Yoshihiro Momota (百田 義浩 Momota Yoshihiro) (March 15, 1946 – November 22, 2000) 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.
|Born||March 15, 1946|
|Died||November 22, 2000(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.|
On 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. 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.
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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- 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.
- 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.