Ryota Hama
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Hama in 2018.
Born (1979-11-21) November 21, 1979 (age 42)[1]
Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Big Sushi[2]
Captain All Japan[3]
Mad Paulie[4]
Ryota Hama
S1 Mask[5]
Yapper Man #4
Billed height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Billed weight226 kg (498 lb)
Trained byKaz Hayashi
Kohei Suwama
DebutNovember 3, 2008[1]

Ryota Hama (浜亮太, Hama Ryōta)[6] (born November 21, 1979) is a retired Japanese sumo wrestler and current professional wrestler, signed to Big Japan Pro Wrestling in the Strong BJ division.

Sumo career

Hokutoarashi Ryōta
北勝嵐 亮太
Personal information
BornHama Ryōta
(1979-11-21) 21 November 1979 (age 42)
Ibaraki, Osaka
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight182 kg (401 lb)
Career
StableHakkaku
Record235-169-114
DebutJuly, 1995
Highest rankMakushita 6 (November, 2001)
RetiredMay, 2008
Championships1 (Makushita)
1 (Jonidan)
* Up to date as of Sep. 2021.

Hama joined sumo in July 1995, and he fought for the Hakkaku stable run by former yokozuna Hokutoumi. His shikona was Hokutoarashi (meaning "North Victory Storm") and he reached a highest rank of makushita 6 in November 2001. Injury-prone in his knees, he fell greatly in rank and announced his retirement in May 2008. His career record was 235 wins to 169 losses, with 114 absences due to injury.

Professional wrestling career

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2008–2013)

Hama (on the left) and Akebono in 2010
Hama (on the left) and Akebono in 2010

After retiring from sumo, Hama became a professional wrestler. Hama debuted in professional wrestling on November 3, 2008 losing to former Sumo champion Akebono.

On September 23, 2009, Hama and Akebono, known collectively as SMOP (Super Megaton Ohzumo Powers), won the All Asia Tag Team Championship, defeating Minoru Suzuki and Nosawa Rongai. With Akebono as his partner, Hama participated in the 2009 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, finishing 5th out of 9 teams with four victories and four defeats. While still holding the All Asia Tag Team Championship, Hama won the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, defeating champion Satoshi Kojima on March 21, 2010. Hama holds the record for fastest superstar to attain the Triple Crown title, winning the title 503 days after his debut.[7]

In 2010, Hama was also part of Suwama's New Generation Force stable, which rivaled Minoru Suzuki and his Partisan Forces faction. After internal trouble in the group, Hama faced fellow member Masayuki Kono in a special match, but Kono defeated him thanks to the help of Kenso and Voodoo Murders, leading Kono to leave New Generation Force and join them. The stable then dissolved, with Hama following Suwama while the other two remaining members, Manabu Soya and Seiya Sanada, went apart.

Hama finished the 2010 Champion Carnival in 4th place in Block A. He earned 4 points having defeated Minoru Suzuki and Seiya Sanada. Hama and Akebono ended up losing the All Asia Tag Team Championship at the hands of Voodoo Murders' Taru and Big Daddy Voodoo on April 29, 2010. Three days later, on May 2, 2010, he lost the Triple Crown Championship in a match against Minoru Suzuki. On June 19, 2013, Hama announced his resignation from All Japan out of loyalty to Keiji Mutoh, who had left the promotion when Nobuo Shiraishi took over as its new president at the beginning of the month.[8]

Wrestle-1 (2013–2016)

On July 10, 2013, Hama was announced as part of Keiji Mutoh's new Wrestle-1 promotion.[9][10][11] Hama wrestled on the promotion's inaugural event on September 8, teaming with Yasufumi Nakanoue in a tag team match, where they were defeated by the Pro Wrestling Zero1 team of Kohei Sato and Ryoji Sai.[12] He adopted clothing and mannerisms inspired on WWF's Rikishi, like his trademark thong and Stink Face maneuver. On September 21, 2014, Hama entered the Wrestle-1 Championship tournament, but was defeated in his first round match by Akira.[13] Through Wrestle-1's working relationship with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Hama worked TNA's Bound for Glory event in Tokyo on October 12, losing to Ethan Carter III.[14] On June 28, 2016, Hama announced he was leaving Wrestle-1 due to his contract with the company expiring.[15]

Big Japan Pro Wrestling (2015–present)

Hama in 2018
Hama in 2018

In 2015, whilst signed with Wrestle-1, Hama formed a tag team with Hideyoshi Kamitani named Hamakami in Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW). They competed in that years Saikyou Tag League as part of the Strong Block.[16] Despite missing the semi-finals, they defeated eventual winners and new BJW Tag Team Champions Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi).[17] On December 30, they challenged Strong BJ to a rematch and won the BJW Tag Team Championship.[18] On January 24, 2016, Hama unsuccessfully challenge Okabayashi for the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship.[19] Hamakami also lost the BJW Tag Team Championship to Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa on May 30.[20] After leaving Wrestle-1, Hama participated in Pro Wrestling Zero1's Fire Festival and briefly re-formed SMOP in BJW. At Ryogokutan 2016, on July 24, SMOP unsuccessfully challenged Sato and Ishikawa for the BJW Tag Team Championship.[21] Later they entered the 2016 Saikyo Tag League as part of the Strong B Block, cruising through the block to win undefeated. On October 14, they lost to Strong BJ in the quarter finals.[22] On February 23, 2017, at a Diamond Stars Wrestling event, Hama unsuccessfully challenged Tim Storm for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.[23] On May 25, he teamed with former Wrestle-1 talent Yasufumi Nakanoue to challenge BJW Tag Team Champions Strong BJ and lost.[24] In July, Hama officially signed with BJW.[25]

