Jim “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig, who teamed with Sting as part of Powerteam USA during their rookie year.  However, what they were actually going to deliver was The Angel of Death, who was also part of that team but not a particularly big star.   But as if that wouldn’t be disappointing enough, Angel pulled out before they could sign him, leaving them with no Scorpion and no viable payoff.  Because it was, you know, WCW.  Now, for the fantasy booking portion of the post, I would have begged Eddie Gilbert to play the part, because he was a reasonably big star and used to team with Sting.  Rick Steiner also would have worked, but he would never have agreed to turn heel and fans wouldn’t have bought it.  Would have been sweet, though. 

Black Scorpion

Scott, I fondly remembered late 80s into the pre-Hogan era of WCW from when I was a kid.  As such, I’ve been walking down memory lane by watching the PPVS and Clashes of that era.  I just finished the Great American Bash 90, with Sting finally takes down Flair for the title in a good-very good match.  The crowd pops huge for him, he’s super over, and the very next big sow he’s wrestling a Black Scorpion, only to discover it’s not the "real" Black Scorpion.  Not to mention the Halloween Havoc magic show where Sting comes off looking like an idiot for not running over and saving the girl.  It had me thinking: WTF the WCW?  Was there someone who was going to come over from WWF and be the Black Scorpion before they ended up with Flair?  I mean, if they were going to end with Flair the whole time, there is way cooler ways they could have gone about the angle.  Thanks for all the free writing you’ve done over the years.  Been a long time reader since Wrestleline/Rantsylvania.

First up, apologies for leaving the creepy Weird Al picture up all weekend.  I didn’t realize I had left the shuffle feature turned off.  Hope I didn’t destroy my fanbase i the span of two days.  OK, yeah, the Black Scorpion.  No, there was never any intention of bringing anyone over from the WWF, but that was what they were trying to make you think was going to happen.  The angle was built up by an infamous series of voice-distorted promos (done by booker Ole Anderson) hinting that the Scorpion was a partner from Sting’s past.  The marks were supposed to think of Jim “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig, who teamed with Sting as part of Powerteam USA during their rookie year.  However, what they were actually going to deliver was The Angel of Death, who was also part of that team but not a particularly big star.   But as if that wouldn’t be disappointing enough, Angel pulled out before they could sign him, leaving them with no Scorpion and no viable payoff.  Because it was, you know, WCW.  Now, for the fantasy booking portion of the post, I would have begged Eddie Gilbert to play the part, because he was a reasonably big star and used to team with Sting.  Rick Steiner also would have worked, but he would never have agreed to turn heel and fans wouldn’t have bought it.  Would have been sweet, though.