As the year 2017 comes to an end the Squared Circle Sirens teams will be highlighting different wrestlers from across the globe that we feel have made an impact over the past 365 days! Today we will be looking at Mayu Iwatani!
Since being asked to write about which Japanese women were the top in Japan I had gone back and forth on if Mayu should be included or not. She had probably her best year in Stardom outside of ring work, she won a feud against the then ace of the company and was eventually handed the torch and won the World of Stardom Championship for the first time in her 6 year career with Stardom.
All of this happening not even a year from the rumors of Mayu thinking of retirement, to go from possibly hanging up the boots to becoming the ace within a calendar year isn’t something all companies are willing to do for a wrestler which shows that Mayu is seen as very important to the Stardom office.
Mayu also became a double champion after winning the World of Stardom title, she held the two top titles in the promotion during the summer, becoming the first woman in Stardom to hold the World and Wonder of Stardom championships simultaneously. Yes, Mayu Iwatani had a battle with the flu earlier this year and in September sustained an elbow injury and was out for the rest of the year but I feel that the time she was healthy and wrestling this year meant more to her promotion and that Mayu did more with her active time than Io’s even with some outside factors affecting both women. Hopefully, her 2018 doesn’t have as many slip-ups as her 2017 but Mayu Iwatani stepped up to the plate and did the as much as she could with the time she had and in my opinion, was the wrestler that meant the most to Stardom this year.
written by @NOAHs_Savior