IN THIS EPISODE
The trio takes a look at the Flying Angel, Manami Toyota.
Toyota made quite an impact in the Japanese wrestling scene back in the ’90s.
Toyota debuted in 1987 at the age of 16. She got her big break two years into her career at All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling Wrestling’ s Wrestlemarinpiad. She teamed with Mima Shimoda as the Tokyo Sweethearts and defeated Dream Orca. It’s said that the match was the match of the night, beating out veterans like Lioness Asuka and Bull Nakano.
For the next 30 years, The Flying Angel went on to win 21 Championships across 7 different promotions. Feuding with the likes Akira Hokuto, her partner Toshiyo Yamada, and Aja Kong.
Retiring in 2017, She has been named as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live, man or woman.
She was able to have 13 matches in her career 5-Stars by the Wrestling Observer Network. One of them is the match we are looking at today. This match went up against the likes of Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon’s Intercontinental Title Ladder Match at Wrestlemania X and Kenta Kobashi and Toshiaki Kawada’s battle at All Japan Pro Wrestling’s New Year Giant Series for the Observer’s Match of the Year. And won.
Regarded as the match, we watch as Toyota takes on Kyoko Inoue for the WWWA World Championship at AJW’s G*Top 2nd on May 7th, 1995.
The story here is pretty simple Toyota is champ. Inoue wants the title. So they has fight.
Buckle up everyone. This is a long one.
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