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The Japan Grand Prix was an annual professional wrestling tournament held by the promotion All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) to determine the number one contender for the promotion's highest achievement, the WWWA World Single Championship. The tournament was held in the summer every year from 1985 to 2004. In 2005, AJW was closed for good, and the WWWA Championship was abandoned.

List of winnersEdit

ResultsEdit

1985Edit

The 1985 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 25, 1985.

Wrestler: Points:
Lioness Asuka 7.0
Dump Matsumoto 6.5
Chigusa Nagayo 6.5
Devil Masami 6.0
Yukari Omori 5.0
Jumbo Hori 4.5
Noriyo Tateno 3.5
Crane Yu 2.5
Itsuki Yamazaki 2.0
Bull Nakano 1.5
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
    Lioness Asuka  
  Dump Matsumoto       Dump Matsumoto  
  Chigusa Nagayo    

1986Edit

The 1985 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 22, 1986.

Wrestler: Points:
Yukari Omori 9.0
Lioness Asuka 8.5
Chigusa Nagayo 8.5
Dump Matsumoto 8.5
Bull Nakano 6.5
Itsuki Yamazaki 6.5
Noriyo Tateno 5.5
? 4.5
? 3.5
? 2.5
? 2.0
Condor Saito 0.5
Finals
   
1 Chigusa Nagayo Pin
2 Yukari Omori 27:21

1987Edit

The 1987 Japan Grand Prix was a 13-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 28, 1987.

Wrestler: Points:
Chigusa Nagayo 9.0
Dump Matsumoto 9.0
Yumiko Hotta 9.0
Lioness Asuka 7.5
? 7.0
? 7.0
? 6.5
Devil Masami 6.0
Bull Nakano 5.0
? 4.0
Condor Saito 3.0
Hisako Uno 2.0
? 2.0
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
    Chigusa Nagayo  
  Yumiko Hotta       Dump Matsumoto 12:26
  Dump Matsumoto 5:46  

1988Edit

The 1988 Japan Grand Prix was an 11-woman round-robin tournament concluding on June 26, 1988.

Wrestler: Points:
Bull Nakano 7.5
Yumiko Hotta 7.5
Mitsuko Nishiwaki 7.5
? 6.0
Dynamite Queen 6.0
Hisako Uno 5.5
Mika Suzuki 5.0
Dynamite King 4.0
? 3.0
? 3.0
Dynamite Bar 0.0
  Second-place tie-breaker     Final
                 
    Yumiko Hotta  
  Bull Nakano       Bull Nakano 10:30
  Mitsuko Nishiwaki 10:37  

1989Edit

The 1989 Japan Grand Prix was a 19-woman single-elimination tournament held from June 25 to August 24, 1989.

First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Noriyo Tateno
Yumiko Hotta Yumiko Hotta
Mika Takahashi Yumiko Hotta
 ?
?
Mima Shimoda
Yumiko Hotta
Madusa Miceli
Kaoru Maeda
?
 ?
Miori Kamiya Madusa Miceli
Erika Shishido Erika Shishido
Madusa Miceli
Madusa Miceli
Mitsuko Nishiwaki
Bull Nakano
Suzuka Minami Suzuka Minami
Etsuko Mita Bull Nakano
Akira Hokuto
Akira Hokuto
Manami Toyota
Bull Nakano
Mitsuko Nishiwaki
Sakie Hasegawa
Toshiyo Yamada
Toshiyo Yamada
Mitsuko Nishiwaki
Bison Kimura
Mitsuko Nishiwaki

1990Edit

The 1990 Japan Grand Prix was a seven-woman single-elimination tournament concluding on June 17, 1990.

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  Akira Hokuto    
Manami Toyota    
    Manami Toyota    
      Madusa Miceli    
Madusa Miceli  
  Noriyo Tateno    
      Manami Toyota  
    Yumiko Hotta  
  Yumiko Hotta    
Grizzly Iwamoto    
  Yumiko Hotta  
      Mitsuko Nishiwaki    
   

1991Edit

The 1991 Japan Grand Prix was a 16-woman single-elimination tournament held from July 7 to August 18, 1991.

