Oedo-Tai was born out of the Kimura Monster-Gun faction in STARDOM, which was formed in 2012 by Kyoko Kimura and Hailey Hatred. On 18th January 2015, the stable was officially born, its members included Kyoko Kimura, Act Yasukawa, Dragonita, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Kris Wolf.
The current iteration consists of Jamie Hayter [currently inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic], Konami, Natsuko Tora, Rina, Ruaka, Saki Kashima, Fukigen ★ [against her will] and Sumire Natsu [inactive due to a shoulder injury].
Past alumni of Oedo-Tai include Act Yasukawa, Alpha Female, Kyoko Kimura, Dragonita, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy, Kris Wolf, Nikki Storm, Thunder Rosa, Star Fire, La Rosa Negra, Holidead, Kaitlin Diemond, Viper, Diosa Atenea, Kagetsu, Leah Vaughan, Bea Priestley and Hana Kimura
Here we take a look at the careers of the Women who shaped and grew Oedo-Tai into the top heel faction in all of STARDOM.
Watch out for part two where Jeff looks at the full history of Oedo-Tai.
10. Kyoko Kimura
Kyoko Kimura began working for STARDOM, after a lengthy career on the Japanese wrestling scene, in May 2012 joining the villainous Kawasaki Katsushika Saikyou Densetsu Plus One stable.
On 5th August 2012 Kimura formed her own stable, after quitting KKSDPO due to being defeated for the leadership role by Natsuki☆Taiyo, called Kimura Monster-Gun recruiting Hailey Hatred at the same time. Between 29th to 30th September she participated in the first 5★Star GP only to be defeated in the finals by Yuzuki Aikawa leaving soon after to work in Ice Ribbon.
Upon her return to STARDOM, Kyoko Kimura received her first title shot on 14th January 2013, winning the top title in the company, the World of Stardom Championship, defeating Nanae Takahashi. She would follow it up with winning the Goddess of Stardom Championship alongside Hailey Hatred on 17th March, defeating Natsuki☆Taiyo and Yoshiko of KKSDPO. By that November Alpha Female and The Female Predator “Amazon” would join Kimura Monster-Gun with the three of them winning the Artist of Stardom Championship. This would not be the only achievement for Kimura that month, winning the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Tournament 2013, alongside Act Yasukawa.
On 26th January 2014 she would become the first two-time Goddess of Stardom Champion, this time alongside Alpha Female, she would go to JWP Joshi Puroresu in May and then Pro Wrestling Wave in October. Kyoko Kimura would return to STARDOM on 18th January 2015 to form Oedo-Tai with Act Yasukawa, Dragonita, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Kris Wolf. On 2nd October 2016 Kyoko would win the Artist of Stardom Championship alongside her daughter Hana Kimura and Kagetsu.
Kyoko Kimura would retire on 22nd January 2017 at an event called “Last Afro” in Korakuen Hall in a mixed tag-team match, where she teamed with her husband Isao and daughter Hana Kimura to face off against Aja Kong, Minoru Suzuki and Meiko Satomura. She would face off against her daughter Hana is a bonus match, refereed by her husband, being defeated and thus handing the mantle over to the young Hana Kimura.
9. Act Yasukawa
Act Yasukawa made her in ring debut on 5th February 2012 for STARDOM. Yasukawa has Graves’ Disease which has resulted in a lot of health issues during her life, including blindness in her right eye, she incorporated wearing an eye patch into her persona to combat this. She is also known for carrying a bottle of rum to the ring to spit at people.
In January 2013 Yasukawa would win her first championship in STARDOM alongside Natsuki☆Taiyo & Saki Kashima, who would go on to join Oedo-Tai, winning a tournament to be crowned the inaugural Artist of Stardom Champions. The team would vacate the title due to Yasukawa suffering a Cervical Spine injury. In November 2013 she would team up with future stable mate Kyoko Kimura winning the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Tournament, that same month Yasukawa would win the Wonder of Stardom Championship holding it till June 2014. Having vacated the title due to Graves’ Disease related thyroid deterioration this afforded her the opportunity to undergo cataract surgery returning to in ring competition on 7th December 2014 and quickly winning the Wonder of Stardom Championship off of Mayu Iwatani at the Stardom 4th anniversary show.
With the return of Kyoko Kimura to STARDOM on 18th January 2015 and the formation of Oedo-Tai, Act Yasukawa would be reunited with the woman she won the 2013 Goddesses of Stardom Tag Tournament with. On 22nd February 2015 Yasukawa challenged Yoshiko in the main event at Korakuen Hall for the World of Stardom Championship but the match was ruled a no contest, resulting in Yoshiko being stripped of the title, when Yoshiko decided to shoot on Yasukawa resulting in a fractured cheek, nasal and orbital bones, which required surgery. She would have to take time away from the ring due to her injuries not returning until the end of September, being forced to retire from in ring competition on 23rd December 2015. Yasukawa would continue working for STARDOM as the manager of Oedo-Tai until sometime in 2016.
8. Kris Wolf
Kris Wolf started her wrestling career in STARDOM, being trained by Fuka Kakimoto, Io Shirai and Nanae Takahashi before debuting on 10th August 2014 at Stardom X Stardom in a three-way match facing Reo Hazuki and Koguma. Her first singles match with the company would take place seven day later in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan and she would compete in the 5STAR Grand Prix on 24th August.
After previously being around Kimura Monster-Gun and their leader Kyoko Kimura since her debut, Wolf would join the newly established Oedo-Tai during its formation in 2015. Wolf would be known as Oedo Tai no Kuroi Okami meaning Oedo Tai’s Black Wolf, establishing herself as one of the most popular and talented gaijin wrestlers in Stardom, along with the likes of Toni Storm, Viper and Bea Priestley.
2015 would be a very busy year for Kris Wolf, on 6th May her and Oedo-Tai teammate Star Fire would join forces during night two of Stardom’s Golden Week Stars event, competing in a tournament for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag-Team Championship, they made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated by Mayu Iwatani and Io Shirai. At that years Stardom X Stardom event, Wolf would challenge for the High Speed Championship, held by teammate Star Fire but was unsuccessful in capturing the belt. Her next championship opportunity would come on 6th December at the Stardom Goddesses Of Stardom event, competing in a three-way tag-team match for the vacant Artist of Stardom Championship. Wolf would team up with Act Yasukawa and Kyoko Kimura, but where beaten by the team of Evie, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater known as the Hyper Destroyers.
Oedo-Tai would face off in a faction war for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag-Team Championships, which was held by Kagetsu and Kyoko Kimura, on 5th August 2016 during the Stardom Shinning Stars Tour, Wolf and Leah Vaughan would be unsuccessful in their quest for gold.
Kris Wolf would finally capture gold in STARDOM on 23rd February 2017, winning the High Speed Championship from Mayu Iwatani in a three-way match which also involved Kagestu also of Oedo-Tai. Wolf would drop the belt to Shanna at Stardom X Stardom on 16th July that same year.
Kris Wolf would have her last match as a part of STARDOM on 25th March 2018.