Shinsuke Nakamura Discusses The Death Of Antonio Inoki

Shinsuke Nakamura Discusses The Death Of Antonio Inoki

WWE superstar Shinsuke Nakamura recently spoke with Tokyo Sports about the death of the great Antonio Inoki, and how important Inoki was to his career as a pro-wrestler. Highlights from the interview are below.

Says he had not been in contact with Inoki for a long time, but is very sad to hear of his passing:

“I haven’t been in contact with him [Antonio Inoki] for a long time, but I heard through Simon Kelly that he said hello to me. It is very sad, but at the same time, I feel that we are at a turning point in time.”

How Inoki was a key part of his journey in pro-wrestling:

“I was not sure what was right or wrong at the time, but I made a connection with him, and he guided me through my life as a professional wrestler. I don’t think there is anyone else who has led such a unique life in pro wrestling as I did, but I think it was Antonio Inoki who helped me take the first step on that path.”

Recalls calling out Inoki after winning the IWGP World Title:

“I caused a lot of trouble, but not as much as Mr. Inoki (laughs). I’ve only been wrestling for 20 years, but I think I can be proud to have made Antonio Inoki a part of my story.”

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