WWE Extreme Rules: Most Violent and Brutal Women's Matches in Wrestling History
Extreme Rules 2013 doesn't have a women's match scheduled, but even if AJ Lee and Kaitlyn were officially going at it, their battle wouldn't be nearly as violent and bloody as the most barbaric matches between females ever.
WWE's Divas have ventured into the land of hardcore on occasion.
Lita and Jacqueline smashed each other with cookie sheets and broomsticks in a hardcore match on WWE Raw. Lita also took on Victoria in a cage match. These, though, are the exceptions. Most of the WWE's Divas stay far away from cages, tables and barbed wire.
The sadistic female warriors featured on this list make even those rare forays into brutality look like an episode of Sesame Street.
Japanese women like Mayumi Ozaki and Akira Hokuto find themselves on this list again and again. North America is represented by the seemingly fearless Mickie Knuckles and LuFisto.
Their most vicious offerings saw these women hit each other with weapons, cut each other open and force our jaws to drop. Ranked based on how disturbingly violent and bloody their clashes were, here are the most brutal women's matches in wrestling.
Warning: As one might expect, some of the videos are quite graphic.
The following violent affairs were just a touch less bloody and intense than those above them.
Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto battled inside of a cage in 1992, smashing each other with sticks and piledriving each other into the mat.
LuFisto and Mercedes Martinez used tables, barricades and anything within reach in their Falls Count Anywhere match for Combat Zone Wrestling.
Blood fell as Yumiko Hotta and Momoe Nakanishi took on Amazing Kong (Kharma) and Shark Tsuchiya inside of a cage.
10. Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori
Other matches on this list outdo Akira Hokuto and Shinobu Kandori's classic in terms of blood and violence, but this one is the greatest among them in terms of compelling story.
Rarely has hatred between two wrestlers been as perfectly milked. This battle from 1993 saw piledrivers and bloodshed, drama and gamesmanship.
Kandori hurt Hokuto's shoulder early, an injury that was played up throughout the match. This became Kandori’s means in which to torture Hokuto, making her howl in pain.
Hokuto is bloody early on, stumbling around the ring, looking to survive Kandori's intense attack.
It's a wild brawl that travels from inside to the outside the ring and carries the fans with them for every step.
9. Megumi Kudo vs. Shinobu Kandori
Barbed wire replaced the ring ropes in this hardcore match from 1997.
Megumi Kudo used the wire as a weapon early, smashing Shinobu Kandori's head with it. Kudo later pinched off pieces of it with a wire cutter in order to torture her opponent.
After peeling Kandori from off the wire, Kudo slammed her down with her infamously destructive move, the Kudome Valentine.
Blood smeared over both women's faces and soaked their wrestling tights.
This was a short match packed tightly with pulsating hatred. Kandori's ankle lock made it look like she legitimately wanted to rip Kudo's tendons apart. A forearm ended it, with a drained Kudo plopping down on her fallen foe.
8. LuFisto vs. Mickie Knuckles
LuFisto is apparently lacking the gland that produces fear. She has fought men like Necro Butcher in matches involving broken light tubes and barbed wire.
Against the infamously tough Mickie Knuckles, one would expect no less than the carnage that those two women produced.
With broken glass scattered on the mat and barbed wire surrounding them, the two Deathmatch queens slugged it out and punished each other for the duration. They whacked each other with chairs and suplexed each other onto light tubes.
Even the forearms, chops and kicks had a special air of brutality to them. This is certainly not a great match in terms of technical wrestling and storytelling, but one that is shockingly violent.
7. Bull Nakano vs. Aja Kong
Take two of Japan's toughest, strongest and most intimidating women and put them in a steel cage and this is the result.
The main event for Wrestlemarinpiad II in 1990 showcased Nakano and Kong's talent for brutality.
They bit each other. Nakano stabbed Kong in the arm. Their allies climbed up the cage wall, trying to get in or otherwise tossed in weapons.
Blood, chains and backfists were the standout notes in their violent symphony.
6. Mayumi Ozaki vs. Takako Inoue
Watching Mayumi Ozaki and Takako Inoue go to battle may remind some fans of the brutality of Greg Valentine and Roddy Piper’s famous dog collar match.