Hama continued teaming with Nakanoue and they won the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship with Shogun Okamoto from Moon Vulcan (Hideki Suzuki, Takuya Nomura and Yoshihisa Uto) on July 3.[26] From September 6 and October 15, Hama and Nakanoue participated in the 2017 Saikyo Tag League as part of the Strong Block; they failed to advance to the semi-finals with only four points.[27][28] On December 17, Hama, Nakanoue and Okamoto lost the Yokohama Shopping Street title to Daisuke Sekimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani and Kohei Sato.[29] Hama entered the 2018 Ikkitousen Strong Climb in Block A but failed to progress to the semi-finals.[30] On April 21, Hama, Nakanoue and Yoshihisa Uto won the Yokohama Shopping Street title from Sekimoto, Kamitani and Sato.[31] From May 22 to June 20, they lost and regained the championship on three occasions,[32] before losing the titles permanently to the 3rd Generation Chimidoro Brothers (Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki and Toshiyuki Sakuda) on July 24.[33] Starting on August 12, Hama and Nakanoue entered the 2018 Saikyo Tag League where the vacant BJW Tag Team Championship was held up.[34] They dominated the Strong Block, gaining ten points from five wins, and defeated Abdullah Kobayashi and Yoshihisa Uto in the semi-finals on October 16.[35] Three days later, they won the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship from the 3rd Generation Chimidoro Brothers with Takeshi Irei.[36] On October 25, Hama and Nakanoue won the Saikyo Tag League and BJW Tag Team Championship when they defeated Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani.[37] At Ryogokutan 2018, on November 11, they successfully defended their titles against Takayuki Ueki and Toshiyuki Sakuda,[38] but lost the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Championship to the 3rd Generation Chimidoro Brothers six days later.[39] On December 9, after Hama and Nakanoue made their second successful title defence against Strong BJ, Hama challenged Daisuke Sekimoto for the BJW Strong World Heavyweight Championship.[40] On January 2, 2019, he lost to Sekimoto.[41] On July 21, Hama and Nakanoue lost the BJW Tag Team Championship to Sekimoto and The Bodyguard.[42]

Sumo career record

Hokutoarashi Ryōta[43]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1995 x x x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #59
6–1
 
East Jonidan #120
3–4
 
1996 West Jonidan #146
4–3
 
West Jonidan #111
0–1–6
 
East Jonidan #182
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Jonokuchi #55
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
(Banzukegai) (Banzukegai)
1997 (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #50
6–1
 
West Jonidan #115
4–3
 
East Jonidan #90
7–0–P
 
East Sandanme #81
5–2
 
East Sandanme #48
4–3
 
1998 West Sandanme #32
4–3
 
West Sandanme #17
2–5
 
East Sandanme #42
3–4
 
West Sandanme #54
6–1
 
West Sandanme #7
2–5
 
West Sandanme #33
3–4
 
1999 East Sandanme #48
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Jonidan #8
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Jonidan #78
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Jonidan #148
7–0–P
Champion

 
East Sandanme #98
6–1
 
East Sandanme #43
3–4
 
2000 West Sandanme #61
2–5
 
East Sandanme #83
6–1
 
East Sandanme #30
6–1
 
East Makushita #52
3–4
 
East Sandanme #3
4–3
 
East Makushita #52
4–3
 
2001 West Makushita #42
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Sandanme #22
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Sandanme #83
6–1
 
West Sandanme #25
5–2
 
West Makushita #59
7–0
Champion

 
East Makushita #6
1–6
 
2002 East Makushita #26
4–3
 
East Makushita #22
4–3
 
West Makushita #16
0–4–3
 
East Makushita #51
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
East Makushita #51
4–3
 
East Makushita #41
5–2
 
2003 West Makushita #24
2–5
 
West Makushita #45
2–5
 
West Sandanme #4
1–6
 
West Sandanme #38
5–2
 
East Sandanme #13
3–4
 
East Sandanme #28
1–0–6
 
2004 West Sandanme #58
2–1–4
 
East Sandanme #79
5–2
 
West Sandanme #46
5–2
 
West Sandanme #15
4–3
 
West Sandanme #5
5–2
 
West Makushita #51
4–3
 
2005 West Makushita #42
1–6
 
West Sandanme #9
5–2
 
West Makushita #52
4–3
 
East Makushita #44
0–7
 
West Sandanme #19
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Sandanme #79
6–1
 
2006 East Sandanme #22
5–2
 
West Makushita #58
2–5
 
East Sandanme #22
5–2
 
West Makushita #58
3–4
 
East Sandanme #15
5–2
 
West Makushita #54
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
2007 West Sandanme #34
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Sandanme #94
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Jonidan #54
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Jonidan #124
6–1
 
West Jonidan #42
5–2
 
East Jonidan #7
5–2
 
2008 West Sandanme #74
2–5
 
East Sandanme #95
6–1
 
West Sandanme #35
Retired
0–3–4
x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi; P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

Championships and accomplishments

  • Ranked No. 24 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010[45]

1This championship is not officially recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling.

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