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WWE, Chris Jerico, AJ Styles and more pay tribute to Hayabusa

Some were familiar with him, many weren't. But as the wrestling world processes its latest loss, Japanese innovator Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki, we're all being reminded of how much the 90s puroresu star meant to the form.

Here's a sampling of that reaction, from those he worked with and for, to others who were influenced and inspired watching him.

WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Eiji Ezaki, better known to fans around the world as Hayabusa, at the age of 47.

An innovative high-flyer who helped inspire a generation of Superstars, the mysterious, masked Hayabusa was known for throwing caution to the wind. Ezaki created daring moves like the Phoenix Splash, which to this day can be seen in the repertoire of daredevil competitors, including former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. A major star in Japan in the mid to late '90s, Hayabusa competed in one major American match, teaming with Jinsei Shinzaki (known as Hakushi in WWE) in a losing effort against Sabu & Rob Van Dam at ECW's Heat Wave 1998 event. Although his career was cut short by injury in 2001, Ezaki never strayed far from the industry, where he continued to impart his knowledge.

WWE extends its condolences to Ezaki's family, friends and fans.

I first met #EijiEzaki in October of 1991 in Japan when I worked for #FMW. (I'm on the left, he's on the right). He was a good guy and a good performer even though he was only in his first year in the business...just like me. We worked a half dozen times & I followed him and his career as #Hayabusa for the next 25 years. Even though I haven't spoke to him in a long time, I'm still gutted that he passed away last night. Much respect Ezaki-San....I will always remember you and the experiences we shared as rookies so long ago.

A photo posted by Kalisto WWE (@kalistowwe) on

One of my first original masks was inspired by #hayabusa he was an inspiration to many.. #luchalibre #riphayabusa #forever #legend

And X-Pac offers up the video I neglected to include in yesterday's news/tribute post:

R.I.P. Hayabusa.

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