Meiko Satomura (里村 明衣子, Satomura Meiko, born November 11, 1979) is a Japanese professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE performing on the NXT brand and the Japanese promotion Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling. She is a one-time NXT UK Women's Champion.
|Born||November 11, 1979|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Meiko Satomura|
Meiko Satomura Deluxe
Meiko Satomura DX
|Billed height||1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Billed weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Trained by||Chigusa Nagayo|
|Debut||April 15, 1995|
Professional wrestling career
Gaea Japan (1995–2005)
Satomura made her professional wrestling debut for all female promotion Gaea Japan on April 15, 1995, defeating Sonoko Kato. 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)
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)
Following Gaea Japan's closure, Satomura formed the promotion Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling with Jinsei Shinzaki.
On September 23, 2009, Satomura participated in the Splash J and Running G tournament along with Kaoru and Tomoko Kuzumi. In the Semi Final, Satomura'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 and Running G tournament.
Chikara (2012, 2016–2017)
In May 2012, Satomura made her Chikara debut during the promotion's Aniversario weekend. That same year, Satomura returned to Chikara, participating in the group's premier tournament King of Trios. In 2016, Satomura along with Cassandra Miyagi and Dash Chisako won the King of Trios tournament. The trio was announced for the 2017 edition of the tournament.
Mae Young Classic (2018)
On July 27, 2018, WWE announced that Satomura will be competing in the second Mae Young Classic tournament. She defeated Killer Kelly, Mercedes Martinez, and Lacey Lane before being defeated in the semifinals by Toni Storm.
NXT UK (2020–2022)
On October 27, 2020, it was reported that Satomura had signed with WWE and would be an on-air talent and coach for NXT UK. On the January 28 episode of NXT UK, a video package aired hyping up Satomura's arrival to the brand. On the February 11, 2021 episode of NXT UK, Satomura made her ring-debut, where she defeated Isla Dawn in a opening match. Soon after, Satomura began a feud with NXT UK Women's Champion Kay Lee Ray, unsuccessfully challenging for the title on the March 3 episode of NXT UK however won the title on the June 10 episode of NXT UK. Satomura became the first Japanese wrestler to hold the NXT UK Women's Championship, as well as in NXT UK overall. She had her first successful title defense against Amale on the July 15 episode of NXT UK. She would retain against Stevie Turner on the August 20 episode of NXT UK. She would then retain the championship against Blair Davenport on the January 6 episode of NXT UK and Isla Dawn on the March 24 episode.
On the August 23, 2022, episode of NXT 2.0, Satomura made her first appearance on the American brand when she confronted the NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose. The two agreed to a unification match for their titles on Worlds Collide, with Blair Davenport being added to the match. At the event, Rose won the match by pinning Davenport, thus ending Satomura's reign as NXT UK Women's Championship at 451 days (as recognized by WWE). On the February 14, 2023 episode of NXT, Satomura teamed with the NXT Women's Champion Roxanne Perez against Katana Chance and Kayden Carter in a winning effort. After the match, Satomura challenged Perez to an NXT Women's Championship match, which Roxanne accepted. The following week, the bout was made official for NXT Roadblock, where Satomura would lose via roll-up. Satomura then congratulated Perez after the match, only for Perez to collapse afterwards.
Satomura appeared in the 2000 documentary Gaea Girls made for the BBC by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams.
Championships and accomplishments
- King of Trios (2016) – with Cassandra Miyagi and Dash Chisako
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- KO-D Openweight Championship (1 time)
- KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chihiro Hashimoto and Dash Chisako
- Fight Club: PRO
- FCP Championship (1 time)
- Gaea Japan
- AAAW Single Championship (2 times)
- AAAW Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship / AAAW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Sonoko Kato (1), Ayako Hamada (1) and Chikayo Nagashima (1)
- Hustling Cup (1996)
- High Spurt 600 (1998, 2001)
- Splash J and Running G (1995) – with Kaoru and Tomoko Kuzumi
- Progress Wrestling
- Progress World Women's Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 22 of the top 150 female wrestlers in the PWI Women's 150 in 2022
- Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling
- Sendai Girls World Championship (1 time)
- Joshi Puroresu Dantai Taikou Flash Tournament (2011) – with Dash Chisako, Hiren, Kagetsu, Miyako Morino, Ryo Mizunami and Sendai Sachiko
- Tokyo Sports
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- Femmes Fatale Tournament (2018)
- World Wonder Ring Stardom
- World of Stardom Championship (1 time)
- Stardom Year-End Award (1 time)
- Best Match Award (2015) vs. Io Shirai on December 23
- ^ a b c d e "Satomura's Official SENDAI Girls Website Profile". SENDAI Girls' Pro Wrestling. Retrieved June 10, 2007.
