Hayabusa (wrestler)

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Born(1968-11-29)29 November 1968
Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Japan
Died3 March 2016(2016-03-03) (aged 47)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Darkside of Hayabusa
Eiji Ezaki
Billed height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Trained byTarzan Goto
DebutMay 5, 1991
RetiredOctober 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.[1] He started wrestling under the Hayabusa gimmick in 1993 while he was working in Mexico.[2]

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.[3] In 2015, Ezaki had regained the use of his legs and was able to stand on his own and walk with a cane.[4]

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.[5]

Death[change | change source]

On 3 March 2016, Ezaki died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage at age 47.[2] 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.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki Passes Away at 47". Fight Network. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Eiji "Hayabusa" Ezaki Passes Away at 47". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. "FMW Star Hayabusa Dead at 47". WrestlingInc.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  4. "Japan News: Matches & Official Dates for FMW's return tour in Japan". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. "FMW復活 ハヤブサ復帰リングを用意". Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. "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.