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Muhammad Hussain Inoki (born on February 20, 1943) is a Japanese retired professional wrestler,
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, politician, and promoter of
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and
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mixed martial arts
. He is best known by the
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, a homage to fellow professional wrestler
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. Inoki is a twelve-time professional wrestling world champion, notably being the first
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and the first Asian WWF Heavyweight Champion – a reign not officially recognized by
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. Inoki began his professional wrestling career in the 1960s for the
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(JWA) under the tutelage of
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. Inoki quickly became one of the most popular stars in the history of Japanese professional wrestling. He parlayed his wrestling career into becoming one of Japan's most recognizable athletes, a reputation bolstered by his 1976 fight against world champion
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– a fight that served as a predecessor to modern day mixed martial arts. In 1995, with
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, Inoki headlined two shows in
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that drew 150,000 and 190,000 spectators, the highest attendances in professional wrestling history. Inoki wrestled his final match on April 4, 1998 against
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and was inducted into the
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in 2010. Inoki began his promoting career in 1972, when he founded
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(NJPW). He remained the owner of NJPW until 2005 when he sold his controlling share in the promotion to the
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video game company. In 2007, he founded the
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(IGF). In 2017, Inoki founded ISM and the following year left IGF. He is also the co-founder of the
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style along with
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master Yukio Mizutani. In 1989, while still an active wrestler, Inoki entered politics as he was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors. During his first term with the House of Councillors, Inoki successfully negotiated with Saddam Hussein for the release of Japanese hostages before the outbreak of the Gulf War. His first tenure in the House of Councillors ended in 1995, but he was reelected in 2013. In 2019, Inoki retired from politics.


Early life

Inoki was born in an affluent family in Yokohama in 1943. He was the sixth son and the second youngest of the seven boys and four girls. His father, Sajiro Inoki, a businessman and politician, died when Kanji was five years old. Inoki entered the Higashidai Grade School. Inoki was taught
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by an older brother while in 6th grade. By the time he was in 7th grade at Terao Junior High School, he was 180 centimeters tall and joined the basketball team. He later quit and joined a track and field club as a shot putter. He eventually won the championship at the Yokohama Junior High School track and field competition. The family fell on hard times in the post-war years, and in 1957, the 14-year-old Inoki emigrated to Brazil with his grandfather, mother and brothers. His grandfather died during the journey to Brazil. Inoki won regional championships in Brazil in the shot put, discus throw, and javelin throw, and finally the All Brazilian championships in the shot put and Discus throw, discus.


Professional wrestling career


Early career (1960–1971)

Inoki met
Rikidōzan (born Kim Sin-rak; ; November 14, 1924 – December 15, 1963), better known as Rikidōzan (), was a Korean-Japanese wrestler who competed in professional wrestling and sumo wrestling. He was known as The Father of Puroresu, and one of the mos ...
at the age of 17. He went back to Japan for the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance, Japanese Wrestling Association (JWA) as Rikidōzan's wiktionary:disciple, disciple. One of his dojo classmates was Shohei Baba, Giant Baba. After Rikidozan's murder, Inoki worked in Baba's shadow until he left for an excursion to the United States in 1964. After a long excursion of wrestling in the United States, Inoki found a new home in Tokyo Pro Wrestling in 1966. While there, Inoki became their biggest star. Unfortunately, the company folded in 1967, due to turmoil behind the scenes. Returning to JWA in late 1967, Inoki was made Baba's partner and the two dominated the tag team ranks as the "B-I Cannon", winning the NWA International Tag Team Championship belts four times.


New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1972–2005)

