Japanese Wrestlers Idol Shots
Although some people will feel that photo shoots such as the ones below are not constructive to the image of Women's Wrestling, these photos have been added to show some similarities yet also distinct differences between the Japanese Women's Wrestling Scene and the American Scene of the 1990's. In Japan although the women may also pose for glam photos (in their case they are released in books called Idol Books) their is a distinct separation from the the Idol Books and the image style that the wrestler create for themselves in Japan compared to the Diva's of the WWE. The Japanese women do not become involved in T and A matches on their shows.
Height: 152CM Weight: 52KG
Yumi Fukawa wrestled for AJW and then became one of the original members of the ARSION promotion in Japan.
Yumi often tagged with Rie Tamada both in Japan and Mexico. Their tag team was called "TamaFuka"
Yumi has been a favorite in the selling of her photo idol books and was a popular wrestler before her forced early retirement due to too many head shots and concussions which made it dangerous for her to continue wrestling.
Below: Megumi Kudo Height: 162CM Weight: 60KG
Megumi Kudo originally was an AJW rookie but only lasted a few years (1987-1989) before retiring from the company, having had a rather lack luster career. Megumi Kudo returned to the ring in 1991 when she joined FMW, a promotion looking to combine both Men and Women's wrestling on their roster. Megumi Kudo became arguably the Queen of Women's Hardcore style wrestling.
She was the main star of FMW's Women's division throughout her career there and her popularity rivaled many of the men's.
In fact when Megumi retired FMW didn't seem to be able to recover from the loss as no other women who were primed to take her place came anywhere near matching her popularity. Megumi was also well known for Japanese Death Style Matches with exploding barb wire ring ropes and weapons.
Height: 168CM Weight: 62KG
Mima was originally a member of the 1987 dojo trainees for AJW. Mima's debut match was against Etsuko Mita who was to go on to become Mima's main partner in crime.
Mima trained beside fellow trainee Manami Toyota and the two of them went on to form the tag team "The Sweethearts".
Mima Shimoda originally wrestled for AJW but after AJW's financial difficulties went on to become a freelance wrestler. Mima Shimoda was mainly known throughout her career as a tag team wrestler with Etsuko Mita being her main partner.
The turning point in Mima's career came when Akira Hokuto joined forces with Mita and Shimoda to create "Las Cachorras Orientoles".
At one point the pair of Mita and Shimoda often came to ringside with pastel painted fold up chairs to use in their matches. As tag heels the tag team combination were at its best.
Rie TamadaHeight: 158CM Weight: 58KG
Rie Tamada whose nickname was "Fighting Cheetah" was born on the 16th of March in 1973. As an AJW rookie Rie debuted against Chikako Hasegawa in 1991. Rie went on to win the AJW Junior title in 1992. With her most memorable tag team partner of Yumi Fukawa Rie formed "TamaFuka" and together in 1997 they headed to new company Arsion.
After Fukawa's retirement Rie continued on in tag team match ups with female wrestler "Gami" and became known for being a part of a group called "Re Dragon" in Arsion. As a tag wrestler Rie became successful in gaining the "Twin Star of Arsion" tag titles with Gami.
Height: 164CM Weight: 66KG
Takako Inoue (no relation to Kyoko Inoue) has been one of the most popular Japanese women to bring out her own books. Born on the 11th of July, 1969 Takako debuted in 1988 against Kyoko Inoue for AJW. Takako wrestled for AJW until 1999 and then became a freelance wrestler.
Takako Inoue has realsed a number of Idol books over the years.
Height: 5'7" Weight: 65kg
Born on the 30th of May 1975. Michiko debuted in 19992 for AJW and afterwards worked for LLPW and Arsion. She won the tag team title belts in both AJW and Arsion.