Originally posted by Dave Meltzer/The Wrestling Observer Shinya Hashimoto passed away at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday morning in Yokohama, Japan. His death is believed to have been due to a brain aneurism. He collapsed suddenly and was rushed to the hospital and is believed to have been dead on arrival. No other details are available at this moment. He was 40. Hashimoto, a many time IWGP champion and Hall of Famer, had, along with Hulk Hogan, headlined more successful huge live pro wrestling events than any wrestlers in the history of the business. He had been out of action for several months due to a shoulder injury and the collapse of the original Zero-One promotion. He was recovering from surgery in December.
Damn, that sucks. Hashimoto was one of the first puro wrestlers I really got into and enjoyed his work. I mean he wasn't roided up or a muscle head, but he kicked ass, I liked that about him.
He was signed to a WWF developmental deal upon graduation from the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy, along with Bryan Kendrick (Spanky), Lance Cade, and Shooter Schultz. All of them were sent to the Memphis developmental territory.