Shinya Hashimoto, who was the top headliner for the most successful wrestling company in the world ten years ago, shockingly passed away on 7/11 while being rushed to the Yokohama City Medical Center.
If Shawn Michaels or Hulk Hogan are the king of WrestleMania, and Bruno Sammartino is the king of wrestling in Madison Square Garden, Hashimoto has to be the pro wrestling king of the biggest regularly run wrestling arena in the world: the Tokyo Dome.
His career and wrestling in the building have an eerie correlation. He headlined more successful events in the building than any wrestler in history. His first major break came at the age of 23, on April 24, 1989, for the first pro wrestling event ever in the newly-opened building. He appeared in a tournament for the vacant IWGP heavyweight title, and scored the win that put him on the map as a future star, pinning Riki Choshu, the company's top star, in the first round. He ended up losing in the finals to Big Van Vader.