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Professional wrestlers take Pyongyang

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:37

Former pro-wrestler turned Japanese politician, Antonio Inoki, stages an exhibition wrestling match and other events, including tug-of-war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Japan's former pro-wrestler turned politician, Antonio Inoki, and other professional wrestlers staged an exhibition wrestling match before a pro-event in Pyongyang on Friday (August 29), local media said. North Korea's state-run television KRT broadcast footage showing Inoki and his party in a gymnasium downtown and then participating in outdoor events, including tug-of war and arm wrestling. Seoul's Yonhap news agency said Inoki will be hosting the two-day Pyongyang International Pro-Wrestling Contest, which is scheduled to open at the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium on Saturday. The contest features former NFL linebacker Bob Sapp. Inoki along with pro-wrestlers arrived into Pyongyang on Thursday. Raised in Brazil, the 6 ft 3 inch (1.91 m) lawmaker Inoki once famously fought against Muhammad Ali in a 1976 exhibition match in Tokyo. He is hosting his second wrestling showdown in North Korea after his 1995 "Collision in Korea" event, which saw hundreds of thousands of North Koreans watch one of the largest wrestling events ever.

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Professional wrestlers take Pyongyang

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:37