To have a good time his function as the corporate’s founder and occupation there as a wrestler, as a part of their fiftieth Anniversary celebrations this 12 months, New Japan Pro-Wrestling deliberate to announce Antonio Inoki as their “Honorary Lifetime Chairman’ at their Oct. 10 Declaration of Power display.
Sadly, as everyone knows, Inoki died ultimate week. But he did agree to settle for the consideration on Sept. 1, and NJPW made a public declaration nowadays (Oct. 4):
New Japan Pro-Wrestling needs as soon as once more to specific profound grief on the passing of founder Antonio Inoki, and our private sympathies to enthusiasts, friends and family.
As a part of our fiftieth Anniversary celebrations, and to have a good time Antonio Inoki’s function as a founder, wrestler and past, NJPW had deliberate to identify Mr. Inoki the Honorary Lifetime Chairman of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. After Antonio Inoki graciously authorised the invitation, he used to be formally named Honorary Lifetime Chairman on September 1 2022.
This knowledge used to be due to be made public on October 10 at Declaration of Power in Ryogoku Sumo Hall. It is to our deep disappointment that this announcement can not happen as prior to now deliberate. However, based on Mr. Inoki’s needs, all folks at New Japan Pro-Wrestling will proceed to transfer ahead and lead the pro wrestling global to the maximum of our skills.
Inoki based New Japan in 1972 after his try to takeover his earlier promotion the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) failed and ended in his firing. He wrestled for NJPW till his retirement in 2003, and used to be the controlling proprietor till promoting his stake to Yuke’s in 2005.