List of past sumo wrestlers

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This is a list of prominent past wrestlers (either retired or deceased) in the sport of professional sumo. They are listed in order of the year and tournament month that they made their professional debuts. The information listed below was gleaned from the wrestlers' individual articles; refer to their links for more details.

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Ring name Entered Retired Highest rank Stable Career and other notes
Akashi Shiganosuke 1624? 1643? aYokozuna N.A. yokozuna status conferred centuries later, historical existence disputed
Ayagawa Gorōji 1715? 1745? aYokozuna N.A. yokozuna status historically conferred, actual yokozuna license never proven
Maruyama Gondazaemon 1735? 1749-11 aYokozuna Nanatsumori yokozuna status historically conferred, died while an active wrestler
Miyagino Nishikinosuke 1766-10 1796-3 cSekiwake Sanoyama oldest top division wrestler at the age of 52, first Miyagino stablemaster
Tanikaze Kajinosuke 1769-4 1794-11 aYokozuna Isenoumi streak of 63 wins held for 150 years, died while active
Onogawa Kisaburō 1779-10 1798-10 aYokozuna Tamagaki first yokozuna to perform dohyo-iri along with Tanikaze
Raiden Tameemon 1790-11 1811-2 bŌzeki Urakaze
(Isenoumi)
considered one of the best wrestlers ever, but never promoted to yokozuna, likely for political reasons
Kashiwado Risuke 1806-10 1825-1 bŌzeki Isenoumi rejected a yokozuna license to avoid conflict between prominent families
Tamagaki Gakunosuke 1806-10 1824-8 bŌzeki Tamagaki like Kashiwado, a yokozuna strength wrestler who had to reject a license
onomatsumŌnomatsu Midorinosuke 1815-3 1835-11 aYokozuna Takekuma was often criticized for number of false starts
Inazuma 1821-2 1839-11 aYokozuna Sadogatake received yokozuna licenses from Gojo family and Yoshida family
Tsurugizan Taniemon 1827-3 1852-2 bŌzeki Onomatsu offered a yokozuna license but rejected it
Hidenoyama Raigorō 1828-3 1850-3 aYokozuna Hidenoyama shortest yokozuna ever, wrestlers outside his stable once staged a strike against his authority
Shiranui Dakuemon 1830-11 1844-1 aYokozuna Urakaze coach of Shiranui Kōemon
Unryū Kyūkichi 1847-11 1865-2 aYokozuna Oitekaze unryū dohyō-iri style named for him
Jinmaku 1850-11 1867-11 aYokozuna Hidenoyama erected monument to former yokozuna, first time first 3 yokozuna recognized
Shiranui Kōemon 1850-11 1869-11 aYokozuna Sakaigawa considered the actual innovator of the unryū dohyō-iri style
Kimenzan Tanigorō 1852-2 1870-11 aYokozuna Takekuma at 43 oldest wrestler ever to be promoted to yokozuna
Sakaigawa Namiemon 1857-11 1881-1 aYokozuna Sakaigawa a number of dubious yokozuna titles were awarded in his period, diluting the integrity of the title, his title is the only one from his time still recognized
Umegatani I 1871-3 1885-5 aYokozuna Ikazuchi died at 83, longest lived yokozuna after retirement, helped build first Ryōgoku Kokugikan
Nishinoumi Kajirō I 1882-1 1896-1 aYokozuna Takasago first wrestler actually listed on banzuke at the rank of yokozuna
Konishiki Yasokichi I 1883-5 1901-1 aYokozuna Takasago although competitive, never won a championship as yokozuna
ozutsumŌzutsu Man'emon 1885-1 1908-1 aYokozuna Oguruma strength greatly declined after fighting in Russo-Japanese War
Onigatani Saiji 1886-1 1907-1 dKomusubi Ikazuchi retired from active sumo at age of 51
Wakashima 1891-5 1907-1 aYokozuna Tomozuna
Nakamura
first official yokozuna from Osaka sumo, retired young due to a cycling accident
Hitachiyama 1892-6 1914-5 aYokozuna Dewanoumi last wrestler to win over .900 of his bouts in top division, considered to be the most honorable yokozuna ever by many, did much to increase the popularity of sumo
Umegatani II 1892-6 1915-5 aYokozuna Ikazuchi youngest ever yokozuna at that time
Araiwa Kamenosuke 1894-1 1909-1 bŌzeki Oguruma had a winning average of over .800
Takamiyama Torinosuke 1895-6 1913-5 cSekiwake Takasago won first officially recognized sumo top division championship
Tamatsubaki Kentaro 1897-1 1916-1 cSekiwake Ikazuchi at 158 cm, the shortest wrestler in history
onishikidŌnishiki Daigorō 1898-11 1922-1 aYokozuna Asahiyama active in Osaka sumo
okidoŌkido Moriemon 1899-9 1914-1 aYokozuna Minato only yokozuna who spent his whole career in Osaka sumo
Nishinoumi Kajirō II 1900-1 1918-5 aYokozuna Izutsu oldest wrestler to be promoted to yokozuna in the 20th century, committed suicide later in life
Tachiyama 1900-5 1918-1 aYokozuna Tomozuna never had a losing tournament in 18 year career, only lost 3 bouts as a yokozuna
otoritŌtori Tanigorō 1903-5 1920-5 aYokozuna Miyagino has a monument built for him in Inzai, Chiba
Ryōgoku Yūjirō 1909-6 1924-1 cSekiwake Dewanoumi only wrestler to win the top division on his first attempt since the 1909 yusho system was established
onishikiuŌnishiki Uichirō 1910-1 1923-1 aYokozuna Dewanoumi reached yokozuna after only 5 top division tournaments which is an all time record, trained under Hitachiyama
Nishinoumi Kajirō III 1910-1 1928-10 aYokozuna Izutsu promoted to yokozuna without winning any championships, which caused controversy
Tsunenohana 1910-1 1930-10 aYokozuna Dewanoumi attempted suicide as a sumo elder after being blamed for JSA troubles
Miyagiyama 1910-6 1931-1 aYokozuna Takadagawa achieved fame in Osaka, helped save integrity of much maligned Osaka sumo by achieving success in Tokyo after Osaka sumo was disbanded
Tochigiyama 1911-2 1925-5 aYokozuna Dewanoumi lost only 3 bouts in rise to top division, ended the 56 victory streak of Tachiyama
Toyokuni Fukuma 1915-1 1930-10 bŌzeki Izutsu only had two losing tournaments in his rise to ōzeki, had two makunouchi championships
Shimizugawa 1917-1 1937-5 bŌzeki Hatachiyama won three top division championships, but never promoted to yokozuna
Hitachiiwa Eitarō 1917-5 1931-3 bŌzeki Dewanoumi his only tournament championship caused great controversy
Tamanishiki 1919-1 1938-12 aYokozuna Nishonoseki one of very few top division wrestlers who did not walk out in a strike, later brought great success to Nishonoseki stable as head
Tenryū Saburō 1920-1 1931-10 cSekiwake Dewanoumi also an accomplished scholar, after being expelled as a leader of the Shunjuen Incident started an independent Ōsaka sumo group, and later became a pioneer in Aikido.
