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-->"''God made the Devil just for fun\\
When He wanted the real thing, He made Aja Kong!''"
-->- From her theme song, "Jungle Emperor"

'''Erika Shishido''' (b. 1970) is a UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}ese-[[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as '''Aja Kong.''' She started her career in 1986 at the age of 16 under her own name, becoming Aja Kong in 1988. She was a long-time regular in Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling and helped establish the [=ARSION=] promotion as one of the top monster heels. Among her achievements, she is a 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/zenjo/wwwa-t.html AJW WWWA World Tag Team Champion]], holding the belts 1x w[=/=]Grizzly Iwamoto, 2x w[=/=]Bison Kimura as the TagTeam Jungle Jack and 1x w[=/=][[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing Kong]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/zenjo/wwwa-s.html AJW WWWA World Singles Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/arsion/arsion-s.html Queen of [=ARSION=]]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/hustle/hustle-t.html HUSTLE Super Tag Team Champion]] as Erica w[=/=][[Wrestling/KiaStevens Margarete (Awesome Kong)]]. She made her [=PPV=] debut at ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 95.'' Kong has also competed for Wrestling/{{FMW}}, Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}, Wrestling/DragonGate, and many other promotions. She was inducted into the AJW Hall of Fame in 1998 and the ''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Wrestling Observer Newsletter]]'' Hall of Fame in 2006.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aja_Kong The Other Wiki]].

!!! "He made Aja Kong's Tropes!":
* {{Acrofatic}}: Her Northern Lights Superplex is a top rope backdrop splash while suplexing her opponent. Not just of the agile variety either but also surprisingly flexible and dexterous.
* ActionGirl[=/=]DarkActionGirl: She's fought just about all the competition available to her in some form or another and won more often than not.
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/ManamiToyota is by far her most faced foe. They have had {{enemy mine}} periods that lead to them teaming up but it usually doesn't workout and always manages to be broken up even when it does.
* AsHimself
** Herself in ''Ringu ringu ringu: Namida no chanpion beruto'' (wrestling movie, obviously)
** In ''U.F.O. kamen Yakisoban Ikari no agedama bonbā'', (a movie super hero movie promoting noodles and sea food company Nissin)
** In ''Jigyaku no uta'' (a romance comedy)
* AssKicksYou: A seated senton to counter those pesky sunset flippers. [[GenreBlindness Like most wrestlers she often misses]], though she hit Kaoru Maeda and Xóchitl Hamada with it at the same time!
* AuthorAvatar: In the now defunct Arsion promotion, where she booked herself as a tag team partner turned {{starter villain}} to get eventual champion Ayako Hamada over.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome [=McCool=] Name]][=/=]NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Besides her own ring name, about half the tag team and stable names she has been a part of.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: Check the page quote.
** BadassInCharge: Of Arsion, for awhile
* BaldWomen: After Bull Nakano and Kyoko Inoue defeated Jungle Jack in a hair vs. hair match on January 11, 1991.
* [[BashBrothers Bash Sisters]]: With Bison Kimura, Kyoko Inoue, Amazing Kong
* CheapPop: Erica and Margarete would sometimes give flowers to audience members
* CelebrityEndorsement: At one time in Japan, she was the national spokesperson for orange juice.
* CookingDuel: Erica often won when she wrestled but wen it come to other contests, well she a bikini contest to Hikari Okada and a posedown to Yinling in HUSTLE.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After defeating the American Amazing Kong who had temporarily replaced her. Now there were two of them for everyone else to worry about.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: She ended Bull "boss of the world" Nakano's ''three year reign'' as the WWA world heavy weight champion (though she had to lose a couple times first). Later defeating Aja Kong herself would be considered this trope (unless you were Bull Nakano, presumably)
* DelinquentHair[=/=]BlondesAreEvil: It seems arbitrarily tacked on in relation to the rest of her serious monster persona and ''especially'' Erica's goodie good role but most fans get used to it.
* DistaffCounterpart: Unofficially, to Wrestling/{{Vader}}, who was also known for some nasty backhands while working in Japan.
* FacialMarkings: The above picture is a milder example. Sometimes Aja Kong had painted her whole face red or blue.
* FightingWithChucks: When the referee is not looking of course.
* FinishingMove: Brainbuster, ''Uraken'' ([[SpinAttack spinning]] back fist), Northern Lights Superplex
* TheGlovesComeOff: She could not keep Amazing Kong down for the three count until she removed her gloves. Prior to that everything up to the trusty foreign object failed.
