Hakuhō Shō

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Hakuhō Shō
白鵬 翔
Hakuho 2012 January.JPG
Personal information
Born Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal
(1985-03-11) 11 March 1985 (age 29)
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 155 kg (342 lb; 24.4 st)
Career
Stable Miyagino
Current rank Yokozuna
Debut March 2001
Highest rank Yokozuna (May 2007)
Championships 30 (Makuuchi)
1 (Jūryō)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (3)
Fighting Spirit (1)
Technique (2)
Gold Stars 1 (Asashōryū)
* Up to date as of July 27, 2014.

Hakuhō Shō (白鵬 翔?, born 11 March 1985 as Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal, Mongolian: Мөнхбатын Даваажаргал) is a professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) from Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Making his debut in March 2001, he reached the top makuuchi division in May 2004. On 30 May 2007 at the age of 22 he became the second native of Mongolia, and the fourth non-Japanese overall, to be promoted to the highest rank in sumo, yokozuna. He has won thirty yūshō or tournament championships to date. In 2009, he broke the record for the most wins in a calendar year, winning 86 out of 90 bouts, and repeated this feat with the same record again in 2010 when he established the second longest winning streak in sumo history. He also holds the record for the most undefeated tournament championships at ten, which is two more than any other sumo wrestler in history. He was the only active yokozuna from 2010, following the retirement of his rival and fellow Mongolian Asashōryū, until 2012 with the promotion of fellow Mongolian Harumafuji.

Early life and sumo background[edit]

Like many of his countrymen in professional sumo, Hakuhō belongs to a family in the Mongolian wrestling tradition. His father Jigjidiin Mönkhbat won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics,[1] and held the highest ranking in Mongolian wrestling, "Darkhan Avarga" (meaning "Invincible Champion"), which is the Mongolian equivalent of Yokozuna. Davaajargal did not however have any formal training in Mongolian wrestling himself, as his father wished him to try other sports, and he concentrated on basketball as a child instead.[1] However, at an early age he would be seen reading sumo magazines, and when his father asked him why he liked sumo so much, he responded by saying he wanted to be as big as a sumo wrestler one day. At that time he was considered below average in size.

He came to Japan in October 2000 when he was fifteen years old, invited by pioneering Mongolian rikishi Kyokushūzan.[2] Weighing only 62 kg (137 lb), no sumo training stable (heya) was prepared to accept him. Hearing this, Kyokushūzan asked heya master Miyagino Oyakata to intercede, and Davaajargal was accepted to Miyagino stable on the last day of his two-month stay in Japan, 24 December 2000. He was given the ring name (shikona) Hakuhō, with haku meaning "white" and , meaning the Chinese mythological bird Peng. His shikona also emulates that of former yokozuna Taihō.[3]

Hakuhō made his professional debut at the March tournament (honbasho) in Osaka in 2001. Despite having no previous wrestling experience, as his weight increased he steadily rose in the ranks, reaching the second highest jūryō division in January 2004, and the top makuuchi division in May of the same year. In his very first top-division tournament, he scored twelve wins against three losses and was awarded a special prize (sanshō) for Fighting Spirit. He also enjoyed great success in subsequent tournaments, winning a gold star (kinboshi) for defeating Yokozuna Asashōryū in November 2004 while still at the lowest makuuchi rank of maegashira. This tournament also saw him finish as runner-up for the first time. He achieved a rapid promotion to the rank of komusubi in January 2005 and sekiwake only one tournament later. His progress was delayed by an injury which forced him to take leave (zen-kyu) from the Nagoya tournament in 2005.

Ōzeki promotion came in March 2006 after a 13-2 record, which included a playoff for the championship (which he lost to Asashōryū) and also earned him two special prizes for Outstanding Performance and Technique.[4] This gave him a three tournament record of 35 wins against ten losses. His promotion was confirmed just a few weeks after his twenty-first birthday, making him the fourth youngest wrestler to reach ōzeki in modern sumo history.[5]

Ōzeki[edit]

At his first tournament as ōzeki in May 2006, with Asashōryū absent, Hakuhō won his first championship (yūshō) with a 14-1 record, defeating Miyabiyama in another playoff.[5] After another strong performance (13-2) in July, in which he finished as runner-up to Asashōryū and defeated him on the final day, Hakuhō flirted with promotion to yokozuna,[6] but an uncharacteristically poor 8-7 showing in September shelved such early hopes.[7] An injury sustained in training prevented him from participating in the November tournament,[8] putting him at risk for demotion (kadoban) in January 2007, when he scored a respectable ten wins on his return to the ring.

Promotion to yokozuna[edit]

Hakuhō performs the Shiranui style dohyō-iri.

