On Monday, reports came out that All Japan Pro Wrestling star Atsushi Aoki passed away after a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 41. Aoki, who began his wrestling career in 2005, also worked as a head trainer and president of talent relations for AJPW. Today, stars from all around the industry share memories of Aoki, and comment on how tragic his passing is. Check it out below.
We had a match for Samurai Tv once when NOAH traveled through Europe, I remember us both being very nervous, afterwards it turned out to be one of my favorite in my young career, sleep well Aoki-San.
— Devil’s Blood (@WWEAleister) June 4, 2019
New Japan Pro Wrestling was deeply saddened today by the tragic passing of All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Atsushi Aoki. Our deepest sympathies go to his friends, family and fans. pic.twitter.com/2aVwCu7EVt
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 4, 2019
Really Saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Atsushi Aoki.
I had the chance to wrestle him and be around him training and at shows. a top pro who from watching him and training with him made me get the most out of everything.
— Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey) June 4, 2019
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Atsushi Aoki. I had the honor of teaming with Aoki in the NTV Jr. Tag League back in 2007. #RestInPower my friend.
— Rocky Romero (@azucarRoc) June 4, 2019
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) June 4, 2019
Aoki was like a big brother to me in the NOAH dojo. He took such great care of me & I learnt so much from him. He was a kind, witty and incredibly skilled man. I’m really devastated. RIP mate.
— ZSJ. Ⓥ (@zacksabrejr) June 4, 2019