• Ric Flair, Triple H, Tony Khan & More React To Antonio Inoki’s Death
Old School Wrestling Legend Antonio Inoki has passed away at the age of 79.
He passed away on the 62nd anniversary of his wrestling debut.
According to Yahoo Sports, he died in his home on October 1st and was ill for many years, as he was dealing with systemic amyloidosis.
During his career that lasted almost 4 decades, Inoki wrestled for several companies such as his own promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (which he founded in 1972), the World Wrestling Federation, and even Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010 by Stan Hansen.
Inoki was the 1st ever IWGP Heavyweight Champion and even had an exhibition match with Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali.
Below is how the pro-wrestling world reacted to Inoki’s death:
Triple H: One of the most important figures in the history of our business, and a man who embodied the term “fighting spirit.” The legacy of WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki will live on forever.
Ric Flair: Rest In Peace Antonio Inoki! Thank You For The Great Matches & Memories My Friend! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Rest In Peace Antonio Inoki! Thank You For The Great Matches & Memories My Friend! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ocHcqf7bvZ
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 1, 2022
Tony Khan: RIP Antonio Inoki, a pioneer in the pro wrestling industry. Inoki’s influence and his achievements will live on forever in the wrestling world; he’s an inspiration to all of the dreamers. Thank you sir.
William Regal: Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Antonio Inoki, the legendary Japanese Pro Wrestler. Mr Inoki chose to wrestle me in 1994 and then we became friends, kept in touch and was always very kind to me. My deepest condolences to his family & fans.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Antonio Inoki, the legendary Japanese Pro https://t.co/eB0872a4FJ Inoki chose to Wrestle me in 1994 and then we became friends,kept in touch and was always very kind to https://t.co/jqwYii836k deepest condolences to his family & fans. pic.twitter.com/qqvk8j4Vak
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) October 1, 2022
Mick Foley: Very sorry to learn of the loss of Antonio Inoki. What a towering presence in our business! I loved his matches – especially his classic brawls with Bruiser Brody.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) October 1, 2022
Taz: Very sad to hear the passing of a true icon of Professional Wrestling worldwide. Antonio Inoki inspired so many wrestlers for so many decades including me in my in-ring days. I had the opportunity to wrestle on several tours for Inoki in NJPW – he truly changed the game. RIP 🙏
Adam Cole: RIP Antonio Inoki…a legend in every sense of the word. 🙏
Natalya: My grandfather had so much respect for Antonio Inoki and his passion for pro-wrestling.
My grandfather had so much respect for Antonio Inoki and his passion for pro-wrestling.
(Gene Kiniski, Stu Hart, Antonio Inoki) pic.twitter.com/OlVPOklZ9K
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 1, 2022
Iron Sheik: ANTONIO INOKI ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER. I WAS HIS TEACHER. WE SOLD OUT THE GARDEN AND LOVED EACH OTHER LIKE FAMILY. RESPECT THE INOKI FOREVER
ANTONIO INOKI ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER. I WAS HIS TEACHER. WE SOLD OUT THE GARDEN AND LOVED EACHOTHER LIKE FAMILY. RESPECT THE INOKI FOREVER pic.twitter.com/QEyqz6cxDX
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 1, 2022
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 1, 1995) – WWF Action Zone 1995
On this day in 1995, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Action Zone’.
This episode featured matches, highlight videos, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the WWF In Your House 4: Great White North.
Here’s the card:
The British Bulldog vs. Fatu (From Superstars)
The Ross Report
Hakushi/Barry Horowitz vs. Skip/Rad Radford (From Superstars)
A Vignette On Goldust
A Vignette On Ahmed Johnson
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