In March 2007 Hakuhō won his second championship in Osaka[9] and a third championship in the very next tournament in May, with a perfect 15-0 record.[10] Winning two consecutive championships satisfies the de facto minimum requirements for promotion to the top rank in sumo. On the day following the tournament, the Yokozuna Deliberation Council unanimously recommended his promotion to yokozuna[11] which was formally announced by the Japan Sumo Association on 30 May 2007.[12] He performed his inaugural ring-entering ceremony (dohyō-iri) at the Meiji Shrine (in the lesser-used Shiranui style) on 1 June. He performed the ceremony at the Kokugikan during Kyokushūzan's retirement ceremony (danpatsu-shiki) on 2 June.[13]

Yokozuna[edit]

2007[edit]

Hakuhō's first tournament as a yokozuna was in July 2007. His 25 match winning streak was brought to an end by Kotomitsuki on the 10th day, and further losses to Kotoōshū and Chiyotaikai put him out of contention for the title. He finished the tournament with an 11-4 record.

Hakuhō's first tournament championship as a yokozuna came in September 2007 with a 13-2 record, triumphing over Chiyotaikai on the last day. His second title as a yokozuna, and fifth overall, came in the following tournament in November with a 12-3 score. He lost to Kotomitsuki on the final day but the championship had already been decided earlier in the day when his only challenger Chiyotaikai pulled out through injury. His yokozuna rival Asashōryū missed both these tournaments through suspension.

Hakuhō throws Dejima in the January 2008 tournament

2008[edit]

In the January 2008 tournament, he faced the returning Asashōryū on the final day with both wrestlers having a 13-1 score. In a bout lasting nearly a minute, Hakuhō defeated Asashōryū, winning his 6th championship with a 14-1 record. In the March 2008 tournament the two yokozuna met once again to decide the title and this time Asashōryū got his revenge, with Hakuhō finishing as runner-up.

In the May 2008 tournament, he won his first nine consecutive bouts. On the 10th day, however, he lost to Ama for the fourth time in their last five meetings, injuring his ankle in the process. Subsequent losses to Kotoōshū (the eventual winner of the tournament) and Kotomitsuki put him out of contention for the championship. He finished on 11-4, losing to Asashōryū on the final day in a match that sparked scandal after the two yokozuna nearly came to blows when Asashōryū gave Hakuhō an extra shove after the bout was over.[14] Both wrestlers were given a warning over their conduct by the Japan Sumo Association.[14]

In July 2008, with Asashōryū pulling out through injury he won his seventh championship without a serious challenge, securing victory by the 13th day: the first time this had been achieved since January 2005.[15] He finished the tournament unbeaten; his second zenshō-yūshō. Although he lost on day five of the September tournament, he still dominated all other opponents and secured another championship on the 14th day.[16] He finished the tournament with a 14-1 record.

In the November tournament Hakuhō was once again the sole yokozuna participating. He lost his opening bout to Aminishiki and his 12th day bout to Ama, both opponents hailing from Isegahama stable. Both Hakuhō and Ama finished with a 13-2 record and the eventual play-off was won by Hakuhō, handing him his fourth yūshō of the season and ninth in total.

2009[edit]

In the January 2009 tournament Hakuhō defeated Asashōryū on the final day in their first meeting since May, handing his fellow yokozuna his first defeat of the tournament and leaving both men with identical 14-1 records. Hakuhō was however beaten in the subsequent playoff.[17] Hakuhō defeated Asashōryū again in the March tournament, this time capping off an undefeated 15-0 championship, his third zenshō-yūshō and his tenth championship overall.

In May he extending his winning run to 33 regulation bouts, the best since Asashōryū's 35 in 2004, until he was defeated by Kotoōshū on Day 14. He recovered to beat Asashōryū on Day 15 to finish at 14-1, but he lost the playoff bout to Harumafuji who claimed his first championship.

In July he won his eleventh championship, finishing one win ahead of Kotoōshū with another 14-1 score. He almost pulled off his twelfth championship in the following September tournament. One win behind Asashōryū for most of the tournament after giving away his first kinboshi in a year (to Shōtenrō) he forced a playoff by beating his rival on the final day, but then lost in the succeeding playoff bout. This was a very similar scenario to his loss to Asashōryū in the preceding January tournament. Regardless of this loss, he still managed to become the first makuuchi wrestler ever to win fourteen or more bouts in five consecutive tournaments. He also became the first wrestler ever to lose three makuuchi playoffs in one year.[18] After the tournament he was diagnosed with ligament damage in his left elbow; however surgery was not required.[19]

On 28 November, the fourteenth day of the Kyushu basho, he clinched his twelfth tournament championship and broke Asashōryū's 2005 record for most bouts won in a calendar year, which had stood at 84.[20] He defeated Asashōryū the following day to secure his fourth career zenshō-yūshō and set his 2009 record total at 86 wins.[21] This was also his fourteenth consecutive yūshō or jun-yūshō (winner or runner-up) performance, another record.

