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Rikidôzan (1924–1963)

Korean-born, Japanese-raised professional wrestler who was the first Japanese wrestling star. He debuted in 1951 after abandoning sumo wrestling a year earlier. His first match was a ten-minute draw against Bobby Bruns. He became a star by defeating every American wrestler that promoters could throw at him. He defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 39) in Tokyo, Japan

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Yagate aozora
Yagate aozora Himself
1955

Filmography

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 1955 Daigaku wa detakeredo (as Rikidozan)
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 1955 Yagate aozora
Himself (as Rikidozan)
 1954 Otsukisama ni wa warui kedo
Himself (uncredited)
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 2013 The Roth Show (TV Series)
Himself
- The Ballad of Rikidozan (2013) ... Himself (as Rikidozan)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mitsuhiro Momota | Rikidozan
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

He left sumo wrestling due to the hostility toward Koreans in Japan. This was also why his real name was reported as Mitsuhiro Momota rather than Kim-Sin Rak. See more »

Trademark:

Shoulder block See more »

Nickname:

Father of Puroresu

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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