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Japanese Female Wrestlers 2

Updated on January 13, 2017

More Japanese Female Wrestling with Megumi Kudo, Mimi Hagiwara, Mayumi Ozaki, Mariko Yoshida, Kyoko Inoue, Noriyo Tateno and Apple Miyuki

Here is my second article about the women of Japanese female wrestling.
Some of these ladies are retired, but some of them are still going strong and show no signs of stopping.

Megumi Kudo
And now the woman who's last match was the infamous "No ropes 200V double hell double barbed wire barricade double landmine glass crush death match".
The "Evil Princess" Megumi Kudo was born on September 20th, 1969 in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan.
Megumi really had two starts in wrestling.
She tried first at the age of sixteen with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. She trained ther, but was released because they said she wasn't progressing well enough.
So Megumi tried her had as a kindergarten teacher. (Kinda scary isn't it?)
But Megumi was drawn to wrestling so she tried again, this time with Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling. FMW must have liked her because she quickly rose up through their ranks to the top.
And this beautiful young lady that once taught kindergarten specialized in death matches.
The match I mentioned before was her retirement match on April 29 1997 with Shark Tsuchiya.
In this match, the ropes were replaced with 200 volt electrified, double-layered barbed wire and the ring was surrounded by double layers of landmines and broken glass.
Sounds like fun huh?

Mimi Hagiwara
Mimi Hagiwara was a little different from most of the female wrestlers in Japan.
She was beautiful, had a slender body and wore wrestling suits that were a bit more reveling than what most of the other wrestlers wore.
I guess she was kind of a prototype for the WWE Divas to follow later.
Except she really could wrestle, having been trained by the legendary Jackie Saito.
Mimi held the WWWA Tag Team Wrestling titles (with Yukari Ohmori) and she held the All Pacific Women's Wrestling Championship twice.
Besides wrestling, Mimi appeared on the Japanese sci-fi TV series Kamen Rider, as Choko.

Mayumi Ozaki
With nicknames like "Pure Wild" and "Queen Of The Street Fight", you would guess that this young lady isn't very nice in the ring.
Mayumi worked for wrestling promotions like All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, GAEA Japan, Japan Women's Pro Wrestling and Japanese Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project.
Not to mention the OZ Academy (which she owns) that acts as a promotion and wrestling school.
During her career she has held the WWWA World Tag Team Championship (with Dynamite Kansai), the AAAW Singles Championship, the AAAW Tag Team Championship (three times with Aja Kong, Akira Hokuto and KAORU), the JWP Junior Championship (three times) and the UWA Junior Championship.

Mariko Yoshida
Mariko Yoshida (not the Japanese idol singer and model) made her pro wrestling debut on October 10th, 1988 at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall in a match against Keiko Waki.
Mariko used to be a high flyer, but after a serious neck injury, she changed her style to more of a mat based submission style of wrestling.
She has even started her own wrestling promotion Ibuki, that puts on shows twice a month.
Her goal with Ibuki is to train young wrestlers and give them a chance to get in the ring with some of the veterans to learn.
In 2006, Mariko became the second woman (the first was Cheerleader Melissa) to receive the Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award.
She has held the AJW Championship, the AJW Tag Team Championship (three times with Takako Inoue twice and once with Rie Tamada), the Queen of ARSION (twice), the Twin Star of ARSION (twice, once with Aja Kong and once with Lioness Asuka) and the CMLL World Women's Championship in Mexico.

Kyoko Inoue

Kyoko Inoue was trained by the legendary Jaguar Yokota and she made her pro wrestling debut against Takako Inoue (no relation) on October 10 1998 in Tokyo Japan.
Later Kyoko teamed with Takako to form the tag-team "Double Inoue".
In 1997, she founded the NEO Japan Ladies' Wrestling promotion.
And in 2000, Kyoko made Japanese wrestling history when she won the WEW Tag Team Championship with Kodo Fuyuki.
That made her the first woman to win a men's title in a Japanese pro wrestling promotion.
During her career, Kyoko has held the AJW Championship, the IWA World Women's Championship (twice), the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship (three times), the WWWA World Tag Team Championship (four times, all with Takako Inoue), the WEW World Street Fight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (twice, with Kodo Fuyuki and Chocoball Mukai), the WEW World Tag Team Championship (with Hiromichi Fuyuki), the TWF World Women's Championship (twice) and the All Pacific Championship (twice).

Noriyo Tateno
Noriyo Tateno was one half of the legendary Japanese female tag-team (along with Itsuki Yamazaki) The Jumping Bomb Angels.
She has worked for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, Ladies' Legend Pro-Wrestling, Ladies Professional Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Federation, where she held the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship with Itsuki Yamazaki.

Apple Miyuki
Apple Miyuki was born Rumi Miyuki on June 14, 1985 in Tenri, Nara, Japan.
She works for the professional wrestling promotion Kaientai Dojo (though she has done some work for JDStar).
Apple started out on January 14, 2002, in Puerto Rico against another Kaientai Dojo wrestler, Ofune (K-DOJO actually started out as a small wrestling school in Puerto Rico run by Taka Michinoku).
She has held the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Championship twice with YOSHIYA, and is known for taking bumps in matches that most female wrestlers don't take.
Her nickname is "The Sadistic Princess".

Mima Shimoda

One of my favorite female heels of all time....Mima Shimoda.
Mima always looked like she enjoyed her work, smiling and sometimes laughing as she punished an opponent.
You have to go back to the 60s here for that kinda heel behavior.
Now she mainly performs in Mexico, though she has made a few forays into the US.
She's been wrestling for over 25 years.

Maya Yukihi

Five foot three, 121 pound Japanese female wrestler Maya Yukihi was born on January 9th, ???? in Chiba, Japan.
Like a lot of other Joshi wrestlers today, Maya was trained by the Ice Ribbon Promotion
She made her pro wrestling debut on November 24th, 2014.

Jungle Kyona

25 year old Japanese female wrestler Jungle Kyona (Kyōna Yano) works for the World Wonder Ring Stardom (Stardom) wrestling promotion in Japan.
She was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan and was trained by Fuka.
Jungle made her wrestling debut in November of 2015, so she hasn't been around a long time.

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Japanese Women Wrestlers

Mimi Hagiwara
Mimi Hagiwara
Kyoko Inoue
Kyoko Inoue
Noriyo Tateno
Noriyo Tateno
"Evil Princess" Megumi Kudo
"Evil Princess" Megumi Kudo
Mariko Yoshida
Mariko Yoshida
Apple Miyuki
Apple Miyuki
Mayumi Ozaki
Mayumi Ozaki
Mima Shimoda
Mima Shimoda
Maya Yukihi
Maya Yukihi
Jungle Kyona
Jungle Kyona

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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So interesting!

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      Women's wrestling 7 years ago

      That bathing suit on Mimi Hagiwara is barely legal. It's awesome though

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      King 7 years ago

      Interesting outfits on some of the wrestlers. I wonder how well they hold up to strenuous use?

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      Guillermo Ramon 7 years ago from Miami

      I love Noriyo Tateno's outfit. Those traditional outfits make women look so beautiful. Knowing that she can look so delicate, yet that she is so strong, makes me thing she is so very sexy.

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      Double Down 8 years ago

      Awesome post. Kudos for respecting more of the 'garbage' style workers (who still rock) from FMW and OZ.

    • drcrischasse profile image

      drcrischasse 8 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      Not getting in the ring with these women