History of Japanese Womens Wrestling in the 1980's


1980
January 4 Rimi Yokota defeats Chino Sato to become the first AJW Junior champion.
March 15 Monster Ripper wins the WWWA title, defeating Jackie Sato via count-out. Sato had been attacked at ringside by The Black Pair, who were ring-girls for the match.
May 10 Tomoko Kitamura (Lioness Asuka) debuts at the Ohmiya Skate Centre.
August 8 The WWWA title was vacated after a match between Jackie Sato and Monster Ripper.
August 8 Chigusa Nagayo debuts, taking on Yukari Ohmori
December 16 Jackie Sato wins the WWWA title for the third and final time, defeating Nancy Kumi (Kumiko Kaneko)
1981
February 25 Rimi (Jaguar) Yokota brings in the new era, winning the WWWA title from Jackie Sato (Naoko Sato). At the same show, Mimi Hagiwara defeated 70s heel Yumi Ikeshita for the All Pacific title.
April 23 Hitomi Okumura and Jaguar Yokota win the new AJW NWA International Tag Team championship, defeating Judy Martin and Joyce Grable, who had been awarded the title.
May 21 Jackie Sato retires.
July 12 Noriyo Tateno debuts.
1983
March Nancy Kumi (Kumiko Kaneko) retires.
May 7 La Galactica defeats Jaguar Yokota for the WWWA title in the first ever women's hair vs. hair match
June 1 Jaguar Yokota regains the WWWA title and goes on to hold it for approximately two and a half years, a record at the time.
November 26 Mima Hagiwara and Tarantula retire.
1984
August 25 The Crush Gals (Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka) win the WWWA Tag Team titles for the first time defeating The Dynamite Girls (Jumbo Hori and Yukari Ohmori).
1985
June 5 Yumiko Hotta debuts.
June 12 Akira Hokuto debuts using her real name, Hisako Uno. Uno is nick-named "Akira", because her favourite wrestler at the time was Akira Maeda of UWF/New Japan
June 25 Lioness Asuka defeats Dump Matsumoto in the final of the inaugural Japan Grand Prix.
August 22 Jaguar Yokota retains the WWWA title against Lioness Asuka in what is said to have been the best women's match of the decade. At the same show, a Chigusa Nagayo vs. Devil Masami match goes to a double knock-out.
August 28 Dump Matsumoto beats Chigusa Nagayo via knockout after 11:04 in a hair match. Dump and friends proceeded to shave Chigusa's head.
December Jaguar Yokota retires as WWWA Champion, at that point in time the only Japanese woman to have done so. Yokota then becomes the AJW trainer, training women such as Manami Toyota, Kyoko Inoue, Aja Kong and Toshiyo Yamada.
December 12 Devil Masami wins the vacant WWWA title, defeating Dump Matsumoto
1986
January 5 The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki) win the WWWA Tag Team titles for the first and last time, defeating Condor Saito and Bull Nakano.
February 15 Kazue Nagahori & Yumi Ogura defeat Bull Nakano & Condor Saito to become the first All Japan Tag Team champions.
August 17 Japanese Women's Pro hold's it's first card. Veterans Nancy Kumi and Jackie Sato come out of retirement to work for the group. Rumi Kazama, Shinobu Kandori, Harley Saito, Mayumi Ozaki and Dynamite Kansai all debut at this show.
September 10 Dump Matsumoto ran in on a Crush Gals concert and cut up Chigusa Nagayo's clothes. This leads to a second hair match.
September 12 The contract signing for the Chigusa Nagayo vs. Dump Matsumoto hair match takes place at the AJW office in Tokyo. A brief pull-apart brawl occurs. Before leaving, Dump slices a raw chicken, which Chigusa takes with her.
September 17 Erica Shishedo (Aja Kong) debuts against Noriyo Toyoda (Dynamite Jack/Combat Toyoda).
September 19 Cuty Suzuki (Yumi Suzuki) debuts against Plum Mariko (Mariko Umeda)
1987
April 27 Hisako Uno breaks her neck when taking a tombstone piledriver during a WWWA tag team title match with herself and Yumiko Hotta vs. Kazue Nagahori & Yumi Ogura. Uno is on the sidelines for more than a year before she returns as 'Akira Hokuto',
July A match in the JWP promotion between Shinobu Kandori and Jackie Sato turns into a shoot. Kandori, a former Judo champion destroyed Sato. Sato retired from wrestling immediately thereafter, and didn't appear again at a wrestling show for several years.
July 27 Toshiyo Yamada debuts.
August 5 Manami Toyota debuts against Sachiko Nakamura and Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita debut against each other.
October 20 Chigusa Nagayo wins the WWWA title defeating Yukari Ohmori at the Ota Ward Gym, Tokyo.
1988
January 17 AJW hold their annual tryouts for new wrestlers at the Fuji TV Studio's in Tokyo. Of the eight girls who passed the tryouts, three went on to become big names, Kyoko Inoue, Takako Inoue and Mariko Yoshida.
February 25 Dump Matsumoto and Yukari Ohmori retire. In their official retirement match, Dump and Ohmori wrestle The Crush Gals, following that match, Dump and Chigusa wrestle an exhibition match against Ohmori and Asuka.
February 28 Yukari Ohmori and Dump Matsumoto work their final matches.
August 25 Lioness Asuka defeats Chigusa Nagayo by referee stoppage in a WWWA title match, but doesn't accept the title which is then vacated pending a re-match between the two.
October 10 Future superstars Kyoko Inoue, Takako Inoue and Mariko Yoshida debut at an AJW show in Tokyo.
December 11 Hisako Uno uses the Akira Hokuto name for the first time. Her first match under the name is a tag teaming with Suzuki Minami and working to a double count-out after 13:27 with Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo. The match is restarted and Nagayo and Asuka win in 4:03 when Asuka pins Hokuto.
1989
February 18 The inaugural WWWA titlist Mildred Burke dies aged 73.
January 29 Lioness Asuka pins Chigusa Nagayo to win the WWWA title.
May 6 Chigusa Nagayo retires, teaming with Lioness Asuka to defeat Mitsuko Nishiwaki & Akira Hokuto. Nagayo then wrestles short singles matches against Yumiko Hotta, Suzuka Minami, Itsuki Yamazaki, Noriyo Tateno, Bull Nakano, Yumi Ogura and Lioness Asuka.
May 6 Lioness Asuka defeats Madusa Micelli to become the undisputed women's world champion. The match is refereed by Nick Bockwinkel.
July 19 Lioness Asuka retires as WWWA champion. In her final match, she first wrestles Noriyo Tateno, then works a five minute exhibition against Jaguar Yokota.
August 5 Kaoru Ito and Eriko (Bat) Yoshinaga debut
December 1 Hikari Fukuoka and Rumi Yasuda (Yasha Kurenai) debut.

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