The New Japan Pro Wrestling star – who was born in Kent, England and has developed a reputation as one of the best technical wrestlers in the world appearing for the likes of NJPW, Ring of Honor, WWE and more over the years – was battling Aaron Henare in the G1 Climax and picked up the victory at the show in Tokyo, Japan.
After the match, Zack gave a typically tongue in cheek response in a press conference after the bout, and suggested the late Faith hitmaker helped him win the bout.
He said: 'When I couldn't breathe, I had a vision. When I came around, George Michael was there. George Michael said "Hi Zack", and I said "Hi George. Where the bloody hell were you?
'"I needed your help in April. When I was challenging Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight title. You didn't bloody show up!" George Michael said, "Sorry Zack. I was hiking with Prince in the Lake District… It's very nice, have you been?"
'I responded, "Not recently George Michael, no. I have more pressing matters like the G1 Climax". I said "George, I thought you were going to be here to give me some advice. You got any advice?" '
It turns out his vision helped him hone in on a weakness in his opponent, and he was able to push on and win.
Zack added: 'George Michael went, "Achilles probably". I went, "Achilles?" And he said, "Yeah he hurt his Achilles, do the Achilles". I went, "Alright I'll do the Achilles" and I won so once again, thank you George Michael!'
Well, there we go.
The Careless Whisper singer died at his home on Christmas Day (December 25) in 2016 at the age of 53. A post-mortem later found the cause of death to be heart disease.
Meanwhile, Zack recently represented New Japan at the promotion's Forbidden Door event in collaboration with All Elite Wrestling, but lost to debuting AEW star Claudio Castagnoli , who previously worked for WWE as Cesaro.
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