This article mainly seeks to reveal whether the legend Japanese professional wrestler, martial artist, politician, and promoter of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, Kanji Inoki, famously and professionally known as Antonio Inoki is dead or alive. Kindly read a bit further to discover more.

Who is Antonio Inoki?

Kanji Inoki, famously known as Antonio Inoki, born on February 20, 1943 and died on October 1, 2022, was a Japanese professional wrestler, martial artist, politician, and promoter of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.

Inoki was a twelve-time professional wrestling world champion, widely known as the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion and the first Asian WWF Heavyweight Champion-a reign not officially recognized by WWE.

He began his professional wrestling career in the 1960s for the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) under the tutelage of Rikidōzan, where he quickly became one of the most popular stars in the history of Japanese professional wrestling.

Inoki paralayed 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 the year 1995, with Ric Flair, Inoki headlined two shows in North Korea that drew 165,000 and 190,000 spectators, the highest attendances in professional wrestling history.

On April 4, 1998, Inoki wrestled his retirement against Don Frye and was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.

In the year 1972, Inoki started his promoting career where he founded New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He remained the owner of NJPW until 2005 where he sold his controlling share in the promotion to the Yuke’s video game company.

In the year 2007, Inoki founded the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF). In 2017, he founded ISM and the following year left IGF. He was also a co-founder of the karate style Kansui-ryū (寛水流) along with Matsubayashi-ryū master Yukio Mizutani.

Now let’s look a bit into Inok’s political life.

In the year 1989, while Inoki was still an active wrestler, he 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.

Inoki’s first tenure in the House of Councillors ended in 1995, but he was later re-elected in 2013. He later retired from politics in 2019.

Is Antonio Inoki dead or alive?

Antonio Inoki born Kanji Inoki, the professional wrestler, martial artist and politician is dead as of 2022. He died on October 1, 2022, at the age of 79 years old.

How old was Antonio Inoki before he died?

Antonio Inoki born Kanji Inoki, the professional wrestler, martial artist and politician, died at the age of 79.

Antonio Inoki nationality

Antonio Inoki was a Japanese. He was born in Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Antonio Inoki children

Antonio Inoki had a child, Hiroko Inoki.

Antonio Inoki height

Antonio Inoki was 1.9 metres tall in height.

Antonio Inoki wife

Antonio Inoki first married Mitsuko Baisho in 1971 and got divorced in 1987. He subsequently married his second wife in Tazuko Tada who died in 2019.

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