Muhammad Hussain Inoki (born Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji) on February 20, 1943) is a Japanese professional wrestling and mixed martial arts promoter, politician, and retired professional wrestler and martial artist, best known by his ring name Antonio Inoki. Inoki's ring name is a tribute to fellow professional wrestler Antonino Rocca.
|Birth name||Kanji Inoki|
|Born||February 20, 1943|
|Lives in||Tokyo, Japan|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Antonio Inoki|
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed from||Tokyo, Japan|
|Debut||September 30, 1960|
|Retired||April 4, 1998|
Inoki began his professional wrestling career in the Japanese Wrestling Association (JWA) under the tutelage of Rikidōzan. Inoki quickly became one of the most popular stars in the history of Japanese professional wrestling.
In 1989, Inoki entered Japanese politics as he was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors and as part of his first term with the House of Councillors successfully negotiated with Saddam Hussein for the release of Japanese hostages. He retired from politics in 1995, but was re-elected in 2013.
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- "Antonio Inoki's WWE Hall of Fame profile". WWE. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- Abbas, Mohsin (26 November 2012). "Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki to return to Pakistan". DAWN.COM.
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