Wrestling World Reacts To Passing Of Antonio Inoki

Antonio Inoki

The entire wrestling world has come together to pay tribute to iconic Japanese star Antonio Inoki following his death at the age of 79.

Yahoo News broke the unfortunate news of Inoki’s passing in the early hours of October 1st following an extended battle with the rare disease systemic transthyretin amyloidosis also known as wild-type transthyretin amyloid. The news broke while WWE SmackDown was on the air with announcer Michael Cole announcing the death of the WWE Hall of Famer to those watching.

Antonio Inoki is one of the most influential wrestling figures of all time in his native Japan. The star was part of the Japanese Wrestling Association for many years but after a failed attempt to grab power led to a split Inoki founded New Japan Pro Wrestling – the biggest and most popular wrestling organisation in the country to this day.

Inoki also forged a career in politics in later life being elected to the House of Councillors on two occasions. The icon was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.

Now many stars from all over the wrestling world have taken to social media to pay tribute to the man who famously squared off with Muhammad Ali in 1976.