Minanogawa Tōzō 1924-1 1942-1 aYokozuna Takasago
Sadogatake
popular with public but won no championships at yokozuna rank
Dewanohana I 1925-1 1940-7 eMaegashira 1 Dewanoumi went on to become chairman of the Japan Sumo Association from 1968-1974
Musashiyama Takeshi 1926-1 1939-5 aYokozuna Dewanoumi promotion considered controversial by some, had only one kachi-koshi at yokozuna rank
Futabayama 1927-3 1945-11 aYokozuna Tatsunami won 69 consecutive bouts, the longest run in the history of sumo, after retirement admitted was blind in one eye
Dewaminato I 1928-3 1944-11 cSekiwake Dewanoumi took the championship in the same tournament Futabayama's winning streak was ended
Maedayama 1929-1 1949-10 aYokozuna Takasago former head of Takasago stable
Akinoumi Setsuo 1932-2 1946-11 aYokozuna Dewanoumi ended the 69 bout win streak of Futabayama
Nayoroiwa 1932-5 1954-10 bŌzeki Tatsunami stablemate of Futabayama, fought until age forty, established Kasugayama stable after retirement
Haguroyama 1934-1 1953-9 aYokozuna Tatsunami longest serving yokozuna in history at 12 years, 3 months
Saganohana 1934-5 1952-1 bŌzeki KumegawaNishinoseki defeated four yokozuna in one tournament, coached Taihō, among other sumo greats
Terukuni 1935-1 1953-1 aYokozuna Isegahama youngest yokozuna ever until Taihō
Masuiyama Daishirō I 1935-1 1950-1 bŌzeki Dewanoumi father of ozeki Masuiyama Daishiro II, coach of Kitanoumi
Azumafuji Kin'ichi 1936-1 1954-9 aYokozuna Takasago first yokozuna to turn to pro-wrestling after retiring
Bishūyama 1936-1 1955-3 cSekiwake Isegahama, Araiso winner of the 1945 Summer tournament cut short due to Allied bombings
Mitsuneyama 1937-5 1960-1 bŌzeki Takashima later head coach of Takashima stable
Tamanoumi Daitaro 1937-5 1961-1 cSekiwake Nishonoseki first wrestler to wear a brightly colored mawashi, flouting JSA rules and won first championship with 15-0 record while wearing it, had 9 gold stars in career
Toyonishiki 1938-1 1945-11 fMaegashira 17 Dewanoumi first Japanese-American to reach the top division
Yoshibayama 1938-5 1958-1 aYokozuna Takashima though successful, he overall ability was hindered by injuries from World War II before he entered sumo
Tochinishiki 1939-1 1960-5 aYokozuna Kasugano known for small size and his tenacity, once fought back from seven straight losses to win his kachi-koshi
Rikidōzan 1940-5 1950-9 cSekiwake Nishonoseki after retiring, moved on to become "the father of pro-wrestling in Japan"
Tokitsuyama 1940-5 1961-3 cSekiwake Tatsunami makuuchi champion, known for using a variety of rare techniques
Kagamisato 1941-1 1958-1 aYokozuna Tokitsukaze died at age 80, one of the longest lived former yokozuna
Matsunobori 1941-1 1961-11 bŌzeki Oyama head of small Oyama stable after retirement
Chiyonoyama 1942-1 1959-1 aYokozuna Dewanoumi founded Kokonoe stable
ouchiyamaŌuchiyama 1944-1 1959-3 bŌzeki Tokitsukaze one of the tallest wrestlers ever at 202 cm
Kotogahama 1945-11 1962-11 bŌzeki Nishonoseki five times a top division tournament runner-up, turned down opportunity to run Sadogatake stable
Wakanohana 1946-11 1962-5 aYokozuna Nishonoseki
Shibatayama
Hanakago
former head of JSA, one of lightest yokozuna, older brother of Takanohana Kenshi
Tsurugamine 1947-6 1967-7 cSekiwake Izutsu holds record for most technique prizes at 10, had ten gold stars
Asashio III 1948-10 1962-1 aYokozuna Takasago former head of Takasago stable
Wakahaguro 1949-10 1965-3 bŌzeki Tatsunami died of stroke after retiring at age 34
Annenyama 1950-1 1965-3 cSekiwake Tatsunami former head of Tatsunami stable, earned 10 gold stars
Fusanishiki 1952-1 1967-1 cSekiwake Wakamatsu
Nishiiwa
Wakamatsu
former head coach of Wakamatsu stable 1979-1990
Oikawa 1952-1 1962-5 fMaegashira 10 Onoe
Takasago
two-time jūryō champion
Tochihikari 1952-5 1966-1 bŌzeki Kasugano member of Kasugano stable, an ōzeki for 22 tournaments
Iwakaze 1952-5 1965-9 cSekiwake Wakamatsu
Nishiiwa
Wakamatsu
jūryō champion
Wakakoma 1952-5 1962-3 eMaegashira 8 Nishonoseki
Shibatayama
Hanakago
jūryō champion
Kanenohana 1952-5 1967-9 dKomusubi Dewanoumi jūryō champion
Maedagawa 1952-9 1967-5 cSekiwake Takasago runner-up in two top division tournaments
Kiyonomori 1953-1 1967-5 eMaegashira 9 Isegahama two-time jūryō champion, former head coach of Kise stable
Aonosato 1953-3 1969-3 cSekiwake Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion, former head coach of Tatsutagawa stable 1988-2000
Fujinishiki 1953-3 1968-11 dKomusubi Takasago former head of Takasago stable, coached Konishiki, Mitoizumi to top division
Wakasugiyama 1953-3 1967-5 eMaegashira 1 Nishonoseki
Shibatayama
Hanakago
jūryō champion
Wakanokuni 1953-3 1969-9 eMaegashira 8 Shibatayama
Hanakago
three-time jūryō champion
Oiteyama 1953-5 1969-5 eMaegashira 6 Oitekaze
Tatsunami
jūryō champion
Kiminishiki 1953-5 1968-5 eMaegashira 3 Tatsunami jūryō champion
Kitabayama 1954-5 1966-5 bŌzeki Tokitsukaze held ōzeki rank for 30 tournaments
Kashiwado 1954-9 1969-7 aYokozuna Isenoumi former director of JSA, overshadowed by rival Taihō
Udagawa 1954-9 1967-7 eMaegashira 3 Takashima
Yoshibayama
Miyagino
jūryō champion
Myobudani 1954-3 1969-11 cSekiwake Miyagino took part in two top division championship playoffs
Wakachichibu 1954-5 1968-11 cSekiwake Hanakago two-time jūryō champion, won two special prizes, former elder in the JSA
Wakamisugi 1955-3 1967-5 cSekiwake Hanakago won a top division championship from the maegashira ranks
