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Was there a tournament for this title when it was vacant in 1980 or was Bret Hart vs. Kengo Kimura a top contenders match? If it was a tournament do you have the full results?
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An official NJPW YouTube clip of the final from each year:
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Masao "Rusher" Kimura, the man who popularized the cage matches in Japan, passed away due to aspiration pneumonia at the age of 68. He was known to be a very nice person that nobody disliked.
In 2003/12, he was named the Permanent President of the (NOAH) Wrestlers Association by NOAH's then-president Mitsuharu Misawa. Most likely, Misawa kept Kimura in payroll after his retirement.
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