I am a Bulgarian, currently residing in USA. I am a huge sumo fan.
Akebono is the first rikishi, who made me a sumo fan.
My favorite rikishi, of course, are Kotooshu and Aoiyama - the Bulgarian rikishi.
I am rooting also for: Tochinoshin, Kaisei, Takayasu, Ichinojo, Shohozan, Tochiozan, Endo, Osunaarashi, Amuru.
The newer Sekiori: Mitakeumi, Shodai, Tsurugisho.
And the lower division sumo wrestlers, like: Homarenishiki, Iwasaki, Hamaguchi, Yamaguchi, Omoto, Kiribayama.