Japan Grand Prix

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This is a professional wrestling tournament. For the Formula One auto racing competition, see Japanese Grand Prix.

The Japan Grand Prix was an annual professional wrestling tournament held by the promotion All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) to determine the number one contender for the promotion's highest achievement, the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship. The tournament was held in the summer every year from 1985 to 2004. In 2005, AJW was closed for good, and the WWWA Championship was abandoned.

List of winners[edit]

Results[edit]

1985[edit]

The 1985 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 25, 1985.

Wrestler: Points:
Lioness Asuka 7.0
Dump Matsumoto 6.5
Chigusa Nagayo 6.5
Devil Masami 6.0
Yukari Omori 5.0
Jumbo Hori 4.5
Noriyo Tateno 3.5
Crane Ya 2.5
Itsuki Yamazaki 2.0
Bull Nakano 1.5
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
     Lioness Asuka  
   Dump Matsumoto        Dump Matsumoto  
   Chigusa Nagayo    

1986[edit]

The 1985 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 22, 1986.

Wrestler: Points:
Yukari Omori 9.0
Lioness Asuka 8.5
Chigusa Nagayo 8.5
Dump Matsumoto 8.5
Bull Nakano 6.5
Itsuki Yamazaki 6.5
Noriyo Tateno 5.5
? 4.5
? 3.5
? 2.5
? 2.0
Condor Saito 0.5
Finals
     
1 Chigusa Nagayo Pin
2 Yukari Omori 27:21

1987[edit]

The 1987 Japan Grand Prix was a 13-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 28, 1987.

Wrestler: Points:
Chigusa Nagayo 9.0
Dump Matsumoto 9.0
Yumiko Hotta 9.0
Lioness Asuka 7.5
? 7.0
? 7.0
? 6.5
Devil Masami 6.0
Bull Nakano 5.0
? 4.0
Condor Saito 3.0
Hisako Uno 2.0
? 2.0
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
     Chigusa Nagayo  
   Yumiko Hotta        Dump Matsumoto 12:26
   Dump Matsumoto 5:46  

1988[edit]

The 1988 Japan Grand Prix was an 11-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 26, 1988.

Wrestler: Points:
Bull Nakano 7.5
Yumiko Hotta 7.5
Mitsuko Nishiwaki 7.5
? 6.0
Dynamite Queen 6.0
Hisako Uno 5.5
Mika Suzuki 5.0
Dynamite King 4.0
? 3.0
? 3.0
Dynamite Bar 0.0
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
     Yumiko Hotta  
   Bull Nakano        Bull Nakano 10:30
   Mitsuko Nishiwaki 10:37  

1989[edit]

The 1989 Japan Grand Prix was a 19-woman single-elimination tournament held from June 25 to August 24, 1989.

First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
      
          Noriyo Tateno    
 Yumiko Hotta        Yumiko Hotta    
 Mika Takahashi          Yumiko Hotta    
          ?    
          ?    
          Mima Shimoda    
            Yumiko Hotta    
          Madusa Miceli    
          Kaoru Maeda    
          ?    
          ?  
 Miori Kamiya        Madusa Miceli    
 Erika Shishido        Erika Shishido    
          Madusa Miceli    
            Madusa Miceli  
          Mitsuko Nishiwaki  
          Bull Nakano  
 Suzuka Minami        Suzuka Minami    
 Etsuko Mita        Bull Nakano  
          Akira Hokuto    
          Akira Hokuto    
          Manami Toyota    
          Bull Nakano    
          Mitsuko Nishiwaki    
          Sakie Hasegawa         
          Toshiyo Yamada         
          Toshiyo Yamada  
          Mitsuko Nishiwaki    
          Bison Kimura  
          Mitsuko Nishiwaki    
      

1990[edit]

The 1990 Japan Grand Prix was a seven-woman single-elimination tournament concluding on June 17, 1990.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
     Akira Hokuto    
   Manami Toyota    
     Manami Toyota    
       Madusa Miceli    
   Madusa Miceli  
     Noriyo Tateno    
       Manami Toyota  
     Yumiko Hotta  
     Yumiko Hotta    
   Grizzly Iwamoto    
   Yumiko Hotta  
       Mitsuko Nishiwaki    
      


1991[edit]

The 1991 Japan Grand Prix was a 16-woman single-elimination tournament held from July 7 to August 18, 1991.