Wakatenryū 1955-3 1969-7 eMaegashira 1 Hanakago two-time jūryō champion
Niigiyama 1955-3 1963-5 fMaegashira 11 Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion
Kainoyama 1955-5 1970-1 cSekiwake Onogawa
Dewanoumi
winner of six special prizes and five gold stars
Okanoyama 1955-5 1965-1 eMaegashira 5 Tokitsukaze jūryō champion
Amatsukaze 1955-5 1967-5 eMaegashira 3 Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion
Tochinoumi 1955-9 1966-11 aYokozuna Kasugano former head of Kasugano stable, one of lightest yokozuna ever
Hagurohana 1955-9 1965-11 cSekiwake Tatsunami former elder in the JSA
Sadanoyama 1956-1 1968-3 aYokozuna Dewanoumi former head of JSA
Kairyūyama 1956-3 1968-3 cSekiwake Araiso
Isegahama
jūryō champion, won eight gold stars
Daimonji 1956-3 1973-7 eMaegashira 5 Nakamura
Nishonoseki
jūryō champion, former Nishiiwa-oyakata
Daiyū 1956-5 1972-9 eMaegashira 1 Izutsu two-time jūryō champion, founder of Kabutoyama stable
Azumanishiki 1956-5 1967-9 fMaegashira 15 Takasago jūryō champion, one tournament in the top division
Tensuiyama 1956-5 1968-9 fMaegashira 10 Araiso
Isegahama
two-time jūryō champion
Kiyokuni 1956-9 1974-1 bŌzeki Isegahama former head of Isegahama stable
Taihō 1956-9 1971-5 aYokozuna Nishonoseki won all time record 32 championships, at the time was youngest yokozuna ever at 21
Sawahikari 1956-9 1964-11 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze jūryō champion
Tamaarashi 1956-9 1967-7 eMaegashira 4 Nishonoseki
Kataonami
two-time jūryō champion
Kitanofuji 1957-1 1974-7 aYokozuna Dewanoumi
Kokonoe
former head of Kokonoe stable, coached Chiyonofuji and Hokutoumi to yokozuna
Ryūko 1957-1 1975-5 dKomusubi Hanakago after retiring, found success as a TV actor
Wakanami 1957-3 1972-3 dKomusubi Tatsunami only 103 kg at peak weight
Kōtetsuyama 1957-3 1975-1 cSekiwake Asahiyama jūryō champion, founder of Onaruto stable
Asasegawa 1957-5 1971-5 eMaegashira 1 Araiso
Isegahama
two-time jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Wakamiyama 1957-11 1969-11 cSekiwake Tatsunami jūryō champion
Fukunohana 1958-1 1975-11 cSekiwake Dewanoumi won seven special prizes and five gold stars
Daikirin 1958-5 1974-11 bŌzeki Nishonoseki sumo elder until June 2006
Hanahikari 1958-5 1970-9 eMaegashira 3 Hanakago jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA 1970-1975
Katsuhikari 1958-9 1973-3 eMaegashira 1 Araiso
Isegahama
jūryō champion, former head coach at Isegahama stable
Tochiōyama 1958-11 1972-1 eMaegashira 1 Kasugano jūryō champion
Kotozakura 1959-1 1974-7 aYokozuna Sadogatake was head of Sadogatake stable during a very successful period
Tamanoumi 1959-3 1971-9 aYokozuna Kataonami died during surgery while an active yokozuna
Asaarashi 1959-3 1973-3 fMaegashira 12 Takasago former elder in the JSA under the name Furiwake
Yoshinohana 1959-5 1973-7 eMaegashira 1 Dewanoumi two-time jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Shiratayama 1959-7 1977-7 eMaegashira 4 Takasago jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Tokibayama 1959-9 1975-3 eMaegashira 2 Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion, died while active as an elder in the JSA
Hasegawa 1960-3 1976-5 cSekiwake Sadogatake unusually, kept his family name as his ring name, former director of the Nagoya tournament for the JSA
Arashiyama 1960-3 1972-5 fMaegashira 12 Miyagino jūryō champion
Toyokuni Susumu 1960-5 1968-1 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze won seven gold stars
Futagoryū 1960-9 1971-3 eMaegashira 5 Hanakago
Futagoyama
jūryō champion
Wakafutase 1960-9 1975-3 dKomusubi Onaruto
Asahiyama
two-time jūryō champion, former head coach of Asahiyama stable
Tochiazuma I 1960-11 1977-1 cSekiwake Kasugano won ten special prizes, father of Ōzeki Tochiazuma
Dairyugawa 1961-1 1979-5 eMaegashira 1 Mihogaseki former elder in the JSA under the name Kiyomigata
Futagodake 1961-1 1976-9 dKomusubi Hanakago
Futagoyama
founder of Araiso stable
Maenoyama 1961-3 1974-3 bŌzeki Takasago Korean descent, broke his stable off from Ichimon to become independent
Yutakayama 1961-3 1968-9 bŌzeki Tokitsukaze runner-up for top division championship 8 times, former head of Tokitsukaze stable and JSA
Fujinokawa 1961-5 1972-11 cSekiwake Isenoumi now head of Isenoumi stable and a director of the JSA
Wakanoumi II 1961-5 1978-1 eMaegashira 2 Hanakago jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA for 14 years
Tochifuji 1961-5 1974-9 eMaegashira 3 Kasugano two-time jūryō champion
Haguroiwa 1961-5 1978-1 dKomusubi Tatsunami former elder in the JSA under the name Ikazuchi
Mutsuarashi 1961-9 1976-3 cSekiwake Miyagino two-time jūryō champion, won five special prizes
oshiokŌshio 1962-1 1988-1 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze all time record for most bouts ever fought
Maruyama 1962-5 1976-9 fMaegashira 13 Tokitsukaze jūryō champion
Fujizakura 1963-3 1985-3 cSekiwake Takasago former holder of the record for most consecutive professional bouts, now head of Nakamura stable
Tochiisami 1963-3 1979-11 eMaegashira 7 Kasugano jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Iwatomo
Asahikuni 1963-7 1979-9 bŌzeki Tatsunami won 6 technique prizes, broke off to form own stable, Ōshima stable
Mienoumi 1963-7 1980-11 aYokozuna Dewanoumi took an all time record 97 tournaments to reach yokozuna