- ^ 【結果】Ｒａｙ自主興行９・25新宿. Ringstars (in Japanese). Ameba. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
- ^ [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. October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
- ^ "GAEA Memorial First Gong In Korakuen « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on June 11, 2021.
- ^ "GAEA Splash J & Running G". CageMatch. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
- ^ "Meiko Satomura » Matches". CageMatch. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
- ^ "Mae Young Classic 2018 adds Japanese legend Meiko Satomura". WWE. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
- ^ "Meiko Satomura reportedly set join WWE NXT UK". October 27, 2020.
- ^ ""Be prepared." @satomurameiko is coming to #NXTUK!". Twitter.
- ^ "Meiko Satomura Coming To NXT UK". Fightful.
- ^ COOK, RYAN (February 11, 2021). "WWE NXT UK Results for 2/11/21 Tag Team Street Fight Match". Fightful. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
- ^ a b "Meiko Satomura Wins NXT UK Women's Championship". June 10, 2021.
- ^ Moore, John (August 23, 2022). "8/23 NXT 2.0 results: Moore's review of Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs vs. Gallus for the NXT UK Tag Team Titles, Tiffany Stratton vs. Wendy Choo in a Lights Out match, NXT UK Champion Tyler Bate vs. Von Wagner in a non-title match, The Grayson Waller Effect with guest Apollo Crews". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 2, 2022.
- ^ Beaston, Erik. "WWE NXT Worlds Collide 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
- ^ "2/14 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Wes Lee's open challenge for the NXT North American Championship, Tyler Bate vs. Grayson Waller, Roxanne Perez and Meiko Satomura vs. Kayden Carter and Katana Chance, Charlie Dempsey vs. Hank Walker, Axiom vs. Damon Kemp, Tiffany Stratton vs. Thea Hail". February 15, 2023.
- ^ "WWE NXT Roadblock Results 3/7/2023". March 8, 2023.
- ^ "Gaea Girls (2000)". IMDb.
- ^ Cardoza, Adam (September 4, 2016). "9/4 Chikara King of Trios tournament final live report". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
- ^ "FCP Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on August 19, 2016.
- ^ "Hustling Cup". CageMatch. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
- ^ "High Spurt 600 Tournament 2001". CageMatch. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
- ^ "Splash J & Running G Tournament". CageMatch. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
- ^ Ross, Patrick (October 27, 2022). "Full 2022 PWI Women's 150 list revealed". aiptcomics.com. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
- ^ インフォメーション. Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). October 12, 2015. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
- ^ "Result". Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
- ^ "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). December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- ^ 里村明衣子が赤いベルトを奪取！. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Kobe Shimbun. July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
- ^ 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). December 27, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
- ^ "WWE NXT UK Women's Championship". World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Retrieved June 11, 2021.
- MEIKO SATOMURA on WWE.com
- Meiko Satomura at the official Chikara website
- Meiko Satomura's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
- 里村明衣子 meiko satomura on Twitter
- Meiko Satomura (I) at IMDb
- 1979 births
- 20th-century female professional wrestlers
- 21st-century female professional wrestlers
- Japanese female professional wrestlers
- Expatriate professional wrestlers
- Living people
- Professional wrestling executives
- Professional wrestling trainers
- People from Niigata (city)
- Sportspeople from Niigata Prefecture
- NXT UK Women's Champions
- World of Stardom Champions
- KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions
- KO-D Openweight Champions
- AAAW Single Champions
- AAAW Tag Team Champions
- Progress Wrestling World Women's Champions