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Mariko Yoshida. Jungle Jack 21 June 12, 2011, Tokyo, Japan
|Birth name||Mariko Morita|
|Born||February 15, 1970|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mariko Yoshida|
|Billed height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Billed weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Trained by||Jaguar Yokota|
|Debut||October 10, 1988|
|Retired||November 19, 2017|
Mariko Morita (盛田 万里子 Morita Mariko, born February 15, 1970) is a Japanese professional wrestler better known by the ring name Mariko Yoshida (吉田 万里子 Yoshida Mariko). She is best known for her work with the ARSION professional wrestling promotion, where she was also head trainer.
Professional wrestling career
Yoshida debuted for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW or Zenjo) on October 10, 1988 at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall in a match against Keiko Waki. Before her neck injury in late 1992, which would cause her to miss two years of ring time, Yoshida was easily one of the best young stars in AJW, often showcasing Lucha Libre inspired aerial maneuvers to go along with her matwork skills.
In 1997, she left AJW to join Aja Kong's Arsion promotion, becoming their head trainer. There she was repackaged as a technical wrestling master, and was pushed as a major star. She has been nicknamed ARSION no Shinjutsu, or "Arsion True Heart". Forgoing the high-flying techniques of her run in Zenjo, her style in Arsion was centered on mat wrestling and submission holds derived from shoot wrestling, along with more elaborate lucha-inspired submissions.
In June 2005, she launched Ibuki, a bi-monthly event series, with her intention to provide opportunities for young, up and coming wrestlers from different promotions to compete with each other and to challenge senior wrestlers like Yoshida herself. Ibuki has now gained high reputation among joshi puroresu fans in Japan.
In 2006, Yoshida was presented with the Cauliflower Alley Club's Future Legend Award, becoming only the second female after Cheerleader Melissa, to win this award.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
- King And Queens Tournament (2000) – with Alexander Otsuka & Yumi Fukawa
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Future Legend Award (2006)
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mariko Yoshida.|
- "Licence No.2 吉田万里子". Hyper Visual Fighting Arsion (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 14, 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- "吉田万里子が全女・アルシオン・息吹と3時代の試合を行い引退！「プロレスってホントに愛なん���なって感じました」". Battle News (in Japanese). November 19, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.