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{{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 being 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 a 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}} because Professor Oak wants to do research due to its {{shinyShiny|unusual rare coloring}}. At the registration area, a disguised {{TRT}} enters {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}}, disguised as a {{p|Miltank}} [[nickname]]d "Milky", 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 [[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.
The next match is between Raiden's Feraligatr versus a {{p|Golem}}. The gang assumes that Golem is going to win due to its weight advantage, but Raiden turns the tables by using Golem's disadvantages, knocking Golem down to the ground and winning the match. Ash was amazed with his match and learns from it. After a few matches, it was Ash and Snorlax's turn. Snorlax goes up against a {{p|Poliwrath}} and as the match begins, Snorlax makes a surprising win as the Poliwrath attacks Snorlax's stomach and was bounced back, quickly knocking it out. The shocked referee announced the win and Snorlax happily goes for the prize, but Ash quickly manages to call Snorlax back to its Poké Ball. Raiden and Shonosuke were amazed by Ash's Snorlax's ability since Ash is just a rookie. Outside the arena, Team Rocket cooked up a plan by selling phony Pokémon paw prints, supposedly from the Pokémon who are participating in the competition, to the audience for money.
==Major events==
* {{Ash}} temporarytemporarily sends {{AP|Noctowl}} to {{an|[[Professor Oak}}'s andLaboratory]] addsin exchange for his {{AP|Snorlax}} to his [[party|team]].
* Ash participates in a [[Sumo Conference|Pokémon Sumo Competition]] and wins, earning a [[King's Rock]] as a reward.
[[File:PMTV EP194.png|thumb|200px|right|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon?}}]]
* {{Ash}}
* {{an|Misty}}
[[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|Snorlax}} ({{OP|Ash|Snorlax}})
* {{p|Totodile}} ({{OP|Ash|Totodile}})
* {{p|Feraligatr}} ([[Raiden]]'s; debut)
* {{p|Chansey}} ({{OP|Nurse Joy|Chansey}})
* {{p|Feraligatr}} ([[Raiden]]'s)
* {{p|Blastoise}}
* {{p|Arbok}}
* {{an|Brock}} [[Fourthbreaking the fourth wall|breaks the fourth wall]] at the beginning of this episode.
* Despite the sumo[[Sumo competitionConference|Pokémon Sumo Competition]]'s weight requirement of at least {{tt|80 kilograms|176.4 lbs}}, many of the competing Pokémon's listed species weights are below the requirement, such as {{p|Arbok}} (65 kg) and {{p|Nidoking}} (62 kg). This is most likely because each species of Pokémon can vary in weight in the anime, as opposed to the {{pkmn|games}}, where members of a species almost always weigh the same.
* 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]] and in ''[[BW134|The Journalist from Another Region]]'' with the [[Pokémon Sumo Tournament]].
* Music from the ''[[M02|secondThe Power of movieOne]]'' can be heard in this episode.
* The [[King's Rock]] {{Ash}} acquires in this episode is later used in ''[[EP247|Outrageous Fortunes]]'' to evolve {{an|Misty}}'s {{p|Poliwhirl}} into a {{TP|Misty|Politoed}}.
* This episode was [[banned in [[Pokémonepisodes|banned]] in South Korea{{pmin|South Korea]]}}, likely due to it being focused on sumo wrestling.
* Ash tells {{an|Professor Oak}} that {{AP|Snorlax}} is his only Pokémon that meets the weight condition, but any of his 88.4- kg. {{AP|Tauros}} could also qualify.
* During one of {{p|Feraligatr}}'s lunges at {{p|Blastoise}}, its jaw is blue instead of cream.
* On the rostrum, a {{p|Machamp}}'s jaw is miscolored dark -gray instead of cream. It is also erroneously drawn with fangs.
* In one scene, {{p|Nidoking}} is greygray instead of purple.
* During another scene, the competing Pokémon are shown on a wall. Six are shown, but there should be at least eight. Since the sumo competition is a single-elimination style tournament, there must be two, four, eight, sixteen, or etc. competitors.
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