Yoshihiro Momota

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Yoshihiro Momota
Born (1946-03-15)March 15, 1946
Kyoto, Japan
Died November 22, 2000(2000-11-22) (aged 54)
Professional wrestling career
Billed height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight 105.0 kg (231.5 lb)
Trained by Dory Funk Jr.
Pat O'Connor
Sonny Myers
Terry Funk
Debut 1975
Retired 1987

Yoshihiro Momota (百田 義浩, Momota Yoshihiro) was a professional wrestler and a former ring announcer, known for his tenure in All Japan Pro Wrestling. He is the son of wrestler Rikidozan and the older brother of Mitsuo Momota.

Career[edit]

In October 21, 1972, Momota, along with Shohei "Giant" Baba and younger brother Mitsuo Momota, founded All Japan Pro Wrestling where he started out as a ring announcer for the promotion. Around the mid-1970s, Momota decided to become a wrestler just like his father and his brother. He started training with Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr. and began wrestling in Texas before wrestling full-time for All Japan. His wrestling career didn't take off as well as planned although he did find a little success. In 1987 he retired from in-ring competition and decided to become a backstage helper and a member of the All Japan board of directors until he resigned from his position after Mitsuharu Misawa had disagreements with widow Motoko Baba.[1] He joined Pro Wrestling Noah as a backstage helper and a member of the board of directors, but in September 2000, his health was beginning to deteriorate due to liver failure.

Family[edit]

Momota is the son of Rikidozan, a wrestling legend who is known as the "Father of Puroresu". He also had a younger brother Mitsuo Momota. His nephew is named Chikara and is scheduled to make his professional wrestling debut during 2013.[2]

Death[edit]

In November 22, 2000 Momota died of liver failure. He was 54 years old.[3]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 11-Man Battle Royal winner (1979)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hornbaker, Tim (2006). National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 328. ISBN 1-55022-741-6. 
  2. ^ 力道山孫が大鵬さん孫にエール. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  3. ^ http://cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=4197&gimmick=Yoshihiro+Momota
  4. ^ http://www.wrestlingdata.com/index.php?befehl=bilanzen&wrestler=9168&jahr=1979&monat=9
  5. ^ http://www.purolove.com/awards.php

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