Antonio Inoki Was Named NJPW’s Honorary Lifetime Chairman Prior To His Passing

NJPW recently announced, via a press release, that prior to his passing Japanese pro wrestling legend Antonio Inoki was named the promotion’s Honorary Lifetime Chairman. NJPW also announced that the late Japanese pro wrestling legend accepted their invitation to be Honorary Lifetime Chairman on September 1st and that this was originally set to be made public on the October 10th Declaration Of Power Event in Sumo Hall.

WWE Hall of Famer and Japanese wrestling legend Antonio Inoki, who passed away this past October 1 at the age of 79, founded NJPW in January of 1972.

You can check out NJPW’s full press release below:

Notice Regarding Antonio Inoki and New Japan Pro-Wrestling

New Japan Pro-Wrestling wishes once again to express profound grief at the passing of founder Antonio Inoki, and our deepest sympathies to fans, family and friends.

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, and to celebrate Antonio Inoki’s role as a founder, wrestler and beyond, NJPW had planned to name Mr. Inoki the Honorary Lifetime Chairman of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. After Antonio Inoki graciously accepted the invitation, he was officially named Honorary Lifetime Chairman on September 1 2022.

This information was due to be made public on October 10 at Declaration of Power in Ryogoku Sumo Hall. It is to our deep sadness that this announcement cannot take place as previously planned. However, in accordance with Mr. Inoki’s wishes, all of us at New Japan Pro-Wrestling will continue to move forward and lead the professional wrestling world to the utmost of our abilities.

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