One On One With Aria Sapphire: Learning The Ropes In Japan

divya3By:  Rick McLean
©Photographs Provided By Aria Sapphire

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I recently had the opportunity to interview one of Canada’s newest wrestling stars Aria Sapphire. Sapphire is from Mississauga, Ontario and was trained at the Battle Arts Academy by owner Anthony Carelli who is better known as former WWE Superstar Santino Marella. She was also trained by Japanese Legend Yuki Ishikawa and International Superstar “Hornet”Sapphire has recently travelled to Japan where she will be completing even more extensive training and she will be wrestling for various promotions as well.
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aria2Sapphire is currently staying in east Tokyo and is training at the Ice Ribbon Dojo and is with the Japanese wrestling promotion called Reina. She is training at the Zero One Dojo as well. Aria is primarily working for Reina Joshi Puroresu, which is an all women’s wrestling company in Japan where Kana, now known as Asuka in the WWE has placed her.

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Aria Sapphire’s first match in Japan took place in the first ring on a Reina show in Tokyo. It was a one on one contest against Makoto. Sapphire had Makoto locked into an octopus submission hold (just one of her many different finishers) and had her clearly beaten however Makoto was saved by the bell because this was only a five minute time limit try out match and time had expired.

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When ask about what some of the most fun things she did when she first arrived in Japan Aria replied:
“The most fun I’ve had here is going out after shows with the fans as there is a restaurant with many tables. The one time that stood out most for me was when we ate Korean BBQ in Osaka and the wrestlers got to meet each and every fan. We switched tables every 5 minutes and this gave the fans a chance to get to know us and us the chance to know them because let’s be real who doesn’t bond over food?”

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Aria1Sapphire’s second match was a tag team match but unfortunately it was difficult for them. When asked about this Aria said “We didn’t have any shared tag team moves because of the language barrier, it was really hard to communicate with my partner but I know we killed it in the ring and I almost managed to land my Samoan drop finisher. Had I landed it, I’m sure we would have stole the victory!”

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Sapphire said that there was definite eye opening moments in this match “My favourite part in the match was when we were trading forearms, those were hard hitting impacts that I’ve never felt in Canada! These girls are tough cookies! It was very traditional Japanese women’s wrestling with the traded forearms! Tough chicks for sure! In the end my tag partner unfortunately lost the match up while I was held out of the ring by the opposing sides partner.”

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Aria4When I asked Sapphire about who some of her inspirations are and why she picked Japan she said:
I’ve always looked up to Chris Jericho, he was my favourite wrestler growing up and still pretty much is. I remember dreaming of coming to Japan primarily for this reason and because of my respect for all the wrestlers who’ve moved their lives here to pursue their dreams, my knowledge is much richer now. I realize how hard it is to move one’s life here, especially at first with the language barrier. It makes it hard to show your talent at times but slowly you understand how to communicate through wrestling alone, it has allowed me to communicate with my fans through my emotions and moves in the ring. It can also make training hard at times but learning through “monkey see, monkey do” I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone and learn many new moves and styles such as my recent experiences with Lucha in Japan”

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Sapphire would go on to explain what life is like there and her current living conditions:
The life here is very different! It is at times very congested and the trains are always packed, as well the houses/apartments are quite small in comparison to what I’m used to! I sleep on the floor on a thin mattress here like all the other wrestlers and that makes us even tougher! I definitely have learned a lot being here just over a month now and I expect to learn much much more before I’m due to leave.”

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North Starz.ca would like to thank Aria Sapphire for taking the time out of her busy schedule to take part in this interview and wish her nothing but success during her time in Japan. Please make sure to be on the lookout for continuous updates about Aria Sapphire’s matches in Japan.

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