Japanese Wrestling Legend Passes Away at 47

The professional wrestling industry has suffered a big loss, as the legendary Hayabusa has passed away at the age of 47.

Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki died on the evening of March 3rd as a result of a brain hemorrhage according to the L.A. Times.

Hayabusa is widely considered to be one of the greatest high flying wrestlers of all time and an innovator. His legendary Phoenix Splash is a move used today by Seth Rollins. North American fans didn't get to see much of him, as his only match in North America was at ECW's Heat Wave PPV in 1998 where he teamed with  Jinsei Shinzaki to take on Rob Van Dam and Sabu.

Hayabusa was Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling's top star from 1994 to 2001. He paid a heavy price in the ring, as he suffered a career-ending neck injury when he slipped off the ropes.  The injury left him confined to a wheelchair for several years. Hayabusa stayed around the business though and had one last triumphant moment. Recently he received a standing ovation when he walked down to the ring at an event in Japan unassisted. You can watch that emotional moment here.

Our thoughts go out to Ezaki's family and friends.

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