WWE has issued the following statement on the passing of boxing icon Muhammad Ali:
WWE is saddened to learn that two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74 on June 3, 2016.
The Louisville native won six Kentucky Golden Glove Championships and the gold medal for the United States as a light heavyweight in Rome’s 1960 Summer Olympics before beginning his professional career.
Ali also made history for his historic boxer vs. wrestler match against WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki in Tokyo on June 26, 1976. The fight is regarded as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.
In 1985, Ali made his mark in WWE history when he was one of the special guest referees for the main event of the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden. The bout featured WWE Champion Hulk Hogan and pop culture icon Mr. T against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. During the contest, Ali climbed up onto the ring apron and took a swing at Piper.
WWE extends its condolences to Ali’s family, friends and fans.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) June 4, 2016
Thank you CHAMP. Thank you.
— Mr. T (@MrT) June 4, 2016
I’ve woke up to hear the news that “The Champ” Muhammad Ali has passed away. Man the guys quotes really inspire… https://t.co/aD5kGg5vNp
— William Ospreay (@WillOspreay) June 4, 2016
The charisma, personality, style,, civil rights, rebel, trash talker, global symbol for peace, thank u for da yrs of entertainment…RIP ALI
— Konnan (@Konnan5150) June 4, 2016
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) June 4, 2016
Thank you Champ. Thank you for inspiring me to be more and to seek more. @MuhammadAli . You leave this world a greater place.
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) June 4, 2016
— GOLDUST (@Goldust) June 4, 2016
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) June 4, 2016
— Stu Bennett (@WadeBarrett) June 4, 2016
— Mike Bennett (@RealMikeBennett) June 4, 2016
— No Way Jose (@WWENoWayJose) June 4, 2016
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — #MuhammadAli
— Byron Saxton (@ByronSaxton) June 4, 2016