Fired from JWA in late 1971 for planning a takeover of the promotion, Inoki founded
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(NJPW) in 1972. His first match as a New Japan wrestler was against Karl Gotch. In 1976, Inoki fought with Pakistani Akram Pahalwan in a special rules match. The match apparently turned into a Shoot (professional wrestling), shoot, with an uncooperative Akram biting Inoki in the arm and Inoki retaliating with an eye poke. At the end, Inoki won the bout with a Armlock#Double wristlock (Gyaku ude-garami), double wrist lock, injuring Pahalwan's arm after the latter refused to tap out. According to referee Teruo Takahashi, Mr. Takahashi, this finish was not scripted and was fought for real after the match's original flow became undone. In 1977 on December 8th, Inoki would be involved in a match against former Strongman_(strength_athlete), strongman turned professional wrestler Antonio Barichievich better known as Great_Antonio, The Great Antonio. Barichievich inexplicably began no-selling Inoki's attacks and then stiffing Inoki; Inoki responded by shooting on Barichievich, knocking him down with palm strikes and kicks, and then stomping his head repeatedly as he lay on the mat before the match being stopped. In June 1979, Inoki wrestled Akram's countryman Zubair Jhara Pahalwan, this time in a regular match, and lost the fight in the fifth round. In 2014, twenty two years after Zubair Jhara's death, he announced he would take Jhara's nephew Haroon Abid under his guardianship. On November 30, 1979, Inoki defeated WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund in Tokushima, Japan, to win the title. Backlund then won a rematch on December 6. However, WWF president Hisashi Shinma declared the re-match a no contest due to interference from Tiger Jeet Singh, and Inoki remained Champion. Inoki refused the title on the same day, and it was declared vacant. Backlund later defeated Bobby Duncum, Sr., Bobby Duncum in a Texas Death match to regain the title on December 12. Inoki's reign is not recognized by WWE in its WWF/WWE title history and Backlund's first reign is viewed as uninterrupted from 1978 to 1983. In 1995 the Japanese and the North Korean governments came together to hold a Collision in Korea, two-day wrestling festival for peace in Pyongyang, Pyongyang, North Korea. The event drew 150,000 and 190,000 fans respectively to Rungnado May Day Stadium. The main event saw the only match between Inoki and
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, with Inoki coming out on top. Days before this event, Inoki and the Korean press went to the grave and birthplace of Rikidōzan and paid tribute to him. Inoki's retirement from professional wrestling matches came with the staging of the "Final Countdown" series between 1994 and 1998. This was a special series in which Inoki re-lived some of his mixed martial arts matches under professional wrestling rules, as well as rematches of some of his most well known wrestling matches. As part of the Final Countdown tour, Inoki made a rare World Championship Wrestling appearance; defeating WCW World Television Champion William Regal, Steven Regal in a non-title match at ''Clash of the Champions XXVIII''. Inoki faced
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in the final match of his professional wrestling career. In 2005,
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, a Japanese video company, purchased Inoki's controlling 51.5% stock in New Japan.


Post NJPW years (2005–present)

Two years later in 2007, Inoki founded a new promotion called
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. On February 1, 2010, WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced on its Japanese website that Inoki would be inducted into the
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as part of the Class of 2010. Inoki was presented with a Hall of Fame certificate by WWE's Ed Wells and stated that he would be attending the WrestleMania XXVI weekend festivities, during which he was inducted by Stan Hansen. In 2017, Inoki created a new company, ISM. ISM held its first event on June 24. On March 23, 2018, Inoki left IGF.


Political career


House of Councillors


1989–1995: First stint

Following in his father's footsteps, Inoki entered politics in 1989, when he was elected into the House of Councillors as a representative of his own Sports and Peace Party in the 1989 Japanese House of Councillors election. Imitating
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in 1990, Inoki traveled to Iraq in "an unofficial one-man diplomatic mission" and successfully negotiated with Saddam Hussein for the release of Japanese hostages before the outbreak of the Gulf War. It was then that he personally organized a wrestling event in Iraq (:ja:スポーツと平和の祭典, スポーツと平和の祭典) for the purpose of freeing the 41 captive Japanese nationals which was ultimately a partial success with 36 Japanese nationals ultimately freed. He subsequently retained his seat in the 1992 Japanese House of Councillors election. He failed to win re-election in the 1995 Japanese House of Councillors election following a number of scandals reported in 1994, and left politics for the next eighteen years.


