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, Endo, and others.