Hulk Hogan comments on the death of Antonio Inoki

Oct 3, 2022 - by Colin Vassallo

Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Hulk Hogan commented on the death of Antonio Inoki in a post on Facebook, joined by an old photo of the two of them together in Japan.

“It seems like I spent half my wrestling career working with New Japan, after many years I became accepted and traveled on the Japanese bus,worked out, lived, and sometimes fought the Americans,” Hogan wrote. “Inoki was truly ICHIBAN, rip my brother, love you Ax Bomba.” ‘Ichiban’ means number one in Japanese.

The Hulkster beat Inoki via knockout in the IWGP League 1983 final, becoming the first champion. Inoki eventually defeated Hogan in the IWGP League 1984 to win the title himself after Hogan carried the belt for 378 days. This was the title that was defended annually and was replaced in 1987 by the one which is used now.

Hogan appeared several times in NJPW between 1980 and 1985 even while he worked for the then WWF.

2 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Hulkster as usual finds a way to make it about himself. Usual narcissistic self.

  2. Adam says:

    @Peter, not sure what post you read, but that wasn’t a post about himself. Whether you like it or not, Inoki and Hulk were close. He has more right than many others to post a personal lament about losing his long time friend and mentor.

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