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Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

North Koreans watch a pro-wrestler leave the fighting arena after a match, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20-years on Saturday when former NFL lineman Bob "The Beast" Sapp, and 20 other fighters from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition in Pyongyang, put together by colourful Japanese pro-wrestler Kanji "Antonio" Inoki, who is now a member of parliament. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of parliament.

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Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang

Japanese lawmaker Kanji "Antonio" Inoki, center, poses with pro wrestlers Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, left, and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators.

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Japanese lawmaker, martial artists in North Korea

Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, center, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sapp is participating in a two-day martial arts extravaganza in Pyongyang over the weekend organized by Japanese pro-wrestler turned politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki in an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world — including a former NFL lineman — arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend.

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