Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mariko Yoshida - Japanese Women Wrestling

Mariko Yoshida was born on February 15th, 1970 in Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan.
She is a female professional wrestler best known for her work in the ARSION wrestling promotion, where she also served as the head trainer.

Mariko made her wrestling debut in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW / Zenjo) on October 10, 1988 at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall in a match against Keiko Waki.
She was one of the best young stars in AJW, often using Lucha Libre inspired aerial maneuvers to go along with her extremely good mat work skills.

Mariko left AJW in 1997 and joined Aja Kong's ARSION promotion, becoming their head trainer.
In ARSION, she became known as a technical wrestling master, and got a push as a major star.
Mariko was nicknamed "ARSION no Shinjutsu", or "ARSION True Heart".
Giving up the high-flying techniques of her run in Zenjo (because of a neck injury in 1992), her style in ARSION was ground work and submission wrestling moves.

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

Mariko in action:

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