This 1996 war saw both women test each other's endurance and pain tolerance. Inoue wrapped a chain around her fist and smashed on Ozaki. They fought at the barricade; they left chairs broken in their violent wake.
Stabbing, blood, belts and powerbombs are among some of the most brutal elements of this match. Even the referee wasn't safe, as Inoue kicked her to the ground.
Ozaki beat her opponent so badly that Inoue had to be carried off a la Undertaker after WrestleMania 27.
5. Bambi and Mayumi Ozaki vs. Arisa Nakajima and Chikayo Nagashima
Mayumi Ozaki makes yet another appearance on this list, this time with her head shaved.
Considering how much barbed wire surrounded the combatants, having one less thing to snag on the wire was certainly advantageous. A chair wrapped in barbed wire lurked in the corner. Barbed wire boards lay around the ring.
Ozaki beat Arisa Nakajima mercilessly, grinding a chain-wrapped fist into her flesh. Ozaki's partner, Bambi joined in and choked Nakajima.
Suspense marked much of the match as the foes teetered over the barbed wire boards.
Ozaki was suplexed on one. The wire stuck to Nakajima's flesh. The gruesomeness of seeing these women gets this match this high of a ranking, but the ones above it outdid it in terms of blood and shock value.
4. Mickie Knuckles vs. Mayumi Ozaki
This is an ugly match. Don't expect Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage.
If the fact that the match is called a No Rope Barbed Wire, Fans Bring The Weapons Steel Cage Death Match wasn't enough to clue one in to what kind of barbaric affair this would be, the resumes of the two participants should tell you all you need to know.
In a cage filled with light tubes, ladders and other assorted weapons, Mickie Knuckles and Mayumi Ozaki fought in the IWA-MS Queen of the Deathmatch tournament in 2006.
Ozaki seemed to delight in all the violent options around her. She choked Knuckles with a cane and threw her into a wall of light tubes.
The action was often more torture than wrestling, the women clubbing each other and consequently writhing in pain.
3. Megumi Kudo vs. Shark Tsuchiya
When Megumi Kudo retired in 1997, she gave her fans one last stunning display of her toughness in an Exploding Barbed Wire match.
As she battled Shark Tsuchiya, explosives went off around the two of them. Blood ran down Kudo's face and the crowd's eyes widened.
There were so many insanely dangerous spots here that a piledriver onto a stack of chairs barely got a reaction. The two women felt the sting of barbed wire on their skin. At one point, Kudo fell into a mess of it outside, evoking memories of Br'er Rabbit getting caught in the thorns of a briar patch.
Other matches on here have blood and wire, but Kudo catching on fire as during the battle earns this a high spot.
2. Mayumi Ozaki vs. Mima Shimoda
Blood spilled in this 1999 match and kept on spilling.
Mayumi Ozaki and Mima Shimoda kicked and swiped at each other, overcome by anger and hatred. Their battle soon had them tossing chairs, pulling on hair and tearing at limbs.
A chair shot opened up Ozaki, but Shimoda was soon painting the wrestling ring red as well.
Chains and bent chairs helped the women stun the crowd and escalate the violence. Shimoda staggered around. Ozaki looked demented as she went on the attack.
After as much as violence as these two dished out, it's hard to believe that the post-match included the two foes embracing.
1. Chigusa Nagayo vs. Shark Tsuchiya
When a match opens with a woman swinging a flaming bat, you know you're in for brutality.
Shark Tsuchiya dug a sickle into a Chigusa Nagayo's back. Nagayo’s back stayed sodden with blood from that point forward.
They brawled outside. They used a bullrope. Their allies interfered, even to the point of biting.
The audience appeared shocked for much of this, as it felt at times that Nagayo was no longer a wrestler, but the victim of a crime.
The sight of Nagayo's bleeding back, the sadistic use of weapons and the overwhelming aura of cruelty that this match had earns it the top spot.
There are only a handful of moves here. Instead, savagery was these women's main weapons. Somehow Nagayo survived, winning the match by yanking on Tsuchiya's arm.
The violence didn't end at the bell, however. A brawl exploded afterward, continuing the violence.