Nanae Takahashi

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Nanae Takahashi
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Takahashi in August 2014.
Birth name Nanae Takahashi[1]
Born (1978-12-23) December 23, 1978 (age 38)[2]
Kawaguchi, Saitama[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Nanae Takahashi
Passion Seven
Billed height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Billed weight 64 kg (141 lb)[2]
Trained by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW)
Animal Hamaguchi[3]
Debut July 14, 1996 vs. Momoe Nakanishi, in Korakuen Hall, Tokyo[2]

Nanae Takahashi (高橋 奈苗, Takahashi Nanae?, ring name: 高橋奈七永)[1] (born December 23, 1978)[2] is a Japanese professional wrestler. She has wrestled for prominent Japanese promotions All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Sun, and has held multiple world championships.

Career[edit]

Nanae Takahashi graduated from All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling's (AJW) training class of 1996, and rose to prominence at a time when AJW was beginning its decline. Early on, she achieved the most fame as part of the tag team Nanamomo with classmate Momoe Nakanishi. Together, Nanamomo won four tag team championships, the AJW Tag Team Championship twice (on November 23, 1997 and August 23, 1998) and the WWWA World Tag Team Championship twice (on July 16, 2000 and July 6, 2002). Concurrently, Takahashi was making a name for herself as a singles competitor, winning the AJW Championship on March 1, 2000, and the junior division competition at that year's Japan Grand Prix. Having established herself as a major competitor, Takahashi won the 2002 Japan Grand Prix, and won her first WWWA World Heavyweight Championship on December 12, 2004. During AJW's final years she won the WWWA World Tag Team Championship three more times (each time with a different partner), and the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship once more. She was the last WWWA champion, handing over the belt to promoter Takashi Matsunaga immediately after winning it on March 26, 2006.

At an independent show held on July 14, 2006 to celebrate her tenth anniversary in professional wrestling, Takahashi announced her intention to start her own promotion. Her stable, the Dream Catchers, held their final show on the following September 3.

Takahashi in May 2011.

On October 1, 2006, Takahashi defeated Africa 55 for the resurrected AWA World Women's Championship at the debut of her new promotion, Pro Wrestling Sun. The promotion was a sister promotion to Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max, and at the time an affiliate of the revived American Wrestling Association. On January 14, 2007, Takahashi lost her world championship to Amazing Kong, but regained it again on May 13 of the same year, in Los Angeles, California. She became recognized as the first AWA Japan Women's Champion on June 19, 2007, after the AWA World Women's title was retired out of respect for four-time former champion Sherri Martel, who had died on June 15.

After Sun closed on March 3, 2008, Takahashi formed a unit called "Passion Red" with Natsuki☆Taiyo and Kana. They were active mainly with NEO Japan Ladie's Pro Wrestling.

On October 4, 2008, Takahashi beat Kyoko Inoue to win NWA Women's Pacific/NEO Single Championship. On October 10, 2009, she won NEO Tag Team Championship with Kana.

From January 25, 2009 to December 29, 2010, Takahashi was also aktive with Ice Ribbon and held International Ribbon Tag Team Championship three times (with Minori Makiba, Kazumi Shimouma and Emi Sakura) and Triangle Ribbon Championship once.

On April 18, 2010, Takahashi beat Kayoko Haruyama to win JWP Openweight Championship. She became the second champion from outside since Manami Toyota in 2006.

On September 7, 2010, Takahashi announced with Fuka and Rossy Ogawa that they founded a new promotion called World Wonder Ring Stardom. They had their first card on January 23, 2011.

On December 15, 2010, Takahashi won Women's Award of Tokyo Sports.

On May 12, 2015, Takahashi, in an interview with Tokyo Sports, announced she was leaving Stardom and continuing her career as a freelancer.[4] On June 12, 2015, Takahashi announced she was going to start promoting her own professional wrestling events with her new production company, "Seadlinnng".[5] On July 17, Takahashi returned to the United States, making her debut for Ring of Honor (ROH) in Las Vegas, Nevada by defeating ODB.[6] Seadlinnng held its first show on August 26, 2015.[7]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • BSJ Queen of the Ring (1 time)[2]
  • NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling
  • Joshi Puroresu Grand Prize (2010)[14]
  • Goddess of Stardom Championship (2 times) – with Miho Wakizawa (1)[15] and Kairi Hojo (1)[16]
  • World of Stardom Championship (1 time)[2]
  • 5★Star GP (2013)[17]
  • Goddess of Stardom Championship Tournament (2013) – with Miho Wakizawa[15]
  • Goddesses of Stardom Tag League (2014) – with Kairi Hojo[18]
  • Unit Opposition Tournament (2012) – with Miho Wakizawa and Yuuri Haruka[19]
  • 5★Star GP Best Bout Award (2013) vs. Natsuki☆Taiyo on September 23[17]
  • 5★Star GP Best Match Award (2012) vs. Yuzuki Aikawa on September 17
  • 5★Star GP Best Match Award (2014) vs. Kairi Hojo on August 24
  • Best Bout Award (2011) vs. Natsuki☆Taiyo on November 12
  • Best Bout Award (2012) vs. Yuzuki Aikawa on September 17 and December 24[20]
  • Best Match Award (2014) with Kairi Hojo vs. Risa Sera and Takumi Iroha on December 23[21]
  • Best Tag Team Award (2013) with Miho Wakizawa[22]
  • Best Tag Team Award (2014) with Kairi Hojo[21]
  • MVP Award (2012)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 高橋奈苗が本名から改名、高橋奈七永に. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Kobe Shimbun. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Stars". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ アニマル勝手に「浜口京子プロレスデビュー」ブチあげた. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  4. ^ スターダムまた激震!高橋奈苗が電撃退団. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ 高橋奈苗が愛弟子・世IV虎への思いを初激白. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (July 18, 2015). "Show results - 7/17 ROH in Las Vegas: Austin Aries returns to Ring of Honor, ROH World & TV champ loses, #1 contender match, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Seadlinnng 8.26後楽園大会 the First Match 奈七永&文子vs.里村&アメコン、南月たいようプロデュース試合. Battle News (in Japanese). August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Season12~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Profile". NanaRacka.net (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Season5~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Season9~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ アイスリボン71. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ 2009年7月5日(日). NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  14. ^ 東京スポーツ プロレス大賞. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  15. ^ a b "Season12~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "2014年8月10日 Stardom × Stardom2014". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). August 10, 2014. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Season13~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2014年11月16日 第4回Goddesses of Stardom~タッグリーグ戦~最終戦". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). November 16, 2014. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Season6~". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "News". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 26, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "2014年12月27日 スターダム忘年会&脇澤美穂プロレス生活謝恩会が開かれました". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). December 28, 2014. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ "スターダム・アワードを発表!MVPは紫雷イオが受賞!". World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). December 29, 2013. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

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