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If you thought the WWE was intense, you haven't witnessed Stardom, the professional women's wrestling league in Japan

Japanese girls are cute and shy. But the situation changes on the wresling ring. Welcome to the otherside of land of the rising sun - a world of pain, sweat, flowery dresses and terrifying masks.

If you thought the WWE was intense, you haven't witnessed Stardom, the professional women's wrestling league in Japan.

World Wonder Ring Stardom, often referred to simply as Stardom is a Japanese joshi puroresu or female professional wrestling promotion, founded in September 2010 by former Hyper Visual Fighting Arsion and JDStar promoter Rossy Ogawa, retired wrestler, model and mixed martial artist Fuka Kakimoto and veteran professional wrestler Nanae Takahashi.

Stardom quickly became one of the top joshi puroresu promotions, largely thanks to gravure idol Yuzuki Aikawa becoming the promotion's public face.

Stardom's in-ring style takes influence from mixed martial arts with many workers relying on kicks as the main part of their offense.

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