Meiko Satomura

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Meiko Satomura
Meiko Satomura CHIKARA.jpg
Satomura in September 2012
Born (1979-11-17) November 17, 1979 (age 39)[1]
Niigata, Niigata[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Meiko Satomura
Meiko Satomura Deluxe[2]
Meiko Satomura DX[3]
Billed height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Billed weight68 kg (150 lb)[1]
Trained byChigusa Nagayo
DebutApril 15, 1995[1]

Meiko Satomura (里村 明衣子, Satomura Meiko, born November 17, 1979) is a Japanese professional wrestler. She co-founded Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Gaea Japan (1995–2005)[edit]

Satomura made her professional wrestling debut for all female promotion Gaea Japan on April 15, 1995, defeating Sonoko Kato.[4] On November 2, 1996, Meiko Satomura and Sonoko Kato defeated Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima to become the inaugural AAAW Tag Team Champions. Satomura would go on to win that title on two more occasions, teaming with Ayako Hamada, and Chikayo Nagashima. She also won the AAAW Singles Championship twice, with her second reign ending at the hands of Aja Kong on April 3, 2005. Gaea Japan closed a week later on April 10 after staging its farewell show where Satomura defeated her trainer Chigusa Nagayo in the main event.

World Championship Wrestling (1996–1997)[edit]

In 1996, Satomura started appearing for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) through Gaea Japan's working relationship with WCW which was attempting to establish a women's division. Satomura participated in an eight-woman tournament for the inaugural WCW Women's World Championship but was eliminated in the first round by eventual winner Akira Hokuto. When WCW introduced a second title for the women she entered into that tournament too, but was again knocked out in the first round by Toshie Uematsu who went on to win the tournament. Satomura continued to make appearances for WCW until the business relationship between the two promotions ended.

Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling (2006–present)[edit]

Following Gaea Japan's closure, Satomura formed the promotion Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling with Jinsei Shinzaki.

On September 23, 2009, Satumora participated in the Splash J & Running G tournament along with Kaoru and Tomoko Kuzumi. In the Semi Final, Satumora's team defeated the Dynamite Kansai, Makie Numao and Yasuko Kuragaki to advance to the final. In the final, they defeated the team of Hikari Fukuoka, Kanako Motoya and Sonoko Kato to win the Splash J & Running G tournament.[5]

Chikara (2012, 2016–present)[edit]

In May 2012, Satumora made her Chikara debut during the promotion's Aniversario weekend.[6] That same year, Satumora returned to Chikara, participating in the group's premier tournament King of Trios. In 2016, Satumora along with Cassandra Miyagi and Dash Chisako won the King of Trios tournament.[7] The trio was announced for the 2017 edition of the tournament.

WWE (2018)[edit]

On July 27, WWE announced that Satomura will be competing in the second Mae Young Classic tournament.[8]. She defeated Killer Kelly, Mercedes Martinez, and Lacey Lane before being defeated in the semifinals by Toni Storm.

Other media[edit]

Satomura appeared in the 2000 documentary Gaea Girls made for the BBC by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams.[9]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Satomura's Official SENDAI Girls Website Profile". SENDAI Girls' Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
  2. ^ 【結果】Ray自主興行9・25新宿. Ringstars (in Japanese). Ameba. 2014-09-28. Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  3. ^ [結果]10・19ボリショイ25周年記念〜世界仮面武道晩餐会〜17:30. JWP Joshi Puroresu (in Japanese). FC2. 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  4. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=141383
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=12814
  6. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1944&page=4&year=2012&promotion=18
  7. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=1944&page=4&year=2016&promotion=18
  8. ^ "Mae Young Classic 2018 adds Japanese legend Meiko Satomura". WWE. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  9. ^ http://imdb.com/title/tt0261703/
  10. ^ Cardoza, Adam (September 4, 2016). "9/4 Chikara King of Trios tournament final live report". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=2278
  12. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=512
  13. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=3615
  14. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=507
  15. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=26&nr=511
  16. ^ インフォメーション. Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  17. ^ "Result". Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "オカダが2年連続でプロレス大賞MVPを受賞!史上4人目の快挙だが、本人は「当たり前の結果」". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  19. ^ 里村明衣子が赤いベルトを奪取!. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Kobe Shimbun. 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  20. ^ 2015年12月26日 スターダム・アワード2015発表会&安川惡斗引退記念パーティーが開かれました. World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). 2015-12-27. Archived from the original on 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2015-12-26.

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