Hana Kimura (木村花 Kimura Hana, born September 3, 1997 – May 23, 2020) was a Japanese professional wrestler, most notably working for World Wonder Ring Stardom. Kimura also worked for other wrestling promotions such as WAVE, Sendai Girls, JWP and Wrestle-1 where she debuted as wrestler.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Hana was accepted in to the Wrestle-1 dojo after she passed an audition that took place in December of 2015. At the same month she was announced as a round girl of the "Super Teriffic Cuties" as HANA. On March 30, 2016 she made her professional wrestling debut losing to her classemate Reika Saiki. She spent the rest of the year wrestling in different promotions such as WAVE, Sendai Girls.
In July she started to compete in JWP she received her first championship shot for the JWP and Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Championship with Hanako Nakamori losing to Arisa Nakajima and Tsukasa Fujimoto. After that, she participated in the tournament for the vacated JWP Junior Championship and Princess of Pro Wrestling Championship where she defeated Yuina Onasaka in the first round and later Yako Fujigasaki to become the new champion winning her first and second professional wrestling championship on September 18.
Two days later she started to compete in Stardom where she joined her mother's Oedo Tai's unit where she teamed with her mother Kyoko Kimura and Kagetsu won the Artist Of Stardom Championship defeating Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo and Mayu Iwatani on October 10. On November 12 it was announced that Kimura will be joining her rookie mates to Pro Wrestling A.C.E, where she would later join the main roster. On December 28 she lost the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro Wrestling Championship to Yako Fujigasaki. On January 7 Hana, Kyoko and Kagetsu lost the Artist Of Stardom Championship to HZK, Io Shirai and Momo Watanabe. Sixteen days later she defeated her mother in her retirement match. On June 21 Kimura and Kagetsu defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto and Jungle Kyona to win the Goddess of Stardom Championship. On March 9, Kimura made her debut for American promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), when she was announced as part of a tournament to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion losing to Sumie Sakai in the first round. In March 2019 Kimura announced that she was leaving Wrestle-1. From August 17 to August 22, 2019 Kimura took part in the 2019 5★Star GP. After seven wins and one losses, Kimura advanced to the finals, where she defeated Konami to win the tournament. On October 14, Kimura unsuccessfully challenged Bea Priestley for the World of Stardom Championship. On January 4, 2020, Kimura, along with Giulia, Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki made a appearance at New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 14 event at the Tokyo Dome in a dark tag team match where they lost to Iwatani and Hoshiki.
Kimura was the daughter of Kyoko Kimura, also a professional wrestler. Before she was one year old, she was separated from her father. While the identity of her biological father is not publicly known, Kimura had mentioned in interviews that he was an Indonesian national and because of this she was referred to as Indonesian-Japanese. Throughout her life, Kimura was the subject of bullying because of her mixed ethnic heritage.
Earlier in September, Kimura had started in September on the popular Netflix reality show Terrace House, in an incident filmed in early January, a male housemate named Kai washed his clothes while her outfit that she wore at the Tokyo Dome was in the washer and then threw it in the dryer and ruined the outfit. Since that incident aired, she started to get hate messages that sent her into depression.
- Finishing moves
- Kamagatame (Indian deathlock)
- Big Boot
- Missile Kick
- Entrance themes
- "La La La (Brazil 2014)" by Shakira feat. Carlinhos Brown (Independent Circuit)
- "Internet Friends" by Knife Party (Stardom)
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Dramatic Dream Team
- JWP Joshi Puroresu
- World Wonder Ring Stardom
- Sendai Girls
- Sendai Girls Tag Team Championship Challenger Decision Tournament (2017) – with Meiko Satomura
- ↑ DeFelice, Robert 2020-05-22. Hana Kimura Has Passed Away . Fightful. Retrieved on 2020-05-22.
- ↑ 『テラハ』出演の木村花さんが死去 22歳 所属のスターダムが発表 [Hana Kimura, who appeared in "Teraha", died 22 years old Stardom announces] (in Japanese). Yahoo (2020-05-22). Retrieved on 2020-05-22.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Hana Kimura passes away at 22 years old (in English). Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2020-05-22). Retrieved on 2020-05-22.