I have never, nor shall I ever be a fan of comedy wrestling, or comedy wrestlers. Having been part of the business as a wrestler, manager, interviewer, commentator, and booking committee for more than ten independent organizations, I “understand” comedy in wrestling, I just don’t like it. When I watch professional wrestling, I still want to believe. For me, comedy wrestlers take that away, they are a big slap in the face that what you are watching is silly, and fake. I say all that so I can now praise a reformed comedy wrestler. Yuna Mizumori used to wrestle dressed as a pineapple. Yes, you read that right, Yuna’s presentation was “look at me, I am a wrestling pineapple!” I never wrote about, or discussed, Yuna Mizumori, because she wrestled for organizations I never watched. I never begrudged her existence, so long as I didn’t have to be subject to it. Then one day she showed up in Stardom’s “New Blood” shows. From Wikipedia, Stardom’s New Blood shows have been held since 2022 and slowly became a developmental sub-brand of the promotion, which mainly focus on matches where rookie wrestlers, usually with three or less years of in-ring experience, evolve. So even then, I wasn’t upset with Yuna’s participation, but she was technically working for Stardom, my favorite promotion.
As I continued to watch Stardom, I began to see subtle and then grander changes in Yuna Mizumori. She began expressing a desire to join Cosmic Angels. This is where things got very interesting. Tam Nakano, the leader of Cosmic Angels demanded that Yuna lose weight, and get in better wrestling shape. Yuna began having to face Cosmic Angel members to prove her worth, having excellent matches with Natsupoi, and eventually even Nakano, The World of Stardom champion, herself! Yuna also had very solid matches with wrestlers like Saya Iida, and Hazuki. Eventually, after meeting her goal weight, and working a stiff match with Nakano, Yuna was accepted into Cosmic Angels. My favorite Yuna match of 2023 was against Momo Watanabe in the 5Star Grand Prix, she really won me over there, it was then that I could say with pride that I am a fan of Yuna Mizumori. Yuna not only has a great look, and solid wrestling ability, but her charisma and enthusiasm is second to no one in the world of wrestling. She always seems legitimately happy to be wrestling, and loves the fans. Now she no longer has to overcome the gimmick of being a wrestling pineapple, but instead, is gaining the reputation of a friendly, and fun, bad ass, that can fight toe to toe with the best of them that Stardom has to offer, and that is saying a lot! Yuna Mizumori has gone from being a silly sideshow, to being a main event caliber professional wrestler!