* {{Heel}}
** ForeignWrestlingHeel: In the USA and in Mexico.
** [[WrestlingMonster Monster Heel]]: One of the best in Japanese women's wrestling.
*** EvenEvilHasStandards: Thrashed a young Dynamite Kansai on August 30, 1993 and appeared to show respect for her after the match.
** HeelFaceTurn: Against Bull Nakano and Monster Ripper.
* HeartSymbol: Erica had two on her cheeks
* HiddenDepths: Erica and Margarete were GirlyGirl [[{{Face}} babyfaces]], and she is a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/ddt/ironman-hm.html Dramatic Dream Team [=Ironman=] [=Heavymetalweight=] Champion]], a title that is an UpToEleven parody of the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Title]], to the point that animals, people from the audience and ''inanimate objects'' have been recognized as "Champions." The Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam promotion in general makes [=CHIKARA=] look old-fashioned.
* IHaveManyNames: Besides AJA Kong, Hula Kong, Erica and America are among them.
* LighterAndSofter: In Future of Wrestling and Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}} as Erica.
* LovelyAngels: Despite not being around her as long as other partners, Hula Kong and Tracy Taylor probably played the trope the straightest in Hawaii Championship Wrestling and Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, as far as contrasting personalities go. For more regular partners, the bubbly, annoyingly optimistic near PerpetualSmiler Hiroyo Matsumoto is probably the best candidate.
* MixedAncestry: Her mother is Japanese and her father was an African-American serviceman.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villainess]][=/=]WhatCouldHaveBeen: Got herself exiled from WWE for working, in their eyes, too stiff with Chaparita [=ASARI=] in their match on the December 11 (taped November 21), 1995 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]].'' WWE was supposedly building Kong up as a contender to [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blayze]]'s [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Title]], but this match cancelled those plans. That, and Blayze jumping ship to Wrestling/{{WCW}} a week later, returning to her [=Madusa=] name, and throwing the belt in the trash on ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro.'' This killed off the Women's Division in WWE until Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} defeated Wrestling/{{Sable}} for the vacated title on the September 21 (taped September 15), 1998 ''Raw.'' Kong has never had a match on American television since.
* NoSell: To the point where it can become almost cruelly amusing watching her smaller opponents getting so worked up trying to get her to sell any kind of offense.
* OneHitKill: Her ''[=Uraken=]''. At one point in the "New Dimension 8 Queens" match (also known as "Thunder Queen Battle") between Team [=AJW=] (Kong/Kyoko Inoue/Takako Inoue/Saki Hasegawa) vs. Team [=JWP=] (Dynamite Kansai/Mayumi Ozaki/Cutie Suzuki/Hikari Fukuoka), July 31, 1993, Kong came in, hit Kansai with '''''one''''' ''[=Uraken=]'', and put her down for a 10-count to win that fall for her team.
* PinkIsForSissies: {{Subverted| Trope}}, Erica was a lot less malicious than Aja Kong usually is and was clad in pink arm bands and leggings. But she was still a successful competitor. Fabulous Frank (better known as Air Paris) was one of her first "victims" at ''FOW May Madness''.
* PowerStable
** Mayumi Ozaki's Team [=Nostradamus=] with Akira Hokuto, Sugar Sato, Chikayo Nagashima and Kaori Nakayama
** Gokuaku Domei: under Dump Matsumoto and her tag team partner Bull Nakano, joined with her jungle jack partner Nobuko
** Gokumon-to: With Bat Yoshinaga, Bison Kimura, Bull Nakano, Grizzly Iwamoto, Kumiko Maekawa, Kyoko Inoue, Sachiko Nakamura and Tomoko Watanabe
** Jungle Jack was itself a power stable for awhile, with the additions of Debbie Malenko, Kaoru Ito, Mika Takahashi, Miori Kamiya and Sakie Hasegawa
** Team Himiko: With Mayumi Ozaki, Chiyako Nagashima and Sugar Sato
** Lioness Asuka's Super Star Unit with Akira Hokuto and Las Cachorras Orientales
** Mayumi Ozaki's Oz Academy with Carlos Amano, Chikayo Nagashima, Dynamite Kansai, Mika Nishio and [[TheOneGuy Police]]
* PunnyName: ''Puroresu King #30: Chigusa Nagayo Produce Marvels Night #1'' saw Am''erica'' team up with Hamada Mexico and South Korean Kansai to face Made In Philippines, Snack Bar and Torn. You should be able to tell which one is the subject of this page but the others run on different {{in joke}}s. Can you figure out them out? Give up?[[note]]Ayako Hamada, Dynamite Kansai, Tomoko Miyaguchi, Toshie Uematsu, Mayumi Ozaki[[/note]]
* RealSongThemeTune: Music/JudasPriest's "Electric Eye"
* {{Red Baron}}ess: "The Rial Queen"
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Aja Kong publicly announced her withdrawal from Arsion after walking out of the match she was booked in.