2010[edit]

In the opening tournament of the year Hakuhō's 30 bout winning streak was ended by Baruto on Day 7, and he suffered consecutive losses to ozeki Harumafuji and Kaiō on Days 12 and 13 to concede the title to Asashōryū by Day 14. He gained some consolation by beating his yokozuna rival for the seventh straight time in regulation bouts on the final day to finish the tournament on 12-3.

Hakuhō expressed his shock at the retirement of Asashōryū in February, following allegations his fellow yokozuna had assaulted a man in a drunken brawl outside a nightclub during the previous tournament. Fighting back tears he said, "I don't want to believe it. I was honoured to wrestle in the same era as him."[22] After getting regularly beaten by Asashōryū earlier in his career, Hakuhō came to completely dominate him, winning all of their last seven regulation matches (excluding two tournament-playoff defeats) and finishing with a 14-13 record over his greatest rival.[23]

He won the Osaka tournament in March with a perfect 15-0 record, his fifth undefeated score and thirteenth championship overall. After his victory he spoke of the extra pressure now that he was sumo's lone yokozuna and his relief at the win.[24]

Hakuhō wrapped up his fourteenth championship in May by Day 13 (his earliest yūshō win since July 2008) and went on to record his sixth zenshō-yūshō, the first time he has achieved this in consecutive tournaments. With the win, he equalled the number of yūshō won by yokozuna Wajima, and to commemorate this he switched to wearing Wajima's trademark gold coloured mawashi.[25]

In July 2010 a special committee reviewing the extent of illegal gambling within sumo revealed that Hakuhō had bet several tens of thousands of yen on hanafuda Japanese card games with his fellow wrestlers twice a year or so. However, the panel said that he would not be punished as it was not considered a serious offence.[26] He nonetheless appeared along with nearly 80 other wrestlers at a press conference and apologised to sumo fans for his actions.[27] On the 14th day of the Nagoya tournament he won his 46th consecutive bout, surpassing Taihō's 45, behind only Chiyonofuji's 53 and Futabayama's 69 as the longest winning run since the beginning of the Showa era. He clinched his fifteenth yūshō on the same day, and on the final day he secured his third consecutive 15-0 record, the first wrestler ever to achieve this.[28] However, he did not receive the Emperor's Cup or any other trophy, as the Sumo Association decided to withdraw them in response to the gambling scandal.[29] Hakuhō commented, "I hope we will not have a tournament like this ever again."[29]

On Day 6 of the Aki basho in September he equalled the 53-bout winning streak of Chiyonofuji with a win over Kotoshōgiku,[30] and surpassed it the following day by pushing out Kisenosato in front of the first sell-out crowd of the tournament so far.[31] He said afterwards that he felt "I really repaid my debt of gratitude" to the former Chiyonofuji.[31] He secured his fourth consecutive yūshō on the fourteenth day when rank-and-filers Yoshikaze and Takekaze suffered defeats, and he moved to 14-0 (and 61 consecutive wins) by beating Kotoōshū. Asked about Futabayama's record of 69 wins, set in the two tournament a year era from 1936 to 1939, he responded, "It is truly amazing that he was able to continue winning for almost three years."[32] Former Sumo Association Kitanoumi estimated that Hakuhō had a possibility of "about 80 percent" of breaking the record, which he would achieve on the eighth day of the November tournament.[32] Hakuhō wrapped up the Aki basho by defeating Harumafuji to achieve his fourth perfect record in a row. This was also his eighth zenshō-yūshō overall, equalling the record held jointly Futabayama and Taihō.[33]

On the first day of the November 2010 tournament, Hakuhō defeated Tochinoshin, tying the consecutive wins record of Tanikaze with 63.[34] However, on the following day his run was finally brought to an end when he was defeated by Kisenosato.[35] This was only the fifth time in his yokozuna career that Hakuhō has been defeated by a maegashira, and Kisenosato is the first to earn more than one kinboshi from him, having previously upset him in September 2008. However, Hakuhō won all his remaining bouts and defeated maegashira Toyonoshima in a playoff to win the championship. He finished the year on 86 wins in regulation matches, equalling the record he set in 2009. At a press conference following his victory, he revealed that having his winning run halted before breaking Futabayama's record affected him so badly that he considered withdrawing from the tournament.[36]

