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'''Ring Masters''' (Japanese: '''オーダイルVSカメックス!すもうバトル!!''' ''{{tt|Ordile|Feraligatr}} VS {{tt|Kamex|Blastoise}}! Sumo Battle!!'') is the 194th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 19, 2001 and in the United States on March 16, 2002.
 
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== Synopsis ==
{{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}}, {{an|Brock}}, and {{AP|Pikachu}} are passing through [[Rikishii Town]] when they see a set of {{p|Feraligatr}} matches taking down a few Pokémon. After its sixth win, Misty takes a closer look at the Feraligatr, and quickly falls in love with the Water- type. The gang soon finds out that the Feraligatr is owned by a Trainer named [[Raiden]], who tells them that the competitions here use sumo-wrestling and the [[Sumo Conference|Pokémon Sumo Competition]] is been held by [[Shonosuke]], the director of the Pokémon sumo society. Shonosuke explain the rules of Pokémon sumo-wrestling, which the Pokémon only has to rely on their physical skills and not using of any of their usual attacks. He even mentions that Raiden and his Feraligatr are expecting to win this year’s Pokémon sumo competition, which is being held today. Ash decides to participate in the competition but Shonosuke reminds him that he needs to have Pokémon that is heavy. Pikachu enthusiastically volunteers, but Ash gently turns the offer down, reminding him that he won't pass the weight requirement.
 
At the Pokémon Center, Ash asks {{an|Professor Oak}} to transfer his {{AP|Snorlax}} due to the regulations of the competition. Since Ash has six Pokémon, Ash transfers his {{AP|Noctowl}} since Professor Oak wants to do research due to its {{shiny|unusual rare coloring}}. At the registration area, a disguised {{TRT}} enters {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}}, disguised as a {{p|Miltank}}, into the competition. [[James]] and {{MTR}} are concerned about [[Jessie]]'s plan of entering her Wobbuffet since it's a light-weight Pokémon, but Jessie tells them not to worry as she has already planned everything out. Meanwhile, Ash manages to gets his Snorlax into the competition, being the last person to register. It's just as well, as half of Snorlax's weight breaks the weigh-in scale. Snorlax quickly falls back to sleep, even missing the opening ceremony. But as Shonosuke announces the prize, which is the [[{{DL|Evolution-inducing held item|King's Rock]]}} and a one year supply of Pokémon food, Snorlax finally wakes up when it hears about the food prize.
 
After Shonosuke finishes his speech and the rules, the gang meets up with Raiden and his Feraligatr and they were amazed of the opponent's big Pokémon especially the {{p|Blastoise}} whom everyone says that it might win this competition. The first match is between Jessie's 'Miltank' versus an {{p|Ursaring}}. Jessie makes an easy win and was announced the winner of the match, but Shonosuke lodges a protest to the referee. Shonosuke noticed that Jessie's 'Miltank' used a {{m|Counter}} attack, and the official disqualifies them. Not too happy about his decision, they reveal their true identity, even their Wobbuffet. Shonosuke is furious and tells them that they made a mockery of the rules of this competition. Not bothered by what he says, Team Rocket are about to send out their Pokémon to attack but they were sent blasting off again by a {{m|Hydro Pump}} from Raiden's Feraligatr.
==Major events==
* {{Ash}} sends his {{AP|Noctowl}} to {{an|Professor Oak}} and recalls his {{AP|Snorlax}}.
* Ash wins a [[{{DL|Evolution-inducing held item|King's Rock]]}} in a [[Sumo Conference|Pokémon Sumo Competition]].
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===Debuts===
====Pokémon debuts====
[[File:WTP EP194.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Ledyba}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Feraligatr}} ''(Japan)''
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
 
==Trivia==
*Brock [[FourthImage:EP194 wallerror.png|breaksthumb|right|200px|Machamp's themiscolored fourth walljaw]] at the beginning of this episode.
* Brock [[Image:EP194Fourth error.pngwall|thumb|right|225px|Machamp'sbreaks miscoloredthe jawfourth wall]] at the beginning of this episode.
* The sumo competition has a weight requirement of at least {{tt|80 kilograms (|176.4 lbs)}}, though many of the competing Pokémon have an average weight below the requirement, such as {{p|Arbok}} (65 kg) and {{p|Nidoking}} (62 kg). This is most likely that Pokémon have varying weights in the anime instead of all weighing the same as they do in the games.
* The idea of Pokémon Sumo Wrestling would later be revisited in ''{{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s}}'' with the Ring Drop and Circle Push events of the [[Pokéathlon]].
* When Ash called Professor Oak, he said he needed Snorlax because it was his only Pokémon that met the weight condition. However, Ash's Tauros could also fit the weight category weighing at 88.4 kg.
* Music from the [[M02|second movie]] can be heard in this episode.
 
===Errors===
* When Feraligatr tries to attack Blastoise, its brown jaw becomes blue.
* On the rostrum, a Machamp's jaw is miscolored dark gray instead of cream.
* During one scene, Nidoking is colored gray.
 
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