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Jaguar Yokota

Jaguar Yokota

HEIGHT: 159cm
WEIGHT: 56kg
DOB: July 25 1961
Real Name: Toshimi "Rimi" Yokota
PROMOTIONS: AJW, J'D Beauty Athlete,

Debut: June 28, 1977 vs. Mayumi Takahashi
Retirements: Originally retired in December 1985. (remained AJW trainer) 1994 returned to active wrestling. December 26 1998 lost to Devil Masami 2nd retirement. Jaguar again returned 2002 including a stint for the men's promotion DDT under a mask. Jaguar married her doctor husband in July 2004 and at the age of 44 retired from active wrestling again due to pregnancy with her first child. On Thursday November 30th 2006 it was announced on Japanese TV that Jaguar gave birth to a baby boy in Hawaii. Jaguar returned for her 30th Anniversary in wrestling in March 2007.

BIOGRAPHY:

Jaguar was born Toshimi Rimi Yokota in Tokyo (Arakawa Ward) on July 25th, 1961. Yokota was part of a huge audition to enter the dojo of the All Japan Women's promotion in 1977. 

With over 600 girls auditioning due to the immense popularity at the time of the Beauty Pair (Jackie Sato & Maki Ueda) Rimi Yokota was able to make the cut and made her ring debut at 16. Rimi was placed into a tag team called "The young pair" with fellow rookie Seiko Honawa. Yokota was soon a noticeable talent and AJW decided with the young talent that they had to create a new title called the "Junior title" Yokota became the first holder of the "Junior title" belt in 1980 when she defeated Chino Sato. Yokota vacated the Junior Title in order to concentrate on achieving more prestigious titles.

In December 1980 Yokota captured both the All Japan Champion and WWWA World Tag Titles (Partnered with Ayumi Hori).  Once again Yokota vacated the titles this time in order to challenge for the number one belt in the AJW promotion the WWWA World Title. In February 1981 Yokota pinned "Beauty Pair's" Jackie Sato to become the WWWA World Title holder. Rimi Yokota during this time became known as "Jaguar" due to her speed, graceful and sleek appearance.

Jaguar Yokota

Jaguar Yokota in April 1981 won the NWA International Girls Tag Titles from Joyce Grable & Judy Martin in Hiroshima, Japan but again she vacated her new title to concentrate on maintaining her WWWA World title.  During this time period Jaguar defended her belt against American wrestlers Wendi Richter and Canadian Rhonda Sing under her "Monster Ripper" guise. Jaguar remained champion until in May 1983 when "Monster Ripper" interfered in hair vs. mask match where Jaguar was pitted against Mexican wrestler La Galactica.

Jaguar Yokota

Jaguar had her hair cut off and quickly set about the regain her title in a bloody rematch on the 1st of June 1983.  Jaguar's second WWWA world title reign lasted 2 & 1/2 years.  At the end of 1983 Jaguar became AJW's 1st ever recipient of the MVP award. Jaguar in 1984 added the UWA World Champion title to her WWWA Title when she defeated La Galactica. This marked the first time any wrestler had held both world titles simultaneously. At the end of 1984 Jaguar teamed up with her former rival Devil Masami and became known as "the Queen's Combo" and won a tag team tournament in Yokohama.

Jaguar Yokota

1985 saw Jaguar go to Mexico City to wrestle. Whilst in Mexico Yokota lost the UWA title to Lola Gonzalez.  Jaguar was soon joined in Mexico by the "Crush Girls" (Chigusa Nagayo & Lioness Asuka). "The Crush Girls" by this stage held megastar status and Fuji TV followed the pair to do a prime time network special on Jaguar and the Crush Girls in Mexico. In the second half of 1985 in Japan Jaguar was challenged by "Crush Girl" Lioness Asuka for the WWWA Title. The interest in the match resulted in it being aired live on Fuji TV. Jaguar retaining the belt in 24:20 with her backdrop finisher. The match itself has since been regarded by many as one of the greatest in women's wrestling history.

A bad shoulder injury forced Jaguar to vacate the belt  at the end of 1985.  Jaguar retired in 1986 but stayed with AJW as a trainer.  Jaguar's training laid very strong foundations for the future stars Manami Toyota, Megumi Kudo, Toshiyo Yamada &  Kyoko Inoue to name a few. Yokota re entered the ring in 1989 for Lioness Asuka's retirement match.  Jaguar challenging Asuka to a 5min match which ended in a draw. 1n 1994 Jaguar again entered the ring at the Big Egg Wrestling Universe show at the Tokyo Dome. Jaguar teamed with Bison Kimura against Lioness Asuka & Yumi Ogura in a "legends" match.

Jaguar Yokota

In October 1995 Yokota appeared at a press conference to announce the formation of a new promotion called Yoshimoto Pro (more commonly known as Jd'. Jaguar has remained active in Jd' both as a wrestler & trainer. She held the Jd's  TWF Title, in 1997 and 1998. In 1998 she also captured the TWF Tag Titles with rookie Yuko Kosugi. Jaguar's second retirement came in December1998 when  the Jd' group was struggling.

In 2002 Jaguar opened a cabaret club in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment strip. "Yokota Kichi" was a nightclub with a female professional wrestling theme. Visitors to "Yokota Kichi" were served by two hostesses, one of whom was a professional wrestler. Ariya one of the professional wrestlers that hostesses in the nightclub told "Shukan Post" the advantage of working at "Yokota Kitchi" "I believe in Jaguar to the bottom of my heart, so I had no problems doing this job. Besides, female professional wrestlers hardly make any money. Champions are different, but the average wrestler only makes from 10,000 yen to 50,000 yen each time they enter the ring. I used to be an office worker in Wakayama and made much more than that. Now, I can work here at night and know I have enough money to let me train as I like during the day."

Back in the ring again Yokota also worked for men's promotion DDT under a mask in 2002 and has remained active as a freelance wrestler working for promotions like JWP, NEO, JD, AJW and Michinoku Pro.
In July 2004 Jaguar married a doctor. Before the marriage Jaguar celebrated her career and upcoming marriage with a special "JAGUAR YOKOTA WEDDING SHOW". The show consisted of an afternoon show and an evening show. The feature was the Jaguar Yokota Cup Tag Team Tournament. Tsubasa Kuragaki & Yuki Miyazaki won the tournament defeating Misae Genki & Hikaru in the finals. Takako Inoue returned from Minnesota and was in the main event of the afternoon show. Sumie Sakai also came home from the US to pay tribute to her mentor.

Jaguar Yokota celebrates 30 yrs in joshi

Written March 12, 2007 by Frank Pozen.

Jaguar Yokota

There is not much question that Jaguar Yokota is one of the most important and revered figures in joshi puroresu history. This is not only for her tremendous ring skills and charisma but for her ability to train the next generation to be as good as she is. When fans talk about the glory days of the 1990s, it all comes back to Jaguar because she trained a lot of those wrestlers. So the entire joshi puroresu industry gathered at the Hotel Laforest in Tokyo on Mar. 11 to celebrate Jaguar Yokota's thirty years in joshi. It was a star studded affair with 1003 fans in attendance.

 

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