Asanobori 1963-7 1978-5 eMaegashira 2 Asahiyama four-time jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Futatsuryū 1963-9 1982-11 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze former Tokitsukaze stable head, stripped of position and arrested over hazing death scandal
Tenryū 1963-12 1976-9 eMaegashira 1 Nishonoseki after a dispute with the JSA, went on to be a pro wrestler
Takamiyama 1964-3 1984-5 cSekiwake Takasago first foreigner to win top division championship, holds many longevity records, held the gold star record until Akinoshima
Aobajō 1964-3 1986-7 cSekiwake Oshiogawa holds record for most consecutive career bouts
Kurohimeyama 1964-3 1982-1 cSekiwake Tatsunami won eight special prizes and six gold stars
Tamakiyama 1964-5 1984-3 dKomusubi Kataonami not to be confused with the Hawaiian born Takamiyama
Kongō 1964-5 1976-9 cSekiwake Nishonoseki now head of Nishonoseki stable
Wakajishi 1964-5 1983-5 dKomusubi Futagoyama jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Teruzakura 1964-5 1976-1 eMaegashira 7 Isegahama active as an elder in the JSA under the name Urakaze
Kitaseumi 1964-7 1979-5 cSekiwake Dewanoumi
Kokonoe
jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Kimigahama
Yoshioyama 1965-3 1976-1 eMaegashira 2 Mihogaseki jūryō champion
Daiju 1965-3 1977-5 bŌzeki Takashima briefly held ōzeki rank, now head of Asahiyama stable
Taiga 1965-3 1977-5 eMaegashira 1 Kimigahama two-time jūryō champion
Takanohana I 1965-5 1981-1 bŌzeki Futagoyama held ōzeki rank for then record 50 tournaments, father of Yokozuna Takanohana II and Wakanohana III
Yoshinotani 1965-5 1982-5 eMaegashira 4 Dewanoumi jūryō champion, died as an active oyakata
Kaiki 1965-9 1987-3 cSekiwake Tomozuna Now head of Tomozuna stable and on board of JSA
Kurosegawa 1966-1 1984-5 dKomusubi Isegahama jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Kiriyama
Chiyozakura 1966-3 1978-5 eMaegashira 5 Dewanoumi
Kokonoe
two-time jūryō champion
Daigō 1966-5 1982-3 fMaegashira 11 Hanakago jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Kaiketsu 1966-9 1979-1 bŌzeki Hanakago two-time ōzeki, head of JSA from 2010-12 during the match-fixing scandal
Banryūyama 1966-11 1984-11 dKomusubi Mihogaseki persevered most of his career in the unsalaried ranks
Kitanoumi 1967-1 1985-1 aYokozuna Mihogaseki youngest yokozuna ever, won 24 tournament titles, now head of Kitanoumi stable
Masuiyama II 1967-1 1981-3 bŌzeki Mihogaseki at 31, oldest wrestler promoted to ōzeki until Kotomitsuki in modern era
Washūyama 1967-3 1985-11 cSekiwake Dewanoumi small wrestler, popular with tournament crowds, now head of Dewanoumi stable
Kirinji 1967-5 1988-9 cSekiwake Nishonoseki fought 84 top division tournaments, won a gold star at age 35
Tamanofuji 1967-5 1981-11 cSekiwake Kataonami became head of Kataonami stable
Kotonofuji 1967-5 1982-1 eMaegashira 5 Sadogatake jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Kotogatake 1967-11 1984-3 eMaegashira 1 Sadogatake jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Daihi 1968-3 1983-5 eMaegashira 2 Oyama briefly head coach of Oyama stable before it was shut down in 1986, since 2011 a coach at Azumazeki stable
onishikiiŌnishiki 1968-5 1988-1 dKomusubi Dewanoumi 20 year career, now an elder in the JSA
Takanosato 1968-7 1986-1 aYokozuna Futagoyama late bloomer who became yokozuna at nearly 31 years, now head of Naruto stable
Wakanohana II 1968-7 1983-1 aYokozuna Futagoyama now head of Magaki stable
Hachiya 1968–9 1987–9 eMaegashira 6 Kasugano lightweight who spent a record 55 tournaments in juryo
Kurama 1968-9 1989-9 cSekiwake Tokitsukaze had 21 year career, died young of leukemia
Taikō 1968-11 1980-11 eMaegashira 8 Futagoyama two-time jūryō champion
Aobayama 1968-11 1982-9 dKomusubi Kise jūryō champion, died as an active elder in the JSA under the name Asakayama
Hidanohana 1969-3 1989-3 eMaegashira 1 Futagoyama jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA 1989-1994
Kaneshiro 1969-9 1987-5 cSekiwake Kasugano won three special prizes for fighting spirit
Wajima 1970-1 1981-3 aYokozuna Hanakago only former collegiate sumo wrestler promoted to yokozuna, or to keep his family name as his ring name, later became a pro wrestler
Tamaryū 1970-3 1992-1 dKomusubi Kataonami very long career, spent 11 years in the lower ranks
Yutakayama 1970-3 1981-5 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze former college champion, now head of Minato stable
Hoshiiwato 1970-5 1991-1 fMaegashira 14 Izutsu
Michinoku
former head coach of Michinoku stable
Chiyonofuji 1970-9 1991-5 aYokozuna Kokonoe tournament wins second only to Taihō, won more championships than any other yokozuna in his thirties, continued to triumph though older and lighter than most opponents, holds record for most top division bouts won, and most bouts won overall
Zaōnishiki 1970-9 1983-1 eMaegashira 1 Isenoumi
Kagamiyama
jūryō champion, now a coach at Tokitsukaze stable under the name Nishikijima
Yamaguchi 1971-1 1982-11 eMaegashira 4 Hanakago
Hanaregoma
jūryō champion
Shishihō 1971-1 1987-5 eMaegashira 2 Nishonoseki
Taihō
three-time jūryō champion
Misugiiso 1971-3 1986-9 eMaegashira 2 Hanakago
Hanaregoma
jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Minezaki
ozutsuŌzutsu 1971-5 1992-5 cSekiwake Taiho fought second most consecutive bouts in top division history, earned ten gold stars
Daitetsu 1971-7 1990-9 dKomusubi Nishonoseki currently a coach at Nishonoseki stable, under the elder name Minatogawa.
