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Nanae Takahashi (December 23, 1978) is a Japanese professional wrestler. She has wrestled for prominent Japanese promotions All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Sun, and has held multiple world championships. Currently she belongs to World Wonder Ring Stardom as the playing manager.


Nanae Takahashi graduated from All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling's (AJW) training class of 1996, and rose to prominence at a time when AJW was beginning its decline. Early on, she achieved the most fame as part of the tag team Nanamomo with classmate Momoe Nakanishi. Together, Nanamomo won four tag team championships, the AJW Tag Team Championship twice (on November 23, 1997 and August 23, 1998) and the WWWA World Tag Team Championship twice (on July 16, 2000 and July 6, 2002). Concurrently, Takahashi was making a name for herself as a singles competitor, winning the AJW Championship on March 1, 2000, and the junior division competition at that year's Japan Grand Prix. Having established herself as a major competitor, Takahashi won the 2002 Japan Grand Prix, and won her first WWWA World Heavyweight Championship on December 12, 2004. During AJW's final years she won the WWWA World Tag Team Championship three more times (each time with a different partner), and the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship once more. She was the last WWWA champion, handing over the belt to promoter Takashi Matsunaga immediately after winning it on March 26, 2006.

At an independent show held on July 14, 2006 to celebrate her tenth anniversary in professional wrestling, Takahashi announced her intention to start her own promotion. Her stable, the Dream Catchers, held their final show on the following September 3.

On October 1, 2006, Takahashi defeated Africa 55 for the resurrected AWA World Women's Championship at the debut of her new promotion, Pro Wrestling Sun. The promotion is a sister promotion to Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max, and at the time an affiliate of the revived American Wrestling Association. On January 14, 2007, Takahashi lost her world championship to Amazing Kong, but regained it again on May 13 of the same year, in Los Angeles, California. She became recognized as the first AWA Japan Women's Champion on June 19, 2007, after the AWA World Women's title was retired out of respect for four-time former champion Sherri Martel, who had died on June 15.

After Sun closed on March 3, 2008, Takahashi formed a unit called "Passion Red" with Natsuki☆Taiyo and Kana. They were active mainly with NEO Japan Ladie's Pro Wrestling.

On October 4, 2008, Takahashi beat Kyoko Inoue to win NWA Women's Pacific/NEO Single Championship. On October 10, 2009, she won NEO Tag Team Championship with Kana.

From January 25, 2009 to December 29, 2010, Takahashi was also active with Ice Ribbon and held International Ribbon Tag Team Championship three times (with Minori Makiba, Kazumi Shimouma and Emi Sakura) and Triangle Ribbon Championship once.

On April 18, 2010, Takahashi beat Kayoko Haruyama to win JWP Openweight Championship. She became the second champion from outside since Manami Toyota in 2006.

On September 7, 2010, Takahashi announced with Fuka and Rossy Ogawa that they founded a new promotion called World Wonder Ring Stardom. They had their first card on January 23, 2011.

On December 15, 2010, Takahashi won Women's Award of Tokyo Sports.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Corner slingshot splash
  • Nanalock (Grounded dragon sleeper)
  • Nana☆Racka (Sitout suplex slam)
  • Nana Racka II (Muscle buster dropped into a fisherman driver)
  • One Second (Kneeling shoulderbreaker, while applying a chickenwing)
  • One Second EX (Sitout side powerslam, while applying a chickenwing)
  • Reizouko Bakudan (Diving splash)
  • Signature moves
  • Belly-to-back suplex
  • Elbow smash
  • Enzuigiri
  • Lariat
  • Scoop lift spun out into a stunner
  • Shining wizard
  • Shoulder block
  • Superplex
  • Wheelbarrow lifted and dropped into a spin–out powerbomb
  • Entrance music
  • "NanaRacka" by Kakuto Megami and Athena featuring Kiss no Sekai

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