Wrestling fans have today taken to the internet to pay tribute to one of the innovators of the high flying style we see so prominently today.
Eiji Ezaki, better known by his in-ring name Hayabusa was reported dead at the age of 47 due to a subarachnoid haemorrhage of the brain on Thursday evening.
Hayabusa was one of the key characters in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) and popularised such moves as the Falcon Arrow and 450 Splash, and also invented the Phoenix Splash.
The Japanese masked wrestler came to the attention of many American fans when he wrestled at an ECW event teaming up with Hakushi to take on Rob Van Dam and Sabu.
Unfortunately, it was this high-risk mentality which saw his career was cut short after suffering a broken neck during a 2001. Hayabusa looked to hit a lionsault and slipped on the second rope leaving him paralysed.
He was confined to a wheelchair for the past 14 years, however, he did experience a touching moment in 2014 when he took his first steps inside the ring with the aid of some of Japan’s newest crop of wrestlers.
Today wrestling has become a much darker place after the loss of one of its real characters, we here at Just an Insight extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Ezaki.
The squared circle in heaven is about to get a lot more high-risk.