Kotokaze 1971-7 1985-11 bŌzeki Sadogatake set up own somewhat successful stable, Oguruma, often a commentator on sumo for NHK
Kotochitose 1971-7 1986-7 eMaegashira 5 Sadogatake two-time jūryō champion
Konuma 1971-7 1978-11 eMaegashira 9 Kagamiyama jūryō champion
Takarakuni 1971-7 1986-9 eMaegashira 2 Isegahama
Kiriyama
jūryō champion
Hō'ō 1971-9 1990-5 cSekiwake Nishonoseki four-time jūryō champion
Iwashita 1971-11 1984-3 eMaegashira 8 Tatsunami jūryō champion
Arase 1972-1 1981-9 cSekiwake Hanakago former college champion, became TV personality after retirement
Sadanoumi 1972-3 1988-7 dKomusubi Dewanoumi won five special prizes, former elder in the JSA under the name Tagonoura
Tochiakagi 1973-1 1990-3 cSekiwake Kasugano jūryō champion, won eight special prizes and eight gold stars
Chikubayama 1973-3 1989-1 fMaegashira 13 Miyagino now Hakuhō's coach at Miyagino stable
Koboyama 1973-3 1990-11 cSekiwake Takashima, Kumagatani after retirement re-established his old stable
oyutakaŌyutaka 1974-1 1987-1 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze spent 9 years in unsalried ranks, current head of Arashio stable, which he founded in 2002
Tagaryū 1974-3 1991-5 cSekiwake Kagamiyama once won a top division championship while a low ranked maegashira facing demotion, has exactly one championship in the top four of six divisions
onohanaŌnohana 1974-3 1990-9 fMaegashira 13 Taihō two-time jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Tōryū 1974-3 1990-1 cSekiwake Mihogaseki won two gold stars against Wakanohana II
Dewanohana II 1974-3 1988-1 cSekiwake Dewanoumi jūryō champion, won ten special prizes, elder in the JSA under the name Dekiyama
Masudayama 1974-3 1989-7 cSekiwake Kasugano jūryō champion, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Chiganoura
Takanomine 1974-9 1991-5 fMaegashira 12 Kimigahama
Izutsu
took him 88 tournaments to reach the makuuchi division
Tochiizumi 1975-1 1990-3 g0Jūryō 3 Kasugano jūryō champion
Tochimatoi 1975-1 1989-3 fMaegashira 11 Kasugano jūryō champion
Kirishima 1975-3 1996-3 bŌzeki Izutsu took 91 tournaments for promotion to ōzeki, an all time record
onoumiŌnoumi 1975-3 1977-7 eMaegashira 4 Hanakago retired to become a pro wrestler
Daijuyama 1975-3 1991-5 cSekiwake Futagoyama won three Fighting Spirit prizes, now head coach of the Hanakago stable
Wakashimazu 1975-3 1987-7 bŌzeki Futagoyama started sumo after high school, which is unusually late; nicknamed "Black Panther" by fans for his good looks and lean figure
Sasshūnada 1976-1 1988-3 eMaegashira 1 Kimigahama
Izutsu
jūryō champion, now a coach at Michinoku stable under the name Tatsutayama
Hokuten'yū 1976-3 1990-9 bŌzeki Mihogaseki one of the longest serving ōzeki, had storied rivalry with Chiyonfuji; his stable was folded into Kitanoumi stable upon his death
Hananoumi 1976-3 1989-3 dKomusubi Hanaregoma Injury prone but briefly a nemesis of Chiyonofuji in the late 1980s
Takamisugi 1976-3 1995-11 dKomusubi Futagoyama Had record 71 tournaments in top division without winning a special prize
Kototsubaki 1976-3 1995-3 eMaegashira 3 Sadogatake elder in the JSA under the name Shiratama
Amanoyama 1976-3 1986-11 eMaegashira 1 Tokitsukaze Died while active as Tatsutayama-oyakata in 1997
Fujinoshin 1976-3 1990-9 eMaegashira 1 Izutsu
Kokonoe
active as an elder in the JSA under the name Jinmaku
Dairyū 1976-5 1997-7 g0Jūryō 4 Taihō became head coach of Ōtake stable after Takatōriki was fired by the JSA in July 2010
Maenoshin 1977-3 1990-3 dKomusubi Takadagawa became an elder after retirement but was fired in 1997
Kinoarashi 1977-3 1991-9 eMaegashira 2 Oshiogawa jūryō champion
Enazakura 1977-3 1994-7 eMaegashira 1 Oshiogawa jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Jingaku 1977-5 1991-9 dKomusubi Izutsu career restricted by nerves on the dohyo, scored only 2-13 and 3-12 in two attempts at komusubi rank
Sakahoko 1978-1 1992-9 cSekiwake Izutsu served in top division at the same time as his brother Terao, a very rare occurrence; record for longest serving sekiwake
Asashio IV 1978-3 1989-3 bŌzeki Takasago director of JSA until February 2008
Kotoinazuma 1978-3 1999-7 dKomusubi Sadogatake now head of the very successful Sadogatake stable
Mitoizumi 1978-3 2000-9 cSekiwake Takasago fan favorite known for throwing a huge handful of salt in pre-bout ritual, retired at the late age of 38
onokuniŌnokuni 1978-3 1991-7 aYokozuna Hanakago
Hanaregoma
often plagued by injury, also suffered from sleep apnea, published an autobiography in 2008
Wakasegawa 1978-3 1992-7 eMaegashira 1 Isegahama three-time jūryō champion
Kirinishiki 1978-3 1995-11 eMaegashira 2 Kagamiyama won three gold stars, active as an elder in the JSA under the name Katsunoura
Itai 1978-9 1991-9 dKomusubi Onaruto had the longest winning streak from entry into pro sumo until record broken by Jōkōryū more than 30 years later, after retirement made allegations of match-fixing
Misugisato 1979-1 1998-7 dKomusubi Futagoyama promoted to komusubi without ever facing any san'yaku wrestlers
Futahaguro 1979-3 1987-12 aYokozuna Tatsunami only yokozuna to have never won a top division championship
Hokutoumi 1979-3 1992-5 aYokozuna Kokonoe once one of four yokozuna, after his retirement the rank was vacant for 8 months until Akebono
Kotogaume 1979-3 1997-3 cSekiwake Sadogatake last to defeat Chiyonofuji before his 53 win streak
Masurao 1979-3 1990-7 cSekiwake Oshiogawa had a record 5 jūryō championships
Takanofuji 1979-3 1992-5 dKomusubi Kokonoe stablemate of Chiyonofuji and Hokutoumi, now a professional wrestler
Terao 1979-7 2002-11 cSekiwake Izutsu has a long sumo pedigree, holds a number of longevity records
Kotofuji 1980-3 1995-9 cSekiwake Sadogatake won a tournament championship from the maegashira ranks
Hidenohana 1980-3 1994-3 g0Jūryō 5 Hanakago
Hanaregoma
former jūryō champion, but never reached the makuuchi division
Kyokudōzan 1980-5 1996-11 dKomusubi Ōshima known for light weight, later became a politician
Asahifuji 1981-1 1992-1 aYokozuna Ōshima his Isegahama stable has produced the very successful rikishi Harumafuji and Aminishiki.
