One of the pioneers of Japanese professional wrestling passed away yesterday at the age of 47. Hayabusa, also known as Eiji Ezaki, was a star for several Japanese promotions, and made several appearances in ECW in North America. He is credited with inventing several moves that are in common use today, including the Falcon Arrow and the Phoenix Splash (which you may have most recently seen used by WWE’s Seth Rollins). Hayabusa was paralyzed after an accident in the ring in 2001, when he cracked two vertebrae in his neck and was confined to a wheelchair. Not content to remain paralyzed, he had recently walked to the ring unassisted for the first time since the incident after years of hard work. Cause of death was determined to be bleeding in the brain, a condition usually found in people who have taken blows to the head.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Hayabusa.