Women Warriors highlights the stories of Japanese women who live inspiring lives. The professional wrestling industry has provided a launch pad for many Japanese women who have wanted to lead a fulfilling career. And one of the most talented Japanese wrestlers of the modern era is Chisako Jumonji, AKA Dash Chisako. Having built a reputation on the indie wrestling scene as a hardcore specialist, Dash has captured the imagination of wrestling fans around the world.
A tale of two sisters
Chisako entered the wrestling industry in 2005 when she and her sister Sachiko auditioned for the legendary Meiko Satomura. After passing the audition, the Jumonji siblings joined Satomura’s promotion, Sendai Girls’ Pro Wrestling.
In 2006, Dash made her official debut under the name of Chisako Kanari but lost to Dynamite Kansai. After a year of wrestling, Chisako formed a tag team with her sister and they started to gain momentum. One of the team’s most notable matches took place against the team of Io and Mio Shirai in 2007. The sisters wrestled on and off together, evolving as a team. Eventually, Dash debuted a new hardcore look that was inspired by her favourite wrestler Jeff Hardy.
Dash continued to wrestle for Sendai Girls until the promotion was forced into inactivity after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Dash returned to Sendai Girls later in the year and reunited with Sachiko. They went on to capture their first titles by winning the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship.
Over the next couple of years, the Jumonji siblings enjoyed renewed success as a tag team, winning the JWP Tag Team Championship and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Becoming a hardcore queen
In 2016, Sachiko retired from wrestling, causing Dash to start a singles career. When wrestling for the American promotion Chikara, she took part in the King of Trios tournament by teaming up with Cassandra Miyagi and Meiko Satamura. The Sendai Girls team made history as the first female wrestlers to win the tournament.
The team looked to defend their ‘Queen of Trios’ crown in the 2017 King of Trios tournament in Wolverhampton, England. Billed as Housed Sendai Girls, the team put on a valiant effort, but were defeated by House Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven) in the finals.
Refusing to be defined by the loss, Chisako returned to Japan and defeated Hanako Nakamori to capture her first singles title in the form of the Pure-J Openweight Championship.
Dash’s fearlessness in the ring has turned her into one of the most popular wrestlers on the independent circuit. She’s never been afraid to take risks or put her body on the line to entertain the crowd.
I saw this for myself as the UK’s first Sendai Girls event in Manchester. Dash wrestled in a No-DQ match against Kay Lee Ray and wasted no time in battering her opponent with a steel chair. She performed several high risk moves and won the match by slamming Ray through a table. The match earned a standing ovation and much of that had to do with Chisako’s willingness to take crazy bumps and perform high-impact spots.