Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Mariko Yoshida - Japanese Female Wrestling

Mariko Yoshida - Japanese Female Wrestling
Mariko Yoshida , (born February 15, 1970 in Onomichi, Hiroshima) is a professional wrestler best known for her work with the ARSION wrestling promotion, where she was also head trainer.

Yoshida debuted for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW or Zenjo) on October 10, 1988 at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall in a match against Keiko Waki. Before her neck injury in late 1992 - which would cause her to miss two years of ring time - Yoshida was easily one of the best young stars in AJW, often showcasing beautiful Lucha Libre inspired aerial maneuvers to go along with her very good matwork skills.

In 1997, she left AJW to join Aja Kong's ARSION promotion, becoming their head trainer. There she was repackaged as a technical wrestling master, and was pushed as a major star. She has been nicknamed ARSION no Shinjutsu, or "ARSION True Heart". Forgoing the high-flying techniques of her run in Zenjo, her style in ARSION was centered around mat wrestling and submission holds derived from shoot wrestling, along with more elaborate lucha-inspired submissions.

In 2006, Yoshida was presented with the Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, becoming only the second female after Cheerleader Melissa, to win this award.

All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
AJW Champion (1 time)
AJW Tag Team Champion (3 times) - with Takako Inoue (2), and Rie Tamada (1)

Consejo Mundial de Lucha LibreCMLL World Women's Champion (1 time)

ARSIONQueen of ARSION (2 times)
Twin Star of ARSION (2 times) - with Aja Kong (1), and Lioness Asuka (1)

2006 Cauliflower Alley Club Future Legend Award

Winner of ChickFight 2 and 3 Tournaments in Hayward, California
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