Shota Chochishvili

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Shota Chochishvili
Shota Chochishvili vs David Starbrook 1972.jpg
Chochishvili (left) at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1950-07-10)10 July 1950
Ghvlevi, Kareli, Georgia
Died27 August 2009(2009-08-27) (aged 59)
Gori, Georgia
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight110 kg (243 lb)
ClubBurevestnik Gori

Shota Samsonovich Chochishvili (Georgian: შოთა ჩოჩიშვილი, Russian: Шота Самсонович Чочишвили; 10 July 1950 – 27 August 2009) was a Georgian professional wrestler and judoka.

Judo career[edit]

Between 1972 and 1977, he won one gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the Olympics and world and European championships, including an Olympic gold medal in 1972.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Shota Chochishvili
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Shota Chochishvili
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight242 lb (110 kg)
Billed fromGhvlevi, Georgia
DebutApril 24, 1989

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1989)[edit]

In 1989, Chochishvili briefly competed in the Japanese New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. On 24 April at NJPW's inaugural Tokyo Dome event, Chochishvili competed in a match against NJPW founder Antonio Inoki, defeating him by knockout to win the WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship.[1] On 25 May, Chochishvili defended the title against Inoki, but was unsuccessful with Inoki winning the match and championship by submission. On New Year's Eve 1989, he was involved in the first wrestling event held in the USSR hosted by NJPW in Moscow. In the tag team match main event, Chochishvili teamed with Inoki to defeat former Olympic wrestlers Masa Saito and Brad Rheingans.

Personal life[edit]

In retirement Chochishvili worked as a judo coach; he also served as vice-president of the Georgian Olympic Committee and of the Georgian Judo Federation. His son Ramaz became an international judoka and competed for Ukraine.[1] In 2003, Chochishvili had a heart surgery and was diagnosed with cancer. From 2004–2008, he underwent chemotherapy, but died from leukemia in 2009, aged 59.[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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