Monday, November 1, 2010

NHO Hall of Fame Class '10: Inductee #11

My final HoF pick for 2010 is none other than Jaguar Yokota. She is widely considered one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time, and, during her heyday in the early 1980s, was considered one of the best wrestlers in the world, irrespective of gender. She retired in '86 to become a trainer for AJW but returned to the ring after forming her own promotion Jd' in '95 where she competed as the company's top star until '98. Since 2004 she's wrestled freelance, including a stint as part of the "Monster" faction in HUSTLE as Jaguar Y. She utilized many different finishing moves in her career but the most spellbinding was the Shuttle Loop Buster (a high-angle release German suplex).

She held the AJW Championship, AJW Junior Championship, WWWA World Heavyweight Championship (twice), WWWA World Tag Team Championship with Jumbo Hori, was inducted into the AJW Hall of Fame in '98; she also had success elsewhere, winning the AWF and TWF World Women's Championships, as well as TWF World Women's Tag Team Championship with Yuko Kosugi. She was inducted into wrestling's most legitimate HoF, the Wrestling Obsever Newsletter Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class of '96. Congrats, Jaguar!

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