Devil Masami is another of the previous generation’s legends, a 30-year veteran who remained active until very recently, not retiring until the end of 2008.
Debuting in August 1978, Masami earned the nickname “Devil” because of her ring temperment. She would do anything to win, but her brawling skills were actually complemented by extraordinary wrestling skills, making her the “queen of heels” in the early 80s. It didn’t take her long to establish herself; her signature moves featured head-butts, two-handed throat chops and military presses applied even after the opponent submitted or was pinned. She defeated Tomoko Kitamura (Lioness Asuka) for the AJW Singles Championship on May 9, 1981. She vacated the belt on April 7, 1982 due to injury. On December 12, 1985, Devil was a crowd favorite for once as she defeated Dump Matsumoto for the WWWA title left vacant by Jaguar Yakota’s retirement. She defended this successfully until August 12, 1986, when she dropped the belt to Yukari Omori. She left AJW for Jackie Sato’s group, JWP, in 1992. She and Dynamite Kansai (Chieko Suzuki) defeated Mayumi Ozaki and Cutie Suzuki for the JWP Tag title before a falling out with Kansai led to her victory over the champion for the JWP Singles title on September 18, 1994. She held the belt for a little over a month before vacating the title on October 20, 1994. She left JWP for GAEA on 2001. She still then appeared on occasion for AJW, including the promotion’s final match in 2005.
Masami announced in 2007 that she would retire from wrestling in 2008 after 30 years in the business. Her retirement match was on December 30, 2008 where she teamed up with Dynamite Kansai and Carlos Amano to lose to Aja Kong, Toshie Uematsu, and Ran Yu-Yu when Uematsu pinned Masami with a Dragon Suplex. Although officially retired from the ring, she has recently made a couple of special one-off appearances and remains close to the sport and some of the stars she competed with and against over the years. She is also a member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and AJW Hall Of Fame.
Stats & info:
Real name: Masami Yoshida
Weight: 154 pounds/70 kg
Experience: 30 years
Finishing move: Fire Valley
Current affiliation: Retired, but may still make the one-off special appearance
1-time AJW Champion
1-time WWWA World Champion
1-time AAAW Singles Champion
1-time AAAW Tag Team Champion
1-time JWP Openweight Champion
3-time JWP Tag Team Champion
Inducted Into Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame In 1996
Inducted Into All-Japan Women Hall Of Fame In 1998
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