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
        
Mima Shimoda
Manami Toyota
Manami Toyota
Suzuka Minami
Takako Inoue
Suzuka Minami
Manami Toyota
Kyoko Inoue
Miori Kamiya
Toshiyo Yamada
Toshiyo Yamada
Kyoko Inoue
Kyoko Inoue
Debbie Malenko
Kyoko Inoue
Bison Kimura
Esther Moreno
Mariko Yoshida
Mariko Yoshida
Aja Kong
Yumiko Hotta
Aja Kong
Bison Kimura
Aja Kong
Akira Hokuto
Etsuko Mita
Akira Hokuto
Bison Kimura
Bison Kimura
Mika Takahashi

1992Edit

The 1992 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two 10-woman blocks, held from June 27 to August 30, 1992.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 9.0 Toshiyo Yamada 8.0
Aja Kong 8.0 Mariko Yoshida 7.0
Takako Inoue 6.0 Kyoko Inoue 7.0
Suzuka Minami 5.0 Akira Hokuto 4.5
Etsuko Mita 5.0 Sakie Hasegawa 4.0
Mima Shimoda 5.0 Yumiko Hotta 4.0
Bat Yoshinaga 4.0 Miori Kamiya 3.0
Tomoko Watanabe 3.0 Debbie Malenko 3.0
Cynthia Moreno 1.0 Terri Power 3.0
Bison Kimura 0.0 Kaoru Ito 1.5
  Semifinal     Final
                 
    Toshiyo Yamada  
  Aja Kong       Aja Kong 13:01
  Manami Toyota 17:07  

1993Edit

The 1993 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two eight-woman blocks, with the top two finishers from each block advancing to a single-elimination tournament. It was held from May 3 to August 21, 1993.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Akira Hokuto 6.0 Yumiko Hotta 6.0
Harley Saito 5.0 Manami Toyota 5.0
Toshiyo Yamada 4.5 Bat Yoshinaga 5.0
Suzuka Minami 3.0 Hikari Fukuoka 4.0
Sakie Hasegawa 3.0 Kyoko Inoue 3.5
Takako Inoue 3.0 Mima Shimoda 2.5
Etsuko Mita 3.0 Kaoru Ito 2.0
Tomoko Watanabe 0.5 Saemi Numata 0.0
Semifinals Final
      
A1 Akira Hokuto
B2 Manami Toyota
A1 Akira Hokuto
B1 Yumiko Hotta 19:52
B1 Yumiko Hotta
A2 Harley Saito

1994Edit

The 1994 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman round-robin tournament held from June 3 to August 28, 1994.

Wrestler: Points:
Yumiko Hotta 13
Manami Toyota 12
Sakie Hasegawa 11
Toshiyo Yamada 10
Mima Shimoda 10
Takako Inoue 10
Etsuko Mita 10
Suzuka Minami 8
Kaoru Ito 6
Tomoko Watanabe 0

1995Edit

The 1995 Japan Grand Prix was a 16-woman round-robin tournament, consisting of two eight-woman blocks, concluding on September 3, 1995.

Block A Block B
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 11 Yumiko Hotta 12
Bison Kimura 9 Takako Inoue 11
Reggie Bennett 8 Kyoko Inoue 9
Kaoru Ito 8 Mariko Yoshida 8
Mima Shimoda 8 Sakie Hasegawa 6
Toshiyo Yamada 8 Etsuko Mita 6
Rie Tamada 2 Tomoko Watanabe 4
Chaparita Asari 0 Kumiko Maekawa 0
Finals
   
A1 Manami Toyota Pin
B1 Yumiko Hotta 23:39

1996Edit

The 1996 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament held from July 14 to August 30, 1996.

Wrestler: Points:
Aja Kong 16
Reggie Bennett 14
Yumiko Hotta 14
Kyoko Inoue 14
Mima Shimoda 12
Toshiyo Yamada 12
Takako Inoue 10
Kaoru Ito 10
Etsuko Mita 8
Tomoko Watanabe 8
Mariko Yoshida 8
Chaparita Asari 4

1997Edit

The 1997 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament concluding on August 10, 1997.

Wrestler: Points:
Kaoru Ito 18
Manami Toyota 17
Kumiko Maekawa 16
Etsuko Mita 15
Mima Shimoda 15
Tomoko Watanabe 15
Rie Tamada 10 †
Saa Endo 7
Misae Genki 5 †
Tanny Mouse 4 †
Yoshiko Tamura 4 †
Mariko Yoshida 2
† These scores are not the actual scores. These wrestlers had one match with the results unknown.

1998Edit

The 1998 Japan Grand Prix was a round-robin tournament consisting of two six-woman blocks, with the top three finishers from the Main League and the top finisher from the Junior League advancing to a single-elimination tournament. It was held from June 14 to August 9, 1998.

Main League Junior League
Wrestler: Points: Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 12 Miho Wakizawa 12
ZAP I (Kaoru Ito) 12 Emi Motokawa 12
Yumiko Hotta 12 Momoe Nakawaki 12
Takako Inoue 10 Nanae Takahashi 11
Kumiko Maekeawa 8 Noriko Toyoda 9
ZAP T (Tomoko Watanabe) 6 ZAP Nakahara 5
Semifinals Final
      
J1 Miho Wakizawa Pin
M2 ZAP I 13:26
M2 ZAP I Pin
M1 Manami Toyota 23:47
M1 Manami Toyota Pin
M3 Yumiko Hotta 20:31

1999Edit

The 1999 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman round-robin tournament, with the second, third and fourth finishers advancing to a second round-robin. The winner of the second round-robin advanced to face the first-place finisher from the initial round-robin. The tournament was held from June 6 to August 15, 1999.

