Mariko Yoshida

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Mariko Yoshida
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Mariko Yoshida. Jungle Jack 21 June 12, 2011, Tokyo, Japan.
Birth name Mariko Morita[1]
Ring name(s) Mariko Yoshida
Billed height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Billed weight 63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Born (1970-02-15) February 15, 1970 (age 44)[1]
Mukaishima, Hiroshima[1]
Trained by Jaguar Yokota
Debut October 10, 1988[1]

Mariko Morita (盛田 万里子 Morita Mariko?, born February 15, 1970)[1] is a Japanese professional wrestler better known by the ring name Mariko Yoshida (吉田 万里子 Yoshida Mariko?). She is best known for her work with the ARSION wrestling promotion, where she was also head trainer.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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 June 2005, she launched Ibuki, a bi-monthly event series, with her intention to provide opportunities for young, up and coming wrestlers from different promotions to compete with each other and to challenge senior wrestlers like Yoshida herself. Ibuki has now gained high reputation among joshi puroresu fans in Japan.

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.

In wrestling[edit]

Yoshida in 2008

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Licence No.2 吉田万里子". Hyper Visual Fighting Arsion (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 14, 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Finishing Moves List". Other Arena. Retrieved 2009-08-28.