Name
Akebono Tarō (曙 太郎)

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Born
1969 (53 years old)

Birth Place
Waimānalo, Hawaii

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203 cm (6 ft 8 in)

Weight
233 kg (514 lb; 36.7 st)

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Akebono Tarō (Japanese: 曙 太郎, Hepburn: Akebono Tarō, born Chadwick Haheo Rowan; 8 May 1969) is an American-born Japanese former professional sumo wrestler and professional wrestler from Waimānalo, Hawaii. Joining sumo in Japan in 1988, he was trained by pioneering Hawaiian wrestler Takamiyama and rose swiftly up the rankings, reaching the top division in 1990. After two consecutive yusho or tournament championships in November 1992 and January 1993 he made history by becoming the first non-Japanese-born wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo.

One of the tallest and heaviest wrestlers ever, Akebono's rivalry with the young Japanese hopefuls, Takanohana and Wakanohana, was a big factor in the increased popularity of sumo at tournament venues and on TV in the early 1990s. During his eight years at the yokozuna rank, Akebono won a further eight tournament championships, for a career total of eleven, and was a runner-up on thirteen other occasions, despite suffering several serious injuries. Although his rival yokozuna Takanohana won more tournaments in this period, their individual head-to-heads remained very close.

Akebono became a Japanese citizen in 1996, and after retiring in 2001 he worked as a coach at Azumazeki stable before leaving the Sumo Association in 2003. After an unsuccessful period as a K-1 fighter, he became a professional wrestler. In All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) he has been a two-time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, two-time World Tag Team Champion, and two-time All Asia Tag Team Champion, as well as winning the 2015 Champion Carnival. In 2017, as a result of health problems, he became inactive from professional wrestling.


Career Honours

Champion Carnival
2015

APJW Mens

Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion
2015

APJW Mens

Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion
2013

APJW Mens

Yusho - Kyushu
2000

Azumazeki

Yusho - Nagoya
2000

Azumazeki

Yusho - Natsu
1997

Azumazeki

Yusho - Haru
1995

Azumazeki

Yusho - Haru
1994

Azumazeki

Yusho - Aki
1993

Azumazeki

Yusho - Hatsu
1993

Azumazeki

Yusho - Kyushu
1993

Azumazeki

Yusho - Nagoya
1993

Azumazeki

Yusho - Kyushu
1992

Azumazeki

Yusho - Natsu
1992

Azumazeki

Kanto-sho
1992

Azumazeki

Shukun-sho
1992

Azumazeki

Shukun-sho
1992

Azumazeki

Kinboshi
1991

Azumazeki

Kinboshi
1991

Azumazeki

Kinboshi
1991

Azumazeki

Kinboshi
1991

Azumazeki

Shukun-sho
1991

Azumazeki

Shukun-sho
1991

Azumazeki

Kanto-sho
1990

Azumazeki


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1988-2000

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2006-2007

2009-2015


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