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Wrestling / Riki Choshu

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The revolution warrior.
Riki Choshu (born Kwak Gwang-ung, later Mitsuo Yoshida, December 3, 1951)) is a Japanese zainichi Professional Wrestler, famous for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and other promotions. He started as an amateur wrestler, even reaching the 1972 Summer Olympics, but ended up joining NJPW after being scouted by Antonio Inoki himself. He was initially a part of the company's babyface army, but being constantly Overshadowed by Awesome in most fields by Tatsumi Fujinami led him to revolt against the system and create a rogue faction named Kakumeigun. The rivalry between Choshu and Fujinami was so successful that the former decided to leave the promotion with his army, form a new symbolic company named Japan Wrestling Association and allying with Giant Baba's All Japan Pro Wrestling. Having helped AJPW to reach prime time, Choshu and company returned to NJPW in a position of power, which didn't avoid them to clash against another rogue faction led by Akira Maeda which had taken their place in their absence. Choshu would thrive despite all the odds and became the booker of NJPW, which he kept until his second departure in 2002. After trying luck with more companies, Fighting World of Japan and Riki Pro, and taking part on Fighting Opera HUSTLE, he returned to New Japan once for all and resumed his position, which he keeps today.

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