FULL NAME   Kanako Urai
BORN   September 26, 1981
HEIGHT   5'3"


Kanako Urai, better known by her ring name Asuka, is a Japanese professional wrestler with a number of titles and accomplishments under her belt and a background in badminton and figure skating as well. While working as a graphic designer, wrestlers like Keiji Mutoh, Saturo Sayama and Minoru Suzuki inspired her to take up wrestling as a career.

She trained under Yuki Ishikawa and debuted on all-female promotion AtoZ against Leo-na in 2004. Chronic nephritis kept her away from the ring for a while, but she came back in 2007 working as a freelance wrestler for various

Asuka NXT Career

Before coming to WWE, Asuka wrestled under the name Kana in Pro Wrestling Wave, WNC, Smash, Reina Joshi Puroresu and Japanese and American independent circuits. Her arrival to WWE was
confirmed in August, 2015 as she joined the development territory, NXT. She won the NXT Women’s Championship by defeating Bayley through technical submission, after which Vince McMahon
thought of moving her to the main roster. But Triple H discouraged him by calling Asuka the “anchor” of NXT.

She continued her feud with Bayley in NXT and held her title reign for 510 days, which is the longest of any WWE title in post-national expansion era.


WWE Career

When she came to the main roster Asuka continued her undefeated run in the company on RAW. She woul defeat Nia Jax, and every other star quite a few times. She then went on to win the first ever Women,s Royal Rumble. Unfortunately for her she challenged Charlotte and this would signal the end of her undefeated run after WrestleMania.

Since then she has performed and lost several matches, not really being included in any big storyline, while also being simultaneously drafted to SmackDown Live. Finally at the last WWE payperview of the year, TLC, Asuka won the SmackDown Womens Championship, thanks to the interference by Ronda Rousey in the Triple Threat TLC match, also including Becky Lynch and Charlotte.

At Hell in a Cell 2019, Asuka and Kairi Sane defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to win the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships.

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