The women’s wrestling league in Japan is way more intense than WWE

Japan women's wrestling
Wrestler Kairi Hojo jumps at her opponent. Thomas Peter

If you thought the WWE was intense, you haven’t witnessed Stardom, the professional women’s wrestling league in Japan. While the WWE’s Wrestle Mania involves a lot of violent action, Stardom consists of real, full-on body slams, kicks, and bright, colourful costumes.

Japanese women’s professional wrestling is an entertainment show that involves a dance routine performance before every highly intense wrestling match.

Stardom was founded in 2010, five years after the All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling came to a close after the president became ill.

Stardom became popular quickly after it was founded. Here are some of the most intense moments from professional women’s wrestling in Japan.

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