Regardless what the younger generation of puroresu fans say, without Antonio Inoki, the post-Rikidōzan puroresu would never been accepted as a "sport" by general public in Japan. Even today, there are many martial art fighters who started training after being inspired by Antonio Inoki's matches.
With "King of Sports" and "civil rights for puroresu" as his mottos, Inoki started New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1972. Since then, he had put his effort to prove that the pro-wrestling is the strongest sport and to raise the status of the sport in the general public in Japan. It's just hard to describe his never ending dreams in right words, especially when his past achievements include things like :
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