Wrestler: Points:
Yumiko Hotta 11
Manami Toyota 9
Kaoru Ito 9
Momoe Nakanishi 9
Takako Inoue 8
Kumiko Maekawa 8
Nanae Takahashi 7
Tomoko Watanabe 6
Miho Wakizawa 5
Wrestler: Points:
Manami Toyota 4
Kaoru Ito 2
Momoe Nakanishi 2
Ito Nakanishi Toyota
Ito X Ito (1:32) Toyota (4:17)
Nakanishi Ito (1:32) X (1) Nakanishi (10:46)
(2) Toyota (2:08)
Toyota Toyota (4:17) (1) Nakanishi (10:46)
(2) Toyota (2:08)
X
Final
   
1 Yumiko Hotta Pin
2 Manami Toyota 18:45

2000Edit

The 2000 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman single-elimination tournament held from June 11 to August 20, 2000. Also a six-woman Junior Division round-robin tournament was held.

Main league

First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
     
        Reggie Bennett  
        Kaoru Ito  
          Kaoru Ito  
          Tomoko Watanabe  
        Kumiko Maekawa  
        Tomoko Watanabe  
          Kaoru Ito
          Etsuko Mita
        Etsuko Mita  
        Nanae Takahashi  
          Etsuko Mita  
Mima Shimoda       Yumiko Hotta  
Manami Toyota     Manami Toyota      
        Yumiko Hotta      
     

21st Century League

Wrestler: Points:
Nanae Takahashi 7
Momoe Nakanishi 7
Kayoko Haruyama 5
Miho Wakizawa 5
Kayo Noumi 4
Miyuki Fuji 2
Final
   
1 Momoe Nakanishi
2 Nanae Takahashi 7:44

2001Edit

The 2001 Japan Grand Prix was a 12-woman round-robin tournament held from June 1 to August 17, 2001.

Wrestler: Points:
Momoe Nakanishi 16
Kumiko Maekawa 16
Kaoru Ito 15
Manami Toyota 13
Etsuko Mita 13
Tomoko Watanabe 12
Mima Shimoda 12
Yumiko Hotta 11
Miho Wakizawa 10
Nanae Takahashi 10
Kayo Noumi 4
Miyuki Fuji 0
Final
   
1 Kumiko Maekawa Pin
2 Momoe Nakanishi 12:28

2002Edit

The 2002 Japan Grand Prix was a nine-woman round-robin tournament held from May 25 to July 9, 2002. The top four finishers advanced to a single-elimination tournament.

Wrestler: Points:
Nanae Takahashi 10
Momoe Nakanishi 10
Rie Tamada 10
Kumiko Maekawa 10
Yumiko Hotta 9
Tomoko Watanabe 9
Kayo Noumi 8
Miyuki Gujii 4
Kaoru Ito 2
Semifinals Final
      
1 Nanae Takahashi Pin
4 Kumiko Maekawa 6:57
1 Nanae Takahashi Sub
2 Momoe Nakanishi 6:20
2 Momoe Nakanishi Pin
3 Yumiko Hotta 5:53

2003Edit

The 2003 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman single-elimination tournament held from July 20 to August 3, 2003.

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
    Sasori    
Kumiko Maekawa         Kumiko Maekawa      
    Sasori    
Emi Sakura      
    Nanae Takahashi      
Kayo Noumi  
   
  Nanae Takahashi    
      Nanae Takahashi  
    Amazing Kong  
  Hikaru      
ZAP T (Tomoko Watanabe)      
    ZAP T  
Amazing Kong    
    Amazing Kong    
Makai Witch #2       Amazing Kong  
 
      Takako Inoue    

2004Edit

The 2004 Japan Grand Prix was a 10-woman single-elimination tournament held on August 1, 2004.

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
    Hikaru    
Saki Maemura         Sasori      
    Hikaru    
Sasori      
    Misae Genki      
Misae Genki  
   
  Nanae Takahashi    
      Hikaru  
    Kumiko Maekawa  
  Takako Inoue      
Mayumi Ozaki      
    Takako Inoue  
Amazing Kong    
    Kumiko Maekawa    
Kumiko Maekawa       Kumiko Maekawa  
 
      Tomoko Watanabe    

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "AJW Japan Grand Prix 1980s". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  • "AJW Japan Grand Prix 1990s". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  • "AJW Japan Grand Prix 2000s". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-07-19.