On 21 December he was awarded the Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize, receiving the Prime Minister's Trophy from Naoto Kan.[37]

2011[edit]

In the January 2011 tournament in Tokyo he was surprisingly beaten by Kisenosato for the second time in a row but he secured his eighteenth championship on the fourteenth day. In doing so Hakuhō became only the third man after Taihō and Asashōryū to win six consecutive tournaments.[38]

During the May "technical examination tournament" Hakuhō notched up his 500th win in the top division, with a victory over Kitataiki on Day 5.[39] He achieved this total with the loss of just 99 top division bouts since his debut in May 2004 – a winning percentage of 83%.[39] He was defeated by Harumafuji on Day 13 but went on to win his seventh straight championship, equalling Asashōryū's record, despite losing to Kaiō on the final day.[40]

Hakuhō was defeated on the eleventh day of the July 2011 tournament by sekiwake Kotoshōgiku and his quest for a record eighth straight yūshō ended on Day 14 when he was beaten by Harumafuji to drop two wins behind. He also lost his final day match to Baruto to finish on 12-3, his poorest result since January 2010. Nevertheless it was still enough for runner-up honours, his twelfth.

He was defeated by Kisenosato for the third time in five meetings on Day 12 of the September tournament and then lost to Kotoshōgiku for the second time in a row the following day. However he rallied to beat Baruto on Day 14 and then Harumafuji on the final day to clinch his twentieth tournament championship.[41] On 25 November 2011, he won his 21st tournament title in Fukuoka, moving to 13-0 with none of his rivals scoring better than 10-3.[42] He finished the tournament on 14-1, his only loss coming to Baruto on the final day.[43]

2012[edit]

Hakuhō finished second to Baruto in the opening tournament of 2012, losing to Kakuryū, Harumafuji and Kotoōshū. He did however maintain his record of finishing runner-up or better in his last 26 tournaments. In the March (haru) basho, Hakuhō won his twenty-second yūshō after beating Kakuryū in a playoff, finishing with a 13-2 record. Hakuhō's only losses came to Kakuryū on the 9th day and Kisenosato on the 13th day. Kakuryū had entered the final day of the tournament one match ahead of the yokozuna but lost to Goeido, and Hakuhō beat Baruto to force a playoff. This marked the first time a wrestler had come from one win behind to claim the yūshō on the final day since Asashōryū defeated Hokutōriki in a playoff in May 2004.[44] With this victory Hakuhō drew level with Takanohana in fifth place on the all–time list of most top division tournament championships.[44]

In the May 2012 tournament Hakuhō fractured his left index finger in an opening day loss to Aminishiki, and he dropped further matches to Toyohibiki, Gōeidō and Toyonoshima on Days 7, 8 and 9 to stand at only 5–4 after nine days.[45] However he then won five bouts in a row and was even in with an outside chance of claiming the yūshō until it was announced that Kotoōshū was withdrawing on the final day and giving Tochiōzan an automatic twelfth win. Hakuhō's defeat by Harumafuji on Day 15 meant he finished on 10–5, his worst ever score as a yokozuna and the first time since his debut at the rank 29 tournament ago that he failed to be at least the runner–up.

After losing to Harumafuji on the last day in both the July and September tournaments (as well as maegashira Tochiōzan in September) and seeing his fellow Mongolian claim the yūshō in both and earn promotion to yokozuna himself, Hakuhō came back to win his 23rd championship in November, losing only to Kotoōshū on Day 11. He also finished as the wrestler with the most wins in the calendar year for the sixth consecutive time, a record. His victory was also his sixth straight Kyushu tournament triumph, the best run since Chiyonofuji′s record eight in a row from 1981 to 1988.

2013[edit]

Hakuhō finished joint runner up on 12–3 in the opening tournament of 2013, giving up a kinboshi to Myōgiryū on Day 3 and also losing to Kotoōshū and Harumafuji.[46] However he captured his 24th title in the Haru basho in March, remaining undefeated for the whole fifteen days. This was his first zenshō-yūshō since his record winning streak of 2010 and also the ninth of his career, breaking the all-time record he had shared with Taihō and Futabayama. It also drew him level with Kitanoumi in fourth place on the list of most career championships, behind only Asashōryū with 25, Chiyonofuji with 31 and Taihō with 32. Hakuhō also recorded his 650th win in the top division in this tournament, moving him into eighth place all-time. In the May tournament he won his 25th championship, equaling Asashōryū's mark. By again recording an undefeated tournament record, his final two victories coming over Kisenosato and Harumafuji, he increased his winning streak to 30 bouts.

