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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.

Yoshihiro Momota
Born(1946-03-15)March 15, 1946
Kyoto, Japan
DiedNovember 22, 2000(2000-11-22) (aged 54)
Professional wrestling career
Billed height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Billed weight105.0 kg (231.5 lb)
Trained byDory Funk Jr.
Pat O'Connor
Sonny Myers
Terry Funk


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.[1] 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.[2]


In November 22, 2000 Momota died of liver failure. He was 54 years old.[3]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • 11-Man Battle Royal winner (1979)[4]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
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