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Brock Lesnar Paid Tribute To Antonio Inoki At WrestleMania 39

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Brock Lesnar opened Night 2 of WrestleMania 39 and defeated Omos in a ‘Beast vs. Giant’ match.

Lesnar is all business and doesn’t like to waste time. When he’s done with his match/segment, he immediately leaves after it.

However, Lesnar took time out for someone backstage at WrestleMania Hollywood.

NJPW Founder Antonio Inoki passed away in October 2022 at the age of 79. Lesnar worked for Inoki’s promotion for two years in the mid-2000s and even held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

According to Tokyo Sport, someone close to Inoki attended WrestleMania 39 and Brock took out time to talk to them about Inoki.

Brock offered his condolences and listened to stories of Inoki’s final days.

The report also noted that someone approached Lesnar in the middle of this conversation and Brock ignored them and continued to discuss Inoki’s life.

Antonio Inoki was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.

He held several championships and World Titles during his illustrious career.

On November 30th 1979, Inoki defeated Bob Backlund in Japan to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. However, WWE doesn’t recognize this title change as Inoki immediately vacated the title after a title defense rematch with Backlund ended in a no contest due to interference by Tiger Jeet Singh.

On the SmackDown episode after Inoki’s death, WWE commentator Corey Graves referred to Inoki as the first Japanese wrestler to hold the WWE Championship, but noted that due to the controversial nature of the championship match, his reign was never officially recognized.

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