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Antonio Inoki makes his pro wrestling debut

No one could have known it then but on this date in history, one of the most influential pro wrestlers ever made his debut in the industry, taking on Kintaro Ohki.

Antonio Inoki wins political office again

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Japanese wrestling legend, MMA figurehead and WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki was elected to the Upper House of Councilors for a second time last Sunday when the country's national elections took place. Despite running for the new nutty right wing Japanese Restoration party that had been damaged by founder Toru Hashimoto calling comfort women a necessary evil during World War II, Inoki's celebrity was enough to get himself 249,637 votes and comfortably win a seat in the Japanese Parliament. Which is pretty astonishing given that his first run as a politician from 1989-1995 was marred by scandals and his speeches were hard to take seriously. I suppose there's still hope for Linda McMahon yet, who is 6 years younger than elder statesman Inoki.

Hulk Hogan wins the IWGP

Before Hulkamania was running wild in the WWF, Hulk Hogan was working technical matches in Japan. And on this date in history (June 2, 1983), he won the first ever International Wrestling Grand...

A legend passed away on this date back in 2002

11 years ago today, Lou Thesz passed away. His legacy in professional wrestling was one that will never be matched.

CM Punk almost got into a fight with Mark Coleman

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CM Punk, mentally burnt out and injured, attended UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale last weekend. Mark Coleman wanted to pick a fight with the WWE superstar over UFC management's decision to...

MVP, Benjamin, & Low-Ki off NJPW roster page

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This Week in NJPW: Shuffling the roster -- Tetsuya Naito talks his return; MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Low-Ki removed from the roster page; Koji Kanemoto goes freelance; Hiromu Takahashi goes to the...

MMA: Nothing more than professional wrestling

Cageside Guest Columnist John S. Nash brings us another feature edition of The Martial Chronicles. In this edition, we learn exactly why it is that MMA's in all actuality really nothing more than...

Antonio Inoki makes his pro wrestling debut

It was on this date in pro wrestling history that one of the most influential wrestlers in the history of the business made his debut.

On this date in New Japan Pro Wrestling history: Hulk Hogan defeats Antonio Inoki to become the first International Wrestling Grand Prix champion

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Before Hulkamania was running wild in the WWF, Hulk Hogan was working technical matches in Japan. And on this date in New Japan Pro Wrestling history (June 2, 1983), he won the first ever...

Cageside Quote: 'If Brock Lesnar loses don't be surprised to see him in WWE fairly soon'

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Though Brock Lesnar didn't take a dive against Alistair Overeem and won't make a shock return to WWE Raw in just two days time, the truth is close enough that a former colleague of Lesnar's like...

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