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Famous Male Sumo Wrestlers

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List of famous male sumo wrestlers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male sumo wrestlers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being sumo wrestlers. There are thousand of males working as sumo wrestlers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic sumo wrestlers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a sumo wrestler then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Tamarikidō Hideki, Kiyoshi Myobudani and many additional people as well. Featuring the biggest names in sumo wrestling and more, this list has it all.  

While this isn't a list of all male sumo wrestlers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male sumo wrestlers?" and "Who are the best male sumo wrestlers?"
John Tenta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Sumo Wrestlers
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John Anthony Tenta Jr. (June 22, 1963 – June 7, 2006) was a Canadian professional wrestler and a Sumo Rikishi best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation as Earthquake. After a promising start to his sumo career, using the name Kototenzan, Tenta switched to professional wrestling and became a high-profile star for the WWF, feuding with Hulk Hogan and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship with partner, and personal friend, Typhoon. His professional wrestling career also encompassed runs in World Championship Wrestling, where he was known as Avalanche and The Shark, All Japan Pro Wrestling and a return to WWF as Golga. Tenta died in 2006 after a long battle with bladder cancer. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Surrey, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Genichiro Tenryu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Sumo Wrestlers
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Genichiro Shimada (嶋田 源一郎, Shimada Gen'ichirō, born February 2, 1950), better known as Genichiro Tenryu (天龍 源一郎, Tenryū Gen'ichirō) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and professional wrestling promoter. At age 13, he entered sumo wrestling and stayed there for 13 years, after which he turned to Western-style professional wrestling. "Tenryu" was his shikona. He is best known for his two stints with All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he spent the majority of his career while also promoting Super World of Sports (SWS), Wrestle Association R (WAR) and Tenryu Project. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Katsuyama, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Rikidōzan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Sumo Wrestlers
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Mitsuhiro Momota (Japanese: 百田 光浩) (born Kim Sin-rak; Korean: 김신락; November 14, 1924 – December 15, 1963), better known as Rikidōzan (力道山), was a Korean Japanese professional wrestler known as The Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in professional wrestling history. Initially, he had moved from his native country Korea to Japan to become a sumo wrestler. He was credited with bringing the sport of professional wrestling to Japan at a time when the Japanese needed a local hero to emulate and was lauded as a national hero. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, becoming the first Korean inductee and the third puroresu star to be inducted after Antonio Inoki and ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Hongwon County

Nationality: Japan

Akebono Tarō is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Sumo Wrestlers
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Akebono Tarō (曙 太郎, Akebono Tarō, born Chadwick Haheo Rowan; 8 May 1969) is an American-born Japanese professional wrestler and former sumo wrestler from Waimānalo, Hawaii. Joining the professional sport in Japan in 1988, he was trained by pioneering Hawaiian sumo wrestler Takamiyama and rose swiftly up the rankings, reaching the top division in 1990. After two consecutive yusho or tournament championships in November 1992 and January 1993 he made history by becoming the first non-Japanese-born wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo. One of the tallest and heaviest wrestlers ever, Akebono's rivalry with the young Japanese hopefuls, Takanohana and Wakanohana, was a big ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Waimanalo, Hawaii, USA

Nationality: Japan