Profiles New Knockout, Hamada

hamadaTNA is doing a great job of creating buzz around it’s newly signed Knockout, Ayako Hamada, who it seems will be going by just her last name. They’ve put up a nice piece on their site including quotes from one Awesome Kong [even though she can't string a sentence together on TV].

With TNA’s biggest, baddest heel putting Hamada over, it would be absolutely ridiculous not to strap the rocket on her from the get-go. Her debut could instantly gain more traction than Tara, Sarita or Alissa’s. Read below:

She’s 28 with 10 years of in-ring experience, and a lifetime of pro wrestling knowledge truly at her front door.

The newest TNA Knockout, Hamada, was recently signed to a contract and arrives from Japan, best known as the daughter of wrestling sensation Gran Hamada, 59, himself a wrestler of 35 years.

Expect great things from this Orient import.

“I would compare Hamada with AJ Styles, because she’s simply phenomenal,” TNA’s Awesome Kong said in a rare interview (Kong has also dominated the Japanese wrestling scene). “She’s a triple threat. She’s mastered the Japanese style of wrestling, along with the Mexican lucha libre, and I can see it in her eyes that she wants to be a great American wrestler.”

More after the cut:

Hamada wrestled in Mexico in 2007-2008. She has had countless classic battles in her native Tokyo against Japanese sensation Aja Kong.

Hamada also has teamed with, and wrestled against, her dad.

“I love my father; he’s my hero,” Hamada said. “My ultimate dream is to have a match against my dad … and win.”

And that could happen – she has been a singles and tag team champion in Japan. She previously was the All-Japan Women’s Champion.

Hamada has had several matches in the past against Awesome Kong.

“She is very, very strong,” Kong said.

Stay tuned to “iMPACT!” every Thursday night on SpikeTV for the TNA Wrestling debut of Hamada!


Hobbies: Salsa dancing
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Number: 1
Wants To Visit: New York City
Favorite Food: Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Indian
All-Time Favorite Wrestler: Eddie Guerrero
It’s a Fact: Her sister also is a pro wrestler in Japan
Family: One brother, four sisters.

Random Melanie observation: How bad is it that the first thing I noticed is that TNA has already caked her in their tranny make-up?

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  • PedroPedroso17

    I love this girl, is there still hope?!

  • Kaledrina

    I forgot all about her keeping her name until you mentioned it. That must be good for her, right? As in they have hope she’ll be a good draw for them?

    It seems like an odd way to sort-of “debut” her – I don’t recall them posting a mini-interview with picture before a TV appearance, for anybody else, but whatever.

    I’m getting the feeling that if we don’t get a run-in later tonight, then maybe we’ll see a promo video or two.

  • divafanjill

    Maybe she can be the one to take the belt off of the most dominant Knockout’s Champion ever…Cody Deaner! *rolls eyes at the thought of him with that belt*

  • Kaledrina

    RE: the photo, I don’t usually care about the shoots (maybe because I’m not too keen on fashion/looking at girls? iunno.) but they really need a new photographer. or at least more than the one. Knockout, white background, too much make-up and quite piss-poor lighting. Not to blow my own trumpet, but even I could probably do better. I mean, they film inside a THEME PARK. Use it.

  • Kaledrina

    psst.. jill.. cody isn’t champion ;)

  • RKOyou

    “How bad is it that the first thing I noticed is that TNA has already caked her in their tranny make-up?”

    lol XD,exactly what i thought melanie,haha

    with all these new girls in TNA,it’s going to be impossible for all of them to get TV time,Tara,kong and the beauiful people are definitly going to be on TV(sadley) but the other girls like sarita,alissa,daffney,sojo,and hemme are basically going to be fighting like cats for TV time(the knockouts NEED there own show BADLEY)

    hamada is actually half mexican and half japanese(but looks more japanese) but I wonder if she knows english?

  • RKOyou

    hamada actaully looks nice in this picture,it shows she has a cute face

  • Kaledrina

    RKOyou, as much as i love the Knockouts, having a show of their own would be a bad move on TNA’s part. The KOs already get the highest rated segments, if they did have a show to themselves, would anybody actually be left wanting to watch iMPACT? But they definitely need another hour or two concentrating on showcasing their women and xdivision. According to Kong they signed an extended TV deal with Spike today, maybe we’ll see another show for them sooner rather than later?

  • RKOyou

    I hope so Kaledrina because the knockouts need more TV time BADLEY

  • Shan

    Yea! Maybe now things’ll get more interesting?

    Lol and yea, the first thing that caught my attention was the makeup. I was like, why is her face orange?