Rikidōzan is the father of puroresu. He established the puroresu as a popular professional sport
in Japan less than a decade after Japan lost the World War II. Continuously defeating Americans
with his famous karate chop, he was a hero for the Japanese people who were still depressed from the war. Many of his students
became big stars in the sport, including Shohei "Giant" Baba and
Antonio Inoki, who are two of the greatest wrestlers in the history of puroresu,
and Kintaro Ohki (Kim Il), who was also a superstar in his home country South Korea.