Kotobeppu 1981-3 1997-11 eMaegashira 1 Sadogatake ring name comes from the famous hot spring resort city of Beppu, where he was born
Tochitsukasa 1981-3 1992-5 cSekiwake Kasugano now head of Irumagawa stable
Daizen 1981-3 2002-3 dKomusubi Nishonoseki 22 year career, ranked in makuuchi at age 37
Toyonoumi 1981-3 1999-3 eMaegashira 1 Futagoyama
Fujishima
Futagoyama
two-time jūryō champion, former elder in the JSA
Asahisato 1981-3 1998-1 fMaegashira 14 Ōshima spent the majority of his career in the jūryō division, now a coach at Oitekaze stable under the name Nakagawa
Kitakachidoki 1981-5 2000-9 eMaegashira 3 Isenoumi steady if unspectacular makuuchi career, now head of Isenoumi stable
Wakashoyo 1981-5 1997-11 cSekiwake Futagoyama now a mixed martial artist
Akinoshima 1982-3 2003-5 cSekiwake Futagoyama all time gold stars record holder, 25% more than closest rival
Tamakairiki 1982-5 1996-3 e0Maegashira 8 Kataonami later became a professional wrestler
Konishiki 1982-7 1997-11 bŌzeki Takasago at 265 kilos, the heaviest wrestler ever, first foreign ōzeki, now a widely popular celebrity
Takatōriki 1983-3 2002-9 cSekiwake Futagoyama record for most fighting spirit prizes, most gold stars against one opponent, Akebono; won his only top division championship while just above the demotion line
Hattori 1983-3 1987-7 eMaegashira 3 Isenoumi entered professional sumo as a makushita tsukedashi
Daigaku 1983-3 1993-9 g0Jūryō 2 Tokitsukaze jūryō champion
Ryūkōzan 1983-3 1990-3 eMaegashira 5 Dewanoumi jūryō champion, died of heart attack whilst active
Oginohana 1983-7 1998-7 eMaegashira 2 Dewanoumi now a shinpan for official tournaments
Ichinoya 1983-11 2007-11 i0Sandanme 6 Takasago studied physics at university, retired at 46
Komafudō 1984-1 1985-11 fMaegashira 13 Hanakago
Hanaregoma
jūryō champion
Kotonishiki 1984-3 2000-9 cSekiwake Sadogatake only wrestler ever to win two championships at maegashira
Kyokugōzan 1984-3 1996-9 eMaegashira 9 Ōshima jūryō champion
Daishi 1984-3 2002-3 eMaegashira 3 Oshiogawa had to leave the JSA in June 2003 when he couldn't acquire a permanent elder name
Minatofuji 1984-3 2002-9 eMaegashira 2 Minato jūryō champion, head coach of Mintao stable
Kotonowaka 1984-5 2005-11 cSekiwake Sadogatake known for his countering techniques, and especially long bouts
Naminohana 1984-5 1997-3 dKomusubi Futagoyama part of huge sekitori contingent at Futagoyama stable in the mid 1990s
Nankairyu 1984-9 1988-11 eMaegashira 2 Takasago 3rd foreign wrestler to reach the top division, career short and troubled
Akinoshū 1984-9 2001-1 eMaegashira 9 Izutsu jūryō champion
Kenkō 1984-11 1998-3 dKomusubi Takadagawa career ended early by extremely rare form of leukemia
Ryōgoku 1985-3 1993-1 dKomusubi Dewanoumi currently head of one of the strongest stables, Sakaigawa
Tochinowaka 1985-3 1999-7 cSekiwake Kasugano current head of Kasugano stable
Tatsuhikari 1985-3 1999-3 eMaegashira 6 Tatsunami two-time jūryō champion
Tokitsunada 1985-3 1999-9 eMaegashira 4 Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion
Aogiyama 1985-3 2003-11 eMaegashira 1 Tokitsukaze two-time jūryō champion, elder in the JSA under the name Edagawa
Kanechika 1985-9 2004-9 g0Jūryō 2 Mihogaseki
Kitanoumi
elder in the JSA under the name Kumagatani
Kototenzan 1985-11 1986-7 h4Makushita 43 Sadogatake Canadian-born, found success early, but retired due to inability to adjust to sumo/Japanese life; later became pro wrestler
Ganyu 1986-3 2000-5 eMaegashira 1 Kitanoumi active as an elder in the JSA under the name Yamahibiki
Tomoefuji 1986-5 1998-9 dKomusubi Kokonoe former performer of the yumitori-shiki ceremony, fell to lowest rank held by former san'yaku wrestler
Asahiyutaka 1987-3 1999-1 dKomusubi Ōshima now head coach of Tatsunami stable
Kitazakura 1987-3 2010-3 eMaegashira 9 Kitanoumi brother of Toyozakura, took 86 tournaments to reach top division, popular with sumo audiences
Kotoryū 1987-3 2005-5 eMaegashira 1 Sadogatake one of many top wrestlers at Sadogatake stable in the 1990s
Oginishiki 1987-3 2004-1 dKomusubi Dewanoumi his father and brother were also sumo wrestlers
Takanonami 1987-3 2004-5 bŌzeki Futagoyama had longest single wrestler rivalry in history with Musashimaru, often appears on television due to accessible personality
Takamishu 1987-3 1989-7 h0Makushita 2 Azumazeki Early star from Azumazeki stable before being overshadowed by stablemate Akebono. Actor with recurring role in Hawaii Five-0.
