Saturday, April 14, 2007

Jumping Bomb Angels - Japanese Women Wrestling

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Ring name(s) Jumping Bomb Angels
Billed height Both - 5' 5" (164 cm)
Billed weight Tateno - 165 lb (75 kg), Yamazaki - 125 lb (57 kg)
Born Tateno - December 1, 1965
Tateno - Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan
Wrestling Debut Tateno - July 12, 1981, Yamazaki - 1980
Retired Yamazaki - 1991

Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki formed one of the most exciting teams on the Japanese Woman's Wrestling circuit. On January 5, 1986, The Angels defeated Bull Nakano and Condor Saito to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Women's Championship. Then on March 20, 1986, Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo, the Crush Gals, defeated The Angels to capture the WWWA Tag Team titles.

Tateno and Yamazaki were known as "The Jumping Bomb Angels" in the WWF. At the Survivor Series 1987, The Jumping Bomb Angels were the sole survivors in the Women's division Survivor Series match. On January 24, 1988 at the Royal Rumble, The Angels beat The Glamour Girls in a best 2out of 3 Falls match to win the WWF Women's Tag Team Wrestling Championship. On June 8, 1988, The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) defeated The Angels to recapture the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship.

It was reported that in January 2004 the WWE approached Yamazaki for a recommendation of a Japanese woman wrestler they could use. She suggested that the WWE look at Takako Inoue. Nikkan Sport went on to report that Takako was very happy with the workout and said that she wants to be more than a sexy WWE Diva. If they want her only for her sex appeal she wouldn't be interested as she was a professional wrestler first and foremost.

Yamazaki is retired from wrestling and lives in New York where she owns the sushi restaurant GO.

Prior to her retirement, Yamazaki appeared in the WCW in 1991. She wrestled at the WCW Wrestle War pay-per-view, teaming with Mami Kitimura to defeat Miki Handa and Miss A.

Tateno has remained active after Yamazaki's retirement and has competed in Ladies Legends Pro Wrestling (LLPW) in Japan.

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