* SoleSurvivor: In the Team [[Characters/WWEDivas Bertha Faye]][[note]]Faye[=/=]Kong[=/=]Wrestling/LionessAsuka[=/=]Tomoko Watanabe[[/note]]-Team Blayze[[note]]Blayze[=/=]Kyoko Inoue[=/=]Sakie Hasegawa[=/=]Chaparita [=ASARI=][[/note]] match at ''Survivor Series 95''.
* SpamAttack: Famous for being able to throw rapid barrages of punches and kicks.
* SpinningPiledriver: Used a Spinning Package Piledriver on Chaparita [=ASARI=] in their ''Raw'' match mentioned above, ''years'' before the regular Package Piledriver became common again.
* StoutStrength: That backhand's effectiveness makes it a given
* TagTeam
** Won the WWA Tag Team Titles with Grizzly Iwamoto, AAAW's with Mayumi Ozaki, then with Devil Masami, the OZ Academy Tag Team Titles with Hiroyo Matsumoto, then with Kaoru Ito, then Sonoko Kato, [[LongRunner then]] Hikaru Shida, both Daily Sport and JPW's with Sachie Abe and Twin Star of Arison with Mariko Yoshida.
** KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles with Danshoku Dino and Makoto Oishi
** Jungle Jack, with Nobuko "Bison" Kimura, who had at least three championship runs in at least two different promotions
** Double Kong (alternatively, Erica and Margarete), just edging out Jungle Jack to be her most successful team (if you count their runs during their alternative gimmick)
** Super Maniacs, with Kyoko Inoue
* TheRival
** Aja Kong has backhanded Toshiyo Yamada to into submission ''a lot''. Yamada has been able to beat Kong when it ''really'' mattered though, often teamed with Kong's own partner Kyoko Inoue or arch nemesis Manami Toyota. Aja Kong and Toshiyo Yamada made a decent team too.
** Kyoko Inoue and Aja Kong were almost the same size (Kong being a little bigger) and had a similar look (light hair, facial markings) that putting them against each other just seemed natural. Kyoko also happened to be half of the responsible pair who shaved Aja Kong and Bison Kimura, so that helped too. Oh and Double Kong, that name wasn't chosen by coincidence as "Double Inoue" had long been running. For most of the same reasons that pitting against them seemed natural also worked for putting them together. They do have a lot in common but not to the extent people are ever going to confuse which is which.
** While they haven't teamed or even fought as many times as the others, Aja Kong has always been a fan of Ayako Hamada. Erica had some issues with those two no goods Arizin Z and Dokron Z, [[YouLookFamiliar who remind us of Hamda for some reason we can't quite put a finger on.]]
* TournamentArc
** Beat Toshiyo Yamada in the finals of the AJW Japan Grand Prix 1992. As it was a round robin, Manami Toyota would have won on points alone but a mix up lead to Kong and Toyoda having another match, allowing Kong to win and then beat Yamada, who had an equal number of points in her own block.
** The 1996 Japan Grand Prix was another round robin which Aja Kong won on points outright. Kyoko Inoue, Reggie Bennet and Yumiko Hotta tied for second place.
** Aja Kong beat Michiko Ohmukai to win the third Arison ARS Tournament, after declining to be part of the first two and any others after it.
** Aja Kong defeated Chikayo Nagashima in the finals to award a new OZ Academy Openweight Title Holder
* VitriolicBestBuds: Contrary to popular belief, Chaparita ASARI was a reliable ally Aja Kong could fall back on for most of her career, but people assume they were mostly antagonistic mostly because of some WWF related shenanigans.
* WolverinePublicity: After she got fed up with Arsion and left, Aja Kong was still promoted for the promotion's future shows, until she sued them.