Aja Kong

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Aja Kong
Aja Kong.JPG
Kong in July 2010
Birth name Erika Shishido (宍戸 江利花, Shishido Erika)
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 47)[1][2]
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Aja Kong
Aja Shishido[3]
AmeErika[4]
Erika
Billed height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Billed weight 103 kg (227 lb)[1]
Billed from Tokyo Tachikawa[1]
Trained by Jaguar Yokota
Debut 1986[1]

Erika Shishido (宍戸 江利花, Shishido Erika) (born September 25, 1970) is a Japanese professional wrestler of African-American descent, better known by her stage name Aja Kong (アジャ・コング, Aja Kongu). She is the founder of the ARSION all-women professional wrestling promotion, and has won several championships in both singles and tag team divisions throughout her career, primarily while with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling[edit]

Shishido was trained by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) and graduated as part of their class of 1986. She made her debut that summer against Toyoda Noriyo.[1] She immediately joined Dump Matsumoto's heel stable Gokuaku Domei ("Atrocious Alliance"), along with classmate and tag team partner Nobuko Kimura. After the stable dissolved in 1988 due to Matsumoto's retirement, Shishido and Kimura went their separate ways, but re-formed in 1990 as Jungle Jack. Now called Aja Kong and Bison Kimura, they entered a two-year feud against their former allies Bull Nakano and her heel stable Gokumon-to. During their partnership they won the WWWA World Tag Team Championship twice. They lost a hair versus hair match on January 11, 1991, resulting in both women being shaved bald.

Kong herself also pursued Nakano for the WWWA World Single Championship during the early 1990s. She failed in several attempts before finally achieving her goal on November 15, 1992, ending Nakano's three-year reign.

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

In 1995, Kong made an appearance in the American World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as the sole survivor of a women's elimination match at the pay-per-view Survivor Series by pinning all 4 members of her opposing team, including WWF Women's Champion, Alundra Blayze.[6] Kong also appeared on two episodes of Monday Night Raw and was victorious in both bouts. During one bout, she broke the nose of Chaparita Asari.

Kong was being built up as a challenger for the WWF Women's Championship held by Alundra Blayze. Kong was scheduled to face Blayze at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in 1996, but Blayze was fired before this match could occur.

Arsion[edit]

In 1997, Kong left AJW and started the independent promotion Hyper Visual Fighting ARSION (usually referred to as simply ARSION). She led the organization until February 12, 2001, when she walked out of a tag team match and announced she was quitting.

Freelance in Japan[edit]

On April 30, 2004 at the joshi promotion Gaea Japan's event Limit Break, Kong wrestled Amazing Kong in the latter's Japanese debut.[7] Later in the night, the duo formed a tag team called W Kong.[7] The duo defeated Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka for the AAAW Tag Team Championship on May 5.[8] The team defended the championship all summer, eventually losing to Manami Toyota and Carlos Amano on September 20.[9] They also held tag team championships in Japanese women's promotions AJW and Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling. On June 6, 2006, wrestling as Erika and Margaret, the team defeated Wataru Sakata and Ryoji Sai for the Hustle Super Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles on October 9, 2006 to American tag team Bubba Ray and Devon in a three-way match which also included the team of Sodom and Gamora. On August 26, 2015, Kong reformed the W Kong tag team with Amazing Kong.[10]

Kong also wrestled for Mayumi Ozaki's promotion, Oz Academy where she is affiliated with the Jungle Jack 21 stable.[1] She has also held the promotion's championship.

Freelance in the United States[edit]

In December 2011, Kong took part in American promotion Chikara's JoshiMania weekend, losing to Sara Del Rey in the main event of night one on December 2.[11] The following day, Kong defeated Ayako Hamada in the main event.[12] On the third and final night of the tour, Kong teamed with Mio Shirai and Tsubasa Kuragaki to defeat Hanako Nakamori, Manami Toyota and Sawako Shimono in a six-woman tag team match.[13]

Kong returned to the United States on April 11, 2015, working for Shimmer Women Athletes.[14] Kong was brought in as a surprise to take part in Tomoka Nakagawa's retirement event.[15]

On November 11, 2017, Kong returned to Shimmer Women Athletes joining the Trifecta heel stable with Mercedes Martinez and Nicole Savoy to replace the recently departed (for WWE) Shayna Baszler and appeared in matches the following night as well.

Personal life[edit]

Shishido's mother is Japanese, and her father is African-American.[16] Her father served in the military.[16]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Aja Kong's profile". Oz Academy. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Powell, Jason (September 25, 2015). "WWE lineups for Toronto, Rochester, Cleveland, Syracuse, Erie (correspondents needed), ROH in New York and Pennsylvania (correspondents needed), Jimmy Garvin, Aja Kong". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Best Tag Team League 1989". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  4. ^ 2005年. AyakoHamada.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Aja Kong at Online World of Wrestling". 
  6. ^ "AJA KONG MANHANDLES THE COMPETITION: SURVIVOR SERIES 1995 (5:03)". WWE. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Limit Break April 30th Yoyogi gym". Gaea Japan. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Junction May 5th Korakuen Hall". Gaea Japan. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "New Energy = September 20, 2004". Gaea Japan. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ 因縁再燃…奈七永にWコングが宣戦布告. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  11. ^ Martin, Adam (2011-12-03). "12/2 Chikara JoshiMania Night #1 results". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  12. ^ Martin, Adam (2011-12-04). "12/3 Chikara JoshiMania Night #2 results". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  13. ^ Martin, Adam (2011-12-05). "Second report of Chikara JoshiMania Night #3". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  14. ^ Bentley, Martin (2015-04-12). "Shimmer Volumes 72 & 73 results from Berwyn, IL". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  15. ^ Bentley, Martin (2015-04-13). "Tomoka Nakagawa retires and more: Shimmer Volumes 74 & 75 results". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  16. ^ a b c "Asiaweek". 17. Asiaweek Limited. 1991: cxlix. 
  17. ^ CHIKARA JoshiMania Night I. Smart Mark Video. 
  18. ^ "All Japan Singles Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ "All Japan Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ "All Pacific Title (Japan)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  21. ^ "WWWA World Singles Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  22. ^ "WWWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ "All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling Hall of Fame". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  24. ^ "Queen of ARSION Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Twin Star of Arsion Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Never Mind 2013". Dramatic Dream Team (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  27. ^ "Ironman Heavymetalweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  28. ^ "AAAW Singles Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  29. ^ "AAAW Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Hustle Super Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  31. ^ "JWP Tag Team Title (Japan)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  32. ^ "OZ Academy Open-weight Queen Title (Japan)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  33. ^ "OZ Academy Tag Team Title (Japan)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  34. ^ "2011年ファンが選んだ Best Wizard". Oz Academy (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  35. ^ a b ファンが選んだベストバウト表彰式. Oz Academy (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  36. ^ "2010年 Best Wizard". Oz Academy (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  37. ^ 【センダイガールズ・新宿】橋本千紘 アジャに敗れ王座陥落. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 

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