Arsion

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Arsion
Founded 1997[1]
Defunct 2003[1]
Style joshi puroresu
Headquarters Japan[1]
Founder(s) Aja Kong[1]
Owner(s) none, no longer in business[1]

Arsion (full official name Hyper Visual Fighting Arsion, frequently styled as ARSION) was a joshi puroresu (women's professional wrestling) promotion established in 1997 by Aja Kong. The first event took place on February 18, 1998, and was called "Virgin".

History[edit]

In its initial conception the major key figures in the company were Arsion founder, Aja Kong, Arsion president, ex-AJW businessman Hiroshi "Rossy" Ogawa, Arsion Manager, former wrestler Sakie Hasegawa, and Arsion trainer Mariko Yoshida.[2] Arsion's first event, entitled Virgin, took place in front of a sell-out crowd in Tokyo on February 18, 1998.[2] Arsion's wrestlers were trained at the promotion's dojo daily and attended Pancrase and Battlarts dojo events weekly, learning the styles of professional wrestling, lucha libre and shoot wrestling.[2] The following year, in an attempt to boost audience numbers, Arsion put wrestlers Ai Fujita, AKINO, Ayako Hamada and Candy Okutsu together to form a pop group called Cazai. The act was an attempt to recreate the success of previous teams such as the Beauty Pair and Crush Gals, but in the end failed, leading to Arsion splitting the members up.[2] Arsion then made another attempt to regain their audience by pushing former Cazai member Ayako Hamada to the top of the promotion with her defeating Aja Kong for the Queen of Arsion Championship in late 2000.[2]

In 2001, Aja Kong left Arsion following a disagreement with management over the promotion's direction and subsequently sued president Ogawa for falsely advertising her for upcoming events.[2] Kong's departure was followed by Ogawa signing Lioness Asuka as the promotion's new booker. Asuka proceeded to push herself, Etsuko Mita, Gami and Mima Shimoda into major storylines.[2] In 2002, Ayako Hamada quit Arsion over internal politics within the promotion, feeling that she had been blamed for Arsion's recent problems and pushed down the card since Asuka took over the booking. Hamada joined another Arsion alum Aja Kong at the Gaea Japan promotion.[2] Arsion finally folded during the summer of 2003, after which Yumiko Hotta took over the promotion and renamed it AtoZ.[2]

Championships[edit]

Championship: Final champion(s): Date won:
Queen of Arsion Championship Mariko Yoshida August 24, 2003
Sky High of Arsion Championship Mika Akino February 17, 2003
Twin Star of Arsion Championship Rie Tamada and Takako Inoue December 17, 2002

Alumni[edit]

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