Rikidōzan (November 14, 1924 – December 15, 1963) was a professional wrestler, known as the "Father of Puroresu" and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. He was credited with bringing the sport of professional wrestling to Japan at a time when the Japanese needed a local hero to look up to.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (1 time) – with Koukichi Endoh
- NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Bobby Bruns (1), Azumafuji (1) and Koukichi Endoh (1)
- NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (1 time) – with Dennis Clary
- WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
In 2004, A South Korean film, Rikidozan was made about the life of the wrestler, with Sol Kyung-gu playing the titular role.
Rikidōzan himself appeared in 29 films, including:
- Otsukisama ni wa warui kedo (1954) as himself
- Yagate aozora (1955) as himself
- Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko (1955) as himself
- I am a Korean - Biography of Rikidozan, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Pyongyang, 200 pages.
- Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan - Discuses Rikidozan's impact on Japanese pop-culture and the Yakuza underworld during the American occupation of Japan, and also includes a small photo collection of Riki, and his killer, Katsuji Murata. Vintage Books. 400 pages.