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                             
 Mima Shimoda  
 Manami Toyota  
   Manami Toyota  
   Suzuka Minami  
 Takako Inoue
 Suzuka Minami  
   Manami Toyota  
   Kyoko Inoue  
 Miori Kamiya  
 Toshiyo Yamada  
   Toshiyo Yamada
   Kyoko Inoue  
 Kyoko Inoue
 Debbie Malenko  
   Kyoko Inoue
   Bison Kimura
 Esther Moreno  
 Mariko Yoshida  
   Mariko Yoshida
   Aja Kong  
 Yumiko Hotta
 Aja Kong  
   Bison Kimura
   Aja Kong  
 Akira Hokuto  
 Etsuko Mita  
   Akira Hokuto
   Bison Kimura  
 Bison Kimura
 Mika Takahashi  

1992[edit]

The 1992 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two 10-woman blocks, held from June 27 to August 30, 1992.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 9.0 Toshiyo Yamada 8.0
Aja Kong 8.0 Mariko Yoshida 7.0
Takako Inoue 6.0 Kyoko Inoue 7.0
Suzuka Minami 5.0 Akira Hokuto 4.5
Etsuko Mita 5.0 Sakie Hasegawa 4.0
Mima Shimoda 5.0 Yumiko Hotta 4.0
Bat Yoshinaga 4.0 Miori Kamiya 3.0
Tomoko Watanabe 3.0 Debbie Malenko 3.0
Cynthia Moreno 1.0 Terri Power 3.0
Bison Kimura 0.0 Kaoru Ito 1.5
  Semifinal     Final
                 
     Toshiyo Yamada  
   Aja Kong        Aja Kong 13:01
   Manami Toyota 17:07  

1993[edit]

The 1993 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two eight-woman blocks, with the top two finishers from each block advancing to a single-elimination tournament. It was held from May 3 to August 21, 1993.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Akira Hokuto 6.0 Yumiko Hotta 6.0
Harley Saito 5.0 Manami Toyota 5.0
Toshiyo Yamada 4.5 Bat Yoshinaga 5.0
Suzuka Minami 3.0 Hikari Fukuoka 4.0
Sakie Hasegawa 3.0 Kyoko Inoue 3.5
Takako Inoue 3.0 Mima Shimoda 2.5
Etsuko Mita 3.0 Kaoru Ito 2.0
Tomoko Watanabe 0.5 Saemi Numata 0.0
Semifinals Final
           
A1 Akira Hokuto
B2 Manami Toyota
A1 Akira Hokuto
B1 Yumiko Hotta 19:52
B1 Yumiko Hotta
A2 Harley Saito

1994[edit]

The 1994 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman round-robin tournament held from June 3 to August 28, 1994.

Wrestler: Points:
Yumiko Hotta 13
Manami Toyota 12
Sakie Hasegawa 11
Toshiyo Yamada 10
Mima Shimoda 10
Takako Inoue 10
Etsuko Mita 10
Suzuka Minami 8
Kaoru Ito 6
Tomoko Watanabe 0

1995[edit]

The 1995 Japan Grand Prix was a 16-woman round-robin tournament, consisting of two eight-woman blocks, concluding on September 3, 1995.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 11 Yumiko Hotta 12
Bison Kimura 9 Takako Inoue 11
Reggie Bennett 8 Kyoko Inoue 9
Kaoru Ito 8 Mariko Yoshida 8
Mima Shimoda 8 Sakie Hasegawa 6
Toshiyo Yamada 8 Etsuko Mita 6
Rie Tamada 2 Tomoko Watanabe 4
Chaparita Asari 0 Kumiko Maekawa 0
Finals
     
A1 Manami Toyota Pin
B1 Yumiko Hotta 23:39

1996[edit]

The 1996 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament held from July 14 to August 30, 1996.

Wrestler: Points:
Aja Kong 16
Reggie Bennett 14
Yumiko Hotta 14
Kyoko Inoue 14
Mima Shimoda 12
Toshiyo Yamada 12
Takako Inoue 10
Kaoru Ito 10
Etsuko Mita 8
Tomoko Watanabe 8
Mariko Yoshida 8
Chaparita Asari 4

1997[edit]

The 1997 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament concluding on August 10, 1997.

Wrestler: Points:
Kaoru Ito 18
Manami Toyota 17
Kumiko Maekawa 16
Etsuko Mita 15
Mima Shimoda 15
Tomoko Watanabe 15
Rie Tamada 10 †
Saa Endo 7
Misae Genki 5 †
Tanny Mouse 4 †
Yoshiko Tamura 4 †
Mariko Yoshida 2
† These scores are not the actual scores. These wrestlers had one match with the results unknown.

1998[edit]

The 1998 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two six-woman blocks, with the top three finishers from the Main League and the top finisher from the Junior League advancing to a single-elimination tournament. It was held from June 14 to August 9, 1998.

