Emi Sakura

Dec 13, 2019 - by Allen Rockum

Real Name: Emi Motokawa
Height: 5’1”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Date of Birth: October 4, 1976
From: Kimitsu, Chiba (Japan)
Resides: Bangkok, Thailand
Pro Debut: August 17, 1995
Trained By: Keisuke Yamada
Finishing Move: Firebird Splash

Biography

– Emi has went by other aliases, including: her real name, Black Cherry #3 & Kyoko Inoue #5.
– Emi worked for several promotions across Japan, winning numerous titles, before founding her own promotion Ice Ribbon in 2006. Emi not only wrestled for the promotion but was solely responsible for training wrestlers for the promotion.
– Emi was named by Tokyo Sports magazine as 2009 Joshi wrestler of the year.
– Emi left Ice Ribbon in 2012 due to “personal reasons” & soon after formed the Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling promotion in Bangkok, Thailand.
– August 17, 1995, Emi made her debut against Kiyoko Ichiki whom she wrestled for almost a year straight since IWA Japan didn’t have any other female wrestlers at the time.
– August 13, 1997, Emi defeated Luna Vachon for the AWF Women’s title.
– November 21st, Emi & Manami Toyota competed in the AJW Tag League ’97.
– January 24, 1998, Emi defeated Momoe Nakanishi for the AJW Championship.
– February 17th, Emi defended the AJW title against Miyuki Fujii.
– March 7th, Emi defended the AJW title against Kayo Noumi.
– April 12th, Emi lost the AJW title to Momoe Nakanishi.
– August 8th, Emi competed in the AJW Junior Grand Prix ’98.
– October 28th, Emi & Sachie Nishibori competed in the AJW Tag League ’98.
– July 20, 2003, Emi competed in the AJW Japan Grand Prix ’03.
– July 16, 2007, Emi & Yoshiko Tamura defeated Haruka Matsuo & Misae Genki for the NEO Tag Team titles.
– July 29th, Emi & Tamura lose the NEO Tag Team titles to Ayako Hamada & Kaoru Ito.
– May 3, 2009, Emi defeated Nanae Takahashi for the NWA Women’s Pacific & NEO titles.
– July 19th, Emi & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Command Bolshoi & Megumi Yabushita for the JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team titles.
– September 21st, Emi & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Minori Makiba & Nanae Takahashi for the International Ribbon Tag Team titles.
– October 12th, Emi defeated Makoto for the ICEx60 Title.
– December 13th, Emi & Yoneyama lost the JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team titles to Azumi Hyuga & Ran YuYu.
– January 4, 2010, Emi lost the ICEx60 title to Tsukasa Fujimoto.
– May 3rd, Sakura defeated Riho for the ICEx60 title.
– July 19th, Emi lost the ICEx60 title to Hikari Minami.
– September 25, 2010, Emi & Nanae Takahashi defeated GENTARO & Mai Ichii for the International Ribbon Tag Team titles.
– December 23rd, Emi & Takahashi lost the International Ribbon Tag Team titles to Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto.
– March 26, 2011, Emi & Ray defeated Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto for the International Ribbon Tag Team titles.
– May 4th, Emi competed in the DDT Royal Rumble.
– June 1st, Emi & Ray lost the International Ribbon Tag Team titles to Lovely Butchers (Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi).
– July 24th, Emi competed in the DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Battle Royal.
– August 13th, Emi & Makoto defeated Lovely Butchers for the International Ribbon Tag Team titles.
– December 28th, Emi & Makoto lost the International Ribbon Tag Team titles to Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya.
– May 4, 2012, Emi & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miu for the JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team titles.
– August 17th, Emi competed in the Gatonum Climax.
– August 19th, Emi & Yoneyama lost the JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team titles to Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi.
– October 10th, Emi defeated Kayoko Haruyama for the JWP Openweight title.
– November 10th, Emi defended the JWP Openweight title against Kay Lee Ray & the same day Sakura defeated Nikki Storm for the EVE Championship.
– December 24th, Sakura lost the JWP Openweight title to Arisa Nakajima.
– February 2, 2012, Sakura lost the EVE title to Nikki Storm.
– May 4th, Emi & Hikaru Sato competed in the Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– May 25th, Sakura competed in the EVE Queen of the Ring ’13.
– July 15th, Emi defeated Kiyoko Ichiki for the AWF Women’s title.
– January 25, 2014, Sakura defeated Antonio Honda for the IWA Triple Crown title.
– May 3rd, Sakura & Masa Takanashi competed in the 2nd Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– August 9th, Emi competed in the Gatonum Climax.
– August 10th, Emi lost the IWA Triple Crown title to Konaka.
– October 4th, Emi defeated Konaka for the IWA Triple Crown title.
– November 2nd, Emi lost the IWA Triple Crown title to Riho.
– May 1, 2016, Emi & Masahiro Takanashi competed in the 4th Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– March 28, 2017, Sakura & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Riho & Kotori for the Asia Dream Tag Team titles.
– May 5th, Emi & Masahiro Takanashi competed in the 5th Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– August 5th, Emi defeated Riho for the vacant IWA Triple Crown title.
– November 12th, Emi competed in the EVE SHE-1 Block B tournament.
– April 28, 2018, Sakura & Masahiro Takanashi win the 6th Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– August 21st, Emi & Takanashi lost the Asia Dream Tag Team titles to Tropikawild (SAKI & Yuna Mizumori).
– October 12th, Emi defeated Kanji for the vacant 3CW Women’s title.
– May 1, 2019, Emi & Masahiro Takanashi competed in the 7th Go-Go Green Curry Koppun Cup.
– May 25th, Emi, Aja Kong & Yuka Sakazaki lost to Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami at AEW Double or Nothing.
– October 9th, Emi & Bea Priestley lost to Britt Baker & Riho on AEW Dynamite #2.
– October 23rd, Emi defeated Allie, Sadie Gibbs & Penelope Ford in a 4-Way on AEW Dark #4.
– November 6th, Sakura & Jamie Hayter defeated Riho & Shanna on AEW Dynamite #6.
– November 9th, Sakura challenged Riho for the AEW Women’s title.
– November 23rd, Sakura defeated Shivam, Johnathan Johnson & Paksa (c) in a 4-Way for the Gatoh Move One and Only title
– November 27th, Sakura & Bea Priestley defeated Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida on AEW Dynamite #9.
– December 11th, Sakura lost to Big Swole on AEW Dynamite #11.

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