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Riki Chōshū : biography

December 3, 1951 -

Mitsuo Yoshida ( , , Kwak Gwang-ung) (born December 3, 1951), better known by his stage name Riki Chōshū (長州力 Chōshū Riki), is a Korean-Japanese professional wrestler who is most known for his longtime work in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as a wrestler and a booker. He is considered one of the most influential wrestlers in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s and known as the first wrestler to popularize the Sasori-Gatame, better known in English as Scorpion Deathlock or Sharpshooter. After Chōshū left New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002, he formed Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling (WJ), which was later known as Riki Pro as he was the main promoter of the promotion. In October 2005, he returned to New Japan as a site foreman, a booker, and a part-time wrestler.

Championships and accomplishments

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • NWA International Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Yoshiaki Yatsu
  • PWF World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling
  • WMG Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Genichiro Tenryu
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Greatest 18 Championship (1 time)
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Masa Saito (1), Takashi Iizuka (1), and Kensuke Sasaki (1)
  • NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version) (1 time) – with Seiji Sakaguchi
  • WWF International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • G1 Climax: 1996
  • Super Grade Tag League: 1992 – with Shinya Hashimoto
  • NJPW Six Man Tag Team Cup League (1988) with Antonio Inoki & Kantaro Hoshinohttp://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=2385
  • World Cup Tournament (1989)http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=11587
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • PWI ranked him #30 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
  • Best Bout Award (1983) vs. Tatsumi Fujinami on April 3
  • Best Bout Award (1984) vs. Antonio Inoki on August 2
  • Best Bout Award (1985) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta on November 5
  • Best Bout Award (1993) vs. Genichiro Tenryu on January 4
  • Distinguished Service Award (1983)
  • Effort Award (1977)
  • Fighting Spirit Award (1979, 1986, 1988, 1989)
  • Service Award (1997)
  • Technique Award (1981)
  • Universal Wrestling Association
  • UWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • UWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gran Hamada>
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • Best Booker: 1992
  • Promoter of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Wrestler of the Year: 1987
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame: Class of 1996

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Lariat
  • Sasori-Gatame – Innovated
  • Fireman's carry takedown
  • Front facelock takedown
  • Repeated stomps

Amateur wrestling career

1972 Summer Olympics

Kwak Gwang-ung represented South Korea in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, as a wrestler. He didn't place in the tournament.

Professional wrestling career

Early years (1974-1987)

He debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling in August 1974. In the mid-1970s, Chōshū was sent to North America to gain experience. Wrestling under his real name, he appeared in George Cannon's "Superstars of Wrestling" promotion as a heel, managed by Superstar (or Supermouth) Dave Drasen. Chōshū had a brief feud with the top fan favorite of Cannon's promotion, Luis Martinez.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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