2013–2019: Second stint

On June 5, 2013, Inoki announced that he would again run for a seat in the Japanese Diet under the Japan Restoration Party ticket. Inoki won the election to return to Japan's Upper House as an MP. In November 2013, he was suspended from the Diet for 30 days because of an unauthorized trip to North Korea. He had visited on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice in the Korean War, and had met with senior North Korean figure Kim Yong-nam during his visit. This was Inoki's 27th visit to North Korea; he explained in an interview that the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens had caused the Japanese government to "close the door" on diplomacy with the North, but that the issue would not be resolved without ongoing communication, and that he saw his relationship with North Korean-born
Rikidōzan (born Kim Sin-rak; ; November 14, 1924 – December 15, 1963), better known as Rikidōzan (), was a Korean-Japanese wrestler who competed in professional wrestling and sumo wrestling. He was known as The Father of Puroresu, and one of the mos ...
as a crucial link to the people of the North. He was reportedly considering running for 2014 Tokyo gubernatorial election, governor of Tokyo in 2014 following another visit to North Korea. Inoki joined the splinter of the Japanese Restoration Party, Party for Japanese Kokoro, in 2014. In January 2015, he helped to establish a new party named the Assembly to Energize Japan, which he left in 2016, to sit in the 'Independents Club'. In September 2017, Inoki re-established his position that Japan should make more of an effort to have co-operative dialogue with North Korea, in the wake of North Korea launching ballistic missiles over Hokkaido. This was succeeded by another of Inoki's controversial trips to the nation. In June 2019, Inoki announced his retirement from politics.


Mixed martial arts involvement

Inoki was amongst the group of professional wrestlers who were tutored in the art of Catch wrestling, hooking and shooting by the professional wrestler Karl Gotch. Inoki named his method of fighting "strong style." This method of wrestling (which was taught to Inoki by Gotch) borrowed heavily from professional wrestling's original catch wrestling roots, and is one of the most important influences of modern shoot wrestling. Inoki faced many opponents from all dominant disciplines of combat from various parts of the world, such as Boxing, boxers, judoka,
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ka, Chinese martial arts, kung fu practitioners, sumo wrestlers and professional wrestlers. These bouts included a match with then-prominent karate competitor Everett Eddy. Eddy had previously competed in a mixed skills bout against boxer Horst Geisler, losing by knockout. The bout with Eddy ended with the karateka knocked out by a professional wrestling powerbomb followed by a Hulk Hogan-esque leg drop. Another such match pitted Inoki against 6'7" Kyokushin karate stylist Willie "The Bear Killer" Williams. (So-called because he had allegedly fought a bear for a 1976 Japanese film entitled "The Strongest Karate 2"). This bout ended in a doctor stoppage after both competitors repeatedly fell out of the ring. Although many of the matches were rigged and scripted, they are seen as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts. When asked about Inoki's fighting skills, business colleague Carlson Gracie stated Inoki was "one of the best fighters he'd seen." His most famous bout was against heavyweight boxing champion
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on Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki, June 26, 1976, in Tokyo.Cohen, Eric
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Inoki initially promised Ali a rigged match to get him to fight in Japan, but when the deal materialized, Ali's camp feared that Inoki would turn the fight into a Shoot (professional wrestling), shoot, which many believe was Inoki's intention. Ali visited a professional wrestling match involving Inoki and witnessed Inoki's grappling ability. The rules of the match were announced several months in advance. Two days before the match, however, several new rules were added which severely limited the moves that each man could perform. A rule change that had a major effect on the outcome of this match was that Inoki could only throw a kick if one of his knees was on the ground. In the match, Ali landed a total of six punches to Inoki, and Inoki kept to his back in a defensive position almost the full duration of the match of 15 rounds, hitting Ali with a low kick repeatedly. The bout ended in a draw, 3–3. Ali left without a press conference and suffered damage to his legs as a result of Inoki's repeated kicks. Following his retirement, Inoki has promoted a number of MMA events such as ''NJPW Ultimate Crush'' (which showcased pro wrestling matches and MMA matches on the same card), as well as annual ''Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye'' shows which took place on New Year's Eve in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Some of the major attractions of these events involve the best of NJPW against world-renowned fighters in mixed martial arts matches. Inoki vs. Renzo Gracie was a professional wrestling match that took place at ''Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2000'' against mixed martial artist Renzo Gracie. Inoki was also the ambassador for the International Fight League's Tokyo entry before that promotion's demise. Additionally, Inoki's
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promoted both professional wrestling matches and mixed martial arts fights.


Personal life

Inoki was married to actress Mitsuko Baisho from 1971 to 1987, and together they had a daughter, Hiroko. Inoki operates a wrestling themed restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo, named Antonio's Inoki Sakaba Shinjuku. Inoki's second wife, Tazuko Tada, passed away on August 27, 2019.


