He was a special one. There are all kinds of wrestlers throughout history but only a small handful reach that highest level. Some people completely change an industry and take part of it in a new direction and unfortunately we have lost another one of those few names. Now the wrestling world is reacting by pouring out the tributes and condolences that you might have expected.

On Friday, news broke of Antonio Inoki’s passing at the age of 79. The news was mentioned during this week’s SmackDown, with Michael Cole talking about some of Inoki’s accomplishments in the ring. Since then, several wrestlers and wrestling personalities have paid tribute to Inoki on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions to the news of Inoki’s passing:

Opinion: There is never going to be another one like Inoki and it is sad to know that he is gone. Inoki is one of the few people who actually changed the wrestling industry and he did so in a positive way. Some of the stories about things Inoki did are legendary and I could always go for more of them. This is a big loss for wrestling and as always, it happened too soon.

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