Japanese Women's Wrestling

Japanese Women's Professional Wrestling


History in Brief

Professional wrestling began in Japan after World War II, in an attempt to raise the country's deflated spirit. Women joined the sport soon after, in the 1950's, but really got their footing after the inception of the Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Association in 1967. In the 1970's, while the major men's wrestling associations began splintering, all-female wrestling reached a new height of popularity. During the next two decades, some female wrestlers became breakout stars and pop icons, their muscular looks and athletic skills helping to challenge Japan's strict gender norms.

Joshi Puroresu

Joshi has comedy, shoot-style, strike battles, hardcore, serious veterans, power moves, high flying, mat based battles, and everything else you can think of; and is generally very fast paced. Truly a spectacle!

Today, joshi puroresu style isn't nearly as popular as it was in its heyday, perhaps because of its violent nature, but a smaller, dedicated contingent carries the torch. Sure, audiences for female wrestling matches remain largely male, and the athletes' wild, flashy costumes and out sized personalities play into the sport's entertainment value, but the ring is still a sacred place for these female athletes. Stepping into it, they shed society's conventions. Often these professional woman wrestlers are very shy outside the ring, but you get them in the ring and they just explode!

These pro style women wrestlers are bar-non the toughest wrestling women of all time!

Watch fierce fighting females and masters of virtually every hold, from bone-crushing mat action to unbelievable aerial maneuvers! The adrenaline is nonstop in ferocious tag team matches, and brutal girl on girl matches! The action is insane as they fly into the crowds; heads get pummeled with chairs and trash cans. It’s total chaos! Not for the faint of heart, some of these are bloody and all are extreme and intense! If you want a real pump, you have to see our Japanese Women’s Wrestling! Fasten your seat belt; you’re in for a real ride! Visit: Japanese "Women Warriors of the Orient"


American Women Wrestlers learned a thing or two as the sport evolved

The “Women Warriors of the Orient” were fierce and vicious, and taught the American girls a thing or two in the 70's and 80's. Many matches featured devilish combatants using foreign objects--everything from ladders to chairs and beer cans--to maim their outmatched opponents. Incredible Tag Team matches with as many as 6 women and nothing is spared! Whips, chains, tables, and teeth to name a few are used to destroy their opponents!

No doubt, these talented athletes will blow your mind performing amazing high flying aerial maneuvers and wild splashes off the ropes!


American Women Featured in Japanese Women’s Professional Wrestling

Fabulous Moohlah, one of the great names in American women’s wrestling, managed a number of the best American girls of the 70's, and arranged for them to fight in Japan. The live ring matches were like a wrestling school for women like Glamour Girls Judy Martin and Leilani Kai or Joyce Grable and Vickie Williams, all of whom tried their skill against the Japanese girls.

Some American women achieved greater success in Japan than they did in the US. Powerful and sizeable (260 lbs!) Monster Ripper was a huge favorite with the Japanese fans, and the Japanese girls were vicious in their hatred of this foreigner who could take them down. Reggie Bennett, one of the best female wrestlers of all time, ended up spending years of her career in Japan because she caused such a sensation there. You can see a tribute to Reggie in Japan video here.


These Japanese "Joshi" Women Wrestlers are nothing short of Live Action Stars!

The most feared Women Wrestling Warriors on the Planet! These Female Fighters are the ultimate masters of all the wrestling holds, from bone crushing mat wrestling, to unbelievable aerial maneuvers, delivered with technical precision! Non Stop! Heart pounding, real hard action! Filmed before huge crowds. Watch Japanese Women's Wrestling.


Japanese Women Wrestlers | Super Stars


Bull Nakano

She began competing in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling as a teenager under the ring name Bull Nakano. As a wrestler she was a villain, who often teamed with her mentor Dump Matsumoto.

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Aja Kong

She is the founder of the Arsion all-women professional wrestling promotion and has won several championships in both singles and tag team divisions throughout her career, primarily while with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling.

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Jackie Sato

In the 1970s, while wrestling for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, she formed the tag team, the Beauty Pair, with Maki Ueda.

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Jaguar Yokota

Rimi Yokota is a Japanese professional wrestler and later wrestling trainer, who wrestled under the name Jaguar Yokota. She is widely considered one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time, and, during her heyday in the early 1980s, was considered one of the best wrestlers in the world, irrespective of gender.

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Mimi Hagiwara

A wrestler, a singer, a dancer, a model and an actress, Mimi Hagiwara was one of the first Japanese women's wrestling superstars.

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Lucy Kayama

WWWA World Tag Team Titles (2 times with Tomi Aoyama(1) & Nancy Kumi

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Devil Masami

Masami Yoshida is a Japanese professional wrestler best known for her appearances in All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling, GAEA Japan and JWP Joshi Puroresu under the name Devil Masami. She is a member of the All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1998

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Dump Matsumoto

Competed in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling as one of the leading female wrestlers during the 1980s

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Chigusa Nagayo

Best known for her mainstream popularity in the 1980's as a member of the tag team The Crush Gals with long-time partner Lioness Asuka. She was the founder of the GAEA Women's Professional Wrestling organization.

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Lioness Asuka

Along with long-time tag team partner Chigusa Nagayo she formed The Crush Gals, known for their mainstream popularity in the 1980's, and for being one of the most successful women's tag teams of all time.

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Akira Hokuto

Best known for her appearances in All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling and GAEA Japan as Akira Hokuto and for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre as Reina Jabuki. She is married to fellow wrestler Kensuke Sasaki and has a child with Sasaki. She has helped to train Katsuhiko Nakajima and Ryuji Yamaguchi.

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Kyoko Inoue

She has held the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship three times, and is the first woman to win a men's title in Japan. She is also the founder of the joshi promotion NEO Japan. Kyoko Inoue was trained by famous Japanese wrestler, Jaguar Yokota.


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There are many more outstanding Japanese Women Wrestlers not listed here, but we hold them all in very high regard and great respect!

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Get ringside with the Stars of Japanese Women's Wrestling!

Japanese women show both their knowledge of technical wrestling and their savage instincts which seem to be natural in the female species--especially in these “Women Warriors of the Orient!” Watch the biggest names of Japanese professional women's wrestling, star in a display of relentless superiority and fearsome destruction! Get ringside with the Stars of Japanese Women's Wrestling!