Hoshitango 1987-5 2004-1 g0Jūryō 3 Michinoku first Jew in sumo, now a professional wrestler
Kushimaumi 1988-1 1998-11 eMaegashira 1 Dewanoumi highly successful amateur, head of Tagonoura stable until death due to heart disease at 46
Akebono 1988-3 2001-1 aYokozuna Azumazeki first foreign yokozuna, later became a pro wrestler
Kaiō 1988-3 2011-7 bŌzeki Tomozuna five-time yusho winner, holds records for most tournaments and most wins in top division
Takanohana II 1988-3 2003-1 aYokozuna Futagoyama long sumo pedigree, set many youth related records, won 22 tournaments
Wakanohana III 1988-3 2000-3 aYokozuna Futagoyama brother of Takanohana II, never won a tournament as yokozuna, now operates a chain of chankonabe restaurants
Wakanoyama 1988-3 2005-9 dKomusubi Musashigawa after demotion out of top division, fought his way back up after a record long 28 tournaments
Rikio 1988-3 1997-9 eMaegashira 4 Naruto now a pro wrestler
Sentōryū 1988-7 2003-11 fMaegashira 12 Tomozuna from St. Louis Missouri, only top division wrestler ever from mainland USA
Shikishima 1989-1 2001-5 eMaegashira 1 Tatsutagawa
Michinoku
jūryō champion, currently using Aminishiki's Ajigawa kabu
Kōbō 1989-3 2008-1 eMaegashira 9 Miyagino top wrestler at Miyagino stable before the emergence of Hakuho
Toyozakura 1989-3 2011-5 eMaegashira 5 Michinoku brother of Kitazakura, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Hidenokuni 1989-9 1990-5 j8Jonidan 89 Azumazeki first and only wrestler from the UK, short career
Daishōyama 1989-9 1995-11 eMaegashira 2 Tatsunami former amateur champion, retired due to hip injury, currently head coach of Oitekaze stable
Musashimaru 1989-9 2003-11 aYokozuna Musashigawa born in Samoa and raised in Hawaii; second foreign yokozuna; injury free until near end of career
Gojōrō 1989-11 2005-11 eMaegashira 3 Magaki only rikishi to be disqualified twice in one tournament, had many injury problems
Daishōhō 1990-1 1999-7 dKomusubi Tatsunami career ended early due to pancreatic cancer
Terunoumi 1990-3 1993-5 fMaegashira 15 Musashigawa jūryō champion
Mainoumi 1990-5 1999-11 dKomusubi Dewanoumi very popular for small size and variety of techniques, now a popular TV personality and sumo announcer
Yamato 1990-11 1998-9 fMaegashira 12 Magaki after short career in sumo, started his own restaurant in Roppongi, Tokyo
Tōki 1991-1 2006-5 dKomusubi Takasago known for distinctive sideburns, and later a bright orange mawashi, involved in an auto accident scandal
Chiyotenzan 1991-3 2008-1 dKomusubi Kokonoe after quick rise to komusubi, eventually fell to the second lowest rank ever held by a former san'yaku wrestler
Kasuganishiki 1991-3 2011-1 eMaegashira 5 Kasugano spent 8 years in unsalaried ranks, injury plagued
Kinkaiyama 1991-3 2006-5 eMaegashira 6 Dewanoumi three time jūryō champion, now a coach at Dewanoumi stable under the name Tagonoura
Hamanoshima 1992-1 2004-5 dKomusubi Mihogaseki now head of Onoe stable
Higonoumi 1992-1 2002-11 eMaegashira 1 Mihogaseki held maegashira rank for a then-record 53 consecutive tournaments, opened up Kise stable after retirement
Ohinode 1992-1 2000-9 eMaegashira 9 Tatsunami spent 21 tournaments as a sekitori
Wakanojō 1992-1 2004-5 eMaegashira 6 Magaki jūryō champion
Asanowaka 1992-3 2005-5 eMaegashira 1 Wakamatsu
Takasago
the wrestler with the most wins in top division who never made san'yaku, popular with crowds for his ringside antics
Kyokushūzan 1992-3 2006-11 dKomusubi Ōshima first of a group of Mongolian wrestlers to make the top division, had an all-time record 58 consecutive tournaments in the maegashira ranks
Kyokutenzan 1992-3 2007-11 h1Makushita 13 Ōshima achieved only minor success, suspected of being involved in match-fixing
Shunketsu 1992-3 2008-3 fMaegashira 12 Hanaregoma lightweight wrestler, had several different ring names
Takanotsuru 1992-3 2006-5 eMaegashira 8 Naruto spent 10 years in the unsalaried ranks
Takanowaka 1992-3 2007-9 cSekiwake Naruto father was a pro baseball player
Tomonohana 1992-3 2001-11 dKomusubi Tatsunami joined pro sumo at nearly 28 years of age
Harunoyama 1992-3 2006-11 fMaegashira 10 Matsugane former elder in the JSA
Asanosho 1992-3 2002-1 eMaegashira 2 Wakamatsu won a gold star against Akebono
Daimanazuru 1992-5 2010-1 fMaegashira 16 Asahiyama spent 11 years in unsalaried ranks, one of few wrestlers from Nara prefecture
Chiyotaikai 1992-11 2010-1 bŌzeki Kokonoe longest serving ōzeki in modern era, known for characteristic forward thrusting technique
Jūmonji 1992-11 2011-5 eMaegashira 6 Michinoku after a brief name change reverted to using own rare surname as his ring name, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Musōyama 1993-1 2004-11 bŌzeki Musashigawa former college champion and member of dominant Musashigawa stable, injury-prone
Tochisakae 1993-1 2008-1 eMaegashira 1 Kasugano also had many injury problems, now a coach at Kasugano stable
Hokutōriki 1993-3 2011-5 cSekiwake Hakkaku three-time tournament runner-up, ended Asashoryu's winning streak in 2004
Kotokasuga 1993-3 2011-5 eMaegashira 7 Sadogatake took 15 years to reach the top division, third slowest ever, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Kyokunankai 1993-3 2011-5 fMaegashira 16 Ōshima took 17 years to reach the top division, second slowest ever, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
ogaŌga 1993-3 2007-5 g0Jūryō 6 Takasago long serving bow-twirler at end of every tournament day
otsukasaŌtsukasa 1993-3 2009-3 eMaegashira 4 Irumagawa promoted to the top division on 11 different occasions
Ryūhō 1993-3 2012-5 fMaegashira 16 Michinoku spent 9 years in unsalaried ranks, sat out last year in sumo before finally retiring
Wakatoba 1993-3 2007-9 fMaegashira 11 Oguruma coached by former Daikirin, now has his elder name, Oshiogawa
Asōfuji 1994-1 2011-5 fMaegashira 13 Isegahama very adept at throw techniques, brother of Aminishiki
Tamakasuga 1994-1 2008-9 cSekiwake Kataonami had the longest ever gap between sanshō awards at 55 tournaments, has an asteroid named after him
Tosanoumi 1994-3 2011-1 cSekiwake Isenoumi impressive special prize and gold star record, fought until age 38
Ushiomaru 1994-3 2009-5 fMaegashira 10 Azumazeki retired to take over as head coach of Azumazeki stable from former Takamiyama
Tochiazuma II 1994-11 2007-5 bŌzeki Tamanoi won 12 special prizes, seven for technique, first wrestler since Kiyokuni to win top division in ōzeki debut
Tochinohana 1995-3 2008-1 dKomusubi Kasugano Won two special prizes in his debut top division tournament
oikariŌikari 1995-2 2004-11 fMaegashira 11 Isenoumi two-time jūryō champion, elder in the JSA under the name Kabutoyama
Wakatsutomu 1995-11 2006-7 fMaegashira 12 Matsugane jūryō champion
Kaihō 1996-1 2010-7 dKomusubi Hakkaku also an amateur champion, one of the lightest sekitori
Tochinonada 1996-1 2012-1 cSekiwake Kasugano former sekiwake, tied for second on all time kinboshi list
Yōtsukasa 1996-1 2005-11 fMaegashira 11 Irumagawa managed only two winning records in eight makuuchi appearances
