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== Synopsis ==
{{Ash}}, [[Misty]], [[Brock]], and {{AP|Pikachu}} are passing insidethrough [[Rikishii Town]] when they seessee a set of {{p|Feraligatr}} matches taking down a few Pokémon. After it'sits sixth win, Misty takes a closer look at the Feraligatr, whoand quickly falls in love with itthe Water-type. The gang soon finds out that the Feraligatr is owned by a trainer named [[Raiden]], who tells them that the competitioncompetitions here in this city are intouse 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.
InAt the Pokémon Center, Ash asks [[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 {{shiny2|unusual rare coloring}}. At the registration area, a disguised [[Team Rocket]], under disguise, places theirenters {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}}, whom also disguisedisguised as a {{p|Miltank}}, manage to enterinto the competition. [[James]] and {{MTR}} are concerned about [[Jessie]]'s plan of entering her Wobbuffet into the competition 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 weightingweigh-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 heardhears 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 announceannounced the winner of the match, but Shonosuke lodgelodges a protest to the referee. Shonosuke noticenoticed that Jessie's 'Miltank' usesused a {{m|Counter}} attack, and the official disqualifieddisqualifies them. Not too happy about his decision, they reveal their true identity, even their Wobbuffet. Shonosuke wasis furious about it and tells them that they makemade a mockery of the rules of this competition. Not bothered ofby what he says, Team Rocket wereare about to send out their Pokémon to attack but they were sendingsent 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 it's Poké Ball. Raiden and Shonosuke were amazed of Ash's Snorlax's ability since Ash is just a rookie. Outside the arena, Team Rocket cooked up a plan by using phony Pokémon paw prints, tosupposedly the audience for money and even stealsfrom the Pokémon who are participating in the competition, to the audience for money as souvenir peddlers.
Soon, both Ash and Raiden make it to the semi-finals. The two matches are Raiden's Feraligatr against Blastoise while Ash's Snorlax fights {{p|Machamp}}. While Feraligatr wins in a very close match, once again Ash's Snorlax makes an easy win via its stomach, much to Ash's surprise. Raiden congratulates Ash for making it to the finals, but he won't go easy on him just because he's a nice kid. Shonosuke tells Ash that he should be proud of himself; Ash is the first rookie to ever reach the finals. He tells them that finals are next and for them to give it their best.