Japanese Women Wrestling
Japanese Women Wrestling with Leon, Ray, NAO, Sari, Kana Eiger and more.
These are some of the most popular Japanese female wrestlers.
I created this list via research and internet searches, so you won't see some of the classic stars here, just the ones that are generating the most buzz at the moment.
Joshi Puroresu has gone through wildly popular phases in Japan (like pro wrestling has here) but right now it appears to be in a lull.
But both the WWE and TNA are looking at Japanese wrestlers to maybe help boost their female divisions.
The WWE even hired Japanese female wrestler Kana and rebranded her as Asuka.
So maybe Joshi in Japan will profit from this.
Tojuki Leon (Rena Takase) is a masked female Japanese wrestler, born on July 2nd, 1980 in Namerikawa, Toyama, Japan.
Leon is five foot three, weighs in at 132 pounds and made her pro wrestling debut was on March 15th 2000, in a match against Ai Fujita.
She has worked for Japanese wrestling promotions like ARSION, AtoZ and JWP (Japan Women Project).
And during her career she has held the JWP Openweight Champion, the JWP Tag Team Champion (along with Kaori Yoneyama) and the NEO High Speed Champion
Her signature wrestling moves are the KIBA suplex, the Mad Splash (Frog splash) and the LEON Stone.
Ray (Lin Byron/Lin Bairon) was born on February 14th, 1982 in Hong Kong.
She was trained by Emi Sakura and Mariko Yoshida and she made her pro wrestling debut on September 15th, 2003, taking on her teacher Emi in a match which he lost.
Ray (or Lin) has worked for wrestling promotions like Gatokunyan, Ibuki, Ice Ribbon, Smash, Universal Woman's Pro Wrestling Reina and Shimmer Women Athletes here in the States.
She has held the CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship and the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship (with Emi Sakura).
Like several Japanese wrestlers, her name is usually spelled with all caps.
NAO made her pro wrestling debut in December, 2004.
She has worked for the S-Ovation/IBUKI wrestling promotion in Japan.
NAO is five foot three and weighs 110 pounds.
Saree (formerly Sari)
The youngest member of the Japanese wrestling promotion Diana (World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana), Sareee is only fifteen years old.
Not only that, but she's five foot two and weighs 106 pounds.
BUT, she's also trained in kickboxing and karate.
She was born March 31st, 1996 in Itabashi prefecture in Tokyo and she was trained at the Animal Hamaguchi Gym by Kyoko Hamaguchi.
Probably my favorite Japanese wrestler at the moment, Kana was born on September 26th, 1981 in Osaka, Japan.
The internet seems fairly evenly split on Kana with some loving her and some hating her.
Most of the hate seems to be because of her "stiff" style where she looks like she is literally trying to kick through someone in a match.
She has worked for a ton of promotions like AtoZ, Ice Ribbon, Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project (JWP), NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Wave, Pro Wrestling Zero1, Smash and Shimmer Women Athletes.
Kana even had her own promotion for a time called Passion Red.
Besides being a wrestler, she is a freelance graphic designer (she designs graphics for Nintendo DS and mobile applications) and a video game journalist (she writes for Xbox Magazine).
UPDATE: Kana is now WWE NXT Diva Asuka.
Kana vs Arisa Nakajima
Eiger (or Aiger) is kind of an Undertaker character that showed up in LLPW (Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling) in 2003.
Okay...a funny Undertaker.
Eiger is actually wrestler Mizuki Endo who has been wrestling for over
As Eiger, Mizuki leans more towards the "comedy" style matches, but she held the LLPW Tag Team Championship twice, both times with Sayuri Okino.
Mizuki made her pro wrestling debut in 1991.
Basara (Shuri Okuda) made her pro wrestling debut in July of 2006.
She has held a couple of titles since then like the JWP Jr. Title and the POP (Princess of Pro-Wrestling) Title.
In the SENDAI GIRLS promotion, she wrestled under the name Tyrannosaurus Okuda.
She was born on November 23rd, 1989 in Tadotsu, Kagawa, Japan.
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Hiren (Yurie Kaneko) was born on January 16th, 1986 in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
She made her wrestling debut on July 9th, 2006 in a match against Mariko Yoshida.
During her career she worked for promotions like Hiren Sendai Girls, OZ Academy and WAVE.
Hiren retired on November 8th, 2011.
GAMI (or GAMI Metal or Mikiko Futagami) was born on January 4th, 1969 in Yao, Osaka, Japan.
This five foot five, 145 pound wrestler made her debut on November 1st, 1990 in a match against Ayumi Taki.
She worked for almost every female wrestling promotion in Japan before starting her own promotion Pro Wrestling WAVE in 2007.
Even though she has wrestled for over twenty years, today she is mainly a comedic wrestler.
Makoto was born on September 26th, 1989 in Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan.
She was trained by the same woman that trained Ray, Emi Sakura and also Yoshihiro Tajiri, who you may remember simply as Tajiri from the WWE.
Makoto made her wrestling debut on July 25th, 2006, at the Ice Ribbon promotion's third show, losing to nine year old Riho in a minute.
Fortunately her character progressed and she went from being just comic relief to being an actual competitor and appearing in promotions like Kaientai Dojo, Osaka Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Zero1, Smash and Chikara.
Hikaru Shida was born on June 11th, 1988 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Unlike the other ladies here, Hikaru's path to the squared circle was kinda roundabout.
She started out in judo and kendo (reaching third Dan in Kendo) and then began acting.
While acting, she appeared in the movie Three Count which also starred Emi Sakura, Kyoko Inoue and Yoshiko Tamura.
She studied with Emi for her role and after filming, decided that she wanted to become a pro wrestler.
Hikaru made her debut on July 20th, 2008 in the Ice Ribbon promotion.
Nagisa Nozaki was born on November 22nd, 1990 in the Minamisaku District, Nagano, Japan.
She was trained by fellow wrestler Etsuko Mita at the NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling dojo and she made her pro wrestling debut on November 3rd, 2006.
S far Nagisa has worked for the Japanese wrestling promotions NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling, World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana, Pro Wrestling Wave and Wrestling New Classic.
Besides wrestling, she has also managed wrestler Hajime Ohara while she was in Wrestling New Classic.
Female Japanese wrestler Natsumi Maki was born on July 19 ???? in Kanagawa, Japan.
She is five feet tall and works for the World Wonder Ring Stardom (usually just called Stardom) wrestling promotion in Japan.