Religion

Inoki converted to Shia Islam in 1990 during a pilgrimage to Karbala, the Shiite holy city in Iraq. He was in Iraq negotiating for the release of several Japanese hostages. This was only revealed in 2012, along with the declaration that he had changed his name to Muhammad Hussain Inoki.. Inoki has reportedly described himself as both a Muslim convert and a Buddhism, Buddhist.


In media

Inoki appears in the Japanese manga series ''Baki the Grappler'' by Keisuke Itagaki. Inoki appears in the manga ''Tiger Mask'', in a secondary role: he is the only one who was able to win over Tiger Mask, Naoto Date, i.e. Tiger Mask, and the two became best friends subsequently. Under the name "Kanta Inokuma" and "Armand Inokuma", Inoki appears in the manga ''Rasputin the Patriot'' by Takashi Nagasaki and Junji Itō, an manga heavily based on a Japanese book ''Trap of the State'' written by ex-diplomat and political writer Masaru Satō. The manga reveals Inoki's experience when he visited Russia and his meeting with vice president of the Soviet Union Gennady Yanayev at 1991. Inoki appeared in the film ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' as himself. A subplot in his scenes involved Inoki seeking a rematch with Ali. Gene LeBell, who also appears in these scenes as a manager of Inoki's scheduled opponent, Mean Bones Beaudine, was the referee of Inoki's match with Ali. Inoki's appearance in the film culminates with a match against the main character, Marvin Lazar (played by Tony Curtis), when Beaudine suddenly becomes unavailable to participate. Professional wrestler Héctor Guerrero served as Curtis's stunt double for the wrestling portions of this scene. Inoki had the starring role in the film ''Acacia'' directed by Hitonari Tsuji, Jinsei Tsuji. In Oh!Great's manga ''Air Gear'', Inoki is regularly referred to by the author, and also the characters as an influence on their fighting style. The manga also makes several less than complimentary references to Inoki's large chin. Along with Inoki, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Steve Austin of the WWE, World Wrestling Federation has been referred to in Air Gear's pages, often in naming things. (This is based on the translation by Tanoshimi Manga, and later by Ballantine Books/Del Rey Books. Other translations may omit these references). Several episodes of the Japanese comedy show ''Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!'' (most notably 2007's "Do Not Laugh at the Hospital" and 2009's "Do Not Laugh as a Hotel Man") have included parodies of Inoki. In the former, three "patients" are presented as being Inoki, with each imitating Inoki's in-ring persona; while in the latter, the guest known only as ''Shin Onii'' was asked to imitate Inoki as if he were a hotel bellhop.


Wrestlers trained

* Akira Maeda * Bad News Allen * Brian Adams (wrestler), Brian Adams * Satoru Sayama, First Tiger Mask * :es:Heddi Karaoui, Heddi Karaoui * Hiroshi Hase * Kazuyuki Fujita * Keiji Muto * Kengo Kimura * Masahiro Chono * Masanobu Kurisu * Naoya Ogawa * Nobuhiko Takada * Osamu Kido * Riki Choshu * Rocky Romero * Shinsuke Nakamura * Shinya Hashimoto * Tadao Yasuda * Tatsumi Fujinami * Tian Bing * Tatsutoshi Goto * T.J. Perkins * Victor Zangiev * Yoshiaki Fujiwara


