After retiring from sumo, Hama became a professional wrestler. Hama debuted in professional wrestling on November 3, 2008 losing to former Sumo champion Akebono.
On September 23, 2009, Hama and Akebono, known collectively as SMOP (Super Megaton Ohzumo Powers), won the All Asia Tag Team Championship, defeating Minoru Suzuki and Nosawa Rongai. With Akebono as his partner, Hama participated in the 2009 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, finishing 5th out of 9 teams with four victories and four defeats.
While still holding the All Asia Tag Team Championship, Hama won the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, defeating champion Satoshi Kojima on March 21, 2010. Hama holds the record for fastest superstar to attain the Triple Crown title, winning the title 503 days after his debut.
Hama finished the 2010 Champion Carnival in 4th place in Block A. He totaled 4 points having defeated Minoru Suzuki and Seiya Sanada. Hama and Akebono ended up losing the All Asia Tag Team Championship at the hands of Voodoo Murders' TARU and Big Daddy Voodoo on April 29, 2010. Three days later, on May 2, 2010, he lost the Triple Crown Championship in a match against Minoru Suzuki. On June 19, 2013, Hama announced his resignation from All Japan out of loyalty to Keiji Mutoh, who had left the promotion when Nobuo Shiraishi took over as its new president at the beginning of the month.
On July 10, 2013, Hama was announced as part of Keiji Mutoh's new Wrestle-1 promotion. Hama wrestled on the promotion's inaugural event on September 8, teaming with Yasufumi Nakanoue in a tag team match, where they were defeated by the Pro Wrestling Zero1 team of Kohei Sato and Ryoji Sai. He adopted a new outfit and mannerisms inspired in WWF's Rikishi, like his trademark thong and Stink Face maneuver. On September 21, 2014, Hama entered the Wrestle-1 Championship tournament, but was defeated in his first round match by Akira. Through Wrestle-1's working relationship with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), Hama worked TNA's Bound for Glory event in Tokyo on October 12, losing to Ethan Carter III. On June 28, 2016, Hama announced he was leaving Wrestle-1 due to his contract with the company expiring.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Megu Fujiura
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Big Japan Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #24 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
- Tokyo Sports
1This championship is not officially recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling official website. Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100724034231/http://www.all-japan.co.jp/fighter/hama.html. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- ↑ "40th Anniversary Tour 2012" (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.all-japan.co.jp/schedule/tour03.php?taikai_id=315. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- ↑ "東日本大震災復興支援チャリティープロレス 「All Together ～もう一回、ひとつになろうぜ～」」" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=493. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "All Japan Pro-Wrestling Results: 2010". Purolove. http://www.purolove.com/ajpw/results/results10.php. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. http://www.puroresucentral.com/hama.html. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- ↑ http://www.cagesideseats.com/2010/3/21/1383850/ryota-hama-becomes-the-most
- ↑ "曙 浜との「SMOP」解散覚悟" (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. 2013-06-23. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/155642/. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- ↑ "武藤敬司が新団体『Wrestle-1』を旗揚げ" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. 2013-07-10. http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/sports/fight/headlines/article/20130710-00000001-spnavi. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- ↑ "武藤が新団体「Wrestle-1」設立" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2013-07-10. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/news/f-bt-tp0-20130710-1155147.html. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- ↑ "武藤新団体は「Wrestle-1」" (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. 2013-07-10. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/161419/. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- ↑ "武藤新団体「Wrestle-1」旗揚げ戦" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. 2013-09-08. http://live.sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/live/fight/all/2013090801/. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- ↑ "Wrestle-1 Tour 2014 初代王者決定トーナメント" (in Japanese). Wrestle-1. 2014-09-21. http://www.w-1.co.jp/schedule/tour.php?id=1503. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
- ↑ McNeish, Greg (2014-10-12). "TNA Bound for Glory PPV Results - 10/12/14 (From Tokyo, Japan)". Wrestleview. http://www.wrestleview.com/tna-bound-for-glory-results/51149-tna-bound-for-glory-ppv-results-10-12-14-from-tokyo-japan. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Daily Sports Online. Kobe Shimbun. 2016-06-28. http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/ring/2016/06/28/0009231873.shtml. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Big Japan Pro Wrestling. 2015-12-30. http://bjw.co.jp/event_detail.php?id=670. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
- ↑ (in Japanese) Big Japan Pro Wrestling. http://bjw.co.jp/pfree_pg9.php. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
- ↑ ""PWI 500": 1–100". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2010-07-30. http://prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.com/2010/07/pwi-500-1-100.html. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/wrestling/wrestling_past4/. Retrieved 2014-02-02.