October 30, 1964 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Shinobu Kandori|
|Billed height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|1984 Vienna||-66 kg|
Shinobu Kandori (神取 忍 Kandori Shinobu?, born October 30, 1964) is a retired Japanese wrestler and now politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Yokohama, Kanagawa, she ran unsuccessfully for House of Councillors in 2004 but was allowed to join the house in 2006 when Heizo Takenaka, a member of the house, resigned.
As a professional wrestler she worked for several women's promotions from the 1980s to the 2000s, including Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling and its offshoot, Ladies' Legend Pro-Wrestling (LLPW), of which she became the president in 2002. She held several championships, including the LLPW Singles Championship in 1993 and 1997, and the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1998.
Professional wrestling career
Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling (1993–present)
Kandori made her debut for Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling on January 15, 1993 by teaming up with Mikiko Futagami and losing to Eagle Sawai and Harley Saito. For the first couple of months, Kandori would mostly compete in tag team matches with Rumi Kazama, Miki Handa and Harley Saito. On August 29, Kandori defeated Harley Saito in the semi final of the LLPW Singles Championship Tournament and went on to defeat Eagle Sawai in the finals to become the LLPW Singles Champion. Kandori defended the championship twice against Eagle Sawai and eventually lost it to Noriyo Tateno on September 23, 1994. Kandori continued to wrestle for LLPW for the next few years with nothing of any note happening until June 20, 1996, when she teamed up with Karula and Rumi Kazama to lose to Carol Midori, Mikiko Futagami and Yasha Kurenai for the vacant LLPW Tag Team Championship. On November 8, 1997, Kandori defeated Eagle Sawai for her second LLPW Single Championship. On March 21, 1998, Kandori defeated Yumiko Hotta to become the WWWA World Champion and held the title for almost a year before losing it back to Hotta on March 10, 1999. Later in the year, Kandori lost the LLPW Single Championship to Harley Saito. In 2002, Kandori became the president of Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling. On January 25, 2004, Kandori and Takako Inoue defeated Amazing Kong and Eagle Sawai to become the LLPW Tag Team Champions and lost the titles on May 30 to Eiger and Sayuri Okino.
Mixed martial arts career
A former Olympic judoka, Kandori made her debut in the mixed martial arts as part of the Ultimate L-1 Tournament promoted by LLPW in 1995. She faced the kickboxer Liz Africano at the first round and defeated her with ease, taking her down and locking a rear naked choke over her overwhelmed opponent. Kandori then advanced to the second round, where she fought wrestler Fieni Klee. Though Klee sprawled to a takedown attempt and locked a guillotine choke, Shinobu was able to escape it and took her back, gaining the rear naked choke again. At the finals, Kandori's last opponent would be multiple judo medalist Svetlana Goundarenko, who outweighed Kandori by 100 ibs. Goundarenko pressed Shinobu against the fence to avoid her striking and tried a hip throw, but Kandori blocked it. After a brief punch combo by Kandori, however, Svetlana finally took Shinobu down and overpowered her, locking a neck crank and making Kandori tap out.
In 1998, Kandori fought a rematch against Goundarenko, again in a LLPW event. Cornered by former sumo champion Koji Kitao, Shinobu showed an improved submission defense, while her opponent fought more cautiously. Goundarenko threw Shinobu with ura nage and tried to smother her from the back, but the pro wrestler escaped. Then, blocking a hip throw and a kata guruma attempt, Kandori took her back and closed a guillotine choke, submitting Goundarenko for the win. The victory was followed by a big celebration, with LLPW president Rumi Kazama emotionally crying while rushing into the cage to congratulate Kandori.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
- WWWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
- Pacific Coast Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Rumi Kazama
- UWA World Women's Championship
- Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling
- LLPW Singles Championship (2 times)
- LLPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Takako Inoue
- Tokyo Sports
- Joshi Puroresu Grand Prize (1995, 1998)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|5 matches||4 wins||1 loss|
|Win||4-1||Yumiko Hotta||Submission (armbar)||LLPW - L-1 2000: The Strongest Lady||November 22, 2000||1||7:50||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3-1||Svetlana Goundarenko||Submission (guillotine choke)||LLPW - Ultimate L-1 Challenge||October 10, 1998||1||4:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2-1||Svetlana Goundarenko||Submission (neck crank)||LLPW - Ultimate L-1 Tournament||July 18, 1995||1||5:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Fieni Klee||Submission (rear naked choke)||LLPW - Ultimate L-1 Tournament||July 18, 1995||1||0:56||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Liz Africano||Submission (rear naked choke)||LLPW - Ultimate L-1 Tournament||July 18, 1995||1||0:42||Tokyo, Japan|
- Official website in Japanese.