It’s been announced that joshi freelancer Kana has been booked to wrestle for SHIMMER: Women Athletes as part of the promotion’s DVD tapings for volumes 41-44 in Berwyn, Illinois on October 1 and 2. As part of her visit, she will also wrestle for CHIKARA the following weekend.
Kana will follow in the footsteps of fellow joshi talent Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara, former tag champions Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata, as well as current tag team titleholder Tomoka Nakagawa in wrestling for SHIMMER – and will follow Manami Toyota, Tsukasa Fujimoto and Makoto as it pertains to CHIKARA – and is likely to be a hit, considering the buzz surrounding her, and the demand for her to wrestle for the promotion over the last 18 months or so.
The 29-year old Osaka University graduate debuted on June 16, 2004 for the AtoZ promotion, splitting her time between there and ARSION before going freelance in 2007. She won her first championship on October 10, 2009 when she and Nanae Takahashi won the NEO Tag Team titles from Kyoko Inoue & Hiroyo Matsumoto, successfully defending the titles once before dropping the belts to Yoshiko Tamura & Ayumi Kurihara on New Year’s Eve 2009.
In April 2010, she produced her own wrestling event – another took place in January this year, and a third is scheduled for next month – and has become a regular in SMASH, currently part of the Divas Title Tournament, and will face Syuri in the semi-finals on August 11. On top of her singles work, Kana is also a part of the group known as Triple Tails (along with Mio and Io Shirai), which has shown up in a number of different joshi promotions. However, it looks as if the trio will become a duo soon, as Io has made it known that she wishes to work as a singles competitor after the Triple Tails show on September 18.
You would think that would keep Kana busy enough. Oh, how wrong you would be.
As well as wrestling on a regular basis, Kana is a busy self-publicist, constantly communicating with fans on Twitter and promoting herself – something which presumably pays dividends, considering how far her profile and reputation has spread, despite winning just one championship in her 7 year career. By day, she is also a freelance graphics designer, and counts Microsoft among her clients – to the point that she has been sponsored by Bill Gates’ company in the past. Now THAT’S cool.
Conversely, Kana also has her critics. Known as a striker who incorporates some shoot-style tactics in her repertoire, she has been accused of hitting her opponents too hard. According to Puroresu Representin’ she was slated for kicking WAVE star Shu Shibutani so hard in the face that it put her out of action for several months, causing Shibutani to miss her close friend Fuka’s final event.
Fans of SHIMMER and CHIKARA will be able to decide for themselves in October when she arrives in the US. She will start at SHIMMER on October 1 and 2 at the Berwyn Eagles Club, though if you want tickets, you need to act fast, as there are less than 100 tickets available. You can buy them through the SHIMMER site by clicking here.
Finally, as a taste of what’s to come, you can see one of Kana’s matches with Hiroyo Matsumoto from Passion Red from an old Ringbelles Retro, and below is another from the same promotion, with her taking on Ayumi Kurihara.