Saya Kamitani (上谷沙弥 Kamitani Saya, ring name:上谷沙弥) (born November 28, 1996) is a Japanese professional wrestler, and idol (formerly of the group AKB48), currently signed to World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. Kamitani is a former one-time Goddess of Stardom Champion, which she held with Utami Hayashishita.
Kamitani had couple of dancing roles on 2014 as a support dancer. Kamitani passed the audition to become a member of the idol group AKB48, however, according to the group's website, Kamitani was never listed as a full-time member.
Professional wrestling career
World Wonder Ring Stardom (2018–present)
With her Idol background, Kamitani debuted in World Wonder Ring Stardom in a non-wrestling role as part of the "Stardom Idols", a dancing and singing group. While the Stardom Idols short-lived, Kamitani passed the stardom protest with Mana Hoshino on July 10, 2019. Kamitani debuted on August 10 where she unsuccessfully challenged Momo Watanabe. On August 18, Kamitani gained her first victory when she teamed with Rina to defeat Queen's Quest (Hina and Leo Onozaki). On November 4, in the official match of the Goddess of Stardom Tag League match, Kamitani and Saya Iida defeated Oedo Tai (Andras Miyagi and Kagetsu), after performing a running "Shooting Star Press" on Miyagi to win for her team. On December 8, Kamitani won the Rookie of Stardom Tournament a where she defeated Iida in the finals.
On February 16, 2020, after Kamitani lost to Utami Hayashishita, Kamitani would join Queen's Quest there after where she formed a team with Hayashishita. On July 17, Kamitani competed in a three-way match which also involved Iida and Maika for the Future of Stardom Championship, where she was unsuccessful. On July 26, Kamitani and Hayashishita defeated Tokyo Cyber Squad (Jungle Kyona and Konami) to win the vacant Goddess of Stardom Championship winning her first title in professional wrestling in the process. On December 27, Kamitani and Hayashishita lost the Goddess of Stardom Championship to Bea Priestley and Konami, ending their reign at 153 days. Following that after Hayashishita successfully defeated Mayu Iwatani to win World of Stardom Championship, Kamitani and Watanabe would challenge her Queen's Quest leader to her title. On March 3, 2021 Kamitani unsuccesfully challenged Hayashishita for her title at All Star Dream Cinderella. During April to June 2021, Kamitani defeated Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid, Himeka and finally Maika to be crowned the 2021 Cinderella Tournament winner.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2021)
On January 5, 2021, at the second night of New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)'s Wrestle Kingdom 15, Kamitani made her first NJPW appearance where she, alongside AZM and Hayashishita, defeated Himeka, Maika and Natsupoi in a dark match.
- Finishing moves
- Phoenix Splash (Corkscrew 450° splash)
- Running shooting star press
- Sickle Hold (STF)
- Star Crusher (Fisherman buster)
- Signature moves
- Canadian Destroyer (Front flip piledriver)
- Crossbody, sometimes while springboarding
- Fisherman suplex
- Handstand double knee drop
- Hurricanrana, sometimes while springboarding
- Japanese leg roll clutch
- Moonsault, usually from the apron
- Multiple kick variations
- Drop, sometimes from the top
- Spinning heel
- Muta lock
- Spanish Fly (Moonsault side slam)
- Springboard plancha
- Topé con hilo
- "Golden Phoenix"
- "Shooting Star"
- "Tall Saya"
- Entrance themes
- "OVER THE FUTURE"
In other media
In 2014, Kamitani participated in EXILE's support dancers. Kamitani also experienced a backstage dancer of Team A.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Wonder Ring Stardom
- Goddess of Stardom Championship (1 time) – with Utami Hayashishita
- Cinderella Tournament (2021)
- Rookie of Stardom (2019)
- Best Tag Team Award (2020) with Utami Hayashishita