The boxing and the sporting world was dealt the tragic news this weekend that boxing legend Muhammad Ali had passed away at the age of 74.
The former World Champion passed away at a hospital it Phoenix, Arizona on Friday night from what his family is describing as a "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes."
As an ambassador to the world for what a great human being and a true champion looks like, his presence will truly be missed, and tributes from around the world having been pouring in for Ali all weekend. Clips from his life are being linked and shared across the internet as well.
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One of those clips is the former World Champion in an airport performing magic tricks in front of several wrestlers. This clip comes from the Japanese home video version of WCW Collision In Korea from 1995.
The wrestlers featured in this video include a very young looking Ric Flair, Scott Norton, Chris Benoit, and The Steiner Brothers, Rick and a black haired Scott smiling awkwardly towards the former boxer's magic tricks as he makes a handkerchief disappear. At least Norton enjoyed it. You can watch Ali perform the trick yourself in the video below.
This wasn't the only time Muhammad Ali got involved with wrestling during his life, as the WWE posted four videos on their YouTube channel.
These included the boxer being the guest referee at WrestleMania I, being on the end of an Airplane Spin from Gorilla Monsoon, getting involved in a Mid-South Wrestling match between Jake "The Snake" Roberts and The Snowman, and being involved in an interview with "Classy" Freddie Blassie.
Several big names around the world have sent out their tributes for Ali, including fellow boxing legends Mike Tyson and George Foreman, as well as WWE superstars such as Triple H and John Cena. He may be gone, but his history and life will live on as he will be remembered as not only one of the greatest boxers to have ever lived, but one of the greatest sports stars too.
The WWE is bound to show some sort of respect towards him tonight on Monday Night Raw, and hopefully, he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 next year.