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Lioness Asuka

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Birth name
Tomoko Kitamura


Professional wrestler

Lioness Asuka


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July 28, 1963 (age 60) Tokyo, Japan (

Ring name(s)
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Lioness Asuka (ライオネス 飛鳥, Raionesu Asuka, born July 28, 1963) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler. Along with long-time tag team partner Chigusa Nagayo she formed The Crush Gals, known for their mainstream popularity in the 1980s, and the most successful women's tag team of all time.


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Born Tomoko Kitamura (北村智子, Kitamura Tomoko) on July 28, 1963, Asuka joined All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) in 1980, and had her professional debut on May 10 of that year. She was an immediate success, winning her first title, the AJW Junior Championship, the following year, and the AJW Singles Championship in 1982. In 1983 she formed a tag team, called the Crush Gals, with Chigusa Nagayo. The Crush Gals were huge stars for the (AJW), in the mid-1980s. They feuded with Dump Matsumoto and the Jumping Bomb Angels. Thanks to their fame, AJW's weekly television broadcast consistently brought in ratings over 12.0. Their fame also carried over into other media, including recording top ten singles.

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In the late 1980s, the Crush Gals broke up, and Asuka began a lengthy feud with Nagayo, which culminated in her achievement of the WWWA World Single Championship in 1989. She retired later that year, but came out of retirement in 1994 and formed the Rideen Array, a faction consisting of fellow freelance wrestlers Jaguar Yokota and Bison Kimura. She subsequently wrestled for many of the new women's promotions that arose at that time, such as Jd' and Arsion. In 1998, she made a significant move when she joined GAEA Japan, the promotion run by her former partner, Nagayo. Asuka began her GAEA career as a top heel, feuding with Nagayo, and, in one storyline, winning control of the organization from her and eventually creating the Super Star Unit (SSU), a faction composed of veteran stars such as Akira Hokuto, Aja Kong, and Las Cachorras Orientales, among others. However, near the end of 1999, Nagayo and Asuka united against a common rival, the Mayumi Ozaki-led faction Team Nostradamus, and, the next spring, reformed the Crush Gals. The storyline was huge news in Japan, and GAEA's show of April 4, 2000, featuring the debut of the reunited team, now called CRUSH 2000, was the biggest in the promotion's history.

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Due to a neck injury, Asuka announced her retirement on November 3, 2004. Her retirement was made official on April 3, 2005 where she and Chigusa Nagayo teamed up for the last time to defeat Chikayo Nagashima and Sugar Sato at GAEA's tenth anniversary show.

In wrestling

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  • Finishing moves
  • K Driller (Reverse piledriver)
  • LSD II (Leg hook sitout suplex slam)
  • LSD III (Cut-throat leg hook sitout suplex slam)
  • Towerhacker Bomb (Backbreaker rack dropped into a sitout powerbomb) – Innovated
  • Signature moves
  • Fisherman driver
  • Fisherman suplex
  • Giant swing
  • Iconoclasm
  • Rolling wheel kick
  • Sitout powerbomb
  • Championships and accomplishments

  • All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
  • AJW Championship (2 times)
  • AJW Junior Championship (1 time)
  • Unified Global Championship (1 time)
  • WWWA World Single Championship (2 times)
  • WWWA World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Chigusa Nagayo
  • Japan Grand Prix (1985)
  • Tag League the Best (1987) – with Chigusa Nagayo
  • AJW Hall of Fame (Class of 1998)
  • Arsion
  • Queen of Arsion Championship (1 time)
  • Twin Star of Arsion Championship (3 times) – with Mariko Yoshida (1) and GAMI (2)
  • GAEA Japan
  • AAAW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chigusa Nagayo
  • JDStar
  • TWF World Women's Championship (4 times)
  • Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling
  • LLPW Six Woman Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Eagle Sawai and Shark Tsuchiya (2)
  • NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling
  • NWA Women's Pacific/NEO Single Championship (1 time)
  • Tokyo Sports
  • Joshi Puroresu Grand Prize (1997)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • 5 Star Match (1985) vs Jaguar Yokota on August 22, 1985
  • 5 Star Match (1987) vs Chigusa Nagayo on February 26, 1987
  • 5 Star Match (1987) with Etsuko Mita, Kazue Nagahori, Mika Komatsu, Mitsuko Nishiwaki, and Sachiko Nakamura vs Chigusa Nagayo, Mika Suzuki, Mika Takahashi, Yachiya Hirata, Yumi Ogura, and Yumiko Hotta on December 6, 1987
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1999)
  • References

    Lioness Asuka Wikipedia

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