WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted a message on Facebook about the tragic death of Japanese wrestling legend Hayabusa.
Pro wrestling lost another great with the death of Hayabusa (Eiji Ezaki) at age 47 from complications of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I remember this gifted and Innovative high-flyer so well – from the pages of Japanese wrestling magazines, where he would seemingly do the impossible on a regular basis. He work for FMW in Japan, while I worked for IWA Japan- so we were, in a sense, competitors – but I had nothing but respect for him, and was pleased to meet him at the two FMW events was part of – in 1996 and 1997. Hayabusa was paralyzed in 2001, following a springboard moonsault attempt, in which he slipped off the ropes, and landed on his head, cracking two vertebrae in his neck – never to wrestle again.
But, if in death, a man can inspire others in life, than truly that life has been one worth living. Please take a look at this video that captures his most remarkable moment – in 2015, surrounded by his peers, fans, and loved ones, Hayabusa walks to the ring for the first time since his accident.
You can follow Mick Foley on Facebook at @RealMickFoley.