Ayako Hamada is a joshi wrestler who has already achieved a career’s worth of accomplishments at a relatively young age (she’s only 29). She is of mixed Japanese & Mexican descent. She is best known as the daughter of puro legend El Gran Hamada (aka Gran Hamada), who still does his high-flying acts in the ring on occasion at the ripe young age of 58 (he’s in his 37th year of wrestling), and is one of 2 daughters of Gran Hamada who are wrestlers (her older sister Xochitl, 39, is still semi-active after 23 years in wrestling and competes primarily in Mexico).
Ayako made her debut at age 17 in August 1998 in ARSION and immediately began a quick climb to the top. In June 1999 she won ARSION’s tag team titles with Mika Akino and in December 2000 won the Queen Of ARSION title from Aja Kong. After leaving ARSION in 2001 she continued to build an impressive legacy by winning many more singles and tag team titles while occasionally teaming with, and sometimes even wrestling against, her father. She spent most of 2007 & 2008 in Mexico competing for AAA, until leaving in November 2008 to go to a wrestling school in Mexico to help train wrestlers.
In April 2009, Hamada began to write the next chapter of her legacy by signing with TNA in the USA. She is scheduled to make her TNA TV debut on August 27, 2009 and should become an immediate title contender in TNA’s women’s division, where she’ll look to win more singles gold and continue to build on her legacy as one of the top joshi stars of this generation. And perhaps she will return to Japan in time to achieve the one unfinished goal she still has in wrestling-to successfully defeat her father in a singles match.
And as it turns out, she is returning to Japan. While it’s not known if it’s a permanent return or a one-time-only deal, Ayako is scheduled to appear at a WAVE event in October 2010 in her first match since leaving for TNA. It’s not known if she’s still in TNA but rampant rumors lately have been that she is not.
The above rumors turned out to be false until December 2010, when Hamada was released by TNA despite holding their Knockouts Tag Team Title at the time. She has since returned to action in Japan, working as a freelancer but primarily appearing in WAVE since her return home.
Stats & info:
Real name: Ayako Valentina Hamada Villareal
Weight: 143 pounds/65 kg
Experience: 11 years
Finishing move: AP Cross (Fisherman driver)
Current affiliation: Independent/Freelancer (Released by TNA Wrestling In December 2010)
2-time WWWA World Heavyweight Champion
2-time Twinstar Of ARSION
1-time Skyhigh Of ARSION
1-time Queen Of ARSION
1-time AAAW Singles Champion
1-time AAAW Tag Team Champion
1-time NEO Tag Team Champion
1-time UWA World Women’s Champion
1-time WWA World Women’s Champion
1-time IWRG Women’s Champion
1-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion
http://ayakohamada.com (Mostly in Japanese, some pages in English)