He was known for "destroying opponents with his Avalanche Splash," the WWE said.
The wrestlers suited in colourful costumes and masks celebrated Mass to honour the country's patron saint.
Laughter, sunshine and optimism were the order of the day at the ceremonial Spring Festival sumo wrestling tournament held at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo on Monday (April 16) amid scandals over Japan's national sport.
The scandal comes at a time when the sport is regaining lost popularity after cruelty in training schools and mysterious deaths tarnished the ancient tradition.
An Iranian wrestler's “deliberate” loss to avoid facing an Israeli opponent has caused outrage on Iranian social media.
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