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Kanji Inoki

Muhammad Hussain Inoki (Arabic: مُحَمَّد حُسَيْن إينوكي‎, romanized: Muḥammad Ḥusayn ʻIinuki; born Kanji Inoki (Japanese: 猪木寛至, Hepburn: Inoki Kanji)), is a Japanese retired professional wrestler, martial artist, politician, and promoter of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. He is best known by the ring name Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木, Antonio Inoki), a homage to fellow professional wrestler Antonino Rocca. Inoki is a twelve-time professional wrestling world champion, notably being the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion and the first Asian WWE Champion – a reign not officially recognized by WWE. Inoki began his professional wrestling career in the 1960s for The Japanese Wrestling Association under the tutelage of Rikidōzan. 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 boxer Muhammad Ali – a fight that served as a predecessor to modern day mixed martial arts. In 1995, with Ric Flair, Inoki headlined two shows in North Korea 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 Don Frye and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. Inoki began his promoting career in 1972, when he founded New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He remained the owner of NJPW until 2005 when he sold his controlling share in the promotion to the Yuke's video game company. In 2007, he founded the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF). In 2017, Inoki founded ISM and the following year left IGF. He is also the co-founder of the karate style Kansui-ryū (寛水流) along with Matsubayashi-ryū 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.

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Feb 20, 1943 In Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Life is a Battle 1970-12-30
Latest Project:
Series Vice Versa 2020-03-10
Known For
Poster of Dark Side of the Ring
Poster of WWE Hall of Fame 2010
Poster of WCW Clash of The Champions XXVIII
Poster of WWE The Brawl to End it All
Series Vice Versa Self 2020-03-10
Series Dark Side of the Ring Self 2019-04-10
Movie WWE Hall of Fame 2010 Antonio Inoki 2010-03-27
Movie Acacia Antonio Inoki 2010-06-12
Movie WCW NJPW Collision in Korea Antonio Inoki 1995-04-28
Movie NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1995 Antonio Inoki 1995-05-03
Movie WCW Clash of The Champions XXVIII Antonio Inoki 1994-08-24
Movie NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1993 Antonio Inoki 1993-05-03
Movie WCCW Christmas Star Wars '85 Antonio Inoki 1985-12-25
Movie WWE The Brawl to End it All Antonio Inoki 1984-07-23
Movie NJPW IWGP Championship League 1983 - Day 1 Antonio Inoki 1983-05-06
Movie The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Himself 1978-06-30
Movie Life is a Battle Unknown 1970-12-30