Star Gazing: “Fighting Princess” Konami

Konami

Star Gazing is our series which will add to our already growing coverage of World Wonder Ring Stardom (Also known simply as Stardom) and the Joshi scene where we will get you up to speed with members of the Stardom roster. Today we will be focusing on Konami, one of Stardom’s best-kept secrets.

Trained by Kana (now Asuka) and Minoru Tanaka, which is evident in her style as she is a hybrid wrestler of technical wrestling and kickboxing, Konami was quick to find success in Stardom and her early wrestling career.  She won the Artist of Stardom Championship with Kairi Hojo and Hiromi Mimura on May 6th, 2017, which happenend before she was full time with the promotion.  Konami’s home promotion was GPS, which made Stardom hesitant to push her too hard but still not afraid to give her a title run.

Konami was picked by Io Shirai to become a member of Queen’s Quest at the annual Stardom draft on April 15th, 2018. She announced officially on May 20th, 2018 that she joined Stardom full time. It didn’t take long after for Konami to find herself in the title picture again, this time unsuccessfully challenging for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship alongside Momo Watanabe as a member of Queen’s Quest. She was an entrant in the 2018 5 Star Grand Prix but she didn’t make it very far in the tournament.  Nicole Savoy and Konami had a great match for the Shimmer Championship but once again Konami came up short. Konami was very underutilized during her time in Queen’s Quest. She always had fantastic matches but always came up short.  She was mostly relegated to tag team action and took the pins alongside AZM as the group pushed Shirai and Watanabe more.

Hana Kimura
Photo: Stardom

Konami joined the newly formed Tokyo Cyber Squad, led by Hana Kimura, in the spring of 2019. This marked the beginning of her most successful spell in Stardom as she made it to the finals of the 2019 Cinderella Tournament before falling short in an outstanding match against Arisa Hoshiki. She won the Artist of Stardom Championship with Hana Kimura and Jungle Kyona. Konami and Jungle Kyona were also the Goddesses of Stardom Champions for the majority of 2019 having multiple great matches.  Konami would make it to the finals of the 2019 5 Star Grand Prix against fellow TCS member Hana Kimura but came up short against the faction leader. Konami being in Tokyo Cyber Squad really raised her stock in terms of placement on the Stardom roster which led to more wins and more of the spotlight than she ever got in QQ.  It could be argued that Konami was the MVP of Stardom in 2019 as she had great matches against many different opponents be it in singles competition, tag team action, or the multi-person tags that make up Stardom’s smaller shows.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.  And make sure to subscribe to Stardom World to see Konami and the rest of the talented women of Stardom


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