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Antonio Inoki

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The Resume

    (February 20, 1943-October 1, 2022)
    Birth name is Kanji Inoki
    Former WWE Heavyweight Champion
    Held many different titles in Japan

Why he might be annoying:

    His WWE Heavyweight title win over Bob Backlund wasn't considered official and wasn't publicized for a long time.
    He hated American wrestling and called it 'phony.'
    It took him a long time to defeat his trainer, Karl Gotch.
    He didn't know when to retire.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He is the first and only Asian person to win the WWE Heavyweight title.
    He is the first person to defeat Andre the Giant with a submission hold.
    He was given his name by Rikidozan after the legendary Antonio Rocca.
    He was voted 'Tokyo Sports Wrestler of the Year' six times.
    He was recognized as the greatest foreign wrestler of all time by WCW (1994).
    He was inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame (1995).
    He retired from wrestling after a 38-year career in front of over 70,000 fans.
    Some of the guests at the retirement match and after party included Eric Bischoff, Bob Backlund and Muhammad Ali.
    He had many memorable feuds with many top super stars during his career.
    Some of Japan's current top athletes idolized him as kids and he is still an inspiration for many younger generations.

Credit: Hmmm


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 94 Votes: 43.62% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 13 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 20 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 9 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 71 Votes: 66.20% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 31 Votes: 48.39% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 39 Votes: 58.97% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 83 Votes: 65.06% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 125 Votes: 64.00% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 421 Votes: 68.41% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 269 Votes: 58.74% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 199 Votes: 63.32% Annoying