Friday, March 9, 2007

Megumi Kudo - Japanese Women Wrestling

Megumi Kudo - Japanese Women Wrestling

Megumi Kudo
Height: 5 ft 4 in
Weight: 132 lb
Born: September 20th, 1969 in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
Resides in: Chiba, Japan
Ring names: "Evil Princess" Megumi Kudo
Pro Wrestling Debut: August 8th, 1986 against Kaoru Maeda
Retired: April 29th, 1997

Retired Japanese female wrestler Megumii Kudo was born Megumi Takayama on September 20th, 1969 in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan.

Megumi started out with sports playing basketball in high school.
At the age of 16 she joined the joshi puroresu wrestling promotion All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (also known as AJW or Zenjo).
Not finding a lot of success there, she was released after two years and worked as a kindergarten teacher for a time.

Megumi still wanted to pursue pro wrestling though, so in 1990, she joined Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (FMW) a Japanese hardcore wrestling promotion that featured matches with weapons such as barbed wire and fire.

She went to the top of the card fairly quickly.
A lot of people assumed it was because of her looks, but Megumi trained hard, becoming a talented in-ring performer.
Because of her looks and skills, she became one of the most popular female wrestlers in Japan.

Megumi did all types of matches for FMW, but she was best known for "death matches".
Of course they aren't actually "death matches", the bouts usually consisted of the ropes being replaced with barbed wire.

In FMW, she feuded with other female wrestlers like Shark Tsuchiya, Combat Toyoda and Sumie Sakai.
She also created the Vertebreaker (called the Kudo Driver or the Kudome Valentine) which is a back to back double underhook piledriver.

On April 29th, 1997, Megumi had her retirement match against her old rival Shark Tsuchiya.
The match had one of the coolest names ever, a "No ropes, 200 volt double hell, double barbed wire barricade, double landmine glass crush death match"

Outside of wrestling, Megumi has worked as a commentator for pro wrestling events, hosted a weekly radio show in Japan, released a music CD titled "Keep On Running", and appeared in the 1992 film, A Human Murder Weapon.

Megumi Kudo - Japanese Women Wrestling

Megumi Kudo - Japanese Wrestling, posted to on 3-9-2007

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