Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Wrestler Spotlight: Yuma Makoto - A Joshi with a Dual Persona

Along with featuring many legends, World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana also introduces the world to new-generation talents, and one of those talents is Yuma Makoto, who very early in her career is showing duality and potential as a part of Diana's future.

Yuma Makoto made her in-ring debut on October 8, 2023 at Korakuen Hall in a match with Himiko, and even though Makoto lost to her experienced opponent, Makoto left a lasting positive impression on the fans in attendance as they looked forward to seeing her grow as a wrestler in the future, with some fans feeling that it was the best debut match they had seen. Makoto displayed fearless determination and showed that she is a natural for the wrestling ring.

While still in the very early stages of her career, Makoto's style is already beginning to take shape. She presents a well-rounded moveset, as she executes both high-flying and technical maneuvers with grace and precision.

Along with a moveset, Yuma Makoto has also developed an in-ring persona. She has a dual persona- she can be the gentle "Makoto" or the fierce "Yuma", and it's not known in advance which version of her is going to show up. This has the potential to help her stand out more on the World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana roster, and it is why Makoto refers to herself as, "the Janus god of Diana". In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings, transitions, doorways, and duality. He's often depicted with two faces, one looking forward and one looking back.

The face looking forward represents the future, beginnings, and new opportunities, as it signifies looking ahead with anticipation and readiness for what's to come. The face looking back symbolizes the past, experiences, and lessons learned, as it represents acknowledging the journey that led to the present and using that knowledge to move forward. Janus embodies the concept of duality and transitions by having two faces. Similarly, Yuma Makoto's dual persona of gentle “Makoto" and fierce “Yuma" reflects this transitional aspect. She can access both sides of herself depending on the situation, much like how Janus can look back on the past while also facing the future.

Yuma Makoto's dual persona fits perfectly in World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana, which has a name that is Roman mythology-inspired- in Roman mythology, Diana is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, wilderness, and childbirth.

With Yuma Makoto's dedication, passion, as well as being on the same roster as veterans who she can gain invaluable knowledge from, Makoto is in a position where she can make a significant impact in World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana. Makoto's journey surely will be one filled with excitement, challenges, and triumphs; and fans will be watching to see how she evolves as a wrestler.

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