Hakuho extended his streak to 43 bouts by winning his first 13 matches in the Nagoya tournament in July, before he was finally defeated by Kisenosato on Day 14. He also lost to Harumafuji on the final day, but both these defeats came after his 26th tournament victory had already been assured. He won his fourth tournament in a row, and the 27th of his career, in the Aki basho in September, losing only one bout to Goeido. In November he went into a final day showdown with his fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, with both men tied on 13-1. Harumafuji won this bout to claim his sixth championship, with Hakuho having to settle for his 17th second place result. He finished the year with 82 wins out of 90 bouts, a record that has only been bettered by himself (twice) and Asashoryu.

2014[edit]

Hakuhō won the first tournament of 2014. After going undefeated in his first 14 matches, Hakuhō lost to Kakuryū on the final day. As Kakuryū had a 14-1 record, this prompted the two to again meet in a tie-breaking bout. After losing 20 minutes prior, Hakuhō won his twenty-eighth yusho by defeating Kakuryū in this tie breaker.

In the March tournament, Hakuho was bested by Kakuryū and finished runner-up, tied with Gōeidō at 12-3. He returned in May to win his twenty-ninth yusho with a record of 14-1, only losing once to Gōeidō.

Fighting style[edit]

Hakuhō has a straightforward but effective style, reminiscent of yokozuna Takanohana.[47] He mostly employs yotsu-sumo or grappling techniques as opposed to thrusting. He says he does not have a special or favourite kimarite, and that "the only thing I am very good at is yorikiri (force-out)".[1] This technique, the most common kimarite in sumo, is used by Hakuhō to win 28% of his matches.[48] He favours the migi-yotsu position, meaning his right hand is inside and his left hand is outside his opponent's arms, and he has become famous for his left hand outside grip.[49] He also regularly employs uwate-nage, or outer-arm throw. While meeting foreign journalists in April 2009 Hakuhō said he was studying the techniques of the 35th Yokozuna Futabayama, a wrestler whom he greatly admires, in particular his approach to the tachi-ai or initial charge.[1]

Family[edit]

In February 2007 Hakuhō married Sayoko Wada, then 22 years old, a university student and glamour model,[50] after a three-year relationship. The wedding ceremony took place at Meiji Shrine.[51] The couple has a daughter, born in May 2007, a son, born in September 2008,[52] and a daughter, born in January 2011.[38]

Career record[edit]

Hakuhō Shō[53]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
2001 x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #16
3–4
 
East Jonokuchi #18
5–2
 
East Jonidan #97
5–2
 
West Jonidan #55
4–3
 
2002 East Jonidan #33
5–2
 
East Sandanme #98
6–1
 
East Sandanme #38
4–3
 
West Sandanme #23
3–4
 
West Sandanme #44
4–3
 
West Sandanme #28
4–3
 
2003 East Sandanme #16
5–2
 
West Makushita #54
4–3
 
West Makushita #44
5–2
 
East Makushita #30
4–3
 
East Makushita #23
6–1
 
East Makushita #9
6–1
 
2004 East Jūryō #12
9–6
 
West Jūryō #8
12–3–P
Champion

 
East Maegashira #16
12–3
F
East Maegashira #8
11–4
 
East Maegashira #3
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
12–3
O
2005 West Komusubi #1
11–4
T
West Sekiwake #1
8–7
 
East Sekiwake #1
9–6
 
East Sekiwake #1
6–3–6
 
West Maegashira #1
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
9–6
 
2006 West Sekiwake #1
13–2
O
East Sekiwake #1
13–2–P
OT
West Ōzeki #3
14–1–P
 
East Ōzeki #1
13–2
 
East Ōzeki #1
8–7
 
West Ōzeki #2
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
2007 West Ōzeki #3
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
13–2–P
 
East Ōzeki #1
15–0
 
West Yokozuna #1
11–4
 
West Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
2008 East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
West Yokozuna #1
11–4
 
West Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2–P
 
2009 East Yokozuna #1
14–1–P
 
West Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1–P
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1–P
 
West Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
2010 East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
East Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1–P
 
2011 East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
2012 East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2–P
 
East Yokozuna #1
10–5
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
2013 East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
West Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
15–0
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
2014 West Yokozuna #1
14–1–P
 
East Yokozuna #1
12–3
 
East Yokozuna #1
14–1
 
East Yokozuna #1
13–2
 
x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also[edit]

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Asashōryū Akinori
69th Yokozuna
2007 – present
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Harumafuji Kōhei
Yokozuna is not a successive rank, and more than one wrestler can share the title
Preceded by
Ryo Ishikawa
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
2010
Succeeded by
Japan women's national football team