|Born||29 November 1968|
Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Japan
|Died||3 March 2016(aged 47)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Darkside of Hayabusa|
|Billed height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Trained by||Tarzan Goto|
|Debut||May 5, 1991|
|Retired||October 22, 2001|
Eiji Ezaki (江崎 英治, Ezaki Eiji) (29 November 1968 – 3 March 2016) was a Japanese professional wrestler. He was better known for wrestling under a mask as Hayabusa. He mainly worked for the Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) promotion. He also wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and in North America for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), and one match with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
Career[change | change source]
Ezaki debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) at the 1994 Super J Cup, losing in the first round to Jushin Thunder Liger. He started wrestling under the Hayabusa gimmick in 1993 while he was working in Mexico.
In October 2001, Ezaki suffered a career-ending injury when he tried to perform a springboard moonsault off the middle rope, lost his footing, landed on his head, and cracked two of his vertebrae which left him paralyzed. In 2015, Ezaki had regained the use of his legs and was able to stand on his own and walk with a cane.
On 3 April 2015, Hayabusa took part in a press conference which announced the return of FMW. He had served as the executive producer of the promotion.
Death[change | change source]
On 3 March 2016, Ezaki died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage at age 47. He was found dead in his home by the owner of a tavern that he was supposed to do a small concert for that day, but did not show up.
References[change | change source]
- "Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki Passes Away at 47". Fight Network. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki Passes Away at 47". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "FMW Star Hayabusa Dead at 47". WrestlingInc.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Japan News: Matches & Official Dates for FMW's return tour in Japan". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "ＦＭＷ復活 ハヤブサ復帰リングを用意". Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "ハヤブサさん「急死の詳細」を関係者明かす". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-03-05.