STARDOM announced that Hana Kimura died on 5/23/20. They did not release any other details other than it was hard to grasp and there is still some investigating.
The cause of death is believed to be a suicide. Kimura made disturbing Tweets on 5/22/20 about how she’s been constantly bullied and harassed after appearing on the reality show “Terrace House”. She showed a picture of a bloody arm and said goodbye. The Tweets were later deleted.
Her first major appearance in pro wrestling was on 8/21/05 defeating Tanny Mouse for the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Title and then losing it on the same day to her mother, Kyoko Kimura. The official debut didn’t come until 3/30/16 in Wrestle-1 (the company that trained her) in a loss to Reika Saiki.
On 9/18/16, she won the Artist of STARDOM Titles with her mother and Kagetsu by defeating Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo (aka Kairi Sane) and Mayu Iwatani.
2017 was a banner year in her career. She defeated her mother on Kyoko’s own retirement show called “The Last Afro” on 1/22/17. They also teamed together on the same show with ISAO (her stepfather) in a losing effort to Aja Kong, Meiko Satomura, and Minoru Suzuki. Although Hana was considered a full-timer with Wrestle-1, she made appearances for STARDOM and Sendai Girls. On 6/21/17, she and Kagetsu won the Goddess of STARDOM Titles from Tam Nakano and Hiroyo Matsumoto.
Kimura made her American debut in ROH in 2018. She was part of the tournament to crown the first Women of Honor Champion. She lost in the first round to Sumie Sakai who would go on to win the tournament and become the champion.
In early 2019, she left Wrestle-1 to become an official roster member of STARDOM. She was the leader of the new unit Tokyo Cyber Squad that includes Jungle Kyona, Zoe Lucas, Bobbi Tyler, Konami, Death Yama-san, Rina, Ruaka, Mary Apache, and Leyla Hirsch. She was part of the STARDOM in New York pay-per-view on 4/5/19 as she and Bobbi Tyler won a 3-Way over Bea Priestley and Konami, Britt Baker and Brittany Blake. She won the Artist of STARDOM Titles with Jungle Kyona and Konami by defeating Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano and Saki Kashima on 5/16/19.
When Bushiroad bought STARDOM in October 2019, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer reported that the new ownership wanted to build around her as one of their top stars. She did an angle with Bushiroad owner Taaki Kidani at a STARDOM show in December which ended with her slapping him.
Kimura was part of history on 1/4/20 as STARDOM was the “offering match” dark match at New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 14. She and Giulia lost to Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki.
Her last match in STARDOM was in the Cinderella Tournament on 3/24/20. She went to a double elimination draw with Mayu Iwatani by the over the top rope rule. Giulia was the winner of the tournament. STARDOM has been on hiatus ever since because of the virus pandemic.
Shannon Walsh @WrestlingDemons
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