Mia Yim Does Japan: Blog and Pictures from Match with Manami Toyota

Wrestler and Diva Dirt contributor, Mia Yim is currently in Japan where she is set to debut for the REINA promotion. Mia will be sending us exclusive blogs and pictures from her trip. Check back for regular updates!

Ahyong all!

If you have a problem with how I spell Ahnyong, get over it ^.^ Anyways, it is now Sunday. The day after my big tag match with Aki Kambayashi against Hailey Hatred and Manami Toyota. I will be coming home Weds with two losses in Japan, but with the greatest experience of my career thus far. This match was TOUGH! Much respect to all three of those ladies, they can really give their all. I took some stiff kicks from Hailey, got my butt handed to me on a silver platter by Toyota. I don’t mind the losses, I am just happy to have walked away from two incredible matches in Japan. Looking at Toyota across the ring before the bell rang felt like a dream. The lights only on us. Streamers getting cleaned up by our feet (Yes, I got streamers for the first time!!! Love the Japanese fans!) It was simply unbelievable and indescribable. Two years ago, I would only imagine and day dream about wrestling in Japan, asking myself “I wonder what it would be like over here..” and now I can say, “Oh, wrestling in Japan is TOUGH! But I enjoy every minute”. The blood, sweat, and tears of two hard working years and this is the pay off. Forget getting glammed up for TV. Forget winning a belt from a box. This trip to Japan was the payoff. I thank god, my family, my friends, and all of you supporters for spreading my name, cheering (or booing) me, getting behind me. THANK YOU!

Now to answer some questions. “Whats with the ‘God Bless’ on your wrist tape?” Well, my first New Japan Pro Wrestling show this past Thursday, I went with Roxie Cotton and Hailey Hatred. I have seen clips of NJPW, but never full shows. I was amazed by all the talent! I was introduced to many many unique characters and awesome male wrestling such as Taichi Ishikari, Kota Ibushi, Kushida, and my new all time favorite, Fujita Jr Hayato. If you don’t know why he is my favorite, just youtube him. You will know soon enough ^.^ He has ‘God Bless’ on his gear, and I wanted to somewhat carry that along with me, as he is such an inspiration to me. It was like going to Disneyland for the first time. Also, I like to wear it proud as it is also a symbolism of what God has blessed me with to pursue my life long dream of wrestling.

Today, Me and Roxie went to Harajuku once again for some last minute shopping. Got some good stuff with good deals ^.^ After Harajuku, we met up with Hailey to go to the New Japan show once more. I adore this company and plan to go to the shows whenever I am in Japan. Long fulfilling day.

As I lay in bed typing this, I am still in awe at what I have accomplished on my trip here. I do not want to go home, I love Japan and wish I could stay forever and just wrestle. Thinking about moving here after college, but that is just a thought for now. We will see how things go when the second semester is almost finished. I feel that all the things I wanted to do, I have done it. Now my next goal…Come back to Japan!

Once again, Thank you all for joining me on this trip. I hope you felt as if you were here with me. Thank you all, I love you guys!!!!


PS: Photo Credit to Mr. Youji Kawauchi

  • Kegan

    Congrats to Mia on having a dream of hers come true in the biggest way. A wrestler’s first trip to Japan and getting to take on a living legend? Amazing. Very great that the Japanese has taking such a liking to her from what I’ve seen. Japan can do wonders for a person’s career, as Hailey Hatred herself as improved a huge amount from working over there for the past year or so (I also think she’s rocking a variation of one of her older attires in these photos).

  • darkangels

    HAHAH from the picture divdirt put up Mia knows where the camara at

  • ajdsoto

    Don’t move to Japan Mia, please, lol, we need u here! But yea, im happy for you Mia having a great experience in Japan, representing us, and just doing what u love! Hope you have a safe trip home!!!!

  • Lily

    Mia is one of my new favorite indy stars. I love watching her wrestle and i love her look. I think she would bring diversity into the divas division one day.

  • darkangels

    yeah she will be a diva real soon

  • laqisha

    Talking about steping in the ring with one of the best wrestler in history of women’s wrestling.

  • Joel Williams

    Congrats to Mia Yim, a Diva, Joshi (I guess) and Legend in the making. Anyone who has a match with Manami, Kana or any Joshi Hero is doing something right, and for Mia to do this in only a few years only urges me to give her more respect.

    Now please let us see Mia Yim vs:

    Misaki Ohata
    Ayumi Kurihara
    Tomoka Nakagawa
    Hiroyo Matsumoto
    Mio Shirai
    Io Shirai

  • http://twitter.com/BroskiRomano Wesley Romano

    If this chick can kick Sarah Del Reys ass then id be happy lol

    Ive seen Serena Deeb, Hamada, and even Roxxi loose to Delrey =(

    Man I wanna see the Awesome Kong vs Del Rey

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=516613799 dafalcon

    Mia has had an amazing, perhaps life-changing, trip to Japan. REINA obviously loves her, as do the Japanese fans, because they gave her two marquee matches both of which went over 11:00: singles vs Hiroyo Matsumoto (REINA 2) and tag w/ Kanbayashi vs Toyota/Hatred. On top of that she unveils a Hamada-like moonsault from top rope to the OUTSIDE last Saturday! Far and away the most dramatic highspot she has ever executed. From Youji Kawauchi’s photos, she executed it perfectly!
    The big companies should sit up and take note — but knowing them they are asleep at the switch — REINA knew something that JAPW, MCW, RCW, and ACW didn’t even know — it takes a joshi promotion to make that final cut and polish to reveal the blinding glint of a breath-taking diamond. The gasp that went up from the crowd in the Eastern Tokyo Friendship Hall when Mia arched her back and took flight, was that of a person glimpsing a flawless diamond — reverance exhaled!
    Rather then allowing your return to the USA to be a letdown, Mia — help us lift the level of wreslting here to what you experienced in Japan these last three weeks. New Jersey needs to see that moonsault!

  • adifferentsame

    I really like these blogs. Working a match with Toyota should be any young wrestler’s dream. That moonsault looked breathtaking!

  • vonVile

    Mia Yim just posted her match against Hiroyo Matsumoto on YT. Be sure to check it out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/martibelle martibelle

    So proud of you Mia!!
    I love what you said too about how THIS was the pay-off of all those years of hard work! The blood, sweat & tears we pour into this business are worth those moments when you know you’re doing something right.
    Can’t wait to see you and hear more about your crazy adventures!!!

  • Dyna-Mo Chen

    I love watching Mia fly… like she was born to it. Big big mark out for her!