Don Arakawa
Don Arakawa
Birth name Makoto Arakawa
Born March 6, 1946(1946-03-06)
Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
Died November 5, 2017(2017-11-05) (aged 71)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Don Arakawa
Kengo Arakawa
Makoto Arakawa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Trained By Kotetsu Yamamoto
Debut September 19, 1972

  Makoto Arakawa (荒川真, Arakawa Makoto) was a Japanese professional wrestler better known by the ring name Don Arakawa (ドン・アラカワ, Don Arakawa), he worked for many promotions, such as New Japan Pro Wrestling, Super World of Sports, All Japan Pro Wrestling and many more. During his time in NJPW he won the 1974 Karl Gotch Cup, he was a commentator and also recognized as one of New Japan Gratest Wrestlers.


Mokoto Arakawa would joined NJPW in 1972. Later, his physical similarity with Rikidozan was availed to make him a comedy character. Don Arakawa announced his retirement for the first time in 1989, but a year later he made a comeback in SWS. After its failure, he never officially joined another promotion. One of the most important comedy characters in Japan, Arakawa occasionally wrestled in some shows, teaming up with other “modern” comedy wrestlers. In 2011, Arakawa would be inducted to the NJPW Greatest Wrestlers Hall of Fame.

On December 2, 2017, it was announced that on November 5, 2017, Arakawa passed away at the age of 71.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Backslide
    • Chickenwing Facelock
    • German Suplex Hold
    • Piledriver
    • Uppercut

Wrestlers trainedEdit

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