As we reported earlier here on eWn, Antonio Inoki passed away on Saturday morning at his home in Japan. The pro wrestling legend left us at the age of 79.
As you’d expect, the wrestling world is mourning the loss of a true legend in this business and the tributes continue to pour in through social media.
You can check out some tweets from Triple H, Tony Khan, RJ City, The Iron Sheik, Samoa Joe, TJP, Impact Wrestling, NWA, Taz, and others below:
One of the most important figures in the history of our business, and a man who embodied the term “fighting spirit.” The legacy of WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki will live on forever.
— Triple H (@TripleH) October 1, 2022
RIP Antonio Inoki, a pioneer in the pro wrestling industry. Inoki’s influence and his achievements will live on forever in the wrestling world; he’s an inspiration to all of the dreamers. Thank you sir.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) October 1, 2022
WWE remembers Antonio Inoki.
— WWE (@WWE) October 1, 2022
.@IMPACTWrestling would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Antonio Inoki. We are saddened to learn of his passing and know his legacy will live forever. pic.twitter.com/acCxKxDNK7
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 1, 2022
The National Wrestling Alliance sends its condolences to the friends and family of pro wrestling pioneer Antonio Inoki.
An NWA Tag Team and United National Champion and most importantly, a legend that will forever be remembered in our business and beyond. pic.twitter.com/sqyG8Y26QC
— NWA (@nwa) October 1, 2022
ANTONIO INOKI ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER. I WAS HIS TEACHER. WE SOLD OUT THE GARDEN AND LOVED EACHOTHER LIKE FAMILY. RESPECT THE INOKI FOREVER pic.twitter.com/QEyqz6cxDX
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 1, 2022
I found my road… Thank you for everything Inoki-sama Rest in Power.
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) October 1, 2022
Antonio Inoki in The Bad News Bears Go To Japan. pic.twitter.com/y6E1Fj2fNY
— RJ City (@RJCity1) October 1, 2022
Very sad to hear the passing of a true icon of Professional Wrestling worldwide. Antonio Inoki inspired so many wrestlers for so many decades including me in my in ring days. I had the opportunity to wrestle on several tours for Inoki in NJPW – he truly changed the game. RIP 🙏 pic.twitter.com/WSyAKB9XCY
— taz (@OfficialTAZ) October 1, 2022
Thank You Antonio Inoki.
— Lince Dorado (@LuchadorLD) October 1, 2022
If Inoki san never expanded the dojo system, I never get plucked out of high school and into NJPW. Changed my life forever. Most significant mentor I’ve ever had and I keep as much of him in the ring with me as I can to this day.
Greatest Japanese Legend
“Ichi, Ni, San, DA!!!” pic.twitter.com/NSf1p3Ewdk
— 🇺🇸 TJ Perkins 🇵🇭 (@MegaTJP) October 1, 2022
RIP Antonio Inoki…a legend in every sense of the word. 🙏
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) October 1, 2022
RIP Antonio Inoki. I would listen to Kowalski tell Inoki stories for hours on end. Thank you for your immense contributions to our sport and the unrivaled legacy you leave behind. Honored to have met you. Godspeed sir.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) October 1, 2022
RIP Antonio Inoki. Still my favorite match for all the right reasons. 💔👋 pic.twitter.com/YoYNCv7Bu6
— Pat Buck (@buckneverstops) October 1, 2022
Antonio Inoki….. my family and I owe you so much. Thank you for everything you did for our family, and the business we all love. Prayers to the family 🖖 RIP pic.twitter.com/QMWDPfxmam
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) October 1, 2022
Sending my love to the family, friends and fans of Antonio Inoki. pic.twitter.com/b0LuW0g6jm
— Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) October 1, 2022
— Rohit Raju/Hakim Zane (@HakimZane) October 1, 2022
Absolutely gutted to hear…
Rest In Peace Inoki San
— Alex Coughlin (@AlexCoughlin93) October 1, 2022
RIP Antonio Inoki.
When your slap has that much honor, the term legend is not enough.
— Matt Camp (@TheMattCamp) October 1, 2022
— Evan Husney (@evanhusney) October 1, 2022