Antonio Inoki, a politician and professional wrestler from Japan, passes away at the age of 79. We at NJPW 2k are heartbroken to learn of Antonio Inoki’s passing. Without him, we would not exist, as the authentic NJPW would not exist. This is only one of the many reasons why Inoki is one of the G.O.A.Ts. Sincere sympathies to his friends, family, coworkers, and admirers. Follow For More Updates at Rapiddnews.com
Antonio Inoki234 (born Kanji Inoki; 20 February 1943 – 30 September 2022) was a Japanese professional wrestler and promoter who was better known by his ring name Antonio Inoki. Inoki is regarded as the greatest icon of Japanese professional wrestling due to his active career in the business he formed, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as well as his various post-retirement endeavors.
Antonio Inoki, a politician, and professional wrestler
In addition to wrestling, Inoki is a pioneer in mixed martial arts (MMA) and is one of the founders of Kansuiryu karate. He has fought competitors from numerous martial systems throughout the world. Among his students are Sayama Satoru, Maeda Akira, Takada Nobuhiko, and other prominent Japanese mixed martial arts promoters. Additionally, Inoki trained Ryoto Machida, Fujita, and other players. Inoki managed the Inoki Genome Federation company from 2007 until its dissolution in 2019.
1943 saw the birth of Kanji Inoki into a rich family in Yokohama. He is the sixth and second-youngest sibling of seven brothers and four sisters. When Kanji was just five years old, his businessman and politician father, Sajiro Inoki, passed away.
Kanji was shot when he entered Todai school, but he quickly grew and joined the basketball team, followed by the track team’s shot put practice; he eventually won championships at In the meantime, Inoki studied karate with one of his brothers in sixth grade and was elevated to the sumo profession in high school.
The postwar years were terrible for Inoki’s family, and he emigrated to Brazil in 1957 with his grandfather, mother, and three brothers, whose grandfather died during the journey. Inoki won the regional championships in the shot put, discus, and javelin in Brazil, as well as the Brazilian national titles in shot throw and discus.
From 1971 through 1987, Inoki was married to actress Mitsuko Baish. His daughter, Hiroko, is married to American Simon Kelly, who now serves on the board of New Japan Pro Wrestling under the surname of his father-in-law.