Birthdate: November 21st, 1979
Weight: 420 lbs.
Debut: November 3rd, 2008 vs. Akebono
Background: Sumo Wrestling
Promotion History: All Japan (2008 to 2013) and WRESTLE-1 (2013 to present)
Alliances: Teams with Akebono
Ring Attire: Green and black double singlet
Card Position: Mid-Card
Major Tournaments Won: None
Current Title Held: None
All Japan Triple Crown:
- Defeated Satoshi Kojima on 3/21/10 and lost to Minoru Suzuki on 5/2/10
All Asia Tag Team Championship with Akebono:
Minoru Suzuki and NOSAWA Rongai on 9/23/09 and lost to Big Daddy Voodoo and TARU on 4/29/10
Featured Signature Moves:
- Running Body Press
- Ryota Hammer
Other Signature Moves:
- Elbow Drop
After a career in sumo wrestling, Hama debuted in All Japan Pro Wrestling on November 3rd at Sumo Hall. Even though he lost to Akebono, the crowd loved him and he showed a lot of potential. In the Real World Tag League in December, Hama teamed with Keiji Mutoh but they would come in 5th place out of eight.
2009 started out rough for Hama. While he showed the passion for wrestling, at first he had trouble adjusting and was clearly struggling at various times during matches. But the crowd loved him as did Mutoh, and as the year progressed his skills noticeably improved. At the August 30th Sumo Hall event, Hama teamed with Masayuki Kono and Akebono to defeat Zodiac, TARU, and Doering (Hama got the pin on
Zodiac). After a year long feud with Suzuki (mostly one sided), Hama got his revenge when on September 23rd he teamed with Akebono to defeat Suzuki and NOSAWA Rongai for the All Asia Tag Team Championship. They successfully defended the titles on October 24th against TARU and Joe Doering, showing that it wasn't just a fluke. In the Real World Tag League he and Akebono did well, including a win over the All Japan World Tag Team Champions Suzuki and Kea, but a loss to Suwama and Masayuki Kono on the last day kept them out of the Finals.
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