Konami: from Fighting Princess to Submission Sniper

Konami is one of my favorite wrestlers and one of the best workers on the Stardom roster. With the announcement of her retirement or “indefinite hiatus” as the company has put it, it’s time to take a look back at the career of one of the most underrated women of Stardom. And as we all know, a retirement in this industry doesn’t always mean someone is done and at just 25 years old, we are all hoping that she will take the time she needs and return to the squared circle.

Trained by Kana, now known as Asuka in WWE, and Minoru Tanaka, Konami was bound to achieve stardom in her own right with such a pedigree of talent shaping her early in-ring style. At just 18 years old, she would make her in-ring debut in February 2015 wrestling for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Wave, Reina, and JWP.

Her first contract would be with Reina where she competed in deathmatches, she would also appear alongside Hikaru Shida. Syuri and mentor Kana at a show in 2015, with all four women going on to have pivotal roles within women’s wrestling as of 2021. While Shida, Syuri, and Kana have all gone on to hold the top championships in their current promotions Konami has lowkey been one of the best in-ring workers Stardom has to offer as well as being a fan favorite. She would sign a full-time contract with Stardom in May 2018 and has been a key member of three of their top factions, Queens Quest, Tokyo Cyber Squad, and currently Oedo Tai.

Konami Announces her “retirement” from Wrestling

Konami in Stardom alongside Oedo Tai

After three years being a full-time roster member in STARDOM, Konami announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus to deal with lingering injuries and her personal well-being. Her contract will be terminated at the end of the year and this will mark the second hiatus the 25-year-old has taken from professional wrestling during her seven-year career.

Her last match took place on 29th December 2021 at Stardom Dream Queendom facing off against a returning Giulia, who herself has just returned after a three-month absence due to a neck injury. Giulia was the one to put herself forward for the bout with Konami accepting the challenge. During her time in Stardom Konami has been a two-time Artist of Stardom champion and a two-time Goddess of Stardom champion.

7 Must Watch Matches of Konami in and out of Stardom

Konami at the Hana Kimura matanee

  • Hikaru Shida & Syuri Vs. Kana & Konami at Kana Produce on 8th March 2015. [Wrestling In Japan]
  • Jun Kasai & Kagetsu Vs. Konami & Yuko Miyamoto in a Fluorescent Light Tube Deathmatch on 21st July 2016. [Rina]
  • Hana Kimura Vs. Jungle Kyona Vs. Kagetsu Vs. Konami on 24th December 2018 [STARDOM]
  • Artist of Stardom Championship match: Tokyo Cyber Squad [ Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona & Konami] Vs. STARS [Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano] at Stardom Gold May 2019 [STARDOM]
  • Artist of Stardom Championship match: Tokyo Cyber Squad [ Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona & Konami] Vs. STARS [Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano] at Stardom Saki Kashima’s Homecoming on 23rd June 2019 [STARDOM]
  • Konami Vs Starlight Kid on 12th September 2020 [STARDOM]
  • Konami [Oedo Tai] Vs. Giulia [Donna del Mondo] at Stardom Dream Queendom 29th December 2021. [STARDOM]
Look out for our next installment of Stardom revisited where we take an in-depth look at the best matches of Konami’s career in STARDOM.

Written by Amber McCrudden

Writer | Podcaster | Streamer | Photographer | Content Creator | Wrestling's Sweetheart

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