Championships and accomplishments

* Cauliflower Alley Club ** Lou Thesz Award (Cauliflower Alley Club#2004, 2004) *George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame **Class of 2005 *International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame **Class of 2021 * Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance, Japanese Wrestling Association ** NWA International Tag Team Championship (NWA International Tag Team Championship#Title history, 4 times) – with Shohei Baba ** All Asia Tag Team Championship (All Asia Tag Team Championship#Title history, 3 times) – with Michiaki Yoshimura (2) and Kintaro Ohki (1) ** 11th World Big League ** 1st and 2nd World Tag League (JWA), World Tag League with Kantaro Hoshino and Seiji Sakaguchi * National Wrestling Federation **NWF Heavyweight Championship (NWF Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 4 times) *
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** IWGP Heavyweight Championship (List of IWGP Heavyweight Champions, 1 time) ** IWGP Heavyweight Championship (original version) (IWGP Heavyweight Championship (original version)#Reigns, 2 times) ** NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version), NWA North American Tag Team Championship ''(Los Angeles/Japan version)'' (NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version)#Title history, 1 time) – with Seiji Sakaguchi ** Real World Championship, NJPW Real World Championship (Real World Championship#Title history, 1 time) ** G1 Climax#Tounrnament history, NJPW IWGP League (1984, 1986, 1987, 1988) ** NJPW Japan Cup Tag Team League (1986) with Yoshiaki Fujiwara ** G1 Climax#Tounrament history, MSG League (1978–1981) ** MSG Tag League (1980) with Bob Backlund ** MSG Tag League (1982) with Hulk Hogan ** MSG Tag League (1983) with Hulk Hogan ** MSG Tag League (1984) with Tatsumi Fujinami ** Six Man Tag Team Cup League (1988) with Riki Choshu & Kantaro Hoshino ** G1 Climax, World League (1974, 1975) **New Japan Pro-Wrestling#Greatest%2018%20Club, Greatest 18 Club inductee ** New Japan Pro-Wrestling#NJPW Greatest Wrestlers, Greatest Wrestlers (Class of 2007) * World Class Championship Wrestling, NWA Big Time Wrestling ** NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 1 time) ** NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version), NWA World Tag Team Championship (NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version), 1 time) – with Hisao Tanaka, Duke Keomuka * NWA Hollywood Wrestling ** NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version), NWA North American Tag Team Championship ''(Los Angeles/Japan version)'' (NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version)#Title history, 1 time) – with Seiji Sakaguchi ** NWA United National Championship (NWA United National Championship#Title history, 1 time) * NWA Mid-America ** NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), NWA World Tag Team Championship ''(Mid-America version)'' (NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version), 1 time) – with Yasuhiro Kojima, Hiro Matsuda * Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum ** Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum#Inductees, Class of 2009 * ''Pro Wrestling Illustrated'' ** ''PWI'' ranked him No. 5 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the ''PWI Years'' in 2003 ** Lifetime Achievement AwardRosenbaum, Dave. "Multi-Promotional Supercard! World Wrestling Peace Festival Unites The World!." ''Pro Wrestling Illustrated''. Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: London Publishing Company. (November 1996): pg. 26–29. ** List of Pro Wrestling Illustrated awards#Stanley Weston Award (Lifetime Achievement), Stanley Weston Award (2018) * ''Superstars of Wrestling, Pro Wrestling This Week'' **Wrestler of the Week (June 7–13, 1987) * ''Tokyo Sports'' ** 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award (1990) ** 50th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#Best Tag Team Award, Best Tag Team Award (1975) with Seiji Sakaguchi ** Best Tag Team Award (1981) with Tatsumi Fujinami ** Distinguished Service Award (1979, 1982) ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#Lifetime Achievement Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (1989) ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#Best Bout Award, Match of the Year Award (1974) vs. Strong Kobayashi on March 19 ** Match of the Year Award (1975) vs. Billy Robinson on December 11 ** Match of the Year Award (1979) with Giant Baba vs. Abdullah the Butcher and Tiger Jeet Singh on August 26 ** Match of the Year Award (1984) vs. Riki Choshu on August 2 ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#MVP Award, MVP Award (1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981) ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#Special Grand Prize, Special Grand Prize (1983, 1987) ** Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards#Technique Award, Technique Award (1985) * Universal Wrestling Association ** UWA World Heavyweight Championship (UWA World Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 1 time) * World Championship Wrestling ** WCW Hall of Fame (WCW Hall of Fame#Inductees, Class of 1995) * WWE, World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment ** WWE Championship, WWF Heavyweight Championship (List of WWE Champions, 1 time, unrecognized) ** WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship, WWWF/WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship (WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship#Title history, 2 times) **
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(WWE Hall of Fame#Specialty inductees, Class of 2010) * ''Wrestling Observer Newsletter'' ** List of Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards#Promoter of the Year, Promoter of the Year (2001) ** Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame#Inductees, Class of 1996)


References


External links


Puroresu.com: Antonio Inoki
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National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee page


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Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Profile


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