Main League Junior League
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 12 Miho Wakizawa 12
ZAP I (Kaoru Ito) 12 Emi Motokawa 12
Yumiko Hotta 12 Momoe Nakawaki 12
Takako Inoue 10 Nanae Takahashi 11
Kumiko Maekeawa 8 Noriko Toyoda 9
ZAP T (Tomoko Watanabe) 6 ZAP Nakahara 5
Semifinals Final
           
J1 Miho Wakizawa Pin
M2 ZAP I 13:26
M2 ZAP I Pin
M1 Manami Toyota 23:47
M1 Manami Toyota Pin
M3 Yumiko Hotta 20:31

1999[edit]

The 1999 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman round-robin tournament, with the second, third and fourth finishers advancing to a second round-robin. The winner of the second round-robin advanced to face the first-place finisher from the initial round-robin. The tournament was held from June 6 to August 15, 1999.

Wrestler: Points:
Yumiko Hotta 11
Manami Toyota 9
Kaoru Ito 9
Momoe Nakanishi 9
Takako Inoue 8
Kumiko Maekawa 8
Nanae Takahashi 7
Tomoko Watanabe 6
Miho Wakizawa 5
Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 4
Kaoru Ito 2
Momoe Nakanishi 2
Ito Nakanishi Toyota
Ito X Ito (1:32) Toyota (4:17)
Nakanishi Ito (1:32) X (1) Nakanishi (10:46)
(2) Toyota (2:08)
Toyota Toyota (4:17) (1) Nakanishi (10:46)
(2) Toyota (2:08)
X
Final
     
1 Yumiko Hotta Pin
2 Manami Toyota 18:45

2000[edit]

The 2000 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman single-elimination tournament held from June 11 to August 20, 2000. Also a six-woman Junior Division round-robin tournament was held.

Main League

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
      
          Reggie Bennett  
          Kaoru Ito  
            Kaoru Ito  
            Tomoko Watanabe  
          Kumiko Maekawa  
          Tomoko Watanabe  
            Kaoru Ito
            Etsuko Mita
          Etsuko Mita  
          Nanae Takahashi  
            Etsuko Mita  
 Mima Shimoda        Yumiko Hotta  
 Manami Toyota      Manami Toyota       
          Yumiko Hotta       
      

Junior Division

Wrestler: Points:
Nanae Takahashi 7
Momoe Nakanishi 7
Kayoko Haruyama 5
Miho Wakizawa 5
Kayo Noumi 4
Miyuki Fuji 2
Final
     
1 Momoe Nakanishi
2 Nanae Takahashi 7:44

2001[edit]

The 2001 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament held from June 1 to August 17, 2001.

Wrestler: Points:
Momoe Nakanishi 16
Kumiko Maekawa 16
Kaoru Ito 15
Manami Toyota 13
Etsuko Mita 13
Tomoko Watanabe 12
Mima Shimoda 12
Yumiko Hotta 11
Miho Wakizawa 10
Nanae Takahashi 10
Kayo Noumi 4
Miyuki Fuji 0
Final
     
1 Kumiko Maekawa Pin
2 Momoe Nakanishi 12:28

2002[edit]

The 2002 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman round-robin tournament held from May 25 to July 9, 2002. The top four finishers advanced to a single-elimination tournament.

Wrestler: Points:
Nanae Takahashi 10
Momoe Nakanishi 10
Rie Tamada 10
Kumiko Maekawa 10
Yumiko Hotta 9
Tomoko Watanabe 9
Kayo Noumi 8
Miyuki Gujii 4
Kaoru Ito 2
Semifinals Final
           
1 Nanae Takahashi Pin
4 Kumiko Maekawa 6:57
1 Nanae Takahashi Sub
2 Momoe Nakanishi 6:20
2 Momoe Nakanishi Pin
3 Yumiko Hotta 5:53

2003[edit]

The 2003 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman single-elimination tournament held from July 20 to August 3, 2003.

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
     Sasori    
 Kumiko Maekawa          Kumiko Maekawa      
     Sasori    
 Emi Sakura      
     Nanae Takahashi      
 Kayo Noumi  
   
   Nanae Takahashi    
       Nanae Takahashi  
     Amazing Kong  
   Hikaru      
 ZAP T (Tomoko Watanabe)      
     ZAP T  
 Amazing Kong    
     Amazing Kong    
 Makai Witch #2        Amazing Kong  
 
       Takako Inoue    

2004[edit]

The 2004 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman single-elimination tournament held on August 1, 2004.

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
     Hikaru    
 Saki Maemura          Sasori      
     Hikaru    
 Sasori      
     Misae Genki      
 Misae Genki  
   
   Nanae Takahashi    
       Hikaru  
     Kumiko Maekawa  
   Takako Inoue      
 Mayumi Ozaki      
     Takako Inoue  
 Amazing Kong    
     Kumiko Maekawa    
 Kumiko Maekawa        Kumiko Maekawa  
 
       Tomoko Watanabe    

See also[edit]

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