Tokitsuumi 1996-3 2007-10 eMaegashira 3 Tokitsukaze former amateur, long time maegashira, retired to take over Tokitsukaze stable after former head removed over hazing death scandal
Dejima 1996-3 2009-7 bŌzeki Musashigawa ōzeki from 1999 to 2001, once had the most feared tachi-ai in sumo but suffered injury problems in later career
Buyūzan 1997-3 2007-11 eMaegashira 1 Musashigawa former amateur champion, another top division wrestler from Musashigawa stable
Tamarikidō 1997-3 2010-1 eMaegashira 8 Kataonami lowest ranking former top division wrestler ever to regain sekitori status
Hayateumi 1998-3 2006-1 cSekiwake Oitekaze former amateur champion, very promising career hampered and eventually ended by injury
Kaidō 1998-3 2006-9 g0Jūryō 4 Tomozuna another former amateur but failed to make top division, stablemate of ozeki Kaiō
Tamanoshima 1998-3 2011-11 cSekiwake Kataonami was the only Fukushima prefecture native sekitori for a number of years
Miyabiyama 1998-7 2013-3 bŌzeki Fujishima promotion to ōzeki controversial, rose to top division so fast that he competed in his first top division tournaments with no top-knot, long-time makuuchi pusher thruster
Kasugaō 1998-11 2011-5 eMaegashira 3 Kasugayama only wrestler officially from Korean peninsula, forced to retired in match-fixing scandal
Asashōryū 1999-1 2010-1 aYokozuna Takasago sole yokozuna from 2004–07, 4th most top division championships in history, life in and out of ring filled with controversy
Bushūyama 1999-1 2013-1 eMaegashira 3 Fujishima second slowest progress to top division for any former collegiate champ
Chiyohakuhō 1999-3 2011-5 eMaegashira 6 Kokonoe originally interested in judo, debuted the same tournament his former stablemate Chiyotaikai made Ōzeki, retired over match-fixing
Hamanishiki 1999-3 2012-3 fMaegashira 11 Oitekaze former maegashira 11, struggled in lower divisions, changed his ring name a number of times
Hananosato 1999-3 2010-5 h0Makushita 8 Takasago former tsukebito of Asashoryu, once reached the cusp of sekitori but at 114 kg seemed to lack the requisite weight
Kirinowaka 1999-3 2011-5 g0Jūryō 4 Michinoku was forced to retire due to his involvement in the 2011 match-fixing scandal
Kotomitsuki 1999-3 2010-7 bŌzeki Sadogatake holds record for most tournaments at sekiwake, oldest wrestler promoted to ōzeki in modern era, forced to retire due to illegal gambling
Takamisakari 1999-3 2013-1 dKomusubi Azumazeki very popular with crowds for his energetic wrestling and spirited pre-bout ritual
Wakakirin 1999-3 2009-2 eMaegashira 9 Oguruma Protege of former ozeki Daikirin, dismissed for cannabis use
Wakakōyū 1999-3 2014-9 dKomusubi Onomatsu best rank komusubi, second wrestler from Onomatsu stable to reach top division after Katayama
Hakuba 2000-1 2011-5 dKomusubi Michinoku 50 tournament rise to top division is 2nd longest after Sentoryu amongst foreign-born wrestlers, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Hōchiyama 2000-3 2014-1 e1Maegashira 14 Sakaigawa former maegashira 14, after soaring through jūryō into top division, was soon demoted and struggled in lower divisions
Ryūō 2000-3 2013-7 e0Maegashira 8 Miyagino specialized in pushing techniques which is a rarity among Mongolian wrestlers
Shimotori 2000-5 2011-5 dKomusubi Tokitsukaze used own rare family name as his shikona, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Iwakiyama 2000-7 2010-9 dKomusubi Sakaigawa former high school sumo coach, retired due to cerebral infarction complications
Kōryū 2000-11 2011-5 fMaegashira 11 Hanakago first top division wrestler produced by Hanakago stable since it was re-established in 1992, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Aotsurugi 2001-3 2009-5 i0Sandanme 1 Tagonoura Originally from Tonga, acquired Japanese citizenship, missed a year through injury
Mōkonami 2001-3 2011-5 eMaegashira 6 Tatsunami first from Tatsunami stable to be ranked in makuuchi since 1999, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Kokkai 2001-5 2012-9 dKomusubi Oitekaze former komusubi, first Caucasian wrestler to make top division, shikona came from Japanese name of the Black Sea of his home country
Daishochi 2001-7 2005-9 h1Makushita 15 Shibatayama Mongolian now better known as amateur sumo champion
Kakizoe 2001-9 2012-5 dKomusubi Fujishima used own rare surname as his shikona
Takanoyama 2001-a11 2014-7 e1Maegashira 12 Tagonoura Only wrestler ever from the Czech Republic
Katayama 2002-3 2009-1 fMaegashira 13 Onomatsu did amateur sumo at university, used his given family name as his ring name.
Hakurozan 2002-5 2008-9 eMaegashira 2 Kitanoumi along with older brother Rohō, became first foreign siblings to wrestle in top division at the same time, later dismissed due to cannabis use
Rohō 2002-5 2008-9 dKomusubi Ōtake known for feisty nature, along with younger brother Hakurozan, was dismissed due to cannabis use
Kotoōshū 2002-a11 2014-3 c1Ōzeki Sadogatake lost ōzeki status after 8 straight years at that rank, first European to win a top division championship, tied for second on the all time record for fastest progress to top division, after Jōkōryū
Futen'ō 2003-1 2011-5 dKomusubi Dewanoumi collegiate sumo champ, sumo lover from very early age
Masatsukasa 2003-1 2011-5 eMaegashira 8 Irumagawa on promotion to sekitori ranks revealed to public he had a wife and son back home in Aomori prefecture, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Tokusegawa 2003-7 2011-5 eMaegashira 4 Kiriyama first wrestler from his stable to make top division, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Kimurayama 2004-3 2014-1 e0Maegashira 7 Kasugano one time amateur champion, only sekitori from Wakayama prefecture for some time
Baruto 2004-5 2013-9 bŌzeki Onoe Estonian, tied for 3rd fastest rise to top division, second European to win a championship
Wakanohō 2005-3 2008-8 eMaegashira 1 Magaki a fast-rising star, one of the most successful Russian wrestlers, first active wrestler to be dismissed by the Sumo Association (after arrest for cannabis possession)
Sakaizawa 2006-3 2011-5 fMaegashira 15 Mihogaseki
Onoe
jūryō champion, was forced to retire due to his involvement in the 2011 match-fixing scandal
Aran 2007-1 2013-9 cSekiwake Mihogaseki former sekiwake, one of a handful of Russian sekitori, shares the place record for fastest rise to top division, after Jōkōryū
Kiyoseumi 2007-1 2011-5 e1Maegashira 13 Kitanoumi pro sumo debut at Makushita #10 was the highest Makushita tsukedashi ever, forced to retire in bout-fixing scandal
Tochinowaka 2007-1 2015-1 e0Maegashira 1 Kasugano had Korean background but Japanese citizenship, used his stablemaster's old shikona
Yamamotoyama 2007-1 2011-5 e0Maegashira 9 Onoe heaviest sumo recruit ever at time of recruitment, forced to retire in match-fixing scandal
Tokitaizan 2007-5 2007-7 k3Jonokuchi 39 Tokitsukaze young wrestler who died from hazing incident which led to the eventual arrest of his stablemaster and 3 other wrestlers for manslaughter
Kimikaze 2009-1 2014-5 e1Maegashira 13 Oguruma jūryō champion

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